Wedding Stuff Done!

So, here are the rest of the wedding things. Again, I had the Cricut do as much as I could. On the invitations I used Word and printed them.

This is a sign that they are putting on the road to help people find the venue; we did 3 of these.  This is obviously a second marriage for each of them!!

Because this is a second marriage they wanted to remember those that have passed on.  The bride found this saying and she is going to put pictures on the sides. This was an 11″ x 14″ sign they are putting on a table.

This is the invitation. We had to have the printing done with our inkjet printer because I couldn’t get it to work right on the Cricut.  Then, you can see that we put it on black paper and decorated it!  This is a small one, we did 20 of these. Then, we also did a couple that were 8.5″ x 11″ that they posted in their church meeting houses.

 

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Wedding Sign

I told you all last week that I was working on some things for a wedding. So, I thought I’d show you one of the things.

This is a wood frame I bought from the clearance section at my local hobby store. I have cut a lot of vinyl, but haven’t applied it to the wood myself before; so, this was a new thing for me. I have previously cut the vinyl at work and the other people have applied it; and they always use a sealer over it. I didn’t want to use a sealer if I didn’t need to. I’ve watched some how to’s and decided just to try it. The board looks like it is kind of white washed and feels chalky, but that didn’t stop me! I like the look of the frame and the base board. I felt like adding a sealer would change the look.

I typed in, chose a font, sized and cut out the saying in Cricut Design Space. I used Cricut Permanant vinyl because it was on sale this week. Then I weeded. It was a little harder to weed than some other brands I’ve used, but I got it weeded okay.

Now to get the transfer tape on without bubbles. This design is 9.5″ x 16.5″ so it was a large area to cover straight. Steve helped and we got that done.

Next step was to get it on the board! Once we had it straight and centered, getting it down again without bubbles is the trick. I’ve done this on things before, but nothing of this size. But with Steve’s help we got it down!

Let the braising begin!! I knew it could be harder because the finish on the wood was not very smooth or thick. So, I pushed hard and long! It’s hard to tell if you have this step done enough.  Then we started to peel the transfer tape. When it came off the board white, we got a little worried. We had several places where the lettering was coming with the transfer tape. I put back and braised again each time. Some of them I had to pick off the transfer tape with my fingernail and then peel. At this point I was pretty sure we were going to need a sealer.

Once we got it all off the transfer tape and on the board I used my hair dryer to warm the lettering up and took the liner sheet and braised it all again really well. We decided to let it set over night and see what happened.

The next morning when I checked it, almost everything was stuck to the board well except the first letter. I wondered what to do to fix just that one spot. I finally decided to use some wood glue I had and see if that would fix it, if not a sealer was the next choice.

It worked Great!!! I just brushed a little on the part of the letter that wasn’t stuck and carefully put it back down. Again I left it overnight. It is all sticking great now!! And I’m so glad because I have 3 more frames that I want to do something on!!


 

New Seasonal Shadowbox!!

Sorry this is so late getting posted, today was our granddaughter’s birthday.

We saw these shadowboxes at a store we visited and could see so many different, fun possibilities! So we decided to get a couple in and do one up to see how it went.

So it comes with the shadowbox separate from the wood kit, in white or black. Then you can just change the decor out whenever you want because the pieces are magnetized.  The back of the shadow box is metal.

And then there are a lot of different wood kits you can do. We decided to start with the summer kit.  This is what it looks like.

I used paper that I already had on hand. I love the bright colors!!!

We have just 2 of these kits available at this time! We will get more in if there is interest. I have a Autumn kit that I am working on as soon as I get some things done for a wedding I’m helping with.  And then there will be some other fun ideas we have thought of or have had suggestions for.

Together the frame, wood, paper and embellishments run $45+tax.  Then the next kit would be $25+tax to do because you already have the shadow box.

We will be having class  May 4th at 10 a.m. and we think you can have it done in 3 hours.  We will have everything cut so you are just putting it together.

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Spring Page Kits Crop

As the new year started, I was researching what might be popular this year and the color that seems to be on that list is this coral pink.

As I was out in the stores later, I found this paper pack! And it could be perfect for Easter or Mother’s day!

The pages are simple to help keep the focus on your pictures, but I think they are pretty and fun! One of my friends said that the page with the LOVE on it is too pretty to use!! Lol lol lol Nothing is too pretty to use!

 

There are 5 double page spreads, and I used leftover materials to make 5 fun cards as well!! We think it would be fun to have a Crop Day where you could come and make the kit, but also stay and work on your own projects! I think the projects will take about 3 hours to complete if you are just putting them together, but it depends on how fast you are!!

The dates we have it scheduled are Saturday, April 27th 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Monday, April 29 9 a.m.-5 p.m. the cost is $45.00+tax . This includes everything for the pages and cards except your adhesives. (I used tape runner, pop up dots, and glue dots.) It also includes lunch!

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Planter Pot Bunny

I know you have all seen these around this year and there are many variations. So, I decided to try my hand at it. My issue with some is that if they are in a live plant, they will get wet and icky quickly! Instead, I wanted to try and do one on a plastic egg, so that it didn’t have to come into contact with the dirt. I also thought, “Hey, use the top half for a face!” Here is what my experience taught me.

I bought white eggs, pompoms, felt, googly eyes and a brush. I found a pattern for the ears and feet on my Cricut.  I figured I was set.
I quickly made up a bottom and a top. Well, the top was way too pointed for a bunny face. So, I moved it to a bottom of the egg. I still  wasn’t too happy with the way it looked. I let it set for a couple of days.

A few days later, I still didn’t like them and had been thinking how to do it cuter and “better”. This morning, I decided to try again. My friend had given me some gray yarn and I know how to make my own pompom, but that wasn’t going to help the wet and icky issue. So, I decided to wrap the bottom of the egg with the yarn. That just wasn’t fluffy enough, either! Many of you may know, I’m not a fan of the hot glue gun. However, people have told me I just need more practice. Here was my chance! I cut pieces of the gray yarn and glued them to the yarn I had wrapped around the egg bottom, starting at the open end. I really did get a little better with the glue gun!!! Then, I trimmed the yarn and  it was time to cut the feet out of the felt.
I thought this would be no big deal because I had cut some out for a friend the night before. Well, her felt and my felt were different so cutting mine out was really frustrating! I finally figured it out; and then, decided that the bunny tail was too small! I didn’t want to run to the store and my pompoms are buried in our mess still. Solution: I used 4 small ones. I think it would be better with just one big one, but this works. Now, I bet you are wondering about that wet and icky part, right? Well, I just left enough space on the bottom that I could put the egg back together; and then it will be the top of the egg in the dirt!

 

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We have gravel!!!

I now that this isn’t a big deal to everyone but it is a huge step for us!! We got gravel on our driveway so we can have our events here!!!! We are so excited!!!

So card class on April 6th @ 10 a.m. will be held here!!

The address is 2663 State Road A, Auxvasse. But we aren’t really in Auxvasse.
Directions: Take I-70 to exit 155. Turn north and go 2.5 miles and we are on the left. I will put directions with the supply list for those of you that are coming!!!

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Card Class 1 kit remaining

We are finally ready to do a card class again. This time we have 10 all occasion cards.
I love the colors and how they go together. Again I have used things from separate packs and I think they have worked up great!
The class will be April 6th at 10 a.m. and hopefully at our place. If the weather doesn’t cooperate we will move the location to Columbia. The cost is $20 and you will provide your own adhesives. I will send you out a list of what you will need when you sign up! I have 1 kit so get yours soon!

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Print then Cut Cards

A while ago I purchased a disk from Crafter’s Companion that had a lot of graphics and papers that you could print off.  I love the cute, girly designs and I was excited to do something with them.

Fast forward to life getting in the way and a couple of months ago I finally got back to the disk.  Steve loaded it for me and we discussed how much ink the papers would take.  That was okay because I mostly wanted the designs.  So I printed some out and ended up having to cut them all out with my scissors.  And they were the wrong size for my cards! Ugh!!!

So then I got the idea to import them into my Cricut Design Space software.  That worked great: the perfect size, combining different elements. it was exactly what I wanted to do. The only hard part was that there was so many of them and each had multiple pieces. It was time consuming. But now that they are in I can use them over and over again!!  Yeah!!

Next issue is that card stock doesn’t go though my printer very well and yes the cost of ink again. The good news is that Cricut will cut them all out perfectly!! I love the print then cut feature!!!

Now just to find a printer that will handle the card stock better and that the ink isn’t too expensive! That sounds like a job for Steve!! Lol

Here’s the finished cards!

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St. Patrick’s mailboxes

A friend requested I make something like the Valentine mailboxes. Well, why not make them St. Patrick’s mailboxes? So, I did!!

She also wanted a little something spiritual. So, here are some little candy bibles that have been around a while. She picked the scripture and we made her a bunch of those too!! It was fun to do something that was a little new to me! The hard part on the bibles was making the candy stay in, but not have it glued to the papers! It was also a little tough to make sure the scripture was the right size to read and in the right place. But, once we figured those things out, they went together quickly!

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Little Penguin

A friend of mine had this little, cute penguin. She was having problems cutting it out on her Cricut machine. So, she asked me for help.

There are so many factors that play into why something doesn’t cut out exactly right or well on your machine. So, I thought it would be a good chance to talk about some of them.

First, the way the file is created, downloaded or brought in to the software. Do you remember when I talked about the Zig Zag Village? The file didn’t come into my Cricut completely correct and I had to mess with it a little to get it to do what we wanted.

Next would be the blade, the mat or your paper. The blade could be old, nicked or just have something stuck to it. You can clean it off with an alcohol wipe, but be careful not to cut yourself. You can visually check to see if it has a nick in it. The too dull or old part is the hardest to determine. Usually, I cut something simple a couple of times and see how it does. Some materials are harder on your blade than others.  Cutting glitter really wears your blade out fast and so some people just have a blade for that and change it when they are doing other materials.

The mat could have some very small thing still stuck to it. Most of the time you can’t see it. You might be able to feel it. Also, when I am resticking my mats and I am in a hurry; I get a little ridge in some places. The fix for all of these is to wash your mat and let it air dry, then restick if necessary.

As for paper, this is not really a fixable problem. Even the “best”, “most expensive” paper I have has “bumps” or thicker fibers in places. That is just the way paper is made and the cutting machines react to even the smallest change.

Lastly, I look at the settings I’m using – what my material setting is and if I need to customize. I do have one particular cardstock that I made a special setting for because it just wouldn’t cut well for me. But that is a whole other lesson!

So, back to our penguin. When I cut it I had issues with a completely different piece than my friend. This probably meant that it was a paper or mat issue.  Here is a picture. It is funky colors because I was just trying to figure out if it would cut, so I use whatever scrap I had handy!!!

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