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Friday, May 29, 2009

EASY Vectorizing to get the KFC effect

Remember my post on vectorizing to get the KFC effect? Well, a dear friend found this awesome tool online for me, click here. How easy it will be to have the already finished product and then trace or get outline by colour and then cut , layer and WOW! Aweome idea :)

Are women born this way?

Click here - it's just fantastic!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tips & Tricks: Paper Piecing & more freebies

Have you heard about Paper Piecing? Try doing a google search and see what you find ;) It's a great thing to look out for because you can get lots of ideas and free PDFs that you can make into cutter files.
Here's a great example:
Click on image to link to source file in PDF and's info OR click here for more info on this type of stuff :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

FREE FILES - got your attention didn't I :)

CHEERS! If you are a new cutter owner and I really hope my blog is useful to you :)

When I first got my Cutter, I scoured the web for free files that I could play with and soon got frustrated because whatever project I was working on would take forever becasue I knew *exaclty what I wanted* and either had to buy it or find it for free online. Well, when searching for just the right cutter file, I encountered version issues, file type issues and incredulously I found a lot of great files and ideas and collected what I thought was a lot of free files - yippieee!! Like candy to a craft-addict!!!

Then, I had to figure out a filing system, and then I just got frustrated when the file I wanted to use needed just a little tweek here or there and one that could not be accomplished after I cut it. I was ready to cry at my Valntines Day attempt, I swear I wanted to throw my machine out the window!

I realized my creative brain was much too big for the software that came with the Silhouette. I broke down soon after and collected my pennies and invested in the greatest program - the KNK Studie GE software and WOW! Once I started playing with it and going over the tutorials that came with the purchase, and those free on and the fantastic user manual that came with - my juices were flowing.

So I was recently cleaning up a bit of old stuff because I am so loving my program that I dont really use GSD files anymore... I came accross my list of gold - which I have included below. I hope it helps some of you newbies, it sure helped me at the time but WOW... now, I don't BUY files - I create them in a blink of an eye!!

I'll even admit, I own a QuicKutz Silhouette and spent some money buying GSD Files and NOW... HA! I coudl create and cut those same files in just a few minutes - thanks to the KNK Studio GE Software.

Good luck, and happy cutting!!!

Tutorials and Tools (tutorials)
(change file types by group)

Free GSD & KNK Files & For files sale

I know there are more out there, you might also look for websites that have pdf files you can convert, or jpgs too.

A resource for GSD Junkies
CRAFTY, le Craft Robo
Dianas Designs
Great Scrappin Designs
Hinkeltje fotografie & scrapbooking
I Love Craft Robo
Jayrewcraft - GSD Downloads
JennieBean Crafts
Kreations By Katie
Looking Out
Sussann's Blog - Cutter Files
The latest by Mary
The Scrapbook Lady - GSD Downloads
Time for crafting
Ukscrappers - Craft Robo
Visual Designs By Chris
Wishblade Files
Wishblade GSD Files
Wishblade (French site - all free) (Free .GSD) (mostly for sale) (message board for sharing) (go to the Craft Robo part of the Forum) (jpg templates) Matching QK &

TTF Fonts: (blog; free files almost daily) (free cutting files) (cutting files; files in gallery) (inexpensive for sale)

Ideas for creating:

Awesome free files - thanks Monica :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Awesome pop-ups!

Have you ever made a pop-up card or done Kirigami before?
Try for card patterns

Click on the pics above to go staraight to their website.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Altered Binder Clip - great for work!!

How cute is this!!
Such a great idea for the office, no?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Awesome - Free files!!

This blogger is committing to a file a day for a year and she is offering them free. Hope you all find something you can convert for your use!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A fun Silhouette of girlfriends shopping from Sh*ppers Drug Mart :)

Wouldn't this make the coolest girlfriends card? I am imagining layering the women in different colours, but my big brain is usually wayyy ahead of my creating-ability ;) Anyone interested in taking the leap and creating a cutting file from it? Please send me a copy when you're done, I'd love you forever becasue although I am really good at manual tracing, I still have to fiddle a whole lot with auto tracing and these lines need to be clean!
Click on the pic to get the jpg file and ENJOY!!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Tips & Tricks: QuicKutz Alphabet equivalents

Click on the pic for the link to the font equivalents - thanks Superpezgirl

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Tips & Tricks: complete cutting control at your fingertips

Check out my all time MUST-HAVE tool, for what someone once called xacto knife surgery for those cuts that don't quite go all the way through.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

1st Communion Card

Wow, looovin' how this looks with the gold ;) I manually traced a photograph using my KNK Studio GE program and had this cut in 15 minutes, start to picture! I will be using it to decorate a patent black gift bag for my husband's Goddaughter's 1st holy communion gift... which is no doubt - GOLD and beautiful ;)

Click on the pic for the knk file, sorry, didn't have time to convert it to GSD.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

From panic to passion!!

Okay I must be loosing it! I tried cutting something simple the other day (3 letters for a monogram) and had to change the blade cap for the paper - I did. Then I went to cut and it started making this horrible sound and since the whole house was asleep I couldn't investigate, I powered off. Finally I now have a moment to try again and the noise is still there. Note, there are no pending print/cut jobs and I powered down and unplugged all cables before restarting, and my Silhouette is only 4 mos old! When I power up... the "carriage" (to use the old typewriter-term) wants to move left but it's as far left as it can go so the terrible sound is the motor trying to move it left. ACK! Whaaa'doo'eye'dooo? HELP!

You know, I really have to hand it to my Yahoo Group friends, they just make life so very much easier! And Sandy McCauley simply makes me want to HUG my machine!! They confirmed I am not losing it!! (and also that it's not human error, my baby is BROKEN!!


Holey smokes! I am about to cut 145 monograms for wedding invitations - NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

... and that I should contact the QuickKutz Customer Support, so I did, through their website and in less than 24 hours The Silhouette Support Team said: "Thank you for alerting us to your concern. It sounds as though the Silhouette's blade holder is off track. To get the tool back on track you can manually move the device back and forth several times. This should cause the belt to get back on track. Please try this and let us know if you have any problems. "

... and it worked!

So, off I went to use the Passions Conflict Rob font I fell in love with thanks to Nancy which is no longer a free font, so for those of you who want it, try Aquarelle.

So with a PASSION font, I created these thank yous for each and every one of you who always see to it that I loooove my cutter (especially Sandy!)!!


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