Friday, July 30, 2010

Just a Note

Hi crafters,
Just wanted to drop a quick note of inspiration for the weekend.  This cute little owl is from Give a Hoot.  I am having a blast with the hide contour feature on the gypsy which made it super easy to cut out the layers for this lovely owl.

I got the boarder punch for this at Marshall's for 3.99.  They've been stocking some of the older Martha Stewart punches so check them out if you are close by.

Happy crafting,

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Glass Etching

Step 1: Gather supplies: Glassware (baking dish, glasses, or vase), glass etching cream (found at craft stores), contact paper, foam brush, glass cleaner, paper towels, and di-cutter or craft knife.

Step 2: Clean the glassware with the glass cleaner and paper towels. Cut out last name or monogram out of contact paper.  An electric di-cutting machine can be used for this or a craft knife (if your freehand isn’t great trace from a computer printout). 

Step 3: Using the negative as a stencil apply it to the glassware in the desired position.  If it is a larger piece of contact paper use an additional piece of contact paper on top of the negative to help transfer the word more easily. 

Step 4: Take the foam brush and dab the glass etching cream onto the exposed glass in a thick layer.  Let sit for about 30 minutes checking periodically for bare spots and reapplying as necessary.  Rinse and remove contact paper.

Step 5: Wash with soap and water.  This is a great way to save on the sly for wedding and shower gifts if you are strapped for cash. The total project can be less than $20.00 especially if coupons are used to purchase the products.  The etching solution and contact paper will last for many projects.

Happy Crafting,

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Blog Buttons

Hi crafters,
I stumbled on this super easy tutorial on Oikolgy 101 on how to make your own blog button.  I just grabbed a picture uploaded it to  picnik, added some text and a boarder, and viola.

*I edited my original button to something that fit a bit better :)
I hope you like it!  If you'd like to grab it for your blog the text is to the right hand side.  If you're on blogger just click add a gadget and select html and paste it in the box.

I just got the NEW pink ATG gun from Michael's this weekend so I'm headed off to see what I can create with that.

Happy weekend I hope you get some crafting done.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Wedding Layout

Hey Crafters,
I used several cartridges for this layout. Storybook was a big one and used for the font, the background shape and the scalloped oval.  The "and" came from A Child's Year.  The background flourish in the shape came from Sweethearts.  The title background was embossed with the cuttlebug.  What a pretty wedding!  I hope you all have a great weekend!

Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

6x6 Grandparent Album Pages

Hey Crafters,

Here are a few more layouts I completed during my craft weekend.

I made this layout using Gypsy Font.  You'll notice I used some pink bling for the dots on the 'i's.

My husband said this was VERY corny but I just couldn't help it.  I think this picture is just precious.  The fonts are welded with the gypsy and I used A Child's Year for the upright font and Lyrical Letters for the other font.

I think this picture with my dad and Penelope is just perfect.  It was taken Father's Day weekend.  You can tell he is one proud Papa!  I used Don Juan for this font.

Happy crafting <3

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cute as a Button

I got the inspiration for this card from a sketch on Page Maps  they had originally done this for a 7x5 card but I scaled it down to a standard a2 sized card.  I made this card during my scrapbooking weekend.  Surprisingly this is the ONLY card I made.  I purchased the cricut with the intent to scrapbook but ended up jumping into the world of cards.  I have primarily made cards for the past two years it was nice to get back into the scrapbooking for the weekend.

I like the way it came out.  I will have to either weigh it or hand deliver this sucker it's a bit heavy for just 1 stamp.  I cut the circles at 1 inch and 3/4 inches and layered.  I also used the spots and dots embossing folder on the background even if it is mostly covered.
I got the buttons for this project from Joann's I got a good sized bag for about $2.50 and it came with a bunch of great colors.

Happy crafting,

Monday, July 19, 2010

Scrapbooking Weekend

Hi Crafters,

I had such a wonderful weekend this past weekend.  I attended my first scrapbooking weekend hosted by my friend over at Crafting with my Girls.  She had several women and her parents at her parents' beautiful home for the weekend.  I got a lot of scrapbooking done for my book, my sister's babybook, and my mom's little 6x6 book.

I'll be updating with a bunch of the projects throughout the week so keep checking back!

The first layouts came from our beach trip a few weeks ago.  I used the Life is a Beach cartridge for the font, boarder, and the title on the following page.

I also used the Cricut markers to outline the title and the crabs.  I put little white dots in the crabs' eyes to help brighten them up a little bit. The crabs were also cut using the Boarder feature button on Life is a Beach. I used my gypsy to cut the umbrella and just put the life guard stand and words off the edge of the mat just cutting the umbrella.

I'm headed out today to see if I can find the NEW pink ATG gun at Michael's.  I hope I can find it!

Happy Crafting,