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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Chevron Initial Frame (MTC Blog Hop Day 26)...and a Giveaway!

Welcome everyone!  I'm hosting today for the month-long Make the Cut blog hop.  To see all the participants click over to Christy's blog (she has the master list and you will find a link to each day's post)

Here are all projects I've used this program for:
  • elements for cards and scrapbook pages
  • designing and cutting stencils for painting shirts and etching glass
  • vinyl letters, images, labels
  • print and cut
  • home decor
  • I even designed the header of my blog with it!
Today I'm showing you framed initials for my girls' room.

The frame is from the Pucker Up collection by Lettering Delights.  
The chevron pattern is an image I found online and I duplicated and welded a few times until it had all the lines I wanted.  

To get the design on my letter I printed the pink lines using my printer.  Then I put the paper on my mat, loaded in to the machine, and cut the E.

Then I made a shadow layer for the "E" and cut it from gray paper. 

I cut the frame twice--once out of cereal box cardboard and once out of blue cardstock.  I glued the two layers and used my scrapbook chalk all around the edges.  The difference is subtle, but I really liked it (here you can see where the right side has chalk and left doesn't)
I also pulled out some little sticky rhinestones, and added just three on the sides, to give it something extra.  Here it is all finished for hanging over Emily's bed.  I'll finish up Meagan's next.  Oh yeah, and my super advanced hanging technique?  That blue tacky stuff (you know, that you had to use in your college dorm)!  I just put some on the corners of the frame, stuck it on the wall, put some on the "E" and centered it.  Done!

Now here's the fun part.  First, here's the file so you can use it on your own projects!
Chevron Pattern in MTC 

Next, I'm giving away a $5 certificate to use at Lettering Delights.  Even if you don't have a cutter, they offer graphic sets and tons of fonts.

To enter, become a follower of my blog (or tell me you already are) and then leave a comment.  Say anything you like :)
Giveaway will close Thursday, June 2 at 9 pm Pacific time.

Thanks, and good luck!

**EDIT** Some people have told me that they're having trouble with blogger not letting them follow, or even post in some cases.  If this happens to you, just keep trying to leave a comment without following :)


  1. This is super cute! Thanks for the great idea and sharing the chevron file! I just became a follower of your blog and look forward to looking around some more after work today! :) Have a fantastic day and thanks for being a part of the MTC Blog Hop!

    Kathybessey at gmail dot com

  2. Very Cute Steph. Wish I had MTC when my kids were little! Oh the possibilities. I am a follower and love the work you do.

  3. Thanks for the file... I have really enjoyed this hop. I have found so many interesting blogs! Yours included, I'm a new follower.

  4. Great idea Steph!!! Thanks for being in the BH....I love all the creatice ideas!
    kwilt_81 at hotmail dot com

  5. Very nice Steph!!! I love how you used the rhinestone feature on the side! Clever!

  6. Steph... It won't let me follow??? But I have you bookmarked! :)

  7. This project is adorable Steph! The chalking really looks great. I have had chalk forever and I never use it, maybe I will now! And thanks so much for sharing the file. I am already a follower of course :)

  8. I would love to follow but, alas, Google has thwarted me! I love this and I am an avid LD user and svgs are some of my favorite things!! Thanks for the frame too.

    I bookmarked your site so I can come back regularly and I will follow as soon as Google gets it's act together!

  9. I love it Steph it is so darling! Just Brilliant!

  10. Great project and you made it look so easy. And, it is really easy to design with MTC. I am a new follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  11. Hi Steph, great tutorial and I love the E. but then again, I'm biased. LOL.
    efghaus on the MTC forum

  12. This is so cute. Thanks for both the file and the tutorial.I can comment but can't follow. I've bookmarked you, so I'll be back

  13. that's really cute! Thanks for linking this up to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  14. I already follow you, Steph, and have enjoyed seeing your kitchen come together as well as you projects. Thanks!

  15. Thanks Steph - adorable - I am a follower! Congrats too on winning the contest - enjoy!
    Ruth Gillis - MTC Forum

  16. Congratulations
    I'm already a follower



    helenstannett at tiscali dot co dot uk