Friday, May 18, 2018

Five Tips to Save Money and Do More Crafting

Often I hear from people that they find crafting to be too expensive.  I, on the other hand, know that it does not have to be that way at all.  There are many many ways to do crafts as a hobby without breaking the bank.


Today following a Live sponsored event I had to do I chose to share that same information here with you, and with a few more details. So here are my "5 Tips to Save Money and Get More Crafting In Your Life".



Tip #1.  Take advantage of sales!  Ok, that one may seem obvious to a lot of you, but surprisingly I still encounter individuals who don't ever shop sales!  I know, they are so missing out. But here's the thing, you need to shop sales but don't buy what you won't use though.  I recommend making a wish list of what you want to buy first. On that list, you may also want to list any classes you would like to take or books you want to read.  Then, look around, and stay open to the possibilities.

**I am happy to share some links to sales I currently know about from my affiliates.  Know, that buying from those links does help support all the FREE content I provide for you here on this blog and in my YouTube Videos.

Tip#2. Whenever you shop online or in store, take advantage of rewards!  Yup, get paid back for doing your shopping!  Being far from major retail stores in an urban area I depend a lot on the internet to find good deals for my arts and crafts.  I shop the sales, AND I take advantage of using a couple "Pay me to Shop" systems.  The one I use the most now is Ebates.ca!  Whenever I shop on Amazon.ca, Ebay.ca, Ali Express, and others, I use my Ebates to get a percentage of the sales back as cash!  I then use that cash back to buy more crafty stuff!

Tip #3. Find Tons of FREE stuff on the internet! There are patterns, books, classes, How To's, Templates, Royalty Free Images, Inspiration.  Even some online stores have FREE content to lure you onto their site!

Tip #4. Another online shopping tip I have is to use a credit card that pays you back!  As some sites only allow you to purchase with a major credit card, why not use one that rewards you for doing so!  Also, use a rewards site like Ebates.ca to get more money!  I use a credit card to make a lot of my purchases online, but I also make sure to repay my credit card right away so I avoid those nasty interest fees!  Then I wait and gather those points that convert into cash back, which I use towards another store's purchases!  I use a major credit card that pays me back in Walmart Rewards.  Which is perfect for me as I only shop at Walmart once in a while and when I do I tend to save a ton of money on my purchases.  I also pay back cash on my credit card purchase right in the store, so I avoid those fees.

Tip #5.  Now that you have a wish list shop from your home first!  Try to always look at your surroundings to see if you don't already have that tool or material that can be used in your craft project.  Look in the recycling bin; there's often so much paper, and cardboard alone in there to be re-used!  Look in your garage for tools that can be substituted for those expensive fancy crafting tools!  Ask your neighbors, family, and friends.  I have gotten all sorts of tools and materials just by going through my cupboards!  Repurpose old clothes into fabric, ask the neighbor if you can take those paints he has left over from their last renovation project, check with family in case they have something they can lend you.  Once word gets out that you are into crafting stuff might just start appearing at your door. LOL

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Link to Ebates:
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Paper Flowers Book Review 2 Cricut Maker Version

 Have you ever wanted to make a pretty bouquet of flowers that will last forever or at least a super long time? Are you allergic to flowers, but love to look at them?  Then maybe, you would like to try your hand at crafting some pretty paper posies!

This is NOT a financially sponsored Post, and all opinions are my own. All Products used in the project were given to me by Leisure Arts, and Cricut.

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I was given a copy of  Paper Flowers  10 Do-It-Yourself blossoms to brighten your world by  Jennifer Maker from Leisure Arts to review, and I had fun making projects from the book. See first blog post here: https://annmakes.blogspot.com/2018/04/pretty-paper-flowers-with-leisure-arts.html.  At that time I had not yet received the Cricut Maker.


paper crafting florals

Paper Flowers is easy to read and follow, and includes a bonus!  There are six downloadable SVG files for projects in the book that can be used with a Cricut Maker.  Now, I was able to download and use the files on a Cricut Explore Air 2, AND, a Cricut Maker.   I did not notice any difference in using either machine for the cutting process. However, all the projects can be created without any Electronic die cutting machine.  All you need are paper and scissors!


Above are some of the flowers I made following the instructions in the book.  


Before my New Cricut Maker arrived I made some of the flowers using my Cricut Explore Air2.


My New Cricut Maker  cut the flowers as well and quickly as the Cricut Explore Air2.
I did try cutting some flowers by hand, and boy that took way more time than using the machines! LOL!

There are a total of ten projects in this book, that guide you into making an Anemone, Chrysanthemum, Dahlia, Giant Daisy, Rose, Poppy, Dandelion, Orchid, Peony, and a Giant Tea Rose.  Create your very own garden without any digging!

In any case, this book makes flower making really fun.  Check it out for yourself at Leisure Arts. Get a Digital or Paper Copy.

***All products used for this project were given to me.***






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Thursday, May 3, 2018

NEW Cricut Maker

I am so excited to share with you the unboxing of my Brand NEW Cricut Maker!  
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Video of me unboxing my NEW Cricut Maker!
Cricut gave me this machine.  All opinions expressed in this post and video are my own.

The NEW Knife Blade is Now Available at Cricut.com. Great for wood!


The Ultimate Smart Cutting machine is the Dream Machine of the Cricut Team! The Cricut Maker comes with the Rotary Blade and Drive Housing, a Premium Fine-Point Blade and Housing, a Fine Point Pen, Fabric Grip 12" x 12" Mat, Light Grip 12" x 12" Mat, Welcome Book, USB Cable, Power Adapter, Cricut Access™ trial membership, Materials for your first project, and more.



Make your own creations from scratch or choose a pre-designed project with the Cricut Design Space Software and make Project Center beautiful DIY's.


Above is my Cricut Maker and the first two projects I just made.  At the time of filming the  Knife Blade had not arrived yet, so I will have to wait for anothe time to post about it.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Custom T-Shirt with Cricut Patterned Iron On™


Here's how to make your very own custom T-Shirt with the New Cricut Patterned Iron On™, and the Cricut EasyPress™.  Creating your very own Iron-On Tees has never been easier or quicker. With the New,  Cricut Patterned Iron On™  that is currently available in "9" sampler packs, there is sure to be something for you!     **Sponsored Post by Cricut®**



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Of course, I chose a cat image and a pink colored t-shirt to do a project for Cricut®! Next Choosing which of the Cricut Patterned Iron On™  I preferred was a bit hard!  They are all so beautiful!  I chose a pattern that was black like my cat and has a flowery design  (because I love flowers).  I had fun and found the learning process so easy.  Let me explain it to you.

  I started with a basic cotton t-shirt and the idea that I wanted a cute kitty!  To find an image I liked, and that was easy to cut I went to my computer and went to Cricut Design Space™. I chose:  Cat   #M459FD  The First Few Years.
             
My project link: https://design.cricut.com/#/landing/user-project/88333645



I just wanted to use the top layer of the image, as I wanted the color of the t-shirt to become the cat's eyes and nose.

 I also resized the image to make it slightly larger.  I saved my New Project. 


I chose to use the Black with the White printed sheet that comes in the Anna Griffin "Charlotte Sampler" in the Cricut Patterned Iron On™.


I cut a piece of the  Patterned Iron On™ a bit larger than the portion I would need.


Using the Blue Cricut® 12 x 12 LightGrip Adhesive Cutting Mat I placed the cut piece of Patterned Iron On™, shiny side down.  The Cricut® 12 x 12 LightGrip Adhesive Cutting Mats are made to secure lightweight to medium-weight materials with soft-release adhesive for easier removal.

I turned on my Cricut Explore Air™2.  I chose my Saved projects from  Cricut Design Space™ and Selected My Project: the Cat Iron On.  From there I followed the instructions on the screen of my computer.  Easy Peasy!  I had prepared the mat with the material.  I loaded the mat. I Pressed the go button.  The  Cricut Explore Air™2 did the rest.

After I unloaded the mat with the cut image, I found it so easy to peel away the extra Patterned Iron On™, leaving the shiny liner and the cut cat.



Next, I plugged in the Cricut EasyPress™.


  By looking at the chart for using the Cricut EasyPress™and the Cricut EasyPress™ Mat Settings,  I saw I had to set the temperature to 340 Fahrenheit and Pre-heat for 5 seconds.


I lay the cut shaped Patterned Iron On™ shiny side up onto the t-shirt.  When the Cricut EasyPress™ was ready, I applied it to the cut image for  30 seconds.  I then turned the project over and used the Cricut EasyPress™ for 15 seconds.


Patterned Iron On™ requires a Cold Peel for optimal results.  I waited for the t-shirt to cool down completely, and then I removed the shiny layer.




Supplies used:

Cricut® Patterned Iron On™ (Anna Griffin Charlotte Sampler)
Cricut® 12 x 12 LightGrip Adhesive Cutting Mat
Cricut EasyPress
Cricut EasyPress™ Mat
Cricut Explore Air™2

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The New Patterned Iron On™ is a revolutionary product for all crafters.  There are nine sampler products available, now.


Go to Cricut.com to see which one is your favorite. Each pack comes with three sheets measuring 12" x 17".  Use the New Patterned Iron On™ to create custom clothing for yourself, your kids, make a tote bag uniques, decorate your home, and so much more!  You even have the freedom to mix and match to your heart's content!

                                Have Fun and go Iron-On! ( Patterned Iron On™) that is. :)

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Purrfect Glitter Cat with Testors

Make the most brilliant looking home decor piece with a beautiful NEW brush-on formula Glitter Paint by Testors, available in 8 oz.  See, what I made below.



To begin, paint the unfinished wood piece, use  Black.  Let dry. Using the Pink, paint the carved details.


The base is painted in Black first.  Then a layer of Crackle Paint medium is used, followed by a thick coat of Pink.  Let Dry. The crackle effect will happen during the drying time.


Now add that touch of elegance with the Testors Craft Intense Glitter Paint in Silver.

Brush the glitter paint on in an even coat, and let it dry before applying the second coat.
Once the second coat of glitter paint is applied, add a green gem for the eye.  The paint will hold the cat eye in place.


Supplies Used:
Testors Craft Intense Glitter Paint (Silver)  **Available in 3 on-trend metallic finishes)
Testors Craft Acrylic Paint (Petal Pink, Black)
Wood Cat (My stash)
Acrylic Green Gem (My stash)
Crackle Medium (Plaid®)



                                                       

Monday, April 2, 2018

Pretty Paper Flowers with Leisure Arts, Cricut®, and Testors

My love of flowers goes beyond the ones that grow in my gardens during the warmer months.  I even enjoy making flowers by hand out of any material.  Today I have a great Book to tell you about that is all about making Paper Flowers! The book: Paper Flowers    10 Do-It-Yourself blossoms to brighten your world!   by Jennifer Maker, From Leisure Arts®.  Below are some of the projects I was inspired by the book to make.


I was delighted when Leisure Arts® asked me to review this book.  One of the reasons being that there are projects with SVG downloadable files to make paper flowers using the Cricut Maker!  Full disclosure, to complete the arrangement above I used my Cricut Explore Air™2.

paper crafting florals

To make the flowers here is a list of the supplies and tools I used:

Paper Flowers Book by Jennifer Maker (Leisure Arts®)
Cricut Explore Air™2
Cricut® Cardstock
Testors Craft Intense Glitter Paint in Silver



Following the instructions in the Paper Flowers Book by Jennifer Maker (Leisure Arts®), I downloaded the SVG Files onto my computer.  After which I uploaded them into My Uploads in the Cricut Design Space™.  Using the Cricut Explore Air™2 proved to be such a time saver!


I chose several different colors of Cricut® Cardstock to make the smaller (Anemone) flowers and cut all the pieces out.

Once all the pieces were cut I assembled each flower as instructed in the book.  I chose not to include the foliage pieces.


 To add some shimmer to each flower, I painted the centres with the Testors Craft Intense Glitter Paint in Silver.


Finally,  I glued each of the Anemone Paper Flowers onto a trim I had in my stash.


To make the larger bloom (Dahlia) I chose Cricut® Cardstock in shades of pink. Once again I chose to use the SVG downloadable file to cut all the pieces using the Cricut Explore Air™2.
I used another piece of thick cardstock from my stash to cut out a large circle as the base of the Dahlia.  Using a Hot Glue gun I built the Large Flower following the instructions in Paper Flowers Book by Jennifer Maker (Leisure Arts®).



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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Loom Knit Scarf with Alpaca Wool

Loom Knitting is fun and fast!  Check out this scarf I made using a loom.


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Materials and Tools Used:

Oval Loom (Leisure Arts)**
Beginner's Guide Oval Loom Knitting (Leisure Arts)**
Small round flower loom (my stash)
Patons Alpaca Blend Wool in Smoke and Ultraviolet (Yarnspirations)

Basic instructions for using Oval Looms are in the book: Beginner's Guide Oval Loom Knitting from Leisure Arts, and videos at www.Leisure Arts.com.


Also, here is a video showing how I knit on the Oval Loom:

To make the Twisted Garter Scarf with Flowers, I followed the basic instructions in the book Beginner's Guide Oval Loom Knitting** page 36.  I adapted the pattern to suit my needs.
 To begin, I used the Ultraviolet Yarn and wrapped 23 pegs going clockwise.
For Row one, I knit across.
Row 2 Purl.
Row 3 knit with the Smoke Yarn by skipping every other peg.
Row 4 is purled across in Smoke Yarn skipping every other peg.
Repeat Rows 1-5, until scarf is the desired length.
Bind off.

To make flower embellishments I used some other round looms I have in my stash.

To complete the scarf I sewed the flowers onto the project.

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