Make your own travel valet tray that can be used for so much more.
Have you ever seen a travel valet? They are basically a basket or tray if you will that you use to collect all your pocket items when traveling. This is a quick and easy-to-make version using a placemat from the Dollar Tree and a Snap Kit from Gwen Studios.
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The Gwen Studios Snap Kit is available at Walmart. On top of it is a cut-down piece of a woven plastic placemat from the Dollar Tree.
From the kit, you’ll need the tool with the appropriate parts installed for the snaps you are using and the snaps. An instruction sheet is included in the kit to guide you on the use of the different snaps. You can see 8 stars and 4 of each male and female parts in the above photo.
A close-up image with the snaps in place before using the tool to set them. Watch the video tutorial for detailed instructions on how to make the travel valet.
Place the tool on the snaps and squeeze tight to secure them in place. It really is easy to use.
The finished travel valet is flat on the left and snapped together on the right. It is really handy for so much more than travel. The valet can withstand getting wet, making it work well in the bathroom or kitchen because it is plastic.
Learn how to make butterfly earrings with shrink film and UV Resin.
I was so happy with the result of these DIY Butterfly Earrings. When my daughters saw them they requested pairs be made for them too, so I knew I had stumbled upon something good.
I began with a stamped image on Grafix shrink art film in white. StazOn ink is great for this process because it is made for every surface and stamps a rich dark black.
After stamping the image and allowing the ink to dry, I cut out the butterflies with a small detail scissor.
Coloring the butterfly with water-based markers was a bit of a challenge on plastic but I have a few tips in the video tutorial to make it work.
See the size difference between the stamped image and after the film has been shrunk. I used a heat gun to shrink the film, a dedicated toaster oven also works well.
I colored the edge and the back of the butterfly with a permanent black marker. Then I coated the back with matte UV resin and the front with jewelry resin both from You-V. The cool thing about You-V resin is that it is a quick cure resin, less than a minute under a UV flashlight.
You can see the gloss of the resin on the butterfly now. Drilling a hole into the top of the wing prepares the piece for the jewelry findings.
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After seeing a tutorial on YouTube, I gave this technique a try. I made a film out of embossing powder to craft with. You can use the film in different ways while crafting, I used them to make two different cards.
To make the film you will need a few different colors of embossing powder. I chose to use all the same brand of powders so the heating time was the same. Parchment paper is used to sandwich the powder. Once heated with a heat gun, a metal palette knife will assist in removing the film from the paper.
Once made, the film will appear dull on one side. If you want a glossy look, you need to heat it again without the parchment paper. Be warned that holes will begin to happen so you will want to use low heat or a large distance between the film and the heat source.
This is a close-up image of one of the cards. You can see the detail in the embossing powder film, the glossy surface, as well as holes that are created when heating the surface. To adhere them to the card, any kind of adhesive will work.
Here are the close-ups of the two cards made with the embossing film. The film is delicate, handle it with care. I suggest making it as you need it rather than making some and trying to store it.
See the contents of the June Simply Earth subscription box and use the discount code.
I am so excited every month when my Simply Earth box arrives. It seems like each box is better than the last. This month’s box is focused on nature’s touch. All the materials and simple directions are included. This box retails for $180.36 but you can get it for just $39. Be sure to use my discount code: TRYITFREE
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The full-sized oils that are included this month are Timber, Citronella, Orange, and Ho Wood.
The recipes included in the June box are:
Woodland Diffuser Blend
Beach Feet Sugar Scrub
Earthy Diffuser Necklace
Nature’s Calm Roll-on
Timber Beard Oil
Boho Diffuser Bracelet
One of the biggest differences I find with Simply Earth is the monthly recipes. In the past, I have ordered essential oils and when they arrive, I don’t remember what they do or why I ordered them. The Simply Earth recipe box contains the recipes for the oils included in the box as well as necessary additional support products to make the recipes.
With your first subscription order from Simply Earth, you will get the Big Bonus Box free! If you were to purchase these products it would cost $44.84. The Big Box includes:
Fractionated Coconut Oil
10 mL Roll-On Bottles
5 mL Amber Glass Bottles
And here is the best part: my coupon code: TRYITFREE Use this code to get a $40 gift card with your first purchase. Basically, get your second box free!
How to make a leather bookmark with Real Leather and Cricut.
Silver Creek send me samples of their leather to work with. I tested it with my Cricut Maker and it cut well. My first project was this bookmark. The SVG file is linked further down in this post and is available free in the store. The bookmark is rather simple but elegant and would work as a gift for any book lover, male or female.
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Silver Creek Leather Co. sells leather under the brand name Real Leather. You can find it in your local craft stores and online at Amazon. These are some of the samples sent to me, a variety of beautiful colors to work with.
I cut on a Cricut Maker using a purple mat and knife blade with a setting of light tool leather (0.02-0.03 cm). This setting cuts with four passes through the Cricut Maker machine with no issues at all removing it once done. I recommend making some alterations and not placing the leather directly on the mat since it leaves a lot of leather fuzz behind on the mat.
I didn’t move the Cricut Maker rollers over before cutting which needs to be done to not mark the leather. – no worries for this project but something that needs to be known ahead of time for future projects.
Place the first angle of the bookmark to the back of a group of pages. This image shows the book closed with a small amount of leather sticking out the top of the book. You could choose to embellish the bookmark further with a tassel if you desire.