Thursday, October 29, 2015

Re-released retired cartridges now available at Cricut!

I just found out about some re-released retired Cricut cartridges that are available again!  Just click HERE for details!

If you have been looking for these cartridges, here is your chance to get them!

Christmas Cards Cartridge
Dinosaur Tracks
Animal Kingdom
50 States
Very Merry Tags
Beyond Birthdays

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Check out the Halloween Flash Sale at Cricut!

There is still time to make some last minute crafts or cards before Halloween, so make sure you check out this Halloween Flash Sale from Cricut!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Autumn Cards

Today I am going to show you how I used 6 pieces of solid color cardstock to make some beautiful Autumn cards.

For this project I used  two piece of  8 1/2" x 11" kraft cardstock, two pieces of a peachy orange and two pieces of white cardstock.  I started by cutting all of the kraft cardstock in half, so I could fold it over to be the base of the card.

After that, I cut the peachy orange at 5" x 3 3/4" so that it would layer nicely on top of the base and just leave a small border.

Then I cut the white at 4 3/4" x 3 1/2" . . . the photo shows you how the layers will stack on top of each other.

Now for the FUN part!  I grabbed 3 of my Spectrum Aqua water based pens, and water bottle and my Gina K stamps,  I will be using the You've Got a Friend In Me set for this project.

I took the clear sheet of acetate that comes covers the stamps and scribbled all over it with three colors of pens.  I think that this color combination is perfect for Autumn.

Next, take your water bottle and spray the inked area.  Depending on how you spray will determine your outcome.  Spray far away and you will just get a light mist and it will not disturb the colors . . . spray closer in and you will get lots of water droplets and colors moving and blending.   This means that even if you use the same colors, no two cards will be exactly the same.

Smack that white cardstock down on the inky watery mess.  Once I set mine on top I smoothed over it to blend the colors a little and be sure that I got ink all the way out the the edges of the pieces.

Flip them over and pat yourself on the back for creating something so beautiful!

Here are how all four of my pieces turned out.

Now we have to let them dry.  This is your chance to go work on another project, do some laundry . . . or take a nap . . . might as well since we cannot do anything else with these until they are dry.

Once they were dry I wanted to fill in the areas on some of the pieces where the white was still showing through.  I grabbed my Galaxy Gold ink pad and just ran the whole pad across the pieces of paper.  This filled the white areas, but it also added a light gold shimmer the the entire piece.  The photos don't show the shimmer very well.

Now for the stamping.  I used the trees from the Gina K. stamp set called You've Got a Friend In Me.  I used a burgundy Spectrum Aqua pend and colored all over the tree stamp, and then stamped it in the lower right corner of the cardstock.

The burgundy color is so deep, it almost looks brown.  And now the trees all have the colors of Autumn on them, just as if the leaves were changing colors.

Then stack the layers, attach to the base and you are done!  Four beautiful cards with the same theme, but each one is unique.  I took photos of each card so you can see how each one is different.  You can also see the gold shimmer ink a little better in the following photos.

This is a great way to make several cards quickly, but still have each one be a truly unique card.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cricut October Mystery Box

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Candy Corn Wine Bottles

We have all seen the posts on Pinterest for the Candy Corn Wine bottles.  I don't drink wine, but as soon as I mentioned that this was a crafting idea I wanted to try, my sisters were more than happy to help me out by supplying the empty bottles.

First off, I have to admit . . . I am not a painter!  Yes, I know that this project uses spray paint and not a brush/canvas/paint . . . but I still thought "there is a chance I could totally screw this up".  More on that later.

To start with, I cleaned the bottles.  I soaked them in water with some vinegar and most of the labels peeled right off, but for some of the more stubborn ones I used Goo Gone.  I had the bottles on a towel and would pour a little on the bottle and let it sit.  Then with a little elbow grease, the residue came off.

Also, make sure to cut off any metal that is left from where the cap was sealed onto the bottle.  I used a box cutter to carefully cut through the little rings that were at the top of the bottles and to get them off.

Now that I had clean bottles, I was ready to take them outside to spray.  First coat was going to be to cover them in white.  I wanted to do this, especially for the dark bottles, so that they had a nice consistent background.

I took a box and torn one flap off and that became my spraying area.  (see photo above) This helped so that there was not spray getting all over everything in the backyard.  It also made a nice place to let the bottles sit and dry.

Coat with white.  Let sit to dry.  Go have lunch or do some laundry . . . or take a nap . . . then you can come back for the next step.  You don't want to do the next color too soon or the white will still be wet and you will have drips.

Now it is time to come back and spray the middle section with orange.

There were a couple of times while doing the project that I think I got to excited that it was actually working out and that caused me to not focus as much.  (I shot some orange RIGHT into my perfectly white top, or when I had my hand too close and the orange kind of dripped) but I think now that I feel better about how this first project went I would be willing to try some more . . . and practice makes perfect!

If you over spray the orange like I did, you can come back with the white to cover it . . . but I suggest waiting and coming back later to do this . . . I did not, so I have one bottle where the white is now dripping into the orange so then I tried to save it by spraying more orange and now that looks weird too.  (see photo below and the bottle on the far left).  I guess when I set these out, I will turn that bottle so the drip is in the back, or since I had four other bottles that turned out good I could just not use the drippy one.

Let this dry . . . again, go take a nap or work on some other project.

Now for the yellow.  Since I did not want to overshoot the yellow into the orange, and I wanted to be sure I got the bottoms of the bottles, I held each bottle and sprayed down into the box.  This did mean I had to take my time a little more since I could not set the bottle down right away, but I think it was the best way to be sure that I did not cover too much of the orange.  (sorry . . . no photo . . . I could not hold the spray paint, the bottle and take a picture so you will have to use your imagination)

After the yellow was done I let them all sit in the box for a while and then I moved them into the garage to dry overnight.  I set them on the flap of the box that I torn off, and I actually decided to keep the box in case I decide to do another spray paint project again.

And here are the finished bottles  . . .

I think (except for the one that got drippy, which I ended up tossing out) they turned out cute! (the drippy one is on the far left)  So one bad one out of 5 isn't too bad . . . let's just get rid of that one drippy one . . .

I put a couple on our front entry table with a scented candle that has rhinestones on the jar, and I brought a couple into work to decorate my desk.  Here are how the ones in the front entry look . . .

I would say this is a Pinterest inspired project that was a success!  If any of my friends or family want to empty some more bottles, I would even do this project again to that they can decorate their house with them also.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Wild Blossoms Card

I had so much fun with the team from Stamp TV when I had the chance to meet them recently.  What a fun and creative group of people!

They just had the release party for the newest stamps, and there is a challenge to go along with it.   The challenge is called Autumn Squared . . . click HERE for details.  Make a square Autumn themed card.

For my card I used some basic kraft paper cardstock.  I started by cutting the cardstock in half, and setting the other half aside to use for another card later.  Then I trimmed this half down so it would fold to an exactly square card.

I used a piece of orange cardstock with a very light pattern on it to back everything.  It is a tone on tone pattern, since I did not want that to take away from the beautiful stamp.

For the stamp I used the vine from the new Wild Blossoms set by Gina K.  After I stamped it I added some accents to the vines and leaves with a few different shades of green pens.  Then I used inks in red, orange and yellow tones to do the little flowers.  I know that most people think of little flowers like this for a spring card, but I think doing them in the colors of fall gives the card an Autumn feel.

After I stamped the image on a larger piece of cardstock I trimmed it down to the size I would need.  Then I divided that piece into thirds so that I could separate them a little and allow the backing piece to show through.  I also inked the edges on the white pieces to make them pop off the background a little more.

Last but not least, I added some bling with the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique as a border.  For this card I used the Tie Dye patterned sheet.  Because this sheet has so many colors in it, and they are all swirled together, if you cut just a small section as I did you can focus just on the colors you want and get a perfect blend of colors for your project.  Who would think you could turn this . . . 

into this . . . 

With just your average pair of scissors, I was able to cut out a section that only had red, orange and yellow in it to perfectly accent this card.  Then I just peeled off the paper backing to expose the adhesive and attached all of those rhinestones to this card in a single piece.  I love that I don't have to sit a line up single stones one by one!

With a hole punch, I was able to make the individual round gems that I placed in the flowers and vines.  

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Urban Doodles with Lorine Mason

This is my last post about the classes and workshops I took at the Bella Crafts Connections event at the Mall of America.  One of the classes I took was called Urban Doodles, and when I signed up for it I had no idea how fun it was going to turn out being!  It was taught by Lorine Mason and she actually just posted something on her blog about the class . . . check it out by clicking HERE.

First off, what is Urban Doodles?  It is making some basic shapes on a surface and then filling the spaces of those shapes in with patterns and colors.  You can fill in as little or as much as you would like.  Patterns can be anything.  There are no rules.

Here are some examples that Lorine brought with her to the class.

I loved how the colors were blended on this sample!

For our class Lorine wanted us to make a finished project.  If we just worked on a piece of fabric then we could take it home and make it into something . . . a pillow, a wall hanging . . . whatever we wanted . . . but she was thinking ahead and thought about how people bring projects home and say "I am going to do something with that" and then never do, so to avoid that Lorine sewed some fabric composition book covers for all of us to use for this project.  Now we could just take it home and put it on a book.  (Great idea!)

To start, fan fold the fabric and then put rubber bands on it in a few spots.

Next, take spray fabric paint and spray the fabric.  If you want to use multiple colors you can do that also.  

You can go heavier in some spots and lighter in others.  I just did a light mist since I wanted more space for the shapes and doodles.

Now, you would let that dry overnight, but to speed things up we used a blow dryer and then ironed the fabric to set the die.  Here is what mine looked like.

Now time to add the shapes.  We used templates that Lorine brought with, but you can use any shape you want.  I might want to try this idea again and do a Hidden Mickey in the pattern.  First we traced around the templates with pencil so that we could figure out the placement and adjust things we wanted to.  Then we came in with a black fabric marker to darken the outlines  . . . then came the part I personally was nervous about . . . the doodles and painting!  What if I messed up!

This is where having a great teacher like Lorine really helped.  She showed me that there are no mistakes, and that you cannot screw this up . . . it might not look like what you had planned, but you can allow it to become an opportunity to try something new.  She even showed me some spots on one of her display pieces that she said when the colors first started to bleed together she thought the whole piece was ruined.  She walked away from the project, and when she came back later she looked again and realized that the end result was something beautiful that she had not expected and she actually ended up repeating that technique in other areas on the same piece.  

Here are some close ups of my finished piece.

This is the back cover.  I did this little cluster of circles to hide a spot where I must have had ink on my hand and there was a weird splotch on the fabric.  Bet you cannot even SEE the thing that I first thought was a "mistake".  (see . . . I told you Lorine is a good teacher)

And this is the finished project.  I put it on the composition book that I always have on my craft room work surface.  I use this book to sketch out ideas or when that random thought comes through my head and I think "I don't want to forget that".

If you want to learn more about Lorine Mason and her classes on Urban Doodles, I have provide links where you can find her below.  Tell her Shawn sent you!

Happy Doodling

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