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Upcycled Fabric Flowers by Linda Peterson

Rose by Linda Peterson

Rose by Linds Peterson

Flowers are always fashion trendy. Upcycle an old t-shirt into a very versatile embellishment for your handbag, flip flops, scrapbook or use as a hair accessory.  It’s quick and easy with Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel and Stick Tape.  Featured on Livin’ the Creative Life TV.

Watch Linda’s super cool Upcycled Fabric Flower YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s® Fabric Fusion Peel and Stick Tape
T-shirt to cut up
3” length of beaded trim (optional)
Tulip® Fabric Paint – Pink and Green pearl
Scissors
Fabric brush
Pencil
Pin back or barrette (optional)

Cut out a circle from a piece of the t-shirt material.  The bigger the circle the bigger the flower
  Draw a spiral inside the circle and cut out. (Please note that the dark pattern line in this photo is for reference only, your pattern line should be drawn barely visible.)
  Apply tape to edge of fabric.
  Peel off backing and begin rolling the fabric around itself.  It is okay if the fabric gathers and bunches in different areas. If necessary, trim off the “cone” on the back of the flower. Cut another circle of fabric to fit over the back of your flower. Apply Peel and Stick Tape and press the fabric in place over the back of your flower. Turn flower over and arrange the petals.
  Create a rectangle from t-shirt fabric.  Fold each side down creating a point in the center.
  Apply a piece of tape along bottom and fold the edges towards the center again.  Trim off bottom to be flush.  Paint leaf green.
  Paint flower pink. Apply leaf and trim to back of flower with Fabric Fusion tape. Glue pin back or barrette onto back of flower.

Funky Dice Pendants by Julianna Hudgins

Wire Bead

Julianna Hudgins loves working with Artistic Wire and the Deluxe Coiling Gizmo! One of her most favorite things to create is a double colored coil. Feeding two to three different colors of wire onto the coiling gizmo can be tricky but with a little patience you can achieve this dimensional look. In addition to the dice you could also wire wrap a domino! Now that’s super funky!  Featured on Livin’ the Creative Life TV.

Watch Julianna’s awesome Funky Dice Pendant YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Artistic Wire 22GA Rose, Lemon & Tangerine 1 spool each
Artistic Wire 20GA Non Tarnish Silver 1 spool
Beadalon Deluxe Coiling Gizmo
Beadalon Silver Chain #340B-010
Beadalon Silver Lobster Clasp #315B-005
Beadalon Round Nose Pliers, Wire Cutters & Flat Nylon Jaw Pliers
Swarovski Size 20 Peridot crystals or color of choice 21 pieces
Lime Green Dice 1 each
E6000, tooth pics & paper plate

Click here to see additional photo steps for Julianna’s Funky Dice

Apply glue with toothpick to add the crystals to each side of dice in numerical order 1 through 6 as shown in photo. Let dry in between sides for at least one minute at a time depending on environment that you are working in. Set finished dice to side.
  Using the Rose and Lemon colored wire make a coil using the Deluxe Coiling Gizmo with the second to largest rod 4 inches long. Remove coil from rod and only cut wires from bottom of coil.
  Insert Tangerine wire into bottom of coil and let coil slide down wire.
  Wrap end of Tangerine wire around second to largest rod handle and make a coil about ½ inch long.
  Slide original rose and lemon colored coil up to meet rod and wrap around handle.
  Guide the coil up and over the rod by pushing the handle of rod forward and by guiding coil with thumb and pointer finger.
  Continue to wrap coil on rod until coil is complete. Finish end by making a matching ½” long tangerine coil at end.
  Remove wire bead from rod and cut off from spool. Cut wires from top.
  Holding wire bead by small tangerine coils gently stretch wire bead apart being careful not to distort shape.
  Cut a piece of non tarnish silver wire approx 8″ long. Using round nose pliers make a loop at one of wire.
  Insert straight end of wire through tangerine coil.
  Insert wire through dice.
  Insert wire through top tangerine coil. Using round nose pliers make random loops with excess wire.
Add pendant to chain with lobster clasp.

Design a Scarf with Tulip Fabric Markers by Linda Peterson

Scarf by Linda Peterson

Scarf by Linda Peterson

Linda Peterson shows how to add variety to your wardrobe with these fashion silk scarves.  Create a variety of patterns with Tulip Fabric Markers.  Your friends will be amazed!!  Featured on Livin’ the Creative Life TV.

Watch Linda’s super cool Tulip Fabric Marker Designed Scarf YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Tulip® Fabric Markers in choice colors
Purchased silk scarf
T-pins
Tape
Craft foam
Tape craft foam to work surface and secure scarf to craft foam with T-pins

Draw desired pattern onto scarf.  Keep it simple if you are just beginning, try creating easy designs such as polka dots, circles, squares or stripes.  Animal prints in various colors are also fun to try.
  Fill in design with desired color.
  WEAR!  You can tie this onto your wrist, use as a hair bow or maybe even an accessory to your handbag!
  Wash in warm water, gentle cycle with mild soap after 24 hours; line dry. Do not dry clean.

Garden Tea Light Lantern by Linda Peterson

Garden Lantern by Linda Peterson

Garden Lantern by Linda Peterson

Light up your night with these garden tea light lanterns.  Learn how to create a decorative touch that can also ward off pesky pests!!  As seen on Livin’ the Creative Life with Linda Peterson TV featured on the Cool2Craft TV Channel.

Watch Linda’s garden Tea Light Lantern YouTube video tutorial


Materials:
Jar with a lip such as a baby jar or candle jar
1/16” armature wire – Wireform®
3/16”  armature wire – Wireform®
Metal charm
Tacky Glue
Pliers

Note:  you may substitute any wire for this project to create the lantern. Aluminum wire can also be found at your local hardware store.

Cut an 8” piece of 1/16” wire and bend into a “U” shape.
Cut an 18” piece of 1/16” wire and wrap around lip of jar.
Insert 8” wire end on to each side of jar and curl with pliers to secure ends.  Repeat other side.
Pull the wire tight around the jar and wrap around the handle to secure.  Trim off excess wire.
Wrap a decorative piece of wire around handle.
Hook: Stretch out the 3/16” coil.Add any loops desired.Bend the end down and loop in opposite way.

Trim wire so that the hook is approximately 18” long.


Friendship Garden Basket by Linda Peterson

Friendship Basket by Linda Peterson

Friendship Basket by Linda Peterson

Give the gift that keeps on growing with this Friendship Garden Basket.  Basic materials combine to create this gift basket that tells someone special you are thinking of them!  As seen on Livin’ the Creative Life TV with Linda Peterson.

Watch Linda’s fun and inspirational Friendship Garden Basket YouTube video tuturial

In addition to basic craft supplies you will need a basket, paper shreds, small shovel, seed packets of choice.

Decoupaged Clay Pot with Bird

Click here for downloadable pattern

Materials:
4” clay pot – or size of choice
Decorative paper of choice (neutral color and background or use newsprint)
Collage image(s) (a bird motif was used in this project – courtesy of Graphicsfairy.com)
Aleene’s Collage Pauge – Glossy
Black acrylic paint
Sponge brush
Sanding block
Scissors

Friendship garden plant markers
Craft sticks (popsicle sticks)
Green distress dye ink ( or color of choice)
Black pigment ink
Rubber stamp – Vintage rectangle frame used in our project
Permanent marker or alphabet stamps

Friendship Potting Soil Tag
Manila tag
Rubber stamp image of choice (we used a vintage bird theme)
Round vintage frame stamp (or stamp of choice)
Distress inks in color of choice
Black pigment ink
Permanent marker
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Scissors
Heat gun or oven
Cellophane treat bag
3-4 cups of potting soil

Decoupaged Clay Pot

Paint rim and under rim with acrylic paint.  Allow to dry.
Cut out paper from pattern.  Apply decoupage medium to paper and clay pot.
Apply paper, smoothing edges.  Allow to dry.
Cut out decorative image and decoupage onto front of clay pot.  Allow to dry.
Sand paint in random areas around the rim.

Friendship garden plant markers

Apply green dye ink to surface of stick.
Ink Stamp and press image onto craft stick.
Write the name of the flower or seed on the marker if you like.
Option:  Seal with Collage Pauge Glossy to make the marker water resistant.

Friendship Potting Soil Tag

Add potting soil to bag and tie closed. Stamp bird image onto tag .
Remove excess tag with scissors. Color tag with dye inks or chalk as desired.Distress edges.
Stamp round frame image onto shrink plastic and cut out.
Write “Potting soil” in center of frame with permanent marker. Heat and shrink plastic.Glue  plastic disk to tag.
Tie tag to bag.

 


Steampunk Floral Brooch by Samantha Star

Samantha Star - Steampunk Floral Brooch

Samantha Star - Steampunk Floral Brooch

Create steampunk CHIC style with this super cool metal brooch created by Samantha Star for Linda Peterson TV.Alcohol inks create the beautiful colors and metal findings add the punk!

Watch Samantha’s Steampunk Floral Brooch YouTube video tutorial

Materials

Thin aluminum

Scissors capable of cutting through the aluminum

Pencil

Hot glue

Rhinestone

Alcohol ink

Alcohol ink applicator

Metal findings (old watch parts)

Steampunk Floral Brooch by Samantha Star - 5 1. Trace a flower onto thin aluminum.
Steampunk Floral Brooch by Samantha Star - 6 2. Cut around pattern with scissors.
Steampunk Floral Brooch by Samantha Star - 7 3. Cut out a teardrop shape to use as a leaf.
Steampunk Floral Brooch by Samantha Star - 9 4. Apply alcohol ink to the applicator and ink your flower and leaf.
Steampunk Floral Brooch by Samantha Star - 10
Steampunk Floral Brooch by Samantha Star - 11 5. Using pliers, roll up the edges of the flower. This will reveal the backside of the metal which is not inked. Ink if desired.
Steampunk Floral Brooch by Samantha Star - 13 6. Apply hot glue to the leaf and glue it onto the flower. Use your pliers to roll up the edge of the leaf.
Steampunk Floral Brooch by Samantha Star - 15 7. Glue a rhinestone to the center of the flower with hot glue. Apply hot glue to the leaf and glue on metal findings.
Samantha Star - Steampunk Floral Brooch

Bloomin’ Pen Set by Linda Peterson

Bloomin' Flower Pen Set by Linda Peterson

Bloomin' Flower Pen Set by Linda Peterson

Dollar store finds get a makeover to turn into a decorative pot of “bloomin’ pens.Featured on Livin’ the Creative Life TV with Linda Peterson.

Materials

1 Bush of flowers (5-7 stems)

Wire cutters

Floral Tape

Ink Pens (BIC ® Round Sticks work great)

Scissors

4” clay pot

Clear tape

Package of black beans or beans in choice of color

Bloomin' Flower Pen Set by Linda Peterson - 1 Cut stems apart with wire cutters and trim to length of ink pen. 

Place stem against ink pen…

Bloomin' Flower Pen Set by Linda Peterson - 2 and wrap with floral tape.
Bloomin' Flower Pen Set by Linda Peterson - 3 Place a piece of clear tape in the bottom of the clay pot. 

Add beans.

Press pens into the beans inside pot.

Enjoy!

Variations:  Switch out blooms to coordinate with the season.

Decoupage images or paint pot as desired


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Vintage Keepsake Jar by Linda Peterson

Craft Porcelain Clay Roses by Linda Peterson

Craft Porcelain Clay Roses by Linda Peterson

You can create beautiful porcelain-look flowers from Craft Porcelain Air Dry Clay. In this tutorial, Linda Peterson takes you step-by-step, petal by petal, creating beautiful roses that can be used for embellishing many craft projects. As featured on Livin’ the Creative Life TV with Linda Peterson.

Materials:

Jar of choice

Craft Porcelain air dry clay

Clay shaper tool or  metal knitting needle

Tacky glue

Decoupage medium

Decorative paper

Paint – color of choice

Paintbrush

Organza ribbon in color of choice.

Helpful hints when working with Craft Porcelain clay: 

Keep a moist towel nearby and wrap the extra clay inside to keep it from drying out.

Dip your fingers in a glass of water to moisten the clay if it dries to the touch. Slightly moisten the areas to be joined. This allows a better bond. Do not bake, this tends to bring air bubbles to the surface and gives an undesirable effect.

Preparing the jar:  make sure the jar is clean.   Paint or decoupage paper on the lid to cover over any undesirable wording.  Allow to dry.

Craft Porcelain Clay Roses by Linda Peterson - 1 Rose bud: Roll ball the size of a pea. Flatten between fingers and stretch into a rectangle. Pinch one edge until thin and ruffled.
Craft Porcelain Clay Roses by Linda Peterson - 2 Roll the clay from left to right forming a rose bud.
Craft Porcelain Clay Roses by Linda Peterson - 3 Petals: Flatten pea size balls between fingers and pinch edges to ruffle.
Craft Porcelain Clay Roses by Linda Peterson - 4 Wrap these petals around the rosebud in a clockwise fashion. Repeat until the rose is as big as desired, using three to five petals. If needed, moisten the base of the petals slightly with water from fingertips to help attach the petals to rose.
Craft Porcelain Clay Roses by Linda Peterson - 5 Repeat these steps using balls of various sizes to create various size roses. Set aside to dry approximately 2 hours.
Craft Porcelain Clay Roses by Linda Peterson - 6 Leaves:  Shape a pea size ball into a teardrop and press flat.  Draw a line down the center with a clay shaper or knitting needle.
Craft Porcelain Clay Roses by Linda Peterson - 7 Then draw in vein marks.
Craft Porcelain Clay Roses by Linda Peterson - 8 Fold at the base (rounded end) and press together. Set aside to dry approximately 2 hours.
Arrange flowers and leaves onto lid.  Secure them to the lid with tacky glue.  Allow to dry completely. 

Wrap ribbon around neck of jar and tie a bow.

Drop in various keepsakes or for a gift giving idea, fill with Tiffany Windsor’s Secret Sugar scrub recipe also found on Favecrafts.com


Launched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly live-streaming web TV shows featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Cool2Craft LIVE and on-demand episodes can be easily viewed on-line and archived demonstrations are available on the Cool2Craft YouTube channel. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.

 


Everything is coming up Flowers! Celebrate Spring with Linda

Blip TV Thumbnail - Celebrate Spring

Blip TV Thumbnail - Celebrate Spring
Hello all my fellow crafty Friends,  :)

Are you getting a little cabin fever?  Ohhh ME TOO!!  This winter has been brutal and when it says goodbye for good, I will not miss it one little smidge!

While the weather outside may still be colder, you can bring a breath of springtime to your home, just by adding some flowers!  They add such a warm presence to your home and they even help to lift your spirits.

My latest show is all about flowers and ways to incorporate them into your home.  Whether you’re creating  the Bloomin Pen project,  making your own realistic roses or designing  jewelry, I’m confident these projects will help you fight off the winter blues.  And who doesn’t love yummy cupcakes?  OOooOh sooo good!!

Have you signed up for the Cool2Craft newsletter? Simply enter your email on the home page of Cool2Craft in the upper right corner.  You’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win a great prize package. If you haven’t yet,  you’re missin’ out!  The next newsletter will feature the project tutorials and links to the project featured in my show along with a host of other great springtime projects to energize you and get the creative juices working.

A quick peek into my next show :  Celebrate National Crafts Month – Make it HandMade!!!   I’ll feature a metal jewelry project inspired by my latest book release “Metalwork Jewelry”, along with simple gift giving ideas, an upcycle project and an edible arrangement!  You won’t want to miss it!

Remember!  Keep doing what you love and keep livin’ the creative life!

Linda

Ken Oliver – Daily Inspiration Journal

Daily Inspiration Journal Cover by Ken Oliver

In this video, Ken Oliver shares how to create a personalized journal using the Unibind Photobook Creator. It’s a super-cool tool that makes it easy to bind your papers together into a great photobook or journal. Featured on Linda Peterson LIVE TV.

Watch Ken’s daily Inspirational Journal YouTube video tutorial