Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Happy Dance Birthday


I'm on a roll, 2 projects in one week!  My only brother turns 65 this week and it is worth a celebration.  We talk on the phone but I haven't seen him in several years so it was worth the effort to let him know I love him.

The image is from DeviantArt I found it through a search but clicking on the image says it is no longer available, so I just grabbed it. 

In one iteration I cut it out separately as a sticker and glued it to the front for dimension but later decided to just print the whole thing as centering and glueing gets to be an issue for me.

Pattern is from Inkscape/fill/pattern basic small white polkadots, the font is KBjellybean, music notes from a font Musicelements

I exported a bitmap to open/print in AdobePhotoShop Elements.

It is done and I am "Doin the Happy Dance"!

My System

  • Inkscape .48
  • ecal/eclips1
  • Mac Mavericks

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Iron-on Transfer T-shirt Happy Dance

We are t-shirt wearers!  Finding shirts and designs we like are hard and the best ones are at least $20 so I design my own. I don't like to use vinyl for a number of reasons:  it is more costly, layering colors is a pain and I just don't like the feel of vinyl.  Transfers are much softer.

I had never tried a t-shirt transfer on colored shirts but what the hey I had nothing to lose by trying, well maybe about $4.00 and a little time. I bought this shirt at Michaels for $3.00.  I had the design already so here we go.

The pic does not do the image justice, bad light etc, but you can see that it does work.

I used Avery Fabric Transers (#938) for Light fabrics, full-size for Ink Jet printers. (18 sheets) Following the instructions provided I am very pleased with the result.

These make great gifts or use for Halloween shirts, or those "wear once events".  I do like the more subtle coloring that the bright background of the shirt gives. This is pretty easy and a lot less expensive than using vinyl. Any image you found or can DIY works.

OK, now go and do your own Happy Dance!

To see my other t-shirt designs go here:

My System

  • Inkscape 48
  • eCAL 1.505
  • eclips1

Friday, September 5, 2014

Acorn Character - eCAL/SCAL3

I'm a big fan of Inkscape...been designing with it for many years now since it was the best way to create files to use with my digital cutter.  Well times change and CraftEdge's eCAL software to use with the eclips has come a long way.  Today I decided to see if I could create
using only ecal and since it is FALL I created this P2C design. I don't have SCAL2 anymore but if I remember correctly all the same features and techniques exist in SCAL2 latest vs.

Every pieces can be found in basic shapes library.

Starting with the acorn, found in BasicShapes Fall I broke it apart and then made a copy of the top part and added a lattice effect.

I have a font called "face off" that must be free since I never pay for fonts and found this cute face.

The leaf is in basic shapes/fall too and using the pen tool I added the veins.

After all done and SAVED, I added a shadow blackout for the P2C Although you could cut almost everthing and paper piece...but I don't paper piece anymore due to shakey arthritic hands.

A few hints.  ecal is a memory hog and if you move too fast or do too many things over and add/delete the program will CRASH.  Lesson learned...SAVE and SAVE often.  After the crash when you immediately reopen ecal will ask if you want to "recover" generally speaking the answer if yes and you will have everything up to the point of the crash.

Just for grins I exported the ecal file to Inkscape and added shading to it since that is one of the features ecal doesn't support in itself or in a traced svg file.  Looks really good.  

I'm not providing a free file as it is pretty simple to DIY if you know where you are going when you start :)

Happy Fall to all of us.

My System:

  • Mac w/10.9.4
  • eCAL: 1.505
  • Sizzix eclips1
  • Inkscape 0.48

Monday, June 9, 2014

Kids and Sprinklers for Summer Fun

About a decade ago I was looking for something to do and saw a lawn sprinkler at a craft show made of copper tubing.  "I can do that" I said and I did, with a little help from a neighbor who did a small bit of soldering for me as me and a soldering iron is not good combination.  I bent the pipe into the shape of the butterflies.

Here's the sprinkler now, all black from age but still works just fine.  My grandkids loved playing in it.

Needing something else to do this week I recreated the sprinkler in Inkscape, added some children (silhouettes) and viola a nice design for scrapbooks, or summer party invites.

Just one example of how I use it.

I am providing an svg file with just the sprinkler, water, and the children so you can be creative and DIY.   
I'm also adding this photo if you are the "just print it" me these days.

Download from Media Fire
Butterfly SprinklerPS png

My System
Mac w/ Mt. Lion
eClips w/ eCAL
Inkscape 0.48

Monday, June 2, 2014

Take a Bike Ride Card

Printed with Bike and Frame Cut
I needed 3 cards for my "boys" for Fathers Day.  I had an idea and many, many iterations later I came up with this.  Assembled from bits and pieces of free images,  drawing in Inkscape and some  "filter" I got a print and cut design.

I cut the frame and the bike with my eclips and printed the rest in Adobe PhotoShop Elements after exporting from Inkscape.

How to Print and Cut SCAL3/eCal
 This is the suggested layout for eCAL/SCAL3. to set up print and cut. Whether you choose to "draw" the text or cut out the grass and path depends on you but all the layers are there.

Take a Ride  - svg

My System
  • Mac w/ Mt Lion
  • Inkscape 48
  • ecal 1.501
Thank you and remember to Take a Ride on Fathers Day, or any day!  It is good for the soul and the brain.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Chocolate Easter Bunny Card

This is a cut file, a print to cut and/or a print, cut and draw I made for Easter.  I did it in Inkscape and took into my eCAL to cut the pieces.  The only thing you might want to consider is the Text.  If you are good at drawing with gel pens you could use them to draw the text on the bottom blue piece of the egg pieces.  I'll leave that all up to how you work best with Inkscape or your cutting software.

Chocolate BunnyPS svg
Chocolate BunnyPS scut3

My System:

  • Mac w/ Mt Lion
  • Sizzix eclips
  • eCAL 1.500
  • Inkscape

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

How to Create Butterfly Napkin Ring

I created this napkin ring to help someone on the SureCuts Alot forum.  It really doesn't matter whether it is a butterfly as any image that can be cut in half will work.  You could do it in Inkscape too.

You will need an image for the element.  I used one from a free download that I got HERE

Here is a brief descriptions of the steps, you have to sorta know how to use SCAL as I have not put in the details.

You will have to know how to split the butterfly in half but I have a tutorial on this BLOG on how to do that.

So here you go.

If you have problems, I can usually be reached on the SureCutsalot Forum or Facebook or better yet a comment pro or con here would really get my attention.


Download from MediaFire

My System
Mac with Mt Lion
  • eCal and Sizzix eClips
  • Inkscape 48