Thursday, February 21, 2013

Another month! Already?

So, it's almost been another month.  I read that to have a good blog one must prepare with one-year's worth of blog topics first.  Umm.  I'd like to think they are wrong, but it's looking like they are correct.

Even though I haven't prepared for this blog in the way that some do, I like the idea of sharing some projects, even though few, with others in this amazing community that we label arts and crafts and I hope because of this desire that it is deemed "good."

Anyway, I created a project for my daughter's Valentines.  You can use it as a Valentine, or any other type of card you'd like to send with love.


Download the free file here.

Hope you like it!  If you do, please let me know what you think!




Saturday, January 26, 2013

Hello Kitty-Kitty

Why is it when something is discontinued, especially in the crafting industry, there is always a mad rush to purchase the item(s)?  Did we need it before the "status update"?  Why do we need it now?  I'd like to say that I don't fall into this category but unfortunately for me, I do. 

I have always thought that Hello Kitty was kind of cute but was just not as crazed as others seemed.  I didn't understand the desire to have everything pink and kitty.  I did "get it" that small, delicate things were cute and therefore I wanted them.  I did not, however, ever purchase them because my eyes were always much bigger than my bank account.  So, when I saw a Hello Kitty Cricut cartridge from Provo Craft, I was, needless to say, perplexed.  Is the price reasonable?  Um, no.  Most of the cartridges are not.  Is it something that I would use on a regular basis?  Um, no.  Again, who needs things pink and kitty all the time!  So, when the opportunity presented itself, sadly, I passed...again.

I never thought I would regret this decision; that is, until it was...ta da...discontinued.  Now that the cartridge is discontinued, I want it!  I want it really bad.  So bad to pay for the outrageous prices on eBay?  Um, no.  Unfortunately, aforementioned bank account is still not as big as I'd need it to be to purchase this particular item.  We're talking a week or two of groceries people...for one cartridge!

Luckily, however, I happened upon a blog that used Make the Cut software some time ago.  So I purchased it!  Smartest, most economical, purchase I have ever made.  I can make Hello Kitty, rather, MY version of Hello Kitty.  I'll call her Hello Kitty-Kitty.  This software has forever changed me!  I can not stop thinking about all the possibilities!  (Provided, of course, that I do not sell them.  After all, some of these things are copyrighted.)

So, the point of this post, is this.  If you'd like to use my version of a pink kitty, one I call Hello Kitty-Kitty, be my guest!  I just ask one thing of you...okay, two.  Number 1:  Please do not sell this file.  I don't want to get sued by anyone.  Did I mention my bank account status?  Number 2:  Post a comment.  Let me know what you think.  Or better yet, send me a picture of a craft using my file!



En-JOY!
April








Monday, January 21, 2013

Finally!

I haven't posted on this blog is quite some time.  I don't even want to look at the last date because, quite frankly, I'm a little ashamed.  I started this blog to share my love of crafting with whomever should happen along my blog and with my family members.  I have never stopped crafting, just stopped sharing. 

My husband, on several occasions, has said, "I wish you would find a way to make money doing this stuff.  You seem to enjoy it so much so, Why not?"  Well, I am not in it for the money; I'm in it for the enjoyment. 

Although I have not physically cut a piece of paper in quite some time, I have been spending a lot of time on Make the Cut!  For  those of you who do not know, Make the Cut (MTC) is a licensed program developed by Andy Heinlein and his family in Muskego, WI.  MTC allows you to easily cut virtually any shape you can imagine (including TrueType/OTF Fonts, SVGs and PDFs) using your personal cutting machine.  The possibilities are ENDLESS!

The best part about MTC is it's customer service.  Andy and his family and faithful employees have devoted their lives, it seems, to make this program as user friendly as possible.  If there is something that you don't understand how to do, you can go on their forum and ask a question.  A lot of the time, Andy, himself, will answer the question.  If not, there are plenty of other users that are more than willing to share their expertise.  If that wasn't enough, Andy is always adding new and innovative was to use this software.  Just when I think it is even better, he makes it even better!  Another plus, all upgrades are absolutely FREE!

I know, I know, I keep saying more and more but this program is beyond amazing and I would like to share it with you!  That being said, Andy also offers free live webinars!  What?!  Yep, that's right, about twice a month, like clock-work, Andy and his team provide webinars to answer any questions posed to him or to show new and different ways to do ANYTHING!

Did I say that already, MTC can scan, import, draw and or cut ANYTHING (provided it's not copyrighted) with your personal cutting machine.

Okay, now for my point.  I am so obsessed with the endless possibilities that I have been spending a lot of time building my library.  I have designed numerous files that I am willing to share with each and every one of you!  If this turns out to be a full time thing, which my hubby is hoping, I might even start a mini-business.  Wouldn't that be a dream?  I have even seen it happen!  One of the best examples of this is Scrappy Dew Creations.  Scrappy Dew creates and sells a lot of images to cut just not on MTC but other programs as well.  You should definitely check them out!

Share time!
I noticed, on one of the more recent questions posed on the forum, that someone was looking for a pentagon pattern to be cut and or drawn on their paper so that they can Tangle inside of each pentagon.  Tangling is a new, or at least new to me, way to "doodle" inside of a desirable shape with different patterns.  There are books upon books on this people!

Any way, I have created a file that will not only help her to do so but I have created it for you to use to your hearts content.  The file provided, I am including as a MTC file.  You can download MTC free to play with, you will just not be able to cut without it putting a diagonal cut through your image.  The best place to read about and download the newest version of MTC is HERE.

Finally...my file:  Honeycomb for Tangling by AJF .

Please leave comments and if you can, please share any pics with me!  I'd love to see your creations!