If you are looking for a fun summer craft project for the kids, pick up a few plain t-shirts and fabric paint, and they can make these:
The full tutorial for these Hello Sunshine shirts can be found over at Mom It Forward.
As part of the Holiday Bake, Craft and Sew Along I have two special treats for you. To begin with, I get to help start the holiday season off with a bang, & treat you to an absolutely amazing giveaway as part of our crafty series (details below). Once you have entered the giveaway, head on over to Kelly's blog to check out my tutorial for DIY reindeer tea towels, which make a fabulous handmade gift this holiday season.
We are giving away a fabulous Prize Package worth more than $700!
UPDATED: The winners of this giveaway drawn via random.org are no.12 Sabirah and no.32 Kate Dunn. Congratulations, I will be emailing you shortly.
I recently received some fabulous Faber-Castell Mix & Match products to try out. After days and days of procrastinating as to what I should make with them and perusing every single page of the design memory craft blog, I was doing dishes one afternoon and happened to be washing out a large crushed garlic jar to pop into the recyling bin when I finally had an idea.
The jar was just too big for me to give it up that easily, I knew I could re-purpose it and I had remembered reading that the Mix & Match products could be used on canvas, so I decided to make a jar cozy and turn this great jar into a funky vase.
The products I received were these Mix & Match Mixed Media Sampler and Color Gelatos & Clear Stamp kit.
With the various products in the Mix & Match collection you can create some absolutely stunning pieces of work. I came across this gorgeous artwork on Scrapscene and then this fantastic bird banner (scroll down a bit) on Art Talk (you may want to turn your volume down, there's music).
Here are the instructions to make the vase cozy:
Using a tape measure, take the measurements of your jar and cut out a piece of canvas allowing an extra 5mm all round for a hem.
Choose a clear stamp and attach to a stampers block. Fill in the detail on the stamp using the Color Gelatos - you can brush over these with water to create a watercolor effect. I used 3 colors on mine: The metallic pink gelato around the outside, orange just inside that and yellow toward the center of each wing. Stamp onto your canvas.
I then used the Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil in red to highlight the details around the butterfly. These pencils are permanent, but again, if you brush a little water over the top it creates a beautiful watercolor effect.
Color over a worded stamp using the Metallic PITT® Artist Pen and stamp just underneath the butterfly. I did this in two stages as the phrase was quite long and I wanted to separate it over two lines.
Using a Yellow Gelato in a downright position stamp a few scattered circles around your design.
Create a frame around your design using a PITT® Pastel Pencil. Add highlights using the Metallic PITT® Artist Pen.
I had a cardboard scrapbooking frame that I used as a stencil to create the frame around my design.
Sew hems on the top and bottom of your canvas using a zigzag stitch to prevent fraying. Stitch the open side together using a straight stitch to make a sleeve and very carefully wiggle it down over your jar.
The possibilities truly are endless with these amazing products.
And with that, I have a GIVEAWAY!
It is very simple to enter, just leave a comment below, ensuring that you leave details on how I can get in contact with you if you are one of the winners.
This giveaway is open to all residents of the United States over 18 years of age and will end on Thursday May 5 at 10am PST when a winner will be drawn via random.org.
Disclosure: I was provided with product for the purpose of this review