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Vinyl Decals and a New Vinyl Cutting Machine

Vinyl Decals and a New Vinyl Cutting Machine

Not too long ago, I decided that I was tired of having to always work with whatever cartridges I owned to design my vinyl decals. I will admit that I was in total confusion as to which machine to choose….but I finally decided to bid on a USCutter machine on eBay. I must tell you that I have always received the best customer service any time that I have called USCutter, so it seemed to be the logical choice after all.

Without further comment, I think I will just share my first cuts with you. I really had no idea what I was doing or how everything was to be set up….and as you can tell in the video, I did not even have my vinyl lined up properly.

That was in early December. With the full schedule of the Christmas Season, I couldn’t spend as much time learning the ins and outs of the software and machine….however, I am getting along much better now.

So, I thought I would share a few vinyl projects from December…some from my Cricut Machine and others from the USCutter machine. I bet you can tell which photos go with which machine.

Dressed to the Nines Blog Hop

Dressed to the Nines Blog Hop

Don’t you just love blog hops? All the creativity oozing from pages grouped together for your enjoyment? All that blog candy waiting to be won?

Well, this Blog Hop is no exception. We have ten very talented ladies sharing their creations for the Cricut Message Board Dress Form Tag Swap from this month. You may have arrived here from Jenn’s Blog, Scrapping Under the Influence. Don’t you just love that name? I would love it even better if I had thought of it for myself..haha! S.U.I…LOVE it!

Here are the links to each of the Dressed to the Nines Blog Hoppers…

Simply My Crafts

Lil Red’s Craftin’hood <–YOUR NEXT STOP


The Kraft Lab

Just Jean’s


Paper Scraps N More


Scrappin Diva

Scrapping Under the Influence

I had so much fun creating my tags for this swap, but not near as much as I did “hanging out” with all of the participants.

My first tag is from the Halloween Category. The Mummy is wrapped in cheesecloth and I cut a little bat from some trim that I purchased at my local scrap store.

This second tag is for the Designer’s Choice category and sports an adorable apron cut from the Paper Dolls for Everyday Cricut Cartridge. Purple is the color of the day with the ribbon matching the gingham paper used for the apron.

My favorite of the three tags and the one that I spent the most time researching, inking, distressing, embossing, and decopauging is another Designer’s Choice member. Vintage Fly-Fishing is alive and well on this tag.

The vest and hat both came from the Paper Dolls for Everyday Cartridge. I found the vintage magazine graphic online and decoupaged it to the tag prior to adding the Tim Holtz Sewing Room Dress Form.

The back of this tag includes frames cut from the Mothers Day 2010 Cartridge. Each of the vintage photos of women and their catch for the day were found online. Each was printed and then inked with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give them an aged look.

I am so lucky to have a Guest Designer join me on my blog for this blog hop. You will see Cindy32 further down in our blog hop line-up, which will bring you back to Simply My Crafts for another look at all that she has created. This is my first time to swap with Cindy. I am so very happy she joined us and I am looking forward to CMB swapping with her again.

So, what’s a Blog Hop without Blog Candy? Of course, we have candy…a set of die cuts from the Tim Holtz Sewing Room Set, the Sizzix Movers and Shakers Tag/Boolplate Die by Tim Holtz, and the Tim Holtz Birdcage Die with a bit of other goodies thrown in for good measure. First let me tell you what you have to do for a chance at winning. You will receive chances for each of the following steps. First and foremost, leave a comment here for your first chance. Gain other chances by completing the next steps and coming back to leave another comment telling me which of the other steps you completed.

So here they are …

1. Comment on this post.
2. Google Friend/Follow this Blog
3. Like my Simply My Crafts Page on Facebook.
4. Become a subscriber on my YouTube Channel.
5. Leave a comment on each of the blogs in this Blog Hop. (Worth 2 Extra Chances!)
6. Comment again to tell me which of the above steps you have completed.

So that is seven…count them…up to SEVEN chances you have for winning!

So after commenting here, you must RUN…not walk…to your next stop along the way to Lil Red’s CraftinHood, where you will find the most amazing dress form tag.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your journey through the remainder of our Dress to the Nines Blog Hop.

Santa and Rudolph Christmas Banner

Santa and Rudolph Christmas Banner

Okay, no apologies….I am behind in posting some of my crafts. Tonight I will try to catch up a bit with at least uploading some photos.

This Santa, sleigh and tiny reindeer Christmas Banner was intended as a gift for my sister-in-law, but she ended up displaying it at the hospital where she works. I wish that I could tell you that I came up with the design…but I didn’t, so I can’t and I won’t. Unforatunately, so much time has lapsed that I do not remember the blog where I originally found this. If you know the blog, please leave me a comment so that I can respectfully give credit for the original thought.

If I remember correctly, the cartridges used were Create a Critter for the reindeer and Joys of the Season for Santa and his sleigh. This was my first time to utilize the new layers application on my Gypsy.

This was so much fun…and I hope to make more as gifts for next year.

New Kid on the {Cricut} Mat

New Kid on the {Cricut} Mat

Though I am not new to blogging, I am a fledgling Cricut Commander. There is no better way to chronicle my {mis}adventures with my new Cricut Expressions,  than with a blog.
Not sure if this is the theme that I will stick with, but it is a far cry better than the plain jane WordPress basic themes offered when you first download your WordPress Blog.
I hope you will come along…not laugh at me too much…while I dream of perfectly scrapped pages, magnificent upcycled mini albums and lovely designed cards.
Thanks for stopping in….