Creative’s block be gone!

Have you ever heard of writers’ block?

I think we all face at one time or another some kind of creative’s block and for us Cricut or silhouette users can be easily gone in 3 steps!

I love browsing for ideas and projects I can easily accomplish so it can get my creative juices flowing, if a project is a bit too hard it may not work as well “deblocking” your creative spirit, so the best is to choose a fairy simple but exiting enough project to make.

STEP 1: visit a website that will get your inspired! IN SPIRIT

My go to is Creative Fabrica and their craft section as you can browse for phenomenal fonts, graphics, illustrations and best part is that you don’t need to have a paid membership to enjoy them. They have a section for freebies and it’s vast!

You can create a free membership with creative fabrica.

STEP 2: Go to FREEBIES top right side and choose FREE SVGS

This will show you a great range of project and this is when your creative juices will start to flow!

What a range! And for FREE!

The very first one caught my eye, because I needed to personalize a mug for a friend, so when she comes over my place she can have tea in her own mug. You can download the same one following the link provided. You will need to download and open the zip file under files if using iPad like me; after that the file as a PNG or SVG will be ready to upload from Cricut Design Space

STEP 3: Open Cricut Design Space and Upload your chosen file!

Simple, right?

EXTRA STEP : Add a name to the design. I wanted to make this mug extra special and decided to add her name to the design and so I went to Creative Fabrica’s Free fonts and looked for one alike the one of the design. All these fonts also include commercial use! SWEEEEET!!

After you have downloaded it, go to your files and open the file so it decompress itself. I use Any Font app to download fonts to my iPad system. It’s super simple!

Back to Cricut Design Space and let’s work on our design!

Because I am using DS in iPad I can not use the curve font tool, but I use a circle from shapes and arrange the letters using it. I forgot to get a screenshot of before, but it’s easy to do with patience. Make sure you align the name to the centre of the circle and start arranging left and right to the letter from the centre, in my case it was the second N.

Once my design was ready to go and measured to size I used outdoor vinyl (premium vinyl setting) and cut my design. I decided to take the little bits inside the banner as they are harder to stay for long, as they are really tiny.

All weeded using my super needle/pen weeder.

Easy!… right?

Hanna’s mug is ready now and I’ll cure it for a good couple of weeks before hand- washing it.

Head to Creative Fabrica and get your creative’s juices flowing and make something pretty for yourself or someone you love.

Paper Crafting for Mother’s Day

Get ready! This is a long one 😜

First of all I have to admit this, I’ve never felt that I’m a “paper crafts person”, I find scrapbooking pretty, as well as cards but not satisfying enough for me to work on… and that is until I found out about paper structures.

I fell in love with them!

I first made a gingerbread house from SVG Cuts and then I discovered Dreaming Tree which is simply amazing and also has better prices than the previous site I mentioned.

What I love about Dreaming Tree is that they all have great video tutorials, so even newbies like me can follow their step by step and accomplish a nice piece. I have to admit that I am still not very happy with the results of my projects, maybe because of my choice of glue? Paper? Or just maybe because you have to be so patient! And I wasn’t so while putting the projects together.

My first 3D project

Last year, when the lockdown hit hard here in Melbourne I decided I wanted to get all the materials needed to make this pretty Gingerbread House; between Spotlight, Amazon and eBay I was able to gather all the materials, but I never got to work on it until December!

The roof comes off and you can place a battery operated LED lights which will make your house a pretty awesome Christmas decoration.

Truth to be told this structure took me hours!! Mainly because my blade was too worn for Kraft cardstock, if you have the deep blade available use that instead of your standard fine point.

This is the list of materials I used to make this wonderful project: disclosure= Some of these are affiliated links and if you purchase from it I may get a small percentage of the sale, you won’t be paying extra for it.

In the end I really enjoyed it and after I finished it I bought more files from Dreaming Tree where if you spend over $12 Australian dollars you also get a file gift! Pretty awesome, right?

What happens when you want to make a lot of these structures and have nowhere to display them? You gift them to your loved ones!

My second project was the Eggs-Quisite Guft box which I gave to my parents in law for the day after Easter… still counts, right?

This one was amazing to out together and simply elegant in all its beauty.

This one required a wider range of items, but they were fairly easy to purchase from online as well as from in store.

Here it’s my list of materials, please keep in mind I use a cutting machine to create this magnificent project:

Yes! You can fill it with sweet treats!

I hope I haven’t lost you!

One my dear friends had a surgery and so it was a lively opportunity to give her some flowers, better than that! A vase with gardenias

It was the very first time for me using floristry items such as wire and floristry tape and it was a lot of fun!

Super simple, actually and the list of materials for this one is not large at all!

Finally!

Mother’s Day was approaching and I wanted to make so many wonderful projects I wanted to have a go to, and although I wanted to make a floral arrangement i failed to remember to get a couple of extra materials to make it, so I ended up making a lovely jewelry box and a card for my mother in law.

My mom being in Chile miss out in a lot of gifts, I’m glad she doesn’t mind it, but I will be making it for her very soon.

When I give something to my mother in law I do it because; one she has been a kind of a mum to me since I’m in Australia and specially since my husband passed away which takes me to ‘two’ I do this for my husband as he is not here to celebrate his mum.

It is pretty hard to give her things as she has decided to reduce the amount of things she owns…

I like how I paired these two items from Dreaming tree. The jewelry box was part of their Mother Day bundle this year and the card is a freebie from their site as well.

On Friday Spotlight Stires sent out a $10 voucher to spend on Saturday and minimum spend was $10!

My friend Julie and I went to Spotlight and I scored two paper pads for less than the cost of 1! It was great and meant to be.

This little box of Lindt chocolates fitted just perfectly in the box and that was having a pair soft sockets from Coles supermarket.

The setting I use to cut the card stock is Medium Cardstock and for glitter cardstock, I use the glitter cardstock setting in my Cricut Maker settings. If you own a Cricut Explore Air 2, leave the knob in custom and so Design Space will lead you to choose the setting of your preference.

*This is the Francheville pad I used for my project.
For a button I made a Chinese knot and loved it! it suited the oriental style of paper I chose for the project.

To bundle up this gift in the best way I also gave her a metal structure I bought from The Reject Shop and it was a Magpie, a lively Aussie bird and my in laws have their own friendly visitors and our footy team’s mascot is a magpie, we are proud Collingwood Magpies supporters as my adored husband used to be.

My gorgeous hubby wearing the Maggies‘ jumper for the 2010 grand final and we WON!
This was it!

I hope you didn’t fall asleep and that you enjoyed my paper crafts journey so far.

If you would like please get social with me ☺️ or search me as “Chilean Hands”

Thank you for reading and being part of my Crafting Tribe 💞

It was time for the pantry!

Most people will make lots of labels for their pantries once they get their cutting machines.

I bought my first machine back in 2018 and just recently 3 years later! I have just started creating my own. I think I was waiting to make something really special and unique.

It all started when I made the labels for my replacement meals and many of my pals from “the lady Shake” bought many of those labels, that gave me the little push I needed to get rolling the next batch to cover the rest of my pantry.

Click here to access my Etsy listing for Replacement meal labels.

What makes these labels unique is that I used my own hand writing, thanks to the app called Procreate where I can write and easily upload to iCloud. When I then use Cricut design space I can access iCloud and upload the file from there. Very easy and so cool!

This was the process to create each label.

Another great thing about this is that you can choose over so many, MANY colours I have available; some are Metamark 7 and the other are Teckwrap, so there are colours for everyone’s taste!

This is my range in Metamark 7.
This is my Teckwrap and Kernowjet range of colours.

In the next couple of days I will be setting up a listing for my awesome customers to purchase all what they need, but that’s not all!

To launch this new line in my store I am running a Giveaway in my VIP Facebook club and it will be drawn on May 15th.

To enter you will have to comment under this picture what is your go to spice and invite a friend to the group to be in for the giveaway!
(She or he WILL HAVE TO answer the questions to become part of the group)
The winner will get to choose 20 labels and her/his friend will get a 20% off to purchase labels in my Etsy store.

*The giveaway will be drawn on May 15 amongst the people who comment here

Click here to participate.

I’m super excited about this!

So, what is your favourite colour for your pantry labels?

Making a colour swatch with your Cricut

Many of you, like me have a huge range of beautiful self adhesive vinyl which keeps growing over time and if you are not careful it can get out of control.

I’m so glad Metamark 7 and my favourite Metamark 7 supplier gave me a swatch and it has made my life so much easier, I mean my Cricuting crafty life!! I can check the colours I have which helps me avoid doubling in colours and also get the just right colors when ordering online… genius!

A few months ago I started a new collection of “pretty colours” from Teckwrap Craft Australia and truth to be told it was overwhelming to have so many new ones and no swatch! So I measured my Metamark one and made my own using images on Cricut design space.

These swatches are also extremely useful to add to your sale listings instead of using pictures from websites, so your customers can see how they really look like.

To make your own swatch you will need: this list may contain affiliate links and I may get a little commission once you buy from these

  • Vinyl or paper colour sheets of what you want to make a swatch of
  • Medium card stock for cover and back
  • HTV/Iron On or self adhesive to decorate de cover of your swatch
  • Paper fasteners / brads like this ones

You will be able to find the project here I hope it opens for you! Because Cricut won’t let you use the project using images that have been uploaded from elsewhere, if you want to use my handwritten cover “colour swatch – pretty colours” please check this link for it. These files are PNG files and so you will have to crop when uploading to Cricut design space.

This is my own lettering 🙂

How to make your swatch:

You can make all the changes you need to personalise your swatch. Cut each piece of vinyl needed and also two for cover and back. I found that mine cut really well in medium card stock setting, but it will all depend on the vinyl you are cutting. Once you have cut everything arrange as you want! I suggest going from light to dark and on this subject you may want to check how fabric is arrange, it really is pleasing to the eye!

You can make your cover using self adhesive vinyl or HTV; I did use HTV because I really like working with Iron on on card stock instead of self adhesive, again this will be up to you.

At this point you can arrange your swatch as needed, but I highly recommend doing it as quilters arrange fabric from light to darker colours, it is really soothing to the eye.

Finally use a pretty paper fastener to keep them all together. The best part is that this gives you the freedom of adding or taking away super easily.

Oops! There is another finally! I added the names of each one of my pretty vinyls to it and I decided on using my own writing , which was quite fiddly, but it worthy. Maybe I would use clear printed stickers next time.

I hope you find it useful like I did!

Don’t forget to share it with crafting friends!

Custom canisters

Since I really enjoy drinking teas and have also found some great combinations that help my liver as well as some for my stomach and to help me fall asleep I started to purchase some gorgeous teas from online Australian stores Such as Tea Hub and Tea Life. Another reason is that I want to avoid purchasing tea bags and pollute the environment with its micro plastics.
After a while I have quite a few herbal teas in my possession, buy they are quite messy, specially if you don’t have the room to store all the ziploc pouches they come in.

Having a Cricut machine pushed me to organise my tea in a nicer way.

I bought 8 canisters from Kmart and designed some cite labels for the lids.
Using my Apple Pencil and Procreate app I was able to crate cute unique labels for my canisters, and if you want them you can download them from this link on Dropbox.


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To make these you will need:

  • Cricut cutting machine or any other brand of cutting machine you may have or want.
  • Mod Podge – Gloss Lustre
  • Sandpaper
  • Permanent self adhesive vinyl (I used white Metamark 7- setting as Premium Vinyl)
  • Pod Podge Super Gloss- Brillant
  • canisters and nice herbal teas!

I like these canisters from Kmart, they were in the cheap side but have a nice finish and over all perfect for their tea keeping purpose.

I firstly applied a thing coat of “ordinary mod Podge” making sure I also covered the edges and let them dry completely. I use the Mod Podge brush to apply the glue.

I gave them a little sanding after the glue had dried,
Next is to cut your labels using your cutting machine and transfer them onto the lids. Once you have placed them you can apply a coat of this Mod Podge, which is not a glue per se.

These Modpodge will coat your project with a layer of a gloss finish similar to what you can achieve when applying époxy resin, a glassy one!
I decided to use this because these canisters will live in TE bench beside the stove and for obvious reasons they will get dust and grease over time, this mod Podge will make it possible to clean the lids using a wet rag.

I made these so I can keep them inside my canisters with instructions from their original pouches and their uses. I laminates them.

Don’t forget to add the best before date to your teas/canisters. I use ordinary masking tape and markers.

It looks so much nicer!

I had to order more canisters because I have more teas and some would t fit on the small ones.
I hope this inspire you to make your own!



Treatment room

I’ve been working for years in two different work spaces, it was time to make the fusion a reality.

This is my dining room, now nice and uncluttered.

It might not look like much to you, but it is a HUGE difference for me,for us.
Not long after James passed away I started working on my Etsy and bit by bit my dining table became my workshop and besides it an ever growing stack of storage container for my charms and all the findings; as well as my stash of envelopes, pens, inks, stamps and many other bits I need for work.
A few weeks ago I decided I wanted to move everything to the *treatment room. After 8 hours of hard ‘hands on’ work that left me with a very sore back and my sciatica asking for a break I was done.

Inside my Treatment Room.

As many of you know I practise many Crafts, because I love them all! Also because I sell many different things in my Etsy that require different techniques, etc. Why is this important? Well, I have to leave my “stuff” with easy access, I can’t put things away, and that’s why probably it doesn’t look like those pretty white, perfect and tidy Instagram style craft rooms, but to me this is a perfect space for my work and also full of memories and a refuge to find myself in my crafts.
I should have probably published this in my almost forgotten blog! I may do that, too afterwards…
Anyhow, Enzo and myself love this new craft room, “studio, my beloved treatment room.

*treatment room: My James used to do his airway (clearing) physiotherapy A.K.A. “Treatment” within the cystic fibrosis community; sitting at his desk, coughing for about 2 hours, three times a day after a ventolin nebuliser. He would call this room “the treatment room” and I would say it’s my “craft room” because I had the most (craft) items in there, he would reply that it was “treatment room” because he spent more time than me there (doing treatment).
Now in his honour I call it the “treatment room”🥰.

From ink to pixels

I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t interested in learning calligraphy or “just” in having a nice looking handwriting.

Over the years I developed chronic tendinitis due to double writing my notes in high school, draft and then onto their proper notebooks, but this didn’t stop me from wanting to improve my skills. My handwriting didn’t develop much until later on when I started selling online and using calligraphy textas, then calligraphy pens with ink cartridges and it worked very well until I realized I could be using dio pens which led me to a whole lot of spending and learning!

This is how I address the envelopes for my clients. This is a fake address

There is so much to learn and sometimes it feels like there is no progress at all; but I keep going, why? Because it’s pretty, because drawing words is very satisfying.

Then I discovered that I could be doing lettering using a program called Procreate, it this had to be done using a later generation iPad or iPad Pro, because these have the sensitivity to recognise the Apple pencil and the different pressures applied to the screen.

You can click on this end download the PNG file

The best part of all this is that I can use the created artwork into files that then I can upload to Cricut design space and make pretty things!

Best one to date! – Click/tap on the image to download the file

Yes, I can make projects using files bought from online or just using the fonts I have in my computer/iPad, but I really like feeling that the project is my creation! Don’t you?

I finally was able to get an iPad Pro and i started using the app Procreate as well this week.

Would you like to try these files?

Just click/tap on the pictures and grab the freebies!! I will probably end up selling my designs later in, but for now I want to share them for free with all of you.

Please share this with your friends! And please show me your finished projects♥️♥️♥️

Have a wonderful creative week and make the best of your every second of your life.

Mariella

How to organize your Vinyl rolls

From the moment I bought my Cricut Explore Air 2 I started to accumulate vinyl and also lots of blanks such as bottles, glasses, T-shirt’s … but that’s another set of problems! Or set of hoarding? 🤔

At first I thought I could organize my material using 12”x12” wallets I purchased at The Reject Shop and so I cut all my vinyl (including the ones I had bought by the meter) at first it was great and because I had wallets for iron-on, others for metamark 7, others for cricut vinyl, etc you get the idea.

PROs:

  • Minimal use of space
  • Ready to go vinyl, all nice and flat
  • Cheap storage (aud$2.00) per case

CONs:

  • Hard to find or not to remember the range of colors you have
  • They get messy quite easily; with all the left over bits and the sheets themselves.
  • You will end up with several wallets and you will also definitely need some kind of box to organize them all in the end.

So, after a while I gave in and I purchsed the quite famous IKEA plastic bag dispenser , the very same ones at  first I thought they were too popular for my style.

I had seen a great way to arrange them, which was in my opinion the best option for me and for many others, and that’s why I’m sharing this with you.

PROs:

  • Cheap
  • Stores a lot of material in little space, so space productive.
  • Easy access to all of your material
  • you are able to see all what you have at one glance

CONs:

  • You need to allocate some room for this storage unit
  • All your material will be on sight, which is probably what I don’t like the most, because I try too keep as tidy as possible due to all the crafting materials and tools I have (I have a problem Hahahah! “My name is Mariella and I’m a craftoholic, I love trying all crafts…”

To build one of these you will need:

  1. Using the wood burning tool (or anything like that) make three holes in the positions shown, on the bottom of each bad dispenser. In this way you will be able to attach the “tiers” of your storage unit. The dispenser can stick to each other “back to back” but not bottom to top, that’s why you need to make these holes.
  2. Using the cable ties join the tiers of the storage, putting them through the holes you made and the openings of the dispenser themselves.
  3. Peel off the doubles sided mounting tape that comes with the bag dispensers and attach them back to back, all three. They will now become one whole 6 piece storage unit.
  4. Using double sided mounting tape glue the bottom of the storage to a lazy Susan. So you can move your storage around!
  5. your unit is ready!
  6. the inner openings can hold a full sized Cricut vinyl roll, but you won’t be able to use the outer openings for full rolls instead you can use these (well, I do) to roll my smaller bits, cut outs and sometimes bigger ones without the center cardboard, that makes it impossible to use them.

I have “divided” my unit into parts, for instance the bottom part is for iron-on material and the top ones for Metamark 7 which is my favourite vinyl so far – I get mine from Vinyl Loft Australia. The big roll you can see, near my logo, is my contact paper, that I now place in between inner rolls and it works great!

Overall, I’m very happy with this organization storage and now it’s up to you! Please share your pics with me! I can’t wait to hear to building storage succes stories!

Messy room but tidy vinyl!

Until next time!

Have a fantastic day ahead 😉

Mariella

With a bit of bling!

When I heard that the “social club” from work wasn’t doing well and they were calling for ideas to raise some funds I started getting excited about the idea of creating something 😊

I have been wanting to work on a couple of projects and this was the best excuse to practise and also to donate them to work and raffle them all in a bundle.

The first thing was creating some “glittered stemless wine glasses” and I had a pretty good idea of what kind of vinyl decoration I wanted for them; the second was a board, I thought of a cheese board, but the. I saw these awesome mandala and also some dream catcher svg cut files and I was in love!

My Cricut machine did the cutting of the vinyls used. For the lady mandala board that I finally chose to use it took 70 minutes to be cut!! And another 80-90 minutes to weed (taking all the small bits with Cricut tools).

After the weeding was done and the image stuck to the clean board I gave it 2 layers of clear Micador spray to give it an extra Sealed finish to the project.

Starting weeding and finished project

As for the process of the glasses it took 3 layers of 1- Mod podge applied with foam brush 2- glitter the glued surface 3- brush off excess glitter and repeat these three steps twice more.

Finished project “Mandala Lady Board”

After all the layers of glitter were applied I brushed a new layer of Mod podge and Dyer it was dried I gave it 5 layers of Micador spray to seal the glitter. These products (the finished glasses) are not supposed to be washed in the dishwasher and only hand washed (without soaking it) te fun part was to add the phrases!!

Today I took these three and a basket to work and told them what my idea was and they were very pleased with it and so we will add a bottle of wine, some crackers or nuts and the bundle will be ready for the raffle!

I intend to make these for my shop, if you would like to order any of these, please let me know 🙂

Have an awesome week ahead!

Mariella

Welcome my new “charming” companions

Since I started selling “my Charms” and then creating them I found out that it gives me so much joy to share them with my amazing clients. What starts with the best drawing I can do hahahaha!! It ends as the mean to reach to all of my friendly customers who love them as much as I do.

It takes so much time to go from the pencil lines to the rubber product you get to have at home, but it is all worthy!


Jamie was a hard one to achieve , due to all the details around his waist, I had to let go of a few of them to get a god “charming” result!
Claire’s drawing was the easiest to do and I hope you love the rubber result!
and finally Brianna has her Roger!!

But the best part of all is that I get to sell these today on my “brand new” website!! Well, not too brand new, I have had it for years, but after working on it for a long time adding a shop to it and in this way starting my slow transition from Etsy I am finally able to LAUNCH my website!!

The new charms are only available in here (for sets of 7 and the earrings) I will have the set of all 12 charms available in Etsy soon, and also the latest 3 in my own shop very soon; for the meantime you can purchase sets of 7 and earrings in here!

I have also created a coupon that will give you 10% in my shop “CHLAUNCH” as for Chilean Hands launch and int will available for use until 31st of January.