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I know, I know.... it's only August and school hasn't even begun yet. But Halloween is coming!! When you love Halloween as much as we do, you can't help but get excited. 

The other day I decided to play with glitter paper. What could be better than glitter AND Halloween? This project is much easier than it appears. If you can paint, trace a shape, cut and glue, you're set. It really is that easy to make a totally unique one of a kind item for your decor.

Happy Halloween!! (In August!!)
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*HUGE* Summer Collection Giveaway!

We're so excited to be having a Summer giveaway for all of our wonderful friends, fans, and customers! We will be giving away:

*Summer Letters Set ($21.99)
*Flowers on Dowels Set ($11.99)
*Butterfly ($7.99)
*Snail ($7.99)
*Caterpillar ($7.99)
*Bee ($5.99)
*Scrapbook Papers to finish the wood and embellishments!

Giveaway will end on May 12th - Mother's Day. Good luck!!

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TUTORIAL: How to complete and decorate an unfinished wood cutout!

Finishing your Artsy Chaos unfinished wood project is much easier than you think! If you can trace a shape onto paper and cut it out, you can decorate our wood with fun scrapbook paper! If you can glue, you can embellish too!

The first thing you need to do is trace your wood shape onto your choice of paper. Place the wood, front side down, onto the wrong side of the paper and then trace around it. Next, cut out the traced paper shape just barely inside the line. Don't worry if the paper isn't cut exactly right. Set the paper you have just cut out aside.

Next you will paint the wood. I use a very watered down acrylic craft paint. You only need to paint the sides and back of the piece. Again, it doesn't need to be perfect! Let the paint dry thoroughly.

The next step is to glue the paper you have cut out onto the wood. I like to use a craft glue like Aleene's Tacky Glue. Using my fingers or an inexpensive sponge brush, I spread the glue onto the wood in a thin layer. You can…

Love Heart Wood Project

Today I have a really easy project to create. It would be a great last-minute Christmas gift. Wood heart!

To begin, simply trace your heart onto a sheet of patterned paper. You could also use another shape or even a plain wood block. Cut the heart out of paper and set aside. Next, you will want to paint your wood heart in a neutral color or coordinating color to your patterned paper. Once the paint is dry, glue the paper to the wood using Mod Podge or craft glue spread very thin. If your glue is too thick, bubbles in the paper will occur. Let dry, pushing out any buckles that the paper gets. Cover the project with a thin layer of Mod Podge if desired.

Now it's time for the fun part! Use your imagination to add ribbons, die cuts, brads, flowers, charms, any embellishment. I have even used the bling from an old broken necklace. The sky is the limit! Depending on the project I am creating, sometimes I decoupage (Mod Podge) the painted and papered wood and don't decoupage the embell…

A Handmade Christmas

So I have yet to start Christmas shopping. Oh, I have a few things I have gotten here and there but overall, zip zilch nada. No shopping yet! I know, terrible, right? And do you know what's worse? I still want to make some handmade gifts. There's still time... I am optimistic.

There must be others out there like me. You know, the I-feel-like-I-can-be-super-woman-but-realistically-I-know-I-can't-be-but-I-really-want-to-try type? With this in mind, I have been scouring the internet, blogs, Pinterest, for easy but fabulous ideas for handmade gifts. (Click on the pics for the source.)

Have you seen all the dollar store mugs/plates projects floating around? You use sharpies to write/draw clever, sentimental, cute things on them and bake for 30 minutes at 150 degrees. I am a little worried about this one, however, since there are many failed project posts floating around also. 

I just love these sweet decorated pebbles! Plus, I have a whole box full of rub-ons that are not being us…

FREE Christmas Carols

I just love Christmas music and have my car radio set to the 24/7 holiday music station all December. It's just so happy, calm and carefree. is giving 5 free Christmas downloads every week for 25 days in December. Yay! This week's free songs are now available and include Little Drummer Boy and Angels We Have Heard on High. 

Run over to and gets yours! Merry Christmas!

Monogram Wood Frame Tutorial

So I hope everyone is busy making Christmas presents for those on their lists! Handmade gifts are so thoughtful and full of love. Here at Artsy Chaos, we've been working on some projects including this monogram wood frame. This is a great project because you can customize with whatever papers and paints suit your fancy!

Let's get started! First off, I painted the front and sides of the frame with black acrylic paint. Spray paint would work as well. There is a reasoning behind the madness of painting the frame black first! When we arrive at the distressing stage, the black peeks through the top layer of paint.

After the black base coat dries well, paint the front and sides the color of your choice. I chose grey because it seems to be all the rage these days!

Next is the distressing part. I don't mean distressing as in pain-causing, gosh! Ha! Grab some sand paper or a sturdy nail fine and sand the sides and edges of the frame so that the black paint is exposed. You can certainl…