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:

Computer Generated Words
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!
Sunday, March 5, 2017

Makin's Clay® "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" Pin

Now that Valentines Day has come and gone, it is time for the Irish to get the dancing shoes and beer mugs out of the closet. I have made a sweet pin for all the Irish who want some free loving on that special day! If you are Irish or know someone who is, this is a pretty simple project to make. 

Supplies needed:

Makin's Clay®-Green
Makin's roller
Makin's mat
Makin's cutter - 4 leaf clover
Thread or ribbon for bow
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
White paint


1. Gather all materials

2. Roll out clay to about 1/8" and use cutter to cut out clover

3. Roll out four balls of clay and work them onto the clover.

4. Work the clay together as you add each piece.

5. Smooth clay together. Let dry overnight. Once dry, add a coat of white paint and wipe off. This step is optional.

6. Print out on heavy card stock "kiss me, I'm Irish"  and adhere it to the clover with Beacon 3-in1.

7. Adhere a pin to the back of piece and let dry. Adhere a bow onto clover.

Hope you enjoyed this cute pin! If you're Irish, Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Explore Air 2 is "EASY"


I am so glad you are here. A few weeks ago I shared my new Cricut Explore Air 2. (see here) This week I am here to share how EASY it is to work!

Yes, I said EASY!

Project for today

+Official Cricut  has made it so EASY to use the Cricut Explore Air 2! I selected my design in the Cricut Design Space and it showed me everything I needed to complete my design. When it was time to start, it reminded me to set the dial to cardstock. I took some photos of the screen to show you how EASY it is!

Find project.

Clicked on photo and it gives the description, materials needed and the instructions.
Want to make this project? Cricut has made that really EASY! 

Make it now-Click on it and it will take you to the project page. That EASY!

Here is the project page. It shows which paper and what it will cut. Push GO when you are ready!

I am extremely excited about this, see that tool? That tool is a score tool and when placed into the machine it scores the paper for you! It SCORES!

This is really that EASY!!!

Here are the flowers cut. Just assemble as the instructions show or assemble your way!

I chose to put my branch into a vintage spool instead of a vase. That is how I made this project my own.

Here it is all finished! I LOVE how EASY and fun this project was!

Dare I say it again? EASY!

Start to finish, with me never running this machine before....45 minutes! 

Thanks for stopping by! Go check out the amazing projects you can do using your Cricut Explore Air 2.

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Watercolored Caddy Bag

Welcome, I am so excited to share with you today!!!

This month on Eileen Hull's blog the team is using Eileen's Color Box Blends inks by Clearsnap®. The team is trying all different types of techniques. We would like to inspire you to try your Blends in different ways! So make sure you check Eileen Hull's Blog all month long for new techniques!

My thought was, "I wonder if the Blends would work like a water color?" 

YES! Yes they do and they look how awesome!

What you will need to make this project

Color Box Blends by Cleasnap®

  • Sunshine
  • Golden
  • Nutmeg
  • Beach
  • Leaf
  • Stop
iCraft Easy-Cut Adhesive
Watercolor Paper 
Permanent Ink - Black
Paint Tray
Stamendous Stamp Fran's - Daisy Thanks

Here is how I did it!

Using the Sizzix die Caddy Bag by Eileen Hull, I covered both sides of Sizzix Mat Board with iCraft Easy Cut Adhesive and adhered the watercolor paper. Once covered I cut it out.

Stamp your pieces using permanent ink. You don't want any smearing once your water is added.

Using my plastic paint tray, I sponged the Blends onto the tray and started to paint. I just dipped my brush into water and then picked up the color of choice with the wet brush. 

Here is how the layering began. I just started with the Sunshine, added Golden and shaded a bit with Nutmeg on each of the petals. Centers are Nutmeg with a touch of Ebony. Background is Beach. (wish I was at the Beach) LOL! I really wet my brush and added Beach to it and gave the pieces a splatter.

You can blend these together to make other colors! I made orange by mixing Stop and Sunshine! 

Works great! 

Look at those cute little note cards to put in the "Caddy"! I simply cut card stock 3 1/4" X 3". Took a swipe of water and Beach to the top corner, added a splatter and let dry and stamped sentiment.

I love!!! 


We all LOVE easy!

I hope you enjoyed the technique I fell in LOVE with! I sure hope you give it a try!

Again make sure you visit Eileen Hull's blog all month long for the team's different techniques!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

It's Here! My New Cricut Explore 2

I am so excited to share that I have received my new Cricut Explore Air 2!

I have been a long time fan! I purchased my first Cricut many years ago, it was the first one Cricut introduced. I remember it only cut 6" X 12", but oh how I loved it! 

Than came the Cricut Expression and it would cut 12" X 12" and would cut a wider range of items! I still have this one and still use it and LOVE it!

But now my options have gone to a whole new level! I am so excited to start to use the new Cricut Explore Air 2. I am able to design in the Design Space! I can do this on my phone! My PHONE! 


My first impression while looking at the box was how pretty it was! I was wondering if this would be a hard transition from one machine to the next. I have all these cartridges and was worried if they would be of no use 😩! Guess What! I can still use them! I can, I really can! Cricut has done a beautiful job at the transition from one machine to another.

Cricut made it extremely easy to start. I was ready to start creating in minutes. The download onto my computer was fast and easy. Cricut walks you though it step by step!

Did you know that the Cricut Explore Air 2 is able to cut out many different materials? It cuts canvas, card stock, cereal boxes, heavy chipboard, glitter stock and so much more! I can't wait to try some of these! 

The tools and supplies that are available now is mind blowing! Cricut has Vinyl, markers, tools, Washi Sheets and so much more. 

 I was scanning the project website and I am so excited to try so many of the great projects shown! This is just one tiny glimpse into the site!

Oh, I can't wait to get started!!!!

To be Continued!!!!!

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tags and Cards!

This month the Inspiration team is sharing different card and tag ideas. 

I am sharing a secret that I have! 

If I need a quick tag or card, I grab my Eileen Hull Cookie Box Die

Yes, that is right! 
This is the part I use. It is the top and bottom of the box. 

I cut two and one 1" x 2" to attach them together.
I also cut out some flowers from Eileen's Heart and Soul.

Add adhesive to each side of 1" x 2" and adhere to the two front and back of cards.

 Just like this!

Add flower and sentiment and you are done!

For tags, cut out, punch hole and add twine.

So easy and fast!

Two cards and two tags! Done, boom, bam!

Now you know my secret!