You’re my Jam Valentine Shaker Card

Don’t you just love cheesy Valentines?

The “You’re My Jam” stamp and die set from The Maker’s Movement is one of the cutest sets

from the New Spring Release.  And it makes the perfect Cheesy Valentine’s Day Shaker Card.

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Directions:

    • Cut a piece of double-sided craft foam approx. 4″ x 5.
    • Using the jar outline die, die-cut the jar shape into the lower section of the craft foam.
    • Cut a piece of the wood grain scrapbook paper approx. 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  Die-cut the jar shape into the lower section of the scrapbook paper.
    • Cut a small piece of acetate to cover the opening of the jar.
    • Remove protective coating off the acetate.
    • Remove the protective liner off the top side of the adhesive craft foam.  Stick the acetate over the opening.
    • Line up and stick the scrapbook paper over the jar opening of the craft foam and acetate.
    • Center a round rectangle die over the jar and craft foam and die-cut using the Crossover II die cutting machine.

TIP...I like to do when working with small die-cut pieces, is to run the paper through the Xyron Sticker Maker before die-cutting. It makes all the pieces stickers and makes assembling a breeze.

  • Die-cut all the jar pieces and assemble them onto the front of the foam.
  • Cut a piece of heart scrapbook paper slightly larger than the opening.
  • Turn the foam over and fill the opening with heart shaker sprinkles. Make sure not to overfill. You need to leave enough room for the Sprinkles to shake.
  • Remove the protective coating from the back of the foam and place the heart paper over the opening.
  • Cut a large layer using the round rectangle dies and stick onto an off white cardstock base.
  • Adhere the die-cut foam layer onto the front of the card.
  • Randomly glue a few heart sprinkles to the front of the card.

       

DIY No Sew Valentine Gnome

How to Make a No-Sew Valentine Gnome using Dollar Store Socks.

Love Gnomes? Love Fun Socks?

Put them together for a fun and inexpensive Valentine’s Day project.

I stopped at Dollar Tree the other day to look around for “stuff” and found some super cute

valentine’s day socks. They gave me the idea to make a Valentine’s Day Gnome.

I carried around a pair for a while but ended up deciding I wanted a smaller Gnome.

I found these little girls’ striped socks, which were the perfect size for my small Gnome.

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Directions:

  • I used two sizes of little girls’ short socks. I originally cut both of the socks but later changed my mind. (I’ll explain later.)
  • Cut the larger sock at the heel, as shown in the image.

  • Place the 1/3 cup of rice into the sock and add poly-fil.
  • Tightly tie the sock closed with a piece of twine.
  • Add a dab of glue over the knotted string and cut away the excess material.

  • Cut two 1/2″ x 4″ pieces of faux fur.  (approximately)
  • Tie a piece of ribbon around the middle of each strip.
  • Glue the strips to the top of the filled sock.

  • To make the Gnome Nose: Cut the white toe section off a second larger sock and place a small bit of poly-fil into the end. Tie tightly with string and cut the excess off.
  • Add a small bit of glue over the knot.
  • For the clothes:  Cut the rest of the striped section off the sock and place it over the sock body.
  • This is where I changed my mind. If you look at the picture above, you can see that the hat was too small for the Gnome. I used the full “smaller” sock to make the hat. I folded the heel into the back and added a small dab of glue to make it look like a fold.

  • I used a makeup brush and bronzer powder to add color to the nose.

  • Glue the nose onto the front of the Gnome slightly over the top of the clothing.
  • Tie the end of the sock with a piece of twine to create a pom-pom.
  • Create a small bow from the pink ribbon and glue it onto the knot.
  • Place hat onto the Gnome and add a dab of glue under the rim to keep it in place.
  • Cut two small pieces of felt for the shoes and glue under the body of the Gnome.

With all the fun and colorful socks available in stores nowadays, just think of all the fun you can have while personalizing your Gnome.

Easy Craft Room Organizing Tip

Sue’s Easy Craft Room Organizing Tip…

Purchase inexpensive photo storage boxes in the same color or pattern to bring calm to the clutter.  Perfect for Craft Room, Office or most any room of the house.

I’m generally a neat and tidy person and not a fan of clutter.  

That being said, I still have a lot of stuff I need to deal with.

For instance, last week, I spent a couple days going through and shredding old paperwork.  I’m ashamed to admit how many years of paper was shredded.  Once it was put away neatly and out of sight, I like to forget about it.  (or put off for another day.)  Last week was the day.  With the help of my husband, we collected three large garbage bags full of shredded paper.  

My home is always a work in progess.  

One of my favorite parts of organizing is labeling.

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  • After my supplies were neatly organized, I cut out the words to go on the side of the lids because that’s the way the boxes will be going onto my shelves.
  •  Cut a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* to fit over the vinyl words.   

  • Gently rub over the vinyl transfer tape using the squeegee tool to make sure all the image has transferred.   Remove the transfer tape.

These are the little things that make me happy.  

I was able to fit forty small bottles of acrylic paint into one 7″ x 11 1/2″ photo box.

Neat, tidy, and easy to find what’s inside.

Here’s the way the shelves looked the last time I shared my craft room.

They are still neat but not as visually accessible.

Black Photo Boxes labeled with White Craft Vinyl.  Because organized spaces make me happy.  

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Wishing You a Less Stressful Year

The Perfect New Year Card…

With less than a week to go until Christmas, I think we can all admit this year has been stressful.

2020 has made me plain old tired.  I think we all deserve a card like this.

But, If you enjoy a little more sarcasm…

This Sarcastic New Years Stamp Set from The Maker’s Movement is perfect for letting everyone know just how your feeling. (how we’re all feeling)

  • IT CAN’T GET ANY WORSE…RIGHT?
  • SAME CRAP, NEW RESOLUTIONS
  • WISHING YOU A LESS STRESSFUL YEAR
  • I STAYED UP LATE FOR THIS?
  • LET’S GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME

Here’s to wishing everyone a Happy New Year!  May it be a lot less stressful.

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Let it Snow Mug with Color Changing Vinyl

The new color changing vinyl from StyleTechCraft is fun for all ages.

Today we got our first Christmas snow.

So, when I should have been finishing up Christmas Cards, I spent the last couple

of hours playing with the heat color change vinyl and making this 30 second video.

You can find all StyleTechCrafts Color Change Vinyl here.

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The design was cut using SVG files from The Silhouette Store and my Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*.

Decking the Halls with Comfort and Joy Christmas Album

Comfort & Joy Christmas Album

Christmas is going to feel a lot different this year.

Instead of large family gatherings, we’ll be keeping it simple.

Sharing a little Holiday Encoragement

This year, the Eileen Hull teams got together and decided to celebrate the Holidays by creating

Comfort and Joy Albums and asked the Eileen Hull Facebook Fan Club to join along.

For my album, I choose the theme Decking the Halls.

You can find the Eileen Hull Facebook Fan Club Page here.

My Comfort and Joy Album uses the Eileen Hull Journal Die* and papers and embellishments

from Simple Stories Simple Vintage North Pole Collection*.

Instead of giving you a tutorial on how I made the album, I’ve decided to explain the inspiration

behind the album and share with you how I decorate my home for Christmas.

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Because my family won’t be together this Christmas, I’ve asked my daughter and daughter in law to send me Christmas pictures for my album.  I will have a family album filled with Christmas Memories.

I also come from a large extended family, which usually gets together for a big Christmas party.  I’ll be honest, the thought of missing all these celebrations makes me a little sad.

While making my album, I got the inspiration to take this weekend and drop off small gifts to my siblings.  I’ll be able to take a few porch pictures of the families and get my much-needed family fix.

Decking the Halls

When it comes to decorating the outside, I like to keep it simple.  We wrap twinkle lights around the large bush by our lamp post and hang icicle lights on the upper balcony.

Sprucing Up with Holiday Greens

I cut pine branches from the large pine tree in the yard and spruce up my pots with Holiday greens.

The Front Door

The front door has a simple wreath and a decorated sled.

The Christmas Tree

A few years ago, I got this frosted tree and absolutely love it.  I keep it simple with a red and white theme.  (I only use a fraction of the ornaments I’ve collected throughout the years)

Bookish Gnomes

While working on the decorations, I moved these gnomes on top of the books because my little pup thought they were dog toys.  I liked the way they looked, so I kept them there.

The Mantle

In my Dining Room, I have a large fireplace, which I decorated the mantle with a few of my Santa’s from my Santa Collection.

My Santa Collection

I’ve got Vintage Santas, Skiing Santas, Golfing Santas, and Toymaking Santas.  I scatter them randomly around the house.

Keeping it Simple

I would love to one day have a fully styled house for the Holidays.  Instead, I keep it simple.

I create small vignettes around the house to make it feel festive and homey.

Dexter

Even my sweet little pup, fresh from the groomers, matches my decorations.

Dexter and I would like to wish you all a Happy Holidays filled with Comfort and Joy.

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Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

How to Make an Elegant and Easy Monochromatic Holiday Card.

When it comes to making cards for the Holidays, two words come to mind, elegant and easy.  This Merry little card is both.  With a few simple tricks and tips, this card is a snap to make.

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Directions:

  • Choose several different shades of red cardstock.  (I used four.)  Cut into 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ strips.
  • To make assembly easy.  I used the Xyron Create a Sticker to add adhesive to the back of the strips of cardstock.
  • Trim the larger strips into 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ smaller strips.
  • Cut a 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ piece of red cardstock to use as the base.  Starting at the top, add the strips of red cardstock to the base.
  • Die-cut two branches using the Winter Foliage Die Set and Gold Chrome Vinyl.
  • Die-cut small snowflakes using the gold chrome vinyl and the snowflakes found in the Snow Globe Die Set.
  • Die-cut the words “Be Merry” using gold chrome Vinyl and the Be Merry Die Set.
  • Remove the white protective backing from the vinyl and use as stickers to decorate the front of the card.  I used the edge of the cardstock strip to help me line up the words.
  • Add red metal nailhead sticker embellishments onto the branch.
  • Cut a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ piece of Chrome Adhesive Vinyl and adhere to a white 5″ x 7″ card.
  • Adhere the striped card front to the card base.

Oh Holy Night Christmas Star Decoration

My very most favorite Christmas Song is Oh Holy Night. 

The melody gets me every time.  To me, it’s one of the most beautiful songs.

I love to close my eyes when listening to it.   (And a good tenor can bring me to tears.)

I wanted a new Star to hang near the top of my tree this year, so I decided to make one using

my favorite song and an inexpensive wood star I found at Dollar Tree*.

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Add some of my favorite Glossy Craft Vinyl from StyleTechCraft, and I have what I need to make the perfect star for me.

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Directions:

  • Paint the wood star using the Country Red Acrylic Paint*.
  • Use the Oh Holy Night SVG cut file and the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine* to cut the pieces out of vinyl.  (Make sure to keep the spacing the same as in the file.)
  • Use the vinyl pick tool to remove the excess vinyl from inside and around the letters and banner.
  • Cut a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* to fit over the vinyl words.  Gently rub over the transfer paper using the squeegee tool.  Lift the transfer tape to remove the vinyl from the white liner.
  • Using the vinyl transfer tape, line up the white vinyl words “Oh, and Shining” onto the star first.  Gently rub over the vinyl transfer tape using the squeegee tool to make sure all the image has transferred.   Remove the transfer tape.
  • Line up the silver words “Holy Night, and brightly shining” and place between the previous words.  Continue with the gold stars and the olive banner.  (It’s hard to see it from the pictures but the gold and silver stands out nicely on top the red star.)

Actually, the star would look fine, just as it is in the above picture.

But, I wanted to add a little ribbon and greenery on the top of my star to fancy it up.

I’m really happy with the way it turned out. This Star will go near the top of my tree and will go

beautifully with my decorations. The Star would look great in the center of a Christmas wreath.

Or, if you used a smaller star, it would make a cute ornament.

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Snowman Santa Wood Bead Ornament

How to make a Snowman Santa Wood Bead Ornament

Every year I like to make a new ornament or two for my Christmas Tree.

The Snowman Santa Ornament is an easy project that the whole family can make.

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Directions:

  • Paint three wood beads with white acrylic paint.
  • Tie the ends of the Natural Twine together to create a loop.
  • Bend the small wire at the top of the looped twine to help you pull the wood beads.  String all three beads onto the natural twine.

  • Tie a knot at the top of the beads and trim off the excess twine.

  • Place the Santa Hat on the top of the beads to determine glue placement.  Remove the hat and add a small amount of glue on each side of the bead.  Add Santa Hat.
  • Give the Santa Hat a bend and glue in place with glue.
  • Thread the red and white twine through the needle, insert it into the top of the Santa Hat to create a hanger to hang the Snowman.

  • To Make the Scarf:  Cut a small thin piece of red felt.  (approx. 1/2″ x 7″)  Cut two small strips of white felt and glue them on each end of the red felt strip.  Fringe the ends of the red felt.
  • Tie the scarf around the top bead.  Add a small dab of glue to keep the scarf in place.

  • Use a paint marker to draw a simple face on the Snowman.

A Cute Little Snowman Ornament to hang on your Christmas Tree.

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The Bow Maker Die for Paper Crafters

I recently got a chance to play with the Bow Maker Die from The Maker’s Movement.

While I will admit that I was confused for a brief moment on how it worked.

Once I figured out how easy it was to use, I wanted to share this simple project

and tutorial with you.

 

The Bow Maker is a four-piece die set that is deep etched, which makes it so easy to cut through cardstock, thick paper, and even fabric. They are great for greeting cards, birthday cards, scrapbooking, gift tags, and much more fun projects.

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I decorated a little jar I found at  Dollar Tree and topped it off with a cute little paper bow.

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It makes a quick, simple, and inexpensive gift.

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Directions:

  1. Die-cut decorative scrapbook paper using the Bow Maker Die.  The dies cut four pieces, two bow loops, a center, and a bow base.
  2. Gently curl the paper on the two bow loops using your fingers or a small round marker to make the paper pliable for bending.
  3. Bend the ends over and glue to the underneath side of the paper using a quick setting glue like Rapid Fuse*.  (you could also use a small glue dot)
  4. Stack and glue the bow loops onto the bow base.
  5. Glue the center around the middle of the bow.