Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tinkerbell Beer Cap Clutch - DIY

Hi everyone! Wanted to share a fun project I just finished – an upcycled clutch decorated with decoupaged beer caps! Can you tell I love Tinkerbell?

I was searching Pinterest for inspiration, and kept reading a lot about Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and how kick ass it was. I have the original and photo Mod Podges and love them, so I went to Michael’s and picked up the new one without really having a project in mind.

Greg and I have this awesome magnetic beer cap holder on our fridge, and let’s just say it was FULL. Like really full.

New project? I think so. I decided to try out my new Mod Podge on the beer caps and my Tinkerbell clutch was born! Well, almost.

I bought a deck of mini Tinkerbell cards in the dollar store because, well, there were just cute and I needed them. Using a 1 inch hole punch (Michael’s has them) I cut out parts of the playing cards.

This hole punch was a savior. I can't cut a perfect circle to save my life, and I will definitely use the hole punch for future projects. Now that I had everything cut out and ready, I glued my Tinkerbell circles into the beer caps using regular Mod Podge. Then I filled each cap with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic!

Let them dry overnight - they will harden to a hard, shiney finish! I watched mine, and started getting some bubbles on top (if you don't pop them, they will dry like that, yikes!) So I took a pointy kitchen knife and got most of them out.

When they dry, they will look something like this! Awesome! I used E-6000 glue, and glued the finished bottle caps onto an old black clutch I had laying around. I also let this dry overnight, just to make sure the glue set and the bottle caps didn't come sliding off.

The finished product! I am pretty happy with the results. I think it would be cute to take to the bar or to dinner if you're feeling particularly...Disney. The one thing I might add is a little wristlet or something to carry the clutch by. What do you guys think? Hope you enjoyed reading!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Zombie and Witch Jack O Lanterns

Carving pumpkins is one of my favorite things to do when Halloween comes close! We bought the book of stencils at Michael's, and here are the results! What do you guys think? =)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Cosmic Princess Pumpkin - DIY Cool Pumpkin Decor!

Isn't she beautiful?! Fall is by far my favorite season. Fall brings some pretty sweet crafts, one being pumpkin decorating! I do love carving jack o lanterns, however I wanted to decorate a smaller pumpkin this year and try something different. The result? My cosmic, crazy, princess pumpkin.

I had an old coffee table book lying around of Planets and Stars that I used to decoupage my pumpkin. I cut the photos I wanted into long strips, then stuck them to the pumpkin using mod podge. I painted over the strips with more mod podge, then layered over more strips until I went all the way around. It looked pretty cool, but was missing something. Where would a princess pumpkin be without a crown? I used a skinny bracelet and the same Planets book and cut the paper into points. I used mod podge again to stick the points onto the bracelet.

What do you guys think? What are your favorite crafts for fall? Thanks for reading!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Decoupaged Bracelet Made From Concert Photos

Hi All! I know I’ve been posting some of my art stuff on here, but some of you seem to enjoy the projects so here goes nothin!

Growing up, I’ve always enjoyed making collages – of my friends, from magazine clippings, using other mixed media for texture, etc. I’ve been trying to take my hobby to the next level, so I checked out what the cool people on Pinterest were decoupaging. Previously, I made a pair of decoupaged comic book heels, which I was pretty proud of! (click to see that post) After some more research, I thought it would be really cool to decoupage a bangle! The project itself was NOT difficult at all!! It probably took me about 2 hours in total. And it was really fun! Here is what you’ll need, and a simple step by step to make your own cool jewelry piece!!

What You’ll Need
A plain bangle
Mod Podge
A magazine or book to cut up
Scissors or X acto knife

1. Choose what photos you want to work with. Magazine pages work really well, because they’re thin and stay bent on the bracelet. I took band photos from my Motley Crue book (my fave band!) I tried to alternate my images, so I used one photo of a large crowd of people at one of their concerts, and another picture of the band from a photoshoot they did from the 80’s (lots of big hair, makeup and bloody guitars!)

2. Cut the images in small strips. Try to make them about the same width, I just eyeballed it and it came out fine.

3. Now the fun part! Apply the mod podge onto the bracelet, and press one of your photo strips on top of it. Be sure to do the inside and outside of your bracelet, since you will be wrapping the strip all the way around.

4. Mod podge on top of the strip you just applied. It will dry clear so don’t worry! This helps keep the image intact. A good tip – make sure you can see your image through the mod podge. If you can’t, you’ve applied too much. Simply wipe some off with a paper towel and you’re good to go.

5. Repeat this process until you’ve gone all the way around. I overlapped my images so that none of the original bracelet was showing, but that part is entirely up to you. You could also apply your strips diagonally for a different look. I only did one layer, but again you can always add more.

6. Generously apply mod podge over the entire bracelet (inside and outside) and let dry overnight. This will seal the bracelet and give it a shiny, finished look. You did it!

Nothing is cooler than getting compliments on something you've made!! Hope you guys enjoyed!! Xo

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

MAC’s Retro Matte Lipstick in Flat Out Fabulous

Hi All! My first makeup post since my wedding woohoo! I’m happy to get back into the swing of posting regularly! I went on a bit of a MAC binge last week, and discovered MAC’s Retro Matte line of lipsticks. 8 gorg shades, but the one on the model caught my eye. It’s the perfect fall shade, in my opinion. Often times, I reach for lipsticks and glosses that have a touch of sparkle or shine to them. This lipstick is your ticket into womanhood. It’s no joke and beautiful. Use a lip liner to really define your lips, then go in for the lipstick kill. I used a nude lip pencil, but MAC also has the matching lip pencil for each retro matte lipstick – your choice. The result is a pretty, pin-up pout. Another plus – matte lipsticks tend to last longer than other finishes. However be careful – they can be drying. My trick is to put on a really moisturizing lip balm first. I do the rest of my makeup and let the balm sink in, then carefully wipe it off with a cloth or tissue. I’ve found it cuts down on dryness and cracking throughout the day.

Thoughts? Please note that I used a flash in my photo - it looks slightly lighter than the lipstick on the model. It's the same shade! Thanks for reading, will be back again super soon to post my new favorite eye look for fall!! xoxo