Etching Memories

Last July it was 10 years that my mom our family’s guardian angel.  I wanted to do something special for my siblings in her memory.  I have always kept my birthday cards from my mom and dad and I am glad I did because I could get her signature from the card.

Materials:

Settings:

  • Force: 140
  • Speed: 9/10
  • Offset:  None
  • Passes:  2
  • Engraving Tool Height:  25 post-its

Steps:

  1. Scan in the writing that you want and import it into your cutting software, I use MTC. 
  2. Use an engraving fill to fill in your text.  I used a previous post by Michele to create mine.
  3. In MTC place your object where you want it on the virtual mat the tape down your piece of metal to your actual mat in the same place you have in on the computer.  I always use WYSIWYG when engraving.                                  
  4. Send the file to your cutting machine.                                       
  5. Frame the engraving with a picture of your loved one.                        

Deployment Pillowcase

My friend’s husband was deploying for 6 months on a submarine and she asked me to make her a pillow case for him.  She wanted a saying on it and pictures of her boys since there is little to no contact with families when a submarine goes underway.  I was happy to help and now I think I will be making one for my husband before his next underway.

Materials:

Settings:

  • Force:  15
  • Speed:  10/10
  • Passes:  1
  • Offset:  .25

Steps:

  1. Print the pictures you want on the iron-on transfer.  She did this at her house and then cut them with scissors.
  2. Type out text in MTC or cutting software you use, remember to mirror your words!!
  3. Cut out and weed the saying
  4. Press your items on the pillow case (A heat press helps)
  5. Send with your loved one!!

I only got a finished project picture because we were trying to wrangle 5 kids and make the pillow case in a short amount of time.

Stenciled Cookies

A new year means I get to start planning the kids’ birthday party.  My daughter will be 5 and my son will be turning 1 less than 30 hours apart.  We are doing a combined party and this year’s theme is going to be tractors!   For Christmas baking I got some “color mist” food color spray by Wilton to use on either cookies or cupcakes.  With a 4.5 month-old some things just don’t get done and that was one of them.  Since the holidays are done and I have a little more time on my hands I thought it would be a good time to try it.  I tried it with cardstock because I didn’t have any stencil material on hand.  I wasn’t sure if it would actually work but the results really surprised me.

Materials:

Settings:

  • Force:  65
  • Speed:  10/10
  • Offset:  .25
  • Passes:  1

Steps:

  1. I made up my design in MTC using a silhouette of a tractor.  Since this was the first time I have tried it and not sure if it was going to work or not I used a simple outline.
  2. I hired my baker (AKA my daughter) to help with the cookies since after all it is her birthday party.                                                                
  3. Once the cookies were cooled down I took my stencil and placed it on my cookie and sprayed away.                                
  4. Carefully lifted the stencil off the cookie since it was wet.  Next time I will use a stencil material because the spray made the paper wet and curl.
  5. And voila I had an edible stenciled cookie.                                 

I also tried it on cookies with icing that had slightly hardened.  It worked, but again I would use a plastic stencil material for it.                                

I think i’ll be making some of these for their party since they were pretty easy, as long as i’m feeling brave enough to try different colors!!

Coffee Cup Gift Card Holder

I was giving Starbucks gift cards this Christmas and wanted a better gift card holder than the little red envelopes that they give out.  I couldn’t think of a more fitting vessel for a coffee gift card than a coffee cup made from cardstock.

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Materials:

Settings:

  • Force:  65
  • Offset:  .25
  • Speed:  10/10
  • Passes:  1

Steps:

  1. Design the coffee cup using basic shapes in MTC
  2. Cut all the pieces out and print and cut if you want names on the cup.  I used  the same settings for the cardstock and the scrapbook paper since it was thicker paper.  If you use thin scrapbook paper just layer it with cardstock to make it sturdy.       card-holderimg_9675_4916
  3. Glue the edges of the coffee cup together so the inner piece slides in and out.
  4. Place the gift card in the slits and slide it in.              card-holderimg_9676_4918

I also slightly flared the edge of the top so it will easily fit on the cup.

Christmas Lantern

Last Christmas I found these lanterns on sale for $10 and thought they would make great Christmas gifts but I never had time to do them.  While shopping for my husband at Home Depot, I spotted a lantern, similar to the ones I bought, with a cute design on them and thought I could do something similar on mine.  While my 3 month old took a nap (since it’s the only time I get to do anything) I designed the file with the help of my 4 year old; she picked out the sleigh.

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Materials:

Settings:

  • Force:  15
  • Speed:  10/10
  • Offset:  .25
  • Passes: 

Once my children went to bed I finally got to finish my project.  I only put the design on the front because I couldn’t decide if I wanted identical panels on all sides or maybe just snowflakes in etch vinyl.

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