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Cool2Cast Holly Leaves Wreath

Cool2Cast Holly Leaves Wreath 300

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Cool2Cast takes on a festive holiday look with leaves and holly berries. Created by Tiffany Windsor using the Wilton Pumpkins and Leaves silicone mold, this wreath features vivid greens and bright berries on a ribbon wrapped foam board base. A pretty addition to your holiday decor.  For more hints, tips and techniques on this project, click to watch Tiffany’s YouTube video tutorial! For more ideas, visit the Cool2Cast website.

Materials

Cool2Cast – available in the polymer clay section at Michaels or on-line
Water and measuring cups
Wilton Pumpkins and Leaves Silicone Mold (I used 12 leaves on wreath)
Half-round Cool2Cast shapes (for holly berries and spacers)
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Meadow, Lettuce, Cranberry
Soft bristle brush (I use kids craft brushes to apply alcohol inks)
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer
e6000 Glue
Ribbon
Scissors
Foamboard
Craft knife
Wire (for hanger)

1. Create leaves and half-rounds from Cool2Cast. (Follow package directions to mix and pour or check out the video tutorials at www.cool2cast.com.) Let dry completely.

2. Apply Meadow and Lettuce alcohol inks to leaves directly from bottle. This will give you a very intense color. Vary the colors for shading and highlights.

3. Mix drops of Lettuce with water and brush on to 6 of the half-round spacers. Apply Cranberry directly from bottle to 6 of the half-rounds to create holly berries. Let ink dry.

4. Apply Crystal Lacquer directly from bottle to flat surface of leaves. You want a nice thick coat. Apply to berries (when working on curved surfaces, just apply with fingertip.) Set aside to dry overnight.

5. Measure, mark and cut approximate 9″ circle from foamboard. Cut approximate 3″ circle from center. (You can vary the size of your wreath depending on the look you want to create. Just lay out your leaves in different patterns to decide on size of finished wreath.)

6. Apply a dab of glue to the end of ribbon and glue to back of foam board. Begin to wrap ribbon around and around the wreath shape pulling tightly as you wrap. Cut off excess ribbon and glue end to back of wreath.

7. Arrange leaves on front of wreath, spacing to create two overlapping layers. (6 leaves on each layer).  Glue first layer to ribbon wreath.

8. Glue half-round spacers between leaves. (These spacers will help to level the second row of leaves.)

9. Apply glue to top of spacers and ends of middle leaves. Press in place to create second layer.

10. Apply glue to back of berries and glue in place. Set aside to dry.

11. To create hanger, cut 3″ strip of ribbon. Twist wire into loop, crossing wires and twisting several times. Spread wire ends perpendicular to loop. Positioning so that loop appears above ribbon edge, glue wire to back of ribbon. Glue ribbon to center top back of wreath. Let dry.

12. Display indoors.

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Looped Scrapbook Paper Trees

12-6-13 Looped Scrapbook Paper Mini-Tree x 300

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Grab your left-over scrapbook paper card stock to create a bright and cheerful holiday tree. Designed by Tiffany Windsor from mismatched scrapbook paper strips, these trees shine with a glossy coat of red spray paint. Layer glass plates and glassware to feature this collection on your holiday tables. Click here to watch Tiffany’s YouTube video tutorial on this project!

Materials

Scrapbook paper – card stock weight
Paper cutter (or scissors)
Paper mache cones – sizes of your choice
Spray paint – gloss red (or color of your choice)
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Tacky Dots
Tree topper – ribbon, gold star or other embellishment

1. Cut paper into 1″ wide strips. The length of the strips will depend on the size of loops you want for your tree. I used 1″ x 6″ and 1″ x 4″ for my trees.

2. To help shape your strips into loops, run each strip between your thumb and forefinger to bend the paper.

3. Add 2 Tacky Dots to one end of the printed side of each loop. Add several dabs of Tacky Glue around the dots. Using both the glues will allow the Dots to hold instantly and the Tacky glue to hold permanently. I like to use this technique because of the thickness of the card stock — it tends to want to pull away. Let the wet glue dry completely.

4. Add 1 – 2 Tacky Dots on the top back of each loop and apply a line of Tacky Glue around the dots. Let set for about 10 minutes until the Tacky Glue starts to get real tacky.

5. Place your cone on your worksurface. Starting with the bottom row of loops, press each loop in place on the cone. The looped end should just touch the surface of the table. Give each loop a good press onto the cone.

6. Add your next row of loops about 1″ above the prior row until you reach the top of the cone. The smallest loops are then glued to the very top of the cone. Let dry completely.

7. Set up a spray area outside to spray your tree(s). It will take several coats to cover the paper loops and be sure to get in all the nooks and crannies. Be sure to let the paint dry between each coat.

8. Add a bow, star or other decorative embellishment to the top of your trees.

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Create a Customized Sugar Scrub Jar at Zazzle.com

3-Step Sugar Scrub Jars Tiffany Windsor

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Looking for a great customized holiday or anytime gift? This candy jar was custom printed at Zazzle.com. Fill it with your favorite mixture of sugar, almond oil, and essential oils and add your favorite crafty ribbons and embellishments. Your special girlfriends will love receiving this soothing sugar scrub gift!

Watch my YouTube video tutorial.

I was recently contacted by my friends at Zazzle.com to check out what’s new at their site.  I did a quick search and found this adorable small candy jar with a cork stopper. With the holidays fast approaching, I thought it would be cute to customize the jar with my recipe for 3-Step Sugar Scrub.  It only took me a few minutes to design the text on my computer and upload to the Zazzle site. After proofing, I placed my order and within a short time, my sugar scrub jars had arrived.

To fill this cutie up with sugar scrub, mix 2 parts sugar (white or brown) and 1 part almond oil (or your favorite body oil). Mix in 15 – 20 drops of your favorite essential oil and you have a fabulous, customized gift.  I also decorated my jars with picot edged ribbon and a button brad embellishment.

For a custom scoop, I cut a piece of Aleene’s Peel & Stick Sheet to fit the end of large craft stick and applied craft foil. This just adds a touch of shine to the handle end of your scoop stick.

While I was at Zazzle.com, I also customed designed some wrapping paper especially for my sisters.  This paper is thick and extra glossy and is perfect to wrap up my sugar scrub gifts!

Jar and Gift Wrap Paper Create a Customized Sugar Scrub Jar at Zazzle.com

If you are interested in ordering the 3-Step Sugar Scrub Jars or the custom gift wrap paper I designed or if you want to create your own custom designs, just click here!

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DISCLAIMER: Promotional consideration paid by Zazzle.com. Design, customization, excitement and opinions are my own. I do receive compensation for orders placed through the links provided.


 

17 Tips for How to Decoupage a Mannequin

Tissue Paper Decoupage Mannequin Tiffany Windsor

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You can transform all different types of shapes and surfaces with tissue paper and decoupage medium. What started out as a plain grey velour sewing mannequin, was easily decorated with printed tissue paper to create a vintage-styled home accent. In this YouTube video, Tiffany Windsor takes you step-by-step on this project and shares 17 tips for making decoupage easier!

Materials

Mannequin (or any other hard surface of your choice – this mannequin started out as a plain grey velour fabric)
Print tissue paper
White tissue paper
Duct Tape
Aleene’s Decoupage – Matte finish
Sponge brush

1. Apply duct tape over any openings in mannequin.

2. Tear white tissue and brown printed tissue into large pieces (approximately 4″ x 4″.)

3. Working one area at a time, brush decoupage medium onto surface of mannequin slightly larger than torn pieces. Lay white tissue into glue and immediately brush over tissue with glue. Be sure to keep your brush very moist with decoupage medium! Apply several layers of white tissue paper. Let dry. (If desired, use fan to speed up the drying process.)

4. Repeat gluing process with brown printed tissue. Let dry.

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How to Make Looped Burlap and Pearl Flowers

Looped Burlap and Pearl Flowers Tiffany Windsor

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Inspired by a burlap and lace tablerunner created by Professor Pincushion, Tiffany Windsor created a Fall tablescape featuring looped burlap and pearl flowers. A vintage favorite from the Momma Aleene’s archives, these flowers are a perfect way to transform a floral topiary to match this rustic theme.

Click to watch Tiffany’s How to Make Looped Burlap and Pearl Flowers YouTube video.

To learn how to make the companion table runner, click this Professor Pincushion YouTube video link or check out their on-line tutorial – How to Make a Holiday Tablerunner.

Materials for Burlap and Pearl Flowers

Burlap by the yard
Scissors
Ruler
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Pearl stickers (or pearl finish buttons)
Optional – 18 gauge stem wire or wooden skewers (for flower stems)

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1. Most burlap yardage is stitched along the sides to keep it from unraveling. If your burlap in stitched, cut away stitch line with scissors.

2. Cut burlap into 20″ width.

3. Measure and mark at 4″ intervals (for large flowers), 3″ intervals (for medium flowers) and 2-1/2″ intervals (for smaller flower).

4. Find one thread at mark line and pull out completely. (Set aside to use for twine accents.)

5. Apply glue along each side where you have removed the thread. Spread glue wide enough to cover two rows of burlap threads. This will help to keep burlap from unraveling during next step. Let glue dry completely.

6. In this next step, you will need to pull out all the threads between your glue lines. Just pull out each thread one-by-one (and set those threads aside for another project).11 19 13 Cutting Burlap How to Make Looped Burlap and Pearl Flowers

7. Once you have removed the threads, you can now cut the burlap apart between the glue lines. You should now have several pieces that will be used to create individual flowers. Please note that if you want smaller, less bulky flowers, you can cut your 20″ pieces into 10″ pieces.

8. Apply glue along one long edge of burlap strip. Fold over to glue the two straight edges together. You should now have a looped edge and an edge with two layers.

11 19 13 Rolling stem How to Make Looped Burlap and Pearl Flowers9. You are now ready to start rolling the burlap strip. Apply glue along the straight edge. If you are creating a flower on a stem, you will want to lay the wire (or skewer) perpendicular into the glue at the end of the burlap strip. If you are not using a stem, just begin rolling the strip, pressing to keep the roll tight and keep the cut edges even. When you are finished rolling, you will have the shape of a flower bud. To create a fully-blooming flower, press the flower face down on work surface to spread out the loops.

We’d be delighted if you shared these pics on Pinterest!

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Professor Pincushion Tablerunner+Cool2Craft Burlap Flowers Giveaway

Professor Pincushion Giveaway Horiz

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CONGRATULATIONS! Our two winners have been announced! See Rafflecopter widget below. Professor Pincushion and Cool2Craft have teamed up for a cool new QUICK giveaway! In celebration of our first YouTube collaboration videos, we’re giving away a burlap and lace tablerunner that has been custom designed and sewn by Professor Pincushion along with six of the beautiful burlap looped flowers that Tiffany Windsor created for her Thanksgiving tablescape. The tablerunner is sized at 60″ x 15″, and features a base of gold polka dot fringe edged burlap with a lace overlay and chocolate brown picot edge satin ribbon. The burlap loop flowers are various sizes and feature a pearl finish dimensional sticker. Let’s DOUBLE that!  We’re going to give away this same prize to TWO lucky winners!

This is a very quick giveaway offer because we want to be sure that we can ship this prize to reach you in time for Thanksgiving.

Watch Professor Pincushion’s video Tutorial – How to Sew A Holiday Tablerunner

Watch Tiffany Windsor’s video tutorial – How to Make Looped Burlap Flowers + Bonus Tablescaping Ideas

GIVEAWAY Info:

Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win…deadline to enter is 11/22/13. (Contest open to US residents only.) Commenting? We’d love to hear about how you are decorating for Thanksgiving!

Want more ways to enter? There are additional ways to earn entries so be sure to check out the options! Just click on the Rafflecopter link below (if widget doesn’t pop up automatically).

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How to Make a Fall Twigs Vase

Fall Twigs Vase Tiffany Windosr

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Tiffany Windsor shares her tips for making a fall twigs vase quick and easy. After testing several gluing techniques, she found the easiest way to assemble this rustic home decor accent and shares those tips with you in her video tutorial.  Click to watch Tiffany’s How to Make a Fall Twigs Vase YouTube video tutorial.

Materials

Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Small glass jar or vase
White copy paper
Pencil or pen
Wood twigs (or cinnamon sticks) – twigs should be as straight as possible
Wire cutter (or gardening cutters)
Ribbon or twine

Follow along with these step-by-steps by watching Tiffany’s how-to video!

1. Lay vase on paper. Use pencil to mark lines on paper indicating top and bottom of vase. These lines will be used to measure and cut twigs.

2. Apply three lines of glue around vase. Set aside for 10 to 15 minutes to allow glue to start to dry.

3. Using measurement on paper, cut twigs to length with cutters. Cut enough twigs to fit around entire vase.

4. Once glue has set as recommended in step 2 above, set vase on work surface. Press each twig into glue using the work surface to hold the twig at the bottom and to keep all the twigs aligned. Because you have let the glue set and you are using with work surface to help hold the bottom of the twigs, they should not shift. Cover entire vase with twigs.

5. Wrap with ribbon or twine and tie into knot. Set aside to dry.

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How to Make a Boyfriend Rocker Tee

Boyfriend Rocker Tee Shirt Savannah Starr

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Grab an oversize t-shirt and roll on some paint. Add a few stenciled designs and you have one rockin’ tee! Savannah Starr layers her rocker tee over black leggings, added her red lip earrings and finished the look with her red fuzzy shoes. When rocking the boyfriend tee look, you can belt or tie your shirt to size. Watch Savannah’s super cool YouTube video on this project!

Materials

Tulip Soft Fabric Paint – Matte white
Tulip Multi-Surface Skull Stencil #24308
Black t-shirt (or color of your choice)
Mini paint roller and paint tray
Paper towels
Wet wipes
Optional: freezer paper or wax paper

1. Lay t-shirt onto smooth work surface. If you do not want the paint to bleed through, insert freezer paper inside shirt and sleeves.

2. Apply stencil(s) onto sleeve (or wherever desired on shirt)

3. Pour paint into tray and run roller through paint several times. With the graffiti effect you do not need the paint to be evenly distributed. Roll paint roller over paper towel to remove excess paint.

4. To decorate front of shirt, roll paint roller over fabric several times without reloading paint. This will create varying paint patterns on shirt. (See video for example.) NOTE: you do not need a lot of paint to create a really awesome design. Don’t oversaturate the shirt with paint.

5. Carefully roll paint over stencil leaving some t-shirt fabric showing through. This gives more of a graffiti effect.

6. When you have finished applying paint, remove stencil (be sure to wipe it clean with wet wipe so that you can re-use.)

7. Let paint dry completely and repeat design on back if desired.

Click here for tutorial on how to make Savannah’s Red Lips Water Bottle Earrings!

Click here for video tutorial on how to make Savannah’s Fuzzy Red Heels!

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Dresser Makeover: Dollar Store Stickers

Dresser Makeover Dollar Store Stickers Tiffany Windsor

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This yard sale dresser takes on a whole new personality with the help of dollar store stickers. Inspired by a black and white stenciled dresser design, Tiffany found these silver floral stickers at her local dollar store and decided that this was the makeover that this dresser needed. Watch Tiffany’s Dresser Makeover: Dollar Store Stickers YouTube video.

MATERIALS

Painted dresser

Stickers (I purchased mine from my local dollar store)

Scissors

Cleaner for surface of dresser

Optional: Craft knife (nice to have on hand for specific cutting tasks)

1. Clean the dresser to remove any residue.

2. Starting with the larger stickers, determine placement and stick to surface of dresser.

3. Use scissors to cut stencil apart when you reach the edge of the drawer. You can then cut the stencil to fit to the face of the dresser and continue the design on lower drawers.

4. Press edges of stickers firmly to surface, particularly along any curved edges.

5. If needed/desired, apply sealer. (Test first to see that your sealer is compatible with your stickers.)

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Behind the Scenes: Aleene’s Pumpkin Surprise

Aleene's Pumpkins Surprise

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Tiffany decided to give Momma Aleene a little Halloween surprise when she recently crafted her Water Bottle Pumpkins. These pumpkins are easy to create and are fun to use to decorate your yard, porch or garden. A quick window display featuring five pumpkins and a BOO! brought a smile to Momma’s face and we captured it on video! Watch the YouTube Behind The Scenes video – Aleene’s Pumpkin Surprise.

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