Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Introducing ZaraZing!

Hi, everyone! My name is ZaraZing and I have recently been adopted by my new mom, Nonna. I am so excited to be part of her family of paper cutters. The day I arrived, Nonna was so very excited...she took lots of pictures.

Fed Ex delivered me, and here I am!

I can't wait for my new mom to love me!

She set me up and here I am...ready to go! Mom said I was a very easy adoption.

I play with Make the Cut Software and it lets me do so many things! I can do print and cut, precision cutting of shapes and MTC even lets my mom make her own stuff to cut. I am not afraid of any materials---just let me at them. My mom, however, really likes card stock, so that is what we played with the most.

Mom told me right from the start that she wanted to do print and cut. MTC and Lettering Delights make it so easy! Can you believe my mom did these right away? The files are LD's Gingerbread (oops!  I forgot....) They are available on the LD sight (click the link in the right hand column, please!)

Just one more picture....Don't you love this one? Mom created the stocking with the basic shapes in the MTC software. There are so many from which to choose! The papers are from Lettering Delights and the initial is from their Poinsetta alphabet. 

Okay, just one more. Mom was playing with pens tonight. I am special because I don't need anything extra to help me hold any pen. Mom used a Bic Ultra-fine Mark-it. But, she said there is a way to help me do my best after the software has done it's thing...use a 1/8" thick washer! For this sample mom chose an image from the MTC Basic Shapes (not gallery) and opened it on a mat. She then chose the "Thin path" option to make a single line. Mom loaded paper onto my mat and positioned the pen....
  1. Place the washer under the pen point. Screw the pen into position. 
  2. Choose the WYSIWYG feature. Follow manufacturer's directions for this feature. 
  3. Settings for the software: Force 10, Speed 12, no offset. 

These worked great for me (ZaraZing) so please check them out on scrap before you feed them to your little Zing.

Thanks for visiting with me! Mom says I can come back and tell more stories soon! Until next time.....

Friday, November 25, 2011

Stocking Stuffers: Post-it Note holders

It is that time of year! It is wonderful to be with friends during the holiday season. Today, I am visiting with Pam at BugBytes. Thanks for having me as the guest designer.
It is also time to think of "stocking stuffers" for each one of my friends.
These Post-it Note holders are so much fun -- and so easy to complete. But, first, I have to thank Poppy Hill Designs for her fantastic idea...

Oops! I almost forgot! Be sure to add the Post-it Notes to the inside of the holder. 
Align the bottom (un-stuck) edge to the edge of the holder opposite the pen. 

I hope you have enjoyed our visit today! I most definitely have. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Notes on MTC: Transform a Frame into a Mat

Have you treated yourself to Make the Cut Software yet? It is totally amaZing! It allows complete creative freedom for beginners to advanced crafters! The owners have paired with Letterint Delights to offer even more options for people like me---confirmed cut-a-holics! Today's post is how to get even more out of that great relationship! Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy!

The card pictured is actually the result of the Nutcrackers in November Challenge on the MTC forum. The challenge: to use downloaded paper from PapercraftInspirations. Best of all: it is free! But the paper packs included not just paper, but tags as well. How fun!

Here is how I created the mat background for the card beginning with a simple frame.

Don't forget to link to LD through the badge on my page!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank you, veterans!

To all the veterans of this country, I salute you! Thank you for your service and self-giving attitude. To my dad and husband, thank you, not just for your service, but for nurturing my patritism.

Read on to today's post....

A little gift: Wine glass skirt and charm

I'm the guest designer on Sassy Lady's blog today! How fun to be in and amongst a very talented group of crafters.

It seems that the holidays are coming more and more quickly each year. This year I decided to get hostess gifts completed before I decided to make sets of wine glass skirts and "jewels".

Shrink plastic
Lacy labels
Jewelry findings (earring rings)
Snow Angel Imagine Cartridge or Seasonal paper
Stickles Glitter Glue
needle nose pliers
Cricut Craft Room, Gypsy or Design Studio to design your cuts. 

Here's how to create your skirts and jewels:

Within the past 24 hours, Cricut Craft Room is open to all!
I hope you have enjoyed today's project and find many uses for these little gifts!

Friday, November 4, 2011

I just love surprises, don't you?

Click on the picture to see more. Plus,
you will be helping me out, too!