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. 

Back to School Mini Essentials Card

Back to School Mini Essentials Card

Start their year off right with a card made with Back to School Mini Essentials.

Perfect for both Students and Teachers.

The mini essentials would make great embellishments for a scrapbook page.

The small ruler frame would look great with this year’s back to school picture.

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Back to School with Mini Essentials Card

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.

Back to School Mini Essentials Card

This is a great way to use up small scraps of cardstock.

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Back Pack to School Card

This was a fun card to make.

I combined the “Back Pack to School Die Set” with the “School Essentials Die Set”

to make this sweet pink “girly” back to school card.

The greeting “I hope you have an amazing day” from the Food Truck Stamp Set says it all.

Back Pack to School Card

How to Make the Backpack Card:

  • Die-cut the backpack pieces out of the floral/green plaid paper using the Mini Maker Die Cutting Machine.
  • To shape the die-cut pieces, place the shape on the molding mat* and press down with the large-ball stylus*. Move the stylus around in small circular motions to soften the paper. The die-cut shape will begin to curl, giving it dimension.
  • Use the light gray marker on the edges of the paper to cover the white paper core and give the pieces a shadowing.
  • Assemble the backpack using small thin foam squares.
  • Die-cut and assemble pencils and the ruler using pencils from the School Essentials Die Set.
  • Die-Cut a white cardstock frame using the Round Rectangle Die Set.
  • Tuck the small floral bits into the backpack along with a ruler and pencils and adhere them in place.
  • Assemble the card using coordinating paper layers.

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Back Pack to School Card

Tuck the card in her backpack and help make her day amazing.

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Book Marks for Book Lovers and Readers

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

Creating Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers…

Besides crafting, reading is one of my favorite hobbies.

Sitting and reading is a luxury for me.  Never enough time.

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

Just one more page…

I love getting lost in a good book. My problem is once I start reading,

I can’t seem to put the book down until I finish reading it.

Forget about work, dinner, or dishes.

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

Combining my two hobbies…

I created bookmarks using the New Bookmark Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

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Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

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Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

Directions:

  • Cut out the layers of the bookmark using the bookmark die. 
  • Adhere them together using a tape runner*.
  • Using the Xyron Creative Station* with a double-sided Laminating cartridge, place the bookmark base in the machine.  Crank the handle to run it through the machine. The Creative Station adds clear laminating onto both sides of the bookmark.

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

  • Trim the bookmark with scissors leaving a 1/8″ border of lamination.
  • Reopen the top slot of the book mark with scissors or a craft knife.

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

To make the letters on the blue bookmark… place a piece of scrapbook paper through the Xyron Creative Station* with a permanent adhesive cartridge* to add adhesive to the back of the scrapbook paper. Once the letters were die-cut, they became little letter stickers.

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

  • Place the vinyl onto the bookmark, and rub over the transfer paper to make sure the vinyl sticks to the lamination.  (You can use a vinyl scraper tool.)

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

Add ribbon and trim to create the perfect bookmark for your favorite book lover.

DIY Holiday Planner

DIY Holiday Planner

Creating a Holiday Planner…

It’s never too early to start thinking about the Holidays.

So…when Xyron asked me to do a Christmas in July project using the Xyron Holiday Bundle,

of course, I said YES!

To be honest, my first thought was to run over to my local scrapbook store

and buy something new to use in my project.

Christmas is my weakness, and I have so much leftover from previous years.

I decided to “Scrap my Stash” instead. In the end, I used paper from 3-4 different collections.

(I’m so proud of my self-control.)

My Holiday Planner measures 6″ x 8″. 

It is big enough to write in but small enough to grab and go.
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Creating a Holiday Planner

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Xyron Creative Station

DIY Planner Details:

  • Cut two 6″ x 8″ pieces of decorative paper for the front cover and two 6″ x 8″ pieces for the inside front and back covers.
  • Lay the paper into the Xyron 9″ Creative Station* design side up. Crank the handle of the Creative Station* to run it through the machine. As it goes through the machine it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper. No electricity needed, easy to use.
  • Peel the decorative paper from the protective liner and place it onto a 6″ x 8″ piece of chipboard. Cover the front and back sides of the chipboard.
  • I love using the Xyron 9″ Creative Station* when I make albums.  I get complete coverage and everything lays smooth, no wrinkles.
  • I like to use a craft mat and craft knife to trim away any excess paper.
  • A sanding block is great for smoothing out the edges of the covered chipboard.

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  • Cut decorative strips to add the front and back of the planner.  If you’ve never made a planner/album like this, you’ll want to give particular thought to the placement of the strips on the back cover to make sure they line up with the front of the planner.
  • I used coordinating decorative scrapbook paper to create a frame for the front of my planner using the frame die from The Maker’s Movement.

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DIY Holiday Planner Pages

  • I created several different types of pages using a word program for the inside of the planner.
  • As you can see, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy.
  • Once you get your cover finished and your inside pages created, you’ll want to bind it all together using a binding machine.  I used an old Bind it All Machine.  You can also use The Cinch Book Binding Machine*.

Holiday Planner-Calendar Pages

November and December are the crucial days when planning the Holidays. 

I printed out two calendar pages from SaturdayGift.com and sized them to fit in my planner.

On the inside of the front cover, I created a pocket for lists and coupons.

DIY Holiday Planner

Christmas Gift List

I am that person.  I write down everything I buy for Christmas.

If you want to know what I bought you five years ago for Christmas, ask me.

DIY Holiday Planner

Christmas Card List

Do you still send Christmas Cards?

I love getting and sending Christmas Cards over the Holidays.  (sometimes I even make them)

I don’t get as many or send as many as I used to, but I love hanging them on display.

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A great way to be prepared for the Holiday Cookie Exchange. 

Creating pockets are a great way to keep organized and the perfect place for

blank Holiday recipe cards.

DIY Holiday Planner

Favorite Family Recipes…

I have several family favorite recipes that I make every year.

Several years ago, I typed them all up and saved them on my computer.

It was easy to reprint them and add them to this year’s Holiday Planner.

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Notes and Stuff…

These pages are for writing down special memories, tips of things that worked that’ll you’ll want

to remember for the next holiday get-together, or the other room mom’s phone number.

There’s so much that we need to remember during the holidays.

And don’t forget to save those receipts for easy returns.

I added a thick buffalo plaid zipper bag in my planner to hold those receipts.

DIY Holiday Planner

Jingle All The Way… 

Create another pocket in the back to tuck in pictures and invitations.

I can never have too many pockets to help keep me organized.

The nice thing about Christmas in July is that by the time the Holidays do arrive,

I’ll be almost ready.

Opal Butterfly Card

Opal Vinyl Butterfly Card

Opal Vinyl Butterfly Card

Creating a little Shimmer and Shine with this Iridescent Butterfly Card.

The Butterfly Card was made using StyleTechCraft’s Opal Vinyl.

StyleTechCraft’s Opal Vinyl comes in 9 amazing colors.

Opal Vinyl Butterfly Card

I love how the Opal Vinyl shimmers and changes as you move it with the light.

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Opal Butterfly Card

Opal Vinyl Butterfly Card Tips:

  • For this card, I used the Butterfly SVG file from the Silhouette Store.  
  • I wanted to give the butterflies dimension on this card. So, I adhered the opal vinyl onto white cardstock before cutting out the butterflies using a Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die-Cutting Machine*.  
  • When cutting out the butterflies, I set my machine on heavy cardstock and used “3 passes” to cut out the butterflies.
  • Cut the butterflies using several shades of opal vinyl. Place the butterflies into a Dotted Embossing Folder, run the embossing folder through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine*.
  • Use a fine tip black deco color paint marker* to add black dots over the embossed dots.

Opal Vinyl Butterfly Card

Opal Vinyl Butterfly Card

  • Cut the words “Happy Birthday” out of black craft vinyl and adhere the greeting onto the bottom of the card using Vinyl Transfer Tape*.
  • Tie a simple white sheer ribbon to finish off this Summery Card.

Eileen Hull’s New Vintage Truck Die

Vintage Flower Truck

I’m excited to share with you Eileen Hull’s New Vintage Truck Die*

that is part of the New Chapter 3 Release Dies from Sizzix.

It is one of the cutest dies for so many different Holidays.

Can you imagine it as an old rusty pickup filled with miniature pumpkins? 

And of course, think of all the cute things you can do for Christmas.

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Cardinal on Wreath Ornament

Another project made using the New Chapter 3 Dies is this Simple Holiday Ornament

using the New Ornament Box Die*  and the Wreath and Snowflake Thinlets Die Set*.

There’s a limited supply of these dies currently, so make sure to get yours today.

Eileen Hull/ Sizzix Chapter 3 Dies

Eileen’s Teams have joined together to give you even more ideas on these creative New Dies.

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DIY Double Sided Sign for your Patriotic and Olympic Spirit

DIY Patriotic Sign

How to create a double-sided sign to show off your Patriotic and Olympic Spirit.

I picked up this wood star sign at Dollar Tree* to make something for the 4th of July.

Being indecisive, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do that or make something for the

upcoming Olympics.  So, I decided to do both.

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DIY Patriotic Sign

Materials Used:

Directions:

  1. Lightly sand the wood star with the sanding block to smooth.
  2. Paint both sides of the star with white acrylic paint.
  3. To make 1″ stripes, lay the painter’s tape onto the surface, butting each strip up to the other. Remove the middle piece of tape.
  4. Gently rub the painter’s tape* to make sure the edges are securely down.
  5. Paint between the lines of the tape. Wait until the paint has dried before removing the tape.
  6. For a distressed look, gently sand the star to blur the paint lines.
  7. I used my Silhouette Electronic Die-Cutting Machine* to create the words and stars to put on the front and back of the sign.
  8. Apply the vinyl onto the star using vinyl transfer tape*.

DIY Patriotic Sign

I added my sign to the simple boxwood wreath on my front door. 

After the 4th of July, I will turn it over to show my Olympic Spirit.

GO TEAM USA!

DIY Patriotic Sign

A Card for the Perfect Lazy Day.

Lazy Days Card

A card to celebrate the perfect Lazy Summer Day.

We just got back from vacation last weekend.

It feels like it’s taken me all week to get back to normal.

If it wasn’t so cool and then rainy this week, I would be that bear on a floatie.

If you asked me to describe the perfect Summer day, it would most definitely include

floating in the pool with a drink in my hand.

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Lazy Summer Days Card

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Lazy Days Card

Directions:

  • Stamp the bear image on tan cardstock with the Versa Fine Black Inkpad*.
  • .Align the bear die with the stamped image.  Place a small piece of washi tape (or a removable tape) to hold the die in place while die-cutting.  
  • Run the stamped image and die through the Mini Maker Die-Cutting Machine to cut out the bear image.

Lazy Days Card

I thought plaid swim shorts were needed for this “cool” bear. 

  • Stamp the swim trunks onto a small piece of plaid paper and run it through the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* to add adhesive onto the back. 
  • Cut the swim trunks out and stick directly onto the die-cut bear. (it’s so easy to add personality)

Lazy Summer Days Card

  • Use the Tombow Art Markers to add rosy cheeks, shadows, and definition to the stamped image.

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Lazy Summer Days Card

Additional Card Details:

  • I thought the “Sea Shore” paper looked like a pool liner, so I added it as the base to my card.
  • The white frame on the card was die-cut using the Round Rectangle Die Set.
  • The Sun was die-cut using the center of the pool float.
  • I stamped the words “feelin’ hot” onto white cardstock and cut it out using the smallest of the nested banner die.
  • I used thin foam mounting squares under the clouds, banner, bear, and drink to add dimension to the card.
  • The finished card measures 4 ¾” x 6″.

DIY Flower Pot Label

DIY Flower Pot Label

Summer Crafting with Unconventional Materials

Last year, for the first time, I collected seeds from various flowers in my garden.  

This year, once those seeds were planted, I needed a creative way to identify the flowers.  

Using plastic cut from a Milk Jug and Alcohol Ink, I created artsy flower pot labels.

DIY Flower Pot Label

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DIY Flower Pot Label

Directions:

  • Protect your work surface.  (this can be a messy project)
  • Cut the flat sides of the milk jug into 2 ½” x 3 ½” strips.
  • Fill the mini mister* with alcohol*.

DIY Flower Pot Labels

  • Drop several drops of alcohol ink* onto the plastic.
  • Spray the alcohol inks with the alcohol-filled mini mister to make the inks run and spread.
  • Use a straw to direct the spread of the inks.

DIY Flower Pot Label

  • Once the inks have dried, spray the plastic with a matte acrylic sealer to help weatherproof the label.

DIY Flower Pot Label.

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I have several small pots of flowers growing.  I will eventually place some of them in the ground.  

The others I will leave in the pots.  I will harvest the seeds again in the fall.

This was a very cost-effective way to add beautiful blooms to my garden.  

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

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Just Scootin’ in to say Hello…

Don’t you just love getting “snail mail”?

It’s so nice when I open my mailbox and see something other than a bill or advertisement.

Snail Mail Stamped Card

The Snail Mail card was made using the Snail Mail Stamp Set from The Maker’s Movement. 

I used simple masking and background techniques that anyone can do to make the card a little more fun.

(see below for complete instructions)

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Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

Directions:

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Xyron Create a Sticker Machine Mini

Creating a Mask for your stamped images…

To keep your image crisp and clean while creating your background you’ll want to create a mask.

  • Without re-inking, the “mailbox” stamp, stamp the image onto a piece of scrap paper. This lighter impression keeps the ink to a minimum and prevents it from getting onto your fingers when working with the mask.
  • Place the stamped copy into the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* with a Repositionable Cartridge* design side up.
  • Turn the knob of the machine to run the paper through it.  As it goes through the machine it adds a layer of repositionable adhesive to the paper.

Creating Masks for Stamping Cards

  • Cut nice and tight around the stamped image – this cut-out now becomes your “mask”.
  • Remove the protective backing and place the mask directly over the stamped image.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

Masking the Sun…

  • Punch or cut a circle from scrap paper.  (set aside the punched circle to use as a mask)
  • Use the open circle  cutout as a template to create the sun.  Place the circle cutout over the masked/stamped mailbox.   Using a yellowish/golden inkpad and an Ink Blending Tool*, gently rub the ink onto the paper.  Be careful not to let the paper slip.
  • Take the punched circle and place it in the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* (with repositionable cartridge) to make a mask that will fit over your “inked sun”.
  • Place mask over the Sun.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping and Cardmaking.

Creating the Grass Background…

  • Stamp the “snail with dotted lines” in black ink over the base of the mailbox image.  You can leave the dotted line straight or you can easily position the dotted line of the stamp to make it curvy.
  • Stamp a second snail to create a mask.  (You will only need to cut out the snail, not the dotted lines.)
  • Place the snail mask over the stamped snail image.
  • Use scissors to cut a wavy line on a piece of scrap paper to create your “grass background template”.
  • Starting at the top of the “curvy line”, use an Ink Blending Tool* and green ink and rub the ink down on the paper.  Continue moving the template down the paper and adding more grass lines.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping and Cardmaking

Creating the cloudy sky background…

  • As a reminder…you should have masks on the Sun, Mailbox, and Snail.
  • To make light and fluffy clouds, you’ll need a piece of scrap paper with a torn edge.
  • Place the torn edge at the top of the stamped watercolor paper.  Gently rub blue ink onto the paper with the Ink Blending Tool*.
  • Adjust the torn paper slightly and move down the paper and ink to create more clouds.  Continue inking clouds until you reach the grass line.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

  • Remove the masks from the sun, mailbox, and snail.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

  • I used a variety of light and dark Tombow Dual Brush Art Markers to color in my image.
  • Because I use Watercolor Paper* and stamped the image with the Versa Fine Black Inkpad* I can easily blend the markers without the outline ink bleeding.

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Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping Cards and Envelopes

Decorated Envelopes for the Win!

I rarely decorate my envelopes.

I thought this card called for a little extra fun on the outside.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

And for a little extra fun, I added googly eyes to the snail on this card.