Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Up Up and Away with Chibitronics

Hey everyone!  Well, Christmas decorating is still going strong around here.  Cookies baking, presents wrapped in brown papers....I really love this time of year.

Today though, I thought it might be fun to share something a little different.  How about a project from Chibitronics and SVGcuts?

I had this cute little hot air balloon file from SVGCuts High Skies kit in my stash for a while and thought how fun to light it up.  I don't always like to show the copper tape for my circuits, but in this case they added a great design element.  I used some older Crate Papers that were in my stash, as well as a few burlap flowers to "hide" my battery.....the battery does not make a good design element. lol
This project was super easy to complete using the instructions provided with the kit (although, have to say I am getting pretty good at these.  lol).   Then I just wrapped the basket with my circuit and embellished.

Such a fun project...and a nice change from all the Christmas I think.  Thanks for stopping by.  Hugs....

Friday, December 11, 2015

Snowflakes and Dishes

Hey everyone!  Happy Friday!  Guess what I have to share with you today.....yep, more Christmas projects, this time with ClearScraps and my Cricut.

 I had this 6x6 circle mini album lying around in my stash for ages and thought how fun to turn it into a banner.
I simply cut some snowflakes and my sentiment from vinyl and attached it to the circles.  A bit of glitter thread and voila...a snowflake banner.  Of course I had to bling it up a bit with rhinestones in the centers of the snowflakes and beaded drops in between.
Wondering where the dishes come in?  Well, I decided to hang my banner over the kitchen sink.  I don't know about you, but it seems I am spending quite a bit of time hanging out over my kitchen sink these days and seeing this sparkle in the sunshine really helps the time go by much more quickly.
Thanks for dropping by.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Glass Christmas Cutting Boards

Hi everyone!  Happy Wednesday...guess what?  I am back with more holiday goodies using my Cricut and svg files.  I know, CHA is coming and I should be working on projects...I still have so much to do, but making Christmas decor is so quick and easy.  hee hee
OK, so I found these small glass cutting boards/trivets at the Dollar Store and have seen so many fun things done I couldn't resist trying my hand.
Don't ask what I was thinking but I decided my first cutting board/trivet was going to be this beautiful Winter Wonderland scene.  Well, it took me two tries to get it properly weeded...one of these days I may have to read about how you are "supposed" to weed vinyl.  I am probably doing it all wrong.  lol I found the file in a Cricut user group on Facebook.
After that I had to try my hand at this super cute Santa found over at Kraftgineer. .  I wanted to give it as a gift, so I really needed it to be "right".  The Santa was much easier to center on the glass and the scrolls were much more forgiving than I would have originally thought.  I hope the recipient liked it. Anyway...if you are looking for scrolly (is that even a word) files, be sure and check this site out.  So many fun files.

Well, off to work on those CHA samples.  

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Holiday Happenings

Hey everyone!  Back today to share with you some more Christmas Decor I have been working on.  Today I want to share some fun pillow covers.  These are great because I can just slide them over existing pillows, making storage of the pillows over the holidays easier, and not taking much space when I pack all the decorations away.
These were so quick and easy to make.  I had plenty of holiday files available in my Cricut Design Space to choose from, and had purchased some Cricut Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl at Joann when they had a sale.  Lucky me.
My original plan was to sew some pillows, but I found some 20 inch pillow covers with zippers at Ikea for $4 each...there is no way I could have made these for that so...into my cart went a dozen or so.  hee hee
It was so quick and easy to cut the vinyl, and after a bit of hesitation I went ahead and committed, following the directions for use with my iron and....voila.  I probably spent more time being nervous than I spent actually making the pillow covers.  lol
I may make a couple more for Christmas and then the wheels are turning for other holidays....Valentine's Day anyone?

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugs.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Santa Bling Candle Stand

Hi everyone!  Happy Friday.  Today I want to share with you another quick and simple project I made for Christmas.  As some of you may know, Phil and I often attend wine tastings, and when we do we often come home with extra wine glasses.  Well, that leaves lots of glasses for crafting.

This project was super simple and only used a few supplies.
I began by using mod podge and covering the bowl.  I was having a hard time getting the mod podge even, so spray adhesive to the rescue.  I sprayed the glass and then rolled it in glitter.  I know, I could have worked better with the mod podge but I had other projects and was in a bit of a hurry.  lol

Once dried I sprayed the stem and base and rolled that in glitter.

From there, a simple ribbon with a Buckle Boutique rhinestone slide hot glued around the bowl and a quick fabric collar cut with my Sizzx and my project was complete.  Don't forget to clean up those little hot glue strings.
So quick and easy.  I may make a few more.  I think we have a dozen or so more glasses lying around.  lol
Have a great weekend.  Hugs.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Vintage Paper Christmas Tree

Yep, it's the holidays and that means I have been making tons of holiday decorations for the house, many with my Cricut, because...gosh, it is just so fun.

Today I want to share with you a paper Christmas Tree I made using a file from SVGCuts and papers from Prima.  This project was super easy to make once you get the folding figured out.   Luckily there is a video detailing how to assemble the tree.  And, it is a cute little box that you can light.

 I love these vintage papers from Prima Marketing....I just added a bit of ink and some gorgeous Stickles to make the tree come to life.
I found some fun, battery operated twinkle lights at Target that I can fit inside to light up the tree.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Busy Busy Busy

Hey everyone!  sorry...I think I may just let the blog go come the new year.  I have slowly been stepping back from my DT commitments and really just need to take time to focus on family.  That doesn't mean I won't be creating...and posting the occasional tutorial.  Just that I will probably be sharing my projects more on facebook, instagram and twitter.  So be sure to follow/like me on those platforms.

Well, today I wanted to share with you a little something I made with my Cricut and some glitter vinyl from The Buckle Boutique.

I found these fun pump dispensers on sale at my local Michaels and thought they would be perfect for the holidays.  The glitter vinyl was quick and easy to cut using my Cricut Explore and some files I had on hand.  And weeding the glitter vinyl was a breeze.
 Just a couple of sparkly fun layers and my soap dispenser was complete.    Love a little sparkle and shine during the holidays, don't you?
Well, thanks for dropping by.  And don't foreget that if you want to keep seeing everything I make follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Napkin Ring Upcycle

Hey Everyone!  Happy Friday!  Well, yesterday I shared how I am constantly coming across pinecones on my daily walk and thought I would share another project made with these fun little gems.

I've had these filagree napkin rings for quite some time and never use them because...well...I guess I am just over it.  lol  Anyway, with a few items from my stash including these fun medallions from the Buckle Boutique, I was quickly able to give them a new life.

I began by hot gluing a small piece of the lace ribbon around the napkin ring.
I then glued on one of the gold Buckle Boutique medallions.
And finally the pinecones (do not forget to clean your pinecones...no one wants creepy crawlies on their Thanksgiving table.
I love the way these look on my holiday table.  I wonder if I can just leave the table set till dinner?  lol

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pinecone Owls- Kids Craft

Hey everyone!  Hope you are having a great day.  Recently I had my niece over for a few days while my sister was out of town...well, you know what that means; kid crafts!  lol   Every day I walk the dog and every day I see gobs of pinecones lying on the ground along the paseo (public walking area in my neighborhood).  Anyway, we grabbed a few and decided to make these with the help of my Sizzix Machine.

Now, before you start, if you are using pinecones you have found, you may want to clean and de-sap them.  No one wants creepy crawlies coming out of their owls.  hee hee  To do so, fill a bucket with warm water and 1/2 cup vinegar and let set for 30 minutes and then place on newspaper to dry overnight.  The cones will be fully open when dry.
Lili loves using the Sizzix Big Shot, and it cuts so many different materials.  We cut pieces of cardstock, glitter cardstock, fun foam and felt to create our owls using the Primative Hearts #3.
These are a few of the Core'dinations papers we cut.  Sticking with one shape made mixing and matching the pieces of our owls quite easy.
If you want your owl to have a fat top, find the balance point of the pinecone tip.  Or, simply have a skinny owl by using the base for the feet.
We cut hearts in half to create additional shapes for the owls, The top part of the heart is perfect for the face, bottom part of the owl the beak.  Cut the beak in half and you have ears.  How easy is that?  Whole hearts make cute wings that you can use one at a time, or layer for a fun look.  You can also use the full hearts for feet.
Simply use craft glue, or to ensure a firm, quick dry (and a bit safer for little hands) or hot glue to place the pieces on your pinecone.
Mix and match your colors and patterns for even more fun.
Finally, a few google eyes to make the owl adorable.  How easy was that?

So grab a few scraps of paper and fabric and your Sizzix machine and start cutting pieces for owls.  This would be a fun craft to do on Thanksgiving with the whole family.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Holiday Ornaments With Clear Scraps

Hi everyone!  I warned you last week, Christmas is coming so today I want to share with you a trio of simple holiday ornaments you can create this season.  
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These ornaments are so easy to make with Clear Scraps Clear Craft Sheets and your favorite stickers, or in my case, printable vinyl I cut with my Cricut Explore.
I began by cutting the Clear Scraps Clear Craft Sheet into a circle using my Sizzix Die Cut machine.  Clear Scraps Craft Sheets are simple to cut with steel rule die cut machines, scissors...or purchase some of the fun shapes that are pre cut for you.  Clear Scraps has many shapes to chose from, including pre cut ornaments.  I then designed and cut my images on the Cricut to fit and applied to the acrylic.
To add extra interest, you can sand the back of your ornament for a frosted look.
Or maybe paint on some stickles, or alcohol inks.  The clear acrylic allows for so many fun options.
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How will you embellish yours?