M is for… Moravian Star Lantern by Roni Johnson
M is for Moravian Star Lantern! Not long ago I saw a post on Facebook featuring all sorts of exotic Moravian Star Lanterns and I instantly knew I wanted to attempt to make one. As luck would have it this month one of our themes/challenges was “M is for….”. Well, I did it!
The lantern is made entirely from cardstock and I mimicked other patterns that I have seen online. I wanted to make a flat one instead of a full star so I just made it up as I went. But if this seems too difficult then feel free to download a free pdf template to help guide you. I measured out the individual pieces, colored with Delicata and used Imagine’s Vertigo plastic film so it’s transparent, visually interesting and light weight. Each spike has 4 Vertigo windows colored using Fireworks Spray. The lantern lights up with help from a battery-powered LED tea light. The green spike on the side is attached using Velcro dots so it can be popped off for access to the tea light to turn it on and off. It can be easily hung anywhere and even a gentle breeze turns it round and round.
- Cardstock – white
- Battery-operated LED tea light
- Exacto knife
- Fishing line or twine
Personalized Decorative Door Sign by Jessica Litman
Personalized gifts are some of my favorite presents because they are unique and thoughtful. When they are handmade, they are an even more thoughtful gift which shows the recipient who much you love and care about them. In this quick lesson on how to craft a personalized sign, I will discuss the ease of this project. First, the most difficult part is gathering all your materials. Once you have finished collecting all the supplies then most of the work is finished and the fun begins.
Start by tracing plaque outline on paper and cutting out the shape. Then cover plaque edges using Tear It Tape and mount your newly cut outline (polka dots in the photo above). Using two hand-cut Monterey Pine Flowers shapes, ink with Memento Dew Drop Rose Bud ink and ink two Monterey Pine leaves with Memento Dew Drop New Sprout ink. Set aside to dry. Select what name you’d like from wooden letters and ink with VersaMagic Chalk Ink in Purple Hydrangea. Set aside to dry. Staple ribbon to the backside of the plaque to use for hanging on a hook or door knob. Finish the front by gluing the wooden letters, flowers, and leaves to the plaque. This all should dry fairly quickly and you are ready to gift!
• Hand-Cut Monterey Pine – Leaf, Heart and Petal Pack
• Memento Dew Drop – New Sprout, and Rose Bud
• VersaMagic – Purple Hydrangea
• Tear It! Tape
• Hot glue gun
• Wooden plaque
• Decorative paper
• Wooden letters
• Staple gun
Fantastix are awesome! Whether you enjoy cardmaking, illustration, mixed media or home decor projects, Fantastix are a great addition to your art supplies. Fantastix measures 4.25 x 0.25 inches and contains a highly absorbent foam that responds very quickly to liquid ink. And when we say liquid ink we mean pretty much any liquid ink whether it has metallic shimmer, dark pigment colors, light pigment colors, is a water-based or solvent ink.
The barrel size fits well in the hand, comes in bullet or brush tips and can be used on paper, metal, wood, and fabric. This lightweight tool from Tsukineko performs like an empty ink marker and in today’s blog, we created a video showing off a wide range of uses for this handy little tool.
Check it out!
- Joy Clair Stamps – Be Joyful Bird
- Ink palette
- Pre-made zipper pouch
Technology has crept into most aspects of our lives and the kitchen is no exception. The internet is a wealth of information especially when it comes to recipes and cooking suggestions. It’s like having all of the cookbooks in the world at your fingertips. While technology grants us the ability to look up any recipe we could think of there is still one little tech problem in the kitchen. I need both hands free to cook and I also need to prop up my Ipad to read my recipes. So, I thought it would be fun to make an IPad “cookbook” Holder to solve this problem. After crafting the design, I simply set it up on my counter using the hinged prop on the back, and I was ready to go!
Time: 1 hour + dry time
Paint a wood cutting board with white acrylic paint. Position stencil over the cutting board and ink with VersaMark Ink over the entire board.
Sprinkle Imagine’s Clear Embossing Powder over the ink. Shake off excess powder and return it to the jar for future use. Melt powder with a heat tool.
Ink with VersaMagic Dew Drop inks over the embossed design. VersaMagic is a chalk pigment which leaves a beautiful matte finish and has a little bit of a longer dry time to allow for blending. Use an InkBlusher to blend the inks together working from light to darker colors.
Use a tissue or soft dry cloth to wipe excess ink from the embossed areas. The embossed design will really pop once the excess ink has been removed.
Color a Scrabble Letter Rack (or a similar wood mount) using an InkBlusher sponge and desired color of VersaMagic. Glue inked holder to the front of the cutting board.
Affix a prop to the back of the cutting board. You can create any support you feel will work for your cutting board. I simply glued chipboard (actually an old game board) to the wood holder to create a support, attached the ribbon (to keep the board from opening all the way and covered the board with matching ink.
- Cutting Board (preferably an old one with some character & large enough for your tablet)
- Acrylic Paint – White (I used DecoArt)
- Scrabble Letter Rack
- Heat tool
M is for Monogram! In today’s post, I am sharing how to make a Monogrammed Shaker Key Chain. In April, we celebrated our third year as homeowners—our housiversary if you will—and I have a few other friends dipping their toes (and bank accounts) into the real estate market right now. All of this had me thinking about the prime symbol of home ownership: the key. I had a lot of fun putting together this DIY crafting shaker element usually meant for handmade cards and turning it into a handmade keychain. It could a perfect housewarming gift for a new homeowner but could also be a fabulous luggage tag if traveling is more your style.
- DCWV – Brights Textured Card Stock
- Clear acetate sheet
- Self-adhesive foam
- Lawn Fawn – Stitched Circle Frames
- Alphabet dies (vintage)
- Die cut machine
- Xyron – Create-a-Sticker
- Jewelry findings
- Paint brush
Doesn’t this seahorse make you want to be at the beach? It does for me!
Check out the video below that Nadine Carlier created showing how she used Fireworks! and Delicata to turn this paper mache seahorse into a gorgeous shimmery blue home decor piece.
Time: 30 min
- Bare Naked Paper Mache Seahorse
- Clear Gesso
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Simple and Bright Kitchen Refresher
Spring cleaning means getting rid of the old and making room for the new. So, how about some new linen towels? Bright, festive colors will help freshen the look of your kitchen or bathrooms! Linen is washable and has natural antibacterial properties that cotton does not.
Time: 30 minutes + drying time
Pre-wash linen towels for softness.
TIP: Linen should be washed on a gentle/delicate wash and air-dried, though it can be placed in a dryer on a low setting. Do not use fabric softener before applying the ink.
Take a wood block stamp and ink it with VersaCraft Ink. These inks are made especially for using on fabric. A wood block stamp is great for fabric because of its deep cuts which create amazing detail.
TIP: If you are also a sewer- make your own linen towels to get just the right size.
Heat set ink with a dry iron for 1 – 2 minutes on each side and allow to cool. Let set for 48 hours before laundering again.
- Linen towel(s)
- Wood block stamp