Monday, March 26, 2012

Making a Kaleidoscope Frame...and Using it in MTC!



 Happy Spring! I am busily getting ready for Easter and I need help! It came in the form of an accessory to my MTC, a program called "Dazzling Reflections" available from www.poppyhilldesigns.com. This program allows me to easily and quickly make kaleidoscopes from any photo on my computer!


Dazzling Reflections: http://www.poppyhilldesigns.com/
Stamps: My Thoughts Exactly Easter Greetings
Digital papers: Lettering Delights Paisley collection (cut 2 4" square mats)
Digital stamp: Lettering Delights DBEasterBunny
Copic Markers
Cardstock for card base: Easel card base: 4" x 8" and One 4" square upright
Misc. glues
Misc. embellishments


I hope you have enjoyed your visit! 




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, (http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/), designed by Teresa Kline and converted by  MichelleMyBelle (http://michellemybellescreations.blogspot.com/). 
  • 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....







Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Web Wednesday- The unique may be a free Dingbat away!





Some days, you just need something different. The scroll flower is simply a dingbat from a set of TTF. Really! (Would I kid you?)  MTC makes it so easy to expand my creativity with the unexpected. 

Make the Cut Software
Dingbat: "In Your Garden" from Dingbatdepot
Paper: "Forget Me Not"  from Lettering Delights
Font: Palatine Linotype
I - rock and metallic gems

  • Download the desire Dingbat. 
  • Save to a folder on your computer (in MTC it is not necessary to load the font into Windows. 
  • Open the MTC (or similar) software. 
  • On the menu bar:

  • Select the circled button. This will allow you to navigate to the folder where your Dingbat is stored.
  • Double click on the Dingbat. This will temporarily load the "font" into MTC.
  • Select the desired glyph (blue shape) and double click on it.

  • Size your dingbat as desired.
  • Select the entire shape. Choose : Shape Magic: Break
  • Create a shadow layer. Select the image and click on the shadow button.

  • Color the different parts of the cut in shades of the same papers--darkest to lightest.
  • I then printed the sentiment to coordinate:


I hope you enjoyed your visit!


Monday, March 19, 2012

Make Today Crafty---Tracing a Butterfly

I love butterflies in the Spring! And I love Easter cards with butterflies. But, sometimes, the print and cut ones are just not what I am feeling. Make the Cut makes it easy to customize any graphic in just a few short clicks.
Make the Cut or similar software
Lettering Delights Graphics: Butterflies and Blossoms
Lettering Delights Digital papers
Stickles



Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Web Wednesday with My Thoughts Exactly

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Peeps are a favorite memory of my childhood. It just would not be Easter without them! 
This card was so much fun to make in Make the Cut Software.
Lettering Delights Paper Packs
3.8" square background  (Misfit Elves--argyle in pink)
3.6" rounded square (Right as rain--trees)
Ribbon Runner (Yellow to match Right as Rain)
Tag from MTC Gallery: Tag in teal to match Right as Rain, Inset shadow in yellow)
Peep image in dark pink
Pink glitter
Ribbon
Distress inks: Vintage photo and Antique linen.
My Thoughts Exactly Easter Greetings

Download ribbon runner.

Cut papers as indicated.

Assemble. 

Stamp and enjoy!

Please visit My Thoughts Exactly for some wonderful ideas and great products!



Monday, March 12, 2012

Make Today Crafty with MTC--Eggs for your tree!

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Egg trees are great Easter decorations, but let's face it, they are messy to make. Thanks to Lettering Delights and Make the Cut that is no more! And here is how:
In the example I used 
LD Easter Fun Doodles for the Chick and 
LD papers Card Cafe for the printed top
Please link to Lettering Delights for these files on this blog.
6-10" of Ribbon
Assorted glues
Distress inks
Download the Basic Egg files here:
SVG format

In MTC, "texturize" (add digital paper) one egg shape with the opening. 

Use one of the solid shapes for your graphic. Here is how I colored the Doodlebat:

RGB values for grass blades

RGB for grass strip


RGB for the sky

Stack the layers in this order: digital paper, 2 eggs with opening, doodlebat print. Before adding the second solid back layer a piece of ribbon (to make a hanger) between the two solid backs. 

Embellish with Stickles or embossing powders. 

Hang on a branch and enjoy!



Friday, March 9, 2012

The No mess Egg Tree!

Is it spring yet? I think so and I'm all about creating my Egg tree for this year. But! I don't want the mess and my Cricut and Cricut Craft Room are here to help. I'm the guest designer at Sassylady's blog today---visit me there!
Now on to my eggs....
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6 x12" strip of cardstock
6" square of patterened cardstock
Assorted glues
Invisible tape
12" ribbon
Embellishments of choice

Please join me on this video....



Thursday, March 8, 2012

Digital stamps

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I love stamps. They make me happy. However, I am simply running out of room for their storage. Plus, I often am in the middle of a project and do not have the "just right" stamp for the project (and there is no place here to purchase it then!) Make the Cut to the rescue with digital stamps!
Lettering Delights Digital Papers: Baby Cakes
Google Search image: cupcake free clipart
Make the Cut software
Basic card set-up for 4 x 4" square card 

Set up the digital stamp:

The MTC file for this project is available by visited 4Shared:

This is the MTC and PNC only. The background papers are licensed to Lettering Delights and must be purchased through them!


Monday, March 5, 2012

Going Dingy for LD Doodlebats!

I have rediscovered LD's Doodlebat Fonts. Part font and part doodle each letter/glyph opens a whole new world of creativity. See what I made with the tulip from DB Easter Fun Doodles DoodleBat Font :


I played around with the image in my MTC software, breaking apart the image. I then moved the seperated parts to their own layer and colored them. I added grass and a shadow behind the blossoms with shapes from the basic shapes gallery. OK, I did manipulate them to my heart's content. All Papers are from Lettering Delights collections. Sentiment is Papyrus font printed through MTC and accented with Glace'
pens.

Lettering Delights has a Doodlebat freebie on their site so you can play without worry! Come back soon for a tutorial on using doodlebats.

Until next time....
Jeannie
Nonna's Scraps
Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Make Thursday Crafty with Fun Foam Stamps

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I am so excited to share this idea with you! I spent the weekend playing with my MTC software and my Zing cutter. The combination does an amazing job! The card pictured was super fun; the stamping was more than easy. Watch these two short videos to find out how!


Creatology Fun Foam (adhesive back)
Google image search: cupcake free clipart
Background Papers: Lettering Delights Baby Cakes
Embroidery Floss
Deep Cut blade
White cardstock
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Orange Marmalade

Video number 1 of 2: 


Video 2 of 2

I hope you have enjoyed visiting today!