Barn Art

If you had a newly remodeled little red barn…

would you make Barn Art for its newly painted walls?

Our newly remodeled little red barn is finally done and it’s looking really good. 

(maybe even cute)

So… I decided to make it some art using my Silhouette Cameo Wireless Cutting Machine*

and luster vinyl from StyleTechCraft.  A simple little project and fun sign that’ll adorn

the barn walls along with the old personalized license plates that I found.

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I will be posting the complete barn remodel in the next week or two.

Here’s a sneak peek until I do.

Don’t you just love this old weathervane?

It had been sitting in the barn for years just waiting to be polished up good as new.

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Indigo Shibori Dyeing

Indigo Shibori Dyeing

We had a little fun this past week-end and tried something new….

My daughter asked me to purchase a Indigo Dye Kit* for her birthday.

She wanted to use it when she came home.  (I’m always up for trying something different.)

Shibori is a Japanese term for methods of dyeing cloth.  Similar to tie-dyeing you create patterns by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, and compressing.  In Japan, the earliest known example of cloth dyed with the shibori technique dates back to the 8th century where indigo was the main dye used.

Shibori Indigo Dye Kit from Made Kits by One-OneThousand*

The kit came with everything we would need:

  • Thiox
  • Soda Ash
  • Pre-reduced Indigo
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Rubber Bands
  • Acrylic Plates
  • Great Instructions

Everything except a very large bucket and items to dye.

It said right on the front of the box…”no chemistry degree needed”.

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My daughter had purchased a few new items to dye and we quickly added other items like…

pillowcases, old doilies, vintage linens, old jeans and other miscellaneous items.

The kit comes with great instructions on how to mix the Thiox, Indigo and Soda Ash with water.

It is recommended to use a 5 gallon bucket with lid.

After everything is mixed cover the bucket tightly with the lid and let it rest for one hour.

When you are ready to start dyeing, remove the cover.

The liquid will be a greenish-yellow in color and you will see a cluster of bubbles called

“the flower” and a film on top.  (It will have a smell, that’s normal, they said)

Carefully scoop out the bubbles “the flower” and set aside with a little of the dye liquid.

The instructions say that you can put “the flower” back in the bucket after your done

dyeing to keep the dye bucket going for future dye projects.  (hmmm.)

The dye can be used for several dye sessions if carefully stored.

It’s always a good idea to pre-wash new items with a mild detergent.

We used several different twisting and rubber banding techniques on the fabric.

FYI…The dye reacts best if your item is wet first.

When you lift your item out of the dye mixture it will be a yellow greenish color.  

As the air hits the dyed item, the indigo will gradually oxidize and the dyed item will turn blue.

The longer the item is in the dye, the darker it becomes once it hits the air.

They suggest ringing the item and letting it sit for 15 minutes and then re-dipping the item

in the dye for deeper hues.

Creating a Wax Resist

My daughter and her husband created dots on their shoes by using melted wax and the end

of a paintbrush.  (We kept the melted wax hot in a old mini crock pot.)

The melted wax creates a resist that will repel the dye.

They covered the souls of the shoes with removable painters tape to protect it from the dye.

A large brush was used to paint the dye on the shoes instead of dipping them.

Once dyed…we hung the items on a clothesline tied between two trees in the front yard.

My husband said it looked real classy.  I thought it looked beautiful.

We left them hanging overnight as they need 24-48 hours to dry and oxidize.

As with a lot of new techniques…there is a little bit of a learning curve.

We were pleased with the results and can’t wait until she’s home again to dye some more.

FYI…We used Shibori Indigo Dye Kit from Made Kits by One-OneThousand*

Dream Create Inspire Wall Decor

Dream Create Inspire Wall Décor

I have been working diligently for the last couple of months on my new craft room.

Moving, purging, organizing and very slowly decorating.  (so much stuff!)

I’m almost ready for a “craft room reveal” but not quite yet.

This past week-end I decided to add a little inspiration to my freshly painted closet doors.

I like the look of inspirational quotes on walls and decided to create one of my own.

With the help of my Silhouette Cameo Wireless Cutting Machine* and

Matte Removable Adhesive Vinyl* from Styletechcraft the project was real easy to create.

(getting a good picture of the final project not so easy)

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  • I measured the space on the door where I wanted the words to go and decided where the best spacing would be for all three words.
  • I cut the Gridded Vinyl Transfer Tape* to fit inside the space.
  • I used the bottom line of the grid and line on the door inset to line up my words.
  • Once you place your word onto your surface, smooth over word with the vinyl tool.

  • I found it easier to place the words Dream and Inspire first and then center the word Create in between the two.

  • I cut two small flowers using dark red removeable vinyl and placed them in between the words.

 

Did you know that Matte Removable Vinyl will remove cleanly for up to two years?

This vinyl  film is great for decorating a kid’s room, a classroom or just about anywhere

you just  need a temporary graphic.

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Simple Summer Vase

Create a Simple Summer Vase using Transparent Adhesive Vinyl from StyleTechCraft.

Transparent vinyl is great when you just want to add a subtle touch of color.

It’s great for using on windows, glassware and just about anywhere else you want a unique look.

To create my Simple Vase I used:       (*affiliate link)

Directions:

  1. Cut several flower shapes using the Silhouette Cameo* and the Sky Blue Transparent Vinyl.  Don’t have a electronic die cutter?  The transparent vinyl can be cut using various metal dies.
  2. Cut leaves out of the teal vinyl.
  3. Using the weeding tool, I carefully removed the negative spaces in and around the flowers and leaves.
  4. Place a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* over the flower image.  Apply transfer tape onto the cylinder vase and rub over the vinyl using a vinyl scraper tool to eliminate bubbles.
  5. Remove transfer tape.
  6. Repeat with the leaves.

Allow vinyl to cure for several days.  (Hand washing is recommended.)

I added a piece of white paper inside the vase so you can see the pattern better.

It’s hard to see in this picture the variation between the sky blue and teal vinyl.

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Let’s Go Fly a Kite…

I’m so happy that Spring is finally here.

I’m ready to celebrate Spring with beautiful sunny skies and just enough breeze to fly a kite.

If you’re not into flying kites, you could always make a fabric one to hang up on the wall.

Kite Wall Hanging

How to make a Kite Wall Hanging:

  • Creating a kite pattern… Cut the white cardstock to 9″ x 12″.  Fold the cardstock in 1/2 lengthways.  On the two long sides make a mark at 4″.
  • For the top of the kite, draw a line from the top middle fold to the 4″ mark on each side.  For the bottom of the kite, draw a line from the 4″ mark to the bottom middle folds.
  • Cut out Kite pattern.
  • Trace and cut out the kite pattern on the backsides of both of the printed fabrics and the white felt.

  • Sandwich the white felt between the two patterned pieces .  Pin into place and top stitch around the kite.
  • Arrange the words “Lets go fly a kite” onto the front of the kite with the shiny side down.
  • Cover with soft clean cloth and iron on cotton settings for 30 seconds.  Turn kite over and repeat for an additional 30 seconds.

  • Cut the top flower and leaves off the floral applique.
  • Arrange the flowers on the kite and iron onto the kite the same way as the letters.
  • Glue rick rack around the edge of the kite.

  • Cut strips of fabric and tie onto a 14″ piece of twine.  Glue one end of the twine to the backside of the kite.
  • Make a small loop with a second piece of twine and glue to the top of the kite.

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Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered alphabet letter sheets and appliques at your local craft store.

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Glittered with Mod Podge Ultra

Rainbow Glittered Monogram with Mod Podge Ultra

I have used Mod Podge for years…

So, when Plaid gave me the opportunity to try out Mod Podge Ultra, I thought why not.

I always love trying something new.

What makes Mod Podge Ultra different?

America’s favorite decoupage medium is now available as a spray!  Mod Podge Ultra  is a super strong, non-toxic spray formula that works as all-in-one glue and sealer with a high adhesion level.  Perfect for adding dimensional design embellishments to your projects.  This versatile, water-based formula dries quickly and naturally self-levels, leaving no brush marks.  It cleans up easily with soap and water and is available in both matte or gloss finishes.

For my Framed Rainbow Glitter Monogram I used:                         (*affiliate links)

Directions:

  • Protect your work area with newspaper or drop cloth.
  • Shake Bottle for 15 seconds.
  • Prime the nozzle with a few test pumps.
  • Spray the chipboard letter with Mod Podge Ultra using short even strokes.
  • Add various colors of glitter over the letter.
  • Pour excess glitter off.  Allow project to dry for 30 minutes.
  • Seal letter with 1-2 coats of Mod Podge Ultra.
  • Allow  the letter to fully dry.
  • Accent the outside edge of the letter  using the silver leaf paint pen with a chisel point.
  • Spray or paint the back of the letter with Mod Podge Ultra and add to a piece of black chipboard.
  • Place inside frame for fun and funky framed art.
  • Just like a paint brush, Mod Podge Ultra Spray tops need to be cleaned after every use. If they aren’t they will clog and become unusable.

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With most glittered projects… if you touch the glittered area you leave a little bit of glitter everywhere you go.  Once I sealed the glittered “S” the glitter does not rub off.  How cool is that.

A special Thank You goes out to Plaid the makers of Mod Podge Ultra*.   

My project is part of a Blog Hop put on the Designer Crafts Connection Blog.

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Embroidery Hoop Art

Loving the new Home Décor trend using Embroidery Hoops. 

I really love the new Home Décor trend using embroidery hoops and was so excited

when I saw the new Mix the Media Embroidery Hoop Art from Jillibean Soup at Creativation.

The embroidery hoop comes plain with an embroidered word inside in 8″ and 10″.

So many opportunities for embellishments.  (I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one.)

At the show, the Jillibean Soup crew were doing make and takes using the embroidery hoops.

I loved the project, but once I got home, I decided to make-over the embroidery hoop

to better fit my style and décor.  (for me…it needed a little red)

Here’s what I added to my Embroidery Hoop…

Directions:

  1. Glue vintage flower trim around the edge of the embroidery hoop using Beacon Adhesives 3 in 1 glue.
  2. Create a banner using twine and 3″ strips of ribbon.  I added vinyl letters to spell the word “welcome”.
  3. Glue off white flowers from Prima Marketing onto the bottom of the hoop and add a couple heart stick pins.
  4.  Make a 1 1/2″ red and cream ribbon bow and glue it to the top of the embroidery hoop.

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