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Posted by admin_upcycle on November 3, 2016

DIY Beginners Decoupage Glitter Encrusted Welcome Sign Christmas

Let’s Decoupage a Christmas Welcome Sign and encrust it with GLITTER.  Is Christmas complete without glitter?

This week’s video is something I have wanted to do for a while. Decoupage a letter, although in this case it was several letters. But I do have to say that even though I found the prettiest napkin for this project, I knew that this Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter would really make this stand out. Especially if you stand it up near Christmas lights.You can read about it here or buy it.   http://amzn.to/2fwCpbq

  • This video is for beginners but it will also help those of you who may not be aware of a few of the other tips that I include in the video. I also make sure to keep the video running in real time as I explain the step by step instructions. Since my links will take you over to Amazon, you are eligible for all of the same benefits if you are a Prime member. Free shipping, and one or two day shipping times. Now that’s exciting!   Here are the rest of the supplies you’ll need -and don’t forget, you can buy anything else you need while you’re shopping through my links. Not-just what I am selling here. If you decoupage as often as I do you’ll also want to have a look at the laser printer that has gone on sale before Black Friday! What a deal..
  •    Aqua Brush                                                                  http://amzn.to/2fpjgTU
  •    Large 16″ Ampersand sign                                          http://amzn.to/2f94YXZ
  •    Love Sign                                                                     http://amzn.to/2fjY8zi
  •    Welcome Sign                                                              http://amzn.to/2enGfkd
  •    Welcome Sign 2                                                           http://amzn.to/2ef5CSg screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-7-50-27-pm
  • Christmas Themed Napkins                                             http://amzn.to/2fjgIq7   screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-7-53-06-pm
  • Cream Colored Christmas Napkins                                   http://amzn.to/2fjfLhr   screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-7-54-57-pm
  • Peacock Blue and Purple Christmas Napkins                    http://amzn.to/2eBpksf    screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-7-56-49-pm
  • Cardinal, Reindeer, Santa Napkins                                      http://amzn.to/2ef93s7    screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-7-57-50-pm
  • Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter                                                http://amzn.to/2eBqN1W
  • Triple Thick Glaze                                                                    http://amzn.to/2efg6Rj
  • Coarse Metal Nail File                                                            http://amzn.to/2eBpXSv
  • Color Laser Printer ON SALE                                                  http://amzn.to/2fwY5UI



Posted by admin_upcycle on October 27, 2016

DIY Thanksgiving Floating Candle Centerpiece Decoupage

img_2703Did you ever go to one of those homes where there is a very large center piece sitting on the table? I mean it’s so big that you have to look around it in order to communicate. It’s rude to move it if you’re at someone else’s house so you just leave it be and end up applying some Ben Gay to your neck once you get home. I like to keep it simple and in  this week’s project  “The Thanksgiving Floating Candle CenterPiece with Decoupage.”…I started with a bowl like this. http://amzn.to/2dL4nK9 and  added quite a few elements to this bowl. I used coffee filters, decorative fall napkins and even gold foil on a paper towel with my trusty “Happy Thanksgiving” Stamp. I also added Iridescent paint, chalk paint and some stunning metallic paint that’s made by Viva Decor. http://amzn.to/2fdt5s0     I will be using the Viva Decor metallic paints even more in future projects because every single time I open the jars I am taken a back by the lovely colors and textures of this paint.

One thing I want to mention about this week’s project as you’ll see in the video, I suggest using all napkins, or all paper towels or all coffee filters. I used all three to show you how to do them but by the end of the video you can see that the finish is a little bit lumpy. That’s because even though it’s minute there are differences in the thickness of the papers. You can though, add a different thickness of paper to the bottom of your bowl since that will sit flat. Here are the supplies that you will need to complete this project and the links for you to buy what you need. Since my store goes through Amazon you will not only be able to make all of your purchases with Amazon Prime but you will also able to shop for anything else you need from Amazon while you are shopping for your supplies. Christmas shopping already??? But of course.

  • Napkin Decoupage Glue                                          http://amzn.to/2f5pGfE
  • Fall Napkins                                                              http://amzn.to/2dGuTt1   screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-7-20-12-pm
  • More Fall napkins                                                         http://amzn.to/2eJjK8r  screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-7-26-41-pm
  • Iridescent Pearl Medium                                             http://amzn.to/2dKVosm
  • Detail Paint brushes                                                     http://amzn.to/2eRUcps
  • Fall Floral Napkins                                                       http://amzn.to/2eRUgEd  screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-1-48-05-pm
  • Flitter Glu (for gold foil)                                               http://amzn.to/2dXei2D
  •  Gold Foil                                                                     http://amzn.to/2dXdxXg
  • Bone Folder                                                                 http://amzn.to/2dL2FIP
  • Decoupage scissors                                                   http://amzn.to/2eGMTAs
  • Acrlyic Paint Set                                                           http://amzn.to/2dXiorr
  • Cone Coffee Filters                                                      http://amzn.to/2dXgdUY
  • Thanksgiving Stamp                                                    http://amzn.to/2dXjaVn
  • Happy Turkey Day Stamp                                            http://amzn.to/2eRVDnH
  • Viva Decor Orange Gold Paint                                    http://amzn.to/2ebsB1e
  • Sea Sponge                                                                  http://amzn.to/2ebruyt
  • Chalk paint  *all colors available                                  http://amzn.to/2eRWODM
  • Mini Paint roller                                                             http://amzn.to/2dL7Qb
  • Large Glass Bowl                                                         http://amzn.to/2dL4nK9
  • Floating Candles                                                           http://amzn.to/2fgD2op
  • Varnish or Top Coat                                                      http://amzn.to/2dXxKwi
Posted by admin_upcycle on October 20, 2016

Turn Toilet Paper Rolls into Faux Candles

img_2507Alright, I have to admit it. I had a hard time saying “Toilet paper” roll during this week’s youtube video.  I was raised that way, where bathroom humor was off limits and it’s never left my consciousness. So if you hear me giggle a little bit here and there, it’s because I was actually a little red in the face as I said it. Now, for the fun stuff! Decoupage! Yay!!!! It’s really decoupage using melted wax. This is so much fun! I was kind of shocked though that the Ranger Melting pot isn’t around anymore. I also saw that Ultra Thick Embossing Powder has been discontinued. Wow- I used to love using that stuff. I guess that’s how far we’ve come in regards to crafting. I still have my melting pot so it’s what I used in my video but I also have links below to both the 4 pound and 2 pound melting pot you can use to do this project. You may already know how to make candles and this bit of my blog may be redundant to you-but for everyone else….You do not want to put the melting pot (aluminum) directly over heat. You would need to put the wax in the melting pot, put the melting pot inside of a larger (junk) pot, add some water to the bigger pot, and place the pot over an electric stove top. If you don’t have an electric stove top, you can also buy a one burner stove top for about 20 dollars here in the U.S.  There’s also a link for that below.

  • 4 lb Wax Melting Pot                                                  http://amzn.to/2dYOJNR
  • 2 lb Wax Melting Pot                                                  http://amzn.to/2dYRPRO
  • Soy Wax for melting                                                   http://amzn.to/2eNp2lM
  • Portable Electric Stove                                               http://amzn.to/2erivuh
  • Chalk Paint                                                                 http://amzn.to/2e5lUmN
  • Chip Brush                                                                 http://amzn.to/2erC9WQ
  • Fall Leaf Napkins                                                       http://amzn.to/2eq0b3q
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  • Rustic Autumn Leaves Napkins                                http://amzn.to/2e5qlOh
  • screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-3-19-13-pm
  • Faux LED candles                                                    http://amzn.to/2eT64tU
  • screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-7-49-58-pm
Posted by admin_upcycle on October 13, 2016

How to Decoupage a Pumpkin Shabby Chic

Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays maybe because I am not a big fan of the color orange? That’s just me. So when the holiday rolls around, I have to stick to the richer hues like a nice maroon and a lush amber or gold. Since Pumpkins are orange though? I have got to do something different with them. Decoupage a pumpkin? No problem. Even if you just want to keep this little gem in your bedroom, or bathroom as a decorative touch, let me show you how to do this. bestpmkinI didn’t list any of the trim or all of the ribbons I used because there are so many variations in colors. I would suggest you select your ribbons to match the napkins you decide to use. Same goes for the trim. Let me also show you the featured product of the week? What does featured product mean? It means that I have used it and love it! Since we are going into the holiday season we are going to need some glitter! I have this set and it is stunning! http://amzn.to/2easXGpscreen-shot-2016-10-12-at-6-53-46-pm Just look at the colors in this set! The top row consists of all of the colors you’ll need to continue to add winter snowy accents all season long. The bottom row consists of Glitter writers that work especially well when wrapping. You can also take this set right into Valentine’s day. Can you see the array of reds? Mix them, use one or layer them! So pretty…

In order to Decoupage our Shabby Chic Pink Pumpkin, here are the supplies we’ll need. As always, if you need anything else on Amazon you can still order it all through my site, not just the items that are on the supplies list below. Have fun!


Here’s what you will need to complete this project:

Martha Stewart Chalk Paint (set)                       http://amzn.to/2et6VS9

Martha’s Chalk Paint in Seashell                         http://amzn.to/2erP1yX

1 inch Sponge Roller                                           http://amzn.to/2e7vuji

6 Inch Faux Pumpkin                                           http://amzn.to/2e9uJqZ


Pink and White Ribbon                                        http://amzn.to/2et8Beg

Glitter                                                                    http://amzn.to/2dKrvfs

Artists brushes                                                      http://amzn.to/2ealGpL

Napkin Decoupage Glue                                       http://amzn.to/2e6CMZV

Fabric Scissors                                                    http://amzn.to/2dSRkJE

Small Curved Scissors                                        http://amzn.to/2dKuaWx

Rustoleum Base coat spray                                http://amzn.to/2eta0BF

E6000 Glue                                                        http://amzn.to/2et8HTp

Lo Tack Tape                                                      http://amzn.to/2e8Gjlg

Petite Pink Silk Flowers                                       http://amzn.to/2dltQNe

Rose Napkins                                                    http://amzn.to/2et968d




http://amzn.to/2eapSGh                     screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-6-44-35-pm


Posted by admin_upcycle on October 6, 2016

DIY Sheer Transfer your Photo over Glass

img_2359Today I’m going to show you how to transfer an image you’ve printed from your own printer onto a clear glass bottle. Think of all of the wedding decoration possibilities! Or think of the beautiful images you can find over on the Graphics Fairy! Did you ever end up spending hours on that site? It’s so easy to do. But I do have to mention this. Some people will write to me and tell me that they do just fine with their ink jet prints for transfers. Since I am doing a sheer-image transfer in this week’s video I want this image to be as sharp as possible. When you add the gel medium needed to the inkjet copy it will blur. Ink jets are not waterproof. They can run and bleed or just blur as I show you in the beginning of the video. If you don’t have a laser printer (or a toner based printer) you will want to take your copies to a copy center where they use only laser printers. (that is here in the US-I’m not sure how that works in other countries) If you can not find laser prints near you – you can also practice this on smooth jars or bottles using ink jet prints.  Finally there is one other option for you. http://piddix.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-to-prevent-smudges-and-bleeding.html  The prior link will take you to an excellent blog post where you can read about ways to prevent problems using ink jet prints.

Transfers can be done a few different ways but for our clear glass bottle we’ll be doing our transfer by adding several coats of Matte Medium like this   http://amzn.to/2dTqxeP.  Letting it dry between each coat and finally removing all of the paper from the back of the image. Here’s a list of the supplies you’ll need.  You can have a look at my book too!   http://amzn.to/2dTpV9d   screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-7-22-28-pm  If you are interested in trying Amazon Prime for a free trial period you can read about it here: http://amzn.to/2dxCjMD and opt in.

Matte Medium Gel                      http://amzn.to/2dTqxeP

Laser Printer                               http://amzn.to/2dLs9pI

Artists paint brushes                   http://amzn.to/2d4nLF4

Mod Podge Lustre Spray           http://amzn.to/2dTrDHI

Fine Glitter                                 http://amzn.to/2dwpPVq

Appliques                                  http://amzn.to/2e3vFQA

E 6000 Glue                              http://amzn.to/2dwpthT

Flatback Crystals                      http://amzn.to/2dTubFx    screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-7-49-20-pm

Pick Up tool for gems              http://amzn.to/2d4oR3u  

Silk Ribbon                               http://amzn.to/2dtPqQi       screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-7-55-44-pm

Silk Flowers                              http://amzn.to/2dTtKva   screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-7-58-12-pm

Crystal Drop                             http://amzn.to/2e3x4XB     screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-8-04-29-pm

Clear Glass Bottle                     http://amzn.to/2dTuvV2  screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-8-06-40-pm