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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bad links

[EDIT: Turns out it was a hosting site issue and not in anyway related to PC. I'm working on getting the links restored now. Thank you for your patience.]

Hey fellow .cut file connoisseurs!
If you received a link from me and were holding onto it but haven't downloaded the file you won't be able to download it now. The hosting site has blocked all of my links. After reading Linda's blog post about PC having all of her Cricut related files deleted from her 4Shared account I don't know if it is a coincidence that my files are not longer available through my hosting account or if it's a kink in the system at the hosting site.

Sorry about the inconvenience.... Just send me an email if you are having a problem with a download. I'll do my best to help where I can.

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Reason to Celebrate - PWA Bloghop

Good morning all!
I was invited to participate in the Pennywise Arts blog hop! Smiley from millan.net How fun! Bloghops are such a great way to travel through the web checking out fun creations and discovering bloggers you never knew existed.If you happened to stop by my blog today just out of habit, great! Thank you for coming to see me. If by chance you're interested in seeing all of the blogs on today's "hop" you'll want to jump over to Suzanne's blog so you can start at the beginning. (If you've already been hopping along then you should have arrived here from Rita Anne's blog....I have a full list of the bloghop participants at the end of this post.)

The beady creation that I'm presenting to you today is a card that I made for my nephew who is getting married today!! He and his sweetie wanted a gift card to one of their favorite stores so they could do some furniture shopping. Since the gift itself was super easy I put a bit more effort into the presentation....

And once again I happened to have all of the project supplies in my stash. (I Love that!) I started by finding the patterned paper in a paperstack I had purchased six months ago and was able to match it to some cardstock and ribbon also in my craft closet full of supplies.
Inside the top flap, I created a pocket to hold the gift card and then realized that because of it's orientation (the pocket will be upside down when the card is closed), the card could fall out of the card. So I added a small flap that can be tucked into the pocket to hold the card securely in the card until they decide to remove it.

I added clear beads to the stamped frame around the sentiment and also along the ribbon with super sticky tape. Something about how the card looks in this picture doesn't scream "special" to me at all. It looks so much more sparkly in real life. So, to show that off, I moved to a less sunny room in my house so that the flash would work on my camera.....

Ta-Da! Smiley from millan.net See what I mean about special? The clear beads gleam like diamonds against the ribbon and the cardstock. It's really very pretty to look at. And the texture is amazing too.

Smiley from millan.netIf you've never had a chance to work with microbeads I highly recommend it. It's super fun! Pennywise offers the clear beads in three sizes - Micro, Mini and Ultra fine. They also come in lots of colors not just clear, both in opaque and transparent versions. I've been using them for years on various different projects. As you can see, they're not just for shaker boxes.

I hope you've enjoyed your visit today. Have a wonderful day! Smiley from millan.netYour next stop on the bloghop is Linda's blog. Oh! And don't forget to leave comments on each of the blogs today. There will be a drawing for a super-fab prize given to a hopper that leaves a comment on every blog entry in the bloghop today.

Here's a list of all of the participants in case you get lost along the way:
  1. Suzanne
  2. Bea
  3. Rita Ann
  4. --> Jen <--- You are here
  5. Linda
  6. Marianne
  7. Jennifer W
  8. Kathi
  9. Jennifer T
  10. Bea (yes, back to see Bea again)
  11. Stephanie
  12. Michele
  13. Beki
  14. Bridget
  15. Lisa
  16. Evelyn
  17. Suzanne (yes, you will start and end with Suzanne)


Monday, March 8, 2010

Spidery goodness

Last month, my cute friend PJ asked if I could make her a favor box based in DS based on a design she found made using SCAL on another of my cyber friends, Eunice's blog. Well, of course!
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Special thanks to PJ (aka Jessie Adams on the Cricut message board) for showing off her creation and sharing the information on the message board.

Published with permission from PJ

File Details:

  • Cricut Expression (not baby bug compatible due to size), DesignStudio, George and PaperDolls Dress Up cartridges
  • CUT FILE: ** 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. 
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files. 

Green Gables

I've wanted to make one of these for a while now. Just haven't made it a priority. Well, today was the day. Today is the first Monday of Spring Break for my son. We are both just hanging out at home (kinda rainy and gray outside) and taking it eeeeeeeeasy.Smiley from millan.net

Perfect day for welding a few shapes together into a box, right?

Cute, am I right? And terrifically perfect for giving a fun giftie in. Oh, and I created the embellishments too. The flower was made from cutting scallop circles out of an old book I found for $1 at Goodwill. (Woohoo! Love a good deal!) The book was printed back in 1940s so the paper has this funny - fabric like texture to it. A little fuzzy, very soft. It took a few trials and errors to get the right cutting pressure and depth on my Cricut to get it just right. Lucky for me I have a 400 page book... lots of pages for practicing.Smiley from millan.net

And I used green glitter glue to create the little shamrock. I simply drew it out on a non-stick mat, let it dry and pealed it off. Instant glittery embellishment.

And how is my son celebrating his little vacation from school? Smiley from millan.net He decided to do his best Irish jig on some bubblewrap to show his joy!

Yup. No doubt about it. I am blessed. Smiley from millan.net
Have a wonderful day!


  • Finished size: 5 1/2" x 3 1/2", including gable closure
  • Cricut Expression (not baby bug compatible due to size), DesignStudio, George cartridge
  • CUT FILE: ** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file & format you want when you purchase.
  • Cuttlebug and argyle embossing folder
  • Cardstock: green, beige (DCWV), white (Georgia Pacific)
  • Patterned paper: DCWV
  • Stamp: Beyond Borders (PaperTreyInk)
  • Ink: New Leaf (PaperTreyInk), Gold (Encore)
  • Other: Gold Stickles, Green glitter glue (Joann's), Ribbon (Michael's), Adhesive (ATG, foam), 2" circle punch (EKSuccess), tiny brad (Oriental Trading Co)
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


[Edit:  Special thanks to Blogger who has made it possible to FINALLY remove the nasty spam links that were left on my blog! YAY!  Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.... ]

Thank you to Fida for letting me know about this. Apparently my blog has become open game for a nasty spammer who posts naughty comments in Chinese (or similar) language that link to a nasty site that I am in NO WAY affiliated with. The comment can not be deleted and sadly there's nothing that I've found so far on Blogger's site to tell me how to get rid of it.

Because of this, I had to change the settings on my site to moderate EVERY comment. Your comments will not appear immediately any more.

Additionally, what ever the spammer is doing, he/she seems to be blocking the ability to post comments on the posts. If you are interested in requesting a cut file from me but you aren't able to put a comment on the correct post please post on a different one and be specific about which file you're requesting.

Thank you for your understanding.
PS: Please, PLEASE do not follow the links in the comments posted by the yucky spammer.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Thank you, Teacher

The last 24 hours has been rough. A friend of mine from church passed away from Breast Cancer. Smiley from millan.net (Grrr! Cancer = EVIL stuff!!) She's been battling for 7 years and put up quite the fight. So.... The good news is she is no longer in pain. The sad news.... she leaves behind a wonderfully dedicated hubby and four children (ages 8-15 yrs old).

Then today,one of the teachers at my son's school celebrated (not sure if that's quite the right word for it... there were quite a few tears present) her last day at the school today.Smiley from millan.net

When I first found out she was leaving, just a week ago, I thought about making this album for her and then talked myself out of it.

I knew I wouldn't have enough time to request and receive the pictures needed to fill it up and I didn't want to give her an empty album. But,... the more I thought about it the more I decided that she had plenty of friends still at the school and could easily send out a request and fill it up in no time.
I'm not sure if the pictures tell the whole story, but this is a star-style book but the inner layers are larger so that the star pattern is subtle. Each page has a large tab that pulls out so there is plenty of space to put pictures or journaling/messages.

The whole thing was created with supplies from my craft room. I didn't have to purchase anything. (Whoa! Totally surprised myself on that one!) Good thing too, since I only had a few hours to put it together.I know I would have wasted three-quarters of my time in a scrapbooking or craft store if I gave myself a reason to go shopping.Smiley from millan.net

A handful of layers put together with some sewing and some foam tape for dimension and that's it. Easy-peasy lemon squeezey!

So, to Miss Michelle I say,Smiley from millan.net
I wish you a wonderful life! My son will miss you at school, but you get to start sleeping in now and be a full-time mom to your 14 month old. Enoy!! I don't care what anyone else says. It's the best job in the world. Smiley from millan.net

Do me a favor.... hug your loved ones and tell them you love them. You'll be happy you did.

  • Finished size: 9"x9"
  • Patterned paper: black chalkboard, letters (DCWV), brown (ScrapGirls)
  • Cardstock: Blue (Marth Stewart), Black, Brown, Beige (Paper Co.), White (Georgia Pacific)
  • Brads: MM
  • Ribbon: Michael's
  • Other: Chipboard (in stash), Adhesive (Modpodge, Scotch Quick Dry, and ATG)