Friday, December 30, 2022

TGIF #252

Happy Friday and happy Thankful Friday! This week flew by and there’s much to be thankful for. But I’m especially thankful for friends. I went to lunch with a longtime friend and it was great! 

We laughed, we cried (a lot), we ate, we drank and boy oh boy it was what I needed! Thank you Serena for reaching out and for being a friend!

What are you thankful for this week? Leave a comment!

Thursday, December 29, 2022

A Cricut Christmas

I made a lot of shirts for Christmas this year using my Cricut and lots of HTV! It's so fun to purchase an inexpensive shirt and make it something special!

Here they are:

And finally:

I love using my Cricut and my imagination to make gifts for my family. I know they enjoy them and I enjoy making them!  Win-Win

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Faux Leather Earrings

I messed around with some inexpensive faux leather earrings to create these customized gifts.

I definitely learned a few things and am looking forward to creating some more soon.

Check out the YouTube process video:

I searched for earring holders in Design Space and found these cards. I did adjust the size to make it work for these earrings.
Of course I made a pair for myself. I can’t wait to wear them for the next game!

Hmmm…what else can I put on these?

Friday, December 23, 2022

TGIF; Thankful Friday #251

Happy Friday and Happy Thankful Friday! This week I'm thankful for living in a small town. And the reason why specifically is because our fire department still escorts Santa around in all our neighborhoods.

I thought I missed him this year but luckily, when we were driving around looking at Christmas lights, he happened to come around!

You don't even know how excited I was to see him. It's our annual tradition!

What about you? What are you thankful for this week? Please share in the comments.

Poinsettia Gift Tags; CutCardStock Project

Happy Holidays! I usually do a 12 Days of Christmas Tags Series but this December was pretty nuts so I decided not to do it this year. But don't worry...I'll continue next year!

Honestly, it's probably a good thing since my tag container is getting pretty full! I was able to create these beautiful poinsettia gift tags though and I'm so happy how they turned out!

I used Basis Red and Yellow Jacket cardstock from CutCardStock as well as prepared 2x4 tags. I also used my Cricut to cut out the flower petals and leaves. I decided to use patterned paper instead of solid green for the leaves.

After cutting the petals and leaves, I used a rounding tool to create some dimension to each petal of the flowers. There are two layers and they were glued and stacked on top of each other.

For the center of the poinsettias, I used a flower punch that I have in my stash.  I wasn't sure which would work best so I punched them all out and guess what? All three flowers worked perfectly for these centers!

The leaves were glued directly on the tags, then the petals and then the punched gold centers. To accent the centers, I used some yellow glitter glue. You can't go wrong with glitter during the holidays! Stamped "To/From", put some twine (that was included with the tags) and voila...done!

I always make tags in sets of six so that's what I did here too!

Do you make your own gift tags? These are by far my favorite things to make this time of year! Check out the post on the CutCardStock blog.

Check out CutCardStock for all your paper needs. The variety is fabulous!

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Triangle Pocket Fold Card/Gift Card Holder; November MCK

I was unable to go LIVE for November's Monthly Card Kit but I filmed the process to create the cards. These are cute cards just ready to assemble and hand out to someone. Each kit includes everything you need to create these cards, written instructions with cutting guide & measurements and the FaceBook LIVE event where we create the featured card together. If we finish early, we'll make the second card as well.

I designed the cards using products in my stash and the Cricut for the dies. The cute holiday creatures were from The Bearded Housewife as a free file. Be sure to click over to that site for many cute products!

For step by step instructions on how to put the card together, check out the YouTube process video below. The flat image elf is made into a layered piece but using three same images and cutting and stacking specific items from them. Check out the video for more details:

Here are so photos of all three cards. 

To learn more about the Monthly Card Kit, check out the tab on the Home Page.

Friday, December 16, 2022

TGIF; Thankful Friday #250

I have just experienced the most emotional and inspiring three weeks of my life. Friends, I truly believe in miracles and the power of prayer!

Be thankful for all things.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Grand Canyon Layout

I have been scrapbooking so many photos of our CA-UT-AZ 2020 road trip but I'm still not done with all the sections of that trip.  One of the nice things about being a scrapbooker is you get to relive the moments when you're ready to put them on a layout.  That's what I am doing with this trip!

This layout is actually pretty simple since I was following a sketch from Scrapbooking With Ann Marie. She posts lots of sketches, challenges, tutorials, and inspiration on her site.  There's both a free and membership section on the site. I encourage you to check it out!

The sketch included a large circle in the middle, but I decided not to use it for this layout. It just seemed too busy.

I purchased that wooden sticker from one of the gift shops at the Grand Canyon and I really wish I didn't place it down so soon. The adhesive was extra strong! Luckily, I didn't change my mind on the placement!

I continued to use pieces from the hiking/outdoors kit that I made before starting these layouts. It's nice to have items gathered together to make it easier when selecting embellishments and papers. The two dot papers were one big scrap that I cut in half - they are approximately 3.25 x 9". The green solid cardstock is a 8.5x10 piece. The orange scrap is approximately 6x8.

Next stop after the Grand Canyon is Tucson and there are plenty more pictures and memories!

Be sure to check out the YouTube process video to see how it comes together and how I used scraps to create the layout.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Dollar Tree Sign & The Cricut

Oh I love a good updo and I believe this is one of them. Every year for Christmas, we have a decorating contest at work. In my previous position, I was the only one in my department (besides my boss) so I would create something on my own.

But this year, I am now part of a team so I’m working with a few people. We’re doing a Christmas Tree Farm. I’ll post more photos of the decorations later but for now I’m sharing a cute sign I made. 

I first had to make this cheap Dollar Tree sign look like weathered wood. I did that by using a variety of acrylic paints.

You can see how it was made by checking out the YouTube process video.

It went from this (this is actually the back since I forgot to photo the piece prior to updoing it):
To this:

Don’t you love that font?! It’s so fun!  I used my Cricut and a variety of scrap vinyl to complete this. It does make sense to keep those small pieces of scrap vinyl!

Super cute, right?