Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bottle Caps! Why haven't I been making these all along???

Well, we have been having a MUCH needed relaxing summer, but it will soon be coming to an end. My girls start school in just TWO WEEKS!  Sigh...I've already started filling in my August schedule, and let's just say it's pretty full.  My older daughter will start back full blast with competitive soccer, and my younger daughter will be trying out for competitive softball for the first time next week. I suspect a lot of you moms out there are nodding your head and saying, "I hear ya sister"!

So, I decided to throw my middle schooler and her schoolmates a little Locker Craft and Pool Party next week because it's a big deal at our school to go decorate your locker at Open House the day before school starts.  Well, it is a big deal for the girls, anyway. :-)  I am still working on all the details, so keep checking back.  For little teasers and updates about the party and basically my everyday crafting life, follow me on my Facebook Page called PYL.

Speaking of my Facebook Page, I posted a few weeks ago that I recently bought a FujiFilm Instax Mini 8.  Think of it as a modern version of a Polaroid camera.  It spits out little pictures about 2x3 inches. Mine is pink, of course.


The plan is to take pics of all the girls in the photo booth that I will be putting together.  They will then decorate magnetic frames made for the Instax pictures which I purchased at Michael's for 60% off. 


Then they can put their photo booth snapshots inside and then into their lockers when school starts.  I have been busy collecting stamps, ribbon and embellishments, but it occurred to me that the girls need some things that are specific to their school to choose from.  So enter my idea to make bottle caps.  I have wanted to do this craft for a long time...basically every time I BUY a bottle cap for my daughters. I'm inwardly thinking, "I could make this."  You have those moments?

So, I went onto Etsy and purchased flattened bottle caps in bulk from SuppliesSundries.  Great transaction.  I recommend this store!  Then I found and purchased a bottle cap template through Pinterest which turned out to be from an Etsy Store called TicTagTogs.  You could probably find a free one, but I just went with this one.  It is...ok.  I don't know if it is the file or the website (FotoFlexer) that she has the purchaser use, but it's a bit quirky.  In the end I was able to create my bottle caps, print them off, punch them out with a Martha Stewart 1" Circle punch, and Mod Podge them into the bottle caps. Lastly, I poured Mod Podge Dimensional Magic over the top, let it cure for 24 hours, and  it was finished!




They can glue these to the frames or even put magnets on the backs of the bottle caps themselves.  This is an easy craft that I will be doing again in the future!
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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

I'm so glad I'm here in Dallas to celebrate Father's Day with my Dad, Neil!  He has ALWAYS supported my creativity and has never been slow to compliment and encourage me.  That means a lot to me! So, I decorated my door before I left Houston to honor my Dad.

He collects antique fishing lures, so that was my inspiration.  The garland base is brown deco mesh, green burlap ribbon and brown netting ribbon...all from Hobby Lobby.  Then, I used my cheater method (without the glitter accent) for creating the fishing advertisements.  

Now, the following video I made is a bit different.  I included all the remaining garland embellishment tutorials in this one video.  So for all the how-to details, check out the video now:


Here are some pics of the Fishing Doorscape:





Here is the before and after of the revamped, clearance sale sign I purchased at Hobby Lobby.



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So, Happy Father's Day to my Dad from your Daughter.  Thanks for always encouraging me and telling me I could do anything I set my mind to doing!  I love you!


 And Happy Father's Day to my wonderful husband, Drew.  Drew, our girls are so incredibly blessed to have you as their Daddy.  Those two little girls couldn't ask for more love, support and encouragement than you always give them.  You are mostly definitely the "fun parent".  It's such an honor to watch you raise our daughters.  I love you.


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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Episode 131: Summer Camp!

I have been getting my girls for camp this week, and it's EXHAUSTING!  I was into camp, so this is all new to me.  I had no idea it was SO involved....from the clothes to the costumes to the mail...  Anyway, I have totally broken in my Silhouette Cameo, and I LOVE it!  What took me so long?  The software is amazing and simple!  I have cut a ton of vinyl and heat transfer vinyl.  Addicted!!!

I first decorated their trunks.  The fonts are from http://www.dafont.com/.  Abigail is the "Hippie Movement" font, and Lucy is the "Heartland" font.  Everything except the megaphone was cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.  The megaphone is from my Cricut Expression.


Then I moved onto the shower caddies.  My husband bought these at the dollar store, and I used regular vinyl to label them.



I then decided to heat transfer vinyl a bow and headband I bought from Hobby Lobby.  I bought the image from the Silhouette library.  Remember to mirror your image if you are going to iron on an image.




And lastly, I decided to make welcome gifts for my girls and their cabin mates.  I found the camp logo online, imported it in the Silhouette software, traced the image, added "Summer 2014", mirrored it, cut it out of heat transfer vinyl and applied it to all the inexpensive pillowcases.


I then rolled up the pillowcases, put them in cute chevron gift bags I purchased at Hobby Lobby and tied a fabric marker and little message to it.  I hope the girls have fun signing each other's camp pillowcases and that they make great mementos for them!






Here is the quick video I made for my You Tube Channel:


All these ideas would translate well to birthday parties.  BUTTTT, I am super exhausted from a long day of packing and crafting.  So good night all!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Episode 130: Memorial Day Doorscape

My family is very patriotic.  We have relatives on both mine and my husband's sides of the family that have served in the military.  My husband did for a time as well.  I want to say "Thank You" to all the men and women who have given their lives for this great country of ours.  Our freedom is not free.

In honor of all those Americans, I dedicate this Memorial Day Doorscape to them.





On each decoration is a couple of lines from the poem

"Memorial Day" by C.W. Johnson

We walked among the crosses
Where our fallen soldiers lay.
And listened to the bugle
As TAPS began to play.
The Chaplin led a prayer
We stood with heads bowed low.
And I thought of fallen comrades
I had known so long ago.
They came from every city
Across this fertile land.
That we might live in freedom.
They lie here 'neath the sand.
I felt a little guilty
My sacrifice was small.
I only lost a little time
But these men lost their all.
Now the services are over
For this Memorial Day.
To the names upon these crosses
I just want to say,
Thanks for what you've given
No one could ask for more.
May you rest with God in heaven
From now through evermore.


Supplies Needed

Basic Christmas Garland
Brown deco mesh (21" x 10 yards)
Red deco mesh ribbon
Blue deco mesh ribbon
Yellow wired ribbon
d. Stevens red star ribbon
Poem decorations (Tutorial to be posted in a couple of days)
The Round Top Collection metal ribbon

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Friday, May 23, 2014

PYL YouTube Channel 4,300 Subscriber Winner

Thank you to all my wonderful PYL YouTube Subscribers and everyone who follows me on my PYL Facebook Page!  Y'all rock!

Using random.org, I am excited to announce that the winner of the $25 Michael's e-gift card is CARMEN GOMEZ!!!


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