6/18/19

Llama Diamond Art Altered Journal

I've been waiting a LONG time to share this with you and I finally can! I made this Llama Diamond Art Altered Notebook in February using supplies I received at the FaveCrafts Blogger Networking Event during Creativation. This post contains affiliate links. 


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Llama Diamond Art Altered Notebook



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Steps:

The first thing I did was complete the llama Diamond Art. I see no reason why a llama should be subject to drama, so....   

  

... I used the microtip scissors to carefully cut the llama away from the rest of the canvas. No drama for you, llama! 


I grew up with dogs and like them just fine, but didn't see myself using a 'Dog is Love' journal, so....


.... I painted over the design. I used Folk Art's multi-surface acrylic and applied a very thin coat.


When it was dry, I added another thin coat going the opposite direction. I added a third coat going the original direction, though it really wasn't necessary. Two coats gave good coverage.


Next, I cut out 'LOVE' from the Kindness Matters coloring book. 


I colored the letters black and the interior of the O and the E a hot pink that matched the color in the Diamond Art. 

I applied a thin coat of Mod Podge to the front of the book, then positioned the letters. I added two more coats of Mod Podge over the entire front cover, allowing plenty of drying time between coats. 


I used the Supertite glue to attach the llama to the front cover, then used a few of the leftover Dotz to fill in the letters.


I am so happy with how the completed journal turned out!


No drama for you, llama! Only love.

6/17/19

Ice Cream Sundae Craft

Last week, I shared the recipe for a delicious PB&J sundae. Today's sundae isn't edible, but it's a fun project for summer. I've had the idea of using wax paper to make a sundae glass for awhile and finally got around to trying it out. I've decided wax paper is underrated as a craft supply. Most people have it on hand and there are a lot of ways to use it. Unfortunately, it doesn't scan well. It looks much better in person.



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Ice Cream Sundae Craft


Materials: 

  • construction paper or patterned paper
  • scissors
  • wax paper
  • craft glue / tape runner


Steps:


Cut out ice cream scoop(s), chocolate sauce, a cherry, a stem, and whipped cream, as shown below. Of course, you can change out the ice cream and sauce flavors and add whatever other toppings you'd like.


It is difficult to cut a symmetric shape without folding the material you're cutting, which you want to avoid with wax paper. Instead, make a template. Fold a piece of scratch paper in half, then cut out the shape of the glass. Open it and see if you like the shape. If not, fold it and make small cuts until you are satisfied. Place a piece of wax paper on top of your template and cut it out. 


Now, glue everything together EXCEPT the glass. Because the wax paper is transparent, you need to be careful how you apply the glue. Directly below is Trevor's sundae. He used a tape runner to add small bits of adhesive to the glass. If you look carefully, you can see the adhesive spots in the ice cream area, but they're virtually invisible everywhere else. 


By contrast, I used craft glue to attach my glass. It is virtually invisible on the ice cream area, but shows a little bit on the glass. Worse, I didn't notice the wrinkles in the base of my glass until the glue had dried. 


Based on our experiments, I'd suggest testing the various adhesives you have on hand to see how they behave on the papers you use. Or just don't worry about it, as most people won't scrutinize the work for tiny flaws. Enjoy!

6/14/19

Sparkly Patriotic Photo Frame

For those who don't know, June 14 is Flag Day. Back in my teaching days, when June 14 fell on a weekday, we'd do a flag-inspired craft. Today’s craft is perhaps too time-consuming for school, but it's perfect for camp or home. Affiliate links below. 



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Sparkly Patriotic Photo Frame




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Steps: 


Paint upper left corner of the frame blue. Paint stripes down the right side, alternating red and white. There will be 13 stripes in all (7 red, 6 white). Paint the left side of the frame so that it matches the stripe pattern on the right. 

I didn't do any measuring, but if I were teaching this project to kids, I would have them use a pencil and ruler to plan out their stripes. Divide the height of your frame by 13 to get the approximate width for each stripe. It doesn't need to be exact, as should be obvious by the fact that I just eyeballed it. 


To apply the bling, work on one small section at a time. I divided the blue into three areas. Apply a generous amount of craft glue and then add gems, sequins, and other bling. Don’t overlap the materials and don’t worry about small gaps. Using the stylus makes this much easier than picking up the little pieces and trying to place them perfectly. 

When you finish a section that borders a white stripe, cut a length of pearl trim to fit the spot. Add a line of glue and put the pearl trim in place. Then continue with the next color. 


When you have filled in every section as well as you can with rhinestones, sequins, and gems, it’s time to fill in the tiny spaces with Diamond Dotz. Add a dots of glue, then place the Dotz.


Allow the glue to dry completely. Your sparkly frame is ready to fill with your favorite photo!


Obviously, this craft is perfect for any patriotic occasion. It makes a wonderful gift for a veteran or active-duty service member, too!

6/13/19

Guilt-Free PB&J Sundae

We're in the middle of a heat wave here in Northern California. You know what's REALLY refreshing on a hot day? A homemade peanut butter and jelly sundae. Even better, it's guilt-free. 


Believe it or not, you can actually serve this as a meal and not feel like the worst mom ever. With homemade frozen yogurt (literally frozen yogurt - no added sugar), naturally sweet ripe berries, a homemade peanut butter sauce, and plenty of nuts, it's not all that different than serving a PB&J with a glass of milk, nutritionally speaking. The fancy glass makes all the difference. Affiliate links below.

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Guilt-Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Sundae



Materials:


Steps:


Follow the manufacturer's instructions to freeze the Greek yogurt in the ice cream machine. 

Meanwhile, remove the berries from the freezer so they can thaw and then make the peanut butter topping. In a small saucepan, combine 1 c. sugar with 1/2 c. water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then allow to boil for one minute. Remove from the heat and stir in 1/2 c. peanut butter. Let the topping cool. Chop the peanuts and set them aside.


To assemble your sundaes, put a large scoop of berries in the bottom of the glass. Add a generous dollop of peanut butter topping, then add a scoop of frozen yogurt. Repeat the layers until the glass is full, then sprinkle chopped peanuts on top. 

The result is amazing. Trust me.

6/12/19

Plaid's Let's Paint Live: Under the Sea

I love painting, but don't do it often enough. Sure, I frequently use paint on cardboard tubes and other kids crafts, but it's not the same as actually painting something representational. But now that I am a Plaid Ambassador, I receive the supplies to paint along with Plaid's Let's Paint Live events, which means I'm more motivated than ever to get out the paints and play! 

Plaid sponsors Let's Paint Live nights on the first Thursday of each month. It's just like the Paint and Sip events that are so popular, but you don't have to go anywhere (a major plus for me) and you don't have to pay (another major plus). Sipping is optional. I've done two now, and they've both been great. And the best part is that if you can't attend when they're live, just watch the recording when it's more convenient and paint along then! 

June's painting was this starfish. 


I knew it would be a great challenge for me, because I'd never done impressionistic painting or intentionally left visible brushstrokes on a project. And I'd never used Floating Medium (affiliate link), so it was particularly fun to try a totally new-to-me product in a structured way. I'm a fan. That stuff is really cool. I can't wait to play with it again.

I tend to be a fairly quick painter, almost always waiting for the next instructions when painting in a group setting, so I decided to doubly challenge myself. In addition to creating a painting where I followed the directions closely, I'd paint a second version simultaneously with a more blended style. Same design, same colors, same brushes, both done following along with the live instruction. 


Trevor painted also. Here's the proud artist:


A closer look:


In addition to Let's Paint Live, Plaid has two other Let's Paint series. I am dying to do some of those projects, particularly Lemons and Luau Pineapple (I like to paint fruit.) If you are local to me and are interested in painting with me, let me know! I'd love to host a lemon- or pineapple-themed paint night. If you aren't local, consider hosting your own event. Plaid makes it so easy!