There are times when a handmade card is the perfect gift for your someone special.
With just items from his craft closet, Mark LaFerney creates some really fun, colorful rock art for his garden.
This colorful pendant, with its bold pattern and hints of a parasol, is an homage to Petra Nemravova’s Parasol Earrings.
I found a cool technique for creating veneers on Pinterest and decided to give veneer creation a try.
I posted our review of Making Your Own Greeting Cards & Gift Wrap and then decided to give their Pink Gingham card my own spin with products on hand.
Mark was hosting an Easter gathering and feeling inspired by Peeps brand bunnies. He decided to make these giant Peeps bunnies to decorate his mantel.
Simple geometric shapes and bright, bold colors intrigue my rookie sense of jewelry design.
Mark LaFerney threw a taco party and made these Fiesta Napkin Rings to brighten up his table. Make these and you’ll have something to taco about!
I’m going to a party at a friend’s home. We travelled together last year and spent a week in France so I thought it would be nice to take her a hostess gift reminiscent of that trip.
Mark LaFerney created this colorful wreath came together quickly with a few items from the dollar store and with supplies he had on hand.
Scott creates this easy planter using Crafter's Edge Fab Dies and Crossover II
Mark LaFerney wanted some additional soft lighting in his bedroom. So, instead of purchasing a lamp, he decided to make this Moon Lamp
Silkscreening, metallic clay and silk sari ribbon combine for an eye catching pendant.
Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this month? Mark LaFerney shows you how to create a lovely Carnation Candy Box Arrangement that would be perfect for your celebration.
Cindi McGee, our admitted texture/dimension junkie created these beautiful pendants.
Mark LaFerney has a thing for pink flamingos. His love for them goes deeper than he imagined and this flamingo hanging lamp project confirms it.
Mark LaFerney shares a creative succulent door hanger using items he found at Target’s Dollar Spot to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Copper grunge foil adds a delicious luster to this beautiful Leaves and Turquoise Pendant from designer Cindi McGee.
Before you know it, Christmas will have come and gone and you will be invited to a New Year’s Eve party. If you don’t have a lot of free time before the big event, you can whip up this easy project to take with you.
Several years ago I vacationed on the island of Moorea in Tahiti. One of the keepsakes I brought home was a surfboard magnet.
Mark LaFerney created this dazzling holiday tree for a friend AND he provided all the decor (minus the lights!)
Have old barrettes or hair combs that need an update? I recently gave an old, worn faux leather barrette new life with the help of polymer clay.
I recently visited Los Angeles’ Dia de Los Muertos celebration in Grand Park for the second year and was again impressed with the beauty and emotions associated with the event.
Living in Southern California, and being a huge fan of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) imagery, I decided to create this spooky fire-eyed Jack ‘O Lantern using black spray paint and acrylic painters.
Always the Halloween fan, Mark LaFerney has come up with another car stopping holiday window display.
Brighten up your Halloween festivities with Mark LaFerney's cute pumpkin topiary.
These Gilded Insect Wall Plaques didn’t break the bank to make and have a touch of sophistication about them.
See how Mark transformed coffee cans into whimsical and spooky decorations
Looking for some inexpensive Halloween decor? Mark shares three wreaths that are sure to impress and won’t break the bank. Believe it or not, all of the items to make them came from Dollar Tree!
Mark LaFerney repurposes an old lamp to create a wonderful destination for his feathered friends.
Bring a little magic to the life of a special little one with an illuminated captured fairy jar.
Cindi, challenged with whether etchall® would work with CreateAlong silkscreens, created this elegant pendant
Last week I made Moochi, my rescue Maltese, a dog bed from DIY Projects for Cats and Dogs. This week I’m showing you how I finished it.
Mark recycles a discarded pallet with stencils and FolkArt and Apple Barrel paints from Plaid to create a tranquil art piece for his garden.
The colors really POP in Mark’s air plant display made with a re-purposed picture frame.
Mark was thrilled when Treetopia asked him to be a part of their Pride celebration with so many other talented bloggers.
One day an ad for this stunning Succulent Melamine Dinner Plate from Pier I Imports appeared on my Facebook feed and I immediately thought – POLYMER CLAY!!!
While perusing the aisles at Dollar Tree, Mark spotted these super fun ice cream cone cups and instantly grabbed them to craft up these fabulous arrangements.
In honor of the unofficial start of summer, Mark crafted up this cocktail umbrella wreath.
This would make a great gift for someone, like me, who loves wine and wine tasting.
Mark uses Plaid Watercolor Acrylic Paints to create these gorgeous paper lanterns.
Mark creates a foot stool using a rag rug, foam craft cushion, quilt batting and tomato cage to compliment his Tomato Cage Marbleized Side Table.
If you’re in need of a centerpiece for an upcoming dinner party or event thats stylish, but doesn’t break the break, this arrangement may be just the thing. It’s very easy to put together.
Dreaming of warmer days, Mark picked up these items at Dollar Tree to put a little sunshine in his home.
As the snow falls outside, Mark is inside daydreaming about a Summer garden party. See what he found at the Dollar Store to create this adorable placeholder.
Cindi shares a quick & easy way to achieve a faux batik effect and create these bright, colorful pendants which are perfect for summer.
The butterfly wreath that Mark creates with these supplies from the Dollar Store will fill your home with thoughts of warmer weather.
Mark loves making new eggs for his Easter tree. This year, he decided that he wanted to go a little untraditional and use black and white paints for his eggs.
I saw this vintage reproduction image online and loved it, but wanted to see if I could do something unique with it.
Cook up some corned beef and cabbage! It’s time for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner party. Mark LaFerney’s dollar store DIY place holders are sure to delight your guests.
I recently acquired a selection of Martha Stewart Home Decor Paints and a Pattern Roller.
When life gives you a discarded window, make a chalkboard window. Makes perfect sense to Mark!
I love to create unique jewelry pieces to match my clothes. The colors and overall design of this pendant was made to match a skirt with the same colors and a bit of an irregular circle pattern.
This piece combines a “snakeskin pattern veneer” polymer clay technique with real shed snakeskin for a pendant that gives a whole new meaning to the word unique!
It’s happened again. I love to find inspiration for my jewelry pieces in fabrics and textiles. I stumbled upon these boots by SOCOFY on the internet and my mind immediately said POLYMER CLAY!!!!
With Fat Tuesday coming up next week, Mark decided to make this colorful Mardi Gras Wreath.
Mark LaFerney’s vibrant pink rose wreath is perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Conversation Heart candies are a must for Valentine’s Day. In this project Mark LaFerney shows you how to kick it up a notch!
I wanted to capture the essence of a geode/agate slice in clay – and I am pleased with the result!
Mark LaFerney creates gorgeous citrus-themed ice lanterns in this week’s post on Slumbering Alligator.
My Christmas candles were completely depleted this year, but I could not throw out the nifty glass jars with lids that they came in.
I’m often inspired by the designers I work with. Cindi McGee’s unique jewelry…Joyce Hazan’s intricate papercrafts. This project is my take on Judi Watanabe’s adorable Untangled Tassel Card.
Recently, I attended the Polymer Clay Adventure in Paradise Retreat and had the opportunity to take an amazing workshop with Lisa Renner.
If you’re looking for a quick, festive and inexpensive centerpiece for the holidays, Mark’s candy cane vase DIY is perfect for you!
Christmas time is fast approaching! This fun gift is sure to brigthen the season for a special little one in your life!
The colors of autumn are captured in this pendant made with molded polymer clay leaves.
Explore two options for adding texture to polymer clay and create a bold pendant.
I have a small collection of JudiKins rubber stamps and when I saw a similar project on Pinterest, it inspired me to try my hand at this technique and I happen to like the steampunk look.
I don’t like the way candy corn tastes, but I love the way it looks. That’s why I made this candy corn inspired art piece.
When I saw the table runner example on the FolkArt Tropical Leaf Motif stencil package, I thought I could make a smaller version. I chose my colors to compliment the drapes you see.
If you’re in need of a festive Halloween door hanger, this kooky fellow is the perfect DIY project for you! Trick-or treaters are sure to love him.
I have been experimenting recently with different, unexpected ways to texture polymer clay. For this project, I’m using a large bolt from the local home improvement store.
I’ve been experimenting with texture in polymer clay and these “twice textured” earrings are just one of the many options I’ve explored.
Skinner Blends are a popular way to create beautiful shading with polymer clay.
Brighten up your summer table with these colorful “stained glass” sunflower lunch plates.
Getting ready for a trip to Disneyland or Disney World? Don’t forget to pack pennies and quarters to make smashed pennies at the parks! Disneyland alone has over 100 different pennies you can smash!
These super easy star toppers are a simple craft to let the kids create when they arrive at your 4th of July barbeque.
My friend, Caroline, is throwing an Alice In Wonderland party for her daughter Harper’s first birthday. She enlisted my creativity to help her with party hats.
A vintage window gets repurposed into a unique wedding gift for the bride & groom with the help of etchall Créme & DecoArt Chalkboard Paint.
I found this quote: I followed my heart and it led me to THE BEACH. I liked it so much that I decided to make it into a piece of mix media artwork. You will find me at the beach.
We just finished building an awesome screen porch on our lake cottage and I wanted to make something to hang over the door.
With the release of a certain new fantasy movie, there will be a lot of big and little girls who will want this for a themed party!
hrysocolla is a beautiful mineral – the variations on patterns and shades of color are almost endless
I recently taught at the 2017 Artiscape event in Dublin, OH. I also took the time to participate in a workshop and learn something new myself!
These textured beads were not originally intended to be “Earth” Beads – but when I finished them the first thing that came to mind was that they reminded me of images of Earth!
I love collecting tiny treasures from the beach. I wanted some way to carry them with me, so I thought, why not a cute little bottle on a necklace?
A friend of ours repurposed a vintage window frame from his family home and created this fantastic large mirror.
I was looking for a party favor for an adult beach party. I love to collect shells, sea glass and rocks on my walks on the beach.
This little wreath celebrates the fun of an Easter basket and would make a cute accent to your springtime decor.
There are so many different things that you can create from the all-time favorite plastic Easter eggs!
I was searching for an easy teddy bear pattern so that I could make The Three Bears for a baby show.
Cindi uses Alumilite resin, a Plaid Mod Mold, DecoArt Metallic Lustre and JudiKins Diamond Glaze to create an elegant bracelet.
Today’s project was inspired by a pin Ana saw on Pinterest from HomadeGinger.com where she spray-painted candy hearts to make framed artwork and earrings.
Bottles of Hope are intended to be small glass bottles (originally – the goal was to re-use tiny glass medication bottles) covered with polymer clay and given to cancer patients. They symbolize a wish and a hope for health.
My nephew, Will, brought his girlfriend, Robin, home to visit. It was her first trip to California. I suggested they get smashed pennies at the visited landmarks and that I would make a penny bracelet for her.
When I saw this post on the Fairfield World Facebook page about a fabric Swedish Heart, my mind began imagining it in another material.
Even in this age of technology and using email or text for almost everything, an old fashioned THANK YOU for a gift, a good deed, or for being a friend never goes out of style.
This holiday season is all about the Purse Tassel. They can be a bit pricy, however, with a few common crafting materials, you can create your own DIY version of a Purse Tassel for about a dollar each.
Ho Ho Ho! Quick & cute holiday ornaments make great gift embellishments for everyone on your list. These are very simple to make and their delicious cinnamon scent adds to the warm homey feel of the holiday!
Create this rustic, no-sew ornament to decorate your holiday tree, and to serve as a reminder of the importance of those three very powerful words.Create this rustic, no-sew ornament to decorate your holiday tree, and to serve as a reminder of the importance of those three very powerful words.
Looking for a way to take a purchased jar and give it a high end look? Then this is a simple and easy fix for that.
Display your wooden spool turkeys for a fun seasonal decoration, or slip in small place cards and use on your Thanksgiving table.
This is a simple way to use a repurpose those vintage pieces, whether stained or not, into unique, shabby chic home decor accents.
I’ve been wanting to design men’s bracelets for some time and when I saw several for sale on FaceBook, I decided to try my hand at it.
A Dollar Store ceramic plate is easily transformed into a colorful Day of the Dead Sugar Skull treat plate with etchall® creme and DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ Acrylics.
A friend’s daughter found the clever idea of using a reclaimed wood sign as a guest book for her outdoor wedding on Pinterest.
I had a little spooky fun this week with etchall® Creme & DecoArt® glass paints! Add your favorite blood red martini and a chocolate eyeball accent and you’re ready to enjoy your creepy evening!
In the next few weeks Ana Araujo will be teaching us how to create décor for a baby boy nautical themed nursery.
With the start of preschool, children will be learning the alphabet and their numbers. I wanted to come up with a fun way for my granddaughter, Madison to learn her ABC and 123.
The bold colors of autumn are in full sparkle on this jewelry set to complement your fall wardrobe.
I needed a baby gift and I thought I would make a little piggy sock animal from low cut socks.
’Tis the season for all things SPOOKY! This is one of my favorite times of year for creative projects
My friend, Kim, has been walking the beach with me for the last few months. She has been collecting rocks that are heart-shaped.
It’s that time of year when spooky is back in style. Despite the fact that we are still in the middle of summer, Halloween items are popping up in retail stores, and Halloween craft projects are being shared everywhere.
My 91-year-old Dad, Joe, found this kids folding table on the street and gave it to me for my grandkids. I took it to be nice; but I have one of those Costco Kids folding table and this was ugly.
I recently stumbled upon a box of old, “vintage” glass jars. I knew they were too good of a treasure to just recycle, so I set them aside until my creative muse could come up with the right idea.
It’s summer party time! I saw golden pineapples all over Pinterest and wanted to create a floral centerpiece using a golden pineapple for a party.
No, need to feed this fish! All he needs is a little sunlight! Create this Faux Fish Tank with three items from the Dollar Tree and an Elmer’s Paint Marker.
In this Simple Solutions project, Cindi Bisson creates a stunning Foiled Disc Bracelet using Makin’s Clay, Clearsnap foils and JudiKins’ Diamond Glaze.
Add a bit of festive color to your door to celebrate the 4th of July with this Mosaic Star Patriotic Door Decoration.
My friend, Germaine, is a high school teacher. She wanted to do something for her students for graduation. We’ve been collecting rocks on the beach and I thought that we could paint them. She wanted them to say “Believe in yourself.”
The refreshing colors of summer sherbet are popping up everywhere in fashion this season. This simple bracelet made of extruded Makin’s Clay® will pair perfectly with a summer tee-shirt in those sherbet shades.
What flower girl wouldn’t want to wear this as she sprinkles flower pedals down the aisle at her favorite aunt’s wedding? This tutorial demonstrates a simple, yet elegant technique for making beautiful wedding decorations.
I recently discovered a new creative outlet – gelatin printing. I admit, I often wondered how people got those really interesting backgrounds, with blended colors and patterns, etc. for collage style art.
On one of Ana’s walks on the beach she found this smooth shell and thought it would be perfect for a pendant. As she was hunting through all of her beading treasures, she found this ceramic seahorse she purchased years ago. It was the perfect match for the shell. Simple and beautiful!
Spring is finally in the air and the birds are happily building their nests. This bracelet is easy to make with Makin’s Clay® and two brands of silicone push molds
There is much beauty among the debris left in the wake of El Niño. Many creative souls have made some amazing beach forts.
This fun etched glass pie plate would make a fun gift for a new bride, or even as a house warming gift for someone. Include a few of your favorite pie recipes or a recipe for a special pie crust.
You are going to love how easy these projects are! You can create a one-of-a-kind Easter bonnet and matching floral purse. Don’t stop there, what little (or big) girl would love to wear these adorable floral bunny ears!
St. Patrick’s Day is approaching and that means Leprechauns are up their mischief! When I was a little girl, my grandfather Poppy King taught me how to make a Leprechaun trap out in our yard to try to catch a Leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day.
Cindi McGee shows you how to create beautiful holiday wreaths for a fraction of the cost of upscale, more expensive, pre-made wreaths.
The large size of this sign, combined with the simplicity of it’s golden coloring, make it a stand out accent for holiday decorating.
Authentic jade doesn’t come cheap, so Cindi has come up with a beautiful alternative to add to your bag of tricks.
Ana Araujo of Mama Knows Best, internet how-to show, shares her tips on how to use a Seam Gauge With Point Turner!!!
Need an elegant, yet inexpensive, table centerpiece for the holidays? I was inspired to create my metallic pumpkin candleholders from an article I saw online. Simply prepare as you would for a typical Jack O’ Lantern, but then use your imagination to create unique patterns.
Day of the Dead crafts are growing in popularity – this mirror combines a variety of mixed media for a finished piece which will make a colorful accent to you home.
Just in time for Halloween, add a little spooky glow to your mantle this season with this Haunted Mausoleum Birdhouse!
This Candy Corn themed Bottle of “Boo-s” is a fun way to bring a smile to the face of a co-worker, friend, or family member young or old.
Cindi shows you how easy it is to transform inexpensive glass salt & pepper shakers into cute coordinating kitchen decor with etchall® products & DecoArt® stencils!
We re-decorated our master bedroom, and in the process I found this quilt I just loved for the bed. It had the shades of blues and greens we love, wasn’t totally “feminine” thanks to the brown and cream and less frilly patterns of the fabrics, and it matched the new paint color perfectly.
These pretty plates are perfect for a summer luncheon on the patio! The semi-translucent effect of the glass paints, painted with random brushstrokes, reminds me of a watercolor painting.
These fun Summer Sunshine earrings would be perfect paired with a simple t-shirt or sundress for a casual summer outfit.
This luminary offers a splash of color in the daylight, and then with the press of the button on the lid it gives off a soft glow through the etched glass and semi-translucent colorful flowers in the evening.
While browsing antique shops during recent trip to the Amish Country in Pennsylvania I found a bucket full of vintage Mason jar lids turned into coasters. I thought it was a very clever option for coasters for those of us who enjoy adding vintage pieces of the past to our country decor.
I love to create custom curtains and valances for our home. We have been renovating our camper/cottage and wanted something new for the windows there - we already had great plantation style blinds, yet wanted to add a unique pop of color with something that wouldn’t obstruct he lake view.
Metal “EAT” signs remain a popular accent for kitchen decor. However; the metal versions can be quite costly. Wooden versions are available too, but again, they can be costly.
Relax….. you’re on LAKE TIME! Customize a glass clock with etchall® and create something one of a kind for your vacation place - you can change it to “BEACH TIME”, “CAMPING TIME”, etc.!
Take your jewelry on the go in style with this colorful and fun felt travel jewelry pouch with a magnetic closure.
Assorted opulent shades of Connie Crystal pearls are a perfect complement for Makin’s Clay® seashells made with blended clays and dusted with Iridescent powders.
Brighten up your kitchen for springtime with these pretty butterfly magnets.
This wintry project, my Snow Day Survival Gift Jar, would be a fun surprise for a child’s teacher, a friend that’s a teacher, or for anyone who needs a fun break from the seemingly endless winter weather these days!
Decorate your home for the “Season of Love” with this Sparkling Valentine Hearts Door Swag.
Surprise a special little one in your life with a gift before Christmas with this etched glass Cookies for Santa plate.
Cindi creates a charming customized mug that will delight children and adults alike.
When you light a candle in this etched glass votive holder embellished with real evergreens you’ll bring a warm holiday glow to your mantle.
Gather up some fallen acorns and create a rustic candle stand to serve as a centerpiece for your autumn table with burlap and Smoothfoam™ discs.
Cards don't have to be just for special occasions. Why not make someone special smile with a little extra addition to their lunchbox? A simple handmade card with a fun message is sure to help brighten their day!
With etchall® etching cream and a DecoArt® stencil you can easily transform everyday drinking glasses into something special.
Projects celebrating the Day of the Dead are growing in popularity! Wear these bright and colorful skull & rose earrings and you’ll be right in style.
Creating beautiful shear vellum in a rainbow of custom colors is easy to do. This card features leaves stamped onto autumn shades and is perfect for a birthday or Thanksgiving greeting card.
In this week's Simple Solution, Cindi Bisson creates spooky graveyard bones using Smoothfoam and DecoArt products.
We're all guilty of it - collecting bits of this and that on our refrigerators! Photos, school projects, newspaper articles, appointment reminders…Why not create some seasonal magnets to hold it all in place?
Soot backgrounds are perfect for a dusky sky background on your Halloween cards or scrapbook layouts. They also make for an unusual backdrop for any stamped image - by Cindi Bisson
Our kitchen & dining room has a “farm animal” theme with cows, chickens and more as accents. This cow patterned felt from Kunin™ Group, combined with burlap fabric, made for the perfect table runner...
Burlap, one of Cindi's favorite materials, is put to use fashioning adorable pinecones and acorns
Cindi uses Resist Gel, Etchall Etching Cream and stencils to create a unique vase for summer flowers.
Black Makin’s Clay®, metal frames, texture sheets, rubber stamps and metallic inks in contrasting colors are combined to create a unique “metallic touches” pendant
Cindi shares an idea for an eye-catching front door decoration with a bit of a rustic feel.
Summer is here and it's time for backyard barbecues and parties! It's a perfect time for me to share these Country Style Luau Mason Jars I'm using to hold silverware and straws for our country style backyard luau!
Our yard & garden are really coming alive this year! Inspired by many options spied on Pinterest, I wanted to create a custom rain chain to add near our back porch and we are so happy with the finished result
I have been pinning succulent wreaths on my Pinterest gardening board for months and when I found these great faux succulents on clearance at a chain craft store last fall, I knew I had to buy all they had and make myself one of these wreaths!
Radiant Orchid is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014 and this piece melds together shades of pink and amethyst to create a bangle to perfectly accent your Radiant Orchid fashions.
Whether you choose an assortment of colors, or stick to a single color, this simple necklace made with miniature silk ribbon roses from a bargain bin at a local craft store, together with pearls, is a perfect delicate flower girl necklace for a spring wedding.
Cindi created this Mini Heart Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie just in time for Valentine’s Day
Connie Crystal pearls and crystals are paired with ICE Resin and mixed-media elements to create this “Be Mine” Valentine key ring (or, if you’d prefer - it could easily be adapted to a pendant!)
The recipient will melt in your arms receiving this “Lost In The Moment” Valentine Card
Upcycled plaid flannel from an old shirt gets a new life as a primitive style bluejay ornament for your holiday tree.
These rustic twine balls with wooden snowflake accents would be a perfect addition to a old-fashioned or country style Christmas tree.
This spooky little project is something I whipped up a while ago, but I thought it would be fun to share it with our WCK viewers.
A trip to the local Goodwill Industries store can be like a treasure hunt. These thrift stores are full of items just waiting to be repurposed and given new life, at a fraction of the cost of buying materials new.
This large pottery & metal sun has been hanging on the front of my garage for many years. The bright sunshine had faded the pottery so much it began to blend in with the siding itself and just didn’t have the same eye-catching effect as when it was new.
When I found this quote by Helen Keller I wanted to incorporate it into a jewelry piece. When going through my stash of creative supplies I found the sunny yellow mosaic tiles and it all came together.
Colorful flowers and sparkling crystals help bring the feeling of springtime to your party decor. Create this custom garland in any length with just a few materials.
I'm always on the look out for new snacks and nibbles to make for myself or for friends when we're enjoying a glass of wine. After enjoying Brussel Sprout chips at a restaurant I was OBSESSED with making those for awhile.
This weekend I had a little dinner party and I wanted something soulful- and easy to serve!
A mixed-media project featuring a heart shaped candy box decorated and repurposed into a keepsake treasure box. What better reason to stock up on chocolates this Valentine’s day - those boxes will come in handy afterwards!
Coats & Clark® Phoomph and Shannon Fabrics Cuddle fabric are paired for a simple, soft, funky glasses case you can make in about a half hour.
Ever have one of those moments when you say “ah ha!” and then wonder why you never really thought of it before?
Create a quick and easy Countdown to Christmas night shirt or t-shirt for a favorite little one
I love creating custom dimensional embellishments for my scrapbook pages, or seasonal home accents for decorating our home for the holidays.
I love Halloween and the silly, mindless fun it brings to our world: spooky movies, complete with creepy costumes, make-up and sets