Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hunting for Dinosaur Eggs

Dinosaur Egg hunt
How super cute are these little buckets from Dollar Tree?? I needed something the littles could use to go hunting for dinosaur eggs at the party this weekend and of course, I didn't want to spend a fortune, because ,, well, they are kids and you know how that goes. SCORE at the Dollar Tree!!  These bad boys were perfect for apply vinyl to. Speaking of vinyl - the vinyl I received from Tape Technologies is AMAZING y'all. I mean AMAZING. I made an entire 12 x 12 sheet of those dino feet - and weeded the entire thing with
If I'm lyin', I'm dyin' y'all. I did not even put weeding lines on the file before I cut it. That is how well this brand of vinyl cuts. I have used them ALL and this is great stuff. Go check it out. Really.

Dinosaur egg hunting
 Look how cute these are. I can't wait for the littles to see them. (sorry about the flash photography - not a bit of sunlight to be had today and these did not do well with the photography lights). I used two colors of the Fluorescent line: Pink F01 and Green F06. They are gorgeous!

To check out more of the available colors, go here.   Also be sure to check out our Facebook page for updates and fabulous ideas!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Adopt a Dinosaur Party Sign

Dinosaur Birthday Party
Howdy every one! It's almost time for the Dino party and we are looking forward to having a ROARING good time! My daughter wanted to have an "Adopt a Dinosaur" station so all the little ones could pick their own party favors when they got here. How stinking cute is this???

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For this project I used the Deflecto™ 5 x 7 Beveled Craft Frame. I love these frames because it is so easy to change them out. When the party is over, I am going to switch the sign out for a photo of the birthday girl! All I have to do is unscrew the metal posts, slip in the new photo, and I am ready to go. Because all the decorations are on the outside of the frame - it's super easy. Anyone,, on with the adoptions! 

adopt a dinosaur
 I am reusing a wood box that I have on hand (from the new born photos!) and I stuffed it with bubblewrap. I added a layer of paper crinkles at the top and put my dino's up for adoption. The dino's and the paper crinkles are both from the Dollar Tree - gotta love that place for kid's birthday parties. 

To see more great ideas from the Deflecto Team hop over to the blog where we always have something fun going on. 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mixed Media Mini Album with Rebekah Meier

Rebekah Meier Mixed Media Album
Howdy Y'all! I am super happy to joining in the fun with the Designer Crafts Connection for a blog hop using Rebekah Meier's new line of Mixed Media products from Thermoweb. I have created a Mixed Media Butterfly mini album using a Maya Road blank for the hop.
WARNING: Lots of photos to follow!

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commission although your price will stay the same. 

Rebekah Meier Mixed Media Products
I received a great selection of products from Thermoweb - thanks so much!  I am having so much fun creating with them.

Altered Album cover

First thing I painted a base coat on my album cover and did a little distressing. (sorry about how dark this photo is! I didn't realize it was so terrible until I was editing ) A coat of white gesso, then two colors of Pickling Wash from Plaid. Those things are the bomb y'all if you haven't tried them!

Rebekah Meier Art Paper

So the Mixed Media Art Paper is pretty cool y'all. The paper itself is almost a canvas texture and it has a sticky back. So you can paint it, spray it, watercolor it, and splatter it, then when it is dry, peel the backing off and stick it down! A-maz-ing!

Mixed Media die cut flowers
I used some Eileen Hull from Sizzix dies to cut my Art Paper after it was dry. I inked the edges, then crinkled the paper all up. Because I didn't want the paper backing on when I layered the flowers, I took the backing off and rubbed a little baby powder on each one to take the sticky away.

Tim Holtz Stencil
I used a wood frame on the cover. I used the Mixed Media Medium to coat the frame and let it almost dry. While it was still tacky I applied the  foil sheet and rubbed - BAM! Instant foil! 
So,, then once I had the frame glued down, I realized that I had intended to use a stencil on the front of the album. Dammit. So I cut a Tim Holtz small stencil down to fit. Sometimes art is painful! 

Here are a few close up shots of the album. 

Mixed Media embellishments

Altered Wood Frame

How cute is my stick pin! I love making these little pins. If you want to join in the fun check out my tutorial HERE.

mixed media chipboard

Album Charms
I love this little charm - I think it's from Maya Road but I have had it around for a while so I am not sure.  The super cute ribbon is from May Arts.

Be sure to check out all the other great projects on the hop!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to check out all the products in the Rebekah Meier Mixed Media Line - I promise you will love them! 



Thursday, July 6, 2017

DIY Toddler Number Book

DIY Book
This month from Deflecto Crafts I received a box full of wonderful stuff and it included the fabulous Flexible Pouches. I LOVE these things - there are so many possibilities!! I used the 3x5 pouches but they also come in a larger size for bigger projects.  I decided that the Princess needed her own custom Number Book and the Flexible Pouches would be perfect for that.  This was a super fun project and I hope she loves it!

Sticker book

Counting with stickers

OK, y'all don't laugh but I seriously used my thousand year old Sizzix Sidekick cutting machine and some Sizzix dies that are just as old. I think these were the Notepad Sizzlet set - but I would not swear to that!!! I cut the numbers in a variety of colors to match the cute stickers I picked up at the dollar store. Using black cardstock for the base pages I added super cute stickers for each number. Insert the cardstock into the pouches and BAM - they are pretty much impervious to a toddler.

Toddler number book

I used some paper I have had lying around for some time (you know you do it too) to decorate chipboard for a front and back cover, then used my Cinch machine from WRMK to bind it all together. Simple stickers adorn the front.

Be sure to check out the Deflecto Facebook page for amazing ideas and lots of craft storage.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Not all those who Wander are Lost Frame

Not all those who wander are lost
Not all those who Wander are Lost - one of my favorite quotes. I have been wanting to make this project for a couple of years. I saw something similar on Pinterest a while back and thought it would be a fabulous way to display all the coins I collect while traveling. I knew I wanted to use this quote because it just seemed to sum up my how I feel about wandering the globe. 

I am super happy to announce that I am part of the very first Tape Technologies Design Team! I am looking forward to working with this very talented group of ladies for the next year and I can't wait to show you all the amazing things you can do with this fabulous product. 


frame before painting

dry brushed paint
I started with a frame I picked up from Hobby Lobby and some Coastal paint from Folk Art. Lightly brush on the paint so that you can barely see it. Then mist it with a tiny bit of water so you can smooth it out just a bit. I was going for a warn beachy kinda feel. 

Adding pickling wash to paint
When the first layer of paint was dry I added the barest wash of Pickling Wash in Cotton (also from Folk Art) - listen chickens, if you have not tried this paint yet you need to go grab some. It is awesome. I have used it on everything in the last month; paper, chipboard, wood, and fabric. Seriously, you need some. 

Placing your vinyl
I cut my quote using my Cameo, of course, and Tiffany Blue Ultra Metallic vinyl from Tape Technologies™. I loved the color and I thought it was perfect for my project. To see all the colors in the line check out the color chart here.
Once I have an image cut, weeded, and have applied transfer paper, I like to figure out my placement on my project BEFORE I get crazy and remove the backing. 

releasing vinyl from backing
I have learned the hard way that taking off the entire backing at once is not a good thing for me. I normally fold back an inch or so from the top and make a nice crease in the backing paper. This way I can position the vinyl on my project without the whole thing sticking down.(and me messing it up)

placing vinyl down on glass
Once I very carefully get that first section of vinyl down and make sure it is level and where I want it, it is super easy to slowly pull the rest of the backing off and rub the vinyl into place with my scraper. Now- don't go nuts rubbing the top of the transfer paper with your scraper/ Why? I'm so glad you asked! Because that makes it really hard to pull the transfer paper off your project! Learn from me chickens. Learn from me. 

removing transfer paper from vinyl
Speaking of removing transfer paper from your project --- I have found, for me personally,, that pulling the transfer paper back almost parallel to the project yields the best results. If I try to pull it straight up it tends to pull the vinyl with it. 

So there you have it! Be sure to check out the Tape Technologies Facebook Page for amazing ideas and videos. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Camp Banner using Fabric Mod Podge

It's almost time for Day Camp so it's time to make super fun and cute camp crafts! Today I want to share a banner that I made using Fabric Mod Podge.

My supplies are
  • Fabric Mod Podge, 
  • canvas pieces
  • cotton fabric from ADORNit
  • Folk Art Paints
  • Sizzix dies (NOTE: I ended up not using the dies shown I didn't like the way the flowers looked and went with a woodsy look instead!) 
  • Black pen
  • 1 1/2" wide cotton ribbon
  • big stick :)

I started by adding faux stitching around the edges of each panel and painting some trees a la Bob Ross for the background. Putting two shades of paint on my mixing palette and loading both on my brush at the same time gave me the depth of color I was looking for.

After die cutting the trees it was time to apply the Mod Podge. I grabbed a fluffy craft paint brush a applied the Mod Podge to the back of each piece one at a time. It dries surprisingly FAST! Apply the applique to your base piece and use your fingers to smooth the fabric piece down, starting from the center and working your way our to the edge to avoid trapping air bubbles underneath. Set everything aside to dry for a couple of hours.

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the top of the appliques to seal. I brushed just slightly over the edge to make sure I didn't leave any loose threads from the fabric.
TIP: be sure to wait 72 hours before washing your piece.

To hang my banner I sewed loops made from cotton ribbon (isn't that the cutest ribbon EVER?? It is a roll I have been hoarding saving for a while now as it is no longer available). I grabbed a stick from the back yard to hang it from and there you go- super cute banner all ready to add to our nurse's tent.

DIY Moody Dress

My two year old princess is a little Moody sometimes! It is so easy to create your own DIY Moody Dress using the new EMOJIS from Joy and a few simple supplies.

Iron on letters

- Plain toddler dress from the craft store

- Joy Embroidered Letters and Emojis

- Ribbon flowers and narrow ribbon

- Needle and thread

- Iron

    toddle dress

    Start by laying your dress down on your ironing surface. Line up your letters and emojis using a ruler to get your spacing right. Iron on each piece, following the directions on the packages.

    Fun Emojis

    Tie a bow using a thin ribbon, then stitch the bow to the dress as shown. Stitch the ribbon flower on top of the bow. Make sure both are secure and well-knotted so little hands can't pull them off.

    Chunky iron on letters

    I used these fun, chunky style letters - they come in several colors, perfect for all your projects. There are several styles of emojis - collect them all!

    Iron on Emoji patches

    Monday, June 5, 2017

    Tie Dye T-shit Tutorial

    Let me just say - that I am a tie-dying fool. I LOVE to tie-dye! I try to work it in every few years at the Day Camp that I run. The campers love to tie-dye too. Nothing makes a 100 kids happier than getting to make their own custom t-shirts and getting color all over themselves in the process.

    I started with a clean white t-shirt and a mini Tie-Dye kit from Tulip in Fiesta. The kit comes with everything you need to create your own masterpiece, die, bottles, gloves, rubber bands, and a Project Guide that will tell you all the different ways you can dye your shirt.

    My personal favorite style is the swirl. You will need to start in the middle of the shirt, pinch and twirl, and continue on until the entire shirt is wrapped up in a nice, flat disc.

    Keep the shirt as flat as possible, add three rubber bands evenly spaced so you have 6 sections on the shirt. Now it's time to add the dye!!

    Make sure you put the gloves on for this step. Really. Learn from me young Jedi. Add water as directed on the bottles and shake, making sure you still have the cap on. You will add the first color to every other section and then fill in with the second color. I like to do this step on a cookie sheet with a rack. That way if I have to put the shirt down it is on the rack, rather than sitting in the dye. 
    TIP: You can also use three colors for this pattern. You would fill in two sections with each color, the sections would be directly across the circle from each other. 

    Once you have all your color on, it is time to put your shirt in a gallon zipper top bag and let it sit overnight. In the morning dump the shirt in your washer and THEN snip the rubber bands.
    Trust me on this one.
    Wash on a full cycle in hot water with a little bit of soap and then dry.
    Bam! You are now a Tie-dye master!


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