Felt Balloon Banner for Fairfield World's 80th Birthday Party

 

Felt Balloon Banner

Fairfield World is celebrating their 80th Birthday and I jumped at the chance to join in the fun. There are 80 super creative people playing along and sharing fabulous projects using Poly-Fil.  I wanted to make something for Princess' bedroom and she wanted balloons - so here is what I came up with. 

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Cutting Felt Shapes

For this project I used the largest die from the Balloons set by Crafter's Edge. Y'all - I was able to easily cut two layers of felt at a time with these thin dies. Have you tried the Crafter's Edge Crossover II Die Cutting Machine? I love it! It is adjustable by using the roller on the top of the machine to accommodate a large variety of dies. I especially love that I can cut my large quilting dies with it. Plus- IT FOLDS UP  when you are ready to store it! 

 

Felt Shapes

I picked up some fun felt packs while I was in Idaho recently and one was perfect for this project. The pastel colors are perfect against the gray walls in her room. 

 

Kids Bedroom
I went low tech for the letters; printed them out, cut them out, traced onto the felt, then cut them out. Of course as I was doing this I realized that I could have cut the letters out using my Silhouette Cameo 4 instead of cutting them by hand. Oh well,, live and learn!  Have you seen these cute pink scissors - I picked them up at the Dollar Tree. They are SHARP! If you have a Dollar Tree near you run over there and see if you can find some. I bought a bunch! I think they will be perfect if we are ever allowed to have in person classes again. 


Poly-fil stuffie
After sewing the letters on one side, then sewing the balloons together using matching embroidery floss I stuffed them with Poly-fil. 


hand stitching

I have been working on my hand stitching lately. Even though I have sewn for pretty much my entire life, I have never taken the time to mindfully practice my hand stitching. I want those stitches perfectly spaced and even! 

To finish of the balloon I added a cute silk flower and a bow made with twine, both attached with hot glue. 

Poly-fil banner

And there it is! I am pretty happy with how it turned out and my princess loves it.  

FFW Party logo

Be sure to check out the Fairfield World Facebook page to see all the amazing projects that have been made as part of the celebration. There is also a fun giveaway- so be sure to enter.


 


Turn an Old Silver Tray into Fun Christmas Decor

 

Upcycled Silver Tray
Do you have a ton of silver platters hiding in the back of your cabinets like me? I LOVE them and I buy way too many of them. So I decided to turn one into some fun new Christmas Decor. The best part about this project - it's TEMPORARY! Yes, the decorations are removable. I am hoping to continue this idea for other holidays. 

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Old Silver Tray

How cute is this little tray? I bought this so many years ago and I have used it so many times for cakes and cookies. However, it is to the point that I can no longer polish it well (it's silver plate) and it is starting to look a little worse for wear. I thought it would be perfect for an upcycle project!

 

VersaMagic DewDrops
I cut a piece of Bazzill French Vanilla cardstock to fit inside the tray. I used VersaMagic Dewdrops in Sahara Sand and Spanish Olive to ink the edges. Distressing with a Tim Holtz distress tool, and I added a line of faux stitching around the edge (not shown here - sorry!). 


Styletechcraft Silver Luster Vinyl
 I used a variety of StyleTechCraft™ vinyl on this project and they are all available at ATSM Craft.

  • Silver Luster #885
  • Ultra Metallic Red #129
  • Matte Removable Black #498MR

Look how much it sparkles! Notice the subtle difference between the Luster and the Ultra Metallic. The Luster is an all over sparkle; a smooth consistent color. The Ultra Metallic has more bling withe bigger bits of glitter. 

 

So here is the temporary part - I used Tombow Xtreme Putty to add my embellishments. I love this stuff y'all! It is kinda like the poster putty we had back in the day, but it works with heavier items. A little tiny piece and you can stick your embellishments down.  I used a light tack tape on the back of the paper so it will be easy to remove as well.

 

Santa Bell
I added a few embellishments from my stash; flowers, ribbon, and this super cute Santa Bell left over from a December Daily class a few years ago. 

Queen Cookie Baker Tray
Be sure to check out the StyleTechCraft™ page for color charts, great ideas, and a list of products.  I hope you are getting a jump start on your Christmas decor. I would love to see what you are working on! Please drop me a line below.

 


Haunted Halloween Drinks using Dry Ice

 

 
Well,, it's after September 1st which means it is officially Halloween season at our house! I love Halloween - the decorating, the baking, the parties, and especially the food. We always have haunted Halloween drinks- everyone loves them. Years ago I learned the secret to making these bubbly, fizzy drinks and they are so much fun. The hard part is finding dry ice- everything else is easy! 

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 Vinyl Decals

To make my drinks extra special this year I pulled out some StyleTechCraft™ Vinyl to decorate the glasses.  I used Transparent in Magic Purple #403T for the glasses.  Using my Cameo 4 to cut the decals made this project go smoothly and the designs are from The Silhouette Store. 

 

Reverse Weeding

When I have tiny details to weed out from my design I like to use reverse weeding. Apply the transfer tape to the design before weeding, burnishing to make sure the tape is firmly in place. Flip the design upside down and weed from the back. If you have never tried this technique you will love it for small details! 

 

Cupcake toppers

Of course every party needs cupcakes. Every day needs cupcakes, but that would make my hips as wide as my couch so I try to stick to only parties!   I made these cute cupcake toppers using Matte Removable (Black 498MR) and Ultra Metallic (White 149) and my Cameo 4. Clear acetate is the background- I simply layered the vinyl on top. 

Cutting Acetate Sheets

Do you use the Offset feature on your Cameo? I am pretty sure that is the tool I use the most when creating. The offset tool creates a larger version of the original- a shadow layer.  It's perfect for so many projects. 

Cupcake toppers

I find it easier to assemble these when I turn the vinyl upside and then add the acetate layer on top rather than the other way around. This keeps the acetate layer from moving around - which I swear it always does! 

Cauldron drinks

How cute are those little cupcakes! I used the following vinyls:

  • Bat- Matte Removable Black 498MR
  • Pumpkin - Ultra Metallic Orange 148
  • Skull - Matte Removable Black 498MR and Ultra Metallic White 149

Now the secret for the bubbly, fizzy drinks is dry ice and some type of citrus juice. So make what ever kind of punch you like, and be sure to add either orange or pineapple juice to it. Break your dry ice into small pieces (like quarter sized) using a hammer.  I add a chunk or two of dry ice to the bottom of the glass, then add regular ice on top. This will keep the dry ice in the bottom and off your lips. This is especially important when serving to kids (which I do at Girl Scout Camp every couple years, and it is no problem). Pour your punch over the ice and watch the magic happen!  

 You can also use a punch bowl and add a large piece of dry ice to the bowl just before serving. This is pretty dramatic and you will get lots of oohs and ahs!

  • BE SURE to use gloves when handling the block of dry ice and tongs when adding the chunks to the glasses.  Dry ice is so cold it BURNS.
  • Keep the dry ice in a cooler out of the way.
  • Put the cooler outside when you are done with it. When dry ice melts it turns into Carbon Dioxide- which we all know is dangerous. 

Be sure to check out StyleTechCraft™ Facebook and website for more amazing projects. To purchase StyleTechCraft™ Vinyl head on over to ATSMCRAFT - the selection is amazing!   

 

I am joining in the fun for the Third Edition of Creative Halloween Crafts. So many fun projects! Click on the image above to see them all.  



Upcycle a Candle Container into a Succulent Planter

 

 
I have been buying these beautiful candles for years. They smell heavenly y'all! What's even better is they come in these amazing containers! I have been saving these pots all this time because I knew that sooner or later I would find a use for them- they are far too pretty for the recycle bin!  I have recently decided to try my hand at growing succulents and these make the perfect little pots! 
 
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These are soy candles made by Swan Creek Candle Company. I buy mine at Bass Pro generally, although from time to time I find them at Tractor Supply or small gift shops. They are not the cheapest candles I have ever bought, but they do last a really long time. And they come in the most beautiful containers- so they are worth the extra money for me! There are so many scents too- but the Mulberry & Mandarin is my favorite. 

Etched Planter

I used etchall® etching creme to decorate my container. Did you know that etchall is the only glass etching creme that is kid safe? I have used it several times at the Girl Scout Camp I run each year- the campers LOVE it!  
 

etching stencil
I used etchmask® to cut my stencil for the project. I like to color my cut lines on my stencils so I can see exactly where they are when it comes time to place it on my project. I use my chalks from way back in the day. Do you still have these? I just can't seem to let them go- I have all the color palettes and I used them all the time back when I made those cute little tear bears. Do you remember those? Or am I just old?? Never mind!  Anyhoo - I use my tool of torture and a mini pom to rub some chalk over the cut stencil, then just wipe off the excess. This makes it so much easier to see where the cut lines are. 
 

Stencil Transfer
After applying transfer paper to the top of the stencil, remove the backing and apply to your project. See how easy it is to see the cut lines?  On this project it wasn't quite as important, but on any project where the surface is curved, or irregular it helps more than I can say! Remove the transfer paper and weed the portions that will be etched from the stencil. Be sure you don't distort the edges of the cut design.
 

Etched Candle
Use masking tape to cover any areas that you don't want to accidentally etch . I am notorious at doing that- so seriously get some masking tape and get to covering!  Apply a good coating of etching creme  and let sit for 15 minutes. Or do what I normally do and apply the creme, move on to something else, forget about the etching creme, then come back to it in a bit. Scrape the cream back into the jar- it is reusable! Rinse the container with cold running water- don't worry, water deactivates the creme so it won't hurt your pipes!
 

Coloring etched glass

 While just the etched glass looks great, I like to color it on a lot of my projects. For this one I used a Rose Gold Wax from Prima. I leave the stencil in place while I color the design, then remove. I think it is less messy that way.  I like using the cheap make-up sponges from the dollar store- that way I can use them once and toss them out. I put a good layer of the wax on the design, and buff with the sponge. Then flip the sponge over and buff the excess wax off.
 
Now,, this particular wax is NOT permanent. It will come off if washed. I am not really worried about washing a planter on my window sill, so I was OK with it.  
 
 
DIY Upcycle Planter


 There you have it! Be sure to check out etchall® on Pinterest to see more fun projects you can make.
 

Western Scrapbook Layout - Stashbuster!

 

Western Layout

Today I want to share a layout using some new skills I am trying to get better at.  Have you noticed how many great digital elements there are these days? I know most of the products are aimed at card makers but I wanted to use some for layouts too. 
 
Are you like me and have a lot of "vintage" supplies? I have so many pretty papers and embellishments I bought so long ago! Since there is always something new and cute coming out, I seemed to have bought faster than I used. Sooo,,, I am trying really hard to use supplies I have on hand. We are going to be moving to our retirement home in the next year or so and I really want to move as little as I can. 
 
Print and cut title
I used my Silhouette Cameo 4 to print and cut the sentiment and the shadow layer as well. I will have a video shortly showing the steps needed to achieve this. The top layer is Neena bright white cardstock and the shadow layer is Bazzill. 
 

Stiched Rectangle Dies
Y'all I am loving these Nested Stitched Rectangle dies from Maker's Movement. I have been using them all over the place on so many projects. Their are seven dies in the set and they are super cute! I am working on a mini album with them now that I hope to be able to share in the next week or so. 
 

Adorn it
So,, who remembers when Debbie Mumm had paper lines with Creative Imaginations??? Does this officially qualify me as a paper hoarder??? Asking for a friend. 😃Anyway,, the cute background paper is from the Cowgirl Up line from Debbie Mumm. The border stickers are from AdornIt - and they match perfectly. I have been waiting a while to use these!
 

Rub on embellishments

The rub-on here is also from the Debbie Mumm line. Do you use rub-ons? I *love* them. I literally have a whole drawer full of them and I use them as often as I can. Best embellishment ever!  I added some faux stitching to the photo mat using a Stabilo fine line pen. I love the way it looks and sometimes I just don't want to use my sewing machine. This is so much simpler! 


 
Be sure to check out Maker's Movement and all the fun dies and stamps they have.