Saturday, July 25, 2015

New Vinyl Colors and New Vinyl Graphics

 Come see our new graphics and new vinyl colors on our website.
 We are uploading new graphics for the next couple of months. 





Thursday, July 23, 2015

Medal Holder Plaques

If you children or spouse are anything like mine, you will find their medals and racing bibs all over the house.  I decided it was time to start hanging them up and show off all of their accomplishments.  At this time we are selling the vinyl in two different styles. ("Dream, Believe, Conquer", and "All Star.")  We will be making more styles for all different sports.  If you don't want to make the board yourself, we will be offering finished boards soon on our website Vinylgiftsandmore.com
These boards are 18 inches long with 8 hooks.   







Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Easter Subway Art Designs

Subway Art is a fun way to say a lot in an artful way.  You can use the vinyl to put it directly on a board, wall, or tile or get more creative and order the negative form and use it as a stencil (not all subway art is available in the negative form in smaller sizes).  Take some craft paint and paint each  word a different color, remove the vinyl, and you have a one of a kind artwork made by YOU!   Learn how to paint your Subway Art HERE.

Here are two new Easter designs.




Saturday, February 14, 2015

More New Designs

We have quite a few new designs on our website.  Here are some of our St. Patrick's Day designs.  Find these and more on our website.





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.

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