Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Grinch Happy New Year

Just because..... I needed something to do today given that all my Christmas is done.  Using many different free images of the Grinch and extra's I put this all together.  I started out making a Grinch Santa Claus transfer to put on an apron for my DH who is cooking Christmas turned out so well, but too late for anyone but us so I went for Happy New Year.  

The file is easily altered in Inkscape or scal changing the hat, jacket etc to meet any occasion.  I will do a bbq one for summer gifts.I exported  from Inkscape to ecal2 but am reasonable sure you could export to scal3.   You designate the image as "print-to-cut print" and make a shadow layer, with no fill and a stroke that will be the cut line.

If you play around with the file and make it yet another occasion I'd love to see it.

Happy New Year!

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Grinch Happy New YearPS svg

My system:

  • Mac 10.x
  • ecal 2.002
  • eclips 1
  • Inkscape 048.x

Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

I created this in Inkscape using bits and pieces I had collected in past years.   I have become a fan of tone on tone using complementary colors.  I like "country shading" a filter from Very Simple Designs.  Unfortunately when exporting to my cutter software the filters do not show so most times, like today, I print.

I did a rectangle with a pattern I made in Inkscape using object to pattern.

I used my ecal with my eClips1 to:

  • cut my card base.  I used a paper pack called "Spice Market" cardstock Paper I got at Michaels. 50 sheets of fall colors.
  • Created in inside sentiment sheet in eCal so I could use my pens to write on.

Never being able to leave well enough alone I sprayed the whole thing with Krylon Glitter Spray for just a bit of glitz.

Happy ThanksgivingPS svg
Happy ThanksgivingPS png

My System

  • Mac 10.9.4
  • Inkscape 0.48
  • Sizzix Eclips1
  • eCal
Happy Thanksgiving all!

Thanks for visiting

Color Wash Butterfly Card Inkscape

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, October 26, 2014

Scallop Edge Card Template

My friend Kay (cleversomeday) refers to herself as an "engineer", not an "artist"  well that goes for me too. I am able to create objects and patterns but putting them together artistically falls short of my expectations.

I created this card template in eCAL, I could have done it in Inkscape but eCAL is getting so good and everything was simple shapes so there you go.

Using basic shapes I made two rectangles sized one to 5x7 and one to 5.5.

Using the smaller one I used "duplicate" and the circle with the hole in it sized to 1/2" to make the border, unioned the it half way over the edge of the card.  You can see the border of the rectangle through the hole so you can line it up.

Copy/pasted to make the one for the other side, lined it up and selected all three pieces and path/union.

Move the larger rectangle in place a tad over the edge of the now scalloped rectangle and path/union.

Using the draw tool I drew a line where I wanted the score to be, select the line and make it "score".  It cuts very nicely on 8.5x11 cardstock.

After construction rotate the image so that it is vertical instead of horizontal so it fits on 8.5x11" cardstock as shown in the pattern.

Now to decorate:
I found the image I wanted to use on a coloring book site, LINK to House GRAPHIC  and used Inkscape paint bucket to fill in the elements and colored them. I added the border and exported as bitmap to eCAL and did print/cut. I sprayed the whole thing with glitter spray before glueing it onto the card base.

Inside is just a tag I created in eCAL adding the sentiment. I glued a piece of pattern paper (6.75x4.75) from a card stack to the inside and mounted the sentiment.

I like my border as it shows the inside background.

This one does stand up.  I did another one in vertical that I like but it doesn't stand up, but here it is for "show".

I am providing the card template only for you to play with, also a Cheat Sheet for scal/ecal if  you want to DIY one.  Any border will do that fits your style. 

I exported the scal file to Inkscape and am providing the file as well for those of you who do not do Sure Cutsalot!

I hope this has given you some ideas for a card that is a little different.

Scallop Edge Card Template - ecal/scal3
Scallop Edge construction Cheat Sheet - ecal/scal3
Scallop Edge Card Template - svg

Thanks for stopping by.

My System:

  • Mac 10.8
  • eCAL 1.505
  • eclips
  • Inkscape 0.48

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

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

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.

 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.


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

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Choo-Choo Train - WordArt

You may be getting tired of even more WordArt  but I'm learning and just had to keep playing.  Today's post is for the little ones who love trains.  You can make a picture in a frame, make a card whatever.

I started with a png image (free file) of the train and made a mat just slightly larger than my image.   I made a rectangle around it and colored it black (this is what you load into Tagul.  Words will be in the black area. See these instructions on TAGUL for step by step.

I created the cloud according to the instructions on Tagul.  The Tagul forum is also helpful for "how and why" issues.

Choosing the option to export to svg I got the "cloud" into Inkscape.

I made a new layer and opened the train image and moved my colored train into the space on the Cloud a then played some with changing colors and size of words.  I found it easier if I "locked" the layers I wasn't using.  I deleted a few and copy/pasted some others into the space created by deleting/resizing some of the words. 

I added another layer to the bottom and created the mat background.  I've left room at the bottom for you to personalize with the name of the little one. You could use the name in the "cloud" creation of course, but I wanted this generic to use again.  

You can do this a couple of ways. Add a layer for the Name in Inkscape or make a bitmap copy of your finished svg and load into a photo editor like PhotoShop.

There are 3 layers in the svg file to make it easier to edit. I like to "group" the words layers when I'm finished as I was still moving, centering etc and you really don't want things skewing on you.

Files to Share on MediaFire
Currently you cannot share a Tagul Cloud so here's the svg and the png for you.

Choo-Choo TrainPS svg
Choo-Choo TrainPS png

Have some fun, learns something new and make a really special gift. You can email me with questions, I'm usually here.

Comments would be much appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by today.

My System

  • Mac w/ Mt Lion
  • Inkscape 0.48
  • eCal w/ Sizzix eclips

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Hugs and Kisses WordArt

I just can't get enough of WordArt I created the text with Tagul and with a little help from Inkscape.  I printed this once, found a little boo-boo and then ran out of YELLOW ink so it will have to wait for the final to print and get it in the mail.
I used the flowers in vase I created last year and used it in Tagul to create the words, exported to Inkscape and played with it some more. 

There is more information and links to instructions for Tagul in my other WordArt post below.

The svg file is in three grouped layers to make it a little easier for you to edit.  You can change the colors in the words and the flowers, resize but not the font.  I created a bitmap copy and took it into Adobe PhotoShop Elements to put it on my card template
  • flowers
  • words
  • background
I'm including the png file to print only, which is what I did after I finished messing with it.

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For more information and how to about Tagul see my other posts in WordArt.

Happy Valentines Day!

My System
  • Mac w/ Mt. Lion
  • Inkscape 0.48
  • Sizzix eclips
  • eCAL

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Giraffe WordArt and Inkscape

I am loving wordart.  I created this design using a program called [bTAGUL.  It is a FREE app just go to and read the very basic instructions, the Tagul forum has some info as well.  There is also a helpful video from Useful Graphic Design to get you started.   

I exported the design to Inkscape and changed it up a bit, added the polka dots to the giraffe.  It takes a bit of time to learn Tagul but I think this came out really well. In Inkscape change up the colors but not the fonts so you would want to do as much as you can in Tagul first.  You can also export from Tagul to a bitmap file but I made the bitmap after playing with Inkscape

There is the file in svg format.  Two layers:  one for the background text and one for the Giraffe.  Ungroup to play with it.

The png file works well for P2C or as a t-shirt transfer.  I did me a t-shirt with different colors. I'll use the png for a congrats card for a new baby

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My system

  • Mac with Mt Lion
  • eCal with Sizzix eclips
  • Inkscape 0.48

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Heart WordArt Tagul/Inkscape

What an adventure!  I spent  some more time with Tagul creating this design…learned a lot more along the way.  This design goes on a t-shirt and most likely my Valentine for this year.

In Tagul:

  • I imported my own heart shape
  •  I used only one color for the text I found it easier with one color as I knew I would be changing things in Inkscape.
  • Used the Tagul feature to change the angle of the main words.

I exported the Tagul file to (svg) Inkscape.  NOTE there is fine print on the Tagul site that says IMPORT the svg file… do not use open  in Inkscape. 

Alas, I could not find a way to change the font after I got it into Inkscape so you are pretty stuck with what Tagul gives you, some fonts don't look so good so that becomes yet another challenge.

I ungrouped and separated the big words from the small group of words and put them in separate layers so I could mess with positioning, size and colors. Once I was happy with the colors and positioning. 

The red heart background is also in a separate layer, to have a background Use it or not.  

VIOLA!  transferred onto the shirt.  It is hard to see the really small words in this picture but they are there.

This video from Useful Graphic Design  got me started.
The Tagul Forum also provided some answers and help.
Visit and browse there too.

Download from MediaFire
Heart WordArtPS png
Heart WordArtPS svg

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