I’m a Fan of… Crayola Twistables Slick Stix!!

From time to time on this blog, I feature crafters, craft companies, and craft products that I am a fan of. Today, I am putting the spotlight on Crayola Twistables Slick Stix!

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I first discovered this particular product a year or two ago. Of course, I was familiar with the Crayola name since I’d had their crayons and other products as a child. However, I was very impressed that Crayola also makes products for adult art use that stands up to the competition, but for a fraction of the cost!

Crayola Twistables Slick Stix give off brilliant, pigmented color and are very creamy and gel-like. Oh… and they blend like a dream! You have a few minutes of “play time” to blend them before they set. They could be blended with a sponge, but I find that the heat of my finger blends them perfectly and gives me the best control. Plus, when you’re finished, the non-toxic formulation will wash off the skin with soap and water. I do not use them to color coloring pages; rather, I use them for other things such as shading, highlighting, and more! They are great to use for mixed media art journals, card-making, with stencils, or to color large surfaces. In fact, I used them to color the leaves on the project shown below, and they gave the leaves a very realistic, waxy look! ↓↓↓

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Crayola Twistables Slick Stix used to color leaves

I also used them to color plain white printer paper when I make my paper roses. If I don’t have a certain color of paper, no problem! I just reach for my Crayola Twistables Slick Stix and get the perfect finish. When they dry, they leave a slightly shiny, waxy finish (which can be seen in person) so they are perfect for making paper roses!!

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Crayola Twistables Slick Stix used to color paper rose

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Crayola Twistables Slick Stix used to color paper roses (glitter added to embellish)

In card-making, they are also great to use! Last Fall, I made a pumpkin-shaped card. Instead of having a flat, orange piece of paper – I wanted to add some dimension and contour to my pumpkin. The Crayola Twistables Slick Stix were the perfect solution!!

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Crayola Twistables Slick Stix used to shade/contour pumpkin-shaped card

Of course, these nifty crayons can be used for far more than I’ve mentioned – but I simply wanted to give an idea of their capabilities. They twist up so you never have to worry about sharpening them. You can get a set of 12 for less than $8.00USD in most stores which carry Crayola products. Give them a try and let me know what you think in the comments!

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Thanks for stopping by today! Remember, more fun projects can be seen on my Instagram or Facebook! I’d love to see you there also… Happy crafting!

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Easy DIY Mini Art Trio

Easy, affordable, quick, and fun… today’s blog and companion video are all of these things! The mini art trio we are going to be making today can be hung on a wall, put on a mantel, or used as desk decor. For the supply list and instructions, keep scrolling. ↓ ↓ ↓

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Supplies List:

Instructions:

Step 1: Begin by painting your frames if you choose to do so. This is entirely optional. Cut two 5″ heart shapes on your Cricut Machine or by hand.

Step 2: Using your ruler and pencil, draw a straight vertical line on the back of the hearts about 1/3 of the way in. Be sure to do it reverse on the second heart. Use your scissors to cut on this line. You will be left with 2/3 of the heart shape for each heart.

Step 3: Cut three pieces of coordinating cardstock paper for your backgrounds at 4×6″. Remember, the center frame will sit horizontal, so if your paper has patterns, cut accordingly. Glue your cut heart shapes on the two vertical paper panels. The center panel is your centerpiece, so decorate it as you wish. For mine, I used a song verse – but you can choose whatever you’d like.

Step 4: Decorate your cardstock using markers, glitter, or whatever you choose. Cut your transparency sheet (or acetate) at 4×6″ for all three frames. This reflective, clear paper will act as your “glass” to your frame. Place your finished art and transparencies in the frames. Decorate and embellish the outside of frames as you choose!

I hope this was a fun, easy, and affordable craft idea for you to try! Be sure to check out the companion video below!

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DIY Tableside Caddy

Most all of us could use some extra storage – so why not create a decorative storage caddy to match your decor?! This tableside caddy is very versatile and could be used in any room. It can be constructed entirely of cardstock; however, if you want it to be extra-sturdy, simply reinforce with a thicker cardstock or cardboard. Make several for around the house or even design a few as gifts!

The supplies you will need, measurements, and a full tutorial can be found below on my YouTube channel.

Perfect for nightstand storage!

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DIY Butterfly Frame with ‘How-To’ Video

This project is lots of fun and very inexpensive! The instructions will be included in the video tutorial (linked below), but I will list the supplies here. It sounds like you will need TONS of supplies – but most crafters will already have most of these. Remember, you don’t have to follow this project exactly as I have done it… add your own creativity. Perhaps, you may choose a different theme and/or different colors. That’s the beauty of crafting… it allows your own personal creativity to shine! Oh, and FYI – the Supplies List will make more sense once you watch the tutorial… 🙂

SUPPLIES LIST:

Wooden Frame (in the size you choose)     Small Paint Tray (with wells)     Acrylic Paint (blue and white)

Medium Angled Paintbrush     Silver Glitter (or the color you like)     Foam Paintbrush

Glue Pen (I use ‘Zig’ brand)     Cricut Expression (for butterfly cut-outs; or cut out your own images)

Permanent Glue Runner (or something to adhere butterflies to frame)     Glitter Glue Pens

Pencil (for tracing)     Flatback Gems (you choose the color)     Small Black Pom-Poms

Cardstock (in color you choose)     Cuttlebug Embossing Machine (optional)     Small Glue Dots

Small Sticky Foam Dimensional Squares     Ribbon (you choose the color)  

X-Acto Knife (I used to trim my butterflies – optional)


ADDITIONAL IDEAS:

~If you don’t want to use cardstock cut-outs for your butterflies, you could always use wooden cut-outs.

~When positioning butterflies, don’t have them all facing the same angle.

~Allow some of your butterflies to be half off the frame and trim excess.

~If your paint gets too ‘muddy’ when painting clouds, wait for it to dry a bit more first.

~In whatever theme you choose, this would be a unique gift idea for many holidays and occasions!

VIDEO LINK:

Please click the video link for a full tutorial!

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DIY Initial Bookmarks

I’ll admit, I’m not an avid reader. But when I DO read, I can never find a bookmark – so I end up using a fast food napkin or an old envelope to mark my page. Fancy, huh? Do-It-Yourself bookmarks are the way to go! They are quick and easy to make with very little materials required. You can make your bookmark as basic or as embellished as you like! If you’re sharing a book, these initial bookmarks will make it easier – unless your names both start with the same letter!

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Supplies Needed:

~ Cardstock (you choose the color/design)

~ Fiskars Paper Trimmer (or scissors will do)

~ Cord (ribbon or yarn can be used also)

~ Large Beads (with a hole in the center)

~ Laminating Papers (found at office supply stores)

~ Hole Punch

~ Alphabet Stickers

Instructions:

STEP 1 – Cut your cardstock to the desired size. For precise, straight lines, I like to use my Fiskar’s Paper Trimmer. However, if you do not have a paper trimmer, you can always use a ruler and pencil to make straight lines (as a guide) on your paper before cutting with scissors.

STEP 2 – On your alphabet stickers, find your initial and adhere it to the top of your bookmark. Be careful not to get it too high because you still need to have room to punch a hole at the top of your bookmark. After decorating your bookmark, you may laminate it with your laminating papers and trim off the excess. Be sure your embellishments are flat and not three-dimensional – this way, the lamination will adhere better.

STEP 3 – Using your hole punch, punch a hole in the top/center of your bookmark. Be careful not to get your punch too close to the edge. After punching the hole, run your cord through it and tie a slip-knot. On the ends of the cord, put two beads and secure by tying a knot in the cord under the beads. And just like that… YOU’RE DONE!!

Tips/Ideas:

~ Even though glittery cardstock is pretty, lamination papers do not stick to it very well. It’s best to stick with matte cardstock for this project.

~ If you want both sides decorated, think of adding the designed cardstock on front and a solid/matching cardstock on back. This will make your bookmark look professionally finished. Simply glue the two pieces together before laminating.

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DIY Door Hanger

This craft is easy, affordable, and fun!! With this project, you can make the standard, “Do Not Disturb” door hanger or you can personalize it with a name or theme – the choice is yours. You could also paint the door hangers or decorate them for holidays. There are many three-dimensional ways to spruce up your door hanger by hot gluing on silk flowers, buttons, bows, and other embellishments. These are also great for kids. A boy might like dinosaurs, cars, or sports while a girl might like diamonds, glitter, and pearls! The main thing is to be creative and have fun.

Completed door hanger

Completed door hanger


Supplies Needed:

*Glue Runner

*Glue Dots

*Pointed Scissors

*1 sheet of 8.5 x 11″ blue cardstock

*1 sheet of 8.5 x 11″ black cardstock

*Foam Alphabet Letters (made with glitter)

*Hot Glue Gun (with glue sticks, of course!)

*Fiskars Paper Trimmer (or scissors)

*Wooden Door Hanger (for the base)

*Pencil & Eraser

*Black Sharpie Marker (or the color of your choice)

*Flat-back Gemstones

Instructions:

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*Step One – Trace door hanger twice on your sheet of blue cardstock. Cut out what you have traced and erase any excess pencil markings. To cut out the center hole, pierce the center of it with the point of your scissors and begin cutting inside it. Before gluing them on, use a Sharpie marker and color in edges of wooden hanger to disguise any raw wood edges. If you would rather, you may alternatively use acrylic paint. Then, place glue all over one side of your wooden door hanger (paying close attention to the edges) and glue traced image onto the door hanger. Do the same for the opposite side.

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*Step Two – Cut an accent piece of cardstock (I used black) to add contrast and a backdrop for your foam letters. Secure this piece on with your glue runner. To frame your accent piece of cardstock, use ribbon or strung sequins which you can secure with a hot glue gun. Also, use a dab of hot glue on the back of your foam letters and secure them where you want them.

*Step Three – For a finishing touch, secure gemstones onto your door hanger with Glue Dots in either random or precise placement.

Tips/Ideas:

~ Add texture to your base paper by running it through the Cuttlebug/embossing it.

~ Instead of covering door hanger in paper, why not use some acrylic paint to spruce it up?!

~ Sometimes, the door hangers have splintered edges when you purchase them. Simply use some sandpaper or a coarse nail file to smooth edges.

~ When you’re at the craft store in the wooden goods aisle, pick up a three-dimensional wooden initial for your door hanger or other cut-out wooden shapes.

~ For the advanced crafter, you could do a mosaic effect background with random shapes of glittery and matte cardstock!

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