The Designer Crafts Connection is a group of premier Arts & Crafts industry designers who have joined together to share their creativity and design talents, to support and promote crafts in general, introduce readers to new project ideas, innovative manufacturer products, new trends and techniques and ultimately inspire creativity in others.
Sing in the New Year with this fun display of paper flowers!
Something about paper flowers in a vintage gramophone just sings to me; so, I crafted up this pretty decorative piece using a die cutting machine and flexible wire. A little vintage music paper was also used to add interest to the piece.
Upcycle inexpensive glass pieces found in dollar stores and/or charity shops with etched designs!
My mother-in-law often received flower arrangements and would save the containers for me. I loved this square mirror vase and etched a snowflake design on each side. It was amazingly easy using either stencils or vinyl patterns cut on a shape cutting machine.
DIY Christmas candle holders make great gifts and are easy to make too! I created this cute candy cane stipped candle holder using etchall® dip 'n etch liquid. For the full tutorial on how easy they are to make, click on read more below.
This wintry project, my Snow Day Survival Gift Jar, would be a fun surprise for a child’s teacher, a friend that’s a teacher, or for anyone who needs a fun break from the seemingly endless winter weather these days!
Give them the gift of some hot drinks to warm them while they watch a movie and munch on popcorn through a blustery winter day. Substitute your “filling” as needed to make a surprise for someone of any age. When they are finished with the treats inside, they’ve still got a pretty jar to hold other treasures.
Do you love those "upscale" (expensive!) wreaths you see for sale around the holidays but don't have the cash to buy a new one for your home each year? It's easy to create beautiful holiday wreaths for a fraction of the cost!
This sweet little paper gift bag is perfect for gift giving to a special someone. The bright colors are cheerful and the tiny flowers and personal touches will bring a smile to the recipient of this pretty, handmade gift bag.
ColoriQue is an ink based product developed by Clearsnap® and jewelry artist Lisa Marie Jimenez. The colors are blendable and can be layered to create a variety of unique effects. It is easily applied to both raw and plated metals to bring artistic color to each piece. Not just for metal, ColoriQue can also be used on clay, ceramic, glass, wood and leather. It dries quickly and is safe to use in a studio environment.
Each Designer crafts connection member received a selection of colors to work with and metal pieces from U-Paint. Follow the links below to see what each designer created and be inspired to create something special for your holiday décor.....
I love the rustic touch burlap brings to our home. Creating seasonal burlap accents is a challenge I enthusiastically undertake and when I saw this bright right burlap from BurlapFabric.com - I knew just what I wanted to make!
I love fall and harvest decorating and what would it be without the cheery, homey pumpkin. There are so many materials with which to make pumpkin decorations, but here is one you might not have considered - metal. With an inexpensive tool, thin metal and patinas, they are easy and fun to make.
Autumn leaves never go out of style - they're a beautiful, natural way to bring fall colors into your home. Once they drop from their branches, they're just begging to be used in a centerpiece. It's easy to make them last longer with découpage medium - my video tutorial gives you complete instructions - Enjoy!
This month's creative journey starts with clear cast resin. This is a liquid that cures to a rigid and durable clear plastic finish. It can be used to create small items, like jewelry and to coat large items like a bar top. Pour resin into silicone molds to create solid resin items, or create your own mold with Amazing Mold Putty. This clear resin can also be colored with a variety of colors of Alumilite dyes and with the addition of Alumidust there are even more creative effects and unlimited design possibilities. Let's take a look at the projects our designer members created. We know you'll be inspired, so scroll to the end of this post for a special discount coupon to help you get started with some fun holiday crafting!
Halloween is my absolute favorite time of the year and as my son gets older...the scare factor in my decorations goes up a 'notch'. Here, using common household items, I have created the ultimate Halloween decor!
Halloween is just around the corner and it's time to get decorating and making for the big day. What do you do with all of your leftover goodies from last year that didn't see the light of day??! You alter them into something fun! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays for making goodies and these SpOokY cute ornaments are so adorable wrapped up in colorful seasonal ribbons.
It is always exciting to welcome a new season and to greet it with anticipation, highlighting the uniqueness to each time of year. In the fall, I love to see all the magazines, view Pinterest and see all the pumpkin-laden porches. In Texas however, it is really too warm to set out the real deal, the parade of pumpkins become a mush in just a few short weeks (sometimes, days depending on the temperatures). SO, I am so thankful to our big craft/box store.....
Planning on having a Halloween party or just love to decorate for Halloween? Etching a glass vase with a spider web stencil makes a wonderfully spooky centerpiece. Click read more below for my video tutorial on how I did it using etchall etching creme and stencil spray....
I love planning our Fall and Halloween activities. My favorite part is all things crafty and decorating. I even like to "Plan" my agenda for all things "Halloweenish". See how I make some easy, fun, and cute decorative paper clips that you can use or give as small Treats.
Halloween is my favorite holiday! I can't wait to start putting my decorations out every year. This year I have a new addition - this fabulous Batty Halloween Bucket made with StyleTech Vinyl and an amazing glass jar I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby.
This Halloween craft project is an oldie but a goodie that features two of my favorite products - smooth foam shapes and inkjet film. This little decoration will make your party table much more festive and you can use whatever images you want. Try it with photos of your kids in their costumes from last Halloween. My tutorial includes a short how-to video with lots of handy tips - enjoy!
This pretty floral chalkboard, embellished with pom poms, ric rac, and a darling glittered crow, is the perfect home decor piece for fall. The flowers and leaves reflect the warm tones of the autumn season. This pretty DIY decor piece is simple to assemble and can be personalized with a flourish of your chalk marker!
This year I updated my favorite sun hat with a little die cutting magic! Not just for summer; felt flowers are everlasting and with lots of colors to choose from; a perfect accent for both in and outdoor décor!
I'm a certified "Halloween-aholic". I just love creepy, ghoulish projects celebrating my favorite season of the year. This is one of my all time favorite techniques and I've used it for jewelry, on glass, and in paper crafting for cards and scrapbook pages. There are two versions - the original "blood" and then the truly GHOULISH version..... Want to be a mad scientist?
This month's blog hop is sponsored by Kunin Felts and Fabrics, made in the U.S.A. of Eco-fi®. Eco-fi is a high-quality fiber made from
100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Kunin Felt
recycles billions of water bottles every year that would otherwise be
sent to landfills and makes them into a product which amazingly becomes felt. 12
bottles equals 1 lb of felt that can be used for children's crafts, home décor, even apparel. The
felt is also weather resistant and fade proof, making it great for outdoor décor. It can even be used to line garden beds or patio, to keep it weed free. Read more about Eco-fi here.
Each designer received a selection of 9" x 12" craft cuts of Classic felt and/or 12" x 18" craft cuts of Premium felt. Check out the following designer blogs for inspiration, then comment here about your favorite projects. Each comment will be entered into a random drawing to receive an assortment of both Classic felt and Premium felt valued at $75 to use to make your own projects!
Summer is here, but in a few months it will be just another memory. Who doesn't love to remember those fun beach days!!! I created this fun Beach inspired Mirror to remind me that the beach is never too far away!
Create the look of faux weathered wood from an old beach house, or storm battered fence on the dunes, with just a few materials. A great option for creating frames to display your favorite oceanside memories!
I always take some Art and Craft supplies with me when I go on vacation (sewing and crochet supplies too). Whenever we stay for an extended time and have a kitchen to use, I want to make it feel a little more like home and a lot like vacation!! Enter the plain grinders, ready to be shaken and stirred!