Saturday, November 29, 2008

3-D Christmas Tree (Paper)


I'm busy cutting out the trees for the kids to decorate and assemble today. After that we will be making the gingerbread house! The trees cut in two pieces. Decorate one side of each tree and let dry. Turn them over and decorate the other. Now just slide them together and they stand up!

To decorate them we used a glue pen, fine glitter, cut out stars and circles. You could also use gems, primas, stickers, or even paper scraps. Off to find the camera and get some pics...

They turned out awesome and they were really fun to decorate! The 2 & 5 yo working with me just loved this project!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Candy Canes (I made with the kids)


Oh my, these new files cut so cute!!! I am cutting a bunch of the trees for the kids to decorate and then put around the house. The candy canes were so easy! I'm going to cut a bunch of them and have the kids put them together to hang on the tree! They are so cheerful!

I bough some new glitter. They are tiny little bottles called sugar coating. The colors are stunning. Nice and vibrant and very fine. They are great to work with and have such sparkle! I'll take pictures of these adorable projects and upload them tomorrow.
I cut the candy cane on the left and used glitter on the white background. Then I put a little sparkle just above the cut line. They cut beautiful!

These files are cut using machines that look much like printers but instead of a print head, they have a blade that cuts where the lines are! I cut the background from white so that the middle of the candycane would be white. Then I cut the candy cane from red. Last I cut the bow from blue. When you get the file, the layers look just like they do in this pic. All you need to do is move them apart to cut.

I filled up a whole page with the white background so I would have many candy canes. I did the same with the red and the green (I did green bows).

Here are some photos of the candy canes after were were done adding glitter. They are so cute! We are going to add them to our Christmas tree this year.

I love making hand made things with the kids each year. All three candy canes came from one file.

I realize there are bad shadows on this photo, but the shadows show the detail so I left it :)

Turkey Paper Piecing


I had so much fun creating and cutting this turkey. For those that know me, I hate to do paper piecing. Why? Those tiny little pieces, ugghh!! So, I spent hours and hours on this little guy so that I could cut him with minimal cuts and no tiny pieces! The ONLY small pieces are his eyes and beak. You could use google eyes instead - oh that would be so cute!

I wish I was as good with chalk as I am with the mouse!

SIX fun titles for your layout or card!



Here is the link to the I'm Thankful For layout and sketch: http://tammeybrown.blogspot.com/2008/11/im-thankful-for-layout.html

Thursday, November 27, 2008

25 NEW files loaded to the store!!!!!



I have weeks of work into creating these unique and fun files! Then I had to convert them to each file type, cut them to make sure they cut like I wanted them to, create the icon (like the picture in this post) for each file, and then upload them all to the store! WOW

Remember, the store is having a 30% off sale this weekend ONLY. We will do this just twice a year, that's it.

Mostly I've uploaded winter and Christmas related files. I'll upload more as the weekend goes on so be sure to check back often.

Happy Thanksgiving!
TammeyBrown

Be sure to enter gobblegobble for your discount code!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Paper Ornaments!

Ok, I've been searching and searching for some fun ornaments to make with the kids this year and I think I finally found it! These are just beautiful and they don't look too hard :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Cutter File SALE!

Glitter Text Generator at TextSpace.net

ThatsScrapInc.com and the designers would like to announce our first file sale!! It only happens twice a year so be sure and jump on this weekend and grab up those files!
I will have my new files loaded by Thursday morning so all of them will be available at 30% off.

START: Noon on Thursday
ENDS: Noon on Sunday
WHAT: ALL files store wide!!

That's it! Now's your chance. It's time to get those albums and other Christmas gifts going.

Gingerbread Man (Can't Catch Me)


I have a layered gingerbread man file on sale for just $0.99 this week that would be awesome on a baking layout. I'm going to be making a gingerbread house with the kids this weekend and I just can't wait! We will be putting up Christmas decorations too. There are actually four welded and matted titles with several gingerbread man options in this file. You don't have to chase down the little buttons or eyes as the next layer shows through to make the eyes, buttons and mouth. I hate chasing down little pieces! With the different options you can pick the format that works best for your project. This adorable file would look awesome along the bottom of the cookie/cooking sketch I posted yesterday.

It would work great for any baking layout, but also for chasing a little one or dropping something lol I will be using it this weekend for the gingerbread house layout. I'll share pics after the weekend.

Here is a great link for making your own gingerbread house!
http://www.craftelf .com/Craft_ elf_holiday_ Christmas_ Gingerbread_ houses.htm
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THE GINGERBREAD MAN

Once upon a time, an old woman and her husband lived alone in a little old house. The couple had no children, and being lonely, the woman decided to make a boy of gingerbread. She carefully mixed the batter, rolled out the dough, and cut out out a very nice gingerbread man. She added sugar icing for his hair, mouth, and clothes, and she used candy chips for buttons and eyes. What a fine looking gingerbread man he was! The old woman put him in the oven to bake. After he was fully done, she slowly opened the oven door. Up jumped the gingerbread man, and he ran out the door saying,

"Run, run, as fast as you can!
You can't catch me!
I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

The old woman and the old man ran after him, but they could not catch him. And so the Gingerbread Man ran and ran. While he running, he met a cow.

"Moo," said the cow. "You look very fine! Fine enough to eat!" And the cow started to chase to little man.

But the Gingerbread Man ran faster, saying,
"I ran away from an old woman,
I ran away from an old man,
And I can run away from you!
I can!"

And he laughed,

"Run, run, as fast as you can!
You can't catch me!
I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

The cow ran after the Gingerbread Man, but she could not catch him.The Gingerbread Man kept running, and soon he met a horse. "Neigh," said the horse, "You look mighty tasty. I think that I would like to eat you.""But you can't!" said the Gingerbread Man.

"I ran away from an old woman,
I ran away from an old man,
I ran away from a cow,
And I can run away from you!
I can!"

And so he ran singing,
"Run, run, as fast as you can!
You can't catch me!
I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

The horse ran after the Gingerbread Man, but he could not catch him. The Gingerbread Man ran and ran, laughing and singing. While he ran, he met a chicken. "Cackle, cackle," said the chicken, "You look fine enough to peck for dinner. I'm going to eat you, Mr. Gingerbread Man."

But the Gingerbread Man just laughed.
"I ran away from an old woman,
I ran away from an old man,
I ran away from a cow,
I ran away from a horse,
And I can run away from you!
I can!"

And so he ran singing,
"Run, run, as fast as you can!
You can't catch me!
I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

The chicken ran after the Gingerbread Man, but she could not catch him. The Gingerbread Man was proud that he could run so fast. "Nobody can catch me," he thought. So he kept on running until he met a fox. He just had to tell the fox how he ran faster than all the others.

"Mr. Fox," he said,
"As tasty as I appear to be,

I cannot let you catch and eat me.

I ran away from an old woman,
I ran away from an old man,
I ran away from a cow,
I ran away from a horse,
I ran away from a chicken,
And I can run away from you!
I can!"

But Mr. Fox did not seem to care.

"Why would I want to bother you?" asked Mr. Fox. "You don't even look that tasty. No, young man, I don't want to eat you at all."
The Gingerbread Man was so relieved.

"Well, indeed, Mr. Fox," said the Gingerbread Man. "If you don't mind, I think I'll take a little rest here." And the Gingerbread Man stopped running and stood still.

And right when he stood still. Snap! went Mr. Fox's jaws right into the Gingerbread Man until he was gone. "He was very tasty after all," thought the fox.

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OPTIONS: Other options to go with the "Can't Catch Me" title and other sites to see the story

5 Little Monkeys
http://www.preschoolprintables.com/felt/fivemonkeys/feltmonkeyc1.shtml
http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/t039.html

Gingerbread Man - Longer version
http://www.ink.imagedjinn.com/gingerbread_man.htm
http://www.rickwalton.com/folktale/bryant06.htm

More like a lesson/school plan
http://www.hubbardscupboard.org/the_gingerbread_man.html

Animated and printable version
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/stories/folktale/gingerbreadman/story/


Monday, November 24, 2008

Scrapbooking Sketch - Thanksgiving, Cooking, Cookies or Baking Layout

Here is a sketch I did for a class I taught in my group recently. In the bottom right hand corner you could save your favorite cookie recipes or family recipes. The title says Cookies, but I think it would make a wonderful Family Time, Thanksgiving or Baking sketch as well. You could include the recipes for what you cooked or what your guests brought.

Gingerbread man story and ideas.

If you share the sketch anywhere, please leave me a comment that you shared it and where. If you use the sketch, I would love to see what you did with it!If you put a photo of your layout on your blog, I would be glad to link to your blog, just let me know :)

Family Title (Free GSD)


Well Thanksgiving is finally here! I can not believe how quickly this month has just zoomed by! I have created a few fun, matted titles in honor of the holiday. I'll post them randomly to my blog this week. If you like the files on my blog, be sure to check the store! (Clicking on the 'Family' icon in this message will open the free GSD file)


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Amazing cards, videos and projects!

Today I jumped over to Myras blog and found she had taken all of her SU! wheels and put them on blocks! I love the wheels, but also love the idea of mounting them for borders. I have such a hard time with borders. Myra also has fabulous videos on her blog; well worth the time of surfing it to find them.

Be sure to visit her at http://craftyratcreations.blogspot.com/ She's also my favorite Stampin Up consultant :) Did you check out her halloween card? I just the love it!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tip Junkie Mom-preneur Shop-A-Thon Giveaway!

On my blurfing (blog surfing) adventures today I came across an interesting site called Tip Junkie. Anyone every heard of it? I've been there for some time now and I'm still reading! For all you other blurfers out there, if you scroll down you will see a list of well over 100 other crafty blogs!

There are a ton of ads, but it looks like there is also a ton of great information! PLUS, they are having a Mom-preneur Shop-a-thon Giveaway!!! Woo Hooo that's got to be good, right?!

Here is what they say:

Tip Junkie is having a 12 Days of Junkie where there will be 2 winners announced each day for the next 12 days! It's to help promote the women who are selling their products in the Mom-preneur Shop-a-thon. So be sure to head on over to Tip Junkie and enter the contest and check out all the amazing gift-giving possibilities in the shop-a-thon!

Have fun!
Tammey

Thanksgiving Project - Origami Box with Lid

Last week in my group I taught an I'm thankful for layout. We discussed Thanksgiving coming up. I thought it would be a fun idea to create an origami box with a lid and then cut strips of paper. Place the strips and a couple of pens where your dinner guests can access them. Have the guests write on the slips what they are most thankful for this year, fold them and put them in the box.

Sometime during the evening have either one family member read all the slips or pass the box around and have each person read on. Afterwords the slips of paper could bus applied right to the I'm Thankful For Layout, or you could write them on the space provided.

What an amazing way to memorialize what you were all thankful for this year! Here is a link I found to a fantastic Origami Box with lid. She did a great job!
http://kwernerdesign.com/blog/2007/10/tutorial-origami-box.html

Here is the poem I found that could go with your project:
http://www.skywriting.net/inspirational/poems/the_thankful_box.html

Here is an origami turkey to print and fold up
http://www.tammyyee.com/origamiturkey.html

For more fabulous origami patterns go here:
http://www.squidoo.com/Origami-Boxes

Happy Thanksgiving!
Tammey

Christmas - Remember the Seniors

I was just introduced to a program I had never heard of before. It's "Be A Santa to a Senior". Locally there are Christmas trees up in the major grocery stores with ornaments on them. The ornaments have names of senior citizens in need. Mary is just asking for slippers..... slippers! That about broke my heart. I have come to realize over the last year or so that our seniors are very neglected. The live on a tiny income and so many of them are all alone. This year for Christmas I will be filling the wish of several of those names on that tree.

Won't you join me please? To find a program near you go to
http://beasantatoasenior.com/

A simple pair of slippers to keep her bare feet warm.... I just don't think that is very much to ask after all the back breaking work our seniors did to make this country what we have today.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Free GSD "Give Thanks" file

So I didn't get nearly as far on all of my files as I'd hoped. A friend has offered to help me test cut so it should go quicker now. I want to make sure they all cut just like I expect them to. I stand behind what I do :) Anyway, for anyone checking back today to see if I have the files ready, I don't, but I have a thank you for checking! I've created this Give Thanks GSD and it's free on my blog for this week only. I'll convert to a knk file at home tonight and get it uploaded. Hope you enjoy it! ~ NOTE: The file has been removed from my blog as the week is over. Still want it? Be sure to join the TSI Forum as it is a freebie there now.


**** PS I've been asked what is a cutter? It is a small machine that lets you cut designs from paper. It is also called a plotter or a diecut machine. They are about the size of a small printer and you connect them to your computer. Here is a demonstration of what the machine can do and how it cuts:

You can buy the machines at ThatsScrapInc.com

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Converting to KNK, AI and making GSD

Well, I thought I could get all 35 of my new files converted and cut in one weekend and in the store by Monday. I work a full time job and have a family so I don't know what in the world I was thinking! I did not even get them all converted to KNK/AI yet.

I will be posting them a few at a time as I get them done. What a crazy weekend. The holidays are always warp speed. Do you find that? The closer they get the more I have to do and the less time I have to do it with.

I did take time to make cookies with my stepson tonight. He liked that. Okay back to work for me, I only have about half of the files done and I'm really excited to get them done. Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

How to put together the layered cutter files

Step One: Cut out the layers from the appropriate colored paper. Here I have a four layered file. It looks difficult, but it is very simple. Cut the first layer (the background) from a darker colored paper. (For this example I cut the background from black, the words from yellow, the title from red and the Jesus from brown)




Step Two: Begin by layering over the background. (For this example I layered the Jesus over the background. Then the words over that. Next I centered 'Jesus" over the background, words and silhouette of Jesus. Last I added the star.




Step Three: Add final layers (adhere as you go and center each piece over the other) You can use chalk or pens to add depth to your paper piecing (pp).

This could also be referred to as a layered titled or card front.


This is a TammeyBrown exclusive cutter file and design and as such is a copyright file. It will be available at ThatsScrapInc.com during my grand opening on Monday as GSD, AI and KNK files.

NOTE: Another VERY good example of a paper piecing, but with smaller pieces can be found here: http://www.scrapjazz.com/topics/Techniques/Paper_Piecing/90.php

A paper piecing is simply creating something with pieces :)

GORGEOUS Light Show!!!

Ok, I stumble across these everyone once in a while and they just fascinate me!

Amazing Grace Techno - Computer Controlled Christmas Lights from Richard Holdman on Vimeo.

I love this song and what he does with it and the lights is fascinating! You've got to see!

Friday, November 14, 2008

NEW Files Coming soon!!!


Hey everyone! I have been really busy this week creating brand new, unique files drawn by me! Here is a collage of just some of the new files! I am super excited! I hope to have them available as soon as Monday (Nov 17th) at ThatsScrapInc.com

I want to thank everyone that left me comments and emailed me with ideas. You really helped spark my creativity! I was in such a designers block. Be sure to watch back here for the link to the new files!
Tammey

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Free Cutter Files (GSD)

I LOVE Christmas! I love the music, the smells, the fun of it. It is so disappointing that the spirit behind it is being lost in the commercialization of it. It's also being lost to all other holidays. I am one of those that still says Merry Christmas. That IS the holiday I celebrate. If I was in another country during their biggest holiday of the year, I would surely wish them their holiday. I respect others and their holidays, I just don't think I should have to give up mine.

Anyway, in the traditional spirit of Christmas, I will be finding things to share and posting them to my blog randomly from now to the end of the year! Today, I stumbled across a file by one of my favorite designers. I found myself surfing through her stuff. I think I'm going to buy her snowflakes and hang them in my windows. I just love them! While there, I found some free files for little pockets to put money and stuff in! So I thought it would be fun to post a list of free files (hers and mine :)!

Here are the links:
Files by me
Mom card, Boy Title, Summer Titles, Book of me titles, Churches, crosses etc There are several right here on my blog as well - (Aug 4, 2010 - Please note that Cuttersmarket was recently closed by the owners. The free files linked here are no longer available. I will try to get them shared in a new format asap)

ThatsScrapInc Forum (You have to be a member, but membership is free)

A great designer!
http://mamawslegacy.wordpress.com/

Mary does a great job and her files cut nicely. Thanks for sharing your talents with us Mary!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Boys, Boys, Boys!!


I want to thank God for the boys in my life. Although my girls are just as tough as the boys, they like football, fast cars, and camping; just like the boys, the boys are still different. Still, those boys are just a little different lol I have three boys and two grandsons. My little grandson is 5 and his brother is 7wks. The five year old is just so much fun! Way more fun than my boys ever were. Why? I think because I'm more experienced now and I know I'm much wiser! I know how quickly they grow up and how easy it is to miss those special moments. He has such a sense of humor and I truly enjoy spending time with him. My boys grew up way too fast. I miss their little giggles and their antics. They are independent young adults out in the world doing their own thing. I miss the football games in the house, the plastic spiders tucked into the tp roll and even the fart jokes! lol

We started our Christmas shopping this past weekend and I am so excited! I found the grandson a Black & Decker tool workbench (for kids). He is just going to flip! I'm going to have to work on some tool files now just so I can take lots of pics of him working and making fun projects!

Tammey

Veterans Day


I hope all the vets out there enjoyed their special day. I would like to thank them for the freedoms I enjoy. It's because of you that we get to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, our families, vacationing across our great country without worrying, and getting to have a blog full of our opinions! Thank You!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I'm Thankful For layout


Tonights class was a silly and fun layout all about what I'm thankful for. I've created a delightful, EASY to cut & assemble turkey that would be great on this layout! Use the tags at the bottom to write what you are thankful for. If that isn't enough room (and it isn't for me!) then use the space around the turkey to journal all you are thankful for. The file above cuts in large, easy to assemble pieces. It cuts beautifully!

A really fun project for this layout would be to put it together before your family gathering. Then, when everyone is there, have them write what they are thankful for this year! What a treasure for your album!

To create this layout cut or tear a 2.5 inch border for the top. Cut the title of your choice or hand write it on there. Cut out and put together the turkey. Cut the tags and staple the ribbon to the end. You could also use brads or eyelets to attach the ribbon. Write what you are thankful for on the tags and adhere to the layout. Voila! Gorgeous layout.

Challenge is going well!

Thanks to those that have added comments to my blog. It has really helped. Make sure you give me an email addy if you want the free file (see below) or if you are commenting for the challenge. Otherwise, I can't contact you!

Thanks :) It's been great fun learning about cardmaking.

I figured out how to share a file on here!!!! WOO HOO It's yours for the taking... ummm I mean the finding! LOL :)

Challenge - one comment! :)


Wooo hooo I got a comment! Thanks Esther! Looks like you might be the only one to be in the drawing for the files! This is another card front I created. I have a bunch more sketched and can't wait to get them done and uploaded!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Challenge - No responses?


So, I submitted a challenge (see challenge below). Anyone willing to send me card file ideas would go into a drawing. I've had about 30 people view my blog today and no one has taken me up on my offer :(

All you have to do is suggest something for a card file. What are you looking for? What would you use? Do you like words? Shapes? Phrases? Any suggestion will get you into the drawing.

If you have links to suggestions/ideas, even that would help. I've got a bit of creators block going on. I do all of my own drawings and create unique files only. However, sometimes going through what people have used in the past really helps to get the creativity flowing so feel free to share!

Thanks,
Tammey tammeys@gmail.com

Scrapbookcircus: That's Scrap Inc Forum


Scrapbookcircus: That's Scrap Inc Forum
Oh my gosh!!! Look at this freebie from the forum!! So cute, I'm even going to download it!!!

:)

Thats Scrap Inc Forum - Newsletter Freebies - Newsletter Freebies


Thats Scrap Inc Forum - Newsletter Freebies - Newsletter Freebies
If that doesn't work, it's because you aren't logged in. Go here to create your account and get access to all the goodies!
http://thatsscrap.yuku.com/

There are some really cute files there. Each month there is a e-newsletter sent out with tips, tricks and free files so be sure to sign up!!

The pic above is just ONE of the files I submitted!! If you cut it and send me a pic of the final project, I'll send you a free file of your choice that I have online~

CHALLENGE!!!!!


Ok, I made this card front, but I don't know if I'm the only one that is going to get it! LOL Do you get it? Email me with the answer, and I'll send you the file for free!

I'm going to start a new project - Card files! Only problem is, I'm not sure what files cardmakers would like. If you are a cardmaker AND you have a cutter, please let me know what types of files you would be interested in. I will put all suggestions in a hat and draw one at the end of the month. I will then send that person FIVE free card files!!!

All suggestions are welcome! :) Just leave them in the comments section here, or you can email them to me.

Thanks,
Tammey Brown -

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Photo journaling, scrapbooking, and saving your memories to any media are really all the same thing. For this post, I'm going to call it...