Thursday, July 24, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
And now it's time for me to share five other bird themed projects from My Favorite Bloggers!
10 Minute Feather Hair Band from Melanie at It Happens in a Blink | Bird Embossed Metal Bracelet from Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects | An Upcycled Birdfeeder From A Peanut Butter Jar from Tara at Suburble | Little Bird Charm Bracelet from Amy at One Artsy Mama | DIY Feather Art for the Not-So-Artistic from Bethany at Pitter and Glink | Spread Your Wings Printable from Kara at Happy Go Lucky
Make sure to visit my blog buddies to check out their awesome projects!
And as promised, it's time for a GIVEAWAY!!!!
Do you love Target? I know I do! One lucky reader is going to win a $70 Target e-gift card!!! (I'm so jealous!) The giveaway is open until July 24, 2014 for residents of the US and Canada, so get your entries in while you can.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Thirty of my Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today that use our favorite Silhouette supplies, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!
1. Just a Girl and Her Blog // 2. The Frill of Life // 3. A Time For Seasons // 4. The Thinking Closet // 5. Ginger Snap Crafts // 6. Grey Luster Girl // 7. Simply Kelly Designs // 8. Home At Eight // 9. Please Excuse My Craftermath... // 10. My Paper Craze // 11. Mama Sonshine // 12. Practically Functional // 13. Adventures in All Things Food // 14. Two Purple Couches // 15. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 16. Sowdering About // 17. Cutesy Crafts // 18. My Mom Made That // 19. Pitter and Glink // 20. Pineapples And Pinecones // 21. Dream a Little Bigger // 22. McCall Manor // 23. TitiCrafty // 24. unOriginal Mom // 25. Persia Lou // 26. Lil Mrs Tori // 27. Home. Made. Interest. // 28. Sandpaper and Glue // 29. Silhouette School // 30. Creative Ramblings // 31. My Favorite Finds
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
I've had polymer clay in my craft stash for years, but I haven't used it in forever. After seeing some of my bloggy friends use it for different projects lately, I knew it would be the perfect medium to try to create faux agate.
I used a pearly white and silver, along with turquoise and two shades of blue.
I kneaded the clay in my hands and then rolled it into balls.
I used a marker to flatten the clay. (What can I say? I don't have any fancy clay working tools.)
I then rolled the flattened white clay into a tube shape. I wrapped the different colors around the white tube and rolled the tube into a thin snake. This is when I just started experimenting. I cut the clay snake into pieces and cut some of the pieces in half. I rolled some of them out. I cut small sections of the snake and then flattened the end with my thumb.
I ended up with different swirly pieces of clay with different patterns. I used a circular-shaped cookie cutter to cut out my clay.
I baked the clay according to the package directions.
After the clay cooked and cooled, I used a gold paint marker to color the edges and back of the clay circles.
Since agate is shiny, I covered the unpainted part of the clay with a layer of Dimensional Magic.
I used super glue to glue earring posts to the back of the clay circles.
And then just as an extra precaution, I covered the gold paint with a layer of gloss Mod Podge.
I love how each pair of earrings is unique.
I can't wait to think of more uses for this faux agate, and I look forward to working with polymer clay again.