Friday, October 16, 2015

Mason Jar Trick or Treat

Hey everyone!  Happy Friday.  Today I wanted to share with you a fun little mason jar I embellished with some Glitter Vinyl from The Buckle Boutique and my Cricut.

I began by covering the inside of my jar with a bit of mod podge mixed with some pigments from Marion Smith Designs.  There are tons of videos and instructions out there on the internet, so I won't bore you, but just mix it up, pour it in, swirl it around and let dry upside simple.

From there, I simply cut a couple of designs from Cricut Design Space out of the Purple and Gold Glitzy Glitter from the Buckle Boutique.

The glitter cuts beautifully with the Cricut and comes in such great colors...and no flaking...cause you know what they say about glitter.  hee hee

I simply layered my cuts and added some LED lights I found at Target and voila....
Thanks for stopping by today.


Monday, October 12, 2015

Four Little Ghosties Hanging From A....

Hi everyone!  Today I want  to share with you a fun family project I made using one of the Clear Scraps, Clear Acrylic Sheets.  I love making fun kid's crafts during the holidays and you can't go wrong with sweet little feet.  hee hee  
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I began by tracing little feet onto the clear acrylic sheet.  My feet ranged in age from 6 months to 5 years.   How cute is that?  Had I been more careful in the placement of the feet I could have gotten five little feet, but I easily fit four without any planning.
From there, I simply used my scissors to cut each foot shape out.  The acrylic sheets cut so easily with scissors.
From there, it was simply a matter of embellishing the "ghosts".  Some eyes cut with my Cricut from vinyl and some irRESISTible spray to give them some extra depth.  While I wanted my ghosts to be see through, I did want to be able to see them.  
A quick hole punch with my Crop a Dile and I was ready to string them up.  
The owner's of these little feet loved their ghosties and couldn't wait to hang them.  I think mom and dad were considering tracing their feet as well to create the entire family.  

Friday, October 9, 2015

Welcome Fall with a Little Bling

Hey everyone!  Happy Friday.  Hope you are having a great day.  I have been mad decorating for the fall, not so many spooky things now that my son is gone, really enjoying a bit more of a relaxed holiday.  lol

Anyway, today I wanted to share with you a quick and easy project I created with a pumpkin I found at Michaels, some scraps from a Rhinestone Sticker sheet from the Buckle Boutique (which is on sale now) and my Cricut.

So, I found this cute little pumpkin on sale at Michaels.  It already had some pretties on it, but you can never have too many beautiful things so...
I cut a few flourishes from the Cheetah print rhiniestone sheet (I just love the fall colors in it...and a little animal print is always good for the soul.  hee hee) with my Sizzix.  Be sure and use your cutting pad, die, rhinestone sheet and second cutting pad in that order for best results.
The Buckle Boutique Rhinestones cut so easily with the steel rule dies from Sizzix.  It is definitely one of my favorite ways to use the Rhinestone Sticker Sheets.  The die I used is super old, but there are plenty of gorgeous Sizzix flourish dies to choose from.
Then I simply placed my flourishes on the top of my pumpkin.  So easy, right?
I finished the pumpkin decorating off with a big sunflower I had lying on my desk and a "welcome" I cut from my Cricut from vinyl.
This project was super simple and took no time at all to complete.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Leafy Witch Hat With Sizzix and Core'dinations

Looking for a not so scary decoration7s for your Halloween festivities?  How about this lovely fall witch’s hat that I created last year for Core'dinations?  This project is quick and easy and you only need a few items.  
Leafy Witch Hat Supplies:
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Step 1.  Die cut, emboss, and sand leaves.  I made a total of 12 leaves, 4 of each color: No. 6, No. 7, and No. 20; yellow, orange and brown.  After sanding wipe each down with your Sand-it Gadget.
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Step 2. This step is not necessary, but for added interest and depth, you can ink the edges of the leaves.
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Step 3.  To create spiral flower, begin by drawing a spiral on the back of the copper Glitter Silk sheet.
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Step 4.  Cut along drawn line.
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 Step 5.  Roll flower from outside edge and adhere to center when complete.  I like to step on the flower a bit to add more dimension.
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Step 6.  Adhere burlap flower and metallic ribbon to hat.
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Step 7.  Attach leaves behind burlap flower.
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Step 8.  Finish by adding rolled flower to center of burlap flower.
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Chibitronics Blinking Gift Bag

Hi everyone!  Can you believe it is already October?  Eeek,  well, this weekend I decided to get my Halloween on and start decorating the house, so  I have lots of fun home decor items to share with you this week.

Today I wanted to start with this cute little Halloween goodie bag I created with Chibitronics, a file from SVGCuts, my Cricut and of course some of my favorite basics...papers from Core'dinations.

I began with a the treat bag file from the Fright Night Collection, which I cut with my Cricut Explore from a combination of the Core Basics Patterns, Orange Small Dot, Core Basics, Black, and the Orange from the Core Essentials Brights Collection. 

After I cut all my papers, the fun of assembling and lighting up the bag with Chibitronics began.  First I created my parallel circuit.  I marked dots on my backing piece where the holes on the bag were, so I would know where to place the lights.  Please don't break your copper tape, two continuous loops are necessary.  (yes, I know this from experience) And be sure leave enough overhang to add your battery later.
From there I simply added my LED lights, I chose to add one to every other hole because I didn't want to over work my battery.  How simple was that....I have a light now at each hole.

Pretty cool, right?  But wait....Chibitronics just came out with some super cool effects stickers and you know I had to give them a try.  Adding the effect sticker was a bit more complicated, and being that I was working in a limited area I used a bit of masking tape as an insulator.  You can see the effects sticker layout directions here.

From there, I simply finished the assembly of my bag.  Ok, yeah, I know those are all still photos, so you can't see how cool it is that these lights now blink...or can you?  Check out this short video of the bag blinking....

There are other super cool effects as well as the blink...heartbeat, twinkle, and fade all come in the kit.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, October 2, 2015

Simple Stories Clear Scraps Recipe Album

Hi everyone!  Today I want to share with you a little something I made for my son.  Like many of you my children are growing up and moving out.  Well, after a year on his own, cooking for himself, my son decided he really wanted some of our favorite family recipes written down so that he could recreate them.  (I guess he likes my cooking.  hee hee).  Anyway, Clear Scraps to the rescue.  With the Acyrlic Recipe Stand kit I was able to create a functional recipe book for him in no time.
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The kit comes with a mixture of chipboard and acrylic pages.  I chose to use a chipboard page for the front cover as well as for the "favorite" recipe in each category.
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I used some older Simple Stories papers and embellishments I had in my stash as well as a few custom stickers I made with my Cricut.
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I really like the print and cut function on my Cricut and created these stickers out of printable vinyl, so they should be quite sturdy.
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This Simple Stories line had lots of cute kitchen related items that were just perfect for this project.
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Although, I do wonder if the album may be just a bit to "girly" for him.  lol
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Some of the recipes I copied and pasted from the internet
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while others I had to type up.
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I also added some blank 4x6 pages to the kit so that I can continue to add recipes when he asks.
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Needless to say the stand is getting a little thick.  But I know he will be eating well.