Bugaboo Stamps – Where the HeART is Challenge Blog

Hello friends, just dropping in to tell you about the new challenge starting today over at Where The HeArt is http://wheretheheartischallenge.blogspot.co.uk/.

Stop by and show us you lovely creations! The theme is

This month, our awesome sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps! Click here for Stella and her Wine, and here for Chef Piere!

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I love these two stamps, they are so funny to me!! A couple fun tidbits – on the first one, I stamped the back with a Teresa Collins background stamp (who doesn’t love chevron?!) and pm the second, I used my circuit subscription and found a “Kiss the cook” cut!

Thanks for visiting, hope to see you soon!

“Forever” Valentines Card

Just a quick share today – a Valentines card I created while playing around with my new Cricut Air! I found a clipart (via google) of a brick wall and uploaded it into design space (found the heart this way too) and after cleaning them up, saved them as cut-only files. The possibilities are ENDLESS with that software! I also applied some white paper flowers and using a small brush and some Glimmer Mist, “frosted” the tips of the flowers. Thanks for looking, friends!





Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #53

Hello all!
We have a new “Anything Goes” challenge at Creative Craft Cottage.
I’m using Martini Sassy from one of our sponsors this week,  Sassy Studios Designs
Our other sponsor is
So funny story…I really like to paint on cards using Viva Decor Pearl Pens to write on my cards to give it that extra bit of dimension. However, mine was clogged so I slowly squeezed it to get the clog out and *BANG*!!!! It exploded! All over my craft desk, pro markers, and even somehow managed to splatter back up into my eyebrows and on my glasses! Yikes. Hence, the “melty” glittered effect on the edges… I had a big wob of paint on my desk so I dipped the edges into it and covered in glitter before I swept it into the trash. LOL!
Of course I also used:
  • Letraset Promarkers
  • Martha Stewart Glitter
  • Multicraft 3D foam pop dots
  • Anna Griffin Minc & tag (Had the “best kind of beautiful” tag printed at staples to foil it!)
  • Tim Holtz words die for “genuine” (then covered in globs of paint)
  • misc rhinestones
Thanks for looking all! We’d love for you to come join our challenge!
We hope to see your creations at
Thanks for stopping by!

Paper Girls Guest Designer! Split Letter Monogram Wedding Gift

Happy Wednesday everyone! I am honored this month to be a guest designer for the wonderful blog of Paper Girls Challenge Blog! The fun challenge this go round is for the theme Home or Family! Check it out here, we’d love to see what you create for this exciting first challenge of the new year!

My project is a piece I made for a wedding gift for my cousin. Wowzers was it a time consuming process to get all the little bits and pieces straight, but I’m so excited about how it turned out! And rather than try and write out the directions (we’re creative souls, so we are visual learners anyway, right?) I’ll send you over to Melody Lane, a lifesaver with great tutorials for this awesome Cricut project. Click here for her tutorial!


I searched design space for some extra flourishes, etc. to paste around my letter once it was split and welded everything together to get this look. Once it was cut, I stuck it down (a few tries) to the casserole dish, using an exacto knife to place down all the tiny pieces. Once you’re SURE that there are no air bubbles, cover in armor etch, leave the room for 5 mins (that stuff stinks!) and wash off! Viola!

Tip! Ok so laying the vinyl down (repeatedly) until it’s straight is definitely tedious. I recommend putting your glass dish over a cutting mat with a ruler or grid on it to help expedite the process! It takes some doing to get everything aligned; next time I might do this in pieces rather than one big connected sheet of vinyl. If you have thoughts, I’d love to hear them!

Supplies needed:

  • Casserole dish (TJ Maxx $7)
  • Amour Etch ($8 with a coupon at Michaels)
  • Cheap Vinyl (can be found at the dollar store)
  • Cricut (hopefully you already have one of these, this project would be too hard without it!)
  • Font cartridges or Cricut Design Space
  • a couple hours of free time

Have fun with it – this is an unbeatable personalized gift! And *great* for potlucks – no one will ever get your dishes confused with theirs😉

Sending happy holiday wishes and creative energy to you, my friends!



PinWin! Deer String Art

Woot! I actually made some Christmas gifts this year. And even better? I’m SUPER pleased with how they turned out!

The first is a “Reindeer” String Art piece – though I am using it (as a silhouette) of an elk. This is for my dad for Christmas! Who I haven’t seen yet… flying out tomorrow. So, having received the WONDERFUL INCREDIBLE AMAZING AWESOME Cricut Air for Christmas (thanks Mom!) I was able to use Design Space to create this gift.


I am using the Reindeer from the Teresa Collins December 25th Cartridge (which I bought last year) and the “Frame” from Calligraphy Collection.

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I used the “slice” feature and a square from “insert shapes” to cut this frame in half (GREAT tutorial on this HERE by Melody Lane, thanks Melody!! ), placed it over the reindeer, and sliced again to separate just the head. I then clicked “contour” with the deer highlighted, to hide the rest of his body since we only need the head.

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After that, it was just resize (to as big as the 12×12 mat would let me) and print! I taped it to a wood plaque I’d picked up at michaels and stained, nailed in nails all the way around (a tedious process) and wrapped the string around the borders before doing the middle. Sorry I don’t have pics of that part — I lost my phone temporarily! But it was really super easy – just a bit of bobbing and weaving between the nails. The deer I chose to use has a lot more tines on his antlers than some versions of this particular project that I’ve seen, so it took longer but the payoff is totally worth it. The big thing is don’t try to make it look perfect. Strings should cross, overlap, etc. It’s not supposed to be symmetrical, just go for it!

Guys I promise, this is a somewhat time consuming process but SO easy!! If you have any questions, just ask! I’m here for you😀


Happy Holidays friends!



Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #54

Hello all!
We have a new challenge at Creative Craft Cottage with the theme “Add some Sparkle!”
I’m using Mary Boo’s Candy Cane from our awesome sponsor, Lacy Sunshine
Coloring: I used my Letraset Aquamarkers  to color her
Background: Ranger stream ink pad, 7 gypsys script stamp embossed with silver embossing powder, Tim Holtz Washer Border die, Fiskar’s Sea Pearls 3-in-1 corner punch
Embellishments: Teresa Collins Tinsel & Co sequins, generic rhinestones, Anna Griffin Minc-foiled “Hello” and swirls
We hope to see your creations at Creative Craft Cottage!
Thanks for stopping by!

Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #53

Hello all!
We have a new “Anything Goes” challenge at Creative Craft Cottage.
I’m using Xmas Darcee from one of our sponsors this week.
Our other sponsor is
I used my Promarkers  to color her, and added a fun wood ornament from the “craft surfaces” section at Michaels behind the image to give it a bunch of dimension. Inked that snowflake up with some green distress ink and embossed it with glitter!
We hope to see your creations at
Thanks for stopping by!

Big Present! – Where the HeART is Challenge Blo

Hello friends, just dropping in to tell you about the new challenge starting today over at Where The HeArt is http://wheretheheartischallenge.blogspot.co.uk/.

Stop by and show us you lovely creations! The theme is Christmas Colors – I used teal and blue because I’m missing the snow!

This month, our awesome sponsor is That Craft Place and this gorgeous girl is Big Present. You can grab here over at the store www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ThatCraftPlaceLtd