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Monday, October 5, 2015

Flippin' a CREEPY, Crawly Switch... Halloween Crafts with Designer Crafts Connection

Good morning friends! October has arrived and today brings a new bloghop with the Designer Crafts Connection focused on "HALLOWEEN CRAFTS". So today, I am sharing how to make some spooky home decor for the spooky holiday season.

What do you do with a blank light switch plate and some of last year's leftover Halloween party favors??? You create a spooky lightswitch plate!

Supplies needed: a light switch plate, hot glue gun, your choice of halloween favors {I'm using skull rings and spiders, scissors, masking tape, acrylic paints, silver Rub n' Buff®, Amazing Mold Putty and Creative Paperclay®.

I wrapped torn pieces of masking tape onto the light switch plate to add texture, making sure to wrap around the backside and burnish edges. I cut off the rings sections on the skulls, then using hot glue, I adhered skulls to the corners and finished off with a plastic spider. ** A TIP ** Be careful when applying hot glue to plastic parts... it's very easy to melt them.

Now for the FUN to BEGIN! I got out my Amazing Mold Putty to create a mold of my altered switchplate! To see how-to of mixing Amazing Mold Putty please click here. I begin by taking equal parts of Amazing Mold Putty parts "A" and "B" and gently mix together both parts, working quickly so that the colors are evenly mixed together with no striping. Press the Amazing Mold Putty around the switch plate gently pressing it around the item and sides.

I let the mold sit and cure for about 15 minutes, then the mold is ready to fill with resin, polymer clay or paperclay. OH... did I mention that Amazing Mold Putty is FOOD SAFE. It can be used for custom candy molds, ice cubes, cookies, fondant shapes... and so much more! What creepy, tasty treats can you dream up?

I pressed some Creative Paperclay® into the mold, leveling it out flat to meet the edges of the mold. I let the mold dry overnight before attempting to remove. 

I gently removed casting from mold then let paperclay fully dry out {being in hot and humid South Florida... this took a couple days}. It looks like something that might be found at some ancient ruins - the texture and detail is captured beautifully. Wouldn't it be so fun to make a whole bunch of these and let the kids join in the fun of decorating?

While cutting out the holes, I dropped my lightswitch plate and one of the corners broke off. Along with the cracks from drying, this just added to the charm of this ghoulish lightswitch plate. Time for the transformation! By adding some acrylic paint this switchplate came to life in minutes.

Flippin' a Creepy, Crawly Switch...

I really love the distressed plasterlike texture that you get from the paperclay. I've rubbed casting with some acrylic paints and silver Rub n' Buff® to create a rusty, grungy patina. I dipped my screw heads in paint to match, wrapped some faux barbed wire trim and affixed to the lightswitch next to my front door... this is so creepy cool. I'm working on a resin variation to affix outside onto my doorbell to really scare the kiddies on all Hallow's Eve.

Thanks for visiting! Continue on the Designer Crafts Connection "HALLOWEEN CRAFTS" Bloghop by selecting hop back/forward on the logo below. Sb :)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Bats are Flying!!! Fairfield Halloween Bloghop with Designer Crafts Connection

Hello everyone! Welcome to the Designer Crafts Connection Fairfield Halloween Bloghop... featuring oly*fun™ and PolyFil from

I'm always working so I don't normally dress up in a costume – though this year Halloween falls on a Saturday. I do LOVE to wear festive head adornments that are easy to take on and off... so this year I'm going a little batty! I've made a Halloween Fascinator using oly*fun™ fabric, a headband, tulle, lace, seasonal floral/feather picks, Beacon Fabri-Tac adhesive, and some fun metal tags from Deflecto.

I have fallen in love with oly*fun™ and have been using it for all kinds of projects. CLICK HERE to read more about this fabric from Fairfield Worldoly*fun™ comes in a fun assortment of 18 colors which makes creating pretty much anything possible... especially when it comes to making no-sew projects. CLICK HERE to see my Doctor Who T.A.R.D.I.S. pillow and my Holiday Shelf Elf Sitter using these fantastic Fairfield products.

To begin, I sketched a bat pattern template on some cardstock, cut out and traced onto a couple colors of oly*fun™ using a white pencil.

I cut out a variety of circles to create a "one-eyed" bat, two layers of my bat in black and one in purple that was slightly larger to give some added detail.

Now to prepare my layers for gluing. I made three layers thick for extra dimension/stability and because I will be embedding the Deflecto metal tags in between the layers so that my wings will fly and I can mount bat vertically on my headband.

I've also dismantled a purple tulle fairy skirt from the Dollar Tree to add some additional details. One circle is the last layer for an added touch of whimsy.

Using Beacon Fabri-Tac adhesive, I glued down the layers of my one-eyed bat and then moved on to adhere the black front to the purple center layer. I set aside the other black bat which will be the backside to conceal all of my support mechanisms inside.

Before I add the support system, I have added some tulle fringe to the edges of the wings... it's my favorite color, girly and it matches a shimmery purple spooky cape I have in my box of Halloween goodies. I glued gathered strips along the edge using Fabri-tac - all of which will be hidden after final assembly.

I've bent and wrapped a couple of Deflecto Flexible Sign Danglers around my headband to act as supports when I mount my bat vertically, and there will be more concealed within the layers of fabric {you could also use wire or pipecleaners}. I happened to have a bunch of these sign danglers and they did the trick.

These strips are be perfect to add structure and stability for my batty fascinator - keeping the wings in flight without sagging. I left a small pocket open in the bottom of the eye to insert the tabs mounted to the headband when I'm ready to wear - then remove again for flat storage.

Now to ADD BLING!!! I grabbed my black soot Ranger Distress Stickles and started adding glittery detail to my batI had to let her sit overnight to dry, but it was so worth the wait.

The sparkley detail added so much personality to "Ms. Bat".

Batty Fascinator... ready to fly!

I wrapped some black tulle and lace around the base of my headband and gently slid the bat onto the headband mounts. I've gathered my resin skull pendant choker, spooky spiderweb cape and the seasonal floral/feather picks to add height and drama to my "Batty Fascinator". I tried it out on a test run to plan my updo... all I can say is that it's going to be so AMAZING on Halloween. I'm creating a matching "dracula" style collar/capelet to add to the top of my storebought cape.

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Thanks so much for visiting! For more ideas and inspiration follow the Designer Crafts Connection "Fairfield Halloween Bloghop" by selecting hop back/forward on the logo below to enjoy all of the wonderful creations. Sb :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Have Fun...Fun... FUN Creating with oly*fun

Introducing oly*fun from Fairfield World
The Everything Material!

This is one of the the easiest,
most versatile materials you will ever find.
  • You can sew it, glue it, staple it, pin it or tie it.
  • You can write on it, paint it, embellish it,
    stamp it or stencil it.
  • You can scissor, rotary, or die cut it.
  • You can use it as fabric or use it as paper.
  • You can use it indoors and outdoors.
  • The only thing it won’t do is fray, tear or fade
    so don’t bother hemming it.
oly*fun™ features...

Use both the front and back - no white core or back side.

A good value solution for holiday and event decorating, costumes, kids projects and activities.

Easy sew, no hemming required!

Ideal for a wide variety of indoor and outdoor uses.

oly*fun™ works inside and out and is very economical. It’s a great alternative for PARTY CRAFTING – and can be used instead of paper or tissue for many projects. It’s more durable than papers – won't crease, wrinkle or tear quickly in wind or from hyper kids - and it won’t disintegrate when coming into contact with water. Essentially all school spirit color combinations are included in the 18 color palette of oly*fun™! Make spirit pom-poms, spirit cuff bracelets, bleacher cushions, ponchos, etc. for your students and community. Can make a great fundraiser - sell easy to make projects by kids and families at reasonable cost and lots of value... perfect event before a big game!

CREATIVE GIFT WRAPPING – To sew or not to sew – that is your question! Use basic folding and wrapping techniques or more complicated origami with oly*fun™ to create beautiful, unique and durable gift wrapping. Vibrant colors can be used as is, or can be stamped, stenciled, or painted on with a variety of materials. 

If you can make it in Felt, you can make it in oly*fun™ - but it will be more weather and water resistant with a more tailored look and feel.

Easy to die cut - use oly*fun™ in your crafting, scrapbooking, bulletin board art, school projects, and all sorts of teacher/student projects.

Easy to sew! oly*fun™ is a great material for beginner sewing – there is no grain, no selvedge, no sizing, no fraying... Just so easy!

a few oly*fun™ faq's...

What exactly IS oly*fun™? oly*fun™ is a specially engineered material that features some of the best things about fabrics AND papers.

How do I sew it? Very easily! There is no grain to oly*fun™, so you can cut it any which way you want. There is no need to pre-wash, as there is no sizing or shrinkage. Use a simple stitch to attach pieces together, and hem only if you want. oly*fun™ will not fray.

Do I need to pre-wash it? There is no sizing in oly*fun™, so there is no need to prewash.

When it needs cleaning, how should I wash it? It’s best to wash on gentle cycle and air dry.

Can I iron it? Yes, but carefully. When ironing oly*fun™, use only a cool or low iron with a pressing cloth.

Can I use it outside? Absolutely! oly*fun™ is weather resistant... so water rolls right off.

Can I glue it? Yes! oly*fun™ glues best with Fabric Glue such as FabricTac or Aleene’s Tacky Glue. A hot glue gun works great too. It’s best to test the glues before kicking off a big project.

Can I die cut it? Yes! oly*fun™ runs through any pressure style die cutters like Sizzix, or Accu-cut. It will work with an electronic die cutter if a stabilizer is used.

What other ways can I cut it? Use scissors, rotary cutters or paper cutters with a rotary style blade to cut oly*fun™. It’s best to test before kicking off a big project.

Is it flammable? No. oly*fun™ is not flammable, it will melt if exposed to flame.

How many colors does it come in? oly*fun™ comes in a rainbow of 18 vibrant solid colors. The colors can be mixed and matched to create projects for any holiday or season, and almost any sports team or school! 

How is oly*fun sold? oly*fun™ is sold on bolts and in quick grab and go packages. The bolted material is 60 inches wide and can be cut to whatever length you like. The grab and go package is 20 inches wide and includes 3 yards of material.

oly*fun™ is available from Hancock Fabric,, the shop at and various other sites.

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Stay tuned to see how I'm creating with oly*fun™... it's out of this world! :) Sb
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