Thursday, May 17, 2018

Trim it Up with Expo International

I've got tassels and buttons and trims, oh my!
"Houston we have a problem" - what to make first!

T-shirts and aprons pillows and hats,
Baskets and bags, purses and mats.
Just add some trim, it's easy to do
And soon your old stuff will be looking like new!

This is just a small selection from Expo International and already I'm in creative overload. T-shirts, aprons, hats, pillows - pretty much anything can go from boring to beautiful with the addition of one or two, well-chosen trims.  Here are a few ideas to start with....

You will also need:
Needle and thread
Lo-temp glue gun
Fabric glue
Double sided photo mounting tape
Glue spots

Up-cyled Headband:

An old headband had seen better days, but it fit nicely (on my head too), so instead of throwing it away I decided to cover it with lace and trim.  I chose stretch lace, simply because the headband was about 1" wide at the top, but tapered to 1/2" at each end.

1.  Cut the lace to size.

2.  Attach one end of the lace to the end of the headband with a glue spot, then pull over the top and attach to the opposite side. Secure the end.  Because the lace stretches the edges will curl inward.

3.  Adhere the photo mounting tape to the underside of the headband. Remove the cover from the tape then glue the edges of the lace to the tape.

4.  Trim the lace at each end as needed.

5.  Adhere rhinestone trim on top of the lace for some evening sparkle!  

Pillow Pizzaz
Pillows don't have to be plain and boring! 

 Glue, or sew woven braid along the pattern lines for an updated look.  
Note: Dip ends of trim in glue to prevent fraying.

Add a second trim for even more pillow pizzaz and a tassel at each corner!

Summer Bag

Nobody likes a boring bag.  Jazz it up with the same trims used on the pillow, plus 3/8" pom pom trim.

1.  Cut 4 pieces of woven braid trim and 2 pieces of pom pom trim the width of the bag,  Dip ends of trim in fabric glue to prevent fraying.  Sew or glue trim in place as shown.  

2.  Glue the flower, or other complimentary trim on top of the woven braid.

Swag Bag

Glue woven braid trim around the edge of the iron-on vinyl flag for a more finished look.
Note: Dip ends of trim in fabric glue to prevent fraying.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Check out the other blogs listed below then head back to the Designer Crafts Connection blog to enter to win your own treasure chest of trims!

Beth Watson
Julie McGuffee - You are here!
Designer Crafts Connection


Enjoy!  Y'all come back now.......

Yours truly,


Monday, May 14, 2018

Fascinator for a Fairy Tale Wedding!

Are you excited about the upcoming royal wedding?  I know I am.  Royal weddings are always special.  I love the pageantry of these royal occasions and seeing traditional British customs accompanied by so much pomp and ceremony.  Like everyone else, I'm dying to see what the future Princess and all their guests will be wearing! Watch parties are planned all over the world to celebrate the royal couple, DVRs and alarm clocks are set and now is the time to plan on what to wear to this most auspicious occasion (even if we only get to visit via the telly).

Everyone has a favorite dress, but the most important part of your outfit will be the hat.  Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth would never be seen outside her castle walls without a hat perched upon her royal coiffed noggin, and no self respecting lady, or gentleman would dream of entering a church without a hat. Enter the "Fascinator".  An odd name to be sure, but one that conjures up images of grandeur, frivolity and all round creative fun.  It is definitely one of the "bear" necessities for this and all special occasions and great fun to make!  Teddy is ready!


You will need:  
Kunin® Premium Felt 9" x 12" - White
Kunin® Premium Felt 9" x 12" - Black
Kunin® Black Dot on White Coordinates Felt  9" x 12" 

Cricut® Maker cutting machine and Rotary Blade

Wired Ribbon - Black
Variety of Black trims and White Tulle (Expo International)

Craft Feathers - White
3" Barrette
Needle and thread
Glue gun and lo-temp glue


    1.  Cut the following shapes from felt:

          One 3" circle and one 5" x 7" oval - white
          One 4" circle and one 5" x 1.25" strip of petals - black
          One 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" oval - black dot on white


You can cut these with the Maker in Cricut Design Space using the "shapes" and "size" features, or create your own paper patterns. The shapes don't have to be perfect for this project.


    2.  Create the base:  Fold the white oval in half lengthwise then, starting from the edge, cut a 2 1/2" slit along the fold. Overlap each side then glue in place. Repeat with the dot oval then glue this oval on top of the white. The premium felt oval is slightly smaller and gives the base of the fascinator more stability.

3. Create the flower:

        a. Fold the white circle in half, in half again (quarters) then cut a small piece from the point to create a hole in the center about 1/2" wide.  Using the needle and thread, create small running (up & down) stitches around the center opening.  Pull tightly to gather the over sew the end of the thread to secure. (I used black thread on white to make the stitches visible for step outs.)


        b. Place running stitches  along the bottom of the petals as shown, then gather tightly. Over sew the end to secure the thread then pull the ends together to create a circle of petals.  Stitch, or glue the ends together. For added glamour, I cut apart the black trim with rhinestones then glued each piece to a petal.


        c. Glue the petals to the center of the white circle then both to the center of the black circle.

        d. With the ribbon still on the spool, pull the end of the wire gently from one edge to gather the ribbon. Push the ribbon along the wire until there is enough to make a circle the same diameter as the flower.  Cut the ribbon from the spool ten gently pull the wire from the other end of the same edge. Sandwich the gathered ribbon between the white and black felt circles.  Pull the ends together, twist the wires to secure then cut away the excess wire.


4. Create a Tulle bow

        a.  Fold the tulle back and forth about every 12" until there are 3 loops at each side.


        b. Pinch the tulle loops together at the center then wrap tightly with a twist tie (shown), thread or a piece of the wire from the ribbon.


5.  Assemble:

        a. Glue the flower to one side of the base toward the back.  Only glue the center of the flower to the base, making sure there's enough glue to make it secure.  Pull the loops on each side of the tulle bow together then glue the center of the tulle to the base underneath the flower.  Fluff the loops apart.


        b. There was a single rhinestone between each diamond shape on the rhinestone trim. for added sparkle, I glued these on top of a few of the dos at the front of the base.


        c. A fascinator isn't truly finished until you add some feathers.  Squeeze a good amount of glue into the center of the flower then insert the ends of 3 or more feathers and voilà, c'est fini.....  As my grand daughter would say, "how adorbs is that"!


NOTE: You can use old-fashioned hat pins to hold your fascinator in place, attach to a sturdy headband, or you can glue a barrette to the underside.  Cut a half circle of felt about 4" x 2" (or strip).  Trim as needed, then thread through the upper part of the barrette. Glue the felt under the base.  


You will need to determine where/how you will want to wear your fascinator before securing the barrette to make sure it will be placed correctly to work with the way you style your hair. 

You can find free patterns to create different flowers in Cricut Design Space, or simply search Pinterest for additional ideas.  Whatever the occasion, you can make your fascinator look amazing with felt accents and trims.  Enjoy the wedding!  Y'all come back now........

Yours truly,


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

CHA Winter Trade show 2010

I'm home! Finally, after 6 days of non-stop creativity and inspiration. I haven't missed a CHA show in almost 20 years. Each year is different, but still wonderful. Here's a few notes on some of the new tools, etc then you'll see a gallery of photos from the show from a variety of booths just to give you a taste of what it was like to be there.

PRESTO PUNCH: This is a new tool from Spellbinders. It's an electric punch so all you have to do is press a button and out pops your cut and embossed shape! All you'll need in the future for small shapes is one "Presto" punch and the small dies instead of bunches of punches.

CRICUT CAKE: This really "takes the cake" to a new level. For those of you who decorate a lot of cakes, or have a store, you'll have to put this on your shopping list! I wonder if it will ever be used for a cake challenge on the Food Network.......hmmm - I'm still waiting for one (for our industry) that cuts felt and wood....

HANG IT ALLS and DISTREZZ it ALL: These are two new products from Zutter/Bind it All. You can see from the photos that the Hang it Alls are a "hook and link" concept to join clipboard wood pieces together to make a wall hanging and the "Distrezz it All" will distress the edges of multiple pieces of paper for that cool, shabby chic/vintage look.



i-top, BUTTON /BRAD Maker: Imaginisce has developed a tool to make custom buttons and brads. I've used the Badge-A-Minit button maker for years (I love to make photo buttons for embellishments and refrigerator magnets) and have demo'd it on Scrapbook Memories, but this tool is so much easier to use. The tool is at the back of the Make It Take It table. Sorry the photo doesn't really show what it does.

ECLIPS: The Eclips is an electronic die cutting system from Sizzix. It is easy to use and non techies will love it! Check out for all the details on this and other fabulous new tools and there will be segments on how to use it on the new series of Scrapbook Memories which will start to air in late Spring.

LEVER PUNCHES: These have been around for years, so they're not new, but what is new is that McGill has them! It's worth mentioning since they have always had great punch designs and now they'll be easier to punch.

GCD STUDIOS & Melody Ross: The chatter here is all about the tools Melody has developed for adding texture through debossed images/patterns to chipboard. Add the small metal stamp to the basic tool then just hammer away for great effects.... There are wonderful designs to choose from, including alphabets and the packaging is to "die" for - the designs are packaged in tins like the ones you get when you buy jewelry from Brighton. Love those tins!

THE CINCH: Innovative as ever, We R Memory Keepers has come up with a tool to make book binding a "cinch". I wish I knew what happened to my photo :( but look for it at your local store and on HSN (the tool, not my photo.......)

XYRON Creatopia: I first saw a full page ad for this new machine in a fall issue of Martha Stewart Living and looked forward to seeing it in person. I'd describe as an All-In-One. Xyron has always had interchangeable cartridges for their original machine, but now the range of cartridges has widened dramatically. Not only are there different adhesive cartridges, including one for fabric, there's one that cuts and embosses using existing dies and embossing folders, one that cuts paper with and/without decorative edges, one that adds texture patterned borders and a cartridge with new rollers that will allow you to add adhesive to surfaces up to 1/2" thick.

I'm sure I've forgotten something, but I'm going to go ahead and post what I have so far, then add to this later. I still have a whole bunch of photos of the show to post that will give you a taste of what it was like to be there, as well as photos of the Super Show, so check back soon!

Yours truly,
Julie :)


The following photos are in no particular order and taken throughout the show. There's a variety of booths, some of which I'm sure you'll recognize. Enjoy!















Have to say a little bit about the following photos. This is the Kaisercraft booth and it has become an annual tradition to stop by for a photo with Melissa Kennedy.



And finally a project from Tim Holtz featuring his new Sizzix dies
with its quote from Gwen Stefani.


There was SO much to see and I took lots more photos, but instead of posting them all here please check out Julie Fei Fan Balzer's blog at You'll also love her commentary. Julie is a regular guest host on the new series of Scrapbook Memories for the Artist to Artist segments. I just love her style and I know that you will too.

A few final words about trends: There were flowers everywhere made from paper, yarn, ribbon, fabric, felt, canvas, even newspaper and more Vintage than ever. Jewelry is popping up in what once were typically "scrapbook" company booths. Making Memories had a wonderful line of jewelry pieces for example. K&Co, which is now part of EK Success Brands had a really cool jewelry program a few years ago, so perhaps now would be a good time to bring it back.... There were also a lot of canvas surfaces to work on - not just bags, totes and wearables, but journals, pieces for wall art, etc. "Peace" signs, neon, Vintage buttons and Vintage bling, more glitter paper and adhesive sparkle for either wearables, or wall art. Speaking of wearables, you have to check out this photo. It was taken by Julie Fei Fan Balzer and I borrowed it from her blog. It's a dress made from newspaper that was in the "I Love to Create" booth, influenced, I'm sure, by a design from last season's "Project Runway". Reminds me of the old joke, "what's black and white and read all over"............ Wearable ART.

The industry is changing... mixed media now rules and it's a very fun Kingdom for our creative souls. So spread your wings and soar!!

Yours truly,
Julie :)