Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Inkjet Image Transfer with Mod Podge - #100thingschallenge #1

So, once upon a time I found some wooden wall art on clearance.  I can't remember the price but they were either $0.75 or $0.50.  I thought they would make an awesome project, but they had one fault.

They all had gardening themed sayings on them.  Not sure if the words would sand off or not, I only brought one home with me.

As it turns out, the black words did sand off quite nicely when I went at it with my sanding block.  Actually, it had more paint on it than I thought it did, since some color came off too.  But it didn't look bad, and now I knew what I wanted to do with it.

I have a photo of my newly adopted dog, Oscar, and it has a distressed look to it, so I thougt I'd finally do something I've been wanted to do.  I wanted to try an image transfer on this block of wood.

I only have an inkjet printer though, so I was worried that it might not turn out right, since all image transfers call for laser printed images.

I had some Mod Podge Photo Transfer on hand,
though there are other mediums that can be used for image transfers.

I printed out my image, smothered my wooden base with the transfer medium, then lay my image face down on top of it.  Using a gift card I scraped the paper down flast, rubbing any air bubbles out of it.

The came the hardest part of the whole process.  I set it aside to dry.  They say it has to dry for 24 hours!  So, for a whole day I don't know if the image is going to turn out or not!

The next morning after I let the transfer sit under a damp rag for several minutes, I started rubbing off the paper.  I IMMEDIATELY knew I wasn't going to have a perfect transfer.

Most of the color wiped right off of my picture.

Now, around the edges there are still thick globs of dry transfer medium that are still solid white.  I'm wondering if using a different method of transfer would come up with a cleaner image? 

If they have any more of the wooden wall art, I may give it another try with a different medium.

Meanwhile I've finished #1 of my #100thingschallenge.

Work in Progress (WIP) Wednesday

Ladies and gentelmen, wonder of wonders, I attempted a couple of projects this week!

I tried to do an image transfer on wood using an inkjet print.  If it works (because at the time of composing this it's not done yet) I have a full canvas I'd like to try.

I prepared some egg-shells for some eggshell mosaic pendants I'd like to try.

I've also dug up a couple of craft kits to finally try, thanks to the #100thingschallenge

So, what have you worked on this week?  Feel free to share in the linky below.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Okay friends, let me know if this rings true for you like it does for me.

You have stuff at home.  A lot of stuff.  Maybe you're a jewelry maer and you have a ton of beads.  Or you knit/crochet so you have a stash of yarn.  Or, if you do mixed media like me, you have a TON of random everything everywhere in your house.


Despite having all this stuff already, you always find yourself in craft stores or thrift stores buying more and more and more stuff.  Things are coming in faster than they are going out.

Is that correct for you?

This is just a small part of my hoard!

I can't remember the last time I finished a project, (not counting my gluebook) but I keep bringing things home.  And it doesn't help that I WORK in a craft store so I can't avoid temptation.

Well, I found danceswithpitbulls on youtube, and she had issued a challenge.  To NOT buy any more craft supplies until you have made 100 things using what you already have!

I loved that idea, and wanted to take the challenge.

Most people are doing it on youtube, but we all know I'm not a good youtuber.  So I thought I'd blog it out!  I make make occasional videos too, we'll just have to see.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WIP Wednesday

Happy to see you back today my creative friends!

This past week I played with the recycling again and made a Donut Trinket Box!

Last night I bought myself a new cross stitch kit to work on:

Right now I've not even opened the package, but I hope to have an update for you next week!

Now, its your turn!:

Monday, June 12, 2017

Donut Trinket Box - Make it Monday

Make A Donut Trinket Box 

June 2nd was National Donut Day.  And while I missed the actual day by a week or two, who doens't love donuts no matter WHAT day of the year it is.

So when I saw this adorable Donut Trinket Box on HGTV Handmade I had to give it a try.  It was adorable and it looked simple enough. It didn't take much and and had it all on hand.  You probably do too!

I love this glue gun by
Ad Tech for its precision
tip nozel and dual temp!


Recycled cardboard
Hot Glue Gun with Glue Sticks
Donut Template (see video below)
Acrylic paint and brushes.

So, I ran to my recycling, grabbed  some cardboard, printed out the template and started my first attempt.

DIY Tip: Print the template out on thick cardstock instead of plain printer paper to make it easier to trace around.

Unfortunately my first attempt was a flop.  I got my temples printed and cut out, got my glue gun heated up and then I struggled to get my cardboard sides to fit around my donut box's top and bottom.  In the end it was a hot glue smeared, stringy hot mess that wouldn't fit together because my inner holes became the same size!

The biggest thing I took away from that even was the following:

DIY Tip:  Use a THICKER cardboard for the top and bottom of the doughnut.  Courogated shipping boxes work well.  Use a thinner cardboard, like a cereal box or toilet paper tubeingfor the outer and inner walls of your doughnut trinket box.

I didn't let that stop me though.  Armed with a little practice, I re-cut my top and bottom out of thicker cardboard and tried again.

This go around I had much less problem gluing on the sides because my base had more thikness for the glue, and my sides, to actually stick TO.   In the end there were less gluts of glue, and the top of my Donuts Trinket Box actually went on to the bottom of the box properly!

Now that the thing was built it was time to decorate it!  This is really the best part!  I made mine a chocolate donut with strawberry icing!

DIY tip: If your recyled cardboard is glossy (the outer sides of packaging usually is), you should sand it down so your paint will stick better.

If I were to make another box I think I would make the wall of the bottom  2 inches instead of 1 inch, to see the differene in my bottom and icing better.  Also, It would hold a few more things.  I think I would also make the drippy side of the icing BEFORE I glued it to the top of the donut.  It was a little difficult to cut after it was together.

Learn how to make this box, and two others, in the video below!

If you try this for yoursel I'd LOVE for you to share it with me!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WIP Wednesday


Its mid-week again everyone!  Isn't that great?

I hope that you were all able to make time to do something you love this past week.  Did you make any progress on your projects?  Did you finish something?  Did you start something new?

Whatever you did, feel free to share it with us, in the comments and in the linky below!

As for myself, I started punching out bunches and bunches of holes:

I intend for these to be handmade embellishments to hopefully sell on Etsy.

I've also started a new art journal, and have one unfinished spread in it so far:

Now, its your turn:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

WIP Wednesday

Welcome to another WIP Wednesday friends!  I hope you have found some super projects to keep you busy in the time between my last WIP and today!

As for myself, I've been trying to figure out how to create content for this cute little blog when I can't even manage to make time to DO a DIY.

Ahh..well the winds of change are blowing, maybe they'll send a seed my way.

Meanwhile, share your creations with me this week.  Maybe I'll be inspired!