Category Archives: Inspirations

Secret Stashbuster Challenge! Part 1


Yesterday I received my mystery craft components from Heather Mann, the amazingly sweet, creative and entertaining founder of the wildly popular sites: Dollar Store Crafts and Craftfail! Below is a picture of the bizzarre items I received in my stashbusting challenge kit! I immediately was relieved to see that Heather included some of my old standbys: fuzzy leopard and hot pink items, basic staples of Modern Surrealist projects. I must admit I was intimidated by the the brightly colored plastic hors d’ oeuvres picks and paper drink umbrellas. They really stumped me as I racked my brain thinking what on earth I could do with them craftwise! Inside was also a scrap of yellow and brown printed fabric that is nothing I would ever pick to work with as well as some (forgive me Heather) nasty off white lace trim. I have absolutely no idea what I am going to do with this stuff, but I am up for the challenge! There was one really nice thing in the package though that I was happy to receive… a brand new pair of pink 5″ Westcott Titanium Bonded Non Stick Scissors!  A very fine gift provided by the event sponsors Westcott Brand! Heather told the participants to just have fun with this and even if what we make ends up being total crap, we can always post it on Craftfail.com! LOL! The wheels  of invention are turning…..

PhotoBook Creator by Unibind – Product Review by Modern Surrealist

I recently had the pleasure of trying out the wonderfully versatile PhotoBook Creator by Unibind! I must say this is a great product! It was so fun and easy to use! The great thing about it is that it is very forgiving! You can easily add and remove pages, or rearrange the pages simply by heating up the binding, which you can do over and over again! It is really fun for all ages, although adult supervision is required for the heating of the book spine in the machine. I highly recommend the PhotoBook Creator by Unibind for anyone who wants to take their scrapbooking and memory keeping to the next level! It helps you make beautiful handmade books and the machine itself also makes a great gift for the scrapper in your life who already has it all! Check it out!

Modern Surrealist and PLAID Extreme Glitter Give Away!!!

Enter to WIN 3 FREE JARS of PLAID Extreme Glitter by leaving a comment below! One random commenter will receive 3 jars of Folk Art Extreme Glitter in the colors of their choice! See all the colors here! Extreme Glitter is a very versatile product with so many different creative applications! Just painting it on top of anything really kicks the bling factor up a notch! Check out this Original Project Design by Modern Surrealist Marisa Pawelko called “Blinged-Out Coke Bottle” featuring Extreme Glitter!!! This easy and affordable project turns the kitschy iconic Coke bottle into a beautiful objet d’art!  

It’s so easy to do! Here’s all you need:

Coke Bottle

Masking Tape

Westcott Hobby Knife

Paint Brushes (1 medium and 1 fine)

PLAID Extreme Glitter Acrylic Paint in Emerald

PLAID Extreme Glitter Acrylic Paint in Red

Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive

Art Glitter Metal Tip Applicator

Art Glitter Dazzlers in Biker Babes

Rhinestone Trim


Here (above) is a picture of what the bottle looked like before…

Instructions: Use masking tape to mask off the center label portion of the coke bottle. Apply PLAID Extreme Glitter Acrylic Paint in Emerald to the outside of the bottle. Let dry. Repeat until desired level of opacity is achieved. When dry use a Westcott Hobby Knife to cut the dried paint from the masking tape, so when you peel off the tape it does not peel up the paint. Using a fine tip brush, apply PLAID Extreme Glitter Acrylic Paint in Red to the label area of the bottle. Carefully apply Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive with the Art Glitter Metal Tip Applicator over the words Coca-Cola and sprinkle on Art Glitter Dazzlers in Biker Babes. Let dry. Cut two pieces of rhinestone trim to fit the top and bottom borders of the label area. Run a line of Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive to the top and bottom borders of the label area and apply trim. Let dry. Repeat on sides, allowing bottle to dry before turning. Makes a great vase, candle holder or paperweight!

See what I mean?!!! IPLAID Extreme Glitter turns ordinary things into extraordinary works of art! Here’s a picture of the swag that could be yours if you leave a comment below! Of course you may choose the three colors that you like best! See them all here! One lucky commenter will be chosen at random! The deadline for leaving comments to win is Tuesday October 12th!