First begin by downloading the Kenzo font for free and use this pre-made Cricut template for your Fixer Upper kitchen sign. Everything is done for you. Just load your black vinyl onto your 12X24″ Cricut mat and select Go! You’ll want to use a standard blade for the vinyl and I used the Vinyl+ setting on my smart dial just to be sure I got a smooth cut. My German blade has lasted 2+ years and I’ve really never had to replace it. Once I start getting missed cuts or tears in my paper, that’s when I know it’s best to change my Cricut blade. It’s super easy, just press the button on the top and pull out the blade, throw the new blade in there and release the button. It’s so easy!After I’ve cut my vinyl, I’ll use the hook tool as a weeder and remove all the negative space. I then add my transfer tape on top of it and give it a good scrape using my scraper tool or a credit card will work just as well. Be sure to use quite a bit of pressure so that the image will lift easily when you’re ready to pull up the image.
Prepare your wooden surface by sanding it lightly and then brushing off the dust remnants. I spray painted my sign black to begin with and then once I place the letters on it I’ll spray it white to reveal a reverse effect.
The pre-made template is just the right fit for the 3’X6″ wooden board. I had leftover wood so I just used that for the size. Whatever you have on hand or whatever size works for your space, be sure to edit the image so that it’ll look great for your board. I made the letters 5″ so that I had a bit of a white edge but I didn’t want too much of an edge because that doesn’t seem to be the look of the Fixer Upper kitchen sign that says SUPERMARKET.Now that I’ve weeded out my vinyl and attached it to the transfer tape, adhere it to your dry board. It’ll go on directly over the black spray paint. Use your scraper tool and be sure the letters are pressed down well. Lift off your transfer tape and begin to spray with white paint. My board had some imperfections and I loved that, If you want a cleaner look, paint at least 2 coats of white spray paint.After the white paint has dried, use your weeder tool and peel up the letters from the board. You should have crisp letters that are black and a white background. I used the scraper tool to rough my board up a bit. You could also use a metal spatula and just brush it along the edges and a little over the writing. Age that wooden board as much as you like or as little as you like.Adhere some foam mounting tape or some command strips and hang it above your kitchen sink. I love all the projects the Cricut Explore allows me to do and I’ve made so many different things for my home, my children and myself especially! Also, if you know me well, you know that I had to move everything out of the way to get a ‘clean’ shot of my home. There is crap everywhere and I have no space for anything. Do I throw it away or just buy a new house??
I’m so excited to be joining in on another Craft Lighting. I’ve made so many easy crafts that are darling and make the perfect gift for anyone but today we’re going to make the perfect Mothers Day gift by making an easy Mothers Day Wreath with cupcake liners and some ribbon.
Wreath Form (try to get a similar color to your liners)
This mothers day wreath was so easy to make. Just buy a bunch of cupcake liners and the best place to buy bulk is online. I grabbed these ones at the dollar store and I bought 8 packages which was more than enough for a 16″ wreath form. The reason I like these ones is because they are not a true white, they are more of an antique finish and almost have a wax paper consistency.To begin, take one of your liners and grab the bottom and pull up so that it creates a longer, skinnier liner. Place some glue on your wreath form and quickly add the liners. Repeat this as much as you like. I chose a lot of liners because I want a full wreath but you go for it however full you want it. I also suggest you use the low temperature on your glue gun or else you’ll end up with a lot of burns…just talking about a friend of mine.You’ll leave a space blank and add your flowers. I grabbed my faux poppies from Michaels and removed them from the stem. I placed quite a bit of glue on the back of the flower and pressed. I began with my flowers and added my leaves as I went to fill in the spaces. Once your flowers are arranged how you like it, add in more liners to complete the look. Next take some ribbon, I love this muslin ribbon and it matches the antique look I’m going for. You can take long strands and tie them together in the middle so you have a sort of tail looking ribbon or you can take extra tong strands and tie them in a bow. I like the look of flowy ribbons so I did the first option. I think that with this muslin ribbon it looks better the longer it is. Cut the ends on a diagonal and then attach it to your wreath. You can also do this a number of ways by just gluing the knotted part of the ribbon to the underside of the form, you could also tie your ribbon on beforehand and then glue all the liners to the form. Again, this is your project so do it how you like.Once it’s dry and complete, give it to your mama. I know my mom will love her Mothers Day wreath and its something that looks great all year round. I’d love to see your creations so tag me on Instagram or Facebook. Happy Mothers Day!
Check out all the other Craft Lightning projects and gather more inspiration for the perfect Mothers Day gift that won’t take you a lot of time!”“
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KreateMyHappy #CollectiveBiasI’m so excited for Easter and another treat I love are Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats. How fun are these Rice Krispies Spring Flowers? They were so quick to make and my daughter and I had a blast making them. All we needed were some additional mini marshmallows and M&M’s. Get your kids into the kitchen and start creating! Of course, you can’t start creating until you run to your nearest Target and get all the goodies first though…
So I grabbed a small biscuit cutter and cut some circles, really only the size of $.50 pieces. I placed some JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows into a small microwaveable cup and nuked them for 20 seconds. This was my glue! I just dipped one end into the cup and them places the M&M’s into a flower pattern onto the Rice Krispies Treat.
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I love this little thing. It’s perfect for Valentines Day or Spring and really any day of the year to give your home a fresh floral look. Michaels sent me some items and I was asked to make one of their new Spring Wood Surfaces creatively using Plaid Craft products.
I started with applying my Mod Podge – I did this in one solid step because my tissue paper is a roll. If my paper was actual sheets, I would do this piece by piece. I start with the bare minimum that I think I’ll need. If you overdue it with the Mod Podge, you risk tearing and an overall non attractive project (I learned years ago the hard way!)
Start by pouncing and add any additional that you may need, remember that your foam brush is usually always filled with the product as well. I then laid my paper on the wood surface and tried to make it as smooth as possible. It won’t be perfect and that’s what the sandpaper is there for later. I allowed this to dry overnight and then I carefully cut around the Sprind Wood Surface to remove the excess tissue paper. I then decided to go on the inner and outer edge with the Gilding Paint.
With my wreath I chose some artificial flowers I had on hand. They are about 2″ in diameter and about 5 to a stem and I needed 10 total. I cut them about 1.5″ below the bud and just stuck it into my wreath form. I didn’t glue it because of the wire and I might want to use this form again. I grabbed some 1.5″ grey satin ribbon from a local shop here and just wrapped it around the wreath where no flowers were yet. I then sandpapered the inner and outer edges of the surface to give it a bit of a worn look and then I hot glued the ribbon to the back of the wooden surface and then I filled in the sparse areas with the remaining flowers.
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I hope you love this, I plan on giving this to a dear friend of mine who I just love and I know she’ll love it too! XOXO – Lindsay
What can I say, 2014 has probably been the most special year in my professional career ever! It’s really given me an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and go for goals that I never really thought I could accomplish or never really had ambition to finish before.
So 2014 was the giant step I took in fulfilling the dream I had in starting my blog and you, the readers, have made it possible for it to be successful by coming back time and time again! I couldn’t do it without you and I love you all for it, THANK YOU! I put together this post to show you my Top 10 list from the past year of my popular post. Enjoy!
I hope you love these projects and I have some exciting things planned for 2015. I can’t wait to share with you some home projects and some more DIY projects! Let me know what you want to see from me and I’ll work my magic.
My Daughter, Leila turned 4 a month ago. We didn’t celebrate a month late, I’m just a month late posting. I have a problem with filling my plate all at once. I had 4 different things going on in at 4 week time period so I’ve been super MIA. This was probably the most windy day I could have chosen. It was sunny the day before and after but this was the only day I could work it in. Wasn’t good for my GIANT balloons cause if you think regular balloons don’t like wind, try the big boys.
I wanted her birthday party to be something fabulous. I found this candle topper from Gnome Sweet Gnome and knew that was what I wanted to go off of. The only problem was is that that I let her play with the candles beforehand and she broke them all so for the party, no candle! I chose to get this tablecloth online from an Etsy shop. I just searched for gold sequence fabric. It cost around $11 a yard. I love how it just shined off the sun and gave some extra sparkle. I just put a dollar store gold plastic cloth underneath it and it worked out fine.
I chose the colors Gold, Pink and Mint. My friend Jen Allyson aka, The Project Girl, had just released her newest line from My Minds Eye called Market Street. It has the perfect tones that I was looking for. I worked on this scrapbook flip frame using the papers and her accessories from the line and an IKEA Tolsby frame. The papers are 3×4″ and I punched two holes in the top of the pages and put C rings to attach and hang from the frame. I cut my dream letters from the same line of paper except the straight gold R. I got that paper from Michaels and it was $1.99 but worth every penny!
I love this dream catcher that I won from Hushbound. She is so talented, I wish she was takin orders but I know there are a lot of shops online doing similar dreamcatchers and I may just try taking a stab at it.
For the actual birthday cake, it’s a FRAUD, a fake, a lie, it’s styrofoam! I got this cake round from JoAnns. FloraCraft makes it. I also used their Smooth Finish and separated it into 2 bowls and left quite a bit still in the container. I put one drop of pink gel food coloring in one bowl of the Smooth Finish and about 3 drops in the other. I started at the top and over the sides with the white and then with the less pink and finished with the darkest pink. Ombré cakes look easy but no way. I let the Smooth Finish dry completely and with a sanding block, made it as smooth as possible. I made my icing pretty sloppy cause I didn’t want a perfect cake. If you’re looking for that, then press pretty firm and get it in the grooves. Make sure you do a small layer before you the actual icing layers too.
I wanted some fun candy on the table so I contacted Lollipics. Look for more on those in another post. I love how they look and they just tied everything together.
I just had some more smaller decorations from IKEA, Michaels and online. Leila had this little outfit from Target that I spiffed up with some Expressions Vinyl vinyl heat transfer.
I’m digging how this came together and loving seeing how these girls are growing older. I could have done some more treats but they are kids and I don’t need them filing up on sweets. We just had some pizza and a good time. I’m loving my birthday girl and I can’t believe it’s been four years since she came in this world so tiny and fierce.
I can now be official called a blogger! I’m excited to take this new step in my life, but also a little nervous. I’ve been taking small steps out of my comfort zone for a few years now, and now is the time I take it public. I thrive on creativity. I get inspiration from others. I want to see others succeed and bloom into who they are truly meant to be and hopefully this is a way that I can do it. My life didn’t start so creative, I had a mom, aunts, grandmas, and friends all guide me. Now we have Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram. We all feed from these and it’s so easy to follow and create off each other.
I’ve decided to start my first post to talk about how I fell out of my creativeness when I had my first son. I wasn’t looking to add more stress to my life, I thought. Creativity for me is a release. A way that I relax, a way to block out the rest of the world. While I know getting these supplies can be expensive, I want to try and use what I have and up-cycle.
I used a wooden Heidi Swapp frame that I had around the house and sprayed it with Blush color shine. It sat on the frame for a good 5 minutes to absorb all that shine. Next I took 2 stencils, my butterfly from the Hello Today collection and the 6×6 polka dot. I took white acrylic paint and a cosmetic wedge and pounced in random areas to create a background.
I took those same stencils and layered them over the butterfly individually, then placed them on white Bazzil cardstock. For the scallop stencil, I used the gold color shine and for the polka dots, I used the seafoam color shine. I then cut them out so they looked like personal punched out butterflies (super gorgeous). I then stapled them together, added a large background stamp and pulled up their wings to add dimension. Heidi did a segment on My Craft Channel for this technique if you’d like to watch.
I started to assemble my frame piece by piece. I added some stamping on the background from her Hello Today collection available at Michaels. I found in my stash some Maggie Holmes ephemera and added the tag behind my butterfly. I sprayed some polyester ribbon with some mint color shine and with my tiny attacher, stapled it to the center of the butterfly. I then added some pins to pierce the middle of the butterfly and added a pearl to add a feminine touch. On the left side I added some more of Heidi’s acrylic letters and spelled “bloom” to mark the season. I folded some papers and ran them through my Xyron and stuck them to the paper. I bought a Martha Stewart crafters clay kit a while ago and made this cute mini frame. I figured it matched and lets add it. More is more and I like that!
I then added some banners, again from the Hello Today collection, to the right corner. I built up quite a few layers of these wanting a big, bold look. I found these laser cut wood butterflies at Michaels and sprayed them with seafoam and mint color shine. Once that was on there I took my gold color shine and just half way pumped the bottle and it leaves these big splashes of gold on the project which I just love.
I love how this frame turned out and I love how I got my groove back! Who else didn’t love watching that movie with Taye Diggs in all his glory? Ha! Life has been good to me lately and I can only see it going up from here. I hope to see you back here more often. I’ve got a lot of things to share and it’s part of me, all of me.