Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Where, Oh Where, Have I Been?!?

I'm still here, I promise! I've been crafting here and there as the need arises for a card or a gift.  I guess I felt like I didn't have the time to post.  So to prove that I am still here, I will share a birthday card I created using Make the Cut.  This idea is not mine.  I have seen a paid version somewhere and thought to my self, "Self, I can make that using MTC and save me some money."  And that's what I did.
I would share the file, but since it's not really mine to share, I can't.  However, I can show you how to do it yourself and maybe you can save some money too! I will try to walk you through the steps on how I did it and I hope I don't confuse you.

1.  Create a rectangle (from the basic shapes) of the size you want your card to be when open.  I think I started with a 5" by 10" rectangle.  Put it on it's on layer and hide it.

2. Create a square slightly smaller than the front of what your card will be.  My square is 4.5" by 4.5".  

3. Import a shape. I chose a dinosaur. Size the dinosaur by clicking and dragging a corner arrow.  The size should be barely bigger than the square, so that the nose, tail, and feet are over the edge of the square.

4. Add the text Happy Birthday, keeping all the letters separate.  Nudge the letters until they over lap a little bit.  I did happy first. When I was satisfied with it, I selected all the letters in happy and clicked shape magic, weld.  Repeat with Birthday. Now nudge happy and birthday so that the bottom of happy and the top of birthday touch.(I did not do this in my original design that is pictured.  I corrected this afterwards because I wasn't completely happy with how it looked). Select both words, click shape magic, weld.  

5. Position Happy Birthday so that the the top of the word happy is overlapping the square and the the letters H, B, and Y are also overlapping the square. Part of the word birthday also needs to touch the dinosaur.  I adjusted the words by clicking and dragging the red arrows. 

5b. Select Happy Birthday and the dinosaur and click shape magic, weld.  (forgot this step in the original directions)

6. Select everything; the square, the words, the dinosaur and click shape magic, boolean join.  Don't Panic if it completely changes into something else.  Simply choose the option B-A Difference, Remove A from B. This choice should give you what we want. If not choose an option until it looks right :o) Click apply.

7. Remember that rectangle from step one? Unhide it and move the dinosaur design to one side so that the borders look nice.

8. Now select all, click shape magic and JOIN.  Voila!  You're done!

If you want to get really creative you probably could add score lines to the middle so it's easier to fold.  I don't know how to do that yet so I just use my handy dandy score board. This is not limited to just dinosaurs, either.  I'm sure you could add whatever you wanted.  

I hope I didn't confuse too much. I've added screen shots of what I'm talking about and also corrected some of the steps. You also need a square 4 3/4" to put behind the design.  My card base is green, the other square is cream colored. 

If you have any questions or comments feel free to let me know. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Wedding Card

This is the card I made to go with the floating frame wedding gift. The card measures 5 1/2" square. The base is made from black card stock. The purple layer is 5" square.  The small squares are 2 1/4" and are on cream card stock.  I cut the letters out of black vinyl and used garamond font.

On the inside, I cut a design from lettering delights "Love Flourish" collection in purple.  I print and cut the square out of cream card stock and used the same font from on the front. It measures 5".  The invitations to the wedding were purple and cream so I'm guessing that those are the wedding colors, at least I hope so anyway:o) 
I also made my own envelope using my score board.  I started with a 9" square and scored all sides at 3 3/8". The 5 1/2 " square card fits nicely inside. Now I just have to figure out how to mail the gift!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Floating Frame

I am so excited to share my very first floating frame with you! It is a wedding gift for my niece.  I got the idea from the Make-the-Cut forum. Enter the words "floating frame" in the search box and several posts will be listed to help you get started with ideas.

For now,I'll give you a basic summary of how I did it.  The frame is 7" by 14".  Originally, it was intended for three 4x6 pictures.  I removed everything but the glass.  The little black things that held the glass in place still could be seen from the front, so instead of using those, I used hot glue to hold the glass in place.  I designed the words with MTC.  I used Garamond font for the words Foldi and Est. September 3, 2011. I used Monotype Corsiva for Mitch and Shayna. I used English font for & because I did not like the ampersand in Monotype Corsiva.

I cut the last name and the date with black vinyl and placed it on first.  I cut the first names out of white contact paper and layered it over top of the black. The vinyl was easier to work with than the contact paper, but the contact paper did a good job too. I just had to be extra careful while weeding out the excess from around the letters.

 I was pleasantly surprised with the price! Let me break it down for you.  Keep in mind, I was pressed for time and Walmart was my only option.

Contact paper 72 6x12 sheets
$5.50 per roll = 8 cents a sheet

Cricut Vinyl 2 12x24 sheets cut to make 8 6x12 sheets
$9.00 per package = $1.13 a sheet

   I know there are better deals online for vinyl, but for now I'm making due since my cutter is small anyway. I'm still using a cricut create, so this size frame was perfect for this project.  I designed on the 6 x 12 in mat and centered it onto the 7 x 14 in frame.  I plan on making one of these for myself, but I would like to go bigger, which may prove difficult until a get a bigger cutter. I'm always up for a challenge!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

First Day of School Teacher Card

I made this card for my daughter to give to her teacher on the first day of school.  The base of the card is yellow.  When folded it measures 5 1/2 inches by 4 1/4 inches.  The piece of red gingham paper measures 5 inches by 3 3/4 inches. I used the same apple svg that I had from the end of last school year. The card needed something more, so I added the red ribbon and the bow. Tada! A super simple card for the first day!
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Personalized folder

Here is the folder I made for my daughter for school.  We were looking at different SVG files together and she fell in love with Isabella from the Disney cartoon Phineas and Ferb. I admit to liking the show as much (if not more :o) than the kids.Here is a link to find out more about the show and here is the link to the site where I got this SVG for FREE! 

I made Isabella first and then we took her to the store with us to see what color folder she looked best on. It's just a plastic three prong folder that cost 50 cents. It is very sturdy but very plain. Not anymore :o) I used the basic shapes for the quote bubble and gave it a shadow layer too.  I was going to do print and cut but my printer is out of ink, so I had to improvise.  Some where (and I don't remember where) I read about cutting letters out of vinyl to make your own sticker letters, so that's what I did. The font is Dr. Soos.  I also added my daughters name in pink cardstock and covered the front of the folder with clear contact paper. My daughter loves the folder and I love the idea that no one else has an Isabella folder like this one.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Father's Day Card and Exciting News

I designed this card using Make-the-Cut.  I did it the same way that I dsegned this graduation card.  I can't remember the exact steps but I do know that it included boolean join and a lot of trial and error. I plan on making detailed instructions of how to get this look with any word soon. For now this file is available for use in the Make-the-Cut gallery. 

My daughter helped make the card.  She chose the colors, orange and teal.  She embossed the card using the "diamond in the rough" cuttlebug folder and used glitter glue to accent the embossing. She loves to craft just like her momma:)

There has been a NEW update to the Make-the-Cut software! And like all MTC updates, it is FREE! I haven't really played with the new update so I don't know all of the cool new features, but the biggest one is that you can now access your Lettering Delights cut-its directly through MTC! Love that feature!

Some more exciting news is that the creators of MTC have teamed up with KNK to develop a new cutting machine, the Zing.  To learn more about the update and the Zing, check out the MTC forum. For more info about the Zing, check out this blog.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Coming Soon!

I am in the middle of Vacation Bible School right now and the kids are having so much fun! It's a beach theme which is perfect for summer time.  For the past month, all of my time has been tied up into planning for VBS and now that it's here, I have a little bit of time to check in.  With that all said typed, I am super excited to get back into crafting mode and start posting regularly again next week. So I hope everyone is having a great summer and will be back soon :)