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ScraPerfect Christmas Card

I have a tutorial post over on the ScraPerfect blog today for this Christmas Card. Take a moment to see how the ScraPerfect products made making this card so much easier. [Christmas Card]

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Making a Small Pumpkin Card

I made this card for a craft challenge for Halloween. I had this really cute stamp set that was given to me from Waffleflower and I wanted to use it for this holiday. It was full of great layering stamps for Halloween and fall. 

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This post was created to participate in the Creative Crafter's Group Craft Challenge for September. The theme is Halloween. Take a moment to visit the other posts that are shared. After September 15th you can add your own Halloween posts to the link-up.

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Favorite Fall Colors - A YouTube Craft Hop

I have joined the Favorite Fall Colors YouTube hop. I am making a fall colors greeting card using a number of different techniques. Please visit and hop to all the other fall creations. 

Falling for you - Fall Colors Card.

close-up of the glitter embossing

The next link on the hop is Adrianne Galvin  at

If you are interested in seeing more about the alcohol ink on plastic tutorial it can be found here:

Some of the other participants in the hop are including a giveaway along with their post.

Here's the full lineup just in case you get off track!
Nicole Watt -
Teri Wilson -
Amber Rain Davis -
Lindsay Adreon -
EK Gorman -
Fairuz Fabiha -
Tasha RJ -
Karen Hasheck -
Betz Golden -
Amanda Stevens -
Gale A. Williams-Thompson -
Becky Bac -
Kari Allen VanNoy -
Diane Warme -
Janet VanLone Trieschman -
Adrianne Galvin -
Fiona Stanton -
Deborah Jenkins -
Joanne Maree Soukup -
Sladjana Donna Perisic -
Tracy Shultz -
Nicola Knobel -
Jasmine Burgess -
Jessica Francisco -

Mixed Media Art

I have a great mixed media project on the Rinea blog today. The post shows the creation step by step so you can see how the piece evolves with each addition.  You just might recognize the Ginko stencil that was a free SVG file shared here at Try it - Like it - Create it in an earlier post. This month's Rinea blog posts are collaborations between Rinea foiled paper and Joy Claire stamps. Stop in each day to see how different designers created with these products. [mixed media]

How to Decorate a Fall Candle with Transparent Glitter Vinyl

Decorating for fall can be store-bought, but it is so much more meaningful when you create it yourself. It isn't difficult to make this fall leaf candle. In fact, I cut the leaves and took the vinyl and candle in the car with me. I was running teens around town and had to wait for an hour while they were volunteering at a nursing home. I could easily place the leaves around the candle while I waited. I'll show you a quick way to set up cutting the vinyl so that you only have to run the mat through the machine once. 

Another option would be to use a paper punch with a leaf shape. Vinyl is easily cut with a cutting machine, a die cutting machine, scissors, or a paper punch.



  • Personal cutting machine (Cricut Explore Air 2)
  • Transparent Glitter Vinyl (red, yellow, orange and grey)
  • scissors or a paper cutter
  • Candle in a glass container (I got mine at Walmart)
  • Free leaf SVG

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Using the free leaf SVG linked above, I laid out the leaves to cut multiple times ion four different groups. I set the leaf size to 1" for this project. Using copy and paste made this really easy to do. Once the first column was set, I selected it all, attached them and then duplicated it three more times. 

cutting four colors at once

Using a paper cutter, I cut the four colors of vinyl into strips that were about 2.5" wide. Placing them all on the mat at once allowed me to cut them all in one run on my Cricut Explore Air 2.

finished candle

I applied the leaves in a random pattern around the glass candle. I peeled the leaves off each sheet just as you would a sticker. Since the vinyl is transparent, the overlapping leaves create a new color. Once the candle burns down, the light will travel through the transparent vinyl giving the glass jar a totally different look. The candle is a Fresh Cotton scent and I can't wait to light it. I know it will smell wonderful. 

This post is a part of Tape Technologies Inc. Design Team. We were asked to use Transparent Glitter Vinyl for a Fall or Halloween theme. You can purchase Tape Technologies vinyl from Amazon under the name StyleTech


Mixed Media Birthday Card

I have a post on the ScraPerfect blog today showing how I made this mixed media Birthday Card.

Weekly Dry Erase Board

I have a post on Clark Condensed for this great dry erase board project. It can be used on a locker, a dorm room, or your fridge. Take a look at the tutorial and grab the free svg file too! [Dry Erased Board]

A special thanks to Cricut for supplying many of the products that were used in this post.
I am part of their design team and I am given products from time to time to promote their brand.

Great Idea for Teens Who Draw

Meet Jeff, he's a slug. My daughter's friend has drawn him for years. Being invited to a recent birthday party, we decided it was time she had a shirt made with her drawing on it. What a fun and personal item to make for a teen in your life that has a character they draw. Teens can be hard to buy for, but this present is definitely a winner.

I want to thank Cricut for providing many of the items used in this post. Links are provided to make it easier for you to purchase the same items. The links are affiliates which help support this site. I appreciate you using them whenever possible.


  • T-shirt
  • Cricut Iron-on Vinyl
  • Personal Cutting Machine (Cricut Maker)
  • EasyPress 2
  • personal drawing digitized

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To begin, I scanned the image into my computer and changed it into an SVG file. Then, I uploaded it to Design Space and saved it. This made it easy for me to access the image from my iPhone and send it to the Maker for cutting. When using iron-on vinyl, don't forget to mirror the image before cutting.


I cut the vinyl on my Cricut Maker.


Layout your shirt and press it first with your EasyPress. This makes sure any wrinkles are out of the fabric but more importantly any moisture as well.


After weeding the vinyl, I placed it onto the shirt to prepare it for pressing.
Here is a tip, to find the center of your image for alignment, fold the carrier sheet in half and make a slight crease at the center point.


Use the suggested settings for heat and time with the EasyPress.


Once finished, it makes an easy personalized gift.


Working with Resin and Alcohol Inks

I have worked with resin a number of times but I have never mixed in Alcohol Inks. I wanted to experiment with this mixture. My attempts weren't what I expected and I had to try it over again to get the results I expected. I don't know if I am fully versed in using them together but I have learned quite a bit from the trials. 

I was sent packaged of jewelry resin to try from Resin Crafts ETI.

Along with a few molds.

I followed the directions in the packaging because different resins have different directions although they are a two-part mix.

I wanted to work with alcohol inks. Note that the white ink is heavier and will sink in the resin.

Here I have poured in the resin and begun to mix in the alcohol ink.

Mixing different colors of inks together.

For a different attempt, I am adding in dried flowers.

After a small layer of resin has dried, I create a floral arrangement on top of the resin and then cover with more resin.

Mixing blue dye into the resin as well as leaving some clear.

Sharing the results of different resin mixes.

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Sale of a Lifetime

I read about this sale on Facebook Marketplace and decided I would set my alarm and go. I wasn't sure what I was attending but it would be a fun drive on a Saturday morning with my husband. I was worried the sale would be packed and we tried to arrive as it started. We were a few minutes late but it really wasn't that busy. People were shopping but no hoarding which surprised me given the prices of the craft supplies.

From what I understand, a lady was buying all these supplies to stock up and start having craft classes at her home. I heard she had inherited some money and did a good job of spending it. Before she was actually able to host the classes, she had a stroke and is now living with family members who are caring for her. In cleaning out her house, her relatives were so overwhelmed they were going to throw the craft items out because they didn't know what to do with them. Someone stepped in and suggest they donate. Two organization received the products. Delta Theta Tau was one of the organizations and they are the ones who had the sale. 

Prices were amazing. Stamps sold for 25 cents to 5 dollars. I purchased stencils for 5 cents that had store price tags on them for 14 dollars. The video below will show you more of my findings. Overall I spent about 100 dollars and I have to have over 1,000 dollars worth of goods. 

I felt a bit guilty for buying at these prices but glad to be supporting an organization that helps their community. 


Can you believe they still have items to sell? From what I understood, their community has a garage sale once a year in April and they were going to take the rest of the products there to sell. If you are interested in hearing about that sale I would suggest following the facebook page linked below so you will be notified of the sale.

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