A Card for the Perfect Lazy Day.

Lazy Days Card

A card to celebrate the perfect Lazy Summer Day.

We just got back from vacation last weekend.

It feels like it’s taken me all week to get back to normal.

If it wasn’t so cool and then rainy this week, I would be that bear on a floatie.

If you asked me to describe the perfect Summer day, it would most definitely include

floating in the pool with a drink in my hand.

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Lazy Summer Days Card

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Lazy Days Card

Directions:

  • Stamp the bear image on tan cardstock with the Versa Fine Black Inkpad*.
  • .Align the bear die with the stamped image.  Place a small piece of washi tape (or a removable tape) to hold the die in place while die-cutting.  
  • Run the stamped image and die through the Mini Maker Die-Cutting Machine to cut out the bear image.

Lazy Days Card

I thought plaid swim shorts were needed for this “cool” bear. 

  • Stamp the swim trunks onto a small piece of plaid paper and run it through the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* to add adhesive onto the back. 
  • Cut the swim trunks out and stick directly onto the die-cut bear. (it’s so easy to add personality)

Lazy Summer Days Card

  • Use the Tombow Art Markers to add rosy cheeks, shadows, and definition to the stamped image.

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Lazy Summer Days Card

Additional Card Details:

  • I thought the “Sea Shore” paper looked like a pool liner, so I added it as the base to my card.
  • The white frame on the card was die-cut using the Round Rectangle Die Set.
  • The Sun was die-cut using the center of the pool float.
  • I stamped the words “feelin’ hot” onto white cardstock and cut it out using the smallest of the nested banner die.
  • I used thin foam mounting squares under the clouds, banner, bear, and drink to add dimension to the card.
  • The finished card measures 4 ¾” x 6″.

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.

Ice Cream Truck Birthday Card

Ice Cream Truck Birthday Card

Ice Cream Truck Birthday Card

“Sending you Sweet Birthday Wishes” using the Food Truck Stamp and Die Sets from

The Maker’s Movement. This versatile set can be an Ice Cream Truck, Taco Truck,

and even a Donut Truck.

Food Truck Stamp Set from The Maker's Movement

  • Stamp the “panda stamp” on white watercolor paper using a black permanent ink pad.

     

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Food Truck Stamp Set from The Maker's Movement

  • I used a variety of light and dark Tombow Dual Brush Art Markers to color in my image.  Because I use watercolor paper and stamped the image with permanent black ink I can easily blend the markers without the outline ink bleeding.

Mini Maker Die Cutting Machine

Die Cut the pieces of the “Food Truck” using the Mini Maker Die Cutting Machine

and decorative scrapbook paper.  The Mini Maker is great for die-cutting small pieces

and takes up less space on your table than those bigger machines.

Ice Cream Truck Birthday Card

The Food Truck Die Set comes with so many little details that make putting this card together

a lot of fun.  The “window die” cuts out a flap on the food truck that lifts to reveal the panda

ready to take your order.

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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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Patriotic Themed Summer Party

Celebrate the Red, White, and Blue!

No matter if your party is big or small.

It’s easy to throw together a Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Themed Summer Party.

Gather up some hotdogs, burgers, and brats for the perfect Summer BBQ Get-Together.

Here are a few Ideas to make the Summer Holidays fun and special.

Grab and Go Party Ware.

Bring Deflecto to your next party.

I used a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer* to hold my tableware and condiments

for easy grab and go.

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Bold Stripes and Bright Stars

Every party needs a few yummy desserts.

The 3 Tier Dessert Stand* from Deflecto is perfect for displaying cupcakes and other goodies.

It is easy to put together and folds flat for compact storing.

All three tiers on the stand have holes for holding cake pops.

They were the perfect size for inserting small flags and the handmade banner for the top.

How to make the Banner…

  • Cut two bamboo skewers 6″ each.  Wrap the ends with decorative washi tape.  The washi tape helps keep the skewers securely in place when inserting in the stand.
  • Die-cut or hand-cut 5 banners out of decorative scrapbook paper.
  • Tie a piece of blue and white twine on each end of the bamboo skewers.
  • Fold banners and adhere to the twine.
  • Apply letter stickers on the front of the banners.
  • I used red glitter vinyl and my silhouette die-cutting machine to create the words USA to apply to my banners.
  • Stick on each side of the top tier in the holes made to hold cake pops.

Little details make everything more festive.

Don’t forget to make a few star picks to stick into the cupcakes.

This is a fun project that the kids can help you make.

  • Create the picks by punching or die-cutting several blue and red stars.
  • Add adhesive to the back of the star and place a toothpick in the center.
  • Adhere a second star on the back.
  • For quick and easy work, I used the Xyron Create-A-Sticker* to add adhesive to the stars.
  • Decorative the stars with additional small foil stars.

Add a touch of Vintage Americana with blue Ball mason jars. 

They are great for storing straws, and they also make great drinking glasses.

And when the sun starts going down, don’t forget the sparklers and glow in the dark novelties.

Summer Fun Party Decorations Ideas:

I found most of my supplies at Michael’s Craft Store, Dollar Tree and Walmart.

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Crafting with Kids…all about bugs

BUZZIN’ BUGS

The summer crafting adventures continue with Nick and Warren and the July Orange Art Box.

This months box is all about Bugs and I do believe it was Warren’s favorite box.

The kit came with supplies to make a bug jar, cute little felt bugs, bug stencils, stickers,

paper to make a bug book, plastic bugs, markers and several other fun crafty supplies.

Check out the boys video and the July Orange Art Box.  

(I’m starting to wonder if I should include their bloopers.  Never a dull moment.)

So…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.

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

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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

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.

Nick and Warren’s May Orange Art Box

The adventure continues with Nick and Warren and the Orange Art Box for May.

May’s Orange Art Box is all about birds, birdhouses and feathers.

As you can tell by the silly video below that the boys enjoyed themselves.

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

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.

Learn More

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

Orange Art Box Giveaway

Got a Creative Kid in you Life?  

Looking for something different to keep them busy this summer?

I’m giving away the May Orange Art Box Kit to one lucky person.

To enter all you need to do is leave a comment telling me who you’d give the kit to.

Deadline to enter is tomorrow, Wednesday 5-01-19    (US only)

For extra chances you can also leave a comment on my Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Here’s a silly video of my grandson’s opening up the April Orange Art Box.

To see what the boys made click here.

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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 Box Kit.

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

Perfect gift for that budding artist.

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