Saturday, January 30, 2010

Heart lace for A2 cards: easy valentines anyone?

I can't take full credit for these cards.  It all started when I saw a version on the Capadia Designs blog.  She's really talented and was sharing a .cut file for this project.  I couldn't get the file downloaded so I broke down and made my own.  To see her creation click here.  Before I got started on the file I was browsing at Micheal's and saw this hot pink glitter 12x12 lace in a similar design but with the hearts going different directions.  I thought while I'm at it I might as well do this too.  Then I was just having fun with all the different hearts on my carts.  Currently I only designed in A2 size but I plan on going to 12x12.  As you'll be able to see when you visit Capadia (you are going to visit, right? really, check it out, she inspires me), you can end up with two cards out of one file.  It does take a little time for the cricut to cut them out.  There's some intricate and small cuts, so I would advise against using a brand new mat.  It can be done but trust me it takes a lot of patience.  Yes, I'm talking from personal experience.  In the photos you may notice that the pieces are not adhered.  I'm waiting for my new cuttlebug to arrive so I can emboss the front of the cards first.  You'll end up with lots of little hearts left over.  I plan to use these on the inside of the cards and on the envelopes.  For .cut files click here.


Made with PS and DC.  I fixed the corner in the file.





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Made with PS.  Last one made with PS,IA,HD,MF,DC,SB

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Hello. My name is Cheyenne and I'm an addict.

I've been using a lot lately.  Everyday really.  I just don't feel right if I don't.  I can't help it and I don't think I want to fight it.  That's right.  I'm a bareminerals addict.  Well, if I'm being honest it's all forms of makeup.  I'm totally lost in the world of makeup.  Recently however I've gotten worse.  A Sephora opened in a mall close to me.  For a good year I fought the pull and refused to enter, knowing that it would be a long time before I came out again.  Well, one day I broke.  I walked through the door into paradise.  I want it all.  Now I was using bareminerals before that.  It truely is a wonderful product and if you haven't tried it yet, run out and get a starter kit.  Some places that sell it will apply it to you before you buy it so you can see and feel the difference.  It is worth the money.  I will never use another foundation, ever.  Fabulous stuff.  Back on track now.  I slowly built my collection of makeup.  I tried other products in the bare essentials (BE) line and loved every one of them.  This Christmas I got as a gift the sweet decadence eyeshadow collection.  I didn't think I could love BE anymore than I already had but my heart grew two more sizes.  I can't say enogh good things about BE.  Or makeup really.  I also was gifted an eyeshadow pallette inspired by the colors of the eastern cultures.  I think it's called hand of hope.  They are beautiful colors and it's a tough choice in the morning whether to use these or BE.  In closing, My name is Cheyenne and I'm a makeup addict.

Border Punch .cut files

Not that long ago I was cruising the Cricut message boards and came across a post I found inspiring. In the post the writer posed the question, Do we use our cricuts to their full potential? They went on to point out that one of the many reasons we justify the purchase of these expensive machines is that it will save us money in the long run. We will no longer need to buy punches. Pre-made embellishments, stickers, chipboard cutouts are things we could make for ourselves. But how many of us still find ourselves in the checkout line with these supplies? I like to think I make good use of my cricut but even I found myself purchasing things I could easily make with my cricut. Border punches are big on the MB these days. It seems like every project I come across uses one. I had always intended to try to replicate some of the ones I've seen. Here's what I have so far.


From top to bottom: scallop, scallop lg eyelet, scallop sm eyelet, scallop lace.  Carts: PSB (I had to redo these since the file corrupted.  They're a little different than in the pics but close enough to get the idea.)

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From top to bottom: fancy, fancy 2.  Carts: PSB, SB


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From top to bottom: heart 12 in top edge, bottom edge.  Carts: PSB


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From top to bottom: numbers, ABC123 uppercase, ABC uppercase, abc123 lowercase.  Carts: PSB, P101


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Birthday.  Carts: PSB, DC


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From top to bottom: zigzag, zigzag 2, zigzag 3 zigzag w/diamonds.  Carts: PSB, IA


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The bottom edge heart needs a little work. The heart cutout is a little to high. Same with the zigzag diamonds. All are set up to cut the max available on the cricut 12x12 mat. Some of the file also have pages sized for A2 cards. I'll post photos of those as I complete cards to showcase them.
To download .cut file click here.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Winter word book

I made a set of four word books for my parents-in-law for Christmas. One for each of the seasons. They are so hard to buy for that I make them something each year. It's been scrapbooks the past few years but I wanted to do something different. I still left places to add photos but they can stand without them. Heres's the winter book. For .cut file click here.




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Masquerade


Every so often my DH invited over his BFF and we have dinner and hang out. These guys have been friends almost longer than I've been alive. They go way back. Sometimes they get into conversations and I swear they're not speaking english. During these times I find other things to do until they come back to earth. One night while they were off in their own little world I pulled out my sketch book and went to town. The sketch turned out better than I expected and I thought it would make a great hostess gift for the halloween party we attend annually. I made this based on my sketch and almost didn't give it.

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For Christmas gifts I whipped up a couple of stationary boxes based on the design of Jackie Topa. One of the talented ladies from the Cricut Message Boards made a .cut file for it. Her blog is here and it has some photos of the whole set together. It really is a great little box able to hold A2 cards and envelopes, note cards/love notes, tags, stamps, and an address book. I designed one set each for two of my sisters-in-laws to add to their secret santa gifts.


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A2 Cards 1-4

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Box 2 when closed

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Envelopes


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Joy fold card instructions.

A few posts back I made some joy fold cards as gifts. I thought I would post the instructions I used from the Cricut Chirp. Everyone loves to make the most of their supplies and I'd like to thank these ladies for taking the time to figure out the most efficient way to make these fun cards. Here's the instruction but if you want to see the diagram or more examples of JFCs click here.

From the Cricut Message board member ClaudiaHolcombe has shared some clear instructions for making a joy fold card and DawnHendrix has provided a diagram of this fun card. Thanks Claudia and Dawn!

Our group of 3 got together today and made lots of JFC's. We even worked out how to get the most out of a 12X12 sheet of cardstock. If you are interested here goes.
1. Cut 12 X 12 card stock into an 8 1/2 X 12. Turn it where the 12 inch side goes horizontally and cut 4 1/4 X 8 1/2 piece.
2. Repeat cut...4 1/4 X 8 1/2
3. Cut a 3 inch by 8 inch strip
4. From the strip you had left from the original cut in step 1, cut an 8 inch strip. Then cut this strip 3 inches wide. This will give you the card stock pieces for 2 cards with a 3 1/2 inch by 4 inch piece to use for use in embellishing.

Is this as clear as mud? Try drawing a diagram and it will help maximize paper use.

Additional Instructions and information about Joy Fold Card's can also be found at:
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/joy_fold_card/
http://www.scrapjazz.com/topics/Techniques/Cardmaking/1964.php

Not enough hours in the day.

Is it just me or has time just sped by? Last I remember it's the beginning of October and now it's the end of January. Where did the time go? I still feel like I should be getting my Halloween costume ready! Well, it's never too early to start on plans for Oct. 2010. Maybe by being this proactive I'll experience the holidays in real time. Maybe I'll start Christmas plans, too. Yeah...nice thought but not going to happen. I need a time machine.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Mixed media post cards

I made these 'post cards' for my mother and sister.  We're all artist so I thought they would appreciate these.  We are also collectors and I can totally see them putting these on their walls.  Now we have a strange sense of humor.  Very dry and sarcastic.  None of us are what you would call traditional or conservative.  We're all a little goth.  Go figure.  That being said, please don't take any of the sentiments seriously.  They are for my family and our humor.  They're meant to be funny and everyone gets a good laugh and we all move on with our lives with a smile.  I contemplated taking the photos without the sentiments to avoid possible offense but they looked incomplete to me. I guess what it comes down to at the end of the day is: this is who I am.  Love me or hate me, I'm being true and honest.  Now I'll get off my soap box and share my art with you.