Thursday, 30 April 2009

Video Tutorial - Creating a Mother's Day Card in Inkscape

Someone on one of the Cricut groups I belong to asked for some help in making an SVG design she had into a Mother's Day Card. Upon looking at the file I realised there were a few issues with it that might not make it perfect for using in that way.

I created this video for her to show how to alter the file so that it would make a better card, and I include the SVG of the end result here. The original file came from someone else's blog so I can't distribute it here unfortunately, but if you want to mess around trying some of the things I demonstrate, you can use the file I've included on this page!

I hope you find it useful! :)

To see a full screen version, click here.

If you'd like a copy of the file that I produced at the end, you can get it by right clicking and saving here.

A Home Fit for the Obamas?

Well, probably not! It IS a white house, but it's nowhere near as grand as THE White House! :)

This is the latest incarnation based around my bird house design, cut on the Cricut. The door doesn't show up too well on this photo, but your imagination can fill in the blanks! There are also windows on both sides of the house. Click on the image for a larger view.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

They say things come in 3s.....

....and it's certainly true of these Cricut bird houses. This is the 3rd and final one that I made on Sunday while hanging out with my friend Hels. This is also the last one that was cut using the original design - I have adjusted it again today, hopefully I can show the new design on here in the next few days!

Like the "Time" themed one that I made for Hels' Sunday Stamper challenge, this one has also been painted with acrylic paint applied with a moist baby wipe, and then stamped with versafine ink. The moon on one side is simply the circle cut out from the front of the bird house, with some shading applied on one edge. Click on an image for a larger view.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Ain't Life a Beach?

Another day, another of my Cricut bird houses, this time with a beach hut feel to it. I'm not yet completely happy with the design of this file, so I'll continue to tweak it a little.

Notice that this one doesn't have the scalloped roof that yesterday's did - I'm still deciding which I prefer!

Sunday, 26 April 2009

All of a Twitter with Sunday Stamper

Sundays mean only one thing in our house.... Sunday Stamper! The theme for this weeks challenge is "Time After Time", so I made this bird house on a clock theme.

The house was painted with acrylic paints, then stamped with versafine inks. Ta for taking a look! :)

Whoops! Forgot to mention, I designed the bird house in Inkscape, then cut it out with SCAL on the Cricut.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

More Index Cards

Here are some more of the stamped index cards I've been making, taking the chance to get used to the new(ish) Tim Holtz stamps I got.

The second one, with the bird, I stamped the bird first in black or dark brown (I forget now), and then painted the stamp with red acrylic paint and stamped on top of the first image, knowing that it wouldn't line up perfectly, but wanting that effect anyway. As it turned out, I didn't like the result, so I took a moist baby wipe and spread the red paint around the card, giving the effect in the bottom half of it. Remember, there is no such thing as a mistake, just a happy accident! LOL

Not much else to say about them apart from that! :)

Monday, 20 April 2009

Somehow I don't think Calvin Klein is losing any sleep over this....

I don't think I've ever posted something on here that I haven't made myself, so this is a first!

A friend of mine decided they wanted the design from my previous posting on a t-shirt, and went out and bought some ink-jet printer t-shirt transfer sheets. The first I knew about it was when they contacted me asking for a better scan of the image! LOL

Now, I'm certainly no fashion designer, and don't expect to see me ever crop up on Project Runway, but I don't think it looks too bad! (though the photo quality could be better, apologies for that!) Here's the shirt they made, I kinda like it! :)

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Hello Again!

After a (too) long absence, I'm finally back. Thanks to everyone who left kind comments while I was unable to continue with this blog, they were much appreciated!

I met up with some friends a day or two ago for some lunch and a bit of crafting. It was nice to get all inky again, I missed it! :) I had a play with some blank index cards and a couple of packs of Tim Holtz stamps that had been sitting around unwrapped for far too long. Here is my favorite of the ones I made. Click on it if you want a larger view.

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