Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hey......do ya want the bug????

The "node bug" that is!!!

Today when I was reading posts at the Makes the Cut Forum, I came across a post entitled "Bug Bite" and figured someone had gotten bitten by a really bad bug and to my surprise she (Sharon, aka/daffeydil) had posted a picture of a cutting file that I had designed during one of Klo Oxford's free live classes back in November of 2010!!!  I believe the class was regarding "node editing" in the Pazzles Inspiration Studio software and some of us in the class starting joking like "well, I did not node that"...LOL  One of the gals in particular was Paula (aka/massofhair) from the UK and we still to this day get a big hoot of it.  At any rate, that's how the "Node Bug" was created!  When Klo went to the UK to do some classes there, Paula even sent me a "Node Bug ATC" she had made for me..........I still have it!  I thought maybe some of you might like the cutting file to use on maybe some kind of "get well" card or even a scrapbook layout, so I decided to share it!!!  Just click on the format you prefer to go to the download and then consider yourself "bug bit"!!!


Friday, February 24, 2012

Digital Cutter owners....a freebie for St. Patrick's Day!!!

Well, I've been playing again!  With St. Patrick's Day coming up I decided to make something appropriate for the occasion!  The largest border would work for a 12" scrapbook layout and the smaller one could be used on a card.  Just click on "STUDIO" below the image to download it.  I have to tell you that I have not had a chance to test cut this file...so please let me know if there is any problems with it.  Hope someone can use it.....enjoy!

Please click on the file format that you prefer to go to the download:

All comments are VERY welcome!!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Silhouette Users........let me introduce you to Teri Frank!!!!!

I know you will be as amazed as I am at her gorgeous designs!  If you will recall, Teri designed the beautiful medallion and label that I used on the special birthday card that I posted here.  She will be sharing that one with you next and she has given me permission to share some more of her lovely files with all of you!

Here is a preview of one of her latest design efforts!

OMG...........I LOVE this ensemble and I see so many possiblities!  Great for 12" scrapbook layouts as well as resizing for 8" layouts, etc. and myself being a card maker, I see many ways I can use these.  Teri, thank you so much!!!  You can download this free "STUDIO" file here.

At this time Teri is only sharing the files in .studio format, but that may change down the road.  If you love Teri's designs, please leave some love for her in the "comments" area and I will have her go there to check them out!  Enjoy!

Friday, February 17, 2012

A FREE "Tulip Frame" file for you!

Ok y'all..........I've been attempting to learn the Makes the Cut software by doing Julie Flanagan's tutorial from her Makes the Cut Yahoo Group and she is a marvelous teacher!  I also decided it was time that I started sharing some of the files I design from here at my blog.  I will be sharing them in SVG, STUDIO, MTC and WPC formats.

Please click on the file format you prefer to go to the download:

If you like this FREE file, I would love it if you would leave me a comment.....I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Valentine Ensemble for my Darling!!!

This is what my darling husband found on the table beside his recliner this morning!

I don't know about the rest you, but I find it very difficult to make masculine cards...but this one was actually the easiest "masculine" card I've designed.  Maybe that's because I went with a lot of black...LOL!

Here is another shot of just the card.....

The beautiful "swirled heart" is an image I found online that I altered somewhat, as there were some tiny hearts included that were "loose" and I left them off.  I traced the image in my Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software, then cut it out of white poster board with my Silhouette "Cameo", covered it in VersaMark and added some "Red Tinsel" embossing powder and heat set with my Range "Heat It"!  It is MUCH prettier in person than it shows in my photo!  I made my own "designer" background paper using a another gorgeous heart image that I found online, traced in my software and then used a Silhouette "Silver" "Sketch Pen" to draw the hearts on black cardstock.  The "key" is a Silhouette America cutting file, cut on smooth white Bazzill and then embossed in gold.  The envelope and the adorable "candy box" are Silhouette cutting files too!

I have to say, my darling husband loved his little Valentine goodies.....which also included some Dove candy! Hope all of you had a nice Valentines Day!  Thanks for stopping by!

Finished Card Size:  Lg. Square (5 1/4"x 5 1/4")

Papers:  Recollections "Black", Bazzill "Smooth White"
Ink:  Tsukineko "VersaMark Watermark"
Tools:  Silhouette "Camero", Ranger "Heat It"
Accessories:  Ranger "Queen's Gold" EB Powder, Stamp-n-Stuff "Red Tinsel", "White Pearls Translucent", "Detail Clear Transparent", Michaels "Silver" Half Pearls

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Someone VERY special had a birthday on the 28th!!!!!

In 2009, I served on the Pazzles Design Team and through that association I gained a very special friend named Sue Reynolds and even though we've never met face to face, I feel like I've known her forever!  So, needless to say, the card I made for her birthday had to be as special as she is!  By the way, some of you may know her as "HotPaws"...........she is the creator and owner of the "HotPaws Pen Tools" that work with  a number of the digital cutters...like the Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette SD, CraftRobo, Wishblade, Pazzles Inspiration, KNK Zing, Black Cat Cougar, Cricut and BossKut Gazelle! Here is a photo showing her Pen Tool and some of the many different types of pens that you can use with it.....

such as, from left to right:  Spica, Martha Stewart Marker, Signo, Zig Millennium, Sharpie Ultra Fine Point, Stampin' Up Marker, Gelly Roll and a Pentel "Slicci".  The "Slicci" is very "skinny", so when I use it, I use a "pencil grip" around it to keep it in place.  As a matter of fact, I just got through using the "Slicci" on this card!  If any of you are interested in the "HotPaws Pen Tools", you can find the information you need here!  I highly recommend it and Sue's customer service is the best!  And no, I'm not prejudiced or biased............I'm just speaking the facts!

Now, on to the card.  Here is a photo of the front of the card, which measures 5 1/4" by 5 1/4" square.

There are a few things that I would like to point out about the card front.  First off, the "Border Frame" was designed by me using a Silhouette America "Border" file and I used the "HotPaws Pen Tool" with a Pentel "Slicci" pen to make it and the gorgeous "Medallion" (which you will also see on the "Inside View" of the card) and "Label" were designed by another close friend of mine, Teri Frank......isn't it lovely?  I used different sizes of a Silhouette America "6-Petal" flower file to make the flowers and the "Geometric Background" is also a Silhouette America file.  Everything was cut using my new Silhouette "Cameo" which I just love!

Because this card was going to be mailed, I decided it would be best for me to design a "card box" for it.  I did this design in my Pazzles Inspiration Studio Pro software and it was cut using my Pazzles Inspiration digital cutter except for the "Geometrical Background" which was cut using my Cameo.  I used another one of Teri's "medallions" on the front of the box...just love it!

Here is a photo of the card in the box I designed.

For the inside of the cards I decided to use another one of the frames made using the "HotPaws Pen Tool" and the "Slicci" pen.  The text was printed on vellum with my Canon Pixma and then I covered it with clear embossing powder which I heat set.  Right beneath the vellum is another of the "Geometric Background" digital die cuts.  I also used two more of Teri's "medallions" inside of the card.

And last, but not least, is the back of the card, where I used another one of Teri's labels!

By the way, Sue loved her birthday card and I loved making it for her!  Thanks for stopping by and I would love it if you would leave your comments here at my blog!!!

Finished Card Size:  Lg. Square (5 1/4"x5 1/4")


Papers:  Bazzill "French Vanilla", The Paper Company "Ivory Paisley on White", Strathmore "Translucent Vellum"
Ink:  Tsukineko "VersaMark Dazzle", Tim Holtz "Antique Linen" Distress Ink
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo", Pazzles "Inspiration", Ranger "Heat It"
Accessories:  The Paper Studio "White Half Pearls" and "Faux Pearls" (flower centers), Pentel Silver "Slicci" Pen, Martha Stewart "Rose Leaf" and "Branch" Punches, Stamp-n-Stuff "White Pearls Translucent" and "Detail Clear Transparent" EB Powders, JEJE "Peel-off Stickers" (silver trim on box lid), Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, HotPaws "Pen Tool" for Silhouette "Cameo"