How to Make a St Patrick’s Day Altered Paperclip

It is so much fun to alter paperclips. Here is another tutorial: How to Make a St Patrick’s Day Altered Paperclip. Using Rinea Foil and a Shamrock cut on my Cricut.

How to make a St Patrick's Day Altered Paperclip

Wanting to make some fun St Patrick’s altered paper clips I turned to my Cricut first. There wasn’t a Shamrock in my Cricut files so I decided to draw the image and then scanned it into my computer.

Using the Cricut Software I then turned the image into a cut file and cut the Shamrock out of green card stock. Of course, I had to cut at least 20 because these turned out so cute!

Rinea Foil – Gold
Brutus Monroe Jurassic Ink
Ribbon
Jumbo Paperclip
Green card Stock
Cricut
Paper Studios Star Embossing Folder
Tim Holtz Vagabond
Xyron Sticker Maker
Blending Tool
Punch Bunch Flower Punch
McGill Stylis
Fun Foam
Aleene’s Tacky White Glue

Cut a strip of Rinea Foil – Gold at 1.5 in. x 3 in. Emboss in Paper Studios Star Embossing folder with Tim Hotz Vagabond or other like machine. Fold in half and slide through the closed side of the paper clip. Glue with Aleene’s Tacky White Glue.

Place the shamrock in the Xyron Sticker maker then place on both sides of Rinea Foil.

Tie a bow with the Green ribbon and place on the corner of Shamrock.

Use the Punch Bunch flower punch on the Rinea Foil – Gold and punch two flowers. Place on fun foam and press with McGill Stylis to form into a flower. Adhere flower in the center of the shamrock. Repeat on the other side.

How to make a St Patrick's Day Altered Paperclip

Simple as that you have made a St Patrick’s Day Altered Paperclip.

Here is a video on How to Make a St Patrick’s Day Altered Paperclip.

 

Now that you know how to make a St Patrick’s Day Altered Paperclip, how many will you make?

How to make a St Patrick's Day Altered Paperclip

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Sweetheart Valentine Card

It’s a Sweetheart Valentine Card project on the blog today. The Fatabulous Circut Challenge Blog (aka FCCB) has a bi weekly challenge. This weeks challenge theme is #294 Valentines Day.

DL.Art is the sponsor for this weeks challenge. To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it’s not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn’t a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

For this project I decided to use the Sweetheart cut file from the Sweethearts Cricut Cartridge file M46C0D. This was cut on red card stock to fit on a standard A2 card. This was perfect for my Sweetheart Valentine Card project.

Sweetheart Valentine Card

 

The couple featured on the card is from Calico Collage. Romantic Lovers is a digital download found on Calico Collage’s Etsy site. I’m a new member of her Design Team and loving the ability to work with her designs.

Sweetheart Valentine Card

Also used in this card: Canvas Corp Red & White Diamond card stock. This paper is so yummy. I thought it was perfect as the background for this card, don’t you just love it too?

Of course I have to use inks on cards some where, and this card is no different. Brutus Monroe’s Detail Ink – Raven was used to give more definition to the edges of the layers. Used Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distressed ink to add a little more distressed look to the photo as well.

The corrugated paper under the Sweethearts word was something in my stash. Not sure where it came from, but it has great texture. Reminds me of the days when Oreos had that great black texture in the bottom of the package. Oreos, yum..

Recently I went on an Ebay shopping spree and purchased a few dies from China. These little dies were very inexpensive and I think I’m addicted to them now.

Sweetheart Valentine Card

The little self adhesive pearls are from Paper Studios. What I like to do is pick these up when there is a sale at Hobby Lobby, then I know I’ll have a supply of these on hand.

A process video was made, have a look.

I’m enjoying being on the FCCB Design Team. Being on the team is helping me to use my Cricut more often and learn more. Check out the FCCB site and join in the challenge.

Sweetheart Valentine Card

Hope you enjoyed this Sweetheart Valentine Card project today.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Make sure to check out the links to the products and to the FCCB for the current challenge and enter you could win.

Brutus Monroe Blog Post Texture Paste & Stamping on a Card

Check out the Brutus Monroe Blog Post Texture Paste & Stamping on a Card. This post gives the information on what I used to create the card including a video.

I had a lot of fun making this card. It’s one of my new favorite techniques. I’ll be making more of these.

Brutus Monroe Blog Post Texture Paste & Stamping on a Card

Make sure you head over to the Brutus Monroe Blog Post Texture Paste & Stamping on a Card to see all the details.

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Cricut Globe – Let it Snow

Today I’m sharing my Cricut Globe – Let it Snow project for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Challenge #293 – Snow Sponsored by Pretty Cute Stamps. Challenge this week is to have a snow theme and use at least one Cricut cut in the project.

Cricut Globe - Let it Snow

What a great time to use a snow globe than this? The globe is from the Joys of the Season Cricut Cartridge. It was cut at 4.5 in. tall. The top most layer was removed as I wanted to stamp on the top layer and not have holes cut through the image.

Used Brutus Monroe snowflake stamps from the Oh Deer set. Stamped in Tim Holtz Distressed Ink Tumbled Glass and Brutus Monroe Ink Cornflower.

Brutus Monroe Stamp Set Oh Deer was used. This little fat deer makes me laugh every time I see him. Stamped with Brutus Monroe Detail Ink – Raven on a scrap of white card stock and then fussy cut. Water colored with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Cork, Tattered Leather and It’s Black. Also used White High Impact paint by Tattered Angels.

Cricut Globe - Let it Snow

VersaMark Stamp pad was mashed onto Deer image and snow globe then Ranger Clear Holographic embossing powder was applied and heat set. This gives the appearance of being inside a snow globe.

Let it Snow from Printworks Stamps was stamped in Brutus Monroe Embossing ink, embossed with black embossing powder.

Tim Holtz Distressed Ink Brushed Corduroy applied to base of the snow globe.

Cut white card stock at 4 in. x 5.25 emboss with Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder. Use Tim Holtz Disressed Ink Tumbled Glass and blending tool to add color around the edge. Mash VersaMark stamp pad to embossed image, cover with Ranger Clear Holographic embossing powder, heat set.

Blue card stock cut at 4.23 in. x 5.47 in. adhered as the first layer on a standard A2 greeting card. Layer Snowflake background. Assemble snow globe and adhere on top of embossed layer. Use pop dots to adhere Deer on top.

Video on how to make this card.


Super Fun greeting card! Love sharing this Cricut Globe – Let it Snow. Hope you enjoyed seeing how it was made. If you would like to purchase the finished card for $10.00 including shipping click here.

Cricut Globe - Let it Snow

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Sharing how I made a Growing With Love Smart Pot. Recently I purchased a new Dendrobium Orchid at Lowes. I’m a member of the Oklahoma Orchid Society and many of our members have the Dendrobium Orchids. I just love the way the look and the way the flowers smell.

While at Lowes for a light bulb I decided to walk over to the Orchid display to see what was being offered. When I saw this plant I just knew I had to have it in my home.

When I got home an idea came to me to decorate a Smart Pot so that it would look pretty while sitting on my desk. Since I had all of the supplies it was time that I gave Heat Transfer Vinyl a try.

Growing With Love Smart Pot Supplies:

Smart Pot Size #2
Cricut Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl, Gold and Purple
Silhouette CAMEO® 3
Polka dot heart design from Silhouette Library
Love Script from Silhouette Library
Samantha Script Font
Weeding tool
Scissors
Iron
Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet

Growing With Love Smart Pot Process:

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Created design in Silhouette Studio® by removing the dots from the heart. Layer Love on top of heart to get proper size.

Opened Character map chose font Samantha Italic. Selected G from Character Map, copy. Paste into Silhouette Studio®, make desired size. Type rest of the word “growing” with Text tool selected Samantha Italic font.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Choose Offset tool. Select distance 0.0125. Remove original layer. Move letters until all units are touching. Select entire word and weld. Type “with” and repeat same process.

Size each word until pleasing. My words and heart grouped together were 4.5 in. tall. Select words, Flip Horizontally.

Create a weeding box around Words and Heart. This step will make weeding so much easier.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Prepare to cut HTV. Press Cut tool. Select heart and choose “no cut”. Select words and choose cut. Load Gold HTV into Silhouette CAMEO® without mat. Press send to Silhouette. Once the gold has cut. Go back to design and select the words and choose “no cut”. Select the heart and choose cut. Load Purple HTV into Silhouette CAMEO® without mat. Press send to Silhouette.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Tip: If vinyl has been on a roll for a long time it will curl. Try flattening it with your hands or even placing it under a book for a little while. When I was cutting my vinyl tried to curl back up and jam in my machine.

Weed design. Cut design from roll.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

 

Follow the directions to apply the brand of HTV you have.

The smart pot is made of synthetic materials. Be careful not to melt the pot. Test iron with transfer sheet inside the pot to make sure you have the correct heat setting.

Growing With Love Smart PotTransfer the design to the pot. Apply the Heart and Growing with, iron.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Remove transfer tape.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Apply Love over heart, iron.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Remove transfer tape.

Fluff pot back to original shape.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Place plant inside pot. Since my pot will be indoors I have a plant tray to keep water from ruining my table.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

This was my first time to use Heat Transfer Vinyl. Now that I’ve made a project, I think I’ll be making a lot more!

Growing With Love Smart Pot

I loved making this Growing With Love Smart Pot. These will be great gifts for Mothers’ day. To purchase one click here.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

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Growing With Love Smart Pot

Brutus Monroe Blog – Mixed Media card

Head over to the Brutus Monroe Blog – Mixed Media card is there that I made. This one has lots of texture. Used a Silhouette Mat and a Circut flourish to help frame the image. This helps to make the gentleman stand out on the card.

Each time a make a card with texture it comes out different. I may use the same technique but because it is hand made each one is unique. Check out the blog post to see the details of the products used and the video.

To purchase the finished card click here.

Brutus Monroe Blog - Mixed Media card

Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge

This post is all about the Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge.

The idea was to create anything that was all black. “Create a project that is 90% black – the other 10% can only be white, grey, or metallic.”

To begin with I found an old canvas that I had on hand. This canvas had a hole punched in it and I knew I wouldn’t use it for another project.

Gathering up lots of black items I had a nice pile on my work desk. Where to begin…

Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge

I didn’t have any black gesso so I sorta made a grey gesso. Since I didn’t have any black gesso I mixed white gesso with black paint. What I should have done is made the gesso from scratch. But for now I’ll keep the grey as I can still use it in projects.

The focal piece was a Christmas ornament. Finding the glitter covered deer gave me the perfect item to use as the focal point. Which is important to have in an art piece.

Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge

The Canvas Corp Brands mixed media pack is a great resource for this project. I pulled Tissue paper, burlap and scrapbook paper from the pack.

Have you seen those little sets of LED lights in the craft stores? Christmas is a great time to find these lights and if you are lucky you can get them on sale.

Recently I’ve gotten two new toys. One is a Silhouette CAMEO® 3 and the other is a Circut Explorer Air. With these two new toys I was able to cut the words and poinsettias.

The Silhouette design “Ornate Frame” paired with the Samantha font helped me create the phrase Believe in the Magic. I used the Cricut Joys of the Season cartridge Poinsettia, altering the image by adding more layers and changing the sizes of the petals.

Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge

If you haven’t figured out yet I really love tools and gadgets. I also have the Tim Holtz Vagabond and I used this to cut the Sizzix Trees. It might be hard to tell but there are six trees on the canvas.

Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge

This was a good challenge for me, to think outside of the box and make up an art piece that used black as the foundation. I enjoyed making this and now I’m planning on another project that I want to make similar to this piece.

Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge

Have you tried a challenge like this one? Come and join the Canvas Corp Brands Collective to learn about other challenges and see lots of art to inspire you. Challenge #ccbblack

Here is just a little video of the piece. Enjoy!

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