Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Stylish Silhouettes

To put a culinary-inspired twist on the classic silhouette, use cutouts of cooking utensils and appliances as the subject matter. These cutouts are backed with photocopied pages from an old cookbook, allowing them to blend easily with the kitchen's country style.

The pieces stand out against the wall with crisp black frames in varying widths and are arranged in a neat, balanced composition.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Skirt: Drab to Fab

I came across this tutorial today. I'm now on a hunt for a skirt to attempt this on.

Make This Skirt
1. Try on the skirt and mark the meandering vine using tailor's chalk.
2. Cut enough 5/8-inch-wide bias strips from green print for the vine and enough 3/8-inch-wide bias strips from solid fuchsia for the skirt and yoke hem.
3. Stretch the strips and rough up the edges to fray them.
4. Cut the desired flower and leaf appliques from assorted prints (don't add seam allowances). See preparing an applique how-to, below.
5. Using clear monofilament thread, straight-stitch down the center of each bias strip and about 1/4 inch away from the edges of the flowers and leaves.
6. Use a stiff brush to carefully fray the edges of each applique.

Preparing an Applique Diagram
1. Place heat-resistant template plastic over a pattern. Trace pattern onto plastic using a permanent fine-line marker (Diagram 1). Cut out on drawn line to make a template.
2. Place the template on the wrong side of selected green print. Cut out applique piece, adding a 3/16-inch seam allowance to the edges (Diagram 2).
3. Pour a small amount of starch into a dish. Place template-topped applique on a pressing surface covered with a tea towel or muslin. Dip a cotton swab in starch and moisten the applique's seam allowance (Diagram 3).
4. Use tip of a hot, dry iron to turn the seam allowance over the edge of the template and press it in place until starch is dry. Continue pressing the seam allowance, adding starch as necessary (Diagram 4).

Friday, May 18, 2012

Patterened Ceiling

Up the impact with a two tone patterened ceiling. First paint the entire ceiling with the lighter of your two colors. Then use tape to mark out the 'tiles', paint in with the darker color and let dry.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Vintage Photo Dishware

Scan original photos, then crop and resize them using image-editing software. Print out the photos and fit them on ceramic and silver serving dishes.
For added durability, have the prints laminated at a copy shop before adhering them to the dishes with double-stick tape.
Design by Pamela Porter

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Scrapbook Layout Wall Hanging

Create a wall display of your favorite layouts by hanging a curtain rod and rings on an open wall. Insert layouts into page protectors so the punched holes are at the top, then clip them to the rings. (We attached the clips by hooking them through the eyelets on the bottom of the curtain rings.) You can add a second row of layouts using two sets of clips to attach the pages.

Design by Shannon Zickel (wall hanging) and Polly Maly (pages)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Button Bouquet

Paula wired together buttons from her stash to create a pretty bouquet that blooms all year. She planted them in a decorated jar, adding a ribbon for the final touch.
Perfect for Mothers Day!

Design by Paula Barber

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Funny Address Change

These notice of address change cards are hilarious, I bought them at a thrift store, if only there were more! Even though realistically, I would lose them by the time I was ready to use them... 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Plywood & Chipboard Shapes

Brenda and Melissa used a little paint and simple chipboard shapes to make bold artwork. Paint plywood or canvas a vibrant color. When dry, arrange a collage of chipboard shapes in multiple sizes. For added dimension, mount some shapes with adhesive foam.
Design by Melissa Inman and Brenda Lesch

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Wallpaper as Book Covers

Leave brown paper bags for packing lunches and protect your favorite reads with leftover pieces of wallpaper or pages from a wallpaper book. Added bonus: Many of these book covers are tear-resistant.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

8 Owls & a Tree

Turn cute die cuts into home decor. Cut multiples of your favorite designs in coordinating patterned papers to fill a 4x6" frame for easy wall art
Design by Vivian Maskett

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Photo Star

Alexis turned an inexpensive metal star into a showcase for favorite photos. She spray-painted the star and created vellum patterns of each point; then she attached cutout shapes from photos and patterned paper, using decoupage medium to attach each piece to the star.

Tip: Matching photos can be tricky. Alexis converted hers to black-and-white to avoid clashing colors.
Design by Alexis Huntoon

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Shadow box headboard

Make your own graphic focal point above the bed with a grid of boxes painted in the colours of the Fireside palette. Use cradled panels for the squares, available at art supply stores. Paint them in alternating shades of red, orange, plum and purple before mounting them securely to the wall.