Elegant Stationery for a Military Wife

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Witty Wednesday with Christi!

My husband’s US Army unit, 4-17 Infantry, was recently assigned a new battalion commander.  While the Soldiers received him with a grand marching formation, the spouses hosted a welcome party/shower for his wife.  We were all asked to bring gifts to help her “survive” her time in El Paso.  She was given lots of sunscreen because it’s always sunny, a kite for our insanely strong winds, and some locally made coffee beans.  For my gift, I wanted to give her a stationery set with the 4-17 unit crest on front.  And because I wanted it to look nicer than a boring printed image, I needed to convert the crest into a cut file.

The new Cricut Design Space software that was released with the Cricut Explore machine is pretty amazing!  It allows you to convert any digital image into a cut file.  I have noticed that clipart and .png images work the best because they have less detail and crisper lines.  Other pictures will work too, they may just require some patience.  Today’s tutorial will walk you through how to create your own cut files with this free online program.

Step 1:  To get started, open Cricut Design Space in your web browser.  Create a new project and click upload image.

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Starting with a blank canvas

Step 2:  Choose basic upload.

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With vector upload you can upload .svg or .dxf files

Step 3:  Click browse to add your image.  Simple images works best for clip art in my experience.  However, feel free to play around with each option.  If you end up not liking how your image looks with with the option you chose, it’s no big deal.  Just click the back button so you don’t have to start over.

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I almost always use the “simple image” option

Step 4:  This is the only time consuming step.  Depending on how pixellated your image is, and how much of a perfectionist you are, this can be a very tedious process to clean up your image.  The idea here is the machine will cut out whatever is not transparent, but it does not recognize color.  So you isolate one color at a time by making the other colors transparent.  The select and delete function turns an entire section transparent.  To clean up pixellated edges,  zoom in and use the eraser.

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Clean up your image

Step 5:  Save your cut file.  Repeat this process for each color to create different layers.

Does this inspire you to get a Cricut Explore?  Get them now while they are on sale!!

While my cricut cut out all of my images, I set to work on the background.  I stenciled it in 2 layers.  The first is done in tumbled glass distress ink.  Then, I offset the stencil and applied Viva Croco crackling paint with a palette knife.  I just love the look of this crackle paint, but it seemed to warp my cardstock.  Does anyone else have this issue?  And if so, what do you do to combat it?  As the paint dried, I assembled the crests.  Dry wall tape works perfectly to keep all those little bricks lined up as they are removed from the cutting mat, glue applied, and then adhered to the crest.  And for the final touch, it’s mounted with thick foam dots to make this card really pop.

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A feminine touch on a military image

This card has been entered into the following blog challenges:
“Stencil It!” from Country View Challenges
“Your Favourite Colours” from Craft for the Craic
“Monochromatic from Pile it On!

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Coming Home to Sonora

Another exciting thing we did on our trip was visit my grandma.  She lives in a tiny little town called Sonora.  It was founded by gold-rush miners.  Today it serves as the last pit stop on your way to Yosemite National Park.  Because Sonora is all the way West in California, and for the past few years we’ve been stationed out East in Watertown, NY, we have not been able to visit her.  In fact, Matt had only met her once before at our wedding.  It was so special spending time with her, visiting Yosemite, and letting Matt see the place where my dad grew up and I spent a lot of my childhood, as well.

Although the only crops my grandma has ever grown were for personal use, her house is very reminiscent of a farm.  The property has fenced areas that neighbors rent for their horses, my dad raised goats and hogs when he was in the 4H, she always has 2+ dogs (currently 4), and she’s in the process of building a chicken coop to house a dozen hens.  Not to mention, it is a normal occurrence during breakfast to look out the kitchen window at the deer feeding.  As a cowgirl at heart, I feel right at home!

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Looking forward to pictures of her chickens & eating those eggs

I knew I wanted to do a country themed card.  So when I saw this week’s challenge by Crafter’s Cafe was to quote a chick flick, my mind immediately jumped to Sweet Home Alabama.  One of my favorite lines from the movie is, “You can take the girl out of the honky tonk, but you can’t take the honky tonk out of the girl.”  (This is also a great song by Brooks & Dunn.)  My Cricut Explore cut out a tag from the Heritage cartridge and inked the quote in Baby Steps writing font.  The little girl chasing the chicken is from the Nursery Rhymes cricut cartridge.  And the chicken wire background is done by dabbing various distress inks through the Tim Holtz honeycomb layering stencil.

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This is SO true

This card has been entered into the following blog challenges:
“Use a Line from your Favourite Flick” from The Crafters Cafe
“Strings and Things” from Incy Wincy Designs Challenge
“Tag, You’re It!” from Craft Hoarders Anonymous
“For The Birds” from Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
“Stencil It!” from Country View Challenges

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Tim Holtz July 2014 Tag

As part of our big trip this summer, Matt and I visited the Grand Canyon.  We took the Hermit’s Trail about 1.2 miles with a drop of 1,240 ft into the canyon.  It was a really good afternoon hike:  challenging but not too intense to prevent more exploring afterwards.  Here are just a few of the 133 pictures we took.

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It is so incredible!!  If you haven’t seen this in person yet, go ASAP.

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What an awesome shot of that pollinating bee! Click the image to see it close up.

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Yikes! Do I really have to hike back up that?!!

The gorgeous colors of the canyon inspired me beyond measure!  So I decided to make it the subject of my July 2014 tag.  This month, Tim Holtz uses a variety of different techniques for his tag.  (Check his out here!)  He embosses plastic packaging to give the background a unique dimension.  I used the zebra print from the cuttlebug Animal Print embossing set.  I attached it to my background with 2 fascinator staples from EK Success.  I cut out 2 cacti in different sizes from the Southwest cricut cartridge.  They are embellished like Tim’s seahorse with clear crackle paint and distress stain.

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A mini sized Grand Canyon

The background is colored in 3 stages.  1st: Smear distress paints on your craft sheet and mist with water.  Swipe tag through the paint.  Allow to fully dry…use a heat tool if you want.  2nd: Repeat previous step with distress stains.  3rd: Rub distress ink on the tag with a blending tool.  Spritz or flick water droplets on tag.  As it dries, I like to use a paper towel dab away some of the water droplets to really pull up the ink.

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First, distress paint

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Second, distress stain

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Last, distress ink

And here are close-up shots of all the details.

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Don’t you just love it when rosettes actually look like real roses.

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Just look at how realistic this sand is!

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Distress stains added to linen ribbon to match tag

P.S. Tim gives a way better tutorial than I ever could on how to create the sand.  Head over to his blog if you’d like to know how.

This tag has been entered into the following blog challenges:
“12 tags of 2014 – July” from Tim Holtz
“Tag, You’re It!” from Craft Hoarders Anonymous
“Strings and Things” from Incy Wincy Designs Challenge
“Let’s Be Clear” from SimonSaysStamp.com
“Colours of Summer” from Try it on Tuesdays
“Summer Heat!” with a summer bloom from Frilly and Funkie

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Joyful Stenciling Card

Everyone get excited because this is my first post as part of the Exploring Cricut and More Design Team!!!  I am so honored to have been chosen to join their team and hope to grow through this experience and the knowledge of the other ladies!

Diane’s blog has us focus on die cuts from any machine, not just the cricut.  I chose to post this card for 2 reasons:  1st, I normally talk about the cricut, so why not talk about something new like the cuttlebug?!  And #2:  Matt & I are on vacation and this is the only die-cut card I had a picture of and haven’t posted yet.  “Necessity is the mother of all invention,” or something like that…haha.

This card is made with the Cuttlebug Embossing Plus Brocade Window folder.  Through normal use, embossing plus folders only cut and emboss.  However, they have a special hidden use, too!  On the backside is a plastic flap that, when lifted, becomes a stencil for the raised embossed edges.  They are super fun/easy to work with and give your project that extra little pop!  ProvoCraft has several different designs which you can find on their website.

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Joyful Stenciling Card

What you do is place your paper inside of the folder and run it through any embossing machine (Cuttlebug, Big Shot, Vagabond, etc.).  Now before you remove the paper, lift that plastic flap and, using a dapper, ink as you would a stencil.  It’s that quick & easy.

I started with a plain white piece of cardstock.  I actually removed both pieces after die cutting them, so I could ink them separately.  The inside piece is colored with blue distress stains, stamped with a general script text, and finally spritzed with perfect pearls.  The outer edge was inked in layers starting with various pink distress stains.  Next, stencil with purple distress ink through the Tim Holtz Dot Fade layering stencil.  Lastly, I placed the outer edge back inside the folder to stencil in red.

The “JOY” sentiment is another die cut…that’s right, I’m starting off strong with a 2 for 1!  It can be found in the Tim Holtz Holiday Joy Framelits die set by Sizzix.  Framelits are fun because they eliminate fussy cutting!  You can stamp your image, and then cut it out perfectly using any embossing machine.

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Mini DIY rosettes

Finally, I created these rosettes by inking regular computer paper with coordinating distress stains.  Once dry, cut about 1/8″-1/4″ wide strips of paper.  Hold one end with a slotted quilling tool, and slowly wrap and twist the paper around that end.  Once you get to the other end, fold it underneath the rosette to hide it.  Some people add glue as they go to keep it together.  However, I like to wait until the end and press the bottom side into a dap of hot glue.  This gives it extra strength.  Plus, if I don’t like the way it’s looking, I can unwind and start over.

I hope that you have enjoyed my 1st blog with EC&M.  I can’t wait until I’m home again and can start more craft projects for ya’ll!!  Here’s to a long and fruitful future together…CHEERS!!!

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Tim Holtz June 2014 Tag

This month, Tim used layering stencils to create a watercolor effect.  He rubs the distress ink pad directly to the stencil, mists with water, and then places it on watercolor paper for this awesome look!  Visit his blog for a full picture tutorial.  Instead of waiting until the last minute like last month, I’m doing my Tim Holtz tag midway through the month.  That means I can enter my first challenge by Tim Holtz (aka my crafting hero!)…YAY!

As I stated above, you are supposed to apply the ink pads directly to the stencil.  Well, I must have turned off my brain because I started by applying the ink pads to my non-stick craft sheet and misting that with water.  I then dipped my stencil into the puddle to pick up the ink before transferring it to the paper.  Although this minor mis-step doesn’t make a huge difference, you can see in the picture below that there is definitely more ink transferred to the paper when all is done according to Tim’s instruction.  And although this may not be the Tim Holtz way, it’s not necessarily incorrect.  This variation could be used to create a more splattered or disjointed background.

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The left paper was done with ink applied to the craft sheet.  Ink applied directly to stencil is on the right.

In the spirit of Father’s Day this month, I went with masculine colors on the Bubble stencil.  The same ink colors were used to colorize some crinkle ribbon.  Both the clock and time sentiment are from The Journey stamp set.  I stamped the umbrella man from Life’s Possibilities and cut him out by hand.  I inked his edges and stuck him on with 3D foam.  Finally, I added the clock hand and gears for the final touch.  Click on the image to see it with lots of detail.

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My June 2014 Tag

This tag has been entered into the following blog challenges:
“12 Tags of 2014 – June” from Tim Holtz
“Stencil It” from SimonSaysStamp.com
“Manly Men” from Catered Crop Recipe Swap
“Only Men Allowed” from Country View Challenges
“Men” from That Craft Place
“Crop It or Cut It” from The Corrosive Challenge Blog
“Use Something Metal” from The Squirrel and the Fox
“Fathers’ Day/Male” from Ooh La La Challenge Blog
“One for the Boys” from Try it on Tuesdays

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A Sailor’s Birthday

July is a big month for birthdays in my family and we are about to go on a 2 week vacation.  So I thought I would get a head start now!  My father-in-law, Mark, retired from the Navy.  So Matt requested that I make a naval-themed birthday card for him.  He mostly worked on aircraft carriers through out his service.  I couldn’t find an actual naval ship in my cricut cartridges, but this cruise liner is fairly close…at least to an Army person.

All of the cuts were made with my Cricut Explore on the following cartridges:  ship-Heritage / label-Cricut Essentials waves-Destinations.  The sentiment is my own, but written by the Cricut Explore with the Baby Steps font.

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Wishing for Peaceful Waters on your Birthday

To make the ocean waves more realistic, I used the “Clouds/Water” stamp from CC Rubber Stamps and VersaMark watermark ink.  Add clear embossing powder and heat.  Then blend Ranger distress inks in coordinating colors over each water section.  The emboss resists these water based inks and creates depth.  How’s that for faux water?!

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Close-up of the foamy sea waters

And because one of the blog challenges requires the card to match the colors of my bedroom, here are a couple of pics of where I lay my head.

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Our room is mostly neutrals (tan, brown, black) with a soft, pale green.

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My dresser boasts the only blue in the bedroom with lovely flower vases and butterfly votives.

This card has been entered into the following blog challenges:
“The Colours in Your Bedroom!” from Less is More
“Designer’s Choice – Clean and Simple” from Inkspirational Challenges
“FAUX Techniques” from Incy Wincy Designs Challenge
“Embossing” from Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards Challenges

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Lady From the East

It is said…

At the coronation of King Gradak, the great sorceress Lady Cova rode in from the East to bless the new king with the gift of Great Power.  In his reign, he united the 4 kingdoms and brought great peace to all the lands.  He took the most beautiful princess as his bride and showered her with riches.  As a wedding gift, King Gradak built her a magnificent castle with a single, but grand, tower.

But as his power grew, so did his greed.  He began to lock away food and gold within the castle’s tower while his people starved.  The great sorceress Lady Cova returned from the East and advised the King to feed his loyal subjects.  She warned that if he did not heed her counsel, the people’s loyalty would turn into a hatred so deep that it could only be quenched by his death.  Gradak was outraged by this threat and called for Lady Cova’s head, but she disappeared into a cloud of dust.

Suddenly, a great sickness fell over the land.  The royals, remembering the sorceress’s words, begged their king to feed the people and end this plague.  As he stood steadfast in his greed, it became apparent that the only other way to end the curse was through the king’s death.  His closest confidants began to plan an assassination.  But the king overheard their hushed whispers.  That night, he stole away to the tower and locked the Queen and himself inside.

Weeks, months passed as the king gorged himself on the food stores, all the while thousands of people died in the streets.  One day as Gradak lay sleeping, the Queen thought she caught a glimpse of Lady Cova in her mirror.  She turned to her husband only to notice a knife had appeared on the table beside his head.  She seized the knife and in a single thrust killed the King.  Immediately, the people were healed of their illness.  King Gradak was burned and his ashes entombed so the curse would never return.

…or so the legend goes.


My dad plays Dungeons and Dragons, so I wrote this story as part of his Father’s Day gift.  To accompany this tale is the legendary Tomb of King Gradak and a scroll.  My vision is that he can fill the tomb with goodies for the characters to find.

If you can believe it, this antiqued tomb used to be that little cup that holds your icing at the end of a cinnamon roll package.  Amazing what a little paint, rub-ons, and a ring fastener can do!  Paints used were:  Apple Barrel Gloss – black / DecoArt Metallics – splendid gold / Tattered Angels Glitter Paint – paprika / Ranger Crackle Paint – clear rock candy.

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A crafty offering for the dungeons

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Close-up of the WICKEDLY cool lid!

So what’s written on the scroll?

Within this tomb lie the ashes of King Gradak, the Shadow Lord.  He was blessed with great power, yet cursed with plague.  Speak true and receive his gifts.  Speak false and suffer great ill.

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Blood soaked by the poor souls that have tried before and failed

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I love how distress ink makes this look like deer hide

And here is a card to go with the gift.  It’s a medieval Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day – to the King of the Castle!

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EK Success adhesive backed Wood Sheets cut out by my cricut

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Marvy Uchida Liquid Applique and a few seconds with the heat tool make the flags billow in the wind

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Stamp with archival ink onto craft glassine, heat to set stamp ink, and color in with alcohol inks

This card has been entered into the following blog challenges:
“Father’s Day Challenge” from Bitten by the Bug 2
“Fold It!” from Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog
“Fathers Day/Masculine” from SimonSaysStamp.com
“For the Boys” from Papertake Weekly Challenge

Notes for the blog challenge judges (and curious readers):
• The rolling hills are actually the backdrop for the Bavaria image on the cricut Destinations cartridge.
• The castle is from Wall Decor and More.  I trimmed the clouds off with a craft knife.
• I pulled the ivy corner off of the Ultimate Creative Sampler cart, but it is also on Heritage.
• This card gets it’s fun folds from the “Lots of Pops” die by Elizabeth Craft Designs, Inc.
• My dragon stamp is a gen-u-ine hoarder item as I have owned it for years and NEVER used it before this!
• Ranger distress inks were used over stencils to give the castle it’s bricked texture.
• The dragon’s outline is stamped with Ranger archival ink and the vibrant colors of Ranger alcohol inks bring him alive!

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Tim Holtz May 2014 Tag

This month I have decided to finally take on the Tim Holtz “12 Tags” challenge!  Alas, I didn’t get this posted in time to enter the competition.  Nevertheless, I’m excited to share this post with ya’ll.  My first assignment is to make a “creative composition” using tiles and embellishments.  His tag can be seen here and mine can be seen below:

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My May 2014 Tag

I more or less used the same method as Tim to make the tiles themselves.  Minor differences include I used grunge board and mod podge instead of chipboard and a collage glue stick.  Major difference would be the continuous background pattern of a birdcage.  This was achieved through embossing powders and a stencil I created with the negative cutouts from the “Caged Bird” bigz die.  My overlying theme for my tag is flight and golden hues.

*Please excuse the crummy lighting on these pictures.  I would have gone outside to use the beautiful sunlight, but the desert winds were kicking up a lot of sand…gotta love El Paso!

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“Reality has limits, imagination is boundless” – Tim Holtz

I guess you can say my vision here was to create an illusion of breaking free of the cage and flying away.  Acknowledging that may not be immediately obvious, I hoped the sentiment tag might tie it all together.  Reality is to a cage as imagination is to avionics…maybe?

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Mottled wooden letters

I have yet to acquire the ShadowPress embossing folders that Tim used on his tag, so I opted to use wooden letters.  A mixture of distress paints, distress markers, and embossing powders give these letters their unique coloring.

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Simple and yet stunning wing

A light coat of golden paint created the base for this wing.  Then, Ranger alcohol inks were swiped over the raised edges to give it dimension and life.

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Shimmery butterfly

This butterfly started out as the simple chipboard die cut from Jenni Bowlin.  I added a thick layer of Croco Crackling Color in silver.  I was a tidbit impatient when it was drying and used my heat gun.  This would not be recommended, as it didn’t get the nice crackling effect I wanted.  But the alcohol inks give it such a bright pop of color, no one would ever question its beauty.

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Bubbly balloon and Golden bee

Both the balloon and bee are from the “Elements” rub-on sheet.  The balloon was placed of tissue paper and then inked with distress stains and a touch of watered down gold paint.  The white bumps are created with Marvy Uchida Liquid Applique (this stuff ROCKS!) and a heat gun.

Ok, so i LOVE Ranger alcohol inks!!  It took me a while to muster the courage to buy them.  They are so drastically different from anything I’ve ever used, so investing in them was very daunting.  I am SOOO grateful I did.  Just look at the amazing colors on that enameled tag!  So gorgeous!

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A Doggie Remembrance

They say “dog is a man’s best friend.”  Well my younger brother’s canine best friend was a German shephard by the name of Draco.  Draco recently passed away.  Being a man’s man, my brother didn’t want anything “girly” like a scrapbook.  So I upcycled Draco’s dog bowl into an altered art 3D scrapbook of sorts.

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The entire bowl was purple before I got to work.

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The completed bowl

Before I did anything, I painted the inside green to hide the purple color.  Then, I used archival ink to create texture in the background with randomly placed stamps of script text and sun rays.  Finally, all of the pictures were cropped and mod podged to the bowl.

Now the real fun begins…embellishments!!  Distress stains give a piece of bias tape a subtle blue-green hue.  This coupled with a buckle from Tim Holtz Idea-ology and some eyelets create a dog collar for the bowl’s rim.  I cut out a couple of images on my cricut.  The letter “D” is from the Fontopia cartridge and the word “fetch” is from Create a Critter.

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Broken stone tiles with paw prints go all around the inside edge

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Mock dog tags: “D” for Draco and “Cherish” from Tim Holtz’s Philosophy tags

I opted to let the pictures be the main focus for the outside edges and therefore used minimal embellishments.  A few rub-on sentiments and little trinkets were enough for me.

The dog bone was cut out of grungeboard.  Slather on clear rock candy crackle paint from Ranger and allow to dry.  Lightly tap on distress stains and they will seep into the cracks.  This method comes from Tim Holtz’s “A Compendium of Curiosities” Volume II.  Although it looks much better when he does it!

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Rub-ons add a nice, but not overwhelming, touch.

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I had to slightly bend this metal sticker so it could fit.

For the inside, there is word band sentiment that says “capture life’s moments” and a piece of film strip ribbon.  I wanted the wings to look really angelic, so I painted them white, allowed to slightly dry, and rubbed the paint off of the raised portions.  I continued to layer colors in this manner with grays and a touch of gold.  All of those embellishments, plus the brass photo corners, come from Tim Holtz’s Idea-ology line.

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From adorable puppy to an angel always looking over you!

Needless to say, my brother was very surprised when his simple request to have pictures placed on the bowl turned into a full out work of art!  His favorite part is the picture of Draco looking up with angel wings.  Mine is the dog collar and tags.  What’s yours?

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Etched Glasses – Happy Birthday Pam

I owe this week’s project to KariAnne of Thistlewood Farm.  Her tutorial is very cute and quirky.  I totally dig quirky!  However, she is way too zealous about Kentucky, especially since we all know Texas is the best state!  Just kidding KariAnne.  (Ok, not really…Texas is better, but I’m sure Kentucky is nice too.)  That said, my tutorial is just an extension of hers.  Although the end result is the same, the process varies slightly.  I found her methods to be a little costly.  Instead of buying an entire pack of alphabet stickers just to use one letter, I decided to cut out stickers using my cricut.

Materials
• glasses
• adhesive sheets or vinyl
• cricut (or another die cut machine)
• etching cream
• small paint brush
• newspapers or dropcloth
• gloves

Step 1 – Open the cricut craft room.  Insert a letter in your font of choice.  I used housewife font from the suburbia cartridge.  (If you’ve already read my BRC T-shirt post, you can see this is one of my favorite fonts.)  Layer the letter with an oval, or square, or triangle, or whatever shape tickles your fancy.  Now surround your oval with another object.  The actual shape of this second object is completely irrelevant; just ensure there is about 1/2 inch on all sides to protect against potential drips.  Group all 3 images.  Set the auto fill size to 8.5×11 inches and click apply.  This will repeat your image enough times to fill the page.

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Your image should look like this when the objects are welded (merged) correctly.

Step 2 – These double-sided adhesive sheets are intended for making stickers.  I bought these when I first decided to do this project, not yet knowing how I was going to use the sheets.  Looking back, vinyl would have worked too.  Whatever you use, it only needs to be adhesive on one side.

This step is super labour intensive.  Place your sheet on a cutting mat, click cut, and sit back while your cricut does all the work.  And don’t worry about putting the machine on a “kiss cut” setting. You want it to cut through all of the layers.  Pretty intense, huh?!

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Double sided mounting adhesive sheets by Recollections – found at Michaels

Step 3 - Pop your stickers out of the sheet and flip them over.  Remove the backing from just the letter and outer border.  Leave the oval alone.  (This will make sense in the next step.)  Keep an utility knife nearby in case the cricut didn’t cut through all of the sticker layers.

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Weed the stickers just like you would vinyl.

Step 4 – Ensure your glasses are clean and dry.  When applying stickers start from the inside and work towards the edges, pushing out any bubbles.  Use a bone folder or the back of a spoon if needed.  Firm pressure equals good adhesion and ultimately crisp edges.  Then remove the entire oval shape, leaving behind just your letter and the border.  PS. I kept the oval cut-outs for some future project yet to be imagined.

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Place stickers on every glass

Step 5 – Let’s start with the admin stuff.  Armour Etch is basically a mild acid that eats through the glass to etch it.  You don’t want that on your skin or counters.  Wear an apron and gloves. Throw down some newspaper or a dropcloth for your workspace.

According to the Armour Etch website, you shouldn’t leave it on the glass for more than one minute. However, that was not nearly enough time for a crisp effect.  So, I started to research similar project tutorials. Most of the ones I read let the cream sit for 10-30 minutes.

Finally, I’m done explaining and we can get to work.  (Yay!)  Use a paint brush to apply an even layer inside of your stencil.  As I finished a glass, I’d write the time down next to it.  After about 15 minutes, wipe your paint brush through the cream again.  This moves the crystals around to prevent spots in your etching.  It will also help you keep an eye out for drips.  Give it another 15 minutes to sit, then move to the next step.

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Writing a time stamp will help you keep track when you have so many going at once.

Step 6 – After 30 minutes, it’s time to clean up.  I used a paper towel to wipe off most of the excess cream first. Then rinse under warm water to reveal your awesome work! Once most of the cream is gone, remove the stickers. Rinse once more to remove any remaining cream and then clean with dish soap or glass cleaner.

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What better way to personalize your drinking glasses?!

Since these glasses are a birthday gift for my mother-in-law, Pam, I thought I’d also show y’all the card I made for her!  I used Tim Holtz distress stains to create the molted effect for the background.  The die cuts, clock stamp, and metal arrow embellishment are all also from Holtz. (Can you tell who my favorite designer is?)

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An autumn color scheme to match the season!

I hope you enjoyed yet another super fun, easy, and pretty (if I do say so myself) project.  And come back again…I should have an Etsy page & card shop up soon!

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