Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Quick gifts: Personalized Journal and Bag

I may be late to the party but I know I'm not alone. If you don't have the Dritz Mini Iron, you need to get it ASAP! It's powerful and gets very hot. It's perfect for small projects and when you don't (in my case) feel like pulling out your iron or heat press for something so small.  I did this fabric Journal for my friend, Treva, in a snap.
I cut out the HTV (heat transfer vinyl) with my Cameo, pulled out the parchment paper and a few minutes later I had created this personalized Journal and bag for a gift. ( The bag is regular vinyl because it is plastic.)
 This is the Journal before. Just plain and boring.
Just adding a simple monogram  makes the Journal look so much better.  Make sure you used parchment paper or a teflon sheet over the HTV.
Close up of the bag with the monogram.
Here is an actual picture of the iron. They are $29.99 at Joanns. I got mine with a 50% off coupon. 
***Update!!!!!  I was just informed that they are now 39.99 at Joanns.***
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Blinged Out Flower Pot Bubblegum Machine

I made this bubblegum machine candy holder using mostly items from Dollar Tree.
The glitter was hard to photograph but trust me, there is a ton of glitter on this baby!
The flower pot, vase and lip balm came from DT but I had to get the lids from Michaels. I actually ended up getting two different size lids because the smaller lid kept falling off.
The instructions call for a wooden ball for the handle on top. I could only find bags of wooden balls or single ones for 3.99. I knew I would probably never, ever used the balls again and I didn't want to pay that much for a one time use, so I came up with an alternative method.  I have quite a few lip balms from Dollar Tree so I popped out the lip balm and used the container for the handle.
 I glued the top together and used Modge Podge to coat and add the dreaded glitter. (I hate working with glitter!!!)
 Here's the evil red stuff being applied to the lip balm container.
I cut a spout out of card board and molded it to form the shape, then I glued it to the flower pot.
Next, I started applying Modge Podge to the flower pot and lids and then on to the tedious task of applying the glitter. I let it dry between each coat of Modge Podge and glitter. 
Here's the pot before the bling.
Here's the double lids
And the finished product.  Three coats of Modge Podge and glitter and of course bling!!I may have went a little over the top with the bling, but I love it!!
Thanks for stopping by, oh and a shout out to my friend Helen for replenishing my bling stash!!!
Love ya!!!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

You're the Balm!!! Lip balm Valentine's Day Cards

I'm having way too much fun with these lip balm thingys!!.

These were made with the lip balms from CVS. They were 49¢ each!! They are larger than the ones from Dollar Tree so I decided to use them in this file that was created by Annette Yoakum~. It's an SVG cut that I turned into a print and cut. (Cause I'm lazy and didn't want to do all that weeding). Unfortunately, by the request of the designer, I am unable to share this file and I do respect that. I think one can easily create a similar one in your preferred software.

Before Bling. (you know I had to add some!)
 Close ups

 This is how it fits on the card
 Here it is with top off, perfect fit. The circle is 1.50 inches.
 This is the stash I got from CVS.
 Here's the comparison. The one on the left is from CVS and the one on the right is from Dollar Tree. CVS has theirs on clearance for 49¢.
If you can't find them at your local Dollar Tree, I've read were people are ordering them by the case online with free shipping to their local store. If you and some of your buddies want to split a case, that would be the way to go. I believe there are 48 to a case.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Valentine Bear

Well I finally sat down and watched several videos to learn how to work my #CricutExplore. I have had it for months now and have never really done anything fancy with it. I decided I wanted to learn the "slice" feature that I keep hearing about. It actually ended up being pretty easy. Since I am pretty well versed in using the Designer Edition of the Silhouette Cameo, I was able to incorporate a few work-arounds for issues I ran into, rather than starting over. Example: I made the hole to big for the nose. I sliced another circle and welded inside the nose to make the hole smaller. See, using my knowledge to work programs.

Here's my little Valentine Bear that I made with the Dollar Tree lip balm for the nose. Isn't he a cutie?
I but the bear at 4.25 x 5.75 and the circle is 1.18 inches. The bear is from the 
Cricut Cartridge Teddy Bears on Parade.
The crad stock is Martha Stewart's Holidays.
Here's the lip balm.
 Some say it's the "knock-off" version of the EOS 
(Evolution of Smooth) lip balm, but the Revo version sells for for $9.99 each on Amazon so I don't consider that a knock off!

Well back to learning more about #Design Space!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Tree Cards

These are the "mass produced" cards that I was stressing over. I made 35! That's a lot for me.  There are 6 different cards and colors.  All made from my stash.

Please scroll down to see the rest and Merry Christmas to you and your family!                   


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Ornaments, bags, tags, boxes and more!!!

I had so much fun making these gifts for my employees and my doctor. They are a great crew and I have much love for them. The years we have been together with our doctor range from 7 to 23+ years (me, 21yrs) That says a lot about our work environment.

Ornament with our office name on it. 
 My doctor is Jewish so I wanted to make her something special and in line with her beliefs.

 These are the boxes I made to hold the ornaments. I finally got to use all my G45 Christmas paper!
Just wanted to show you guys the inside of the ornament box.  They are very well put together and have inserts to hold the ornaments in place.
Close up of the box.

These are bags I got from Dollar Tree and dressed up.
Another bag from Dollar Tree but with Happy Hanukkah for my doctor.

Now I have never made a tag in my life so go easy on me! I tried! lol
I made each tag with their name on the back.


Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas!!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

A variety of Christmas Cards.

Merry Christmas, Season's Greetings & Happy Holidays everyone!

Today I'm sharing a few of the Christmas cards that I have made this year.  These are not the mass produced ones that I stressed about making (I'll share those later) . Most of these were actually made at a crop I went to back in July.

This is one of my favorites.  I used the Memory Box Clairmont Ornaments die and Teresa Collins Checking it Twice Christmas paper pad.


 I made this with images from the Silhouette Store. I used the Glitzy Glitter paper pad from DCVW.

Stampin Up Ornament Keepsakes stamp set, dies and ink.
Here's the inside of this one. The tree is from Stampin Up Lovely as a Tree stamp set
The tree from the Silhouette store, Paper stack is Recollections Starry Night paper pad.
Memory Box Merry Christmas to All die and the plaided paper is by American Crafts.
This card was made using my Craftwell Ebrush on the background. The angel is from the Cricut Christmas cartridge, cut in foam from Dollar Tree on my Cricut Explore. (Yes, I have both machines)
Okay, I know this is the ugly "Christmas Card" but I was trying to duplicate a card I saw on Pinterest.
It didn't turn out too well. lol  Oh well, this may go to a distant relative. Bahahaha!

Thanks for stopping by.