May 18, 2011

Make-the-Cut Blog Hop: Day 18!

Hello and welcome to my little corner of the internet. Today is May 18 which means it is the 18th day of the Make-the-Cut (MTC) blog hop and my day! If you are just joining us please go to Christy's blog, (, to catch up.

I'd like to start off by introducing myself. I am a graduate student studying bio-based composite materials. In short I spend my days creating new composite materials using agricultural by-products (like the shells from sunflower seeds) that will hopefully someday be in all your vehicles, in particular under the hood in your engine bay. As I work in a lab, I don't get to be very girly at outlet is crafting and baking. Lucky for me I work with mostly guys who will eat anything I make :-) As for the crafting, that's what I have a blog and the MTC forum for. Although I have just recently entered the both the MTC and blogging world please look around at my previous posts, everything you see has been created using MTC!

If you have been following along with the hop you know by now how wonderful MTC is. If not, please go to the MTC website for more information regarding what machines it works with and to download a free trial. Or if you'd like to see more of what can be done with MTC take a gander at the forum, I warn you though it is very addicting.

Now on to what you really came here to see, some projects!

First I have a shaped chipboard book. It is a Mother's day gift for my mother who spent Mother's Day in Germany (she just got back on Monday), so if you are reading this mom...Happy Mother's Day, I love you very much!

The owl is from the Lettering Delights' Felt Owl Right SVG set and the MOM text is Lettering Delights' Kracken font.

Next I have a word book for you.

One of the best things about MTC is the ability to cut fonts that are installed on your computer. The letters of this book are from the Berlin Sans font, one that comes installed with Windows or Microsoft office. The book part is made by welding a rectangle to each of the letters. Each letter has a second page that is blacked out, another awesome feature of MTC. Another great thing about MTC, if it doesn't do something that you'd like it to...just ask nicely and Andy will do his best to implement it.

Finally I have two cards. The first is an envelope card, a tutorial can be found here. The card base itself does not require MTC, but the decorations and the insert were made with MTC. The insert also features another great feature (I know I think they are all great) print and cut. The celebrate text at the top was printed onto the cardstock and then a rectangle was cut around it! How cool is that!?! By the way the title can be found at Dana's blog.

The last card is a tent card, a tutorial can be found here, and a cut file can be found on the MTC forum here. The chrysanthemum was a freebie file I got form SVGCuts. These cards are really fun to make and hold endless possibilities.

If you are still reading, thank you for staying with me. As you can see I truly love my MTC! I am going to offer some BLOG CANDY (who doesn't love blog candy). I have decided that the winner will get to choose their prize from a short list of hand made items, you have until Sunday May 22 at midnight central time to enter.

To enter please:
1. Become a follower on the right hand side near the top of the page
2. Leave me a comment, it can be about anything you'd like
3. Leave me a way to contact you, MTC forum ID is just fine
For an extra entry:
4. Leave me a second (there must be two comments to be entered twice) comment with your guess as to who Darja is...there is a hint within one of the photographs

I will pick a winner on Monday May 23, good luck!

Until next time, happy crafting!

P.S. Just in case you were wondering, we were at the park for the 'photo shoot'


  1. Hi Jessica! Great projects, they look wonderful. My daughter has her masters in Chemical engineering, and works with lots of guys too. She loves to crochet to express her feminie side. I didn't see where I could become a follower. Maybe it is temprarily disabled? I am CeCeCreates on the forum.

  2. Ok, here is my second comment: Is Darja your cute little doggie?

  3. I love the cards and word books! Maxine from MTC forum

  4. I say that darja is the beautiful doggie in the background at the playground

  5. Great projects. Love the robot paper in the grad one as well as the tent card.

  6. I'm guessing that Darja is your pretty puppy in the playground.
    JeannetteC from MTC

  7. Love the projects!!! I am now a follower of your blog! Isn't it great to have guys to eat all the stuff we like to bake? :) That's what I have son-in-laws for LOL

    kathybessey on the MTC forum

  8. Darja has to be the gorgeous pup I saw in the playground!

  9. Hey Jessica! Wow, all of your projects are really stunning! I LOVE your owl book, its so gorgeous! And so much detail! I also really love the tent card, its BEAUTIFUL!! Seriously, all your projects are so gorgeous I'm just floored! Do you sell your stuff? Because you should, its just gorgeous!

    Alyssaleanne on the MTC forum

  10. Ok, I also had to take a guess at Darja... I want to say the dog as well but since everyone has said that that feels like a cop-out... So I'm going to go with horse since the pictures were all taken on a little horsey thing. Though if we are being judged on accuracy that is probably incorrect :P


  11. I will say your mom but I was thinking more of what others have posted. Don't want to post same. Love your imagination of your designs quite cute! MTC curly girl

  12. I absolutely love the word book!!! Forgot to tell you that! MTC curly girl

  13. Great projects all of them!! I am a new follower! I can't wait to see what you create next!!
    Denise in WA
    ddhud4 at comcast dot net

  14. I saw a beautiful dog in the background of one of the pictures!! That should be Darja!!

  15. Wow, these are beautiful projects. Love all of them. The pictures look great, too! It's interesting to get to know your background - welcome to the world of SVGs/MTC! It's such a fun creative outlet isn't it? Anyway, thanks for joining us at the Paper DOlls Link up party!