Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Mickey Mouse Picnic Table using Vinyl as Stencil

I got this toddler picnic table free, yes free from the curb that is. A neighbor had it out one afternoon and I grabbed my husband and snuck it into my car before I could face the awkwardness of a neighbor seeing me. The table was in pretty bad shape but I knew I could make it look great! Some paint and a couple nails would make it look brand new.

My son, Lucas, loves Mickey Mouse and I had been dying to try out creating vinyl stencils so I decided to do a Mickey Mouse theme. I first painted the picnic table with a primer and than glossy black, red, and yellow paints from Valspar.

I downloaded the Walt Disney font and used that for "Mickey Mouse". The profile of Mickey was a free svg file I found on the internet. I imported the file into Sure Cuts a Lot 2 to cut using the Cricut.

My only regret on the stenciling was that I didn't have the stencil down well enough. Some of the yellow and red paint bleed through. I went back later to touch up those areas.

Total cost for project: about $30 for paint and about 25 cents work of vinyl!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Birthday Card using Daily Junque set from Pink Paislee

I purchased the Daily Junque monthly kit from Archivers recently. The kit is from Pink Paislee. I made the book for a friend and used the leftovers to make her a birthday card.

Supplies Used:
Yellow patterned paper and string - Daily Junque kit (Pink Paislee exclusively at Archiver's)
Bicycle layer - Emma's Shop Collection "Accent Cuts" (Crate Paper)
Red cardstock - Simply Delightful paper pack (My Mind's Eye)
Sentiment - "It's Your Birthday" stamp set (Stampin' Up)
Embossing pad - Clear Emboss-It (Ranger)
Black Embossing Powder - Super Fine Detail Powder (Ranger)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Couch Card using Good Company svg file from Lettering Delights

I was dying to use the new Good Company svg file from Lettering Delights. At the same time, my husband needed a thank you card for a co-worker. I loved using this couch file. The yellow was cut first, with the red-polka dot and black layered on top. I had initially made a boo-boo by embossing the sentiment right onto the black cardstock. It looked really funny so I decided to punch a label out of yellow cardstock and emboss on that. The black and white ribbon helped masked my embossing mistakes too. Those mistakes actually made one darn cute card!

The first version. I tried to remove embossing marks with baby wipes - bad idea!

Supplies Used:
Couch Die-cut: Good Company svg file (Lettering Delights) Link
Patterned cardstock: Social Club (Cosmo Cricket)
Sentiment: One of a Kind set (Stampin' Up)
Red Embossing Powder: Zing Embossing Powder in Rouge (American Crafts)
Ribbon: Elements (American Crafts)
Punch: Vintage Label (McGill)
Gel Pen: White Gel Pen (Gelly Roll)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Wedding Memory Box

This wedding memory box is one of my absolute favorites. I initially found the plain brown box at Hobby Lobby in their 80% clearance section. I had no clue what I was going to do with it but it was too good of a deal to pass up. As my friend's wedding was approaching, I really wanted to do something more personal for her. I decided to use the box as a "memory box" for her and her new hubby to put sentimentals in like the invitation, corsages, etc.

I knew right away I wanted to do their wedding date in vinyl on the front of the box. The vinyl was cut out of Oracal 631 - Olive.

I then took Mod Podge and glued a patterned paper at the bottom of the box. I used Cosmo Cricket's Social Club Cocktail in "Now Spin Me Round". I also added the flip side of the paper (the red polka dot) to the underneath of the lid.

The lid was looking a little boring so I decided to go old school and do their initials "T+K" in an arrowed heart. The heart was cut from the "Monster Love" svg file from Lettering Delights. Click HERE to check it out on their site. Their initials were rub-ons from Doodlebug's All Mixed Up - Beetle Black large.

I also used string to make a banner that had their wedding date. The numbers were cut from Collage Press' Sunnyside Lane cardstock.