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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Cute Handled Bag

Fayrai found another inspiration piece for me to make a cut file for. Since there weren't any measurements given I asked her, "How big do you want it?"

Her reply, "As big as you can make it on a 12x12 mat."

Okily dokily....
And this beautiful bag is what FabFayrai made with the first file!!! Is Faye not the BEST or what?!?!!

Afterwards, we decided we needed a smaller (narrower) box. Miss Faye turned out this cutie with the second .cut file:
Fayrai, you are too good to me!! Thanks a million for all you do! Be sure to check out Fayrai's blog. She has a few more pictures and versions of these bags posted for you all to see.
  • All George (Sorry PS people, since the recent update PS has been giving me too many Index errors to get anything created in PS)
  • Donation amount $1 (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.
  • Also available in PDF or SVG format. Let me know if this is what you need.
  • Requires Expression due to size
  • Both bags are in separate files. Please specify when requesting... Large Handled or Small Handled bag.
Have a great day!!

Sorry... the drugs made me do it

Ok folks... Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net for those of you that requested the original Organizer box (3"x5" size) cut file from me, some how I errantly put a square on the left side of the lid, which when cut will put a hole in the side of the lid. I have corrected the file and have it available for you to request OR you can open the file, select the shape and delete it.

Sorry for the mishap. Hope you'll forgive my error.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Love a Parade layout

I worked on this layout yesterday. Now that I'm looking at it from a 'bird's eye view' it seems it needs one more thing. You can see (slightly) the little red dotted circle around the picture of my son. You're looking at his back. He's sitting on hubby's shoulders watching the parade at Disneyland. The red really shows up well in person but when looking at the layout as a whole there just isn't enough attention given where it's needed. Hmmm... an arrow I think. (dont you think?) and I guess I should add a proper title. The paper at the bottom is too jumbled to pick the "Love a Parade" out as the title.

Here is the back of the tag... I sewed on a pocket using page protector plastic and put our park hopper passes in it. On the reverse i attached a piece of cardstock and wrote about the day on it (see it above in the pocket).

I used Plantin Schoolbook's bracket to create a handle for the tag and sandwiched ribbon in between. Also... I used some brads to create "Mickey heads" to accent here and there.

No cut files... just sharing.

Cricut and Plantin Schoolbook cartridge
Patterend papers: SandyLion
Cardstock: Papaya
Brads: primary colors (Oriental Trading Co)
Ribbons: JoAnns, Walmart
Stickles: Xmas Red

Tutorial: How do I resize? What is Hide Contour?

I received a couple questions:
(1) I want a shape to be an exact size, how do I get both the width and the heighth exactly what I want??

(2)How do I use Hide Contour??

Instead of just answering the individuals that asked the question I thought I'd do another video tutorial so that you all can know the answer.

DS: Resizing Designs, Hide Select Contour from Jen C on Vimeo.

If you have a question leave me a message and let me know what it is.

Capadia has some more information on Hide Contour on her blog. Check it out!

Getting Organized... again

Apparently, I shouldn't create while I'm ill. I have been informed by Bri (and it was confirmed by Fayrai) that the original box was a bit too small for A2 size cards. I've made some changes and now I have a second Organizer box.

  • Again, all George
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  • Also available in PDF or SVG format. Let me know if this is what you need.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Getting Organized

Becky had another fantastic idea that I just had to create using Cricut. You know once you get your cards or recipes organized and your friends see this nifty box they will ALL want one.

Once again the Fantastic Fayrai tested the cut file for me and made a wonderful creation to show us how it turned out:

Fantastic!! Faye has more pictures of the box on her blog.


  • Box: All George Tab punch: Plantin Schoolbook
  • Donation amount $1 (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.
  • Also available in PDF or SVG format. Let me know if this is what you need.
  • Requires Expression due to size
  • Two separate files used Organizer box and Roundtab. Please specify when requesting.

Friday, January 23, 2009


Came home with a touch of stomach flu...
Please be patient. I'll respond to your requests as soon as I'm able.

Thank you so much :o)

I've received a handful of awards from some fellow Cricut & DS creators. I'm really humbled by these recognitions. :o) Thank you so much. I'm honored.

Jill/DivaInPink gave me this lovely award

Rue/Ruelysi and Ann/CraftyAnny gave me for this one

Dawn/Froggy gave me this one:

Charlie/OpiesMom gave me this cute one:

One more... I received this beauty from Sandy

Aren't these SO much fun?!! {Big Smile}

They all had their own set of "RULES" so I apologize if I have screwed them up by combining them all in one big post.

Five things I'm grateful for (they can be considered random facts too, right?)
  1. My wonderful hubby... He is SO patient with my crafting necessities spread out all over the house, which includes my laptop and E on the kitchen table, my huge Fiskars cutting mat, sketch pad and scrapbooking/card making supplies on the kitchen island, and the guest bed once again full of supplies. (they're easier to access when they're not put away. LOL)

  2. My son ... He teaches me patience. I have very little, but every day I gain a little more.

  3. Terrific cyber friends. They watch out for me and let me know when I should check something out. You guys are the best!!

  4. Blogs and Message boards... Yes, they gobble up all of my free time but I learn so much and get inspired from so many that are willing to share via their blogs or message forums.

  5. The library... Sadly, it's not because of the books. When I take my son to school I go to the closest library that has wireless connectivity and work on projects and answer emails and update my blog until my son is done with school so we can go home. It saves me from spending money I don't have (I've also scouted out every scrapbook & craft store in the area) but also it gives me a place to get some things done away from home. Plus, I save gasoline because I don't have to drive all the way home for a couple hours and then turn around and come back to pick my son up from school. (Did I mention the school is 45 miles from home?)
Thank you all so very much for making my life what it is!!

Ok... some blogs you should check out:
Carla/ScrappedLives - Next to Capadia, I think Carla is a wizard when it comes to All-In-One piece DS designs. (You have the patience of a saint!!)

Tomiannie/I LovePrettyPaper - Well, shoot... her blog name says it all. We share the same love for pretty paper. And her creativity is wonderful too!

Jennifer/Scrapperatheart - It doesn't hurt that we share the same first name. Her skills at creating fab layouts and getting just the right pic of her kids is AMAZING!

Lindsay --The frugal crafter - I'm a stay-at-home-mom and a crafter so tips on frugality while still being able to craft! What's not to love?

Amanda/Amkscrap - another terrific DS creator who shares with everyone. So generous!

So, take one award or take them all. You deserve them! You are all amazing at what you do!

Have a wonderful day!!

Tutorial: WordArt tag

Linda asked for a WordArt tutorial.
I hope this is helpful.... You'll need to turn up your volume to hear. I did this while sitting in the library. That's why I'm talking so softly.

Creating Circular Word Art from Jen C on Vimeo.

Sorry for the abrupt ending. I wanted to make sure I stayed within the 10 minute time limitation and realized I had not been watching the clock when I made this one. After saving it it ended up only being 5 minutes long ... I had plenty of time leftover. Oh well. I'll get better with practice.

PJ "Jessie Addams" on the cricut board posted a card she made using her wordart creation. Didn't it turn out darling? Thanks for sharing PJ. I know you said you posted more... I'm off to find them!

LoopyLou sent me a note that she too has posted some cute wordart on her blog. It does my heart good to see that I have helped you a weeeeeeeee bit. (and I mean an itty bitty teenie tiny microscopic bit. lol) Thank you so much for sharing!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tutorial: Woven Heart Pocket

I had a request to put together a tutorial on how to put the woven heart pocket together.

Cut out the pieces. I recommend using a good quality paper but not a stiff cardstock as it will be more difficult to weave together if the cardstock is too stiff.

Fold the pieces in half.

Take one folded piece in your hand. Make sure there is a clean cut between the two halves. I will be referring to these two halves as "strips". Hold the first folded piece sideways in your had so the rounded edge is to the left and the fold is to the right.

Pick up the second folded piece and prepare to weave. Not only do you need to go over and under but you need to go inside and outside when you weave. Hopefully this will make more sense in a minute.

Hold the second piece in your hand so the rounded edge is at the top (away from you) and the folded edge is a the bottom (close to you). Starting with the left strip of the second folded piece. Slip the top strip of the horizontal folded piece inside the left strip of the vertical folded piece. Slide the folded piece all the way to the inside.

No slide the right strip on the vertical folded piece into the same top strip of the horizontal folded strip.

Now ease the two folded pieces together so that the two rounded piece are together and the square edges are overlapping. You should see the heart shape now. But the pocket isn't quite there yet...

Starting with the outside corner (the bottom strip on the horizontal heart, the right strip of the vertical heart), put the bottom strip inside the right strip. (I turned the heart upside down in my hand to take the picture.)

We're almost there... Open the pocket and you'll see that the one last "free" strip is keeping the pocket from opening. Slowly ease that strip inside the pocket.

Gently pull it through the slit. It will catch at the fold. Then continue pulling until it's all the way inside.

TaDa! you have a woven heart pocket. :o)

I hope I didn't completely confuse you. If so, let me know I'll do my best to help.

  • All George
  • Donation amount $1 (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.
  • Also available in PDF or SVG format. Let me know if this is what you need.

Design Team search is on

Just found out that Spellbinders is hunting for their Design Team 2009. Wouldn't that be SO MUCH FUN!?? If you're interested in trying out, you can find out more here.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Woven Heart pocket

I think this design is usually used around Christmas time but seems perfectly suited to Valentines.

I used DS to create the pieces that weave together to create the heart pocket. I sized the pocket to hold a specific treat....

Mmmm... chocolate!

I designed the tag in Publisher and then designed a .cut file to match the printed cardstock.

I added a scalloped circle base layer for the tag...

And some cute ribbon that brought all of the colors together.

Here's a look at the pocket from above...

  • All George.
  • Donation amount $1 (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.
  • Also available in PDF or SVG format. Let me know if this is what you need.
  • Baby bug compatible.
  • Decorative Papers: DCWV
  • Gold cardstock from a scrap
  • Ribbon: $1 bin at Michael's

Sunday, January 18, 2009

You've Got Mail!

**EDIT** Rachel from Scrappin and Happy created a terrific video using this .cut file. You can see it at the bottom of this post. Thanks Rachel!
Hehehehe! What a cute movie that was. But, you didn't come here to read my reminisces about silly movies. You came for this:

Picture published with permission from Fayrai.

Yes, you did. You can't deny it. LOL The request came from a fellow message board member. She found the idea on Splitcoast. No template was available just a picture. Of course I had to give it a try. :o) And the Fair Fayrai tested the file for me. Didn't she do a terrific job?? I love it! I need to send Faye a stack of paper.... I owe her big for this one. I left the bottom of the box off this cutie the first time I sent her the file to cut. (D'oh!) I was so wound up about trying to keep the mailbox baby bug compatible that I left a vital piece that makes it a "box" off. (Sorry baby bug folks... I failed.)

THANKS again Fayrai! You are a GEM!!!

  • All George
  • Donation amount $1 (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.
  • Also available in PDF or SVG format. Let me know if this is what you need.
  • Requires Expression due to size
  • Finished size: 5 3/8" tall, 2 3/4" wide, 2 3/4" deep. Stap over the top can be left off for an open bag-style box.
  • PLEASE, if you don't follow any other link, you've GOT to go see the Mailbox that Anja created! WOW! 
  • Check it out! It's worth the time! Thanks for sharing Anja!
  • You've GOT to go over and see what Carol did with her mailbox too!! It is really terrific! Thanks so much for sharing Carol!
 New Addition!!  Rachel from Scrappin and Happy just created a video showing how she made her mailbox. You can see it HERE:

For those treats from the kitchen

I have a feeling this will be another favorite box for many of you. Can you imagine a small bag of cookies or candy treats poking out of this fun box? The idea came from JustRite. They used an apron die which is 7" tall. Due to the limitations of the 12x12 mat (not everyone has a 12x24 mat) I made mine a wee bit smaller. But as the Fabulous Fayrai has shown....

Picture published with permission from Fayrai.

....It's just as GREAT!! Another terrific creation Miss Faye! Thank you so much!!


  • All George
  • Donation amount $1 (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.
  • Also available in PDF or SVG format. Let me know if this is what you need.
  • Requires Expression due to size
  • Finished size: 4 1/2" tall, 3" wide (at the base), 2 1/4" deep
Deborah made this adorable apron box in pinks and green (one of my favorite combinations) . So very cute. Check it out! Thanks for sharing Deborah!
Bobbi made an adorable cookie box. She opted to not use the window ... it turnedout SUPER CUTE! Take a look! Thanks for sharing Bobbi :o)

Tutorial: Copying and Pasting

Here's a quick tutorial on Copying and Pasting and multiples of the same size object

DS: Copying & Pasting from Jen C on Vimeo.

A Sweet Little Bag

Fayrai and I have been working hard to bring you more box cut files and samples. :o) This sweet little bag was inspired by another MelsStamps bag.

Picture published with permission from Fayrai.
Faye did a fantastic job with her beaded handle and button closure. Love it!
Thanks so much Fayrai for fantastic creativity.

  • All George
  • CUT FILE AVAILABLE: ** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file you want when you purchase.
  • Requires Expression due to size
  • 5" wide, 3 1/2" tall, 2 1/4" deep
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files. 

Hey! Check out Linda's first ever post here. She made a very cute little round purse. Great job Linda!!! Thanks for sharing!

Deep Cut Blade

If you are still on the fence about whether you need the deep cut blade and housing I may have found the catalyst to launch you out of your quandry.

Do you cut Bazzil (or similar) cardstock and get ragged, fuzzy, peeled-apart cardstock when you're done? The deep cut blade is the answer to your problem. I have tried everything to get a great cut with the standard blade. It was rare and I usually ended up ruining more cardstock than it was worth. Whether I tried blade 6 and max pressure or lower settings and multicut I always ended up with fuzzy peeled up edges, uncut corners, and detail cuts were a nightmare. No more!

Check it out!
On the left I cut my design with a standard blade. Blade 4. Pressure high. Multicut 2. On the right. I cut the exact same design with the deepcut blade. Blade 4. Pressure high. Single cut. (I pulled a couple of the negative pieces out of the center so you can see how clean the cut lines are.)

And here, I've pulled them off the mat.... As you can see, the one on the left is headed for the garbage, but the one on the left, although not perfect, is definitely salvageable!! Woohoo!!

Let's talk about why it's important to have the Deep Cut Housing and not just the blade...
The deep cut blade housing is shorter than the standard housing.....
.... thereby allowing more of the deep cut blade to appear outside the housing and allowing the deep cut blade to cut thicker materials. In the pictures below I put the deep cut blade into both housings on blade depth 6 so you can see how much of the blade sticks out the bottom of the housing. The deep cut housing is on the left, the standard on the right.
One more interesting feature I found on the deep cut housing... They added a 1/2 way mark for the blade depth. So if at any time you find that 4 is too shallow but 5 is too deep, now you can put the blade depth at 4 1/2. Cool, huh?
Off to go play some more with my new blade and housing, which was a gift from Cindy. (See, even I was on the fence until someone pushed me off. LOL) Thanks girl!! You are too kind.
More info and answered questions....
Q: Do you leave your deep cut blade in all the time?
A: I originally thought, sure, why not? But today I attempted to cut some basic paper with it. Blade 3, pressure high.... The deep cut blade didn't even scratch it. I left everything in the machine the way it was (didn't move the mat, didn't unload or reload or last load) except I swapped out my blade housings and set the standard blade to 3. Press cut again on DS and the paper cut beautifully. I'm not sure why it the deep cut blade didn't cut the paper. Doesn't make sense. But it didn't. So, I guess I need to alter my original plan... I will not be leaving the deepcut blade housing in my machine indefinitely.
Q: Does it scar my mats worse than the standard blade?
A: No. The blade doesn't push into your mat deeper. The cutting part of the blade is longer but the blade as a whole is not longer. That is why it needs the shorter housing so more of the cutting part of the blade can stick out thus allowing it to cut through thicker materials. The reason why Bazzill and chipboard and similar materials fuzz and peel with the standard blade is because the cutting area on the standard blade is so short that the piece of metal just above the blade area is running through the cutting crevace. It would be like trying to cut a tall angel food cake with a steak knife: You could do it, but to get the blade to the cut the base of the cake you would pretty much have to rip the top of the cake with the handle (or even your hand). Does that makes sense??

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Playing with Wall-E, EVE, Buzz

Created a couple more layouts yesterday and today. More Disneyland pictures. The right side is my son playing with the Wall.E and EVE toys in the store along Main Street and Disneyland. The left side is sweet hubby holding my son (against his will) while we are standing in line at the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters ride.

Wall.E and EVE aren't new creations for this layout. I created them a few months ago for someone on the message board.

Created the rocket today.
The Buzz layout seems so plain compared to the Wall.E & EVE layout... I think I'll create a few more cuts and update it tomorrow
  • Cricut and DS plus Cartridges: Wall.E, EVE, Rocket - All George; "playing with", "&" - Base Camp
  • Donation amount $ each(Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.
  • Also available in PDF or SVG format. Let me know if this is what you need. (WallE, EVE, Rocket only)
  • SCAL - used to create part of titles. Fonts: "Wall.E" and "EVE" - Beast Machines; "Buzz Lightyear" - Ash
  • Decorative paper: Night Sky (Sandy Lion)
  • Cardstock: Red - Old Flame OP, orange -Papaya , grey - Monsoon, green - Grass Green, black - Black OP, dark red - Lava Weave, blue - Blueberry Shake
  • Dressed up the titles and drew on the rocket's flames using Galaxy Markers: red, black, silver, purple, white, orange, yellow, copper
  • Chalks used on both titles, Wall.E, EVE, rocket: Stampin Up!
  • Metallic stickers: Joanns
  • journaling: white gel pen

Cricut 101 - part 3 of 3

Ok... here it is! We're putting it all together.

DS Part 3 of 3 - Create a Martian from Jen C on Vimeo.

It's an alien invasion! :o)

Sandy posted her alien on the cricut board
Here's Linda's alien.

Aaaw you guys are the best! I'm so glad that I'm able to help you all create in DS! If you have an alien to share I'd love to see it :o)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Cricut 101 - part 2 of 3

For all of you that gobbled up part one in 30 seconds and need more, here's part 2.
Now we talk a little bit about layers/tabs, copy and paste, delete, and more of my rambling about nothing. (blah blah blah...) Hopefully this will all pay off when it comes times for part 3.

DS: Part 2 of 3 from Jen C on Vimeo.

Cricut 101 - part 1 of 3

*** Thank you for your patience. Video has been fixed ***

I created a video tutorial today but it got so long that I needed to break it down into smaller "mini" video tutorials.

We'll start with the basics. Remember Karate Kid, the movie? Wax on, Wax off... In this video I talk about Cartridge Library, the virtual keypad and the Shape Properties. Once we understand the basics (part 1 & 2) hopefully it will make sense when I show you how I create a design (part 3).

DS Part 1 of 3 from Jen C on Vimeo.

Q: How does the program know which cartridge I own? Or does it come with all the shapes and I wasted my money buying the cartridges?
A: Yes, you need to have the cartridges to cut the shapes used in a DS design. The software will ask you to input each cartridge into your machine when you go to cut out a design or you can plug in your jukebox with any six carts and it will automatically search your jukebox for the cartridges needed to cut the file.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Round and Round He Goes

I know... You've been wondering where I have been all day. Besides having a dentist appointment (Zwweeee!!.....can you hear the drill?? I had a cracked tooth that needed to be fixed.) And a few other ordinary errands. And I had to create something! One of my new year's goals for 2009 is to actually start USING some of the files I've created and get my son's pictures out of my computer and into his scrapbook. I'm only 3 1/2 years behind. (ACK! >o.O< ) Here are some pictures I took of him on the carousels at Disneyland and California Adventure.


  • Cricut Expression and cartridges: Title created using George and Alphalicious
  • Donation amount $1 (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.
  • Decorative paper: Amusuement Park Tickets (SandyLion)
  • Thanks to CardstockHeadquarters fabulous sample box I was able to match a bunch of my decorative papers with the cardstocks she has in stock. brownish color cardstock is actually a red called Lava Weave. And the yellow is called Papaya
  • Ribbon came from Walmart craft section
  • Chalked edges with StampinUp! pastels and a light blue crayola marker

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tutorial: Cricut DS - How to know which cart?

I received a question about one of my files. The recipient wanted to know, "I'm learning how to create in DS and I was wondering, how do I find out what cartridge and what shapes were used to make the file?"

I know this question has been answered lots of times on the cricut message board. And I've answered it multiple times via emails. Well, this time, I recently discovered a way to video screen tutorials. This could hopefully be the first of many tutorials that I create for those that want to know. Please let me know if this is helpful. It takes time to make these videos. If it's not helpful then I won't make them. (Remember, the more videos tutorials I create, the less time I have to create DS files. Speak up. If you'd rather have files instead of tutorials (or vice versa) let me know.

DS: Which Cartridge Was Used? from Jen C on Vimeo.

I think I got it. Let me know what you think!

Thank you for the feedback. I have updated the video so that it is not as fast and also with sound. (There wasn't sound before but because the typed instruction is SO small it will be necessary.)

Cupcake tag box

Becky at Inking Idaho is SO CUTE! I've never met her but her creativity is cute so I can imagine that she is much like her creations. After making the cupcake tag I decided to follow her lead and make a box to go with it. (No, I did not purchase her tutorial.)

Once again the Fabulous Fayrai (I 'm on a mission to rename her....) tested the cut file for me. And provided a picture of the finished product. I'm hoping...once she has a chance to create a cupcake tag we will get a picture of the two together. Thanks again Faye for ALL you do! :o)

Picture published with permission from Fayrai.


  • All George
  • Donation amount $1 (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.
  • Also available in PDF or SVG format. Let me know if this is what you need.
  • Requires Expression
  • Finished size: 7 3/4" wide, 1 1/2" tall, 4 1/4" deep.   No plans to create this box in PS at this time. Since the most recent update on DS PS has become less stable and I keep getting Unhandled exception...Index errors. :o(
Please note: The center section is sized to hold several cupcake tags I created a couple days ago or could hold any tag that is approximately 3" x 4" in size.
Bobbie posted her Cupcake Tag box here. Instead of cutting out the window, she decorated the lid with the Fashionable Mommy cut she made using one of the silhouettes and filled up the box with Thank You cards decorated with the same silhouette. What a great gift for the mommy-to-be!!! I'm sure she will love it Bobbi! Thank you so much for sharing!

Tab top box

This little box came together really fast. And it's a really good size: 3" wide, 5" tall, just over 2" deep. The side walls of the box are about 3 1/2" tall but there's another 1 1/2" to the top of the tab top.

Fayrai found this cute box pictured on a blog. The blogger had purchased the template from another site and had to handcut it after printing it out on paper. Why would I want to hand cut it when my Big Bug can cut it for me? I love that!!!

And the fabulous Fayrai was able to test the cut for me and made this darling box! Didn't it turn out great?! BIG THANKS Miss Faye. Love ya girl!!

  • All George
  • Donation amount $1 (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.
  • Also available in PDF or SVG format. Let me know if this is what you need.
  • Requires Expression due to size
  • Finished size: 3" wide, 5" tall, just over 2" deep
  • I have not created it in PS (yet) but if you need it in PS please let me know
Picture published with permission from Fayrai.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Need supplies??

Did you know Custom Crops was having a sale right now on their Cricut cutting mats?? SO TOTALLY worth a look even if you're not in the market for mats. I found out about the sale from my friend Bobbi (Aloha girl!) and I have no idea how long it will last.

12" x 6"


12" x 12"


12" x 24"

$7.50 (*updated 1/24/09)

Are you still here? GO! :o) I'm not getting paid for promoting this. I just want anyone in need of Cricut supplies to be able to get them at a good price. Oh, they also have DS for $40 and many of the older cartridges at $30.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Out on the town

Inspired by some really cute projects by my friend Teri (aka Teriberi), I wanted to try another shink plastic project. I cut cute, little lady#2 out of black shrink plastic. Her beginning size is 5 1/2" tall. I knew I wanted to turn her into a charm so I punched a hole in her head (sounds funny when I say it like that but that's what I did. lol) then shrunk her down. She's so petite and cute! She's just 2" tall now.
I cut a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" vellum cardstock in half and then scored it at 4 1/4" to make an A2 card (finished size 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"). I scalloped the bottom edge of the front of the vellum card by using the round end cap from Plantin Schoolbook. (Sorry, I didn't save the file.) I used my Cuttlebug and embossed the front half of the vellum card using Swiss Dot.
Created and cut a cityscape border and attached it across the middle of the face of the card. I used a silver Sharpie to go around the outside edge of the cityscape.
Next, I used my Cuttlebug again to make an embossed white mat using the 3rd largest Nestability die from the Spellbinders Large Classic Rectangle die set. Inked it with a silver Sharpie. Adhered the white mat to a scrap from the Sparkle Razzberry Celebration decorative paper left over from the Nugget Purse. Inked that with the silver Sharpie also.
Made a couple jump rings and joined them. I hung my cute little fashionista charm on one and tied a piece of black ribbon to the other. I adhered the mat using foam squares and attached the ribbon to the card using a glue dot.
I cut a pink piece of cardstock to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and scored and folded it at 4 1/2" to create a liner for the vellum card. Attached the pink layer to the inside of the vellum card.
NOTE: The Polyshrink didn't cut cleanly. I still had to trim with scissors afterwards. It was a brand new blade (depth: 6, pressure: max) so I know it wasn't that. I even tried multi-cut and it still didn't cut through. Teri had told me that Shrinky Dink plastic cut perfectly for her so maybe there is a difference between the two brands. I guess I need to go find some Shrinky Dink plastic and test it out on my machine to see how the products differ.
I hope you like it. Toodles .....
  • Cricut, Design Studio, Cartridges: Lady#2 - George; cityscape and scallop edge: Plantin Schoolbook (no file)
  • Donation amount $1 (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file/format you want when you purchase.
  • Also available in PDF or SVG format. Let me know if this is what you need. (Lady#2 only)
  • Cuttlebug, embossing folder: Swiss dot
  • Spellbinders Nestability: Classic Rectangle - large
  • Papers: Vellum cardstock - PaperTreyInk; decorative paper - Sparkle Razzberry Celebration (Cloud9 Design); pink - Frosted Pink (Prism Papers); black - Black Orange peel (Bazzill Basics)
  • PolyShrink black shrink plastic
  • Ribbon: Michael's $1 bin

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Card Holder by Capadia

A few days ago Capadia made the coolest card holder. Loved it. Curiously, she didn't make with with her Cricut. {*gasp!*} Whattayaknow, Linda came knocking on my door and asked me to make her a cricut version of the card holder.

Since I had already considered making it in the first place it wasn't much of an arm wrenching to get me to do it.

Once again the fabulous Fayrai tested the file for me and it turned out lovely!! Thanks Faye and thanks Diane aka "Capadia" for a terrific template. :o)

Check out Fayrai's card holder (and her beautiful grandbaby) here, on her blog.

Now... My friend Lois from the Cricut message board is in town visiting her friend and she called me. I'm off to meet her in person. :o) Yay me!

  • DS and Plantin Schoolbook
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Cupcake tag

Kathy asked me to make her a 3x4 cupcake tag like she had seen on Inking Idaho. CUTE! Yes! Of course. Love cupcakes.

I did not put in a hole for the eyelet because not everyone will want an eyelet or have the same size eyelets as were used in Becky's example.

  • All George
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  • Also available in PDF or SVG format. Let me know if this is what you need.
  • Baby bug compatible
  • Finished size 3x4