Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Etched Coasters

It seems that I have generated several comments and questions on the cricut board regarding the use of ordinary ceramic tiles for etching, so I thought I would post it here as well.

When I first started etching, I was experimenting with things that may or may not etch. I went to home depot and found a beautiful cobalt blue glossy finish tile, 4x4 size, that I thought would make a really cool coaster set. I only bought one just to make sure it worked first. It worked like a charm as you can see by the results! So don't be afraid to experiment with things! Some of the best gifts were borne out of experimentation!

P.S. Just so you know, the white blob above the dragonfly is a reflection of the overhead light on the glossy finish of the tile.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wooden Initials

On a recent trip to Salt Lake, I got to stop into one of the Hobby Lobby's that I hear everyone on the cricut board talking about. I thought I was in heaven! (we don't have a hobby lobby in Idaho, and if we do, it isn't anywhere close to where I live) Anyway, I found these really cute, but very plain initials on sale there for half price. Well I thought this would be a nice gift to bring back to my grandkids. Upon my return I asked each of them what they wanted on their particular Initial. Coby chose bugs, Lylliana wanted butterflies, McKailee's room is done in horses, Gianna wanted flowers, I did boyish transportation for Riggin and a cute little teddybear holding flowers for Indika. They were so simple to do and will really go nicely in their rooms. I might add that they were pretty inexpensive to do as well.

I am so lucky!

A friend of a friend found out that I do decorative tiles. She made the comment that, "Now I know what to do with all those left over tiles that have been sitting in my garage for the past 5 years!" Yep, you guessed it, I got over 70 tiles in various sizes. They were a little dusty and needed a good washing but they were so worth it! The bulk of the tiles are a darker varigated marble tile. They will be fun to work with. I also got these 12x6 tiles that I decided to make one into a welcome sign as a thank you to Allison. I love the font on this and it cut very nicely with no problems at all. The font is called "Deanna's Ivy Caps" by Dani Herring Foster. She has some really cool fonts that are available at Dafont.com. I can't wait for Christmas so I can try the Holly caps out!

Water bottles

This is a set of water bottles that I did for the boyfriend of one of my close friends. He is a huge Boise State Broncos fan so she asked me to do the water bottles for him.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Vinyl Bags

These are some $ store vinyl bags that CardmakerLeslie very graciously offered to send me since my local dollar store didn't carry them in pink and black. Pink, Black and Silver are my signature colors in my jewelry store. The bottom line is kind of hard to read but my byline is "We make every occasion sparkle" I also have a friend who is a writer, that loves pink/black. Her writing group is called "Writing with Moxie" and they meet weekly at the local "Moxie Java" coffee shop, so I made the second bag for her. I just love the castellar font on the Blingology bag and I use it in alot of projects. I also used it on the back of the moxie bag for a monogram. I was pretty pleased at how they both turned out.

30 year Reunion

In August is our thirty year class reunion. I can't believe we have been out of school this long! One of our best friends, the one I made the cake taker for, won't be able to make it to our reunion and it has been 20 years since we have seen each other! So, the other three of our group decided to drive to West Jordan UT to spend the weekend with her! We had so much fun laughing, reminiscing, looking at our old annuals and just catching up on each other's lives. The only problem was that the weekend was just way too short, but I am thankful that we got to spend that time together. We have decided to make this an annual trip because 20 years is just too long to wait to see each other again!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Wedding Tiles

I think of Ashley as a daughter, though she is not mine. When it came time for her to get married, I wanted to create something special for her because she had told me that she always admired my craftiness. She was always very attentive and wanting to learn how to do everything, so I instilled my love of crafting into her! She was absolutely thrilled with the decorative tiles that will serve as reminders of her very special day, the day she married her best friend Chase. Love you Ash!

The Beautiful Bride and the Gifts I made for the happy couple

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Random Tiles

Below are some random tiles that I have made for this or that person. most of the files I use are free files, with exception of the Fairy from SVGCUTS.com. Some of my favorite sites to get free files from are:
http://www.mamawslegacy.com/ and
http://www.scrapmag.info/crafty/index.php of course there are hundreds upon thousands of sites to choose from, not only to get free files, but also tons of pages to get some major inspiration from! There are so many talented people out there! Thanks for looking!

love and other misc tiles.

Garden Fairy




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