new shape kit: label it

September 28th, 2010|digital shapes|

Here’s the new kit for this week. Seven fun and different labels for your paper crafting needs.

Price: $5

Been having a little bit of fun with this kit. Soooo many possibilities! Here’s what you can do with one of the labels. Print, add rub-ons or stamp the top portion and then add a sentiment along the bottom. This would also make a darling tag for a gift! Just punch a little hole in the corner and tie to your gift with ribbon? Oh yeah.

Then there’s this one:
You can use it to stamp, print or add rub-ons.

Or add a title in your machine software before cutting the tag for a totally different look!

And I actually put these two labels on top of each other because I thought it would be really cool to stack two or three on top of each other for a very fun page element. Different colors. Same colors. Whatever suits your fancy. Oh, and because you can customize your shapes in your cutting software, you could also move the row of dots up, down or off the label completely. Nice.

Those two quirky labels are my favorites. But that’s just me. Quirky. Like to have a different look and all. :)

And that half label that looks kind of like a tab? Stamp a word on it and use it above or along side a photo or something like that. Would look very cute!

Well, that’s it for me today folks!

the friday freebie: flower ribbon slide

September 25th, 2010|freebies|

It’s still Friday, right? ;)

Sorry, I’ve been a little bit blog absent again. Kind of a crazy few days here in Bradford Land. BUT, I fer-sure wanted to get up a free shape today since it’s been a couple weeks . . . and voila, here it is!

This would be cute if you did it in two or three layers so it gives it more dimension . . . more slide-like. (psuedo ribbon not included ;) )

Files come in SVG/GSD/DXF/JPG/PNG for Silhouette, Cricut, Wishblade, Pazzles and any digital cutter that can use those files.

To download it for free (always free), go HERE.

And you need to check out Nichol Magouirk’s page she posted in the Garden at Two Peas this week. You just might see her using  a shape or two from here. Love her work . . . as always.

Have a wonderful weekend y’all!

today’s horoscope for me

September 23rd, 2010|Uncategorized|

“Does your house look like a cyclone hit it? Your tidy nature should drive you to clean it up.”

How does it know these things?!?!?!?!

new digital kit: wicked!

September 22nd, 2010|digital kits, pages|

Thought it might be a little fun to turn some of those tiny background pieces from the This & That Halloween kit to full-size digital papers for your crafting pleasures. :)

Price: $4

And while this may look all Halloween-ee, everything but the Halloween Definitions page could be used for sports and all sorts of things. Here’s a page I’d made using the orange polkadot.

[This page actually uses shapes from my Graphically Speaking Cricut cartridge.]


While I do have a wide-format printer and could have printed the full page, this page only uses a portion of the orange polka dot. So you don’t have to print a full background–or have a wide format printer–just to use it. I printed this image on Bazzill cardstock too.

The papers only come in JPG format. And the orange polkadot design isn’t in the This & That kit, but it’s one of my very favorite papers and thought it would be a great complement to the other designs.

One more thing, I will be out of the house for a good chunk of the day today, so if you happen to order it, I may not get to sending it until towards evening.

Have a wonderful day!

question for the day

September 21st, 2010|Uncategorized|

Does your bug-collecting biology project count if your cat catches part of your allotted bugs?

Our cat has caught–and brought into the house–a dragon fly (or two or three), a few grasshoppers, a praying mantis, as well as a moth or two.

Okay . . . so . . . sure, the dragonfly and grasshopper maaay be missing a wing or a leg. It’s pretty pathetic to see them frantically crawling in their bug-like way on the kitchen floor to get away from the ever-encroaching cat with his menacing ways. It does provide hours of entertainment for the cat since he never kills the bugs. What fun is a dead bug, after all?

But will the teacher still accept the excuse, “the cat ate my homework” if most of it is still there?

this+that: halloween … break it down

September 18th, 2010|this and that|

I’m glad you are all enjoying this kit! It’s been soooo much fun to make. Okay, so maybe frustrations have occurred, but that’s more because I need a new computer. Where’s my new Mac? ;)

Okay, so due to my current methods of distribution along with the magnitude of this kit, I’ve had to make some alternate file-saving choices so I can still e-mail the files to you once you’ve purchased the kit. You will be getting two e-mails with attachments for this kit. The one file has the composite PNG files (explained below) and the other file has everything else. Both files still come in zipped format, so use something like WinZip or Stuffit to extract/open the zipped file.

Normally my kits consist of SVG/DXF/JPG/PNG. This kit will have no JPGs, just PNGs. Also, I needed to keep the file size trimmed by NOT including the printable items as a Print & Cut for Silhouette. Sorry. But almost all of the printables are straight cuts anyway, and those that aren’t I made sure would be easy to cut. So all is well.

Here’s what you get:

  • Three printable composite files in PNG format only. These composite filenames start with “tt” to indicate the “This & That” project.
  • One composite file of the cuttable shapes. This composite filename also starts with “tt”.
  • Individual cuttable files named according to their style of shape for easier sorting. These files are made for all uses and are not sized and trimmed for the 7gypsies tray.
  •  The same cuttable shapes as PNG files (no JPGs) for all you digital scrappers.

Due to file size issues, there are no individual files for the printable images with the exception of the ones that aren’t a full image (e.g., “Witches’ Brew”). You can use the Crop tool in your photo editing software with the composite images if you want to use the pieces individually.

The three printable composite files look like this. These files you print on your printer and trim using a paper trimmer or scissors as needed. Most of these are the background pieces for the slots of the 7gypsies tray. In case you need to double-check the sizes, the Print1 file is 7.15″ wide, the Print2 is 6.85″ wide and the Print3 is 6.14″ wide.

The cuttable composite file looks like this, but not in color. This is the file you use with your cutter (Silhouette, Cricut, Wishblade, etc.) to cut your cardstock pieces and layer with the pieces above in your 7gypsies tray.

[Look HERE in yesterday’s for the “all done up” version]

All these pieces–which are again, sized and trimmed perfectly for the tray–are separated into the appropriate cardstock colors. This is how you will see it when you pull it up (sans color) into your cutter software. All you need to do is move the unneeded shapes out of the cutting area and cut.

If you are using SCAL/MTC, sometimes the program adjusts the size of the image. Make sure this file has a width of 7.334″.

I would also recommend double cutting your images by simply copying and pasting the image on top of itself in your cutting software. That way you can be assured a clean cut on these small images. I double cut all the time. Another handy trick would be to use vinyl. It cuts nicely, plus you don’t need adhesive. Just a thought.

These two image examples are also included in your download for your viewing reference ( . .  .Rhadonda ;) ).

Now for just a side note–a little “behind my scenes”, if you will. I didn’t want to go to all the efforts (and money) involved in creating an actual store for my downloads if this wasn’t something that was going to work out. But it appears there are a lot of fans out there and I do see it growing, so I will be looking into store options very soon to make it easier for all of us . . . especially now that I will be making these ginormous kits each month(ish). :)

Thank you all for your amazing support!

this+that: halloween

September 18th, 2010|this and that|

It’s heeeeeeeerrrrre . . .
(said in my Poltergeist voice)

Finally! I’m finally done! You know, I’m used to things taking twice as long as I think, but this? Holy cannoli!

But really . . . truly . . . here is my next kit . . .

The This & That: Halloween kit.

This is a doozie of a kit, so it’s more than the usual kits. It’s $15.

I also added some ribbon, string and a plastic spider. Also, on the “13” card, I cut some v-shaped notches on the sides just for some fun and so that it would “hold” the string being wrapped around it. Oh, and that fence in the lower-right corner is only about 1.5″ wide. If you’ll notice, it’s missing the top of one of its posts. Tiny delicate pieces can pull away and come off if you’re not careful, but it’s okay, all if you have to do is glue it together after. However, I liked the broken look for this! Worked out perfectly!

This is a totally fun and unique concept using the 7gypsies Letterblock tray. The kit is comprised of both images for design and background elements as well as cuttable shapes to use with your own digital craft cutter (Cricut/Silhouette/Wishblade/etc.) and cardstock. But, if you don’t have a digital craft cutter, you can use the PNG files to create your elements digitally.

The pieces are backed with a flat magnet so they can be removed and replaced with a new seasonal kit for almost every month of the year! (I just use my paper piercer to catch the lower corner to pull them out.) The next few months are: October = Halloween, November = Gratitude (not necessarily Thanksgiving because we’re not all from the US now are we ;) ), December = Christmas, January = Winter (maybe new year), February = Love.

“But wait, there’s more!”

Each piece has been perfectly sized and/or trimmed to fit within each of the compartments. There is no thought, no sizing, nothing. Just cut away! However, all the cuttable pieces–in their entirety–are also included (for Silhouette/Cricut/etc.). So not only can you use ALL these pieces for this gorgeous tray (7gypsies rock, don’t they?), but you can use them for all your scrapbooking and craft projects too! Saaa-weet!

Putting it together is pretty self-explanatory too because the background pieces only fit in their appropriate squares.One note though, I don’t believe all trays are created equal here. lol There may be some slight adjustments by trimming a hair off a piece or two (or three…) depending on your tray.

I am SOOOO EXCITED about this! 

And not only is it a great home decor item for yourself, but what a great gift it would make too! Christmas is coming, ya know. You buy ONE kit from me (for each month) and then make as many as you need! Of course you’ll need the trays for your friends too. ;) Nichol Magouirk bought her tray HERE. I bought mine at Archivers here in Utah. And I see that 7gypsies sells them on their site too HERE.

I am on the look out for a cool container to house all the pieces too. Of course, some kind of suitcase looking thing that doubles as a home dec piece would be best. Yes? I also need to go buy rod iron stand to set it up on too. I think I’m putting mine on my piano.

Okay, so was it worth the wait? I hope so. :) I thought I’d get it finished yesterday, but yes, it was my birthday yesterday and I decided to play instead.

I’ll be working on the Gratitude and Christmas ones here shortly so you can get a jump on your gift-giving . . . if’n ya like that idea.

Woo hoo! Feels good to be done! :)

that nichol . . . .

September 15th, 2010|Uncategorized|

She never ceases to amaze me! She’s done one of her awesome video tutorials on accessing GSD files on Silhouette. PLUS she’s been doing giveaways ALL week for Reader Appreciation!

Go check it all out HERE.
love her.

And I’m almost done with my ever-so cool project! If all goes well it’ll be up sometime tomorrow (maaaaybe Friday). Not guaranteeing a time though. ;)

still plugging along . . .

September 13th, 2010|Uncategorized|

I’m feeling much slower doing this project than usual. So in the interim–and just to tease you a little bit–I can guarantee you for now:

Stay tuned this week! :)

And I wanted to wish this guy a big ol’ Happy Birthday! He’s quite a guy, I must say. Love ya hon!