Shameless Self Promotion: Buy my new DIY kit I designed for Darby Smart

I have some exciting news! My friend Nicole of the cool DIY kit company Darby Smart, asked me to design an awesome Tulip 3D Paint a.k.a. Puffy Paint and Fabric Spray canvas set  using mini white canvases and cool stencils from the Crafter’s Workshop! This kit is officially called Color Wash Canvases and they are so fun to make!

Why do you need to buy this kit?  I’ve actually come up with TEN reasons…

The Top 10 Reasons why you’ll want to buy my Darby Smart DIY kit…
1.  It’s a fun, clever, and fast birthday gift idea for a friend or frenemy.
2.  If you’re on a diet, treat yourself!  At least, you’ll feed your creativity.
3.  It will make your teen or tween stop texting (for atleast an hour).
4. Your blank, boring walls will thank you. So will your fave relative who criticizes your decorating.
5. You can buy more supplies to add to your ever-growing craft hoard.
6. Ummm, hello?  You’ll be able to say you own a kit designed by “The Swell Designer”.
7. You’ll feel all artsy and stuffs.
8. This kit is unicorn-approved.  Seriously, it is!
9. You won’t overspend or stand in the stupid craft store line, this kit is shipped FREE to your door!
10. Do I really have to say it?????………..PUFFY PAINT!!!!!!

Oh and what’s cool about this Darby Smart kit is that it’s all-inclusive and they provide FREE SHIPPING! That deal always makes my ears perk up too!

You get this cool stuff in the kit:
– 1 bottle of Tulip Puffy Dimensional Fabric Paint
– 4 4″x4″ canvases
– 3 Tulip Fabric Spray Paints
– Your choice of a cool stencil from Crafter’s Workshop
– Foam brush

And what’s great is you really don’t use up you entire supply of paints and the stencil is totally reusable. This $24 kit is the gift that keeps on giving!

Well, there’s just one thing to ask….

OK make that four things.

So did I convince you to buy my kit yet??? Awww come on, you know you want to too…

Until next time Swellions!


Glow in the Dark Pumpkin DIY Tutorial


I have always been one part in love with glow in the dark and one part scared of it.  The scared part comes from childhood whenever I had a glow-in-the-dark object in my room.  When I went to sleep at night, I’d always have to turn the other way cause the glow object creeped me out and kept me up at night.  Luckily, I’ve grown out of those feelings. LOL.  I now know the glow object can not come after me or haunt me by looking at it. Also, another factor as to why I love glow is because my fiancé William LOVES it.  He has all kinds of cool glow stuff, blacklights, powders, paints, etc.  He recently even made glow rocks for his fish tank, which are pretty awesome!  They don’t hold a blacklight to my glow-in-the-dark ornaments (sorry honey) though.  Anyway, I digress.  Here’s how you make your own glow pumpkin sure to haunt you all Halloween long!!!

P.S. If you like this post, you’ll love my DIY Halloween page called Easy Pumpkin Ideas where you’ll find 10+ project DIYs! Check ’em out!

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Puffy Paint Polka Dot Bottle Vase DIY

Looking for a super cool centerpiece idea with big impact for this Halloween?  Look no further than your trash can!  I turned this glass Italian soda bottle into a little polka dot treasure with the help of one of my favorite products – Puffy paint (Tulip 3D Fashion Paint as it is formally called at my work).

As you can probably read above, the instructions are super simple:

1. Clean you bottle with soapy water and remove and adhesive or sticky marks.

2. Use white spray paint to coat the entire bottle. Give it a couple coats for full coverage.
3. Paint out big dots of paint onto a wax paper sheet like so…

4. Let the dots dry, then use a little bit of the puffy paint to attach the dots to the bottle in a random fashion.  My dots were pretty big.  I could have painted them on, but I didn’t want any dripping to occur. To be on the safe side, I let the big dots dry on the wax paper before application.

And there you have it!  Dexter decided he liked the little orange balls. Check out this video of his attacking skills. He’s vicious! Notice the nice plaid sheet over my window (how can you not notice it LOL – I gotta get on making some cute drapes for my office!)

Hope you enjoyed this cute craft!

Until next time Swellions!


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