You Warm My Heart Valentine’s Day Mug

You warm my heart mug

How to make a “You Warm my Heart” Valentine’s Day Mug.

Some girls may want roses and expensive gifts for Valentine’s Day.

Not this girl. Give me something thoughtful and sweet, and I’ll be happy.

(Oh, and a little chocolate never hurts.)

How to make a "You warm my heart" mug using StyleTechCraft Vinyl.

While shopping at my local Dollar Tree…

I found this simple red and white mug*; I was drawn to its color because it is more barn red than fire engine red.

I decided to make a fun Valentine’s mug using my favorite StyleTechCraft Adhesive Vinyl.

Did you know, Dollar Tree* has a lot of glass and ceramic items that are perfect for adding vinyl?

You warm my heart mug

For my Valentine’s Mug I Used:  (*affiliate links)

StyletechCraft products brought to you by ATSM Craft*

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How to make a "You warm my heart" mug using StyleTechCraft Vinyl.

To make the Valentine’s Mug:

How to make a "You warm my heart" mug using StyleTechCraft Vinyl.

  • Lay the transfer paper onto the mug. Since it has a curved surface, start from the center of the words and rub one side at a time using a vinyl scraper tool. The tool allows you to smooth the image and eliminate air bubbles.
  • Remove Vinyl Transfer Tape*.
  • Line up hearts over the words and apply the vinyl hearts onto the mug.

Allow the vinyl to cure on the mug for four days before use. (Hand Wash Only)

How to make a "You warm my heart" mug using StyleTechCraft Vinyl.

For a Special Valentine Gift Box

Add a package of heart marshmallows (I found at Target), chocolates, and a box of Hot Cocoa Mix

for a sweet and thoughtful Valentine’s Gift.

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the StyleTechCraft Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

How to make Plaid Shaker Heart Ornaments for Valentine’s Day

DIY Plaid Shaker Hearts

How to make Plaid Shaker hearts using Dollar Tree Heart Ornaments.

I’m always looking for simple Valentine’s Home Decor projects.

This Plaid Shaker Heart Ornament is super easy to make.

How to make Plaid Shaker hearts using Dollar Tree Heart Ornaments.

Who’s Up for a little Valentine’s Day Plaid?

No matter the season, I’m always a little “Mad for Plaid”.

I had fun experimenting with different color combinations for my plaid hearts.

How to make Plaid Shaker hearts using Dollar Tree Heart Ornaments.

Materials Used:  (*affiliate links)

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How to make Plaid Shaker hearts using Dollar Tree Heart Ornaments.

Directions:

  • My heart ornaments are approximately 4″ x 4″ with a 1¼” x 1¼” heart opening in the center.
  • Paint both sides of two heart ornaments with red paint.
  • Place thin strips of removable tape* across the heart ornament.  Alternate between thicker and thinner strips.
  • Rub your finger over the tape to make sure that the tape* is securely on the ornament and has no gaps.

How to make Plaid Shaker hearts using Dollar Tree Heart Ornaments.

  • Paint inside the stripes with a thin coat of pink acrylic paint.  Be careful not to apply the paint too thick.   Only one thin coat of paint is needed.
  • Remove painter’s tape.
  • Allow the paint to fully dry before continuing to the next step.

How to make Plaid Shaker hearts using Dollar Tree Heart Ornaments.

Stripes are good too.

If you like stripes better than plaid, you can skip the next step.

How to make Plaid Shaker hearts using Dollar Tree Heart Ornaments.

  • Next, add strips of Removable Tape* vertically over the heart.
  • Make sure the tape is flat with no gaps.

How to make Plaid Shaker hearts using Dollar Tree Heart Ornaments.

  • Paint over the heart with a thin coat of white paint.
  • Carefully remove the tape.  Allow the paint to dry.

How to make Plaid Shaker hearts using Dollar Tree Heart Ornaments.

  • Using a Sanding Block* lightly sand the heart ornament. Sanding smooths the woodgrain and helps to hide any little imperfections.
  • Wipe with a clean cloth.

How to make Plaid Shaker hearts using Dollar Tree Heart Ornaments.

  • For a little extra pop of gold.  
  • Edge the sides of the heart ornament with a Chisel Point Gold Leaf Pen*.
  • Don’t forget to add a little gold to the center heart.

How to make Plaid Shaker hearts using Dollar Tree Heart Ornaments.

  • On the back of both hearts, add craft glue around the center heart.  Place a small piece of clear acetate* over the heart opening.
  • On the back of the plaid heart, place strips of double-sided adhesive craft foam* around the center heart.

How to make Plaid Shaker hearts using Dollar Tree Heart Ornaments.

  • Place heart sprinkles inside the craft foam over the acetate.
  • Remove the protective coating from the craft foam and carefully line up the second heart to close.

How to make Plaid Shaker hearts using Dollar Tree Heart Ornaments.

  • Loop a long piece of white yarn through the top hole of the ornament.
  • Add craft glue to the ends of the yarn and twist the fibers to make them tight. 
  • That makes it easier to string the beads.
  • I used gold beads left-over from a Christmas project and strung them onto the yarn.
  • Create a yarn tassel and tie it to the end of the beaded yarn.

How to make Plaid Shaker hearts using Dollar Tree Heart Ornaments.

Place the Plaid Shaker Heart with your Winter Decor to add a little Valentine’s Love.

If you happen to see these wood heart ornaments at your local Dollar Tree*

make sure to pick up a package or two.

They would also make adorable Christmas Ornaments.

Sue’s Storage Tips for Craft Vinyl Storage

Sue's Tips for Craft Vinyl Storage

Are you looking for an easy way to sort and store your vinyl sheets?

I’ve been making projects with StyleTechCraft’s Adhesive Vinyl for the past five years.

I am a member of their Design Team; they are an extremely generous company to work with.

Because of their generosity, I have accumulated a lot of vinyl.

Sue's Vinyl Storage Tip

I have tried a few different ways to organize my vinyl,

I always found myself spreading everything out to find the exact style and color I needed.

I needed a solution that would adapt to the way I work.

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Sue's Vinyl Storage Tip

I find that it’s easier to sort the vinyl according to the type of vinyl.

I created broad categories that would fit my vinyl.

I found the Clear IRIS Scrapbook Paper Storage Boxes*

and the Modular Storage Rack at Michael’s Craft Store.

Vinyl is heavier than regular scrapbook paper and needs a heavy-duty storage cabinet. 

Having open shelves makes it easy to find exactly what style I’m looking for.

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Sue's Vinyl Storage Tip

Creating Labels for the Iris Boxes

I have been wanting to label my boxes for a while.  I finally took the time this week to do it.

Sue's Vinyl Storage Tip

  • Cut a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* to fit over the vinyl words.  Gently rub over the transfer paper using the squeegee tool.  Lift the transfer tape to remove the vinyl from the white liner.

Sue's Vinyl Storage Tip

  • Place letters onto the black label.
  • Gently rub over the vinyl transfer tape using the squeegee tool to make sure all the image has transferred.

Sue's Vinyl Storage Tip

  • Use the transfer tape to pick up the label and adhere it onto the front of the IRIS box*.

Sue's Vinyl Storage Tip

My office assistant, Dexter, walked into my shot as I was taking pictures.

He’s not a lot of help, but he sure is cute.

Sue's Vinyl Storage Tip

In my office/workshop, I have a counter dedicated to my Silhouette Cameo.

It’s nice to have it out and not in the way.

Sue's Vinyl Storage Tip

Under the Silhouette Cameo is a drawer full of StyleTechCraft Vinyl Transfer Tape* and vinyl tools.

I love having everything easily accessible and at my fingertips.

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Celebrating Winter with a Little Paper Crafting

Winter Memories Album

Now that the Holidays are over, I’m embracing the quiet of the Winter Season

by creating a few things with Eileen Hull’s and Sizzix’s New Release Chapt. One Dies

and the Simple Winter Woods Scrapbook Collection Kit from Simple Stories*.

Look at this beautiful New Scrapbook Paper Collection from Simple Stories.

I fell in love with the soft, muted colors of the Simple Winter Woods Collection*

and knew I had to have it.  (It was perfect for these projects.)

Winter Memories Album

Supplies Used to make the Projects:    (*affiliate links)

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Winter Memories Album

First, I must show you the new toy I got for Christmas this year.

After many years of use and abuse, I finally upgraded my old Big Shot Machine with a Newer, Bigger model.

Behold the Sizzix Big Shot Plus Die-Cutting Machine*.

I needed it to die-cut the larger dies like the NEW Sizzix Frame Pocket Journal Die by Eileen Hull*.

Winter Memories Album

Winter Memories Album

The Journal measures 4 1/2” x 6 1/2” x 1 1/4” with an adjustable spine.

What makes this die special are the additional pieces on the die, a pocket to hold ephemera, a frame and flap!

Winter Memories Album

There are several ways to make the inside of your album.  

Winter Memories Album

I created a pocket on the inside of the album using the die and covered matboard.

Winter Memories Album

The pocket is great for adding a small skinny notebook or several little notecards.

I used the 3″ x 4″ journal cards from the Winter Woods Paper Collection for the front of the cards.

Winter Memories Album

I used twine and the holes on the spine to hold a small notebook in place.  

I covered the Small Kraft Notebook* using a paper and stickers from the collection.

Hello Winter 2023 Framed Picture

Continuing with the Winter Theme…

I created a framed picture using the NEW Sizzix Thinlets Tile Alphanumeric Die by Eileen Hull*.

The Tile Alphanumeric is very versatile because you can use both the positive and negative shapes.

Each letter is perforated which makes it easy to create and line up words.

Hello Winter 2023 Frame Picture

It’s so easy to create a little dimensional piece of art using the supplies you have around you.

Simple Vintage Winter Woods Card

And last but not least, I created a 5″ x 7″ card using Eileen’s NEW Sizzix 3D Tablecloth Embossing Folder

as the background for my card.

Eileen Hull 2023 Chapter One New Release Dies

For more projects using the NEW Eileen Hull Chapter One Release Dies…

Please join us for the Ch. 1 2023 Release Party on Tuesday, January 3 at 12:00 ET when Eileen will be joined by team members sharing their projects. We will also have a blog hop that day so we hope you will hop along with the team and be inspired!

LIST OF HOP STOPS:

Eileen Hull Designs  
Pam Bray
Jennie Atkinson
Sarah Lizzie
Lisa Hoel
Susie Bentz
Tonya Trantham
Elizabeth Robinson
Jenny Marples
Maggi Harding
Karen Bearse
Sue Eldred   (you are here!)

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Top 3 Favorite Projects for 2022

Top 3 Favorite Eileen Hull Projects for 2022

My Top 3 Sizzix/Eileen Hull Paper Crafting Projects.

Every year the Eileen Hull Teams are asked to pick our three favorites Sizzix/Eileen Hull projects

for 2022.  Generally, they’re all my favorites, but these are my top favorites.

(Click on the pictures or links below ↓ to go to the original post with all the details.)

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

Mae’s Treasure Box

This year I finally got a granddaughter.

Mae is one of the sweetest, happiest, mellowest babies I have ever met.

I love her to pieces. She has the best little smile.

Mae’s Treasure Box is a little box that her mom can slip into the top drawer

of her dresser and add all the little snippets of babyhood that she wants to save.

The “treasure box” was made using Eileen Hull’s Book Box Die*.

You can see the full project details here.

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Faux Stone Geometric Box

Faux Stone Geometric Box

The Faux Stone Box is one of my favorites because it’s different than most projects I do.

And it’s one of those projects I had an idea for before I made it,

and it turned out just how I envisioned.

The Faux Stone Geometric Box was made with Eileen Hull’s Geometric Box Die by Sizzix*,

Sizzix Matboard* and Deco Arts Dimensional Effects Texture Paste*.

You can see the full project details here.

Home for Christmas Mini Album

Home for Christmas Mini Album

Holiday Crafting is my favorite time of year to craft so it’s no surprise to find a Christmas project

in my top three. This was a fairly simple little album to make.

I used the Sizzix Notepad Scoreboard Die by Eileen Hull*

and paper from Simple Stories Simple Vintage Christmas Lodge Collection*.

It’s the perfect little album for adding a few of your favorite Holiday Pictures and Memories.

You can see the full project details here.

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Wood Snowflake Ornament

Wood Snowflake Ornament

How to make a Wood Snowflake Ornament.

The Wood Snowflake Ornament is such an easy Holiday project to make.  

I picked up the Wood Snowflakes* at Dollar Tree and the 6″ Wood Circles* on Amazon.  

Great Idea for Personalization.  There’s still time to make a few for Christmas Gifts.  

I even made you a short video.  (Enjoy!)

Wood Snowflake Ornament

Materials Used:  (*affiliate links)

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Wood Snowflake Ornament

Directions:

  • Lightly Sand the Wood Circle with a sanding block to smooth the grain.  Wipe the circle to clean off the dust.
  • Paint with acrylic paint.  To create the ombre background, I started with the darkest shade of paint and continued by adding white paint.
  • Rub the toothbrush into a small amount of white paint.  Flick the bristles of the paintbrush to sprinkle white flecks of paint onto the background of the wood circle.
  • Paint the wood snowflake with white acrylic paint.
  • Paint the wood words with silver acrylic paint.
  • Glue the Snowflake onto the center of the wood circle.
  • Glue the words onto the middle of the snowflakes.
  • Adhere white enamel circles onto the ends of the snowflake tips to cover the holes.
  • Drill a small hole on the top of the circle for hanging.

Kringle’s Christmas Tree Truck

Kringle's Christmas Tree Truck-A Dollar Store Holiday DIY

Kringle’s Christmas Tree Truck is an Easy Holiday Dollar Tree Craft.

The Christmas Tree Truck is a fun and inexpensive craft to create with the family.

This project is easily adaptable to fit your color scheme and style. 

So have fun with it.  (I did!)

Kringle's Christmas Tree Truck-A Dollar Store Holiday DIY

I only spent $3.75 at Dollar Tree and added a few items I had on hand.

(If you have to order them online, Dollar Tree has smaller quantities available for the truck.)

This is what I used:  (*affiliate links)

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Kringle's Christmas Tree Truck-A Dollar Store Holiday DIY

Directions:

  • Paint both sides of the Wood Trucks with acrylic paint.

Kringle's Christmas Tree Truck-A Dollar Store Holiday DIY

Unless you are steady-handed and can paint a perfect circle, here’s a trick I used.

  • Cut a circle the same size as the truck wheel. Cut the circle in half and use it as a mask to paint the top of the wheel. I used removable vinyl to cut my circle.

Kringle's Christmas Tree Truck-A Dollar Store Holiday DIY

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Kringle's Christmas Tree Truck-A Dollar Store Holiday DIY

  • Cut a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* to fit over the vinyl words.  Gently rub over the transfer paper using the squeegee tool.  Lift the transfer tape to remove the vinyl from the white liner.

Kringle's Christmas Tree Truck-A Dollar Store Holiday DIY

  • Using the vinyl transfer tape, line up the words onto the side of the truck.   
  • Gently rub over the vinyl transfer tape using the squeegee tool to make sure all the image has transferred.  
  • Remove the transfer tape.

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Kringle's Christmas Tree Truck-A Dollar Store Holiday DIY

I added words to a plain ornament to create a “cut your own” sign.

Kringle's Christmas Tree Truck-A Dollar Store Holiday DIY

  • I used Wood Glue* to glue the truck.  I needed glue that would give me enough time to line up the box and still be sturdy enough to hold the weight.
  • Allow time for the glue to dry before picking up the finished truck.

Kringle's Christmas Tree Truck-A Dollar Store Holiday DIY

  • Decorate the body of the truck using a craft pine stem as garland. 
  • Glue small bows and beads onto the garland.

Kringle's Christmas Tree Truck-A Dollar Store Holiday DIY

  • When picking out the small rectangle box to use as the bed of the truck, I thought the star was perfect.
  • Fill the bed of the truck with small Christmas Trees.

Kringle's Christmas Tree Truck-A Dollar Store Holiday DIY

Kringle’s Christmas Tree Lot

You’ll need several mini trees to make a Christmas Tree Lot.

When I ordered the little trees at IKEA, I really hoped the trees would fit. 

I couldn’t be happier with the size.

 

Letters to Santa Card and Tags

Letters to Santa Card

Letters to Santa Card

Don’t you just love these cute furry creatures?

I combined The Maker’s Movement’s New Letters to Santa Stamp Set with

The Woodland Friends Stamp and Die Set to make this cute card.

Maker's Movement

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post for The Maker’s Movement*.  I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own. 

Letters to Santa Card

The card was stamped in black permanent ink* on white watercolor paper*.

I used Tombow ART Markers* to blend and color.

I added dimension to the card by adding 3D foam to the back of the mailbox and fox.

Letters to Santa Stamp Set from The Maker's Movement    Woodland Friends Stamp Set

Materials Used:  (*affiliate links)

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Letters to Santa Tag

Santa Gift Tag

For those of us that still believe, a simple gift tag from Santa.

Letters to Santa Card-Shrink Plastic

Mini “Letters to Santa” Tags or Ornaments

My grandson and I had a little fun using the Letters to Santa stamp set and shrink plastic.

We love watching the stamped image shrink.

We even made a video.  (coming soon)

Tombow Holiday Gift Guide

Mini Holiday Lanterns

DIY Mini Holiday Lanterns

Looking for An Easy Holiday Dollar Store Craft?

All you’ll need is a couple of Mini Wood Lanterns from Dollar Tree*,

Paint, Scrapbook Paper and an Xyron Create a Sticker Mini*.

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 This is a sponsored post for Xyron.  I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

Mini Holiday Lanterns a Dollar Store DIY

Materials Used:  (*affiliate links)

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Mini Holiday Lanterns a Dollar Store DIY

Directions:
1. Using a Craft Knife* to loosen the glue, gently remove the top and front of the
lantern. Remove the small battery votive from the bottom of the lantern.
2. Paint the lantern with black acrylic paint.
3. Measure and cut strips of black buffalo plaid paper to fit the back and sides of the
lantern.

Mini Holiday Lanterns a Dollar Store DIY

4. Place the strips of paper into the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini* design side-up. Crank the handle
of the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini* to run it through the machine. As it goes through, it adds a
complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper.

Mini Holiday Lanterns a Dollar Store DIY

5. Remove the paper from the liner and apply it to the sides of the lantern.

Mini Holiday Lanterns a Dollar Store DIY

6. Measure and cut a piece of translucent vellum to fit behind the front “X” panel. Use the Xyron Mega Runner* to add adhesive to the center and edges of the front panel. Place the vellum over the front panel.

Mini Holiday Lanterns a Dollar Store DIY

7. Use the Xyron Mini Glue Gun* to adhere the lantern back together.

Mini Holiday Lanterns a Dollar Store DIY

8. Paint the wood snowflakes with white acrylic paint. Glue it to the front of the lantern. Add a white enamel dot to the center of the snowflake.

Mini Holiday Lanterns a Dollar Store DIY

Use as a tabletop decoration or add ribbon to the lantern for hanging on the Christmas Tree.

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Handmade Holiday Tags made with Cork

Making Holiday Tags using Cork

Make your Gifts Special with Handmade Holiday Tags made with Sizzix Cork Sheets*.

If you’ve been here before, you know I love experimenting with new materials.

So, when Sizzix offered to send me some rolls of their cork sheets, I gladly accepted.

(I especially love the way it looks on kraft-colored wrapping paper.)

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own. 

Making Holiday Tags using Cork

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Making Holiday Tags using Cork

With the help of my sewing machine and a few of my favorite Eileen Hull dies.

Making the tags was fairly easy to do.

Making Holiday Tags using Cork

Stitched Snowflake Tag

  • I die-cut the tags using the large tag die from the Tags Die Set*.
  • I sewed the tags together using a sewing machine with silver thread
  • Die-cut a paper snowflake.  Sew the Snowflake and white pom-pom trim onto the tag.

Making Holiday Tags using Cork

Fun and Festive Reindeer Tag

  • The reindeer tag uses a small wood reindeer that I painted silver.
  • Glue the reindeer and bow onto the front of the tag.
  • The word stickers on the reindeer and snowflake tags are from the Simple Vintage Christmas Lodge Sticker Sheet*.
  • The deep red satin ribbon makes this tag feel special.

Making Holiday Tags using Cork.

Simple and Elegant Joy Tag

Simple greenery picked from a bush outside adds to the natural feel of this tag.

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