Technology Ribbon Wrap

To identify and contain your technology cables and cords, wrap and snap them with materials from Gwen Studios. #affiliate #design_team @gwenstudios

snap kit and ribbon wrap

Back to school is right around the corner for us. With more technology being used in the classrooms, there is a need to organize and identify those cables and cords. Using Gwen Studios ribbon and Snap Setting Tool can solve that problem.

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This project was created for Gwen Studios. You can find all the design team projects listed on the Designer Crafts Connection website. Gwen Studios products can be found at Walmart and Michaels.

gwen studios materials

To make a cable/cord wrap you will need Grosgrain ribbon, Snap Setting Kit, scissors, and a lighter.

Video Tutorial:

Making a Mini Album

A beautiful mini-album made using materials provided by i-Crafter.

with iCrafter

This month, the DCC (Designer Crafts Connection) is being sponsored by i-Crafter. If you aren’t familiar with i-Crafter, you are going to love their products, they are so creative. I first experienced i-Crafter at a Creativation conference and their booth was all the buzz as a new company displaying products. They have been going strong ever since.

I would first like to thank Designer Crafts Connection for the opportunity to work with amazing companies and designers. And specifically for this post, I would like to thank i-Crafter for providing materials used with this project.

There are nine other projects created for this Designer Crafts Connection hop. Please take a moment to visit all the projects to see how each designer worked with i-Crafter.


The image above shows what i-Crafter sent to me. I love the little house dies and the 3D embossing folder, but I am setting them aside for another project. All those little clear pockets hold embellishments for a mini-album, which the parts were also included. A detailed direction document showed how the mini-album gets put together. I put mine together pretty much as explained.

The Pages:

first page

I jumped in and put the mini-album together. After designing the front and back cover, I started on the inside. There was no way i-Crafter could send all these dies for the album and embellishments, but it was amazing that they sent all the parts pre-cut and labeled. It was a fun project to put together and one I think they could easily sell as kits.

While the mini-album follows a theme, there is a lot of variety from page to page. The image above has a storage envelope, embellishments, and an acetate page. Each of the three acetate pages has a word on them: Live, Laugh, Love.

last page

The theme is also carried throughout using coordinating papers and shapes. The mini-album form is held together with an accordion binding which is so clever. The video below will walk you through the entire process and then show each page when finished.

Process Video

Making a Paper Clock

Making a 3d clock out of paper with Dreaming Tree. @DesignerCraftsConnection @3dsvg @OfficialCricut #sponsored

With Dreaming Tree

Can you believe this is paper? This beautiful 3D floral paper clock is made using an SVG file from Dreaming Tree. I am so excited to be working with them on this post. I’ve admired Dreaming Tree from afar for a while. Their creations are amazing. I was a bit intimidated when I chose the clock file, but I found it really easy to work with once I got started.

I would first like to thank Designer Crafts Connection for the opportunity to work with amazing companies and designers. And specifically for this post, I would like to thank Dreaming Tree for providing me with the opportunity to work with their SVG files.

There are nine other projects created for this Design Crafts Connection hop. Please take a moment to visit all the projects to see which SVG file each designer chose and how they personalized their projects.

Many of the items I use in my posts are provided by the manufacturers in order to promote their products.
A special thanks to those brands who sponsor this site.

The Process:

card stock

Once I chose my card stock colors, I felt more confident. At least I had a plan to start with. All the card stock I chose, except for the navy, is from Cricut.

Cricut Maker

I cut all the card stock on my Cricut Maker. You can see I used washi tape on my mat as an extra precaution. A setting of 100# card stock worked well with all the cuts.

cut pieces

I followed the PDF file included in my download from Dreaming Tree and progressed through cutting all the different colors of card stock.

putting it together

I began following step by step with the video on the Dreaming Tree website for the pendulum clock file I chose. I did alter a few pieces and chose a different look for my clock. The more I progressed through the steps the more excited I became to see the end result! I couldn’t stop. I worked through the entire project in one sitting.

clock parts

I didn’t care for the gold clock hands that were included in my clock kit so I decided to change their color using an alcohol ink marker. Of course mixing yellow and blue make green, but I much preferred it to the gold hands.

Process Video:

If you would like to see the steps I took to make this clock, you can follow them in the video below.


Here is a close-up of the finished clock at an angle. I really loved the entire process. Although this was my first Dreaming Tree project, it definitely will not be my last!

And the best comment of all – I showed it to my teen daughter and she said, “Can I have it!”

How to Make a Trinket Box with Little Birdie

I am participating in the Designer Crafts Connection group blog hop that is sponsored by Little Birdie this month. The decoupage trinket box is what I made with the supplies Little Birdie provided.

The Designer Crafts Connection group is hosting a blog hop that is sponsored by Little Birdie this month. The above decoupage trinket box is what I made with the supplies Little Birdie provided. I really enjoyed the creative process of making the trinket box and I added a few parts as I was creating that I had not originally envisioned. These additions were the stenciling and the feet. I am excited to see what the other designers made since I believe we all received different materials to work with. 

This is the box I received from Little Birdie.

The box contained two coasters, two packs of the decoupage paper, Deco Magic in matte and glossy, and Varnish.

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To begin, I mixed ivory chalk paint and blue together for the inside of the box.

I painted one coat inside.

The outside I covered in one coat of the chalk paint.

I began to decoupage over the outside painted surface, one side at a time.

After each side was decoupaged under and over the paper, and it had dried, I cut the paper for the opening.

I then decoupaged the inside of the box.
Note, the edges are messed up but they get fixed before I finish the box.

I stenciled the light blue color on the top of the box.
This hints at the inside color.

The focal image was fussy cut from the decoupage paper and added to the top of the box, then the entire box was covered three times with the decoupage glue.

I decided to add feet to the box and painted beads to match with blue paint and then sealed them with the decoupage glue.

Using mixed media glue, I added them to the bottom of the box.

Here is the inside of the finished box.
Notice those edges are all cleaned up!
This might be my favorite part of the trinket box.

Here is the finished box from the side.
I really think those feet are a great addition.

Don’t forget to check out the other designer posts for this blog hop with Little Birdie. Just click the logo above.