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Designer feature with Paperthreads Designs 10/5 - 10/14, 2012

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edited October 2012 in Challenges
Are your favorite stores the ones you can go to that you can make just one stop and get everything you want? Well, Paperthread is that kind of store. They have everything from embellishments to machines, cut files, and a boatload of resources and tutorials to help you on the road to becoming a cutting genius. So when it says “your cutting superstore,” that’s exactly what it is!

We’ve gathered some information for you to give you some background on how such a superstore came about.


Michelle Hessler, aka Paperthreads Designs, is the owner of the store and forum. She has had a passion for crafts and projects ever since she was a young child, doing things such as cross stitch, plastic canvas, quilling, and other knick knack crafts. Then, she explored a little bit of painting, on wood cutouts and ceramics. Making ornaments and other items to sell at craft fairs.

She got her first electronic based diecut machine in Ocober 2005, and after much new user frustration, realized a need to work with the cutter community in sharing tips and information. She was able to learn how to use her machine, and how to add other programs in making the most of her machines capabilities. Through others questions in the cutter community, she was able to start compiling information and tips for other users and host it on her website. This was the time when the first Inkscape tutorials were written for using with Die cut Machines….at that time, Michelle worked directly with Aaron, one of the programmers that worked on adding features and changes to Inkscape, and he developed a way to make the Inkscape DXF files compatible with Robomaster software, and Michelle wrote the first tutorials on how to do things in Inkscape for Die Cut file making and then convert them to DXF, which then loaded in Robomaster! MAN….HAVE WE EVER COME A LONG WAY IN 6 YEARS!!

In August 2006, Michelle decided that she didn’t want to sell files on CD anymore, and that it would be much simpler to sell them as digital downloads, the same way she was selling her digital scrapbooking designs. At that time, the first store for digital die cut files was born, and we sold our first files starting in September 2006.
There are several designers that create wonderful files over there, and they often have file sales! We also have monthly challenges on our forum, including a monthly card sketch, color swatch challenge and other fun things!
For this challenge, 5 of the designers are offering FREE files for the 2 weeks of this challenge only! The files include:

Scarecrow Print and Cut Box http://www.paperthreads.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=66_126&products_id=7948
Build a Jack-o-Lantern http://www.paperthreads.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=4210
Pumpkin Patch Sign http://www.paperthreads.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=66_70&products_id=3746
We Gather Together http://www.paperthreads.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=66_103&products_id=6370
Spooky Tree http://www.paperthreads.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=66_116&products_id=5599
We challenge you to use one of the above files, or any other of the designer files in the store and make your project! The winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to our store.

You must use MTC. You can enter up to twice with two unique projects. Please do not post any cut files that are variations of the free files/
Have fun. Be sure to check out what makes www.paperthreads.com a true superstore.

MTC committee- Trish (ImaCutter), Helen (Helen), Rebecca (Reba1), (Diana (Dianain NM), Linda (lindalou692), and Ann (Ann) Imagine it. Create it. Cut it!
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