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January 17, 2018

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Helpless Women (humor) :: Free Printable

January 15, 2018

I love this saying and this free printable, I hope you do too. You can get a free printable of this for all the strong women you know who like their nails polished! [free printable] This is a free PDF file.

How to Manicure with Washi Tape

January 15, 2018

I have heard of people using washi tape on their fingernails. I watched a few Youtube videos to see how it was done. I wanted to give it a try myself and thought this would be a great post for our Creative Craft Blog Group January Tape Challenge. Thinking about how to go about things, I remembered a cool crafting tool I reviewed a while back which would really change the way it would be done. 

This post is a part of the Creative Craft Blog Group monthly challenge. For 2018 we have chosen to base our themes on materials. For the month of January, the theme is tape. Take a moment to visit the other members who are participating in the challenge.

Life Beyond the Kitchen • Washi Tape Storage Boxes


2 Dishing Divas • Duck Tape Braided Bracelet


Try it - Like it - Create it • How to Manicure with Washi Tape


Home Crafts by Ali • Easy Washi Tape Decorate Notebook


5 Little Monsters • Washi Tape Valentine Bookmarks




I had two different kinds of tape to try. traditional Washi tape which is paper-based and Duck brand which is plastic based. I thought the paper tape version would work better because it would cut easier and it was thinner.

begin by using a coat of clear polish on your nails

once the polish is dry, cut a piece of the tape and place it on your nail

here's the really cool thing - the Slice tool - it will not cut your skin so you can cut right on your nail bed

paper tape
here is an example of the paper-based tape, it tends to crease
the plastic based tape did too but less so

coat with clear
once finished, use a coat of clear nail polish on top

and you're done!

The Slice tool really did make a huge difference. The videos I watched had ladies drawing a line on the tape, removing the tape to cut out the shape of their nail and then re-applying the tape. I just placed the tape and cut it right in place. The secret is that the Slice tool has a ceramic blade that doesn't cut skin. It is really interesting because you can hear it cut the tape while you are pressing your finger with it but there is no pain. I can only imagine how much time this would save.

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Make a Swirly Heart Valentine Card with Cricut

January 9, 2018

This post is a part of the Cricut Valentines Event Jan 2018 sponsored by Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, Carolina with 30 Minute Crafts, and Jen with 100 Directions. For this link party, I created a Swirly Heart Valentine Card. The post includes a free SVG file so you can make your very own card.



I want to thank Cricut for providing the Cricut Maker so that I can create posts similar to this one.
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white cardstock
The SVG file contains two different paper cuts. Cutting the white card first, remember to change the line to score and insert the scoring tool into your machine.
Take your time removing this from the mat, the swirl cuts are fragile and can tear easily.


pink cardstock
Next is the red or pink paper. I chose a two-sided piece, solid on one side and patterned on the other.
The pattern will show
inside the card.

Place a Glue Dot or adhesive in each corner. You don't need the Advanced Strength, it is just what was handy.

pattern inside
This is the inside of the card. I chose for the pattern to show here for added detail.
I didn't want the pattern to conflict with the swirls of the heart pattern.


It's finished!


Make sure to take some time to visit the other participants in the party. 
They will be posting Valentine's Day projects every day during the week of January 8 - 12!

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Top Five Posts from 2017

January 3, 2018

Looking back on 2017 I have collected the most popular craft tutorial posts from the year. They almost all have one thing in common, they were design team posts. Thee of them with Cricut, one with Tape Technologies. It has been my pleasure to work with Cricut and Tape Technologies. As I look forward to 2018, I hope to continue with Cricut and Tape Technologies as well as add a few new companies to the list.

How to Monogram a Trinket Box with Vinyl

January 2, 2018

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This month the Tape Technologies Design Team was asked to design using their Ultra FX vinyl. I chose to work with two colors, the gold, and sea foam.  The colors worked well with a trinket box my daughter recently bought. It is a wooden box, it came painted but lacked any decoration. I decided to layer a monogram on the box. I like how the colors worked with the paint colors and the sparkle from the vinyl is really impossible to describe, it is one of those you just have to see how much movement it has. 



  • Layered Monogram SVG
  • Personal cutting machine (I used a Cricut Maker)
  • Two colors of Ultra FX vinyl
  • a weeding tool
  • Transfer film
  • Scissors


As a graphic designer, I tend to create my own svg files. This project was no different. The layered monogram was made in Adobe Illustrator. I used two svg files, one of the leaves, and one of the letter A. With the A on top, I created a layer mask to remove all the unnecessary elements. I saved the file as an SVG and imported it into Design Space. In Design Space I duplicated the solid letter A. This gave me two cutting layers. The solid letter A for the gold vinyl, and the leaf patterned A for the seafoam vinyl.


I measured the top of the box to determine the size of the letter to cut. I chose 5" tall. It will cover a large amount of the surface and with the details of the leaves, I didn't want to go too small.


Cutting the vinyl was easy. Thankfully my Maker checks to make sure I am using the correct blade before it cuts. I had the rotary fabric blade loaded and needed to change the blade. I am so thankful not to have wasted any vinyl by using the wrong blade. I used the standard vinyl setting to cut the Ultra FX vinyl. 

cut twice

With most things, there is usually more than one way of doing them. I began weeding the vinyl leaf design (right side of the picture above) and found I was lifting a lot of the leaf design. I was probably working to quickly and being impatient. I decided to cut the design again and go about things in a different fashion. I placed the transfer film on the design and then removed the backing of the vinyl and the unwanted vinyl. This technique worked better for such an intricate design. 

layered vinyl

Once the leaves were weeded, I placed them on top of the gold letter A. Burnishing the two vinyl pieces together well, I then transferred it to the top of the box. 


And it's finished!

I'd like to thank Tape Technologies for providing the vinyl for this project as well as Cricut for providing the Maker and tools.

Free Printable 2018 Calendar

December 30, 2017

I've done this for the past few years, designed a calendar for the upcoming year. This year's design includes patterns that I have created over the years for use as scrapbooking papers. I tried to choose an appropriate pattern for each month. The file is saved as a PDF so you can print out the entire year and give it as a gift, or you can print out one month at a time as you need it. Each month prints out on an 8.5 x 11" piece of paper. Or you could choose the 5 x 7" version, it prints two months per sheet and would need to be cut to size. Then it would fit nicely into an acrylic picture frame. 

[8.5 x 11]

[5 x 7

The Best of 2017 Craft Tutorials from Bloggers

December 28, 2017

best of 2017 30

It's fun to see my top posts of 2017 and I will be posting those soon, but I thought it would be even more fun to see the top post from a bunch of other awesome craft bloggers - a list of the very top post of 2017 from lots of craft bloggers this is the motherload of awesomeness! Over 30 of The Best of the Best of 2017 crafts, wahoo!!

There are so many projects and it is really amazing to see the diversity and what was popular. My most visited post this year was a printable cow mask, made popular by Chick-fil-a's dress like a cow celebration day. 

Try It Like It Create It: Printable Cow Mask 727


The Rest of the Best of 2017 crafts

  Sugar Bee Crafts: Create Painted Canvas

A Girl and a Glue Gun: Transfer Photos to Wood

The Friendly Red Fox: Crochet Mermaid
Green and Blue Mermaid

The Craft Patch: Giant Paper Flowers
paper flower window valance

See Lindsay: Maui Costume

Keeping it Simple: Farmhouse Signs

Practical and Pretty: DIY Yoga Bolster

Happiness is Homemade: DIY Gemstone Soap

Artsy Fartsy Mama: Printable Coloring Weekly Planner Planner-Marker-Erased

Printable Crush: Hand Lettered Wood Sign

Everyday Jenny: 3D Paper Flower Magnets

The Ruffled Daisy: Holiday Slime

5 Little Monsters: Crocheted Unicorn Hat
Unicorn hat with flowers

Creative Green Living: Unicorn Horn Headband Unicorn headband tutorial - perfect for valentine's day or party favors

Dukes and Duchesses: Upcycled Embroidery Hoop embroidery-hoop-pumpkin-upcycled-fall-decor

Cutesy Crafts: Bloom Hand Embroidery bloom-hand-embroidery-pattern-04

Liz on Call: Custom T-shirt How-To

Twin Drangonfly Designs: Chewbacca Ornaments Chewbacca-Apple-Cinnamon-Ornamnets-011-800x533

Persia Lou: Paint Scrape Notecards

Sweet Red Poppy: Skinny Bows

Sengerson: Cold Frame Garden Box

Sunshine and Munchins: Rainbow String Art

Swoodson Says: Felt Pocket Kitty

Unoriginal Mom: Fabric Covered Pumpkins

Ginger Snaps: 2x4 Tic Tac Toe
2x4 tic tac toe by GingerSnapCrafts.com_thumb

Sew What Alicia: Quick Rag Quilt Hack
Quick Rag Quilt Hack-18

A Little Craft in Your Day: Crate Ottoman

Housewife Eclectic: Harry Potter Party

Sisters What: Faux Leather Bow Tie
easy fake bowtie for boys using colorful faux leather

Doodlecraft: Lego Fidget Spinner
lego fidget spinner easy to make diy how to make build assemble kids craft summer projects (2)

It Happens in a Blink: Rope Coasters

Simply Designing: Industrial Printer Cart DIY-Industrial-Printer-Cart

Leap of Faith Crafting: Painted Yeti Mug ozark

Blue i Style: Cord and Charger Organization Blue i Style - Cord-Charger-Organization ‚Äč

Happy Go Lucky: DIY Slime Kit Slime-Time-Kit-3-2-842x1024


Make an Origami Box from a Soda Can

December 26, 2017

I have always liked Origami and recently I have been experimenting with soda cans. For this project, I combined the two together and made a cute box from an aluminum can. 



cut out

Using an aluminum can, scissors, and the free template cut out the two parts of the box (top and bottom). If you need to know how to cut into a soda can you can watch this video. [cutting soda can video]


A scoring tool or a ballpoint pen works well for marking the fold lines on each cut piece. The four squares in the corners need to be marked with a diagonal line so they will fold easily.


If you desire the top of your box to have an embossed pattern, now is the time to do so before folding. I used a Cricut Cuttlebug to emboss with. (Thanks to Cricut for supplying me with a Cuttlebug to use for blog posts.)


The embossed top of the box ready to be folded. 

embossed too hard

You do need to be careful that you don't emboss too deeply because it can actually cause the aluminum to break.


Folding the top and the bottom are exactly the same. Begin with the four corners and push them into the middle. Then fold each one to the left. This will make a flap on each side of the box.

second folds

With the shape starting to become obvious, the top flaps need to be folded down to the inside of the box. These folds cover the corner pieces and hold everything in place. Once this is done, your box is finished. Now you can decorate it further if you so desire.


Above are two boxes I created and decorated with alcohol ink and additional cut flower shapes. The possibilities are really open to interpretation and I feel like I have just scratched the surface with what could be done. 

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How to Make 3D Snowflakes with Cricut

December 13, 2017

The thing I like most about snowflakes beside no two being alike is that they are great for winter decor. They work for Christmas, Hannakah, New Years, or a general winter theme. 

Using any mirrored image, you can turn it into a 3D shape. Snowflakes work for this idea. In this post I will show how I took a simple snowflake cut in Design Space and by adding a score line then making multiple cuts, it can be turned into a 3D hanging decor. 

Make one large snowflake to hang in a doorway or from a light fixture, or you can make multiples to hang all together to cover a larger area or make smaller versions for Christmas tree ornaments.

Read to the end of the post where you can enter to win a Cricut Maker Machine. 


  • glitter cardstock - 2 sheets
  • snowflake
  • Personal Cutting Machine - I used a Cricut Explore Air 2
  • glue
  • twine, string, or fishing line to hang the Snowflake

I wanted to thank Cricut for providing my cutting machine in order to create posts using their products.


This is an Explore Air 2 - Easy one-Cut Holiday project. One shape that is cut multiple times to make the ornament. In the video below you will see how you set up one snowflake to cut and then you can tell your machine to cut multiples of that one image. The software knows where to place it on the mat to use the optimal amount of surface space without wasting any materials. 

The following video will show you how I set up the snowflake file in Design Space.


Cutting the snowflake shapes on my Cricut Explore Air 2.


cut snowflakes
The cut snowflakes, starting to fold them in half. This task needs to be done gently.

A folded snowflake.

glue and string
Attach the folded snowflakes with glue and insert a string for hanging.
I intended to piece together six snowflakes, when I got to five, there was no more room for another one.

The finished snowflake.

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