Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Christmas Gift

For Christmas, my Honey bought me the Classic Oval Nestabilities (all four...2 regular and 2 scallop sets.)  Here's my first project playing with them.  I used a Stampin' Up! embossing folder on the back of the card and some PCHugware (From the Feathered Nest by Kaelynn Winn) for the "Thanks".

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Glam Gloves

Saw these on The Greenbeans Crafterole and giggled the whole time I was making them.  I used old clip-on earrings for the rings, cutting off the back so they were smooth.  I used Fabri-Tac for the glue.  (If you don't have any of this glue, GET SOME!  It is powerful stuff!  Use your 40% coupon at Michael's or JoAnn and get the small bottle.  The big one will dry out before you get done with it.)  If you look closely at the first picture you can see the chain on the other pink glove.  It was cut to 4 inches and tacked on the gloves just at the sides of the cuff.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Our Advent Calendar

A few years back a friend shared this project with me.  Taking a 24 cup mini muffin tin, prime it and paint it.  Line the insides of each muffin spot with Christmas paper.  A 1-1/4 inch circle punch was perfect for this.  Cut chipboard (from cereal boxes or the backs of paper pads) into squares to fit over the muffin spots.  Adhere cute Christmas paper to the chipboard and sand edges.  Glue magnet strips along two parrallel edges on the back of each chipboard square.  Decorate the squares and then fill with notes, verses, candy, gifts etc.

Here is ours.

On the first day, the slip of paper directs us to make a Stable.  We've done it out of graham crackers, Legos and I can't remember what else.  I made little Sculpey Nativity figures to "discover" through the month.  Baby Jesus is always the last day.  (By the way...the snake thing was my son's contribution.)  Every morning it's a rush to the advent calendar to see what Bible verse, challenge and possible figure there is for the day.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Personalized Water Bottles

We have a passel of nieces and nephews.  This year, for Christmas, we decided to give them each a personalized water bottle.  Using the vinyl and choosing different fonts for each individual was a bunch of fun.  I love how crisp and stark the names came out.  The "Carl" one is probably my favorite! (The font is called LokiCola.)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Pyrex Glass Etching

Last Summer, Cricut sent out an advertisement for one of their cartridges.  On it they had a picture of a Pyrex casserole dish that had been etched on the bottom.  I was thinking that looked like a bunch of fun so have been playing with it.

I found that: 1) Leave the etching cream on for about 25 minutes.  The tempered glass seems to need the extra time.  2)  Be very generous with the etching cream.  It really helps with the evenness of the etch.  3) Don't forget to cut the image out mirrored or it won't show through the right direction.  4)  Make the Cut really rocks for getting the circles for the pie plates!  I can't recommend it highly enough! and 4) The etching is on the underside of the pie plate...not where it'll touch food. (Thought I'd better add that :) )

Here's the pie plate I did for a special friend at church.  I've also made one for a wedding shower coming up.  That one is a 9x13 dish.  Should be great for pot lucks.  No more masking tape labels :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Another Ikea Lantern

Saw this idea while blog surfing.  I didn't have the cartridge the blogger used so made my own reindeer using Make the Cut.  Thought it was a fun winter decoration.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Baby Shoes

Made a pair of these baby shoes for a gift topper.  Thought they were fun to look at, but a bit of work to make.

Miles and Miles of Tiles

I've been working hard on Christmas gifts!  Making a few of these tiles for family members.  Won't post those yet, but here is the one that I made for our family.  Make the Cut and the font called "Nabel" are the tools used in designing this for the Cricut.  Since this tile, I've been bringing the letters into Photoshop first and removing all the dots.  Just too many and it takes FOREVER to cut it out and a majority don't even stay after weeding the vinyl.  I found the tiles at a garage sale...14 of them for a total of $1.  Cool, huh?