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Froggy Pins Fun-raiser

“Isn’t it funny how you can start something and it just keeps growing.  That is what happened for me with these frog pins.

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One year my chapter was having a pin exchange and I came up with the idea to make these frog pins.  I called them my Jump 4 Joy frogs, because my frogs were so happy that they wanted to jump for joy. As I thought about them I thought it would be fun to give them names.  Fun names like “Cute Carol”, “Awesome Al”, “Sweet Sarah”, etc.  Every one loved them and selected them because of their names. Continue reading

Hello Spring “Nest” Canvas

Spring is my favorite season of the year. I love how the days get warmer and longer.  There is something magical about seeing everything starting to bud and bloom.  You can tell by my painting palette that these are also some of my favorite colors….the soft pastels, and vibrant clear colors of spring. I also love the smells of the season from the smell of the earth thawing and coming to life, to the sweet smell of the blossoms. And then there are the birds….I love seeing them make their nest, lay their eggs, and then their little families learning to fly.

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Music Glitter House

I hope that you are not getting tired of my glitter house posts.  I have been teasing you with this Music Glitter House and feel that it could be nice for winter.

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I started by painting the bottom of the house and my roof Snow White*. I used a tissue music paper from Tim Holtz and glued that over the bottom of the house making sure it was carefully sealed around doors and windows .  This style is no longer available but Tim Holtz does make a similar style that also has butterflies called Melange.  I would just use the music sections of the paper.  You could also use music scrap book paper, a music stamp on tissue paper, etc.

Once dry, paint inside of house, top of house and under eaves with desired color (Poodleskirt Pink*).

Cut paper out of windows and doors with exacto knife.

Paint frames around doors and windows the same color as the inside. Paint chimney Slate Grey*.

Using small flat brush paint checks around windows and doors with coordinating color.  Use a larger flat and paint checks under eaves.  I used Royal Fuchsia*.

Line around windows with Black Permanent Ink marker.  I used a Faber-Castelle.

I freehanded clapboard on top of house with liner and darker color.  Highlight bottom of each board with white and shade back with darker color.  Use small flat and darker grey (Neutral Grey*) to paint bricks on chimney.  Paint step darker color grey.

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Now for the fun of adding the buttons.  Use a palette knife to add snow-tex * to a portion of the roof at a time, then add buttons.  Add snow-tex to top of chimney and base of house.  Allow to completely dry.

Add glitter to entire house working a section at a time.

After glittering add your embellishments.

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Here are some other houses that I added buttons to the roof.  Notice on the larger house I had the buttons stand up on top of roof line. I also did this on the pink one in the next picture.

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Hope you enjoy creating this project.

Jane

* I am using DecoArt Paints.

If you would like to see other glitter house posts:

Glass Glitter Houses

Last year I did a post on creating glitter houses which turned out to be very popular.  Many of my friends and family were inspired to create their own houses or have me teach them.

This year I am up to my eyeballs in glitter. 🙂  Our family made glitter houses after thanksgiving dinner, I am teaching two full classes at a local shop, and I have made houses to sell in the shop which after a week are almost sold out.

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Shrinky Dink Jewels

A few years ago I was looking for something new to do with my grand niece Sheena when we went to visit her in San Francisco.   I am not even sure where the idea came from but I decided to take some shrinky dinks along to play with.  We made a lot of projects but mostly jewelry, and we made many trips to the craft store to get more supplies. 😊

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Paper Mache Pumpkins

Last Year I tried a new DecoArt Media product call Crackle Glaze. I had used it on a Christmas Tree and also some coordinating ornaments. (See Them Here)  It was so easy to use and I loved the results so I thought I would make some pumpkins with it.  I started with paper mache pumpkins from my local craft store and painted them Buttermilk, Spiced Pumpkin, and Mint Julep Green and the stems Khaki Tan.

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Spring Houses

When I was out shopping at Micheals I saw these cute houses.  I immediately had an idea of what I would like to paint on them.  When I got home I keep thinking about the cute flower cut outs they had and how they would make fun rooves on the houses.  So back to Michaels and then I started working on my updated idea.  If you don’t have a Michaels available to you, the houses could be cut from 2×4’s and the roof could be made out of scrape book paper glued to a heavier paper and cut out.

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