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.