Warm & Cozy Snowflake Christmas Card

Warm & Cozy Snowflake Card-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 6066

How to make a Warm & Cozy Snowflake Christmas Card 

using the Sweater Embossing Folder* from Sizzix* and Eileen Hull.

I have a “thing” for cable-knit sweaters. (just ask my family)

So it comes as no surprise how much I love this new embossing folder.

It’s perfect for creating quick and easy cards.

Sizzix Eileen Hull 3D Sweater Embossing Folder       Sizzix Big Shot

Materials Used:

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Warm & Cozy Embossed Sweater Card

Directions:

  • To create the embossed sweater layer, place a 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of cream cardstock into the Sweater Embossing Folder*.  Place the embossing folder onto the Sizzix Big Shot* platform.   Crank the handle of the Big Shot* to run the embossing folder through the machine.
  • Adhere the embossed layer onto the blueberry cardstock layer. Adhere those layers onto a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cream cardstock base.
  • Add adhesive to the back of the wood snowflake and adhere to the front of the card. Add the adhesive pearl to the center of the snowflake.
  • Tie a small bow and glue it onto the top of the snowflake.
  • Using a computer generated font, print the words “warm & cozy” onto a piece of cream cardstock.  Cut the cardstock into a strip with a v notch on each end. Place thin foam mounting squares under the cardstock strip and add to the front of the card under the wood snowflake.

FYI…This is a thick card.  You will need extra postage to mail it.  (It might be best to hand deliver.)

Holiday Sled Ornaments

Holiday Sled Ornaments

DIY Holiday Sled Ornaments

I love a good dollar store DIY. (especially Holiday DIYs)

I thought to myself just the other day. It’s no wonder crafter’s go a little crazy this time of year.

There are so many projects to try and so little time to make them all.

I picked up plaid wood sled ornaments at Dollar Tree* the other day

and couldn’t wait to start decorating on them.

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Holiday Sled Ornaments

Materials Used:

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Directions:

  • Give the wood sleds a light sanding using fine-grit sandpaper or a sanding block.
  • Mask off sections of the sled with removable tape and paint with acrylic paint or stains.
  • Lightly sand over the sleds to smooth the grains.
  • For a finished look, seal over the painted and stained area with Mod Podge Matte Sealer.

You COULD leave the sled just as they are and be happy. But I decided to take it a step further.

Holiday Sled Ornaments

  • I love adding StyleTechCraft vinyl to projects to personalize them.  (everything’s a little better with vinyl)
  • I used my Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*and an SVG Holiday File from the Silhouette Store to cut the words out of the vinyl.
  • Remove the excess vinyl from in and around the cut letters.
  • Place a piece of vinyl transfer tape* over the vinyl words. Rub over the vinyl transfer tape* with a vinyl scraper tool to ensure the vinyl words have transferred.  Lift and remove from the backing paper.

Holiday Sled Ornaments

  • Rub over the vinyl words with the scraper tool to make sure the vinyl words have transferred to the sled.

Holiday Sled Ornament

  • Gently lift and remove the transfer paper.

Holiday Sled Ornament

Before I applied the vinyl, I lightly splattered the sled with white acrylic paint and an old toothbrush.

Holiday Sled Ornament

  • This is the “Be Merry” sled before and after.
  • On this sled I painted the body of the sled with acrylic paint and stained the runners of the sled with a walnut stain.
  • I created a small Holiday swag using a small piece of a pine craft stem, jingle bells and ribbon and hot glued it onto the sled.

Thankful & Blessed Fall Inspiration

Thankful and Blessed Framed Decoration

Thankful & Blessed DIY Framed Inspiration…

One of my favorite parts about decorating for the seasons is creating new decorations

to add to the mix. The Thankful & Blessed Framed Inspiration uses an inexpensive

Dollar Tree* frame, a few pieces of scrapbook paper, and StyleTechCraft Luster vinyl.

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Thankful & Blessed DIY Framed Inspiration

Materials Used:     (*affiliate links)


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Thankful & Blessed DIY Framed Inspiration

Directions:

  • Choose three pieces of coordinating 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper to use in the frame.  
  • Cut the background paper to fit inside of the frame opening.  (mine measured 11 ½” x 11 ½”)
  • Cut and adhere a 4″ strip of paper to go horizontally across the center of the background. 
  • Using an SVG File (from the Silhouette Store) and my Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*, cut the words “Thankful & Blessed” out of StyleTechCraft Champagne Luster Adhesive Vinyl*.  I sized my words to fit on a 4″ x 5 ½” piece of mat board*.

Thankful & Blessed DIY Framed Inspiration

  • Cover a 4″ x 5 ½” piece of mat board* with decorative scrapbook paper.
  • To cover the white core of the mat board, edge the mat board using a bronze chisel point paint marker.
  • Cut a 4 ¼” x 5 ¾” piece of Bronze Luster Vinyl*.  Apply the vinyl centered onto the strip
  • Adhere the covered mat board* centered over the Bronze Luster Vinyl*.

Thankful & Blessed DIY Framed Inspiration

Thankful & Blessed DIY Framed Inspiration

  • Rub over the vinyl words with the scraper tool to make sure the words have transferred to the mat board.

Thankful & Blessed DIY Framed Inspiration

  • Gently lift and remove the transfer paper.
  • Add to the frame with or without the glass.

Thankful & Blessed DIY Framed Inspiration

A Simple and Inexpensive Framed Fall Inspiration for my mantel.  

Another thought…after the Holidays, you could also add photos to the background

for a quick and easy scrapbook page.

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Spruce Up an existing Wreath with StyleTechCraft Vinyl and Fall Dollar Tree finds.

I have a simple boxwood wreath* that I purchased a few years ago that I love.

The best thing about the wreath is I can leave it plain (which I do a lot of the year).

Or, I can change it with the seasons.

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Here’s how I changed my wreath for the Fall Season.

Not counting the wreath, acrylic paint, and vinyl that I had on hand,

I spent a total of $7 at Dollar Tree*  to Change Up the Wreath for Fall.


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Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

I found this cute pumpkin cut-out* at Dollar Tree* and wasn’t sure what I would do with it.

But I knew I better pick it up while I was there. (those things seem to sell out real fast)

It turned out to be the perfect accent for my Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath.

Supplies Used:                  (*affiliate links)

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Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Directions:

Hello Fall SVG Image

Hello Fall SVG Image is available at The Silhouette Design Store.

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath-Applying Vinyl with Transfer Tape-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 3327

  • Place the words onto the pumpkin using transfer tape*.
  • Rub over the words with a vinyl scraper tool to make sure “the words” have transferred.

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

  • To make the Dollar Tree Mini Pumpkin Clips* match the painted wood pumpkin, I decided to paint them using the same acrylic paint colors.
  • Remove the stem and the metal clip from the pumpkin.
  • Because the mini pumpkins have a slick surface, I needed to prime the pumpkins with multi-media paint first.
  • For ease of painting, place a bamboo skewer* in the mini pumpkin. Paint with multi-media paint. After the paint has dried, paint with the same colors used on the wood pumpkin.
  • Reinsert the stem. Glue the clip in place using the glue gun*.

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

  • Create a simple bow using Ribbon and Twine and glue it onto the pumpkin.

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

  • Tie the finished pumpkin to the top of the wreath with twine.
  • Clip-on Mini Pumpkin Clips and insert fall picks.

Fall Crafting with Vinyl

Fall Crafting with Vinyl…

If you don’t need a new wreath, the finished pumpkin would also look great in a Fall Display.

Fall Crafting with Vinyl

Hello Fall Mini Candle Cup

I found this cute little ceramic cup on a recent trip to Hobby Lobby.

As adorable as it was, it looks even better with StyleTechCraft Vinyl on it.

In my opinion, adding a little vinyl makes most things a little better.

Fall Crafting with Vinyl

At first, I thought about saving the mini cup for my grandsons. 

I knew they’d get a kick out of the tiny cup.

Who wouldn’t love a mini cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows?

Then I figured I’d spend too much time constantly refilling it.

So I thought again. (sometimes, you got to think these things through)

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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

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.

Dollar Store DIY-Washi Tape Holder

Dollar Store DIY-How to make a Washi Tape Holder

A Dollar Store DIY

Turn an inexpensive Dollar Tree wood tray* into a cute little washi tape holder.

Just add Mod Podge and Decorative Tissue Paper for a quick and easy project.  

I found this cute little wood tray the other day at Dollar Tree and I thought it was

the perfect size to hold a small collection of Washi Tape. 

(I’m so happy that Dollar Tree is bringing in more craft supplies.)

Mod Podged Washi Tape Holder

Materials Used:

Mod Podge on a Wood Tray

Directions:

  • Lightly sand the surface of the tray with the sanding block to smooth.
  • Paint the outside with white birch paint and the inside with dark scarlet.
  • Cut the tissue paper into 3″ strips.  Working one side at a time, apply Mod Podge* to the side of the tray.  Apply and gently smooth tissue paper.  Apply tissue paper to all four sides.  Allow Mod Podge* to dry.
  • Use a Sanding Block* on the edges of the tray to gently remove the extra tissue paper.
  • Use a Small Emory Board* to gently remove the extra tissue paper from the small opening.
  • Apply one or two coats of mod podge over the tissue paper to seal.

Dollar Store Crafting

With so many unique patterns of tissue paper available you should be able to easily

find the perfect pattern to decoupage your little tray.

Mod Podged Washi Tape Holder

The wood tray measures approximately 5″ x 7″ and can hold several rolls of Washi Tape.