Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I love Rinea Foil Paper for altering paper mache' and wood!

Hi everybody!  Spring has arrived with all of it's color!  I am inspired to put spots of color around the house and to make gifts for family and friends.  Here are some ideas to perk things up a bit!

For some more project ideas using Rinea Foil Paper, check out the blog links below!

The link above will be available the last week of April!  Thanks!

Rinea Foil Paper - Spring Garland

Spring has sprung!  The green is making a comeback and this is my favorite time of year!  Rinea Foil Paper has many uses.  I chose to use the brilliant colored foil paper on some wood shapes to embellish my Spring garland.  I will be using this for Easter decorating and beyond!

You will need:

Rinea Foil Paper:  Teal, Gold, Pink, Silver, Purple
Wood:  Spring shapes (7)
Cardstock:  purple, green, light green, teal
Ink Pads:  green, pink, purple, teal
Applicator:  wedge sponges or other
Ribbon:  1/4" black with white polka dots (6 yards)
Adhesives:  Dimensional Magic medium; Glue Dots
Hangers:  sign and banner hangers (deflecto)
Electronic die cut machine
Dies:  pennant, flower

Each pennant is about 5" x 7".  I framed each green pennant with a purple pennant making a 1/2" border around the green.  I cut a lighter colored green flower for each pennant.  The layers are adhered together and finished with a foiled wooden shape on top of the flower.
I used the electronic die cut machine to cut out the teal flowers and the word Bloom.

Click on the links given below for some more projects!

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Flower embellishments for gifts, home decor and more!

Make beautiful flowers with Rinea Foil Papers!  I will show you how!


Rinea Foil Paper:   Shop here:  http://www.rinea.com/store.html
Deflecto:  12 x 12" Frame, X-Divider Cube Storage
Washi Tape:  1" metallic gold & white chevron
Cling Vinyl:  Black by Cricut
Wrapping paper:  Polka Dots (any paper can be used)
personal electronic die cutting machine

Copy & paste the pattern given below and open in a word document.  There are no borders on the page.
Print out pattern and cut out the pieces.  Trace around the pattern pieces onto the Rinea papers.  Cut out.
Adhere the larger petals to the flower base along the outside edges.  Repeat with smaller petals working toward the middle of the flower.  Cut out leaves and adhere to the back of the flower.

Punch one 2" circle from the Rinea foil paper.  Cut into a spiral leaving a circle in the middle.  Curl the spiral from one side, forming a rose shape.  Adhere the flower to the circle that is now the base of the flower.  Glue this to the center of the Flower Base.

I hope you are taking away some inspiration from this blog today.  Rinea Foil Papers are versatile and so fun to use.  They add a festive touch to many projects, be it home decor or paper crafts!  Thanks for stopping by!

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


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for my creativity on this blog.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Interchangeable Seasonal Signage - first up is Easter!

April is here and though it is late this year, we are hopping into Easter!  I love Easter!  A day to celebrate with family and friends; and colorful decorations make it extra special. I have a 12" acrylic frame that works beautifully as signage for each season. I will tell you below how I made it!


Deflecto Frame:  clear 12" x 12"; #69991CR
Rinea Foil Papers:  Crafters' Rolls  Link:  http://www.rinea.com/store/p15/CraftersRolls.html
Cardstock:  heavy white
Punches:  circles; ovals, flowers
Washi Tape:
Vinyl:  shiny black by Cricut
Glue Dots
Dimensional Magic: clear
Wrapping paper:  12" square of polka dots with white background.  (any memory paper)
Electronic die cut machine


For the crumpled metal effect:  See photo instructions below.  Carefully wad up the paper then smoothly and gently spread it out flat again.  Adhere the shape to either a wooden shape or to a paper shape. Use an inkpad to chalk the edges.

The frame is decorated with washi tape; a cling vinyl sentiment (cut from die cutting machine), and embellishments are made from cardstock and Rinea Foil Papers. Everything is removeable and the frame can be reused for another occasion.  Use the embellishments for decorating baskets, candy bars, etc.!  Enjoy!

I hope you got some inspiration here today and have a very happy Easter!

Take time to enjoy the small blessings along the way and,

Live Life with a Flourish!


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for my creativity on this blog.

Organize your Easter with a Deflecto Storage Carousel Organizer!

Do you like the decorative knobs that are in all the stores these days?  They come in all shapes, sizes and colors.  I found some ceramic knobs that I really liked and attached them to the top lids of my Deflecto storage bins. The bins on the carousel can be used for many different things.  Easter is this month so I used this carousel for Easter candies and eggs. 

If you decide to add some knobs to your storage you will need a few things to start:

1.  Drill with a drill bit to match the size of the screw on your acrylic knob
2.  Nut and washers to tighten the knob to the bin
3.  Screwdriver to tighten the screw
4.  A thick book or magazine (I used an old phone book) to drill on
5.  6 decorative knobs with screws  (I chose ceramic knobs)


1.  Mark the spot on one lid for knob placement.  Place the lid on top of the thick book.  It might help to have someone help to hold the lid steady for drilling.  Choose the drill bit that matches the size of the screw on the knob.  Drill the hole.  Repeat for each of the lids that you will be attaching knobs to.

2.  Attach a knob to one lid.  Tighten the fit using nut and washers.  Check the size of the screw to make sure it is the right size.  Repeat for each lid.

3.  Fill the bins; replace the lids and enjoy!

I hope you got some inspiration here today! 

Take time to enjoy the small blessings along the way and

Live Life with a Flourish!


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in exchange for my creativity on
this blog.

Monogrammed Desk Essentials

Personalize a Deflecto Pencil Cup to pretty up your workspace!  I layered some pretty papers with a paper doily and added some embroidered initials.  Close to your heart pictures will make it even more special.  Check out the built-in photo frames on the inside!

Pencil Cup w/Photo Frames

I cut pieces from the memory papers to carry the Spring theme.  Cut paper to fit the outside of the pencil caddy.  Adhere.  Trim a paper doily and an image from the memory paper.  Chalk the edges using an inkpad and sponge.  The embroidered letters were white and I sponged them with permanent ink to add the color I wanted.

I put some of my pretty business cards in the frames so that I would have some close at hand. 

This is a quick and easy project and brings a pop of Spring into your space.  Kids love the possibilities for decorating their personal pencil caddy too!  I will be posting a separate blog with instructions for the calendar!

Take time to enjoy the small blessings along the way and

Live Life with a Flourish!


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

Monday, March 13, 2017

Celebrate Spring with Etchall(R)!

Etchall(R); a little paint and some embellishments will take an inexpensive glass container to new heights!  I will show you how I transformed an apothecary jar and a glass bottle into gifts I would give or keep as home decor.


Etchall(R):  etching creme; dip 'n etch liquid; "Love you a Latte" stencil; Detail Pick Tool;  Squeegee
Glass:  apothecary jar; heart shaped bottle with cork lid

Paint:  Multi-surface acrylic - Teal

bunch of silk flowers
mulberry or paper flowers
painters tape or masking tape
plastic container for dipping



** Before you start:  You will be re-using the etchall(R) creme and liquid.  Do not throw it away!  It is good for many uses even if it starts turning brown as it has in the photos shown here.  I will use it for as long as it keeps etching.

1.  Dipping in etchall:  Cut the top off of a disposable plastic container.  The smaller size; the better.  It has to be large enough for the piece to fit.  We are dipping the apothecary lid.

2.  Put the item you will be dipping in the plastic container.  Fill with water to cover the lid.  Use a marker to draw a line on the bottle at the top of the water line.  This will show you how much etchall you will need.

3.  Dump out the water and fill the bottle to the marker line.  Place the glass lid in the liquid and set the timer for 15 minutes.  15 minutes is the standard amount of time you will use when etching with etchall(R).

4.  When the time is up; remove the lid from the etchall liquid.  Rinse & dry thoroughly.  

5.  Pour the etchall(R) liquid back into it's original container.  It will be good to go for another project!  I used the dip 'n etch to etch the heart shaped bottle using the same instructions.

6.  Now it is time for the Etchall(R) Creme.  If this is the first time you have used an etchall(r) stencil, I recommend watching an instruction video with Barbee which you will find here:  http://etchall.com/getting-started/

7.  Follow the instructions given and apply the stencil to the jar.  Use the Pick Tool to remove the pieces of the stencil that will make the design on the glass.  Make sure to leave the stencil in the places that give definition to the design.

8.  Follow the instructions given to apply the stencil to the front of the jar.  After picking out the pieces that you won't need; use the Squeegee to remove any air bubbles and to seal all of the edges.  Further prepare by applying tape around the stencil so that the etchall creme won't slide down the sides of the jar.  

9.  Apply a thick layer of etchall creme to the top of the stencil and lightly spread to cover the stencil.  Set the timer for 15 minutes.

10.  The magic!  When the time is up, use the Squeegee to remove as much as you can of the creme and return it to the original container.  As with the liquid, the creme will turn brown over time and multiple uses; but it will still etch!  Once the creme is put back in the container; rinse the jar under warm water, removing the tape and the stencil.  Once it is clean; give it a good dry and see how pretty the design looks!

11.  Once the lid is dry; paint it with the sponge using a pouncing motion.  Apply another coat as needed.  Allow to dry thoroughly before inserting into the top of the jar.

12.  Embellish!  Tie the ribbon around the neck of the jar.  Finish by adhering a pretty flower to the ribbon.  Trim a V in the ends of the ribbon.

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!


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