Thursday, July 6, 2017

DIY Toddler Number Book

DIY Book
This month from Deflecto Crafts I received a box full of wonderful stuff and it included the fabulous Flexible Pouches. I LOVE these things - there are so many possibilities!! I used the 3x5 pouches but they also come in a larger size for bigger projects.  I decided that the Princess needed her own custom Number Book and the Flexible Pouches would be perfect for that.  This was a super fun project and I hope she loves it!

Sticker book

Counting with stickers

OK, y'all don't laugh but I seriously used my thousand year old Sizzix Sidekick cutting machine and some Sizzix dies that are just as old. I think these were the Notepad Sizzlet set - but I would not swear to that!!! I cut the numbers in a variety of colors to match the cute stickers I picked up at the dollar store. Using black cardstock for the base pages I added super cute stickers for each number. Insert the cardstock into the pouches and BAM - they are pretty much impervious to a toddler.

Toddler number book

I used some paper I have had lying around for some time (you know you do it too) to decorate chipboard for a front and back cover, then used my Cinch machine from WRMK to bind it all together. Simple stickers adorn the front.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Not all those who Wander are Lost Frame

Not all those who wander are lost
Not all those who Wander are Lost - one of my favorite quotes. I have been wanting to make this project for a couple of years. I saw something similar on Pinterest a while back and thought it would be a fabulous way to display all the coins I collect while traveling. I knew I wanted to use this quote because it just seemed to sum up my how I feel about wandering the globe. 

I am super happy to announce that I am part of the very first Tape Technologies Design Team! I am looking forward to working with this very talented group of ladies for the next year and I can't wait to show you all the amazing things you can do with this fabulous product.

frame before painting

dry brushed paint
I started with a frame I picked up from Hobby Lobby and some Coastal paint from Folk Art. Lightly brush on the paint so that you can barely see it. Then mist it with a tiny bit of water so you can smooth it out just a bit. I was going for a warn beachy kinda feel. 

Adding pickling wash to paint
When the first layer of paint was dry I added the barest wash of Pickling Wash in Cotton (also from Folk Art) - listen chickens, if you have not tried this paint yet you need to go grab some. It is awesome. I have used it on everything in the last month; paper, chipboard, wood, and fabric. Seriously, you need some. 

Placing your vinyl
I cut my quote using my Cameo, of course, and Tiffany Blue Ultra Metallic vinyl from Tape Technologies™. I loved the color and I thought it was perfect for my project. To see all the colors in the line check out the color chart here.
Once I have an image cut, weeded, and have applied transfer paper, I like to figure out my placement on my project BEFORE I get crazy and remove the backing. 

releasing vinyl from backing
I have learned the hard way that taking off the entire backing at once is not a good thing for me. I normally fold back an inch or so from the top and make a nice crease in the backing paper. This way I can position the vinyl on my project without the whole thing sticking down.(and me messing it up)

placing vinyl down on glass
Once I very carefully get that first section of vinyl down and make sure it is level and where I want it, it is super easy to slowly pull the rest of the backing off and rub the vinyl into place with my scraper. Now- don't go nuts rubbing the top of the transfer paper with your scraper/ Why? I'm so glad you asked! Because that makes it really hard to pull the transfer paper off your project! Learn from me chickens. Learn from me. 

removing transfer paper from vinyl
Speaking of removing transfer paper from your project --- I have found, for me personally,, that pulling the transfer paper back almost parallel to the project yields the best results. If I try to pull it straight up it tends to pull the vinyl with it. 

So there you have it! Be sure to check out the Tape Technologies Facebook Page for amazing ideas and videos. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Camp Banner using Fabric Mod Podge

It's almost time for Day Camp so it's time to make super fun and cute camp crafts! Today I want to share a banner that I made using Fabric Mod Podge.

My supplies are
  • Fabric Mod Podge, 
  • canvas pieces
  • cotton fabric from ADORNit
  • Folk Art Paints
  • Sizzix dies (NOTE: I ended up not using the dies shown I didn't like the way the flowers looked and went with a woodsy look instead!) 
  • Black pen
  • 1 1/2" wide cotton ribbon
  • big stick :)

I started by adding faux stitching around the edges of each panel and painting some trees a la Bob Ross for the background. Putting two shades of paint on my mixing palette and loading both on my brush at the same time gave me the depth of color I was looking for.

After die cutting the trees it was time to apply the Mod Podge. I grabbed a fluffy craft paint brush a applied the Mod Podge to the back of each piece one at a time. It dries surprisingly FAST! Apply the applique to your base piece and use your fingers to smooth the fabric piece down, starting from the center and working your way our to the edge to avoid trapping air bubbles underneath. Set everything aside to dry for a couple of hours.

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the top of the appliques to seal. I brushed just slightly over the edge to make sure I didn't leave any loose threads from the fabric.
TIP: be sure to wait 72 hours before washing your piece.

To hang my banner I sewed loops made from cotton ribbon (isn't that the cutest ribbon EVER?? It is a roll I have been hoarding saving for a while now as it is no longer available). I grabbed a stick from the back yard to hang it from and there you go- super cute banner all ready to add to our nurse's tent.

DIY Moody Dress

My two year old princess is a little Moody sometimes! It is so easy to create your own DIY Moody Dress using the new EMOJIS from Joy and a few simple supplies.

Iron on letters

- Plain toddler dress from the craft store

- Joy Embroidered Letters and Emojis

- Ribbon flowers and narrow ribbon

- Needle and thread

- Iron

    toddle dress

    Start by laying your dress down on your ironing surface. Line up your letters and emojis using a ruler to get your spacing right. Iron on each piece, following the directions on the packages.

    Fun Emojis

    Tie a bow using a thin ribbon, then stitch the bow to the dress as shown. Stitch the ribbon flower on top of the bow. Make sure both are secure and well-knotted so little hands can't pull them off.

    Chunky iron on letters

    I used these fun, chunky style letters - they come in several colors, perfect for all your projects. There are several styles of emojis - collect them all!

    Iron on Emoji patches

    Monday, June 5, 2017

    Tie Dye T-shit Tutorial

    Let me just say - that I am a tie-dying fool. I LOVE to tie-dye! I try to work it in every few years at the Day Camp that I run. The campers love to tie-dye too. Nothing makes a 100 kids happier than getting to make their own custom t-shirts and getting color all over themselves in the process.

    I started with a clean white t-shirt and a mini Tie-Dye kit from Tulip in Fiesta. The kit comes with everything you need to create your own masterpiece, die, bottles, gloves, rubber bands, and a Project Guide that will tell you all the different ways you can dye your shirt.

    My personal favorite style is the swirl. You will need to start in the middle of the shirt, pinch and twirl, and continue on until the entire shirt is wrapped up in a nice, flat disc.

    Keep the shirt as flat as possible, add three rubber bands evenly spaced so you have 6 sections on the shirt. Now it's time to add the dye!!

    Make sure you put the gloves on for this step. Really. Learn from me young Jedi. Add water as directed on the bottles and shake, making sure you still have the cap on. You will add the first color to every other section and then fill in with the second color. I like to do this step on a cookie sheet with a rack. That way if I have to put the shirt down it is on the rack, rather than sitting in the dye. 
    TIP: You can also use three colors for this pattern. You would fill in two sections with each color, the sections would be directly across the circle from each other. 

    Once you have all your color on, it is time to put your shirt in a gallon zipper top bag and let it sit overnight. In the morning dump the shirt in your washer and THEN snip the rubber bands.
    Trust me on this one.
    Wash on a full cycle in hot water with a little bit of soap and then dry.
    Bam! You are now a Tie-dye master!

    Saturday, June 3, 2017

    Through the Looking Glass Paperweight

    Through the Looking Glass Paperweight.
    Hi everyone, today I have a super cool product from Deflecto Crafts to share with you. I made this Through the Looking Glass Paperweight using the Large Acrylic Display Block and some supplies I had in my studio. I am the Director of the local Girl Scout Camp and this year our theme is Alice in Wonderland. One lucky volunteer will be getting this as a thank you gift in their goody bag :)

    Throught the Looking Glass PAperweight
    The Large Acrylic Display Block is 4" x 4" x 1.5". (There is also a smaller block that is 3" x 3" x 2") I only needed to add some foil stickers I had from a previous project and who doesn't have a ton of ribbon hanging out in their craft room??  Seriously,, go grab these supplies and let's get started.
    Go ahead,,,I'll wait.

    Throught the Looking Glass Paperweight
     Look how cute that little mushroom is! Because the acrylic block is fairly deep I knew I could put stickers on both sides and play off the dimension of the block. If you have little kids this is a great way to throw some STEM in their day - just saying.  I added the large sticker on the front with a couple of little bitty leaves, then turned it around to add some fun to the back. 

    Through the Looking Glass Paperweight
    I added more leaves and a couple of fun dragonflies to the back of the block. 

    Through the Looking Glass Paperweight

    When you look through the front, it looks like my dragonflies are way off in the background - it's magic y'all!  

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    Friday, May 26, 2017

    Turn a Dollar Store Jar into a Personalized Candy Dish

    Dollar Store jar turned Candy Dish
    I am always finding really cool jars and containers in the dollar store. They are inexpensive and fun, but I who doesn't want to turn them into something FABULOUS? Take that Dollar Store jar and turn it into a personalized Candy Dish using etchall® etching creme, Joy® Iron on Letters, and Plaid Multi Surface Paints.

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    apply a stencil to etching surface
    Because this is a curved surface it requires a little more prep before applying the etching creme. Once the stencil is applied I used masking tape to build a "dam" around the area to be etched to contain any creme that migrated off the top.

     Applying etching creme to a curved surface

    Once you have your dam in place, apply the etching creme and set your timer for 15 minutes. Remove the creme and return to the jar (it's re-usable!) and rinse the jar under cold running water. Leave the stencil in place, and dry with paper towels.

    Plaid Multi Surface Paints are perfect for etched surfaces
    I used cheap make up sponges to apply paint, starting from the outside edge and working my way to the center. Plaid Multi Surface Paints are AMAZING - they dried very quickly, so keep that in mind.  I used a very tiny paintbrush to add a thin line right next to the stencil. Remove the stencil while the paint is still wet, set aside to dry.

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    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    National Mod Podge Day Upcycled Memory Box

    Celebrating Mod Podge 50th Anniversary
    It's the 50th Anniversary of Mod Podge- can you believe it? To celebrate I upcycled a box I was going to throw away into an elegant memory box. There are so many things going on as part of the celebration - be sure to hop on over to the website above to share your projects and find some inspiration.

    Upcylced Memory Box using Mod Podge for Paper

    Plaid was generous enough to supply me with a some product to create with. Let me just tell you - that wide brush is my new favorite tool! You should run right out and get one. Today!
    I started my project with a box that has been sitting in my studio for about a year. I received it as a gift - it was filled with skin care products. It was such a nice box I couldn't bring my self to throw it away!  I grabbed some tissue paper, and some Paper Mod Podge.

    I started by tearing my tissue paper into random sized strips. Working in sections, I applied a thin coat of the Paper Mod Podge to the top of the box and started layering on the tissue. At this point I am not worried about covering every tiny speck of the box. I just want to cover most of it. As I lay the tissue pieces down, I apply a thin coat of Mod Podge on top as well, brushing to make sure everything is smooth.

    While the box top is drying, I grabbed some embellishments and went to work. I used the new Stencil Spray from Folk Art to paint my chipboard pieces. Y'all - this was the quickest I have EVER colored chipboard. Ever. Then I just set them aside to dry.

    When everything was dry I needed to jazz up the embellishments a bit- Sparkle Mod Podge has always been my favorite of the formulas. I am all about the Sparkle!! I used a foam sponge to apply small amounts to the flower layers.

    Fabulous, right???

    As a final touch I sponged some Brushed Metal in Gold onto the chipboard using a foam sponge.

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