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16 January 2014

New Year, New Blog, New Shop

I am in the process of moving my Etsy Shop to my brand new home on STORENVY

 NOTE:  If you received a special coupon code for my Etsy Shop, I'll honour it for my STORENVY shop. See you soon dolls!

20 August 2013

Berry Crafty Guide { Mail Art }

I hope you enjoy the fourth crafty inspiration from the A Berry Crafty Guide series, this one discovering the versatility of Mail Art!

"Mail art—along with the synonymous terms Postal art and Correspondence art—refers to small-scale works that utilize the mail as a distribution system. These terms have also come to refer to related formats, including artist-designed “postage stamps,” postcards, and even impressions from rubber stamps." -- You can read tons more on their site about Mail Art and its history!

examples of my work:

Creating Mail Art:
There are many techniques you can use when creating mail art. You can use many styles of envelopes (or even DIY them!) as your base. There are also many techniques such as painting, drawing, stickers, collage, etc. to incorporate for mail art. Make sure your designs are secured before mailing so that nothing falls off! Below are some great introductory techniques and lots of amazing inspirations to get you started in beautifying your mail! Remember: you are only limited by your imagination!

 Great resources to get you started: 

19 July 2013

DIY Kawaii Toast Charms

Here are the full step-by-step instructions for my DIY Kawaii Toast Charms! I'd love for you to share your versions, and I'm open to new requests for other tutorials! 
Have fun and stay crafty.

(1) Start off with light brown and dark brown clay (the two colors shown in the picture above). Take a small amount of each and warm the clay up by rolling it out, squishing it, rolling it in a ball, etc.

(2) Roll the light brown clay into a log about 1/2 an inch for smaller toasts, or slightly bigger if you choose. The log doesn't have to be long; an inch long piece will make about 8 charms. Gently flatten the circle log into a square shape.

(3) Next, take the dark brown clay and roll it out like you would cover a cake. It has to be big enough to wrap around the length of the log. Do not roll it out too thin as it might tear, and it will not be visible as part of the toast after. 

About 1/16 of an inch or so is fine. After you wrap it around the light brown log, and smooth it out so there are no air pockets. Cut off any excess. The light brown log should be visible on both ends.
(4) Next, wherever that overlap was when you put the dark brown clay on, that will be one side of the dent for the "bread" shape, and the opposite side for the other.

Take a toothpick, and use the length to gently dent in the clay as shown in the picture. Do not apply too much pressure or you may end up with a squished toast.
(5) Time to slice them up! Cut the loaf into toasts with a knife. Then attach wire to the tops to make them into charms.

Bake them in the oven according to your clay instructions. I did mine at 275 F for about 25 minutes. Remember, when they come out of the oven they will be very hot, so be careful.
(6) The fun part! Paint on whatever expressions you want, or jam, or anything you want with acrylic paint.

After that dries, remember to apply a thin coat of glaze, and let it dry. You can turn them into cell phone charms, bracelets, necklaces, etc. 

Check out more on Cut Out + Keep!
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