Playing with i-crafter Dies and Embossing Plates

i-crafter tiny home die and water lily embossing plate

I always love getting the chance to play with something new.

For this month’s Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop, I created a couple of projects using

the I-CRAFTER Tiny Home 3D Die Set* and the I-CRAFTER Water Lily Emboss Folder*.  

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i-crafter tiny home die

The Tiny Home Die Set* cuts out the cutest little house.

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Tiny Home Banner

I used the I-CRAFTER Tiny Home 3D Die Set* to create a little fall banner to hang

on the corner of my favorite family picture.

Water Lily Cards

I used the I-CRAFTER Water Lily Emboss Folder* to create two cards with two different looks.

The first card was embossed using Watercolor Paper*

I used a Waterbrush* and inks to watercolor directly onto the embossed paper.

The second card I embossed onto blue textured cardstock.

I used DecoArt Metallic Champagne Ice Lustre Wax* and rubbed it

over the embossed areas using my fingertip.

Two simple cards using the same embossing folder!

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DIY Felt Pumpkin Banner

DIY Felt Pumpkin Banner

How to make a Felt Pumpkin Banner for Fall.

This past weekend in the middle of my Paper Crafting Fall Home Décor project,

I was inspired to sew up this cute felt pumpkin banner. It didn’t hurt that I already

had the sewing machine out (because I had to mend the dog bed, once again).

How to make a Felt Pumpkin Banner

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DIY Felt Pumpkin Banner

I used the Pumpkin Die from The Maker’s Movement to cut out the felt pieces.

The pumpkin die is used for cutting paper and not necessarily to cut fabric and felt.

While the die does not always cut through the felt, it did leave deep impressions.

I used the deep impressions as my guide to cut out the remainder of the shape.

(not recommended on smaller detailed pieces.)

DIY Felt Pumpkin Banner

Directions:

  • I used a pre-cut 9″ x 12″ Antique White Felt for the base of the banner.
  • On the bottom of the Felt, make a small mark at 4 1/2″ the center.  Measure and mark on both sides, starting from the bottom, at 3″.  Draw light lines from the 3″ mark to the center mark.  Cut along the lines to create the bottom point of the banner.
  • Die-cut pumpkin pieces.
  • Place the pumpkin pieces and the letters on the banner to decide on the correct placement.  (make sure to allow space up on top for the trim and the rod pocket)
  • Remove letters and set them aside.
  • Sew around pieces of the pumpkin using a sewing machine.  (if you’re good at hand stitching, that would be even better)
  • Place iron-on embroidered letters onto the banner, cover with a thin cloth, and iron according to directions on the packaging.
  • Sew a piece of decorative trim near the top of the banner.
  • Cut a second piece of Antique White Felt the same size as the first.
  • Sew the top closed, leave a small 1/4″ border.  Create a small rod pocket by sewing another seam at approx. 1 1/4″.
  • Sew around the remainder of the banner.
  • Create a small tassel using a wood bead and thin braided decorative trim.  Poke a small hole on the point of the banner and tie the tassel.  Because my Trim had a slick surface, I added a tiny bit of Fabri-Tac Adhesive* under the bead and at the knot that ties my tassel.


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Paper Crafting Fall Home Décor

Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

A Simple Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor Project.

It’s so much fun to decorate for Fall with its vibrant and colorful hues.

I’d love Fall even more if it didn’t turn into Winter after it was all over.

For the framed dimensional pumpkin, I decided to use my paper crafting skills

to make a fun and easy Home Décor for Fall.

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Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

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Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

Directions:

  • Cut two pieces of Double-Sided Adhesive Foam 5″ x 6″ and 4″ x 5″.
  • Cut two pieces of orange plaid paper from the paper crafting paper the same size as the foam.
  • Remove the protective coating from one side of the foam and place the paper onto the adhesive.
  • Place pumpkin die outlines over the foam and die-cut the shape using the Crossover II Die-Cutting Machine*.  You may need to run the die back and forth a couple of times through the machine to make sure all the layers have been cut.
  • Repeat the process with the die-cutting of the stem and leaves.

Fall Paper Crafted Home Decor

  • For the words used on the front of the pumpkin, run a small strip of striped paper through the Xyron Sticker Maker Mini*.
  • Place the word dies onto the paper and die-cut.  (you may want to put a small piece of tape on the dies to keep them in place)

Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

  • I have a weakness for old frames and I love to pick them up whenever I see a good deal. (I think this one was a quarter.) It now makes the project an Up-Cycled project which makes it extra special.
  • Remove the glass and the backing from the frame and spray with ivory spray paint.

Fall Paper Crafted Home Decor

  • The frame measures 7 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ with a 6″ x 6″ opening.
  • Replace the 90’s picture with a 6″ x 6″ piece of coordinating scrapbook paper. (I placed the glass behind the scrapbook paper to give the project more stability. Also, I will have it if I want to reuse the frame for another project later.)
  • Remove the adhesive from the back of the pumpkin pieces and place it inside the frame.

Paper Crafting Fall Home Décor

Cute, simple, and easy to make. My favorite kind of projects.

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Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Spruce Up an existing Wreath with StyleTechCraft Vinyl and Fall Dollar Tree finds.

I have a simple boxwood wreath that I purchased a few years ago that I love.

The best thing about the wreath is I can leave it plain (which I do a lot of the year).

Or, I can change it with the seasons.

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Here’s how I changed my wreath for the Fall Season.

Not counting the wreath, acrylic paint, and vinyl that I had on hand,

I spent a total of $7 at Dollar Tree*  to Change Up the Wreath for Fall.

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Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

I found this cute pumpkin cut-out at Dollar Tree* and wasn’t sure what I would do with it.

But I knew I better pick it up while I was there. (those things seem to sell out real fast)

It turned out to be the perfect accent for my Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath.

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Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Directions:

  • Lightly sand the pumpkin with the sanding block to smooth out the grains in the wood.  Wipe away dust.
  • Paint the pumpkin with Jack-O’-Lantern Orange* acrylic paint.  Give the pumpkin highlights using Orange Twist* and Marigold* acrylic paint.  Paint the top of the stem with brown acrylic paint.
  • Using an SVG File (from the Silhouette Store) and my Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*, cut out the words “hello fall” out of StyleTechCraft orange and red glossy craft vinyl.

Hello Fall SVG Image

Hello Fall SVG Image is available at The Silhouette Design Store.

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  • Place the words onto the pumpkin using transfer tape*.
  • Rub over the words with a vinyl scraper tool to make sure “the words” have transferred.

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

  • To make the Dollar Tree Mini Pumpkin Clips* match the painted wood pumpkin, I decided to paint them using the same acrylic paint colors.
  • Remove the stem and the metal clip from the pumpkin.
  • Because the mini pumpkins have a slick surface, I needed to prime the pumpkins with multi-media paint first.  
  • For ease of painting, place a bamboo skewer in the mini pumpkin. Paint with multi-media paint. After the paint has dried, paint with the same colors used on the wood pumpkin.
  • Reinsert the stem. Glue the clip in place using the glue gun.

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

  • Create a simple bow using Ribbon and Twine and glue it onto the pumpkin.

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

  • Tie the finished pumpkin to the top of the wreath with twine.
  • Clip-on Mini Pumpkin Clips and insert fall picks.

Fall Crafting with Vinyl

Fall Crafting with Vinyl…

If you don’t need a new wreath, the finished pumpkin would also look great in a Fall Display.

Fall Crafting with Vinyl

Hello Fall Mini Candle Cup

I found this cute little ceramic cup on a recent trip to Hobby Lobby.

As adorable as it was, it looks even better with StyleTechCraft Vinyl on it.

In my opinion, adding a little vinyl makes most things a little better.

Fall Crafting with Vinyl

At first, I thought about saving the mini cup for my grandsons. 

I knew they’d get a kick out of the tiny cup.

Who wouldn’t love a mini cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows?

Then I figured I’d spend too much time constantly refilling it.

So I thought again. (sometimes, you got to think these things through)

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First Day of School Scrapbook Layout

First Day of School Scrapbook Layout

Capturing the First Day of School Smiles…

As a kid, I always looked forward to going back to school.

New clothes, new supplies, and the new fall lineup on TV.

As a mom, I was a little sad sending them.

It always felt like summer was over as soon as the kids went back to school.

I was never that mom that couldn’t wait for them to go back.

But once we got back into the routine, everything was good again.

(The layout is of my older two Grandsons First Day of School.)

First Day of School Scrapbook Layout

Die-Cutting Tips…

  • For better results with dies that have grooves, use thick or double-layered cardstock.
  • I adhered two pieces of cardstock together using the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini*.
  • I also added a second layer of adhesive to the cardstock before cutting the pieces out using the Mini Maker Die Cutting Machine.
  • You will want to run it through and then back again to make sure that all layers have been cut.
  • Each little die-cut piece becomes a sticker which makes it easy to put all the parts together.

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DIY Vintage Pumpkin Truck

DIY Vintage Pumpkin Truck

For the Love of Old Trucks…

When I first shared Eileen’s New Vintage Truck in June, I said, “Can you imagine it as an old

rusty pickup filled with miniature pumpkins?” Well, here it is.

Except it’s not rusty looking and old…

instead I tricked it out with a shiny new paint job.  (so to speak)

Vintage Pumpkin Truck

How to Create a Vintage Pumpkin Truck with Eileen Hull Vintage Truck Die* from Sizzix.

  • Instead of painting the pieces of the truck, I used adhesive vinyl on the truck parts before die-cutting them.
  • Cut a piece of mat board slightly larger than the shape you are going to die-cut.
  • Apply vinyl on both sides of the mat board and die-cut the shape using the Vintage Truck Die* and the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine*.

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Eileen Hull's Vintage Truck Die

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Vintage Truck Parts and Pieces

  • When all the pieces have been die-cut, go around the edges with a black calligraphy paint marker. Adding paint to the edges will cover up the white core of the mat board and give the pieces more detail.
  • Adhere the pieces of the truck together using Rapid Fuse Adhesive*.

Vintage Truck

Adapting the truck to carry a wider load.

  • I wanted the truck to have a wider body, to carry a larger load.  
  • After die-cutting the bottom piece for the truck bed, cut the piece in half.  
  • I cut a second piece of mat board 2″ x 6″.  (or you could even cut it a little wider than that)
  • Glue the scored die-cut pieces to the bottom of the larger mat board using Rapid Fuse Adhesive*.

Vintage Pumpkin Truck

Vintage Pumpkin Truck

A Fun Fall Décor Piece.

DIY Reusable Fox Canvas Gift Bag

Reusable Fox Canvas Gift Bag

How to Make a Reusable Fox Canvas Gift Bag.

I recently received some beautiful suede ribbon and embroidered patches from Gwen Studios

to create with.  After rummaging through a “box of stuff” and finding a piece of canvas material,

I decided to make a reusable canvas gift bag.

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Reusable Fox Gift Bag

Materials Used:    

  • 10″ x 14″ Canvas Material
  • Sewing Machine
  • Embroidered Iron On Fox Patch (Gwen Studios)
  • 24″ of 3/8″ Black Double Face Satin Ribbon  (Gwen Studios)
  • 14″ of 5/16″ Black Suede Ribbon with Stars (Gwen Studios)
  • Beacon Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive*
  • Twine, Tag and Brass Leaf Embellishment

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Reusable Fox Gift Bag

Directions:

  • Fold-down the top of the canvas (lengthways) approx. 1″ and sew a seam across the top leave a 3/4″ pocket.
  • Fold the canvas in half and sew the remaining three sides closed.
  • Trim excess canvas and turn the canvas inside out to reveal the bag.
  • Sew or glue the suede ribbon on the bottom of the bag.
  • Iron Fox Embroidered Patch onto the front of the canvas using an iron set on the cotton setting.
  • Cover the embroidery with a damp cloth and iron for 60 seconds.
  • Turn bag over and iron until dry.

Reusable Fox Gift Bag

  • Cut two small slits on the top pocket of the bag on each end.
  • Cut two 24″ pieces of black satin ribbon.
  • Attach a small safety pin to the end of a piece of ribbon.  Thread the ribbon through the top of the bag, remove the safety pin, and knot the ribbon.
  • On the opposite end of the bag, thread the second piece of ribbon through.
  • Pull both ends of the ribbon to gather and close the bag.

Reusable Fox Gift Bag

  • Cut two small layered tags out of burlap and cardstock.
  • Stamp or handwrite a small greeting onto the tag.
  • Tie the tags along with a small brass embellishment onto the top of the bag with twine.

Reusable Fox Gift Bag

The reusable canvas bag is a simple project to make for all seasons.

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Apple Cider Stand Card

Apple Cider Stand Card

One of my favorite fall memories is taking my family to Tanner’s Apple Orchard.  

At Tanners, we would pick apples, find the best pumpkin,

get lost in the corn maze, pet the animals, and play games.

Before we left, we’d always go into their store.

Once inside the little store, they had a giant barrel with a spigot for pouring yourself a

cup of free cider.  Even though there was a “one per customer” sign, hardly anyone had

just one taste.  (especially my son)

One of my favorites was the Apple Cider Donuts that we’d eat on the car ride home.  

Good Memories!

Apple Cider Stand Card

How to make the Apple Cider Stand Card… 

with the Lemonade Stand Stamp and Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

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Apple Cider Stand Card

Simple Watercolor Background

  • The key to the background is to use watercolor paper.
  • Stamp a small square using the inkpads onto a piece of something non-porous like a plastic lid.  (you can also use watercolor paint)
  • Add a tiny bit of water to the ink to dilute the color and brush on a simple swish with a wet brush to create the background.  I like to use a waterbrush.  

Apple Cider Stand Card

Building the Flower Stand

  • I used woodgrain scrapbook paper to create the boards of the cider stand.
  • The cider stand die has three sizes of “board dies” to cut and build the stand.
  • I adhered two pieces of paper together to create thickness. Run the paper and the dies through the Crossover II die-cutting machine to cut the shape.
  • I used basic building construction to make my stand.
  • For the awning, I die-cut two pieces. (one plaid, one rust) Cut two sections from the rust die-cut and adhere to the striped awning piece.

Apple Cider Stand Card

Lots of Dimension and Details

  • What makes this card special is all the little details.
  • I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of my pieces to make them look more realistic.
  • I used a lot of foam dots behind the various pieces to create a lot of dimension.
  • I doubled up the foam dots under the awning and sign.

Apple Cider Stand Card

My Cider Stand needed pumpkins.

  • I used the pumpkin stamp from the “Home from the Holidays Stamp Set”.
  • Stamp the pumpkin using black ink onto a marigold color cardstock.
  • Using the Tombow Markers, color in the image.  I like to go lightest to darker.

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Apple Cider Stand Card

Last Summer, I made one of my favorite cards, the “Sweet Summer Flower Stand” card using

the Lemonade Stand Stamp and Die Set.  I’ve wanted to make a Cider Stand Card every since.  

Flower Stand CardThe Sweet Summer Flower Stand Card.

You Color My World

You Color My World Card

You Color My World Card…

There are people in this world that bring sunshine and color into everyone’s life.

My goal is to be one of those people.

It’s not always easy, but it sure is worth it.

As I always told my kids, you have the power to change someone’s day just by your smile.

In the famous words of Buddy Elf, “I like Smiling. Smiling’s my Favorite”.

You Color My World Card

The “You Color My World” card mimics a Watercolor Paint Set.

For this card, I wanted a little more upscale look than traditional primary colors.

I made my watercolor paint using rich colors and patterns on a wood-look base.

I used the Color My World Slimline Die Set die set from The Maker’s Movement.

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You Color My World Card

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Directions:

  • Die-cut the base of the card, using the slimline die set, out of wood-look scrapbook paper using the Cross Over II Die-Cutting System.
  • Die-cut the paint pieces out of patterned paper.
  • Die-cut the “paint pods” out of silver cardstock.
  • I like to run the paper through the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini before die-cutting to make the pieces into stickers. It makes assembling all the parts so much easier.
  • Assemble all the pieces onto the layered cardstock base.

You Color My World Card

The trick to applying the letters…

  • Make the letters into stickers.  I ran silver cardstock through the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* before die-cutting to add adhesive on the back of the paper.  Once die-cut, the letters became little stickers.  So much easier than trying to glue them into place.
  • To help line the words up straight, I used a clear-gridded transfer tape* to apply to letters.
  • Place the letters onto the transfer tape backward using the lines of the grid as your guide.

You Color My World Card

  • Place the transfer tape onto the front of the card. Rub over the transfer paper to make sure the letters stick to the card. (You can use a vinyl scraper tool.)
  • Gently pull back one end of the transfer paper and remove.

You Color My World Card

For more great stamp and die-cut sets, make sure to check out The Maker’s Movements website.  

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How to Create a Mini Beach Painting using Acrylics and Vinyl.

It's the Little Things Mini Painting

It’s the Little Things that Make Life Grand.

Inspired by my recent trip to the ocean, I decided to create a simple mini painting

to add to the shell collection on my mantel.

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How to create a mini painting using paint and vinyl.

Directions:

  • Start two-thirds down on your mat board and start blending shades of blue and white acrylic paint. 
  • Leaving the bottom third for painting the sand.
  • Add a thin layer of white paint between the blue and the sand.
  • Allow the paint to dry. You can speed up the process using a hairdryer.

How to create a mini painting using paint and vinyl.

  • Using an SVG File (from the Silhouette Store) and my Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*, I cut out the words “It’s the Little Things…” out of Blue and Light Blue Chrome Adhesive Vinyl.
  • Place the words onto the mat board using transfer tape*.
  • Rub over the words with a vinyl scraper tool to make sure “the words” have transferred.

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How to create a mini painting using paint and vinyl.

  • The smaller words were cut out of Light Blue Chrome Vinyl* and placed on the mat board first.
  • The larger cursive words were cut out of Blue Chrome Vinyl*.
  • I used the spacing provided with the SVG file to determine where to place the larger words. 

How to create a mini painting using paint and vinyl.

  • Using a vinyl scraper tool, rub over transfer paper to make sure the words have transferred to the mat board.
  • Gently pull the transfer paper away from the mat board. 

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It was so fast and easy to make.

Of course, for you more talented people, feel free to add more details.

How to create a mini painting using paint and vinyl.

A little different look…

For this one, instead of painting sand, I went with a blue Ombre look.

Instead of using two tones of blue, I used Brushed Gold Chrome Vinyl*.

How to create a mini painting using paint and vinyl.

If you’re into Scrapbooking…

I think this mini matboard painting would also make the perfect cover for a mini scrapbook.

It's the Little Things that make Life Grand.

Our Family Vacation.

My son and his family joined us on our vacation this year.

I loved being together with them.

It was so much fun watching the boys play in the sand and learn how to boogie board.

Even the four-year-old became a “Boogey Board Pro”!

It’s the little things in life that make life grand.