June 4, 2012

Designing it Monday: Framed Art

I absoultely love frames and I am currently crushing over circular ones. The bad side of the crush is I have a tendency to buy and hang them empty. As I start to catch up on some Spring cleaning, I found an old bridal magazine I bought when my cousin was planning her wedding. So naturally, instead of cleaning, I flipped though the magazine and came across a certain picture that inspired me to create.

This project takes a little careful cutting but practically no money to make and the best part is our frames will no longer be empty.

Let's Create:

Step 1. Find a image of someone holding something. It can be from a magazine, a photograph, or even one printed out. Once you have your image, cut it out to fit the shape of your frame. Step 2. Carefully cut out the hands of your image with an exacto knife.

Step 3. Use a card, 3x5 picture, or whatever else you can think of and place it under the hands of your image, I used a LoterĂ­a card. Once positioned add tape to the back to secure it. Step 4. Frame and hang it.

This project would also be great for picture frames in a boutique or even as a gift. Hope you are inspired enough to create your own. Sincerely, Rozy

May 21, 2012

Designing it Monday: Sugar Skull Planter

I absolutely love succulents and living in Arizona has shown me that plants are definately the way to go especially if they are as adorable as succulents. Unfortunately for me I bought and planted one, went to California for the weekend, overwatered it and it sadly died. I know, how can anyone kill a succulent?

The next day I looked up how to care for succulents and bought a new plant. I was determined to have a healthy succulent plant in my home. So I though what better way to inspire me to be even more diligent in taking care of the plant than skulls and succulents.

Here is how I started my sugar skull planter project... Gather your supplies of one terra cotta planter; craft paints in white, black, and accent colors of choice; some small paint brushes; a sponge brush; a black fine tip marker; and your lovely succulent plant.
1. Use your sponge brush and paint the outside of your terra cotta planter white. I added some water to the paint to achieve a washed out look. Let it dry. 2. Draw on your skull face, which is a basically two oval circles for the eyes, an upside down heart for the nose and mini ovals with a line for the mouth. As for adding any designs, like I did, we will get into those details in Step 4. I couldn't help myself because my skull was screaming diamond at me so I had to get ahead of myself.
3. Paint your skull face black and let dry. 4. Now it's time for your creative side to come out. Doodle scrolls and curly lines in pencil to enhance your skull's face, I even added words. Oh yes and don't forget the back. If you are in need of some inspiration there are numerous pics on the highly addicting website Pinterest. 5. Add color to your design with paint and a black marker for the more intricate details. Your sugar skull is now coming to life. Once again let it dry. I know, waiting is the worst part of the project for me too.
6. Seal your work with a polycrylic sealer. Do not use a polyurethane sealer it will turn the white paint yellow as I learned from some previous projects. You can also use Mod Podge to seal it like I did.  7. Pot your plant, marigolds or seeds and enjoy your sugar skull planter. These beauties would also make great gifts.

Hope you are inspired to make these and remember it's not illegal to kill a plant so take a stab at your greenthumb and grow a garden in a stylish little sugar skull planter. Sincerely, Rozy

April 20, 2012

I heart you: Flats

Last weekend I was in Las Vegas for an Elton John concert, which was amazing, and I came back with sore feet. Maybe it was from all the walking and dancing or maybe it was from my heels. Either way, it got me thinking why do we wear heels if they are so painful? I know, one word... FASHION but who says flats can't be as stylish as heels. So this week's I heart you is dedicated to the comfortable yet glamorous flat.

{Fashionable Flats above: 1. The Slingback - Stripes, Bows, Landlubbers 2. Oxfords - Lace, Stripes, Crochet 3. Animal Print - Cheetah, Leopard 4. Floral Print Flats 5.  Moccasins 6. Docks - Leather and Leopard, Hearts and Stripes 7. Peep toes - Anchored Bows, Lacey Skulls, Sequined Sugar Skulls, 8. Ballet Flats - Jewel Encrusted Bows, Anchors 9. Menswear Inspired  10. Spiked Flats 11. Patent Leather 12. Polka Dotted Unisex Flats 13. Ankle Strap - Faux Suede, Fushcia, Floral.}

Now you can go forth with your glamorous self and live comfortable and fashionable in flats. Sincerely, Rozy

April 9, 2012

Buns without the Oven: Wall Art

I absolutely love this print for my stepdaughter's room but before I shell out $18 {which is reasonably priced} I thought hey maybe I can create my own version of this.

No. 1 Gather your supplies: picture frame, paint chips, craft paint, ModPodge or double sided tape, scissors, and a foam brush. I used an 11 x 17 inch size picture frame for this project. No. 2 Paint the picture frame backing. I used white craft paint and once it was dried I topped it off with some ModPodge for a glossy finish.
No. 3 Choose what color paint chips you will use starting with the first color. No. 4 Print and cut out saying in font of choice and tape face down onto paint chip. I used the Pupcat style font available at 1001 Free Fonts.
No. 5 Repeat Step 4 until all your letters are cut out. No. 6 Arrange your letters onto painted frame backing and ModPodge on. Once dry place art in frame, hang, and enjoy.

Since this project was fun and I shelled out zero dollars to create it, I made another one for my stepson. The wall art adds the much needed personality and color to their shared bedroom. Now I just have to avoid the paint section of Walmart since I overindulged in their free paint chip samples.

Get creative and appreciate art. Sincerely, Rozy
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