DIY Nail File Folio

with Gwen Studios

nail file folio

Using nail files from the Dollar Tree to measure the necessary length of Gwen Studio ribbon, I sewed them together to make a nail file folio. This is a great way to protect items in your handbag from rough nail files. These folios also make great gifts.

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This project was created for Gwen Studios. You can find all the design team projects listed on the Designer Crafts Connection website. Gwen Studios products can be found at Walmart and Michaels.

sewing

Sewing the ribbons together side by side, do not overlap. To do so you will need a stitch that covers enough area to hold the ribbons together. Use a bit of washi tape to place the ribbons together at the top and then begin stitching just below the tape.

scissors, folio, file

After joining the two ribbons together, fold them in half and sew a straight stitch along each side to form a pocket.

lighter

Cut the folded ribbon along the top edge just shy of the length of the nail file. Then use a lighter to finish off the ends of the ribbon folio.

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Faux Texture Paste – Tag it Tuesday

finished tag

This week’s tag uses a household product as a faux texture paste. I started with white ink and it didn’t work as well as I envisioned. I added sequins, ink blended the edges, and a raised sentiment. While the sequins darkened the look, they also added a bit of sparkle when moved in the light.

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In the close-up image you can see the depth and texture of the paste. I like the activity created by the pinwheel stencil.

Materials:

  • stamp and die set from OneDaySavings. https://bit.ly/3YCrMWc
  • Stencil and Paper from Brutus Monroe
  • Sequins – Spellbinders
  • Ink – Makers Forte

DIY Your Own Mixed Media Sprays

final panels

I will show you how to make your own DIY Mixed Media Sprays. I called this “plastic paint” for lack of a better explanation. I was inspired by a video I watched on the Pink Poodles Craft channel and went in my own direction from her experimentation.

Materials:

  • spray bottle
  • beads
  • water
  • polyacrylic
  • craft paint

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2 variations of play

Depending on your chosen colors, you can end up with very different results. There is no end to how many layers of spray you can use.

close up

In the close-up image, you can see the variety of layered colors showing through and the spots created by the spray of paint and the spray of water on top.

I am not done experimenting, I want to try adding mica powders and metallic paints. It was really fun to do and hard to stop layering.

Tell me how you would use these creations, as card backgrounds. Would you die cut them? In collage? I want to make more to add to my stash for future crafting.

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Valentine Chain

valentine chain

This DIY Valentine Chain is a fun craft that is easy to make with a few Dollar Tree supplies and a free printable. The chain can be used in so many different ways. Consider it for your Valentine’s Day decor, as a long chain with a tassel on the end, or even as a festive necklace.

Grab the free PDF file here: [Valentine inchies]

This DIY doesn’t just have to be for Valentine’s Day, you can use any printable inchies or even decorative paper.

materials

The materials I used were scissors, a 1″ paper punch, a free printable, twine, and wooden beads.

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Unleash Your Creativity with Ribbon Butterflies!

Add a unique flair to gifts, decor, and more with these DIY ribbon butterflies. @GwenStudios

butterflies

Transform colorful ribbons into stunning butterflies with this step-by-step tutorial! Discover the art of crafting these whimsical wonders and add a touch of magic to your DIY projects.

ribbons

The ribbons I am using are wide satin ribbons from Gwen Studios. These are the perfect ribbons for this project and come in a variety of different sizes.

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They cost nothing for you to use.
Thank you in advance for supporting this site with its use.

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This project was created for Gwen Studios. You can find all the design team projects listed on the Designer Crafts Connection website. Gwen Studios products can be found at Walmart and Michaels.

Materials:

materials
templates

Here are the templates I used, although they are not necessary. You can just cut two squares of different sizes and round the corners.

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Unlocking Creativity: Exploring the Versatility of Die Cuts from Everyday Boxes

Exploring the Versatility of Die Cuts from Everyday Boxes. #tutorial #craft_from_trash #recycle

I don’t know if this is genius or if I stumbled onto something everyone already does. I was getting ready to throw away a box and noticed the blank areas that could be die-cut. I will never look at a box the same way again and I am kind of kicking myself wondering about all the boxes I have already thrown away.

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Making Words with Washi

Use your washi tape to create colorful sentiments. #sentiment #words #washitape

washi words

As a crafty person, you probably already have a collection of colorful washi tapes in your stash. But have you ever thought of using them to create custom die-cuts? With just a few easy steps, you can create an image or pattern using washi tape and then use a die-cutting machine to cut it into a word or phrase of your choice. This DIY project is a fun and colorful way to add personalized touches to your paper crafts, such as cards, scrapbook pages, or even home decor.

parts

Materials:

  • die-cutting machine
  • dies
  • washi tape
  • cardstock
  • Xyron machine (optional)

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February Calendar Transformation

Transform a colored image into a greeting card. #freeprintable #freecalendar #cardmaking #cardtutorial

final card

As I sat there, admiring my colorful calendar image for the month of February, I couldn’t help but feel inspired. The vibrant hues and playful design gave me an idea. Why not turn this into a one-of-a-kind, personalized greeting card for a loved one? With a few adjustments, I was able to create a beautiful, unique piece that was sure to brighten someone’s day.

Materials Used:

  • purple cardstock
  • white cardstock
  • February Calendar Image – free printable
  • velum
  • die cut and machine
  • various adhesives
  • paper trimmer
  • rhinestone gems

The free Calendar is available here: https://tryit-likeit.com/2023-printable-calendar/

pencils and pens

The February calendar image was colored using mostly pencils from Staedtler and fineliners from Stabilo.

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Sublimating Ribbon

Learn how easy it is to create your own ribbon designs using sublimation ink pads and markers. @gwenstudios @artesprix #affiliate

finished gift box

Now you can create your own special designer Gwen Studios ribbon. I love how this sublimated ribbon made this gift box so special. Putting your own design on a ribbon is very easy to do using sublimation ink pads and markers. The ones I am using are from Artesprix.

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coloring

To create the image I am using a layering technique. I stamped the image and with the use of a light table, I can see the image and know where to add the color. Then I stamped the image on top of the colored work. The reason for doing it this way was to illuminate the possibility of the inks bleeding together. You can see how this was done in the video below.

colored image

I actually did the entire process twice. I started with pastel colors as seen in the first image. They did transfer but weren’t visible enough for my taste so I did it again with brighter colors as seen above. Here I am making the sublimation sandwich to transfer the image.

sublimation sandwich

This image show what is referred to as a sublimation sandwich. Working on a heat-resistant surface, I have a layer of protective paper, then the ribbon faces up, the colored and stamped image face down is held in place with heat-resistant tape, and the entire thing will be covered with another piece of protective paper before heating.

iron

Because my project is small I chose to use a craft iron instead of a heat press. With the iron set on high and no steam, I used a bit of pressure and left the iron on for a minute. Before removing the tape and image you will want to do a peek test to make sure everything is transferred.

This post is created for the Gwen Studios design team. Other projects can be found on the Designer Crafts Connection website. Gwen Studios ribbons can be found at Walmart and Michaels.

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Glitter and Mica Powder Ornament

with Ceya

ornament

When I got products from Ceya I wanted to combine glitter and mica powder. On the first try, I decided to make an ornament. Having not done this before, I wasn’t sure of the outcome, but I am thrilled with the results and can’t wait to try other applications.

Materials:

  • plastic ornament
  • polyacrylic
  • chunky glitter
  • mica powder
  • small spoon
  • disposable cups

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If you’d like to see more products from Ceya I have an unboxing video here: