Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Heart Art RAK

Making Art is essential to the well-being of my Heart.  Nothing brings greater pleasure to a Maker than to create joy for someone else.  During the Creativation Trade Show, which took place in Phoenix Arizona January 21-23, Designers participated in the Heart Art RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) event on a Sunday morning.  I, along with many fellow Designers volunteered to create some pieces of art with Hearts as the theme, which we then left in the public spaces on the Trade Shown floor for others to find.  Our hope and intention were just to bring some joy to random people.

I created these two pieces:

I know that one of my pieces which were found and claimed by individuals who then shared it on social media. It warmed my heart to know that some small piece of art that I made could bring happiness even if only for a brief moment to someone.  We have since become friends on Facebook, and I hope to retain that friendship for a long time.

To make these small Heart Canvasses I used some bright acrylic paints, and utilized a variety of techniques.  Here is a glimpse of that process:

While the paintings were drying, I added some sprays of colors onto the white based wicker hearts.  A tip I have for you is to remove the lace before spraying, so it maintains its whiteness.  I also added some glitter to make the hearts sparkle.  Once everything was dry, I used hot glue to adhere the hearts to the canvas.

2 x 3inch square canvas
Fluid Acrylic Paints (DecoArt)
Wicker woven Heart (Dollar Store)
Ink Sprays (Tattered Angels)
Hot Glue (Ad Tech)

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Card Making time with Heart

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fabricville Haul and Announcement

News!  Fabricville will have a new Blogger in 2017, and it's yours truly.  Fabricville/Fabricland is a chain of Fabric, and everything you need for sewing, decorating your home, and get those creative juices flowing.  I am thrilled to be working on some new projects, and delighted to be returning to my first love.  Sewing.

Here is a video I made showing the goodies I received from Fabricville, as well as a glimpse of the new project I will be working on.  I have high hopes of completing the project before the end of December.  Wish me luck!
*** Update, technically the project was finished December 31!! The post is live here.


The Fabrics! 

Come back and view how I built a new Cutting Table for the Sewing/Craft Room/Studio.
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Monday, December 19, 2016

Wrapping Paper How To with Annmakes

How to wrap those last minute gifts when you have no store bought gift wrap left?  Here is an idea.  As a small gift from me to you, my viewers.  Grab some kraft paper or any paper for that matter and quickly transform it into original gift wrapping paper.

Go for a country rustic look with some kraft colored paper, or use some nice new white or colored paper.  Gather some stamps, printing presses, or found objects.  Dip your chosen tools in paint or ink and print away.  If it is handmade it is even more special.

It is also a project you can do with the kids.  Have fun most of all.

Happy Holidays!

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Dollar Store Wreath Craft by Annmakes

Wreath making time with Annmakes and Dollar $tore supplies!  Make it quick too.  Inexpensive, and easy.  What more can you ask for?  It will WOW your visitors this Holiday Season.

Supplies were purchased by me at Dollar Tree, and Dollarama here in Canada.
2 Foam Wreaths
2 Sprigs berries (gold, and platinum)
2 large single metallic poinsettias on clips
2 birds on a branch
1 card of small poinsettia gift toppers (Dollarama)
ALOT of plastic ball ornaments  that are sold in tubes at the Dollar Tree, different sizes.
Note: not all of the supplies I show in the video were used to make these wreaths.

Ribbon, I already had (saw very similar rolls at Dollar Tree)
Glue, and Glue Gun by AdTech (mine)
Pins (mine)

To make each wreath, begin by wrapping the ribbon around the foam base (this is optional).  Tip* I used some pins to secure the ends of the ribbons while I wrapped the base.  I removed the pins just before gluing at the end.

Glue on ornaments, it doesn't matter how.  I prefer, to begin with, the larger ones and fill in with the smaller ornaments.

Glue on berries, flowers, and bird.

To hang cut length of ribbon needed to simply wrap around top portion.  I was able to tuck it in between the ornaments,


Thank you for viewing, and reading!  Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Rinea® Foil Ornament

Rinea® Foil by Global Crafting, is a wonderful crafting foil that is thicker than regular aluminum foil, comes in an array of beautiful colours, and cuts easily.

Today. the Designer Crafts Connection members are sharing the projects they (I) have made working with this wonderful product.

Here is my ornament:

To learn more about Rinea® Paper Foil and view samples, please visit :
Here are process photos of how I made the ornament.

I began with a clear acrylic DIY Ornament purchased at a store.  I added some red alcohol based ink to the inside of the clear ball and let the ink dry.

On the outside, I applied some yellow ink.  I also altered the silver top of the ornament with some metallic gold ink.

Once all the inks had dried I added some confetti.

Now for the Rinea foil!  Following the video instructions on the Rinea® site ( I made the green and gold star.

From the same green and gold foil, I also punched out some borders.

I adhered the foil borders by turning them into stickers, using a Xyron Sticker maker.  Which essentially adds adhesive to one side.

I adhered the foil star with some tacky glue.

To make the gold ruffle I did a gathering stitch through a piece of golden ribbon.

Finally, I adhered the ribbon ruffle with some tacky glue, and threaded some gold colored thread through the hanger loop.

I hope that you are inspired to try using Rinea® paper crafting foil by Global Crafting in your own creative projects.  I truly enjoyed working with the product myself.

Please, check out all of the projects made by the talented Designers participating in this blog hop.  Readers enter to win by commenting on each blog and/or the Designer Crafts Connection Blog.  Must use the Rafflecopter widget to enter.

Thank you for stopping by.

**The following are links to Amazon, and some of the similar products used in this project.  These links are intended to make your shopping for supplies easier.  Note, I will receive a small monetary commisiion for any purchases made from these links.  Thanks.