Thursday, 17 February 2011


Oooh what a poor negelcted Blog I have (hungs head in shame) tut tut!

I really did intend to keep up with this blogging malarky but life just got in the way.  I promised myself I would start up again right after the christmas holidays but that didn't happen.

Making Your Own Rhinestone Templates

I've been playing around with lots of different things - distress inks, new punches, sizzix dies and probably the most exciting one is the MTC (Make The Cut) software which works in conjuction with the Cricut machine.  What does it do I hear you ask, that makes it so exciting......well, what doesn't it do is easier to answer - too many functions to list here but what I've been playing with today is a function which allows you to make your own rhinestone templates. It's just soooo simple it's child's play.

You just upload any swirl/flourish picture that you have saved on your computer onto the onscreen cutting mat and press a couple of buttons (literally) and you have your very own template to whatever size you wish that will fit on your mat. You can also choose to use this function to outline or fill any shape, letter etc.
It's easy peasy and such a great money saver. You then cut this out with your cricut and you have your template. Once you have your template you can use it for gems, pearls small buttons etc. It even tells you onscreen how many gems you will need for the template depending on what size of hole you have chosen.
The picture is of one of the templates I made today. I've had to show my desk in real close up so that you can (hopefully) make out the holes in the template). Not very easy to photograph acetate but hopefully you can just make it out in the top left hand corner of the picture.

Anyway hopefully it won't be so long again before I post.

Thanks for stopping by :)


  1. Hi there, Thanks for stopping by my blog. I like the idea of making your own jewelled embellishments! (As if I didn't already have enough bought ones, hehe!) Love that snowflake punch below. I could be tempted to buy that one.

  2. Now I'm intrigued - love the idea of the rhinestone templates!

    And yes, that big pink think on my post was a Scotch ATG gun - the best double-sided tape dispenser I have found so far. Trust me, I have tried them all!

    Happy WOYWW - thanks for visiting already!

    Sheena #143

  3. Gosh love the idea of the templates.Please tell me where you got your disc /soft ware for the circuit?
    Happy wedensday hugs judex22

  4. I don't have a Cricut machine but the software to make your own rhinestones sounds really interesting.

  5. Well i have lear'nt something by popping by your blog this morning!!!! I have had MTC for a year now and still only cut basic shapes, will have to spend sometime over half term having a good play with it! Thankyou. Happy blogging :)

  6. What a great idea to make your own templates. My sister has a cricuit, I might just be having to go and have a play.
    Thanks for visiting me and lovely to see your desk.
    hugs Lisa (139)

  7. Awesome idea! I have the rhinestone templates from Bazzil but often wish a curve went different etc. I am going to try this. Thanks for sharing Vickie #30

  8. I have a Silhouette and can/have made some templates on there in a similar vein. Aren't these gizmos so cooooool?!!!
    I agree with KanataNewf about the Scotch ATG gun - fab!!! Like her I have had a few!!

    Sam aka Hettie #145

  9. What a great idea will have to have a look and see if I can do similar with my craft robo ~ Nicky no.6

  10. Ah, great idea..I've seen a few templates recently and thought that it was a good but pricey idea! Come back and do another WOYWW won't ya!