this+that: lucky . . . break it down

February 28th, 2011|digital kits, this and that|

How To Use The Kit

You can use this kit with many-a digital craft cutters, such as Silhouette, Pazzles and Cricut. Anything that can use an SVG/DXF/AIv8 file. If you are using Cricut, you’ll need to use something like old versions of Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) or Make The Cut (MTC). These programs allow you to use SVG files with your Cricut.
And if you don’t have a digital craft cutter? No worries. You can create it digitally! THIS POST has some great information on how to do that.
Distribution and Use of the File
I’ve had to make some alternate file saving choices with my This & That kits due to my current method of distribution so I can still email the files once you’ve purchased the kit. You will receive one email with one attachment. It comes in a ZIP file, so use something like WinZip or StuffIt to extract/open the zipped file once you’ve saved it to your hard drive.  If you are on a Mac, you can double-click the ZIP file and it will open automatically.
There are two specific directories containing all the files needed to create the TRAY project as shown using printouts for some pieces and your digital craft cutter for the other pieces. One directory is called “TRAY Print Files” and the other is called “TRAY Cut Files.”
Normally my kits consist of JPG/PNG along with the GSD/SVG/DXF (and now AIv8). This kit only has PNG files and no JPGs. Also, I needed to keep the file size down by NOT including the printable items as Print & Cuts for Silhouette. But most of the printables are straight cuts, so they should be easy to work with.
Here’s what you get:
  • Two printable composite files in PNG format only. These composite filenames start with “tt” to indicate the “This & That” project.
  • Two composite files of the cuttable shapes. These composite filenames also start with “tt”.
  • Individual cuttable files named according to the descriptive 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 crafters.
Due to file size issues, there are no individual files for the printable images (in the composite files), with the exception of the ones that aren’t a full image (e.g., the “Today” icon). Use the Crop tool in your photo editing software with the composite printable files if you want to use them individually.
The two printable composite files look like this. 
(Print the “Always/Forever” image on a transparency.)
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.
The files are both under 8×10, so if you’d like to take thems to a photo developer, you can do that. Make sure they do not size the image to fit in the 8×10 area–it needs to be left as is. If you need to confirm the size, the first file is 7.59″ wide and the second file is 7.63″ wide.
The two cuttable composite files like this, but not in color.
(I don’t know why, but the birds on a wire make me happy. :) )
These are the files you’ll use with your cutter (Silhouette, Cricut, Wishblade, Pazzles, etc.) to cut your cardstock pieces and layer with the pieces above in your 7gypsies tray.
All these pieces–which are 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 (no color though) into your cutting software. All you need to do is Ungroup/Break the image and/or move the unneeded shapes out of the cutting area and cut.
Some of the other software programs, like MTC or SCAL, may adjust the size of the image when importing. If this occurs, resize it proportionally. Both files have a width of 7.5″. 
Here’s a few more project tips (also refer to Saturday’s post for ‘how to’ tips):
  • Use a photo paper or presentation paper to print your printables at home. I like using Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper (Matte or Lustre) or Epson Premium Presentation Paper (Matte). Or, take it to your local photo devleoper.
  • The printable background pieces can only fit into the square for which it was designed.
  • Double cut your images by copying and pasting the image on top of itself in your cutting software. That way you can be assured of a clean cut, especially on the small images. Another nifty trick is to use vinyl. It cuts nicely, plus you don’t need adhesive.
  • If this is your first time working with a This & That kit, HERE is some information on the magnets I use so that I can easily swap out the pieces all year long.
Where to find the tray.
While there are many places you can purchase the tray, you can find it on the 7gypsies website HERE. I purchased mine from Archivers. Note: I’ve discovered that all printer tray’s are not created equally, so you may have to trim a fraction off here or there. I usually set the back piece in its square first just to see if I’ll need to trim anything off.

I guess that wraps up this post for today. :)

this+that: lucky

February 27th, 2011|digital kits, digital shapes, this and that|

Are ya feelin’ lucky? Well, are ya? 

Okay. I guess I’m in touch with my inner Clint Eastwood right now. A few monster days of sitting in my chair for hours on end can craze up a gal from time to time. ;)

But the This & That: Lucky kit is finally done! Yahoo!

This kit has the flavor of St. Patrick’s and the luck of the Irish, but it’s more Lucky/Life is Good/Spring so that it’s a bit more universal-ish–a nice, somewhat holiday, home dec item.


Here’s a few tips about the kit:
Letter with weedy flower. (I don’t know what to call it–lol)
Choose a font and cut a letter for your last name and tie a ribbon around it.
This is a two piece item that you just layer on top of each other. The banner is a printable and can easily be cut by hand. Add a fun twist to the pom-pom part of the banner by using a real pom-pom ribbon! (There’s also a cuttable banner shape with the pom-pom shape included with all the cuttable files too.)
Playing card.
Cut a v-shape notch on each side of the card and wrap some string around it. Secure it all on the backside of the card. Or, you could tie a little bow on the front for a different look.
Skeleton keys.
I tied a single knot on the ribbon and adhered it to the two key shapes with a glue dot. It’s easier than trying to tie it around something so small.
Fancy name plate.
Use your word processor to type your name in your favorite font and print it on white cardstock. The opening is 15/16″ wide by 3/8″ high.
Only Love…..
Adhere “Take Note” card first. Next, adhere “Only Love…” at the bottom and the shamrock/lace border just above it–so both edges lie nicely together.
Irish rail ticket.
Use a hole punch to signify a certain date or time. Either on this project or any future projects. Additionally, you can always get rid of the “Irish Rail” text in your photo editing software. Make it all black and then type whatever you want there.
Cardstock & Cutting.
I always recommend double cutting images. It helps provide a clean cut every time. I also love using American Crafts cardstock.
You can read about how to attach your pieces to the tray in this post HERE.
The 7gypsies Tray.
I got mine at Archivers. But there are several places you can order it online, including the 7gypsies website HERE.
My Stand.
We have a wonderful place here in Utah called Rod Works and that’s where I got mine. I see them on the website. Just search for “easel.”
You can use this kit with Cricut, Silhouette, Pazzles or any digital craft cutter that can use SVG/DXF/AIv8 files. However, if you don’t have a digital craft cutter? You can still create it digitally! For information on how to do that, read this post HERE.
The “break it down” will be up on Monday.
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February 25th, 2011|zach: mission|

almost in the moment
a sweet couple from washington d.c. sent us a couple photos last night, probably almost immediately after the boys enjoyed what looked like a very nice meal! felt like we were almost there. loved it.
my son is on the right there.
less than seven weeks and he’s home!

casey abrams
this guy rocks! american idol fans out there? this guy is my favorite! i would buy an album of him singing and playing his bass in his jazzy way . . . right. now. if you haven’t seen this guy yet, watch THIS and this:

been my fave since first seeing him in his audition.

with six you get eggroll
okay, so maybe it’s “with visiting” you get eggroll. every month a friend of mine and i go visit a lady from vietnam who’s lived in this country for 40 years. she is the funniest lady . . . a little ball of energy. last night, as we walked into her house, the smell of their delectable food was more immediate than usual. she said, “just a minute” and walked out with a huge stack of eggrolls . . . one box for each of us.

oh. my. gosh!

they are divine! 

since my friend lives next door to her, she’s often the recipient of such delight, but this was my first time getting to taste those little round, deep fried tubes of wonder. my husband called them asian taquitos.

 who cares if my clothes still smell like fried food.

totally worth it.

guess what i’m having for lunch today.

what the #@!#%$ blankety blank blank????!!
more snow???

and a few inches???

that’s all i’m saying.

i refuse to give snow any more of my time.
don’t want it to think i like it (at this time on the calendar) in any way.
it’s getting no attention from me.

one flew over the cuckoo’s nest
survivor fans?


need i say more???

and don’t you just love boston rob? he better stick around for a long time!
although, i was surprised at what happened this week.

did you ever feel like…

February 24th, 2011|Uncategorized|

. . . your week was one big road sign?
With the Monday holiday and some other unexpected things, my work week hit one of these:

with the new Lucky kit because I still have some of this
going on today.
This could easily be applied to my office as it looks like a bomb went off right now.
There’s nowhere that’s clean! Piles upon piles…

Needless to say, I’m feeling like I’m stuck behind some yahoo doin’ 25 in a 35.
(That happens a lot on a particular road here–drives me nuts!)
Shootin’ for it to be up in the next couple days!

made me laugh

February 23rd, 2011|Uncategorized|

So the cat goes on a tear through the house. 
Gets all spastic and playful and such 
running up and down stairs from room to room.
Often runs into the downstairs bathroom onto the toilet–with the lid shut, of course.
One day? Dan didn’t shut the lid.
One day? I heard *splash*!
One wet cat.
Laughed my behinder off.
It’s the little things that can really make your day. :)

three words.

February 20th, 2011|Uncategorized|

the amazing race.

okay, let’s make it four words . . . YAHOOOOOOOO!
nobody better bug me tonight! :)

sneak peek and friday freebie

February 18th, 2011|freebies|

Wellllll, today’s a fun day! I don’t know about you, but I needed something fun. Mother Nature has played a cruel trick on us . . . giving us a glorious hint of spring only to take it all away and give us blustery cold temperatures and grey skies. Oy. Sucks your energy out, doesn’t it? And I keep seeing commercials with full trees, green grass and blue skies. Ohhh the taunting!

So today, not only do I have a Friday Freebie for ya, but I have a sneak peek and preorder for next month’s kit!

Let’s start with the freebie first. A fun little swooshy swirl for your spring (or wintery) pages. I thought it would also work well with the butterfly from the last freebie!

You can download it HERE.

Now, let’s take a look-see at the next This & That kit. This one is called Lucky. March is associated with St. Patrick’s Day–a day of luck (well, and partying for many too). And while I do appreciate the holiday on the whole, I thought perhaps this kit should revolve more around how lucky we are, how life is good, appreciating every day, and all that. So there is an underlying St. Patrick’s Day/Irish theme with colors and clovers and such, but you’ll have to find your own leprechaun shape at the end of another rainbow. ;)

Will come in SVG/GSD/DXF/AIv8 and PNG
This kit will be available next week!
Hope you all have a beautiful weekend!
It’s a long one too.
Gotta love it!


complete happiness

February 17th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Just the cover alone makes you want to buy this album. 
Previewing it on iTunes will seal the deal for sure!
How can you go wrong with a song like I Do Adore and lyrics like this:
Everything you do it sends me
Higher than the moon with every
Twinkle in your eye
You strike a match that lights my heart on fire
Or these from Whole Wide World:
I’m gonna live a crazy dream
Impossible as it may seem
Doesn’t matter what the future brings
I’m gonna live a crazy dream
I wanna hold the whole wide world
Right here in my open hands
Maybe I’m just a little girl
A little girl with great big plans
I do believe I’ll be listening to this all day….

And on her blog her ‘About’ says:
“Indie singer songwriter that will leave you 
floating like a scoop of vanilla cream in a strawberry soda.”

What’s not to love about that?
I’m feeling like a scoop of vanilla ice cream right now.
Sadly though, I look more like a couple gallons of vanilla ice cream . . .
kind of melted and blobby.

just reminding you about my little online yard sale (see below).
i’ll probably take it down after friday, so if there’s something you want, get it before then. :)


February 14th, 2011|digital kits|

Today is the day of loooove.
A day when we all show our love to one another through hugs and kisses, sweet little notes, sugar cookies, candy suckers and all sorts of things.
I have to tell ya, sometimes I miss the kids writing out all their Valentines
 . . . aaaaand sometimes I don’t.
So to help celebrate today, I’m sharing a little love with all of you!

Here’s the new Smitten kit.
Price: $8

It has a little bit of everything too.

Titles, decorations, and even some digital icons that you can size and use with your circle punches.

The title “The Very Thought Of You” is done in my usual manner—you can cut it as all one piece or use the complementary pieces to do a two-color title.

I have serious issues with wanting to overload the kits with all the ideas in my head. ;)

I hope you all have a wonderfully loving day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I also wanted to do a quick shout out and say “hello” to all the new French and Ukrainian guests that have stopped by over the past week or two! Welcome! Hope you continue to stop by “in my neck of the woods.”

Isn’t this time of our lives amazing? That we can connect with people all over the world?
Love it!

making a lace paper

February 11th, 2011|silhouette, tips and tricks|

I loooove lacey papers. 
And I looooove tone-on-tone backgrounds.
You might remember this page I made quite some time ago.
Did you know that you can make your own lace paper with your single-image shapes? 
If you didn’t know, wanna see how?  
You know that’s a rhetorical question, right? ;)
Open any shape into your cutting software.
 For my example, I’m using the flower that came in the Every Little Thing kit.

Resize it in whatever sizes you need, copy the shapes, and rotate and place them so that the edges of the petals overlap a little. (I chose three sizes to have some kind of consistency.)

Once you have all your flowers laid out (let them go over the edge), select them all (Ctrl-A), choose Object/Modify/Weld. For SCAL, choose Object/Merge. For MTC, choose Edit/Shape Magic/Weld.

For whatever reason in my example, there was one petal that lost its little insides. If that occurs, simply choose another petal, copy and paste it where you need it. Rotate it a tiny bit, if necessary, by clicking on the little green dot of the selected image (in Silhouette Studio).

Voila! You’re done! You’ve made your very own lace paper! 
If you want, you can draw a square or rectangle around the area that you need or, just let it cut it out as you see it and trim it however you need it.