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Monday, December 29, 2014

Iron on vinyl camouflage hat and my awesome cousin

Happy Monday and thank you for stopping by!!  My cousin, Braden, really likes camouflage and fishing. I brought this hat at a local hunting supply shop and I cut his name out of white iron on vinyl from www.expressionsvinyl.com. The front is cricut alphabet. I played with the sizing until I thought it would be the right size and then I cut it in paper just to test it. The fish is from the subscription. It was my first attempt at iron on vinyl with my explore and it cut perfectly. I had to make sure and reverse the image and name before I cut. I had no trouble weeding out the background. I had issues ironing it since it is a curved surface, but I took my time and put my hand covered in a towel inside the hat while I pressed against the design with the iron. I used the recommended iron setting of highest one that is not steam. You have to cut iron on vinyl with the clear plastic side down on the mat and then after you weed out the part of your design so that only want you want is left, you have to iron with the clear plastic side up and then the heat of the iron will adhere it. This vinyl was easy because I didn't have to wait for it to cool before removing the plastic cover.  The d is not perfect, but with the white in the camouflage, it looked good.
Here's my cousin modeling the hat! I had so much fun making gifts this year!
Thank you for stopping by. There's more cups to come and I finished the scrapbook of the studio J and picture my life sets I gave. I will get to show those soon.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Glass block update

I made a lot of gifts, so I am going to break up the posts. I just wanted to show off my finished glass blocks from the other day with their bows. Everyone one loved them yesterday and I have more to share. I have been quite busy. This one is going to my aunt that lives in DE.
 This one was for my aunt who is really into cardinals for Christmas.
This one went to my mom.

Please excuse the mess in the background. I did not have time to take them outside. 
Now for a few you haven't seen yet. It went to my dad. I printed the family dog on cricut vinyl and cut with my explore. I did the Baltimore Orioles logos the same way. 
This one was all printable vinyl. It is my cousin's pictures I got from I Instagram . It has him holding a fish on the side and the front is his boat, fish in the shape of a heart and he and his girlfriend. I tied twine around it and added fishing floats. 

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you had a merry Christmas. We sure did.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Lighted glass blocks


I have been working on Christmas gifts. I just wanted to show some I finished all but the bow. I used my cricut explore to cut cricut brand midnight vinyl. I had an issue with the explore cutting too deep, even though I had set it on custom and then cricut brand chalkboard vinyl. I switched over to cricut brand printable vinyl setting and that worked like a charm. It didn't mess up my image. I am very happy I waited to make sure it was cutting like I wanted before I went off to work on something else. The explore cut through the vinyl carrier on the first block:
The vinyl still turned out brilliantly. I got this image from a Facebook group. It didn't look like anything until you put it on the block. This next block's design is a Teresa Collins Dec 25th image from the subscription. I added a circle that I sliced in design studios for the eye. I just felt like it needed an eye. My aunt is really into cardinals for Christmas decorations. I hope she loves it. I had some sir bubbles I'll have to tackle later. But,I thought it turned out well. 
my last design I believe is a svg cut. I think it's my favorite so far. All designs were cut at 7x 7 but I think 6 would be a better size since some over lapped. 
Thank you for stopping by. Special thanks to Sarah who first showed these to me.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

CTMH snow haven card making kit

Hello, today I finally mailed the cards I made with the CTMH snow haven card making kit. I changed up one card that had "we go together like Christmas and a sweater" to be the sing glory stamp set. I stamping the angel in glacier and hark saying in slate over it. Here's what the cards look like in the kit brochure:
Here's my take:
These were a lot of fun to make and no cricut needed. I'll be resting my paper trimmer for awhile and using my explore to make Christmas presents.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lighted Glass Blocks

Hello! I have been waiting on materials to arrive to work on Christmas presents. I received my order from Cricut this weekend, so I am so excited to work on all these glass blocks I got from Menards. There is not a Menards close to where I live, but there is one on the way from my cousin's home in Missouri. I called and ordered 20 blocks on there 2/$6 preblack Friday sale and my cousin brought them to me for Thanksgiving. She gave me a picture of her on her new horse "Party at the Ritz", but the background was not very pretty. We don't know the people in the background  and they looked bored. It took away from my cousin and her horse! I had to remedy that!
First I sprayed the block on bought sides with spray frost. It is like spray paint. I sprayed two thin coats on each side and then let it dry over night. I did glass votive holders with snowflakes and frost several years ago so I learned that the longer you wait, the less likely the frost will rub off.

 Then I used my design space software to erase the entire background of the photo. I printed on Cricut printable vinyl with my printer and then used my explore to cut it out perfectly.
The vinyl was like a big sticker and was so easy to apply to the glass block. I added a bow.
 I cut out the horse's name and the year with my explore and outdoor vinyl(it's what I had) and applied to the block.
 Here they are with the light on! I got these lights at the Dollar Tree.
My cousin absolutely loved the gift. Since she and her friend went to all the trouble to haul these to me, they got the first gift of the year. I was delighted to have been there and watched her ride in person. These glass blocks are perfect. They are thin and they have a large opening at the bottom with a almost silicon like material that fits in the hole and theres a round hole perfect for this light and theres also a plug for the hole, if you wanted to fill the block. Thank you for stopping by. I have been working on more cups and Christmas cards so I'll be posting those soon.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Damask Divas December Blog Hop - Snowhaven

Since there was only one other person besides myself that signed up for the Dec blog hop, it was decided not to have one for Dec. I am going to go ahead and show the card I had been working on.
It is from the Artfully Sent CTMH Cricut Cartridge. I cut it out of CTMH White Daisy cardstock. The width was cut at 11.5, so that the finished card is close to 5 x7. I colored the ornaments in silver and gold and just put a piece of the snow haven card stock behind it.
I love the pretty snowflake print! Here's the other side of the paper and inside of the card:
These prints would also be beautiful to cut out holiday boxes or bags for gift giving!!
Thank you for stopping by!!  Big news for tomorrow, Dec 1st, only all the CTMH Cricut collections will be 20% off!!! You can even get our latest and greatest cartridge, Artfully Sent in that amazing deal!!  So, check it out at  http://frommtheheart.ctmh.com/Retail/Products.aspx?CatalogID=11

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Update on a card

Well, I finally decided on what this card on top was missing.
It just needed a little popped up shimmery Happy Birthday sticker from my stash. What do you think?
I made it for my aunts birthday, but I hadn't gotten to see her because she went out of state to a funeral on her birthday. The card has been waiting for something. I wanted to add a pop up featured in the inside but was able to with my computer down. I am giving this to her on Thanksgiving, tomorrow with a nail kit I wrapped up. I hope she likes it!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CTMH Artiste leaf box

This is the cutest little box I made a few years ago for thanksgiving. I sized it fit to page on my imagine back then and I made enough for everyone at thanksgiving and filled them with candy. I cut everything with this beautiful paper I bought at big lots back when they sold scrapbooking supplies. I am not sure why I never posted this to my blog before, but since I have to wait until Black Friday to buy a new computer(And because I thought it was too pretty to throw out) I thought I'd share know.
Here's the inside.  I just took it apart to show you how it goes together.
Here's the outside. I just folded all the score lines and ran ribbon to each of the holes.

I folded it up and held the tab tight. I used red score tape. 
I pulled the ribbon tight and added the leaf I had colored the end and glittered the leaf. The leafis from the same cut file with the box. Glitter was applied with clear nail polish and then I went over it again to seal the glitter. 
Here's what the bottom looks like after it's assembled.

Here it is all read for the thanksgiving table. I hope you enjoyed this post. thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Starbucks logo coffee cup

Hello! I know I haven't made much this month. I am getting a new computer next week and then I'll be working on crafts and cards for Christmas gifts. I was able to get my laptop to work long enough to cut my first vinyl ever! I got this vinyl as free scrap from a sign store. It is outdoor grade. It cut perfectly. I went back to the sign shop months later and then didn't have any scraps and the quote they gave me to buy was high. It could be worth it, but I am going shopping today and see if I can get outdoor vinyl at a better price because I have brought so many things that are waiting for vinyl and most if them are cups or glass cutting boards. I am set on making car window decals. I also have a bunch of tshirts. I went to a great website, http://www.festisite.com/logo/starbucks/ , and I made myself a travel coffee cup. Since it was my first time with vinyl, I wanted to test it out on myself before I started making gifts. I found my cup at the dollar tree. I choose colored lids over the white ones because they don't stain like the white and I love coffee. I am also a fan of Starbucks, but not of green.  Here's what the cup looked like before:
I took the sleeve off and cut it so that there was more room for the logo and you still had the sleeve to protect your hand. This cup actually holds the heat really well. I only brought ones that had a good seal on the cap. I had to really work to push the newly cut sleeve up towards the top of the cup, but it loved the result. I will try to cut the next sleeve better. For the design, the festisite website is so easy to customize. I just typed in my name instead of Starbucks and it perfectly curved my name at the top. Then I saved it as a JPEG file. I uploaded it in design space using the basic upload and then I used the most detailed chose on the right. I used the erase tool to erase every bit of the white so that the explore would cut that out and then just as easy as that I had my logo ready to cut! I sized it to 3 inches and cut on my explore with the highest vinyl setting since this vinyl is so thick and it cut perfectly! I used a excato knife and a straight pin to pull off the parts that needed to remain white. This went really well. The hardest part was the nose and the mouth. I used magic cover contact paper from the dollar tree as my transfer tape and I just rubbed the design really well and gently lifted the vinyl off it's backer and on to the magic cover like a sticker, then I placed the vinyl on my cup and rubbed the vinyl over and over until I pulled the magic cover off and like magic it came off and the vinyl was stuck perfectly to the cup. Here's my finished cup!

Here's I am modeling it!
Here's my cup beside my morning coffee today so you can see the design is close to Starbucks. You can only use the logo for gifts, not to sale. It is a parody not original logo.
I am going to try to use the same website to curve other sayings and then take out the Starbucks girl and add in other designs to the center. Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, November 17, 2014

CTMH Artfully Sent Fabulous birthday pop up card

Happy Monday!!!  It is snowing here in TN and has been a winter wonderland this beautiful morning. I made this awesome pop up card for coworker that just turned fabulous 50 today! This card was so quick and easy.

The outside paper is CTMH Yuletide Cheer and the inside is CTMH colonial white. The gold glitter paper was cut from my stash using the Artfully Sent front. The stickers were from the dollar tree and are 3 d.

I tied twine from my stash in the inside to give the pop up more support. The Happy Birthday Banner inside is colonial white paper colored with Shin Han Peony Purple marker. The original banner read "birthday Girl" I used contour to remove girl so it didn't cut and then I cut Lori and put over where girl would be. For some reason, I couldn't get Lori to cut out of Birthday as it was supposed to and, so I just cut it separately and glued on. I hope you enjoyed my card and thank you for stopping by!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Dad

I have been off celebrating my dad's birthday (11/6/14)and watching my great cousin show her new TN Walking horse. Here's the card I made for my dad. I used the print then cut feature on the Explore.
I discovered a website that allows you to take your pictures and turn them into the face on any dollar amount. That's my dad from a few birthdays ago. We went to Tunica for the horse show and I thought this card was fitting a birthday weekend in Tunica. We had his party in our room when we got there that night. For the morning, I hung this store brought banner and I had converted Baltimore Orioles svgs to print then cut and attached them to a store brought birthday balloon table piece.
I layered two dollar tree tablecloths for the table, a balloon one and a happy birthday one because the happy birthday one had so much white on it. Here's the print then cut Oriole svg's that I added tooth picks to to become cake decorations. Since we were traveling with the cake, my mom baked it in pyrex pan and then iced it and so it was plain until I added my decorations.
I thought the cake turned out cute and we didn't have to worry about the decorations getting smashed in the car ride there. Here he his with his cake all lit up.
And here is the remaing print then cuts that I put on the bed for decoration. We got there too late to go to eat with everyone. So, we just had the party in the room. Since my computer was not working before we left, I had to make these with J's computer and so I didn't get to make as much as I wanted to. For some reason his newer laptop didn't jive with Design Space. Since he fixed my computer, I will be testing it tonight to work on something for my Aunt's party tomorrow. Thank you for stopping by!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Little surprises for Boss's birthday

My supervisor at work is really great. Her birthday was yesterday. Team decided to get little gifts for her and give them throughout the day. I made the card and the little tags for the gifts. Everything turned out really nice for her. The day started bad for me because my laptop broke and so I couldn't use my Explore at all. I had planned to have the explore draw out the to and from so that nothing had to be filled out and I had planned on embellishing the front of each tag. I have collected lots of things over the years. I went thru and found a set of little cards with envelopes and embellished them up.
Here they are completed.

The pink butterfly is a close to my heart stamp that was fussy cut. The red roses are from CTMH artiste. I had cut a bunch out and assembled them a long time ago and keep them handy.               
Here's the card finished I show the other day. I just added happy birthday. I had cut that probably on my cricut personal. that's how long it has been.
Thank you for stopping by! I have had extreme problems since my laptop broke and so I am so happy my dad's birthday card is done. I made it weeks ago. I hope he won't be disappointed that the decorations didn't turn out since my laptop broke. The newer computers just don't seem to work as well with Design Space. My laptop is vista based and I spent four hours trying to get a windows 7 laptop to work and it didn't want to work with shockwave. At least the card and gift is nice, even though the little extras I love to do won't be.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

quick mention

I am so busy making things for today that I can't show in this post what I am making as it's in a process still in my mind, but I didn't want to let a chance go by to show you really can make a lot of things out of not much, if you put your mind to it. First several years ago, Jason made this fake bomb for a friend's MacGyver costume.

This year Jason needed a camera to be Frank West from the video game Dead Rising as his costume for Halloween. He took the fake bomb appart some and then made it into a real looking camera.

He used a fake coin as his based to mold the necklace and then he painted it also. I be back with paper crafting posts and tutorials, but I just wanted to take a minute and show off my crafty husband. Now if I could just get him addicted to cricut stuff! For my costume, I didn't do any crafting. I was Mario.
It was a very fun Halloween! I wore my Mario costume to work and was working away in my haunted looking cubicle. I was Mario for the trick or treaters and then Mario again for a party the next day. It was a lot of fun. I'll be back soon with many new crafty things and cards. Thank you for stopping by!!!