Friday, October 30, 2009

Bee Happy


This is a card I designed using a card template from http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/trishuttercard/ and the Walk In My Garden Cricut Cartridge, as well as the Jasmine Cricut Cartridge. I built a gift into this card as well, the back panel of butterflies is perforated for easy removal to us as a bookmark! If you are interested in purchasing the indepth, 12 page tutorial please email me at papertigercreations@gmail.com. The copyright tutorial is $2.00 and will be emailed to you as a PDF attachment.
Thanks for stopping by my Blog today! Have a Scrappy Day!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Un-mounting rubber stamps

Un-mounting stamps from wooden blocks:

Pull the stamp away from the wooden block, and remove any foam until you are left with just the rubber image.

Lay the rubber images out and paint the back with an even coat of the Aleene’s Tack-It-Over glue and let dry for 24 hours. Once dry the glue is repositionable.

To stamp, simply put the image on your acrylic blocks and then clean as usual. Cleaning solution will not harm the repositionable glue.

Continue to ‘Building the binder’.


Making sheets of rubber compatible with acrylic blocks

I paint the back with a nice coat of Aleene’s Tack-It-Over glue and let dry for 24 hours.

Continue to ‘Building the Binder’.

Building the binder

Then I take the sheet copy of the rubber / the plastic images from the top of the wooden block stamps etc. and scan it into the computer. Print two copies, one on Cardstock and one on plain paper stock.

I have a zippered binder which I have loaded with page protectors. I put the plain paper copy and the original into the page protector on the left and the Cardstock copy into the page protector on the right (this cardstock copy helps to support the weight of the stamps on the page protector).

Put the images over the appropriate picture on the page protector on the right. I can easily see all my stamps from the pictures on the left and I keep them in order this way, as I do not have to keep lifting the stamps to see what they are an image of.

Make sure you use a zippered binder to prevent any possible losses.

The repositionable glue allows you to take the stamp from the page protector and mount it onto an acrylic block. Stamp and clean as you would with a wood mount stamp, then lift off the block and replace onto the page protector!



Sunday, October 11, 2009

Center pointing with & without a Cricut Expression

One of the very fun features of the Cricut Expression is Center Point. You can position the blade at the center of the image or pattern you would like to cut from, then press 'Center Point', choose a cut from the keypad and the cut will use the position you chose as the center of the cut.

1. Place the photo on the cutting mat

2. Position the blade in the center of the portion of the image you wish to cut out



3. Press ‘Center point’




4. Press 'shift' and 'Q' which will select the circle. Now press cut.





Don't have an Expression? No problem, you can center point too!


1. Take a scrap piece of paper, I used a 4x6 photo paper here, and placed it on the bottom left corner of my mat.

2. Move your carriage to the top, right-hand corner of the paper, and press 'select paper size' this will tell the Cricut you are positioning the blade at 4 by 6. Now press 'shift' and 'Q' which will select the circle. Now press cut.




We have created a template. Now position the portion of your photo that you would like to to be the center of the circle, under this template WITHOUT moving the template. Lift the gently and slide your picture underneath.



Now remove the template, leaving your photo in place, and move the carriage back to the 4 by 6 position.




Press 'shift' and 'Q' to select the 'Circle' and press cut. The Cricut will now cut the circle into your photo.



Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on how to use the Center Point feature of the Expression, and how to achieve center point on the original Cricut. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me and I will be happy to answer or help in any way I can.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Frugal tip 2 - Distress Ink Applicator Felts


Are you tired of paying $6 - $7 for 50 pieces of felt to use with your Distress Ink Applicator? Here are two things you can do:


1. Purchase the foam applicator pads as they can be washed out and reused several times.

or

2. Go to your local Wal-Mart or fabric store, find the bolt of white felt and ask to purchase the minimum they will cut off the bolt, here in Cranbrook it is a 6" minimum purchase. I purchase this 6" wide piece for approx. $3 and I cut the rectangles to 1 1/2" x 1 1/4" and was able to get a ton of felts to use with my applicator. Half the price for more than double the pieces...what a find!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


I really love the look of piercing on a layout or card, but find that it gets over shadowed by other techniques and then just fades into the background, so I found a new look that makes it stand out better. You can really see the change where I have filled the holes with my White Signo Pen. The white is very opaque and really highlights the beauty of piercing on my project.

I will put pictures of the completed project on the blog very soon. Thanks for checking in with me :)