Finishing Projects

Do you have a bunch of projects that you have intended to do but have just not gotten to them? Well that’s how this post is going to go. I have had several little projects that I just needed to get done. I either have some holes in my decor that I need to fill or they are things that I keep putting off. So I decided to just knock them all out in one day. I am extremely happy I did. I hope that one or more of these projects inspire you to get those projects done that you have just not gotten to yet.

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Supplies

A few of the things that I needed to get done were some water bottles for my kids, some blocks for my tiered trays, a plate for my craft room and finally a block that holds cards and pictures. All of these projects I used my Cricut, Cricut vinyl, and Orical 651 vinyl. I also used a few random pieces left over from other projects.

We can start with these blocks. I put some scrapbook paper on two of them with Mod Podge over a year ago. The other one I used shades of silver paint and a sponge to make it look galvanized. I knew I wanted words on at least two of them. So I went into Cricut Design Space and looked up things to do with Blessed. I found one plain Blessed saying and one that said Bless This Hot Mess. I cut each phrase out with Orical 651 vinyl and added them to the galvanized block and the block with the blue painted wood.

For the white wood block, I just wanted a shape of some sort. I literally looked around my desk to see what I could find. I save a ton of things I pull off of other projects. Little pieces here and there that I do not use right away. I found a galvanized heart that I pulled off a Dollar Tree sign last week. I did not want to leave it the same color so I roughly painted it with Dark Bronze paint. It took two coats. Now if you know me pretty well, you will know that I am very impatient. I can not wait on anything. So I took my heat gun to the paint on the heart to make it dry faster. Well I held the heat gun on the heart to long and the paint started to bubble. It was a happy accident and I loved the way it looked. I did that with each coat of paint I put on it. Once it was dry I hot glued the heart on to the block.

I can not wait to put these in my 3-tiered trays!! They are so cute. The blocks are about 3×3 in size and about an half an inch thick. So they are a great size to put in any small spots that are missing decor.

Lets move onto the next project!!

I have had this charger sitting around since just after Christmas. I wanted to put an inspirational quote on it to put in my craft room. Since I have been working on changing my life around a bit with losing weight and working on my mental and physical health, I wanted something to push me. The quote I settled on after reading a ton was “I Dare To Fail So I will Achieve Greatly.” I found an SVG of it and downloaded it into Cricut Design Space. Then I cut it out on some metallic Cricut vinyl. Once I weeded the vinyl, I used transfer tape to add it to the plate. I was not as careful as I should have been and I did not get the wording on the plate straight. Instead of wasting the vinyl and pulling it off to try again, I added a blue butterfly to the side of the plate to fill the space. Always see if you can save your project if you mess up. Sometimes the project turns out better than you expected it would.

I can not tell you how much a love this. It does not matter to me that the words are a bit off. Honestly it is a representation of how the day went as I was making all of these projects. Something went wrong on each one and I am happy it did because the end results are so much better than I expected the projects to be.

Two down, Two to go!!

I have had these water bottles sitting my my craft room since last summer. They are around a $1.00 each at Walmart and I knew I wanted to put my kids names on them. I went back to my Cricut and into Design Space. I looked for a font that I wanted for all three and typed out their names and sized them. Then I cut them out, weeded the vinyl and then added their names to the bottles.

This was such an easy and cheap project. Now I could take the time to put Mod Podge over the letters but it is not that important to me. These might last my kids the summer. Since they are cheap, it is not a big deal to make them new ones next summer. I will say my kids were pretty excited about these though.

Final Project!!

I forgot to take a before picture of this block that is a card or picture holder. A friend gave this to me a long time ago with some cute paper on it. The glue lifted from the paper and fell off so I decided to redo it. I painted the block with the Dark Bronze paint. It took two coats to completely cover it.

Once it was dry , I got back on design space and found a beautiful butterfly. I sized it and cut it out with metallic vinyl. Then I added it to the block. After that I found a ribbon that looked good with the colors and tied it in a bow around the wire holder. That was it!!! This was quick and now I can set this out and remember my sweet friend who made this for me to begin with.

There are always ways to get around not having a cutting machine like a Cricut. You can use stickers, rub-on transfers, or print things out on from the computer and Mod Podge them on. Even stencils would work. Use what you have.

I hope that these projects motivate you to get some of those half done or not even started projects done that are taking up space in your craft room. I am glad and excited I finished these. It feels good to have them done.

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Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Melissa McGuire

Supplies

Blocks- Target

Paper- Hobby Lobby

Mod Podge- Hobby Lobby

Shades of Silver Paint- Walmart

Heart- Dollar Tree

Cricut- Amazon

Orical 651 Vinyl- Michael’s Craft Supply

Surebonder Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks- Hobby Lobby

Charger- Dollar Tree

Butterfly- Random Plant Decoration

Water Bottles- Walmart

Dark Bronze Paint- Target

Block Card Holder- Any Craft Store

Ribbon- Hero Arts

Dollar Tree Laundry Room Fun!!

A friend of mine moved into a new house not to long ago. She has been working room by room getting everything decorated. She asked me what I was doing next on the blog and I told her laundry room decor! I also told her that I did not know what I was going to do with the stuff once it was made because I did not have anywhere to put it. With a big grin, she asked if I would toss them her way. She has a pretty neutral laundry room and it is not a big space. I kept all those things in mind as I was starting to create some laundry room decor with some Dollar Tree materials.

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Supplies

I found some wall stickers at Dollar Tree that were perfect for making some cheap and easy decor. I needed a few different sizes of signs which came from a few different things at Dollar Tree, or you can use signs from other craft stores. I was working on keeping this pretty budget friendly. A few other things I used were twine, Mod Podge, vinyl, and hot glue. All of this is pretty simple and you do not need a lot to this project.

I started by prepping three different sizes of signs. Each one I did the same steps with. First I took any embellishments off the signs. Then flipped the signs over and took any stickers that were on them. I also removed what ever is used to hang the signs. If there are holes left behind, I filled them in with wood filler.

Next I needed to cover the signs. I did not want to use paint. That is something we use all the time and I wanted to do something different. I had some vinyl on hand from Target. Depending on the season, they can carry it in their Bullseye Playground and it comes in single sheets or in a pack of three. The ones I chose to use were in a pack of three. There were two plaid patterns and a striped one. I measured out the vinyl by laying the signs down on it and tracing it and cutting out the vinyl. This is where I ran into a problem. Since this was going in a laundry room I was afraid of the vinyl peeling off if the room got to hot or had to much moisture. To solve this problem I put a layer of Mod Podge down on the sign first and then put the vinyl over the top of it.

Once the Mod Podge has had some time to dry, I cut apart the stickers. Now the ones on the right are from another sticker pack that had the laundry list on it and another big sticker that says Laundry Room. I cut those apart too. Once I laid everything out where I wanted them on the signs, I peeled off the backing and put the stickers on the signs.

I put two coats of Mod Podge over the top of the stickers to seal them in place.

Each sign needed some embellishment. I wanted them to all match and have the same look. The house they are going in is a farm house so I wanted to keep with the style too. Twine is one thing that is all over farm house decor so I took that and wrapped around each sign where I thought it was needed. I also glued some pieces of twine to the back to make hanger for the signs.

Here is a closer look at each sign. They each have a different shape to have some interest. I used different vinyl on each one. The twine gives them some texture and also ties them all together. They turned out great. This is a project where you can use any color vinyl or paint you want. You can also use any wall stickers and size of signs you want. These can be made to fit any style and space.

I hope you try this simple project. Please Like, Share, Comment, and Subscribe. Also find me on Instagram and Facebook.

Revelation 7:14 I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Melissa McGuire

Supplies

Laundry Wall Stickers- Dollar Tree

Signs- Dollar Tree

Mod Podge- Dollar Tree

Twine- Dollar Tree

Vinyl- Target

Surebonder Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks- Hobby Lobby

Egg Topiary with a Twist!

First off let me say that I am sorry for not posting last week. I was under the weather and completely exhausted. I did not even make it into my craft room. I am feeling much better and ready to get to today’s project.

Easter is almost here!!!! I wanted to get one more project done before Easter. I found this mini watering can and wash bin at Hobby Lobby a long with this pedestal at Target. I thought they would make a cute decor piece stacked together. I was hoping to make it look like the a bird bath and use beads and wire to make the watering can look like it was watering flowers but I did not have the right beads for it. So I decided that an Easter Egg Topiary would be cute!! I am also going to give a simple flower arrangements at the end of the post. It all would make a great centerpiece for a table if you put them all together.

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Supplies

This is a big project so it did take a lot of supplies. I used the mini watering can and wash bin. Along with the pedestal, some vase filler, spring flowers, eggs, and floral foam. If you do not like the colors of anything, then you will also need some paint. I used E6000 and hot glue to put everything together.

The first thing I did was paint the wash bin with Dark Bronze and then I used a few different shades of silver to galvanize the pedestal. Both took a few coats of paint to cover them. Next I took these small little plaques and used E6000 to glue them on. Hot glue will not hold them.

I then hot glued some floral foam into the wash bin and watering can. I knew I wanted to stack eggs one on top of each other. To do this I took the tip of my hot glue gun and melted a hole in the top of two eggs. They already have holds in the bottom. Then I put all three eggs on a wooden skewer and hot glued them in place. As you can see from the picture above, I used three eggs at first but it was to tall so I removed one of the eggs. I left part of the skewer on the bottom of the eggs to push down into the floral foam in the watering can to hold it all in place.

Now it is time to stack everything on top of each other. The base is the pedestal, then the wash bin and finally the watering can. I hot glued all of those together. After that I used a few different kinds of flowers to fill in around the bin and can. Finally, I put some vase filler around the bottom of the bin to look like eggs. The bottom of the pedestal looked bare so I added a bow.

Bonus!!!

After looking at the finished project, I thought it needed something to go beside it to tie it all together. I had these two pink buckets for a while so I thought a few flower arrangements would be really cute to go on either side of the topiary. I used floral foam again and added flowers to each bucket so they matched. I added bows to each bucket too. I felt like the flowers were not enough to tie the buckets to the topiary so I took skewers and cut them in half and hot glued them to the bottom of six eggs. Then I arranged them in the buckets.

Here is the finished project. The fun thing about this one is that you can take the eggs off after Easter and just use all of this as spring decor. It serves double duty and I love that!!! The colors are so bright and cheery. It all would look great as a centerpiece on a table. I have mine sitting on my entertainment stand.

Thank you for joining me today. I also will have a few bonus decor pieces on Facebook and Instagram. Please go take a look under Yellow Butterfly Craft Designs. Also please Like, Share, Comment, and Subscribe.

Matthew 28:6 He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying

Melissa McGuire

Supplies

Watering Can and Wash Bin- Hobby Lobby

Pedestal and Buckets- Target

Flowers and Stems with Balls- Dollar Tree

Eggs- Dollar Tree

Ribbon- Michael’s Craft Supply

Small Plaques- Hobby Lobby

Floral Foam- Dollar Tree

Silver Shades of Paint- Walmart

Dark Bronze Paint- Target

Vase Filler- Dollar Tree

E6000 Glue- Hobby Lobby

Surebonder Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks

Easter Beauty

I find inspiration all over the place. This is another wreath inspired by a picture I saw on Facebook. I fell in love the beauty of the cross draped in white and the Easter Lilies. My take on it is a bit different than the original but the end result is so pretty and perfect to represent the true meaning of the Easter season.

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Supplies

I used an 18 inch vine wreath form as the base. Use what ever size is best for your. The cross is from Dollar Tree and they have several styles of crosses so pick what you like. You will notice that later on I changed this cross out for a bigger one because I thought the one in this picture was to small. The burlap ribbon is from Hobby Lobby along with the sheer white material. I got the Easter Lilies from Dollar Tree. Honestly they were the best looking ones I found. When I put the wreath together it looked a bit bare so I used random greenery that I had on hand. You will also need some paint or stain, hot glue and some kind of stronger glue that will not melt in the heat, and some floral wire.

The first step is to fill in the hole at the top of the cross with wood filler. Some of the crosses have holes that need to be covered. The second cross I used did not require that step. Once the filler is dry, sand it down smooth.

Now it is time to paint. I used three different colors to get a wood grain look. The lightest color is Waverly Chalk Paint in Hazelnut and I put this down as a base coat. The other two colors are Waverly Chalk Paint in Truffle, and Dark Bronze in the Target brand paint. I roughly mixed the two colors together with a stiff brush. You can also use a fan brush. I dry brushed the two colors over the Hazelnut before it was completely dry. This will blend the paint and give it streaks making it look like dark stained wood. The Bronze color gives the cross some shine which is very pretty. Keep layering and blending the paints until you are happy with how it looks.

While your paint is drying start on the wreath and flowers. I used three bunches of Easter Lilies. Two up right and one pointing upside down. To attach them to the wreath form I used floral wire and wrapped it tightly around it. You can move and pull the flowers until you are happy with it. I used floral wire to attach the extra greenery too in places I felt needed it.

Next I took the burlap ribbon and made a big bow. There are several bow tutorials on YouTube and they are much better than me trying to explain it in words. I did add some floral wire to the back of the bow by threading it through the back loop and adding some E6000 to it to hold it in place and some hot glue for an instant hold. Then I placed the bow in the middle where the Lilies met and brought the wires around the back of the wreath form and twisted them together like you would with a bread twisty tie.

Here’s the thing, if your hanging any wreath where heat will be hitting it, then you have to use a stronger glue. Hot glue will melt in the heat and your wreath will fall apart. That is why I used the hot glue and E6000. It is well worth the time to wait for that stronger glue to dry.

Its time to finish the cross. Cut the sheer white fabric to the length and width that you think looks best with your size cross and drape it around the cross. On the back of the cross, place some hot glue and E6000 behind the sheer white fabric to hold it in place. In the middle of the back of the cross, add the two glues to it then put a long piece of the floral wire in the glues. Take a strip of the burlap ribbon and place it over the wire sandwiching the wire between the ribbon and the cross. This will help hold the wire on. Finally add the cross to the wreath and wrap the wire around the back and twist it tight to hold the cross on.

Here is the finished product. I LOVE this and it shows the true meaning of Easter which is the death and resurrection of Jesus. It represents his ultimate sacrifice for our sins and the great love He has for us.

I hope you enjoyed this project. It really is an easy one to make. Please Like, Share, Comment, and Subscribe. Also find me on Instagram and Facebook under Yellow Butterfly Craft Designs.

Mark 8:34 ESV And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Melissa McGuire

Supplies

Vine Wreath Form- Hobby Lobby

Easter Lilies- Dollar Tree

Cross- Dollar Tree

Burlap Ribbon- Hobby Lobby

White Sheer Fabric- Hobby Lobby

Floral Wire- Dollar Tree

Waverly Chalk Paint in Truffle and Hazelnut- Walmart

Dark Bronze Paint- Target

E6000- Hobby Lobby

Surebonder Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks- Hobby Lobby

Easter fun with Dollar Tree

St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching but Easter is right around the corner too. It seems to be really early this year. Hopefully that means spring weather is following!!

This week I wanted to make a few Easter signs out of Dollar Tree products I found. I love to give Dollar Tree products an upgrade and tailor them to the season we are in. It is so much fun to look at the before and after pictures of signs that have been redone and given a face lift.

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Supplies

I found two different signs at the Dollar Tree that I thought would be perfect for Easter signs. The first one is the wedding sign on the left and the other was the plant sign on the right. I also used some Waverly Chalk Paint in White, Truffle, Hazelnut, and Maize. You will need some form of glue too and I used some wood filler.

The words I cut out using my Cricut machine. You can use stickers, print things off the computer, or free hand them. The other thing I used was carrots from Dollar Tree. They have them every year.

Lets start off with the wedding sign. I spread a thick coat of wood filler over it. I did this because the words looked like they were pressed into the sign so if I painted it, the words would show right through. After that dried I panted over the sign with a mix of Hazelnut chalk paint and Truffle. When you use a dark and light color, it can make the sign look like a piece of wood. I went over the sign a few times with these colors to get the look I was going for. It helps to have a light hand with the dark color.

As for the planting sign, I pulled the metal piece off and then painted the whole thing White with the Waverly Chalk paint. Front and back. Next I took a fan brush and the Maize Waverly Chalk Paint and brushed it on the arched part of the sign to make it look like the sun was rising. Once the paint was dry, I laid out the carrots in a fan pattern and hot glued them to the top part of the sign. I used 7 carrots so you will need 2 packs of them.

The final step was to add the words and eggs. I used my Cricut and Orical 651 vinyl. In Cricut Design Space I made up two saying “Easter Egg Hunt” and ” Welcome To The Carrot Patch”. I also cut out two different eggs and layered vinyl behind both of them so make them two colors.

These two signs are super cute! They were really easy and cheap too. Remember you can use stickers or printables and glue sticks to put words or pictures on your signs. That makes it an easy DIY that is completely customizable. I think the bottom sign would look amazing painted white with the sun rays on the top part. Then put three crosses on it and the words “He Has Risen!” on the bottom. I might have to try that.

I hope you all are happy and healthy. I have a few more Easter project to show you over the next few weeks. Please Like, Share, Comment, and Subscribe. Also find me on Instagram and Facebook under Yellow Butterfly Craft Designs.

 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin…” 

Have a wonderful weekend

Melissa McGuire

Supplies

Wedding Sign- Dollar Tree

Plant Sign- Dollar Tree

Carrots- Dollar Tree

Wood Filler- Dollar Tree

Cricut Machine- Michael’s Craft Supply

Orical 651 Vinyl- Michael’s Craft Supply

Waverly Chalk Paint in White, Hazelnut, Truffle, and Maize- Walmart

Surebonder Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks- Hobby Lobby

Spring in Small Places

We have had some warmer weather here the last week or so which has been a nice change from the ice and snow. The birds are slowly coming out and I have even had my windows open a few days. It has been amazing!! All that tells me we are headed toward SPRING!! While Fall is my favorite season, Spring brings its own kind of fun. Things are lighter and brighter and there is a feeling of new beginnings in the air.

The first craft I am going to start the Spring season off with are these sweet flower vases. These can be used from now all the way though summer. If you change out the bow and flowers, these can even take you into Fall. I love crafts that can last more than one holiday or season!

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Supplies

I feel in love with these little bud vases from Target. They are short and small so they can be used in small spaces or even 3-tiered trays. The other items I used for the craft are some twine, ribbon, and flowers. I also used some paint from Target called New Penny.

The first thing I did was give these vases 2 coats of the New Penny paint from Target. This paint is amazing, at least the metallic colors are. It covers well and looks nice and shiny.

The next step is to pick what kind of ribbon or twine you want to tie around the neck of the vases. I picked this cute plaid ribbon from Michael’s Craft Supply for one of the vases and the other two I used twine from the Dollar Tree. For the ribbon, I tied it in a bow around the neck of the vase. Then I took the tails of the bow and placed them together, folded them in half long ways, and then starting from the bottom with my scissors pointing up toward the bow, and cut the tails down. Once they open up the have the V shape in them. Its my favorite way to cut them.

With the twine, I wanted a bigger bow. I started by cutting 2 longer pieces of twine. Those will be the tails of the bow. Then I took the twine and wrapped it around 3 of my fingers 4 times making loops and then cut the twine. After that I took another longer piece of twine and laid the loops I just made from around my fingers and the 2 pieces of twine I cut for the tails in the middle of it. Once all of that was gathered together, I tied the long piece of twine around the loops and tails. You can now see where the bow was formed. I tied the bow around the vases and cut the tails to the length I wanted.

The last thing I did was pick out some flowers. I tired a few different kinds and settled on the Hydrangeas. I cut the stems down to fit in the vases and I was done.

These are so sweet and tiny. They can be put anywhere and like I said before they can be used for a few holidays. Since I did not glue in the flowers in, they can be changed out for the seasons along with the bows. The penny color makes them great for St. Patrick’s Day too. Let me know what you think! What color would you paint these vases?

Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend. Please Like, Share, Comment, and Subscribe. Also find me on Facebook and Instagram under Yellow Butterfly Craft Designs.

2 Corinthians 5:17 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Melissa McGuire

Supplies

Set of 3 Vases- Target Bullseye Playground

New Penny Paint- Target

Twine- Dollar Tree

Plaid Easter Ribbon- Michael’s Craft Supply

Flowers- Michael’s Craft Supply

Dollar Tree Earring Storage

Remember a few weeks ago I make those cute Valentine’s leather earrings? Well I did not really have anywhere to store them. I have several pair of leather earrings and they are long and big. It is hard to put them in a regular jewelry box I also do not have room to hang storage on my wall. So I was excited to find this little container at Dollar Tree but I wanted to give it a makeover.

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Supplies

Supplies are easy this week. You will need one of these little containers, some stickers and paint. I also used some stamps and ink. If you can not find this container then you can use a small box and one of the wood planks from Dollar tree to create your own container.

First I painted the container white with Waverly Chalk Paint. It took about three coats to cover all the colors.

My second step was to add the big butterfly sticker. I got these at Dollar Tree. You can use what ever image you want. You can even print an image out from the computer and glue it on.

Finally, I took black ink and stamped this saying on the front of the container. You can use stickers for this or print words out from the computer and glue them on. I have heard that using a glue stick works great for this kind of stuff.

Here is the finished project. As you can guess, I love yellow butterflies. They have special meaning to me. The saying is my favorite Bible verse. I have always struggled with being still and having faith. Any kind of reminder I can put out is helpful and I will see this container every day. It is perfect for just laying the earrings in it. They stay flat and I can put several in the container.

Thank you for joining me today. I have some St. Patrick’s Day and Easter crafts coming up. Along with spring sprinkled in. Please Like, Share, Comment, and Subscribe! Also find me on Facebook and Instagram at Yellow Butterfly Craft Designs.

Psalms 46:10 Be still and know that I am God.

Melissa McGuire

Supplies

Container- Dollar Tree

Butterfly Stickers- Dollar Tree

Waverly White Chalk Paint- Walmart

Black Versamark Ink- Michael’s Craft Supply

Christian Stamp Set- Michael’s Craft Supply

Table top Hearts

Love is in the air!! Valentine’s Day is on its way. That means its time for reds, pinks, purples, and hearts!!! I have to admit that I am not a lovey dovey person and I am not a pink girl at all. It is because of that I personally find it difficult to do Valentine’s decor. I have to make it fun and be really creative and with these to signs I did just that. I used products that I would not normally use. Don’t worry!! I will give you some alternative methods to be able to complete signs like these.

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Supplies

This project is what you make of it. You can put anything on these hearts. I used these hearts from Dollar Tree. That are thick and sturdy. I used chalk and acrylic paint.

Now please keep in mind I have a big craft room with many items to use. I really wanted to think outside the box on this one so I wanted to use some different products that I do not usually use when crafting for this blog. So I used a stamp set that I got from Hero Arts. I got it in a subscription stamp box that I get every month from Hero Arts called My Monthly Hero. I love it and it gives me all kinds of different stamps and inks to try. It is an amazing deal if you are a card maker!!

The other thing I used was a die cutting machine called a Platinum from Spellbinders and steel roll dies from Spellbinders called Truckin’ Through The Season. I used several different kinds of paper with these dies too.

I started by pulling off the paper on the front on the hearts. It pealed off easily and it took all the glitter off without a problem. Then I painted the fronts and backs of the hearts with Waverly White Chalk Paint. It took two coats of paint to cover them and on the second coat I put the paint on thick to give the hearts some texture. I did not paint the sides of the hearts because they were already painted. One if them has red edges and I sanded the edges on that one to destress it.

Next I took Versamark Onyx Black ink and used it on a few of the stamps of this Hera Arts stamp set. I used the flowers, two of the bees and a one of the greetings. Once I stamped the images on the heart and let them dry, I started painting the bees and flowers. I used two different colors of reds and greens. I started with the lighter of the colors. So I paint a few flower petals with the light red and then go in with the crimson in the places of the petals that would be darker. I do this method with all the flowers and the leaves. It gives the picture a 3-D affect. Think about where shadows would be and where light would naturally hit the flowers, that is where you put the light and dark paints.

Pictures do not do this justice. In real life it looks like the bees and flowers are leaping off the hears. Its amazing.

For this next heart, I started by picking out colored paper to cut. Then I put the paper down on the cutting plate of my Platinum, placed the dies on top of the paper, and placed the other cutting plate on top and rolled them through. Once everything was cut I glued the pieces together on the heart and added the foam hearts to the back of the truck. Then I took a pencil and wrote the words “Loads of Love” on the top of the heart. After I was happy with how it looked, I went over the pencil with a paint marker.

I love how shiny the truck is and with some bending of the silver paper, it made the bumper of the truck look more weathered and worn. The words are not perfect but it works for me.

Each heart has a very different look. They are two different styles which I love. The truck is rustic and cute. The flowers and bees is more modern and pretty.

Now if you do not have things like stamps and die cutting machines you can still make these hearts. You can use stickers. That is always an option. They are cheap and easy. The other thing you can do is use napkins and decopodge them on to the hearts. You can also can print out things from the computer and Mod Podge them on to the hearts. Then you can color them or paint them as you wish.

Thank you for joining me today. Try these crafts out. They are easy and then send me a picture! I would love to see what you would do with these hearts.

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Have a wonderful weekend!!

Proverbs 4:23 NIV Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Melissa McGuire

Supplies

Wooden Hearts- Dollar Tree

Stamp Set- Hero Arts

Versamark Onyx Black Ink- Hobby Lobby

Truckin’ Through the Season die cuts- Spellbinders

Platinum Die Cutting Machine- Spellbinders

Foam Hearts- Dollar Tree

Arteza Acrylic Paints- Amazon

Waverly White Chalk Paint- Walmart

Paint Brushes- Hobby Lobby

Paper- Michael’s Craft Store

Liquid Glue- Hero Arts

Snowflakes of fun!!

Are you in an area with snow? Do you long for snow? Me personally, I like a little bit of snow but I hate it when it is up to my knees. They one thing I can say is that I love the way fresh snow looks falling from the sky and sitting on the ground. It is one of God’s greatest creations!

Today we are making a snowflake garland or banner. I’m excited because I used my new paint markers and man where they fun. This was a very simple projects and because of the paint markers it only took me about 30 minutes to do.

Lets Get Started

Supplies

Not only was this project fast but it also did not take a lot of supplies. I used 2 packs of snowflakes from Dollar Tree, and some little snowflakes from Hobby Lobby. I know there is a snowflake garland pictured here but it was to short and I did not use it. I also used the Arteza Acrylic Paint Markers. If you do not have paint markers then please use what ever paint you have. The last thing I used was twine. One that was natural and one that was white bakers twine.

You must decide what you want to hang the snowflakes on, how long you want your garland to be, and then how many snowflakes you want to put on it. I think a garland with lots of snowflakes would be pretty. Next thing you will do is paint the snowflakes. This is where I used the paint markers. Everything took one coat with the markers except the silver. That one took 2 coats. Now you can paint all your snowflakes one color if you want. I used some blues and teals to make an ombre affect. Then the little snowflakes I colored silver and white.

Once the snowflakes are dry, take some twine and tie the snowflakes to what ever you are hanging them on. I am using natural twine to hold the snowflakes and to tie the big snowflakes onto the garland. The little snowflakes I tied on with white bakers twine.

How easy was that? I wish I could have gotten the whole thing in the picture but it was too long and I did not have a spot to take a good picture of it. It looks so neat though. I love garlands and banners. They are great for big walls like a hallway. Garlands are very easy to make and can be changed out depending on the holiday. They can even been layered together.

Thank you for joining me today. Next week we will start some Valentine’s crafts. Also check your Dollar Trees near you because new everyday decor is coming out. If you like the farm house stuff, they have windmills you hang outside. I got a few and can not wait to DIY with them.

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Psalms 46:10 (NIV) He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Melissa McGuire

Supplies

Big Snowflakes- Dollar Tree

Little Snowflakes- Hobby Lobby

Arteza Acrylic Paint Markers- Amazon

Twine, Natural and White- Hobby Lobby

Winter Fun!!!

Winter is in full swing right now. I am not much on the cold and if it is going to be cold then I feel like it might as well snow. We lived in Wyoming and Montana and their winters are brutal. So I do not miss all that snow but I would like to have enough for the kids to play in.

After taking down all the Christmas decorations, I always feel like my home is empty. For me, it is to early to put up Valentine’s stuff so I wanted something for the in-between time. I found these wooden figures at Target and was going to use them for Christmas but then thought they would look better as winter decor. It is not big massive decorations but just enough to add something to my home so it does not look so empty and depressing.

Lets Get Started

Supplies

The things you will need for this project are some wooden figures, which I got at Target. If you can not find figures like this then you can cut them out of foam core board. They are simple shapes and will cut out easily. The star shapes with snowflakes on them are from Michael’s in their discount bins. The trees that are already painted green were from a shop called Scattering Joy in Hamilton, OH. They are a wonderful little shop if you are in the area check them out!! And here is a shameless plug, some of these DIY’s I have done on here are for sale in the shop along with my greeting cards. There are SOOO many different items in the store that I buy something every time I go in.

You will also need paint of your choosing and paint brushes. I used chalk paint and paint markers. Other things I used was a scarf, felt, hot glue, and a colored pencil.

Lets start with the snowman. He was a natural wood color so I wanted to paint him white. The wood that the snowman was made of had pretty wood grain in it and I wanted that to show through. To do this, I took White Waverly Chalk Paint and mixed it with lots of water. Then I did a white wash over the snowman.

From there I used a black Arteza acrylic paint marker to draw on a mouth and eyes, and colored his hat black. For his nose I wanted something 3-D. I took some orange felt and rolled it up and glued it together. After that I cut it in a carrot shape and hot glued it on. Finally, I had a Dollar Tree scarf that I cut up and made a mini snowman scarf out of it.

I white washed the stars too. Then I took a blue colored pencil to the raised parts of the snowflakes. It really popped off the white.

Next lets look at that the deer. I used the black paint marker to give him an eye and a nose. Then I used the same scarf and cut him a small scarf for him to wear. If your scarf will not lay right just add some hot glue to it to hold it in place.

The trees I did differently. For them I took a fan brush which is pictured above and dipped it into the white wash paint and then dabbed some of the paint off. Next I lightly and at an angle, brushed the white wash paint over the trees. I did it will all of the trees. This should be done slowly and lightly with small strokes of the brush. You can build up the paint little by little.

I think these turned out really cute. They are not loud with bright colors but are just enough to add some decor till Valentine’s stuff goes up. These were easy and fast to do. I completed them in a few hours while helping kids with online schooling.

I hope you are all happy and healthy and having a great start to 2021. A few more winter DIY’s are on their way in the next week and then bring on all the red, pink and purple!! Please find me on Instagram and Facebook. Also Please Like, Share, Comment, and Subscribe!!

2 Timothy 1:7  “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

Melissa McGuire

Supplies

Wooden Deer, Snowman, and Big Trees- Target

Stars- Michael’s Craft Supply

Green Trees- Scattering Joy, Hamilton, Ohio

Waverly White Chalk Paint- Walmart

Paint Brushes- Anywhere

Felt- Hobby Lobby

Arteza Acrylic Paint Markers- Amazon

Scarf- Dollar Tree

Surbonder Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks- Hobby Lobby