Thursday, September 21, 2017

Halloween Decorating with Kunin Felt


Halloween will be here soon, and Kunin® Felt has lovely felts for you to craft some decorations.

"Kunin® is the clean and sustainable felt that is ideal for garment, accessory, decorating, and home decor crafting projects. "

Today on the Designers Crafters Connection Blog the Designers have many amazing projects made with Kunin Felt to share with you.  I chose to make the wall hanging shown above.

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To make this I used my Cricut Explore Air™ 2 to cut the Kunin® Felt into some Halloween shaped medallions that I designed in the Cricut Design Space. The Kunin® Felt we received is the Premium Felt in 8 oz measuring 12" x 18", and the Classic felt in 5oz. Meauring 9" x 12".  Made in the US from recycled water bottles. This felt, with a stabilizer,  cuts beautifully with dies and die cutting machines.


To begin, I added a Structure One Sided Fusible Interfacing stiff interfacing to the back of each piece of felt.  Afterwards, I cut the shapes using a Deep Cut Blade and a Strong Grip mat from the Cricut line.




I painted a wooden dowel (12 ") with some DecoArt DCA47-10 Crafter's Acrylic Paint, 4-Ounce, Black, and let that dry.



The next step was to attach pieces of narrow black ribbon to use as a hanger and to connect the pieces of cut Kunin® Felt.



To attach the pumpkins, cats, ghosts, and the witch, I used some Hot Glue and my Ad-Tech 0443 Two-  Temp Cordless Glue Gun


To cover up the tied ends of the ribbon, I used hot glue and my Ad-Tech 0443 Two-  Temp Cordless Glue Gun to adhere some black pom pom trim, which I also layered a piece of purple pom pom trim above (both from Expo International). To finish off the top, I added a "Happy Halloween" scrapbook banner (K and Company) from my stash.  Plus two little plastic spider bugs from Dollar Tree.


Tools and supplies used (**Includes Affiliate links that compensate me for any purchases made.):

--     Kunin® Felt (9" x 12" Craft cuts of ClassicFelt in Black, Orange, White, and  12" x 18" Craft                    
        Cut of Premium Felt in Purple
--     Pom Pom trim  Expo International (Black & Purple)
-- **Cricut Explore Air™2
-- **Ad-Tech 0443 Two-Temp Cordless Glue Gun
-- **Deep Cut Blade
--  **Strong Grip mat 
-- ** Hot Glue
--      Thin black ribbon
-- ** One Sided Fusible Interfacing
-- ** DecoArt DCA47-10 Crafter's Acrylic Paint, 4-Ounce, Black
--** narrow black ribbon
--     Happy Halloween Banner (my stash)
--     Plastic Black spiders (Dollar Tree)

Check out what the many talented Designers of the Designer Crafts Connection have made here:


For more information on  Kunin® Felt, please check their web site, Kunin® Felt.
Thank you for stopping by.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

15 minute Halloween Craft


Have a Cricut®?  Have 15 minutes?  Then you have all you need to make this spooky Halloween Decoration for your home and be ready for All Hallow's Eve!

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With the help of the Cricut Design Space I chose two images.  A haunted house, and A Halloween tree.


                             I cut the black cardstock with my Cricut Explore Air 2.



I drew lines on the tree with Aleene's 15601 Original Tacky Glue, 16-Ounce and on the house, which I followed with a generous amount of martha stewart glitter.


Once the glue and glitter had dried I used some Hot Glue with my
Ad-Tech 0443 Two-Temp Cordless Glue Gun  to adhere the shapes to the Glass Mason Jar.

                             
                                              I added some colorful faux Gems in the jar.


                                        Finally, I inserted a battery operated Votive Candle.

                                                       Here is another view of the project.


Tools and Supplies (**Includes affiliate links that compensate me for purchases):

--  Cricut Explore Air 2.
--  black cardstock
--  Cricut Design Space
--  Votive Candle
--  Gems
--  Glass Mason Jar
--  Hot Glue
--  Ad-Tech 0443 Two-Temp Cordless Glue Gun
--  Aleene's 15601 Original Tacky Glue, 16-Ounce
--  martha stewart glitter


                             Decorate for the Trick or Treaters with the help of Dollar Tree.com, where you can shop for some "Scary" good deals at 1$!   Craft many of your  Halloween Decorations with Cricut®.

Remember to check out all the other Spooky Crafty Projects my friends in this Craft Lightening Round have made!
                                                             Enjoy, and Happy Halloween.


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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Halloween Wreath Made Easy Peasy with Dollar Tree



Halloween is just around the corner.  Are you thinking of decorating your home?  I am, and I love making things.  So I am combining my passions.
 I made a wreath that takes very little time to do.  Also, it costs very little!  I bought all the supplies I needed at the Dollar Tree. Here is my project.


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Did you know that many of the same items I used to make my craft are also available online, at Dollar Tree.com?


To make this I simply used the foam ring as the base.  I wrapped some Decorative Halloween mesh ribbon around the Green Foam Floral Ring securing it in place with some pins.


To decorate it I added some of the lovely Halloween Diamond Wrap Ribbon.  Finally, I attached a big bow made from the same mesh.

                   Get your Creepy Crafting on.  Thank you for stopping by.Happy Halloween

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Planning Halloween Style

Make some Halloween planner supplies for yourself or to give as Treats!  Make a trip to Dollar Tree to get all that you will need to make them.  Don't forget to check out Dollar Tree.com for planning all your Halloween and Fall activities too!  Shop Scary-Good $1 Halloween Deals at DollarTree.com

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Here are some of the Planner Paper Clips I made to use in my own planning for October.




All you need can be bought at Dollar Tree or even better shop online for many Halloween supplies.


Glue is an important supply to make most of your Halloween crafts this year and is available online at DollarTree.com.


Ribbons and Paper Clips, all of which are available on DollarTree.com.


Lots of Halloween themed trims are also available, at DollarTree.com

With a little cutting ...



and gluing you can make many of these decorative paper clips in no time!


Thank you for stopping by, I hope that you are inspired to create for Halloween while saving some money!  Keep crafting!


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Birthday Card and Gift for my Favourite Golfer

Today is my Husband's birthday, amateur golfer on weekends and business man during the week.  At home he's Honey and Dad!  So as it happens every year we never know what to get him.  Let's admit it, he is difficult to shop for.  Everyone that knows him, also knows how  much he LOVES to play golf!  Which is why I amde hime this golf theme Birthday Card, and we gave hime A LOT of Golf tees for him to use in his beloved hobby, plus he played a round of golf, and we are going out to a lovely dinner at a restaurant.

Here is the card:

Here is the small gift we gave him:


The amazing part of all of this is that I bought most of the supplies at none other than Dollar Tree!  Goodness knows, golfing is not a cheap hobby.  HA ha ha.

The Tee Tin would also make a nice gift for you to make and give to the golfer in your life.  Whether it be for a Birthday or any holiday.  All you need is"


A bin, Tees, and a cello bag.


The card I made with some white cardstock, and the green papers, ink, and stamps were from my stash.

That's it!  A short post about a small gift but the gesture was big and from the heart.

Thank you for stopping by.  Stay crafty!


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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Tools and Accessories for the Cricut

So, you have a Cricut®, or you are considering buying, and you have some questions.  One of those may be "What tools and accessories do I need to use a Cricut®, and how much will they cost?"


As a long time user and now paid Blogger for Cricut®, I can tell you that the Cricut® line of Die Cutting units requires very few tools to work with them.  You do need supplies regarding material that you want to cut, or write and draw on!  Supplies needed are  Paper, Vinyl, Iron-on, Fabric, and Others.The choices are almost endless and depend on what you want to make.


The other thing you need is a Mat.  The kind that Cricut® makes is sized correctly for its machines, has a sticky surface to grip the medium, and has markings to help you align your projects and that the device can read for the proper blade and cut placement. These mats do lose some stickiness after many many uses, and I recommend buying replacements.  How many mats you will need during the lifetime of your machine entirely depends on how much you use it.  Replacement mats are available through the Cricut® online shop, and many retailers.

There are three different types of mats available in sets and individually.  The StandardGrip™ Mats (Green) are available in 12 x 12, 12 x 24 suitable for cardstock, vinyl, iron-on, washi, and window cling.  The LightGrip Mat™ (Blue) is suitable for light cardstock, office paper, and vellums.  It is available in 12 x 12.  Finally, there is the StrongGrip™(Lilac) Mat available in 12 x 12, and recommended for fabrics (with backing),  thick cardstock, glitter cardstock, and poster board.


The tools I recommend to make working with Cricut® enjoyable are available in the Cricut® Essential Tool Set which has everything you need including other tools sold especially for the Cricut® user in mind.

Within the  Cricut® Essential Tool Set, you get

* Tweezers to lift and secure delicate materials
* Weeder to remove tiny negative cuts
* Micro-tip scissors with protective blade cover
* Spatula to lift cuts from the mat
* Scraper to burnish materials and to clean all cutting mats
* Scoring stylus to add fold lines to cards
* High-quality trimmer for materials up to 12 inches wide
* Replacement blade for trimmer

These tools, although not necessary, enhance your experience of working with the Cricut®.  I have included **affiliate links to the Cricut® online shop.  Note these tools are also available at many retail locations too.

I hope that this post has given you some useful information about working and playing with Cricut®s.  Thank you for stopping by, and stay crafty.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Why Invest in the Cricut® Electronic Die Cutting Machine

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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!



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