Crafting Live on Craft Roulette

Here is something I never pictured my crafty self doing – a LIVE game show called Craft Roulette.  Yes, you read that correctly.  A game show for paper crafters.  This weekly paper-craft challenge takes place on Mary GunnFunn’s Facebook page and you get to participate as Mary and her guest crafters create a randomly selected craft …. and guess who was chosen as one of her guest crafters??

Let me just say, this was one of those experiences that a crafter like me doesn’t really have on her bucket list, but it should have been on there because Mary and her son were wonderful hosts.  If you have never heard of Craft Roulette, the game starts with the spinning of a wheel where four random crafting parameters are chosen. 





In Mary’s video she states that there are 331,776 project possibilities and no one knows what they are going to be ahead of time.  That’s right! I had to wing it and grab whatever I could find in my crafting space after the wheel was spun and make something based on the four guidelines chosen. Here is what I came up with. 

The wheel of randomness chose Fancy Fold, Red, Yellow & Orange for colors, a Butterfly element and  Shimmer.  I had no knowledge of any of this ahead of time. The game show is LIVE on Facebook and both Mary and I found out about the requirements as the wheel was spinning.  

To be honest, I was rather frightened at first.  Not only was I going to be live on a public Facebook page (a first for me), but I was going to have to make something on-the-spot in front of people I didn’t really know and hope for the best.  Then that wheel spun and I was given colors I rarely use and told to make it a fancy fold. Thank goodness for the shimmer – if all else failed, I would just brush it with sparkles and call it good.

So as you can see, not only did all the viewers get to seen my crazy “what the heck am I going to make” face, but they also got to watch Mary and I create a fancy fold project using all the colors required with a butterfly and some shimmer. 

I kept my fold very simple and used some paper scraps I had on hand with a single stamped butterfly image and Bloom with Grace stickers.  At first, the color combination threw me, but then I realized that I didn’t have to use primary colors, I could use fall shades – Paprika, Scarlet, and Sundance. 

For the shimmer, I used a strip of red glitter paper. Again, I struggled with this because I don’t usually use glitter paper on my projects, but it was a scrap that was sitting on my desk from my Christmas Card video, and I decided to go ahead and use it.

For those of you who missed the show, you can go view it in Mary’s FUNN Facebook group or check it our on her website, or view it here on YoutUbe.  If I were you, I would join Mary’s Facebook group so that you can play along next time. 

Speaking of playing along – YOU CAN PLAY, TOO!!  Each week, you can submit the projects you have made based on these four requirements.  You can also join to fun every Friday, and watch Mary and her friends create.  

Again, I want to thank Mary and her son for being such lovely hosts and allowing me to come play on Craft Roulette.  I hope to join you again and look forward to seeing one of you at next week’s game show. 

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Creating Fall Décor for the H2H Challenge

Fall is one of my favorite seasons to create for and, today, I have decided to jump way outside the box and create a home décor piece for you.  One of our challenges this month at Heart2Heart is a Fall Fun challenge, and what is more fun than creating a project that you can display in your home. 

This challenge ends in just a few days, so make sure to stop by and share your fall projects with us before September 30th.  

Like I said, I chose to make something a little different that I normally do for this design team.  Home Décor is one of my favorites to create and I truly enjoy sharing with others how to make their own decorations.  For this round, I decided to pull out my Cricut and HTV (iron-on) vinyl to create a little tutorial for you. 

Before we jump to the video, I want to show you a few details on this project.  It is a very simple project you can make on your Cricut.  I started out with one 1″ x 2″ slats of wood that my husband painted and sanded for me.  If you are not handy, or don’t have a handy hubby, you can purchase a sign like this one on amazon.

After the wood was finished, I created the design in Cricut Design Space then cut the letters from Black HTV (or iron-on vinyl). When you are using this type of vinyl on your design, always make sure to “mirror” your image and place the shiny side down on your mat.  

One the vinyl was cut, I was able to weed the images and iron the letters onto the wood using my Easy Press Mini.  “Weeding” is very easy to do. It involves removing the excess material from the backing sheet so that your image is ready to adhere to the project. 

I used the Cricut Heat Guide to determine my temperature setting and got to work adhering all the vinyl to the wood slats.  Once that was complete, I began assembling the flowers and leaves.  

I used images from the new Bloom with Grace Cricut collection. There are quite a few unique sunflower images in this collection and it was hard to pick just one.  Those little grid patterns spoke to me and so did those stitched leaves, so I chose to add them to my design and cut them out from Espresso, Sundance, and Copper Order paper. 

For those of you who would like to create one of these projects for your home, I have created a simple to follow Cricut tutorial for you.  In the video, I show you how to make the design in Cricut Design Space, how to adhere the HTV (iron-on), and how to assemble all the pieces for the sign. 

Once you have completed the project, I would love for you to share it with me.  I always love seeing how something I made inspired others. 

You will need to purchased the Bloom with Grace collection if you plan on using the same images I did. This collection is only available through my affiliate link and is not available in Access. 

I hope you were inspired by this project I created for the Heart2Heart Fall Fun challenge and you were encouraged to add one of your own creations to the challenge. 

Make sure to stop by the blog each week for a new challenge. Our Design Teams always have some amazing projects to share and there are always creations to inspire you. 

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

My Craft Space Video Set-Up

Welcome to another glimpse inside my craft space.  These past few months, I have been getting emails, messages, and texts asking me to show how I set up for craft videos, tips for editing, and how to make a tutorial.  As much as I would love to sit down with each person individually, I decided that it would be easier to just show you through an online video.  

Let me first preface by saying that I am not a professional videographer by any means.  I don’t have a huge space, a studio full of lights, nor do I have anyone to assist me.  It is just me in my 9′ x 9′ space working with what I have on a small budget. 

I chose to take a break from crafting this week to help those crafters and consultants who are wanting to start making crafting videos.  Everything I am going to show you is very basic, very simple, and very affordable.  I do show quite a few of the items I use everyday, but I ask that you research for items that will work for you.   

I have two spaces for video recording – a small space and a large space.  Both of these are also spaces I use in my everyday crafting so my video recording tools need to be able to be tucked out of the way.  Many of you will probably require the same type of set-up.  You may have a small space or a multi-purpose space where you plan to record your videos. 

Here is what my two spaces look like. As you can see, everything is portable and can be moved out of the way as needed. 

I like to have plenty of light and a backdrop when I record my videos.  I spoke about both of these when I wrote about how I take photos of my projects.  Since my budget is small, I chose these lights that work for when I take photos and when I record videos. 

I chose these Tri-Pod LED lights because they can sit on the floor as up-light below my project or used as light above my project.  I also like that I can brighten or dim them as needed. This comes in handy when my craft space is extra sunny and I need a little less light in my video. 

Lighting is extremely important when you are recording your crafting videos.  You want enough to highlight the project and show your viewers what you are doing, but you also want to avoid too much light that causes shadows.  It took me a few tries to figure out what lighting set-up worked for me.  

I also like to have my project sitting on a lighter photo backdrop.   My first few videos were recorded on my dark wood station and my grey desk. Neither of these were good surfaces for my tutorials.  They caused my projects to fade into the background and made it difficult for viewers to see what I was doing. 

These photo backgrounds are designed to prevent glare and provide a nice neutral surface.  I recently had another consultants tell me that she uses wallpaper in the same manner. 

After you have recorded your videos, you are going to want to look into some video editing software.  You could just upload your videos unedited, like I did with my first few, but they will probably be a little rough and you won’t have the option to adjust any of your footage or add things like music or transitions. 

I use my laptop to edit videos with the Movani software.  You can choose to use a software or app that works for you.  Many of my friends use their phones or tablets to edit their videos and their videos are always amazing.  You need to decided how you want to edit videos and what type of videos you want to create. Take some time to write down what you are looking for in an editing software and do your research.  It took me about four months of trials to figure out what I liked.  In my video, I talk about all the features I was looking for. 

As you can see, this is very simple and rudimentary and easy to accomplish on a small budget.  I hope that you have been inspired to start creating a few videos of you own.  

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today