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Upcycled , Recycled: Stenciled Coasters Project

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These coasters were so much fun to make. A couple years ago, someone had given me those coasters, which were pretty, but not quite my taste. Time to upcylce and recylce!

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I painted all coasters in the same color  mix of two different blues with acrylic paint and let them dry.

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Then I grabbed the Buenos Aires, Santiago and Toledo 4×4 stencils which fit exactly onto the coaster. For some coasters I simply placed the stencil on top of the surface and stenciled with a different acrylic paint color through.

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For some I layered some color directly on top of my blue background and then placed the stencil in the wet paint surface and removed paint through the stencil with a baby wipe.

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Once all the stenciling was done and the paint was dry, I coated the coasters with Pouring Medium. I let everything dry overnight and gave them another coating with Pouring Medium to seal the surface off and also to give the coasters some depth and sheen.

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And here you go – the different coasters

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I gave those to my sister in law and she really loved them as they are in her favorite colors. Now …time to make some for myself…maybe for Thanksgiving .

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Here are the supplies I used to make those coasters – some are affiliate links:

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What have you put aside to upcylce or recylcle, but haven’t gotten around to do it yet?

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  • Joi@RR

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    These turned out so much more YOU Nat! Perfect way to showcase your stencils. Xj.

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Upcycled, Recycled or … Easy Peasy Gift Bag

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My sister-in-law’s birthday was a big event last month and so I wanted to have a special and colorful the gift bag. I had this fun bag, which I had gotten as an advertisment gift laying around and decided to oomph it up Nat-style

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I started by loading up some acrylic paint onto a fan brush and flicking it onto the bag.

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Cleaning the brush in between I flicked one color after the other on top.

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After the paint drops dried, I rolled out some pink color and applied it with a rubber brayer to the solid side of my Elephant Foam Stamp (which is part of my Elephant Foam and Rubber Stamp and Stencil Set) and stamped the pink elephant on top of the bag and let the image dry completely.

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In a final step I stamped the rubber elephant stamp using Archival ink over the pink elephant silhouette.

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And voila – a festive and fun gift bag was done. Now…what was in the gift bag? ….welllllllll – LOL- that is a different post because it was also something hand made but I used something I cannot show you yet. I promise to show it to you later *wink!

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Here are the supplies I have used for the gift bag – some links are affiliate links:

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Do you like to make your own gift bags and what have you used?

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Love the gift bag and you are a tease about your new supplies to be announced at a later date!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      LOL- sorry ;) It is coming any day now – promised!

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  • stephanie

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    Nice! Great re-use and upcycle.

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DIY Gift Wrapping Paper

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I love making my own gift wrapping paper and it is a really quick thing to do . I needed some paper for the Suburbia Painting I made for my brother in law and laid out some kraft paper.

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As you can tell Niles really wanted to help – if you want to have your cat help you, add half an hour of time for your DIY gift wrapping paper though – the clean up will keep you occupied *wink. I basically cleaned off my brush onto the kraft paper when I was doing an art journal spread.

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I added some circles with a brush to add some pattern and used a white acrylic marker to write Happy Birthday all over.

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I made a small tag, used some twine in a similar blue as I had used in the background and BAM – done .

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Of course you can also use stamps and stencils -but in any event this is a super quick, easy and cheap way to make some personalized gift wrapping paper.

Here are the supplies I used for my DIY Gift Wrapping paper- some links are affiliate links.

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Have a wonderful day!

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  • Dee Spillane

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    Love the kit! Haven’t seen him in a while. Are you going to do jumpstart for 2017? I love it so much.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      glad you liked seeing Niles, Dee :) As for JumpStart ….wink wink …yes :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Love this gift wrap and even better that Niles “helped” you out!
    I may have to do this project with my dear doggie.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Yeah- I think Niles should help me more often :) I cannot wait to hear about your doggie helper ;)

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  • Joi@RR

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    Oh so fun – both the great gift wrap for Dave and your darling baby!! Smiling!! Xj.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you Joi – Niles is very proud of his accomplishment- LOL

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  • Muriel

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    Making my own wrapping paper is exactly what I did last week. It adds a supplément to the gift itself.

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  • stephanie

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    Your kitty is so cute. The paper is great. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you – I will tell Niles- he likes compliments ;)

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  • Brenda

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    What a cute helper. Love the colors on the wrapping paper and the vessel in your photo.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you Brenda! The vessel is an old ice cube container – which my friends gave me. I love the colors on it very much :)

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Hipster Wall Decor or Upcycled Embroidery Hoop

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When I was looking at my new Fiesta Stamp Set I all of a sudden was thinking of those paper cut silhouette wall decors of the 18th century and I started thinking about how this could be translated into a modern form.

Here is how the stencil and the masks look like :

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And the idea was born for this Hipster Version ;) I mono printed the background by placing the two masks that are included in my Fiesta Stamp Set on top of the Mono Printing Plate and then rolled different colors on top and printed several times also imprinting the stamps themselves to give some texture.

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using Liquitex Iridescence Gold Acrylic Paint I stamped the Fiesta Stamps over the masks.

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I spray painted the embroidery hoop in black – which was easy peasy and fast and then cut out the paper so it would fit to the back of the hoop. Using a Journaling Pen I started loosely writing text into the silhouette figures. To make sure that I would really write loosely but not overwrite the edges I placed the stencil for the men and the woman on top to protect the background.

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I adhered the Paper to the hoop with double sided tape and voila ….done :) That was fun.

 

Here are the supplies I used

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hope you like the Hipster Wall Decor :) 

Have a gorgeous day

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  • susan salyer

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    so many wonderful goodies went into the make of this . truly fabulous

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  • Mary Holshouser

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    I love silhouettes and your take on them is so unique.
    Using the embroidery hoop was a nice idea.
    The stamps made a great background.
    thanks for sharing a wonderful project.
    Illinois

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  • Viki B

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    This is such an awesome look! I love your designs.

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  • Sue D

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    Very cool hipster version!
    Sue in Ohio

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  • D.Ann C

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    What a cool silhouette variant and I’m in LOVE with that sumptuous background!! Sunny greetings from FL

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  • beverly

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    We like to get messy in Mississippi. Love the background paper.

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  • Win

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    Love the fun and modern take with these stencils – it’s a beaut!

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No Elevator…or…Stair Decor

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Our new apartment is spread out on two floors and my studio is actually located on the second floor. The stairs itself are not that bad – given the fact we used to live on the 6th floor in Hamburg with no elevator but those stairs are pretty step and remind me a bit of Amsterdam.

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I do love this saying ” There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs” and I think it is also a very fitting one to be on our stairs climbing up to my studio. And it makes the very clean and a bit boring stairs more ours. Here are some tips in case you want to try this yourself on your stairs:

1. don’t be scared – keep in mind the worst thing that can happen is that you have to paint white over it again. We will have to paint this when we move out- so what…in the meantime we have something we like as a decor.

2. Use a cosmetic sponge to apply the paint. Less is more – dab on…dab off…so that not too much goes underneath your stencil. I used acrylic paint.

3. It is ok if it doesn’t look perfect – it is hand stenciled!

4. here is how you can do the spacing easily:

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Prepare each word you want to apply – I used the spacing that the stencils provided. I applied a piece of masking tape throughout the whole length of the word on the bottom and on the top.

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Prepare and measure how much spacing you want from the bottom of the stair to the letters – and prepare a cardboard piece or sturdy panel that has that height. I was lucky and the green ruler in the picture was exactly what I needed. Flip the stencil word over and apply the spacer to the bottom masking tape making sure it lines up right to the edge of the letters.

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Put the spacing tool centered onto the bottom of your stair and apply the top masking tap – make sure it is nicely and evenly pressed down. Then you can easily remove the space-helper and press down the bottom masking tape- and voila an even and right spacing :)

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Then apply masking tape to the left and the right of the word- so that everything is nicely and flat attached to the wall. And then you can start. :) The taping work takes the most time for this project- take your time with it.

5. Have fun and enjoy your new stair decoration

Cannot wait to see how our visitors will like it :)

Here are the supplies I used

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Have an amazing day
hugs

Nat

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  • Minna

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    Wau! I would love to do something like this to our home!

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  • muriel

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    I love your stairs; more generally I love decorated or customized stairs. I have stairs in my house and I have been wanting to customize them for…….years! But I know the day will come.

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Heel Porsche or…Put an Elephant on it

Let me introduce you to my newest little helper…my Heel Porsche :)
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That is actually the nickname of those shopping bags literally translated from German. I love my new Heel Porsche. We don’t own a car and the next bigger supermarket is a couple blocks away- close enough to walk but for bigger shopping trips long enough to make my arms feel miserable carrying stuff. I did a lot of research on these rolling shopping bags and finally I fell in love with this Rolser Bag because it folds easily and you can carry it on your shoulder and it also unfolds like a charm. It comes in all kinds of patterns and colors but I chose it so that I could add my own little twist to it.

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I used Liquitex Professional Markers and Liquitex Professional Spraypaints with my Arabesque and Elephant March Stencil on the flap and on the bottom. Here you see it folded together.

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and from the other side- which is the bottom

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It was such a fun and quick project and it also works like perfect – 6 big bottles of Water, a Gallon of Milk, 2 Gallons of Orange juice, and a lot of other stuff…and I had no problem rolling this thing back home on uneven pavement.

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In Germany a Heel Porsche is really uncool- but hey…I think even in Germany that one would work – and actually …I guess with 40 I am kind of over that being uncool-problem anyway ;)

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What image would you put on a Heel Porsche?

Have a wonderful day!

Huge hugs

nat

 

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  • fran

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    Love this Nat. and love your personalisation of it. Mmm not sure what I would put on mine, perhaps just a lot of writing in a bold colour and font. Thanks for sharing. Glad you’re enjoying your new ‘hood’

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  • Nurse Ratchet

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    Now there is a workshop!!

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  • Jackie

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    love your special touch you added! Have you been able to unload the cargo yet? hope you are enjoying the states! hugs “)

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  • lily

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    Gorgeous and so cool! :-)

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  • Cuchy

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    Beautiful. I love that colour. You’ll be the “star” of the supermarket :)

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  • Corrine

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    Looks fantastic. What a great use of your stencils and how fashionable you will be doing your marketing. xox

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  • Denise

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    I love reading your posts and hearing how you are doing. No car? Good for you. Love the elephant and the cart. I looked at your link and I may get one.
    How is your cute kitty doing. I was wondering if he will gain weight with the US food.

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  • Suzy Gray

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    I’ve been a longtime fan of rolling carts. I love going to flea markets and community outdoor farmers markets so a cart of somesort is a must. Even getting the groceries out of the car in driveway I pull it out and it saves me many trips getting bags in the house. I think they are getting cool here in the states and your painted one is beautiful

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  • Amante del Papel

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    Wow, is really amazing and so beautiful!!! fantastic, I love your stencils!!!

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Map it Or…Simple Gift Wrapping Idea

Love using old maps for accents on gifts.

Hearts for Birthday presents, stars for a Thank you Gift or just a little flower showing the home town city on a Souvenir from home present.

 

Some Craft Paper, Stamping and Twine is needed too. 1, 2, 3 …Done. Easy Peasy :)

Have a gorgeous day

Nat

 

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Advents Calendar Make Over

I could of course have done this post in mid October as this seems to be nowadays the time to be able to buy advents calendars in German stores- but quite frankly I was still dwelling on my sunny fun time in Italy at that time and there was no way I could have thought already of winter, christmas or other holidays. But ok…now is the time….I posted this advents calendar make over last year already- but I think it might be still new to some of you- so I dare to repost and I hope you don’t mind ;)

Originally posted on November 30th, 2011

The origins of the advents calendar come from Germany to count down the days till christmas  starting December 1st – and therefore- as we Germans celebrate Christmas on the 24th of December…there is only 24 doors on our advents calendars :) The coolest advents calendars contain of course 24 minigifts – and I used to make those a lot for hubs…who…well…loved it….but this year – ahem – I really had no time to make a fancy cool 24-gifts containing calendar for him. But how to make an effort to make still a cool unique one? I show you how :)

Sometimes you get this ad-presents – or there are like really cheapy cheesy advents calendars. And this one has yummie chocolate from a well known Switzerland company inside- so not too bad- but who would hang this UGLY calendar on the wall besides an employee in the office of this company???? (sorry for bashing)

What about then this version of this calendar?

That was fun to make :) I used  eco-friendly Acrylic Paints as this calendar contains food and although the chocolate is wrapped I wanted to make sure that I do not kill hubs slowly in 24 days by weird chemicals going through the wrapping ;) as I really love him dearly- LOL

Supplies: Advents calendar, Acrylic Paints, Prima Mask, Crafter’s Workshop Stencil, Brush, Number Stickers, Ribbon

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I guess it is time to create a new calendar soon, I am a bit late again…

Are you creating an advents calendar too and how will it look like?

Have a wonderful day

Nat

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Oldie But Goodie: Inspirational Fridge Magnets Tutorial

This is a tutorial I actually originally posted on June 7th, 2010 *- but with all the Mixed Media stuff out there and using spray paints…I thought some of you might like to see it either again or for the first time ;)  *I edited some of the wording and content to fit into 2012 :)

*Inspirational Fridge Magnets*

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I used Tattered Angels:
Glimmer Mist: Turquoise Blue, Cosmos, Meadow Green, Delphinium, Pearl – you can use other  water based spray paints too that are translucent and have a shine to them
Chalkboard: Evergreen, Cornflower – you can use other spray paints that are opaque
Glimmer Glam: Golden Goddess, Chandelier, Bordeaux
Regal Glimmer Glass
Framed Fonts Butterfly and Traveler
Glimmer Screens: Elegant Emblems and Fanciful Screens – you  can use any stencils for example Crafter’s Workshop Stencils since Tattered Angels doesn’t produce Stencils anymore

Other:
Cardboard
Crafty Secrets Fairy Sheet or other Vintage Images
7Gypsies Paper Tape or Washi Tape
Ranger’s Crackle Paint, Sepia Archival Ink Pad and Glossy Accents
Tim Holtz Tokens or found objects
German Borders
Posca Marker
SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES by 3L™

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vintage music sheets

Cut out a house shape out of Cardboard. Paint with acrylic paint.

add some stripes of paper (I used old music paper – old book paper would be also good) and/or tissue paper or washi tape

 

Place a stencil over the house and start spraying with chalkboard. Set aside to dry

Take a Frame from the Frame Fonts  and spray with two different Glimmer Mist Colors

go over the frame with an archival ink pad and paint with clear crackle paint. Set aside to dry.

Paint Houses with Glimmer Glam which is also going to work as a sealer. You can use two different color – one for the roof and one for the bottom of the house.

Now take the Pearl Glimmer Mist and spray over the House – heat it up – don’t burn it with the heating gun and move the liquid around with the heating gun. Once everything is dry, spray it again and repeat. Do several times until you get a mother-of-pearl like look.

Do this until you are satisfied with the look

You can now dress up your houses – doodle with markers around the edges, add scraps and fairies, some nice inspirational sentences and the frames.

 

Attach strong magnet to the back – and take a walk to the fridge ;)

And there you go – a nice little present or to keep for yourself – an inspirational Fridge magnet.

 

I hope you had fun with this Oldie but Goodie :)

Have a gorgeous day

Nat

 

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