Friday, July 24, 2009


If you would like to see some of what the Version 2 of Sure Cuts A Lot has to offer, please check out Dan's tutorial on youtube:

You can purchase your version (new or upgrade ) of SCAL here:


How exciting!!!!! A new version of Sure Cuts A Lot software was released on July 23 2009
Sure Cuts A Lot 2.0 has added many new features including:

. New ways to manipulate and organize objects including Select All, Group and Ungrouping
· Add multiple pages
· Use layers to organize objects within a page
· Modify text more easily
· Auto tracing feature to automatically convert images
· Show rulers using inches or centimeters

Other Features:

· Works with the Cricut Personal, Cricut Expression & Cricut Create Machines TM
· Works with your installed True Type fonts
· Works with thousands of free True Type fonts
· Works with hundreds of free True Type Dingbat fonts
· Import SVG files to allow you to use your own custom artwork - many free SVG sites are below on my blog.
· Weld overlapping letters and shapes together
· Select styles, including Shadow and Blackout, to change the look of your letters and shapes
· No special cartridges required but must have one cartridge in machine.
· Cut additional shapes from the "Sure Cuts A Lot" Library.
· WYSIWYG Interface - What you see is what you cut
· Available for Windows ONLY at this time, MAC upgrade will be later this year!
· Save your design layouts, so you can save your work to allow you to make changes
over time

If you’ve been waiting to buy "Sure Cuts A Lot", now is the time. Get started with the new version for only $75 or the upgrade for only $30 (limited time only). Just click on the "Purchase" button on the left side of my blog to upgrade or purchase for the first time or click below:

At this time, Sure Cuts A Lot 2.0 software is available ONLY for Windows. The Mac upgrade is planned for later this year. You can purchase Version 1 and upgrade to Version 2 later this year.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Cotton Scraps Card - Fabric

I love making cards using the Cotton Scraps for Crafty Secrets. You can just adhere using your tape runner and you have a lovely card. I matted the Cotton Scrap on an embossed mat using the Swiss Dots embossing folder by Cuttlebug - added some ribbon and the card was finished!

You can purchase the Cotton Scraps on Sharon Johnson's blog at:

Cuttlebug - New Herringbone Embossing Folder

This card reminds me of my sister or me when we were little girls. I used the Cuttlebug Herringbone Embossing folder that was just released! LOVE IT! I also used the double butterfly from Spellbinder and embossed one using the Cuttlebug Textiles Embossing Folder and the other using the Swiss Dots Embossing Folder. Also used is the top half of a Journal Notes from Crafty Secret.

You can buy the Journal Notes from Sharon Johnson at:

I entered this card in a Cuttlebug Challange at:
Cuttlebug BI 40

Crafty Secrets Card

The Punch is from Martha Stewart and this awesome print is from Crafty Secrets Journal Cards. You can purchase them at:

A Guy Card using Crafty Secrets Journaling Notes

Crafty Secrets Journal Notes even had something for a man card! You can buy the Journal Cards at:

Violet Journal Note by Crafty Secret

I used the Crafty Secret Journal Notes and the Fiskars punch on the card.
You can buy the Journal Notes and much more at:

Journal Notes Make Awesome Cards!

It brought back wonderful memories using my grandmothers pinking shears to cut the top part of the hydrangea journal notes. I used three colors of mats and then adhered the journal note.

Cards made using Crafty Secrets Journal Notes

I matted the top part of the Journal Note four times and used a Martha Stewart Punch for the side border. I then adhered a small strip of the green paper on the inside of the card.
You can buy the Crafty Secrets Journal Notes at:

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Great Store in Smithville, Ohio

If you live in Ohio or just passing through, you need to stop at Toyrifix in Smithville, Ohio. It is a dynamite toy store with many, many unique toys for the kids and an awesome rubber stamp section for the "big" kids. They carry copic markers, nestabilities, JustRite stampers, paper and rubber stamps.

Toyrifix is in the same complex as The Barn Restaurant on State Route 585. Their web address is … or snail mail is:

Tammy Hershberger
4642 Akron Road, P.O. Box 610
Smithville, OH 44677

It is a lovely, peaceful drive......check them out!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Spellbinders is having CHA Summer Trade Show Release Dies starting today!

"Copied from the Spellbinder Site"

Spellbinders Introduces:
Sneak Peeks on CHA Summer Trade Show Release Dies!
July 9 – July 22, 2009

This contest is sponsored directly by Spellbinders Paper Arts. Please read the post to find directions for entering. If you have any questions, please e-mail

Welcome to the first day of Spellbinders CHA Sneak Peek Blog Frenzy!
Spellbinders is revealing 17 new die templates to be released at the Craft and Hobby Trade Show on July 28, 2009, with some of their greatest fans…YOU! From July 9 – 22, 2009, you will have the opportunity to be a part of these world wide sneak peeks through visiting the Spellbinders designer blogs listed below and trying your luck at winning spectacular die templates! There are progressive prizes; each day the daily prize grows! Be sure to read all the rules before entering!

To go to any of the blogs of future reveals, feel free to visit the following:
7/9 Debbie Olson
7/10 Michelle Wooderson
7/11 Karen Hunsaker
7/12 Kazan Clark
7/13 Linda Duke
7/14 Heidi Blankenship
7/15 Kimberly Crawford
7/16 Julie Overby
7/17 Sherry Cheever
7/18 Debbie Seyer
7/19 Lesa Rapp
7/20 Becca Feeken
7/21 Jennifer Davis
7/22 Keri Lee Sereika

After the entry deadline is reached, Spellbinders will randomly pick one entry from each Blog Frenzy reveal as stated in the “Rules.” Winner will be contacted by e-mail within 24 hours of the contest deadline. Winner will have 72 hours to reply to that e-mail to claim the prize. If Winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new name will be drawn for said prize. Winner will receive the new die templates being revealed on the specific daily blog post they are entering.
Entrants visiting all 14 Spellbinders CHA Blog Frenzy Reveals and correctly entering their information into the separate drawings, as described below, will automatically be entered into a GRAND PRIZE give away of a full set of the CHA Summer 2009 die templates and Impressabilities releases, 29 products, with a retail value of $561.71.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

What Others Are Making for the Holiday!!!!

Mominct said: I alter a rolodex with pretty papers, ribbons, etc and give them to the teachers. They use them for student info and each years its easy to switch, they just pop in new rolodex cards :)

Keep those ideas coming!!!

Friday, July 3, 2009


I have been trying to think what gifts I am making this year and think we need to start brain storming ideas.
If you would like to post a comment and include your site so we can see your creations, please do so and I will compile a list to share.
I know the tin has been around a while but I still love the versatility of them.
The Monogram card set was "cased" from Sharon Johnson's NO TIME TO STAMP blog. The circles were made using my circle Nestabilities and the stamp and border is from JustRite Stampers.

I am looking forward to seeing your ideas!!!