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.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Toddler Sorting Bins

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Easy toddler sorting bins
Howdy y'all! We are all about sorting things at my house when the Princess is here. She absolutely loves these fun pasta pieces I picked up at the Indian Market a while back. Toddler Sorting Bins with interchangeable labels is a great way to keep her busy and entertained - and learn some new skills at the same time.

I started with three bins from the 9 Bin Carousel Rotating Organizer from Deflecto. I used the carousel as a desk top organizer (see it here) but I had 3 of the small bins left over. They are perfect for this little game!

Wide Double sided tape

I started by covering the bins with layers of fun patterned paper. Our princess has a propensity to pick at loose things. So I used some SUPER sticky double sided tape from Sparkle N Sprinkle to cover the entire back of the papers. Double sided tape works beautifully for attaching items to these bins.

Magnetic Sign Holders
Layered felt flowers cut with Eileen Hull's die from Sizzix decorate the front of the bins. I used hot glue to attach the VersaGrip™  Magnetic Sign Sign Holder inside each bin. I also used hot glue to attach the macaroni pieces to the labels before inserting them in the sign holders. My Sure Bonder Mini Detailed G

die cut labels Sizzix
I die cut several sets of die cut labels so I can change out the things we are sorting. I dressed up the label edges with VersaMagic ink from Tsukineko and some faux stitching.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fall Wall Decor with DecoFun Bow Maker

Fall Wall Decor
Howdy y'all! This month over at the Designer Crafts Connection we are creating and hopping with DecoFun Bowmaker. Y'all know you love a good bow just like I do. I have put mine to use by adding some fall flare to my wall decor in the kitchen.  There are lots of great projects, so when you get to the bottom of the post don't forget to hop over to the main blog.


Deco Fun Bow Maker

 The first step is to wrap your ribbon around the Bowmaker. Now, I didn't realize until I went to make the second layer of the bow, that this was not correct. See how my ribbon comes to the front every time then wraps around the back of the posts? This will not work if you have a printed ribbon, because it will show the backside (plain side) of the ribbon. Lesson learned.

Gathering ribbon bow
After you have wrapped the ribbon, it is time to gather it up and tie it off. Simply pinch the ribbon together and tie with one of the enclosed twist ties or a piece of wire (see next photo).

How to tie a bow

Multi layer bow
So I used three different ribbons to create my bow, because more is always better, right? My kitchen is VERY spring like. For the fall I always try to add some touches here and there to try and bring it into the season. It was SO easy to create this beautiful bow and add it to my blackboard.

Wire edge ribbon
I made the base layer of the bow using wire edge ribbon, which will give the bow lots of extra fluff and allow me to shape it easier.  I love these fall colors! The two top ribbons are from DecoFun and the burlap ribbon is one from my stash. You can find it here. It is great for lots of projects around the house.

Be sure to check out all the other great projects from our designers at Designer Crafts Connection

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    Hunting for Dinosaur Eggs

    Dinosaur Egg hunt
    How super cute are these little buckets from Dollar Tree?? I needed something the littles could use to go hunting for dinosaur eggs at the party this weekend and of course, I didn't want to spend a fortune, because ,, well, they are kids and you know how that goes. SCORE at the Dollar Tree!!  These bad boys were perfect for apply vinyl to. Speaking of vinyl - the vinyl I received from Tape Technologies is AMAZING y'all. I mean AMAZING. I made an entire 12 x 12 sheet of those dino feet - and weeded the entire thing with
    If I'm lyin', I'm dyin' y'all. I did not even put weeding lines on the file before I cut it. That is how well this brand of vinyl cuts. I have used them ALL and this is great stuff. Go check it out. Really.

    Dinosaur egg hunting
     Look how cute these are. I can't wait for the littles to see them. (sorry about the flash photography - not a bit of sunlight to be had today and these did not do well with the photography lights). I used two colors of the Fluorescent line: Pink F01 and Green F06. They are gorgeous!

    To check out more of the available colors, go here.   Also be sure to check out our Facebook page for updates and fabulous ideas!


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