Joy~

n. the emotion of great happiness caused by holiday anticipation

Yep, that about sums it up.

As hard as it is for me to believe Thanksgiving is really next week I am more than ready to dig into some Christmas and Winter projects.

And to start I made this for a dear friend~

Both the card and bracelet were made using my Cricut Imagine and the Snow Angel cartridge.

The colors found in both the deer and the flood filled shapes of my bracelets went perfectly with papers in DCWV The Winter Holiday Stack, so I used it for my card base.

I love the blues and pinks mixed in with the more traditional holiday colors.

For a step by step tutorial on how to make Shrinky Dinks please go here.

Now I have the joy of waiting to see if my little gift brings my friend as much happiness as it does me.

Hmmm…how long til we can open gifts?

I used~
DCWV The Winter Holiday Stack found at Michaels
Cricut Imagine Snow Angel for the deer cut at 2.7″, the scallop cirles flood filled and cut at 1.5″
Cricut Imagine Stock Shapes for the scalloped circle cut at 6″ and the circle cut at 5.5″ and 5″
Hampton Art Holiday Dreams & Wishes Stamp, Ribbon, Papertrey Ink Twine, Favorite Findings Glitter Buttons, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Bracelet items: Shrinky Dinks for Ink Jet Printer, Blue Moon Beads, Jewelry Essentials Findings Toggle Clasps, Bead Gallery Beads, Krylon Workable Fixatif

You’re Just My Type

I joined a Charm Swap on the Cricut Circle Board and just got my package in the mail this week. YIPPEE!!

This was SO much fun! Especially now that I’ve learned how to cut Shrinky Dinks with success.

Here is my charm~

I used Imagine More Cards to cut the typewriter at 1.6″. I then cut the card at 2.6″ as one complete layer. I used Peppermint Divine Twine to attach my charm to the card and put my message board name and info on the back.

Here are the wonderful charms I received~

They are each as special and wonderful as the ladies who made them. Thanks ladies and a special thanks to Renee for hosting this swap!

For details on how to cut Shrinky Dinks please see my earlier post You Can’t Pinch Me
https://sarawandrews.com/2012/03/11/you-cant-pinch-me-shrinky-dink-shamrocks/

You Can’t Pinch Me ~Shrinky Dink Shamrocks

My newly 13 year old daughter has developed a love of jewelery, purses and all things Bath & Body Works. Sigh! They are all signs of her growing up!

Much of her jewelery are cute little charm necklaces. So I thought with Saint Patrick’s Day coming I would make her a charm for her necklace or the zipper pull for the hoodie she always wears.

After a rough start with Shrinky Dinks last Summer I now LOVE them! I jump at the chance to make them, but it does take just the right settings and maybe a little luck.

I chose the Shamrock from the Imagine More Cards cartridge found on page 7. I selected the layers button and deleted all the other images. I then clicked on the Real Size button and chose 3.5″. Remember it will shrink down considerably.

Here are the settings that I have had great success with using Shrinky Dinks for Computer Inkjet Printers~

Blade at 6, Multicut 2, Speed 4, Pressure 5 Print Qualitity on Draft

Make sure you place the plastic super shiney side down. There is a very scientific method of licking your finger to determine the print side on the package itself, so please read the directions! Really, I am NOT making this up!

As the plastic shrinks the color darkens, so you want it several shades lighter than your final desired color.

Don’t forget to punch your hole if you are using them as a charm! I used my Crop-a-dile to make a 3/16″ hole in the top corner. Remember to think about how you want your charm to hang.

I have started placing my charms in folded parchment paper. While this takes the magic of watching them shrink away, it also removes the worry of them curling over and sticking to themselves. This is especially important if your image has delicate cuts. But, if this does happen try to unstick them as quickly as possible and reheat them.

To protect the ink I sprayed them with several coats of Krylon Workable Fixatif.

The shamrock is now 1.5″. Perfect for either purposes.

I then went back to the original image and cut it as one complete layer at 3.5″. Don’t forget to reset your settings. This makes a nice card to give your charm to someone. I just added a jump ring and tied it with some cute Divine Twine.

A close up~

I made an additional charm for her to give away. Now she and a friend will be safe from any of those pesky pinchers!