Out Of My Comfort Zone

September 19, 2016 Leave a comment

I took a little time off from papercrafting to create some shirts for my aunt and cousins. [You may recall I created a card a week or so ago for her after she received a cancer diagnosis.]

cancer-ribbon-disguised

Since not everyone would agree with the message on the shirt, I used some Paper Notes in Ribbet to edit out part of the photograph as I did not not want anyone to be offended. Normally, this is not a project I would do and is likely not a shirt I would wear myself, but when life throws you a curve ball you do not always do what you would normally do.

I first saw a design similar to this on a Facebook group. I modified it a bit. I selected my own fonts, made the ribbon larger and placed it on an angle so it looks more like a ribbon and less like someone hand wrote ck – attaching the letters as they wrote – and completoing a word that offends some.

Here is a closeup photo of the ribbon. I used glitter heat transfer vinyl on it and wanted you to be able to see how it looks. I am so pleased with the results. I selected white glitter HTV since I read that pearl, clear and white are ribbon colors that are often used for lung-related illnesses.

glitter-ribbon-closeup

Supplies I used to create the shirts: t-shirts, Cricut® Iron-On Lite – Navy and Cricut® Iron-On Glitter – White Glitter. The fonts are Cricut® Alphabet – Regular and Market Street Fonts – Eloise – Regular. The ribbon is from Stand and Salute.

I am in a few Cricut® groups on Facebook and there are a lot of folks, men and women, making their own t-shirts using heat transfer vinyl. Some people have even invested in a heat press to make shirts. Making shirts is something I may do occasionally, but not something I see myself doing a lot of, so I have not and probably will not purchase a heat press.

Since I do not have a heat press, I used the following method to attach the HTV to the shirts. I pre-washed the shirts with a detergent that does not have softener and did not use fabric softener in the rinse cycle or in the dryer. I placed a wooden cutting board under the top layer of the shirt and used parchment paper in lieu of a pressing cloth (I originally started with a pressing cloth, but it seemed like enough heat was not getting through to attach the HTV). I had to press longer than the instructions stated, but I took care to watch to scorching. I included a note with the Cricut® suggested care instructions of washing and drying the shirts inside out.

I received a note from my aunt and they like the shirts. I am happy they do.

Categories: crafting

Digistamps4Joy September 2016 Progressive – Hic … oops

September 4, 2016 Comments off

Today’s card is for the September 2016 Facebook Progressive Challenge in Digistamps4Joy stamping Facebook Group. The image for September is Hic … oops.

Lapp DS4J Hic ... oops

In addition to Hic … oops from Digistamps4Joy, I used the following products to create my card: Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Pencils, Liquid Glass (Z679), Wood Slats Embossing Folder (Z3248), Tattered Lace Victorian Dots and Stripes Embossing Folder Set (I acquired mine in the Tattered Lace Victorian Embossing Folders Collection), Diamond Press Sentiments, the cut Card – #M40866 from the Cricut®/Close To My Heart – Art Philosophy cartridge (retired) and mirri card, card stock and a card base from my stash.

Here is a closeup of my bubbles. The coloring of my bubbles I was inspired by an image I viewed online. After coloring with three colors, I added Liquid Glass to add shine and dimension. I also put Liquid Glass on the beverage in the glass and spilled on the floor.

Lapp DS4J Hic ... oops bubbles

I used these pencil colors: 27 – Light Carmine, 28 – Rose Madder Lake, 30 – Dark Flesh, 31 – Medium Flesh, 32 – Light Flesh, 51 – Prussian Blue, 54 – Aquamarine, 95 – Cool Dark Grey, 97 – Medium Grey and 98 – Cool Dark Grey. I also used two greens to color the bottle and glass, but unfortunately the pencils slipped back into the case before I could note the colors used.

If Facebook Progressive Challenges are new to you, you have until the end of the month to purchase Hic … oops for $1 and post your creation in the Digistamps4Joy Stamping Facebook Group. I have to say I always see images used in ways I did not anticipate. I really enjoy seeing the different ways the images are used.

I am not an affiliate for shopping sites, but I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. The links above to other companies/brands are for your convenience only. I have been able to keep up with the Progressive Challenge and receive the next month’s digi for free when I post a project created with the current month’s digi in the Facebook Group. If you are located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam or on U.S. military bases and are interested in purchasing Close To My Heart products you may go to my CTMH Online Business Address where, if you make a purchase, I will receive a commission.

I hope you find my card imaginative. If you have a moment, please leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thank you for stopping by today.

Surprise Pop-Up Card

September 4, 2016 1 comment

I created this card for an aunt who recently received a cancer diagnosis. I wanted her to know that we are thinking of her. I learned about this type of card from Karen Hanson’s blog SCRaPPY CaNuCK STuDioS. This is a standard A2-sized card, but I think it packs a cute little surprise.

20160904 surprise pop-up card 01

It opens as a tent fold card, but there is a spot for a surprise sentiment or stamped image.

20160904 surprise pop-up card 02

And there is still room for a sentiment and a place to jot a note and/or sign the card inside.

20160904 surprise pop-up card 03

Supplies I used to create this card: cardstock from my stash, My Acrylix™ Create Kindness—Beautiful stamp (CC1147), My Acrylix™ Create Kindness—Hello stamp (CC1150), My Acrylix™ September 2016 SOTM: Blessed Beyond Measure Stamp Set (S1609) — the Create Kindness and Stamp Of The Month stamps are only available until September 30, 2016, My Acrylix™ So Many Smiles stamp set (C1619), My Acrylix™ So Many Smiles stamp set (C1619), My Acrylix™ Pen Pal stamp set (B1539) and Black Memento™ Ink Pad (Z899). I also used the “Insert Shapes” feature in Cricut® Design Space to create a basic card with squares for stamping and layering to cut with my Cricut® Explore. If you use CDS, you will find my file here.

I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. Most of the links above are to CTMH products. If you are located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam or on U.S. military bases and are interested in purchasing Close To My Heart products you may go to my CTMH Online Business Address where, if you make a purchase, I will receive a commission.

I hope my aunt loves the card and her spirits are boosted when she receives it. I hope you also like my card and are inspired to create a Surprise Pop-Up Card. If you are inspired and have moment, please leave a comment. Thank you for visiting today.

Categories: cardmaking, stamping

Digistamps4Joy August 2016 Progressive – Patchwork Country 1

August 30, 2016 Comments off

I am sorry for the long stretch between posts. It has been busy here and I’m not sure where the time has gone.

Today I am here with a card for the August 2016 Facebook Progressive Challenge in Digistamps4Joy stamping Facebook Group. My card uses Patchwork Country 1.

Lapp DS4J August Progressive

In addition to Patchwork Country 1 from Digistamps4Joy, I used the following products to create my card: Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Pencils, CTMH My Acrylix™ Blessed Beyond Measure Stamp Set (S1609) – the September 2016 Stamp Of The Month which is available from September 1 through September 30, 2016 and card stock and a card base from my stash.

I used these pencil colors: 07 – Lemon, 13 – Light Orange, 17 – Vermilion, 28 – Rose Madder Lake, 47 – Light Blue, 53 – Peacock Blue, 61 –Viridian, 63 –Emerald Green, 70 – Apple Green, 74 – Cedar Green, 80 – Raw Umber, 83 – Gold Ochre, 85 – Light Ochre, 89 – Cinnamon, 91 – Pompeian Red, 93 – Burnt Carmine, 96 – Cool Silver Grey and 97 – Medium Grey.

If Facebook Progressive Challenges are new to you, you still have a day or so to purchase Patchwork Country 1 for $1 and join us over at the Digistamps4Joy Stamping Facebook Group. It is fun to see the different ways folks use the same image.

FYI, the links above are not affiliate links; I have been able to keep up with the Progressive Challenge and receive the next month’s digi for free when I share a project created with the current month’s digi.

If you have a minute please leave a comment. I like to read what people think of my creations. Thanks for visiting today.

Categories: cardmaking, challenge, stamping

Treat Mug – Tea Cup

July 11, 2016 Comments off

As I mentioned yesterday, I watched a video by Linda Parker on how to create an Envelope Punch Board Treat Mug. When that video ended YouTube queued her video for making something similar, this time a tea cup, Tea Anyone? After I created the coffee mug in Cricut® Design Space I tried the tea cup.

Tea Cup Treat Mug using CDS and the Envelope Punch Board

Instead of stamping and heat embossing as Linda did in her video, I found an image I could use with the writing tool, Floral Bud Decorative Element – #M28D1C6 from Anna’s Garden Cards and Embellishments, and used the Cricut® Gold Marker.

Again, except for a couple of snips, all of the cutting and scoring, including the tea cup handle and the circle to cover the cup base, was done on the Cricut® Explore using the free Insert Shapes. I did use the WRMK Envelope Punch Board so the bottom of the cup tapered (I could not think about about all of the slicing and testing of the cut and I need to use my Envelope Punch Board more).  Here’s what my cardstock looked like before I started to assemble.

Tea Cup Treat Mug using CDS and the Envelope Punch Board 01

I think I should have also punched the last bit on the left, but I was afraid I was going to cut through and remove the bottom tab. I ended up snipping around there a bit after the cup was assembled.

The cardstock is from my stash. The doily is Doily – #M3B515 from the Cricut® Artiste Collection (Z3170) – retiring July 31, 2016.

If you would like to make your own tea cup, my CDS file (without the Floral Bud and Doily) is https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/42546822; please watch Linda’s video for assembly instructions. Here is a screen shot of my CDS screen with the score line measurements added.

tea cup with measurements

I like this idea for birthdays. The cut is not large enough to hold a gift card (unless you don’t mind it sitting in the center of the cup and poking out of the top), but it is a nice size for jewelry – unless it is a huge piece.

While I am not an affiliate for other shopping sites, I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. The links above to other companies/brands are for your convenience only. If you are located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam or on U.S. military bases and are interested in purchasing Close To My Heart products you may go to my CTMH Online Business Address where I receive a commission when people make purchases.

Thank you for visiting by my blog today.

Categories: crafting, Cricut

Treat Mug – Coffee Mug

July 10, 2016 Comments off

On July 7 We R Memory Keepers shared Linda Parker’s Envelope Punch Board Treat Mug post on the WRMK Facebook Page. I watched Linda’s video during my lunch break, took some notes and when I got home that evening I created the base for the coffee mug in Cricut® Design Space.

Treat Mug using CDS and the Envelope Punch Board

Except for a couple of snips, all of the cutting and scoring, including the mug handle and the circle to cover the mug base, was done on the Cricut® Explore using the free Insert Shapes, but I did use the WRMK Envelope Punch Board so the bottom of the mug tapered. Honestly, I didn’t have the patience to repeatedly add a shape and use the slice feature to build the taper into the CDS file.

The green cardstock is from my stash; the printed paper is from the DCWV Nana’s Nursery Baby Girl stack.

If you would like to make your own mug, my CDS file is https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/42546245; please watch Linda’s video for assembly instructions. Here is a screen shot of my CDS screen with the score line measurements added.

coffee cup with measurements

I am not sure, but I may use this idea for those I need to give small gifts to around the December holidays. The mug is large enough to also hold a gift card. Sweets and a gift card is something I would love to receive.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope this gives you gift ideas.

Categories: crafting, Cricut

Digistamps4Joy July 2016 Progressive Challenge – Daylily Corner

July 9, 2016 Comments off

I am back with a card for the July 2016 Facebook Progressive Challenge in Digistamps4Joy stamping Facebook Group. My card uses Daylily Corner.

Lapp DS4J Daylily Corner

In addition to Daylily Corner from Digistamps4Joy, I used the following products to create my card: Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Pencils, Tattered Lace Sentiments 2014, Tattered Lace Torn Edge Rectangles, Embellishment Attic Pearl Droplets, card stock and a card base from my stash. “Birthday Wishes” was cut from Create and Craft Pack of Single Sided 50 A4 Mirror Board.

I used these pencil colors: 06 – Light Chrome, 08 – Canary Yellow, 28 – Rose Madder Lake, 27 – Light Carmine, 70 – Apple Green and 73 – Olive Green.

If Facebook Progressive Challenges are new to you, I hope you will purchase this month’s design and join us over at the Digistamps4Joy Stamping Facebook Group. It is fun to see the different ways folks use the same image.

FYI, the links above are not affiliate links, but for your convenience in case you like a product enough to learn more about it.

I love to learn what folks think of my creations, so if you have a minute please leave a comment. Thanks for visiting today.

Categories: cardmaking, die cutting