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.

Materials Used:             (*affiliate links)

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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. 

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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StyleTechCraft Opal Vinyl

Materials Used:

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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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Tips:

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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.

LET’S GET GOING ON OUR RELEASE PARTY BLOG HOP…

Click on the next link below to continue on your way. Comment on each designer’s blog post to be eligible to win a prize!  (see Eileen’s Blog for details)

Eileen Hull Designs
Julia Aston
Madeline Arendt
Jennie Atkinson
Sue Eldred
Maggi Harding
Lisa Hoel
Elizabeth Robinson
Tonya Trantham
Pam Bray
Jenny Marples

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

Materials Used:              (*affiliate links)

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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.  

Ready for the Beach with Sun Changing Vinyl

Ready for the Beach with StyleTechCraft Sun Changing Vinyl

Summer Fun with Sun Changing Vinyl

One of my most favorite places to be is the beach (my happy place). 

It’s been 3 long years since we’ve been to the ocean and I can hardly wait.  

With our big family beach vacation just a few weeks away, I thought this would be the perfect

time to play with my NEW StyleTechCraft Sun Vinyl*.

The Sun Vinyl, available in blue, pink, purple, and yellow, reacts to the Sun’s UV Rays

and goes from an off-white to its respective colors.

I don’t care if you’re young or old, you have to admit it’s pretty darn cool.

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Dollar Tree Sand Toys and Water Bottle

I used inexpensive Beach Toys* and a Water Bottle* I found at my local Dollar Tree

and a vinyl bag that I already had.

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Adding StyleTechCraft's Sun Changing Vinyl to Beach Toys

Beach/Sand Toys with StyleTechCraft's Sun Changing Vinyl

Look how cute it turned out. 

I gave it to my grandson yesterday in anticipation of our trip.  

Ready for the Beach with Sun Changing Vinyl

StyleTechCraft Sun Vinyl Before and After

Beach Hair Don't Care

Beach Hair Don’t Care…

For best results, allow the vinyl to cure for a couple of days before using.  Hand Wash Only.

Ready for the Beach with StyleTechCraft's Sun Changing Vinyl

Yesterday my grandson came over and we pretended we were on the beach.  

This is the first time we’re going with my son and his family.

We are ALL very excited and ready for the beach.

Crafting with Candy Wrappers

The Sweet Life Tiny Book

The Sweet Life Tiny Book.

The theme for Eileen Hull’s teams this month was “Crafting with Unconventional Materials”.

I do love a crafty challenge. I’ll admit this one stumped for a minute or two.

Crafting with Candy Wrappers

This challenge had my waistline taking one for the team.

The mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were leftover from Easter.

I can’t think of a better way to use them up.

Crafting with Candy Wrappers

Materials Used:

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Crafting with Candy Wrappers

Directions:

  • Carefully unwrap the peanut butter cup wrappers.  Smooth out the wrinkles using your fingernail.
  • Place the wrappers into the opening of the disposable sticker maker.  Pull the wrappers through on the back of the machine, tear.

Crafting with Candy Wrappers

  • Cut the wrappers into smaller strips and pieces.

Crafting with Candy Wrappers

  • Carefully peel the wrappers from the adhesive backing and place them randomly onto a 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of matboard.
  • Lay the matboard on the Sizzix Tiny Book Die facedown.
  • Run the die through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine* to cut out the Tiny Book cover.

Crafting with Candy Wrappers

  • Carefully fold the book on the score lines.
  • Cut two pieces of white cardstock 2 3/4″ x 11″.  Score both pieces of cardstock every 2 1/8″ to create a long accordion piece.  You will end up with a small tab at the end of both strips.  Use the first tab to connect the strips.  Cut the second tab off.  Refold to make a long accordion strip.
  • Adhere both ends of the cardstock into the front and back cover.

Crafting with Candy Wrappers

DIY Color Changing Mugs

How to make color changing mugs.

DIY Color Changing Mugs.

How to take ordinary mugs from the Dollar Store and create a colorful surprise for your Summer table.

A fun project using StyleTechCraft’s Cold Color Changing Vinyl.

How to make color changing cups.

For this project, I’m thinking Summer and a nice ice-cold mug of Strawberry Lemonade.

How to use color changing vinyl on glassware.

Materials Used:

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StyleTechCraft's Cold Color Changing Vinyl.

Directions:

StyleTechCraft's Cold Color Changing Vinyl.

  • Cut a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* to fit over the vinyl image.  Gently rub over the transfer paper using the squeegee tool.

DIY Color Changing Mug

  • Remove the vinyl from the white liner, center the image on the front of the mug.
  • Gently rub over the Vinyl Transfer Tape* to make sure all the image has transferred.  Remove the transfer tape.

StyleTechCraft's Cold Color Changing Vinyl

The flower pattern on the mug (before changing) has a subtle etched glass appearance.   

DIY Color Changing Mugs

Imagine their surprise when the pattern changes right before their eyes.

A fun complement to Summer.

What would you make with color changing vinyl?

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Snazzy Little Red Camper

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Eileen Hull Sizzix Chapter 2 Release Party

Today, I’m participating with the Eileen Hull Teams to share our projects using the

NEW Eileen Hull/Sizzix Chapter 2 Release Dies.

My project uses the NEW Eileen Hull Camper Die*.

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The Camper Parts…

When cut from Sizzix Making Essentials Mat Board* the Camper Die* enables you to create

a wonderful box to hold all sorts of items. 

(You’ll need to cut two of everything to create the box.)

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My Snazzy Little Red Camper is tricked out with white glitter vinyl and red chrome vinyl.

Tip…Place the adhesive vinyl on both sides of the matboard before cutting the piece

with a Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine*.

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My Snazzy Little Red Camper was inspired by a Camper I saw a couple of years ago.

This beautiful Red Camper was a Holiday Prop, the perfect place for a picture. 

This little camper was so adorable, I fell in love.  

I remember saying to myself that if I ever decide to go camping, it better be

in something like this.

Eileen Hull Chapter 2 Release Party

Welcome to our Chapter 2 Release Party!
 
We are sharing Folio Journal accessory dies- the Waterfall & Tags and Book Binding dies and the new Bigz L Camper ScoreBoards die! But don’t be limited to keeping them in a book- you can also use these elements in different size journals, cards, and layouts!
 
Check out all the different ways to use these dies on our Blog Hop.
 
 
Click through and leave a comment on each of the designers’ posts and be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate in Eileen’s Etsy Shop!
 
Join us on Facebook Live and YouTube Live for an up-close and personal look at the team’s projects.  Eileen will also demo how to use the dies during the show. Hope you can join us for this fun event- prepare to be surprised. Thanks for joining us.
 

Journaling Sale

 

Bless My Shabby Heart

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How to create a Shabby Floral Decoupaged Heart…

As a midwestern girl, I always thought southern women to be some of the most polite

and kindest women with their sweet southern drawl. 

I mean, they go around saying “bless your heart” all the time.

It wasn’t until last year, that I learned that “bless your heart” can also be an insult by some

southern women.  Kind of like a giant “eye roll”.

Don’t get me wrong.

Bless your heart can still be an expression of sincere sympathy or genuine concern.

Call me naive, but that’s what I’m going to think.  (especially for this project)

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My blessed shabby heart was made using an inexpensive wood heart from Dollar Tree*,

floral tissue paper, decoupage medium, and StyleTechCraft Gold Chrome Adhesive Vinyl*.

Materials Used:     (*affiliate links)

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Directions: 

  • Remove the twine tag and sand both sides of the wood heart.
  • Paint the front and back of the heart with white paint.
  • My wood heart is a “chunky” heart and is 3/4″ thick.  I painted the sides of my heart a coordinating color of the darkest flower.
  • Cut two pieces of floral tissue paper to cover the front and back of the heart.
  • Apply Mod Podge to the front of the heart.  While wet, lay the tissue onto the front of the heart.  Gently smooth tissue paper onto the surface.
  • Allow time for the paper to dry.  Using fine-grit sandpaper, lightly sand the edges of the heart to remove the excess tissue paper.
  • Repeat on the other side of the heart.
  • Add a second coat of Mod Podge sealer over both the front, back, and sides of the wood heart.
  • The tissue paper gives the appearance of a softly painted water-colored floral background.

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  • Cut a piece of Clear Transfer Tape* slightly larger than the word.
  • Using the vinyl scraper tool, gently rub over the letters to make sure they have transferred.
  • Lift the word off the white backer paper.

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  • Position the words over your heart to decide where you want it to go.
  • Lay the transfer paper onto the heart and gently rub over the transfer paper with the vinyl scraper tool.
  • Gently remove transfer paper from the heart.

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Add twine or ribbon and use a decorative knob hanger.  And always remember how blessed you truly are.

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Flower Garden Notecard Folio

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How to Create a Flower Garden Notecard Folio

To Celebrate Spring and all things Flowers, I decided to make a Notecard Folio using paper from

Carta Bella’s Flower Garden Collection and Eileen Hull’s New Folio Journal Die from Sizzix*.  

      NEW Folio Journal at Sizzix

Materials Used:         (*Affiliate Links)

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Album Details:

  • The album pieces are die-cut using Sizzix White Matboard Sheets*, which is the perfect size for cutting long pieces.  (You will need to cut the album pieces twice.)
  • There is a smaller rectangle die-cut piece that comes with the die. (cut two)  You will use the piece to create a pocket with the outer flap.  
  • Align and adhere both ends of the spine together using Tear It! Double-Sided Crafter’s Tape*.
  • Cover the front and inside of the album with decorative scrapbook paper.  (see album making tip below)
  • Album Making Tip:  I use my Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to my paper before sticking it onto the matboard.  It adds a complete adhesive layer with puckering or wrinkles.
  • Using a craft knife and cutting mat, I cut both ends of the flaps down to create 2 1/2″ pockets.  Adhere the “pocket pieces” (the small scored pieces that come with the die) to finish the bottom of the pockets.
  • I used Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Collections Stickers* to embellish the pocket fronts.

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  • Create simple 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″  layered cards using the Carta Bella Flower Garden:  3″ x 4″ Journaling Cards*.
  • After using one of the Journaling Cards for my front and back cover and another section for my green spine, I was able to create 8 small notecards to fill my notecard folio.  

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  • The ribbon was added around the album before adding the front and back cover.
  • I created a small chipboard tag for the spine and punched the holes using a Crop-A-Dile Power Punch*.  
  • On the inside center binding, I hung a pen on the loop of ribbon that was added for the tag.

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Wouldn’t this make a nice Birthday or Mother’s gift for someone special?