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Upcycled Mixed Media Tag Using Dollar Tree Cards

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I am excited to tell you that as of today the Dollar Tree will be selling Expression from Hallmark cards! Now, I usually like to make my greeting cards, but sometimes I am in a pinch and so I need a good place to purchase them, and the Dollar Tree really came through with these cards!

There are over 6,500 Dollar Tree stores nationwide and on August 30th every store will carry Expressions from Hallmark, $1 each and Heartline a Hallmark company, 2 for $1. With hundreds of new greeting cards to choose from, you can celebrate every moment with your friends and family without breaking the bank!

I received a pack of cards from the Dollar Tree and I have to say, they are wonderful. Great colors and designs and some glitter (of course I am a fan of glitter, lol) and they are printed on nice heavy card stock.

upcycled tag

They a few different varieties, like the Joyfully Yours line (that is the teal one on the right in the above photo)  Joyfully Yours lets family and friends express their faith in just the right way during holidays, special occasions, and moments big and small.

upcycled tag

I was please with the selection and I am excited to use the cards. You all know I am a big fan of upcycling and repurposing items in my art. Since the cards are on nice paper it is easy to reuse them and make cards and tags from old greeting cards.

upcycled tag

In the video at the beginning of the post I show you how to take the baby card and make this cute mixed media tag. I used some ink, stencils, scrabble tiles, bakers twine, and other elements.

upcycled tag

Such a cute little tag and easy to make and have on hand. You can do this technique for any occasion!

I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Dollar Tree Affiliate Links:
Expressions from Hallmark- https://tinyurl.com/ya8agy7n
Hot Glue- https://tinyurl.com/y8nw388p
Lace-https://tinyurl.com/yahjgdt3.

Amazon Affiliate links:
Versa Magic- https://amzn.to/2PnyvyB
Tag die cut- https://amzn.to/2NafZMN
Finnabair stencil set- https://amzn.to/2PR27p6
Finnabair Modeling paste- https://amzn.to/2wu09D7
Finnabair silicone brush- https://amzn.to/2PlieKn
Bakers twine- https://amzn.to/2N4kwjz
Mini clothes pins- https://amzn.to/2MZ8197
Scrabble Tiles- https://amzn.to/2MCRAzZ

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Faux Leather Art Journal Page

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Art journaling is quickly becoming one of my favorite activities! I love creating quick little projects that help me grow and expand my abilities. I have this faux leather art journal page that I wanted to share with you.

I really wanted to start with a faux leather look for the background. So I took the tissue paper inserts from old patterns and Mod Podged that onto the page. Once it was dry I painted it all in browns and yellows to make it look like leather.

You can use different colors to create different looks, and you very the “wrinkly-ness” of the tissue paper to create different looks as well.

Faux leather art journal

Once everything was dry I started to add all the details. I wanted the tiny book to be the focal point. You can see the video tutorial for the book here: Tiny Book

That tiny book was so much fun to make, and the perfect addition to my page.

 

Faux leather art journal

I added string, torn up old book pages, doilies, chip boards, words, and butterflies. I added color with Finnabair’s mica flakes and a little water, that was really fun because it brought out the texture of the tissue paper and brought the page to life.  Once everything was dry I light sprayed everything with some cheap hairspray to help seal the mica powders (otherwise it could all be brushed off)

Faux leather art journal

There you go, a very easy faux leather journal page. I am thinking about doing this same technique on an old trunk. What else can I faux leather?

Affiliate links:

This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
Finnabair Black Cherry Mica powder-https://amzn.to/2JZoHfV
Finnabair copper Mica powder-https://amzn.to/2K8qH1e
Finnabair Yellow Mica Powder-https://amzn.to/2K7WlvV
Heavy White Gesso-https://amzn.to/2McF05B
Butterfly Stickers-https://tinyurl.com/y79av9qn

 

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Easy Fabric Frame DIY

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Today I have a fun, easy fabric frame project for you. I am still on a fabric kick, I have so many ideas using fabric and I can’t wait to share them with you.

 

For this project I used fabric I got from Annie’s Fabric Club. This is not sponsored, but I really like the fabric I got, and I am looking forward to next month’s fabric.  Here is the link to the club if you are interested in joining: https://www.creativequiltersfabricclub.com/

This is such a fun, easy project that only takes a few materials

Materials (with affiliate links):

 

Instructions:

Gather all your material including the fabric and your frame. The frame should have a wide enough border that gives you plenty of room to add fabric. The color of the frame doesn’t matter a lot because you will be covering it in fabric.

To get started cut your fabric in strips that are a little wider than your frame. Spread heavy gloss gel on the frame. Coat your fabric strip in Gloss gel and add to frame, crinkling it up as you go. While everything is wet take the time to get all the wrinkles and texture you are wanting.

Fabric Frame

Take your time and make sure it looks like what you are going for. Before you let your frame dry clean up the edges and back with a baby wipe. Let the frame dry. Once dry you can leave it at this step if you want, or you can go on to the next step which is adding paint.

Fabric Frame

After the fabric dried (leaving it over night is best) I dry brushed on a Finnabair Metallique and a Finnabair Sparks paint to add some detail and sparkle. I really love her paints and they add that bit of interest that I am looking for. .

And that is it, the frame is done! These are so much fun and easy to make, I think I will be making a lot more as gifts this year.

 

 

 

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Altered Bottle for Bath Soaks

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With the holidays approaching it is important to take time to relax and a bath is perfect for relaxing! I made these altered bottles for bath soaks which look great in your bathroom!

They are easy to make and they can also make a perfect handmade gift, or you can sell them at a craft fair.

 

For this project find a really great bottle. I found mine at Who Give a Scrap. It is on on the larger size, that worked perfectly for me.  Make sure it has a lid and that you clean it thoroughly.

altered bottle for bath salts

Once the bottle is clean and dry add your embellishments. I added burlap and lace around the bottle to start.

altered bottle for bath salts

Then I added a lot of flowers and beads to create the look I was going for. You can add flowers, buttons, keys, and found objects. Anything would look great on the bottle.

altered bottle for bath salts

Once it was all decorated I added the bath salts and the cork. Now I have a great gift, or even something for me.

altered bottle for bath salts

How do you try and relax during the holidays?

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Art Journal from Junk Mail

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It is that time of year when all the junk mail comes to your house. I recycle what I can, but sometimes it is just too pretty to throw away. So I save it.

And that is were the problem comes in, I have a stack of junk mail that needs to be dealt with, so I turned a few pieces into art journals.

This is just the tutorial on how I created the art journal, if you want to see what I did to the inside let me know in the comments and I will show you the art (when I am finished with it, lol)

Here is the video tutorial:

 

So what you do is start with really great junk mail. I had one from Capital One and Tiffany’s. Side note: I have only been to Tiffany’s once and I bought the cheapest pair of earrings there about 10 years ago and I still get their mailers, lol. And their mailers are beautiful!

art journal from junk mail

Once you decided on what you want to alter grab some gesso. I used white, black and clear. The black is fun so I can use some light colors, it breaks up the book. I also added clear gesso over some of the images, that way I keep the image but the page is prepped to take all sorts of mediums.

art journal from junk mail

The cover of the Tiffany book is so pretty and festive! This will be my holiday 2017 art journal. When looking for junk mail to make into an art journal look for mailers that have slightly thicker paper. If it is too thin then the pages will buckle and it won’t hold up.


art journal from junk mail

The white gesso didn’t cover all the images completely, but that is ok, I will fill the page with other art and it won’t get in the way. But if you want the image to be completely gone, the add a few layers.

I left some words uncovered, I thought they we fun and it will help me start the page.

art journal from junk mail

art journal from junk mail

The Capital One mailer was a great size and it will be fun to do more landscape journal pages. I kept the images and some words, and it makes for a great starting point.

art journal from junk mail

art journal from junk mail

 

It was a lot of fun to prep my new art journals. What piece of junk mail do you have that is too beautiful to recycle? And did you just keep it or did you re purpose it?

 

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Craft Fair Earrings and Jewelry Making Supply Storage

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Christmas craft fair season is upon us! Yikes, I am not ready! Anyone else doing craft fairs and are you ready?

One item I like to see are earrings. On a side note I only make and sell things I will use/wear/display in my home. Too often people try to make only what they think will sell and not what they actually like or that they would wear or use. This is my opinion, and I sure it is different from other opinions. Now I want to sell it all, but I know some things won’t sell and that is ok. And since I like it I will be more likely to use in my daily life.

One thing I do like to sell are cute little earrings. But before I get to the earrings I wanted to show you how  I organize my jewelry findings. I found these really great tool organizers at Harbor Freight.  Here is the link: https://www.harborfreight.com/tool-storage/part-storage/multi-compartment-utility-box-40528.html

They are fantastic, I love how portable they are with the handle and each bin comes out so I take out what I need. There is a lot of room and they fit my needs perfectly.

The organizational bins behind the plastic storage is the metal strip my husband hung along with the magnetic containers from the dollar store. You can read the blog post here: Organizers

The earrings are really cute and fairly simple to make. All you do is add a French hook to a cute charm. I used a zipper pull and some other charms I had in my stash.

I like to use a variety of charms, not just Christmas ones. You never know what people will need or want.


earrings

Once I have a pile made I will package them and get them ready for the craft fair. If you are interested in seeing how I make my packaging and how I display my earrings let me know and I will write a post about it.

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Ebay Mystery Box Unboxing

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Have you seen the latest You Tube trend of creators doing an Ebay Mystery Unboxing? This was too tempting to resist, so of course I had to try it, lol.

But before I get into the unboxing, I want to tell you about a Giveaway I am doing on Instagram.

I will be giving one lucky person a Tropicals Prima Watercolors set. Head over to my Instagram to enter –instragram.com/taketimetocreate. Give away ends on Nov 12.

Anyway… on to the unboxing. You can check out my reaction video here:

I have to say, this was so much fun to do. If you have seen other Ebay mystery boxes you might know that some You Tubers have gotten junk. Absolute junk! I mean trash and other horrible things. I was very apprehensive in opening my boxes.

But I lucked out! I purchased 2 boxes from Ebay one was $25 the other was $40 and they both promised to have craft and art supplies in the box. You can pick a random box or a themed box, I went with crafting/art themed ones. But buyer beware, these are mystery boxes and you never know what you will get.

When I opened my box I was pleasantly surprised! They were both filled with awesome goodies and I can’t wait to try them out. Whew! I am so glad they were worth it.

Check out a sneak peak of some the awesome goodies I got! So many wonderful things to tryout and experiment with.

ebay mystery box

What do  you think of the Ebay Mystery boxes? Are you going to try it out?

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DIY Halloween Floral Mickey Mouse Ears

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DIY Halloween Floral Mickey Mouse Ears! What more do you need for a trip to Disney World?

As many of you already know, I love Disney! It is my happy place and I love being able to go. In Oct I will be crocheting with the Crochet Crowd at Disney World! I am so excited!

As I get ready for this awesome adventure I decided I needed new Mickey Mouse ears! I like to make a pair for each day I am there, so get ready to see more ears, lol.

This first pair uses black eyeball roses from the dollar store. They are so cute and since I will be there during Halloween,  these ears will be perfect!

DIY Halloween Mickey Mouse Ears

This is a pretty easy project, which is great because I will need to make a few, lol

Materials:

  • Headband (I found a pack on eBay)
  • Thick foam
  • Felt
  • Hot Glue
  • Roses
  • Combs
  • Ribbon
  • Mickey Ear Template (I found mine here: Template)

Instructions:

Cut out your template, save it when you are done in case you want to make more ears

DIY Halloween Mickey Mouse Ears

Cut some felt in the shape of your ear template.

DIY Halloween Mickey Mouse Ears

To help thicken up your ears add some thick foam to the center of your ears. The flowers need a little help stabilizing.

DIY Halloween Mickey Mouse Ears

Hot glue your foam and felt to your headband. Be mindful of the placement, you don’t want your ears too close together and not too far apart. Then I added ribbon along the edge to cover up the foam.

Now it time for the fun part, hot glue your roses on to your ears. I used 6 bundles of roses from the dollar store. (4 were ones with eyeballs and 2 were just plain black roses) Go to town filling you ears with roses. I do the front and backs when I make ears, I think they turn out nicer that way. Add spiders and any other spooky element you want.

I did add some hair combs to the headband to help keep it on my head. They are not heavy, but the combs help them stay on your head.

Now you are ready to rock your new ears! This is a big, bold look that will be perfect for Disney!

 

DIY Halloween Mickey Mouse Ears

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Sunflower Mixed Media Canvas

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Fall is in the air and I am just loving it! I especially love seeing all the sunflowers, they are my favorite flowers! They are so pretty, and bright. Seeing all the sunflowers I was inspired to make a Sunflower Mixed Media Canvas.

Sunflower Mixed Media

Let me tell you how I made this canvas!

First I started with a canvas board and covered it with different ribbons (I adhered it with modeling paste), then I covered it all with black gesso.

Sunflower Mixed Media

I painted the canvas with a few different shades of blue acrylic paint.  I loved how it looks like a sky, but it was a little bright,  I did end up toning it down by the time I was finished.

Sunflower Mixed Media

Now it is time to add all the goodies!! I had this pack of rusty nails that I found in my Grandpa’s shop, I couldn’t pass up this great texture. (be careful if you are using rusty nails, I wore gloves and washed my hands often)

I added book pages, burlap, other metal items, flowers, hinges, clear round dots, keys, brads, hot glue, and anything else I could find. Just use what you have in your stash and around the house. I  adhered it all with modeling paste (I tinted the paste with some brown acrylic paint).

Sunflower Mixed Media

Once everything was all dry I primed the elements with clear gesso then I sprinkled mica powder on (yellow in the flowers, green in the grass and stems, and blue in the sky) I added water to activate it and I loved the look. Once that was all dry I dry brushed acrylic paint all over to add more color and details.

I am in love with how it turned out! I used such a random assortment of products, I will list them all below for you. As always, let me know if you have and questions on this project.

Sunflower Mixed Media

Sunflower Mixed Media

Sunflower Mixed Media

 

Materials used: (affiliate links)

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DIY Chalkboard Record

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What do you do with all those old records that are just laying around? Well, today I decided to turn some of them into a really cute chalkboard. BTW- I have a ton of records so be prepared for a lot more record tutorials, lol.

You can check out the video on how I did it.

 

This is such an easy tutorial, you can make a few at a time,  perfect for dorms, offices, or even gifts.

Materials:

Record

Primer (I used Kilz 2)

Chalkboard paint (I used the spray paint version)

Tape

Instructions:

Clean the record before you get started. I really liked the center of some of the records so I taped over them to protect them from the paint.

The others I just left and painted over the whole thing. I really like both versions.

DIY Chalkboard record

DIY Chalkboard record

Then I primed the records. Actually, I just primed 2 of them and just painted the other 2. I think it worked out just fine without the primer, so that is up to you what you want to do.

DIY Chalkboard record

Then I applied 3-4 coats of chalkboard paint on the record. Do this outside. Follow the instructions on the can they are all a little different.

DIY Chalkboard record

Once they were fully dry and after 24 hours I conditioned the record by rubbing chalk all over it  and cleaning it off. Then they were good to go! Old records repurposed into a really cool chalkboard!

Now, the question I always get asked, is how do you hang the record once you are done. You can use a plate hanger, or velcro command strips, or nail, or screw it in through the hole. Or you can get a picture display stand and out it on your desk. They are a ton of way to display your new record.

 

DIY Chalkboard record

I am in love with how this turned out.

What have you made with old records? I am needing some ideas for the stack I have acquired!

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