How To Decoupage with Gold Leaf Paint Tutorial

This project is brought to you by Decopatch–fine decoupage papers with a French flair!Monogram Makeover with Decopatch PaperMonograms.  I love them.  My husband found this one at Hobby Lobby on the clearance rack (I love that man) for $15.  He was on an errand for me (I really do love that man!) for a paper mache’ deer head (they didn’t have it) and found this “M” instead. Monogram Makeover ideaShe needed a makeover, don’t you agree?  I’m all for distressed, but….strung out?  No.  They had a ton them left!  I love those big letters covered in Indian patchwork fabric that places like Home Goods and Anthropologie sell (but I can’t afford) so that was my inspiration.Paint white to even out decoupage surfaceFirst, I brushed over the brown areas with a bit of white paint to even out the tone.  I’ve never used the Decopatch papers before and worried that the dark areas might show through.  Now, I’m convinced this step wouldn’t have been necessary.Pretty Decopatch Decoupage PaperThen, I broke out the Decopatch papers.  These are extra special papers that are strong, FLEXIBLE and brightly colored–SUPER for decoupage crafts.  Check out all the colors and patterns here.   So hard to choose just one.Decopatch Paper for making smooth decoupage projectsOne side of the Decopatch paper is shiny and super smooth.Decopatch paper front and backThe reverse has a matte finish, almost like a tooth that grabs the decoupage glue perfectly.  Yes, these are the things that excite me.  Well designed paper.Cut the paper into squares and strips #decopatchOnce I picked out my papers I cut them into strips and squares.  There really was no rhyme or reason to my cutting.  That would have made it “work.”Decoupaging with Decopatch paperI used a decoupage glue like Mod Podge to adhere the papers to the front of the M and sealed them with the same glue.  Also very randomly, mixing and matching with a little layering.  The company describes Decopatch papers as “painting with paper” and I’m going to agree.  It goes on like butter on hot toast!  A little addicting!  When I finished, I was like a decoupage predator looking for innocent pray to be covered in pretty paper.  A craft vampire of sorts.Decoupaging with Decopatch paper detailOnce the decoupage glue was dry I decided to hit the edges with liquid gold leaf paint.Liquid Gold Leaf PaintI love this paint.  You’ll need mineral spirits to clean it up, but so worth it.  This stuff brought out the gold in the papers and really framed up my M beautifully.  It’s also a little potent on smell–so take good care.  We don’t need any crafters high on liquid leaf paint.Decoupage Craft Idea from Candie Cooper.comLook how smooooth!!
Decopatch Decoupage PaperI only used two papers because one set had tons of different patterns included on it.  All in all this project took about an hour to complete.  Saaanap!Decoupage Letter Idea with Decopatch PaperThere she is!  My decoupage glue was the gloss version so it made it a little tricky to photograph.  Blinded by the decoupage light already.Decoupage CraftingPink and red are some of my favorite go-to colors.  Monogram Home Decor Idea with Decopatch Paper

I’ve propped it on top of this little cabinet in our dining room.  My main new year’s resolution for this year is to clear out clutter and keep beautifying our home.

Now I need to re-work the inside contents of the cabinet.

Brick by brick.


DIY St Patrick’s Day Jewelry

Jewelry Attitude St Patrick's DayHello there awesome people!  I’m back with more festive jewelry ideas for you featuring Craft Attitude’s Jewelry Attitude film!  But before we get rolling, have you ever seen the movie, Darby O’Gill and the Little People?  Filmed in 1959 with young Sean Connery (insert sizzling hot sound)! I always think about it when St. Patty’s rolls around.  I’m going to have to rent it on Amazon Prime for old times sake.  And fast forward through the banshee part…..for old times sake.

Now back to the Craft Attitude Jewelry project ideas!!

Candie Cooper St. Patricks Jewelry MaterialsFor materials (working L to R) we have exhibits:

A: Jewelry Attitude B: tacky earrings from Wal-mart C: layering bracelets (also from Wal) and D: Tierra Cast pewter bezel frame charms.

If only you could have seen my husband’s face when I dropped those earrings into the shopping basket.  “They’re for a craft project, Honey,” I said reassuringly with a few pats on his back.  Sorry, if you own those earrings by the way.

Print onto Jewelry AttitudeAre you looking for some great St. Patty’s images?  The Graphic’s Fairy is your new BFF then because she has a ton of amazing, vintage St. Patrick’s themed art waiting for you.

Next, print your images onto the Jewelry Attitude film so they are the perfect size.  Remember to flip your images before printing–especially if there is text on them.  Check this post for tips on resizing and flipping images.

Jewelry Attitude collage filmTrim around your images and apply permanent glue to the printed side of the image.  Place face down on your surface and peel back the white paper (like a temporary tattoo).

Before and After Craft AttitudeThe thing we all love about Craft Attitude is its ability to pick up the texture of the surface it’s on along with its transparency.  By the way, did you recognize the earrings from the clearance rack?  I took them apart.

Green Earrings with Craft AttitudeThis is one of my favorite things to do with the film:  find a simple surface and cover it with a fun printed image.  Done.

Shamrock JewelryFor this pair, I cut around the printed image and Mod Podged to the metal earring part.

Mod Podge green sparklesI like using Mod Podge Outdoor formula because of the durability.  Use it to add sparkles to your pieces all day long!

Candie Cooper St Patrick's Day Jewelry CharmsThis image is from the Graphics Fairy too.  My thinking is you can give one of these bracelets to all your friends who forget to wear green on the 17th.  Of course I tried them all on at once, but I sounded like a dog with a collar that has id tags, vaccination tags, and last year’s vaccination tags when I walked around.  Loud.

Candie Cooper St Patricks Day Jewelry CharmsThat’s all there is to it!  Let me know if you have questions. Ok?

This post brought to you by Craft Attitude.  All opinions are “yours truly” though.

Burlap Covered Mason Jars with Mod Podge

Candie Cooper Burlap Candle HoldersPlaid, the magical company that makes Mod Podge and Folk Art paints (and lots of other crafty goodness) recently asked me to come up with candleholders for a Fall table setting. Here they are!  I used printed burlap found in the fabric section of Hobby Lobby.  Love love love that shade of green.  Mossy.  The charms are from Martha Stewart’s DIY jewelry collection.  Who can resist a squirrel charm?  Not me.

Full instructions here, my friends.

Stay warm,


Sizzix Fresh Vintage Blog Hop: DIY Flower Brooch


Sizzix has always made me so happy.  Fifteen years years ago, I was a student aid using the Ellison machine to cut letters for the bulletin board.  Eight years later I got the original Sizzix machine—the red one with the handle that went up and down.  And just this year I got the Big Shot!  Rolling in style, right here!


Many thanks to sweet Eileen Hull who asked if I wanted to do the Fresh Blog hop.  I was thrilled!  For my Fall Poppy brooch, I used the Sizzix #9 Flower die.  This die punches three different flower shapes that you can stack or use alone.  It's pretty much a party when you cut your fabric.


If you want to make your own Fall Poppy brooch, you will need:  fabric, buttons, Katiedids, Mod Podge, bicone Swarovski crystals 4mm, and of course the #9 Flower die.


Cut four different fabrics into flowers–I ran the die through twice per pattern for a total of eight passes (24 flowers) and yes I had a few extras (yay!).  Coat each flower front and back with Mod Podge.  Lay them on plastic to dry.  This basically gives you oil cloth flowers.  Are you excited?  You can make your own oil cloth with Mod Podge!!  I'm excited!!!

Stack your flowers small on top to large on the bottom.  Did you notice I was sneaky on the bottom two pattern layers?  I clustered the flowers around versus putting them directly behind to make the poppy bigger.  Once you have them situated, glue or stitch together.


Lastly, string a row of crystals on nylon and attach to the outer ring of the Katiedid component.  String a second row of copper beads and tie around the outside of the Katiedid.  For times sake, I glued the pieces onto the flower and inside the component.  I also added a few pieces of chain that are tucked in between the flower petals.  I hope you like this and make some for head bands, purses and cake toppers!

For a chance to win your own die, go to Oh My Crafts! 

To hop to the next blog, click on the "hop forward" Sizzix button on the right side of this page.  Thanks for visiting and happy crafting.

Glow in the Dark Halloween Craft


(Picture me with a flash light under my chin in the dark)  Oooooooooooo, there are tons and tons of inexpensive Halloween wood surfaces at the craft stores right now!

Grab some creepy green paint and glow in the dark Mod Podge or Glow Away and let the kids go to town!  

Happy Weekend Crafting!

Mod Podged Necklace

I heart Mod Podge.  This is a necklace I made with decoupaged fabric this past summer.  Hello, Hot Pink!  But you can tone it down with cooler colored fabric, right?  Here's a detailed tutorial for how to make this little gem.  XOXO.