Friday, December 14, 2012

Washer Necklace

What can you do with these?

Take measurements of the inside opening of the washer and the width of the metal. In your designing software type out the name you want to use in a font that will read clearly at a small size and size it down to match the needed length and height to fit on the washer. Make a circle shape on your design mat and using the wrap to shape feature drag your name to that shape.  Cut the lettering in vinyl.

 Hand cut a few little strips if desired to add to your design that will go on the washer. Place the letting and strips as you want to arrange them and trim any excess that hangs over.

Add a little alcohol ink for texture.

When it is dry add two coats of diamond glaze tot eh front and edges of the washer allowing dry time between the coats.

Once it is dry add a little glitter nail polish along the opposite side of your cording. Let completely dry. Attach your cording and wear with your favorite outfit.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Warm Winter LIghts

Here's a floating tea light holder that I made using Square1 Masterpiece re-postionable fabric sheets and graphics from Scrappy Dew. I used the file as a print and cut based on the circumference of my container. I positioned it around the bottom of the container

The shredded Mylar is submerged in water and Trendy Twine is added to the top. A tea light candle will sit on the top and burn safely since the water keeps all the wax from melting. The Mylar looks really awesome and has an icy feel to it.

Merry Christmas!

Cut Files: (Latte Bears) Scrappy Dew; Special: Square1 Masterpiece repositionable fabric Embellishments: Trendy Twine, tea light candle, shredded Mylar, water; Glass candle holder; Tools: KNK Zing!, Make-the-Cut software, printer

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Reusable Folding Bag

I have been scratching my brain to come up with a little gift to send my girl friends from back home that would be easy to ship. I found these folding reusable bags and instantly thought VINYL! The  bags are pretty good size and are nylon so the took the HTV wonderfully. What great is they can ship in an envelope rather than a box and I can personalize them to fit the friend! I found these at Tuesday Morning.

I found a great assortment of colors.

Here's what they look like opened up.
I like to keep things like this in the car for the unexpected like messy shoes, a trip to the beach, or too many things to carry. The can be tossed in the washer. The best part is being able to personalize them!

First up is one I did for a friend who knits and crochets like a wizard. I ironed the bags out before adding the HTV, but when I refolded them they created new crease lines.

The message says: Beware! Woman packing needles!

This one uses a Celtic know pattern:

This is one I just love for my special tea friends!

It says: The best friendships are made over tea. This is a saying I came up with on my own because it seems those kinds of friends you just seem to take that kind of time with.

I hope this spurs some ideas to  help fill out your gift giving to someone you want to do something thoughtful for.

Blessings! Trish  Ima Cutter

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christmas tree Box

Here's a quick easy box. You can get the file for free on the MTC forum.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Glass Block Gift 2

We'll we're starting to meet some new people since the move. And two super people are Joe and Ally. Ally is a Brit and I could listen to her talk all day- super sweet lady too. Joe and been educating Alyssa and I on some slang phrases. Here's a block I did for them. I used Mod Podge, alcohol ink, Perfect Pearls, and alcohol on the inside to make is kind of a creamy obscure so the light is soft. I added a ribbon and bow around the sides and did their name in vinyl. I hope they like it.

Merry Christmas- Trish

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Glass Block Gift

I did a couple of gift blocks for Christmas gifts.

First is for my childhood friend Beth, now Dixie, who is a vet about an hour away from me. We're meeting up on Thursday and I can't wait to see her. She is an AMAZING person!

 I used the Square1 Masterpiece re-positionable fabric sheets. The are super easy to use and did perfectly for my project. It diffuses the light but lets it illuminate the picture. It is far more awesome than the picture shows. I have to wait until I see her on Thursday to post this on the Square1 facebook page. We're friends on there, so she'll see it.
 Here it is all lit up.=)
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sandy Claws is Coming to Town

We are having a glass block challenge on the MTC forum. I had an idea on putting a little coastal humor into my project. I found an image of a crab from the Inkadoo line on JoAnn's website. It was actually a decent picture. I have seen this on Kim Bright's website if you want to use the file and not have to clean up the image. She has such a great collection.

I opted not to go with a bow on the block. It seemed out of place to me. I added some shells from our beach shell collection. SW Florida is an awesome place to shell. I added some vinyl and a single light from the dollar store.
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Cough, Sniffle, Cough

Just a quick update. I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. I've just been sick which has put me really behind. I am on the mend now, I hope. I am getting my voice back, so that's good. I have a few gift projects I started and should be able to finish and post soon.

Don't forget there is a challenge going on at the Make-the-Cut forum.

There is also some really cute ideas people are doing there with tea light ornaments.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Ornament snow globes

I wanted to share some quick ornament designs I did some of these last year. They were so fun!

This is a flat round ornament. I used a pre-printed, foamie shape on the inside. I stuck it to a clear acetate strip, and I rolled it up to slide it into the hole. I added some styro foam beads for the snow and cut the snowflakes and name out of vinyl.
This other one is a round bulb ornament that I used little nutcracker stickers on a thin strip of acetate and fed it down through the hole on the top.

I love the little snow globe look.

Happy crafting- Ima Cutter

Friday, November 9, 2012

Ornament score!

I has this idea in mind and actually found the perfect item. I was in the Dollar Store and found these ornaments that have a hand-made look, but yet they were flat (which was exactly what I was looking for) and a deal at 4 for a dollar.
Here is another style I picked up too.
I think these will be flat enough to mail in an oversized envelope. The card I am making is a 4 x 5 size. I designed a little pocket on the inside for the ornament to go in.

The stamps are from My Thoughts Exactly. The paper is by Me & My Big Ideas and Jolly Holiday by Recollections. This one I did a ribbon all the way around to tie off the card.

I did two variations of the inside. This one just closes.
Now I have a set of Christmas cards done and even have a little ornament to send with it to remind our friends of us.

I hope you find some inspiration with these cute little ornament cards.

Thanks for coming by, ~Ima Cutter  (Trish)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Centerpiece tree

With the holidays coming it is time to get in gear with figuring out some gifts and fun decor.

The first project I want to share with you for the holidays is a colorful Christmas tree. I bought a stack of colorful funky ornaments and wanted to make a tree in those cool colors to put the ornaments on.  I got these at Target last year. Michael's carries them too. I made four tree shapes all the same size and scored them down the middle.

I taped them together and then came along and glued the edges. I inked all the edges of the tree and added the mini bulbs.

Each side is a different color. I think it will add a little whimsy on a table somewhere.
If you notice the tip of each limb is notched to allow the bulb to hang straight. 

Let the holidays begin!

Ima Cutter

Friday, November 2, 2012

Nifty Knitting

Okay, I am breaking away from my cutter for a cute little craft I did for a friend. She is the queen of yarn. She made me the cutest cabled purse with these awesome blingy buttons. She both knits and crochets. She tagged me on a post on facebook. Right away I knew I wanted to try to make her some.

So here is what I made-

You're probably wondering what is so special about a yarn ball and needles? Well they are really a miniature set that are really a pair of earrings.

The ribbon they are on is about 1/2 an inch wide. Shhh.... I'm sending these to her for Christmas. The earrings and done on these domed bases I had. The needles are the ones you use for beading for earrings. The yarn is really Trendy Twine. I think it's proportions work great together. I don't think the needle parts will be poking her, or at least I hope not. The good thing is they will be cheap to mail.=D

Happy crafting,
Ima Cutter

Monday, October 29, 2012

Thank you cut out card

I like it when I can double my effort. I made this cut out card file and used two tones of cardstock.The design is pretty simple. I like the contrast of purple and grey the colors. I like it when a project goes together quickly.

The cardstock is Recollections. The glitter tape is from Michael's. The brads are from Eyelet Outlet. The ribbon is from the Flower Factory. I am not sure where the flourish came from. I think it is one I traced from an online search. You could use about any design you like there.

Thanks for stopping by,
Ima Cutter

Friday, October 26, 2012

Tea light card combo #2

I have another tea light card combo, but this one is different. It was another file share from the MTC forum. Who needs to but files when there are so many awesome freebies? This one is from Ginger.

The stamp is from Michael's. The paper is from Colorbok. The cardstock is Recollections. The card had a ribbon that goes around it to close it on the right side with a bow. The inside is where it gets really fun.
The card holds six tea light candles. I covered it with a vellum sheet. The left side holds a tag for your message or another stamp. I think this file will also make it on my list of favorites for telling someone a special thanks.

Happy Crafting~ Ima Cutter

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tea light card combo

Here is another of my most favorite files of all time. It was a freebie shared on the MTC forum by Babs. I've had it for a long time now. I try to keep a few of these on hand for thank yous.

One of the great things about the MTC forum is the community of crafters who share their talents and ideas. It is an awesome place for inspiration. With the holiday approaching I like to keep stuff like this one hand. You can stamp the tag and include a special message.

Happy crafting~ Ima Cutter

Friday, October 19, 2012

Purse with note cards

Here is the same purse file but and the same little frame. This time I made a little set of note cards to make for the middle with some coordinating envelopes.

I made this set for someone who has that gift of encouraging others. The stamp from two sets I mixed to make the phrase from MyThoughtsExactly. I like how versatile they are that way.
I embellished with a button, a paper flower, and some Michael's Bling on a roll glitter tape. I used Trendy Twine for the handle and the button.

Now let's look at the inside.
 I made a set of four note cards for the inside for the person to give as an encouragement to someone else.

They all have a variation of the same frame and pattern. The stamps on these are from Michael's.

I just love the little purse and can see it being one I use often.

Thanks again Darlenemcg and Brigit for sharing the files.

Have a great day,
Ima Cutter

Monday, October 15, 2012

It's in the bag

I have a fun little project that is just too cute. I have to give a shout out to Darlenemcg at the MTC forum for this cute purse. It cuts super easy and can be used for lots of different things.

I like that the file is all one piece. I added the center frame which a file I got from a freebie card file from Brigit some time ago from Brigit scraps. The flower is a rolled flower from Lettering Delights. I made some little quarter circles for the corners, added some ribbon for a handle, and Wha-la- Add some candy and a stamp and your done. The little rhinestone pieces are from some scraps from a Dazzling Diamond sheet from Buckle Boutique.

 The stamp is one I got from Michaels.

I have another one I will post next time. Same file just a different style.

Thanks for stopping by~Ima Cutter

Friday, October 5, 2012

I do, I do

Here's an anniversary card I did my hubby to celebrate our 28 years together!

The paper is from Femme Fatale by Recollections. I found the little rings in a set at Michaels. The ribbon came from there too. The flowers are from some silk flowers I took apart. The rhinestones are from the eyelet outlet.

I hope for another 28 years. <3
Ima Cutter- Trish

Monday, October 1, 2012

Show your SWAG!

Here's a little project to show you've got the real deal- SWAG!

My daughter loves bright colors. What a better way to show you've got the real kind of SWAG!
Yep, Saved With Amazing Grace! She saw this idea and knew where to come to get her own!

Hope this gives you a new idea how to show you've got SWAG!

Ima Cutter- Trish

Friday, September 28, 2012

Ooh La La

Here's a little birthday card I did for my oldest daughter who has grown to adult WAY too quickly. She will be graduating from college this year.=O I know I just can't be old enough to have a kid that old. We don't get to celebrate with her since she in in another state right now.

The little french guy is from Lettering Delights.
The twine is Trendy Twine.
The stamps are from MyThoughtsExactly.
The flourish is my own design.

Hope you have a happy day that is full of inspiration and smiles.

Ima Cutter- Trish

Monday, September 24, 2012

Start your engines!

If you live in a state that doesn't require you to have a license plate on both the front and back of the car that must mean they want you to flaunt your style right?

With the excitement of the magazine, I have found a perfect way to do just that. I got a license plate blank from KNK USA and put our logo on it. Now I can share my life as a cutter wherever I go.

Thanks for stopping by,
Ima Cutter- Trish

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I just had to share what my super awesome fourteen year old daughter Alyssa did for me. She had some business cards done for me. Isn't that thoughtful?  I know this is her way of saying, "Hey, Mom, I  support what you're doing." She makes me laugh and smile! Lovin' you lots-n-lots!

Happy Crafting,
Ima Cutter

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Set to Travel

I have had my eye on the suitcase file from Cre8tive Cutz for a while. Since we are doing a challenge on the MTC forum featuring Nancy at Cr8tive Cutz this week, I knew this was the project I wanted to do.

I resized the file to the box base came to the max that would fit on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cardstock. I cut mind out of paper though. I chose this size because this fit well to what I wanted to put in the box. I followed the assembly instructions but created a second base to fit inside the first so the box would also be finished on the inside. Nancy wanted the theme to fall or Halloween so I chose a leaf print paper. The best part was when I found some graphics from Lettering Delights that would serve as my travel stickers on my suit case.

Here are the two outsides.  The LD sets I used are Around the World Sites, Around the World, and The Big Apple.
The stickers were done as print and cut images. I think my favorite part is the little guy I found to go inside.

The size I made th box is perfect to sneak a little thoughtful gift for a friend. One of my favorite things after chocolate, of course- tea.

I hope you get a chance to male your own version of this suitcase. It could be made a bunch of different sizes to fit your needs. What's even better- the file is only 99 cents!

Happy crafting,
Ima Cutter