Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Vacation

Vinyl Gifts and More - Closing for Christmas Vacation.

Please place your orders for Christmas by Dec. 12.  (Canadian orders may not arrive in time for Christmas as we are finding the mail is quite slow due to weather and heavy shipping traffic.)  


We will be Closing down the website for purchasing as of noon on Dec. 17 (Pacific Time).  You will be able to see our products but unable to place an order until we reopen after Christmas.

Please feel free to email us if you have questions.  All orders placed before closing will be shipped even though our site will be closed.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Home School

This has nothing to do with crafts.  I wanted to write about something that I have been thinking about for a long time.  I home school some of my children.  I have done k12 (free online public school) in the past.  I really liked it, but this year I wanted to come up with my own curriculum.  I was torn with so many options. I read many blogs, websites, and asked many people their opinions.  In the search for the best curriculum for my children I have come across some awesome websites that I wanted to share. 

1. Layers of Learning  http://www.layers-of-learning.com/ : This by far is our favorite.  I can use their units for my whole family.  This year we are starting with their first year and it is ancient history,   principles of geography, astronomy, motion, atoms & reactions, plants, ancient art, and art principles.  They sell the the units on their website as a PDF, or you can by them in book form from https://www.rainbowresource.com.

2.  Reading: My children love the AR (accelerated reading)  program at school.  They don't offer the program for home school.  I did some searching and I found a website out there that does reading tests.  I wanted to make sure my child was understanding what she was reading.  She is not a big test taker, but she loves this website.  http://bookadventure.com/Home.aspx

3. Spelling: I have some children that are awesome spellers and some that really struggle with it.  I really enjoy the Spelling Workout by Modern Curriculum Press.  http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=the+spelling+workout&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=29150162515&hvpos=1t2&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6934054944879150618&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_1vctw2rnlr_b 

Saxon Math: It is the best math curriculum out there.  It does not have colorful pages, and it is not fluffy, but it is a great math program that is constantly reviewing old concepts with new. 

Language Arts:   I am still trying to find my favorite.  I saw a website I might try.  http://www.time4learning.com/.  Has anyone used this for their English? 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Great News for Jar Lanterns


Thanks to our wonderful customers, we got some new info on Jar Lanterns.  Normally people use the Frosted Spray in a can to coat the outside of the jars.  We have found that there can be some problems with the spray.  

If you handle your jars, the oils from your fingers can transfer to the jar. When you spray the jar, it looks covered but in fact, everywhere your fingers touched, the frosted spray can peel off when you apply the vinyl.  Our suggestion is to wash your jars in the dishwasher prior to using, then either wear gloves or only touch the jar from the lip of the jar.

Now we have found that you can use a different spray.  We used the Krylon Crystal Clear Flat spray, and it will gave a similar look as the frosted but is less temperamental.  We tried it putting our fingers all over the jar prior to spraying and it didn't peel off when the vinyl was applied.

We do not guarantee that this will work all of the time.  We do suggest that you use clean jars and that your hands are fairly clean also.  If you are planning to do a large number of these, please test one or two before you do them all.  By the way, the Flat spray was less expensive than the frosted!  

For more information on how to do these jars, CLICK HERE.  If you wish to order these (they do come in a variety of designs), CLICK HERE.  

Remember, these don't always have to be used as jar lanterns.  Try putting other things in your decorated jar - like candy or some other fun items.  These make great gifts for teachers, neighbors, grandparents, and that hard to gift boss!

If you have questions, please email us at vinylgiftsandmore@gmail.com.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Newsletter

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Away in the Manger Shadow Box


Come check out our new Christmas shadow box vinyl "Away in the Manger" on our website. Our "Jingle All the Way" shadow box has been such a huge hit, so we decided to come up with more designs.  Also I noticed this week (Aug 30, 2014) at Michaels they are having a sale on shadow boxes.  Buy one get one free. 

How to:
-(1) 8x8 shadow box
-raffia
-Vinyl from Vinylgiftsandmore.com
- Wood paper from a craft store or print out wood scrapbooking paper from the internet.
- Ribbon for embellishment. (optional)

1. Take the backing off the shadow box.
2. Fill the bottom with cut raffia.  My pieces were around 2 inches long.
3. Cut the wood paper to fit in the box for the background. 
4. Put the back cover back on the box.
5. Place the vinyl on the front of the box.  I placed my vinyl about an inch above the bottom so it looks like they are in the hay. 
6. Tie a bow around the box if desired. 

This is a simple and fun project to do.  Great for super Saturdays and other craft groups.  Also great to make for a gift!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Christmas Countdown "Christmas is Near Board" - NEW!!!

Here is an awesome new kit available on our website www.vinylgiftsandmore.com.  This "Christmas is Near" comes as a kit or vinyl only.  What a great idea for your family to keep track of the days until Christmas.  A fantastic Super Saturday project!

Find instructions on how to make this craft by clicking HERE.  Place your order on our website!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Super Saturday Wood Pumpkin

Here is a great new Super Saturday craft project.  Soooo cute for your home and so much fun to make.  We provide the wood and vinyl, you paint and decorate!

 
Kit comes with boards, stem, and vinyl.  We first glued the boards together with wood glue.  We then painted using craft paint (we used orange and brown and lightly mixed them then painted on a thin layer so that the grain of the wood would show through).  When the paint dried, we applied the vinyl in the corner, glued on the stem with wood glue, and decorated with twine and wire (curled for a fun effect).

Purchase this kit and others at www.vinylgiftsandmore.com.

Friday, June 27, 2014

"Baby it's cold outside" Snow Couple

Here is a sneak peak of some fun craft kits that will be coming soon to our website Vinylgiftsandmore.com.  Come take a look at the ones we offer at this time.  Lots of great kits for Super Saturday's, crafting groups etc...
 
 

Friday, June 20, 2014

I Love to See the Temple


 
Order the "I Love to See the Temple" in positive format. So cute on glass blocks to use as night lights or display in a child's room.  The sample is shown on an 8" block (vinyl cut at 6.3") in Violet vinyl (a piece of vellum has been placed in the back to help the vinyl pop). We also have this in the negative for a different look.  These come in 4 sizes - to fit a 6" tile, 8" glass block, 8x8" board, and 12" tile.  We have most of the temples so either a child's name or the temple may be put in the center of the words.

 
 

More Ornament Designs

We are posting more designs for our Ornaments.  Keep checking our website www.vinylgiftsandmore.com for new items.

Here are our newest designs:
This Manger ornament has gold glitter inside (for instructions see our website under Vinyl Projects). Sometimes designs need to be cut apart to apply to curves.  This design is one of those.  I split it apart around the manger and it went on much better.
This Love  design is on a globe with red glitter inside and pink vinyl outside.  I had to cut the letters apart to apply.
The Monogram with Name and Date design comes in two colors.  This is shown on a clear globe but I put a silver glitter inside too and it looks very nice.  Be careful when picking the Monogram color that it will be one to show up on the ornament color. 
The Name with Date ornament is on a globe that was sprayed with glitter spray on the outside.  Unfortunately, the vinyl did not adhere to the glitter spray so I ended up spraying it with a clear satin spray (sealer) to give the vinyl something to "stick" to.  It worked fine with that spray.
The Temple with Name and Date is a bit more challenging.  This is the Salt Lake Temple and it may be the one that is necessary to use.  It took a little maneuvering to get it to go on smoothly.  The globe has gold glitter inside. 





Please let us know if there is a design that you are interested in.  Glass Ornaments are a fun project to do but also make great gifts all year long.    Please keep checking to see new designs.

NOTE:  We do not use large pictures or ornate font designs as they are too difficult for most people to apply to the curved ornaments.  We know that many ornament designs are available to purchase, but these are usually prepared by those that know how to apply them and are not for the "average" craftsperson.  Just so you know, I am not a craft person, my daughter is, but I applied these designs to the ornaments.  With the use of a craft knife, I was able to apply them to my satisfaction.  I also did the glitter and spray (which was fun and easy). 

SUPER SATURDAY ACTIVITY
This will make a fun Super Saturday Activity.  Please practice as some people have difficulty with vinyl.  If you have a specific saying or design, please contact us and we will see if we can do it for you.  Check out our information page to get some helpful ideas for creating these ornaments.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ornaments Ready Online!

Christmas is coming - Are you ready? Here is a fun craft idea that you can do with a group or the family. 

Using clear bulbs (purchased at a craft store - Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Walmart, etc.), color the inside and customize them on the outside. 

This sample has glitter inside (Learn how easy it is to glitter the inside) and white vinyl outside (see other designs here). 

Check out our website for vinyl and more ideas. www.vinylgiftsandmore.com


More designs will be added often but if there is something that you would like and you don't see it available, just send us an email and we'll see what we can do for you.

Note: 
-  I love the look of the glitter on the inside.  That part will be so easy for children to do and so much fun!  
-  There is a little skill necessary for applying the vinyl but children can do it too.  You may need to use a craft knife to adjust some of the letters or parts of the design. 
-  The vinyl does not adhere to some substances on the outside so do a test before you plan on a whole project.  I used a glitter spray on the outside and the vinyl would not attach to that substance.  It did work okay sprayed over the vinyl then I removed the vinyl for a kind of reverse etching.
-  Some paints (most that I have found) do not necessarily leave a smooth inside color.  I see blobs and runs and have tried several brands and techniques.  My favorite is the glitter as it seems the most user friendly. See details on how to make these on our website under Vinyl Projects.


Please let us know if you have questions.  We hope you will try this project and don't forget to get your vinyl at www.vinylgiftsandmore.com!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Welcome Board

Our Welcome Boards are a fun DIY project and a cute decoration for your home (also a fantastic gift!).  Choose four different designs for tiles to display throughout the year. 

The kit comes with an unpainted board with predrilled holes, 12 unpainted tiles, hooks for hanging tiles, and vinyl (Welcome and 4 tile design sets).  You paint board and tiles, attach vinyl, and add ribbon.  Discount for group orders (Great Super Saturday project). 

Check it out on our website for full details.  www.vinylgiftsandmore.com


                   


Some examples of tiles available for the Welcome board.








Friday, June 6, 2014

Land that I Love!

I am so excited about this vinyl graphic! This vinyl can be used on a tile, wood block, glass block, or framed like we have it here. It would be a great gift for someone in the military, or a cute decoration in your home.  Check out this vinyl graphic and others at Vinylgiftsandmore.com
 

I placed the vinyl on a piece of cardstock and then framed it.  So simple, but so cute and fun!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nautical Themed Bathroom

When we bought our house we knew we needed to put some love, sweat, and tears into it.  We have two bathrooms in our home and both needed to be fixed.  Our master bathroom was gutted and remodeled, but after spending money on our bathroom there was not much left for the other bathroom.  I really mean, there was nothing left to remodel the other bathroom.  Something needed to happen, because it is the bathroom that everyone uses.  

I decided our main bathroom needed some kind of a facelift. Here are the simple upgrades we made in our main bathroom that did not break the bank. It was under one hundred dollars.   The shower and tub had rusted pull bars that we replaced.  We took off the shower gold doors and replaced it with a white shower curtain from Wal-Mart.  We replaced all the fixtures to chrome instead of Gold.  We still need to change out the vanity, but that will be some other year. The biggest thing I did was paint the bathroom.  It was a simple change but it made a huge difference.  I used colors that I already had on hand, so the paint was free.  I ended up painting stripes, and I love it!  I used green frog tape to divide the colors and it really made a huge difference.  I didn't have any paint bleed through.  :) 
I needed some sort of wall decoration to make my bathroom look Nautical.  So I found this cool craft using paint sticks located here.  I have painted my entire house so I had a plethora of paint sticks. Here is what mine looks like up close.


I painted the slats white.   After the white paint dried, I placed a vinyl anchor in the middle.  Then I painted the slats navy blue.  I pulled off the vinyl and then lightly sanded the whole thing.  I was very happy with the finished project. 
 
After this project I knew I needed something more to make my theme come out.  So I made this cute saying.  This is vinyl placed on navy cardstock and then framed. 
 
The Bathroom Rules Sailboat (vinyl only) will be located on our website Vinylgiftsandmore.com for purchase.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

We are on Facebook

We are finally on Facebook. {Happy Dance}  It has taken us years to do it, but we decided that we need to keep up with the times.  I'm in my early thirties, but I feel like I am lost with modern technology.  I finally got a cell phone last week.  I was proud to tell people that I was the only person in this world that didn't have a cell phone and didn't need one. My 90 year old grandma even has one.  Apparently my husband was tired of not being able to get ahold of me, so he got me one.  The only issue is I forget to turn off the "do not disturb" setting almost everyday, so I don't hear his calls come in.  I guess I still don't need one. :) 

We would love for you to come like our Facebook page located here https://www.facebook.com/vinylgiftsandmore   On our page we also have a 10% discount on your next vinyl order.  So come take a look and grab your coupon code!

We would love to hear from you. 



Monday, March 3, 2014

Family History Fair - Poster

I am over the Family History (Genealogy) in our area and we are about to have a big fair.  I made a couple of posters (that actually go with a big banner Erin made last year for our county fair) to use in the foyers where we will be welcoming people.  Here is how they turned out.

 
This is vinyl on poster board.  It is not hard to do but you do need to be careful as the vinyl will stick very quickly to the board and you will not be able to re-adjust it once it sticks.  The poster board is 11x14" in white.  The vinyl is in Ice Blue and Orange with leaves of Dark Green, Olive Green, and Tree Lime Green.
 
I could have just printed this out on the computer (which I did for name tags) but the colors are not as vibrant as using real vinyl.
 
We will be happy to help you with your projects.  Just email us at vinylgiftsandmore@gmail.com for a price quote.
 
Be sure to stop by our store at www.VinylGiftsandMore.com.
 


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Family Reunion Vinyl

 
It is that time to start thinking and planning for the summer family reunions. This graphic on a tile would be great centerpieces for your tables, or you can give them out as gifts...  If you want to order this vinyl go to Vinylgiftsandmore.com.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Love Heart Vinyl on a charger plate


One of the easiest ways to decorate for any holiday is to buy a charger plate from the dollar store or your local goods store and place a cute vinyl on it and place it on a stand.  It doesn't cost much, and there is almost no time involved in making it, and it adds to a room.  Come check out our huge collection of vinyl graphics at vinylgiftsandmore.com.

*The vinyl I used was silver

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

One Word Blocks


{Simple, and Adorable} The "Believe" blocks were my neighbor and friends Christmas gifts this year.   I thought they were so cute, so I decided to make one for Valentines day too. 

How to make:

- (1) 2x3 pine or fur board
- Spray paint
- Vinyl from vinylgiftsandmore.com
- Bakers twine (I got mine from Amazon)

1.  Cut the board  6 inches long
2. Spray paint it (Let it dry)
3. Apply the Vinyl (Remember not to center it, because you need to add the twine to it.)
4. Wrap the twine around the block a few times and then tie a bow.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

Always kiss Me Goodnight

Here is another new vinyl graphic we have on website Vinylgiftsandmore.com Come take a look at all of our new designs.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite

We are getting some new sayings on our website Vinylgiftsandmore.com, and this is one of them.  So excited to show you more! {Happy Dance}

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Love Mason Jar


It is that time again to think about Valentines day gifts and decorations.  We have added another graphic to our jar lantern collection.  This is a fun simple gift that everyone loves.  To order the vinyl click here http://vinylgiftsandmore.com/item_430/Jar-Lantern-Designs.htm  If you want the directions to make this jar go here.

-Vinylgiftsandmore.com


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Jingle all the Way Shadow Box

My friend called me and asked me if I could make her some vinyl for her Christmas presents.  She brought over this adorable shadow box filled with jingle bells.  I loved this idea.  In our town we only have one craft store and that is Walmart, so her selection of jingle bells were limited.  I think color jingle bells would be so cute in this project and colored vinyl.  So many possibilities.  We will have this vinyl on our website just in case you want to make some.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Christmas Ornaments- A Great Family Project!

WOW!  The Christmas season is upon us if we are ready or not.  Everyone seems to be getting their Christmas crafts up and going.  We have done many jar lanterns lately but I have wanted to do the Christmas balls - the clear glass ones that you paint and decorate the way you want. 

The other day my cousin (in her 80's) and myself (in my mid 60's) tackled this project.  Now, I own this craft company (I am the computer-business person), but it is my daughter that makes our designs and creates the ideas that you see.  This really is not in my comfort zone and definitely not in my cousin's, but we were wanting to give it a try.

We began buy going to a local hobby store and found some clear glass Christmas balls.  They were on sale so I bought quite a few in 2 sizes.  I tried to find these balls last year but waited too long and they were gone in the stores by the time I began looking.  I understand they may be found in some variety stores also.


 

We then gathered some supplies - craft paint and alcohol (use Tempra paint not Acrylic). 



Since I am not a craft person, I contacted my daughter-in-law for specific instructions.  She homeschools her children (see her website - Layers of Learning) and they are always doing craft projects. She said her kids did this craft without much help - they were about 10, 7, and 4 when they did this - she also did this project with 3 year olds and it worked.  So I bought these paints and tried this project with some issues (which I will explain later) and when it didn't work right, I called my daughter-in-law to find out why.  The answer:  USE TEMPRA PAINT - Kids washable paint - NOT ACRYLIC!!!  Well, I had used Acrylic paint.  It works but tends to take longer to dry, does not mix well with the alcohol, is too thick, and tends to streak as it dries.

First take off the metal hook from the top of the ball.  (Make sure you have your area prepared for painting as it can be messy depending on the ages doing this project.)  Squirt one to two drops of alcohol into the ornament then squirt the paint (a squirt or two) and swish it around to become a bit runnier.  Swirl the paint around in the ball.  You can use one, two, or more colors.  The more you swirl it around, the more the paint might mix.  Since I don't have the Tempra paint yet, I can't say exactly how this will work but I will be getting some and trying it out and will let you know.

With the Acrylic paint, I had to keep swirling it as it was drying as it started streaking.  As I did this, the color would sometimes change and sometimes blend.  I did a pink and purple that ended up light purple, a blue and green that has one side blue and one side green, yellow and pink that came out more yellow with a hint of pink, and my cousin did a red and green that was green for awhile then turned spotted red and green and ended up red with some flecks.

After the paint dried (and because we are old and impatient, the paint had not yet dried), we applied vinyl designs to our Christmas balls.  I had some of the Jar Lantern designs and tried using some of them but I found that the curve of the ball made it difficult for some so I had to revise some of them for these Christmas Balls.  The designs below will be available on our website (Vinyl Gifts and More) soon.  Look for them under CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS



Jingle Bells with Polka Dots -  You apply the words then using a craft knife, apply the polka dots around the ball as desired.


 
Believe with Stars - This is actually the design from the Jar Lanterns pint size - but I had to manually put each letter onto the ball as the curve was too round to apply using the actual pattern.  I used a craft knife, pulled up the letter carefully and placed it on the ball as desired.  I did the same with the stars. I am not very steady with my hands so got it a bit lopsided - oops!
 





Merry Christmas with Tree and Stars - this is similar to the Jar Lantern in that it has the same design as the words and the tree but we added stars to help decorate the ball and had to modify the size of the letters and the tree. Here is an example of how to apply some of the vinyl to the balls:

 
 
Because of the extreme curving, you will need to take more care as you pull off the clear plastic and carefully push down the vinyl to keep it in place.  You also must be careful because the ball is made of glass and can easily break (as my cousin found out).  If your design buckles, you can use your craft knife to slice or poke a hole into the design to let out the air or let it overlap a little.  Our designs will fit the small glass balls (2  5/8").  I will also have designs for the 3 1/4" balls.
 
 





Oh Holy Night Manger - This is almost the same as the Jar Lantern Pint size.  I had to cut the cradle and overlap it at the base to make it bend correctly around the ball.  The building part of the design is not there because it would not bend around right.  The words worked fine.  I love it on the blue too!

When you are done, put the metal tab back onto the ball and it will be ready for your tree!

Well, two ole ladies did this project but I kept thinking what a fun thing to do as a family for Family Home Evening or a craft night with the kids.  We will have some more designs available soon (this is our busy season but we will try to get some available). 

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