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Getting antsy for Spring to come? UGH we are, too (can you tell?)! For those of you that already skipping through town in your perfect spring getup, I would like to introduce you to the Sharpie green-eyed monster. So, to brighten up this cloudy weather, we thought of the perfect way to add a little color in our lives…SHARPIE COASTERS! In just a few easy steps, you can create these beautiful tiles quickly and for less than 10 bucks! White ceramic tilesRubbing alcoholSmall straw or eyedropperYour favorite Sharpie fine markers You may also want to purchase felt and glue for the bottom of the coasters and a shiny varnish to seal it. Find white ceramic tile at any hardware store (they should be under a dollar each). Color with Sharpies! Use a stirring spoon or eyedropper to methodically drop small “pools” of alcohol onto the tile. If you think you added too much alcohol, you can go back and add more to create new “pools” on top. Seal it using a spray fixative first. Related:  Craft DIYBackground

The home for green crafts and tutorials! Paper Published on September 17th, 2012 | by Julie Finn Alcohol ink is the perfect pigment to use to paint on non-porous surfaces like plastic or metal, but it’s also crazy expensive. Fortunately, you can make your own DIY alcohol ink using the rubbing alcohol in your medicine cabinet and that stash of dried-out markers cluttering your art supplies cabinet. The DIY alcohol ink works great, costs basically nothing, and helps recycle those resource-wasteful markers. A little alcohol ink goes a long way, so you’ll want to source out tiny containers with tight-fitting lids for your project. Fill each tiny jar about three-quarters full of rubbing alcohol; use organic vodka instead of rubbing alcohol to make this recycling project even greener! Have you read my post on breaking down Crayola markers for recycling? Let the ink reservoirs sit undisturbed in the alcohol for several hours, and preferably overnight. glass jars or other food packaging#6 plastic (before you shrink it!) About the Author

DIY Wall Art - Textured Mixed Media | CraftandRepeatCraftandRepeat A colorful textured canvas that is easy to make! It even has a recycled element! The Supplies 1. canvas 2. tissue paper 3. 4. acrylic paint 5. oil pastel (or a very waxy crayon) 6. water 7. sponge brushes 8. scissors The Directions Start by taking an old piece of gift wrapping tissue paper. Put a thin layer of Mod Podge on your canvas using a sponge brush that has been dipped in water. Gently place your tissue paper on top of the Mod Podge. Glue down the tissue to sides of your canvas using the same technique in the previous steps. Without getting too close to the edge, cut away the excess tissue paper. Balance your canvas on top of something – like the top of the Mod Podge bottle – to let all the sides dry. Once your canvas is dry (or mostly dry) water down your first paint color. Now, you’ll have to make a decision for this next part: Let it dry? Here’s how mine looked after the second and third color with the paint still wet. There’s no right or wrong here. Ok, now look at it.

Feather Making Tutorial This tutorial was published last Tuesday on Infarrantly Creative. Thank you so very much Beckie for the opportunity to guest blog. Have you seen Beckie's blog? It is a must read! Now I'll show you how to make handmade feathers here on Blue Sky Confections. Today I'll be using embroidery floss but I've made feathers using yarn and bakers twine. This crafty goodness was actually a happy accident. So this is what you'll need to make your own:Cloth Stem Wire - Very important to have the "cloth" variety. Using your wire snips cut the cloth stem wire to the desired length and apply glue to one endBegin winding tightly starting about a half inch from the endOnce you reach the end begin winding back all the way to the other end of the wireBefore you reach the endApply more glue wind all the way to the end and then back about a half inch So now that you've got your feathers made take your sharpest pair of scissors and trim to desired shape and dimensions. But don't stop here. Thanks for reading!

Divinity Withinity - art, creativity, fun: Tutorial: Making Colourful Backgrounds That Won't Warp Thin Papers I finally created a photo tutorial for the art journal backgrounds I've been talking about. The technique can also be used in card and tag making, bookmarks, collage, ATC's, handmade wrapping paper or anything you can think of! I'd love if you shared your ideas in the comments area :-) This is mostly a 'dry' technique meaning that it won't cause thin paper to warp or buckle when applied. I confess that I hate typing so I've written the directions right in the photos. *note* I should have specified NON permanent markers :-) *other types of plastic may give different effects - experiment if you like! Eventually I will post a video showing just how quickly this is actually done :-) The faster, the better. WET Technique: close-up: If you try any of this out and post somewhere online, please share in the comments area!

treasure hunting: keys I’m so very excited to introduce Treasure Hunting, a new monthly column for DIY Wednesdays. If you’re like me, you can often be found browsing the aisles of thrift shops, scouring the tables at flea markets or haggling over prices at yard sales. Sometimes you inherit a random item unexpectedly, or perhaps you walk past give-away piles on the street and feel an involuntary cringe over the wasted possibilities. I’m not advocating aggressive hoarding habits by any means, but there are some seemingly mundane, disposable, obsolete objects in the world that are not entirely without merit. The first post is about old keys. Image above: A collection of keys from JeepersKeepers CLICK HERE for the full post on old keys after the jump! Nothing combines form and function quite like a key. Images, from top: A key display from Llubav Choy Duerr’s living room, a collection of skeleton keys from Country Living How to Get the Look 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 2. 3. 4. Happy hunting!

Using Tim Holtz's Distress Stains - Distress Stains ** Strathmore Visual Journals - I'm using the Mixed Media paper in 5.5" x 8" size ** NonStick Craft Sheet ** Mini Misters ** Silk Salt ** Mop Brush ** Perfect Pearls Mists ** Craft Scraper ** Venise Lace Because there was a fair amount of water on the page the colors pooled in places. Once the page dried the colors appear darker in those places where they'd pooled. This page was done the same way, but before it dried Jess put silk salt in areas to cause bursts. Rather than just scatter the silk salt she made little piles of it which causes the large bursts you see here. Smaller amounts (or single crystals) will create far smaller bursts. The salt is gone now and you can see the way the color was drawn to the salt and then collected there to form patterns within the larger bursts. Scattered Straw on the page first, then Tattered Rose around the edge. Dragging colors with the craft scraper or old credit card. This is the same technique, but with one additional step.

10 Ideas to upcycle old crutches We already presented some interesting projects using old crutches to transform them into new things. Here are 10 ideas of crutches upcycling projects ! Upcycle Crutches into a Modern Chair: Not bad design for a pair of old crutches plus a little extra white oak ! via Curbly Lourdes Chair: Better design for this chair made of 8 pairs of old crutches ! via Coroflot Another way to reuse old crutches, by recycling them into posts for a pea trellis in your vegetable garden. via Decorhacks Recycled crutches into legs for an earth globe! via Vera Bauluz A stool made of three crutches and a bike wheel. via Ideas Inspiring Innovation Into artistic installation to talk war and the Occupy movement (Artist Jimmy Descant). Via Denver Westword Upcycled old crutches into a nice and design table. Via T.O.M.T Or if you have plenty of them, you can also try to make a bar! Use an old pair of crutches to make a nice shelf. Via Recyclart Make a floor lamp with them ? Via Recyclart Any other ideas ?

Aileen's Musings: Christy's Color Mists Background Pages My gal pal Mz Christy has been having fun playing with She has very generously sent me some examples and a description of how she achieved each of her beautiful backgrounds. Brushed Out On the “Brushed Out” one, I used a ¾ inch flat brush (no real reason except this particular brush holds water well and has the right amount of spring) and sprayed Lime Jello, another green and blue (the highlighter one) on over the pages and while saturated, brushed vertically and then horizontally and used the heat gun to dry it. CM Normal This next one, Cm normal spray, is exactly what I usually do…spray the pages first with one color, in this case, the turquoise and then next with Copper Kettle while the other was still wet. CM Starbust For the starburst pages, I started off pretty much business as usual with yellow all over, then orange (hi-lite) and magenta all while they were still very wet. White Final Spray White Oil Pastel Resist MonoPrint For Unique Whimsical Gifts Visit