Friday, November 30, 2012

Video - Cutting Dazzling Diamond Rhinestone Sheets

If you enjoyed my project from yesterday featuring the Dazzling Diamond Rhinestone Sheets then make sure to watch this video to see exactly how I cut the product with my Cricut machine.



 This video can also be found on YouTube at http://youtu.be/QInBRpAiN24

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday "wine charms"

If you are here for the Dazzling Diamond Challenge
from Crafty Card Gallery click HERE

 If you are here for the  Christmas Party
then you are in the right spot!

I love adding a little something special to every day items, and  adhesive backed fabric makes that so easy to do!  Here is my take on "wine charms" to help your guests keep track of which glass is theirs at a gathering.




Project Details:
Difficulty Level: Novice
Estimated Completion Time: less than 30 minutes
Tools Used: Cricut, Christmas Cheer Cricut Cartridge and variety of solid colored adhesive backed fabric

Cut Christmas Tree Lights
First I picked a variety of fun colors of adhesive backed fabric.  I used the gray for the tops of the Christmas Tree Lights.  I cut one Christmas Tree Light from each of the 8 different colors I wanted to use.  The cut I used was from the Christmas Cheer Cricut cartridge.


Layer the cuts
After I had all of the Christmas Tree lights cut, and the gray toppers I simply layer the gray on the top of the colored cut just as I would do if I was making these out of cardstock.  Since the adhesive back fabric is repositionable, if I didn't get the top on straight the first time I could just peel it off and line it up again.

Decorate glasses or plate
Now I have my own set of wine/glass charms that I can use over and over again!  When I am done using them I simply place them on a sheet of waxed paper so that I can save them again for next year.  If you are not a wine drinker, you can use this project idea to decorate serving plates too.



Do you love this project but just don't know when you would have time to make it yourself?  Shawn is now selling some of the things she creates!  Go to any of the following links








Video - Making Paper Dolls

If you are here for the Dazzling Diamond Challenge
from Crafty Card Gallery click HERE

If you are here for the  Christmas Party
then you are in the right spot!


I cannot wait to see all of the projects that everyone on the Design Team will be sharing today!  

Today I want to share a project I did creating paper dolls from the adhesive backed fabric.  I used the Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut cartridge along with both my Ink Jet Printable and Solid Colored adhesive backed fabric.  Instead of my normal picture tutorial, today I did a video.

The idea for this project actually came from my daughter.  After she saw me creating some other projects with adhesive backed fabric she suggested making paper dolls that we could stick on the wall.  She has a cousin that likes paper dolls, and she thought her cousin would love to have paper dolls she could stick on the wall and then we could create a whole wardrobe for her dolls!



 This video can also be found HERE

I also think this project could be used instead of the traditional "Elf On A Shelf" dolls you see this time of year.  Create an elf like the one I have on the wall in this video and you can move it from room to room of your house so it can keep an eye on the kids and make sure they are being good!  Or let the kids join in the fun and make several different outfits for your elf to wear!



Add some bling to your projects!

I am a part of a group that was put together by Jenny over at http://craftycardgallery.blogspot.com/ . . . she gathers products from sponsors and then everyone in the group is challenged to create a card from that product.  The most recent sponsor for this challenge group comes from The Buckle Boutique.

The first time I had the chance to play with the Rhinestone Resin Self Adhesive Sticker Sheets from The Buckle Boutique was at the Cropped Event in Wisconsin this past summer.  I was so amazed by this product!  It is a sheet of rhinestones with an adhesive backing, but the BEST part about it is that you can CUT it with scissors or a die-cutting machine!  The rhinestones are actually made from a soft material, so the blade can go right through them.  It is amazing!

Here are what the sheets I received for this challenge


I knew RIGHT AWAY that I wanted to do a Disney themed project with these sheets.  I thought the blue looked perfect for Donald Duck's hat.  Let me show you how I cut that with my Cricut.

Some tips for working with this product when cutting with your Cricut
  1. Use a deep cut blade
  2. Place your blade depth at 6
  3. Use a mulit-cut of 4
  4. Place the product face down on the Cricut cutting mat and use the Flip Mode  (since you have the product upside down, you need to flip the cut for the image to be correct when you flip it over)
When you place the product on the mat face side down it will look like this


As you can see, the pretty side is down on the mat, and the adhesive backing is the part you can see.  This is why you need to use the Flip Mode.  If you don't flip the image, your cut will be backwards.

When I cut mine, I did have to separate the cut from the rest of the sheet . . . just a little pressure from my finger and it popped right out.


As you can see in the above image, it cut right through these rhinestones . . . not around them on the grid lines, but right through them!  That is my daughter's finger poking through the cut, and you can see that the curved line of the hat was no problem for this product.

I removed the backing from the blue rhinestone cut and then layered it on top of the Donald Duck image that I had already created.  I also did the black part of his hat from this same product.

And this is how the finished card looks . . . 



I don't know about you, but I LOVE IT!!!!  I think it adds just the right touch of "bling" to Donald!

If you want to try out this product for yourself, head over to The Buckle Boutique
You can also follow them on Facebook at by clicking HERE
(tell them Shawn sent you)

Head over to http://craftycardgallery.blogspot.com/ to see what the other people in the group created!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Quick Tip for putting page protectors on scrapbooks

I have this great tip that someone showed me and I had to pass on to all of you!  Have you ever gone to put the page protectors on to your scrapbook pages and had them get caught on all of the embellishments on your page?  Well then this tip is one that you want to watch!




you can also watch the video at YouTube by clicking HERE

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Did you see?

Did you see my video on AboveRubiesStudio.com?
If not, click HERE

I used Megan's Chipboard Alphabet Stickers to create a cute little Christmas project.  In the video I said that I would put a photo on my blog in case you could not see the project very well in the video, so here it is


Make sure that you go over to AboveRubiesStudio.com to see how I made it step by step, and how I made a SECOND VERSION of this project out of adhesive backed fabric

12 Days of Black Friday - Day Two

Are you one of those people who goes out and gets their Christmas Shopping done this weekend, or are you the type that waits until  the night before?  No matter which type your are, make sure you are checking out AboveRubiesStudio.com EVERY DAY because Megan is having the
12 Days of Black Friday!

Megan will be featuring 12 days of deals on your favorite Megan Elizabeth products, along with great crafting videos and tutorials.  (Hint: You might even see me in one of them)

Today's deal . . . the Chipboard Alphabet Stickers!!!!!!

Make sure to check Megan's blog DAILY!  I am so glad she asked me to be a part of this event, and I cannot wait for all of you to see the video that I made!!!!!

http://www.aboverubiesstudio.com/

Friday, November 23, 2012

12 Days of Black Friday

We all know the song "12 Days of Christmas" . . . well over at AboveRubiesStudio.com Megan is having the 12 Days of Black Friday!


Starting today, Megan will be featuring 12 days of deals on your favorite Megan Elizabeth products, along with great crafting videos and tutorials.  (You might even see me in one of them)

Today's deal . . . the Christmas Crafts DVD for only $5.99!!!!

I own this DVD, and I got some GREAT IDEAS for home decor and gift ideas for the holidays.  

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Why did the turkey cross the road?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Today I want to share a card I made for my sister, but first I have to give you a little "back story" on how this card came to be.  My Grandfather was known for his bad jokes . . . I mean REALLY BAD JOKES.  When I was in college he used to send me cards with really bad jokes in them, and soon other people in my dorm were even looking forward to seeing what joke would come next on a card from Grandpa.  My Grandfather continued this tradition with my youngest sister, and after my Grandfather passed away this summer my sister decided to try and keep the tradition going with my children.  They both received Halloween cards with a pun joke in them.

So my daughter sent this card that I made with the turkey cut from Celebrate with Flourish to her Aunt.  


The outside of the card reads
"Why did the turkey cross the road?"


and on the inside it says . . 


"Because it was the chicken's day off"

I know . . . BAD!  But I can almost hear my Grandpa laughing as I read it now.  
Just keeping the family tradition alive!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Crafting Product on SALE!!!!

I wanted to pass some great sales and discount information on to all of you.  ScrapBands is a product that I have talked about in the past on my blog.  Click HERE to see all of those posts.  These bands are a great way to decorate and embellish your scrapbooks.  And right now they are having a site wide sale!!!!!  
You can save 40% off of your entire purchase at http://www.scrapbands.com/
enter the word
turkey
at checkout

Also, starting Friday you can save over 30% on all of your favorite products from 

This includes Scrap'n Easel and Scrap'n Tote! 
Click HERE

Both of these would be the PERFECT gift for the crafter in your life . . . or buy yourself a gift!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Banners for Foster Kids Birthday Partys Blog Hop


Welcome to Foster Kids Birthday Party's Blog Hop! 
This hop is a result of  Jennifer Restivo from http://www.craftycardgallery.blogspot.com/   She happened upon a volunteer at Birthday Magic at a work event and followed up with them. They loved the idea of handmade birthday banners, so she put out the call and was lucky to have 15 awesome crafters join in! So today you will get to see everyone's creations!

If you've never heard of Birthday Magic, you can see their site here - 

BirthdayMAGIC is a program of the Volunteer Center of Sacramento, which provides personalized monthly birthday parties to children currently living in Sacramento area homeless shelters, transitional living facilities, community programs or residential treatment centers.

The goal of BirthdayMAGIC is to brighten the lives of children by providing fun, meaningful and memorable birthday parties during what can be an awkward and challenging experience in their lives.

Each month, children living in these shelters will celebrate birthdays – through financial support, volunteer help and the BirthdayMAGIC program, these wonderful children will receive a birthday party thrown in their honor.

So now, sit back and enjoy all the great banners!!!

If you did not start from the beginning of this hop, make sure to go to Jennifer' site at http://www.craftycardgallery.blogspot.com/
so you can see ALL of the banners!  

And if you've been following along, you should have come from:

For my banner I wanted to use bright colors and make it something that would fit for a boy or a girl, so I decided to go with a Disney theme . . . everyone loves Disney, right?!?


Project Details
Difficulty Level: Novice 
Estimated Completion Time: 2 hours
Tools Used: adhesive backed fabric, Mickey and Friends Cricut cartridge, Mickey Font Cricut cartridge, George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge

First I used a variety of solid colors of adhesive backed fabric . . . orange, blue, red and green . . . to cut the letters Happy Birthday at 4" in height from the Mickey Font Cricut cartridge.  I knew I wanted to use the adhesive backed fabric product for this since it has an adhesive back that will stick to any surface.  Since these banners will be going to foster children and we don't know where they will be hanging them up, but now they can hang them anywhere without having to worry about damaging the wall!

The letters looked a little plain, so I started to cut stars from the George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge to add to the letter.  I cut the stars using the silhouette feature so that I could use the outline cut of the stars on some letters and the full star cut on others.  The letter D is an example of one that has just an outline cut of a star on it.

I also cut a Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck out of the adhesive backed fabric



Since these stick to the wall, or any other surface, after the birthday celebration is done if the child can place these anywhere they want . . . on a dresser, their bedroom wall, their headboard . . . and then they can take it down and bring it with them!

The entire banner can be taken down and just placed on a sheet of waxed paper so that it can be stored to use over and over again!

I hope you enjoyed my project!

The next stop on the hop is
Melissa's blog at  




Thursday, November 15, 2012

I'm featured in Creations Magazine

A project that I created is featured in the Creations Magazine by Crafty Card Creations!



The magazine is available for sale via HP Mag Cloud, and is available online, for iPad and iPhone for only $2.99 and, and is also available in a print version. The price of the print version covers the cost of printing and shipping the magazine.

You can purchase the magazine here:
http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/466058

Some of the articles in this issue include -
Celebrity Interviews with:
     Gina K of StampTV and
     Suzanne J. Dean of Color Me Creative Classroom
Featured Card Maker Sandy Allnock
How to Use Thin Dies with Your Cuttlebug
How to Etch Glass with Vinyl
How to Make Cards with Stamps With Matching Dies
Trend Spotting
How to Mass Produce Cards
How to Take Better Photos of your Projects
Card Galleries - Giving Thanks, and Wonderful Holiday Cards
How to Organize Your Copic Markers
Sketch Challenge
5 Free digi images

In honor of the second issue of Creations by Crafty Card Gallery, they are
having a huge giveaway.

Prizes include:

* 1 prize - Gina K Sent With Love Stamp Set ($34.95 retail value)
courtesy of Gina K stamps: http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/main.sc

* 3 prizes - 1 sheet each of gold, green and red Dazzling Diamond Sheets
Cutable w/Die Cut Machines ($30 retail value) courtesy of The Buckle
Boutique: http://thebuckleboutique.com/

* 1 prize - $25 gift card to My Hobby Vinyl ($25 retail value) courtesy
of My Hobby Vinyl: http://www.myhobbyvinyl.com/

* 2 prizes - a copy of both Crafty Card Gallery and Challenges and
Sketches by Crafty Card Gallery iPhone apps ($3.98 retail value)
courtesy of Jennifer Restivo: http://www.craftycardgallery.blogspot.com/

* 1 prize - Bite Size Body Guide, a diet and fitness journal for women
($17 retail value) courtesy of Bite Size Body Guide
http://www.bitesizebodyguide.com/

* 2 prizes - Digital edition of the first issue of Creations by Crafty
Card Gallery ($2.99 retail value) courtesy of Creations by Crafty Card
Gallery http://www.craftycardgallery.blogspot.com/

* 1 prize - A free copy of MyMemories Scrapbooking Software - ($39.97
retail value) courtesy of MyMemories http://www.mymemories.com/

To enter the contest click HERE

You can purchase the magazine here:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Gobble up a Cookie Turkey!

These are a great little treat that you can make with your kids, and give one to everyone at your Thanksgiving celebration.

You will need:
Fudge striped cookies
Chocolate covered Marshmallow cookie treats
(you can substitute a chocolate covered cherry)
Candy Corn
Chocolate Frosting



Using your chocolate frosting as the “glue” attach one fudge stripe cookie to the flat side of the chocolate covered marshmallow cookie treat, so that you can see about half of the stripe cookie behind the chocolate covered marshmallow treat cookie. The marshmallow treat cookie will be the body of the Turkey, and the stripe cookie will be the feathered tail. Allow the frosting to firm up and harden so that the stripe cookie does not slide off in the next step. Attach the “body” to another fudge stripe cookie that will be the base or feet of the Turkey. Then add a piece of candy corn for the head. If you want to add eyes, I would do that with two little dabs of frosting before you attach the head to the body. Using a toothpick to just “dab” some frosting eyes works well so that you can control the frosting on those pieces of candy corn.

This one is wrapped in cellophane to be given as a gift, but you could even use them as place markers for your Thanksgiving meal by adding a name tag to the ribbon.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Archiver's coupon

Save 30% off on any one item 
now through November 18th, 2012
Click HERE to print out coupon



Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hockey

My daughter is just starting her third season of playing hockey. Watching her play is something that brings joy to several of our family members. To capture those memories I used the My Memories Suite software to create a hockey scrapbook that I gave to several family members as gifts.  It was nice because I could just create the scrapbook on my computer and then order several copies.


I combined photos of her over the past two hockey seasons along with fun hockey phrases I found.  The My Memories Suite Software made this easy to do.  After playing around with it for just a short time I was able to add papers and embellishments from all different collections and kits to create my own custom layouts.


The also have some free kits on their website, which is great for if you are just getting started in digital scrapbooking . . . that way you can get some free images, papers and embellishments to start working with to see if you enjoy digital scrapbooking.

Click on the link below and use Coupon Code STMMMS69390 and you can give it a try too!



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Friday, November 9, 2012

Mark Your Calendar!

Mark your calendar because the date for the NEXT Disney Pixar Blog Hop has been picked!


After the Holidays are done, you can look forward to seeing some amazing Disney and Pixar themed projects the weekend of January 19th and 20th!

If you are on Facebook, you can RSVP to the event at 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Name Tags

I have been working on a project with one of my daughter's former teachers that features adhesive backed fabric.  I brought this product to the school to show the teacher and she LOVED IT and how it can stick to anything with out damaging the surface.  She teaches elementary aged children and she has a problem with their name tags staying in place and looking nice . . . here, let me show you how her name tags looked when I was there . . . 

If they have to move the name tags, due to changing the seating arrangement or other reasons, the tape she uses to hold them to the table will lose it's stick and then the corner curl up.


So I helped her out by creating name tags for her class with the adhesive backed fabric!



Not only do they look great, but she did not have to spend a lot of time taping them down.



Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thank you card

Since the Holidays are coming, now is a good time to build your stock of Thank You cards that you will be sending out after the Holidays.


I used a multi-striped paper that was a part of a paper pack that was given to me as a gift.  Then I simply picked out a couple of coordinating solid colors and cut the word Thanks from the Opposites Attract Cricut cartridge. 

Did you know you can use MyCutSearch.com to help you find the perfect cut for a thank you card like this? Just type the word Thanks into the search bar and you will find all of the cuts of the word Thanks . . . or type in thank (with no s on the end) and you will find all of the Thank You cuts!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Small Feet layout


I was asked to create a memorial scrapbook for a family who lost their child at birth.  This was something that was very hard for me, even though I did not know the family personally.  I wanted to make this scrapbook something that they could look back on to remember the child they lost.  They only had a few photos of the baby that were taken in the hospital.

For one of the two page layouts I used a phrase that I found

"There is no food too small that it cannot leave an impact on this world"

I felt like this really summarized the connection of this family to this small child that was a part of their lives for such a short time, but forever changed their lives.

The first page included a photo of the baby's very small feet, the baby's footprints and some small baby booties.


 The second page was filled with various photos of the baby.  I added the image of the monkey since the family had told me a story that had a monkey connection in it for them.  

Even though the loss of a baby is very sad, I tried to keep the layouts and feel of the book joyful.  It was a celebration of this child . . . no matter how short of a life that child had.

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Cropped Professionals Challenge

Here is a scrapbook layout that I created at the CROPPED Event that I attended in September.  I have been so busy I have not had time to post this project yet!

This was one of the Challenges that they gave to the Professional Crafters that were live at the event. We were given a package with cardstock, Sparkle Lightz by Megan Elizabeth, Orange Rhinestone Resin Self Adhesive Sticker Sheet from The Buckle Boutique, at least one cut from the Artiste Cricut cartridge and an empty Coke can.  We had to use all of these items in our project!


I decided to go with a school photo of my daughter.  The hardest part for me was figuring out HOW TO USE THAT COKE CAN!!!!!  I was looking at the can and noticed the words CAFFEINE FREE on the side and I started to "play" with those letters to see if I could come up with another word.


I came up with the word NICE.  So I cute the letters out to spell NICE and combined that with letters I cut from the Orange Rhinestone Resin Self Adhesive Sticker Sheet from The Buckle Boutique to create a title for my page . . . NICE Smile.

I used the Sparkle Lightz by Megan Elizabeth to accent the large arrow that I cut out, which was my cut from the Artiste Cricut cartridge.

Yes, it is not my "best" scrapbook layout ever, but being that I had to use what was given to me and work a Coke can into it . . . and it all had to be done in a couple of hours . . . I am pretty happy with the way it turned out!

I know that I want to use the Rhinestone Resin Self Adhesive Sticker Sheet from The Buckle Boutique again in another project.  I love how that adds some "bling" to the title.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Cricut Cartridge Storage

I think that you all know that I am a HUGE fan of the Scrap'N Tote . . . it is the BEST way to store, organize and transport your Cricut cartridges.


Well, RIGHT NOW the Scrap'N Tote, which is regularly $89.99 is 
on sale for only $62.99!!!!!

There are also discounts on other products by ContainYa Crafts.  Did you know that you could save money if you purchase products in bundles?  Check out the information HERE!

Order your Scrap'n Tote NOW because they are being discontinued!  This is your last chance to own one!

Click HERE to order yours!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Getting ready for Thanksgiving

Halloween just got done, but I made one switch RIGHT away on my home decor, and it was fast and easy since I was using adhesive backed fabric!  

The centerpiece on our kitchen table had a witch image on it that I made for a past project.  I cut the words Happy Thanksgiving and stuck it on the pumpkin in the centerpiece for a quick and easy change from Halloween decor to Thanksgiving decor!  The best part is that since I used adhesive backed fabric for all of the images I can save them to use again next year.



Do you love this project but just don't know when you would have time to make it yourself?  Shawn is now selling some of the things she creates!  Go to any of the following links








Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy Birthday!

I feel like every month there is another birthday we are celebrating in our family, and I LOVE to decorate for  the parties.  Instead of making a brand new Happy Birthday sign for EACH gathering, I used my adhesive backed fabric and my Mickey Font Cricut cartridge to create the words Happy Birthday.


Now I can use these same letters over and over again, and if the party has a specific theme I can just add decorations in that theme.  I can even take these letters with me if we hold the party at a location other than my house . . . and no worries about the sign damaging the surface I stick it to since I am using adhesive backed fabric