Monday, September 30, 2013

Magic Marble Monday - pencil cup

Here is another fun project that my daughter and I did using Magic Marble Swirling Paints


For this project we started with a black pencil holder.  Then we added red and white paint to the bucket of water and dipped the pencil holder in.


I love how every side of it has a totally different look to it.


To see all of the projects that we have done with Magic Marble, click HERE

If you want to check out this product yourself, you can go to their website by clicking HERE.
Check out their Facebook Page HERE
(tell them Shawn Mosch sent you)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Magic Marble Monday - Candle

I have been showing you some things that my daughter and I have done with Magic Marble Swirling Paints over the last couple of weeks
Click HERE to see them all

Today my daughter wanted to share some of HER favorite projects that we did on her blog, so for today's Magic Marble Monday I am going to send you to her blog 

If you want to check out this product yourself, you can go to their website by clicking HERE.
Check out their Facebook Page HERE
(tell them Shawn and Beth Mosch sent you)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Scrapfest 2013 - My Day with Teresa Collins

Today was an AMAZING day!  It started very early . . . much earlier than I normally get up on a Sunday, but it was SO WORTH IT!

Let me back track a little.  A few weeks ago I saw a call go out on a crafting group I am in asking if there was anyone going to ScrapFest that would be willing to help at a workshop.  I responded that I lived in Bloomington, MN . . . just minutes away from the Mall of America . . . and that I would be more than happy to help out in any way that I could.

Later that day I received a message from Teresa Collins . . . yes, THE Teresa Collins.  Next thing I knew I was being asked to come and help out in both of her workshops at ScrapFest, and we were exchanging cell phone numbers.  Teresa mentioned that she was flying in at 6am the day of the workshop, then she had to get to the hotel, check in and drop off her stuff and head over to the mall to get ready for the workshops.  I thought to myself  "there is no way her room will be ready at that time in the morning . . .  where is she going to leave her stuff?"  So I asked her if she wanted me to pick her up at the airport so she would not need to bother with a cab.  She was so cute . . . she said "I couldn't ask you to do that!"  
I said "You didn't ask . . . I offered"

You should have seen me on Friday . . . OMG!  I need to get my car washed!  TERESA COLLINS is going to be in my car!

Oh, and I wanted to give Teresa a little gift, so I made this bag for her


I used a scrap of bridal trim from The Buckle Boutique and then cut a T out of the black 
Dazzling Diamond Rhinestone Sticker Sheets.  
I filled it with M&M's, a bottle of water and some other little treats.



So back to today

I got up at 5am so I could be all ready to go, and left my house at 6am since we live just a few minutes away.  I picked Teresa up and she was so nice and friendly . . . she has had such a crazy week between HSN, her Inspiration Unlimited retreat and then traveling her for ScrapFest.  I would not have been able to do it all.  I would have been exhausted!

We went over to the hotel and she was not able to check in, so I suggested we go out to breakfast instead of her just sitting at the hotel.  It was really nice to just sit and talk with her for a couple of hours over lunch.  We shared a lot of stories about our families and being mothers.

Then I asked if she needed to get ready . . . change clothes and freshen up.  She said yes, so I told her she we could go to my house since I lived just a couple of blocks away.

OMG . . . DID I JUST INVITE TERESA COLLINS TO MY HOUSE!?!?!?!?
I KNEW I SHOULD HAVE CLEANED YESTERDAY!

So, I made her swear not to look at the mess of my house . . . she laughed and you could tell she just really appreciated the offer.  We got to my house just as my daughter and husband were leaving to go to my daughter's hockey game, so they did get to meet Teresa for a minute.

Once Teresa was ready we had some time before we needed to get back to the mall, so we just sat at my kitchen table taking.  We did go into my craft room for a while and she saw some of my projects that were in progress on my craft area.  

Then it was time to head to the mall.

I was able to meet some of the Archiver's staff and we all helped get the tables ready for the workshops


Here are a few photos from the events


I really like that Teresa does not just stay up on the stage . . . she walks around in the crowd to see what people are doing, interacting with them and encouraging inspiration and creativity/


You don't feel like you are just a person in her class . . . you feel like she really cares about what you are doing and WHY you are doing it.  She reminds people that we are the historians for our families.  We are documenting our families and their lives and these will be things that they can treasure for years to come.


After the second workshop Teresa took myself and the three other ladies that came to help at the workshops out to eat.  She didn't need to do this . . . she could have thanked us and just gone back to her hotel . . . but you could tell she really wanted to show that she appreciated our time.

During this time she listened to our stories and asked us about our families.  Again, wonderful memories and dreams were shared . . . and you could tell she actually cared about our lives and what we had to say.

Thank you Teresa!  
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day here in Minnesota.  I am honored to say that I have spent a day with Teresa Collins and she is really is as warm, friendly and kind as she appears to be.









Food can be crafty too!

A friend of mine entered a contest where you have to share a photo or video about why you love Cub Foods, a grocery store in our area.  Then you have to share the link and get people to vote for your entry.  The top 10 entries will be judged to get the grand prize winner.

Here is what my friend created


AMAZING carving work!  The top left project are two monkeys climbing a tree, that were the centerpiece for his wife's 40th birthday party.  And look at that pumpkin!  He carved those letters PERFECTLY! 
 (and I have a hard time getting a clean cut on a triangle nose!)
The last one is a baby carriage out of a watermellon!  How creative is that!

If you like these projects PLEASE go and vote for my friend at the Love Your Cub Contest by clicking HERE

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Happy Birthday To You . ..

Here is a cute little birthday card you can make for anyone!  I think even them men in our lives would approve of this amount of sparkle on a card.


I used some red cardstock and folded it in half 
and then I cut some long rectangles with a rounded corners . . . layering black with a black polka dot paper on the top.  Then I cut several musical notes with the rainbow Dazzling Diamond Sticker Sheets


The Buckle Boutique's Link Listing
The Buckle Boutique's Website . . . click HERE
The Buckle Boutique Blog . . . . click HERE
Facebook Page . . . click HERE
Twitter Page . . . click HERE
Pinterest Page . . . click HERE

For tips on cutting the Dazzling Diamond Rhinestone Sticker Sheets 
with your die cutting machine click HERE

Are you a retailer who would like to carry The Buckle Boutique's products in your store?  
Please contact me for wholesale pricing.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Teen Boy Birthday Card

Making cards for boys/men is always hard for me.  I think it is because I like to use things that sparkle and shine and most guys don't like that kind of stuff . . . unless it is the chrome of a car.

The card for today is not only non-bling, but quick and easy.


Cream/tan colored paper folded for the card
brown paper cut a little smaller than the card size
primary colored striped paper cut smaller than the brown
the number candles for the 13 were cut from the Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge
a soft blue rectangle that is embossed with the Happy Birthday Cuttlebug folder


Quick, easy, and no bling.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Storing Your Paper Dolls

Well, now THIS post is just going to show how long ago I made this project, took the photos and watermarked them because they have my old watermark on them.  But a conversation in a message group I am in reminded me that I never posted these photos!

A while back I did a few posts about making Paper Dolls that you could stick on the wall using adhesive backed fabric that you can use instead of vinyl . . . and it is repositionable!  So you can take it down and put it up over and over!

If you have not seen my past posts on making Paper Dolls with adhesive backed fabric, you can review those 
HERE, HERE and HERE

So after I made all of the paper dolls and clothes for my niece I knew that she would need a place to store all of these.  So I put together a binder for her


For the pages I used plastic dividers into the binder


Then I labeled each page . . . see the little tabs on the pages?  I wrote shirts on one, pants on another, dresses on another . . . so on and so on.


And I even made a little necklace


Here are some closer pictures


I cut a necklace cut, and then used Viva Decor to make a little pearl necklace


And now she can just put them into the binder to store them when they are not on the doll.
As I make more clothes for her, I can add more binder pages.  And since they are all in one place she will always be able to find them, store them and even take them with her when she goes to Grandma's house!



Monday, September 16, 2013

Magic Marble Monday - Fabric Flowers

At the CHA Create n Connect in Vegas my daughter discovered the Magic Marble product.  We have since purchased some for ourselves and had some fun dipping different things into the paint to watch the magic happen.  To see all of the projects we have done with Magic Marble, click HERE.

For today's project I want to show you what happened when we dipped plain white flowers . . . like the ones you can find at craft stores or at the dollar store.  We had swirled the yellow and red paint into the bucket . . . lowered the flowers into the water and . . . 


I was amazed at how great these looked!
Wouldn't this be fun to do in school colors, or team colors.
Or what about for a DIY wedding

If you want to check out this product yourself, you can go to their website by clicking HERE.
Check out their Facebook Page HERE
(tell them Shawn Mosch sent you)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Buckle Boutique Bling Party - Diaper Cake

Welcome to the first Buckle Boutique Bling Party!

I am also sharing this project with the All About Babies Blog Hop!
I am also entering this project into the CutItUpChallenges.blogspot Challenge for the Labor Day Theme.

I cannot wait to show you what I created

I have a co-worker who is pregnant and she decorated the nursery in The Lorax theme


I wanted to give her a baby gift that played off of this theme.  I have made diaper cakes before, and I even have a full tutorial on building one that you can read HERE, but for today we are going to jump right to my favorite part of a diaper cake . . . decorating it!

I usually use some sort of ribbon to hide the rubber bands and strings that are holding the diaper cake together, but for this one I decided to use an adhesive backed fabric that I have.  It is nice because it is not a permanate adhesive, so I did not have to worry about it sticking to the diapers and runing them . . . I want them to be able to use these diapers.

Since it only comes in 18" lengths I had to cut a few strips and sew them together.


Once sewn, I mitered the corners 


so then when I removed the backing to expose the adhesive I could open up the seam and it stayed open nice


Then I just started to wrap it around the layers of the diaper cake, placing it so it covered the rubber bands and string holding everything together.


Here is what it looked like when all of the layers were covered.


Next I wanted to make some roses out of baby wash cloths.  I stared by folding them as shown below, bringing the two sides into the center


Then I folded that in half


You are going to want the center fold to be the top of your roses.  Take one corner and fold it in slightly, and then just start rolling the wash cloth up like a cinnamon roll.


I wrapped a rubber band around the end of the roll to hold it together.


The picture below shows how the finished rose looks from the front.


Now it is time to REALLY bring on the bling!

I used the Lime Green Dazzling Diamonds from The Buckle Boutique and cut the word baby from the Simply Sweet Cricut Cartridge.  Dazzling Diamonds are SO EASY to cut with your die cutting machine because the 3mm “stones” are actually a gel or soft resin substance, they can be cut in half.
For information on the cutting settings for your Cricut you can go HERE.



I cut two shadow cuts for the word baby in yellow cardstock.  One was used to layer the Dazzling Diamonds on, and then I glued a craft stick to the back, and used the second yellow cardstock cut to "sandwich" the stick in the middle to hide it.

Then I cut several swirls from the Mickey and Friends Cricut Cartridge.  This swirl can be found on the icon feature on the page with Goofy walking


I cut yellow and green cardstock with the shadow cut above, and then green and yellow Dazzling Diamonds from the Icon with the shift button pressed

I had some orange, yellow and green ribbon that I wrapped around the center tier of the cake, and then I made a bow by just looping the ribbon and doing a little stitch in the center to hold it all together.
(do you see The Lorax themed colors?)
To hide where I stitched the ribbon together to make the bow, I sewed on a little green button.


I always like to use baby spoons on my diaper cakes standing up with the handles stuck down between the diapers.  I think that they look like the candles on the cake.  I was so happy went I found this set of spoons that matched the color theme for the cake!


Gifts like these are so fun for me to make.  It includes things that the new parents can use, like the diapers, spoons and wash cloths, but it also allows me to be creative and crafty when decorating the cake.
I think that the Dazzling Diamonds add just the right touch of sparkle to this cake.  And if the parents want to they can use the embellishments from the cake in a scrapbook or bedroom decoration.

Would you like to use some of these products on your next crafting project? 
 Then simply enter our giveaway for 
 $25 store credit at The Buckle Boutique!
Just got to The Buckle Boutique's Blog and fill out the entry form for your chance to win

So now that you have seen a great way to use the Dazzling Diamonds from The Buckle Boutique you should head over to Lori's blog to see what she has in store for you!

Next Stop


Friday, September 13, 2013

The Buckle Boutique Design Team

I am honored to announce that The Buckle Boutique has asked me to be their Design Team Coordinator, and I will be assisting them in their booth at future Craft and Hobby Association Trade Shows!

I first was introduced to the products from The Buckle Boutique just over a year ago when I attended a scrapbooking/crafting event.  I fell in love with their Dazzling Diamond Rhinestone Sticker Sheets . . . they look like rhinestones but they are actually a soft "gel" like product and you can cut through them with scissors, a craft knife or your die cutting machine.

I am also SO HAPPY to announce that Lori Apgar and Ellen Jarvis have accepted my request for them to join me in this adventure.  I have been blogging buddies with both Lori and Ellen for about 3 years now, and they are both regulars in my Disney Pixar Blog Hops.  I love the creativity that both of these ladies have, and their wonderful tutorials that teach you how to use all of those crafting tools you are afraid to try out.

Head over to The Buckle Boutique Blog and read more about our Design Team
(or Buckle Boutique Buddies as we have been calling ourselves)
And be sure to come back tomorrow for our Buckle Boutique Bling Party!
What's a Bling Party?  It is our way of showing you all of the different ways that you can use the products from The Buckle Boutique to add some sparkle to your crafting projects.


The Buckle Boutique's Link Listing
The Buckle Boutique's Website . . . click HERE
The Buckle Boutique Blog . . . . click HERE
Facebook Page . . . click HERE
Twitter Page . . . click HERE
Pinterest Page . . . click HERE

For tips on cutting the Dazzling Diamond Rhinestone Sticker Sheets 
with your die cutting machine click HERE

Are you a retailer who would like to carry The Buckle Boutique's products in your store?  
Please contact me for details.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Enjoy!

Sometimes you just need a quick and easy card.  Nothing fancy or elaborate.  For this card I simply used a piece of yellow cardstock folded in half, and then layered a scrap of blue cardstock on top of that.  Then I topped that with a blue and green patterned paper.


I cut the word ENJOY three times from the Graphically Speaking Cricut Cartridge and layered them.


Did you know that you can use MyCutSearch.com to search for words or phrases?
You can check out a blog post and video about how to search for words and phrases HERE
I use this ALL THE TIME!  It is a great way to find which cartridge has the cut of a word quickly.





Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Card for Using up Scraps

If you are like me, you have LOTS of little scraps laying around your craft room.  We all do it . . . we save those pieces because the paper is so pretty and we just cannot bring ourselves to put it in the trash . . . even if it is a little 2" square . . . we save it!

So here is a quick and easy card you can make to use up some of those scraps!


I started with a plain white card and cut to rectangles from different colors.  I did one in a frame cut to add some variation.  (who knows, you might even have some of these little frames in your stash too!)

Then I cut 10 hexagons from several different scrap pieces of cardstock. I picked scraps that were all in the orange family so that even though the are all very different patterns, they would all go together because of the common color.  You could change this out and do all hearts, circles, snowflakes, leaves . . . just about any small shape that you can get out of the scrap of paper.


For the final touch I added some dots of Viva Decor and the stamped sentiment Make A Wish!
By changing up the sentiment you could make this a baby shower card . . . use blue and pink scraps.
How about a Christmas card, using snowflakes cuts or all of the hexagons in Christmas papers.
Use all primary colored scraps for a young child's birthday card
Or hearts in all different scraps for Valentine's day
This one simple layout could allow you to use your scraps for SO MANY different cards!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

With Love

It was my husband's birthday recently, so I had to do something that is difficult for me . . . make a card that does NOT have a lot of sparkle or "bling" on it.  That style of card just does not fit my husband.

Luckily I did have a new stamp set from Craffiti Direct called All Stitched Up and it had the perfect sentiment for a card for my husband . . . with love


I also used the heart from their Special Day set.  I like to combine stamps from different sets in cards every once in a while.  
I also added a little sock monkey brad . . . my husband has always been a sock monkey fan.


Monday, September 9, 2013

Magic Marble Monday - clipboard

When my family attended the Craft and Hobby Association Create n' Connect event in Las Vegas this past summer my daughter noticed the Magic Marble booth.  The amazing swirling colors on all of the different things they dipped into this swirling product were amazing.

Once we watch the demonstration and took a video of it, which you can watch here, we were hooked!  We had to have some Magic Marble to play with at home!

Well, this weekend we FINALLY had time to play with this product, and I have several different things that I want to share with you, so over the next few weeks I am going to try and share one project by Magic Marble a week . . . so I decided to call it Magic Marble Monday!

For our very first project we decided to do we had a plain brown chipboard clipboard and we used the yellow, green and white Magic Marble.  My daughter's friend that was doing this with us loves her clipboards, and she is a Green Bay Packer's fan so that is how we came up with the color combination.


Being that this was our FIRST project we tried, I were still experimenting with how much paint to use and what colors would work best together.  I also don't think I put enough paint into the water as I should have.  The bottom half of the clipboard swirled nice, but the top half did not have much paint on it, so we just waited for the bottom to try enough to hold on to it and dipped the top half again.


LOOK at how great the paints swirl around!  The girls actually commented on how the colors seemed to swirl themselves as I was dropping them into the bucket.

If you want to check out this product yourself, you can go to their website by clicking HERE.
Check out their Facebook Page HERE
(tell them Shawn Mosch sent you)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

40 Sucks!

I recently created a fun birthday gift for a friend of mine who just turned 40.



I started with a flower pot 
3 bags of Tootsie Pop suckers
Styrofoam ball
adhesive backed fabric
Tissue Paper
and some black glittery accents from the floral department.


I started by decorating the flower pot.  You could pick up a simple plain flower pot at a dollar store.  I got the black one in the photo above at a local discount retailer.

First I cut the lettering for the words
40 sucks
For the actual number 40 I used a font that has a shadow cut so that I could layer white over the red background/shadow cut.  Since I was using a "fancy" font for the numbers I thought it would be a nice accent to have the red coming through.


I started by centering the word sucks on the pot
Then I added the red numbers 40


Then I layered the white numbers over the red.  Since the product I am using is repositional, like a Post It note, if I did not like the way it looked I could just take it off and line it up again until I got the look I wanted.


Next I added some green tissue paper inside of the flower pot to help fill up the space, and hide the bottom of the styrofoam ball.


Then I set the styrofoam ball in place and "fluffed" the tissue paper up around it.


Not it is time to rip open those bags of Tootsie Pops!
I actually counted out exactly 40 Tootsie Pops for this project since it was for a 40th birthday.  

I started at the top of the styrofoam ball, placing the Tootsie Pops close to each other so that I would not have large gaps between them.


Just keep going. working around the ball and filling in the spaces.


Now, because of the size of the styrofoam ball and the number of pops I was using, once I got down close to the bottom of the ball, top of the flower pot I did feel like there was some "open" space where you could see the styrofoam ball.  To fix this I took more tissue paper, cut it into squares (about 3" squares).  Then I grabbed those squares in the center and bunched the tissue paper together, stuck a straight pin through the bottom and pinned it to the styrofoam ball in any places that I felt looked a little bare.


And now for the finished project . . . 


This was REALLY easy to make.  I actually did it while I was watching television the night before the birthday party.  The great thing is that once the Tootsie Pops are gone, the Birthday Girl can actually use the flower pot . . . since the letters are repositionable she could remove them so that she is just left with a pretty flower pot.

I hope you liked this project!  I had a lot of fun making it!