Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I've been experimenting

Hello all,

Well I had a very productive weekend, but not much to show for it. I tried some new techniques that I haven't tried before such as watercolor pencils and step cards. It all started because I needed a card for my granddaughter's birthday this coming weekend. I saw a card on another sharing board and loved it. Here is my version. For those who don't know how to make this card, please search youtube for "step card". There are many good video's that can explain this better than I.

I made the card with the following supplies;
Creative Memories cardstock
The heart was cut with SCAL and the file was from Paulo
White heart was embossed a Cuttle Bug folder
The fairy was cut by tracing in Inkscape, imported into SCAL and cut on the Cricut.
Stickles was applied to the wings.
Mounted with CM foam squares
Finally the lacy border was cut with a MS punch.

BTW yes that is a Lava Lamp in the background ;-)
Enjoy and thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Learning Inkscape

Hi everyone!

Well as some of you may know I love my Cricut! Several months ago I purchased the Cricut Design Studio and Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL). There are so many people out there that make totally awesome designs and files for both software programs. I became somewhat jealous that I didn't know how to create the files that can be cut in SCAL so for the last couple of weeks I have been busy learning Inkscape. Inkscape is a program that allows you to creat svg files that then can be imported into SCAL. After the files are in SCAL you can cut them with your Cricut. So for those who are interested, Penny Duncan has some great video tutorials on Inkscape. You can find them HERE. Here is an example of a card that I created using Inkscape and adding a file created by Paulo. There are a couple of mistakes but I'm pleased with it overall. Visit Paulo's blog HERE. Thanks Penny and Paulo.