Just Buggin’ Challenge Time! #23 – LOVE…

we are battening down the hatches for what my hubby is calling the snowpocalypse (insert dripping sarcasm here).  we will supposedly be getting 20″ – 30″ of snow in our area today and tomorrow.  he is home from work today so i am WAY HAPPY about all that snow coming down (sorry suzanne) even if it DID cancel my mardi gras Close To My Heart party tomorrow.  i don’t know why but i love to shovel snow!  i sure don’t like doing much else that’s useful…

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today’s project is for the current Just Buggin’ Challenge – Love Ya – make something for Valentine’s Day using you cricut.  Pezzy & I found some cute wreath makin’s in the Ms $1 bin and a heart-shaped grapevine wreath and I got this idea:

in keeping with my new wreath kick that started t Christmas…

i cut several shapes fro my Weddings Solutions Cricut Cart and tucked them into the other wreath picks.  I cut the shadow base shapes from  sturdier piece of cardboard off the back of one of my paper stacks (it was white so it fit easily into the scheme.) 


 it doesn’t show in the pictures but i cut the base shape from pale pink cardstock and then misted them with pearl mist made from water and Blush Perfect Pearls to give them some shimmer.  if you are not into making your own mist i HIGHLY recommend the Smooch Spritz which is a GREAT deal AND works better than any of the others – you cn get it at SCACD and Susana has all the new colors in too!!  >>CLICK HERE<<




Finally – to really jazz them up – i enhanced the top layers of the diecuts. I covered the first one in Martha Stewart Tinsel Glitter – GREAT fun stuff!!!  makes me think of fuzzy pipe cleaners with loads of glitz!  This is also available at SCACD >>HERE<< in TWO SUPER combo packs of mini vials (which is really all you need)  – One is regular colors and one is iridescent YUMMY!!  the center pic shows a die cut that i covered in pink Martha Stewart Metallic microbeads.  This last one i covered in clear Martha Stewart microbeads.  i know it is glaring but seriously – i could not get a NOT glaring picture which is kinda cool!

NOW HOW do you stick those things to the intricate die cuts???  SUPER easy.  i just ran them FACE DOWN through my xyron machine, make sure there is no adhesive *goobers* off the edges of the paper, and then cover it with glitter or microbeads – sticks WONDERFULLY!!  i don’t use my xyron to glue EVERYTHING down as the refills are expensive but they ARE indispensible for certain techniques like this and one i will be showing soon where i use my die cuts as stencils for a new product coming soon.

well time for me to run out & collect all the stuff that we left lying around the backyard from the last snow play day – like the shovel, the sled….cover the firepit…before the snowpocalypse hits!!  be sure and visit the Just Buggin’ Challenge blog to see what the other DTs have done with this challenge to get you inspired!!!

have a great day!!!

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Pezzy has been WAY too full of energy without being able to play outside SO i decided to go check out this gymnastics place that opened up the road.  there was open gym for an hour and she LOVED it!  not as good as the discovery zones of the boys childhood days but a GOOD option for winter time rambunctiousness!  i am trying to help them get a regular weekly class together for 2-3 year olds – i so hope i can do it!!


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i have lots more fun microbeads ideas and samples for ya today so lets get on with it!!

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i made a little set of bday cards (these are up on etsy now too – nice to have on hand!)

This last one uses Martha’s Tinsel glitter instead of micrbeads but the method is the same…and YES it really does shine that much!!  you can get the glitter sets from SCACD if you can’t find them near you!  i think the iridescent is a MUST for easter projects!!

i used the same basic layout for ech card and this adorable little cupcake die cut from the doodlecharms cricut cartridge.  the circle behind the cupcake is embossed with one of the new asian CB embossing folders – these are really nice!!  each one is lightly rubbed with ink using my trusty foam ink blending tool.
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now tips on microbeads – i did a few different things with these cards.  ADHESIVE ADHESIVE ADHESIVE – this is the most important thing.  i tried the plain glue pen from SU and glossy accents.  the glue pen did not even stick and the glossy accents sticks really well but does not give you the fine, crisp edge.  SO today i am using glue dots, scortape and xyron adhesives.  these work really really well and the beads STAY on your card!

Card 1:

i used beads in two different ways on this card.  this card cme about from some scraps i found while cleaning out – i had the card base and the patterned border and i really liked them together.

Two steps today will really demonstrate my FAVE aspect of my tim holtz design ruler.  this thing is SO perfect – clear and perfectly even grids.  in addition it has regular markings on one side and zero center markings on the other – SO SUPER quick n easy to find the center – you can see above how i marked the border to cut each side evenly.  makes it SO easy!

the first idea i had was to accentuate the pattern on my border piece.  i used my scortape the same as before.

next i poured on some green microbeads.  instant pizzazz!

next i wanted to *bead* the top of my cupcake.  first i put it through my xyron – xyrons are the best when doing a technique that requires good & thorough stickiness!

then i just dropped it into my little tub of crystal microbeads and smooshed it around  bit to get it good and covered.

the pic TOTALLY does not do this one justice!!  

next i wanted to try colored microbeads over white cardstock.  the top of the cupcake was done the same as the first one.

i wanted to try my hand at some stripes long the lower panel.  i wanted to show again how easy the design ruler.  i quickly found the center and then marked off my stripes.

i covered the front of the crdstock with adhesive – here i used extra wide scor tape but i would hve used my xyron if it had not been out of adhesive CK!!  i had saved the pieces i peeled off of some scor tape earlier and used that to mask my stripes.

i covered the whole thing with turquoise beads.  then i peeled of the masking to expose the rest of the adhesive and covered that with pink microbeads.  pretty net i think BUT i DO prefer using colored paper underneath.

Card 3:

I used the same method of a strip of scor tape for the row across the bottom of the patterned paper.  then on the top of the cupcake i decided to try some dots using glue dots to adhere the beads and it worked like a charm!

i hope i am giving y’all some ideas for your microbeads if you had some hiding in your scrap stash!

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TIOT & microbead tutorial!

GOOD GRACIOUS!  apparently while ushering in the new year i also passed 100K blog hits! a thrilling thing i gotta say!  i LOVE my visitors and always look forward to them!  comments are the highlight of my day!  i think this calls for some blog candy!  tune in tomorrow and i will see what i can put together for ya!

yesterday pez & i braved the FREEZING cold again to run errands.  the bin that holds my shower stuff in the shower broke so i went and got another one.  i have to have the suctio cuppy kind so i can have it low eough to reach.  the hannging kid are too high for me.  WELLLLLL the new one did not last though the first shower ad fell off the wall GRRRRRR!  i did not even have much on it!  anyone have anything they can suggest for me??

ok enough chattin as i have ALOT to post today!  it is Try It Out Tuesday (TIOT) over on the SCACD blog PLUS i have a tutorial for ya!

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Our challenge from Suzannefor TIOT over on the SCACD DT blog Follow Your Heart was to welcome in the new year by creating a welcome project.  All of the projects posted on the blog are awesome so be sure to pop over there after this post and check them out!  

since my neighbor is pregnant i decided to get to work on her welcome baby gift set:

This set includes an acetate card, soup in a jar mix, and homemade oatmeal milk bath for the mom to be!

i will start off saying this card covers numerous challenges i addition to TIOT:

Pile It On – clear (two challenges are up right now PLUS a chance to get on the DT – FUN!!)
Sweet Dreamers blog group – sketch (i had done this for studio G but i have had little response on that challenge)
Crafty Creations – glitter & bling – i used loads of super shimmering Creative Ispirations paint!
Paper Play – New Beginnings
Our Creative Corner – Clean & Simple
and my own personal challenge – ways with microbeads!


ok back to the project!

The jar and card both use a Lockhart stamp from SCACD – an adorable quilt – which i stamped with Versamark, embossed with black embossing powder and then painted in with my friend Molly’s incredible shimmering Creative Inspirations paints.  i LOVE these and they are so easy to use!  by embossing first it is even easier to just paint the image in!  here i used aquamarine & sunshine.  you can get these at SCACD and the colors are vibrant and AMAZING!  Many of the Lockhart stamps have PERFECT quilt like designs for this technique!

i matted my main images on a labels 3 nesties die (the blue mat is inked with a foam blending tool as in >>my videos<< but the yellow one i left uninked)



this pic attempts to show the shimmer but it is not as shimmery as in real life…


my card uses the same image as the jar but i painted it in opposite of the one on the jar.  my base is acetate – simply a transparency sheet from staples.  I will post a tutorial on the acetate tips & tricks tomorrow!

for the narrow strips in the sketch i used cardstock puched with an MS border punch. then i put a strip of microbeads across each one to accent them.  i added a rattle cut from the new arrival cricut cartridge as my embellishment.  i finished it off with a few pezabling acrylic embellishments on the two outer corners.  (7 new colors will be available later today for Easter! **please oh please take a nap today pezzy**)

now onto the tutorial portion – Installment 1 for microbeads!  so dig out those microbeads you stashed away or got for christmas.  we are going to start with some basics first.

don’t have any microbeads??  check out the new sets of 12 colors from martha stewart at Michaels! 

there is a regular set & a metallic set plus a 3 piece valetine set of gorgeous iridescent beads:

IF YOU CANNOT GET THESE near you i have a special order page for you – the 12 piece sets are $15 and the 3 piece is $5.50.  >>CLICK HERE<<  this is a ONE TIME thing for those of you who want to keep up but don’t have these near you.

now on to the tutorial – today is a picture tutorial – my fave method so i can print them off and take them with me.  i can also go as slow as i need to & refer back!


we will start with storage for ALL of your microbead fun!  i am ALL ABOUT the gerber second foods plastic containers – these ROCK.  so search out your friends with babies ya’ll!  i use these for glitter, embossing powder and microbeads.  second – mini spoons.  fit PERFECTLY into the container and are THE BEST utensil for dumping your stuff onto your paper.  the wide rectangular opening gives you somewhere to dump over with less mess AND they are still small enough not to be too much of  storage nightmare!

the spoons come in a set of 10 and are also on the special order page for you too if you need them


SCOR-TAPE – this is a MUST HAVE for lots of things!  this is an amazing tape that comes in numerous widths and is invaluable when you REALLY want some holding power.  So for microbeads it is wonderful.  i also have the various pieces of my card laid out and the inset pic shows you the microbeads in the container with the little spoon.

Next we will begin adhering our beads.  now this takes a couple extra steps for this card because i am working with an acetate base BUT you can do this right onto your cardstock of course!  i started by attaching my cardstock strips to my acetate base ON THE INSIDE with scor tape – this gives me a nice exactly even straight line of adhesive so it will be easier to mask.

you can see in the 2nd pic once they are attached you can see the adhesive through the front of the card.  this is where my microbeads will come in.  in the 3rd pic you see i placed another strip of  scor tape on the front of the card EXACTLY over the adhesive that was showing through.

then i held the card over the open container of beads and spooned beads on to the adhesive.

the pic on the left shows the strip of microbeads after you first dump them on – notice there are some blank spaces.  so what i do next is dump a bit more beds on and this time i rub my finger over them and get some more smooshed down int o those empty spaces.  the pic on the right is after smooshing.

easy peasy!! and a fun alternative to a strip of ribbon across a panel of your card! now i started off easy but don’t worry i have more ideas in store!!


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