Customized Thermos

I’ve been seeing more and more customized products, mugs, tumblers, wine glasses, etc. Before the end of last year I thought people were just magical being able to create such items.

The backstory: I wanted to create my own stencils so I wouldn’t have to rely on other people’s designs and size constraints. I started looking into flexible plastic (still haven’t gotten any) and how to cut it with more precision than an exacto knife and hand drawn lines. That’s when I stumbled on a product called the Cricut.

Upon this discovery my husband set out on a journey to find which machine and starter kit would work best for my beginner needs. I ended up with the Explore Air 2 which had just come out and a huge variety of items to try out.

thermos_0718_01My favorite item so far has been the adhesive foil. I have a variety pack of metallic adhesive foil that I have used on a variety of cards and paper projects. This is the first project where I am using the foil on a much used item.

I’ve had this thermos for many years, as you might be able to see it’s a little beat up, the paint is chipped…it’s seen better days.

I wanted to get a purple one, but can’t find it in stock. So I am still using this one and wanted to make the leap to making something that’s popular. Luckily I have a graphic design background and understand Illustrator, making the Cricut less of a learning curve than it seems to be for many new users. I drew the camera in Illustrator and exported my SVG file to cut out my pattern.

I know the foil isn’t considered “permanent” but we don’t use the dishwasher so I think with hand washing it should stick for a while. So far it’s made it 3 days.

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L is for Liesel

This is a project I have thought about doing for years. I met my friend about 5 years ago, she already had her two children at the time around 6 and 3 years old. They were past the point of making birth samplers, but I wanted to make them something.

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During an estate sale my mom picked up some Precious Moments cross stitch books, one of them being the alphabet book. While some of the images with the letters would today be seen as offensive (I is Indian…N for girl is Nurse…M for boy is Mexican and for girl Mom…). I digress…The L in this case for boy and girl is Lion. So I was happy to move forward with creating this without worrying about offending someone.

When I started I thought this would be a large image because the pattern is pretty good sized. Once I went to cut the fabric I was in for a surprise. This pattern would fit on a card! So a card it will be.

Once I got through the lion (color changes and quarter stitches everywhere!) this project went pretty fast. This is also one of the few projects that I mostly used the correct DMC colors for. I haven’t done many projects with brown, especially light browns and tans, so I needed to go hunting for the real thing.

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After I finished assembling the card it looked a bit plain. Since this is for a 10 year old I thought maybe it needed a little something extra. I went into the spare room with all the random things and saw my glitter glue collection. That was the answer! I think it turned out pretty good for having the cats help me.

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Stitching

Started: June 16th
Finished: July 13th

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Happy Birthday Clown

This cross stitch was started 6/3 and finished 6/16. I needed a fast turn around so it could be mailed to my cousin in Texas.

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the beginning

Everything starts as a blank canvas. This is the first time I have cut enough fabric that I didn’t have to worry if I would stitch right off the side. I’m learning and making progress making non kit cross stitches.

I chose this pattern from a library book I checked out. My cousin was really into clowns as a kid, he had them all over his room. So when I saw this I immediately thought of him and looked up his birthday to make sure I could get it done for this year.

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The finished card

It took a little time to pick a color for this card. I wanted to keep it bright and not clash too much. I think it turned out just right. I even got the square cut just the right size. It may not have cut in the exact right spot I wanted, but it was the right size. Like I said, I’m learning and getting better at this!

If anyone is interested in a cross stitch card, I plan to start selling them once I finish my personal card list.

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Class of 2018

This was a fairly fast project. 2 colors and my first design out of WinStitch. I’m still figuring out the program, it seems a bit on the clunky side. I could just be spoiled by using Adobe for so many years and having many customization options at my fingertips.

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In progress

The framing took a while. I had to attempt to re-cut the matte, that didn’t end well. Then trying to get the tiny letters cut out with the Cricut to stick semi-straight onto the matte board was a frustrating mess. But hey now it’s done and it can be wrapped and packed.

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Stitching

Started: May 15th
Finished: June 3rd

Framing

Started: June 4th
Finished: June 6th

Feel Better! – A Bandaid card

This card was inspired by a Pin I saw for Get Well Soon. Now mine is not near as cute, but for a first attempt and being in a rush, I’d say it’s ok.

I also discovered that Sharpies don’t retain their ink forever if you don’t use them. Mine crapped out part way through making this look a little odd.

I also chose to hand letter this card instead of printing and tracing using my lightboard or having the Cricut do the writing for me. The paper was really thin, so putting it on a mat for the Cricut wouldn’t have been the best choice to get writing on it that way.

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The balloons I drew myself in the design space for Cricut and cut out of wallpaper I have on hand. (Seriously huge drawer full of wallpaper samples!)

The googly eyes on the BandAid are glued on with some E6000, again something I have on hand from a previous project.

I made this card initially for my line manager who had a double knee replacement at the temp job I’ve been working, but I’m not sure if she’ll end up getting it, or if it will end up for sale. Who knows! This card is just a floater for the moment.

 


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To the Graduate

This card is for my husband’s cousin. Today is his graduation party. I made this card the weekend before. Completely my own design! It was a bit of trial and error to make my own tassle.

This card I relied fairly heavily on the Cricut. The ‘Congrats’ is cut from Cricut‘s adhesive foil. The hat I drew and cut from wallpaper I have on hand.

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The tassel was an interesting thing to make. I have some jewelry making supplies from years ago when I thought I could make jewelry (ha!). Anyway I would say don’t use memory wire, that stuff is stuck in whatever size it comes in. I did find a more flexible wire that wasn’t silver that worked really well to hold the thread together. (You might recognize the colors from my Mother in law’s Mother’s Day card)

I am planning to make another of these cards for my niece. I know her school colors, so I will work on a tassel in those colors and maybe integrate them more throughout the card. But for something generic and graduation, black and gold works well.

For the inside of this card I cam up with a “brilliant” way to put money in without it falling out right away. Using mounting tape I attached my white cardstock piece to the inside of the card. Since it’s raised slightly I was able to slip some money in behind the message and it stays pretty well!

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This card has a lot of pieces that needed to be assembled, but I was able to do it all in maybe an hour or less. I was working on 4 cards that day and different pieces were cut and assembled at different times.

 


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90th Birthday

There are only 2 living grandparents left in our family. They are my husband’s paternal side. On May 2nd his grandfather turned 90 years old! We went to Des Moines, IA that weekend to celebrate with him.

The night before I did a mad rush to make a card. It went over really well since they love art. Something handmade is different than the store bought cards. Apparently I did well enough that at first they thought it was purchased and were impressed it was so on the mark.

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I chose green paper since it’s (finally) spring. And my paint options at home are limited, so I chose a yellow because it would be bright enough to stand off the green. Not on purpose, but a bit John Deere nonetheless.

How it was made:

The letters were created in using the writing feature of the Cricut. The barn and tractor were cut using the Cricut as well. These are the gold adhesive, so they are shiny and stick to the paper easily.

 

 


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