60th Birthday Easel Card

Hi all! Michele Green here from www.michelegreen.com. Today I am sharing with you a card I recently made. This is the first easel card I have ever made and I LOVE it! These are so easy to make and a lot of fun to design!

This card celebrates the 60th birthday of a very special woman, my mom.

The card measures 4″x4″. It started with one 4×12″ piece of black cardstock. The simplest directions for an easel card can be found HERE. From there I knew I wanted to use paisley so I stayed with silver, white, and black for my card.

The white background shape is cut from Paper Trimmings at 3″. The 60 is from Theresa Collins Sophisticated cart at 3.25″.


I threaded this Recollections Paisley ribbon through the numbers to bring the whole card together. I created the bow by using a brad and poking it through the ribbon as I folded it over. I used glue dots to adhere it to the page and also in between a few of the layers to get it to lay right.


When you open an easel card, there will be a space that you can only see when the card is all the way open and a place that will be part of the display. It looks like this when all the way open:


I chose to use the upper portion to write my sentiment and the bottom portion, which will be displayed to put this awesome Pink by Design stamp! You then put a brad or button or something to hold the top portion of the card up. Mine looks like this:


And from the side an easel card looks like this:


I hope you have enjoyed this card – I did! 🙂 Easel cards are much easier to make than they appear so I suggest you try one if you never have! I know I waited way to long to try this myself!

T-Shirts using vinyl on the Yudu

Hi all! Michele Green here from www.michelegreen.com. Today I am sharing with you my recent experience with the Yudu machine. My husband has a family member who is starting a business of being a hunting guide. As a surprise, my husband wanted to give him some t-shirts.

I will tell you that we were mightily intimidated by this machine and all of it’s instructions. My husband started out by watching some YouTube videos of the process and picked one he wanted to follow. He started the process of the emulsion application and drying and it was a failure. The emulsion wasn’t drying properly and it was frustrating to say the least.

I began researching other ways to use the Yudu and I remembered that a crafty friend had used hers successfully a lot of times. I found this excellent tutorial HERE (down at the bottom of this post) on her blog, With Glittering Eyes. We followed it almost exactly so I’m not going to rehash every step here but I will show you some pictures of along the way. Nadia is a genius!

I began by designing the t-shirt logo on my Gypsy. I used the mama bear with cubs from the Cricut Lite Cart Wildlife.  I made the design backwards so that it will stuck to the bottom side of the screen. I cut it using my Expression and the KISS cut which is 3-3-3. Because I was cutting from my Gypsy, I actually cut with a speed of 1 instead of 3 because you just never know with the Gypsy 🙂


The next step was to weed out all of my design. Be careful to not throw away the middles of the e’s and other vowels!


Then we applied to the vinyl to the underside of the screen and put painter’s tape all around it to seal it in. Anything that is not blocked with get ink on your t-shirt. The only part left open for ink to go through should be your actual design – in this case the bears and lettering.


This is what the screen looks like when it is on the Yudu (red shirt underneath).


I don’t have pictures of us doing the screening because for us it was a two person job. I’m not sure if it’s just our Yudu or all but the top didn’t stay all the way down so one person held the top down while the other pulled the ink through. We used official ProvoCraft Yudu black ink.

The first one took a lot of ink to get the design onto the shirt but we also think we were losing a lot of ink onto the sticky side of the painter’s tape. Everything after that first one went well. We printed eleven shirts and didn’t have any problem with the vinyl. The best part was clean up – just pull all of the vinyl and tape off and rinse the screen – done! No emulsion to worry about getting off.


After the t-shirts had air dried while we cleaned up, I heat set them with a hair dryer first. Because this was our first attempt and we were giving them to other people, we also then ironed them for 6 minutes each. My husband kept one and we have washed it multiple times and the ink has stayed put and has not faded at all.

Here are a majority of the shirts we made. We did all different colors. The two green shirts are little kid shirts!


(The top two were made with just cardstock actually but that’s another post for another day… Definitely not as awesome as the vinyl.)

The Yudu sure was scary with the emulsion but the vinyl was a cinch so I wanted to share that with all of you! Thanks for stopping by today!

Changeable Banners

Hi, Daphne here to share a banner with you! I was browsing on Pinterest the other day and I saw a cute idea. Someone made a banner, but instead of attaching it directly to the string to hang it, they used clothes pins! I thought that was a fabulous idea. You can make just the banner pieces and change them whenever you want.

I am decorating for the Fourth of July for the first time this year, so I thought this was a great opportunity to make my first changeable banner.

I used the  Independence Day cartridge to make the banner pieces. All the solid cardstock I used is from Bazzill.

I cut the triangle banner pieces at 6″. The base piece is the white, then red stripes are the second layer  and the top layer is the blue.

The 4th of July was cut at 4″.  I used the Faded Jeans Distress Ink pad from Ranger all over the cut to make it stand out against the blue of the triangle. I used liquid glue to attach it to the triangle.

The firecracker was cut at 4″. It also has 3 layers, white is the base, red is the second layer and the blue is the top layer. I again inked the blue piece with the Distress Ink pad. I also added Distress Stickles in Antique Linen to the stars to make them glitter. I added a generic clear glitter glue to the red pointed pieces. I attached the firework with pop dots to add some depth to the banner.

The eagle was cut at 3″. He is only two layers. The blue is the base layer and the white is the top layer. I once again inked the blue with the Distress Ink pad.I attached it with pop dots.

All of the large stars on the main triangle piece have been highlighted with the Antique Linen Distress Stickles.

As you can see, you then use clothes pins and hang them on the line. I can’t wait to make something new for each month to hang on this line. It will be easier to store just the pieces too, no getting the string all tangled.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today. I hope I have inspired you to create a Changeable Banner.

Please stop by my personal blog Craftyscrapsofstuff.

Designed by: Daphne Shreiber

Cricut Machine and Tools: Expression

Cricut Cartridges Used: Independence Day

Other Supplies Used: Ranger Distress Ink Pad- Faded Jeans, Ranger Distressed Stickles- Antique Linen, Bazzill Cardstock, Helmar All Purpose glue, clear glittter glue, pop dots

School Mini Album

Hi there and welcome! On the heels of the fantastic mini album posted by Lori on Monday, I have another mini album to share with you! This mini was created for our in-home daycare caregiver as the end-of-the-year card from all of our families. Each year I make her something and this year I went with a mini album.


This mini was made with my Cricut Expression and a regular cutting blade. I used a thin cardboard for the base of the shapes. I put my blade length on 4, pressure max, and multi cut 2. I’ve never had any problem cutting chipboard (or food boxes) with this setting.


I used papers from the DCWV Grade School stack. I like to stick to one stack for these sorts of projects because while the papers can be greatly different, they all fit together somehow. Each shape had a paper cover the front, which matted the photo and a piece cut using the flip setting for the backside of the shape.


I then chalked the edges in black and sealed them with Glossy Accents and added a sprinkle of white/clear glitter for fun.


If the shape had an available place, I put the picture there, if not, I tried to make it fit with the shape as much as possible. Here is my daughter’s page, which was the most difficult, getting the star shape to work with a 4×6 photo.


The last shape was a notebook page and served as a place for me to write our thank you note.


The shapes I used were:

Crayon 2 – Locker Talk – 6″
Pencil – My Community – 3″
Puzzle piece – My Community – 5″
Star – Doodlecharms – 6″
Glue – Locker Talk – 6″
Backpack – Doodlecharms – 6″
Apple – Doodlecharms – 6″
Notebook page – Locker Talk – 6″

I hope you have enjoyed my mini and if you have any questions, please ask in the comments and I will try my best to answer!

Be sure to visit my personal site, www.michelegreen.com, if you would like to see more projects, most recently 31 layouts in the 31 days of May!

What it means to love you layout

Hello! Michele here to share a layout with you today. This is my very first post on CricutDIVAs and I am excited to be here! Today’s layout features my daughter and why I love her. I hope this will become a cherished page when she thumbs through the old books when she is an adult. Scrapping is about preserving memories and telling our stories. I hope she enjoys this one about her – just her and nothing else.


The Cricut cuts involved here are:
The title is the font on the Cupcake (a Lite cart – if you haven’t checked out this font, you are missing out big time!) “what it means to you” was welded and cut at 0.75″.  “love” and it’s welded shadow were cut at 1.05″.

The flowers are two variations from Hello Kitty Greetings and were cut at 2″ and 1.3″.
The circle tag is from Doodlecharms and was cut at 1.6″.

To get these sizes just right, I pulled out my Gypsy. I haven’t used it in awhile but it fired right up and connected with my Expression just fine. (I have not attempted to update it recently or link it to CCR at any time. In fact, it’s probably been at least six months since I turned it on!) Don’t you just love how you can make all of your cuts at once on the Gypsy?

Before cutting:


After cutting:


Here is a close-up of the journaling, in case you are wondering what it says:


One last little trick for you. I tied a simple knot around the tag at the bottom of the layout.  To keep it simple and not create bulk with an additional piece of ribbon, I simply sliced the end of the ribbon in two, threaded it through the hole and tied a knot around. This keeps the bulk down in the page protector.


I hope you have enjoyed my first layout here on CricutDIVAs and I hope you will keep coming back for more!  Feel free to visit me on my regular blog where this month you will see a layout each day as I am participating in Lain Ehmann’s Layout a Day in May 2013!