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.

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!

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    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! 




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