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Friday, December 30, 2016

Another Coaster Friday ~ 2016 Year in Review!

It's the last Friday of the year, so it's a perfect time to review what we did on Another Coaster Friday!!!

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Here are coasters from years past:

Happy New Year everyone!  Much love and appreciation for having you on this journey with me!


Monday, December 26, 2016

Craft Klatch | 2016 Craft Year In Review

I can't believe 2016 flew by!  As with any year, there were a lot of ups and downs and I appreciate all of you for being with me through the year! Love you all!

Remember, Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!


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Friday, December 23, 2016

Ugly Christmas Sweater Coasters | Another Coaster Friday | DIY Project | Craft Klatch | How To

Here is my last holiday craft of the season!!!  What says Christmas more than an ugly sweater?

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You will need:
-  Wood - I used 1/8" birch plywood from the craft store (or cork, if you'd rather make a cork version)
-  Saw for wood or scissors for cork:
-  Acrylic paints:
-  Satin Mod Podge:

Here is the video tutorial:

1.  I drew a template out of paper and then cut out wood, in the shape of a sweater - or you can use cork as an alternative.

2.  I painted one red and one green and then did the trim in the other color.  Expect to do two coats.

3.  When I painted the trim, I took a skewer stick and scraped into the paint, to give it the ribbing effect.

4.  Once dry, I painted a snow man on the green one, with snow falling.  I show you how I painted it in the video.

5.  On the red sweater, I painted a Christmas tree with presents underneath.  I also show you how in the video.  If you don't want to paint, you can always use stickers or decoupage images onto it.

6.  Once everything is dry, you need to seal it.  You can seal it with anything, but I used the satin Mod Podge.

That's it!  Easy and fun!!  It's a perfect kid's craft - if you cut out the shapes and/or use cork instead!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe! 
Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy New Year, Happy Everything!


Monday, December 19, 2016

Easy Snowman Craft | Dollar Store Craft Candleholders | DIY Project | Craft Klatch | How To

Use items from Dollar Tree to create a cute light up snowman!  It's an inexpensive and easy craft and DIY!  

You will need:
-  3 Globe votives
-  Wire
-  Multi-surface paint in:
-  Floral foam
-  Red felt
-  Slick white fabric paint:
-  Glamour dust:
-  Black craft foam:
-  Berries and greenery
-  3 battery operated votives
-  Hot glue

Here is the video tutorial:


1.  You need to start with the small fishbowl votives.

2.  Paint the votives white.  Do not paint the bottom.  I used a multi-surface paint, which is available at the craft store.  I also used a stencil brush, but that is not necessary.  I just like the texture from the stencil brush.

3.  While the votives are drying, move on to the hat.  Take the floral foam and roll it along the black craft foam.  You want to trace it with a pencil and then cut it out.

4.  Using hot glue, glue it around the floral foam and cut off any excess.

5.  Trace the top of the floral foam on the black craft foam and cut out.  Glue it to the top of the hat and trim off any excess.

6.  Place the hat on the black craft foam and draw a circle larger than the foam.  This will become the brim of the hat.  Cut it out and glue it on the bottom of the floral foam.

7.  Add berries and greenery to the hat for a little embellishment.

8.  Add dimensional white paint onto the had, for snow and sprinkle with a fine glitter.

9.  Once the votives are dry, paint on the face, on the top votive.  Paint on the coal buttons on the middle votive.

10. Take your wire and twist it around the top of one of the votives.  Bend fingers at one end.  Then do the same on the other and cut off any excess.  Glue it onto the top of the middle votive.  

11.  Paint the wire that is touching the votive white and the arms going out brown.

12.  Cut out two lengths of red felt.  Fringe one end on each of them.

13.  Glue it to the top of the middle votive, over the wire.  Pull it around and arrange it in the front and finish gluing.

14.  Add berries, greenery and more snow and glitter for embellishments.  The dimensional white paint on the hat and scarf, with the glitter gives you the opportunity to cover any hot glue, seams or imperfections. 

That’s it!  Now add your battery operated votives and have him jolly up your Christmas decor!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life’s too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe! 

Happy Holidays!


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas Cookie Drink Coasters | DIY Project | Another Coaster Friday | Craft Klatch | How To

I feel the Christmas spirit!  What helps get you more in spirit?  Christmas cookies!  These cookies are actually drink coasters to help decorate your home and protect your furniture!  All the fun, none of the calories!

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You will need:
-  Air dry clay:
-  Vanilla acrylic paint:
-  Paper clay:
-  Super gloss Mod Podge:
-  Matte Mod Podge:
-  Squeeze bottles:
-  Clear glitter:
-  Fine red glitter:
-  Fine green glitter:
-  Black acrylic paint: 
-  Orange acrylic paint
-  Red acrylic paint
-  Milk chocolate brown acrylic paint

Here is the video tutorial:

Directions for round sugar cookies:
1.  Take air dry clay and manipulate it for a while to soften it.  I mixed in vanilla and khaki paint into the clay, while I was kneading it.  It didn't dry at the perfect color, but it was close.
2. Roll the clay flat onto your work table.  Use a circle cookie cutter to just out the circles.
3.  Let them dry.
4.  When dry, paint them with vanilla color acrylic paint and dab it off with a paper towel, so you don't have any brush strokes.
5.  Using a milk chocolate acrylic paint, put some on the brush and on a paper towel, rub most of it off.  You want to use a dry brush to just give a little bit of browning on the cookie, so it looks like it was baked.  
6.  Use matte finish Mod Podge to seal them.
7.  Mix fine red glitter and chunky clear/white glitter in one bowl.  Mix fine green glitter and chunky clear/white glitter in another bowl.
8.  Using a thick glue that dries clear and put a bead around the edge of the cookies.
9.  Dip the edges into the glitter and then put them aside to dry.

That's it for the round sugar cookies!  Tie them up with some baker's twine and you have great and original hostess gift!

Directions for the snowman cookie coasters:
1.  Mix and roll the clay out, the same as above.
2.  Using a snowman cookie cutter, cut out the shapes.
3.  Put them aside to dry.
4.  Once dry, if they need to be painted, do so as you did on the other cookies.
5.  Use the milk chocolate paint to brown the cookies and make them look baked.
6.  To make the frosting, I mixed paper clay with water, white acrylic paint, Super Gloss Mod Podge.  It will take some time to get the right consistency.  You want the lumps out.  Transfer them into the squeeze bottles.
7.  Mix black paint into one, red into another and orange into another.
9.  First use the white to frost cookie, with the exception of the hat.
10.  Use the black for the hat.  I used a skewer stick to make the eyes, mouth and buttons, with the black icing.
11.  I used the bottle of red to make the scarf.  FYI:  The red bled on mine because I added some food color to the mixture.  It won't bleed if you use 
12.  I used the skewer stick to make the carrot nose.  Let it all dry.
13.  Once dry, you can seal it with a satin, or super gloss Mod Podge.

Once it is all dry, you are finished!

They are perfect to dress up the house for the holidays, or give as gifts!

That's it!  Happy Holidays everyone!
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Wood, Resin and Glitter Christmas Ornaments | DIY Project | Craft Klatch | How To

Create beautiful Christmas ornaments using wood, resin and glitter!  Easy DIY project to trim your tree, or add to a Christmas package.  

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You will need:
-  Wood ornaments:  I found them at Michaels, but here are some fun ones that might work:
-  Glitter:  I used fine green, fine red, fine blue and chunky purple
-  Gold and white acrylic paint:
-  Packing tape:
-  Dremel:
-  Ribbon:

Here is the video tutorial:

1.  Paint the wood laser pieces with acrylic paint.  I painted the polar bear white and the others gold.

2.  Once dry, take packing tape and put it on the back of the ornaments.  

3.  Burnish it down, to make sure you have a good seal.

4.  Trim off the excess, so you don't end up getting stuck to it, while you are working on them.

5.  Mix your resin, according to the package directions.  Two ounces should be plenty.  Separate into four different cups.  Mix blue glitter into one, red glitter into another, green glitter into another and chunky purple glitter into the last one.

6.  Carefully drip the glitter resin into the wood pieces.

5.  Pop bubbles with your lighter - be careful because they are  pieces of wood.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.

6.  If needed, drill hole for ribbon.

8.  Add ribbon and your are finished!

Now decorate your tree!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™   Stay safe and Happy Holidays!