Last weekend I made a trip to Michael's to buy candle wicks. I planned on just running in and out, but Michael's was having a 25 cent sale. Two hours later I left the store, and almost forgot my candle wicks :) I can't believe I bought 60 items for 15 dollars ! I decorate for Christmas in pink, silver and green, so I was happy about the beads and ornaments, my niece Brighdin has a birthday next month and she loves feminine things, and they had lots with the initial B.
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I love to create things using my Cricut Imagine not just for cards or scrapbooking, but also that can serve other purposes. That’s one of the reasons that I absolutely adore the Close to My Heart Cricut Artiste cartridge. It has so many 3D objects that I can easily cut and assemble that help me either package a present pretty or even store some supplies (See my Notepad Holder w/ Pen).
I saw on the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog that this week’s challenge was to make a project using some type of school supplies. I was also lucky to find that Bitten By the Bug 2‘s challenge was also Back to School! Well – I don’t have children and school supplies for me is my Laptop, Post it Notes, and Index Cards. I know – I’m strange. Because of my Fibromyalgia, it’s easier for me to take notes while typing (I type far faster than I can write) and then I use Post It notes as reminders. Studying ALWAYS consists of the use of Index cards. This is the way it’s always been for me. I was always known as the index card girl. Even at my current job – until recently – I was known for always having index cards and a plethora of Sticky Notes.
I love to take simple pieces and use my paper crafting / scrapbooking supplies to bring them up a notch. I had some flower hair pins that I purchased from Pick Your Plum back in March and thought I could do something fun with them! Once I picked out my colors – Purple is a favorite – completing the project took me 15 minutes max! It was super easy and I’m looking over at my Viva Decor and Stickles collection thinking up all the different mix & match ones I can make!
Here is a before / after peek:
DIY Embellished Flower Pin
Tools & Materials
- Flower Pin
- Megan Elizabeth Sparkle Lightz 8mm – Lush
- Viva Decor Paper Pen – Violet
- Viva Decor Glass Effect Gel – Crystal Clear
- E-6000 Adhesive
- Misc Tools – Clothespin, popsicle stick, cotton tip
Here’s a picture of my tools laid out ready to go! Scroll to the bottom to see more details on some of the tools that I used.
Take your chosen hair pin and place it in the clothespin so it holds it up off of your table and flat. This will give you a simple way to keep your pin in place while you embellish the flower and let it dry. I use this method for so many of my different projects. I always have clothespins on my craft table! They seem to continually come in handy.
I’ve really been wanting to get back into my craft room for so long now. I’ve had so many excuses – too much work to do, to tired, too many doctors appointments, and too sick to do much but spend hours on Pinterest. Every time I say “I really want to craft” to my husband, he gets excited and says go in there right now!! I always counter with – let me take a nap and then I’ll go craft. And guess what…. I end up not crafting at all. Or I end up in the craft room and I get so overwhelmed by the amount I have left to organize and clean that I just give up. Or I spend 3 hours on Pinterest trying to find some inspiration that it turns into 2am and I’m exhausted. Or (the last or) I spend all my time linking my Cricut cartridges to my Imagine for Circut Craft Room and then I’m too tired again.
Not this time! I found the Skinny Notepads tutorial via TipJunkie.com on Pinterest one day and decided I had to make one!! So much that I purchased the exact notepads and stamps that she did because I liked what she did so very much. Thanks Tip Junkie!!
Again – I got my tutorial from TipJunkie.com – Skinny Notepads – but I changed it up just a tiny bit. I can’t wait to make more and put more flare into them next time!!
Here are some of the tools that I used
- Cardstock – I used AC Cardstock in Botanical Conservatory and Bazzill Cardstock in White
- Ribbon – I used AC Premium Ribbon in Blue
- Stamp – I used Papertray Ink Take Note Stamp
- Ink – I used CTMH ink in Hollyhock
- Adhesive – Glue Arts Ribbon Adhesive, Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro, 3D Foam Adhesive Megan Elizabeth/Glue Arts
- Skinny Notepad – PaperyTray Ink Skinny Notepad in Cream
- 1 1/2 nch punch circle - I used Fiskars
- 2 inch scallop punch – I used EK Success
- Bone Folder – Martha Stewart
- Paper Trimmer – I use a Fiskars Paper Trimmer
- Scoring Board – I use Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board and Envelope Tool
- W R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper – I used 1/4 inch Rounded Corners
- Cut your cardstock to 5 11/16″ x 8 1/4″
- Score your 5 11/16″ x8 8 1/4″ card stock at 2 3/4″ and 2 15/16″ using bone folder and scoring board
- Fold the cardstock along the scored lines.
- Round corners using Corner Chomper
- Add adhesive (Glue Glider Pro) to the back of your skinny notepad and place it on the open cardstock aligned with the 2nd score line.
- Punch a coordinating color of cardstock (i used the other side of my cardstock which was green/white) with a 2 inch scalloped punch.
- Punch a 1 1/2 inch circle from white cardstock.
- Stamp sentiment onto white circle and ink edges. Adhere to scalloped piece with 3d foam adhesive.
- Adhere scalloped piece to front.
- Adhere Ribbon to back and part of front of the notepad and then tie bow to close
I need to get some pens so that I can do a coordinating pen. TipJunkie used Pentel R.S.V.P. pen and then rolled up coordinating cardstock and placed inside of pen. Super cute!!
Well I can’t wait until I can get back in my craft room again – and I have a very good feeling it will be tomorrow morning!!
Finished product again below:
Some of the tools I used:
Today for National Scrapbooking Day, Above Rubies Studio had a challenge to create a new scrapbook layout or a card that would make someone’s day plus you had to use Yellow and/or Grey. I created a card to send to my friend who moved away and I miss her very much. I hope that the card I created and will send will make her day to know that I do very much miss her since we are now 4 hours apart.
The picture isn’t the greatest because I had to go outside and to the end of the backyard to get some good natural light. You might actually see some grass in the picture – oops!
Grey DCWV A2 card
Bazzill White Cardstock For Imagine Printing/Cutting
Cricut Imagine Scallop Rectangle Cut – 4 inches
Cricut Imagine Best Friends Image 20 – 2.5 x 3.4 inch
Cricut Imagine Better Together Image 27 – 4.0 x 1 inch
Cricut Imagine Better Together Image 25 – 1 x 1.75 inch
My absolute favorite craft websites right now: (in progress – still working on all of them; however if I have the badge on my site k now that I like them!)
- Above Rubies Studio – Megan Elizabeth – She is amazing. She has awesome products (i have pretty much have them all) and more products coming out soon (I can’t wait). Her blog has great videos on projects and how to use some of the different tools
- Everyday Cricut - Tons of projects, videos, and freebies using the Cricut machines.
- Courtney Lane Designs (by Melanie) – So many awesome CTMH and Cricut crafts!!! She seems like such a sweetheart! She has introduced me to the wonderful world of Close to My Heart!!
- Obsessed with Scrapbooking - Joy is so cool and she posts all of the coupons every week on Sundays!!
- Sweet Stamps Shop
- My Pink Stamper - She has a line of beautiful stamps that I just found recently. Her blog has some amazing videos as well as links to other blogs that are super cool.
- The Stamps of Life – I am a stamp of the month club member – love her (Stephanie Barnard) image stamps! Made in the USA!
- Pink by Design – Another place where I am a stamp of the month club member! Such cute stamps and dies!!
- Cricut Direct – Great place to buy Cricut cartridges and other tools. They have amazing specials!!!
- Craft-e-Corner - A great place to buy supplies – they even carry Megan Elizabeth products!!
- Official Cricut Blog – Awesome projects and even Craft Room files which you can download and import into your Cricut Craft Room app.