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

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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.

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.

Dollar Store DIY-Washi Tape Holder

Dollar Store DIY-How to make a Washi Tape Holder

A Dollar Store DIY

Turn an inexpensive Dollar Tree wood tray* into a cute little washi tape holder.

Just add Mod Podge and Decorative Tissue Paper for a quick and easy project.  

I found this cute little wood tray the other day at Dollar Tree and I thought it was

the perfect size to hold a small collection of Washi Tape. 

(I’m so happy that Dollar Tree is bringing in more craft supplies.)

Mod Podged Washi Tape Holder

Materials Used:

Mod Podge on a Wood Tray

Directions:

  • Lightly sand the surface of the tray with the sanding block to smooth.
  • Paint the outside with white birch paint and the inside with dark scarlet.
  • Cut the tissue paper into 3″ strips.  Working one side at a time, apply Mod Podge* to the side of the tray.  Apply and gently smooth tissue paper.  Apply tissue paper to all four sides.  Allow Mod Podge* to dry.
  • Use a Sanding Block* on the edges of the tray to gently remove the extra tissue paper.
  • Use a Small Emory Board* to gently remove the extra tissue paper from the small opening.
  • Apply one or two coats of mod podge over the tissue paper to seal.

Dollar Store Crafting

With so many unique patterns of tissue paper available you should be able to easily

find the perfect pattern to decoupage your little tray.

Mod Podged Washi Tape Holder

The wood tray measures approximately 5″ x 7″ and can hold several rolls of Washi Tape.  

DIY Color Changing Mugs

How to make color changing mugs.

DIY Color Changing Mugs.

How to take ordinary mugs from the Dollar Store and create a colorful surprise for your Summer table.

A fun project using StyleTechCraft’s Cold Color Changing Vinyl.

How to make color changing cups.

For this project, I’m thinking Summer and a nice ice-cold mug of Strawberry Lemonade.

How to use color changing vinyl on glassware.

Materials Used:

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StyleTechCraft's Cold Color Changing Vinyl.

Directions:

StyleTechCraft's Cold Color Changing Vinyl.

  • Cut a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* to fit over the vinyl image.  Gently rub over the transfer paper using the squeegee tool.

DIY Color Changing Mug

  • Remove the vinyl from the white liner, center the image on the front of the mug.
  • Gently rub over the Vinyl Transfer Tape* to make sure all the image has transferred.  Remove the transfer tape.

StyleTechCraft's Cold Color Changing Vinyl

The flower pattern on the mug (before changing) has a subtle etched glass appearance.   

DIY Color Changing Mugs

Imagine their surprise when the pattern changes right before their eyes.

A fun complement to Summer.

What would you make with color changing vinyl?

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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.

Materials Used:               (*affiliate link)

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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.

The Bow Maker Die for Paper Crafters

I recently got a chance to play with the Bow Maker Die from The Maker’s Movement.

While I will admit that I was confused for a brief moment on how it worked.

Once I figured out how easy it was to use, I wanted to share this simple project

and tutorial with you.

 

The Bow Maker is a four-piece die set that is deep etched, which makes it so easy to cut through cardstock, thick paper, and even fabric. They are great for greeting cards, birthday cards, scrapbooking, gift tags, and much more fun projects.

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

I decorated a little jar I found at  Dollar Tree and topped it off with a cute little paper bow.

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It makes a quick, simple, and inexpensive gift.

Materials Used:     (*affiliate link)

Directions:

  1. Die-cut decorative scrapbook paper using the Bow Maker Die.  The dies cut four pieces, two bow loops, a center, and a bow base.
  2. Gently curl the paper on the two bow loops using your fingers or a small round marker to make the paper pliable for bending.
  3. Bend the ends over and glue to the underneath side of the paper using a quick setting glue like Rapid Fuse*.  (you could also use a small glue dot)
  4. Stack and glue the bow loops onto the bow base.
  5. Glue the center around the middle of the bow.

DIY Dollar Store Plaid Pumpkins

DIY Dollar Store Plaid Pumpkin

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.

Materials Used:            (*affiliate links)

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DIY Dollar Store Plaid Pumpkin

Directions:

DIY Dollar Store Plaid Pumpkin

  • 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.)  

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DIY Dollar Store Plaid Pumpkin

  • Adhere the black and orange buffalo plaid 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. 

DIY Dollar Store Plaid Pumpkin

Add to your Seasonal Décor and Enjoy!

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

The Pool is Calling Drink Holder

It feels like Summer is here now that the pool is officially open.

A few more bright and sunny days, and I’ll be ready to jump in.

Who am I kidding?  I’m either under the umbrella or on my pool float relaxing.

And since we’re not allowed to have glass items by the pool, (my rule) I made myself

a cute drink container using an expensive stainless steel tumbler found at Dollar Tree.

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For my drink holder, I used Iridescent Opal Vinyl from StyleTechCraft to create the words.

I love the way the Opal Vinyl shimmers and changes with the light.

StyleTechCraft Opal Vinyl comes in 9 different colors for a lot of fun options.

While taking pictures of the products for this post, one of the pieces flew into the pool.

I thought it was ironic, so I took a picture.  (opal vinyl holds up in water)

Here’s what I used to create my drink holder:            (*affiliate links)

StyletechCraft products brought to you by ATSM Craft

Directions:

  1. Wipe the surface of the tumbler with the alcohol wipe to remove any oils.
  2. Use the Silhouette Electronic Die Cutting Machine to cut the words “the Pool is Calling!” out of Opal and White Craft Vinyl
  3. The cut file I used came with an outline for the word “Pool”.  I cut it out of white glossy craft vinyl to make the word “Pool” stand out.
  4. Use a small piece of transfer paper, place onto the individual letters that spell the word “Pool”.  Place letters one by one on the white outline.
  5. Cut a piece of transfer paper slightly larger than the white vinyl outline.
  6. Apply transfer tape over the outline. Give the transfer tape a gentle rub.
  7. Apply the word “Pool” onto the tumbler.
  8. Apply additional words onto the tumbler.
  9. Allow the vinyl to cure on the tumbler for 4 days before using. (Hand wash Only)

“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.

Gnome Gardening with Kids

Gnome Gardening with Kids

One of our favorite Summer traditions is creating our annual Gnome Gardens.

The boys and I look forward to making them every year.

I started the tradition of Gnome Gardening several years ago when Nick was only 3.

You can see our first garden here.

To create our gardens we use a variety of containers and objects we’ve picked up along the way.

For the plants, we use succulents and flowers that won’t grown too big.

I like using Asparagus Ferns to mimic trees.

As mini gardens grow in popularity… there several places you can find accessories

for your gardens.  We like to get something new for our gardens every year.

This year we added items picked up at  Dollar Tree*.

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This is Nick’s 6th year making Gnome Gardens so he’s pretty proficient with his garden.

Check out last years garden.  (always an adventure)

This is Warren’s 3rd year making a Gnome Garden.  

He lets me help him.   (maybe that’s why his is my favorite)

His garden is all about the house placement.

You can see Warren’s first Gnome Garden here.

I love seeing how much they’ve grown from their first gardens.

The extra credit award goes to my daughter-in-law (the boys mom). 

She found this little gnome house at Dollar Tree* and repainted it with a Mario inspired look.

The tiny Camper and firepit was from last years garden and is available at Leisure Arts, Inc.

Leisure Arts Mini Garden Supplies…        (*affiliate link)

This year was Emerson’s turn for his first Gnome Garden.

He always wants to do everything his big brothers are doing.

Water bottles are a great item to have when Gnome Gardening. 

It helps the boys control how much water goes on the garden, and they’re fun too.

This little stinker sprayed me as I stuck my head out the window for a quick pic.

(I may have sprayed him first.)

Creating mini Gnome Gardens is a fun and memorable project to make with kids.

We always have a good time.

It gives them something to take care of all summer long.

And…it adds a little whimsy to my front porch.

To create a Gnome Garden you’ll need:

  • Container for your garden. I like finding unusual items like the top of a broken wagon. It adds a little extra whimsy to the garden.
  • Good Potting Soil
  • Small Garden Tools
  • Gnome or Fairy Figures
  • Rocks, Twigs and other found objects
  • Store Bought Accessories such as the gnome houses
  • Succulents
  • Annuals that won’t grow too big or tall
  • I like to use Asparagus Ferns to mimic trees
  • Water Bottle
  1. Start the Gnome Garden by adding potting soil to your container.
  2. Allow the kids to loosen up the soil before adding plants.
  3. Small gardening tools are also fun to have.
  4. Add plants to the container before adding accessories.
  5. I like to add the largest plants first near the back of the container.
  6. Allow the kids to add their special pieces to the garden.
  7. Give the garden a good spray of water using the water bottles.

A Special Thanks to Leisure Arts, Inc. for providing the Mini Garden Supplies. 

Gnome kits

Help…I’m a Finalist!

My Sweet Dream Bedroom was selected as a Finalist

in FaveCrafts 2019 Top Blogger Contest.

At Creativation, in January,  I attended the FaveCrafts Blogger Event.

For attending the event we were eligible to enter a contest using products from the sponsors.

My project is one of 20 finalists.

For the next 10 days you can vote on your favorite project.

This is where I need your help… I need all the votes I can get!

You can also see the complete instructions on how I created my project.

Please  go to the Fave Craft Blogger Contest Link and Vote.

You can vote everyday (for the next 10 days if you want) on all your devices.

THANKS for Your Support!!!