Artterro DIY Craft Kit Giveaway

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Artterro DIY Creativity Craft Kit for Kids

Have kids that love to craft? Encourage their creativity while also being eco-conscious with Artterro’s line of eco craft kits. Arterro sells a wide range of award winning craft kits that are perfect for kids and families. Not only do their craft kits encourage creativity, but they are also dedicated to sustainability and community, and are made in the USA. From DIY art dolls to wool felt bugs, Artterro offers craft kits for everyone and makes a thoughtful gift idea for holidays and birthdays!

DIY Art Journal Kits from Artterro

Now through December 15th, 2013, Artterro is offer Soap Deli News readers 20% off everything available from Artterro’s line. Simply enter coupon code: SOAP20 at checkout to save on your holiday gift giving when you shop online with Artterro!

Artterro DIY Craft Kit Giveaway

USA residents can also enter to win a Creativity Kit and an Art Journal Kit (pictured above) from Artterro through November 30th, 2013! Enter now (via Rafflecopter below) and gift a little creativity this holiday season. Also be sure to swing by Artterro’s blog, Spark, for creative handmade inspiration!

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DIY Paper Mache Mounted Unicorn Head Wall Plaque

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DIY Paper Mache Mounted Unicorn Head Wall Art

Looking for something to DIY this weekend? I’m partial to this DIY Paper Mache Unicorn Head Wall Plaque. Not only is it a great way to upcycle those newspapers, but it’s super cute! And hey, unicorns are also the official animal of Scotland! Learn how to make your own with a step by step photo tutorial at Lil Blue Boo. For more fab DIY project ideas, be sure to follow me on Pinterest.


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Mod Podge Canvas Photo DIY

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DIY Mod Podge Canvas Photo Art

Since I haven’t yet had a chance to get my own hands dirty since my getting back from my vacation, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share another project with you created by my coworker, Erica. She is – like many of us – on the fast track to becoming a bonified Pinterest addict, and is trying new craft projects she’s discovered on Pinterest on what is becoming a regular basis. You might recall the diy crayon canvas artwork she brought into the office recently or the pretty handmade tile coasters she made for me last Christmas. Her next project is going to be a diy pallet coffee table, however, just before I left for vacation she shared step-by-step photos of her newest project for making Mod Podge canvas photos – like the ones pictured above via a tutorial discovered on Pinterest from Aubut Family blog – so I could in turn share it with my readers.

How to Make DIY Mod Podge Canvas PhotosStep one is to gather your materials. You’ll need a canvas, a photograph, a foam brush, scissors, Mod Podge, clear acrylic sealer and some paint and/or decorative scrap book paper.

DIY Mod Podge Canvas Photographs

First she cut the photo she had chosen to use to fit her canvas. As she wanted a border around the front of the picture, she cut it slightly smaller than the canvas.

DIY Mod Podge Canvas Photos Inspired Via Pinterest - Step by Step Photo TutorialThen because Erica chose to use polka dot scrapbooking papers as a decorative edge for the side of her canvas photos, she then cut the paper into strips that fit along the edges of the canvas. Next, she used Mod Podge to glue the papers along the sides of the canvas by applying Mod Podge to the sides of the canvas, placing the papers, then brushing an additional layer of Mod Podge over the papers. (The parts along the edges left uncovered will be painted later on.)

Mod Podge Craft Project - DIY Mod Podge Photo CanvasesOnce the papers had been adhered to the sides, she then applied a layer of Mod Podge to the front of the canvas where the picture will be applied.

How to Make DIY Canvas Photos with Mod PodgeNext, she centered the photograph onto the front of canvas. Once she placed the photo onto the canvas she then brushed another layer of Mod Podge on top of the photograph.

Handmade Mod Podge Canvas Photograph DIYOnce the Mod Podge had dried, she simply brushed black paint around the edges of the photograph and the sides of the blank canvas that had been left exposed. (This can be neat or messy depending on your own personal look you’d like to achieve so don’t feel as if there is a right or wrong way!) Once the paint had dried, she sealed the photo canvas with a clear acrylic spray. (I’ve always used Plaid brand in matte or gloss.) Once your own canvas photo has completely dried, all that’s left is to display your masterpiece.

For more great diy project ideas as well fabulous natural bath and beauty recipes, be sure to follow me on Pinterest!


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Pinterest Inspired DIY Artwork for Home & Office

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DIY Crayon Canvas ArtworkMy co-worker Erica, who made me a set of lovely coasters last Christmas, has been getting her craft on recently to bring some new life to her office here at work. Inspired by projects she discovered on Pinterest, she created a lovely collection of new “attire” for her blank walls. (Please excuse the quality of these pics. I photographed them with my cell phone.)

Crayon Canvas Paintings - DIY Art Project for your walls that's both inexpensive and easyErica made these crayon “paintings” from a box of crayons – with back to school right around the corner you can pick these up for super cheap! – artist canvas, a hot glue gun and a hair dryer. Simply use a hot glue gun to glue crayons along the top of a blank canvas, then use a hair dryer to melt the crayons so the colors run down the canvas creating a one of kind work of art.

Mod Podge Scrapbook Paper Wall Covering Art DIYThese works of art were created using square canvases, scrapbook papers, mod podge and paint. Simply cut scrapbook papers to fit the canvas size and use mod podge to adhere the decorative papers to the front of the canvas. Once dry, paint around the sides of the canvas – based on Erica’s paper choices she used brown paint – and lightly brush paint around the edges of the papers on the front. Let dry and hang!

DIY Ruler Clip Board OrganizerErica also made a place to hold and organize her important notes and phone lists she uses on a daily basis. She purchased jumbo clothespins, painted them black then glued them to a yard stick. She initially tried to hot glue the clothespins but found that they didn’t hold with hot glue. I recommended E-6000 glue (craft adhesive) since it holds just about everything and it worked like a charm.

For more ideas for art projects, be sure to visit and follow my Art Class Board on Pinterest. For diy decorating ideas and inspiration, follow my For the Home Board on Pinterest. And finally, for home and office organizing tips and diy’s be sure to follow my Home & Office Organization Board on Pinterest.


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Cute Custom Pet Portrait Giveaway

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If you’re a pet owner like me you’ve probably come to terms with the fact that your pet – dog or cat, perhaps hamster or snake – is lovingly adored and a thousand times more spoiled than you’d like to admit. But that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with being the awesome pet owners that we are. So what to do? Well, I certainly think we should embrace the fact.
Custom Cartoon Family Portrait from Cute Cartoon Portraits
In order to help you remain a bona fide addict and hapless slave to your pet, I suggest immortalizing your furry – or perhaps scaled – darling with a custom pet portrait from Cute Cartoon Portraits. Cute Cartoon Portraits is a shop devoted to custom commissioned portraits of your beloved pets, family, and friends. Each illustration is created especially for you using your very own pictures! Additionally, you’ll also find a wide selection of pre-made cartoons that have been placed on greeting cards and wall art prints.
Custom Pet Portraits from Cute Cartoon Portraits
Joanna, the artist behind Cute Cartoon Portraits, has been drawing ever since she could hold a pencil. She has training in classical animation as well as Motion Design and loves drawing. And, because she finds such great inspiration from custom drawings, she’s sponsoring a giveaway and offering up one of her Custom Pet Portraits to one lucky winner! This is a personal custom digital portrait created from YOUR photos. The winner will receive a digital copy in any size that he or she chooses which can then be taken to his or her local printer. This prize is valued at $60.

In addition to custom portraits of pets and families, Joanna also serves up super cute baby shower invites, wedding and save the date invites, pins and pendants. If you just can’t wait to see if you’ll be lucky enough to win, you can order from Cute Cartoon Portraits through September 1, 2012 and save 25% off your purchase when you enter coupon code: LOVEANIMALS at checkout. Shop online at http://www.cutecartoonportraits.com or on etsy!

But don’t let that stop you from entering! Everyone has a chance to win as long as you’re 18 or older. Simply enter via Rafflecopter below by a minute after midnight Eastern Time on August 10th, 2012.

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