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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Last Min Christmas Rush?!?!

Are you in the throws of the last minute Christmas rush? Do you still have gifts to buy and you just don't know what to get?!?! Well... Do I have a solution for you and it is an EASY CHEAP solution at that!!!

As most of you know my dear friend, and a fellow electronic file designer Jen Adkins came to visit me last month! And while she was here she introduced to vinyl!!! Now I need to tell you I WAS a vinyl scaried cat! I really don't know why I was scared maybe because it was a medium that had a backing, you had to weed it, and then on top of that you had to transfer it!!! Ugh! It made me get chills just thinking about it!

But then...

My friend Jen gave me this AWESOME stone tile with our Montogram and our last name.... and if you know me - I am a sucker not only for pink but for anything with my name on it!!!!

Jen assured me there was NO reason to scared of vinyl, I mean hey that IS what our cutter machine were actually made to cut! So with her help I set off to make my own Monogram tiles for all of those I knew for Christmas!

And you know what - they turned out AWESOME!!! Seriously!!! AWESOME!!! And everyone who has gotten one has ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!! I even had the women at the Pak Mail place ask me if I could make some for her!!!

Here are just a few of the ones I have made! (And let me tell you I made ten of these in one night!!!!)

Now let me tell you how easy it really was. I went to Lowes and I purchased ten ceramic floor tiles in the 12 x 12 size. (Each tile was $1.20 for the ones I picked out but they actually range from price from 97 cents up to about $3 each. They also sell the tiles in 6 x 6 if you are looking for a smaller sized present!)

I then purchased two rolls of contact cork paper as I wanted to give my tiles a "clean" sharp finish to the backsides.

And then purchased 10 plate stands. Now the plate stand came from a bunch of difference places. Several of them I got from Michael's using my 50% off coupons. I picked up one or two at Wal-Mart and one or two at Targets. So I spent somewhere between $6 to $8 for each stand.

Then I purchased my vinyl. We will get more into vinyl in a later post but I decided to use a permanent vinyl and not a repositionable one. I also tried two different brands to see which I liked better!! (The vinyl I purchased cost me about $1 per sheet! The transfer tape even less!)
I laid out my cutter files, cut and transferred! I am telling you it was EASY!!!! And if you were keeping up with my cost - you will see that I paid around $14 for each tile including the plate stand!!!

Now.... if you want to make these SAME awesome Monogram Tiles... well you CAN!!!! My friend Jen (who I was talking about above) actually SELLS this cutter file collection!!! And not only that - but it is currently (as of today 12/20/09) on SALE for $14.96!!!! To get it go HERE!!!

I am soooo loving these!!!!

A huge thanks to My Friend Jen for getting me over my fears of cutting vinyl! You will be hearing a lot more about vinyl, cutting vinyl and even transferring vinyl from me in the future!

Now what are you waiting for - get on over to purchase you cutter file and get busy knocking out your last minute gifts! Trust me you recipients will LOVE YOU!!!

Until Next Time!


Lori McDonald, Designer

My cutter files work on many machines. Some examples are the: Klik-n-kut, Pazzle, Wishblade, Silhouette, Cricut, Craft Robo. Some of the most common softwares involved with these machines are: Funtime, Scrapbooking, WinPC/Signlab, Inkscape, Create and Cut, Illustrator, KNK Studio, and Robomaster. These file are available exclusively at: VDBC!!!

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Bec,  December 20, 2009 at 10:09 AM  

These look AWESOME Lori. Thank you for sharing it. I hope you are feeling well.

Caroline December 20, 2009 at 3:28 PM  

WOW! fantastic pressies and they look so cool! Glad you are feeling well enough to post :)

Jen Adkins December 20, 2009 at 8:24 PM  

See! Nothing to be scared about at all! They came out great!

Pam S December 21, 2009 at 2:37 AM  

Thanks Lori, I got the file, made 2 tonight, we decided the smooth tile works better.

Kamey V December 21, 2009 at 10:44 PM  

I love working with vinyl. I get my vinyl from www.hhsignsupply.com. It's good vinyl, and you get a lot for your money. I hope this helps. Good luck with your health!!!

Lori Collister Hilker December 26, 2009 at 12:15 PM  

Where did you purchase the cork contact paper?

Lori Hilker

Lori McDonald December 26, 2009 at 1:48 PM  

As for the Cork - I got mine at Target, I have also seen it at Lowes- but you can also get it online:





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