Friday, June 24, 2016

Farmhouse Hacks using our Mix the Media Wood Pieces!

Hi All!  Jill here today.  Happy Friday! 

Today, let's talk wood. Wood, wood, wood - I love all things wood. I'm totally inspired by all the wood signs, wood projects, wood shapes and DIY wood tutorials you see on Pinterest and blogs. If you missed it last week, Kimber showed you our latest Mix the Media release. You can see it HERE. In the next couple weeks, we'll bring you some of our own DIY projects using the new wood pieces. If you love the FARMHOUSE look, you'll love how some of these pieces can fit in your house! Many of them I used in my home!  

Here's a peek at some of our upcoming DIY project tutorials...
Below, check out a couple of close-ups of some simple projects...
This beautiful sign using our Offset Natural Flats was very simple to make. If you own a die cutting machine, you can cut your own stencils. I make stencils with my Silhouette - either paper ones or vinyl.  I will note that vinyl works better in the case of our MM wood - it's a bit distressed so the surface is uneven. The vinyl attaches to the wood and helps build a barrier in between the wood and the stencil so it doesn't bleed as much. The word "beautiful' was purchased from the Silhouette store.

Another simple piece using another Offset Flat but this time in our "rustic" stain. I don't know what it is about cows right now, but I see them as cool and almost chic right now. This teal one is more fun but I love how he "pops" from the wood. This too was done using a stencil that was cut on my Silhouette. This one I did with paper. I used a stencil adhesive to adhere to the wood and unfortunately a little bit of glue was left on the wood. You can sand some of that off if it bothers you too much. I've tried many different ways to do these signs - trying to figure out what's best and easiest.  


Below is one of my favorite pieces.  The wood is one of our Mix the Media Flats in our rustic stain.  I had purchased the tiny wood slices from a home store but you can find them on Etsy and many other places.  In order to make this work, I cut out a deer head from cardstock using my Silhouette yet again.  I centered the deer head and then started laying them out.  Once I got close to being done, I went ahead and removed the die cut leaving the wood on wood.  Each wood slice was glued down using liquid nails.


Below is a fun piece using a couple different pieces of our Mix the Media program - a Whitewashed Wood Flat plus the Natural USA shape.  I painted the USA an aqua color so it would stick out on the white background.  The heart was cut with my Silhouette however you could easily punch a heart from a piece of cardstock and get the same stencil.  The heart was painted red and then the Wordfetti Words  "happiness" and "is" were added plus a wood veneer heart.  I sanded the edge of the USA a bit to give it a more distressed look.


This JOY piece is one of the latest pieces we worked on.  It's painted on the large 18x24 Large Wood Flats in our rustic stain.  The "J" and the "Y" were cut using a cut file we developed (and we'll share it in the next couple weeks) just for this piece.  The letters were outlined with a white paint marker (using the die cut cardstock as a stencil) and then painted and filled in with regular white acrylic paint (Jillibean has some - our Happy Hues :)).  The 10" wreath was adhered with a glue gun.  I'm all about cotton wreaths right now!  


You can see a couple pieces below that I pieced together on a shelving unit in our living room.  Again - my cow obsession shows here.  I purchased the galvanized cow from Etsy - you can find just about any shape on there. The star piece was made by our DT member Jenifer Harkin using vintage springs. Easy peasy project that just requires the spring and glue. The "crazy blessed" wood piece is made using our Mix the Media original wood planks. I have been a fan of this saying for quite some time...crazy blessed. My girls make me feel like I'm blessed - crazy blessed. I believe this saying was also purchased in the Silhouette store.


String art... oh string art how I love thee. Below is one of our String Art kits that was sold through some of the major chains. In the next couple of weeks we'll show you how to do your own sentiment in string art. Believe it or not, it's pretty easy. Loud, but easy.  


The sign below uses our Wood Framed Burlap pieces. DT member Kristine Davidson completed this project using a stencil and a Sharpie. Sharpies work well on burlap - did you know that? And it's like coloring. :)

This is a wall in our hallway by the kitchen. I have a love of "Y"s because of our last name - Yegerlehner. You'll see them all over our house. And there's another "crazy blessed" sign. This one was purchased from Etsy years ago. The piece I want to point out is the Wood Framed Chalkboard. DT member Patty Folchert is great with a chalk marker! There's a technique we will share with you in the next couple weeks but I'm pretty sure Patty just free-handed this. Love the heart shaped verse!  Oh, and there's my birthday girl in the black frame - today is her 13th birthday!


Last but not least is another one of our USA planks but this time I used spray paint. I've learned that spray paint is easy but it doesn't always work the best or show up the best. In this case it works because the "rustic" stain is shown through as the words (Hey y'all) and the white is a good contrast to the stain. Once again, I cut out a vinyl stencil using my Silhouette Cameo. This time I used the mask part (the insides) though and then just spray painted over top of it.


I sure hope you will join us in the next couple of weeks for more great projects and tutorials! We've got some great stuff to share!

Let us know if you have questions! Our wood pieces can be found at stores across the US - JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby and Walmart all carry various pieces. We will be adding the larger wood flats to our retail store soon as well.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Laugh Love & Smile Card by designer Summer Fullerton

Laugh Love & Smile Card by Summer Fullerton
Jillibean Soup
Patterned Paper:  Alphabet Soup II/Sea Salt; Soup Staples III/Wood Floor, Quick Test; Saffron Yellow Pepper Soup/Sea Salt
Tag:  Chalk
Wood Veneer Words:  Happy, Today*
Wordfetti:  Life
Word Dots

Other:  Bazzill cardstock, Luxe Memento ink, Spellbinders scallop border die.
*Designer Challenge Note:  Jillibean Soup wood veneer shapes, words and dots can easily be colored with your favorite inks.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hi Card by designe Summer Fullerton

Hi Card by Summer Fullerton
Jillibean Soup
Patterned Paper:  Healthy Hello Soup/Cup of Ciao
Shape Shaker Dies:  Star*
Adhesive Sequins:  Pink Grapefruit

Other:  white cardstock, pink felt, hemp twine.
*Designer Note:  Metal dies are great for die cutting things like fabric and felt that can’t be easily cut with an electronic cutting machine. For smooth clean die cut shapes, back fabric with coordinating colored cardstock. This added weight makes the shapes super easy to work with.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Life Is Beautiful Card by designer Amy Coose

Life Is Beautiful Card by Amy Coose
Jillibean Soup
Patterned Paper:  Healthy Hello Soup/Hint of Hello, Cup of Ciao
Coordinating Stickers:  Healthy Hello Soup
Clear Stamps: Healthy Hello Soup
Tag:  Large Wood

Other:  Stampin' Up! ink.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Live Love Bark card by designer Sarah Webb

Bark Card by Sarah Webb
Jillibean Soup
Patterned Paper:  Fur Fusion Soup/Pooch Play, Krazy Kitty, Dancing Dogs, Bite Size Bits
Coordinating Stickers:  Fur Fusion Soup
Baker's Twine:  Blue/Green

Friday, June 17, 2016

New Mix the Media Wood Products!

We are so EXCITED to share with you some brand new additions to our very popular Mix the Media wood collection!

Which one is your favorite? What would you create? Where would you display your project? 
Personally, my new favorite is the 18"x24" white wash planks. I love how Jill always cuts fun stencil designs on her Silhouette and uses either spray paint or craft paint to create perfectly customized wall decor. 

Guess what? Leave a comment over on the Jillibean Soup blog post HERE and we will select 4 (FOUR!!!) winners to receive one of the new Mix the Media wood pieces of their choice. Doesn't get much better than that! 
Have a great weekend!


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Bless Your Heart treat bags by designer Patty Folchert

Recently when we needed a cute project for Bible Class I grabbed this new wood stamp. “Bless Your Heart” it was a perfect sentiment for the kids to make favor bags for their Mom’s for Mother’s Day. But guess what? they work for a quick teacher gift too. The three new tags from Hampton Art really made a statement together with the new stamp.

Bless Your Heart treat bag by Patty Folchert

I started with Jillibean Soup Party Playground favor bags, several colors and designs are available. We added some candy into each bag and then began to layer on the goodness. First we stamped on the new plain tags in dark brown ink the “Bless Your Heart sentiment. Then set it aside to dry. Next we folded over the bags and added a doily (got these ones at the dollar store). Then the kids chose a color border oval tag and wrote their message to their Mother’s. Then we grabbed the fun new heart shape wood tags. Last we layered those all onto the favor bag as shown in the picture with some added ribbon and a Party Playground wood clothespin finished it off.

That was all, a cute and simple favor bag for any occasion. Do you like to make favor bags? If so share with us on Facebook or here on the blog we would love to hear about it!

Bless Your Heart,
Patty Folchert

Materials List:
Wood Stamp: Hampton Art/Katie & Co.: PSO992
Ink: Ranger/Archival-Coffee
Hampton Art/Wood Veneer Tag: Hearts- AC0579
Hampton Art/Deco tags: White-AC0557
Hampton Art/Luggage tags: Multi-colored- Oval-AC0553

Jillibean Soup
Party Playground/Favor Bags: Multi Triangle, Cotton Candy Pink Chevron & Multi Confetti
Party Playground/Wood Clothespins: Cotton Candy & Red Hot Red

Other Products:
White Paper Doilies/Dollar Store; Scrapbook Adhesives/3D foam dots; Tombow/Tape Runner Adhesive