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!

    Monday, July 31, 2017

    Adopt a Dinosaur Party Sign

    Dinosaur Birthday Party
    Howdy every one! It's almost time for the Dino party and we are looking forward to having a ROARING good time! My daughter wanted to have an "Adopt a Dinosaur" station so all the little ones could pick their own party favors when they got here. How stinking cute is this???

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    For this project I used the Deflecto™ 5 x 7 Beveled Craft Frame. I love these frames because it is so easy to change them out. When the party is over, I am going to switch the sign out for a photo of the birthday girl! All I have to do is unscrew the metal posts, slip in the new photo, and I am ready to go. Because all the decorations are on the outside of the frame - it's super easy. Anyone,, on with the adoptions! 

    adopt a dinosaur
     I am reusing a wood box that I have on hand (from the new born photos!) and I stuffed it with bubblewrap. I added a layer of paper crinkles at the top and put my dino's up for adoption. The dino's and the paper crinkles are both from the Dollar Tree - gotta love that place for kid's birthday parties. 

    To see more great ideas from the Deflecto Team hop over to the blog where we always have something fun going on. 

    Thanks for stopping by today! 

    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Mixed Media Mini Album with Rebekah Meier

    Rebekah Meier Mixed Media Album
    Howdy Y'all! I am super happy to joining in the fun with the Designer Crafts Connection for a blog hop using Rebekah Meier's new line of Mixed Media products from Thermoweb. I have created a Mixed Media Butterfly mini album using a Maya Road blank for the hop.
    WARNING: Lots of photos to follow!

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    Rebekah Meier Mixed Media Products
    I received a great selection of products from Thermoweb - thanks so much!  I am having so much fun creating with them.

    Altered Album cover

    First thing I painted a base coat on my album cover and did a little distressing. (sorry about how dark this photo is! I didn't realize it was so terrible until I was editing ) A coat of white gesso, then two colors of Pickling Wash from Plaid. Those things are the bomb y'all if you haven't tried them!

    Rebekah Meier Art Paper

    So the Mixed Media Art Paper is pretty cool y'all. The paper itself is almost a canvas texture and it has a sticky back. So you can paint it, spray it, watercolor it, and splatter it, then when it is dry, peel the backing off and stick it down! A-maz-ing!

    Mixed Media die cut flowers
    I used some Eileen Hull from Sizzix dies to cut my Art Paper after it was dry. I inked the edges, then crinkled the paper all up. Because I didn't want the paper backing on when I layered the flowers, I took the backing off and rubbed a little baby powder on each one to take the sticky away.

    Tim Holtz Stencil
    I used a wood frame on the cover. I used the Mixed Media Medium to coat the frame and let it almost dry. While it was still tacky I applied the  foil sheet and rubbed - BAM! Instant foil! 
    So,, then once I had the frame glued down, I realized that I had intended to use a stencil on the front of the album. Dammit. So I cut a Tim Holtz small stencil down to fit. Sometimes art is painful! 

    Here are a few close up shots of the album. 

    Mixed Media embellishments

    Altered Wood Frame

    How cute is my stick pin! I love making these little pins. If you want to join in the fun check out my tutorial HERE.

    mixed media chipboard

    Album Charms
    I love this little charm - I think it's from Maya Road but I have had it around for a while so I am not sure.  The super cute ribbon is from May Arts.

    Be sure to check out all the other great projects on the hop!

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to check out all the products in the Rebekah Meier Mixed Media Line - I promise you will love them! 



    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.

    Be sure to check out the Deflecto Facebook page for amazing ideas and lots of craft storage.

    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. 


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