JOY Sign – Do Over Project – Cricut Project

This is a project I actually started last year. I had some wood cut offs from another project and I thought I could make a little hanging Christmas sign with them. I got as far as base painting them and then starting to paint the word JOY spread over the three pieces of wood lol.. and that was it!

OLD PROJECT
NEW PROJECT

Insert new colour scheme in house and new colour scheme for Christmas decorations this year and my unfinished project lol… that meant that these might as well get an overhaul/do over as well!

I started out by base painting them a completely different colour than before… a shade of gray to blend with everything else…. quite a few coats actually.

My next step was deciding do I paint or not…. Not…. too many things to get done lol… I went to my handy and very talented Cricut to finish this project.

I picked a font and cut out the letters for the word JOY.

I adhered them to the now base painted and ready wood pieces.

And then I commandeered Chris’ big staple gun to attach wide ribbon to the backs of each piece of wood to hang them by… hopefully fairly evenly.

I used a key ring ring at the top for hanging and made a nice big bow at the top and now I have a really cute JOY sign to hang on the closet door for the holiday season and finished a project I started last year! Yay me lol!!!

Sandie

A Tip about A Tip – Cricut

Before I start my post…. I had to share some exciting news… at least in my little world! My granddaughter said Grandma for the first time when she was up this weekend!!!! It was such a special milestone for me lol!

As most of you may remember, I had a whole “herd” of Grinch mug orders to fill after listing them for sale on a local buy and sell site. For whatever reason, EVERYONE and their uncles wanted a Grinch mug lol.

I ended up making more than 50 of them to fulfill orders!

When it came time to heat set the mugs I thought I would try something I saw on another blog, to remain unnamed, where I could heat set the mugs in bulk. On this blog, it stated you could heat set the mugs in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. I thought perfect… I could do the mugs in a few batches rather than having to do them individually, especially considering the sheer number of them.

Big mistake!!! The vinyl shrunk!!! The worst I was expecting was a little bit of odour. What I ended up with was having to redo the mugs!!! And a little bit of odour! The vinyl shrunk and shriveled up onto itself making it lumpy and awful looking. I had to pick it all off of the mugs and start over.

MUGS HEAT SET INDIVIDUALLY
MUGS HEAT SET IN THE OVEN

While doing the vinyl on the Cricut is easy and applying it even easier…. having to do it twice was a pain in the butt. I am glad however that I now know what not to do when it comes to heat setting the mugs and really wanted to share with everyone in case they come across this advice or something similar and end up in the same boat as me!

Sandie

Christmas Unicorn Onesie

Kim and my granddaughter are coming up today for a visit. I kept seeing all the cute Christmas unicorn cut files on Pinterest and thought I would like to try one for Scarlyt. I knew I had a onesie in her size and plenty of the heat transfer vinyl so I headed to Design Space and found exactly what I wanted!

All I had to do was resize it to fit the onesie!

I got the vinyl cut and got set up on the kitchen counter with a towel under the onesie and my little iron heating up.

I centered the design using the unicorn horn. Lining it up before ironing it to the onesie.

I started adding the rest of the pieces, centering and ironing it as I went.

I was doing great until I hit a Duh moment lol. I had cut black eyes for a black onesie so I had to run back down to the craft room and cut them again, but in white 🙄

Once the eyes were ironed on, my little onesie was all done and ready for gifting Saturday!

Sandie

“Rescue” Pet Themed Wine Glasses

A friend recently asked me if I could make wine glasses like a sign she had seen based on rescue pets. I didn’t see why not, so I gave it a try!

(Sort of funny story….. my mother-in-law was up on Monday for a wonderful online shopping/lunch/relaxing day and when she saw the wine glasses said she would love a sign with the same saying lol… Talk about going full circle. Guess who is getting a sign for Christmas???)

This is the picture of the sign she sent to me.

And this is the wine glasses sporting the same saying….

I tried to find a similar font… and thought I did but for the life of me I could not weed that font, at that size, to save my life. I had to change it to a “beefier” font in order for me to be able to weed it.

I don’t think it turned out too bad considering I had to change the font AND the fact some of the words are on a bit of a slant thanks to my vision issues. I will probably end up redoing them in the new year to see if I can’t get them straighter. At least for now I know I have the pattern saved in Design Space on my laptop and can cut the pattern out at any time!

Here are the wine glasses in all their crooked glory lol!

Pencil Signs- Teacher Gifts

I saw this idea a while back and wished I had seen it while my two were still in school! We always tried to make whatever Christmas gift we gave the teachers each year, whether it was ornaments, baking or whatever. These would have been a great idea!

I started out with some 2 x 4’s. Chris cut them down and into “pencil: shapes and then a friend of his sanded them down all nice for me!

I taped them off separating where I wanted the coloured part of the pencil, the eraser and the metal band with painter’s tape.

And painted…. many coats… of the yellow for the coloured part and pink for the eraser.

When that was FINALLY done lol, I retaped them so I could paint the metal band section. Because my silver metallic paint was kind of see through I painted it first with light gray paint to eliminate probably hundreds of coats of the silver!

Here they are after painting on the metal bands.

I used the name of a friend’s wife who is a T.A. on my example, cutting her name using my Cricut and black vinyl.

I applied a few coats of varethane then screwed a few eye hooks to the top for the twine, tied a nice bow to the twine and applied the vinyl.

And that’s it! A really cute Pencil sign for a teacher!

Sandie

Christmas Gifts – A couple of Cricut Mugs

Are you sick of my Cricut projects yet lol? I know I’m not sick of “playing” with it yet lol!

These are just a couple of mugs I made this week for gifts.

The first one is a tribal wolf mug. Just a plain white mug with the tribal wolf done in black. The wolf is a free pattern I found on Pinterest, uploaded into Design space, resized and then cut and applied to my mug.

I thought the image was pretty cool and my father-in-law really likes wolves!

The second is me hopping on the Red Truck fad lol. While I do think is way overdone right now, I do like how the red truck looks with the bit of country flair to Christmas decor… so I had to make at least one “Red Truck” project.

I found the red truck design in Design Space and then just added text, again finding the font in Design Space.

I laid how I wanted it to look and adjusted the sizing in Design space and then cut the vinyl and layered it.

This is my Red Truck Christmas Mug!

Sandie

Grinch Mugs – Cricut Project

I only have one this to say about these mugs…. Holy Crapadoodle!!!!!

I bought 4 mugs thinking I might try to sell them on the local buy and sell site and that if they didn’t sell, they would make cute stocking stuffers. Well, they did sell…. and now I literally have people clambering for them lol!

All last night, and when I woke up this morning, I kept receiving messages about the mugs. After they first sold and I continued receiving messages about them, I changed my add to SOLD, but that I would try to get more mugs and make more and that if anyone wanted to be added to a list for mugs I would take their names and number of mugs. That list has gone crazy!!!! Not only does my listing for the mugs have 726 views, I have people on my “waiting” list (last total) wanting another 54 mugs!!!! While a little bit exciting, it is also a little bit daunting! Fingers crossed I can get more mugs lol!

To make the mugs…. I found some awesome green, sort of sparkly, mugs at the “Big” dollar store when we went to town on Friday. They just screamed Grinch to me so I bought 4 of them…. boy do I wish I had the foresight to buy all of them lol!

I found a free Grinch Face pattern and downloaded it to use with my Cricut.

This is what the pattern looked like in Design Space.

I cut out the vinyl.

Added the yellow for the eyes.

And then adhered it to the mugs… and then all the craziness started to happen lol!!!!

Sandie