Saturday, February 13, 2016

Snowflake Variation (new file to share)

I hope you all are having a good weekend.  It is incredibly cold here in New Hampshire thanks to the Polar Vortex.  Fortunately, it looks like things will warm up again by Tuesday - the overnight low here is supposed to be 9 degrees below zero!

Thanks to everyone who let me know that the file for the first snowflake image that I shared in was opening as an empty file (the file name is there but no image appears on the mat). I am still trying to figure out what causes this problem and I will let you know if I find an answer.

I made a new file that is nearly the same as the first design.  I created it using slightly different steps to see if that would make a difference.  I did a test cut of this image and it cut cleanly just like the original file.

A few people asked about the settings for cutting this image.  Of course, it depends on the material you are cutting.  I would recommend using cardstock that is hard or crisp - not highly textured or fibrous since there are so many tiny areas to cut.

For the first snowflake I used Core'dinations Core Couture glittered cardstock.  This pink test cut was done on The Paper Company cardstock by Colorbok.  This is an inexpensive cardstock and sometimes the less pricey cardstocks actually cut more smoothly.

You should also try using the custom setting for cardstock, intricate cuts.  This will cut each part of the design twice.  Just turn the dial on the machine to the "Custom" position (the arrow pointing to the left) and then scroll through the options listed on the screen. If you haven't used the Custom Settings before you might be surprised to see how many options exist. 

You can find the new Design Space file for this design HERE.
Please let me know if these tips helped if you try cutting the file.

Now that we are getting settled in the new house we decided it was time to replace some of our "well-in-use" furniture.  So we've been doing some shopping for sofas and chairs.  After much consideration, these are the fabrics we settled on - what do you think?

While we were at the store finalizing our order I saw this amazing mirror.  I love it, but there really isn't a good spot for it in this house so I had to leave it in the store.  I snapped this quick photo so I could remember it for inspiration.  Maybe I will come up with a paper cutting variation!

Our nephew is here to stay with us for a few days while his sister is looking at one of her college options in Wisconsin.  I guess he is too old now to call it "Aunt Diane" camp when he visits, but we might get into a crafty project or two.

Tomorrow our plan is to stay inside to avoid frostbite! It is certainly not the best weather for Valentine's Day - there may be some frozen floral deliveries!

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  1. Diane, I am so glad you are able to post again! I missed hearing from you so much. I really like your fabric choices. I am in love with gray since I redid my bath room. Any way thanks for your info. Kathie

    1. Hi Kathie - thanks! They painted everything gray in this house to put it on the market - we are changing some rooms but will keep the gray in the family room - that's where this furniture is going.


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