The Ugly Planter Box

It’s true…I have a soft spot in my heart for sweet old gentlemen. 

(and apparently, so does my husband)

While on a call, my husband met this nice older gentleman.

The two began to talk and one thing leads to another and my husband walks away

with this wood planter box that the gentleman had made.

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Stenciled Wood Planter Box

As he unloaded it from the car he actually apologized.   (it’s like he doesn’t know me at all)

It was a little unique with the hand drawn pictures on the side.

But, I thought it was great.

All it needed was a couple coats of Farmhouse White Curb Appeal Paint from DecoArt*.

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Earlier this year… I received the HomeRight Super Finish Max Extra Power Painter*

along with the HomeRight Large Spray Shelter* from the awesome folks at Wagner.

I’ve been wanting these for a while now and have been eagerly waiting  for the weather to turn

nice and the rain to stop so that I could use them.

With the exception of trying the sprayer at the Creativation Trade Show,

it was the first time I’d used a power sprayer.  It was super easy to use and clean up.

And…it comes with three sprayer tips for different uses.

The portable spray tent is great to use on days with a little breeze or even indoors.

I can’t wait to use it on even bigger projects.

Ok, I’ll admit, because of the marker drawings on the side it took more than a couple coats.

It really was easy to use and the Curb Appeal Paint dried really quick.

After all the coats of paint were dry I gave the box a light sanding to make it smooth.

The box looked a little too plain, so I decided to stencil a design on the sides.  

To stencil the design…

  • Position the stencil onto the box and tape down the edges with removable painter’s tape to keep the stencil from moving.  Use stipple brush to apply paint inside open stencil areas.
  • Carefully remove stencil from box.  Make sure their is no excess paint that’s seeped under the stencil before moving the stencil to the next area on the box.

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  • I painted the edges of the box with a thin layer of “dolphin” paint.
  • After everything was completely dry I lightly sanded the box with a piece of extra fine sand paper.  The sand paper gives the box the worn and weathered look I was going for.

Now onto the fun part, the fruits of my labor.

I picked soft pink geraniums, vincas, pink coleus and vinca vines to fill my flower box.

I put the box on an old white bench and sat it in front of my window.

It’s one of the first things I see as I come down the stairs in the morning.

I love how soft and delicate the flowers look inside the box.

It’s a great addition to my front porch.  

And to think my husband apologized for bringing it home.  (I think it’s lovely.)

  

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Simple Summer Vase

Create a Simple Summer Vase using Transparent Adhesive Vinyl from StyleTechCraft.

Transparent vinyl is great when you just want to add a subtle touch of color.

It’s great for using on windows, glassware and just about anywhere else you want a unique look.

To create my Simple Vase I used:       (*affiliate link)

Directions:

  1. Cut several flower shapes using the Silhouette Cameo* and the Sky Blue Transparent Vinyl.  Don’t have a electronic die cutter?  The transparent vinyl can be cut using various metal dies.
  2. Cut leaves out of the teal vinyl.
  3. Using the weeding tool, I carefully removed the negative spaces in and around the flowers and leaves.
  4. Place a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* over the flower image.  Apply transfer tape onto the cylinder vase and rub over the vinyl using a vinyl scraper tool to eliminate bubbles.
  5. Remove transfer tape.
  6. Repeat with the leaves.

Allow vinyl to cure for several days.  (Hand washing is recommended.)

I added a piece of white paper inside the vase so you can see the pattern better.

It’s hard to see in this picture the variation between the sky blue and teal vinyl.

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Bunny Table Favor with Rinea Foil

Create a cute little Bunny Treat Box to adorn your table this Easter.

To make the Bunny Table Favor…

I used Rinea Foiled Paper, a paper lined with colorful vibrant metal foil on both sides.

This German inspired paper holds its shape, looks like foil and works like paper. 

The Bunny Table Favor is a fun project to make even the littlest guest feel special.

Products used…                     (*affiliate links)

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Directions:

  • To add adhesive to the back of the Rinea Foiled Paper lay the paper onto 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 back side of the paper.  Easy to use and it doesn’t need electricity.

  • Apply Rinea Foiled Paper onto the front and back of pre-cut chipboard pieces.
  • Place the double sided foiled chipboard pieces onto the (discontinued) Easter Elements Die and run through the Sizzix Big Shot Die Cut Machine* to cut out the Bunny Shapes.
  • FYI…the Sizzix Cottontail Die is very similar to the bunny I used.

  • Cut two double-sided blush foiled bunny shapes.
  • Cut two 2 ½” x 1 ½” and two 1 ½” x 1 ½” pieces of double-sided silver foiled chipboard.
  • Cut a 2 ½” x 3 ½” piece of double-sided pastel green foiled chipboard.
  • To cover up the brown core of the chipboard, use the DecoColor Premium Silver Leaf Pen* to go around the edge of each piece of cut chipboard.

  • I used Beacon 3 in 1 Glue* to glue the four silver sides of the box onto the pastel green base.
  • Glue the pink foiled bunnies to both sides of the box.

  • Cut a 2″ x 2 ½” piece of pastel green foil.  Tightly roll foil using a bamboo skewer, add a little glue along the edge of the roll to keep roll from unraveling.
  • Cut small cuts into the top of the foil to create fringe.
  • Create two and glue to the front and back of the box.

  • Punch a couple small pastel purple daisies, curl and form into a petite flower.
  • Glue flower to the front of the box.
  • Cut several thin 6″ strips of pastel green foil.  Wrap foil paper around the bamboo skewer to form little spirals.
  • Use spirals as the filler inside the treat box.  (The foil paper holds its shape well.)

Fill Bunny Table Favor with candy treats and add to your Easter Table.

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Let’s Go Fly a Kite…

I’m so happy that Spring is finally here.

I’m ready to celebrate Spring with beautiful sunny skies and just enough breeze to fly a kite.

If you’re not into flying kites, you could always make a fabric one to hang up on the wall.

Kite Wall Hanging

How to make a Kite Wall Hanging:

  • Creating a kite pattern… Cut the white cardstock to 9″ x 12″.  Fold the cardstock in 1/2 lengthways.  On the two long sides make a mark at 4″.
  • For the top of the kite, draw a line from the top middle fold to the 4″ mark on each side.  For the bottom of the kite, draw a line from the 4″ mark to the bottom middle folds.
  • Cut out Kite pattern.
  • Trace and cut out the kite pattern on the backsides of both of the printed fabrics and the white felt.

  • Sandwich the white felt between the two patterned pieces .  Pin into place and top stitch around the kite.
  • Arrange the words “Lets go fly a kite” onto the front of the kite with the shiny side down.
  • Cover with soft clean cloth and iron on cotton settings for 30 seconds.  Turn kite over and repeat for an additional 30 seconds.

  • Cut the top flower and leaves off the floral applique.
  • Arrange the flowers on the kite and iron onto the kite the same way as the letters.
  • Glue rick rack around the edge of the kite.

  • Cut strips of fabric and tie onto a 14″ piece of twine.  Glue one end of the twine to the backside of the kite.
  • Make a small loop with a second piece of twine and glue to the top of the kite.

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Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered alphabet letter sheets and appliques at your local craft store.

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How to Create a Vintage Inspired Memento Box

Vintage Inspired Memento Box

This Vintage Inspired Box is the perfect place to store special mementos for years to come.

For this project,  I started with a Unfinished Cornice Box from Walnut Hollow*

which I lightly white washed with a soft gray chalky finish, stenciled and slightly distressed,

for a warm vintage-feel home décor piece with a soft timeless finish.

The Vintage Inspired Memento Box was sponsored by Walnut Hollow and DecoArts.

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Supplies Used on the Vintage Inspired Memento Box…           (*affiliate links)

How to Create a Vintage Inspired Memento Box…

Directions:

    1. Paint the Cornice Box* with Relic Chalky Finish Paint* (inside and out).
    2. Lightly sand the box to smooth out the finish.
    3. Add a small bit of water to Everlasting* paint and give the box a quick white wash.
    4. Rub excess paint off the box with a clean soft rag for a slightly distressed look.

5.  Position The French Inn stencil over the top of the box.  Secure the stencil in place with the     painters tape to prevent slipping.  Use stipple brush to apply a mix of Relic, Romance & Everlasting paint to the decorative element in the center of the stencil.
6.  Stencil the remaining open stencil areas with “Relic” paint.
7.  Position and stencil Old French Script pattern onto the sides of box.
8.  Allow paint to dry for a few hours and lightly sand over the stenciled area to give a slightly worn look.
9.  Apply Clear Crème Wax onto the inside and outside of the box.  Wait one hour and buff box using a soft clean rag.

10.  Spray the brass knobs with black spray paint.
11.  Rub the knobs with Champagne Metallic Lustre Wax and buff.
12.  Glue or Screw knobs in place.

13.  Measure decorative scrapbook paper or wallpaper scraps to fit inside the box.
14.  Apply a thin layer of craft glue on the back of the paper and stick to the sides and bottom of the box.

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Embroidery Hoop Art

Loving the new Home Décor trend using Embroidery Hoops. 

I really love the new Home Décor trend using embroidery hoops and was so excited

when I saw the new Mix the Media Embroidery Hoop Art from Jillibean Soup at Creativation.

The embroidery hoop comes plain with an embroidered word inside in 8″ and 10″.

So many opportunities for embellishments.  (I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one.)

At the show, the Jillibean Soup crew were doing make and takes using the embroidery hoops.

I loved the project, but once I got home, I decided to make-over the embroidery hoop

to better fit my style and décor.  (for me…it needed a little red)

Here’s what I added to my Embroidery Hoop…

Directions:

  1. Glue vintage flower trim around the edge of the embroidery hoop using Beacon Adhesives 3 in 1 glue.
  2. Create a banner using twine and 3″ strips of ribbon.  I added vinyl letters to spell the word “welcome”.
  3. Glue off white flowers from Prima Marketing onto the bottom of the hoop and add a couple heart stick pins.
  4.  Make a 1 1/2″ red and cream ribbon bow and glue it to the top of the embroidery hoop.

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Create a Iridescent Birthday Card using StyletechCraft Opal Vinyl

Create a Quick and Easy Iridescent Birthday Card with StyleTechCraft Opal Vinyl.

When making a card using StyleTechCrafts Opal Vinyl, a regular picture just won’t do.

You need to see the shimmery iridescent fun.

StyleTechCraft’s Opal Vinyl is one of the coolest vinyl they have.

The colors shift dramatically based on light and their surroundings and adds a little

razzle dazzle to this simple birthday card.

To make the Birthday Card I used…                                        (*amazon affiliate links)

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Directions:                                

  • Cut several 3/4″ strips of Opal Vinyl and stick it onto a 4 1/2″ X 6″ piece of black cardstock.  For my card I used Pink, Blue and Green Opal Vinyl.
  • Trim the excess vinyl strips from the sides of the cardstock.
  • Cut the cardstock 4″ x 5 1/4″.

  • The embossing folder creates a wonderful raised background.

  • Using a weeding tool carefully remove the negative spaces in and around the letters.
  • Place a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* over the letters.  Rub over the letters using a vinyl scraper tool to help the vinyl cling
  • Apply words onto a piece of 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ white cardstock.
  • Remove transfer tape.

  • To give the card additional dimension…I added a piece of thin foam onto the back of the white cardstock.

  • Adhere the layers onto a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ white card.

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the StyleTechCraft Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

You can now find the full line of StyletechCraft online at ATSM.