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Quick and Easy Printable Luggage Tags

We recently bought new luggage for a European vacation because we needed lightweight luggage and new carry-ons for the size change requirements. We found some great options with the brand Jump but they didn't come with luggage tags. So, the day before our travels I whipped up some quick and easy printable luggage tags. I thought these would make great backpack tags as well. They really are quick and easy to make.

 

Materials:

  • printable design (links below)
  • printer and cardstock 
  • packing tape
  • scissors
  • ribbon

Directions:

Begin by choosing a design to print out. You can choose between the four colors shown above. The links to each printable with four tags each follows. [Yellow]  [Black and White]   [Purple]   [Blue Green] These are 8.5 x 11" PDF files.

Before printing, type in your information or write it in after printing. 

Cut each shape out and fold in half. 

Using packing tape, pull off a long strip and cover the tag front and back. If you have a laminator, that would work well too. Trim off excess tape.

Slice a slit into the luggage tag or use a paper punch at the top of the tag. 

Thread ribbon through the tag and attach to your bag. I also used a match at the ends of the ribbon so it doesn't fray. 

Color a Greeting Card - using a vinyl outline

I know coloring a Greeting Card isn't anything new. But this Greeting Card technique is something quite new. The design was made using vinyl and then it was colored in with watercolor pencils. You might have seen stickers in your local craft store that were made for applying and then coloring. I took that concept and made my own using vinyl for a Greeting Card that you can color. 
 

materials
materials

Materials:

Some links are affiliate links, they cost you nothing extra to use them. 

Directions:


Download the file from the link above listed in materials. The file contains the card and the flowers. The red line needs to change to a score line and make sure it is associated with the cutting of the card.
 

Cricut Maker
I begin by cutting the watercolor paper into the card shape with rounded edges. Then I cut the vinyl. 
 

weeding vinyl
Then I weeded out the vinyl that wasn't needed.
 

burnish the design
Using transfer film, place the design on the card and burnish it well.
 

watercolor pencils
Now to color the design using watercolor pencils.
 

coloring the card
As you can see, I like to layer different colors as I work.
After I colored in an area, I went over it with the water brush to blend the colors.
 

finished
finished card

I really liked this technique and will probably do more of it. I did find that the watercolor pencils were not as soft as I would have liked. Using them and water made some of the watercolor paper fibers begin to ball up. Something I need to solve in future attempts. I might try markers instead of the watercolor pencils and see how they work staying within the vinyl outline. 

Napkin Rings with Vinyl

This post was created as a part of Tape Technologies Design Team and may contain affiliate links. I created abstract napkin rings using transparent vinyl. This project doesn't take a lot of materials to create, in fact, you don't even need a cutting machine for the vinyl. Just a pair of scissors. I used four different colors of transparent vinyl in my design (listed below), but you could choose a different color scheme to suit your decor. I want to thank Tape Technologies Inc. for providing the vinyl to create this project. 

couplings and vinyl

Materials:

  • 4 PVC couplings
  • scissors
  • Transparent Vinyl
  • sandpaper
  • nail polish remover
  • scraper
  • paper towel
  • Black Sharpie Marker

Directions:

scrapper

The PVC couplings were found at our local hardware store and were around 20 cents a piece - very economical! You could use PVC pipe and cut to size if you are able. The couplings I found had a sticker on them. I removed it with a scraper but it left a residue, so I used acetate nail polish remover to get the gunk off.

sandpaper

The couplings had a few rough seams so I used a bit of sandpaper to smooth them down. The couplings also had raised text on one end and a small bump on the outside. I chose not to remove them with the sandpaper because I wasn't sure about the safety of the PVC dust.  I used a paper towel to clean off any dust before applying the vinyl.

wrapping vinyl

I used scissors to cut the vinyl sheets into strips and then randomly applied them in an abstract manner to the couplings. I took it one step further and covered each end with a black permanent marker for a more finished look. 

The colors of vinyl I used from Tape Technologies were:

  • Magenta 435TG
  • Silver 493TG
  • Dark Gray 497TG
  • Black 499TG

napkin ring

Card Making :: Using Vinyl for Type

Cardmaking can be a pleasing activity. Working with very small pieces of paper to glue in place can be tedious. Using vinyl for type makes cardmaking so much easier. You have a choice of different colors and textures. You can use your own sayings as well as a variety of different fonts. In this example, I am using an Ultra Orange Vinyl from Tape Technologies. I am a design team member with Tape Technologies and I love working with a variety of vinyl they provide for me to create with. 

cardmaking materials

Materials Used:

Thank you to Cricut for providing the Cricut Maker and Tape Technology Inc. for providing vinyl. These companies materials were used in this post. Links to products may contain affiliate links. 

Directions:

Using the free SVG file download from above, cut out the three different colors of cardstock and one layer of vinyl.

cut materials
All materials cut and ready to glue.
 

attaching 1st layer of cardstock
Glue first layer of cardstock to the base of the card.
 

attaching 2nd layer of cardstock
Glue the second layer of cardstock to the card. (note the little dots in the center of the flowers)
 

cut vinyl type
Vinyl cut and ready to transfer.
 

final card with vinyl type
Vinyl applied and the card is finished!

Have a fun summer!

Nail Polish Flowers :: Wire Bracelet

wire bracelet

Making flowers out of wire and nail polish isn't a new technique. Although many have tried it with little success, I wanted to give it a try. In this post, I will share my techniques and the bracelet I made using them as well as some of the hick-ups along the way. 

Materials:

  • thin wire
  • pencil
  • scissor or wire cutter
  • a variety of nail polish colors
  • thick copper wire
  • needle nose pliers
  • hammer

Directions:

The easiest way to explain how to make the flowers would be in a video. The following video will show you my technique for making the nail polish flowers. There are other techniques, this is what worked for me. 


video tutorial

copper wire
Cut a length of copper wire for the bracelet
 

bend and hammer copper wire
Using needle nose pliers, bend the ends of the copper wire into loops, then bend the wire into a bracelet shape.
With a hammer and anvil, I hammered the wire ends as well as the wire to achieve the shape and harden the wire.
 

wrap flower wires
The blue flowers were intended to be the focal point of the bracelet.
The blue nail polish I used had glitter or sparkles in it. I don't know if this made it brittle or not, but you can see the cracks in the petals.

blue flowers
The damaged blue flowers - change of plans!
 

adding flowers
I had to remove the blue flower.
 

finished wrapping
finished bracelet
 

back of wrapping
showing the back of the bracelet and the wire wrapping.
Use the needle nose pliers as needed to tuck in and tighten the flower wires.

close up of flowers
close-up of flowers

Treat Jar with Vinyl

treat jar

I made this Treat Jar for Mother's Day. What would be a treat for you on Mother's Day? Candy? Gift Cards? Could you fit it in a jar? While this cute jar would be easy for my kids to fill for me, it would also make a great teacher gift, bus driver gift, co-worker gift, you get the idea. Could you keep it filled for them year round? Now that would be a real treat!

This post is a part of Tape Technologies Design Team Monthly Post for May. Tape Technologies provided the vinyl for this post. Cricut provided the Maker and Cricut tools.

materials for treat jar

Materials:

Directions:

cutting vinyl on the Maker

Working in Design Space, I set up the word "TREATS", and then made a box frame around it. Sizing it to the jar, I then sent it to cut on the Maker. 

treat jar in progress

After weeding the vinyl and transferring it to the glass jar, I wrapped the top edge with a strip of the Sea Foam vinyl that Tape Technologies sent me to try out as a possible future product.

middle wrap of vinyl tape

I had two different sizes of the Sea Foam tape and I used the thinner one to wrap around the middle of the jar. The tape works just like Washi Tape would but is permanent. You could always cut thin strips of vinyl to work in the same manner.

treat jar filled
My treat jar filled with treats!

Why StyleTech vinyl?

StyleTech started in the professional sign & automotive industry, manufacturing vinyl for various businesses & professional markets.  Because of their background, their films are softer & easier to weed. They have a durability and ease of use you can’t find anywhere else.   You can use StyleTech vinyl in all cutting machines such as Cricut and Silhouette and with die cuts, craft punches and, of course, scissors.

But, it is their vast collection of unique colors & distinctive styles that sets StyleTech brand vinyl apart in the craft world.  They have everything from four different glitters to textured to glow-in-the-dark! They have all the products you need to let your imagination run wild & let your creativity take over!

StyleTech Social Media Pages:

Facebook: @StyleTechCraft

Instagram: @StyleTechCraft

Pinterest: @StyleTechCraft

YouTube: Search StyleTechCraft to find their channel

Monoprinting with a DIY Gelli Plate

Awhile back, I made a homemade Gelli Plate, and then I set it aside. Today I pulled it out to begin working with it. A Gelli Plate is basically a gelli-like surface you apply paint too and then make a one time print from it. There are a ton of different ways to apply paint, designs, and patterns to the plate. My experiment was VERY basic, quick, and rather messy (which I love).

materials

Materials:

  • DIY Gelli Plate
  • Paint
  • Paper (I used watercolor paper)
  • Water

Directions:

As I mentioned above, there are a ton of different thing you can do with a Gelli Plate. You can make your own Gelli Plate as I have, or purchase one. 

apply the paint
Apply the paint

smear the paint
Many people use a brayer to spread their paint, I used my fingers! I know, messy = fun!

prints
Then you lay your paper on top of the paint, gently push down and then lift. You can try for a second print.
I added water to my fingers, smoothed it around on the surface of the Gelli Plate, and got another print.
I actually liked the watered down prints better. 

variety of prints
I really didn't make a lot of prints, just enough for a project I have in mind. 

Many people make a lot of different kinds of prints and then use them for scrapbooking, mixed media work, etc... The sky is really the limit and I will be revisiting this technique and be making more prints in the future. 

I was glad to see my DIY Gelli Plate survived and worked after being neglected for so long. I store it in the pan I made it in. After I was finished, I just washed it in the sink and patted it dry, then returned it to it's pan. 

So, what am I going to do with these strange prints? I am going to use them for covers (think bookbinding) for notepads or sketch pads. That will be an upcoming post in the future.

This post is part of a monthly craft challenge with Creative Craft Bloggers Group. The following projects are a part of this month's work where we were challenged to create with paint. Take a moment to visit them. 

Life Beyond the Kitchen - Paint and Vinyl Canvas

https://lifebeyondthekitchen.com/paint-and-vinyl-canvas-project/

 

5 Little Monsters - be-you-tiful
https://www.5littlemonsters.com/2018/04/be-you-tiful-hot-mess-canvas.html

 

Al Things Beautiful - Painting on Cardboard

https://althingsbeautiful.wordpress.com/.../art-ideas.../

 

Try it - Like it - Create it - Monoprinting with a DIY Gelli Plate

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2 Dishing Divas - Painting Tutorial Easy Home Decor 

http://www.2dishingdivas.com/painting-tutorial-easy-home-decor/

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Last Day of School Autograph T-shirt with Cricut

We always try to do something special for the last day of school. When my girls attended public school there would be a big chalk sign in the driveway pointing towards summer and we would celebrate with crazy string or water balloons and such. Now that they attend private school, the school actually does a lot to celebrate. They have an end of the year recitation, a yearbook signing ice cream social, and a last school day picnic. This autograph shirt would work well at the yearbook signing and the picnic! While the design is generic, you could add to it the name of your school or the grade they just finished to personalize it. 

Materials:

Special thanks to Cricut for providing some of the materials that are used in this post.
The links above contain affiliate links and cost you nothing to use them. 

Directions:

cutting vinyl
Cut the design out of the iron-on vinyl. Don't forget to put the shiny side down on your mat and reverse the image before cutting. 
 

t-shirt
Heat the shirt for 10 seconds first to remove any moisture. After weeding the iron-on, place the vinyl on the t-shirt.

EasyPress
Using the EasyPress, heat the design for 50 seconds on the front and 15 seconds on the back.
Cold peel the clear layer away. If any of the design isn't sticking well, repeat the heating process.


finished shirt

 

I am participating in the End of the Year Cricut Event with a bunch of Cricut bloggers.
The hosts of the event are Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, Carolina with 30 Minute Crafts, Jen with 100 Directions, and Jessica with Mad in Crafts
Take a moment and visit all the other participants at the link below.

Making a T-shirt with Patterned Iron-On Vinyl from Cricut

This post contains affiliate links.
Special thanks to Cricut for sponsoring this post and providing many of the materials used.


I am so excited to work with the new Patterned Iron-on Vinyl from Cricut as well as the EasyPress and the new EasyPress Mat. For this project, I am using the Aquamarine Sampler by Natalie Malan. The blue colors are so pretty. My daughter picked the design from Cricut for her shirt. We are using elephant #M466A5 from the Wall Decor and More cartridge. 

maker

Materials:

I am using the new patterned iron-on vinyl from Cricut. There are currently nine packs of vinyl on the Cricut site. Each pack comes with three sheets of patterned vinyl that are 12" x 17". Cricut is also now carrying SportFlex iron-on vinyl to work on all tech fabrics. SportFlex is lightweight and flexible. I can't wait to try that out!

The above image shows the new EasyPress Mat and the EasyPress. I can't wait for my mat to arrive. It will make using the EasyPress so much easier. 

Directions:

elephant
To begin, we needed to change the elephant file so that the pieces fit together like a puzzle rather than laying on top of each other. Cricut recommends against layering the patterned vinyl.
The first part of the video below shows how the design was edited. 
 

chalk
Thankfully my daughter was available to try on the shirt
and I used a piece of chalk to mark the location where she wanted the design.
 

vinyl
Don't forget to place the vinyl pattern side down on your mat.
Before sending the file to cut, mirror the image in Design Space.
 

weeding
Once the designs are cut, weed out the unnecessary vinyl.
 

layered design
So, this is how the design will look when it is all together.
 

easy press
The EasyPress

• The word from Cricut about the EasyPress and Patterned Vinyl heating instructions: 340 degrees, 10 - 15 seconds on the fabric alone, 50 seconds with the vinyl (on front), 15 - 20 seconds on the back of the fabric, cold peel.
 

layering on t-shirt
Placing the second application of vinyl on the shirt.

Additional Video Tutorial:
 

wearing
Happy girl and her shirt!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Flower Earrings Tutorial with Vinyl

This month, the Tape Technologies design team is working with transparent vinyl. The best thing about transparent vinyl is that when you overlap it, you create a new color. With this concept in mind, I knew I wanted to make something that utilized overlapping the colors. I love how the glitter enhances the colors. I chose to make earrings using the transparent vinyl. You'll be surprised by the process, it was very easy and rather quick to do, check it out below.

Materials:

The Cuttlebug was provided by Cricut in order to create posts similar to this one. The links above are affiliate links.

Directions:

vinyl colors
The colors of vinyl are magenta, silver, and dark grey from Tape Technologies.
 

soda can
The earring shape is made from a recycled soda can. Begin with small flat shapes of aluminum.
It is very easy to cut a soda can with regular scissors.
 

layering vinyl
Cut the vinyl into strips and overlap onto the plain side of the aluminum.
 

cuttlebug
Place the layered aluminum and vinyl onto your Cuttlebug plate, place the design shape onto and then the last plate.
Run this sandwich of materials through the Cuttlebug several times making sure the cut goes completely through all layers.
 

cut shape
The results.
Repeat for the second earring.
 

jewelry findings
Choose the earring findings that match your design.
You'll notice the patterns on the flower shapes don't match. I usually don't match designs but just materials and colors.
I used a T pin to poke holes into the flower shapes, a small nail or push pin would also work.
 

finished
Using silver wire in a lightweight to join all pieces together, then they are finished. 
 

wearing
Example of the earrings being worn. They are lightweight and I hardly know I am wearing them.
This is definitely a process I will be revisiting.

I am a member of the Tape Technologies Design Team. I receive vinyl materials in order to create a monthly post. 

 

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