Sunday, December 19, 2010
Over at the Pink Stampers blog, she is doing a winter/Christmas challenge. As I read about it I thought, "I can do that." Last year at Christmas time, we spent a week with our friends in a cabin where we went snowmobiling, sledding, and enjoying the beautiful scenery of that time of year. It was a lot of fun so for this challenge, I thought I'd do a layout for some of those pictures and this is what I came up with. I used my free file set from Treasure Box Designs to do these trees and cabin. I love how the little cabin turned otu. It is so cute and perfect for these pages. I probably should do a few more of these pages as I have too many for just this layout, but it was a good start and I thought it would be fun to enter her challenge. I've never entered one of her challenges before so.......
Friday, December 17, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
www.treasureboxdesigns.com, but I just had to share these. She recently came out with a train set. Well, I had just bought several sets and even won a new one! Yep...me who never wins, won furniture and files this year! Love it. Anyway, since I had just bought several sets, I decided not to buy any more. However, I had purchased her bear set and so I set out to make my own train and I LOVE it! Someone had shared a free train file, (sorry...not sure who) but it wasn't exactly what I wanted so I set about modifying it in MTC. I LOVE the result. Super cute, super fun, and really easy. If you notice, there are only three real colors to the train, black backing, cream wheels, snow, etc, and red train car parts. The fat bear I already had cut out, but I did cut the two side bears to on it. The stripes on the cars are actually scraps that I just added and the bow on those is a punch that I used to punch from the scraps. Anyway, I LOVE how my train turned out and I didn't have to buy any more files. I've seen these cute little trains done for all the holidays so I just may have to make another one for something else. The pieces are all big enough that paper piecing it together was fairly simple. It probably took longer to ink everything than to actually put it all together. Fun fun.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
www.treasureboxdesigns.com. He's the second bear I've cut from that set and I LOVE him! I love love love the bears but I have been having a heck of a time trying to find anymore textured brown cardstock. I used to buy this at my local scrapbook store for 4.99 for 50 sheets and then used a 40% off coupon so it made it really inexpensive. I only have a few sheets left and can't find any brown locally in a color that I want for my bears. I did find some, but they wanted $.69 cents a sheet for it! Are you kidding me! For a single colored cardstock! NOT. So my quest continues and I have to admit, even ebay has failed me on this one. Sigh. We'll see......
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Hello! Tonight I have been working on this Santa and Snowman Tile. I'm still doing the challenges over at the MTC board and this one is for the miscellaneous gift....a gift you would give to a male/female at the last minute when you needed an extra one. I think it turned out really cute.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
I joined a cyber crop on the MTC forums a couple of weeks ago and it started yesterday. I had to create a bag/box with a poinsettia, a matching tag, and a card with two poinsettias on it. I had some left over pieces so I made an additional card just for fun and a few more tags. Here is one of my entries for the crop. I've never done a cyber crop before and so far it's been fun. This poinsetta file created by Penny was so easy to cut and assemble. I LOVE it. I also love the shimmer bazzil cardstock. I think it makes this flower look so beautiful. I think I might make even more of these to put on packages as bows this year. We'll see how much time I get. Thankfully my daughter is feeling better. She has been sick and running a fever for 11 days! She even missed Thanksgiving Dinner. Darn it! The medicine the doctor gave us hasn't been working, but thankfully she's feeling better and actually went to school today. We'll see how she feels when she gets home. If you want Penny's file, go here: http://pennyduncancreations.blogspot.com/2010/09/so-now-lets-say-p-is-for-pdc-poinsetta.html Penny also has a tutorial on how to assemble this flower if you want to watch it. If you want the purse file it's free and can be found under the MTC challenge file but you have to be a member of the forums to download it. Being a member is also free. If you aren't a member, you might want to sign up as there are lots of help files posted on this forum and tutorials on how to use MTC. Here's the link for that tote file. http://forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/9522/christmas-challenge-one-gift-set-by-michellemybelle/#Item_1 Enjoy!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Ok...so I wanted to show you my cute little bears. Aren't they cute! I've been working on last years Christmas pages since this Christmas is fast approaching! LOL. I needed to get them scrapped before I have new ones to worry about! I have to admit, that I actually made these bears from the basic shapes in MTC patterned after the bear on Treasure Box Designs. I followed a video on the Make the Cut forums that taught us how to make a cat using the basic shapes. If you want to learn to make your own bears, here is the link to the page that has the webinars on it. You will need to select the one that says make a cat from scratch by Julie. http://forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/3191/webinar-recordings-updated-10192010. I think he turned out really cute. I must admit though, that he is the bear that inspired me to make my purchases at Treasure Box Designs yesterday. Since, I loved all of the bears on the Treasure Box Designs site not to mention the animals, the cocoa cafe etc. and wanted several of them, I bought the sets. It was worth my time and effort to buy her set and get using them. I have several bear files already, but...... isn't he cute! I can't wait to cut the others. Well worth the purchase! LOL. My next one to cut is going to be her "fat" bear. I think he is so adorable. :-) So if you want to purchase these cute little bears, go to www.treasureboxdesigns.com and have fun! If you haven't been to her site, spend a few minutes looking around. She has some really nice files! Enjoy!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Ok....I couldn't resist. After getting up at 4:00 this morning to go shopping on Black Friday, I came home and decided to "buy" myself a Christmas present. LOL. At Walmart, they had their Cricut Lite cartridges for $20.00 and I thought about buying Four Legged Friends, but as I thought about it, I decided that I wanted to buy some files from Treasure Box Designs instead. Now for those of you who know me, I rarely buy images or files because their are so many for free. However, hers are just so cute that I finally gave in. I have been pondering purchasing some of her files for a very long time and finally decided "why not." Merry Christmas to me! I love her files and bought several sets as she was having a black Friday sale herself at 55% off. At those prices, I decided it was worth my time to buy her files instead of searching for images that I could create and then spending the time to create some myself. So, I spent my money here instead of on a cartridge and I am thrilled with my purchase. If you want to check out some really cute files and don't mind paying for them, go to http://www.treasureboxdesigns.com/ This cute little skunk is from her Treasure Pals set. I also bought some others including her pet shop, camping fun, bears, cocoa shop and can't remember the others now..... I also made some cute little bears that I'll have to do something with later and then post those. In the meantime, aren't these skunks cute! I created the border with a snowflake and repeated it until I had 8.5 inches of it and then attached a rectangle to the bottom, welded it, and voila, one snowflake border! I love Make the Cut for it's ease of making anything I want, when I want it. I always have the perfect embelishments because I can make anything I want when I need it without having to buy any cartridges or images unless I LOVE them all!!! Love it!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I thought I would post a finished layout for you to see because I had a couple of people email me and ask me what I used the borders for. Since I still scrapbook 8.5 x 11, here is how I used these for this layout. I think it turned out cute! Hope that gives you some idea of how fun borders can be and why I've been doing so many lately.....it's easy to create a border one piece at a time and then actually put them together on a page when I get a few more minutes. Easy to do with kids and interuptions.....I'd love to see what you are creating and if you do any borders too! Have fun! (If you like some of these cuts, if you scroll down on my blog, you will see the links to the ones that I know where they came frome. Enjoy!)
Friends to scrap with, cute projects, all in all, a great afternoon! Love it! My friend came over today and we created a tabbed recipe book for her to complete in no time. It was fun. (Thanks Erika! Come on over again SOON and we'll do it again!) I created these cute little fall Pooh bears. I fell in love with him and his adorable hat and knew he would look great on a border with the left overs from my other fall borders plus these other cute pumpkins I found. So....here are a couple of pictures of my pooh bears and my border that I created with them. If you want the pooh bear file, I found it here.... http://www.jenniferscrapshack.com/2009/09/scarecrow-pooh-svg . If the other files belong to you, please let me know so I can give you credit.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
http://www.cookingwiththecricut.blogspot.com/ and I think I'm going to enter these into their contest that they are having. Wish me luck. I've never been in a contest before, but I think it will be fun. I have really enjoyed doing these borders lately. I've had the turtles and hedgehogs done for over a year trying to decide what to do with them. I think they are a fun twist to the normal Christmas stuff. What do you think? I can't remember who shared these ornaments, but if they are yours, please let me know so I can give you credit. As for the hedgehog, if you search my blog for animals, I listed the font that he came from. The turtle is an old cricut cartridge cut (like I said I've had then done forever!). After making the borders, I still have lots of pieces left over to put on the rest of the pages when I actually put them together. What do you think. I know it's silly, but my favorite thing on these borders are the little bows in the corners with the button in the middle. Why???? I have no idea, but I like them!
Monday, November 8, 2010
I was on the MTC message boards earlier today and Beanie posted some adorable cards that she made! I thought they were so super cute! I think my favorite thing was the crooked little nose on them. I asked her if she minded if I "scraplifted" her idea and she said she didn't mind at all so here are my scraplifted versions. I plan on using these on the gift bags for my neighbors/friends. I think they will love them. I know I do! Thanks Beanie! These are awesome! If you would like to see her creations, you'll have to go to her blog here: http://beanies-tag-your-it.blogspot.com/ While you are there, take a peak at her blog, I love it and if you see something you like, make sure to drop her a note!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Woohoo! I just had to try this new feature in the MTC beta version. This is my first attempt at print and cut! Who needs the Cricut Imagine???? Not me or anyone else who has this wonderful program! It's not exact....my printer is an HP and took a little tweeking, but for my first try, I'm not complaining! It wasn't too far off, but between my Cricut and the printer I had to adjust quite a little. I printed him at x=1 and y=1, but when I cut him, I had to adjust x=1.25 and y=.9375. It's late so I'll have to play some more another time with a different image and see if these numbers hold true, but for now, I'm pretty happy with the results. Interestingly, many Imagine customers aren't getting any better results with a $500 machine. Yikes. I've heard of several of them returning them because they didn't preform like they expected them too for the price. Overall, I'm quite pleased with the results! What do you think?