Sunday, June 4, 2017

Deflecto for Greeting Card Storage


I love my Deflecto storage! I can decorate it to fit with my studio decor; or wherever I decide to put it.  In this case; I am using the 4 bin tilt bin by Deflecto for my greeting card storage.  I  make my cards ahead and because I make a LOT of them, I end up having to put them away where I can't see them.  Problem solved with this tilt bin storage that is made to fit with the other sizes of tilt bin containers. The 4-1/2" x 5-1/4" cards fit nicely in the tilt-out bins.

By adding decorative burlap; some cording trim and a few other things, I upgraded my storage into a piece of decor that I will enjoy looking at.  Check out the photos below to see how to cut the burlap.


You will need:

Deflecto:  4 bin Craft Tilt Bin #20403CR
Burlap with a fleur de lei print
Trim:  1/8" beige cording (several yards)
Embroidered letters:  1" black to spell CARD
Cardstock:  Black
Pen:  White Chalk
Scissors
Tacky glue
Gluegun

Directions:

Follow the steps below to measure and cut the burlap fabric to fit the storage.

Apply using tacky glue.

Adhere the cording to the edges of the burlap using the glue gun.

Cut a piece of black cardstock to fit the slot on one bin.  Write the type of card on the paper.  Insert into the slot.  Repeat for the other bins.

Make medallions from the cording.  Apply glue to a paper circle.  Starting in the center; press the cording into the glue, making a spiral.  Adhere to the front of one bin.  Repeat for the remaining bins.

Glue the letters to the cording medallions as shown.  Now fill up your bins with all of those beautiful greeting cards you have made!














Make this Patriotic Lamp for Summer Entertaining

Summer is almost here and it is time to start thinking about 4th of July parties and patriotic decorations.  etchallR has this very cool lampshade that can turn most bottles, jars, etc. into a decorative lamp.  Read on to find out how I made this one!
"Lighten" Up Kit

You can find the lampshade and etchallR products at http://etchall.com/lighten-up-kit/

You will need:

  • etchallR:  Lighten Up Kit; dip 'n etch (pattern for shade in kit)
  • 2 quart jar
  • burlap: red
  • fusible web
  • iron and ironing board
  • bead trim by the yard: red
  • ricrac:  red and blue
  • chalk paint:  red, blue, white
  • painters tape
  • paint brush:  1" flat
  • cardstock:  vintage white
  • clear glitter
  • tacky glue
  • 1" star punch or die cut
  • glue gun
  • milk jug, cleaned out and top cut off (or container the right size to etch your glass)
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • pencil
Instructions:
  1. Unpack the lampshade kit.  Remove the pattern from the shade.  Spread out.
  2. Press the fusible web following manufacturers instructions onto the burlap.  Trace around the pattern onto the paper side of the fusible web using the pencil.  Cut out. Remove the paper.
  3. Adhere the ribbon side of the trim to the (wrong side) bottom edge of the shade.
  4. Adhere the ricrac to the bottom edge of the (right side) of the shade.  Adhere ricrac to the top edge of the shade.
  5. Stars:  Punch out and apply glitter to the 1" stars.  Allow to dry. 
  6. Etch:  Refer to manufacturers directions (and photo shown below) to etch the jar. Clean and dry.
  7. Use the ruler to measure from the bottom of the jar and make a mark at the same measurement around the perimeter of the jar.  Wrap the painter's tape around the middle of the jar; following the marks.  It is easy to get the tape on at an angle and you want to keep it straight.
  8. Paint the bottom of the jar blue.  Let dry thoroughly.  Remove the tape and apply another row of tape along the top edge of the blue paint.  Tape off any other area that you don't want painted.  Paint the top area white.  Let dry.
  9. Remove tape; glue ricrac around the middle of the jar as shown in photo given.
  10. For the shade:  Screw the lid back on the jar.  Adhere a wooden spool, dowel or candle cup to the top of the lid.  Make sure that it is the right size to fit in and activate the lamp.  If it is too tall, make a hole in the lid to shorten the length of the spool. Read the instructions for turning the lampshade on and off.  Adhere the stars to the shade.

Supplies
Refer to manufacturer's directions and etch the jar.  I turned the jar upside down and weighted the top to etch the top of the jar as my receptacle wasn't large enough and I used the entire bottle of dip 'n etch liquid.
**IMPORTANT:  Return the dip 'n etch liquid back to the original bottle after use.  It will turn a dark color but is still good for more use. 
Follow instructions given above to paint and finish the lamp.  Below is another photo of the finished lamp and shade.  It is ready for my summer activities on the deck.  This is the perfect little light to create some ambiance after dark.  I hope you are inspired to make one for yourself.

I hope you are enjoying spring and looking forward to a great summer packed with activities.

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

Life Life with a Flourish!

Marilyn







etchall provides product and a small 
stipend in exchange for my creativity.









Thursday, June 1, 2017

#1 Teacher Paperweight with Deflecto

School is almost out for summer!  What better way to show appreciation to a favorite teacher than to give her a useful keepsake that she can remember you by?

Here is what you will need:

Adhesive back Vinyl:  Navy Blue, Dark Pink, Green
You will need a die-cutting machine with dies for an apple, #1 Teacher (or something similar....a worm, book, etc. would be cute.)  Set your dial to the proper size.  I recommend cutting out a sample on scrap of paper before using the actual vinyl.

It only takes minutes to apply the vinyl to the acrylic block.  You can apply to the front and the back.  Smooth out any air bubbles.



The pencil holder shown in the photo is also a product from Deflecto.  The pencil holder is hinged and opens up to reveal 2 small frames built-in to the container.


I hope you got some inspiration here today.  Make sure to take time to enjoy the small blessings along the way and,

Live Life with a Flourish!

Marilyn





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




















Monday, May 22, 2017

Upcycled Home Decor with etchall(R)


We all love a good thrift store find, right?  I recently went in search of some items that I could put together for a fun home dec project.  I love the look of shabby chic and that allows me a lot of wiggle room when working with second hand items just waiting to get an update.  Read on to see what I found and how I made the etched mirror in the photo shown below.
You will need:  

etchall(R):  etching creme, etchmask(tm) Stencil ComboPak, Squeegee, Detail Pick Tool
wooden charger plate
8" round mirror
beige cording trim
chalk texture paint
paintbrushes
tacky glue
glue gun
die cut machine
water bucket
paper plates
paper towels

Instructions:

1.  Paint the plate.  Set aside to dry.

2.  Follow the manufacturer's instructions and use die-cut machine to cut out chosen pattern.  Make sure to test on regular paper to get the proper fit before cutting from the etchmask(R).
3.  Clean the mirror and allow to dry thoroughly.  Remove the release paper from the etchmask and apply to the mirror.  Use the squeegee to remove air bubbles and get a firm adhesion to the mirror.
4.  Pour the etchall(R) creme onto the mirror.  The etchall creme shown in my photo has been used a few       times.  The creme will turn a dark brown color over time; but this does not affect the product's               effectiveness.  Make sure to put the creme back in the bottle after this use for another one later!  No     waste allowed!


5.  Spread the etchall creme over the surface of the mirror.  Set the timer for 15 minutes and let it "cook".  
6.  When the time is up; remove the etchall creme and put it back in the jar.  Rinse the mirror under running water, removing the etchmask(R).  The pattern will be revealed and the mirror is ready for the next step.
7.  Apply tacky glue to the indented area of the platter.  Center the mirror and press into the glue.  Press the cording into the glue and wrap around the mirror, covering the remaining space in the indented space.         Refer to photograph to finish.

8.  Spiral some cording into a 1-1/2" circle, adhering to a piece of cardstock.  Cut out; center and adhere to the bottom of the mirror.



I hope you got some inspiration here today. 

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

Life Life with a Flourish!

Marilyn




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








Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Beautiful Decoupaged Boxes made Easy!


What do you do with inexpensive wooden boxes and some coordinating memory papers?  You create  beautiful gift boxes with the help of Plaid's Mod Podge(R) medium!  Stick around for a minute and I will show you how I made them!  Pictured below are several boxes I created using the papers from one 12 x 12" paper pad.  I cut shapes out from the papers to embellish my box with.  I made my own paper spiral flowers; but you may choose to purchase flowers at the craft store instead!  That is OK!

You will need:

Plaid(R):  Mod Podge(R) Hard Coat water based sealer
Plaid(R):  Decoupage Brushes
Wooden Boxes:  4"; 4-3/4"; 5-1/2" (or your choice of size!)
Memory Papers:  12 x 12" coordinating pad of papers (or papers of your choice!)
Ink Pads & applicator sponges
Flowers:  Paper roses or mulberry blossoms purchased from the craft store
Pearlstring:  Faux pearls; 1/8" (cut apart)
Glue

Tools:
Paper Trimmer
Scissors
pencil
glue gun
Water Bucket
Paper Plates
Paper Towels




Instructions:

**  Before you start:  A tip I learned long ago is to NOT dip your brush in the jar.  Be sure to pour out small amounts on a paper plate as you use it.  This is to prevent contamination of your product!  Now, onward and forward!

1.  Choose papers for your project.  The Mod Podge(R) special brushes work great as there is no waste of product and they are easy to clean after use.

2.  Box top and box bottom:  Lay one flat surface of the box on the wrong side of  paper.  Trace around the box and cut out one piece for the lid and repeat for the bottom. Apply product to the wrong side of the cut paper and apply to the box.  Smooth out any air bubbles.  

3.  Measure the width and circumference of the sides of the lid.  Cut out strips of paper, matching patterns. Cut any notches where needed to fit the mechanics of the handle and hinges.  Apply Mod Podge(R) to the paper and adhere to the box following the manufacturer's directions.  Smooth out any air bubbles.  Once it has dried; apply top coats as needed. Your box will have a smooth, hard finish that you can easily keep the dust off of!

3.  Chalk the edges of the box using the ink pad and sponge applicator.

4.  Finish:  Arrange and apply the paper cut-outs to decorate the box.  Finish with another top coat.  Allow to dry; adhere flowers and pearls to the box as shown in the photo given.


Below is a gift I made for myself.  I used the coordinating papers as a background for my photo and placed them in a clear acrylic frame by Deflecto.  The box is a cute container just waiting for a stash of candy or other favorite thing I like nearby.

Designer Tip:  Use the coordinating papers and create some greeting cards that will fit in the box. This makes a wonderful little gift for any occasion.

I hope you got some inspiration here today.  Make sure 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.





Friday, May 12, 2017

Alter some Ball jars with Mod Podge(R) Colors and some fancy knobs!


Hi and thanks for stopping by the blog today!  Fix your attention on the far right of the photo at the top of the page and you will see the products that I used on my  jars to create a unique and colorful project.  I followed the manufacturer's instruction to apply the Mod Podge(R) in sheer colors to my jars.

You will need:

Mod Podge(R) Sheer Colors:  Pink, Purple, Green, Blue, Yellow
Ball jars
Ball plastic jar lids
Knobs with short screws
Washers (same size as screws)
Drill with drill bit to match the screw in the knob
Screw driver
Butcher Paper or plastic mat working surface
Paper Towels

First:  Pour just enough product into one jar to cover the inside with color.  Roll the jar around a bit to spread the medium to cover any bare patches.  Invert the jar onto a protected surface and let them drain.
Repeat for each jar and color.

I moved my jars around quite a bit.  Once the excess was drained off; I let them sit overnight.  The weather was nice the following day, so I laid them on their sides on the deck to let them get some air and dry faster.  I continued to roll them over periodically so that the color would dry evenly.  The whole process actually took several days.  You can't rush a good thing!

Next up....you will need some plastic ball jar lids and a drill with a drill bit to match the size of the knob screws.  I looked for knobs that had a short screw and bought washers to take up the slack if the knob wasn't fitting tightly on the lid.
Here are all of the jars complete with their lid and designated knobs!  Aren't they pretty?  They would be great for decor or as a container for a gift; but I have another purpose for these lovely jars.  They are going to be lights on my deck this Summer!  I will be adding some battery operated tea lights.........the end result will be in another blog post!
Hope you got inspired here today!  The photo below is a lead-in to my next project.  I am going to transform the tray with some more of my favorite Plaid(R) products.  Stay tuned for the next chapter!

Thank you for stopping by the blog today.  Be sure to take time to enjoy the small blessings along the way and;

Live Life with a Flourish!

Marilyn




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





Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May is for Mom!


May is the month to celebrate moms! 
 Deflecto frames and signs are the perfect surface to decorate!  A photograph is an obvious use for a frame; but I used this frame for a heartfelt message to mom!  Scroll down and I will tell you how I made it!


You will need:

Deflecto:  Purple Border Frame, 4" x 6"  #69573CR
Washi Tape:  black with white polka dots, 5/8" wide
Paper Flowers:  3 purple; 1", 1-1/8", 1-1/2"
Leaves: two 1-1/2" green
Pearls:  (cut from pearlstring) three 1/8" 
Cardstock:  White, one sheet
PicMonkey or other online digital design site
Scissors
Glue Dots :  1/2" Pop-Up Dots


Instructions:

1.  Design a mother's day message that will fit the 4" x 6" window of the frame.  I used PicMonkey.  They have templates you can use. I used white paper and designed digital message with a black background and white print. Print out on 8-1/2 x 11" cardstock and cut to fit the frame.  Insert between the panels.

2. I made my paper flowers and added a faux pearl to the center of each one.  If you don't want to make your own; mulberry flowers are easy to find in your local craft store and they are beautiful too.

3.  I applied washi tape to the top and bottom of the frame.  This is such an easy way to decorate the frames and sooo fun!

4.  Adhere the flowers to the lower edge of the frame as shown.

You might wonder about the gift bag sitting next to the frame!  I applied white dots to a black bag using a round sponge and acrylic paint.  I made a crepe paper fan and glued it to a 2-1/2" circle.  The closure is a wooden clothespin with a matching paper flower glued to it.  Isn't it pretty?  My inspiration for the frame was my gift bag!

Thanks for checking out the blog today.  Hope you got some inspiration and have a wonderful month of May!

Cheers!

Marilyn



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