Thermoweb Deco Foil Products

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Let’s talk foils.  Specifically, Gina K Deco Foils by Thermoweb.  I used the Gina K Foil MatesDeco Foil, Deco Foil Transfer Gel,  and the Gina K Circle Dies to create this sparkly gem.

untitled (1 of 1)-2I love how the foils look on the crepe paper!  It makes me swoon.  Really!

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Personalized Labels with the Cricut!

Happy Sunday, everyone!

I am so excited about the new Cricut Printable Clear Sticker Paper!    It is perfect for adding a customized label to all of your handmade gift items!

Give someone special a candle with a personalized label, or a birthday greeting, or how about a special Easter message.  I personalized a candle and some body scrub in the photo above. Endless possitiblities.

With the Cricut Maker   Print then Cut feature it’s easier than ever to create some fancy handmade labels for any occassion.

Look how cute this handtowel looks with a special label that carries your brand.

Ready for a tutorial?  Here you go!

Hello Heidi Swapp – Hawthorne

I finally received my Heidi Swapp Hawthorne Collection, and wow!  What a gorgeous collection.   Heidi always manages to keep her signature style, all the while making each collection unique and fresh.

 

How does she pack all this beauty into one collection?

Papers, stickers, ephemera, gold and silver flakes, stamps and oh did I mention a lot of the collection can also be used with the Minc and foiled?

I couldn’t wait to start putting some of this yumminess together.

A simple layered tag cluster makes quite the statement for an elegant package.

 

Even in black and white it makes quite the statement!

 

Have you tried Hawthorne by Heidi Swapp?  What are you making?

 

Leave me a comment and tell me your favorite part of this collection.

Buttons & Bows Loaded Envelopes with the Cricut Explore/Cricut Maker (Free SVG included)

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Buttons & Bows.  Is there a better combination?  I am not sure, but I do know that I love me some buttons and bows!

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Sometimes when I don’t know what to make, but I really want to play with all of the pretty ephemera and papers that I have – I will make a loaded envelope.  It’s filled with so much yummy real estate.

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Places to tuck a button here, and button there, throw in a little bow and before you know it…
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You have a little pocked filled with heaven.  How cute is this to sit on a shelf, or send to a friend?

 

There is lots of room to send a note, a little gift or just fill it with pretties.

 

Most of the ephemera and the envelope itself was cut with my Cricut Explore.  You can watch a print then cut tutorial here (to make the ephemera) and pick up the SVG and find out how to make the Loaded Envelope itself here.

 

 

 

 

But wait, what about the other side?

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And just like that, you have another look to Buttons and Bows.

Want to see a close up and see what’s inside?  I thought maybe you would.  Here’s a video

Thanks for stopping by!

File Folder Flip Book

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I created this file folder flip book (think mini scrapbook) from a plain ‘ole manilla file folder.  Of course I had to add a pretty pink flamingo because flamingos make everything better, right!

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A black and white stripe belly band adds a splash of unexpected contrast and holds everything in place.

There is so much real estate inside this little gem

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Open it up up and voila – more flips and flaps and fun little places to tuck ephemera, photos and journaling.

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I love layers and layers of color, texture and “happy”

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Another Flip and you’ll find a fun place to tuck a personal letter, photo or handwritten journaling.

One more turn and flip and there you have it.  A “FLIP BOOK”.  Try one!  They are a great way to use up all of that pretty stuff you’ve been hoarding! :0)

 

 

 

 

 

Want a closer look?  Check out this video walkthrough:

Loaded Envelope

Have you tried a loaded envelope?  I made this particular one months ago.  I was looking through some photos on my computer and saw it and remembered just how fun these are.

You have unlimited room for creativity with a loaded envelope.  It is literally just a shell filled with crafty yumminess

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The more stuffed (or loaded) the better.  I love to add all different kinds of textures and layers.  It’s hard to stop.  Even when you complete the front, there is a whole other side to this gorgeousness.  Flip it over and …

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enjoy more layers, more tags, more fringe, more PINK.  Can you tell that’s my color yet?

I love making all of the “stuffers” almost as much as I love making the actual pocket.

So, what’s the purpose of these little beauties? My crafty friends and I make them and send them to each other for inspiration and to share our crazy love of paper pretties.  It’s called swapping.  You can take them apart and reuse/recycle the things inside, or you can keep it just like it is and display it as a paper decoration.  There’s really no right or wrong.

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They are just fun to look at!

Want to see more?  Stay tuned!  I have several others I hope to add to the blog soon.

 

 

I’m in Love with my Cricut Maker!

I am.  I am in love with a Machine.  Not, just any machine.  It’s the Cricut Makercricut makerI know what you’re thinking… it’s ok.  The Mr. Knows all about the Maker.  He actually thinks it’s a pretty amazing too!

I mean how can you not love this state of the art handsome boy?  Not only is this machine incredibly good looking, but it also features the revolutionary new adaptive cutting system.  cricut-maker-ultimate-cutting-machine-d-00010101000000_574327_alt2It features 10x more power than any of its Cricut Predecessors.

Do you see that pretty gold blade?  That, my friends, is a ROTARY blade!  It can do amazing things like cut raw fabric!  You heard me, right.  It can cut fabric without any kind of bonding or interfacing.  You just load your fabric on the fabric mat (included in the box) and go.  The Cricut will go about it’s merry way cutting and whizzing along the pattern lines.  In just a few moments, your pattern is cut perfectly.

A little disclaimer, I never sewed with fabric until I got the Maker in October of 2017.  So, ifI can do it, so can you!  Just look at what I’ve been able to do with the help of this crazy, inspirational machine.

I created this pattern in Design Space (the free software to use with the Cricut Explore and Maker machines).  I then added the fabric to the mat and let the Cricut Maker do it’s thing.  You can watch the full tutorial here.

Once I got the hang of zippers, I decided to expand my sewing capabilities a bit and created another project/pattern in Design Space.  I created this boxed pouch.  21764825_10155663928566870_3942223641138407957_nIt was a huge hit with my friends and family.  It’s the perfect size for travel and holds most of your personal essentials.  If you’d like to get the pattern and try one of these, you can watch the tutorial here.

So, those are just two of my very beginner sewing projects with the Cricut Maker.  I just can’t say enough about this amazing machine!  I’ve not even scratched the surface of what this machine can do.  It can cut Vinyl, Iron On, leather, faux leather, basswood, Paper, Cardstock, Chipboard, and so many more materials.  I cannot wait to share more fun projects with you.

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