Birthday Cricutting

My little man celebrated a birthday a couple of weeks ago, and what is a crafty mom to do but craft? This year we kept the celebration small (he chose a extra special big gift over a birthday party with friends), but that doesn’t mean I didn’t decorate.

I used my Cricut to made a big paper balloon using regular and glitter card stock in my son’s favourite colours. And, I also created the card, matching the theme of his big gift, using my Cricut. I love that I can make things that are so personalized. A bit of glue, some paper, and I have something extra special.

Birthday Card and Balloon

The balloon comes from Thoughts & Phrases – Good Times Cricut cartridge (available through Cricut Access) and the card comes from Classically Modern Cards Cricut cartridge. I mainly used Reflections paper from Michaels.

And, since the Cricut was out, I decided to make him a couple of shirts as well.

Spaceman shirt

This awesome Spaceman helmet was a freebie from I used silver Cricut iron-on foil and applied it using my Cricut EasyPress. The shirt is from Old Navy (so cheap! but also pretty good quality for what you pay).

Just Five More Minutes

This shirt is a combination of two files from–Game Zone and Just Five More Minutes. I just loaded both files into Cricut Design Space and manipulated them until I got something I liked. I used HTV from iImagine Vinyl (bought on eBay) and glitter vinyl I bought on AliExpress. And, again, the shirt is from Old Navy.

I love the whole new worlds of papercrafting and clothing decoration that my Cricut is opening up for me. One day, maybe, I want to upgrade to the Cricut Maker so I can add a bit of Cricutting to my sewing too.

Flat Diamond House

My first love is cross stitch, as I’m sure is pretty obvious. But, I do love to knit, crochet, and sew when I have some time. I also like to try lots of other weird little crafts and, of course, I love to share cool and interesting things with all of you. I’ve shared “diamond paintings” before, but this one is a little bit different.

Square diamond painting of a snowy house

Most diamond painting come with circular gems and the printed pattern shows through between the diamonds. And, while that doesn’t look bad per say, it isn’t a look that I really like. The newest kit I picked up comes with little faceted squares. They butt up right next to each other completely covering the background.

The resulting picture looks very much like pixel art or a cross stitched picture that was converted from an image. Because I wasn’t sure how much I would like this style of diamond paintings, I picked a small picture with very poor “resolution”. Larger pictures, like larger converted cross stitch pictures, look much clearer and nicer. Nonetheless, these little square pieces make a really pretty picture that catches the light and sparkles.

Close-up of square diamond painting

The little gems are attached using a small stick with a divot in it that comes in the kit. The gems for the colour you are using are dumped into a tray with ridges. Give the tray a shake and the gems (mostly) flip over the right way. You need to place a little bit of sticky stuff on the end of the stick in order to pick up the gems, but it is really a pretty clever system. The stick lets you place the gems exactly where they need to go. The background is printed with a colour code and covered in a thin adhesive sheet. All it takes is a little bit of pressure to get the gems to stick.

I am curious about how well the adhesive will hold the gems as the years go by. It would be a shame to have them all fall off. But, in the meantime, my picture is shaping up pretty nicely.

Square diamond kits like this are available in lots of places. You can find them on Amazon, AliExpress, and elsewhere.

Have you tried a diamond painting? If so, I’d love to hear about it. I’d also love to know if you have tried any other unusual or interesting crafts. Please leave a comment below.



3D Diamond Embroidery Kit Review

I will admit it: I’m having too much fun with AliExpress. I’ve ordered super cheap cell phone cases, pretty earrings, inexpensive knock-off Perler beads for the little man (not as good as the real ones, but better than the ones from Ikea), and more. I thought that you all may be interested in one of my recent crafty purchases:

3D Diamond Peacock

3D Diamond Peacock

This is listed as 3D Diamond Embroidery, and cost about US$15.75. It is, essentially, a thick canvas coated with plastic and printed with a design. Over sections of the design numbered circles are printed, and those areas are covered with a thin adhesive.

Fill-in area on canvas

Fill-in area on canvas

You also get a whole pile of little “diamonds” that look a lot like Swarovski hot-fix crystals sans adhesive, a cool little tray, and a pair of tweasers.

Lots of "diamonds"

Lots of “diamonds”

The design is huge (approx. 50cm x 75cm), and the printing is very good. The diamonds all look very nice; I haven’t come across any duds yet. The whole kit is really well put together. The tray they send has even been engineered to flip the diamonds the right way around when you give it a little shake. Very cool!

Working on the project is simple: pull up the protective cover on the area you are working on, grab a diamond and stick it on the right spot and give it a little push to ensure it has stuck. The baggies of diamonds are numbered and the colour key is printed right on the margin of the design. (To help me keep things sorted, I’ve bought some resealable mini-ziploc bags from the dollar store.)

Peacock head and diamond tray

Peacock head and diamond tray

All in all, this is a fun project for a really good price. I may never finish it, and even if I did I have no idea where I would display it, but I have really enjoyed working on something totally different.

If you’d like to take a look at these kits yourself, here is a link for AliExpress. (Not affiliated, etc., etc.) Do be aware, copyright infringements abound. Use your common sense and only order what you are comfortable with.

Trying Something New (again)

I’m pretty sure most of you are needle workers. (Except my dad and my husband, who read my blog once in a while to keep an eye on whatever trouble I am getting into now.) Even with all my knitting, sewing, etc., I still identify as a needle worker first. But, once in a while, I do like to try something new. This past weekend I went up to That Bead Lady with my mom, and avid beader and a maker of all sorts of wonderful things, and picked up a few supplies so I can try something different.

Pearls, charms, keys and more!

Pearls, charms, keys and more!

I got some closures for my experiments with chainmaille bracelets, two beautiful Swarovski keys (75% off!) that may make nice earrings if I ever figure out wire wrapping, pearls for an idea I have for a necklace (further supplies are coming from ArtBeads), lotus charms for simple earrings, and some cupped flower-shape sequins for needlework embellishment. I may never get around to using any of it, but I didn’t spend much (under $25) and I feel very inspired!

Speaking of trying something new, the Ultimate DIY bundle is available again for a very, very short time. You can read more about it here and here. I have had a great time with it, and I am super glad I bought it back in January. I’ve sewed some cool things, tried pastels with my little guy (a huge hit!), worked on my writing, printed off mandalas to colour (I love colouring!), and a lot more. It is totally worth the price ($34.95 US), especially since you get a free Craftsy class. I picked Essential Techniques Every Knitter Should Know, and I have learned so much! That, in itself, was worth the price to me.

The complete bundle includes 69 ebooks and ecourses as well as 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $150. That’s 4x the price of the bundle alone! These include a free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $71.95 Value), a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value), and free, full digital copies of Where Women Create Magazine and Greencraft Magazine ($20 value) from Stampington and Co.

Like I said,  The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 2 days – from 9am EST on Monday, March 31 until 9am EST on Wednesday, April 1. (I really should have posted about this yesterday…) And this time, when it is gone it really is gone. You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund. So, if you want to get in on this fabulous bundle, do it now! The DIY Bundle is going away in…

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DIY Sewing Projects

Today is the last day to purchased the super awesome Ultimate DIY Bundle. I’m so glad I bought mine on the first day because I’ve had lots of time to go through the resources in it and make some great projects.

Sewing the Sleep Over Tote

Sewing the Sleep Over Tote

The Sleep Over Tote

The Sleep Over Tote

This is the super cute, easy to make, and extra functional Sleep Over Tote from the bundle. I made this for my little guy using some great fabric I’ve been saving for just the right project. He loves it and is excited about having a sleep over, one day. 😉

Lucky Elephant - yellow side

Lucky Elephant – yellow side

Lucky Elephant - blue side

Lucky Elephant – blue side

I also whipped up this Lucky Elephant as a gift for a friend with a toddler. I love its vintage look, and it took me less than an afternoon to sew it up.

I’ve also taken advantage of several of the ecourses included in the bundle. I’m super excited about the daily writing prompts I’m getting from the 30 Days of Prompts ecourse, and hopefully the Photography 101 course help me take better pictures. And, of course, there is the free Craftsy class! I signed up for Essential Techniques Every Knitter Should Know. Sally Melville is super knowledgeable, and I feel like I’ve learned so much. I paid $34.95, and I’ve already gotten more than $100 worth of value out of it. And there is so much more to explore! I can’t wait to try making miniature breakfast food with Sculpy, and my little guy really wants to work through the chalk pastels books.

The bundle is only available until midnight Eastern tonight, so if you’d like to get your own make sure you do it today! And be sure to let me know what you made from it. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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