Sunday, December 29, 2013

Art Philosophy Meets Vinyl

I have been playing with vinyl and my CTMH cricut carts. Now that Christmas is over I can share one of the gifts I made for my mom. She likes to enjoy a glass of wine from time to time and won't have it any other way but in a wine glass. I found this wine glass, craft set at Big Lots and I went to work  personalizing it for her. 

I used the CTMH Art Philosophy cricut cart. The capital "K" stands for Kathy. You can find this letter on pg 48. I pushed shift lock >font>flower5 which gives you the K. I wasn't sure how I was going to do the random sized dots but as I flipped through the book it came to me. I used pg 46 shift lock>layer>leaf3. This combination gave me the 3 different sized circles that would have been the berries on the holly leaf...Genius use of this key!! The vinyl and transfer paper I used is made by Cricut. If I recall I purchased it at Joann's. 
As you can see there is so much you can do with the cricut and the CTMH cartridges. Don't be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone to use the products you have. You never know where your creativity will lead you. 

Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!!...SHOP WITH ME

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop Featuring the Letter Z

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the Letter "Z". This may be the name
of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has
chosen as their "Z" element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda's blog ~ Scrappy Therapy.

If you came from "Shelly's Blog - Just One Piece" then you're on the right track!

Drum roll please as I unveil the LETTER "Z"...I have to admit I had a difficult time figuring out what the letter Z should be, however with some suggestions from a few of my CTMH sisters I was able to get the job done :-) My Letter "Z" = Zebra...Zebra print that is. You will quickly recognize the patterned Zebra print paper from the Roxie paper packet (retired). I had some scraps left so I put them to good use making a few cards. 

 I paired Roxie with the Remarkable Wreath stamp set. I stamped using black and holiday red (retired) ink. You could substitute the retired color with Ruby. I hand doodle the stitch along the edge of the mat. Added a few gem embellishments and here you have it. I am thinking this can be used for a Valentines Day card. 
I had fun using the Lifting Spirits stamp set which is from the Holiday Gift Guide. The stamp set is so cute and can be used in many different ways. The "Happy Valentine's Day" sentiment is from the Holiday Tags stamp set. I did some doodling with the stitching around the mat as well as the doodles from the airplane tail to the sentiment. I colored the plane using Copic markers. I added dimension to the airplane and clouds using 3-D foam tape
 Last but not least I used Roxie paired with the Monogram Stamp "S". You can get every letter in the alphabet for $2.95 per stamp. Great deal!! I love that you can cut out the perfect circle at 1 1/4 using the Art Philosophy cricut cart, pg 21 which makes it so easy when I am stamping. I also cut out the shape behind the circle at 1 1/2 inches from pg 31 of AP. I adore black shimmer trim and was able to incorporate behind the monogram embellishment. I popped up the embellishment using 3-D foam tape
Here are all 3 cards together. 
Thank you for stopping by and HAPPY CRAFTING!! SHOP WITH ME...

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way :)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Laughing Lola Tea Bag Dispenser

Have I mentioned how much I enjoy Pinterest?? I found this great tutorial for a tea bag dispenser compliments of Splitcoaststampers. If you are interested in making one the tutorial is here, since I didn't get a chance to make a tutorial. 

I will be giving this as one of my Secret Santa gifts since my person enjoys hot tea. I used CTMH Laughing Lola and Lagoon paper to construct. The lid side panel patterned paper is actually the same color as the bottom patterned paper however I could not get the coloring to appear accurately with the lightening I have ..Boo! 

 I used the Art Philosophy cricut cart to cut the oval shapes. I used A Sip (retired) stamp set for the mug, stamping in black ink. Since this stamp is no longer available I would encourage you to try Cup of Cheer which will give a similar feel. I hand cut the mug and adhered it using 3-D Foam Tape. I used the Bonding Memories Glue Pen to go over the swirls in the mug and then sprinkled glitter over it. The photo doesn't capture the sparkle well. 
I had fun making a rosette for the top of the dispenser. I cut a 1 x 12 strip of card stock and scored it at 1/2 inch down the length of the paper (you can also make rosettes using the Artiste cricut cart). I glued the ends and pressed inward until the rosette was flat. I adhered a 1 inch circle to the top with a brad. I added some tea bags. You can put approximately 18-20 bags in the dispenser. I really like how it came out. 

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!! SHOP WITH ME

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Mischievous Crafter Cards

I enjoy Facebook groups as it allows you the opportunity to get to know crafters and participate in fun challenges. I was recently in a challenge called Mischievous Crafter where each person made a home made gift valued at $10.00. we posted our creations and played the Naughty Santa game where you can steal the other persons gift. It was so much fun.

I made a 12 piece box set of cards, 2 of each design. Here are the cards I made and sent to the crafter who selected them.

 This card was made using CTMH Dotty (retired special) paper. The stamp is from Unity Stamp company. I used CTMH Pacifica, Holiday Red (retired) and black ink. The ribbon has adhesive on the back which makes it easy to adhere. I believe I got a variety pack at Michael's last year. I hand cut out the butterfly and used a glue dot behind it and added some bitty sparkles to the wings.

 This card was created using Sarita paper pack and Gypsy card base. The stamp is CTMH as well as the purple embellishments. I used Lagoon and Gypsy ink.

 This is my favorite card. The stamp set used for the plant and butterflies was from Michaels but I don't know the name of the company who made it since I threw the package away. I used Chocolate and Juniper ink. I heat embossed the plants after I stamped it which made it very pretty. I used the Artiste cart to cut out the shape for the sentiment stamp. The paper is Avonlea (retired BUT CURRENTLY IN WHILE SUPPLIES LAST FOR $2.00!!!!!). The stamp set is Words of Comfort.

 I made a similar card before using The Happy Couple stamp set. I used the Artiste cart to cut the flowers. The based is For Always paper. I used Whisper ink for the cake and bitty sparkles in the center of the gray flower. So cute!!

 I used Babycakes paper and the B is for Baby stamp set. The design for the card came from the Make It From the Heart Vol. 2 book. You can't go wrong with these books that make it so easy to use different design concepts for scrapbook layouts and cards and it is only $7.95. Great deal!!

You may have noticed you have seen this card design before. I used this same concept using scraps for a Christmas card. This time I made it a birthday card using Chantilly paper. The stamp set is Card Chatter - Birthday. The bow was cut using the Artiste cart.

I hope you enjoy this showing of cards. Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

CTMH Trivia ~ 5 Days of Holiday GIve Aways

Are you ready for CTMH Trivia??? I am filled with Holiday Joy and want to spread my CTMH Cheer!! Come join me in CTMH Trivia Monday, Dec. 16th - Friday, Dec. 20th at 8:00pm each evening. Grab your CTMH Idea Book and get ready to seek and find. The first person to answer my CTMH Trivia questions correctly will win a CTMH prize. In order to be apart of the fun you have to participate on my Facebook CTMH Fan Page. Share this event with your friends and have them "Like" my page so they can join in on the fun as well!! Click here to get to my page.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Glitter Christmas Ornaments

A good friend of mine Kisa, made some beautiful christmas ornaments. When I learned she glittered them herself I asked her how she did it and she was kind enough to send me this youtube tutorial here. Who would have thought to use Mop N Glow!!!

I decided to make one for my girls, boyfriend and I. Here is a quick description of how I made my ornaments.

I started out with a box of iridescent glass ornaments from Hobby Lobby.  Here is a picture of the box. Totally failed to take a pic of them as I was too excited to get started creating!! I used my 40% off coupon! 

Using instruction from the tutorial I squirted mop and glow in the ornament. I swirled it around until it was totally coated. I set it upside down on a glass to get the remaining mop and glow to drain out. I made a funnel using a scratch piece of paper and poured extra fine glitter into the ornament. I swirled the glitter around until coated and then covered the opening and shook it up and down. 

I couldn't decide what to put on the actual ornament but then I decided our initials would be cool. I used my cricut Artbooking cartridge to cut out the letters on white vinyl. I used transfer tape to help make sure the letter were lined up. I felt like it was missing a little something so I added some bitty sparkles to jazz it up. I cut pieces of boa and placed around the top of the ornament using large glue dots. You could also use something more permanent like liquid glass

I love how they came out!! I might have to get busy and make some for Christmas gifts!! 
My daughter Aria's

My boyfriend Shannon's

My daughter Kayla's


Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Sparkle & Shine Treat Mugs

I have been on a hunt to find a good idea for homemade gifts for the office. Upon my fun search I found a youtube video tutorial by Papercrafter 45 which seemed easy enough to try. I am not certain this will be the office gift however it was fun to make and can be used as gifts throughout the year. Ideas that came to mind...fill with someones favorite coffee packets, teas, hot chocolate etc. If its valentines how about some yummy candy. You can tailor it to fit your needs.

Here is the finished product. Work your way down the pictures to see how it all came together.

To make a mug you will need 1 piece of card stock cut at 8 1/4 x 4 1/2 for the body and a piece cut at  1 x 4 1/2 for the handle. I ended up using White Daisy and Ruby card stock. 

 Once you have your pieces cut you want to score it. First lay your card stock portrait and score down the length of the paper at the 1 1/2 mark. 

 Then turn your card stock landscape and score it every inch. You want to score at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 inches. 

 The first mug I completed I decided to use the white card stock and stamp the image. I used the Holiday Cheer stamp set with Topiary and Holiday Red (retired) ink. (Holiday Cheer is a stamp set that coordinates with the Art Philosophy cricut cart).  You will have a smaller panel section with the 8 inch score. You want to cut the bottom portion off. You can see there is a piece missing below. 

 For the mugs where I used patterned paper, I went to my favorite paper at the moment..Sparkle and Shine and cut 8 pieces at 3 x 7/8. I then cut the handles and embossed them using the Tim Holtz snowflake folder. 

 Here is my Big Shot ready for action. 

 You can see the embossing on the handle. SOOO cute!!

 Back to constructing the mug. With all the score lines you want to go ahead and cut up each score line until you reach the solid score line separating the top from the bottom. These flaps will be the bottom portion of the mug. I used sticky tape and placed it down the length of the smaller flap scored at the 8 inch mark and then strips on the front and back of 4 of the tabs. You can see it better on the ruby card stock. I also added sticky tape to the handles. One piece on the front and one piece on the back.  

 For the mugs with the patterned paper I went a head and used my tape running on the back of each individual piece then adhered it to the panels made by the score marks. I then used the smaller panel to attach to the other side making it turn into a circle which becomes the mug. Be careful to make sure when you attach it the mug keeps its shape. Now you want to seal up the bottom. To do so you want to take one of the flaps with the sticky tape on both sides and remove the paper. Use the flap with no sticky tape on it right across from it and connect them using the sticky tape flap. Repeat until you have all flaps secured keeping in mind when you do the last flap to put the sticky flap down first so the one with no tape finishes the construction. Then bend the handle and secure to the side. 

 Below are the three mugs I made. I put some mints in two of them to show you how you can use them. I saw examples of the mugs sitting on top of doilies and plates. You could even wrap them in plastic to enhance the presentation. 

 My daughter was so excited when she saw the finished product she wants me to make one for her teacher. I think I will teach her how and have her do it. She is 10 and likes to craft as well. She is learning from her mother :-)

 Here is the stamped version. Just imagine the fun you can have with your stamp sets. 
Thank you for stopping by and HAPPY CRAFTING!!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Special Care ~ December Stamp Of The Month

The December SOTM (Stamp of the Month) is so cute. You can do so much with it. Make a $50.00 purchase on my website Dec 1st- Dec 31st and get the SOTM for $5.00! Shop here....

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!! 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Winter Curly Paper Wreath

Have you seen the curly paper wreaths?? Well I had some time to play on youtube and saw a video tutorial by Sandy Risi. She had very good instructions. I had everything I needed except for a 10" wreath so I went to Hobby Lobby to find one. Happy to report I survived Hobby Lobby and only came out with the wreath!! YAY!! lol 

I had tons of fun putting together this wreath. I put together a picture tutorial so you can make one too!

This is the finished wreath. I used a combination of CTMH Frosted, Wonderland (retired), White Daisy and Sky card stock. I also made the bow using the Artiste cricut cart found on page 55 by using the Accent 3 > g > keys. I put it on fit to page to get the largest bow I could. I added a metal bling (retired) to the center. I also added 3 snow flake stickers from the Wonderland stickease(retired). I used my Bonding Memories Glue Pen to add Prisma Glitter to the snow flakes and a sky blue sparkle in the center. I added a piece of Slate Satin Polka Dot ribbon to hang it. 

 You will need the following. 5 pieces of 12 x 12 patterned paper, 10" styro foam wreath, stick pins and a bone folder and either a ribbon or wreath holder. You can also decide if you want any other embellishments to finish up your wreath. I decided to do a combination of patterned paper and card stock, cutting only a few strips of the solid card stock. The great thing about the patterned paper is each side has a different pattern so you give yourself a lot of options when assembling your wreath. You want to cut each piece of patterned paper at 1/2 inch. 

I took the 1/2 inch strip of paper in my hand and found the center. I took my bone folder down the strip of paper. A similar technique is how you use your scissors to curl ribbon. 

 Continue this same curling technique down both sides of the paper. 

When you complete the curling technique on each side you get curly's that look like this. 

I curled all the patterned paper and card stock. 

 I added the curly paper by placing it down onto the styro foam and pushing a stick pin into the center. I continued this technique around the entire wreath until it was full to my liking. 

Here are a few pictures of them hanging below the mantle of my fire place. I also sprayed the wreath with glimmer mist. Unfortunately I was unable to capture the full effect in the pictures. 

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Friday, November 29, 2013


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Monday, November 25, 2013

Holiday Sour Cream Treat Holder Tutorial

Looking for a fun and creative treat container?? How about one that looks like a sour cream tube? I was surfing youtube for tutorials and happened upon Dawn Stampin Thoughts tutorial. She is awesome!! 

Here are pics of the finished product followed by a video and picture tutorial so you can have fun creating as well!!! 

I used Sparkle & Shine paper. This paper packet has tons of different patterns and they are all worthy of putting to good use. 
 I cut the patterned paper to 4 1/4 by 5 1/2. I put adhesive on the two long ends and one short end. (Make sure you put the adhesive on the side you don't want to be seen). 
 Take off the adhesive backing. Roll the short end with adhesive over to the other short end, putting the two sides together. Make it look like a toilet paper roll. 

 Once you have the toilet paper roll look, seal one end by pinching it together. Place that end into the crimper (purchased at Hobby Lobby) and twist 1 to 2 turns depending on how many crimps you want to see. 

 The end should look like the below picture. HOW CUTE!! 

 Both ends are crimped. You can see the red tube has one more crimp then the other. 

 I placed some rolos and hershey kisses filled with caramels into the tube. I sealed the end by pinching it together at the opposite end of the end that was crimped. 

 Below is the look once both ends are crimped and the goodies are hidden inside. 

 If you look at the finished container I put the Bakers Twine around the top and tied it into a bow. I used the Artiste cart to cut out the tag at 1 3/4 from pg. 33 Accent 4 and key 3. I stamped "Happy Holiday" using the Holiday Tag stamp which coordinates with the tag. I heat embossed using Versamark, Red & Black embossing powder and my craft heater. I used 3-D foam to give the tag some dimension. 
Thank you for stopping by and HAPPY CRAFTING!!