Saturday, February 2, 2019

Valentine Mantel Tutorial

I cannot believe it's February, can you???  January FLEW by!  But, I have to say that Valentine decorations are so cheerful...a little pop of color to combat the gloomy weather outside.

I came up with a simple, but impactful Valentine mantel tutorial.  It really IS easy to do, I promise!


SUPPLIES NEEDED:
  • A Christmas garland to fit the size of your mantel.  I am using a 9 foot garland.  Honestly, the thicker the garland, the better.
  • 21 inch wide deco mesh rolls in pink and red, cut into 15 inch long stripes
  • LOTS of ribbon. I think I used four different patterns.
  • Floral Wire
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral Picks of your choice
  • Heart Ornaments from Hobby Lobby
  • 6 inch floral picks
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Glue Gun
Here's the instructional video:



Here's my finished Valentine mantel:


Hope you give this a try! Send me pics of your Valentine mantel!

Let's decorate together!
Angela Davis


Monday, January 14, 2019

A Labor of Love--Centerpiece Kits and Tutorial Launched

Happy Monday Crafters!

For months now I have been developing, fine tuning and making centerpieces.  These centerpieces are approximately 17 inches wide by 15 inches high, some bigger depending on the floral picks.  Many people have reached out to me wanting to know how to make them. Well, I'm finally excited to announce that I have put together my first CENTERPIECE KIT for the month of January.  Of course, it is Valentine's themed!  Can you believe it's time to start thinking about Valentine's Day???  Here is a picture of the kit:


I have sourced all the supplies and have designed the exclusive "Angela Decorates" center pick.  There are two different floral picks to choose from--Valentine Kisses (as shown above) or Cupid's Arrow Company (below):


Here's a little informational video about the Kit:



Interested in purchasing the KIT, click HERE.

Don't want the kit, but would be interested in the PDF supply list and Video Tutorial download, click HERE.

Let's decorate together!
Angela Davis









Saturday, January 5, 2019

Craft Tools & Supplies I want to try in 2019

Yesterday I talked about my favorite craft tools.  So today I thought I would explore some supplies and tools I don't have but would like to try out.

Olfa Circle Cutter: Cutting shapes out of fabric.  It's my nemesis.  Yes, I've seen all the videos about how you can do it with your cutting machine, but I don't want to have to add stabilizer.  That's just another step.  Yes, I've bought the Accucquilt dies that do work, but it's time consuming and limited to preset sizes.  But recently I came across this tool, the Olfa Fabric Circle Cutter, and I was instantly intrigued.  After youtubing the official how-to video, I have decided this will have to be purchased.  It doesn't require stabilizer and looks pretty easy.  The one down side I see so far is that it only cuts up to just shy of 9 inch circles.  Do you have this cutter?  If so, give me your thoughts.

Glitter adhesive vinyl: Why does it seem that glitter adhesive vinyl is harder to find?  I mean anything with glitter should be readily accessible in my world!!  I recently read about StyleTech Glitter vinyl, so I think I will give that a shot.  Have you tried it?  Do you recommend another brand of glitter adhesive vinyl? If so, leave me a comment.


Omnigrip Ruler Grip: Now you may remember in my previous post that the Omnigrip Ruler is one of my absolute must have tools in the craft room.  But I don't have the ruler grip, and I think it looks like a simple, smart invention.  It's just a suction cup handle that sticks onto your ruler so that you have better control of it while cutting. Cool right?


Paasche Airbrush: My dad got this for me for Christmas, now I just need to figure out how to use it!  I'm kind of excited about the possibilities for painting with this tool!
Those are a few items on the affordable wish list.  I have my "if I win the lottery" craft tool wish list, but I'll save that for another day. ; )

Thanks for stopping by!
Angela Davis

Friday, January 4, 2019

Angela's Must Have Craft Tools for 2019

Happy New Year Crafters!


As I was cleaning my craft room today, I was thinking about the tools that are most important to the kind of crafting I do.  So I thought I would share with you my "Must Have Craft Tools for 2019":

A Cutting Machine:  My personal favorite is the Silhouette Cameo because the software is really, really good.

Self-Healing Cutting Mat:  I use the Olfa 24x36 mat  and even bought my 13 year-old daughter one for Christmas.

Rotary Cutter:  I use the Fiskars Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter.  It's an absolute must for cutting fabric, deco mesh and ribbon!


Cutting Ruler: I use an Omnigrip Acrylic Ruler in conjunction with my self-healing mat and rotary cutter.  It really is a great tool for cutting fabric and vinyl!


Permanent Adhesive Vinyl: My preferred choice is Oracal 651.  I try to purchase in 10 yard rolls.  I find it is more economical.  My go-to vendor is Sign Warehouse.

Heat Transfer Vinyl:  Glitter and smooth.  I typically use Siser Easy Weed vinyl.  I purchase this in various places.  I do have a local vinyl store that I frequent, but I have recently ordered from Vinyl Spectrum and was very pleased. I am also pleased to see that Michael's has started selling Siser heat transfer vinyl as well!

Pliers/Wire Cutters:  I bought these Southwire Pliers over a year ago, and they are AMAZING.  They snip all kinds of wire with incredible ease!  If I ever lose these, they will promptly be replaced!

Deco Mesh Holder:  I have two different versions of this tool, The Susie's Original Single Mesh Roller Holder and the Ultimate Mesh Roller.  They take a couple of weeks to receive as they are made by the Etsy Seller, SusiesWreathShop, but they are definitely worth the wait.  I use them for holding ribbon as well as deco mesh.



Steelpix Professional Stemming Machine: Now this stemming machine is a serious investment.  It's definitely not cheap. I was able to use my Hobby Lobby Coupon for this purchase; however, that doesn't always seem to be the case.  I have to say that this machine is really helpful in any kind of wreath, centerpiece or other floral design.


Bow Maker: I have used several over the years, but my favorite is the Pro Bow The Hand.  It's simply genius. I have the large as well as the deluxe.



I encourage you to check out these amazing craft tools.  Let me know what you think.  What's on your "must have" list?  I'm always interested in new craft tools!

Thanks for visiting!
Angela Davis

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Starter Craft Room for your Teen!

Hey Crafters!

It's been awhile.  I hope you are having a fabulous summer.  Our's is pretty low key this year.  While summer is my absolute least favorite time of year because of the extreme heat we get down here in Houston, I do love having my teens home...WITH NO HOMEWORK.  Can I get an Amen????

Recently, my youngest daughter, Lucy, started making faux leather earrings.  She wants to sell them in order to pay for half of her new dog, Bonnie (per the agreement she made with my husband).  Here's Bonnie when we got her a few months ago:

Isn't she adorable???

I digress...  The point I'm getting at is that Lucy was starting to invade my craft room.  We are both crafters that spread out.  We aren't necessarily neat and tidy crafters, if there is such a thing.  So I made the "awesome" suggestion OUT LOUD that maybe we should create her very own craft room (or craft corner) in her room.  Well, my daughter jumped all over that.  And there's something you need to know about Lucy.  Once you suggest something...she will not let you forget it.  She's tenacious.  Hmmm...I wonder where she gets it from....

So, we started by cleaning out the corner of her room.


Don't let this picture fool you.  All the crap, ummm lovely stuff I need to sell in a garage sale, is sitting in the hallway.  So then we headed to Walmart...because it's cheap.  I'm not looking for high quality Pottery Barn or Martha Stewart craft furniture here.  This is a STARTER craft room for a 13 year-old.  Heck, I don't even have Pottery Barn craft furniture!  We bought a desk chair and two of these cube units most crafters are familiar with:



The next morning Lucy and I assembled them. Don't you just love whomever writes assembly instructions?  Here's a tip we learned after finally assembling the first one: screw together the top and bottom to the dividers and THEN attach the rest of the middle.  



Then my husband went to Home Depot and purchased a 4 foot by 8 foot sheet of melamine and had them cut it down to 4 foot by 3 foot.  He brought it home and screwed the top on from underneath (through the cube storage organizers). Do NOT go to Lowe's.  They don't sell melamine sheets of this size.


He then ironed on some melamine iron-on tape that I found in my stash which is a good thing because we tried to buy it at Lowe's.  But they couldn't find in their store the seven they showed to have in stock.  So yea, you might want to Amazon that.  Amazon and I are tight y'all.  Real tight. The table cost less than $100 total.


We also moved in an old Ikea Kallax from the game room that is no longer needed to store American Girl doll stuff.  Sniff, Sniff.  But the AG stuff is getting stored.  There's no way I'm getting rid of that. 




Lucy is a very good crocheter.  So this is great storage for her yarn! I mean, look at what she arm crocheted TODAY:


So here it is all set up!  That is her great-grandmother's sewing machine sitting on the craft table in its storage box.  I love that she has it there! Isn't this a cute little crafting space!


I have a stool she can use, but she, like me, likes to craft standing up.  Lastly, we set her up with an old laptop we don't use anymore.  I put the Basic Edition of Silhouette Studio on it.  I also let her have my very first Silhouette Cameo (Version 1).  I gotta admit, this was a little tough for me.  You see my old Cameo and I have made some things together...lots of things in fact.  BUT I've had a Cameo 3 for a couple of years sitting right next to my original Cameo that has not gotten the attention it deserves, so I thought this would be the best for us all.


I'm letting her borrow my Sizzix Big Shot.  I bought her her own craft mat and craft spatula to use with her Silhouette.  And I bought her some jewelry supplies.  So really, this was a relatively inexpensive project to get a budding crafter started.  My 16 year-old is a bit jealous actually, but I reminded her she asked for a futon...which now collects clothes.  So there you go.  Take a look at some of the fun earrings Lucy has made.  She's selling them for $12 plus shipping.  She can personalize.  If you want to purchase any to help fund her puppy cause, e-mail me at prettifyyourlife@hotmail.com.



Maybe you can put together a craft space for your kiddos this summer too.  Or if you already have one, give me a shout.  I'd love to see your space!