Sunday, January 30, 2011

Welcome II !!

Welcome greetings are great.  You can always use a welcome greeting, right??  See this post if you want some more welcome files. 
You can find the file for Welcome Family and Friends here.  The font on Welcome is Bookman, on Family and Friends is Bickley Script.
You can find the Welcome Oval file here.  Sorry, don't remember what font I used on that one.
I hope you can find something to use them for.

Housewarming Gift

I just designed this to cut as wall vinyl as a housewarming gift.  Not sure how big to make it, depends on where it will go.  Maybe I'll let them decide.  I'll post a pic once it is up.  Font is Balmoral D for the script and Bookman for the block.  Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dots, Ovals, and Rings . . . Using Your Scraps

Dots, ovals and rings make great embellishments for many projects.  I use them on glasses, tumblers, soaps, about anything.  All in vinyl of course.  You can click here to download this SVG of a simple circle ring and oval ring. The great thing about these is you can use the outside ring and the inside dot or oval, no waste!  You cut a whole sheet of these or a mini sheet from your scraps, and have them available when you want to throw together a quick soap or wine glass.
Here is how I do it:
1.  I place the shape/shapes on the mat that I want to cut
2.  I copy the object
3.  I do a paste autofill.  If I am cutting a whole sheet I cut at this point.
5.  When I am cutting scraps what I like to do is open a second page in my SCAL project. Then I place my scrap/scraps on my cutting mat and say if I have a scrap the is 4" x 9" I will go to the page that I auto filled with my shape and select and copy an area that is 4" x 9" and paste it on the clean page in the same area of the virtual mat where I placed my scrap.  Does that make sense?  It is the quickest way for me to cut lots of shapes out of my scraps.  Happy scrappin'!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Some Fancy Fonts I Like

I have a couple friends who are just starting out in the Cricut/ SCAL/vinyl world.  I thought I would do a post showing some of my favorite fancy fonts to help get them started.  I will do a few more posts in the next couple weeks with my favs in other font families.  Here they are in list form, each font name is a link to the download (free, my favorite price!)  Aquarelle, Balmoral D, Edwardian ScriptInspiration, Old English Text, Dominique,
Majestic, Scriptina, Vivaldi, Monsieur La Doulaise, Shelly Volante

Do you have a fav fancy font you don't see on the list??  What is it??

Saturday, January 15, 2011

New Font: You Gotta Have It!!

Sugarcakes2 over on the Craft Edge forum made a font that she was kind enough to share with us.  It is a great font for scrapbookers with lots of shapes, frames, borders, envelopes, etc.  I love the shapes to cut from chalkboard vinyl for a great addition to the kitchen or pantry.  If you like what you see on the character map above, you can download the font here.
If you are wondering how I made the character map, Becky Melton has an awesome online character map generator.  A great tool to organize your dingbat treasures (fonts).  You have to check it out here.  Type in the name of any installed dingbat font you want to generate a character map for (type it is exactly as it is named) and poof, just like magic, it will spit out a character map for you!!

Thanks sugarcakes2 for the great font and Becky for the great charactermap generator.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Pint Glasses

I made a few personalized pint glasses today.  Vinyl works great on glassware as long as you use "outdoor" vinyl (Oracal 651) and let the vinyl cure for about two weeks before putting in the dishwasher.  These are top rack dishwasher safe in most dishwashers.  If you have a SUPER hot cycle on your dishwasher, it is best to handwash.  Thanks for looking!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

An Awesome Set of Valentine's Files!!

I love this set of hearts that kenzie made.  Kenzie is over on the Smart Buy Gal Forum.  If you haven't been by there, you gotta go.  Great place to share ideas, inspiration, and chat a little too.  You can find kenzies hearts here!!  The first file is in Make The Cut format and if you scroll down about four or five posts you will find them in SVG format.  Just in time for Valentines Day!!  Thanks kenzie.

A Few More Shapes


Here are a couple more shapes to share. Enjoy!!
Shape on the left is here in SVG format.
Shape on the right is here in SVG format.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Fat Hearts, Skinny Hearts, Any Heart will Do!

Here are a few more for Valentines Day.  Find all three here. To rearrange them on your mat the way you like, or only use one, import the svg into your cutting program.  In SCAL, select the image once it imports and under the object menu click on break apart.  Now you can delete what you don't want.  Be sure to group your remaining objects back together. 

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Few Shapes to Share

I made a few shapes to share with you.  They would make great frames or tags or chalkboards cut out of chalkboard vinyl.  They were all made uing SCAL and the basic shapes library.

Wall Vinyl

I cut this wall vinyl for a friend to hang in their downstairs bathroom.  We play poker together, which is the double reference to flush.  Font on "Be Royal" is Balmoral D.  Download it for free here.  The rest of the text is Georgia.  The flourishes are from My Vinyl Designer.