A Font Just for Cutting

A friend of mine recently sent me a font she created that contains a bunch of common (and uncommon) shapes. The font is intended for cutting with Sure Cuts a Lot on Cricuts, but any cutter that can cut TTF fonts should be able to use this as well. I was lucky -- I got to test drive it. :-) And it is really cool. I have many of these shapes in individual files, but it's really nice to have them all in one place.

Anyhoo, if you're interested, visit her blog to download the font. I thought it was a great idea, and I'm glad Kay went to the trouble of actually creating it.

Hope everyone's having a happy holiday weekend!

New Neighbor Gift

This birdhouse is based on a pattern from Nichole Heady's blog. I made an SVG out of it and made a couple of improvements. At least they're improvements for me because I couldn't figure out how to close it without closing it permanently. And then the recipient would have to ruin it to get what's inside. I'm sure there's something I missed, but I made it work for me.

I added a couple of notches in the bottom to thread the ribbon through so it would stay in place. Likewise, I cut notches at the sides of the roof to hold it in place, and I included my holes at the top in my SVG file so I could use my Crop-A-Dile gromlets and not have to cut the center out by myself.

Then I cut the house pattern and roof using SCAL and my Expression. I won't be able to share my pattern (it's not mine to share -- you can go to the blog entry to get it), but it was a PDF, so that's how I was able to make it. It didn't import to Inkscape perfectly, but it's still a shortcut to designing it myself! (Not that I'd come up with the idea.)

I used Papertrey stamps for everything: Polka Dot Basics for the polka dots on the sides and back, Faux Ribbon for the background design on the front, Wishing You for the flowers, dragonfly and sentiment, and Background Basics: Retro for the "tiles" on the roof. I used Colorbox and Versamark chalk inks, Memento (for the sentiment and dragonfly), and Versamark for the roof tiles.

I thought it came out cute! We have new neighbors, and this will be a "welcome" gift to them. I'm debating on whether to put birdseed in a baggie to enclose, or whether to do chocolates or something. Not knowing whether they have a bird feeder, I'm leaning toward the candy. :-)

Thanks for looking!

Birthday Boy's Card

I'm a little late posting this, but I finished it up last minute and didn't get a picture of it until just a few days ago. :-) This is the card I made my son for his seventh birthday. He actually asked me to make his card this year. Isn't that sweet? He's a boy, and I really didn't think he cared, but he asked me to, so of course I'm going to!

So...the little robot guy is from a Sandylion Boys acrylic stamp set. Actually all of the picture stamps are. I colored in the little guy with Copics. The "happy birthday" sentiment is from Hot off the Press Expressions. The sentiment inside was made (I should have taken more time!) with my Just Rite rectangular stamper and my Brayton font.

I used Inkscape to create the planet terrain, including the craters. I actually cut that separately with my Cricut and SCAL and used it as a mask to ink onto the planet. I poked holes around the edge and used my white gel pen to simulate stitching. The white stamps on the front are embossed with clear. And the borders inside are both from EK Success.

I think he really liked that I took the time to make it for him!

Mother's Day #3: Grandma cards

Here are the cards for my grandmothers for Mother's Day. I'm fortunate to have one still living, and my husband has one still living.

The first one is for my husband's grandmother. I cut the label and it's shadow using my Cricut and SCAL. The shape is from a file offered a long time ago by Dan. He's a talented artist, and he was graciously offering freebie cutting files every week on his blog. He still sells them separately.

The butterfly is from an Inkadinkado set. First I heat-embossed it in black, then I cut it out and colored it with watercolor pencils. A slightly wet paintbrush gave it a slightly watercolor look. The sentiment is also from Inkadinkado and was cut/masked with my oval Nestabilities. I ran the background through my Cuttlebug with the Distressed Stripes embossing folder, added a few purple rhinestones and some purple organza ribbon, and it was done!

The card for my grandmother sort of evolved from other stuff I was playing with. I mentioned a while back that I needed more practice with Papertrey Ink's Guide Lines set, so I was playing around with that. Once I was done, I cut a piece that would go on an A2 sized card and added some rhinestones. Later I stamped and cut out the butterfly. Then I needed a Mother's Day card, and both items were sitting on my desk. An idea was born! :-) I pulled out my Papertrey cardstock, an EK Success border punch, and my Women of Life stamp set. I added a FloraDoodles white daisy, some purple gingham ribbon, and a Papertrey Ink button with a rhinestone on the front, and it was done!

If anyone's interested in the supplies I used, let me know. There were just too many to mention for both cards in this one post. :-)

Mother Day #2: Mother-in-Law...Don't Peek!!!

Here's my second Mother's Day card to share with you. Monday's was for my mom; today's is for my husband's mom. I pulled out my Papertrey Ink Women of Life set, plus the Tags for Spring set. (Can you tell I'm a little obsessed with PTI?)

After I stamped the flowers, I thought glitter centers would be nice, so I used my glue stamp pad and added some glitter. It's my first time doing that, so I'm sure I did something wrong because the glitter didn't completely stay on. I mean, if you didn't touch it, it was fine. But if, say, your husband ran his finger across one of the centers, oddly some glitter came off. :-) But at Michaels on Sunday, I saw Glossy Accents and immediately thought it would make a great sealer for the centers, and it did!

Paper: random card blank; DCVW green textured cardstock; Making Memories Chloe patterned paper
Ink: Memento, Palette Stamp & Stick Glue Pad
Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities rectangle and circle sets; Fiskars circle punch
Etc: Lace (Joann); Glossy Accents; Prima flower; unknown heart rhinestone

Sympathy Card for Friend

I recently purchased the Papertrey Ink set With Sympathy strictly for the graphics. I absolutely love the huge vine stamp. When I received it, I actually thought to myself, boy I hope I don't need these sentiments. I mean, we all have people in our lives who lose loved ones, but you never WANT to make a sympathy card.

Well...a friend's father passed away last week. They sort of knew it was coming, and since he was in such extreme pain, perhaps it was for the best for him to pass. This weekend I made this card for her. It was the first card I made with this set. I took it to work today and asked the rest of my team to sign it and we gave it to her. Hopefully it lets her know we care!

Paper: random card blank; Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream; Bazzill
Stamps: Papertrey Ink With Sympathy
Ink: Versamark, Colorbox Chalk, Memento
Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Labels 4; Martha Stewart border punch; EK Success corner rounder
Embellishments: Paper borders (a freebie with my order from Cutter's Creek); toffee organza ribbon from C. O. D. Wholesale

Mother's Day #1 -- Mom, Don't Peek!!!

Well I'm hoping my mom doesn't read my blog, or that she can at least follow directions (per the title). I had fun making this one, and it sort of evolved. I knew the stamp set I wanted to use. Heck, I bought the stamp set specifically for Mother's Day. I just wasn't sure how I was going to use it, and ths is the result.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Mother, Damask Designs
Paper: Generic card blank; The Paper Company white cardstock; Papertrey Ink Bitty Dots; Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate; Paper Wishes brown iridescent paper (sorry, not sure of collection)
Ink: Papertrey Ink Raspberry Fizz, Dark Chocolate; Tim Holtz Distress Inks Antique Linen
Tools: EK Success corner rounder; Martha Stewart border punch; Cuttlebug; Swiss Dots embossing folder; Making Memories slot punch
Etc: Lace from clearance at Joann (sorry! it's the ones on the bolts, not on a spool); Prima flowers; pearl brad

Birthday boy thank yous

Well, my mom always taught me it was polite to send thank you notes. Of course, she never required hand-made thank you notes, but these days, people kind of expect that from me. :-)

So, it was my son's 7th birthday celebration last weekend, and as with many seven-year-olds, he got lots of stuff. I made these thank you notes for him to give to his friends and to send out to family. Now, I just have to get him to write them. :-)

Stamps: Sentiment from Papertrey Ink Beyond Basic Borders; star from Sandylion Boy stamps
Paper: Various Papertrey Ink cardstocks (Perfect Match 2008 colors, Kraft, Vintage Cream); DCVW Nana's Kids striped paper
Inks: Memento, Versamagic, Cats Eye Chalk
Tools: Cuttlebug; Spellbinders labels die; Fiskars crimper; EK Success corner rounder
Etc: generic square antique silver brads

Butterfly Birthday

Wow, it's been a while. Things have been busy around here, with birthdays and family in town and whatnot. I've been doing some crafting; I just haven't gotten around to posting.

So here's a card I made for my really good friend. Her birthday is May 14, and I really hope she likes this one. I hope y'all do, too!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Life, Birthday Basics
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Kraft, The Paper Company (green), Martha Stewart Candy Shop Floral Tile
Inks: Memento
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink Ripe Avocado Saddle Stitched Ribbon (5/8 inch)
Tools: Fiskars Apron Lace border punch; Martha Stewart butterfly punch; EK Success corner rounder punch
Etc: Recollections adhesive backed rhinestones

About Me

I'm a 40-something (WAIT...40-something? When did THAT happen?), married mother of two boys. I work full-time outside the home, but spend the little "me" time I have crafting. Oh, and collecting supplies, lol.

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