Hawaii birthday…

I have been a little slack posting but have been busy crafting (made 50 pairs of earrings this weeknd using my new 1 step looper) and going to a craft show. I have also had a couple of craft days with lovely friends, instead of crafting together we have changed the format so one teaches the other a new project. Such fun. Mine is going to be for mothers day so will post later.

My parents LOOOOOVE Hawaii.  Dad has also acquired many ukes and we now have some lovely Hawaiian friends from the uke circut. Dad’s birthday is coming up next week and I suspect uke 7 (I think) will be acquired from a special friend, and talented uke maker, Joe, owner (with the lovely Kristen) of Kanilea Ukulele.

I have made mini ukes (for the uke no. 2 that did not arrive in time for xmas), uke themed stepper cards and cards with every hawaiian islands sticker I can find in Brisbane.  All I could find this time was a 4 Hawaiian dancers.  But after the recent craft show doing stencilling I was inspired.

I cut the palm trees layers using my baby cricut and the stretch your imagination Cartridge, assembled.  I used the negative to stencil trees, using two shades of green for the leaves and two brown for the trunk so it looked like it had rings.  Layered on the cricut palm trees and coloured the palm leaves with copics to match.  Used some distress ink to create the sand,  added the hawaiin dances and voila!




Sure cuts a lot and microsoft publisher

Yes, you heard right…. Microsoft publisher.  I have extra time on my hands at the moment which allows some free-form creativity with my existing craft tools the result – I have discovered a range of features that I didn’t know I had!!

I have a little cricut (6×12″ mat) which is great except that ProvoCraftTM have sued the makers of sure cuts a lotTM and were very heavy handed so I am locked out of future updates of the software unless I buy a new die cutter.   I have finally be able to update to windows 7 and get the software and cricut to be friend so for the time being I can still use the current version but once I can’t anymore I will be buying a new electronic die cutter and it won’t be made by ProvoCraftTM.

I have been playing around with creating my own svgs.  There are a couple of free apps for the ipad which let you free-form draw then save as an svg but even more exciting is the realisation I can create something in Microsoft publisher, save it as a jpeg then use Sure Cuts a Lot’s trace feature to create an svg.   Ah, freedom of making my own designs is truly fantastic.

And if you are interested in some free designs see my previous post of making your own die cuts.  If you drop by SVGCuts – make sure you join the forum as a lot of kind people share their designs including moi.