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Out Of My Comfort Zone

September 19, 2016 Comments off

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.]


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.


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

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; 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.

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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; 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