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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Title Tutorial with Guiseppa

Hello again!  Guiseppa here with my final tutorial and project for Samantha Walker's Creative Crafter's Team.  I just have to say, my experience on this team has been amazing.  I have learned so much and made many friends along the way.  Samantha is one talented lady and you will need to keep an eye on what she has going on!  Thanks Samantha for having me for four wonderful  and creative years!  I'm going to show you how to make this title.  Let's start!


Pull up your 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' in your Silhouette Software.  This shape has an advent calender that comes with it.  I'm going to use the title part of it.  Highlight the title, right click and select Ungroup.


Now, remove the top and bottom pieces of the title by highlighting them and clicking delete on your keyboard.  This is what you should be left with.


Decide where on your layout you want the title and move it around.  You can also resize it to be smaller, but I wanted mine to be this size.  I decided I wanted the 'Santa Claus' part of my title to be sketched out using Silhouette's Sketch Pens (white).  So, first remove 'is coming to town', open up the Sketch Window and click on Cross Hatch.  You can now see how my 'Santa Claus' has changed.  


I want my cross hatched smaller, so go to Advance Options, then spacing and then move your spacing all the way to the left.  Notice how the crosses in the 'Santa Claus'are now smaller?  


Pick the color of pen you want to use.  I used white on the black cardstock because I love how it looks.  To sketch, just go into the Cut Setting, pick Silhouette Sketch Pen and send it to your Silhouette.


When it's done sketching, leave it in your Silhouette.  Do not remove it.  


Go back into your Silhouette Software and add your 'is coming to town' part of the title.


Now, you need to remove the 'Santa Claus' part of the title.  Your page should look like this right now.


Let's finish and cut out the 'is coming to town'.  Go back into your Cut Settings and select the material type you are using.  I am using cardstock, so I selected Textured Cardstock.  Make sure you take your pen out and put in your blade.  Now, you can see the look I was going for.  


Here are some close ups of my layout!


I also used Samantha's Keepin' Cozy Collection from Echo Park.


To get the wood look in my title, I adhered some wood veneer paper to the back of the black cardstock.




Thanks for stopping and for all of your support and sweet comments over the past four years!  Happy crafting and cutting!

Need this file in a SVG format?
You can find it HERE over at digiplayground.com!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Digiplayground.com, a Crafters Playground!



If you've been reading my blog over the past few weeks, then you may already know about the store that I just opened, digiplayground.com. But what you may not know, is what it's all about. I'd love to give you a little background.

I had an idea a few years ago to develop a website that would be a fun place for crafters to shop for their digital stamps, printables and SVG cut designs. I dreamed that it would be a place where crafters would be able to share their project ideas with others. I hoped that it would be a "crafters design house" hosting the artwork of multiple designers who design craft products in the industry. I envisioned that it would be a place where people would come for knowledge and tutorials. I dreamed that it would have a friendly atmosphere where everyone would feel welcomed--both the novice and seasoned crafter alike. I worked hard on building the site with a team of web builders, my assistant Jamie, and others who helped with various projects along the way. I dreamed...and worked, and finally...it came to life! I still have a little way to go to achieve all those dreams to their full extent, but the site is well on the way to make that all happen.

We opened shop at the end of October. We had a soft-opening to work out some of the kinks...and shut down for a week to do some fine-tuning. The site has now been up and running solid since November 7th. The site is yet in it's infancy, and we have more planned...including our official Grand Opening coming soon! We are also in the works of implementing a few really cool mods that I can't wait to share.

Our downloads are all available for purchase through the Paypal gateway checkout system to keep our checkouts safe and convenient. Your security is our priority. You do not need a Paypal account in order to check out. You can do that with your credit card by clicking the link below the paypal login info.

Right now, I wanted to share a few things that make our site unique, and why you should consider checking us out...even if you don't own a cutting machine.

Things you must try on our site...
The surprise me button for sure! It's addicting. Read about what it does here.

Play with our infinite scroll...you can scroll all day...starting from any category...and it will keep populating new categories after you finish the last one. If you have a mouse with a wheel, you'll really get a kick out of this feature. We will be tweaking this feature just a tad, where these items will be listed in the order of newest first, instead of in ABC order. Yes...we are constantly striving to make our site a better user experience for you! 

We have a gallery where you can post your projects here. We will have something even more fun for sharing in just a few more weeks. Can't wait to tell you about it!

Try our "How To" tab on the main page for a plethora of information on many things like:
cutting software, cutting machines, how to cut an SVG, how to use digital stamps, and how to print and cut. We will add more and update as things change in the industry. 

Our useful FAQ is also not to be missed. 

Search by designer in our designer section.

Read our site blog.

We offer new free files each week, plus a premium free kit of the month. In addition, you will find unadvertised Free files around the site.

We also have a $1.00 bin.  You never know what will rotate through there. 
digiplayground.com designers Samantha Walker, Jamie Cripps, Jennifer Wambach, Rivka Wilkins
Our main focus upon opening, has been our collection of SVG cut designs. Right now, we offer designs from Jamie Cripps, Rivka Wilkins, Jennifer Wambach, and my designs. We have an emphasis on 3D designs, but are adding several new regular paper piecing cuts all the time. Like this train set available as an SVG cut or SVG Print and Cut design:
Gingerbread Train Set by Samantha Walker in SVG cut or printable format.


Our SVG files work with any SVG compatible programs but many of the die cutting machines will require a software program in order to cut like Make the Cut, and Sure Cuts a Lot. Silhouette machine users will need the Silhouette Designer Edition of the software to use our SVG cuts. Right now, Silhouette users will find most of our designs already in the Silhouette online store in .studio format; but you may find other variations of the files in the digiplayground.com store that you won't be able to find elsewhere. (like our printables, or print and cut versions of files from the silhouette store.)

We are also now supporting Cricut Design Space software. We are converting files upon request. If our file doesn’t work for Cricut Explore Design Space software, contact us, and we will update it with the new conversion, and also add the new version to future downloads of that file for other Cricut DS users. We now have over 100 designs converted through that program! (Yes, we are bending over backwards to win over the Cricut Explore users.)
Cricut Explore Design Space SVG conversion program

Many of our files also include printable versions. So whether you just want to print a phrase and frame it, or you need a sentiment for a card, or a cute illustration; we are building a collection of printables that you can choose from to make your projects shine.
You could make a wish or you could make it happen printable from digiplayground.com
Digital Stamps...that is one of the last areas we started working on. We will build a collection there from multiple designers. It will include some of my previous collections with Unity Stamps, and die cuts converted to stamp images. These will be things you can use without a cutting machine.
Thanks for sticking through this post and reading about my new website. I really am excited to see it all come to fruition. It happened because I know that "someday is not a day of the week" and worked hard for a really long time to see it become reality. I also knew that I could either "make a wish or make it happen." I chose to do both, I wished, I dreamed AND I made it happen. 

Please enjoy this coupon code to explore Digiplayground.com and see what you can find to fulfill your crafty desires. It's a great time to shop because we are also having a 25% off sale on all Winter Holiday items it makes those items 50% off! 
(this is a true 50% off...it isn't taking 25% off of 25% off...it's adding them together...cool for you!) 

Use code: SAMSBLOG25

Offer is valid through December 31st. Christmas sale is only on through December 25th. 
Enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by!
Samantha


One Buck Wednesday! December 17, 2014

Today is also One Buck Wednesday 
and Wonderful Wednesday at


Today only, you can get the following kits 50% off:
Cha Cha Swirl Alphabet Mask Collection

and


you can get the following kits for $1.00!
Cha Cha Swirl Alphabet Mask Collection:
There are 200 masks in this kit with each letter category on its own "picking" sheet for easy use! In addition to the alphabet, you also receive the ric rac border and flower shape! These files are for personal use only and cannot be used commercially in any way (with the exception of use within craft projects for magazines, and crafts done for web publications-but please make sure to give credit.) This kit is for use in one household, not to be shared or distributed with friends and family.
Today only, you are able to grab this kit 50% off!

Blossom Mega Kit:
In this pack you will receive the entire Blossom collection...that's 5 digital kits! This mega kit contains 8 textured solids, 8 floral themed papers in the Pink color way, 9 floral papers in oranges and browns, and 8 deliciously sweet floral themed digital papers in the aqua color way! You will also receive 140+ Blossom elements. In addition to the regular versions of the elements there are embossed versions of most of the elements as well. This collection is perfect for many occasions! All files come in a high res .png/.jpeg format. All Samantha Walker Kits are for personal usage only, unless user purchases a separate (limited) commercial license


Today only, you are able to grab this kit for just $1.00!
As always, these deals vanish Wednesday 
at midnight Eastern time so hurry to get yours!


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