Welcome to my New Blog. This blog is for sharing my crafting ideas and my cutting files that I create primarily using the Make the Cut Software and my electronic cutters which include my 18" Black Cat Cougar, a Silhouette SD, and an original Expression.

All files and information shared here is for your personal use only. Please contact me if you wish to use any items commercially, for blog contests, or to submit for magazine publication. Thank you.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Have a "Sweet" Birthday "Print and Cut" Image

A couple of weeks ago, someone on the MTC forum had asked how to take a "digital" image of a cupcake with some text and stars encircling it and "change" the color of the text in a word processing program or some other program. The problem was the file was a png file and it was not "editable" in that format. I had suggested that the user could use "pixel trace" in MTC to pull the image in, break it apart and make it "editable" so she could change colors, etc.  I then proceed to do that in MTC to show her.  Well, it took a little time and effort to do it (more than I originally thought it would).  So, then I decided to see if I could create my own similar file directly in MTC and see if it would take less time then trying to pixel trace and edit the other one.  To do the circles of stars and the text in a circle, you use the "wrap object to path" tool in Make the Cut.  (I wrapped to a circle sized as needed.  Once that is done, you can delete the circle as it is not needed). Time wise, this one may have taken a little less time on the whole but probably not a lot.

However, since this one is a file I created on my own, I figured I would share it here for anyone who might like to make use of it. My vision was that it would be used as a "print and cut" or like a digital stamp image that you printed out as opposed to a "paper piecing." Each part of the image is on its own layer and can thus have its "color" changed easily.  Don't want yellow stars, make them purple. Want one row of stars one color and the second row another, you can do that as the two rows of stars are on separate layers.  Want the text to be orange, easy to do.  Prefer yellow icing on your cupcake, go ahead after all, its your card and your image - give it your own personal touch! The bottom image shows how easily I changed colors in the file.

I'm sharing both a MTC file as well as an SVG file for you to download.  These are shared via my public folder in my dropbox account. As always, I would love to see anything that you might create with this file.  It would make a great image to use in the middle of the "swinging Z" cards that I created and shared previously here on my blog.

You can download the Sweet Birthday Cucpake MTC file here.

You can download the Sweet Birthday Cucpake SVG file here.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Happy Halloween - Witchy Footwear Card

Another Halloween post from my old blog first shared back in 2009.  (Wow, can't believe it has been three years!)

I had purchased the Sept/Oct 2009 copy of PaperCrafting Magazine. It has several cute card ideas in it. One is a "Witchy Footwear Card" designed by Kim Hughes.

I liked the card but of course wanted to be able to cut out multiple of the cards with my die cutting machine. So, with the help of my scanner and computer, I downloaded the pattern for the Witches Boot, and created an .svg file with Inkscape (MTC was not yet out then. Today I would scan directly into MTC.) Since the "card" requires a "front and back" and the pattern only had 1boot, I had to copy it and then flip it and then weld it to get my "card".

If you have a 4shared account, you can download the single Witches Shoe .svg file here. You can download the Witches Shoe CARD .svg file here.

I have also reloaded the files to my Public Dropbox account for those of you without a 4shared account.  They can be downloaded here: single Witches Shoe .svg file or the Witches Shoe Card .svg file.

As always, thanks for stopping by.  Please let me see what you create with any of my files!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Treat Bag - SVG File

Another old post from 2009 from my old blog.  I made this into a Halloween Treat bag but it can easily be made into a treat bag for any holiday, season, or reason.  Simply remove the "witch" and use another image of your choice.

I love magazines with patterns!  I had picked up the Sept/Oct 2009 edition of the Paper Crafts magazine.  It has several cute ideas in it for Halloween.  One idea was a "Haunted House Treat Box" designed by Daniela Dobson on page 44 of the magazine.   The pattern for the "Treat Bag" was available to download from their website, http://www.papercraftsmag.com/index.html. It is really just a simple little bag who's finished size is about 3 1/4" x 5 1/4" x 1 3/4".  The "Haunted House" part was just decorative paper added as a "wrap" to the bag.

Back in 2009, I downloaded the pattern, scanned it into my computer, and imported it into Inkscape and converted it into an .svg file. Now with MTC and several of the other programs there is no need to use Inkscape first.  I could have scanned it directly into MTC.

Here in my sample file I created, I added the witch brewing in her caldron .svg file that was posted yesterday to the middle of the bag to cut out the image.  I then added a piece of acetate or clear plastic to the inside of the bag over the "hole" left by the witch cut out. This allows you to "see" into the bag.  I then used my MS drippy goo punch to punch out a strip that I added to the top of my bag.  I then cut a larger "wrap" to add to the bottom and stamped "Boo to You" and wrapped it around the bag.  I then added some stickles to the drippy goo and the "boo to you".

If you have a 4shared account, you can download the .svg "treat bag" file here.   If you don't have 4shared, I have added the file to my Dropbox account and you can download it from here: Dropbox Treat Bag .svg file.

If you don't want the witch to cut out, simply delete it from the file or replace it with a different object, a cupcake with a candle, ballons, a snowman, etc.  Anything that would fit your "theme".

Have fun and let me see what you create with the file.  The score lines are not marked.  Again, I think that they are "obvious" but if not, you can find the original pattern with the score marks online at Paper Crafts magazine's website listed above (Please note: as this is an old post, I have not verified that this article and file can still be found at the Paper Crafts website.)  However, it is missing one scoreline on the bottom flap.  In addition, the way this pattern is laid out and cuts, you will need to hand cut a little more the two side "flaps" up to the score line to fold properly.  Please let me know if you have any questions or problems!  Thanks for "popping in".

Friday, October 12, 2012

Halloween is "Brewing" - SVG file

Another old Halloween image from my old blog again shared back in 2009.

Here is an image of a witch brewing her potions in her caldrun.

If you have a 4shared account, you can download the .svg file of the witch and caldron here.  If no 4shared account, you can download the .svg file of the witch and caldron from my public dropbox account.

Again, use it on a card, use it to create a vinyl wall hanging or other home decor project.  As always, thanks for stopping by.  I would love to see what you create with any of my files.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Halloween - Frankenstein Head .svg file to share

Continuing to share old Halloween posts from my old blog.  Again, this one is from 2009. It is an .svg file of a Frankenstein head. This one has a new twist with it that wasn't there in the 2009 post.

Here on this sample I have added in the "whites" of the eyes with a white pen and drawn in the stitch line on his forehead and his mouth. If you have a 4shared account you can Download the Frankenstein .svg file here. If you don't have a 4shared account (and don't want to create one) I have reloaded the file into my public dropbox account for you to grab it from: download the Dropbox Frankenstein .svg file here.

The new "addition" to this post is this  "halloween treat guy" made using this head at this post on the Make the Cut Forum here. That post contains a .mtc file for this head and a couple others:


That thread on the MTC forum has a MTC file that contains not only this Frankenstein head, but also a Jack-o-lantern Head and a Witch's Head to create these "treats" with.  It also contains a link to the blog where the original idea was found which was "Stuff Your Mom Didn't Make".

You will notice in that thread that I have set the files up so that they can be cut out and paper pieced as shown in the picture above from my original post in 2009 or that can be used as a "print and cut" with MTC.  Print and Cut was not an available option for us back in 2009! I really like doing "print and cuts", especially for something like this.  As always, thanks for stopping by.  Would love to see what you create!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Broken Picket Fence

Yet another old post from my old blog for use with Halloween:
This one is a broken picket fence file that I originally shared back in 2009.

Again, if you have a 4shared account you can still download the Broken Picket Fence .svg file here.  If you don't have a 4shared account, you can download the file from my Dropbox account here: Broken Picket Fence.svg file at Dropbox.

I hope you will share anything you create with one of my files.  As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Flying Witch Silhouette .svg file

Another old post from my old blog that dealt with Halloween related items.  Figured I'd get them reposted to this blog during the month of October.

Yes, I am in "Halloween Mode"! Here is a Flying Witch .svg file.  You could cut her out of paper and put her on a card or cut her out of vinyl for a wall or window decoration.  Use HTV vinyl and put her on a t-shirt or sweatshirt.

I would love to see any projects that you create with this or any of my other files.  I like to see people are getting a use from them.

If you have a 4shared account, you can still download the Flying Witch .svg file from there. However, if you don't have 4shared, you can now download the Flying Witch .svg  from my public Dropbox account.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Jack-O-Lantern Basket

Another old post from my blog for Halloween.  However, the idea or concept could be used for any season or holiday.

This is a quick and easy project using your electronic cutters and a small basket.  I am not sharing any cut files as it would be easy to recreate my idea but the sizing will vary based upon the basket used.

Measure the "circle" of your basket and cut a circle out of orange vinyl to fit the lid of the basket.  cut around any hinges that may be on the top of the lid (mine had a leather strap that I used to be the "stem").  Apply the orange circle to the top of your lid.  Then cut out the jack-o-lantern's face from black vinyl.  You could use the dbjackopatterns from Lettering Delights to creat a .svg or .mtc file or any other place you can find "jack-o-lantern" faces to easily create your own basket.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Flap Card

Please Note: This is an old post from my old blog.  I have several "Halloween" items that I had previously shared on that blog that I wanted to "repost" here on my newer blog. Technically though, this idea could be used for any time of the year you needed a "gift card holder." I just happened to have made them into "Halloween" ones.  They could also be used to put a small package of "flat" Halloween candy into.  (Think M&Ms, skittles, etc.)

 I was browsing around on Splitcoaststampers.com and ran across this cute "Flap Card" created by Rose Ann Reynolds.  This is a simple tri-fold card that makes a small card or can serve as a cute gift card holder. You can find the Tutorial with the directions and pattern on the splitcoaststampers site here.

You can also go check out  Rose Ann's blog, "Paper Delightz," with other cute ideas and projects created by her.

I made my "flap cards" into Halloween cards.  I have made them into gift card holders and plan to put $5 McDonald Gift Cards in them for my children and my nieces and nephews. To use as a gift card holder you can either use a kraft knife to cut "slits" into a couple of corners of the mat inside to hold the gift card (use the card to position where the slits need to be placed), or simply put some repositionable glue on the back of the gift card, or make a pocket out of the inside mat (you may need to cut that down a little to create the pocket and still be able to see the gift card).  The finished size of the card is 4.25" tall by 3.5" wide.  Just the right size for a gift card holder.

If you have a 4shared account you can Download the .Flap Card mtc file for Make The Cut here.  Download the Flap Card .svg file here.  (These were the original files shared via 4shared. At that time 4shared did not require you to have an account.) If you don't have a 4shared account I have now loaded these into my public folder in my dropbox account to share. Download the Flap Card .mtc for Make the Cut here. Download the Flap Card .svg file here.

 Note that my .mtc file has information and notes available under the Notes Bar.  Sadly, I cannot add "notes" to the .svg file.  So I will note here that I have added two "flaps" for the "flap" should you wish to add mats and decorative paper to the front flap of the card.  It then has 1 smaller mat overlaying decorative paper to the larger mats that are there to cut and use on the outside and inside of the card as used on Rose Ann's sample pics in her Tutorial.  Thanks for stopping by.  Would love to see what you do with my files!