Sunday, October 30, 2011

Country Joy Card and Frame

I love to follow other craft blogs.  They provide both inspiration and education.  I scraplifted today's project from the Everyday Cricut blog.  This picture frame idea was created by Joy and I decided to add a little country flair to my version.  I, as Joy did, purchased my tri-matte and frame from Michaels.  I used paper to fill the frames from the DCWV 'Tis the Season' stack.  I cut my letters from the Cricut Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art cartridge.  I first cut the letters (three inch in size) out of white cardstock and then cut them a second time using the pretty Christmas print scrapbook paper.  I glued them together using my good ol' Elmer's gluestick.  I then cut squares of coordinating green paper from the same stack.  After gluing my letters onto the green squares, I adhered them to their red and white check background using foam, adhesive squares to add a little dimension.  I added some snowflake embellishments from Dress It Up.  To add some country flair to the matte, I added some antique style brads from Making Memories.  After putting the frame back together, I added a twine ribbon and bow.  I'm sure this project will make a wonderful, decorative piece in my log cabin during the upcoming holiday season.  Thanks Joy at Everyday Cricut for the inspiration.  After I had finished this project, I thought that this same design would look great for a Christmas card.  I used a precut craft paper-style card and again used scraps of the DCWV paper.  I added the snowflake and brad embellishments and a twine bow.  These were quick and easy projects to complete and would make great early Christmas gifts.  Looks like I might be heading back to Michaels for some more frames!!
Thanks for looking!


Saturday, October 29, 2011

I Love Adhesive Vinyl!!

I haven't posted in a few days, but that doesn't mean that I have stopped crafting!! I placed an order with and was very pleased with both the support and service from my contact person, Nick. I ordered several colors and have been experimenting, alot!! I used multiple Cricut cartridges to cut these vinyl designs, including Hannah Montana (love the wonderful fonts!), Pumpkin Carving (for my glass block pumpkin), Thanksgiving for my charger plate, Christmas (for my winter church glass block), Home Decor (for the acrylic tumblers), and many of the monograms and pretty swirls, flowers, etc. came from Elegant Cakes and Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art cartridges. I also designed the camping theme tumbler from my Campin' Critters cartridge and the wild animal tumbler from the Wildlife cartridge. I hope I haven't left any out!! I've been too excited and busy working with vinyl, that I didn't write everything down!! If you notice one and have questions, feel free to leave contact information. I also tried a new product that I recently found at Hobby Lobby. In the Christmas section, they have bottles of Glistening Snow Writer. This creates really beautiful dimensional effects on glass and paper. I had fun use this to add some dimension to my winter church glass block, which is going to light up the night near my fireplace this winter! I also had a chance to test the acrylic tumblers in the dishwasher. I placed one on the top rack and washed it on the "light wash" setting. It also went through a short drying cycle. Both the tumbler and the vinyl were just fine after I removed them. I plan to make tumblers for most of my family members for Christmas. I already have a pretty good start don't you think!! Thanks for looking!! Patty