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Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Freebies! {plus new Squawk Box}

LD has a great freebie for everyone but first, have you seen their new Squawk Box? I *heart* it!

Don't forget to use their new 50% off coupon! If you have at least $16 worth of files in your shopping cart, just enter the code TOUCHDOWN at checkout and it will take 50% off! That's a really good deal! Click HERE to take advantage of the discount before the code expires on Feb 5.

Here is the Friday Freebie:

Click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Thermometer Candy Holder graphics set and Cut Its (SVG included) to your cart and checkout. You pay $0.00! The link to the downloads will show up after the "transaction" is completed.

Silhouette users, don't forget to grab the weekly freebie from the Silhouette Online (Shape) Store.

HOT! New 50% off LD coupon!

Woot woot! There is an awesome coupon out that takes 50% off on the LD site! Just enter the code Touchdown at checkout and when your cart has a minimum of $16 worth of product. The coupon will expire on Feb 5. Click HERE to go to LD and use the coupon now.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Different older versions of Silhouette Studio are now available for download

You can now download several older versions of Silhouette Studio from the Silhouette America website. At the time of this post, the four Legacy versions that are available are:

v3.3.277 (original release date: 10/6/2014)
v3.1.417 (8/4/2014)
v3.0.531 (5/27/2014)
v2.9.45  (1/10/2014)

To get any or all of them, just click HERE.

The current latest version of Silhouette Studio is v3.3.451 (released 1/22/2015). If you need it, you can download it from THIS LINK.

Jin's Snowman Notecards

Mini notecards are great for anything- as a tag, a playdate card, a lunch note, or just for writing down a thought. My favorite thing is that I can make a lot of them very quickly. Just print-and-cut!

Each card is the size of a credit card (or 3.375" x 2.125"). If you want to try making your own, just follow the steps illustrated in the picture above. Once you have finished designing the card, just fill the paper with the design before sending it for print-and-cut. Up to 8 notecards can fit onto one letter-size sheet of cardstock.

Here are some of the other notecards that I have made previously. If you have missed the posts, just click on the picture to see the article:


File used:
Hot Chocolate For You graphic set

Monday, January 26, 2015

I Love You Deerly

Did y'all see LD's latest release? Hilarious! Who knew they'd come up with something so naughty?! I couldn't stop chuckling after I saw what they had done.

While a large portion of LD's Valentine Schmalentine is rather raunchy, there are a couple of designs that are pretty mild. Like the one that I used for today's project.

I had originally intended to print-and-cut the tags and card but I ended up cutting them with my paper trimmer as it was simply faster. There was also less paper wastage since I did not need to leave any space for the registration marks. I rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper and punched the holes for the tags with my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite. I loved that I could punch out all eight holes at once!

While I got a big chuckle out of the LD Adult-Themed valentine set, I appreciate that they also included some designs that I can use for anyone. If you had not seen it, click HERE to take a look. Just brace yourself and don't be drinking anything while you head for their site. Not my fault if you spit out your tea when you see what they had done. :P

File used:
Valentine Schmalentine graphic set.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Square Box {plus sNf freebie}

If you have not grabbed your Square Box Cut It (SVG), click HERE to get it now before the freebie expires tonight.

Also, scrapNfonts posted their freebie after I had made my Friday Freebie post but I see that it is up now. The free Mini Alphabet Bunting printable is available until Jan 30. To get it, just click HERE.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

How to Recover your MTC Registration Code from your computer.

Yes! The kids are finally in bed! I've been waiting all day to set up my new laptop. My current machine is on it's last leg and I feel ridiculous smacking the monitor every time the colors on the screen turn weird. I've been testing Make-the-Cut (MTC) on my new laptop for a few days now but I didn't register the software as I wasn't sure if I was going to keep the computer. I've come to like it a lot (It's sooo preeetty. :D :D ) and I'm finally ready to move on.

But first, I need to register MTC.

I bought MTC when it was first released way back in late 2009 and I've long lost my registration code. The good thing is that it is super easy to retrieve it. Just go to the MTC website and put in a request and the code will be sent within an hour.

"No code? No problem!", I happily said to myself as I prepare to go online.

I opened my browser to go to the MTC site and ....

"You are not connected to a network?"

WHAT?! SERIOUSLY?! I cannot believe it! It's windy and stormy outside and my internet has gone down in bad weather before but...but....WHY DOES THIS ALWAYS HAPPEN TO ME?!

I ran whining to Hubby as if he can somehow use his magical unicorn powers to summon the internet but it was no use. The internet connection was gone and I don't know when it'll be back.

I was feeling really disappointed. I can hardly get anything done when the kids are home and now that I can't send a request for the key code, I'll have to wait until the long weekend was over before I can finish setting up my new laptop. I was so bummed!

Just when I was about to give up, something wonderful happened. It was almost like the Internet Gods took pity on me and sprinkled their magical internet dust on my poor tired head. I was about to shut down my laptop when the cobwebs in my head parted and I suddenly remembered something that I had read about a loooooong time ago.

The instructions below will show you exactly what I did and how I retrieved the key code without requesting it from the MTC website. Note that I ended up un-registering the copy of MTC that I already had on my old-and-about-to-be-replaced computer but if I want to, I can always re-register it again with my once-lost-but-now-found-again registration code.


How to Recover your MTC Registration Code from your computer (when you cannot get online):

Step 1: On your current PC, start MTC, and also open Notepad

Step 2: Select Help>Advanced>Unregister Make the Cut!

Step 3: When you click YES to unregister MTC, the registration code is copied onto your clipboard.

Step 4: To recover the registration code, just go to your Notepad and hit Ctrl+V to paste it down.

That's it! After you have pasted the registration code onto your Notepad, remember to save the file. Now you can use that code to register MTC on your new computer. :-)

I hope that your internet connection never goes down when you are trying to request for your MTC Registration Code, but if it did, you know what to do. *wink*

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Freebies {plus new Valentine Schmalentine}

Whoa. Today's new LD collection comes with an Adult Content Warning. Wish I would have seen it before I looked at the cards and spit out my coffee.

Hehe...somebody at LD must be in a naughty mood to come up with these. Hubby is going to be so glad to know that he's not getting another kiddie Valentine's Day card from me this year. HA!

Here is the rest of the Valentine Schmalentine collection:

LD's "Head-Over-Heels Dollar Days" sale is still going on. All Love-themed Cut Its are $1.00-$1.25 (reg. $4-$5) while Graphics and Alphabets are only $1! Love-themed Paper Packs are only 50 cents!

Here are a few examples of what's on sale, there are plenty more on the LD site. Click HERE to shop the sale.

The snowmuchlove code is still working. Enter the coupon during checkout and take an additional 30% off  (min $14 cart). Click HERE to shop the sale.

Here is your Friday Freebie:

Click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Square Box Cut It (SVG) to your cart and checkout. You pay $0.00! The link to the download will show up after the "transaction" is completed.

Silhouette users, don't forget to grab the weekly freebie from the Silhouette Online (Shape) Store.

How to Fix a Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Bug without going to Australia {aka Silhouette Studio Update! v3.3.451}

Early Thursday morning, one of my Facebook page readers, Jan Traeg shared a tip on how to fix the diagonal stray cut that many of you have experienced since updating Silhouette Studio recently:

Jan's post on my Facebook page. Thanks, Jan!

Later that day, Silhouette America released Silhouette Studio v3.3.451 that addressed (and hopefully fixed) the same issue:

Silhouette Studio Release Notes

If your Silhouette cutting machine has been making stray cuts, you can use Jan's tip above to fix it, or you can just click HERE to get the latest update (v3.3.451) from Silhouette America.

If you are tired of playing Beta-Tester and would rather just revert back to the Legacy version, click HERE to see how you can uninstall v3 and re-install v2.

p.s. Sorry about the long title. Can you tell I've been reading this book and Alexander is still on my mind? 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Not your average dingbat {How to use Dingbats with Silhouette Studio}

I mostly use SVGs for my cards and it is easy to forget that many dingbats work with Silhouette Studio too.

To use dingbats with the program, just treat it as though it is a font - install it on your computer and use the Text Tool to bring the image onto the Silhouette Studio virtual mat. You do not need the Designer Edition to do this because it is not an SVG. You also do not need to trace the image because unlike a graphic, it already has cutting lines.

Dingbats are similar to the LD Simple Shapes in the sense that they are single-layer but you can add different colors to them and convert the images into multi-layer cuts. If you have not used dingbats with your Silhouette before, you may want to check out the following tutorials:

Today's cards and stickers were made with LD's DB Cherish doodlebat font. ("Doodlebats" are LD's line of dingbats.) The file is one of 10 fonts and doodlebats that LD is giving away for free this week. Click HERE to get yours before it goes back to full price after Friday.


File used:
DB Cherish doodlebat
Betty the Yeti paper pack