Red Posies Felt Christmas Ornaments

Fairfield World’s 80th Birthday Celebration

If you are a crafter, chances are you’ve used Poly-fil a time or two. (or much, much more)

Would you believe they’ve been around for 80 years?

My grandma used poly-fil for years, and so have I.

So when given the opportunity, I  jumped at the chance to help them celebrate.

And talk about celebrating, they even sent us a box of goodies to inspire us.

How cool is that? (my favorite was the cheese popcorn)

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With Christmas coming soon, I decided to make a couple of Red Posies Felt Ornaments.

I enjoy stitching from time to time, but because I’m not an expert by any means,

I’m going to call them “Simple Homespun Charm”.

Materials Used:              (*affiliate links)

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Directions:

  • Die-cut the flowers, leaves, and circles out of felt.
  • Arrange the die-cut pieces on the felt.

  • Add a small dab of fabri-tac adhesive* under the top felt piece to hold it in place while you do your stitching.
  • I like to start with the top layer first and work my way down so that I’m not going through as many layers of felt at one time.

  • Hand sew simple stitches in white and red thread around the pieces.

  • Use small, close stitches to close the ornament 3/4 of the way closed.
  • Add a small amount of poly-fil into the center of the ornament and finish sewing it closed.

  • Use a large hole needle to add twine to the top of the ornament for hanging.
  • Adhere a small bow onto the top of the ornament with fabri-tac adhesive*.
  • To add a small word, like the word joy, iron the letters onto the felt circle before stitching.

 

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Hey, it’s a Pumpkin Pie Card

I’ll take a slice of pumpkin, please. 

My favorite Fall Pie hands down is a good slice of Pumpkin Pie with lots of whipped cream.

My grandma used to make the Pumpkin pies every year for Thanksgiving.

And because my husband would carry on about how it was the very best pumpkin pie,

she would bake an extra pie for him and drop it off at his work.

It was our little secret because she never wanted to be accused of having any favorites.

My pumpkin pie card was made with the “Hey, Pumpkin” stamp and die set from The Maker’s Movement.

Supplies Used:         (*affiliate link)

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Directions:

  • Cut out the “our fall favorites” journal card from the scrapbook paper sheet.
  • Use mini maker die cut machine and the scalloped heart-shaped die to cut out the pieces for the pie out of cream and burnt orange cardstock.
  • Cut a white swirl using the small swirl die and the white cardstock.

Tip…I like to run the small pieces of cardstock through the Xyron Create-A-Sticker* before I die cut them.  It makes it so much easier to adhere the small pieces onto the card.

  • Put the finished pie pieces together, and using the small “v ” shaped die, cut a small pie-shaped piece out of the pie.

  • Adhere the pie pieces onto the “our fall favorites” journaling card.  I added a small thin foam mounting square to add the whipped cream onto the pie.
  • Stamp the words “Hey, Pumpkin” onto the bottom of the card.
  • Layer the card onto a piece of gold textured card.

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post  for Maker’s Movement.  I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own.

DIY Dollar Store Plaid Pumpkins

A Quick and Easy way to turn a Dollar Store wood cut out into a Plaid Pumpkin.

I found this cute inexpensive wood pumpkin at Dollar Tree* and thought it would make a cute

little plaid pumpkin to add to my Fall decorations.  It was super simple to make.

Here’s what I used:            (*affiliate links)

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Directions:

  • Paint the base of the pumpkin with black acrylic paint.
  • Cut a piece of plaid paper slightly larger than the pumpkin shape.

  • Insert the paper design side up into the Xyron Creative Station*.   Crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  The Xyron Creative Station* adds complete adhesive covering to the back of the paper.  (You could also use a glue stick or liquid glue adhesive.)  

  • Adhere the paper onto the front of the pumpkin.
  • Cut the excess paper from the inside and outside of the pumpkin using a craft knife and cutting mat.
  • Use a sanding block or extra-fine sandpaper to smooth the edges of the cut paper.
  • Use a black or dark gray marker to add color to the edges of the paper to cover the white core. 

Add to your Seasonal Décor and Enjoy!

Dollar Tree Tip…I have come to the conclusion when it comes to Dollar Tree Holiday items that you need to buy it as soon as you see it.  (you never know if it’ll be there the next time)  

Toil & Trouble Halloween Shaker Card

Double, Double Toil & Trouble

I’m mixing up a little Halloween fun in the cauldron with this cute little shaker card.

The shaker card uses the “Witch, please” stamp and die set from the Maker’s Movement.

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Materials Used:            (*affiliate link)

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How to Make a Toil and Trouble Halloween Shaker Card….

There are several different ways to make a shaker card.  (This is how I decided to make this one.)

Directions:

  • Cut a piece of double-sided adhesive craft foam approx. 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″.
  • Using the caldron outline die, die-cut the caldron shape into the craft foam.
  • Cut a piece of scrapbook paper approx. 4″ x 5-1/2″.  Die-cut the cauldron shape into the scrapbook paper.
  • Cut a small piece of acetate to cover the opening of the caldron.
  • Remove protective coating off the acetate.
  • Remove the protective liner off the double-sided adhesive craft foam.
  • Stick the acetate over the opening.

  • Line up and stick the cauldron opening of the scrapbook paper over the cauldron opening of the craft foam and acetate.
  • Trim the excess paper using a cutting mat and craft knife.

  • Turn the craft foam over and fill the cauldron with Spooky Shaker Sprinkles.  Make sure not to overfill, you want to leave enough room for the sprinkles to shake.
  • Cut a second piece of acetate to cover the cauldron opening.
  • Pull back the protective liner on the craft foam and place the acetate over the opening.

  • This is a little pro tip…I used a black calligraphy paint pen marker to color the sides of my craft foam.  The white core would have just made the foam stand out and not in a good way.  I like to use a black marker to cover the edges of my darker colored paper that would have a white or light core.

  • When using small or thin die-cut shapes, I like to run the paper through the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Maker* before cutting out the shapes.  (It makes it so much easier to apply.)
  • Cut a cauldron outline from glossy copper card-stock and stick onto the acetate.
  • Cut the boiling pot shapes out of light green card-stock and stick on the top of the cauldron.

    • Die-cut small bubbles from the die set and mount using thin black adhesive 3D foam squares* over the various circles of the scrapbook paper.
    • Stamp words in black ink onto a small piece of aged parchment card-stock.  Mount onto the front of the card using thin black foam squares.
    • Remove the protective liner from the back of the craft foam and stick onto a glossy card-stock layer.
    • Add the additional layers onto a black card.

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How to make a Buffalo Plaid Wood Slice Pumpkin

Buffalo Plaid Wood Slice Pumpkin…

Nothing says warm and cozy Fall Décor like Buffalo Plaid and Pumpkins.

Add them together for a cute Fall Home Décor project.

I love using wood slices in projects.

If you’re lucky, and you have lots of trees, chances are you may have a log or two that you

could cut off a slice. If not, with the popularity of wood slices you can easily find them online,

or in the craft department of your favorite store.

Featured Storage:  Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer*

If you follow me much at all, you know I love my Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer*.

I can easily customize the Caddy by removing the lids, and adding a

Deflecto Interlocking Marker Organizer* for paintbrushes and glue sticks.

Once I fill my Caddy with supplies, I can easily take it outside to work on a lovely day.

Disclosure:  “This is a sponsored post. As a member of the Deflecto Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions.”

Materials used to make the Buffalo Plaid Pumpkin:

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  • To get the color I wanted for the base of my pumpkin. I mixed Orange Twist and Jack-O-Lantern acrylic paint.
  • Paint just to the inside edge of the pumpkin slice. Leave the outer bark showing.

  • Add strips of painter’s tape onto the pumpkin to make stripes.  Rub your finger over the tape to make sure that the tape is securely on the pumpkin and has no gaps.
  • Paint inside the stripes with a thin coat of white birch acrylic paint.  Be careful not to apply the paint too thick.   Only one thin coat of paint is needed.
  • Remove painter’s tape.
  • Allow paint to fully dry before continuing to the next step.

  • Rotate the frame 180° and apply the tape in the opposite direction. Make sure the tape is securely down.
  • Paint additional stripes with a light coat of dolphin (light gray) acrylic paint.

  • Remove the painter’s tape. Allow the paint to dry.
  • Lightly sand the wood slice. Sanding brings out the wood-grain and helps to hide any little imperfections.
  • Wipe with a clean cloth.

  • Cut a small 2″ piece from a tree branch to use for the stem.
  • I also used a “home” wood word picked up at the craft store for my pumpkin.
  • Hot glue the stem onto the top of the pumpkin.  Hot glue the word “Home” on the front of the pumpkin.

  • To give my Pumpkin a little extra support while sitting on my mantel, I hot glued a small wood piece (cut from an old scrabble tray) to the back of the pumpkin.  Because the wood slice is not perfectly round, you may have to offset it a bit.
  • Tie raffia around the stem and hot glue a small button bow with faux fall berries onto the pumpkin.  You can find instructions on how to make a button bow here.

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Dog Treats for the First Day of School

Yesterday was Dexter’s First Day of School.

Dexter is our 9-month Shichon puppy.  He is a sweet, loving, energetic ball of fluff.

We adopted him two days before Valentine’s Day and about a month before everything

went nuts.  He’s not a quarantine puppy, but he’s sure been a bright spot during that time.

I’ve been on more walks and talked to more neighbors because of him.  He loves everyone!

Anyway…

In the list of instructions for the first day of class was to bring dog treats.  (lots of treats)

So, I decided to decorate a little jar for his treats.

I found the little plastic jar at Dollar Tree* and used vinyl to decorate it.

*Disclosure:  This blog uses affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

Here’s what I used to make my treat jar:

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Directions:

  • Using a “Dog Bone Treats” SVG file from the Silhouette Store and the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die-Cutting Machine*, cut out the images using StyletechCraft Transparent Vinyl in Sunflower and Brown.
  • Use the vinyl pick to remove the letters from dog bone, leave the inside pieces of the letters.
  • Cut a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* to fit over the vinyl image.  Gently rub over the transfer paper using the squeegee tool.  Remove the vinyl image from the white liner.
  • Overlay the brown bone onto the large orange bone silhouette.

  • Carefully apply the vinyl to the jar.  Give the vinyl a gentle rub using the squeegee to make sure everything has transferred and remove the transfer tape.
  • Add paw prints randomly around the jar using the transfer tape.
  • Tie with a paw print ribbon and fill with dog treats.

FYI…The First Day of School Sign was made by painting a small wood sign with black chalkboard paint and applying words created with StyleTechCraft White Craft Vinyl*.

Dexter is such a smart, sweet little boy. 

He’s our first dog and, he’s been a great addition to our family.  He brings a lot of smiles.

And by the way…he did really great during his first class!

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Palm Springs Junk Journal

How to make a small pocket-sized journal.

Whenever I travel to a new location, I like to keep memorabilia like brochures, maps, and ticket

stubs.  As a scrapbooker, I never know when I’ll want to reference the information for journaling

or even add it to a layout.

The Palm Springs Junk Journal uses a combination of memorabilia and a little bit of recycling.

To Make the Junk Journal I used:                  (*affiliate link)

*Disclosure:  This blog uses affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

Directions:

  • For the front and inside cover of the journal, cut two 6″ x 8-1/2″ pieces from the brochure.
  • Lay 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 backside of the paper.  Easy to use and it doesn’t need any electricity.
  • Cut a piece of a thin recycled box the same size.
  • Adhere the decorative paper on each side of the cut box.

I  like using the Xyron Creative Station…
when making mini books because you get complete coverage, no wrinkling, no bubbles!

  • I thought I was “so smart” because I cut the map so, the words “Palm Springs Aerial Tramway” would be at the top of the journal.  Being a little too confident, I didn’t measure my placement and “oops” I cut it too short.
  • To “fix” my mistake, I cut out a small picture of the tram with the words and adhered it to the front of my journal.

The inside if the journal.

  • I used an ink applicator and Vintage Photo Distress Ink to age the edges of my Junk Journal.

  • Add a strip of washi tape around the spine of the album for added interest.
  • Cut 5 cardstock pages using the notebook die.
  • Crease the cardstock on the center score lines.

  • Wrap the twine around the inside creases and around the outside of the book cover to secure the pages.
  • I did one page at a time tying the twine in a knot on the outside after each page.

After I had all my pages together, I tied all the pieces of twine together in one knot on the spine and added a small metal tag charm that says the word journey.

Album ready to be filled.

In January, after the Creativation Trade Show in Phoenix,

my husband and I took a few days to relax and explore in sunny Palms Springs.

On a whim, we decided to take the Aerial Tramway up the side of the mountain.

It was a lovely warm sunny day.

Of course, we didn’t think about the temperature change at the top of the mountain.

I had on jeans and a light sweater, and my husband had shorts and a light jacket.

(We had just been in the sunny desert a few minutes earlier.)

Upon arriving, I immediately went into the gift shop and bought an oversized hoodie,

while he braved the elements.

The 15-minute ride up the mountain to 8500 feet was stunning,

and the views left us breathless. (literally)

After a nice lunch, and a brisk walk around in the snow, we headed back down to the desert.

Where we warmed our feet at the hotel, around a firepit.

Simple Vintage Garden Tag Album

How to make a Simple Vintage Garden Tag Album.

In keeping with the pretty in pink theme, I created

a sweet little tag album made with the Simple Vintage Garden District Collection

from Simple Stories and several tag dies from The Maker’s Movement.

(To say I love this collection would be an understatement.)

*FTC Disclosure… “This is a sponsored post for The Maker’s Movement.  I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.”

Here’s what I used:                        (*affiliate link)

    

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Directions:

  • Cut two large tags out of thin chipboard using the Crossover II Die Cut Machine for the front and back cover of the tag album.
  • You may need to run it through the roller twice before picking it up the tag to make sure it cut all the way through.
  • Cut additional tags using decorative scrapbook paper for the inside pages.

The Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System* has adjustable rollers and pressure settings.  It adjusts for multiple layers and allows you to be able to cut a variety of thicknesses.  It can cut fabric, faux leather, craft foam, chipboard, felt and, several other materials.

  • You will need to use four tags for the front and back of the tag album cover.
  • Place the tag design side up on the  Xyron Creative Station* crank the handle to run the tag through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron Creative Station it adds adhesive to the back of the tag.
  • Remove tag from the protective liners and adhere to the front and back of each chipboard tag.

(FYI…I used the 5″ Permanent Adhesive Refill Cartridge*  in the Xyron Creative Station.)

I used a lot of dimensions to create the front cover.

  • Cut a small banner from thin chipboard, cover it with decorative scrapbook paper the same way as the front and back covers.
  • Cover the small metal rimmed tag with circles cut from scrapbook paper.
  • Use twine to tie around the banner and a small teapot charm to hang from the book ring.
  • Create a “bloom” word sticker using the Xyron Creative Station and a small piece of off white scrapbook paper.  Use the bloom word die from the “In Full Bloom” stamp and die set and cut it using the adhesive paper.

  • Decorate and embellish the inside pages using pieces from the ephemera set, and banners.

  • This page was created using the Library Pocket Die Set and the Nested Square Tags Die Set.

Fill your tag album full of fun memories and use it as a sweet gift for someone special.

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Pour Painting Techniques

Have you ever wanted to try pour painting?

There are several different kinds of techniques:

The Dutch Pour, The Dirty Pour and The Swipe Technique to name a few.

Trying Pour Painting has been on my to-do list for over a year.

I’m not sure if I was intimidated or wasn’t sure if it’d be too much of a mess.

When I heard about my sister and her friend planning a time to play,

I casually mentioned my interest. Lucky for me, I got an invitation to join.

We tried all three different Pour Painting Techniques.  It was so much fun.

Just for you…I made a short video of each technique later in this post.

Before we started the process, we prepped the canvases with a coat of Gesso*.

We mixed acrylic paint with a pouring medium called Floetrol*.

It thins down the paint to help the paint flow easier.

(There are several different pour mediums available.)

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For each technique, we added the thinned down white paint to our canvas.

Make sure to spread it all over up to the edges.

The first one we tried was the Dutch Pour…

that uses a hairdryer and a straw to blow the paint around on the canvas.

Here I am dribbling  paint onto the canvas.

Using a hairdryer, blow the paint around the canvas.

For added detail, use a straw to spread the paint in a small area.

After I finished blowing the paint around, we used a small portable torch lighter over

the canvas to pop air bubbles.

Below is a video of the Dutch Pour on a different canvas. ↓

I planned on taking pictures of the process, but as we were getting ready to pour,

I decided at the last minute to videotape the process.

Being a little more than unprepared (and a little bit excited) the videos are not as good as

I would have liked them to be.  Next time, I will be more prepared with a tripod.

The Dutch Pour

This process involves blowing the paint around the canvas using a hairdryer and straw.

The Dirty Pour

The Dirty Pour is where to pour several different colors of paint into the same cup and

then pour it onto the canvas. (Of course, we used paint medium with the paint.)

The Swipe Technique

Being my first try at the Swipe Technique, usually, you’d only need to swipe once.

Giving the forgiving nature of the technique, I added more paint on the top and swiped again.

Deciding it needed a little red, I repeated the swipe a third time. (not shown in the video)

The most important thing I learned (that I didn’t do) is to keep your canvas level.

After our canvases were dried, Jeanie, my sister’s friend, gave them all a coat of polyurethane.

The canvas shown above is my Dutch Pour Canvas. 

Not only did I have a frame from another painting that was the right size

but also the perfect color.  Currently, I proudly have the painting on my mantel.

I want to give a shout out and a big THANKS to my new friend Jeanie for letting me play.

She is a lovely and talented artist.

You can find her and her work on Instagram under ArtUnearthed.

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Easy Peasy Upcycled Container

I love a good upcycled, recycled project.

Creating a useful item from something that would be thrown away or put in the recycling bin.

This project was made using an empty Nesquik container.

I have been drinking chocolate milk for as long as I can remember. My dad used to use the Nesquik containers in his garage to store nuts and bolts and lots of other small items. We found several vintage cans out in his garage when we were going through it.

For my Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Up-cycled Container I used:

StyletechCraft products brought to you by ATSM Craft

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Directions:

  • Measures and cut two pieces of  vinyl to wrap around the container.  (I used one long piece and one shorter piece.)
  • Use the printed graphics on the side of the container to line up your edge.  Slowly wrap the vinyl around the container smoothing as you go to reduce the air bubbles.

  • Use the squeegee tool to smooth the vinyl.  If you can’t get rid of the air bubble with the squeegee tool you can use a small pin to poke a hole in the vinyl to release the air.

You can find the Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy SVG file at the Silhouette Design Store.

  • Use the vinyl pick to remove the letters from the vinyl lemon, leave the inside pieces of the letters.

  • Cut a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* to fit over the vinyl image.  Gently rub over the transfer paper using the squeegee tool.
  • Remove the vinyl from the white liner, center the image on the front of the can.
  • Gently rub over the Vinyl Transfer Tape* to make sure all the image has transferred.   Remove the transfer tape.
  • Repeat the process with the stem and leaf.

A fun little upcycled project, great for many different uses.  (not just in the garage)

Place several cans side by side for a cute and creative way to store supplies.

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