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Friday, April 29, 2011

LD Friday Freebie:Pucker Up Desktop Calendar

created by Rani
 Ooh... this week's Lettering Delights Friday Freebie is super fun. It's the Pucker Up Desk Calendar for May!

To get your freebie, just click here or the image above to go to the Lettering Delights website. Add the bundle to your cart, checkout and pay $0!

Thank you, Lettering Delights!

Edit to add:

The new Rise and Shine SVG set is now available as the new LD Sneak Peeks. Just add the Friday Freebie to your cart, click Checkout and on the way out you will be offered the new SVG set for only $2!

Friday Reader Spotlight: Let's make something with our LD!

Good Morning, Everyone! It's Friday!

Now that the Lettering Delights Dollar Days has ended, let's make something with your new LD goodies and share it here! I'm trying out the inlinkz app today and I would love for you to help me test it. Just make a card (or any other project) with at least one Lettering Delights product and add the link to your project at the end of this post. You can add as many links as you like so long as your project used a Lettering Delights product. I've never used this app before and I hope that I set it up right but if you find any errors, just let me know. 

Can you believe that it's the last Friday of the month already? It's time to announce this month's Lettering Delights gift certificate winner but before I do, let's take another look at the cards that were sent in April:

This month's winner has been picked by and it is:

Congratulations, Pat, you'll be hearing from me shortly.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Last Call! Have you bought all your must-haves?

Tick Tock Tick Tock....Dollar Days is ending TONIGHT. Have you collected all your must-haves? My Personal Faves List might help. Even though the list was written back in March and Lettering Delights has since added a few more sets to their site, the ones listed on my post remain as some of my very favorite.

Click here to go to the Lettering Delights site and don't forget to use the coupon code "Sushi" to take 10% off your Entire Purchase. 

Everybody, Let's Bento! (plus Giveaway)

The summer before my twins went to Kindergarten, I started researching online for school lunch ideas. I came across a lot of discussions about Bento Lunches. Thus began my love for making kiddie bento lunches for my girls. :)

Half the fun of making kiddie bento lunches is shopping for bento supplies. All the bento boxes look so cute in their little drawstring bags and the food picks are just too adorable. Then there are the little soya sauce containers and the mini divider dishes. The mayonnaise containers and Furikake (rice seasoning) bottles are simply irresistible!

By referring to online tutorials and bento-making books, I figured out how to make octo-dogs, and apple rabbits. I learned how to use the egg molds to make the super cute molded boiled eggs.  The kids love getting their bento lunches and I notice that they actually do finish their lunch whenever I make it bento style.

So when I first saw Lettering Delight's Bento Box SVG, I laughed and laughed and asked my 5 year old if she could identify the items in the SVG set and when she did, I knew that Lettering Delights has gotten the set right. :-) 

Let me show you which are some of my favorite files from this set:

The Apple Rabbit, Wasabi/ginger, Octodog, ramen, Soy sauce, mini soy sauce bottle, Furikake Rice Seasoning Bottle

Here is a great tutorial on making apple rabbits and here's one on Octodogs.

I'm always fascinated by the 3D items in the SVG sets and I just had to make these onigiri rice balls with Make-the-Cut.

Contrary to popular belief, I actually do not own a Cuttlebug. However, I did use the Cuttlebug 5-Inch-by-7-Inch Embossing Folder, Polka Dots with my Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine to add texture to the rice balls.

I am so tickled that Lettering Delights added the food picks and the green sushi food divider to the set. I used the Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folder, Forest Branches to add texture to the sushi food divider.

Today is the last day of the Lettering Delights' Dollar Sale. If you have not added this set to your collection, it's a good idea to grab it while it is still only $2 a set. A steal if you consider that there are 31 files, including 5 3D items. Click here to go to the Lettering Delights website and while you're there, don't forget to pick up the coordinating Bento Box Paper Pack for just $1! Use the coupon code "Sushi" to take 10% off your entire purchase.

If you "Like" my blog on Facebook, you may know that I had a quick little giveaway on Wednesday. The winner of the "Guess the replica item" has been picked and it is:

Congratulations, Lisa Norris! You have won the pack of food picks.

The winner for the $5 Lettering Delights gift certificate for guessing what I was making is :

Congratulations, Lisa Thigpen Howell!

Of course I just have to add a giveaway on the blog and someone who reads this post will win:

This little Bento Lunch Set includes: a 2-layer bento box, a elastic band to secure the box, a spoon/fork/chopsticks set, a pack of food dividers, a pack of food picks, 2 mini soy sauce bottles, a penguin shaped mayonnaise container, a pack of mini divider cups AND a drawstring bag to store the bento box in.

Here's how to win:

You must be a follower to enter in the giveaway. If you are not already a follower, just click on the "Follow" button on the right column of this page.

Leave ONE comment on this post and tell me:
Have you ever eaten sushi? If so, what's your favorite?

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

Entries to the giveaway will be accepted from now until Monday, May 2, 11:59pm PST. The winner will be chosen by RANDOM.ORG and announced on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.

Dollar Days only happen twice a year. This round will end tonight and the sale will not be back for a few months. Click here to go to the Lettering Delights website to finish off your shopping. Don't forget to use the coupon "Sushi" to take 10% off your entire purchase.

Gnome Sweet Gnome

To make today's card, I used Make-the-Cut to cut out Lettering Delights' mushroom from their Good Luck Gnomes SVG set. I turned the mushroom into a gnome house by adding the door and the window from their Matryoshka Dolls SVG set. The sign board is from the Happy Camper graphic set. I use MTC's Pixel Trace tool to bring in the image and cleaned it up by using Break and Delete.

Click HERE to check out the Good Luck Gnomes SVG set now.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

From Doug Larson, President of Inspire Graphics

In light of the rumors that have surfaced on several forums recently, I approached Doug Larson, the owner of Inspire Graphics, to clarify the relationship between his company and Provo Craft. This is his reply that I have just received a few minutes ago:

I hope that this makes it clear, once and for all, that Inspire Graphics, and the companies that it owns, including Lettering Delights, and scrapnfonts, are not owned by Provo Craft.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

LD shopping cart and IE 9

I've received several queries about this that I thought I might as well put up a post on it. ;) If you are using IE9 and are having trouble shopping on the Lettering Delights website, try this:

On the Address Bar, click on the grey broken document icon. It will change to blue. Try adding the file to your cart again. It should work now.

Click on this broken doc icon to change it to blue.
Once the icon turns blue, try adding the item to your LD cart again.

There are only 3 more days left before Dollar Days is over and the $2 SVGs goes back to full price. Click here to go to the Lettering Delights website before the sale ends on Thursday.

WINNER! Hanging with My Peeps Blog Hop Giveaway

Thanks everyone for hopping with me on the Hanging With My Peeps Blog Hop. I loved reading about all the embellishments that you all use. Like most of you, I love my ribbons and Stickles too. There were 142 entries to my giveaway and the winner (as drawn by of the Martha Stewart 24 Color Glitter set is....

Congratulations, Gale! I'll be contacting you shortly about your prize!

Thanks everyone for playing.

Monday, April 25, 2011

New Lettering Delights SVG: Bento Box!

You've all been waiting for this set and now it's finally out! Click here or the image below to grab yours while it is still $2! Don't forget to pick up the coordinating paper pack while you're there.

Hurry! Dollar Days end in 4 days! (coupon inside)

Have you finished grabbing your Lettering Delights must-haves? Dollar Days end in 4 days and the prices go back up after Thursday, April 28. The SVGs are now only $2 and don't forget to pick up your favorite fonts, doodlebats, and cliparts  for $1 a set while you are there. 

Did you see the paper packs? They are also only $1 a set. That's right, just ONE BUCK

Better grab them before the sale is over and the coupon expire. Coupon? Did I just say coupon? Can the deal get any better? Use the code "royalty" to take $10 off a $25 purchase. Click here to start shopping.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Gazelle Review (part 3) - How to cut with Make-the-Cut (Driver Installation)

So you have just bought the Gazelle cutter to use with Make-the-Cut and you do not want to use Funtime (the software that comes with the cutter) or have anything to do with the dongle that came with it. Do you know that you can use Make-the-Cut to cut with the Gazelle without installing Funtime at all? 

I bought the Gazelle with the sole intention of using it with Make-the-Cut. This is what I did in order to use the Gazelle with Make-the-Cut without installing Funtime:

Note: I am using Windows 7 with Make-the-Cut v.3.2.1

Start Make-the-Cut, go to the top menu bar and select Help> Advanced> Download and Install CUTOK Drivers.

Click Install.

If your Gazelle is plugged into the computer, unplug it. Go back to MTC, click OK.

Click Yes in the next dialog box to continue with the driver installation.

When the Windows Security box pops up next, click on "Install this driver software anyway" to continue. (Note: The Gazelle driver is not signed by BossKut. That is why this red dialog shows up. Since you started this from MTC, it is safe).

At this point the driver should download and install. Following the instructions on the next dialog box, plug in the Gazelle to your computer and turn it ON so that the driver installation can complete.

As soon as the USB cable is plugged into the computer, this balloon will show up on the monitor.

Once the installation is completed, another balloon will pop up (I didn't managed to take a screenshot of that) with a notice and when you click on that balloon, you will see this:

You don't have to do this step but if you are curious and want to make sure that the driver is indeed installed, just click on the Window button and go to Printers and Devices. The CUTOK DC330 should show up under the Printers and Faxes label.

You are now ready to cut to the Gazelle with Make-the-Cut.

Here are a few things to note before you start cutting: 

Unlike cutting to the Cricut, the orientation of the virtual mat for the Gazelle is Portrait. By changing the default Landscape orientation, you will see the virtual mat change its position so that the arrow on the mat is facing up instead of facing left.

Also, unlike the Cricut where the origin of the cutter is at the top left corner, the origin of the Gazelle is at the lower right corner. In other words, the Gazelle starts cutting/takes reference from the lower right corner of the mat.

Here is a video that I made to show you more about the Gazelle. The recording is a little shaky because I was holding the camera with one hand most of the time. Also, this is the picture of the drawer that I wasn't able to open in the video:

By the way, unlike the Cricut, the Gazelle does not automatically turn off after it has not been used for a while. Enjoy the video! :-)

Friday, April 22, 2011

LD Friday Freebie: 3D Easter Egg SVG!

Happy Good Friday! Easter is almost upon us so how about a free 3D Easter Egg SVG from Lettering Delights? Just click here or the image above to go to the Lettering Delights site to grab it. While you're there, don't forget to pick up any fonts or SVGs that is still on your wishlist. Don't miss out on Dollar Days. The sale ends in one week! Click here to start shopping!

NEW LD SVG! Royal Wedding Plus Freebies!

Get ready to celebrate William and Kate's Wedding! Click here or the image below take a closer look at Lettering Delights' new Royal Wedding SVG.

While you're at the Lettering Delights site, don't forget to pick these freebies up. Just click here or the image below to go to add to your cart. Check out and pay $0.

Friday Reader Spotlight!

Have you been creating lately? Here are a few ladies who have been busy and they are so kind as to share their work with us today.

pigtailpat from the MTC forum made this card with the Gazelle and the Funtime program. I am amazed at how intricate the cut is! This is what she says,
"I did a card today last minute for my SIL's birthday. A very last minute dinner was thrown together for today, so I had to put something together quickly (we normally celebrate her birthday at Easter - but since it is so late this year...She spent several years in Japan and is fluent in Japanese. I have no idea whether I got the characters technically correct - but no matter...

I cut this in funtime as I had to go quickly and the fan was already in .wpc format"

Thank you, Pat, for sharing your beautiful card! 

I love Becki's sense of humor! Look what she made with the Lettering Delights Oiishi and Mustache Mania SVG sets! Becki says,  

"Ever since LD came out with Mustache Mania I have been slapping one on everything including my dogs. But that is another photo :)"

Thanks Becki, for giving me a chuckle. :-)

The next card was made by Jessica George. I thought that Jessica was so smart to make this card from the Lettering Delights Scout 1 doodlebats because I haven't made anything from that set! Jessica says,

"This is the front of a quick card I made for my chemistry lab instructor. It was made using Lettering Delights Doodlebats Scout 1. The Scouts DBs are so versatile!"

Great card, Jessica! Thanks so much for sharing.

Last but not least, I'd like to introduce a brand new blog to you. My friend, Alyssa just started her blog (My Thoughts Exactly blog) and she's excited to show you some things that she has made! 

"Hey everyone! My name is Alyssa, or Alyssaleanne if you see me around the message boards! I am 22 years old and I am currently a full time student getting a degree in Liberal Studies and Mathematics (which is the fancy way of saying I'm studying to be a math teacher), and a part-time custom picture framer. "

"I have been paper crafting for about 8 years but have only recently entered the world of electronic die-cutting machines and SVG files  (about two years). I am primarily a card maker but I love to make other fun paper crafts like bags and boxes."

 "I am very lucky to have a wonderful hubby (of a whopping 6 months now) who supports my crafting addiction. When I'm not paper crafting I am likely spending time with my other favorite hobby, working with Canine Companions for Independence. If you drop by my blog now and then you will likely being seeing more about that! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy my cards!"

For her "Easter Egg Hunt: Can you find the Easter egg?" window card, Alyssa used Lettering Delights' Sweet Nothings, Easter Beasties, and Peep SVG sets. The stamp is from the Hoppy Easter set by Pink by Design.

Alyssa's "Celebrate Spring" card was made with the Sweet Nothings Gift Card Holders and Sweetest Nothing SVG set from Lettering Delights and a stamp from the Hoppy Easter set by Pink By Design.

To celebrate the launch of her blog, Alyssa is giving away some goodies including a $10 Lettering Delights gift certificate. Today is the last day to enter her giveaways and you can click on any of the following links to enter:


If you have a card or project that you would like me to feature on the Friday Reader Spotlight, just email it to jin at underacherrytree dot com (please replace the "at" with "@" and  the "dot" with "." ) or just post it to my blog's facebook page. Everyone who has contributed to the month's FRS will have their name entered in a drawing for a $10 Lettering Delights' gift certificate. The winner will be picked by at the end of the month.