Showing posts with label Cricut Vinyl. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cricut Vinyl. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Holiday 2020: Official Santa Delivery Station Ornament and Card

 


As I mentioned in my Giving Locally post, I had a few more ornaments and cards to make for local places I want to thank this holiday season. One of those is our Post Office, which for people like me who live in small towns, is a LIFELINE! 

We don't get mail delivery at home so the joke with friends and family is that a few times a week we hitch up the mules and go into town. We're not that rural...we drive...in a car! 

FedEx and UPS are hit or miss. Amazon is consistent in their deliveries. But out of an abundance of caution, we just have everything shipped to the Post Office and they have received everything from Chewy boxes to vacuums and sewing machines! So naturally I wanted to include them in my small expressions of gratitude. 

I created this cut file in Cricut Design Space but I'm not fancy and have to learn how to create an SVG file which is going to wait until 2021! 

Then cut using my Explore Air2 using glossy black Cricut Vinyl. Then, following the steps I showed in my Using Creativity To Give Back post, used it to make another tile ornament. 




After weeding the vinyl, I didn't want to waste the negative image left behind, so I used it to make the card! 



I applied it to a white scrap panel, trimmed, and then mounted on a peppermint stripe panel, then a black panel. Where the inside of the letters was gone, I used black rhinestones. Bloop! 



Can you tell I'm having so much fun with these?! 


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Monday, August 24, 2020

It's A Sign! Actually Two And The Story of Craft Fail to Fab

 



Yes, I took a break from Quilling! Well sort of as you'll see in this post. I did some stash busting this weekend but you know us makers...rarely throw stuff out and re-purpose things!

I made two fun signs this weekend. The one above, using a picture frame that previously held a collage that had seen better days, and this one using up a plain wood sign I picked up after Halloween last year at Michaels for 70-80% off and had been sitting in my craft closet. 


Supplies: 
  • SVG "Strong" File ( I think this was from a Creative Fabrica freebie)
  • Cricut Black Glossy Vinyl
  • Old Frame w/Glass
  • Wood Sign
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Adhesive Rhinestones
For the "Strong" Sign, I imported the SVG file into my Silhouettte Design Studio software, traced and cut it on my Cameo 3. Here's the fail I mentioned in the title. I thought I'd traced the inside of the letters so they'd cut ( eg Os, Gs, etc.) and I was not in the mood to cut it again. I got the idea to use rhinestones to simulate what I'd flubbed, turning frustration and a craft fail into what I'm now thrilled with as FABULOUS! 


I had some rhinestones in my stash that were circles so I used those for the "Os" and then regular ones everywhere else. This fit my style of adding a little bling to things and I really love it against the back drop of my industrial "cement"  accent wall. 

 
What do you think? 

The other sign is now above the entrance to my office since Quilling is forever going to be part of my life. I chose the name because I'm not a traditional Quiller but more of a Whimsical one. 


For this one, I used the plain wood sign I found at Michaels last year for around $5. 





I painted it white and then painted the edges black.  Then I selected a mix of fonts and cut out again using Cricut glossy vinyl. To finish I added painted polka dots to the edge and some of the letters. 



And yes, I intentionally offset some of the letters!








Monday, December 10, 2018

2018 Christmas Cards


I haven't been posting a lot, but I have been busy making things including my 2018 Christmas cards. I'm old school and while I know there are all kinds of cool things you can order online I still like making my cards. 

I was a little frustrated this year ( and have seen other card makers and paper crafters express similar frustration) that both Michaels and JoAnn had very paltry supplies to choose from. Usually there are several paper stacks and coordinating embellishments but both stores disappointed this year. I was able to find two stacks by Recollections that I liked and who am I kidding? Like all crafters, I had "stash" from prior years. Not the point Mr. Chocolate so don't even start. 

This year, I incorporated adhesive foils in my card making. I like to spread the love so I used my Cameo 3 to cut my Cricut adhesive foils :) 


For this one, I went with a monochromatic approach using SEI white on white papers, silver glitter paper, silver metallic foil and iridescent sequins. Sized and cut the "dot tree" (Silhouette Online Store) and then layered onto a metallic white panel, then glitter panel and SEI panel as shown. Finish with iridescent sequins. 


Since I can never settle on one card to make, I usually make a few different ones. This year, I made three different versions. For the second one, I used black cardstock as the base card, and then cut my focal using metallic gold foil (Cricut) , layered onto black cardstock, trimmed closely and then layered using foam tape onto red velvet paper panel, matted with black and onto coordinating papers. Finished with iridescent sequins and red self adhesive rhinestones. 


For the third card, I cut a snowglobe image ( Silhouette Online Store) from the gold foil and like the ornament card, layered onto cardstock, trimmed, layered onto white and silver panel as shown and then used panels cut from the Recollections pack I did find this year. Again finished with iridescent sequins. 



While I might have been cranky that my favorite stores didn't have the selection I wanted and I am happy with the papers I did find, c'mon, we're creatives...less is not more. More is more!! 



Monday, December 4, 2017

Handmade Gifts: Brushed Gold Geometric Tile Coasters


Like all makers, I'm sure you're in full fledged Handmade Gift mode. This is actually one that wasn't  on my list but which I was thrilled to make. Here's why.  

When my son came home for Thanksgiving, he was telling us about a party he and his roommate had thrown just before. Last year, I'd made and given him a set of coasters and he'd used them for the party but nicest of all, one of his guests wanted to know where he'd gotten them. "Um , my mom made them". Awww! She really liked them and I was so honored that of course I had to make a set for her! 

Supplies: 
  • Ceramic Tiles . I got mine at Lowes for $.16 ea ( and a weird look from the Lowes guy when he asked if I was replacing tiles and I told him I was making coasters)
  • Vinyl / Foil. I used Cricut Brushed Gold Adhesive Foil
  • Die Cutter or Digital Cutter. I used my CAMEO 3 ( yep I use Cricut stuff on my Silhouette Cameo. I'm a riddle wrapped in an enigma). 
  • Images to cut. Mine came from Silhouette Online Store
  • Aluminum Tape
  • Vinyl Bumpers ( Clear self adhesive dots to put on the bottom of the coasters)



Clean your tiles with rubbing alcohol to make sure you remove all the warehouse dust and fingerprint oils etc. 

Choose, cut and weed the images you want to apply. I wanted to do a coordinated set so I went with varying geometric images. I used a couple of the same ones I'd used for my son's, but I added the heart for the ones I made for his friend. 


I went with three images and made two of each.  Using transfer tape, apply the images to your tiles. 




To finish, I wrapped adhesive aluminum tape ( I bought a huge roll of this at a stamp show years ago but I believe it's from the electrical aisle of the HW store so your Lowes guy can look at you funny too!)


Finally, I put clear vinyl bumpers ( the kind you use to prevent cabinet doors from slamming) on the bottoms since I wasn't finishing the bottoms with cork or felt which are a couple of ways I've seen people complete these. 

Easy peasy and inexpensive gift that's pretty and functional. Can'tbeat that.