Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Parallel Lines

I noticed that many of the things I have been working with lately involve parallel lines.  These coffee cups are from a country store we stopped at a few weeks ago when we went out for a drive.  (When I was young we used to go on "Sunday Drives" - do people still do that?  ...or is gas too expensive?).  I hadn't seen this type before.  They are basically a cup and a wrapper combined and were easy to hold when they were full of hot coffee.

As a compulsive saver/recycler, I just had to save the cups.  I have a couple of ideas about ways to reuse them - you'll see the end results here soon.  What would you do with them (it's OK to answer that you wouldn't keep them - my husband would like that answer!).

Chevrons are very popular right now - I have seen papers and stamps from many different companies with chevron designs.  They have also been showing up in clothing and home furnishings for a while now.

I bought this stamp a little while ago at my local shop and I think it is high time that it touches some ink!  If I don't use it soon the trend will pass me by (but that might be a good thing...).

The incire patterns I have been making also involve parallel lines.  The trick to making the designs is getting the pairs of lines spaced properly so the folded piece will tuck into the next shape.

 I got a little sidetracked trying to find a way to make these designs with the Cricut (did anyone try cutting the file I posted?) so I haven't finished the tutorial showing my method for creating these designs but it will be done soon.  This week is turning out to be busier than I expected and I have a few "big projects" that I have to work on first since they have short deadlines.

This is a snip of another design I have been working with.  The lines have been distorted but, once again, the design began with some parallel lines.

What projects are you working on?  Do they involve any parallel lines?

I hope you have a great day!

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  1. I love these designs I have done these with paper punches and would love to try it with the cricut! I didn't see where you posted the cut file for this. Can you please tell me where to find it. surfnfroggie at

  2. Hi Diane, I have never seen those paper cups either, they are a great idea for hot coffee. I love how you notice the smallest of things. Have a super day.


  3. Diane
    I have been following along and I am like CraftyCookie, I did not see where it was posted for an svg. I would love to try it on the Cricut as I am quite into incires right at the moment. Did I miss something?

  4. Diane
    I am sorry I must have missed something because I did not see where you posted an svg for the Cricut. I am quite into incires right now so would be interested in doing it.

  5. Those are great coffee cups. I would have probably kept them for future use. That means they go on my shelves and forgotten about! We used to go on Sunday drives after church also, but don't do that any more since gas is just too expensive. Sad!

  6. Good morning Diane, I would have save the cups too! :) I wanted to cut the project you upoaded but I don't own that cart. :( thank you for considering us Cricut users ;) I will try to find images that would let me do this on the carts I own. you know I have been tempted to get my one Chevron stamp, but still not sure if I would use it much, maybe the trend will pass me by.

    Thank you for all the inspiration and information provided, and have a great day!

  7. I would have oohed and aahed over the coffee cups, and then thrown them away! I am already too much of a clutter bug, and since I wouldn't have been able to come up with a clever idea to use them in some other capacity (like a craft!), they would have just sat around gathering dust.....

    I'm not working on a project right now that involves parallel lines. And am not familiar with "Sunday drives."

  8. Hi Diane,

    When I was a child we used to go on after church Sunday drives also, usually after eating out.

    Don't do that now, as we have a church kids club Sunday evenings that I am part of. But we often go for "some other day" drives.

    I would have thrown the cups out unless they are reuseable. I do have plenty of other things of that sort that I "am going to use someday."

    Thanks again for all your ideas.

    Jane K.
    in WY


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