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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

LD Paper Deal! 20 packs for $10! (reg. $40).

Whoa. If you use digital paper, here's a deal that can't be missed! LD has put up 2 paper bundles on sale. There are twenty sets of papers in each bundle and there are 5-10 patterns in each set. That's A LOT of papers for 10 bucks!

If you can't decide on which bundle to get, get both! Or if you must only get one, get Paper Hoopla 2. I took a quick look and it seems that there are more papers in that bundle. Click HERE to check it out!

Coming soon...

Sneak Peeks Alert! There's a new Valentine collection that is coming soon from LD and it is of a coffee and tea theme. Here's a hint of what's coming soon. Check out the other sneak peek on my Facebook page by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Free Sketch (pagemap) from LD!

LD has a new pagemap for those of you who scrapbook. The sketch is available in both 12"x12" and 8.5"x11" sizes. Click HERE to get it.

Monday, January 28, 2013

HURRY! 1-day only coupon code for LD!

Look who's featured on the LD Facebook page? Yours truly! Wheeeeee.....

For 1-day only, use the code "ManicLove" to take $10 off a minimum purchase of $20. That's 50% off if you use the code on a $20 cart! LD's Valentine designs are currently on sale for $1-$2. You can even use the coupon to sweeten the deal and get yourself some crazy good offer on their awesome files!

The coupon will expire tomorrow night. CLICK HERE to start shopping.

non-candy Valentine: Your friendship warms my heart

Disclaimer: Today's post shows the use of Little Hotties Hand Warmers as a Valentine gift idea.  According to this site (from which I buy my hand warmers), these are safe for children (with proper supervision) but use your own discretion if you are giving these to the kids. Be sure to check with the potential recipient's parents that the child knows how to use these safely. You assume all risks of using this gift idea. Instead of these hand warmers, you can use today's idea with mittens, gloves, or even a pack of hot cocoa. Just re-size the template accordingly.

The weather in the Pacific Northwest has been chilly the past couple of weeks. Like many parents here, I've been sending the girls to school with some pocket hand warmers so that they will not freeze in the cold during recess.

Sometimes when their classmates have forgotten to bring their own, the girls would share. Since February is usually still pretty cold around here, I thought it would be fun to give away these hand warmers to those kids for Valentine. They could use these as a backup when they forget to bring theirs.

Using an SVG from LD, I print-and-cut an envelope to fit the hand warmer. I "decorated" the envelope in the way that I have demonstrated in many of my print-and-cut tutorials. Just drag-and-drop the images onto the virtual mat and resize to fit the template. I used an LD digital paper to pattern-fill. If you have not seen my earlier print-and-cut tutorials, just click here to find them.

I made these for the kids who have been using these Little Hotties hand warmers in school and are already familiar with them. If you intend to use this Valentine's Day idea, make sure that you check with the parents of the potential recipient, that they are comfortable with this gift and that their kid knows how to use it safely. Alternatively, you can also use this idea with homemade hand warmers or even mittens. Even better, put a pack of hot cocoa in place of the hand warmers. Now that is a treat that will surely warm the kiddo up too!

These are the files that I used:
Sentiments Envelopes Cut Its Simple Shapes (file #8)
Eskimo Pie Cut Its
Best Witches Party Cut Its
Baby Z Paper Pack 
Vegetable Soup Cut Its Simple Shape
LD Homecoming Queen font

Friday, January 25, 2013

Free Dazzle Doll Slumber Party Invitation (printables)

Have y'all seen the new Dazzle Dolls Collection? It's Paper Dolls for Tweens! So soon-to-be 10 year old twins are going ga-ga over them. Here's a peek:

CLICK HERE to see the rest of the collection.

Today's free file from Lettering Delights is a set of printable slumber party invitation cards that coordinate with the new Dazzle Dolls. CLICK HERE or the image below to go to the LD site, add the file to your cart and check out. You pay $0!

You can use the PNG files to print-and-cut these cards out or if you do not own a cutting machine, just use the included PDFs to print and cut by hand.

The LD Valentine Dollar Sale is still going on. You get all Love and Valentine designs for only $1-$2 a set! Great deal! CLICK HERE to shop the sale before it's over.

scrapNfonts, a sister site of LD, has a very cool freebie on their site. CLICK HERE to get your free lacey doilies in Aunt Elizabeth Brushes.

I use these in Photoshop but you can also use the included PNG files for printables. I have also played with the designs in Silhouette Studio and they seem to trace fine but I have not tried to cut them out with my Cameo.

Anyway, that's all for now. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Boys' Valentines PLUS freebies from LD.

project by Lettering Delights

I had to take a look at the calendar when I saw LD's post on Facebook a little while ago. A freebie?'s not Friday yet. lol.

Click HERE to check out their great Valentine idea for boys and pick up a freebie along the way. That's not all. If you click HERE, you'll find your way to another free LD pagemap.

pagemap by Lettering Delights

Can't wait until Friday to see what else LD has in store for us. :-)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My heart soars when I'm with you

After Monday's "Incredible print-and-cut" card, I thought I'd make something that is more "cut" and
less "print". I made another hybrid card*.

First I modified the hot air balloon svg by replacing the balloon portion with a heart and even though I did a print-and-cut on the card base, the main image was cut out on different cardstock and layered. Once again, by combining traditional paper-piecing (i.e. paper layering) with print-and-cut, I managed to give the illusion of an extra layer without the added bulk.

Here are the screenshots for both the print-and-cut layer and the "Cut only" mat:

print-and-cut layer

cutting layer

Here is my finished card:

Balloon Craze SVG
Great Scott It's Love cut its (heart shape)
Cloud Nine SVG (cloud)
Hogs and Kisses Paper Pack
LD Hipster Child font
SNF Playground font

*Hybrid card: a card that combines both traditional paper-piecing (paper-layering) with print-and-cut.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Jin's INCREDIBLE double-sided, print-and-cut, tri-fold card

I have something fun to share with you today. Something printed. On both sides. Is a tri-fold card and created using the Silhouette Studio and my Cameo.

Hubby thinks it's incredible. :-)

Here's the front of the card..

..and this is the first fold.

When you open the right flap, you will see the inside...


It's pretty cool, if I do say so myself. :D

Here's the back of the card:

and these are the screenshots of my virtual mat:


Making this card involved a lot of "flipping images around" but the most noteworthy thing is the double-sided printing.

I am using Silhouette Studio Designer Edition (v 2.7.4d) and I noticed that the Align tool includes a Center to Page feature. By centering both the card front and the back, I managed to get the print on both sides of the paper in the correct position to make the tri-fold card.

It took a while to figure out where all the elements should be positioned but I had a TON of fun making this card. Hope that you enjoyed it too. :-)

Happily Ever After Cut Its 
Happily Ever After BACKS (free download)
Once Upon a Time Cut Its Once Upon a Time Background Paper Pack
Hogs and Kisses Paper Pack
LD Blankie font

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Love you snow much!

I made this card the other day when LD debuted the Great Scott collection. Even though it is mostly a basic shaped card, I prefer to call it a hybrid card because I combined traditional paper-piecing (i.e. paper layering) with the print-and-cut technique.

Printing a faux layer not only adds depth and interest to the card, it also saves on ink and paper. The sentiment was also printed. This is the print-and-cut layer:

And here's the finished card:

Great Scott It's Cold cut its
Great Scott Paper Pack

Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday Freebies!

LD's Friday Freebie is an adorable Hogs and Kisses Tic Tac Toe kit!

Click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the file to your cart and check out. You pay $0!

While you are at the LD site, don't forget to shop their Valentine Dollar Sale. Here's a sample of what you can get for $1-2. There are plenty more on the LD site. Click HERE to shop the sale.


One more thing, scrapNfonts (sister site of LD) also has a free Bingo Set for you. Click HERE to get it.

Have a super weekend!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

LD Wed mini Sale

For today's Wild Wednesday offer, LD has put the following sets on sale. Click HERE or the image below to get your deal: