Crafting Beach Vibes

A few fun projects using the Beach Vibes stamp and die sets from The Maker’s Movement.

(If I can’t get to the beach, I might as well bring the beach to me.)

I am really loving the Beach Vibes Stamp and Die Set.  So many cute images to use.

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Before I ever start creating my projects…

I stamp the images onto watercolor paper* and practice coloring.

It’s a great way to decide the best marker color to use.

Using watercolor paper* makes it easy to blend the markers.

Tip…I start with the darker colored marker and finish coloring the image with a complimentary lighter-colored marker, blending the colors as I go.

FIY…I have my markers stored in the  Expandable Marker Accordion* from Deflecto.

Beach Vibes Frame

Using the Crossover II Die Cutting Machine*, I was able to easily line up the coordinating die

to the colored image to cut out.  I added a few extra dots to my colored image before mounting

the Sandcastle to the corner of the frame.

Tip…I used blue painters tape and masked part of the “beach vibes” stamp and stamped the words one at a time.

Life is Better in the Sun…

I may complain a little bit when it gets super humid, but I would trade the snow and cold for a warm summer day anytime.

Tip…The background on this card is super simple to create.  Using an ink blending tool and several colors of dye ink, rub the ink onto the watercolor paper.  Spray the paper with water and dry the paper with a hairdryer.  (Easy Peasy)

The Sandcastle stamp also makes a perfect Ice Castle for a cute little princess. 

  • I stamped the Sandcastle on watercolor paper*.  I had fun coloring the castle in purples and blues and blending the colors.
  • I added a thin layer of white liquid applique* to the castle to look like snow. I let the liquid applique dry before heating it with a Heat Tool* to raise it.
  • To make the castle extra frosty, I painted the castle with Clear Glitter Glue*.
  • I framed the Ice Castle with a white scallop frame cut from the MOD287 Nested Square Frame Set.  (It makes a perfect little gift tag.)

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Just for Fun- DIY Golf Menu Board

DIY Golf Menu Board…

It started as a joke.

Last month, as my husband was painting the floor of the deck, I opened the window,

stuck my head out and asked if he wanted anything to drink.

He said we should put in a counter at the window so we could take orders.

I wanted a Pool Snack Bar, he really wanted the 19th Hole.

This is our compromise.

  • I painted a thin hardboard panel with several coats of DecoArt Americana Decor Black Satin Enamel Paint.
  • I gave the painted board a light sanding with steel wool to make it smooth.

Supplies Needed:

Directions:

  • Using an SVG Cut File purchased from the Silhouette Store, size and cut all the pieces using the Cameo Die-Cutting Machine.
  • Use the Vinyl Tools to “weed” out the negative spaces around your image.

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  • Apply transfer tape over the image and give a gentle rub with using vinyl scraper tool to transfer the image to the tape.
  • Gently lift up to remove the image off white backing.

  • Align and place the image onto the board.
  • Give a rub with the vinyl scraper tool to transfer the vinyl onto the board.

My husband loves the board.  (I wonder if I can get him to pay?)

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How to make a Beach Inspired Windchime

A Beach Inspired Windchime for those us that LOVE the beach.

If you’re one of the lucky ones that live on the ocean or have a Beach House.

Here is a simple project to make that you can hang on the back porch.

Or if you don’t live on the beach or have a beach house.

The Windchime is a fun reminder of trips to the ocean,

and a great way to use some of those shells you collected. 

How to Make a Beach Inspired Wind Chime.

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Gather Your Supplies…

The Caddy Storage Tray* is so handy to use. It’s perfect for sorting the various sizes of wood beads. And it fits into the large container of the Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer*.  I used the Deflecto Interlocking Marker Organizer* in the caddy to hold my paintbrushes.  I put all my supplies in the caddy and took it onto the deck, where I worked on the wind chime under my umbrella on a beautiful Summer day.  (and wished I was on the beach)

Faux Driftwood…

Because I didn’t have an actual driftwood stick from the beach.  I used a stick found in the yard and broke it down to size.

  • Scrape the bark off the stick.  (I used an old table knife.)
  • Paint the stick with white acrylic paint and a couple of stripes of pale blue and aqua.
  • Give the stick a light sanding with fine-grit sandpaper to rough it up and make it look more natural.

  • Cut five pieces of twine approximately 24″ long.
  • Tie a knot on one end of the twine.
  • Wrap a small piece of blue removable painters tape on the other end of the twine to keep the twine from fraying.
  • String Wood Beads onto the twine.

  • Tie beaded twine to the painted stick.
  • On the center of the stick, I glued a medium-sized Starfish purchased at a Beach Gift Shop.
  • Add a couple of beads to a piece of twine. Tie twine to each end of the stick to use as a hanger.
  • Stick the loose ends of the twine through the beads to hide.

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Sweet Summer Flower Stand Card

Sweet Summer Flower Stand Card

It’s always a good day when I get to buy flowers.  

I stopped by the Garden Center this morning to pick up a few more.  (can you have too many?)

I LOVE FLOWERS!

I was so excited when I got the opportunity to make a sample for Maker’s Movement using

the new Lemonade Stand Stamp and Die Set.  It is so versatile. 

It makes a cute little Lemonade Stand, Flower Stand, and Fall Cider Stand.  

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Here’s what I used to make the Sweet Summer Flower Stand:            (*affiliate link)

   

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Building the Flower Stand

  • When clearing out my mom’s paper collection, I found this woodgrain cardstock.  I never knew what to use it for until I made this card.  Now I wish I could tell you where to find it.
  • The flower stand die has three sizes of dies to use as the board to build the stand.
  • I adhered two pieces of paper together to create thickness.  Run paper and dies through the Crossover II die-cutting machine to cut the shape.
  • I used basic building construction to make my stand.
  • For the awning, I die-cut two pieces.  (one striped, one blue floral)  Cut two sections from the blue floral and adhere to the striped awning piece.

Super Simple Watercolor Background

  • The key to the background is to use watercolor paper.
  • A simple swish with a wet brush and blue watercolor paint to create the background.

Lots of Dimension and Details

  • What makes this card special is all the little details.
  • I used a lot of foam dots behind the various pieces to create a lot of dimension.
  • I doubled up the foam dots under the awning and sign.

I loved the way the card turned out.   I will be making a Cider Stand for fall soon.

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Red, White and Blue Star Shaker Tags

Star Shaker Tags

I love making cards and tags that move and shake.

Generally, making Shaker Tags are fun and easy to make.

But I sometimes tend to make things harder than they need to be?

That was the case with the Star-shaped Shaker Tag.

After working on it and getting frustrated because the vision I had wasn’t quite working out,

I set it aside and went for a simpler version.

As you can see, I did finish the Star Tag and like how both of them turned out.

How to Make a Star Shaker Tag for the 4th of July

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Directions: 

  • Cut two tags using the Nested Tag Die Set.  The larger out of red cardstock and the smaller out of red, white, and blue floral print.

  • Adhere the tags together using the tape runner.
  • Die-cut both layers with the star die. Once happy with the placement, put a small piece of removable painters tape* over the star to keep it from moving when it is die-cut.
  • Lay banner die onto the tag to help figure the correct placement for the star hole.
  • Place the tag and die onto the Crossover II Die-Cutting System*
  • .Place clear acrylic protective plate over the dies and crank the handle to run the die through the machine.

  • Cut a small piece of acetate to fit over the star opening.  The acetate comes with a protective liner on both sides.  You will need to remove both sides before adhering it to the tag.

  • Pick out Red and Blue Shaker Sprinkles, from the Rainbow Sprinkles, to use for the inside of the shaker tag.

  1. On the back of the die-cut tag, place tear it tape adhesive around the opening of the star.
  2. Remove protective liner off the tape.  Place acetate over the star opening.
  3. Cut a second red tag.  Place strips of adhesive craft foam around the star to make a well around the star.  Add additional strips around the bottom and top.
  4. Add red and blue sprinkles in the well around the star.  Remove protective liner off the back of the foam strips and adhere to the second red tag.

  • Center two star together, place a piece of removable painters tape* on the dies to keep them from moving.  (The smaller star is the same size as star opening.)  Run the dies through the Crossover II die-cutting machine to create a star frame.

  • Adhere star frame over the star opening.
  • Cut a banner out of plaid paper.
  • Stamp “Celebrate with a bang!” (from the Home for the Holidays stamp set)  Trim down to fit onto the plaid banner.
  • Glue pleated ribbon around the bottom and top of the tag.
  • Punch hole in the top of the tag.  The Crop-A-Dile Punch* easily goes through all the layers.
  • Tie twine together and loop through the hole.
  • Glue small star and flag embellishments onto the tag.

Close up of the Star Shaker Tag

  • I used the largest of the Nested Star Die for the outline of the star.
  • What made the process a little more difficult for me was that I also cut a foam star the same size.  I had problems getting the foam star to line up and had to set it aside momentarily.
  • A small star cut out of foam and scrapbook paper was used as the dangler on the tag.
  • I cut several banners to use on the front of the tag.
  • You can find the small banner instructions here.

Here’s another tag that I made for The Maker’s Movement using the Nested Star Dies. 

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The Pool is Calling Drink Holder

It feels like Summer is here now that the pool is officially open.

A few more bright and sunny days, and I’ll be ready to jump in.

Who am I kidding?  I’m either under the umbrella or on my pool float relaxing.

And since we’re not allowed to have glass items by the pool, (my rule) I made myself

a cute drink container using an expensive stainless steel tumbler found at Dollar Tree.

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For my drink holder, I used Iridescent Opal Vinyl from StyleTechCraft to create the words.

I love the way the Opal Vinyl shimmers and changes with the light.

StyleTechCraft Opal Vinyl comes in 9 different colors for a lot of fun options.

While taking pictures of the products for this post, one of the pieces flew into the pool.

I thought it was ironic, so I took a picture.  (opal vinyl holds up in water)

Here’s what I used to create my drink holder:            (*affiliate links)

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Directions:

  1. Wipe the surface of the tumbler with the alcohol wipe to remove any oils.
  2. Use the Silhouette Electronic Die Cutting Machine to cut the words “the Pool is Calling!” out of Opal and White Craft Vinyl
  3. The cut file I used came with an outline for the word “Pool”.  I cut it out of white glossy craft vinyl to make the word “Pool” stand out.
  4. Use a small piece of transfer paper, place onto the individual letters that spell the word “Pool”.  Place letters one by one on the white outline.
  5. Cut a piece of transfer paper slightly larger than the white vinyl outline.
  6. Apply transfer tape over the outline. Give the transfer tape a gentle rub.
  7. Apply the word “Pool” onto the tumbler.
  8. Apply additional words onto the tumbler.
  9. Allow the vinyl to cure on the tumbler for 4 days before using. (Hand wash Only)

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Spring Watercolor Bouquet Card

Spring Watercolor Bouquet

I love the soft look of a handmade water-colored card.

This card was made using the Hello Spring Stamp and Die Set from the Maker’s Movement.

Just for you…I’ve created simple step by step instructions on how to make the card.

How to make a Spring Watercolor Bouquet Card

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  • In the Hello Spring Stamp and Die Set, there are several stamps that have a coordinating die that matches the stamp.
  • Stamp a flower using blue ink onto a piece of watercolor paper.

  • Place the mask onto the stamped flower image and stamp a second flower image slightly overlapping the first flower.

  • By using the mask, you create the look of one flower behind the other.

  • Place masks on both of the stamped flower image.  Start adding the background images by stamping small pink flowers, ferns, and leaves.

  • Remove masks and watercolor the stamped flowers using a water-brush*.
  • I like to use dye ink to watercolor.  I apply the ink to a simple grid that I printed onto copy paper and laminated.   Dip the wet tip of the water-brush* into the ink and paint your images.  (You can also use a small paintbrush and water.)

  • Cut frames using the Nested Stitched Rectangles Dies.
  • Adhere water-colored image, frames, and layers onto a 4 ½” x 5 ½” blue dot card.
  • Stamp another flower with blue ink onto watercolor paper.  Watercolor the flower as before.  Cut the flower out using the coordinating die and the Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System*.
  • Mount onto the lower right corner of the card using a thin foam mounting square.
  • Stamp “Hello” onto a small white banner cut from the small banner die found in the Hello Spring set.  Trim banner to size and adhere under the raised flower.
  • Add a simple sheer ribbon to the top of the card to finish.

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Shaving Cream Art

Create Unique One of a Kind Art with Shaving Cream.

Shaving Cream Art is a fun project that the whole family can participate in.

How to Create Shaving Cream Art

Materials Needed:

I use the Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer* to hold my ink refills and other crafty supplies.

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Shaving Cream Art can get a little messy so a little prep work is necessary.

  • For easy clean up…Place a piece of wax paper* over a large baking sheet.
  • Add shaving cream onto wax paper.
  • Add several drops of ink onto the shaving cream.

  • Use a craft stick* to swirl the ink into the shaving cream.
  • Do not over stir or the shaving cream will become muddy.

  • Place card-stock directly onto the shaving cream and lightly Smoosh.

  • Carefully lift the card-stock from the shaving cream.

  • Use the scraper tool* to scrape the excess shaving cream from the card-stock.

  • Without re-stirring the shaving cream, you can repeat the process several more times.
  • The first one will be the most vibrant and will get subtly lighter each time.

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Each one will be different and will lighten as they dry.

You can use this process to create even larger pieces of art. 

Shaving Cream Art also makes a great background for card-makers.

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How to make a Mini Gift Bag out of an Envelope

The Quick and Easy way to make a Mini Gift Bag from an Envelope.

The Envelope Gift Bag is a great way use large envelopes and recycle old ones.

The gift bag was decorated using the Farmhouse Market Collection from Carta Bella.

Supplies Used:          (*affiliate link)

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Directions:

  • Seal the envelope closed.
  • Cut the end off one side of the envelope.

  • Score the envelope 3/4″ on the remaining three sides of the envelope.  You will need to use medium to firm pressure when scoring to crease through all the layers.  Score on both sides of the envelope.
  • Fold the envelope on each score line.  Use the scoring tool to go over each line to make sure you have a good sharp crease.

  • Put your hand inside of the envelope and gently start opening it up.  Refold the lines as you open it up.   Create gusset folds on the sides of the bag.
  • Once the bag is fully open you will have two pointed flaps sticking out on each end.  Add adhesive to the flaps and adhere to the bottom of the bag.  (you can also add a piece of decorative washi to the bottom of the bag to hold the flaps in place.)

  • Start decorating the bag.
  • Add a decorative strip of washi tape around the bottom of the bag.
  • Add stickers to the front of the bag.  Stickers are a great way to cover up a name when re-using an envelope.

  • Fill the bag with your gift.
  • Fold the top of the bag over and crease.
  • Punch two holes in the top of the bag and add ribbon.

Remember the next time you get a card to carefully open the envelope on the side so

that you can recycle it into a cute little gift bag.

How to Personalize a Wine Glass with Glitter Vinyl

One of my favorite snack combinations is Wine and Popcorn.

It’s great for a casual party or a perfect movie night snack!

For your next party, try personalizing inexpensive Wine Glasses from Dollar Tree*.

Add names to the glasses, and they’ll be no more mixing them up .

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How to Personalize a Wine Glass with Glitter Vinyl

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The great thing about StyleTechCraft Transparent Glitter Vinyl is that it’s the only film in the world that is colored glitter on both the inside and outside.  

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Directions:

  • The flower and leaves image used on the wine glass was purchased online as a “cut file” from the Silhouette Store.
  • Using the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*, I resized the flower and leaves image to fit on the front of the wine glass.  (Mine was approx. 2 1/2″ x 1 3/4″)
  • Lay the vinyl on the cutting mat.  (Because my mat is old and not super sticky, I use a piece of removable tape to hold my vinyl on the mat.)
  •  Set machine on the vinyl setting, cut images out using the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*.  Cut the image out in red and green adhesive glitter vinyl.
  • Use the Weeding Tool, to carefully remove the negative spaces in and around the image.

  • Cut a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* a little larger than the flower shape.
  • Lay the Vinyl Transfer Tape*on top of the flowers. Gently rub over the transfer paper using the vinyl scraper tool to make sure the image has transferred.

  • To help the vinyl stick securely to the glass…Wipe the surface of the wine glass with the alcohol wipe to remove any oils.   
  • Lay transfer paper onto glass. Because the surface is curved, start from the center of the image and rub one side at a time using vinyl scraper tool. The tool allows you to smooth the image and get rid of air bubbles.
  • Remove Vinyl Transfer Tape*.
  • Center leaves over floral design and repeat process.

Allow the vinyl to cure on the glass for 4 days before using. (Hand Wash Only)

And of course, you’re going to need a cute coaster to go with your wine glass.

  • Apply adhesive Silver Glitter Vinyl to the front of a chipboard coaster.  Trim around the edge of the coaster with a craft knife.
  • Create the words using red and black transparent and apply onto the coaster the same as the wine glass.  Enjoy!

Cheers…looks like a Wine and Popcorn kind of night!

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