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. 

http://www.tapetechnologies.com/craft.html
 

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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