Easy St. Patrick’s Day Art

Good morning! I was hoping to have this out earlier today, but that just didn’t happen! But this is such an easy project, you can definitely finish it in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Also, it could easily be changed for other holidays, like Easter, which is just around the corner!

I started out with an old canvas I had. This actually had a picture on it and I painted it, but picking one up from the store is super easy. I also had some burlap squares on hand.

I cut the burlap a little larger than the canvas so that I had enough burlap to wrap around the sides. I did iron my piece too. ūüôā

I used Elmer’s Craft Bond, which is a spray to attach my burlap. I sprayed it on the front and sides of the canvas and then laid the burlap on top and smoothed it out.

I folded in the corners as tight as I could and used hot glue to secure them.

Now I have nice smooth surface!

I dug through my fabric and found two green ones I thought would work. You could also use scrapbook paper or a thick wrapping paper.

I printed out two different sizes of shamrocks I found on a Google search. Then I cut them out and laid them on the burlap until I found the way the right layout.

I used chalk to trace around the shamrock onto the fabric and then cut it out with fabric scissors.

I used the spray glue to attach the shamrocks and then pulled out my buttons to add some accents to my shamrocks. I played around with them a bit, starting with green and gold, then some yellow and finally decided it needed a little bit of black to really stand out. If the button is the type with a shank on the back, I cut it off with wire cutters.

I used tacky glue to attach the buttons, layering some on top of each other and setting others into little groups.

I placed it on my mantle with a few other spring items.

What do you think? Pretty easy, right? I might even make a few more for other holidays, I hope you have a great week!

SEASHELL SPECIMEN WALL HANGING

Good morning! Have you been able to get to the beach this summer? Maybe you collected some seashells. Here is a great way to display them!

Hello! Is spring here yet? I can hardly wait for warmer weather. After being in Hawaii, I am so ready to wear shorts and tank top again. To help get in the mood, I created these Seashell Specimen Pictures. I collect lots of seashells and had divided them up in little baggies and I had found these frames at Goodwill a while back, but with the holiday, I just didn’t get to it. So now that I had a little time, I decided to get this project done!

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Here are the frames I found. I was able to find 3 of the same ones.

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The first thing to do was take the backing off.

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I used scissors to cut along the edges to get to the inside.

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After the back was off, I removed the picture and the glass, so I was left with the frame, mat and cardboard backing.

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I didn’t want the cardboard to show, so I used a piece of brown paper looking scrap paper for behind the shells. I laid out the shells the way I thought I would want them to go. Once I had a pleasing layout, I used tacky glue to glue them onto the paper.

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I used some packing tape to secure the back and they were done! I hung them over the bar in the dining room to add some summery fun!

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These clam shells are cool with the ridges in them.

seashell speciman frame ridged clam shells

Sand dollars are my favorite! I am always on the lookout for them when we walk the beach.

seashell speciman frame sand dollars

I love the shape of these!

seashell speciman frame crab

We have the seashells, now we just need the beach!

seashell speciman frame art 3 set

You can see here, I used one of the pictures in my RV makeover! It has really held up well, even with all the bouncing the trailer does as we travel!

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I hope this inspires you to make your own seashell specimen art.  Hope you have a wonderful week!

 

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Memory Keeper Map Key-Chain

Good morning! Are you back into the swing of things or still on holiday mode? I am back at work, but the kid count is very low, so it’s still a slow week. It’s kind of a nice way to get back into the routine.

I like to make things out of maps and I made these key chains for my co-workers for Christmas, so I thought I would share them with you. I have other map projects here¬†and¬†here.¬† They are such a simple project, but are a great way to celebrate the city you live in or maybe that special place you have. Here’s the list of items you will need:

  • small wooden shapes
  • paint-color of your choice
  • Mod Podge
  • paint brushes
  • map of the city or place you want
  • pencil
  • key chain or loop
  • drill

map key chain supplies

I had this package of Woodsies in my craft stash and chose to use the oval ones.

map key chain wood pieces

I painted the back and sides of the piece white. You can pick whatever color you like, but you only have to paint the back and sides.

Map keychain wooden pieces

I was able to find some small maps online and printed them out, 4 on a page. I googled my city and then choose the one I thought would work best for my wood piece.

Map keychain city map

I used my Woodsie as a template to trace around my city. I centered it as close as possible and used a pencil to trace.

map keychain tracing your town

Once my pieces were traced, I cut them all out.

map key chain hometown circled

I painted Mod Podge on the unpainted side of the Woodsie, giving it a pretty good layer.

map key chain white paint mod podge

map key chain mod podge

Once the Mod Podge was on, I centered the map piece on top and gave it another coat of Mod Podge. When the piece was dry, I trimmed the edges of the paper.

map key chain last coat of mod podge

I added a small ring to each one and they were done!

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I love how this turned out!

map key chain hanford city

map key chain keys and sunglasses

map key chain purse, glasses, keys

map key chain scarf orange and turquoise

map key chain with sunglasses, purse

Do you have a place that is special to you? Maybe your hometown, or a place you have traveled to? I would love to hear about it! Let me know in the comments!

map key chains with keys

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great week!

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Adding to the Gallery Wall + A Giveaway!

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a great week and you are ready for the weekend.  Did anything exciting happen during the week?

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I don’t know how many of you remember, but we worked with Canvas Factory before. ¬†This website creates some of the highest quality canvas pictures and they turn out absolutely amazing! ¬†You can either use a picture that is already on their website or you can upload one of your own. ¬†And there are so many ways you can customize your pictures and make them your own!

While exploring the pictures on the website, I couldn’t decide what kind of picture I wanted. ¬†After searching through all of the pictures, I finally came across one that I liked. ¬†Something simple to add to my gallery wall.

And I came across this!  And I fell in love!Full Picture

Isn’t it pretty! ¬†It’s very simple but gorgeous. ¬†Though it is slightly hard to tell from the picture, the compass is actually a dark blue color, not black. ¬†But either way, it looks great with all of the other pictures!

So, now I have added this and a few other pieces to my wall and it is slowly getting closer to being finished. ¬†But…I still have a ways to go until I can finally say the wall is done.

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I think it is looking fabulous! ¬†Just a few more arrows and words and it will be finished. ¬†I never realized how much work actually went into putting a gallery wall together. ¬†But I’m having a lot of fun doing it!

Now how would you guys like to get a free canvas from Canvas Factory??? ¬†I know, awesome isn’t it! ¬†All you need to do is following the link below and there are a few options of things you can do to be entered into the raffle! ¬†You have until September 20th at 11:59 pm to enter and I will be announcing the winner in my blog for next week. ¬†So check it out and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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BlitzyBlingArt Makes a Public Appearance!

Hello everyone!  So I know that I have been away for a while, and I apologize.  But, there is a reason why.

I have been working nonstop on BlitzyBlingArt. ¬†Why would I do that? ¬†I’m going to a craft show tomorrow. ¬†Hooray!

Now for this craft show I am taking 50 separate pieces.  And for me, I did almost all of it by myself.  With the help from some of my friends, I was able to complete all of these pieces.

So here are some of the pieces that I am taking with me!  I hope you like them all!

First is this adorable turquoise crown.  Of course it can be made in any color, but this looks like it belongs in Frozen.

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Next is this cute fat penguin. ¬†Who doesn’t like penguins?

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Then we have a Fleur de Les.  This is such a classic design that looks great in any type of decor.

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Now we have a cute little pig. ¬†The color is perfect for a pig, don’t you think?

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Next we have Cinderella.  I have many different Disney silhouettes, and Cinderella is one of my favorites.  I love how elegant she looks.

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Why no have a little bit of fun with emojis?  Of course I had to make a unicorn!  I love the colors and how perfect it looks.

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Finally, I have a few pieces that were extremely tricky.  And this one was no exception.  This mandala was one of my favorites to work on and is definitely one of my favorites that I am taking!

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So that’s it! ¬†These are some of the 50 pieces that I am taking with me to my craft show. ¬†I hope it goes well, and I hope I come home with less than 50 pieces!

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