The Stamping Tree
Monday, December 2, 2013
Happy Monday, everyone! This week's challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut is to make a Christmas card without using red and green, and our sponsor this week is My Creative Time Stamps.
It just so happens that I love to make blue and silver Christmas cards, and that was what I had planned for the cards for the shut-in members of our church. We always put them out at church for the whole congregation to sign, so they have to be big--I always use a full sheet of cardstock which makes a 5.5 x 8.5" card. I also like to use a very heavy CS for the base. SU colored CS is fine but if I use white or vanilla I use PTI or Gina K. I know the cards get displayed so I want them to stand up without sagging.
I used PTI white for the base here, and SU Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Brushed Silver for the layers. The patterned paper is SU Winter Frost and it is gorgeous! The photo really doesn't do it justice. I cut banners of various widths and lengths and layered them. Now you may be wondering, where is her Cricut cut, required for all FCCB challenges? Well, I knew I wanted to use the SU single stamp Prince of Peace. I just love that scripture from Isaiah. BUT I didn't want to buy the whole set of dies, seeing as how I do have a Cricut. So I went through the labels in Art Philosophy. There weren't any that were exactly the right shape, but there is a circle and a label with a shape that I thought would work. The circle is on page 21 of the handbook, and the label is on p. 47. Then I measured my stamp. The circle needed to be 2.4" high to give me a little edge around the stamped design. Then I measured the corners of the stamp. They were about 175" high, so I made my label 1.85" high. Next I unlinked the height from the width so that I could make the the label the appropriate length, which was 2.8", then reset my link so that I could increase the size of my label without changing the proportions so I could make a slightly larger size for my silver layer. It wasn't PERFECT, but it was pretty darn close. It takes so much longer to tell how to do it than it does to just do it--it really is easy with a Gypsy or CCR.
Here is a screen shot showing the shapes, so you know I didn't cheat! After I had my shapes cut out, I used a Stamp-a-ma-Jig to position my stamp over the label. I heat-embossed the sentiment in silver. The dry-embossing and scallop edge are SU folders and Edgelits. The silver ribbon is also from SU. I heat-embossed an ornate "Merry Christmas" from Our Daily Bread Designs on the inside.
I hope you enjoyed this project! Please play along with us at FCCB this week. Just make a Christmas project without using red or green and using at least one Cricut cut and link it up to FCCB! It's that easy. You could win a fabulous stamp set from My Creative Time Stamps!
Monday, November 18, 2013
He says "Brrr...It's cold!" Hi and welcome to Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #187. For this challenge we were to use an animal. I chose this adorable fox from Jolly Holiday Lite. That cartridge has some of the cutest images on it!
I cut all the layers for my fox at 3". Colors are SU Close To Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, and Whisper White. Glitter CS is DCWV. Patterned is some very old stuff that I like for falling snow.
I finished it off with some baker's twine. Stamp is PTI.
Please play along with our challenge this week--it's easy! Just create a project using an animal and at least ONE Cricut cut! Then link it to FCCB--that's all there is to it! I can't wait to see everyone's creations.
Thanks for dropping by--have a crafty day!
Monday, November 4, 2013
Welcome to a Fantabulous Cricut Blog Crawl
A blog crawl is our version of a Blog hop. We are opening up a DT call, please see the FCCB blog for more information. We also have a wonderful new sponsor this week:
They are giving away a bag of crafty goodness to one lucky challenge participant.
Be sure to visit each of the Design Team members' blogs to see their projects.
If you get lost along the way, you can go back to the FCCB blog or see the list below of all of the participating blogs.
When you are done with the crawl, go back to the FCCB blog and link up your project.
The challenge is Anything Goes! We want to see your Cricut projects. To qualify for the weekly prize for a fabulous sponsors, you need to make sure to have at least 1 Cricut cut.
Blog Crawl List:
Cindy - Creating with the Heart
Jackie- Luv 2 Scrap
Kim - Kim's Kreations
Amy HS - The Stamping Tree
Emily - Mollie's Motif
Heather - Scrapping Runner Creations
Lynn - My Cards n Stuff
Missy - Quick Chick Designs
Nikki - Crafty Calamities
Rebecca- Crafting Misfit
Michelle- Just a Nutter Paper Crafter
Caterina- Docerla Creations
Joneita- Create with Joneita
LB - Cool Beans by LB
Amy T - Crafting with Amy
My project is pretty quick and simple: A Christmas T-shirt for the Scholarship silent auction at our church. Since the end of September I have been tied up every day with my son's robotics team, so I haven't had much crafting time, so it had to be very quick and easy! The competition was yesterday, so I plan to start making up for lost time in the craft room.
For this project I washed and dried a T-shirt from Jo-Ann's with no fabric softener. I had some gold and silver glitter iron on vinyl made by Cricut that I wanted to use. It turns out you can't iron vinyl on top of glitter vinyl, so my original idea of layering the silver on top of the gold wasn't happening. So I welded the buck and doe images on the Anna Griffin Winter Wonderland cartridge using my Gypsy and cut them out at 10". The glitter vinyl is very heavy, and of course when using iron on vinyl you need to flip your image and cut out on the dull side of the vinyl. Ordinarily I use a kiss cut setting of blade depth 2, pressure 2, and speed 3, but with this very heavy vinyl I decided to use blade depth 3, pressure 3, and speed 3. It cut beautifully without cutting through the backing material. I ironed it on following the directions on the package insert. For more info on using heat transfer vinyl, please see my blog posts HERE and HERE.
Here is a detail shot. This stuff is VERY blingy! I had used the gold to put our school name on black T-shirts for the robotics competition. I think it was just a bit glittery for the boys, but they wore them anyway!
I hope you enjoyed today's project and will play along with us this week! Remember--ANYTHING GOES--as long as it has at least one Cricut cut on it. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!
Monday, October 21, 2013
So this week's challenge at Fantabulous Cricut is to create a Halloween or Fall home decor item! Well, I almost dropped out--because there are SO MANY possibilities! Just kidding--I didn't really consider dropping out. But it WAS hard to choose a project! Part of the problem is that I am coaching my son's high school robotics team, in addition to all the other stuff I have to do, plus work and take care of my family. I have got to learn how to say "No"! So I wanted something quick and easy. One of the neat things about Cricut is that you can make it as simple or elaborate as you want. So this time, I went with SIMPLE!
I have always wanted to mess with those fake pumpkins that they sell at Michael's but just never got around to it. This one was on sale for 1/2 price--sometimes it pays to wait until the last minute, right? I used black vinyl and my Happy Hauntings cartridge. It has 2 cool fonts on it: Spooky and Vampire. I love that drippy Vampire font! I sized my letters at 2" and cut them out of my black vinyl. I was a little worried about how the vinyl would adhere to the uneven surface--I needn't have! It went on like a dream! I just used my bone folder to burnish the letters very well, especially into the grooves.
I am pleased with how this turned out, and I made it in about 20 minutes, if that.
Please play along with us this week at FCCB! Just make a fall or Halloween home decor item using at least one Cricut cut and upload it to the blog!
Monday, October 7, 2013
Good morning all! Time for another challenge at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog! This week's challenge is to make something with a cake or cupcake on it. Do you know how many Cricut images there are involving cake and cupcakes? I went on My Cut Search to help me sort them out so I didn't have to look on every page of every cartridge handbook. I knew when I saw this cute kitty popping out of the cake that it was the ONE! I don't know why I was surprised--it's on Birthday Bash--one of my favorite cartridges!
I thought this would be a cute image for a 3 x 6 card--finished size is actually 3.25 x 6.5". The cat/ cake image is separate from the flag image, but they are on the same page in the BB handbook. I cut the cat/cake image and at 3" wide, which made it 4.69 " tall, so I cut all the layers at 4.69". The flag image/layer is cut at 2.5".
I wanted my kitty to be orange, because ginger cats are my favorite kind. So I knew pink and turquoise would look good with it, and of course my cake had to be chocolate! I also knew I wanted some glitter paper on there. I used pink for the flagpole and the sentiment, and realized that I also have some orange glitter paper, so the kitty is kind of blingy! I used pink liquid pearls for the insides of the ears.
CS is PTI Berry Sorbet for the base, CTMH Daisy white, SU Chocolate Chip and Tempting Turquoise and some old SU DP.
I really like this cut and will be using it again. Why don't you join the fun and play along with us this week? Simply create anything with a cake or cupcake image and at least one Cricut cut and upload it to FCCB! Have a great day!
Posted by Amy at 8:20 AM
Monday, September 23, 2013
Today's challenge over at FCCB is Going Places. Create a project using at least ONE Cricut cut with a mode of transportation--car, bus, plane, spaceship etc. So I figured, Santa uses a sleigh to get around, and I needed to get started on some Christmas cards!
This is one of my favorite cuts--it's from the Christmas Noel cartridge. I cut Santa and his sleigh and reindeer at fit to length 6". This made it 2.61" high. I wanted a 3.25 x 6.25" card. I actually used Nesties to cut my moon out of some silver glitter paper that SU offered as an incentive at some point. The stars and sentiment are embossed in silver, from 2 different retired SU sets. Cardstock is Night of Navy and Brocade Blue. Card base is PTI white.
I love blue and silver for Christmas cards--what do you like? Do you usually go traditional or do you like to use non-traditional colors for Christmas cards?
Have a wonderful day!
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Good morning! While I had my heat transfer vinyl out last week to make my Name That Tune project, I decided to make another T-shirt showing you how to LAYER heat transfer vinyl, so I could add those instructions to my video.
I cut the word art at 3" and the flower at 4" from Create a Critter. Please see my video below for instructions on layering heat transfer vinyl.
Using vinyl really is easy and fun! Don't forget to play along with us at FCCB this week! You could win a fabulous prize from our wonderful Sponsor, Cricket Vinyl Supplies.
Thanks for dropping by--feel free to critique my video! I need all the help I can get!