Monday, September 23, 2013

FCCB # 179--Going Places

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

Sweet T--Layering Heat Transfer Vinyl

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!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Vinyl University--Using Heat Transfer Vinyl on Fabric

Hi, everyone!  It has been a long process with a steep learning curve, but I've finally got my first video tutorials ready to view!  I've broken the video into two parts, because I'm not really good at making short videos yet--sorry!  I hope my next ones will be shorter.

The first one shows how to cut and weed heat transfer vinyl, and the second shows the process of ironing it on.  It really is SO much quicker to actually do it than it looks in the video--please give it a try!

The second video shows how to iron the vinyl onto the fabric.  Again--it takes much longer to tell about it than it does to do it!

To see the original post please go HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Please leave a comment and let me know if this video was helpful.  

Monday, September 9, 2013

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Vinyl EDU Cricut Crawl and Blog Candy!

Welcome to The Stamping Tree and the FCCB Vinyl EDU Cricut Crawl - Fantabulous Cricut's version of a Blog Hop!!

This week we are challenging you to create a project using vinyl you have cut using your Cricut. We have a fabulous sponsor, Cricket Vinyl Supplies. If we get 100 participants in this challenge, Cricket Vinyl Supplies will give away a Cricut Expression package that includes a Cricut Expression machine, deep cut blade, Jasmine Cricut cartridge, ten 12” x 12” assorted sheets of matte vinyl and one 12” x 12” gridded transfer tape. How exciting is that??

If you've come from Emily at Mollie's Motif, you're in the right place!  If you've just happened across my blog and would like to see all the fabulous Design Team creations head on over to Fantabulous Cricut HERE  to start at the beginning.

Make sure to check out each DT member's blog!  There will be Blog Candy along the way at ALL our DT members' blogs, and there will be a Grand Prize up for grabs at FCCB for one participant who submits a project using vinyl at FCCB!

For my project,  I made Thanksgiving wall decor.  I spray painted a wooden plaque from Michael's almond and chose the Thanksgiving subway art from Word Collage.  I cut it at 11", which made it about 9" wide, from several colors of vinyl--metallic gold, burgundy, dark brown, forest green, and orange.  I wish you could see it in person--it turned out gorgeous!  I plan on ordering some more of the gold and burgundy at least--very pretty!

Since it is Vinyl University, I even made a video showing how I made this.  Check it out!

AND to top it all off, I have BLOG CANDY!!! Who wants blog candy?  Why, everybody of course!  Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win!  One comment per person please, and include your contact info please.  You could win a $10 Joann's gift card!

Your next stop is Ro at Toodle Noodle Creative.  Make sure to visit all the stops along the way and when you get done, make sure you link up your project to FCCB's Fantabulous Cricut Crawl post!!

Happy Crawling!!
Here is the line up in case you get lost (please be sure to make everyone's blog address link to their blogs):

Monday, September 2, 2013

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge # 176--Name That Tune!

Happy Monday, FCCB fans, and welcome to FCCB Challenge # 176!  The theme is Name That Tune--just create a music-themed project using at least ONE Cricut cut.  Since our fantabulous Vinyl University starts next week, I thought I would use some heat transfer vinyl to make my project for this week!  Please check back with us next week for some awesome vinyl projects and video tutorials, as well as some Fantabulous prizes from our sponsor.

I  love using vinyl with my Cricut--it really is easy and fun!  I won't go into too much detail about how I made this because--surprise!  I made a how-to video which I will post here next week during Vinyl University.  But the basics are:

1)  Wash and dry T-shirt with NO fabric softener.
2)  Use the FLIP function and cut out your desired Cricut artwork from heat transfer vinyl using machine settings:  blade depth 2, pressure 2, and speed 3.
3)  Weed  your vinyl.  
4)  Apply it to the T-shirt and iron on with a DRY iron using pressure for 15 seconds.  
5)  Peel off protective backing.

I made this shirt for my niece who is very talented musically.  This subway art is the signatures of various composers (Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven), and it is from the Word Collage cartridge.  I sized it at 10.5" high.

Please play along with us this week at FCCB!  And don't forget to check back next Wednesday for my video tutorial on heat transfer vinyl.  Thanks for dropping by!