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Monday, November 24, 2014

Toorkey for Tacos! Elf is Cookin' Up Trouble with Deflecto Wet Erase Signs

Greetings Friends! It's the last Monday of November and time for another Deflecto USA Ambassador Design Team Challenge. This month's Challenge theme is "Fanciful Frames". I will be sharing a couple of posts this week sharing a variety of Deflecto Frames, Signs and Wet-Erase Chalkboard Signs which are sleek and modern, yet so much fun!

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This month the Deflecto USA Ambassador Design Team is sharing a variety of creative and imaginative uses for the Deflecto "Fanciful Frames" challenge so you'll want to CLICK HERE to jump over to the Deflecto Craft Facebook Page to see more of the teams creations.

My first project sets the scene for my first official "ELF" prank starring my handmade SCOUTIE Elf. She is cooking up trouble in the kitchen during Thanksgiving preparations trading off turkey for tacos - LOL!

The Deflecto Wet-Erase Sign Item Number MINI-M-KR is perfect for adding a sign in a snap! These cute Black signs mounted to a Mahogany easel come in a three pack and measure 5 7/8" x 9 1/2" x 5 1/4".

I created a fun Mexican themed sign using the assorted color pack of Deflecto Wet-Erase Markers - the colors are vibrant and matched my decor and papier machĂ© bull perfectly.

Ready for MORE??!

I am in a group online called The Documented Life Project where there are loads of talented artists sharing their work using the weekly prompts. I was inspired to display this C.S. Lewis quote that had been beautifully illustrated in an art journal spread created by artist Sherrinda Williams Ketchersid. My penmanship is not as nearly as nice as hers, though my rusty modified calligraphy worked nicely with the chiseled tip of the Deflecto White Wet-Erase Marker.

For this project I used the double-sided Deflecto Wet-Erase Sign Item Number ELE-M-ME - a beautifully designed, 7 7/8" x 9" x 2 3/8" Black removable sign mounted within a Mahogany base. The removable sign makes message changes easy using the non-smearing, fast-drying Deflecto Wet-Erase Markers.

The Chalk markers clean up quick and easy with a wet paper towel and water, then followed with a dry cloth - and they leave no ghosting. The ink is opaque and bright and does not require multiple coats - that's a timesaver.

The black board of this display is stiff and durable and can take the wear and tear of lots of erasing and re-decorating. I put it to the test, too... I started and erased quite a lot more writing than I kept!

Inspiration that's right at Home!

I added a little decorative black and white washi tape to the wooden frame to help balance all the black and white... it did the trick. Best part - the other side is ready to go to make a list, jot down reminders or add another inspirational quote. CLICK HERE to jump over to the Deflecto Craft Facebook Page to see more creations to inspire you with Deflecto "Fanciful Frames".

How would you decorate with Deflecto Wet-Erase Signs?

Thanks for visiting! Please join me the LAST MONDAY of each month when the Deflecto USA Ambassador Design Team will have a new Deflecto product challenge to debut.
 :) Sb

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Anybody Seen an ELF... Anything But a Card Challenges No. 41 "ANYTHING GOES"

Good Morning Everyone! The holiday season is fast approaching and I haven't begun my handmade holiday cards and gifts... how about you??!

Today begins week number 3 of Challenge No. 41 at Anything But a Card Challenges! If you missed the amazing creations by our team of designers when ANYTHING GOESCLICK HERE to view week one designers, CLICK HERE to view week 2 designers.

The current Challenge... is OPEN! We all love a good prompt to inspire us and let us stretch our creative muscle. With the holiday season fast approaching... we want to see what you're creating! For Anything But a Card Challenges No. 41 is ANYTHING GOES. Share you're creations, whatever it may be... scrapbooking, collage, ATCs, tags, art journal pages, altered shrines... whatever tickles your muse and her fancy!

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Prior to Halloween I received some Smoothfoam doll heads for a creepy project... then one day strolling Pinterest, I found myself swimming in Christmas pins and how people creatively prank with these mischievous elves. Since then visions of sugarplums have been dancing in my head and designs on making my very own "Elf on the Shelf" sitter.

You know one of these... I had to go to an actual Hallmark Store yesterday {a rare occasion} and I spied a real one in the window...


I've never seen one of these in person, only all the photos online - and I'm glad I saw it after completing my HANDMADE version because I'm so proud of myself!! My little elf is more than twice as large as the name brand... and I think so much cuter, too!

This project was a labor of love and at each step I was totally consumed in the process. Please CLICK HERE to view more details. I think I will make a little skirt for my scout later, but for now I'm totally loving her creeping me out sitting next to the TV.

My Handmade "SCOUT" Elf is
already getting into mischief!

Supplies used: Poly-fil Poly-Pellets Stuffing BeadsCrafter's Choice Dry Polyester Fiberfill, and oly*fun™ - all from Fairfield World. Other supplies used: Smoothfoam baby headSuper Sculpey polymer clay; Faber-Castell Gelatos; Faber-Castell PITT pens; Faber-Castell Gesso; Sewing Machine; Water Brush; Tonic Scissors and Beacon Fabri-Tac Adhesive.

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Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you'll join in and play along with me at Anything But a Card Challenges. I look forward to seeing your creations. Sb :)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

HARK... an ELF is Born for the Fairfield World Handmade Holiday Challenge with Designer Crafts Connection

Welcome to another special Designer Crafts Connection Challenge - using products from Fairfield World. We have been challenged to make handmade holiday gifts or decor featuring Fairfield World's Poly-fil line - fiberfill, batting, poly-fil beads, pillow inserts, and more I had my visions of sugarplums dancing in my head and designs on making my very own "Elf on the Shelf" sitter.

In today's project I have used Poly-fil Poly-Pellets Stuffing Beads, Crafter's Choice Dry Polyester Fiberfill, and oly*fun™ - all from Fairfield World. Other supplies used: Smoothfoam baby head; Super Sculpey polymer clay; Faber-Castell Gelatos; Faber-Castell PITT pens; Faber-Castell Gesso; Sewing Machine; Water Brush; Tonic Scissors and Beacon Fabri-Tac Adhesive.

Join us today November 7th through 14th for this special Fairfield World Handmade Holiday Challenge. For this event there is a fabulous giveaway too {please scroll down for Rafflecopter entry info}.

To begin, I ventured over to Pinterest to look up some elves for reference to sketch out a quick pattern for the body, arms and legs. The official "Elf on the Shelf" is a simple shape, that's full of personality and my Smoothfoam baby head is perfect to create my own little mischievous elf to have some holiday pictoral fun.

I primed the head with gesso and then mixed up a nice skin tone with peach and several pink Gelatos blended with a bit of watered down gesso. I built up the color in layers until I arrived at a nice skin tone. When the base color was completely dry - I used a sponge dauber to apply some Gelatos to create rosy cheeks. 

Now to brink my ELF to life... she needs a face! I painted a base layer in the eyes with the large white Faber-Castell PITT pen, then added blue and finally the black accents and eyelashes using PITT brush pens. The fine tip of the brush nibs came in really handy in working on such small details.

The final touch is magenta PITT brush pen added with a water brush to control intensity of red on the lips. Now with the face done, I set this aside to dry and I have a second baby head wrapped in plastic wrap to buildup some dimensional hair using the Super Sculpey clay. I did this by rolling out thin coils and layering in curl shapes around the face and ears. I did have to bake this to harden per instructions on package. I stained the polymer clay hair with a combination of brown Gelatos. The clay did make my head a bit top heavy, but I sorted that out when I fashion the body and fill with the stuffing beads.

The body and clothing came together really quick and easy using oly*fun™ and a combination of machine sewing and Fabri-Tac adhesive. The arms and legs are filled with the Crafter's Choice Dry Polyester Fiberfill and the body filled with the Poly-fil Poly-Pellets Stuffing Beads, so she will be sitting pretty and not topple over. I think she needs a skirt. When I construct the skirt, I will use this to add a bit more weight to her by making the skirt filled with more of the stuffing beads.

My Handmade "SCOUT" Elf is
already getting into mischief!

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