Thursday, December 30, 2010

Vinyl Tile

I made this for a friend of mine who was starting her first year of teaching. This is the first tile that I've done. She had mentioned something like this a while back, so I thought this would be a nice surprise. Thanks for looking!


  • ceramic tile (from the hardware store)
  • vinyl in various colors
  • cricut machine
  • cricut cartridges: 50 states, Graphically Speaking, Cursive 101, Plantin Schoolbook,
  • Gypsy
  • white gel pen (for the stars on the flag

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cricut Expression Dust Covers

I made these as Christmas gifts for my two best friends that I scrap with all the time. Actually, they are the ones who bought me my first scrapbooking supplies and I always joke with them and say that "you created this (me) monster!" I bought my original cricut first and they soon followed behind with expressions! I made both of them Gypsy clutches earlier in the year for their birthdays, so I thought that I would make them dust covers for their expressions. Here are their gypsy clutches with their matching expression covers! Thanks for looking!

The red expression cover

The matching Gypsy clutch

The pink expression cover

And the Gypsy clutch to match

I found the pattern HERE from Custom Crops. It is a very nice pattern! They even created some youtube videos to help you out with the pattern!! You can view them HERE. They also have the pattern for other cricut machines!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Gifts with a Vinyl Review

I never know what to get for my husband's siblings and their spouses. I always try to come up with something creative. This year I made these glass blocks.

With the room light off

With the room light on

Here is how to make some for yourself:
1.I began by using some glass etching cream that I purchased at a craft store. I etched the entire front of the block. I layered it on pretty thick with a foam brush and let it sit for about 30 minutes. When doing this, make sure that you go in the same direction when you are paining on the etching cream. It will give the finished project a more professional look if you do and won't be as streaky. Follow the instructions on the bottle to etch the glass.

2. I created a design on my gypsy and cut out the vinyl.

3. I placed the vinyl on the block as designed.

4. Put your lights inside the block. In the big block I used a string of 35 lights and in the small block I used a string of 20 lights.

5. Wrap ribbon that is at least 1.5" wide all around the edge and create a bow on top.

  • kraft glass block (these have the holes already cut in them. You can use the ones from the hardware store, but you will have to cut your own hole for the lights)
  • string of lights
  • vinyl
  • glass etching cream
  • ribbon (at least 1.5" wide) *I also used wire edge ribbon
  • foam brush
* I used various vinyl brands for these products. Here is my opinion of them
---brown vinyl: Brand--Paperstudio--very thin and pliable; was nice for layering
---blue vinyl: Brand--Cricut--thick and sturdy
---green and red vinyl: Brand--Stampin' Up!--very similar to Cricut vinyl. A bit smoother than cricut vinyl. It was thick and sturdy and was nice for the bottom layer of the tree. This was my first time to use it and I was very pleased!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isiah 9:6

May you have a wonderful time of celebration with your family this CHRISTmas!!