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Monday, May 29, 2017

DIY: Paper Mart Washi Tape Fourth of July Decorations!

Create festive Fourth of July decorations using washi tape from Paper Mart! Easy and fun crafts!

Be sure to visit Paper Mart for their large washi tape selection and great wrapping paper, ribbons, boxes, etc!  I also used inexpensive items from the dollar store to create a votive and silverware holders that will make your buffet table more patriotic!  I used a dollar store frame as a place to mount a washi tape covered wood star.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Glam Glitter Geode Coasters DIY ~ Craft Klatch Another Coaster Friday

I did another geode coaster experiment.  This one was specifically to create a geode look that also had more pronounced color stripes. It worked and they came out with a glam funky flair!


Saturday, May 20, 2017

56 Beachy Crafts and DIYs!





Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Watercolor Effect Bookmarks DIY | Craft Klatch

With Mother's Day coming up, you might need a last minute gift and this watercolor effect bookmark is easy, inexpensive and uses Sharpies!  It's a great scrapbooking technique too!


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

DIY: How To Make Resin Geode Coasters | Another Coaster Friday | Craft Klatch

Resin is a beautiful medium and I love the look of geodes.  I've tried to create the look of geodes, using resin.  This is my second attempt and I like how they turned out, but I think I might try yet one more version.

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You will need:

Wood pieces (if you don't want to cut our own):  http://amzn.to/2qJK7Ab


White pigment:  http://amzn.to/2qASOQd

Purple pigment: http://amzn.to/2pPdbbM


Pigment powder:  http://amzn.to/2pP88Iq

White acrylic paint
Black acrylic paint
Gold nail polish:  http://amzn.to/2piw4k9

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Cut your wood pieces, or purchase precut wood rounds.




2.  Paint the top white and the bottom and sides black.  I used regular acrylic paint and did two coats each.



3.  Once the paint has dried, you can mix your resin.  I mixed two ounces.  I then separated the resin into smaller cups and worked in the different colors.  

4.  I began pouring the resin on the rounds, but made sure to have the rounds elevated on a cup.




5.  I poured resin right in the middle and altered the colors, which forced the resin to move out toward the edges, in a ring pattern.  



6.  You need to realize, as the resin spreads and takes on a life of its own, it will take on a different pattern and you have limited control.  



7.  Once they resin has spread over the wood, use a lighter or a torch to pop the bubbles.




8.  As the resin drips down the sizes, be sure to use a stir stick, or spatula to remove the drips.



9.  Let them cure a minimum of 12 hours before handling them.

I think they turned out beautifully, but I have an idea to keep the veining and stripes bolder, as you would see in an actual geode.  Here is that video:









Here is the first one I tried:






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

Mona

Sunday, May 7, 2017

DIY: How to Make a Mixed Media Pet Art Project | Craft Klatch

I have two cats.  I love them.  I worry about them.  They have become a part of me and have shaped who I am.  You can call me the crazy cat lady.  I'm at peace with that.  I do love my cats, but I love all animals.  I don't think you have to be a dog person, or a cat person.  I think you can just be an animal person and I don't understand how anyone can be mean to them.  


Let me give you a little background.  Spooky was a stray that showed up 13 years ago.  She's was between six months to a year at that time.  I came home from Walmart on a Saturday morning and there she was at my door.  She walked right in and stayed.  I let her out to see if she would go home, but she didn't.  She moved in.  I put up signs, called the police and local vets and nobody claimed her.  So she stayed.  The first day she was in the house, she would be laying in the dining room and the next thing I know, she's in the bedroom.  She never passed me and never made a sound, so her name became Spooky.  Turns out she's a girl.


Fast forward to four years ago and a black cat took up residence in our garage.  We fed it and wanted to try to get it into the house because it was cold, snowy and January in Chicago.  Let's just use the word miserable.  The cat had beautiful amber eyes and short black hair.  So we called it Amber.  Turns out Amber is a boy.  

Amber would come every day for breakfast and dinner.  One night, Amber was outside and looking down a path that leads next door and it looked like he was talking to someone, or something.  I went outside and slowly walked to look down the path.  It was dark and I couldn't really see anything, but I thought I saw a shadow of something.  Then I saw that it was another black cat.  Oh boy... 

We started feeding both and put a heating pad in the garage, until we could figure out what to do.  The other black cat had long hair, but looked like a mess! 


I would put the food out for both in the morning and Greg would ask, which one was there.  I'd look out the side window and say, "It's Amber."  or "It's the Pouffy one."  So, Pouffy became Pouffy.  Turns out Pouffy is a boy.  Maybe I shouldn't be allowed to name pets...  Some mornings we would find those two curled up together on the chair on our front porch.  They were quite a pair.  

We worked with an organization, to get them fixed and we had to trap them to do so.  Pouffy was so skinny, he didn't set off the trap...(I'm trying not to cry).  We finally figured it all out (ALL Greg because I was crying when we had to trap them).  They went to a vet, got checked out, received all of their shots and Amber was fixed.  We got the call that Amber was definitely a feral cat, but Pouffy had already been fixed and was chipped.  He had an owner.  

We found out he was originally rescued from the mean streets of Chicago, as a baby.  The organization that rescued him had socialized him and then he was put up for adoption.  We live out in the suburbs of Chicago and the family that adopted him is somewhere near us, but they could not give us anymore information.  The lady that socialized him called the owners and found out that they had thrown him out, in the middle of winter, because "he didn't bond with the kids".  WTF?!?!?!  You don't just throw him out!  I have a lot of words for people like that, but I will keep them to myself.  The lady that had rescued him and socialized him said, when they adopted him, she specifically said they could bring him back anytime, no questions asked.  Now I have pure, unbridled disgust for people like that.  

Pouffy became ours.  Pouffy was literally a bag of bones.  His fur was matted and tangled and disgusting.  He was so shy, but sooooooo sweet.  When they came home, they took up residence in our guest room, for weeks.  I had to cut out chunks of Pouffy's fur because I couldn't brush or comb through it.  Pouffy was used to people, so he was immediately affectionate, once he came to trust us.  

Amber was different.  He was tough but sweet.  He was a really nice cat.  He liked us, but he was never affectionate. That was just who he was and we loved him for it.  I would pet him with a feather and play with him.  Eventually, he let me touch him, but he seemed like he was putting up with it more than actually enjoying it.  He was definitely the tough one.  He always looked out for Pouffy and we are convinced if Pouffy had not met up with Amber, he never would have survived.  Amber saved him.  



As the weather warmed up, they went outside and would hang around in our courtyard and come in every night and play together.  We found out Amber had a parasite, from eating dirt (before we were feeding him).  We took him to our vet and had that taken care of.  Then he was feeling better and one day he just left.  It was like he found a home for Pouffy.  He knew Pouffy was taken care of and he could go.  He didn't need to do it anymore.  He could move on.  We were sad.  Pouffy was sad.  

Spooky had chosen to move in next door, with my parents and just visit, while the new arrivals were getting settled.  When Amber left, she came back.  Pouffy and Spooky would get into it for a while.  Pouffy wanted a pal to play with and Spooky, having been an only cat and older, wanted nothing to do with him.

After four years, they still have their moments where they slap each other for a minute, but overall they have come to accept each other for who they are.  Now that you have read all of that, you might understand why I wanted to do a project for Pouffy.  He had a rough start, so he deserves love.  And Amber, we think about you everyday!!!

So today we are making a Mixed Media Pet Art Project, starring Pouffy!



You will need:
5x7 canvas board:  http://amzn.to/2ppafSF
Mod Podge:  http://amzn.to/2qx8Y9C
Stencil:  http://amzn.to/2ppaLA5
Acrylic paint
Bugle beads 

Charms:  check out the clearance aisle at the craft store


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Paint the canvas blue and let it dry.
2.  Use a polka dot stencil and add the yellow polka dots.  Let it dry.
3.  Print and cut out a picture of your pet.
4.  Using Mod Podge, I adhered the picture of Pouffy to the canvas.  I covered the entire canvas with Mod Podge.
5.  Then I added little embellishments I have collected over the years, including a key, a bird, a question mark, an exclamation mark and bugle beads.

When it all dries, you can frame it or display it on a little easel.  Hang it on the wall, or have it on your desk.  It's a great reminder of your little fuzzy loved one!

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

Mona

DIY: How to Make Jalapeno Drink Coasters | Craft Klatch | Another Coaster Friday

I don't enjoy eating spicy foods, or jalapeños, but I do like the look of them!  This is great if you do love spicy food, or it would make a great gift for someone who does.  Maybe for Father's Day?  Certainly it works as a great addition to your Cinco de Mayo decorations!  When I make these wood coasters, don't just think about them as coasters.  You can enlarge them and have them be really fun decorations, like wall decor, or something you might have sitting on a mantel or shelf, or the buffet table during a celebration.




You will need:
1/4' plywood:  go to hardware store
Saw:  http://amzn.to/2ptcaWG
Triple Thick:  http://amzn.to/2qmlCIw
Red and green acrylic paint

Sand paper or Dremel tool:  http://amzn.to/2pFNbjO

Here is the video tutorial, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, so you don't miss a thing:






Directions:
1.  Draw a jalapeño.  Make sure it is large enough to accommodate having a glass sitting on it.  Cut it out.
2.  Trace it onto 1/4 inch plywood and cut out.
3.  Make sure to sand the edges.
4.  Paint the jalapeño.  Start with the red.  This will take a minimum of two coats.  Let it dry.
5.  With a pencil, lightly draw on the area that will be green for the top of the jalapeño.
6.  With a thin brush, paint the green.  This will also take a minimum of two coats.  Let it dry.
7.  Once dry, you want to seal it.  I used Triple Thick, which works great and has a good look.  It will withstand the use of cold drinks.  You can use an outdoor sealer, if you want to have something a little more durable and if you think it might be wet for hours at a time.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!

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

Mona

DIY: How to Make Cinco De Mayo Coasters | Craft Klatch Another Coaster Friday




As you know, I love confetti coasters, so this time I decided to use the confetti as a background and these body jewelry stickers in the foreground.



You will need:
Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/2pJzi3H
Body jewelry:  http://amzn.to/2oWp2SW

Here is the video tutorial:
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Directions:
1.  Mix two ounces of resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix in confetti.
3.  Pour into two cavities of the coaster mold.
4.  Pop bubbles with your lighter and allow to cure for 12 hours.
5.  Add the body jewelry stickers.  Be sure to rub them down.
6.  Mix two ounces of resin and pour one ounce over each coaster.
7.  Pop bubbles with your lighter.
8.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.

That's it!  Enjoy your coaster and by the way, it's perfect for holding a margarita!!

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

Mona

Saturday, May 6, 2017

DIY: How To Make Spring Bird Home Decor | Woodworking | Craft Klatch





I love the look of birds in home decor.  I thought I would like to make some for spring.  They have a whimsical and fun look!



You will need:
-  3/4" plywood
-  14 gauge copper wire
-  Soldering iron:  http://amzn.to/2oI6W6J
-  Solder
-  Acrylic paint


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Draw a simple bird shape onto a piece of paper and cut it out.
2.  Trace the bird onto the plywood.
3.  Cut out the bird shapes and sand the edges.
4.  Drill holes into the bottom of the birds for the legs.
5.  Paint the birds.  Allow to dry.
6.  Use some sandpaper to give it a little distressed look.  
5.  Take the copper wire and cut to length for the legs and the toes.
6.  Solder the legs and toes together.
7.  Insert the legs into the bottom of the birds and adjust as needed.
8.  Remove the legs and add a dab of glue and reinsert.  Allow to dry.

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That's it!  I hope you like them!

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

Mona

DIY: How To Make Easter Confetti Coasters | Craft Klatch | Another Coaster Friday





One of my favorite coasters to make are confetti coasters.  They are easy and always look great.  This is one I made for Easter.



Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/2pyPxwI
Easter confetti:  http://amzn.to/2pyPi4L




Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Mix one or two ounces of resin, according to the package directions.  
2.  Mix in the confetti.
3.  Pour into the coaster mold.
4.  Pop the bubbles with your lighter and allow it to cure at least 12 hours.

That's it!  

Now you have another cool coaster!  If you are making coasters, I would love to see them!  Be sure to find me on Facebook and all my other links.  Tag me and use the hashtag #AnotherCoasterFriday.

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

Mona