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. 

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

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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Hello Spring Banner

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Welcome Spring with a Cute Bunny Inspired Wreath.

Using a few inexpensive wood cut-outs from Dollar Tree I created a fun Spring Banner to hang

on my wreath.  With the help of my Xyron Creative Station*, it was quick and easy to make.

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Directions:

  • Put the paper design side up on the Xyron Creative Station* crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron Creative Station it adds adhesive to the back side of the paper.  Easy to use and it doesn’t need any electricity.

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  • Lay wood cut-outs onto the adhesive side of the paper.
  • Cut around the shape with a craft knife.
  • Sand the rough cut edges of the shape with a sanding block*.  You can use an Emory board to get into small places to sand.

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  • String the finished wood pieces onto a piece of ribbon or twine.
  • I used the New Xyron Multi-Stick Glue Gun to add the flowers and leaves embellishments.
  • One of my favorite features of the New Xyron Multi-Stick Glue Gun is that you can add up to three glue sticks so that you don’t have to keep reloading while you work.
  • FYI…I also added a bit of hot glue strategically under the wood pieces to help keep them from twisting on the twine.
  • I used letters cut from StyleTechCraft adhesive vinyl to spell the word “Hello”.  You could also use chipboard letters or letter stickers.

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Simple Spring Place Card

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Add a little whimsy to your Spring Table with this cute little Bunny Place Card.

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Make it personal, it’s fairly simple and very inexpensive to make. 

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For the Bunny Place Card…

I used inexpensive wood bunny cut-outs from Dollar Tree* and scrapbook paper.

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Directions:

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  • Lay wood piece onto scrapbook and give a gentle rub to make sure everything is stuck down.
  • Carefully cut around the shape with a craft knife*.
  • Sand the rough cut edges of the shape with a sanding block*.  You can use an emory board* to get into small places to smooth.
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To make my bunny stand, I used a small wood piece cut from an old scrabble tray* and glued it onto the back using Dap Rapid Ruse All Purpose Adhesive*.

(You can find scrabble trays on Amazon*.  Another idea would be to use a small kids block*.)

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Now you’re ready to set the table using your good dishes and let the party begin.

Personally…I always considered these red toile dishes my “good” dishes and I only used them

for Holidays.  Now, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve decided to use them every day.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

If you liked the Spring Place Card, you’ll also like Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouses.

      

DON’T MISS A THING…MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW ME!

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Vintage Inspired Library Pocket Collage

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Framed Vintage Inspired Library Pocket Floral Collage

Lately, my style has leaned towards “Clean and Simple”.

But sometimes I like to get inky and create a project with a vintage feel.

The Framed Library Pocket Floral Collage uses the Library Card Die Set from

the Maker’s Movement and beautiful papers from Kaisercraft’s Flower Shoppe Collection.

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A few project details:

  • I cut a thin frame out of woodgrain scrapbook paper and the nested rectangle dies. 
  • I used a combination of ribbon and trims to wrap around the library pocket.
  • I filled the library pocket with floral bits & pieces.  Some popped up with 3D foam squares, others backed with thin mat board scraps.  
  • The edges of the pieces were lightly inked using an ink applicator and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

A soft and delicate Vintage-Inspired Collage for Spring.

Cute Valentine/Spring Décor with Vinyl

Creating Cute Valentine/Spring Décor with StyleTechCraft Vinyl.

Did you ever get a song stuck in your head while working on a project?

I’m showing my age here, but this Karen Carpenter song kept going through my mind while

I was putting together the Bird on the Branch and, I just had to create the words to go with it.

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I love creating projects for my home using vinyl. 

My favorite vinyl is the Glossy Craft Vinyl from StyleTechCraft.

There are so many great color choices to choose from.

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Project Details:

  • I used a 5″ x 7″ decorative piece of chipboard that I’d had around for a while.
  • I cut a piece of woodgrain paper a little larger than the chipboard.  
  • Place the paper in the Xyron Creative Station* design side up through. As you turn the handle, it runs through the machine and adds a complete layer of adhesive onto the back of the paper.

  • Adhere the paper to the chipboard and cut away the excess using a craft knife and cutting mat.
  • Use a fine Sanding Block* to smooth out the edges of the chipboard.

  • I used my Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine* and the “Bird on the Branch” SVG file to create my design.
  • I sized the image to fit onto my chipboard and cut the various layers of the red in three shades to make a cardinal.  
  • After weeding the excess vinyl from around my images, I transferred them onto the chipboard using the Clear Transfer Tape*.
  • After having the song stuck in my head, I decided to create a few words for my sign.
  • For added detail, I went around the edge of my sign with a Silver Leafing Pen*.

  • I cut an extra little cardinal to fit inside a small circle frame and added small red hearts on the top and bottom.
  • To complete my decorations, I added my small faux heart topiary to a reddish metal and added the words “choose happy” in Olive vinyl.

I have Cute Valentines Decorations that will take me into Spring.  (and maybe longer)

DIY No Sew Valentine Gnome

How to Make a No-Sew Valentine Gnome using Dollar Store Socks.

Love Gnomes? Love Fun Socks?

Put them together for a fun and inexpensive Valentine’s Day project.

I stopped at Dollar Tree the other day to look around for “stuff” and found some super cute

valentine’s day socks. They gave me the idea to make a Valentine’s Day Gnome.

I carried around a pair for a while but ended up deciding I wanted a smaller Gnome.

I found these little girls’ striped socks, which were the perfect size for my small Gnome.

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Directions:

  • I used two sizes of little girls’ short socks. I originally cut both of the socks but later changed my mind. (I’ll explain later.)
  • Cut the larger sock at the heel, as shown in the image.

  • Place the 1/3 cup of rice into the sock and add poly-fil.
  • Tightly tie the sock closed with a piece of twine.
  • Add a dab of glue over the knotted string and cut away the excess material.

  • Cut two 1/2″ x 4″ pieces of faux fur.  (approximately)
  • Tie a piece of ribbon around the middle of each strip.
  • Glue the strips to the top of the filled sock.

  • To make the Gnome Nose: Cut the white toe section off a second larger sock and place a small bit of poly-fil into the end. Tie tightly with string and cut the excess off.
  • Add a small bit of glue over the knot.
  • For the clothes:  Cut the rest of the striped section off the sock and place it over the sock body.
  • This is where I changed my mind. If you look at the picture above, you can see that the hat was too small for the Gnome. I used the full “smaller” sock to make the hat. I folded the heel into the back and added a small dab of glue to make it look like a fold.

  • I used a makeup brush and bronzer powder to add color to the nose.

  • Glue the nose onto the front of the Gnome slightly over the top of the clothing.
  • Tie the end of the sock with a piece of twine to create a pom-pom.
  • Create a small bow from the pink ribbon and glue it onto the knot.
  • Place hat onto the Gnome and add a dab of glue under the rim to keep it in place.
  • Cut two small pieces of felt for the shoes and glue under the body of the Gnome.

With all the fun and colorful socks available in stores nowadays, just think of all the fun you can have while personalizing your Gnome.

Oh Holy Night Christmas Star Decoration

My very most favorite Christmas Song is Oh Holy Night. 

The melody gets me every time.  To me, it’s one of the most beautiful songs.

I love to close my eyes when listening to it.   (And a good tenor can bring me to tears.)

I wanted a new Star to hang near the top of my tree this year, so I decided to make one using

my favorite song and an inexpensive wood star I found at Dollar Tree*.

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Add some of my favorite Glossy Craft Vinyl from StyleTechCraft, and I have what I need to make the perfect star for me.

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Directions:

  • Paint the wood star using the Country Red Acrylic Paint*.
  • Use the Oh Holy Night SVG cut file and the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine* to cut the pieces out of vinyl.  (Make sure to keep the spacing the same as in the file.)
  • Use the vinyl pick tool to remove the excess vinyl from inside and around the letters and banner.
  • 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.
  • Using the vinyl transfer tape, line up the white vinyl words “Oh, and Shining” onto the star first.  Gently rub over the vinyl transfer tape using the squeegee tool to make sure all the image has transferred.   Remove the transfer tape.
  • Line up the silver words “Holy Night, and brightly shining” and place between the previous words.  Continue with the gold stars and the olive banner.  (It’s hard to see it from the pictures but the gold and silver stands out nicely on top the red star.)

Actually, the star would look fine, just as it is in the above picture.

But, I wanted to add a little ribbon and greenery on the top of my star to fancy it up.

I’m really happy with the way it turned out. This Star will go near the top of my tree and will go

beautifully with my decorations. The Star would look great in the center of a Christmas wreath.

Or, if you used a smaller star, it would make a cute ornament.

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Gnome for the Holidays

The Holiday Season isn’t even here yet, and Gnomes are popping up in stores everywhere.

That’s a good thing for me because I think they’re adorable.

I especially love the Holiday Gnomes.

Did you know that Gnomes are considered good luck?

The way things have been going this year, I’m going to need a lot more gnomes.

Have you tried making Gnomes yet?

I haven’t made any Gnomes yet myself, but it’s on my Holiday to-do list this year.

I thought this “Gnome for the Holidays” sign would look perfect with the two I already have.

I used StyleTechCraft metallic luster vinyl for a fun shimmery, metallic Holiday Decoration.

Materials Used:

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Directions:

  • Cut a piece of coordinating holiday scrapbook paper to fit inside of the frame.
  • Use the “Gnome for the Holidays” SVG cut file and the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine* to cut the pieces out of vinyl.
  • Use the vinyl pick tool to remove the excess vinyl from inside and around the letters and shapes.
  • Cut a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* to fit over the vinyl words.  Gently rub over the transfer paper using the squeegee tool.  Remove the vinyl from the white liner.
  • Using the transfer tape, line up the vinyl words onto the scrapbook paper.

  • Gently rub over the Vinyl Transfer Tape* to make sure all the image has transferred.   Remove the transfer tape.
  • Continue adding the vinyl layers that make up the Gnome.
  • Add into a fun red metallic frame and enjoy it.

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