Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!


Happy Easter!  I hope you were able to spend time with family and friends.  We had a quick trip to California last week and it was great to see our little granddaughter (and her parents!).


We returned to New Hampshire in time for Easter at home.  It's hard having family on two coasts since you can't be in two places at the same time.  We loved this photo of our little bunny that we received today!


Before we left I was working on a few new designs - here is a sneak peek.  I will have more details to share soon.


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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Bunny Candy Holder (updated file for Cricut Design Space)


Easter is just around the corner - so early this year!  I have a simple file to share in case you are looking for some cute table decorations/favors for tiny gifts or candy. 

photo from 2009 original bunny candy holder

I originally designed these bunny candy holders back in 2009 using the old Cricut Design Studio program.  You can see the original post and directions HERE.

http://www.capadiadesign.com/2014/04/free-files-for-bunny-candy-favors.html#.VvMrPUdW33A

In 2014, I updated the project and shared files for new Cricut Craftroom and Design Space versions.  You can find that post HERE.


I have created a new file for use with Cricut Design Space and the Cricut Explore machines that will do the scoring and also make the small extra cuts that are needed to assemble the bunnies.



All you will need to do is fold on the scored lines and then add strong adhesive (I use ScorTape) to make the box shape.


Add the noses and decorate as you please.  You can draw in the mouth and whiskers on the cut lines or add thin strips of paper for whiskers.


For one of my test cuts, I also added some pearl gems for the nose and eyes. 


Have fun with these - they can be used for any sort of candy - I found that the Ghirardelli Squares are a great fit!

Here is the link for the newest version in Design Space - I think it is great that the machine now does almost everything for you.  The hardest part will be choosing the paper and decorations!

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You will need to own the Doodlecharms cartridge or purchase this image from that cartridge in order to cut this file - the cartridge and image are not included in Cricut Access.  (links to Cricut in this post are affiliate links which means I may be paid a commission if you purchase something after clicking on the link - your price stays the same. I appreciate your support).

Our plans for this week have been unexpectedly altered due to the snowstorms in Colorado.  I hope any of you who are affected by these storms are safe and warm!

Happy Easter!

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


On March 17 everyone is a little bit Irish - and in the Boston area today is a big holiday!  I hope you have fun if you are celebrating today.

Even if you are not Irish, you will appreciate this lucky sale on Cricut cartridges.  There are nearly 80 cartridges available for $9.99 - click HERE to see all of the cartridges available.  (links to Cricut in this post are affiliate links which means I may be paid a commission if you purchase something after clicking on the link - your price stays the same. I appreciate your support).

If you have Cricut Access you automatically receive 10% off and you can use the code CRAZY10 to save an additional 10% (and get free shipping on the Fed Ex Home Delivery or Economy options within the continental US if you choose physical cartridges).  You can also use the code MARCHMADNESS to get free shipping on any order (same restrictions).

Most of the cartridges in the $9.99 sale are included in Cricut Access but there are some great "oldies but goodies" in the sale that are not included.  I already own all of these and they are some of my favorites - particularly Graphically Speaking, Doodlecharms and Teardrop.

These images below are linked to the cartridges in the $9.99 sale that are not part of Cricut Access.  Even if you do have Cricut Access, you might want to pick up a few of the many other cartridges in the sale in case you choose not to renew the Cricut Access or for use in one of your older Cricut machines.  Click HERE to see all of the cartridges.

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There may still be some March Madness Mystery boxes left - the third box became available this week and they usually sell out quickly.

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This box is full of Cuttlebug folders - if you don't have many folders you can really increase your collection with this deal!  Click HERE to shop for the Mystery Box.

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If you are curious about the image at the top of this post, you can see the original blog post about how I created this file from a Dover image four years ago HERE.  I made this file for the Silhouette machine a few years before the Explore was released.  I need to redo some of my files as SVGs now that I can cut my own designs with the Explore.


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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Easter Egg Card (file to share)


Easter is early this year so today I have another Easter card to share.  I designed the egg on the front of this card using only the free basic shapes in Cricut Design Space.

It is taking longer than I ever imagined it could to get our house fully settled. Most of the rooms are done but there is still a fair bit of chaos in the storage areas and my craft studio.


While I was sorting through a box of adhesives, I found some Action Wobbles and this gave me the idea to make a card with an Easter Egg that moves.

video

If you have never seen one of these in motion, it is a bit difficult to imagine how they work - so I made a quick little video of the egg in motion.


The Action Wobble is clearly labelled so you know which side to attach to your image and which side is the base to be attached to your card.  I got my Wobbles at a small local store, you can also find them online.


The "egg" is an oval with four layers.  I cut them from Core'dinations Gemstone cardstock which has a beautiful pearly sheen.


This screen shot shows the card design.  I add rectangles to represent the card base and layer just to help visualize the card.  In most cases, I cut these with a trimmer to use my cardstock more efficiently.

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For the sentiments, I used this stamp set that comes with the "Artfully Sent" Close To My Heart Cricut cartridge.  There are lots of combinations for both the front and inside a card.  If you want more information about this cartridge you can find it on my friend Joy's CTMH website HERE.


I stamped the "Happy Easter" on the front card layer with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I wasn't happy with the result - the sentiment is tiny and the texture of the cardstock (and also some excess pressure on the stamp) made it a bit difficult to read.  So I stamped it again on a strip of the reverse side of the cardstock, cut a small flag end and added a gem.


It just wasn't my day for stamping - I also managed to get a few ink spots on the inside of the card when I stamped the second sentiment.


Fortunately, I had the center cuts from the yellow and purple egg layers sitting on my table and I was able to use these to cover the smudges.  I actually like the inside of the card better with this extra decoration - sometimes mistakes lead you to improve on your original plan!


I used my old Creative Memories "fancy" corner rounder on the green card layer.  The second version of "Happy Easter" is adhered directly over the messy original embossing.


I think this card would be fun to use for an Easter Egg Hunt invitation.  You could also make a variation with a detachable egg ready to hang as an ornament on a branch or in a window.


You can get many variations of the egg by changing the colors of the four layers.  I chose pastels for this card but more dramatic combinations would be interesting too.

If you'd like to try making this card, you can find the Cricut Design Space file HERE.  I'd love to see what you make if you use the file.

News about Blitsy

Blitsy has started an affiliate program and I am happy to now be one of their affiliates.  I have been shopping at Blitsy every since they started and the site has grown by leaps and bounds.  There are new sales every day (Monday - Saturday) posted at 10 am Central Time.  The sales last for four days or until the item is "blitsed" (sold out).

$10 off your first purchase!

You must join Blitsy in order to shop on the site.  Membership is free and you can get $10 off your first order of $40 or more.  If you haven't joined Blitsy already, you can click the new member image above to sign up.  Once you are a member you can refer friends and earn credits when they make their first order.

Blitsy is now accepting box store 40% off coupons and they ship to the US and over 100 countries internationally.  In addition to a wide range of paper crafting supplies and tools they offer sewing, knitting, art supplies and all sorts of craft items. 

Happy Shopping!


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True Scrap 7 individual classes available now


Did you miss the chance to attend True Scrap 7 last October?  The True Scrap events, produced by the amazing Lain Ehmann, are always jam-packed with information and fun.  I have participated in many of these events and have enjoyed learning about many new topics and techniques.

In True Scrap 7 there are nine individual classes - each includes two videos, the "project only" and the "like you were there" version (with the chat and discussion/Q&A with the instructor).  The price is just $9.99 per class until March 31, 2016, after that they will be $14.95 each.  If you would like to have all of the classes, there is a special deal to purchase all nine classes for just $49 - that's less then $6 per class!

You will be able to watch the classes as many times as you like - they do not expire. I have posted the graphic for each class below - click on any of these to go to the page with full class descriptions.  (These are affiliate links).  No coupon is needed but these deals do expire on March 31, 2016.


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The instructors for these classes are some of the best - where else can you learn from these scrapping superstars for as little as $6 a class?  I hope you can take advantage of this special offer.  Click HERE to purchase individual classes or all nine classes (the best deal!).


I hope you had a fun "Pi Day" on Monday. We have had more workers here for another big house project so it's been pretty hectic here!  I do have another Easter card to share that will be posted a little later this morning...

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Happy Easter Card (file to share)


Easter is exceptionally early this year so I thought I would share another Easter card.  This card is relatively simple to make but be aware that there are a lot of tiny fiddly pieces to glue so I wouldn't recommend it for mass production!


When you click to insert images in Cricut Design Space there are always some "featured images" that pop up right away.  These tend to change to suit the seasons and holidays.  Sometimes you find images you may have forgotten about and see them in a new way.  This wreath image is labelled "Easter Frame" and is from the Holiday Cakes cartridge, image #M410F1.  I have owned this cartridge for a long time and it is also included in the  Cricut Access.  (links to Cricut in this post are affiliate links which means I will be paid a commission if you purchase something after clicking on the link - your price stays the same. I appreciate your support).


The image includes a shadow layer so I was able to use this to create a shaped card base.  I eliminated the center cut with the contour option (you could also weld a circle to the wreath to black out the center) and then duplicated and flipped the shape, adding a rectangle to make a stronger area for the fold.


I sized the card to be 5.5 inches tall but did not change the proportions so the card is not quite square (the width is about 5.24 inches).  I also added and attached a score line for folding the card.


The sentiment for the card is also from the Holiday Cakes cartridge "Happy Easter" image #M43C45.


Since I used the shadow layer to create the card base, the green shadow fits the front of the card perfectly.


I inked the edges of the shadow layer just a bit to add some definition at the edges.


It is very easy to get confused about the direction  for placing all of the small top layer purple pieces on the yellow wreath layer.  If you save the offcut and use it as a guide for placement it is much easier to get everything aligned correctly.


I got tired of gluing the tiny bits and decided to use some gems for the three tiny dots on two of the flowers.  The offcut made it simple to place them just where the designer intended.


The assembled wreath is a little unusual since I didn't use any green for the top so all of the leaves and stems are yellow and purple. 


I decided that the green shadow layer was  good way to ground this whimsical design.


Once the card was assembled (fair warning again - this will take longer than you think!) all I needed to do was to add the sentiment in the center white section.


I chose a darker purple glitter cardstock for the sentiment and placed it at a slight angle inside the wreath.


Here is a top view of the card sitting flat on some pink cardstock.  I chose to have the extra rectangle for a strong side instead of trying to weld the two wreath shadow shapes with a very small amount of overlap.


Because of the unusual shape, this card will not stand straight and even by itself.  You can mail it in an envelope for a 5 x 7 card to save the postage surcharge for a square shaped envelope.  If you don't want it to slide around too much in the envelope just adhere the inside of the envelope to itself along on edge.  (If you don't understand what I mean, please leave a comment and I will try to add some photos to make it clear).


You can find my file for this card in Cricut Design Space HERE.  If you make a card, I'd love to see your version.

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If you don't have a Cricut Explore machine yet, have you heard the news?  For a limited time, Cricut is offering a "trade-up" program that will give you a discount of $50 on the purchase of an Explore Air or Explore One from the Cricut site.  If you own any of the earlier Cricut machines (Expression, Expression 2, Imagine, Mini, Cake, Cake Mini, Create or Original Cricut) you can send in a photo of the machine and a photo of the serial number and receive a $50 credit code by email.

You do not have to mail in your old machine.  You are encouraged to #MakeItForward by donating the machine to a school, charity or friend who will be able to put it to good use.

You can find all of the details about this program HERE on the Cricut website.  You must submit your photos by the end of this month and use the credit by April 15, 2016.

If you own a Gypsy, there is a similar credit for registered owners and the details will be sent to you directly by email along with your personalized code.

More work is happening at our new house so I haven't been able to post as often as usual. I hope that in a few more weeks all of the renovations will be done (or at least we will take a break for the next few months).  My craft studio is getting more settled but is not yet "ready for it's close-up."  I have had many requests to show my space and I will - as soon as I get things finished!

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