Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Baptism frame w/vinyl lettering

We just had a baptism and I added some vinyl lettering to a white mat (that came with the frame). I really like how it turned out. I used two of my favorite cartridges: stone script and home accents. I got this idea from my dear friend Janae, she had seen something similar done. Thanks Janae!

Name tile

I helped a friend make some gifts for her family...they turned out good. I used the plantin schoolbook, jasmine and home accents cartridges.

Dress-up box

I made a quick and fun dress-up box with a plastic container and some vinyl lettering. It doesn't show it, but I put castles on the side. I used the stone script, paper dolls and alphalicious cartridges.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Find Joy in the Journey - Tile saying

I made this for my sister in law for Christmas. I love this saying. I enjoyed the talk that was given by our prophet, President Monson. You can find the talk here.

I used black vinyl and the cricut fonts: stone script, home accents, and plantin schoolbook

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Winner's Choice!

Here is a picture of what one of the winners of my giveaway choose for their vinyl saying. What a great choice! I firmly believe every word!!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!! May it be filled with warm and wonderful memories!!

Note: Stone script font used on cricut

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Come what may, and LOVE it!

This saying comes from a talk that Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin gave during General Conference in October. It is something his mom told him when he came home from a dissappointing football game. She told him, "Well Joseph, come what may, and love it!" It was a saying he lived by and it continues to now help us in our day! You can find the entire talk here.
This was the first tile I have ever done with vinyl. I think it turned out great! I love it...now to decide where to put it? :) But, that is always fun.

I used the Cricut and the stone script and home accents cartridges.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

How to make a quick palm tree

We had a daddy/daughter party for our 8-11 year old girls and their special guy in their life.
Here is a picture of a simple way to make a palm tree. I found the idea on the internet a few years ago, but I cannot find the source.
You get an empty carpet tube. I had one and cut it in 1/2 and made 2 palm trees. You then take brown lunch sacks, cut off the bottom and put them on the tube...and scrunch them together. Makes the trunk.
The top you can do 3 different ways:
  • fake fern in the top (easiest) ~ Thank you Shelly for the use of your plants :)
  • Cut leaves from butcher paper and put a flower wire behind each leaf and then place it in the top with floral foam ..not sure if it is called that. This is great if your trees are against a wall...because you can staple or tape some of the leaves to the wall.
  • Last, take a green umbrella and put it in the top, or take the material off the umbrella and put leaves cut out of paper on the frame of the umbrella.
I have tried the first 2 and they have turned out great, inexpensive too.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Health, Peace and Sweet Content - Holiday Card

This is not my typical holiday card, but I wanted to make a card with white and blue. I started it and got the white card embossed and the blue strip done.. and then I was stuck...and then I found this sketch on another blog. And it helped me out, thank you for the sketch Robin. I also found a quote by Shakespeare that I liked it states: "Health, Peace and Sweet content be yours." I think that is very appropriate for this season and always...I wish you all, Health, Peace and sweet content. Have a happy day.

Note: I embossed the white using the dots embossing folder on the cuttlebug, Just my type embossing border on the blue, added some green ribbon and chalk.

Sunday, November 9, 2008


I decided to have 2 winners per category. Thank you to my oldest for helping me with the drawing.

Winners Are:

Vinyl Saying: Sheila and Kierstin W.

Frames: Lori and Sharon

Cards: Julie and Cheryl

Sheila and Kierstin, you can leave a comment or email me at ntycksen@finishwork.com
Tell me the saying, color and if you want it print or fancy. You can pick the font by looking at my category, vinyl lettering.

I will mail or bring the other items around. Thanks for playing, that was fun.

***For those who didn't win, I will be doing more giveaways in the future.

Have a happy day!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Giveaway !!

HAPPY NOVEMBER! I am thankful for all my family and friends :)!!

I have friends that blog that have done giveaways and I thought it might be fun to have a giveaway when my counter hits 1000. Here are some of the items I will be giving away. Just leave me a comment and what you would like to be entered in. When my counter hits 1000..I will print out the comments and draw out the winners! Have fun and feel free to tell your friends!! I will close the giveaway on Saturday, 11:59 p.m. November 8th.

1. Vinyl Saying 12 X 24

* You can pick the name or saying. The colors I have are black, brown or beige.
Here are some examples: You can also click on vinyl lettering to see different ideas and fonts.

2. & 3. My mind's Eye - This & That scrapbooking frames, 2 sets of 10.

4. 1 set of 5 handmade cards: 1 birthday, 2 thank you, 1 blank, 1 sympathy/get well...comes with envelopes. (Photo not included)

Remember: Leave a comment and that will enter you in the drawing!

Have a great day!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Fall card

This is a card I made for card club last Thanksgiving. I had this gorgeous paper and I just wadded it up into a ball, about 5 times...to make it look crinkled and soft. I used cork board. a leaf brad and leaf.

Kids Dyno-mite birthday card

This card I made about a year ago and I needed to make some more, so I changed just one thing on it. The paper behind the dinosaur, I embossed with my cuttlebug and the swiss dots folder. The words I did on the computer and printed it out. The dinosaur is a sticker by Provo craft. You can find them at Roberts.

Kids birthday waterfall card

Here is used the same colors of the previous birthday card and made a waterfall card.

Kids birthday card

This was one of my favorite kids' birthday cards to make. I found these frogs at Roberts and then I cut the tags using the George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge and I used blue and green ink on the inside. I used sheer lime green and white polka dot ribbon that you can find at Michaels, Roberts and Wal-Mart.

Waterfall Cards

My sister found these on the internet and told me how fun they were to make. I agree! They are really fun to make and even more fun to give. You can find the instructions here.
As you pull the tab down...each square says something. This one says, Thank you so much.

Butterfly card

This card I copied from an idea that I saw on the Cricut Message Board. The original creator is Stampin Meg, you can see her card here. Thanks for the great idea! I did this card for a blank card theme. I used the Home accents cartridge for the butterfly.

Get well card

This card I used a card "recipe" from the magazine "Joy of card making." It has pockets and you sew up the sides on your sewing machine. It was a lot of fun to make. I did this card while I was pregnant with Chloe, so a few years ago. It is still one of my favorites. It took a bit longer, but, I just did it in steps. I love this card.

Thank U card

This card was inspired by a card my friend Tiffany did at card club. She was sweet enough to let me borrow her stamp set. Underneath the U (on the yellow) there are flowers that are heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The ribbon is sheer ivory and silver cording.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Card or Invite

This is a really quick and easy card for Halloween. I used my cuttlebug and embossed the front with "Haunted House" embossing folder. Then inked the front with black ink and chalked the moon and windows. I was inspired by Susan at Heartprints.net...you can find hers
here. I love her cards, she always has great ideas!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween Vinyl Lettering Sign

I was having too much fun with my cricut yesterday. I found some shiny orange vinyl at Roberts and I just knew what I wanted to do with it. I made this sign and put it on our front window. I used the Opposites Attract, Cuttin up and Paper Doll cartridges.

Note: If you look close the sun is hitting the "ween" and you can see it sparkle!!

I also cut this skeleton from the Paper Doll cartridge. I used white vinyl and a black sharpie. It is on our front storm door. Cute huh?! It is about 23-24 inches tall.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Football Pep Rally Treat Ideas

This is what I came up with for the pep rally treat tonight. Our team is undefeated and I thought this went well. On the back I have the info for the game time and place. I found a lot of ideas here. I wanted to also get "crush" pop and put CRUSH Bingham!! But, they don't sell crush in smaller individual containers anymore :(...just 2 liter bottles. There are 21 boys on Dallin's team..so, I just stuck with this! Good for the boys too! :)

This is one of the cutest football rally treats I have ever seen, and NO..I did not come up with this. One of the mom's on Dallin's team did. Isn't it awesome. Just click on it to make it larger and you can read what she wrote. Very creative!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

New saying for the wall - Find joy in the journey!

I love this saying. It is taken from a talk from our Prophet, Thomas S. Monson. The minute I heard him say this in General Conference, I knew that I wanted to put the saying up in my home somewhere. Mission Accomplished :)! May each of us find joy in whatever journey we are on!
Note: I used the Stone script and Home accents cartridges for the cricut

Friday, October 3, 2008

Papa's 80th Birthday

We just celebrated Papa's 80th birthday and as part of that celebration we were to create a few pages for a book. These are the pages I did for my family. It was a lot of fun. I haven't done any scrapbooking for some time. I cut out the family using my cricut and the Home accents cartridge. I used the cuttlebug embossing Dots folder on the tag holder and family picture. The cardstock and ribbon are from Stampin' up. I love the saying about grandpa's.It fits our Papa perfectly! It says:
"A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart."

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Double Chocolate Brownie Cake

This is our favorite chocolate cake. I was trying to find something to be similar to a choclate cake we had bought at Costco. My sister shared this recipe with me. It is found on allrecipes.com you can find it
The "satiny choclate glaze" is also from allrecipes.com you can find it here. I double the glaze recipe. You will LoVe IT!!! It is soo good...both hot and cold!!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Bridal Shower Card

I made this card for my nephew's fiance (now wife :), for her bridal shower. I used the paper doll cartridge for the cricut. It was a "matchbook" style card, cut from the Tags, Bags and Boxes cartridge. The lilac cardstock was embossed with the cuttlebug, using the divine swirls embossing folder. I also stapled it with the staple "LOVE" and put dimensional glaze on the staple. I then added silver cord ribbon from Stampin' up. I used a lot of vellum, bling and glitter paper on the paper dolls. It was a fun card to make.

Wedding gift using vinyl lettering

Here is another vinyl lettering project. This was for a dear teacher that was getting married this year. I got the metal frame from Roberts Crafts.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Latest Vinyl Lettering

This is a saying on a mirror ...obviously. First mirror I have done..it says "Has anyone seen my Glass Slippers?" It turned out great. You can't see it very well from the picture. :) It was fun though!

Sunday, September 21, 2008


I made this "chocolate fix " bucket for the same enrichment night auction. I added quotes on chocolate also. This idea was inspired by my dear friend Kristen. Thanks again, Kristen. You can click on the picture to make it larger. It is easier to see the quotes that way. :)

Card Box

This box I made for an enrichment auction at our church. It was a lot of fun to do. The box I bought at Roberts Arts & Crafts.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Star Student

Each school year the teachers seem to "highlight" a student each week. This is one I did for Abby. It was really quick, because I only put one photo on it.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Teacher Appreciation

I love helping at my childrens' schools. I have been a room mom for 8 years now. I absolutely love interacting with my childrens' classmates and their teachers. Teacher appreciation is a fun time. We usually decorate the door and I like to put together some kind of scrapbook with thank you notes from the students and parents. Here are some pictures of last years teacher appreciation. I used the cricut to cut out the letters and the paper doll and seashells.

More Vinyl Lettering

Here are a few more:

I have to give credit to my good friend Janae..I copied her idea for the saying above my job chart. It is hard to see, but, if you click on it you can see it really well. Cute idea huh?!

Vinyl Lettering

I love to cut out vinyl lettering on my cricut and put it on anything and everything. I posted some I did in my children's rooms on our family blog tycksentales.blogspot.com

Here are some more I have done. Just click on the picture to make it larger.