Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Quick Tip: Cut four 5" x 7" mats from a single sheet of scrapbook paper

Earlier today, I was cutting 5" x 7" mats for a page kit and thought others may be interested to see how to get FOUR from a standard sheet of scrapbook paper (12" x 12").

The trick is to not make your first cut all the way across the paper. Otherwise, at most you will be able to create THREE 5" x 7" pieces.

Here's how you do it:
STEP 1: Make a cut 5 inches from the left side of the paper just over 5 inches long.

STEP 2: Turn your paper so that this cut is perpendicular to the blade and 7" from the top of the paper trimmer. Make a cut 7" from the edge starting at the top and stopping at the previous cut. If you are using a Fiskar's paper trimmer, you can use the horizontal handle of the blade casing as a guide for where to stop. This creates your first 5" x 7" piece!

STEP 3: Turn the paper 90 degrees counterclockwise and cut 5" from the left edge. This creates your second 5" x 7" piece!

STEP 4: Repeat STEP 4 to create the third 5" x 7" piece.

STEP 5: This leaves you with an odd L-shaped piece of paper. Trim the 2" square off to create the final 5" x 7" piece. 

Want a visual? Here's a video showing the process.

VIOLA! It's that simple! With a little practice you'll wonder why you settled for getting three pieces in the past!

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Springtime in Dallas: Flower Market layout

This coming weekend, I'm excited to be heading to Dallas. Although it is going to be a quick trip, I'm hoping to get a chance to see some of the famous Texas Bluebonnets. According to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, we are right in the middle of the season.

I can't wait to get a few pictures to put on this layout I made using the Flower Market Cricut cartridge. I love that this cartridge has such a variety of detailed flowers. In an earlier post, I included a link to a document listing of all 50 flowers on the cartridge.

The layers of the flowers are cut from Glacier, Pacifica and Sapphire solid cardstock. The leaves and stems are made of Willow. Scattered over the page are stars cut from Lemon cardstock. The white tag and the "in TEXAS" from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which is retired. (I have one left in inventory -- message me if you'd like it!) All remaining cuts are from the new Flower Market Cricut cartridge.

On the outer edges, I used coordinating papers from the Enchantment and Adventure Fundamentals line. These patterned papers add more interest than solid cardstock without overwhelming the the floral theme of the page. Starting on the outer edges, you can see strips of the Sapphire thin stripes, Pacifica dots and Lemon broad stripes papers. White Twine and Blue Enamel Gems finish off the page.

While in Texas, I will be at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at the Gaylord Texas Resort in Grapevine. If you will be in the area, please stop by the Close To My Heart booth to say "Hi!". If you can come on Friday morning, you'll have a chance to make this layout as a create & take!

Friday, March 3, 2017

March Thin Cut Madness!

Thin cuts give you a fast and easy way to cut all kinds of shapes for your crafting. Although we just started carrying thin cuts about a year ago, we now have a wide variety including titles, sentiments, basic shapes and cuts that coordinate with stamp sets!

Titles and Sentiments

Whether you are a card maker or scrapbooker, you'll love these script words.

Even though they have the look of a fine tip marker they will cut cleanly every time. Even glitter paper cuts beautifully --- don't you love the glittery Sea Glass "happy" scrolling across this layout?

Basic Shapes

Want some great basic shapes to dress up your project. We have thin cut sets with circles, stars and hearts!

Coordinated with Stamp Sets

Finally, we have a number of sets that coordinate with our stamp sets. Cut out the shape then stamp on it to create a custom embellishment for your project!

For example, the the cupcake, party hat and candle from the Sweet Birthday Stamp Set  pictured above can be cut with precision using the coordinating thin cuts. Thanks to our clear acrylic stamp sets, positioning the design on the cut image is a piece of {cup}cake!

There are currently eight Thin Cut sets that coordinate with Stamp Sets.

Cut It Out Special

This month, all of the thin cuts --- titles, sentiments, basic and coordinating --- are all available at 25% off! In fact, there are several thin cut/stamp set bundles like the Sweet Birthday one are also discounted!

Note that the full retail price is shown in my online store, but the reduced price will be shown when added to the cart. Alternatively, you can go directly to the cart view (click on the cart image at the top of the screen) and scroll down to see all of the Thin Cut sets and bundles at their discounted prices. 

The Best Deal:

If you really love Thin Cuts, I have an EVEN BETTER deal for you! When you join my team in March, you'll get the Sweet Birthday Thin Cut bundle for FREE with your kit! In addition, once you are approved (typically less than 24 hours after applying), you can apply your consultant discount to the already reduced prices of as many additional Thin Cuts as you'd like. That brings the total savings almost 50% off!

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While you are shopping, don't forget to add the March Stamp of the Month to your cart. It's just $5 when you have an order of $50 or more!

If you have any questions about these March specials or other creative issues, you can email me by clicking HERE.

Keep creating!