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?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

All About Adhesives - Interview with Instructors

(This "interview" occurred while I and several other crafty folks were instructors at the now-closed, My Creative Classroom. For online workshops, make sure to check out Craft Classes Online!)

Hello! Shirley Pando here, on-the-spot reporter with all the latest craft talk from the MCC instructors.

I've recently had the chance to interview many of them and ask, "What are your favorite adhesives and why?" Let's take a look at their faves:

(On a side note, we do not receive any compensation from manufacturer's of the various adhesives noted. Links are provided for your understanding of the product only...and possibly a bit of enabling!wink)

Donna Maligno says: "Shirley, I am terminally in love with Tear-ific Tapes from Sparkle N Sprinkle. They come in 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", and 3/4". The Tear-ific Tapes are superb for card making and glittering. They are strong enough to withstand the heat and lights at trade shows without all the elements falling off the cards. We all know how heat can effect adhesives. These are incredible."

SP: WOW! An adhesive I have never even heard of! Where have I been? surprise

Cara Miller says: "Oh you know me, Shirley.... Foam Tape and pop dots! My Xyron X for itty-bitty Cricut cuts and I also love Zip Dry and 3-in-1 from Beacon when I am using chipboard and heavier cardstock layered die cuts."

SP: Great choices, Cara!

Linda Dotterer says: "I love my ATG gun, pop dots, and glue dots."

SP: That's my kind of gal...I love my ATG gun, too!

Teri Martin says: "I love my tape runners because I am quick and dirty. For a real stick on an art piece, I use acrylic matte medium. For cards and other stuff, I love my Xyron!"

SP: That's right, Teri, tape runners are super quick and efficient!!

Catherine Matthews-Scanlon says she uses way too many glues, and they are all her favorite for one reason or another - but for different types of projects. Catherine says:

  • "I like to use double stick tape for paper projects, because I don't have the patience for tape runners.
  • I use a UHU glue stick for gluing papers to collages and canvases, and to cover boxes and things like that. It doesn't make my paper buckle, I can roll the bubbles out with a brayer and it dries pretty fast.
  • I use gel medium when I want to get messy and use my fingers to spread the adhesive around.
  • I use a hot glue gun to glue dimensional items together when I don't want to wait for the glue to dry.
  • I use Aleene's when I am gluing fabric or don't care how long it will take to dry."
SP: I know Catherine loves a good gel medium, too.

Donna Salazar likes different adhesives for different applications. She says,

  • "For dry adhesives I love SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES by 3L foam tape and Crafty Power Tape (the Crafty Power Tape is insanely strong).
  • For liquid glue for my 3-D and fabric projects I love Fabri-Tac or 3-in-1 from Beacon.
  • For decoupage and mixed media I LOOOVE Fast Finish Decoupage (also from Beacon).
  • For making my signature paper flowers I use Art Glitter's "Designer Dries Clear".
  • For glitter I like using Clearsnap's Glue Gloss (works FABULOUSLY with my new glitters from Clearsnap)."

SP: Donna, these are all new-to-me adhesives...surprise

Jeri' Parks: "Here is my list, it only includes my faves and not everything I use.

  • ATG tape this! But it is super sticky and very permanent.
  • Pop-dots, Dot Glue Runner....I like this type of adhesive for ribbon and other small bits and pieces.
  • Glossy accents and matte medium. I use these when I want to be able to move something around before it dries.
  • UHU glue stick. I call this my filler adhesive. Meaning I add a bit of ATG to the corners and then fill in with UHU. Catherine is right in that is does not wrinkle the paper and it has a good hold. I always try to apply it to both pieces for a better hold.
  • My sewing machine. LOL! Yes that is one of my all time favorite adhesives. I starting using my sewing machine because it was so much cheaper for making mini albums and pockets. And I still use it for that reason today."

SP: What, Jeri'? You've included a sewing machine as an adhesive? Sheesh!

Jennifer Priest says, "My faves are as follows:

  • PVA for anything paper, especially tiny die cuts. It is a book binding glue and dries rock hard. Few scrapbook stores carry it -- I usually go to Blick Art Supplies to get it. Once it's stuck, it's not coming off.
  • ATG for layouts and projects. It is big but once you get used to it, there is not going to back regular tape runners. A little dab is all it takes and it is sooo affordable compared to every other tape runner on the market. 
  • For 3D my fave is American Crafts This To That 3D Foam Dots. They are really dense so they hold up even in thick scrapbooks and they stick like a glue dot."

SP: I totally agree with you, Jennifer, about the ATG gun. It is the only glue runner I use.

Kim Parkinson says:

  • "My all time favorite dry adhesive is the EZ Runner by Scrapbook Adhesives.
  • But that's not all. If I need something that will stick to a glitter surface or if I'm using metal or something else and I never ever want it to come off, I'll use the Red Line tape sheets. Ten Seconds Studios calls them Humungo Adhesive but I buy mine through Oriental Trading Company and they are cheaper and work just as well.
  • If I'm making a book and I am going to wrap chipboard, I use a glue stick. My glue stick of choice is the Coccoina. Not only does it smell like almonds but it's super strong! This stuff is made in Italy.
  • If I'm in need of attaching on something little with holes in it, I'll use a dot roller but they are usually not my favorite. I do like that if I'm adding a word or some other small die cut that I can rub off any of the dots that are shown. I keep one of these in both permanent and repositionable at all times.
  • I used to use the Kokuyo Tape Roller Plus and that was my ultimate favorite for all around usage but they no longer sell it in the states. sad
  • If I need a wet adhesive, I will use mostly a Multi-medium in matte. Whether it's Mod Podge, Ranger, or Golden, I believe they all work well and I have a jar of each here at the house.
  • If I need something with huge dimension and don't mind waiting a few days for it to dry, I'll use YES! Paste. A jar of this will last me the rest of my life!!
  • Lastly, well maybe not - I do have a ton more but this is my last favorite, I use Glossy Accents by Ranger for encasing embellishments. This stuff is great if you need to place something down that's heavy and then want a nice coat of shiny (or matte, or sepia or crackle) on top of it. I own one of each of the kinds they make!"

SP: Kim, I'm with ya about the wonderful smell of the Coccoina paste! YUMMY!

Karen Hunter says "My go-to adhesives are:
  • For layouts and cards I usually use my ATG - quick and very sticky.
  • For bulkier items I almost always use Beacon's 3-in-1 - love that stuff!
  • For tiny items I like my Zig glue pens. I use these right on my Cricut mats and don't have to worry about clean up because the glue is permanent when first applied, then turns repositionable if left to dry (can use them to revive old Cricut mats, too)."
SP: Ah yes, another ATG - lover!! smile

Sandy Hulsart says, "My favorite dry adhesive is Scotch ATG. It is permanent but can be removed from the back of paper if you get messy just by rolling it up with your finger. I love the accuracy and ease of using a tape gun.

My favorite wet adhesive is Crafter's Pick Ultimate Glue. A little dab will do you, and it works on just about all surfaces, even metal."

SP: I love a glue that works on metal, too! Gonna have to try that one!

SP: Well, I think I've learned a thing or two during this interview, how about you? I may have to try out a few more types of adhesive and add to my if I didn't have enough already! approve

This is Shirley Pando signing off. Let me know, what is your favorite glue?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

All About Adhesives - Fabric Adhesives, Part 2

Let's have a look at part 2 of our Fabric Adhesives tutorial. Up today is fusible. If you have never heard of fusible or have never used it, you are in for a big treat!

Do you use fusible? If not, run...don't walk, to your nearest fabric store and get some right away!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

All About Adhesives - Fabric Adhesives, Part 1

I love using fabric in my crafting. In this video I talk about several dry, wet, and spray fabric adhesives. Part 2 comes on Thursday, 8/7/2014, so make sure to stay tuned.

Are you a fabric lover, like me? What adhesives do you use?