Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sunburst Mirror made with basic Craft Store Materials


I love to create what I like to call Craft Store Home D├ęcor.  I see a few items as I am wandering the aisles of my local scrapbook or craft store and an idea starts brewing to create something I have seen in a high end store or catalog.  My item will cost much less and all of the items are readily available. 
 
Such is the case with a recent package I received from a new company called STICKY STICKS !   My mind was full of great ideas for these versatile craft sticks.  Sticky Sticks are self adhesive jumbo wooden craft sticks which can be used for a large variety of crafting projects and they are sponsoring our Designer Crafts Connection blog hop today!
 
Now on to my project!

 
Materials:
Round Wooden Plaque - 7"
Round Mirror - 6"
Pencil, Ruler, Scissors, Cardboard or Newspaper and a Picture Hanger

Layout the wooden plaque and Sticky Sticks on a large piece of cardboard or several layers of newspaper.  Mist with Pesto, making sure to get good coverage then let dry.  Mist very lightly with Peacock, let dry.  Mist with Biscotti, let dry.  The Perfect Pearls spray will give your piece glimmer and shine!  To speed up drying time use your heat gun.
 
The spray mists will give your unfinished wood pieces the look of a colored stain, which I love because it allows the grain of the wood to show through.  Attach the mirror to the front of the plaque with KOOL TAK Ultra Clear double sided tape.
 
Using your ruler and pencil, find the center of the back of your plaque and draw eight intersecting guidelines. 
 
Peel the liner paper and begin by placing Sticky Sticks at 12 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock and 9 o'clock.  Fill in the first layer by placing four Sticky Sticks in each blank section.  The adhesive is permanent and strong!
 
The first layer, when finished, will look like the photo above.
 
Add a second layer of Sticky Sticks by overlapping a new stick in the center of each pair on the first layer.  Attach a picture hanger to the back of your Sunburst Mirror, then hang and enjoy!
 
The Sunburst Mirror also makes a great centerpiece on any table to feature a favorite vase or other keepsake.
 
Thanks for joining me on the Sticky Sticks Blog Hop!  Now you can HOP around to see what the other Designers have created with their Sticky Sticks - I can't wait to see the creativity!  Just click the HOP BACK and HOP FORWARD buttons in the Designer Craft Connection icon on the right hand side of my toolbar!
 
Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth


Monday, October 7, 2013

DESIGNER CRAFT CONNECTION - FIRST MONDAY IN OCTOBER!

Let's just say that I "cherish" my paper crafting supplies.  That in no way, shape or form implies that I am a hoarder - wink, wink - know what I mean?!?



This Haunted line from Cosmo Cricket is a classic!  I have had it in my stash for several years, but thought it was so cute I could never bring myself to use it - REALLY?  Isn't that the whole point of creating is to use our supplies?  Well, there lies my dilemma.
 
I have had this project (and the supplies) in my head for a while now, but I finally sat down this past weekend and created these cute BOO Halloween Houses.
 
 
Here's how I made them:
 
Cover three Paper Mache House forms with patterned paper using a decoupage medium.  I like Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Multi-Medium in Matte.  It sets up quickly and the paper does not buckle. 
 
Add shingles using a scalloped border punch and Xyron's Mega Runner.  This is the stickiest double sided adhesive I have ever used and it is reasonably priced!
 
Make a patterned paper rosette for the center of each house, securing with Xyron's Mega Runner.  Punch out a 2" circle in a contrasting patterned paper and top with a black glittered chipboard letter.
 
Punch out Cosmo Cricket Haunted chipboard shapes and apply Haunted stickers.  Attach shapes to houses using Xyron's 3/8" Adhesive Dots.  This product gives you dimension, but the clear dot literally disappears on a project like this - brilliant!

Above are details of each House.  I embellished with a few rhinestones for sparkle.



Now you can HOP around to see what the other Designers have created with a Fall/Halloween theme in mind - I can't wait to see the creativity!  Just click the HOP BACK and HOP FORWARD buttons in the DCC icon on the right hand side of my toolbar!



Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth