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. Great idea for the party! Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Great project, Joy! I wish I had some of your energy today. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. karinavela says:

    Hi Joy, I just began reading your blog and am hooked!

  4. Hi Joy. You did a fantastic job on this Director’s Clapboard for your friend. Congrats to her for getting the chance to be on T.V. YEA!! You are so super sweet to do this for her and I know she loved it. Thank you so much for the chance to win the Deep Cutting Blade, I need it so badly. LOL. Have a wonderful day, Jenny L 🙂

  5. Awesome project! I bet your friend will really like it


  6. I am an HGTV addict! Congrats to your friend. I wish I was handy enough to do all of that stuff. Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Thanks Joy for the birthday wish!!!

  8. Congratulations to your friend! I love HGTV almost as much as I love scrapbooking!

  9. Congrats to your friend! That’s so exciting! Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. I really like it, looks great!

  11. mjwildone says:

    Wow great project. Love it! Thanks for the chance to win. Just found your blog tonight I will be back!!

  12. The signature clapper board was a super cute sentiment. Thanks for the giveaway as well.

  13. so cute…I might need that cart, as I had a need to made a director’s clapperboard recently, and was frustrated with my handmade result!

  14. I didn’t catch that show and I always watch HGTV…? Sorry your friend didn’t win. I hope she had fun though!

    Cute project. You are a great friend to do the decorations…fun isn’t it!

    I have yet to use a deep blade housing. I have been keeping an eye on them hoping they would come down in price. So far no go.


  15. wow your I can not wait to watch her. I love hgtv. thanks joy for the giveaways too. love your nails. i never get to go do that, i am raising 3 grandchildren, so they get my money, lol.


  16. purpleunicorn says:

    Love, Love, Love this and ALL your ideas !! You are the greatest!

  17. Thanks for all the wonderful information you have on your website!. I sure hope I win that deep cut blade because I love cutting out chipboard!

  18. It’s amazing what you can find on all those “old” cartridges! I’ve got this one and did not see that!
    Missed the handyman show but I hope there’ll be a rerun.
    rab1127 at aol dot com

  19. amer55925 says:

    I’m a wanna-be-handyman (like I’m a wanna-be crafter) and am interested in the show. I feel like I know her because of course I “know” you. lol Thanks for sharing all your ideas.

  20. leannesmith says:

    Don’t laugh but I just ordered my very own cricut yesterday…yay, yah, I’m probably the last person on earth without one but in just 3-5 days, I won’t be!! 😀

    Thanks for such a great site and sharing such awesome projects! I have so much to learn!!

    1. Leanne,
      Congrats on your new Cricut! That’s GREAT! 😀

  21. love your project –congrats to your friend!

  22. Congrats on your great clapperboard! I love the locker talk cart and am so happy my sister in law has it 🙂 I love the camera it has on it!
    I would love to win the deep cut blade housing…I have somehow misplaced mine (before I even got to use it!) so I would love a new one…instead of having to ask for it AGAIN for Christmas LOL! Thanks for all you do 😀

  23. The clapperboard is a great idea, love how you created it.
    Kim xXx

  24. great job!! I love that! Also congrats to your friend!!

  25. I have Locker Talk and have NEVER used it! I will be getting it out and using it as soon as I finish typing this! LOL! TFS and how neat is it to have such a talented friend! Can you loan her out? I have some DIY projects I need help with! LOL!!!!!

  26. Hi Joy!

    I’m new here. I found you while I was researching the cricut cake, which by the way I purchased on ebay along with several cartridges. Can’t wait to try it out!!

    Have you tried any nonfood items with your cricut cake? I love what you did for your friend’s birthday. The clapboard came out beautifully!! I’m not sure if I should go for the expression or wait for the imagine….. or even if it’s worth the expense! Imagine if I were to win your give away!! Then I would have no choice but to go for the expression, LOL!!

    Very happy to have found your site! Your videos are extremely helpful!!!

  27. pcrusberg says:

    I think Locker Talk is one of those must have carts. It’s got so many great images, especially if you have kids in school (or friends on HGTV). Thanks Joy!

  28. hibiscusgirl15 says:

    Awesome job! Thanks for sharing and for a great giveaway!

  29. Pdarlington says:

    Great project! Thank you for your giveaways…such generosity!

  30. fantastic project……Thanks for sharing. Your project came out & explained very well!
    Thanks for the blog candy!!!

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  32. clairbear3 says:

    Those Tools look Awesome! Might be a Cart to buy and decorate my sons room with… Love IT!!!!!

  33. Wow that looks so great!! You are soooooooo creative. Congrats to your friend being on HGTV that’s awesome.

  34. Great job!!! Love my locker talk cart. I have used that clapboard several times.

    Linda A

  35. amandawoodau says:

    LOVE this!! You are so creative and do such a great job!! Thanks for sharing!!

  36. shewhodreams says:

    TFS! Always love to see your creations.

  37. I’m always looking to use my cricut in more ways than the it’s original purpose. I haven’t spent the money on a deep-cut blade yet so I would love to win one! Thank you!!!!

  38. I have been wanting to get this blade-thanks for the chance to win. I love your blog! I hope to get HandyMan cart soon.
    krisandcody2u@comcast dot net

  39. thatgirl48316 says:

    YOU never cease to amaze me!!!!! When do you sleep????

    1. You all have left the kindest comments. Thank you so much! They are really appreciated. 😀

  40. richmondgirl says:

    You are super creative….I wish I’d bought the larger cutter, unfortunately I only have the small one….oh well there’s always Christmas! Keep those great ideas coming

  41. Love what you did with the Handyman Cart!!

    Guess I need it also!


  42. Some of the Cricut blogs are bland…..not very creative at all. But I’m always guaranteed to learn something new or get some exciting ideas when I visit your page. Keep it up!

    1. Mickeyfan3,
      Thank you for that wonderful comment!

  43. Joy… You are so creative and I love all your projects.
    This party idea is soooo great! Love the tools you cut out and put on the board! What a great party idea and such a nice friend you are!
    happiqueen at aol dot com

  44. Too cute! I never thought that I would get any of the Lite cartridges but I have changed my mind. I just bought the Locker Talk cartridge and I can’t wait to get some projects going. Thanks for sharing!

  45. This is so cute I really like it thanks for sharing this idea can not wait to see what else you have to show us


  46. So cute… Thanks for sharing… I love your projects…

  47. You are so very clever. I had to have the handyman cartridge as I have two boys who love to build things with Grandpa. Haven’t gotten any thing done yet but you gave me some great ideas.

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