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Nursery subway art using vinyl and my new Circut Explore Air machine

Nursery Subway Art in Vinyl

My first attempt at subway art using vinyl!

I recently bought a new Cricut machine – the Cricut Explore Air. (They made me an offer I couldn’t refuse…I swear, craft product manufacturers are like the Mafia). I still have my Expression machine, but I will hold on to it for now, because I can only use the Explore Air with an internet connection, whereas with the Expression I don’t need one and can use all my cartridges, etc, right in the machine.

Now what’s the next thing you do when you buy a new machine? That’s right, you have to get the accessories and materials that you can use with it. I had actually been wanting to make some nursery subway art so when I had the opportunity to make a project I jumped on it. I purchased some adhesive-backed vinyl and scouted around the web to get some ideas. I have made subway art before, but this was my first time making it with vinyl.

I knew I wanted to use a floating frame, so that was my first step. I found the one I used for this project at Michael’s, for a very reasonable price (especially if you use a coupon).

Next step was to plan out the design. I used Cricut Design Space (online only) to lay out the letters and elements, using a font and graphic from the Cricut Access files (you pay a monthly or yearly fee to have free use of anything they have in their catalog of thousands of images and fonts).

I loaded the mat with the colored surface facing up, set the machine dial for “vinyl” and hit the “go” button.

Using transfer paper I set the vinyl onto the glass, reassembled the frame, and was done.

Now, a couple of notes here:

  • Make sure that both pieces of glass are spotless before you adhere anything. Make sure your hands are clean and use a  microfiber cloth to clean the glass so you don’t have any little dust pieces hanging around.
  • Place the glass on which you are adhering the vinyl over a piece of grid paper so you can mark the center. You have to peel the vinyl off in one go, and if it’s crooked your goose is cooked. Draw a straight line on the horizontal and vertical lines of your grid paper. Lay the glass down and center it over your grid. It makes it so much easier to center the project.
  • Burnish, burnish, burnish! I can’t stress this enough! You want to make absolutely sure that you have securely sealed the vinyl to the glass before you even attempt to remove the transfer paper. If you lift the paper before you have the vinyl stuck down it will be a nightmare to try to fill in the missing pieces. Trust me, I speak from experience!

Here’s the finished project – monochromatic per the recipient’s preference:

Nursery subway art using vinyl and my new Circut Explore Air machine

Sorry about the glare from the camera flash – it was dark that day. Kind of like in a subway. Okay, ignore that one!

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It’s the Pals Blog Hop for May 2016

It’s that time of the month again…for a Pals Blog Hop

Pals Blog Hop Logo for May 2016


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for May 2016.  We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring projects that are “stepped up” by using textures or fun techniques. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you can see all the projects.

For the longest time I have been wanting to make a Pocket Letter™ (yes, it’s trade marked. I checked.), and because this is my daughter’s first Mother’s Day, I decided to take the plunge. Here’s what I came up with:

Pocket Letter made with Stampin' Up! Timeless Elegance

(Sorry for the shiny spots – but that’s what a flash does to plastic)! Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper has been my favorite of all the designer papers in the Annual Catalog. So I pulled it out once again to use for this project. Making the “letter” is actually very simple. Here’s what you do:

  • get yourself some pocket pages that are 8½” by 11″ and have a total of nine equally sized pockets. You can find them almost anywhere (craft stores, office supply stores, Walmart, etc.).
  • Fill your pockets!

Really, it’s that simple!

Of course, figuring out what to put in them can be a bit of a challenge. In the middle pocket of the first and third rows I made a gift card envelope and stuck in a gift card, which I then put in the pocket.

  • All of the embellishments that you see are on the outside of each pocket – ’cause I figured that even if all the papers fell out there would still be some pretty left behind. 😉
  • I colored the roses of the designer paper with my ink pads and an aqua pen
  • Punches were my go-to! I used the Banner Triple punch, the Bitty Butterfly, Bracket Label, Bow Builder, and the Curvy Corner Trio. Can you tell which ones are which?
  • I stole the black card stock tags from the My Paper Pumpkin wreath kit for April. Hey, they were left over, so why not?
  • My sparkles were the Pearls Basic Jewels (on the roses) and some Metallic Sequins that I sealed in the pockets with washi tape.
  • Stamps used: Circle of Spring, Tag Talk, Timeless Love, Papillon Potpourri, and Cottage Greetings on the envelope.

And the great thing is that you can then fold up the page in thirds and put it in a #10 envelope to mail! Just like that! Here’s my envelope:

Pocket Letter made with Stampin' Up! Timeless Elegance

Don’t wait!

Some of these lovely products are only going to be around for a little bit longer, so get ’em while the getting is good!

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  3. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  4. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  5. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  6. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  7. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore  It’s the circle of life – and you are here!
  8. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com
  11. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  12. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  13. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  14. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  15. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  16. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  17. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  18. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  19. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  20. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  21. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  22. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  23. Nicole Everitt at Stamp Scrap Love
Papertrey Ink Needle Book made with Sewing Staples

Quick Stitch Sewing Staples Kit

So while I’ve been recuperating from cancer surgery I decided to poke around my craft room to see what unfinished projects I had lying around – um, yes, too many to count, I know you know what I mean. But I was looking for something not too taxing that I could do while sitting up in bed, and I came across this Quick Stitch Sewing Staples Kit by Papertrey Ink. The dies can be used with paper and fabric, and in this case I used felt. So I had my minions cut everything out with the Big Shot so I could then sew everything together. The first photo is of the needle book and the scissors holder:

Sewing Staples Kit from Papertrey Ink


These next photos are of the inside of the needle book:

Sewing Staples Kit papetrey inkSewing staples kit papertrey ink


Oh, a reminder – the retired list for Stampin’ Up! will be out on the 21st, and will include stamp sets, designer papers, and accessories, so stay tuned in case you want to pick up any of these going, going, gone items before they really are. I will post a link to the list when it is released. This includes, of course, my favorite In Colors 2013-2015: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, and Strawberry Slush. Anything in the catalog featuring those colors will automatically retire (but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that maybe, just maybe, one or more of these will make it into the regular color palette)!

So that’s what I’ve been up to, what are you doing?

Pals Blog Hop 2015

Pals Blog Hop: Every Day is Earth Day

Pals Blog Hop 2015You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery,  number *2* on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

I decided to take a small binder that I had lying around collecting dust and somehow re-purpose it. I didn’t want to use it for photo storage, so, in poking around the world wide web I came across this idea by Julie Campbell. My photo album is now a Card Binder!

Pals Blog Hop Earth Day


In the spirit of Renew, Reuse and Recycle, I pulled out my favorite paper from last year’s Sale-a-Bration, the gorgeous Sweet Sorbet, and used different patterns to complete the look. Inside I made my own file folder for cards of all sorts, as well as an oversize envelope on the inside cover to hold liners and envelopes.

Pals Blog Hop Earth Day

I printed up my own perpetual calendar pages and then had fun decorating them with the Perpetual Birthday Calendar photopolymer stamp set, which you can purchase here.

Pals Blog Hop Earth Day

I saved the clear photo pages from the original album and I plan on using them to store postage stamps and some fun stickers.  So no more excuses for not remembering birthdays and anniversaries, since everything I need is all in one handy spot!

The next stop is Becky Volpp at inkblossomwithbecky.com,  number *4* on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

Mother Goose Shadow Box

I’ve been working on this project for a while, and even though the main “ingredients,” as it were, are Graphic 45, the “bones” are supported by Stampin’ Up! products. It will be going out to a certain someone as soon as I can get it boxed up and on its way. The Mother Goose pattern reminds me of some of the books I had as a child. I really, really love the vintage designs from Graphic 45.

Front cover:

Inside cover, left:

Inside cover, right:

But you can’t send a gift out without a gift card, so I decided to try a mini card in a box that I saw on YouTube. And when I say “mini,” I mean, it measures only 3 inches by 3 inches!

Yes, there were tweezers involved – not because it was all that difficult but because my hands were too big! I used the Lullaby Designer Series Paper and also made the matching envelope.

I love the little faces from the Itty Bitty Baby stamp set – they are just so precious. Just like the little fella who inspired this project! 🙂

Just a Note Card

I will be so sad when the In Colors from 2013-2015 are retired this year. Those colors, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, and Strawberry Slush, are probably my very favorite set of In Colors in recent memory. Of course, I respond positively to pastel colors, so maybe that’s why. They just make me feel happy! So when I saw this note card on Pinterest I knew I just had to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) it. The design is by Andrea Wolford, who is one of my go-to design faves. She does such beautiful work.

The stamp set I used is one of my absolute favorites, Regarding Dahlias. I just love the versatility of the large blossom stamp. And the stamping here is very simple – after I cut the white square, I set it on a piece of scrap paper and stamped the image in the corner, so it would fill that part of the paper and the rest of the image went on the scrap underneath.



I also made a cute little box to hold all these note card gems! I also changed up the Brown Sugar card below – instead of the black border I embossed the border instead, and I fussy cut a second dahlia image and adhered it over the top of the base image.


Here are the products I used to make these note cards:

We Have a Guest Stamper Today!

Well, I’m back from a rather long hiatus. A person can only take just so much of staying in jammies and drinking nothing but liquids, am I right? But today I wanted to share with you a project that my downline, Linda Droege, made for her new baby grandson. So Linda, welcome as my guest stamper! (Linda also happens to be my sister-in-law, in the spirit of full disclosure. But trust me, no money exchanged hands. LOL).

About three weeks ago my niece and her husband had their first child, a little boy. Here’s a peek at how cute he is:

(Okay, all together, let’s say “Awww!” But then, I’m biased, I know). 🙂   So anyway, Linda decided to make a sampler to hang in Henry’s nursery. Believe it or not, it was her first time using the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig! She used the Zoo Babies stamp set and the Birthday Bash Designer Series paper. I think her color choices are spot on, and I love how she matted and framed her project.

So you can see, as Linda has demonstrated here, that there is more than one way to use your stamp sets besides just making cards. Linda has made something unique and personalized that can be treasured as a keepsake; not just something that both his parents will appreciate, but something Henry himself will always cherish.

So thank you, Linda, for sharing your beautiful sampler and your adorable grandson! Here are some of the items Linda used to make her project:

Fast and Fabulous Ornament Card Idea

So I signed up for an ornament swap a few weeks ago with the some of my online friends, and the idea was to keep the ornament simple, in your own style, and obviously, something that would mail okay without breaking or falling apart. As I mentioned in a previous post, I adore the new Bright and Beautiful stamp set, so I decided to use it as the focal point for my ornament. Well, actually, it IS my ornament! And since it comes inside a card, it becomes an Ornament Card!

I thought it looked pretty – and the ornament is made out of vellum, so wherever you wind up hanging it the light will show through.  The whole process really wasn’t too difficult, just a bit more time-consuming than anything else. I made nine total card and ornament sets, which meant a lot die-cutting, which is what made it a little more involved.

My primary colors are silver and Night of Navy. I started by cutting the Night of Navy card stock into nine 4¼” x 5½” pieces. I then cut my Whisper White card stock into 4″ x 5¼” rectangles and stamped them with the Hardwood background stamp. I cut out the center of the Whisper White pieces with the Stars Framelits. Using my vellum, I cut out nine stars, stamped them with the Bright and Beautiful coordinating stamp in Night of Navy, and heat embossed them.  I needed twenty-seven of the silver star-shaped frames: one for the Whisper White rectangles and two for the embossed stars (one on each side).

Here’s a close-up of the ornament (I added a Basic Rhinestone to the center):

I realized after I was done that the reason the Night of Navy didn’t show up on the vellum was because I was using a thick embossing pad and it diluted the color somewhat. But it’s all good! I just slipped the stars into the card (the Whisper White card stock is attached to the Night of Navy base on the sides and bottom, leaving the top open to insert the ornament), signed them on the back, and they went right into the mail.

Here are the supplies I used:

I’m in love with Bright and Beautiful

I really am in love with this stamp set – it is so versatile, and when combined with the Stars Framelits a crafter’s dream has been born! I mean, who doesn’t want to feel Bright and Beautiful? 😉


I wanted to use a different Textured Impressions embossing folder, one that many of you probably already have, Perfect Polka Dots. And instead of the Blackberry Bliss ribbon, I just used scraps of the Blackberry Bliss paper to make a flag (for the card on the far right) and for the Gate Fold card (you can’t see my little tag in this picture).  I have to admit, though, that I do have a couple of favorites in this bunch:

The card on the left is flat enough to mail in a regular envelope with standard postage, but the one on the right, because it’s 3-D, would probably be better off put in an envelope and just handed to that special someone, or add it to a lovely gift as a tag – you have plenty of room on the inside to put a meaningful greeting. I can’t wait to make some more of these to send and give to my friends and family!

And here are the basic items I used:

Pals November Blog Hop

It’s time for the Pals November Blog Hop!

Welcome to the November Pals Blog Hop, we are thankful you stopped by.  This month we are showcasing projects that show our thanks, including both thank you and Thanksgiving-themed projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings, number 12 on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing projects.

Today I’m going to share with you a quick and easy 3-D project for your Thanksgiving table. Let’s start with some paper. I have cut four pieces of card stock into 6″ x 6″pieces (Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, and Daffodil Delight, as well as some scraps of Whisper White).

Next I’m going to run my colored card stock through the new Gift Box Punch Board and this is what I’ll have:

As you can see, the boxes are now all scored and ready to be assembled like this:

How can you not love how easy these are to make? Okay, next we’re going to grab the Mingle All the Way stamp set and some Old Olive ink, the new Note Tag punch, and some ¾” x 8″ strips of Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper:

After everything is stamped and punched, I wrapped the DSP strips around the outside of the boxes using Fast Fuse to hold them in place. I found some leaves in a bag of ribbon and stuck them on with glue dots. I grabbed a couple of Dimensionals for each tag so they would “pop” on the boxes.

And of course, you can’t put out an empty box in front of people, now can you? And what’s the best thing to fill a little box with? You guessed it, Hershey’s Kisses in fun autumn colors!

So now I’m all ready for my Thanksgiving table. Well, as long as I don’t open up those puppies and eat all the chocolate… 😉

The next stop is Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards, number 14 on the Pals Blog Hop. Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month!

Here is the complete lineup for the Hop this month:

  1. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  2. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  3. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  4. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  5. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  6. Rae Harper-Burnet at WildWestPaperArts.com
  7. Amy L. Lazzell at Just A Thought…Cards by Amy
  8. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  9. September Gray at septembergray.com
  10. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  11. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  12. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  13. Amy Hoptay Craft Carnivore  ⇐ In the most metaphysical sense, you are here…
  14. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  15. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  16. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  17. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  18. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  19. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  20. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  21. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  22. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  23. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  24. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  25. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  26. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  27. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  28. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  29. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  30. Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky
  31. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  32. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  33. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space