How to Create a Mini Beach Painting using Acrylics and Vinyl.

It's the Little Things Mini Painting

It’s the Little Things that Make Life Grand.

Inspired by my recent trip to the ocean, I decided to create a simple mini painting

to add to the shell collection on my mantel.

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How to create a mini painting using paint and vinyl.

Directions:

  • Start two-thirds down on your mat board and start blending shades of blue and white acrylic paint. 
  • Leaving the bottom third for painting the sand.
  • Add a thin layer of white paint between the blue and the sand.
  • Allow the paint to dry. You can speed up the process using a hairdryer.

How to create a mini painting using paint and vinyl.

  • Using an SVG File (from the Silhouette Store) and my Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*, I cut out the words “It’s the Little Things…” out of Blue and Light Blue Chrome Adhesive Vinyl.
  • Place the words onto the mat board using transfer tape*.
  • Rub over the words with a vinyl scraper tool to make sure “the words” have transferred.

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How to create a mini painting using paint and vinyl.

  • The smaller words were cut out of Light Blue Chrome Vinyl* and placed on the mat board first.
  • The larger cursive words were cut out of Blue Chrome Vinyl*.
  • I used the spacing provided with the SVG file to determine where to place the larger words. 

How to create a mini painting using paint and vinyl.

  • Using a vinyl scraper tool, rub over transfer paper to make sure the words have transferred to the mat board.
  • Gently pull the transfer paper away from the mat board. 

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It was so fast and easy to make.

Of course, for you more talented people, feel free to add more details.

How to create a mini painting using paint and vinyl.

A little different look…

For this one, instead of painting sand, I went with a blue Ombre look.

Instead of using two tones of blue, I used Brushed Gold Chrome Vinyl*.

How to create a mini painting using paint and vinyl.

If you’re into Scrapbooking…

I think this mini matboard painting would also make the perfect cover for a mini scrapbook.

It's the Little Things that make Life Grand.

Our Family Vacation.

My son and his family joined us on our vacation this year.

I loved being together with them.

It was so much fun watching the boys play in the sand and learn how to boogie board.

Even the four-year-old became a “Boogey Board Pro”!

It’s the little things in life that make life grand. 

Ready for the Beach with Sun Changing Vinyl

Ready for the Beach with StyleTechCraft Sun Changing Vinyl

Summer Fun with Sun Changing Vinyl

One of my most favorite places to be is the beach (my happy place). 

It’s been 3 long years since we’ve been to the ocean and I can hardly wait.  

With our big family beach vacation just a few weeks away, I thought this would be the perfect

time to play with my NEW StyleTechCraft Sun Vinyl*.

The Sun Vinyl, available in blue, pink, purple, and yellow, reacts to the Sun’s UV Rays

and goes from an off-white to its respective colors.

I don’t care if you’re young or old, you have to admit it’s pretty darn cool.

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Dollar Tree Sand Toys and Water Bottle

I used inexpensive Beach Toys* and a Water Bottle* I found at my local Dollar Tree

and a vinyl bag that I already had.

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Adding StyleTechCraft's Sun Changing Vinyl to Beach Toys

Beach/Sand Toys with StyleTechCraft's Sun Changing Vinyl

Look how cute it turned out. 

I gave it to my grandson yesterday in anticipation of our trip.  

Ready for the Beach with Sun Changing Vinyl

StyleTechCraft Sun Vinyl Before and After

Beach Hair Don't Care

Beach Hair Don’t Care…

For best results, allow the vinyl to cure for a couple of days before using.  Hand Wash Only.

Ready for the Beach with StyleTechCraft's Sun Changing Vinyl

Yesterday my grandson came over and we pretended we were on the beach.  

This is the first time we’re going with my son and his family.

We are ALL very excited and ready for the beach.

Message in a Bottle Shaker Tags

In continuing with the Beach Theme for July…

I’ve got a couple of cute projects using the Message in a Bottle Stamp and Die Set from

The Maker’s Movement to share with you.

MSD222 Message in a Bottle Stamp and Die Set  

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Message in a Bottle Pirate Ship Shaker Tag Directions:

  • Stamp the ship on white watercolor cardstock.
  • Color the ship with Tombow Art  Markers.

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  • Align the ship die over the ship image.  Place a piece of washi tape or removable tape over the die to keep it in place.  Run the die through the Crossover II Die Cutting Machine* to cut out the image.

Aren’t these are the cutest little ships?

You can add a skull and crossbones to the sail, or a sweet little heart. (included in the set)

You will need to cut out several pieces to create the Message in a Bottle Shaker Tag.

  • Cut a bottle shape out of clear acetate and a wavy-look scrapbook paper.
  • Place a small piece of distressed woodgrain look scrapbook paper into the Xyron Create-A-Sticker, Sticker Maker* to add adhesive to the backside of the woodgrain paper. Die-cut the woodgrain paper using the Bottle Frame Die. Creating a paper bottle frame sticker makes it easier to use when it comes time to place on the acetate.
  • Cut a second Bottle Frame using the double-sided adhesive foam sheet.

  • Remove one side of the protective blue coating from the acetate bottle.
  • Align and stick bottle frame sticker onto the acetate.
  • Remove the second side of the protective blue coating from the acetate.
  • Use a dryer sheet and rub on the blue wavy bottle die-cut to eliminate static created from the acetate.
  • Align and stick craft foam bottle frame onto the blue bottle die-cut.
  • Adhere die-cut ship in the center of the bottle.

I found a paper that replicated the look of cork.  I used that paper and cut several layers using the cork shaped die and glued them together to create a thick dimensional cork. I made the cork the same thickness of the foam.

  • Cut a piece off the top of the craft foam bottle to make room to place the cork.
  • Add Ice Cube Sprinkles (from the mixed drinks shaker sprinkles) into the well of the bottle frame.
  • Remove the protective coating of the craft foam frame and carefully place the acetate frame over the bottle.

  • Stamp your message on a piece of white cardstock and cut out using the banner die.
  • Punch a small hole at the end. Tie the banner die cut around the neck of the bottle with a piece of red and white twine.

If you’re not into Pirates and Pirate Ships…

the Message in a Bottle Die also makes a perfect Congratulations tag.

Use it for a Wedding, Anniversary, New Home, or Retirement.

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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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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Crafting with Nick…Under the Sea

June Orange Art Box

Nick’s back with a fun project using the June Orange Art Box.

I think this month’s kit has been our favorite Orange Art Box so far.

The theme for the June Box is “Under the Sea” and Nick had a really fun

time creating his fish inspired Shadow Box.

Check out Nick’s video below.

The Orange Art Box is a subscription art box for kids.

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Nick’s finished project.

I think the Shadow Box would make a great vacation memory project with a cute beach

photograph included inside the frame.

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If you are looking for something different for your kids to do this summer

you might want to look into the Orange Art Box.

It’s available to purchase as a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.

Perfect gift for that budding artist.

Sea Glass Milk Bottle Vase

How to create a Sea Glass Vase…

I love the light and airy look of sea glass.

Inspired by a recent trip to the ocean… I decided to try my hand at making a Sea Glass Vase.

I used these cute Milk Bottles* from LeisureArts*  and Krylon Sea Glass Spray Paint, Aqua*.

The Sea Glass Paint is available in several colors like Sea Glass Ruby*.  (I’m thinking Christmas!)

I contemplated the best way to paint my bottle.  Because I wanted to also paint the bottom of

the Milk Bottle*,  I came up with the idea of inserting a paint roller handle into the bottle.

While the idea was good in theory, it was hard to rotate the jar evenly when spraying.

(see first at tempt picture below↓)

After the first attempt…  I got a little smarter and wrapped the handle in paper, making a

snugger fit.  (that worked great)  I was able to rotate the bottle using the handle as I sprayed

the bottle with short thin coats of paint to avoid drips.

The more coats applied the less translucent the finish will be.

Once painted, I was able to use the handle to aid in drying.

To go with the Beachy Sea Glass look, I wrapped twine around the neck of the Milk Bottle*

and added a small seashell I picked up on the beach.     (FYI…vase should be hand washed only)

A perfect addition to the dinner table.

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Create a Beach Votive with a few Dollar Store Treasures.

Create a Beachy Votive with a few Dollar Store treasures.

A cheap and easy beachy decoration.

A great way to display those small shells collected on vacation.

I purchased the Parmesan Cheese Shaker* and a Flameless Candle Votive*

at <a href="http://Dollar Tree” data-wplink-url-error=”true”>Dollar Tree*.  (Total cost $2.00.)

To make the Beachy Votive here’s what I used:                             (*affiliate link)
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Directions:

  • Wrap wire around a pencil for a spiral handle.

  • Using the needle nose pliers, make a small loop on each end of the wire.

  • Find two small shells with natural holes on the end.  Tie them together with a small piece of string.

  • Thread burlap ribbon through both looped ends of the wire and tie around the top of the parmesan shaker.  Add shells on string as you knot the ribbon.
  • Glue top of broken shell onto the knot of the burlap ribbon with Beacon Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive*.
  • Add approx. 1″ of sand into the parmesan shaker.  Add small votive and shells.

The Beachy Votive looks good with or without the lid.

Visiting St. Joe

Silver Beach Lighthouse

With not much summer left before school starts next week, we planned a mini vacation to the beautiful town of St. Joseph, Michigan.  With life happening yet again, we were only able to get two days.

So….we packed as much fun as possible in the little time we had.  We sat on the beach and laid in the sun, walked down the beach to check out the lighthouse and pier, ate a wonderful Italian dinner, visited fun shops, bought ice cream and desert, then watched the sun go down.  (and that was just day 1)

Justin fishing in St. Joe

The next day as the guys fished off the Pier, I sat on the beach.  I closed my eyes and pretended I was at the ocean.  With the temperature only being 63 degrees, we didn’t stay long.

Sue in St. Joe 3

Next, we headed off for a rooftop lunch.  After lunch we went to the Fun park where Justin hit balls in the batting cages, raced go carts (I won) and then a round of mini golf.  We looked up a local winery, tasted a few and then off to find a new beach.  Still chilly, we only stayed 45 minutes while I soaked up as much beach as I could.  Then off towards Chicago and a quick dinner and then back home again.

This was my first time visiting St. Joseph, I definitely want to go again.

Beach Party Dessert

A perfect little Beach Themed Dessert for your Summertime Parties.

Beach Party Dessert

I decided to make this fun little treat for our 4th of July cook-out last Friday night.

I didn’t come up with this cute idea.   I found it online.  (I wish I could give proper credit.)

It’s really fast and easy to make.

  1. Add a few drops of blue food coloring to vanilla pudding for the water.
  2. Crush up vanilla cookies for the sand.
  3. Add a piece of flattened candy for the beach towel.
  4. Place a Teddy Graham sunning on the towel
  5. Add a drink umbrella for shade.

I had the hardest time finding little drink umbrellas.  After trying two stores, I decided

that I’d just make my own.  For my umbrellas, I used a 3″ scalloped circle punch and cut a

notch half way up into the circle.  Just glue the ends together.

For the pole, I used approximately half of a bamboo skewer.