Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I Love Vinyl!

I had this old wood sign that I have held on to for 5 years and never used because the colors didn't match anything in my house, so...I decided to make it match! I peeled the old vinyl off and painted it black. Then I use my Cricut to cut out the vinyl. I used the "Cursive 101" cartridge and the "Plantin SchoolBook" cartridge. I was nervous about the red not showing up, but it turned out better that expected:)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Birthday Banner

I made this banner for my daughter's 4th birthday. It turned out way cuter than I expected. I love this line of paper. I have had it in the mix of all my paper for about 3 years and finally found something that I wanted to make out of it. I used my cricut to cut out all of the shapes. I used the "Cuttin' Up" cartridge and the "Stretch Your Imagination" cartridge. After I cut out, and glued all the shapes together, I put eyelets on both sides of each shape. Make sure you put the eyelets pretty close to the top other wise they will just spin around on the string.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mother's Day

I made this picture box for my mom and my mother-in-law for Mother's Day. I wanted to post it before Mother's Day in case anyone needed any ideas, but then they would have seen the finished product. It looks pretty complicated, but I saw one of these about a year ago and I was able to just make up my own way of doing it by memory. If I can do that, you could easily follow step-by-step instructions! Start with 4 12x12 pieces of card stock. Score the first one at 4" and 8" on two sides so you end up with 9 squares. Then cut out the four corners. Repeat these steps with the remaining 3 pieces of card stock only make the squares 1/4" smaller for each layer. Next glue the center of the 4 pieces of card stock together.

Then use a corner rounder on all the corners except the outside piece of card stock (the brown).

Next I put coordinating paper in the center square and on the 4 outside squares.

To make the lit, score a piece of card stock so the center square is 1/4" bigger than the dimensions of the outside piece of card stock. (My center is 4 1/4"x4 1/4") The side pieces are 1 1/2"x 4 1/4". Then cut one side, fold in the flap, and adhere with tacky tape! Decorate as desired.

This is the finished product on the inside. I decorated it with pictures of my kids, coordinating paper and stickers!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


1) Choose your favorite ribbon!
2) Cut about 10-15" (depending on how big you want the bow)
3) layer ribbon
4) find coordinating small ribbon for center
5) cut 3-5"
6) tie around middle
7) wrap loose ends of (black) ribbon around back and hot glue
8) cover alligator clip with matching ribbon
9) hot glue bow to alligator clip!