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Monday, March 21, 2011

My Little Scraps of Heaven Projects

I know I haven't posted in a while, so I figured I  would do so by sharing all over my design team projects from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs DT. 


Candy Bar Wrapper


12x12 Layout


Tag


Tear Bear


It's a boy tag


Altered cookbook


Mother's Day candy bar wrapper


St. Paddy's Day card


Recipe card (minus recipe) 


Hopefully you all have found some inspiration in these projects. 

WINNER...WINNER...Where is the winner??

So sorry for taking so long to post the winner of my blog candy for Zoe's blog hop. Here is the winner!!!! 

Number 21

Number 21 is Dee - Dee said "Love the card Kristy, TFS. I would love to win some candy.
I am a follower"


Congrats, Dee!!! Please send me your mailing addresses through the "contact me" button at the top of my blog. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Crafty X's Pink & Feminine Blog Hop

Good Morning, Everyone. I'm super excited to be in a line up with some very talented girls! A huge thank you to Zoe for having me in her "Pink and Feminine" blog hop!

Here are the other blog links to the talented, unique, awesome, and creative ladies.

Me Zoe- http://www.CraftyX.blogspot.com (start here)
Alina Coronado- http://www.neverstopscrapping.blogspot.com
Anita Meadows- http://www.anitaandbugs.blogspot.com
Erin Nagy- http://www.pagesofpictures.com
Emily Lanham- http://www.createserendipity.net
Gill McCall- http://www.creationsbygillm.blogspot.com
Janet Murray- http://www.createatdreamscrapbooks.blogspot.com
Kristy Asche- http://www.scraptasticalkreations.blogspot.com (YOU'RE HERE)
Linda Sauceda- http://www.scrapchica.blogspot.com
Lisa Peters- http://www.handmadewithlove-lisa.blogspot.com
Martha Galvez- http://www.pattisscrapingtime.blogspot.com
Ribbon Divas- http://www.CreatingACraftyLife.blogspot.com
Sandra Rosario- http://www.365daysofcricut.blogspot.com
Tanya Scrappyscavenger- http://www.scrappyscavenger.blogspot.com



 Here is my project I created. It is an altered pocket calendar. It says "Mark the Date". I really had fun making this. I love these 2 colors together! 


If you would like to win this altered calendar be sure to 
1) Follow my blog
2) leave a comment below

Thanks for hopping along!!! 


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Cricut, ProvoCraft, MTC and SCAL

There is much speculation out there as to what is going to happen with the SCAL and MTC software. I can only speak on the MTC software here because that's the suit that has reached a settlement. SCAL's suit was just filed and I'm sure it will take some time to reach a settlement with them, so SCAL users have some time to breath still. 

As word has for all you MTC users as long as you have the current version you should be fine and MTC will continue to work with your Cricut. However, if you upgrade to the newer version that will be coming out you will lose all "Cut to Cricut" options. So, if you want to continue to use your MTC software with your Cricut it's best to NOT update your MTC software with the newest version that will be coming out. 

Now for those of you that wanted this software but have yet to purchase it. Now is the time. You must act now! As long as you purchase and download the software BEFORE the update comes out then you will still be able to use this with your Cricut. It is recommended that you save the file to your computer when you download it and keep your registration number in a safe place in case you would have to reload this software into your computer again. It's always wise to make a back up copy of any program you use. You can get your copy today by clicking on the link on the right hand side of my blog. You can get it today for $58.36. MTC only has 30 days to impose the settlement agreement, so be sure to click that link and get your copy today! You wouldn't want to miss out on this amazing program!

Here is what was posted in one of my MTC Yahoo Groups.  

"I know everyone has questions,and there has been a lot of speculation about what the settlement of the lawsuit against Andy and MTC means for the future of MTC. I will try to answer some of the questions for which I have answers. However, we need to be patient, as Andy is preparing a public statement which should be posted in a few days. Ann, his wife, has stated that you should still be able to use your MTC files with Make The Cut. So we know that the software itself is not disappearing. I will post Andy's official statement here when it becomes available.


You may read the summary of the settlement as posted here:



If this summary is accurate, this means that 
1. Use of the backup feature included with MTC version 2.1 will be disabled. 
2. MTC will no longer be sold with the ability to cut directly to the Cricut cutters. 
3. Andy has 30 days to comply with the terms of the settlement.



What is not said, but can be inferred from the article, is that 
1. Existing copies of MTC other than version 2.1 will not be affected by the lawsuit.
2. Those who purchased 2.1 will need t o upgrade to a current version if they are still using it. 
3. Upgrades to the latest version of MTC are free, so nobody will have to re-purchase it to get the upgrade.
4. Those who have not saved the currently available version of MTC should do so ASAP before the next upgrade, if they want to be able to use its full functionality. 
5. MTC updates will not include the Cricut drivers. 
6. PC has not announced any changes to their Cricut Design Studio.
7. Updating your Cricut Design Studio software and Firmware has nothing to do with MTC. You can and should make sure you have the latest Cricut software and firmware even if you do not plan to use MTC. These updates make your Cricut cut more efficiently, and the current version of MTC requires the firmware update to work most efficiently. There has been no mention of CDS updates blocking 3rd party software. PC has chosen instead to bully the 3rd party software companies into withdrawing their ability to cut to Cricut rather than to try to block them. 
8. Source code for the discontinued cartridge "Backup Feature" is separate from the actual MTC program, so there is no reason to believe that the MTC program itself is at risk of being lost. Andy purposely built in the capability to cut to many machines so that all of his "eggs were not in one basket." Losing Cricut no longer means losing MTC.
9. The settlement does not indicate that copies of current versions of MTC must be disabled. So we should be able to continue to use them with the cutters that currently work with it. Andy has pre viously indicated that drivers for additional cutters will be added as plug-ins, so that they can be added without a need for updating the software.
10. There is no admission of guilt in the settlement. We have laws that establish innocence until proven guilty. The settlement indicates that both parties have worked out their grievances satisfactorily. 
11. Andy has been working on adding new features to MTC which users have requested, and he plans to release that software update soon. When that update is released, it will most likely overwrite all previous versions of MTC that are installed. If you wish to keep the current software version, it would be wise not to do the software update. I will be backing up my current software on another computer in order to be able to access its functions, while still being able to take advantage of the updated software's featu res. We are allowed to install MTC on as many computers as we wish, as long as we run only one at a time.
13. We do not yet know if installing the updated software to a different directory will safeguard our older version. I will report on this as we learn more.
12. The Cricut machines are authorized for sale only in the US and Canada according to the information printed on the box. This means that people all over the rest of the world are purchasing these machines via e-bay and private sales. They are paying top dollar for them, up to $500 US. You can also sell unneeded Cricut Cartridges for about $20-$25 each. Many are considering selling their Cricut machines and cartridges to get enough money to purchase a machine that will still work with MTC, such as a Gazelle, Silhouette SD, Cougar, or a new smaller machine in the Black Cat line that will be more affordable. 

13. If you are unhappy with ProvoCraft policies against MTC and SCAL, you might consider the above option for covering the cost of a machine from a more friendly company. I love my Gazelle! It cuts faster, more accurately, larger, and with more pressure than any Cricut machine can cut. See http://www.scrap-savvy.com/servlet/the-600/Gazelle-by-Bosskut-w-fdsh-/Detail for more information about it. The Cougar comes in a number of different cutting widths, and cuts with even more pressure than the Gazelle, if that would suit your needs better. Those who don't mind being limited to cutting smaller and less hefty projects might consider getting the Silhouette SD or Craft Robo to use w ith MTC. You can also cut to the eCraft from MTC.
14. Your investment in the MTC software is not wasted. If you have purchased it, you can continue to use it. If you are using it with a Cricut, just don't update to a newer version of MTC unless we find a workable solution to do that. 
15. If you have not yet purchased MTC, now would be a good time to do so, before the ban on selling it with the option to cut to the Cricut is enforced.


If the above message answers additional questions that are asked, I may not approve them for posting to the group, as this topic is keeping our message board more busy than many like it to be. I will try to post messages that pose questions or answers that are not covered here.



Thanks for your underst anding. We are all watching this topic attentively, with hope that we will continue to be able to enjoy all the benefits of this great software." 


I truly wish, for the sake of all the Cricut users, that PC and the MTC and SCAL folks could honestly come to an agreement to keep this functioning with the Cricut machine. It's sad to see how greed can take over. 


Friday, March 4, 2011

Winners... Winners...

Here we go.... Here are the blog candy winners from the LSHD blog hop. Are you one of them? If so, please use the "contact me" button on the upper left side of my blog and send me your addy. 


Day 1

Cloud 9 CD and Paper Piecing Set goes to StampinLara


She said "
all done with your list. love the frame, super cute!!! (I LOVE Michelles stuff, she's so talented!!!)"



Day 3 
Set of pink love lions goes to Deborah Fotti 


Deborah said: "sweet card .. Thanks for sharing, im enjoying the blog hop! I love getting new ideas."



Day 4
Set of paper pieced chicks goes to Karen


Karen said: "Cute card,love the ducks. Count me in. Thanks for sharing"



Day 8

The Beary Scraps $20 GC goes to Irene. 

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Irene said: "Hi Kristy,


I am a follower of yours...Yeah! I did become a follower of The Beary Scraps Blog. I did "LIKE" The Beary Scraps on FB.
I especially love your work. Your attention to detail is excellent...your design work is one of the best I have seen.
Irene"

Congrats to all the winners of this hop. I look forward to the next one and hope to have a great turn out again! 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Woo Hoo - My First Blog Awards

I received these blog awards a few weeks ago, but with the big hop I was hosting and everything else in between I'm just NOW finding a little extra time to post this! I would like to thank Liz over at http://lmcwcreations.blogspot.com for giving me the Stylish Blogger Award. I'm so super excited to have received this award! 

Now, for me to fully accept this award I have to share 8 things about myself and award this to 8 other blogs. This should be super fun! Here we go....

1. I love crafting, especially in the form of scrapbooking 
2. I love paper piecing! 
3. I have two boys that are my world 
4. I live in the ever changing Midwest
5. I'm new to blogging but have fallen in love with it! 
6. I love to draw (even though I don't do it as often as I used to)
7. I love music
8. Snickers if my all time favorite candy bar! 

Now... Here are the 8 blogs I award the Stylish Blogger Award to are: 

Be sure to stop by and check out these stylish bloggers!



Emily 

Kristi 

Janet 

Dawn

Lisa 

Mommy's Crafting Creations

A Passion for Scrappin


Thanks for the award again, Liz! : ) 









Wednesday, March 2, 2011

This is it... Last day of the LSHD Blog Hop

WOW.... this hop was SO much fun and everyone really rocked out the projects on this hop. I'm so happy and thankful to have such talented girls that participated in this hop. I can't thank everyone enough for participating in this hop and creating a new project for each day. Thank you so much for making this hop such a huge success!!! 

Now on to my project for today! Here is a fireman tear bear that I created. I think he turned out SO cute! 
(sorry for the bad photo) 

Now.... do you want some AWESOME blog candy??? Well... I have some for you!! 

Kimm over at The Beary Scrap has donated a $20.00 GC to The Beary Scrap store.
Oohhh la la... so all you need to do is
1) You MUST follow my blog 
2) You MUST follow The Beary Scraps blog HERE
3) "LIKE" The Beary Scraps Facebook page HERE and tell them I sent you 
4) Leave me a comment letting me know you've done the above. 

Here is the complete line-up. Be sure to check out the first 4 days if you haven't already. So, so much inspiration from these Ladies! 




Don't forget you still have time enter for the grand prize blog candy. Do you need some temptation to hop along with us?? Here you go... 


Ok, so you are wondering how you can get entered into the drawing for this AWESOME grand prize blog candy?? Here are the details.... 

The grand prize is being sponsored by Tricia from Little Scraps of Heaven and she will be the last blog on the hop. In order to be eligible for the grand prize you must leave a comment on every blog in the hop, as well as become a fan of Little Scraps of Heaven on Facebook and follow the new Design Teams blog HERE.
** This is mandatory in order to be eligible for the overall grand prize.**


You can now head on over to Patricia's blog  http://www.ilovetocut.com/ and see what project she has to share with you all! 

I want to thank, once again, each and every participant in this hop for making it such a wonderful hop. I also want to thank everyone that has hopped along with us all week long. We all hope that you have gained a lot of inspiration and ideas from this hop. It was so much fun!  


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Day 7 - Little Scraps of Heaven Blog Hop

Day 7 here I come! Wow.. this hop is flying by and I'll be so sad when it's over. You can find day 1 HEREday 2 HEREday 3 HEREday 4 HERE, day 5 HERE, day six HERE. This hop has been such a blast and it's flown by! I'm so happy with all the projects and inspiration that has been shared throughout this hop. Don't forget you still have time enter for the grand prize blog candy. Do you need some temptation to hop along with us?? Here you go... 


Ok, so you are wondering how you can get entered into the drawing for this AWESOME grand prize blog candy?? Here are the details.... 

The grand prize is being sponsored by Tricia from Little Scraps of Heaven and she will be the last blog on the hop. In order to be eligible for the grand prize you must leave a comment on every blog in the hop, as well as become a fan of Little Scraps of Heaven on Facebook and follow the new Design Teams blog HERE.
** This is mandatory in order to be eligible for the overall grand prize.**

Here is the complete line-up. Be sure to check out the first 4 days if you haven't already. So, so much inspiration from these Ladies! 


Here is yet another card. I used the past freebie Christmas bird and changed it to regular colors. This is just another example of how versitile these patterns are. I know I keep saying it, but they truly, truly are!


You can now head on over to Patricia's blog  http://www.ilovetocut.com/ and see what project she has to share with you all! 

Be sure to come back again tomorrow for another great project using LSHD patterns! : )