Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Attention Imagine Owners!

I am hoping that all of you that own an Imagine will be VERY happy with the MyCutSearch Tip for today!  Over the long weekend I was able to do some catching up on information for the website, and I now have ALL of the Imagine cartridges that are available up on the site and databased!

Now, I don't own an Imagine, so had to do some thinking when it came to all of those backgrounds and patterns that are included on the cartridges.  How in the world was a going to "categorize" those?  Then I started to think about how I look at paper when I go to start a project.  Sometimes I know I want a specific color or pattern.

So let's pretend you were getting ready to scrapbook a layout of a summer picnic.  Wouldn't a gingham check pattern be nice to use, since it would look like a traditional picnic tablecloth?  So go to MyCutSearch.com and type in

You should get this for your search results


That's right . . . that is a preview of all of the Imagine handbook pages that have a gingham check pattern.

Here is a larger view of one of them.

Some of the other patterns you can search for are floral, stripe and polka dot.  I hope that all of the Imagine owners like this feature and find it helpful!

Monday, May 30, 2011

SO HAPPY!

I am not usually the type to do two blog posts in one day, but I am just so happy!  As of 5:45pm Central time MyCutSearch.com is 100% updated!  Every handbook that is available, including the Imagine ones, are up on the site!  I have a special tip planned for all of you Imagine owners tomorrow!

Now I can relax and work on my own crafts, until the new handbooks are released.  I want to try and stay on top of things, and my master plan is that with each Hello Thursday I will start the process of adding the newly announced cartridges to the site.  If there are only a few new cartridges I should be able to do those in a weekend (unless we have a big soccer or hockey tournament!)

Thank you to all of you for waiting while I got things updated!

Tomorrow is the last day!

Tomorrow is the last day to vote for the Craftiest Mom.  I have entered, and if you would like to vote for me I would be honored.  You can submit your vote for me by going to this link.



Rules:
• The contest runs May 3-20 and all submissions must be uploaded on The Cricut Official Page on Facebook by May 20th, 12:00PM (EDT); Fan voting will take place May 23-31; winner will be announced on or about June 1;
• Anyone can participate ages 18 and older (legal residents of U.S. and Canada only);
• Submissions can be any handmade craft project which you have produced;
• Submissions must include a photo, no bigger than 15MB.
• Submissions must include a description of not more than 150 words of why you’re the Craftiest Mom;
• The person with the most Facebook votes will win the Contest;
• You may only upload one photo;
• Winners are responsible for any tax obligations arising from his/her participation in the Contest.
Winner will be announced on June 1. Look for the announcement on both facebook.com/officialcricut and facebook.com/Jingeradams.
Good Luck, everyone!
I used my diaper cake as my entry item.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Another American Alphabet Project

Another one of my readers mentioned that she had created a project with the new American Alphabet Cricut cartridge that we were looking at earlier this week.  Since I do not have this cartridge myself, I cannot share things that I created with it, but that is why it is so nice that I can reach out to other bloggers and share THEIR work here!  Let's look at what Faith has created.













She created this project for a challenge that had to include the color blue and at least one cloud shape.  I love how she used a VARIETY of images from different cartridges for this layout, and the flourishes on the American Alphabet letters accent her page so well.

If you would like to see some of Faith's other creations, you can check out her blog at http://www.faithabigaildesigns.com/

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Paper Lace 2

Another one of the new Cricut cartridges is another "sequel" . . . . Paper Lace 2

It does not JUST include lacy images . . . it has a full font set too . . . upper and lower case letters.

And some phrases

and borders


And yes, as the name says, lacy images

Wouldn't it be fun to make embossing plates out of some of these?


Friday, May 27, 2011

Cricut Decals

Cricut Decals is one of the new Cricut cartridges.  The Cricut Car Decals cartridge MUST have done good if they created a "sequel" to it!


I believe that this one is also pre-loaded onto the new E2 machine.  At first I thought "No big deal if I get this one or not.  I don't ever plan on doing car decals or those stick people" but there are actually some cute images on this cartridge.






















Okay . . . let's look at the BIGGER images . . .






















The bumper cars, merry-go-round and some of these images would be cute for a layout of a day to the fair.











































I LOVE snowmen!  I would use these snowmen, or snow people, for SO MANY (or SNOW MANY) things . . . layouts, cards, holiday decorations
































































I like that the Cricut Bug is getting in on some of the sports too!

If anyone has the new E2 and has played with this cartridge let me know!  I would love to do a guest blog spot and show of some of the things you have created with it.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cricut American Alphabet - Projects

On Monday we took a closer look at the new Cricut Cartridge American Alphabet, and I asked if there was anyone out there that had this cartridge and Jazzy answered my call!  So I went over to her blog to see what she had created with this cartridge.  Here is what I found . . .


Jazzy, I need to make a baby card, and I KNOW I have this same background paper, so you have inspired me to use it for that! 


I love the tree in this card!


Here Jazzy is using a trick I have used before myself . . . cut an image or letters for one project, and use the negative space that comes out of that cut for another.  


The letters in the second card are actually the ones that came out of the insides of the cuts for the first card.  This is a great way to get twice as much out of your cuts!


Thank you Jazzy for letting me know that you owned the American Alphabet Cartridge!  If you would like to check out Jazzy's blog and see some of the other wonderful things she has created, you can go to http://jazzyscards.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Craftiest Mom

Did you know that there is a contest going on right now to pick the Craftiest Mom?  I have entered, and if you would like to vote for me I would be honored.  You can submit your vote for me by going to this link. You can vote once each day, so feel free to go back again and again!



Rules:
• The contest runs May 3-20 and all submissions must be uploaded on The Cricut Official Page on Facebook by May 20th, 12:00PM (EDT); Fan voting will take place May 23-31; winner will be announced on or about June 1;
• Anyone can participate ages 18 and older (legal residents of U.S. and Canada only);
• Submissions can be any handmade craft project which you have produced;
• Submissions must include a photo, no bigger than 15MB.
• Submissions must include a description of not more than 150 words of why you’re the Craftiest Mom;
• The person with the most Facebook votes will win the Contest;
• You may only upload one photo;
• Winners are responsible for any tax obligations arising from his/her participation in the Contest.
Winner will be announced on June 1. Look for the announcement on both facebook.com/officialcricut and facebook.com/Jingeradams.
Good Luck, everyone!
I used my diaper cake as my entry item.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Can't see the images?

Here is a quick MyCutSearch Tip for you.  For those of you that don't know, one talented family created the website MyCutSearch to help people find images that are on Cricut cartridges. People have compared it to a search engine for Cricut images. If you want to learn more about the Mosch Family and why they created the site, you can read the whole story here.


If you are looking for an image of a kite, you can type in the word kite to the search bar and hit search, and MyCutSearch will show you a preview of all of the Cricut cartridge handbook pages that have a kite image on them.




Now, if you cannot see the images when they are this small, you can click on any one of the images to get a larger preview, like this . . . 


Still need it larger?  Click on the LARGE preview, and you will see that one page even larger.

Now on to the tip . . . what if you type in your search item, like we did for kite, and when you click on the preview it brings you to a totally different page of a cartridge that was not on the original  search results?  What is wrong?  This is most likely an internet cookies issue, and you need to delete internet cookies.  Sometimes the cookies will hold on to a past search for some odd reason, so by clearing the cookies you are wiping the slate clean so that you can do your new search.  We have this and other tips on our Troubleshooting page.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Cricut American Alphabet

First off . . . have to update all of you on some fun family news . . . my daughter's soccer team took FIRST PLACE in the soccer tournament this weekend!  It was so great to be there for each and every minute of it, even if some of those minutes were in the rain.  Can you tell her hair is soaking wet in this picture?  She is the one dead center of this shot.


Okay, back to crafting . . . 

So, since ProvoCraft decided not to release any new cartridges this month, and just re-showcase the cartridges that were from last time around, I thought that this would be great time to take a closer look at what is really in the new cartridges.  I am going to try to explore one each day.

Cricut American Alphabet



This cartridge is one of the ones that comes pre-loaded into the new E2 machine.  I am not sure if it will ever be available to the general public on it's own.  It looks like it has some cute font variations . . . a nice simple letter, letters inside of a circle and a fancier one with a swirl/flourish coming off of it.  One thing I do like is that the letters have both upper and lower case letter options.

But just because it is called American Alphabet don't think that it ONLY has letters in it!  There is a great variety of images in this cartridge too!  My personal favorite is the high heel shoe.  The images sort of remind me of the Celebrate with Flourish cartridge, which is a Lite cartridge.  Here are the images from Celebrate with Flourish so that you can see them both.

I really liked Celebrate with Flourish when it came out, but since it was a Lite and my Walmart does not carry any Cricut products I was out of luck . . . now that American Alphabet is out I guess I am out of luck again unless I buy the new E2.

Want to see some larger images of the new American Alphabet?  Here you go!


And let's not forget the great phrases!

If anyone has the new E2 and has played with this cartridge let me know!  I would love to do a guest blog spot and show of some of the things you have created with it.














Sunday, May 22, 2011

To My Blogger Buddies

You would all be VERY proud of me.  My daughter had a soccer tournament this weekend, and instead of just trying to make it to one game, and then missing the rest to work on updating the MyCutSearch.com database I went to ALL of the games!  I was outside, instead of in the basement.


On Saturday they tied the first game, which was played in the rain, but they won the second game.  Who knows what Sunday will bring.

Also, I have been going to the chiropractor, and things are getting better with my shoulder.  There is not as much pain in my shoulder, and I can actually lay down and sleep comfortably again . . . last weekend any time I put any pressure on that shoulder it just hurt.  I still have some numbness in my thumb and first finger, but that is getting a little better too.

Thank you all for reminding me what is MOST important and not to let the words of one "bad apple" on a message board get me down.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Butterfly card

I have a co-worker who has been ill, and a few of us are getting her a small gift.  Of course, I wanted to make a card for all of us to sign.  Since I just got my Cuttlebug recently I wanted to use that in this card.


I used the swirl Cuttlebug plate on a light purple piece of cardstock (purple is this person's favorite color) then I added a simple band of paper in a darker purple with a patterned paper layered over that.  The final touch  . . . a teal colored butterfly cut from the Graphically Speaking cartridge on glitter paper.

I think it turned out pretty good for my first Cuttlebug card.  If any of you are "pros" when it comes to the Cuttlebug and want to share some tips with me that would be great.  I really want to learn how to make my OWN plates from images I cut.  I tried to do this with some Mickey Mouse images cut from cardstock and layers about 5 deep but it did not make a good impression.  If anyone has tried making their own templates and found a method that REALLY works, let me know . . . I will even share it with people here on this site!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Curve ball

So, I did not plan a post for yesterday and today, since this week was supposed to be Hello Thursday from ProvoCraft . . . I was trying to plan ahead and hold these days for talking about the new cartridges!  Well, they threw me a curve ball . . . no new cartridges launched this month!  They are just re-showcasing the ones from last month.

So, in case you missed it, here is a link back to my list from last month

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My Cricut Cozy

I have had this Cricut Cozy for a while now, but I could not show it to you because it had the NEW name of our site on it.  Can you image if I would have posted this back in February, when we were still going by CricutSearch.com . . . everyone would have been wondering what was going on!


This Cricut Cozy was made for me by my dear friend Ellen over at CardMonkey-business.blogspot.com  She picked one person that was a stop in a blog hop we were in earlier this year to receive a custom Cricut Cozy made by Ellen herself!  

At the time she made it, I had to swear her to secrecy, since at that time we had just decided we were going to change the name of the site, and had not really even started any of the "work" of making the move.


I love how she embroidered My Cut Search and then my name below it.

Thank you again Ellen!  I think of you every time I look at it!
Make sure to check out Ellen's site to see some of the other things she has created.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Search Tip - Fonts with Shadow Cuts


First off, I want to thank everyone that commented on my "venting" post from the other day.  For some reason, even though I hear people every day telling us how great our site is, the comments of one or two people who bash on us saying that we only do this for the money seem to ring loud in my head.  No, we are NOT making big money off of this site right now.  Yes, we do have features and "extras" that we want to add, but that would take more time and work and we may want to charge for those "extras".  This is another reason we want so desperately to speak with someone at ProvoCraft so that we can know if we have permission to move forward with some of these ideas.  We don't want to end up in the same place others have found themselves . . . in a lawsuit with ProvoCraft.  So until the day we can talk with them and get the green light, we cannot even afford to invest the time into developing some of these "extras".

Okay, enough venting . . . on to the GREAT search tip.

Grab a cup of coffee and get ready for something that I would like to become a regular feature on this blog . . . the MyCutSearch Tips.  I am going to share some tips on features and searches you might not even know that you can do with MyCutSearch.

If you have ever been working on a project where you KNEW you wanted to use two colors on your lettering to give it that layered effect, like this.

To do this, you would need to use a font that includes a shadow cut feature.  Well, if you are like me, before MyCutSearch came along you would flip through all of your font handbooks to find the PERFECT font for your project, only to be disappointed when you saw that there was no shadow cut feature for that font.  Well not anymore!  What if you could JUST preview the fonts that HAVE a shadow cut?  Let me show you how you can do this.

Let's use the image in the layout above for an example of how to search for images with shadow cuts.

First, go to MyCutSearch, and on the left hand side you will see Advanced MyCutSearch.  It is the third item down on the list.  Click on that.



That will take you to a screen that looks like this.


Next, 
Make sure the keywords box is un-checked
Check the font box and check the character-number-symbol box
In the search bar, type in 

s shadow

The image below shows the boxes you should have checked, and along with the search parameter information.



Click on search
Now you will see only the pages with a letter S that also has a shadow cut

Remember, you can always click on any of these images to get a larger preview.

And if that is still not big enough for you, you can click on the single preview image to enlarge that one more time.

I hope that this helped you to learn something new about MyCutSearch, and how you can use it for your papercrafting needs.