Thursday, August 23, 2012

Latitude/Longitude Door Mat

After I saw this post at The Crafting Chicks for a personalized door mat, it was the perfect idea for a father's day present for my Dad and my Father-in-law.  I found the mats at Ikea (like she said in the tutorial for $10)

The door mats I made don't actually have a blurry smudge in them - I blurred out part of the longitude since it's technically an address and didn't want to risk sending any crazy stalkers to my parents or in-law's houses. :)

I cut out the words/numbers on cardstock using my Cricut and then pinned it down.  I went a little "pin crazy" but I didn't want to risk my paint leaking.  I also tried using a sponge brush, but that was horrible and not easy, so mid-way through my first door mat, I switched to a stencil brush (the circle/bristle kind that you just dab) instead of squishing it around.  It used way less paint and it was way easier and got a clean line. 

I'm so happy with how they turned out.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sprucing up a mirror

Oops!  It's been a month since I posted.  Sorry :)

My sister's family moved recently, and my 12 year-old niece has her own room now.  So for her birthday I decided to get her an "over-the-door" mirror to add to her new "growing up" room.  I got the mirror at Target.

But the mirrors at the store are just so boring.  So what does a Cricut owner do?  She adds vinyl to it of course.  I just added a monogram with dot border to the top.  I also cut out a bunch of circles in a couple different colors, but didn't stick them on.  I gave her the sheet of dots so that she could decorate it more if she wanted.  I also tied a bow on top (that would stay on once the packaging was removed).

Definately more cute and girly - and more personal too!