Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Rosemary Mini Wreaths with Hangning Ornament **Makin's Clay & Canvas Corp & Tattered Angels & Beacon**

I have a ton of rosemary in my front yard and my husband brought up the idea that I should use it for some type of craft, so I thought how fun would they be in a wreath!!  Add a pretty bow and then a little hanging ornament and viola a cute little Christmas decor item!

For full video details on how to make this wreath please click below.

These wreaths are so simple to make, a little bit of rosemary, make a pretty bow, add a cute ornament and you are ready to go!!

This is perfect for indoors our outdoor decor, a door hangar, ornament on the tree, a mini wreath for a door like a dorm, or as a cute gift for teachers or friends!!  The rosemary is perfectly usable even when it has dried!!

Supplies Used
Floral Wire
Gold Floral Wire
Burlap - Canvas Corp Brands
Twine - Canvas Corp Brands
Clay - Makin's Clay
Clay Tools - Makin's Clay
Glitter Paint - Tattered Angels
Sealer - Beacon Adhesives
Glue - Beacon Adhesives

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Brutus Monroe Chalk Ink Test Lab - Part 1: Stamping, Watercolor, Markers **Giveaway**

Ever since I received the Brutus Monroe Chalk Inks I have heard they can replace all my ink types in this amazing all in one ink pad.  I had to test it out.  So here is my first of a few tests to see how it holds up!!

So for these tests I did a video to show how all the inks compered against each other on various trials.  Brutus Monroe is offering an amazing deal for all Chalk Ink Pads plus Chalk Ink Re-inkers for the next couple months - a 20% off your ink purchase

coupon code: erinreed 

Plus here is the best part, you have a chance to win a set in mini chalk inks for just subscribing to my YouTube Channel.  All you need to do is
1) Subscribe to my video - if you are already a subbie awesome!!
2) Leave a comment on this video that you have subbed and would like to win the prize!!

There will be 4 winners, each receiving one set of 4 mini chalk inks- see pic below!!  Amazing!!! Here is my video.

  Here is the prize and there are 4 winners!!!
**colors may vary for prize**
I tested the ink against a variety of other inks:
Brutus Monroe Chalk ink in Wagon
Ranger Distress ink in Fired Brick
StazOn in Pumpkin
Dare 2B Artzy in Red
Studio G Chalks in Red
Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink in Tangerine
Prima Quick Dry fluid chalk ink in Brick Wall
Prima Resist Chalk Edger in Rose Bud

I kept all the color as close as possible in the range of red and oranges.  First I tested the ink on plain white cardstock to see how easy it stamped and if it smeared when applied.  I then tested if the ink has the ability to act as a watercolor.  Refer to the video for full results.

I then tested each for the 8 inks on glossy paper and tested how well it stayed to the paper.  Since stampers love to color in their stamped imaged I also tested each of the stamps with 4 types of markers:
Spectrum Noir in CG2 (light green)
Tombow Dual Brush Pens in 055 (yellow)
Copic Sketch in Y17 (yellow)
Faber-Castell PITT artist pen big brush in Dark Naples ochre 184. 
For results please see with video above.

I will say that the Brutus Monroe inks were amazing for all these tests.  I loved that they held up to different kinds of papers, that I could watercolor with them, and that they held up to 4 different kinds of markers without a fail!!  Amazing inks!!

Monday, November 21, 2016

DIY Christmas Glitter Votives **Makin'g Clay & Tattered Angels & Beacon**

I had a fun idea about 3 months ago to use the Tattered Angels Clear Glimmer Glam to coat the inside of a votive with glitter, so make it pretty day and night.  So now I am taking that idea to the next level by blending it with Christmas with a fun little clay tree and piping on the top.

Here is the full video tutorial on how I made these fun Christmas votive candle holders.

Head on over to Makin's Clay blog for more details!!

Supplies Used
Clay Tools - Makin's Clay
Glitter - Martha Stewart
Internal Glue - Tattered Angels
External Glue - Beacon Adhesives

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Decorative Letter for Home Decor **Rinea & Eyelet Outlet & Beacon**

I love the large decorative paper mache letters you find at all the big box craft stores.  You can do so much them with them, and when I got my Rinea foil papers I knew I had to make something fun with it!!

This letter can be used for all kinds of things, as a decorative mantle home decor piece, by the way the "R" is for Reed my last name. Right now it is sitting on my mantel over my fireplace, but this is so light it can be hung on a wall, on a table surface, as a letter for a kids door.  You can even do the rest of the letters in your name and make it larger.  The possibilities are endless.  

Here is the full video on how I made this fun decorative letter.

The main part of the letter is covered in Rinea foils, I used the embossed copper color and it make it look so rich and beautiful!! I even added in the foils to the flower up in the corner!!  Top it off with some beautiful brads and pearls swirls from eyelet Outlet and you have a beautiful decor piece.

The paper takes distressing really well.  I used a little bit of sandpaper to distress the foil and it looks amazing!!

Supplies Used
Letter - Michaels
Foil - Rinea
Decoupage - Mod Podge
Pearls - Eyelet Outlet
Brads - Eyelet Outlet
Flowers - Eyelet Outlet
Punches - EK & McGill
Cutting Tool - EK
Glue - Beacon Adhesives

Here is my fun unboxing video plus me playing with the Rinea Foil paper to see what it can do!

Rinea is doing a blog hop with the Designers Crafts Connections and there is an amazing prize!!  Check it out below!

Now make sure you hop on over to all the other ladies starting with Designer Crafts Connection.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Troll Monster Rocks - Inspired by the Movie Trolls - Art Abandonment

My community started a fun little event where you find a rock, paint it how ever you wish and then hide it for someone to find to brighten their day.  It is part of the art abandonment movement.  The person finding the rock art can chose to keep it or re-hid it.  I think this idea is amazing, and a fun way to get the community to have some fun. I chose to paint my rock like little rock troll monsters inspired from the Trolls movie that just came out.

Here are the inspiration figures from the movie.

I just thought these little flowers and funny little furry things were too cute not to do my own version of them on rocks.  Here is my video tutorial on how I made these fun little rocks.

I ask all the Tattered Angels crew members if they were interested in doing a fun event like this where they live, and they loved the idea.  So for this event we changed the info on the back to #tatteredangelsrocks so if people find them they can look it up and find others around the world!!  

Here are some up close pictures of my rocks.

So now if you find a fun little painted rock in your neighborhood you know what it is all about!!

When hiding these fun little rocks you pick a public place like a park, playground, library, etc and place it in a hidden place, not too hidden but not in the middle of a path.  Here are our hiding places.   I have 3 kids and 2 of them want to hind their rock up in a tree.  We hid these 4 days ago and they still have not been found, it is fun to see how fast they will be found!!

Now it is your turn to go our and spread the love of art!!

Supplies Used  
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TA Decor & DIY Paint - Ivory
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TA Decor & DIY Paint - Ebony
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TA Decor & DIY Paint - Violet
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TA Decor & DIY Paint - Scarlet
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TA Decor & DIY Paint - Rose
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TA Decor & DIY Paint - Hazel
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Friday, November 11, 2016

Letter Journal Swap - Part 1 & 2 - My Book Covers and Inside Page

I am part of a letter journal swap with a group of 5 ladies.  I create the book, do the front and back covers, and one set of pages inside the book.  I then mail it to the next person in the list, who then creates a set of pages inside and mails it to eh next to create a set, and do forth until it comes back to me.  I in turn also receive a book from each of thee ladies where I create art inside and mail to the next person.  This is a fun way to to a chain letter, instead it is a chain journal!  Here is my book with my page inside complete.

Here is also a video of how I created this book and the blue pages above.

Here are some up close shot of the page.

Supplies For Blue Bliss Page
Paper - Printer Paper & Making Memories
Ink - Brutus Monroe
Angel Stamp - Brutus Monroe
Mists - Tattered Angels
Background Stamps - Paper Wings Productions
Stencils - Tim Holtz & Prima
Mediums - Prima & 13 Arts
Foil Paper - Rinea
Pens - Copic & Faber-Castell
Washi Tape - Eyelet Outlet
Dies - Heidi Swapp & MFT
Cutter - Cuttlebug
Glue & Finish - Beacon Adhesives

The next part that I completed in my book before mailing it off to the next person in line is the front and back covers.  The front cover is mine to create how I wish, the back cover has the addresses of all those in the journal swap so it is easy for the next person in line to send along.

I had fun with this cover and played with the color yellow and a splatter and paint drip technique with straws.  It is fun to get messy with paints!!  Here is my video on how I created the front cover and back covers, plus how I finished off the binding.

Here are some up close pictures of the book.

I just love how the paints drip down from the word "ART".

Now I just need to wait for my book to make the rounds to the other 4 ladies before coming back to me!!  Stay tuned for more!!

Supplies Used for Covers
Paper - Printer Paper & Making Memories
Ink - Brutus Monroe

Mists & Paints - Tattered Angels
Background Stamps - Paper Wings Productions

Pen - Copic
Sticker - Momenta
Twine - Prima

Sealant - Mod Podge
Glue - Beacon Adhesives


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Cub Scouts Rain Boat Regatta Boats **DecoArt & Beacon**

My boys love sub scouts, and part of the fun is to create the boats for the Rain Boat Regatta races.  It starts with a kit from the scout store, then the boys get to paint, sand, assemble, and decorate their boats how ever they wish.  My boys choose to got for fast rather than stylish.

Here is a fun video on how they assembled the boats and the races themselves!!

They both has a great time and won both their races!!  Fun day for all!!

Supplies Used
Scout Boats
Paint - DecoArt
Glue - Beacon Adhesives

Sunday, November 6, 2016

EASY Watercolor Painting Masking Technique with Lauren Betancur

I got a chance to go to the Pinners Conference in Dallas this past summer.  While I was there I went to an amazing class to learn about watercolor paining, specifically about masking techniques with watercolors.  After the class I asked the instructor Lauren Betancur if I could use some of the footage of myself doing the technique in class for a video, she not only said yes but also gave the footage of her instructions from class to use in my video!!  Amazing!!!  So this is what I made and what Lauren taught us in class.
My version of the technique
I did my best to copy the technique from Lauren, defiantly a learning process!!

Lauren's Card
Check out how to do this fun technique here!!

A couple of things I learned from this technique
1) this is very easy!!
2) draw lightly with your pencil so it erases clean
3) do not use as much pencil next time
4) all designs look great!!

Here is Lauren's booth from the conference filled with so many more amazing pieces!!

She teaches classes up in the Dallas area, go check her out!!!

Supplies Used
Paper - Strathmore
Watercolor paint
Masking Fluid - Windsor & Newton

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Merry Selfie Christmas Cards **Brutus Monroe & Tattered Angels & Rinea & Canvas Corp & Eyelet Outlet & Beacon**

Here is my second set of Christmas card for my card swap.  I made 10 of this card to be mailed off and then I get 10 back in return.  Love it!!  I used small sections of paper so I did not have to have 5 sheets of the exact same paper to complete the cards, a fun trick to only use small section to use what you have!

Here is my full video tutorial on how I made these cards.

When mass producing a card and you run out of a color of paper, improvise and change it up a bit.  Instead of using the chevron paper in lime, I just switched to a solid paper in lime, problem solved!!


Here are a couple of up close shot of the cards I made.

Supplies Used
Paper - Canvas Corp Brands
Brown Cardstock - Recollections
Mists - Tattered Angels
Ink - Brutus Monroe
Stamps - Brutus Monroe
Brads - Eyelet Outlet
Foil Paper - Rinea
Tape Runner - Scotch
Glue - Beacon Adhesives

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