Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bling Your Bin! Project and Contest

March is National Crafting Month, and we thought the best way to start the month off would be to showcase an amazing project from two crafting companies that you can easily do at home AND have a contest so you can win some of these products!


Marisa Pawelko of the Modern Surrealist has created a new line of rhinestone sticker sheets for The Buckle Boutique.  Marisa used these rhinestone sticker sheets to embellish ArtBin cases.  Now her bins have bling!

Since the rhinestone sticker sheet cut easily with a scissors, craft knife or die cutting machine, Marisa was able to easily cut around the outline of the large Sugar Skull image.  Then she peeled of the backing from the image she cut, and exposed the adhesive so she could apply the skull to her ArtBin.

She even cut the letters for the word ArtBin out of the sticker sheets!

Here Marisa is showing how you can cover a large surface with rhinestones quickly.  Just cut the rhinestone sticker sheet to size, peel of the backing and stick.  In a matter of minutes the top of this ArtBin is covered in rhinestones!  (just think how long that would have taken if you were setting each rhinestone one at a time!)

And since the rhinestone sticker sheets are so flexible, she was even able to wrap the clasp that holds the ArtBin closed.

There are just so many ways you can Bling Your Bin!  Would you like to win an ArtBin and a rhinestone sticker sheet?  Enter our contest below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There will be a total of three winners.
Each winner will receive one ArtBin and one rhinestone sticker sheet (color/pattern of their choice)
Winners must have a mailing address within the Continental United States.
Contest ends March 14th


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Vote for Shawn!

I just found out this week that two of the projects I made for my blog made it into a Best Blogger Contest.  There is a cash prize for the top three winners. Please help me win by going to this link

 and finding one of the two projects with my name on them. One is a rhinestone covered wine bottle

You can see the FULL tutorial for this project HERE

and the other is a fabric interpretation of Scrabble tile art (it has a close up photo and you will see a LARGE heart)

You can see the full tutorial for this project HERE.

A little green dot will show up next to the voting button once it has accepted your vote.

 You can vote once from each device you have, so each computer, laptop, tablet and phone. If you have more than one device in your home please vote once from each. If you would like to also vote from work that would be great too. I would also love it if you share this with any of your friends you think would also help out and vote for my projects.

The images come up in a random order each time, so mine could be up at the top or way down at the bottom . . . I never know!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Contest . . . Win Crafting Product!

 Prime Publishing are the creators of a large variety of food and crafting websites, including

Right now there are SEVERAL contest going on at and you can win craft products from a variety of different companies.  Make sure to head over and enter today!  Just click HERE.

Rhinestone Embellished Wine Bottle

I quit drinking over 10 years ago, so when I received a recent email from entitled "40 projects to make with wine bottles" I forwarded the email to my sister and asked her if she would be willing to help me gather some "craft supplies" . . . aka empty wine bottles.  She was more than happy to assist.

Then, when I attended CHA this year, I was invited to the Prime Publishing Blogger Event.  Prime Publishing are the creators of a large variety of food and crafting websites, including

As you walked into the room there were tables set up around the perimeter of the room, and at each table were representatives from different companies including

Styrofoam Crafts

Then, when we arrived home we received a box with various product from these companies.  Now we have all kinds of new products to create with.  We were also told that if we created something with any of the products in the box we could then enter that project into the Best Blogger Craft 2015 contest.  At first I felt like my mind was a total BLANK . . . what am I going to create?  It needs to be something that inspires others, and creative, but it would be good if it was something that was trendy and current.

I have already entered one project into this contest . . . my Scrabble Art Reinvented project . . . click HERE to see that project post and tutorial.   Today I got the idea for another project using some of the supplies from this event, so now I might have two projects to enter.

Since a couple of the wine bottles my sister gave me have the lettering and label information printed right on the glass, I knew I was not going to be able to use these bottles for painted projects.

See what I mean?  I would have to do SO MANY LAYERS of paint to fully cover and hide the words. 

 So on to plan B . . Bernat Mega Bulky yarn, rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique and embellishments from Little B.  {wow . . . I guess that really is Plan B . . . lots of companies with the letter B in the name}

First I used the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique to cover the main portion of the bottle.  This fun animal print is from the new Tween Quad sheet.  The quad sheets have 4 different patterns on one sheet, so you can get more variety out of every sheet.  I love that these rhinestone are all on one large sheet with an adhesive back.  I just peeled part of the backing off and lined it up on the bottle . . . 

then as I rolled the bottle and continued to peel off the backing the bottle basically covered itself in rhinestones.  Quick, easy and beautiful!  And since this is from the Tween Quad sheet, I still have 3 other patterns left in case I want to make this same project again in a different pattern.

Next I added some glue to the top of the bottle, and dripped a little down the back.  I did this so I could start the tail down the back and have it tucked under the yarn.

Once I wrapped the yarn around the top I let it sit for a little while.  I wanted to make sure that the yarn was secure at the top before I started to wrap it around the bottle.  In this photo you can see the little tail I left hanging down.  As I wrap the yarn around the bottle I will go right over that so that the end of the yarn is not exposed.

Then I applied more glue and just wound the yarn around the bottle, making sure not to leave any gaps between the rows.

After I was sure that the glue had dried under the yarn, I used the corrugated tape from Little B to cover the last parts of the bottle.  Just the the rhinestone sticker sheets, this tape has an adhesive back, so I just needed to cut off the right amount, peel off the backing and stick it on the bottle.

When I finished with the corrugated tape I felt like it still needed "something".  I used a few scraps of the rhinestone sticker sheets I had left over from another project along with butterfly stickers from Little B

I love how these dimensional butterfly stickers look like they are going to fly right off the bottle.  And look how great the colors go with the pattern in the rhinestone sticker sheet!  It is like all of these products were made to go together.

This colors are so bright and cheery . . . perfect for spring!  I am going to put this on the table in our front entry to brighten things up.

Thank you to Prime Publishing, FaveCrafts and all of the companies that attended the 2015 Blogger Event at CHA!  A special thank you to Bernat and Little B for sending me the products that I used today!

Be sure to watch for the voting to begin February 25th where you can vote on YOUR favorite project to win the Best Blogger Craft 2015!  I will post a link to the voting once it begins.  

Shopping Sunday

Disney Fans . . . check out this deal from Cricut for the Frozen digital package!

If Disney is not your thing, then check out Blitsy for these AMAZING DEALS on papercrafting items!

  Paper Supplies

 Are you a teacher? If you are, enjoy this discount from Leisure Arts.  There are videos and DVDs to teach you to create a variety of amazing projects!


 And there is one for Seniors too!


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Birthday Wishes

This card was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest, and have on my "Cards ideas I want to try" board.  When I looked at the basic sketch and elements of the card, I saw that it was not anything too elaborate.  Some basic rectangle shapes, some ribbon and an embellishment.

I started out with a 8 1/2 x 11" natural color of cardstock that I cut in half.  I then took those two halves and folded them in half.  This gave me two cards that fit into some envelopes I had.  I have started to use this method a lot for cardmaking . . . cutting one piece of cardstock in half and then creating two cards out of it at once.  As long as I am making one, I might as well just make two and have an extra ready for when I need a card but don't have time to make one.

In the photo above you can see the half of the cardstock, then the other half folded over, and how that will fit perfectly into the small envelopes I have.

Next I found some papers that I liked that had the same color family in them . . . green and blue.  I also grabbed some blue ink.  

Then I cut a strip of each of the patterned papers.  The size does not really matter all that much, but these were around 2 1/2" wide.

Then I cut those strips into rectangles, rounded the corners, and inked around the edges.  The upper rectangles have the inking on the edges, while the lower ones do not in the photo above, just so you can see how inking the edges makes the shape "pop" more.

Then I cut a strip of paper that was just a slightly lighter color of cream than the base of the card, and cut the blue paper just a little wider than that.  Trim them down and I have two sentiment tags to add to the cards.

After I stamped the Birthday Wishes sentiment in blue ink, I also used some Viva Decor in a copper color to dot the corners of this piece.  The picture above shows one with and one without the Viva Decor dots.

As I was layering all of the pieces together I decided it needed a little something more, so I cut a tag shape from the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique, and tied some ribbon from 3 Girl Jam through the tag.  I love this ribbon!  It is a soft cream color, and has hints of  green and brown in it.  Since it is hand dyed, no two ribbons are the same!

And let's talk about the rhinestone sticker sheets for a second . . . these amazing sheets can be cut with a scissors, craft knife or a die cutting machine.  I cut the one for this project with my Sizzix Big Shot and one of the steel rule dies.  You will be amazed at how easily the rhinestone sticker sheets cut with the Sizzix Dies!  Don't believe me?  Watch this video!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Shopping Sunday

When I was at the Craft and Hobby Trade show with The Buckle Boutique, our booth was very close to the Sizzix booth. It was so much fun to see all of the new dies they have coming out. And I love how easily their steel dies cut the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique.


If you are looking to learn a new craft, check out the online classes at Craftsy!


And if coloring in stamps is one of the things you want to learn, you might want to check out these pens.  They help to take the guess work out of blending by controlling how much color comes out of the pen, so the depth of the color changes as you color!