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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

DIY DECAL TRANSFER TUTORIAL!

   This great idea was found at www.thepaintedhive.blogspot.com .  There are many, many uses for this.  Think big and good luck!



MAGIC Decal Transfer Tutorial with Free Printables!



As I'm sure some of you may remember, a little while back I posted a tutorial for DIY waterslide decals.
Amongst other things, I mentioned how wonderful they are for creating custom embellishments without the need for any fancy pants equipment.
Yep, waterslide decal paper is a truly fab product, though as great as it is, there is one major drawback - it is not particularly durable.
So, whilst it's perfect for ornamental purposes, it's not ideal for more practical applications....until now that is!
Magic decal coating paper is a complimentary product designed to be used in conjunction with standard decal paper to make the finished transfers durable - yes, even dishwasher resistant!

If you're already familiar with magic decal coating paper then please excuse my tardy excitement, though for everyone else who is just getting to the party now too, feel free to start throwing the streamers!

As mentioned in this previous post, my recently aquired assortment of SLOM jars from IKEA were awaiting some DIY craftiness and magic decals seemed like the perfect partner.

As there are probably several brands of magic decal coating paper out there, each with slightly differing application requirements, for clarity in this tutorial I will specifically pertain to the particular product I used which I got from here....


The paper I received came with one sheet of waterslide decal paper (distinguished by a blue watermark on the back) which you print your image onto and one sheet of the magic coating paper (distinguished by attached translucent protective paper).

GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES
1. Image to transfer
Use anything you like.
I made up my canister labels in Photoshop. I wanted them to be a bit different and quite typographic so decided to style them based on dictionary definitions (my artwork is attached as a free printable if you would like to use them!)
2. Inkjet printer
3. Decal paper (blue watermark on back)
Decal paper comes in clear or white. I'm using the clear paper because I want a transparent background around my image.
4. Magic paper (attached translucent protective paper)
5. Laminator
Basic laminators can be bought for around $20 from most office supply and department stores.
6.Scissors
7. Water
8. Soft cloth
9. Item to embellish
As already mentioned, I'm using my plain SLOM jars from IKEA.
10. Microwave, oven or hairdryer

THE PROCESS

1. Print your image onto the glossy side of your decal paper (DO NOT mirror your image) using an inkjet printer. Allow to dry thoroughly.
I created my canister labels in Photoshop and have attached them below as a free printable if you would like to use them.

2. Separate the translucent protective paper from the magic paper. Do not throw the translucent paper away.

3. Place the magic paper gloss side up on your table. Lay the decal paper printed side down on top of the magic paper. Place the translucent protective paper gloss side down on top of the decal paper.
As my image took up the entire sheet of decal paper I did not need to trim around it first. If you are working with a smaller image you may wish to cut roughly around it with scissors.


4. Laminate your stack of three papers together on low speed and at low temperature.
Basic laminators can be bought for around $20 from most office supply and department stores.

5. Discard the translucent paper. Your decal paper and magic paper should now be fused together. Trim closely around your image - you can see it quite easily through the paper if you hold it up to the light.

Where there is no ink, the decal will leave a very fine, slightly translucent film which is visible close up or on certain angles. As my image is text alone with no border I experimented with techniques and found the neatest finish to be a nice even box (trying to mimic the outline of the text just looked messy). If your image has a distinct border then trim approximately 2mm all the way around it (leaving a small buffer ensures you get a good seal).


6. Dampen the back of the decal paper (watermarked side) with a cloth until it becomes translucent. Wait around 15 seconds then gently peel the paper away completely.
Important: ensure you remove the watermarked decal paper only at this stage.

7. Quickly immerse the decal in a shallow dish of water to dampen the other side then position it, image side down, on your item, smoothing it down with your fingers and a slightly damp cloth to remove excess water.

8. Carefully slide off the backing paper and manipulate the decal into its exact position then continue to smooth it until it is water and air bubble free (the image for step eight shows the transfer with some minor creases and bubbles. This is only because the photograph depicts the removal of the backing paper before I have smoothed the decal. Rest assured that it does flatten out completely).

9. Finally, set the decal by either:
- Baking in an electric oven for 8 minutes at 150 degrees celsius
- Cooking in a microwave for 5 minutes on low
- Blowing with a hairdryer for 5 - 10 minutes


Although I was hesitant, I did find the courage to run these babies through the dishwasher - twice, just to be certain - and they didn't show any signs of distress. I was honestly AMAZED! Of course given I have only had them for a few day I can hardly vouch for their longevity so advise hand washing for frequent use.
As I mentioned, there is a very faint translucent background (which is the case with regular waterslide decals too) though once the canisters were full it was barely noticeable.

And here are your complimentary printables....
(simply click on the thumbnail then download to your computer)





RESOURCES
Jars: IKEA
Decal Paper: Sounds Creative

If you 'de like to make some labels of your own....
Fonts used:
Courier New
Another Typewriter
Mrs Eaves Bold
I created my labels in Photoshop though you could easily use a basic program like Word.

NATIONAL FOOD HOLIDAYS IN SEPTEMBER!






    Each day in America is a national food holiday and what better way to celebrate by enjoying those foods. Now, you don't have to wait for Thanksgiving or Christmas to enjoy a delicious food filled holiday. In this article you will find a list of national food holidays for the month of September. Along with each day, you'll also find a delicious idea on how to celebrate that particular holiday.






National Cherry Popover Day September 1: If you aren't sure how to make cherry popovers, just skip the popover part and make muffins with dried cherries and chocolate chips.

National Blueberry Popsicle Day September 2: Blueberry popsicles can be so easy to make. Just combine fresh blueberries with vanilla yogurt and a splash of your favorite juice. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until set.

National Welsh Rarebit Day September 3: Welsh Rarebit is basically a cheese sauce poured over buttered toast. You can find many recipes online that are made using canned soups. But, you can also find authentic recipes as well.

National Macadamia Nut Day September 4: This holiday is so easy to celebrate. Just buy some chocolate covered macadamia nuts. Or, you could also prepare white chocolate chip and macadamia nut cookies.






National Cheese Pizza Day September 5: Take it easy on this food holiday and just order a cheese pizza from your favorite pizza restaurant.

National Coffee Ice Cream Day September 6: Coffee ice cream is so delicious and there are so many different companies that make it. But, on this food holiday, I highly recommend the Ben & Jerry's brand. Why not take things a bit further and make a coffee ice cream pie or cake?

National Acorn Squash Day September 7: Acorn squash is a wonderful fall dish. All you need to do is roast the squash until tender and then top with a mixture of brown sugar, butter, and toasted pecans. Top off this food holiday with turkey cutlets and homemade cranberry sauce.

National Date Nut Bread Day September 8: Date nut bread is so delicious and can easily be found in your grocery store. But, if you want to make this food holiday extra special, make a cream cheese frosting to top off the bread.

Weinerschnitzel Day September 9: Weinerschnitzel is a lovely dish of fried veal chops. Of course, you don't have to fry veal. Pork chops can easily be substituted. Top off this delicious food holiday meal with a simple squeeze of lemon juice, which helps to cut the grease.






TV Dinner Day September 10: This is obviously an easy food holiday to celebrate. Just prepare your favorite brand of TV dinner and kick back with your favorite TV show.

National Hot Cross Bun Day September 11: Hot Cross Buns can easily be prepared at home, especially if you have a bread maker. But, you can also find this delicious treat in many bakeries if you don't have time to make them from scratch.

National Chocolate Milkshake Day September 12: Chocolate milkshakes are so fun and easy to make at home. Just take a high quality chocolate ice cream and allow it to soften on your counter. Once the ice cream has softened pour a splash of chocolate milk into the blender and then add two scoops of ice cream. Blend until the ice cream and milk combine. If you want to make an even better milkshake, add crushed peppermints.

National Peanut Day September 13: Peanuts are a yummy snack, but we all know that peanut butter makes some of the best desserts. Enjoy this food holiday by preparing a delicious sweet treat. For example, take a warm tortilla and fill it with peanut butter, sliced bananas, and mini chocolate chips.

National Cream Filled Donut Day September 14: This is another food holiday that is easy to celebrate. All you need to do is hit your favorite bakery, donut shop, or grocery store. I highly recommend Krispy Kreme Boston Cream donuts.






National Linguini Day September 15: Pasta is such an easy meal to prepare. On this special holiday, just combine linguini along with your favorite pasta sauce, meat, and cheese.

National Guacamole Day September 16: Be adventurous and make guacamole from scratch. Serve it with homemade tortilla chips or on top of tacos.

National Apple Dumpling Day September 17: Apple dumplings are so delicious and require very few ingredients. Make a big batch and serve with vanilla ice cream.

National Cheeseburger Day September 18: On this food holiday, take your cheeseburger to the extreme. Try new flavors and new ingredients. For example, add blue cheese and peppered bacon.

National Butterscotch Pudding Day September 19: Sure you can buy butterscotch pudding at the store, but you can also make it yourself with ease. You may also want to use your homemade butterscotch pudding to prepare a butterscotch pie.






National Rum Punch Day September 20: Obviously this isn't a food holiday that everyone in the family can enjoy. If you don't drink alcohol, try adding rum flavoring to one of your desserts instead.

National Pecan Cookie Day September 21: You can make delicious pecan cookies with only a few ingredients, but why not take it easy on this food holiday and purchase some Pecan Sandies instead?

National Ice Cream Cone Day September 22: There are several creative ways to use ice cream cones.

National White Chocolate Day September 23: There are so many different ways to use white chocolate. But, on this food holiday, why not try a recipe you've never made before? Just do a search for "white chocolate recipes" and pick one that sounds irresistible.

National Cherries Jubilee Day September 24: Cherries Jubilee is another dessert that isn't family friendly, but you can make this dessert family friendly simply by heating cherry pie filling and pouring it over vanilla ice cream.






Crab Meat Newburg Day September 25: If you love seafood, this is the food holiday for you. You can serve Crab Newburg over pasta, rice, or even toast points.

National Pancake Day September 26: Go all out with your pancakes and add cherry pie filling and whipped cream.

National Chocolate Milk Day September 27: Is there a better food holiday? Just grab a big glass of chocolate milk and relax.

Strawberry Cream Pie Day September 28: This happens to be my favorite food holiday, because it falls on my birthday. Just combine strawberries with strawberry pie gel. Pour into a baked pie shell and top with a generous portion of whipped cream.

National Coffee Day September 29: Treat yourself to a delicious coffee drink on this food holiday.






National Hot Mulled Cider Day September 30: This is the perfect drink for cool autumn nights. Just heat apple cider with cinnamon sticks and any other spices you enjoy such as cloves and nutmeg.

SEPTEMBER UNUSUAL HOLIDAYS AND OBSERVANCES!







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September 1: Chicken Boy's Day - Buy a chicken suit and wear it all day to commemorate Chicken Boy.

September 2: V-J Day - V-J...Is that like PJ day? Oh, no - I guess it stands for Victory in Japan.

September 3: National Lazy Moms Day (2010) - Are you a lazy mom? Then this day is for you!

September 4: Give the dog a break and carry in your own newspaper for once.











September 5: Be Late for Something Day - This gives you a sound excuse to be late for something.

September 6: Labor Day - Go to work and labor...oh, wait - most people have the day off from work. Never mind.

September 7: Google Day - Google yourself.

September 8: International Literacy Day - This is good news if you don't know how to read; today you will learn how.

September 9: Wonderful Weirdoes Day - For all those wonderful weirdoes out there.












September 10: Swap Ideas Day - Got an idea? Swap with someone!

September 11: Remembrance Day - Be extra careful not to forget anything.

September 12: Video Games Day - Oh, great, now the guys have an excuse to play video games all day...

September 13: International Chocolate Day - Gee, seems like there is a day dedicated to chocolate at least once a month! Must be popular.

September 14: Wild Card - Create your own holiday today.












September 15: Felt Hat Day - Buy felt in your favorite color and make yourself a funky hat to wear.

September 16: Step-Family Day - If you don't have a step-family, create one for the day.

September 17: Citizenship Day - Be a good citizen. Maybe you'll win an award.

September 18: National Respect Day - Hopefully, some of us will learn what the word means.

September 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day - Oy, matey! Yes, I'm talking to you.











September 20: National Women Road Warrior Day (2010) - If you are a woman, sign up to become a warrior.

September 21: International Day of Peace - I hope you can have a peaceful day.

September 22: Dear Diary Day - Start each sentence you say with, "Dear Diary."

September 23: Earth Overshoot Day - This means we have used up all our resources for the year; guess you'll have to do without until January 1st.

September 24: Punctuation Day - Make sure to punctuate every sentence you speak.




September 25: National One-Hit Wonder Day - To take the words right out of Holidaypedia's mouth, "Give a little boogie love to all those artists who hit it big once and then faded into oblivion."

September 26: Johnny Appleseed Day - Plant an apple tree in honor of Johnny Appleseed.

September 27: Ancestor Appreciation Day - Make a family tree and list all your ancestors up until 20 generations ago. You thought it was gonna be easy, didn't you?

September 28: World Maritime Day - Research and write a paper on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment for World Maritime Day.

September 29: National Attend Your Grandchild's Birth Day - Since we all have grandchildren being born today.







September 30: Shemini Atzeret Day - Tell me what Shemini Atzeret Day is. In just one word.

Monday, August 31, 2015

DIY PAPER BOWS!!

   This was found at www.helenmade.blogspot.com .  Kind of cool and unique!!



saw this origami bow tutorial here. However, it was in another language and many of you needed a written tutorial plus pictures tutorial, so here it is. A 3" x 3" paper would make a nice bow. I used 4" square for the bows that I made for the cake here.

A thin pattern paper would make a beautiful bow.



If you are using double side pattern paper place the side that you want down.


Mountain fold horizontally, crease well, then unfold.



mountain fold the other way, crease well and unfold.


you should have this.

Valley fold diagonally, crease well, and unfold.


valley fold the other way,crease well and unfold. You should have this: 2 mountain fold lines that looked like a plus sign. And 2 valley folds that looked like an "X".

Follow the creased lines and fold your paper like this


Press it down and fold the "closed" side about 1/2" down like the picture below, crease well.



Open your paper completely like shown. As you can see there is a small square in the center and the creased lines are not the same.


You are going to mountain fold those lines or the small square.


like this

refold the paper like the 7th picture above except

you will push the small square down like this

you paper now should look like this with two layers.

fold the top corners down like this


turn the paper over and repeat

you are going to open the paper, making sure your folds (small square) stay in place.

it should look like this after you opened the paper.

Turn the paper over, make sure you place your paper like in the photo. Cut at the fold where the black  lines are.



After the cut you should able to move the two pieces up and down. These two pieces will be the bow tails.

Fold the top piece down and fold the edges

of the side pieces down like shown




fold the other edges up and over lab the previous fold a bit.

now working on the bow tails, fold the edges in then cut the center where the black line is (make sure  don't cut the small square on the bottom)




then fold it like shown


turn it over

fold the bow tip under the center square

cut the bow tails and you are done! It wasn't too hard right!


I was in a rush putting this tutorial together so some phrase might not be clear but I was hopping the pictures will help.