New FREE Cricut software and SVG freebies too!

OK, the biggest deal in crafting is happening now, the CHA Winter show. I heard-tell of some new software that Cricut is releasing to work with all Cricut models-even the Imagine-and it is 100% free and online. I do not know when it will be officially released but I bet this week. I found my info on the Cricut Facebook Page, I “liked” it so I will catch any news on the new program, gotta love free!

As you know I am a Sure Cuts a Lot girl! I love SCAL and being able to design my own die cuts as well as cut my computer fonts. I’ve told you many times that I love using the fonts and doodlebats from Lettering Delights, and I’ve also told you that they design many of Cricut’s cartridges. Well now they are in the SVG business and they have like 40 SVG sets for sale! Cool huh? and many are 40% off right now so check out all their new SVG designs!

They also have a free Monster love bundle up for grabs, download it now while it is free!

Don’t forget you can cut these cool SVGs in Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) software that is also on sale right now! These will work with Make the Cut software too BTW 🙂

All these sets are 40% off!

I’m gonna play with some of theses new SVGs today-inbetween helping DS with his pinewood derby car-it’s sure to get the creative juices flowing! Till next time happy crafting!


Teriffic Tags, Quick Gifts to Make & a Freebie!

Wow, Christmas is almost here! I have been busy in my craft room making cards, wrapping presents and lately, making last-minute gifts! Here are a few tags I made to adorn a few gift baskets I am putting together, these only took minutes with the help of my Vintage Christmas Label stamp set to make the gift extra special:

I used my Vintage Christmas Label digital stamp set to make these. I printed out sheets of labels a while back knowing that I would want to make Christmas tags and gift bag toppers with them {it was so easy!} The cute treat cups are from Stampin Up! {I better order more the next time I see my demo!}

I needed a few quick gifts for my kids to give their teachers and here is what I cam up with using my Cricut, SCAL2 software and my Vintage Christmas Label set:

To make the pretzels simply melt chocolate wafers in a Pyrex measuring cut for 1 minute {half-power} in the microwave, then in 30 second intervals until melted. Dip the pretzels in the chocolate {you can use a spoon to draw the chocolate up the pretzel if your cup is too shallow} and lay them on a sheet of wax paper to cool. While they are still melty shake on some sprinkles for fun! I packaged them in my Uline clear self sealing bags that I use to protect my cards, the bags to double duty in my craft room because they are FDA approved food safe. This is a great project to do with the kids, mine have been making these since they were 3, just be sure mom or dad do the melting! Here is a look at the other toppers I made with the Vintage Christmas Label set:

OK now here is a fun freebie, I was playing with my SCAL2 software and my Stampin Up! Sweet Treat cups and thought I could make a cute ornament! I did not have a 1 3/4″ punch so I designed a scut2 file that will fit the cups perfectly:

You can snag the free SCUT2 file here. To cut more than 1 simply drag a box around the whole design and copy and paste it as much as you want. If you do not want to use the treat cups you could put a photo in the opening it could be a great christmas tradition-be sure to make one for grandma too!

BTW if you have not found a gift for the Cricut owner on your list see if they have SCAL2 and if they don’t get it for them! It’s on sale for $59.95, you could spend that on 1 cartridge and with this software you can cut thousands of fonts with your cricut for free:) You can download it instantly too so no waiting (or shopping) either.

Here is a look at the Vintage Christmas Labels set:

I challenged the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff DT to create some terrific tags for you this week, as promised they have quick and easy tags you can make today. All DT posts will be up by 10am Thursday morning ET.

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Tracey Allen

Cindi Hooks

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Cupcake Carrier,Customer Spotlight and a Freebie!

Wow, I am glad the weekend is here, did you every have one of those weeks where every day brought a new disaster? Well, I’m glad it is over and I can enjoy the weekend with my family 🙂 One bring spot of the week (yesterday actually) was that I finished up a SVG set, it is a Cupcake Carrier and cupcake parts you can use to make lots of fun stuff. The insert that holds te cupcake is separate (you just slide it in) so you can use it as a regular box or basket too. You can never have too many boxes I always say:

The SVG files will work in both SCAL and MTC. Printable templates included too.

I used one of the cupcakes on an easy-breazy card too:

Tip: Chalk around the edges of die cut shapes to add dimension!

The other bright spot of my week was yesterday when I got and email from Connie Massengale, she sent me photos of two adorable projects using my 3-D Mailbox Template:

Here is what Connie said “I am a scrapbook volunteer-teacher to a group of 12+ ladies at church, and we are having our quarterly 3-day weekend crop next weekend at a nearby lake cabin.  On each gal’s work table I am placing one of these darling mailboxes, filled with chocolates.  The ladies’ ages range from 33-91, and I know all are going to just love your design.”

Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and have a great time at that 3 day crop…you got room for one more? LOL!

Also I have a little freebie for you, it is a graveyard scene that would be cute as a card overlay, click the picture to download.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fun Favors and a Freebie!

I have been getting ready for my daughters’ birthday party all week and today I want to share the favor boxes and cupcake wrapper I made. I used the Pretty Favor SVG and the Alice ATC collage sheet sets which are both 30% off thru Friday along with everything else at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

I cut the favor box, banner and cupcake wrapper with my cricut, to see the entire banner please check out yesterdays post.

The favor boxes were cut with my Cricut MAchine and SCAL software (on sale $15 off!) using the SVG file in the Pretty Favor Kit (printable versions are included in the kit too if you don’t have a cricut) and they were so quick to make!

The best thing about these boxes is that they cut quickly. I get two 4"x5"x1.5" boxes from a 12"x12" paper. A bit of hot glue and the box is done!

I simply cut out and assembled the boxes, added fringe or flowers made from crepe paper party streamers and images from the Alice ATC collage sheet kit. This project qualifies for the following challenges: Crafty calendar (blue and flowers-the gift bag in the tip photo),   Our Creative Corner6 (fun with folds-folded, pleated, fringed crepe paper), Paper Take Weekly (inspiration-top photo), Pocket Full of Poises (flowers), Practical Scrappers (buttons), Scrappekammeret and Southern  Girls Challenge (anything goes), Scrappy Frogs (make your own flowers-on the gift bags in the 2nd photo)

When the kids got home from school I let them fill the boxes with candy and favors!

Here is a look at the kits I used:

And now for your freebie, a quick to cut cupcake wrapper, enjoy! Click the preview to download.

Now lets see what the rest of the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff team has been working on this week:

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Tracey Allen

Melissa Craig

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Karin Martin

Rhonda Walker

Diane Bove

Tracy Vinson

Laurel Seabrook

Be sure to check out the September Sale at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff to save 30% on everything through Friday!

Til next time happy crafting!

Fun Favors & a Freebie!

I can’t get enough of die-cut boxes! I designed a new set this week called Fun Favors and used them in this set. I’ve had Christmas on the brain lately (maybe due to the warm weather we are having, I must really want to cool off:) so I also made a card with the Warm Winter digistamps from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff.

I colored the snowman with my prismacolor markers, since so much of it is white it was really quick (you could easily make a batch of these) and the “noel” label is from the pepermint holiday collection at Lettering Delights. I like to print up a sheet of sentiments and cut them apart as I need them, I used scraps leftover from making the boxes to decorate the card.

This set qualifies for the following challenges: Our Creative Corner, Stamp Something (Christmas), Penny’s Paper Crafty(anything goes), TCP (use die cuts) and the sketch from a crafty little place.

Here is a look at my new Fun Favors template set, you can cut them with a cricut and SCAL software or print them out (JPG) and cut them by hand, best of all both versions are re-sizable!

Now here is your freebie, a cute milk carton! Tip: seal one end (of the top) but leave the other unglued so the box can be opened and shut without ripping. Click the pic to download.

Now let’s see what the rest of the DT has for us today:

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Margie Visnick

Lisa Jurecek

Tracey Allen

Melissa Craig

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Rhonda Walker

Diane Bove

Tracy Vinson

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Shower time!

My niece is getting married next moth and today was her bridal shower, she picked the most unusual color scheme for her wedding but it is truly stunning: Orange, green with grey and black, it did not scream wedding to me at first until I played around with the colors, here is the card I made her:

Dress card die cut: Creative Cuts & More, Stamps: Autumn Leaves, Inkadinkado, Stampin Up, Paper: Bazzill, American Crafts

I found this Dress Window die cut card from Creative Cuts & More stashed away with my white paper scraps and had to use it, I added some stamping and decorated the inside so there would be something pretty to see though the dress cutout:

I think I like decorating the inside of the card as much as I like making my homemade envelopes!

The envelope for this card is a SVG freebie (to cut with your Cricut and SCAL software) I designed and you can grab it here, it is adjustable in SCAL2 (square or rectangle), in scal 1 you are stuck with it being a square envelope, but you can still make it whatever size square you want.

Now, my niece is a very talented crafter, she was over the other day using my Cricut and she told me that she was going to buy thank you cards for the wedding instead of making them (Hats off to any bride who sends thank you notes, homemade or store-bought!) so I decided to letterpress her a set of 10 thank you notes, here you can see the detail of the debossed letterpress design:

Letterpress plates and paper: Lifestyle Crafts

If you remember a few months ago I showed you how I made a letterpress bed to fit in my Big Shot diecutter, if you want directions to make one for less than $10 check out this post, as you can see it works as well as the $149 kit from Lifestyle crafts and you can use their plates in it. Here are the cards and matching envies:

Envelope paper: K&Co, Tool: Scor-pal

Also I while back I showed you how to make envelopes with your Scor-pal, if you missed it you can see the video and grab my cheat sheet here.

These projects qualify for the following challenges: Annabelles Stamps (embossing), Clearly I Stamp (thank you cards), Cowgirls Sunday Stamping Challenge, DigiDoodles (anything goes), Creative craft Challenge (bride),  I Did It (buttons & bows), Totally Gorjuss (congrats) and Wee Memories (stamping.)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Glimmer Mist Tips & Tricks!

Happy Saturday! I got a chance to play with my shipping tag freebie SVG template the other day and made these:

I inked, masked, sprayed and stamped these

I was all excited to use my glimmer mist (OK, my one bottle of glimmer mist and my 8 homemade versions that work just as well!) because Elania from the gingersnap creations group showed us how to unclog our bottles of shimmer spray!

Here is what worker for me: How to unclog bottles of glimmer mist:

  1. pull up on the spray nozzle to remove the spray cap and soak in hot water for 20 minutes.
  2. poke a long straight pin down the exposed tube in the top of the screw-on spray part, this will remove any dried particles.
  3. take the spray caps out of the water and use canned air or an air compressor to spray air through the cap.

That outta do it! In some cases if the air does not work you can soak the spray cap longer. To prevent the mist from clogging again do not shake the bottles violently up and down, instead swirl the bottles in a “bell” type motion, trust me, it works! If you want to be really sure it will not clog you can pop off the cap and rinse the spray cap each time you use it but I’ll take my chances.

I used my cricut and SCAL software to cut some masks from cardstock and acetate to sponge ink over on the tags, they work great with the spray mists too!

If you want my recipe for homemade glimmer mist it is on this post.

These tags are for the gingersnap creations challenge to Case a Ginger and I chose Dan99, for one because I used his bird and wrought iron SVG files to make masks and two because he makes cool artsy tags all the time:)

Now I need to use these tags for something so they don’t end up in my ever-growing stack of UFOs (unfinished objects), I’ll keep you posted;)

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

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