Sunday, December 27, 2015

Collapsible Storage Organizer . . . SALE!

After the holidays it seems that a lot of us turn to organizing.  We purge out the old things in the house to make room for the new things we received as gifts or purchased at the after holiday sales.

Here is a great way to keep all of that organized!

Stylish Storage 40% Off

Saturday, December 26, 2015

End Of The Year SALE

Take advantage of Craftsy's end-of-year clearance sale to get amazing deals on fabric, yarn, baking supplies, paper arts supplies and more for a limited time. The popular stuff goes fast, so grab the deals now before they run out! Just click HERE.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Cricut December Mystery Box

Look what is here!

This icy, cool Mystery Box is like a warm hug with 4 cartridges
and more for only $39.99! Order yours before they melt away.

Cricut Winter Mystery Box

Just click on the image above to purchase your Mystery Box.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Time to restock!

You know that with the holidays you have used up a lot of your crafting supplies.  Now is the time to stock back up on the things you need!

Glitter Dust Spray Super Tape & Sheets
 Take those holiday photos and turn them into treasures!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Stencil 1 Card

Today I made some cards that were so quick and easy using the Mum Stencil from Stencil 1

I used a white sheet of cardstock cut in half to create my card base.  Then I simply placed the stencil over the top and grabbed some different colors of inks . . . purples, blues and pink.

Using a sponge, I applied colors in a swirling circular motion.  You can do one quick layer, or to more and more colors to add depth.

Here you can see one side that has one color, and the other side where you can see the progression as I add more and more colors

If you remove the stencil and you feel like you need more color, just line the stencil back up and add to it.  I ended up doing two cards, and both of them look different due to the colors I used and the amount of each color I applied.

Here are the finished cards.

Now I am ready for the new year since I could add a simple sentiment of Happy Birthday or Thank you to either of these cards.  

Sunday, December 13, 2015

School Pride

I recently purchased the Zoo Day Cricut cartridge for one reason only . . . the paw print.  I wanted to make paws in school colors for the school mascot.

I know that buying a cartridge for one image might sound dumb, but Cricut cartrdiges are on SALE right now, so I got a really good deal.  And the more I look at the cartridge I can see that I will use it for other images also.

Head over to the Cricut website by clicking HERE to check out the deals going on.  If you find a few cartridges you need, then you can wrap them up and give yourself a gift this Christmas!

Snow Much Fun!

These tags where "snow" much fun to make!

I decided to make some cute Christmas tags for the gifts we are giving to our nieces and nephews.  I posts some other tags yesterday . . . click HERE to see that post.  I think I was inspired by the deer tag that I made for my daughter the other day.  If you did not see that post, you can click HERE to check it out.  Also, I am trying to challenge myself to use my stamps more, and these little tags seemed like the perfect way to do that.

I also wanted to challenge myself to use papers I already had in my craft room.  Who says you have to run out and buy new Christmas themed paper for a holiday craft!  Why not use what you have!

I cut the polka dot tag from the Plantin' Schoolbook Cricut cartridge at 4 1/2".
Then I cut 3 white circles at 2 1/2", and stamped a critter from the Lawn Fawn Critters in the Snow stamp set on to each circle.
I wanted a little something extra on the circles once I stamped and colored in the cut little critters, so I stamped a stitched border on the circle also.  It helped to fill some of the white space and give it a more finished look.

I cut a circle at 3" from a green journal print paper from Bo Bunny.  The green was a perfect match to the green on the polka dot paper.

All that is left to add is the name of who the gift is being given to.  I might add the names to the back with some letter stickers I have . . . otherwise I can simply write on the backs.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Reindeer Christmas Tag

I decided to make some cute Christmas tags for the gifts we are giving to our nieces and nephews.  I think I was inspired by the deer tag that I made for my daughter the other day.  If you did not see that post, you can click HERE to check it out.  Also, I am trying to challenge myself to use my stamps more, and these little tags seemed like the perfect way to do that.

I also wanted to challenge myself to use papers I already had in my craft room.  Who says you have to run out and buy new Christmas themed paper for a holiday craft!  Why not use what you have!

I cut the white tag from the Plantin' Schoolbook Cricut cartridge at 4 1/2".
Next I stamped the reindeer from the Lawn Fawn Critters in the Snow stamp set on to the tag.
I colored in the reindeer with markers, and did some shading around them with blue pencils that I then blended together with a blender pen.
I added some Dimensional Magic to the tip of the nose to give it dimension and shine.

I cut a blue tag from paper with a journal print on it from Bo Bunny.  I used the same Plantin' Schoolbook image on a shadow cut for this since I only wanted a hint of the blue showing behind the tag.  The other great part about using this paper with the journal lines on it is that I can easily write the To and From information on the back of the tag.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

12 Days of Christmas

Cricut is having a promotion called the 12 Days of Christmas

Cricut 12 Days of Christmas

Each day there is a new deal!  Make sure to check back daily and follow the link by clicking on the image above to find out what the deal for the day will be!

Also, make sure to get the December Cricut Mystery Box while supplies last!  Just click HERE.

See You at CHA Blog Hop

Welcome to the See You at CHA Blog Hop

This year I am really looking forward to getting out of the booth and getting to see the show, demos and make n' take projects.  Normally I am in The Buckle Boutique's booth from the time the doors open and by the time my day is done all I can think about is getting something to eat, relaxing a little and then getting to bed so I can be ready for the next day.  The closest I ever got to "seeing the show" was the year my daughter attended and I was able to see the show through her eye via her photos and videos.  

This year, since The Buckle Boutique will not be having a booth so I plan to really take in as much as I can.  My project for today includes products from launched at past shows from several different companies.

I started with the Lawn Fawn stamps, and cut shapes from some mustard yellow cardstock and then stamped the images with brown ink.  I like to do 2 or 3 images at once so that I will have the others ready for future projects.

I am using a kraft colored card for the base, and decided to use a safari print paper from Bo Bunny and layered it with orange cardstock.  Since I knew I would want to layer the stamped image on the same color of paper, I cut circles out of the center of the piece I was going to use for the layers of the background.  This is a great way to use the same color, but not waste as much paper . . . no one will ever see these circles since they will be covered by the patterned paper.

Now you can see how the circle were hidden by the patterned paper.  You can also see a problem I ran into . . . I was distracted by something and did not cut my layered pieces the right size.  See how they are bigger than the card.  No problem!  I just call this an Opportunity for Embellishment.  

I simply cut the entire piece into two pieces . . . 

Then I attached one piece to the card base . . .

Then I attached the second piece to the card base slightly overlapping the pieces to make a seam.  Now the layered pieces have the proper border spacing around the outside edge and look like they were cut the correct size to start with, when really there is a seam where they overlap. 

Here is a closer view of the seam.  Now, I could have just left it like this.  The seam is not really obvious due to the type of pattern on the paper, but I wanted to totally hide the seam.

I used some black rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique and cut it to the size of the card.

That's right . . . just cut this sheet to whatever size you need.  I like to use my Westscott non-stick scissors when cutting the rhinestone sticker sheets.  Since the sticker sheets have adhesive on the back the Westscott non-stick scissors work the best so that you don't end up with "gunk" on your scissors from the adhesive.

After I cut the piece to the right size I removed the backing from the sticker sheet to expose the adhesive and attached it to the card.  I love the sparkle, but also how quick and easy these sticker sheets are to use!  Can you imagine how much time it would take to line up individual rhinestones like this and stick them on to the card? 

Last but not least, I added the circle with the lion I colored in with my Spectrum Noir markers.  I also stamped a circular stitching line around the outside edge of the circle.

And here is the finished card.  I plan to use this for my nephew's birthday.

As a crafter, I am always looking for products that will work with and complement other products I already own.  Just like with this card, CHA is a time to explore the products that all of the companies have to offer and then find ways to have them complement each other.

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Make sure to head over to the CHA blog for the full listing of the Blog Hop participants!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Deer Tag

Yesterday I shared a deer card I created.  If you missed that post, click HERE.  When I finished that card I showed it to my daughter just to get her opinion of it and she got so excited and thought it was adorable, and asked if it was for her to keep.  I smiled and said "I don't usually send you a Christmas card"

Since she liked it so much I decided I would make a tag variation of the card to put on one of her Christmas gifts this year.  The basic steps for creating the tag work the same as the card, so instead of repeating myself I will like you read the original blog post HERE.

I used a tag shape from the Plantin' Schoolbook Cricut cartridge and cut the shadow cut from a deep blue polka dot paper.  The lower right corner of the tag tore a little as I was pulling it off of the mat, but instead of throwing the tag away and staring over, I used this as an opportunity for embellishment and covered it with a snowflake sticker.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Oh Deer . . . what a cute Christmas card

I absolutely LOVE the way that this card turned out, and it was so simple to make.  I started with some white cardstock and my Lawn Fawn Into the Woods stamp set.  I stamped the deer onto a scrap of white cardstock and then cut him out.

Then I torn down the length of the paper.  I am going to use this as a mask on the card.

On a plain white card I placed the torn piece of paper down, and then put the deer that I cut out in white layered over that.  Now I began to use my blue ink pad to softly add some blue in a circular motion.  You can see some of the blue got on the deer's legs.  Not a problem . . . this one was just a mask and not the final deer on the card.

When I removed the torn paper and the deer that were masking the card, it looked like the sky meeting a snow drift, and you can see the space where the deer will stand.

Then I stamped the deer on to the card and colored him in.

I had some small round red rhinestones, and I applied on to his nose so he would look like Rudolph.

I stamped the inside with a simple Merry Christmas.  This card was quick and easy,  Tomorrow I will share another variation on this idea that I created.  Make sure to stop back!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Scrappy Christmas Tree

I have LOTS of scraps of the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique from all of the projects I have made over the years, and they are just too pretty to throw out.  Many of these scraps are too small to cut a shape out of, so today I wanted to try and use up some of those scraps on some Christmas cards.

My inspiration came from the scrap Christmas tree cards I have seen on Pinterest.  Most of these use up scraps of cardstock, but I wanted to apply the same idea using the rhinestone sticker sheets.

I started by pulling out my pile of scraps.  Then I grabbed the kraft corrugated paper roll from Little B.  I thought the texture of this paper roll would be perfect for the trunk of the tree on the cards.

Then I just started to cut strips of the rhinestone sticker sheets in random lengths and stack them on top of each other.  This starts to build a tree shape.

Then I added the corrugated paper for the tree trunk.  I hit the edges of the piece with a dark brown marker to give it even more depth and make the texture pop.

When I got to the top I stamped a little star and colored it in with a yellow glitter marker.

I forgot to mention . . . the back of the corrugated paper already has adhesive on it.  Just peel off the backing and stick . . . EASY!

So, I had to experiment to find the right placement and layout for the card.  This one I think I did not make the difference between the yellow and light green dramatic enough and I ended up needing 7 layers to make my tree shape.  By the time I got to the top there was no room for the star.

So I played around with the layers and colors and here are the variations that I ended up with . . . 

The one with too many layers, so it did not have a star . . . 

This one had room for the star and uses a different color for every layer . . . 

Then I decided to just use two colors

Pink and Lime Green

Yellow and Tiffany Blue

My favorite part about these cards is the way those rhinestones sparkle!


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