Sunday, May 31, 2015

Beautiful Memo Board

I have always loved to print out and hang photos of family and friends, but traditionally a lot of those photos end up on the refrigerator or on a bulletin board.  I have had photos ruined because they fell off the refrigerator or from the pin holes that they end up getting when put on a bulletin board.

Introducing a better way!

The Embellish your Story by Roeda from Demdaco magnetic memo board.

First off, I love that it is called Embellish Your Story . . . if you know me you know I love to embellish thing.  Just like the packaging says, first you select your base . . . memo board, frame . . . it is your choice.  Next, choose your words.  They have several words and phrases that will help you tell your story.  Last, embellish!  This is the really fun part.  They have SO MANY different options of magnets with fun themes so you can change them out through the year if you want.

They even have a whole line of memo boards for every state.  This would be a great wedding gift idea for a couple that are from two different states . . . then they can hang the memo boards of their states side by side.

This felt more like doing a scrapbook layout than using a traditional bulletin board, and it looks so pretty you want to display where everyone can see it.

I started out with the black polka dot scalloped square base. Here is how my magnetic board ended up looking.

I used a piece of cardstock and 2 of the daisy magnets in the corners.  Then for the butterfly magnets I decided to add a little bit of embellishment to my embellishments . . . 

I cut some of the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique with my Westcott non-stick scissors to add some sparkle to the body of the butterfly.  Since the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique already have adhesive on the back, once I cut the shape I just had to peel off the backing and stick it onto the butterfly.

When I saw this product line, THIS was the piece I KNEW I had to have!  Those of you that know me know I am a huge Disney fan, so something that says Happily Ever After is a must have in my house.  I cannot wait to print out some photos from one of our trips to Disney and put them on this board.  As you can see, I even added some bling to the words.

And more bling on the other butterfly.

Now I have a memo board that looks great!  And I can easily change the photos out and use different magnets for each theme.  They have graduation themed magnets . . . this would be a great way to display some photos at a graduation open house.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Mini Book - Die by Eileen Hull

Have you seen Eileen Hull's new dies with Sizzix?  For today's project I am using the NEW book die.

This is a photo of the project example that is on the packaging.  Now for MY VERSION!

Let me show you exactly how I made this.

I started out with a sheet of cardstock that had a denim patter on it, and a little faux stitching accent in the corner.  I picked this sheet specifically for the little accent in the corner since I thought it would look great on the cover of this book.

I cut out the front, back and binding using my Big Shot all from the same sheet of cardstock.  Then I used some light grey cardstock for the pages of the book. 
Fold the pages in half and score them. 
Feed thread/string or even ribbon through the holes on the pages.
Score the binding where it will fold for the front and back cover. 
Attach the front and back cover to the binding with tape or glue.  

Now you can see that I have all of the various parts ready to put the book together.  Now I just have to feed the thread hanging out of the pages through the holes on the binding and tie them off.

That is coming along nicely . . . but you know me . . . I need some bling!  I decided to use the pink zebra print rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique.  One sheet is 10"x 20" so you get a lot of bling for your buck!

 These sheets can be cut with scissors, a craft knife or even DIE CUT!  They cut so great with the dies from Sizzix and the Big Shot.  I have a video of a past project HERE so you can see it with your own eyes.

I used my scissors to cut a small piece of the rhinestone sticker sheet and placed it over JUST the binding portion of the die.

LOOK at how well that cut!  It even got those TINY little holes!  And I still have enough rhinestones left on the sheet that I could make at least 8 more of these books . . . one sheet goes a LONG WAY!

I had to take another picture of how clean it cut through those little holes . . . even I could hardly believe it!

Okay, now let's put the bling binding on the book . . . wow, try and say that one 3 times fast!

I like how you can see in the above photo that the die actually cut the rounded corners on the binding.  Yes, you can cut curves THROUGH these rhinestones.

I applied my binding in segments so that I could get things to line up really nice.  I peeled off the backing from the sticker sheet on the first third of the binding and applied that to the book.  Oh, did I forget to mention, the rhinestone sticker sheets already have adhesive on the back.  Just cut and stick.

Now you can see that the binding is stuck to the book, and I have peeled off the backing for the next section to expose the adhesive backing.  (wow . . . bad photo . . . sorry)

After the binding was on, I did add a few extra little rhinestone dots that I cut from the clear rhinestone sticker sheet.  I thought that it added a nice little accent around the faux stitching and in the center of the flower.

Here are links so you can purchase the products used in this project.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Rhinestone Support Ribbons

I had some time in my craft room the other day . . . oh craft room, how I have missed you!

I used my Sizzix die and Big Shot to make some rhinestone support ribbons.  Yellow for the troops, Pink for Breast Cancer awareness and Rainbow for a PRIDE event that The Buckle Boutique plans to attend.

I have the pink and yellow for sale.  Click HERE to go to the store.
Let me know if you would like a few of them.  Since they are all made from the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique, the all have adhesive on the back so they are ready for you to stick them to any project you want.

Follow The Buckle Boutique at our Blog  //  Facebook  //  Twitter  //  Pinterest
Shop The Buckle Boutique at our Main Store and Etsy
Tips and videos for cutting our rhinestone sticker sheets can be found HERE
Are you a retailer who would like to carry The Buckle Boutique's products in your store?
Please contact us for wholesale pricing information.

Off Topic: Going to the Movies

My family just got back from going to the movies.  We saw the new Avengers movie . . . it was great.  But there was one thing that really bugged me.

Up in one of the first few rows there was a parent who brought a young child.  We were back further so I could not see the child really well, but I would guess they were under the age of 5.  Now, I have NOTHING against bringing a child that age to a movie, as long as the movie is something the child can handle.  This child OBVIOUSLY did NOT want to sit still for 2 hours, and it seemed that is exactly why the parent sat so far up to the front of the theater.  We could hear the child talking through the whole thing, sometimes trying to yell over the sounds of the movie . . . and then of course the movie would go quiet and all you would hear is the child yelling.  At one point the child was running back and forth in the theater.

I wanted to go up front and tell this parent to get a babysitter so that all of us don't have to listen to their child through the whole movie.  It was terrible!

I just wanted to add, after I posted this topic for discussion on Facebook a lot of people commented and I had to come back here and make one thing VERY CLEAR . . . I do not blame the child for being a child.  They want to run, laugh, talk, move and be free.  I do blame the parent for not parenting their child and teaching them that we sit quietly in the movie theater . . . and also for not doing the right thing and leave the theater when their child was disruptive in the theater.

It is the parent that is in the wrong if you ask me.  They were being selfish.  They wanted to see the movie so they did not care how many other people were disrupted.  I have been a single mom.  I have wanted to go out and do things but was not able to due to the fact that it was not appropriate to bring my child/my child could not handle the situation.  That is part of what being a parent is about.  Sometimes you have to give up some of your luxuries, like going to see a movie in the theater.

Am I the only one that thinks this way?  Anyone else agree with me?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Blog Makeover

Today I finally sat down to do something I have been wanting to do for about a year now . . . give my blog a makeover!  While I love the black and pink pattern that I had, I have had it for YEARS and it was starting to feel dated.  It just feels like it is time for something new.

So I sat down with my digital scrapbooking software from MyMemories Suite and started to play around with some ideas.  I figured that a new header really would not be that different from doing a digital scrapbook layout.

I started by pulling papers and embellishments from all of the different collections I have and put them on to pages of a album I called "Blog Header Ideas".  Pulling all of these items into one album was kind of like digging through my scrapbook papers to pull out colors I like . . . they might get used in the layout, and they might not, but with the way I work I have to pull them all out to see what I have and what works together.

Then the problem was that I could not decide which header I liked the most.  My daughter, who has her own blog at The Creative Ninjas, suggested that I have my blog followers vote for the header they like the best.  Here are the three finalists.

Pink Roses

Charmed Life

Perfectly Trimmed

And now YOU CAN VOTE and tell me which one you like the BEST.

Go to and vote now!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Fabric Strip Case by ArtBin

If you are a quilter, there is a new storage solution you are going to want to check out.  It is a Fabric Strip Storage Case from ArtBin.

If you are like me, once you have all of your fabric for a project all ironed and cut, you HATE to fold it up to store it, since that means you will have to iron it again.  What if you could store everything in nice stacks?  {I know, you are saying "but Shawn, all of that fabric NEVER stays in a nice little stack like I want it to}

Well if that stack of fabric is nicely placed inside of the Fabric Strip Case by ArtBin, then it will!

Here is the thing I really like about this bin . . . this little clips that help to hold everything in place, so if the bin falls off of a shelf or table, the stack is still held in place.  

The clips just slide into the slots on the inside of the bin, and there are 3 different locations for them so you can decide if you want the clips to be in the middle of the fabric or way out at the edges.

This would be a great way to prep and organize a project, then snap the lid shut to store and protect the fabric . . . you could even take the project to go since you would know that all of the fabric you need is neatly tucked inside!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Cricut Explore One

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.

If you're new to the wonderful world of crafting -- or even if you consider yourself to be more of a "basic" crafter -- then Cricut's brand new machine is just for you! This nifty new machine is called the Cricut Explore One™ and it's perfect for crafing beginners and basic crafters because it offers a simplified design-and-cut system that is incredibly user-friendly. The Explore One™ actually offers most of the same features as Cricut's other Explore machines, it's just priced lower!

In addition to its affordable price, here are a few other things about the Cricut Explore One™ that you're sure to love:

  • It can cut over 60 different materials, from the most delicate materials like vellum to thicker things like leather. It can also cut cardstock, vinyl, fabric, balsa wood, leather, and more…without complicated settings.
  • You'll have free access to Cricut's Design Space™ online software and iPad® app so you'll able to design on your computer or your Pad®. You'll also be able to use a Bluetooth® adapter for wireless cutting.
  • The Explore One allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, from ¼" tall up to 11½" wide x 23½" tall. You just select the material that you're using on the Smart Set® dial. From there, the machine's Cut Smart® technology will deliver a clean, professional cut.
  • You can upload your own images and use your own fonts -- for free!
  • Each machine comes with over 25 free 1-click projects and 50+ free images to get them started right away.
  • If you want to use the machine to write or score, you can easily swap out the cutting cartridge with the Cricut Explore One™ Accessory Adapter and Pen.
The Cricut Explore One™ makes it easy, fast, and affordable for you to explore your creativity and delight your loved ones with personal handmade projects and gifts! And if you purchase your very own Cricut Explore One™ before the end of May - you'll get free shipping when you use code MAYSHIP!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

More on me and Essure . . . good news/bad news

As I was getting up and grabbing my morning coffee, I was getting ready to post a sad and "poor me" kind of post.  But then I saw something in my news feed on Facebook that made me happy . . . well, a little happier . . .

FDA will consider banning dangerous Esssure device

Click on the text above to read the full story, but in summary it sounds like the FDA is really listening to the voices of the women who have been suffering due to this device.

Okay . . . now about me personally . . .

This week I started going back into the office full time.  I worked a little bit last Sunday in case there was a day that I was too tired or sore to do a full day, then I had a few hours "banked".  I think that Monday or Tuesday I left around an hour early, so it was good that I did this.  I was listening to my body and when it hurt, I said "I am done".

As the week went on, I was noticing that I was doing better every day.  YEAH!!!!!  There was one day that a co-worker even mentioned that I was not moving as slow as a turtle any more.  Not back up to my old "Shawn speed" but at least snails, turtles and old ladies in walkers were not passing me up any more.  Thursday we had a training meeting that required us to walk around to look at how some things are built . . . lots of walking and standing . . . and I noticed by half way through that I was leaning on things or needed to sit down every once in a while.  Then the really dumb thing came . . . I was talking with people and was not taking my time going up the steps like I should have . . . went a little too fast I think and I was just out of breath.  Even MORE stupid, since I was talking with people I just kept talking and moving with them, when I really should have said "I cannot do the stairs.  I am taking the elevator and we can talk when we get back up to our desks." I was not sore, just feeling out of breath, so I figured no harm no foul.

Friday . . . I was tired, but I figured that was due to doing a little too much the day before.  No big deal.  I left work around 2:30pm because Beth had a lacrosse game and a hockey game that night.  While at the lacrosse game I noticed I just could not get comfortable.  I would switch between sitting and standing.  Once we got to the ice rink . . . yes, we went STRAIGHT from the lacrosse game to the hockey game . . . yes, we are nuts . . . the game was at the Blaine Super Rink . . . 8 rinks in one building.  Drop Beth's stuff off at the rink she is playing at, then she needed a Gatorade so we go up the stairs (no elevator at the end we were at) to the skyway/walkway and over 4 rinks to a Concession Stand . . . back DOWN the stairs to the stand.  Now she has to go back to the rink where her game is and a parent needs to fill out paperwork.  Well, Jeff and I still needed to eat something also so we wanted to hit the main concession stand that has a full dinner menu.  So Jeff goes back to rink 7 with Beth to do paperwork while I slowly make my way from rink 5 to rink 1 where the main concession stand is so I could sit and just wait for Jeff.

I am tired, but not in pain . . . still doing okay.

After we had dinner it was time to walk BACK to rink 7, back down the stairs and find a place to sit.  I had a hoodie on the entire time, but I did not have it zipped up.  Once we are in the rink for the game, I zip up and put on my winter coat and zip that up too.  It was around the end of the first period that I started to feel "weird".  Light headed, dizzy and like I wanted to throw up.  Between the 2nd and 3rd period when they were cleaning the ice Jeff (who had been standing behind me during the game) sat down and that is when he noticed something was wrong . . . he could just see it in my eyes.  When I leaned back against him in more of a reclined position things got a little better.  I ended up watching the 3rd period reclined back against the side of the bleachers.

Once we got back to the car I THINK I figured out what the problem was!  I was taking off my winter coat and unzipping my hoodie, and that is when I noticed that the bottom of the zippers hit me right at the spot of the lowest incision!  I had 2 layers of stiff metal zippers right at that incision!  Once I unzipped I noticed the dizzy and nauseous feels went away pretty quick .  Jeff said "that is why reclining helped . . . took the pressure off".  But things still felt sore.

By the time we got home, I was in a lot of pain.  I ended up taking a pain pill.  This is the first time in over a WEEK that I have taken pain meds in the EVENING.  That kind of made me sad.  Felt like a set back.

So here is the part of all of this that makes me REALLY SAD . . . .

Beth has lacrosse and hockey games again today.  First game should be starting any minute.  Jeff knew I needed my rest and that if I was awake I would have pushed myself to get ready in time to go to the games, so he let me sleep.  I did not realize this until I heard Beth said "Time to go!" as she always does when she is ready but one of us are not downstairs at the door.  So now I am home, resting, and missing seeing her play.  Watching her play sports is something that brings great joy to both Jeff and myself, but due to the pain I have to miss it today.  That makes me said.

Also, I was planning on trying to start to wear "real clothes" to work next week, instead of the yoga pants.  Well, if the zipper from the hoodie and the jacket put me in that much pain there is NO WAY I am wearing pants with a zipper any time soon.  Looks like it is yoga pants for another week for me.

#Essure #EssureProblems