Friday, April 24, 2015

Spring Fantasy

I have been busy with my explore. I love 3d files and you will know I love the files from Mary at These are all cuts from as they are having a Spring Challenge I have entered. if you go to their facebook page you can vote here.
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check out the milk jug and sugar bowl n the unicorns pulling the golden carriages
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Mistletoe Manor releases beautiful combinations of cards, scrap book pages embellishments and 3d projects. I am a 3d junkie I love things that I need to build. I remember as  very young child making paper houses and when I saw  Mistletoe Manor I fell in love. I am a Close to my heart consultant so I have packs of plane paper which with this project was awesome as I was able to use multiple pieces in the same colour. this project too 30 pieces of card stock and 3 sheets of vellum so it is a big project. The completed box is sitting on a mat whose grid is 12x12 so you can see its relative size. when I started to put it together I had not watch the whole of the video and I would encourage those that want to do this to watch the video all the way through. There are a few changes I have made from the original like the shutters on the 2nd story middle window, butterflies instead of snow and 6 of the pillars are yellow and 4 are blue. this is because I didn't watch the video and know what I was cutting. having said that I love it. Thanks to Mary and Leo from

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bunnys Bunnys Every where

this is Chocolate bunny from Creat a Critter 2 with a hole to take the stampinUp sweet treat cups. I filled them with jelly beans.

Chocolate bunnys again with a cupcake holder
then lastly bunnys front and back of egg holders
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Using Design Space to alter cards

someone was having problems in design space with the cards from Close to my Heart Artfully sent cartridge so I went in to see if I could help. One of the things you can do in design space is to slice but this doesn't work with an open path like in the 'dream' and you rock' scene cards. these have a half icon which shows when the card is folded in the z shape. the half icon leaves an open path ie the outside shape is not cut all the way round ie the guitar. I imported the cards ungrouped them then used hide contour to hide all but the shape or guitar. when I had the guitar half I duplicated it and then flipped aligned the images so they just touched then attached them. If you weld them the outer shape disappears.
this is the scene card 'You Rock' I made the separate guitar by this method.
this is the scene card 'Dream'  I cut a card where I added score lines and changed them to cut lines I didn't use the score lines already there as they came too close to the shape. I also cut the inside sentiment card from the right side part of the original card. if you use double sided paper you can use the reverse of what you have on the front. 
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Superman for Grandsons

When my Canadian grandchildren were out to visit a few weeks ago I made Superman for them. I added a box underneath to hold some treats.

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Learning Inkscape svg fies

After getting the Cricut Explore I wanted to try to do some svg files of my own. I don't know how to work inkscape well but when somone asked for a card with a curved front that resembled a die  I had seen I thought I would give it a go and make a svg file. These are the 2 cards I made with the file and I am very pleased with how they turned out. I used the basic svg file as a card and used a background from Design space and sliced it so I had the lattice in the front.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

economise on paper with Design Space 2

As many of you will be aware I have a Cricut Explore machine. One of the things I loved about the previous Expression 2 and Cricut Craft room was you could put all the pieces on the mat where you wanted them to be because you imported each individually. In Design Space the image come in as complete and sometimes this means a part of a hat and the shoes may be the same colour but when you go to the cut screen you have the hat where the hat is and the shoes where the shoes should be. Great if you are doing layered vinyl but not good on paper saving. I discovered I could use the Slice feature to make this more economical and have done a screen video of this.
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Thanks to Clever Someday for font

I watched a live broadcast, the lady Kay aka Clever Someday was on and talking about a font she designed that stood up from the page. This intrigued me and as it was free tried to download it but had problems. Well Kay has just sent out an email from her blog, and it is well worth following her blog and also going to try this font. Her blog tells you all about it and how to use it in Design Space so go visit this very clever lady. She asked that if we downloaded the font we shared the info in our groups. Here is my first trial card. It will be for a photo of my grandie but in the meantime I have put in a background where the pic will go. The cards will be for my grandies Great Gran so I love the idea that the name can popup.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Hello Kitty cards

My DGD today informed me she liked hello Kitty Yay. I have had the Cricut cartridge "Hello Kitty font and Hello Kitty Greeting" since they came out and it is now retired but I do think its cute so to practice I made these 2 cards and one little Hello Kitty.
No they are not on stilts I held them up with tiny pegs so they stood up.

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