Sunday, April 19, 2009

Finally something a little crafty!

Wanted to share some cricuting fun for the evening.

I am making some car decals for my friend Robyn's daughter. She is going to be a mascot next year. I have yet to share with Robyn that I have an irrational fear of people in animal costumes. I really like her daughter, but if she comes near me in that costume I will run away while screaming like a little girl.Here I am fighting with Adobe illustrator as usual. It gets a little easier everyday, but it still hates me. Don't judge me based on my hair, it's been a long weekend - and if you read the previous post you know that my hair had a hard time.

I created the file in illustrator and then loaded it into my cricut program - Sure Cuts A Lot. First I cut out a "proof" of sorts - out of black card stock.

Here is what the sticker will eventually look like.

Finally an almost "cub" green vinyl.

I have a really good helper who spent many years applying decals to cars and trucks. He is really good with an exacto knife.

Almost finished! I am too lazy to rotate this picture.

Here is the finished product - through transfer tape unfortunately. I will try and get a picture when it is actually on the car. It looks like two different color background because the different vinyls have different backings. The vinyl comes off of the backing and it will all look the same.

A Non-Crafty Post

We have returned safely from Port Aransas! Here are a few highlights from our trip.

1. While eating a catered dinner on our first evening there, a seagull pooped on my silverware.
2. While "resting my eyes" the next morning by the pool, a seemingly sick seagull pooped on my hair.
3. Lots of time in the hot tub(s).
4. A sweet sunburn even though I wore sunscreen.
5. Being cajoled into going in the very rough ocean and getting the crap beaten out of me by waves.
6. Lots of fun with good kids, great parents, and pretty awesome coworkers. Oh, and husband.
7. My i-phone and cadillac breaking while there.....

Here are a few random pictures.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

who can read it?


Step away from the blog header!

Obviously I SUUUUCK at getting my blog layout right. My apologies to anyone who had the misfortune of visiting my my site was in shambles. Just consider it a work in progress?

Speaking of works in progress (sweet segue shelby)

- Several Mascot Mom/Dad/Grandparent car stickers to be started as soon as my CORRECTLY COLORED green outdoor vinyl arrives. Apparently kelly green does not mean the same thing to everyone.
- Girl scout troop car stickers for my favorite girl scout, Miss Bailee.
-Finish eiffel tower wall decal.
- Oh yeah, wear bathing suit in front of 100 high school students...

That's right... i'm going to the beach with 100 of my closest "friends". We'll see if my very new swimsuit makes it's debut. I'm going to give that a probably NOT.

Don't know what the status of the internet will be at the condos so try not to miss me too much.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Well I made myself a background and header and now I have screwed my layout up! I have no idea how to fix it. Anybody in the blog world (that actually reads my blog...) know how to re-center my layout?

I think I am done photoshopping for a while. It was an unplanned diversion that has been fun, but three blog headers later I am a little tired of it.

Say some prayers for Stellan, it looks like he is headed to boston for possible heart surgery. Head on over to MckMama's blog and leave her some love! You can also click on the picture and it will take you there.

Also, Riley's relay for life is this weekend. I am sad that I don't get to go since I will be on the band spring trip to Port Aransas. You can visit her blog and see how she is kicking cancer's butt!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I wish Karla was awake so she could see this!

So I made this header for Karla, but once again when I save it as a .gif to be able to load it throws the colors all off. Does anybody know how to fix that?

Well, hopefully she likes it. I'm getting a little addicted to photoshop. It is SO much easier than illustrator.

In Cricut news - I got a GIANT box of new vinyl in the mail today. Expect something big and exciting soon!

I wish I knew a little more about computers

I can't believe that I am actually learning how to operate photoshop. I made this blog header for my friend aleesa's blog. I don't know if she will put it up, but I had fun making it! I really know nothing about making web images, so when I saved it some of the colors got off a little bit.

As usual I will be up at school until pretty late tonight. It's a good thing I like my job! The JH honors band is performing their UIL program tonight at the high school. They have UIL this Saturday and will do great I am sure!

Monday, April 13, 2009

My exploits thus far.

Just wanted to post a few tiny tidbits of what I've been doing so far. First up is my VERY FIRST cricut project. I didn't really have any idea what I was doing. My parents also had no idea they would come home to this on their wall. Luckily they are good sports and (pretended that they) liked it. The font is Scriptina and it is black vinyl.

Next up, I made my mom this car sticker. She is very proud of the whole Nana thing. I think this turned out pretty cute. It's not nearly as giant as it looks - it's about 3 inches tall and 5 inches tall. The font is Grenouille with Circle Things dingbat flowers - outdoor white vinyl.
My husband does not come along with this sticker.

Well.. here it is!

My name is Shelby and I am a blog lurker. You know all those hits you get on your site meter and wonder where they came from because there are no comments? Yep, it was me. Not just one a day either - 2,3, sometimes 7. I can't help it.

I won't kid myself and say I'll give it up, so here is my repentance. I've gone and done it.. started my own blog. I even (gasp) designed my own (double gasp) header. My illustrator skills do not yet encompass entire layouts, but maybe I will get there someday.

I long debated over what my blog should be about... I went through all the usual topics:
Children - don't have those. Cooking advice - open freezer, remove desired entree, place in microwave... Reality TV - boo to jason, yes to melissa. The elimination of these topics left few choices, so I have thus settled on talking about my lifelong obsession with being CRAFTY.

I am not creative, nor artistic. I cannot draw, paint, photograph or otherwise create art. Therefore I have filled this void with acquiring and refinishing ridiculous amounts of furniture, scrapbooking profusely, painting any wall in my reach, making picture frames, and even a small stint attempting to make my own clothing. This has all led to my newest obession. MY CRICUT.
I can cut paper, vinyl, cardboard, fabric and all sorts of things. The possibilities are endless and I can't wait to learn how to really use it! In the meantime I am learning how to use Adobe Illustrator , and downloading an obscene amount of fonts. I plan to post my Cricut creations here on the handle 'ole blog, as well as a few boring day to day entries. Stay tuned!

Oh, and nobody likes a lurker!