Thursday, December 18, 2014

Anchors Away!

After a busy show season, I decided to play with something in my studio other than canvases.  I pulled out my stash of clay and formed some fun bowls and ornaments.

Here is one such bowl.  I stamped an anchor into the center.

I took my Deco Arts Media fluid acrylic paint in Cerulean blue and painted a light coat.

After it dried, I took the Deco Arts Antiquing Cream and rubbed it into the bowl.

Oooh I just love the look and feel it gave the bowl!

On the back/bottom of the bowl, I took the same color blue and used Carolyn Dube's Diamond Wave stencil from StencilGirl Products and some deli paper to create a lovely pattern.

I sealed the bowl with a high shine acrylic sealer and it's ready for gift giving.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Got Scraps?

Well, I must say I originally wanted to call this post Scrappy Balls....but decided against.  Every time I say that phrase I start singing the Adam Sandler Lunchlady song and where he says "sloppy Joes" I say "scrappy balls"!!

Oh...I am so easily amused.

Anyway, I love to upcycle and  find new uses for old things especially those things deemed "trash".

Here are a few ways to take your craft trash and turn it into treasure and make a few cute ornaments in the process!!

Easy Idea #1

You know all those pieces of lace, ribbon, etc you trimmed off your sewing project, or package you wrapped?  Save those tidbits and shove them into a glass ball for a festive little ornament with hidden treasure!

For  Ideas #2 & #3, I used these balls (pictured below).

Easy Idea #2

If you paint like I do, keep those palettes with your "leftover paint".  Tear the paper into pieces and decoupage your balls!  I mean, make a lovely festive ornament! :)

I finished it off by rolling in glitter and tying a bow at the top.

Easy Idea #3

Scrap fabric?  Not enough to make something out of...just tear into strips and glue on to a ball for a lovely handmade ornament!

What do you think?  I love these festive balls - for hanging on the tree or tying to a package!