Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Calling all Crazy Crafters!

I saw this on Facebook the other day . . .






















If I don't get on this show I want someone I know to be on it!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Are you a fan of Tags, Bags, Boxes and More?

On just about EVERY scrapbooking related message board, forum or group that I join I can find a someone talking about how much they want the Cricut Cartridge Tags, Bags, Boxes and More which is now retired and you can usually only find for outrageous prices on auction websites.  Well I found out that ProvoCraft is coming out with a SECOND version of this cartridge!  Here are some preview images that I found



































































Thank you to Stamps Alive who took these great photos. If anyone would like to place a pre-order I believe they can contact Stamps Alive to do so.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Simply Sunday - Fantasy Land

Welcome to Simply Sunday with the Getting Cricky Design Team!

Today is the day that the Getting Cricky Design Team gets to show off some of the projects they have created with the wonderful stamps from K Andrew Designs.  Our theme for this week is Fantasy Land . . . this one is PERFECT for me!  As many of you know, I have done SEVERAL Disney Themed cards with the K Andrew stamps . . . Boo from Monsters Inc, Sleepy, Happy, Grumpy, Pocahontas, Meeko, Jaq and Gus . . . and now for today's project Cinderella!


As a little girl it was always my fantasy to be Cinderella, so for my card I used a cut of Cinderella in her wedding dress, which is from the Disney Happily Ever After Cricut cartridge.  I also used a corner cut from the Cricut Storybook cartridge.

The sentiment is from the K Andrew Positive Thoughts Stamp set.  Perfect for any princess on her special day.

Don't the pearls on the this kind of look like a Hidden Mickey?  



Make sure to stop by Getting Cricky to see what the rest of the Design Team has created, and you can even enter your OWN project into the challenge.

Do you need some ideas for the challenge?


If you own the Sponge Bob Cricut cartridge I bet you could come up with some cute cards using the Pirate Tales and Fish Scales stamp set.  I also came up with several cute ideas with the Hello Kitty and Disney Cars cartridges . . . all using the K Andrew stamps!

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Using masks on photos in MyMemoriesSuite

The other day I told you that I figured out how to use a mask on a photo in the MyMemoriesSuite program.  For some of you this might not sound like a big deal, but MyMemoriesSuite does not have a blending tool to "soften" the edges of your photos.  It took some research . . . and I found comments on a forum that said that there was no way to "blend" or "soften" the edges of your pictures, but I was DETERMINED that there MUST be a way to do it.

I ended up having to apply the mask in Photoshop, and then save the photo and make it almost like a digital sticker.  There are two parts to this process and here are two sites that had some good step by step instructions that I used for this process

http://everydaydigitalscrapbooking.blogspot.com/2008/11/how-to-use-photo-masks.html

http://www.mediacollege.com/adobe/photoshop/transparent/background.html

I will mention them in the video.  I know this video is probably not that great . . . I did some stumbling around . . . but I wanted to get it out to you instead of re-recording it several times.  I have only done videos a few times, so I am new to making them.

If you want to view the video full screen, here is the link . . . http://youtu.be/2PZfkWDhq5s



Okay . . . between that video and the links I posted above, you should be able to mask your photo and turn it into an element you can place into a digital scrapbook with the My Memories Suite software. But now how do you actually place that image? Here comes video number 2 . . . and the link for full screen
http://youtu.be/AHP2tc6xySU



Figuring out how to do this process really opened up a LOT of options for me with my digital scrapbooking. I could now take free clip art images I found online and use the Making Backgrounds Transparent info from this link . . .
http://www.mediacollege.com/adobe/photoshop/transparent/background.html
which I talked about in the first video, and then make my OWN digital scrapbooking elements!  Give it a try! It is really pretty easy!  The MAIN thing I have to remember is to save those digital images as png files.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sorry it's been so long . . .

I have been busy trying to find handbooks to some of the NEWER Cricut Cartridges so that I can update them on MyCutSearch.com

Also, I have been working on the yearbook for my daughter's hockey team.  I am using the MyMemories Digital Scrapbooking software, and I have only made one other book so I am still learning a few things as I go.  One thing I learned how to do today is apply masks to pictures!  Here is what I was able to do today. . .


I love how the pictures "fade" into the background paper!  So now that I know how to do this I want to make a video to show all of YOU how to do it also!  I am hoping to do that in the next few days.

Also . . . I have been spending some time on Pinterest.  If you are a fan of MyCutSearch, there is now a MyCutSearch Tips board on Pinterest.  I have also created boards for the K Andrew Designs Stamp Sets and for the Stampin On The Edge BFF Stamp Set, so if you are fans of those stamps you can follow the board and see new projects as they are added.  Here is a link to my page so you can find ALL of the boards I just mentioned . . . Pinterest

Sunday, January 22, 2012

And the winners are . . . .

Time to announce the winner for the Getting Crickey Simply Sunday last Sunday and the Blog Hop this past Friday.

Each of the following people will be getting a $10 Gift Certificate to Custom Crops!


(I will list the winner, and a link to their blog if they provided that information.)

Janice Aeschliman

Tami Bohannon

Donna De Graw

Tina Foley

CathyinMN
(I did not have Cathy's full name at the time of this post . . . I will update when I do)

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Leaving comments

I have had a few people say that they could not leave comments on my blog recently. I had this same thing happen to me when I was trying to comment on blogs a few months ago. Here I would check if you are experiencing problems posting . . . this is straight from the Blogger Help Forum


1) If your users are Firefox/IE users they need to make sure they have 3rd Party Cookies installed.
http://www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/config/EnableCookie.htm 
2) If you have word verification turned on. People with popup blockers will probably have problems with this. It's advised to turn this off as Blogger now has Spam Filtering 
3) If you make your comments Full Screen instead of Embedded/Popup then more people will be able to comment on your blog. 
4) Check your Comments Tab to see if they are getting Moderated. Pay particular attention to the Spam section.
5) One thing to try, but backup your blog template first, is to try resetting all your defaults. see screenshot. You do this from the Design, Edit HTML screen. 
6) If they are having trouble logging in get them to UNTICK the remember me checkbox 
7) There is a KNOWN ISSUE affect IE8/9 users currently
http://knownissues.blogspot.com/2011/10/were-investigating-reports-of-users-not.html

Friday, January 20, 2012

Getting Cricky Blog Hop - U R SO SWEET


Welcome to the "U R SO SWEET" Getting Cricky Blog Hop!!
We're so happy you could join us for this month's Getting Cricky Design Team Blog Hop!!  We have an EXTRA SPECIAL hop for you this month -- All week long, the Design Team has been featuring many of Kristal's stamp sets in anticipation of the hop...  If you've missed out on any of the week, be sure to check out our previous posts for MORE THAN 100 CREATIVE IDEAS and PROJECTS using Kristal's stamps as well as giveaways, promotions, tips, and tutorials!! 

If you've hopped along from Kristal's site then you are in the right place!! If you are just joining me from your dashboard, or reading this via email, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Kristal's blog (you'll want to catch up on all the FUN!!)...

Each of Kristal's stamp sets benefit charity. At least $1 per stamp set goes to benefit the charity noted on the stamp set package. Kristal is donating to the following charities: Cancer Angels, Storefront Shelter for Homeless Children, Intrepid & Fallen Heroes, E. Glaser Pediatric AIDS  Foundation, Doorways Shelter for Women & Children (Domestic Violence), Wayside House for Women, Camp Good Days & Special Times, Adopt a Classroom, and Autism Research Institute. Kristal will donate $1 for every stamp set sold, retail or wholesale to the charity noted; and over time believes this will add up to some wonderful miracles for these special people. So you can feel good that each time you purchase a K Andrew Designs art stamp set, someone around the country is receiving some good help!

K Andrew's stamps are all made and assembled here in the USA, which is very important to Kristal. This ensures all product materials are safe and that jobs are being provided and maintained here in America.  You can learn even more about Kristal's stamps (and pick some up for yourself) by visiting her online store: K Andrew Designs:







Kristal's stamp sets are perfect for cards, layouts, and so much more...

I decided to use the Owly Hoo stamp set.


There is a stamp that says "loves you" in this set, and I thought it worked perfect for one of the Valentine's Day cards that I wanted to make for my husband.  

I have a nickname that has a pig reference in it, so that is why I went with the pig image for the card.  If you don't own this stamp set you can purchase it by clicking HERE.  There are a lot of great phrases you can mix and match for any occasion.

Right now Kristal is offering a special deal . . . . 
Buy $25, get the Mini Heart Bonus Set for FREE!!

Now for some blog candy!  How about some gift certificates to Custom Crops!  Let's play a game to enter to win . . . 

Those of you that know me know that my family created the website MyCutSearch.com and that I like to have everyone play a game with MyCutSearch.com in order to enter to win prizes.  Since my card has a pig on it, let's go to MyCutSearch and search the word

pig

Then send me an email by clicking here or by using the Contact Us Page at MyCutSearch.com telling me how many Cricut handbook pages came up in the search for the word pig.  Winner will be announced on Sunday January 22nd so make sure to stop back and see if you are the lucky winner!


Now you can hop on over to your next stop: 
our favorite mermaid . . . Lisa! 






Getting Cricky Blog Hop

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My Cut Search - Hide/Display informaiton

I have seen this question asked before . . . how do you know what the symbols stand for on the Pagoda Cartridge?  I have two ways you can do this . . .

First, you can look at the handbook image that is indicated by the circle and arrow below.  On each handbook page with a symbol, there is also a cut with the English word in the spot that I circled and indicated with the arrow below.

The second way is to use MyCutSearch.com.  There is a Hide/Display button, which I have indicated with a circle and arrow in the image below.  When you click on that icon and display more information all of the info below the handbook preview shows up . . .


As you can see, one of the things this will show you is the Keywords . . . these are the words that MyCutSearch.com uses to "find" this handbook page.  As you can see by the oval and arrow, one of the terms for this handbook page is autumn, which is the English word for the symbol shown on this page.

Hope that helps!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New Cricut Cartridges - January 2012

It is time for new Cricut cartridges to come out, and here are some previews of the ones for January 2012!

There is a new Cricut Imagine Art Cartridge for Greeting Cards . . . .

























And a new Spanish/Latino inspired cartridge called Ole
And there is a new Font cartridge called Type Candy
Now you can celebrate ALL of the holidays with Elmo and the rest of the gang from Sesame Street with the new Elmo & Friends Holiday cartridge
There is a second font cartridge, but it is a Cricut Circle exclusive . . . 
There is snow on the ground now, but it will be summer soon enough, and there is a new Lite cartridge for your summer fun

If you are having a baby, or throwing a baby shower, you should take a look at this cartridge . . . 
Or maybe there is an upcoming wedding or bridal shower in your future . . . 
I have seen so many projects recently with three-dimensional flowers, and here is a cartridge for those of you who love to use those flowers!
Remember the days before handheld video games where children would sit and read books.  I remember having a few shape and color books that were always brought with any place where we would have to sit and wait quietly . . . now you could make your own version of those books
Make sure to come back tomorrow night for the Getting Cricky Blog Hop!  There will be great projects and prizes!!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Birthday card for my Brother-in-law

This week several members of the Design Team are featuring projects with the stamps from K Andrews, and it all leads up to our Blog Hop on Friday January 20th.

Today I am sharing a card that I created for my Brother-in-law's birthday.  Cards for men are ALWAYS hard for me.  I love to use ribbon, glitter and bling, but those are just not "manly".

For this card I used the Wild Card Cricut cartridge.



I combined some fun patterned papers, and added a metallic silver frame around the center.  Since my brother-in-law plays the guitar, I added a guitar sticker to the center.  To finish things off I combined words from two different K Andrew stamp sets . . . the "ready, set . . . " is from the Crafty Friends stamp set, and the "Party" is from the Pirate Tales and Fish Scales stamp set.
If you would like to purchase this stamp set you can do so by clicking on the link in the stamp set name above.

If you are on Facebook make sure to RSVP to the hop at the event page.  And if you ever feel like you need some inspiration for various uses for these stamps you can look through the Gallery, which is organized by stamp set, to see projects created by the Design Team.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Birthday Card for my Father-in-law

This week several members of the Design Team are featuring projects with the stamps from K Andrews, and it all leads up to our Blog Hop on Friday January 20th.

Today I am sharing a card that I created for my Father-in-law's birthday.

Cards for men are always a challenge for me . . . I love to play with ribbons, glitter and bling but those just don't work on cards for men.

My Father-in-law really likes the sayings on the Scripture Sayings stamp set.  Here is a preview of that stamp set . . .




For this card I also did a little cleaning up of some scraps I had sitting around.


 
I cut squares from some scrap papers in a similar color theme and pieced them together . . . kind of like a quilt.

If you would like to purchase this stamp set you can do so by clicking HERE.

If you are on Facebook make sure to RSVP to the hop at the event page.  And if you ever feel like you need some inspiration for various uses for these stamps you can look through the Gallery, which is organized by stamp set, to see projects created by the Design Team.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Simply Sunday - Let it Snow

Welcome to Simply Sunday with the Getting Cricky Design Team!

Today is the day that the Getting Cricky Design Team gets to show off some of the projects they have created with the wonderful stamps from K Andrew Designs.  Our theme for this week is Let it Snow, and you have to use embossing in the project as part of the challenge. 

I made this card for my daughter, and I plan to give it to her for Valentine's Day.  I had this made before I even realized that it fits PERFECT for today's challenge!



The card is cut from the Wild Card Cricut cartridge.  I cut a white circle slightly smaller than the card and embossed it with my Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder.  To make the embossing really stand out, I used my pink ink pad across the top and edges of the circle.  Then I cut a penguin from the Christmas Cheer Cricut cartridges . . . he is so cute!  I added a bright pink heart with the stamped sentiment "Frosty Kisses" which was created from the K Andrew Winter Wishes stamp set.
Now for some blog candy!  How about some gift certificates to Custom Crops!  Let's play a game to enter to win . . . 

Those of you that know me know that my family created the website MyCutSearch.com and that I like to have everyone play a game with MyCutSearch.com in order to enter to win prizes.  Since my card has a penguin on it, let's go to MyCutSearch and search the word

penguin

Then send me an email by clicking here or by using the Contact Us Page at MyCutSearch.com telling me how many Cricut handbook pages came up in the search for the word penguin.

Make sure to stop by Getting Cricky to see what the rest of the Design Team has created, and you can even enter your OWN project into the challenge.