Easy DIY Football Themed Party Ideas

Fall Football and Fun…

Fall is right around the corner, and with that comes Football Season.

Whether you’re watching the NFL, College or High School, a few simple football snacks

are always welcomed by the fans.

To keep the decorating easy, I used a few sheets of Football themed scrapbook paper.

I used one of the 3″ x 4″ sections and attached it to the front of a small caddy container

(from the Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer*) with repositionable tape to make a

silverware holder.

I used the Deflecto 3 Tier Dessert Stand* to hold my snacks.

The stand is the perfect tailgating companion.

It is easy to put together and folds flat for compact storing and transporting.

Use football-themed washi tape or strips of cut paper and adhere it around the edges

of the tiers for added fun.  (Make sure to use repositionable adhesive. )

Create a banner to hang on the wall using colored cardstock or construction paper in your

favorite team colors.  I created the letters using white craft vinyl from StyleTechCraft and cut

them out using my Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*.

You could also use letter stickers to spell out your words.

I picked up clear cups, napkins, condiment cups and silverware at Dollar Tree.

Entertaining doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

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Having everything in clear cups makes for easy grab and go snacking.

I also found this cute little Football Game at Dollar Tree. 

It makes a great prop and sign holder.

Popcorn, Muddy Buddy, Pretzels, Mini Corn Dogs and Beer.  Oh My!

Now we’re ready for some Football!

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Pour Painting Techniques

Have you ever wanted to try pour painting?

There are several different kinds of techniques:

The Dutch Pour, The Dirty Pour and The Swipe Technique to name a few.

Trying Pour Painting has been on my to-do list for over a year.

I’m not sure if I was intimidated or wasn’t sure if it’d be too much of a mess.

When I heard about my sister and her friend planning a time to play,

I casually mentioned my interest. Lucky for me, I got an invitation to join.

We tried all three different Pour Painting Techniques.  It was so much fun.

Just for you…I made a short video of each technique later in this post.

Before we started the process, we prepped the canvases with a coat of Gesso*.

We mixed acrylic paint with a pouring medium called Floetrol*.

It thins down the paint to help the paint flow easier.

(There are several different pour mediums available.)

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For each technique, we added the thinned down white paint to our canvas.

Make sure to spread it all over up to the edges.

The first one we tried was the Dutch Pour…

that uses a hairdryer and a straw to blow the paint around on the canvas.

Here I am dribbling  paint onto the canvas.

Using a hairdryer, blow the paint around the canvas.

For added detail, use a straw to spread the paint in a small area.

After I finished blowing the paint around, we used a small portable torch lighter over

the canvas to pop air bubbles.

Below is a video of the Dutch Pour on a different canvas. ↓

I planned on taking pictures of the process, but as we were getting ready to pour,

I decided at the last minute to videotape the process.

Being a little more than unprepared (and a little bit excited) the videos are not as good as

I would have liked them to be.  Next time, I will be more prepared with a tripod.

The Dutch Pour

This process involves blowing the paint around the canvas using a hairdryer and straw.

The Dirty Pour

The Dirty Pour is where to pour several different colors of paint into the same cup and

then pour it onto the canvas. (Of course, we used paint medium with the paint.)

The Swipe Technique

Being my first try at the Swipe Technique, usually, you’d only need to swipe once.

Giving the forgiving nature of the technique, I added more paint on the top and swiped again.

Deciding it needed a little red, I repeated the swipe a third time. (not shown in the video)

The most important thing I learned (that I didn’t do) is to keep your canvas level.

After our canvases were dried, Jeanie, my sister’s friend, gave them all a coat of polyurethane.

The canvas shown above is my Dutch Pour Canvas. 

Not only did I have a frame from another painting that was the right size

but also the perfect color.  Currently, I proudly have the painting on my mantel.

I want to give a shout out and a big THANKS to my new friend Jeanie for letting me play.

She is a lovely and talented artist.

You can find her and her work on Instagram under ArtUnearthed.

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Easy Peasy Upcycled Container

I love a good upcycled, recycled project.

Creating a useful item from something that would be thrown away or put in the recycling bin.

This project was made using an empty Nesquik container.

I have been drinking chocolate milk for as long as I can remember. My dad used to use the Nesquik containers in his garage to store nuts and bolts and lots of other small items. We found several vintage cans out in his garage when we were going through it.

For my Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Up-cycled Container I used:

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Directions:

  • Measures and cut two pieces of  vinyl to wrap around the container.  (I used one long piece and one shorter piece.)
  • Use the printed graphics on the side of the container to line up your edge.  Slowly wrap the vinyl around the container smoothing as you go to reduce the air bubbles.

  • Use the squeegee tool to smooth the vinyl.  If you can’t get rid of the air bubble with the squeegee tool you can use a small pin to poke a hole in the vinyl to release the air.

You can find the Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy SVG file at the Silhouette Design Store.

  • Use the vinyl pick to remove the letters from the vinyl lemon, leave the inside pieces of the letters.

  • Cut a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* to fit over the vinyl image.  Gently rub over the transfer paper using the squeegee tool.
  • Remove the vinyl from the white liner, center the image on the front of the can.
  • Gently rub over the Vinyl Transfer Tape* to make sure all the image has transferred.   Remove the transfer tape.
  • Repeat the process with the stem and leaf.

A fun little upcycled project, great for many different uses.  (not just in the garage)

Place several cans side by side for a cute and creative way to store supplies.

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Message in a Bottle Shaker Tags

In continuing with the Beach Theme for July…

I’ve got a couple of cute projects using the Message in a Bottle Stamp and Die Set from

The Maker’s Movement to share with you.

MSD222 Message in a Bottle Stamp and Die Set  

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Message in a Bottle Pirate Ship Shaker Tag Directions:

  • Stamp the ship on white watercolor cardstock.
  • Color the ship with Tombow Art  Markers.

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  • Align the ship die over the ship image.  Place a piece of washi tape or removable tape over the die to keep it in place.  Run the die through the Crossover II Die Cutting Machine* to cut out the image.

Aren’t these are the cutest little ships?

You can add a skull and crossbones to the sail, or a sweet little heart. (included in the set)

You will need to cut out several pieces to create the Message in a Bottle Shaker Tag.

  • Cut a bottle shape out of clear acetate and a wavy-look scrapbook paper.
  • Place a small piece of distressed woodgrain look scrapbook paper into the Xyron Create-A-Sticker, Sticker Maker* to add adhesive to the backside of the woodgrain paper. Die-cut the woodgrain paper using the Bottle Frame Die. Creating a paper bottle frame sticker makes it easier to use when it comes time to place on the acetate.
  • Cut a second Bottle Frame using the double-sided adhesive foam sheet.

  • Remove one side of the protective blue coating from the acetate bottle.
  • Align and stick bottle frame sticker onto the acetate.
  • Remove the second side of the protective blue coating from the acetate.
  • Use a dryer sheet and rub on the blue wavy bottle die-cut to eliminate static created from the acetate.
  • Align and stick craft foam bottle frame onto the blue bottle die-cut.
  • Adhere die-cut ship in the center of the bottle.

I found a paper that replicated the look of cork.  I used that paper and cut several layers using the cork shaped die and glued them together to create a thick dimensional cork. I made the cork the same thickness of the foam.

  • Cut a piece off the top of the craft foam bottle to make room to place the cork.
  • Add Ice Cube Sprinkles (from the mixed drinks shaker sprinkles) into the well of the bottle frame.
  • Remove the protective coating of the craft foam frame and carefully place the acetate frame over the bottle.

  • Stamp your message on a piece of white cardstock and cut out using the banner die.
  • Punch a small hole at the end. Tie the banner die cut around the neck of the bottle with a piece of red and white twine.

If you’re not into Pirates and Pirate Ships…

the Message in a Bottle Die also makes a perfect Congratulations tag.

Use it for a Wedding, Anniversary, New Home, or Retirement.

Crafting Beach Vibes

A few fun projects using the Beach Vibes stamp and die sets from The Maker’s Movement.

(If I can’t get to the beach, I might as well bring the beach to me.)

I am really loving the Beach Vibes Stamp and Die Set.  So many cute images to use.

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Before I ever start creating my projects…

I stamp the images onto watercolor paper* and practice coloring.

It’s a great way to decide the best marker color to use.

Using watercolor paper* makes it easy to blend the markers.

Tip…I start with the darker colored marker and finish coloring the image with a complimentary lighter-colored marker, blending the colors as I go.

FIY…I have my markers stored in the  Expandable Marker Accordion* from Deflecto.

Beach Vibes Frame

Using the Crossover II Die Cutting Machine*, I was able to easily line up the coordinating die

to the colored image to cut out.  I added a few extra dots to my colored image before mounting

the Sandcastle to the corner of the frame.

Tip…I used blue painters tape and masked part of the “beach vibes” stamp and stamped the words one at a time.

Life is Better in the Sun…

I may complain a little bit when it gets super humid, but I would trade the snow and cold for a warm summer day anytime.

Tip…The background on this card is super simple to create.  Using an ink blending tool and several colors of dye ink, rub the ink onto the watercolor paper.  Spray the paper with water and dry the paper with a hairdryer.  (Easy Peasy)

The Sandcastle stamp also makes a perfect Ice Castle for a cute little princess. 

  • I stamped the Sandcastle on watercolor paper*.  I had fun coloring the castle in purples and blues and blending the colors.
  • I added a thin layer of white liquid applique* to the castle to look like snow. I let the liquid applique dry before heating it with a Heat Tool* to raise it.
  • To make the castle extra frosty, I painted the castle with Clear Glitter Glue*.
  • I framed the Ice Castle with a white scallop frame cut from the MOD287 Nested Square Frame Set.  (It makes a perfect little gift tag.)

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Just for Fun- DIY Golf Menu Board

DIY Golf Menu Board…

It started as a joke.

Last month, as my husband was painting the floor of the deck, I opened the window,

stuck my head out and asked if he wanted anything to drink.

He said we should put in a counter at the window so we could take orders.

I wanted a Pool Snack Bar, he really wanted the 19th Hole.

This is our compromise.

  • I painted a thin hardboard panel with several coats of DecoArt Americana Decor Black Satin Enamel Paint.
  • I gave the painted board a light sanding with steel wool to make it smooth.

Supplies Needed:

Directions:

  • Using an SVG Cut File purchased from the Silhouette Store, size and cut all the pieces using the Cameo Die-Cutting Machine.
  • Use the Vinyl Tools to “weed” out the negative spaces around your image.

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  • Apply transfer tape over the image and give a gentle rub with using vinyl scraper tool to transfer the image to the tape.
  • Gently lift up to remove the image off white backing.

  • Align and place the image onto the board.
  • Give a rub with the vinyl scraper tool to transfer the vinyl onto the board.

My husband loves the board.  (I wonder if I can get him to pay?)

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How to make a Beach Inspired Windchime

A Beach Inspired Windchime for those us that LOVE the beach.

If you’re one of the lucky ones that live on the ocean or have a Beach House.

Here is a simple project to make that you can hang on the back porch.

Or if you don’t live on the beach or have a beach house.

The Windchime is a fun reminder of trips to the ocean,

and a great way to use some of those shells you collected. 

How to Make a Beach Inspired Wind Chime.

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Gather Your Supplies…

The Caddy Storage Tray* is so handy to use. It’s perfect for sorting the various sizes of wood beads. And it fits into the large container of the Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer*.  I used the Deflecto Interlocking Marker Organizer* in the caddy to hold my paintbrushes.  I put all my supplies in the caddy and took it onto the deck, where I worked on the wind chime under my umbrella on a beautiful Summer day.  (and wished I was on the beach)

Faux Driftwood…

Because I didn’t have an actual driftwood stick from the beach.  I used a stick found in the yard and broke it down to size.

  • Scrape the bark off the stick.  (I used an old table knife.)
  • Paint the stick with white acrylic paint and a couple of stripes of pale blue and aqua.
  • Give the stick a light sanding with fine-grit sandpaper to rough it up and make it look more natural.

  • Cut five pieces of twine approximately 24″ long.
  • Tie a knot on one end of the twine.
  • Wrap a small piece of blue removable painters tape on the other end of the twine to keep the twine from fraying.
  • String Wood Beads onto the twine.

  • Tie beaded twine to the painted stick.
  • On the center of the stick, I glued a medium-sized Starfish purchased at a Beach Gift Shop.
  • Add a couple of beads to a piece of twine. Tie twine to each end of the stick to use as a hanger.
  • Stick the loose ends of the twine through the beads to hide.

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Christmas in July with Eileen Hull’s Dies

Christmas in July with Eileen Hulls New Release Snowman and Mitten Dies.

I wanted to share with you a couple of fun Wintery projects using the NEW dies that are

now available from Eileen Hull and Sizzix*.

The Gingham Mitten Gift Box uses the #664510 Mitten Box Die by Eileen Hull

It cuts out all the pieces you need to make a super cute gift box that you can fill with treats.

A few tips…

  • Adhere the gingham paper to Sizzix, Little Sizzles White Mat Board* using your favorite adhesive before cutting out the mitten die.  I like to use the Xyron Creative Station* to adhere the paper to the mat board so I get complete adhesive covering.
  • Paint the inside and sides of the box with red acrylic paint.
  • Glue lace onto the front of the gingham mitten before assembling the box.  I like to use a super-fast grab adhesive like DAP Rapid Fuse Adhesive*to glue my pieces together.

The second project is a Snowman Note Card Holder.

I used the #664511 Snowman Box Die by Eileen Hull and adapted it a bit. 

  • When I saw the scored piece that is supposed to be used to create the box, I saw a fence.  So, of course, I had to make a Snowman decorating a fence.
  • I glued two of the box parts together to make the fence.  I created a platform out of extra pieces of Little Sizzles Mat Board* for a place for the fence to stand.

The Snowman Box Die cuts all the pieces to makes these two adorable Snowman Boxes. 

Extra Snowman Supplies                 (*affiliate links)

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There’s a lot of dimension that was added to my Snowman.

  • I painted the fence and snowman with white acrylic paint.  After the paint had dried, I gave them both a coat of One Step Crackle Paint*.  The thicker the paint the larger the crackles.  (My crackles are more subtle.)
  • I used White Liquid Applique* on the rim and top of the snowman’s hat.  I let the liquid applique dry before heating it with a Heat Tool* to raise it.  If you let it dry before heating, the liquid applique raises evenly not bumpy.
  • I used DecoArt Dimensional Effects*on the tops of the fence and around the base.  I also used it on the bottom of my Snowman.

Check out the creative ways the Inspiration and Education Teams have used the Mitten and Snowman dies! We hope that you will be inspired too and share how you use the dies in the Eileen Hull Fan Club.

For a full list of designers visit Eileen’s Blog Here.

But wait- there’s more- the Release Party continues!  You won’t want to miss the Facebook Live at Eileen Hull Designs at 12:00 noon Eastern time on Wednesday, July 1! Join the chat- and a random commenter will win the Snowman die.

Please hop with us through all of the projects and leave comments on the different designers’ blogs. A lucky commenter will win the Mitten Box die…

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Sue’s Casual Vintage Inspired Workshop

A Peek into Sue’s Creative Workshop…

A little over a year ago, I started working on my New Creative Space.

The room that I used before was pretty small.  (you can see it here)

So you can only imagine how excited I was to move into a much bigger space.

It’s been a long process of purging, decorating, and organizing.

I’m excited to be able to share it with you, finally.

With the help of my brother, we transformed my son’s old bedroom from a worn-out teen space

to my favorite room in the house.

This room needed help.

I had not redecorated this room since I first decorated it for my son when he moved into it

at age 4.  It had two-toned walls of yellow and blue with a white stripe going across the center.

My son didn’t like change, so I left it alone.

After 15 plus years, the walls were quite dingy and damaged.

My brother painted the ceiling a crisp white and the walls a light grungy grey.

Then he added an accent wall of shiplap.

The blue commercial carpet was still in perfect condition.  (All I had to do was clean it.)

Now I was ready to start decorating and organizing the room.

My main work area.

I found this sturdy little table at a Church Rummage Sale for $20.

It was an old Sunday School table used for younger kids.

It’s a little bit low, but with my short legs, it works just fine.

I have another table I got from my parents’ basement that I’m planning on redoing one day.

Until then, this works great.

Behind my desk is my son’s old changing table from his nursery. 

On top of that, is an old wood display from when I had my store.

It is the perfect place to display a few vintage cameras and books.

My son asked me why I didn’t just get a new L shaped desk?

We all have our style when it comes to creating.  I wanted my personal space to match.

Clean and Simple with a Vintage Vibe.  A mix of old and new.

Photo Wall…

I love my shiplap accent wall.

Eventually, I plan on getting a long shelf to display artwork and old pictures.

Currently, I have a favorite floral painting that my Mom painted many years ago.

Around the painting is a vintage frame that was around the old deer painting that

hung at  my Grandma’s.  (top right)  It was in bad shape when we found it

in my Dad’s basement, so I put it in a new smaller frame.

The bottom left is an adorable old photo of a little girl performing with a man with a harp.

I have no idea who is in the photo, but I love it.

I have been collected old photos and prints for a long time.

Continuing around the room is My Ikea Shelving…

I love this hardworking unit.

It holds bins of old projects, boxes of ribbon, paintbrushes, stamps, dies,

and a whole lot of other goodies.

I contemplated whether or not I should show you my closet.

It is in a constant state of change. (it still needs a lot more purging.)

I was thrilled to be able to put my white storage units in there.

I love being able to close the closet doors and not have to look at them.

I didn’t want to get rid of them because they still hold a lot of stuff.

But, the white shelves don’t fit the look I was going for in the room.

Next to the closet is my little black cabinet, AKA my “Fabulous Thrift Store Make-Over”.

You can read about it here.  It is perfect for holding small bottles of acrylic paint.

On top of the black cabinet is some Vintage Goodies I’ve collected through the years.

The vintage metal filing cabinet…

used to hold all my parent’s bills and paperwork before I took it home.

After repainting it black, the filing cabinet holds nothing but inkpads and re-inkers.

(I’ve quite a few.) It hides behind the open door.

Next to it is an old metal florist vase with a collection of vintage yardsticks.

On the left of the door, as you look into the room, is my second desk.

I use this desk mainly for paperwork and picture editing.

I eventually would like to get a big comfy chair to replace it.

I call this my Big Red Stamp Rack, although currently there are no stamps there.

It is another display that came from my old store.

I painted it red several years ago to match my décor.

It holds mainly embellishments, paper, paints, and more ribbon.

The vintage iron is another fun find from my parent’s basement.

When the windows are open, the door is always blowing closed. It makes a great doorstop.

I hope you enjoyed the tour around my new Workshop/Office/Craft Room.

It may not always be as clean as shown in the pictures, but with designated storage,

it’s pretty easy to get it back to normal.

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Sweet Summer Flower Stand Card

Sweet Summer Flower Stand Card

It’s always a good day when I get to buy flowers.  

I stopped by the Garden Center this morning to pick up a few more.  (can you have too many?)

I LOVE FLOWERS!

I was so excited when I got the opportunity to make a sample for Maker’s Movement using

the new Lemonade Stand Stamp and Die Set.  It is so versatile. 

It makes a cute little Lemonade Stand, Flower Stand, and Fall Cider Stand.  

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Building the Flower Stand

  • When clearing out my mom’s paper collection, I found this woodgrain cardstock.  I never knew what to use it for until I made this card.  Now I wish I could tell you where to find it.
  • The flower stand die has three sizes of dies to use as the board to build the stand.
  • I adhered two pieces of paper together to create thickness.  Run paper and 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 striped, one blue floral)  Cut two sections from the blue floral and adhere to the striped awning piece.

Super Simple Watercolor Background

  • The key to the background is to use watercolor paper.
  • A simple swish with a wet brush and blue watercolor paint to create the background.

Lots of Dimension and Details

  • What makes this card special is all the little details.
  • 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.

I loved the way the card turned out.   I will be making a Cider Stand for fall soon.

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