Mixed Media Mini Canvas

As a parent and Children’s Ministry worker, I seek advice from the best parenting book there is…The Bible:)  Deuteronomy 6 is full of encouragement and wisdom…This was the inspiration for this mini canvas.

Mixed Media Mini Canvas

I started with a plain mini canvas sold in a pack of 6 at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

I used modeling paste and a stencil to create the “diamond” background.

Next, I added color with both Distress Paint (“peeled paint”) & a similar shade in a Pan Pastel…finished with Distress ink pad in walnut stain.

I used the same walnut stain to color the mini clothes pins.

Mixed Media Mini Canvas

I cut the charm background out of a vintage Bible Story Book for Children, sealed with Glossy Accents by Ranger.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love theLord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Christmas Ornament Ribbon Project…RIBBON : more than just a “finishing touch”

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

I LOVE ribbon…I have since I was a little girl…carefully choosing just the right grosgrain to highlight my ponytails and match my coordinating outfit or cheerleading uniform:)

Not to mention the tying up of gifts. I am a gift giver…I love to search out special surprises for the people I love…and one of my favorite parts of the giving is taking the time to wrap it beautifully…hoping to catch the fancy of the receiver before they even see what’s inside….and of course, the crowning glory of the wrapping…the finishing touch…you guessed it…ribbon:)

As I have mentioned before, I collect it. I have spools, and reels, and drawers full…and now that I have found a spectacular source for all things ribbon (May Arts) I have decided to create a project using primarily RIBBON.

It will be MORE than just the FINISHING TOUCH…it will be the MAIN ATTRACTION.

I can’t help it…I’m already thinking about Christmas. I don’t often get a jump start on my homemade gifts, but this year will be different!

RIBBON ORNAMENTS using MAY ARTS Ribbon

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

Here’s how…

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

Start with BEAUTIFUL May Arts Ribbons!

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

& 3 X 3 mini canvases. These come in a 6 pack, (Black or White)

I found them at Michaels.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchNext, draw an ornament “pattern” using a circle that is about 2 1/2 inches in Diameter. I used a bottle of Gesso I had sitting on my table. Then, trace the pattern on card stock and cut each one out.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

Next, use adhesive (I used my ATG gun because it is less messy and fast.) You will later stitch on top of all the ribbon, so don’t worry too much about getting the ribbon completely secure. It will be later.

*note: the tape will accumulate on the sewing machine needle, so I kept a baby wipe on hand to occasionally wipe the excess off my needle. Really not a big deal.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchOnce you lay each ribbon across the card stock ornament, flip it over and carefully cut off the excess.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchI used a lighter & very lightly “tapped” all the way around the ornament, touching the flame to the ribbon to “seal” the ends and prevent fraying.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchNext, stitch around each ornament several times. I like to add a little detail to the tops, mimicking the way a real ornament has a metal “hanger top.”

Don’t worry about being super precise. I like them to look a little “wonky.” The thread adds texture and character:)

AREN’T THESE RIBBONS BEAUTIFUL?!!

They all have a really nice “weight” to them along with a beautiful “sheen.”

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchHere is a group with finished stitching. I decided to add another shape…it reminds me of the vintage ornaments from my childhood. (I guess that make me vintage as well)

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchTime for the Stamped charms.

I purchased this stamping set at the hardware store for $9.00. You can find them online if you’re interested here.

I found the “blank” charms on sale at Hobby Lobby, ranging from a set of 3 for $1.29 – a set of 6 for $1.99.

Once you stamp each letter, “color” the letters by rubbing a black sharpie over them and then rubbing off the excess with a baby wipe or rubbing alcohol.

The ink will help the letters stand out.

You could stamp names instead of sentiments for an extra special personalized gift!

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchFor this one, I cut out a section of a page from a vintage Christmas song book to use as a background for the ribbon ornament.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

After the stamped charm was glued in place, I attached the Ornament to the canvas. ( I used craft glue for both) I LOVE the super cool “burlap” twine tied onto the charm.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

This is what I used to make the holes for the twine hanger. It’s called a

Crop-A-Dile Eyelet Snap Setter Hole Punch

(Along with setting eyelets, this thing can punch holes in metal! It’s goes through the mini canvas like butter)

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

I wanted to use a collection of the ornaments for a larger piece and I found this 5 X7 canvas at Hobby Lobby for 4.99. (If you use your 40% off coupon it’s around $3, yay!)

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

I glued each ornament onto the canvas with craft glue, sketched around them with a Pitt multi liner, and then painted “Christmas 2013” on a Red Grosgrain ribbon that I “sealed” by lightly burning the edges.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

The above white doodles are done with a Uni-ball Signo and can be found here.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

I really like how these turned out. I especially liked doing a project where the RIBBON was the STAR. I hope you have gained some inspiration to create ornaments at home with your own personal touch! These wouldn’t be the same without the beautiful selection of ribbon from

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Christmas in June : Stamped Washer Ornament

Last year I bought this great little Steel Stamping Set.  It wasn’t very expensive ( under $10) and it’s great for stamping words into inexpensive washers, blank metal charms, metal storage boxes and more! In this project I used them to stamp words onto washers (you buy them in a pack at your local hardware store…cheap!)

Christmas in June: Easy Washer Ornament

The ornament starts with a mini canvas (from Michael’s).  I wrapped it with Burlap Ribbon and used a staple gun to keep it in place.

Christmas in June: Easy Washer Ornament

I used an embossing pad to “ink” up my snowflake stamp and stamped the ribbon.  After pouring white embossing powder over the images, I set with a heat gun. (carefully, so I did not burn the ribbon.)

I used the Silver Crushed Glass Glitter in the center of the snowflake.

I wrapped and stapled the stamped ribbon to the canvas and then glued a cut piece of the burlap ribbon to the back to hide all the staples.

Christmas in June: Easy Washer Ornament

After stamping the letters into the washers, you then “color” with a black sharpie marker and quickly wipe of the excess.  The ink helps the letters to show up a little better.

Christmas in June: Easy Washer Ornament

I wrapped a bit of twine around the washers, and on the one that says “joy” I added a little piece of wire mesh I had in my “stash.”

Christmas in June: Easy Washer Ornament Christmas in June: Easy Washer Ornament

Simple Mini Flower Vase Tutorial

Quick Storage Jar Repurpose
Quick Storage Jar Repurpose
Quick Storage Jar Repurpose
Quick Storage Jar Repurpose

A long while back, I purchased a set of these plastic storage jars at Hobby Lobby. (click on the photo above for the direct link)  I had one  that I wasn’t using for anything and decided to “play” with it today:)

To make this cute project you will need the following: Plastic Storage Jar, Small “geometry” stencil (found where most office supplies can be found), a few stamps,waterproof ink pad, and alcohol spray ink.

( you can make your own ink, see how here.)

I cut the tags down to fit the jar I was using.  Then I taped up the areas of the stencil I wasn’t  using with some washi tape I had on hand  (you can use masking tape)

Quick Storage Jar Repurpose
Quick Storage Jar Repurpose

I sprayed the ink over the stencil onto the card and wiped the excess ink off the stencil with a baby wipe. ( I keep these on my work table at all times)  I took the wipe and “blotted” the color I had wiped onto it, on the tag.

Quick Storage Jar Repurpose
Quick Storage Jar Repurpose

I added a bit of doodling with a thin black multi liner, then stamped each card

(I did all 4 sides of the jar) with a sentiment.

* Remember to use an ink that is waterproof ( I used StazOn) so that it doesn’t smear when you add Mod poge.

Quick Storage Jar Repurpose
Quick Storage Jar Repurpose

To Finish the project, glue on a cute ribbon, and when all is dry, Mod Podge the decorated cards to the jar. (Ribbon and all)

The Mod Podge will protect the paper tag if it gets wet. I recommend applying several coats.

Simple Mini Flower Vase Tutorial
Simple Mini Flower Vase Tutorial

I think this would make an adorable centerpiece idea for individual luncheon/tea tables, or several in a row down the center of a long dining table!  You can coordinate the colors with the theme of your party or flowers that you choose.

Perfect for a special summer get together.

Alcohol Markers & Re-purposed Make-up Jars

Alcohol Inks & repurposed makeup jars

In an earlier post I wrote about a sample make-up bag “kit” my husband brought home for me from a recent trade show.  Thoughtful as it was, I didn’t have much use for the make-up, but I loved painting the bag with my paint pens.  Today, I cleaned out the jars and decided to give them some fun color with  Alcohol Markers.

Alcohol Markers (Spectrum Noir, Copic) can do more than color stamped images…  Not only are they beautifully vibrant and JUICY on paper but they can color other surfaces like metals, glass, and acrylic.

Alcohol Markers & Re-purposed Make Up Jars
Alcohol Markers & Re-purposed Make Up Jars

Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

Today I had fun playing with Alcohol Inks.  I love their vibrant colors and versatility.

Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

I’m using an Embossing pad, Embossing Powder, Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Lettuce, Cranberry, Eggplant, and Latte) Card Stock Scraps & a Blank White Tag.

Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

 I pulled a bland tag out and “inked” inked it up with an embossing pad.  Liquid embossing solution might have been easier to saturate the paper, but I like the more random adherence of the embossing powder you get with the pad.

Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

Place the card tag on a sheet of paper to catch the excess powder.  Pour the embossing powder over the wet tag and then slide the excess back into the jar.

Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

Use a heat tool to set/melt.

Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

Next grab your inks and drop a few drops of several colors onto a piece of acrylic.  (I used one of my large rubber stamp mounts. (make sure you wipe them off immediately, it’s easier to get the ink off.  If it dries, remove with rubbing alcohol.

Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

I decided to add some design by “drawing” lines, circles and shapes onto the acrylic mount.

Once mount is “inked” I took the embossed tag and placed it straight down on top of the ink, allowing the paper to soak up the ink, without moving the tag at all.

Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

I did the same process with strips of card stock, (minus the embossing) and then cut those paper strips, into various sizes and glued onto the Tag.

Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Tag Tutorial

On a  leftover piece from the heart I wrote “hope” with a Uni-ball Signo pen.  (one of my favorite pens!) I glued the word onto a left over “inked” strip and attached with Matte medium. I then added a bit of black outlining with an extra small Pitt pen. Lastly, I found a little charm in my box of embellishments and finished the tag with some coordinating ribbon. I love the rich intense color that the alcohol inks provide. I think I’ll make some more tags to have on hand!

Free Make Up Sample Bag Project

Free Sample Makeup Bag Project
Free Sample Makeup Bag Project

I’m a very low maintenance girl…at least when it comes to personal care.  Don’t be grossed out, I do take almost daily showers, but I just have a few hair care products (shampoo & sometimes hairspray),and  I don’t wash my face (other than sticking it in the running water of the shower). You won’t find night creams or anti aging foundations because I have no skin care regime. I have 3 make-up items (mascara, eyelash curler, and one lip color). I have no nails and I get my hair done about 1 every 3-6 months. – I use to teach group exercise daily, so I learned how to wear a hat:)

All this to say, that when my husband recently brought me home a sample cosmetic bag from a trade show, I dumped out the stuff, seeing potential in the bag itself.

Free Sample Bag Project
Free Sample Bag Project

I grabbed my Sharpie Paint Pens and started Doodling:)

Free Sample Bag Project Operation Paint Pens
Free Sample Bag Project
Operation Paint Pens

What do you have that needs some doodling?

Personalized Watercolor & Ink

Personalized Water Color and Ink
Personalized Water Color and Ink

When your adopted “niece” gets into Harvard, you should do something special!  I wanted to create a framed piece she could take with her to school….Something that would make her smile…something that would remind her not only of who she is, but of “WHOSE” she iS.

This is a gift for a beautiful girl who comes from a family devoted to words:)  It was great fun to write and laugh along with them…treasuring sweet Emma, the graduate.

Personalized Water Color and Ink
Personalized Water Color and Ink

Personalized Water Color and Ink

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Colored with : Koi Water Colors, Pitt multi liner, Tombows, & Glaze pens.