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Monday Tutorial: Hot Fix Swarovski Rhinestones

Here’s a Monday Tutorial for Paper Craft Planet & it’s “Hot Fix Swarovski Rhinestones”.

If you had asked me 4 months ago what a Swarovski Crystal was I would have turned to Google for the answer.  With my daughter in competitive dance; however, I have had a crash course.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, think of Ice Skating Costumes & how they twinkle.

Now I can’t show you any of DD’s costumes … yet … but here’s something we will make, it’s a little Swarovski Bracelet.  After you learn the technique & see how it is brighter than any other Rhinestines you will be hooked!

I have a bunch of different sizes that I store in mason jars.

You can buy smaller packs of 22 from Michaels (regular $6, I think, but there are  coupons).  I bought mine at a high end fabric store that caters to the bling. 100 (of the ‘20 size’) for $19, on sale for $17.

Once you plug it in, please, please, please, be careful with this.  It gets hot, really, hot.  Hot enough to melt glue through a stone.

There is no messy glue.  It comes pre-glued & that’s why you need the heat tool.

I keep a pin handy for keeping the stone in place.  I have changed my mind of where I wanted to place a crystal & I just reheat the glue with the tool & move it.  No problems.

I though about putting these on a chiffon scarf for a watch wrap, but then I thought I’d use this old belt, that I cut down to fit my wrist.

Figure out your pattern.  If you draw something with illustrator using the path tool & brushes you can have a map of dots draw out, that you can then punch out.  If you are filling it in as much as you can, it’s pretty straight forward.

Now just have some fun, almost a meditative process.

And Bob’s Your Uncle … from boring to Bling.

I am wearing this with a lovely pair of yoga pants right now … :D

Here’s the “back”, I kept simple.

Hope you have fun with this!

Custom Vase

Okay this week’s 3D Tuesday Challenge at Paper Craft Planet, is well, so simple, it’s ridiculous.  3D 203, lovely latex, is a balloon vase.

I found Curbly via Pinterest and the tutorial is straight forward & a must try.  The tutorial shown on Curbly is originally from Camilla Fabbri of Family Chic.  Holy detective work, Batman!

Alright, supplies … a balloon and a glass.  I used one of those old Bodum cups.

Cut a little off the top (at the mouth part) and then just slide over the cup.

The top will fall in on itself.  Leaving room for the stem of a flower.

Decorate, if you like, & there you go.  What ever colour to match your decor.  Seriously, less than a minute to make.  Ahhhhh.  These would be great for an anniversary dinner, parties, whatever.  Love ‘em.

Little LolliPot

Isn’t this cute?  It’s the new template from Creations By AR.

Now, my computer that is hooked up to my cutting machine blew up this week.  I wasn’t happy.  Now What??  Well, I went old school, using Adela’s simple & sweet templates, I made this in less than 15 minutes with scissors.

Lolli-Pop and  It’s Bow Easy are the templates I’m showing you today.

Be sure to check out the other DT’s take on this little LolliPot.







Not sure what the other girls have in their treat box, but … under my bow there’s …

… something different that a lollipop.

omm nomm nomm … Baileys chocolate truffles.

Be sure to check out Adela’s templates!

Sneak Peak Blog Hop Tomorrow!

Don’t miss it!  The Blog Hop starts tomorrow!

What’s going on?

NEW Valentine’s Day Templates at Creations by AR! with a Blog Hop & Template Giveaway with LOTS of chances to WIN!

When does it start?

Monday, January 24, 6:00 am (Pacific Time), 09:00 A.M (Eastern Standard Time).
Common back here tomorrow & join in on the fun.

Matchbox Twist

This week’s 3D Challenge over at Paper Craft Planet, 3D59,  is from Adela with a Twist on the Matchbox.  I used a template from Ruthannzaroff Mirkwood Designs for the inside matchboxes.  Check out the fun interpretations of matchboxes here in Paper Craft Planet’s 3d59 Gallery.

The only difference I did to the template was to angle the edges of the tab, because I found that it folded over more cleanly that way.

Throw on some super sticky tape.

Now for the outside I used the K & Company Que Sera Sera Mat Pack again.



Fold over around the two Matchboxes that have been sticky-taped together.

Trim it down a bit.

Cut down

For a different twist for edging, I used Tim Holtz Grunge Board.

… coloured with Color Box Ink.

I cut a slit in the back for the ribbon to run through.

and Bob’s Yur Uncle.

Hmmm maybe to hold earrings?  Something small.  Liam is suggesting a Hot Wheels car.  LOL Serves me right for asking him.

That’s all.

Oh here’s the back …

pop UP

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, #74, this week is UP!  I believe this was the first 3D movie we took all 3 of the kids.  Liam is pretty young, so I wasn’t sure how he was going to react with the bad glasses & things coming at ya, but he did well & loved “Doug” & the idea that you could get a house to fly if you attached enough Helium balloons.

We have some boy birthday parties coming up so I think this will go to Edward or Nathan probably.  Fairly plain on the outside:

I haven’t messed around with Pop Up cards in years, but thought this would be a good excuse to go at them again, since it reminded me of Liam’s first experience with 3D.

It’s a pretty simple Pop Up.  If you goole Pop Up you’ll find amazing and intricate examples from people like Robert Sabuda, PubliQue Living and Kirigami … love that stuff.  I think I want to try Robert’s Birthday Cake Pop Up next.  Here’s my simple Pop Up:

This little Stampin Up Stamp Set, All God’s Children, reminded me of Russell & Doug.

The b/ground sky blue is a felt/velour paper that I bought at Heathers Stamping Haven.  The little balloons is from a Small Marvy Uchida Punch I’ve had for years.  I have a thing for punches, since I am challenged with scissors.  A little white gel pen & upholstery thread for depth & bob’s yur uncle:

Pop Up cards can be very simple to make, just cutting straight lines, fun fractal example here, & scoring so that the folds are straight.  Then just stick on some details.

Of course, if you get side tracked by some incredible origami folks & their work like this dinosaur Pterodactyl. (Pattern) You might, like me try to make Kevin & then realize that it’s not working & abandon it, but if anyone wants to give it a go, I’d love to see it.  Here was my abandoned attempt.  I couldn’t get him to fold down, without a hugely bulky card.  I think it was Kevin’s googley eyes.

Fabric of Life

Time for a Fabric Challenge From Embellish Magazine.

Here’s my fabric card.  I have since switched the positioning of the buttons at the bottom, because my youngest said “THE PATTERN DOESN’T MATCH, MUM”  Honestly, I guess in JK class they were learning about patterns, & he is really stuck on the order of things lately.  It’s not worth arguing over, I’ll switch it.

The fabric is just some inexpensive cream muslin that I had kicking around.  I used my old Sizzix Balloon Die cut & brayered it with SU! Wild Wasabi Ink, Pacific Blue Ink, & Ridinghood Red Ink.  The Sentiment is from Cornish Heritage Farms “The Rummage Bin, Sew Special” Stamp Set.  CS: SU Kraft, Ink:  Versamark & Red Marker, Clear Embossing Powder.

tied on …

Matryoshka, from all of us


So I’m lovin’ the template I found at Zakkalife for this Matryoshka Russian Nesting Dolls.

How cute is this?  We occasionally have gifts for the the whole family from others … can you see this as a “Thank You, from All of Us”.  I mean really.  Love the idea.


The faces are actually a Hero Arts Clear Stamp Set, Martha Stewart Lace Punch, Really Rust Ink, Timber Brown Stazon Ink, SU Circle Punches, Brown Ribbon from Walmart, PP from Michaels, dimensionals.

It works, finally.


It’s installed!  SCAL, Sure Cuts a Lot!  Oh, I had a hard time with it.  In the long run, (my DH technical advisor), said, it’ll work with our old PC, but not on our MAC.  Even with the firmware installed, it just hangs.

Ever since I saw SCAL demo’d here by Kristina Werner, with her “Merry Christmas” SVG file, I wanted to give it a go.  It’s not identical, but as close as I could get using the Fonts that I own.

I drew it up in Illustrator, using her tutorial on Merged Letters and then imported the SVG file to Sure Cuts a Lot.  My Cricut is the little one.  Anything I make has to be at max 6×12, & not too detailed, but I think I’m going to have fun with this!


Used:  DCWV Christmas Stack PP, Illustrator, Sure Cuts A Lot Software, Cricut Machine, Wendy Type Font, Zapf DingBats Font, Two Peas Old Type Font, Baskerville (astrick) Symbol (ribbon), Buttons & Embroidery Floss. Recollections Decorative Border (pink felt zig zag)

Celebrate with CAKE!


Well, I’m not kidding you when I say it’s been a crazy week, with some craziness on the schedule for the foreseeable future. DH is travelling a bunch. I’m not complaining, in these nutty times, he has a job that provides for our family, but I miss my second engine in the evening. Sick kids on & off, but not too sick, thank goodness.

Oh yes, oh yes, happy news for me & a bit of a shocker still–I am part of the Design Team over at Paper Craft Planet.  I adore that sight, the crafters are AWESOME & all really sweet & as I’m getting to know them more, they are a HOOT!  Love IT!

I thought I would celebrate my fun PCPlanet news with one of my favourite Challenges out there!  Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge.  This week’s challenge, #58, is the Audrey Hepburn/Gregory Peck classic princess movie, Roman Holiday.


I found the template for the Cake Box from Ruthannzaroff.  I used 2 pieces of 12×12 Patterned Paper from Robin’s Nest Scrapbooking (Cream Paisley, I believe).  I was able to cut 8 cake pieces using that template.


Glossy Stock White Paper was run through the Cuttlebug with Scalloped Nestabilties.


The Filigree Stamp set is from Anna Griffin & the circular stamp is from SU! (retired) Papa’s Pocket.


Each piece would be a fun little party favour.  Kinda’ looks “showery/weddingy/princess-tea-party-ish”.  DH thought it kinda looked like a hunk of fancy cheese.  <insert head shake/eye roll here>  Anyways, think of the fun you could have, change the embossing powder or make it a chocolate cake, or a layered cake by printing off the template in various sizes!!   Honestly, it really is not fidgety to make.  If you like me you can try to pick at it for 10 minutes when ever you have a chance.


Okay, enough fun, onto reality of dishes, puppies, kids, oh I forgot Liam’s good pants have to be hemmed for tomorrow … hmmm maybe two sided tape would do until I had a chance to sew them properly …