Wednesday, May 13, 2020

DIY Cricut Base Using Repurposed Materials

Hey everyone, welcome back. I've got another DIY project to share. I've been trying for a while to find something to elevate my Cricut machine in the cart in my craft room. The cart has a recessed tray on top and therefore my Cricut "door" couldn't be opened unless I got it higher. As we know, it's a pain to lift and move that heavy Cricut, plus I know I'll use it even more if it's placed in a good, functioning spot so I don't have to move it.

I recently purchased a cabinet from Target for the craft room, which was packaged really well with these great cardboard pieces. I hated to toss them out, so I saved them, then got to thinking how I could probably use them to create a good sturdy base for my Cricut!

This is how I stacked the pieces up and adhered them together. I've got a video taking you through all the steps below, with a few little tips along the way.

It worked like a charm. It's the perfect size, it's sturdy, and very pretty! You could use any papers to fit your decor. 

So think twice before tossing those packaging materials! You never know what you can do with them. And it feels really good to repurpose rather than purchase for a change.

Here's my video if you'd like to watch me create it...

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Farmhouse Mother's Day Z-Fold Card

Hello everyone! Happy Mother's Day to all the Mommas out there. 

I'm officially a Greenville, South Carolina resident! We've moved from Florida and have been here in Greenville two weeks to the day. Today is Mother's Day and I am finding myself missing my sweet Mom back in Florida. I've made her a special card and I thought I'd share a little tutorial. You can make this card for any occasion by just changing up some of the stamping. I've used Graphic 45's new Farmhouse collection and wonderful dies and stamps from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I'll list links to everything at the end of this post.

I used this reddish orange card stock. Cut two pieces. One at 10" x 7" and one at 10" x 2 1/2".
This is a z-fold card, so you'll score the large piece at 2 1/2" and 5" and the smaller piece at 5" and 7 1/2". Ink edges, if desired.

From the Farmhouse Patterns and Solids, I cut background pieces (the cream colored side) measuring as follows:
Two at 2 1/4" x 6 3/4" and one at 4 3/4" x 6 3/4". 
Then from the 8" x 8" Farmhouse paper pad, cut two 2" x 6 1/2" and one at 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" of the Good Life. Adhere together.

Adhere the pieces from the previous step to the large card base. Then cut the following from the same Patterns and Solids paper: One at 4 3/4" x 2 1/4" and two at 2 1/4" x 2 1/4".
From Rise and Shine (from the 8" x 8" pad) cut:
One at 4 1/2" x 2" and two at 2" x 2". Adhere together to base as shown.

Attach the base pieces together as shown. I love Z-fold cards, don't you?

Using the same red-orange card stock and the cream side of the Patterns and Solids, die cut the pieces shown from the Double Heart Insert set and the Retro Alphabet Trio set. I used black cardstock for the thin detail pieces. Be sure to die-cut the heart bouquets several times. I did mine four times and layered two of them together to make a thicker stronger stem. I'll show you why in the next step.

Attach items to the card with everything folded flat. If anything hangs off the edges, that's when I recommend doubling up the thickness, such at this heart bouquet above the word MOM. This just adds stability. I added the For You stamp from Pieces of Life 4 Retro stamp set. After die-cutting the flowers in this set, I adhered them to the cream sided paper, then cut around the edges closely. Same with the letters for MOM.

The larger flowers are popped up with foam adhesive. I tucked a heart bouquet behind them here.

Adorn the squares with more stamping and die-cut pieces, as desired.

Onto the large heart, I stamped the sentiments using two different inks. These stamps are wonderful mixed together. They are from Close to my Heart and I've linked them below. I added one little fussy cut flower overlapping the heart which seems to fill out the space nicely.

My card is done! Z-folds are easy and fun and give your cards that extra Wow factor. 

Want some more Mother's Day creative ideas? Visit the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today for more from the fabulous design team members.


Close to my Heart "Just to Say" stamp set

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Greenville Planner - Masks, Moving and Mandalas

Today I'm featured over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with another spread in my Greenville planner. As time continues through Covid-19 and our move to Greenville, I've documented the latest in our journey. All the details and links to products used are there and I'll also list them below. I've hinged all my photos and added hidden journaling under each. I hope you get a chance to check it out.

Comments are still declined on the ECD blog, but you can always leave one here after you've visited them.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Little Birdie Crafts Haul and LOTS of Projects

If you've never heard of Little Birdie Crafts, I'm here to educate you today. I've received a wonderful haul of goodies from this fabulous company and I challenged myself to create as many things as I could with all of it. A mini album, 3 spiral notebooks, a boxed card set, cards, and some super cute birdhouses and I still have some stuff left over to play with! Check 'em out below, then take a peek at my video of all the great products I used and a closer look at each project. Since I'm in the middle of moving, I've be listed everything I've created in my Etsy Shop now.

To get your own Little Birdie Crafts goodies, simply go here.
Be sure to use my coupon code: Annette5 to save on your purchases!
Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you are staying safe, healthy and happy.

Friday, April 10, 2020

DIY Blending Brush Holder

I've had an idea for storing my blending brushes for some time now and have finally gotten around to completing it. With us moving soon, I'm happy I took the time to get this done. This is a simple DIY project you can complete in an afternoon. And it would work nicely with any tools or brushes you like to keep organized in front of you on your work table.

The possibilities are endless for customizing your own by using different paint, washi tape and perhaps some other clever base. 

I've created a video of my process, the materials I used, and some things I learned along the way. I hope you have a moment to check it out. If you try it, I'd love to hear about it, so be sure to come back and let me know here or tag me on social media. As always, my links to all my social media are here in the righthand column of my blog.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Greenville Planner - Selling Our Home

It's Greenville Planner time again and boy oh boy, it's incredible that we are actually moving forward in our moving plans during this whole Covid-19 pandemic. The very first viewers of our house have made an offer and we're in the process now of going through all the necessary steps to close by the end of April. I've been documenting our progress and have a new layout to share today over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with lots more photos and details there.

To extend the space needed for more journaling, I've added this fun fold-out with a pocket and some journaling tags. It's super easy and a great way to sort of hide your private thoughts while also trying to document them. I share the dimension and details on the ECD blog too.

Here's a list below of everything I've used for this layout. The list is also located at the end of my full post on the ECD blog. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Easter Gift Bag and Cute Tag

Easter is a little over a week away and–since we're all stuck at home–why not make up some fun Easter goodies? I've created this super cute gift bag with coordinating Happy Easter tag using Elizabeth Craft Designs dies and stamps, and sharing a brief tutorial below. I'm joined with several other designers over on the ECD blog today, so be sure to hop over there and check out even more ideas.

Take a look at the easy steps to make this yourself then scroll to the end for a complete list and links to all the products I've used.

I've used bright and cheerful papers from Graphic 45's Time To Celebrate collection. First, die cut the tag shown (Planner Essentials 4) several times from different papers. I used ivory cardstock for the base of mine, and trimmed 5/8" off the bottom of the peach polka-dot tag. Die cut three flower-shaped hole reinforcers (Planner Essentials Reinforcement Variety Pack). The mint colored piece measures 2 5/16" x 2 1/2". Die cut the word Easter (Planner Essentials 23) saving the bits from the E's and the A.

Layer the pieces onto your base tag, gluing the bits from the E's and A into place. Stamp the word Happy (CS091 Spring Sentiments) above Easter.

To help the word Easter stand out better, I drew a drop shadow with a fine point Sharpie pen.

Die cut the bunny's head and the carrot (1459 Bunny) and shade the pieces as desired with inks then assemble and adhere with dimensional foam tape to pop them up. I've added another flower hole reinforcement to the top of this tag and tie two strands of waxed ivory twine.

Die cut the rose (Planner Essentials 6) from two different coordinating papers. 

Onto a piece of ivory cardstock, adhere the outline shape first, then fill in the inside pieces. Trim out the rose leaving a 1/8" border.

Create a simple gift bag. There are several ways to do this. I've used Lori Whitlock's Gift Bag SVG file, but you could also use the Gift Bag Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers, make your own from cardstock. Here's a great tutorial if you need one. Or you can always use an existing bag and decorate it how you like.

I've added these plaid accent pieces to dress up the bag further and to give it more stability.

Attach your rose and tag to the front of the bag, add ribbons for handles and you're done! You may notice I've added more of those flower shaped hole reinforcers to my bag. It just dresses things up even more.

Thanks for checking it out. Don't forget to check out the other designers' ideas over on the ECD blog today.

Here are the links to all the goodies I used on my project: