July 01, 2015

Fruit Themed DIY

Hey everyone, It's July first! Summer is in full swing, so it seems like the perfect time to do a fruit themed craft round up!

Taylor loves anything fruity, and she's rubbed off on me a bit. Personally, I love the watermelon themed crafts. If you like the fruit trend, maybe try making one of these fun projects:


  1. Pineapple Nightlights
  2. Fruit Print Zipper Purse
  3. Fruit Welcome Mats
  4. Pineapple Hand Towels
  5. Fruit Pom Poms
  6. Fruit Slice Umbrellas
  7. Watermelon Pinata
  8. Watermelon Felt Pouch

Do you like the fruit trend? What's your favorite fruit?
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June 29, 2015

Jurassic Park Notebook

I still have not seen the new Jurassic World movie yet (hopefully soon!) but I am super excited about it. I already made a nerdy Jurassic Park themed shirt, which if you missed it you can find here. I decided you can never have too many dinosaur themed crafts, so I also grabbed one of my many notebooks to restyle.

If you haven't seen the older Jurassic Park movies, the "Clever Girl" is a reference from them and I thought it would be fun to have it on a notebook.

This is actually really easy, so even though a tutorial isn't really necessary, I am sharing one anyway.


Supplies: Notebook, Printer, Adhesive, Letter Stickers


1. Google and find a fabulous dinosaur. I was searching for this velociraptor  so I printed him out in black and white.

2. Cut your dinosaur photo down to the right size for your notebook.


3. Grab your letter stickers and place them on the front of your pillow.


My letter stickers were actually double sided adhesive stickers so I peeled off the front and poured a bit of gold glitter over them.


4. Spread your adhesive onto the front of your notebook. I actually like using a gel medium for things like this, it gives less wrinkles than regular liquid glue.


5. Adhere your dinosaur pictures onto the front of your notebook.


I'm pretty excited to have a dinosaur notebook. I know, I know- Fangirl.

Do you like to restyle notebooks? Because it's a favorite project of mine.

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DIY Gelli Print Journal

I shared this on the Hazel and Ruby blog earlier this month and I somehow forgot to share it here.

I recently bought a Bind-It-All Machine (by Zutter) and today I wanted to share with you this art journal I made using it, Hazel and Ruby products, Shimmerz Coloringz and a Gelli Plate!

I'm participating in the art journal group "Get Messy" (read more about them here.) and the journal prompts for April and May were all based on being Brave. So I made a themed journal just for those prompts.


I love the pretty colors of the Shimmerz Coloringz sprays so I used those to color a dozen or so different papers.


I prepped all of my pretty papers with some of the fabulous Hazel and Ruby Stencil Masks. I even used the Cut your own stencil mater and cut out my favorite leafy die from Spellbinders and a cut from The Cut Shoppe.


Using my 8"x10" Gelli Plate, I spread a bit of white paint on it and printed over my papers.

Normally when I do gelli printing, I think "The more layers the better!" but this time I tried very hard to keep the pages minimalist with the white layer over the spray misted papers.


After gelli printing all of my papers I peeled off all of the masks to see the pretty colors showing through! I also trimmed them down into 4 pieces each so that they were a good size for my journal.


The backs of the prints we pretty plain, so I used some of the Maps of the World Wrap it Up paper as well as a few of the 4" rolls of DIY Decor Tape (Not just for Decor!) to cover up the backs of the pages.

After that I loaded up all of the pages into my Bind-it-All and finished my journal!


Thanks for stopping by! I hope I've inspired you to get out your gelli plate and make some prints!

Do you art journal?

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June 28, 2015

Make Things! Week 5 Challenge- Animals

Are you ready for week 5 of the Make Things! Craft Challenge? I hope you've been participating and enjoying it! If you missed the announcement, you can go here to learn more about this FREE 8 week challenge here.


This weeks challenge is to make a project inspired by an Animal.
It can have leopard print, have fur, or you can actually put an animal on it. Make cat shoes, a fox softie, or whatever you want!


Fox Softie, Bitty Beluga Pattern, Birds Art Journal, Dinosaur Plant Markers

PRIZE- Products from DecoArt. 
DecoArt is the manufacturer of high quality acrylic paints and craft supplies. Their product lines include Americana, Americana Decor Chalky Finish and DecoArt Media. If you need any paint for your product, be sure to stop by their site here.

I'm so excited to see what everyone makes for this week's challenge. Please link up your projects using the inlinkz tool below. You have until Friday, 07-03-15, at midnight to link up.
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June 27, 2015

Make Things! Week 4 Winner

Can you believe that Week 4 of the Make Things Craft Challenge is done? We are now officially halfway through the challenge! wow! There were some great entries this week, all using markers or some form of ink.

Today I am announcing the winner of the fourth week, chosen by random.org

I want to thank Imagine Crafts for sponsoring this week! Imagine Crafts is the maker of the popular ink, StazOn as well as many other fabulous inks and products. I reviewed a lot of their different inks, which you can read here. Be sure to stop by their website here.


#1- Katie from Running with a Glue Gun!
congratulations! I will be emailing you to get you hooked up with your prize.

Thanks again everyone for entering. Come back tomorrow to find out what the next challenge is.

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June 26, 2015

DIY Crackled Pepsi Crate

Hey guys, Today I wanted to share this Pepsi crate I restyled using some Hazel and Ruby products and One Step Crackle Paint from Deco Art.

I bought this wooden pepsi crate last year, because I love the little cubbies- perfect for organizing. But, I don't drink cokes (I'm from Texas, Pepsi is considered coke as well), so I didn't really care that it said pepsi on the side.
After having it for a while, I felt that it was time for a restyle.


Supplies: Wooden Pepsi Crate, Wooden Grain DIY Decor Tape, Newsprint Floral Wrap it Up Paper, One Step Crackle Paint, Gel Stain, Adhesive, Paint Brush, Scissors

I'm part of Deco Art's blogger outreach program, and I am using these 2 mediums by Deco Art on this project. The One Step Crackle is really cool, because you apply if over patterned papers or things like DIY Decor Tape!


I started by covering the outside of my crate in the fabulous Wooden Grain DIY Decor Tape.


Next I cut out some of the gorgeous flowers from the Newsprint Floral Wrap it Up paper and adhered them to the sides. These are perfect for fussy cutting out and using on projects.


Time for some crackle! Go over the outside of the crate with the One Step Crackle medium. I found that the thicker I applied it, the larger the crackles, and the thinner, the smaller the crackles.

Let them dry fully.

Now you'll want to apply the Gel Stain over top so that you can see the crackles better. I squirted on a small blob, and then rubbed it into the crackles with a baby wipe.


After that is dry, you're done! I am loving this technique, having crackled DIY Decor Tape is really cool, in my opinion.


Thanks for stopping by!

Do you like vintage coke crates??


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