Mar 14, 2014

Monster High Party Stuff

Monster High is the Theme for my daughter's birthday party this year and I have been going crazy trying to find decorations for her party for months now. The stores don't really have a lots to choose from and nothing she liked. So yesterday I decided to see what I could come up with. I hooked up the Cameo and the software and started to play. I think I got my creativity back that has been missing for a bit. I spent the day creating and gluing...
I made party favors, cupcake toppers and some hanging lanterns for decorating.
I was laughing with my sister, I am making halloweeen items in March. haha....
Today I have to work on the center pieces and I have a good idea of what I am going to do. Cameo is all set up and the paper is all picked out now. Now just waiting for youngest daughter to head to school, so I can focus on what I want to do.
Here is what I did yesterday.
I made 24 cupcake toppers

2 lanterns

8 Thank you Gift Favor Boxes
(and yes their are coffins lol)

The MH are printed on the shape then cut out. It was my first time trying that out and I am so happy with how it turned out. I had so much fun making all of these yesterday and so thankful that I am finally using my cameo and learning new things with it.
I normally only used the cameo to do my vinyl projects but now I see that I will be using it more often. The features that are endless with the software and the machine are wonderful.
Today I will be using the Cameo again for the center pieces.
My daughter is very happy with what I came up with for her party and she loves it all.
I am also thinking today I will make my decals for my cameo which I haven't done yet.
I hope you all enjoyed my projects and come back often to see more of what I have to share.
Also remember I am hosting a Altered Matchbox swap and if you would like to participate send me an email at
Match box swap in the subject line...
Happy Crafting Everyone!
Have a Wonderful Day!

Mar 12, 2014

Swap: Mother's Day Altered Match Box and Mini Album

Happy Wednesday Everyone!
I will be hosting a Altered Matchbox and Mini Album Swap.
If you would like to participate please email me at
You will altered a kitchen size matchbox ( you can purchase them at walmart, dollar tree and etc ) or you can make you own matchbox in the size of the kitchen one. There are a few tutorials on youtube showing how to make them.
Mother Day Theme
You will decorate the box and etc and make a matching mini album that could go inside the draw of the matchbox.
Sign ups are from March 12, 2014 to March 31st.
All projects are to be completed and mailed by April 30th.
Once you receive your package, I will either like you to take pictures or a video and post to your blog and email your partner that you received your package.

Here is a link to a youtube video to make you own Matchbox

Information that you will send to me when signing up: (In subject line put Altered Matchbox Swap)
Blog address
email address
What are your favorite colors and style
Shabby, vintage and etc.
After I receive all sign ups, I will email you your partner information by April 2nd.
Come and join us for a fun filled and exciting swap.
Have a great day and happy Crafting!

Mar 10, 2014

Weekend Vacation

It is Monday!!!!
What a great weekend my husband and I had. We went to Vermont to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary. When we had started dating we had gone up North for one of our visit trips and we thought it would be wonderful to do that for our Anniversary. It was a great weekend.
We stayed in Vermont and we took a day trip to Massachusetts and New Hampshire. We stopped off at Kringle's Candles and it is a wonderful place to stop and look around. I enjoyed our visit there and the people were so welcoming... I can't wait to go back there again this spring with the girls.

Their candles are wonderful. The scents are nice and they burn so even and clean.
I love that there is no dyes in their candles.
I did not buy a lot of candles but enough to last until my next trip there, plus you can order online too.
The we stopped over at the Kringle's Santa Toy Shop and the wonderful displays were just amazing.

 It was a wonderful visit to the shop.
Their restaurant is beautiful too... the outdoor dinning even has a fireplace and it was so cozy.

Then on our way home we took a trip to the Maple House "Sugarbush Farm" it was another great place to go. We got to taste some different cheeses and Syrups too.
The scenery was beautiful and it was so relaxing.

But I am glad to be home and now it is time to get back to crafting. I did miss being in my craft studio all weekend, but it was a well needed mini vacation for my husband and I. We truly enjoyed it and can't wait to go back with our daughters.
Well now it is time for me to head to the craft studio and get some roses made and also work on my daughters birthday party stuff. Her 10th party is Saturday and I have so much to get made for it. So I am off to craft.
Have a wonderful day and Happy Creating! 

Mar 5, 2014

Vintage Altered Paper Mach Box with album

Hello Everyone!
Hope everyone is staying warm. I know it has been crazy lately with the weather... We dodge a couple of storms this past week here and I am so happy for that, we were running out of places to pile the snow at from the last huge storms we got.
I am happy I have gotten some great crafting stuff over the past couple of weeks and got to play with some of it the last couple of days. I decided to give a Altered Box a try and I am so happy with the way it turned out. I also gave flowers a try again. I do have to say I think I have them down now and love playing with different ways of doing them.
I will be trying more altered projects in the near future, I bought some more boxes and a frame that I would like to altered to go with our living d├ęcor. Hubby loves the boxes and he is going to start making me my own boxes for crafting.
Here is my Altered Box with a Micro Mini Album

Box measures approx. 4 1/2" W  x 3 1/2" D x 2 1/4" H without the legs/feet on it. I covered it with some cardstock that I had gotten at Michael's on clearance during the summer, thought this was a nice vintage style and I just love the papers.
I painted the box first with Black Acrylic Paint so the edges would have that finished look. I think trimmed the paper to approx. 1/8" smaller that the top and side to cover them. I even covered the bottom of the box and the inside of the lid too, but not the bottom part of the box.
I then added the crochet lace around the side of the lid and added some pearls to the finish of the trim.
Flowers are made from  EK punch (small)  and Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers Die. I finished the edges of the off white roses with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I cut some star leaves out on the cricut using Mother's Day Bouquet.
The Charm is from a pack that I got at Michael's a long time ago and can't remember what brand it is.
I had a crystal spray that I also got at Michael's recollection and cut parts off of it to add some more embellishments to the flowers.
I made the stick pin and added that to the back side and love how it turned out and that is one of the first ones I have made also.
I painted the feet and used E6000 to attach them to the bottom of the box.

Next is the Micro Mini Album
I knew I needed something for the inside of the box but I did not want to decorate the inside. I wanted something that I could add some memories and thought how cute it would be to have a mini album inside the box or maybe even two.
I found on youtube a great tutorial on this micro mini album. ( as soon as I find it again, I will post the link to it)
I altered it a bit for my making and love how it turned out.
Album Measures approx. 2 1/4" x 2 1/2" and it has 6 pages with pockets on the top with tags.

I could not sleep last night so I went to the craft studio and made this micro album in about an hour. I love how it turned out and I really enjoyed having some quiet time while everyone in the house slept.
I hope you all enjoyed my project. Tomorrow I will be make a video of this project and uploading it to my Youtube channel.
Well time for me to head to bed and try to sleep tonight... have a great night everyone and happy Crafting!


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