Birthday Tag — NSD 2014 Challenges

Since time is running out to enter the challenges on the Cricut Circle Message Board, I made this tag to enter into two different categories.  Actually, I think it qualifies for three.  The first is the XO Three in a Row, the second one is Everything’s Coming Up Rosettes, and the third is All Mixed Up.

For Maria’s XO Three in a Row challenge, you have to pick three items from a Tic Tac Toe board and incorporate them into your project. I chose the bottom row, which is Flower, Ribbon (or Twine), and Stamp.

For Colleen’s Everything’s Coming Up Rosettes, you have to make a project and use a rosette on it.

For Di’s All Mixed Up challenge, you need to use a piece of fabric on your project.


I covered the tag with sticky back canvas and then inked it using Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.  I stamped the images on the canvas using the same ink.

I used this tutorial from Tammy Tutterow for my tag, because I wanted to make the flower out of crinoline and she has step-by-step instructions.  I used a Tim Holtz rosette die to cut the crinoline and then sprayed them with Lindy’s Stamp Gang’s Starburst Sprays to get the beautiful colors.   The leaves are from a Spellbinders die, also cut from crinoline.  I stamped a butterfly on vellum and added it to the flower.


All that was left was the sentiment and bow, which I made using my Bow-it-All.

  • Ranger Sticky Back Canvas
  • Tim Holtz rosette die
  • Crinoline (from Jo-Ann’s)
  • Distress Ink
  • Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Spray

Altered Book Box and Stick Pin Swap

I just participated in an altered book box and stick pin swap on the Cricut Circle Message Board.  I had never altered a paper mache box before, so this was a new adventure for me.  My partner (Maria) let me know some of her likes — I knew she liked bright colors and owls.  Since I like owls too, I decided to use that for my theme.


The first thing I did was primer the book in gesso.  Then I applied two coats of Martha Stewart  Mother of Pearl paint.  I let the last coat of paint dry overnight and then I brushed on a layer of Tim Holtz Rock Candy Crackle paint on the spine and the inside edges of the book.  When that was thoroughly dry, I sponged on some blue and brown distress ink over the crackled paint.


The title was printed on the computer and adhered on the spine using Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish.  I added a couple coats of the gloss medium over the crackle paint on the spine and on the inside.


I used Ranger Sticky Back Canvas for the cover of the book.  Since this was my first time using it, I wasn’t sure if it need to be primed with gesso.  I decided to go ahead and gesso it, but first I stuck the canvas to a piece of cardstock and sewed around the edges. After the gesso dried, I stamped a scene of the moon and some trees using Versamark and heat embossed it using white embossing powder.  The stamp set is by Sheena Douglass and called Lakeside Shore.

Then I sprayed the canvas with several different colors of Starburst spray by Lindy’s Stamp Gang.  As you can see, the colors are nice and bright. Since I had used gesso on the canvas, it acted as a resist to the sprays and I found they would easily wipe off.  So I let them dry and then sprayed a coat of gloss varnish (Krylon) over the canvas to seal it.  I was happy to see that I didn’t lose all the pretty shimmer when I sprayed the canvas with the sealer.


I purchased the crocheted owl from Tatiana, who I first found on the Cricut Message Board.  She now sells her beautiful crocheted pieces on her Facebook page, Created  By Tatiana.   I picked the colors for this owl to match the book and also ordered several other owls in different colors.

I added a branch and some leaves that I cut from white cotton crinoline using a Martha Stewart punch. The leaves were sprayed with Starburst spray. The flowers and foliage at the bottom were also cut from crinoline using Martha Stewart punches and colored with Starburst spray.

The book has a ribbon closure.


The back of the book is my attempt at humor, a pun on the Looney Tunes “That’s All Folks”.  The paper is from Doodlebug Designs and the owl is some clipart I got from the now defunct PC Crafter website. The image at the bottom is stamped and heat embossed using Lindy’s Stamp Gang’s embossing powder.


The inside of the cover is also Doodlebug Design paper and I added a clipart bookplate to it.


This is looking inside the book, showing the fabric book that I made to hold the stick pins.  Since this post is so long, I am going to do a separate post for the stick pin holder.


I included two extra crocheted owls for my swap partner.  The cards they are on were stamped with the Button Boutique stamp set from Papertrey Ink and cut using the coordinating die.



  • Paper mache book box from Hobby Lobby
  • Doodlebug Design paper
  • Ranger Sticky Back Canvas
  • Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst sprays and embossing powder
  • Tim Holtz Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink
  • Crocheted owls from Created By Tatiana on Facebook
  • Sheena Douglass Lakeside Shore stamp set
  • Button Boutique stamp and die set from Papertrey Ink
  • Martha Stewart craft paint — Mother of Pearl
  • Martha Stewart punches
  • Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish
  • Cotton crinoline purchased at

Christmas Mini Album for Cricut Circle Stocking Stuffer Swap

I participated in the Cricut Circle Stocking Stuffer Swap for the first time in 2013.  I figure it’s about time I posted the mini album I made to send to my partner, Sherry (Octoberbeauty).  I’ll warn you — there are lots of pictures.

This is the second mini album I’ve made and I again used a tutorial from Cathy, whose etsy shop is called So Much Scrap.   For this album I used her All Hallow’s Eve tutorial.  I really like her tutorials because they are very detailed and easy to follow.

I did something a little different on this album than what the directions call for.  I made the spine and binding system using only chipboard and book binding cloth — I didn’t use any cardstock in the construction.  I am happy with the way it turned out — the binding system is very flexible.

The patterned paper I used throughout the album is from My Mind’s Eye Merry & Bright collection.  The solid cardstock is all Basis 80#.  The edges of the chipboard are painted with Martha Stewart pearl paint.  I covered the outside of the spine in wool felt and added some ribbon, lace and metallic rick rack trim to the edges.




I made the charm on the spine using stardust jingle bells, crystal snowflake beads and a deer pendant I got from eBay. I made the bow using my Zutter Bow-It-All.  I’m really liking the bows I can make using this handy tool.


Here are some close-up details of the album front.  The poinsettia is made from the Layered Poinsettia die by Spellbinders, sprayed with Lindy’s Stamp Gang’s Starburst spray, and I added glass seed beads to the center.  The snowflake is from the Tim Holtz Snowflake Rosette die and is coated in coarse glitter.  The album closure is a ribbon that wraps around a brad on the front cover — another of Cathy’s wonderful ideas.



Pages 1 and 2:



The pocket opens up to reveal a photo mat inside.  I made all the tabs for the photo mats using my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and embossed the tabs with my Cuttlebug.


The ornament is cut from a Memory Box die.  The edges on the pocket flaps were done with a punch — I think it was an EK Success Bracket border punch.  The flaps close with a magnet — there are lots of magnetic closures used in this album.


I made the small tags using Tim Holtz’s Tag & Tie die.


Pages 3-4:




Page 4 opens and has a photo mat inside the pocket.



Pages 5 and 6:


The pocket closes using an elastic hair band and a brad.



Page 6 has an accordion fold feature that folds up and is held closed with a ribbon.  The snowflake trim is from a Martha Stewart punch.




Pages 7 and 8:


The ornament is embossed with Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powder.  I can’t remember what stamp I used for the ornament — that’s what I get for waiting so long to post this on our blog.  The ribbon hanger is a Memory Box die.



Page 8 has a waterfall feature.





Pages 9 and 10:







Thanks for checking out my Christmas album.  I have a Valentine mini to post next — I hope it doesn’t take me two months to get it written up, like it did with this album.


  • My Mind’s Eye Merry & Bright paper collection
  • Basis 80# cardstock
  • So Much Scrap (etsy shop), All Hallow’s Eve tutorial
  • Tim Holtz dies: Snowflake Rosette and Tag & Tie
  • Memory Box ornament and bow dies
  • Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia die
  • Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powder
  • EK Success Bracket edger punch
  • We R Memory Keeps Envelope Punch Board
  • Zutter Bow-It-All
  • Martha Stewart pearl paint
  • Cuttlebug

CHA Winter 2014 Conference & Trade Show, Day Two

Today we saw some really neat products — and we got to see Vanna White.  Vanna was in Lion Brands Yarn’s booth for a fashion show. It was standing room only, but we had a pretty good spot to watch.  After the show ended, several people went up to have their picture taken with Vanna.  There was a large group of men and women from Michaels (all wearing red shirts) posing for pictures.


After the crowd started thinning out, Erin was able to take some pics of the displays around the stage.  They were very impressive — all made from yarn.   The display was titled, “The 7 Wonders of the Yarn World” and featured 7 yarn sculptures.



Soon after we left Lions booth, I spotted a banner for a 3D printer and we headed right there.  It was Klic-N-Kut’s booth and they were doing a demo on the printer.  We watched as it made a mini goblet.  Both Erin and I (and lots of other people) were fascinated by the printer.  The printer is $1300.  You have to have a software program that enables you to draw 3D objects, then you bring that file into the printer’s software program and from there it prints out the object.


We visited Bo Bunny’s booth again because I wanted to look at the two buildings that Laura Denison (of Following the Paper Trail) created.  Erin took more pictures and this time got some pics of the back of the Winter Fairy House.  It opens up and has space to hold a mini album.


And here is another pictured of Laura’s Pet Shoppe.


There is plenty of bling on the other half of the showroom floor, too.  We found 3 more blinged out projects in glass cases along the front walkway.  They are all eye catching, but the Kitchen Aid mixer covered in rhinestones is really a knock out.



We spent a little time in the We R Memory Keepers booth.  We watched a demonstration of the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress.  When the man finished with the demo, he showed us a prototype of a new die cutting/embossing machine.  It reminded me a little of my Cuttlebug, but it has a lot of different features.  One is a button that you turn and it raises or lowers the bed.  You need only one set of plates — no more sandwiches.  It also has an optional motor that slips over where the handle attaches — so you can have a motorized version, when you want it.


Once again it is getting late, so I am just going to add the rest of the pictures with short captions.


7 Gypsies


7 Gypsies

7 Gypsies – I love how they did the banner on this layout. The banners are on small hangers that are hung on a chain.


7 Gypsies

7 Gypsies

We got to see the new Brother ScanNCut.  It was impressive to watch — the demonstrator stamped an image and cut it out.  Erin came up with a very good point.  So many stamp companies are now selling dies to coordinate with some of their stamps so you don’t have to fussy cut around the images.  Why not take the money you would invest in dies and buy this machine?  That way you don’t have to store the dies and you will be able to cut around any stamped image.  As you can see, it cuts around the fine details.

ScanNCut from Brother cutting out a stamped image.

ScanNCut from Brother cutting out a stamped image.


Removing the cut from Brother's ScanNCut.

Removing the cut from Brother’s ScanNCut.



Decorated cell phone cases.

Decorated cell phone cases.


More cell phone cases.

More cell phone cases.





Crows in the Kaisercraft booth.

Crows in the Kaisercraft booth.


Lindy's Stamp Gang

Lindy’s Stamp Gang


Lindy's Stamp Gang

Lindy’s Stamp Gang


The Modge Podge mascot -- she was kind enough to pose for us.

The Modge Podge mascot — she was kind enough to pose for us.


Displays in the Plaid booth.

Displays in the Plaid booth.





























Teresa Collins

Teresa Collins


Teresa Collins -- the bottom picture shows an album that doesn't look like much in the package.  But you pull the tab on the one end and it flips through the pages.

Teresa Collins — the bottom picture shows an album that doesn’t look like much in the package. But you pull the tab on the one end and it flips through the pages.


Tim Holtz demonstrating his new spritzer.

Tim Holtz demonstrating his new spritzer.