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Valentine Treat Plate

Hi again!  It’s Kaysi from Keeping it Simple.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so I thought that I would decorate a plate that I got from the $1 store.  When I think about Valentine’s day, I can’t help to think about glitter, so I decided to use some awesome pink glitter vinyl.
All I did was just add the vinyl to the red plate, super easy!
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I love how it sparkles!
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I had fun coming up with the conversation hearts, I felt like I was in jr. high again Smile
vday plate (3)
Thanks for having me here today!
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Joy Blocks with the Cub Scouts

I work with the Cub Scouts in my area and last week we decided to make a present the Cubs could give their mothers.  I wanted something cute that the mothers would love to use, yet something easy for the boys to put together.  We decided to make these cute Joy Blocks (sorry for the picture quality – the lighting was not great)

I pre-painted the blocks black.  Last year we let the boys paint and while they did do a good job it took forever to dry.

I cut a vinyl J and Y out of the metallic red vinyl and covered it with transfer tape.

After a demonstration from me the boys applied the vinyl letters to their blocks.

The boys then tied a red ribbon on the bell.  After that was done they wrapped the Joy block set in celophane wrap and curly ribbon. They were very excited to give them to their moms!

Summer is the author and owner of Summer Scraps.  She is constantly inspired by her 3 kids and has great support from her husband.  In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, watching movies and has a secret passion for video games.  Summer loves to share crafts and recipes.  You can also find Summer on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and at her Etsy shop.

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Nativity 4×4 Blocks

Hi, it’s Kaysi from Keeping it Simple again.  I’m so excited to be here today!
With all of the commercial things about Christmas, Santa and gift giving, sometimes we forget why we celebrate the season. My sweet friend made me a block like this last year and I loved it so much that I wanted to make some for my friends.  There are 6 sides that go with the story of birth of Christ.
I just took a 4×4, cut it into a square and then painted it red.  Then I cut the nativity images out of white vinyl.
Here are the 6 sides:
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nativity block (2)
nativity block (1)
I plan on having my kids help tell the story and find the image that represents the part of the story that is being told.
Merry Christmas to you all!  Thanks for having me again!
I would love it if you followed along.

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Gooble Til You Wobble

I love to decorate my mantle for the different seasons and one of my favorite ways is with words blocks.  I always have a different word on my mantle for each season.  This year I made up Some “Gobble Til Ya Wobble” words blocks.  I think they are fun and match my other fall items perfectly.

The blocks are made from wood, covered with fall paper and for the lettering I used brown vinyl.  I then embellished with raffia and brown ribbon.

Here is a close up of these cute blocks

How do you decorate for fall?

Summer is the author and owner of Summer Scraps.  She is constantly inspired by her 3 kids and has great support from her husband.  In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, watching movies and has a secret passion for video games.  Summer loves to share crafts and recipes.  You can also find Summer on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and at her Etsy shop.

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Beware Sign by Summer

Once a month I get together with six of my girlfriends and we exchange something we have made.  Because we are in October I wanted to make/bring something Halloween related.  So I made this wood board that says Beware.

This is super quick and easy to make – so lets get started!

Materials Needed:

Cut the board to the size that you want and sand then paint black.  Then cut your scrapbook paper to be slightly less in size than the board.  I usually cut mine to be 1/4 or 1/2 inch smaller.

Mod Podge the scrapbook paper onto your wood board.

Cut out a fun Halloween word with your vinyl – I cut out Beware

Add the vinyl to your wood board

Now with your black embroidery floss criss cross it around the board – like a spider web.  Then tie into a knot.  You could tie the knot in the back but I like the look of the knot tied in the front.

And there you have it – a fun, quick and simple Halloween Sign.

 

Summer is the author and owner of Summer Scraps.  She is constantly inspired by her 3 kids and has great support from her husband.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching movies and has a secret passion for video games.  Summer loves to share crafts and recipes.  You can also find Summer on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and at her Etsy shop.

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Personalized Wedding Party Gifts

by Laura Charko

Here’s a simple way to personalize gifts or add some flair to a party!   These glasses (actually shatter-proof plastic that looks just like glass!) were made as part of the thank you gifts for a wedding party.

I used the cricut cartridges Love Struck for the lips and CTMH Artiste for the moustaches!   Since these glasses have grooves built in for the thumb to sit in, the vinyl was applied so that when they were held up to the mouth, the lips or moustaches were in just the right spot on the drinker’s face – totally made me giggle after applying each one LOL

My tip for designing vinyl for curved areas, like glasses, is to take the measurement of the area you can see from one angle.  For the flutes for example, about 2 inches were visible at any given time, any more than that was cut off as it curved around the glass.  Knowing this, I could try to keep my designs within 2 inches wide so that the name could be read and the image could be legible when it was looked at straight on.

Don’t forget to test out your vinyl on your objects before you finish a project like this so that you’ll know how they interact.  Some glass doesn’t hold certain vinyl as well as other glass.  I would also recommend hand-washing any items that will be used again, not putting them in the dishwasher.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Have you ever thought to add vinyl quotes, thoughts and clip art to the mirrors in your home? Maybe that rather blank mirror in your guest bathroom or a remind for your kids to brush their teeth would be a great way to personalize a rather overlooked space in your home. When I was married to my husband over 20 years ago he would wake and tell me, “I love you, You’re Beautiful.” But over the years he’s missed a day or two. But one day came home with a small pre-cut vinyl piece that simply said “You’re Beautiful” on it and applied it to my side of our bathroom mirror. I love it! Check out these other vinyl on mirror ideas I loved too! All links to The Casabella project link back to My Blessed Life

Bathroom Reminder by Ali Edwards

Mirror Makeover by Crafty Scrappy Happy

You can order this piece through Etsy Shop

 

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