Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas Ornaments

That time of year is coming . . . the time when we will be looking at magazines, our local craft stores and Pinterest to find the Christmas ornament that we want to make.  I thought that it might be fun to take a look back at some of the ornaments I have created and shared in the past.  Click on the link titles to go to the full tutorial for each ornament.

Magic Marble Paint Dipped Ornament


This one was fun because I did this with my daughter.  She had fun picking out the colors to combine.  The one in this example combines the school colors for my husband's college. 



We had so much fun with the FIRST set of ornaments, and one of my family members mentioned how much she liked them, that we did some more in other colors.

Dried Floral Ornament 


After my Grandfather died, we saved the flowers from his funeral.  He was in the Navy, so we had red, white and blue flowers on top of his casket.  I used these flowers to create an ornament for every family member, so that we can have a special remembrance of Papa on the Christmas tree every year.



I am a huge Disney fan, and my daughter has inherited that love too.  Her favorite character is Donald Duck, so I created this ornament for her as a gift last year.

I hope you enjoyed this Christmas Ornament review!  Who knows what I will make this year!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

6 Simple and Fun Fall Crafts

Fall is a festive time of year that creates all kinds of crafting possibilities. To make your home full of autumn cheer, try out these six fun and simple crafts.

1. Treasure Acorns 
 Ever wondered what you could do with all of those plastic eggs left over from Easter? Repurpose them into a festive fall craft by gluing twine carefully around one half of the egg, leaving the opening exposed so you can still fill the egg with a treasure. It makes for a great party gift or decoration. Put snacks, candy, or other little treasures inside the egg for a unique fall surprise.

2. Thankful Board 
 Fall is a time to reflect on the good things in life, which means everything that you are thankful for. Some people need a little help remembering the good things in life. Cut a large acorn shape out of corkboard, topping it with cardstock circles to create the cap and stem. Hang it where your family and friends can see it and fill it every day with notes and pictures about the things you are thankful for.

3. Sparkling Candle Holders
 Want to really create that golden fall glow inside your home? Take some clear votive candle holders and mist the inside down with water. While they are still wet, gently spray metallic paint inside the glass on top of the water (gold will give you a better “glow”). Once this dries, spray it again with gold glitter spray for a truly sparkling finish. It also works in other color combinations, so let your imagination run wild.

4. Autumn Garden Bunting 
 Banners and buntings make for perfect decorations in the house on walls, along banisters, or even at the edges of tables. Just go out into your yard and pull items right from nature such as leaves and seed pods. Attach them to wire and drape where you please.

5. Burlap Wreath
 Burlap can be used for all kinds of crafts and creates a nostalgic fall look. Using a foam wreath as your base, wrap some burlap ribbon around the foam and use straight pins to keep it in place. You can finish it off by hot-gluing burlap flowers or other trinkets on top.



6. Painted Stemware 
 Festive glasses aren’t just for the winter months anymore. Create fall wine glasses by putting paint on the bottom of the base of your stemware. Use a brush or other fine-tipped tool to create designs such as swirls by working out from the center. Let it dry completely before placing the base on a surface. Glitter glass paint is also an option for coating the topside of the base and stem.

Get Creative 
 These fall crafts are sure to give your home a festive glow. Try other combinations to create new decorations for any time of the year.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Cuff Bracelet with Rhinestones

This project video will inspire you to invite some friends over for a crafting party. Marisa Pawelko recently taped a segment for Creative Living on PBS. The Buckle Boutique is honored that Marisa included our rhinestone sticker sheets in her video for these AMAZING cuff bracelets.

 If you did not know, Marisa has a website call The Modern Surrealist and a full line of dies with Sizzix. One of the dies is a base cut for a cuff bracelet, and there are a variety overlays that you can add to the base cut to embellish your bracelet. These dies make it simple to perfectly cut your pieces, and when you use rhinestone sticker sheets for the overlay pieces you can add sparkle easily!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cupcake Tag

Here is a cupcake tag I made that would be perfect for a gift tag for a birthday celebration!

I actually made this tag MONTHS ago, but totally forgot to blog about it!  I did a blog post before about a cupcake card, that you can see HERE.  In that post I mentioned that I was saving the pieces I did not use in that card for another project.  Well, this is that project.


I cut the tag shape from the Sweet Treats Cricut cartridge.  I used a polka dot paper for the lower half of the cupcake, and a yellow handmade paper for the top half.


I really liked the texture that the handmade paper added to the top of this tag.  I also cut a heart from the orange rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique.  If you have not tried these rhinestone sheets then now is the time to give them a try!  You can cut them with scissors, a craft knife or a die cutting machine.  I cut this heart with my Cricut.  If you want the cutting instructions, you can find those HERE.


Since the heart has adhesive on it, I attached the ribbon to the back of the heart before I attached the whole cupcake to the blue backing piece.  This way the ribbon was sandwiched in the middle.




Monday, November 10, 2014

Playing with Scraps

Do you save your scraps? I have to admit . . . I do! If I look at a piece of paper and think "I can get one more heart cut out of that" then I do. I even have a container where I keep all of these scrap cuts. They are nice because if my daughter and her friends want to create something they know they can use anything in the scrap bin and not worry about accidentally cutting a shape out of some paper I was saving for a special layout.

I even keep the scraps of strips that I trim off of pages . . . you know, the stuff you had to trim to make things fit just right.

Here is one of those piles of scrap strips of paper.

I decided to make a card JUST using these strips . . . no new cuts.  I used a plain kraft paper card base, and then I just grabbed some random strips in similar colors.  I started to adhere them to the card at an angle, and then just added the next strip so that it lined up with the one before it.



Once I had all of the strips on the card, I just trimmed them off at the edge of the card.  Adding some dots of Viva Decor added some dimension to the card.  The final step was stamping a sentiment on to the card. 


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop


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Welcome to the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop!

We've gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can "hop" from one blog to another to check them all out.

I am so happy to be a part of this hop with so many amazing crafters and I cannot wait to show you the project I created using the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique.

Custom cell phone cases are a great way to show off your personal style, and it can be a great gift idea . . . especially for a teen in your life.























 Today I am going to show you how to make this custom cell phone case.  Following the directions here you will be able to easily create a rhinestone cell phone case with an image of your choice.

First, I started off with an ugly cell phone case that I picked up at the Dollar Store.  I did not care what image was already on the cell phone case since I knew I would be covering it with rhinestone sticker sheets.  I knew once the project was done, it was NOT going to look like a Dollar Store case.
















I also used the royal blue and clear rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique.

I decided to use the anchor image since the Nautical Theme seems to be a popular one right now, but feel free to use any image you like.


I cut the anchor out of the royal blue rhinestone sticker sheet.  Yes, you can CUT these rhinestone sticker sheet with scissors, a craft knife or a die cutting machine.  This is because the "gems" are actually a soft resin material and not a hard stone.  You can find full cutting instructions and a video here, but the basics instructions are

1) place the rhinestone sticker sheet on the cutting mat with the rhinestones down, so you are cutting through the BACK of the sheet


2) flip the image, since you are cutting through the back of the sheet, otherwise your whole cut comes out backwards

 3) cut at a SLOW SPEED with LOW PRESSURE on a very sticky mat with a DEEP CUT BLADE

4) I use a mulit-cut of 3 or 4 just to make sure that the blade gets all the way through the sticker sheet

I cut the same anchor shape at the same size out of the clear rhinestone sticker sheet.















Now, kind of like a puzzle, I put the clear anchor into the opening on the blue sheet, and the blue anchor into the opening on the clear sheet.





Technically, I could make TWO personalized cell phone cases now . . . one with a clear background and a blue anchor and one with a blue background and a clear anchor.

Which one do you like better?

































I decided to go with the clear background and blue anchor combination.  If I pick up another cell phone case I already have the product cut and ready to go to make the second one.











I peeled off the backing from the anchor image to expose the sticky adhesive back of the sticker sheet, and I stuck it to the cell phone case.  I know . . . it looks a little silly over that image that was already on the cell phone case.  Don't worry.  The next step will take care of that.







I peeled off a few small portions of the backing on the clear rhinestone sticker sheet so that I could "puzzle piece" things back together on the cell phone case without having ALL of the adhesive exposed for the FULL cell phone case.  This allowed me to be able to adjust and maneuver the piece more.  I always get frustrated when you are trying to attach an embellishment and sticks to the project before you really wanted it to and then you have to peel it off and start over.  This is my trick to avoid that.






I used a craft knife to trim away the excess product and to cut the little oval out of the camera hole.
























From that excess that I trimmed away, I was able to cut some strips that I used to cover the sides of the sides of the cell phone case.  Since the rhinestone sticker sheet are flexible, these strips easily wrap around and hug the curves of the side of the cell phone case.  I used my Westcott scissors to trim the strips for the sides when I got to an opening in the cell phone case.























And there you have it!  A rhinestone covered cell phone case from a Dollar Store purchase and the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique!

What would YOU put on your cell phone case?

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cleaning up Scraps

Do you save your scraps? I have to admit . . . I do! If I look at a piece of paper and think "I can get one more heart cut out of that" then I do. I even have a container where I keep all of these scrap cuts. They are nice because if my daughter and her friends want to create something they know they can use anything in the scrap bin and not worry about accidentally cutting a shape out of some paper I was saving for a special layout.

I even keep the scraps of strips that I trim off of pages . . . you know, the stuff you had to trim to make things fit just right.

Here is one of those piles of scrap strips of paper.


I decided to make a card JUST using these strips . . . no new cuts.  I used a plain kraft paper card base, and then I just grabbed some random strips in similar colors.  I started to adhere them to the card at an angle, and then just added the next strip so that it lined up with the one before it.  I even added some strips of rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique 


Once I had all of the strips on the card, I just trimmed them off at the edge of the card.  Then I used a stamp that looked like stitches in a circle, and stamped a few of those in red.  Adding some dots of Viva Decor added some dimension to the card.  The final step was stamping a sentiment on to the card.