Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss




Hey there!  I know it's Monday and I am supposed to have a project for National Old Stuff Day over at Bitten by the Bug 2, but instead I am celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday!!   When asked, "How did you spend your weekend?", I could reply "Seuss Crafting!"  


With three of my four "teacher people kids" teaching in elementary schools, I spent the weekend getting my crafting on, learning new skills, and making cute, cute shirts!  Here in Aiken County Schools, Dr. Seuss' birthday is celebrated all week long - just like I enjoy celebrating my birthday!!  Each day has a theme and the teachers dress according to that day's theme.  I thought my teacher people needed Dr. Seuss inspired shirts for this week.  I created two shirt designs, actually three, but I ran out of heat transfer vinyl, so the third design will give each of them a second shirt later in the week.  For this post I will tell you about the first two designs.






I decided that I wanted to make one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish themed shirts.  I searched Google for Dr Seuss Fish images and found the image above.  It was a photo so I need to figure out how to cut it with my Cricut Explore.   

I found a list of valuable links on a facebook group page to which I am a member.  They had an "SVG Converter" listed.  I followed the link and ran the above image though the converter.  Below is a jpg of the final SVG I ended up with!  It was perfect.  My fish distorted a little bit because I did not check the size of my photo above (in megapixels) ahead of time thus I entered square dimension.  I learned as I went along and I know know to right click my jpg, check the size in properties, and  double that number when converting.  Anyway, I like my shorter, rounder fishies!  And I go very lucky in that the top two fish came out as outlines and the bottom fish as a solid.




I imported the SVG file (like the photo above) in to the Cricut Design Space software as a Vector image.  Once I had the image on the mat, I ungrouped the image.  I then found which outline most closely matched my solid fish and I deleted the other outline.  I copied and pasted my fish and his outline four times for a total of five fish.  I resized the fish so that only the two fish together would be the same size.  I then changed the colors of the solid fish from black to gray (I had no yellow HTV), two green, one red and one blue.




I then set the Explore for Heat Transfer Material and hit the GO button.  I did have some adjustments to make on the preview screen.  When I told the machine to cut enough of everything for 2 shirts, the preview did not flip all of my fish - I have no idea why, but I just went with it.  The cutting went very smoothly.  I had to do quite a bit of weeding on the fish outlines, but they were completely worth it!  I love how the shirts came out.


   
My son-in-law wanted his last name only on the back and the #8, like a team shirt.  I think this made it more "guy like" for him!





Crissie's shirt was made with a different image.  I started with this Cat In The Hat image, again from Google.  


When I ran this image through the converter (I had learned to look at the pixel size by this time) it came out as an SVG of the image below.  And this image did make my cutting, weeding, etc. a bit more complicated.  

I had planned to cut the image in four different colors of HTV and dissect the cuts and use only the parts I needed.  However, the best made plans... I ran out of red and black HTV - I only had scraps left.  So instead I cut the SVG in dark, dark gray shimmer vinyl.  I then used red scraps and but the balloons and part of the cat.   I saved the acetate cover on the HTV and traced the blade marks for the green and blue balloons onto HTV (I had not yellow).  

I used a craft knife and cut the middle out of the solid balloon and red sections of the hat.  I used scissors and hand trimmed the bow tie to fit the design.  I did the same thing with the red hat pieces.  I trimmed them to fit inside the area I cut out of the hat.  


My balloons did not fit into the balloon cut outs as well as I would have liked, but I thought the hat came out GREAT.  Overall I was quite pleased with this shirt.  Crissie told me that she liked the sparkly dark gray HTV too.  Yay!





Hopefully my new supply of HTV will arrive tomorrow and I can get a second shirt made for each of teacher people for Thursday!  I do have that third design all ready to go in Cricut Design Space!!

Also coming to my blog this week:  How I pimped my Cricut Explore!!!  

Please do go by Bitten By The Bug 2 and check out the Design Team's fabulous projects!!!  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Join My Team

Thinking about joining Close To My Heart? March is the month to do it! During the month of March, new consultants who enroll will receive a FREE shoulder tote (a retail value of over $26) in your New Consultant Kit. 

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Our NEW Consultant Kit is just $99 and includes nearly triple the retail value in products and supplies. Including your FREE shoulder tote, that is a savings of over $400! That is 75% off!

New Consultant kits

Additionally, new consultants who sell or buy $300 worth of commissionable sales in their first 40 days after their New Consultant Kit ships will receive the rolling tote (a retail value of $149.95 as a FREE bonus (not including shipping/handling)! 


Rolling tote

These organizational pieces are designed to help you get your business rolling, but they are only available while supplies last, so hurry on over and join my team today!

Why join my team with Close To My Heart? Here are 14 reasons!

1) The discount! Our discount starts at 22% and goes up from there! Think of this as a permanent coupon to buy your scrapping supplies!
 
2) Run your business your way! You will be your own boss and have the freedom to run your business multiple ways! You can just buy for yourself or be a business builder. It is up to you!

3) The training! Close To My Heart has top notch online training to help you achieve your goals!
 
4) Low sales quota! It is $300 per quarter year, but with your discount it is only $234! That is only $78 per month. How many of you are spending that anyway at the craft store?
 
5) Team contests! I offer incentives and other things to keep you motivated.
 
6) Team Facebook group! I will add you to our wonderful team page where other consultants can help you with questions. Also, it is a great place to share ideas and artwork!
 
7) If you sell or buy $1200 in the first 90 days as a consultant, you get your consultant kit fee back!
 
8) Close To My Heart offers incentives such as dream vacations and free product credit!
 
9) You can attend the CTMH convention! It is ten tons of fun and you get a first hand look at our new product! Oh and there is always good freebies there!
 
10) Make lots of crafty friends!  I have lots of genuine friends who craft and have been there for me during my rough year!
 
11) My upline has been a top seller, trip earner, and recruiter with Close To My Heart for the last four years. By joining my team, I can give you all of the tips and tricks she shard to become successful too!
 
12) Earn extra cash! Seriously, folks! You can actually make money by doing what you love.
 
13) Get to see and order CTMH products a month before your customers do!  


14) Free online shopping site! Once you sign up, you get to set up your own online Close To My Heart store! It is super quick and easy to do.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cricut Baby Shoes



 Hey there!  Today I have a fun CRICUT cut project to share with you today.  Baby Shoes!  Seriously, baby shoes cut with the Cricut Explore!  How fun is that?  I found the baby shoes while scrolling down the Cricut Design Space home page and I knew I had to try to make them for our sweet Avaleigh.

 After importing the file, I cut the file in white felted wool with the Explore set on Fabric Plus.


I began by sewing the back of the shoe upper closed.  Then I marked the middle front and middle back of the upper shoe and sole, and basted them together.  I then measured and basted the sides.


Next I used three strands of embroidery floss and stitched the sole to the upper.   I used white thread to stitch a "tuck" into the shoe top to make the strap.  Finally I added the button and flower embellishment.


I forgot to mention that when I imported the cut file I adjusted the file to make the parts a bit smaller. I thought the original shoes were a bit too large for Avaleigh.



Tuesday night was family dinner night and I tried Avaleigh's shoes and her - and they fit perfect!  From now on I will only make larger size shoes.  Oh, and .... I ordered a variety pack of assorted colored felt from Amazon.  I am ready to make shoes for all of her outfits.

And speaking of my darling Avaleigh, guess who turned on month old early this week???  Yep, this pretty baby!!



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During the month of February, when you purchase one of Close To My Heart’s alluring coated canvas albums you will be eligible to receive a second album of your choice at half price.  Yes, you did read that right - Buy one, get one for 1/2 price!! That is a savings of over $17!

The albums are available in a gorgeous variety of colors and patterns in both post-bound and D-ring styles—perfect to pair with traditional, Studio J®, or pocket scrapbook layouts. This offer is only available while supplies last, so make certain to get your order in early to ensure you can choose the styles and colors you love. They’re going fast and are built to last; so don’t delay—place your order today! Offer valid only while supplies last February 1, 2015 (9:00 am MST)–February 28, 2015 (11:59 pm MST).

In addition to a fabulous Album deal, February also brings an amazing Stamp of the Month:  A Happy Hello.  The stamp set retails for $17.95, but with a $50.00 purchase the stamp set can be added to your card during check out for only $5.00!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Tea Time with Mrs. Potts and Cogsworth


Hello everyone.  It is Monday and time for this week's Bitten By The Bug 2 Cricut Challenge. My Design Team member, Diana, selected this week's Cricut Cut Challenge and she asked the team to use a Cricut Cut CLOCK.  There are many clocks in the Cricut cartridge library from which to choose.  I selected Cogsworth, the Grandfather clock/Butler from Beauty and The Beast.

The Cogsworth character is found on Disney Princesses cartridge.  I thought Cogsworth was perfect for meeting the spirit of the challenge!

Also on the Disney Princesses cartridge are Mrs. Potts and her son, Chip.  I thought they would be perfect companions to Cogsworth, and together these characters inspired the theme of my card.


I used four cartridges to complete this card.  In addition to the Disney characters on the Disney Princesses cartridge, I also used Anna Griffin's Splendid Soiree cartridge for the base card and lace overlay, Creative Memories Divine Weddings for the double layer label shape, and the Birthday Cake Banner Font for the Tea Time banner.


I used baker's twine to hang the banner and assorted pink buttons between the letters and words.  

Originally I had intended to reproduce this card as invitations to a Palm Sunday tea party, but I decided that Mrs. Potts and Chip took too long to assemble for me to want to reproduce them twelve more times!  I will go with something far easier for my invitations!


I hope you find some time this week to join our Clock challenge at Bitten By The Bug 2.  After you complete your Cricut cut CLOCK project and post to your blog, link up with us at BBTB2 for a chance to be our Project of the Week.  Be sure to check the sidebar at BBTB2 for all of the challenge rules.


Remember that you have only until Saturday evening to take advantage of the Close To My Heart buy one/get one 50% off Album Special!





During the month of February, when you purchase one of Close To My Heart’s alluring coated canvas albums you will be eligible to receive a second album of your choice at half price.  Yes, you did read that right - Buy one, get one for 1/2 price!! That is a savings of over $17!



The albums are available in a gorgeous variety of colors and patterns in both post-bound and D-ring styles—perfect to pair with traditional, Studio J®, or pocket scrapbook layouts. This offer is only available while supplies last, so make certain to get your order in early to ensure you can choose the styles and colors you love. They’re going fast and are built to last; so don’t delay—place your order today! Offer valid only while supplies last February 1, 2015 (9:00 am MST)–February 28, 2015 (11:59 pm MST).



What else is new you ask?



In addition to a fabulous Album deal, February also brings an amazing Stamp of the Month:  A Happy Hello.  The stamp set retails for $17.95, but with a $50.00 purchase the stamp set can be added to your card during check out for only $5.00!




Friday, February 20, 2015

First Dance Peony Layout

(Click any photo see enlarge)

Hello friends!  I apologize for being MIA this week.  I have had a few in-home projects going on and I simply did not take time to edit photos and write blog posts.  

I went to my friends Sally & Beth's family lake house last weekend, hence my exhausted post on Monday.  I managed to create not only my BBTB2 card, but also 12 layout pages (plus two unfinished pages).  While I did not get as much accomplished as usual, we did take time to attend a Stamp Art show in Columbia.  There were many stamp vendors there, but I found myself once again spending a good deal of time at the Darcie's booth.  I also enjoyed one other booth, who's name escapes me right now.  I will look up the name for when I actually use the products!

Today I am going to share a two page layout from last week's scrapping.  



I really like this first dance layout of Bethany and John at their wedding.  They were (are!) so happy and it truly shows in the photos!   

I found four inch wide burlap "ribbon" at my local craft store.  The guest tables at the wedding had white tablecloths and burlap runners with lace down the center.  I thought the burlap ribbon would be fun to use on the layouts, but it was too wide.  I cut the burlap ribbon in half lengthwise, fringed the cut edge, and affixed the burlap to the scrapbook page as an embellishment.


The embellishment cuts on these two pages were created using the Silhouette Cameo, because the flowers were from the Silhouette America Store.  The flowers are two layer (plus a leaf) Peonies.  I love Peonies and I really liked the way these flowers cut.  


The other Silhouette cut on these pages is the title, J&B 1st Dance.  I ran out of space for the word dance, so I confess that the 90 degree turn placement of the word Dance was so that it would fit on the page!  Sometimes a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do!


As I said above, I do have additional scrapbook pages to share with you, including Avaleigh's tutu layout pages!!  I will get to those soon.

In the meantime, do not forget that there are only eight days left to take advantage of the Close To My Heart buy one/get one 50% off Album Special!




During the month of February, when you purchase one of Close To My Heart’s alluring coated canvas albums you will be eligible to receive a second album of your choice at half price.  Yes, you did read that right - Buy one, get one for 1/2 price!! That is a savings of over $17!


The albums are available in a gorgeous variety of colors and patterns in both post-bound and D-ring styles—perfect to pair with traditional, Studio J®, or pocket scrapbook layouts. This offer is only available while supplies last, so make certain to get your order in early to ensure you can choose the styles and colors you love. They’re going fast and are built to last; so don’t delay—place your order today! Offer valid only while supplies last February 1, 2015 (9:00 am MST)–February 28, 2015 (11:59 pm MST).



What else is new you ask?


In addition to a fabulous Album deal, February also brings an amazing Stamp of the Month:  A Happy Hello.  The stamp set retails for $17.95, but with a $50.00 purchase the stamp set can be added to your card during check out for only $5.00!




 
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