February 27, 2015

DIY Resin Arrowhead Necklace

Hey everyone! Happy Friday!
I wanted to let you know that I am up on the Amazing Mold Putty blog with my last post as their featured artist for the month. If you want to read the full tutorial, hop on over there.


For this project I decided to use some arrowheads that I got at a rock shop while I was up in Oklahoma early this month. But this is a resin post, so of course the necklace isn't made from real arrowheads...

I used Amazing Mold Putty to make a mold of my real arrowheads and then used Amazing Casting Resin in that mold to make resin arrowheads. Then I used those arrowheads to make this necklace. 



You can see in the photo below the real arrowheads (on the left) and the resin arrowheads (on the right. I could have made them black, like the real obsidian arrowheads, but I like color...


Hop on over to the Amazing Mold Putty blog for the full tutorial.

If you're looking for some good quality resin or mold making materials, their products are fantastic!

Have you worked with resin or made your own molds?
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February 26, 2015

DIY Decor Tape Map Art

Hey guys, Today I wanted to share with you the tutorial of how I made this fun, mixed media wall art featuring Hazel and Ruby's new DIY Decor Tape. If you haven't heard of it yet, the DIY Decor tape is like giant washi tape and it's AMAZING!

It's perfect for restyled furniture and home decor, but I wanted to try using it in an art project as well.


Supplies: DIY Decor Tape, Canvas, Blindside Alpha Stencil Masks, Black Paint, gel pen, black marker


I started by printing out a simple map of the world and covered it with a roll of the 4" green DIY Decor Tape. The Decor Tape is see through enough that I could see the outlines to cut out the shapes.


I spray painted my canvas mint using some Krylon Paint. Once that was dry, I covered it with the gold polka dot DIY Decor Tape. I love how it has a slight mint tint to it.


I added my quote to the bottom half of the canvas using the Blindside Alpha stencil masks. If you have trouble getting your letters straight, use a see through ruler (this is a quilting ruler) to line them up.


I drew around my letters, peeled them up and filled them in with black acrylic paint.



Once my letters were dry, I peeled my Decor Tape continents off of the paper map and placed them down on to the top half of my canvas.

I also decided to outline them with a black marker, and outline my quote using a neon gel pen.




I now have a shiny new piece of art for my wall! The DIY Decor Tape made a fantastic background on my canvas as well as making it easy to get the map shapes!

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February 25, 2015

Photographing Lake Somerville + Astrophotography Take 2

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that we love taking weekend camping trips and I take a lot of nature photos. Nature photography is my thing.

Our most recent camping trip took us to Lake Somerville state park, here are my photos:


You can tell in the sunrise pictures below that I need to clean my lens. There's a few specks on it...



I've become enthralled with astrophotography. I tried it out for the first time on our last camping trip and I was excited to give it another go. My photos still need a lot of work, but I'm learning!


These next couple of photos are actually kinda blurry, but I am so proud of them! That green blob is Comet Lovejoy. Which wont be around for another 8,000 years or so and I'm so happy to have gotten photos of it!


It's in the top right corner of the photo below, with the Pleiades in the left of the photo.



I can't wait to try out astrophotography again!

What's your favorite type of photography to take or look at?
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February 24, 2015

DIY Decor Tape Toolbox

Hey guys! Today I am sharing this restyled tool box I posted on the Hazel and Ruby blog yesterday.

I found the toolbox at a yard sale for $2 ( I love going to yard sales! You find all sorts of neat things.) and knew it would be perfect to hold craft supplies. It just needed a new look.

I used the new "Color me Floral" DIY Decor Tape from Hazel and Ruby with it's gorgeous flower pattern as well as the Red Scallop tape.

If you haven't tried out Hazel and Ruby's new DIY Decor Tapes yet, they're amazing and available both online and at JoAnns!



I started by spray painting my tool box yellow using some Krylon spray paint. The toolbox started out a dark greenish black color and I wanted something lighter so that the decor tape was more vibrant.


I placed a large strip of the "Color me Floral" DIY Decor Tape on to the top of my tool box. I cut a slit in the tape and slid the handle through it. For the clasps I actually put the tape right over them, and used a craft knife to cut away the tape around them.

I wrapped the Red Scallop tape around the bottom half of the toolbox, wrapping it around the sides.



One cool thing about the "Color me Floral" tape is that you can actually color the flowers if you want! I didn't want to overwhelm my pattern with color, but I did use copics to color in a few of the flowers.




If you want more crafty inspiration, hop over to the Hazel and Ruby blog!

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February 23, 2015

Make it Monday


Make some adorable Clay Owl Trays using this tutorial.

Make these Gold Earbuds using this tutorial.

Create simple Wood Burned Picture Frames using this DIY.

Make this adorable (I want to eat it!) Circus Animal Cookies Marquee Light using this DIY,

Another cute food project-- Make a Sculpey Donut Ring using this tutorial.

Create Watercolor Feather Pens using this DIY.


Hows the weather where you are at? It's been a fairly mild winter here in Texas and then last night and this morning we've got a good old Texas ice storm. Looks like we're not going anywhere today.
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February 19, 2015

DIY Embossed Tin Foil

The other day I wanted to play around and do a "just for fun" project/technique. So I grabbed my Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer machine (it's a manual die cut machine), a couple of embossing plates and some tin foil from the kitchen.

Yep, these are made from tin foil.



If you're curious just how to emboss tin foil, here's how I did it:

1. Cut some foil down to whatever size you want to emboss/will fit in your machine.
My artisan x-plorer machine only fits media up to 4.25" so mine are fairly small.


2. Place 1-2 sheets of foil in your embossing folder, and stack it in between your base plate and adapter plate. You may need to adapt these instructions to whatever manual embossing machine you own.


3. Run your plates/folder through you machine, and then open the embossing folder up and you should have a piece of embossed tin foil! It's that easy!


I also wanted to add color to mine, because I just love color. If you want to, here's how:

You'll need some alcohol inks and an alcohol ink applicator. Squirt a few drops of ink onto the applicator and then apply it to the foil however you wish.

You can just smear it on, tap it around up and down, or skip the applicator all together and just drop the ink directly onto the foil. I did a little bit of all three.


Here are the foils I ended up with:


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