My Mind’s Eye American Made: Storybook Cricut Cartridge USA frame

Hi guys! It’s Tiffany, back with another quick 4th of July paper craft idea! Today I made a super quick and easy USA frame. Just in time for America’s big day! I purchased my mini wreaths at Hobby Lobby a few months back for a Spring project I was working on and had a few left. They are super cheap. I think it was about $1 for 6 or so. I started by cutting out my selected American Made paper using Deena’s Storybook cricut Cartridge. Perfect. I then used Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to give my cut out letters a little “puff”. Have you used this stuff yet? AWESOME!

Let them dry and then glue them to your mini wreaths. Then I got a white frame (I spray painted this one!), and took out my glass insert. I glued my paper to the back panel and then glued my little letter wreaths (in the right order!!) to my paper!! Easy. perfect.

And adds the perfect little American Made touch.
American Made USA

Storybook Cricut Cartridge: Summer frames

Oh how I love the summertime. Hey! It’s Tiffany from the Creative Team. Since we are officially into the first day of summer I want to make sure I’m ready… with my decor.Today, we are going to make a Summer shelf banner using the Storybook Cricut Cartridge.

Materials needed for Today’s project:

  • 6 -8 frames (6 is essential, i used 2 extra for decorative frames.) I had a few and I got the rest from the thrift store and dollar stores for about $1 a piece. You can see they aren’t the cutest frames and don’t match at all. I like the different textures and sizes. Plus I’m going to paint them all the same color.Frames
  • Spray paint- I used Krylon, brushed metallic Black satin paint. It has beautiful goldish specks and just looks awesome, especially in that WARM summer sun.
  • White Vinyl. I cut mine using my Cricut Expression and used my favorite Storybook cartridge.
  • Window cleaner (to polish off those finger prints before applying vinyl
  • Hot glue/ glue gun.

 

Start out by removing the glass and back stands from your frames. Do whatever you need to make matching them up later easier for you. Lay all of your frames face up on newspaper or a drop cloth and spray pain them all completely. Let dry. (Doesn’t take too long. )

Paint

I took my frames back inside and folded back the metal tabs (that hold in the glass/photo/backing) so they lay flat against the back of the frame.

Step 2

I polished my glass pieces, one frame at a time and placed the glass in the matching frame. I used a steady bead of hot glue filling in any gaps between the glass and frame, and trying to match them up as much as possible.Glue I set out all of my frames and then used my Storybook Cricut Cartridge using different elements of the cartridge: shadow, different styles, and a few different sizes.  Then I places the vinyl on each of the frames I chose for the letter. I mixed it up with some larger frames, turning some sideways and different frame textures.

Organize I wanted one more frame with a flower element (since I’m currently flowers obsessed.) I found the tutorial here.  I hot glued the paper flower to the glass of a frame.

Flower frames

I think I might just be onto something and do this for every season and holiday?
Summer
Summer frames Happy Summer!!

So Sophie: Repurposed clock

Hi There! It's Tiffany from the Creative Team. Today I'm going to show you one of my latest projects with one of my new FAVORITE lines from My Mind's Eye – So Sophie. love. Don't have it yet? Don't walk. run. This line is just so cute, but so fancy. I just love it.

So sophie clock Let's get started, shall we?

Supplies Needed:

  • Clock with a large flat exterior
  • Exacto Knife
  • So Sophie paper (2 coordinating sheets. I used Savvy- "Anything for you"-Helpful Houndstooth, and Savvy-"In Love"-Splendid Surroundings.)
  • Modge Podge (I used the Hard Coat. The result has a shiny finish)
  • Pen
  • String
  • Brown Vinyl or Stickers (12, 3,6,9)
  • Ink
  • Scissors
  • A wall that needs to be beautified!

So sophie supplies

You see- I've had this clock since my freshman year of college. I remember buying it at Target and thinking how grown up I was, furnishing my apartment. Well, ten years later, the clock still works, but I wasn't still digging it. No worries… So Sophie to my rescue. The only hard part was trying to decide what papers to use.So sophie clock 1

I started by taking the clock apart. I placed the numbered circle in the center (or as close to center) of my paper and used my exacto knife to cut out the inside circle. So sophie clock 2 Remember how I should have kept my compass from high school math? well, the next best thing in this case was to take a piece of string to my desk and my pen. So sophie clock 3 

I did the same thing with a coordinating piece, but cut the outside edge smaller. Then I glued them together, inking the edges. This helps me when I'm cutting with scissors. (still working on cutting completely straight) Plus it gives it a shabby-chic look.

So sophie clock 4

Now for the Modge podge. love. I wasn't too worried about the outside edge since it dries clear. Hooray!

So sophie clock 5
I decided that for my number I would use brown Vinyl and cut them from Deena's Storybook cartridge. Easy-peasy. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning waiting for my cricut to cut. I'm still amazed.  If you don't have a Cricut, you could use some cute stickers, chipboard, free hand or rubons for your numbers. 
So sophie clock 6 I placed my numbers and mounted my clock back together. Too bad I couldn't get inside the clock face to spruce it up a little bit. I could have used the back-side of one of my center circles, since they match so perfectly.
So sophie clock 7 No worries. How about some rosettes? I found a tutorial here .
So sophie clock 8 I glued them into place and used a strip of scrap paper to make a little bow, inking all my edges.
So sophie clock 9 …and there you have it.
So sophie clock 10

Free SVG Cutting File – Royal Banner

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Here is a little royal banner I made using my free svg file, as well as my Storybook font to spell BABY – shorty version. 

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