Archive for the ‘Handmade’ Category

Halloween Decal Fun!


I recently found a website that sells paper that you run through your inkjet or laser printer to make clear decals to use on glassware, candles, soap, wood, etc. The possibilities for making cool crafts and home decor projects are endless! The website is called DecalPaper.Com. They even sell waterslide tatoo paper  — I think I see a handcrafted "tat" in my future… tee hee

I ordered their Inkjet Clear Waterslide Decal Paper and today created some fun Halloween candles and treat jars for the house using my Oct. 31 brushset. It's alot easier than it looks, come on I'll show you how I did it…


First print out your decals on the waterslide paper, making sure your print is on the glossy side of the paper. Then using Acrylic Crystal Clear High Gloss spray, spray your decals with about 2-3 coats. Allow to dry for about an hour before the next step.

Cut out your designs and for each project, soak your decal in a tub of water for about a minute, or until the decal begins to slide off the backing on the paper. Take the decal and put it on your glassware or candle. Use a clean, dry cloth to gently get all the air bubbles out. If it begins to dry and tear, wet the cloth slightly and go back over it.



Make sure you don't put the decal on anything that touches food. These dried completely pretty quickly – about an hour. I am not sure about putting the glassware in the dishwasher – I think I'll just wash them by hand. Also, I think to be safe, I may not burn the candles! LOL! I will have to check the DecalPaper site to see if this is okay.



Have fun!


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Paper Heaven….

My favorite place to go when I'm in Ann Arbor, besides Zingermans (for the BEST turkey reuben you'll ever eat!), is Hollanders. They are a paper arts store and besides having everything paper (stationary, scrapbooking, cards, clip art books, crafting and arts books), they also hold classes in altered art, mixed media art journals, book-binding and even letterpress. Of course, I've taken many of these classes! LOL! But that was years ago. I just picked up their workshop schedule and may head back for a class or two this fall.

Anyway, the other day when I visited Hollanders, I took pictures of their papers for inspiration both in color and design combinations. Here they are in all their iPhone photo glory for you! Some are kinda blurry but they are all so gorgeous, aren't they?







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I'm very excited to give you a sneak peek of my new scrapbooking line from FancyPants, called Lilac House. I love the soft and textured quality of this line – it's filled with florals and paislies and some vintage designs — perhaps some of the fabrics you'd find in a tiny seaside cottage or country home. It will debut next week at the Summer CHA show.

Here are some layouts I saw from the Fancy Pants Blog from their very talented design team!

Sweet Little You by Amy Peterman

Amy SweetLittleYou 

Style by Kay Rogers

Kay SummerStyle


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I made this little "Dream Box" using my new paints and some of my FancyPants Roadshow rubons. I just started a mixed media class with Claudine Hellmuth at BPS and it is amazing! She has several video tutorials each week and some extra class projects which inspired me to create this box.

My creative juices started yesterday when I got this box from UPS with all my goodies for Claudine's class!

Next I went to Michael's and got this little wooden treasure box to work with. I got all my painting supplies out, including my Roadshow Rubons from Fancy Pants.

I covered the box with gesso, letting it dry for a few hours. This is not necessary but just like priming when you paint a wall, it gives you better coverage with the color.

Next, I watched Claudine's video on beginning paint mixing and downloaded her PDF paint mixing chart. I mixed up two colors… a bright green and a soft blue…

I painted the bottom part of the box with the green and the top with the blue, letting it dry overnight.

This morning, I got out my rubons and cut them out with scissors. Using a wooden stick, I transferred the rubons onto my box on the sides and top…

The trick with using rubons, especially on wood, is to go slowly and hold them in place. You can tell that the image has been transferred because it will appear lighter (as it does on the right side of this rub)….

When I was all done, I picked a goldish brown chalk ink and went around the edges of the box to give it a slightly aged look.

And that's, it! The possibilities are endless with paint…and that's why I love it!

If you would like to try your hand at this technique, post here over on the ScrapArtist Blog with a link to your project by next Friday (midnight). I'll send ONE lucky random winner my Roadshow rub-ons as well as a few other Fancy Pants Roadshow goodies.

Have a great weekend!

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I am so excited about this new website called Little Light Studios! The brainchild of Kayla Aimee Terrell and Wilna Furstenberg, the site offers online classes and inspiration for scrapping, paperarts and photography!

This month, I've created a companion brush set for Kayla's Photo Editing class as well as a tutorial on how to use my Polaroid Transfer Masks. You can check it all out here!

I have been on such a class-taking kick lately. I just finished up Kayla's  Bling Your Blog workshop and it was amazing. I learned so much and even did a little coding on my blog. I am not done "blinging" it yet but I like the overall result so far.

Right now, I am taking Kelly Rae Robert's Flying Lessons online seminar and I love it! She is covering all the ways artists can and should be promoting themselves. This weeks's lesson is about time management, which I really need!

Next month, I'm getting out my paint brushes and acrylics to take a mixed media class with Claudine Helmuth over at Big Picture Scrapbooking! I can't wait for it!! It starts July 1.

We just got back from vacation and my little Ellie is sick, so I'm not sure how much class taking I'll be doing today….


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