Laminated Bulletin Board

purple cows terri o crafts

Need an erasable memo board in your own style and decor? It is super simple to make this one yourself in just a few minutes.

You will need a laminator for this project. The one I used comes from www.PurpleCows.net
It’s a great machine and there are so many projects you can make with it. Totally worth the investment.

Supplies:
Laminator
12×12 laminator sheet
12 x12 scrapbook paper
Tags
Stickers or anything you want to add to it
Dry erase pen

Instructions:
1. Cut about ¼ inch off 2 sides of the scrapbook paper. You want your paper to fit inside the laminator sheet so the there is a border on all sides. This way your project will be sealed all the way around.
2. Embellish your paper. I used tags and stickers. Attach them with adhesive.
3. Place your embellished paper inside the laminator sheet and run it thru.
4. The idea is to use this on the go. If you want you can also make an 8×11 size and punch holes in it so it fits in your notebook.

 

Check out this cork memo board too!

Decorative Corkboards

This is a super simple way to create a memo board for a bedroom or family message station.

cork memo board Terri O

You can buy packages of 12×12 corkboards at Target or Wal-Mart. These boards can be painted and glued. I suggest doubling them up because they are very thin.

Supplies I used to decorate them:
Stencils
Trim
Peel and stick rhinestones
Stamps
Flowers

Bling Bling Pendant

diamond-glaze

Supplies:

Chain or ribbon

Paper or photograph for background

Items to fill pendant

Pendant

Tweezers

Diamond Glaze www.judikins.com

Instructions:

1.      Adhere your paper or photo to the inside of your pendant.

2.      Apply your trinkets by laying them our first until you decide just how you want it. If you like it take a picture of it so you can remember how to put it back together.

3.      Once you are happy with your design fill the pendant with the diamond glaze. Remove any bubbles with a straight pin or toothpick.

4.      Note: The glaze does react with some materials so if you don’t want it to change color, test first.

Red, White, and Blue Crafts for your Celebrations on the 4th!

Crafty Wood Stick Flags
By: Terri O
Level: Very Easy

This project is super easy and best of all quick. You can make this project and proudly display it for several holidays. Flag Day, 4th of July and Memorial Day to name a few.
Craft Supplies Needed
Craft sticks. These are larger in size than Popsicle sticks.
Acrylic paint in red, white and blue
Blue craft foam
Wood stars
3/8 round dowels
Brushes
Scissors

Wtch the video:  http://www.abc15.com/lifestyle/sonoran-living/terri-o-crafts-and-decorates-for-july-4th

Wtch the video:
http://www.abc15.com/lifestyle/sonoran-living/terri-o-crafts-and-decorates-for-july-4th

4th of July Candle Holder Craft Project
Craft Supplies Needed
· – 3 Terra cotta pots 4 to 6 inch size
· – Acrylic paint in red, white & Blue
· – Brushes
· – Dimensional paints in glossy and glitter
· – Citronella candle in a holder
Project Instructions
1. Paint the terra cotta pots in different colors. One red, one blue etc. With the dimensional paints add the stars or any other ideas you might have.
2. To protect your design so you can use it again next year coat the outside with a water based sealer. Let dry.
3. Make sure you only use candles that are in a holder. The wax will melt into your pot and ruin your terra cotta if you don’t.

Stars and Stripes Silverware Holder Holiday Craft Project
Craft Supplies
· – 9″ or larger terra cotta pot
· – Acrylic paint in red, white and blue
· – Dimensional paints in white
· – Brushes
· – Patriotic paper napkins
· – Plastic ware
· – Red raffia
Project Instructions
1. Paint red and white stripes on the bottom part of the pot. Paint the rim blue and let dry.
2. With the white dimensional, paint a stream of stars up and down the pot and let dry. If you want you can seal the pot with a water based sealer.
3. Wrap your plastic ware in napkins and tie with raffia. Place them in the pot for a perfect display.

Simply Royals Ring

I was at the mall the other day and heard a group of tween girls singing along to “Royals” by New Zealand singer/songwriter and , might I add, teenager, Lorde.

All five of them chorused these lines:

“Ooh ooh oh
We’re bigger than we ever dreamed,
And I’m in love with being queen.
Ooh ooh oh”

If they are all in love with being queen, I wonder how that will work out at the next slumber party….

You’ll need just 5 items for this ring: circular mirror tiles, a ring bezel, crown charm, Aileen’s Jewelry Glue, toothpick

industrial chic and super simple with terri o

Instructions:

  1. Add a dab of glue to the bezel ans swirl around with a toothpick.
  2. Place mirror tile. Dries almost instantly.
  3. Use toothpick to add glue to base of crown.
  4. Stick crown to mirror.  Tip: Don’t move it. Just place it.

….. thinking about slumber parties, here are a few more ideas to keep the ‘girlz’ busy:

Slumber Party Pillow Bag

Fashionable Flowerettes

Paper Belt Buckle

Mixed Metal Jewels

Layered jewelry, 2-tones, natural elements mixed with sparkles, and mixed metals are the latest trends in jewelry.

elements for simple choker

Supplies on hand mean when you get in the creative mood, you don’t need to go shopping. The only tools you need are your jewelry pliers!

industrial chic is super simple

The awesome thing about this choker is that the end beads screw on and off, making it super simple to change out the focal pendant or in this case, pendants! Love those little wire scroll spacers! The tassle bezels are part of Industrial Chic.

mixed metal bling necklace

This is a much simpler necklace than is featured by Shonia on Sonoran Living. Shonia was such a delightful guest, and inspired me to go looking for elements to make my own mixed metal necklace!

Can you adapt these jewelry ideas to the new trends? Share with me on Facebook and you could win a prize!

Wire Ring

Repurpose Jewelry

even more ideas

Graduation gifts “Money Bouquet” & “Money Roll”

graduation money gift

“Money Bouquet”

I used $50 in $5’s to make my bouquet.

Supplies:

Flower pot

Floral foam or Styrofoam

Floral wire and/or green pipe cleaner

Wire cutters

Grass or shredded paper to cover floral foam

Money

Floral pick to hold card or tag

Silk leaves

Instructions:

1.      Fold bills into an accordion long ways then fold in half.

2.      Wrap floral wire around the center of two bills and un-fan them. Make sure you leave a long stem. You can always cut them down later once you start to arrange.

3.      Place floral foam inside flower pot. Push it in so it’s snug. Arrange your flowers to your liking bending and twisting the wire so you can see all the flowers.

4.      Cover foam with shredded grass and insert pick to hold tag.

I think these might be fun gifts for someone’s birthday or a new bride and groom!

crafty way to gift money

“Money Roll”

I used 50 $1 bills.

Supplies:

Translucent tape

Money

Small tissue box decorated

Instructions:

1.      Tape each bill together length wise. Tape some tissue to the first bill in the money roll.

2.      Carefully pull apart the bottom of the tissue box and insert the money roll.  Carefully push the tissue out the top and glue closed.

3.      Decorate the tissue box with ribbon and stickers.

Handprint Mother’s Day Canvas and Acordian Card

Mom will love to get one of these projects for Mother’s Day! Especially since it includes the hands of the little ones she loves so much.

we-love-mommy-handprint-car 

Handprint Canvas

Supply List:

  • 1 good quality canvas. I used a 12 x 12 for two kids. If you have more than two kids you might want to consider buying a larger size.
  • Scrapbook paper with patterns on both sides. Try to stick with one theme or grouping to keep all your colors and patterns consistent.
  • Adhesive runner or glue.
  • Permanent markers
  • Handprints for a template

Instructions & Tips:

  1. Trace and cut out each child’s handprint. Cut out two prints for each child.
  2. Have kids write their message along the top before you glue the handprints.
  3. Place and glue the handprints to look like flowers.
  4. Draw the stems and leaves to each flower. You can even have each child write their name and date.

Handprint Card

  • Using heavy cardstock cut out two handprints. Write on the top handprint “I Love you” and lay them open.
  • Cut a strip of cardstock about 1 inch wide and fold like an accordion. Open accordion and write “this much”. Glue each end to the inside of each hand.
  • Tie the hands together with a ribbon.

You can watch me make this project on Sonoran Living.

 

Tips for using your rubber stamps

Stampendous stamps and StazOn InkFor those of you new to rubber stamping, here are a few simple tips:

Pull your stamp carefully off of the plastic they come on from the manufacturer so that you do not tear the slightly stretchy plastic.

super simple with terri o

Acrylic blocks are great for giving you a purchase and place to put even pressure when stamping.

super simple crafts with terri o

The cardstock in this photo is grainy, so pressing the stamp firmly is doubly important. So is a completely flat surface!

If your table has a bit of a dip in it, you can place a magazine underneath the paper you are stamping on.

super simple with terri o

Keep your stamps flat in a dust free drawer or container.

You can use stamp cleaner, baby wipes, or soap and water to clean dried ink out of your stamps. (Dried ink can clog up the stamps details.)

The stamps I used came from Stampendous.

The inks are the new StazOn Minis from Imagine Crafts. I used Spiced Chai and Gothic Purple, but they have lots of really lovely jewel-tone colors in these minis.

Want to learn more and make cards of your own?  I bet if you look around your retail neighborhood you may just find a nifty craft store that has make and take cards or card classes. Jut be warned! Making cards is addictive. Once you start to make cards you will learn techniques that apply to your scrapbook, mixed media, and all kinds of art skills.

Well, what are you waiting for?

put on your corset

 

 

Simply Beautiful Faux Raku Vase to Make

Terri Ouelette simple raku vase

Isn’t this stunning? I made these vases and so can you!

My hats are off to potters who mold clay and hand-fire in raku style, but I do love the simplicity of this technique to get a similar effect with the copper and eggplant hues.

Are you ready?

Good, let’s get started!

Materials Needed:

Block of black Premo clay (made by Sculpey)
Wax or cardboard paper
Various shades of Pearl Ex
Hand-crank pasta maker (DO NOT use machine to make pasta after working with Sculpey clay!)
Glass vase
Plastic knife
Fine-grit sandpaper

Step 1:

Slice a thin piece of Sculpey clay and feed through pasta machine. This should give you a nice, flat piece of clay to work with.

Step 2:

Pour out a small amount of Pearl Ex powder onto working space. Use your fingers and spread one color (or several) at a time over your black clay. The more colors you use, the prettier your piece will be! Overlap colors — get creative!

Step 3:

Once your clay is pretty well coated, you can start ripping small sections off and place them onto your vase. Leave jagged edges; overlap your clay — whatever helps give it texture. Repeat until vase is completely covered. (You may also want to cover the inside lip of the vase as well.)

Step 4:

For additional texture, use a piece of fine-grit sandpaper and go around your vase, gently pressing your clay down.

Step 5:

Place vase on a cookie sheet and bake according to directions.