Friday, January 20, 2017

Petaloo Star Box - DIY Home Decor With Tips






Home Decor Featuring Petaloo (with important tip)
Today I am showcasing a patriotic box featuring Petaloo flowers to accent some fun papers from Graphic 45.

I used the "Place in Time" collection from Graphic 45 and paired it with the perfect flowers.  The Petaloo Darjeeling flowers look like they were made just for this collection.  

Tips on Avoiding Critical Mistakes When Decorating Boxes:
I have decorated a lot of boxes in my crafting time.   I started off making one critical mistake that cannot be fixed.  Don't make the same mistake I made.  Scroll down and I'll explain the gigantic problem and how to avoid being frustrated. 


I used the following Petaloo flowers to help gussy up this patriotic box.  



And I even added some Petaloo blooms to the inside of the box because it's equally nice to open a box of beautiful surprises.  
These lovely flowers adorn the inside of the box:

Tip Time
My first box was a mess.  A real train wreck.  Why?  Because the lid would not fit on after I finished adding the decorative paper and covered the sides of the box.  
Sooooooo, here is my TIP for avoiding heartache and problems when decorating boxes.  

This step is only necessary if you plan to decorate sides with paper.  You cannot place paper on the entire side because then the lid will not fit.  So absolutely MUST mark where the paper will go.  To do this, place the lid on the box and draw a pencil line around the bottom of the lid. This will give you an idea of how wide to cut your paper and exactly where your paper needs to stop. 

The photo below shows how your finished box will look.  
The top will fit nicely and will not rip and peel the decorative paper.

Thanks for stopping.  Please visit the Petaloo blog to see all the newly released flowers coming your way soon.  

Petaloo Products:
Petaloo Darleeling Dahlias - Teastained  Blue 1467-103
Petaloo Darleeling Dahlias Red - 1467-101R
Petaloo Darleeling Mini Garden Rosette Blue 1492-103

Other Products:
Graphic 45  - Place in Time Deluxe Collectors Edition 4501470 (July Cut-Aparts)
Graphic 45  - Place in Time  Chipboard
Webweave Trim
Gold Floral Berries

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Rustic Home Decor - Wooden Rooster with DIY Tips

Rustic Home Decor - Wooden Rooster with DIY Tips
Time to set aside the Christmas decor for another year and refocus on all-season items.  I gussied up this wooden rooster and gave it a new look - bold, rustic and quite the handsome fella on my tabletop. 

This is what the wooden rooster looked like before he was transformed.  It's got a chalkboard painted base but it reallys needs some additional love.  I have some gorgeous rich papers from Prima's Stationers Desk collection combined with Petaloo flowers to help with the gussying (gussying - not sure it's a real word but it's my new favorite verb).  

Decorating Wood With Paper 

I prefer to use some type of medium other than glue to adhere paper to most of my wood pieces that I decorate.  The reason for this is to provide some durability  and prevent the paper edges from bending, warping and peeling. 

For this particular project,  
I chose Mod Podge because that's what I had available.
You can make your own inexpensive finish by mixing white school glue and a bit of water and painting onto the project.  You can also use a clear, matte gel medium.  The key to using these mediums as sealants and protective coatings is to make sure your edges are completely coated and adhered. 

It's important to add the Mod Podge (or your choice of medium) to both the wood and the backside of the paper.  Once the paper is down, you'll need to smooth out all air bubbles with your fingers, brayer or such like that.  Once satisfied, add a final layer of Mod Podge over the paper paying special attention to the edges making sure they are all secure.  
Creating Custom Embellishments

For this project, I decided to also add some custom flowers created just for this fella.  This was done easily enough by combining two Petaloo flowers and topping with a button.  
The flowers I used were Petaloo Petaloo Textured Elements Blossoms in black and Petaloo Sugared Mini's in Burgundy .

Handy Tip when using buttons as embellishments...use a needle nose pliers to snap off the button shank.  If you do this one little stop, your button will rest flat atop your project.  

Once the button is ready, I layered the flowers as shown in the photo below. 

And this is what the finished custom flower looks like when added to the rooster.  

Now it's time to finish adding the embellishments and adore your new table piece.  I added more Petaloo flowers to the base of the rooster and also his gobbling neck.  




Here's one last photo to show how dimensional this piece is.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you find a few moments in your day to craft and create.  


Petaloo Products:
Petaloo Textured Mix - Mini Blossoms Black 1263209
Petaloo Textured Elements Blossoms - Black 1256209
Petaloo Sugared Mini - Burgundy RAS 11311206
Petaloo Forgetmenots - Antique Red 1837-050
Petaloo Darjeeling Dahlias - Red 1467101R

Other Products:
Prima Stationer's Desk paper 813949
Wooden Chalkboard Rooster - Michaels Celebrate -It
Black pearl flourish




DIY Home Decor Wooden Purse - Petaloo

Refreshing and updating that old knick-knack 

I had a cute wooden purse knick-knack that I bought at a thrift store.  It was cute 10 years ago in a little girl's room but definitely needs some updated love and attention... and some Petaloo flowers to bring it back to life.  I say, "Let's give tired purse a second chance at love".  If you scroll down through this post, you'll find some helpful DIY tips as well to help make your projects 
durable.

Now here's my big secret in refreshing and repurposing items.  If at all possible, I try to salvage what I can and do as little painting as possible.  My expertise is in decorating - not painting.  I know painting can take a lot of time, effort and finesse.  I do not have an abundance of any of those.   So my philosophy is to work with what I have when possible - meaning no painting.  
The Graphic 45 "Place in Time" collection had perfect papers and colors for this project and worked well with the purple and green in the purse.  A project doesn't get much easier for me if I can leave the original paint alone.  


Making your home decor durable  

Another important aspect of home decor items is durability.  When making home decor pieces, I always think about pieces being handled, touched, dusted, moved.  Unfinished and untreated paper can become stained, get fragile, warp and the edges can rip.  You can add durability to your home decor paper pieces by coating it with a clear matte finish.   

I chose Mod Podge because that's what I had available, but you can make your own inexpensive finish by mixing white school glue and a bit of water and painting onto the project.  You can also use a clear, matte gel medium.  
The key to using these mediums as sealants and protective coatings is to make sure your edges are completely coated and adhered. 

I do not use glue on the paper.  I used the Mod Podge as glue.  To do this, I make sure to add the Mod Podge to both the wood and the backside of the paper.  Once the paper is down, it's important to  smooth out all air bubbles with your fingers, brayer or such like that.  Once satisfied, add a final layer of Mod Podge over the paper paying special attention to the edges making sure they are all secure.  
Before adding my gorgeous Petaloo embellishments, I wanted to add lace to the project but I realized the paper is busy.  In order to make my lace pop and give it some definition, I added a layer of paper behind it.  This prevents the delicate lace from getting lost in the busy patterns and embellishments.  


Here are some more close ups of the Petaloo flowers and  finished project along with the backside of the purse.  Here is a list of the Petaloo flowers that I added as perfect accents:

Thanks for stopping by. 

Petaloo Products:
Petaloo Darjeeling Flowers - Anenome Purple 1490104
Petaloo Darjeeling Flowers - Purple Petites 1465104R
Petaloo Darjeeling Flowers - Teastained Mini Butterflies 1486104
Petaloo Darjeeling Flowers - Mini Green Rosettes 1492107

Other Products:
Graphic 45  - Place in Time Deluxe Collectors Edition 4501470 (March Cut-Aparts)
Graphic 45  - Place in Time  Chipboard
Creative Charms - Vintage Brads VP-8210 Purple
ModPodge Matte
Green crystal flourish
Lace

Monday, December 26, 2016

JustRite Christmas Wreath card


More Christmas Cards -JustRite PaperCrafts

While Christmas Day is over, I say let the Christmas season continue (not just because I have more cards to show - but that is certainly an added reason).    
Here is a card created using the JustRite dis and stamps to show their beauty and versatility as all-purpose products that can be adapted for the Christmas season.  



May you find your  Holiday Season to be filled with joy and peace and most of all, good health. 

JustRite Small Oval Christmas Tidings Clear Stamp CR-05098
JustRite Pine Tree Dies - DIE-05050
JustRite Multi -Step Pine Tree Clear Stamp CR-05044
JustRite Garden Circles Die - 
JustRite Floral Trio One Die