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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Distress, Stencils & Scotties

I’m back to share a set of handmade cards I made as a thank you gift:

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I used a variety of distress inks and rubbed them gently over a Heidi Swapp stencil.

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I sprayed the cardstock with some shimmer spray, used glitter cardstock for the sentiments, and then some final touches of sequins.

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My little scottie decided the help keep watch over the cards as they were drying.

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Hope you are having a wonderful Easter weekend!

 

Sneak peek and a Smile!

Just thought I would share a preview of some mother’s day cards I am working on…

bowl1Every year I enjoy the process of making holiday cards…i.e. trying to figure out cute ideas and then mass producing it! The fun is in the planning and preparation I swear!  Here’s the throwback to last year’s Mother’s Day cards:

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Pretty darn cute! I love those little aprons…In the meantime, here are some cute smiling faces of my little rugrats!

IMG_20150419_120203Let’s get ready for some weekend fun!

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.

Restoration Crafting

I was completely inspired by this post of Carissa Wiley’s craft room. Simply amazing!

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I have been storing my little stamping embellishments in this old spice rack (Remember this craft storage post):

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And though it has been great for saving space, I don’t remember to use these embellishments! (Out of sight out of mind.)  I found this frame and decided to do a little “craft restoration.”   The gold was actually pretty but it doesn’t match my craft space.

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I was so nervous to paint this frame because it was the first time I have ever done such a big project.  Supplies needed:  Paint can, brush, cardboard box, rubber gloves, and a paint stick.  I learned that you need to stir the paint before using it.  (Thanks Shawn!) Who knew?!

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For this frame, I painted two layers to give it a nice coat and coverage.  It took the first layer about 2 hours to dry and then I left the frame to dry over night after applying the second coat of paint.  I made a mistake and put a thumb print in one corner because I was too eager to get the project finished!

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Afterwards, my little helper screwed in little round hooks onto the back of the frame and wrapped wires around the hooks. (My Scottie is very crafty!) Here is a good youtube video on this!

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TA DA! My finished picture frame craft storage! I used little bags for my embellishments and small paper clips!  This is so cool! I can’t believe I made it all by myself! The last thing I need to do is get some saw tooth hangers and get it attached on my craft wall!

Looking forward to more craft restoration projects!

UPDATE:

Here is the picture frame craft storage mounted on the wall! I left some space between the second and third rows just in case I needed to clip on larger bags.  For now, it looks fantastic!

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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!