Friday, June 29, 2012

Part 1 - Using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge with matching stamp sets

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Over the next several posts I want to share with you my 'routine' for adding a new stamps set to my collection, which can also be cut out with the Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridge Art Philosophy.

When Close To My Heart produces a stamp set that may include images that can be cut with their Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, they make a notation on the stamp carrying sheet (plastic the stamps come stuck too) regarding the size to cut the shape in order to match the stamped image...
For instance on the Stamp Of The Month for February 2012 - Thoughtful Tidings, you can see that the stamp in the upper-left corner has a small marking to its upper right of 2 1/4", you would set your Cricut to that size in order to cut the shape that this stamp was made to fit to.  This is very helpful, however, I'm betting your like me and would like a little additional help i.e. on which page of the 79 pages in the handbook would you find this shape on?  Also, what about those other shapes without a specific shape & size assigned to them, can they match up to a shape in the book? and if so, what size? Also, what button do I push to get to the shape in the book? Am I right?  Well I'm hoping to help you out with those and any other questions you might have, over then next several posts, so keep checking back or subscribe to my newsletter so you don't miss a thing. (Subscribe by entering your email address in the box at the top-right and hit submit, an email will be sent to you to click a link and confirm your desire to receive my email newsletter)

When I got my Art Philosophy Cartridge I sat down with the handbook and did some numbering of the pages...when you look at a cartridge overlay (white buttons only) you will see each overlay has 5 rows across and 10 buttons on each row...
Therefore I label each page with the button it corresponds to i.e. row 1 button 1 is on page 21 of the handbook and contains a circle <Circle1> and with <shift> a daisy flower <Flower1>, so in the upper left of page 21 I put R1 B1 (row 1 button 1).  Row 1 button 2 is on page 22 of the handbook and contains an oval <Oval1> and with <shift> a snowflake <Snowflake1>.  Row 1 button 3 is on page 23 in the handbook and contains a square <Square1> and with the <shift> a star pattern <Star1>.  I did this on each subsequent page as well....

It may take several minutes to do this but it is worth the effort because in the future when you are flipping through your book and find a shape you want to cut, you can quickly head to the correct button without having to study the entire overlay to find out which button will cut the shape you want.  I love speed and ease of use!!  BTW, the words inside the < > pointy brackets, under the shape is exactly what you should see on your Cricut Screen (Personal bug, Expression or Cricut Create), to ensure you have entered the right button.  The Expression 2 and the Imagine show the picture instead of words like <Oval1>.

If you have any questions please feel free to post them in a comment below or email me at canadianpapershaper@gmail.com

My next post will explain the next step, adding some markings to that plastic, stamp carrying sheet with a Fine Tip Sharpie Pen which will allow you to make quick work of your next project!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Want to get more photo's on your layouts???

Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to share a bit about a little known product from Close To My Heart called Flip Flaps.  These cool little 'memory protectors' will adhere to your layout and allow you to add another 2 photos per flip flap!  Here are a couple of layouts on which I used the 4x6 flip flaps, one layout I used them vertically and the next horizontally.  There are available in 4x6, 6x6 and then a 12" that has several additional sizes in it.  Check them out!



Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pop Up Graduation Card for Just A Scrappin'!

Hi Everyone!
I’m so excited to share some news with you!!  I have the great honour of representing Just A Scrappin' as a member of their design team!
At Just A Scrappin’ there is always a challenge going on and I hope that you will go on over for some inspiration, ideas, news on the latest in the industry and stuff to get those creative juices flowing and who knows, your challenge entry may even win you some blog candy!! {Read as: Supplies! or treats! or satisfaction for your addiction! LOL}
This week’s challenge is ‘Anything Goes’!  Make a card, layout or a project using the color green and any other color that you would like.  The challenge is open for one week so head on over to http://just-a-scrappin.blogspot.ca/
For this week’s challenge here is my card:

This is a pop up card!  The cute little owl resting on the branch can actually be removed, he is a gift within a gift, as he is a bookmark!

o   Cardstock from Colormates
o   Some recycled plastic packaging
o   Misc. patterned papers
o   CTMH – D1498 Cricut Art Philosophy Companion Stamp Set {comes with cartridge}
o   CTMH – D1501 a&b Double package Stamp Set
o   ½” Square Punch
o   ½” Circle Punch
o   Google Eyes
o   Twill Tape – 22”
o   Adhesives – (10) Foam Dimensionals, Zig Glue Pen, small glue dot & Scor Tape
o   Deep Cut Housing and Deep Cut Blade To cut plastic backing to make owl a bookmark
o   Post-it Note
If you would like a copy of my complete instructions please choose one of the following: {you will be sent to my 'Box' site.  If you don't already have a 'Box' account choose sign up in the upper right corner of the screen, fill in the required information {name, password, phone number (this is perfectly safe they just use the unique phone number to make sure you don't already have an account), then you will need to confirm your sign up by clicking the link in the email they send you and then you can log into your account and download my files.}  (I will always use this method to give you free tutorials from my site):
Thanks for checking in at my blog today and I hope you will come back often!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta
Design Team for Just A Scrapin'

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Saturday, June 16, 2012

New email subscription offered

Hi everyone!

I have been trying to find an easier way for everyone to subscribe to my blog by email rather than having to visit everyday and I think I have found the answer! At the top right of my blog you will now find a button that says subscribe by email. Just enter your email address {any address you currently use} then you will have to confirm your subscription by entering the funky code and that is it! You will receive a confirmation that you are subscribed and then you will see any new posts in your email box rather than having to come to the web!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog