Wednesday, November 18, 2009
What took me so long to post the cut files is that I wanted to do a video tutorial so you guys can see how easy it is to alter these. I really gotta learn to talk faster or work faster one, not sure which. I keep having to edit like 4-5 minutes out of my videos *okie thinks she will just blame it on the director*. Anyway, I hope you guys can use the cut file! It really does make it easier.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
That person is.......
Helen, please email me at ****** so I can get your information!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
*okie starts to walk down the hall and looks back* SERIOUSLY FOLKS! GO AWAY NOW!
*okie walks a few more steps and stops suddenly* OOHH MMYY GGOOSSSHHH!! I know why ya'll are still here! *okie starts to grin* It's about the giveaway huh!!
*okie walks back to the screen* Okay here's the dealeo folks. I am giving away a Winter Woodland cartridge. Yep...absolutely free I tell you. Oh yes and if the lucky winner lives over seas, guess what...I will ship international! Also I will be throwing in a few little surprise goodies! All you have to do is comment on THIS POST to be eligible. The drawing will close on Tuesday at noon central time *seems appropriate since it is okie's time*.
Oh and I will not be posting this on the Cricut messageboard. I want my regular readers to have a better shot at winning, plus I want to see who is paying attention *okie cracks up laughin*! Thanks so much to all of you for the wonderful comments this last week on my projects!
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Saturday, November 14, 2009
For my crafty gift I decided to do an altered tin. Ya'll know I love me some altered tins!! This particular one is a Stampin Up skinny tin *okie wonders if anyone else sees a tin and automatically starts thinking of how they can decorate it*.
You will need to click on the picture to see the details better.
The theme I used was Christmas candy recipes and I decided to put "Oh Sweet Christmas" on the outside of the tin. I made a set of 12 recipe cards that go inside the tin.
I once again used the Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses paper line *okie wonders if anyone noticed the theme all week and then laughs at her silly self*.
To cover the tin I cut the paper slightly larger than the measurement of the tin. I then went along as close as I could with my Cutterbee scissors and then followed up with my Basic Grey file kit to sand the paper down to the edge. The font for "Oh Sweet Christmas" is Winter Woodland, as are the snowflakes and branch. I added light blue rhinestones and doodled with a SU marker on the snowflakes. For the branch I used Kaiser flat back pearls for the berries. The dots on the title are done with the Signo UM-153 white gel pen. The inked edges are done with Cat Eye Dark Brown Chalk Ink.
I will be using this as a prize at my Christmas party *okie knew she better keep the recipes simple since she figures only 2 of her guests own candy thermometers*. I found some of my favorite candy recipes and printed them on MS word *okie wonders if anyone is interested in doing this project since she saved the recipes in MS Word* and trimmed to 1/8" from the wording. I used Mini Monograms for the card bases and mats. I used Winter Woodland for the decorative cuts. I didn't get to pop dot as much as I generally do since the tin is not quite 1" thick.
I did get to pop dot on the front though and thank goodness *okie wipes hand across brown*, I sure don't want to go through pop dot withdrawl! I heard it ain't pleasant at all!! You can see the detailing a bit better in this picture also. Don't ya'll just love Kaiser Pearls!?! *okie grins nodding head up and down like an idiot*. I think some maroon pearls might have looked better but I since I didn't have maroon I had to go with what I had, which was the opal color.
There are so many things I can think of to do with these cute little tins!
I want to thank all of you for your support and wonderful comment this week. It has been a joy reading each and every one of them! I was nervous about the video but with all the positive comments I got I think I will probably be making more in the future.
******************UPDATE - FILES AVAILABLE*********************************
I didn't include the .cut file or recipe file at first because I wasn't sure anyone would want to make one of these since I did it specifically for my recipes that I printed and cut. But after some of the comments I received I thought I would make the files available along with a few instructions.
CANDY RECIPE TIN - click to download the .cut file. It uses Winter Woodland and Mini Monograms. The first 2 mats are for reference only for placement ideas. Since the recipes measure differently I made each cut for that specific recipe card. Of course feel free to play with it however you wish. All the other mats are labeled according to what they are. The abbreviations are for the recipes themselves and are follows:
1st mat (do not cut)- Christmas Peppermint Candy, Butterscotch Haystacks, Rocky Road Fudge, White Chocolate Party Mix
2nd mat (do not cut) - Eskimo Snowballs, Easy Oreo Truffles, Rum Balls, No-Cook Divinity
3rd mat - cut 1, it's scallop mats for the card base for the following recipes...Ho Ho Snowballs, Peanut Butter Balls, Coconut BonBons, Kahlua Cocoa Balls
Card base - cut 3
Card mat - cut 2 (the scallop mat finishes out the card mats)
All other mats are labeled by color. Of course you don't have to follow the design with the colors or the specific cuts. Just remember not to make your cuts too big.
Also you won't be able to popdot or embellish too heavy since the tin isn't quite an inch thick. I did minimal decoration on several of the cards to keep the overall thickness down.
EASY CHRISTMAS CANDY RECIPES - click to download the recipes. There are 3 sheets for a count of 12 recipes. You will want to trim the recipes 1/8" from the wording. I used a quilting ruler to do mine.
I hope you guys enjoy making this project! I know it sounds like it might be complicated but it really isn't. HAVE FUN!
Friday, November 13, 2009
So for my fancy card I decided to make this POCKET CARD ESKIMO KISSES. I have to be honest and give Tammy at CWTC for the idea. I had made a pocket card last fall and posted on my blog and she really loved it and suggested that I make one during my guest designer spot.
The great thing about this card is that the pockets are large enough to put a gift card in also if you so desire. I will be using some repositionable tape to add one to the blank tag.
The .cut file is set to cut 2 cards at once. All elements (ie, sentiments and tags) are adjustable and are easy to copy and paste if you are wanting to cut more than once. However the card base is not adjustable.
Feel free to change the wording or other elements of the card to your own specific needs. I chose the words Eskimo kisses since the Basic Grey paper had Eskimo's on it. I do have the words "& holiday wishes" in the cut file that will fit on a tag but since my blade died on me I opted to use the stamped sentiment of "warm holiday wishes". Here is the front shot and also a close up of the inside where you can see the sentiment better. Remember you can click on the picture if you want to see closer detail *okie always likes to remind others of this feature*.
Step1 - You will want to gather your cuts and ink any edges before you start to assemble. Then assemble the front sentiment and the sentiment block. I chose to use some Basic Grey magnets to help keep the card closed. I applied one in between the sentiment layers and placed the other one on the back side, closed the card, marked where the magnet should be and then placed it between the inside mat and card base *okie things this might need to be a video in the future*. I promise it is not as complicated as it sounds. I have used velcro dots as closures also. It all just depends on what you are wanting to do.
Step 2 - Apply the mats to the card base. I added faux stitching with a Stampin Up marker at this point. You may not want to decorate the mats too much since they will be covered with the pockets and the tags. I thought about using the Cuttlebug but I couldn't bring myself to squish those cute little Eskimo's!
Step 3 - Add ribbon to your pocket cuts before adhering to the mats, this way you can clip the ends easily. I added faux stitching with a Signo UM-153 white pen. I used my ATG gun to adhere the pockets and it has the 1/4" tape. You will want to be careful to stay to the edges so you allow for the tags to be inserted later. Also remember to only do the sides and bottom. If ya do the top...well...the dang tag won't go in!! *okie laughs at self because she almost did this*.
Step 4 - Assemble your tags and decorate as you wish. Again I thought about the cuttlebug but since I am leaving one blank for either adding a gift card or writing a short note I decided against it. I pulled ribbon through the holes at the top and then added brads to keep the ribbon in place.
Step 5 - Add your sentiment to one mat, you can either use the one that is included in the cut file, make your own or do as I did and stamp then emboss! *okie loves embossing powder*.
While the card may seem complicated it really is easy to go together and can be decorated in so many ways!!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Again, thank you so much for your concern and support. I truly appreciate it!
For my THE MAGIC OF WINTER layout I used Winter Woodland and Mini Monograms. I kept thinking of what I could do that would convey Christmas but not to over the top so it can be a general winter use layout also. I finally came up with the design. The use of paper and embellishment is always the key to a good layout.
You can click on the picture to see more detail if you would like.
Patterned paper is Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses. I love Basic Grey and just love their Christmas line this year! As ya’ll know a great layout is one that is layers, layers and layers. I am usually too lazy to do very many layers but I got a little layer happy for this one! The cut file will cut everything you need and does have a placement reference mat so you can use it as a guide if you so wish.
-Patterned paper at 5.25 x 12”, pictured is Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses Peppermint Twist
-Plain paper at 1.25 x 12”, pictured is Bazzill Bling off white
-Patterned paper at 2.25 x 12 Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses Snow Cap
Use a border punch on each of the pieces going down the 12” length. I used the Stampin Up scallop border punch and then my deckle blade on my Purple Cows Trimmer. Ink edges if desired. Adhere to the base cardstock as pictured. I used Eskimo Kisses brads on the large sheet of patterned paper.
-Follow mat guides on cut file to cut pieces for the title, branch, bird and photo mats.
Step 3. Apply mounting foam (if desired) *okie can’t imagine anyone not liking mounting foam but figures there are one or two odd folks out there* along the branch as shown. Apply branch to layout base.
Take your mat cuts and assemble. I used Stardream bronze and Jupiter for the solids and then Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses Alpine for the patterned paper. Embellish layers as you wish. I did ink the edges and then went back and added faux stitching on the patterned paper.
The adhere your mats to the layout.I used mounting foam on the scallop picture mats but of course you don’t have to pop dot them if you don’t want to.
Step 8. Add your title and embellish layout as you wish! I used Decorative Snow paint for the snowy effect on the title words and branch. Frosted Lace Stickles were added to the scallop picture mats. I added faux stitching on several of the elements. These of course are just suggestions and you can put your own twist on the layout.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Again my sincerest apologies.
The HOLLY GIFT BAG AND TAG is so simple to make. The cut file is set to cut for 2 at a time. Of course I used Winter Woodland and Mini Monograms for the project. Part of the fun of the gift bags is knowing you can embellish as little or as much as you want. You can click on the picture for a bigger more detailed view.
Supplies needed to make your own gift bag like the one shown are -
Brown lunch bag
solid cardstock or paper
graduated punches (ex. circle, oval or square)
Here is a close up of the holly border and the tag. I used Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses for the patterned paper. The holly border is with Coredinations White Wash. I also made my own Cuttlebug folder for it, as you will be able to see in the video.
And if you are bored you can watch the video on how to make your very own gift bag!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
And don't forget to keep watching for the announcement of how to win your own Winter Woodland cart! *okie wonders if she should mention she is willing to ship internationally, and then decides not to mention it and just let it be a surprise if the person who wins lives across vast water from okie*
I think it turned out really nicely and I hope my friends do also since this will become a prize at my Christmas party. I think these would be great for table tops or even centerpieces.
I used Winter Woodland and Mini Monograms for the project.
I do have the cut file for the POINSETTA TOPIARY and the number of flowers is set to cover a 2.5” Styrofoam ball.
Step 1. Gather your supplies
4” clay pot
2.5” Styrofoam ball
Step 2. You will want to cover your ball with what ever material you choose. Spanish moss would work but I used batting and ribbon since it is what I had available. To hold the materials on the ball just use some of the floral pins. Also you will want to decorate your clay pot however you wish. I painted mine white and then sponge painted with gold paint. I placed Styrofoam in the bottom of the pot for the dowel rod to go in. I covered the foam with a circle of green paper by gluing the paper to the Styrofoam. I used the large Daisy punch to cut flowers and then turn up the leaves and then just glued them to the light green paper.
Step 3. You will want to decorate your dowel rod at this point. I just wrapped some of the wired ribbon around the dowel rod. It could be painted also. You will want to find the center of the ball and poke the dowel rod in the hole, pushing to about half way into the ball.
Step 4. Using the cut file you will get cuts for 32 flowers. I used 2 different colors of green for the leaves and 3 colors for the flowers. But you can do it however you wish. The centers of poinsettas are yellow but I opted to go with a gold. I did use Stardream for the flowers. Colors used were for the leaves - Fairway and Emerald; for the flowers - Rose Quartz, Mars and Opal; for flower center – Gold. Embellish the flowers however you wish. I put my through the Cuttlebug using the D’Vine Swirls folder and then dotted with a white pen and gold pen. You will also get the sign for the Season’s Greetings cut in the cut file also.
Step 5. I used one of the floral pins to find where I needed to poke holes for them to fit on the leaves. You want it in the center to where you know the flower will cover the metal pin. But don’t get nervous about it since the leaves are on the edges so anywhere in the general center will do.
Step 6. I poked the first one and then used it as a pattern to poke holes for the remaining flowers. I used a Tim Holtz poky tool *okie knows that probably isn’t the proper name for the tool* to poke the holes. I placed a mousepad under the paper so the tool could go through without any problem.
Step 7. Next you will want to put your pins through all the leaves. If some of the pins are off a little don’t worry it won’t hurt even if your paper tears a little it will be sturdy after you get it all together.
Step 8. Assembly your centers on to your flowers and then assembly your flowers on to your green leaves base. I used the Scotch Quick Dry glue since it is sturdy glue and I wanted good coverage. You might have to turn the flowers a few times to get it lined up.
Step 9. I already had my topiary done when I went to do this picture so that is why the Styrofoam ball isn’t covered. But this is when you will want to cover the ball with the flowers. They poke in nice and easy and are very snug, no worries about them falling out by using the floral pins. You might need to move them around some *okie did several times* in order to get them how you want. If you feel you don’t have enough flowers don’t panic you can always cut a few more.
Step 10. Assemble the sign together. You will need to offset one color of the lettering on top of the other to get the shadow effect. Decorate the mats however you desire. I used a 3/8” eyelet in the hole for extra strength so the paper wouldn’t tear when assembling with the ribbon.
Monday, November 9, 2009
For today the assignment was a simple card with a video tutorial. This was my first try at making a video so ya'll don't laugh to hard at me *okie swears she will smack anyone who does*. I was assigned to use Winter Woodland and Mini Monograms on my projects. I know the Seasons Greetings card may look complicated but it really isn't. And the good thing is if you want to make it and have Design Studio and Winter Woodland and Mini Monograms you can make the card. The cut file is set to cut 4. I did use the 12x12 mat feature but if you have a baby bug you should be able to just move the elements around to fit the 6x12 mat for the baby bug.
I used Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses for the patterned paper and Stardream Mica cardstock for the bird and sentiment.
And here is my video debut!!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
If you guys didn't see Teri and Christina's projects last week you really ought to check them out. They both did a fantabulous job! *okie still thinks fantabulous should be a word*
Check out Teri's projects at TeriBeri's Creations and Christina's at Creations with Christina. I would like to thank Teri for her help with being able to schedule posts and decrease my stress level about getting my projects posted each day without worrying about time constraints. I would like to thank Christina for all her help with video's. Without Christina's help my video's would not have been possible! THANK YOU SO MUCH LADIES!
Be sure to check back later this week to see when I will be giving away the Winter Woodland cartridge!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I used a stamp that was there to use, I have no idea what it was. I used a Kaliedescope Autumn ink pad. The paper is DCWV Indian Summer.
I pop dotted the layered image mat and the leaf for dimension. The leaf is a punch by EK Success.
The ribbon is 1/4" grosgrain, and the color is banana. Linda and I have taken to ordering our ribbon from Ribbons and Bows Oh My, it is a great place to get ribbon for a great price! They offer a variety of sizes, colors and styles. They ship quickly and shipping costs are reasonable.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
So far I have only gotten to make one card with the cartridge since I have been busy with some other projects, but I thought I would share it with you. It is just a very simple card as I was having problems with the dang firmware update on my Cricut the night I was trying to make it *okie still is cussin under her breath about the wasted time about doing the DS update only to have to go and reinstall*.
Even though it is simple I think she is ADORABLE! *okie's friend Scrappinbee is freaked out by Hello Kitty for some odd reason*. I can't wait to make more things with this cartridge. My daughter is wanting a decal for her car! LOL Guess that can be her 18th birthday gift....a Hello Kitty car window decal! Or even better, my friend Scrappinbee's birthday is coming up, maybe she needs a Hello Kitty car window decal too! *okie grins evilly*
I am really excited to share my creations with you guys and even though I hate my voice on video I will be posting at least 2 video tutorials. I have found out that I am long winded and I have to keep editing my video's down quite a bit...plus I had to edit out some rather not so nice words *okie knows everyone is surprised by that*.
So stay tuned guys I really am making things! LOL Each of my projects will be posted with the .cut files so if you want to replicate you may!