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Thursday, March 31, 2011

DS vs Punches

I'm guessing many of you have seen the FAB Martha punches on HSN today. Oh the fun I could have with an unlimited crafting budget.  Alas, I just had to have the emissions sensor in my car replaced to the tune of $650. Smiley from millan.net   So, instead of moaning about what I don't have I decided to put what I do have to work for me. I opened up DS and got started. First, I used Keyword search to find a snowflake shape that I wanted to play with.

I keyed nine onto my mat all within the same Properties box. Kerned them so the horizontal tips would overlap and welded them together.

Next, I grabbed a square from Plantin. Placed it on top of the bottom half of the first snowflake so that the top of the square was at the vertical mid-point of the snowflake.

Using the horizontal stretch handle I widened the square so that it reached the far right point of the row of snowflakes. I made sure the Weld box was checked and I Previewed my border. The top edge was good but we will need to fix the cut-outs....

For each cut-out that we wan to hide, first select it so that the black dotted outline turns to a red/pink outline. Then right click to open the secondary menu.  At the bottom of the list click on Hide Select Contour.

If done correctly each hidden contour will now be a very light blue.  If you accidentally hid the wrong contour simply right click and select Show Hidden Contour.  If you can't seem to access the Hide Select Contour button it is possible that you pasted the shape onto your virtual mat. Simply Save and re-Open your file and the Hide Select Contour button should be available to you again.

When I previewed the design on a blank tab you can see that it will cut without any holes where they shouldn't be.

By copying and pasting the snowflake piece of the design (rotating it 90 degrees for the sides), deleting an extra snowflake here and there, and resizing the square to fit the middle, hid some more contours and showed a few in the corners that didn't need to be hidden any more, and I was able to take this border and turn it into a full page.

And don't forget, with the trace-to-select-multiple-shapes feature in DS you can resize the whole design to fit the size paper you need. **Don't forget to push the Ctrl button so that your pieces stay together when you resize them.**

Later, I will convert it to .gypsy and see what kind of tweaks are necessary to get it to cut using the Gypsy also. I reeeeeeeeally hope there's an update coming from PC soon that helps Gypsy and DS play nicer with each other. But for now, I have lots of errands to run and things to distract me from crafting and HSN-shopping.  >>> Updated: Converted file to Gypsy and it worked brilliantly! Sometimes I get lucky I guess<<<

Don't forget, I have a Wordbooks class on Saturday if you'd like to join me. Smiley from millan.net More info about that HERE.

Happy crafting!

Monday, March 28, 2011

DS Class: Wordbooks

For those that used to follow the LetMeShowYou blog to find out about the DS Classes, that blog has been taken down due to lack of interest. Not to say that there hasn't been any interest just a slower flow of traffic. I am still teaching small groups of individuals. If you are interested in any future DS Classes you can contact me directly here at this blog or via my email jensbrainthings at gmail dot com.

That being said, I had a request for a DS Wordbook class.  If you'd like to join us, we'd love to have you! The more the merrier, right?!

Here is the information:

  • Class Description:  CLICK HERE
  • Date: Saturday, April 2, 2011     <<
  • Time: 8:00am (PST), 9:00 (MST), 10:00 (CST), 11:00 (EST)
  • Cost:  $20  (Please click on the Buy Now button below to pay for the class.)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Kate!

My great-niece just turned 8!  Happy birthday Kate!  I decided to put together a little bookmark for her but I wanted to do something different from the last time I made the soldered bookmarks. Instead of putting her initial on it I wrote "I am a child of God" on it.  You see, eight years old is when she gets to choose whether to be baptized. So I thought it was a fitting sentiment... whether she uses it in her school books or her scriptures. It is a good reminder that she (as are all of us) is special.

I have just returned home from a quick trip to Disneyland with my son. I didn't even have time to run to the store to buy supplies so everything I used to make the bookmark came from my craft closet. And I had to be fast about it too. We have family in town and the guest room is also my craft room. I didn't want to be in our guests way.  I chose purple since it's the birthstone color for February (they are celebrating her birthday late....)

Oh! A couple tips you may be interested in about the i-rock crystals:  First, they started out clear, but I was able to easily color them permenantly with my Bic Mark Its. :) And second, the i-rock adhesive sticks beautifully to plexi. You can tell the glue is melted because the crystal starts to slide against the plexi... A steady hand is essential so that you don't schmear the glue or end up with the crystal where you don't want it.

Hope you all are having a terrific day!


Bic Mark Its
Hot Rocks
Sharpie Metallic
Simply Swank:
Solder Kit
Simply Swank:
Solder Mat
Simply Swank:
Solder Polish
Other items:
jewelry findings
from the
$ aisle
Box cutter
or blade to
cut plexi

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring Break!

Spring break is upon us. I hope to get some crafty time in but I can't be too sure with my nearly-6-yr-old son running around and wanting to be at the park, and feeding the ducks and going to the store and .... basically being anywhere but home. Today, we visited the zoo.... with about a million other people!  Wow! it was busy at the zoo.

Plus, grandpa is coming to town next week to take my son on his very first fishing trip. He is over the top excited. His dad already took him to get a fishing pole. But my son has informed him that he will not be using worms as bait. Not because they are icky, but because "that's not very nice."Smiley from millan.net  lol

What it means to me is that I have to tidy up the craft/guest room so that it's manly enough to receive it's very-near-future guest.  Kinda hard to craft when all my tools have to be put away.

I'll be back as soon as I can. Hope you all have a pinch-free Smiley from millan.net St. Patty's Day!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Celebrating the Presidents.... Revisited

I just realized that I forgot to post the pictures of my son's President project from last month.  I say "my son's project" but really the homework assignment is sent home as a Family Project.  I'm not one of those parents that does her kid's homework.  Really I'm not.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Wordbooks DS Class

Hi everyone,
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make those fun word/name books?  Well, now's your chance. I have scheduled a Wordbooks class. Anyone that is interested in joining us, you can find the details HERE.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Being sick is NO fun!

Hiya! Smiley from millan.net

Sorry I've been missing these last couple weeks. I got some kind of crazy bug in my system and it literally stopped me from doing much of anything except curling up in my bed and snoozing all day. I'm still not 100% but I'm getting there.  Yesterday was my best day yet.  First, hubby and I went to my son's school to attend their annual Dr. Seuss Breakfast.  Then later after a bit of a rest, I hit the library and then the Dollar Store. After being so sick I got thinking about all the kiddies in my son's class who bring their lovely germs to school and then my son brings them home.  Yay us!  And as bad as each individual family might have it, the poor teacher gets hit by it even harder. So, I wanted to do something nice for her. I found a fun tutorial HERE to personalize a bottle of hand sanitizer.

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