Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Erase Tool in MTC

Great info from Sandy on the eraser tool.
I Love the Erase Tool in MTC!
December 4th, 2012 by Sandy McCauley

Reason #20: Erase Tool
Reason #21: Inverse Erase Tool

read the rest on Sandy's blog....

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Gobble Gobble!!

I used Attitudes paper for the sayings and then glued it to the cut & inked signs.
how the double back easel looks from the back
Happy Crafting!

I'm here at Scrap Happy Retreat in Lodgepole Nebraska!  Making table place tags is the goal of the day. My Friend Terri Z. from Scrapbook Fun Addicts in Utah used these cute turkeys for her make-n-take at shows last year and now I have him MTC'd so I can cut them. I modified several of Terri's original pieces and added a double wingback easel so he sits nice! You can get the easel file on the MTC gallery.

Monday, September 17, 2012

ArtBin + Best Craft Organizer = organized!

I like Art Bin boxes, but dislike that you have to unstack them to get to the one you want. SO.....
I took the sides of 2 singles by  Best Craft Organizer and with my table saw cut new top/bottom and back pieces that were the correct size. Using the drawer rails in the predrilled holes on the sides I can easily remove any one of the artbins without bothering the one above or below.
It may not be perfect.... the lumber is not painted, I used black rails... well because I had them. But I really like the usability of the end organizer!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

MTC and Cricut.....

I backed mine up!!

Those who purchased Make The Cut prior to August 17, 2012 had the option to use a plugin to cut from Make The Cut to their Cricut machines. Those that downloaded before August 17th, 2012 it was the 4.1.0 version that you downloaded, so keep it safe.

Please note that the plugin for use with the Cricut machines
will NO LONGER work with versions of Make The Cut newer than 4.1.0.

If you have MTC 4.1.0, and are cutting to a Cricut, make a copy of MTC 4.1.0 and place in a safe place in case you ever need to reinstall it.

See the video tutorial by Scrappy Dew here to learn how to save multiple copies of Make The Cut to your computer:

You will need to install any newer MTC versions to your computer in a different directory in order to retain your ability to design in the newer software and cut from the older software. When newer versions of Make The Cut come out, you can use the new version for designing. Select All, and Export your design as SVG, and import the SVG into your older version for cutting.

The new MTC version 4.1.1 was uploaded on August 18, 2012.
Info from Julie & Bryan on the MTC forum.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 3, 2012

LD Special for school!

Great for Print N Cut
for School
best deal it's $0 FREE
Happy Crafting!

Yes you have to create an account, but hey it's free.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

New from CHA Scrapbooking Attitude ~ Paper Film

I now have these in my store let me know if you want some :)

What is Scrapbooking Attitude™?     Scrapbooking Attitude™ is neither a paper nor a T-shirt transfer material. Scrapbooking Attitude™ is a new, patented technology that allows your printed ink jet image to be separated from the original paper carrier and transported to a separate surface to become part of that new surface.
What is it made from?     Scrapbooking Attitude™ is a high quality ink jet coating much like the coating you might find on professional digital photographic paper. The difference is that now you can actually 'remove' the coating [post printing] and transport that coating and image to a new surface.
What can I do with it?     You can use your inkjet printer to print images, photos, drawings, titles and journaling, right onto the Scrapbooking Attitude™. Once printed, you can then, transport that image and glue or heat laminate the Scrapbooking Attitude™ to almost any surface. The surface's color, print and texture will show through the Scrapbooking Attitude™ to create a patterned or embossed effect, right in the image!
Is it acid free?     Yes, acid-free, PVC-free, water resistant after being applied, smear-proof and UV resistant, which means that it won't fade under lighting or yellow over time.
How do you apply it?     Depending upon the surface you want to decorate, you can use an adhesive (glue stick), or heat and pressure (household iron or desktop laminator).
Is it permanent?     Yes, if you want it to be, by using glue.     No, if you want to be able to remove it, use an iron or laminator.
To what types of surfaces can you transport Scrapbooking Attitude™?     Paper, cardstock, chipboard, fabric, felt, ribbon, metal, plastic, leather, wood and more!
Can I use my die-cutter and punches with it?     Yes! Scissors, craft knives, die and electronic cutters and punches all work well with Scrapbooking Attitude™!
What is the most exciting thing about Scrapbooking Attitude™?     You can create your own expensive-looking canvas prints by wrapping the flexible, printed Scrapbooking Attitude™ around chipboard, canvas board and even stretched canvas.
Do I have to know a lot about computers or have special software? 
No! You just need to be able to print an image using your inkjet printer!

I have a few project in mind that this will be great on so I stocked up at CHA and have these on hand now in my store.  Retail $19.99 per package (6 sheets, 8.5 x 11 - in a package)

My Friends in the CHA Booth - Russ & Jennifer
Cha booth

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Vinyl Pop Machine makeover

July -Pop Machine

In our small town the Community group has this drink machine that they wanted to fix up and re-use. So they pulled off the old vinyl wrap, re-painted the machine black and I cut vinyl for it and with Jennifer's help we got it dressed in it's new look.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Cartridge Organizing

I was at the Louisville KY Creating Keepsakes Convention this last weekend and Michelle F. bought a Double stackable at the great show special price (buy the drawers at the show, take the cabinet FREE - she saved 120+shipping)  While we were writing up her order she told me about how she stores her Cricut Cartridges in the Best Craft Organizer inserts. Then best of all she emailed me the photos to show me so I am sharing this with everyone - Thanks Michelle!!  Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Re-Organizing my cutter

I re-organized my cutter stuff! out goes the cartridge drawer - don't need it now!

all set up and ready to cut!

I also had a Hold-It carrier made by a gal in Maine for by Bug... and while reorganizing I figured hummm  will it fit?  Yep my Zing can now go to crops with me easier.

Ok yes I even made a scrapbook page.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Mar. 5 - 12 challenge featuring ScrappyDew

Thanks to  for creating this challange.
I created some St.Patty's Day decorations from the cut file for MTC they gave us.
Feel free to join the forum at

I love challenges because they make me think...but I was drawing a blank on this challange. Well until today when I got an email inviting us to green beer & supper next saturday inspiration struck. I wanted to make a PnC but I wanted a black outline on all the pieces. I'm happy with the results, but I learned more about shadow layers and paper pieces in the process. Thank Rob and Chrystal! The mug was from google images - green beer search.
I like my pieces to have a black edge, I think it goes back to the days when I tole painted and outlined and sticked painted on designs like these. I just prefer outlined images.

{ MTC software
{ Zing cutter
Pnc on white paper
{ ScrappyDew MTC file
{ Green cardstock
{ Stickles glitter glue
{ cute brad on her bow
{ green beer / google images

Happy Crafting!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Fun little vinyl contest for Easter

this was my  card for the vinyl challange on the MTC forum by Papilio

What was used….
{ Black Vinyl              
{ Clear Vinyl
{ Printable Vinyl
{ Cardstock
{ Alcohol Inks
{ Stickles or Glitter Glue
{ Make The Cut software                          
{ Iron and no stick sheet
{ Zing Cutter             
{ Sponge and Distress Ink
{ 09KUTUPS font       
{ Fayette Designs Hey Chickie designs

Using Make The Cut –  Cut a frame using 09KUTUPS font out of the clear vinyl,  then use alcohol inkes to color it and let it dry. Apply the adhesive back inked vinyl to your card.

Pixel trace the design you want to use, then follow your cutters instructions to do a PNC (Print and Cut).  I thought I had printable vinyl… but found after I did the pnc that I had used printable heat transfer by mistake…J    so I placed the images on the card and used my emblishemnt iron to heat set it to the card.

I then added stickles glitter glue to highlight and glitz up the card and added a sentiment inside.   Sponge in the outter edges.                                   
download my instructions {HERE{

Monday, March 5, 2012

Have you updated MTC?

I wanted to share Julies yahoo group post on MTC with my friends who have not updated their MTC because they have been.... busy :)

You need to download the latest version of Make The Cut version 4.1.0 in order to open all the wonderful files that are shared that were made in this version. See the video tutorial made by Scrappy Dew that explains how to install the newest version without overwriting the older version of Make The Cut.

Once you have the latest version of the software, you can open all files created in it as well as files made in all earlier versions. To do this, Open a file, Select All (Ctrl+A), Export as SVG (Ctrl+Shift+S). Open your older version of Make The Cut, and Import the SVG (Ctrl+Shift+G) to cut.

However, you may be able to cut to your present cutter in the latest version of the software. To find out, look on your computer for the Make The Cut Plugins folder.

If you have XP the location would be here:  C:\Program Files\Make The Cut!\Plugins
If you have Windows 7 the location would be here: C:\Programs (x86)\Make The Cut!\Plugins

Once you have installed MTC 4.1.0, go to the Plugins folder of the older version, select all (Ctrl+A) and Copy (Ctrl+C) then go to the Plugins folder of the newer version and Paste (Ctrl+V) or use the Edit menu to copy and paste. If you are able to copy all the plugins from the older version to the newer version, Open MTC 4.1.0, select Cut Project With at the top of the screen, and check to see if your cutter is listed there. If so, select it and try a test cut.
If your older version of MTC does not have a plugins folder, then you may need to continue to use the older version of the software to cut to your cutter.
Julie, craftymusician,  Flanagan Educational Services

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

MTC Challenge Feb. 17-25, 2012

Catch all Basket  Challenge by Becki (Adonijah).
This challenge is being sponsored by Kim Bright at
Anyone who loves using vinyl will absolutely love the files Kim has converted into SVGs. Kim is a super gal so stop by to check out her site. We will be doing a design feature challenge with her later in the year! Can't wait!!!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, February 17, 2012

I need a cutter that will do this...

All of these cutters can use the MTC software
Sil Cameo..........12".......$220 - $270
(there have been lots of sales recently)
(includes software)
(includes software)
(amazon, there are other prices as well)
(without software, MTC is $59)

You will also want to check out cutting force, this will be important if you want to cut heavier materials like chip board or acrylic. The Cameo can only do thinner chipboard, the rest of the cutters have higher forces and can cut deeper. (If you are interested in the Cameo, sign up for the ohmycrafts newletter, they have codes to give you even better prices.)
In order to get feedback appropriate for you, it is better to say, "I need a cutter that will do this..." and ask for comments. You will then get feedback on what machines can or cannot cut it. For example, the Cameo can cut thinner craft foam, but not the thicker craft foam but the rest of the machines can cut the thicker foam. ~ great info from Nelda on the MTC forum - Thanks!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Use MTC to cut without cartridges.
Download the MTC software on the left.
Get the PCCPlugin.dll and install info from: eBay store hfgcllc

Once you have played with the MTC trial, come back and purchase MTC thru my link on this page and I am happy to help by email with any questions you have.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Button, Button had to make some buttons!

I made some buttons....
1" pin, magnet, lanyard charm or clasp charms
with the Zing logo and MTC logo.

(Playing with my 1" button machine)
Yep you can get yours on my online store page.
 -- HERE --

Happy Crafting!