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Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday Freebies! (expired)

TGIF! Here are today's freebies from LD:

Click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site, add both the Serendipity Cut Its and Graphic sets to your cart and check out! You pay $0!

Along the way, don't forget to pick up the new LD Sneak-Peek-of-the-Month for June. It's super cute plus you can get it for 50% off their regular price and there's a llama in the collection!

scrapNfonts is LD's sister site and they too have a freebie on their Fontaholic blog. Click HERE to get the 'Till Death Do Us Part printable for free.

Silhouette users, don't forget to get your free shape of the week from the Silhouette Online (Shapes) Store:

Have a super weekend!

Last day! 75% off Great Gift Giving bundle (40 sets!)

Today is the last day to get the LD Great Gift Giving bundle at 75% off. If you had purchased it earlier this month, you may want to re-download the following files as LD has updated the pdf to include assembly instructions:

A7 String Tie Envelopes
Caged Canary
Cake Box
Dimensional Flowers
Flower Cups
Foxy Boxies
Gift Bows

Here are some of the things that I have cut and assembled from the bundle:

The regular price of the 40-set bundle is $170 and today is the last day that you can get it for only $40 or 75% off. You can even use a coupon to get a deeper discount. Just use the code "RhinoRebate" to take an additional $10 off!

Click HERE to get your Great Gift Giving Bundle before the deal expires tonight.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Freeze! Put your hands up! {with mini-tutorial}

LD released the new Cops and Firefighters graphic sets last Friday. They already have a Doctor's set on their site and I thought that it was perfect to add these two to their Heroes collection.

I loved the Doctor's Order set (I used it to make this card) and I really wanted to play with the new sets too but which one to use first? The firefighters or the cops? I ended up picking the latter just because.

I had intended to use my Cameo to make a quick print-and-cut card but I ended up cutting the main images by hand because it was faster. I first made a quick patterned card base by cropping the jail image. I have used the same cropping method in my Valentine project HERE and for those who are not familiar with cropping with the Silhouette Studio program, this is what I did:

1. Use the rectangle tool to draw a shape the size of the card front. Make a copy of the rectangle and set it aside. Import and reduce the size of the jail image.

2. Position the rectangle over the jail image.

3. With both shapes selected, apply Object>Modify>Crop.

4. (Optional) Align the cropped jail image with the copy of the rectangle from Step 1.

5. Use the resulting image as your new patterned card front.

This card only took a few minutes to make and I actually didn't even use my Cameo to make it! I printed all the images with my Canon printer, trimmed the card front with my rotary paper trimmer, and cut the other images out by hand. I used my "Crime Scene" Mini tape to add some accent to the card.

I only have daughters and I mostly make girly stuff for them, but I thought that today's card turned out pretty cute. Hope that the little boy who gets this will like it too.

Cops Graphic set

Mini Crime Scene tape

Monday, May 27, 2013

One-day only: $5 off $10 LD coupon! (expired)

image from LD's Facebook page.

Here's a one-day only coupon from LD. Use the coupon code MemorialMoolah to take $5 off a purchase of $10 or more.

Coupon expires tomorrow (5/28) night. Click HERE to start shopping.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Friday Freebie: Hats off to You card (expired)

image by Rani of Lettering Delights

TGIF!! Here are today's freebies:

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

While you're at LD, check out their new Hats off to You Collection. It's perfect for all your graduation cards and party projects:

scrapNfonts is a sister site of LD and they too have a freebie to give away:

Click HERE or the image above to go to their Fontaholic site and download the free printable Money and Gift Card holder.

Silhouette users, don't forget to get your free weekly shape from the Silhouette Online (Shapes) Store.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Silhouette Cameo cutting mat $9.64 (EXPIRED)

Here's a deal on the Silhouette Cameo cutting mat! The regular price is $14.99 but now it is only $9.64 on That's a 36% discount! Amazon has price changes often so I don't know how long this is going to last. Click HERE to get yours before the price goes up.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Mystery Solved! (Cityscape font)

Last June, I posted a card that I made with the free Cityscape font (click HERE for that post) and we had a discussion about it on my Facebook page. Many of us were not able to figure out what cities some of the letters were representing. Today the mystery is finally solved! Eddie Taylor is the font creator and while doing a search on the web, he found my blog. He left a comment and explained what each letter was for:

So now we know.  :-)  And honestly, I am so glad that he stopped by because I would never have guessed that K was for Kuwait or X was for Xian.

Click HERE to get the Cityscape font and HERE to read my original post.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday Freebies!

LD's freebie for today coordinates with their new Welcome to the Jungle collection.

To get your free files, click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the files to your cart and check out. You pay $0.

While you are at the LD site, don't forget to pick up the Great Gift Giving bundle.

The bundle of 40 sets of boxes, bags, tags, and various other cutting files is currently priced at $40  but if you use the coupon RhinoRebate, the price will go down to only $30! That's over 82% off the regular price of $170! Click HERE to get your bundle.

Please note: if you had previously purchased the bundle, you may want to redownload the files because LD has updated several sets to include assembly instructions. Click HERE to go to the LD site and check the product description to see if there is an update.

scrapsNfonts is a sister site of LD and they too have a freebie to give away. Click HERE to go to their Fontaholic blog to download the free Photo Prop Flag.

 Silhouette users, don't forget to get your free weekly file from the Silhouette Online (Shapes) Store.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Easy Butterfly Lever Cards {using washi tape}

I had been cutting various bags and boxes from the Great Gift Giving bundle and this post was supposed to be about the Gift Giving Baskets Cut Its. In fact, I started cutting out the chevron basket the other day.

The project came to a pause when I couldn't bring myself to clear the mat. The negatives look so pretty I had to save them and use the chevrons for something else.

Previously I had used contact paper to save my negatives but since I stocked up on those Target "washi tape", I decided to use them instead.


The paper tape worked really well holding the negatives together. I stick everything onto a sheet of white cardstock before concluding that I would use some of the chevrons right then and there.

The good folks on Facebook gave me plenty of suggestions on what to do with the negatives and after pondering for a little bit, I decided to use them on a card (of course! lol.).

I had every intention on finishing my basket and I did not want to spend too long on this distraction. I knew that the lever cards would be a quick project so I went ahead and cut out two of the butterfly ones. Paired with some vellum and printed washi tape, this is what I ended up with:

I made a slight adjustment to the lever card template and shifted the butterfly higher so that there is more room below it to place the chevrons. I cut out the butterflies with heavy-weight vellum and embossed one with a Sizzix embossing folder.

I was looking for something to go with the grey chevrons when I found my yellow chevron and  "handmade with love" washi tape. I though they went well with the yellow butterflies.

It is not my usual style to add stitched lines to my cards but in this case, I added them as it seemed to go with that "handmade" notion.

To make the grey chevron card, I glued down the chevrons, cut a flag shape out of the "with love" part of the paper tape, and adhered that onto the card.

To finish the cards, I rounded the corners of the cards with my corner chomper.


If you had missed my tutorial to make Lever Cards, click HERE to see it. To get your own Lever Cards Cut Its (SVG included), click here to go to the LD site. The file is available as part of the Great Gift Giving Bundle but it is also available as a stand-alone set.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Playtime Treehouse

I posted a couple of pictures of the Playtime Treehouse recently and some of you have asked about the embossing that I did on it.

Even though I've already answered those questions privately (and on my Facebook page), I thought I would post the info here for the rest of you. I used Tim Holtz embossing folders to add textures to the tree top and the trunk.

I'm not sure if the folders are sold separately but they were each bundled with another folder when I bought them. I've attached the links below so you can see how they look like. If you know of any place(s) that sell them separately, please let me know and I'll update this post. Thanks!

Swirls for the Tree Top:
Sizzix Texture Fades 2-Pack Embossing Folders By Tim Holtz: Burlap & Swirls

Woodgrain for the Trunk:
Sizzix 656644 Texture Fades Embossing Folders Tim Holtz 2PK - Bricked & Woodgrain Set

Jin's (modified) Cupcake Lever Card {tutorial inside}

So, having showed you how to use the LD Accordian Lever Cards Cut Its (if you missed it, the tutorial is HERE), I thought I would show you how I modified mine to increase the cute factor.

Besides rounding the corners, did anyone notice that I also added an extra layer on the card front?

Here, let me show you how I did it using Silhouette Studio:

1. Using the layer for the card front....

... I used the rectangle tool and drew a rectangle over the cupcake.

Set the rectangle aside.

2. Select the card base, right-click, and Release Compound Path to separate the cupcake from the card layer.

3. Delete away the card front and the score lines, leaving only the cupcake and the rectangle from Step 1 on the mat.

4. Make a 0.125" offset of the cupcake.

5. Use the Align tool and center the offset with the rectangle.

6. Right-click, Make Compound Path.

7. Delete away the cupcake and it's done! :)

Now all that is left on the mat is the new layer for the card front that you can use to make a cute card even more adorable!

To finish my card, I adhered the new layer onto the card front and trimmed the top and bottom of the card so that the patterned paper is lined up with the solid base. I also used a corner chomper to round the corners.

Now go and have some fun making these lever cards. If you don't already have the Accordian Lever Cards Cut Its, you can get it by clicking HERE. The set was also included in the LD's Great Gift Giving Bundle HERE.