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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Video Tutorial: How to make a LD note card in MTC in 4 minutes

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the ideas that are out there? Blogs, message boards, magazines, and more blogs. There is so much creativity out there and even though you tell yourself that you can do some of those projects, you freeze when you finally find time to sit at your crafting table.

Well, that's me sitting frozen sometimes and when I get into a rut, I like to get back to basics. Making something simple just to get those hands moving is a quick way to rejuvenate the creative mind. One of my favorite things to make is a quick note card.

Today's card is super quick and easy. It is made with a single image from Lettering Delights' DB Chill Out Doddlebat font.

This is a great LD card for the beginner Make-the-Cut user. In fact, it is so easy that I thought I would make a video to show that this card can be prepare in MTC in under 4 minutes.

Note that I am using MTC v.3.0.0 beta. Don't forget to Simplify (CTRL-G in v.2.3.2 or CTRL-SHIFT-Z in v.3.0.0 beta) before you cut.

The sentiment is from Joy's All Around Sentiment stamps. I stamped the image twice and punched out with a 1.5" and a 1" circle punch. I layered the smaller circle over the bigger one with foam tape. Stickles was applied to the beak and I had some goggley eyes so I used those for the penguin's eyes. To finish the card, just emboss the white card front and adhere the sentiment onto it.

Monday, November 29, 2010

LD Sneak Peek: Matryoshka!

Seriously? A Matryoshka doll? I love this set already! 

See that house? Just how cute is that?! 

Can't wait till they release this set. :-)

Blog Candy Winner!

Thanks everyone for joining in our Kickin' Off Christmas Blog Hop last week. There were a total of 197 entries for this blog's i-Rock giveaway. 

The winner has been drawn by and it is

Congratulations, Tabitha! You were entries no. 8 and 9 so I decided to post both your comments here. I will be contacting you shortly by email.

Thanks for playing, everyone! 

Pan-Dee Gets A Christmas Tree

Pan-Dee : Create-A-Critter cartridge
Car: Lettering Delights Pun-Intended Graphic Set
Tree: Lettering Delights DB O Tannenbaum 

Other Pan-Dee posts:

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Last Day to enter i-Rock giveaway

Is everyone still busy shopping? I hope that you scored on the deals that you were after. Today is the last day to enter in my blog candy giveaway so if you have not put in your entry, you might want to do so now. Click here and scroll to the end of the post to enter.

Please do not put in your entry in this post. Commenting on this thread will not count as an entry. Please enter your comment here

Friday, November 26, 2010

LD Black Friday Freebie: LDJ Christmas Troll Font

Happy Day after Thanksgiving! 

Did everyone managed to score on the deals that you were after? I'm all tired out after a night of online shopping but I found a LD freebie for you. 

Click here or the image above to add the LDJ Christmas Troll font in your cart. The price of the font is $0. Continue shopping or just checkout.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My LD Gallery

If you are looking for the Kickin' off Christmas Blog Hop. please scroll down to yesterday's post.

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, everyone! Did you notice something new on my blog? I have a new tab up that says "My Lettering Delights Gallery" and if you click on it, you will see all my LD cards that I've made with MTC in one place! AND if you click on any of the pictures, it'll bring you to the post I made relating to the project. Pretty cool, huh?

Speaking of new things, LD has released their new Yuletide Greetings Collection. Since their Thanksgiving Sale is still going on, you can get the collection for 40% off with the GiveThanks discount code. What a deal!

Just click here or the picture above to start shopping!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Kickin' Off Christmas Blog Hop plus BLOG CANDY!

This giveaway is now closed and entries are no longer accepted.
The winner will be announced on Nov 29, 2010.
Thanks for playing!

Welcome to the Kickin' off Christmas Blog Hop, everyone! If you are here from Linda's then you are on the right track. If not, you might want to start from the hop's starting point, by popping by Amy Chomas' blog and hop from there.

The following is the list of participating blogs. Check out the wonderful projects that these talented ladies have in store for you and don't forget to put your name down for some blog candy too!

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I use my Cricut machine and Make-the-Cut software to cut out images from Lettering Delights. This post will tell you more about the philosophy behind this blog. I welcome you to take a look at this blog for card ideas and tutorials.

(Note: Provo Craft/Cricut does not endorse the use of any 3rd party software. Cutting or communicating to any Cricut machine with any 3rd party or non-Cricut endorsed software or device will void the warranty of the Cricut cutting machine. As such, it might be prudent to wait until the warranty expires on your Cricut machine before attempting any  3rd party products).

Today I will be showing you how I made this card with Amy Chomas' Gel Pen and Gel Pen Holder. I used images from Lettering Delights' Trim The Tree graphic set with Make-the-Cut (v.3.0.0 beta).

Using the Pixel Trace tool in MTC, I traced and imported the ornaments images. This is how the layers look like:


The pictures above show the completed layered ornament (far left) and the layers that it is made up of. Notice that I saved each colored ornament in it's own page. I have also replaced the chain of the red ornament with a copy from the blue. Since the step for cutting each ornament is the same, I will illustrate with just the green ornament.

The concept is really simple.

Step 1: Replace the cricut blade with the gel pen and holder. 

Step 2: Close the eye (Toggle Off) on all the layers except the one that you want to draw. Click on the scissors button to draw.
Step 3: Without removing the mat, remove the gel pen and holder and place the blade back into the Cricut machine.
Step 4: Open the eye (Toggle On) on the layer that you want to cut and Close the eye on the layer already drawn.
 Step 5: Click on the "Cut" button to cut the layer out.

Continue cutting the other layers out the usual way and then adhere them to a card front.

I embossed the card front with a Cuttlebug ornaments embossing folder and printed the sentiment using MS Word and the LD Cursive font.

I hope that you've enjoyed my little tutorial on how to use Amy's gel pen and holder to draw and cut out. And now, let's go on to.....

Blog Candy!

I had so much fun giving away the i-rock rhinestone setter by Imaginisce that I am offering it here again as blog candy. 

How to Win

You do not have to be a follower to enter in the drawing.

Leave ONE comment on this post to be counted as ONE entry.

If you are a follower of this blog, you may leave a second comment for a total of 2 entries. Just mention some where in the comment that it is your 2nd entry.

Make sure that you leave your email address or any other form of contact so that I may inform you should you win.

Entries to the giveaway will be accepted from now until Sunday, Nov 28, 11:59pm PST. The winner will be chosen by RANDOM.ORG and announced on Monday, Nov 29.

Thanks again for stopping by my blog. Your next stop on the hop is Calypso's blog. Don't forget to hop all the way to the end at Samantha's blog. A little birdie told me that she has a great blog candy for you. ;-)

Enjoy your blog hopping!

Monday, November 22, 2010

LD Sneak Peek: What's Your Sign?

Oooh...look what LD has in store for us next!

That crab looks like it's going to be a fun one to cri-cut out. What about that scorpion? Fun fun fun! Can't wait till they release this one.

Joy's stamps

Once upon a time, before I owned a Cricut, I was a rubber stamper. Yes, it's true. I stopped stamping when my kids came along but before they did, I was a rubber stamping fool

And so when my friend, Joy of offered to send me some of her stamps to play with, I was super excited. The stamps came in the mail the other day, and all I could say was "Wow!". If you own any of Joy's stamps, you would know why I was so bowled over by the quality of her stamps. The rubber is thick but more importantly, the stamped image is super crisp. 

The stamps stamped so well! I took them out of the package and used them straight away with a Memories Dye Ink pad. The stamped images were clean and clear. No pre-conditioning or pre-sanding required. I was delighted!

For today's card, I used a tree from Lettering Delight's DB O Tannenbaum set. Since it is a doodlebat, I was able to create the layers quickly in MTC.

As soon as the Cricut was done cutting, I put the layers of the tree together and adhered it to a prepared card front. I finished the card with a stamp from Joy's newest stamp collection. I really like the look of these round stamps. If you'd like to check out these stamps, just pop by to take a look. 

Don't forget that tomorrow is Blog Hop Day. Come back tomorrow to hop along with me!  

Friday, November 19, 2010

LD Friday Freebie: Thanksgiving Can set

Here's a super fun freebie from LD. 

Click here or the image above to add the file to your cart. The price of the file is $0. Checkout and once you complete the transaction, download the file and print it out. Now use the freebie to decorate a can and fill it up with treats. What a fun little gift it'll be!

p/s Don't forget LD's Thanksgiving Sale that is going on. Use the code GiveThanks to take 40% off your entire purchase.

Have a Super Weekend!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

SALE! 40% off Lettering Delights!

Yay! It's a Lettering Delights SALE!

Click here or the image above to start shopping.

While you're there, check out the new Lettering Delights' Pilgrims and Indians Collection:

AND if you subscribe to the LD newsletter, you might have notice that my card was featured (YAY!! :-) ). I used the Thanksgiving Art set with MTC to make it. You can read the post that I made about it here:

Happy Shopping!