Friday, March 18, 2016

Happy Birthday

To my sister in law!!! My sister in law loves unicorns, so I knew I had to incorporate them in her gift! I looked all over before finding the one I felt was just right! She loved it! It just tickles me to be able to create a personalized gift in a matter of minutes now! This was my first time working with glitter htv! When I went to weed it, I ripped the "M" so I had to redo it! It could be that I didn't change the depth of my blade before I cut it, as it just didn't separate as easily as regular htv! It isn't as thick as it appeared to be before I cut it either though!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Still Alive and Kicking!!!

Wow, it's been so long since I last updated my poor blog! In all honesty, It's been a rough year thus far. I was diagnosed, last year, with severe emphysema, so I have more down days than up here lately. I bought myself a heat press last month and it has awakened my love of creating again!! I am SO in love with this new tool! I've only used it a couple of times, but it just amazes me at how easy it is to repurpose something old and make it new again! My green tank top has been in my dresser for years, but I rarely wear it other than for yard work and such. Well, now it is more exciting and just may get more use!! I've been wanting a fishing shirt but just couldn't find exactly what I wanted so I made myself one with an old shirt that was also in the dresser. My great nephew just turned 3 and I had planned on making him a shirt with a dinosaur on it but just hadn't had a chance to go purchase the shirt as of yet, so tonight while resting a pulled muscle in my back, it dawned on me to make a pillow out of the large amount of fabric I've been hoarding for years now, LOL In hindsight, I would pull the dino down a bit and bring the name up a bit, but he won't care one way or the other! The last shirt is one my mom wanted, but couldn't find it through her searches- it was super simple to create myself! I hope everyone is doing well and having a great start to the year! Love and *Hugs*
As a side note, I've had my Silhouette Cameo for a while now, but just ordered myself the CB09 Blade holder and blades and I have got to say, it was one of the best purchases I have made in a long time!!! Wow does it cut intricate designs and tiny lettering without skipping a beat!!! I purchased mine off E-Bay as it is my drug of choice, LOL

Monday, November 23, 2015

Christmas 2015

It's been a rough week here in my household, as my beloved Snickers (Terrier Mix) went missing on the 18th! To work through the sadness and worry, I decided to pull out my snowmen. It takes me several days to decorate, so it did get my mind in other places, if only for a short bit. I haven't put the tree up as of yet, but it is in my plans for tomorrow. I want it all done before the kids come on Thursday! Here is what I have gotten done thus far...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A pretty set of gloves for a sad venture!

A few weeks ago my niece's grandmother's house burned down, so this past weekend, we went over to try to help salvage what we could. My niece, Mom and myself all have the same gloves, so mom said to write my name on mine- ha, I took out the black htv and used it for my first time! I am in love with the htv!!! I kept saying in the back of my head, don't forget to mirror, don't forget to mirror, LOL I used my regular household iron to heat it with and it has stayed in place during two washings done the day it was done and the next day, even though they tell you to wait a minimum of 24 hours before washing! It was super easy to tell mine from anyone else's for sure!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Happy Easter

Hello Again!!! My cards today are inspired by Lindsey from She showed how to make these adorable cards using Washi Tape for the background. I had a few colors of Washi Tape so I tried it out and the first one cut way too small, took forever to cut and had jagged type edges here and there and strings hanging off, plus, I didn't care for the Washi Tape as it just wasn't "Eastery" to me! So, I enlarged the file and cut it again. I, again, had some jagged edges, took it forever to cut and had the strings hanging off! Ok, I have to admit, I had never cut cardstock on my Cameo as of yet so I wondered if this was normal or not. I decided it had to be not!! So, I opened up the snipping tool (one of my major loves of my pc), snapped an image capture and traced it in Silhouette Studio! This time when I cut it, it cut perfect, no jagged areas or strings and much quicker!!! I am SO in love with my Cameo!!!! I found some patterned paper in my stash and used it as a backing this time and much more preferred the look to the Washi Tape. Ok, other than the cutting problem, this was going together way too easy for me, so you know it HAD to happen!!! I only have a few nesties and wouldn't you know it, no square or rectangle! Ok, how hard can it be to cut and write it with my Cameo, after all, that is why I wanted the pen holders and bought that beautiful collection of gel pens, right? So, I set up a perfectly sized rectangle in the software, made my text to fit inside just right, then realized, I have no clue how to get it to cut one part and not another other than to move the non cutting part off the mat! So, I did just that! I cut my rectangles, reloaded the mat, deleted the rectangles after putting the text back where it belongs. Then I take out my handy dandy pen holder, insert my pen in it, after looking at all the parts and having NO clue what the big white piece was, LOL I load it in my Cameo and press start! I rush to the machine as I want to see it writing, just as I like to watch it cut as it amazes me! Well, it wasn't writing anything, just going through the motions, so I figure, yeah, I have done something wrong in loading the pen!! So, I decide to just use the gold sketch pen that came with the machine! It draws it out beautifully, but once out of the machine, I realize how very light the color is and hard to see! So, I take out the color pen I originally wanted and trace over the letters! They looked pretty darn good until I took a picture and viewed it- Yug, they were horrible, LOL So, I break out into a moment of common sense and watch a video on HOW to use the pen holders- as expected, I wasn't even close on my idea, LOL So I load the pen and holder properly, press start and walah, beautiful writing with the multi-colored gel pen I chose! I unload the paper and see that it only colored in one color but it was visible so I was going to deal with it. I cut the images out with my Cuttlebug and an oval nestie and all went well! I sat it on top of the card to see how it looked and decided it needed something else, so I grab my small ink pads and go around the edges with ink to make it "pop" a bit more! Got them all finished inking, pop dotted the image on the card and decided I didn't like the inking at all, LOL I decided to put it away for the day and come back to it today! My friend informed me that she uses her punches or nesties to do the sentiments and I realized I hadn't even thought about my punches as I so rarely use them! So, today I came back in and chose a font, set the words up in Silhouette Studio and wrote them out in colors to match the bakers twine. I found two square punches that I thought would work, but one was too small and one too large, so I went with the larger one, LOL I punched them out and rounded the corners and stuck them down with pop dots again! I am not overly thrilled with the sentiment squares but they are staying that way as I am done!!! THIS is why I rarely get anything done as it takes me SO long to do one small project that I am worn out afterwards, LOL Anyways, I hope your day is going great and you have had the chance to do something you love as well!!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

When Boredom Strikes!

I was sitting here tonight, not tired enough to go to bed, nothing worth watching on TV so I decided to go through my drawers in my Paper Playground and just see what I have! While searching, I found my bin of glue dots I made one night out of hot glue sticks on wax paper! They can be used for insides of flowers or just deco on a card or scrapbook page. So, my mind went in overdrive and I decided I would finally try melting down some pony beads to see how they look! I did a quick Pinterest Check to find the right temp to bake them at and went to town! I just grabbed a misc pile of beads out of another bin, arranged them without touching (Ok, I failed a bit on a few as when I went to put it in the oven, they moved) and stuck them in the oven for 10 minutes at 425! They were ready in exactly 10 minutes!!! I will admit, the smell is rather raunchy and probably not good for you somehow, but I was tickled with them when I pulled them out! Here is the first shot of them out of the oven:
And here they are again, mixed in with my hot glue beads! It's a great way to get a color that the hot glue doesn't come in!
Thanks for looking and have a wonderful remainder of the week- Keep warm if at all possible!!! *Hugs*

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ninja Turtle Easter Bucket

I finally broke down and finished up the last of my Easter Buckets for the Great Niece and Great Nephews! I made the Ninja Turtle File myself from an online image in Silhouette Studio- SO simple there!!!! I'm loving my Cameo AND the software! When I first got my Cameo, I was determined to not use the studio software as I was a die hard SCAL user! I couldn't wait to use SCAL4 and cut directly from it, BUT, I discovered Silhouette Studio and haven't looked back!!!! I have updated SCAL4, but no matter what I do, it freezes up and shuts down on me everytime I try to use the specialty parts of it, so I gave up! This was a simple project and all went well without any mishaps believe it or not!! I couldn't sleep the other night so thought I would go start on it (a project usually takes me a long time due to all the mishaps along the way), but this one cut perfect, went together perfect and I was astonished at finishing it so quickly!!! I will admit, I don't care for the font "Turtles" that I used as it looks scrunched and wrinkled even though it isn't. IF I were to do it again, I would surely choose another font! I layered this by eyeballing it and it is obvious in a few places, but my great nephew, 1.5 will never know it! Thanks for taking the time to look at yet, another of my projects of love! *Hugs*