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Mosaic polymer clay picture frame

Sculpey Souffle patchwork picture frame

wall art home decor diy instructions

Sculpey Souffle is a new type of clay on the market and I am on the Sculpey Clay Design Team.   Iris, our fearless leader decided to give us a challenge.  She sent 4 colors of the Soufflé clay and random objects.    We were told we had to use all 4 of the clay colors and that we had to use everything in the bag.
Chopped Design squad challengeThe only difference in my supplies and the ones pictured is the color of the twine.  My twine was yellow.  But  in the big picture the color of the twine is not important.    I could not come up with a way to incorporate all the items and the colors into my project so I decided to go in a different direction and use the colors of the clay and use the objects sent as impressions in the clay.  Follow the instructions below and learn how to make something similar.

Instructions for Sculpey Souffle  frame:

1.  Condition your clay.  Roll the clay through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting.  Place the clay on a covered work surface.

condition polymer clay






2.  Press random objects into the clay to create texture.  I used one of everything that was sent to me in the challenge bag.

how to create texture in polymer clay






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polymer clay texture





how to add texture to clay






random objects in polymer clay






creating texture






3.  Using a craft knife or a tissue blade cut squares and rectangles into the textured clay.

4.  Bake the clay sheets in the oven according to manufacturers directions.

5.  Paint the frame with DecoArt Acrylic paint.  Allow frame to dry.

Decoart Acrylic paint on wood frame







6.  Arrange the clay pieces in a patchwork or mosaic pattern.

mosaic frame with polymer clay






6. I used a hot glue gun by Adtech to adhere the clay to the painted frame.

wood button, knob and bow






7.  Drill a hole in the top of the frame.  Twist knob in.  Add a jute bow and button.

8.  Add paper and a monogram letter in the center.

Mosaic polymer clay picture frame

chalky paint DIY buffet redo

Chalk Paint – revamp a buffet


chalky paint DIY buffet redoChalk paint is all the rage in the blogosphere.  So  I thought I would give it a go  and redo the buffet that it so desperately needed something.  The black and exposed wood worked great in the last house but not for our new house and the room it was going into.  It looked tired and out of place.  I happen to really like this piece of furniture so I thought I would kick it up a notch ad go for a bold color choice.    I really want a statement piece.  I want that piece to say “WOW, Niki sure is fun”.  And I want the house to have a French Bohemian Chic look.  Not quite sure what that is?  Well that is okay.  I do not either.  It is my made up term for my decorating taste.buffet before chalky paint

Instructions – Chalk Paint revamp

To begin – wipe down the piece to be painted and allow to dry.  If there are any rough spots  you will want to sand them down and use a tack cloth to remove the debris.


I used a roller brush to apply the base coat  of Treasure Chalky finish paint by DecoArt and the second coat of chalk paint too.


For this piece I decided to chalk paint the handles too.  If I decide to change them out at a later date I can.   I did not worry about if  the handles were perfectly covered because I knew I would be distressing them . IMG_2820

I have a sort of crazy way to distress the furniture when working with chalk paint.  I use a fork, yes, I said it I use a standard kitchen fork.  I use it to scrap edges, poke holes, scratches and even drag marks.  You can use what works best for you and the type of aging you want it to have.IMG_2830I am scraping off a little paint in an edge with the tip of the fork.

IMG_2831 This is how I create scrape marks on the bottom pieces.IMG_2833If you turn the fork on its side and do a dragging scalping motion you get the result above.

IMG_2837 I also used it on the metal handleIMG_2840
Crazy I know.  But it works for me.IMG_2851
Now that I have the distressing complete I add the Creme Wax This is an important step.  Do not skip it.Finished buffetThen for the finally step – the dark brown Crème Wax – apply it with the  2″ round waxing brush.  The brush gives you a great consistent look.
Once our house is together I will show you where the chalk paint piece ends up.

Summer Treats Round Up

summer treats

Hey y’all! Allie here from My Card Party.

In honor of the official kick off of the Summer Season, I thought I’d share some of the sweet treat ideas that I’ve been pinning to my Summer Treats Board. I hear the mowers going, the fan is blowing, the pool is filling, and the ice cubes are beginning to set up in the freezer. What’s your favorite Spring/Summer treat when it starts to get hot?

These S’more bars are the closest I’ll be getting to a Barbecue. Okay, maybe some Barbecue Chips. I do not grill. If you’d like to have me over, that’d be fine with me!

Shopgirl: Summery S’mores Treats

This list would not be complete without ONE Zoku Mini Pop treat. We bought one recently and have had a lot of fun experimenting with tiny single serve treats and fancy flavored ice cube balls.

Zoku: Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Bon Bons

Modern Parents Messy Kids: Yummy Frozen Banana Pops

Found on Pinterest: Source Unknown

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes: Cooking Classy

Oh myyy, how I love a good Poke Cake. This one is so much fun!

Foodista: Patriotic Poke Cake

The real reason we have Monday off, however, is to remember those who risk their lives to save us, those who were taken from us too soon, our heroes. Take a quiet moment to remember the fallen this Monday.

Do share your favorite Sweet Treat to beat the heat!

Would you like to contribute to my Summer Treats Board? Just leave me a comment with your Pinterest link and I’ll send you an invitation.

party favors, printable, dr suess

Dr. Seuss party favors

party favors, printable, dr suessDr.  Seuss party favors are quick and easy to make with printable party pieces.    I found these printables for FREE on  I used the pattern paper as the base and a drink label as a wrap for the jar.  The jar is filled with l Swedish fish to go along with the One  Fish Two Fish theme.  The jar is from peanut butter.  I asked a few friends to save them and before long we had what we needed for the party.  The jars were washed thoroughly and dried.  If you have any kids with peanut  allergies you might want to use a different container.  

Click the link below to find other Dr. Seuss craft ideas for fun or for a party.

decorated shoes embellished shoes

DIY Kids Shoes with Tulip Brand

DIY Kids shoes with Tulip Brand and a CASH giveaway at the bottom. 
decorated shoes embellished shoes

blank shoes


Instructions for DIY KIDS shoes:

Start with white canvas shoes.   Squirt on dye.

tulip brand tie dye on canvas shoes

tulip brand tie dyecove shoes completely and let them sit over night. Wash and allow shoes to dry before embellishing them.

diy beads in a bottle Add the beds in a bottle a little bit at a time.  You do not want to smudge the pearls of liquid bead.  Embellish the shoes to fit your fancy.

IMG_1513I decorated the back too.

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I love you card

Typography card for Valentine’s Day

I love you card


Typography and fonts are one of my favorite things to use.  When I saw this pattern paper with  a vintage distressed  typewriter font I had to have it.  Be prepared  to see more projects with it in the future.

Typography Card Materials :

Typography Card instructions:

  1. Cut card base to 6×12 and sand the edges.
  2. Adhere precut frame
  3. Adhere a 5×5 piece of pattern paper
  4. Cut a piece of typewrite paper to fit into the frame.  Adhere paper to the back of the frame and adhere the  two on the from to the card.
  5. Place a bow on the heart and adhere to the front as shown.
  6. Use scissors to cut  out the letters to spell ” I LOVE YOU”
  7. Add the Mod Podge Dimensional to the letters and let them dry. Once they are dry adhere to the front as shown



pallet art

pallet art – Valentines day count down

pallet art

Pallet art created with Walnut Hollow 12×12 Pallets.  The pallets are free standing so you can either hang your art on the wall of let it stand on a table. I chose to let mine stand.  It is going to set on and end table in my living room.IMG_0119


Directions for Pallet Art:

  • Base coat the pallet with red paint.
  • Postion stencils where you would like , apply paint .
  • Base coat the wood plaque, and allow to dry.
  • Postion stencils where you would like , apply paint
  • Adhere the plaque in the desired position.
  • Affix buttons
  • Drill two holes for numbers, place screws into plaque
  • Paint wood tags and add numbers
  • Apply crystals in a heart shaped pattern
  • Ink chipboard letters and glue them in place.

count down to valentines day


Add all the details you would like.
pallet art

DIY sugar scrub for lips

Sweet lips sugar scrub

DIY sugar scrub for lips

Sweet lips sugar scrub is a DIY beauty remedy for your lips.  It takes a few ingredients you might have on hand in your kitchen.  These little pots make a small amount and make a cute little gift for your girlfriends.

What you’ll need for the Sugar Scrub recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • ½ teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1 spoon to mix
  • 1 small container

Directions to make the sugar scrub:

  1. Mix the honey and sugar and mix well.
  2. Add coconut oil and mix well.
  3. Fill container


Each batch should be good for a couple of weeks.

How to use the sugar scrub:

  • Take a dime size amount of scrub and rub gently onto dry lips.
  • Gently rub until some of the sugar has dissolved.
  • Rinse well with warm water.
  • Apply lip balm as necessary.
  • Use twice a week and your lips should be silky soft.


To adorn the container I used strips of rhinestones from the fabric store.  I also added crystals and some bling too.  I used what I had in my stash and I am pretty sure these are 3 or 4 years old.  IMG_1060

Pink Elephant

Pink Elephant Card

Pink Elephant Card

A CAS Card by Allie Gower

Allie here from My Card Party sharing a Clean and Simple card suitable for many occasions.

Pink Elephant Card

 I stamped the elephant image on Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored with Spectrum Noir markers. I added dots below the elephant to give the appearance of grass. I stamped the balloon and string, and lightly traced over the string to make it appear a little softer. I used a button to accent the balloon.

To finish the card I matted the white cardstock onto some pink textured cardstock, and then added it to a white cardstock base.

Supplies: Stamps (“It’s the Little Things” designed by Becky Oehlers for Gina K Designs), Ink (Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko), Markers (Spectrum Noir), Cardstock (Discount Cardstock), Button.

Thanks, Split Coast Stamper fans, for selecting this card as a “Weekly Favorite.”


Until next time, keep crafting!

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