Thursday, June 28, 2012

Elmo Birthday T-Shirt with Cricut

Hi all

Hope the week is finding you well.  We are still here with family.  It is amazing how much more time I have for blogging when I don't have my craft room to work in.  But that just means I get to share more of my projects with you.  So today I have a T-shirt I did for my husband's co-worker.  Her little boy is turning 1 soon and she wanted an Elmo birthday t-shirt for him.  So here is what I came up with:

So for this T-shirt I used a product that I am new to, Expressions Vinyl.  I ordered all the colors I needed of the heat transfer vinyl.  After watching some videos on their website, I quickly learned how to work with it and the Cricut.  I learned that the key is not to cut through the plastic transfer backing, only the vinyl.  This was done by setting my blade to 2, speed to medium and pressure to medium.  It was really easy to work with and I think this is my favorite t-shirt medium so far.  The one trick also is that you need to flip all your images.  This is easily done in CCR though.   Once the images are cut you just use your iron to transfer the vinyl to the t-shirt.  Here are the details on the cuts.

T-Shirt Recipe:
  • Font from Elmo's Party cut at 1" and 1.5"
  • Font from Plantin Schoolbook cut at 1.6"
  • Elmo face from Elmo's Party cut at 5.5"
  • Streamers from Elmo's Party cut at 2"
  • Expressions Vinyl
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic weekend.  

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Magnetic Dress Up with the Cricut

Hi all

So I am now in sunny Florida, (not so sunny with the storm at the moment).  The car ride went spectacularly well, no major meltdowns with the kids.  We did have to make it a two day drive though because of the storm, but we made it in one piece.  So last week I posted about the car ticket travel game.  It was a smashing success!!  Every time I asked the girls for a ticket, it was like a party in the car.  They would get excited and start singing "ticket time, ticket time".  Then they would diligently count how many tickets they had left.  So I highly recommend this game if you have a long distance to travel with the kids.

So the project I have for you today was also intended for the car.  I made the girls a magnetic doll dress up craft.  They really loved it and I am glad because it took me about 7 hours to complete altogether.  I will show you the pictures and then list the cuts and sizes.  It is a long list so read only if you really want to know the details.

So I used some printable magnetic sheets I got at Staples.  The come four sheets to a pack, 8.5 x 11" for about $10.00.  I needed to use the deep cut blade and housing with a setting of 6.  The pressure was set to high, and the speed to 3.  I also needed to use the multi-cut feature set to 2.  I used only one cartridge, Once Upon a Princess.  The cookie sheet you see was from Walmart and was only $ 0.92.  I did have to add extra magnets to the outfits after all the paper went on, because they didn't stick to well.  I don't think these magnetic sheets are intended to have paper on top of them.  So here is the list of cuts and sizes.  It is long, so if you made it this far thanks for stopping by. 

Cuts on the Magnetic Sheets:
  • Castle Base - 5"
  • Frog Base - 2"
  • Unicorn Base - 2.5"
  • Doll 1 Base - 4"
  • Doll 2 Base - 4"
  • Doll 1 Layer - 4"
  • Princess 1 Base - 4"
  • Princess 2 Base - 4"
  • Mermaid Base + Layer 1 Welded together - 4"
  • Dress 1 Base - 4"
  • Raincoat shift + Only raincoat boots - 4"
  • Cowgirl Base + hat - 4"
  • Pajamas Base - 4"
So the paper cuts are made at the same size above with the layers added for the decorations.  If you want a detailed list of the paper cuts please just leave a comment.  Also much of the time spent on the project was in making the cut files in the Cricut Craft Room.  If you would like my CCR files just leave a comment.  Well thanks for stopping by and I hope this has inspired you to create some of your own travel games.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Kids Travel Tickets with the Imagine

Good evening , hope your weekend is going swell.  We have been outside much of the day playing in the great weather.  So the project I have for you today is an idea I got off the web.  In about a week I will be putting my kids and the dog in the car to make the 14 hour trek to my parents house.  That is 14 without stopping, did I mention it will be only me???  I am a bit nervous about the drive.  I have been scouring the web for ideas on how to keep the kids entertained without the mindless DVD player.  I came across the idea to give the kids tickets that signify how much time has passed, that way they have a way of quantifying how much time is left in the trip.  Being the crafty person that I am I couldn't just go and by raffle tickets, I wanted to make it a little more festive and fun.  So here is what I came up with:

So the jist is that I will give each of my daughters 16 tickets (I am being wishful) and every hour I will ask them to give me a ticket.  Then they can count how many are left to see how much longer we have to go.  On the set for my older daughter I put the numbers 1 - 16 on the back so that she can practice her number recognition.  Hopefully this will keep them entertained a little???

Ticket Recipe:

  • Ticket base cut from stamp on Elegant Edges at 2.2"h x 2.8"w
  • Top ticket cut from stamp on Elegant Edges at 1.8"h x 2.2"w
  • Font from Kate's ABCs cut at 1" and welded in CCR
I used the Imagine to get the colors which are from I came I saw I created weekly color challenge.  Love how bright they came out.  So I will have a few more travel related projects coming up next week.  Hope you have enjoyed and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Shaped Father's Day Card with CCR

Good evening,
Hope all has been well.  We have been enjoying the wonderfully mild weather here.  Although it has been so mild the pool has been too cold, so I have had to find other ways to entertain the kids.  But it is better than it being scorching hot.  So today I have for you a shaped Father's Day card.  I got the inspiration from the Fantabulous Cricut design team.  I have always wanted to try a word art card and the word Dad seemed like to perfect fit.  So here it is:

Card Recipe:

  • Font and Font Shadow is from Birthday Bash cut at 3"
  • Chair is from Life is a Beach cut at 1.9"
  • Sentiment from Simply Charmed cut at 2"
  • Crop-a-dile for the eyelets
  • Ribbon from Michaels
So to do this card you need either the Cricut Craft Room, which is free, or a Gypsy.  The key in CCR is to not use the font feature.  Select each letter from the cartridge images.  You need to do this because to create the base of the card you need to edit the actual letter image.  In CCR you choose edit image and then hide the inside cuts.  (I realize I am not explaining this very well and really should do a video on this).  You need to do this on each of the letters (Font Shadow) for the base card and then weld the letters together.  Then just cut the Font separately to adhere to the card.  If anyone needs help with this leave me a comment and I will do a video with step by step instructions.

So there it is.  I am entering this in the Father's Day Challenges over at Fantabulous Cricut and My Craft Spot.  Hope you have a great evening and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Father's Day Tie Card with Cricut

Good morning, hope your day has been starting well.  Today I have a super simple Father's Day card I made for my Dad.  Simple is always better when it comes to my father.  It doesn't take much to make him happy.  So here it is. 

Card Recipe:

  • Used the Cricut Imagine to create the charcoal grey colored card
  • Ties cut from Wrap it Up at 2"
  • Font is from Kate's ABCs cut at 0.6"
So that is that.  Super simple, I think the hardest thing was lugging my Cricut Imagine onto the table to get the color I wanted for the card.  I am entering this card into the Father's Day Challenge over at My Craft Spot.  Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Free Father's Day Cards in CCR


Just a quick post, there are some free Card images available in Cricut Craft Room for Father's Day.  I think this is the list, but don't hold me to it.  I don't get sponsored by Provocraft or Cricut so this is just for information only.  Here is the list

Go to Cricut Craft Room Exclusives in CCR and
  • Father's Day - Golfing
  • Father's Day - Man of the House
  • Father's Day - My Old Man
  • Father's Day - Sunday Best
  • Father's Day - World's Greatest Father
I have seen on other blogs that the other Father's day cards are for $1.99.  Just an FYI, this would be a quick way to put together a couple father's day cards.  Hope you have a good evening.

Rose Birthday Card with Cricut

Hi all, hope your week has been going great.  We are busy busy with summer!!  Also getting ready for father's day.  I think this is one of my girl's favorite days because they love their Daddy so much.  So my project for today is a card I made for a friend of mine.  She celebrated her birthday over the weekend and I wanted to make her a card for her special day.  I was having trouble coming up with an idea so I turned to some challenge blogs for inspiration.  I came across the Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge which is themed around roses and decided to go with it.

Card Recipe:

  • A2 sized card
  • Indie Art Roses cut at 3" and 4"
  • My Minds Eye lime twist twine
  • Flourish Cuttlebug folder
  • Frosted Lace stickles
  • Sentiment from My Pink Stamper Family and Friends
I really love how the Cuttlebug folder kinda distressed the blue paper, gives it a little more dimension.  This card was pretty fast to put together.  That's what I love about the challenges, they can sometimes inspire my creations.   Hope you have enjoyed and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Birthday Card with Imagine

Hi all

Wow it has been a fast week!!!  We have been busy doing summer cleaning and frolicking in fountains.  I have been doing some crafting, getting used to my new space.  So for today I have a birthday card I made for my brother.  I wanted something simple so I used the Just Because Cards cartridge.  I love this one because all the components of the card are there if you want to whip up a quick card.  So here it is:

So I don't really need to list a recipe for this card.  It is all the card and image features from Just Because Cards cut at 6".  That is what is cool about this cartridge, you cut everything at the same size and it works into a complete card.  I am entering this in the color challenge over at I came, I saw, I created.  You can find the color codes on the webpage linked.  And incidentally this is a cartridge that I won in another challenge on  Renee's site.  Thanks Renee!!!  So that is that, hope you all have a great weekend.