Sunday, September 9, 2018

Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Fall Sign Tutorial



Hey y'all! Who loves Fall? I DO! It's actually my favorite time of the year. Here's a fun fall-inspired sign and if you are still with me at the end, I'll maybe even have the free file for you! ;)

My bloggy buddies and I have once again joined forces to bring you 14 Home Decor Projects, I figured I'd kick off Fall with my project, but make sure you check out all of the other awesome ones for more project inspiration. The projects are listed at the bottom of my post, just click on each name and it will take you to each blog!
 
Since it's officially Pumpkin Spice Latte season, I thought I'd share this fun tutorial!

**Though I was compensated for this post in product and/or monetarily, all opinions, ideas and comments are 100% my own. Please note: this post may also contain affiliate links.**


I actually designed this sign a few years back for a Home Show Make it Take it Workshop, but I thought I'd share the project supplies list and file (free!) with you guys now!

For this project you will need the following:
First, sand, clean and stain your board and allow it to fully dry. Once it's dry, hit it with some of the spray lacquer listed above. To make a stencil, simply cut out your vinyl and instead of removing the background when you weed it, remove the letters, leaving the background and making sure to leave the letter centers. Use some transfer tape to transfer your stencil onto your board. Make sure to burnish your stencil before adding your paint so as to not get any bleed through. To get the ombre look, just pour out some paint/stain onto your palette in an ombre look and drag your foam brush straight across it to get the effect. Make sure to remove your stencil while the paint is still partially wet so as to not lift it.

Alternatively, you can stain or paint the board and use vinyl for the lettering like these gals did at the Home Show:



Either method looks great! Just make sure if you're going the colorful board and vinyl route, that you seal your Unicorn SPiT before adding your letters. You can do this by giving a quick spray with the lacquer I listed above, making sure it's fully dry before adding the letters using transfer tape or it might lift up your stain or paint. I personally love both looks but went for the stained board in a dark walnut, then lacquer, then the stencil and paint.


As promised, here's the file in jpg format...just right click, save to your drive, then open up Design Space and upload it. You can find a video and post on how to import your own designs into DS HERE.

Tell me, have you had a Pumpkin Spice Latte this season already? I will let in on a little secret...I don't drink coffee! I KNOW! IT'S CRAZY, BUT I DON'T! I'm a Tea girl. Tea is life. ;)

Don't forget to check out the other 13 posts and visit my bloggy friends.
Here's that list:


Happy Fall, y'all!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Spring Monogram Wreath under 15 minutes...Craft Lightning




Hi y'all! I'm so excited to be participating in a fun challenge with my bloggy friends this week! It's called "Craft Lightning" and this time around, we're focusing on wood crafts!

I thought this would be a PERFECT time to bust out a new craft supply that I've been obsessed with for a few weeks...Sola Wood Flowers! My friend Stefanie over at Oh! You're Lovely uses these cuties quite often, so I thought I'd order a few and give them a try and I'm hooked! (I just placed another order the other night because there was a SALE!)

Here is the full list of supplies needed for this project (I've included links to Amazon in case you can't make it to a craft store):

**Though I was compensated for this post in product and/or monetarily, all opinions, ideas and comments are 100% my own. Please note: this post may also contain affiliate links.**

Steps:
  •  Paint your Monogram Initial and set aside to dry.
  • Position your wood flowers on your wreath according to where you like them best and glue them down. 
  • Add some of the spray stem to it to fill in the space a little better. 
  • Glue down your Monogram.
  • Secure your letter with some floral wire.  (I wrapped some of the wire around the 'S' following the same path as the floral spray to hide it.)
  • Add some ribbon or burlap to the top and hang it on your front door!
I made a quick video to show you how to put it all together.


The entire project took just under 10 minutes to create! Isn't it so pretty? Those flowers look SO realistic!


Make sure you check out the other bloggers who are sharing their OWN 15 minutes and under projects all using wood! Here are today's bloggers:

Monday:
Did I mention this is going on ALL week? Well it, is! You can check out the full list of bloggers over at any of our hosts' blogs all week long! Here are our hosts:
Make sure you check them all out! Happy Crafting!

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Cricut Challenge: Biggie Inspired Tshirt


Hi y'all! I'm so excited for this month's Cricut Challenge!! First, let me say that this project though easy to make, was no simple feat to accomplish. Why? Well, it was difficult to accomplish because my township has been without power for 10days after we got hit with two back to back nor'easters and snow storms. Thankfully, one of my wonderful friends offered up her home so I could Cricut in time for the post to go live! (Thank you Stefanie!) Bonus, I got to see her precious kids, including her new baby boy!!

I'll stop blabbing now...well first let me say that you want to stick to the end of this post, since there's a GIVEAWAY! Also, make sure to check out the other awesome bloggers that participated in the challenge for more crafty Cricut inspiration! (Also linked at end of post.)


**Though I was compensated for this post in product and/or monetarily, all opinions, ideas and comments are 100% my own. Please note: this post may also contain affiliate links.**

Make sure you also check out our sponsor, Happy Crafters! They very graciously provided these comfy tshirts and the awesome HTV for this project! Woohoo!


The shirts are super soft and they fit comfortably! Side-note, thank you to my in laws for letting us and our puppy come hang at their house, too during this crazy time! That cabinet behind me in the above picture is just chock full of memories from the kids', my brother in law's and hubby's childhoods! :) 

Back to my awesome DIY Biggie-inspired Tshirt...

I used some Cricut access fonts for this design on Cricut Design Space. March 9th marked the 21st anniversary of Biggie's death, so being the Biggie fan that I am, I decided a Biggie quote was JUST what my Happy Crafters' Tshirt needed! I ordered some black holographic HTV that can be found here, and this black tshirt, and chose my quote. I got this from his song titled "Sky's the limit" and I love it!



The great thing about doing this project at Stefanie's house? SHE'S A PHOTOGRAPHER! :) She took some great photos and videos of the process. You can check out her real work, on her FB page here, as well as on previous blog posts here and here that she and I collaborated on.


I just love watching my Maker in action!


 I had a bunny left over from an Easter project, so it's on my Maker for the time being. I also used my handy Easy Press for this project! (The Easy Press is on sale! Use this link to save $20 and use code MYSTERYMARCH for free shipping on all orders over $95.) I used the 'Holographic Sparkle Iron-on on fabric' setting to apply my HTV.


Anyone else find weeding vinyl to be oh-so-satisfying?!


The best part about crafting at Stef's house, however, is THIS cutie!


I'm in love. Like, for real.

Back to the shirt...I wanted to go for the 'black on black' thing, but with a twist! ;) When the sun or light hits the tshirt, the holographic rainbow POPS! It's pretty awesome!


 

Isn't the holographic effect so pretty?

 

I was clearly feeling my shirt, so I took a selfie on Snap the day I wore it. (Anyone else wish that snap filters were real life? Just sayin'...my skin is flawless with this filter!  Ha!)

Anyone else love Biggie as much as I do!? You can find the file here, free to use as long as you have Cricut Access on Design Space. Use this link for 10% off your order after you buy a subscription to Cricut Access.


A huge thank you to Jeanie and Michelle who had the great idea to get us all together!

Make sure you check out the other amazing projects for this month! You can find them linked below:

A Turtle's Life for MeWeekend CraftCreate and BabbleHappy Go LuckyRefresh RestyleDaily DIY LifeHappily Ever After, etc Cookies, Coffee and CraftsThe Kim Six FixSee LindsayDragonfly & Lily PadsPS I Love you CraftsOur Crafty MomDoodle Craft BlogReal Girls RealmUpright and Caffeinated •  That Sweet Tea LifeSmiling ColorsTastefully FrugalThe Inspiration VaultThe How-To HomeEvey's Creations

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Unicorn Ornament Tutorial


Reindeer Names Christmas Ornaments DIY HTV Christmas Wine Gift Bag How to Make Fabric Silverware Christmas Stocking Holders with Cricut Maker Christmas Baby Onsie DIY Watercolor Cards Reindeer Lollipops How to Create Simple Christmas Plank Art DIY Christmas Chalkboard Signs Quick and Easy Holiday Gift Idea: Sassy DIY Wine Glasses Sawdust is My Glitter Ornaments Christmas Gift Cards Festive and Easy Buffalo Plaid Holiday Wall Art Unicorn Ornament Tutorial Merry Christmas Welcome

Hi y'all! I'm so excited to kick off this fun new monthly challenge that all of my Cricut loving friends and I have begun! What better kick off than a Cricut Christmas Challenge?! A huge thank you to Jeanie and Michelle who had the great idea to get us all together!

**Though I was compensated for this post in product and/or monetarily, all opinions, ideas and comments are 100% my own. Please note: this post may also contain affiliate links.**
 
As I mentioned, this month's challenge was to create something Christmas inspired with our own little twist on it! I, of course, decided to stick with what I love....

UNICORNS! :)


For this quick and easy, yet adorable ornament you will need the following:

-Cricut Air 2 
-Cricut Vinyl in Black (You can use Outdoor/Permanent as well, but honestly the regular stuff is fine)
-Iridescent Glass (or Acrylic) Ball Ornaments
-2 Different Colors of Felt (I chose purple and white to go along with my color scheme)
-No Bake/Air Dry Polymer Clay
-1.5in. Sheer Ribbon
-Assorted Scrapbooking Flowers in your choice of color 
-If your flowers don't come with tiny pearls in the center, get those too.
-E-600  
-Unicorn SPiT in Purple Hill Majesty and I also used a touch of Spakling SPiT* in Dove's Cry. 
*(Please note: the Sparkling SPiT was a special release, which is no longer available for purchase, though some retailers MIGHT have a few left.)

Method:

One day ahead of time, roll out your air dry polymer clay into two thin, approximately 1 1/2in cylinders. intertwine them to form your unicorn horn. make sure to flatten out the bottom so it will lie flat once glued onto your ornament.


When you are ready for your vinyl, cut out your eyelashes using your Cricut Air2, weed out, and transfer using transfer tape.


Once that is done, cut out your triangles, two larger ones in the one color, and two slightly smaller ones in a different color. If you have a Cricut Maker, you can cut your felt out with the brand new rotary blade! :)

Using the epoxy glue, add the uni-horn and ears, as well as all of your flowers which will serve as the unicorn's mane, onto the top of the ornament. You might have to hold the uni-horn on there until the glue begins to dry so that it stays where you want it to and doesn't tip.

To finish off, take a small brush and paint your (completely air dried and hardened) uni-horn with your Unicorn SPiT, as is only appropriate. I mean, sure, you could use regular paint, but why would you?! ;)


Top it off with your ribbon to hang your adorable Unicorn Ornament!


Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and please share your thoughts in the comments!

Don't forget to check out all of the other awesomely talented bloggers and THEIR Cricut Christmas Challenge projects!

They are as follows:


Excited to see what everyone else has made! Stay tuned to next month's challenge, as well!

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