Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Warning - Important info

I became aware of a website through a LinkedIn group I am a part of and I wanted to share this information with anyone who has posted information on the internet.

I had never heard of before this month, but once I did visit their site I was not happy.
They call themselves the Ultimate Web-based Library, with all of the books, documents and manuals you will ever need.  I search the names of a few people that I know of that create books/documents/manuals/tutorials and I was surprised to find some of them listed on this site

Some of the ones I found were 

While some of the documents and listing on this site are free to download, there are some that when you click on them it asks for credit card information in order to download the document.


But if you have a blog and post tutorials you may want to visit the site to check for your name or your blog's name and see if they are posting tutorials that you created on their site.  If they are, contact them at and file a DMCA Complaint

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


I have some HUGE news to announce . . . but I have to wait until I have EVERYTHING in order before I let this one out.  I can give you a few hints . . . 

It involves crafting
It involves a product I LOVE!
It involves some fellow crafters who I adore
It is going to be SO MUCH FUN

I have kind of been waiting for something like this since I started my blog.

Creating.  Inspiring.  Imagination.

Stay tuned in the next couple of weeks!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Back to School with adhesive backed fabric

It is time for back to school, and kids always love to decorate their lockers and notebooks, and my daughter is no exception.  
She wanted me to make some that she could hang in her locker at school.  She found an image from Pottermore (a Harry Potter website) and we put the printable sheet in the printer . . . then we cut around the image and this is what it looks like!

Now she has a custom decal for her school locker!  And she can move it around and re-stick it without leaving any residue on the locker!  At the end of the school year she can place the backing back on it or stick it to one of her notebooks to bring home and save for next school year.

It also does not stretch and distort like vinyl does when you pull it off of the backing, so there is no need to use any sort of transfer tape, which makes it easy for my daughter to use and remove at school.  

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Quilt Magic

I have always wanted to make a quilt, but I have also always been worried I would mess it up and it would look terrible . . . or I would get frustrated and not want to finish it.

Well not with Quilt Magic!
These are quilt designs on foamboard
Just cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than the area you want to fill, peel off the covering, and place the fabric over the area and use a tool like a seam ripper to push the fabric down in to the grooves.

Look at all of the different patterns and designs there are!  And you can still use the fabrics YOU PICK or fabrics from old clothing that has a special meaning to you, just like you would with traditional quilts.

To check out all of the different patterns to choose from click HERE.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

CHA - Viva Decor

I love my Viva Decor, and these projects just take it to a whole new level!

A whole Alice in Wonderland themed table decorated with Viva Decor!

And beautiful butterflies floating around the whole display

Here is the make and take card that they were doing.  I have plans to show you how to make this one . . . really . . . I am going to get time, I promise!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

adhesive backed fabric - An Honest Review

I am so happy to tell you that a crafy friend of mine, Linda, agreed to test and review adhesive backed fabric for me.  I asked Linda to do this task for me because 

1) I love her work
2) I knew she would be HONEST about how she felt about the product

I am so happy to show you what she created!

I am only giving you this little sneak peek of her project.  To see the entire thing you will have to head over to her blog by clicking HERE

Monday, August 19, 2013

Craft Attitude

I just realized I never posted these photos from the Craft Attitude booth at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show in January 2013!

They had the most incredible booth . . . there was an elephant!

Then all around the booth there were different projects created with Craft Attitude.

These shoes made me think of my husband and my daughter, since they are both big KISS fans.  

And check out these boots!

Take anything from ordinary to extrodinary with Craft Attitude

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Jinger Adams Craft Armoire

I saw Jinger Adam's Craft Armoire for the first time at the Winter Craft and Hobby Association Trade show in January 2013.  This would be PERFECT for any crafter who is short on space!  It attaches to the wall or to the back of a door, and it has space to store your scrapbook paper, scissors, ribbon, punches, stamps, inks, little drawers for flowers or brads . . . this would be a great way to get all of your crafting supplies up off the floor and tables and into a space where you can see them!

Look for this at a retailer near you soon!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Sticky Sticks

I have been meaning to do this post for a LONG TIME!

When I was at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show I saw a new product . . . 
well, it was new to me.  

It is called Sticky Sticks.
What is a Sticky Stick?  
It is a craft stick with adhesive already on one end.  Create your project, peel back the covering on the adhesive and just stick the stick to the project.

Gone are the days of trying to glue things down and having to wait, and wait, and wait, and wait
for the glue to dry.

Now you can create your crafting project and get right to using it.

Check out Sticky Sticks at

Friday, August 16, 2013

Make a old purse new!

Do you have a old purse sitting around your house that could use a little pick me up?
Why not add some beaded trim to the handle!

Here is the before

Then we added a beaded trim from The Buckle Boutique to the handle

It addes just the right amount of bling and accent to this purse.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

My Mind's Eye

So everyone knows I love my Disney . . . but how about looking at some of the prodcuts from company's that are out there and seeing how we could use those for a Disney project!  

What do I mean?
Well look at these products from My Mind's Eye

This black, white and red washi tape would be perfect for a Disney project!

Here is a tag made from the washi tape shown above.  I could see adding a Mickey Mouse image to the red, white and black one . . . and a Goofy to the green, white and blue one.

And is it just me, or do those swirls almost look like a hidden Mickey!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Here are some photos I never got around to sharing from one of the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Shows I attended.  This was the Authentic booth.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Cricut's NEW Universel Overlay

If you own a Cricut, you may have heard the buzz recently about the new Universal Overlay.  If you have not heard about it, let me fill you in.  As of August 2013, when you purchase a Cricut cartridge there will no longer be an overlay for the keypad included in the package.  For all of your NEW Cricut cartidges you will need the new Universal Overlay

You will be able to use this same overlay for ALL CARTRIDGES.  Instead of straining to see what the image is on each button, you will look at the button number on the keypad.  Image number 1 is the image on the first page of the handbook.

Ironically, at we have been using the SAME NUMBERING SYSTEM for the past 2 years in the information that we list for each handbook page on our site.  Let me show you . . . 

When we started to add keypad button numbers to our image information, I simply numbered each image button on the keypad

Then I added that information to each handbook image in the description

So I am not sure if I should thank ProvoCraft for following the same system we have been using for over 2 years now on, or tell them you are welcome for setting up the system!

So, how do you get your hands on one of these new Universal Overlays?

Well, I reached out to my friend Terri at Stamps Alive and verified that she DOES have the 
Universal Overlays!
Price:  $2.25
plus $1.75 for shipping and handling 
(Price for United States Shipping Only)

Just email Terri at: and let her know that you would like to purchase a 
Cricut Universal Overlay
 (and tell her Shawn sent you) 
Please include your zipcode and the email address for pay pal. 
If you would rather pay by money order that is fine also. Just let her know when you email her. 
 If you have any questions, please email her!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Adhesive Backed Fabric and Lawn Fawn stamps

My daughter recently fell in love with the Lawn Fawn stamps.  We had to go and buy her two sets . . . if I would have let her she would have bought about 10 sets!  This inspired her to start her OWN BLOG, and if you want to check it out you can click HERE.

Then she said to me "Mom . . . how do you think the Lawn Fawn stamps would work on adhesive backed fabric?  Then people could make cute little decals that they can use over and over again"
(boy, that kid has some good ideas)

So we set to work testing adhesive backed fabricwith Lawn Fawn stamps and a variety of inks and pens that I had.  Here are the results.

I used a small test piece of adhesive backed fabric Ink Jet Printable product

Using the Lawn Fawn stamps I stamped the same image 4 times so that I could test 4 different ways of coloring the hearts in.

First off, the Lawn Fawn stamps came out so crisp and worked beautifully with the adhesive backed fabric.  I used a Memento black dye ink to stamp all of the images for this test.

For this first image I filled it in using a light pink Sharpie Glitter Paint Pen.  It worked GREAT!  The sparkle of the glitter does not show up well in this photo but you can kind of see the bumps of where the glitter is.

Next I tried the Faber-Castell Artist Pens.  Again . . . they work GREAT!

I was so happy that so many of these were working, so I kept going.
Next I tried my Recollections Pens.
I can see the lines from where I colored it in, 
but that might be just poor coloring on my part and not the fault of the pen.

What about colored pencils?  We even gave those a try . . . the left side was colored with a purple pencil and the right with a pink pencil and then we used the Stampin' Up Blender Pen to blend things out and give it a nice, soft watercolor look.

OH!  I almost forgot . . . NONE of these inks smudged or smeared, so I was really happy with the results.

So what are some of YOUR favorite inks?  Can you imagine being able to use all of your stamps and inks on adhesive backed fabric to create things that can be stuck anywhere, and then moved or taken down and stored away and used again and again!

The first thing that comes to my mind is back to school.  My daughter already wants to make some Lawn Fawn decals with adhesive backed fabric that she can use to decorate her folders and notebooks.  Then when the notebook is all used up she can take the decal off and put it on a brand new notebook.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

You KNOW I love my Disney!

I just HAD to share a few things I found recently!
If you know me, or have even met me for more than 5 minutes, you know I love my Disney.  So when I saw that Okie created I asked her if I could share them with all of you.

All of these are available as MTC and SVG files that you can download on Okie's blog.  Direct links to the blog posts for each image are posted below the image.

Amazing work Okie!  You might have me thinking about switching to cut files!

Oh, and while we are on the subject of Disney projects, you should also check out my friend Lori's blog today.  She is featuring 3 Disney themed scrapbook layouts today.  To check them out, click HERE.

All of these great Disney projects are making me feel like it might be time to plan another 
Disney Pixar Blog Hop.