Easy Little Penguin Card

Greetings!! This is Yolie from JustYolie, JustCreate!  Today is my last day as guest designer!  Time sure flies! 🙂  Big thanks to Roberts Craft for allowing to be part of the amazing and talented group of designers! Here’s the card I created, using paper from my stash and some new too! The shape cut is from My Minds Eye, I Believe kit.

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Here’s the inside of the card:  All images and sentiments are from The Stamps of Life.  The fancy label is a die cut from Sizzix cut on my Cuttlebug.   The glitter paper is from DCWV and I also used Gelly Roll Stardust glitter pen to accent the ribbon on the gifts.

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The window frame is recycled from the packing of Art-C glitter.

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Here’s the packing I recycled.  I’ll be creating another project using the brown window frame. =)

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Thank you for stopping by today and HAPPY EVERYTHING!! Yolie

Clipboard Project

Check out this clipboard I made using a new stack from Michael’s. I tried something a little different for this board. I used a plastic clipboard I got in a three pack at Sam’s Club. These clipboards are an odd size so a 12×12 sheet of paper is too small. You can not remove the clip at the top of the board so you have to work around it. And I learned this morning while trying to make a second one you must use thick card-stock and not paper or the mod podge will just soak the paper. All in all I think it turned out super cute, I just love that colors.
It’s hard to see in the picture but the lips are glittery on this paper. I was a little worried the mod podge would ruin the glitter affect but it didn’t.  I think it actually made it look better LOL
Thanks so much for checking out my project. I have you have a fantastic day 🙂

Paper Banner

Today’s project is a banner that was inspired by my friend Candace over at Paper Crafts by Candace. She does some awesome banners, so I thought I’d try to make one too. I decided to go with “Thankful” because this month I took the thankful challenge on Facebook and have decided to say what I’m thankful for every day in the month of November. Please if you haven’t already become a follower on Facebook. Now onto my banner, I hope you enjoy it 🙂 

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Paper Christmas Tree

Hello! Nancy here from ScrappingoutofControl. It has been so cold lately that I decided to stay home and start putting up my Christmas decorations..Yes I know it’s not even Thanksgiving but I LOVE Christmas!!! So for my project, I decided to make so home decor…First you will need your favorite papers, an empty paper towel roll and an empty ribbon roll. Here I used an old Christmas collection from DCWV.

Cut five strips of 6 by 12 paper. I used my Martha Stewart-around the edge page punch for each strip. I then scored the strips at a half an inch using my Martha Stewart scoring board. After you have cut and scored your strips, glue two strips together. You should have a total of five 6 by 24 strips.Glue the paper towel roll to the ribbon roll..The ribbon roll is the base of your tree. (sorry no photo)
Use a strong adhesive to glue the strips starting from the bottom up. Continue to glue the strips on the paper towel roll. Make sure you over lap the layers. For the final layer, cut a strip of paper 3.5 by 6 inches. glue the ends together and make triangle shaped rosette. Add adhesive to the top of the paper towel roll and add the last layer.
 And now the fun part..decorate your tree! I used a snowflake as the tree topper and used Diamond Dust as my snow.
Here is a closer look at my tree.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Roberts Crafts project. Don’t forget to visit them.
Big crafty hugs, Nancy

A Short Guide on Finding the Right Sewing Machine for You

Looking for the best sewing machine that suits your needs takes more than just browsing through a catalogue. There are several factors that you will need to consider before making your big purchase.

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Two important things to think about before buying:

First, you must decide on the type of sewing machine that you need. Second would be the price you are willing to spend for it. When deciding on your budget, think about the main purpose that your sewing machine will do for you. If you’re simply going for one that can sew you a straight series of stitches, you don’t really have to pay for a costly model that makes a variety of stitches. On the other hand, a versatile model can be a great investment.

How to hunt for your sewing machine:

There are online sites that will let you canvas through many models based on their price and features. Of course, this means that you will need to understand the basics on understanding the different sewing machine functions before you start canvasing. For instance, there are machines that are meant for leather materials and there are those which are meant for more delicate work, such as embroidery. If you are a beginner, then it is advisable to choose the cheapest among the most basic functional ones.

Should you go for Antique or Modern?

Nowadays, most people go for an electronic model instead of a mechanical one as the electronic model can make more even stitches. However, it can be much more expensive than the traditional kind that is why many people still prefer the latter. For those who are looking for much versatility when it comes to the types of stitches, a computerized sewing machine will do the trick.

Should you go for the more expensive model?

It is often true, but not all the time, that expensive and branded sewing machines last longer and function better. However, it is important to keep in mind that the more costly the sewing machine was for you, the more money you will have to shell out for parts and maintenance in case it breaks down. You will also need to study a computerized sewing machine’s manual well before you are able to use it. Expensive models are meant for those who really see sewing as a passion or a profitable business.

The best sewing machine for just about anyone would be one that is at a reasonable price, with inexpensive parts and only needs minimal repairs, and can do basic hems with some versatility.


Simple Gift Card Holder

Hello! It’s Barb from Crafty Girl! I had a wonderful weekend celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends but now it is time to start thinking about Christmas! As much as I try to find the perfect gift for each and every person on my list, sometimes the most perfect gift is a gift card. And I don’t know about you, but if I am going to give a gift card, then I want to personalize it with the way I “wrap” it! Today, I am going to share a fast and easy way to make the gift card giving a little more personal!

First, start with a 4 inch by 6 inch piece of cardstock. Score the cardstock at 3 1/2 inches and 7 1/4 inches.
The smaller section that you scored will be the flap for your gift card holder. You can leave it just as it is but I like to punch the edge with my Martha Stewart punch. It gives it a more finished look.
Now we are going to make the pocket for the gift card that fits inside the gift card holder. Take a 4 inch by 6 inch piece of coordinating patterned paper. On the 4 inch side, score it at 1/2 inch. On the 6 inch side, score it at 1 3/4 inches and again at 4 1/4 inches.
Fold the 4 by 6 inch paper on the scored lines and use adhesive to secure. This will become the pocket for the gift card. I like to use a circle punch to punch out a half circle so it is easier to remove the gift card from the pocket. I also added some brown ink to the edges. For the bottom section, add a piece of coordinating patterned paper that is 2 inches by 4 1/2 inches. Decorate it any way you like. I used Websters paper and chipboard buttons for this along with some Martha Stewart punches! I also made a little card to fit into the pocket so I can write a personalized note to the person receiving the gift.
To finish up the project, I added coordinating patterned paper, ric rac and a chipboard button to the front. I inked the edges of this paper as well. To keep the flap secure to the front, add a piece of Velcro under the button.
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial today! If you would like to see some of my other projects, you can find them on my blog: Crafty Girl! Enjoy your week!

Tree Themed Photo Album

GUESS WHAT?!?!?! It’s Faith again from Faithfule Creations. It’s been so long since I’ve posted for the Robert’s Design Team, I almost forgot I was still on the team. Ok no, not really LOL! Anyway…I’m finally back with a 30 minute project or less. Dont you just LOVE quick-fast-easy…I sure do. I know many of you may have already put up your tree, but I’m still focused on giving thanks. This year was a VERY special Thanksgiving for me. I got to spend it with one of my nephews who I haven’t seen in almost a year and it was awesome! My lil guy is seriously one of the best behaved kids on the planet. I’m going to hire him to give my kids lessons actually. He seemed to have so much fun hanging out with us I wanted to make him a little keepsake of the occasion. I don’t create stuff for boys very often, even though I have a son of my own so I hope this is album will be well received. It’s a lot more plain and simple than I’m used to, but that’s pretty much how my nephew rolls.
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Supplies Needed:
eCraft by Craftwell
Fundamentals 1 SD Card
Solid paper of your choice (16 brown sheets, 1 light brown, 1 red sheet…I used Core’dinations)
Fiskars Good Times 8 x 8 Stamps
Versafine Ink in Onyx Black
Heat Gun
White Gel Pen
Using your eCraft, cut Image 4 from the Fundamentals 1 SD Card at 10 inches out of your chipboard. I cut a total of 8. Then cut 1 out of your solid brown colored paper at 10 inches, one at 9 inches in light brown, and one at 8 inches in red to layer as shown. You could also go into your eCraft Pro Software and shadow and layer the images more precise if you like. I’m happy with how this looks though. For your interior pages, and back cover, you will want to cut an additional 15 brown cuts at 10 inches (I just left mine plain). Then run all of your paper maple leaves through your Xyron and adhere to your pages. Ink and sand edges if you like. Using your versafine ink, stamp your sentiment on the front cover and use a white gel pen to add a title if you’d like. Cut off the stems on the leaves and close with binder rings using your crop-a-dile to make the holes. Easy peasy! I thought this would be the perfect way for my nephew to remember this holiday. His Dad and I don’t quite see eye-to-eye and it sadly might be quite some time before I can see him again. Hopefully he will look through this album often and remember all the fun we had this year…sharing Thanksgiving with him completely made my day!
Now, be sure you head over to Roberts Arts and Crafts where you can use CYBERMONDAY47W to save 35% on your ENTIRE purchase! That’s too good of a deal to resist…yes it EVEN works on the eCraft machine! WOO HOO!

Cute Reindeer Card

Hello everyone Katie here from Happy Scrappin Mom. Today I have a super cute & simple Christmas card for you. The adorable little reindeer is from Create a Critter, I added a little bit of ribbon, tied a little bow and that was it took my maybe 10 mins to create this card. And I’m always looking for quick ideas this time of year. Happy Holidays! Hope you enjoy!

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Sewing Machine Techniques for Beginners

A sewing machine is useless if you do not have any idea on how to make the appropriate stitches for making or repairing clothing. The following are some of the techniques that you can try out using the best sewing machine for beginners. With these techniques and a decent sewing machine like the Brother SE400, you can definitely create new pieces of clothing or repair old ones. The possibilities are virtually endless.


The backstitch is one of the most common stitches that every beginner should learn. This is done to lock the stitches into place. In effect, this acts as the final knot for each of the straight stitches that you make through the machine. This is also used to start a stitch for the seam. To create a backstitch, you need to press the reverse button. The location of the reverse button depends on the sewing machine model that you are currently using.


Blind Stitch

In some sewing machines, this may not be possible. However, if your sewing machine currently has an extra pedal for blind stitching, this is considered an easy way to help you create hidden stitches along the seam lines. This stitch works by folding the fabric multiple times. The fabric is folded into multiple layers to ensure that the stitch binds well with the fabric. Aside from that, this is also done to make sure that the stitch will remain concealed on the right side of the fabric.

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Basting stitches are basically considered as rough draft stitches for your fabric. Compared to the backstitch and the conventional stitch, this is more loosely done. This sewing machine technique is important if you are planning to create clothing out of your fabric. In essence, basting stitches are used to help you bind the fabric components together without necessarily binding the pieces too tightly. To make the most out of this stitch, you have to pin the fabric pieces together to make sure that the stitches will cleanly bind with the fabric. In the long run, this will prevent stitch run-ons for the components.

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These are just some of the sewing machine techniques that you may use for your next projects. Mastering these sewing machine techniques will not only help you preserve your clothes and other articles made of garment but also aid in creating new ones. You just have to make sure that you will properly apply the techniques so they can provide enough reinforcement for the fabric.

Halloween Blog Hop Day #3

Welcome to the final day of the Halloween Blog Hop. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing everyone’s projects. My final project is a spider card. Hope you enjoy it. Remember you can scroll down to the post from day two to find the complete line up for this hop. Also remember to become a follower of my page, I’ve got some awesome guest designers coming up in the next few months. Also you can check me out on Facebook. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂