Thursday, August 1, 2013

Quick Tri-fold Card

I made this card from a template I have loaded on my gypsy.  The base is four rectangles welded together.  Shelia's blog at shesasassylady has wonderful directions. 

The base is about 12" wide and 4" high.  I cut the phrase "Recital" at 1.92" high.  The dress is 7.81" high and 3.07" wide.  The shoes are 3.30" high and 3.28" wide.  I used scraps to complete the entire project.  I added chalk to the front of the card to add some color.  I hope you enjoy this quick little project.

Card shown folded.

Right side.  I added a velum accent to skirt.

Left side.

Card opened.  The center panel can be used for
recital invitation or a picture of your ballerina.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Christmas Badge/ID Holder

Welcome to the Christmas In July Blog Hop~ Anything Goes Edition! We've got some talented Cricut crafters lined up and they can't wait to show you the ornaments they created! So make sure you visit each blog in the hop and leave a comment. Not only because we all love comments, but because each blog you comment on will give you an entry in the prize drawings!  The prize drawing at the end of the month is for a brand new Christmas {Noel} cart! So, be sure to follow my blog and comment here before going to the next blog.
 
Now on to my project:  Christmas badge/ID holder.
All images are cut at 4.5".  I used Christmas and Christmas Village to create the badge holder. I love to make Shrinky Dinks.  I use the Shrinky Dink brand Rough and Ready type of shrink film.  You can use any brand you want.   Shriny Dink can be used in so many different ways. This project requires a different set of instructions. 
 
  1.  Use the gypsy or Cricut Craft Room to plan the shapes you want to cut.
  2.  Open a new page with the gypsy or CCR and line-up the blackout cuts that correspond to the cuts from step 1. 
  3. Replace the blade with a Cricut marker.  Cut the shapes as usual.  I used a rose marker I've had for several years. 
  4. To make these charms use Cricut makers to "cut" draw the images on the shrink plastic.  When finished drawing the shapes KEEP the mat loaded.
  5. Press the "Return to Design" button.  Click on the page that has your shadow cuts.  Use a deep cut blade and set multi-cut to 3.  Cut shapes as you would normally.
Shapes colored and ready for the heat gun.

You should have a "coloring book" type shape.  I used Mark-It markers to color my designs.  They are a poor man's version of copic markers.  Do note that the color will intensify when shrunk. I use my heat gun and a left over glazed bathroom tile to shrink the Shrinky Dinks.








Once the charms were created I used hemp cording and pony beads to create the badge holder.  I tied a square knot when I finished stringing the beads instead of trying to attach a closure.  I put a large amount of glue on the knot to seal the ends.  The badge holder is about 40 inches long. 

Shrunken shapes ready to string.

You can use any theme you want.  Use beading wire and glass beads for a more sophisticated look.  The length can be varied as needed.  Have fun a make a badge holder!! After you check out the rest of our Blog Hop.  You should go to Betsy at http://betsymcreates.blogspot.com/.

Finished badge/ID holder.


 
 
 
Here's the complete lineup, just in case you started somewhere in the middle,
 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Merry Christmas Y'all

Welcome to the Christmas In July Blog Hop~Christmas Ornament Edition! We've got some talented Cricut crafters lined up and they can't wait to show you the ornaments they created! So make sure you visit each blog in the hop and leave a comment. Not only because we all love comments, but because each blog you comment on will give you an entry in the prize drawings!  The prize drawing at the end of the month is for a brand new Christmas {Noel} cart! So, be sure to follow my blog and comment here before going to the next blog.

Here's my project:   Christmas ornaments with a Texas twist!
 

Here, in Texas, we frequently have at least one tree in the house decorated with a Texas or western theme.  I made 2 of each ornament this week and will make 2 more each weekend until I have emough decorations for the little tabletop tree I use in my classroom. 


 
 

The boot is from Yee Haw (third row 1) at 5.12" high.  I used my gypsy to make one regular shape and flipped a second shape so my ornaments would be double sided.  Be careful with this boot, it needs to be cut at least 5" high or the accent pieces get too small to handle.  (ask me how I know)

The hat is from Old West (first row 4) at 3.94" high.   I used my gypsy to make one regular shape and flipped a second shape so my ornaments would be double sided.  I really like this hat; it reminds me of my grandfather.  He always got a new Spring hat at Christmas and a Fall hat for his birthday.




 The saddle is from Old West (first row 3) at 6.06 high.  I used my gypsy to make one regular shape and flipped a second shape so my ornaments would be double sided 

The stars are from When it's cold Outside (bottom row 1 and 2)  cut at 4.25 high.  I used plain white paper but may add some accents later.
 
I hope you enjoyed my "Texas Tree" ornaments.  I'll post a picture of my tree when I put it up this year.  I plan to add a bandana print garland; red, white, and blue lights; and might top the tree with a real cowboy hat.

Your next stop is Laura at http://www.coolbeansbylb.blogspot.com/

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Sparkling Christmas Tree Card

Welcome to the Christmas In July Blog Hop~Christmas Gift Card Edition! We've got some talented Cricut crafters lined up and they can't wait to show you the Gift Card Holder they created! So make sure you visit each blog in the hop and leave a comment. Not only because we all love comments, but because each blog you comment on will give you an entry in the prize drawings! This week's prize is a brand new Gingerbread cart! They winner will be drawn from all the entries on Fri, July 12. And, the prize drawing at the end of the month is for a brand new Christmas {Noel} cart! So, be sure to follow my blog and comment here before going to the next blog.

Here's my project:   Sparkling Christmas Tree Card
 
I have made several of these cards with different images.  This one is made using Cricut Craft Room Basics for the rectangle and Christmas for the tree.   The rectangular base is a real dial ON 8.5" wide by 4.25" high rectangle.  I used my gypsy to weld a real dial OFF 4.10" high Christmas tree to the right side of the rectangle.  You can substitute any shape as long as you stretch this shape so the shape is as tall as your card.  I then cut a real dial OFF 4.10" base and shadow tree. 
 
Front of card before the layers were added.
Back of card before white cardstock is added. 
You can see where I added the blackout tree
and why I added the white liner.






Shadow (bottom layer) Base (top layer) Blackout (back)


I like to use glittered cardstock for this project because it easily adds dimension.  It is hard to see but the white and dark green layers were cut from glittered paper.  These papers are from a stack I got at Michaels.  
 
Finished card front. 
 
 
I used my craft bond glue stick to adhere the layers of the Christmas tree.   Then I glued the blackout tree to the backside.  It just makes a more finished card.  I cut a plain white cardstock liner (base) to cover the wild print paper.  If the back of your paper is lightly colored you might not need the white liner piece. 



Finished inside of card.

To finish the card I added a clear Christmas sentiment sticker.  You could write or stamp your message.   I liked how easy it was to apply the sticker and not worry about ink getting on the wrong places. 

Have fun making Christmas cards in the good ole summertime!!
 
 
 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Christmas in July Bloghop: Sea Side Gift Card Holders

Welcome to the Christmas In July Blog Hop~Christmas Gift Card Edition! We've got some talented Cricut crafters lined up and they can't wait to show you the Gift Card Holder they created! So make sure you visit each blog in the hop and leave a comment. Not only because we all love comments, but because each blog you comment on will give you an entry in the prize drawings! This week's prize is a brand new Gingerbread cart! They winner will be drawn from all the entries on Fri, July 12. And, the prize drawing at the end of the month is for a brand new Christmas {Noel} cart! So, be sure to follow my blog and comment here before going to the next blog.

Here's my project:   Sea Side Gift Card Holder
Grab your Gypsy or log into Cricut Craft Room The tag base is from Tags, Bags, Boxes & More (last one on top row).  Cut 2 tags.  I like the shape of this tag and it can be stretched different ways and still looks great.  I used the real dial size off and unclicked the ratio link so I could size my tags to 2.56 wide by4.79 high.  I cut the wave from Cricut Essentials (4th one last row) real dial on 2.85 wide by 2.13 high.  You need 2 of these.  I flipped the shapes to make the pocket.  On one of the little photo corners hide the cut line at the bottom and side.  The second photo corner will be cut regular but you only need the insude piece.  I think this picture explains it all.
 

 
After I cut the pieces I used chalk to color them.  I used my cuttlebug to emboss the shapes using the  swirls folder.  Be sure to wash your cuttlebug folder when finished.  After embossing add a little highlights to the raised part of the tags.

 
Colored pieces

Pieces with highlights added


 I then assembled the tags by placing adhesive on the larger photo.  Leave an 1/8" edge around the bottom and one side of the tag. Fold this edge over to the back.  Them place the smaller photo corner inner piece on the tag (this piece just enhances the ocean wave effect).
Back view.  This overlapped edge keeps the card in place.


Assembled tag!!
 
 
 
Now that the tag is finished on to the sand castle!The castle is cut from Pirates and Mermaids at 3.05" (9th one last row).  I used chalk to iridescent chalk to color these shapes (pink orange and yellow).  It give them a bit of sparkle.  I used geometric circles to emboss the pieces.

Cut pieces
Pieces with color and embossing

 

 

 
Now assemble the castle and add it the tag. 
 

 
 
Take the second tag and apply your favorite adhesive then place on the back of your assembled tag (this hides that overlapped edge and the embossing). Place a Christmas sentiment on the bottom back.  Add ribbon and stickers to the front of your tag and you have a finished gift card holder. 


 

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Dance Treat Jar

 
 
It has been a long time since I posted.  Teaching really takes time away from my blogging and scrapbooking.  I made this treat jar for my daughters' dance teacher.  She gives the girls M&Ms after class.  The jar is a large animal cracker container.  I spray painted it ballet slipper pink. I adjusted the sizes on the dancers to create the illusion of different aged dancers.  I also adjusted the height and width to create dancers with more realistic bodies.  So ladies that means you will need to turn off the "golden" link ratio button on your gypsy. 
 
 
 
Ballet icon cut real-dial 5.10 x 2.53.
Dancer cut real-dial 1.90 x 2.99 with the shift on..
I love dance icon cut real-dial 5.53 by 1.97.
Dancer cut real-dial 2.61 x 3.55 with the shift on.



 
Jazz icon is cut at real-dial on 5.29 x 3.00. The dancer is cut real-dial on 3.06 x 3.22.
The tap icon is cut real-dial on 4.35 x 3.13.  The dancer is cut real-dial on 1.66 x 3.50.

 
 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Super Shields

I made these "Super Hero" Shields to help me maintain computer time in my classroom. My school is using a Super Hero theme this year so I am trying to incorporate the theme as much as possible. My students as had great time choosing their shield. I wrote their names on the shields using a permanent marker. This idea could also be used for scout meetings, church groups or even family chore charts.
I cut the shields at 3" real dial on using Letter Envy. I used my Gypsy to help me place the shields on the 4" x 6" inch wallpaper samples. The art teacher has boxes of vinyl wallpaper samples so I used those. I used the regular blade with a multicut of 4. I then attached a piece of magnetic tape to he back of each shield. I have easily organized Computer Time in my classroom.