7.03.2013

KICKIN' FUN


I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE THINKIN'- ISN'T THIS BLOG SUPPOSEDE TO HAVE FINISHED CREATIONS UDING THE CRICUT?  WELL I EMBOSS A LOT AND WANTED TO SHARE HOW I DO IT. I  START WITH THIS BAD MAMMA JAMMA. YES THE BIG KICK AND THE BIG SHOT ARE RELATIVELY THE SAME THING(I JUST DON'T CARE TOO MUCH FOR PINK). WHEN I FIRST STARTED I ONLY HAD FISKARS TEXTURE PLATES.(I STILL HAVE AND USE THESE TO DRY  EMBOSS). I LOVE THE ADDED TEXTURE FOR MY PROJECTS.  SO...GET TO THE POINT. WELL HERE IS HOW THIS WORKS BEST FOR ME. (I WOULD LOVE ANY SUGGESTIONS)
*GRAB YOUR BIG KICK(BIG SHOT)
*GATHER YOUR TEXTURE PLATES
*FIND AN OLD, UNUSED MOUSE PAD.
(MAKE SURE YOU USE SCRAPS OF PAPER SO YOU CAN MAKE SURE THAT THIS WILL WORK FOR YOU DESIRED OUTCOME)
THE BOTTOM OF THIS MOUSE PAD WILL BE REFERRED TO AS SQUISHY.
MAKE YOUR PAPER SANDWICH
  1. MULTIPURPOSE PLATFORM WITH TABS ALREADY ON OTHER SIDE OF MACHINE.(AGAIN JUST THE PLATFORM WITH NO TABS)
  2. CLEAR CUTTING PLATE(YOU WON'T BE CUTTING BUT THATS THE ONLY DECRIPTIVE WORD I CAN THINK OF RIGHT NOW)
  3. TEXTURE PLATE(THE DESIGN YOU WANT UP TOWARDS THE CEILING)
  4. PAPER(THE PART YOU WANT TO EMBOSS TOUCHING TEXTURE PLATE)
  5. MOUSE PAD(SQUISHY ON TOP OF PAPER)
  6. CLEAR CUTTING PLATE(AGAIN CAN'T THINK OF THE CORRECT WORD)
YOU ARE GONNA NEED LOTS OF ELBOW GREASE FOR THIS.  IN FACT I THOUGHT I WAS GONNA BREAK MY BIG KICK THE FIRST TIME I DID THIS.  ITS A LITTLE EASIER NOW.  *MY TEXTURE PLATE KINDA CAME OFF THE EDGE OF THE PLATFORM AND DID CRACK BUT I HAVEN'T HAD ANY OTHER ISSUES**
**I REALLY WANT TO STRESS THAT THIS IS WHAT WORKS FOR ME** WHAT WORKS FOR YOU? 



7.02.2013

A HOUSE OF ORDER

I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE SIGNS FOR THE NEXT RELIEF SOCIETY ACTIVITY.  I REALLY ENJOY DOING THIS BECAUSE IT ALLOWS ME TO BE CREATIVE AND TRY NEW CRAFTING TECHNIQUES.  I WAS ABLE TO PLAY AROUND WITH CRICUT CRAFT ROOM. (IF YOU DON'T HAVE THIS-GET IT. ITS VERY SIMPLE-1. GO TO CRICUT.COM 2. CLICK ON THE CRAFT ROOM TAB 3. DOWNLOAD THE SOFTWARE 4. HAVE FUN!!) ANYWHO- I USED TWO CARTS FOR THIS PROJECT(NO I DO NOT HAVE TO PHYSICALLY PUT EACH CART INTO MY MACHINE). **IN ORDER TO DO THIS YOUR CARTS MUST BE LINKED TO YOUR ACCOUNT** I USED DESIGNER'S CALENDAR FOR THE FONT AND ART PHILOSOPHY FOR THE HOUSE.  THE HOUSE IS LOCATED ON PAGE 42 OF THE BOOKLET.  IT CORRESPONDS WITH "S" ON THE OVERLAY BUT WITH THE CRAFT ROOM YOU WON'T NEED THE OVERLAY.  KNOWING LOCATION MIGHT BE HELPFUL THOUGH. IT WOULD BE UNDER THE BASIC TAB IN YOU CRAFT ROOM(THERE IS A TAB FOR EACH FEATURE) THE HOUSE IS THE SECONDARY OPTION SSO SHIFT MUST BE SELECTED.  I SIZED IT JUST HOW I WANTED.  ON TO THE LETTERS. I WANTED TO WELD AS MANY FOR EACH WORD AS POSSIBLE.  FOR EXAMPLE THE WORD "HOUSE IS TWO SECTIONS.  THE "HOU" ARE TOGETHER AND THE "SE" ARE WELDED. (LETTERS ARE EASIER TO GLUE WHEN THEY ARE TOGETHER) ALL YOU WHO'VE TRIED GLUING EACH INDIVIDUAL LETTER-YEAH YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. THESE LETTER WERE ALSO CUSTOMIZED FOR THE APPROPRIATE SIZE.  I THEN PLUGGED MY CRICUT INTO MY COMPUTER AND SELECTED CUT. LETTER SECTIONS WERE THE RUN THROUGH THE XRYON.  MY XYRON IS ONLY 1.5" WIDE SO IT WAS NOT USED ON ALL LETTERS.(XYRONS COME IN MANY SIZES AND I HAVE NOT COMPLETED MY COLLECTION YET.  A XYRON ALLOWS MOST PAPER AND RIBBON TO BE PULLED THROUGH IT AND COME OUT WITH ADHESIVE ON THE BACK OF IT). THE ONLY THING I HAD TO PUT ADHESIVE ON WAS THE HOUSE, "HOU", "DER", AND "OF". I MADE 5 OF THESE BABIES IN 1 DAY-HOW COOL IS THAT??