Bless My Shabby Heart

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How to create a Shabby Floral Decoupaged Heart…

As a midwestern girl, I always thought southern women to be some of the most polite

and kindest women with their sweet southern drawl. 

I mean, they go around saying “bless your heart” all the time.

It wasn’t until last year, that I learned that “bless your heart” can also be an insult by some

southern women.  Kind of like a giant “eye roll”.

Don’t get me wrong.

Bless your heart can still be an expression of sincere sympathy or genuine concern.

Call me naive, but that’s what I’m going to think.  (especially for this project)

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My blessed shabby heart was made using an inexpensive wood heart from Dollar Tree*,

floral tissue paper, decoupage medium, and StyleTechCraft Gold Chrome Adhesive Vinyl*.

Materials Used:     (*affiliate links)

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Directions: 

  • Remove the twine tag and sand both sides of the wood heart.
  • Paint the front and back of the heart with white paint.
  • My wood heart is a “chunky” heart and is 3/4″ thick.  I painted the sides of my heart a coordinating color of the darkest flower.
  • Cut two pieces of floral tissue paper to cover the front and back of the heart.
  • Apply Mod Podge to the front of the heart.  While wet, lay the tissue onto the front of the heart.  Gently smooth tissue paper onto the surface.
  • Allow time for the paper to dry.  Using fine-grit sandpaper, lightly sand the edges of the heart to remove the excess tissue paper.
  • Repeat on the other side of the heart.
  • Add a second coat of Mod Podge sealer over both the front, back, and sides of the wood heart.
  • The tissue paper gives the appearance of a softly painted water-colored floral background.

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  • Cut a piece of Clear Transfer Tape* slightly larger than the word.
  • Using the vinyl scraper tool, gently rub over the letters to make sure they have transferred.
  • Lift the word off the white backer paper.

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  • Position the words over your heart to decide where you want it to go.
  • Lay the transfer paper onto the heart and gently rub over the transfer paper with the vinyl scraper tool.
  • Gently remove transfer paper from the heart.

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Add twine or ribbon and use a decorative knob hanger.  And always remember how blessed you truly are.

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Hello Spring Banner

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Welcome Spring with a Cute Bunny Inspired Wreath.

Using a few inexpensive wood cut-outs from Dollar Tree I created a fun Spring Banner to hang

on my wreath.  With the help of my Xyron Creative Station*, it was quick and easy to make.

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Directions:

  • Put 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 back side of the paper.  Easy to use and it doesn’t need any electricity.

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  • Lay wood cut-outs onto the adhesive side of the paper.
  • Cut around the shape with a craft knife.
  • Sand the rough cut edges of the shape with a sanding block*.  You can use an Emory board to get into small places to sand.

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  • String the finished wood pieces onto a piece of ribbon or twine.
  • I used the New Xyron Multi-Stick Glue Gun to add the flowers and leaves embellishments.
  • One of my favorite features of the New Xyron Multi-Stick Glue Gun is that you can add up to three glue sticks so that you don’t have to keep reloading while you work.
  • FYI…I also added a bit of hot glue strategically under the wood pieces to help keep them from twisting on the twine.
  • I used letters cut from StyleTechCraft adhesive vinyl to spell the word “Hello”.  You could also use chipboard letters or letter stickers.

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Simple Spring Place Card

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Add a little whimsy to your Spring Table with this cute little Bunny Place Card.

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Make it personal, it’s fairly simple and very inexpensive to make. 

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For the Bunny Place Card…

I used inexpensive wood bunny cut-outs from Dollar Tree* and scrapbook paper.

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Directions:

  • First, you’ll need to add adhesive onto the back of the scrapbook paper. 
  • I like to use the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to my paper. 
  • Put 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.

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  • Lay wood piece onto scrapbook and give a gentle rub to make sure everything is stuck down.
  • Carefully cut around the shape with a craft knife.
  • Sand the rough cut edges of the shape with a sanding block*.  You can use an Emory board to get into small places to sand.

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  • Tie a thin pink ribbon around the neck of the bunny.
  • Glue small flower embellishment over the knot of the ribbon.
  • Print names using a computer-generated font onto white cardstock.
  • Cut into strips and cut a small “v” notch out of one end to make a small banner.
  • Tuck and glue banner under the edge of the flower.
  • Glue a small white pompom for the bunny tail.

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To make my bunny stand, I used a small wood piece cut from an old scrabble tray and glued it

onto the back using Dap Rapid Ruse All Purpose Adhesive*.

(Alternative suggestions would be a small kids block.)

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Now you’re ready to set the table using your good dishes and let the party begin.

Personally…I always considered these red toile dishes my “good” dishes and I only used them

for Holidays.  Now, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve decided to use them every day.  

Flower Garden Notecard Folio

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How to Create a Flower Garden Notecard Folio

To Celebrate Spring and all things Flowers, I decided to make a Notecard Folio using paper from

Carta Bella’s Flower Garden Collection and Eileen Hull’s New Folio Journal Die from Sizzix*.  

      NEW Folio Journal at Sizzix

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Album Details:

  • The album pieces are die-cut using Sizzix White Matboard Sheets*, which is the perfect size for cutting long pieces.  (You will need to cut the album pieces twice.)
  • There is a smaller rectangle die-cut piece that comes with the die. (cut two)  You will use the piece to create a pocket with the outer flap.  
  • Align and adhere both ends of the spine together using Tear It! Double-Sided Crafter’s Tape*.
  • Cover the front and inside of the album with decorative scrapbook paper.  (see album making tip below)
  • Album Making Tip:  I use my Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to my paper before sticking it onto the matboard.  It adds a complete adhesive layer with puckering or wrinkles.
  • Using a craft knife and cutting mat, I cut both ends of the flaps down to create 2 1/2″ pockets.  Adhere the “pocket pieces” (the small scored pieces that come with the die) to finish the bottom of the pockets.
  • I used Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Collections Stickers* to embellish the pocket fronts.

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  • Create simple 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″  layered cards using the Carta Bella Flower Garden:  3″ x 4″ Journaling Cards*.
  • After using one of the Journaling Cards for my front and back cover and another section for my green spine, I was able to create 8 small notecards to fill my notecard folio.  

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  • The ribbon was added around the album before adding the front and back cover.
  • I created a small chipboard tag for the spine and punched the holes using a Crop-A-Dile Power Punch*.  
  • On the inside center binding, I hung a pen on the loop of ribbon that was added for the tag.

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Wouldn’t this make a nice Birthday or Mother’s gift for someone special?

Pinch Proof for St. Patrick’s Day

Doing A little Pinch Proof Preparedness for St. Patrick’s Day.

GREEN is the color of the day on St. Patrick’s Day…

and, I’ll be the first to admit that I look horrible in green. (It’s just not my color.)

So what do you do when green is not your color and you still want to celebrate?

You get creative and make a simple “Pinch Proof” button so you can wear a little green

and keep those pinches at bay. (It’s kind of like cootie protection when you were a kid.)

To make my Pinch Proof Button I used:     (*affiliate link)

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Directions:

  • Gently rub over the vinyl transfer tape using the squeegee tool to make sure all the image has transferred.   Remove the transfer tape.

Now you’re Pinch Proof and ready to Celebrate.

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How to Make a Tussy Mussy Gift Topper

How to make a Tussy Mussy Gift Topper.

What’s a tussy mussy you ask?

tussy mussy is a Victorian-style bouquet of a small group of flowers.

And flowers always make for a great gift topper.

A little back story…Way back in the day tussy mussy’s were a thing.  Ladies would carry tussy mussy’s or stick them onto their lapel to mask body odor.  (I’m sure glad we don’t have to do that anymore.)

For my Tussy Mussy I used:              (*affiliate link)

 

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Directions:

Add it as a package topper and give it as a gift.

 

Cute Valentine/Spring Décor with Vinyl

Creating Cute Valentine/Spring Décor with StyleTechCraft Vinyl.

Did you ever get a song stuck in your head while working on a project?

I’m showing my age here, but this Karen Carpenter song kept going through my mind while

I was putting together the Bird on the Branch and, I just had to create the words to go with it.

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I love creating projects for my home using vinyl. 

My favorite vinyl is the Glossy Craft Vinyl from StyleTechCraft.

There are so many great color choices to choose from.

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Project Details:

  • I used a 5″ x 7″ decorative piece of chipboard that I’d had around for a while.
  • I cut a piece of woodgrain paper a little larger than the chipboard.  
  • Place the paper in the Xyron Creative Station* design side up through. As you turn the handle, it runs through the machine and adds a complete layer of adhesive onto the back of the paper.

  • Adhere the paper to the chipboard and cut away the excess using a craft knife and cutting mat.
  • Use a fine Sanding Block* to smooth out the edges of the chipboard.

  • I used my Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine* and the “Bird on the Branch” SVG file to create my design.
  • I sized the image to fit onto my chipboard and cut the various layers of the red in three shades to make a cardinal.  
  • After weeding the excess vinyl from around my images, I transferred them onto the chipboard using the Clear Transfer Tape*.
  • After having the song stuck in my head, I decided to create a few words for my sign.
  • For added detail, I went around the edge of my sign with a Silver Leafing Pen*.

  • I cut an extra little cardinal to fit inside a small circle frame and added small red hearts on the top and bottom.
  • To complete my decorations, I added my small faux heart topiary to a reddish metal and added the words “choose happy” in Olive vinyl.

I have Cute Valentines Decorations that will take me into Spring.  (and maybe longer)

Making Valentines with New Slimline Essentials

Happy Valentine’s Day Slimline Card

I’m jumping on the Slimline Card Craze with the help of the New Slimline Essentials Die Set

from The Maker’s Movement.

What’s a Slimline Card? 

Basically, a Slimline Card is a tall card that fits into a business-size envelope.

The Slimline Essentials Die Set takes all the guesswork out of cutting the layers and makes

assembling your card a breeze.

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and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own.

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Directions:

  • Die-cut all the layers for the card using the Slimline Essentials Die.
  • Cut three white scalloped squares.
  • Center the small square die in the middle of the scallop square.  Put a small piece of washi tape over the die to keep it in place.  Die-cut to create a small scalloped frame.

  • Place a piece of double-sided craft foam onto the square foam cutter die to cut small foam squares to use under the scallop frames.

To Create a Center Shaker Element.

  • Adhere a small piece of clear acetate to fit over the opening of the frame.
  • Because the foam frames didn’t match the frame I created, I cut the foam frames on the corners and placed them over the acetate.
  • Using only red and white heart sprinkles, fill the inside of the frame with the sprinkles. Be careful not to overfill so that there is room to shake.
  • Remove the protective lining on the foam and place a small piece of scrapbook paper over the foam.

  • Embellish the front of the card using hearts popped up with double-sided adhesive foam and the word “love” die-cut using the “Special Delivery” die set.

I love a clean and simple monochromatic card.  (and so much fun to make)

DIY No Sew Valentine Gnome

How to Make a No-Sew Valentine Gnome using Dollar Store Socks.

Love Gnomes? Love Fun Socks?

Put them together for a fun and inexpensive Valentine’s Day project.

I stopped at Dollar Tree the other day to look around for “stuff” and found some super cute

valentine’s day socks. They gave me the idea to make a Valentine’s Day Gnome.

I carried around a pair for a while but ended up deciding I wanted a smaller Gnome.

I found these little girls’ striped socks, which were the perfect size for my small Gnome.

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Directions:

  • I used two sizes of little girls’ short socks. I originally cut both of the socks but later changed my mind. (I’ll explain later.)
  • Cut the larger sock at the heel, as shown in the image.

  • Place the 1/3 cup of rice into the sock and add poly-fil.
  • Tightly tie the sock closed with a piece of twine.
  • Add a dab of glue over the knotted string and cut away the excess material.

  • Cut two 1/2″ x 4″ pieces of faux fur.  (approximately)
  • Tie a piece of ribbon around the middle of each strip.
  • Glue the strips to the top of the filled sock.

  • To make the Gnome Nose: Cut the white toe section off a second larger sock and place a small bit of poly-fil into the end. Tie tightly with string and cut the excess off.
  • Add a small bit of glue over the knot.
  • For the clothes:  Cut the rest of the striped section off the sock and place it over the sock body.
  • This is where I changed my mind. If you look at the picture above, you can see that the hat was too small for the Gnome. I used the full “smaller” sock to make the hat. I folded the heel into the back and added a small dab of glue to make it look like a fold.

  • I used a makeup brush and bronzer powder to add color to the nose.

  • Glue the nose onto the front of the Gnome slightly over the top of the clothing.
  • Tie the end of the sock with a piece of twine to create a pom-pom.
  • Create a small bow from the pink ribbon and glue it onto the knot.
  • Place hat onto the Gnome and add a dab of glue under the rim to keep it in place.
  • Cut two small pieces of felt for the shoes and glue under the body of the Gnome.

With all the fun and colorful socks available in stores nowadays, just think of all the fun you can have while personalizing your Gnome.

Oh Holy Night Christmas Star Decoration

My very most favorite Christmas Song is Oh Holy Night. 

The melody gets me every time.  To me, it’s one of the most beautiful songs.

I love to close my eyes when listening to it.   (And a good tenor can bring me to tears.)

I wanted a new Star to hang near the top of my tree this year, so I decided to make one using

my favorite song and an inexpensive wood star I found at Dollar Tree*.

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Add some of my favorite Glossy Craft Vinyl from StyleTechCraft, and I have what I need to make the perfect star for me.

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Directions:

  • Paint the wood star using the Country Red Acrylic Paint*.
  • Use the Oh Holy Night SVG cut file and the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine* to cut the pieces out of vinyl.  (Make sure to keep the spacing the same as in the file.)
  • Use the vinyl pick tool to remove the excess vinyl from inside and around the letters and banner.
  • Cut a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* to fit over the vinyl words.  Gently rub over the transfer paper using the squeegee tool.  Lift the transfer tape to remove the vinyl from the white liner.
  • Using the vinyl transfer tape, line up the white vinyl words “Oh, and Shining” onto the star first.  Gently rub over the vinyl transfer tape using the squeegee tool to make sure all the image has transferred.   Remove the transfer tape.
  • Line up the silver words “Holy Night, and brightly shining” and place between the previous words.  Continue with the gold stars and the olive banner.  (It’s hard to see it from the pictures but the gold and silver stands out nicely on top the red star.)

Actually, the star would look fine, just as it is in the above picture.

But, I wanted to add a little ribbon and greenery on the top of my star to fancy it up.

I’m really happy with the way it turned out. This Star will go near the top of my tree and will go

beautifully with my decorations. The Star would look great in the center of a Christmas wreath.

Or, if you used a smaller star, it would make a cute ornament.

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