Friday, September 1, 2017

Spooky Mirror with Tape Technologies

Halloween is just around the corner.  I made a quick and fun decoration from a framed mirror that I picked up at the local Dollar Tree.  With some craft vinyl sheets and a die-cut machine, I put together this easy spooky project.



You will need:

Tape Technologies Gloss Vinyl Craft Sheets (Styletechcraft):  Silver & Black; Transfer Tape
Framed Mirror:  8-1/2" x 10-1/2" with metallic frame
Die-cut Machine
Dies:  Cobwebs, Spider, Skull

Instructions:

1.  Go online and google how to "weed" your vinyl shapes and apply to the surface.  This will explain how to cut and apply your vinyl shapes.  It is also possible to go online and purchase cuts (there are some that you can find for free).

2. Cut your vinyl shapes and apply to the mirror as shown. Cut the skull from silver vinyl and the black for the cobwebs and the spider. If you get an air bubble, use a pin or needles to puncture and smooth the shape.

3.  Enjoy!


Thanks for stopping by the blog.

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

Live Life with a Flourish!

Marilyn



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Make the Classroom fun with Deflecto storage!


School is back in session!  As teachers decorate their classrooms, they will find Deflecto products to be a great help for getting organized and making signs!


Materials:

Deflecto:  Frame; 5" x 7" black border #69575CR; Storage: 6" x 6" x 6"  X-Divider Cube #350201CR; Sign Tags include 1 white marker #899112CR

Memory Paper:  12" x 12" multi-colored chevron, 12 x 12" mini yellow chevron
Cardstock:  Black
Kids Wood Shapes:  pre-painted:  2 owls, one bumblebee
Stencil:  1" alphabet sheet
Embroidered letters: sheet of 1" white letters (to spell teachers name)
School supplies: pencils, rulers, scissors, glue, etc.
Adhesives
Paper Trimmer

Instructions:

1.  Frame:  Cut a 10-1/2" x 12" rectangle of chevron paper.  Cut a 5-1/2" x 10-1/2" rectangle of black cardstock.  

2.  Use the stencil and white marker to write Welcome and the room number on the black cardstock.
Adhere the black to the chevron paper.  Insert between the panels of the frame.

3.  Adhere the owl shapes to the frame.

4.  Stencil the teachers name as for the sign on a sign tag using the marker.  There may be more than one teacher in the classroom and multiple names can be put on signs to interchange when needed.

5.  Cube Storage:  Cut chevron paper into four 5-1/2" squares.  Insert inside the  four sides of the cube.  Press up against the cube.  If the paper isn't glued, it can be changed.

6.  Cut a piece of mini yellow chevron slightly larger than a sign tag.  Adhere the sign tag to the paper.  Adhere embroidered letters spelling the teacher's name to the sign.  Adhere to the front of the cube.  Adhere the bumblebee to the cube as shown.

7.  Finish:  Fill the cube with pencils, rulers, scissors, etc.


Stencil the message using the white marker.
Embroidered letters spelling the teacher's name on the sign tag.
Decorate to suit your classroom and enjoy!


May teachers and students enjoy a wonderful and productive school year!  It is my hope that you have found some inspiration on the blog today!

Make sure to enjoy the small blessings along the way and

Live Life with a Flourish!

Marilyn




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sharing my creativity on this blog.





Tuesday, August 8, 2017

etch'Y'all a spooky plaque for Fall!


Still finding shade for that picnic, right?  Not to rush the good times of summer; but Fall is just around the bend!  For those of us who love to craft; we have to stay ahead of the curve!

I went on a treasure hunt at my local Goodwill a couple of days ago.  I am always on the hunt for something that I can make into a fun etched project.  I found this frame and made sure that it had glass in the frame and not plastic.  I added a few embellishments to finish off the project.  I really like the way it turned out!



If you have never etched before or need to brush up; watch this video by Barbee! Click here! Getting started

You will need:

etchall®: etching creme, squeegee, etchmask Stencil Combo Pack

Click on this link to find products!  etchall®

Frame:  6" x 10-1/2" matted frame for 3 pictures
Memory Paper:  12" square with Fall theme  (I used orange pattern)
Paper trimmer
Die-cut machine to cut letters
Embellishments:  Halloween theme
Clear liquid adhesive
Paper Towels
(Water close by to rinse project)


Instructions:

1.  Remove the glass from the frame and separate the mat from the back panel.  Clean the glass.

2.  Cut memory paper to fit the cardboard insert that goes behind the mat.  The reverse side of the mat I used was black.  If you  want to change the color of the mat it can be painted with acrylic paints or covered with memory paper.

3. Cut the letters to say BOO. on the die-cut machine.  Use the transfer paper to hold the letters in place.  I cut the letters 2" high.  Cut on a scrap of paper before cutting from the vinyl to make sure the letters will fit.


4.  Place the mat over the glass to make sure the placement will be correct for the vinyl letters.
The most challenging part is to get the vinyl letters completely straight.  This step takes a little more finesse!  
5.  Apply etchall creme to the glass following manufacturers instructions.  The creme will turn brown after several uses; but that is OK!  Make sure to scoop it back up and put it in the jar after you are finished.  It will be good for more uses!  I use the squeegee for that step.  After removing as much of the creme as possible; take the glass to the sink and wash all of the excess creme; remove the vinyl stencils; then dry.


6.  Once you have cleaned and dried the etched glass; assemble all of the parts to the frame.  Finish by adding the embellishments.  I chose to leave the glass clear for the letters and frost the rest of the glass.  You can also do this in reverse for a different look!



Thank you for stopping by and checking out the blog today!


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

Live Life with a Flourish!

Marilyn





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sharing my creativity on this blog.








Sunday, July 30, 2017

Bead Storage with Deflecto


Decorate a Deflecto Interlocking Storage Bin for bead storage.   This versatile bin can be placed on the work table for easy access or attached to the wall.  Each bin tilts out giving full view to the contents.  

Materials:

Deflecto:  Interlocking Multi-Bin Storage Organizer; 5 bin unit #20503CR
Joy:  3" Embroidered Letters; navy blue  (letters also come in white and red)
Cardstock:  12" foil; navy blue, silver
Punches or die cut:  circles, 1-1/4", 1/2"
Adhesives

Instructions:

1. Embroidered letters:   Line up letters on the front of tilt bins.  Remove the backing and adhere evenly to the front of the bins.

2.  Punch or die-cut circles from the cardstock.  Cut 1-1/2" circles  from navy blue and 1/2" circles from silver.  Place and adhere circles to the white portion of the storage as shown.

Storage on Amazon:  In black




Thank you for stopping by the blog today.  Hope you will enjoy some high quality Deflecto storage.  They have all of your storage needs covered!

Take some time to enjoy the small blessings along the way and;

Live Life with a Flourish!

Marilyn

Vinyl Hippie Flower Coasters and Flower Pot


Decorate a terracotta pot with vinyl to make a container for summer celebrations!  Ceramic tiles make great coasters too!


You will need:

Fluorescent Craft Vinyl:  Pink F01, Yellow F03, Green F06, Blue F07
Click here to purchase:  On Amazon

Transfer Tape:  Clear
Terracotta Pot:  10" wide (rim) x 9" tall
4" Tiles:  4 white ceramic
Paints:  White gloss enamel (multi surface)
Paintbrush or sponge brush
Die-cut machine
Paper Punch: 1/4"
Scissors
Felt pads:  1"; 4 for each coaster
Rubbing Alcohol & cotton balls
Water bucket
Paper towels
Paper plate

Instructions:

1.  Clean the outside of the terracotta pot and ceramic coasters with rubbing alcohol using a cotton ball.  Allow to dry.

2.  Paint the pot with gloss enamel paint following the manufacturer's directions.

3.  Cut various sizes of hippie flowers using the die-cut machine.  The largest flower is 4" wide; the smallest is 1-1/2".  The centers of the flowers are circles which are also cut with the die-cut machine. The smallest circles are 1/4" wide.

4.  Apply the transfer paper to the top of the die-cut flowers following manufacturer's instructions. The transfer tape will allow you to pick the part of the design you don't need that you will discard.
Keep the transfer tape on the vinyl until it is applied to the surface you are decorating.  Firmly press down on the vinyl to get good adhesion; remove the transfer tape.  

5. Add the circles to the centers of the flowers.

6.  Cut words to adhere to the rim of the pot.  The size will be determined by the font you are using.  
The words that I used are Smiles, Celebrate, Blessed, Adventure.

7.  Coasters:  Place and adhere the flowers to the coasters as shown.  Overlap and trim the flower petals in several places.  Adhere the circles to the center of the flowers.

8.  Adhere the felt pads to the bottom of the coasters to prevent scratches.

I hope you got some inspiration here today.  Vinyl works great on many surfaces and this same idea could be applied for any holiday or occasion.


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

Live Life with a Flourish!

Marilyn






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exchange for my creativity on this blog.





Thursday, July 6, 2017

Bridal Shower Mini Albums with Deflecto Vinyl Pouches

Summer greetings!  There are many bridal showers and weddings happening this time of year!  My daughter got married last Summer and we had a bridal shower for her last July! I had lots of pictures to share and wanted to make a gift of a mini photo album for family and friends who were involved in the shower and wedding.  Deflecto flexible pouches are the perfect solution to keeping the photos pristine through a lot of handling.  I will show you how I made my mini albums below.  




You will need:

Deflecto:  Flexible Pouches 5" x 7" #20020CR; 3" x 5" #20019CR
Deflecto:  Pear Clip, 2-1/2" #20012CR (one for each album)
Websits:  http://www.deflecto.com/craft/   (check out where to buy)

12 x 12" Memory Papers:  Contrasting papers of the same color family
Vinyl for lettering:  Colors of your choosing
Vinyl transfer paper
Paper Trimmer
Adhesives
Ribbons:  Colors of your choosing
Scissors
Die-cutting machine





Directions:

First, select your photos and make sure they are sized small enough to mat and apply to the background paper with plenty of area around each photo.

Select colors of solid and patterned papers that will coordinate throughout the mini album.  I used a 12" x 12" paper pad and they had already coordinated the papers!

Create a background for your page. Cut slightly smaller than 5" x 7" paper for your background page. Cut a mat paper slightly larger than the photo.  A double mat can be applied to the the focal point photo if you prefer.

Check your lay-out by not applying adhesive until you have placed the photos.  Dry placing the photos before applying adhesive is a sure way to get them the way you like them before adhering them to the page.

Working from the front of the album; right side up; you will need to reverse the position of each scrapbook page on the back or reverse side of each page.  I arranged each page and then inserted into the front and back of each pouch.

After completing all of the album pages; put them in a pile with all of the edges matching.  Cut a 4" x 7" piece of adhesive vinyl.  Adhere it to the top edges' front and back to "bind" the pages together.

Punch a hole in the vinyl matching to the holes in the stack of pouches.  Attach the pear clip.

Cut and tie ribbons to the pear clip.  One ribbon or ten!  Up to you! Trim the ribbon tails at an angle.


Cut a vinyl monogram B and adhere it to the front of the 3" x 5" pouch.
Cut the word Bride from another color of vinyl and adhere to the top of the B as shown.
I recommend cutting the letter and word from memory paper first to make sure it is the right size and fits on top of the pouch.



BONUS!


I made a mini album using the 3" x 5" pouches.  I used the same technique as shown above.  My daughter has a long haired dachshund named "Riley".  This mini album was dedicated to her. 


Below are a couple of pictures of Riley all decked out for the 4th of July!   




Thanks for stopping by!

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

Live Life with a Flourish!

Marilyn








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for sharing my creativity on this blog.






Monday, July 3, 2017

A Patriotic up-cycle with Tape Technologies




You will need:

Ultra Metallic Vinyl:  Gold #127, Red 129, Blue 130
Electronic Die-cut Machine
Paper Trimmer
Re-cycled Jars:  I used large pickle and peppercini jars with smooth sides
Washi Tape:  Red & white chevron 
Jute 3 ply string
scissors


Directions:

For cutting stripes:  Use the paper trimmer to cut strips of vinyl.  

For cutting shapes:  Use the electronic die cut machine for the stars.

Stripes on jar:  Cut 1" wide strips of vinyl in the length you will need for the jar.  Leave room above each stripe to adhere a 1-1/4" gold star.  Cut some longer 1/4" wide strips of the red vinyl and adhere one between each wider red stripe as shown.  Cut 1/4" stripes from the gold and adhere a piece to the center of each wide red stripe as shown in the photo given.  

Stars:  Cut 1-1/2" stars from the gold vinyl.  Adhere a star to the jar above each wide red stripe.

Finish:  Adhere washi tape around the neck of the jar.  Tie a piece of jute string below the tape and finish with a shoestring bow.



For the horizontal stripes:  Cut 3/4" x 12" strips using the paper trimmer.  Apply horizontally to the jar has shown; matching up the ends.  Cut 1-1/2" gold stars and apply around the jar between the horizontal stripes.

Finish with washi tape and jute as directed with the striped jar.



Cut 1" gold stars.  Adhere to the entire jar.  Finish with washi tape and jute string as for the striped jar.

**The "heart" USA is an acrylic block that I cut and applied vinyl to.  The vinyl works well on smooth flat surfaces.

I used my jars to decorate for a 4th of July celebration though I would use these all Summer long!
They will serve as decorative containers to hold napkins, silverware, straws, etc.  I would use this idea for other celebrations too.  Weddings, birthdays, holidays, etc.!  Whatever your mind can conceive and perceive, it can achieve!  That is a favorite saying of mine that came from Mary Kay Ash.

Thank you for stopping by.  Make sure to take 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.

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.