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HGTV PARTY Director’s Clapperboard Using Cricut Locker Talk + GIVE AWAY

I’m just SOOO PROUD of my friend Sunita!!  She earned a spot on HGTV’s All American Handyman.  When she told me she was going to be on it I told her 2 things:  “Congratulations” and “I’m not at all surprised”.  Truly.  She’s fantastic.  One day I brought her over to my house to show her the iron staircase baluster’s I’d just paid $$$ to have installed.  No kidding…the next day she went to Home Depot, bought some baluster’s and redid her entire staircase by herself.  THAT DAY.  That’s one of my favorite stories about her, but that’s not all she’s done.  Sometimes I can go outside and hear saws and things running.  It’s almost always her. 😉  Well, she didn’t win on the show, but that doesn’t matter.  She’s a star anyway.

Sunita’s birthday and the HGTV show premier were at the same time.  So her sweet husband decided to throw her a surprise HGTV & B’day party.
So, Guess Who Made Decorations?

Here’s How I Made the Clapperboard:

The blue blade housing you see there is the Deep Cut Blade.

I told you I needed that Locker Talk Cricut cartridge, remember?  Well, I just got it and already found this immediate use for it.  YAY!  I used it to make this Director’s clapperboard.  The only thing about it is that there aren’t many layers, so I had to cut those white areas out by hand.  I used thin 12×12 chipboard and the Deep Cut Blade to cut out several clapperboards which I layered together so I could make it sturdy.

Next, I cut out the same image again but this time I used some black paper instead of chipboard.  Then I used my trusty ATG 714 gun and glued that sucker together.  I heart my ATG gun.  It’s a hard worker.

Why yes I was trying to find a way to show you my manicure without being too obvious.  It’s still kind of contrived, isn’t it?  LOL!

I used some poster board to create the back to this clapperboard.  I taped the glossier side to the inside and had the matte side facing out.  Reason?  (Oh, I can hardly wait to tell you my genius idea! LOL!)  I decided that we could pass this little creation around Sunita’s party and have all the party guests sign it as a remembrance for her.  LOVE IT!  It worked out great and everyone signed it.  I’m still wondering why in the WORLD my DH signed it for both of us since I always do the signing and his writing is — well, I love him.  LOL!

Ahhh…vinyl…how I love you.  Seen my Cricut Vinylology DVD?

I rarely use vinyl on paper, but it is super cool when you do isn’t it?  Using vinyl was much easier than gluing down all of these individual letters.  HOWEVER, I think this Cricut brand vinyl (that I just bought…grrr) is old or something, because it didn’t want to come up off of the paper.  So, I actually DID have to glue down some of the letters and that’s how I got it sort of crooked.  Plus, it was 1 hour until the party and I still needed to shower and dress.  I was in a mild panic.

I finally used my very least favorite cartridge!  Jubilee font cartridge you finally have a job.  I needed a skinny font for this.

And Now…the Give Away!

Ok, in honor of the deep cut blade that made this possible…and in thanks to reaching 800 Fans on the Joy’s Life Facebook Fan page I’m giving away a Cricut Deep Cut Blade to one winner.  Woo hoo!  To be entered to win, just leave a comment on this post AND (if you haven’t) please “Like” the Joy’s Life Facebook page.  Just click that button on the left side of the page.  (You can also hang out with us on the “Joy Joyslife” Facebook page.  I just started the Joy’s Life FB fan page, so it needs some love.)

I’ll use Random.org to choose a winner on Sept. 13.  After I hear from that winner I’ll post the winner here.  Good luck!

#  mountaindew72 Says:
September 6th, 2010 at 12:31 PM
Super cute project! Ive never tried the deep cut blade. Thank heavens for the multiple cut feature! I got your DVD and am trying to get brave enough to cut vinyl!

Stay tuned for MORE HGTV party creations!



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  1. CathyinMN says:

    Your projects never cease to amaze me. You are such an inspiration. I have wanted the Handyman cart since it came out but have not been able to get it yet. Thanks for the great give away. I haven’t used a deep cut blade yet, but I’ve recently been thinking I need to get one.

  2. Great project. You’ve given me an idea for a LO I’ve been wanting to do.

  3. I have a party that I need to make cupcakes for (I use my Cake with gum paste and my carts). Your endless assortment of ideas never cease to amaze. Thanks for all the creative stimulation you provide us “Bug Junkies”!

  4. I love coming to your website you have such good ideals and I could really use one of the deep cutting blades that is what I really need in this point and time in my life. I hope you keep up the good work.

  5. Scrappinchic says:

    Very cute! This would be a great idea if you were having a movie party too. I will have to give it a try!

  6. Love the locker talk cartridge, too. It is so much than for just school pages. Thanks for all your ideas. You’ve given me new inspiration!

  7. sy3_smith says:

    Oh wow that is just soooo cute! you did the greatest job!!!! <3

  8. Joy what a great clapperboard, I do not have tis cart, I think I need to take a closer look…..I love to visit your blog, you are so creative, Thanks for all you do…..
    brodiec88 at hotmail dot com

  9. So many cute ideas! I don’t have time to try them all. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Recipegal says:

    Great job both of you. Everything looks great!!!! I just got Locker Talk too, might have to try it out and see if I can make a clapper board as good as yours.

  11. winnielosie says:

    Love your idea’s for your friend, and if we can’t do something nice for a friend with our crafting who can we then. I am sure she loved it joy. Your ideas are always great. Vicky

  12. jenleisen says:

    You have such awesome ideas! Great job!!!

  13. Joydee1963 says:

    Joy, Love all your party stuff,You so creativity! Joy

  14. infamoushoax says:

    WOW! Look at all that work you’ve done! I just had 2 weeks of party planning to do… Step-grandbaby’s 1st B-day and Fiance’s 45th B-day. I think I may have worn out a few blade in that amount of time lol. I could really use this houseing. I’ve always used the original with the deep cut blades. I betcha they work a lot better with this 🙂 Thanks again Joy. You inspire us all!

  15. What a great idea. Love the clapper board. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

  16. RichStampin says:

    You continue to amaze me at your creativeness. I only could be so lucky. But then again I would not be coming to your site if I did.

  17. jclaypoole says:

    Thanks for all your wonderful ideas. I have shared your website with so many of my crafty friends. Would love to be a winner.

  18. Joy, you’ve done it again! I’m always SO impressed with you and your projects. And now I’m impressed with your neighbor, too! 🙂 Must be a supercool neighborhood!
    Thx, Frances
    fvanatta at comcast dot net

  19. Christine says:

    You are so creative! I hope I get the time soon to start back on my scrapbooking!

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