New Alcohol Ink Colors from Ranger & Video Tips from Tim Holtz CHA 2014

[pinit]New Ranger Ink Alcohol ink colors and DIY Flower with CHA 2014 Tim Holtz Video @savedbyloves[pinit]

I am so excited about the new alcohol ink colors from Ranger that I had the chance to demo at CHA 2014.  We used them making these beautiful flowers from the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die from foil card stock.  They were quick and easy to make, and can be used as barrettes, corsages and more!

New Ranger Ink Alcohol ink colors and DIY Flower with CHA 2014 Tim Holtz Video 2

Here are the supplies we used.  Make stripes of various ink colors on the blending tool.  Drag across the flower layers and the flower button for the center.  Once dry, shape flower layers and attach wiht brad through accordion folded organza rectangle.  Use glue dot or hot glue to attach flower button to center of flower.  The end!

Check out the following video where Tim Holtz talks about the new colors in the Ranger alcohol ink line, and gives really cool tips on how to use the alcohol blender pen to color with the inks!

50+ Heart DIY, Crafts and Jewelry Projects to Make


Heart Crafts Valentine's Day Ideas[pinit]

It’s all about hearts today, with this collection of over 50 DIY heart projects you can make. You will spy jewelry, crafts, wall decor, clothing and more, sure to inspire your Valentine’s Day festivities.

Over 50 Projects to Make Using Twine

[pinit]Over 50 Things to make with Twine #bakerstwine #twinecrafts @savedbyloves[pinit]

About two years ago, I discovered baker’s twine and fell a little in love.  Today I am sharing some of the best twine crafts out there, using all kinds of twine, including my precious baker’s!  You will find home decor, jewelry, paper craft tutorials and more.  If we missed a favorite of yours, let us know!  Enjoy and try *knot* to tie yourself to anything!

DIY Distressed Starburst Mirror for $5

[pinit]Distressed Starburst Mirror DIY #upcycle #paintstickcrafts #diy #repurpose #reclaimedwood @savedbyloves

This project has been on my to do list for months and months.  I finally got around to making a distressed, chippy starburst mirror from recycled paint stirrers and other reclaimed wood I have collected from various discard piles.  The hold up was finding a circle mirror, which I ended up finding at Joann Fabrics for just a few dollars.  This piece took about an hour to make start to finish and cost under $5!

Knock off decor

 Pretty amazing when you consider this similar mirror at Iron Accents is $410!  If you are considering paying that price for something like this… don’t!  Make your own version for way cheaper, and feel awesome about it.


*** NOTE:  I used a cordless Ryobi AirStrike Nailer which is not a must have, but makes this project (and most of my woodworking projects) go smoothly and quickly.  Work smarter, not harder!

***Oh yeah, and also:  The wreath form on top of the mirror is optional.  I preferred the project with it, but it looks cool without as well.

10 inch diameter round mirror


Scrap wood about 12×12 inches

Ryobi Airstrike nailer

Wood Glue

Paint stirrers or other wood scraps painted with your favorite colors (I used Chalky finish paint from Americana) – I cut mine to about the same length with my chop saw.  You can have them random lengths or create your own pattern of rays.  Lay out your pieces and play with the design until you love it.

10 inch chipboard wreath form or other circle to place over mirror for a more finished look

Wire or other picture hanger hardware


How to make a starburst mirror

Paint Stirrer Craft

Use E6000 on the back of the mirror to attach it to the 12×12 inch wood scrap.  It doesn’t have to be exactly 12×12, but there needs to be enough wood all the way around the circle mirror for nailing paint stirrers to.

DIY Mirror

Lay out “rays” to determine placement.  I did two layers.  I applied wood glue and nailed the bottom rays into the 12×12 inch wood with 18 gauge 1/2 inch brad nails in my nailer.

How to make an upcycled starburst mirror

I placed the second layer or rays using the nailer, no glue.  I painted the wreath form with “lace” Chalky Finish Americana paint and nailed it to the underlying rays to frame the mirror.

Upcycled Home Decor Starburst Mirror @savedbyloves

Staple craft wire to the back for hanging and enjoy!

Want more?  Visit our 50+ Paint Stick Projects:


DIY Hand Painted Christmas Sign with Printable

Merry and Bright DIY Sign with printable template and video[pinit]

These hand painted rustic signs are a little addictive, and pretty easy to make.  Pam from Little Red Porch came over and showed us her technique in this  DIY Rustic Wood Sign .  I made a video showing you how to use Photoshop to print your text in sections so you can tape them together for transferring large art to wood in this Americana Chalky Finish Paint Sign Tutorial.  Today I am sharing this Merry and Bright sign, as well as the text file for you to print off to create your own like I showed you in the links above mentioned.

Merry And Bright Handpainted Christmas Sign


To download the printable, right click the thumbnail and the full resolution file will pop up for you to print.

 Merry and Bright Printable Template


Make Wood Pallet Christmas Trees

[pinit]DIY Wood Scrap Christmas Tree Tutorial-Recovered[pinit]

Today I have another  scrap wood/ pallet wood project to help you get in the Christmas spirit.  There is a video showing how to create adorable trees from your scrap pile that you can use as decor, card holders, advent calendars, outdoor decor, gifts and more.  The larger one I am using as a card display.  Super cute, quick and easy to make, these primitive trees are the way to go.


Scrap wood

Wood glue

Mitre saw

Brad Nailer

Wire and hooks for Christmas card holder

Paint if you want to paint your trees


Newspaper Crafts HGTV Style

Recycled newspaper coaster tutorialNo newspaper passes from these hands to the recycling center, nope. There are way to many uses for them to let that happen.  I was reminded of my coiled newsprint crafting days by HGTV’s roundup of creative newspaper projects to make.  Decorate your fingernails, your shoes, even create your own woven gift bags from this abundant supply.

Still on the lookout for crafts using recycled materials?  We’ve got you covered…


Just scroll through using the arrows to see all of our recycled craft projects!
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Over 50 Creative Scrap Wood Projects to Make


Over 50 creative uses for your scrap wood #diy #woodworking @savedbyloves[pinit]

I was pondering what to do with the ever growing pile of scrap wood in my work room, when it occurred to me that you might have the same quandary.  I started searching and was amazed to find everything from toys, to storage to jewelry to home decor and more.  Lots of cool wall art and holiday decor projects are waiting for you and your scraps.  Get going!

DIY Faux Wood Pallet Sign With Foam

[pinit]How to Make a Faux Pallet Sign @savedbyloves @floracraft[pinit]

Remember over the summer when I shared how to make a faux wood pallet American flag from foam?  Today’s project, much like the flag, uses  Smooth Finish™, a paintable coating for FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam to create what looks like wood pallet art, but weighs much less and doesn’t require power tools!  Follow along and see how to create this “LOVE” faux wood pallet piece.

Make a Faux Wood Pallet Sign


Flora Craft Products

Smooth Finish™

Make it Fun® Foam 2 – 1″ x 12″ x 36″ sheets


Foam Cutter (you don’t have to have a special cutter, but it makes the process much easier)

Serrated kitchen knife waxed with candle or soap if you don’t have a foam cutter

Antique white chalk paint

Mod Podge Mat Finish

Antiquing glaze

Lint free cloth

Yardstick/straight edge and sharpie

Craft stick for stirring

Putty knife or spatula

Pre cut Chipboard letters or Die cut machine and cardboard

Black Screws


Making wall art with styrofoam

I used three 6 inch planks for my wall art piece.  That means I cut the 12×36 inch pieces in half long ways.  Use a straight edge and marker to draw the line.

How to Cut Styrofoam

 I clamped two of the foam sheets together to cut them in half both at once.

How to Use Smooth Finish

Stir the Smooth FInish with a craft stick and apply with putty knife to foam.

How to Paint Styrofoam

Once the Smooth Finish is dry, paint with your choice of paint color.

How to make a DIY pallet sign

How to glue styrofoam

Insert connectors (about 3 for each connection site) and glue along entire slat edge.

How to attach styrofoam

I prepared my letters by cutting several of each from cardboard and gluing them together with paper cement.  I cut one each out of coordinating scrapbook paper, glued that as top layer, and sanded/inked the edges.  I used clamps and scrap wood to apply pressure to glued planks and let that dry overnight.

MakeItFun Foam Faux Pallet Project

I used short black screws for aesthetics, and glued letters to planks using Fabri-tac.  I hung my piece by piercing it with a single nail in the wall.  That’s it!  I adore my new piece!

Visit  Sharon at Crafts n Coffee Blog for great tips, tricks and project ideas using foam.

Ice Resin Bezel Pendant Tutorial

Making Jewelry With ICE Resin and Susan Lenart Kazmer Iced Enamels @savedbyloves

I have shared several resin tutorials with you, trying out the various types available.  ICE resin is quickly becoming my favorite.  It is easy to use, and hardens to a strong, clear, glass-like finish.  Today’s project is a fun bezel resin pendant using Susan Lenart Kazmer’s papers, Iced Enamels and ICE Resin.  You can find everything I used for this piece at your local Hobby Lobby.

Resin Jewelry Tutorial


Iced Enamels:  Shattered Fire Opal

ICE Resin

Spellbinders Bezel

Tim Holtz Word Stickers






Popsicle stick and cup for mixing resin

Sealant such as Mod Podge or Embossing medium


How to make a Bezel Pendant

Place your bezel over the part of the image you want and trace with permanent marker.

ICE Resin Tutorial

Place word stickers where you want.

Susan Lenart Kazmer Iced Enamels

Seal image and word stickers with embossing medium or Mod Podge and dry with heat tool.  This protects the image from the resin, which can darken it if not sealed.

Iced Enamels Shattered Fire Opal

Sprinkle in Shattered Fire Opal Iced Enamels, or glitter or other mica powder.  Anything sparkly will do!

ICE Resin Projects

 Drip resin into bezel using popsicle stick until it domes.  Be careful not to overfill!

How to Make a Resin Pendant

Let dry 6-12 hours, attach chain and charm.  Enjoy your awesome, custom resin jewelry.

Resin Pendant Jewelry Tutorial

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