Monday, September 29, 2008

Home Decor Challenge

Oh, this was a fun one!! Making something for the home. I got kind of carried away! I had one idea...then another...then another....well, you catch my drift *wink*

I'll give all the recipes at the end as well as the other girls who are doing this challenge. I can't wait to see what they did!!

How easy would it be to cover a light switch cover using the new Thomas Kinkade paper packs? I figured I'd find out! It was super easy! Decide what you want where on your cover plate and trace around it on the back side of the paper adding about 1/4" around the edges.
I used my ATG applicator (double sided tape) to stick the paper to the cover, mitering the corners, trimming close to the edge. (make sure you apply it around all the edges and at least 3 strips, one being in the middle)

For the switch hole, flip the cover over so you're looking at the backside, take a craft knife and make an "X"from corner to corner. Fold the pieces inward and stick down.
Hold the cover up to the light and using a piercing tool (a sharp pencil will do), poke holes where the screws go.
On the Snowman scene I added white gel pen and stardust pen.

This next project is one of the classes from CHF. Lesley had this cool tutorial making coasters using tiles. You can see how to do them here. I didn't have the supplies at the time of the class, but when I went to Lowes on Friday, I found tiles reduced(small and large)!! Woohooo....

I made this one for a housewarming gift for a friend that just moved. She can use it for a trivit or she can display it like I have here.

And my final project.....SEE, I told you I kept thinking.....................anyone smell smoke?

I have a friend that loves things with sheep. She really liked my "Home Is Where The Heart Lives" frame, so Elsie, this is for you!

Super simple. I cut my cardstock to fit the frame and stamped the hills twice, then stamped only the trees several times. I sponged the hills and sky with several distress inks.....then......
I smeared glue and sprinkled Flower Soft over the trees.
Next, I stamped the sheep and did the same. I stamped the sheep's heads on a scrap, cut them out and attached with glue dots. Stamped the sentiment and voila! Done!

The frame was a bright, bold gold, so I sprayed it with 2 Krylon colors of "Make It Stone". This let just a hint of gold show through, giving it texture and a really cool look! It takes about 15 minutes to dry.

I hope you got inspired to find something around the house to cover or stamp on and turn it into a decoration for yourself....or better yet, bright someone's day with an unexpected gift!

Click on each name to see their project!! And here's the CHF link if you'd like to play along.


All Images and Thomas Kinkade Papers are Cornish Heritage Farms

Switch Covers:
Thomas Kinkade Masculine and Christmas series
Inkssentials white gel pen
Stardust gel pen
Ric Rac
Craft Knife

Tile Tivit:
Unfinished Tile- mine is approx. 5 3/4 x 5 3/4
Stazon Ink-Olive Green, Jet Black, Cactus Green, Azure
Silhouette Blooms
Nature Silhouette
Primitive Beginnings
Think Of Me
Krylon Clear Sealer

Farm Life Frame:
Purchased Frame
Primitive Beginnings
Row Of Trees
Adirondack Pitch Black
Distress Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Weathered Wood
Flower Soft
Glue Dots
Krylon Make It Stone

Thanks For Stopping!!



Kristine Reynolds said...

OMG Dawn!!! One project....way to make us all look like slackers!!!(LOL) Love them all!

Maria L. said...

Wow - such amazing projects. The lightswitches are especially wonderful. And the trivet and frame tootoo... oh what am I saying that was all of your projects LOL - so obviously, they ALL came out awesome!!


Valerie said...

LOVE the textured sheep in your frame project! Yep, making the rest of us look lazy! LOL

Jennifer Roach said...

Wow, where to begin....these are all fabulous projects Dawn! I have to give those coasters a go someday :)

Lisa Silver said...

Amazing, Dawn! I love all your projects... you are such an inspiration!


carole (TruCarMa) said...

My GOODNESS, girlfriend! You are the most productive person in the whole wide world of stamping! Just one of these would be a great accomplishment. They are ALL fabulous, but I'm especially fond of the sheep (I have a thing for sheep, too, you know... ;) ) Way to go, Llama Mama!!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

You've been one busy girl! Love the different ideas... the switch plates are cool and I love the coaster! TFS!

Holly said...

Dawn, these are GREAT!!!!! Love how your mind works!!!

Angelnorth said...

Wow, you did get carried away! The switch covers look great fun and that tile definitely looks too good to put hot stuff down on! Love the proportions of your primitive 'farm life' pic and the stone spray has made the frame look awesome. Great job!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Every project is just amazing Dawn!! WOW!! The light switch covers are so creative and beautiful! Love the tile and framed image!! Man girl, when you set your mind to something....LOL

Keri Lee Sereika said...

Wow man what awesome light switch covers you have there!!! Way too were one busy home dec crafter!!! LOL

- dlm. said...

Dawn...All I can say is that your projects are "AMAZING!"