Monday, December 27, 2010

Lazy Quilter's Series - Part 1

Let me make a disclaimer right now. I'm not a quilter and have no intention of becoming one but I do admire the variety of amazing and beautiful quilt work I've seen over the years and there are some designs that I think would be great fun to cut in paper...so I thought I could present my Lazy Quilters series...I hope to post the svg files soon but thought I'd share a couple of designs I really like. And since I love the combo of red, white and black I played with a few different combos with that color scheme.


This design was called Tumbleweed and in the sample below I've just spaced the pieces a little further apart for a little different look.

I also thought it could be fun to create a special card for a quilter, too! In this sample I've overlaid a smaller pattern over the larger one in the center.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Paper Lanterns

A request led to creating a simple paper lantern but then it led to offering a couple of additional ideas and options. By extending the top it allows a place to add a phrase, saying or name(s).



I've lined the one on the left which is very pretty too...also a great opportunity for your double-sided paper.




I'm also including a scut file that has the smaller version that is perfect for a battery operated tea light. Charming and fun...what a cute way to create table markers with individual names, too! Or give a personalized gift. The Stencil or Steamer font is ideal. If you don't want to crease it, you can gently push the ends together to create a softer rounded effect.

The zip file has several files including some scut files. I've created an optional scalloped top and have a file with the word Welcome included. All were done in Scal 1 so it should be compatible with both versions. File link here!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sorry I haven't posted more lately...


I've been busy with other projects...recycling t-shirts and ties and a few other things as shown below...more pics of this character on my other blog
Recycling on a whole new level
...I'm trying to decide on a name for her...any suggestions?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Mini mini cup cards!


Just a little idea...emphasis on LITTLE! Well you might be able to put an Andes candy in these but not much else! However, I thought it would be a fun little bookmark or you could put a small magnet on the back, too. I also put one on a pencil. I used these as Thank You for my little Etsy store and to promote the name of my shop LKC Design. So, I created a background of copy (about 10 point size) and did a repeat of my shop name but you could put anything on it. I printed it out on the printer and then cut it on the Cricut to line the inside of the cups. It could have Thank you, Thinking of You, I love you a latte, Expresso Yourself, Java Nice Day, it's a fun little desisn...happy cutting!





Follow the Coffee Cup and Sayings link in my sidebar for this cute cup file! Thanks for stopping in!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Blog Candy!

Get it while you can!
Going Buggy!

Check out the goodies!
Thanks Enfys!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fight Like A Girl

This image designed for Breast Cancer Awareness is one of my favorites and I have colorized and made into a laminated bookmark and I thought I would share the link for it so others who might want to use it can find it.

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Whimsie Doodles

In addition to this are two others called "Faith Fights" and "Chance Fights" which are for children fighting cancer.

It's a way to acknowledge and support those in the battle of their life.

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month I thought it would be an appropriate time to share this.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Blog Award



Thanks to Carolyn at Cutting Time for this sweet blog award! Her blog is a great place to learn the ins and outs of Inkscape with many tutorials available highlighting its many features.

She said I had a "quirky sense of humour" and I'm always delighted when it transcends the miles. Some things really are universal!

So, after thanking the giver and displaying the award as shown, I am to tell three things I love and post a favorite picture. (I'm trying to do this before I forget since I dropped the ball, the last time I received a kind blog award).

Well, the picture was easy...this is my current computer background because seeing those two faces of my nieces just make me smile!


Now, what do I love? So much to choose from but in the framework of crafting and design, my current love is working with paper and seeing what others do with paper.

Designing new files is also something I love to do which is why I've gotten better acquainted with Inkscape, a favorite (and free) drawing program.

I also love seeing and making things that are recycled and upcycled and given a different lease on life from what it was originally intended.

So now to pass this on to other bloggers...ooooh the choices.

http://freescrapbookingsupplies.blogspot.com/
This site gives lots of inspiring clip art and layout designs and kits...fun to explore!
http://jennyscraftycreations.blogspot.com/
Jenny's blog is rather new but she's been a frequent contributor on the scal forum and I think it's great for her to have a place for her many pretty files.
http://going-buggy.blogspot.com/
I subscribe to this blog so I regularly see her creations as well as read some of the funny stories from her travels and wildlife encounters...
http://imagesbyheatherm.wordpress.com/
Heather, of course, has been a big help on a number of forums giving valuable information in understanding how to use various software programs. Aside from that she has created tons of files and fixed many for others, too! Thanks for your all your hard work!
http://extremecards.blogspot.com/
I love the creative work on this site!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I'm batty for you...



Same name, different blog! Bats have been on my radar since my husband was bitten September 1 so I thought I would use the experience as a creative outlet. I created an origami bat so now I have a cut file to share...files here! (sixth post)

Here's a link to an article about his experience...if you're interested.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

These boots are made for walking...



Okay...the title may be misleading. I don't have any boots here though there is a great pair on the Inkscape Cutting Design forum but it did inspire me to create this file from a picture on a old album my mom had when I was growing up. I did a charcoal drawing based on this picture as well when I was a teenager...I loved the light and dark contrast in that photo of her and had to post a svg file as well! Link Here!(keep scrolling...you'll find it!)

Giveaway!


I'm having a lot of fun making the cup cards and decided this would be a great time to do a giveaway...so click this link in the upper right corner of my blog for details!

And thanks for visiting my blog!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mini Cup Cards






I had a request for a smaller version for a gift card so this file allows for cutting four on a 12x12 mat. Same design as previous post but I've provided a scut file as well as the svg files for this.

Just right for a tea bag, Emergen-C packet or gift card. Someone suggested a mini candy cane which would be great with some peppermint tea! Add a business card, too, and use as a special little thank you gift! Go to Coffee Cup and Sayings link in sidebar or link in the last post.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Cup Card









Here's my version of a cup card based on a similar design I've done some time back but this one is designed to hold items...it could be tea bags, apple cider, hot cocoa, gourmet specialty coffee servings or a cup-a-soup package along with a spoon. You could include a gift card to a favorite coffee spot!
File link here! (11th post)
In my side bar you can follow the Coffee Cup and Sayings link, too!


This pic shows how I use the leftover paper for the coordinating bands and bookmarks.


The rest I cut 1" squares and flower with punches I have so it all gets used up! I use a corner rounder on the bookmarks, punch a hole and run some curling ribbon through.

I also used my Cuttlebug embosser to create texture...I love the swirl design. On several I cut a liner in a complementary paper.

Along with the svg I've also included a scut file so you will have the exact size I've cut these at since it's a suitable size for larger pouches like the soup and cocoa. It is a larger size so if you plan to mail it you will need the 6"x9" envelopes.

It has a lot of uses for a thank you, thinking of you or just because kind of gift!

Enjoy and make someone happy!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I'm puzzled...


Here are some images that you might want to cut...there is a separate file provide for the two on the left but if you have scal2 you will be able to easily separate the four in the main file. Link Here!

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Pink Elephant...


just what you need! Another adorable elephant...link here (fifth post).

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I've got a friend...



I posted a friends file similar to this one some time back but decided to change it up a little and play with it so here are two of my latest cards.

The little flowers are from a Martha Stewart punch and it's perfect for getting the most out of my papers after I've cut other images. The friends wording is a font called Doodle Love Letters. I've tweaked them a little and joined them for easy cutting.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

just a little elephant


I have this fun little elephant inspired by a beautiful little stone one I have.

File here!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Bistro Set

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This is a case of art imitating life...on my other blog I posted an easy awning design with a picture from my shop and decided I should create a bisto set to cut on the cricut...it is available for $3.50. I have a link on for it in my sidebar. (Paypal will accept credit cards...you don't need an account.)

It's a fun little set...I show it with an optional signs to
personalize but seem to prefer it without them.




In some of the designs I used some scenic wallpaper
behind window panes to create additional depth.



Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Flamingo Outline


This kind of looks like a paper clip gone awry! But I think I can have fun with this file...hope you do, too! Link here (3rd post)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I'm fine...really



Ever have on of those days? Perhaps it feels like one of the those lives?!
I have a flamingo collection and thought I should finally get around to designing a few...the saying I've included with this will be provided as it's own file as well so you can use it with other images. I have it on a mug with a cow on it's back and feet straight up...may have to create a similar cut image of that, too!

At any rate here's my first silly flamingo...in case you can't tell that's what it is! I have the small white part of the eyes and beak included but it is easier to just put a scrap piece of white paper behind the black outline for those elements. The small colored eye parts are a little tricky getting just right but they do add some dimension to the eyes.

Sorry for the delay in posting the file, (second post)...link here!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

One of my favorite songs and a fun phrase so I thought it would be fun to combine with my previous dancer files I posted...the first one is the saying and the second one I thought could be a bookmark or a pendant with earrings. File is here with the earlier dance post in case some missed them and want to use them.

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More ideas for the dimensional star

Just a couple of quick ideas for the dimensional star file in the previous post...



A frame...


or a wreath...