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!