Monday, January 30, 2012

eCraft Monday Design Team Project


If you are here for the While the Cat’s Away, the Mice will Play Blog Hop, you are in the right spot, just scroll down to the previous post!


CHA is underway!!!  That means that we get to drool over all the new goodies coming out!  My #1 must have is of course the eBosser!  Check out some of the videos below that have popped up on You Tube, but first, how about my project for today?


See the entire project HERE on the eCraft by Craftwell blog.  OH, and DO NOT forget to sign up to win an eBosser from Craftwell from our Surprise Blog Hop.  You have until Saturday, Feb 4th to get your entry in.  Take a look at what you could win!!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

While the Cat’s Away…the Mice Will Play Blog Hop!


Boy, this sure has been a great hop so far!!!  Only two more stops to go! If you have arrived here from Debi Tullier’s blog, you are in the right place!!!  If you would like to join in on all the festivities, be sure to start at KimberlyRae’s blog! 


Today in honor of the eBosser, I have a special giveaway!  I am giving away to one lucky person a Spellbinders Label #6 die set. 


The eBosser can cut almost any die and these will be great to use in the eBosser!  I will explain how to enter to win this, but first I want to share with you my project!!!


With the theme of Love & Valentines, I just had to use this image from!



Isn’t that gorgeous!!  I am hoping that more images from the Ella collection come to eCraftCentral soon.  I had the idea to use this image with a “shower of hearts” so here is what I came up with.


I cut the Ella image from black cardstock and put it on a white card front.  To create the “shower of hearts”  I cut out several 1/2” hearts from Fundamentals 1 SD card.  I also went through several of my stamp sets and found lots of little hearts and stamped them on the card base to create a little dimension.  After my card front was completed, I put it on a card base made from Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet cardstock.


Next I went to work on my sentiment strip.  Using my computer and a handwritten font, I created a banner shape that was wide enough to add the “love”.


Isn’t that “love” beautiful?  Well I got that from too!


I cut that out of the same red cardstock that I used for the hearts.  This cardstock is AMAZING!!  We are also going to be featuring this on the eCraft Design Team starting next week, so be on the lookout for this.  That “love” is only about 1/2” tall and cutting something like that on cardstock is difficult, but this new cardstock makes it a breeze! 


To win the Spellbinders Label #6 die set, you must be follower of my blog and leave me a comment on this post with a way to contact you.  International friends are welcome although I will substitute an electronic gift certificate in lieu of the die set because of the shipping.  You have an entire week to get your comments in (only 1 per person please) and I will announce the winner on Saturday February 4th! Good luck everybody!

Now, in case you have lost your way along the blog hop, here is the full roster.

KimberlyRae Forde

Lyssa Zimmerman

Raven Baca

Lois Hale

Jennifer McCrae

Debi Tullier <---You are here

Denise O’Connor  <----GO HERE NEXT

Designer of the Day


Happy Hopping everyone!!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Surprise Blog Hop Tomorrow!


I will be participating in a surprise blog hop tomorrow along with some other great eCraft artists!


The action starts tomorrow at 6AM EST!!!

Oh, and Craftwell is giving away a secret BIG PRIZE!!!  I don’t even know what it is, and I can’t wait to find out what some lucky crafter is going to win!

Monday, January 23, 2012

eCraft Monday Design Team Project


Good morning bloggie friends!!!


Today, I am over on the eCraft by Craftwell blog to share with you my HOME DÉCOR challenge project!!!  Here is a little sneak peek for you!



You don’t want to miss THIS because there is also a video there posted for you!!!  While you are there, be sure to leave some comments and enter the Mr. Cricut Crazy Stamp giveaway!!  You can find out more about the giveaway HERE!!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

eCraft Monday Design Team Project

I’m back with another project made using the fabulous Die Cuts With A View (DCWV) Collage Musings Stack and Mr. Cricut Crazy Stamps over on the eCraft by Craftwell blog!


To see the entire project go HERE and make you that you are following the eCraft by Craftwell blog! Debi, Lyssa, Raven, and Jen have some more amazing projects for you this week!  And don’t forget about the special Saturday post too!

Friday, January 13, 2012

eCraft Videos Page is updated!


I have been just horrible at updating this page!!!

I just went through and added the last few months worth of videos to the ever-growing list for you.  I will also be working on adding some other videos to the page from other crafters showcasing the eCraft.  I hope that this will be a good starting point for people learning to use the eCraft!


As always, if you have a suggestion for a video, please let me know!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The dawn of a new era?

Many of you that have been following the eCraft since it’s release may remember Tom Meeks.  He runs the Create and Cut blog and he provided some valuable insight into the eCraft.  For example, he is the one that discovered that the grain of your paper makes a difference when cutting.  Due to some personal issues, he had to stop blogging for awhile, but he is back and with an entirely new mission!

For years, Tom has dreamed of a time when 3D printers would be available to the home market.  Recently, he has started to see this dream become a reality with a product called Cubify.  Tom sees great potential for what this can do for the crafting community. He has already written a couple blog posts about this, so if you would like to see what all his excitement is about, make sure to go check it out!

What are your thoughts on it?

Edited to add:

Just found this video on the Cubify...WAY out of my price range for now! I am already thinking scrapbook embellishments, custom stamps, and maybe embossing folders?  

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

eCraft Video using Make the Cut


Hi everybody!


I have a fun and quick little project today for you!  I bought a canvas on clearance that had the “Keep Calm and Carry On” phrase that has been so popular lately.  I wanted to alter it to really make it my own and that is where my eCraft and Make the Cut came into play.  Here’s the final project….



and here is the video showing you how I did this using the eraser tool in Make the Cut….

As promised in the video, here is a link to the Kevin & Amanda blog.  At the top, you will see a page called Free Fonts.  That is where I get a lot of cool handwritten fonts.  You may have noticed some of them throughout my blog including in my header.  Enjoy and Have a Great Day!

Monday, January 9, 2012

eCraft Design Team Project


New Year!  New Design Team!  New Inspiration!

There are some very exciting changes coming this term of the eCraft Design Team!!  Be sure to not miss a minute of the fun!  We will have posts Monday-Friday every week and then there will be a super special post on Saturdays!


This month, we have two amazing sponsors.  First off, we have Die Cuts With A View paper!  They have some gorgeous paper packs!  Take a look at the paper pack that I am using!


We also have Mr. Cricut Crazy Stamps!  They have some really cute stamps, as well as some other crafting necessities!  This month, I am going to be using the stamp set called “Gus”.  So cute!


Now, I have a confession to make…we don’t have a dog.  In fact, I have never had a dog.  I have nothing against dogs, love them, just never had the opportunity to have one!  We have talked about getting a dog for our sons, but we want to wait until they are old enough to assume the responsibility of taking care of a dog.   Since, I don’t have a dog, I admit that I was feeling a little daunted at the thought of pairing up this paper with a dog stamp set.  Once I had both products in hand, I took some time to brainstorm, and then the ideas started coming.  It just goes to show you that even something that you think don’t pair well together can be used together! 

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The first thought that I had was that I just had to use my Copics to color in this cute little dog!  Come on, isn’t he adorable?  I used a flicking technique that was demonstrated in the Copic Coloring Guide. (Note: I got this book from Cutters Creek, and it is not currently offered in the store, but Kim said that she can special order them, so if you are interested you can e-mail her at  She also sells everything eCraft and has eBossers available for pre-order!) Now since this was my first time doing this technique, I made some mistakes, but even in spite of them, I think it turned out pretty well.  Oh and that sentiment is from the Gus stamp set too!  The original sentiment says “Wipe Your Paws Or Else!”.  I just cut that sentiment to take off the “Or Else” so that it would fit on my doggie door mat.  Since I still have the “Or Else”, I can easily butt the two together to use them again as was originally intended.  Easy Peasy!


I made a die cut of the stamp using a technique that I demonstrated in THIS video.  That gorgeous background paper is from Die Cuts With A View Collage Musing stack of course!  That plant and butterflies are glittered and they add just the perfect amount of shimmer!


I just love that shine to this paper!  The dog house is a modified version of the one from the Feliz Navi-Dog SVG set from Lettering Delights. The SVG was clearly designed for Christmas, but with a few quick modifications in Make the Cut, I was able to change the entire look of the doghouse!  Want to see how I did it?  Here is a quick little picture tutorial for you!


First, bring in the SVG onto your mat.


On your layers panel, do a right mouse click on the main layer and then select "To Each It’s Own”.  You should end up with something like what we see above.


Next, delete all the unnecessary layers.  In my case, this includes all the light colors and the entire white layer.  Don’t worry about the name on the plaque, we will get to that soon!


Select the shapes in the black layers that has the roof and the plaque and do a Split.  This will separate the roof and the plaque so that you can select only the plaque.  Select the plaque and then go to the Edit menu and select Copy.  Then go back to the Edit menu and select Paste in Place.  Then go back to your layers panel, and select the “Selection to New Layer” button.  It is the one at the bottom of the layer panel that has the small green plus sign inside a dashed line square.  In the picture above, I recolored this new layer to white so that you can see what your layers panel should look like.


Then go your Text and Fonts tab (top right hand side) and select the font that you want to use from the drop down menu.  I selected Bodoni MT Black, and then click on the Add a group of characters button (Ctrl I) and type in the name of the dog.  I chose to use Gus in honor of the stamp set from Mr. Cricut Crazy! I then sized the text and rotated it to fit on the plaque.


Now, at this point, we have three layers for the plaque.  There are two options to cut this down.  The first is to remove the plain black plaque.  That would leave you with a white plaque and your black letters layered on top.  The only issue with this is that then you have to glue down those letters onto the plaque and be extra careful about placement.  I prefer to avoid that so I am going to show you what I do when faced with this.


Hide all of your layers except for the white plaque and the black letters.  Select all the visible shapes by hitting Ctrl A.  Then go to this icon on your bottom tool bar (also known as Boolean Join) Capture8



When you select this button, you will get a window with a drop down menu that gives you several options. For this situation, I used the B-A Difference. This will give us one layer that has the letters cut out of it as shown in the picture above.


From there, all I had to do was change the color of that layer to white and then I am all set to get cutting! It is really that easy!!

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That is it for me today, but make sure you go to the eCraft by Craftwell blog everyday this week to see what my fellow Design Team members have created, and don’t forget about that special Saturday post too!  Have a great day!!

Monday, January 2, 2012

eCraft Design Team News


It’s official!  I am returning to the eCraft Design Team for a 2nd term and I’m just thrilled!!  You can read more about it HERE!  Also make sure you visit the eCraft by Craftwell blog everyday this week for announcements on who my fellow Design Team members are!


Oh….and I cannot forget to tell you about something else really exciting!!!  THE ECRAFT EBOOK!!!!  I feel so fortunate that they published four of my projects in the eBook.  There are so many inspiring projects in there, so take a look and get inspired for 2012!!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

eCraft Video using SCAL 3


Here is wishing all of you a creative and crafty 2012!


Today I have a quick video using SCAL 3 showcasing how to use the Rhinestones and Lattice Features!  Enjoy and I will be back soon!!


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