Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Need Tiny Text for Your Handmade Cards? Cricut Explore

I love the thin, steel dies.......... but they are so pricey to cut just one word or a simple phrase :(  My Cricut Explore cut the text from paper small enough that the word(s) look good enough to use on my handmade cards; but, I struggled getting the tiny text released from the cutting mat and away from the cardstock. I mangled the text in the process.  Then I decided to give vinyl a try.

I cut the words "my" and "on" from vinyl on my Cricut Explore......... Needless to say, if i need tiny text for my handmade cards, I will be using vinyl and my Cricut Explore to cut the sentiments.  I am delighted with the results!!!  The "m" is less than a quarter of an inch high. I used Oracal 531 vinyl to make the green cuts.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Why I Purchased the Cricut Explore??? My One Minute Review

As much as I feel that Cricut Design Space software has none or very few basic design functions, I had to buy the Cricut Explore because I have a large cartridge library which finally could be cut well. The boy in the pedal car measures 2.25 x 1.75 inches...... the detail of the vinyl cut is awesome..... (and I can see I need to weed a few more spots).

I am happily working around the severe limitations and bugs in Design Space by using the software only when I absolutely have to.  I use MTC and SCAL for all my SVG creations....... and import my SVGs into Cricut Design Space, using Design Space only as a means to access the cutter drivers.  (By the way, the new version of SCAL, version 4, is outstanding.  The SCAL IPAD app also has lots of promise.)

When I want to use Cricut artwork, I am forced to use Design Space but I limit my work time as much as possible in Cricut Design Space.  If you have a large Cricut library you may want to think about getting the Explore.  PC has finally created a cutter which cuts as well as other cutters do.  If you haven't already spent $$$ on Cricut cartridges, the cutter world is your oyster.  You have so many choices.........  Spend some time reading blogs and watching Youtubes...... All the cutter softwares are available for download.  Test drive the software before you buy.  Read, Read, Read every review you can find.  There are a lot of fanboys/fangirls who are giving very biased reviews of their favorite machines......... SO DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR WALLET.

Check out what Clever Someday and Leo from SVGCuts have reported about cutters....... both bloggers make a sincere effort to present fair and complete machines reviews and comparisons.



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Teacher Halloween Treats ~ SVGCuts ~ Cricut Explore




The hat, ribbon, flower, and dragon are the school colors and mascot............ Teachers always love treats.  SVG file is available from SVGCuts. The pumpkin is part of the Haunted Forest Kit.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Thank You ~ Ellen Hutson

Ellen Hutson always send a crafty hand-colored doodad and ribbon in her packages........ I made this Autumn card with the gift she sent me in my last order :-)


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cricut Explore ~ More Print then Cut





Created my GodArt mason jar using the Cricut Explore print then cut function for the tools.  The mason jar was cut using an EK Success punch.  The wood veneer heart is from Studio Calico.  The small tags were cut with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die.  This embellishment was created for the FaceBook on Bible Journaling.

I was inspired by artwork found on GROW Strong in the Lord.......

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cricut Explore ~ 1st Attempt at Print then Cut (PtC)



Here are my first PtC files done with the Cricut Explore.....  I did struggle getting PtC to work on a Mac correctly.  When I switched from Mac's Safari browser to both Chrome and FireFox all the calibration problems cleared up................

The the graphics in the top row are from the Cricut Imagine Yummy cart........ and Tink is from the Tinkerbell cart [smile]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cameo Silhouette ~ PixScan ~ 1st Attempt

I finally got a PixScan mat; and, here is my 1st attempt with my Cameo Silhouette........ I would give the cut precision B+.  My phone was not one of the pre-calibrated phones; but the process was easy and the results, while not stellar, are good!



Monday, August 25, 2014

Storage Solution ~ How to store 200+ Ink Pads and the Reinkers and 100+ bottles of Mists and Paints and a lot of Cool Stuff


I had a problem............. how to organize and store over 200 ink pads and their reinkers, over 100 sprays and mists, paints, and embossing powders in a manner that made using and creating with them as easy possible.  I am an out-of-sight-out-of-mind girl.  I don't use the supplies I can't see and get to easily! This bookshelf is really 2 shoe rack units stacked. Each unit has 3 shelves for 6 shelves total.  Because this storage is for shoes the shelves are deep, but much closer to together than standard bookcases....... These shelves can be purchased at Sam's Club and Costco.  The inks and reinkers, paints, sprays are sorted by brand and in individual Iris shoeboxes sans the lids.  When I get around to it, I plan to label each shoebox.  I just pick up a box and bring it to my workspace....... :-)

3-Tier Mesh Utility Rack - Sam's Club

Seville Classics 3 Tier Multi Purpose Storage and Shoe Rack - 2 Pack

The styles have been changed a bit....... but these are basically the same shelves I used.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thin Metal Dies ~ Die Tree

Dies I use often are stored in categories on my die tree.  The magnet sheets, vent covers from Home Depot, are backed by framer's mat board and measure 4 x 8 inches. If there is a matching stamp, the stamp is in an envelope on the back of each card. This makes it quick and easy to find those dies I use throughout the year.



Metal Die Storage ~ Holiday Specific

All my holiday-specific thin metal dies are stored in Art Bins sorted by occasion or holiday.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Spellbinders Nestabilities & Quickutz Storage



This is how I store my Nestabilities.  The cards are made from framer's matting, cut to 12 x 12 and covered with magnetic vent covers purchased at Home Depot.  I have quite a few sets of the Nestabilties Grands which are extremely large so this storage fits them well.  The dies are categorized by shape...... circles, squares, rectangles, etc.   The storage cube and tray are JetMax found at Michael's.  This method works well for me because the dies are visible and very easy to get to.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rubber Stamp Storage


One of the most difficult tasks for me as a stamper was to figure out how to store my wooden stamps. I did not want to remove the rubber from the wood!  I found these media shelves on Amazon.  They worked perfectly for me........

Atlantic 38435715 Oskar 1080 Media Wall Unit P2