Embellished Cactus Purse

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Hello there makers and welcome back! Have you noticed the cactus trend lately? We are from Arizona… home of allllllllll the cactus ever. Not really, but we see our fair share of desert life. I thought it would be fun to make my daughter something that can carry her hiking nature notebook and mini first aid kit when we go hiking and exploring. How cute did this Embellished Cactus Purse turn out?

My daughter loves it and it’s the perfect size for her couple of hiking things. It was pretty easy to make too! 

I used a blank canvas purse (found at Hobby Lobby), felt, pom poms, embroidery thread, and my Spellbinders Platinum 6 and my new cactus steel rule die. 

I used the Platinum 6 and the die to cut out a felt cactus. 

Made it so quick and easy and look at those clean cut lines!

Then, using green embroidery thread, I stitched X’s on the felt cactus to secure it to the canvas purse. Plus, it looks like cactus needles!

I added blooms to the cactus using pom poms and embroidery thread.

Then I hand stitched more pom poms to the bottom of the purse. I really love pom poms, y’all.

The zipper needed a little something special too, so I used embroidery thread to make a tassel to hang from it.

The cute little cactus notebook that my daughter uses for her nature journal was made at SNAP conference in the Spellbinders room. It’s so cute and fits just right in her cactus purse. 

Ready for our next hike! 

Do you love the cactus trend too?

Summer Wine Cups

Hello makers! If you don’t already know, I am pretty mermaid obsessed and I have been since I was girl. So naturally, when it starts to warm up and summer starts making it’s way to Arizona, I have a creative urge to make something mermaidesque. Check out these Summer Wine Cups I made!

Aren’t they fun?! The wine cups are plastic (found at Dollar Tree) which makes them the perfect cup for by the pool. I used a pretty, glittery coral vinyl from Expressions Vinyl and designed the images in the Silhouette Design Studio. I used my new Silhouette Cameo that I won at SNAP conference (WOOHOO!) to cut the vinyl images. 

Next I weeded the vinyl and added transfer paper so that I could rub them onto the wine cups. I just love the tiny shell and mermaid on the base of the cups, don’t you?! 

I thought the sayings were fun… Drink like a fish and Shell Yeah! And that glitter… it makes everything better!

I think they turned out so cute… perfect for a lemonade, a watermelon slush, or even wine! 

Be sure to wash these cute cups by hand to preserve the vinyl. 

What summer projects do you have coming up?

Feathers and Dreamcatchers Baby Brunch

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This past weekend I had the honor of planning and hosting one of my childhood friend’s baby shower with another one of my dear friends. We had so much fun planning this shower… we literally could not wait to shower our sweet friend, Michelle, and her new baby princess. I’m really excited to show y’all the details… because it’s all about the details right? And we really wanted to get it just right. After lots of Pinterest inspiration, Amazon searching, and creative collaboration, we decided on a Feathers and Dreamcatchers Baby Brunch.

The decor for the shower had gold, pink, teal, yellow and white colors throughout. I made lots of cute paper feathers with my Spellbinders Platinum 6 and the feather die and added them throughout the decor. We used them on banners, chalkboard signs, toothpick toppers, etc. 

Hand painted globe by Aimee Nicole Designs. Sign made by Mine for the Making.

I made a sign with a special quote on it for the baby’s room and had all of the guests sign a special message on the back.

We even had a dreamcatcher kit that each of the guests help make. 

These dreamcatcher cards were found at Target and went just perfectly with the theme… I couldn’t resit them! Everyone wrote dreams and wishes for the baby on them and then added it to the twine to make a cute garland.

We also made mini Dream Chaser signs with dreamcatchers on them… one for each guest to take home. 

The menu was full of all the things you would want for a yummy brunch. We had Michelle’s favorite donuts, a yogurt parfait bar, mini quiches, bacon, roasted asparagus and spinach salad, avocado shrimp ceviche, cheese danishes, and a mom-osa (mimosa) bar. We drank out of mason jars with cute paper straws and garnished our mom-osas with fruit. Everything was delicious! 

After we ate and chatted, Michelle opened gifts and let me just say, this was my favorite part of the morning. She is just the cutest and has the best reactions opening gifts! It really makes the gift giving so much more fun! 

We are so excited to welcome this new little girlfriend to our tribe. To be surrounded by women who build you up, encourage you, love you even on your ugly days… that’s a real treasure. And we sure are lucky so celebrate life’s beautiful moments together. 

 

 

Personalized Dog Dishes

Hello there makers! Are you a dog mom? If so, I have the perfect project for you… or for your pup, rather.  Check out these Personalized Dog Dishes. I picked up a couple of plain, aluminum dog dishes from the store and decided it was extremely necessary to personalize them for our pup.

Super cute, right?! I created the decal in the Silhouette design studio, cut it out on Expressions Vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo, weeded the designs and applied them onto the aluminum dog dishes using transfer tape/paper.

Be sure to really smooth over the vinyl to get out all bubbles before removing the transfer tape. 

They were that easy! I even saved the Silhouette designs for you so that you can personalize your dog’s dishes too. Pin this post and email me that you did… I will email you the design so you can make your own!

I love how they turned out and that it only took me about 15 minutes to complete. My Bruzer boy loves his new dishes too! 

Wonder what I should make next for this pup of mine… Do you have any favorite DIY dog projects?

DIY Feather Wall Hanging

Hello makers! Now that the weather is warming up here in sunny Arizona, we have been going on lots of hikes and enjoying nature while we can (summers here are too hot for hikes). One of our favorite things to do while on hike is look for good sticks. Most times we use them as walking sticks, but this time my daughter and I thought it would be fun to use the sticks to create artwork for her room. So today I am going to show you how I made this DIY Feather Wall Hanging!

So pretty right? To make your own, you will need the following supplies and tools:

First thing you want to do is use your Platinum 6 and feather die to cut your feathers out of card stock and felt. Using your scissors, cut the felt and paper to the size of your die, so it easily fits into the Platinum 6. Layer the plates according to the Platinum 6 directions and feed the die and paper/felt through to cut your feathers.

The Platinum 6 does such a great job of cutting through the thick felt and paper… just look!

Once your feathers are complete (I used 9 for this project, but you can use more or less), set them aside. Get your jute, sticks and wooden beads ready. Line up your two sticks, one above the other with about a foot in between. Starting with the stick on the bottom, tie the end of the jute in a knot around it. Bring the jute up to the top stick, tying a couple of wooden beads along the way. Now tie a knot around the top stick.

Now we are going to create a place to hang the feather wall hanging from, so give the jute some slack and tie a knot around the other end of the top stick.

Bring the jute back down to the bottom stick, tying wooden beads along the way, and secure with a knot around the bottom stick. Cut any excess jute with your scissors.

Now we are ready to hang the feathers! Hole punch your feathers and tie jute to them at different lengths. Then tie the ends to the bottom stick.

The Platinum 6 made the feather making process so quick and easy! I really love this machine. No batteries, no need for an outlet to plug it in, and folds up nice and compact for storage. Plus, it makes crafting so easy and project ideas are endless. 

I added one of my handmade signs to the center of the wall hanging once I hung it up. I absolutely love the finished project and so does my daughter!

Do you ever use a little nature in your crafts or artwork? I think I am going to do it more often! 

Have a great weekend, friends!

 

If you liked this project, check out my Felt Succulent Wreath using Spellbinders Platinum 6! There’s also a video in this post so that you can get a better idea of how the machine works. 

 

Spellbinders provided me with the Platinum 6 and steel rule dies, but all crafts/projects/and opinions are 100% my own and I only share things I know my readers will love too!

Felt Succulent Wreath

Hello makers! I’m looking to freshen up my front door for the new year. What better way to do that than with a new Felt Succulent Wreath?! Here’s my first blogged about craft of the new year… finally!

Isn’t my wreath so pretty? I don’t know about you, but I have a huge love for succulents. I’m not the greatest gardener, though I try, so I thought I’d figure out a way to create a succulent project without having to plant anything at all. 

For this craft you will need:

I used my Spellbinders Platinum 6 and the succulent dies to cut the succulents out of felt.

(Scroll to the end of the post for a video tutorial!)

Look how clean the Platinum 6 cut through felt!! Now stack them up…

Then glue them together with hot glue. Make sure you pinch them at the bottom!

And finally, I hot glued the felt succulents all over the heart shaped wreath. 

And viola!

My wreath is complete and ready to hang on our front door! But it would look great on a mantel or window or mirror. Where would you put it?

Didn’t the felt succulents turn out so pretty? I love the look of the 3 greens together. All in all this craft took about 30 minutes to complete, start to finish, thanks to my Platinum 6 for cleanly and easily cutting out my felt. Not too shabby if you ask me! Watch the video for a visual tutorial of the entire craft!

 

What’s hanging on your front door right now?

I received the Platinum 6 and dies from Spellbinders to review and share on my blog. All opinions are 100% my own and I only share products and companies that I truly love and think you will too.

 

Rudolph Pencils

Hello there makers! I have a quick and easy Christmas craft that the kids will love! They make great little gifts to pass out in class, to your teammates, and to your friends. Today I am going to show you how to make Rudolph Pencils!

In a few easy steps with a minimal supplies, you can make these adorable pencils for under $5. 

You will need:

  • Christmas pencils
  • brown pipe cleaners
  • red mini pom poms
  • mini googley eyes
  • small gold bells
  • glue gun and glue sticks (or craft glue for the little ones)

To make the pencils, just watch the video where I show you how to make a Rudolph Pencil in under a minute. 


 

First, slide the gold bell half way down a brown pipe cleaner. Then twist the pipe cleaner to the pencil, making sure it’s tight. Accordion fold both ends of the pipe cleaner and then stretch out a bit. Hot glue the mini red pom pom to the bell and the googley eyes above the bell, onto the pencil. DONE! It’s that easy. Repeat until you finish your pencil pack and then pass them out to your friends for Christmas.

If you like these Rudolph Pencils, you’ll probably like the printable Build a Snowman game and the Candy Cane Ornaments for kids too!

I hope y’all have a great weekend. Happy Christmas crafting!

Buffalo Plaid Wooden Sign

Hello there makers! We are quickly approaching Christmas…are you ready?! Today I thought I’d share another Christmas decor craft with y’all, and since I’m on that buffalo plaid kick… it’s bound to have some in there! If you’ve followed me for a bit, then you know I run a handmade wooden sign shop and have for almost 7 years. One of my favorite things to make is wooden signs! Check out my Buffalo Plaid Wooden Sign!

I really love how it turned out! I placed it right in the entry way so that our visitors see it right when they walk in. Want to make your own? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • cut and sanded piece of (ply) wood (mine was 11×13)
  • paint/brush
  • stain/brush
  • cut and sanded furring strip (enough to frame your sign)
  • buffalo plaid welcome (from Michael’s)
  • buffalo plaid deer (from Target)
  • E3600 heavy duty glue
  • nail gun/nails 

First you want to get your sign ready. Cut and sand all wood needed for the project. *If you don’t have power tools on hand, you can ask your local Home Depot or Lowe’s to cut the wood for your for a small cost. 

Next, paint your sign and stain your frame. Allow dry time and lightly sand with a sanding block when dry. Coat the frame in sealer (this can be wax or a clear coat of spray paint). 

Then, using your nail gun, attach the furring strips to the outside of your sign to frame it all in.

The tough parts are done! Use your heavy duty glue to adhere the Welcome and deer to the wood.

Almost done…

Tada! You can attach a hook to the back if you want to hang it up on a wall. Otherwise, it sits nicely on flat surfaces like tables, shelves, mantles, etc. 

If you liked this project, you would love the Buffalo Plaid Glitter Deer Head I just made and my new winter wreath

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great rest of your weekend. 

Buffalo Plaid Glitter Deer Head

Hello makers! If you haven’t noticed I’m on a buffalo plaid kick this Christmas and I’m excited to show you what I’ve crafted up with it this time. How fun is this Buffalo Plaid Glitter Deer Head?! I’m not bit on the real deer heads up in my home for decor, but I’ll take a glittery paper machete one any day!

This cute guy was inexpensive and pretty simple to make. You just need a few things to make one for yourself…

I had the Mod Podge, black paint, gold glitter, scissors and paint brushes on hand, but you can find them at any craft supply store. I bought the paper machete deer head and the buffalo plaid paper at Hobby Lobby. 

First you want to carefully separate the deer head from the plaque. Then paint the outside and edges with black paint and allow it to dry.

Next you want to paint the deer head with Mod Podge and sprinkle with glitter and also allow time to dry.

After your black paint is dry, trace the plaque one the buffalo plaid paper. Cut it out a little smaller than the tracing so it can fit inside the lip. Then you are going to either glue or Mod Podge the paper to the center of the plaque and allow dry time.

Now all you have to do is glue the deer head back onto the center of the plaque and you’re done! Isn’t he so pretty?! I just love him.

Are you into the buffalo plaid trend? If so, you’ll also love my wreath and this post on popular Christmas decorating trends

I hope y’all have a great weekend!! See you next week with more Christmas fun. 

Glitter Dipped Wooden Ornaments

Hello makers! Are you Christmas ready? I know I’m not nearly as ‘ready’ as I usually am, but I’m still crafting away making all the Christmas decorations. Today I am excited to share my Glitter Dipped Wooden Ornaments with you. They were really easy to make and turned out so beautiful.

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So pretty, right?! You only need a couple of things to make them…

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I found these cute wooden ornaments and the red glitter paint at Michael’s. I bought 5 of them but you can dip as many ornaments as your sweet little heart desires.

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Let’s make these ornaments, shall we? First you want to dump your glitter paint into a small dish.

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Then you are going to take turns dipping the ornaments into the glitter paint. Allow them to drip off into the bowl for a bit, and then hang them to dry. I hung mine on hangers and put paper underneath to catch the drips. 

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After they dry for 12-ish hours, they are safe to handle and hang on your tree.

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I really love the way they turned out. The red glitter really pops against the green tree. And I super love the wood and glitter combo. 

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Do you make ornaments for your tree? I love handmade ornaments so much and I have a few more up my crafty sleeve to show you, so stay tuned!