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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My Last Halloween Card of 2012 *sigh*

It's not just HALLOWEEN today but it's also Card Making Wednesday over at Tanner Bell Designs and here is what I made especially for the occasion:

Picking the paper for the card was easy with Paper Layerz by Megan Elizabeth.  All the colors coordinated easily PLUS her Ink Edgerz in Limelight and 1am matched her paper perfectly (she did that on purpose to make it easier on those of us who are color-challenged!)  The witch shoe and frame are from the Happy Hauntings Cricut cart.

I found the sentiment from last year's Close To My Heart "Wicked" set and used the new Background Stamp from Tanner Bell Designs under it.  The brads are from my stash.

I hope you enjoyed this final Halloween card of the season.  I will be sad to see Halloween over so soon.

Now...Go Scrap Something!

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Hey Everyone!

Welcome to Tanner Bell Designs October Release Blog hop! This month Tanner has created some REALLY awesome background stamps! This is something totally different than he has ever done before! If you came here from CourtsCraftCorner then you’re in the right place. If you need to start at the beginning, then head over to Tanner Bell Designs and get to hopping!

I love love LOVE Halloween, so I made this witch card using one of Tanner's new background stamps:

I used Ink Edgerz by Megan Elizabeth and some clear embossing powder to make the diamonds really pop. The witch was made using Paper Layzerz and cut from Happy Hauntings (I LOVE that cartridge!!) and of course, I had to include a little Stickles be-dazzled Drippy Goo punch from Martha Stewart.

You can purchase your set of these amazing stamps in his store HERE!

Thanks for stopping by! Head on over and check out what Ruza has created today!

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cropped Recap

I was lucky enough to get to go to Wisconsin to be a part of the live Cropped event last weekend.  Even better I got to be in the "Pro" Cropped Challenge that was held on Saturday.  (I think it's pretty funny that Megan considered me to be a papercrafting "pro")

The first round of the Challenge was to create a card in 25 minutes using the mystery products provided.  The mystery package included: white cardstock, Kraft cardstock, a roll of Snazzy tape, a sheet of Sili-Craftz and....a pop can tab.

Here's the card I made:

I used the Kraft cardstock as the base, wrapped the Snazzy tape around the white cardstock, used a punch to cut the heart shape from the Sili-Craftz sheet, tucked the pop tab behind it and attached it with a brad, and cut the sentiment out of the Snazzy tape using the Expression2.  A little Megan Elizabeth Ink Edgerz in Limelight and some more brads and I was done.

Here are the other 3 entries:
Created by (from left to right): Abbey from the Craft-e-Corner blog, Shawn from Craftychics, and Carrie from Craft-e-Corner.

This round was a tie between my card and Abbey's.  The tie-breaker judge selected my card as the winner for the first round.  Carrie was the first participant "Cropped" from the competition.

The second round of the Competition was to create a scrapbook layout with a fall theme in one hour using the mystery supplies provided.  We were given some fall themed scrapbook paper, 2 sheets of Paperlayerz by Megan Elizabeth, a rhinestone sheet...and a Coca-cola can.  This time I came in second place.  My layout is below on the left.  The cute one on the right is Shawn's from CraftyChics:

Where's the coke can you ask?  I took a little creative license and used the can to round out the corners of the layout.  (Shawn actually cut the word "nice" out of the side of the coke can - genius!)

Abbey won the round with this layout:

Since Shawn came in 3rd place, she was the next one "Cropped".  It was down to just Abbey and I for the home decor themed third round.

We were given a shadow box, some Christmas themed paper, Candi's, puzzle pieces, gold thread, Megan Elizabeth Alpha Stickerz, bubble wrap and only one hour.

Here's my Christmas themed shadow box:

Abbey and I both used the bubble wrap to "stamp" on our projects.  The ornaments and Noel were cut from the Close To My Heart Artiste cartridge.  I made the tree by folding strips of paper and attaching them one on top of each other.  The puzzle pieces are stacked under the tree to give it a little height.

Here's Abbey's very clever project:

She wrapped her shadow box like a present, using the puzzle pieces inside so they made noise when you shook the package - just like a real present!

The vote for the third round went in my favor and I was named winner of the "Pro" Cropped Challenge!  What an exciting and totally fun event!  I hope to be invited back for the next one so I can defend my title :)

Now...Go Scrap Something!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Heat Transfer Vinyl Tutorial

I've been posting on my Britten Linn facebook page all the t-shirts I've been making for myself (and a few for Megan too!) to wear to Cropped! this coming weekend.  Lots of you have asked how I made these shirts, so I've put together a picture tutorial for you that will take you step-by-step through the process.

I have used both my Silhouette Cameo and my Cricut Expression to make t-shirts, but since more people have a Cricut, for this tutorial that's what I'll be demoing.  I'm also going to show you how I did this using my Gypsy, but it's not something you have to have.   I like making my own designs or modifying ones that already exist, so I usually use either my Silhouette software, my Gypsy or even Cricut Craft Room when designing my shirts.  But isn't necessary if you are cutting some of the more basic images.

So here's what you'll need to get started:
1.  T-shirt - preferably cotton or a cotton/poly blend
2.  Heat transfer vinyl.  I buy my vinyl at for several reasons.  I like the Siser Easy Weed heat transfer vinyl they carry, they offer coupons fairly often, shipping is free over $75, and if you order early they ship it out the same day.  
3.  Iron 
4.  Cricut or other electric die-cutting machine and the image(s) you want to cut.

Today I made a shirt for my friend's daughter.  She loves Monster High and this girly skull from the Rock Princess cartridge is one of my favorites.  Here it is on my Gypsy with her name under it.  The font is Alphalicious.  (I didn't realize at the time that I didn't have her name properly centered.  I'll show you how I fixed that in a minute.)

Since the heat transfer vinyl has to be cut face down, I had to flip the text so Keagan's name would be right when I placed it on the shirt.  I decided to flip the skull too.  On the Gypsy, this is easily done by selecting everything and then hitting the flip vertical button as shown below:

I cut it out in paper first to make sure the sizing is right.  I always cut my t-shirt images out in paper first, just in case I have to make adjustments.  I hate wasting vinyl!  So here's the image and text in paper:

I'm happy with the size, so I get my vinyl ready.  I buy mine in a roll, so I cut only what I need.  Another thing I like about this vinyl is that even though it's stored in a roll, it flattens out completely, which means it sticks nice and even to the Cricut mat:

Heat transfer vinyl has two sides: one shiny and one matte.  The shiny side is the clear, sticky, carrier that the vinyl sticks to until it's transferred.  The matte side is actually the back of the vinyl...the part that is adhered to your shirt.  Make sure you place the vinyl on the mat SHINY SIDE DOWN.  I tried to take a pic of the two sides together, but it's hard to see here.  When you have the vinyl in front of you, it's very easy to see which side is the shiny and which is the matte:

The next thing that I always, ALWAYS do is to do a test cut to make sure I am only getting a "kiss" cut.  You do NOT want to cut all the way through so your image pops out.  You only want to cut the vinyl...not the clear carrier on the bottom.  In the pic below, you can see I tested my blade and pressure settings by using a scrap piece of vinyl and cutting a few circles.  See how I've peeled back the circle?  Under that is the clear carrier (you can see my finger underneath).  This means my blade and pressure are correct.  My blade is currently VERY dull so I had the blade on 4 and the pressure on 3.  A newer blade would've cut straight through everything, so always be sure to do a test cut to avoid wasting vinyl and time.

Once your image is cut, you will need to do some weeding.  Weeding means that you are going to carefully remove the pieces that you do not want on your shirt.  In this case, I'm removing the eyes, nose and bow on the skull.  I'll also remove the inside of some of the letters in Keagan's name (the e, a's, and g).  There is a "weeding tool" that you can buy, but I find that using my paper piercer to pull up the vinyl away from the carrier works just fine.   You will also need to remove all of the excess vinyl around the edge of the image.  All that you want left is what is going to be placed on your shirt.

Since I wanted to include a bow in a different color, I cut one separately using a glittery heat transfer vinyl (I was gifted this vinyl and am not sure of the manufacturer, so I apologize).  Unlike the white Easy Weed vinyl, the glitter vinyl is very thick and does not lay flat on the mat, so I had to tape it down:

When I had everything cut and placed on the t-shirt, that was when I noticed Keagan's name wasn't centered.  No big deal...I just cut it off from the rest of the image and placed it where I wanted it.

Now you're ready for the heat!  Most vinyls can be transferred with a regular household iron and firm even pressure, but make sure you check with the manufacturer before purchasing...just to be sure.

My husband found a professional heat press for me on Craig's List some time ago.  This rusty old dinosaur of a machine sat in the garage for many, many months before I moved it to my craft room so I could really start testing it out.  If you've ever gone on vacation - especially to the beach - this is what the souvenir shops use to make the t-shirts with the funny (and usually inappropriate) sayings on them.

Here's the shirt all lined up on the press. also sells a re-usable paper sheet for .80 that I put over my designs before applying the heat.  (I think it's just parchment paper but I'm not entirely sure).  This step isn't really necessary for one layer designs like this, but I like the thought of protecting the shirt and design a bit:

I had already set the temperature (based on what the vinyl manufactuerer recommended) on the press earlier, so it was hot and ready to go.  I lowered the top of the press and locked it in place.  Mine has a timer, but since it's only 13 seconds, I just count it out:

When the time is up, remove the paper protector and carefully peel away the clear carrier sheet.  It is HOT so be careful!  If you find that some of the vinyl is sticking to the carrier and lifting away from the shirt, carefully place it back down and re-press for a few more seconds.

And here is Keagan's finished shirt.  I hope she likes it.   I love that pink sparkley bow!

This vinyl is machine washable.  I wash mine inside out in cold water and hang to dry.  

What do you think??  Think you'll be giving this stuff a try??

Now.... Go Scrap Something!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Altered Tins

In keeping with my recent obsession with all things Halloween, I fell in love this Magic Potions stamp set from Close To My Heart.  It coordinates with the new CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge which has quickly become my #1 favorite out of the 60+ cartridges I currently own.

I knew I wanted to make some home decor with these label stamps so I started looking around for inexpensive glass bottles that I might be able to attach these to.  But then my friend Darlene and I were browsing Michael's last week and I spotted these tins in the clearance aisle for just $.99 each:

I have a rooster-themed kitchen anyway, so I liked them just how they were. But then I realized they would be perfect for my Magic Potion labels.

Here's how they turned out:
Aren't they adorable?!?!?

The pattern paper, stamps, ink and baker's twine is all from Close To My Heart.  The orange cardstock is Coordinations.  The black lace and dimensionals are Stampin Up!.  The bat is from Creative Imaginations and the tiny black pearls are KaiserCraft.

Here's some more pics:

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Upcycled Halloween Tray

I've been holding onto these wood trays from a couple Melissa & Doug puzzles my girls have....just waiting for the right project.  Here's what they looked like before:
I was going to paint both and make two trays for Halloween, but I decided to just use the yellow one for now and save the pink one for another holiday (I'm thinking Christmas maybe...?)

I bought a can of black spray paint at Walmart for a buck and just kept layering coats of paint until the yellow was fully covered.  I found the easel at the Dollar Tree but it was brass, so I spray painted that too.

Then I just started crafting!  I was gifted with the Lost & Found Halloween collection from My Mind's Eye at Summer CHA, so I went with those colors as my theme.  I had also just bought the Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Paper from Stampin Up! and those colors coordinated perfectly with the MME set.  I unearthed some fabulous Halloween-ie embellishments from my stash - like this felt tree from Close To My Heart:

I also knew I wanted to make some embellishments from my new CTMH Artiste this 3-D coffin and the tombstones.  The orange and white Chevron paper is from SU! and I love it so!

All of the metal emellishments - like this crown, the cross on the coffin and the gargoyle next to the tombstone- are all brads from Marah Johnson that I picked up at a Scrapbook Expo years ago for $1.  I love when I have the chance to scrap my stash!

Here's the fancy Instagram pic of my finished tray:

Do you get all crafty at Halloween too?  I have a serious fascination with making Halloween decor.  I just love the colors and the spooky themes.   Here's a link to what I made last Halloween - which included a mini version of this tray in different colors.

Hope you enjoyed!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I Mustache You a Question....

I can't help it...this makes me giggle every time....

The font is called "Keep Calm" and I cut it with the Silhouette Cameo using Cut Mates Cardstock.  The mustache is a download from the Silhouette online library.  The 8 X 10 frame was recycled from a big tote of miscellaneous frames I have in my closet.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

CROPPED DVD Challenge!

A few days ago I posted the example I made for the CROPPED Paper Layerz Challenge HERE.  Now I'm on to the other Mystery Box Challenge, which was to make a card using the masking technique Megan demonstrated in the 1-2-3 Stamp! DVD that everyone received in their box.

I love making Halloween papercrafts.  LOVE!  I'm not sure why exactly.  Maybe it's the colors - I mean, when else do you get to use orange, green, purple and black together with spiders, witches and skulls...? I made some really cute stuff last year (if I do say so myself!).  You can see those HERE. 

I have already found myself buying new Halloween stamps and paper and it's still August! I cleaned up at the $1 bin at Joann's the other night, plus I fell in love with some great new Halloween paper from Stampin' Up!   Megan snagged me the Halloween Lost & Found collection from My Mind's Eye at the Summer CHA Show, so I had that to use along with some Marah Johnson die-cut shapes that I picked up on clearance last year.  I pulled out the Cricut Happy Hauntings cart and flipped through until I found exactly what I was looking for.  Here's my finished card:

Cute, right?  

I started with creating the ghost using the mask technique from the DVD.  I cut the ghost from Happy Hauntings in purple vinyl and put it on a piece of off-white cardstock from my stash.  Then I used Ink Edgerz from Megan Elizabeth in Sweetness and 1am to blend ink all around the ghost.

When I peeled off the vinyl I had a perfect "white" ghost....!

I cut a frame from Happy Hauntings in black, centered it over my image, lightly traced it with a pencil and then cut it out.

I used U Cut it 3D Adhesive Foam from Glue Arts to give my frame a bit of dimension.  

Then I adhered it to pattern paper from Stampin Up! (from the Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Paper Collection), which I then adhered to a sheet from Fancy Pants.  I adhered the black lace ribbon (also from Stampin' Up)  before adhering to the front of my card.  Finally I added the embellishments:  brads and tag from My Mind's Eye and bats from Marah Johnson.  I really love how it turned out!

I am SO SO excited for CROPPED and I can't wait to see what everyone makes for this Challenge!

Now...Go Scrap Something!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

CROPPED Paper Layerz Challenge!

When Megan told me about this Challenge for CROPPED and asked me to make a sample, I really didn't know where to start.  (In fact, I'm pretty sure I actually groaned out loud - but don't tell her I said that!)

This particular Challenge is to make a layout using two identical pieces of Paper Layerz.  One piece of Paper Layerz is to be used as the background and the other can be cut up and used for embellishments.  You have the option of treating each 4X4 block as a layout onto itself OR you can make one big 12X12 layout.  I decided to go with a one-page 12X12 layout, but I still wanted to design each block.  Yeah, I know that sounds confusing so here's a pic of my Baby Girl layout that will hopefully make more sense:

I used that second sheet of Paper Layerz very carefully so I could really get the most out of it.  Here's all that was left when I was done, along with some of the supplies that I used:

My overall crafting style is pretty clean.  I don't like a lot of clutter, so I know there was definitely room for more doo-dads in each block, but I like having lots of "white space" in my each block has just a few things to look at.  And of course, I put my baby girl's picture right in the center!

I used Cricut's Plantin Schoolbook for my font and some of the shapes were cut from the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge.  The rest of the embellishments were done with punches from Stampin Up!, EK Success, Fiskars & Martha Stewart - all of which I had in my stash.  The bling is all Sparkle Lightz by Megan Elizabeth.

I'd love to hear from all of you about how how you handled this CROPPED Challenge - so please tell me all about it in the comments!  And if you don't know about CROPPED, there is still a little time to get your Mystery Box right HERE.

Now...Go Scrap Something!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ohhhh Helllloooo Chevron

I picked up my latest order from Stampin' Up! last night and this fab Chevron embossing folder was part of it.  I couldn't wait to try it out so I grabbed a piece of Coredinations cardstock and my new folder, ran it through the Cuttlebug and then sanded it with this cool new SU! sanding block (you can buy replacement pads for it!).  I LOVE how this turned out....such an easy way to achieve a custom Chevron look in no time at all...

 I also got some fun Halloween Designer Series Paper and the "Toxic Treats" stamp set, along with a pack of Stampin Dimensionals and this "Perfectly Penned" sentiment set:

I really wish I had time to play this morning, but there are chores to be done.  Though just because I can't find time to create right now, doesn't mean YOU can't so....

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