Friday, August 2, 2013

Project For Cricut Craft room Class

This is the project we are going to make in the Cricut Craftroom class. This is made from the Artiste cartridge. We will learn how to load and link your cartridge, choosing elements, manipulating elements, working with layers, welding, cutting and 2 methods for creating linked texts.

With these basics, you should be able to really increase the versalitity of your cricut.

Before the class, it will be helpful if you download the cricut craft room to your laptop and update it with your computer. You can bring your cricut and Artiste if you want to and we will link it here, or you can link it at home and just bring your laptop. You can  also just use my laptop. Because of this, I am going to limit the class to 4 because it is a good deal of hands on, but once you have seen these techniques, it should be easy to do them at home and understand the basics of the craft room.

I will also show how to clean and reuse a cutting mat.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Basic Cricut Class and Cricut Craft Room Class

August 18th (Sunday) I will be having a short basic cricut class and a class on using the cricut craft room, where you will get hands on in the craft room using Art Philosphy or Artisite from Close to my heart.

The Cricut Craft Room enables you to take your cricut crafting to a new level! Learning all these skills will get you ready for the release of the truly revolutionary Artbook cricut cartridge on August 1st. We may have a sneak peak project form this as well.

Mainly, I want to help you understand the basics of the craft room, which will allow you to be more comfortable exploring on your own.

If you are interested in coming, please let me know. Due to the hands on nature of this class, I am going to  limit it to 6 attendees. If there is a good deal of interest, I will schedule another class.
I will give you the "what to bring" details later.

1-2 pm Basics class
2-5 pm Cricut Craft Room Class and sneak peek of Artbook.

This will be at my house and snack provided.
Cost $10 or free with $25 order.
I will be posting a sample soon of the project we will do which will cover the most common skills.

Finished Covers

Here is a picture of the finished covers I made for our outdoor Martha Stewart furniture.
The covers on the original disintegrated after 2 years and MS doesn't sell replacements. I got the sunbrella fabric at JoAnn's for $11.99 per yard (Sunbrella is $25+/yard in catalogs and online). There is a company called Sailrite that has great videos on covering just about everything step by step and very clear videos. The piping was the expensive part, so I did not pipe everything like I would if it was my indoor furniture that needed the totally polished look. It looks nice, but a tad on the shabby chic side. In the catalogs, replacement cushions would have been more than $300. I finished these for $120.00 with the sales at JoAnn's and their great 40-50% off coupons.

Now on to the next project.....

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Anniversary Fancy Folds

Shimmer ribbon and bling with For Always

Here are two cards done in the same fancy fold style using my leftover For Always paper. One has the black sparkles and black shimmer ribbon. The other is done with washi tape and the clear sparkles with added red.
I also embossed the stamp in white daisy on the first card

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I will be teaching at Oasis Fall Semester

I will be teaching at Oasis (Older Adults Sharing in Service) this fall at the First United Methodist Church.

Click Here to go to the Oasis Home Page

I will probably be doing perpetual calendars, a mini album and some scrapbook layouts.
Of course, all of the projects will incorporate techniques that can be used on other scrapbokking, crafting and cardmaking projects. It will be for beginners as well as experienced scrapbookers.

Oasis starts Sept 5th, 2013 and goes until mid November.

Ribbons and Bling

Those of you who know me, know I love some doodads and bling bling.
One thing I love is ribbon. It adds tso much and there are so many different ways to do it.
The black tulle ribbon I wasn't sure how I would use it and now I use it on everything. It can be tucked in every corner for added texture and interest. I also love the burlap. IT can be used in so many unexpected ways and suprisingly you can add burlap to very elegant looking things (cards or paper) and it doesn't make it look country.

Here is a video that shows a few of the different ribbons and some uses. The zipper ribbon is so cool.
I have just bought the colonial white ribbon that is premade into flowers. I will post a project with that this weekend. I can see it on so many things, and in this video they colored it with alcohol inks.

I love the shimmer ribbon. The ready to color ribbon is actually very nice with no color added.
Watch this quick video and get inspired:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

What I've learned on you tube

Numerous craft related things, of course, but lately I have learned how to fix a dishwasher (it was leaking), repair the automatic drying sensors on my dryer and clean the circuit board, rewire lamps
and fixed the regulator in our car window (the part that makes it go up and down). I also learned how to make my favorite dressing (ranch) from scratch. IT is so much cheaper than my favorite mix with buttermilk brand and I can make as little or as much as I want and vary the taste. It is basically buttermilk, mayo and spices, salt and pepper and it is so fresh. Even Hannah's teenage friends thought is was really good. And teenagers love ranch.

I am going to work on making cushions for our outdoor furniture. I have made before, but  I think this will save me dough and I will have a nicer product. who know what I will learn next.

I want to learn to make cheese and I bet I can

My "baby" starts a job

Because I think People need to understand the "value" of money, our kids drive very used cars and pay for their own gas, tires, service, clothes and other miscellaneous items. We have never given an allowance either, you have to earn it. Don't get me wrong, my girls are not deprived, but some of the best people I know have worked when I know their parents could give them, but know that is not the best way. She babysits for the kids of someone who used to babysit her! BUt Hannah realized babysitting wouldn't quite cut it and she started a new job this week, working at the Robyn's Nest gift shop. She wanted to have a picture from her first day at work. Wait til she finds out about taxes!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Fancy Fold Card with Buzz and Bumble new favorite product

My new favorite thing is trying fancy fold cards. Here is one I have made many versions of with Buzz and Bumble paper. 

But the hard thing about fancy folds is closing them and keeping them closed if you don't tie with ribbon. Enter my new favorite product, hook and loop dots (Z1805). The are self adhesive and tiny. It is hard to actually show them on a photo, but basically I put them under the flap and on the card to hold the flap shut until opened. They come in packs of 25, so you can do a lot of card with one pack. 

Father's Day Frame with Tommy Paper

This Tommy paper is one of my favorites. I loved the nautical theme, as well as the primary colors. 
I also love making the frames. This is John's Father's day frame of him with his "new son". We have come a long way from the "he can't stay here" statement when we found him to his new best friend and constant companion. 

If you haven't made a frame, they are so cool. You really get two layers or pages to do and the three dimensional effect is wonderful. I have found you have to put a piece of cardboard on the back to get it to stand in a stand well.

Here is one of the cards I made with the Tommy paper:

Friday, May 31, 2013

I made these for the scrap your stash challenge, but I just got a new camera and couldn't figure it out in time! BUt I had fun doing it. I used Free Spirit, Scholastic, and Buzz & Bumble. I used the chocolate tapestry rub ons as well. I loved mixing all the houndstooth patterns for my hound. I have been making some really cool cards and hopefully this weekend I will figure out the camera well enough to take some pictures. As usual I love them so much I don't want to send them. But like jam and love, they are enjoyed more when spread.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Dream Pop Birthday Cards with shimmer tape

I love the new dream pop papers! Especially the textured papers, which is hard to see on my pictures. These are only available through MAy 31st, so if you love bright colors and POP, use the shop with me button to the right and pick them up. I bought the shimmer tape for a Christmas card project and overestimated what I needed. I remeber thinking "what am I going to use this for?". The answer is everything! It is beautiful with the For Always papers, the dream pop and the old cruising papers I have. I have used this embellishment more than just about anything. I love a little bling! I am trying to learn how to take better pictures of my cards and these aren't great, but they give you an idea about the dream pop. I also did a fancy fold and cutting with the cricut. They are some of my favorite birthday cards I have ever done.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Creating for a Party Video

Here is a fun tutorial about things you can do for a party with the Artiste Cricut cartridge. cupcake ideas! Let your inspiration begin!


I love scrap lifting! I saw this card made as a birthday gift on pintrest and just changed the elements and made it a graduation card. It is so fun to see something and imagine it a different way with what you have!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Memory box Project Oasis 2013

These are pictures of the memory box project we will be doing in my OASIS class at the Methodist Church. IT uses the La Belle VIe papers from Close to My Heart and various accessories, like the filagree charms. The pictures are out of order, and the first is the inside lid of the box, the second the top and the third an overview of the whole box.