Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pinwheels for Spring with Rinea Foil

Rinea® paper-foil is a dream product to use when I want to make pinwheels.  These colourful spinners just make me feel like Spring! For this month's Designers Crafts Connection Blog hop I made a few spinning pinwheels.

"Rinea® paper-foil is a specialty craft paper imported from Germany. It is made up of a thin sheet of paper sandwiched between two layers of thin aluminum foil - the paper gives it sturdiness and stiffness while the foil gives it the shininess and the malleability to maintain the shape however you bend or fold it. It is more than just origami paper due to the specific thickness and the quality of the foil used, making it ideal for many interesting crafting ideas. The paper does not wrinkle like foil and does not cause painful cuts like thick, sharp kitchen foil can."

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Ever since I have been a little girl, I have loved those bright shiny spinners.
Now, I can make them any size, and colour whenever I want.  I work with some terrific companies such as Rinea® paper-foil that enables me to play with excellent supplies.  In today's post, I am combining my love of shiny things and some of my favourite tools.

Rinea® paper-foil is so easy to work with and versatile.  Did you know that you can even die cut the Rinea® paper-foil with an electronic die cutting machine?

 I used my beloved Cricut and a blue sticky mat which is intended for thinner materials just like the Rinea® paper-foil.  It is a safe way to stick, cut, and peel your work.  Using some other types of mats might rip the foil, and nobody wants that!

So here we go. First, I went to the Cricut website where I opened the Cricut Design Space™, and searched for a pinwheel, Make It Now project.  Once I found what I wanted, I selected and clicked Make It Now.  All I had to do was stick my chosen foils by Rinea® onto the blue mat (which is less sticky than the green or lilac mats). I then followed the instructions as explained in the Cricut Design Space™ instructions.

I chose the blue with gold, and the Green with gold foils to do the project.  The Cricut cut the foil precisely into squares and then made cut lines to create the pins of each wheel.

With an awl, I pierced holes into each paper straw.

The next thing to do, was to fold each square by matching the corners where the holes are, and towards the center.

With a small brad, I secured each foil pinwheel to each straw.  So quick, so fun, and so so easy!  Try it, you just might love it.

Remember, check out all the project ideas from the other Designers at the Designer Crafts Connection. Also, visit for more information.

Thank you for stopping by, and stay crafty!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring Fever

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Spring is apparently here, and I have a fever! Although, in our area, we have doubts considering how cold it has been, and that we still have a lot of snow left on the ground.  Nonetheless, we are all itching to get outside and enjoy the longer days filled with the sunshine.

To get ready for Spring Time Events, and even early summer times.  We are cleaning, purging, sprucing up our homes.  We also are planning about how we want to relax and have fun during those long weekends.

Fortunately, with stores like Dollar Tree, it is more affordable to pull off our outside shenanigans.  And, if you have a US address then you can even shop online!

If I could order things from the Dollar tree, to have delivered to my home to help me with all our plans and prepping, here is a sampling of what I would get.

Pink Plastic Flamingos at Pink Flamingoes by the case!  I did say I have a Spring Fever!  Really!  We would certainly be the talk of the neighborhood if we planted those pink birds out on our front yard.  Ok, maybe only temporarily like to announce a garage sale or celebrate something.  But, how fun would that be?

For the kiddos, it would be great to order, EZBreezy Licensed Character Kites at They can have fun for cheap, and the parents can use the extra change for....

Royal Norfolk Paisley Print Stoneware Plates at These are just a few of my fun ideas I came up with.  Please share your own Spring Fever ideas in the comments below.

In an upcoming video, I will be sharing a tour of my Craft Room/Studio.  But first I have to clean!
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