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Dinner is served!

On the menu today… escargot and mushrooms!

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Yummy! :)

So, the other night I was pouting because my Silly-butt was being.. a butt! (Silly-butt is what I am calling my Silhouette.. lol) The blade went el’ crap-o on me for whatever reason. I was told it’s ‘faulty’… hmmm.. I think it’s the weight loss fairies punishing me for eating that candy bar the day before. What-ev.. so yeah, I made a card with my Cricut.. bleh! I am totally spoiled by the Silhouette’s awesome cutting ability now. You will see in my close-ups the crap job the Cricut did on my blades of grass. And before you bug lovers start going off about it doing that because it’s an SVG.. yada, yada.. nada, chicka’s… I used my Create a Critter cartridge! How’s that bowl of soup for ya?.. Hmmph! (Don’t worry.. I am a closet bug lover, too.. can’t stop buyin’ those cartridges! Ack!)

Anyhow, I got a new blade in and was practically tripping over myself getting from the mailbox to my Silhouette to toss the new blade in and fire her up! IT WORKED!!! Whew! So that’s good.. and I will be able to start sharing some more more silly-butt projects soon!

So.. without anymore rambling.. here’s my latest card! I know.. you already saw it, but in case you forgot who’s blog you’re on… ‘Happy Life.. Crafty Wife’.. which means, you get bombarded with too many pictures. You love me for it, you know it!

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OK, seriously.. how stinkin’ cute are those SVG’s…? It just makes you wanna grab a salt shaker and go at ‘em! (If you don’t know what salt does to snails.. it’s time to do a lil’ Google search…)

I know.. I’m so mean. I actually did that to a snail before…and felt totally guilty about it. I was a punk teenager, so really, I could have been out doing much worse, but instead.. I was dumping salt on snails in my free time! LOL!

I didn’t stamp anything on the sign just yet.. I’m waiting for the perfect stamp to go there ;)

Oh, yeah.. the recipe.. oy.. maybe just for this post we won’t call it a recipe…

Umm.. ok.. tutorial.. yes, the tutorial.. here ya go darlin’!

 

 

It’s pretty simple! Only one SVG collection and a step card base!

Now, go find yourself a standard step card base. SVG Cuts has theone I used.

The cute SVG’s are from the fabulous Lettering Delights <~~~~~ do not click unless you plan to empty your bank account due to overwhelming cuteness.. actually, yes.. click the darn link! I’m an affiliate! LOL! (psssst.. they have a summer sale going on for summer themed SVG’s! So check it out!) I used the No Place Like Home set! I also used one sheet of the digital paper to match HERE

Here are the sizes I cut:

  • Basic rectangle shape in SCAL or MTC sized to 1.929w x 3.738h. This is what I used the printed paper for.
  • -01.svg – 2.75h
  • -09.svg – 3.25h
  • -11.svg – 3.00h
  • -03.svg – 1.85h
  • -04.svg - 1.75h
  • -08.svg – 2.00h
  • -02.svg – 2.50h

That’s it! Grass can be used from any old grass cut. I used the Create a Critter cartridge grass at 1″ and 3/4″ tall.

I hope you like it.. if you don’t.. I will send my crazy flesh eating snail after you!

What.. you think I’m kidding?…

“Flesh eating snail, Tamara… seriously?”

Umm.. seriously!!

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What… he missed his rabies vaccination!


Teacher Book Cabinet – An SVG Cuts project!

Hey all! I wanted to share this cute little book cabinet I made! Did you know teacher appreciation week is NEXT week? All of us SVG Cuts designers made some great projects to inspire you! Now you can get busy crafting this weekend! Whoo-hoo!

I was going to keep this simple and just do books.. then, I thought a cabinet would be cute. After having it all complete (so I thought), I felt it was missing something.. so, I added a pencil holder to the side. Then… I felt the top needed something, so I threw on a lunch bag! Ta-da! I really, really loved making this and had a lot of fun with it!

OK.. now on to a pile of photos.. you know how I roll! LOL!

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Yes, I’m still going.. did your computer crash yet?.. ;)

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OK.. OK.. I will stop..

You likey? I put a lot of time into this, so if ya don’t like it.. pretend you do and leave me a comment! ;)

If you want to see how I made this and get all the juicy details (I dunno why they have to be ‘juicy’.. but it sounded good.. lol) then head on over to SVG Cuts blog – Tamara’s (<~~~~~~ That’s me!) Corner!

Also, you have go to check out the rest of the design team’s stuff! So much inspiration! These ladies are AWESOME!

Cheryl – Candybar Wrapper

Amy – Shadowbox

Thienly – Desk Giftbox/Card

Also.. if you like this, I would love if you would click the ‘like’ button below to share on Facebook! *high five*

Thanks for stopping by! I have a few more projects in the works to share soon!

Toodles chicken noodles! (don’t ask..)

 

Berry Sweet

I came across this pattern today after I saw someone make these for the FCCB challenge this week. Download StrawberryBoxPatternwithpicture[1] .. and HAD to make them! I edited it in Photoshop and then created an SVG for it. It worked pretty good! Sooooo….. while slackin’ on cleaning I made this:

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Isn’t it just soooo berry cute? I don’t have any candy here, but these would be great for jelly beans, Hershey Kisses, etc. A fun little gift for a friend! I had a lot of fun with these! They are really easy to put together.

You know you wanna make some too!

 

Print and cut out the template.. or, you can use this SVG file I made. It’s not perfect, the tab is a little off, but.. it still works! Download Berry1

Everything else you can get at SVG Cuts!

If you use my SVG file provided. Cut it at 5.844w. I used my swiss dot folder to emboss the berries.  You will need to poke holes or add them in SCAL. Glue your tab to form a cone.. Or.. make yourself a Madonna cone bra, whatever floats your boat! :)

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The ‘leaves’ are file 6 in the ‘extras’ folder from the 3D Flower Collection sized at 3.50w. Curl them a little bit.

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The box is from the Big Boutique Boxes Collection I used the square flat trio, small.. sized as is in SCAL. I put the sides through my Cuttlebug to emboss. They don’t fit right so I had to do them each twice and turn it around the second time.

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Assemble your box as shown in SVG Cuts.

When the berry tab is dry, you can weave your string/twine, etc. through the holes. Pull (not too tight!) and tie closed.

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Pull the leaves through. Again, add a hole in SCAL or poke your own.

 

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Add the button and the tie a bow! Ta-Da!

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Then have fun decorating your box! Add a handle, fence, some little critters… I wanted to add more to mine, but.. I already wasted enough time and my laundry was calling!

I hope you enjoyed! If you want more 3D fruit.. go bug Mary at SVG Cuts Facebook page! LOL! I ran the idea of a 3D fruit with a picnic basket to her, I am sooo hoping she makes some! *fingers crossed*

See you tomorrow for the FCCB Cricut Crawl (Blog Hop!) I created something cute and SUPER easy!

Bunny-licious.

So, while I was busy making my design team project for Fantabulous Cricut I got sidetracked when I remembered a kit I saw LAST year. It was a kit with little cups and precut ears, nose, etc. to glue on and make a bunny container. I started to brainstorm and decided to whip one up real quick. This took me no time at all to put together once I cut my pieces. So fun and simple.. I can totally see making a pleathora of these just because I can whip them out so fast! You know the saying ‘Multiply like rabbits..” LOL!

Here is today’s paper cuteness!

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Best of all.. I used Sure Cuts a Lot basic shapes.. that’s it!

Here’s how:

 

You will need Sure Cuts a Lot.. not sure if Make The Cut has a basic shapes library? If you use Cricut design studio, I am sure you can figure this out with some cartridge shaes! Heck, you could even cut shapes out by hand, folks! *high five* You will also need a container of some sort. I used a breadcrumb container so the cut sizes I give you are going by that.

First, cut your container down to about 3″ tall.

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Hmm, I have a sudden craving for chicken parmesean!

Anyhow.. cut a piece of paper 3.5″ high and 11″ wide. Wrap it around the container gluing as you go. I used hot glue… and I burnt myself.. and my glue gun got stuck to my comfy velour pants. Yes, I am totally messy and spazzy (is that a word? LOL!) when I craft…

…… and yes, I wear velour pants. They’re comfy, Mmm-kay?!

Moving on…

Did you cut your paper yet?.. Get on it!

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Ink up the edges if you want.. I think it really helps the project stand out a bit more. Plain ol’ white was a little boring.

Cut and assemble -

ALL SHAPES CAN BE FOUND IN THE SCAL LIBRARY UNDER ‘BASIC SHAPES’

Ears: Oval shape, uncheck ‘keep proportions’ size 2 ovals at 4.00h and 1.50w. The inside of the ears are 2.730h and 1.00w.

Nose: Rounded heart shape, uncheck ‘keep proportions’ size at 1.715w and 1.097h.

Bow: Rounded square shape, uncheck ‘keep proportions’ size at 4.00w and 1.50h. Kinda crinkle it in the middle a bit. Cut a piece of paper at half an inch wide and 1.5″ long. This will wrap around the crinkled part of the bow.

Eyes: Two ovals, uncheck ‘keep proportions’ size one at .3355 and .500h. Size the other at .291w and .433h. I used my white ink pen to add a catchlight in the eye. Glossy accents over the eyes will look great!

For the whiskars I just cut thin strips with my scissors… crinkle them up and glue them on!

To create pink cheeks, use your ink pad or dab some ink on a Q-tip and rub it on. You can also use paper chalk.

I am thinking of having my girls make one for each of their teachers and I will fill them with some yummy cookies! It’s the perfect size to stack cookies in.

As always, I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! If so, please click the ‘LIKE’ button for Facebook!

Annnnd.. I really need to do a post with some questions answered and other random things I’ve been meaning to post. Maybe today? I promise I’m not ignoring all your emails and comment questions.. OK.. maybe YOUR’S! lol j/k. I’m really not that mean… really. OK.. I have nothing to do tonight.. soooo.. I will be back with a long rambling post for you all that have been waiting to hear back from me.

And can I just whine a minute?.. Of course I can.. it’s my blog.. neener-neener!

It’s snowing.. again! I kid you not, we’ve gotten more snow since ‘spring’ started than we have all winter! Ok.. maybe not.. but it’s really close to it! I am beyond ready for warmer weather… only because I have some darling dresses and sandals I am dying to put on my girls! LOL! Go away snow!!

Toodles!

Bunny Cuteness!

I just LOVE the cute Spring Bunnies SVG Collection over at svgcuts.com! I knew the moment it came out I had to create something with them! I made a few things.. Some cute egg wrappers, gift boxes (bunny and a carrot) and also a cute little bunny basket! I really had fun with this collection! You can see some more pictures and all the details RIGHT HERE

Here are a few more pictures!

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I hope you all like it!

I have a few projects to work on this weekend.. one being a Design Team project for Right At Home Scrapbooking! I’m not 100% set on what I will be making for them yet, but it will be cute.. of course! :)

Alrighty crafty friends! Talk to you soon! I would love it you would ‘like’ this post to share it on Facebook!

Springtime buddies.

Yes, I know I literally posted a few hours ago saying how busy I was.. but, when I get an idea in my head I have to try it right away! So.. lucky you, here is another tutorial.

I got my inspiration for these from some SVG files I saw. I decided to whip up my own little bag and use my cute critters from the always awesome Create A Critter cartridge and this was the result –

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Don’t they make you smile? I mean.. who doesn’t love decapitated critters? Ha!

Wanna make some? Do you have it in you to chop these poor critters heads off all just to make a cute bag?..

Well, if ya do.. then let’s cook up some springtime buddies!

 

Here’s whatcha need:

Create a Critter cartridge and this file created by moi! Download 1springtime_buddies_bag_HappyLifeCraftyWife This is an SVG file. Open it and just cut away! to make this to my sizing set this to cut at 5.820 HIGH. Make sure ‘Keep Proportions’ is checked.

*** If you use my SCAL file and share anything you made with my file PLEASE link back to my blog. Do not post the file on your website/blog.. simply link back to this post. Thank ya! ***

You will need to score it as shown:

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If you don’t have a paper scorer you can just fold it.. but, these are only like $8.00 – $10.00 and make life grand! No more uneven fold lines!

Glue it shut and set aside. Time to make some critters!

Make your frog 4″ high and your chick 4 1/2″ high. The grass is 2″ high. (There are several animals you can use for this!)

Glue ‘em all together and then cut their heads off!

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The chicks eyes look weird because I added Glossy Accents and it wasn’t dry yet. Ah.. who am I kidding? The poor chick is crying! I mean, wouldn’t you if your head was just chopped off?

OK, enough talking about decapitated animals.. before you all think I have issues.

What? No I didn’t just twitch.. gah! *twitch*

OK.. moving on…

Glue the body on the bag like so:

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Add a little sticky foam square to keep it shut. Glue the head onto the top flap.

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That’s it, folks!

Have fun with it! Wouldn’t these be adorable for the kiddos on Easter?

Toodles!

My True Love – Valentine Heart Candy Box

Valentine’s day is coming soon and I have been trying to get all my little goodies done! I always give the kiddos a little box of chocolate on Valentine’s day.. Well, this is my first Valentine’s with a Cricut so I wanted to step it up a bit and make my own. I had these awesome Conversation Heart Box files from Svg Cuts and was trying to think of some way to make it an actual top and bottom for that traditional candy heart box look.

After some thinking it came to me! And I LOVE it! I honestly think it looks better in person for some reason.. So pretty! ignore the wrinkled paper… I am using  a spare glue and it’s mean and wrinkles my pretty paper.

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I love the stickers in this paper collection! I used a few of them on my project.

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This 3d rose makes me happy *love*

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And.. because I know you are dying to make one..

 

SVG files – Candy Heart Boxes : Breezy Butterflies : Crush On You Boxes (rose)

Cartridges needed – Sentimentals (I only used a tag from here. You can use your own tags or snag one from this SVG Collection Tags Galore)

Cut your hearts and tab strip in SCAL or MTC at 11″ Cut an additional tab strip at 11″ (Go to OBJECT> BREAK APART and delete your two hearts *this is in SCAL*)

Take your tab strips and trim them at 2″. SO you will have a 2″ strip and a smaller strip. Do this for both.

Cut your tabs so they are pretty small. This helps form a smoother shape to the box.

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Score your tabs (or just fold them over) and attach like so:

 

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You will want a fast drying glue to work quickly. Also.. to have a ‘lip’ I went around the edges of the heart and marked off at 1/2″. This will help form the box better and make sure you lid fits nicely.

Now, because I wanted a larger box I had to glue together two tab strips… just make sure you do not cut one upside down like I did, LOL! You can hide this line later with an embellishment or sticker. if you make your box smaller then it would be best to weld the two in SCAL.

 

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Once you get back to your starting point then connect it with your loose tab strip. (You will need to trim the loose strip down about 5″ or so)

Yes… I use hair clips to hold things in place to dry..

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Do the same for the lid. IMPORTANT — Your box will not close nicely if you do not match up the ‘V’ in the heart.. make sure you glue them in the same spots!

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Voila’!

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Time to decorate it!

Before I even made this I knew I had to have a 3d rose on it! The SVG Cuts roses are easier to put together than I thought they would be, especially with a hot glue gun!

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I inked my edges… I left some white area to show through the paper core because I like the way it looks in this project! If you need some help with the roses check out the SVG Cuts video

To create the fanned circles you just cut a strips at 1 1/4′ x 11″ (for the top one) and another at 1″ x 11″ for the side. Score/fold them at 1/2″. Glue the ends together for a circle and that’s it!

The paper collection is STUNNING! From the wonderful Echo Park line ‘Be Mine’.

I really hope you love this project and it inspires you! I had so much fun making it that I am working on a dinosaur box for my son! I will show you all in a few days!

Toodles!

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The first of several Valentine’s Day projects I have lined up!

And aren’t they ADORABLE! I challenged myself to only use my cartridges. I buy them and then stare at them for 5 minutes and set them on my shelf.. I have to admit, it was a major pain swapping cartridges over and over… and over, lol. But the result was well worth it! These little goodie boxes would make anyone smile (If you’re not smiling.. do so now.. or, I will be sad.. smiling yet? K.. good. )

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Does it make me a pathetic person that some paper and glue makes me soo happy? lol. I get so excited when I see my completed projects!

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OK.. ok.. I cheated one time.. ONCE! Sheesh.. I HAD to have it say ‘Bee mine’ and just haaaad to use SCAL to cut those words for me.. See, I am not sure how I ever lived without SCAL!

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I used some glossy accents on the heart and ‘sprinkles’ to give them some ‘umph!’

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I gave the paper some pop and contrast with sticky foam squares and chalk.

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You need…

All of these!

 

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Along with the paper stack by My Mind’s Eye BE LOVED (It’s a gorgeous set of papers! I want moooore! Gimmie – Gimmie!

More super cute projects coming! Fun, fun!

SVG.. LMNOP.. What?

So.. I know of at least 3 people who have purchased a Cricut thanks to me (Muahaha!) and now I have some people wondering what an SVG is.. what Sure Cuts A Lot is, etc. Sooo.. I am going to keep this short and sweet and hopefully answer some questions.

First.. Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) is a program you can use for cutting SVG files with your Cricut. There is also another program called Make The Cut.

I obviously use SCAL. If you are looking to purchase this program (or get more information about the features) do so from HERE and use the code SCAL20 for $20.00 off! For less than the price of a full priced cartridge you can do SO much! Wow.. that was very ‘infomercial’ of me, LOL. “And when you buy one.. we will send you another one free along with this other piece of junk that will break in two days, valued at $1 million dollars!”. Hmmm. Yeah.

Anyhow… Now that you get an idea what SCAL is for.. You willneed SVG files.

An SVG (Scalable Vector Graphic) is used with your cutting program to well, cut files! We all know I adore SVG Cuts but there are many other places to find SVG files. You can find a lot of what you’re looking for for FREE. Most ‘kits’ and really good detailed SVG’s (like svgcuts.com) can be purchased for resonable prices! It becomes an addiction hunting down files and growing your library (or mess on a desktop like I have!) I honestly rarely use my cartridges now. It’s sad because I don’t stop buying them, lol. Just today I told myself I was going to make something 100% with cartridges. (I will post those soon!). I reaized what a pain it was to keep switching cartridges for one or two cuts. When in SCAL I just click, click, click.. done.

I also want to add that with SCAL you can ‘trace’ images to make your own SVG’s. You can also use fonts and dingbats! Very fun (and Cricut doesn’t really have exciting font cartridges).

So yeah.. If you have a Cricut SCAL is pretty much a must have! It’s a great price too!

Hopefully that helped a little bit! Before I go you can check out the SVG Cuts videos for SVG/SCAL help/tutorials.

Happy crafting, friends!

 


 

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