Every year I try to whip up some Valentines Day cards for the local shops. Even though the full force greeting card part of my business is now closed, I still love to make cards and produce them just for a choice few retailers. These four Valentines Day cards are available for only a few weeks of February 2013. They can be found at MADE in Central Phoenix. These are created using the YUDU screen-printer, Japanese Washi Tape and Markers. The bottom on is a red fabric jewelry bag with paper tickets inside.
I am teaching a hands on screen printing workshop for freezer paper screen printing, and for the YUDU screen-printer. This is a super fun and messy creative process, so bring an apron the rest of the supplies will be provided. This workshop is for tweens and will be held in Glendale, AZ at the Sahuaro Ranch Park in the Historic fruit Packing Shed. To sign up visit: The City of Glendale
June 18 – 21 Daily from 9 am to 12 noon - WHAT CAN YOU DO SCREENPRINTING (813211)
I used the Craft Room Exclusive Cart called Word Bubble to make Coasters. I cut out the bubble shape from some left over pieces of cork that I had previously screen-printed on with the YUDU. I am making a ton of these and packaging them as holiday gifts. Who doesn’t need coasters? Perfect for holiday parties!
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I used the Cricut Sweater Weather Cartridge to create an ugly Christmas sweater t-shirt design. I did this because I live in Arizona and even on Christmas day a sweater can be a bit warm. So this year when we are invited to an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party I thought I’d create the Christmas sweater concept that could be layered with a long sleeve t-shirt.
I married the idea of affordable art with Thanksgiving. A few weeks ago when I created this Fall wreath I over printed onto the canvas with the YUDU screen I had prepared using the Simply Scarecrow Cartridge. I cut the leaves out that were in good shape and then with the rest of the canvas I tore it into strips and set it aside. So always save those scraps you can put them to good use later.
I used an inexpensive canvas that I picked up at the craft supply store as the base. I first painted it red with acrylic paint, then I used painters tape to tape off lines and I spray painted orange over top of that, once dry I peeled the tape off. Next I wrapped the painted canvas with the printed, torn strips and stapled them to the back. To hold them down I coated the piece with shellac. Once the canvas was dry, I glued the leaves down down to the surface. Finally, I used the Autumn Celebrations Cartridge and cut the word “thankful” out of gold vinyl and attached that to the piece. Now I have a fun, affordable piece of art for Thanksgiving.
Happy crafting xoxo
I had a stretched out, plain, pink t-shirt that I decided to give a re-style to. I cut the shirt up the front and pulled it in together to “tighten up” the shirt and then sewed it back together.
I cut a piece of pink patterned fabric and ironed it into a pocket shape. I cut a squirrel on my Cricut using the Create A Critter Cartridge out of black construction paper and used that to burn a screen on my YUDU. I then screen printed the squirrel onto canvas in pink ink on the YUDU. I ironed it to the pocket using Heat-n-Bond and then sewed the squirrel pocket to the t-shirt.
Now I have a re-styled, new feeling t-shirt in pink to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month.
The DVR is killing me. I record everything now. Feeling a little spoiled when I go to watch a show and can’t fast forward through commercials because it isn’t recorded and HGTV is my obsession. If the short people don’t interrupt and ask for a show of their own. I often watch Design on a Dime and mock a little because really some of their projects are just ugly. So I thought why not show a simple way to make a painting for your bare walls that is fun and functional and not splatter paint!
I took an inexpensive canvas from the art supply store and treated it with layers to make a great piece of art.
1. I started by painting the canvas all one color using acrylic paint, allow it to dry fully.
2. I spray painted a loose spotty paint over top in a contrasting color.
3. I used my Cricut to cut letters out of sticker vinyl (in this case I used Birds on Parade Cartridge) I laid those letter down on top of the canvas and dabbed a third color of paint over top, this time a lighter color, covering the letters, I allowed this to dry and then peeled the letters off to revel the color underneath.
4. I then used the YUDU to screen printed several sheets of card stock using a hand drawn patterns. I used those screen printed sheets to cut a large rose shape on the Cricut using the Sophie Cartridge, which is a Cricut Circle exclusive.
5. I flipped the rose shape upside down and lightly spray painted a dusting of black onto the canvas.
6. I flipped the rose over with the screen printing facing out and I added a few pieces of the vinyl that had been removed, to different areas on the canvas.
7. Finally I used shellac to hold the whole thing in place.
Allow to dry and you are done with a great piece of art to hang on your wall!
I started this weeks project with pieces of burlap that I had peeled off of another reclaimed project I am working on and I thought why not make use of these scraps of two toned burlap? I also just sewed a new shower curtain for my girls bathroom and the curtain that was in there was a simple canvas one. So again I thought this can be used and off to the studio I went.
I used the burlap to wrap around a green Styrofoam wreath form that I actually picked up at the dollar store. I then used my Cricut and the Simply Scarecrow Cartridge to cut out the”Happy Harvest”, the leaves and a corn stalk onto black paper and used those to burned them onto a YUDU screen.
I screen printed onto that canvas shower curtain by taking brown, orange and tan ink and swirling it on the screen so that when I used the squeegee to pull the ink through it would variegate the colors to look like a mixed fall pallet. I frayed the edges of the burlap and the canvas to give the whole thing a rustic look.
I finished it off by adding a golden rod yellow ribbon at the top, a tiny piece of burlap and finished it with a tiny screen printed leaf at the loop that will hang on the wreath holder that goes over my door.
Happy Fall! Happy Harvest! Happy Crafting! Follow me on Twitter I am Lab5.
The little ladies big Summer slumber party is tonight. I used the Girls Make Up Party Cartridge to create sleep over nighties for the short one and her friends who will be at the slumber party. The front is created by cutting the “Sleep Over” out of black paper on the Cricut and using that to burn a screen for the YUDU. I used a 70 mesh screen to print Water Based Adhesive on to the tees and then sprinkled pink YUDU glitter on top, covered it with a soft cloth and ironed it down. I also created some of the t-shirt’s using pink YUDU flocking, printing and ironing the same way. On the back of the nightie t-shirts I screen printed wings from a Hello Kitty cartridge using YUDU glow in the dark ink.
Happy crafting xoxo. Follow me on Twitter I am Lab5.