Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lots of Love Cricut Card

I had the idea for this card in my head for a while.  I finally found some time to put it all together.  I wanted to use the jar from the Doodlecharms cartridge.  I punched out several small hearts with a small heart punch in various shades of pink and red.  I then cut out the jar on white card stock, silver card stock, and then with a transparency.  I cut off the lid and accent from the silver piece and layered them on top of the transparency.  I glued all the hearts down to the white card stock piece and then used a 2-way glue pen to attach the transparency to the white card stock. 

For the sentiment, I used THIS set from Martha Stewart to create my exact phrase.  I topped it off with 2 more hearts covered in glossy accents.  I used the Elegant Edges cartridge to cut out the pink heart background piece.  If you have any questions, please let me know!

Thanks for looking!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Valentine's Day Banner

I wanted to create a Valentine's Day banner for my mantle this year.  I started out with my trusty, well used banner cut from the Tie the Knot cartridge. 

I layered it up with lots of sparkley goodies and pretty cuts.  I used SU!'s red glitter paper and one of their new sizzlits dies to create the doily (so much prettier in real life).  I used the Tim Holtz rosette die for the center and the Storybook cartridge for the lettering.  

I also used black glitter on the hearts on the ends.  I embossed the pink layer with the cuttlebug houndstooth folder.  If you have any questions, let me know.

Thanks for looking!!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Canvas and Vinyl

A friend of mine came up with this project and asked for my help in making her canvases.  After we finished her's I thought...."that would be great for all my nieces and nephews this year!" 

All the canvases are 11"X 14" (except for the family tree)  I started by painting all of them with regular acrylic paint and a sponge brush.  I then designed all the images on my Gypsy and cut them out using my cricut and matte vinyl.  Many of the images I did have to use my craft knife to get the layering just right, but it wasn't too bad. 

My sweet husband then sealed all of them with a Krylon clear gloss sealer.  In all I created 15 different canvases. 

I created to of the tractor canvases.  On the sports ball canvas--after it was sealed with the sealer, the layers under the football were not nearly as harsh.  In fact I think that was the best one of all. 

Leah's canvas was covered in layers, and layers, and layers of spray glitter.  this picture does not do the glitter justice.  I also attached some pink rhinestones onto the crown.  She is the only girl in a house of 3 brothers.....she was in love with her princess canvas!

For the sister and brother-in-laws, I created a family collage canvas.  In the one above, I used a gold metallic acrylic paint to create the fleur-de-lis.  In the one below, I used a copper metallic paint to create the star atop the base taupe layer.  The canvas above is prior to sealing and the canvas below is after sealing.  You can tell how much more "finished" the canvases look after being sealed.

For my twin nieces, I created mirror canvases for their room.  I also sprayed them with the spray glitter, but their coats weren't quite as thick as Leah's.

My nephew LOVES Transformers.  Oh how I wish that Cricut would have come out with a Transformers cartridge.  I used metallic vinyl and hand-cut this image.  I found a .jpeg online and used adobe to create two layers of the image (the black background and then silver layer).  He loved it!!!

For my mom and my mother-in-law I created family tree canvases.  These canvases were 16"X 20". I cut the leaves out and layered them on one by one.  I then used timber brown stazon to add some dimension to the leaves.  On the second one that I made I randomly layered a darker green leaf to add more contrast.  The hearts are red vinyl layered onto cardstock and then popped up on top of the canvas so the family can be easily expanded!!

If you have any questions, let me know!!  Thanks for looking!!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Classroom Valentine's Day Treats

I'm always thinking of something special to make my students for the holidays.  I know that they will probably rip into them and tear them up, but maybe one of them will remember how special they were to them.  I loaded up some small cellophane bags with the all time favorite conversation heart candies.  I used the Doodlecharms cartridge to create the letter die cut and used a white gel pen to accent the die cut.  I cut a pink heart and popped it up onto the die cut.

My students always love pencils and erasers.  I also used Doodlecharms cartridge and my gypsy to create the holder.  I designed the scalloped heart in one layer of my gypsy.  I used the oval shape from George and created the holes for the pencil.  I then created the heart (red) later in a second layer in my gypsy.  I grouped the holes from the scallop heart and then copied and pasted them onto the second later with the red heart.  I lined them all up on top of the scallop layer so that when I cut them both out, they would line up perfectly!  I then stamped a sentiment and used metallic pencils to color the hearts in.  I then attached a heart eraser above the sentiment with a glue dot!

If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thanks for looking!!!

Monday, January 9, 2012


In honor of tonight's game, I'm sharing with you a shirt that I made to wear to the LSU homecoming game this year.  It was my first applique shirt to make.  After much youtube research, this is what I came up with!!

The silver is a lame fabric.  I cut the heart and letters out on paper first with my cricut and the attached heat-n-bond to the back of my fabric. I then traced and cut out the patterns.  I ironed them onto my shirt but it still needed something.  I then pulled out the sewing machine, experimented with a few stitching options and then started sewing the mess out of it!!  I had so much fun I plan on making more of these in the future.  I paid $2 for the cotton t, the silver fabric was about $4/yd and I only used a 12"X12" square piece and the sequin dotted fabric was around $1.  Shirts like this sell for $25-$40 at boutiques and I made mine for less than $5.  It was a lot of work but I saved a TON of money!!!

Thanks for looking!!!  GEAUX TIGERS!!!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

It's Been a While.....

Yep, it's been a while since I've posted.  I'm sorry.  Life has gotten a bit busy for me lately.  I spent some time in my scrapbook room this weekend and I'll have projects to show you later this week.  I hope everyone is having a great start to the new year and is enjoying some crafting fun!!!  One of my goals this year is to get back on track with my scrapbooking.  Weddings, showers, weddings, showers, and more showers have put my scrapbook stories on hold for the last year and a half.  Yes, I said a whole year and a half!!!  I always date the back of my pages as to when I complete them and while looking through some of my scrapbooks today, I noticed the last one that I completed was in July of 2010.  That's WAY to long!!  That means that I have a LOT of memories to catch up on!!  I hope to get a great deal of that accomplished this year.  I have the pictures and the if I can just find the time!!!!!

Until later....happy crafting! :)