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Invitation Cards

Here are two cards I made tonight, with the Cricut Expression, and “Stampin’ Up!” supplies.

Invitation Cards

Invitation Cards

 

I used “Stampin’ Up!” cardstock, SU stamps, SU punches, and the Expression, for the pot and stems.  The flower is SU scallop punch, and small circle punch for the flower inside.  Flower pot and stems are from “Walk in my Garden” cartridge for the Cricut.

I cut an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of cardstock in two, and folded, for the card.  Somehow, the cards didn’t get scored evenly.  So I added a piece of cardstock cut to 5.5″ x 4 1/4″, same size as the card front should be.  I glued this to the inside of the card front.  I cut contrasting color, for this piece, to emphasize the new edge.

Card Insides

Card Insides

 

The bees are also Cricut.  The ribbon on the pots are from “Oriental Trading”, in a package that I had.  The inside stamp is also SU, from the same set as the outside.

Card Inside Invitation

Card Inside Invitation

 

I have to apologize for the bad pictures.  It seems they are not showing the correct colors of red and orange cardstock.  The accent on the flower pot is brown.

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Categories: Cricut Projects

Cricut Expression/ Freezer Paper T-Shirt

May 26, 2009 4 comments

This project was so much fun!  I read about the technique on the messageboards at www.cricut.com.  They have so much information on there, so much talent.

The T-shirts were on sale at “Micheal’s”, 5 for $10.  I only bought five.  But I plan to decorate them all.  All you need is a T-shirt, Cricut Expression and cartridges, freezer paper, fabric paint, and foam brush.  Also an iron that steams, to heat set the paint.

Freezer Paper T-shirt done

Freezer Paper T-shirt done

Freezer Paper T-shirt close-up

Freezer Paper T-shirt close-up

 

The cartridges that I used for this project are “Plantain Schoolbook”, for the lettering, and “Indie Art”, for the crown.  Before you start, you may want to prewash the T-shirt, so it doesn’t warp, if it shrinks.  Then you need to choose the crown, from the “Indie Art” cartridge.  Put the freezer paper on your mat, shiny side up.  I positioned the blade in the center of the paper, so I would have plenty of room on all 4 sides.  Then I used the “center point” feature, so that it cut it out of the dead center of where I positioned the blade.  Cut crown at 3″, I believe.  Remove paper, and trim it up to where it’s comfortable margins for you.  Put paper shiny side down, onto T-shirt, and iron.

Freezer paper T-shirt painted

Freezer paper T-shirt painted

 

You don’t need to spend alot of time at this stage, you can tell when the paper adheres to the shirt.  And don’t move the iron around on the paper, just set and press.  If you have small pieces, like in the crown, it’s easier to put ALL of the pieces into place, and iron the whole thing to the shirt.  THEN, you can peel off the unwanted pieces, before you paint.

Freezer paper T-shirt, ironed and painted

Freezer paper T-shirt, ironed and painted

 

I should have used something to help me center the image better.  In the finished photo, you can see that the crown is a little crooked.  Fortunately it’s not too noticable when wearing.  Next, you paint the crown and let dry.  I used “Tulip So Soft” fabric paint.  The instructions say to let dry at least 4 hours, then steam with iron, to heat set it.  Once you get it heat set, you can peel the paper off.  But I had to let mine dry somewhat, before removing the paper, because I got it a little wet, from the iron.  It’s just easier to remove.

After success with the crown, you have to cut out your letters.  To do this, you have to use the “Flip” feature, AND type your letters backwards.  I forgot to type backwards the first time, and had to redo the first of the letters.  Repeat the process , as for the crown, and you are done!

Freezer Paper T-shirt, drying

Freezer Paper T-shirt, drying

Categories: Cricut Projects

Project #2, Cricut bag

May 14, 2009 2 comments

I love this bag.  I’ve seen it used many times now, so I had to try it.

Cricut bag

Cricut bag

Here’s what I did.  This bag is in the “Plantin Schoolbook” cartridge.  You choose the bag that looks square.  But choosing the “Tall Ball” option makes it round.  How cool is that!  Love the Cricut.  Anyway, I put in a 12″x12″ very heavy cardstock sheet to cut.  Then I used my papertrimmer to score the bottom of bag fold lines, with a bone folder.  I made sure everything was folded, and ready to glue.  It cuts out little tabs to fold and glue, to the sides.  This is similar to “darts”, in sewing.  I used Tombow mono adhesive to glue.  (I did have trouble using a slick gel glue, but it’s the only liquid glue I could find.)  But here’s the trick I discovered, the sides  kept sliding on me, and so I took a paper towel, and wiped off most of the glue, so I could then use a roller tape.  But I found out that when you wipe most of the glue away, it makes a tacky surface,  just perfect to hold together.  So if you use the same glue, just wipe most of it off, after touching the sides together.

side of bag

side of bag

Ok, now the bag is ready for embellishment. ( This is the fun part, I love to embellish!)  I used some silk flowers I got in a flower remnant bag, in the craft section at Wal-Mart.  I just clipped the plastic center out, and got out the Crop-a-dile Big Bite.  I put an off white grommet in the center, and found it is easier to place the grommet on the front, then flip the flower with the grommet held together, and place on the machine.

pushing down hard

pushing down hard

If you push down really hard on the machine, (but not hard enough to break anything), the gromlet will go through all the many layers of the flower.  How amazing is that!  I love the Crop-a-dile, too!  Ok, now I do the pink flower for the other side of the bag, in the same way.  I used a 3-D Zot, to attach one flower to each side of the bag.  For the finishing touch, I used the non-smearing chalks to distress the edges a bit. 

grommlet is now set

grommlet is now set

You can see the prongs went through ok

You can see the prongs went through ok

placing the grommlet

placing the grommlet
Now you have a very pretty little bag, compliments of the Cricut.
Other side

Other side

Ok, it’s hard to see in the pics here, but there is a hole in the dead center of the flowers, where the plastic once held the layers together.  I was going to finish this with a clear crystal, like the one shown in photo below, but I searched everywhere, and cannot find them.  I bought different sizes when my friend and I went shopping together, and thought I KNEW where they were at, but I’m stumped.  (Ever happen to you, ladies?)  Anyway, I guess I’ll just have to buy some more, because it would just give this the finishing touch, and hide the flower hole.

Crystal like the one needed for this bag

Crystal like the one needed for this bag

Categories: Cricut Projects

Project #1, Scrapbook Title Page

Ok, here’s my first project.  Since getting the Cricut, I can now cut letters for my scrapbook pages.  I’m always too cheap to buy expensive lettering for a particular project.  The font was exactly what I wanted to use.  I tried out the inks for the first time.  Here’s what I did:

I took a 12″x12″ cardstock page from the “Alpine” paper pad.  It was a soft olive green.  I loaded the red ink into the Cricut and did the lettering.  Then I put the blade back in the Cricut, and cut them out.  Next, I got out my magnetic cutting mat, with magnetic metal ruler.  I used the ruler to line up my lettering for each row, I moved it down about the same amount, lining up the ruler marks on the side.  I used Tombow mono adhesive for the glue.  (Although the Xyron machine would have made this much quicker, I don’t know where mine is, right now, and the liquid glue made it easy to move around, until I got it placed right.)

After getting the lettering glued down, I already had some blue vellum snowflakes made up, from a template that I have, (pre-Cricut, of course).  I used some 3-D Zots to place one in each bottom corner.  Then I just used a basic brown ink pad from “Stampin’ Up!”, to distress the edges a little bit.

Project #1

Project #1

Categories: Cricut Projects

I got the Cricut Expression!

Hello out there.  I haven’t posted in awhile.  Not been crafting much lately, but my husband got me the Cricut Expression recently, for my birthday.  Those of you who scrapbook, or make cards, know how coveted this machine is!  I’ve wanted one for ages, but could never justify the cost.  However, due to certain new cartridges, it is now going to save me money.  And I also signed up to make cards for a craft show later on this year.

I know I haven’t posted any pics yet on here, or any projects, which is why I started this blog.  But I’m going to play with the machine tonight, with my papers, and adhesive.  So hopefully soon, I will have some real projects to focus on.

Categories: Miscellaneous crafts