Pineapple Ice Cream bowls with metallic umbrellas

July 29th, 2015

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How cute are these little metallic umbrellas! I made them using Minc 5th Avenue paper, a Minc machine, and all my favorite colors of Minc foil!

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To make the umbrellas I foiled full 12×12 sheets of Minc paper, some of these I used as place-mats! I love using 12×12 papers for placemats at dinner parties or on refreshment tables.
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The foil went on the full sheets really well. I was worried about the foil wrinkling as it went through, but with the transfer envelope, everything stayed right in place and the foil transferred over really well.

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I used this super easy paper umbrella tutorial to create the umbrellas. You just need a circle template (glass, cookie cutter, etc), pen, scissors, and skewers/long toothpicks.
pineapple-bowl-minc-cutI cut all of my foiled papers into a circle, and then folded each 8 times, accordion folding them, and then sticking the pointy end of the skewer through, using hot glue to set them in place. 
pineapple-bowl-minc-umbrella-cutLook at how cute they all are!
pineapple-bowl-minc-umbrellasAnd even more cute in a pineapple ice cream bowl!
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To make these, I sliced the pineapple in half top to bottom. You’ll need a big sharp knife to get through the hard core and stem.

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And then cut and scooped away the inside parts to hollow out the bowl. Then added sorbet and umbrellas as a garnish!

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And don’t forget to enjoy eating them!

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Patriotic Banner using Metallic Foils

June 26th, 2015

theprojectgirl-minc-usa-banner2Things have been busy around here, lots of deadlines and such with my design work. But I was happy to take a day and play with my new goodies for the Minc machine.

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I used these great letters and flag kits, as well as the silver, red, and blue foils. You can get starter kits and accessories for the Minc machine at Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann, as well as local and online shops.

I love using this machine to foil. the foil goes on like butter, and the transfer sleeve helps keep the foil lined up with the paper.  Here you can see how the letters and banners look straight out of the bags. Black/white, ready to foil. Its kind of hard to visualize your project without the color, but so AWESOME once they are foiled because it’s such a huge change.
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The machine is super easy to use, you just send your toner-printed items or the Minc accessories through the machine with foil over the areas you want to foil. Once they come through the other end, you peel off the foil, and you have gorgeous vibrant metallic designs.
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I ran all my pieces through the Minc, and then put foam dots on the backs of the letters to add dimension to the banner. theprojectgirl-minc-usa-banner-pop

Then I assembled the banner, adding some ribbon between each letter. theprojectgirl-minc-usa-banner-closeAnd here’s my cute finished foil banner! Just in time for the month of July!
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*Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via product provided, payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Links contained on this post and within this blog may be affiliate links.

Metallic Butterfly Magnets

May 31st, 2015

theprojectgirl-butterfly-chalkboardI’m having so much fun with my MINC foiling machine. I created some adorable metallic butterfly magnets and it was seriously so fast and easy.

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Supplies:

Minc Foil Applicator

Minc 3D Butterflies

light pink foil

mint foil

hot pink foil

rose gold foil

green foil

3/8″ small magnets

Ad tech glue gun

The Minc 3D butterflies come pre-cut, you just have to punch them out, and then run them through the MINC machine with the color of foil that you like.
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After they’ve run through the machine, you pull away the foil sheet, and everywhere that was black on the butterflies is now fabulously metallic. For this project, I used the light pink hot pink, rose gold, mint, and green foils. theprojectgirl-foil-minc

The foil transferred so well on these, they look like they are made of metal not paper.  For the magnet part, I just got some small round magnets, and used my handy Adtech HiTemp glue gun. I gently folded the wings up, and then glued the flat part of the butterfly body to the magnet.
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All the little butterflies turned out so so cute!

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I recently bought this GIANT magnetic chalkboard from Chalk Couture (they custom painted it for me too!), and knew the butterfly magnets would be perfect for it. So I wrote a little spring quote, and then added all my butterfly magnets too it. theprojectgirl-butterfly-chalkboard-full

Look how cute they turned out, and so so so metallic. I love the bright and fun colors of all the MINC foils. theprojectgirl-butterfly-chalkboard

All these supplies should be available at your local Jo-ann and Hobby Lobby as well as a variety of online stores.  And I have to say that I was super impressed at how well the foil transferred onto these butterflies using the MINC machine. I have a regular laminator and have done some foil transfer stuff before, but these turned out phenomenally using the MINC.
theprojectgirl-butterflies-close*Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via product provided, payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Links contained on this post and within this blog may be affiliate links.