Joy's Life http://joyslife.com Silhouette, Cricut, Sizzix Eclips, KnK Zing, Home Decor, Food, Vinyl & Crafting Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:36:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 My Cat Domino’s Personal Business #FreshStepCats http://joyslife.com/my-cat-dominos-personal-business/ http://joyslife.com/my-cat-dominos-personal-business/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:19:18 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=37101 [...] ]]> This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh Step Lightweight Extreme Litter. All opinions are 100% mine.

My Cat Domino's Personal Business #FreshStepCats #ad #cat #pets

This is my friend, Domino.  Our family adopted him from the Humane Society nine years ago.  I think he loves having his picture taken, don’t you?

My Cat Domino's Personal Business #FreshStepCats #ad #cat #pets

In the photo on the left you can see Domino scoping out the dog situation.  If our dog is elsewhere, Domino can trot down the stairs at a reasonable pace.  If our dog is nearby, a standoff and stare contest ensue.  They get along during ceasefire times, like drinking at a water bowl, nap time and when Domino is in his cat box doing his personal business.

My Cat Domino's Personal Business #FreshStepCats #ad #cat #pets

Speaking of Domino’s personal business, we’re trying out Fresh Step® Lightweight Extreme Litter.  It’s 30% lighter which makes it easier to lift, carry and pour but it still provides odor control, absorption and the clumping performance that Domino needs.  It’s also got the strongest odor control by a lightweight litter.  It’s available at Target.  I’ll let you know in an upcoming post what we all think about it!

My Cat Domino's Personal Business #FreshStepCats #ad #cat #pets

I like that they put the Fresh Step® Lightweight Extreme Litter on a scale to show how much lighter it is.  I was actually standing there at the endcap saying, “Oh, that’s so cute!”, which is fine if you’re with someone else but I was shopping by myself that day…and totally talking out loud.  Still, it is cute!  (Next time I’m talking to myself in Target, I’ll pretend to be on the phone.  LOL!)

My Cat Domino's Personal Business #FreshStepCats #ad #cat #pets

We’ve always used Fresh Step® in Domino’s litter box.  Of everything we’ve tried over the years, it’s worked the best for us.  I’m interested to see how well the Fresh Step® Lightweight Extreme Litter works.

My Cat Domino's Personal Business #FreshStepCats #ad #cat #pets

Stay tuned for my review of the Fresh Step® Lightweight Extreme Litter coming soon!  (Domino’s shocked that I keep talking about his personal litter business.)  LOL!

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CTMH Cricut Artfully Sent Haunted House Card http://joyslife.com/ctmh-cricut-artfully-sent-haunted-house-card/ http://joyslife.com/ctmh-cricut-artfully-sent-haunted-house-card/#respond Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:39:22 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=37092 [...] ]]> CTMH Cricut Artfully Sent Haunted House Card #Cricut #CTMH #ArtfullySent #Halloween #card

How fun is this spooky card?  So fun!  I created it with the Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge.

CTMH Cricut Artfully Sent Haunted House Card #Cricut #CTMH #ArtfullySent #Halloween #card

This card is found on page 44 in the  Artfully Sent booklet.  I’m using Core’dinations Neutrals and Brights for the black and green sandable paper.  The yellow glitter cardstock is from Core’dinations Glitter Silk cardstock.

CTMH Cricut Artfully Sent Haunted House Card #Cricut #CTMH #ArtfullySent #Halloween #card

I cut out both pieces at 7″.  They go together very easily.  I just glued the moon and bats inside the haunted house piece.  Ta da!  A card!

CTMH Cricut Artfully Sent Haunted House Card #Cricut #CTMH #ArtfullySent #Halloween #card

I decided to add a piece of yellow glitter cardstock behind the moon to give it a nice glow.  Next, I used Stickles to bling up the bats.  I thought they needed a bit of sparkle.  Check out the cool texture of the Core’dinations paper!  I sanded it to give it that look.

CTMH Cricut Artfully Sent Haunted House Card #Cricut #CTMH #ArtfullySent #Halloween #card

I used Versamark and black super fine embossing powder to create the “Happy Halloween” sentiment on the inside of the card.  The stamp set is “Just to Say” by Close to my Heart.  Right now you can get it when you order the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge.  If you order Artfully Sent from Melanie by October 1, you could also win up to $1200 in stamps, cardstock, patterned paper, acrylic blocks and ink!

CTMH Cricut Artfully Sent Haunted House Card #Cricut #CTMH #ArtfullySent #Halloween #card

I cut black rhinestone bling so that it resembled dark, wispy clouds on my card.

CTMH Cricut Artfully Sent Haunted House Card #Cricut #CTMH #ArtfullySent #Halloween #card

I hope you enjoyed this project!  If you need any Close to My Heart products, consider buying from Melanie!  She’s a great consultant!

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 Disclosure: The stamps and cartridge used in this post were sent to me by CTMH consultant, Melanie Brown.

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Bright & Beautiful Card with SEI http://joyslife.com/bright-beautiful-card-with-sei/ http://joyslife.com/bright-beautiful-card-with-sei/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:24:16 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36590 [...] ]]> Bright & Beautiful Card with SEI #SEI #Sizzix #Flipits #Framelits

Every year I go to the CK Scrapbooking Convention in Charlotte, NC.  This year I went and I took a Sizzix die class, not because I didn’t know how to use dies but because I wanted to take a class from one of the Sizzix designers, Stephanie Barnard.  She was super nice and ran a great class.  I enjoyed it so much that I bought this die!  So, unlike some things that I buy when I’m at scrapbook shows, I’m actually using this.  LOL!

BTW, ignore that pink ink I got on my hands.  I’m not bruised…just temporarily inky from having done this project.

Bright & Beautiful Card with SEI #SEI #Sizzix #Flipits #Framelits

I thought this Azalea paper by SEI would look great on this card and I was right!  I’m so glad I used it for this!

Bright & Beautiful Card with SEI #SEI #Sizzix #Flipits #Framelits

Curious what the plate “sandwich” is for using these dies?  (A sandwich is what people call the layering pattern of the cutting plates for a manual die cut machine.)  You know how I remember it?  I check this other post that I wrote.  I’m not even kidding.  I actually come to my own blog to remember how to do things.  True story.  I won’t make you wonder though.  If you’re using a Cuttlebug it’s plate A, plate C, the die then the B plate.

Bright & Beautiful Card with SEI #SEI #Sizzix #Flipits #Framelits

Cutting and assembling that die is pretty easy, so we’ll move on and I’ll show you how I embellished it.  I’m using these Desert Springs page elements from SEI.  I took apart the one that looked like a stamp and just used the center of it.  Don’t be afraid to alter your embellishments!  See those three flowers?  I cut the one on the right off and layered it so it would fit the card.  Do it!  Make those embellishments bend to your will…or you know…just cut them.

Bright & Beautiful Card with SEI #SEI #Sizzix #Flipits #Framelits

This part is a little more complicated.  I cut a strip of paper to 3/4″ and then cut it in a curve to fit around the circle.  I actually used a circle die to help me draw a curve.  I ran those through the little 1″ Xyron Sticker Maker.

Bright & Beautiful Card with SEI #SEI #Sizzix #Flipits #Framelits

Then I had this!  TA DA!!

Bright & Beautiful Card with SEI #SEI #Sizzix #Flipits #Framelits

Bright & Beautiful Card with SEI #SEI #Sizzix #Flipits #Framelits

Isn’t it cool that this is one side of the card and the other side is completely different?  I love that!

Bright & Beautiful Card with SEI #SEI #Sizzix #Flipits #Framelits

The SEI paper and embellishments really work on this card!  What do you think?

SEI Design Team Member #SEI

I wrote this post while participating as a member of the SEI Design Team.

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Lovely Autumn Box with Epiphany Crafts http://joyslife.com/lovely-autumn-box-with-epiphany-crafts/ http://joyslife.com/lovely-autumn-box-with-epiphany-crafts/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 08:24:38 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=37046 [...] ]]> Lovely Autumn Box with Epiphany Crafts #SVGCuts #EpiphanyCrafts #SimpleStories

I am in love with Epiphany Crafts tools.  In love!  So, I’m always super happy when I can find a way to really show off how cool their products are.  I think this awesome octagon box by SVGCuts looks even better with the addition of these fall and family themed charms and embellishments.

Lovely Autumn Box with Epiphany Crafts #SVGCuts #EpiphanyCrafts #SimpleStories

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut everything out and my Xyron Sticker Maker and some liquid glue to help me put all the pieces together.

Lovely Autumn Box with Epiphany Crafts #SVGCuts #EpiphanyCrafts #SimpleStories

As I assembled the pieces, I used a brown Faber Castell Big Brush pen to color in any of the white core paper.  That helped give the project a more finished look.

Lovely Autumn Box with Epiphany Crafts #SVGCuts #EpiphanyCrafts #SimpleStories

I used paper from the Simple Stories Legacy collection along with Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Square and Square Bubble Caps to help me create the centers to those gorgeous charms that surround the outside of the hexagon box.

Lovely Autumn Box with Epiphany Crafts #SVGCuts #EpiphanyCrafts #SimpleStories

To complete the top, I used the Shape Studio Oval along with oval bubble caps and an oval setting.  I punched out the words “our story” and created that lovely center piece.  Those beautiful “home” and “love” charms are using the Rhinestone Square settings while the others are using the Charms Square 25 setting.

Lovely Autumn Box with Epiphany Crafts #SVGCuts #EpiphanyCrafts #SimpleStories

I strung the charms onto a piece of brown ribbon and added them to the top of the box using dimensional foam dots.  I just love the way this autumn box looks with all of the themed Epiphany Crafts embellishments. What are you making this fall?

Have a crafty fall y’all!

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Anna Griffin Coffee Mug with Xyron and SVGCuts http://joyslife.com/anna-griffin-coffee-mug-with-xyron-and-svgcuts/ http://joyslife.com/anna-griffin-coffee-mug-with-xyron-and-svgcuts/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:24:13 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=37063 [...] ]]> Anna Griffin Coffee Mug with Xyron and SVGCuts #AnnaGriffin #Xyron #SVGCuts #3d #crafts

Isn’t this coffee mug pretty?  Does it stun you like it does me that you can make things like this out of paper?  I’m blown away, every time.  Anyway, today I’m using paper and embellishments by Anna Griffin along with the Farmhouse Kitchen svg file by SVGCuts to help me create this beautiful mug.

Anna Griffin Coffee Mug with Xyron and SVGCuts #AnnaGriffin #Xyron #SVGCuts #3d #crafts

I cut everything out using my Silhouette Cameo.  Need help using your Cameo?  Check out my Silhouette tutorials!

Anna Griffin Coffee Mug with Xyron and SVGCuts #AnnaGriffin #Xyron #SVGCuts #3d #crafts

After I cut everything out, I used a liquid glue to put the mug together and the Xyron Creative Station to help me adhere the side panels.  The Creative Station is cool because you can run so many pieces through the adhesive at once.  It makes putting together projects go much more quickly.  Yay!

Anna Griffin Coffee Mug with Xyron and SVGCuts #AnnaGriffin #Xyron #SVGCuts #3d #crafts

See how many pieces you can get sticky at one time?  Nice!  If you’ve never used a Xyron before, it’s really easy.  You put the pieces into the machine, hand crank them through and cut off the finished product.  Next, you peel the clear top sheet off of your pieces.  Now you’re ready to remove the pieces and stick them onto your project.  Easy.  Fast.  Fun.

Anna Griffin Coffee Mug with Xyron and SVGCuts #AnnaGriffin #Xyron #SVGCuts #3d #crafts

One of my favorite things about using svgs from SVGCuts.com is how sturdy they are.  This cup is made up of a base layer of Anna Griffin pink paper and then covered with the decorative paper.  There were even inserts for the inside of the cup that would add to the structure and to the look, if desired.  I decided not to use them but it gives you an idea of the quality and thought that goes behind the creation of those svg files, doesn’t it?

Anna Griffin Coffee Mug with Xyron and SVGCuts #AnnaGriffin #Xyron #SVGCuts #3d #crafts

This mug holds so much that I filled it with shredded paper just to give it some extra filling.  That makes it a perfect vehicle for gift giving!  I previously used the rest of that candy for some photos that I took of some of my projects.  Those projects were published in the Hobby Lobby magazine in the 2nd Quarter and some other projects and the photos I took of them were later published in the Hobby Lobby magazine in the 3rd Quarter too.  Woo hoo!  Are you looking to get published?  You can do it!  Check out this article I wrote about how to do that.

Anna Griffin Coffee Mug with Xyron and SVGCuts #AnnaGriffin #Xyron #SVGCuts #3d #crafts

I think the Anna Griffin paper and embellishments really make this mug lovely, don’t you?  I hope you enjoyed this project.  Now go get crafty!

 I wrote this post while participating on the Xyron Design Team.  I received Xyron and Anna Griffin products for the purpose of this post.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe with Texas Pete Hot Sauce http://joyslife.com/buffalo-chicken-dip-recipe-with-texas-pete-hot-sauce/ http://joyslife.com/buffalo-chicken-dip-recipe-with-texas-pete-hot-sauce/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:07:00 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36974 [...] ]]> This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Texas Pete for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe with Texas Pete Hot Sauce #TexasPete #ad #footballfood #recipe

Want a delicious recipe that’s easy, pleases almost everyone and is perfect for a ton of occasions?  You know you do. ;)  It’s definitely this “go to” recipe for Buffalo Chicken Dip!  We’ve been making it for years and it’s always a hit!  Today we’re making it with Texas Pete Hot Sauce.  Have you tried Texas Pete?  It’s a great condiment, perfect for adding spice and flavor to hot dogs, fries, pizza, soups and sandwiches but also works well as an ingredient in a variety of dishes from ribs to barbecue to this dip!  Adding Texas Pete Hot Sauce is a secret ingredient you can use to make your dishes more memorable, something worth passing down, like this dip!

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe with Texas Pete Hot Sauce #TexasPete #ad #footballfood #recipe

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Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
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Recipe type: Appetizer
 
A flavorful and fabulous easy-to-make dip that's perfect for game time or anytime!
Ingredients
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • ½ cup blue cheese salad dressing
  • ¼ + ⅛ Texas Pete Hot Sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • Garlic Salt
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin, ground
Instructions
  1. Season the chicken with garlic salt, chili powder and ground cumin.
  2. Bake chicken until cooked through and juices run clear.
  3. Dice chicken.
  4. Mix cream cheese, 1 cup of shredded cheddar, blue cheese dressing and Texas Pete Hot sauce.
  5. Add mixture to a baking dish.
  6. Cook at 350 for 15 minutes.
  7. Add remaining ½ cup of shredded cheddar to top and bake for 5-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe with Texas Pete Hot Sauce #TexasPete #ad #footballfood #recipe

Those “man hands” belong to my husband.  He says season your chicken before you cook it.  That plus Texas Pete Hot Sauce are what give this recipe a little extra yum!

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe with Texas Pete Hot Sauce #TexasPete #ad #footballfood #recipe

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Paper Recipe Box with SEI http://joyslife.com/paper-recipe-box-with-sei/ http://joyslife.com/paper-recipe-box-with-sei/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:08:20 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36584 [...] ]]> Paper Recipe Box with SEI #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #recipebox

How fun it is to create something useful and pretty all from paper, glue and a few embellishments!

Paper Recipe Box with SEI #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #recipebox

Today I’m using some beautiful paper by SEI from the Azalea collection to create this Recipe Box from the Silhouette Store.  The box assembles quite easily.  You just need to bend the paper in a few places and add a bit of glue.  Done!  Now you can embellish it!

Paper Recipe Box with SEI #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #recipebox

I found some Stampin’ Up Pink Passion ink in my craft stash.  It was a pretty close match to the pink in the flowers of the SEI paper, so I inked the edges of some white cardstock with it.  Next, I added some chipboard letters to the label.  I was going to spell out “recipes” but I didn’t have enough room for the “s”. LOL!

Paper Recipe Box with SEI #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #recipebox

I added some pom pom ribbon to the edges of the box using my Martha Steward hot glue gun.  SEI has lots of great embellishments to choose from.  Take a look at the other things you could add!

Paper Recipe Box with SEI #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #recipebox

This paper is pretty inside and out!

Paper Recipe Box with SEI #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #recipebox

This would be a nice way to give a small food gift along with the recipe!

Paper Recipe Box with SEI #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #recipebox

Now I’m thinking of all of my favorite recipes and wondering if I have time to make a junky dessert one?!  LOL!

Hey, here are some of the recipes I’ve put on my blog!  Maybe you’ll find some that you’d like to add to your recipe box!

SEI Design Team Member #SEI

I created this while participating on the SEI Design Team.

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Inexpensive & Fast China Cabinet Makeover http://joyslife.com/inexpensive-and-fast-china-cabinet-makeover/ http://joyslife.com/inexpensive-and-fast-china-cabinet-makeover/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:00:59 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36984 [...] ]]> This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SparklySavings #CollectiveBias

Inexpensive & Fast China Cabinet Makeover #SparklySavings #CollectiveBias #shop

This past weekend I tried something that I’d been contemplating doing for a while.  I gave my china cabinet a makeover!  You know how you have these simple ideas that always lead to having to do a lot of other things?  Yep.  That happened.  First, I actually started to see what a disaster my dining room was.  We had guitar cases, part of a pet gate and school stuff cluttering it up.  To make a change, I was first going to have to clean things up and out!  I decided to recruit one son to tote things out of the dining room for relocation, my husband to help with my project and my oldest son to do the dishes using Finish dishwasher cleaner.

Inexpensive & Fast China Cabinet Makeover #SparklySavings #CollectiveBias #shop

I’ll share my dusty dishes shame with you, no problem.  LOL!  Seriously though, the stack of dishes on the left has been sitting in the corner of my dining room for…I don’t even remember how long.  The only place they weren’t dusty is where that pumpkin was sitting.  Nice.  If I was going for an early haunted house look, my room would be on a good path.  I wasn’t, so that stack of dishes went right into the dishwasher.  I think Finish did a great job getting them clean don’t you?  Check out that non dusty after.  Nice!

Inexpensive & Fast China Cabinet Makeover #SparklySavings #CollectiveBias #shop

I wasn’t ready to make any permanent changes to the china cabinet so I decided to make as big a change as I could using the least amount of money and time.  I covered the inside with Contact paper!  You might be able to do this alone but I say two people make it much easier.  First, my husband and I measured the area that we wanted to cover.  Next, I cut the Contact paper.  Four hands were better than two, especially as I put the paper on the top part of the china cabinet.  I applied it in one long strip, (I did all the applying and smoothing) smoothed out the excess with a squeegee (you can use a gift card, credit card, driver’s license, whatever you have) and trimmed the edges with a craft knife.  Make a tiny pin hole in any bubbles that you get and smooth them out.  If you have any experience applying vinyl, the techniques here are the same with one exception, Contact paper is easier to work with!  If you accidentally stick it to itself you can pull it apart and separate it.  Ask me know I know?  LOL!

Inexpensive & Fast China Cabinet Makeover #SparklySavings #CollectiveBias #shop

I pretty much hate change, even though I have the misconception about myself that I love and accept change easily.  So, whenever I make any change in my home…I hate it at first.  The best thing about this makeover is that if I never fully embrace the change, I can pull that Contact paper right off and pretend like it never happened.  LOL!  Well, except there’s this whole blog record of it.  Actually, that’s a great thing because I can check photos to see what worked and what didn’t.  The other nice thing is, I didn’t buy anything for the makeover except the Contact paper and Finish.  All of those dishes were in the bottom of the cabinet.  I pulled in those birdhouses from a nearby display I had and voila!  Made over!

Inexpensive & Fast China Cabinet Makeover #SparklySavings #CollectiveBias #shop

I still have a ton of things I’d like to do in this room but that’s a start.  Next…new flooring, new chairs, some wall art for the sides of the china cabinet and a new chandelier, I think.

Inexpensive & Fast China Cabinet Makeover #SparklySavings #CollectiveBias #shop

I like both of these looks but it’s nice to have a new display!

Inexpensive & Fast China Cabinet Makeover #SparklySavings #CollectiveBias #shop

Want some awesome sparkly dishes?  Pick up Finish at Walmart!  We use Finish in our house all the time but this is the first time I tried the Power & Free Finish.  I really like it!  It did a great job!  Be sure supervise when letting children handle the product.

Walmart has a Rollback for Finish going until October and it can be paired with a coupon for amazing savings!

 

What home projects are you planning?

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