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Friday, July 30, 2010

Boo - the cutest ghosts ever!

I'm wanting to get into the Halloween mood, so I made these cute ghosts. The adorable faces are from the FACE IT dingbat font. You can get it here for free:

It has tons of faces and look like the Peachy Keen set of stamps

I used the ghost from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge. If you don't have that you can use these:

Here are the SIMPLE basic directions:

Print the face you want onto white cardstock. I used 72 size, but experiment with the sizes

Cut your ghost out of cardstock - preferably a dark color*
*When you cut your ghost, use the upper right corner for the positioning of the ghost (If you are using the PDDU shape you need to "hide" the eyes and mouth using the hide selected contour feature - click on the mouth and then right click, you will see it). After you hit cut, wait until it is done, then DO NOT unload the paper, just pull your ghost shape out of the dark paper and leave the rest on the mat. Now lift the upper right corner where your silhouette cut is and slip your white cardstock underneath the cut out shape until it is in the position that you want. Press the white cardstock well and only now lift your dark color. Now hit LOAD LAST and then cut or repeat last. It will cut your white cardstock with the same shape and your face will be on it.

Experiment with different faces and different shapes, such as the paper dolls or even some of the cute animals.

These are so fun!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A great new resource

I found a great website for free shapes to cut with SCAL.

When you click on an image you want it comes in coloring book format. I prefer to "fill it in" in Microsoft Paint before I use it in SCAL.

For example:

Here is the stencil as it is saved:

Then you use the paint bucket and fill in the sections you want and then resave it (I would continue to fill in all of the sections):

Hope you find these helpful!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Weekly Dingbats- Harolds Pips

Here is my weekly dingbat recommendation. This is a great basic design dingbat with some simple shapes for cutting. The name is Harold's Pips. You can find it by doing a Google search.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Cool Summer Idea Starters

Ok, get in your summer crafts while you can. Here are some images to help you. To save them, just right click and then "save" or "save as". They are in .jpg format.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Blog Candy- Back to School

UPDATE WINNERS: The random winners are # 1 and #4 - Congratulations

With school right around the corner (still 6 weeks to go here), I am thinking of school supplies. the cute clear zip bags I made for the beach and pool are now repurposed to the back to school mode. I am making them for my son and his friends, and then I come to find out it is actually required to have a zip pouch on their supply list, YES, check that one off. I am giving away 4 clear zip bags for you to vinyl. I will give 2 winners 2 bags each.

To enter to win, just leave a comment here on this post with what your favorite snack or food is to cool down. We're onto our 4th heat wave here, so I need all the tips I can get. Good luck!

These are the bags:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Weekly dingbats - GG SignDings

I am going to start a new blog feature. Weekly dingbats. I will feature a free dingbat that I think is great for cutting on the Cricut. You can find it by doing a Google search for the name. This weeks is GG SignDings. With summer travel in full swing, thought this would be an appropriate start.

Friday, July 16, 2010

New T shirts

I made my neice a few new t shirts with the heat transfer vinyl. I like the silver - it comes out really great.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Heat Transfer Vinyl for Sale

I have a block of heat transfer vinyl for sale.

Each set is 7 sheets, each sheet is 6x12 inches

Each set is $15.95 ($16.75 Paypal). This includes shipping to the US. I take Paypal or money order. I have a limited number of sets and it went very fast last time, so if you are interested, please send an email to with your choice of set, "boy set" or "girl set", and I will send you payment instructions.

BOY set is red, black, brown, lt blue, turquoise, navy, and green

GIRL set is yellow, pale pink, medium pink, magenta, lt blue, apple green, and coral

I will send your set within 3 business days of receiving payment.

Full directions are included with the vinyl and are available on my blog here in the right hand column in "vinyl basics".

Basic items needed are: household iron or heat press, parchment paper (available at grocery stores), a hard surface like a table or countertop, garment (cotton or cotton poly blend), cutter to cut vinyl such as Cricut machine or Sizzix, and willingness to learn and have fun!

Friday, July 2, 2010

"CLEARLY" a good idea

I found these clear pencil cases at the Dollar Tree. They looked less schoolish than the other ones, because I thought they would be great for the beach and pool. Great for keeping things dry in the beach bag. You could put electronics, money, lotions, glasses, books, anything in here. I like that they are clear, because you are always digging for stuff in your bag, now you can see it. The vinyl (outdoor vinyl) went on perfectly. I made some wiht our pool logo on them and I can think of lots more ideas too!