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“Miss Rita To The Rescue!” Etsy Shop

Did you know I now have my own Etsy shop?

If you like my cards and corgi decals, you might want to hop on over to my shop to make a purchase. For a limited time, you will receive a free item with purchase, too!

How do you get there?

You can find the Miss Rita to the Rescue! Etsy Shop through this link:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/missritatotherescue

Here are just a few of the items now available:

Christmas · Cricut · DIY

Photos Ornaments With Your Cricut

IMG_7311I hope it’s not too late to share this fun idea for using your personal photos inside ornaments!  Maybe you could consider it a REALLY advanced tutorial for next Christmas! LOL!

Although our Cricut machines started out as scrapbook-ing helpers, most Cricuteers are now using their amazing machines to do so many other projects–such as making personalized apparel, unique home dec items and even quilting.  And that’s all very good, of course!  But I’ve noticed we sometimes forget some of the more basic tools we can use our machines for.

Consider all of the marvelous photos we all are capturing these days.  Half the time, once I upload my snaps to Instagram or Facebook, I don’t bother to print them out for frames, collages or other things anymore.  And that, my friends, is a shame, because you might regret it later on in life.  So–in an effort to preserve our memories–I am presenting a cool way of using your favorite photos in ornaments so you can enjoy them for years to come.

And it’s easy, too!

Perhaps you’ve seen my post about making floating ornaments, which is here: Floating Christmas Bulbs with Cricut  It’s the same concept.

We are going to cut out our photos and put them inside our ornaments!

The first step is to gather your favorite digital photos.  If they aren’t digitized yet, simply take a photo of the photo!  I’ve done this with many of my pre-smart phone photos and they come out wonderfully…plus you have the added benefit of still retaining your original photo, too!

Once you’ve got your favorite photos within reach, open Design Space and create a New Project.  Go to Upload Images and upload your picture.  Make sure you save the image as  Print image.  Insert this image in your canvas.  Resize it to workable size (like 4″ x 4″) and then add a circle from the Basic Shapes category and resize to about the same as your photo.  Here’s a screen shot of what you should see:

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Next you are going to put your circle over your photo.  Resize either the photo or shape to work well with each other.  We are getting ready to use our Slice feature.  Keep in mind the size of your ornament.  For these examples, I have used plastic disc shaped ornaments that are about 4″ wide and high.  Once the circle is stacked on top of the image, select them both and choose Slice.

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Once you Slice, you will be left with three layers: the basic circle, the punched out image and what’s left of your image.  You can go ahead and delete the leftover image layer, but do keep the circle for later on.  Here’s what that looks like:

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If you are satisfied with the results, we can now cut out our image.  Do make sure your image is set for printing first; you want to see a little printer icon, not a scissors.  Click “Make It” and you will see that your image is now surrounded by a box and is set to print before cutting.  You will have to have a printer that is connected to your home network to print the image.  Hit continue to print it and then put it on your mat to cut.

Note the following screen shots to see these steps.

This is the screen you should see when you go to Make It:

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Here’s the next screens, where you send your image to the printer:

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And here you are back to the cutting:

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Now let’s talk about materials to use, because what you use will effect how your ornament looks.  In the above photo I used just plain paper and then I cut out a modified circle (see below) out of the clear plastic sheet that covers any Cricut mat.  See how I added a little square to the top of the circle and welded it?  That square is to hold your image in place inside the ornament.  Cut your modified circle using the Custom feature and selecting Cricut Protective Plastic (yes, it exists).

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Now once you have your paper image and your modified circle in plastic, you can affix the photo on to the plastic with glue.  On the back you will have a blank area, so you could either use TWO pictures or use the back to further personalize your ornament.

I made these ornaments for my corgi friends that lost their precious babies this past year, so I put the corgi’s name and (in some cases) their nicknames.

Note that you can also use plastic acetate right in your printer to cut out the photos.  I’ve tried this method, but it didn’t work for my pictures because the white comes out very transparent and many of my pictures are of corgis that have white ruffs.

However if you have pictures that aren’t predominantly white and want to try the acetate method, you will NOT need the second step described above, but you will need to add the stem on top of your image as in this screen shot:

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I would also like to caution you on cutting out acetate, which may need to be cut multiple times.  Cutting on Custom and keeping your mat in your machine and hitting “Cut” several times *may* be needed.

I hope you will attempt to make these sweet Photo Ornaments!  They were a big hit with my friends and they will make a precious lasting gift!

As always, let me know what you think or show me what you did!  Happy Cricut-ing, my friends!

Christmas · DIY · recipe

Best Quiche

I make this quiche for my sister only once a year–usually on Christmas Morning–but upon reflection, I feel it needs to be put into rotation as a quick and lovely brunch item or even a nice evening meal. It’s so simple and simply the best quiche I make. Not fancy, but very enjoyable!

Ingredients:

  • Box of pre-made pie shells (I like Pillsbury)
  • Maple-flavored breakfast sausages, uncooked
  • 10 eggs
  • Shredded Mexican style cheese
  • 1/3 cup half and half or whole milk
  • Red bell pepper, chopped
  • Two pie plates (I use my trusty Pyrex ones)
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Remove sausages from their casings and brown in frying pan. (This step can be completed the night before)
  2. Unroll the pie crusts and line each pie plate, crimping edges of crust
  3. Divide browned sausage between the two plates, sprinkling evenly
  4. Cover with shredded cheese
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs with the half and half or milk and season to taste
  6. Divide the egg mixture between the two pie plates, covering sausage and cheese
  7. Sprinkle chopped red bell pepper on top
  8. Bake for 45 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least ten minutes so filling will set

And that’s it! So simple and yet so yummy!

Let me know what you think!!

Christmas · recipe

Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Here’s a quick and easy Christmas treat that won’t break the bank like Scallops Wrapped in Bacon and could possibly be even yummier, too!

So simple!

Four ingredients: soy sauce, water chestnuts (whole), brown sugar and bacon (I like the maple flavored kind)!

Soak the drained water chestnuts in soy sauce for at least an hour. Drain and roll them in brown sugar. Wrap each one in a half slice of bacon. Place in an 8″ x 8″ pan…not touching. Bake for 45 minutes in a 375 degree preheated oven.

If you use maple bacon, it smells terrific!! These are quite addictive, too!

Merry Christmas to all!!

Christmas · Cricut · DIY

Up Your Christmas Ornament Game

Making your own Christmas ornaments is really a Wow Factor gift. With the ability to personalize ornaments or commemorate special events, you can really impress your family and friends with your newly acquired Cricut skills.

But why not take that to a whole new level by presenting your gift Ornament in its own personalized box, too?

Well, thankfully, I’m not the only person who has thought of this idea!  Many SVG designers now offer ornament display boxes for you to assemble and personalize for the over the top presentation of your very special gift.

Now, if you’ve only used your Cricut to cut vinyl, cutting paper for the box may be a bit scary to you, but once you understand the process you will be whipping these up by the boatload and enjoying it, too.

For today’s demonstration, I am using an SVG created by Simply Crafty SVGs. I did pay for this SVG, so I can’t share it with you, but I think you will find their prices are reasonable. Also, if you sign up for their newsletter, you will receive 20% off your first purchase. (Please note: I do not receive any payment for this referral and you are free to get your SVG files anywhere you’d like…I just happen to like this one!)

At SCS, search for “ornament box”. This template is for the 4″ round ball size but they also have ones for the disc style, too.

Once you find the svg you would like to purchase, pay for it and download it to your computer. Most SVGs come zipped, so make sure to unzip your downloaded file before trying to upload it into Design Space.

This SVG comes with a PDF for assembly, which you can either print out or view on your screen to help with the assembly.

Now head on over to Design Space and start a New Project. Choose “Upload Images” on the left column. Once there, choose Upload Image and search in your downloads for the SVG folder. As with most SVGs, this pattern has a few parts that need to be uploaded separately. Go ahead and upload all the parts into DS. Your imported image screen should look something like the next photo. Click on all of the parts you’ve just imported and at the bottom of the screen choose Insert.

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Once you have inserted all of the parts of the SVG, you will want to find the parts that have dashed cut lines and make sure to attach them to the the image…otherwise they will not cut together.

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Now pick out your paper.

In my project, I’ve chosen white for the base parts of the box and then a Christmas patterned paper. For this project, I needed three pieces of 12 x 12 for the base and two pieces of patterned paper. The entire SVG fits on five mats total. Go ahead and cut out all your pieces and remove them from your mats.  When all your mats are cut, take your completed cuts and head on over to your workspace with some glue or tape for your box assembly.

Before assembly, be sure to score all the dashed lines on your pieces so the box forms properly.

Here’s a photo of what your workspace should look like:

Identify the two main box pieces and glue or tape one tab to make one long piece:

Once you’ve glued the first tab, fold the box and glue or tape the second tab, which forms the box:

Here’s the front of the glued box base:

Now it’s time to attach the top piece to the box like so:

At this point your box is functional and can be used this way, but adding the decorative side pieces not only gives your box more personality, but it strengthens the box, too!

So go ahead and adhere the decorative paper cuts to the sides like this:

Here is a photo of the back and top of the box with decorative sides adhered:

And here is the front:

Note: the bottom doesn’t have a decorative panel. You can simply fold this part. But to make the bottom sturdier, I glued my middle flap inside the box:

You’re almost done! Now it’s time for the bottom insert piece:

Once you’ve placed the bottom piece in the box, place your beautiful, handmade ornament inside the box and place the smaller-holed insert on top to hold your creation in place:

And that’s it! Doesn’t it look great?

You can do it!

Go on and give it a try and let me know how you made out!