DIY Planters using StyleTechCraft Vinyl

 

DIY Planters

Now that Christmas is behind us my thoughts are turning to the garden in spring. I love spring! The flowers blooming, new growth, fresh green grass - I love it all! Planters on the window sill are one of the ways I get spring started a little early.  These DIY planters started with plain terra cotta pots and I used StyleTechCraft™ Glossy Craft Vinyl as the finishing touch. 

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I am happy to be a member of the StyleTechCraft™ Design Team. They are really one of the best companies I have ever worked with! Check out their line of amazing vinyl at ATSM Crafts.
 

Milk Paint

 
I started by painting the pots with two coats of Milk paint from Plaid Crafts. I don't use this paint line very often but every time I do I remember how much I like it. It is perfect for unfinished surfaces like clay and even wood. Be sure to let it dry for 30 minutes or more between coats. 

Transferring Vinyl

Gold Adhesive Vinyl

While I was watching the paint dry I went ahead and cut my designs. For this project I used StyleTechCraft™ Glossy Craft Vinyl in Gold #485.  I really went back and forth between the gold and the black - but I really thought the blue paint set the gold off beautifully.  ATSM Crafts is an amazing online source for StyleTechCraft™ vinyl - they carry the entire line!

Do you add weeding lines to your designs before you cut? I so when I am cutting small letters. Here's a quick video showing my process in Design Studio. Of course I cut the vinyl using my Cameo 4 - I sure do love how easy it is to work with. I was ever a fan of the Silhouette brand blades until I got this one. The auto blade so far has worked perfectly on everything I have cut.  Right now Swing Design has the Silhouette Cameo 4 on sale for the amazing price of $258. If Santa didn't bring you one, go ahead and grab one now! 

Pink Plants


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DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Glitter Ornaments

 

Nightmare Before Christmas DIY Ornaments
My younger daughter LOVES Nightmare Before Christmas. She played the soundtrack in the car so often when she was a teenager I had half the songs memorized. Over the years I have made and bought too many NBC shirts, jackets, socks, shoes, stuffies and everything else! I have been meaning to make these ornaments for a while and this year I finally got around to it. Using StyleTech Craft™ vinyl made this project so easy. I hope my daughter loves them!

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These were really simple to make with a few materials. 

DIY Glitter Ornaments
 

Start by putting a tsp or so of the Polycrylic in each ornament using one of the funnels, setting them upright in the egg carton. After you have polycrylic in each ornament, go back and swirl it around the inside of each ornament making sure to cover the entire inside. Add a bit more polycrylic if needed. Poor the excess back in the can and turn the ornament upside down in the egg carton to let it drain. The glitter will clump if there is excess finish inside the ornament. 

 Add some glitter using the second funnel, about a tsp or so. Put your finger over the end of the ornament and shake to coat with glitter. Pour the excess glitter out- I like to use a coffee filter so I can pour it back into the glitter container. Return to the egg carton - upside down- and set aside to dry. It will take a couple of hours. 

Silhouette Cutting mat layout

I used my Cameo 4 to cut my vinyl. I like to arrange all my pieces on one mat if possible when using my Silhouette Studio software. I sort the pieces by color and put a box around each piece for easier weeding. I cut each color individually, using the "No Cut" option to turn off the cut lines for the other colors. 

Have you switched to the Cameo 4 yet? I LOVE MINE! There are some great deals at Swing Design so now would be a great time to upgrade
 

NBC DIY Ornaments

I am loving how they came out. One year I hope to do an entire tree in the Nightmare Before Christmas tree- but I already do 3 trees and I am out of room right now! StyleTechCraft Vinyl

I have used a lot of vinyl in my days from pretty much every company. I **LOVE** StyleTech Craft™ vinyls. They are the easiest to weed - so easy that I rarely add weed lines to my designs anymore. They are BEAUTIFUL and they come in so many colors and styles- even textured! Be sure to check them out- there are great craft ideas and product info on their Facebook page.

 


 

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. 

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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.