Monday, May 4, 2015

Wings of Bling Dragonfly Plant Stake

It's time for the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop!  This month our theme was "Bling".  I created this quick & easy dragonfly plant stake with "Wings of Bling" to add a bit of springtime sparkle to one of my houseplants.    Be sure to follow through the Designer Crafts Connection link in the column on the right to see what other "bling" projects our designers are sharing!  


Plaid® Wood Surfaces - Dragonfly
The Buckle Boutique Dazzling Diamond Self-Adhesive Rhinestone Sheets - Purple, Gold, Green
Wooden dowel
Ad-Tech glue gun & glue sticks
Westcott® Titanium Bonded Non-Stick Scissors
Green craft paint, paint brush


I apologize for not having step-out photos - my lovely computer seems to be having a bit of fun right now making photos I have saved vanish into cyberworld where I cannot locate them.....

1)  Use the tips of scissors to carefully pull part the top piece of the dragonfly's body from the base piece with the wings.

2) Trace the separate body section onto the back of Green Dazzling Diamonds sheet and onto back of Gold.  Cut out and adhere green to separate body.

3) Mount gold body to center of dragonfly.

4) Trace dragonfly onto Purple Dazzling Diamonds sheet.  Cut out wings, adhere to wooden body.

5) Use hot glue to mount green body over gold body - green body is slightly smaller and gold will show slightly around edges.

6) Paint back of dragonfly and wooden dowel with green paint, let dry.  Hot glue dowel to base of dragonfly.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bottle Cap Cabinet Knobs

I found these vintage bottle caps at an antique shop in Virginia and knew just what I wanted to do with them!  Find my full instructions on how to use Beacon Adhesives and ETI Envirotex resin to create your own bottle cap knobs here in my most recent Cindi's Simple Solutions article at When Creativity Knocks.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Turtle Tac Toe!

I designed this fun Turtle Tac Toe game set for Makin's Clay® several years ago.  It's still one of my favorite projects :0) The instructions are on the Makin's Clay® blog here.  

Friday, April 24, 2015

Makin's Clay® Sunflower

I've been obsessed lately with polymer clay flowers and decided to give it a try for myself.  I created this Makin's Clay® sunflower and I'm pretty pleased with the result!  Find the full tutorial on the Makin's Clay® blog here. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Country Wedding Bouquet with Decorative Trimmings

This month the Designer Craft Connection is hosting a blog hop featuring the fabulous product line from Decorative Trimmings.   They have colorful trims, sparkling trims, and great neutral trims.  Something for almost any project.   I ordered 3 different trims.  One I'm featuring today as part of this Wedding Themed hop, the others I'll be sharing soon in another post.   Be sure to follow the DCC link in the column on the right so you can see what other creative projects the participants are sharing!

This wedding bouquet is perfect for a simple country wedding.  It's mix of flowers, ferns, and twisting vines & twigs, combined with burlap ribbon wrapping, and a touch of pretty ivory trim with a crochet feel is casual, yet elegant at the same time.


Decorative Trimmings 1 1/8" INCH COTTON DRAGONLOOP TRIM 

Flowers of choice
Vintage Mason Jar - Optional 


Arrange flowers as desired.  Cut all stems to uniform length.

Wrap stems of bouquet with burlap ribbon, pin in place to hold.

Cut 1 yard of burlap ribbon.  Use Fabri-Tac to mount ivory crochet "dragon loop" trim to center of burlap ribbon.

Tie bow around base of flowers.   The addition of the ivory crochet trim adds a beautiful feminine touch to this country style bouquet and will coordinate with  the bride's crochet style wedding dress beautifully.

After the big day, the bouquet would be beautiful displayed in a vintage Mason jar.  Either leave the pretty burlap & crochet bow on the bouquet, or tie it to the jar itself.  This second option would also make lovely centerpieces for the reception tables.

Decorative Trimmings has a vast assortment of beautiful trims - perfect for any wedding accessory or decoration - whether your theme is bright and bold colors, subtle tones, or country style - they have something for almost everyone's style! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Felt Travel Jewelry Pouch

This colorful felt travel jewelry pouch is my most recent Cindi's Simple Solutions project for When Creativity Knocks.  Featuring Kunin Felt, Loew-Cornell wooden flower tag, JudiKins products, Plaid Gallery Glass paints, and Beacon Adhesives.  You can find the full instructions and supply list here. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring Flower Balls with Smoothfoam™

Spring is springing up everywhere in NC these days!  Whether it's arrived in your home town or whether you are still patiently waiting, these colorful, whimsical Spring Flower Balls will bring a blast of spring to your home decor.   Find the instructions on how to make these for yourself with Smoothfoam™, Kunin Felt, Makin's Clay®, Sizzix® and Earth Safe Finishes Ann Butler Designs Iridesents here on the Smoothfoam Blog -