Friday, October 17, 2014

Monster Mash Blog Hop Day 1



Welcome to the Monster Mash Blog Hop Day #1
  
I was working in the lab, late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab, began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise
He did the mash, he did the monster mash
It was a graveyard smash!

Connie Can Crop and her ghoulishly wonderful friends are so glad you could join us for this Monster Mash! We have so many frightful projects you'll be screaming for more! 

This is day #1 of the blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these talented creatures who are here sharing their ideas and creations. 

The zombies were having fun, the party had just begun
The guests included Wolf Man, Dracula and his son!
A Woooo!

We have three terrifying yet amazing sponsors and giveaways for this hop!


Creative Kuts is giving one lucky winner a $10 gift certificate for their online store.
Be sure to check out their spooky SVG files!



You can
visit her Shop
here and
follow them on Facebook here.

AND

Lucy Kelleher is giving away this Frightfully Fun Stamp set from CTMH


AND

Connie Wallenbrock is giving away this Mini-Medley Accents Pack from CTMH
Perfect for your Halloween creations!



What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

Then you can mash, then you can monster mash
The monster mash, and do a graveyard smash
Then you can mash, you'll catch on in a flash
Then you can mash, then you can monster mashYou will have until 12:00 am Monday to finish the hop and leave your comments.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday at Connie Can Crop.

Be sure to follow everyone and leave your spirited comments along the way!

Let's get this Monster Party started!

Halloween, Scrapbooking, Paper crafting

Here's my monster...my little Frankie card!  I found him in the Silhouette Store.  He was called an A2 Frankenstein Card.  I used my trusty Silhouette Cameo to bring him to life.   With a little Distress ink for shading, he was complete....my masterpiece!  Bwahahahahaha!!!  (That was supposed to be an evil laugh...how did I do??)

Up next is the lovely and talented Scrappin Madge!!
  
Here is our complete line up for day #1 in case you get lost along the way:

3. Julie (Cricut Chick) - www.simplysilhouette.com
6. Scrappin Madge: www.thescrappinlounge.com
  
Thanks so much for joining us for such a fun day! Happy Haunting!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Free SVG Cutting Files

Happy almost weekend!  Woohoo!  This one is going to be fun for us!  We have a car show to go to, thanks to our sweet daughter and son-in-law getting tickets for us!  I hope you're going to be having a blast too this weekend!

Now on to some free goodies!


Little Scraps of Heaven is offering up this adorable little cutie this week...I just love that face!



FREE SVG FILES:

New file DAILY - 

Miss Kate Cuttables actually has a DAILY freebie every day of the week!  Totally sweet and generous! Today's free file is called Ornaments with Flourish.

New file every MONDAY - 

Little Scraps Of Heaven  You can access their freebies through their blog or their Facebook fan page.  This week's freebie is an adorable deer with a pumpkin.


KaDoodle Bug Designs publishes new free files on Mondays and corresponding digi files on Tuesdays.  Now it seems they've really been outdoing themselves lately by also giving an assortment of free phrases each week! KaDoodle Bug is giving us a king of baseball lion, and a candy corn witch.  They're also including print and cut files this week!

New file every TUESDAY - 

Treasure Box Designs offers a new digital file every Tuesday.  They have some really cute stuff!.  This week, they're offering a cute little bat in a pumpkin.

For those of you that own a Silhouette machine, don't forget that the Silhouette store has a free cutting file each Tuesday.  You need to download the free program to your computer (even if you don't own a Silhouette machine yet) to access the store.  Please keep in mind that the files aren't SVGs...they will only cut on a Silhouette brand machine, (SD, Cameo, or Portrait) so this will be a great option ONLY if you're planning to purchase (or already own) a Silhouette. You can download the free program HERE.   This week's freebie is a cute little Halloween Owl.  They also have a 25% off sale on all Halloween cuts and all flourishes and shapes (there's TONS of them!)

New file every FRIDAY - 

Designs on Cloud 9 They have adorable Teddy bears and other characters.  Lots of cuteness on this site! This week's freebie is a set of leafy frames.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons offers a new free SVG file each Friday.  She even offers a newsletter subscription to remind you.    This week's freebie is a set of flourishes.

My Scrap Chick offers a new file each Friday to her newsletter subscribers.  Click the link to subscribe. This week's freebie is a Happy Halloween title.

RANDOM days, but new files regularly - 

Birds Cards - is an awesome blog with all sorts of amazing freebies!  This week Bird is giving us a second bat pennant and two Halloween borders.

SVG Cuts offers TONS of free files!  I believe they have said that there are over 200 of them available right now. Make sure to sign up for their newsletter too. Every time they send a newsletter, they include a new free file!  Their latest offering is a lace frame.

Do you know of any other sites that offer free SVG files on a weekly basis?  Let me know in the comments.  I would love to add them to the list!

Need a Silhouette to cut out all this free goodness?

Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle Kit 



Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Oh Where, Oh Where Did My Mojo Go?

Oh where, oh where can it be???  I'm not sure what's been going on lately, but I've hardly spent any time in my craft room (as I'm sure you can tell by the lack of projects I've been posting!)  I've made a project for an upcoming blog hop (be sure to check back on Saturday) but that's about all I've done lately.  I did actually straighten up my room today, and I'm hoping that will get me back in there!

So...can you help me?!?!  What do you do when your mind isn't thinking on a creative plane?  How do I get back my mojo???

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Monday, October 13, 2014

How To Use A Cricut Mat With Your Silhouette Cameo: Updated

Happy Monday!  I thought I would recycle one of my most popular posts today for those of you who  may have missed it!  Happy die cutting! 


Here's an updated post from last year,  I've had a lot of questions about the newer Cricut mats, so I've included pictures and graphics for those mats below.  Happy reading!


Today's tips come from my sweet friends Becky and AJ. Did you know that you can use Cricut mats in your Silhouette Cameo?  I did, but I couldn't quite get everything to line up and cut just right.

It didn't take too long after I got my Silhouette Cameo to completely wear out the cutting mat that came with it.  I started using an old Cricut mat I had, but the cutting area seemed off from what it was showing on my computer screen.  No biggie unless I was trying to fit something in a tight area, and then I would miss the mark every time and waste the paper I was using.  I found a couple of things that helped with this problem, and now the Cameo cuts like a champ again.


The first thing to do is to adjust where you line up your paper on your cutting mat.  Instead of using the regular Cricut lines, move the top of your paper up to the guideline at the very top of the mat, where it shows the tick marks for measurements.  See the photo above.

When your paper is lined up correctly on your mat, it should look just like this...


For the newer designed Cricut mats with the thick black lines, the idea is the same.  You just put it on the inside edge of the black line, like the picture below shows:




The next trick is finding where to line up your mat once you are loading it into your Cameo.  If you look closely on your Cameo, there's an extra, smaller line at the left side of your machine...


Line the edge of your mat up with that small line just like this...


This is actually where you're supposed to line up anything that goes into the Cameo...mats or vinyl.  I never even noticed that little line until Becky pointed it out to me!

Since I've learned and implemented these two tricks, I haven't lost a single piece of paper to a bad cut!!


Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Friday, October 10, 2014

Free SVG Files

Wowie, I can't believe it's already Friday again!  Sorry for all the extra peace and quiet on the blog this week.  With Dr's appointments and a barrage of other things going on, this poor little blog just got away from me!  Look for lots of fun and activity next week though!  In the mean time, how about some FREEBIES!!


The cutie below comes from Miss Kate Cuttables this week...isn't he adorable?!



FREE SVG FILES:

New file DAILY - 

Miss Kate Cuttables actually has a DAILY freebie every day of the week!  Totally sweet and generous! Today's free file is a super adorable little snowman.

New file every MONDAY - 

Little Scraps Of Heaven  You can access their freebies through their blog or their Facebook fan page.  This week's freebie is a harvest raccoon.


KaDoodle Bug Designs publishes new free files on Mondays and corresponding digi files on Tuesdays.  Now it seems they've really been outdoing themselves lately by also giving an assortment of free phrases each week! KaDoodle Bug is giving us two different skulls, a boy and a girl.

New file every TUESDAY - 

Treasure Box Designs offers a new digital file every Tuesday.  They have some really cute stuff!.  This week, they're offering a set of scary Halloween signs.

For those of you that own a Silhouette machine, don't forget that the Silhouette store has a free cutting file each Tuesday.  You need to download the free program to your computer (even if you don't own a Silhouette machine yet) to access the store.  Please keep in mind that the files aren't SVGs...they will only cut on a Silhouette brand machine, (SD, Cameo, or Portrait) so this will be a great option ONLY if you're planning to purchase (or already own) a Silhouette. You can download the free program HERE.   This week's freebie is the word "October."

New file every FRIDAY - 

Designs on Cloud 9 They have adorable Teddy bears and other characters.  Lots of cuteness on this site! This week's freebie is an Autumn Sunflower title.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons offers a new free SVG file each Friday.  She even offers a newsletter subscription to remind you.    This week's freebie is a set of three leaves with cute faces.

My Scrap Chick offers a new file each Friday to her newsletter subscribers.  Click the link to subscribe. This week's freebie is a set of layered oval scalloped tags.

RANDOM days, but new files regularly - 

Birds Cards - is an awesome blog with all sorts of amazing freebies!  This week Bird is giving us a bat card and pennant.

SVG Cuts offers TONS of free files!  I believe they have said that there are over 200 of them available right now. Make sure to sign up for their newsletter too. Every time they send a newsletter, they include a new free file!  Their latest offering is a lace frame.

Do you know of any other sites that offer free SVG files on a weekly basis?  Let me know in the comments.  I would love to add them to the list!

Need a Silhouette to cut out all this free goodness?

Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle Kit 



Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Friday, October 3, 2014

FREE SVG Files!

TGIF!!!  Woohoo!  The weekend is here!  Let's celebrate with some freebies!


Look at this little snowman's face...adorable!  And FREE this week!  YAY!


FREE SVG FILES:

New file DAILY - 

Miss Kate Cuttables actually has a DAILY freebie every day of the week!  Totally sweet and generous! Today's free file is a pile of spooky Jack o' Lanterns with a bird.

New file every MONDAY - 

Little Scraps Of Heaven  You can access their freebies through their blog or their Facebook fan page.  This week's freebie is a witch frog.


KaDoodle Bug Designs publishes new free files on Mondays and corresponding digi files on Tuesdays.  Now it seems they've really been outdoing themselves lately by also giving an assortment of free phrases each week! KaDoodle Bug is giving us two different skulls, a boy and a girl.

New file every TUESDAY - 

Treasure Box Designs offers a new digital file every Tuesday.  They have some really cute stuff!.  This week, they're offering a sweet little snowman angel.

For those of you that own a Silhouette machine, don't forget that the Silhouette store has a free cutting file each Tuesday.  You need to download the free program to your computer (even if you don't own a Silhouette machine yet) to access the store.  Please keep in mind that the files aren't SVGs...they will only cut on a Silhouette brand machine, (SD, Cameo, or Portrait) so this will be a great option ONLY if you're planning to purchase (or already own) a Silhouette. You can download the free program HERE.   This week's freebie is a basket of pumpkins.

New file every FRIDAY - 

Designs on Cloud 9 They have adorable Teddy bears and other characters.  Lots of cuteness on this site! This week's freebie is a set of scary Halloween teeth.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons offers a new free SVG file each Friday.  She even offers a newsletter subscription to remind you.    This week's freebie is a breast cancer awareness ribbon.

My Scrap Chick offers a new file each Friday to her newsletter subscribers.  Click the link to subscribe. This week's freebie is a huge set of printable harvest treat bag tags.

RANDOM days, but new files regularly - 

Birds Cards - is an awesome blog with all sorts of amazing freebies!  This week Bird is giving us a ghost card and two different ghost pennants.

SVG Cuts offers TONS of free files!  I believe they have said that there are over 200 of them available right now. Make sure to sign up for their newsletter too. Every time they send a newsletter, they include a new free file!  Their latest offering is a lace frame.

Do you know of any other sites that offer free SVG files on a weekly basis?  Let me know in the comments.  I would love to add them to the list!

Need a Silhouette to cut out all this free goodness?

Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle Kit 



Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WOYWW 278 - A Pile Of Pages!

Yay for hump day and the middle of the week!  And yay for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday!!  WOYWW is our weekly tour of craft desks around the world.  Jump in and see where the links take you!



On my desk this week is my ruler measuring 5 full inches of finished scrapbook layouts.  You've seen parts of this stack before but I finally got the journaling on them finished.  Now they just need to be sorted and put into books.  I'm still not quite sure how I'm going to sort them yet...they span so many years, but I guess its not permanent.  I can always slip them out and put them in other books if I decide to rearrange!

Can you see the WOYWW button/badge this week?!?!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Is In The Air Blog Hop


Happy Saturday
and
Welcome to this months Blog Hop
with
The Creating Blog Hops Cafe'
This month we have made some wonderful Fall projects to share with you. If you have just stopped by to visit with me, thank you and welcome, but please start at the beginning of the hop with our Hostess, Robin Lane with
 Create-A-LatteWe would not want you to miss any of these wonderful projects.
So, grab yourself a Latte', sit back and hop along with us as we share our projects with you.


I decided to go clean and simple with my layout.  I used a cut file from the Silhouette Store called Fall Leaves Placemat Layout.  I made the cut in orange and then inked all the edges, inside and out, with Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge.  Then I mounted it on some brown DCWV patterned paper I've had in my stash for a while.  I placed a photo of my (grown up) kids from 2008 that was taken on a gorgeous Autumn day!

This month we have a wonderful Sponsor, Lucy Kelleher with Close To My Heart, and she has a fantastic giveaway to share with you today. Lucy is giving away a $10 Gift Certificate to her store.



Close To My Heart


Your next stop will be with...

my friend, the sweet and wonderful AJ!



If you get lost along the way here is the entire 

line-up of today's hop for you to get back on track and not miss a single project.

Thank you for hoping along with us today and I hope that we have inspired you to get your craft on.

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Free SVG Files

Welcome to the beginning of the weekend!  Woot!  How about some FREE SVG files to get things started off right?!?!



Now for a totally adorable file, get a load of this little guy from KaDoodle Bug Designs!!  Love it!!




FREE SVG FILES:

New file DAILY - 

Miss Kate Cuttables actually has a DAILY freebie every day of the week!  Totally sweet and generous! Today's free file is a turkey in a pumpkin.

New file every MONDAY - 

Little Scraps Of Heaven  You can access their freebies through their blog or their Facebook fan page.  This week's freebie is a cute little squirrel.


KaDoodle Bug Designs publishes new free files on Mondays and corresponding digi files on Tuesdays.  Now it seems they've really been outdoing themselves lately by also giving an assortment of free phrases each week! KaDoodle Bug is giving us an adorable Happy Halloween Bear, a witchy cat, a "got candy? cat, and a pumpkin spice moose!

New file every TUESDAY - 

Treasure Box Designs offers a new digital file every Tuesday.  They have some really cute stuff!.  This week, they're offering a "Spooky Treats" Title.

For those of you that own a Silhouette machine, don't forget that the Silhouette store has a free cutting file each Tuesday.  You need to download the free program to your computer (even if you don't own a Silhouette machine yet) to access the store.  Please keep in mind that the files aren't SVGs...they will only cut on a Silhouette brand machine, (SD, Cameo, or Portrait) so this will be a great option ONLY if you're planning to purchase (or already own) a Silhouette. You can download the free program HERE.   This week's freebie is an "Autumn" title.

New file every FRIDAY - 

Designs on Cloud 9 They have adorable Teddy bears and other characters.  Lots of cuteness on this site! This week's freebie is a super cute Pumpkin Love title.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons offers a new free SVG file each Friday.  She even offers a newsletter subscription to remind you.    This week's freebie is a set of scalloped frames.

My Scrap Chick offers a new file each Friday to her newsletter subscribers.  Click the link to subscribe. This week's freebie is a cute BOO label.

RANDOM days, but new files regularly - 

Birds Cards - is an awesome blog with all sorts of amazing freebies!  This week Bird is giving us an awesome "BOO" card.

SVG Cuts offers TONS of free files!  I believe they have said that there are over 200 of them available right now. Make sure to sign up for their newsletter too. Every time they send a newsletter, they include a new free file!  Their latest offering is a lace frame.

Do you know of any other sites that offer free SVG files on a weekly basis?  Let me know in the comments.  I would love to add them to the list!

Need a Silhouette to cut out all this free goodness?

Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle Kit 




Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E