Thursday, August 11, 2011

Creating your own display

As promised I am posting instructions and pics for making the 3 tiered display.  I will try to make the instructions as clear as If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

You will need 4 USPS Priority Mail boxes ( O-1095 ) these you can get for free at the post office (if you have a large one ) or you can order online a . I would have a couple of extra on hand...just in case.

I made my display the full length of the box including the end flaps ( 21.5" ). It can be made to any length.

Carefully open box at the seam.

The narrow 3" side of the box forms the top shelf. On the wide side of the box measure down 2"and draw dashed fold line, then 3", then 2", then 3" again and finally 2". Draw a cut line. To form the back, measure down 6" from the opposite side of the side panel and draw a cut line.

Score along your dashed lines - I used my bone folder to do it.

Cut 2 or 3 of the side panels...if you will be displaying heavier items you will want a center support. Using a pen in your cutter draw the MTC design. If you have a cutter that will cut thick chipboard you can draw the fold lines and cut the shape with your cutter.  If you are like will have to cut by

Drawn pattern. I flipped the design for the second side.

Hand cut pieces

Scored and folded

If you are making the display the full length you will have the adhesive strips on the scored and folded edges. Lightly cut through the paper covering the adhesive about 1/2" from the edge. Apply double stick tape along the edge of both sides of the rest of the length. You could use hot glue, but I find that it sets up to quickly.

Attach the back first lining up the edges and press firmly into place.  Do the same for the second side.

Draw, then cut 2 of the "wrap" side panels. Score and fold along dashed line.

Attach sides to back. Your back piece should be 8 3/4" high by what ever length your display is.

This is the finished display.  I used the 3" side panels from the boxes to make the front facings and I used in each of the 3 front corners,  to secure the wrap to the base. If you don't want to change the wrap in the future, you can permanently attach it.
Now you can cover it with paper or use whatever medium you like to finish it.
I would love to see your finished displays.

Here is the link to the MTC file link.!126

Have a creative day.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My Perpetual Calendar

I hope everyone is having a wonderful "hump" day.

I am working on posting pics and instructions for the display that I recently made and I will have them posted by tomorrow for anyone interested, but in the meantime I wanted to share this years calendar I made. I think it turned out rather well......maybe even awesome!? 
I am starting to work on a new one for next year. I just love making personalized calendars!

The border and calendar title were designed and cut using MTC

The mini calendars and to do list can be replaced with pictures and the calendar can be replaced with next years calendar or with pictures and it is a ready made scrapbook!   The border at the bottom of the top page forms a pocket where appointment cards can be kept.  The boys in the pictures are two of my grandsons,  Jordan and Nick.

Thanks for taking a look and have a creative day.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Happy Friday Everyone.....

I have A Cricut Imagine and a Boss Kut Gazelle for sale at my Etsy Store and I have taken $30.00 off the price of each. Sale is Aug. 5th, 6th and 7th. If you are in the market for a new die cutter you have to check these out..Great Price! And they come with extras..........

 I just finished my first display that I constructed using 3 mailing boxes.  This one I made to display my  buttons and flowers. I think it turned out pretty well......for a first effort 
If anyone is interested in how I made it, I have one more to make and I would be happy to post pictures and instructions.

Please leave α comment and let me know what you think .

The front sections, sides and back are all removable so if you want a new look you don't have to start from scratch.

Here is the display filled. There is also two matching boxes, One with my most used tools and one with my Smootch Spritz.

This is the card I made for my friend, Judi that just became Grandmother to a beautiful baby girl, Fiona.

Used border and corner punches on most of the edges. Giraffe, frame and "G" is store bought...not sure of the company.  Created the name and shadows using my favorite software.........MTC - a simply amazing program!

Used Cri-Kits pen for the verse. The bear is an outline sticker.

Hope everyone has a happy and creative weekend.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Well the month of July is almost over and it has been a busy one for me. Due to my husbands' current medical condition I have had to take over his chores as well as mine so I haven't had time to do much crafting or update my blog - but I am becoming a jack of all trades whether I want to or

I am posting three cards that I did get time to make.  Most of the design elements were created using the basic shapes in the MTC program and I have included the MTC cut files for them if you are interested. Please let me know how you like them.


This is the card I made for my step Grandson Mike who got a 3.60 on his final report card.

This is the inside of the card. I used gold star stickers and fastened the "you did it" with brads so his 'reward' could be slipped under it. (He did get more than 5

I inked all the edges with Jumbo Java ink to give the letters and mats more dimension.
I used a gold glitter pen to outline the stars.

Here is the link to the file if you are interested.!110

This second card I made for our neighbors of 9 years that just bought a new home. It was  hard to see them move out and I will still see them around - but it's just not the same.

The "shingles" on the roof were cut from 2 different shades of rust card stock. I then inked the edges using Jumbo Java ink and then accented them with Wood Stain Smootch Spritz.

The inside of the card I used scrap strips and inked the edges. The verse was inscribed using my Cricut Create and Cri-Kits Metallic pens.  On the facing page, I crossed stitched Home Sweet Home, fringed the edges, and used brads to fasted it to the mat.

I threaded 2 keys and a dog bone through the fibers which I wrapped around the card.

Here is the link to the MTC file. There are some design elements in the file that I didn't use on this card.!110

This last card I created for my new neighbor, welcoming her to the neighborhoodI used the same techniques as I did in the first new home card, inking  all edges and spritzing the roof pieces and used foam dots to add dimension.  The flowers in the window box are from K & Company.


For the inside left panel I emobssed the cream mat with a key motif and then lightly inked the keys. On the right, I stitched  the wall hanging and hung it on a brad.!11

I am currently working on a tiered display for my jars of buttons and flowers ( I am still organizing my supplies)........ I will post the finished item with instructions when it is finished.......if it works

Thanks for checking out my blog and for your comments.

Have a creative day!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there.....

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday.

If anyone is interested I have added a link to my MTC file for the Ribbon Bobbins and File Dividers. You can find it under the picture of the bobbins.  Please let me know if you have any trouble getting the file.

Have a creative day!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Happy Wednesday everyone..........

It has been a very busy month for me. My husband had surgery on his back, in Pittsburgh ( which is about a 3 1/2 hour drive for us ) for a compressed spinal cord on May 16th. He was in the hospital for 3 days and then in 2 different rehab hospitals since. He is currently having home therapy and we are hoping that he will be walking again soon - neither the surgeon nor the therapist can tell us anything definite...just hoping for the best.

In my spare time, I have been busy sorting through my crafting items trying to turn my 'crafting chaos' into 'creative crafting' again - also known as "Mission Impossible"

Now....what to do with it all. I didn't want to spend a lot of money buying organizers, so I started looking around to see what I could make some out of.

 I have come up with a few things that can be done  for no cost depending on what you have on hand.

My first project was to sort through all of my cardstock and paper. I separated the solid from the print, then again by color.

I found a Priority Mailing box ( O-1095 ) and it was the perfect size. You can order these at best of all they are FREE !!!, and they are shipped to you at at no cost. I ordered a box of 25 because I had some orders to mail and I like to have extra on hand.
You can get 2 organizers from one box.

Here is what I did..........

Made a template from heavy chipboard.

Seal both ends of the box - keeping flaps as even as possible.

Position template on box with edges flush - either draw a line or just cut with utility knife.
Turn box over and repeat.

After both wide sides are cut, cut the narrow ends.

This is what you have when you are done. Cover with decorative paper, fabric,  paint, or
whatever else comes to mind. Let your creative juices flow...........I am still working on mine.

My next big project was to organize my ribbon. I had about 260 spools of ribbon in all different sizes and they filled up 3 1/2 deep drawers. I had them stacked on top of each other and didn't really know what I had and going through it all  every time I wanted to use some ribbon was really time consuming.

Here is my solution......!110
Using the Make The Cut software, I made bobbins for my ribbon in two sizes, small for narrower ribbon and a larger one for wider ribbon. I used the chipboard backing from  12" x 12" cardstock stacks. I measured the depth of the drawer I was going to use and made the bobbins 1/4" shorter.

I wrapped my ribbon while watching TV.........Some I took to the hospital with me and worked on them while my husband was in surgery. 

I then made dividers based on how I wanted to organize the ribbon.

This is my finished project.

I am still organizing my crafting tools and I have resolved to find a new home for anything that I haven't used in 6 months.

I have some crafting tools that I no longer use that I am selling.

1 - This item was used once to test it. Cuts great....just doesn't meet my
     current needs. Retails for 529.00.
Boss Kut Gazelle - Includes:1 heavy duty blade holder, 1 heavy duty standard blades, 1 12" x 12" mats, power supply cord, power adapter, program CD with Gazelle Funtime III software & over 700 designs, Video Training CD, plus bonus CD with manuals, instructions and over $100.00 worth of select Boss Kut Designs.

Extras that I will include: 12"X12" cutting mat, 2 standard blades, 2 vinyl blades and 1 deep cut blade. A $45.00 value.

Comes in original box.  $425.00 I will pay half of shipping costs.

2 - Used a couple of times. Brand new condition. 

Cricut Imagine: Comes with 12" x 12" cutting mat, power cord, adapter cord,
usb cable, black and colored ink cartridge, and three full feature design carts.
Comes in original box. $300.00 and I will pay half of the shipping costs.

3 - Never used.

Your Story Binder: Laminates also.

Includes 2 different sizes of laminating pouches. Coordinated papers, embellishments and 
albums.  $40.00. I will pay half of shipping costs.

I have other items that I will be listing in a few days. If you are interested in anything or have any questions please email me at and I will get back to you ASAP.

Thank you so much for your comments.

Have a creative day!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Welcome to my Crafting Corner.

But first things first....I want to thank Penny of Penny Duncan Designs for providing the BEAUTIFUL background for my blog. She is an awesome ARTist and I love the wonderful files she shares.

To all Mother's out there.......Happy Mother's Day.

I was going to launch my blog on my birthday, but I just found out that my husband will be going into the hospital for back surgery on that day so I thought there is no time like the present.

I have been following the MTC discussions via email for about a year now..and I just signed up on the forum..just don't comment very often....but I would like to thank everyone that has shared their files..they are wonderful.

I LOVE MTC....... so much so that I ordered a Gazelle so I can keep updating and not miss out on the new features that will be added in the future. If you know someone that is interested in Cricut die cutters, cartridges, etc. let them know that I will be having a blog sale in the near future. lol......I will let you know when I will have the items ready for their new home.

Thanks Andy for such a terrific program! 

I have some projects and free MTC cut files that I will be posting as soon as I can.