RSS Feed

Tag Archives: Cricut

Ways to Dress Up Cricut Cuts

I belong to two Facebook groups that deal with the Cricut. It seems like a ton of people got one from Santa this year and there are a lot of questions. One of the themes that seemed to be repeating was, I made a basic cut – now what? How can I make these cuts look more dynamic?

I have had a Cricut for four years now (I think – I can’t remember a time without my Cricut!!) and this summer, I splurged and bought myself the Explore. I have cut out several hundred images and am still finding new ways to dress them up. So, I sat down and thought about the different ways I have found over the years and wrote a list.

Today, I made six cuts that turned into three different looking apples with a similar theme. I did a plain cut, which is just the basic red and green. I cut that one twice because I added something to the second cut. The last one had the same green cut, but the red was different.

To see what I did, click on this link and you will see the three assembled apples.  http://youtu.be/hTO50VEo_eo

There are more parts coming, as I have plenty of other ideas to share!! What is your favorite way to dress up a Cricut cut?

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave comments or questions and subscribe.

Michele

YouTube – Chelebelle1120

Etsy – http://www.etsy.com/shop/scrapsecrets

Pinterest – chelebelle1120

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapsecrets/268068073266999?ref=hl

Twitter – scrapsecrets

Instagram – scrapsecrets1120

My world has turned upside down……

by two little, barely over two pound little girls! My sister had her twin girls at 28w6d and they were only a little over 2 lbs each. So, if you have been wondering where I have been, the answer is simple – at the hospital during my appointed times to see them or making things to help decorate their NICU “houses” to make it feel like home. When something (or somethings in this case) that small come into your world, you feel helpless and the only way I felt like I was contributing was to make them decorations. (Pics are at the end of this post!)

The other thing that hasn’t changed for me is traveling for work. I have been training like crazy and then the past two weeks have required me to be in California for a week and North Jersey for several days. It feels good to be home and in my own bed for more than two nights at a time! It also feels really good to be able to start crafting again.

One of my friends sent me an application for a craft fair November 1st at a school close to her. I also applied to the craft show at my old high school and am hoping to do the same show at my cousin’s son’s school this year. School craft fairs are where I seem to excel at, so bring them on!!

I’ve also entered 2012 (ha) and got myself an Instagram account! Very exciting news. So, if you have an Instagram account, leave your info below and I will follow you! I am planning on doing a giveaway once I reach a certain amount of followers. I’m really trying to be better about all these social media sites, but there are just so many to keep up with.

I have been trying to do more scheduling so that I can get things accomplished in a day. It’s tough but I look at my list several times a day to see where I am. Things are calming down here, which makes it a lot easier to get something accomplished for the day!

Btw – the girls are doing great. They are five weeks old and have gained over a lb and a half each. There seems to be a new, amazing update every couple of days with them. They are two little fighters and already have all of us wrapped around their incredibly tiny fingers! Work should be slowing down soon with only one more trainee on the horizon and I have some time off scheduled so that I can do some crafty work for my shows!

Thanks for bearing with me during this incredibly hectic summer. It’s one that I will never forget!! And don’t forget to leave your Instagram info below so that I can follow you!

Michele

YouTube – Chelebelle1120

Etsy – http://www.etsy.com/shop/scrapsecrets

Pinterest – chelebelle1120

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapsecrets/268068073266999?ref=hl

Twitter – scrapsecrets

Instagram – scrapsecrets1120

Some of the animals I made for the girls’ NICU home:

IMG_1766

IMG_2044

First Cut with the Explore

I finally was able to hook up my Explore last night. I was so excited to finally feel good enough to create a project. (I’ve been exhausted from my day job – I’m training a new hire). I set it up and then did the first cut that they use as an example, a Thank You Card. It uses the pen that comes with the machine, as well as the cutting feature. 

SInce that was a “hold my hand” project, I decided to try to make something on my own. From the comments I read, the advice I got was take your time and do a basic project and work your way up from there. I have to make my goddaughter’s book, so I thought I would start with something from there. 

I have a whole page dedicated to my goddaughter on different swings. I simply typed in the word swing and got a bunch of images. Since I bought the Explore with a three month subscription, I get a ton of images for free! Most of the ones that I saw were free so I was able to pick the one I liked best. I learned how to change the colors on my image so I could tell exactly what would cut on each mat. 

I know that the Explore can do so much more than I am even ready to start to learn! There are so many YouTube videos that I need to watch to learn how to import SVG files (and what to do with them after I have imported them!!), how to edit pre-made projects, how to upload my cartridges, etc. I am having fun learning to use the program and hopefully it won’t be too tough of a learning curve. 

I still have a ton of projects to do, both Cricut and non-Cricut related. So hopefully I will have lots of good things to share with you soon. Here’s a picture of the swing set I used:

IMG_1440

Thank you all for stopping by! Feel free to leave comments or questions and subscribe. 

Michele

YouTube – Chelebelle1120

Etsy – http://www.etsy.com/shop/scrapsecrets

Pinterest – chelebelle1120

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapsecrets/268068073266999?ref=hl

Twitter – scrapsecrets

Excitement and disappointment

These past couple of weeks have been sheer craziness! I have been training new hires at my day job since the beginning of June, so I have been traveling non-stop. I finally was able to take a week vacation, which wasn’t really a vacation. I got text messages and phone calls from people all week – not very relaxing! I also spent a lot of time with my sister in law, shopping and making things for my sister’s shower. 

I took off on the 23rd so that I could get some furniture delivered and it just so happened to be craft day on HSN. I have been thinking about getting the Explore for awhile now and I knew it would be on sale that day. I ended up buying the Anna Griffin bundle, which was on sale for less than what I have seen it in stores for. I think it comes with two cartridges, some vinyl and paper, a mat and two months of free images on Design Space. 

I was all excited the other day when I got the email from HSN that it was shipping. I was even more excited when I got the tracking email that said it should be here some time this week. 

And then I went to turn on my computer yesterday. It was dead. Well, not dead, but I got what some call the “gray screen of death”. I was devastated. This happened to my last iMac. These things aren’t cheap. I got them from my hard earned points at work and wanted them to last more than two years. 

The reason that I am so upset about the iMac “dying” is because you need the new Explore to be hooked up to a computer to work. My plan was to bring the computer downstairs and put it on my new desk and then to have the Explore down there. But, apparently it had other plans. 

I found this out on Sunday when I came home from the shower and tried to upload the pictures from the shower. I freaked out and immediately googled “gray screen on iMac” to look for solutions. Nothing worked. I stopped and then tried again today.

After trying ALMOST everything, I found one solution that sounded like it was going to work. I turned the computer off and then back on and before the chimes, I held down the Option button. It brought me to a screen that asked me to connect to my wireless router and then after trying that twice, it actually worked! (There was a gray bar underneath that would only get about halfway done before a spinning gray wheel would pop up and nothing would happen). 

I was back to being super excited again. Hopefully my Explore will be here by the end of this week and I can start creating some things with it!

I have uploaded the video on the shower decor I made – I’ll write a post on that as well with the link if you guys want to check it out!

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave comments or questions and subscribe.

Michele

YouTube – chelebelle1120

Etsy – http://www.etsy.com/shop/scrapsecrets

Pinterest – chelebelle1120

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapsecrets/268068073266999?ref=hl

Twitter – scrapsecrets

 

Exciting News!

Today, I had my first ever bridal invitation consultation! I was so nervous because I didn’t know the bride (I know her daughter though) and it’s always nerve wracking to show someone your work. Plus, this is only the second set of invitations I’ve ever done. 

I was having the hardest time coming up with a design that I liked. I was playing around with fonts and layouts on the computer, but nothing was looking the way I wanted it to. The bride was anxious to see what I had created and we decided to meet today. Well, until lunchtime, I didn’t really have much to show her. 

True to form, like in other aspects of my life, I work best under pressure! I came up with a design that I loved and as it turns out, so did the bride! Which thrilled me because if she didn’t, it was back to the drawing board for me. And after going through my supplies and playing with fonts and margins on the computer, I wasn’t sure that I could come up with something better. 

Part of the problem was that I was trying to do a lot of the invitation on the computer, but that’s not where my strengths lie. I enjoy creating things on my Cricut or with stamps and stencils. Once I decided to incorporate the Cricut with the computer, I came up with the perfect design!

So, now I am off to work on the invitations. I have cut out all 25 bases and now have to print out the actual invitation. I will post pictures after the bride tells me all the invitations went out. I also have lots of baby shower things to work on, along with a Thank You card, Welcome Baby Boy card and my goddaughter’s birthday present (which I haven’t started yet). AHHHHH. Lots to do so I’m off to get it done!

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave comments or questions and subscribe. 

Michele

YouTube – Chelebelle1120

Etsy – http://www.etsy.com/shop/scrapsecrets

Pinterest – chelebelle1120

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapsecrets/268068073266999?ref=hl

Twitter – scrapsecrets

Using the new Disney cartridges

Posted on

I made a Mickey head the other day from the Mickey and Friends cartridge. Of course I can’t find it now to take a picture. One of my new followers was asking about the Disney cartridges I got recently after she watched one of my videos. She wanted to know how difficult it was to make some cuts from the cartridges.

I watched other people’s videos and learned some tips and tricks. I leaned that if you used the slowest speed, the cuts come out better. Also, make the cuts the biggest size possible. I made a video of all the tips and tricks and posted it on YouTube. http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=cQQkbsDAgPw&feature=plcp if you want to check it out!

Tonight, I decided to tackle the Disney Classics cartridge. I broke one of my own rules and made the cuts at 4 inches. I should’ve made the cuts bigger because a lot of them didn’t cut out properly. I made adjustments, however, and made due with what I had and salvaged as much of the cuts as possible. (Having a white and a black gel pen doesn’t hurt either!)

Im not overly thrilled with the way Alice turned out. You can recognize that it is her and I’m sure that most people wouldn’t notice the things I did notice. I did have fun making Alice in Wonderland though and I can’t wait to make the other characters on the cartridge.

Yesterday, I made two characters from the Mickey and Friends cartridge. I made a Minnie Mouse and a Donald Duck. When I was at AC Moore a couple of days ago, I bought a bunch of the $1 bin stamps. One of them said “Oh Heck! I missed your birthday”. I made the Donald cut of him jumping up and down, where he looks like he’s mad.  I thought that it would be perfect for that sentiment.

The Minnie Mouse cut I used was the one of her jumping in the air. I used one of the My Pink Stamper stamp sets that has the stamp “Kick up your heels”.  The interior of the card is blank so it can be a thinking of you or a get well card. I am really happy with the way those two cards came out.

The last card that I made was one using a new stamp I got from AC Moore and a new paper pack I got from Joann’s. I also used a Fiskar’s edge punch that I never used before that I thought mimicked the bubbles in the “Hello Friend” stamp I used. It was from another stamp set that I got from the $1 bin. I used VersaMark and some Stampendous white embossing powder on the sentiment.

imageimage

Here are some pictures of the four cards. I am off to make some more cuts from those (and my other) new Cricut cartridges! Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to leave a comment or question and subscribe.

Michele

Teddy Bear Parade and Love You a Latte

Recently, I ordered these two Cricut cartridges. Walmart had a deal 2 for $50. It looks as though Walmart is really the only one who carries the Teddy Bear Parade cartridge, so I thought that I would go ahead and order it. I have been wanting it for awhile. Especially after I saw diamondrose123’s video on how you can use that cartridge with other ones that feature animals, like Create a Critter.  I’ve seen many cute projects from the Love you a Latte cartridge as well. I was so excited to use these cartridges.

Until the post office got involved. I ordered them on Jan 1st and they got shipped by UPS to my post office by the 4th. They didn’t deliver them to me until the 8th. Not sure why they kept them so long. But, by the time I got them, I was in full remodel mode of my craft room. So, unfortunately I haven’t had time to use either of them.

But, even though I haven’t used them, I have several ideas for some projects. So I will be making a lot soon – hopefully this weekend. Look for some pictures to come soon!

Since I haven’t been able to craft, I’ve been busy redoing my room. I got a couple of closet organizers from Home Depot and some baskets.  It’s coming together nicely. i have several shelves of scrapbooks, places for my stamps and punches and even little cubby holes and holders for some of my smaller supplies.

Here’s the video if you want to check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRoxhcf04Ng

 

Here’s a picture of the closet:

ImageThanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment!