Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Yes Sue Sylvester I Will Yudu You & Blog Giveaway!

So I finally got to bust the Yudu out today. It's been awhile since I have made a project with it. I have been meaning to make this Sue Sylvester shirt for awhile now. I love GLEE, one of my favorite shows. I came up with this idea to do this shirt right after the Madonna episode aired. But like many project ideas I forgot about it (I really should keep a journal). But we watched the Emmy's Sunday night and the opening GLEE number was amazing. It made me remember my idea for this shirt and I thought this will definitely be my next project.

To get the image I took a screenshot from the YouTube vid of Sue Sylvester doing the Vogue number. I tweaked the image in Photoshop Elements. Trying to create a half-tone image. Most of the tutorials on how to do this were for the full version of Photoshop (which I would love but no way can afford). But I did find a tutorial that helps create this effect using PSE. Basically what I did was:

Choose the file and then changed it to greyscale using Image > Mode > Greyscale
Then I altered it into a type of half-tone using Filter > Sketch > Halftone Pattern
Once in this option I played around with the size, contrast and pattern till I got what I liked.

Once the image was edited to the way I liked it. I preformed the basic steps to make a screen, expose, and screen print. I really love how this came out and can't wait to wear it.

Here's a light canvas bag I had laying around that I put the image on also

And here's the shirt on the platen.

Also I now have over 75 followers!!! So exciting. As promised I will be doing a giveaway to celebrate another blog achievement! Here is a pic of two stamps I am giving away:

One of them is Something Splendid, the August stamp of the month from Close to My Heart & the other is stamp set from Art Warehouse called Summer Vibe.

I will be selecting a winner sometime around the weekend or Labor Day. To have a chance to win the stamp sets please leave a comment under this post and be a follower.

Thanks again to all that follow, comment, and visit my blog. It really means the world to me! So exciting!

p.s. the new CTMH catalog/idea book comes out tomorrow and there are some awesome new paper lines, stamps, and embellishments for your paper crafts. And most exciting to me the new How-To Book Magic! I'm awaiting my order and will feature some of the new products soon. Make sure to check out the new catalog/idea book tomorrow or whenever you get a chance. 

Monday, August 30, 2010

Mini Monsters Canvas Set (Cricut Crafts)

Here is a really fun project I worked on today. I have been meaning to do this for awhile. I saw this project featured on an awesome blog called Under A Cherry Tree. I highly recommend you check it out.
She has awesome projects, info, and cool ideas on how to get the most out of your Cricut and the carts.

Her blog featured the use of Create-A-Critter. I choose to use Mini Monsters because I am in Halloween mode. But plan on making some cute canvas critters soon.

The tools I used for this project are:
A set of flat blank canvas from Dick Blick
Acrylic paint (I used Making Memories & Folk Art, whatever you have it fine)
Foam brushed and acrylic paint brushes.
Contact paper
Cricut using the Gypsy
Mini Monsters cart.

The first think I did was pick out the monsters. I choose four that I thought had easy layers to work with. So the lucky monsters were: Argh, Gross, Spooky, & Slimy.

Next I used the Gypsy and the handbook to break up each of the layers of colors I would need. For example for Spooky I need four colors. Purple for his body, then whites for his eyes, then a grey layer for his right eye, and then the final layer black to complete eyes and mouth. Each of the monsters had 4 layers to complete the canvas (although in Argh 4th layer I used two different colors for pink his mouth and purple for his toes).

I used the base function as a guide of where the cuts should be. I was working with 6x6 canvas and the monsters were cut around 5inches, some of them tweaked a little to make them fit easier.  It was important to have the base as a guide because some of the elements of certain layers would be joined together closely. So I would use the hide contour to break them up to get a perfect stencil. For example the Gross monsters eyes and mouth did not line up with the base. So I copied it 4 times and hide areas of the layer until I got what I needed. Hope this makes sense. 

I kept the base file with all the placements lines until I had all the color layers figured out. Once all the layers were set I used the hide contour to hide all the placement (slit lines). And then copied this blackout version of the base to each of the different color layers (pages) I had made. This way it made a perfect stencil.

I think that was the most time consuming part, the rest was fun. I painted the canvas a solid background colors, two coats and let dry. While drying I cut my elements out on the Cricut using contact paper. Under A Cherry Tree found this the easiest and cleanest looking way to do the stencils. I am sure you could use vinyl, but that would be expensive. I used some cheap contact paper from the dollar store. I would not suggest because sometimes I would have left over adhesive/residue from the contact paper. It was kind of a pain to get off and you can see remnants of it in the photos, the shiny/glossy parts. She used clear brand name Con-Tact paper on hers and did not report any problems. Will definitely be using this brand next time and will let you guys know.

After all the cuts I just built the shapes up layer by layer. Usually putting 2-3 coats per each color and letting them dry completely. This project does take a little while because you can't go step by step, you have to drying time inbetween. So I worked on a Yudu project as well (hope to complete and post tomorrow) and caught up on some t.v. and cleaning.

Here are the monsters by themselves:




This was a very enjoyable project. Made me feel like a kid again, lol. I am sure this would be a lot of fun to make with some younger ones. And they end project comes out looking so good. There's a big market at Union Square in NYC where many artist/crafters sell goods like this. I would have definitely bought something like this if I had seen it there.

While writing this I thought it would probably have been a good idea to take pics of the process instead of just explaining. Maybe will do that next time when I make the critter ones.

Thanks for stopping by and please follow and comment if you would like.

p.s. almost to 75 followers, I feel a giveaway a coming. :-)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Night Glo & Fluorescent Printing Inks

Picked these awesome colors at Michaels. Been looking for glow in the dark screen printing ink for awhile. Was so excited to find it in a set, with an added bonus of fluorescent lime green, hot pink, and orange! I feel a YuDu day coming either Monday or
Tuesday! Have no idea what I'm going to do yet, but have my 80's theme 30th Birthday party in less than two weeks. Really excited for the birthday party!
For the rest of the day working on a canvas/Cricut project. Hope to get completed and post pics within the next couple of days.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Photo Holder (Recipe Box) CTMH & Cricut

Got another fun project completed today. I completed a photo holder using a recipe box. Made this for a friend's birthday. Will give it to her tomorrow, hope she doesn't see this post, lol.

Products and tools used for this project are:
My Creations™ Recipe/Photo Box from CTMH
Zippidee Level 2 Paper Packet from CTMH
CTMH stamps sets: Believe Caps (D1083), Ticket to Ride (B1346) & Thrill Ride (D1425)
CTMH Ink pads: Cranberry, Desert Sand, Honey, & Indian Corn Blue
Cricut and Gypsy with the cart From My Kitchen

Here's how it looks open:

The recipe box comes already made, which makes a project like this so easy. It stays closed nicely because it has a magnet closure, which is a really nice feature. The box comes white so I inked all the edges in blue. And adhered the paper to the box using the outside measurements of the box as a template. I didn't care about being too exact because the inking of the edges makes it easier to give you some room for error. Once I got all the paper adhered I embellished it with various stamps.

To make the inside tabs (recipe cards) I altered a recipe card template from the From My Kitchen Cart using the Gypsy. I made the cards 4 inches tall and 6 inches wide. I cut these initially with chipboard, and then with matching cardstock colors from the pack. I adhered these together. I wanted these tabs to be sturdy, so that's why I backed it with chipboard. I inked around the edges of the cards and embellished them with stamps.

Here's the inside cards by themselves:

And here's how the box looks from the side:

This was a relatively quick and easy project to put together. I really like how it came out and hope my friend enjoys. I think it went fast because I was using coordinating products, so the colors and patterns matched up nicely.

Thanks for looking, and please comment and follow if you like!

p.s. Almost to 75 followers (YAY!), so I feel a little blog candy might end up posted soon!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Halloween Banner (Using Cricut)

Got a project completed today. I saw some inspiration on the Cricut message board of a Halloween Banner and knew I had to make one for myself. It came out so great, can't wait to make some more and possibly for other holidays as well.

Here is the banner my and my friend Rosina holding up, it came out to be pretty long!

For this project I used the Cricut with the Gypsy and carts: Happy Hauntings, Accent Essentials, George & Basic Shapes and Calligraphy Collection. Papers are My Mind's Eye Halloween pack: Spooked, Coordinations Black Magic Cardstock & Bazzill Bling Cardstock. Other products used are black brads, ribbon from Michaels, Threading water punch from Fiskars, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder, Sizzix Halloween embossing plate, and the Martha Stewart Scoreboard.

Here is an up close shot of one of the pennants. I modified the pennant found in Calligraphy Collection using the Gypsy. It was very narrow towards the end so I made the shape a little fatter. Did the same with the triangle shape to match the pennant well. Cut the silhouettes of the Halloween images from Happy Hauntings (3.5 inch) using Bazzil Bling and a shape from Accents Essentials (4 inches) using Black Magic, that the silhouettes were adhered onto. Embossed and sanded the base shape before adding the silhouettes.

To make the circle paper medallions (or some call rosettes or fan-fold flowers) I used the Mind's Eyes paper. The medallions I made were 5inches wide. So through my trial and error it seems how ever wide you want the circle to be, you halve that to get the width of paper needed. So since I needed 5 inch circles, my paper used to make the medallion was cut at 2.5 inches wide. Now here where's the lengths get tricky, lol. I thought I would use 12inch in length paper. After going through the whole process (scoring and punching) it was not enough. The medallion would not lay flat, to much tension and the paper ripped. So after many attempts I have seemed to get it. For every 1/2 inch of width you need 4inches in length. So for this a total of 20 inches in length. I hope this isn't confusing. Say you wanted to make a 3inch medallion. Your paper would need to be 1.5 inches in width and 12 inches in length. Or a 6inch medallion would be 3inches in width and 24inches long.

After I got this sort of figured out. I punches the paper with the Threading Water punch. I think any scallop punch would look nice. And I scored in between the scallops. This was the most time consuming part. After all scored, I accordian folded (fan folded) and adhered them together end to end to make a big folded circle. When you press down on it, like magic it make this medallion. There are a bunch of vids on youtube about this, but will post a video if people would like to see what I did. After that adhered to a chipboard base with some glue so it wouldn't spring up.

After that I glued all the parts together. Hole punched the upper corners and attached them with brads. Added ribbons as an embellishments. Here some more pics:

This projects was really fun to make and got easier as it went along. I think you could make a really fun Halloween banner or a very elegant one. Some many options!

Thanks for looking and stopping by. Please leave a comment and follow if you like!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Cricut Circle

I got my Circle welcome package today, exciting! Signed up in early August for the year. I look forward to see how this program grows.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Close To My Heart Sale

$2, $4, $6, for 8...It’s YOU We Appreciate!

Close To My Heart is having a big sale that starts today! Stock up on some scrapbooking supplies and get some new items for upcoming holiday projects.

Please visit my site here:

Beau's CTMH Site

Here is the flyer.

Please contact me with any questions.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Finally Got Something Created

Wow it's been a busy summer. I'm grateful to have wonderful friends and things to do, but my crafting has been lacking. Got the new Happy Haunting cart and got to play around with it tonight. Cut the 3-D frame at 8 1/2 inches. Cut the bride of Frankenstein silhouette Real Dial size at 4 inches. Took me awhile to figure out how to attach the stand to the frame, had to modify it a bit so it could stand, becomes very top heavy. Planning on making a number of these with the different silhouettes for Halloween decor and possible gifts. Thanks for looking.