How to Transfer a Photo to Wood

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By Kathy Cano-Murillo
How to transfer a color photo to wood or any other hard surface.
Every month Kathy Cano-Murillo, a.k.a. The Crafty Chica, dishes crafty tips and tricks in La Vida Crafty on Jackalope Ranch.

Image transfers are one of those timeless crafts that are always fun to revisit. While recently shopping in downtown Tucson, I came across a few stores that had walls of image transfers on wood. Inspiration hit. I came home and used my illustrations (and my husband's) to give it a try. This is my trial run, and I love how they turned out! I definitely plan to make more and spruce them up a bit.


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How to Build a Terrarium with Phoenix's Ian Christiansen of TerrarIAN

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Janessa Hilliard
Ian Christiansen's terrarian workspace in his downtown Phoenix home.

The workshop is tucked away in a tiny corner of a kitchen in a downtown Phoenix apartment. An array of glass containers has been arranged neatly on top of the refrigerator, some tall and skinny while others are fat and bulbous. Where most would entertain a window-side breakfast nook, a table is full of lush, green moss that looks fluffy to the touch. Beside them: six fully naked women and six male photographers.

The apartment, the workspace and the dozen (miniature figurine) people all belong to Ian Christiansen who will, in an hour or a few weeks or a month, bring each of them together to create a small, seemingly self-sustaining ecosystem: a terrarium.

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How to Make Crushed Pepper Resin Charms

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Photo by Kathy Cano-Murillo.
Use crushed peppers and resin to make a necklace.
Every month Kathy Cano-Murillo, a.k.a. The Crafty Chica, dishes crafty tips and tricks in La Vida Crafty on Jackalope Ranch.

You know you are an obsessive crafter when it hurts to throw things away. Straws, chopsticks, gum ball toys, old purses -- anything. One of my favorite crafts is working with two-part resin. I'm always looking for fun things to embed in it.

So when I came across crushed pepper packets while cleaning the kitchen recently, I knew what my next project would be! Crushed pepper resin charms!


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13 Tips for Faking Your Way Through a Super Bowl Party

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Courtesy Flicker user Joe Parks.
Seahawks fans celebrate their team's NFC conference championship.

Excited for the Super Bowl parties but nervous because you don't follow football closely enough to keep up with the conversation? Don't worry. We've got your back with this handy guide that will help you talk all about the Sunday, February 2, game featuring the guy with the giant forehead from the Papa John's commercials and that likable kid from those gag-worthy State Farm Insurance commercials. Or as you'll soon know them, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, respectively.

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How to Refurbish a Vintage Volkswagen with Randy Slack

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Becky Bartkowski
Randy Slack's studio space is often mistaken for an auto shop.

"Let's play VWs," Randy Slack says.

It's a phrase the Phoenix artist and his fellow local Volkswagen lovers use when they want to meet up at Kevin Stramandinoli's Phoenix auto shop, Crown Restoration. The shop's a clubhouse of sorts, where Slack geeks out over obscure parts and hard-to-find models.

He's obsessed, he readily admits.

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How to Make a Wedding Dress with Monique Sandoval

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Andrew Pielage
Designer Monique Sandoval puts finishing touches on a wedding dress.

Monique Sandoval made her wedding dress the night before her big day.

She sewed up the gown, which she describes as Mexican bohemian, with her step-grandmother, who taught her to use a needle and thread. She remembers the late night fondly. With antique crocheted fabric Sandoval found on Etsy and silk tulle, she completed the one-shoulder frock just hours before her Halloween ceremony at The Icehouse.

That was about three years ago. The marital bliss has endured -- and so has the dressmaking.

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7 Tips for Holiday Decorating

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Courtesy of Holiday Lights Decorating.

Holiday Lights Decorating has provided customers with unique holiday light displays for 20 years. Now, customers can visit the business in its first retail space, where they can see example displays and browse unique decorative items.

Tony Snider, Holiday Lights Decorating owner and decorator, has software that allows him to show shoppers what their light display would look like all set up, without having to physically set anything up. With just a photo of your home or building and the software, Snider can virtually design custom displays for your unique setting and show it to you without even having to leave the store.

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10 Best Awkward Vine Videos

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Flickr via Pink Sherbet Photography

We've all had that embarrassing trip or made an awkward mistake that made us feel like digging a hole in the ground and proceeding to die there. Instead of simply getting back up and dusting ourselves off or leaving the situation feeling down, Vine celebrity KC James shows us a few alternatives for how to not only recover but come back in style. Try these next time you trip in front of those people you were trying to impress. You might just win them over after all.


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Molding Cement Number Plates with Mesa Artist Yolanda Esquer

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Valerie Hoke
Esquer with molded cement number plates.

Who says cement is only for sidewalks? Nobody did, really. But Mesa concrete artist Yolanda Esquer certainly proves such a statement wrong. Esquer creates and sells unique concrete blocks, among other things, and she showed us a do-it-yourself way to make address number plates. They're a great way to personalize any home, and making them is so easy that we didn't even get dirty.

See also:
Printing Napkins with Cindy Iverson of Letterpress Central in Chandler
Painting Plaid Walls with Kenny Barrett of GROWop Boutique in Phoenix

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Printing Napkins with Cindy Iverson of Letterpress Central in Chandler

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Valerie Hoke
Printed napkins made at Letterpress Central
Forget decorations and placecards, and bring some handmade creativity on your next party or gathering with unique letterpress napkins. Cindy Iverson of Letterpress Central in Chandler shows us how to spell out words, personalize table settings, and incorporate images onto ordinary napkins as an easy way to add some character to any event.

Iverson is busy gearing up for the Phoenix Wayzgoose, a letterpress conference from Wednesday, June 5, through Sunday, June 9. But she took a break to guide us through the process of printing these custom napkins.

See also:
The Phoenix Wayzgoose: A Celebration of Letterpress (and Swap Meet/Auction of Goods!)
Painting Plaid Walls with Kenny Barrett of GROWop Boutique in Phoenix
DIY Glass Etching: A Semi-Dangerous How-To with Laurie Notaro


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