DIY Resin Margarita Necklace

DIY Resin Margarita Necklace

How to Make a Resin Margarita Necklace…

When I was in Orlando last month for the Namta Trade Show, I received a box

of YouV Art Resin to try.  With Summer coming, I decided to have a little fun

and make a Margarita Necklace.  (I needed it last week for Cinco de Mayo.)

YouV Art

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DIY Resin Margarita Necklace

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DIY Resin Margarita Necklace

Directions:

  •  YouV Art resin is easy to use. No mixing or pouring and with minimal bubbles.
  • Squeeze a small amount of green jewelry resin from the tube onto the bottom of the mold. (Do not fill the mold.)
  • Add a small amount of yellow jewelry resin on top of the green. Swirl with a toothpick if desired.
  • Add a small layer of clear jewelry resin on the top of the mold and add the tiny ice cubes.
  • Use the UV flashlight to cure the resin for 10 seconds.

DIY Resin Margarita Necklace

  • Squeeze additional clear jewelry resin into the mold. Add slices of limes and margarita sprinkles from the Mixed Drinks Shaker Sprinkles*.  Cure using the UV Flashlight for an additional 10 seconds.
  • Add a thin line of resin over the ice cubes and add more ice cubes so that the cubes are higher than the mold.  Cure using the UV Flashlight.
  • After you finish layering your margarita, fill the mold with clear jewelry resin.
  • Use the UV Flashlight to finish curing the remaining resin for 30-60 seconds.
  • It easily pops out of the mold without the need of a releasing agent.  (No need to wait.)

DIY Resin Margarita Necklace

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This was so much fun to make.  Especially since I am an impatient person. 

It is quick and easy to use.  It is great for layering because you can use

a little at a time, cure it, and then keep adding more as you go.

YouV Art Resin

While I had the resin out, I decided to play a little more. 

I used Clear Jewelry Gel and eyes from the Witches Brew Shaker Sprinkles* and the Hex Jewelry Mold to make dimensional eyes that I can use on a later project.

YouV Art Resin

  • To make the Heart Embellishment, squeeze a small amount of Clear Jewelry Resin into the bottom of the mold. Add a small pink heart on top the resin using the Sweetheart Shaker Sprinkles*.
  • Cure the resin with the UV flashlight for 10 seconds.
  • Finish filling the mold with Red Jewelry Resin.
  • Use the UV flashlight for 30-60 seconds to finish curing the resin.

Mae’s Baby Shower Banner

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

Mae’s Baby Shower Banner

This past weekend we held a baby shower for my daughter

and soon-to-be granddaughter Mae.

The theme was April Showers Brings Mae Flowers.

My daughter gave me full permission to do “my thing.”

Everything was pink and flowery. (I had fun.)

One of the decorations that I made was a banner with my granddaughter’s name.

It was a simple project that we used along with a few balloons and giant rosettes

to create a place to take photos.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

If you’re interested in making a banner for your next party here’s what I used: 

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Mae's Baby Shower Banner

  • Cut the scrapbook paper slightly larger than the wood banner pieces.
  • Place the scrapbook paper design side on the Xyron Creative Station®*
  • Turn the handle of the Creative Station to run the paper through.  As it runs through, it adds complete adhesive covering on the underneath side of the paper.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

I wanted to keep the banner pieces simple. 

But you could add all kinds of flowers and embellishments to make it special.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

How to make small pom-poms:

  1. Cut a small piece of matboard or cardboard approx. 2 inches. Loosely wrap the yarn around the matboard 50 times.
  2. Slide the wrapped yarn off the matboard and tightly tie the middle of the loops with a second piece of yarn.
  3. Cut all the loops with a pair of scissors. (Leave the second piece of yarn long.) Give the pom-pom a shake. Then the fun part, give the pom-pom a haircut, trimming all the ends the same size.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

  • I added the banner pieces and wood beads onto a long piece of pink ribbon.
  • I spread the banner pieces to make room and tied the pom-poms directly onto the ribbon. Trim the long strings of the pom-poms.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

I found these Cute Floral Pails* at Dollar Tree* and filled them with pansies. 

They were the perfect addition to our Spring themed baby shower.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

I picked up these cute pink mugs at Hobby Lobby and used StyleTechCraft White Glossy Vinyl

to make the words for the Mom and Mae cups.

I used the Mom mug during the shower to hold pink cutlery.

It was so much fun planning this party.

I’ll be sharing more details of the shower soon.

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Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouses

Making it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouses

How to make a cute little birdhouse for your Indoor Spring Decorations.

Made from an inexpensive Dollar Tree* wood birdhouse and scrapbook paper.

Making it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouses

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Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

Directions:

  • Paint the base of the birdhouse, the ridge, and the underside of the roof with acrylic paint.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

  • Remove the perch from the birdhouse.
  • Paint the birdhouse perch with coordinating acrylic paint.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

  • I purposely choose a birdhouse with a simple roofline. 
  • Measure and cut a piece of decorative scrapbook paper for the roof.  
  • Place the paper into the 3″ Xyron Disposable Sticker Maker* design side up and gently pull it through. As the scrapbook paper goes through the sticker maker, it adds a layer of adhesive under the paper.
  • Rub and peel the protective coating from the paper. Place onto the top of the birdhouse. Rub over the paper to ensure that it is securely attached to the wood.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

  • Create a template for cutting the paper. Lay a piece of copy paper with the point in the top corner of the birdhouse. Gently fold over the edges of the copy paper to make a crease line or use a pencil to trace around the edge.  
  • Cut out the template.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

  • It’s a good idea to lay the template onto the birdhouse to double-check the size.
  • Use the template and trace onto decorative scrapbook paper.  Cut along traced lines.
  • Place the paper into the 3″ Xyron Disposable Sticker Maker* design side up and gently pull it through.
  • Measure and repeat for all four sides.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

  • Cut around the center hole and smooth using a nail file.
  • Re-poke the perch hole and reinsert the perch.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

  • Add cute little word stickers to embellish the birdhouse.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

Here are a few more Mini Birdhouses I created for Xyron last year.

They are so fun to make and decorate.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

I made this one using a large wood birdhouse picked up at Michael’s Craft Store.

I covered it with paper from Echo Park’s Farmhouse Market Collection.

Card Making with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

Card Making with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

Cardmaking with Vinyl…

Did you know that the same vinyl you use to embellish everyday items

around your home can be used to create beautiful cards?

StyleTechCraft adhesive vinyl makes it easy to create cards with intricate and delicate designs.

Use it with your Cricut or Cameo electronic cutters and even with steel rule dies.

The possibilities are endless!

Card Making with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

This month the StyleTechCraft Design Team was asked to use Polished Metal Vinyl

to create a project.  In the past several years, I’ve added StyleTechCraft vinyl

to almost every imaginable surface around my house.

I have used it on plates, glasses, coffee cups, vases, metal, wood and more.

But I often forget to use it to create cards.

Card Making with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

Materials Used:

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Card Making with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

Card Details:

Card Making with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

After making the birthday card, I thought the silver was so light and delicate that

it would make a perfect Congratulations card. Perfect for a wedding or anniversary.

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Pot of Gold Party Favors

Pot of Gold Party Favors

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these cute pots of gold party favors.

A quick and simple little party favor for your guests.

Fill with all kinds of goodies and chocolate coins.

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Pot of Gold Party Favors

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I found the little Black Cauldrons* at Dollar Tree with their St. Patrick’s Day display.  I knew they would look cute as little pots of gold under rainbows of ribbon.  (And don’t forget to get a few extra to save for next Halloween.)

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Pot of Gold Party Favors

To personalize the Pots of Gold…

Solid and Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon Pack, 24 Bright Colors, 3/8" x 48 Yards by Gwen Studios

If you love ribbon, you can find the variety pack of Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon Pack by Gwen Studios* at Walmart or Walmart.com.

Crafty IKEA Cabinet Makeover

Crafty IKEA Cabinet Makeover

Give a basic IKEA storage cabinet a little personality with a crafty makeover.

I’m a little bit of a neat freak.  I geek out when I find a good storage piece.

I found this IKEA Moppe Mini Storage Chest on a recent IKEA trek.

The mini cabinet was the perfect solution to replace an old decrepit plastic one.

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Crafty IKEA Cabinet Makeover

If you don’t have an IKEA store close, you can get the IKEA Moppe Cabinet*

on Amazon for a bit more.

The IKEA MOPPE mini chest with drawers is a true classic with its many drawers

and timeless style.  It’s made of untreated wood that you can paint and

decorate as you like, over and over again.

Crafty IKEA Cabinet Makeover

Here’s what I used Used:

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Crafty IKEA Cabinet Makeover

Directions:

  • Lightly sand the surface of the cabinet with a Sanding Block* to smooth away any rough spots.
  • Paint the cabinet and drawers with Classic Black Deco Art Americana Decor® Satin Enamels*.
  • You may need to give it a second coat. (I didn’t paint the inside of the cabinet or drawers.)
  • Lightly sand over the paint to smooth the grain of the cabinet.
  • Wipe the cabinet with a clean, soft rag to remove any dust.

Crafty IKEA Cabinet Makeover

Crafty IKEA Cabinet Makeover

Crafty IKEA Cabinet Makeover

  • I used Red Gingham Paper* to cover the front of my cabinet. The red gingham matches the decor in my craft room and is a simple pattern to match. (This is important if you want to line up your design.)
  • Brush a coat of Mod Podge Satin Decoupage Glue* over the drawer front. Make sure to get the Mod Podge to the edges of the drawer.
  • Lay the paper onto the drawer and smooth. Allow the Mod Podge to dry.

Crafty IKEA Cabinet Makeover

  • Place the drawer onto a cutting mat and cut away the excess paper using a craft knife.

Crafty IKEA Cabinet Makeover

  • Sand away any rough-cut edges using a sanding block on the edge of the drawers.

Crafty IKEA Cabinet Makeover

  • A small nail file is great for getting into small to reach places.

Crafty IKEA Cabinet Makeover

Place the labels onto the drawer fronts and fill them with all your goodies.

Crafty IKEA Cabinet Makeover

Don’t judge me for my weird categories.

Crafters have a lot of random stuff to store, and this cabinet holds a lot of stuff.

Crafty IKEA Cabinet Makeover

You could use wallpaper, stencils, metal hardware to customize this into the perfect organized cabinet.

Simple Heart Shaker Card

Simple Heart Shaker Card

Shake things up this Valentine’s Day with a cute Simple Heart Shaker Card

made with the Simple Heart Shaker Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

Maker's Movement

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Simple Heart Shaker Card

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Simple Heart Shaker Card

How to make a Simple Heart Shaker Card

  • Start with a 5″ x 5″ white card base.
  • Die-cut the pieces for the shaker element using the Always & Forever paper pad.

Simple Heart Shaker Card

  • Cut 3¼” x 3¼” piece of striped paper, die-cut the heart shape in the center of the striped paper.
  • Cut a 3¼” x 3¼” piece of Valentine’s words.
  • Die-cut a silver heart border using silver adhesive vinyl or silver cardstock.
  • Die-cut a pink gingham frame using the scalloped frame die.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

  • To create the dimensional rose on the front of the card, “fussy cut” a large and small rose from the rose background paper found in the paper pad.
  • Place a small a thin 3D foam square* under both roses and adhere the smaller rose to the top of the larger rose.

Simple Heart Shaker Card

  • Adhere the scalloped gingham frame to the front of the striped paper with the heart cut-out.
  • Cut a 3¼” x 3¼” piece of clear acetate.  Remove the protective coating off of the acetate and adhere to the back of the heart-opening.
  • Adhere the silver heart border to the front of the acetate inside the heart-opening.
  • Die-cut the adhesive craft foam using the square foam cutter die.  You’ll need to use one that is larger than the heart-opening.
  • Adhere the craft foam square to the back of the acetate.
  • Cut a 4½” x 4½” rose background layer and adhere to the center of the white card.
  • Adhere the Valentine words layer to the center of the rose background layer.
  • The easiest way to add the shaker sprinkles is to place the sprinkles onto the middle of the valentine words layer.  Remove the protective coating from the back of the foam square frame and place the layers over the shaker sprinkles and onto the white card.

Simple Heart Shaker Card

  • Adhere the dimensional rose to the front of the card at the top of the heart.
  • Cut the tiny words “You are the best” using the Valentine’s word paper and adhere to the bottom of the gingham frame.
  • Add valentine’s greeting (found in the Always & Forever paper pad) to the inside of the card.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I was recently reintroduced to the Gel Press, a reusable gel printing plate.

I’d seen the Gel Press in action a few years ago and even briefly tried my hand at it.

The Gel Press is a fun and creative way to make backgrounds.

This month, the Eileen Hull Teams collaborated with Gel Press

to create some awesome samples.  Check out Eileen’s Blog Here.

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Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

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Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I watched several Gel Press videos online before jumping right in.

I was impressed with the idea of using die-cuts to make backgrounds

and used a few of Eileen’s Dies to make mine.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Here’s how I made the Snowflake Background:

  • Start with several colors of acrylic paint and use a Brayer* to blend the paint onto the gel press.
  • Place the Snowflake die-cuts (cut using the Wreath & Snowflake Thinlet Die Set*) directly onto the paint.
  • Place a white piece of paper onto the gel press and press over the cardstock to remove the excess paint.
  • Remove the snowflake die-cuts.  Place another piece of cardstock over the Gel Press to pick up the remaining paint and patterns.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I die-cut another snowflake in blue and adhered it to the background to create this card.

I used the Eileen Hull Sweater Embossing Folder* to create the background layer.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I also tried the same technique using dye inkpads instead of paint.  

I used small inkpads and dabbed them all over the gel press.

Use a Brayer* to blend the inks before adding the snowflake die-cuts.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Use the Xyron Creative Station* to adhere the snowflake background paper

to Mat Board*. Die-cut the mat board using the Tiny Book Die to create

this sweet little album.  (This tiny album measures 2 1/4″ x 3″.)

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

The perfect mini-album to add those snowy day pictures.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Create a simple accordion out cardstock for the inside pages of the album.

Interested in learning more about using the Gel Press?  Check out this video.

Love You Forever Valentine Cards

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Cards

Spread the Love this year with handmade Valentines.

The Love You Forever Valentine’s Day cards were created two different ways

using the “Love You Forever” Die Set from the Maker’s Movement.

Maker's Movement

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Love You Forever Valentine's Day Cards

The first card is a clean and simple shaker card,

and the other is more of a traditionally decorated Valentine’s Card.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Cards

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Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

Directions:

  • This card measures 6″ x 6″.
  • Cut a 5″ x 5″ piece of white cardstock.
  • The die set comes with two different dies, the outline, and the words. Place the “outline die” onto the white cardstock and die-cut using a die-cut machine.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

  •  Turn the cardstock over and adhere a piece of clear acetate onto the cardstock.
  • Cut the double-sided adhesive foam into thin strips and place it around the edges of the cardstock.
  • One of my favorite tips for die-cutting small pieces is to run the paper through the Xyron Creative Station* to add a layer of adhesive to the back before I die-cut. The paper pieces become stickers which make adhering them to cards very easy.
  • Die-cut the words “Love you forever” using cranberry paper ran through the Xyron Creative Station*.
  • Adhere the words onto the front of the acetate.
  • For the card base, cut a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of striped paper (found in the Always & Forever Paper Pad) and adhere it onto a 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ cranberry cardstock layer.
  • Adhere layers onto a 6″ x 6″ card.
  • Place shaker sprinkles onto the middle of the card base.
  • Remove the paper backing from the foam strips and place the white acetate layer centered on the card base.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

  • To create the dimensional rose on the front of the card, “fussy cut” a large and small rose from the rose background paper found in the paper pad.
  • Place a small thin foam square under both roses and adhere the smaller rose to the top of the larger rose.  Adhere to the front of the card.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

Shaker Cards are both fun to make and fun to receive. 

And I think this one is my new favorite.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

A completely different look using the same Valentine die set and paper pad. 

  • I used the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of the “Valentine Sayings” paper, from the “Forever & Always” paper pad, before die-cutting the words.
  • This card has a lot of different layers and several dimensional flowers that help make this card special.

Prissy Pink Princess Wreath

Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath

How to make a Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath.

I decided to stray from my typical “clean and simple” style to go super feminine

with this Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath.

The wreath could also double as a princess crown.  (If you’re into that kind of thing.)

Ribbon Wreath 327

Usually, when I start a project, I have an idea of how I want it to turn out.

This project, however, turned out completely different than my original plan.

I started with a basket of pink, white and red ribbons in various widths and styles.

I wanted to make a simple ribbon wreath and tie cut strips of ribbon to a wreath form.

I wasn’t happy with it, so I scratched that idea. (it’s a good idea to be flexible)

Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath

Here’s what I did instead:

  • Being resourceful, I used a 5 ½” lid from an extra-large Nesquik can for the base.
  • Using the inside ridge as my guide, I cut away the inside.

Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath

  • Because when I started this project, I was going to do something different, I spray painted the rim of the lid white.
  • It’s still probably a good idea to do, depending on what kind of wreath you intend on making. (Unless you like the color blue.)

Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath

  • Wrap and cover the rim of the lid with a 7/8″ White Grosgrain Ribbon*. To give the ribbon wreath a little more softness and size, I added a little bit of poly-fil under the ribbon while wrapping. Use a Hot Glue Gun* to glue the ribbon to keep the ribbon from moving. It took approximately two yards of ribbon to go around the edge of the lid.
  • Wrap additional pink sheer ribbon around the white grosgrain ribbon.

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Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath

Make ribbon rosettes flowers to go around the wreath in different sizes.

Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath

  • Gather the ends of the thread together and tie in a knot. Trim the ends. I use a heavy-duty sewing thread for the rosettes. It doesn’t break when I tighten them.
  • Hot glue a fancy rhinestone button in the center of the rosette.
  • Glue flower onto the wreath.
  • To make smaller rosette flowers, use 6″ strips of 3/8″ satin or grosgrain ribbon. Create a “running stitch” like used in the larger rosette and tighten.
  • Glue a small pearl bead in the center of the rosettes.
  • Glue smaller rosettes around the larger rosette.
  • Create small leaves by folding and scrunching green ribbon. Glue under the rosette flowers.
  • Create strings of pretty beads anchored with additional flower rosettes to hang in the middle of the wreath.
  • Cut a larger piece of ribbon for hanging the Prissy Pink Princess Ribbon Wreath.
  • Create a ribbon bow for the top of the wreath. Glue a fancy rhinestone button onto the bow and glue it into place.

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