Saturday, October 19, 2013

Dust Cover Crazy

Hi all my crafting buddies,
     Today's show and tell... Dust Covers!   My original goal was just to make a cover for my Pazzles; however and for no apparent reason I started with my Cricut Expression (that already has a built on dust cover).  Well, the Cricut cover went pretty well, so then I felt confident I could do one for the Pazzles; turned out pretty okay.  With minimal trauma to my fingers from pin sticks and hard negotiations with my sewing machine, I was on a roll.   I made dust covers for all my crafting machines (expect for the Cricut Cake (sold), Cricut Imagine (sold), and original Cuttlebug (to be sold).  Some of the dust covers are a little too big but that's okay, the general purpose/use has been achieved and I am satisfied.  Now, for the big shot I used a tutorial on You Tube, for the Pazzles and the Cricut I used patterns I found also on You Tube.  For the Vagabond, this was actually the first attempt at the Big Shot cover but in all my sewing wisdom, I decide the pattern looked too big, so I cut the fabric more-NOT!!!  If you do the Big Shot pattern FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ENTIRELY, unless you have some knowledge about sewing (which I do not).  So, I didn't want to through it out and since it fit over the Vagabond, I decided to use it.  For my Grand Calibur- I tried to follow a little of the concept of the Big Shot pattern or idea.  I could have cut the fabric down more on this one (but with the Big Shot nightmare, I decided to leave it).  I wasn't sure where the ties at the top should be placed.  I placed them too high but it still works, the bottom tie is in a good position- so not too bad for making up my own pattern.   The Sewing machine- I tried to follow this ladies basic pattern (the Crafty Gemini) but I have the 160th Anniversary Ed. Singer Sewing machine and  the measurements are difficult to get exact.  This cover is pretty big but again it works for it's intended purpose and I'm happy!.   Check out my handywork...

Cricut Expression

Grand Calibur
Big Shot


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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fall Treat Bag

Just a quick post to show you a neat project for treat bags.  I know some people don't celebrate Halloween, this project can be used for celebrating the Harvest or even Thanksgiving.  I used a burlap sac that I purchased at Hobby Lobby ($2.99 each), Copic markers, Neenah #80, my Pazzles (swirled Maple Leaf cut file), and some Stickles. The stamp is a digi from Bugaboo, the letters are from Wal-Marts craft section and I used 1/2" and 3/4" circle punches to make the fall.  The front image is a removable card.   I hope you give it try, thanks for stopping by.

inside the card

I just attached the remaining leaves I made to the back of the bag.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

New Hire Welcome

Hi everyone, today I want to share a quick and cute project that I did for our new hires.  Just a little something to say congratulation, welcome, and glad you are apart of the team.  I used my Cricut Expression and Tags, Bags, Boxes and more 2 cartridge along with my Storybook cartridge to cut out these charming little gable boxes.  I cut them on the largest setting in the manual for that particular box.  I used a Textured Cardstock Pad by We R Memory Keepers (Wal-Mart $4.79 on clearance).  I thought the colours were nice for fall. I used a wet glue to put them together (Aleens).   HEADS UP: you will need that score blade (purple).  You have to make the score marks first, DO NOT REMOVE YOUR MAT when the scoring is finish!!!! YOU HAVE TO change to the cutting blade (greenish yellow or blue for deep cut), then PUSH LOAD MAT  this will return the blade housing back to the original position to ensure your cut matches up with your scoring.  It seems like a lot of work but once you do 1 or 2, it's a breeze.   It just so happened that I purchased that scoring blade on one of my "Olivia Pope" moments...My eyes kept coming back to this blade while I was in the store (months ago), so my GUT told me get the blade...It's on sale will need this in the future...I don't know why but you will. Something I fervently believe and has proved correct since I started paper crafting is...IF YOU ARE IN A CRAFT STORE AND YOUR EYES KEEP COMING BACK TO AN ITEM, IF YOU HAVE THE FUNDS AVAILABLE...GET THAT ITEM!!  It does not matter when you will use it, just know that YOU WILL. It will come at a time when you least expect it and you will be darn glad you got that item.    Thank goodness for Olivia Pope (lol).  That woman fixes stuff she doesn't even know about!  This was also a last minutes project so, I did not have time to make them breathing-takingly gorgeous; but they are cute.    They are great for special events such as birthdays, weddings, etc. 

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