Monday, August 29, 2011

More Tumblers...

I have been busy, busy, busy making tumblers.  I'm terrible at remembering to take pics, but here are a few I did remember to take that I thought I'd share.  All of these were done using my Cricut and vinyl.  Some are cut from SVGs using the SCAL software, and some were cut using Cricut cartridges. 

This next one was a special gift to an Ohio State fan from a Michigan fan...that's why the colors are maize and blue.
Then, I had a request for a Miami Hurricanes tumbler.  This one gave me some trouble, but I think it turned out great.

I was also asked to do one that was pink and girly...

That's all for now.  I've got a few more to do in the next couple of days.  I'll try to remember to take some pictures.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Graduation Tri-shutter Card

Here's another card that a friend requested...I seem to get a lot of last minute phone calls.  This call came on a Friday night, asking if I'd be able to have something by the time we met for lunch on Saturday...I love a challenge, so I said yes, of course.  This was my first tri-shutter card, and I used the tutorial found on Splitcoaststampers for cutting, scoring and folding the base.   

Deocrating the panels was as easy as measuring the paper and cutting.  I used the Cuttlebug to so some embossing on a few panels, and added some "doctor" cuts using my Cricut.  I know that I used Wild Card for some cuts, but can't remember what other cartridges I used...sorry. 

The rosette on the front panel was simply made by scoring a 1 1/2 by 12 inch strip of paper at 1/4 inch intervals.  Once scored, you fold it up accordian style and glue the ends together.  This will look kind of like a cupcake wrapper without a bottom.  Carefully push down on the inside and flatten it into a circular shape and secure it with some kind of adhesive.  I use a glue gun or a large glue dot.  I added the cap to the middle to hide the glue and secure the rosette. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Mermaid

My daughter woke up yesterday morning, and asked me if I could make a card for her friend's birthday (her party was later that evening).  First I had her look through the bucket of cards I've already made to see if she found one she liked...guess what, she didn't.  So, out came the paper and Gypsy and I got to work.  She mentioned that her friend liked mermaids, and I just happened to have the Life is a Beach handbook memorized (since I've been using it for school stuff).  I knew just what I wanted to do. 

Using the Just a Note cartridge as a template, I welded together some squares from George and Basic Shapes and a liner from Wild Card to make the card base.  Then, using the Don Juan cartridge, I welded the shadow for "Happy Birthday" to the card base (after flipping the letters so they would be correct once the card was folded.  I did the same for the base of the mermaid on the other side of the card. 

Once all the pieces were cut, assembly was super easy.  I did hand cut some rectangles to add to the sides before adding the letters and mermaid...felt like it needed a little something.  The mermaid was finished off by embossing her hair (with my Cuttlebug and the divine swirls folder), adding adhesive pearls to her waist, and stickling (yes, that is a word, lol) her top, flower and fin.  I also added just a tiny bit of chalk to her cheeks...what a difference it makes.

I think this might be my new favorite card.  Now that I've set it up, it should be really easy to switch out the main image to fit any birthday.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

School Calendar

 It's that time of year again...back to work.  As much as I hate to see the summer end, I'm glad to have been called back.  Last year I used a color theme throughout my, white and pink.  This year, I've decided to go with an ocean/beach theme.  So, I decided to make a few things for myself and the room.  Today's project is a calendar that I made for myself.  I keep one on my desk all the time, and it's always been something plain (and cheap).  As you can see, not plain...but pretty cheap.

I printed off some free calendar pages I found online, and used my YourStory to bind them together in one of the YourStory "leather" binders.  This one is 8 1/2 by 11.  After binding and letting it cool, I got busy decorating.  All of the images on the front were cut using my Cricut and the Life is a Beach cartridge.  Of course, I used my Gypsy to plan it and make sure everything was cut to the correct size and would fit before cutting. 

Once assembled, I added some stickles to make it really shine.  These pictures just don't do it justice, it is sooooo pretty in person.  Now I think I'll make myself a post-it holder to match, and maybe pretty up my hand sanitizer as well....

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Back to School

Only a few weeks left for summer vacation...UGH!  Time to start planning some classroom decor.  This wall hanging was made to hang outside my classroom door.  I cut the base shapes out of old cereal boxes, then cut the layers from cardstock.  All the images came from the Locker Talk Cricut cartridge.  I'm thinking about making some calendar pieces next......