Friday, March 28, 2014

Chalkboard Paper and Sparkle

Have you ever tried working with Chalkboard paper?  I have a chalkboard paper stack from DCWV

There are some great patterns in this stack but there are also some pages that have just a boarder or a few accents on them, and then MOST of the page is blank so that you can write on the chalkboard portion of the paper.

When I think of chalkboards, the first thing I think of is school.  I have a sister who is a teacher, and when I saw the page from this stack with the tree and flowers that are drawn in a very simplistic, almost child like style, it made me think of projects you might see in a classroom this spring.

I went to the local craft store and they had frames on sale . . . buy one get one free!  I found 2 frames that were 12" x 12" so I could use one for this project and save one for another project.  I removed the glass since I wanted my sister to be able to write on the chalkboard portion of this project.

And of course, since I love my sparkle, I had to add a little bit to the sunshine.  This was really easy to do.  I just cut a scrap piece of my rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique with my scissors to the size of the inside of the sun.  If you wanted to you could cut the shape on scrap paper first to get the size and shape right.

There is already adhesive on the back, I just peeled off the backing and placed int inside the sunshine.

Then I "prepped" the chalkboard.  I had read online that when you do projects with chalkboard paint you need to prep the surface, so I was guessing that chalkboard paper would work the same way.  To prep it, you just take a piece of chalk and rub it all over the surface, then wipe it off.  I guess this helps the chalk stick to the surface better . . . it seems kind of strange to do, but I am sure there is a reason that it helps.  Hey, it is on the internet, so it must be true, right.

Then I wrote a simple message on the chalkboard for the photo.  My sister can hang this in her classroom and easily change it out with messages or reminders for the children.

For more information about the rhinestone sticker sheets used in this project, you can check out the following links . . .

The Buckle Boutique's Website // Blog // Facebook Page // Twitter // Pinterest

Paper from DCWV - DCWV Website // Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Party Time!

Okay . . . talking to all of my Blogging Buddies out there . . . Have you ever made a project, taken the photos, loaded them onto your blog, maybe even STARTED a blog post and then totally forgot about the project for MONTHS only to find it still sitting in your "Drafts" folder?

Well that kind of sums up this post.  I THINK that this card was for my nephew's birthday . . . not this past birthday but the one BEFORE that.  OH MY!

I created this card by using a piece of bright yellow cardstock for the base.  Then I cut the rest of the card from one sheet of Paper Layers paper. If you have not used Paper Layers before let me explain it like this . . . have you ever put SEVERAL small pieces of paper onto your Cricut cutting mat, loaded it into the machine and then just arrowed around to the different color blocks to cut each layer of an image?  I do this all the time when I am making Disney projects . . . who wants to load and unload that mat JUST to cut one little pink tongue . . . no way!  Well, that is the idea behind Paper Layerz.  Each sheet has 9 color blocks with coordinating colors on it.  Load one sheet and have all of the colors you need.

That is exactly what I did with this card.  I loaded one sheet and just moved around to the different squares to cut each layer of this lion, and the phrase from my Create A Critter 2 cartridge.  Then when I unloaded the mat I had ALL of the pieces I needed ready to go . . . removed from mat and glue together . . . it really made putting this card together FAST.

Oh, and once I was done I added a few little dots of Viva Decor in two places.

Monday, March 24, 2014

A Gift - Thank You

I created this project as a thank you gift to the staff at DCWV for partnering with The Buckle Boutique on some recent projects.

I created their logo out of rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique!  It was really pretty easy to do.  The logo needed two main colors. black and yellow.  I decided to make each square 5" x 5", so I marked that off on the back of the sticker sheet.  Then I found the center of that square and loaded the rhinestone sticker sheet into my Cricut. Cutting directions for the rhinestone sticker sheets in your Cricut can be found HERE.  I moved the blade until it was over the center point of the square.  I then used the Center Point feature of my Cricut so that the letter I cut would be centered in that space.

First I cut the D out of the yellow rhinestone sticker sheet, and then I cut a black D to go into the space where I had just removed the yellow D that I cut . . . almost like doing a puzzle . . . you need a D shaped hole in the center of the yellow to place the black into.  

I continued to do this for all of the letters.  I believe I cut them at 4 1/2".  Then I decided to place them on a piece of chalkboard paper form DCWV that has a floral pattern on it.  I thought that the black and yellow logo went well with the black chalkboard and the yellow flowers on this sheet.

Now, here is something that you DON'T see . . . when I went to stick the squares down I did not do a good job of lining things up.  The adhesive is SO STRONG on the rhinestone sticker sheets that when I went to place the piece since things were not perfectly aligned it did not allow me to adjust it much.  Not a problem!  I cut some clear rhinestone sticker sheets to be the border and those also covered where things did not line up nice.  If I were to do this again I would only remove PART of the backing from the rhinestone sticker sheets when I was placing the large squares.  This would allow me to be able to adjust things if needed.

And that is my finished DCWV logo!  This could also be a cute family wall hanging, if you have four people in your family and you did each person's first initial.  That would look amazing framed in a front entry!

For more information about the rhinestone sticker sheets used in this project, you can check out the following links . . .
The Buckle Boutique's Website // Blog // Facebook Page // Twitter // Pinterest

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Making an Embossing Folder

If you follow my blog you know that I am a HUGE Disney fan, so if there is a way to combine Disney with my crafting it always makes me happy.

I have organized Disney Pixar Blog Hops over the years, and in one of them my friend Tami showed how she made a Mickey Mouse embossing folder.  Well I just HAD to try this for myself.

To see the original post with a full step by step tutorial on making your own embossing folder click HERE.

Here is what my first test of the embossing folder looked like.

I used the folder on a 2 page layout I did of our trip to Walt Disney World on the yellow piece behind the characters.  Click HERE if you would like to see the original post for that project.  

My daughter wants me to make a Donald Duck embossing folder.  Using this same idea, you could create custom embossing folders with your name . . . that might be one of my next projects!

Again, for the step by step tutorial on making your own embossing folder click HERE.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Cheers to YOU

For today's project I wanted to share a card I made for my niece's birthday.  I started off by cutting a circle shaped card from a sheet of red paper from the DCWV Gone Wild paper stack.

I really like this paper stack because it has some great animal prints, and not just in the traditional colors.  There are bright pinks, greens, reds, oranges and yellows.  For projects like the one I am doing today where I wanted a red background, but something will a little bit of interest in the pattern, this stack is perfect.

I found the circle shaped card cut on the Wild Card Cricut cartridge.  I also cut a smaller circle out of the Basics Stack

This stack has lots of great polka dots, stripes and chevron patterns.

I took a plain white sheet cardstock and stamped a pattern on it using a swirled background stamp that I colored with Gelatos from Faber Castell that my daughter and I brought home from CHA.  I like how "creamy" these are, which made it easy for me to blend the reds and blues together for the background.

I added the little penguin cheerleader from the Day At The Rink stamp from Craffiti Direct.  This stamp set is extra special to me since the artwork was designed by my son.

I added the word Cheers . . . I wanted something different from the traditional "Happy Birthday" greeting.  And to add some sparkle, I took some scraps of the red rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique and cut them into triangles.  Last but not least, a few dots of Viva Decor sprinkled around the cheerleader for the finishing touch.

I have included product links below 

To purchase the rhinestone sticker sheets for your next project, head over to The Buckle Boutique.
The Buckle Boutique's Website // Blog // Facebook Page // Twitter // Pinterest

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Hop To It!

Just this week at work, one of my co-workers said that they needed something in their cube that said "Spring" . . . I kind of took that as a personal challenge to make something.

I cut a tag shape from the Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge, and I smudged the edge of it with yellow ink.

Then I stamped this cute little bunny on it, from the Blue Moon Creations stamp set.  Not only does it have a cute bunny, but there are also cute phrases like the one I stamped on the back of the tag.

The paper for the back of the tag is cut from a bright green polka dot paper from the DCWV Honey Chic paper stack.  I like how some of the dots have a little glitter in them.

Then I added a little something extra to the back . . . more dots!  I save LOTS of the scraps that come out of other cuts . . . the centers of the 0 or O, or the round dots that come out of tags you cut . . . anything that I think "I might want to use that later".  Some people would call me a Paper Hoarder.

This is the little container that I keep all of the round "extra" cuts I have.

I started sorting through it and I found some dots in colors that coordinated with this tag, so I added them to various areas.  I also did a little faux stitching around the edge of the piece I stamped the sentiment on to.

Speaking of faux stitching . . . did you notice the blue circles behind the bunny that are done in a faux stitching line?  Those are from another Blue Moon Creations stamp set.  And of course, because I really like things that sparkle, I had to add some circles cut from the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique. These circles are actually MORE negative cuts I saved from some rhinestone tags I cut.

If you liked any of the products I used, I have provided links to the companies below for you.

Blue Moon Creations Website // Etsy

Paper from DCWV - DCWV Website // Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest

The Buckle Boutique's Website // Blog // Facebook Page // Twitter // Pinterest

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Finding Images for Holidays

When looking for images to cut with your Cricut for holiday projects, like St. Patrick's Day, do you go straight to your holiday themed Cricut cartridges or do you ever think to look at what images can be found in some of your OTHER cartridges?

For example, there are several images that would be perfect for St. Patrick's Day on this page of A Child's Year.

Not only are there cute images of children, but there is also the shamrock and the Irish hat that you can use.

But how can you FIND images like this?  Well I found this one by typing the word


into the search bar on and then all I had to do is look at the different handbook image previews.  

I found another really cute one on Give A Hoot

And did you know there is a shamrock border on Paper Doll Dress Up

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Diaper Cakes

I wanted to revisit some of my most popular projects on my blog.  Today we are going to look back at my diaper cake project.

When my sister-in-law was pregnant with my niece in 2009, I wanted to make something really amazing for a centerpiece on the table and as a gift for her, so I decided to make a diaper cake.  I had NEVER made a diaper cake before.  Since we knew she was having a girl, I decided to use pink as my main color.

Remember, these are throwback projects . . . my project photography skills have improved over the years!

This diaper cake project became so popular and I had so many people asking me to show them HOW I made the cake and how many diapers I used that I decided to do three part series showing step by step how to get started making a diaper cake (including numbers of how many diapers you will need),  building the tiers and decorating your diaper cake.

 To see the original post you ca go here.  This post has over 900 pins on Pinterest.

One thing I really like to do with a diaper cake is to decorate it with items that the new parents can use once the baby arrives.  I have used baby spoons standing up in one of the tiers to look like candles on the cake.

Stuffed animals and bathtub toys make great cake toppers.

I have even used baby washcloths and rolled them to look like roses to decorate a cake

I have used ribbons, tulle, rhinestone sticker sheets, adhesive fabric, bath toys, washcloths, stuffed animals, baby spoons and embellishments cut with my Cricut do decorate cakes.  Also, so help save on the weight of the cake and the number of diapers you have to use, I have even substituted some of the diapers on the larger base tiers with empty toilet paper rolls.

To go back and see all of the diaper cake projects and posts that I have done over the years you can click HERE.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

FCCB - Thank You for Featuring Me!

I was so happy to be asked to be a Featured Designer on the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog!  I want to thank everyone over at FCCB for this amazing week.  I hope you had as much fun as I did!

Today I wanted to share a fun shaped card that I created using some of my FAVORITE products!  I just got a new corrugated paper stack from DCWV and I knew I wanted to use that for a fun project.

The ridges in the paper reminded me of the wrapper on a cupcake, so I decided to make a cupcake shaped card.

I knew that the Sweet Treats Cricut cartridge has several cupcake shaped cards on it.  If you don't own this cartridge you could go to and enter the search term

into the search bar to see the other cartridges that might have a similar image.  I kind of "combined" two of the cupcakes I found.  I liked the basic shape of the cupcake in the image below, but I wanted to do a heart on the top instead of the cherry.

I placed the corrugated paper down on my Cricut cutting mat with the ridges face down, so I was cutting through the back side of the paper.  I used my deep cut blade on a depth of 6 with a multi cut of 4, with the speed and pressure at 2.

The cut was not as clean as I wanted it to be . . . but of course I am not sure if this type of paper was even MEANT to be cut on a die cutting machine.  

I got out my Westcott scissors, trimmed the edges, did a little sanding to clean up the rough spots and then added ink to the edges . . .in the end I think it cleaned up the rough edges nicely.

Now on to the cupcake.  I used the a fun polka dot from the DCWV Citrus Stack.  

Once I cut the base cupcake shape I hand cut it to separate the cupcake top from the base of the cupcake.

Why did I do that?  

Well, for this project I was going to be layering the corrugated paper over the bottom half of this cut anyway, so I figured if I cut it I could save the bottom to use for a different project.  You will have to come back another day to see what I did with that!

Now it was time for my FAVORITE PART . . . the embellishment!  I wanted a bright heart for the top of the cupcake, so I grabbed my orange rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique and loaded it into my Cricut to cut the heart for the top.  Yes, you heard me right . . . rhinestones you can cut with your Cricut!  For a FULL tutorial on that, and a video that shows me cutting them with my Cricut, you can go HERE.

So now you can see the hearts I cut.  I did a few extra as long as I was cutting them . . . then I have them ready for other projects.

I wanted to take a few photos to show you how the shapes cut right out of the rhinestone sticker sheets cutting THROUGH the "gems".  That is because these "stones" are actually a soft gel material so they can be cut with scissors, a craft knife or your die cutting machine.  Complete cutting directions for the rhinestone sticker sheets, along with a video can be found HERE.

For this photo I had the help of my lovely assistant, my daughter Beth.  We wanted to show you that once you cut a shape with the rhinestone sticker sheets, you just peel off the backing and the entire back side of your cut shape already has an adhesive back!  Just peel and stick!

I layered all of my cuts together over a light gray-blue card shape, and then wrapped some ribbon from 3 Girl Jam around the base of the cupcake.  This also help to hide one spot where the corrugated paper did not cut as clean . . . again . . . not the paper's fault, I think that it was not really meant to be die cut and my blade might have been dull.  I think the NEXT time I do this I will just do a single LIGHT cut on the back of the corrugated paper with my Cricut to create the outline of the shape, and then go around and cut it all the way through with scissors.

And there you have my cupcake shaped card.  I hope you like it!  I have included links to some of the products used below.

Thank you again to everyone over at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog!  I had so much fun creating these projects to share with all of you!  We should do this again sometime.

Products used in this Project

Ribbon from 3 Girl Jam - Website // Blog // Facebook // Pinterest

Paper from DCWV - DCWV Website // Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest

For more information about the rhinestone sticker sheets used in this project, you can check out the following links . . .
The Buckle Boutique's Website // Blog // Facebook Page // Twitter // Pinterest