Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!  I hope that you have a nice celebration today. 

If you are looking for a (very)  last minute idea for a card you can check the label P - Card - Valentine in the right side column of the blog.  You can just click the red words above to go to the posts labeled for Valentine's Day cards.  A few people have asked about the labels and my "code" for organizing links to old posts.  Quite a while ago I started reorganizing the listings and trying to set up the labels in a way that would put them in a more easily searchable format.   I haven't quite finished getting four years worth of content relabeled, but I'll get back to it soon and I'll add a key to help you use the labels.

At the top of this post is a very quick and easy card that you can cut with the trial version of Design Studio (I haven't tried changing this to a CraftRoom file).  The full explanation of how to design the card is HERE and  the link to download the file is at the bottom of THIS POST.  After you cut the simple lace inset base you can add a vintage or stamped image to the center of the card front.  The size for the center area is 2 1/2 by 3 3/4 inches.  You could also cut some hearts from any cartridge and add them to the front of the card.

Monday turned out to be a hectic day for me.  I have several projects with deadlines coming up soon and I am going on another trip next week (just for a few days).  I didn't get a chance to take photos of my new IKEA organizing finds so I'll try to do that in the next couple of days.

I did mark up a photo to show how the incire or "cut, fold and tuck" patterns work. 

Here is the cut as it appears when the machine finishes.  There are two parallel lines forming half of a teardrop shape.

Next, you pull up the thin strips and fold them over toward the neighboring shape.  It is easiest for me to do all of the folding first and then go back and tuck all of the pieces under the next section.

When they are all folded and tucked the result is very eye-catching.

I did these designs with the Silhouette software.  I can edit the shapes I am using to break the cutting lines and create the half shapes that are needed to make the design work.  This is not possible in the Cricut programs as they are now.  I hope some more sophisticated editing features will be added someday but I think that day may be far off in the future.

I hope the photos helped those of you who didn't understand the way these designs work to get a better idea about how they can be used for many projects.

Two more quick notes

***Enfys is holding an amazing giveaway on her blog Going Buggy.  Letraset will send one of her readers the full set of 90 Flexmarkers.  These markers have both a chisel tip and a brush tip and blend easily.  They will be available for sale in the States next month.  You can get the details of the giveaway and enter at THIS POST on her blog.

***If you use the Creative Memories StoryBook Creator program, there is a sale on Love and Valentine's  Day digital content.  You will save 30% if you order by February 15th, 11:59 p.m. Central Time.  If you'd like to order through me, click HERE to go to the sale page on my Creative Memories Personal Website.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

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  1. Hi Diane, love all the red white and pink that Valentine offers us. Wishing you a great day.

  2. Diane, wishing you a very Happy Valentine's Day! The cards are beautiful! Have you compared the Letraset markers to the Copic yet? If so, what is your opinion. What will be the cost of the Letraset? Sandra Joy

  3. Happy V-day Diane!I love the top card--when you orginally posted it, I downloaded the cut file and successfully transferred to my gypsy. That was a first for me! I love that card base and use it often. Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. Happest of Valentine Days to you as well. I remember reading your original post for this lacey card. I had not downloaded your file before so I am glad you reminded me and I I now have this file that I know I will enjoy for many cuts to come.

  5. Diane
    Happy Valentine Day.
    Thanks for this tutorial.

  6. Very beautiful and striking! I will have to research the siloutte but I have so much tied up with the cricut products. But I do love its' creative capabilities. TFS.

  7. Thanks for the detailed instructions of that amazing flower/star. I have the SSDE and MTC and will try to replicate this in my MTC program this afternoon. half a tear drop.

    I love your projects. I don't own any cricuts anymore. I sold both my create and the expression and all my carts. I am completely off carts and now only use the computer for designing, and I am having so much fun.

  8. and a very happy V-day to you and your hubby..luv this cut and I want to try it with MTC program...also the two cards with the doves in the heart is that one of your designs? if so was it with CM software or the
    Sil software will you share how you did it?? and I agree with you Cricut (and they do have the know how) needs to jumb on the band wagon before they lose alot of frustrated members

  9. Thanks Diane, wishing you and Steve a wonderfully romantic day!
    En xx

  10. I'm so glad you posted this again. I had it the first time but lost my files when I got a new computer so now I have it.
    Happy Valentines Day to both of you, Mary Ann

  11. Diane, Happy Valentine's Day to you too. Love the cards. I have hand cut using Diamond Folds templets and it looks alot easier and quicker using the silloute. I have so much money invested in Cricut products that the Silloute will have to stay on my wish list! Thanks for sharing the family photos too. The 3 generation picture looks great. Nice smiles on all three men!


  12. Dear Diane,
    Such cute cards!! Happy Valentines Day!
    I finally finished my "your story photo books!" Yea!

  13. Lovely Cards, thank you for sharing them and Enfys' info. I have been trying markers, but so far I am stuck, I got a set of Uchida markers (water base) but I am having trouble blending colors, any tips? A little delayed, but I hope your Valentines'. Day was lovely.

    Have a great afternoon,


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