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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


Posted by admin_upcycle on October 4, 2016

Basic Decoupage Supplies & a Decoupage DIY Video for beginners


Since my old website no longer exists I am adding this page to give you links to the best supplies to use for decoupage. Feel free to contact me to ask about any of the products listed, or if you’ve got additional questions.  If the napkin shown is not something to your liking, please click on the link and add a specific search in the search bar. You may want to specify Cabbage Rose napkins, or French Themed napkins. You can also add colors like Purple Pansy Napkins. For a larger selection you can just enter “Floral Napkins” in the search.  By the way, you can also buy whatever else you need or want while you’re on Amazon. You don’t have to only purchase decoupage supplies.

Napkin Decoupage Glue             http://amzn.to/2dqO60o

Basic Decoupage Glue               http://amzn.to/2dPrIzz

Decoupage Scissors                   http://amzn.to/2dPszjT

Matte Varnish                               http://amzn.to/2dtBOTG

Triple Thick Glaze/  Varnish                 http://amzn.to/2dv9foK

Beautiful Napkins                         http://amzn.to/2dqO1dc          screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-6-34-35-pm

Martha Stewart Multi Surface paints are currently selling for over 8 dollars  on Amazon for one jar. . PLEASE don’t buy from them. For now I can’t find the paint sets of hers on Amazon  but you can find them in craft stores. Or search “Multi Surface Paint sets” when you click on any link here. 


snowman napkins                          http://amzn.to/2BxIAD1

Michele Design snowman napkins                    http://amzn.to/2jxyOID

Christmas church napkins                    http://amzn.to/2j2t8ah

Martha Stewart Course Glitter                              http://amzn.to/2Buu9j3

Martha Asst Glitter  Winter Wonderland                           http://amzn.to/2AerADy  


Roll of Bling Crystal like beads                                         http://amzn.to/2kubzDr   

even though these appear to be iridescent they are clear.


Crystal Rhinestone Chain Roll                                             http://amzn.to/2AVSVLz 






Lovely Papers                               http://amzn.to/2dtCd8L        screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-6-47-56-pm

A basic Box                                     http://amzn.to/2dPu6Xm

Decorative Pearl Elements              http://amzn.to/2dpPbYX   screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-6-59-51-pm

Decorative Crystals                          http://amzn.to/2dHkEAi  screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-7-04-52-pm

You may also want to purchase some chalk paint which is an amazing surface when it comes to decoupage.

Chalk Paint                                        http://amzn.to/2drpoMK

Posted by admin_upcycle on September 29, 2016

How to Decoupage Furniture with Napkins a Table

Decoupage and furniture. They go together like soup and sandwich. Goodwill is one of my favorite places to shop. Not only do I find these romantic little pieces of unwanted furniture, but I feel good knowing that the money I spend is actually helping people who need it. Don’t get me wrong though, I won’t pass up a piece of furniture for a good deal on Craigslist or at a garage sale either. I’m proud to say that this video is my most popular video with the most comments and views on Youtube. I have a little space I created for myself downstairs that is all girl. A shabby  white wicker day bed with sheer white curtains and tiny white lights surrounding me. I hesitate to say it’s in the basement. It is though. Our home reflects a symbiosis of our two styles, both mine and my husbands. He prefers a more contemporary look while I want a couch that you can fall into.  Back to our table here though. As soon as I found this I knew it needed to be revived. Some chalk paint, napkins and a little bit of time and it had a brand new life. So you’re aware, I like to use a matte decoupage glue because it’s a lot easier to add gloss to matte finish than it is to degloss a shiny finish. This video was made a few years ago and since then I’ve come to appreciate a product called Liquitex matte varnish even more. It gives the flattest finish, and it’s just not an easy thing to do. Napkins are also something that like your favorite cosmetics, get discontinued. Bummer right? I wish I had more control over that.  The napkins that I used on this table are one of my all time faves.  You can purchase the napkin below or click on the link and search for something more specific. Try searching for French napkins, floral napkins, hydrangea napkins, whatever you think would look best on your furniture.  The products needed and the links to purchase them or just read about them are right next to them. Since I am an Amazon Associate it really helps me to continue making my DIY videos.  If you have Amazon Prime all of the same features apply here and you can still shop for anything else you may need while you’re here!

  • Decoupage Glue               http://amzn.to/2cFidgK
  • Matte Varnish                     http://amzn.to/2dqoPQR
  • Chalk Paint                         http://amzn.to/2dqpSAj
  • Floral Napkins                    http://amzn.to/2dyBKF4                 screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-7-16-32-pm
  • Artists brushes                        http://amzn.to/2dbi5f6
  • Paint Roller                              http://amzn.to/2cFjRyV
  • Sponge Brushes                    http://amzn.to/2ddMV4D
  • Saran Wrap                             http://amzn.to/2ddMtmK
Posted by admin_upcycle on September 29, 2016

DIY Starbucks Paper Bag Repurpose w Decoupage

Love your Starbucks coffee? I know I do. While I love Dunkin Donuts Coffee I genuinely admire the way Starbucks will make any complicated drink you want.  Sadly Dunkin discontinued the bags of whole bean decaf. When I ask them to make me a half caff latte, they tell me they can’t do it. I ask if they have anything similar to a skinny latte, and again, no. I can get an iced coffee and add any sweetener I want to it. Come on Dunkin, you can’t do any better than that? For that reason alone, I’ll find a Starbucks where there are always lines and wait. But I don’t want to use my large supermarket bags to buy a bag of coffee beans. The Starbucks paper bag is just the right size! Card Stores also tend to put your candles in these same sized brown paper bags with their logo’s on them. If you’re not a fan of Starbucks or if you can’t get to one of them you can also use the bags that you get at Bath and Body Works, or Yankee Candle. I also have a link below to some standard brown paper bags with handles on them.  I have used them all following these same steps.  You first want to add some masking tape to the bag. http://amzn.to/2dzEPBf  Wider tape like this is best.

In this week’s video I really want to point out how lovely the Tissue paper is that’s made by Tim Holtz. img_2141  That’s the black and white paper you see on the surface of this painted bag. By the way, you can buy plain white bags but by adding the chalk paint, you’ll add a nice extra level of support to your bag. I mentioned in the video that I’ve had this Tim Holtz Tissue paper on hand for a while but it felt almost like wax paper. I didn’t think I could use it for decoupage. But it worked beautifully. Have a look at the video and tell me what you think.

Here is this week’s supply list for you. You can always go to my Facebook page, Upcycle with Decoupage and click on any of the links to products that I have on the Facebook page to shop for all or some of these items. You can also shop for anything else you may be in need of since my links all go through Amazon. If you have Amazon Prime you qualify for all of the same benefits through my site and my links.

          Wide masking tape         http://amzn.to/2dzEPBf