Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Picture Frame

Hello to all the Sassy Lady followers and Happy Thanksgiving! Today I'm getting another opportunity to play at the Sassy Lady's blog. First of all I would like to apologize for not having a cricut related posted for today but I had to have an unexpected minor surgery a couple of weeks ago. I am recovering really well, but I haven't had the energy to really do a lot of designing or crafting lately.

I purchased this frame at Hobby Lobby a few months back without any real plans for it. First I painted it off white. I added some decorative paper to the front and then distressed it with Tim Holtz distressing ink.

To finish it off I added a little bling and some prima flowers and it turned out really cute.

I hope you try this very simple and easy to make project and share your ideas with me. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Halloween Door Hanging

Isn't this just adorable? I needed something to decorate my front door with for Halloween so I thought I would make a wall hanging. I cut these images using Happy Hunting's cartridge.

The hat was cut at 7 inches.

The witches brew pot was cut on fit to page.

The shoe was also cut on fit to page.

I punched holes in each of the images using the crop-a-dile and connected the three pieces together with orange and brown ribbon. Of course I had to add some bling to each piece. I just can't help myself when it comes to adding the bling. The more it sparkles and shines, the better I like it.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting today. Please leave me a comment and let me know how you will take this idea and make it your own.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Imagine/I-Rock Baby Onsies

Hi, it's my day to play on The Sassy Lady blog. Sheila is so sweet to allow me to post on her blog. You will definately want to hop over there and see all the wonderful creations that Sheila and all her talented designer post each day.

I ordered the imagine back in September when HSN had it as the special value of the day. When it came in I was sick and wasn't able to play with it for about three weeks. After opening it up and starting to learn more about it, I fell in love. I wanted to try something different so I started looking around the house and found two baby onsies that needed some attention.

So I thought I would try transferring an image printed by the imagine onto the onsies.

I started by doing a test print onto card stock to make sure I got the sizing correct. The final size I decided on was 2.5 inches.

On the imagine I flipped the image before printing. I printed and cut the images using the Nursery Tails cartridge onto Avery Light Fabric transfer paper purchased at Wal-Mart.

Iron the images onto the onsies with the iron set on cotton setting using dry heat. Allow the image to cool for two minutes and peel off the paper backing.

I wanted some bling so I bought the i-rock heat setting tool. I have to say that the instructions were not quite clear enough for me because I left the heat tool on the stone to long and actually burnt the first one I attempted. After making that mistake I realized that all you really need to do is touch the heat tool to the stone for just a second and remove it. That technique worked much better and I was able to finish applying my bling without any more burns.

This is actually the one that I burnt but you can still see how adorable it turned out.

My second attempt at adding bling worked perfectly.

I had so much fun using my imagine and the i-rock heat tool that I can now think of a thousand things to add bling too. Don't forget to leave me a comment and tell me how you will use this idea and make it your own. Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Halloween Wreath

It's that time again to start decorating for the upcoming holidays. Halloween is a fun holiday to decorate for. You know I love to make a feather boah wreath so I started with two purple boah's. Start by wrapping them around a round styrofoam wreath.

Using Happy Haunting's cartridge, cut out several images of your choice. I like to cut several layers and the back piece from chip board so that the images are not flimsy.

I also like to hot glue small clothes pins to the back of the images. It makes it easy to remove the images and replace them with more images for a different holiday or celebration.

Add a bow anywhere on the wreath attaching with floral wire so that it is easily removed when you switch out your images for the next affair.

Stop back by tomorrow and see my post for The Sassy Lady blog and on Thursday to get the details on the wall-hanging to the left of the wreath.

Thanks for stopping by today and leaving me a comment on how you will take this idea and make it your own.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Critter Swap

I am participating in a critter swap. The Lion is cut at 3 inches using Animal Kingdom cartridge. The mane was run through the xyron and then glittered with Martha Stewart glitter. I will be submitting 15 lions and will receive equal amounts of different critters back in return. I can't wait to see what everybody comes up with. I'll try and post them when I get them back.

Thanks for visiting and check back later this week for my Sassy Lady post and some Halloween fun!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Monkeying Around

First off, let me say Thank You Sheila for letting me come back and play on the Sassy Lady blog. It's always an honor to be able to share my projects with such a wonderful group of people.

For my project today I decided to make a goody bag. I found the cutest paper by The Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby with monkeys on it. So lets get started.

Start by cutting the following size chipboard pieces. 2-4.5 x 5, 3-4.5 x 2.

Then I cut brown cardstock in the following dimensions: 5-9.5 x 4.75. I scored it at 2.5 and 6.5.

Fold the cardstock pieces and secure together with double sided tape or hot glue.

Then using double sided tape or hot glue secure the 5 pouches together so that it ends up looking like this.

I laid out my chipboard to measure the length for the cover. Make it at least 1.5 inches longer and wider than your chipboard. I wanted some contrast so I used the monkey paper and cardstock at the top so that the flap would contrast with the bag.

With the cover upside down lay out the chipboard with a small space between each piece for folding. Using double sided tape on the edge of the chipboard wrap the cover around all sides of the chipboard. Then measure the inside of the bag and cut a piece of decorative paper and secure to the inside.

Using double sided tape or hot glue secure the pouches to the inside of the bag.

I added a magnetic clasp to the cover, ribbon and a monkey charm. I then distressed the entire bag with Tim Holtz distressing ink.

I stamped the very top of the bag with "Sending You a Great Big Hug" stamp.

Using the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge, I cut a tag, added the same ribbon as I used on the bag and another monkey charm. Then stamp a sentiment of your choice onto the front.

I'll be filling the bag with some type of goodies and hopefully it will make somebody smile when they get it.

Thank you again Sheila aka She's A Sassy Lady for allowing me to come play today.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Cricut Cut Swap

I'm participating in my first Cricut cut swap. The theme is winter so I decided to do a snowflake. I used the "When it's Cold Outside" seasonal cartridge to cut the snowflake. The size is 3.5 inches.
After cutting out all 15 snowflakes, I ran them through the Xyron.
I then sprinkled Martha Stewart white glitter onto the snowflakes.
Added blue rhinestones.
I attached the snowflakes to a card with a pop dot and the inside of the card had "The Meaning of the Snowflake" by Holley Gerth typed in it. I'm including the poem below:

The Meaning of the Snowflake
Every new snowflake comes to the earth
as a picture of our Savior's birth
because they are sent from up above
and remind us of God's care and love.
Each one is so intricate and small
because Christ sees the details of us all,
and just as two are never the same
the Lord knows and calls us each by name.
Snowflakes gently cover the world in white
and hide what's unlovely from our sight,
showing us how He covers our sin
and gives us His grace when we come to Him.
So may every snowflake bring Christ to mind
and in every bit of white may you find
a reason to celebrate anew
and a reminder of His love for you.
-Holley Gerth

Thanks for visiting my blog today. My 2nd cricut cut swap is coming up!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Good morning, I'm here with you today for my next Sassy Lady post. Well summer is winding down and fall will be upon us shortly. I'm really looking forward to fall this year. I'm excited about all the fun things that are happening at She's a Sassy Lady. There has been a lot of fantastic talent added to our design team and I'm looking forward to what is in store for us this winter. I can't wait.

Now, let's get down to business. I have had several events lately where I needed to cut vinyl. So I researched kiss cutting vinyl and practiced until I figured out exactly how to kiss cut it correctly.

I purchased this water bottle on sale at Wal-Mart for $1. I needed a gift for a 30th anniversary at work and thought it would be great to add initials to it.

I started by putting lots of circles on my gypsy and then adding the initial K (for Karen) at the end.

I used the Gypsy font for the letter K. I got the perfect kiss cut by setting the pressure at medium and the blade depth at 4.

Here is the vinyl after peeling off the excess. The kiss cut was PERFECT!

I applied the polka dots and the initial to the water bottle and came up with this really cute gift.

Thank you Sheila for allowing me to come over and post on your blog today. I'm extremely honored to be amongst such a fabulous team of designers.

Please leave me a comment and let me know how you will decorate your next project with vinyl.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Gift Box

Hi all, I hope you are all having a great summer, it's been a busy one for me. So let's get started, first I want to thank Sheila, aka Sassy Lady, for giving me the opportunity to share with you something that has a very special meaning to me. Today I would like to share with you a box that I made for my niece's wedding and a small gift to go inside.

I started with a paper mache' box purchased from Hobby Lobby. I added little wood feet called Candle Cup that I also purchased from the wood section at Hobby Lobby.

Using the French Manor cartridge and Cricut Cuttables, Adhesive-backed Stencil Material, I cut out a stencil for the top of the box. The size was 2.5 inches and I set the pressure on high, blade at 5 and multi-cut at 4.

I cut another stencil for the front and two sides of the box using the border function. The size is 1 inch, multi-cut at 3, blade at 5, pressure at max and speed at slow.

I laid the stencil on the box and then added Spackling Paste. The paste is very rough so you will need to smooth the paste as much as you can with a trowel. The top of the box had a few sections where the paper had separated so I added paste around the edge to seal up the seams.

Remove the stencil and allow the paste to dry. After the paste dries, lightly sand so that your image is completely smooth.

I then painted the box using Anita's Acrylic paint in Cream. After the box dried I added delta paints in Village Green and Think Pink. When applying the pink and green paint, I used water to thin the paint.

Using a sponge paint brush I applied Martha Stewart Copper ink to give the box an antiqued look.

I lined the box with decorative paper.

I then added the embellishments to GLAM it up. This is always my favorite part of a project. Now for a peek at the gift.

The gift was a garter that I made for my niece's wedding. I smocked it with hearts and added a pearl at the bottom of each heart. The pearls that I used came from the brides great grandmothers jewelery. This was just a small way to have our grandmother with us at this special event.

I hope I have inspired you to do something creative that has a special meaning for you or someone in your family. I would love to hear how you will incorporate this idea into your crafting style so please leave me a comment.