Tuesday, January 31, 2012

GLITTER BLAST TUESDAY!

Is it really GLITTER BLAST TUESDAY ALREADY?
It's time for you to enter to win a set of GLITTER BLAST spray paints with an ongoing contest every other Tuesday from here on out!  Rock on Krylon!
Winners not only get my NEW book,
THE BIG ASS BOOK OF CRAFTS 2,
they will get all of the colors of glitter blast sent right to their front door.
 Just a few simple rules to enter.
GOOD LUCK!
And may the glitter be with you....
RULES
1. SHARE this on your FB page (by pressing SHARE)
2.  LIKE and COMMENT on the KRYLON FB page that I sent you!
3. LIKE and COMMENT on my fan page that your entering the contest.
4.  JOIN my blog if you haven't.
5.  LIKE my BIG ASS BOOK OF CRAFTS 2 on Amazon.com
6.  COMMENT here that you've done it AND what your favorite spray paint project is.
6. Join me on TWITTER if you haven't.
TWITTER LINK
Keep an eye out for the winner.  I'll post it here and on my FB page.  
It helps if you can leave a way for me to contact you, too!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Masquerade Mask from PULP FICTION: PERFECT PAPER PROJECTS


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MASQUERADE MASK WITH FEATHERS
I love masks.  There is nothing more fun than showing up at a costume party and hanging out with people who don’t know it’s you. Well, they don't know it's me until I laugh....that's always a dead giveaway.  I love the simplicity and elegance of this mask and the fact that it can be made from things you probably already have in your craft stash.

YOU’LL NEED:
Cardboard
Book pages
4 feet of ribbon of your choice
Rhinestones
Hole punch
1 yard of trim
Hot glue and glue gun
X-Acto knife
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Mod Podge Gloss
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1. Cut out the mask pattern in cardboard and slightly bend in a curve.  Try it on your face for size and comfort.
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2.  Using Elmer’s glue that’s been watered down a little bit, glue pieces of book pages to the front and back of the mask.  Since the mask will be a tiny bit wet from the glue now is the time to decide exactly what shape you want it to have.
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 3.Cut out the shapes for the eyes.
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4. When dry, hot glue your trim around the mask and the eyes.
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 5.  For the each feather you will take one book page and fold it in half.
 6. Spread a layer of Elmer’s glue on one half.
7.  Insert a 8” piece of wire in between the pages and seal it in between and let dry.
 8.  When fully dry, cut out your feather shape and carefully cut the feather as shown
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 9.  Position the feathers on the center of the mask and hot glue in place.
 10. When the feathers are in place and dry,  bend them into shape.
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 11. Using your hot glue gun, glue on the rhinestones.
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12.  Put a hole punch on the corners of your mask.
 13. String the ribbon through and tie a knot if you want.
Now, in the 2nd edition there is another version included.
  PULP FICTION: PERFECT PAPER PROJECTS 2ND EDITION 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pins and tacks...

A stroll down memory lane today with projects from books gone by..........
Sequin Candles 

SEQUIN CANDLES MADE FROM BALL POINT PINS AND LARGE 1/2" SEQUINS
 There's just something about a T-pin, push pin, ball point pin or thumbtack that just makes me want to create.  I dig ball point pins because of the the colors and they just make sewing more fun.  I like thumbtacks because they're shiny and you can get 250 for 99c AND they come in gold and silver.  Mostly I like them because they are perfect in their design.  These projects are to inspire and all come from my book Dollar Store Decor.  This was one of the first books I wrote and as I've grown as a designer I've used these techniques as starting points for many other projects.  I  hope they spark your creativity.


Thumbtack cabinet door desi
CABINET DOORS IN MY NEW YORK CITY APARTMENT. Since I couldn't leave the white cabinets alone and I didn't have a lot of cash,  I painted all the cabinets this dark green and went to town with the thumbtacks.  I got the brass handles at the 99c store, too by the way.  It was a project which cost in total about 12 dollars.  The neighbors weren't too happy with me since I do my best work at night.  

Thumbtack Table
THUMBTACK TABLE:  This table was left over from a shoot from Cosmo Girl! Magazine when I was an editor there so I used the silver thumbtacks to spruce it up a bit.  I would be much more adventurous now though.  I might even paint a pattern on it and then surround it with the tacks?  Who knows?  I'm curious to know what you would do?

Padded Headboard with Thumbtack design
 THUMBTACK HEADBOARD:  This project couldn't be any easier.  You can either embellish an existing headboard with a design of your choosing OR you could cover a piece of plywood with batting and fabric and then go nuts with the thumbtacks.  Either way, they add a little sparkle to a room, don't you think?


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Why not try really clustering them together in a shape?  I think that could be really fun!  Just make sure to use some needle nose pliers to hold them in place first.  This way you won't get a sore thumb. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

ZIPPER PUMP!

ZIPPER PUMP
Zippers have made their way in to fashion and I don’t think they are going anyway for a while.  But WAIT!  You don’t have to make this project with zippers, you could use a cool trim, lace or a strip of fabric, even some chain.  Think about it and whip out that E-6000.  You can do it!

YOU’LL NEED:
E-6000 glue
Toothpick
Metal zippers
Clothespins
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Pair of pumps

HERE’S HOW:
1.    Take 10” of zipper and roll it like a cinnamon bun running a line of hot glue as you roll it.
2.    Using a generous amount of your E-6000, glue it to the front of your shoe.
3.    Use your glue gun to lightly tack two layers of the zipper on all the way around the shoe down to the flower.
4.    Squeeze in the E-6000 in between where you tacked and put a clothespin on it so it makes a very nice bond.
5.    Go out and strut your stuff!
Check out these shoe Re-do projects below!
Check out this shoe make-over with Kelly Nishimoto!
And this shoe make-over with Kristen from Glitter-N-Glue!
From boring to a HOOT with this Owl Flat DIY shoe Re-do!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Our 5 Winners are.............



Our winners from this amazing week of Give-Aways!

Thaydra Richards from Washington wins Day 1
Christine Ladrido from Virginia wins Day 2
Celia Teran from Pittsburg wins Day 3
Jessica Tucker Pollock from California wins Day 4
Lizzie Oakley from Texas City wins Day 5


Congratulations to EVERYONE and THANK YOU to all you fantastic people out there for your wonderful input this week. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Day 5 of 5 Days of Give-Aways!

To celebrate day 5 of 5 Days of Give-Aways I have something special for our winner.
Today's winner will be the first to receive copies of my 2 new books!
Vision Box Idea Book: Crafting the Live of Your Dreams
and
And the newly designed Pulp Fiction: Perfect Paper Projects 2nd Edition with 6 new projects.  Bigger in size and a much cooler layout!
Plus:
Fiskars Rubber Stamps and Acrylic Blocks

RULES:
1. SHARE this post on your FB page by pressing SHARE.
2. Join my blog if you haven't already.
3. Encourage a friend to join my blog.  If they do and they mention you, I'll enter you twice in the drawing.
4. LIKE The Big Ass Book of Crafts 2 on Amazon.com
5.  Comment here on the blog that you've completed the tasks.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Day 4 of 5 Days of GIVE-AWAYS!

Today's rules are so simple it won't take you any time at all to enter!
Rules:
1. Join the blog and leave a comment that you've entered today's contest.
2.  SHARE on your FB page.
3.  Join and leave a comment on my FB page.
Good luck everyone!

Today's prizes are:
THE BIG ASS BOOK OF CRAFTS VOL. 1
KRYLON GLITTER BLAST IN EVERY COLOR!
E-6000 GLUE
A FABULOUS FISKARS PAPER PUNCH
FISKARS ACRYLIC STAMPING BLOCKS
A SELECTION OF RUBBER STAMPS


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

DAY 3 of 5 Days of Give-Aways! $50 CreateForLess.Com Gift Certificate!

Day 3 people and we're going STRONG!
You are going to LOVE today's prizes........
 A $50 Gift Certificate to CreateForLess.Com
A custom designed piece of art from GEE WHIZ Designs
E-6000 Glue And Fiskars goodies!
*Follow the rules below.  You must enter each day to be eligible for that day's prizes!
 
$50 to spend at CreateForLess.Com!
This piece of art was designer especially for me by GEE WHIZ Designs and I LOVE it!  She'll make one especially for you!
The Big Ass Book of Crafts Volume 1 & 2!

Rules:
 1. SHARE this post on your FaceBook page.
2. Join my blog if you haven't.
3. LIKE CreateForLess.Com on FaceBook and comment that I sent you.
4. LIKE GeeWhiz Designs on FaceBook and comment that I sent you.
 5. Comment here on the blog that you've completed the rules.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

DAY 2 of 5 Days of Give-Aways! WHAT A GLITTER BLAST!

 Not only is it day 2 of 5 Days of Give-Aways, it's Glitter Blast Tuesday!  
By entering today you're eligible to win

 ALL THE COLORS OF KRYLON GLITTER BLAST!
THE BIG ASS BOX OF CRAFTS
AND
A SMATTERING OF FISKARS SUPPLIES!

*You must enter each day to be eligible for that day's prizes.  Good luck!

 Rules:
1. SHARE this post on your FB page and leave me a comment about what your favorite shape is.
(Last year it was Octopus and Owl shapes)
2. Like The Big Ass Book of Crafts Vol. 2 on Amazon.com
3. Join the blog if you haven't already and leave a comment here.
4. Leave a comment on the KRYLON FaceBook page that I sent you!
 

Good luck EVERYONE!
p.s. Thaydra is the winner from Day 1

Monday, January 16, 2012

5 Days of GIVE AWAYS!

Happy Monday everyone!  I'm having 5 days of GIVE-AWAYS to celebrate 2012!  I know it's already the middle of January, but we need to keep it exciting, don't we?!
Each day we have some amazing prizes so just follow the few simple rules below and you're entered. Be careful to follow each rule :)
Today our prize package contains:
A FISKARS STAMP BLOCK SET!
 A SELECTION OF FISKARS RUBBER STAMPS

 RULES:
1. SHARE this contest on your FB page.
2. Join my blog if you're not a member.
3. Comment here on the blog and tell me what your creating this week.
4. Comment on my Face Book page that you've done it.
Good luck everyone! Tomorrow we have something awesome so stay tuned.
 Winners will be picked throughout the week so keep checking.  Make sure I have your contact information as well.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

And the winners are.............

I've generated the winners for todays little Calendar give away! Donna O'Neil and Kelley (who's e-mail starts with Moonshadow) and left a message on my blog. Congratulations to you both! Yay, Kelley and Donna! 

More contests to come possums! I have tons to give away this year!

2 chances to win today!

I have two of these to give away today before the year gets too far along.  Just comment here and share on your FB page and you're entered! I'll pick a winner tonight and get them off tomorrow.
Good luck!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Blooming Envelopes from THE BIG ASS BOOK OF CRAFTS 2

 Last week at the CAFAM (The Craft and Folk Art Museum) 150 of us made 2 versions of my blooming envelopes together.  We crafted under the stars and enjoyed each other's company.  I was truly in heaven being surrounded by my creative peers.  Today I thought I'd share one of the projects with you in hopes that you'll make them yourself and spread the love!
BTW, if you've seen the cost of greeting cards these days, I'd say something like this would cost at least 5 bucks.  Handmade is so much better!

You’ll need:
Scissors (basic Fiskars work well on all types of  paper)
5 sheets of paper in different matching colors from STAPLES (great selection!)
1 office fastener
Elmer’s glue stick
Address sticker label

 1.    Using the patterns provided, cut out your pieces.  Make sure to cut two of the center disk, one for your address label on the outside of the envelope and one for the center of your envelop.
 2.    Fold your pieces so that they fit one inside of the other.
 3.    Line up all the pieces with one of your disks in the center.
4.    Cut a hole with your X-Acto knife through all of the layers.
 5.    Push your office fastener through and unfold the ends.
6.    Cut out your card with the excess paper.
7.    With your glue stick, glue down a 2nd flower disk on the outside of the envelope to cover the ends of your office fastener or use a sticker label for your address label.
This is the pattern you'll need for the center of the card.  Make it after you've cut and folded the others so you know the size to make it.

Patterns for the 2 inner flowers: The flower should be almost 8 1/2" from end to end.

Patterns for the two outer layers: Make this as large as you can on your copy machine.