Thursday, October 25, 2018

Happy Halloween 2018

Love, love, love Halloween although our neighborhood is older and we don't get as many children as we used to, I still buy more candy than I give out so I only buy what I like.


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Color Wash Butterfly Card Inkscape

I got a notice that I needed to update my blog or it would be removed.  I dug out this design because I wore the t-shirt the other day so it was on my mind.

I wanted to experiment with doing a background color wash in Inkscape. It is my Daughter's birthday so it became the target for the experiment. 

I started by making 3 rectangles, slightly overlapped and removed the stroke and filled with complementary colors.  Selected them all and did "blur" in Inkscape until I got what I wanted.

Using a font "Tribal Butterfly I picked 3 that looked good to me.

Added the flowers 
It needed something else so I added  white stroke around all the pieces to make the pop a bit more.

Made a pdf image and printed and mounted on cardstock with a little embossed border.  

DH thought it a bit overkill with the border bits but it was all glued down and I was done.

A good learning experience and a pretty card.

All the elements for the image are in separate layers if you want to play in Inkscape.  I did "place image" in eCal to cut the background pieces on my eclips and did P2C.  I also made the inside in white with our birthday wishes and P2C that too.

Butterfly Color washPS svg
Butterfly Color washPS.jpg

I hope this gives you some ideas for cards of your own.

My System

  • Inkscape 0.48
  • Mac w/10.9.5
  • Sizzix eclips1
  • ecal

Thanks for visiting my site.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Birthday Calendar Magnet

We have 4 children  and 6 grandchildren and my "gray cells" are rapidly decreasing so I need memory joggers.  Today I made a graphic with all of their birthdays by month.  I printed it and then laminted it to put on my bulletin board/my fridge. The only thing I wish I had done was put the YEAR as I'm getting older and forget...and those 12,16, 18, 21 birthdays are even more important to remember :)_

You need 5 layers to keep from pulling your hair out with things moving around.  Lock all you are not working on.

You will need to convert elements to path/objects depending on what application you choose. DO NOT convert the text yet as the design grows you might want a different font. (guess how I learned this ;))  I did this in Inkscape and then in ecal2 and both work nicely.  In ecal I used duplicate rows/columns for the squares. 

 1. Bottom Layer: a rectangle the size you want your final to be add the title.  I used 4x6 as that fits my laminator

 2. Layer above: a grid of squares three across and four down.

3. Layer above:  type in the months in the squares

4. Add the names in the proper month and the actual day.

5. layer above and add the decorations.

I hope this provides enough info for you to create this very usefule little reminder.  I would love it if you share what you've done by posting a comment.

Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting.

My system:

  • Mac with High Sierra
  • ecal2 and ecal3
  • eclips
  • Inkscape

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


I'm not supertitious but having a flock of very large black crows hanging around in my yard is a bit eerie.

Been around for several days now.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Happy Holiday 2017

Wishing you all the best for the 
Holiday and a Joyous New Year!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween Trick or Treaters Welcome

I know it has been awhile but I am getting older and this stuff is hard for me now.

Our front door does not face the street and guests have to come into the to encourage Trick or Treaters to come on in I made a sign.  My DH would be happy not to have them come and "bother" but I love to see the little ones and some of the big ones in costume!

I made this really quickly this am.  The main graphic  is free from . 

I'm sorry I can't seem to make this a link so just copy/paste into your browser or search for:

 I just printed it out, and the bats are also free from a bunch of different sites, these are P2C

Hope you all enjoy Halloween!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern

I know I have been lax at keeping this blog up to date, but time and age get in the way sometimes.

I finally got to it today and created this design for Halloween. I will use it as a yard sign for the trick or treaters but could be turned into a card for a party or a poster.

I did not cut it out as my new computer and my cutter are not friendly at the moment....working on that with sizzix and SureCutsalot. grrrr

I did import it into the SCAL program and separated into pieces but will only offer the svg for you today.

Happy Halloween
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Let me know if you have problems.

My current system:
Mac 10.12.6