Saturday, October 31, 2015

Fear the Spartans!! Glass block and vinyl project

I'm kinda late with this post...  I made this glass block before the Michigan/Michigan State game a couple of weeks ago.  What a great game!?!?!  Mostly cause we won...#GoGreen !!  Ok...back on topic.  I recently starting cutting vinyl with my Cricut, I know I'm extra late on that front too.  I only cut paper with my Cricut, I was always to scared to waste the vinyl, since I really wasn't sure what I was doing.  But, when I starting using the Cricut Explorer and the cuts were so much cleaner, I figured it was time to take the plunge.

I started by purchasing a couple of phones cases and tumblers from the The Dollar Tree store.


I Googled the image of the Spartan and brought it into Design Space (DS) and it worked great.  I made the monogram with the Monogram It App.  It is an iPhone app that costs $0.99.  You can create all types of monograms, email them to yourself and then bring it into DS.  It worked GREAT!  So worth the 99 cents.

I bought the block at Hobby Lobby it is 8x8.  I created a square and sized it at 6.71.  Next time I think I will make it a tad bit smaller, probably around 6.6 or 6.5.  I found the font free online at Font Space.

I added some lights from Hobby Lobby.  After having it on for awhile I thought it would look better frosted.

I used the Krylon Frosted Glass Finish I purchased at Ace Hardware HERE.  It worked great and was easy to apply.  There is also YouTube video I watched that was helpful HERE.  I did frost it after I applied the vinyl.  Based on all the tutorials out there, it was recommended to frost after the vinyl is applied.

I like it much better frosted.  I am planning on making a Halloween bloc, so stay tuned.  So, not a great pic.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Happy Pumpkin Spice Season!!

I am not a coffee drinker, but I love all the Pumpkin Spice decor out for Fall.  :)  I have a friend that loves the little pumpkin candies.  Every year I say I'm going to send him a care package... well I finally did this year.  I added a couple of fun items I made the help of my Cricut...

I found these orange mugs at the Dollar Tree and bought the instant Pumpkin Spice Latte packets at Starbucks.  I used my Cricut Explorer to cut the vinyl.  The first mug was cut in Design Space with the LittleLordFontleroy - Regular font.    The second mug was from a file I downloaded from a Cricut Design Space Facebook group.  If you are on Facebook, I would recommend joining a couple of these groups.  They share lots of great projects.

I had to add a quick card. :) The front of the card is just an image I found on the Internet.  Printed it out and added some "pumpkiney" twine I had laying around.

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