Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Shrink-a-dink Jewelry Tutorial

Most of you have seen my project
for this month's Dotty Diva's Prompt!

I mentioned I used shrink-a-dinks
and here is the tutorial.

Collect your Supplies.
I used a Crop-a-dile, Staz On, Cuttle Bug
with Butterfly die and embossing folders,
Shrink-a-dinks, Jewelry Jump rings, beads,
clasps and used a conventional oven.
(Not all items are pictured.)

Cut out your shapes.
I cut out 6 butterflies.
5 for the bracelet and 1 for the necklace.
I have tiny wrists so if you'd like
a larger bracelet cut out a few more.

Emboss all butterflies.

Rub Staz On over the Top to
make the embossing stand out.

Punch 3/16" hole on each wing.
Remember these shrink so though the
hole may look large it won't be after
it's been in the oven to shrink.

Lay the Butterflies on a flat baking sheet.
Follow Shrink-a-Dinks directions
for the oven temp and time.

Butterflies are done shrinking.

Use jump rings to link
butterflies to create a bracelet.

Add small beads for interest.

Tada! Cute new jewelry and even a simple
way to make embellishments for a project.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sketch Inspiration & Juju Bee's!

Trisha a fellow Juju Bee's DT Bee just
recently created her own Sketch site!

Sketch Inspiration is awesome!
Every Sunday Trisha posts a
new Sketch and a new prize.
This week the prize is sponsored by Juju Bee's!
Here is this week's sketch:

And Trisha has asked the Juju Bee's
DT to create LOs using the sketch.
Here is my LO using the December Kit.

Trisha is a very talented woman and her
sketches are beautiful and inspirational!
I hope you get a chance to
take a look at her fabulous site!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bowling & More!

So far my year has been full of family activites.
I haven't been to see my mom's side
of the family in years and recently
we've started to travel to Texas.
The trips weren't started as a pleasure,
but they are a blessing in so many ways.
To able to be with family and spend time
with them is very important to me and I
cherish these moments good and bad.

So in my most recent trip to TX my honey
was able to tag along for a few days.
We got to spend Saturday with my cousins Jenny,
her son Kristian, and her boyfriend Carlos.

We spent the most of the day with
Kristian visiting the Border Patrol
Museum and later on the Science Museum.
The Boys (Justin & Kristian) were really having fun!
I learned alot about the Border Patrol
and even more greatful they are defending
our borders, they have alot to protect,
but the job will never be over.

For lunch we met with Jenny at the
Incrediable Pizza Company!
It's like a pumped up Peter Piper
with go karts, bowling, an arcade
and a buffet of yummy pizza.

Later on in the evening we got together with
Jenny, Carlos and Kris to go bowling.
Carlos won the first round and allowed
his ego to get too large :).
He was so busy bragging he
lost the second round to me :).
I hate to bowl and am usually not very good,
but that evening I was doing really well.
You'll see the scores below and my score is
under "Titi" my nick name my family calls me.

Just alittle look into what I've been up to.

Dotty Diva's Challenge #6

This months Dotty Diva's
Advert is one of my favs!
It's Butterflies Galore.

Here's my take on the advert:

Make sure to check what the other
Dotty Diva's came up with here.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Craftastic Challenge #10 *RAK* 1/16-2/15

Are you ready for challenges?

Here's the details:

Below you'll find 4 challenges.
2 LO Challenges, 1 Card Challenge and 1 Altered Item Challenge.
You are not being asked to do all challenges, though.

For each Challenge you submit to me your name will be
entered into a "raffle" for the monthly RAK.
So if you do one challenge you will be entered once, do 4
then you'll be entered 4 times.
This is just a way to Challenge you and give you the chance
to try new techniques.
If you have suggestions on RAKs or Challenges let me know
and I'll be more than happy to try to incorporate them.

Layout Sketch
For this one just follow the sketch and make it your own at the same time.
This is brought to you by Page Maps :).

Layout Shopping List
Use at least 3 of the following items in a LO.
~Covered Chipboard
~7+ Buttons
~Pattern Paper Background
~2+ Brads
~Ric Rac Ribbon
~Light Blue
~White Ink or Paint
~2+ Photos
~Black & White Photo(s)

(If you combine LO Challenges 1 & 2 your name will be entered an extra time, so instead of 2 chance to win the RAK it'll be 3.)

Card Sketch
Follow the sketch and make it your own at the same time.
This is brought to you by Page Maps :).

Outta the Box
Christmas is over and the bills are filling in.
So your challenge this month is to take
something you find in your home, while
thrifting or garage sale shopping and turn
it into something new or make it beautiful.

Here's an example, I found this mirror
while thrifting for only a few dollars.
I decorated it with flowers and little
crystals and it now sits proudly in my home.

Submitting your work is easy,
either post a comment here with the
link or email me a photo @
Just make sure to put in the Subject Line
"Craftastic Challenge #10"
and the Title(s) of your project(s).
Challenge ends February 15, 2010.

Now for goodies!!
LO Kit with goodies from K&Company,
Maya Road, 7 gypsies & more!

Would you like an extra chance or chances to win?
This round if you invite your friends let them
know to mention your name when they enter their project.
For every five friends that you have mention your
name not only do you get an 5 extra chances
to win but I'll throw in one more!!
How Awesome is that?

As always if we have more than 10
participants a second RAK will be given!!

Have fun ladies and I can't
wait to see what you create!!

Craftastic Challenge #9 *Winner*

Wow we had amazing entries
for this challenge.
But it's time to pick one
lucky lady to get the RAK!

Drum Roll....please!

Our Lucky Lady is:
Here is here beautiful LO!
Beachy by Shawna

Congrats Shawna!

Thank you Ladies for playing along
in Craftasticlife Challenge #9.

Here are the other beautiful
entries for this challenge:

Layout Sketch
Beachy by Shawna
Play-Doh by Jessica
Mom's Garden Pond by Karen
OMJ by Tammy

Layout Shopping List
Beachy by Shawna
Play-Doh by Jessica
Mom's Garden Pond by Karen
Camping By Jessica
OMJ by Tammy

Card Sketch
Merry Christmas by Cheryl
Just Because by Karen
Happy Birthday by Tammy

Outta the Box
Frame by Rissa
It's a girl by Karen

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Almost time to Organize!!

Starting the first week of February
or Monday, February 1st to be exact,
I'll be hosting a challenge on
Juju Bee's to inspire you to tidy
and organize your scrap space!
I will also be posting the challenges
here on Craftastic Life.

Each week On Monday I'll post a new
challenge ranging from ribbon to 12x12
paper to even buttons!

With each challenge I hope to show you
new ways of organizing your stash as
well as hope that you will show us
all new and thrifty ideas!

You will be asked to take a before and after
photo of challenge area each week and post it
on the challenge thread for the week.
You will have until the following Monday to
complete the challenge. For each challenge
you particapte in you will be entered into a
drawing for a Prize. Keep up as much as you can,
but the goal is just to get your space organized.

All final details will be posted
soon here and on Juju Bee's!

Are you ready for the Challenge?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Juju Bee's January Kit Full Reveal

It's the New Year and a new Month for
Bee-utiful Juju Bee's Kits!

You will love this month's kit.

Featured paper is by Pink Paislee Amber Road.



1 – Pink Paislee Amber Road Fall Festival (Die-Cut)
2 - Pink Paislee Amber Road Postcards
2 - Pink Paislee Amber Road Bonfire
2 - Pink Paislee Amber Road Apple Cider
1 - Pink Paislee Amber Road Harvest Hayride
1 - Pink Paislee Amber Road Autumn Blossom
1 – Pink Paislee Fascinating Spectacular
1 – Basic Grey Pattern Paper Granola
1 – BoBunny Double Dot Cardstock Paprika
1 – American Crafts Cardstock Black
1 – American Crafts Cardstock Stone

1 – Package of AC Fabric Thickers Patchwork Black
1 – Package of Prima Flowers Alabaster (6 pieces)
1 – Package of Prima SIIP Mixed Crystal Black/Red
1 – Package of Basic Grey Designer Half Pearls
1 – Package of Maya Roads Vintage Pearl Pins (30 pieces)
1 – Package of Pink Paislee Captivating Petals
1 – Package of BoBunny Chipboard Swirls & Brackets Wild Berry
1 – Yard of May Arts Crochet Lace Ivory
1 – Yard of May Arts Ric-Rac Black
1 – Yard of May Arts Ringlets Burgundy
2 – Yards of May Arts String Burlap
10 – Prima Leaves Ivory
1 – Exclusive Sketch by Trisha (will email to you)

You can purchase the January Kit here
for a one time price of $35.95.

Or you can or can become a 6 month subscription
member and get the kit for $32.95.

Price does include Shipping.

I totally recommend becoming a member the kit's
are jam packed with goodies and always beautiful!

Juju Bee's December Kit Full Reveal!

Yay the December Kit is here!
The style of the kit is so Classy.

Featured paper is from Pink Paislee's Mistletoe Collection.CONTENTS

1 – Pink Paislee Mistletoe & Co Reindeer Games (Die-Cut)
1 – Pink Paislee Mistletoe & Co Postcards
2 - Pink Paislee Mistletoe & Co Joyeux Noel
2 - Pink Paislee Mistletoe & Co Naughty or Nice
1 - Pink Paislee Mistletoe & Co North Pole
1 - Pink Paislee Mistletoe & Co Santa’s Workshop
1 – Making Memories Mistletoe Flocked Snowflake
1 – BoBunny Jack Frost
1 – Basic Grey Figgy Pudding Glacier
1 – American Crafts Cardstock Straw
1 – American Crafts Cardstock Pomegranate

1 – Pink Paislee Mistletoe & Co Punchouts
1 – Pink Paislee Fascinating Chipboard Alphas
1 – American Crafts Thickers Darling (Chestnut)
1 – Fancy Pants Clair de Lune Titles & Tags
1 – Fancy Pants Clair de Lune Rub-ons
1 – Fancy Pants Glitter Cuts Lace Border
1 – Package of Basic Grey Buttons Boxer (66 pieces)
1 – Package of Prima Say It In Pearls
1 – Package of Maya Road Felt Beaded Blossoms Cream & Brown (6 pieces)
1 – Package of Jenni Bowlin Chipboard Buttons Wallpaper (12 pieces)
1 – Yard of May Arts Ric-Rac Brown
1 – Yard of Fancy Pants Daily Grind Ric-Rac (Cream)
1 – Yard of Fancy Pants Christmas Magic Ball Trim (Powder)
1 – Package of Handmade Crochet Flowers by 62cards (Cream – 3 pieces)
1 – Exclusive Sketch by Trisha (will email to you)

You can purchase the December Kit here
for a one time price of $35.95.

Or you can or can become a 6 month subscription
member and get the kit for $32.95.

Price does include Shipping.

I totally recommend becoming a member the kit's
are jam packed with goodies and always beautiful!

Monday, January 4, 2010


Hello there!

I am so sorry I've been missing in action.
I'm afriad it's going to be
this way for the next month or so.

We have a few family events that need attention,
one of which is my little brother's graduation
from Boot Camp the first part of Feb.

So for now you'll be seeing
only design team projects.
Hopefully I'll be able to complete a
project here and there while I'm home.

Just a few events in the
scrapworld you should look for:

~Juju Bee's will be hosting more
challenges starting this month.

~If It's Groovy is having a fun
Online Crop Jan 4th-8th.

~Dotty Diva's new advert will
be posted on the 20th.

~Here on Craftastic Life
Challenge #9
will end the 15th.

If you have not seen your project posted in
the side bar please resend me the information.
I've had a busy couple weeks and it
may have been lost in the shuffle.

And now for your viewing pleasure my favorite
doughnut head, my little cousin Belle!

If It's Groovy Jan Project

It's 2010 and I've made a calendar for the year!
I'm excited and Love how it came out.
I used Clear Hambly Sheets, K & Company Paper
and Prima Flowers.
I made the hanger with pewter spacers I tend to
collect for my beading projects.
Check it out!

Sadly this is my last design team
project for If It's Groovy.
I hope to keep playing along in
the monthly challenges though :).

Check out the online crop If It's Groovy
will be hosting Jan 4th- Jan 8th.
If It's Groovy is celebrating it's 1st birthday! Yay!
The Design Team Members will be hosting
challenges on thier own blogs.