Teacher Appreciation…

 

Last week was not one of my better weeks.  I was all, “Teacher Appreciation Week is WHEN?”  As much as I love each of my kids’ teachers,  it had completely slipped my mind.  I could have gone the gift-card route but of course, that wasn’t going to do.  I have this insatiable need to make things more difficult than they need to be.  Plus, the teachers deserve something made from the heart, no?

After moving to a new town and school system I realized my laziness could be redefined as working smarter as opposed to working harder.  I recycled last year’s ideas for teacher gifts.  I made the acrylic clipboards with vinyl lettering (thanks to my Cricut).  I also slapped some vinyl onto some drink tumblers.  They aren’t anything fancy but the teachers really seem to dig them.

 

 

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I gave the kids blank cards and stickers and let them go to town.  Oh, and I had chocolate left over from DD9’s birthday party so I made some pops.  Done and DONE.

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Creating Text in a Curve with Cricut Craft Room

I’ve been a Cricut owner for a few years now and like all my crafts, the machine gets used in fits and starts, depending on what I’m into at the moment.

Cricut Expression

Recently, I started using iron on vinyl in the Cricut along with Cricut Craft Room to make T-shirts for my Girl Scout troop’s camping trip.  It was finicky but once I got the hang of what I was doing (and a detailed walkthrough from the fine folks at ilovetocreate) it was fairly easy to bang out 18 of them.

Tulip brand Iron on Glitter Transfer Sheets

Tulip brand Iron on Glitter Transfer Sheets

I started using Cricut Craft Room about a year ago and just yesterday I was finally able to link my Gypsy to it, which made my life about a thousand times easier.  I have about 30 cartridges so I wasn’t about to go through the whole linking process again.  And my Jukebox is covered in dust somewhere in the nether regions of my craft studio…

Cricut Jukebox…allows one to cut without changing cartridges within the machine

The only thing left on my Cricut wishlist is to be able to create text in an arc or in a circle.  There is a workaround I have done and I’ll share the steps with you below.

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I wanted to make a car decal (yes, I’m turning into THAT mom…crazy stick figures may be next, watch out!) with my eldest’s name and a karate figure on it.  These things cost like 10-15 bucks and I figured I could make it for less than $2.50 with a sheet of 12×12 white vinyl.

1.Open up Cricut Craft Room

2.Select the cartridge you’ll be using.  (I used Plantin Schoolbook)

3.Create a large circle.  Size doesnt matter (snort), since you’ll be deleting it after the letters are placed.

4.Place the letters (do NOT use the “Add text” feature.  Click on the letters in the keypad below the screen) on the screen in the size you want.  You’ll be moving them individually.  Rotate each letter so it is perpendicular to the circle’s outline.  After each letter is placed and rotated, SAVE YOUR WORK.

5.Delete the circle.

6.Add your figure (I used the flying side kick figure from Sports Mania, and added a little paisley from Home Accents to make a ponytail), and the name on the bottom in a straight line.

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7.Group your images and re-size them to the dimensions you like.

8.  Save and CUT!

Creativity


Well, it was non-existent for a while.  After bouts of the stomach flu and pneumonia (me), and various ear infections and colds (the husband and kids), there was no time for anything extra.  I was just fighting to get through each day.  Lately I have been sort of creative with a few different media.

Here is a vinyl creation I made with my Cricut for my daughter’s karate studio grand opening:

This is a cake I made for her 7th birthday party:

I used a cake mix and pre-made buttercream frosting (the horror!) and used these molds to make the white chocolate accents.  The party theme was Wii and Ninja.  I have no idea how I managed to tie them together.  The ninja images were all from Lettering Delights.  They are a fantastic site if you need clipart, SVG files, fonts, printables, etc.  It’s addictive, so watch out! I’m an affiliate here so click below and get some freebies and we both win. Or if you want, just go visit http://www.letteringdelights.com

Lastly, I’ve been into nail art after discovering a couple of very talented bloggers (seriously, go check this girl out-she’s amazing).  Mostly I use my seven-year-old as a Guinea pig.  I seem to change up my polish every few days since I am once-again plagued with insomnia.

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