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DIY Markers Card

Here’s another fun way to use your washable markers.  I actually use them on  my calligraphy works until I tried this faux watercolor technique. They look great as a background design and very simple to do, i decided to make another personalized greeting card using this technique and I’m happy with the results 🙂 I’m also including a video clip on how i made this super fun and easy project. 
Materials:

  • Watercolor paper/card
  • Washable Markers
  • Plastic pouch
  • Brush
  • Masking tape (optional)
  • Water


Procedure:

  • First, i put masking tape all over the sides of my watercolor card attached to a board or on a table to strectch the paper.  I’m using a Strathmore watercolor card in 140 lb. cold press.  You may also use any watercolor paper. 
  • Generously apply water on to the card using your brush, make sure all parts are covered.  Set aside. 
  • Then, you can start scribbling on the plastic pouch using your washable markers, you may also scribble some patterns or just go freehand.  Here I chose to use 3 colors (pink, light green and orange). 
  • Put the plastic on top of your wet card or paper, making sure the side you scribbled on faces the card. Smoothen it from the center to the sides until the whole card is covered with paint. 
  • Gently remove the plastic by lifting it or sliding it off the card. Let it dry. 
  • Once its dry you can now write your design or caption. 



There you have it! Another pretty greeting card that you can personalized. I love how the vibrant color turns out, it fits my caption so well.  Hope you enjoy this simple DIY project the same way I did. 

Carpe diem! 😉

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Posted in DIY

Bottlecap Keychain 

Sharing to you how I make my DIY Bottlecap Keychain. A simple art project you can do even with your kids 😉

 

I saw my bottlecaps last night as I was packing some of my stuff in preparation for our big move.  I thought I’ll make a post on how i make bottlecap keychain that i used to sell, before finally putting them in the box. I was able to sell keychains like this for around p80-p100 pesos (Philippines currency) some 2 years ago. Then after I got busy with doing hairbows and accessories, which sometimes I still accentuated with unique bottlecaps design whether as centerpiece on bows or pendant on ballchain necklaces. They are very easy and quick to make that even kids will love it. 😉

Materials:

  • Keychain (you may use an old one if you just have it sitting there)
  • 1pc jumpring (to attach keychain to bottlecap)
  • 1pc Epoxy Dome (this is the round, clear adhesive, about 1 inch size that we use to cover our bottlecap image)
  • 1pc flattened bottlecap (w/hole for the jumpring)
  • Image or photo (1 inch in diameter)
  • Pliers (to attach the jumpring)
  1. First thing i do is to look for an image or picture that i like to put on my bottlecap. Cut it round using scissors/round cutters or in my case i use 1″ size round puncher.  Then i put some double adhesive tape at the back of the image. You may also use glue.



2.   Lay the image flat on your bottlecap making sure that the hole for the jumpring is at the top.

Most online sellers that sells bottlecaps gives you option of whether you like them with hole or none.  Since i also uses bottlecaps for my handmade hairbows i chooses none also because I make use of my own puncher.   So don’t forget to confirm that with your seller when you buy your bottlecaps.

As for the clear epoxy dome, online sellers or even physical store that sells bottlecaps also sell epoxy dome. Some even sell them as a set.  I got both from ebay. Heard Michaels and Hobby Lobby offers them too.  For those in the Philippines, there are online shops that sells bottlecaps both flattened and unflattened in different designs and colors.  I also saw them before at Michelles, its the ribbon store near Tutuban Mall in Divisoria.

 

3.   You can now put your epoxy dome on top of your image. Just peel it like you do on regular stickers, smoothing it onto the picture. Make sure it lays flat and smooth on your design.


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4.   Using a plier, attach the jumpring to your bottlecap and connect it to the keychain.

And there you have it!  Your very own Hello Kitty keychain 😊 You can still customized and personalized your keychains in many different ways.  You can cut out your own photo or a favorite quote and even your loved ones pictures or your kids favorite cartoon character 😊

Here are some samples of how I also used bottlecaps for hairbows and clippies 🙂




Hope you get to try making this unique bottlecap keychains.  You may also attach them to popsicle stick for bookmarks or even use as ref magnets – the possibility are endless 😊 Happy crafting!

 

Criz 

Posted in DIY

DIY Greeting Cards

A very simple and easy to make DIY greeting cards made with watercolor painting.

 

Have you ever experienced liking the cover but the wordings doesn’t fit your purpose when buying greeting cards?  There are times when you want to send someone a card or postcard just to let them know they’re in your thoughts but the ones you find either have nice print but wrong message inside or vice versa.  There are of course blank cards but neither those appeals to you.  My mother in-law loves flowers, something we both share.  But some of the cards i see with good floral print are either for sympathy or anniversaries.  That brought me into thinking how nice it would be if i can get to pick the print on the card and choose the wordings in it myself – and there goes my watercolor and calligraphy journey. 🙂

Initially, i started learning the art of calligraphy to use as prints for my canvas bags and pouch business.  The personalize approach and catchy, witty words printed on canvas are fast becoming popular not just for personal use but also as souvenirs on different events.  Then on I’ve also realized the many uses of calligraphy even in the form of art.  There are those who paints nice floral and write a beautiful quote next to it or even just the word itself are artistically written that it’s worthy of a frame.  So i thought why not make my own DIY greeting card? As for the watercolor art, there are several tutorial you can find all over the net that teaches how to paint in watercolor for beginners.  The one I made here in fact is too simple you can guess how I did it just by looking at it.

First, i tried to paint the design on a separate watercolor paper just to see if this is something I like or I can do.  You may also use a regular paper for this.


Then i started painting it on my Strathmore cold press, 300 gsm watercolor card.  You may also use an ordinary paper but what i like most about this product is that its pre-cut already which is a relief from someone who can’t cut straight and don’t have a bone folder/creasing tool.  Also the extra thickness of the card is very ideal for watercolor and even acrylic painting which are my favorite mediums. It also comes with envelopes so this is really a complete package 😉 I’m sure there are still other brands of watercolor card you can try but this is just the one i like to use.


For the calligraphy i use my Tombow Fudenosuke pen in black.  For the painting or illustration I used Sennelier watercolor.

So there goes my 1st DIY greeting card, with the print and message I like – handmade with love.  ❤️


Criz 

Posted in DIY

Pearls & Montees

Sharing a DIY earring i made before for a client. Simple yet very elegant.

I’ve always been fascinated with jewelries especially those that blings. So its no surprise that this piece catches my attention. I was new in beading when I first learned how to do this simple yet elegant earrings. The only problem then was that some of the materials were not available in the country where am at (Philippines).   So, in replacement to my missing montees I used bicones. This was a commissioned bracelet I made for a client.  As you can see in the photo it didn’t gave justice to the simple and bling effect that I like, the client however liked the finished product. 🙂


Its a blessing to have a husband who not only supports my hobbies but also understand my need to have materials such as montees. Haha! It was pure joy and relief when he bought me some Swarovski Montees in Rose color. He got it from Amazon or Ebay i think and quickly i tried to do this piece again this time as earrings.  And oh my! was all I’ve said after I finished the first part.  😍

Materials I used here are 6mm glass pearls, rose montees and 11/0 seed beads which I got from bead stores at Quiapo Manila (except montees).   You may also check the rest of the materials on the description box of the Youtube channel where I got it from.

This design has been a constant favorite of friends and clients alike. Very easy to make and those sparkly Swarovski Montees will definitely make you shine.  Hope you can give this a try. 🙂

Video tutorial link from Off the Beaded Path 

Thanks and happy beading 🙂


Criz 

Posted in Painting

Artist in You

” The wonders of the world are just a brush and canvas away. “

( The Joy in Crafting )

 

Drawing is not a skill that appeals to me even as a child. If we have a homework or project that requires illustration i will had my uncle do them for me, am just not patient enough. I remember one time my eldest child was younger and was asking my help to draw a pig for his homework and ended up with a sad and confuse look on his face until he started to wail – yes wail! He kept saying that what i draw was not a pig and i had to laugh.  But no it doesn’t look nor even close to a pig.  Then on i knew the curse is still in me :p  .  But coloring is a different story.  I love colors and growing up my parents would always buy me some crayons and coloring materials and am lost into my own world of pinks and purple and red and yellow.
But when your heart is anxious and depression hits, the next thing you’d like to do is run away.  Run away from anything and everything that messes up your head. I’ve been there and done that. Prayers is everything but a little effort can also do the charm – and so my painting journey began.

It was the beginning of 2016 when i first tried my very own acrylic painting.  It was a simple subject of black and white.  My materials are just cheap brand of acrylic paint (the cheapest price i saw) and i bought only 2 colors.  I didn’t knew if I’d like it anyway so might as well not indulge. Then i trace a side-view of a woman, just the shape and outline before i filled them in black.  This is the stressed part of me, the anxious, depressed, low and dark stages of my life.  It looked okay as it is but i wouldn’t want to be in dark forever and so I added streaks of white on the silhouette lady.  These to me are the streaks of light coming into my life.  The possibility of all things great and beautiful, the light of my better future with my loved ones.  You need to bring out the light streaks in you to be able to break out from the dark.  Dark color will only darken an already dark piece.  Life is made of many other colors anyway.  There may be black, but so is white.  🙂

Don’t be afraid to discover the inner you nor be scared of not making it right.  Its just a canvas, there won’t be any mistakes but just learning opportunities.  So bring out the Picasso in you and start painting the colors of your life with love, hope, faith and positivity. 


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Silhouette Lady

Acrylic on Canvas

12×16″

Oran 2016


Posted in Recipe

Lemon-Buttered Chicken

Aside from my love of crafting, another thing I am most passionate about is food (who isn’t? Lol! )Afterall, I am a homemaker first and foremost.  So, what is a better way to welcome you all but to share a personal fave recipe.  I mean who doesn’t like fried chicken, right?  If we were to do a survey i think this dish will be on top 5 of favorite meal.  But fried chicken can be boring too at some point no matter how much we love its crunchy-licious taste.  So why not make a twist into this good ol’ dish 🙂  I hope I was able to note down the website or cookbook (magazine) where I got this yummy dish before, so I can properly give credit to the original owner of this recipe.  The recipe is actually very simple and absolutely fool-proof that i never bother write them down myself.  This to me is the first gourmet meal I was able to serve my family and everyone loves it!  Its also very affordable since we will only be using 3 ingredients basically (as the title suggest), so lets begin 🙂

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kilo of chicken ( i used Chicken breast fillet )
  • 1 piece Lemon
  • 1 stick butter (half bar)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • dried basil (optional)

Directions:

  • Wash the chicken well, drain and pat dry.  You may use other parts of chicken, i just find it easier to slice the breast fillet and we prefer boneless chicken on this recipe.
  • Rub salt and pepper to the chicken then set aside.
  • Slice some lemon for garnishing ( I only use 3 at most since my kids don’t like eating lemon.) Juice the rest of it and set aside.
  • Heat the non stick pan, add some butter  (about 1/2 stick) and slightly fry the sliced lemon. Set it aside after.
  • Next is to fry the chicken with the remaining butter on the pan until it turn slightly brown. Once fried, put all of them back on the pan with the remaining butter and lemon juice. Let it simmer until the chicken are well cooked.
  • Put the chicken on its serving plate, garnish with some dried basil (optional) and then add the slices of fried lemon.
  • Serve hot. We like it best when served with rice or mashed potatoes.

You may ask what to do with the rest of the lemon after we extracted its juice?  Well, I either sliced them and put in Iced tea or slice them and just make infused water that’s rich in Vitamin C to strengthen immune system, helps with detoxification and hydration.

There you have it lovelies, i hope you can try this simple recipe and let me know what you think of it thru the Comments section. When life gives you lemonmake a Lemon-Buttered fried Chicken 😉

 

Criz ♥