December 10, 2010

Hand Stamped Christmas Cards

These are my Christmas Cards.  I hand stamped them with a really cute Stampin' Up stamp set.  Then I colored in the stamped design with water colors. 
As a final touch I added colored card stock and a ribbon.

I think they turned out great! 

For stampin up ideas and products click here.

October 17, 2010

Clipboards Make Great Gifts

I wanted to share these clipboards that I made using my Cricuit. These clear clipboards are very inexpensive and I have just decorated them with vinyl. There is a bit of a trick to this though. The vinyl lettering needs to be cut as a mirror image so that when it is applied from the back side of the clipboard it reads correctly. The vinyl can be stuck onto the front but would be a little bumpy to write on.
They turned out great and everyone loves their new personalized clipboards.

June 18, 2010

Congrats, Grad!

I wanted to share this graduation card that I made for my brother-in-law. 
I cut the little graduate out on my Cricut and the paper dolls cartridge.  The rest of the card is just stamped and punched.  I did use embossing powder on the stamped parts to give the lettering some texture. 
I love embossing powder! 
It is the most magical thing to watch the powder turn into a liquid then solid as it cools.  Love it!!!

May 11, 2010

Etched Parfait Glass Project

I have been wanting to try glass etching for a while. This is my first attempt and I think it turned out pretty good. I used my Cricut to cut out 2 designs from vinyl. The picture above shows the software I use to help layout my Cricut designs.
After the vinyl was cut I placed it on the parfait cups. Make sure there is a little space around the image to allow for the etching cream to over lap. I used Armour Etch and a sponge brush to apply it to the cups.
Dab on the etching cream pretty heavily and let it stay on the glass for at least 5 minutes. (the bottle says to only leave it on for 1 minute but 5 minutes worked better for me) Don't worry about using too much of the etching cream. More is better. After 5 minutes I scraped the excess etching cream back into the bottle. It can be used again and again. The the glass needs to be washed off under running water and then the vinyl can be removed.
And... this is what ya get. This is the finished product. Love this project. It is very fast and easy. It literally took me no more than 20-30 minutes from start to finish. Gotta love that!
Happy Etching!

May 5, 2010

Hand Stamped Tags

I got a new set of tag stamps and punches. So... naturally I had to make some tags. :)

There was a consignment sale last weekend that consisted of only scrapbooking and stamping supplies. Of course I couldn't stay away. From the minute I walked in I heard angels singing. I was in heaven!

I got a lot of Stampin' Up ink, punches and stamps that I had been wanting, but couldn't afford, for a fraction of the cost. Most of what I bought had never even been used. I couldn't believe it!!!

Anyway, back to the tags I made. I layered the tags using contrasting papers and stackable tag punches. I stamped the images first and then punched them out with the smaller of the 2 tag punches. It is much easier to do it this way. Then I used my glue runner and glued them all together. Finally I punched a small circle and tied a cord through the top.

I made several so I should have plenty ready for last minute gift tag emergencies.

May 1, 2010

Homemade Car Monogram

I love the car monograms that I see all over town! They are so cute but they all look pretty much alike to me. I decided I wanted to make my own design that didn't look anything like everyone else.
I used my Cricut, white vinyl and a little creativity to come up with this design. I don't think I'll be seeing this design around town anytime soon.
Here it is just after I applied it to the rear window of my car. I like the way the white vinyl looks against the dark tinted glass. I've seen some car monograms that are in different colors. Although they are cute they don't show up all that well on the dark glass.
I love my monogram! Do you have one on your car? I'd love to see your creative monogram ideas.

April 28, 2010

15 Minute Personalized Birthday Gift Idea

How cute are these lap desks!!! I have made several as birthday presents for my daughters friends. They are so easy to personalize with the Cricut. First you cut the background design out of vinyl and then cut the name out of a contrasting color and that's it. Too easy!!!
We add a coloring book and a pack of crayons or markers to complete the package.
They have been a big hit with everyone.

April 18, 2010

What Do You Do With Your Ribbon Scraps?

I decided to try and find a clever way to store all of my ribbon scraps. I am somewhat of a ribbon-aholic. So, I have a LOT of ribbons!

This is what I came up with. A large jar that I labeled "Ribbons" with red vinyl. I love it because it's clear and I can easily see what I have. This was such an easy solution to my problem.

April 10, 2010

Hand Stamped Thank You Cards

Here is one of the thank you cards I designed for my daughter to send out to her friends after her birthday party. Pretty cute if I do say so myself! :)

Below is a picture of the inside. The flower shows through a window that I punched out of the front of the card.

April 6, 2010

Bottle Cap Necklace Review

Some Days You Gotta Dance: Review and Giveaway: Bottle Cap Necklace

Check out the review of my bottle cap necklaces by Paige on her blog Some Days You Gotta Dance. I love the name of her blog. So Cute!!!
Check out the review and enter the giveaway!

I make and sell my bottle cap necklaces on my website at

April 2, 2010

Personalized Sippy Cups & Name Labels

I love to personalize things. Especially for children. I especially think that children would swap much fewer germs if there bottles and sippy cups had their names on them.

I put a princess crown on this sippy cup and the plan is to have the childs name overlap the top of it. I have used this design on other children's items and it is VERY cute! See the picture of the lap desk on the right. -->

Another new find that I LOVE is the Bumpy Name Orbit Label shown below. These rubbery bands fit snuggly on bottles, sippy cups, water bottles, snack containers, etc. They are not easily removed by little hands so their snacks will stay labeled. These labels can be personalized with a name, a cute little icon, a phone number, an allergy alert, or a cute pet name like "Lil Princess." They are also D/W safe, M/W safe, and can be boiled for sterilization. What more can you ask for??

March 17, 2010

Flat Joe

Introducing Flat Joe
I'm so excited to tell you about Flat Joe's visit with me here in Georgia. But first let me give you a little info on who Flat Joe is exactly.

Well, have you ever heard of Flat Stanley and his adventures? Jewelry designer Joseph Allen of Joseph Allen Designs came up with the idea to create Flat Joe and have him travel around and have his adventures told on various blogs. Flat Joe is a necklace hand made by Mr. Allen. Follow this link to see more of his fabulous hand stamped jewelry designs.
Flat Joe arrived safe and sound last Friday. He came to Georgia after a nice trip to Alabama. You can read all about his adventures in Alabama at "Some Days Ya Gotta Dance."

While Flat Joe was visiting he came with me to a place called "Just For Giggles". We had a great time hanging out with some friends and painting. He watched me paint a picture of an angel.
See him hanging around my neck! He, or I should say "we" had a great time.
Flat Joe also went with a group of us to see the movie Alice in Wonderland in 3D. The movie was great. Flat Joe enjoyed the movie except that the 3D glasses didn't really fit him very well.

Well, it's time for Flat Joe to move on to another destination. Stay tuned to Joseph Allen Design's blog to follow Flat Joe on his future adventures.

March 4, 2010

Painting Is My Therapy

This is what my daughter and I painted one afternoon. We had a great time chatting and I loved teaching her some painting techniques. She really got in to it and was very happy with her painting when she finished.

January 29, 2010

Circut Appliques

I have been wanting to try this for a while. I think that appliques are so cute. My first attempt a few months ago was unsuccessful to say the least. Recently I came across some much better instructions so I decided to give it another try.
Step 1: iron Wonder Under to the back side of your fabric.

Step 2: Stick the fabric onto your (very) sticky Cricut cutting mat and cut out your design. Your blade depth should be set at 6, pressure on high (5)and the speed on low (2).

Step 3: Peel the backing off of the Wonder Under and place your cut out where you want it. I put mine on a t-shirt for my daughter.

Step 4: Iron the applique for about 15 seconds with a damp cloth over it. The cloth should be dry when it is done.
All Done!!

January 21, 2010

Valentine Card's

Here are the Valentine cards I made for my daughter's kindergarten class exchange. They are so cute! The entire card/envelope was made using Stampin' Up products.

January 4, 2010

Turn An Inexpensive Item Into A Cute Gift

I found these cute purses for little girls. After personalizing them they look like an expensive custom gift item. Great inexpensive gift items. More inexpensive items that have been personalized. They turned out very cute!
All of these items cost $1.00 each and were personalized with cut vinyl. It doesn't get much cheaper than that.