I was cutting out some states from the 50 States cartridge, which I love, and happened upon a delightful discovery. As many of you may know this cartridge comes with an option to cut out a star where the state capital is located. I usually leave this feature off but this time I forgot and went ahead cut them out anyway. What I discovered was that this amazing machine can cut out the smallest stars and they we’re clean cuts. When I lifted my states from the mat the stars were left behind. No more tearing off the bitty pieces that don’t get cut all the way through!
I’ve gotta say I am still amazed by my Explore. OMG, do u see how tiny those stars are? I’m gonna have time to play with my Explore this weekend, I hope, and I’ll post more of my discoveries. I’m so glad I hung onto my Cricut and didn’t get the Silhouette!
I just made some cuts for a cute card and I can’t wait to show you the circles my Explore cut. Wow! Here is a picture of a little owl I cut from the Hoot N Holler cartridge. Cutest owls ever but always a problem getting those eyes of theirs to come out, both literally and figuratively. They weren’t circular and I had to use the tools and tweezers to get the dots out.
What a cutie. Keep in mind that this is an extreme close up so you will see my paper flaws. His pupils are a little bigger than I would draw them with a sharpie pen dot and he was cut about 2 1/2 in. The best thing is that all I had to do was peel my layer off the mat and wahla the little center dots were left behind. No picking pieces out with tweezers. And see how round they are.
I was also able to cut a very thin piece for the balloon that went with my owl. I couldn’t believe how thin it was. Can you believe those perfectly round circles of confetti around that balloon. Those pieces are so small that you can’t even see my terrible gluing job until I took this extreme close up.
I had to put in one last picture so you can get the idea of the true size. I just picked up a super sticky mat and deep blade so I’m going to be trying chipboard and magnet material and I’ll be sharing some things I’ve learned about the new design space. This is so much fun to use I cut want to cut stuff out all the time now!
With Christmas over I immediately had to hop into birthday mode. I’ve been creating again and hope to get the pictures up this week. Our theme was “Pirate Party,” using the Life is a Beach, Paper Doll Dress Up and Birthday Bash cartridges.
We’ve also been reading Little House in the Big Woods for homeschool and I’ve got a wonderful Ma, Pa, Mary, Laura and Baby Carrie with a few other goodies that I’ll be posting. Made entirely from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge.
Just wanted to let everyone know what’s on the way since I haven’t posted in so long. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.
Just got done with the scrapbooksteals blog hop. They are featuring Kiwi Lane Designs for scrapbooking. Great ideas and some of them are so simple to execute. Love it. Check out their designs http://scrapbooksteals.stealnetwork.com/wp/2013/01/04/kiwi-lane-designs-borders-january-blog-hop/
Check out the Damask Divas CTMH Blog Hop featuring the La Belle Vie Paper Pack: http://www.DamaskDivas.com/BlogHopLaBelleVie/
Now that Christmas is over what shall we come up with. Any ideas? Sometimes I have so many Ideas that I don’t know where to start. I made some wonderfully cute things for Christmas presents and totally forgot to take pictures. Just one of those things. Luckily it’s family so I’ll have to grab pictures the next time I see them. I didn’t get any Cricut stuff for Christmas though I have my eye on the Close to My Heart Cricut Artiste cartridge. Perhaps that is where my money will go. I did get an awesome present that keeps me up to all hours though, Daylight! How did I get daylight for a gift, you ask? Well my wonderful parents and husband got together and gave me an Ott Lite. All I’ve got to say is awesome!!! I was actually surprised and didn’t even have a clue this year. As the years have been passing along it has been getting increasingly difficult to see at night. I even had to get glasses, ugh. So this Ott lite comes with a magnifying glass so when you’ve left your glasses clear across the room and don’t want to get up from crafting ya just grab it. I tell you everyone had a laugh when they saw me using it, but I could see! If you’ve been using a desk lamp trying to get colors right and to see at night you’ve gotta get one of these.
Wow, I just start this blog and then the Christmas rush hits and I haven’t been back. I’ve actually been working on some projects that are taking me wayyyyy longer than I thought they would. Which is totally typical since I want them to be perfect. Plus a few knitting projects which take time away from my paper crafting. Along with all of the other Christmas rush things that happen, like getting a Christmas tree. We go to a cut your own place. This year it was fogging and freezing but it was the most awesome 30mins (usually takes us an hour or more to scour the hill for a tree) ever and we were all soaked and on top of that we brought home the biggest tree ever, 10ft at least. So needless to say life has been busy. My little one keeps asking when are we going to put the ornaments on the tree and I just can’t find the time when everyone will be home. So we will do it tomorrow and maybe string some popcorn. I do have a couple of paper projects that I am working on and will get those up right after Christmas. Till then I’ll see if I can find some photos from other projects that I’ve created pre_blog.
You ever create a project and look back at photos of it a year, week or sometimes even a few days later and wonder “Did I make that?” That happens to me alot. I think that when I get into the creating mode my alter ego emerges and there is a part of my conscious self that disappears. I don’t remember that I spent hours on my gypsy designing a project or that I had to go to Micheals to buy another piece of that fancy paper again because I didn’t quite get the measurements right. Or that I stayed up until 2am to complete a project and I could hardly stay awake for the celebration the next day. When I look at that project whether a photo or the real thing I look at it again with new eyes and go Wow! I can be creative and it becomes my inspiration again. That’s exactly how I feel about the Easter basket project I made for my daughter who turned 21 on Easter. I wanted to make sure that Easter didn’t over shadow this momentous event so I made sure that she got a awesome Easter basket. This is where I look in wonder and except for the cut files and photos to remind me of the adventure this was just one thing that led to another. So Hello World thank you for all of your inspiration and I hope to get crafty with you.