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2×4 Fall Art

Reversible Thanksgiving / Christmas Blocks with 2×4’s

We made these reversible thanksgiving/ Christmas blocks from 2 x 4’s for the craft show.  Of course they are super easy (after the nasty cutting and sanding stage).  We color washed them and decoupaged scrapbook paper to the front and back.  This first set is free handed letters.

2x4 holiday blocks

give thanks and Christ is born reversible holiday blocks from 2×4 scraps

 

We also made some with letters cut with the Silhouette.

2×4 pumpkin blocks

But what I really fell in love with was the 2×4 block pumpkins.  I decoupaged all four sides and added a stem and burlap leaves.  The stem is a paper funnel wrapped with yarn or jute.  I painted my burlap with decoupage (actually I ran out of Modge Podge about half way through, so you will be happy to know I substituted elmer’s glue straight from the bottle with no noticeable difference).  The “decoupage” made the burlap stiff so I could cut out leaf shapes.  I wrapped a bit of craft wire with brown floral tape and hot glued the burlap leaves to it after wrapping it around the stem.  They were a little more work with the stem and flowers, but oh, so worth it!

2x4 pumpkin blocks

2×4’s decorated with scrapbook paper and stems are fun and festive

2×4 pumpkin

Here is a taller large pumpkin in a 2×4 grouping.  I used the freezer paper transfer method to apply lettering and flourishes to the pumpkins and hot glued them together.  They don’t like to be dropped on concrete though.  I think I have dropped them about 3 times now and had to glue them back together.

2x4 pumpkin art

pumpkin fashioned from three 2×4’s

4×4 pumpkins

These pumpkins are made from fence post.  I just used some scraps for the stems.

pumpkin blocks from 4x4 fence post scraps

pumpkin blocks from 4×4 fence post scraps

Have you used salvage wood for your fall decorations?  We would like to hear about it in the comments!

Paint Can Spruce Up

paint cans as cookie tins

paint cans embellished with scrapbook paper and burlap makes a great decorative container or popcorn & cookie tin to give at the holidays

 

We purchased these paint cans for a ladies retreat in October.  They are super easy to class up with scrapbook paper, or fabric and ribbon.  New cans can be purchased from your local paint dealer.  Ours cost $2 and we decided it would make a great cookie/ treat tin for the holidays.  It takes two papers to cover each can.  You can remove the handles to make it easier to manage.  Punch holes where the handles go with a large hole punch or circle cutter. Paint cans are great because they have straight sides so there is no guess work getting your paper to fit.  You only need to hot glue the edges of the paper.  One thing to note is that the cans are metal which means they cool down your glue very quickly.  It helps to apply the glue to the paper instead of the can, but you still must work quickly before the glue cools. Add a contrasting belly band, a wide ribbon or a strip of burlap.  We added burlap and burlap rosettes.

Experience Painting Classes with MK

I just wanted to show off the awesome work by the ladies in the painting class Wednesday morning at Java Loft!  This is a three part project featuring different coffee drinks and then hung together with a ribbon.

Painting Class

Showing off our art!

Painting Class

Showing off our art!

Merchant Kitty Painting Class

The Java Loft provided a beautiful and appropriate atmosphere for our coffee painting!

Painting Class

Skills improving with the 3rd and final canvas

Painting Class

Working hard on a three piece coffee painting.

Art Class

Painting means every piece is unique! A quick look over the shoulder!

Painting Class

Working on the backgrounds for our first canvass.

Painting Class

Painting and friends! A perfect way to begin the day!

Painting Class

Ladies enjoying friends and art at the Java Loft

This particular class was a morning class which we got to enjoy with our coffee!  Friends, art, and coffee.  Now that is what I call therapy!

Merchant Kitty offers all kinds of classes from painting, to signs, and paper crafts to sewing.  If you have a group or event I can adapt for your group.  I will be in the Clovis, NM area throughout the summer.  See more on the Merchant Kitty website.

I just want to say thank you to Java Loft in Clovis, NM for a lovely time.  They have great coffee, a beautiful facility, and wonderful service!

Using Old Tools for Decoration

In an attempt to make these tools more decorative for a ladies meeting, I tried the freezer paper transfer method to apply some verses that went along with a construction theme.  Once you have tried transferring with the freezer paper method, I promise you too will want to print on anything that stands still!  These tools would be perfect for that man cave or fancy garage or workshop or displaying grandpa’s old tool box, Father’s Day or masculine birthday.

Verses were transferred to these tools using freezer paper and setting with matte finish.

Verses were transferred to these tools using freezer paper and setting with matte finish.

Verses were transferred to these tools using freezer paper and setting with matte finish.

Verses were transferred to these tools using freezer paper and setting with matte finish.

Verses were transferred to this tool box  using freezer paper and setting with matte finish.

Verses were transferred to this tool box using freezer paper and setting with matte finish.

Verses were transferred to these tools using freezer paper and setting with matte finish.

Verses were transferred to these tools using freezer paper and setting with matte finish.

Verses were transferred to these tools using freezer paper and setting with matte finish.

Verses were transferred to these tools using freezer paper and setting with matte finish.

blue print decorations

These blue prints were made by printing out and then spritzing the paper with diluted blue ink.

Home Made Stamped Ribbon

I got this canvas material on sale.  I think that it resembles burlap.  It is almost a cross between the burlap look and the muslin look.  So I made some large script stamps to stamp it with!  I cut it into strips with rotary cutters and frayed the edges.  After I stamped using a fabric stamp pad, I spritzed it with glimmer spray.  Hello $22 a roll ribbon for under a dollar!home made ribbon home made ribbon

Tinted Pinecones

I wanted my pinecones white, but painting them was tedious.  I finally thinned my paint down and dipped them.  They were all open.  I am a little disappointed because when I put them in the oven to dry they all closed up of course, but I was expecting them to pop back out when I put them outside to cool off (it is below freezing today).  Maybe I painted them shut.  Next time no oven! But I do like the tint effect!

tinted pinecones

Altered Box

After the altered journals I wanted to try some other things.  This was an old slide projector carousel box that I bought to display my business cards and tags.  The box was too sturdy to throw away, so…

20131122_220948Everything is made from scraps.  The roses are rolled up scrap fabric.  The butterfly is a piece of broken jewelry, the ribbon is the string from fringing the edges.  Even the feathers are honest to God road kill.  (Don’t worry, they have been bleached) I have had that lace for. . .let’s see now…over 20 years.  I seriously need to know when to let go!  But see there!  You never know when some ol’ thing might come in handy!

Altered Journals

Ok, these are as fun to make as they look.  Aside from covering the edges which in my opinion is a pain, decorating them is very fun.  This one

Altered Journal teal and purpleis covered with paper which has been stamped, and embossed.  Then I added tiles, ribbon, lace and a stamped silk flower.  I added some gold leaf to the edges of the pages so they look gilded and brushed a bit of gold to accent the petals and paper.  I tucked  a ribbon into the spine with a bit of hot glue for a book mark.  Here is the edge

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This next one I covered with material.  I only had to cover the edges with paper as they would show.

Altered Journal VintageYou get the idea.  Here are a few more…

Altered Journal Bird's Nest Altered Journal muslinSooo much fun!  Too bad I’m out of journals!

 

Burlap Wreath

One thing I don’t really like about the burlap wreaths that are so popular right now is their messiness.    I don’t like how they look wadded up.  So I thought I would try a ruffled look which I liked much better.  It probably takes longer, but I think it was worth it.

Burlap Wreath how-toBurlap WreathOk, I officially love burlap now!  Not as much as muslin, but it’s pretty fun.

Fabric Antique Rose Tutorial

With my newly dyed material that is such a lovely antique pink, I couldn’t help but make some lovely roses.  These are incredibly easy!

Select synthetic material.  The material should melt, not burn

Select synthetic material. The material should melt, not burn

Cut relatively congruent circles. Precision is not necessary.

Cut relatively congruent circles. Precision is not necessary.

Evenly melt all the edges.  Try to keep it relatively roundish. Be smart.  Use tweezers.

Evenly melt all the edges. Try to keep it relatively roundish. Be smart. Use tweezers.

Tie them all together smallest on top, largest on bottom, curls going up.

Tie them all together smallest on top, largest on bottom, curls going up.

Pull them all together snuggly so that they nest.

Pull them all together snuggly so that they nest.

You can make several passes.  I am lazy, I just knotted it.

Secure with a knot.  You can make several passes. I am lazy, I just knotted it.

It's not something you want to do when you need them.  It's like yo yos.

Make a bunch! It’s not something you want to do when you need them. It’s like yo yos.

They are washable, and therefore wearable as long as you sew them on!  Put them on cards, scarfs, pillows, shirts, headbands, anything!

Embellish! They are washable, and therefore wearable as long as you sew them on! Put them on cards, scarfs, pillows, shirts, headbands, anything!

 

Darn this yellow light!  They really are quite pink! I probably have my house painted all sorts of crazy colors accounting for my ugly light bulbs!  And please forgive my brown fingers, as I had my hand in a pot of brown dye all day doing this!  So worth it!

Hand made flowers!  Awesome use of fabric scraps!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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