Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated by Maria!

Thank you so much, Maria.

Her blog: http://mariadrawsdaily.blogikoti.fi

I love Maria’s posts; they are such creative pieces of artwork and continue to be an inspiration to me everyday.

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How My Blog Started:

I started this blog because I wanted a way to spread everything I knew how to do to the world. I enjoy making nail art tutorials, craft tutorials, and showing my art. Blogging is a great way for other people in the blogosphere community to see this and I hope that all of my tutorials help and inspire people.

My Advice to Fellow Bloggers:

The most important fact is to make sure to post regularly! I do get a little lazy sometimes, but I like to keep them consistent. Also, make sure that you blog is linked up to your social media. This will help spread the word and for others to get to know you. Blogging wise, make sure that you write from your heart. Don’t try to be someone you’re not; your writing will fall apart and readers will lose interest. Be yourself!

Rules for This Award:

  1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
  2. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  3. Write a post to show your award.
  4. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  5. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.
  6. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  7. Attach the award to the post.
  8. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them.
  9. Provide a link to the award post you created.

My Nominees:

https://pyroartography.wordpress.com

http://lcarslibrarian.com

https://shinshinshop02.wordpress.com

https://gallifreyanramblings.wordpress.com

https://trendsbyranya.wordpress.com

https://petitegirlsguide.wordpress.com

http://truequeandounacosa.com

http://eliglasman.com

http://cristianmihai.net

http://rememberthiscrafts.co.uk

http://thepublicblogger.com

https://craftedincarhartt.wordpress.com

https://happilyeverose.wordpress.com

http://www.brycegormanmusic.com

http://lifeoutofthebox.com

Thanks so much!

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TARDIS Necklace

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Hey, it’s Rhea here, and it’s time for a new updo! I have been watching a lot of Doctor Who recently. For those who don’t know what this show is about: Doctor Who is a British television series that has been running for about 50 years. It’s basically about an alien who is a time lord named the Doctor. He travels around space and time with a time machine called the T.A.R.D.I.S. that looks like a police box. The Doctor and his companions fight monsters and save space and time usually every episode. It’s probably a lot to take in, but I do recommend this series to everyone. What we have here is a Doctor Who inspired necklace (If you’re staring at the picture and panicking: No, I was not attacked by the Silence). It might look hard, but we’ll explain everything.

Supplies:
– blue polymer clay
– white polymer clay
– clay tools (knives, rollers, stamps, etc.)
– white acrylic paint
– black acrylic paint
– yellow acrylic paint
– black pen
– oven
– headpins
– jumprings
– chain
– clasp
– wire cutter/bender
– clock charms (optional)
To get started, I created the TARDIS charm. Start out by taking a slab of the blue clay and molding it into a rectangular cube. The ratio of the rectangular cube should be about 2:4.
Take out a tool to create the squares of the police box. You will have to get a bit creative with this because I assume we all have different tools. Don’t press the squares to close together because you want some space between the squares. Try to keep them even on all sides of the rectangular cube. The squares should be 2 by 4. This may take a while.
After this is finished, take out another slab of blue clay. Roll the clay out with a rolling pin until the clay is about 2-3 millimeters thick. Place the police box on top of the slab for measuring purposes. Using a knife, cut a couple millimeters away from the bottom of the police box. This should form a slightly bigger square. Push this square to the bottom of the police box until it sticks all the way.
Now, take some blue clay that is about a centimeter thick and square it. Place this on top of the box. This is where we will write “Police Box”.
Next, we work on the bottom of the box. Roll out a slab of blue clay that is about 2-3 millimeters thick. Place the police box upside down on the slab and cut directly around it. Take out this square and make the square a millimeter smaller. Place this square on top of the box.
Repeat the previous step, except cut another millimeter into this square, forming an even smaller square. Place this on top of the box.
By now, you can probably see the TARDIS forming. Take out the white clay to form the light on top of the box. I used a white glow-in-the-dark clay to let the light glow at night (;D). Roll it into a tiny ball and shape it to form a cylinder. Stick this to the top of the box.
Now, take out a headpin. Trim the headpin to fit the box and stick it into the light of the box. Put the charm into the oven for however long the brand you are using instructs to do so. I used Sculpey, so I usually put it in the oven for 15 minutes at 275 F.
Once this is baked and dried, take out your paints. Using a thin brush, use white paint to fill the top row of squares on all sides. These are your windows. Now, mix a bit of yellow with the white. On the front of  your police box, paint the square directly below the left window. Now, take the black paint and paint a stripe of black above the windows on all sides. Let everything dry. With the whit paint, paint the black stripes. Make two big white stripes on the ends and one smaller on in the middle. With the black pen, make crosshatches on the windows and the light, and make lines on the light yellow square.
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Let everything dry and your charm is ready! Let’s get started on putting it together. Cut some chain with wire cutters to your desired necklace length. Use your wire cutters to bend a jump ring and pull the charm and the chain through. Close the jump ring.
You can add some clock charms, too. I just added these because I felt that it finished the time lord effect. I just picked up these charms from a local craft store. Attach these charms with jump rings the same way as you did with the TARDIS charm.
Don’t worry, we’re almost done! Attach a jump ring to one end of the chain. Attach a clasp to the other end of the chain. Guess what? You’re done!
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I know it took a lot of steps, but this necklace turns out great in the end. This TARDIS necklace is a perfect gift for the Whovian in your life, or if you are that Whovian! Do keep in mind that this is a necklace. Necklaces are cool. Hope you enjoyed that Who pun; thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

Felt Fruits

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Hi, I’m finally back! I really hope that none of you forgot, and if so, here is a good refresher. I know I haven’t posted in what seems like forever, but here’s a new updo that is sure to wow anyone. These are felt fruits which really aren’t that hard to make. Here are the materials you’ll need:

Orange:

-orange felt

-yellow felt

-hot glue

-orange thread

-needle / sewing machine

-scissors

-stuffing

Strawberry:

-red felt

-green felt

-red thread

-yellow thread

-needle / sewing machine

-scissors

-stuffing

Orange: First, cut out 2 half circles from the orange felt that should be the same size. Take a look at the shape I drew (number 1). The shape should look similar to this. Now, sew up the 2 straight parts of the half circles with orange thread and tie it off. You’re probably wondering how to sew up the bottom, now. Cut out a shape out of the orange felt similar to the template (number 2). I would suggest cutting out this shape on a piece of paper first, because you want to be precise when measuring how long it should be at the bottom. Sew this shape with orange thread onto both the curved sides of the half circles. Before you tie it off, leave a hole to put stuffing through. After it is fully stuffed, finish sewing up the bottom. Cut out 6 teardrops (refer to template number 3) from yellow felt. These will make our orange actually look like an orange. Using hot glue, adhere 3 yellow teardrops on each side. Let dry.

Strawberry: First, cut out a shape from the template (number 4) using red felt. You want to make sure each straight side is the same length so they match up. Using the yellow thread, embroider the red felt with yellow ‘seeds’. I was lazy and just sewed little lines, but french knots work, too. An alternative idea is to embroider yellow baby beads into it for a little bling. Sew up the straight sides of the red felt together with red thread. This should give you a cone type of look. Run the red thread through the top of the ‘cone’ or through the curved side. Don’t tie out off, instead, leave both sides of thread loose. Fill it up stuffing. When you’re done, pull at both ends and tie it up, so the top has puckered and closed up. Cut out a piece (template number 5) from green felt acting as the leaf. Hot glue this piece on and let dry.

Here you have it! Two pieces that will give you fulfillment from hard work and will brighten anyone’s day. Basically, they’re just plain fun to make and play with and if you do happen to make these, let me know or send a picture. Awesome to make, but not to eat! Thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

Bubbly Nails

unnamed Hello! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been quite busy. I am going to show you a new updo – these nails! I call these Bubbly Nails. They aren’t that hard. Let’s get started.

Supplies:

– base coat (optional)

– light pastel polish

– black nail polish

– dotting tool or black nail pen

– top coat or matte coat

– cotton

– nail polish remover

First, you can paint a base coat. This step is optional. It just prolongs the life of your nails and protects them.

Paint on the pastel polish. I used a light blue. We are using this color so the black really stands out.

Take out the black polish. On the tips of the nails, add some big circles. You can do that by adding small strokes and then evening them out. Once that dries, take out your dotting tool or black nail pen. I used a nail pen. These are really convenient and aren’t that expensive. Over the big circles, paint medium sized circles. Over those, create smaller and smaller circles until it comes to dots. As you can see, we have created a circle gradient. If you want, you can create a design on the ring finger. I used my nail pen to create a line with loop-di-doos. Then, I filled in some of the circles.

Last but not least, finish it with a sealing coat. I used a matte coat (partly because I was running low on my glossy top coat) for a cooler touch.

And that’s it! I really hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Stay bubbly, and don’t forget to comment!

References: Me!

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St. Patrick’s Day Nails

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Happy St. Patrick’s, everyone! I got ‘lucky’ that these nails turned out so great. The following supplies are shown below:

– base coat (optional)

– light green polish

– dark green polish

– dotting tool

– gold polish

– golden green sparkles

– top coat (optional)

– nail polish remover

– q-tips

Let’s begin! First, paint all of your nail with a clear base coat. You can also use a clear top coat as a base coat. This base coat extends the life of your nail designs.

Paint all of your nails a light green. This will be a base color for the nails. For the thumb, I painted a shamrock. I actually used a green magnetic polish without the magnetic effect because it was my best dark green. I took the dotting tool and made 4 big dots, not to close to one another. In the middle, I filled it in. Lastly, I added a stem to the shamrock.

Now, take out your golden polish. I used a metallic gold polish because of all the luck gold coins and stuff. Take your dotting tool and dip it in the gold. Drag it along the tips of your 4 fingers. Yay, french tips!

Take out the glitter. Mine was a greenish – dull gold type of glitter. You want to use a chunky, confetti type. Apply it on your 4 fingers. Try not to get it on the french tips.

Dip a Q-tip in some remover and clean up around the edges of all fingers. You want to have a nice and clean look. Since we already added a glitter to the 4 fingers which acts as a top coat, I just applied a clear top coat to my thumb.

I hope you like that your nails can be as lucky as you are on St. Patrick’s Day! I would say to carry around a 4-leafed clover, but with this winter we’ve been having, it’s probably better to just carry around a gold coin or horseshoe. Thanks, and don’t forget to stay lucky (and comment)!

References: Me!

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Mini Book

Picture 016Picture 017Picture 018 Hi, again! I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been really busy. To relieve all that stress, I thought, “Why not do some crafting?” I saw this idea on another blog which had a video and step by step instructions. I love crafting mini things, so I thought that this one was exceptionally cute. Here is the link to create this mini book:( http://www.paperkawaii.com/2011/07/25/mini-origami-book-tutorial/ ) Her book is just origami and for display, so she glues all of her papers together. In my book, I can draw in it (the drawing of the girl in the dandelion garden is my 4th page drawing). I skipped the step of gluing the papers together. It depends on what you want to do. My pages are different shades of brown – just for a little bit of a vintage look. For my cover, I used red organic paper from Sikkim (another one of my trips a couple years ago). To finish it off, I added a little embroidery floss and cute stickers. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and don’t forget to add a little of your own flair! Thanks, and don’t forget to comment! References: Me and http://www.paperkawaii.com/2011/07/25/mini-origami-book-tutorial/!

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Pop – Up Heart Card

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Hello, everyone! Feelin’ the Valentine mood, yet? I am! I am loaded with tons of V-Day crafts. This is one that I found irresistible. It’s perfect to give to your family and friends.

Supplies:

-scissors ( an X-Acto knife would be best)

-needle

-ruler (optional)

-thick paper

First, download the following template (http://www.minieco.co.uk/images/jan13/valentine-popup-2013-dark.pdf) and print it on the thick paper.  There are 2 cards, so if you mess up, big deal. There is an outer card, too.

Now, the hard part. The following cutting and scoring plan (http://www.minieco.co.uk/images/jan13/valentine-popup-2013-cut-score.pdf). An X-Acto knife is ideal because cutting using scissors for this template is a very onerous job. After cutting, take out you needle and score along the given lines. You can use a ruler to make it look more straight.

Pop out the heart and fold it a few times. Make sure it is reverse so the lines don’t show.

Lastly, write a special inscription and give it to one that you love.

Thanks, Happy Valentine’s Day, and don’t forget to comment!

References: Me and http://www.minieco.co.uk/popup-pixel-valentines-card-2013-new-improved/

Galaxy Nails

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Hello, again! I know that these nails have been in style – a new updo! These are actually pretty simple.

Supplies-

-black nails polish

-white nail polish

-shades of blue nail polish

-dark pink or shimmery red nail polish

-glittery top coat

-makeup or craft sponge

-ear buds

-nail polish remover

Let’s get started!

First, I used a Wet and Wild black polish. You may need 2 coats for a solid look, but I only needed one.

Let it dry. Then, take out your sponge. This can be a makeup sponge or a craft sponge. I used a small craft sponge lying around the house. You can also use a sponge that comes from packaging in shipments. Brush some white nail polish on the sponge. Dab a little off a napkin. Sponge on white on your nail randomly. Don’t cover the entire nail.

Using about 2 shades of blue, brush some on to a small portion of the sponge. Dab a little off on to a napkin. Now, sponge that on most of the white. Don’t worry if some gets on the other parts of your nail. That’s what gives it a cool effect!

Now, do the same thing except with the red. Sponge the red on the remaining parts of the white.

Let it dry. Lastly, take out the glittery top coat. I used an Essie glitter. It was more like different sized confetti pieces. Apply that on top. This will act as a top coat.

To clean up around your nail, dip an ear bud into some remover and rub it away on your skin.

Finished! Let me know if you tried them. I hope you liked your galactic design! Feel free to twist it up with different colors like purple or orange. Thanks and don’t forget to comment!

References: Me!

Nani Bird

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Hi, everyone! I have been making these for quite a bit of time. These little creatures are called ‘nani birds’. I’m sure some of you already know what this is. If not, they are pretty cool! To pull them up, just type ‘nani bird’ or ‘nani bird template’ on your online browser. Pick the template you like most. There will be blank templates too. In my picture, the 2 on the left were done by me. The one the most left was done in silver marker. The other one was done in marker (imitation of bird domo). The blank templates just look white.
The printed templates already have a design on them. My printed ones are the two on the right. I really liked the black and white one – the designer offered patched wings, a tail, and more. The other one is a sleeping birdhouse with a mustache. I have an affinity for this kind of weirdness.
These birds are a bit hard to understand at first. The toughest part is the beak. Make sure you fold all the sides before gluing. When, gluing, all the tabs should match up nicely. If you have questions, I would love to answer them. Thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

References: Me!

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Glass Stones

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Hi guys! Rhea here! I have been doing these for a long time and wanted to share with you.
So, these are glass stones with something on the underside. I am not going to list the supplies because a lot of them are optional.
First, take a glass stone. You can find these in craft sets or in home decor sections. You can choose to paint them or glue something on the underside. The ones in the picture have something glued. Think about your design before hand. Keep in mind that everything will be in reverse. Since it is on the underside, paint backwards. This especially applies to letters. Also, remember to paint foreground first. For example, say I was painting a smiley face. I would paint the eyes and mouth with black paint first and let it dry. Then, I would go ahead and paint the underside yellow. From the bottom the entire stone would look yellow, but flip it over and voila! The smiley face would appear! You can do this with any design, just remember foreground, middle ground, background – not the way you would usually draw it.
These are an amazing piece of art that can magnify beautifully. You can do so many things with them. Make some nice jewelry or refrigerator magnets. You can even just leave them around and they will still look nice!
This is one of my favorite crafts. I hope you have fun and don’t forget to comment! Bye for now!

References: http://cheriesparetime.blogspot.com

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