Monday, March 23, 2009

2009 Race for the Cure

Our Race for the Cure season is in full swing for 2009. You may remember that the name tags for our Race Committee last year were paper dolls and that I used the Cricut to design my name tag and those for the staff. Well, I was asked if I could be of help with the name tags this year. Ellen wanted to use a bra. Of course, my first thought was JenC's bikini card.

I found Jen's post and sent her a comment requesting the file and telling her why. It wasn't long before she sent it to me. I cut a sample that night and took it to the office. Everyone LOVED IT! Sherrye picked out a stack for the bras on Tuesday and I made my name tag that night. Our color this year is Plum and Sherrye chose The Paper Studio's Serendipity stack. The first meeting was Wednesday, so I didn't have time to cut them for everyone but had mine ready. I promised Jen that I would share my results, so here goes:

I cut the card in half, adhered the bra, added some punches (Family Treasures border punch from the circle set) for trim, cut my name using Jasmine and adhered it. We laminate them because they will be used until the middle of October. Emily laminated mine before I added the bling. Bling, bling, bling! I used The Paper Studio Gemstones (pink on the trim and middle of the "flowers" and clear heart to dot my i). We still have to add the clip.

Now to get busy cutting all 135+ for the next meeting. I was able to copy and paste so that I can cut 5 bras at a time and 4 bases at a time. Committee members get to put their own name tags together.

This was fun! Contact JenC if you're interested in her file.


Sunday, March 22, 2009

Odds and Ends

I finally took the time to scan the Monkey'n Around page title. The scan is so much better than the picture!

Did you check out what Carol did with my baby bottle gift card holder? Absolutely darling! I may have to rethink the shower gift for my cousin's daughter. lol

I've been working on several projects this weekend but haven't stopped to cut them yet. I hope to get some samples cut this week so that I can share them with you.

Have a great week,

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Just stopping by to wish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patricks Day Pictures, Images and Photos

I hope you're wearing your green.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Luggage Tags

I don't remember who on the message board first posted a luggage tag, but I do remember that it was of Minnie Mouse. Too cute!

I made some back during the summer but didn't get a photo before they were packed. And now that file has gotten corrupted. How in the world does that happen? So irritating to have a darling file you created and unable to open it.

My daughter-in-law is currently visiting her parents and little sister, and I wanted to make Abby something to send with April. She'll be two in June, and I thought she would like Sesame Street. So while at Ferncliff last week, I borrowed the Sesame Street Font cartridge from Kay and made two sets each of Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird. I forgot to take my holders with me, so I waited until I got home to do the names and put it all together. This is the set for Abby. All of the names are with the same font because I was rather in a hurry.

This weekend, I finally cut the other set of names for Maddy and put them together. With a little more time to work, I used a different font for each tag. Kay may want to go back and redo them with the Sesame Street Font though. Of course, Maddy may not care for any of them except Elmo. She does love her some Elmo.

I hope to have time this week to make a set of Pooh ones for Aidan. After all, we don't want to show any favortism.

There's nothing special about the file except the correct size to fit in the holders, but here it is. The file also uses George but just to show the size. I cut the rectangles just using my paper trimmer. And it uses 3 fonts, but you can use whatever you have.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do. If I ever find a resizable Cricut head, I'll be making one (or two) for me.


Monkey'n Around

Yea! Cut file included. Sorry it's taken me so long.

Well, I half storied in my last post (Dreaded Red X). On the title that I did for me, I did what I said in my post. However, in the title for EA, I included the quote mark within my word and didn't kern, just nudged.

EA created a darling page of her kids just goofing off and wanted this title. She just used the words and their shadow since her background paper already had monkeys on it. She even managed to accidentally place the title so that it looked like one of the monkeys was climbing up the M.

I've since added another page to shadow the words with a monkey included and pages for the monkey and his layer. I bought this Animal Crackers stack for our trip to the Memphis Zoo a few years ago. The monkey border under the title is part of the paper. Anyway, I think I'll use this for my monkeys too. Sorry the photos aren't very good. I think I should have scanned it but wanted to get it to you. Remember that you can click on the picture for a larger view.

Remember to hide the first half of the quote mark on the words and whichever shadow you use.

Hope you have some little monkeys running around or a zoo trip that you can use this file on.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Dreaded Red X

Wow! I accomplished a great deal this weekend and had a wonderful time doing so! My 2007 Minnesota album is almost complete. Just a few odds and ends to add. Oh, and to pick out an album for it. That might help. My husband's mother was from Minnesota and the family has a picnic every October. When we were there in 2007, we promised to try our best to be there this year. I wanted to get our last visit done before we go again.

I didn't do as much with my Cricut as I thought I would, but I will have a few things to share with you as soon as I get them cleaned up.

However, I did want to go ahead and pass along a little information. Or should I say a warning? Remember the dreaded red X that we sometimes get when we stretch a rectangle or square in George? (Like anyone could ever forget?) Well, it roared its ugly head this weekend in the most unexpected place--fonts.

I was creating a page title for EA using ZooBalloo that should have taken a couple of minutes. It took FORever because I kept getting the X and having to start over and over and over again. I finally started saving at every little change and got it done. (Darling page!) Later I was creating a title for me using Cursive 101 and got it again. Ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!

When I weld words, I type the word, hit Apply for the kerning and then nudge whatever letters need adjusting. I finally figured out that the problem with both of these titles was the apostrophe. I could kern up a storm until I added an apostrophe (quote with one of them hidden). As soon as I clicked Apply after typing that dang apostrophe, I was hit with the dreaded red X.

As we can't go back and add letters between letters we've already typed (other than typing them at the end and nudging them into place), I finally decided to leave room for the apostrophe but to add it as a separate item and weld the two items together.

Morale of the story: Don't Kern Apostrophes/Quote Marks! Or at least save your work before doing so.

I hope my experience saves someone a big headache down the line. Guess it goes to show that you never know what's going to pop up in this program, so SAVE, SAVE, SAVE.


Friday, March 6, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy.

With my lack of posts lately, you would think that I have not been creating. Well, think again. It's just been with help from others. lol Remember that you can click on the photos to see them larger.

My friend Claire is getting married in a few months, and I wanted to do something in honor of her engagement. It took me a while, but I finally got it together. And I must thank Diane for her awesome talent. I used Diane's Aperture Card file to make Claire some note cards. I made a set of 12 with her current monogram and a set with her soon-to-be monogram.

I then used Diane's directions to make boxes to hold the cards and envelopes. Claire loved them, and I have since made additional cards for her.

Next project was another of Diane's creations--the two monkeys. I added a shadow layer and plan to go back and try another one using the pens to draw the details before cutting it. This was for another friend, Ashley, who has twins in NICU and has referred to the boys as two monkeys in her journal posts. They are doing well and will hopefully be home soon. Yea!

Next up was a project for my friend Sherrye. One of her sons is getting married next month. I'll wait and share that project after the wedding but wanted to share an offshoot from it. Maybe I've been spending too much time "with" Diane because I'm beginning to think like her. (Of course, that could be a really good thing!) One page of this project cut 100 baby heads. My first thought as I'm pulling the paper from the mat is that the leftover would make a great page for a baby layout.

Babies 12x12 File

The remainder of my project sharing will have to wait. I'm scrapping with the Ferncliff Divas this weekend and having a great time. I hope to have lots to share when I get home.

Have a great weekend!