Sunday, March 31, 2013


The challenge over at Frosted Designs this time around is "Scallops".  I chose to use a scallop lace on my project.  I covered a paper mache mannequin with book pages, glimmer mist and glam, and then embellished it with laces and flowers.  Two letter stickers finished off my project.

Make sure you stop by the blog to check out all the scallop projects.  While you are there, link up your project so I can check it out and for the chance to win a great prize.

~Make today a beautiful one~

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Up, Up, and Away...

The challenge this time around at Frosted Designs is "Up, Up, and Away".  Anything goes that you would find up in the air.  I love taking photos of the sun and clouds.  I am always finding myself checking the sky to see what beauty it is bringing.  I used one of those photos to create this layout.

 I wanted the photo to be the main focus so I kept it simple with a doily, some string, flower, wood birds, and some mist

Hope you will play along with us at Frosted Designs with this challenge.  Make sure you link up your project for the chance to win a prize and so I can check it out!

~Make your day a beautiful one~

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Toilet Paper Hearts Tutorial...

Hi Everyone!  Lydia here and today I would like to show you how to make 3D hearts out of toilet paper.  I first made these with my sister-in-law and have made them for several projects now.  They are fun and easy to make.

Supplies you will need are:

*Parchment Paper (Baker's paper)
*Toilet Paper (any I have some really cheap thin stuff!)
*Mod Podge (or similar glue)
*Foam Paint Brushes
*Acrylic Paint

Begin by tearing off several squares of toilet paper.  The number you will need depends on how big you want your heart to be or how many you want to make.  Toilet paper will stick to gluey fingers if trying to tear off more after you've begun glueing.  :)

Dip the foam brush in the Mod Podge and apply a generous amount to the toilet paper square.  I squish it around to get all the glue into the paper.  Lay the paper on the parchment paper and start to form the heart.  

 Continue this step until the heart is complete and shaped the way you would like it to be.

Again, the size of the hearts will depend on how many sheets of toilet paper you have used.   

The hearts will need to dry on the parchment paper over night.  I have found that best rather than try to dry them with a heat tool.  In the morning, I turn the hearts over so the bottoms can dry.  They are usually ready to paint within 24 hours of making them.  If there are rough edges of dried glue, just trim them with scissors.

Use a foam brush to apply acrylic paint to the hearts.  Since the hearts are 3D and the surface not smooth, I find it best to dab the paint onto them.

When the paint has dried, the hearts are ready to be used on your project or add a second color of paint/mist/ink to them.

Here are some recent projects I have made using toilet paper hearts.  I use Mod Podge to adhere them to my projects.  You could also use a hot glue gun.


I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial on toilet paper hearts.  Make sure you stop by the Frosted Designs blog to play along with all the challenges and meet the new Design Team.  I would love to see your toilet paper hearts.  Link your project up here on my blog or my post on the FD blog so I can check them out.  Thanks for stopping by!

~Make your day a beautiful one~

Saturday, March 2, 2013


Chevrons are such a hot trend!  I notice them everywhere.  Even walking in the snow the other day, I noticed someone's boot print was a chevron pattern.  "Chevrons" is the challenge over at Frosted Designs for the next two weeks.

I decided to make a chevron canvas for this challenge.  I started by making a triangle template to trace for my chevrons.  I cut a 12x12 square.....because I "forgot" I have a ton  few sheets of 12x12 paper.  Whoops!  :)  I cut the 12x12 in half corner to corner.  Then cut that triangle in half straight up the middle.  I used double sided tape to hold them together so I could trace them onto my canvas.

I just eyeballed the distance between them but you could measure the space between each row.

Next, I chose my color pallet and started painting.  It took at least two coats of paint for most colors and even a third on a few.  When the paint was dry I used a black sharpie and a ruler to define the lines of each chevron.

I mixed white paint and water and used a paper towel to "white wash" the whole canvas.  I loved the bright random colors but wanted to tone it down just a bit.  

I painted a camera and did some hearts for the finishing touches.  I really wanted some sort of quote on this canvas.  I looked around the internet and really didn't find one I wanted to use.  So I kind of made up my own.  I do believe that my (our) heart captures so much more than my actual camera does.  

I hope you will join us at Frosted Designs for the "Chevron" challenge.  Make sure you link up your project for the chance to win a great prize and so I can check them out.

~Make your day a beautiful one~