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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Bats in the Ribbon Stash... SpOoKy Cute DIY Ribbon Ornaments

Hello creative friends! I'm excited to be part of the Creative Halloween Crafts being shared this week! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays for making goodies. Gather around the kids because this project is super easy and fun for all ages! 

When did Fall arrive?! Here in South Florida SUMMER is pretty much year round – nevertheless Halloween is just around the corner. What do you do with all of your leftovers from Halloween's Past that didn't see the light of day??! You alter them into something fun! 

I'm transforming this fun dollar bin find into some super SpOoky Cute cookie cutter ornaments by wrapping them up in colorful seasonal ribbons. The hardest part is selecting the ribbon! 

For this project you need: ribbons/trim in seasonal colors; an adhesive runner* (or double-sided tape); scissors; a black permanent marker; and some holiday spirit!

*I have used my favorite Herma Dotto adhesive (an old school dry adhesive runner) that I reserve for applying ribbon to things. For this project, you can use whatever adhesive you have on hand: glue dots, double-stick tape... even craft glue works. 

PUMPKIN: For base I'm using a beautiful variegated orange ribbon. I add a stripe of Herma Dotto adhesive to the end to tack in place at the top of stem, then begin winding ribbon around to cover metal. Continue wrapping, slightly overlapping the previous wrap and continue all the way around the cookie cutter. When back at the beginning, add another stripe of Dotto adhesive to secure the end. Easy Peasy!

I select an orange, gold and green check pattern, then wind around outer edge of pumpkin shape to measure and cut to size. I apply adhesive along the entire length and press into place. I leave about a 2" overhang and looped this back over onto itself to form a leaf shape. 

Next step is to add a hanger - for this I'm using a sheer green ribbon. I cut a piece about 10" long and tie to the top of the stem, knotting in place with the two loose ends meeting at the top. Place two ends over each other and tie in a knot closed loop to form hanger. The finishing touch is the stem. For this I cut another small section of green ribbon, add some adhesive to the end and wrap around the entire stem (like the first step). Then I back trimmed and tacked down the loose end to complete. This ornament is so adorable and totally full of Pumpkin Spice! 

Now to embellish the bat cookie cutter. I have chose a two-tone silver/grey ribbon that is lighter on one side and slightly darker on the other. I applied Dotto adhesive down the length of this ribbon and applied around the outer edge of the cookie cutter. 

I repeat by layering a contrasting patterned ribbon centered right on top – a quick and easy transformation! 

This ornament needs a hanger but I don't have anything black on hand... no worries! I grabbed a black Sharpie marker and quickly color a section of natural burlap string. 

These are so fun and great project for the kids! Fill them with wrapped candies and a gift card and these would make a fantastic seasonal teachers' gift with a handmade touch.

I'd love to hear how you are
decorating with cooking utensils!

For more fun Creative Halloween Craft ideas,
pop over HERE to see what my creative friends are making. 

Stay tuned - On FRIDAY I will share what becomes of Frankenstein's head! Thanks for visiting.  Sb :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

It's Five o'Clock Somewhere with Makers Movement® and Designer Crafts Connection!

Greetings everyone! Have you been spending your days binge-watching Christmas movies for Christmas in July?! I have because this summer is hotter than I can remember. Today the Designer Crafts Connection is shaking things up and creating using a variety of products from Makers Movement®CLICK HERE to hop on over to learn more about these fabulous products!

Makers Movement® is an Arts & Crafts store and also manufactures and supplies high quality craft cutting dies, die cutting machines, craft supplies, and more!

I was so excited to receive this assortment of supplies from Maker's Movement® to create with: Happy Day Stamp and Die Set; Mixed Drinks Shaker Sprinkles; Clear Acetate Sheets; and Double-sided Adhesive Craft Foam... everything I need to make dimensional Margaritas with shakers!

Check out how CUTE the shaker goodies to accent paper cocktails! My paper scrap stash will be forever transformed!


Before I begin, I need to gently snip the die pieces apart at the tabs with a pair of wire cutters. I also go back and trim away tab edges after separating. Now the fun begins!


Using some washi tape, I secure the citrus wedge shapes to my cardstock and run through the diecutter and voila... a pair of eyes!

I cut out the two citrus wedge shapes out of a scrap of yellow glitter cardstock and place into the voids from the previous cuts. I mount a scrap of matching green cardstock to the backside to secure the eyes with glue.


With a few hand-drawn marker outlines, and the addition of pupils and some lashes... it's starting to feel a little Grinchy here!

Now I need a cocktail glass to create a Margarita for my Ms. Grinch. I cut five glass shapes out of lime green cardstock and one for the top layer out of lime green glitter cardstock. 

I also cut out the solid "drink" portion out of yellow glitter cardstock and a piece of acetate. I also cut out a few of the citrus wedges in the yellow and green glitter cardstock for accents.

If you are unable to cut dimensional foam tape sheets to fit a thin, delicate shape diecut - -- no worries. Building a shaker with only flat cardstock is really easy. I take the 5 solid cardstock cut glasses and added a line of glue all around and layered the next die cut on top. Gently press to secure, then repeat with each shape which builds up the thickness. 

Create a void for shaker sprinkles by glueing yellow glitter "drink" shape to back of layered stack. If using a wet glue, make sure glue has dried completely before adding shaker goodies so they don't get glued to the edges.

I mount the glass onto my card before closing up shaker and adhering acetate layer, followed by the finishing touch -- the lime green glitter cardstock die cut. I accented the glass with a glittery citrus wedge!

This "Happy Day" set is so fun and versatile as it has a coordinating stamp set with sentiments for any occasion. Ms. Grinchmas plans to invite Cindy Lou Who to "Happy Hour" because there is much to celebrate. Sentiments stamped using Jet Black Ranger Dye Ink.

After trimming out the stamped sentiments, I double matte them with the same glittered cardstock used for the diecut shapes. 

I mount the sentiment to the front of the card using the double-sided adhesive craft foam and my card is complete!

Margarita's Salt-rimmed or Sugared?!

What summer fun will you create
with Makers Movement®?

CLICK HERE to jump over to the beginning of the Makers Movement® Bloghop at the Designer Crafts Connection blog to view more Summer inspiration and projects using Maker Movement® products. If you see something you like... don't have FOMO... enjoy a Buy 2 Get One Free sale on entire website through end of July!

You can find more info on
Maker's Movement® Website HERE

Find lots of creative Maker's Movement® inspiration HERE.

Merry Grinchmas!! Thanks so much for visiting!  Sb :)

** This is a sponsored post. Makers Movement® has provided products for use in this project in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions. My ideas and opinions are my own.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Fun in the Sun with Tropical Faux Batik – Rainy Day StencilGirl® Collaboration/Challenge

Disclosure: This post contains amazon affiliate links for supplies I am referencing in this post. This means that–at no extra cost to you, I can make a commission on a purchase you make if you use my link.

Hello friends! What is the old phrase "April showers bring May Flowers"... well Spring has sprung, right?! Here in South Florida there's been no rain for weeks and weeks and it seems we have skipped from March to AUGUST.

Today I am participating in a special collaborative project hosted by Tina Walker where she challenged a group of creatives to art up umbrellas using StencilGirl® Stencils.

I'm inspired to make something Impressionistic
with a beachy, tropical feel.

For my umbrella I have used the StencilGirl® Products

I start out I spraying the umbrella with a base coat of Green Apple Ultra Painter's Touch® Ultra Cover Rust-oleum®. This paint acts as a paint and primer in one.

With the base layer completed, I sprayed through the Mimosa stencil building up an impression of a continuous pattern -- alternating between Rust-oleum® Gloss Rich Jade Green and Satin Ink Blue Painter's Touch® Ultra Cover Rust-oleum®.

I kept going around and around alternating colors and building up layers. When completed I have 6 layers of stenciled colors woven in and around the umbrella surface.

The layers have a beautiful impressionist feel,
similar to a tropical batik fabric.

I have to say my even stencil looks quite lovely!

The paint did not sink through the fabric -- and the design texture is visible as the light shines through.

"Tropical Faux Batik"

One would never know that I didn't purchase the umbrella this way, except for the small spritz of green on the under side when a gust of wind picked up my umbrella and tossed it over mid-spray.

The resulting design has a painterly feel and is quite impressive!

CLICK HERE to jump over to see more of the beautiful creations made for the Rainy Day StencilGirl® Collaboration.

Thanks for dropping by! What household object would you stencil up on a rain day?! xo Sb

Products used:
StencilGirl® Products - Mimosa 6 Stencil S126
Totes Umbrella - Amazon
Rust-Oleum® Painter's Touch Satin Green Apple - Amazon
Rust-Oleum® Painter's Touch Satin Ink Blue - Amazon
Rust-Oleum® Gloss Rich Jade - Amazon

Disclosure: This post contains amazon affiliate links for supplies I am referencing in this post. This means that–at no extra cost to you, I can make a commission on a purchase you make if you use my links.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Tea for Two... Designer Crafts Connection Little Birdie Bloghop

Greetings everyone! Today the Designer Crafts Connection is creating using Little Birdie Crafts sharing a variety of projects including scrapbooking, mixed-media and découpage. CLICK HERE to hop on over to learn more about Little Birdie and see all the wonderful creations.

Little Birdie Crafts manufactures Hobby and Craft products for craft enthusiasts from around the world with a mission to spread the joys of crafting. I received this beautifully packaged assortment of Little Birdie Crafts découpage supplies to create with.

To create with are two beautiful designs of Decopage Papers, Deco Magic Decoupage Glues in matte and glossy finish, two MDF 4" Coasters, and Decor Gloss Varnish. Since coaster blanks are included, I will art those up. The designs are colorful and just happen to include imagery that I can make a coaster for in memory of my grandmother and my uncle.

My family being from Chicago... this project would not be complete with a mini découpaged Chicago Cow. On one of my recent trips home I found this plaster cow at the craft store in a clearance bin for 75 cents (it has a horn and part of a hoof broken off). This project will give her a proper artsy makeover! 

One of the decoupage paper packs is  "Post Perfect" which contains two sheets each of two designs. My Grandmother loved to paint flowers so I will découpage one coaster with these beautiful hydrangeas.

The other decoupage paper pack is "Antique Essence" which contains a collage mix of words, florals, butterflies, travel and vintage vehicles. I cut out the VW beetle with scissors and layered to be the focal image on the coaster for my Uncle. He loved his cars and one of his car restoration projects was a VW Beetle. I loved it and when I was young I dreamed it would be mine one day.

Découpage with paper is a simple process, but takes a bit of time and patience. To apply paper to item, you cut or tear papers depending on design, then paint thin, even coats of Decopage Glue to the item and also the back of the paper. Then place glued paper to glued item and use brush to smooth out air bubbles and seal with a layer of more decoupage glue. It's messy fun. For the round coaster, I used scissors to cut segments all the way around so I could fold over and adhere paper to backside making a nice smooth edge. 

I repeated process for the square coaster, but I trimmed the corners away at a 45º angle so the flaps foldover with make a nice finished edge and corners.


I finished folding over the other two edges, added more Deco Magic Decoupage Glue and pressed the backside of the coaster onto a piece of grey felt. I set a bottle of water on top to weigh it down while the decoupage glue dries, then back trim to the edges with scissors. 

For the circle coaster, I found a lid to something in the kitchen that was slightly smaller to cut felt shape and glued on. This finishes off the back nicely!

I tore up pieces of the papers into smaller bits and began décopaging the plaster cow. I selected some florals and images to use on the outer layers and I need to tear these out with precision. I dip a fine tip paintbrush in water and paint close to the edge of desired image, let water set for a few seconds, then press gently to tear where desired. I then adhere these selected images to complete the outer layer of this artsy cow. 

I also used this butterfly that I tore out
using same painted water line technique.

I used some Caran D'Ache pastels to add spots of color to unite the collaged pieces and give an impressionist painterly feel to this colorful cow. Now it is truly a work of ART and will be the perfect companion to my Grandmother's coaster and her blue mug.


I seal both coasters with three thin layers of Decor Gloss Varnish, letting each coat fully dry between application. The varnish may look a little cloudy when applied, but it dries completely clear. I set aside for a day or two to let everything cure completely and my new coasters are ready to use!

Découpage is a wonderful way to transform and personalize pretty much anything -- trays, vases, frames, coasters, furniture... you name it! With these DIY coasters, I also have preserved some special family memories.

Tea for Two!

What would you create
with Little Birdie Crafts?

CLICK HERE to jump over to the beginning of the Little Birdie Crafts Bloghop at the Designer Crafts Connection blog to view more inspiration and projects using products and kits from Little Birdie Crafts.

You can find more info on
at their website HERE

Find lots of creative inspiration on the Little Birdie Crafts BLOG.

Thanks so much for visiting!  Sb :)

** This is a sponsored post. Little Birdie Crafts has provided products for use in this project in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions. My ideas and opinions are my own.
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