Pillowcase Craft Using Sharpie Markers

Kids love doing crafty activities. Whether they are in Scouts, 4-H, or attending a slumber party, arts and crafts are often the highlight of the event. Here is a super easy pillowcase craft for kids. I said it was easy, but I didn’t say it wasn’t messy! easy pillowcase craft using sharpie markers My 9 year old niece wanted to make something for her Dad for his birthday.  She loves to look on Pinterest, and she saw some Sharpie Marker crafts that she thought were really cool.  They were T-shirts and sneakers with flowers though, not something that she could make for my brother.  After some thought, I came up with the idea of using Sharpie Markers on a pillowcase.

Supplies needed for this Pillowcase Craft

  • Sharpie Markers in lots of fun colors.  The wide markers work best for large projects like a pillowcase or T-Shirt, but smaller markers will work as well.
  • White or light colored pillowcase – Cotton pillowcases work best.
  • Cardboard
My 9 year old niece is deep in thought, making sure she can fit all of the letters on two lines.

My 9 year old niece is deep in thought, making sure she can fit all of the letters on two lines.

Plain white pillowcases that don’t cost a fortune weren’t easy to find in my area!  I finally found them at Target, but if you want to make a pillowcase craft with a group of kids, you may have to order them from Ebay or Amazon.  You could also sew them yourself! I bought the wide tip Sharpie Markers for my niece to use.  They are a good choice for working on large projects.  My original idea was for my niece to draw a design and then spray it with rubbing alcohol to blend the colors similar to tie dying.  However, she wanted to write, “I Love you to the Moon and Back”.  I knew that if we sprayed it with alcohol the lettering would run, and you wouldn’t be able to read it.  We are saving the alcohol technique for another day!

How to Make this Easy Craft Project

WARNING:  Sharpie Markers are permanent.  Protect your surface with newspaper or an old tablecloth.  Alcohol or cheap hairspray will remove Sharpie Marker from clothing, carpet, and hard surfaces, but it can be a long hard process.

  1. Insert the cardboard inside the pillowcase.  If you don’t protect the back, the marker will bleed through, making a mess on the back of the pillowcase.
  2. The kids may want to draw their design in pencil before using the markers.
  3. Wait 24 hours before washing.  After 24 hours, machine wash and dry.  A hot dryer or iron will help to set the colors.
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She got all of the letters on the pillowcase without any problems. She had room at the bottom for a moon and sun. Then she added a border down the side.

I have seen other tutorials for pillowcase craft ideas with writing and making designs on fabric, but is the easiest.  This would be a fun project at a party for either boys or girls.  They could sign each other’s pillowcases and draw pictures on them and have a nice moment for the occasion.  It’s also a great idea for grandparents!

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Taaa Daaa!!! Here is the finished project! Makayla did a great job. She is very crafty for a 9 year old. We ended up with a little bit of marker on our hands, but for the most part, she didn’t make much mess. We put the pillowcase in a gift bag to give her dad, but she when she got home, she busted through the door and pulled it out to show him. The anticipation was too much. Then she ran down the hall to put it on his bed. He yelled, “Whoa! whoa! whoa! Bring that back. I’m taking it to work!

There were two pillowcases in the package. She took the markers and the other pillowcase home and couldn’t wait to decorate it. I hope you will give this project a try. It’s fun for all ages!

 

Cricut Card With Minnie and Mickey Mouse Die Cut

 

mickey mouse die cut cricut

Welcome to the Mickey, Minnie, and Me Blog Hop sponsored by My Cricut Craft Room.  I hope you will hop along and be inspired by the wonderful Cricut Disney Projects that the hop has to offer.  Today I have a Mickey and Minnie Card to share with you.

mickey and friends cricut cartridge minnie

Whether you are 8 or 80, this Cricut Card featuring a Minnie and Mickey Mouse die cut will surely make you smile.  Their playful hug is sweet enough to give anyone the warm fuzzies.  Mickey and Minnie have been around for years, and they are still some of the most popular cartoon characters.  This fun card could be used for lots of occasions.  I left the inside blank until I choose the recipient, but I can’t wait to give it to someone.

How to Make this Cricut Card Featuring a Minnie and Mickey Mouse Die Cut

Supplies Needed:

  • 5″ x 10″ piece of white cardstock for the card base.  Because this is a larger card, you will want a heavy weight paper for the base.  Otherwise, it won’t stand up.
  • 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ piece of paper for the background.  I chose a red glittered stripe, but you could use a solid color, embossed paper, glitter paper, or rubber stamped background.
  • 2″ x 4 3/4″ piece of patterned paper (Mine has glitter dots.)
  • 3″ x 4 3/4″ of solid cardstock to border the patterned paper.  (Mine is black.)
  • Border punch
  • 4″ Minnie and Mickey Mouse die cut from the Mickey and Friends Cricut Cartridge
  • Scrapbook Adhesive
  1. Fold the white cardstock base in half so that you have a 5″x5″ card.
  2. Attach the background paper.
  3. Using a border punch edge the 3″ x 4 3/4″ cardstock.  I used a border punch from Stampin’ Up.  It is very thin, but if you use a thicker border punch, you will need a wider piece of cardstock.
  4. Attach your patterned piece of paper to the paper with the borders, and attached them both to the card base.  Because my background paper is glittered, I used glue dots so they will hold better.
  5. Attach the Minnie and Mickey Mouse die cuts to the card.  I used pop dots to give the card some dimension.
  6. To finish the card, I added a little Fruit Punch Stickles Glitter Glue to Minnie’s bow and shoes.

mickey and friends cricut cartridge minnie card

The Disney Cricut Cartridges die cuts have lots of tiny pieces for the eyes and mouth for example.  I cut this at 4″, and I don’t recommend cutting it any smaller.  Because the Minnie & Mickey die cut is large, I really didn’t need a lot of embellishments.  If you made the card 6″x6″, you would have room for ribbon, buttons, or other decorations.  This is an odd size card, but you can find envelopes for this size on Amazon or Ebay.

I hope you will join the Mickey, Minnie, and Me Blog Hop to see everyone’s projects.

Your next stop is Lynn  - http://mycardsnstuff.blogspot.com/2014/10/mickey-minnie-and-me-blog-hop-with-mmcr.html

Here is a list of the stops along the way.

Start- http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com

2.  Rebecca- http://queenmommiedom.blogspot.com

3.  Pam http://www.psiloveyouscrapbooking.com/ (You are here!)

4.  Lynn  - http://mycardsnstuff.blogspot.com/2014/10/mickey-minnie-and-me-blog-hop-with-mmcr.html

5.  Sonja-http://sugarbeancards.blogspot.com/

6.  Brenda – http://www.disneygirlcrafts.com/

7.  Craft Lovers Come Here- http://CraftLoversComeHere.blogspot.co

 

Handmade Friendship Card

handmade friendship card using country life cricut cartridge

Today I have a handmade friendship card to share for my spot on the My Cricut Craft Room Design Team.  It’s fun to send someone a card for no reason other than to thank them for being a friend and make them smile.

My Mom bought me the Country Life Cricut Cartridge last year for Christmas.  Each year I put a few Cricut Cartridges on my wish list, and after Christmas, I treat myself to a couple with my Christmas money.

I don’t know why, but I haven’t used this cartridge much.  It has some great die cuts on it, that I really like, but I guess I was always working on other themes.

While working on my Design Team Cards for My Cricut Craft Room,  I saw that one of themes was Girls.  I picked that one right away, because I knew it would be easy!  A few days later, I saw this watering can and flower on the Country Life Cricut Cartridge, and I knew that it was a perfect fit for the Girly theme.

How to make this Handmade Friendship Card

Supplies you will need:

  • 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ white cardstock for the base
  • 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of blue cardstock for a mat
  • 5″ x 3 3/4″ piece of patterned paper for background
  • 1 1/4″ – 1 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ piece of patterned or solid coordinating paper
  • Border Punch
  • 1″ “Smile” from the Walk In My Garden Cricut Cartridge
  • 3 1/2″ Watering Can with Flower from the Country Life Cricut Cartridge
  • Scrapbook adhesive
  1. Fold the 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2 card in half to make the card base.
  2. Attach the colored cardstock mat to the card base.
  3. Attach the patterned paper to the mat.
  4. Use the border punch to edge the strip of patterned paper.  You can also use solid paper.  The width of the paper will depend on how deep the border punch is.  Some make a thin border, and other’s make a wide border.
  5. Add the strip with the punched borders to the bottom portion of the card leaving a 1/4″ space at the bottom.
  6. Add the watering can and flower and the “Smile”.
  7. I added turquoise Stickles glitter to the water coming from the watering can and a pink adhesive pearl to the center of the flower.

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This is an easy card layout that can be use with any combination of patterned, solid, or embossed paper.  You can use different Cricut die cuts and sentiments for any occasion.  I hope you’ll give it a try!

 

 

 

Card Using Life Is A Beach Cricut Cartridge

life is a beach cricut cartridge turtle When I saw that Erika at My Cricut Craft Room posted Sea Animals as a theme for the Design Team, I knew that I wanted to sign up for that one.  I already had something in mind, and the Life Is A Beach and Stretch Your Imagination Cartridges would help me create it.

I don’t make square cards very often, but with this idea, I knew that I was going need a little extra room to work with.  The card is 5″x5″, and the base is blue Bazzill cardstock.  I really like using Bazzill for my card bases, because it is a heavier weight than most cardstock. To create the water and sea floor layers I tore strips of cardstock and layered them.   The rough torn edges gave the water and dirt a natural look.  I used two shades of brown and three shades of blue. life is a beach seahorse

To make the seaweed, I used two shades of green and cut them at 4 1/2″ and 3″.  The taller pieces I attached flat to the paper, but the shorter pieces I only attached at the bottom so that I could overlap them with the seahorse.  The seahorse is cut at 3 1/2″.  Then I cut a sand dollar to cover the bottom of the seaweed. The sea turtles are on the Stretch your Imagination Cricut Cartridge.  They are 2″ and 1 3/4″.  The larger turtle is attached with glue dots, flat to the background.  The smaller dot is attached with pop dots to add dimension. life is a beach cricut cartridge turtle card When I attached the coral, star fish, and sand dollar, I let them hang off of the edge and then trimmed them to the edge of the card.  By overlapping die cuts, using popdots, and adding Stickles Glitter glue really gives the card lots of dimension. I hope you will visit My Cricut Craft Room to see all of the Design Team’s Creations. life is a beach coral starfish

World Card Making Day 2014

world card making day You know what they say about the best laid plans.  I had big plans for World Card Making Day, which was yesterday, but my plans changed and I had a fun day helping my niece make a birthday present for her Dad. I started this post last week and intended on posting it yesterday.  It’s never too late to celebrate though, so I’m posting it a day late.

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Did you know that October 4, 2014 is World Card Making Day?  Started in 2006 by Paper Crafts Magazine as National Card Making Day, the enthusiasm and celebration of creativity spread world wide.  It is celebrated on the first Saturday in October.  That day was chosen as a time when crafters begin working on handmade cards for the holiday season.  Paper Crafts Magazine started the unofficial holiday as a way for card makers to connect with family and friends to enjoy the hobby. Now other companies have joined in the celebration.

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Since I really need to make some cards, I asked my scrappy friends if they knew of any companies that were having Blog Hops, Challenges, or Contests.  Special events always seem to get me motivated!  Jackie with Kreate With Me 2 told me that Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps was having challenges.  The great thing is that you have until October 12th to post your projects, so that gives me a week to work on cards.  Go take a look at the challenge themes and prizes.  They are really awesome, and you can use any brands of projects. Paper Crafts Magazine has free fonts listed on their blog and a contest that ends on Monday, October 6th at 5pm.  All you have to do is comment on a post and you could be a winner! The World Card Making Day Website is giving away 15 HUGE prize packages to celebrate.  Entries must be postmarked by October 14th.  Their website also has information on how the holiday got started and the benefits of card making. Even though I didn’t get to make any cards yesterday, I’m hoping to get something accomplished this week.  I hope you’re able to find the time for some craftiness of your own!

I Won the Groovy Times Cricut Cartridge!

I’m a few days late posting this, but boy did I break out into a Happy Dance last week. I can’t say that I NEVER win anything. I mean, I’ve never won the lottery or a car or anything, but I have won a few raffles and some perfume at a quarter auction. Last week, I had two wins!

Two weeks ago, I followed an Autumn Blog Hop sponsored by My Cricut Craft Room.  A blog hop is when a group of bloggers post projects on their blogs on the same day along with a list of other bloggers who are doing the same thing.  Some blog hops may offer drawings to those who visit and comment, and others are just for fun.  I didn’t even realize that there was a prize for the Autumn Blog Hop until I saw it posted on Craft Lovers Come Here.  They were giving away the Groovy Times Cricut Cartridge which I don’t have yet.  I’ve already looked up projects using this cartridge on Pinterest, and can’t wait to get it!  You can still visit Craft Lovers Come Here to see the list of blogs and follow along. My Cricut Craft Room sponsors a blog hop featuring Cricut projects every weekend as well as daily Cricut Projects created by the design team.  Last week’s theme was School Days.  On October 11th, the them is Halloween Home Décor, and the following week the theme is Minnie, Mickey, and Me.  I know there will be awesome projects for that! Halloween Cricut Treat Bags So that was my first win.  My second win was at Bitten By The Bug.  They are a fun Cricut Challenge Blog, with a different theme each week.  I entered Halloween Treat Bags.  Most challenge winners are chosen at random, but Myra at Bitten By The Bug chose the winner.  Out of 40 entries, she chose ME!!!  Here is what she said.

I fell in love with PamL.’s from P.S. I Love You Scrapbooking Halloween Cricut treat bags !!!  I loved the little Halloween owl and cute pumpkin !!!

To see which Cricut Cartridges I used and how I made them, visit Cricut Halloween Treat Bags.

I hope you had a “win” this week.  Whether is was a personal accomplishment or finding a penny on the ground, we should celebrate them all!

Cricut Dog Card

create a critter cricut dog card

Hot diggity dog!  It’s gorgeous here today, so I’m on my way outside to plant mums and pansies and do a little sprucing up for fall.  I want to share this cute doggie with your first.

Today I have a Design Team Post for My Cricut Craft Room.  I hope you will pop over there and see all of the Design Team projects.  Those girls are making some cool stuff!

I made this Cricut Dog Card, and I just love him!! The dog is on the Create a Critter Cricut Cartridge.  I cut him at 3″.  I started with a black base, and then used the layer keys to cut the brown layers.

The dog food bowl is also on the Create A Critter Cartridge, and I cut it at 1″.  To make the dog kibble, I have a Martha Stewart border punch that makes tiny circles when you make the border. I used it to cut the circles out of three colors of brown scrap paper.  That sounds like a lot of work, but it really wasn’t.  It was only a matter of punching 3 times and attaching them with a glue pen. The tiny dog bone is the perfect accent and is also on the same Cricut Cartridge.

create a critter cricut cartridge dog bowl

 

Here are the paper sizes.  I hope you will be making something crafty real soon!

  • The base of the card is white 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Bazzill cardstock.  The green argyle paper is 5 1/4″ x 4″.
  • The plaid paper is 1 1/2″ x 5 1/4″, and the brown cardstock is 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″.
  • I used a Stampin’ Up border punch to make the scalloped edge on the brown cardstock.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Cuttlebug Sale and Free Shipping Code

There is a HUGE sale over at the Cricut website! Do you own a Cuttlebug?  If you don’t, this is a great time to buy one.  They are on sale, and so are a lot of the embossing folders and cutting dies.  Cricut Mats and supplies are on sale too.  AND….I know….it just keeps getting better!  There is a code for FREE SHIPPING at the bottom of this post.

cuttlebug star card

The white embossed background on this card was made using the Cuttlebug. The stars are from the Cricut, and I added buttons to the stars to embellish it.

A Cuttlebug is a hand crank machine that embosses paper to give it a texture.  You can emboss card backgrounds, die cuts, and even dinner napkins to make them fancy.  If you use cardstock that has a different color core, you can lightly sand the paper after embossing to get a really nice effect.  You can also ink over the raised areas to highlight them and make them stand out. This machine features a carry handle and fold down platform, making it easy to take to crops and to store.  It comes with the plates needed to cut and emboss.  You can use folders and dies from other manufacturers.  I personally use Stampin’ Up, Big Shot, and Nestabilities with my machine, and they work great.  Many stamp companies are offering thin dies that coordinate with their stamp sets, and they will work with the Cuttlebug.

 

Here is another card using the Cuttlebug.  It's a very simple card using plain cardstock, a small piece of ribbon, and a button.  I used two different embossing folders for the texture on this card.

Here is another card using the Cuttlebug. It’s a very simple card using plain cardstock, a small piece of ribbon, and a button. I used two different embossing folders for the texture on this card.

So many companies are making embossing folders now, and there are tons of patterns from which to choose.  There are all kinds of themes and holidays.  Some embossing folders may be small with a sentiment and others are long and thing and can be used for borders. The Cuttlebug would make a great gift for a crafter.  It’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas.  We’re less than 100 days away from the big day!  The embossing folders and Cricut accessories make great stocking stuffers.  I’d love to find Cricut Blades and dies under my Christmas Tree.

 

 

 

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This photo shows the two different embossed patterns. The mat is a small dotted pattern which is versatile for any occasion and theme. The floral pattern is great for larger areas.

Stampin Up Card Using By The Tide Set

 

stampin up fish card

Oh my goodness, me oh my!  I made a masculine card!  I know….I know!  I don’t post many of those.

A few weeks ago, my Mom gave me a package of Stampin’ Up water color paper to play with.  I went to You Tube to get some ideas on how to use it.  This is one of the Stampin Up cards that I made.

The sizes and colors of the cardstock are listed at the end of this post.

To make the water background I used Marina Mist and Pool Party Classic Ink Pads and an Aqua Painter.  An aqua painter is a brush that you fill with water so that you can paint with ink giving it a water color look.  If you have reinkers, you can use those, but since I didn’t I had to use the stamp pads.

I squeezed the stamp pads so that some of the ink would transfer to the lid.  Then I used the Aqua Painter to pick up the ink and paint with it onto the water color paper.  To get darker shades, use more ink.  By dragging the aqua painter across the ink pad, I could get more ink if there wasn’t enough on the lid.

I used the same technique with Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, and Old Olive Ink Pads to color the fish from the Stampin’ Up By The Tide Set. It’s best to start with lighter shades of ink and keeping adding more ink and darker shades until you get the effect that you like.  I made sure the water color paper was dry before stamping a coral background in Crumb Cake.

stampin up fish

Here is a list of the cardstock sizes that I used for this card.  All colors are from Stampin’ Up.

  • 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Crumb Cake
  • 5 1/4″ x 4″ Marina Mist  (I ran this layer through the Cuttlebug)
  • 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ Old Olive
  • 4 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ Crumb Cake
  • 4″ x 2″ Water Color Paper

 

Cricut Halloween Treat Bags

Cricut Halloween Treat Bags and Party Favors These Halloween Treat Bags and Party Favors made with the Cricut turned out really cute!  To see what other critters are on this Cricut Cartridge, visit Pam Cuts.  I made these for the My Cricut Craft Room Halloween Blog Hop.  I hope you will follow the hop and see the wonderful projects that the other design team members have made. create a critter 2 cricut cartridge jack o lanternFor the first Halloween Treat Bag I used the Nut Cup on the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cricut Cartridge (page 130).  I used the Fit to Page feature on the Cricut Expressions, so that it would cut it as big as it would fit on a 12×12 piece of paper.  The purple, orange, and black chevron patterned paper works great for Halloween.  It is from the Die Cuts With A View Stack called Spooky Time. create a critter 2 cricut cartridge pumpkinI cut the Jack-o-lantern at 3 1/2″ from the Create A Critter 2 Cricut Cartridge.   He’s not very spooky with his rosy cheeks though! The sides of the nut cup are slanted outwards, so I attached the Jack-o-lanter on the inside so it’s facing up. The nut cup on the Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More Cricut Cartridge are perfect for party favors.  When cut on the largest size, the nut cup is big enough for a handful of small candies like M&M’s or a bit of crushed paper and miniature candy bars. The witch owl Halloween Treat Bag is also cut from the Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More Cricut Cartridge.  It is the gift bag on page 115 of the manual.  I used the Fit to Page Feature to make it as large as it would fit on the 12×12 paper.  The pretty orange patterned paper is from the Spooky Time Stack from Die Cuts With A View.  I cut the owl at 3 1/2″ and attached him with glue dots. create a critter 2 cricut cartridge tags bags boxes and more

Please join us for the My Cricut Craft Room Halloween Blog Hop.  The other design team members have created great Spooooooky projects to share with you. 

Your next stop on the Blog Hop will be http://vickiscraftroom.blogspot.com

Here is the Blog Hop Line Up

http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com http://scrappergrl.blogspot.com http://aldinarosedesigns.blogspot.com http://craftgirl5586.blogspot.com http://psiloveyouscrapbooking.com YOU ARE HERE! http://vickiscraftroom.blogspot.com   I’m entering this project into the following challenges: Bitten By The Bug Exploring Cricut Sugar Bee Crafts

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