Rae Dunn Inspired Thrift Store Makeover

Rae Dunn Inspired Thrift Store Makeover

Rae Dunn Inspired Utensil Holder

I’ve been looking for the perfect utensil holder ever since we did our kitchen makeover in 2018.

I was looking for just the right one.  None of the ones I found were what I was looking for.

Rae Dunn Inspired Thrift Store Makeover

I found this canister sitting on a thrift store shelf in Wisconsin for only $1.50.

I thought, what the heck.  Not much of a gamble if it doesn’t work.

All I needed was a little bit of StyleTechCraft Black Glossy Vinyl* to make it complete.

Rae Dunn Inspired Thrift Store Makeover

I used the “ink-free” font on my Silhouette and stretched the word to make it longer,

giving it the classic Rae Dunn-inspired tall skinny handwritten font.

The word “utensils” is approx. 2″ x 3.

Materials Used:  (*affiliate links)

StyletechCraft products brought to you by ATSM Craft*

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Rae Dunn Inspired Thrift Store Makeover

Directions:

Rae Dunn Inspired Thrift Store Makeover

  • Remove vinyl from the white backing.
  • Use StyleTechCraft Vinyl Transfer Tape* to adhere the vinyl onto the front of the canister.
  • Gently rub the transfer paper and remove it from the canister.

Rae Dunn Inspired Thrift Store Makeover

Quick and Easy to do. (and it looks great on my counter)

Rae Dunn Inspired Thrift Store Makeover

Some of the simplest projects are the most satisfying.

“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.

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

If you like the look of old embossed tin, the Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket

is a simple project to create.  (easy to follow instructions below)

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket

I’m always up for a new crafty challenge,

so, when asked if I wanted to try the colored aluminum foils

from K & S Precision Metals, of course, I said yes.

These thick colored aluminum foils are not like your mother’s aluminum foil.

They are thick enough to bend and manipulate but thin enough to be able to cut with scissors.

And you don’t have to worry about cuts like from thicker metals. (this is fun stuff)

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Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post for K & S Precision Metals.  I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own. 

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

Materials Used:     (*affiliate links)

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How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

I could have used the metal as it comes, but I wanted it to be slightly thicker, so I double it up with cardstock in the middle.  It also helped it hold the embossed shape.

Directions:  

  • I used an unfolded small white envelope as my pattern.
  • Measure and cut a piece of colored foil slightly larger than the unfolded envelope.
  • To add adhesive on the back of the foil, place the foil colored-side up on the Xyron Creative Station®*Turn the handle of the Creative Station to run the foil through.  As it runs through, it adds complete adhesive covering on the underneath side of the foil.
  • Place the foil onto a piece of white cardstock the same size.

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

  • If you’re not artistically inclined, you can easily find a swirly scroll pattern to print and use as a pattern.
  • Place the foil with the cardstock side up onto a soft surface.  Tape the swirly scroll pattern onto the back of the cardstock.

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

  • Using medium to firm pressure, use a small ball stylus* to trace around the design to transfer it to the foil.

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

  • Remove the pattern from the back of the cardstock.
  • Trace around the opened envelope onto the back of the cardstock.
  • Cut the envelope shape using scissors.
  • Cut a second piece of foil the same size as the first and repeat the adhesive and embossing process, except do not add the foil to the cardstock. Place this piece of foil onto the back of the cardstock and retrim the envelope shape.

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

  • Use a ruler and bone folder to mark your envelope fold lines.

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

  • Paint over the foil with white multi-surface acrylic paint to give the pocket a brushed denim look.
  • Make sure to paint in one direction only.
  • Once the paint has dried, lightly sand over the embossed areas with a sanding block.
  • The sanding makes the embossed areas stand out.

How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals

  • Glue the edges of the pocket using rapid fuse all purpose adhesive*.
  • Tie a 1″ piece of ribbon around the envelope pocket.  I added a little bling using a broken silver barrette.
  • Cut a thin slice of floral foam* and place it inside the pocket.  Stick small flower stems into the floral foam.  (Both the floral foam and the flower stems were from Dollar Tree*.)
  • Punch two small holes in the envelope and add a piece of twine for hanging.
  • Add the embossed pocket to the middle of a boxwood wreath for a simple and elegant wreath decoration.

More great designer projects using K & S Precision Metal on the DCC Blog.

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Let’s Eat Cake Birthday Card

Eat Cake Birthday Card

Nothing like getting a sweet 3-tiered layered cake for your Birthday.

Thanks to the Eat Cake Stamp and Die Set* from The Maker’s Movement*,

you can send everyone a special cake on their birthday.

Maker's Movement

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 view and opinions are my own. 

Eat Cake Birthday Card

Materials Used: (*affiliate links)

Shop Tombow

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Eat Cake Birthday Card

Directions:

Eat Cake Birthday Card

  • Stamp portions of the cake on patterned paper from the Rainbow Sprinkles Paper Pad*.
  • For extra dimension, place the stamped paper onto white cardstock.
  • Cut the “icing layer” using a fine-detailed scissor and adhere the layer on top of the cut-out cake layer. 
  • My secret ingredient for this “fussy cut” 3-tiered cake is my Xyron Create a Sticker Mini*. It makes applying the layers extremely easy.  Just place the paper into the machine and crank the handle, as it runs through the sticker-maker it adds a layer of adhesive onto the back of the paper.

Eat Cake Birthday Card

  • Cut a frame using the Crafty Chica Nested Frame Die Set*and white cardstock.
  • Use paper from the Simply Spring Slimline Paper Pad to create a layer for the inside of the frame.

Eat Cake Birthday Card

  • Here’s a closeup of the cake all layered up.  Each layer is slightly thicker than the first.
  • Color the top of the candle using Tombow ART Markers*.
  • Add 3D Foam Mounting Squares* to the back of the cake and place it onto the bottom of the frame.

Eat Cake Birthday Card

  • Cut a small “Happy Birthday” banner from the Rainbow Sprinkles Paper Pad and add to the top of the card.
  • A fun birthday card for any age.

Cheers to Dad on Father’s Day

Cheers to Dad Father's Day Card

A Father’s Day Card for my Husband.

My husband loves golf.  (I mean, he LOVES GOLF!)

So, once a year, on Father’s Day weekend, I give my husband the gift

of a guilt-free weekend.  Don’t get me wrong; he has many other

guilt-free weekends throughout the year.

It’s just that this one is “guaranteed” to be guilt-free.

Cheers to Dad Father's Day Card

Materials Used:

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Cheers to Dad Father's Day Card

To make a more realistic-looking foam, I used White Liquid Applique*.

  • Squirt the liquid applique onto a piece of white cardstock.
  • Use a Brayer* to spread out the liquid applique.
  • Allow the liquid applique to dry.
  • To raise the liquid applique, heat with a heat tool.
  • Using the Cheers Die Set*, die-cut the paper with the foam die.

Cheers to Dad Father's Day Card

For easy assembly, run the paper through the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini*.

It adds a thin layer of adhesive to the back of the paper and makes adding small letters a breeze.

Cheers to Dad Father's Day Card

For added dimension, use adhesive craft foam under the beer mug and the word “Cheers”.

Cheers to Dad Father's Day Card

It’s the perfect card for my husband.

This is his perfect weekend.

After golfing, he grabs a cold one while he sits and watches golf on the television.

Maker's Movement

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 view and opinions are my own. 

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

Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post.  I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

DIY Resin Margarita Necklace

DIY Resin Margarita Materials Used:    (*affiliate links)

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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.

A Mother’s Day Plate for Mom.

A Mother's Day Plate for Mom

A quick and easy Mother’s Day project with StyleTechCraft Adhesive Vinyl.

Remember when we were in grade school, and we painted clay pots for Mother’s Day?

Mom always said the best gifts were from the heart.

So, this year, show Mom just how much you love her with an upgraded handmade gift.

Quick and Easy Mother's Day Plate for Mom-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 3181

This project can be made by anyone with an electronic die-cutting machine.  

I picked up the red plate at Dollar Tree* to match my kitchen.  (This one’s for me.)

With the vinyl supplies that I already had on hand, I’ve invested $1.25 so far.

Here’s what I used: 

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Mother's Day Plate for Mom

  • To begin, wipe the surface of the plate with the alcohol to remove any oils.

Mother's Day Plate for Mom

StyletechCraft products brought to you by ATSM Craft*

Mother's Day Plate for Mom

Check out this New Weeding Tool From StyleTechCraft*.

It looks like a retractable pencil, but with a nice pointy end.

It is so easy to use.  A real game changer when it comes to weeding vinyl.

Mother's Day Plate for Mom

  • Lay the transfer paper over the vinyl image.
  • Rub over the transfer paper with a vinyl scraper tool.
  • Remove vinyl from the white backing.

Mother's Day Plate for Mom

  • Use StyleTechCraft Vinyl Transfer Tape* to adhere the vinyl onto the front of the plate.
  • Gently rub the transfer paper and remove it from the plate.
  • It is best to Hand Wash Plate Only.

Mother's Day Plate for Mom

A last minute, quick and easy Mother’s Day Plate for Mom.

If you’re that overachiever kid, you can add a plate hanger or stand.

“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.

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: 

*Disclosure:  This blog uses ads and 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!

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.

“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.

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

Materials Used:  (*affiliate links)

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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.

Mae’s Treasure Box

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

I wanted to share a little more about how I made Mae’s Treasure Box.

I am getting my first granddaughter, Mae, sometime in May.

(To say I’m excited is a bit of an understatement.)

Mae’s Treasure Box is a little box that her mom can slip into the top drawer

of her dresser and add all the little snippets of babyhood that she wants to save.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

As some of you may know…

I currently have three adorable, sweet, and loving grandsons in my life.

I wouldn’t trade them for the world.  But after all the trucks and blue stuff,

I’m excited that I’m finally getting a little “pink” in my life.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

The “treasure box” was made using Eileen Hull’s New Book Box Die*.

I dug deep into my hoard of paper and found this sweet blue and pink floral paper.

It reminds me of Vintage Florals from the ’40s or ’50s.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

To make the treasure box:  

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

  • I used the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of my paper before sticking it to the matboard.  (Usually, I adhere the paper to the matboard before die-cutting.)

*Disclosure:  This blog uses ads and 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!

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

  • Apply adhesive to the bottom tabs.

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  • Glue the sides to the bottom rectangle.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

  • I added an extra piece of Mat Board* covered with matching paper to fit inside the box to cover up the side tabs.
  • I glued a pink glittery chipboard letter M on the inside corner of the box.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

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Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post for Eileen Hull and Sizzix.  As an Eileen Hull Educator, I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own. 

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.

Gwen Studios Logo

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post for Gwen Studios.  I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

Pot of Gold Party Favors

Materials Used:

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.