Monday, October 26, 2015

Turkey Day Table Decor

Autumn is here in all its glory. It's time for football games, burning leaves, harvest celebrations and Thanksgiving will soon be upon us.

Now is the time to get your table decor ready, and this quick and easy project will get your crafty holiday juices flowing

Here's how I did it:

Reusable-Non Stick Craft Sheet (KoolTak™)
Premium Extreme Adhesive, 1/2" width (KoolTak™)
Foam Adhesive Foam Pads, Clear, 1/4" x 1/4" x 1/32" (KoolTak™)
Layer Plus Tool (KoolTak™)
Little B Chipboard Pack, one sheet for every two place card holders (
Patterned paper 1/2 sheet per place card holder (Paper Studio)
Kraft Paper, 8 1/2" x 11",  one sheet per eight name tags and 1 sheet per four napkin rings
Mulberry paper, gold, one sheet per five napkin rings
Gold card stock, one sheet per eight name tags
Makin's Air Dry Clay, Brown, one pack (Makin's Air Dry Clay)
Makin's Push Molds, Christmas Nature (Makin's Air Dry Clay)
Inka Gold, Platinum, Orange (Viva Décor, available at JoAnne's Fabrics)
Organdy Ribbon, 3/8", orange, 12" per each place card holder and napkin ring
Decorative Edge Scissors
Bone folder or scoring tool
Dye Ink, Spiced Marmalade and Tea Dye Distress Inks ( Tim Holtz, Ranger, Inc.)
Computer and Printer
Swirl Stamp
Water and small brush or water brush
Silk leaf

Protect your work space with the Kool Tak Reusable-Non Stick Craft Mat.
Make two pine cones and two acorns for each place card and napkin holder using Makin's Air Dry Clay and Push Molds. Allow the pieces to dry overnight. Highlight each piece with Platinum and Orange Inka Gold.

Place Card Holder
Cover the Little B card stock with patterned paper front and back. Note: This is very sturdy card stock, so it is not necessary to use patterned card stock to cover it. Trim to 4" x 12" and cut to make two pieces, 4" x 6". Use the Kool Tak™ Layer Plus Tool  and a bone folder or scoring tool to score each piece at 1" from one end and 2 1/2" from the other end. Fold the 2 1/2" pieces one way and the 1" piece the opposite. Trim the 1" edge with decorative scissors. Ink all the edges with Spiced Marmalade dye ink.

Place Cards
Print name tags on kraft paper and trim to 3" x 2".  Stamp swirls with Tea Dye Ink in the lower left corner of each name tag and sponge the edges with Tea Dye ink. 

Trim gold card stock to 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" and sponge the edges with Tea Dye ink. Attach the name tags to card stock with Kool Tak™Premium Extreme. Attach the pine cones, acorns and organdy bow to each name tag with Kool Tak™ Foam Adhesive Clear Foam Pads. 

Place the finished name tag on the place card holder.

Napkin Rings
Cut kraft paper to 2" x 10" strips. Stamp swirls in Tea Dye ink along the length of the strip.

Use the Kool Tak™ Layer Plus Tool to measure a line 1" from one long edge of the Mulberry paper. Wet the line and tear the Mulberry paper, then measure another inch and wet the line again and tear it. You will have a 1" wide by 11" long strip of frayed Mulberry paper. 
Attach this to the center of the stamped kraft strip with 1/2" Kool Tak™ Premium Extreme and wrap the ends to the back of the kraft strip. 

Attach two strips of Kool Tak™ Premium Extreme to one end of the kraft paper, wrap it around your napkin and mark where the end overlaps to get your width. Be sure the ring will slip on and off the napkin so you can use it again. Remove the release paper from the Kool Tak™ Premium Extreme and secure the ring.

Attach the silk leaf to the napkin rings with 1/2" Kool Tak™Premium Extreme, then attach the acorn, pine cone and organdy bow just like on the place card. 

Note: Don't have enough hands to place and cut the Kool Tak™ Premium Extreme? Remember: it is easily torn to speed things up!

That's it. Quick and easy and pretty.

Here's wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Duck Commander Man Cave Fan Pull

I love the Duck Commander stamps from KellyCraft and, while my hubby does not have a man cave, I thought this little fan pull would be great for his office space.

This tag is made from counter-top samples from the hardware store. Don't bother pretending to be looking for samples for your new kitchen; the hardware people usually have samples that are outdated and will happily to give them to you. If there is a stamped name on the tile front, just use a little Goof Off to remove it.

Here's how I did it:

  • KellyCraft Duck Commander Acrylic Stamps, Set #2
  • Acrylic Stamp Block
  • Stazon Ink Pads, Black, Rusty Brown and Forest Green
  • Small Swirl Stamp
  • Tile Samples, two, the same size and shape
  • Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
  • Sponge
  • Krylon Triple Thick Glaze
  • Goof Off sticky residue remover, if needed
  • Ball Chain 
  • Awesome Spray Cleaner

1. Clean and remove any stamped writing from the tile fronts with Goof Off.

2. Sponge on green and brown inks randomly, then stamp the main images on both tiles in black ink.  Add the swirl stamp to Happy, Happy, Happy tiles edges. Sponge the tile sides in black and allow all to dry.

Note #1: If you have a patterned tile, you can just stamp the image in black and allow the pattern to provide your color.

Note #2 : If you happen to move your image while stamping to your image doesn't stamp the way you want, just spritz a little Awesome cleaner, available at Dollar Tree, to easily wipe the ink off the tile. It's also great for cleaning your stamps, even if the ink has been there for a while.

3. Spray both sides of the tag with two coats of Krylon Triple Thick Glaze to protect the images from wear.

4. Apply Beacon 3-in1 Adhesive to the back of one tile and glue both together, back to back.

5. Add the ball chain for the pull.

Not only will my sweet guy like this addition to his home office decor, he'll be reminded of his thoughtful wife every time he turns on the fan or adjusts the speed. Now that's a gift that keeps on giving.

That's it. Quick and easy-peasy.

Caution: This project is addictive, but the tile tags make great ID tags for luggage when you just need something to help identify your bag at the airport or tag your child's backpack. I suggest using initials or an image that your child loves, such as the Duck Commander logo, rather than a name that anyone with an ulterior motive can use to their advantage.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Happy Halloween Photo Frame

Nothing says Autumn like vintage Halloween images, and this is one of my favorites.

I recently attended the Bella Crafts Connections' craft retreat in Bloomington, MN and received a wonderful swag bag packed with new products and supplies. One of the inclusions was this sweet purple frame from Deflecto. I know it comes in a variety of colors, perfect for allowing you to express your creativity. I have used Deflecto products in the past to organize my workspace and have always admired the quality and variety or their products.
Using this Deflecto frame makes the project easy, and once October is over, I can swap the image out for a vintage Thanksgiving image.

I had a lot of fall embellishments left over from a Makin's No Bake Clay project, and they were perfect for accenting this frame to display a vintage Halloween greeting card.

Here’s a tip that I used on this project: When you have bits and pieces of clay left from a project, either roll out and cut them with clay cutters, or use Makin’s Push Molds to create embellishments for future projects. See my Dancing Skeletons on the Makin’s Clay Blog.

Here's how I made it:

Deflecto 4" x 6" Acrylic Frame
Makin's No Bake Clay, yellow and red, 1/3 package of each, plus scraps of other colors if desired for cutting extra embellishments
Makin’s Clay Cutters, Halloween #37052
Makin's Clay Machine
Makin's Clay Cutting Mat

Inka Gold, Violet, Green, Copper, Apricot (Viva Décor) 
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
Ribbon, Olive Green, 1/8" x 24" (Offray)  
Ribbon, orange dot, 12" (Bo Bunny)  
Printed Halloween Image
  1. Condition clay by running it through the Makin's No Bake Clay Machine. 
  2. Mix half of the red and orange clay half and half, leaving the clay partially mixed to create an orange-yellow color. The assortment of colors will make the leaves and pumpkins look more realistic, although I got a little carried away and ended up covering most of the color variety with Viva Décor's Inka Gold. Roll out mixed clay and yellow clay with Clay Roller or Clay Machine. Cut pumpkins and leaves.
    These embellishments were cut using the Makin’s Clay Cutters, Halloween #37052, from bits and pieces of leftover clay. The extras will be stored for quick embellishments for future projects.
  3. Attach orange polka-dot ribbon to top and bottom of frame. 
  4. Apply Inka Gold to the pumpkins and leaves. 
  5. Adhere bow to upper left corner of frame and attach three leaves on top of the center of the bow with Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive, covering the orange ribbon ends. Attach two leaves in the upper right corner. 
  6. Attach the pumpkins along the bottom, covering the ribbon ends. 
  7. Slip your Halloween image into the frame.