Monday, September 1, 2014

Create birthday decor with your Cricut and markers!

Today, I share a portion of a lesson from a previous online workshop. The course, called "Cricut: All About Birthdays", was taught along with Cara Miller and Jeri Parks.

A well planned party often has zones or areas where different events take place.  There may be a game zone, an area to set the birthday presents, and a table for the cake and other food items.  We’ll create signs and place cards for each designated zone.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Use your Cricut for your next birthday party!

Have you ever thought of using your Cricut to come up with ideas for your child's next birthday party? It's true! There's loads of ideas on your Cricut booklets. Let's take a look at just one theme idea I've come up with. 

Cricut: All About Birthdays - Tabletop Decor

Check out this list of party themes I've come up with. Ready to plan a party? You might want to check out your Cricut cartridges! ;-)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

22 Great Party Ideas Using Your Cricut!

Got a Cricut? Plan a Birthday Party!

With the new school year starting, there will inevitably be birthday parties for all your children's friends. Or maybe YOUR friends. Stuck in limbo for a party theme? Have you thought of your Cricut? There are loads of ideas for party themes in your booklets.  Here’s a few I've thought of.

"Wrap It Up" Cartridge
  • Princess party pg. 24 castle
  • Boys gaming party pg. 30 controller
  • Birthday cake pg. 31
  • Pirate party “Walk the Plank” pg. 34
  • Robot pg. 40
  • Gumball party pg. 44
  • Garden party pg. 45 gate plus add some flowers
  • Candy Shop theme…Lollipop pg. 54
  • Make a Wish pg. 61 balloons

"Stretch Your Imagination" Cartridge
  • Sunflower party pg. 37: decorate with sunflowers in a Mason jar garden watering can pg. 69 and leaves pg. 76
  • Summer beach party with seashells pg. 40
  • Birthday cake pg. 61
  • Baby’s birthday pg. 66 caterpillar
"Celebrate" Cartridge
  • Specific number party like, 5th birthday, etc.
  • Birthday Cake on cake stand pg. 99

"Birthday Bash" Cartridge
  • Any of the cute animals as theme!
  • Birdie pg. 23
  • Birdie pg. 34 for you…put glitter the shoes!
  • Fun & Games - use for game area sign
  • 3 Cheers for You pg. 38
  • BUNCO party “Let the Good Times Roll” pg. 37 (BUNCO is one fun game in case you never played it!)

Have you planned any parties using ideas from your Cricut? Let us know!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Spreading some Anna Griffin love!

I have to show you some of the wonderful cards I made using Anna Griffin's "All About Kindness" Card Making Kit from HSN. I swore many times I wouldn't get lured into HSN, but when they have their 24 hour paper crafting show, I can't be liable for my actions!! ;-)

There's so many items included in this kit.
  • 20 envelopes
  • 20 cards
  • 20 interior greetings
  • 10 card layers
  • (20) 3D sentiment stickers
  • (20) 3D art stickers
  • 10 die-cut layer stickers
  • 10 foil border stickers
  • 20 bows (10 gold, 10 green)
  • 10 pleated wheel strips
  • 40 die-cuts
  • 150 foam squares
  • Storage box
  • Idea sheet
Here's a few of the cards I've made so far:

This first one's for my middle son who graduated from Navy Boot Camp this past weekend. 
"Anchors Aweigh!" ;-)

In this kit, Anna has provided card inserts with various sentiments. This is such a great idea!

For those of us who hate making cards - that would be me (don't ask me why...I have no idea!) - this is a winning purchase! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mini Book Necklace Tutorial, Part 2

Welcome to part two of the Mini Book Necklace Tutorial. For part 1, make sure to check out Monday's post. Enjoy!

  • Craft knife, ruler, mat 
  • Cardstock and patterned paper
  • Scoring tool
  • About 24" -30” of cording for necklace 
  • 2 beads, optional (cording must be able to fit through bead hole) 
  • About 12" thin ribbon for closure 
  • Very tiny embellishments - stamps, stickers, flowers, etc. 

Video #2 includes:
  • Glue the cording and ribbon closure to back cover (0:0)
  • Glue the accordion book to covers(6:30)
  • Embellish (7:51)

Do you have a favorite mini book? Let us know.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Mini Book Necklace Tutorial, Part 1

Today we'll be creating a cute mini book necklace that can hold 6-8 teeny photos (1-1/2" x 2")...perfect for a little girl who loves to keep photos of her special friends close to her heart. Perfect project for a Girl Scout gathering or a birthday party!

To my book, I've added photos of myself and my friends (three are my sisters!) from when I was in the first grade. Oh, gotta love the pin curls! wink


  • Craft knife, ruler, mat 
  • Cardstock and patterned paper
  • Scoring tool
  • About 24" -30” of cording for necklace 
  • 2 beads, optional (cording must be able to fit through bead hole) 
  • About 12" thin ribbon for closure 
  • Very tiny embellishments - stamps, stickers, flowers, etc. 

This video includes:
  • Overview
  • Supplies (1:42)
  • Cutting the inner pages (4:00)
  • Score and fold (4:42)
  • Cover the chipboard pieces (5:46)

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our mini book on Wednesday 8/20/2014. If you like this, please Pin on Pinterest or share on Facebook!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

All About Adhesives - Adhesive Removers

We are rounding out our All About Adhesives series today. Once things get sticky, you’ll definitely need an adhesive remover and/or eraser.  I've starred (*) the ones I've personally used.


Xyron Adhesive Eraser* is cheap and portable. This gummy eraser cleans up many a dry adhesive residue. When your eraser gets gunky, just cut off the messy edge and get a clean portion! This works great!

Scotch Sticker and Marker Remover Pen - Use for removing adhesives, marker and crayon from walls, lockers, desks, glass, folders, photo-safe and easy-to-control.  It is ideal for crafts and scrapbooking.  It even lifts grime and grease from garage areas or work sites.

Un-Du Adhesive Remover* - This is one great remover! It instantly removes all self-sticking and pressure-sensitive stickers, labels, tapes and adhesives without staining or damaging surfaces. Acid-free, photo safe, archival and will not damage acid-or lignin-free paper making it ideal for scrapbooking.

Krylon Adhesive Remover Spray Fast-acting.  Removes sticker and tape residue, crayon, marker, grease, oil, wax, and paint overspray from metal, plastic, glass, non-porous surfaces, most paintable surfaces, and sealed ceramic.

Elmer’s Sticky Out* - Made with non-toxic, natural oils that safely remove tape, rubber cement, stickers, glues, model paint, labels, and crayons from virtually any surface. I found that I needed to let the solution soak in a bit for it to work well.

Goo Gone* is a quick and fast working solution to remove adhesive, chewing gum, grease, tar, stickers, tree sap, labels, tape residue, oil, blood, lipstick, mascara, shoe polish, crayon, wax and even bumper stickers. It leaves no residue behind and contains no harsh odors. Safe to use on carpets, upholstery, clothing, wood, vinyl, plastic, glass, stone, laminate, ceramic, painted surfaces and even cement.

Crafter’s Companion Stick AwayStick Away is a multi-purpose cleaner ideal for safely removing glue and varnish from most surfaces. Ideal for removing overspray during craft, hobby and DIY activities. Stick Away can be used in confined spaces and leaves a ‘clean smell’.

De-Solv-It * is 100% organic, environmentally friendly and biodegradable. It removes grease, gum, stickers, crayons, make-up, wet paint, bugs, soap scum, and candle wax.  Is there anything this can’t do?  This is one of my all-time favorites. I was able to take off a large sticker from a heavy plastic portable table that had been there for years…it came off easy as pie. Just spray, let sit just a bit, and wipe.  Use as a pre-spot for laundry! 

CitraSolv* is a natural cleaner and degreaser concentrate.  Removes gum, ink, tar, grease, oil, lipstick, paint, permanent marker, and more. Clean your oil paint brushes in this! Another of my favorites. 

Note: When using some of these removers, especially those that claim to remove paint, be careful with any painted surfaces like the decoration on your die cutting machine, label on your sewing machine, etc. They can take off paint! Also, do not use them on wood surfaces, like your dining room table, as they can take off the finish. Always test in an inconspicuous area to determine if it is safe to use on your item.

Do you have a favorite adhesive remover?