Sunday, July 18, 2021

Hello Kit - Almost a disaster!

When this kit came out, I will say, I was so excited about how fun it was going to be for my customers!  Plus, I just had to have one for myself.  Little did I know that it would sell out so quickly!  It was quite a hit!  All of our kits are so well thought out and include everything to complete it from start to finish.
I had a ton of extra chalk paste left when I finished the Hello Kit, so I made a couple of extra projects while I had the black chalk paste single open!  
Here’s what the kit looked like when I opened it!
This goes to show you that anyone can do this!  I accidentally put the “hello” on upside down!  See that whole in the bottoms?  Thankfully, everything is fixable with chalk!  I washed the entire white section off with a board eraser and water and started again!
Here’s what it looked like after erasing the entire thing!    

 Whew!  I saved it and I love it!  Be sure to check out our newest kits HERE!

Life is a Bowl of Cherries - July Couture Club

 

I’m so excited about the beautiful detail in this month’s Club Couture.  It looks so beautiful in just a few minutes of spreading chalk paste on it.  This project, I made from a Dollar Tree Fourth of July tag (you can check it out in my live).  I didn’t even cover anything from that side of the tag.


Here are the items that I used for this project:

  • Dollar Tree Fourth of July Tag 
  • Waverly White Chalk Paint - Walmart
  • Paint brush
  • Waverly Clear Paste - Walmart
  • July  Club Couture  Life is a Bowl of Cherries Transfer
  • Squeegee
  • Cart Link  - this has the colors that I used, a squeegee, and a tag - everything you need to make this project along with the Club Couture Transfer.  
  • 2 1/2 wide coordinating ribbon

What do you think?  This project doesn’t take that long to make (I do a lot of chatting in the video). It really takes longer to wait for it to dry, than to do!  So much fun!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

May Club Couture DIY - Sweet Lemon Grove

Receiving snail mail these days is a pretty amazing thing!  It seems lost by the wayside.  To receive an actual gift or package is even more exciting!!  I love getting mail, I love getting gifts!  I also love to craft - so this is the perfect mix: Club Couture!  For just $19.95 each month, you can get a reusable transfer and three coordinating pastes in the mail to make any project you can dream of!  So fun!
 

Here’s what the transfer looks like in it’s fun envelop.  The things I used to make this project are:
  • Cutting board (found at a thrift sale for $1)
  • Club Couture Transfer - this one is the May, 2021 called Sweet Lemon Grove
  • Chalk Paste - I used Sage & Bumblebee
  • Chalk Couture scrapers
  • Chalk Couture round mini
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Baby wipes (for my messes)
I made a little video on how I made it - I would love for you to check it out:

This is such a fun and easy way to get a little crafting done each month!  For under $21, I was able to make this fun little project, and that transfer can make at least 7-10 more projects!  What a value for your money.  Also, if you’re using those samples, I try to line up several things to chalk with those colors when I open them, because the samples will go a long way!  (I was able to complete 5 projects with my last sample packet!)


Here’s that finished project - so easy!  Please let me know what you think!  Also, I do make a small amount from the ads on this page, and my small business at: www.chalkcouture.com/Dori.  (Any you can join Club HERE!)

Monday, April 12, 2021

Diaper Cake DIY


 I’m going to be a Grandma!  So I’m throwing a shower to celebrate the new baby girl that my daughter is going to be having!  I picked the theme of llamas and cactus.  I’ve always been fascinated with making a diaper cake for a decoration and gift for the new mama!  Don’t ask me why, maybe it just embodies everything crafty with having a baby!

My biggest thing about this project, is that I want it to look pretty and help with our theme of the shower and I want the Mama-to-be to be able to use all those diapers.  So - I resisted using a glue gun!

Here are the things that I used in this project:

  • 1/3 a Box of Kirkland Size 1 Diapers  - Costco $12 (it’s full price was $35, but I only used 1 of the 3  packages in the box)
  • 14” Wilton Cake Tray -Walmart $4 for 4 (I used 1)
  • 2” wide Burlap/lace ribbon - Walmart $4.63
  • Jute String - Dollar Tree $1
  • Cactus picks - Dollar Tree 3 for $1 each
  • Pack of tiny rubber band hair ties - Dollar Tree $1
  • Toy for top - Walmart $8
  • Stick pins - on hand
Total: Just under $30

Here’s a little video I did if you want more about how I put this together:

What do you think?   Thanks for checking it out, I love to hear your comments and thoughts!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Vintage Suitcase Repurpose

I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the lookout for a vintage suitcase in decent shape and for a cheap price.  I just can’t resist.  I even have a friend that goes to the thrift store every time it’s open and will call me to let me know there’s a suitcase there.  I’ve been known to run down to the thrift store on a moments notice!

I found this beautiful suitcase in the thrift shop one Saturday afternoon for just $3.99 and snatched it up!  I was so excited.

I love the blue of this suitcase, and the surface of the suitcase is very flat and straight, so I knew that all I needed to do is chalk paint a design on the front and it would be ready to go to the craft sale!  Sometimes suitcases are ugly and need to be painted, but this one was a simple repurpose for me.

The inside of the suitcase just needed a simple wash down with a micro fiber cloth and water. Two of the side pockets were lifting, so I glued them down with some E6000 and hot glue.  Of course, I added a bow to the handle, for the final touch!

Here’s what I used to make this repurpose:
  • Vintage suitcase
  • Chalk Couture Chalk paint
  • Simply Blessed Chalk Couture Transfer
  • Hot Glue
  • E6000 Glue
  • Chalk Couture Scraper
  • Bow
Check out this video I made about this Vintage Suitcase Repurpose:


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Dollar Tree Signs

I was really excited to see these DIY Sign forms at my local Dollar Tree.  I see all kinds of DIY videos and posts where people are using already printed signs, sanding them and then painting them.  In this situation, I can skip that first step, and sometimes, I can still see the original sign printing through the paint. 

These were so simple to make.  Paint, chalk screen paint and the clear coat for durability.  I added a bow to finish it off.  
They turned out so cute and I think I can sell them at our craft sales for $10 each.  They cost me about $1.50 to make, so the profit is nice.  My son is raising money to go on a 4-H Exchange trip to Japan this next summer, and all the proceeds are going to his trip.  

What do you think?  I even made a video showing how I made them.  Check it out and be sure to like and subscribe to my channel while you’re there!


Sunday, October 13, 2019

New Dollar Tree Gnomes

As promised, I’m working on some new gnomes for the season and will share them here.  I got these four cuties done this last week.  

This time around, I decided to use some of the Dollar Tree “wool” socks.  I have to say, I actually love them even more.  This gnome is using the top half for his hat, as well as a red toe for the bottom sweater.
This little guy has “He is born” embroidered on his hat.  I got these socks after the season last year at the post Christmas clearances.  I think I got them at Family Dollar, but I can’t remember.  I do remember that I got them for $.50 a pair. 

This is my favorite gnome!  I used just the toe of the “wool” sock from Dollar tree.  The bottom is the toe from a regular pair of colored socks at Dollar Tree.
This is another of those post-Christmas clearance socks.  You can’t see it in the picture, but it has “Believe” embroidered on the top, just under the green section. 

If you’d like to see how to make these cuties, please check out my YouTube video.


I’ve also been making some gnome ornaments (post coming soon!) for our upcoming craft fairs.  You can see the videos for that here: