Monday, October 28, 2013

Square1 Masterpiece Printable Iron on Tutorial

My oldest son was married this past weekend at our house and I've been planning this event for months. Of course, there has to be a few (or more!) crafty items decorating the scene. Once such item was an Eiffel Tower print on canvas board using Square1 Masterpiece inkjet printable iron on. The couple will be honeymooning in Paris and my theme/decor was Paris, Great Gatsby, Art Deco.


Heat resistant non-stick craft sheet, optional
Artist canvas board – I used 8” x 10” LIKE THIS
Image to print from your computer
Inkjet printer ONLY (This is not for laser printers)
Tacky glue or PVA
Grosgrain ribbon, about 15”
Black cardstock


1.      Prepare your image to print as needed. My image is a clip art image that I printed at 8-1/2” x 11” onto Square 1 Inkjet Printable Iron-on.Follow package instructions for printing:
  • Load 1 sheet of heat seal fabric into printer. 
  •  Print at normal quality, plain paper setting. 
  •  Print on fabric side, NOT shiny side.
  • Allow ink to dry 1-2 minutes.

2. Trim around the edges as needed. Any white edges will transfer as white onto the canvas.
3. Place image side UP onto canvas board.

4. Heat iron to cotton setting with NO STEAM.
5. Press directly on the image for 10-15 seconds making sure all areas of the sheet are bonded well to canvas.

6. Because my image was a little larger than the front of the canvas, I chose to leave the product large enough to wrap around the sides of the canvas. Press in the same manner on the edges.

 7. Cut ribbon to desired size for hanger. Mine is about 12”. Glue ends of ribbon onto back of canvas board.
8. Add glue to back of ribbon and back of canvas.

9. Cut cardstock to fit canvas and glue onto back.
10. Hang and enjoy!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Square 1 Masterpiece Creative Consultant Program!

Square1 Masterpiece announces the launch of the Square1Masterpiece Creative Consultants Program.  This program is unlike any other home based business opportunity and provides crafters a way to earn money from home while doing what they love most, crafting.   Square1 Masterpiece is a PVC- free adhesive backed fabric that is a safe alternative to vinyl.  Square 1 offers more flexibility and creativity than vinyl ever could.  Creative Consultants can now provide a safe “Pinterest-worthy” option for wall art, custom photo art, home décor projects and decorations for friends, family and customers.

The Creative Consultants Program Kits contains both Square1 products and our Learn and Earn Education Program with Cara Miller (link to Cara’s bio at Square1    Consultants are offered a 15-30% discount on Square1 products.  Our active online consultant community provides continuing education and support to help Creative Consultants hit the ground running, creating their own Square1 custom projects, from frames and shadow boxes, to wall art and technology skins.  Join just for the discount, you will love how creative you can be with Square1. 

There will be an informational live stream held on October 27, 2013 at 9:00pm Eastern Time to share more about this exciting program and how it can benefit crafters and non-crafters alike! Event will be held at
GIVEAWAY! Want to win a free pack of 8-1/2" x 11" Square1 inkjet printable media? Follow my blog (click JOIN THIS SITE button at left) AND leave a comment letting me know what you'll do with your printable product. :-) Deadline to enter drawing is Wednesday October 30th at midnight. Winner will be announced October 31st. What a great Halloween prize! ;-)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

If you have a Cricut, I have a great online class!

I am one of three instructors teaching a super Cricut class at My Creative Classroom. If you have a Cricut, you should be there with us!! You'll learn loads of techniques as well as create gifts for your family and friends.

Class begins Oct 24th, but registrations are ongoing

Join three MCC instructors - Cara Miller, Karen Hunter, and Shirley Pando - as they come together to help you make loads of creative and personalized gifts for everyone on your list. In this class you'll make over a dozen projects in a wide variety including a cute magnet set for a child, a funky decorated cork board for a teen, altered frames and a personalized clock for an adult and a calendar set for your child's teacher. Using your Cricut machine and images easily customized from your own cartridge library, you'll create with magnet, chipboard, vinyl and more!

Weekly projects focus on the age group of the gift recipients.
  • Lesson 1: Infants/children
  • Lesson 2: Teens
  • Lesson 3: Adults
  • Lesson 4: Teacher/neighbor
Students may use any Cricut machine and cartridges they own. Instructions will include the use of the Cricut Craft Room. See supply list for the specific projects made each week.

This course has an Advanced skill level. Prerequisite: Students must come to class with knowledge of how to use their Cricut machine AND how to use the Cricut Craft Room.

Hope to "see" you there! :-)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wedding Wreath

DIY projects are coming out of my ears at this point as I prepare for my oldest son's wedding party next Saturday. I have a TON of ribbon so I decided that the wedding party NEEDS a wreath made with ribbon...white, of course. ;-)

I saw a wonderful idea on Pinterest and thought I must do this. I started with a wooden embroidery hoop and painted it with gesso. Then onto looping strands of ribbon, which took quite a while. You want it to be very full, so fill the hoop as much as possible.


I added a gold/bling trim to the inner edge for a bit of shiny.

The only problem was that ribbon is flimsy and it falls when hung. :-(

Thank goodness I have plenty of supplies! ;-) Aleene's Stiffen Quick was the answer.
There are several other types of fabric stiffeners on the market, so anyone will work, even thinned tacky glue.
I sprayed the wreath until it was very saturated. Make sure that you get every piece of ribbon and let it dry.

Now all the ribbon stands up and looks wonderful!


Monday, October 14, 2013

Fabric dye for paper?

We are at the two week countdown for the pre-wedding party for my oldest son and his fiancée. There's been loads of DIY projects to get this place looking wedding worthy. Mixed media canvases, banners, signs, etc. Most I will be showing you in the coming days and weeks. You've already seen me dye fabric for table runners. But what to do with the leftover dye? Save it and use for other things, of course. This time....paper fans!

I used white paper fans I purchased from Party City. You can get them most likely at other stores, too, in the party section.

I transferred left over liquid Rit dye into Inkssentials spray bottles from Ranger. Make sure to cover your table and wear gloves as this gets quite messy! You could, of course, spray with thinned acrylic paint, Dylusions Ink Sprays, Glimmer Mists, etc.

Open up your fan and tie with the string provided.
 I first tried dipping the end of the fan into the dye, assuming I could get a gradation of color, but because the cardboard end got so wet the glue started to loosen. So that's when I resorted to spraying it rather than dipping.
Give it a good spray on both sides, using paper towel to mop up excess.
Let them hang to dry, but remember they will drip and this is fabric dye, that they don't drip on any towels, rugs, dogs! ;-)

I dyed four or five packages of fans, so I have about 15-20 fans. Watch to see where these end up for the party! :-)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tutorial: I you?

Maybe you already know what fusible is, but I've run across quite a few people lately who do not.  There was even a gal working at my local Joann's who didn't know what it was and she was cutting fabric. That really surprised me!

So let's start at the beginning. A fusible is a heat activated adhesive for fabric. It is heated with an iron and alleviates the need to sew OR use it along with sewing and make your crafting much easier!

Fusible is purchased in your fabric store either as yardage

 as tape

 or in sheets.

There are several manufacturers that produce this but in my opinion they all work well. Some are for those who WILL NOT be stitching the final product, and some are for stitching will NOT gum up your needle. BUT you must purchase the right one, so check the package!

I will be using fusible on the edges of a table runner I'm making for my oldest son's wedding party. I've dyed the fabric and now will fuse the edges rather than hem them. Yes, I would normally stitch the fabric, but of course just when I want to sew, I don't have my machine as I've taken it for it's yearly maintenance...and I just don't want to wait. :-(

1. Wash and press the fabric.
2. Fusible has either single or double sided release paper on it. If there are two, take off the paper that comes off easiest.  For my runner, since I am fusing the edges I press the fusible to the RIGHT SIDE edge of the fabric. In my sample I'm using 1/4" tape.

3. Once the fusible is pressed to the fabric, let it cool to the touch and take off the release paper. You'll see the shiny adhesive left on the fabric.

4. In my sample, I fold over onto the WRONG side 1/4". This is done without measuring as my tape is already 1/4". I just fold it over once...


...and then press. (This is the wrong side of the fabric)

And voila! It's done!

TIP: If you have fusible that is sold in sheets or as yardage and would like to hem something, just cut it at 1/4" and you've created your own 1/4" fusible tape!


Monday, October 7, 2013

Tutorial: Mixed Media Canvas using Square 1 Masterpiece + Giveaway!

As I am preparing for my oldest son's pre-wedding party I have quite a few DIY projects done and a few still to go. One item that will be shown somewhere (?) in my home during the party is a mixed media canvas made using Square 1 Masterpiece, the safe alternative to vinyl. Why not make a canvas of your own to decorate your home? Change up the colors and sentiment to match your décor or theme.


Square1 Masterpiece – Pink permanent or repositionable, 1 sheet
(NOTE: I like using the repositionable product as it allows me to move the elements as often as I need for proper placement)
  • Non-stick craft sheet or table covering
  • Stretched artist canvas – I used 9” x 12”
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cricut Machine, regular blade and mat
  • Cricut Cartridges: I used Calligraphy Collection and Straight From the Nest
  • Cricut Craft Room (CCR)
  • Painter’s tape or transfer tape, optional
  • Photo – I used a 5” x 7” landscape photo
  • Black cardstock as photo mat
  • Adhesive
  • Sequins, optional
  • Tweezers and/or dental pick tool
  • Charcoal pencil, optional
  • Ribbon or twill tape, optional

1. Paint the artist canvas front and sides in desired colors. I mixed black craft paint, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint in Sky Blue, and Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Weathered Wood and Brushed Pewter.  Let dry.

2. Prepare text and design layout in Cricut Craft Room (CCR). (See below how you can get this file for free!) 

3.  Cut text using the CCR file from the black Square 1 Masterpiece. I used blade depth 3, pressure 3.



4.  Weed the design leaving the text on backing sheet. You will take out the center of the letters, too, but in the photo below I have not done that yet.

5. Cut the heart swirl and heart border from the pink Square 1 Masterpiece. I used blade depth 3, pressure 3. Weed the design leaving the desired portions on the backing sheet.

6. Pick up the heart border from the backing sheet and center it on the bottom of the canvas about 1/2” from the bottom edge.
7. Pick up the heart swirl design from the backing sheet and center it at the top of the canvas. 
8. Mount photo onto black cardstock and trim closely. Set in position on the canvas where you think you will place it but don’t adhere it yet.
9. Pick up each word or phrase from backing sheet and attach to canvas. I used repositionable product as it allowed me to take time to adjust letters, I found it easiest to start adding the words at the bottom, then the top to allow for good spacing between words.
HINT: Try using a ruler to keep your words straight!
10.  Adhere matted photo to canvas, allowing some letters to overlap the photo.
11. Add charcoal pencil to the letters at the left and lower edges, if desired. This gives them a more dimensional look. As an option you can create a drop shadow for your letters in the CCR and cut with another color of Square 1 Masterpiece.

12. Add ribbon or twill tape to edges of canvas, optional.

13. Add sequins, bling, buttons or other dimensional embellishment, optional.



If you would like the Cricut Craft Room file that I created for this project all you need to do is FOLLOW my blog (at right) and leave me a comment with your email address. I'll send you the file. :-)