Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Cricut Cartridges



Relive the childhood magic of your favorite movies with the Disney Classics cartridge! This lovingly detailed cartridge features layered images and icons from four beloved Disney movies: Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, and Bambi. You will love creating with Alice, the Queen of Hearts, Captain Hook, Jiminy Cricket, and other characters.
This cartridge includes: Layer 1, Layer 2, Layer 3, Icon, Icon Layer, and Shadow creative features.



Take your creativity to new worlds with the Best of Pixar cartridge! This cheery cartridge includes layered images and icons from five favorite Pixar movies: Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles, and WALL-E. You will love creating with Nemo, the Tank Gang, Boo, the Parr family, WALL-E, and EVE.
This cartridge includes: Layer 1, Layer 2, Layer 3, Icon, Icon Layer, and Shadow creative features.

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Throw the perfect birthday, Halloween, or “just because” party with the Life’s a Party cartridge! This lively cartridge includes a variety of party-themed images, phrases, cupcake wrappers, and cards. Don’t forget about the layered 3D party favors and font with shadow included on the cartridge.
This cartridge includes: Layer, Phrase, Card, Cupcake Wrapper/Topper, Font, and Font Shadow creative features.


Celebrate the life of a little boy with the Nate's ABCs cartridge! This adorable shape cartridge is filled with layered boy-themed images and phrases. It also includes two fonts with numbers and punctuation so you can take your creativity even further.
This cartridge includes: Layer 1, Layer 2, Phrase, Font 1, Font 2, and Font 2 Shadow creative features.

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Here are the new Solutions cartridges:


Layer your favorite shapes together to create hundreds of unique flower designs with the Mother’s Day Bouquet cartridge! You can use a pencil to curl the flower petals and leaves to get a 3D effect. Don’t forget to add buttons, glitter, gems, and other accessories (not included) to give your flowers a personal touch!




Create cards, envelopes, and boxes with the Spring Holiday Cards cartridge! This festive cartridge contains images for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter. Mix and match card fronts with backgrounds to create fun variations on your projects.



Celebrate the arrival of spring with the April Showers seasonal cartridge! This spring themed cartridge is filled with adorable images including birds, umbrellas, flowers, and phrases. Whether you’re looking for a cheery way to welcome spring or cute accents for your creative projects, you’ll love this cartridge!



Thursday, December 23, 2010

Pictures with Santa

Here is a very cute layout I found online and I incorporated some of my own touches…some chalking, some glitter and some bling!!! I hope you like it. I think the site was Michigan Scrapbooking. If you would like to make this site, you can let me know what names you would like me to use with my Make the Cut software using the new Print and Cut technique, I will add your children’s and or pets names to the Santa list, also I used Make the Cut program to do the Santa will be back at 1 stop sign! I love this program and I will be happy to help any of you learn how to use this wonderful software…It is awesome to use with our Cricuts or whatever die cutting machine that you may have. Make the Cut works on many of these die cutting machines. So here’s the layout:


Not sure why but the colors are way off on this picture, the sleigh is fire engine red, and on the mats, the corners are a deep almost burgandy red. The trees are Christmas green and a shade lighter green in the middle. I added some glitter to the trees, the list on the sleigh include my children’s names and our pets!

Recipe: (4) 3 3/4 x 6 photo mats

The snow is a 2 1/2 x 12 inch strip that I put the pieces back to back and then cut my hills and valleys. The papers used are glitter papers that you can purchase at our local scrapbooking store SCRAPS!


See how neat the stop sign, it was printed first and then using the Make the Cut sofware, I placed the paper on my mat, lining it up with the virtual mat that was on my screen, and presto, hit cut and you see it…perfectly cut stop sign with printing on it….did I say I love this program????

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Make the Cut 3.20 update

Some of the improvements in the Make the Cut 

Faster cutting speed on the Cricut
New Cutter plug-ins
The option to rotate the virtual mat
Place objects on a path automatically
New Basic Shapes added
Tiler for cutting larger projects
SVG import with layers
Rhinestone count
Cut Inside shapes first
Duplicate multiple layers
and more!

So if you haven’t purchased Make the Cut , first click on this link or on the box for Make the Cut  on the sidebar, and then after you download it click on the link here to do your update. You will want to purchase it first and then do the update. I really like the new features, but one of my favorites that I have asked for when I first got the program last year, was to be able to have the option to design in Portrait mode so that I can cut from the top of my mat down…just like our printers, making it easier for my mind to set things up…I think you will like this new feature:



Another option that is an update from 2.32 is the option to create lattice and rhinestones…this is such a neat feature in many ways…the rhinestones can also be used to create scallops and I like it for using my pen and then using skittles or viva pens to add a little glitz to my cards or layouts. So be sure to get your version of Make the Cut while it’s still on sale for $58.36, the price will be going back to $79 sometime in the near future, so this is a super savings, just thing the price of one cartridge!

Snow Fun Layout

Here is another layout that I again Scraplifted…sorry for doing this, but I have been really busy lately, and so it has been easier to try and get some simpler layouts done so I can get them into my albums…but I’m sure you will like them for their simplicity, they are still very nice. Enjoy!


This paper I got at SCRAPS in Houlton, it is a soft blue with little white glittered polka dots…sorry forgot to get the name of the paper, but it looks like little snowballs falling…thought it was cute…I then used some Christmas silver ribbon for my mats. Again all pieces were cut with my Cricut using Make the Cut software, and I must say the snowflakes cut out so nice and smooth! I love that software.

Here is another option with the layout, I used a snowflake paper and again, oops I forgot to mention that my mats were stamped with the snowflacke roller stamp from Stampin Up.


Saturday, December 11, 2010


Hey everyone…are you all done shopping yet? We are almost done, I just have to get my baby girls presents, and hubby’s and then finished…I am working on a few projects for the mom’s I babysit for, and some friends…maybe even you…so I can’t post them yet, but hopefully after Christmas, I can post some pictures of my homemade gifts.

Here is an idea that someone shared in the Make the Cut gallery and I loved her idea, and she even shared the file, so all I had to do was modify for my Christmas gift…my oldest girl is a teacher in China and her special treat to herself is a trip to the nearest Starbucks, so I thought, she’s always collecting their cups, but this is one she can’t buy from them :) Please leave me a comment and let me know how you like this. I used car vinyl on her cup and as long as she hand washes it, it should last for a very long time! Enjoy!


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cocoa Cozy Layout

Here is another layout that I did a couple of weeks ago, I can’t remember the name of the site I got it from, I think I posted it in a previous post, so you can look back there and see where I got it, she has some really cute and easy to put together layouts. On this layout, used part of a file from http://treasureboxdesigns.com/  (the chocolate sticks)and some I just used my favorite software MTC to create..…the mug and snowflakes, and the whipped cream. I don’t thing the picture does it justice as far as being able to see the details in the cuts with inking or chalking the pieces. This would be an adorable layout to add pictures of your kids sitting watching their favorite Christmas movie or when they’ve come in from the cold with red noses and cheeks and sipping some hot chocolate. Enjoy!


Believe Layout

Here is another layout that I found online and of course, I did a little of my own touches to it….In my opinion, I think it is a very attractive, soft layout, yet with that said, it is also very “Christmassy” I hope you like this layout…I made all of the pieces in my favorite software Make the Cut. I want to be sure to give her credit…I think her name is Outnlimb..and I have done a few of her layouts these last couple of weeks because they are quick and easy to do…of course I make my own files to cut, I just use her picture for the ideas of the layout.


IMG_5048  Make the Cut is just about to make their new improved update and you are going to absolutely love the new features…they are adding lattice, and rhinestone, for all you cardmakers this is an absolute awesome feature, it’s great for us scrapbookers as well…There is also going to be add text or object warping to another object…this is such a neat addition as well, a wonderful addition to us who do vinyl decor. Another added feature to be added is to be able to set our mats into the Cricut and our paper being set as portrait! I have asked for this feature for quite sometime and I know it was a little bit of tweaking for Andy to do and he wasn’t a big fan of adding this feature, but there were many of us who liked this and we thank you Andy for adding it. There are a few more features coming that I will share with you as soon as the updates come out. If you haven’t gotten this software yet, you may want to get it soon while it is still on sale. I can’t believe how long they have left it at this low, low price but even if the price does go up, it is an awesome program to have and use with your Cricut or whatever cutter you maybe using.

Don’t forget to also check out Lettering Delights as they have started adding svg files and they have 2 free files for you just to try. I love it…I was a little confused at first, but when you bring the file into MTC you just spit the pieced, then go to your layer box, click on the box that it is in, and right click and send each piece to their own layer, and voila!!!! you are all set to set your colors and cut. Enjoy!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Lettering Delights


LETTERING DELIGHTS are now offering SVG files…so very cool, check it out. They have 2 free ones for you to try…so go grab them, just click on the link below or on my banner on the side. Enjoy!






So hurry on over to LETTERING DELIGHTS  and get your free files, and try them with your Printer and your Cricut…if you need help with your print and cut, check out the video tutorial on this blogsite. Most important is to do a test cut with your Printer to see if it lines up, then carefully line your paper up on your mat and cut…if you find you are off too much, try doing a sample cut on copy paper and you can see how to adjust your paper on your mat from the sample. Make the Cut and LETTERING DELIGHTS are my two favorite programs to use in my scrapbooking now. Enjoy