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Quiltologie Mini Quilt Kit Review

Quilting, Tutorial, Decor, Reviews, Crafts, Sewing, How to, DiyGabriela SimsComment

Hello there everyone! I saw these wonderful quilt kits at JoAnn and decided to try one out. They come with everything except the batting, fusible web, and thread, but if you quilt, you already have those things! The pattern has all of the cutting and piecing instructions; so you can get started right away even if you do not have any batting handy. I did my cutting all at once and then started piecing.

 

 These are eyes! 

These are eyes! 

The most satisfying part was getting all of my fox blocks done.  This is also the most challenging part, if you make it through this, everything else is a breeze.

 

 

 Pressed and ready! 

Pressed and ready! 

I finished with some simple FMQ and this is now proudly displayed in my cube at work! 

 

 This was before the "final" press. 

This was before the "final" press. 

I had a great time making this and I was able to complete it in a weekend, but you could do it in a few hours if you focus. I think it's totally worth the price and if you use a 40% off coupon, you can get it for under $10. There are several patterns available, so if you want to start quilting, these are great! Thanks for stopping by, happy crafting!

-Gaby

Balloons for a Craft Show

Gab with Gaby Stamps, Balloons, Craft Shows, Crafts, DecorGabriela SimsComment

Hi everyone! Gaby here with some real talk about balloon decor. First let me start by saying I have never done balloon art or balloon sculptures in my life...until last Sunday. I decided to add balloons to my setup for the craft show, so I started watching a few YouTube videos...and this happened!

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I had so much fun making that, I made this: 

 

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And this: 

 

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And finally, this: 

 

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That was all in the span of a few days, but I really enjoyed it. I am still working out my booth decorations, but rest assured there will be balloons! Happy crafting!

 

-Gaby

Building the Workbox 3.0

Storage, Craft Room, Workbox, Gab with Gaby Stamps, Decor, Diy, Organization, CraftsGabriela SimsComment

Friends...I finally got a Workbox!!! It started as me showing the video to my hubby and he said "You should just get it." 24 hours later my pre-order was complete. It arrived about two weeks ago  and honestly, I have been working on it since then. I built it over the course of a few evenings and I just finished putting all of my items into it this past weekend.  I will do another post soon that gives a full look at it, but this post is just about the build and my first impression. To be frank, this is not a single person job, I repeat, find someone to help you! I am an experienced engineer and by the time I was done, I had used several principles of leverage, power tools, and light woodworking; it was a monster. However, once it was finished, it was magnificent! I was able to fit so many supplies in it because of all of the tote storage. Check out some photos below. 

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These boxes are in addition to a crate that was about 7' x 3' that I had to leave in my garage. 

 

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This is all of the hardware that comes with the Workbox. 

 

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These tools are included, if you have a decent rubber mallet, use that instead, I found that the head kept popping off of this one. 

 

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End of Day 1. 

 

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End of day 2. 

 

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End of day 3. Putting the shelves in was surprisingly difficult because some of the spacing was really tight. 

 

 As you can see, I started putting things in there right away, and this was when it started to get really fun and exciting. This was also before I installed the crown, which I love, the light is great.

As you can see, I started putting things in there right away, and this was when it started to get really fun and exciting. This was also before I installed the crown, which I love, the light is great.

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I ordered the magnetic boards for both doors because I have a ton of dies that I wanted to store and this worked beautifully.  Also I ordered the shelf upgrade for the Velcro swing door, but I haven't installed it yet, I'm still debating if I will.

 Left side. 

Left side. 

I used my Letratag to put labels on almost all of the totes/shelves because as I was organizing, I realized everything would be in a new place.  That part was super fun too, I went through 3 cartridges! 

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I found so many things I had forgotten about and apparently at some point I needed to buy every roll of washi tape known to man, I found at least 30 rolls. I also found duplicates of a few items and this made me realize I will probably spend less on supplies now because I can see everything that I own. I think that is awesome because in just the few weeks that I have had this, I have been able to make more cards and drawings because I'm not wasting g time looking for supplies or trying to find a clean work space. 

 

 My camera even mounts to the top shelf! 

My camera even mounts to the top shelf! 

I am so happy with this view; so many of my frequently used supplies are right in front of me. I am still working on organizing a few things as I use it more. In fact, my paper trimmer now has a designated space instead of sitting on top of my Big Shot. 

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It is so easy now to sit down and color or stamp, record tutorials, or work on blogging. This was a big expense, but it was really an investment that I think is worth it just for the time and sanity saved.  If you are on the fence about it I can honestly say I am very pleased with this piece and it looks beautiful closed.  I did not show under the table, but my sewing/embroidery machine is under there along with my colored pencils, my Crop-a-Dile Big Bite, my Cinch, my Xyron Creative Stations, and my Fiskars Rotary Cutter, and they all fit comfortably. I am still impressed by how much it actually holds, I was able to put all of my regularly used supplies in there and free up so much space in my closet in the craft room. 

Now that I have completed that, expect regular posts and videos! I have recorded a few but I have to edit them, also I will be doing a full tour of my Workbox soon. As always, thanks for stopping by and happy crafting! 

Give Thanks for the Little Things

Quick Quotes, How to, Paper crafting, Crafts, Diy, Want2Scrap, Xyron, Decor, TutorialGabriela SimsComment

Hi everyone, Gabriela here as part of the Want2Scrap blog hop! I did a project that you can use for you Thanksgiving table or have in your house all year long. This took me about an hour and a half to finish and it was very simple to make. I used a mirror for this, but you could use an old frame or a shadow box.

 

I started with the 12" round mirror, a chipboard die cut from Want2Scrap, Honeycomb 102, and Mahogany ink.


I inked "The little things" with Mahogany ink and then cut out "Give Thanks for" on my Cricut from the Honeycomb paper.





While I let the chipboard dry, I put Want2Scrap bling around the edge of the mirror for a decorative effect.  This part took the longest, but I put on some music and I was done in about 30 minutes.




To make attaching the letters easy, I used my Xyron to put adhesive on the back of the paper and the chipboard.



Finally, I attached the words using a ruler and my cutting mat to line everything up; here's the finished project.



The first picture was taken with nothing in the reflection and the second was taken to show how the words look with a reflection of something.  I am planning on getting a plate stand for this so I can display it for Thanksgiving! If you use a frame or shadow box, you can hang it on the wall as decor for the whole year.  I hope you liked this project and you give it a try, thanks for stopping by.

Quick Quotes Products Used:

Honeycomb 102
Powder Puff Chalking Ink - Mahogany

Want2Scrap

Xyron