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Thanks and happy crafting.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Iron-on Vinyl

This is the t-shirt that my son made for his girlfriend for Christmas. We used the Sure Cuts Alot 2 program with my cricut. The program allows me to trace a photo and then cut it. It works great! We cut the image and letters out of heat transfer vinyl. It's very easy to use.

I buy all of my vinyl from HHSignSupply.

To use the vinyl, simple place the white side up on the cutting mat. When you cut your images, remember to flip them.

After you have cut your images, you will need to weed your vinyl. This is the process of removing all of the extra vinyl. Leave your image(s) on the clear material.

Place your image white side down onto your t-shirt. Place on ironing cloth over the image. I used a very thin kitchen towel. Press your image for 30 seconds with the iron on it's hottest setting. Continue until you have ironed the entire image.

Allow the material to cool completely.

Peel off the clear material carefully. If some of your vinyl tries to come with it, re-iron that section.

This was our first attempt at a t-shirt. It worked really well. The kids are already begging to make more. We had to order more vinyl. It should be here Monday. lol


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Online Crop

Are you looking for something to do on New Year's Day? Perfect! Come join us over at the Pieces of Paper forum. We will be having an online crop. The crop will start at 2pm est and will run until we are too tired to scrap anymore. lol We will have lots of challenges and we will be kicking off the crop with a card class. I can't wait to see you there.

In order to join us you will need to be a member of the forum. This keeps pictures that we post private. Membership is easy and usually approved same day. Once you join, simply log on during the crop and scroll down until you reach the Online Crops category and click on January 2010.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Altered Clock

I made this for the school nurse. It's a cheap $4.00 clock from Walmart. My husband took it apart for me. I used vinyl for the numbers and Everyday Paper Dolls for the cricut cuts. This was surprisingly easy. I can't wait to make more!


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Scal Files

Here are some Christmas Scal files. Enjoy!



Post-it note holder

I made this post-it note holder for my son's teacher. I wrote "Don't Forget" on the top. We also included two more pads of post-its with the gift.

directions - I started by cutting a piece of paper to measure 5x7. Next I embossed it and inked it. I slipped it into a 5x7 picture frame that I bought at Walmart for $1.00. The ribbon runs through the frame and then wraps around the front. I cut the words out using my gypsy. Sorry, I don't remember what font I used. I peeled the back off of the pad of post-it notes and adhered it to the front of the frame.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Glitter Ornaments

I made these with the scouts on Saturday. They are super simple to make.

1. take the top off of a clear ornament (glass or plastic will work)
2. pour in some Mop and Glo, swish and dump out extra
3. pour in some glitter, swish and dump out any extra
4. replace the top and embellish

I brought my cricut into the kitchen for this scout meeting. The boys went crazy with it. We used my gypsy to make a cut file to decorate their ornaments. We cut the items out of white Cricut vinyl and then the boys put them on the ornaments.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Soda Bottle project

I saw that several ladies on the cricut message board had made these and I knew that I had to try it. I made this for Anthony's teacher.

directions: clean out a soda bottle, remove the wrapper and dry it out
cut a c in the side of the bottle
insert items into the bottle
tape the c closed
decorate the bottle

I used My Mind's Eye Paper, studio g stamps, nestabilities, Old West Cricut Cartridge and ribbon on mine.

Of course, I bought more stuff than I could fit into the bottle. No problem. I pulled out my Sweet Treats cart. and made a goodie bag.


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gingerbread houses

I made this base for a cub scout project. We hot glued it to a plate for the boys to decorate. They got to make their own icing and then "glue" the candies onto the house base.

icing recipe: 3 tsp. of cream of tartar, 3 egg whites and 1 lb. of powdered sugar

here is a finished house:

Friday, December 11, 2009

Eagle Ceremony

I recently attended an eagle ceremony for two brothers. The younger of the two brothers used to be in my scout den with one of my boys. It was so touching to be at his ceremony and to celebrate with him and his family.

The paper is K and Co. It was preprinted with the sayings. I simply cut the paper to fit the card. I embossed them with a fleur-de-lis cuttlebug folder. I also used my SU punches on the inside of the card.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Snow Day Cards

We had a snow day here yesterday so I found some time to make a few cards. I ended up with 10 total when I was done. I hope you enjoy them.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Gypsy Challenge

Nurseviper on the cricut message board ran her own gypsy challenge. My layout came in second place. I won a $50 gift card to the scrappy store of my choice (I choose ebay) and a box of assorted goodies. I'll post a picture of the goodies as soon as I receive it.

Carts - Winter Woodland, Christmas, Gypsy Wandering and Gypsy Font
Paper - MME Christmas
Liquid Applique
Paper Glaze

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Online crop/swarm!

Need something to do on Saturday night? Come join us over at www.piecesofpaper.lefora.com. We will be having our monthly online crop/swarm. It will start at 6pm est. All you need to do is head over there now and start the membership process. You do need the administration to approve your membership before you can join. We are checking the site regularly so it shouldn't take long for that to happen. After that, simply log in on Saturday night and join the fun. You will find us under Online Crops - November 2009. A new challenge will be posted every 30 minutes for 2 hours totally 4 challenges. We will scrap, however, until we are all too tired to stay awake any longer.

Hope to see you there.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Faces of Anthony

carts - graphically speaking, hanna montana
paper - K&Co. "Actopus to Zelephant"
cuttlebug - victoria
fiskar crimper
su ribbon and dimentionals and markers
punch - ms loop
metal clips
stickles - distress "rock candy"
paper glaze


Monday, November 2, 2009

Let's Eat!

This is my crazy husband at the beach during Labor Day weekend. The funny part is that just after I took the picture, the worm broke and fell into his mouth!

paper - My Mind's Eye Glitter Book
carts - sesame street and george basic shapes
offray ribbon - brown
su markers and dimentionals


Sunday, November 1, 2009


This is a layout I made for crazy hair day.

paper - GCD studios "Meditation" and Murdock Country Creations "Terracotta"
carts - opposites attract, don juan and wild card
stickles - black diamond
white gel pen


Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thank you!

I want to extend a very sincere thank you to everyone who voted for me in the gypsy design challenge. I am touched to hear how many of you took time out of your lives to support me and my hobby. I truly appreciate it.

I didn't win this time but that's ok. I had a great time and hope to participate in the future.


Monday, October 26, 2009

I must be crazy!

I decided to enter the gypsy design contest last night. What was I thinking? For those of you who don't know what it is, here are the details:

WHAT: The Gypsy 24-hour Design Challenge is the ultimate creativity proving ground. We'll tell you what cartridges to use and what project categories are involved and you design anywhere using Gypsy. But remember, you only have 24 hours!
WHERE: Challenge details will be announced on the Cricut message board and from provocraft on Twitter.
WHEN: Starts at midnight Oct. 25 and ends midnight Oct. 26.
HOW: Upload project photos and instructions anytime between midnight Oct. 25 and midnight Oct. 26. Using ShareThis, you'll also be able to share your project on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, Email, and many other social applications.
THEN WHAT: Voting begins just after midnight on Oct. 26. Encourage your friends and family to vote for your project but they have to hurry, voting ends Oct. 28 at midnight. The project with the most votes wins! See rules for details.
THE WINNER: The grand prize winner will be announced on Oct. 30 on the Message Boards as well as in person at the grand opening of the new Michaels store in Manhattan. The winner gets a trip for two to New York City! That includes airfare, accommodations for two nights, a pair of tickets to a Broadway show and a $2,000 shopping spree at the newly opened Michaels store in Manhattan.
WHAT ELSE: There will be four others winners. The next three most popular projects will receive an entire library of all 50 cartridges currently be sold at Michaels. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

I made this card for the contest.

Please take sometime to vote for your favorite project. Here is the link to mine: (hint, hint)

click here to vote for me