Sunday, February 28, 2010

Thank You - Monster Style!

This card just makes me smile!  These little monsters and papers are from the DCWV Doodlin' Round stack, aren't they just the cutest?! 

Saturday, February 27, 2010

And the Thank You Cards Begin!

I have made one of the hardest decisions of my life (so far) in this past week of resigning my job of 12 1/2 years. Though it is always difficult to make changes and say goodbye, I am very grateful I have an opportunity to do so. I am leaving behind some great co-workers and clients and have many thank you cards to create and write, so bear with me during this theme of mine! :) Here's to new adventures in the days ahead!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Frosted Designs Challenge - Handwriting!

Frosted Designs is having a challenge to incorporate your own handwriting!  I know I always shy away from using isn't awful, but it sure isn't Ali Edwards (I soo love her computer font)!  I can't wait to see what everyone enters!  Click HERE to head over to the blog!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Practical Scrappers Stamp Challenge!

The challenge this week is STAMPS at Practical Scrappers!  I simply adore stamps and coloring!  I used The Stamping Boutique's Rainy Cynthia as my image for this card.  She quickly came to life with the help of my Copic markers!
The paper and chipboard frame are Elsie and the chipboard heart is Heidi Swapp.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Get Sketchy #26

This week at Get Sketchy the sketch is:
This is my version of their sketch:
I used American Crafts Moda Bella and Making Memories papers, American Craft ribbon, Kaiser jewels, and SRM Quick Cards Stickers. 

Sunday, February 21, 2010

New Elephant File and Cards blog Challenge!

Over at the CARDS Magazine blog, the challenge is to create a shape card!  This is a hand cut card (so unlike me, I know!) with a JM Rush elephant (sort of!)!  Jenn sent me the cutest little elephant which you can see HERE and I turned him into a cut!  You can grab the SVG file HERE and the SCAL file HERE and the DXF file HERE!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Shamrock Box!

Shamrock box SCAL file HERE
Shamrock box SVG file HERE
Shamrock Score photo HERE

Friday, February 19, 2010

Polka Dots and Plaids!

This week at Frosted Designs the challenge is polka dots and plaids!  What a fun combination!  I used paper by Making Memories and Heidi Swapp and added in one of my favorite "girly" stamps by Elzybells Art Stamps (princess).  She is stamped on the card and then I stamped her on the pink polka dot paper to get the outline of her skirt!
Be sure to stop by and enter your creation!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My Secret Is Out!

I am so very excited to announce that I was chosen to be one of the Design Team members for PK Glitz!  I love embossing and anything that sparkles, so I am estatic about the opportunity to work with this team and these AMAZING products!  Be sure to check out their blog to see the team!

Practical Scrappers - Flower Challenge

Practical Scrappers is having a challenge with flowers.  I do not own many flowers so for this challenge, I created my own using a wonderful tutorial from the talented Maria!  The paper flower tutorial can be found HERE on Maria's blog!
I created a SCAL file for the flower shapes since I didn't have a similar punch.  You can grab the flowers HERE
And finally -
This is my cut file design of the Cricut Panda!  You can get the Cricut file HERE
This was designed with George and Basic Shapes

Monday, February 15, 2010

Two Tutorials for Inkscape/SVG's

This morning I wanted to share with you two new tutorials that I have posted to the link bar at the top of my blog.  They both show how to convert clipart/drawings to SVG files in Inkscape so that you can import them into SCAL for cutting!  The first one (which can be found HERE) walks you through tracing an image by color and the second one (which can be found HERE) walks you through tracing an image by grays.  I often use both of these tracing options so that I can gain better control of the items I am cutting.
You can also grab the SVG and SCAL2 file for the Shamrock by clicking on the file types!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Birthday with a SVG/SCAL Cat

Hannah has a birthday party she is attending and she wanted me to create a card with a cat.  This little cat is a SVG and SCAL file (you can grab the download by clicking on the format you want).  The files do not have the black bits that are under the feet/hands for the nails.  I added these with scrap paper.  Enjoy!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Practical Scrappers Sketch!

**This is my second post of the day**
The weekend sketch for Practical Scrappers was created by Gloria, be sure to click here to see all the amazing cards that she and some members of the design team created, LOVE THEM!  And, Gloris has included instructions for her pinwheel under her posting too!
I flipped the sketch on its side to create a different view.  I have always enjoyed seeing all the different versions of the same sketch, it is amazing to me how we all see and showcase things differently through our creations!  I hope you come join along so we can see your version!

Valentine Teacher Gifts

The big class parties were Friday!  I love how the kids get about their school parties, it just tickles me to see their excitement :)  This year, as teacher favors, we wrapped Hershey Nuggets in paper strips and used one of Jenn's drawings for the topper!  Quick and cute, who doesn't love that combinaton!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Frosted Designs Star Challenge!

This week at Frosted Designs, the challenge is to use Stars!  I used SCAL to cut a star in my cardstock and then scored it twice on each side to form a stand-out edge.  Something different for me and I love the way it turned out!  Be sure to stop by Frosted Designs and enter in your star creations to see if you will make the top three!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sharing Memories Scrapbooking - Valentine

Isn't this calendar just adorable?  I can think of so many uses for these perpetual calendars!  They are such a cute and fast addition to our cards and layouts to mark the dates!  You can find these at Sharing Memories Scrapbooking under the calendar section.  While you are there, be sure to check out the site and the blog for the DT features!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wind Beneath My Wings...

Practical Scrappers has a challenge using brads this week and I am excited to see how you use yours!  I have a lot of brads, but I do not pull them out to often so I am hoping to gain a lot of new and exciting ways to put them to use!  I used two brads on each of the center pieces of my butterflies along with a pearl jewel.  My butterflies are a SCAL file that I created for this card which you can get HERE.  The paper is American Crafts, thick ribbon is Martha Stewart, pearl jewels are from the Paper Studio, and the font is Corinthia.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Valentine Box

My son came home from school talking about a Valentine box.  He knew he wanted a monster and began working on my Gypsy as soon as he got home.  Well, this isn't what he built...but he did like it better so I ran with it!  We found the snap together box at the Dollar Tree (such a great find for this need!) and we created the monster from clipart.  You can get the file here: SVG -or- SCAL.  There are two tabs on the SCAL version, one for the monster and another for his parts!  All we need to do is add his name and we are done...of course, tomorrow night brings my daughters box.  She grabbed the Gypsy shortly after he began working on this with me...can't wait to see what she comes up with!  Stay tuned :)

Monday, February 08, 2010

Little Einstein Rocket

This is the Little Einstein's Rocket. 
Click on the type to grab the file:  SVG file - SCAL file

J.M. Rush (aka, my sister!)

Well, she finally has a place to call her own!  That's right, my talented sister has finally landed in blogland and I am super excited!  She'll be hooked in no time, I just know it!  We have some of her images up in my store if you want them for your projects, as digital stamps you can color or already colored up ready to go!  Be sure to stop by her site and send her a warm and happy welcome and look at all the amazing work she has!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Decagon Box - SCAL

This is a Decagon Box that I have created in SCAL.  You can grab the download file HERE.  The box requires at least six scores around the bottom.  The box on the right in the above photo has six additional score marks where the scallops join the rectangles, the box on the left just contains the bottom six scores.
Three of the sides you pull the ribbon down through the holes.  The other three sides, bring the ribbon up through the holes and then tie in a bow.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

My Sisters Alien!

Okay, so this may just be one of my most favorite files to share yet.  This adorable little guy was hand-drawn by my sister (Thanks Jenn!) and after much playing around in Inkscape - he is now available for you in SVG and SCAL.  Just click on which format you want him in!  I would love to see what you create with this little alien, so please leave me a comment with a link so I can come check him out! 

Friday, February 05, 2010

Frosted Designs Valentine Challenge!

The challenge this week at Frosted Designs is to create a Valentine card WITHOUT using Pink or Red!!  This was a tough one for me!  I can't wait to see what this week's challenge brings to each of you!  For this challenge I used one of my sisters drawings and went with a kid theme!
Paper is Heidi Swapp, Ribbon is American Crafts, Lion image is by J.M. Rush, inside, Valentine stamp is Studio G, and jewels on heart are Recollections pearl stickers. 

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Sharing Memories Scrapbooking!

I am so excited that I can now share that I am joining the Sharing Memories Scrapbooking Store Design Team!  I am joining the team along with all of these amazingly talented ladies! 

Noreen Smith (Owner)
Sarabeth Burke
Tracy Bzowy
Amber Goble
Joan Liddle
Marcie Morgan
Jemma Richmond-Murray
Michelle Roycroft
Natalie Strand

Be sure to check out the store and all their blogs, some amazing work!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Practical Scrappers Die Cut Machine Challenge

At Practical Scrappers, this week the challenge is to use any die cut machine.  I choose to use my Cricut and test out my new Dinosaur Tracks cartridge.  I will have to say, I do like this cartridge!  Such cute images on  there!  This is the Brachi and Brachi-s cut (both at 3 1/2").  The paper and ribbon are Basic Grey and the ribbon tag is Making Memories.  Inside font is Weltron Urban.  Click HERE to come see the rest of the DT projects and to enter yours!!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

More Owls - Happy Birthday!

Yes, this is more of the Adornit, Fern Collection.  I was able to get two cards out of the one 12x12 paper and still managed to have four more owl frames, some stitching, and 1x12 strip left!  I love it when I can stretch a piece of paper to fit multiple projects!
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