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
Download from

Let me know if you have problems.

My current system:
Mac 10.12.6

Monday, July 24, 2017

Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries

Made a t-shirt iron on from the image, then added a T-shirt element and made a card that is a general purpose greeting.  I printed the design and p2c and used the shirt form as a cut file.

Here are all the pieces in svg format.  It imported just fine into ecal2, but needs some sorting out.

Hope you can make some use of them.

I used a t-shirt outline and made a shirt, also used the t-shirt outline and made a card....has lots of ways to cheer up someone's day.

It is possible that I have screwed up somewhere so if you have problems with the file let me know if you can't DIY

As you can see there are lots of pieces to DYI and I would really like to see what you do with them.

Bowl of Cherries Pieces

I think this file is pretty clean, let me know if you have problems.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tulip All Purpose Greeting Card

Hi there,  It has been awhile...but finally tried to create a pretty all purpose card.  A lot of work for me relearning Inkscape and cutting and pasting but I'm ok with it. Not to mention finding paper, embossing folders, glue, etc in my mess of a craft space.  

I added the greeting without much creativity.  :).  I had intended to use a stamped greeting but all my inks had dried out so I just typed it, cut it out and pasted

I also was tempted to find another element to put in the blank space on the right but a button or another sentiment etc. would do I think. I just  couldn't think of anything.

Cut with ecal on my eclips2 just fine, 

Embossed the background for a bit more dimension.

You could make a bunch of these with different greetings and put in your stash for one of those days when you just have to have a card and no time to start from scratch.

I hope this gives you some inspiration to DIY.

I'm sorry I cannot share files as I really don't remember where I got the tulips, but I can assure you they were a free download sometime, but there are a lot of tulip svg out there.

Happy crafting!