Friday, March 23, 2012

Mojo and Michelle!

I am excited to be the guest designer at "BugBytes" today. If you haven't visited the site do so really soon. You are in for a treat! 

I don't know about you, but sometimes, I just need a little extra inspiration. Having the web at my fingertips has become so important to me! Let me introduce you to a great site for inspiration and "mojo," Mojo Monday. Here is a sample of what you will find:
The sketches are wonderful and the photos inspiring! I highly suggest visiting. But, wait! There is more...

An E-quaintance has this great blog: MichelleMyBelle. She has gone one step further by creating a card layout in Make the Cut software based upon these layouts. Not only does she have a great layout, it is ready to go into any project---almost immediately! And, she is so generous! There are numerous layouts just waiting for you and me to use with the correct software!

I needed a welcome card seemingly yesterday and Michelle came to my rescue!

  • The design is found at Mojo Monday 233 March 19, 2012, (, designed by Teresa Kline and converted by  MichelleMyBelle ( 
  • Software for your cutting machine ( I use MTC and my Zing)
  • Lettering Delights SVG files: Bee Yourself
  • Digital papers: Lettering Delights Dandelion
  • Card base: 8.5 x 5.5"
  • Home Printer
  • Assorted Glues
  • Assorted embellishments
Open Michelle's file in the MTC software.
Setting everything up in the software make assembly sooooo easy!

Upload the cutting files of choice and size appropriately. 

In MTC, "texturize" the different shapes to add digital paper...
Wow! Makes it my own quickly---but so easily. Now to add a sentiment
with one of the fonts installed on my computer (Script MT Bold)...
Check the whole thing in print preview. (I like the way the black color on the font
balances the bee!)

Next, arrange the cuts on the Print and Cut mat in the software...

The images on the left will be printed on one 8.5 x 11" piece of paper. 
Using the layer feature of MTC cut the shapes (the lines on the hive and the lettering 
are printed only, not cut). The images to the right (circled) will be printed and cut on their own 8.5 x 11" sheet of paper using the  "page" function of the software.

After each sheet is printed return to the software. It is time to cut the different shapes. First, "hide" the layers that are not to be cut (remember, these have been printed!)

The on-screen page changes from this

to this:
Now only the outlines of the shapes will be cut. (The black beehive is the hive's base layer from the SVG file from LD.)

Send the files to the cutter and quickly have fun assembling them! Seriously, it too more time choosing the bee and the hive than it did assembling the card. Genious!
I hope that you have enjoyed your visit today....


  1. WOW.This is gorgeous! Love it! Olena

  2. Your card is beautiful. Love the finished look. TFS

  3. What a cute card and a great MTC tutorial. TFS