Thursday, February 2, 2017


I've been very lax at making and sharing for while but today I just had to make my DH a Valentine.  I'm not sharing the file as it is so easy to DIY with Inkscape or SCAL.

I did get the original Heart from Shutterstock but everything else I did myself...pretty easy to draw the stick figures just circles and rectangles.  The eyes came from Shuttestock as well but there are about a gazillion files for cartoon eyes to choose from.

Finding the words to express how much I love this man and how grateful that he cares for me as my mental abilities are waning.

Wishing you a Very Happy Valentines Day.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ice Cream Birthday Card p2c

Playing around with  coloring book images and made this Birthday card.  Good as is or p2cut all the layers are there including where the original image and background are from.

I used the paint bucket to fill in the cone image instead of tracing but it does trace if you are more comfortable using trace.

I have imported to ecal2 and that also works on my Mac.  I am not good at paper piecing so I just treated the whole cone as print and used the mat to cut around, but if you are a mind to you can cut the individual pieces.

I hope this all works well for you and is adapted for various "good wishes"

Thanks for stopping by.

Ice cream cardPS svg
Ice cream cardPS scut4

My System:
  • Mac 10.9.5
  • ecal2
  • Sizzix eclips2

Friday, March 25, 2016

Easter Egg Mobile

I needed some decoration for my patio for our Easter Brunch so I used a coloring book image of an Easter egg, colored it in with #Inkscape using a pastel color pallet I found on the internet.  Here is the egg as colored.

I added a shadow layer for cutting and sent it to #ecal to print and cut.  I have a Canon Pro printer with 8 color cartridges so I get almost perfect colors.

I  made 24 copies and resized some of them for my mobile.  After p2c I   I then glued them back to back so when swinging you always see the image. laminated them and cut them out by hand using the shadow outline as a cutting guide.  I didn't want to trust that I could use my eclips to cut them out after laminating.

I set to work stringing them into a mobile using clear filament and hung it on my patio in front of a window so taking a pic was a challenge as the sun caused so much reflexion I had to find a big piece of  cardboard as a background so the pic isn't great but you get the idea.

I am not sharing files as all of this is pretty easy to DIY

Happy Easter!

My System

  • Mac
  • ecal/eclips
  • CanonPro 100 printer

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Happy Valentines Day 2016

I could not think of a valentine today so I am recycling a design I did several years ago.  It is done with Tagul, the word art site and a flower vase image.

You can change the colors in the flowers and edit the words a bit in Inkscape with the svg file.  Or you can do what I am going to do just print some out and send one or two to friends on FaceBook. I "placed the image" into ecal2 so I could add a border and P2C cut around it.

If you want to try Tagul yourself be aware that for some reason the site does not support Safari and I had to use Chrome as the browser on my Mac.  I'll explore that problem another day.

Happy Valentines Day

Download from MediaFire

My System

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year 2016

This is a "redo" of a file I made for a Birthday a couple of years ago, so being lazy I edited it to wish all you and yours a happy and prosperous 2016.

The file was created in Inkscape with bits and pieces from free downloads and edited by me. :)

It obviously is not suitable for "non drinkers" but I know plenty of wine buffs who would appreciate it as a Birthday or Congratulations card...don't you?

Download from MediaFire

Happy New Year!

My system:

  • Mac
  • Inkscape
  • Sizzix eclips2
  • ecal2

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Quick trick...custom Color Palletts - Inkscape

I find this trick very useful for my designs instead of wandering through all the color menus that come with inkscape.  png and jpg images both work

I hope this if useful....let me know :)

My system:
Mac with 10.9.5
Inkscape for Mac latest vs
eclips with ecal2

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Stylus-itis If it Hurts Stop doing it

I have arthritis in my back and recently I developed pain in my bicep on my right arm....hmmmm I said to self.... and the lightbulb went off!  

I use a stylus with my iPad to do almost everything as my finger just wasn't working.  As a reminder to self....if it hurts...stop doing it.  Off to the computer to design a frig magnet to remind me that I spend way too much time on the tablet and not enough walking. My mouse hand hurts a bit too but I type less and point more :)

I created the design in Inscape all from scratch except for the hand holding a pencil (public domain) and altered it to look more like a Stylus. I "coined" the name stylus-itis!

I hope this provides a giggle or two for you, so put down the tablet, drop the stylus in a jar so you can find it again tomorrow and get out there and "smell the roses".

Resource:  the hand is from here Hand with pencil link

Free files to download from MediaFire
Stylus-itisPS svg
Stylus-itisPS png

If you know someone with Stylus-itis it would make a cute gift I think.

Thanks for stopping by and any comments would be appreciated!