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

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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.

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Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Directions:

Hello Fall SVG Image

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

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  • 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)

Buffalo Plaid Wood Slice Pumpkin

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DIY Vintage Pumpkin Truck

DIY Vintage Pumpkin Truck

For the Love of Old Trucks…

When I first shared Eileen’s New Vintage Truck in June, I said, “Can you imagine it as an old

rusty pickup filled with miniature pumpkins?” Well, here it is.

Except it’s not rusty looking and old…

instead I tricked it out with a shiny new paint job.  (so to speak)

Vintage Pumpkin Truck

How to Create a Vintage Pumpkin Truck with Eileen Hull Vintage Truck Die* from Sizzix.

  • Instead of painting the pieces of the truck, I used adhesive vinyl on the truck parts before die-cutting them.
  • Cut a piece of mat board slightly larger than the shape you are going to die-cut.
  • Apply vinyl on both sides of the mat board and die-cut the shape using the Vintage Truck Die* and the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine*.

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Eileen Hull's Vintage Truck Die

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Vintage Truck Parts and Pieces

  • When all the pieces have been die-cut, go around the edges with a black calligraphy paint marker. Adding paint to the edges will cover up the white core of the mat board and give the pieces more detail.
  • Adhere the pieces of the truck together using Rapid Fuse Adhesive*.

Vintage Truck

Adapting the truck to carry a wider load.

  • I wanted the truck to have a wider body, to carry a larger load.  
  • After die-cutting the bottom piece for the truck bed, cut the piece in half.  
  • I cut a second piece of mat board 2″ x 6″.  (or you could even cut it a little wider than that)
  • Glue the scored die-cut pieces to the bottom of the larger mat board using Rapid Fuse Adhesive*.

Vintage Pumpkin Truck

Vintage Pumpkin Truck

A Fun Fall Décor Piece.

You Color My World

You Color My World Card

You Color My World Card…

There are people in this world that bring sunshine and color into everyone’s life.

My goal is to be one of those people.

It’s not always easy, but it sure is worth it.

As I always told my kids, you have the power to change someone’s day just by your smile.

In the famous words of Buddy Elf, “I like Smiling. Smiling’s my Favorite”.

You Color My World Card

The “You Color My World” card mimics a Watercolor Paint Set.

For this card, I wanted a little more upscale look than traditional primary colors.

I made my watercolor paint using rich colors and patterns on a wood-look base.

I used the Color My World Slimline Die Set die set from The Maker’s Movement.

Maker's Movement

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You Color My World Card

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Directions:

  • Die-cut the base of the card, using the slimline die set, out of wood-look scrapbook paper using the Cross Over II Die-Cutting System.
  • Die-cut the paint pieces out of patterned paper.
  • Die-cut the “paint pods” out of silver cardstock.
  • I like to run the paper through the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini before die-cutting to make the pieces into stickers. It makes assembling all the parts so much easier.
  • Assemble all the pieces onto the layered cardstock base.

You Color My World Card

The trick to applying the letters…

  • Make the letters into stickers.  I ran silver cardstock through the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* before die-cutting to add adhesive on the back of the paper.  Once die-cut, the letters became little stickers.  So much easier than trying to glue them into place.
  • To help line the words up straight, I used a clear-gridded transfer tape* to apply to letters.
  • Place the letters onto the transfer tape backward using the lines of the grid as your guide.

You Color My World Card

  • Place the transfer tape onto the front of the card. Rub over the transfer paper to make sure the letters stick to the card. (You can use a vinyl scraper tool.)
  • Gently pull back one end of the transfer paper and remove.

You Color My World Card

For more great stamp and die-cut sets, make sure to check out The Maker’s Movements website.  

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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. 

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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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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