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May 18, 2009 - Cards, Tips, Tutorials    1 Comment

3-D Sunflower Card…1 of 3

Amber's B-Card

Now that Amber’s birthday is over, I’ll show the information and tutorial on her card.  This will be broken up into a couple of postings since it gets pretty lengthy.

So, let’s begin…..

Cricut E & Cartridges: Beyond Birthdays (BYB), Plantin (PL), George (G)

CuddleBug – Happy Birthday Folder

Card stock:  Stampin Up Royal Regals (Olive Green and Mustard Yellow, Brown)

Gold Metallic Thread:  Ribbon – Michael’s $1 bin:  Pins – JoAnn’s Decorative Pins

Stampendous Embossing Powder – Jeweled Gold Transparent & Marcasite Opaque

Scribbles 3-D Paint – Shiny Hot Chocolate, Iridescent Cooper, Shiny Lemon Yellow, Shiny Black, Iridescent White Mist, Iridescent Gold.

MPCT Technique: Odorless Mineral Spirits; Prisma Pencils – #1 Group of leaves – Dark Umber PC947, Spanish Orange PC1008, Pale Vermilion PC921, White PC938; #2 Group of leaves – Tuscan Red PC937, Orange PC918, Canary Yellow PC916, Creme PC914.

Colorbox Chalk Ink – Creamy Brown – Note:  All parts of the card edges have been inked.

Tip:  At this point, let me say you don’t have to use the exact same things I used, for example if you don’t have the Prisma Pencil and you have Chalks use them.  The difference will be a softer color on the petals.  If you don’t have 3-D Scribble paints, you can use acrylic paint to make the dots in the center of the sunflower.  Take a pencil that has been sharpened or the end of a paint brush and dip it in the paint and then dot it on the center.  If you load the end of the pencil or paint brush in the paint and then on the center each time (ex. pencil, paint, dot on the center) the dots will all be the same size.  If you load the pencil/paint brush with paint then dot it on the center three times consecutively, each dot will be smaller than the last.

Card Mats  Cut 3 cards 1) mustard, 2) olive green using the Beyond Birthday cart @ 10″ x 5″.

Cut 2 mats in mustard that are 5″ x 5″.  Tip:  You can  cut 2 mustard cards with ovals and 2 olive green cards with ovals; however, you will have 5″x5″ mustard card with an oval cut left over and you will still need to cut a mustard mat 5″x5″ to cover the back of the card (more about this later). 




img_2121.jpgScore the Mustard cs at 5″ and fold, cut the Olive cs in half and take the side with the oval and cut it down as a mat for the front of the card and align it with the oval on the Mustard card. 

Tip: When I have this where I want it I use a repositional tape runner to hold the mat in place while I sew around it. 

The black you are seeing through the oval is a black foam board the card is sitting on.


Leaves Used as Petals

Using the shift key in PL cut 24 -25 leaves @ 1.237″ x 2.475. 






Tip:  I cut these using the mustard colored card stock.  The MCPT works best on a very heavy smooth paper; however, this particular card stock holds up well to the coloring and layering of colors.  Since the petals are varying shades of yellow, browns, oranges and reds this mustard base color helps with obtaining a vibrant color underneath.

You will need to cut the stems off of the leaves to make them into petals.

Ok, I’m going to stop here for this tutorial and I’ll add to it tomorrow.  I also reserve the right edit this after it posts in case I figure out I forgot something (you know how that goes).  There is some exciting information coming so stay tuned or as they say on  TV “to be continued”……

May 7, 2009 - Tips, Tutorials    No Comments

Design Studio – Welding Within a Frame – Video Tutorial #5 – Capadia Designs

Double Knock-Out RoseThis is the latest tutorial by Capadia Designs and again Diane does an excellent job.  Be sure and read the instructions on her blog before you jump right into the tutorial.  Diane has upgraded her software and the video is now embedded in her blog.  So that means you access it a little differently than what you have had to do in the past.

I had some knowledge of how to do some of the things she shows in this tutorial but she makes it look so easy.  The tip about using the Alt key to remove the handles when you are moving things around is great!  My Tip: Be sure and have your cursor on the handle you want to use to move your object around,  as you start to move your object (that handle turns yellow) and then hit the Alt key.

You can access her link from the right hand side of my website under blog roll or you can go out on Youtube and search for her tutorial or here is her link (  

The flower you are seeing at the beginning of this post is my Double Knock-Out Rose.  I just planted it this year, we’ll see if it drowns in all the rain we are having here in Texas.

Thanks, for stopping by and be sure and vist the other links on my blog roll. 

May 2, 2009 - Tutorials, Uncategorized    No Comments

Design Studio – Shadowing Welded Words – Video #4

Wow! Just in case you missed it, Diane at Capadia Designs, has done another great video for all of us that are trying to learn how to use the Cricut Design Studio.

So go visit her website ( and watch her video on another layer of how to shadow welded words.  You can also access her through the link on the right hand side of this page, under “Blog Roll”.   If you missed her first 3 videos they are there, and you can catch up.

Thanks again Diane,  for great tutorials!   If you visit her blogspot, be sure and be sweet and leave her a comment.

May 1, 2009 - Tips, Tutorials    4 Comments

Skittles – Candy or Emblishments???

What are skittles? 

If you asked my daughters they are candy!  However, in the crafting world they are an embellishment that is rounded on top and flat on bottom.  Skittles are small acrylic discs.  They are actually labeled as “Decorative Accents” and are intended for use in floral arrangements, and home decor projects. They are usually found in the floral department of your local craft store.  You can also find them on-line often referred to as “Dew Drops”.  My understanding is Dew Drops are usually smaller than the Decorative Accents.

I sat down some time back and made “Homemade” skittles for the first time and at the same time taught my 80 year old Mother how to do it.  She actually got the technique down before I did.

The following is a tutorial on how to make your own using hot glue (or low temperature hot glue).  Items you need:

1. A non-stick surface (aluminum foil, wax paper, butcher paper, or even a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam and then wiped off, etc.).  I used my silpat and it worked perfectly.

2. A hot glue gun (go ahead dig them out of your closets or drawers where they have been hiding for years).

3. Glue sticks (any kind, including colored or glitter).

4. A type of coloring agent (Alcohol Inks, Perfect Pearls, nail polish, etc.).  You can even put glitter on them while they are still hot and it will stick.

5.  Plastic bags one for each color. 

In this tutorial I used alcohol inks, but you can use “Perfect Pearls”, or nail polish, or even marks-a-lots.  The items you can use to color these skittles are endless and only limited by your imagination.  You can color them all over or just put the color on the flat bottom for it to show through.

Tip:  If you freeze your glue sticks first you will have less strings to wrap.

1.  I used the low temperature mode on my glue gun.

 2.  The technique has as much to do with trigger pressure, when you release the trigger, and how to wind the glue string around the base of the skittle to prevent “nipples” as it does with how big you make them.  Think smaller than you think it should be, slow wrapping and even pressure.

 3.  I found it easier to make the skittles if I stood up over the mat.

 4.  Hold the nozzle about a 1/4″ away from the mat and squeeze the trigger with steady pressure holding it in one spot.

5.  When the skittle gets to a little less than the size you are looking for start winding the glue around the base of the skittle as you release the trigger on the glue gun. 

6.  This will cause the strings of glue to melt into the skittle.

Note: The hot glue expands a little bit as you are wrapping the strings around the base. That is why you want to stop just a little before the skittle gets to the size you are trying to make.

The more you make the better you get.  It’s like piano or driving a car with a stick shift…..keep practicing.

The next thing I did was take a nail buffer and sanded some of the skittles after they dried.  When you color them with alcohol ink the sanded skittles will take on a frosted look.  So you can have translucent skittles and frosted skittles.

As you can see the skittles on the left are more translucent; the ones one the right are frosted.

I used plastic bags (one for each color) and made sure all the skittles were down in a corner of the bag.  I dropped 3-4 drops (or more if you want a saturated color) of alcohol ink on top of them and then twist the bag.  I then just rub the alcohol ink over the skittles until they looked like they were the color I wanted them.






Spread them out on paper (I used wax-paper) and let them dry.  You can make various sizes and colors.  I store them in baby food containers (the rectangular ones).  These containers fit perfectly in the Jetmax Cube drawers that have the slots.

Finally, I decided to free hand a dragon fly, this is called “Spun Glass”.  The picture below is my second dragon fly. 


1. Build a base of what you are creating, then go back and add more to it.  It gives you great dimension and an opportunity to correct an uneven base.
2. Before you color it you can take scissors and clean up any burrs or mis-shapened items you want to take off.
3. If you want light coloring; color the top only.  For more depth color both underneath and top.
4. You can put a picture of what you want to create under the mat and use it as a pattern.    Just make sure the lines of the image are dark enough to see through the mat.

Thanks for looking at the tutorial and remember you can just click on the picture to see a larger version.  Be sure and leave me a comment, I love hearing from you!

Apr 30, 2009 - Tutorials    No Comments

Welding in Cricut Video #3

In her continuing series of how to weld items together using Cricut Design Studio (DS), Diane Capadia at Capadia Designs has brought us another great tutorial video.  I always learn something from Diane and I have those aha moments when she shows how she uses DS. 

So go visit her website ( and watch her video on another way to weld characters together.  You can also access her through the link on the right hand side of this page, under “Blog Roll”.   If you missed her first two videos they are there, and you can catch up.

Thanks Diane for great tutorials!

Apr 25, 2009 - Tutorials    1 Comment

Welded-Cricut Design Studio – Video #2

Diane at Capadia Designs has an excellent video on her blog giving a tutorial on how to weld.  In the video she also gives a couple of excellent tips on the use of DS (Design Studio).  Diane’s link is on my sidebar under “Blog Roll”. So, check her blogspot out and watch her video.

Apr 22, 2009 - Cards, Tutorials    1 Comment

May Your Day Bubble Over …

This card was designed for what is known as a MCPT (magic color pencil technique) Challenge on the Cricut Message Board (CMB) .  You can go onto YouTube and key in MCPT and see several videos of how to do this technique.  I borrowed the acetate circles for bubbles from a friend of mine whose name is Sonshine on the Paperwishes Message Board (PWMB).  Thanks Sonshine, I think your creativity made this design awesome!

img_2063So let’s get started:

Changito Monkey stamp

Card Size = 5-1/2 x 5

Card Stock (CS) = Stampin-Up Rich Regal – Yellow; Green; Pink; Black; White

Adhesive =  Pro Glide Permanent tape; E6000; Art Glitter Adhesive.  (Tip -you need a glue that will adhere acetate to card stock.  I used E6000 to begin with but discovered Art Glitter Adhesive worked great. (

Ink = ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Olive Pastel

Paper = Pattern Paper Making Memories – Garden Party; Vellum – white.

Paperwishes – Easy Stitches Template #HotP7328

Embellishments = Rain Dots – Cloud 9; Acetate – recyled from various packages; Stampendous – Blue Ultrafine glitter; Stickles – Star Dust; Ranger – Glossy Accents; Sakura Pen – Clear Star;  Flowers- rub ons; Jewels – $1 bin M’s; Circut E with George Cart and Mini Monograms using Design Studio.

MCPT Coloring = Prisma color pencils and odorless mineral spirits.

I used the Circut E and Design Studio to make a cut file for the bubblewand, jar of bubbles, frame of rings (inside the card), scalloped medallions and the acetate circles.  The following are the dimensions:

George Cart.:  

Bubblewand (Pink CS)-  4 circles: [email protected] 2.164″ and [email protected] 1.8″  placed inside the 2.164″ circle. Next  [email protected] 1.62″ and [email protected] placed inside the 1.62″ circle. This creates the cut outs for the bubblewand. Weld them to a rectangle that measures .37″ w x 1.785 h.  Cut the bubblewand three times.  Once glued together (with the vellum and acetate) this will make what is called a “shaker”.

Acetate:  Bubblewand – Cut 1 circle at 2.164″ and 2 circles at 1.62″.  Various sizes of acetate circles – 3.65″, 1.912″; 1.612″; 1.497″; .987.  (Tip) I used the multiple cut (4)  feature on the Cricut and set the depth to 6 using the regular housing, speed set at low, pressure high.  Use a very tacky mat.

Vellum-cut circle that measures 2.164″ around the words “May your day bubble over with fun”.

Jar of Bubbles (Green CS) – 1 rounded rectangle at 1.393w x 1″h welded to 1 rounded rectangle at 1.897w x 3.788h welded together.

Frame Rings for inside of card (Pink CS)- 1 circle @ 3.65″ with 1 circle @ 3.25 placed inside the 3.65″ ring to create the frame.

Mini-Monogram Cart:

Scallops : 2 @4.45″ (1 from Pattern Paper adhered to 1 cut out of white CS)  and 1 at 4.85″ (Green CS).


Generate words “Bubbles” and “Let’s go Play!” in Rave (free font) on blue  CS. ” May your day bubble over with fun” is a stamp that I scanned into the computer then printed out on vellum.  You could also hand write it and get the same affect.  (Tip – practice in pencil, then once you have it like you want it go over it with black ink.  Let the ink dry and erase the pencil with a white eraser).

General Instructions:

  • Make the card out of yellow card stock and ink the edges.  Cut pattern paper to 2″ x 51/4″ adhere to card stock. Ink bottle and adhere it over the pattern paper.  Print the words Bubbles and Let’s go Play! on blue CS and cut “Bubbles” at 1-15/16″ x 1-1/2″ ink edges and adhere to card.  Cut “Let’s go Play” at 1-15/16″ x 1-7/8″ ink and adhere to card.  I used Paperwishes stitch template to  draw stitches around the labels and to make the ridges on the cap.  Take a small strip of black card stock (CS) and adhere to the bottle at the base of the lid.
  • Bubblewand: Take cut (#1) of the bubblewand and adhere the vellum on the back of the end with the large circle .  Adhere a small circle of acetate on the back of the small end of bubblewand (#1).   Take cut (#2) of the bubblewand and adhere it to the front of bubblewand #1.  Take cut (#3) of the bubblewand and adhere acetate to both large and small circle on the back of  bubblewand cut (#3).
  • Glue bubblewand #3 to bubblewand #1/#2 all the way around except for a small gap on each end (see photo). 
  • Shakers
  • Make a small funnel out of paper and slipped it in the gaps so you can put glitter into the shaker.  (Tip – Be careful here and don’t put too much glitter; less is more).  What you are seeing is the funnels in between the layers (#1/#2 and #3) of the bubblewand cuts.  Let the glue dry before you add the glitter.
  • Once the glitter is in, seal the gaps so the glitter does not leak out.  I used a tooth pick to finish gluing the gaps.
  • Place the bubblewand on the front of the card and place three of the various sizes of acetate circles on the front of the card using glue dots.  (Tip – you can sand the acteate to make it have a scuffed look also.) I then used stickles to cover the glue dots on the acetate circles and scattered rain dots around the card.
  • img_2065Color the stamp image and use glossy accents on the large bubble and rain dots on the other bubbles.  Add Stickles with a little of the blue glitter to the large bubble after it dries. Placed flower rub-ons and doddled the birds and butterfly.  I added the jewel to the girl monkey’s navel and added additional eyelashes.
  • Ink the scolloped medallions and adhered to the card.  Ink the edges of the two ring frames and adhered large acetate circle to the smaller ring frame and then adhered the small ring frame to the larger ring frame.  Adhered over the stamped image.
  • Take the Sakura Pen – Clear Star and outline the various elements on the front and inside of the card.

If you don’t have Circut E or Design Studio you can use punches, die cuts and even a real bubblewand to achieve the same affects. 

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