Monday, January 26, 2015

Free loving horses printable Valentine's Day card



Valentine's Day is almost here and I thought it would be a nice gift to my readers to offer a free download for a Valentine's Day card of my original art. You can also download the hand-lettered sentiment to add to the inside of your card.  Decorate it with rhinestones, bows, and other baubles to personalize it even further. Print your card on card stock paper sized 8 1/2" x 11" in your home printer.  Fold in half.  You can either purchase 6" x 9" envelopes at your local party store or make your own.




If you download the hand lettering, print it on tracing paper in your printer and attach to the center with a glue stick.





You will need:

Download the free printable

Home printer

Card stock paper cut to 8 1/2" x 11"

Tracing paper

Glue stick

Various rhinestones or other additional bling






Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Red Floral Valentine's Day painted wine glasses



February is almost here.  Soon Valentine's Day will be here and the color red is kind of the color the day.  Wouldn't these Red daylily wine glasses be gorgeous as you raise a toast to your true love?  I happen to be one of those sappy individuals who got engaged on Valentine's Day and I've been happily married ever since.  So get those paintbrushes ready, set, go...

Materials:

Acrylic gloss paint (It will say it’s for glass on the label) Red, black, yellow, lt. green

Wine glasses

Alcohol

Paper towels

Liner brush

Flat brush

Tape measure and clear tape

Cotton swab or toothpick

Paper plate or palette to hold your paint

Home oven and cookie sheet

1.     Wash and dry the wine glasses.  Wipe down the glasses with alcohol to remove any residue, oils or finger marks.


2.     Wrap the tape measure around the bowl of the glass.  Attach with clear 
tape.  Thin some red paint with water and make dots two inches apart for a total of six. (My wine glass was 12 inches in circumference.  If yours is smaller make allowances for six equal sections. Remove the tape measure. Using the thinned paint make petal shapes using the dots as guides.  It is not important to be perfect since flower petals are not perfect.





3.    Turn the glass over and work on the outside bottom of the glass.  Use the liner brush with black paint to make dots on the bottom of the bowl, a bit down the stem and some on the lower petal areas.  Let dry.  Add some black lines in between the dots.  (See photo) Let dry.


Inside of glass view


Inside of glass view

4.     Load the liner brush with yellow paint and add some longer yellow lines in between the black dots.  (See photo)  Do this in every petal space.  


Inside of glass view

5.    Paint the entire bottom black.  This will make the center of the flower appear darker on the inside of the glass.  Let dry.  


6.    Load the flat brush with red paint and fill in the first petal right over top of the dried dots and lines.  Continue with red paint filling in the second petal, but before the paint is dry, dip a corner of the flat brush in black paint and use it sideways to darken the area between the petals.  Rinse and dry your brush.  Continue making petals in this manner till you have filled in all six petals.  Let dry.





7.    Repeat step six for a second coat. Let dry.

8.    Paint the stem lt. green and let dry completely.  If you make any mistakes you can easily fix it with a cotton swab and alcohol or scrape it with a toothpick.  The paint is not set until you bake it.





9.    Place your wine glasses on a cookie sheet and put in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes.  Let cool in the oven before removing.  (Don’t worry it won’t melt)




Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tuxedo dog collar with Mini Bowdabra bow maker




January 14 was National dress up your pet day.  While I don’t like to force my doggies to wear uncomfortable cutesy clothing, I think they enjoy wearing a fancier collar once in a while.  What could be fancier than a black tie event? Use the Mini Bowdabra bow maker to make a perfect bow tie in seconds! National dress up your pet day isn’t just for dogs though.  Dress up your horse, cat, mice, or whatever sort of pets you have and be sure to take some photos. For more information check out National dress your pet up day. http://www.national-awareness-days.com/national-dress-your-pet-up-day.html

To make the tuxedo collar for a small dog you will need:

·      Plain collar to fit your dog

·      White felt

·      Two white or two black buttons

·      7/8” wide black wired ribbon

·      1/8” wide black ribbon

·      Ruler

·      Scissors

·      Mini Bowdabra bow maker with ruler

·      Bowdabra bow wire

·      Needle and thread or Glue gun and glue sticks

1.     Fold the felt in half and cut into a curved shape leaving the top edge straight.  Open the fold and trim it necessary to make a U shape.  Mine is for an 11 lb. terrier and its 4 inches across the top edge.  Make it wide enough to fit on the chest area of your dog.  (For larger dogs you will need to make it a little bigger)




2.     Once you have your chest shirt piece ready either sew or glue on two buttons down the center.

3.     Attach the shirt piece onto the collar closer to the buckle side.  Stitch it or you can glue it on with a glue gun. Check the fit on your dog to make sure that the decorative part of the collar in on the center of the chest when you buckle it.


Make the bow:

4.     Cut an 18-inch piece of Bowdabra bow wire.  Fold in half and insert in the Mini Bowdabra bow maker.  You will have a loop on one side and two pieces of wire on the other.


5.     Cut a piece of 7/8” wide black ribbon 7 ½” long.  Insert in the bowmaker. Make a loop at the 1 ¼” line.  Make a matching loop on the other side.  Scrunch down with the wand.





6.     Insert the two wire pieces through the loop while the bow is still in the bow maker and pull tight.  Remove the bow and tie a knot in the back.  Fluff the loops and cut off the excess wire and ribbon.



7.     Cut a small piece of 1/8” wide black ribbon.  Glue around the center of the bow.  Attach the bow to the center of the shirt piece on the collar with hot glue or sew it on.






Note:

To make the girl dress collar simply substitute white 7/8” wide ribbon for the black.  Use faux pearl buttons for the front and glue on a strip of white lace trim to the upper part of the collar Attach a length of string pearls around the center of the bow gluing to secure.



When making collars for larger dogs use wider ribbon for the bow ties.



Thursday, January 8, 2015

My dog personalized doggy treat jar tutorial



Doesn’t the real king or queen of your castle deserve an extra special treat jar?
If you are like me you have little bags of dog treats all over the place. You may have noticed that sometimes those little zipper bags are a bit hard to seal up.  As a result soft treats may end up stale and hard.

The answer to this problem is a treat jar, but not just any treat jar.  No!   Man’s (Or woman’s) best friend deserves a personalized treat jar.  It’s easy and inexpensive…would you expect anything less on Make it easy Crafts?  You can even recycle plastic jars that rice sometimes comes in. 

You will need:

·      Glass or recycled plastic wide mouth jar (I found one for under $3.00 at Target)

·      Decoupage glue (I use Modpodge available in craft stores)

·      Small paintbrush

·      Computer and printer with all purpose paper

·      Photos of your dog

1.     Prepare your jar.  If there is a label on a recycled one soak it off in some warm water.  If the surface is sticky from the label, rub some peanut butter on it, wipe it off and wash it. Rub down the jar with alcohol.

2.     Load your desired photos onto your computer and put them all in a strip collage. (This way the photos are all one size) Picmonkey is a great online photo editing website.  Simply add the photos and print on all-purpose paper.  You may need a couple strips depending upon the size of your jar.


3.     Cut out each photo.  On a curved surface it is easiest to add the photos one at a time smoothing out any wrinkles with your fingers. (Don't smooth them all out though, wrinkles give it character) It’s gets a little messy but it’s washes off your hands easily. Using the small paintbrush apply some decoupage glue on the jar where you would like your photos to go. Press the photos on the wet glue area one at a time. Add a generous amount of  decoupage glue on top of the photos.  Keep adding until you have added all the photos you want and let dry.




4.      My jar had a label area on the front, so I pressed a highlight photo all around the ridge with my fingers to get the shape, cut out and added it to the label area.  Brush a coat of decoupage glue over all the photos one last time and let dry.




5.     Fill with treats and let your pups enjoy their new jar!




Note:  Decoupage glue dries clear. 




Saturday, January 3, 2015

Make it easy crafts - best posts of 2014



2015 is in full swing. For the next few weeks we will all be writing the wrong dates on everything. 2014 will still be here in spirit so to speak.  It's also the time to think about the best and worst of 2014 as we move on into 2015.  So I've gathered the best of  Make it easy crafts - 2014. If you missed them now is your second chance.  As for the fails, well, we will just leave them where they are.

Number 1


Number  2


Number 3


Number 4


Number 5


Number 6