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Asterisk Cricut Infusible Ink
09/07/2019 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

Well my Cricut crafty peeps, unless you have been under a rock, you have heard all the hype about Cricut’s latest product line – Infusible Ink. https://cricut.com/en_us/infusible-ink.

I have to tell you that this product is a game changer for all my friends who are into customizing t-shirts. You have probably used HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) to apply to t-shirts or maybe screen pressed ink. However, this product infuses ink into the fabric and that literally becomes a part of it. The ink doesn’t sit on top of the fabric and you cannot feel it. Amazing!! You can also use the transfer sheets on other Cricut blanks.

On the day that Cricut launched the product line, I was able to purchase it exclusively at my local Michaels Craft Store and try it out. The product line consists of transfer sheets in various colors and patterns, markers, pens, and blanks (t-shirts, onesies, tote bags, coasters). These items may be purchased in store and online. https://www.michaels.com/search?q=infusible. They will also be available at other retailers in October 2019.

The first product I tried out was the Cricut ceramic coaster and the transfer sheets (red). I heat pressed the design on the coaster with the Cricut Easy Press 2. The process was amazingly easy if you are familiar with cutting anything on a Cricut machine.

Once I created my design in Cricut design space, I cut it out on my Cricut Maker. (I made sure that I mirrored the image as I do with HTV so the image would not be backwards when I pressed it.)

In every ink transfer package there are two sheets of transfer paper and a piece of butcher paper (VERY IMPORTANT TO KEEP).

After the design was cut, I weeded out the unwanted portion of the design. Then I placed the design upside down on the coaster, applied heat resistant tape to it and placed it upside down on a piece of white card stock on the Easy Press mat.

I set the Easy Press to 400 degrees for 240 seconds. While it was heating up, I placed the piece of butcher paper that came in the box over the coaster. Once the Easy Press was ready, I held it down on the coaster for the entire 240 seconds. After it was pressed, I carefully removed the butcher paper. It was important to let the coaster cool off before removing the transfer paper so I didn’t burn myself.

The reveal was absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to use.

Doesn’t it look divine on my night stand? Almost too pretty to use. 😊

My plans are to try out the pens, markers and completing a t-shirt.

Stay tuned and “Happy Crafting”

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Asterisk All I see is Gold!
23/01/2015 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

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During Christmas, most crafters incorporate lots of gold into their handmade creations. It is usually the color of the season. Whether it’s bows, ornaments or wrapping paper, it is seen everywhere. Well, the holiday season is now over. The glittery ornaments are now tucked away resting till next Christmas. The trees are a distant memory and we are waiting for the warm days of spring ahead. So why am I still seeing gold?

If you see what I see, you will notice that gold is on trend right now in the craft world. Scrapbooks, cards, stationery, and craft spaces are all being blinged out with bold gold. This rich, shiny color is breathing a freshness into our land of handmade goodness.

My top six gold crafting products are:

1. Heidi Swapp Minc foil applicator – This little beauty will allow you to add customized gold prints to paper snd stationery. It premiered at the CHA Mega show this month and will be available to purchase soon. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these. Check out the details at http://www.heidiswapp.com/minc/

2. Anna Griffin cuttlebug- I know the cuttlebug die cutting/embossing machine has been out for a while, but the exclusive Anna Griffin cuttlebug by Provocraft is so darn cute. You will want to update yours if you have a previous version. http://www.hsn.com

3. Cricut’s heat transfer and vinyl in gold by Provocraft – With the use of your Cricut Expression or Explore, you can bling out all kinds of things (clothes, walls, glass and more). It is limitless what you can do with these items. http://us.cricut.com

4. Teresa Collins Studio Gold scissors by Fiskars – These dazzling scissors will have you cutting up a wide variety of mixed media. You will feel so sophisticated and chic using them at your next crop or crafting event. You can find these at your local Joann’s craft store or online. http://www.joann.com

5. Teresa Collins Studio Gold three ring album from We R Memory keepers – This shiny little album will compliment any craft space. It will also be a delight to anyone receiving it as a gift filled with their precious memories. There are several to choose from at http://www.scrapbook.com

6. Xyron 1.5″ sticker maker – Go for the gold with this updated adhesive sticker maker. You can make stickers out of paper, cork, metal, ribbon, chipboard, fabric, and more. This exclusive baby is bundled with the refills and sold at HSN.com. http://www.hsn.com

So bring on the glitz and glamour this new year with these products. You will leave a little sparkle in every project you complete.

Thanks for following me on my crafty adventures.

Kayroche – helping you arrive at your crafty destination.

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Asterisk Let the 2015 Crafting Begin
10/01/2015 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

Well Happy 2015! Can you believe it? Are we really saying it – 2015? I feel like last year came and went like a whirlwind.

There were so many projects that I wanted to complete in 2014 that didn’t get done. There were too many pins on my Pinterest boards that inspired me that I didn’t have time to do. So many projects – so little time. What is an avid crafter to do? LOL

Well since every January, we get to start again; here I go with my 2015 crafting goals. It is only the 2nd week of the new year, and I have already completed several of them – Clean crafting studio – check! Work on blogging – check! And finally, re-open Etsy shop – check!

Yes, you heard it hear first! My Etsy shop is re-opened for business with listings being added daily! You can shop here kayroche. Below yo can see one of the listings from my shop. Please be patient as I add more items within the next coming weeks. Also, keep checking the blog for all kinds of fresh new things that will be going on this new year.

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Thanks for following me on my crafty adventures and have a crafty new year!!

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Asterisk Hello Autumn!
22/10/2014 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

As the lazy days of summer are now a sweet memory; we are now enjoying the crisp cool days and nights of fall! The glorious color changing of the leaves are a sight to behold and pumpkins are all around.

I spent the end of my summer perusing some of my knitting books/Pinterest and dreaming of cooler days that are now upon us. In anticipation, I picked up my knitting needles and worked on completing a pattern that has been five years in the making.

I started this wrap one summer after finding it in a Debbie Bliss magazine. I was so excited and thought surely it would be done by the end of that summer. However, I put it down and worked on other things. The next summer rolled around and I picked it up again. This cycle continued for the next 4 years till finally I decided this summer was it. I had to finish this thing. And so, with a drumroll please, I am happy to announce I am done, complete, c’est fini, finito!

What a wonderful feeling! I have accomplished my goal and will wear this wrap now even though it is made in a baby blue color. I will figure out how to add it to my fall wardrobe.

Do you have projects that you have not completed? “WIP” (works in progress) that you look at and sigh? I challenge you to go and get them done.

Now let me go find that cable knit scarf I started last fall…

“Happy crafting”

 

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Asterisk Celebrate the last few days of National Stamping Month
24/09/2014 Karen Sydnor in Close to My heart / No comments

Hey everyone.  Although National Stamping Month is winding down, it is not too late to enjoy this special at Close to My Heart.  When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced  stamps during September,  you qualify to receive this fabulous stamp set for FREE celebrating the 30 years of Close To My Heart.  If you are interested, contact me at kayroche.stamping.ctmh.com.
September Specials

 

Happy Stamping!

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Asterisk Loving Mixed Media
06/08/2014 Karen Sydnor in Close to My heart / No comments

A few months back, I started dabbling in Mixed Media after purchasing some Faber-Castell gelatos. 

Design Memory Crafts Faber-Castells Gelatos
Design Memory Crafts Faber-Castells Gelatos

As I was perusing one of my local crafts stores checking out what was new, I came across these yummy little pigment sticks.   Although, they are not a new product, they were certainly new to me.  The vast colors and description of the gelatos, grabbed my attention so much that I purchased a pack and left the store.  When I arrived home, I jumped online and did some research on them and found out that they appear to be used greatly in mixed media and by fine artist.

I had never tried my hand in Mixed Media before, but I noticed that there is certainly an explosion of it on the internet, among hobbyist, in craft stores and on Pinterest. I watched some YouTube videos, looked at a ton of blogs, and viewed countless pics on Pinterest and decided that I would give it a whirl! I have to tell you that I am absolutely in love with it.  It is so freeing and amazing. There are no right or wrong ways to approach it and you can use all types of mediums in the process.  A lot of the items I used to make my first piece, I already owned.  So, I didn’t spend a great deal getting started.  However, after creating several pieces, I have been back in the store, buying more stuff.  You know that is how it goes! LOL

I did use a traditional piece of canvas for my first one, but since then, I have used recycled cereal boxes, pizza boxes, various packaging, newspapers, tissue paper, fabric, tape and more.  I also used my Close to My Heart stamps and pulled out all of my old acrylic paints, pastels and other art supplies.  I will be doing a how to video in the next few weeks, but for now, here is pic of my latest piece.  

The latest in one of the many pieces of Mixed Media art that I have created recently.
The latest in one of the many pieces of Mixed Media art that I have created recently.

I hope this inspires you to try your hand at this amazing craft and discover the artist in you and as always, “Happy Crafting!”

 

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Asterisk Pull out those old tools
28/07/2014 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

I have been doing a lot of purging and cleaning in my oh so messy craft studio lately. And while the process is somewhat daunting; it is also refreshing as I find stuff I haven’t used in a really long time. (I am not bold enough to show the before and after pictures of my craft space like some of you. LOL).

A while ago I purchased a Hot Boss Embosser tool (wood burning tool) at a scrapbooking convention. I thought I was really going to use it. However, it sat still in the box buried under a mound of stuff in a corner of the room. Today, as I am continuing the cleaning process, I found it and had a brilliant idea. I decorated a clothes pin by stamping letters with the tool. I then proceeded to embellish it with some mod melts that I made from Plaid brand Mod Podge.

I think it came out really cool. I can now ass some magnet on the pack and use on my refrigerator or just leave it as it is and keep notes together on my desk. I encourage you to pull out your old tools and use them
In a new and out of the box way!

And as always, “happy crafting”

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Asterisk Cappuccinos, crafting & Keurig
06/05/2014 Karen Sydnor in Close to My heart / No comments

This past weekend I had a wonderful time hosting a “Keurig Rivo Coffeehouse Anytime” houseparty courtesy of Houseparty.com. I invited a handful of my best girlfriends and we handcrafted our own coffeehouse cafe styled drinks like lattes and cappuccinos using Keurig’s latest brewing system – the Rivo. Using any of the four different espresso cups and fresh milk, you can make any type of coffee drink imaginable. I love how the machine froths the milk. We used almond and coconut milk. This machine will totally eliminate your need to go outside your home to any of the big coffeehouses for coffee. It is one awesome system.

Because I am such the crafter, I created a bingo game using coffee words where the winner had to yell, “latte” if they won. The partygoers used coffee beans as their chips. Also, keeping with the coffee theme, I decorated some glass jars that I had saved with coffee beans and delicate flowers coming out of the top. I also put my Close to My Heart stamps and Silhouette cameo machine to work and designed goodie bags for everyone to take home with them with the words “thanks a latte” stamped on the front.

The cook in me came out that day and using my Kitchenaid stand mixer, I whipped up a batch of chocolate mousse complete with fresh whipped creme. I also entertained with light hors devours of eggplant pizza, fried squash and sparkling cranberry lemonade!

We had so much fun. However, the best part about the party was Houseparty sent a Rivo brewing system to give away to one of the guest at the party! Can you believe that? I created an virtual online scavenger hunt where the first partygoer to find the answers to 5 questions won the Rivo. I kept it a secret, so they didn’t know until the end.

Below are some photos from the event. I hope you find some inspiration if you are planning a party in the future.

As a sweet treat for my wonderful followers and blog friends, I’ve included a coupon code for 40% off the Rivo system at Keurig.com if you are interested in buying your own brewer. The coupon is good for a month.

And as always, “Happy Crafting”

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Asterisk Rainy play day
11/07/2013 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

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Love how the fern came out, color and detail. Floral bookmark is made with red and white clay and attached to a paperclip.

Good afternoon. We are having a rainy day here in Charlotte, NC today. Actually we have been having rain for about 10 or 11 days now. I am loosing count and can’t really remember what day it started. So today I am using it as a day to play with some new products and craft indoors.

I purchased this product some months ago and had not really played it until recently.  It is the Martha Stewart Crafts crafter’s clay and coordinating silicone molds. I absolutely love this product.  You can create all kinds of wonderful embellishments with this air dry clay.  It is so simple to use and can be colored with all kinds of inks, paints, and glitter.  You can also mix the colors of clay to achieve your own colors.  A color chart is included in the pack to help you with that.  The great thing is that it takes a very small amount of clay to make these.  The possibilities are endless when considering what they can be used for – on cards, scrapbook pages, on gifts, and more.  I can’t stop making these cute little “doodads”.

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White butterfly is left as the natural color of the clay. The green butterfly is a mix of the blue, white, and yellow clays to achieve this color

 

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Various objects created with the Martha Stewart crafter’s clay. Most are colors mixed together and some are colored with an alcohol based marker.

 

As you can see I made quite a few of these and there are others that are not shown in these photos.  I hope this inspires you to go through your stash of craft goods and stay inside on a rainy day and play!

“Stay Crafting!”

 

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Asterisk Simple Monogram Card Tutorial
15/05/2013 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

Today, I am featuring our first craft tutorial showing you how to do a simple monogram card using Close to My Heart exclusive Artiste cartridge, Chantilly paper pack, and monogram stamp.  Enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

 

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