Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wine Glass Etching

Hello Everyone!!

Here is my non-paper crafting Cricut project!  I am thinking about Christmas gifts for my family who lives in New Orleans.  I thought a cool gift would be to etch some glasses with a fleur-dis-lis on them, since that has become a symbol of hope (and my family is kind of obsessed with it).  Anyway, I wanted to practice before I bought a bunch of glasses for my family.

My fiancee let me use our wine glasses to perform the "etch test" so I decided to use our initials.  I made the design in my gypsy, which was helpful when figuring out placement for the letters.  I was going to do a "&" instead of a heart, but I couldn't find a "&" I really liked.  Anyway, I cut out the design on vinyl and used the negative space to etch my design.  I thought it turned out really well for a first attempt.

I learned that transfer tape is really useful.  I think it would have helped me put the design on better.  Also, you need to make sure the vinyl is firmly placed on the glass, otherwise you'll have bubbles around the etching.  Other than that, I followed the directions on the bottle of etch cream.  It did not take me very long to do, and it looks pretty good.  Hope you all enjoy!!

Supplies Used: 
Gypsy Font
Gypsy Wanderings
Aumor Etch cream

Happy Crafting, 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sweet Tweet: My Pink Stamper Bird Challenge

Hello Everyone!!

Here is the card I made for My Pink Stamper's 500 million Bird Challenge.  I found Robyn's (My Pink Stampers) blog last spring when I was looking for videos on how to etch glass with your Cricut.  I've been hooked ever since.  In fact, she's the reason I started my own blog.  She has been a wonderful source of inspiration to me, and she deserves every bit of her success.  If you haven't checked her out, DO SO!!!

Back to my card...

I ordered the CottageCutz penguin die a while back.  My fiancee is obsessed with penguins, so I thought this die would come in very handy.   I just got a Cuttlebug, so of course when I heard bird challenge I immediately thought of my penguins.  At first, I made traditional black and white penguins, but they did not match my card very well, so I decided to make them pink.  I think the penguins turned out super cute.

I also tried a new format or layout (or whatever!) with my card.  I put a different color border in-between the two main pieces of paper.  See it just above the ribbon?  I though it added a little something. For my sentiment, I used My Pink Stamper's "Tweetie Hoo Puns" stamps.  MPS has awesome stamps...again, you should check her out if you haven't already.  Anyway, I'll get off of my soapbox and show you my card.  I hope you enjoy!! Look for a non paper crafting project later in the week (yes, it still involves the cricut!!)

Supplies Used: 
CottegeCutz Penguin die
Paper from Making Memories "Whimsy" scrapbook kit
Stampin' Up Ribbon
Stampin' Up border punch
MPS Tweetie Hoo Puns stamp set

Happy Craftin'

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Peachy Keen Challenge

Hello Everyone!!

Sorry I have been missing this week.  This seems to be a theme with the way my semester is going with school.  This week, I have made a few projects and will be posting them randomly throughout the week.  It just seems easier this way.  On a happier note (happier I guess...) I went to the big city today and was able to shop at Michaels and Joann's.  I don't have either of these in my city, and the ones close to me are really I got out and shopped at BIG ones.  Anyway, I came home with lots of new stuff including: MS Drippy Goo punch, iRock, glass etching cream, modge podge, and a new lamp!!  It was a great day for look for exciting stuff in the near future.  

Here is the first project I have made with my new Imagine.  I love this machine, but I hate that I have not had more time to play with it.  However, I have loved this owl since I first saw the advertisements for the Imagine, so I just had to cut him out.  I thought, while I was playing, that I would enter them in some challenges.  This card is for the PeachyKeen sketch challenge.  I'm not particularly happy with the doodling, but I'm still trying to figure out what type of doodling works best for me.  

I hope ya'll are having a fabulous day!!  Thank you for your support...don't think I haven't noticed!!

Supplies Used: 
Stampin' Up Cardstock
Stampin' Up Ribbon
Stampin' Up Buttons
Imagine More Cricut Imagine Cartridge
White gel pen
My Pink Stamper Tweetie Hoo Puns
Stampin' Up Cardstock

Happy Scrappin' 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sweet Treats Treat Bags

Hello Bloggers!!

Sorry I haven't posted AT ALL this week.  I know I promised a video, and I'm really sorry that didn't happen.  It seems I have a sinus infection, which comes with a really bad case of man voice.  When I start feeling better, I will make another video.  To make it up to you (hopefully), I DO have a project for you!

I was a presenter for a Leadership Conference this weekend, so I made treat bags for all of my audience members as a way to thank them for attending.  I needed 30 of them, and I learned that there is a quantity feature on the Cricut Expression!! I just hit the quantity button, hit the "+" button until the screen said 30, then I hit cut...and it cut out 30 cupcakes.  I was SO SUPER excited to find this feature.  Here are the pictures.  Let me know what you think...

Supplies Used: 
Paper Pack from Wal-Mart 
2 1/8' Scallop circle punch from Stampin' Up
Border Punch from Stampin' Up (I'll have to look up the name)
Sweet Treats cartridge
9x4" cello bags

Happy Craftin' 

Monday, September 13, 2010

Mr. Potatohead Pin Display

Hello Everyone!!

First, I was going to try to make this my video for ya'll.  However, it took forever to cut and I was gluing things into the wrong places...and it was just a disaster.  I apologize and I'm going to try to make another video for ya'll.  I have had an idea for a Halloween card in my head for a while.  We will see what happens.

Onto the project...

My fiancee is obsessed with Mr. Potatohead.  We went to Disney in January and started collecting pins.  We decided that we weren't going to trade the pins we collected, but display them (you can see the other pin frames we made in one of my very first posts).  Since, my fiancee became infatuated with finding all of the Mr. Potatohead pins out there...and has quite an extensive collection.  Needless to say, my fiancee was very excited when the Toy Story cartridge came out since it had two Mr. Potatohead images on it.  We just received the cartridge in the mail, and I made my fiancee's pin display.  Here's how it turned out...

Supplies Used
12x12 Scrapbook frame from Michaels
12x12 Corkboard Square
12x12 Disney Patterned Paper
Toy Story Cartridge

Saturday, September 11, 2010

9/11 My Pink Stamper Challenge

Hello Bloggers!!

I feel like I have neglected my blog so much lately.  School and my Internship are taking over my life, and it's taking me a while to adjust to my new schedule.  I promise I have some exciting projects coming up, and hopefully a video!!

I saw the My Pink Stamper challenge this morning, and an idea came to me almost instantly.  I designed this in my gypsy.  Mainly, my gypsy allowed me to weld the letters.  I do love my gypsy, I just wish I knew how to use it better.  I am having problems moving my grouped items around.  For example, I will try to move a whole word and all of a sudden I have started pulling out letters.  I got the blue piece from the Storybook cartridge and then embossed it with my cuddlebug (!).  I'm so excited about my cuddlebug!!  

Anyway, onto my project...

Supplies Used: 
Stampin' Up Paper (solid and patterned)
Stampin' Up Brads
Stampin' Up Dimensionals
Mickey Font Cricut Cartridge
Gyspy Font Cricut Cartridge
Storybook Cartridge
Star Dust Stickles