January 8, 2011

Glitter It Ornaments - A Christmas Gift I forgot to share

What a night it was with all those Ustreams going on!  I managed to see part of all three of them (My Pink Stamper, My Creative Time, and Above Rubies Studio).  Above Rubies Studio had several big announcements and I can't wait to see what comes in the future.  I am a member of Club Ruby Designers and I have LOVED the kits I get.  Emma (My Creative Time) announced her new DT.  I would love to be able to buy her stamp sets but I'm on a buying freeze....and I already spent my craft budget for the month on 2 new cartridges.  My craft budget is very small :)  Robyn (My Pink Stamper) announced her new DT and unfortunately I didn't get picked but it was still fun to participate in the challenge.  She is coming out with a brand new product that she hasn't been able to announce yet.  I cannot wait to hear what that is!

When I was doing gifts for my family this year, I saw the post on My Pink Stamper about Glitter It!.  I had been trying to think of something I could easily make for my each member of my family and this was perfect.  I bought the Glitter It online from Signature Crafts.  It was very inexpensive ($3 I think) and I found glass ornaments online also.  I bought 16 and with shipping only paid $20 for those.  These were SO easy to make, I just couldn't believe it.  Literally all you do is pour in the Glitter It, coat the inside, let it drain, pour in the glitter, coat the inside and dump out the excess.  It only took my an hour to make all 16.  And let me tell you, they were SO PRETTY!  Here's a few pictures.

Once that part was done, I wanted to personalize them.  I used my Songbird Cricut Cartridge, some white vinyl, and Armour Etch.  My initial plan was to glass etc the initials of who they were for into the ornaments.  This did not exactly work as planned.  The glass etch cream says to leave it on for 10 minutes.  I left it on for 30 minutes (after reading some recommendations from other blogs from people that have used it).  It still did not have a very strong image.  So after that, I decided to use the letter cut out on the other side of the ornament.  So each one was etched with the initial on one side and had the vinyl initial on the other side.  My family completely LOVED them. I was so excited that I was able to give them something so pretty that they actually liked!  Here are the pictures of the finished ornaments.

After going through my pictures, I found out I have a couple more projects to share from things I made over Christmas so I hope you'll come back when I get them posted.  I hope you all have a great day!


January 5, 2011

My Pink Stamper Challenge Submission

Robyn, My Pink Stamper, is having a challenge to pick 2  members for her upcoming design team.  I have never submitted anything before, mostly because I don't think I have a chance, but I decided to take some new chances in this new year, so here goes!

The challenge was to make a project (card, scrapbook layout, etc) using the following colors:
and one optional color (I chose blue)

The details for the challenge and the design team are (from the MPS site):
*You will need to have a blog

*You cannot already be serving on a DT that has product that is a conflict of interest (most DTs are just fine as long as they do not sell product that is similar to My Pink Stamper Original Cricut Stamps idea)

*Your project must be made just for this challenge

*Post a pic on your blog with a full recipe along with what the challenge is about

*This needs to be a new project that you make just for this challenge

*Only one entry per person, please

*You must have either a Cricut or Imagine to serve on the team

*No experience necessary but you must have a love for the craft! :)

I decided to make a scrapbook layout.  All of the paper was DCWV.  The green patterned paper was a scrap from my stash.  I used the Celebrations Cricut cartridge for the party hat and noise maker.  Happy New Year was from the Wild Card cartridge.  The banner (incl. numbers), the ballons, and porcupine are from Birthday Bash.  Birthday Bash is definitely my favorite of all my cartridges.  There are so many images on the cartridge and I love the font.

If you want to submit something for the chance to be a My Pink Designer, you have until tonight at midnight to post your project to Robyn's blog here.

Thanks for letting me share :)  I hope everyone is having a great day!


January 2, 2011

Quick Journal with Bind It All

Good morning fellow crafters! Today I am a guest designer over at The Bug Bytes. Thank you Pam for having me back to share with everyone this hobby that I love so much. Crafting is a such a release in my crazy life.

For this project, I have been wanting a new journal. I am getting close to filling my current one and since we have begun a new year, I wanted to start it off with a new journal. I am not making many resolutions this year, but the few I am making I want to put a lot of effort into. With that said, I made a journal with my Bind It All tool that I acquired several months ago but haven't gotten to use yet.

I used the Graphically Speaking cartridge and my Gypsy to design the cover. I kept it very simple and with the exception of the Stickles drying time, this only took about 30 minutes to make. I used my big Carl cutter, O wire, Bind it All, wire cutters, adhesive, plain white paper, and colored cardstock from Papertrey Ink. Later I added some stickles and glitter for embellishments.

I believe the Papertrey Ink colors were Simply Charteuse, Aqua Mist, Plum Pudding, Pinefeather, Linen.....and I can't remember the others :) Getting old...the memory is going. I started by laying out the cuts in my Gypsy and cutting all of my paper to size.

While the cricut was working on the cutting, I punched holes in my cover and in my pages. I need some more practice at this though. I didn't exactly end up with them all lined up correctly.

Also, when it comes to cutting the Papertrey Ink cardstock, because it is thicker, using the multi cut function is a good idea. I also find that this type of cardstock is good for cutting more intricate designs...at least for me, because it doesn't tear as easily. I don't usually have good luck with thinner cardstock or paper when it comes to making detailed cuts.

Once the cuts were done, I put everything together. The cuts I used were all from the Graphically Speaking cartridge. The flower was on the "icon" creative feature and the enjoy life was from the "phrase" creative feature. I cut the "enjoy life" twice in two colors and pieced them together. The background was also from this cartridge. I used my ATG to put adhesive on the background piece and completely covered the holes with adhesive. After sticking the background to the cover, I poured gold glitter over the holes and it stuck to the adhesive.

Next I glued my other elements to the cover.

After everything was assembled, I followed the instructions that came with the Bind It All and bound my book. My O wire didn't exactly come out "O" shaped since I'm not very practiced but hopefully it will get better if I try to make another one. :)

I hope that you enjoyed my project for today. I'm so thankful that Pam has allowed me to share with you all. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!!