Thursday, December 13, 2012

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 embellishments. Sometimes I decoupage the whole thing. You don't have to decoupage anything either. There are no rules! I do prefer the finished look that the Mod Podge gives to the wood project. It's just a personal choice.

Happy crafting!

Sunday, December 09, 2012

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 used. Win-win!


There is always the option of finishing some of our wood designs for friends and family but, well, hmmm....I finish them and want to keep them! 


Little hand warmers are always a hit. And easy too!


Thank you to each blog/site for such fun ideas! Keep on crafting!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

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. 

Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com and gets yours! Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

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 certainly distress as much or as little as you would like. I like to seal everything up next so I used a non-toxic clear varnish to give a nice top coat. 



While the frame is fully drying, pick out some patterned paper to coordinate with your frame. I think the thicker, cardstock type of scrapbook paper works best. Cut the paper to fit the back of your frame. Use a little craft glue such as Alene's to adhere the paper to the back of the frame. Let this fully dry!



The next step is to add your monogram. I used a vinyl letter and just adhered it to the center of the paper. Use your imagination though, you could add a hand-stitched letter, a chipboard letter or even paint one on the paper!




You will be needing something to hang your frame and ribbon works great. I cut a piece of ribbon 2' long and glued to the back of the finished frame using an epoxy glue. I think you could also use a hot glue gun for this part. The finished frame could also sit in a small decorative easel for a fun look if you don't want it to hang.



And you're done! Easy peasy, right? I added some additional ribbons and then hung my new monogram. :)



There are so many uses for these frames! Let your imagination run wild. There are also different styles of the frame.



Interested in purchasing a frame? Click HERE to go shopping! Happy crafting!

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Giveaway Event!! $250 Euro Style Lighting Shopping Spree! Ends 11/15 #Giveaway

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Monday, October 22, 2012

FREE Blogger Event: Join the $250 Euro Style Lighting Shopping Spree Giveaway Event!



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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Great Sunday Giveaways!

Looking for a fantastic giveaway opportunity to enter today? Look no further! Here are some great low-entry giveaways for big value prizes.


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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Back To School Giveaways


It's about that time again... Back To School!

During the month of August, 5 Minutes for Mom is having a big giveaway event to celebrate. (Or make it easier and not have to fight those crowds!) So hop on over and enter to win some great prizes.

Have fun!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dyson Giveaway!!

Welcome to the Dyson Housewarming Giveaway event!! Do you need a new vacuum? Maybe you just WANT a new vacuum? You are in luck!! This event took months in the making and Mom to Bed by 8, the Iowa Mom is proud to bring you this fantastic home essential and offer you the chance to win one too! Big thank you to our lovely co-hosts How to Have It All, Mark Your Savings and GiveAway Bandit.

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Delivering 220 airwatts of suction power, this canister vacuum cleaner features advanced Level 3 Root Cyclone technology to ensure thorough, efficient cleaning with no clogging or loss of suction. It also offers a TurbineHead brush bar that's ideal for cleaning medium and short pile carpets and can be turned off for hard floors. Certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the unit expels air that contains up to 150 times less mold and bacteria than common breathing air thanks to the vacuum's money-saving, lifetime washable HEPA filter. Plus, Dyson's Bactisafe screen traps and kills bacteria, mold and allergens on contact, preventing them from re-entering the air.
The Telescopic Wrap System allows the hose and wand to be compressed, and ensures that the Dyson DC23 can be stored away neatly and compactly, with no loose components or wires to get tangled. It comes with a stair tool for focusing on dust and dirt from stairs and stair carpets, a brush tool with long bristles to dislodge cobwebs and for delicate cleaning, and a high-velocity airflow crevice tool that's ideal for cleaning base boards, picture frames and in-between furniture. Other features include a clear bin with 0.44-gallon capacity, 21.6-foot cord length, and easy-to-maneuver fixed wheels. The vacuum measures 13.9 x 19.3 x 11.9 inches (HxWxD) and weighs 19.5 pounds. The Dyson DC23 TurbineHead is backed by a 5-year warranty.
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Father's Day Giveaway is Here!!!


It's time to give back to DAD! Sponsored by:
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The giveaway will run May 15th, 12:01 until May 31st 12:01
1 winner will receive their choice of the gas grill or Paypal Cash Value 129.00
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Wood Chip Box and an Injector Kit
&
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  • 175 sq. in. chrome-plated warming rack
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  • 10,000 BTU side burner
  • Porcelain/steel heat tents vaporize drippings and reduce flare-ups
  • Spacious, weather-resistant side shelves
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Saturday, May 05, 2012

Father's Day Grill Giveaway!! Mark Your Calendar!!


It's time to give back to DAD! Sponsored by:
It is open to both US & Canada
The giveaway will run May 15th, 12:01 until May 31st 12:01
1 winner will receive their choice of the gas grill or Paypal Cash Value 129.00
$100 Gift Certificate to Omaha Steaks
DAD Branding Iron
Wood Chip Box and an Injector Kit
&
7-Piece BBQ Set with Apron
$100 Omaha Steaks Gift Card Sponsored by Mom To Bed By 8
Branding Iron and Wood Chip Box and an Injector Kit Sponsored by Dixie Lands Deals
7-Piece BBQ Set with Apron Sponsored by I Love My Coupon Fans & Coupon Queen That's Saving The Green
This Fiesta gas grill is spacious enough to meet your grilling needs. It is suitable for preparing a meal for up to four people. With this grill, you will enjoy cooking your favorite meals outdoors.
Fiesta 25,000 BTU 2-Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner, Blue:
  • Porcelain-coated cooking grid
  • 260 sq. in. primary cooking area
  • 175 sq. in. chrome-plated warming rack
  • Two stainless steel burners with 25,000 BTU cooking performance
  • 10,000 BTU side burner
  • Porcelain/steel heat tents vaporize drippings and reduce flare-ups
  • Spacious, weather-resistant side shelves
  • Fiesta gas grill features porcelain-enameled, steel-top lid and base
  • Easily assembled cart
  • Color: Blue
  • Fiesta gas grill model #BP26035-024BL
Grill Sponsored by:
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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Fathers Day BackYard BBQ Bloggers Event

Sign ups for this event are now CLOSED. Please stay tuned to see when you can enter!!

Free blogger event for Fathers Day!! Are you a blogger? Sign up now!!
It's time to give back to DAD! Sponsored by: Route 249 Mom Does Reviews Jackie's Reviews and Mom Blog Society
Sign Up will run from April 14-May 14
It is open to both US & Canada
The giveaway will run May 15th, 12:01 until May 31st 12:01
1 winner will receive their choice of the gas grill or Paypal Cash Value 129.00
This Fiesta gas grill is spacious enough to meet your grilling needs. It is suitable for preparing a meal for up to four people. With this grill, you will enjoy cooking your favorite meals outdoors.
 
Fiesta 25,000 BTU 2-Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner, Blue:
  • Porcelain-coated cooking grid
  • 260 sq. in. primary cooking area
  • 175 sq. in. chrome-plated warming rack
  • Two stainless steel burners with 25,000 BTU cooking performance
  • 10,000 BTU side burner
  • Porcelain/steel heat tents vaporize drippings and reduce flare-ups
  • Spacious, weather-resistant side shelves
  • Fiesta gas grill features porcelain-enameled, steel-top lid and base
  • Easily assembled cart
  • Color: Blue
  • Fiesta gas grill model #BP26035-024BL

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Dyson Housewarming Giveaway FREE Blogger Event!

Mom to Bed by 8 is excited to present the Housewarming Dyson Event from June 1 to June 15. This is a free blogger event and accepting signups now. 

Join the Housewarming Dyson Giveaway event today, grow your readership and offer one fantastic cleaning tool giveaway! Sign up now and mention that Artsy Chaos sent you!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Easy Gumball Machines from Clay Pots



For Valentine's Day this year I found so many cute crafts on Pinterest. One that stood out was this cute gumball machine made from clay pots and a glass votive holder. Here is the one that I pinned, but there are many others I have seen. I decided to post a tutorial since you could use different colors of paint and ribbons to make these for Easter, St. Patrick's Day, 4th of July, etc.




Start with: 

  • Small clay pot and saucer. I found mine at Hobby Lobby for about $1.50.
  • Round glass votive holder. These I found at Dollar Tree for $1. I also saw some at Hobby Lobby.
  • Dowel finials for the tops. I got these also at Hobby Lobby in a package of 4 for around $1. You could also use drawer pulls.
  • Hot glue gun.
  • Paint. You can also spray with a light clear finishing spray after painting.
  • Ribbons.
  • Candy or small objects to fill the "gumball machine".

Paint the clay pot, saucer, and wooden dowel finial in your choice of paint. Let dry completely. 

Using hot glue gun, assemble the project by gluing the glass "bowl" onto the upside down clay pot. Glue the wooden finial or drawer pull onto the bottom of the clay saucer.

Fill the round glass with candy or other objects of choice and place the saucer lid on top. Attach ribbon and you're done!



Monday, February 06, 2012

Winter Blues Giveaway!!

I hope everyone had a great holiday and is happily trudging along through Winter. I also hope that you can accept my apologies for neglecting my blog as I concentrate on my family and our health issues. Thank you again for the many kind words and sweet thoughts! As a thank you for sticking with me and as a sort of relief from the winter gloom, I'd like to offer a giveaway to my many loyal fans and followers. I know we all have issues to face in our lives whether they be related to the economy, health, or just plain cabin fever! So, please read on to find out about some great prizes (1 lucky winner will get everything!) and enter away...and enjoy a smile, on me!



Crazy Dog T's is a super place online to get a great tshirt at a great price. They have 80's Tshirts and so much more!


Phase 4 Films offers fun and exciting movies for kids of all ages. The True Story of Puss 'N Boots is based on the original story by Charles Perrault and stars William Shatner as the voice of Puss.


Trusted since 1870, Pine Bros. has been soothing sore throats for over 140 years. These amazing "softish" drops taste great and have only 5 calories each!


The uses for these huge wipes are endless. Can't shower after working out, when camping or after gym class? QwikShower to the rescue! 


  • Playful Planet Storyland Yoga
Kids learn yoga by imitating animals and going on a fun filled adventure to help the planet. 


Radar Marketing offers earrings, shoelaces, t-shirts, hair braids and other novelties that making going out to a club or a party even funner. My daughter and I wore the light up hair on New Years' Eve and they were so fun. I would definitely recommend!


Really, really cool pens that are Dr. created with the smoothest ink out there with an ultimate comfort grip.

Please use the form below to enter. It may take a minute to load! If you cannot see the entry form or the GFC widget to follow, please refresh the page and that should do the trick! There are extra entries for "liking" and "following" social network accounts that my daughter is working with in order to earn a scholarship! If you'd like to learn more about 4-H, please visit www.4-H.org!

We have a professional relationship with the businesses listed on this giveaway and have reviewed their products with samples. No monetary compensation has been exchanged.


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