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MHCT&M: Must Have General Craft Supplies

It’s a new month and a new theme for our Must Have Craft Tips series!


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This month the girls and I are going to be sharing must have craft supplies that we keep in our craft rooms. These are supplies that we love and know you will, too!



 Must have craft supplies to make your general crafting WAY easier! 


I’m focusing on general craft supplies. These are supplies I keep within arms reach of my work space. We’re talking my favorite adhesives, cutting tools, and more. I don’t have a specific crafting niche, I dip my hand in a little bit of everything, so these are my must haves for all the various crafts I make.

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  Of course I have to start with my Silhouette Cameo. I honestly use it ALL the time for paper crafts, vinyl crafts, and several other things. I also purchase all of my replacement cutting mats and cutting blades online. They are Prime and SOOO convenient!

There is also an AMAZING deal available online for a $25 gift card to the Silhouette Store that sells for less than $15! 

They not only make great gifts for your friends that have a Silhouette, but will save you $$$ on the $.99 downloadable designs in the Silhouette Store! 



 Speaking of things that cut… this folding paper trimmer from Making Memories is the BEST paper trimmer you could ever get your hands on. Unfortunately they seem to be hard to get ahold of these days. I originally purchased mine at Hobby Lobby (with a 40% off coupon!) several years ago. The blade self-sharpens each time you use it so you NEVER have to replace the blade! If you ever run across one, snatch it up! 



 A good pair of precision scissors are a must have as well. I like this pair from EK Success. I’ve had my pair for years and have yet to need to sharpen them. And I like that they have a safety cover for when I’m not using them. 



 Next up under the “cutting” category is this set of X-acto knives. One is a typical X-acto knife, great for precision cutting and cutting straight lines. Another has a swivel tip (my favorite!) for cutting out curvy shapes. And the third is heavy duty for cutting cardstock and thicker materials. They come in this handy wooden case with spare blades. 



 I sew a bit but I also use my Fiskars rotary cutter for other materials as well. I know that is a big no no for people who sew, but I keep separate blades for different materials. You can label them so that you don’t use your “fabric” blade on paper and whatnot. They are great for anything large you need cut!



 And with any rotary cutter you must have a cutting mat. I actually have two. A small one (18″x12″) for cutting small items with my X-acto knifes and a large one (36″x24″) for cutting large items with the rotary cutter. These are self-healing and will last forever if treated correctly! 




 I also keep an acrylic ruler handy to use with my X-acto knives and rotary cutter. It’s the best way to ensure a perfectly straight line. This one is super awesome because it also acts as a centering ruler which makes placing items on fabric or paper easy to place. It’s great for working with vinyl, too, and getting that placement just right. 



 One more MUST HAVE cutting tool is the Crop-a-dile. I don’t use it so much for the eyelet setting aspect because I don’t use them much anymore (I did when I scrapbooked), but it is the most amazing paper punch ever. You can cut through thick stacks of paper like butter! It’s great for making banners and whatnot.



 Although I don’t use it super often, I do use my Martha Stewart scoring board often enough to keep nearby while I’m working. Any piece of paper I need folded I always turn to the scoring board for perfect creases. I also like that the scoring tool and ruler can be stored in board. 



 Moving on to adhesives, any good crafter will have multiple adhesives on hand for creating. 

Let’s start with wet adhesives. 

These 3 are my absolute favorite wet adhesives for various media. They all happen to be from the same company, Beacon.

The Zip Dry is a fast drying adhesive perfect for paper crafts. It doesn’t wrinkle the paper like most wet adhesives.

3-in-1 is great for general crafting. I always tell people it’s like a cold hot glue gun. It dries super fast and you don’t get burned in the process!

Fabri-Tac, as you might imagine, is used on fabric. It doesn’t dry stiff so it leaves fabrics flexible and is also quick drying like the other 2 wet adhesives. 



 Now for the dry adhesives. 

I have two absolutely must haves: Super Tape and the Glue Glider Pro

Super Tape is a double sided, super heavy duty tape that is not letting go of anything. When you use it you don’t have to worry about anything ever coming loose. I love it for adding paper to heavy duty media like cardboard and even wood. 


The Glue Glider Pro has various cartridges available (i.e. repositionable, permanent, etc.) though I generally stick to the basic High Tac cartridge. I love that it is easy to apply the adhesive and use it ALL the time for paper crafting. 




 I tend to add a lot of paint to various craft projects. Whether I’m flat out painting something or just adding a touch of color to a project, I love, love, love having one of these Artist Brush Tubs on my desk. My craft space is nowhere near a sink. And I don’t necessarily want to have to stop what I’m doing to go rinse off a brush. So I keep this tub with water (it comes with a lid) on my desk all the time and open it up when needed. No more ruined paintbrushes because I didn’t rinse them in time (or forgot about them altogether!).




What do you think? Do you already have some of these or something similar? 

We’d love to hear your thoughts on your favorite craft supplies! 



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Spring Fling Giveaway

Ready for a little giveaway?! 
 I’ve teamed up with some other bloggers and we are all giving away some of our favorite items for a little Spring Fun!

Here is my basket:
Would you like a closer look at the items? 
Here ya go!


Fun basket from Target
All these items are inside the basket.
Giftcard to Target 🙂 
Cute little “admit two” candy dish
My all time favorite chapstick that I just MAY be addicted too! Can’t go anywhere without it!
3M Command Picture Hanging Strips
My FAVORITE Easter candy besides a Chocolate Bunny, Mini Eggs
Fun Paper Straws
Nail polish- Wine Not
Cute little notebook
Inside of the notebook to help you stay organized.
Hope you like!!

You can enter to win my basket in the Rafflecopter Widget below but be sure to visit all the other blogs as well for a chance to win their baskets. (You can click on the buttons at the top of this post to visit their blogs.)
Here is a little peak at all the other items up for grabs.

Good luck!!



Do You have a Fall Favorite? #favefallcraft

#favefallcrafts Twitter chat, Friday Oct 19, 2pm est. Get inspired and win $50 to Jo-Ann Fabrics!
Fall is here! 
There is no denying it now with the cooler temperatures and changing leaves.
This is definitely one of the best times to get crafty and decorate your home for the season and the holidays.
I know I enjoy it and that so many of you as well do as well.

I am teaming up with some other bloggers that love Fall to do a fun Twitter chat to discuss all things fall.
The chat will be Friday, October 19th at 2 pm EST. and we’ll be sharing our favorite crafts, yummy seasonal recipes, decor ideas, and more.

PLUS, we will even have some crafty expert advice from Joann Fabric and Craft
Stores… as well as a chance to win a $50 gift card- just for
participating! 🙂

On the day of the chat, we will be using a tweet chat room. All you have to do is click HERE– and you’ll see all the participants! Easy peasy.
 Never participated in a Twitter chat before, no worries! It is basically a
chatroom where we can talk about all of the things we love about Fall. And it’s a great
way to make new friends, see some awesome ideas, gain followers, and
get your ideas out there! We’ll be asking lots of fun questions and
looking for YOUR favorite fall finds so figure out what you want to share now!

 Can’t make the chat? I will be sure to post the transcript afterwards so you can see all the awesomeness!

PLEASE RSVP below if you plan on attending the chat and for your chance to win the $50 Joann’s giftcard! 




Top 10 of 2010

Happy Monday!
Travis has another day off so I decided to take a day off with him although it isn’t much of a day off. I’m cleaning and organizing. Ooooo, Fun… NOT!
I got all of my Christmas decorations put away yesterday but I still have a lot of things out of place and I plan on reorganizing my craft room. Wish me luck with that one!

But even though I am a little late jumping on this bandwagon, I still want to share my top 10 posts from 2010.

So here are my top 10 Most Popular Posts:

10. Style with Shutters

9. Tin Wall Tiles

8. Cardboard Tube Turkey
7. Pom-Pom Flower T-shirt Embellishment

6. Mail Center Redo
5. Glitter Pumpkins

4. Coffee Table Upcycle
3. Crepe Paper Rose Wreath
2. Spooktacular Subway Art

1. Fall Garland

I also wanted to share MY Top Ten Favorite Posts.
These are both crafty and personal posts.

10. Glitter Painting
9. Dalmatian Cupcakes
8. Twine Wreath
7. Coffee Table Upcycle
6. Wooden Snowflake
5. Captain Travis Michelena
4. Picture Plaque
3. Fall Garland
2. Proud Wife
1. Style with Shutters

I just want to say a HUGE Thank You to all of you that follow my blog! I appreciate each and every one of you… even the ones that stalk quietly from a distance. hehe

I started this blog for our family and friends so the beginning was all personal posts. Then in June I decided to also start sharing crafts and redos and I can’t believe how fast my blog grew from there!

I am amazed everyday when I view my stats, see comments from all you of, and see my followers number grow.

I hope that I can continue making each of you want to come visit my neck of the blogland woods and that this blog keeps growing.

I can’t wait for what 2011 has in store for this little blog of mine.

Thank you all again!
Much LOVE!!


My Favorite Things

Hi all!
I hope you are doing well.

Since my 1 yr blogiversary is on Friday, I thought I would share some of my favorite posts.

I thought I’d start with some of my favorite posts that are just about our everyday life.

Last January, we had some fabulous snow days in VA. Oscar LOVES the snow!
I got some great shots of him playing like a wild man outside.

Travis deployed to Haiti just days after the massive earthquake occurred. He is a FABULOUS writing and while he was gone he would send out updates of his life down there. I decided to post these updates on our blog. You can read them here, here, here, here and here.

Travis came home from Haiti at the end of March. It was a great welcome home celebration and then we had a welcome home party for him and our good friend who also was deployed.

Shortly after Travis came back from Haiti, he got promoted to Captain.

Travis graduated from Air Assault school this summer as well.

Now onto some of my favorite projects and my favorite recipe.

I love these Dalmatian Cupcakes and so does anyone else that has tried them. So good!!

My fall garland.
I love this because truth be told, I was TOTALLY winging this project and it came out SO cute!! 🙂

This picture plaque that I made for my grandmother’s birthday. She loved it and I am thrilled with how it came out.

My crepe paper rosette wreath.
It takes a lot of time but is oh so worth it in the end.

My little birdie shelf redo.
This thing was SO ugly but I got it for $12 and it is now a great storage shelf in my craft room.

Coffee table turned bench.
Both Travis and I worked really hard on this bench and it turned out great!

And I my favorite post, which many of you mentioned this as well, is my shutter wall decor.
I randomly had this idea and it ended up looking so good!
I still walk into my living and get all giddy when I look at it.

Thanks to all of you for joining me in my blogging journey. I appreciate every single one of you. I hope you will continue to take this big journey with me.

P.S- Catch a Glimpse party will begin tonight at midnight.