Showing posts with label Michaels. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Michaels. Show all posts

Monday, December 7, 2020

Holiday 2020: Pet Lover "Paw-norments"

 


Our furbaby is such a huge part of our life! Huge, literally because she's over 120 lbs but huge in the place she has in our heart. I know this is true for others as well so I made a few of these "Paw-ornaments" aka "Pawnorments" for friends. They're actually frames so you can have your furbaby on your tree or wherever! 

Supplies: (All of these supplies are from Michaels) 
  • Wood Paw Ornament Frame 
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Mirror Sequins

Like so many Makers, I pick up things post-season when they're on sale. That's how I keep my stash replenished! 


The "Kids Crafts" at Michaels are some of my favorites. I found this post season last year. Simple and easy to alter or glam up! I've seen similar there this year. 


Pop out the center and you're ready to paint! 


I did a couple of coats of black Craftsmart paint, front and back.


Then added polka dots with white paint ( also Craftsmart). 


I love these Mirror Sequins! There's something about them being so bright and shiny! I added these around the paws. 


To finish, I used an extra large jump ring to attach a white glittered jingle bell and then printed a picture of my big girl sized to fit! 


It was hard not to get the glare but you get the idea! She was so good while I was decorating, just laying and watching what was going on. 

And of course, this would make a great kid's craft but since my kid is in grad school...





Saturday, November 14, 2020

Cricut Foil Tool: Thanksgiving 2020 Cards

 


This week's BFF Open House Link Party continues here

I've had a fun week getting started on some Christmas and Hanukkah projects but today I'm sharing the cards I made for friends and family for Thanksgiving. For us, this year won't be much of a chance. PhD Man hasn't come home for Thanksgiving since undergrad since he comes for an extended stay over Christmas. Hoping that's the case this year! But, I know for many this will be a different Thanksgiving as we continue to make our way through this pandemic. Since I've always been remote from a lot of friends and family for whom I'm thankful, I've always made cards to send to them. 

Supplies: 
  • Marsh Flower Stack (Michaels)
  • Recollections Gray, Cream, Brown 110lb Cardstock (Michaels)
  • Cricut Foil Tool for Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker
  • Cricut Foil
  • Gold Foil Cardstock ( Recollections, Michaels)
  • Tape Gun and Foam Tape


I found this paper pad during one of Michaels "Buy One, Get Two Free" promotions on their Hot Buy papers and decided I really loved these colors and patterns for Thanksgiving cards. 


I've been anxious to use the new Cricut Foil Transfer Kit I ordered in October, I'd already done my Halloween cards so I knew I was going to use it for my Thanksgiving cards. If you have a Cricut Explore or Maker YOU NEED THIS TOOL!  It works with the Cricut foil which is pressure based vs some foils that interact with a medium. This kit comes with three tip sizes which easily pop in and out of the housing which in turn pops easily in and out of the machine.  

It was very straightforward to use. Follow the instructions that come with it or there are multiple tutorials on You Tube

The first thing to decide is your design. I went with a simple "Thankful" word and simple leaves and designed this in Cricut Design Space. Right in the SW you can choose "Foil" which makes things easy. 


The kit comes with a selection of different foils but I also bought a standalone pack of 12x12 gold foil since I knew I'd be foiling all the things! You place what you want to foil, in this case I used a self adhesive cardstock on your mat then this is the only tricky part: you lay the foil on top and then tape down the edges either with the tape strips that come with the foil packs or you can also use Washi tape. It is important to make sure your foil is taut since the tool will tug on it a bit so lock it down! 


Once your machine is done, peel back the foil and look how cool!  I then cut these into the sizes I needed for my cards, mounted on gold mirror panels, and mounted in the middle of my cards. 




The Marsh Flower paper collection already had some foiled papers so these coordinated nicely. I selected my papers and cut out panels to make my cards: 

  • 5x7 Cards made from 110lb cardstock
  • 4.75 x 6.75 panels made from selection of papers with another layer cut 3.5x5.5 and mounted on gold foil panels cut 3.75x5.75
  • "THANKFUL" focal adhered with foam tape
  • Layer as shown 






This tool is a game changer for me and I'm sure I don't yet know in how many ways! 












Monday, November 9, 2020

Fall Decor: Rustic Silk Leaves and Feathers Wreath

 


Happy Monday all! We in America move full speed ahead to our national day of thanks and gluttony and I've finished the last of the things I'll make ( I think ) for this short season between Halloween and Christmas. Anxious to get started on some Christmas goodies so be on the lookout! 

Also humbled and excited to have been again featured in the Hometalk weekly newsletter last week! They included my Plastic Egg Acorns and Pinecones and I couldn't be more tickled. If you aren't on Hometalk, you should check it out both as a place to share your creations and to find even more inspiring ideas! 

Supplies:
  • Square Wreath Form. I actually had some inserts from 12x12 shadow box frames that I used but you  could also use a square frame. 
  • Silk Leaves (Michaels 80% off)
  • Twig Vase Fillers (Dollar Tree)
  • Feathers ( Michaels)
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

From left to right: Shadow Box Frame Inserts, Silk Leaves, Dollar Tree Birch Stumps and Twigs

The frame inserts are not the sturdiest so I glued two of them together to stabilize them. The silk leaves I found for 80% off at Michaels. I used two packages of 30 with a few left over.


These came in two sizes, the larger having some gold veining and the smaller being plain. I alternated these around the wreath. Pretty straightforward. After I glued the leaves around the frame I placed a few of the birch "stumps" , offset, "because I did" which is a technical creative term!


I have a ton of these twigs left over so may save them for next year or throw them in a vase. 




I grouped three feathers (Michaels, Art Minds or Creatology) at the base of each "stump", then added some of the twigs. 


To finish, I had some of these Acrylic Gem Maple Leaves in my stash from a past project so glued a few of those on. Living in the West, this may be another thing I leave up year round. Haven't decided yet. We don't have specifically "Western" decor but I like some bits here and there. 

Et voila!








Monday, October 12, 2020

Halloween: 2020 Cards Using the Spook Hill Stack from Michaels

 


I make cards all year round for all holidays, birthdays etc. but Halloween through Christmas and Hanukkah is full production mode. If you've been around my blog for a minute, you know that I am a helpless paperholic so I always love taking advantage when Michaels has deals on their "Hot Buys" especially when they're either buy one get two free ( I mean c'mon!) or they're on sale for $4.99. Mr. Chocolate will try to convince you that I own all of them. Not true. But many? Yes, that I admit to! 

I picked up this stack called "Spook Hill" (by Recollections) on one of their buy one get two free ( I get giddy just typing that!) and it was so my style! It includes foiled and non-foiled papers.  Now oddly, I can't find it on their website but it is available on Amazon.



This isn't a tutorial post but almost all of my cards are 5x7 and I used Black Recollections 110 lb cardstock ( Michaels ) for most of them w/ the exception of a couple I made using a heavy piece of 12x12 paper from my stash. 

I went with the color palette of the stack: Black, grey, gold, white. 



I cut panels 5.75 x 4.75 and layered with gold foiled transparencies ( previous Michaels trips!) and cut out some Halloween images using my Cricut Explore which I layered using foam tape. For the Haunted House image, I added windows using paper scraps I had on hand. 

Finished everything with gold self adhesive rhinestones in gold! And yes, those of you who know who you are, they're on their way. Boo! 









Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Halloween: Don't Forget To Decorate Yourself...Skull Earrings and Bracelet

 


Not that I'm going many places these days, and I know a lot of people are barely wearing clothes, but I do go out once or twice a week to run errands, and despite the fact that it's still triple digits here in the desert, and I'm still wearing shorts and tanks, that doesn't mean I can't get into the season right? Right! 

So I made myself some seasonal earrings and a matching bracelet. 

Michaels continues to expand their jewelry making supplies and there's not a trip that I make without a few things sneaking their way into my cart. 

Supplies: 
  • Skull Charms ( I found mine on clearance at Michaels but they have some other similar beads)
  • Silver Connector Links 
  • White Marble Beads 
  • Filigree Bead Caps
  • Rhinestone Dangle Charms
  • Small Silver Spacer Beads
  • Jump Rings
  • Misc Charms
  • Jewelry Making Pliers

All of my supplies except for the little star charms, small silver spacer beads, and the swirly flat bead shown at the top of the earring are from Michaels Bead Landing / Charmalong lines).  




I found these on clearance when I wasn't even looking for them. They were up by the register, on clearance, so naturally I bought two sets! 

Step 1: 

If you're a novice jewelry maker, there are tons of great tutorials on You Tube. Here are some on "How to Open and Close Jump Rings") 

Open a jump ring, then use it to attach the skull bead and silver connector link. Sorry this is blurry! One handed photography while trying to hold up pliers with your non-dominant hand is tricky! 




I used the same process to attach the little star charm to the other end. 

Step 2: 

If like it seems 95% of people, you have pierced ears, you'll use the same process to attach an earwire. I'm in the ( I made up this stat) 5% of people who doesn't have pierced ears. Can't. Apparently I'm missing the connective tissue that prevents them from ripping so....it's me and your grandmas and people deathly afraid of needles. 

For us "clippies" the good news is Michaels has us covered. 


Problem Solved!

I use Loctite Gel Glue to adhere these to whatever misc flat backed findings I have. And then you're done! 



Bracelet
I do a lot of my bracelets on stretch cord which is how I did this one. 

Supplies: 
  • Stretch Magic Jewelry Cord ( Michaels)
  • White Marble Beads
  • Filigree Bead Caps 
  • Skull Charm
  • Dangle Charm 


I always cut off more stretchy cord than I need because I've found it makes it easier to knot and I learned the hard way of trying to be very specific in my measuring only to find out I couldn't quite tie the knot. 

Clamp one end ( you can use an official bead clamp which they sell in the jewelry supplies or I've used clothespins, binder clips, or clamps I found in the hardware section of the Dollar Tree). 

Starting w/ a bead cap string as follows: bead cap, white bead, bead cap, spacer. Lather, rinse repeat until your bracelet fits your wrist. For reference, I have what are considered small wrists and I used 10 of the marble beads. Once you're satisfied w/ the sizing, close your bracelet with a knot. Dab a dot of Loctite Glue and then knot again dot of glue, knot again and trim the ends. 


Open another jump ring and attach your skull charm and rhinestone bead dangle and you're done!

And since it's 2020, my accessories wouldn't be complete with out a mask right? 


I already had this fabric in my stash so it was a no brainer! I've been using a pattern from Sweet Red Poppy to make my masks. 


I hope you've found some inspiration!