Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Artful Upcycling with Martha Stewart Crafts

I like to have stylish storage pieces for my studio that are pretty and practical. Forget the plastic, I prefer to take vintage finds and transform them into items that are functional and fabulous. Paintable clings and glass paint from the Martha Stewart Glass Painting Program are just the ticket to take any thrift store find from drab to fab!

The clings and liquid fill glass paint are incredibly easy to use. Simply fill in the sections with paint, allow to dry, then peel and stick for easy embellishing on just about any surface! The clings are easy to remove, so you can experiment with a variety of looks or change them up any time you wish.

I used Red Coral, Bright Sky, and Kelp liquid fill glass paints to turn a Plain-Jane lunch box that I discovered at antique store into a decorative storage case with a bit of pizzazz! The Flowers and Leaves clings have clean, graphic lines that make the bold colors pop.

For a softer, more romantic feel, I chose leaves and blossoms from the English Garden silkscreen collection for the other side of the lunchbox. These delicate blooms reminded me of embroidered embellishments, so I decided to simply to paint the leaves with Kelp liquid fill glass paint, and use them as is for a lovely, transparent effect. Of course, I can always take them off and paint them if the mood strikes! Such a versatile product!

Speaking of versatility, paintable clings also make lovely accents for framed art. I simply trimmed a piece of vintage dictionary paper to fit in a small frame and added a butterfly from the Butterflies and Blossoms collection to create a pretty vignette for my desk. Red Coral liquid fill glass paint adds a pop of vivid color on top of the glass.

Laying the paintable clings over a dark background like a sheet of kraft cardstock makes it much easier to see where you've filled in the designs. For more vivid color and better coverage, add a thin base coat to the clings, allow to dry for a few minutes, and then add a second thin coat. The paint dries fairly quicky, but I allowed the two coats to dry overnight to be sure they were completely cured. When using more than one color, you'll have more success if you allow each shade to dry before adding another one.

My glass paints are safely tucked away in their new storage container, but this product is so fun and easy to use that I'm sure I'll be using them often! Give them a try, and let me know what you think!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Winner! 100 Mini Chalkboards from Consumer Crafts

Wow! So exciting to see so many comments for the mini chalkboard giveaway! I am happy to announce that the winner is:

Holly Shaw!
  {What a great tutorial! Stopped by the online craft store and found the Wood Candlestick-9 inch}

Congratulations Holly! Please send your mailing address to me at and I will ship your prize right away! Many thanks to everyone who entered!

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Friday, February 1, 2013

DIY Mini Chalkboard Wedding Favors & Giveaway!

The adorable mini chalkboards I ordered from Consumer Crafts arrived and I transformed them into sweet little magnets that double as wedding favors and place cards. I'm so excited about these little beauties that I decided to give away 100 mini chalkboards to one reader! Here's how to enter:

Visit Consumer Crafts using the link above, and leave a comment on this post about a fun product that you find there.
Enter before midnight CST on Friday, February 8th, 2013
The winner will be announced on Saturday, February 9th 
Enter as often as you like!

In the meantime, here's a quick and easy tutorial so you can make your own mini chalkboard favors:

The petite 2 x 2 chalkboards have a rustic finish, but I decided to add a bit of shimmer with Inka-Gold Old Silver paint. I'm so smitten with this product! It has the elegant sheen of old tarnished silver and adds such a lovely patina to the wood.

I removed the gold cords on the chalkboard with a craft knife. If you find that a bit of the cord remains, simply gently sand it away with some sandpaper or an emery board. I applied the first coat of paint with a baby wipe, allowed it to dry and added a second coat with a soft cloth. Allow the paint to dry for a bit, and then buff using even, one-way strokes with a soft cloth. The more you buff, the more it shines!

Paper flowers made from sheet music add a touch of vintage charm. These flowers are so easy to make! Simply punch out 5 circles {I used a 1" punch} from vintage sheet music, staple them in the center, and then gently lift and scrunch each layer to form a flower. Attach to the mini chalkboards using a strong adhesive like Scor-Tape or a tacky craft glue, or glue dot.

Add an adhesive magnet to the back of each mini chalkboard you have the perfect favor for all your wedding celebrations! Write the name of your guests in chalk, and you have a place card as well.

Be sure to check out the Back-to Basics sale now through February 4th at Consumer Crafts! Don't forget to leave a comment on this post before midnight CST on Friday, February 8th for your chance to win 100 mini chalkboards so you can make your own favors and place cards. Best wishes to all the entrants!

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