Archives for June 2011

Thrifty Lamp and Stand Revamp

Painted lamp makeoverSo excited about this project.  Love how it turned out, and it cost me a grand total of $3.oo (not including paint and primer, which I had on hand).  The lamp, the shade  and the little stand are all separate garage sale scores.  None of them had anything going for them, except for the fact that they were dirt cheap.  I have a hard time passing up home decor items that are $1 or less.   I have learned what a difference some paint can make.  Follow along as I show you the process…

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Jodi Gerber’s Artistic Letters Review

Artistic Letters Wall Art

Photographer Jodi Gerber of ArtisticLetters has created an entire catalog of black & white letter images throughout the past 3 years – all by photographing objects in nature that resembled letters of the alphabet. She recently decided to offer her ENTIRE catalog of 250+ letter images to the public on CD or Download so that anyone could create their own designs!   It’s a truly original way to make artwork for your home – or even for scrapbooking, greeting cards, and digital designs consisting of wedding invitations, baby’s birth, etc.  Endless possibilities for occasions of all kind.

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Mixed Media Background Technique: Rubbing Alcohol

Mixed Media Art Tutorial

I used to look at mixed media art and think “How the heck did they get that background”.  I still do that often, but I have learned some techniques in my artful explorations that create some amazing effects.  Today I am bringing you a simple technique that utilizes rubbing alcohol, and gives drastic effects.  I hope you can tuck this in to your creative toobox.

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Announcing: The Blogger Networking Twitter Party!

Blogelina had such great success with our Blogger to WordPress Transfer Twitter Party, that we’ve decided to host another party!  The party is scheduled forThursday, June 23rd, from 9-10pm EST – and you’re invited!  We’ve got a lot of great prizes and a lot of fun lined upkeep reading for more details:

I am honored to be featuring, as my co-host for this Twitter Party, Angie , the blogger behind Many Little Blessings and creator of the Connections Network!

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Thrifty Thursday Week 28


Week 28 of Thrifty Thursday.  Not much to report today.  Macbook Pro shipped off to Apple for repair, so I am using a different machine.  It’s like wearing shoes on the wrong feet.  Not fun.  Oh how I miss you, Mac.  Please come back soon.

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Saved By Love’s Stumble Upon Linky Week 1



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Polymer Clay Father’s Day Keychain Tutorial

Polymer Clay Father's Day Keychain

This tutorial covers incorporating an image into a polymer clay keychain, making great personal gifts.  Total time is about 45 minutes.  The project is easy and perfect for those new to the world of polymer clay.

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Spray Paint and Tissue Transfer Crock Revamp

Finished Spray Painted Crock

I scored large at a recent community wide garage sale here in my hometown, so you are about to see many a thrifty find revamp here at SBLC.  This tutorial covers how I used spray paint and tissue paper transfer to transform this old cracked crock (which cost $3) into this vintage number plant holder.  Ridiculously easy, frugal to the max, happy crafter!

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Mixed Media Wall Art Part 3; Copper “2011” Tag

Copper Alcohol Ink Tag

Part 1 of this mixed media project covered the emboss resist technique used to create the layered appearance on the “M”.  Part 2 details how to use acrylic paints to make a faux metal frame, seen in this finished piece.  Today I will show you how to use alcohol inks on black cardstock to make a faux metal 2011 tag.  This technique produces a dramatic effect and takes only a few minutes.

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