October 31, 2013

Product Review - Iron-on Vinyl

Hello, friends.  Marilyn here with a product review of iron-on vinyl.  I have never used it before, so here we go...  My tip:  Never give up trying new things!  Such fun!

What is needed:
  • Iron-on vinyl.  I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby for $14.99.  What you get is one large sheet of glitter iron-on vinyl.  It is layered with a sticky clear sheet that is needed when applying the vinyl to your clothing.
  • Clothing to apply the vinyl onto.  I purchased a package of four baby onesies, sized 3-6 months.  Tip: Make sure to wash and dry the clothing before applying the vinyl.
  • Iron.  Set to cotton temperature.  Make sure the steam button is in the OFF position.
  • Cricut Image.  I used an image from Cricut Brooklyn Iron-on cartridge.

  • Place iron-on glitter vinyl on your mat and cut with blade set to 3, speed-low, pressure-medium.  My image came from Cricut Brooklyn Iron-on cartridge [bow-tie1] .  I cut it at 4".    Tip:  make sure your image has been "flipped" before cutting. 

  • Weed the vinyl - remove all the negative cut pieces.  Unlike regular vinyl, you will not need transfer tape for this product.

  • Iron your clothing for about 15 seconds before applying the vinyl.  It will pre-warm the clothing making it ready to receive the vinyl.  Set your iron to the cotton setting.  Make sure the steam button is in the off position.
  • Position your image and iron for about 30 seconds.  Turn the clothing over and iron on the backside for another 30 seconds. 
  • Lift up the clear coating to make sure everything sticks to the clothing.  If not, just iron a little longer. 

  • Remove all the clear plastic coating and admire your work. 

All-in-all I would give this product a thumbs-up.  Easy to use and really looks nice after applied.

  • Now I have a baby gift ready for wrapping.  Better make a card to go along with it.

A2 sized card
Cricut Brooklyn Iron-on cartridge
Card recipe:
  • Mat 1 (blue) = 5 3/8" x 4 1/8".
  • Mat 2 (white) = 4.75" x 3.5".  Mat embossed with Cuttlebug "Geometric" folder.
  • Mat 3 (white) = 4.75" x 3.5".  Hand cut at top in the center and fold down the corners to create a "collar."
  • Bow Tie and Buttons = cut at 4" from Cricut Brooklyn Iron-on cartridge [Bow Tie1]. 
  • Place form tape under collar corners to hold in place.

Inside of Card
Inside of Card:
  • Mat 1 (blue) = 4.75" x 3.5".
  • Mat 2 (white) = 4.5" x 3.25".
  • Sentiment = from Cloud9 Designs "Simple Thoughts" stamp set.
Just to be fair - Girl version. 

Girl Version - Iron-On Glitter Vinyl in Pink
  • Created by welding images from Forever Young and Brooklyn Iron-On.  Letter "K" from CCR Basics.
  • Forever Young = image from Forever Young [jewelry] is at 3".
  • Brooklyn Iron-On = image from Brooklyn Iron-On [Tie] is at 4".  Hide contour on tie part and keep the collar.
  • After cutting, cut again with Letter "K" at .5" from CCR Basics.
Onesie in Greeting Card Box

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  As always, comments are welcomed and appreciated!

~ Marilyn - Marilyn's Cricut Crafts

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October 30, 2013

Decorative Vinyl Tray

Hello, Friends!  Marilyn here with a tutorial on using vinyl to create a decorative tray.  My tip:  Measure Twice, Cut Once... not original but definitely applies when cutting vinyl.

Here is what I used:
  • Vinyl - silver vinyl.  I ordered this through eBay.
  • Transfer Tape. 
  • Tray - black wooden tray I found on sale at Michaels two years ago. 
  • Cricut Cartridge - Songbird. 

  • First step is to measure the tray and determine what size font will fit.

Cricut Craft Room software
  • In the Cricut Craft Room (CCR), I selected the font text from Songbird Cricut Cartridge.  I changed the Letter Spacing to -22 in order to weld the letters together.  I then made the length 9.9".
  • Next, I cut the font text out using card stock to make sure I was happy with the size.

  • Once satisfied with the sizing, I cut the font text using vinyl. 
  • Settings for cutting vinyl:  blade 3, speed low, pressure medium

  • Weed and remove all the negative cuts.

  • Place transfer tape over the weeded vinyl.  Rub with the tool provided in the vinyl to make sure everything is attached.

  • Remove from Cricut mat and place vinyl onto the tray using the transfer tape.  Rub well with the tool provided.

  • Remove the transfer tape.  Pulling at an angle is the easiest method.

  • And there you go. 

  • Angels always make my name look nicer.

Thank you for joining me today.  I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  As always, comments are welcomed and appreciated!

~ Marilyn - Marilyn's Cricut Crafts

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October 29, 2013

Center Step card

Hey kids!  It's Cindy for the SBC blog today.  I'm sharing a cool cardbase tutorial.  So grab your paper trimmer and scoring tools. 

TiP:  Save your skinny paper scraps, too.  You'll need them on this one :-)

1.) start with a 5 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock
2.) 1" from the left- cut from 1" to 6 1/2"
3.) 4 1/2" from the left - cut from 1" to 6 1/2" 

1.) from the left edge to the cut line, Score at 1", 2", 6 1/2" 
2. ) from the other cut line (4 1/2" from left edge) Score at 1", 2", 6 1/2" from the cut line to the right edge
3. ) Score at 5 1/2" just between the cut lines

Time to fold:
Start at the 1" score line and make a mountain fold, at the 2" make a valley fold, at the 5 1/2" another mountain, at the 6 1/2" another mountain.  It should look like the one above.

A side view.

Now the fun part-decorating it :-)
The Paper Studio - Dec 25th stack
Snowflake CB embossing folder
Red grosgrain ribbon
Doodlebug Designs brad
Stamp - Mary Engelbrett
red bling
TC Dec 25th Cricut cart - joy @ 1 1/4"

I hope this tutorial made sense :-)  Let me know if you have questions.  If you'd like to see more of my work please visit In Love with PAPER. 

I hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,
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October 28, 2013

A Giraffe Card using Silhouette Cameo as die cutting machine

Good morning Friends. Carolyn here for Scrapbook Blessing's Club Monday's Die Cut project.  Before I begin, I would like to apologize for being late with this posting.  Sometimes, life just gets in the way, and I forget what I am to do.

But first, here is my tip for you today:  Keep track of  card stock and paper used so you can write it up in a recipe for readers to read.

Now for my die cut machine project .... my good ole trusty Silhouette Cameo machine.  I do most of my die cutting with the Cameo, but occasionally I will bring out my Sizzix Big Shotz (my 2nd choice of die cutting machines).


Die cutting machine used:  Silhouette Cameo
Cardstock from my personal stash - not sure if it's from Wal-mart or a local craft store.
Design paper from stash.

I used SCAL3 software and created a shape card (yes, I know this is a card but I am wanting to display the die cuts!!) of a giraffe.  All pieces were cut out using the Cameo.  The sentiment is stamped but I don't remember what stamp set it is.  I punched the sentiment using my circle punch and the also the scalloped punch was used.

Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,


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October 27, 2013

SBC- Guest DT

The Scrapbook Blessing club would like to welcome Vicky Fortier as our Guest Design Team member!
I'm an accountant working full time and a mother of 4 great kids.  I have an amazing husband who understand that in order to keep my sanity through all this I need to craft ;) I live in the province of Quebec, Canada, so some of my crafting is done with French sayings.

I have been crafting over 21 years and tried my hands at all kinds of techniques over the years.  I always love to try new things!!!  I started blogging in March of 2012 in order to join challenges.  I became totally hooked!!!!  I can't believe this world existed and I only found out about it then.  I see blogging as a wonderful opportunity to improve my card making abilities.  On the web I'm known as Crafting Vicky.

I have realized that through the web I get to meet amazing people from all over the world and learn from them.  It's incredible that now we are all linked even if we are in totally different time zones!  Crafters are incredibly generous and willing to help others.  I really consider myself lucky to be part of such great teams of crafters.
My tips would be the following:
1-      When inspiration is lacking check out the challenges going on in Paper Playful.  Find a fun sketch or a new technique to try out(like this week’s new challenge over at SBC – I had never made a twisted easel card and now that card is one of my favorites shown here) .  That always help me to find some inspiration.
2-      Don’t be discouraged if your project doesn’t look like it did in your head… it’s all the practice that will make it better.
3-      My favorite tool are my dies!!!!  Those are my go to item to make any card or project better and I have lots and lots… they are now kind of a collection of mine lol  I use waxed paper between my most intricate ones and the card stock.  It really helps to remove the die cut from the metal.
Here is the card that I made for the current SBC Twisted Easel Challenge (my 1st one!!!  And love how it turned out it had to be special for my SIL’s 40th b-day) And a card that I had done last year in May when I learned that my MIL would pass away shortly from cancer.

Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by.
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October 26, 2013

Scrapbook Blessings Club... Save the TaTa's blog hop!

Welcome to the Scrapbook Blessings Club... Save the TaTa's blog hop!
Sandy Bell Hentzel's photo.
It's October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I'm sure that many reading this have been touched in some way by this dreaded disease. We need to have Awareness for Mammograms for early detection. So, with this being said, the talented Design Team and Facebook members of Scrapbook Blessings Club are ready to strut their stuff and show you just how easy it is to use the Tic Tac Toe Game Board (one of the games we play) in the SBC Facebook group as inspiration.

Hopefully the cards you see inspire you to remember to get the TaTa's checked when you see pink!!! Your next stop is LYNNE

Oh, did we mention that there will be a little prize given by Lynne Kirsch of a cross which she makes using her Embroidery Machine to one lucky person that comments.  Also, THE STAMPING CHEF is giving away the Fighter digi stamp too!  Just leave a comment and we would love if you followed the blogs but it is not a requirement.

Blog Hop Sponsors

Her Craftness

If you would love to play along with the tic tac toe card game, you can share it in the special album in the Scrapbook Blessings Club Facebook group for a second prize offered by Lynne.
Here is the entire blog list:
SBC~ http://scrapbookblessings.blogspot.com
Lynne ~ http://slasewcraftiness.blogspot.com/
Sandy~ http://aworkingmomsjoy.blogspot.com
Zenita- http://www.scrappinwithz.blogspot.com
Jennyfer - http://www.scrapalajen.blogspot.com
Cristina - http://vintagepink39.blogspot.com
Cindy:  http://www.inlovewithpaper.blogspot.com/
Marilyn:  http://songofml.blogspot.com/
Gloria: http://gloriasgoofycraftspot.blogspot.com/
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October 25, 2013

Scrapbook Layouts-Past and Present


Hey you all, it's Carolyn for the Scrapbook Blessings Club, and I am here to show you scrapbook layouts that I have created, past and present projects.


I will have to admit that most of my layouts are from Creative Kuts  that she offers on her Facebook Group page for a nominal fee, and for me, I look at the kits and decide if I can work a layout project for one of my grandchildren's scrapbook.  I believe this was a kit that came out in the Summer of 2012 and it's a one page layout.  I layered all onto blue cardstock which represents the sky.  The green design paper with grass is the grassy area of a beach .  Two photo mats placed to the left and the title "Too Flippin' Cute" placed on top of the first photo mat.  A pair of flip flops and a scalloped doilie to place another photo into.  


This was for a project last November - where I used a snowman, snow shovel and snowflakes from Cindy Pointe of the Cut and Create Store.   I created a snow scene with a circle and tried to create a snowy hill where the snowman sat and a shovel sitting for use to clear the snow away.  The snowflakes I sprayed with some shimmer mist and all placed on cardstock which I cut out with the title along the top and side edge.  


I am presently working on two Envelope-mini albums for my granddaughters and this is the beginning of the 2nd mini-album.  I am using black envelopes with black cardstock for the library card insert which will add more room for photos, etc.  The first Envelope Mini-album is further along as it is for my 13 year granddaughter which begins with her birth to age 13.  The one shown is for her sister and will be from birth to age 13.  Instructions for this was found on Youtube .  This is a free tutorial by Kathy Orta of Paper Phenomenon and she is very thorough in the tutorial.

I do have other mini-albums as work in progress too and working on a birthday album for great grandson's 3rd birthday.  Check out my progress at my blog as I will post as I go along.  

Tip:  save all the left-over design paper and card stock as you can use in your layout projects; and another one:  when to a craft store have in mind what you would like to use for your layout projects for paper, embellishments, and decorations.  Next time I am to Michaels, I will be searching the paper there for designs I would like to use in my Envelope Mini-albums (i.e. Hello Kitty!)  Also, another paper you can use for your layouts is gift wrap paper, so I will look for Hello Kitty gift wrap paper for my youngest granddaughter's mini-album.

Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,

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October 24, 2013

Fun with Core'dinations Paper


Hey Kids!  It's Cindy for the Scrapbook Blessings Club and we're exploring Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock today. 

TiP:  Watch for sales of 12x12 single sheets of paper at your big box stores and stock up.

Here's the explanation of ColorCore paper directly from Core'dinations website:

What Is It?
Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock has a core color which “core’dinates” with the surface color. Each sheet has a tab underneath labeled “core color” that represents the interior color of the sheet.

You can choose to keep that color hidden or add your own creative touch by sanding, tearing or embossing.

Here are some specifics:
A sandable cardstock that has a “core’dinating” core color instead of a white core.
Heavy weight, 80 lb., premium, acid and lignin free.
Sand, tear or antique it to reveal the beautiful core colors and add your own creative touch.
Canvas texture on one side and smooth on the other

Okay, it's time to add our own creative touches :-)

Tools I've used:
embossing folder (charles)
Tim Holtz sanding tool
Tim Holtz distressing tool
chipboard letters
repositionable adhesive

Ripping provides a really fun look.  And it's really easy...LOL!

Embossing is my favorite technique to use with this paper.  You're only limited to your stash of embossing folders.

1.)  emboss with the folder of your choice
2.)  lightly rub over your embossing with a sander

Distressed edges:            TiP:  Try using distressed edges on a card for a man or boy. 

1.)  Lightly use the distressing tool on the edges of the cardstock
2.)  Go over it several times to get the look you want

For an antiqued look:

1.)  Crunch your cardstock into a ball
2.)  Flatten it back out
3.)  Sand lightly with your sander


1.)  Stick down your chipboard letters to your craft mat with repositionable adhesive
2.)  Cover the letters with your cardstock
3.)  Lightly sand over the letters

Core'dinations papers
Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cricut cart - tag @ 5"
TC Dec 25th Cricut cart - deer @ 3 1/2"
Sew Easy candy stripe floss
Impression Obsession - Fall borders stamp set
pop dots
Charles embossing folder
Tim Holtz sander

Hopefully I've inspired you to get out your core'dinations paper and play!  If you'd like to see more of my work please visit my blog In Love with PAPER.

Have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,

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October 23, 2013

Wedding Bouquet Keepsakes

Hello, Friends!  Marilyn here with a tutorial on preserving the bride's bouquet after the wedding.  My tip:  make sure your flowers are dried before using a dried floral preservative.

Shadow Box Keepsake

Here is what I used:
  • Shadow Box.  Mine is 8" x 10" and was purchased in a set of three from Michaels.
  • Vinyl - mine is brown to match fall wedding colors
  • Dried Floral Preservative - used to preserve the color and texture of the wedding bouquet flowers.  I used Gemini Masterpiece Dried Floral Preservative purchased at Hobby Lobby for $5.99. 
  • Hot Glue / Hot Glue Gun
  • Designer Paper Scraps - left over from the wedding invitations and bridal shower
  • Cricut Cartridges - Beyond Birthdays, Doodlecharms and Storybook

Bridal Bouquet Shadow Box
  • Spray your dried flowers with Gemini Masterpiece Dried Floral Preservative.  Do this outside, this stuff is potent! 
  • Cut background paper at 8" x 10".  I used ATG to tape right on to the back.  The designer paper was used in the bride's wedding invitations.
  • Heart = cut image and shadow at 5 1/2" from Cricut Doodlecharms [heart] found on page 85 of the folder.  Paper is again from the bride's invitations and decorations.
  • Glue and Hot Glue flower petals onto the heart.
  • Pearl band around heart - the pearls came from a roll purchased at Hobby Lobby.  We used the pearl strands originally on decorations for the wedding reception.  I just hot glued here and there to attach.
  • Bead Swatch - came from bride's bouquet.  I hot glued a portion onto the background.  A small flower blossom is attached to the top.
  • Date = cut date (10 19 13) at 1 1/2" from Cricut Storybook cartridge.  Shimmery Paper is from banner paper used at the bridal shower.
  • "love" = cut from brown vinyl and attached to outside of the glass.  Cut came from Cricut Beyond Birthdays cartridge and was cut at 2", [love] found on page 132 of the folder. 

Christmas Ornament

Here is what I used:
  • Clear Christmas Ornaments - set of 12 purchased at Hobby Lobby for $7.99
  • Dried Flowers from the bridal bouquet
  • Ribbon

  • Pull top of ornament off and insert flower petals.  I used tweezers to move the petals around to my liking.

  • Tie ribbon to top.  Ribbon from wedding decorations.

I hope you enjoyed todays tutorial.  As always, comments are welcomed and appreciated!

~ Marilyn, Marilyn's Cricut Crafts

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