Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day Birthday Box Card

Today is Veterans Day. Originally called Armistice Day to honor the veterans of World War I, the name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all veterans. At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month we stop to honor all of those who have bravely served our country for their patriotism and willingness to sacrifice for the common good.

My mother-in-law has a friend who is celebrating her 96th birthday today.  She served with the Red Cross during World War II.  I made this special box card for her. 

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Because her friend's birthday falls on Veterans Day, my mother-in-law asked for a card with flags.  I remembered this festive box card from the Summer Box Cards set by SVG Cuts and decided I could adapt it to make it look more seasonal for November.


These are all of the pieces of the card as they appear in Design Space before cutting.  I changed the colors of certain pieces to suit the season.  I also added a tiny red cross to place at the top of the building.  For the birthday message on the back, I cut the "96" from glitter cardstock and had the Explore write the "Happy Birthday" with a gold metallic pen.

When you upload the SVG files from SVG Cuts to Design Space to cut with the Cricut Explore, you need to use the PDF menu included with each purchase to size the pieces correctly.  (There is a detailed explanation of how to do this in THIS POST and FAQs with detailed explanations and videos on the SVG Cuts site HERE).


I used an older Cuttlebug folder called "Pajama Stripes" to emboss the building to look like horizontal siding.  The red cross at the top is very tiny, about 3/8 of an inch tall!  It fits perfectly in the bunting.


I changed the green grass on the summer card to this textured design brown paper from an older Debbie Mumm paper stack.


The tree trunk is embossed with a Darice embossing folder called "Thin Lines."


I took the cut outs from the bushes and added them to the tree to represent autumn leaves.


The tree is raised up from the card back with some foam squares for added dimension.


The blue sky was also embossed with a Darice embossing folder called "Cloudy Sky."


In this side view, you can see all of the interior sections.  I added tiny clear star gems to the three stars on the flag banners.


I also added a star at the top of the  building.


Here is the back of the card, ready to add a personal message.


Box cards are fun to make because they have so much dimension but will fold flat (the bone folder is just holding the card down while I took the photo).


The file includes an envelope that is purposefully designed to be large enough to fit  the card even if it is heavily embellished with dimensional items.  I used glittered star cardstock from an old DCWV Summer stack for the envelope.  I would recommend hand delivering or mailing these cards in a bubble mailer for added protection.


Here is one more view of the card on the envelope.

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Leo and Mary at SVG Cuts have wonderful designs and instructions.  Even the most challenging projects are easy if you follow their directions and watch the videos for assembly instructions.  They also offer new kits as "free gifts with purchase" for a limited time when they are released. 

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The current offer is the Mistletoe Manor Kit.  It includes this amazing building, plus two cards, a gift bag and a lantern.  You also can use individual elements from these projects to make your own variations and new projects.

To get the Mistletoe Manor Kit for free, you need to visit SVG Cuts between now and Monday, November 17th.  Spend $9.98 or more, add the Mistletoe Manor kit to your cart, type "FREEGIFT" in the coupon field, and complete your checkout.  All of the files you purchase will be available for immediate download after you complete the checkout.


The days are getting shorter and colder here in New England. This weekend we saw a very dramatic sky with rippling clouds.  They say snow is on the way or at least some very cold weather for most of the US.  Stay warm and safe and do something crafty inside!

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

November 1st - Digital Scrapbooking Day


Happy November!  Today is International Digital Scrapbooking Day and there are some wonderful special deals and freebies available from lots of digital designers and stores. 

If you are on the mailing lists of some digital designers you probably have received newsletters with special deals already.  If you are just starting to use digital products, a good place to start is the DigiScrapParade.  You can find the list of participating designers HERE.  Be sure to say thanks for all of the free goodies.


I buy a lot of kits at Snap Click Supply and they are offering 25% off the entire store, today (November 1st) only.

If you are use the Panstoria Artisan program (this replaced the old Creative Memories StoryBook Creator program) there is also a 25% off sale on all digital content until Sunday, November 2, at midnight Eastern Time.  You can find the digital content HERE.  They still offer the digital content from Creative Memories, so if you missed out on a kit that you wanted this is a great time to add it to your collection.


I used the Primary Halloween Digital Power Palette Addition to add the words to my pumpkin photo.  I also used an overlay with dots from the Jewel Heritage Digital Overlays.

before adding digital embellishments...

It's fun to "dress up" your photos just a bit by adding words and overlays.  I also added a thin border, colored matched to one of the pumpkins. 


I hope you had a nice Halloween.  We had about 150 trick-or-treaters last night. 


I set up the candy buffet in the front hall.  In addition to candy this year, I had some Oreos and Mint Milano cookie packages.  These were a hit!


My little neighbors were Elsa and Anna from Frozen this year.  They are five now and in Kindergarten.  I managed to get them to stop for a quick photo.


Our neighborhood parade banner lost a few letters!  We will need to cut a new "L" and and "R" before next year.  Do you recognize some of the Cricut cuts on this banner?

The weather has definitely changed here - cold and rainy today.  At least we were able to get lots of projects done around the house.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Projects

 

A couple of years ago, I found some great printable patterns for carving pumpkins on the Better Homes and Gardens website.  Many of these can also be easily adapted for paper cutting patterns.  You can find the patterns HERE on the BH&G site.  If you haven't carved a pumpkin yet these patterns could make you look like a pumpkin carving genius!

http://www.capadiadesign.com/2012/11/halloween-door-sign.html#.VFGslBZO6O4

I made this sign from one of the patterns using the Silhouette software in 2012.  You can't make exactly the same project with Design Space because there is not an offset function in the program (this has been requested by many people for a future update).

You can use the same design to create a different project in Design Space.  The file that you download from Better Homes and Gardens is a PDF.  This is not a format that you can upload directly to Design Space.  I took a screen shot of the design and uploaded the PNG file from the screen shot to create a file for a card topper.

Here are the steps you can use to make a file for a card topper. Upload the PNG screenshot of the design using the Basic Upload option.


The image of the design shows the areas to be cut away for the pumpkin carving.  You are going to "carve" the same images from a piece of paper.  Use the "magic wand" and click on the outer area of the image to eliminate all of the background.


After you click on the background the pieces that need to be cut will remain.


You can click on the eyeball at the top right to see the red cutting lines.  This is a good way to check to be sure that the design you are uploading is correct.



You should not check the box for preserving the image - that is used for Print Then Cut projects and this is a plain design.  Make sure to title the file and add some tags so you will know the source of the image.

The image will come in sideways so you need to rotate it 90 degrees.  Then add a plain rectangle (use a free one from Craft Room Basics).  Size the rectangle to 5.5 inches wide by 4.25 inches tall for an A2 card.  Center the design in front of the rectangle, select both shapes and click "slice" to cut the design from the rectangle.


After slicing, you will have a rectangle with the design cut out.  When this is cut, it will be ready to place on an A2 card.


Be sure to cut the design from a bold color and place it on a card base that contrasts well so the design will be easy to see.

Here are a few other Halloween projects that you may have missed.  Click on the photo to go to the post about each project.

http://www.capadiadesign.com/2011/10/halloween-lantern-with-vintage-images.html#.VFGplhZO6O4

http://www.capadiadesign.com/2012/10/sparkly-spider-halloween-card.html#.VFGpSBZO6O4 
 
http://www.capadiadesign.com/2009/10/one-more-halloween-idea.html#.VFGoVBZO6O4

http://www.capadiadesign.com/2011/10/halloween-wall-display.html#.VFGoshZO6O4

http://www.capadiadesign.com/2011/10/upcycle-bottle-top-with-creative-charms.html#.VFHhgRZO6O4


Are you ready for Halloween?  Our weather is definitely becoming more seasonal.  I hope that it will not be too cold for the Trick-or-Treaters on Friday night.


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Monday, October 13, 2014

A Cricut Video about Print Then Cut with the Explore


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When I bought my Explore machine and started using Design Space, one of my favorite things about this new cutting system was the way images from the Cricut cartridges are shown in full color with all of their parts and pieces.  No more searching for all of the layers to make a complicated character or other multi-layered design.


The Print Then Cut capability that was just released allows you to take the Cricut cartridge images (or other images that you upload) and combine all of the layers into one printable layer by flattening the image.  With just a few clicks, you can choose the image, flatten it and then print it from the Design Space software.

 

The images are printed on your regular home printer on 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock or paper.  Cut Sensor Marks (the little "L" shaped lines you can see around the images above) are added when the images are printed.  Then you load this printed page into the Explore machine and click "go" to cut the images out perfectly!



Some of the images in the Cricut Image Library are already flattened and ready to print.  These images will have a small printer icon at the lower right corner of the image.


The newest feature of the Cricut Explore machine, allows you to choose an image (either one of your own or one of 50,000+ in the Cricut Design Space), flatten the image and then click 'Go' - it takes just a few second to go from choosing the image to printing and cutting it out.  I posted some step by step directions last month in THIS POST.

Cricut has provided many helpful videos about the Explore and all of the things it can do.  You can find them on the Official Cricut You Tube channel HERE.

This short instructional video (less than 4 minutes) shows you just how easy it is to print then cut images with the Explore.



You can use any image, including your own drawings or photographs.  Remember, if you can print it, you can cut it with the Cricut Explore machine.

There are some great sales on the Cricut site that end soon.  You can save 35% on supplies (mats, blades, vinyl and more) and 60% on Clearance items.  Twenty five best selling cartridges are 50% off and you can get free shipping on orders of $31 or more with the code HALLOWEEN31. 

If you have questions about printing then cutting, be sure to leave them in the comments below and I will do my best to help you with answers.

Happy Columbus Day!  I hope you are enjoying a long weekend.  It's a holiday for many people in our area - if you have today off will you be crafting or enjoying some nice fall weather?

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

October Free Scrapinar (& winner of True Scrap 6 spot!)

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If you love the idea and the look of art journaling but just haven't known where to start the October Free Scrapinar by Lain Ehmann from True Scrap is perfect for you.  Even if you are "unartistic," Lain will share techniques that will help you make great looking pages with a minimum of fuss.

Get ready to tackle Mixed Media with paint, sprays, inks, stencils, stamps, collage and more! This Scrapinar is on October 14th - that's Tuesday - and it is free but you must register in advance to attend.  There will be a replay available for a few days if the time does not work for you but you have to register HERE to get the link for the replay sent to you by email.

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 Lain just announced the winners of the free spots for True Scrap 6.

The winner from my blog is...

 
Congratulations!  Be sure to email support@layoutaday.com by midnight on Sunday, October 12, 2014 to claim your spot!

You can see all of the winners on the True Scrap 6 page HERE.

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If you weren't chosen as a winner, you still have a chance to save $20 on the registration fee.  Just use the code "HERO" and sign up HERE by Monday, October 13th.  

I am really looking forward to True Scrap 6 and I hope to "see" lots of you in the chat room!

It's a long weekend for lots of people - are you doing something exciting?  We are headed to the annual Octoberfest celebration hosted by friends here in town.  I hope you have something fun planned too!

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