Sunday, May 25, 2014

I know . . . I have been quiet

I know I have not been posting as often as I used to on my blog, but there is good reason.  We are looking at selling our house, and we need to clean up and clear out some stuff so that we can put the house on the market.  One of the spaces that we have to clear out {are you all sitting down} is my craft room.  What would you do if someone told you that you needed to pack up all of your crafting supplies and maybe not use them for a few MONTHS or MORE!

I will give all of you some time to recover from that thought . . . take anti-anxiety medications, a glass of wine, whatever you need.

Okay, are you back with me?

I really should have taken a BEFORE photo showing my crafting space with all of the projects laying out and my Cricut on the work surface, but I forgot to.  Let me tell you . . . it was a MESS!

The FLOOR is still a mess, but that is mostly because my daughter and I were pulling papers and embellishments we might need for a few projects we KNOW we are going to need to make and putting those supplies in a decorative storage box that is going to sit on a shelf in the office.  It will look pretty on the shelf, but have our small stash of supplies in it.

So, my goals for today . . .
  1. Finish clearing off the work surface
  2. Clean up the stuff that is UNDER the work surface sitting on top of the actual bed
  3. Get the paper tower out of there
  4. Get the bookcase that is at the end of the bed out of there
  5. Pack up the supplies that are scattered on the floor


Basically, have this room looking like a bedroom and not like a craft store exploded in it.

Hopefully I will be able to post a photo tomorrow of a much CLEANER room.  All of you can comment and let me know how you think I did.

Okay . . . time to hit the showers and get started.  Wish me luck!


Monday, May 19, 2014

Getting Married

If you know someone that is getting married, here is a fun idea for a wedding card for them.  I used the bride and groom cut from the Potpourri Basket Cricut cartridge.


I did the base cut in white and then the shadow cut in teal.  I created the base of the card in the same teal color as the shadow cut, and found a pretty paper from Jinger Adams paper collection to use for the mat behind the bride and groom cut.



To add some sparkle, I cut some white rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique as an accent for the train on the bride's dress.  I also used a few dots of Viva Decor to look like buttons going up the back of the dress.  A few heart shapes scattered around the card added a special touch,   Then I finished things off with a teal banner shape with the sentiment "Getting Married" stamped on it.

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

Friday, May 16, 2014

Belated Birthday Card

It was my nephew's birthday last month, and I got a little behind on things and did not get his card and gift out in the mail to him.  I decided that since I was so slow, that a cute little slow moving turtle on the card would be appropriate. 

I cut him using the Create A Critter 2 Cricut cartridge.  I received some samples of Rowlux Illusion Film that I picked up at CHA.  I had been waiting for JUST the right project to use this product on, and this little turtle seemed perfect!


I love the visual effect given off by the ripples and waves in the Illusion Film's surface.  Perfect for mimicking the texture of this turtle's shell.


I used a piece of blue cardstock that I embossed with my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder for part of the background on this card.


Here is another fun shot of the turtle . . . he is just so cute!


I added a bow from blue ribbon with green dots.  I used my Brilliant Bow Maker to make this perfect bow, and then I just glued it to the front of the card.


Bright and colorful . . . perfect for my nephew!







Sunday, May 11, 2014

MyCutSearch Tip - Pagoda cartridge

Q: Any suggestions on how to translate the words in "Kanji" section of the Pagoda Cricut cartridge?

A: If you look on the handbook page, in the square in the upper right hand corner there is one cut with the symbol and the other cut is the word in English.  For example, this handbook page says Beauty on the blue rectangle in that square of the handbook.



You could also use the Hide/Display information button to see the words that I have tagged to the handbook page.  For an example of how that works you can go here . . .http://craftychicsblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/my-cut-search-hidedisplay-informaiton.html

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Rhinestone Breast Cancer Support Ribbon

Breast Cancer has touched my family in many ways.  Because of that, several of my family members participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  Sometimes I will scrapbook the photos from these events and sometimes I just like to make something "special" for my family members to wear while they participate.

This year I created rhinestone Breast Cancer Support Ribbons using the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique and a support ribbon die from Sizzix.


I saved the small piece from INSIDE the loop of the support ribbons . . . when I arrange them in a circle I could make them look like a flower!  Or I could line them up for a fun border on a project.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Magnetic Photo Board

I have had the idea for this project for so long . . . I am so happy to finally share it with all of you.  But first I want to tell you how I found the product being used in this project.

In January my family attended CHA.  While I was working in the booth for The Buckle Boutique, my daughter and husband had a chance to walk the floor and check out some booths.  One booth they visited was the Master Magnet booth.  My daughter even did a blog post about it that you can read by clicking HERE.

Once we got back from CHA I started to think that it would be fun to print a photo on a magnetic surface, to create your own custom magnet board, so I reached out the the Master Magnet company.  It turns out they have a product called FlexIron, which is a magnetically receptive sheeting with an adhesive on it.  I HAD to try this out!  

Here is the finished project.  I used a photo of my children and my niece and turned it into a magnetic memo board for them to give to Grandma for Mother's Day.


Let's look at how I did this, step by step.  First I printed an 8" x 10" photo of the kids.  Next, I grabbed the FlexIron and cut that down to an 8" x 10" size.  I peeled the backing off just a little, and lined up the photo.


Now this way I could peel back about an inch of the backing and press the photo down just a little at a time.  This helps me keep things lined up.  Now I had a photo that magnets will stick to!


Once the photo was attached to the magnetic sheeting, I took a piece of printed cork from DCWV and measured out an 8" x 10" rectangle inside the full sheet.  I drew the lines on the back of the sheet so that I could easily cut the shape out and not leave lines on the front of the cork.


Once I cut out the rectangle I had a nice frame to set my magnetic photo into . . . and I can use the cork I cut out for another project.


I really like that the cork sheets from DCWV have adhesive already on the back.  Just peel the backing away and stick!.


For this project I simply stuck the cork to the cardboard piece that came inside of the frame I purchased.  It is a 12" x 12" frame.  I removed the glass so that the magnetic photo and cork would be exposed.

Then I place some double stick tape down in the open space and set the magnetic photo inside of it.


Well, my cutting of a 8" x 10" rectangle for the photo to set into was not perfect . . . there is a little gap.  Not a problem . . . let's just cover that gap up with some rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique.

I love that I can use scissors to cut the rhinestone sticker sheets into any shape or size I need.  In a matter of seconds, I had a strip of rhinestones, three rows across . . . and since these rhinestone "gems" are actually a soft material I was able to cut THROUGH them and do a nice miter at the corner.  Just peel off the backing and stick.  What a quick and easy way to add some sparkle, and hide that little gap from not cutting things perfectly.


Here is what the corner looks like once I have placed the rhinestone stickers down.



Same corner, but after the entire piece was inserted into the frame.



OH!  And since the photo is now magnetic, my daughter and I found these cute little magnets that are round dots.  I placed those on the photo so that when the magnet board is not being used, the magnets look like added decoration on the board.



Also, my mother loves butterflies, so I cut a few butterflies using the Hannah Montana Cricut cartridge and scattered those around the image.  They are all cut from a beautiful gold paper from the Gilded Stack by DCWV.  I folded the wings back on this little one so it looks like he is flying right off the page.  This also helped to hide a VERY OLD family photo that was in the background . . . I was not really liking my 80's hair in the photo, so the butterfly covers that nicely.


And there it is . . . a custom magnetic memo board!  I have some other photos from vacations that we have taken that might be nice to turn into magnet board.  Or cover the FlexIron sheet with your favorite scrapbook paper . . . the possibilities are endless!



I have included links to the products used in this project for you below.  If you like these companies on Facebook, tell them Shawn sent you!

Master Magnets  Website // Facebook // YouTube

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

Printed Cork and Gilded Stack from



Thursday, May 1, 2014

I might be crazy . . .

Either I am totally crazy, or I am a HUGE Disney fan!  We are going to have a Disney Pixar Blog Hop with a new line up of crafters EVERY SATURDAY for the ENTIRE MONTH OF JUNE!


You heard me right . . . that is four fabulous weekends of new Disney Pixar themed projects EVERY SATURDAY for the entire month of JUNE!

We already have a Facebook Event Page that you can join to find out all of the details and see the line up of crafters . . . but basically check in on my blog every Saturday to find out which crafters are joining this event.

Click HERE if you want to join the Facebook Event Page.
Click HERE to join the Facebook Group and find out about this and all future hops.

See you then!