Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Crafts Galore!

While spending a sick day at home on Tuesday, I thought I would try to be a little productive and work on some craft projects to sell to a friends mom, to stock her new store. The fun thing about the store, I was told that she hopes to sell things that people make or make better.

Here we go. I decided to make some labels for my items. Not exactly ideal...but it worked for now. Anybody have any suggestions of where to get some great and fun tags?

Now on to the first project. I picked up these coasters at Salvation Army. Actually, all of things I made better came from Salvation Army.
I sanded them a bit just to rough them up so the spray adhesive would stick. Then I added the paper, a little inking done to the edges, and there you go.

SO MUCH BETTER! Hmm. Too bad I don't keep these for myself. I'm sure someone will enjoy them.
Up next...more coasters! However, these are tile coasters. I used a variety of stamps, and the black and brown Staz-On stamp pad.
(I have a set of the above for myself. My favorite! 4 different belt buckles.)
I believe the next project was probably one of the most dramatic. I like it a lot! First off, we have gross and boring.
Then we come to this. Clean and rustic looking.
This dome display looked pretty bad as well. I had to take some Goo-Gone to the glass part to clean off who knows what. For the base, I sanded it quite well, both top and bottom.
With a couple layers of brown paint and clean glass, you get this.
Last of the big projects...a little crate for a set of coasters. I sanded the wood just so the paint would stick. And it goes from this...
...to this, in just a few minutes.
And because I didn't think I had enough to do, I decided to finally jazz up some hand sanitizer bottles. I will be taking the 2 right bottles to one of the schools I serve. The counseling secretaries enjoy stamping and making cards, so I thought they would enjoy these as well. The one on the left is for me. I thought I should keep something finally. :)

Finally, I decided to bring some life to a notebook I will be using to keep track of the things I make for Farmgirl Chaos.

I hope you enjoyed what you saw. If you have any questions about any of the projects, please let me know. I'd be happy to help.
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Boo Re-do

A couple weeks ago, I visited the local Salvation Army. I wanted to see what I could find that I could re-do/re-craft and make in to something good. I picked up a few things, and finally worked on one little item late last night. So pardon the pictures...I guess this is what you get at 11pm.

Here is the picture frame I picked up. (At this point in time, I already removed the glass and the back stand piece.
Getting ready to paint the frame. I did nothing to prepare this frame but wipe it off. Next time, instead of going right for the black paint, I will do a base coat to cover up the blue and the little flowers. The reason being...after it dried, I sanded the edges a littel bit, and the blue started showing through. I was fine with it, since one of the papers I used had a little blue in it. After I painted the entire frame (not just where the blue was...since they left some spots bare), I cut out a black piece of cardstock to fit the entire frame. I then cut 3 little pieces of patterned paper and glued them to the black cardstock so they showed through the frame correctly. I then put a b-o-o sticker on each of the different pieces of paper. (I originally thought of having them be glittered...but wasn't in the mood for it last night.) After the stickers were on and everything was together, I decided that the stickers needed a little 'pop'. So I took a gold marker pen that I have and outlined the letters. Not as fun as if I would have used glitter, but I'm fine with that. It suits my style a little more.

And the finished product.
Here's a close up, where you can see the outline of the letters a little better.
Because of having the 'boo' part on one sheet of cardstock, I can easily change this out for every season. Something simple and easy to do with any scraps of paper and stickers. So have fun with it!
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Glitter Pumpkins

This season, I am noticing a ton of pumpkins that are blinged out in glitter. I thought I would join that bandwagon, and make a little 'fall' tray for Denean, who's fighting hard against her cancer.
I started by cutting the scrapbook paper to fit the tray. Not an easy task with all the crazy/uneven angles. Then I took the unfinished wood tray from Hobby Lobby, and painted it brown. I did 2 coats on this tray, since the wood really soaked up the color. Once it was dry, I used the spray adhesive to glue the paper to the tray. I've never used this stuff before, and I'm not sure what I think about it. It did a great job with no bubbles or anything. But I did have to paint over the edges again, since I could see some of the residue on the sides. Once that was all done and dry, I sanded the edges a bit to weather it. Final step with the tray was putting a layer of Mod Podge over the scrapbook paper to help seal it in there.

Next up...glittering the pumpkins.
I used Mod Podge again as the glue for the glitter. For the single orange pumpkin, I mixed orange and white glitter. I then spread Mod Podge all around the pumpkin, even the bottom, but made sure to keep it off the stem. As soon as I had all the MP on, I started putting the glitter on. For some reason, the orange/white glitter stuck together in the container, so didn't sprinkle the best. But, at least you can't tell on the pumpkin now.
I then did the same thing to the pink pumpkins. That glitter was much easier to sprinkle.
After the glue was dried and the glitter in place, I sprayed a clear coat over the pumpkins, in hopes that not much more glitter will fall off. Then once that was dry, I painted the stems brown on the 3 pumpkins. I liked the brown better than the cream that it was.

And now the end product.
It's nothing too fancy, but I think it will look cute sitting on a side table or on a dresser.
I purchased the tray, hay bales, and scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby. Only the paper was not on sale. The others were between 30-50% off.
I know it is a bit early....but I also gathered so Christmas decorations, since they were 50%. It was too good to pass up.

Oh, forgot to mention, for the glittered pumpkins to dry, I placed two straws on wax paper. It worked great, and the pumpkins did not stick to the straws.
Happy crafting!