Friday, November 12, 2010

Over the Hill

Today I wanted to spotlight 2 of the decorations I made with my Cricut Expression and Make The Cut software for my husbands 60th Birthday Party. The grimreaper I found as a JPG file on a Graphics CD Collection I have had for ages (the copyright is 1990!) I did a bitmap trace in MTC, cleaned it up and resized it. Then I made the blackout shadow on a second layer so I can turn layers on and off when I need to cut. I then created the text, resized and adjusted then welded it all together and made a shadow layer. All the pieces were then cut out and assembled.

I found the "Over the Hill" SVG file here. I added text in the hill and used the Cricut markers to have the Cricut write it on my cardstock. Without removing my mat from the Cricut, I switched to the cutting blade and cut out the hill and text over it. I filled in the drawn text by hand with a silver marker.Til next time...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Digital Doings

I have a confession to make. I have owned StampinUp's My Digital Studio for a year, have installed all the updates and even bought a download or two but never used the program... until now. It's slow and lacks many features that I would consider basic but it gets the job done and it's easy for those who aren't that computer savy. I would be in love with it if I could get it to go a little faster but overall I like the program and I am having fun with it.

Here is a page I made in MDS using the Autumn Spice digital kit. It is for an album I am making as a Christmas gift, highlighting our family over the last year. Now I have to get it printed so I can see who does the best job. Will post on my findings once I do that.
Til next time...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A little craftyness!

Just thought I'd share an item or 2 that I have made within the last few months. The first is a wedding card I made for some dear friends. Paper, ink, butterfly die and ribbon is by StampinUp; stamps are from Verve and die cuts from Spellbinders.

The next item is a gift box tower made with my Cricut Expression, Make the Cut software and the Big Boutique Boxes set from The cardstock bottoms were cut from Bazzil and the tops were cut from Making Memories Pitter Patter line of heavy weight, double sided scrapbook paper.

Til next time...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Life is finally getting into a rhythm I can deal with. The chickens wake me up much earlier than I like but it gives me a jump start on the day. The dogs & I let the chickens out of their coop then I feed and clean everyone and everything. Once all the feeding and cleaning is done I am off to the craft room. So since the last time I posted I have stript the bathroom walls, mostly gutted the kitchen, finally started using SUs My Digital Studio, switched to Make the Cut for designing cut files for my Cricut, finished the library and craft room (Yes! It really is finished this time.) and threw a surprise Birthday Party for my husband's 60th Birthday. Now the only major thing to do is finish the kitchen and bathroom remodel.

Now I want to introduce you to the feathered girls, Penny, Hazel and Elvira. Penny is the inquisitive one, Hazel is the "I'm beautiful " one and Elvira is the ringleader.

Here are the guys from Chickoopy delivering the girls and their coop.



Til next time...