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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Can I have fries with that?

I'm really not a junkfood junkie but there are times when a french fry just has to be had! I am a bit of a fry snob. Not any old fast food fry stop will do. They have to be FRESH. They have to have some salt on them and they must NOT be mushy or floppy. They need to be GOOD otherwise where's the payoff for adding a million calories to my hips?? And since I've noticed that from one fast food shop to the next they aren't consistent I can't even recommend ONE fast food place that is THE place to get them. If anyone wants to give me a name of their fav fry place I'd be happy to check them out to see how they stand up to my expectations! Current fav place is probably Red Fish restaurant where they make super yummy sweet potato fries. Mmmm! And guess what? Sweet potatoes are a super food which means they are better for you than white potatoes.... kinda like dark chocolate is better for you than milk chocolate. LOL (ok, so maybe a little rationalization probably gave me my fabulous curves!)

Anyway, jNo (yes, another Jen!) asked me to create a fry box for DS/Cricut to cut. She asked that I use this idea for my inspiration when I create my design. Super cute box!
I have not cut my DS file yet but I hope it works. Currently only available in George, but I promise I'll get around to creating in PS soon.

  • Small fry box is baby bug compatible

    If anyone is willing to make a sample of these files so I can post a picture or a link to a picture of how these turn out I would be for ever grateful. :0)

    ***Oct 1, 2008: If you previously downloaded the LARGE file please replace it with the new Large fry box file. I accidentally posted it before it was finished. Sorry for the inconvenience! ***

    Check out Nina's CUTE frybox gifts that she created for her daughter's graduating class. SO very cute!

    Monday, September 29, 2008

    Jack-o-lantern

    Leann contacted me and wanted some ideas on how to create the Quickutz Silhouette 3-D jack-o-lantern in DS.


    Here's my first attempt. I keep finding it hanging on the nobs on the drawers around my kitchen. My 3-yr old is using the curled stem as a hook. Hehehe!

    This is way taller than I originally set out to make. It's 3 1/2" wide and 6" tall from the top of the stem to the base of the pumpkin.

    • All George



      Here's a shorter version. Haven't cut it yet but I hope to soon.
      I put the face on a separate tab so that if you decide you want pumpkins (fall or Thanksgiving theme) instead of Jack-o-lanterns (Halloween theme).

      Check it out! Here is Leann's version posted on the cricut message board.

      Sunday, September 28, 2008

      A stitch in time...

      Ever need to add the look of stitching to something?



      In George and Plantin Schoolbook (same file, two separate tabs)

      In this example, I've used the stitches and added them to create a pocket, which is where the original idea came from. (Thanks Laura!)


      fancy bookplate

      Sheila needed some assistance creating a fancy bookplate.

      The base of the bookplate is all in one object box so it can be resized easily. The window is on a separate tab. It is NOT all one object so each piece will need to be resized individually. (some shapes are on angles)

      all George



      Saturday, September 27, 2008

      Eeeew! it's so Gooooeeeey!

      I tried my hand at a drippy gooey border.

      All George.

      Check out the picture below!!! Sally sent me this picture to show how she used the Gooey cut on a board in her daughter's classroom! Don't you just love it??!!??!! I do! Sally says all of the other teachers at the school now want her to come decorate their classrooms too! :0)
      THANKS A MILLION, Sally!!


      Friday, September 26, 2008

      Go Ravens!

      My new friend Courtney in Alaska needed help creating the logo of her child's school. I originally created it on the 12x12 mat because I forgot Courtney needed it baby bug compatible.


      All George.



      Check it out!!! Courtney was able to make a layout with the raven.... A must see!

      Chugga-Chugga....

      Choo-Chooo!!!

      Iris needed wavy traintracks. I was happy to help. :o)



      Muh Gweeeeze!

      Ok... for those that don't know, my son is deaf. We discovered this when he was almost 18 months old. He has bilateral (both ears) profound (90+decibel) hearing loss. In layman's terms, it means if he stood at the front of a car and someone honked the horn he might hear it at a whisper level. (whoa!)

      So, when my son was almost 2yrs old he received his first cochlear implant and 4 months later he received his second one. He is attending a school that is teaching him how to listen and how to speak.

      Why do I tell you this? Cuz, for some random reason he can say all kinds of words but "milk" comes out as "muh" and "please" sounds like "gweeze" LOL Thus, the explanation for the title of the post.

      Which brings me to the reason for my post. JoanneH wanted a small milk carton. I remembered getting one from Narelle several months ago but I never opened it. When I went to open it to see how she made it I was faced with the ominous Time/Date error. Grr! So, thanks Narelle for motivating me to make my own LOL.

      JoanneH posted a finished small milk carton on the cricut message board. It works! :o) Thanks Joanne!!

      XOXO!!!

      Hugs and Kisses ...well, the kisses any way.... to you all for making my first couple weeks on my new blog so much fun! I really appreciate all the kind comments and encouragement to keep creating.
      All George (based on the lips/kiss shape found on Indi Art cart)


      Check out how CUTE this Kiss the Cook recipe layout is that Nancy made using the lips! Thanks so much for sharing !!!


      Biz Card holder

      Fayrai asked me ages ago for a biz card holder similar to the one that some people have made based on the Orbitz gum package. (My apologies to Fayrai for taking so long!) Anyway, she said it turned out perfectly and I'm just waiting for her to post it on the message board...

      Picture of Fayrai's boxes posted with her permission. Didn't they turn out fab?! Love the embossing. Oh yeah! I need to make me some biz card holders!! THANKS FAYRAI for testing my cut file for me!

      Edited:   The DS and Gypsy versions uses Plantin Schoolbook and George together.  Baby bug compatible.


      Read up on scoring using your cricut machine here


      Wednesday, September 24, 2008

      Piano

      Most humblest of apologies to Theresa... I thought I posted this BEFORE posting it to the cricut message board. I guess not. You are not going crazy. I AM! (crosses eyes, sticks tongue out to side of mouth and makes circles with a pointer finger out to side of head.)

      Here is the piano.

      All George


      Violin


      The orchestra grows again...



      Here's a violin. All George



      Stings for the instrument and the bow will have to be added to the cut piece. I used thread when I made this violin for my son's ABC book using shapes from the George cartridge (from my pre-DS days: all cut by hand and altered George cuts).



      Haunted house

      Here's a cricut version of the MS Haunted House sticker.

      Windows are on separate layer in case you don't want them. Parts of the house are on separate layers also so the house can be made dimensional.

      All George


      You have got to see what Wanda created using this cut!! It's gorgeous!

      3-Part, Pinch Top Box

      I keep seeing these really fun boxes where the creator uses acetate for the center section and then they use paper or cardstock for the top and the bottom. Some used actual acetate boxes and just covered the top and bottom. I decided to give it a try.

      Ok...so this is how I did it...

      Needed supplies:
      Acetate
      Decorative cardstock or paper (I used DCWV)
      Redliner or super double stick tape
      George cartridge
      Cricut machine (any size) and Design Studio software

      Cut out and score the pieces. Prefold on all of the score lines. Put double stick tape on the bottom, top and 1/2" flap of the acetate. (that red lined area is the acetate with redliner double stick tape around the 3 sides)


      Attach the cardstock to acetate using the score/fold lines to line it up correctly. (uh, yeah... acetate is clear LOL.... but it's there. In the middle. Really. See the last piece of redliner backing at the top of the picture?)


      Roll up box and attach along the side seam. Finally! You can see the acetate.


      Decorate the box. I created a scallop circle for the top (included in the cut file) and added a couple skittles. Added strips of decorative paper (DCWV) around the top and bottom.
      Reverse fold the sides (there is a score line there) and pinch to top of the box closed and close it up any way you'd like. I folded the scallop circle over the top edge and glued it down to hold the box closed.
      I inserted the homemade biscotti in through the bottom of the box before using a piece of redliner tape to close it. (No glue came in contact with the food.)


      A view from the side

      Finished size is approximately 9 3/4" tall, 3 1/2" wide and 1 1/2" deep.
      Didn't the box turn out cute? What a fun gift to give to say Thanks or Thinking of You... I will use this one over and over.
      Read about scoring using your cricut here.

      Lemonade please

      A while back someone requested a lemonade stand. Originally I created it with Mickey Font. Then realized that she didn't have it so I created it with Plantin Schoolbook.
      And ever since creating the stands I've wanted to create this... You can't have a lemonade stand and not have any lemonade!!!
      All George

      Forgot to mention... the lemonade is sized to fit the stands above. They are quite small. If anyone is interested in larger version just let me know.

      Cricut Bug

      I've wanted to make a bug head using my cricut since the beginning! Seriously! I had to use my printer to get the bug head on my altered notebook. Wow, can't believe that was 2 years ago!

      Carol needed a 2x2 bug head to put on a matchbook giveaway for a SWARM she is attending this weekend. I've wanted to create one, now I had reason to do it!

      I have not cut this. Please let me know if there are any issues with the file.

      All George and All Mixed Up.

      One file. You can cut one bug or 10 bugs at the same time. Baby bug compatible.

      I created a larger version too! (6x6)

      .cut or gypsy files availableClick HERE for more information.  (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.  Thank you.)

      Clock face

      Linda needed a clock face similar to the one found on My Community

      George for the shape, Opposites Attract for the numbers


      .cut or gypsy files availableClick HERE for more information.  (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.  Thank you.)

      Tuesday, September 23, 2008

      More Music...

      I created this flute for my friend, Cricut message board member Dakotahbear
      Available in George or Plantin Schoolbook


      I created this xylophone for my friend Bobbi

      And a Harp too. Harp now available in a smaller 4 1/2" tall size



      .cut or gypsy files availableClick HERE for more information.  (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.  Thank you.)

      More Football stuff... this time for Cleveland

      My friend Joann asked me to help her with creating the Cleveland Browns logos in DS. I feel awful because I told her I'd work on this some time ago but half way through I lost momentum (maybe because I wasn't 100% sure I was creating something she wanted).

      Two separate files.
      One file: Dog is all George
      Other file: "Cleveland Browns" is all George, "Kids Club" is Mickey Font, "Dawg Pound" is Stamped


      .cut or gypsy files availableClick HERE for more information.  (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.  Thank you.)

      And the winner is...

      Random Integer Generator
      Here are your random numbers: 5
      Timestamp: 2008-09-23 16:40:28 UTC

      scrappinmad said...
      i love your blog! i visit several times a day, ok maybe several times an hour.i would love to have you make something for me on ds.thanks for sharing your talent with us.

      Hey girl... send me your email and let me know what you're interested in.

      THANKS to you all for helping to get me to this major milestone!

      For a cause...

      Whether it's pink or yellow or any other color, I hope this support ribbon will come in handy. Made using George



      All George, Baby bug compatible.
      Available in 8" tall (or wide as it appears above) and also in 2.5" tall (perfect for ATC).

      .cut or gypsy files availableClick HERE for more information.  (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.  Thank you.)

      Monday, September 22, 2008

      Jetski

      I can't believe I forgot to post this!!! Sheesh!

      Caroline offered up a challenge.... She needed a jetski. How could I say no?
      All George

      .cut or gypsy files availableClick HERE for more information.  (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.  Thank you.)

      Sunday, September 21, 2008

      What a funny girl!!!

      Micky was in need of some assistance to create a jester's hat.

      She was pleased with the outcome! As am I... and I love how she inked around the edges to define each of the sections of the hat! Thanks a million Micky!

      All George with a little bit of AllMixedUp



      "Dotte" posted a picture of how she used the hat on her layout. It turned out TERRIFIC!!!

      .cut or gypsy files availableClick HERE for more information.  (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.  Thank you.)

      20K hits??!!??

      Amazing! Just 13 days ago I added the counter to my blog to see how many visitors would come see me. Holy moley !!! 20,000 visitors in 13 days!

      Hmmm... does this deserve some blog candy??? YES!

      I will have a random drawing. Just leave me a comment on this message ... Tell me if you'd prefer a DS file or one of my already made objects. I'll do my best to give what the drawn name requests.
      I'll do the drawing on Tuesday.
      Thank you so much for coming to visit.

      Mini Backpack

      Can't find the request on the message board (Search function is SOOO hit and miss. Mostly Miss!) but someone had asked if the backpack she had seen on Splitcoast could be created in DS. After some hunting and searching to find out what she was talking about (the instructions are hidden in the Demo area so not easily accessed by just anyone) I found some help at Becky's site. THANKS! Becky!!

      Becky's small version, based on the original by Scrappin' Library Girl at Splitcoast, will fit the baby bug perfectly! I would have had this ready to go last night but got one of those dreaded RedX 'index' errors and DS shut down on me. Everything saved to that point (90% done) lost. Corrupted! Grrr! Started again. Cut the box out first thing this morning and took lots of pictures so you can see how to put it together.

      Needed:
      DS, Cricut (any machine will do!) and George or Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.
      Ribbon (I used 2: green grossgrain, decorative stripe)
      Scissors
      Bone folder
      Cardstock (Everything I used is from DCWV)
      Redline/supersticky double stick tape (1/4" wide)
      Glue in fine tip applicator (I used Scotch Quick Dry)
      Optional items:
      decorative papers to cover plain cardstock
      closure/embellishment items
      hole punch

      Gather your supplies. Let's get started.
      Cut out the pieces. Pop out the holes and prefold your items.

      Feed the ribbon through the wide set holes on the backpack flap. Tie them in a knot or use supersticky tape to keep them from being pulled out. This is the top loop on the outside of the backpack
      Feed a piece of ribbon into the top left and bottom left holes on the back of the backpack. Repeat with a piece for the right side holes too. Now, pull the top ends through the center holes on the flap. Using supersticky tap, fold the ends of the ribbon down and attach them inside the backpack


      I used a dab of glue on each end and in the middle on the outside so that the flap wouldn't move around.


      Now fold the box up and adhere it along the side seam.

      This is an optional item, I created an inside piece to cover the ends of the ribbon.

      Now, put super sticky tape on the outside most sections of the backpack pocket and flap

      Pull the backing off and fold the pocket up. Adhere the flap too.

      Add it to the front of your backpack. You'll want to put it about 1/8" up from the base of the backpack.


      Now, close up the bottom of the backpack. Add any embellishments you want.
      Voila! You're done!


      Is that So Cute or what??!! I hope you enjoy making this backpack style box with your Cricut and DS! And you'll share your creations with me.
      Have a great day!!

      .cut or gypsy files availableClick HERE for more information.  (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.  Thank you.)

      Saturday, September 20, 2008

      Wedding couple

      Lydia was in need of a bride and groom made with George. (She doesn't have the Wedding cartridge)
      Inge, from the Netherlands, has posted a few of the beautiful cards she has created with this cut file in her online photo album (Stempelkaarten 2). You can find them here: Card1, Card2, Card3. Thank you Inge for sharing your creativity!

      .cut File availableClick HERE for more information.  (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.  Thank you.)

      Sundress request

      Joyce wanted a sundress similar to one she had received on a card from a friend.


      All George








      Joyce posted a card she made using the file. I'd say nearly identical to the original! THANKS Joyce!!

      .cut or gypsy files availableClick HERE for more information.  (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.  Thank you.)

      Journaling blocks

      Kelly and Cathy were both interested in journaling blocks for scrapbooking. The first request was about sizing the block bigger or smaller. Sadly DS still doesn't have a Select+All functionality so the only way to change the sizing is to select each individual piece of the block and resize it as you need.

      Here's my first block. Mulan Frame 2 from Dreams Come True and Plantin Schoolbook.

      Here are some more that I created using only George. They are all in the same file but each of these journaling blocks is on it's own tab so they can be cut individually.



      [Edit: These files were created before the markers were created. Now that they are an option, I definitely think the lines should be drawn and not cut.]


      .cut or gypsy files availableClick HERE for more information.  (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.  Thank you.)

      ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
      Jaime cut out the Mulan Journaling block and posted a picture of it on her blog. You can see it here. Really beautiful creation Jaime. Thank you for sharing!!

      Friday, September 19, 2008

      A girl can NEVER have enough shoes!

      PaperCrafts October 2006 had a pattern for a 3D shoe. It was made by Ellen Hutson. So cute! I immediately made one. It sits on my shelf in my craft room year round. Love it.
      (sorry about the glare off the glitter!)

      Forgot all about the shoe until today when Nicole on the messageboard asked if someone could recreate it. Sure! Problem was the only copy I had at my fingertips was all folded and glued. LOL SallyW to my rescue. She emailed me the template from Ellen Hutson's site.

      The size of the cut file is 10" wide and 8" tall so requires the Expression to cut. Finished size of the shoe is approximately 6 1/2" wide and 4" tall. Comes in two pieces: the white part of the shoe and the black part of the shoe as pictured below.
      All Plantin Schoolbook or all George


      Also.... I made one with a scallop top edge (only in Plantin) if anyone wants to give it a try.

      Nicole posted a picture of the shoes she created... Obviously, I should have spent more time on mine :(
      Thanks Nicole!

      I think I'll give Ellen's cowboy boot a try next. It was published in PaperCrafts special edition You, Go Girl!
      Cute Alice made a darling purse and shoe combination! Click here to check it out! Thanks for sharing Alice!

      .cut or gypsy files availableClick HERE for more information.  (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.  Thank you.)