Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Creations by Patti...
Big hugz and mahalos(thanks) to Gene and Patti for making me feel so special! You gals are just amazing, and I am truly blessed to have you in my life as friends!!!!
Monday, January 9, 2012
This Chinese paper cut dragon image is one I had previously come across while searching the internet but did not use for my earlier New Years jars project because it was a bit too intricate and the resolution of the original image was too low to get a good cut in MTC. Determined to create a cutfile of this image, I found some time after the holidays to re-scan and do some extensive editing in Photoshop to boost it's resolution so it would render a cuttable file.
I used black and red Oracal 651 vinyl for the cuts so it would be washable, and created shadow layers using gold mylar. Then baked up a batch of almond cookies to put inside.
Really wanted to give my new Cheery Lynn Designs Dragon die a try...just love how intricate their dies are! Had to run it twice through my Big Shot machine with a metal shim and spend some time pushing out all the tiny pieces, but I think the results are well worth the extra time. Backed the dragon cut with gold foil cardstock and used it to decorate the bag for my gift.
I tried to get photos of all the gifts that were swapped at our party, but unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to match the names of the creators with their creations.
Nevertheless, I wanted to share the photos of all the awesome gifts. Everyone in our group is so amazingly creative and inspiring!
We spent the afternoon lunching on bentos, playing games and having a good time together. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to put this together! Looking forward to spending yet another fun year of creative Cricut crafting with the Cricuteers!
Sunday, January 1, 2012
I guess the Year of the Dragon doesn't officially start until the 23rd, but since my family gets together to celebrate New Years on the 1st, I decided to use a dragon image to decorate the jars of cereal mix I shared with my family today.
The dragon image I used comes from the Pagoda cartridge. I wasn't entirely happy with the way he looks, so I did do quite an extensive image search on the internet hoping to find a better image to render into a cutfile but was unable to find one that would cut well or quickly enough for this last minute quickie project. Reluctantly, I settled on using the dragon from the Pagoda cartridge and welded the "2012" using the Don Juan font onto its shadow in Design Studio.Designer Digitals.
Decorated 13 of these and wrapped the jars in cellophane bags, finishing them off with this round seal. Best wishes to all for a Happy New Year of good health, good fortune and good times!