Clever Customers: Mod Paperie!

There is a talented crafter I think you should meet: Thienly Azim the writer of the Mod Paperie blog. Her die cut crafts are stunning, take a peek at these projects and you will see what I mean! Check out these cute shoes (don’t ou want to wear them!) the used the High-Heel Shoes SVG from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff on it:

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And look at her cute diaper favor using the Sweet Baby SVG set:

And her latest project used the Party lantern SVG set from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff and some cute clip art svg die cuts from Lettering Delights for embellishments.

Here is a look at the SVG sets she used from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Sweet Baby SVGParty Lantern SVG3-D High-Heel SVG

Thanks so much Thienly for sharing your amazing projects with us today! Til next time happy crafting!

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LSS is 2! {40% off} and easy bow tutorail!

Well, wasn’t that a mouthful? It is hard to believe that my little digistamp company is two years old this month! When I started this venture no one even knew what a digistamp was and now there are hundreds of digital stamp companies out there, what a revolution! I told myself back then that I would stick it out 6 months and see if there was any interest and 2 years later the answer is a resounding “YES!”  To thank all of you, my awesome customers and blog friends I want to give you 40% off everything at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff (mygrafico shop only) now through Saturday. Here is my latest product, a high heel shoe template in SVG and printable JPG format:

This is really quick to make, the template is in 4 parts and I cut the pair out of double-sided paper from MAMBI using my Cricut machine and SCAL software (the file has been tested and works in MTC and Fairy Cut too!). For the fluffy trim I simply crocheted a chain stitch out of fun-fur and hot glued on.

The little bow was so quick (like 5 seconds) and easy that I made a little video (2 minutes) to show you how. It is a great way to use up those little scraps of ribbon because you only need a 5″ length to make this!

This project qualifies for the following challenges: Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge, Partytime Tuesdays, Make it Monday, and Wee memories

Don’t forget the 40% off anniversary sale at LSS going on through Saturday! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Want to hear something funny {and win a die cutter?}

Howdy folks, I was on facebook yesterday and saw the most hilarious video! By know you have heard (if you are a Cricut user anyway) that they won (OK settled out of court) a lawsuit against Make The Cut (MTC_a software company who makes software that lets you cut computer fonts with your cricut.) Anywhoo, someone made a super funny music video about it:

I laughed my butt off when I saw it! BTW if you are using MTC with your Cricut now do not update the software, the new update blocks it I am told but if you already have it you should be fine. You can still buy Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) and it will let you cut fonts and SVGs with your cricut, they are being sued too but for now all is well, BUT you might want to get it while you can…

So, who wants a die cutter? Lettering Delights is giving away a new Silhouette SD Die Cutter,  all you have to do is enter a project in their gallery before April 20, it has to contain at least one Lettering Delight product (your choice-you can even use a freebie) and the winner will be selected by random draw so the more times you enter the more chances to win you will get! You can read the details here.

BTW Lettering Delights is still having their Dollar DAys sale so now is the time to stock up on some new goodies like fonts, clip art, doodlebats paper packs and SVGs.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Is it too much to ask?

Is it too much to ask Provocraft (the makers of Cricut) to stop suing everybody?!? Geez Louise! Can’t we all just get along? I am among the vast group of users who wanted a Cricut because I could cut fonts and designs with Sure Cuts A Lot software. Here on this layout I used a die cut from the Summer in Paris Cart AND a die cut from the Good Company doodlebat font from Lettering Delights (on sale for $1 BTW)  the chandelier I cut with SCAL and the Eiffel Tower I cut with a cartridge. I think they go together like peanut butter and Jelly.

Also is it too much to ask to have a photo of me and my husband looking at the camera? Yep, about the same chance as PC not suing anyone LOL!

Provo Craft is now suing SCAL after a lawsuit they won against Make the Cut. If you are a Make the Cut user I strongly suggest you do not upgrade your software because MTC will have to disable the Cricut compatibility in the next upgrade.  If they win the lawsuit against SCAL they will also have to remove the cricut compatibility on future upgrades.  BUT if you already have it or if you buy SCAL now you will be OK, just don’t update it after.

Now, I have no complaint with my Cricuts (yes, Cricuts plural, I got the 0-bug for christmas 5 years ago and the expression after discovering SCAL in 2008) they both work like a dream, I use the “E” with scal and my Gypsy and lend my carts and O-bug to a friend who does not have one. They have received a tremendous amount of use and still work like a dream. The one time I had to reach customer service I sent an email (I heard the hold time was hours) and they sent me an email the next day-I had to replace my computer and I wanted to see if I could transfer my Design Studio software over so I would not have to buy it again and they released my serial number so I could, no questions asked. That was good service in my book. BUT I will not upgrade my DS or gypsy or try the new Cricut Craftroom that is due out next month out of fear that it might change my firmware and disable SCAL. I prefer SCAL to Design Studio any day, I wish they spent the $$ and time on developing better software rather then suing the companies who were making better software. Just my opinion.

There is even a facebook group called Boycott Provo Craft, people are really upset over this, many of the ladies are ready to dump their cricut and carts in Boston Harbor-OK I’m Kidding but they are rushing to sell them on EBAY and buy cutters that will work with outside software. I’m keeping my cricut, it is still going to work with SCAL and if it breaks some sad day then I will look at another brand.

So-How about some Money saving Cricut Tip? Yeah!

How to Sharpen your Cricut blades:

  1. Cover your mat with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  2. Make sure your blade is in the machine as usual.
  3. Set your sped to min or 1 and pressure to low or 1.
  4. Cut some large letters, O’s and K’s are good as you get a lot of straight and curved lines. 4 or 5 large shapes should do the trick. The Eiffel tower cut was a test cut after sharpening an old dull blade.

Make your mats as good as new!

  1. Wash your mats with warm water, dish soap and a cotton dish rag. Scrub it well to remove all the paper lint, embossing powder and other grime that is attached. Air dry.
  2. If the mat is not as sticky as you like use quilter’s basting spray to make it more tacky. Use masking tape to protect the areas around the grid so you only make the cutting area sticky. You can do this without washing the mats too if you re in a pinch. I got a large aerosol can of the basting spray 2 years ago at Wal-Mart for about $7 and it is still mostly full. I bought 4 mats 2 years ago when I got my Expression and they are still going strong with this trick!
  3. Did you know that you can put the mat in backwards?  To further lengthen the life of the mat send the opposite end of the mat in first (one ends has the arrow and the other has the hang tab)

So, that is all I am going to say about the Cricut lawsuit business, if you want more info on this you can read a well written article on Scrapbook Update here and here. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

P.S. I just wanted to show a close up of the crinkle seam binding, it is so easy to make, just dye white seam binding with reinker or watercolor, scrunch it up and let it dry. I used Hug-snug brand from http://www.sewtrue.com

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!

Sweet Treats & a Freebie!

The kids had a snowday yesterday so what better time to make Valentines for their classmates! I, of course can’t be “hand cutting” 60 favors so I designed a few SVG diecuts to cut with my Cricut machine and SCAL software to make them quickly and easily and all the files are in the Sweet Treat template set available at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Fun easy crafts to make with your Cricut or Print & Cut! Only $3 in the shop!

Here are some closer looks at the favors, There is a heart lollipop cover in there too, I forgot to craft that one though 😛

Mix and match the elements for fun designs, glue to a flat lollipop and you are done!

For the heart pocket you need to cut 2 of the woven heart files then weave them together “old school”, If you have forgotten the technique since grade school don’t worry, I included instructions with the printable files:)

remember these from grade school? I love the homespun look!

This ladybug pop is my favorite and it is only two pieces! It is simple enough for a preschooler to make and you can cut 9 from one 8.5″x11″ in black and red, thats cheap and easy!

A fun and easy favor (it is my fave!)

Not only can they be used for treat holders but they are wonderful designs to add to a card or scrapbook page, I think the flower would be pretty on an Easter page!

Now here is the freebie, I made two simple tags that you can print out whatever size you like but I recommend printing a sheet the same size as the largest circle punch you own so you can just punch them out and let the youngsters write in the names. Click the picture to download.

Nothing fancy but it is useful for all of those classroom valentines:)

Now let’s see what the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff DT has been up to:

Janet Rossi

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Lisa Jurecek

Erin Bailey

Tracey Allen

Diana Stout

Melissa Craig

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

I hope you are not sick of my Valentine projects, I do have great fun with them! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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