Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Heartfelt Journal

Welcome!

I am so glad you stopped by today, I think you will be too!

We have been waiting since January for this amazing Journal Die designed by Eileen Hull and they are finally shipping this month!

Everyone on the team has fallen in LOVE with this Journal Die and when I say fallen, I mean fallen HARD in LOVE! So many possibilities. Any style can be made, it is up to you!!!

This is one that I have created and I am so in LOVE with this Journal!

I am going to share some of the highlights of the design with you.


I like to gather lots of different embellishments and see what happens.


I knew I wanted this to have a vintage feel to it, so of course crackle paste is needed. 


I love stitching on paper and adding elements to paper. Many pages have stitching on them, zig zag and just straight stitches. I also added lace. 


I wanted more of the pink to come through so I colored over the top with a colored pencil.


I had to ink up the Journal to make it look old and dirty. I used another product by Eileen Hull. This is just one of the colors in the Color Box Blends Eileen has designs. These Blends carry 10x's the amount of ink that a ink pad has. It works great to give me the vintage look I want!


The cover is coming together. This dress form and paper is from 7 gypsies. It is a new line called Architextures.


I added my own pages into the journal. Although this journal is designed so that you can use Madori Travel Journals and add them. 


I love making wider pages so that they can be folded and give you extra room in your journal.


This is also another favorite of mine. I Stitch together file tab folders. Now you have 5 extra pages on one page. I add torn paper and vintage snaps. More crackle paste.


Here I just added a image and torn the page on the right side.


Another fold over page. There are also file folders included in this journal. You can do so many things to your journal, these are just a few of the elements of this journal.


Super close up of the cover. I hope you have enjoyed my journal and all the vintage goodness.

Supplies I used:

Journal Die-Sizzix by Eileen Hull
Papers- 7 Gypsies
Dress Form - 7 Gypsies-Achitextures
Crackle Paste-Deco Art Media
Ink-Blends By Eileen Hull
Miscellaneous embellishments

Stop by Eileen's blog all month to see what the other Design Team members have made!
You won't be sorry!


Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter and Sprinkles!

What is better Rice Krispies treats or Rice Krispies treats with Sprinklefetti on top?

Rice Krispies with Sprinklefetti of course!

 **Disclosure:  This blog post includes products from The Bakers Party Shop. Some products in this post was provided to me to create and share fun projects with my audience! This blog post is compensated.  All ideas and opinions are my own. 

What is Sprinklefetti, you ask?

               Only the most fun Sprinkles you will ever bake with!

                    Who makes them? The Bakers Party Shop, that's who!


Look at the beautiful shapes for Easter or for Spring! Look at the textures and shapes. so much fun comes in this bottle of Springlefetti! The Bakers Party Shop also have Sprinklefetti with names like Unicorn, Under the Sea and Ombre Purple. What will you make with your Sprinklefetti?

Make your favorite Rice Crispy bars, add Candy Melts over the top and sprinkle with Sprinklefetti! Easy and fun and gorgeous to look at!


I made a batch of just the bars and then I made a batch and cut them out with fun Easter shapes added sticks and slid them into a cellophane bag and tied with ribbon. Just in case you need sticks and bags, The Bakers Party Shop has those and so much MORE!


These are so pretty wrapped up!


Guess WHAT?

The Bakers Party Shop thinks that you're special, so they are offering 
20% off of ALL SPRINKLEFITTI!


Use this code: SPRINKLEFETTIFUN 
This code is valid 4/5-4/14/2017

 **Disclosure:  This blog post includes products from The Bakers Party Shop. Some products in this post was provided to me to create and share fun projects with my audience! This blog post is compensated.  All ideas and opinions are my own. 

How to Cut and Design Your Own Images: Cricut Design Space

Cricut Design Space enables you to make Amazing designs, including your own images. Cricut Design Space let's you design your own images and let's you to upload them to Cricut Design Space!

Yes, it is that EASY!



I love this phrase and thought that I could use this phrase to make my own design using my Cricut Explore Air 2. So I gathered all my supplies that I would be needing and sat down to start designing my piece.

I use Pic Monkey to design and add images to photos, this is where I went to design my phrase. 



This is what your window will look like. Go to the design tab and it will open the design window. I already know the size of my project, the frame is 11 X 14, I will just click on Crop and it has a drop down menu. Click on 11 X 14. This will let you visualize what it will look like and help you with your font size.


I have typed out my phrase in the font that I found and centered it. If it looks good and you checked spelling, crop it down tighter to the image.  


Now save and name your image to your computer. Sign into Cricut Design Space and upload your image, since my image is black and white I choose simple image. By choosing this, it will eliminate the white background and make it all transparent.

HINT: You may have to click on some of the inside of letters to make them transparent also.  Your machine will also tell you this!



Everything is checked and now I am ready to cut my design. I used my teal vinyl and placed it on the Cricut standard cutting mat. 

I am now ready to cut!

I love how the machine basically tells you how to do it all. It tells you to load, check your dial for paper, vinyl, etc.... It even blinks when ready to GO!

Let's cut!


Now it is time to weed your project. Using the Cricut pick I can easily remove my little pieces.


Once done weeding, it is time for the transfer tape. Cut transfer tape to size and take backing off. Apply to design carefully and burnish with your Cricut scraping tool. once it is burnished well, remove tape and design slowly. 


Apply to glass on inside of frame. Burnish down and remove transfer tape at a 45 degree angle.


I made my own background using Eileen Hull Blends and water to give the appearance of watercolor. Once dried I added some glitter glue to give the appearance of Pixie Dust!!!


Insert into frame and stand back to admire your fabulous project you have made with the help of Cricut Design Space and Cricut Explore Air 2!

I adore this project and it was so simple! 


I have so many ideas for future projects! I have 4 g-kids and I can make so many personalized gifts, 
decorating projects for the play room and bedrooms! 

The possibilities are endless! 

I am going to a conference in two weeks and I am planning some fun personalized bags to put goodies in! I am looking forward to creating with Cricut Design Space and my Cricut Explore Air 2!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Eileen Hull Dies on Sale!

Have you heard? 

Big, big sale....did I say big? I meant HUGE!!!!


So in honor of this sale, the team put together a small blog hop of our favorite dies on sale! So many ideas, so many different designers. You can go to Eileen's HERE and follow along the hop.

We LOVE our Eileen Hull dies!!!!

Check out this Crinoline flower made from her Heart & Soul die, one of my favorites! This can be misted with spray ink or tea dyed. So pretty! It is available HERE.


These next two are made with the Needle Book! I love that I can make this into so many different designs and it is so easy! I love the look, no matter what design I use. The Valentine one has a Hershey bar inside. The Birthday one has a gift card! Perfect size for a gift card. Just add a removable Glue Dot® and adhere the gift card inside! You can get the Needle book HERE.



Show your patriotic side with this die or use it in your travel journal and scrapbook pages!

This is a 4 pc. Thinlits With the US map, road sign, stamp & postcard. I also used another thinlits die called Banners & Pennants. These two dies went so well together. You can find project HERE.

You can get the 4 pc Thinlits with the US Map HERE.
You can get the Banner & Pennants HERE.


I love this gift set I made for Leo's baby shower! The book is made with the Passport die! LOVE it!
You can see the full book HERE.

You can find the Passport book HERE.



Thanks for stopping by and make sure you pick up your favorite Eileen Hull dies while they are on sale!

Sale ends soon!

If you go to Eileen's blog HERE and add a photo of your favorite Eileen Hull project in the Linky and you may just win a prize!


Thursday, March 30, 2017

String Art with Premier Yarns


Welcome, so glad you have stopped by today!

On this blog hop you are going to see so many different uses for Premier Yarns and you are going to LOVE them all! So many ideas from so many designers! 


**Disclosure:  This blog post includes products from Premier Yarns.  The yarn in this post was provided to me to create and share fun projects with my audience! This blog post is compensated.  All ideas and opinions are my own. 

I received this yarn called Spangle and the color is Emerald Crown from Premier Yarns, it is gorgeous! I did take a close up of the yarn so that you could see how beautiful this is. The Spangle is variegated and has a bit of a sparkle with a gold thread running through it. Since I don't crochet or knit, I needed another way to use this yarn. That is when string art came into play!

String Art is something I Did when I was younger.  My Dad owned a Hobby Shop and I was his go to gal to make the samples of the kits! So this is taking me back a few years. Wink, wink! I loved doing them and they have made such a comeback!

On this blog hop you are going to see so many different uses for yarn and I think you are going to LOVE them all! So many ideas from so many designers! 

Here is the close up Spangle - Emerald Crown, this still does not give it the justice it deserves. 


Okay, shall we get started?

What you will need:

Wood
Nails
Hammer
Computer Generated Words
Tape
Pencil
Ruler
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive

1. Gather all supplies.

 2. Tape paper onto wood.


3. Mark off where nail are to be pounded. This depends on the size of your design. I did approximately 1/4".



 4. Here comes the noise. (do not do while children are sleeping) Pound in all nails.


5. Make a slip knot and add to the first nail. I added glue to the knot for extra hold. (Just a dab) Do this at the end of each knot also.


6.  Start winding yarn around nails. I did a X like pattern. You can do any way you would like. Some   like to do a really tight weave and others a loose weave.


 7. On the smaller words, I just did an outline of the words. No pattern needed for those.


8. Wrap handle of the paddle with the Spangle yarn to give your piece extra color. 



I hope you enjoyed your time here. I have a surprise for you!!!

If you are interested in purchasing some Spangle or other yarn that Premier Yarns carries, I have a coupon code for you.

When placing your order you can use this code, this will give you 10% off your order: DB001

Here's a link to another fantastic maker project using Premier Yarns, by the talented Laura Neiman
Don't miss the next Midge and Madge Mingle, on Monday, April 2, the crafty duo will be showing you more ways to use Premier Yarns on Face book Live at Midge and Madge Mingle!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Journal, A Coin Purse and a Banner! Oh my!

Have you heard?

Eileen Hull has a NEW COLLECTION coming!

You're going to LOVE it!

The whole team is so excited about the whole collection! 

The new collection is called HEARTFELT! It is so appropriately named, as you can see it can be used with felt.

My first project was made with two of the dies. First the Journal and second is the House/Pocket Stitchlet.

I made my journal into a to-go color journal for kids. So easy, stitch outside the journal and stitch the house into a pouch and add onto the front of journal. I added some paper to the inside and tied it shut. This can be refilled one all the paper is used!


 So FUN for the kids!


I had to make a little coin purse, just because the front of the journal turned out sew cute!
I used Eileen's Twist and Style tool for the handle. How adorable is this?


























Last, I have a sweet little banner I made with the new Sizzix Thinlets Die Set, it is a 11 pack word Stitchlets. This was so quick and easy!



Again the handle was made with the Twist and Style tool.



Please check out the teams projects this month, they will blow you away! This collection is so fun and so easy to make each journal your own style! Head over to Eileen's HERE!