Monday, April 30, 2012

Thinking of You Card

Thinking of You - Get Well Soon card.

Tree - Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge (3.5 inches)
Sun and Cloud - Everyday Paper Dolls (1.5 inches)
Flowers / Grass at bottom - Everyday Paper Dolls (cut two) at 1.5 inches

Background paper and all other card colors are from Cricut Imagine Best Friends cartridge.   Cut paper using 8:11 Imagine selection at 4.1 inches, then trim to 5.25" x 4".

Stickles added to sun; Glossy Accents add to checks of tree.
Sentiment is from Cardz TV stamp set "Encouraging Thoughts."   Face on sun from Peachy Keen Stamps "PK-490 Everyday Character Face Assortment" : 5/8".
One layer of foam tape added to back of sun and cloud to pop up.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pretty Princess Stool

Pretty Princess Stool - finished look

I spotted a little unfinished stool at Hobby Lobby yesterday for $14.99.   I really didn't pay that much - used my 40% coupon.

I spray painted the stool in a glossy plum color.

While the paint was drying, I cut out this crown and "Pretty Princess" font from Life's a Party Cricut cartridge.   Crown cut at 4 inches.   "Pretty Princess" font cut at 2 inches.

Once the stool dried, I applied the cuts to the stool with mod podge. Once mod podge dried, I applied stickles to the crown (for jewels) and Viva Decor to center of flowers. Flowers were cut at 2 inches from Accent Essentials Cricut cartridge.

Next morning:  I applied Clear Acrylic Gloss Coating.  Dries really fast - 2 minutes!

Finishing touches - hot pink tulle tied in bows around legs of stool.

And here is the final result.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Vulture Birthday Sign

Happy 65th Birthday Sign.

Vulture Sign created using Life's a Party Cricut cartridge.   "Happy 65th Birthday" font from Songbird Cricut cartridge.   I made the vulture as large as would fit on a 12 x 12 mat (10 inches).   Round background is a cake board.  I cut an 11" round circle and mounted it on front and back of cake board.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Got Cake?

Birthday Card using Yummy Imagine Cricut cartridge.

Birthday card made using Yummy Imagine Cricut cartridge.   Additional balloons punched from Martha Stewart punch.   Stickles added for highlights.

Inside card.  I colored in stamp with colored pencils.  All paper colors from Yummy Imagine Cricut cartridge.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Vase Painting - Alcohol Ink

Another trash to treasure adventure.

Here's another old vase found in the garage.   It has a water stain around the center that won't wash off.   I've decided to try the Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks to color this vase.

Wow - supper fast and easy to do!  Just place a felt pad on the dabber, use a few drops of alcohol ink and pounce all over the vase.

I only used the cranberry color on the bottom.   When I started reaching the upper portion, I added another color to the same felt pad.   Results show a marbling effect.

When the alcohol dries, the ink is permanent.  Dries within a few moments.   I wore rubber gloves - didn't want to permanently color my hands!

Here are the two vases together.   One to the right is the one I hand painted and glazed.   The bigger far right is yet to be done.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

DIY - Graduation Mugs - Glass Etching

DIY Gift - keepsake mugs made from dollar store purchase.

These are 15 mugs purchased from the Dollar Store.   First step is to wash and remove all gummy price stickers.

Next, create a stencil for glass etching using vinyl.  We cut our "Class of 2012" using Cricut Songbird cartridge.   Letters were welded together on the Cricut Craftroom web site.

We added a thick coat of Armour Etch - Glass Etching Cream.   The label on the bottle says to remove in 10 minutes, but I have much better results waiting 30 minutes.

30 minutes later, the etching cream is washed off under the sink with running water.

Beautiful results.  After etching all 15 mugs, we decided to add Viva Decor Pearl Pens "dots".  The dots were done in the students' school colors (five different high schools!).

I think these will make a great graduation gift.  Here's to you Class of 2012!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Vase Painting

Trash to Treasure?   Not sure.   All I know for certain is it was a lot of fun!

So, I spotted this flower vase up on a shelf in my garage.   Its been in the same spot for years.   Time for a vase make-over.

Step 1:  wash with soap and water.   Looks better already.

Step 2:  Run to Michaels and purchase supplies.  Perm Enamel paint set:  $3.99.  Accent Liner:  .99 cents.  Glitter glaze:  .99 cents.   I already had the paint brushes shown.

I needed some painting inspiration.   I've never done this before.   This flower looks nice.   Dosn't look too complicated.

And looks pretty good inside the vase as well.

So, I applied the Surface Conditioner and started drawing different designs on the vase with the Accent Liner.   Seemed like the way to go.

After all the designs were drawn, I started painting what I had outlined.

Here I am.   Happy as a clam.   Just like grade school :-)

All the painting was done.   Maybe I should add some dimensition.   Viva Decor Pearl Pens - says that they work on glass.   I order these months ago from Custom Crops and have been using them on my paper crafts.

Maybe I went a little overboard?

There's that flower I tried to imitate from my inspiration picture.

How about all them dots?  Too much, you say?

The yellow sun flower looking image started out as a balloon.   Somewhere in the process it looking more like a sunflower.

And there you have it.   My first painted glass vase.   May not be a master piece, but oh so much fun to do.   Tomorrow I need to add the Glitter Glaze... and maybe some flowers?

Final touches.   Added some paint to the rim of vase and applied the Glitter Glaze.   Vase must air dry for 10 days.   After that the paint is dishwasher and microwave safe.   Not sure why I would want to microwave, but there you have it.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Congrats! Graduation Card.

Congrats!  Made using Create a Critter (owl), Everyday Paper Dolls (cap and tassel) and Enjoy the Seasons Imagine (colors on card).   Embossed using Cuttlebug Daisy folder.  Highlighted using stickles and 3D glaze pens.

Celebrate! Graduation Card

Made using Everyday Paperdolls Cricut cartridge and Better Together Imagine (colors).  Highlighted using stickles, glossy accents and 3D glaze pens.  Face on graduate made using Peachy Keen stamps.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Baby Decor ~ Boy

Baby Decor for a Boy:   The Boy and Sunflower were cut from A Child's Year at 6".

Closeup of Letter "P".   Cut using Storybook at 5 1/2 ".   Letter has been embossed using Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder.

"Perry" is cut from vinyl using Songbird Cricut cartridge at 2.12 inches and has been placed on the outside of the glass.  I used the Cricut Craft Room to weld the letters together.

Total cost was around $10.   Frame found at Michaels on closeout.   Paper was on sale at Michaels for 14 cents.  This is an 8 x 10 frame.

Boy and Girl Pictures together. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Baby Decor ~ Girl

Baby Decor Picture.   Girl watering flowers cut from A Child's Year Cricut cartridge.

Photo frame purchased at Hobby Lobby at 1/2 price.   Contents of photo removed and a pretty pink paper background was added.

Closeup of the large initial "K"; this was cut using Storybook Cricut cartridge.   Letter was embossed using Cuttlebug Daisy folder.

"Kennedy" cut from vinyl using Songbird Cricut cartridge.   Letters were welded together via Cricut Craft Room.   Vinyl letters are on top of the glass.

 Pink ribbon added to back for hanging.   Total cost around $11.00 :  Frame $10 (1/2 price cost), pink paper $1.20.   I already had vinyl and ribbon on hand.   This is an 8 x 10 picture frame.

Boy and Girl pictures together.