Friday, November 1, 2013

Handmade Holiday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Third Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop!! The best crafters, designers, and makers have come together to create and share  a series of thoughtful, handmade gifts for the holidays during this 3 day blog hop. Our goal is to inspire you to create something from the heart this holiday season as well as share how to use our products in fun, innovative ways. We intend this hop to serve as a resource to you for this holiday season and for years to come.
Hop along to each blog in the list. Each day, from November 1 through November 3, 2013, we’ll be posting a brand new list of blogs to hop to. Comment on each blog, share your favorite posts over social media, and then use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of each post to enter to win the Grand Prize, a gift basket filled with crafty swag from the companies on the hop! We’re ready to inspire, share, and create – are you ready to hop?
In addition to the generous Grand Prize, I will draw a name for one lucky person to win one of my handmade gifts below, so be sure to leave me a comment on this post to be entered to win!!!
Project One: Day of the Dead Pendant
Clearsnap - ColorBox Crafters
ICE Resin
Media Mixage bezel (large) - MM-SLK707/SIL
Clear Acrylic Sealer
Day of the Dead Mold
Acrylic Paint: Brown & Off-White
Beads, Chain, Toggle Closure & all corresponding jewelry pliers

 1) Using a festive mold purchased on Etsy, I filled the chosen area with ICE Resin

2) Once cured, I popped the resin piece out and painted the whole thing brown, making sure my paint got in all the deep folds & grooves. Once the brown was dry, I painted the resin piece with an off-white, keeping sure to do a very thin coat...this allowed the resin piece to look old, showing the brown in the grooves.

3) I placed the resin piece in the chosen bezel & mixed up a very small amount of ICE Resin. Once mixed, I added a tiny drop of the same off-white I used to paint my resin piece with.  I mixed this up thoroughly and poured the off-white resin around the resin piece inside the bezel (see picture below).

 4) I allowed the resin to cure and painted the flowers & details of the calavera (skull) face using the ColorBox Crafters.  This paint is particularly nice because of the colors and tiny paint tip applicator.  It dries best on porous things, & when painted on the resin it doesn't cure fully, but I sprayed on some clear acrylic sealer (Krylon) and it took care of that for me:)

5) Once the sealer was dry, I mixed up a batch of ICE Resin and with a paint brush, covered the the piece fully with a coat of clear resin.  It seals it all off perfectly.

6) With 22g wire, I wire wrapped beads and rhinestone rondelles together, added chain & a toggle closure - and that was that!!

 Project Two: Shabby Jewelry Shelf

Walnut Hollow Scalloped Shelf (5in x 17in x 43.1cm)
Paint (acrylic is ok) - I used Annie Sloan Chalkboard Paint
Annie Sloan Wax (brown) - totally optional
Printed Image (ink jet is just fine)
Matte Medium (I used Claudine Hellmuth)
Magic Eraser (cleaning spounge)
Sandpaper or Block - optional
Hardware (hooks & saw tooth hanger)


1) Paint one or two coats (up to you) of your preferred paint color on the shelf - allow to dry fully.  You can totally use acyrlic paints, but I just had to bust into my chalkboard paint, cuz I looooove the colors

2) While the paint is curing, print out your preferred picture, but be sure to reverse the image, so your words print out backwards.  When we transfer it late, the words will come out correct - you'll see.

3) Cut out your pictures/words and decide where you'd like them to be permanently.  Paint over the image/words with matte medium and glue it face down to the shelf.  *TIP* Do NOT paint on the back of the paper like you're decoupaging.  Allow this to dry fully (about 20 to 30 minutes- and yes you can speed up the dry time with a Heat Tool).

4) With a Magic Eraser, gently wet the paper thoroughly (not drenching).  Then begin, in a small and very gentle circular motion, to remove the paper.  It will begin to pulp up  and simply brush away the crumbs from that.  Continue this motion until all paper is removed and all that is left is your image/words.  - I made a little video so you could see this technique (excuse the heavy breathing, I'm getting over a cold, lol).

 5) Once the surface of the shelf has dried, sand the corner, edges (whatever you want) to achieve that old weathered look.  Wipe off all powder from sanding.

6) Using Annie Sloan's Soft Wax in brown, apply and rub in/off of the painted surface.  I cover the entire thing, and it gifts the most awesome effect of old weathered wood. Wipe off excess and allow to dry.

This is how the piece should look with the wax/stain finish

 7) Once dry, you can add the hardware.

Once all hardware has been added, you're all set!  I just loved how this came out, and decided to do my tray the same way!  Continue on the see it!

 Project 3: Shabby Tray

...and all the same supplies as the above technique.

1) Follow all the instructions from the above tutorial to achieve the same look with the tray.

2) Once the wax was dry - about an hour, use two full syringes of ICE Resin, or 4 tablespoons of bottle A & 4 tablespoons of bottle B in a large Dixie cup - mix thoroughly.

3) Place your tray on a large garbage bag, and pour all of the resin onto the tray surface.  I used a foam brush to push the resin around.

Project 4: Day of the Dead Sign

Walnut Hollow Wood Sign
ICE Resin
Day of the Dead Mold
The Crafters Workshop Stencil - Mystic Letters TCW27
Acrylic Paint - Brown & Off-White
Americana Weathered Wood Crackle Medium
Hot Glue Gun, Liquid Nails or Wood Glue


1)  Begin by painting your sign brown

2) Once dry, paint a generous coat of weathered wood crackle medium on.  
3) Following the instructions on appropriate dry time, apply the off-white paint on top of crackle medium.
4) Once dry, you should see the crackled effect take place
While the sign is drying, mix up resin and pour into the three of the chosen molds - allow to cure
5) While resin cures, stencil in Dia de los Muertos onto your sign, and allow to dry fully.

6) Once resin is cured, paint the resin pieces brown - allow to dry
7)With your finger, blot on the off-white pain

t on all raised areas - dry
8) With a strong adhesive adhere the resin faces to the sign - and voile your done!

Rafflecopter Widget Code – go here to snag the code – install in your blog posts each day of the hop:
Hop List:
November 1:
Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs
Donna Salazar Designs - Mistra Hoolahan
100 Proof Press – Elise Durenburger
ICE Resin – Lexi Grenzer
Graphic 45 – Rhea Freitag
Clearsnap – Debbie Cole
Smoothfoam – Vicki O’Dell
100 Proof Press – Teresa Abajo
Sizzix –  Amy Bowerman
ICE Resin – Jo DeSerio Jones
Smoothfoam – Lisa Fulmer
November 2:
Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs
Graphic 45 – Romy Veul -
Clearsnap – Steph Ackerman
Sizzix – Tami Mayberry
100 Proof Press – Vicki O’Dell  
ICE Resin - Cindy Cima Edwards
Donna Salazar Designs – Nadia Canizzo
Graphic 45 – Susan Lui
Sizzix - Lorine Mason
Smoothfoam – Lindsay Obermeyer
Donna Salazar Designs – Tracey Sabella
Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu
November 3:
Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs
Nathalie Kalbach
Tanner Bell
Jennifer Priest
Vicki O'Dell


  1. Wow you make something complicated look so easy to do. Thanks for the ideas.

  2. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing step-by-step!

  3. Love to see your personal style in so many different ways!

  4. I love all of these projects! The shabby tray is my absolute favorite though!!! Thanks for the great tutorials for all of these projects! Makes it so much easier to get the right results! TFS!

  5. You have shown us some amazing projects! Thank you for that and for the simple tutorials.

  6. All the projects are great.. i especially love the shabby tray.

  7. What fabulous ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Lovely ideas - thanks for sharing the techniques here!

  9. Great techniques - can do so much with it.

  10. So many beautiful projects! I can't wait to try them.

  11. Really awesome and inspiring projects!! Want to try this asap :)

  12. Wow....amazing projects. Nice job!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  13. Really fun and funky necklace and I love the shelf and tray!

  14. Love the tray! Thanks for the great directions.

  15. My goodness, all your projects are fabulous! Love them all - they're all just gorgeous. Walnut Hollow has some awesome wood pieces to alter. TFS!

  16. You covered several of the things that I have on-hand that need to be embellished. I have a tray that is painted black and never got finished. I like to make the jewelry with the resin. Thanks for all the ideas and tips on making them. Everything was great.

  17. Wow, those are some pretty funky skulls, thanks for sharing!

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