Stacking Décor Blocks

Hi everyone, I hope you have had a fabulous week and are ready for the weekend!

These stacking décor blocks are a cute and super easy way to add some custom colors and inspirational quotes in your child’s room, on your desk or on the coffee table.

Anita Scroggins SF Blocks 1

You will need:
Three Smoothfoam cubes (any size)
Acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Scrapbook papers
Corner rounding punch
Ink pad
Double-sided tape
Embellisments, stickers

1.  Paint each cube and set aside to dry.

2.  Cut the papers into squares that are 1/4″ smaller than the side of the cube – you will need 6 squares for each cube. Round the edges and ink the edges to distress.

3.  Adhere the paper squares to the cubes with tape. Embellish with stickers, die-cuts or whatever you like!

Anita Scroggins SF Blocks 2

 

Wine Bottle Heart Charm

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Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays…there are so many occasions we celebrate with a bottle of wine or champagne. How about making a heart charm to make that bottle even more special? This is a super quick and easy project – perfect for hostess gifts.

You will need:
Flat Smoothfoam heart
Beaded charm dangle
Bracelet chain
Small flat heart charm
Silver metallic paint
Two 1” cotter pins
Paint brush
Jewelry glue
DQuartermainWineBotCharmPhoto21.  Paint the heart with two coats of silver. Let dry in between coats.
2.  Loop the dangle on one cotter pin, and put the trinket chain in the other cotter pin.
3.  Carefully push the pin with the dangle into the bottom of the heart, then push the pin with the chain into the top of the heart. Dip the ends of the pin into a bit of glue to secure, if desired.
4.  Glue the heart charm to the center of the Smoothfoam heart.

How to Decorate a Hawaii Scrapbook Album

Hawaii Scrapbook Album Collage

My parents went to Hawaii on vacation and asked me to scrapbook the adventure for them. One of the challenges of making a scrapbook for people who don’t scrapbook is that it really has to be a practical, stand-alone piece. I knew this trip was very special to them, so I wanted to make a book that looked amazing sitting on the coffee table, but that was could be handled and viewed regularly. That means the book needed to be lightweight and not very bulky, which is a challenge given that alot of the Hawaii-themed items I had in my stash were heavy (wood) or bulky (flowers, buttons, and such).

Then I spotted this amazing African Mask on the Smoothfoam website. It was perfect for the island theme I was aiming for and was lightweight and easy to paint.

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The texture of the painted Smoothfoam gave the effect of stone, an added bonus!!

I first painted a layer of brown acrylic paint on the front of the Smoothfoam African Mask. After allowing that to dry thoroughly, I painted the details of the mask using various colors of acrylic paint with small paint brushes. I used metallic gold paint on the eyebrows, forehead, and chin to add a bit of shimmer and depth to the piece. After allowing to dry, I attached the mask to the front of the album with hot glue.

Supplies:

Smoothfoam African Mask
Acrylic paints: Brown, Gold, Green, Lime Green, White, Yellow, Coral
Paint brushes
Glue gun
Scrapbook

For more details on how this book came together, including a video tutorial of the making of the entire cover, please check out my blog at hydrangeahippo.com.