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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Cocktail Umbrella Summer Wreath DIY!

Cocktail Umbrella Summer Wreath DIY!
I love Summertime!  I want to stretch it out as long as possible.  In fact, we are camping next week (after kids here go back to school)...the perks of homeschooling!  I love going places when all the other kids are back in school...so perfect.  So as part of my "stretching out summer"...here's a great wreath that would really be suitable for all of Spring and Summer.
Best part?--It's super simple.  Seriously, 15 minutes.
You will need:
Styrofoam wreath form (mine is 14")
Cocktail Umbrellas

And a piece of ribbon.

Easy right!?  Let's get started.  Open an umbrella.
Stick it in the wreath form.
Then repeat!  Overlap the umbrellas and fill the entire wreath form.
It looks like a fun crowded beach!
You can barely see the sides of the wreath from the side.  I don't mind that it's showing some styrofoam. It's like the white sands of the gulf of Mexico.  I'm okay with that.
Now tie a ribbon around it and hang it up!
Boom, done!
Great for kids to help with too!
It gets lots of attention!  Great for any Luau themed event too!
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Ombre Lettering with Spectrum Noir Artliner Brush Pens!

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 If you've been around here long, you'll know I am always on the hunt for the newest greatest pens.  I love brush markers and have just found a new favorite.  Spectrum Noir Artliner in borth Brush tip and Fine tips.  They come in so many different color packs too!
I have the Brights brush tip

and the Brights .03 tip fineliners

Plus the neutrals and a DVD on Hand Lettering!
 Included in each box of pens is a plastic sheet which is perfect for blending.
Here's a quick video sped up to 2X speed showing how to blend colors.

The 2 colors I picked are similar enough there isn't a huge difference, but I like the variance.

You can see the brush tip and the fineliner tip.  These are perfect for journaling, bullet journals, planners, notes, calligraphy and all your handwriting needs.  Great for back to school fun too!
 The brush tip is so flexible and fin that it makes itty bitty hairline strokes and big, thick downstrokes!  I love the high contrast.  Great for hand lettered cards and gift tags!
These pens are my new favorite!

Check out these posts too!


Oblique 2




Copper Calli


Galaxy Art


Brush Lettering

Gift Bags

Faux Calli


Place settings

Fabric Lettering

Wood Slice

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Fish Scale Art

 Fish Scale Art
I'm over at Darice Craft Blog today showcasing this fun Mermaid Scale Art!
Check it out for the full tutorial

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