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Saturday December 7, 2013 from 12 noon to 10 pm

4th Annual Craft Rave!


10 hours of non-stop handmade action under one crafting roof!

25 artists and designers teaching how to make cool stuff!

Ceramic mugs, shrinky dinks, book folding, paper arts, jewelry, holiday ornaments

DIY Donut Decorating Station

Live Music and DJ’s music

Food Trucks 4-8pm

Crafty Business Seminar with Kathy Cano-Murillo: The Crafty Chica 5pm


Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tempe

1300 N. College Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281

$5 general admission  /  Kids 12 and younger are free!

Project Prices range from Free to $5, $10 or $15



This Message in a Bottle craft is quick, easy and fun. I have now made dozens of then to give for Christmas gifts this year.

I will be selling the kits to make them at Crafteria, on Friday, December 7th. Stop by and visit me at the the best handmade crafts fair in Phoenix. For only $5 you can take home a jar, the instructions and a packet of goodies to make one of your own. See you there!

While combing my local thrift store I found a small washed out rag rug and rag rugs always  make me think of my husband’s Grandmother who past not too long ago. We have several amazing rag rugs she made by hand, that I look at all the time.

For the rugs restyling, I started by dyeing it an aqua blueish green. My husbands Grandmother worked in a bakery as a doughnut maker. So I decided to use a couple of different pieces of fat quarters I had on hand to cut fabric appliques on the Cricut. I backed the fabric first with heat and bond so they would cut cleanly on the Cricut. I used the Sweet Treats Cartridge for the doughnuts and the Everyday Pop-Up Cards Cartridge for the coffee mug. I ironed the appliques on and then sewed the rug into a pillow shape and stuffed it with a pillow form I also grabbed at the thrift store. Sweet and simple with a personal story. Happy thrifting and Happy Grand Parents Day on September 11.

Happy crafting xoxo. Follow me on Twitter I am Lab5.

For this project I used my Cricut and a Cartridge called Something to Celebrate really offers something to celebrate! It is totally cuties and totally tween! Just my style! There are cakes with faces, candies and tiaras.

I used the candies on the Something to Celebrate Cartridge and cut out all of the layers onto different colors of glitter, jewel tone paper. I glued them together and added Ranger Glossy Accents on the top, sides and back of the shapes. While still tacky, I embedded amethyst jewels on to the front and the necklace findings on to the backs. I braided purple embroidery floss and added a Busy Kids Plastic Necklace Clasp.

For the Tutorial Click Here: Candy Necklaces

Happy crafting xoxo. Follow me on Twitter I am Lab5.

I found a sad looking chair that I knew I could re-style into something clean and fabulous! I used my Cricut and the Close To My Heart Cricut Art Philosophy Collection.

I removed the seat from the chair and pull off all of the fabric and foam. I sanded the chair, tape off the front bottom legs, spray painted it white and then once it dried I used a sanding block to shabby chic it. For the seat I cut squares and rectangles of the the light and dark grey papers included in the Close To My Heart Cricut Art Philosophy Collection. On some of the cut pieces I used a stamp from the My Acrylix®  Philosophy Tags clear stamp with green ink from the kit. I then used the pattern paper from the kit to cut branches and the orange paper in the kit to cut trees on my Cricut using the Close To My Heart Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.

I glued all the pieces into place and coated them with five to six coats of Min-Wax Poly Acrylic Water Based Top Coat. I like this product because it washes up in my kitchen sink and doesn’t ruin my brush.

I am in love with my new chair!

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Happy crafting xoxo. Follow me on Twitter I am Lab5.

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