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Baby Decor Wall Hanging Tutorial

I made this keepsake frame  for my Great Nephew’s Baptism this past weekend.  Isn’t he a cutie??!   I just adore him! It’s so nice to be able to hold a baby again as I was really starting to miss this, as my boys are 11 and 8 now!   Times just passes so quickly. SUPPLIES: Cardboard cut to 4 inch square (Bazzil Chipboard) Paper hole punch and eyelet setter (Crop a dile) Corner rounder Square 1 1/4 inch paper punch 2 metal eyelets 15″ length of  Ribbon, 15″ length of  co-ordinating ribbon Foam Adhesive Tape 1/2″ wide (Scotch foam adhesive tape) Decorative papers mini fastener (safety pin) Decorative letters (for initials) 1. Cover the cardboard coaster with dp, and round the corners. 2. Punch two holes 1/4 inch down from the top, and 1/2 inch in from the sides. Set with metal eyelets.   Feed the ends of the ribbon through the holes and tie off the knots. 3. Tie alternate ribbon around the frame and make a bow on the right side. 4. …

Trick or Treat?!

It’s one day away from Halloween…just enough time to get some last minute treat bags made for my boys!  I used mostly scraps for this project, and turned some ENVELOPES into mini bags with a few simple scores and folds. 1. Seal the envelope (I used an A2 sized envelope) and score both long sides at 1/2″  and one short side at 1/2″.   Cut across the top with decorative scissors. 2. Score the corner on the diagonal and then fold all score lines back and forth a couple of times to make sure they are not stiff.  This will help you get the shape you want when you open it up into a bag. 3. Put your hand in the opening (like a sock puppet)  to push open the bag/envelope and with your other hand push flat the bottom and pinch the side fold flaps.  Glue these little flaps down with strong adhesive or red line tape to the bottom of the bag. 4. Crease your sides, by pushing middle line inwards and pinching …

Cuttlebug Fabric Flower Tutorial

I made a sympathy card for a friend whose father passed away this week, and took inspiration from a few challenges.  One was the black magic technique on SCS,  and another was the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge to make our own flowers. I am not one to use flowers on my cards very often.  The reason for this is that I don’t like a lot of bulk on my cards, and I always find flowers to be so thick.  I mail a lot of my cards and in Canada the postage is not only expensive, it is also very finicky about shape and size etc.  So, I just try to steer clear of bulk.  However, yesterday I decided to try making a  flat fabric flower to see how it would look. 🙂  I’ve tried fabric flowers before, but cutting them was always a challenge.  I think the trick is to use a very light weight but still sturdy material.  I am going to play some more with different materials. I used very sheer polyester fabric …

Home Decor Desktop Calendar

Flourishes has lovely digital calendar pages.  Seeing as it was the end of January and I needed a calendar for my craft room, I decided to download them to make a desktop calendar project.  I decorated  this quite quickly and simply with my new Cricut Home Décor cartridge.  But you don’t need a Cricut to make the calendar!  It’s an easel style base so it can be easily opened and closed; I can leave it standing on my desk or pop it in my purse!  It’s compact at 41/4 x 41/4!  If you would like to make one too, I ‘ve written a full picture tutorial you can see HERE at CUSTOM CROPS.  I hope you enjoy it! As always, if you have any questions or comments I am happy to hear them!  Thanks for stopping by! Tonight at midnight I will post the first of three challenge sample cards for Flourishes!! Yippeee!!! They are having a celebration for their 1 year anniversary of Timeless Tuesday Challenges and invited me to make some samples for …

New Gift Card Holder Tutorial!

Need a new idea for wrapping up your gift cards?  I’ve made this Gift Box Gift Card Holder tutorial for Custom Crops that you can find HERE.  Let me know what you think, it really helps to know what new ideas you’re all looking for! All Custom Crops tutorials and templates are free and always available in the Custom Crops Projects section.  The fabulous girls from Custom Crops also have Video Tutorials for you! Have a creative day and thanks so much for stopping by!!

Mystery Box Project Revealed!!

It’s time to show you all my CUSTOM CROPS MYSTERY PROJECT!!   I had so much fun with this!! As some of you already know, I received a  box of mystery items from Custom Crops and was invited to make a project  using all of the products in the box!  What would you make with a set of plastic cutlery, a cheerios box and some shrink film??? The girls at Custom Crops have a wonderful sense of humor and our “mission as we chose to accept it” was a ton of fun!! Here’s what was in the box… You’ve seen what I did  with the contents of the box, but wait until you see what all the other designers did!!! You will be amazed at what these ladies have come up with too!!  Please head on over to CUSTOM CROPS for full project tutorials of all our creations!  We would love to hear what you think of them too, so if you have a moment, leave a comment…they really are appreciated!! Custom Crops is also having …

Hot Cocoa packet Holder Tutorial

Hi everyone!  From the results of the poll I took on the hot cocoa holder I posted last week, there are some of you who wanted a “how to”. So today I went ahead and made a tutorial for you.  Thank you for your response to the poll, it really helps me know what my readers want to see! Materials Cardstock- chocolate chip 8 1/2″  x 6 3/4″,  white Circle punch Double sided adhesive tape Ribbon or brad Scoring tool Stamp- I used UNITY Hodgepodge of Happiness cup and sentiment OPTIONAL: Cuttlebug and embossing folder – I used Snowflakes Die Cut Nestabilities: Labels One Scallop oval punch Step 1:  Score the cardstock at 1/2″ and 4 1/2″ vertically.  Score the bottom edge at 1/2″. Step 2: Cut the corner just below where the score lines cross. Step 3: Add adhesive tape to the bottom folding edge just to the score line. Step 4: Flip the cardstock over and still working on the cut corner side add adhesive tape to the long edge and across the …

A Holiday Snowman and my first Video!

Hi friends, today I have a little snowman holiday card to show you, and my first ever Video How Too!! Please be kind as it’s my first attempt…Hopefully I’ll get better at it! I used a Sizzix Simple Impressions embossing folder in my Cuttlebug.  These are a little different as they come in a plastic folder with a brass template on one side and the plastic impression plate on the other. I am happy to say that it worked just fine!  At first i wasn’t sure if I should remove the brass plate and use it alone with my cuttlebug plates, or use the whole plastic folder as it was intended.  I had seen a video from CropStop HERE, that used just the brass template and a texturz mat.  I found that by keeping the brass template in the folder, it eliminated the need for the mat.  You might like to try both methods to see what works for you.  But first, here’s the card. The snowman is from a Disney cuttlebug cut and emboss  …

Merry and Bright

Wow, what a wonderful response we’ve had to the Spread the Love Blog Hop!!  Thank you so much for all your kind comments, and for sharing your cards, but most of all for your BIG HEARTS in spreading the love for Jaimie!  Keep your cards/links coming, the card drive is on all week (and there’s a prize to be won as well)!   Click here for the Spread the Love Blog Hop post. This is a DT project card I’ve made for CUSTOM CROPS.  A fun holiday card to make using my cuttlebug with the borderabilities nesties and cb folder.  If you would like all the deets on this card as well as a step by step tutorial and lots of photos,  just go to my CUSTOM CROPS PROJECT. Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!!

The Giving Tree

There’s still time to make Thanksgiving cards for friends and family!  For those of you in the U.S.A that is, since Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone already!  I’m only giving you a sneak peek of this one today, as it has been published over at CUSTOM CROPS.  You can get the full view, more photos and the full “how to” over there.  It was a fun, quick card to pull together, and I think it would work well as a thank you , thinking of you, happy thanksgiving etc. Is there a project you’re looking for? Maybe for the Holidays? It’s coming fast you know…stay tuned for some fun and easy wrapping and packaging ideas!   I can’t wait to get started on my Christmas projects now!!  I’m always open to suggestions, and comments, it’s fuel for my creativity! 🙂 Don’t forget to stop on by CUSTOM CROPS to have a look at over a hundred projects from the team!!  You will find  great ideas for your Cricut and Cuttlebug machines, lots of scrapbooking layouts …