Monday, March 26, 2012

Car and dump truck pictures

Good morning!  Today is my first post as a member of The Bug Bytes Design Team and I'm so excited, thanks so much to Pam for inviting me to join her amazing team of designers!

Today I have some pictures to share that I made for my oldest son's room!  I bought him a quilt to go with his new "big boy" room a couple of months ago, but couldn't find any pictures to match, so I decided to make some!  It took me awhile but I finally started on them and I'm really pleased with how they are turning out!

I found some black 10x10 frames at Michael's on sale and they ended up being less then $4 per frame!  His quilt has a mix of cars and construction trucks, so I looked through my Cricut carts to find ones that were similar.  I used a car and dump truck from Boys Will Be Boys and a car and the roads from Everyday Paper Dolls!

For the paper, I used mostly Echo Park "Little Boy" collection with some from Echo Park "Springtime" collection and cardstock from my stash to fill in as needed.

I took some step-by-step photos to show you my process, as I put together the first picture.  I started with setting them all up on my gypsy, then I laid out the paper on my Cricut mat...

Here's the car cut...

Now I have a trick to share with you, that I learned from my friend Tracy - instead of wasting a whole sheet of paper when you'll only see the edges, she cuts out the middle, leaving enough to adhere the center piece and saves the middle for another project!  It seems so simple (and GENIUS!! ;-) - thanks Tracy!) but somehow I never thought to do it!  It kills me to think of all the paper I wasted over the years but I know now and use this trick as often as I can!

So here is my background paper - cut to 10x10 then I cut the middle out, leaving enough edge to adhere my scene paper to!

Now here's my background paper and 8x8 scene adhered together!  You can't even tell the middle is missing behind the scene paper!

I used Imaginese colored foam tape to give the car some dimension with too much, since it will be in the frame. 

I inked the edges of everything using my Quick Quotes PowderPuff chalking ink - I can't say enough how much I love this ink!  It glides on so easily and looks fantastic!

Here are the completed pictures, framed and ready to go!  I wish I could have taken photos of them hanging against his blue walls but he's asleep, so that will have to be done later!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a great week!


  1. What a wonderful and creative project! Thanks for the center paper saver trick! Great work!

  2. Hi Kim, congratulations on the design team wow... These pictures turned out so pretty.

  3. WOW what a debut! It's great idea to save paper. Love your project. It will look lovely in a boy's room. AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  4. What a fun decor project. Love the roads.

  5. I love your project! It is perfect for a boys room. So creative and fun!!!


  6. These are super awesome! I think I am gonna lift


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