Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My Blinkie!

I have to give a big shout out to Faith from Faithfule Creations!  She not only designed and created my new blog blinkie, but she even helped me get it on my blog so that all of you can grab it if you want!

Thanks Faith, you are the best!

September SCAL Video...Postponed :(

Hi everyone, I am just popping on here for a few minutes to let you know that the SCAL video that I had planned for tomorrow is going to be delayed.  I have contracted a nasty eye infection and it really hurts my eye to look at the computer screen.  I am hoping that things will clear up in the next couple of days and I can get the video all done for you.  Thanks for your understanding!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Pretty Picture Frame

As you may have noticed by my blog design, but I love peacocks.  I think that they are just gorgeous!  I wanted to create something that was "peacock inspired" but wasn't completely peacock.  Here is what I did.  First, I got out some gorgeous K&Company double sided paper.  I selected 5 different sheets from the paper pack and then I used a Lettering Delights SVG from the Simple Flower Shapes and my eCraft was off and cutting!

(Note:  I found the print out on Pinterest and I just LOVE the hidden meaning with the misspelled word of Loose instead of Lose)

After cutting out all the flowers, I folded them in a bit on each side and adhered them down.  I made sure to do half of them where one side of the paper is up and then the other half where the other half of the paper is up.  That way I got more variety from my double sided paper.

I then took a plain black picture frame and covered the edges in paper with some Glue N Seal...which is awesome!  So much better than Mod Podge.  Then I started laying all the "feathers" on the picture frame and adhered them down with some liquid adhesive.

This took awhile to create, but it was worth it!  I have been thinking of other simple shapes that I could use for this same technique, I was thinking, plain circles, scalloped circles, steampunk gears, pinking circles, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

Monday, August 22, 2011


We have some winners to announce for the eCraft Back to School Blog Hop!

First off is the lucky lady who is going to be entered in the drawing for the grand prize of an eCraft machine!

The winner is.....

Now don't despair ladies, because you will have another chance at this prize at our next blog hop on September 5th!

The next winner has won 3 clear tumblers just like the one that I used in my project to decorate to your heart's content!

The lucky winner is...

Ladies, I have sent you both e-mails!  Thank you so much to everybody for participating in the blog hop and don't forget that we have another blog up coming up on September 5th!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

August eCraftshop Pro Video

Hi everybody!  I am getting this video in under the wire!  In today's video, I am showing you one way to utilize the eCraft's pen.  In this card, I used the pen and a single stroke font called Stymie Hairline to create a text background.

By using the eCraft colored pens, I went for a tone on tone look which gave it a real subtle look and exactly what I was going for here.

Also, it is not too late to get in your comments for the eCraft Back to School Blog Hop.  My post for this hop is HERE and not only will everyone have a chance at winning an eCraft machine, but I am also personally giving away 3 clear tumblers for you to decorate!   Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Blog Hop Extension!

You are not too late!!

Due to some people having trouble leaving comments in Blogger, we have extended the deadline for leaving comments until August 22nd. 

This will apply to the eCraft giveaway (as seen above) and the giveaway of 3 clear tumblers (as seen below...note that these are completely clear so you can decorate them yourself and they come with clear straws)

Just a note...I had some trouble myself leaving comments, so I switched to Google Chrome and was able to do it from that browser instead of my usual Internet Explorer, so if you are having trouble, you might want to try that!

HERE is the post that explains the requirements for the giveaways and also will give you the list of all the fabulous designers in the eCraft Back to School Blog Hop!

Monday, August 15, 2011

eCraft Back to School Blog Hop

Welcome to the BACK TO SCHOOL BLOG HOP! All of the fabulous designers on this hop are showing you a BACK TO SCHOOL project using the fabulous and versatile eCraft.

If you just arrived here from Debi Tullier’s blog then you are in the right place. If you just happened upon my blog please start at the beginning over at Raven’s Blog. That way you will be able to see all of the amazing projects and you will have more ways to win. And boy do we have a great prize in store for you!  More on that later...on with my project!

Here is my project for the hop!

This is a gift for my son's teacher and I hope she likes it!  I have so much fun doing vinyl projects and this one was no exception!  I made videos to document the creation of this project so that you can easily scraplift it from me! I broke it up into 3 videos to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for!

First up, this video will show you how I used various tools in Make the Cut to create multi-layers out of a single layer image.  This is so much fun to do!

In this next video, I used the new Conical Warp feature in MTC to get the vinyl to wrap onto the tumbler nice and smooth.  I also show how to do this when you are using multiple colors on the tumbler!

In this last video, I show you how I apply vinyl onto rounded objects like this. 

Here is a list of what I used:

  • Small paint can from Michael's
  • Patterned Paper from Papertrey Ink It's Official Patterned Paper Pack
  • Glossy Outdoor Permanent Adhesive Vinyl - this is essential for the tumbler so that it does not come off, and just a note that it is also safe to wash in the top rack of the dishwasher...BONUS!!  Less dishes always make me happy!
  • eCraft Cutting Machine - of course!
  • Make the Cut Software
  • Lettering Delights fonts (LD Modern Sans and LD Typeset)
  • Lettering Delights Cut Its file - Desk Supplies
  • Scor Tape (for adhering the glitter)
  • Diamond Dust Glitter
  • Ribbon - Papertrey Ink Saddle Stitch in Ripe Avocado,Spring Moss and Pinefeather

Here is a list of all the designers in the hop in case you get lost along the way.

You are here
Go to Erika's blog next
-->Erika Valdez <--

Okay so you probably want to know what you can win, right? As some of you may have heard from this hop this amazing eCraft machine that we are all using is created by This company is really amazing, their customer service is fabulous and the products are top notch. Well when they heard about our hop they decided to giveaway (1) One eCraft to (1) One lucky winner color may vary.

1.) Please leave one comment here on my blog (Only one comment will be
qualify per person additional comments will not count.)  Your comment must be posted by 6AM tomorrow 8/16/11!
2.) Stop by eCraft’s facebook page  to see more awesome projects and tutorials.  Don't forget to "Like" their page while you are there!
3.) Become a follower of my's easy just click on the little button over there on the right hand side!

We are also having another blog hop on September 5th. ALL comments left today and on the September 5th blog hop will be eligible to win the eCraft so this will give you more chances to win. (1) One lucky winner will be announced on Raven’s blog(link to my blog) on September 10th. The winner will also be listed on the eCraft Facebook page (see why it’s a good idea to like eCraft's facebook page ;)

All are welcome to hop, however the eCraft giveaway is only open to U.S. entries. Thank you so much for your understanding.
In addition you can win three clear tumblers which are PERFECT for your vinyl art!  I will announce the winner of the tumblers right here on my blog on August 20th!  This prize is also only available to US entries!

Once you are done leaving your comments here, don't forget to head over to Erika's blog for even more chances to win!



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Make the Cut Video for August

Hi everybody!  Today I have my August MTC Video for you and today I am highlighting some of the great new features of Make the Cut that is in the latest version (3.3.3).  If you do not have this newest version, you can go HERE to download it.  Andy added in a lot of GREAT features, and I just had to demonstrate some of them for you here today.

Today, I am making this card.  I know that I have shown you before how to make a shaped card, but this one is different because on this one, I used the Thin Path and Dashed Line feature to make a scoremark for this card.  I also show you the new feature where you can grab your Lettering Delights Cut-Its and SVG files from directly in MTC.  This is SO nice!!!  Enjoy the video everybody and don't forget to join me for the Back 2 School eCraft Blog Hop on the 15th!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Blog Hop Alert!!!

Just a quick note to let you all know that I am going to be participating in a Back 2 School blog hop specifically for the eCraft.  This hop is going to take place on August 15th, so I hope you all will join us on that day.  More details to come!

Monday, August 1, 2011

You Asked For It!

In the recent giveaway I did, I got several requests for more videos about SCAL 3.  I really don't know SCAL 3 as well as I do MTC, but I am going to give it my all so that all eCrafters out there can effectively use the software of their choice.  So, here is my plan...hopefully I can stick to it!

Every month on the 1st, I will have a video for you using SCAL 3.  On the 10th of the month, I will have a video for you using Make the Cut and on the 20th of the month, I will have a video using eCraftshop Pro.  There may be more videos in there, but I am going to do my best to get these three done every single month.  I am also going to do one other feature and that is another request that I heard and that will be "Ask Denise".  I will be publishing this feature on an as needed basis.  Send me an e-mail at and ask your question and I promise that all questions will be answered.  I may do more than one of these a month depending on how many questions I get.

Now to kick things off, here is a video on SCAL 3 highlighting how to work with SCAL 3 layers as per a request from Candace.  Don't forget to let me know if you want to see me cover anything specifically in any of the videos, because I often get inspired by your questions!

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