Monday, April 13, 2015

Stencils for Sidewalk Chalk


Machine Used: BossKut Gazelle
Software: Funtime Scrapbooking IV
Files Used: Bunny, Cross, Egg Blank
Materials: Cardstock, sidewalk chalk

I know I'm late in getting this posted but with 2 young children on Spring break, I didn't have a whole lot of time.  :o)

For this very simple project, I simply cut out the images I wanted to use and we used those as stencils on the pavement.
 

We ended up decorating the complete sidewalk in front of our house!

 
During our coloring, we discovered that when we rubbed the chalk into the cement after we went over the stencil that we were able to obtain a better image and the colors blended together.
 

We received MANY compliments on our colorful and creative sidewalks while people were out walking.  :o)

We had so much fun with this images that we're looking forward to making more for Memorial day!  Be sure to check out the other beautiful designs at Bosskut!!

Thanks for looking!!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Jamie*´¨)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Putting Words into a Shape Tutorial


Machine Used: BossKut Gazelle
Software: Funtime Scrapbooking IV
Files Used: Bluebook Hearts
Fonts Used: Impact

With the help of the WONDERFUL ladies at the BossKut Forum I was finally able to learn how to use the intersect tool in Funtime to put words into a shape!

Now I've always wanted to be able to do this but wasn't even sure where to start.  When I found this video on YouTube (Text to Heart Shape) I just knew that this could also be easily accomplished in Funtime.

After playing with it on my own for a bit and having some success I began to wonder if there was an easier way.  With that, I went to BossKut Forum to seek help from the awesome and talented Terri and Jules.  Now with the knowledge that they've armed me with, I'm here to share with you a tutorial on how to create these fun images!  First, here's my first ever attempt at a video.


Now for the written explanation.  In Funtime, I start with a 12x12 work surface.  On the right, select SHAPES and scroll down to the full heart that is available.  Remove the fill color and change the line thickness to 0.003.  Size the heart as large as you'd like and what makes it easiest for you to work with.


Then select FONT, click on True Type, and choose a font you'd like to work with.  In this case, I used the IMPACT font.  Type "FAMILY" (all in capital letters) and click OK.


Size "FAMILY" so that it extends just over the heart on the left and the right.  With just "FAMILY" selected, in the upper left, select TEXT, then CONVERT TEXT TO PATH.  This will allow you adjust each letter individually.  A good thing to keep in mind at this point, when you converted the text to path, that also made each cut in the middle of the letters, like the "A" a separate cut as well.


Before going any further it is a good idea to select the inner and outer cut of the "A."  Once both are selected, group them together so that when you go to adjust the "A" in the heart, you maintain the integrity of the "A." 


At this point I usually start working the letter that I would like centered in the heart.  For this example I'm going to start working with the "M."  Selecting just the "M", I move it to the center of the heart and readjust the size by clicking and dragging on the points just outside the letter.  It's important to make sure that the top and the bottom of the "M" is just outside the heart in some places.

I'm not worried about the overlapping letters or the spacing.  I'm simply working on the "M" and it's placement.  Once I'm happy with the "M" I will work on the other letters to get them where I want them.


Now that I'm good with the "M", I work on the letters, making sure that they are also extended past the heart at the tops and bottoms.


For the next part it'll be easier to see the construction points of each of the letters so that we can continue to extend them past the heart.  To do this, first select the C at the bottom of Funtime with the dots on it.  Then on the left of the screen select the move point tool.


Then select a construction point on the "F" and extent past the heart.  When I do this part, I choose the points of the letters and keep the line as straight as possible to maintain the integrity and identity of each letter.


I continue this with each letter until they have all been completed and it will look something like this when you are done:


Once you're happy with how each letter looks extended past the heart, click on the C at the bottom of Funtime to hide the construction points again.

Make sure to select everything, the heart and all the letters.  At the top of the screen select, TOOLS and then INTERSECTION.


Once again, select everything and group them together.  This will help in maintaining the image when/if you decide to resize it.


Make sure to save all your hard work!


I hope that was easy to follow and the that video helped.  As always, if you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me!

Thanks for looking!!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Jamie*´¨)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Wild about Wilcox Shirt


Machine Used: BossKut Gazelle
Software: Funtime Scrapbooking IV
Fonts Used: Funtime Hobos
Materials: Heat Transfer Vinyl

We recently moved and because of the move my daughter had to relocate schools.  This month her new school has been celebrating reading with a different theme each week.  This week is centered around her school.

She's supposed to wear cloths that support the school.  Unfortunately for us, the PTO sold shirts at the beginning of the school year and don't have any more.  Well, I couldn't send her to school without some school gear and colors!!

After playing around in the Funtime program, I came up with a couple of designs.  I asked family and friends which one they liked best but ultimately it was up to my daughter.


She picked the blue design because it was easier for her to read.

While she was at school one day I cut the image and ironed it onto the shirt that we got for her.  Fortunately she LOVED it!

Thanks for looking!!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Jamie*´¨)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Welcome Friends Vinyl Door Decal


Machine Used: BossKut Gazelle
Software: Funtime Scrapbooking IV
Fonts Used: BlackJack, Cambria
Materials: Outdoor Vinyl, Transfer Tape

I've seen this sentiment or something similar used and have always loved the welcoming feel of it.  Most times it is made with indoor vinyl and placed inside but I wanted to decorate our boring white front door.

Using my Funtime program, I created the sentiment and positioned it how I wanted it placed.  With Funtime, this project is really very simple and took little time to complete.


After cutting the vinyl in black outdoor vinyl, I weeded the negative space off and placed transfer tape on it.  I eyed the center as best I could and put it on the front door.


Thanks for looking!!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Jamie*´¨)

Monday, June 30, 2014

No Soliciting Sign

 

Machine Used: BossKut Gazelle
Software: Funtime Scrapbooking IV
Fonts Used: Aachen Bold (Funtime font), Hobos (Funtime font), Black Jack (True Type), Friz Quadrata Medium (Funtime font), Christian Crosses (True Type), Frutiger Medium 55 (Funtime font), Futura Bold (Funtime font), and Army (True Type).
Materials: Oracal 651 Black Vinyl, Wooden sign (purchased at local Michaels)

At my parents home they get A LOT of solicitors, so my Mom asked me to make them a "No Soliciting" sign.

We found a sentiment that she loved and I got to work in Funtime using different fonts.  Creating the design and letting my Gazelle cut it was the easy part!  I used transfer paper to move the design to the wooden post and that's where my part ended.  :o)

My parents took that home, added quite a few layers of sealant over the vinyl and wood.  Then added the post to ground and secured the sign to post.

I can't wait to see if this makes any difference to the amount of solicitors they receive!


Thanks for looking!!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Jamie*´¨)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Birthday Countdown


Materials: Blank 4x6" index cards

Here's a simple project that I create for my children each year for the month of their birthday.  Using Microsoft Word I add in the border to a customized paper size.  Then simply use text boxes to add in the date, countdown days, and additional text.

Then I use my crop-a-dile to add in the holes at the top of each card so that I can put them up for my babies to rip each day off.


Thanks for looking!!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Jamie*´¨)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

My Children's Space - Chore List


Materials: Regular computer paper, Xyron 900 Laminate/Magnet Refill Cartridge, Stampin' Up! Ticket Duo Builder Punch 126883

My goal will be to eventually add in actual chores but for starts my hubby and I have decided to start with encouraging our kiddos to do their morning tasks on their own.  We've been using this a few weeks now and I will say that it has really improved their willingness to do their morning routines with enthuasim.


I created the chart and the chores in Microsoft Publisher.  After I printed the sheets out, I ran them through my Xyron using the Laminate/Magnet Refill Cartridge.  The laminate makes it possible to use a dry erase marker to check off chores that they completed.
 

I spaced the chores in Microsoft Publisher so that when I was ready, I could use the Stampin' Up! Ticket Duo Builder Punch 126883 to punch them out.  With the computer paper, laminate, and magnet that really put my punch through a work out.  Not so sure I would recommend it but hey, I'm willing to give it a try!  :o)

Since I ran the chore list through the Laminate/Magnet Refill Cartridge, they easily stick to the chore list on the refridgerator and I can move/changed the chores as my kiddos grow.

I've already created additional age appropriate chores and will be printing those out soon so that we can start working together as a team to keep the household moving together.

Thanks for looking!!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Jamie*´¨)
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