Thursday, October 5, 2017

Bat Juice Potion Jar

Bat Juice Potion Jar
I love Halloween! And I love to decorate for Halloween. Every year I like to create a few new projects to add to my collection. This year's project is this fun Bat Juice Potion Jar made using a Dollar Tree glass jar.

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So, first up I etched the jar. Super easy to do. Grab your etchall® and let's get started.
hinge method of applying vinyl
Cut your mask, line up on the bottle, and put some tape down the middle. This way I could line it up and place one side while the other side was still stationary. Bam. Perfect placement. 

applying etching creme
Add some masking tape all around to keep the etching creme in place and add your creme. Let it sit 15 minutes, then scrape it back into the jar. Rinse under cool running water and dry. Remove the stencil.

Drink Me halloween sign
Next up, let's add some fun stuff to it! For this project I have use the Flexible Sign Danglers and the Mini Slanted Sign Holder from Deflecto, Joy Embroidered Letters. I used some vintage Doodlebug Designs paper for the inside of the frame and added some 3D decorations to the outside of it. I used a Flexible Sign Dangler to fly my bat. FUN!
I ran the letters through my mini Xyron machine to get them to adhere to the etched area of the bottle, then added another felt bat (from Hobby Lobby, y'all) below them.

Flexible sign dangler
I also used a Flexible Sign Dangler to attach another flying bat to my potion bottle. These little sign danglers are so easy to use in so many ways! I added twine, a paper flower and a brad to the top of the bottle to finish it off.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Don't Make Me Get The Flying Monkeys Tray

Halloween is my favorite time of the year. I love to decorate for Halloween and every year I try to come up with something new and fun. This tray is a fun and easy decoration that you can make in just a few minutes. Don't make me get the flying monkeys is one of my favorite phrases of all time.

Flying Monkeys Halloween Tray
For this project I picked up a dollar store tray you some flowers from my stash and a really great ribbon that I had on hand.

Transparent Glitter vinyl

I love the transparent glitter vinyl from Style Tech Craft. It has lots of fun colors and I swear this is the easiest final I have ever weeded. Pop over to their Facebook page see lots of examples of their great projects and sign up for a free sample.

Layering vinyl
The save on vinyl I cut each color separately and then layer the colors together on my project. If you only have a couple of colors it's a pretty easy task to do once you've done it a couple times and have a little practice.

Vinyl Hinge method
I use the hinge method for placing my vinyl down. Once you have your colors in place use a piece of masking tape and place it all the way across one piece down the middle. Remove the backing from one of the pieces and placed a small portion down on your project. Once you have that piece down you can remove the rest of the backing from that piece, placing it all the way down and it will be aligned perfectly.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

No Sew Alphabet Matching Game

Toddler Alphabet Game
Designer Crafts Connections is designing some fabulous projects with Kunin felt this week. I decided to make a fun game for the princess and came up with this No Sew Alphabet Matching Game. I am so happy with how my project came out AND how quick and easy this was to make. Seriously y'all.  I can spend hours dawdling over a project but this one came together just exactly how I wanted it!! AWESOME~!!!

Anyway,, Kunin Felt Group was so nice to send me some samples of their Premium 8oz and Classic 5oz felts. Did you know that they recycle water bottles to make their felt??? 12 recycled water bottles equals one pound of fabric. Is that seriously the coolest thing? So now you can say that you are helping the environment by crafting!

Kunin Felt Toddler Game
Kunin Felt:

Cutting Felt squares

I started by choosing my felt and cutting it into squares. I needed to cut each letter twice (shadow and regular) so I would need 52 squares.  I picked out eleven colors of the 9x12 Classic Felt. I cut my felt into 2.5" squares, which was slightly larger than the largest letter. Using my rotary cutter and straight edge ruler made this process go so much faster. If you do any kind of cutting I recommend you invest in one of these - they are the bomb. But BE CAREFUL! They are super sharp. Follow the directions on the package when loading and cutting.

Colored felt squares
Next up I needed to sort the squares by color and decide what order they would go in on the board. Now, you could skip this step completely, but my OCD self can not. I need all my colors to be in harmony and I need them to be evenly spaced. But that's just me. You do what makes you happy!
After I had them all arranged in order, I started from one end and went down the line picking up squares in a stack until I had 26. I did the same thing again for the second stack, picking up right where I left off rather than going back to the beginning of the colors. This makes the colors staggered so the top and bottom layers are different colors.

Colored felt alphabet
I used my die cutter and some very old Sizzix dies for these letters. I designated one stack of felt squares for the shadow and the other stack of felt squares for the regular letter. Then cut out all the letters. Since both pieces of each letter were on the same die, it was pretty quick. I was able to put two dies at a time through the machine.

Felt alphabet game
I used the grid on my cutting mat to help me line the letters up on the 12x18 piece of Premium Felt. I started at the center 6" mark and lined the first column up there. Then I moved 2" out for each column to the left and right.  So my columns are aligned at 2", 4", 6", 8", and 10" from the left edge.  I just kind of eyeballed it for the space between the rows. I just wanted to make sure each row was straight. Glue the shadow ONLY of each letter down once you have the all lined up.

Pom Pom Trim

I also added some adorable pom pom trim to the top and bottom. Pom Pom trim is perfect for everything! Because I figure the princess is going to do a lot of pulling on that trim I used my glue gun on it. I love this model from Surebonder because it has a fine tip to get the glue just where I want it!

no sew matching game

I can't wait until the princess is here next so we can play with this! She loves singing her alphabet.

Be sure to check out the Designer Crafts Connection Blog and check out the amazing projects from all the designers. We all had so much fun designing with Kunin felt!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Trick or Treat Candy Bucket

Batty Halloween Jar
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Howdy everyone. You know I love Halloween. I needed a new Trick Or Treat candy bucket to hold all the treats I give out. This beautiful glass bucket was a clearance find at Hobby Lobby - 80% off y'all!!!!  With a little bit of vinyl and a big bow I am ready to fill it up.

the easiest vinyl to weed ever
Y'all - this vinyl is TRULY the easiest vinyl on earth to weed. Seriously. I don't even put weeding lines on my designs anymore because it weeds FLAWLESSLY.  I just picked up a corner on this piece and peeled the entire outer edge off in one pull. Seriously. You can pick up a whole pack of 12x12 sheets here.

intricate vinyl designs

Look how tiny this piece is. When I weeded it this little itty bitty piece just stayed right were it was supposed to. How often does that happen! What's my favorite weeding tool? I still use my very old Cricut pick from way back in the day.

Fun trick or treat bucket

I love this design from the Silhouette Store. It is just so fun.The last time I used it however I cut a different brand of vinyl. Let me tell you the difference was amazing. This cut perfectly without adjusting my blade and it weeded like a dream. Seriously - you should check out the StyleTech brand of vinyl.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Boo To You Halloween Etched Glass

Halloween etched candy jar
Halloween is coming! Halloween is coming! I love Halloween y'all. LOVE. IT.  I can't wait to start decorating the house. I like to have multiple candy dishes around the house filled with different kinds of candy. This cute little glass dish from the dollar store turned into a great Boo to you dish with a little bit of etching cream. e

easy etched glass
I started by covering the edges on one side with masking tape. I marked the masking tape with a ruler before I applied it, so that I would get a straight edge on each side.  Next up I used some foil stickers to create my sentiment. Foil stickers are a fabulous way to make etching designs.

Next up apply the etching creme and let it sit for 15 minutes. To get a full tutorial on how to use the creme, go here.

Halloween etched glass

After rinsing you have a masterpiece that looks like this! The glass is permanently etched and you can even paint it if you like!

To see more etched projects, hop over to the etchall® Facebook page.


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