Some Basic Information About My Site and My Files:

First a note about my files:

All my files are for personal use. I do not charge for any files I create. I share them here for others to use for personal use only. Please do not use them to submit for contests, etc. without getting my permission first. Please give credit where credit is due. I will try to do the same. This means I will try to identify where I got an item or a project if I didn't create it myself and there is an identifable source. Sometimes however I use basic clipart or coloring pages. You may however share these files with others for their personal use (you may not charge for them - you may pass them on for free) or you may point them here to my blog to get the files themselves. If a download file is available, it will appear at the bottom of the post and will be in a different color text.

PLEASE NOTE: I reside in the USA where we use the MM/DD/YYYY date format on computers (and in everything else we do!) If you are outside the USA where they use the DD/MM/YYYY date format on computers, you MAY experience an "Unhandled exception" error when you try to open one of my Cricut DS files. It is an error related to the date format. An easy fix is available at SusanBlueRobot's Blog. Susan has a simple HexEdit program and directions which will allow you to alter the date so you can use the files. Note: This is only an issue if the save date of the file is after the 12th of the month! It is also only an issue with DS files. I have never seen this issue with MTC or SCAL.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Graduation Cap Card or Gift Card Holder - Locker Talk Cartridge Used

Here is a "graduation cap" card that I made using Design Studio (DS). Due to its size, you will need the Expression machine and the 12x12 mat. It uses the Locker Talk cartridge. I took the "easy way" out by using this cartridge since it already had the Graduation Cap cutout. You can use the card as a simple "card" or you could use it as a gift card holder (it is big enough as you can see to slip a gift card in). If you want to use as a gift card holder just add slits or hand cut slits for the corners of the gift card or use piece of double sided tape or a dab of repostionable glue on the back of the gift card to attach to the inside. You can fold the card so that the tassle is either on the left or the right which ever way you prefer. Also, I hand cut the tassle off the back side of the card in my pics but you don't have too you could leave the back tassle on the card if you want. (You have to hand cut it off because there is no way to hide it in DS to cut without it because it is one image with the cap!) :( I've had this idea "dancing" around in my head for weeks, just hadn't had time to lay it out and try it until now! Let me know if you do anything with the .cut file. I like to see what others do with my files! DOWNLOAD the Graduation Cap Card .cut file.

Mother's Day Cards - No .cut files

Well, when I went to download a project from my camera I discovered that I had taken pictures of the mother's day cards I had made for my Mom and my Mother-in-law. (I usually forget to take the pictures because I'm usually making cards at the last minute!) So, I thought I would share them. The purple one was given to my Mom. It has a House Mouse Stamp I had colored with Prisma Colored Pencils using Gamosol and then put it on the card back around Valentine's day I think! Then it just set there waiting for me to figure out "who" / "what" it was for! Found the Happy Mother's Day on the Wild Card cartridge and used it to "finish" off my card! Anyone else ever do that? Make part of something and then it has to "sit" until your mind figures out the rest! The other card for my mother-in-law was similar. It had to "jell" a little while before it was used. I used a .cut file from Laurinda on the Cricut Messageboard to cut the card base with the lace look and the slits to run the ribbon through. Then I left it sitting again for weeks trying to decide what to make it into. I originally thought I would use it to make a sympathy card (which I still haven't gotten done) but thought different once I had the pink inner lining paper. Then I thought it would make a cute baby card but didn't have a need for that so it laid on my table for weeks. Then, I finally put it together for Mother's Day. My mother-in-law loves flowers thus the flower on the card. Anyway, they turned out pretty good I think. Now, if I can just remember to ink/chalk my cutouts BEFORE I PASTE them down on a card!!! LOL Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hello. Well, not a lot for me to share right now. Still haven't been able to get into the craft room. However, I hated not sharing anything in so long so thought I'd share another .svg file for those who have SCAL. It should come in handy with those of you who like to swim and dive in the summer time. You can download the swim mask , snorkel and flipper .svg file here. Stick with me! I hope to have more to share sooner then later! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Missing In Action - I'm still here

Just wanted to post a note to apologize for being MIA (Missing in Action)!!! The past two weeks have not been my own! We are in the final count down to the end of school (tomorrow at noon!) so lots of end of school things going on requiring my attention. Then my niece graduated from college, baseball games, volleyball tournaments, braces on one child, off the other (the past two days!) - - - well, you get the picture. I haven't even had time to be in the craft room but to get faxes off the printer!!! I'll be back soon I promise. )Hopefully this weekend!) Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the pictures taken from my back deck!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

More Yudu

My DS, 12, has a school project later this week. He has been working on it with a group of classmates. They have a "Euro-Fair" at school. Each group of students has a country that they are responsible for researching and presenting on. His was England. We used my Yudu for him to make t-shirts for his group. I found an black and white image of "Big Ben" and the "Tower Bridge" to use for the shirts. We used a font of the computer to print the word "England" and "Euro-Fair 2009". We tried white t-shirts with black ink and red t-shirts with white ink. We liked the white shirts with the black ink best. The white ink seemed to "fade" on the red shirt. (This picture was taken right after we finished the shirts, it continued to "fade" so it looked more gray then white). I also found the Plantin for the shirt way too sticky and the one shirt we did that we "stuck down" this way seemed to get stretched out of shape. The rest we just taped down without using the "sticky" side of the plantin (we just left the white cover on it). This was a very "detailed" design and on the whole, they turned out great.