Up and Away!

I’m back with some goodies to share with you! A few weeks ago, I started to make some party favors for a friend using this great idea I came across online.  The party theme is hot air balloons – so what’s a better party favor than these cuties…

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To start, I ordered a bunch of eos chapsticks in a variety pack from Jet.com.  I stamped the hot air balloons and colored them using distress inks and copics! After, I used a circle die cut to make the holes inside the hot air balloon:

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TA DA!! I will add some twine to the top of the cards so it will be easy to take and carry! I absolutely love these party favors and think it will be a hit with the guests =)

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Oh, and can I tell you all of these eos chapsticks smell delicious! So much so my scottie almost took a bite of out them!

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Shrinky Dink Paper!?

Where have you been all my life! Omg…this is amazing and I cannot believe I just learned about it!

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(Btw…That’s 25 cents in the middle of the photo as a reference for size).

So for those of you who are not aware of shrinky dink paper and its wonders – let me explain to you the joy this can bring! Shrinky dink paper is a transparent paper that allows you to stamp, color and shrink your creation into hard plastic.  I bought this package from Amazon:

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And it comes Super Sanded which allows you to easily color on one side.  (Apparently, other films may require you to take sandpaper and smooth it out before you get started.  That seems like a lot of work so I would recommend using this one).

When you open the package you will find that one side of the film is super slick and shiny vs. the other side which is a bit rough.  To get started, I stamped my image using Staz-on ink on the slick side.  Then I flipped it over and used a combination of Sharpie markers, pencil crayons and Copics to color the image.

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Overall, I like how the Sharpies and Copics look because it seems a little smoother in texture once it shrinks.  For instance, the blue elephant on the left was colored with Copics vs. the grey elephant on the right was colored with pencil crayons.  I have to say, using a white pencil crayon on the images looks amazing so I will continue using that for my images.

If you decide that you want to turn your creation into a charm for a keychain, bracelet or pendant – Be sure to hole punch the plastic before you start cutting away.  So far I like how the images look when I cut around them vs. leaving a lot of empty space around the image.  For some reason, the plastic around the image is not entirely clear and it might be because I’m using super sanded paper and thus it’s a little opaque.  I will have to do some experimenting with different types of films and post an update!

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Once you are done trimming your creation you have two options to heat your film (1) Use your toaster oven or (2) use your heat gun.  For the toaster oven option, I would follow instructions from this super cool YouTube video.

Embossing Heat Gun Technique:

If you are a stamper like me then time to bust out your heat gun!

Using a shoe box, line the shoe box with some parchment paper.  Then place the shrinky dink film with the rough side facing upwards.  I used a wooden chopstick to hold the shrinky film down and then evenly went over the film using my heat gun.

Be prepared, the film curls up and gets crazy looking but that is part of the process. It will curl up and then uncurl and start to flatten out.  Once you see that it is flattening out, remove the heat gun and take a piece of parchment paper and lay it on top of the film (now hard plastic).  Take your acrylic clear stamping block and smush it down on the plastic so it will flatten out.

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As you can see, the images shrink down about 25% of its original size! (The original stamped image is on the left hand side and is about 3 inches tall.  The shrinky dink version is about 1 inch tall!).  Tell me this is not the coolest thing ever since…wink of stella??? lol.  I find that really large stamp images (3 inches or wider) don’t seem to do very well because the edges curl and start to melt together.  Again, I will have to update when I play around with different films, sizes, and images!

I can’t wait to try and make dog tags, key chains, and…the possibilities are endless! So happy is me.

Christmas Treat Boxes!

I am delighted today to share a crafty creation made by my bff!

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Seriously, how adorable are these little treat boxes? My bff was inspired by treat boxes she saw on Laura Bassen’s blog. We love her!

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These boxes were created using the We R Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board. So neat! I love all the details from the coloring of the stamp images to the adorable ribbon! Cute cute and cute!

Let it Snow (Globes)!

Oh my! How adorable are these snow globes…

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These were very simple and easy to make!  I recommend checking out this youtube video from Papertrey Ink.

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I bought a few of the supplies at my local craft store (i.e. the dome ornament and snowflakes) and I used my circle dies to create the different layers inside the snow globe.

globe4I absolutely love how these turned out and will be making these as gifts from friends and family! I have also seen these on top of mason jars!

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Isn’t that so cute as milk chocolate jars? Ugh! Must must must make!

Hollar for Collars!

Sometimes you capture the perfect moment that pulls at your heart strings…

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Here are my little scotties napping on my lap and holding hands as we head home after a fun filled day!

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I made their cutie collars using my Silhouette!  These collars were very easy to make and look great on the pups!

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What can I say – my scotties are spoiled! Off to make them some custom shirts. haha! jk.

Chihuahua Mama!

If you are a chihuahua mama you are going to love this post!

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My dear friend is a proud mother of a little chihuahua and so I made her a few cute little things including this fancy birthday card.  For the card, I used the leftovers from my vinyl transfer cut out and used gold ink for the chihuahua.  (What can I say – leftovers are awesome!) For some finishing touches, I added a sprinkle of enamel dots and a little glitter heart for the collar. Next up, a must have chihuahua mama accessory:

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This canvas tote bag is wonderful!  It is very sturdy with pockets everywhere.  It also has a zipper to close the top which is great for traveling.  I found the little chihuahua from the Silhouette store.  I used flocked heat transfer vinyl which matches the velvet black trim of the bag.    For a personal touch, I monogrammed the back of the tote bag using a spring font from the Silhouette store.

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Isn’t the font so sweet? I just love the fun-happy feeling I get when I see it! A few months back, I purchased a canvas block art of a Scottie which I absolutely loved.  I found on Etsy this adorable chihuahua wood block art that can be placed on a book shelf or wall mounted.

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Tell me that the glasses and bow tie doesn’t kill you with cutenesssssssssss! Finally, I made a little canvas bag to put the artwork inside (which can be later used as a lingerie laundry bag!)

Needless to say, I can’t wait to make all of these things in the Scottie version for me! hehe!

Drop Your Drawers – It’s Laundry Time!

Drop Your Drawers – It’s Laundry Time!

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This weekend, I discovered the joy of Silhouette’s Heat Transfer Vinyl!!! I purchased the starter kit which had a few sheets of vinyl and tools:

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I got my starter kit for a pretty good deal.  I don’t think I would recommend getting the starter kit at full price because you can buy individual sheets and get more for your money that way.

I do a lot of traveling and I needed a lingerie laundry bag to keep all my garments sorted in my suitcase.  So I went to some local stores and found these awesome drawstring canvas bags:

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I found these adorable lingerie sets from the Silhouette store and cut them using the smooth vinyl heat transfer sheets:

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After peeling off the excess vinyl sheets, I positioned all of the pieces together to figure out where I wanted everything to be placed on the canvas bag:

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To get started, you will need an iron, iron board, and a piece of fabric.  I recommend using a piece of fabric that is bigger than your project – that way you don’t have to worry about your iron accidentally making direct contact with the vinyl.  I set my iron on the “cotton” level and allowed it to warm up before I started applying the heat.

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For the best results, I did one piece of vinyl at a time.  I found that after 30 seconds or so of heat, the vinyl will transfer smoothly to the surface.  Be sure to move the iron back and forth, especially over the intricate areas, so that the corners do not lift.  If you are lucky like me, you will have a little helper who likes to do a lot of ironing!

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After peeling off the plastic, I usually run the iron over the sheet and the surface to make sure I got all the small corners.  Here is a close-up of the vinyl on the canvas bag:

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TA DA! The final result which I absolutely loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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For the back of the bag, I used some leftover scraps that I was about to throw away! Don’t throw away your scraps – you never know when a mistake will turn into something fabulous!

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Hope you enjoyed this post! Now it’s time to do laundry!

Craft Corner

I love searching the craft blogs and seeing all the creative spaces of fellow crafters.  That’s why I wanted to share my craft space:

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I recently got this wonderful desk from ikea and I love how there are shelves to store stamps and paper.  Believe it or not, when I first started stamping I used to create out of a suitcase and worked on the floor! Flash forward 4 years later – I am building a small empire!  Love it.

Happy Birthday Owen!

My best friend is having an adorably themed “Milk and Cookies” party for her son’s 2nd birthday!  I made these cute milk tags for the milk bottles:

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I heat embossed the “Milk” sentiment and glass.  To make the milk, I colored the cup with a white pencil crayon and then sprinkled on some distress glitter.   I totally love the red twine tied around the milk bottle!

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For some fun toppers, I made these “Happy Birthday 2” using my fabulous silhouette!  I added some red pearls and then white enamel dots to give a little extra pop!

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Finally, I made a large birthday banner and cake banner:

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Viola! Here is the final package of all the birthday decorations! I loved making these goodies and had so much fun!

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Happy Birthday Owen!!!

Embossing Paste – I found you! (Sorta)

So of course, I could not resist the stencil and embossing paste craze that has hit the stamping world!

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But for the life of me, I could not find embossing paste in any of my local craft stores! (I drove to three different cities and still no luck!)  Finally, I read that modeling paste could be used as an alternative. So I got this at my local Michaels store for $6 (with a coupon!)

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So far, I have experimented with adding distress inks to color the modeling paste which is super cool!  The drying time for a thin layer is about 20 minutes and anything thicker is about 30 to 45 minutes.  I was hoping it would dry to white opaque-ish color but it’s not quite there.  I am still really curious to try the Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste (hesitation is whether $15-including shipping- is worth it).

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Anyone have any experience with these pastes? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Spicing Up My Craft Storage!

Lately, I have been watching tons of youtube videos on craft storage.  I came across this brilliant idea to use a spice rack…

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It is perfect to store little brads, bling, flower molds, etc.

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To organize everything, I punched out little circles in different colors and labeled them accordingly.

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It sits perfectly on my crafting desk and I love how easy it is to use. So next time, think twice before throwing away your spice rack.  Though, it is amazing that spice racks are left on the kitchen counter for years … yikes and yuck!

So how long should you keep spices?

Extracts 4 years (except pure vanilla, which lasts indefinitely)

Whole Spices 3-4 years

Ground Spices 2-3 years

Dried Herbs 1-3 years

Seasoning Blends 1-2 years