Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Like Cre8ive Cutz on Facebook and Receive This Popcorn Box & Lid cut file Free!

Are you on Facebook? Do you like free cutting files? If your answer to both is Yes, I have a special freebie for you! Just head on over to the Cre8ive Cutz page on Facebook and "like" my page, and you'll get the cutting file (SVG, MTC and PDF) for this cute, versatile popcorn box with lid absolutely free!

Once you like the page, the image should change to show the download link as well as a video showing you how to assemble the box and lid. (if it doesn't change, just hit refresh).  And if you have any crafty friends who might like the file, please feel free to send them to my page as well.  Enjoy!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tim Holtz Holiday RosetteTree

So shortly after I added the Set of 3 Rosettes to my store, I noticed Tim Holtz had a blog post out showing how to use rosettes to make a holiday tree. Of course I had to try it (with a few modifications based on what I had on hand for supplies) and it turned out so cute!

Here's the full tree. I covered an artificial tealight candle for the base, and rolled some light cardboard into a tube for the tree trunk, then covered it with jute. Before assembling the tree, I brushed the rosettes with a little Peeled Paint Distress ink, and spritzed them with Dew Drop Glimmer Mist for a little holiday shimmer. I also used little pieces of straw between each layer of the tree to separate them a bit more.

For the topper, I tied three little jingle bells together with red string, tied the string in a couple bows and then hot glued the bells to the top of the tree.

And of course, due to the irresistible bells and string, I had a little company when I was trying to take pictures of my tree. :-)

Happy Holidays everyone!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New in the 99 Cent Store - Set of 3 Rosettes

If you're anything like me, you love Rosettes but don't have the patience for all that scoring! This set of 3 rosette cutting files does all the work for you, all you need to do is fold on the scorelines and glue your rosette together. The set includes cutting files to make 2", 2 1/2" and 3" scalloped  rosettes, as well as three different centres that can be resized and mix 'n matched to create lots of fun styles.

The download includes MTC files for Make the Cut! software as well as PDF and SVG files for use in other software.  Assembly instructions are also included. 

Just click the preview image below to check out this item in my store, including additional close-up photos. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Snowflake & Tulle Gift Tag

Yesterday I posted some free Gift Tag cutting files, and I've challenged myself to get a little creative with them, and hopefully inspire you a little bit as well! So here is my first gift tag.

 If you want to play along, the supplies you will need are:
  • Card stock to cut the gift tags, preferably two coordinating colors
  • Embossing folder & embosser (I used the Swiss Dots folder by Provocraft and my Sizzix Texture Boutique)
  • A large square of tulle
  • A snowflake embellishment (I used the snowflake from this gift tag freebie, the video explains how I dressed it up)
  • Two coordinating colors of ribbon
  • One eyelet
  • One small charm
  • Adhesive
  • Thread or fishing line
And here's the video showing you how I put the tag together.  I hope you enjoy it.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Free Tag SVG files, just in time for Christmas!

Seems like everyone's talking tags these days, with all the holiday wrapping there is to be done. So I created a few tags using the technique I showed you in this video and thought I'd share them with you! Tomorrow I'll be posting pictures of a tag I made using one of the cut files, along with a video showing how I put the tag together. But for today, here's the free download. Just click on the preview image to download the files. As always, MTC, SVG and now PDF files are included in the free download. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Digital Scrapbooking Sale at ScrapDish

Well it looks like winter is definitely here for us, the snow has been falling since yesterday and it is WHITE out there! I heard it even snowed in Arizona (I'm quite a bit further north than that). Crazy.

For those of you who are digital scrapbookers, ScrapDish, where I have sold my Red Leaf DigiScrapping line of digital scrapbooking products, has just announced they are closing their doors at the end of this year. So there are some great sales on that you might want to check out.  Everything in my store is 65% off, or you can buy the entire store for just $10, which is a fantastic deal.  Just click on the ad below to check out the sale.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Getting Creative with Embossing and Inking

I've been experimenting a lot lately with creating my own backgrounds from plain cardstock to design something totally unique and it's a lot of fun!  In this video, I show you how to use embossing (I use my Sizzix Texture Boutique) and some Tim Holtz Distress inks to create a fun effect.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Free Cutting File - Mittens

I remember when I was little, my grandma used to make me those knitted mittens on a string, the string went up one arm, across my back and down my other arm with a mitten on each end, so I would never lose them.  They worked!  Those mittens were the inspiration for the Mittens cutting file and the little card I made using the file.

First the card. I used some bulk white and blue cardstock to make the card. The background is embossed using a ProvoCraft swirly embossing folder (love my Texture Boutique!). The mittens were cut out of white card stock, then stamped and embossed with a snowflake stamp by Inkadinkadoo. Then I used Tim Holtz Broken China distress ink to color the mittens, and the embossed snowflakes resisted the ink. The cuffs were colored the same way, then covered with white flock. A little bit of embroidery floss provided the string, and the warm fuzzies sentiment finished it off.


And here's the cutting file for you. Just click on the preview image to download the files. As always, MTC, SVG and now PDF files are included in the free download. Enjoy! {{link has expired}}

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Customer Appreciation Sale from Lettering Delights! Save up to 60%!

Yes, you read that right! Lettering Delights is having a Customer Appreciation sale. There are two ways you can save:
  • Enjoy 40% off any order (no minimum purchase required) with coupon code Merci2U
  • Or, spend $30+ and take 60% off your entire order with coupon code: MerciBearcoup
They have some adorable new sets, including this one, called Merci Bear Coup. How cute is that!

Click here to start shopping now, and Merci! 

    Tuesday, November 22, 2011

    Video Tutorial - Designing Custom Tags in Make the Cut!

    With Christmas fast approaching, many of you might be thinking of gift wrapping ideas, and that includes beautiful tags.  Make the Cut! makes it easy to design your own tags to include on gifts.  In this tutorial, I walk you through how to use the basic shapes included with Make the Cut! to design your own, one-of-a-kind gift tags. Enjoy!

    Sunday, November 20, 2011

    A couple more Christmas Cards using Make the Cut!

    These are a couple more cards I made last weekend.

    I thought it would be fun to make a Christmas present card, the printed paper is from K & Company. I used Make the Cut! to create the tag, grunged it up a bit with some Tim Holtz distress ink and embossed the sentiment and little holly. The ribbon is wired, which makes it nice and easy to give the bow its shape.

    For this card, I used printed paper by K & Company again (they came out with a couple mini paper pads for Christmas that are perfect for cardmaking). I used a large snowflake stamp by Hero Arts and clear embossing powder to add a little shininess to the background (although it is difficult to see in the photos), and stitched around the edge with silver thread. I downloaded a snowflake image from the web, traced it in Make the Cut! and then created a black-out shadow layer. The snowflake is cut from vellum and the shadow layer is cut from dark blue cardstock. Then I stitched the vellum and cardstock layers together using the same silver thread and added some gems to the snowflake to give it a little bling. The snowflake is adhered to the card with dimensional foam.

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Nutcrackers in November Challenge at Make the Cut!

    Have you been to the Make the Cut! forum lately? The Nutcrackers in November challenge is going on right now!  There's lots of great challenges to participate in, and prizes from great sponsors. (I should know, I'm one of them!! LOL) The challenge runs until the end of November, so there's still lots of time to check it out and create some projects. I don't think I'll be able to get to all the challenges, but I'm definitely going to try a few.

    For Challenge One, there are a couple of free digital holiday paper packs to download, and the challenge is to create anything you like with them.

    Here's the card I created.  I made a layered MTC cutting file for the bird, you can download it here if you'd like to use it. I also used last week's Mojo Monday sketch for the card design.

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    Christmas Cards Galore!

    My sister came over on Sunday and we had a great afternoon crafting together. I got a good start on my Christmas cards, so I'll post pics over the next few days. Here's the first one I'd like to share. I made this using my free Christmas Lights cutting file.

    To stitch the "cord" for the lights, I penciled the line in, then sewed over it on my sewing machine using gold thread. I used dimensional foam adhesive to pop up the lights. The greeting is a Craft Smart stamp I picked up at Michaels, embossed with gold powder.

    Hope you like it, I'll be back tomorrow with another!

    Sunday, November 13, 2011

    Christmas Lights Free Cutting File

    **I apologize, if you downloaded the file previously, the wrong file was linked. It has been fixed.

    I'm getting a few things ready for a scrapbooking / cardmaking day with my sister today, so thought I'd share this little Christmas light I made to use on a card.  Hope you like it, and watch later today for some pics!

    Also, don't forget about the Lettering Delights sale that's on for two more days, you can read all about it here.

    Friday, November 11, 2011

    Freebie & a 4 Day Sale from Lettering Delights

    Here in Canada, it's Remembrance Day, and for my friends in the States it's Veteran's Day. I'd like to take a moment to thank the men and women who have served and continue to serve so that we can enjoy the freedoms we do.

    Lettering Delights has a freebie and a special 4 Day sale for you this weekend. The freebie is this cute set of 2011 frames (graphic set), perfect for scrapping a year's worth of photos. And here's a hint; if you download the freebie first, you get a 25% off coupon that you can then use to shop the sale and save even more!

    And now for the sale!

    First up is this great bundle of 11 Cut-Its sets for $11.  The bundle includes Good Game, Flower Flourish, Gingerbread Cookie, Merriment, Hat Hoopla and How Tweet it Is, just to name a few.

    Here's a sneak peak at some of the sets included:

    And finally, there's a selection of 111 graphic sets, SVGs, alphabets, paper bundles and doodlebats, all for just $1.11 each. Some of these snowflakes from the Basic Snowflakes SVG set will be perfect for holiday cards and crafts!

    So hurry over and check out all the great deals, and remember, the sale is only on for 4 days.  Have a great weekend!

    Saturday, November 5, 2011

    My Crafty Hubby

    I just had to share this birthday card my husband made for me! It was my birthday a few days ago, so he decided that since I'm always making cards for other people, he should make one for me. But he didn't use my craft supplies to make it, he went into the garage and this was the result. This is how a man makes a card!

    This is the outside of the card:

    And the inside. The little buckle on the right side panel held a wooden charm for my Pandora bracelet, to remind me of the card. :-)

    Here's a close-up of the inscription.

    I'm not sure I'll be adding a table saw to my craft room anytime soon, but this is probably the most unique card I'll ever receive!

    Free Cutting File - Gingerbread Man

    Now that Halloween is behind us, I'm starting to think about Christmas. I'm not one of those people who is ready for Christmas before the kids go back to school (don't know how they do it!) since I prefer to put off thoughts of winter as long as possible! But we just got our first snowfall yesterday that stuck to the ground, so I guess there's no getting around it.

    Here's a sweet little gingerbread man I cooked up for you, he'll be perfect on your Christmas cards or scrapbook pages about holiday baking, or even hang him from your tree! His Santa hat is a completely separate piece, so you can make him with or without the hat. Just click on the preview image to download the files. As always, MTC, SVG and now PDF files are included in the free download. Enjoy!

    This is a quick little card I whipped up using the Gingerbread Man cutting file, isn't it cute! The face is from the Everyday Character Face Assortment by Peachy Keen Stamps. The patterned paper is from a Christmas designer mat pad by K&Company. Other papers are bulk sheets from Michaels, and the flock on the Santa hat is by Martha Stewart.

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    It's Holiday Dollar Days at Lettering Delights! One Week Only!

    That's right, time for Dollar Days at Lettering Delights!  For one week only, all Christmas and Winter themed products (fonts, alphabets, graphic sets, and cut-its) are priced from $1 – $2 each.

    Just click on the image above to take advantage of the great savings.

    Swing into the Holidays with Dollar Days on select items. But hurry! This quick sale only lasts through next Monday, October 31st.

    Buy more and save with this bonus offer- Save an extra 20% off a purchase of $20 or more. At check-out enter coupon code: DollarHoliday.

    Monday, October 3, 2011

    Make the Cut! makes Mojo Monday Easy!

    I had so much fun playing with this week's Mojo Monday sketch! Here's the sketch for this week:

    I bought a little pad of patterned Halloween papers by Recollections called Midnight Magic on the weekend, and was itching to create with it. So I went crazy with patterned paper, distressing, sewing and inking, did a little cutting using Make the Cut!, added a bit of bling to finish it off and here's what I came up with (the bats are actually popped up, although it's difficult to tell in the photo):

    Happy early Halloween everyone! LOL

    Wednesday, September 28, 2011

    Video Tutorial - Creating Nested Shapes in Make the Cut!

    In addition to designing my more elaborate files (purses, etc.) I often turn to Make the Cut! to quickly create simpler shapes for my card making projects, rather than spending a ton of money on large punches. For this card, I've created a simple nested shape that I used on the front and inside of the card to stamp my image and greeting on.

    This video tutorial demonstrates how to create nested shapes in Make the Cut! Enjoy!

    Saturday, September 17, 2011

    Oldies but goodies - some Halloween Freebies for you!

    We're in the process of getting our house ready to sell, not a process I enjoy but we've decided it's time to move on. So, I haven't had time to create any new goodies for you, but I decided since many of you are starting to work on Halloween projects, I'd remind you of some of the Halloween svg freebies I posted on my blog last year. So here they are, just click on each image to download the file. Have fun! {{Links have expired}}

    Sunday, September 11, 2011

    Good News for Crafters this Weekend!

    I've got two pieces of great news for you.  First, Lettering Delights has a 25% off coupon that's good for 30 days, all you have to do is place an order or even download the freebie from yesterday's post and you'll get the coupon code in your email with the receipt for your order.

    Second, Andy at Make-the-Cut! sprung a huge surprise on us yesterday, the beta of Version 4.0 is out, and it includes node editing!  If you've been patiently waiting for this like I have, you can head over to the forum and grab the beta version. If you aren't sure what node editing is, I'll be posting a video tutorial with an overview of what it can do in the next couple days, so watch for that.

    What a great weekend for crafting!

    Saturday, September 10, 2011

    Forget-me-nots Freebie from Lettering Delights

    Have you seen the gorgeous new Forget-Me-Nots Cut It set from Lettering Delights? It's an elegant line of cuttable cards, envelopes, gift card holders, and elements, perfect for making beautiful invitations, thank you's, announcements, or even just simple notes that you can purchase for just $6. Click on the link above or the preview below to check out the set.

    And until tomorrow they're offering a freebie so you can try out a project before you buy the whole set, just click on the image below to download it from Lettering Delights.

    Thursday, September 8, 2011

    New in the 99 cent Store - Gift Card Purse

    What girl wouldn't love to go shopping with this stylish purse, especially if there's a gift card tucked inside? The purse opens in front to reveal a gift card pocket and a spot to include a personal message. The download includes MTC files for Make the Cut! software as well as PDF and SVG files for use in other software.  Assembly instructions are also included. Click on the preview below to purchase the card.

    Monday, September 5, 2011

    Sneak Peak

    Now that summer's over, things are settling back down to normal and I actually a have some time to create and design again!  I got the sample for my latest 99cent goodie made yesterday, just working on all the assembly instructions now and it will be in the store very soon, but I thought I'd tease you with a quick sneak peak.  Hope you like it!

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    Vintage Lamp Card

    Just had to quickly share this vintage-looking shaped card I made using the Lamp free cutting file I posted the  other day.  I used Bazzil cardstock for the base and paper from the Ancestry line by KB Company for the lampshade. Rather than the cut fringe, I decided to use a piece of real lace, and inked it a little bit with dark brown ink to grunge it up a bit. The finishing touch was a string of seed pearls across the top and bottom of the lampshade, and some dark brown inking along the sides of the shade.

    Are you a Digital Scrapbooker?

    Some of you may already know, but I've been a digital scrapbooker for many years, and have been designing digiscrapping products, teaching classes and creating instructional videos under the name Red Leaf DigiScrapping for many of those years. In fact, if you were really paying attention, you'd notice that my logo on this site is "Cre8ive Cutz by Red Leaf DigiScrapping".

    Rather than trying to keep up with two sites, which hasn't been working well lately, I've decided to bring together all my crafting onto this blog.  So, for now I'm going to point you to a few things, but eventually I will get my videos and digiscrapping products moved over to this site.

    So, without further ado, if you are interested in watching instructional videos teaching you how to do photo editing and digital scrapbooking using Photoshop Elements, my software of choice, have a look at myYouTube channel. Since Halloween is coming, here's a fun video that shows you how to turn your children into ghosts (but only in the digital world, not the real one!) :-)

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    New free cutting file - Lamp

    Finally, a new freebie up on the blog! Feels like its been forever, but I finally got a new cutting file created for you, this versatile lamp. Use it on cards or scrapbook pages, or turn it into a card. The shade would look so pretty cut out of patterned paper, and the trim can easily be replaced by real lace for a vintage look. Just click on the preview image to download the files. As always, MTC, SVG and now PDF files are included in the free download.

    Saturday, August 20, 2011

    Updated Terms of Use

    In light of some recent discussions on the Make the Cut! discussion board, I have decided to change the terms of use on my files to allow commercial use. The new terms of use are as follows (and are published on the Terms of Use page as well):

    All files from Cre8ive Cutz, paid and free, cannot be resold or redistributed in any way. Feel free to alter them for your own personal projects, but please do not alter the files to reshare and claim as your own, whether you are giving them away or selling them.

    You may make items with Cre8ive Cutz files for sale or other commercial use including classes (including files downloaded under the former personal use agreement), as long as the digital pattern file itself is not redistributed or sold.

    If items are being made for commercial use, particularly classes, acknowledgement of Cre8ive Cutz as the pattern designer is appreciated. Photos of the projects that can be published on this website are always welcome as well.

    If you have any questions, please post a comment here or send me an email. Thanks.


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