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Creativity Unleashed 182: Win A Hand Lettering Starter Kit


Creativity Unleashed Graphic
Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.

This month we have a wonderful prize from one of our very own bloggers.  Jocie from One Project Closer is giving away a hand lettering starter kit.
ENTER TO WIN AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST

As someone who took the Busy Girls Guide To Lettering ecourse, I have to say, it is PHENOMENAL.  I am already crafting up a storm with my my new hand lettering skills.

If you sign up now, you can get 20% off since you are a Creativity Unleashed fan!  Use the code BUSYGIRL20 at checkout. 

Hand Lettered Cactus Watercolor Printable

Cactus Watercolor
Free Cactus Water Color Printable
If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have noticed I’ve become a tad obsessed with hand lettering.  It is so hot and trendy right now, and in the past I have tried and tried and tried to learn it, to no avail.

But this past week, Jocie from One Project Closer launched an online course to learn hand lettering and something has finally clicked!  WoodenSigns
Granted, I’ve been practicing for a week now, and I’m nowhere near as good as Jocie, but what I don’t have in skill, I make up for in sarcasm.  Hence this week’s free printable:
Painting little prick with cactus
I wanted a play on the cactus/succulent trend, but nothing too cutesy, since watercolor+succulents is already pretty twee.  So I added some snarky hand lettering and I had my finished product!   I have the file available in an 8’x8’ high resolution download if you’d like a copy.   

How to Use and Store Laundry Detergent Packs Correctly


Packets up decal in laundry room
The average American household does 400 loads every year (but in my house I am SURE we do way more than that.) Since the beginning of automated washing machines,  powdered detergent (and then liquid detergent) have always been used to get clothes clean.

Then, in early 2012, concentrated liquid laundry packets came on the market and changed the way many of us do laundry.  Smaller, easier and more convenient, these little concentrated laundry detergent packets can pack quite the cleaning punch.  But are you getting the most out of your laundry packets?

There is actually a little learning curve when it comes to safely and effectively using this relatively new detergent technology and so today I want to share some best practices when it comes to using concentrated laundry packets. 

Creativity Unleashed 181: Win A Hand Lettering Starter Kit from OPC!


Creativity Unleashed Graphic
Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.

This month we have a wonderful prize from one of our very own bloggers.  Jocie from One Project Closer is giving away a hand lettering starter kit.
ENTER TO WIN AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST

As someone who took the Busy Girls Guide To Lettering ecourse, I have to say, it is PHENOMENAL.  I am already crafting up a storm with my my new hand lettering skills.

If you sign up now, you can get 20% off since you are a Creativity Unleashed fan!  Use the code BUSYGIRL20 at checkout. 

Three Dimensional Perler Bead Planters

Pearler bead succulent planterThree Dimensional Pearler Bead Planters.  So easy to make and the only limit is your creativity.  Would be a great kids craft for birthday parties or scout meetings.

My kids have really gotten into Perler beads this summer.  I shared a few of their projects on Instagram lately, and they got me all fired up to play along too.
I decided to move away from two dimensional flat projects, and came up with a easy cylindrical container shape.  You could really make ANY pattern on it, so I played around with a few different patterns.  You could use them to store pencils or makeup brushes or pretty much anything really, but I turned them into succulent planters.. since hey.. TRENDY! Succulent pearler bead flowerpots

Creativity Unleashed 180


Creativity Unleashed Graphic
Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.

10 Tips for Camping in Hot Weather

Camping supplies10 Tips for Camping in Hot Weather: Beat the heat and learn what to pack, how to set up camp, and how to avoid the sun all while making fun camping vacation memories
For our family, summer is always camping season.   Here in California there are local, state, and national parks where you can camp year round, but typically the summer months are what fits our busy schedules best. While the kids are out on school break and we often head to the mountains or beach and tent camp. The problem with summer camping is that daytime temperatures can exceed 100 degrees.   Unless you head high into the mountains, the inland areas of California can be really warm and dry.
San Luis Resevoir Camping
When camping as a family we want to make sure it is a fun and enjoyable experience, which isn't the case if we are suffering in the heat.  Fortunately, even on some of the hottest days, there are things you can do to make your camping adventure enjoyable.  A little good planning, bringing the right supplies and modifying your behavior can make all the difference when it comes to staying cool while camping in the hot summer months.  

10 Tips for Surviving A Camping Trip In The Summer

10 Easy Mason Jar Projects

Mason Jar Projects10 beautiful and easy mason jar projects.  Turn the lowly mason jar into beautiful home decor!
Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably seen the trend of MASON JARS all over the place.  These staples of yesteryear are no longer relegated to pantry shelves and country decor.  Mason jars have been transformed to fit into the popular farmhouse and shabby chic decor style that seems to be everywhere these days.

Turn Tongue and Groove Flooring into French Cleats

Tongue and grooveHang Heavy Objects using Tongue and Groove as French Cleats.  So fast and easy, plus it supports a lot of weight!
Hanging heavy objects on your wall can be a challenge.  I often make large (heavy) signs out of reclaimed wood or cabinet doors and suspending them on a single wire hanger can be tricky.  In addition to that, I live in earthquake country, and making sure that objects on the wall are secure even under heavy vibration is essential.
My California Republic stenciled sign weighed a little under 50 pounds.

Some items, like shelves or cabinets need even more support, and that is where french cleats come in.   This hanging system works by supporting the weight of an object over an angled joint which is secured on one side to the object and into a stud or solid surface on the other. NewImage

Magazine Stand Turned Tiered Planter

Before and after planter from table
Magazine Table Turned Tiered Planter. A great way to upcycle an old magazine rack, fill it with flowers!

I was recently at the thrift store and came across a small side table with a built in magazine rack and I couldn’t pass it up.  I don’t need a side table but I had other plans for it. 
Magazine table before
 It was only $7 and it was in pretty good shape.  
Cheap thrift store furniture

A few afternoons later, I ended up with this tiered planter, which fit perfectly next to my front door.   I love that once all the plants have grown in, it will be a large vertical wall of flowers. 

Plant stand from thrift store magazine table
The transformation was pretty straight forward, but I have a few tips that may come in helpful if you are going to make your own version.

15 Ways to Customize Coffee Cups

15 ways to personalize coffee mugs15 ways to customize coffee cups, easy diy projects that would be great gifts for both kids and adults to createCoffee lovers, like myself, can never have enough coffee mugs in the house.  Each cup, from my insulated tumblers to my delicate teacups have a different feel when I drink my favorite hot beverages out of them.   And coffee cups are a great way to express your personality.

So today I have 15 different ways you can personalize coffee cups (or coffee mugs.. whatever you prefer to call them!)  Some of these would be great gift ideas and you could even do them with kids.  If you don’t want to buy new cups, this is a great way to dress up old cups (you know the free ones you often get from businesses) or you can even find super cheap blank cups at thrift stores or places like Home goods.

And if you have TO MANY coffee mugs around the house, scroll all the way to the bottom of this post, where I share a few more coffee cup repurposing ideas!

DIY Drawstring Bandana Backpack


Hi, everyone! It's Pam from Clever Little Mouse with a super quick sewing project for you.

DIY drawstring bandana backpack

My son is headed to an amusement park with our youth group next week and was looking for something to carry his hat, sunscreen, water bottle and a few other odds and ends. He wore out his last drawstring backpack but it was still lying around, so I grabbed it for size reference and whipped up a new one.

DIY Cornhole Boards from Cabinet Doors


Cabinet doors into cornhole boardsHave you ever heard of the game ‘Cornhole’ (also sometimes referred to as Baggo)?  It is basically a bean bag toss game using a pair of angled boards with holes cut in them.   What started as a beer-drinking tailgate game, has become popular for all occasions.
Motion W cornhole bean bag
In fact, a hot new activity to do during the break between weddings and receptions is allow guests to play cornhole.
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Wall Mounted DIY Jewelry Organizer: Do It Herself Worskhops from The Home Depot

Wall Mounted DIY Jewelry Organizer from scrap lumber and chicken wire.. So fast and easy to make, plus you could personalize it however you wanted. A great way to get used to working with power tools.
If you are a long term reader you know just how passionate I am about introducing DIY and woodworking projects to women who have never worked with power tools before.  So when The Home Depot asked me to partner with them and help spread the word about their DIH (Do-it-Herself) workshops, I jumped at the chance.
Do it herself workshop ryobi
This simple build of a wall mounted jewelry organizer is a great example of a project that would be great for any first time DIY’r or someone who is still getting used to their power tools. Wall Mounted DIY Jewelry Organizer from scrap lumber and chicken wire.. So fast and easy to make, plus you could personalize it however you wanted. A great way to get used to working with power tools.

No Sew Felt Superhero Cup Cuffs

Superhero coffee sleeve craft
A kid friendly craft idea that doesn't require a sewing machine. Your favorite heroes including batman, superman, wonder woman, and the flash.  Felt and glue is all it takes.  Plus she includes free templates for the logos.  SO EASY!  A great gift idea to make with kids.  No Sew Felt Superhero Cup Cuffs via TheKimSixFix.com
If you are looking for an easy craft project that the kids will love, and that also could be turned into a great gift idea for mom, dad, grandma or grandpa, today's idea will be right up your alley.

I am going to show you how to create fun superhero inspired coffee cup cups that don't require ANY SEWING!  That is right.  These cuffs are made of felt, And the supplies are super inexpensive and easy to find, plus they are really forgiving, so much so that even kids can make them.

I made a short 2 minute video to show you the entire process, it is just that easy:



I have also included a free downloadable template for the superhero patterns, so you don't even have to google the shapes.  EASY RIGHT?

Pottery Barn Burlap Stars (Knock-Off Tutorial)


Today's post is just one of MANY patriotic projects on a Red, White and Blue Blog Hop:
To see more great ideas, make sure you scroll all the way to the end of this post!

Wonder Woman Dresser: A Rast Hack


A wonder woman rast hack? So cute! She painted the drawers with the wonder woman logo and colors. So easy, would be perfect in a little superhero bedroom!
A wonder woman rast hack? So cute! She painted the drawers with the wonder woman logo and colors. So easy, would be perfect in a little superhero bedroom!Today’s post is a super fun one, since it doesn’t fall into your typical “painted furniture” category.  I mean, sure, it is painted furniture, but not something you’d typically see in Better Homes and Gardens.  This is a little more unusual than that.. since it involves my favorite super hero! Now I know this piece wouldn’t be right for everyone, but that was the point of it.  I wanted to do something a little more fun.

15 Easy DIY Cement and Concrete Projects

15 beginner concrete and cement projects15 Easy DIY Cement and Concrete Projects via TheKimSixFix.com  Get your hands dirty with these easy to make concrete and cement DIY projects. Perfect for beginners
One of the most under-appreciated and inexpensive building materials on the planet is CONCRETE. For mere pennies, you can create home decor items and of unlimited shapes and sizes, all with a little water, sand and cement.     

40 Father's Day Gift Ideas: Outdoorsman, Grillmaster, Woodworker, Sports Fan

40 fathers day gift ideas
Shopping for Father's day has always been difficult for me.  Although my father, husband, father-in-law, grandpa all have a lot of interests and tastes it is still hard to figure out what to get them every year.  I always want to give them a gift they really like, and is something they will really use.   So in order to figure out what they would like, I broke it down into his hobbies and what would be fun gift ideas for each.  I LOVE YOU DAD! 

10 Porch and Patio Projects Perfect for Summer

10 fantastic summer porch and patio projects10 Porch and Patio Projects Perfect for Summer. From full backyard makeovers to building projects and decor ideas, these 10 projects will get you exited to fix up your outside space for summer.
One of the best parts of summer is how you can start using your outdoor space as an extension of the rest of your house.  You can set up your back porch or patio to become a little oasis in the backyard, perfect for entertaining, relaxing or dining.

Desk Organizer from a Single 1x3 Board

Desk supply organizer build

Beginning woodworkers area always on the lookout for projects that are easy to build, not super expensive to make (since if you screw up you don't want to have to buy hundreds of dollars of lumber to start again) and give you a chance to get a feel for the tools in your shop. Today's project hits ALL of those requirements.

When I saw this desk organizer originally on OhOhBlog I knew I could make my own version and change it up a little to give me an excuse to use a few more tools.  If you don’t have a router or a drill press, you can swing by her blog to see a few alternatives to put this build together, but if you are like me and looking for excuse to buy. more TOYS in the workshop, this is the build you’ve been waiting for.
Easy DIY desk organizer from a single board A great starter woodworking project

How to Layer HTV From Back To Front Using Registration Marks

Layering HTV with registration Marks and cut fileHow to layer HTV on fabric from the back forward
Lately I have stumbled into a lot of heat transfer vinyl projects since my kids are always asking to have things personalized, or I find a design I just love and want to put it on something.  Things like personalized shirts and bags for Disney are a few examples.  I’ve also been adding names to the back of sports jerseys and school fundraiser t-shirts recently.

The problem with the diversity in these projects is that not all HTV plays nice with all materials.  HTV that works well on performance wear tends to not work as well for thick textures canvas or denim.. and vice versa.

Until now.
Happy Crafters has launched a new brand of heat transfer vinyl called Craft Perfect.  The beauty of this type of vinyl is that it can be applied to ANYTHING: Cotton, Poly Blends, Leather, even spandex and performance wear.    They asked me to try it out and since I had a tote bag project I wanted to tackle, I thought I would give it a go.

I had this file I wanted to add to a library tote bag for the summer, but I wanted an HTV that could hold up to the texture of the bag even in the fine details of the text.
With brave wings she flies butterfly
I also wanted to layer the butterfly where the thin black outline layer was the UPPERMOST layer.. and not put the colors on top of the black.  So that made this project even trickier.  Could the Craft Perfect hold up?

How to Layer HTV From Back To Front Using Registration Marks

Step 1: Cut all the layers including registration marks

The colors I’m working with for this specific project were Neon Purple, Sharp Cheddar and Lilac, along with Black.  I created the file, added registration marks and then split it by color.  I made sure the registration marks showed up on every layer.
Layering HTV with registration marks
Step 2: Layer design aligning with registration marks

Once I had cut and weeded all the layers, I took the bottom most color, still attached to the transfer sheet and added the next layer on top of it USING THE REGISTRATION MARKS.  This is important. Since you won’t be able to know exactly where each color will go, you need to line up those blocks on top of each other since you are basically placing the layers blind.

Yes, you will be sticking the transfer sheet on top of the vinyl, but it okay.  It won’t pull it up.. don’t worry.
Aligning HTV from the bottom up
Step 3: Cut away registration marks and place design onto fabric

Once you have the completed layered image all stuck together you can cut away the registration marks. You don’t need them anymore.  You can leave the if you want, but you will have to be careful to avoid them with the iron.   (I left mine but I didn’t have to!)   Next place your image down where you want it.

The font in this file doesn’t include registration marks since I wanted to place it where I liked it relative to the bag.. If alignment isn’t essential for the design you can always just place those parts freehand.
With brave wings she flies butterfly bag
Step 4: Carefully peel all the backing layers away from the bottom color, leaving it in place on the fabric

Once you know where you design will go, you have to start pressing down the layers.  Leaving the design in place on the fabric, you want to remove all but the bottom most layer.  MAKE SURE YOU DON”T SEPARATE THE REMAINING TOP LAYERS.  These have been aligned correctly and you don’t want them to shift.

Step 5: Press bottom HTV layer onto fabric, remove backing

You are only pressing down the bottom most layer.  You can see how close my registration mark was to my image, so I did end up using a scissors to cut it away to make pressing easier. If you are using a heat press you HAVE to cut away the registration marks.  
Pressing HTV
Step 6: Repeat process by aligning entire layered design onto your surface

Once you have the first layer down, you are going to use this as you new ‘registration’ mark. Use it to line up the rest of the image. The beauty of this technique is that your are using the FULL IMAGE to determine layer placement every time. So you will automatically know if something is in the right place.  And you can reposition it if it is off

In this case I used the Lilac on the bottom, so I would easily center the rest of the design making sure the Lilac completely filled the space in the wings.
Layered HTV with registration marks Step 7: Peel back all but the bottom layer

Again, you want to peel back all but the bottommost layer, making sure not to shift it at all.  
Aligning HTV layers from back to front
Step 8: Press and repeat

Press this new (second) layer down and repeat the process until all the layers have been added.
Using registration marks to align HTV
This is what my colors looked like before adding the top black outline. There is no way I could have aligned this correctly by eye. Layering multi color HTV design
Now my final layer. I love that the black sealed down the bottom layers and gave me nice crisp lines without any bulk on top.  Layering multiple colors with registration marks
The only part of the design that is more than one layer thick is the dark purple spot on top of the lilac at the tips of the wings.  Everything else is just a single layer thick. Outlining HTV
I think it came out beautifully, and the Craft Perfect performed wonderfully. The finish s smooth and even.Layered HTV without bulk
And now the girls’ library bag is ready for summer!  With brave wings she flies cut file

Get your Craft Perfect vinyl directly from Happy Crafters.
For this project I used my Silhouette Cameo, but it could have also easily been cut with my Circuit Explore.

You can get the layered cut files by email below:
 
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