Amanda's Gift Bag

When my step daughter turned 20 last April 28, my son and I were in the Philippines for a 1 month vacation. I totally forgot to give the gift before our trip. It was only the other day I remembered that the gift is still here at home and true enough I found it at the basement 5 minutes ago. I bought 2 cool shirts for her which she can use come autumn. To pack her gifts I decided to alter a paper bag of medium size which I got from Uppsala Färg store when I bought pens a long time ago.

Here's how it looks like after altering :D


2 Transparency Cards

I have longing to make cards using transparencies since last year but with so many things to do I had to put it aside and wait for the day that I have the itching to make the cards. I'm really a baby when it comes to card making and I have been very honest to everyone about it. Yesterday, I took the plunge playing with my transparencies both ordinary and for color printing. It was kind'a difficult to play with the ordinary one but it came out just fine. The color printing transparency is much better to play with coz any ink will not blot or smudge at all BUT all in all it depends on what kind of approach one will be applying.

The first card I madeI used only cardstocks coz I was kind'a nervous to play with any inks. The flowery Retro cardstock is from DCWV which was adhered inside the card. It gave an effect that everything is adhered at the front page but it's not. Then I used the sentiment stamp #97608 from Inkadinkado. The wooden flower is a cute thing I saw while taking a walk one afternoon ... picked it up ... and saved for future use hihihihihihi. The blue dotted gingham ribbon is by American Crafts. Other cardstocks I used are just left-overs scattering around my craft room.

The second card I made I did try using Staz-On stamp pad then sentiments is by Inkadinkado #97608, too while the flourish stamp is once again by Inkadinkado. Flowers by no other than Prima Flowers :D


My Play with Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL)

Finally I have my Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) installed this morning. I had no choice but to play and try it just to know if I successfully installed it. Bhoy! It was not easy for me coz I'm not really well and healthy since we arrived here in Sweden last May 18. My son and I are still coughing like seals and feel a little weak BUT that didn't stop me from playing with my Cricut Expression and SCAL. After installing all the necessary programs and upgrading my Cricut firmware and reading more about SCAL, I took the courage of trying it out.

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I did it!!!!!!!! I was able to cut the name GUSTAF using Mad font from my laptap. I didn't have to use any Cricut Font Cartridges to cut the name Gustaf. Besides, I'm quite sure that there is no MAD Cricut cartridge anyway hehehehehehehhee. Then I tried to cut a hand from my own collection of Wingdings/Dingbats and once again I did it :D

The funny thing is eversince I acquired my Cricut Expression machine, I have not played with the machine yet much more any of my Cricut cartridges hahahahahahaha but of course I will very soon if not later :D With all my Cricut Cartridges, I only got 2 Font cartridges: Mickey Font and Printing 101 but one thing for sure I will not invest on Font cartridges anymore coz I have sssssssssssssoooooooooooooo many fonts in my laptap plus there are thousands and thousands of free fonts that I can just download and can be used with my SCAL. I have been investing on Shapes Cartridges but I noticed that in every of my cartridge, there are words and phrases and I find it cool!!! I 'm really excited to play with all my cartridges but the question is when hahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

The only problem I encountered is when I was about to cut!!!!! I was wondering how on earth I can ever insert the mat and start cutting hahahahahahaha. It took me a few minutes to discover the solution to my problem. Well, I just took one of my cartridge just so I can press the LOAD PAPER mode and UNLOAD Paper mode.

Here are some links that will be of great help to anyone who want to know more about SCAL. The links were actually shared by a great friend :D Before I end, I really want to thank Connsue and Maryann for making one of my wishes come true :D

Sure Cuts A Lot Overview - A brief comparison between Cricut Design Studio and SCAL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlpxIC-JOeE

SCAL Sample Cutting of Own Fonts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__Fya1crI-U

SCAL Guide About Fonts - In this tutorial it will help one installing additional Fonts for use with your Sure Cuts A Lot software. This tutorial covers, Fonts Folder Overview, Downloading Fonts, Zip Files / Unzipping, Font Installation, Testing in Sure Cuts A Lot and more. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHeU9UJf2j8

Multi Layered Cutting Tutorial for Sure Cuts A Lot - This tutorial covers: Multilayered cuts with shapes that are the same size and multilayered cuts with shapes that are different sizes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sbsl5aUrhkE

Sure Cuts a Lot and Cricut making a three-color embellishment - Showing you how to use your Sure Cuts a Lot software, your Cricut machine and three separate colors on one mat to create a football or hockey jersey. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH1WJtdPewE

Ok now I have to go coz I think I will try to play with SGV files and know more about INKSCAPE. I hope my son Joseph will not be craving for mamma after posting this. Otherwise, there goes my play time hahahahahahahaha.

God bless everyone!
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