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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!

Happy Birthday, Susanna!

Today, October 22nd, we are celebrating our Paper Craft Planet leader, Susanna Boyd’s, birthday with a week-long Blog Hop celebration that every member on the Paper Craft Planet can participate in!
Just like last year, the Super Novas got together and each made a special birthday gift for Susanna’s birthday.  In honor of this momentous occasion, we invite everyone to join in the hop and post a birthday greeting!
For Susanna, I made a Finnish Star.  There are some video instructions that I followed here.  It would be fun as a Christmas Tree Ornaments too … Give it a go!
So, join us for Susanna’s birthday party celebration from October 22nd that ends on October 28th.
Hey, if you’d like to play along and give Susanna some birthday wishes, just create a card or a little giftie, post it to your photo gallery with the tag SBOCT22 (exactly as typed).  We’ll create a slideshow on the Planet Blog post that you can refer back to.
Okay for those of you who want the abridged version of the You Tube Tutorial of the Finnish Star, here’s what I did:
6 strips (well actually 12 strips, you need two stars):
Twist, Twist, Twist:
Do it Again …
Place them facing each other:
Trim the edges:
It looks nice either way … Fun.  It reminds me a bit of those s.
Alright … go have some fun & be sure to wish Susanna a Happy Birthday!

Carrousel Mobile

This week’s Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, #85, is the lovely musical State Fair.  I adore musicals.  I think it started when I saw those classics on TV as a kid (Wizard of Oz, South Pacific, Grease … ).

It was a lazy, rainy day here, and I was looking at the movie on You Tube & thinking of fun summer Fairs & I thought I’d make a Mobile:

Not too fancy.  I looked online at many different well balanced mobiles & the math behind it, but then I cheated & just went with easy.

The top of the carrousel is a circle cut out of American Crafts HEAVY Glittered CS.

Cut into a “pac man” shape. :D

And then pull the circle in & adhere so it becomes kind of a cone shape.

Then some scalloped punch action.

Adhered with tape.

I could have left it there, but being that it was a mobile & you would see the ugly under side of that, I cut out two more circles.  The larger of which, I cut some darts/fringes.  The smaller circle was the one I used to hang the ribbon on, so it was just easier for me if I did that separately.

Some seldomly used, but loved Sizzix Die Cuts.  I love these old things, they can cut through fabric, heavy CS … no problem.

My CS, was 1 sided glitter, so I flipped the paper & cut it twice, in order to tape the two haves together & have a place to hide the ribbon coming down.

My youngest was watching me pain-stakingly cut little triangles … “MUM, why not use the star punch, it has triangles on it”.  BRILLIANT CHILD OF MINE.  Simple is best, wtg Liam, you just saved me a bunch of tediousness.

The “chain” was from the Dollarstore, I think it was meant for making jewelry.  I tied a knot in it so that it stayed in place.  The knot is hidden anyway.

Origami Purse Video

Well, here’s my first “go” at a video tutorial.  I was playing around with this idea from last year’s Origami Mommy blog entry and loved how it turned out.  Here is my take on her purse-basket.  I am thankful to say that I didn’t knock over the video camera that I had perched over top of me, despite being distracted by my youngest & also our 10 month old 50 pound puppy, Sparkle.  Hope you have fun with this “long video” & it inspires you to give it a go!


Time for a fun challenge from Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge.  This week, #73, is Sense & Sensibility.  I actually saw made for TV British Version one this week, that I found on You Tube, that is pretty true to the book.  Anyways, one of the things i think of when I think of Jane Austen is Silhouettes.  So that was my take on the movie/book.

I took a photo of my oldest here … nice goofin’ around for the camera, but I did manage to take one without the ‘Einstein pose’ as well, but just because I wanted to show you what I deal with on a daily basis with 3 goofy children, here my Emma-Sian …

and then I used a FANTABULOUS Video tutorial from Carina Gardner on making Silhouettes … CHECK Carina’s tutorial out HERE!  to make this:

and made this …

Thanks for the fun, ladies!

Pencil Case Box

Today is Tuesday & that’s means Paper Craft Planet has it’s weekly 3d Challenge!  This week’s challenge, 3d47 is from Lori for a Pencil Case Box.  Super Cute Gift Box idea!

Here’s my go at it:

The paper is Apricot Appeal Textured CS (Stampin Up), & K & company Ancestry Mat Designer Mat Pad.  The Stamp Set is from Sunshine Designs.  Ink: Versamark Ink with Really Rust Embossing Powder & Really Rust Marker used with colourless CO Copic Blender.  Ric Rac & Hemp String.  Dimensionals & Coluzzle Circle Cutter.

Here’s the rough dimensions I used to make the slider box:

That’s it.  Give it a go yourself & don’t forget to upload it to the Paper Craft Planet Gallery, 3d47.

Silly Mood

I can’t tell you how much fun I had giggling over this week’s Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, #62, Night at the Museum.  Honestly, unless you’ve seen the movie, you just won’t get the card.  Actually, maybe if you’ve seen the movie, you may still not get the card.  Here’s my Miniature Easter Island Head, “Dum-Dum-wants gum gum” Valentines Card.  I know, I know, I can hear the groans from here.

I took a lesson from 7 Hunters on using photoshop & Illustrator to make a “cut out” type picture & that’s how Easter Island Head was made.

Okay, here are a few more Valentine cards that I made, just because.

and this one …

which pivots open …

I cut this using my Cricut Cutter :) on Kraft & Manchester Stampin Up DSP, attached with a brad.

Bow for Liam


Paper Craft Planet’s 12 Days Contest is on & today is Day 5, where Kim Burmeister  has an awesome tutorial for these cute little bows.  I’ve wanted to make these paper bows before, but when I saw how quick & easy it was I thought let’s give it a go.  Tomorrow we’re celebrating Liam’s 4th Birthday with family & although we haven’t wrapped his pressie yet, this cute little bow will adorn the top.


Be sure to check out Kim’s Video:

Be sure to play for your chance to win at Paper Craft Planet!

Oh yes, Liam’s pressie may not be wrapped, but Dinosaur Hill is ready.  Cookies:  Sugar.  Cake:  Mum’s Light & Fluffy Chocolate, with her Fudge Icing recipe.  Diabetics beware, even standing close to the cake is dangerous.



Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #39 is the AWESOME movie, “To Kill a Mockingbird”.  I think we studied it in high school too, but that’s a bit of a blur.

Okay, I really adored Scout from this movie.  I’m not sure why, but she really stood out, which is tremendous for this little girl, cast opposite the incredible Gregory Peck.  Anyhoo, that’s where I started at for inspiration for my card.  Here she is in one of her gingham shirts & overalls.  Sweetie.

I’ve done step cards before, but this is a Side Step Card.  I first saw it over here at CraftDoc, with a wonderful tutorial on this funky style of card.  I had a houndstooth patterned paper, not gingham, but there ya go.  Oh yes, & I only had a handful of different stick kids, so yes, they are carefully repeated.

It folds up quite nicely & I think it would mail well.

And to give you an idea of the mountain & valley folds, here’s a side view:

Be sure to check out craft doc’s detailed tutorial, but here are the basic numbers:

Used:  White CS, Holiday Treasure DSP, All God’s Children Stamp Set (SU retired), Versafine Black Onyx Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Copic Markers, Stampin Up Basic Grey Marker, All Night Media Sign Post Stamp, Raffia, Buttons from my stash.

Mugshot Messages

Paper Craft Planet’s Weekly Colour Challenge, #22, (tag: PCPcolor22).  Black, White & as many greens as you want.  Okay!  Here’s the inspirational photo from Millie Dawson-Hardy’s UK adventure last week.

Only another couple weeks left of school in Ottawa & I’ve got to get crackin’ on gifts for the teachers.  I LOVED the Teacher Appreciation creation of Susanna Boyd “mugshot” message style, and I seem to be on a Starbook kick lately.  With that in mind, here’s what I have for the challenge.  

There are many great tutorials on Starbooks like this one by Sheila Weaver, using a pop-out style.  With her tutorial in mind, I made my star book with circle pop outs, rather than rectangle.  

Sheila’s tutorial is great, so below is just how I put on the circle pop outs. So start with the 5 Card Stocks of 5″x8″ CS’s folded every 2 inches, so at 2″,4″,6″. Then along the middle fold, place a 1 1/4″ circle punch out for a guideline and cut for even slits.

I found the easiest way for me to cut even slits is by using a Coluzzle.  You can line it up along the fold & make 4 slits:

and then you punch out the circle

Now go grab a separate piece of CS & stamp whatever design or sentiment you want (I don’t know why I didn’t use my Cercle d’amitié, sorry Madame) & put slits in that too.  I used another bigger punch here, the 1 3/4″, as a guideline to where the slits needed to be.  Punch out the circle & fold in half. 

Then carefully align the slits in the CS.  It’s a bit figity.  

Okay do that with all of the 5 CS & you have this:

Okay, so you’ll need backings to all of these pop outs.  Those are 5 of 5×8″, each folded in half & adhered to these ones.  Just put on a bit of sticky tape, about an inch in from the sides.

Stick 1 side & then just fold the other side over & it should line up just fine:

and now you have the 5 points, all with backs on them:

Okay stick those together, & it forms a kinda book, the star book.  :)  

Add your cover & decorate with pictures (Once again, I used the Teacher Appreciation creation of Susanna Boyd “mugshot” message style, ’cause it’s so darn cute & this is going to Malcolm’s teacher.)  Anyways, each page has a little message.  Merci, Mme!

Used:  White CS, Always Artichoke DSP, Basic Black CS, PP from Dollar store, Circle Punches, Coluzzle, Circle of Friendship Stamp Set, Versa fine Ink.