Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thankful Thursday design- honor someone!

I know, I know- it's been 2 weeks since I've posted anything.  This doesn't mean I haven't been working on things, I just haven't gotten anything uploaded.  Mea culpa.  Anyhoo- this Thankful Thursday design was to honor someone.  One of the criteria was home decor (among other things.)  I was going to honor my hubby with a welcome home banner- he's in the Army- but I didn't get it done, SO I remembered that I made these coasters to honor my friends Sarah and Tim W. who just bought a house.  Since they can now put their coffee table into their living room, I made coasters.

Snazzy huh?!

Okay, so here's how I did it, and here's what you will need:

4  4" glass tiles (your choice of color)
etching cream
cork adhesive backing
cricut cartridge of your choice.

The tiles were 4", so I cut the images at 3 3/4"- both the W and the swirly from the Storybook cartridge.  I adhered them to the front of the tile and etched according to the bottle.  Rinse and dry WELL!  (hint, you want it dry.)

after you have the glass etched, and remove the vinyl (btw, I bought a H-U-G-E roll of cheap contact paper to etch with, no point in spending money on "good" vinyl to not use it on my walls!)  Cut the cork backing 3 3/4" square.  do 4 of them.  peel sticky off and attach. You can see what I did in this picture here:

  see?  1/8" all around the edge.  This is awesome for 2 reasons.  1, it doesn't scratch wood, and 2, it adds non-slip.  The thickness is pretty thin too.  see in pic 3.  yes, that is my hand in DESPERATE need of a mani.

Note:  if you don't have etching cream, you can still get the look by using a frosted spray to give your glass a frosted look.  Warning with that:  it may come off, or smear, or whatever.  I've never worked with it, I just know it's an option. :)

Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mother's Day Card

This is my 1st Mother's Day project for 2011.  I have 3x3 mini albums also in the works for my mom, MIL, grandmother and aunt but until I get them done, I'm posting this here.  This is a two-fold project.  First, it's for my mom, but it's also for Jenny's design team project- you can see her things here

I made a tri-fold card.  These are SUPER easy, with just a little time and planning.  the paper is 6x12.  I hope you enjoy. :D

I think I'm the messiest crafter ever.

Anyhoo- This is what I used:
12x12 cardstock in light pink,
8 1/2x11 cardstock in:  med green, light green, cream
paper of your choice to match.
2 flowers
shimmer spray
atg gun
swiss dots cuttlebug folder
creamy brown and chestnut roan chalk ink from colorbok
atg gun,
glue dots
large brad
martha stewart score board.
storybook cartridge.

cut your 12x12 in 1/2 to make a 6x12 sheet.  place on Martha Stewart score board and score at 2,4,8, and 10 inches.  Flip the paper 90 degrees and cut from like inch 2-10.  I use my paper slicer.  and O-L-D model from fiskers.

you will now have 2 cuts and 4 sections.  easiest way to do this is start in the middle.  fold the "T" in the middle.  flip over and repeat.  now that the middle sections are folded in a "z" form, fold the top and bottom to the opposite of the middle.  it should look like the picture above.

next, measure 1/4" shorter than you need for all papers.  (I used 5 for this, but you can do however  many you want up to 1 for each different space)  Chalk around all the edges with the chestnut roan and the creamy brown, depending on which you like better.  I put a brown ribbon on the front and then glued it down with my atg to the front of the card.  I made a bow out of the same ribbon and adhered it with a glue dot also.

on my printer, I printed out Happy Mother's Day in "adorable" font at 30 pts.  I cut it out on my cricut with storybook and an oval at 2 1/4.  I cut the dark green at 2 1/2 inches. 

for the flowers, I sprayed them with shimmer spray and put a large brad in the center after it dried.  I used glue dots to adhere it.

Voila!  super easy card to do.

oh, and please ignore the shaddowing.  I'm waiting on my new lighting to get here.

thanks for visiting!