Cricut Window Cling Vinyl Decals

I haven’t played with window cling in YEARS.. but saw that Cricut had some so figured I would have a play with it.  I grabbed a black and what I thought was the  frosted.. but actually turned out to be a white one… oh well.. still cool to play with, I’ll pick up the frosted another time.  I had a quick play with some Bugaboo images to test it out.

Vinyl is not really my thing so I wasn’t too sure of the settings. I did a double pass on  the dot between vinyl and  Iron on on my Explore…. and it  worked pretty good.  It didn’t cut the backing paper and was pretty easy to weed with an exacto.  Some of the  more detailed portions can be tricky, but I just used a rounded point to hold the piece down as I peeled away the excess.  I may rack it up a notch to Iron-on and see if that helps.. but all in all I love how these came out for first attempts. 
I just put these on some spare photo frame glass I had kicking around because it is late and hubby would probably not be amused to wake up and find his car redecorated haha.  I didn’t clean the glass… since it was just test pieces..and I lost his eyes, so he has random spare parts for eyes lol.  I also spotted a stray piece tucked under  the baseball kids shoe after I took the pics, that is easy to remove with a sharp point.

The Stella and Gus “onepersontoannoy” is approx 6×4 inches and the “akv baseball batter” is approx 4×2 inches.  The Bugaboostamps store is transitioning..so no links for these until it’s finished I am afraid.

If you try this idea, be sure to read the TOU ( terms of Use ) for the artist who’s images you use… to make sure that this type of project is allowed.

 



You can buy the Window cling in a bunch of colors from  Cricut.com and it’s also available in a frosted glass effect.






My local Micheals.com carry a few colors of the window cling, usually black, white and frosted.. and online they have red too.

This was not what I actually intended when I bought this cling.. but it’s cool to now I have this option too.


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Unity Stamp co. bookmarks for the Abandoned Art Bucket

I wanted to have a quick play before bed last night/this am ..I have had these stamps sitting here staring at me LOL. I had an old paperback of hubby’s sat here on my desk for a while now too. He no longer wanted it and I didn’t want to waste it..so it was a toss up between upcycling it, or finding a new home for it. I am sure it was a fabulous story… but upcycling won.

I see this as a fitting tribute to the author who will now be enjoyed by a potential 322 people if I were to  use the complete book to make bookmarks for Abandonment projects. That’s a pretty good audience, even if they only get to read snippets of it.  Even if I had given it away complete….I doubt it would have ever reached that many people.

I may try that idea next….. like the old Where’s George site for $ bills. I could do a “WheresJim.com” and see how far a book travels; assuming of course the book is by an author called Jim, like this one.  It might be fun to do it with a kids book… hmm, idea to tuck away for when I have some spare time  🙂

I have a bunch of stuff to take care of between now and tomorrow night. A new month is coming and that means Lots of projects and new challenges to be set up and winners to be picked.

So.. quickie description…

One page ripped in half… inked up with Ranger Distress ink pads
Stamps were inked with Good ol Craft Smart Dye ink
Colored with a mix of Zig Kurecolor and a ranger Distress pen.. feather has a touch of Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust
Mounted on Kraft card stock with Zig Photo Tape
laminated on a Scotch TL901 using Scotch laminating pouches
Trimmed up with my new Swingline guillotine ( see previous post)
Hole punched using a Fiskars 1/4 punch
Boho /shabby ribbon was a gift from a friend who was de-stashing

Stamps are Part of the Story & Scattered Pieces

 

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Laminated Bookmark for Abandonment

We ran out to the store last night to pick up a few things for the little guy and right next to it is a Panera Bread. We’ve never been in one before; but Grandma gave hubby some Gift cards at Christmas, so we figured we would give it a  try. The Broccoli Cheddar  soup was awesome, sandwiches were great … hubby loved the Cinnamon Rolls and lil man gave the Fudge Brownie a BIG thumbs up.

It kind of reminded me of the restaurants and coffee shops we would frequent back in Silicon Valley….very relaxed and a place people come to hang out, read, chat and do homework. So, that inspired this next project…I am going to abandon some pieces here next time we go as part of our Abandoned Art missions.

Here is my January Inspiration for the Cute As A button Inspiration Show case, featuring “IMG00284 Nothing Like A Good Book”  I used my own Sentiment for this project.

She is colored with Chameleon Pens, I added the black digital borders before printing her out. I added a blue panel behind  and then ran it through my laminator and trimmed it up. I punched  a hole and threaded some cute ribbon through it.  Very quick project  for the book lovers.

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Attack the Scrap Bucket ! fun project for kids and grown ups

We’ve all seen those fun Magnetic word sets that you use on your fridge, or freezer .. here’s a way to make your own. Great project for crafty homeschoolers, teachers, business signs or people who need something a little bit different from the usual word sets.
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I was lucky enough to have some tails from Cohas (formerly ZiggBoard) Magnetic Sheets that I could cut into strips to make these letters and words.  You may have seen previous post where I started making letters and numbers for the lil man .. now we are progressing onto words and  so I got out my MFT Bottlecap letters die and off we went again.  I won’t lie… it’s a time consuming project… we all know it takes a lot  LOT of letters  to make up enough single letters to form a decent amount of words.ziggy_alpha3 I probably cut and assembled at least 10 sets of individual letters.. probably more  and I already cut out at least 8 sets to start forming word magnets. There are going to be a lot of letters you use A LOT and some you don’t use so much.. just store those for later.  As your kids vocabulary grows, you will be able to use those up to expand your set.  Anyone who is homeschooling already knows that it’s time consuming, but VERY rewarding and totally worth the time and money spent.

These dies are totally worth grabbing because you can use them for so many projects, both fun and educational for years to come.

Name tags, labels, cards, magnets,stickers …so many fun things.

Ok so what did I use?… pretty simple project.. as I said.. just time consuming

  • Cohas Magnetic sheet cut into strips
  • 110lb Card from my scrap box…I have a tonne of this from my Cricut Print & cut projects.  Now they are expanding the Print & Cut dimensions to fit almost a full 8.5×11 this will reduce my scraps… but even so..right now I have enough to make alphabet sets for half the neighborhood lol.
  • Mod Podge I use this to cover the strip first and attach the letters then add a coat on top to seal them in.
  • My Favorite Things Bottlecap Alphabet Dies
  • paint brush to apply the Mod Podge
  • TIME.. and Patience.. even if you just do a few strips at a time… it adds up to a decent set  fairly quickly

Of course if you are a good crafter who doesn’t have a pile of scraps lying around waiting for that “maybe one day project”.. you can always print your letters on printable Vinyl or adhesive label sheets and just cut it into strips. Less time consuming but I am determined to attack my scrap bucket  before this year is done!!! lol  Plus it is kind of fun letting him add a couple of strips at a time to the freezer, so he isn’t overwhelmed with a tonne of new words.

On a totally off topic random  thought.. just because we are on a sort of educational thing anyway.  We were in Toys R Us today and a lady was there, obviously overwhelmed by all the toys… she asked him how old he was. And I could tell she was hoping he was around the same age as someone she was shopping for.  Turns out she has a young relative flying in for Christmas and was struggling to find a  suitable gift.  She had a set of Power Ranger figures in her hand and asked him if he thought they were cool.  All she knew was the kid liked Super hero’s.  

Well hot damned if my little guy didn’t jump in like the Bloody Toy Ambassador for Toys R US.. and dragged that poor lady all over the store showing her everything he wanted for Christmas lol… with a toy review and running commentary all the way. We started with Five Nights At Freddy, hit the Educational aisle where he proceeded to tell her how great the squishy Body  kit was..and reeled off  all the body parts shown on the back of the box, dragged her off to see Grossery Gang and the yuck truck on another aisle… then onto Imaginext vehicles and buildings… followed by transformers and finishing up with Octonauts.

Poor lady haha.. he talked her ear off for a solid half hour I think while dragging her round the store haha.  She was  in awe of his knowledge… specially when he started naming all the body parts…  and yes  he is getting that for Christmas, he just doesn’t know it yet LOL. ‘His Big’ sister in Australia is getting him that. It will be a fun start to his homeschooling science learning.

So proud of my lil man… that is the second time this month he has helped someone out in toys R US who was having probs picking gifts.

and back on track again…

Now I know decent Magnetic sheet is not always easy to come by, but I have used this magnetic sheet for all sorts of fun projects myself … from picture magnets,  to Metal Die storage.   If anyone is interested in what I would call it a crafters grab bag those will be available early next year.  These will most likely be pre-cut ready to go pieces in various shapes and sizes.

Need something other than alphabets, numbers and words?  want to make picture blocks, fun gifts, organization tags….or just have some fun and attach fun crafty items to cards etc … or decorate your locker.  This magnetic sheet is awesome,  everyone should have a bag of this in their stash.

Here are a few  of the other items I have made in the past.. search for magnet on the blog or have a wander through the projects tab at the top of the page for details on those projects.  and expect to see more of these projects next year.. I have some ideas I am dabbling with.

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Spotlight Series Day 27, Sarah – StarStampz

Who are you ? Sarah, though I can go by Star online and with friends. My website / art studio is “StarInMyPocket,” a line a liked from a poem I wrote when I was young. My usual username online is StarMasayume (Masayume meaning ‘dream’s come true’ which I added so I had a name ID that is always available..)

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Where are you ? In a land of sunshine (aka Florida)

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously? I doodled most of my life and for my “career” cube in 6th grade I chose artist which I discarded after as being unreleastic lol. When I was 12 I got a spark after discovering the anime Sailor Moon and would copy paused scenes on my VHS recordings, followed by finding Naoko’s gorgeous manga illustrations online and copying those. I stopped drawing for nearly 2 years feeling I was only good at copying, but my interest renewed another 2 years later after discovering digital art and oekaki board communities online. It was hook line and sinker from there!


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The Book Elf

 

 

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale? I’m not even sure. I began selling art prints and stickers at a convention in 2005. Years later I began putting my art items on Etsy, everything from keychains and buttons to sketchbooks and bookmarks. I opened my digital stamp store (Star Stampz) more recently but uploaded a number of them at once. “The Book Elf” is among my older arts

 

 

 

 

 

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go? Not far but recently went to Disney to celebrate my 30th birthday as I hadn’t been there since I was 4 and always wanted to go back. I figured if I was going to turn the big 3-0 might as well do it with my BF, her husband, and my fiance where my inner kid could gush freely.

 

What’s your favorite horror movie? So I am NOT a huge fan of horror genre, but there’s one Japanese movie I love enough to rewatch many times. Hansel and Gretel, a korean horror movie with a creepy “Coraline” feel. A young man crashes his car, getting lost and trapped in the woods where a family lives and the children aren’t what they seem. Their sweet cottage and toys alone give you the eebie jeebies but the plot twists are great and I like the twisted fairy tale aspect.

 

Princesses Collection

Princesses Collection

 

 

 

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store? There’s many I’m fond of for different reasons which makes it so hard to choose. I will go with my princess set though as I LOVE fairy tales and Disney.

 

 

 

 

Name your favorite cartoon? Sailor Moon? I love it enough to put themes of it in my wedding after all lol. Though if we’re going for a list… that would get very very long. You can check out myanimelist profile for all my favorites.


What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?
Waldenbooks (I think half of my paycheck went there), followed by caricature artist at Busch Gardens, SEO/graphic design at a local startup web design company, and assistant for a successful invitation business by an entrapreneuring mom. This is my first year I’m solely freelancing which I was nervous but excited about.

 

What was your favorite subject in school…? English. If I didn’t get so hooked into art I would be writing books. Instead, I just have a lot of unfinished fanfiction.  =P

 

Alice Chibi

Alice Chibi

 

 

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop? Definitely my Alice Chibi digital stamp 

 

 

 

 

If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with ? Does a book count???

 

 

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Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them? It took me until my twenties, but I fell in love with Mate Kamaras after seeing him as Death in the German musical “Elisabeth.” He’s gorgeous with a beautiful sexy singing voice and not to mention trilingual and also played the same role in Japan (in which he reminds me of Jareth from the Labyrinth which I have no problem with).  If you enjoy musicals, do yourself a favor and  youtube it! And yes I have drawn him…  Elisabeth The Last Dance Art Print

 

 

How long have you been in business? I’ve had business cards to my art website since I was 14? lol People would see me sketching everywhere so I would hand them out. I’d say 2005 as for how long I’ve been actually selling my art. Jacon, one of my favorite conventions, chose my art for their light/darkness theme on the con guides and badges so I got a free dealer’s table which was awesome and really the start of it all.

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?  For full digitally painted art, anywhere from a day or two to weeks sometimes months if I put something aside and pick at it.

 

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When you are working, what is the view from your window like? I love the backyard view from my two story window! <3 I’m so going to miss it if/when I move. It looks awesome when it’s raining.

 
What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere? I have a tie for two currently…  Boku ni Invitation (from the anime Polar Bear Cafe) and You’ll Be Back (a broadway song… just look up Hawk Moth’s Ballad on youtube lol)

 

Autumn Fall Girl Reading

Autumn Fall Girl Reading

 

 

 

 

Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise. Autumn Fall Girl Reading
 

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work? Connecting with people all around the world and those with similar loves and interests. I was always the shy loner in school as a kid but art has helped me meet so many great friends and people so I feel really blessed by it. <3 Sometimes the people I meet suggest or introduce me to new things which is also great.

 

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection? “Alice in Wonderland” from StarInMyPocket  from my ink / digital stamps “Maiko in Spring”

Alice in Wonderland Art Print

Alice in Wonderland Art Print

Maiko in Spring

Maiko in Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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StarInMyPocket Etsy Store: http://starinmypocket.etsy.com
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PhotoBomb – Smile for the birdies!

I loved this project…. not just because I like the card I made, but for the lasting memories associated with it.  My son; who just turned 4, is notorious for photobombing my projects when I am trying to photograph them for the blog.  If it’s not his face suddenly appearing in front of the lens… it’s one of his toys.  Last time I think I shared one of these, I think my project was photobombed by a transformer by the name of “Grimlock”.

This time I  literally got photobombed… by Bomb.. the black bird from the Angry Bird toys currently in happy meals at Macdonalds.
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ok and now that he is a happy camper and his toy is now duly admired and photographed like a star…. let’s get to the project.  This is my DT card for Scrapper’s Delights featuring the new Friday Freebie Challenge image Honey Ruler .

Oh and before I forget….If you missed it, you can find the Scrapper’s Delights “Spotlight Series” post right here.  It’s a fun Q&A session with some fab artists/ designers and small craft business owners.  It runs the entire month of June and ends with an End of Series Giveaway… so be sure to subscribe, or follow my page on Facebook for updates.

I stamped my card base (which I believe was from a Recollections set) with a  clear stamp and black archive ink, then ran a swipe of Clear Wink of Stella over some of the flowers. Very subtle, but looks cool when it catches the light
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  •  Image is printed on Canson Mix Media, on an Epson Eco Tank
  • Colored with a mix of Chameleon, Zig Kurecolor & Tim Holtz Ranger Distress pens and the shading is a pencil and alcohol blender combo.
  • Text was given a shadow effect using a home-made blender pen over the  printed ink
  • Stitched Die edging is from the dual stitched rectangle set by Lil ‘Inkers
  • Quote came from Goodreads  and is by Chris Hart
  • Card stand…97 cents at Walmart…. LOL..in case anyone cares

 

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Quick and easy “general” note card

This one isn’t designed for a specific occasion, it’s more of a note card, “Hi,  hello, I miss you” type of occasion. When I saw this image at Bloobel Stamps, I had to grab it….. anyone who knows me, knows I am a serious Tea Drinker.  I would be hooked up intravenously if possible LOL.

I found the poem on link that came up on a Google search for  “tea poems and quotes” and it just made me laugh and suits the quirky nature of the Bloobel Stamps to a tee…or in this case.. to a TEA.

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  • Card Base is from a Recollections 5×5 Square card and envelope set at Michaels
  • Image and poem printed on  110lb Georgia Pacific Card stock
  • Image from Bloobel Stamps  “My Cup of Tea” colored withR anger Distress pens
  • Die cut panels using Gina Marie X stitch Rectangle Die Set and Sizzix Big Shot
  • Edges dry brushed and inked with Tim Holtz distress ink pads in Frayed Burlap and Walnut
  • Image panel mounted on Darice adhesive foam pad.
  • Poem by Jessica Nelson North, found on Goodreads.com
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Cricut Explore – Loose pen housing and registration mark issues.. FIXED !!!

OMG I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am right now..and it’s all thanks to my message board lady Ms NanaDonna.

A few months back I had mentioned having problems with my Cricut Explore not cutting fine cuts at all and that I had a problem with my Explore, in that it suddenly wouldn’t read registration marks.  NanaDonna bless her heart, mentioned that she had  had a problem with her cuts too and had found help on the old Cricut Forum. The ladies on there cut the exact same file as her and theirs were perfect, so she had contacted support and they told her that they had a problem with some of the blade housings being loose, so they sent her
a new one.  Admittedly her machine had other issues and was actually replaced altogether.

crciut_housingWell I contacted them, explained the problem and I too got a new housing and carbide blade in the mail. For whatever reason, I was not expecting that the replacement “housing” was the same thing you can pick up in stores…. I was expecting the main housing mechanism that held the “blade housing” DOH.
Now I have to be fair here and mention; that before it arrived, I actually resolved my own cutting issue simply by accident.  I decided to try out an old legacy blade that I had from my original Cricut Expression and threw that in my deep blade housing….and it worked.  But I did switch it out for the new set when they arrived and they too, worked perfectly.

I have never been able to cut such fine detail  until I switched out my blade housing…fine_cutCUP files bear arches_trellis_wm footie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Problem solved… NEXT

Ok so  by this point I had also noticed an issue with my Explore reading registration marks…. suddenly it couldn’t seem to read a dang thing.   After trying all of the usual suggestions you find around the web…. too much light, not enough light, shiny paper etc. none of which helped.  I discovered that my machine could read the registration marks perfectly,  ONLY if I wasn’t printing at the maximum allowed height and width.  My machine could handle a max of 5×7 and that was it….  so I learnt to live with slightly smaller print and cuts.  The Lady at Cricut email support who fixed my cutting problem, told me to call it in…. Heh….I got busy, what can I say, it worked…. it wasn’t a huge priority for me.  I now had a machine that cut fine cuts like a dream and could print and cut…. on a slightly smaller scale.  Callibration….yeah well that had to be done manually…. but I could live with that  LOL

Ok….so we move on a week or two and suddenly, my Cricut can’t read registration marks worth a damned again…. it would start reading in totally the wrong place…. offset in from the left and top anywhere from a 1/4 inch, to about 1 inch.  So I learnt to run it through and watch to see where it started, and when it failed….I removed the material and re positioned it to match.
So… frustrating, but once again…. problem solved. Fast forward to about a week ago and my print and cut is  now reading from the correct start position every time.  I am pretty sure this machine is not possessed… but anything is possible.

Ok….so last night I am working on a card…. the scoring tool is in and it’s all working perfectly.  I go to bed, wake up this am and do a write and cut…. nothing fancy, just a speech bubble.

And ….NO…. not happening.  It looks like a 95 year old lady tried to write this…. ( no offense to you ladies of advanced years with great handwriting and no shakes… ) something is seriously not right here.

HousingSo I  check my pen and pen adapter (…. Yes as you can see by the  pictures, I do not use the standard Cricut Adapter, this is an Amy Chomas Pen Adapter) and notice that the actual housing ….NOT the pen holder, but the actual mechanism pen housing is moving left to right …. not just up and down.  It’s  shaking around so much, you could make a martini on this thing.

 

So.. I do my usual google thing…. nothing there, just posts about changing out the pen holder if broken….which is not my problem.  So I go to my email and email back the lady at email support and tell her I have a new problem.  In the meantime, I hopped on over to our message board and posted a message to my ladies asking if anyone had any ideas.

NanaDonna,  who originally told me about the blade housing problem…. damned if she didn’t chirp up with an answer within minutes.  She emailed me a PDF which by the way was given to her as a link by Cricut themselves….with instructions on how to tighten up the  pen housing unit.  This PDF was originally from CricutLoversGuide by Jan Krummrey.  THANK YOU JAN !!!!  The link on Cricut’s site didn’t work for me so here it is..and be sure to say thanks to Cricut LoversGuide and Jan if you go visit.

UPDATE: Cricut Support sent me this PDF via email this am….so I guess they have their own documentation now.

There is a small brass ring that slips out sometimes and that is the reason the housing moves around too much.  The hardest part of this process for me was …. finding a dang screw driver to fit in behind the unit to remove the cover  and the two screws top and bottom of the housing.  My toddler loves Handy Manny and so I have to hide all my micro drivers etc.,  or he will disassemble the whole house one day LOL

Ok so I followed the PDF instructions…. and voila…. no more wobbily pen holder.  Ran a test write and it was great,  EXCEPT my cut was now off *rolleyes.

Now bear in mind for months my registration marks won’t read at full size…. and of course that means the calibration sheet won’t read either….so I see another fun manual calibration in my future.  But I decide to run a calibration sheet through my printer anyway so I can mark down my manual settings for reference in case I need them again later.
I figured what the hell…. might as well see if it will read them while I am tinkering around.. and Damned if my Explore didn’t read those dang marks like a pro….and cut the calibration sheet perfectly too.

So now I am running a test on the original image I was trying to write and cut … fingers crossed !!!!

BINGO !!!  as of this point … all of my issues are now resolved simply with a new blade housing and tightening up the pen holder housing.

One extremely happy Cricut Explore owner here  🙂