Monday, April 13, 2015

SVG Files Used to Make Baby Cards....

For the last two weeks I have been in brain OVERLOAD!!!  I have been learning five different software packages all at once! 

It all started with my PC crashing, then the very next day a friend called to offer to buy me a Macbook and a large monitor if I would do some video editing for her!  Thank you Father God for answering prayers before they are even offered up!

That happened just after I had ordered a Cricut  Explore Air....OH MY GOODNESS!  So much to buy, and learn, and buy, and buy, and buy!

Yesterday I made three "card in a box" cards for a friend to give with some baby gifts she needed cards for.... (she was THRILLED with the results :-)

Cute?  Yes!

I got the crib pattern  from SGVCUTS HERE...CUTE!!  And for only $6.99!  That includes svg files for five different finished products!  AWESOME PRICE!

I made the names using a really cool FREE font, made by Kay Hall, that was made to stand up from a card.  You can get that HERE.

The babies are cricut files on this cartridge...

The bear is from this cartridge:

The Giraffe is from this cartridge:

The little elephant is a Martha Stewart punch:

No, I didn't have to buy all those cartridges...yet... the items I used on these are included with the Cricut subscription.  You get two free weeks of subscription when you register a new Cricut machine.  The only thing I had to buy was the crib box from SVGCUTS   Soooo many cute choices there!  Yes, I did buy several of those.

OH! and I already had the elephant punch.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

You Can Still Doodle Even When You Use Stamps

This was another stamp from Art Impressions that I got carried away with.  I stamped and colored her then decided to fill in the background around her rather than cutting her out.  After I got the "wallpaper colored there was WAY too much wall so I decided to hand draw family photos around her...then of course I had to add the cake and the potted plant.  I have a feeling a dog will show up next, but I am calling her done for now.

Oh! And I really don't love the hair on the original stamp so that was easy enough to modify... And, OF COURSE, she needed a necklace...So, even though I have started using more stamps lately I still do my doodling.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Using What I Bought

I One of the things I am notorious for is buying stuff then not using it after it gets here... This week I ordered 250 pages of solid 12"x 18" white label paper.  I remember that sometime last year I did a major search for larger paper but now I can't for the life of me remember why!  but, as soon as I saw it I ordered it... I got it today so I was determined to do something with it!

I used my vinyl cutter to cut the word "chosen", one of my favorite because it reminds me that I was chosen by God to be in His family.  I was able to make it 12"x 7"!!  All at once, from a single sheet.  Love that!  I would have had to break it up if I had used a standard 8.5"X11" sheet.  

I use regular vinyl for the black background so it will stick to whatever I decide to mount it on later...right now it is just waiting.  I see all kinds of things I wish I would have done differently (of course) but at least now I see what to fix.

Oh! I colored the letters with my Spectrum Noir markers.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DIY Binder Insert Strips ... Recycle!

A few days ago someone on Facebook asked where to get these:

I will admit that these strips are not that expensive but if you need them in a hurry and you have the supplies on hand .....  My first response was "make them yourself" and I explained how I would do I decided to do a little tutorial.

1- find heavy plastic that is at least 9.5" long.  I have used transparencies in the past 

but today I wanted to recycle something...  I used this SPELLBINDERS packaging.

2- Cut the edges off so that you have only the two flat pieces

3- Stick Scor-Pal double stick tape on the very edge of one of the plastic sheets then cut it .75" away from the tape so you now have a strip of acrylic about 1.25" wide (if you use .5" wide Scor-pal tape.

...continue until you have all you need or you run out of packaging... I was able to get a total of six from this a couple more strips I can add .25" to.

4- Using a sheet of 3 hole punched paper mark your hole placement with a sharpie.

5- Punch the three holes... I used a heavy duty punch drill to punch through three pieces at a time, that way I only had to mark one.  You can probably tell from this close up that the three strips are different sizes...sorry!  I didn't measure, I just cut.

6- I removed the protective paper and stuck the piece of acrylic to the back side of a ruler...of course it can be stuck to the back of most anything you want to add to your 3 ring binder.

And here it is in my binder, ready when I need it!

Just FYI this is my SCRAPRACK Create and Carry Binder 

that I am loading with all my jewelry making tools, beads and findings.... So now I have a quick, ready to travel jewelry making kit!  So, I will definitely need a ruler!

30 Day Color Challenge

Hi all it has been a while!  Sorry about that...It seems I start every post that way now.  I hate to admit it but I haven't done much doodling for months now! So that means no blog posts.  I have been trying to get this place organized... I even put a work table in my living room! I figure, since I live alone I can do whatever I I did!  I will post a photo soon, I'm just afraid to take it now, I am using my iPad to write this and it can be temperamental at times and I end up losing everything!

Anyway, I have decided to take a 30 day Color challenge hosted by Kathy Racoosin just to get myself active again!  I started yesterday with this... A set of Art Impressions stamps (created for Michael's) ...  Colored with Spectrum Noir markers


My initial intent was to fussy cut around each character then use them separately later...but then I saw the legs of the chairs and thought NO WAY! So I colored the background around them.  That's why he looks like he is sitting behind her...I would have done it differently if I had started with this finish in mind! Now that I look at it I could still fussy cut everything but the legs then stamp the legs directly to a separate background .... challenge, I will do that and show it.

Anyway, today I decided to use Clear and Simple stamps (sold only through their site) to do samples of different coloring tools, watercolors, alcohol markers, colored pencils, and die based markers:

Nothing special, but I do know that the Spectrum Noir pens were MUCH faster and easier to get the shading done.  I think my favorite will be to use both SN pens with the colored pencils together.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Time to Get Organized!!!

Wow!  It has been almost two months since my last post!  Sorry about that to anyone that actually cares.

I decided at the end of December that it was time to get my "stuff" in order!  And so I began gathering pens/markers/watercolors...whatever. and buying ways to display them.  I will show more of that later, that's just where I have been.  Starting to find places for everything.

This week I took the first free class offered by Tiffany over at She is AMAZING! Her "thing" is organization and inventing things for storage.  I have invested a small fortune in all her products because I LOVE THEM! I bought a couple of the scrapracks shown below ... from amazon (the price is way better through Amazon than through the company site! $69.81 vs $99.99!!! Pages are cheaper through Amazon as well). The site is EXCELLENT and a must "go to" because Tiffany has a video for each and every product they offer. I will show you a picture of mine later.

This week's homework was got get ready to start tackling all things make a plan of attack and to create a Benefit Board listing each week and what reward we plan to give ourselves for accomplishing our goal for that week.  Of course I had to "doodle" something:

It isn't really a "board" its just a page in my drawing pad, but that is plenty good... I don't have the space for an actual board!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The LORD Hardened Pharaoh's Heart

This morning I read this on Pinterest ... "The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be still."  (Exodus 14:14). Awesome scripture right?!  I love the idea that The Lord has my back ... I just need to be still.  BUT... That's all that was shown on Pinterest...and my guess is that few people bother to take the time to look up the verse and read it in context.They miss the lesson that way.

Before I went to the scripture I planned to draw the above words in some pretty way ...but ... Then I read it and "my plans" changed. 

God had just told Moses to position the people in the wilderness so that they were "boxed in" by the sea and the Egyptians that HE was going to cause to chase them down to kill them.   Hummmm... Think about the times in our lives that we find ourselves in a place that looks like we have been deserted by God and we think that we can't possibly be in "God's will" when in fact He has us right where He wants us. ... And it may have nothing to do with us...but it might be entirely for someone else's benefit or growth.  Unfortunately we usually do exactly what the Isrealites did, we whine and complain and of course, we are scared of what might happen...forgetting that God really is in control.  

I decided to draw God hardening Pharoah's heart today because He does that so often in Exodus and for me, that really was the message today.   I may draw a stone heart in the margin next to every verse where He does it.

Just think how often people have a "harden heart" towards us and we get an attitude towards THEM when their actions towards us are just part of "the plan"!   If only we could remember that... I'm pretty sure our responses would be entirely different.... If only....

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Do YOU See What I See?

I have done this in the past but it needed to go in my to the only mention of the shepherds... In Luke 2:1-20.

Can you just imagine how they must have felt when they saw the angel appear suddenly in their fields?!  I only drew the star and not the angel because I don't believe that they have wings.... If it is possible for us to "entertain angels unaware" how can they have wings?  Right?... Anyway, if I drew them the way I believe they are... Just like everyday men, then you wouldn't know it was an, there is just the star.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

My New Coloring Book by Johanna Basford!

I got my new "adult" coloring book today.
by Johanna Basford.  ... for those times I would rather practice coloring without having to draw something first.

LOVE IT!   I love it because there is no thinking required...and you can doodle in it along with her. Like on the pages below...everything is completely drawn, ready to color on the far left, then in the middle the leaves and flowers are partially drawn so you can fill them in with a .005 pen...then there is the area to the far right that is empty allowing you to draw more flowers if you want.  In a sense she is teaching you how to doodle flowers ... 


I started coloring below.   

One of the complaints about the book (on Amazon) is the that people have a problem with marker bleeding through to the back side, and they blame the paper for the guess is that they are trying to use alcohol markers like sharpies or Copics...both WILL bleed through!  I used a combination of colored pencils and Tombow markers on the picture above.  Below you can see that the only bleed thru I had was where I got the color wet by using a blender pen once and then by accidentally dropping some water on it.... Because the markers are water based...made for easy blending:

PLUS... You get to go on a treasure hunt, looking for hidden insects and such ...  

AND, There are more than 80 pages to color! (I lost count)

I will definitely get another of Johanna's books when I finish coloring this one... Which could be YEARS from now!



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