Thursday, April 28, 2011

Designing Cards with the Computer

Wednesday was an exhausting day driving to New Jersey again but it was well worth the trip.  I was happy to be able to attend the award ceremony and very proud of our son for working hard and being chosen for the award.  The driving did take a big chunk out of my Wednesday and will also take up most of Thursday.  Then, in just a couple of weeks, we'll be back again for graduation!

I didn't have time to write up more details on the card design for Wednesday's card but I will answer the question that many of you had.  I always try to give you as much information as possible but it was late at night and I forgot to tell you which cartridge I used for the "Thank You" on the card.  

You can find this on the Martha Stewart All Occasion Cake Art cartridge - as shown on the keypad above.  The Martha Stewart cartridges are all great - I did a review of this one for the Scrappy-Go-Lucky site and you can find it HERE.   Remember - these cartridges are not just for cake.  They work in all of the machines and are perfect for papercrafting. 

I will not be able to do a step by step on the butterfly card for a few days - tomorrow is the Creative Charms Blog Hop, Saturday is Discussion Day and Sunday is the Disney-Pixar Blog Hop.  I don't do many blog hops but these both should be a lot of fun and very inspirational.

I did do a series of posts quite a while ago that explain the process of designing cards on the computer - using either Design Studio or a digital scrapping program.

 First was a post about planning a digital card which could be printed or used as  a template for cutting the card pieces.  You can find the post HERE.

The next post is about the actual card made from a design created on the computer.  You can see that post HERE.

Next was a post with another digital card design and several variations.  You can find that post HERE.

 Several people asked me for a file for this card so I decided to try to make a card as close as possible to my digital sketch using the Cricut and you can read about how I did that HERE.
 These posts are from more than a year ago so you may not have seen them if you are a relatively new blog reader - I hope they help you.

Just a few more things...

9 Free Fonts

Today (Thursday) is the last day of the Dollar Sale at Lettering Delights.  This sale comes only twice a year so it is a great time to add to your collection of graphic sets, printables, SVGs, fonts.  You can click the affiliate link above or in the left column to go to the site.  There are a couple of codes that could help you save even more.  "Royalty" should take $10 off a $25 purchase and "Sushi" should take 10% off your entire purchase.

The Design Studio update and the sample sheets and handbooks for the newest cartridges are still not available on the site.  I'll keep checking and let you know when I see that they are added.  I hope that the handbooks for the two exclusive digital cartridges on the E2 will also be included.  The handbook for Smiley cards (another digital download cartridge) is on the chart.  There are physical handbooks that are included with the E2 so the digital versions should be posted in due course.

I want to share this  photo from the ceremony (sorry it is blurry - the conditions were not good and no amount of editing was going to fix this!).  Instead of the typical speech that the other professors gave, the Music Department Chair had written clever Haiku verses for the award recipients.

link to Discussion Day 2 - How much is enough?

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  1. Diane please pass on our congrats to your son for his award. I know you are so proud of him. Thanks for sharing info on digital cards. Hope you have safe travel back for graduation.

  2. Diane, What a wonderful honor for your son and I am sure you have to be bursting with pride! I know I would be!! Congrats to your son and thank you for sharing his picture. It is always nice to put a name with a face.

    Thanks also for your card info. The MS cartridge looks like it is going to have to go on my wish list.


  3. Congrats to your son. I love, love your posts! I have one question. What do you do to get such nice clear pics of your projects? Mine are always dark and not very good. What kind of camera do you use?

  4. Thanks for all the helpful instructions you give to is so appreciated. And congrats to son and you for this honor! It must have taken amazing work and a lot of energy and "smarts" !

    Off to check out your instructions!

  5. Congrats on your son's award. You are one proud mama! ;o)

  6. How exciting it must have been to attend your son's award ceremony. I know you must be a very proud mama!

    Wendy T.

  7. Butterflies are so special to me, my mom loved them. I love this card.

  8. Congratulations on the award winning son! :) I am wondering if you have tried any of these digital templates in the Cricut Craft Room yet??

  9. Hello Diane Congratulations to your son . I love the idea in using the computer to make up your cards. TFS


  10. You must be so proud! Congrats to your son!

    I'm looking forward to all the hops this weekend!

    ~Sharon C.


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