Friday, April 28, 2017

Paper Crate Project Summer 2017

Hi Everyone,
I got so excited when I saw a sneak peek of the new SU crate die that I knew I had to make a digital cut file for one.  Sure I like dies but who could be limited to one size. I also did not like the way the die was a 2 piece cut.  The seams show on both front and back when assembled.  That's just wrong in my book,  Not that I am a favor box snob but lets face it I am.
I had so much fun making these.  I filled them with sea shells and sand.  The sand is from the Jersey shore.  And you know us Jersey peeps, we are all about the shore!  I so see these filled with shell shaped chocolate for a beach themed wedding.  A little sign with the couples name and date. Now that's a favor!  Here is a picture of 4 that I made.  I think I will make a few more as well.
OMG! I love them!!!
If you want to try to make one here is a pic of the pdf with instructions.
I printed the paper with my Canon G2000 and all the cutting was done with my Cricut Explore Air2. I loved designing the paper as much as designing the file.
I have the file available as a PDF and an SVG.  You can find the downloads here on my mediafire account:
The PDF is here:
and the SVG is here:
Feel free to resize this file to your needs.  Please leave a comment as they really make me happy! I appreciate when people link back to my blog.  Please don't sell the file, just share share it as it was meant to be shared not sold!!
Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Lindt Bunnies 2017 - I Love This Little Bunny!

Hi Everyone,
I am so happy to say I spent some quality time in the craftroom last week. What got me up and moving was that the Hubster surprised me with a Cricut Explore Air 2.  Now I know I swore off Cricut years ago after the whole law suit against Make the Cut and Sure Cuts Alot. I don't even want to talk about the whole Cricut Imagine debacle but after years of boycotting Provocraft I have returned. And the fact is I love the cutter.  Now keep in mind I collect cutting plotters like a musician collects instruments.  This makes number 11 for me. I really think I have reached the end of the collecting road but who knows I am a bit addicted to them. There are so many reviews and videos on this machine available on line so there is no need for me to say anymore than "Provocraft hit a home run with this Explore Air 2". With that said I thought I would show you some pics of my very first project that I made using it.  First here is a pic of the cutter.  I love the color.  The hubs got it from HSN on their all day craft event. It came bundled with 3 mats and access to their cutting files (Cricut Access membership) for three months.  Which I most likely won't use as I design my own files. Here is the pic:

  I had to clear the space in the craftroom just to make room for it.  I left my Brother Scan and Cut along with my KNK Zing within easy reach so I could use them as needed. 
My Daughter is hosting her first ever family holiday dinner for Easter Sunday so I thought making table favors would be a great project for running the Cricut Explore through its paces.  I had a blast and did not waste any paper as everything cut perfectly. I did use some punches on this project but the box and most of the elements were cut with the Cricut.  Here are some pics:

I really had fun making these and using this cutter.  Now that the software supports .SVG files I can design to my hearts content with my CraftArtist Pro software, save as an .SVG and import the file into Cricut Design Space to cut.  Thanks Provocraft for joining the real world. Now if you would just make an off line software package I would be even happier as not everyone has reliable internet service. Next up I will check out the cutter print and cut functions as that feature is important to me.  Many thanks to the Hubs for getting this for me, it really gave me a reason to keep on keep'in on!
Wishing Everyone a happy and healthy day. Thanks for stopping by,