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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Unique Embellished Wood Chips - A How-to

If you all know me by now, you know that I've been doing everything in the workroom except for what I'm supposed to be doing. Which was the case this morning also.
You see, I'm really trying to open all the boxes and put things away, but I keep coming across things that call my name, saying 'make me pretty'. So of course I have to.
You know how it is. You see something that sparks an idea, and if you don't create what's on your mind RIGHT THEN, then you might forget to do it later.

This morning I came across a box of discontinued color chips from a furniture manufacturer I deal with. I kept them because I knew one day an idea would strike me and tell me what to do with them.
Today was the day.
Here's what I made:
and these:

Here's how I did it:
As always, you'll need to gather up some supplies.
In this case, I used the following:
Wood Blocks (already painted and distressed)
You can use a 1" x 4" board for this. Use different colors to paint it up, sand it a bit, and then make your cuts. These are about 4" x 4 1/2". (thank you mr. furniture company)
Black Acrylic Paint
A Paisley Stamp
Misc Buttons
Hot Glitz Rhinestones (love those things)
Hot Glitz Applicator Wand
Clear Drying Craft glue
Sponge Paint Brush
Rub-on Embellishments
A Straight Pin

I simply layed out what I thought I wanted to do and placed it on the blocks.
After I stamped the paisleys, I let them dry and then applied the buttons with glue and the glitz with the wand.
I tried to use button and rhinestone colors that brought in a tad of vibrancy without being too much.

I love the imperfections in the wood. It helps to create an additional distressed feel.
I'm not someone who likes perfection, unless of course, it's perfectly imperfect.

For the other blocks, I cut out a few of the rub-ons and laid them out the way I wanted them.
I rubbed them on the blocks and then added some rhinestones to these as well. These particular rub-ons came with adhesive jewels, but I prefer to use the hotglitz since they melt into the hard surface when you heat the glue on the back. They'll hold so much better than the ones meant for papers.

I have plans to add "Spread Your Wings" to this, but I haven't found my aphabet stamps yet.

I sure do love me some rub-ons. They make life so easy, don't you think.

Hope you've enjoyed my little easy peasy how-to.
Now go craft somethng for yourself and head back here and tell me about it.

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  1. Love your blocks and your great directions! Lezlee

  2. I love those. I always see such cute embellishments (rub-ons, etc) and I loe them but never know what to do with them! Thanks for such a lovely excuse to buy some!!!

  3. Adorable! An entire wall area of these would make quite a statement.

    Thanks for linking them up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  4. How cute these are. Good thing you took your break and got these made. Don't pass up a crafting moment, right?

  5. These are terrific!! I love rub ons too!! They make crafting so easy!!
    Thanks for sharing

  6. Woo-Hoo for inspiration!! I just love these, really really do! Thank you for sharing, can't wait to try this out!

  7. I love it! How pretty! Great that they were already painted, too, so you got to skip the painting and waiting-for-it-to-dry step. I do love rub-ons; I've been keeping my eye out for some good ones! Love the ones you got.

  8. OMG! I'm so excited I found your blog! I can hardly wait until I can take a break and browse through your whole blog! (What a treat!)


  9. I am so in love with blockes lately. This is a great idea - love the buttons :)

    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

  10. They look lovely! Love the colors :)

    Visiting from Cottage Instincts!

  11. Loving the crown rub ons! Where oh where did you get those??

  12. Oh I love these. So adorable, thanks so much for sharing! I am so greatful for your comments on my post today, it took a lot to go off topic for a day and am thankfull that you stopped by. Enjoy your weekend and I am looking forward to your post on the 22nd!

  13. So pretty!...hey, if you are still looking for a Flea Market Style Magazine, I will be giving one away on my blog! :)

  14. CUTE! What a fun idea. I love your drapes you made to. They are perfect!



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