Friday, October 29, 2010

Creating the Hive


I just wanted to let you in on a little secret.  I was featured on the main page of the Hive.  Haven't heard of it?  Well click the link and go to my favorite Art and Craft Networking Site.

Crafting Community - burffrau I Love TheHIVE

I've been a member since August and the support there is overwhelming.  There are so many crafters and ideas.  The vast amount of creativity is incredible and the owners are unbelievably helpful.  You can go and get so many ideas and information.  It's not all about crafts, but since that's my passion I usually tend to look at those groups more.  You've got groups for swaps, giveaways, storage ideas, and the list goes on.  Please take a minute to check out the link and join, cuz you know you will want to.  If you choose to join please use the link and I will be credited a new member referral.   I'd really appreciate it. 

As always, have a great day and god bless.

Fabulous Friday Fall

Hi all

I am so thrilled to tell you this project will be featured on Scrappily Ever After.  She had made a call out last week and chose me among others.  Thank you so much Holly.  I hope I don't disappoint you.

For this project you will need a Cricut, SCAL (if you want my cut file leave me a comment with your email addy and I will send it as soon as I can), brown cricut marker, 1 12x12 orangie paper (I used bazzill), 1 12x12 brown paper, 1 12 x12 dark brown paper, 1 6 x 6 light brown paper, a stick (I used one from a tree we had cut down), some raffia, cuttlebug, polka dot cuttlebug folder, glimmer mist (I make my own), acetate, alcohol inks (I used cranberry, silver and lettuce) and an applicator, and a hot glue gun.

I imported the leaves and acorns into my scal by using the trace image feature from some clipart on the web.  I am getting better at this  LOL.  I then cut the leaves out in the orangie paper and drew the innerds with my cricut marker, love how I can do this too. 

I gave them a shot of glimmer mist, just to give it a little sparkle. 

I then cut the leaves again in a brown paper to outline them a bit. The acorns I cut out using dark and light brown paper.

I embossed the top half of the acorn using my cuttlebug and polka dot folder.

I then cut out the letters in FALL out of acetate.  Actually what I used is the packaging plastic.  You know the stuff you can't get into when you purchase something  LOL  It cuts great on my cricut though.  I do use the depth of 6, pressure max and multicut it.  I suppose I could use my deep cut blade.  I use painters tape to tape it to my mat so that it doesn't slide around. 

After I cut them out I alcohol inked them with cranberry, a little bit of silver and lettuce.  I ran out of the felt pads, but you know what, I made it work with cosmetic pads.  LOL  I use them to take my makeup off at night and now I have another purpose for them. 

I tied some raffia to both sides of the stick to create a hanger.  I then tied some more raffia to the leaves and tied that to the stick. 

I also hot glued the acorns to the stick and somewhat to the leaves for some added support.

I attached the letters to the each leaf with my atg gun. 

I know some of the pictures didn't turn out so well, but in all I think this turned out very cute.  If you would like the cut file, please leave a comment with your email addy and I will send it as soon as I can.

Remember if you would like the cut file it is in svg.  Leave a comment with your email addy like this burffrau @ aol dot com and I will get it to you as soon as I can.

As always, have a great day and god bless.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Good afternoon

I made a quick and easy project using a glass block, small christmas lights, some ribbon, vinyl and some leaves.  I cut the word FALL in SCAL using Baroque Script at 3 inches.  I had picked up some fall leaf bushes at the Dollar Tree and I had this nice green ribbon already.

I wish I could take better pictures.  This really does look beautiful in real life, but this is what you get.  LOL

As always, have a great day and god bless.


Good day all -

Just wanted to post a quicky.  I am going to be spending all day in my craft room today.  I've have to get so many things done.  My world is kinda crazy right now.  Starspaperpassion had a 100 follower giveaway last weekend.  I just love the cute cards she makes.  Anyway, I commented on her blog and guess what...I won.  This cart will be so cute for projects for both my son and grandson.  I can't wait to play with it.  Anyway, see what happens when you leave comments...? 

I will try to be back this afternoon with some more posts.  Oh and by the way, I will be a guest designer this friday somewhere.  Stay tuned to see where I am going.

As always, have a great day and god bless.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Vinyl and Pumpkins

Good day all -

I just wanted to quick show you the pumpkins I made for the Casino. I just cut out some characters in vinyl with my cricut. All of them in SCAL. I added a few rhinestones on the big pumpkin for bling. This was such a quick and easy project. I hope you enjoy.

As always, have a great day and god bless.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Koozies

It's me again,

I just wanted to post a quick picture of some koozies I made.  Since October is Breast Canser Awareness month I thought I'd contribute and this is what I came up with.  I had purchased these koozies at Joanne's and initially I was going to vinyl them.  Unfortunately they are made of foam and the vinyl won't stick to them.  I was at a loss until I remembered my I-Rock. 

In SCAL I made a ribbon and put circles where I wanted to add my imaginsces.  I then cut it out with some scrap vinyl and placed it on the koozie.  The vinyl will stick to the koozie, just not permanently.  I then used the pattern to place my imaginsces and off to the races I went.  This didn't take long at all and I think they turned out pretty cool.

As always, have a great day and god bless.

The Witch is In

Hi all -

I know it's been awhile since I've posted something new.  It's not that I haven't been busy, that's for sure.  A couple of weeks ago, it was my birthday.  My daughter, who lives in Colorado, and her husband and my granddaughter came to surprise me for my birthday.  That was the best birthday present a mom could have.  They spent 4 days with us and as a second birthday present, they announced they will be moving back.  Her husband got a job transfer here.  Isn't that just great?  Now I won't be a part-part-time grandma anymore.  My daughter and granddaughter will be coming mid November, just in time for Thanksgiving and my son-in-law will arrive mid December.  I can't wait.  Here is a picture of Miss Bella in our front yard. 

I have also been working on alot of projects for one of the casino's I work for.  I don't know if I will be able to post those pictures.  I have to check with my boss first.  If I can, I will do so in the next few days.  I can tell you I made some really cute pumpkin decals.  You know the little pumpkins?  I just used black vinyl and cut out a flying witch, a tree and some bats.  They turned out really cute.  I also make their advertisements each month and had to make 20 table top tents.  That was a work out.  LOL

So onto my project.  As you know a couple of weeks ago I had made a sign for my girlfriend's kitchen.  I had shown some of my customers what I had made.  We have a sign in one of my casinos that reads:  The Witch is IN/OUT.  She asked me if I could duplicate that sign.  Well of course I can...LOL  So here is the sign I made.
I used the foam core and covered it with black bazzil.  I cut the witch hat out of purple card stock from Kandrew's "A Mice Halloween" and adhered a black and orange ribbon.  I then used my Tombo Mono Liquid Glue and traced around the rim of the hat and added a bit here and there.  I then glittered that.  The spider I cut out of black vinyl.  Pretty cute huh?  I cut the letters in SCAL using Matisse ITC font in orange and black vinyl.  I cut 2 pieces of chipboard,
glued them together and covered that with purple cardstock. 
I also glittered the tag.  I also colored the rhinestones purple
and orange with the Bic Markit permanent markers.  I just
love making my own embellishments to fit the project.  I
attached the tag with a "screw" brad and added purple, black 
and orange ribbon as the hanger.  So, please leave me a
comment and tell me what you think. 

I do have another project coming up and I will be a quest designer for another blog next week.  I will give you more details as the time comes closer.

As always, have a great day and god bless.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Witches Brew Plaque

Good afternoon

Well I promised I was going to make something yet today...with much amazement everything I tried failed.  I finally got a plaque completed.  One of my very good friends love to decorate for Halloween.  In fact, she goes a bit overboard sometimes.  Just kidding (Kim).  Seriously, she has the coolest decorations and I've made her a couple of things in the past.  They just had their kitchen renovated, so I thought I'd make her a plaque for her kitchen.  This file I purchased from Kandrewdesigns and I just love it.  I added the sentiment "served here".  I didn't do nearly as good as job as Kristal does, but I try.  I also used a frog I had done in a previous tutorial.  I just love the way he pops.  Anyway, I hope you like it and leave me a comment, please.

As always, have a great day and god bless.


As most of you know, I am a faithful follower of Kandrewdesigns.  She has got the best files out there by far.  I do follow others and find alot of great inspiration from all of you, however, Kristal somehow manages to lure me in all the time.  Maybe it has something to do with her great giveaways...No, seriously, if you haven't checked her out, you should.  She is a true inspiration to me.  This month she has more blog candy and boy oh boy, lots of chances to win.  Please click on the picture and find out what it's all about.  I know I will be entering.

I am in the midst of putting together a fall project.  Or maybe it's gonna be halloween, I am just not sure yet, but I should have something posted this afternoon, hopefully.

As always, have a great day and god bless.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Waterbottles / Balloon Bouquet

Good day all -

I have just a quick post today.  I am sorry that I didn't post Tuesday...I didn't have a lot of time this week.  I wanted to quickly show you a project I did for my boys.  We all drink alot of water and my youngest takes a waterbottle to school every day.  We've gone through all types of different bottles until now.  They both wanted aluminum bottles and the other day, while shopping at my favorite store...yup, the Dollar Tree I found these cool green aluminum waterbottles.  Can you believe the Dollar Tree had these?  I've seen these at my local department stores for up to $15 and I got them for $1 a piece.  Gotta love that.  Anyway, my oldest son loves the energy drink Monster and his favorite color is green, how fitting.  LOL  My youngest son also likes the color green but he's into the Blue Angels and anything airplane related.  I used SCAL to cut out the M symbol for Monster and a Blue Angels silhouette.  I am so glad I bought SCAL, I love it.  The font was also cut on SCAL from my computer  So this is what I came up with.  They were both very thrilled with their new waterbottles and I was very pleased with the results.

Then to top it all off, I had won something over at AngiesPaperPassion and this is what I won.  Now I also have my own waterbottle too.  Thanks again Angie. 

Isn't that just too cool.  It's got the cricut logo and my name on it. 
 I am trying to find out the font she used.  I love it.

Birthday Bouquet

I was asked to make a Birthday Bouquet for an acquaintence of mine's daughter.  She is turning 7 on Saturday and loves the color yellow.  I used vinyl on the mylar balloon before filling it with helium.  After I filled the latex balloons I also used vinyl and placed the number 7 all over them.  Turned out pretty cool.

I hope you enjoyed today's post and come back next week for another one.

As always, have a great day and god bless.