Monday, August 14, 2017

Why Invest in the Cricut® Electronic Die Cutting Machine

***I am a paid Blogger for Cricut®.***
Shop new arrivals from Cricut!

My love of crafting, making stuff, and DIY'ing, is just part of who I am.  Along with that comes the pleasure of buying and collecting tools and supplies.  I get great joy and satisfaction from creating with my hands the ideas I imagine in my mind and making stuff that I am inspired by other makers. It is only natural that I have a keen interest in what is available out there in the marketplace that will enhance and help develop my ideas!

That passion eventually led me down the path of working and being paid as a Maker (Artist, Designer, Professional Crafter, etc.), it was a long and winding road with many bumps along the way, and there were more times and reasons for me to have just stopped and turned around.  None the less I am where I am!

Companies may pay me to write about their products, and contribute to their promotion, but I only do so honestly.  So, all of this to say that I purchased my first Cricut® way back when I was a young(er) stay at home mom, with no intention or idea that I could possibly work for the same company 15 years later! Thus, whenever someone asks me how they could possibly justify making a similar investment, I suggest asking themselves a few questions.

The questions I recommend asking yourself before buying a Cricut®, or just about anything else really, are the following.

1.  Do you like, or love to make things?
2.  Have you ever tried using an electronic die cutting machine? Did you enjoy it?
3.  What would you use the unit for? Would you use it often?  (often is subjective)
4.  Are you considering starting a business?
5.  Are you a shopaholic who may express remorse after buying one?

My opinion is that except for number five, and four if you answered yes to most of the other questions, or even just one of the first through fourth, then yes you should consider making that purchase! By the way, you don't have to say yes to number four to qualify! You may have no intention of making money from your crafting, it wasn't mine!  I scraped and scraped to buy my Cricut ®because I wanted it so badly, and I know myself.  I knew then how much I NEED to make things all the time, and I suspected that I would like using this machine.  I was wrong.  I LOVED it!
So much so that I even list my Cricuts® as one of the "7 Important Things " in a YouTube video:

Owning the Cricut® expanded my world of inspiration.  Ok, my head was already filled with project ideas it's not like I needed more!  But let me tell you, I began to think of more ways of making anything!  To me, the possibilities were endless.  Fast forward to today, and I am amazed at how much this little machine has developed and what its capabilities are now with the new generation of Cricuts®.

Now, if you are still unsure of buying wait!  Learn more about the Cricut® and what it can do, try one out.  If you attend crops or crafting events, see if you can try out someone else's, check in the local scrapbook or other stores if you can use their equipment (particularly when they offer classes), often for a small fee, it's worth it!

In following posts, I will comment on just what can the Cricut® do, and what materials, tools, etc. it works with.  Please, post any questions or suggestions below for any content you wish for me to cover in the future.

Thank you so very much for stopping by today.  Keep on crafting, it's good for you!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Make a Back To School Homework Helper

                                                     ****Affiliate Links included in post****

Back To School season is in full swing!  Stores are getting their shelves stocked and ready for the massive onslaught of consumers who will want to buy everything their students need.  Many kiddos will want the latest and greatest regarding designs and styles for their brand new supplies.  All of this can add up to a significant expense, and headache for a lot of parents.  Then once school begins, the dreaded homework will slowly creep back into their lives as well.  Be ready this year by creating your own Homework Helper!

 If your kitchen table is THE place where everyone gathers to do their homework, then why not have one tote to coral ALL the supplies every one will need to finish their homework assignments in a flash and get the dinner table cleared off in the blink of an eye!

Begin by collecting some cardboard boxes, and gather some tools.  Something to cut the cardboard, and tape with, adhesive, and duct tape.  A marking tool is also useful.

Arrange the boxes into a working arrangement to create your caddy.  For this project, one long narrow box, two juice containers, and one shallow tray were used.

The next step is to cut down the boxes to size.  This will depend on the types of boxes you gather. Pleasantly arrange your receptacles, mark where things will go.  Make any adjustments necessary.

When you are confident where everything will go just begin taping all the sides of each box that you want to alter the look of.
                                                                                                                                                                    Adhere each component into the primary container.

Cover the entire outside area with duct tape.  Add two handles with the rope.  Finally, glue one long piece of string around the whole box.

View all the steps in the following video:


Many of my Crafty Friends are sharing 15 Minute How To's for Back To school this week, please check out their projects.

Thank you for stopping by.

List of some of the products shown and my ****affiliate links to **** ( I will receive compensation from any purchases made through these links, thank you.)

1" Clear View Vinyl Binder =
100 Sheet  B& W Composition Notebook =
100 Sheet Fashion Composition Notebook =
70 Sheet Fashion Notebook =
4 ct- Highlighters =
Zipper Binder Pouch =
48 ct- crayons =


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cool Crafting in Summer with Cricut®

 It is summer it is hot, and we want to chill and craft yet.  So how can we have some fun and craft something beautiful?  My suggestion is to gather up some friends and play with the Cuttlebug.  Make Dragonflies, and Butterflies all the while enjoying being outdoors.

The Cricut Cuttlebug works without electricity is lightweight, and portable.  It is also a safe way to enjoy your paper crafting while enjoying the great outdoors.  If you are going camping or visiting an area that will not have adequate electricity, then the Cuttlebug will allow you to make some lovely paper crafts.  But wait!  The Cuttlebug can be used to die cut leather, fabric, aluminum, plastics, and some chipboards and thin woods!

Video Link

Make cute dimensional Dragonflies, and Butterflies from some paper and the Cuttlebug Die Cutting and Embossing System.

To make your own cute bugs try the Cricut Cuttlebug Up in the Sky Metal Cutting Die Set.

To make these, you will need to cut two layers for each Dragonfly, and Butterfly.

The Butterflies come in four sizes!

Apply some foam adhesive to the bottom Dragonfly, and Butterfly and glue the second with the bent wings over.

Add some glue to the back of a small decorative clothespin and attach the bug. Add some faux gems with more glue if you would like.

The Cuttlebug is a great companion to the Cricut Explore Air 2.  Both can die cut a variety of materials, wood, papers, chipboard, plastics, foils, felt, fabric, vinyl, etc. Combine projects made with both systems for some fantastic, and original projects.

Get more inspiration and project ideas by visiting the Cricut Design Space. Wouldn't this wreath look cute with the addition of some Butterflies?  Make it with your Cuttlebug and Cricut Explore Air2.  

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

****The following are affiliate links which I receive a small commission from when any sales are made.   Thank you for your support.****

Monday, July 10, 2017

Cricut Prime Deal

Get a deal on Cricut Explore Air 2 during Amazon's Prime Day. Lasts for 30 hours only!

                           Get one while you can!  Get your Craft on, and have loads of fun!

                    Come back on Wednesday, for a NEW How To with Cricut.  Plus, Bonus video!
Affiliate link included (I receive a commission from any purchases, thank you.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Planner Stickers DIY

Create your own stickers for planners with the "Peel and place" clear stamps from SRM by Susan McShirley. The new line of Planner Stamps is clear photopolymer clear stamps made in the USA. Susan 's line includes stickers, stamps, rub-on, and more for many occasions.  Decorate your planner, make cards, and other paper crafts with these fun stamps.

Check out all the projects the Designers from The Designer Crafts Connection have made here.

I was given "Baby Plans" 77057 to try out, and I decided to make a baby shower gift to include with a card for a mom to be.  I am a mom myself, and a planner, but personally do not intend on having any babies of my own now. Therefore, a gift it is!

By using some store bought label stickers, and some colorful ink pads I transformed the plain white rectangles into beautiful pastel planner decorations.  With the lovely "Baby Plans" stamps I stamped some images and sayings that a new mom could use in her own planner.

To begin, I wiped the colored ink pads vertically down each sticker label sheet.

After the inks had been dry, I stamped over with some black ink and the SRM stamps.

To decorate the Planner Sticker Holder (i.e.,. envelope) I repeated the process.
View the complete SRM product line here:

Thank you for stopping by. I hope that you are inspired to make your own stickers and planner accessories.

View my Designer friends projects here:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sew a Kaleidoscope Dresden with Nancy's Notions

Sewing is one of my crafty loves, and quilting is my nemesis!  There has always been something too mathematical with quilting for me, and so I have always felt challenged when attempting this type of project.  I have taken classes and learned to get over my apprehension.  However, when it comes to making the Dresden deign in quilt making, I have not been very successful,  until now!

New and on sale for a limited, time is the Kaleidoscope Dresden Template and Pattern available from Nancy's Notions $9.99 instead of $17.99usd. Which I highly recommend!  This tool and the instructions have turned me into a master quilter.  Ok, that's an exaggeration...however I am confident that I can now make those once dreaded Dresden.

The Dimensional Kaleidoscope Dresden Template book, along with the clear acrylic template changes everything.  Make perfect pieces with this tool.  I can hardly believe how comfortable I find making these now.  I look forward to making all 15 variations!

The instructions are easy-to-follow in the 20-page booklet, with its many clear images and pictures.
Making each of the Dresden, or the Dimensional Kaleidoscope Dresden requires minimal fabric.  I was able to make mine with some scraps of fabrics, from pieces I got at Nancy's Notions.

 To begin all I needed to do was to make sure the fabrics I chose were ironed and squared.  I then lay the template over the fabric and cut the pieces with a rotary cutter and self-healing mat.  For my first project, I concentrated on cutting and assembling the pieces together accurately. The template and my tools made that part so easy.

Next time I will add the dimension by cutting another set of wedges, and all I have to do is fold the extra wedges, fold them and sew them between each wedge.  Easy peasy!
I chose to make pointed the ends of each wedge.  The cardboard template (included in the book) makes achieving the perfect score a piece of cake!

  I liked the idea of using fusible interfacing to attach the center to conceal the hole in the middle.   It is straightforward and quick.         

To make my circles for the center as well as the yo-yo, I traced around my homemade circle templates.  You can see one in the photo above.

Once I ironed the solid colored circle to cover the hole, I sewed a yo-yo according to the instructions in the book.  To complete the look I chose to sew on this button I had been saving for just the right project. 
With the extra smaller scraps I had left over I had just enough to make two smaller Dresden.  The template allows you to make wedges as small as one inch, and as big as 10 inches long.

To accompany the table centerpiece, I made two smaller versions that to be used as coasters.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this post and that you too will try to Dimensional Kaleidoscope Dresden to use in your home decor or quilts.  Thank you so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Create with Cricut: Bathroom Vanity Mirror Tray

Decorate your bathroom with sparkle and shine with the help of Cricut and Adhesive Foil.

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

As a Blogger/Brand Ambassador for Cricut, I am pleased to present my post this month where I show how I take an old small framed gaudy looking mirror and alter it into a cute piece of home decor for our newly renovated bathroom.

Having invested a lot of money into the renovation project, I wanted to find low-cost ways to add unique touches to our master bath.  I had this old discolored and scratched up metal framed mirror just wasting shelf space in our garage.  Instead of tossing it I decided to try and give it a second chance.

Step one:  Find a framed mirror,  mine happens to be an old cosmetic holder.

Step Two:  Clean the grime off.  Make any repairs needed.

Step Three:  Prepare the frame for its transformation.  In my case, I took the frame and mirror apart.

Step Four:  Spray Paint the frame with a metallic spray paint from Rust-Oleum Testors. Let Dry.

Step Five:  With the Cricut Explore Air 2  make some foil decals to alter and update the look of the mirror. Use the Purple mat, and Cricut Foil.  Follow instructions in the Cricut Design Space. I used a "Vine" image available as a Free copy in the library.  In the Design Space, I duplicated the vine and chose to make a Mirror image of the second vine.

Step Six:  Remove Foil Decals from Purple mat with Transfer film.  Apply stickers to clean mirror. Re-assemble mirror and frame.

If you are asking: "How easy will it be for "ME" to use the Cricut software?" I am here to let you know that it is so easy!  All you need to have is internet access, a smartphone, tablet, or computer! Oh, of course, a Cricut!  Any model that has blue tooth or the internet access.  I use the Cricut Explore Air 2, and The Cricut Design Space.

Cricut Design Space works with the Explore line of machines.  There are over 60 000 fonts, images, and more.  Available by purchasing individually, through a subscription, and even many are free.
Cricut Design Space has clear and easy to understand video tutorials for you to learn, at your own pace, how to work with all the possibilities the software has to offer.

"Cricut Design Space makes it easy to go from inspiration to creation."

Don't have an Explore?  No, problem.  Connect with the Cricut Craft Room.  "The Design Tool with image library."  Also, has easy to follow video tutorials.  Provides access to your own saved images from cartridges and other sources, free available images and fonts, and pay as you go too!
Free download of Cricut Craft Room available here: for non-Explore Cricut.

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.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Show off Your Pride and Patriotism With Your Pet

Show off your Love for your country and your pet with a few items from the Dollar Tree (Sponsored Post), and about 15 minutes of time to make a Patriotic Pet Project.

** I was compensated for this post.  This post also contains affiliate links for which I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

For my friends to the south, please feel free to substitute some materials that are more in line with your country's flag and colors.

Here is what you will need to make a similar cat collar.

Sheer ribbon rolls in white, and red (and blue as an option)
Cat collar in color of your choosing (e.g., red, white, blue)
Shoelaces with country's flag (in store only)

Video Here


1. Cut the ribbons and laces into 8 inch long pieces.  I cut about ten pieces of each ribbon and lace.  I recommend measuring around the cat's neck to see what collar size would fit best. Use more or fewer strands as desired.

2. To keep tips from fraying you can add some "Fray Check" or clear nail polish, or even glue to cut edges.

3. Tie each piece of ribbon and lace to a collar, alternating colors as you go.

**Warning, this is intended as a decorative piece for your pet to wear for a short period. Do not leave your pet unattended with this collar for too long.

Shop Patriotic Party Supplies at (The US only)and for more celebrating and decorating remember to check out your local Dollar Trees!(Everyone)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Craft Room Tour Part 2 for 2017

Here are the second video and post about my favorite space.  I work and craft here for fun almost on a daily basis.  View my many cheap or frugal organization systems I use for my art and craft supplies.

Get some ideas for your own space. I started off with a zero "0" budget and got to this point with perseverance, patience and a lot of hard work.  Mind you, I do work in the Crafts and Hobby Industry, and I do get a lot of supplies given to me.  However, before that happened I had to be very creative so I could get any supplies or tools.  I do know very well, what it means to make do with very little.  I also know that you do not need to own a lot of supplies to make great art or create fabulous crafts.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  I so appreciate all comments.

Thank you very much for stopping by, and for your continued support.

Friday, May 19, 2017

My Studio and Craft Room

Tour the space where I create, play, and work almost every day. View my many organizing systems, and get some ideas for your own area.  You can view a series of videos on Youtube that I am working on, and I will be adding more information over here on the blog.

Today, I have Part 1 of the series:

This week I talk mostly about some of my Fabric Storage systems as well.  I will include links to some of the products that are available still.  These are affiliate links and if you click on them AND make a purchase I will receive a small commission.   Thank you.


Shop Dollar Tree for all of your storage needs (For US only)

Dollar Tree Storage Plastic Slotted Baskets
Dollar Tree Plastic Storage Boxes with Lids
Dollar Tree Collapsible Storage bins (similar but smaller than above)
Clear Plastic Storage Free Shipping on Qualifying Orders For US onlyIntroducing FREE 2-Day Shipping at!

Learn how I used these Organizers to build my Cutting/crafting table here:

Make a Cutting Table

How to make a fantastic Fabric Cutting or Crafting Table on the cheap!
**I am including affiliate links in my post, so if you click on them to purchase anything from those sites, please know that I get a small commission.**

It all began with four "ClosetMaid" Cube Organizers from Free Shipping on Qualifying Orders

Next came the assembly:

The setup plan:

Putting it all together:

Topping off the bookcases with a 4'x 8', one inch thick, white melamine board from my local hardware store (Pont Masson) that overcharged for delivery!