Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Halloween Front Entrance Decor with Cricut

Hello, and almost Happy Halloween to you all!  Today I have some Cricut® (Sponsored) Made DIY Halloween crafts to share with you that I used to create this Halloween Porch Scape or Front Entrance Decor. I hope you like.

To create this Handmade Halloween Decor I used several props from the Dollar store as a base.  I then made the rest of the parts with my Cricut Maker™.  I had fun using a variety of cutting materials and accessories.

Cricut Maker Machine
Cricut Maker™, "The Ultimate Smart Cutting Machine." Can be used with a variety of tools and cuts several types of materials.

To begin, take a look at the Halloween Cat Pumpkins I made with Dollar Store carvable foam pumpkins!

To make this all I did was paint the Foam pumpkin, applied a tattoo and made some ears out of 12 in. x 12 in. Glitter Cardstock in Black "Cricut™". With the Maker™,   I used the Adhesive Cutting Mat Standard Grip 12 in. x 12in. "Cricut™", and a Standard Blade and Housing for Maker™ "Cricut" to cut out two triangles. I chose to make the cat ears using a triangle shape twice in the Cricut Design Space™.  I first scored the paper with the Scoring Wheel Housing and Wheel for Maker™ "Cricut™". At the last minute, I chose to round off the pointy ears with some scissors.

After the paint was dry, and the tattoo applied I cut some slits into the top sides of each pumpkin using the Scoring Wheel Housing and Wheel for Maker™ "Cricut™", and inserted each Cat ear.  I also used some hot glue to secure each ear in place.

Next, I made some spider webs!  Using the 12in. x 12in. Cardstock in Black "Cricut™", a Adhesive Cutting Mat Standard Grip 12 in. x 12in. "Cricut™" and the Standard Blade and Housing for Maker™ "Cricut".  I chose a Spider Web Banner in Cricut Design Space™ and used the Maker™ to create and cut.

The third creation I have to share is the Scaredy Cat Window Cling.

To make two of these I chose a Cat image in Cricut Design Space™ that I enlarged to 15 inches in height.  Using the Adhesive Cutting Mat Standard Grip 12 in. x 24 in. "Cricut™" and Vinyl Window Cling in Black "Cricut™" I proceeded to have the Maker™ cut one cat with Mirror Image off, and the second cat with Mirror Image on.  So, the cats could be facing each other. To cut the window cling I used the Standard Blade and Housing for Maker™ "Cricut".   

List of materials:

Vinyl Window Cling in Black "Cricut™"
12 in. x 12 in. Glitter Cardstock in Black "Cricut™"
12in. x 12in. Cardstock in Black "Cricut™"
Adhesive Cutting Mat Standard Grip 12 in. x 12in. "Cricut™"
Adhesive Cutting Mat Standard Grip 12 in. x 24 in. "Cricut™"
Scoring Wheel Housing and Wheel for Maker™ "Cricut™"
Standard Blade and Housing for Maker™ "Cricut"
True Control Knife "Cricut™"
Carvable Foam Pumpkins "DollarTree"
Pumpkin Tattoos (Glow in the Dark) "Dollarama"
Acrylic Paint in Black "DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic"
Metallic Acrylic Paint in Black Pearl "DecoArt Metallics"
Glue Gun "AdTech"
Glue Sticks "AdTech"

Here is a video showing briefly how I made the above projects.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

DIY Craft Stencils and Masks with Hot Glue

It's Hot Glue Tips time!  that's right, check out all the fabulous Hot Glue Crafts that you can make with your Glue Gun and Sticks.  It's fast, fun and easy. *Affiliate links included*

In this video I show you how easy it is to make your very own stencils, masks, and stamps for your crafting and art making needs with just your glue gun!  I warn you it's easy and addictive. LOL.  So just be careful when working with hot glue as it can burn your fingers.  DON'T touch the hot glue or the tip of the Glue Gun when it is hot!  Keep a bowl of cold water nearby just in case you do get glue on your skin, or wear protective fingers mitts.  Trust me!  Use adult supervision with children.


For more ideas and fun hacks check out my friends' NEW book they co-authored!  


Click on the box above for more cute projects from this Hot crew of Crafters! Or follow this link:

Thanks for stopping by and let me know what Hot Glue tips you have.
                                                                           I  use this glue Gun.


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Wednesday, August 29, 2018


Photo by Úrsula  Madariaga from Pexels

Join me on September 29 and 30th at the In The MKNG Festival in Bethel Woods, New York.  At the Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival.  That's right we're going to Woodstock! Get your Tie Dye on if you want and come to enjoy "Groovy" live music while you see and do "Cool" creative things.  Come and Celebrate Creativity at its best along with artists, vendors, and "peace-loving" individuals!  Bell Bottoms are optional! LOL.

If Mother nature abides this will coincide at the same time of year when the leaves change colours, and we can all be witnesses to what I refer to as "Mother Nature's Box of Crayons Display of Colour and Beauty"!

"In The MKNG" is THE Creativity FestivalNot to Miss!!!  It's an event by the Association for Creative industries (AFCI).

There will be live music (See below), and a chance for you to meet and mingle with Celebrity Makers! (See Link)

You may want to check out the Lion Brand Yarn Zone and see "Dyed by Darrin," and the Tie Dye Pavillon where there will be the opportunity to have lots of fun.  Come on it's Woodstock after all!

Makers come in all ages, so there's a Kid Zone at In The MKNG!

You won't want to miss out on the Michael's Make Zone for fun Make N Takes!  Keep your eyes out for the Joann "You Can Do It Crew" on their bicycles handing out craft projects.

The Arts Hudson Technique Tent will have artists demonstrating amazing art-making techniques!

There's also going to be a  Pet Zone, where loving pets are looking for their FurEver home.

Sign up for limited space Workshops here!

A festival would not be complete of course without the Craft Beer and Wine Pavillon.  Join Creations & Libations for the after part on Saturday 6:30 - 8:30 for a Glowing Experience.

Check out the Creator Stage (Link To Schedule) where you can see Celebrity makers, Youtubers, and Instagrammers. You can participate in the Fun Craft competitions!

There will something going on everywhere even in the vendor booths. (See Link Here)

Photo by Vishnu R Nair from Pexels

Live Musical Line-Up

Saturday schedule

10:30am - 11:00am: Lauren Davidson
11:30am - 12:15pm: Switch Mob
12:30pm - 1:30pm: Zach Matari & The After Parti
2:30pm - 3:30pm: Wild Planes

Sunday schedule

10:30am - 11:15am: Emma Bilyou
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Fly By Midnight
2:00pm - 3:00pm: Don't Believe In Ghosts
Buy your   In the MKNG tickets here!  Use Discount code: EXMKNG31 to save 2$!!!

For a complete list of all the Vendors, Charities, and Sponsors Click Here!

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

A Baker's Dozen Reasons I Love my Cricuts and 10 Cute Ways To Organize

It's no secret that I LOVE Cricut®!  It all started way back in 2005-2006(?), and I heard about this fantastic electronic die cutting machine named after a green bug! Being the creative and curious, type by nature, and intrigued, I just had to know more!  Then, IT arrived in Canada!  Armed with every penny, I had scraped up and a credit card I made sure my kids were looked after and drove out to a store in the other province early one morning before the store opened so I could be one of the first to buy one of these Cricut™s in my country. The rest is history.

First.  Let me explain what a Cricut™ is and if you are not familiar with what Cricut™ is let me explain with this. Talking about the most current version of the Cricut™ available in the market today, the Cricut Maker™!

The Cricut Maker™ is  #1, the "Ultimate" machine out there known for it's cutting performance and versatility.  #2, No, other product out there compares.  #3, With the myriad of blades available and its #4, Adaptive Tool System™ it performs at a professional level,  #5, is expandable, and if using the Fast Mode will cut and write up to twice as fast!

Reason #6, Use the Cricut Maker™ to make the most out of your creative time to cut the most extensive selection of materials from delicate fabrics to matboards, and even leather! #7,  Combine the machine's capacities with the more than 500 digital sewing patterns available to make sewing and quilting projects come to life quickly. #8, Or enjoy its Bluetooth® wireless technology to create beautiful paper crafts from the comfort of any room while the Cricut Maker™ does the job in another area!
I 've rambled on about eight reasons alone to love the Cricut Maker™, but what are the other reasons for me to still Love Cricut?  More importantly, how do I organize ALL my Cricut Stuff?

Another five reasons I love Cricut® is ALL The PRODUCTS and TOOLS!  To be honest, I  probably own the majority of what Cricut makes, as I like them so much.  I have told you about the           Cricut Maker™ which I own (Thanks to Cricut), I also still own the Explore Air™ 2 (still available),

                                                                     and the Cuttlebug™.

 It doesn't end there I am happy to say that I have and enjoy the Cricut Easy Press™ too! Fifthly, I get to store and carry my prized equipment in the gorgeous Tote collection by Cricut®!

Which now brings me to talk about Those 10 Cute Ways To Store and Organize My Cricut® Stuff!  My motto is A place for everything, and everything in its place!

1. Drawers, Shelves, Protective Pouches, and Labels. I currently store my Cricut Easy Press™ in its own drawer in my studio.  I also use a wheeled storage cart when I am using the Easy Press™ and need a little extra working space.

2.  Bins, Boxes, and Baskets.  All my Felts are stored in one of these bright pink fabric bins that I purchased at a dollar store, and keep in a cupboard. Notice the label?

                                        I use a labeled pencil box for my Cricut pens which I store in the cupboard
                                                              above my  Cricut station.

3. Hangin it! Short on space?  Use any vertical surface such as walls or the sides of furniture and cabinets! Here I show how I use pegboard in my studio and hang many of my  Cricut Tools. Including the mats.

Sticky back hooks (especially the 3m Command) at the end of a counter, and along the side of a cupboard make a practical place to hang up those Self-healing mats.

4. A Place for Papers. I store my papers in scrapbook paper holders  ( Storage Studios by Cropper Hopper), inside my cupboards. I also write on the spine of the paper pad or outside packaging the name and color of each set of paper.

The scraps are placed inside Vinyl Job Ticket Holders and labeled. Then placed alongside the full-size sheets of papers in the same color.

5.  Keeping the Vinyl in View. Now those pesky vinyl rolls are often a challenge to store as they like to roll!  I took advantage of the space that is between my cupboards that normally would be covered with a false front or filler piece to have small shelves built.  I then stack the rolls of Vinyl there, within reach, in view, but I am sure they won't go anywhere!

6.  Cutting the clutter around The Cuttlebug™.  Creating with the  Cuttlebug™ is a lot of fun, but darn how to store all those Cut and Emboss Diessteel dies, Embossing folders, and the mats?  Again I use the drawers I have along with some clear bins and colorful cardboard photo boxes.

I keep parts of the Embossing Folders packaging to make a holder and place to organize each folder.

7.  Magnetic sheets for Cuttlebug® Dies storage.  In order to keep all the different steel dies that can come in a set, I find it safer to keep them together by sticking them onto magnetic sheets which are labeled and inserted into a plastic sleeve. (Video soon)

8. What about those Cricut® Blades,  and housing, etc.  Ahh, the more I use my Cricut Maker™, the more blades, and housings I want.  To me, this has been the most challenging of all the Cricut tools to organize.  My latest system consists of small plastic storage tubs from the dollar store, a wire basket, more labels, and my trusty pegboard!

9.  The BrightPad™ has a specific spot too in my studio, tucked away in its cozy felt pouch that I Designed and created. I tuck it in a spot under my desk so it is easy to grab whenever I need it for tracing at my drawing desk, my counter for illuminating a specific and detailed project, or for weeding vinyl after cutting on my Cricut Maker™!

                                                                    See the video here.

10.  Cricut® Bags and Totes for on the go creating or at home storage.  These totes are not only beautiful but they are so practical and makes traveling to and from events or vacations a breeze.

Use these totes for storage at home especially if your space is limited and you need to store your supplies once your making session is done.  Look stylish with these classic looking totes too wherever you go!

I hope that you found at least one tip useful in my long list here.  Thank you for stopping by.
                                                                       Stay Crafty!


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand.

    The lightweight, low-profile BrightPad makes crafting easier while reducing eye strain.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Cricut Products New in my Craft Room

The lightweight, low-profile BrightPad makes crafting easier while reducing eye strain.

Cricut sent me some New products for the sponsored posts I make for them, and I am very excited to create and share more Cricut How To's with you!

See it all here:

Cricut sent me some NEW to products to use with the Cricut Maker, Explore Air, and Cuttlebug for more How To videos for your crafting. Cricut is my sponsor for many of the Cricut Videos that I make. All opinions expressed in this video are my own.

Affiliate Links (That pay me a little bit if your buy, Thx!)

Cricut Explore Air™

Cricut Maker™




Replacement Blades for Paper Trimmer

Cricut Maker MachineFabric Samplers

XL Scraper


Self Healing Mat

Rotary Cutter Kit

Let me know in the comments what you would like to learn more about Cricut® Products, and what How To's interest you.

                              Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Have a Crafty day!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Art Supplies Online

Shopping online for Art supplies can be fun and safer on your wallet than shopping in person!  Well, at least that's what I say about myself.  LOL.  I know that whenever I walk into an Art or Craft Supply brick and mortar store,  am quickly overwhelmed by all that is shiny and NEW!

The other reason I like to shop online for my hobbies is that I can do it in my pj's and at any time.  I am also able to do a lot of comparing while saving on gas.

So here is a video of some of my favorite finds on Amazon in the last month.  Note I shop on as I live in Canada.  I am, however able to provide affiliate links to you for both the sites for Canada and the USA.  Note, when you purchase from these links you are contributing to supporting my blog and Youtube.  Thank you very much!

Faber-Castell  120 Polychromos Colour Pencils


Pencil Case

Water Colour Paper


Travel Paint Brushes


Transfer Paper


Yupo Paper


Paint Palettes



I hope that you find this list of mine useful.  Thanks again for stopping by.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Upcoming Sales on Supplies

Hi, earlier this week, in a YouTube video, I mentioned that I heard there would be special sales and deals to be had in the crafting community during the US long weekend leading up to Memorial Day.
Here are some links for you to use and maybe find that one craft item you have wanted but at a lower cost.

Please note, that these include affiliate links that pay me a commission if you buy from those sites through my links.  Thank you.  However, you are not obligated to follow the links I provide and are completely free to access these sites on your own.  I am just laying them out here for you to make it easy.

Enjoy the weekend!

Annie's is having their biggest sale of the year until May 31!  Take advantage of all the great deals here, and check back as NEW stuff is listed almost every day!

                                                               Click here:  Annie's

Leisure Arts is having a great Memorial Day Weekend Sale on their Downloadable digitals and print Books!  Click Here.

crafting with felt

Cricut is having a Memorial Day Flash Sale at 40% off!  I know you don't want to miss that! Click here!

Ebates.caRemember to join Ebates and save even more money when you shop online! Click Here!
Find everyday savings at the Red White & Blue Party Supplies of

Look who else is having AMAZING sales! Sizzix!