Geometric Stamped Step Stool

Our great friends at DecoArt , Princeton Brushes, and inspired by Willow Wolfe are joining with us this week to show you what you can do with stamps and acrylic paint! You’ll be amazed how these simple craft items make amazing things!

stamped foot stool

Hi there! I hope your weekend was fantastic! I wanted to share this cute little step stool I painted as part as a fun collaboration with Stampendous rubber stamps and DecoArt paint. I honestly never thought of using rubber stamps with paint as a way to decorate furniture, but it really works!

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It was a super easy craft that really updated this old step stool that the girls use in the bathroom. I painted it with three coats of DecoArt’s Chalky Finish paint in Carbon. (I’m super in love with the smooth finish of the paint, and the low VOC makes it so I can paint inside the house with no problem.)

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I chose the Square Illusion stamp from Stampendous, and stamped it on with the Americana Gloss Enamels in White.

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The best way I found to get the paint on to the stamp was to dab it with a little round foam painter used for stencils, but a makeup sponge would work great as well.

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I practiced a lot on paper, just to make sure I get the paint amount and pressure right. But I learned that stamping with paint is not an exact science and not every stamp is even. But I like it! Once it was dry I finished up with a coat of varnish. I love how it turned out!

Now for the blog hop…

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Visit each blog, leave a comment! • Like Stampendous, DecoArt, Princeton Artist Brushes and inspired by Willow Wolfe on Facebook! • We’ve also got a Pinterest Board started!

Claudia Neubacher (Vienna, Austria)

Kristine Reynolds (California, USA)

Iliane de Fockert (Elly) (Niedersachsen, Germany)

Julia Stratford-Wright (near London, UK)

Julie Robertson (UK)

Asia King (Oxford, England)

Jessa Plant (Arizona, USA)

Kathi Rerek (New Jersey, USA)

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Vintage Bicycle Ad Image Transfer

Vintage Bicycle Ad Image Transfer I really wanted to get this project up on the blog before Father’s Day, but it just didn’t happen. Why didn’t someone tell me that summer break was going to be so busy??? Anyhow, it’s a fun and crafty gift, that’s completely customizable. I love the vintagy and distressed look of this project! Vintage Bicycle Ad Image Transfer The French bicycle ad was ordered off of Etsy. I reversed the image using PicMonkey, then had it laser printed on an 8.5 x 14 piece of paper at Staples. For the transfer to work, the image has to be printed with a laser printer. Sorry, but ink jet printers won’t work. Vintage Inspired Bicycle Image Transfer   supplies Start by “aging” the wood. I mixed some brown and gray paint in a little bowl and added a splash of water to make a stain. I used one of my foam brushes and painted it on, then immediately wiped off the paint with a wet cloth.  Let the wood dry. When the wood is dry, grab your image that was printed out in reverse, particularly if there are letters on it. I cut off the borders of the image, but you don’t have to. Using a foam brush, spread the Acrylic Gel Medium on the wood, covering the whole surface area. Additionally, cover the image with gel medium as well. Carefully place the paper, image side down, onto the wood. Smooth out the paper so that there are no bubbles and it looks even. It helps to use something like a ruler or a credit card to smooth it out. I had an area on each side that the image didn’t cover, so I put a piece of plain white copy paper to cover up the gel medium. Vintage Inspired Wooden Bicycle Transfer Let the medium dry for at least 4 hours or overnight. Once it’s dry grab a small bowl of water and a wash cloth and start rubbing off the paper. You’ll start to see the image as the paper comes off. This is definitely the messy part. Vintage bicycle image transfer Once all the paper is off, let it dry again. Then grab your sanding block and sand away! Make it look as distressed (or not) as you’d like. This is where you can sand off any areas where the gel medium looks a little wonky ;) Wipe off the dust from sanding and paint on a little satin varnish to seal it all and even out the finish. It’s that easy! You can make this with any image you’d like!

Vintage Bicycle Transfer Art
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Falling Stars Patriotic Tea Towel

Oh My Stars Patriotic Tea Towel Well hello! Are you enjoying the summer? I’m finding that summer break is just as busy as the school year, just more fun. Summer camp is getting the girls out for a few hours everyday, but I do feel like my uninterrupted crafting time is diminished. Though, I did find some time this week to make a tea towel for the kitchen to celebrate Independence Day. Remember the Falling Shamrock Tea Towel from back in March? Well this tea towel is very similar. Just the 4th of July version. I love using DecoArt Ink Effects on 100% cotton material, because it gives the design a watercolor effect. If you want bolder colors, make sure your fabric is at least 60% synthetic material. Oh My Stars Patriotic Tea Towel Supplies You’ll also need an iron. Paint a bunch of stars in various sizes, using the red and blue Ink Effects. I did a quick Google search for star outlines and traced a bunch of them. There were about 60. I am so not talented enough to freehand draw the stars. Oh My Stars Patriotic Tea Towel Let the paint dry for 45 minutes. Lay out your tea towel on top of another towel for ironing. Spray it with the base coat (if your fabric is less than 60% synthetic material) and let dry. Place your design painted side down, on the tea towel. Place a clean piece of paper on top of that. Iron on the cotton setting, with no steam, for about 3 minutes, constantly keeping the iron in motion.  Peel off the paper, and you should see your beautiful design transferred to the tea towel. Repeat process until done. I reused some of the stars I already transferred to layer a lighter transfer on top of the other ones. See photographic instructions here. Oh My Stars Patriotic Tea Towel The whole project only takes a couple of hours. So make one today! Patriotic Tea Towel xoxo   {This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small compensation to help pay for the blog.}

 

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Girly Forest Animal Wall Decor

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Hi there!

I’ve been going back and forth for some time now on how I’d like to see the girls’ room decorated.  I have a complete fear of commitment when it comes to home decor. I love a well decorated space, but I cannot seem to make a decision when it comes to my own home. Plus, I have two very opinionated little girls. So when I was offered the chance to review some designer decals from Wallternatives, I jumped on it!

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The most difficult part of the process was picking out which decals to get. They have frames, quotes, calendars, floral, animals…the list goes on. Not only that, there are different types of decals…vinyl, chalkboard, fabric. And soon they will offer removable wallpaper and decals that look like etched glass!

So I sat with the girls in front of the computer and let them pick out what they wanted on their walls. They chose the Forest Animals Vinyl Wall Decal Set, which includes an adorable owl, deer and squirrel. We then chose the colors of the animals and the florals that go with them. I guided the girls towards colors that would match their duvet covers. They chose lavender and silver.

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Applying the decals was super easy. Just cut out the decal, peel off the paper backing, stick the decal to the wall, smooth your hand over it to make sure it’s stuck all over and there are no bubbles, then very carefully remove the clear plastic on top used for the transfer.

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Add your floral accents and your done.

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The vinyl decals are easily removable for three years, but are difficult to reapply if you don’t like where you put them. If you really are a commitment phobe, then I would suggest the fabric decals, when you can remove and reposition.

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The decals look great! The lavender and silver really stand out against the gray walls, and the kiddos love that they were able to choose some of the decorations for their room!

 

 

 

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**Wallternatives provided me with the free decals, but the opinions are all mine. I really do think they are awesome!**

 

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Strawberry + Chocolate Pudding Ice Pops

 

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Hi there! Looks like we made it half way through the week. Heck yeah! Wanna celebrate with a Strawberry + Chocolate Pudding Ice Pop? Yep, I know you do. It’s like the pudding pops we had as kids, but way better.

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And prettier. And much less messy in a push-up pop.

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Pudding made from scratch is ridiculously easy. And chances are you have all the ingredients in your kitchen already. Mmmm…homemade chocolate pudding.

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I won’t tell if you use a pudding mix though. Shhh. Our little secret.

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Thinly sliced fresh strawberries slid down the side of the push pops make them extra appetizing.

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I used an empty popsicle mold to hold the push pops upright while preparing and while freezing.

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Layer the chocolate pudding and the blended strawberries.

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Stick those puppies in the freezer!

Strawberry + Chocolate Pudding Ice Pops
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • Chocolate Pudding
  • 1 + ½ cup 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • In a bowl, mix ½ cup of milk with the dry ingredients. Bring the additional 1 cup milk to a boil. Once boiling turn down the heat to medium low and add the milk+dry ingredients. Whisk continuously until it starts to thicken. This took about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
  • Use a tablespoon to put the pudding about ⅓ of the way in to the push-up pop, let cool.
  • Strawberry Mixture
  • 2 cups organic frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
  • Blend together frozen strawberries, simple syrup and vanilla until frothy.
  • Place fresh strawberry slices along side of push-up pop container. Pour blended strawberry mixture in the middle of push-up pop, making sure fresh strawberries stay in place. Layer more pudding if desired.
  • Freeze 6-8 hours or overnight.

 

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Eat before it melts!

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xoxo

Blueberry + Basil Ice Pops

 

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Did you get enough of icy sweet summer treats yesterday with the Orange + Carrot + Rosemary Ice Pops? No, I didn’t think so. Well here is another refreshing ice pop recipe. The blueberry basil ice pops are a favorite around here. Fresh basil is amazing and it provides a delicate compliment to the sweetness of the blueberries.

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Frozen organic blueberries are the trick to making these popsicles great. Fresh blueberries make quite as much juice when blended as the frozen ones do.  Using an immersion blender makes cleanup that much easier, but a conventional blender will work too.

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I find that you really don’t need much additional sweetener with the blueberries and basil. I add very little simple syrup, and you could get away without adding any at all. I’ve strained out the blueberry skins and itty bitty seeds before, but I don’t think it’s worth the extra work.

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I still haven’t mastered getting the juice into the mold without making a mess. **sigh**

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Blueberry + Basil Ice Pops
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups frozen blueberries, thawed
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup or other liquid sweetener
Instructions
  1. Blend blueberries and basil together, until it is liquid.
  2. Add a small amount of simple syrup, if desired
  3. ***For the simple syrup, put 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a pot. Heat until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Store in a mason jar in the fridge.***
  4. Freeze 6-8 hours or overnight in popsicle molds

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Just be prepared for your lips and tongue to be purple, but it will make your teeth look whiter and your eyes brighter!

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