Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween


Happy Halloween! I hope everyone has a safe one! DS#1 had a party at school yesterday and apparently ate too much chips & candy or something else must have upset his stomach. He is now lying down in my bed with what I think is a Stomach Virus. So no Trick or Treating for us tonight.
Look what showed up in my mailbox a few days go. Photobucket Isn't that Mummy the cutest?! It was sent to me by Amanda Bodine, she used my Candy Apple Box .cut file. She did a great job! Just look at how much candy these little boxes can hold! Photobucket
Please leave comment for Amanda letting her know what a great job she did.

Have YOU used my .cut files? Send me a picture of your project and I'll feature you on my blog!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Candy Monster

Another treat box.

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I made this one for my niece. It uses my 2.5x2.5 Plain Edge Candy Apple Box. There are soo many possiblities for these boxes. They don't neccesarly need to hold a slice of candy apple. I filled this one with a small piece of Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, York's Peppermint Patty, candy corn and a Dum-Dum lollipop. I also deleted the ribbon loop from the file; used double sided tape to keep it close and added a ribbon.
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Image is a digital stamp from Whimsie Doodles. I just LOVE their digital stamps. So cute and easy to use. Check out their blog for more great stamps and TONS of inspiration.
I also want to show you the difference between boxes. Remember Mr. & Mrs. Frankie? They were made using the 2x3 Scalloped box. Here is Mr. Frankie(purple box) side by side to the Candy Monster(black box). See the difference?
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Supplies: Candy Apple Box .cut file, Design Studio, Cricut Expression, DCWV Cardstock, Heidi Swapp Edge Distresser, Stickles, Offray Ribbon, WhimsieDoodles Candy Monster Digital Stamp, Crayola Color Pencils.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Candy Apple Boxes

After making some Candy Apples - well more like Chocolate Apples - I needed some cute to package them in. I searched online and came across several Frankie Boxes made with the SU! TopNote Die, but the real inspirations came from Jody Morrow and Cambria Turnbow. I merged both their ideas and came up with what I call my Candy Apple Box.
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Of course, I had to design everything in Design Studio to make it work. I made a total of 4 boxes in 2 different sizes - 2x3 and 2.5x2.5. Each size includes a Scalloped Edge Box and a Plain Edge Box. For my Frankie Boxes, I used the 2x3 Scalloped Edge Box.
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Mr. & Mrs. FrankiePlease note that the pieces to assemble Mr. & Mrs Frankie are in another .cut file.
2.5x2.5 BoxesThese boxes are designed outside of the mat's cutting area. Please see Tips & Tricks#1
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Candy Apple Box*Please request file by leaving a comment with email addy.
*Plantin Schoolbook
*Cricut Expression



Tips & Tricks

Having the Cricut Expression I normally design using the 12x12 Mat. However, sometimes I need my design to be exactly 12x12 or bigger than what the cutting mat allows. So, while playing with both the Expression and Design Studio, I have found that if you trick them into believing that it has a larger mat loaded it will cut outside of the 12x12 cutting area.
Lets use my Candy Apple Box for example. I designed two of the boxes - 2.5x2.5 Scalloped Edge and 2.5x2.5 Plain Edge - to be outside of the cutting area. Photobucket
When cutting out either of those two boxes or anything that is outside of the cutting area, simply change the mat size to 24x12. This makes the mat larger therefore, the design is no longer outside the area.Photobucket
Then turn to your Cricut, load your 12x12 mat and select Mat Size. That should change your mat size to 24. Go back to Design Studio and click CUT. (I don't have any pictures available right now, but I'll be back with those.) And that little Trick should allow you to cut a 12x12 strip or something outside the cutting area.
Please let me know if you have questions.

Mr. & Mrs. Frankie

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After seeing several of them done with SU! products, I decided to give them a try using Design Studio and the Cricut Expression. And in my attempt I used up a total of 4 carts! I designed them to go along with my Candy Apple Box. All pieces for assembling them are in the .cut file. The file is set up to cut out 4 Frankies - cutting out the "Faces" Tab twice.

Oh! my orginal nose was/is an oval -thats what you will see in the .cut file. But I wasn't liking the way it looked so I designed something similar to the SU! Round Tab Punch that I've seen used with these. I'm still working on that file, so I'll share that later with you.

Mr. FrankieI think he is rather handsome. Hair is from the Paper Dolls Dress Up Frankenstein enlarged to fit. I His eyelids are the 1" circles cut in half and raised using pop-dots dots. I hand drew the scars and mouth.
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Mrs. Frankie
I made her to look girlie - at least I hope. Hair is from PPDU, but a bit longer than Frankie's. Eyelids are 1" circle cut in half and raised with pop-dots. Eyelashes and mouth are hand drawn. Tied a glimmer misted flower bow to her hair. And gave her rosey cheeks.
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Supplies: Candy Apple .cut file, Mr. & Mrs. .cut file, Design Studio, Cricut Expression, DCWV Cardstock(green), Bazzill Cardstock(white, black, grey), Pearl Glimmer Mist, Prima Flower, Heidi Swap Pink Jewels, ZIG Black Pen, Marvy White Gel Pen, Misc. - Inks, Ribbon, Chalks
.cut File Preview
Use this as a paper placement guide. The "hair" on his tab is for Mr. Frankie and you get two cuts. Repeat cut if you need more.
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Next, is Mrs. Frankie's Hair. In order to save paper, just use a piece of 4.5x3.25 paper. I have outlined the area where the paper should go.
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Mr. & Mrs. Frankie
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*Accent Essential
*Plantin Schoolbook
*Paper Doll Dress Up
*Doodlecharms
*Cricut Expression

Friday, October 16, 2009

New Blogspot Address...

I'm thinking about chaning the blog address for this blog. If I do, it will occur between the next few days. And since I'm relatively new at this blogging world, I'm not sure if those following my blog will be lost. Please add the new address to your Favorites, until everything is changed over. I hope to see you at the new Blog!

Thank You!

New Blog Address:
*Please note that you will get a "Blog Not Found" message until the actual crossover happens.
Scrappin Cookie

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Trick Or Treat

See...I told you I was in a Halloween Mood. I really liked the way the Candy Corn Box came out, so I had to try it using Halloween paper and filling it up some other candy. I plan on making a few of these of my son's Kindergarten class.



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Supplies: Triangle Box .cut file, Mini Monograms Cartridge, Design Studio, Cricut Expression, K&CO Halloween Paper, Acetate, Ink, Ribbon, 1/8 Eyelet, Jump Ring, Whimsie Doodle Digital Stamp - Halloween Sentiments, M&M's Peanut, Frameworks by Christine Haskell

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Out of Acetate?

Well, thats not a problem!! I just found out you can use a page protector as a substitute. And it works great!

Simply cut the Page Protector in half...
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Place on your Mat
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Load onto your Cricut and CUT!
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Unload and you have your piece of acetate window covering...
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Monday, October 5, 2009

Triangle Box Tutorial

Here is a quick tutorial on how to put together my Triange Box so that it looks like a Candy Corn.

Start off gathering your supplies. I suggest using an adhesive runner or glue pen for the layers and some kind of double-sided tape for the tab.
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Fold your scorelines
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I inked my edges to give it more depth and I just like the look.
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Align the white layer with the edge of the box.
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Now place the orange layer.
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Since I cut the triangle box in yellow, I don't need the yellow layer in the .cut file. Continue by re-folding the scorelines, so you score the layers.
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Turn your box over and add your piece of acetate on the window.
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Turn it around again and add the adhesive of your choice to the bottom left tab. I would have used Sticky Strip, but I was all out. Instead I just used my regular adhesive. It worked out nicely. Now fold the glued tab away from you and form a triangle.
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Fill your box with Candy Corn or candy of your choice.
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Close the lid by sliding the bottom tab into the slot and the top tab inside.
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And Voila! your done!!
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This was my first photo tutorial, so I hope I explained everything. If not, please ask any questions you might have.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Halloween Treat Box

Let me start off by saying that I am NOT a Candy Corn fan. With that said, I present to you my FIRST Candy Corn box. Photobucket Do you see something wrong? The colors and sizes are all off!! Its suppose to be white, orange, yellow – with orange having the biggest piece. I don’t know why I always mix up the color order. Could it be that maybe not all candy corns are the same? Some are missing the white tip; others are only orange & white or yellow & white. So in the end, I think my candy corn is very cute and unique. However, being the semi-perfectionist that I am, I did it again - this time the correct way.

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Now let me tell you where the inspiration for this candy corn treat box came from. I’ve been in a Halloween mood lately – which is very weird for me. So, while browsing through the Cricut Messageboard, I came along this treat box by MizEsther. Of course, it was made with a cart I don’t own, so I decided to recreate it with Plantin Schoolbook and its Best Friend, Doodlecharms. So without any further interruptions I give to you my version of the Candy Corn Treat Box.

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Supplies:Triangle Box .cut file, Mini Monograms Cartridge, Design Studio, Cricut Expression, Cardstock, Acetate, Ink, Ribbon, 1/8 Eyelet, Jump Ring, Whimsie Doodle Digital Stamp - Halloween Sentiments, Frameworks by Christine Haskell

Triangle Box .Cut File
* Please request file by leaving a comment
*Plantin Schoolbook
*Doodlecharms
*Cricut Expression, Baby Bug Compatible – just change Mat Size