Thursday, June 16, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Love the colors of these adorable Father's Day printables - don't miss these!
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Monday, June 13, 2011
Need a cute Father's Day card? Check this out!
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Friday, June 10, 2011
Couldn't resist another too-cute idea here. Cookies shaped like donuts and on a stick - does it get better than this. These would be so cute for a party, shower or any occasion!
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Thursday, June 9, 2011
I'm way beyond the Bert and Ernie stage here, but these would be fun to make, for kids or kids-at-heart! And healthy too. Just had to share.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011
I saw this great DIY recipe for sidewalk chalk and couldn't resisit sharing. Lots o summer fun here!
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I've always wanted to know how to make these black and white cookies and here is the magic recipe from Family Circle:
Monday, June 6, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
I was thrilled when Leslie asked me to be a guest on her blog.
I have been married to my wonderful husband for almost 24 years, and we have 3 amazing children, as well as an awesome daughter-in-law. We live in western NY, and have been in the same house for 20 years
I have been crafting and creating most of my life, and love all kinds of crafts, and enjoy trying new ones. Paper crafts and vinyl are my favorites at the moment. Boxes are a strange addiction for me, and I love to design them. Just recently, after much encouragement, I started to sell some of my files. This high heel shoe favor box is one of them.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
I used Cinch book boards to make this journal. It's a 8 1/2 x 11 book. I covered it with pink paper and then Announce cardstock by 7gypsies, using gloss Modge Podge for paper. I really like the particular shimmer the gloss modge podge leaves on a page. Iesha's name is spelled out using chipboard letters that I've had in my stash. I used hot glue to adhere the letters because I imagine this journal is going to get a bit of wear and tear and I wanted to make sure they would stay on the cover. The girl is cut from the Cricut Forever Young cartridge and the flowers and white flourish are also from my stash.
The inside of the front panel are the lyrics from the song "Dance with my Father" by Luther Vandross. This is Iesha's favorite song so I wanted to include it.
The next page is made up of card stock covered by a clear cardstock with a flourish design. I stitched them together with my Sew Easy and then added a frame at the top of the page for her father to include a small picture of her, again stitched to adhere it to the page. I found the frame in the Make the Cut gallery and was able to find some scraps that were big enough to use to cut it out. I printed the sentiment "Portrait of the Artist as as a Young Woman" on my computer and just cut it out in rectangles.
The next side of the frame page is something my friend wrote for his daughter. He also dabbles in poetry, and I thought it was important that he include something of himself in this gift to her. I added a few peace sign stickers that I picked up at Michael's recently. After this page, there are about 40 blank pages of white paper for Iesha to write, draw, or do whatever she chooses to do. There are about 40-45 blank pages in-between each of the pocket pages.
I wanted to include dividers for the journal and I wanted them to be useful so I decided to include pockets for Iesha to stash notes in. I created the pocket by welding a wave and a rectangle image from the Cricut Plantin Schoolbook cartridge with a treble clef I found on the Quarter Note cartridge. I used the treble clef's shadow image for welding, and cut out the regular image and in pink and placed it on top. I then stitched the pocket to the page and included three paper clips with cute sentiments on them. They are made by 7Gypsies and I love them.
The other side of the pocket divider is simple - just the word Create cut from the Home Decor cartridge, and another Jolee flower from my stash.
The next pocket page divider uses the same wave and rectangle but this one is welded to the shadow of a music note, also found on the Quarter Note cartridge. I placed a popsicle stick in the page so you could actually see the pocket. The paper clips are again made by 7gypsies.
Serendipity was cut from the Graphically Speaking cartridge. This is one of my all-time favorite cartridges. I almost always find something on that cartridge to use on a project this big.
This is the last pocket page divider. The microphone is also from Quarter Note. I welded the shadow to the pocket and cut the microphone out of white paper and then applied adhesive and Martha Stewart glitter. I think it looks pretty cute. One thing I forgot to mention is that I did include tabs on the side of the dividers - that way she can easily flip to the different section of the journal. There is more stitching around the pocket, and of course, more 7gypsies paper clips.
The other side of the pocket page is again something simple - "Explore" is cut from the Home Decor cartridge and accented by several different flowers from my stash.
The back of the journal uses the same paper from the first side, again with gloss Modge Podge. I cut the "journey" sentiment from Graphically Speaking out of chipboard three times, adhered them together with Modge Podge, and then adhered the same word cut in pink. I blinged it up a bit with some black gems. The mats are cut from the Storybook cartridge and the flourish is from Recollections.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I really hope you enjoyed this project. It was several weeks in the making and I am thrilled with the way it turned out. You can drop by to visit me anytime at www.sabrioletdesigns.blogspot.com. I want to thank Leslie again for giving me the opportunity to share my work with some new people. I hope you all have a fabulous day!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Hi, my name is Michelle and I am guest blogging here on A Place to Be Happy. In my spare time I like to go to the lake and hang out friends and family. My craft of choice is cutting vinyl with my Expression and Sure Cuts A Lot. I love making files to share and inspire as I get so much inspiration from others, like Leslie!! Here is a project I recently did. I made a graduation banner for my niece. The font on “Congratulations Miranda” is LD Delightful and the rest of the words are Shelley Volante BT. You can download the graduation hat in SVG format here: http://www.box.net/shared/uv02xxehe6
You can find more projects and lots of SVGs if visit my blog at MichellesDigitalCreations.blogspot.com
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
I've been asked a lot what is a good price for vinyl. You should not pay more than .50 a square foot for regular outdoor/craft vinyl (before shipping).
Rolls come in different sizes and widths, but calculate it per square foot so you can compare apples to apples.
To calculate:take width in inches x length in inches then divide by 144 to get the total square feet
so a 19" roll at 5 yards is 19 x 5 x 36(There are 5 yards and each yard is 36 inches) = 3420 divide by 144 this is 23.75 square feet - so you should pay $12.00 or less.
Also don't forget to add in shipping to get the real price, shipping prices vary and can add a lot.
Good luck and have fun!
vinyl or contact paper
**The best and easiest items to etch are perfectly vertical, like a tumbler glass (or pickle jar). Bulbous wine glasses and vases take more practice, in my opinion.
Pieces D: letters
The top image uses pieces A & D
The bottom image uses pieces A & C
You get different results from each method.
(These are cut in Plantin, but can easily be recreated in other fonts and shapes)
After cutting, place the vinyl on the glass, make sure it is on where you want it and then press hard on each piece of vinyl making sure you have no bubbles. This is an important step.
I use a foam brush and put the AE (Armour Etch) on with a dabbing motion. You so not want any brush strokes. Make sure you use plenty of the AE - glob it on!
Set a timer for 5 minutes.
When it is done, I use my same foam brush and wipe off the AE into a small bathroom type paper cup. (Put this excess back into your bottle, it is fine to use again!)
When most of it is off, rinse the glass under water washing the rest off. (Make sure you don't have other glass dishes in your sink)
remove your vinyl stencil (you can use it again) and dry your item
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Thanks to all who participated in my Cut n Print tutorial. Here is the script and you can walk yourself through it if you want - have fun. Here are the images which were used with it...
You can just right click on the image and save it to your computer.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
FAUX GLASS ETCHING
Friday, May 20, 2011
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
On Friday, May 20 enter coupon code FBFRI to receive 10% off your order. "We are calling this facebook Friday. This is a small way to show our appreciation to our customers and fb fans. Your order must be placed online to receive the discount.
Use this LINK to get there.