Saturday, November 26, 2011

Easy Christmas Tag from Scraps

No cricut needed- easy for my non crafty friends and family, or your kids to make! Great way to use scraps or left overs, and who does not need or love to get a great tag this time of year! Easy to co-ordinate with your wrapping paper to! If you have a cricut you could certainly use it.

Pull your chair up and grab whatever close to your pencil colors, old eye shadows & blushes, chalks, markers, recycled or left over buttons, fabric or paper scraps, embellishments, glitters, embossing powders, bling or whatever you have to use and you can whip these out in no time or get involved.

You will need one piece of 3" x 5" for your base and one piece 1"x 3" for the hat brim, and you can use white if you are covering with scraps. If you want a colored hat and don't have enough glitter etc cut from fabric or paper one 3 x 3 piece.
First I placed but did not glue the bling for his smile and eyes then used a Close to My Heart orange paintbrush tip marker to draw and color his nose. Then I used a pink CTMH marker to color cheeks before adhering the mouth. Then glue eyes and smile. You can leave your edges squared or use a corner rounder.

Decide what you are using on your hat, secure the brim and decorate as you like. The sky is the limit! Punch a hole to add ribbon, can stamp (write, sticker etc) "to & from" on the front or back.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Shrinky Dink Charms

Shrinky Dink is not just for the kids! It's a lot of fun for crafters also!
You can make some great charms for taper candles or drinking glass rings, jewelry, scrapbook embellishments, buttons, key rings and more!

Stamp your image with Staz On and you can color in with pencil colors before curing. Remember the shrinky dink will shrink 1/2 to 3/4 of it's original size. If you plan to hang or add it to make something punch a hole prior to curing.

Left photo below is prior to curing and after is the right photo below to give you an idea how much they shrink.

You can cure your image by baking according to package directions or use an heat embossing gun and a stylus to hold so it doesn't blow away. Don't panic when it starts to curl completely up it levels out when it is finished. It will be very hot so be careful. It will cool in about 2-3 minutes.

You can add a clasp, an o-ring and a chain, or a rhinestone stud earring post, hoops, etc.
They do last a long time below is a child's necklace that is 3 yrs old.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Framed Decor Gift

If you are looking for specific colors or a quick and fun decor or gift item, I loved this.

A gold wooden 4 x 6 frame, you can make any size you like- any map, word themed or holiday paper, find a stamp you like that coordinates.

Measure your paper, stamp your image (could use a rub on) I used a retired Close to My Heart ornament but a tree large word or other would work perfectly!

Add ribbons, glitter, bling or dimensional item to pop or match and that's it you are done! Depending what items you use you can seal your paper or add the glass on top if it fits.

I think this would be super with a USA theme for a special soldier also!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Winner! Of the Cricut Holiday Cakes

Winner of the Cricut Holiday Cakes cartridge is Janice Weyand - Congrats !