Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Create Your Own Graffiti-Inspired Nail Decals

I love creating my own nail decals. I find it so rewarding, so much fun and so economical. Try it for yourself.

1. Gather your supplies: a piece of plastic, 2 colors of nail polish, a scissor, a cuticle tool and clear nail polish.
2. Brush your first color onto the plastic.
3. With the tip of your cuticle tool or the end of a paint brush or pencil, make some "squiggles" onto your polish to create your pattern.
4 & 5. While your first color is still a bit tacky, cover it with 2 coats of your second color.
6. Once completely dry (overnight is best), with the tip of your scissor or tool, lift off a corner so it's easier to peel off.
7. Gently peel your decal off the plastic.
8. This is what it will look like
9. Cut your decal into smaller pieces.
10. Prep your nails with a coat of your second color. While still tacky, apply your decals.
11. Trim off the tops.
12. Clean up the edges with your cuticle tool and coat your nails with clear nail polish to seal your decals.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Make Cute St Patrick's Day Shamrock Napkin Ring Holders

Find the gold at the end of the rainbow with these Shamrock Napkin Ring Holders.

• Green felt
• Rainbow, gold or brightly colored ribbon/paper
• Glue
• Scissor
• Gold Glitter
• Card stock or heavy paper
• Pencil and marker

1. Create a template by drawing half a heart onto the folded side of a piece of paper and cut out. 2. Trace your template onto your heavy paper 3 times to create the shape of a Shamrock, draw a stem and cut out. 3. Trace your template onto a piece of felt and cut out. 4. Cut two slits into your Shamrock, wide enough for your ribbon to go through. 5. Cut your ribbon to about 10-12 inches long and place some glue on both ends. 6. Sprinkle your glitter on the glue. Do this to both sides of the ribbon and let dry. 7. Insert one end of your ribbon, from the back of your Shamrock through one slit. 8. Do the same for the other slit, creating a loop on the back of your Shamrock. 9. Place your napkin through the loop and tie a double knot.

Wish all your dinner guests good luck this St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Make a Punny Valentine's Day Card

1. Gather your supplies: Card Stock, embroidery thread, needle, piece of tape, red marker, piece of paper. Draw a simple heart onto a piece of paper. This will be your template.
2. Tape your template to your card stock.
3. Following your template, poke your needle around the shape of your heart about 1/8" apart.
4. Remove template.

5. Start to created your pattern. Have fun, there are no rules here. I started with my thread sticking out on the upper left part of the heart.
6. Continue creating your pattern. Go up and down, across, side to side, at an angle...
7. The pattern is coming along. I also left a loose piece of thread on the lower right.
8. With your red marker, create a dot border around your card.
Now in your own handwriting, write above the heart "You Pull at My". You could also write "Heartstrings" below the heart, but I left it off of my card.