Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy Anniversary

To a cute couple... :) Or maybe a nice valentine to send to friends? I used some old dcwv stack paper for this and the formal occasion cricut cartridge. Another cartridge I haven't really played with before. Go me! ha ha ha...

Monday, January 9, 2012

Dinosaur Card

Here is a card that I made for my nephew to remind him how much I love him. The photo is pretty atrocious. I took it from my smart phone. Its not its fault, I am just to stupid to own a smart phone. Guess I'll have to find where the settings are and adjust them. LOL! Mr. Dino is from Dinosaur Tracks. Admittedly not a cartridge that I use very much. I do believe my intention was to do some dinosaur layouts from when Jaryd was really into them but that time is long gone. He used the cartridge once for a school project so I guess its been at least used which I can't say for all my carts. How terrible is that? I should not buy anymore carts until I've at least played with what I have at least once. Hmmmm. Think I'll add that to my growing list of new year resolutions. The paper is from a stack I picked up at a garage sale and I don't see a manufacter on it. So my apologies for the lack of info on it. I can tell you that its OLD. At least 3 years and who knows how old it was when the person had it. So I guess it doesn't matter. Right? This is a 6.5" x 4.5" card. Grey layer is cut at 6.25" x 4.25" and the slate background is 6"x4". I like to do .25 increments for some reason on my layering. Do you guys have a fav for layering? Mr. Dino is cut at 4" and the grass was just cut with some of those cheap shredding scissors I found in a clearance bin for a buck at our local hardware store. They are like the fancy MS scissors but with out the fancy price. I am okay with that. I don't use them often. I do believe my card got smashed somehow because the grass is askew and not curled like I had it. Guess I will have to fix that before I mail it off. Why don't I notice these things before I take a picture? Oh well! Its posted. So I am golden. I just hand wrote the sentiment (obviously) but added some dots here and there to make it interesting. Hope he likes it. Top of the mornin' to ya'll. LOL! Have a great day.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Call me

Isn't this so retro? Not usually my style but I love how this turned out. I cut it out from the "from my kitchen" cricut cartridge at 3.75"s Black cs 4.75" x 6.75"x Mod retro paper from dcwv cut at 4.5 x 6.5"
Hope you like!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Vinyling A Fire Hydrant


I found this fire hydrant (12" tall) full of dog toys a few months ago and just thought it was the cutest thing. But plain. So I fixed that with some "handy dandy" vinyl. For a minute there I sounded like that dude on blues clues... Yikes!

The details:
I know its odd, but I used the wild card for the alphabet. I don't think I have ever used that feature on this particular cart before. But I like it! See page 87 for the reference of what key is for which letter. The letters were cut at 2".

Mickey and Friends on page 84 was used for the bones feature along the bottom. That was cut at 1.25" and repeated 6 times in order to go all the way around the base.

Four Legged Friends was pulled out to use the paw print feature. Prints cut at 1".

Gems were glued on the top and where the bolts would traditionally go on a "real" hydrant. I thought it added a bit of pizazz to it.

I am now using it to store his dog food. What do you think?


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Having fun playing with the etching cream.

Its been awhile since I etched something. Mom wanted regular plain salt shakers to fit her napkin holder. So I picked up a couple and my husband just had to question me. So I told him what they were for and then proceded to tell him how I was going to etch S for salt and p for pepper. He had this look on his face like I was the biggest moron he'd seen in quite awhile. He calmly pointed out that they were CLEAR and you could SEE which one was salt and which one was pepper. Good point. But still. I wanted to ETCH... What part of that is so hard to grasp? Any crafter would just go "great idea" but nope. Not my hubs. He has to point out how silly it is. Therefore ruining my fun. But then I seen some more decorative ones for mom and got those instead. They didn't require etching but I'd already purchased the other ones. Then I thought about it. My salt shakers are really tiny and I don't like them. And I collect Old Country Roses --- so I had this brilliant idea to etch roses on them so they'd be pretty sitting out.

Now don't fall over, I got the details of what I used. LOL!
I used the Walk In My Garden Cricut Cartridge and used image on page 98/ Cut out of black vinyl at 2.5" and covered the whole chabang with Armor etch for five minutes and then ran under water. Presto Chango! Pretty shakers. What do you guys think?

Monday, January 2, 2012

Miscellaneous Projects And A Card

I have a confession. Its nothing new to those that follow my blog. But in case you didn't pick up on it, I always forget to note the details of my card such as what stamp, cartridge, or size of paper on the card. I am so sorry! Many stamps that I have are garage sale items etc. So I have no idea who the manufacturer is. But I will do my best to note them when I am able. I don't use fancy solid paper. So you'll just have to go with my blue, green, red, or whatever description at this time. Maybe in a decade when I use up what I already have, I'll get the really good stuff with names like lucious cherry blossom etc. LOL! And as far as the card sizes go, I really had no idea anyone would want to know or reproduce what I make. I am terrible about measuring. Often I just wing it. Which probably shows. HOWEVER its been brought to my attention that it is driving some of you bonkers. Therefore I am going to really really REALLY try to give some deets in the future. And here is what I came up with as a solution to my problem:

Isn't that neat? I used a removable dry erase board surface that I picked up at the dollar tree. So if someone needs to borrow my table I can quickly peel it off. But it will be there to note all my sizes and stuff I am working with. Cool eh?

The other thing thats miscellaneous but I thought I'd share is a sign that I made in a hurry for my mom. Since its vinyled I thought you might be interested. If not, just skip on down. Really simple sign using Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. Cuts are at 2" and 1" respectively. Nothing fancy on the sign. Didn't want to detract from the message I was trying to send. My mom has alot of company and often they just let the gate stay wide open and we've had some pretty close calls with the busy street that we live by. So we hope this will get their attention.

Then lastly is the card that I promised. Its a super simple card that I sent out to a few people as thank you's for their gifts and/or noting how good it was to see them over the holidays. I used Christmas Cheer Cartridge for the tree located on page 10. Cut at 3". Martha Stewart glitter for the swirls. Background paper is from Recollections. The naughty or nice package. Love that one. So many great designs on there. Here is the card: