Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas Gifts - Glitter ornaments

Yes, I know, Christmas is over! Things were so nuts right before Christmas that I made these gifts but didn't have time to post them. They turned out so cute, that I wanted to share even though it's after Christmas. Maybe they will inspire you for next year. The first gifts are glitter ornaments. I know that many people have posted these this year. I made them last year for my son's 1st grade teacher and for my little one's daycare provider but this year I got a little more inspired!! I have to give a great big thank you to Joy at the Everyday Cricut blog which is where I saw these posted last year. I made mine just like she did using Pledge with future shine to coat the inside, then Martha Stewart fine glitter. I love this project because my kids can shake the glitter around so they have helped make it. This year I decided to make one for my oldest son's teacher, and also for the music and P.E. teacher. The red one I've posted was the one I made for the music teacher. She does such and amazing job and I wanted her's to be special. I used Garnet glitter, then cut the B from Winter Woodland at 1 1/2" with the shadow in white and then in black. I wanted to put music notes around the ornament and didn't have Quarter Note yet. (I got it for Christmas!!) I had just gotten my Winter Frolic cartridge and was thrilled to find the music boarder that went with the carolers. I cut it four times at 1" in black vinyl and then put it around the middle. The blue ornament was for my other son's daycare provider. I had given her one last year with her initial, so I wasn't going to do one again. But, my 3 year old wanted to do one like his big brother. I did this one with lapis blue. I cut the nativity from the Inspired Heart cartridge at 2" but the curved borders would not lay flat so I cut them off. I cut the Bethlehem star from one of the boarders on Winter Frolic and the star border was from Winter Frolic as well cut at 1" I hope you enjoy these!! Thanks for looking!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cricut Circle Monthly Challenge

I'm so excited that I'm finally doing one of the challenges on the Cricut Circle blog! It's just under the deadline, but that's ok! The challenge this month was to make something that would be a gift. We had to use at least two cricut cuts, the color red, ribbon, a tag from a cartridge and a phrase from a cartridge.

I made a gift bag to hold the candle I made. It's a belated Christmas gift for someone, so I went with a snowman theme so it would work for winter as well. I cut the "bag" portion by using box #1 from the Christmas Village seasonal mini. Thanks to an earlier post from the circle blog that inspired this idea!! I cut the box at fit to page in white cardstock so it would be sturdy, then again in blue snowflake paper from the DCWV Christmas stack from last year to cover it. For the front and back of my "bag" I cut snowman #2 from the Winter Frolic cartridge at 6". I cut the body in white textured cardstock which I ran through my cuttlebug using my Swiss Dots folder. The shadow I cut in dark blue. I cut the layers in light blue for the top of the ear muffs then again in red so the other parts would be red. I flocked the mittens, scarf and ear muffs with red flock from Doodlebug. I used the carrot layer for the nose, but I didnt' like the pink cheek layers so I simply chalked the snowman's cheeks with pink. Then, I used my glue glider to attach the snowmen to the front and back of the box. The tag was also cut from Winter Frolic from the same snowman. I cut the blue at 3" and the patterned paper at 2 3/4" so it would be solid. The phrase was from the same snowman and cut at 2 1/2". The ribbon for the handle and the tag was from some Christmas ribbon that walmart had last year that I stocked up on after Christmas!

The candle was made using a technique that I first saw on the blog. I stamped the image which is by Great Impressions on tissue paper. I added some color with bic markers. Then, I laid the tissue paper on the candle and covered it with wax paper. Using my heat gun I went over the candle until the tissue paper had melted into the candle.

I hope you enjoyed my project. Good luck to all those who entered the challenge!!