Tuesday, September 30, 2008
On a brighter note, I got some Heat and Bond and some fat eighths to try out some appliques.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
The cupcakes are shadowed and the edges are inked. I used Stickles on the candle flames. I used Pop-dots to make the cupcakes stick out. I then made the envelope to match. It is a funky color green-yellow in the picture, but it is really cream to match the card. I need to learn to take better pictures.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
So, I saw the new infomercial for the Cricut Expression today, and they showed a quilt that someone made, using appliques she cut out on her Cricut! I had to look up how she did it. Wouldn't the designs be cute on a bag or on a T-shirt? Here are the instructions (I got them from here):
What types of fabric will the Expression cut?
Most of your stiffer cottons, and some denims. Of course, the courser the fabric the tougher it is for Expression’s blade to cut through. You want to purchase smoother fabrics like cottons for cutting on your Expression.
Can I place the fabric right on the cutting mat as is?
No. You will want to prewash your fabric prior to cutting or creating your projects as to prevent fabric bleeding. You then want to purchase a Heat and Bond backing for your fabric, apply it to the fabric and then place the fabric onto the cutting mat for cutting.
How do I cut fabric on the Expression?
After applying necessary Heat and Bonding, you will want to play a little with your machine, since each blade and machine varies slightly. However, we have found that setting your blade on 3 or 4 and setting your pressure dial to medium or high and placing your speed on low to medium are the best ranges for ensuring quality cuts.
How much time does it take to cut fabric with Expression?
That varies depending on your project. However, Cricut can cut a mounted piece of fabric as easily as it cuts paper in just a matter of minutes or even seconds depending on the shape you cut.
Friday, September 26, 2008
*I did make a card for my nephew's birthday, but since it turned out so horribly, I didn't bother to take a picture.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Here is a site that I hope to never be featured on:
Glitter Gone Bad
I am not going to post the name, because you have to see it to believe it
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Here is a hair barrette I whipped up in literally five minutes for Lily before church, and half that time was waiting for the hot glue gun to heat. You take a flower head from any artificial flowers you like (mine was from a flower arrangement my aunt was going to take to the DI), remove the center-it pops apart into two pieces, insert a brad (I used a sparkly one to match her dress), glue a piece of ribbon to a french clip (you can buy these at most craft stores), and then glue the flower on top. That's it! It is so easy and cheap, and you can make them to match any outfit.
This is what the underside looks like.
She also has some other great ideas on her site, and it is one of my new faves to go to. (Thanks to my sis Alicia for having this site linked on her blog!)
It is double sided, with pink flannel on the back.
This is a close-up of the twin stiching. I only had one spool of pink, so I just used white for the second stich. This thread was on the machine when I started using it, so who knows how old it is? It kept breaking on me, which was a little frustrating. I will have to get some new stuff. And yes, that is the pink flannel, it just looks red in this picture for some reason.
My next project is Lily's Halloween costume. I have the pattern half laid out, so when it is done, I will post that as well (if it turns out okay). Wish me luck!