Sue’s “Dress My Crafts” Giveaway!!!

Dress My Crafts Giveaway

Calling All Paper Crafters…

How would you like to WIN a fun selection of Crafty Swag?

The great people at Dress My Crafts have generously given me a

fantastic assortment of Crafty Goodness to give away to one lucky person.

Rub-On Transfers, Embossing Folder, Border Die, Tweezers, Funnel Tray,

and a great selection of embellishments. (A Retail value of over $50)

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There are several ways to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me you’d like to win.
  • Follow, Like and Comment on my Facebook Page
  • Follow, Like and Comment on my Instagram Page
  • US Entries Only
  • Enter by Midnight Wednesday CT, May 4, 2022

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My Namta 2022 Experience in Orlando

Namta 2022 Orlando

It’s been a couple of weeks since the start of the Namta Show in Orlando,

and I wanted to share my experience and the few pictures I took

while everything was still fresh in my mind.

Namta 2022 Orlando

This particular show was kind of a new one for everyone.

Last year the Creativation Show merged with the National Art Materials Trade Show

for one awesome show in Orlando, Florida.  With travel being restricted in some areas,

the show was a little smaller than normal.  That didn’t seem to bother attendees, because

everyone was excited to be together in person.  Besides, being in sunny Florida was a plus.

Melbourne Beach, Florida

Some people took an extra day or two and visited Disney

or one of the other Orlando attractions.  I brought my hubby with me,

and we flew in a few days early and went to Melbourne Beach.

The week we were in Florida was a milestone birthday for my husband.

We (He) didn’t think it was fair for me to be in Florida without him on his birthday.

We soaked up a little Vitamin Sea, and we experienced our first Beach Wedding

from the comforts of our beach chairs.  I teared up; I always do.  (Too bad we weren’t invited.)

Namta 2022 Orlando

The Namta Show was a 3-day trade show. 

I worked each day in the StyleTechCraft booth doing Make and Takes while my husband golfed.

(A Win/Win in our books!)

Namta 2022 Orlando

Each day was a new project using StyletechCraft* adhesive vinyl.

Would you believe I get paid to play?  (I’m so lucky to have such a great job!)

As always, I talk too much and forget to take pictures.

Being at the show with all my industry friends is like a big family reunion.

And because of the pandemic, we haven’t seen each other in a couple of years.


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Across the aisle from the StyleTechCraft Booth was the Artesprix Booth.

They were demoing their sublimation markers* and inkpads*.

I was excited to be able to watch a demo as this is new to me.

They were so generous; they gave me markers and inks to try out.

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A new booth at the show this year was the YouV Art booth.

They have different types of resin that doesn’t need to be mixed.

And it cures with a UV light in just a matter of minutes.

They made it so easy to use.  I can’t wait to play with this.

I see a new video in my future.

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I thought the Chibitronics booth was so cool,

even though I’m not a technical person.

I learned how to make an easy card using simple circuitry.

The lightbulb on the front the card lights up.  So many possibilities.

It’s very educational.  I can see my grandsons loving making light up cards.

Hmmm….maybe another video.

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Several companies were not able to attend in person this year

and they gave several designers new products to try out.

Dress My Crafts was one of those companies that spoiled us with samples.

They even gave us extra to give away. Watch for a GIVEAWAY later this week.

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I received some embossing powders and stamps from Emerald Creek.

I have a few ideas for those embossing powders.

With names like Hollywood Glamour and Grapelicious, how can they not be great.

Namta 2022 Orlando

I also received New Nuvo Products from Tonic Studios,

inks, mists, embossing powder, pearls and glacier paste.

All great products for paper crafting and cardmaking.

Namta 2022 Orlando

I’ll admit, it’s been a while since I’ve played with Sculpey Clay*.  

Thanks to a generous gift from Sculpey,

I think a playdate is in order with my boys and this fun clay.

Namta 2022 Orlando

The week included a great company dinner at Paddlefish in Disney Springs.

And a relaxing last day in Historic downtown Sanford enjoying some good Greek food.

I enjoyed seeing so many good friends, making a few new ones

and creating new connections.

All in all, the Namta Show was a very good experience.

Mae’s Baby Shower Banner

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

Mae’s Baby Shower Banner

This past weekend we held a baby shower for my daughter

and soon-to-be granddaughter Mae.

The theme was April Showers Brings Mae Flowers.

My daughter gave me full permission to do “my thing.”

Everything was pink and flowery. (I had fun.)

One of the decorations that I made was a banner with my granddaughter’s name.

It was a simple project that we used along with a few balloons and giant rosettes

to create a place to take photos.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

If you’re interested in making a banner for your next party here’s what I used: 

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Mae's Baby Shower Banner

  • Cut the scrapbook paper slightly larger than the wood banner pieces.
  • Place the scrapbook paper design side on the Xyron Creative Station®*
  • Turn the handle of the Creative Station to run the paper through.  As it runs through, it adds complete adhesive covering on the underneath side of the paper.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

I wanted to keep the banner pieces simple. 

But you could add all kinds of flowers and embellishments to make it special.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

How to make small pom-poms:

  1. Cut a small piece of matboard or cardboard approx. 2 inches. Loosely wrap the yarn around the matboard 50 times.
  2. Slide the wrapped yarn off the matboard and tightly tie the middle of the loops with a second piece of yarn.
  3. Cut all the loops with a pair of scissors. (Leave the second piece of yarn long.) Give the pom-pom a shake. Then the fun part, give the pom-pom a haircut, trimming all the ends the same size.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

  • I added the banner pieces and wood beads onto a long piece of pink ribbon.
  • I spread the banner pieces to make room and tied the pom-poms directly onto the ribbon. Trim the long strings of the pom-poms.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

I found these Cute Floral Pails* at Dollar Tree* and filled them with pansies. 

They were the perfect addition to our Spring themed baby shower.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

I picked up these cute pink mugs at Hobby Lobby and used StyleTechCraft White Glossy Vinyl

to make the words for the Mom and Mae cups.

I used the Mom mug during the shower to hold pink cutlery.

It was so much fun planning this party.

I’ll be sharing more details of the shower soon.

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the StyleTechCraft Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

Home Sweet Home Shadow Box

Home Sweet Home Shadow Box Frame

The Home Sweet Home Shadow Box was made with Eileen Hull’s

New Shadow Box Dies and Elements from Sizzix.

Home Sweet Home Shadow Box Frame

I used a combination of several of the new dies to make my Home Sweet Home Shadow Box.

The shadow box was die-cut using a thick kraft cardstock. (110 lbs.)

I added double-sided adhesive foam behind the house, grass, flowers, and sign to

make it dimensional. I used toothpicks cut and painted white behind the picket fence

and inserted them into tiny holes poked into the base of the shadow box.

665935 Sizzix Shadow Box Elements by Eileen Hull

665935 Sizzix Shadow Box Elements, 12 pcs. Thinlet Die Set*

This Die set includes four houses along with a range of decorative elements to make your designs pop. The Shadowbox Elements Die set works hand in hand with the Sizzix Thinlits Shadow Box Frames #2 by Eileen Hull to create a beautifully detailed center piece within the Shadowbox.

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665938 Sizzix Shadow Box Frame #1 by Eileen Hull 665938 Sizzix Shadow Box Frame #1

665938 Sizzix Shadow Box Frames #1, 7 pc. Thinlet Die Set*

665939 Sizzix Shadow Box Frames #2 by Eileen Hull

665939 Sizzix Shadow Box Frames #2, 3 pc. Thinlet Die Set*

Eileen Hull/Sizzix Chapter 2 Release Party

Check out the Designers Links below for even more ideas. 

There is a giveaway too! Comment on each participating designer’s blog and during the live on Tuesday and let us know what you would create with these dies, and you will be entered to win one of the items in the Chapter 2 release!

Eileen Hull Designs

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My Lucky Mug

My Lucky Mug

Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

Whether you’re toasting with green beer or a minty green shake,

Make St. Patrick’s Day a little more special with StyleTechCraft vinyl.

My Lucky Mug made with StyleTechCraft Vinyl.

I love ♥ adding vinyl to everyday items.

I found these clear mason jar mugs at Dollar Tree* and decided to pick up a

few to create a little St. Patrick’s Day fun.

Did you know, Dollar Tree* is the perfect place for finding

inexpensive glassware to make any occasion special?

Buy Your Crafting Supplies Now at The Dollar Tree!

My Lucky Mug made with StyleTechCraft Vinyl.

Materials Used:     (*affiliate links)

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To create my Lucky Mug…

I used a cute “Lucky Rainbow” image from the Silhouette Store

and a variety of StyleTechCraft vinyl and cut it using my

Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*.My Lucky Mug made with StyleTechCraft Vinyl.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouses

Making it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouses

How to make a cute little birdhouse for your Indoor Spring Decorations.

Made from an inexpensive Dollar Tree* wood birdhouse and scrapbook paper.

Making it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouses

Materials Used:  (*affiliate links)

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Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

Directions:

  • Paint the base of the birdhouse, the ridge, and the underside of the roof with acrylic paint.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

  • Remove the perch from the birdhouse.
  • Paint the birdhouse perch with coordinating acrylic paint.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

  • I purposely choose a birdhouse with a simple roofline. 
  • Measure and cut a piece of decorative scrapbook paper for the roof.  
  • Place the paper into the 3″ Xyron Disposable Sticker Maker* design side up and gently pull it through. As the scrapbook paper goes through the sticker maker, it adds a layer of adhesive under the paper.
  • Rub and peel the protective coating from the paper. Place onto the top of the birdhouse. Rub over the paper to ensure that it is securely attached to the wood.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

  • Create a template for cutting the paper. Lay a piece of copy paper with the point in the top corner of the birdhouse. Gently fold over the edges of the copy paper to make a crease line or use a pencil to trace around the edge.  
  • Cut out the template.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

  • It’s a good idea to lay the template onto the birdhouse to double-check the size.
  • Use the template and trace onto decorative scrapbook paper.  Cut along traced lines.
  • Place the paper into the 3″ Xyron Disposable Sticker Maker* design side up and gently pull it through.
  • Measure and repeat for all four sides.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

  • Cut around the center hole and smooth using a nail file.
  • Re-poke the perch hole and reinsert the perch.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

  • Add cute little word stickers to embellish the birdhouse.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

Here are a few more Mini Birdhouses I created for Xyron last year.

They are so fun to make and decorate.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

I made this one using a large wood birdhouse picked up at Michael’s Craft Store.

I covered it with paper from Echo Park’s Farmhouse Market Collection.

Card Making with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

Card Making with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

Cardmaking with Vinyl…

Did you know that the same vinyl you use to embellish everyday items

around your home can be used to create beautiful cards?

StyleTechCraft adhesive vinyl makes it easy to create cards with intricate and delicate designs.

Use it with your Cricut or Cameo electronic cutters and even with steel rule dies.

The possibilities are endless!

Card Making with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

This month the StyleTechCraft Design Team was asked to use Polished Metal Vinyl

to create a project.  In the past several years, I’ve added StyleTechCraft vinyl

to almost every imaginable surface around my house.

I have used it on plates, glasses, coffee cups, vases, metal, wood and more.

But I often forget to use it to create cards.

Card Making with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

Materials Used:

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Card Making with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

Card Details:

Card Making with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

After making the birthday card, I thought the silver was so light and delicate that

it would make a perfect Congratulations card. Perfect for a wedding or anniversary.

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Mae’s Treasure Box

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

I wanted to share a little more about how I made Mae’s Treasure Box.

I am getting my first granddaughter, Mae, sometime in May.

(To say I’m excited is a bit of an understatement.)

Mae’s Treasure Box is a little box that her mom can slip into the top drawer

of her dresser and add all the little snippets of babyhood that she wants to save.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

As some of you may know…

I currently have three adorable, sweet, and loving grandsons in my life.

I wouldn’t trade them for the world.  But after all the trucks and blue stuff,

I’m excited that I’m finally getting a little “pink” in my life.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

The “treasure box” was made using Eileen Hull’s New Book Box Die*.

I dug deep into my hoard of paper and found this sweet blue and pink floral paper.

It reminds me of Vintage Florals from the ’40s or ’50s.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

To make the treasure box:  

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

  • I used the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of my paper before sticking it to the matboard.  (Usually, I adhere the paper to the matboard before die-cutting.)

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Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

  • Apply adhesive to the bottom tabs.

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  • Glue the sides to the bottom rectangle.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

  • I added an extra piece of Mat Board* covered with matching paper to fit inside the box to cover up the side tabs.
  • I glued a pink glittery chipboard letter M on the inside corner of the box.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

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Heart Cards for All Occasions

Heart Cards for All Occasions

If you like making cards with hearts…

there’s no reason to stop just because Valentine’s Day’s over.

You can make heart cards any time of the year.

Maker's Movement Striped Heart Die

I used the New Striped Heart Die* from The Maker’s Movement with several of

their older dies to create several Heart Cards for use with several of life’s celebrations.

Hearts and Love are great anytime.

Maker's Movement

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Heart Cards for All Occasions

Pink Heart Card

  • I played with different patterns in the same pink hues to make these simple heart cards.
  • I adhered the paper onto white cardstock using my Xyron Creative Station* to make a double layer before die-cutting the heart.  It gives the “heart” a little dimension without being too much.

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Heart Cards for All Occasions

Rainbow Heart Card

Heart Cards for All Occasions

Baby Heart Tag Card

Heart Cards for All Occasions

Gold Heart Card