Monday, January 8, 2018

DIY Shaker Valentine with Styletechcraft Vinyl


Would you agree that homemade Valentines are the best kind?
I think they are and want to show a technique that has a lot of possibilities!

In gathering my supplies; I got my cardstock, adhesive vinyls, adhesives, punches, die-cut machine and some acetate.  The acetate comes comes in clear sheets in an office supply or craft store.  Sometimes you will find it as a memory paper with designs in it, but I used clear for this shaker card. Styletechcraft vinyls are available on Amazon and this link.  To order click here

The fun compenent to this card are adhesive vinyl sheets that I used to decorate the front of the card.  The vinyl was die-cut and adhered to the acetate on the front of the card.


Here is what you will need:

StyleTechcraft Vinyl:  Ultra FX:  Stardust and Galaxy
Transfer paper
Cardstock:  red
Acetate:  clear
Adhesives:  tacky glue, 3-D tape, tape runner
Paper trimmer
Die-cut machine
Punches
Dies:  hearts, frame, alphabet letters (L and Love)
Embellishments:  washi tape, paper doily, rhinestone  (your choice)
Photograph (I printed one out in the size I wanted.)





Directions:

Gather all of the components for your card and assemble.  I used half of a paper doily, some washi tape and 4 graduated sizes and colors of die-cut hearts.  I punched out the small hearts for confetti.

Cut out the 5" x 7" frame which will become the front panel of the card.  Center and adhere the frame to the acetate.

Before assembling; cut out the vinyl letters and adhere to the 5" x 7" rectangle of acetate.  The internet has many videos, showing how to cut out and apply vinyl.  Google "how to apply adhesive craft vinyl".


Apply the picture to the front of the card.  See the photo below to show how to apply the front panel.


Turn the front panel to it's wrong side.  Remove the release paper from the 3-D tape.  


Put the punched hearts in the window.  Center and adhere the front panel to the front of the card.


This is how the front of the card should appear.  The first picture on the blog shows the card without the paper doily for those who think less is more!  I was experimenting as I designed this card.  I will make more and tweak the card to look exactly like I want it to.


Hope you got some inspiration here today!  I am going to get busy with my Valentine making.  Hope you will too!  There is no better way to show our love.

Make sure to take the time to enjoy the small blessings along the way and
Live Life with a Flourish!

Marilyn



I have rec'd complimentary product
in exchange for my creativity on this blog.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

De-cluttering for the New Year with Deflecto!


Happy New Year!  Wishing us all a wonderful and blessed New Year!  May all your dreams come true for 2018!  Would you like to know my dream for the new year?  It is actually the same one that I have every year!  I dream of having my studio completely cleaned up and organized as well as the rest of my house!  

I think fighting clutter is high on the list for most of us.  By the time Christmas is over, I can barely get to my desk in the studio! There are boxes and clutter everywhere!  Since I love to work in this room without the clutter, I have decided to take it in hand and attempt to start fresh for this year.

I am taking some pictures of where I am now, and the great products I have to help me get organized.

This is a picture of a portion of the studio as I walk through the door.  I have actually been sorting through things and eliminated a lot of boxes, but still have a long way to go.  I will post another blog once I work my way through all of this and show you how it turned out!



In the photo below I am showing a bookshelf that is filled with some of my Deflecto storage.  I have various sizes of tilt out interlocking multi-bin storage organizer that fit together for storing smaller things like flowers, embellishments, hardware, etc. I am going to empty everything and make it more efficient as I have a tendency to put things out of sight without giving it much thought.  Sound familiar?  


The tilt-out bins can be removed which allows for 2 different modes of storage.  The tilt bin can be used to hold pens as you can see on the upper shelf to the left.  Right below that is a newer product made especially for holding pens.  These interlock and you can add as many as you like.  They can be stood upright or put on their sides as shown.  These also fit nicely into the new caddy storage that is very popular with crafters and makers.  Here is another view below.  On the top of the shelf are more Deflecto storage products that I have used for various purposes.


The photo below features one of my favorite products from Deflecto.  These are interlocking 4-bin units that can be taken apart and used as a single compartment.  I have added knobs to the front of some of the bins; others I made into a candy bin with knobs decorating the top.  Right now, I have them all interlocked into a unit and I need to organize everything that is in the bins.  I love these!  They are fun and easy to alter if you like to personalize your decor.  You can separate the bins and use them as gifts, personalizing them for the recipient.



The next photo shown is a close-up of my favorite bins.  If you look close at the lower left hand quad, you will see the clear acrylic knobs that I attached to the bins.  I love the way these look!  You can purchase 1 bin at a time, or purchase them in a package of 4.

If you share my pain with clutter, leave me a message if you have any organizing tips that work well for you!  

The products I have used here are listed below.

Interlocking Multi-Bin Storage Organizer:  4 Bin Unit, #20403CR; 5 Bin Unit #20503CR; 6 Bin Unit #20603CR

Stackable Cube Organizers:  2-Drawer Cube #350101CR; X-Divider Cube #350201CR; 4-Drawer Cube #350301CR; Standard Cube #350401CR

Interlocking Marker Organizer #29123CR

Check out on here:  Craft site


I will be back with an update on my de-clutter!  Leave me a comment if you have any special tips!  My special tip is donate, donate, donate! Lol!

Cheers!

Marilyn





Thursday, November 30, 2017

"Believe" Shadow Box - Christmas Decor


The holidays are upon us!  I have had a shadowbox frame in my stash for a long time  I decided to take it out and turn it into some Christmas decor this year.  The project I came up with is very quick and easy and looks magical!  Read on to see just what I did.....
You will need:

Styletechcraft Vinyl:  Polished Metal, Red
Transfer paper
Weeding tool
Shadow box: 8" x 10"; (I painted mine black)
Sisal trees
Memory paper and embellishments
Glitter:  white
Glue
Paper trimmer
Die-cut machine
Directions:

1.  Take the shadow box apart.  Make sure the glass is clean.  Paint the frame if desired.

2.  Cut the memory paper to fit in the back of the shadowbox frame.  Adhere.

3.  Glue the sisal trees to the bottom of the shadow box.  Sprinkle generously with glitter.  Remove most of the excess, but leave some for effect. Adhere the wreath and small embellishments to the memory paper.

4.  Cut out the word Believe on the die-cut machine.  I set the size at 1" which is the height.  Apply the transfer paper and pick out the part of the design you won't be using.  This is called "weeding".
Adhere the sentiment to the inner frame as shown. Remove the transfer paper.
5.  Replace all of the layers of the frame.  Box, inner frame, glass and top frame.  Now it is ready to show off!

Thank you for taking time for the blog today.  I hope you are inspired to go forth and create your own special holiday decor!

Make sure to take the time to enjoy the small blessings along the way and

Live Life with a Flourish!

Marilyn






I receive complimentary product in exchange
for my creativity on this blog.

DIY Snow Globe with etchall(R)


Have you ever tried etching?  I have a project idea to share with you today.  I used a recycled jar, some craft mirrors, glue and glitter and created a DIY snow globe.  I used some small sisal trees but you can use any miniatures that you would like to put in your snow globe.  Read on to see how!

******Follow this link to watch a video of Barbee explaining how to use etchall(R)

Materials you will need:

etchall(R): 16 oz.  dip'n etch
etchall (R):etchmask
etchall (R) squeegee
tacky glue
white glitter
sisal trees (any other minis you want for your globe)
3" foam ball - halved
craft mirrors:  1/2" square, 2-1/2" round
trim:  1/2" silver
recycled plastic bottle or container with the top cut off.  (slightly larger than the jar)
scrap paper
scissors
adhesive vinyl:  red
die-cut machine:  cut the word "Believe"
marbles or rocks (for weighting the jar)


Directions:

1.  Make sure your recycled jar is clean and sparkling! Don't forget the lid!
2.  Use the die-cut machine to cut a 3" wide oval.  
3.  Adhere the oval to the jar.  Use the Squeegee(R) to smooth out any air bubbles.  Remove the transfer paper and discard.
Now you are ready to etch!
4.  Add some marbles or rocks to the jar to give it some weight.  Sit it in the recycled plastic container.  Carefully pour the etchall(R) dip'n etch into the container.  As you can see in the photo below, the liquid is very dark.  That is a natural process with this product that happens over time.  The product is still good!  Go ahead and use it and make sure to save it for another use after you have your etch!
5.  Set the timer for 15 minutes.  If you need to adjust the jar in the etching liquid you can leave it in longer.  When the time is up, remove the jar, remove the etchmask (discard), and wash thoroughly.  Return the dip'n etch liquid to it's original container for another use.
6.  Now comes the fun part!  Invert the jar and adhere a round craft mirror to the (now) top of the jar.  Adhere the smaller square mirrors around the sides as shown.  I used a jar that had little square indents around the top and bottom which worked great for placing the mirrors.  You could use large rhinestones for this step too.  Apply a line of glue around the un-etched oval on the jar.  Cover it with glitter.  Also apply glitter around the mirrors.  Careful not to get it too messy or your mirrors will slide off.
7.  Trim the foam to fit the inside of the lid allowing room for the jar to screw back on.  Adhere the foam to the lid.  Adhere the trees to the foam and sprinkle heavily with glitter.  Allow to dry.
8.  I used my die-cut machine to cut out "Believe" from a red vinyl adhesive sheet.  I used some transfer paper over the top of it and applied it to the jar as shown.  Once all the air bubbles are rubbed out; remove the transfer paper.

9.  Insert the trees into the jar; screw the lid in place.  Finish by adding some silver trim around the sides of the jar lid.  

10.  I showed a variation at the top of the page.  Let your imagination be your guide!  Using recycled jars of all sizes make great snow globes for decorations and gifts.

Make sure to take the time to enjoy the small blessings along the way and

Live Life with a Flourish!
Merry Christmas!

Marilyn




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blog in exchange for my creativity,















Snowman Factory with Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer


December Greetings Friends!  As I write this blog, I am looking around at my stacks and piles of Christmas decorations as I finish up some projects and look forward to decorating the house.  Deflecto has come up with a Stackable Caddy storage system that is a favorite of everyone!  The caddys are made to Stack'N Go with a Caddy Wheel Base.  You can pile on as many as you desire for convenient storage.

I decided to dedicate one of my caddy's to a festive storage for the snowman ornaments I make for the holidays.  I put the foam balls, paints, paintbrushes and accessories in the storage bins for convenience when I work on this project. 

Read on, and I will tell you about how I decorated the caddy!


You will need:

Deflecto:  Stackable Caddy Organizer #29003CR
Paints:  Metallic Gold Acrylics    (Designer note:  Spray paint works great too)
Sponge:  I used a sea sponge
Paintbrushes
Vinyl with adhesive:  Metallic Gold and Clear Glitter
Die-cut machine
Water Bucket
Paper Plates
Paper Towels
Scissors
Paper Trimmer

Instructions:

1.  Remove all of the clear bins from the caddy.

2.  Pour out some paint on a paper plate.  Wet the sponge and squeeze out all of the moisture.  Use a pouncing motion to apply paint to the sponge and repeat that motion as you apply the paint to the caddy.  After applying a coat of paint to the caddy, apply a second coat where needed.  **  If you want a quicker way to do this......a metallic spray paint made for plastic will work great!
3.  The caddy should look about like this when you are finished painting.
4.  Stars:  Cut 1", 3/4" and 1/2" stars from the vinyl using the die-cut machine.  Start with about 20 of each size.  Peel off the release paper of one star and adhere to one bin.  Repeat; randomly placing the stars until you are happy with the way the bins look.  

5.  Cut 6 vinyl  rectangles at 2" x 2-1/2" using the paper trimmer.  Round off the corners with the scissors.  Remove the release paper from one rectangle, position and adhere to one of the indention's on the top of a bin.  Smooth out all of the air bubbles.  If you get a stubborn air bubble; use a pin to release any trapped air.  Smooth.  Repeat and finish the other indentations.  Below is a photo of how they should look when you are finished.
Below are a couple more photos of how my caddy looks now.  I love it and I am looking forward to finishing my snowman ornaments.  I will be adding some hangers and embellishments to make them look cozy and ready for the tree.


Thank you for stopping by the blog today.  I hope you got some inspiration here today and have a wonderful Christmas season!

Cheers!
Marilyn




Sunday, November 5, 2017

Decorate a Christmas serving plate and candle holder with Tape Technologies


Need some quick and easy ideas for the Holidays?  With the help of Tape Technologies vinyl I have created some Christmas decor that I am proud to show off!  Read on and I will tell you how I did it!
I purchased an inexpensive ivy bowl and picked up the platter at a second-hand store.  

You will also need:

Tape Technologies vinyl:  Red and Green Polished Metal (Styletechcraft)
9" square opalescent plate with hobnail type trim  (or other similar find!)
Ivy bowl
Tea light'

Paper Trimmer
Die Cut machine


Instructions:

Clean and dry the glass thoroughly.

Cut 1/2" strips from the red vinyl with the paper trimmer.  Cut 1/2" increments from the 1/2" x 12" strip.  Set the 1/2" squares aside.

Remove the release paper from the back of one square.  Center and adhere to one corner of the platter. Repeat on the opposite side. Adhere a square next to the first square and repeat on each side; working towards the middle.  Repeat for the other 3 sides.

The plate should look like the photo below when you are finished.
Cut out holly leaves and berries using the die-cut machine.  If you don't have a die-cut machine, trace the pattern on the wrong side of the vinyl (on the release paper) and cut out. Remove the release paper, arrange and adhere the vinyl to the surface removing any air bubbles.  Place the tea light in the ivy bowl to finish.  You can further embellish the ivy bowl with a pretty bow around the neck if you like!

Thank you for stopping by the blog today.  Feel free to leave any questions or comments in the comment box below.  I like hearing from you!

Make sure to enjoy the small blessings along the way and,
Live Life with a Flourish!

Marilyn




*Note: You can find the Tape Technologies vinyl on Amazon under the name Styletechcrafts.

Enjoy!




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in exchange for my creativity on this blog.





Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Carousel Pumpkin Decor with Deflecto


November is upon us!  The month to celebrate our many blessings with friends and family.  Deflecto provides us with many products to help us with our celebrations and feasts.  I used a Rotating Carousel Organizer to make a useful piece of decor to celebrate the season.  Read on and I will show you how!


You will need:

Deflecto:  Rotating Carousel Organizer #3900CR 6 canisters
Spray Paint:  Krylon Fusion for Plastic, Orange
Cinnamon Sticks
Cardstock:  Green, Orange, Dk. Yellow
Inkpads:  Orange, Green,  Brown
Wedge Sponges
Raffia
Craft Glue
Scissors
Die cut machine for cutting leaves

Instructions:

1.  Follow the instructions given on the paint can and paint the canisters, lids and base.
Allow to dry thoroughly.
2.  Cut the leaves.  Ink the edges.  Apply craft glue to the wrong side of the leaf and adhere to the front of one canister.  Repeat for the other canisters.
3.  Gather a bunch of the cinnamon sticks and secure with raffia.  Tie a knot to secure.  Trim raffia ends.  Place the cinnamon sticks in the top opening of the canisters.  Adhere the leaves to the cinnamon sticks and raffia as shown.  Take care to not get glue on the canister.

Here is the completed canister.  I used Deflecto mini sign holders to make the scarecrow and the crow.  The legs and arms are Deflecto Sign Danglers.

Hope you have a wonderful month of November!  Onward and forward to December! We will have much more to show you for Christmas!  Thank you for coming by! We welcome comments and questions.

Make sure to take the time to enjoy the small blessings along the way, and
Live Life with a Flourish!

Marilyn






I receive free product in exchange for
my creativity on this blog.