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!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Don't Forget to Floss #Cartoon

At a recent dental appointment the dentist told my husband "remember, only floss the teeth you want to keep."  He came home and said he wanted me to make  a magnet for his dentist with this saying.

I did it in Inkscape with a cartoon of a tooth, not too hard but really cute I think.

I printed on card stock and laminated it, then used peel and stick magnet sheet as a backing.  I got the sheet at Michaels.  I think it would work on a little easel stand on the receptionists desk or on a frig.  You could also just use a sticky back tab and put it on a bathroom mirror to remind folks to floss.

I hope you like this and give it a and your family will have better dental checkups and get a smile every time you see it.

There are about a zillion cartoon images of a tooth on the internet so I am not offering any files today as anyone adept at Inkscape or SCAL/MTC could do this easily.  Just google cartoon tooth.

Thanks for stopping by today.

My system:
Sizzix Eclips 1

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Flower Bouquet with Filter Effects #Inkscape

I was just playing around and created this #flower bouquet and then played with some of the #Inkscape filters.

filters/image effects transparent/canvas bumps transparent.

There are several layers, including a note layer about which effects I used.

I've printed it on watercolor paper and really love the look; good for cards or for framing.  You could P2C the frame but I am lazy. 

I used the .png image to place in ecal with good results so you can P2C from scal for sure.

NOTE: you cannot import the svg file into scal as scal/ecal do NOT support the filter effects.  You will get the image in plain colors. I have posted the flowers only in png format sans frame for you to  P2C with your own frame.

Comments and suggestions are always welcome and greatly appreciated, especially if you download my files.

Download from MediaFire

Flower BouquetPS png
Flower BouquetPS svg
Flower Bouquet sans framePS

My system:
  • Mac w/ Yosemite
  • Inkscape
  • ecal2
Thanks for stopping by to visit today I hope you found some things you like.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

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.

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 Yosemite
  • ecal2
  • eclips
  • Inkscape

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Save the Water cartoon and some tips

California has been in a 4 year drought; our grass is brown or non-exitent, our plants are surviving on the cool night moisture. What more can you do?  SAVE the shower/bath water of course.

I assembled this image in ecal2 from Surecutsalot. All are free downloads.  I printed and laminated it to make a frig magnet.

 A 3 minute shower can do the job and all you have to do is catch the water  and haul it out to the plants. It is a lot easier if your shower/bath is on the first floor, ours is upstairs so Hubby does that.

Here are some other resources you can use to save even more household water.

A google search for saving water comes up with even more ideas for bathrooms and kitchen water (grey water). I'm not a fan of this YET but "if it's yellow, let it mellow has some nice designs for the bathroom too.'s+yellow+let+it+mellow&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

In the kitchen I keep a pitcher where we dump old coffee, tea, catching rinse water etc. and use it to pour in the drain when running the garbage disposal.

I hope this gives you some ideas on how you can help our planet, our state, and yourself by being a bit more environmentally aware.

Thanks for stopping by and remember SAVE the WATER.

My system:

  • Mac w/ Yosemite
  • ecal2 from surecutsalot
  • a sizzix eclips1
  • Inkscape

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Baby Quilt Inkscape

This design is much more a learning project for me than a real need for the design.  I started out not really knowing where I was going by doing the animals.

  • Panda and gingerbread man from #svgcuts
  • Penquin from #Kadoodle
  • Teddy from a clipart image
I played a bit by making the stitch lines by making an inset shadow layer copy of the body of each animal, no fill and making the stroke dashes.

Then what to do with them.... OK make a quilt.  I used a video tut from cut two pieces tiled clones to make the quilt stitch pattern, dashed stroke and no fill.

Pink bkg is scalloped frame with two rectangles for the divider borders.

I was able to export to #eCal where I could make p2c pieces so I could lay the animals on top of the quilt base.  The blue piece with the quilting stitch I used blue paper to print the quilt stitches onto.  The animals as p2c and the white shadow as c2p.  Lots of ways to do these pieces depending on how adept you are at scal or ecal.  

I am providing both the svg and the ecal files for you to play with.  I would appreciate it very much if you use this design that you share a link so I can see what you came up with.  I think a new baby announcement, a framed picture, etc.

Baby QuiltPS scut4 (note mediafile will add .txt to the scal4 extension. Just edit the extension to delete the .txt.)
Baby QuiltPS png

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Text Flow Around Object - Inkscape Word Art

I really like doing WordArt for designs that are a little different.  I wanted to wrap text around an image, not in an image and discovered I could do it in
Inkscape with a feature called text/flow into frame.  It is a bit quirky and there are little to no instructions on "how to" 

I got some help from the Inkscape Forum to get me started. 

Text Flow around an Path Object

First, draw a path the shape of the text you want to have. 
If it is around a certain object, then the inside path should be shadow outline of the object inside, the shape  

Combine the two paths.

Make an unflowed text object, type in the desired characters. block, not centered w/
carriage returns. Do space between characters and line spacing to taste.

Select text and path, and make it flowed (Alt+W). 

Group together the flowed text and the path. 

You can adjust the shape of the path after with the node tool, the text will follow; add no fill and outline to it -will be still visible in outlines only display mode to change display mode).

If you want to move the text, move the group itself.

to release from path:  path/object to path???

Here is a link to the Source from whence this help came.

What I learned along the way is that after releasing the text I could ungroup and edit it.  I moved some words around to better fit, colored some words.

After getting what I wanted I converted to bitmap and made a iron-on transfer and put it on a t-shirt. I did the shirt before I learned that I could edit the text and rearrange the words.

For my "cutting" friends I printed just the words with the blank inside and did a P2C of the flower so it could be attached in the blank space.

I then went completely crazy and started doing "frig" magnets and laminated it. This is one of my favorites

Enough already!   I think you get the idea that if you are adept at Inkscape and have the time you can design some really unique WordArt images for all purposes.  I found some great inspirational quotes on the internet.

If you have questions just email or comment and I'll do my best to answer.

Thanks for stopping here today.

My System:
  • Mac w/ Yosemite
  • Inkscape  
  • Ecal w/ Sizzix eclips

Monday, March 23, 2015


SOMEHOW OR OTHER I lost all the images that were  in my posts....grrrrr.
I am in the process of adding them back in so 
come back in a few to see
what I've been able
to recover.

Most of the links to download appear
to be working so take a
chance and download.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Bon Bon Candy Card

Good Morning, I'm working backwards again using ecal2 to create and exporting to Inkscape....just because!

I will use them for Easter and Mother's Day cards but they work well for any occasion.  I don't paper piece so I cannot tell you how easy or not it is to cut the bon bons but they are designed to do so :)

No doubt that you could make them more interesting then I have. All the like pieces are grouped by layer to make it a little easier to grab and use.


I would love it if you do something with the pieces and share them.  I have give my designs freely as I get satisfaction in the creation of the elements and hope they are useful to someone.

Thanks for stopping by and comments are always appreciated!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Save the Whales - t-shirt design ecal2

My DH says I never saw a blank-t-shirt I didn't want to put something on :) and I say a plain white t-shirt is boring so you have to decorate it.

My ecal2 software is getting so good that I hardly ever use Inkscape

anymore.  This was done all in ecal2.011 and exported to Inkscape so I could share the svg file as well.

I used several features of ecal to do this:
  • Traced image of a whale I found free. Have a copy to fill the whole knock out will make.
  • Circle from Basic Shapes.
  • Knockout for the whale inside the circle.
  • Wave to design the wavy lines from a thin rectangle to divide   circle, then back minus front.    
  • Text on Arch for the words
I flipped it horizontal to print onto iron-on transfer paper to put on the t-shirt.  Those of you who do vinyl most likely can do it in vinyl too.

I played around with gradients on the circle pieces but decided against using it but it did look pretty good.


Save the Whales scut4 (if you see that media fire as added .txt to the end of the scut4 file just delete it leaving .scut4 and it will open.  Dunno why this happens but just in case it does.)

I use either Transfermations or Avery iron on transfers to print my design onto.  Trim with scissors to get rid of as much paper about the image as possible.  Directions are on the package.

Thanks for coming by today and I would like to know how you do with this.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Butterfly Birthday Card update

In a hurry to do a card for my sister and she loves butterflies so I resurrected a card I made last year and did a few updates.

I took an image of a butterfly and added "pen draw" flourishes, and did draw/cut on my eclips with ecal2.  Layered on two different background papers and viola a new look. The white pen on the added butterfly doesn't show well in the pic but clearly visible in the original.
You can download the original file from 

Download from Mediafire
Butterfly svg 

I converted to png and finished up and printed in Adobe Photoshop Elements....easy and eye pleasing.

Thanks for stopping in today