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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How to make a St Patricks Day Lady ATC

Since St. Patricks is just around the corner I wanted to share a project. How to make a St Patricks Day Lady ATC. Using the Calico Collage St Patrick’s Digital Images. And some Rinea Foil.

How to make a St Patricks Day Lady ATC

Here is a list of items used for the St Patricks Day Lady ATC:
Calico Collage St Patrick’s Digital Images
Rinea Foil – Gold
Brutus Monroe Jurassic Ink
Shamrock Cut on Silhouette
Xyron
Blending Tool
Dymo Label Maker with black label
Green Card Stock cut to 2.5 in. x 3.5 in.
Punch Bunch Flower Punch
McGill Stylus
Fun Foam
Aleene’s Tacky White Glue

How to make a St Patricks Day Lady ATC

Very simple to make this St Patricks Day Lady ATC.

Select a lady from the Calico Collage St Patrick’s Digital Images and cut to size. Use the Brutus Monroe Jurassic Ink and a Blending tool to add color around the edges. This also hides the cut white paper edge.

Use the Brutus Monroe Jurassic Ink and blending tool on the edge of the Green Card Stock cut to 2.5 in. x 3.5 in.

Layer the St Patrick’s Day Lady on the green card stock with Aleene’s Tacky White Glue.

Blend the edges of the Shamrock with Brutus Monroe Jurassic Ink. Place in Xyron Sticker maker then adhere to lady.

Use the Punch Bunch flower punch on the Rinea Foil – Gold. Next place the flower on the Fun Foam and use the McGill Stylus to cup into a flower.

Add a small dot of glue in the center of the Shamrock then place the flower.

Type out the words “Kiss Me” on the Dymo Label Maker with black label. Adhere to the ATC.

How to make a St Patricks Day Lady ATC

Here is a video on How to make a St Patricks Day Lady ATC:

These ladies are sure to make someone green with envy. Pick up the set today and make your own St Patrick’s Day Lady ATC.

How to make a St Patricks Day Lady ATC

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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.

Art with Heart – A greeting card

National Inspire your Heart with Art is Jan 31st and I decided to create a card. Art with Heart – A greeting card was the result.

Pulling the supplies and thinking about Valentines Day just around the corner made me choose the items I used.

Art with Heart - A greeting card

The background paper is the Black Patchwork on White from Canvas Crop Brands. This patterned paper is great for making mats for photos or in my case great for cards.

Digital download image that was used for this project is from Calico Collage – Vintage Valentines. I knew that the little cherub with the fan would be perfect inside the die cut lace heart (unknown brand).

Since I have recently become a member of the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog I’m using my Cricut more often. Today I used the Home Decor cartridge and cut the word Love M3D72F out of red card stock.

Some of the tools I like to use: Crop a Dial Corner rounder, Paper cutters and the awl to poke holes in the paper for brads.

Other items for this card came from my stash. Like the Tim Holtz Distress ink – Picked Raspberry. Brutus Monroe Detail Ink – Raven was also used.

Art with Heart - A greeting card

This year my challenge to myself is to use as much as I can of the stuff I have. Today I used some scraps of black paper and red brads. Every little bit that gets used makes a difference.

Do you make challenges for yourself when you are creating art? Consider doing so in the future, it will make you think creatively, and use up some of that growing stash you may have.

A video was made to show you all the steps on how this card was made. It was fun to think creatively and make Art with Heart. I hope it inspires you to create Art with Heart this National Inspire your Heart with Art January 31st.

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To purchase this finished card for $10.00 including shipping click here.

Art with Heart - A greeting card

 

 

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

Stamping, Digital Ephemera and Cricut Greeting Card

This project has a lot in it today. A Stamping, Digital Ephemera and Cricut Greeting Card.

Stamping, Digital Ephemera and Cricut Greeting Card

In the past week I have become a member of two design teams. With this project I’m showing how to use items that meet both of the design team requirements.

The first design team I want to tell you about is the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog (aka FCCB).

Being a part of this blog will challenge me to use my Cricut more often in projects. My biggest hope is that I’ll learn more techniques on how to use my Cricut and become a better user of this device. Hopefully this will benefit you as my audience as well.

The second team I want to tell you about is Calico Collage.

The designer Norella puts together beautiful collage sheets for the public to purchase and use. Looking through her designs I knew that these were a perfect fit for me to use in my art creations. My hope is that you will enjoy seeing these images and will be inspired by what you see.

For today’s project for the FCCB the challenge was to use something new. Since I’m new to the Calico Collage team I chose one of her Dashing Men images for this project paired with the Circut cut file: Home Decor Frame M3C018.

Stamping, Digital Ephemera and Cricut Greeting Card

Other products used, scraps of Canvas Corps Brands paper – Damask, scrap of 7 Gypsies American Vintage State Plates Paper, scraps of black and kraft from my stash. Brutus Monroe Detailed Ink – Raven, Sharon’s Script – Thinking of you. Tim Holtz Distressed Ink – Brushed Corduroy. A Stamp in the Hand Script stamp. Lastly Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – It’s Black.

Stamping, Digital Ephemera and Cricut Greeting Card

Here is a video of how the card was made.

This was a fun card to make, that helped me use things I had on hand. Making this card also made me think about my Cricut Cut files a little differently. I’m looking at the files in new ways to figure out how I can use these in more of my projects instead of every once and a while.

Stamping, Digital Ephemera and Cricut Greeting Card

I hope that the Stamping, Digital Ephemera and Cricut Greeting Card project has inspired you. Please make sure to visit the vendors using my links. Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Handmade Christmas Display

The finished Handmade Christmas Display. All of the pieces have been completed and here is the final project.

Handmade Christmas Display

 

Using an old wooden wine box I painted the inside with white gesso. Glued the painted chipboard trees to the back. Added texture paste and glitter.

Glued the 3D trees in place on the right side with Hot Glue.

Handmade Christmas Display

The Sleigh is glued in place on the right with hot glue. There is just enough space under the sleigh for the controller for the LED lights.

The acrylic reindeer were glued in place using E6000 glue.

Handmade Christmas Display

Once all of the items were glued in place I started winding the lights in place. The LED controller was placed under the sleigh. Stuffing made for toys or pillows I placed tufts here and there to represent snow. There are small fibers in iridescent along the bottom of the display as well.

This display box will have a piece of glass added to it when I can get over to my brothers stained glass shop. The glass will help keep dust out. It will also help with storage so that nothing falls into the box.

On top of the box is a greenery pick from the Christmas decorations department. I placed some of the tiny packages and some of the stuffing inside the greenery.

Handmade Christmas Display

The display turned out just the way I wanted. I love how it looks and I’m glad it is complete. It has inspired me to make other shadow box displays. Looking at boxes in a different way. Now I see boxes and try to see how I can alter them to make a shadow box.

Handmade Christmas Display

Have you made a shadowbox? What kind of items did you put on display? Doing something like this handmade Christmas display would make a great gift. I hope that this post inspires you to create.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Feel free to ask questions. I’m here to help.

Little Video showing all the details.

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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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