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To the Moon, Alice!!!

Believe it or not, I’m not feeling particularly chatty today.  I’ve been working on a rocket for a bulletin board I’m doing, and I’m going to give it to you without a lot of fanfare or conversation.  You could use the files to create a great scrapbook page element/embellishment or use it in your card making.  I’m thinking boy birthday or if you wanted to really get creative you could even do a romantic card for your sweetie…something along the lines of “You Rock(et) My World” or something equally cheesy. 

I found this awesome png file at  (Ya’ll know I try to give credit where credit’s due!).  I was hoping I could import it into Inkscape and get the program to trace the layers, but there were just too many color variations, and I’m not the most saavy Inkscape user out there. 

So I opened it in Photoshop and did a lot of work on it.  The result turned out pretty cool.

Click on the image to download a zip file containing SVG files and a SCAL2 file and a PDF file with dimensions for SCAL1 users

Click on the image to download a zip file containing a SCAL2 SCUT file, SVG files, and a PDF file listing the dimensions for all pieces for SCAL1 users

There are a few things you need to know about these files:

1.)   This was created as a major element on a bulletin board, so the finished rocket is 8.00″W 10.47″ H.  Of course, you can resize all the pieces to suit your needs.

2.)  This is an ambitious paper piecing…seven layers. 

3.)  I usually try to create a SCAL1 SCUT file for those of you still using SCAL1, but I’m short on time today.  However, I didn’t forget you completely.  The zip file contains a PDF listing the exact dimensions of each piece so you can create this for yourself.  Note that these dimensions will create a supersized rocket…8×10.5″. 

4.)  The new layers function in SCAL2 made it very easy to put together a SCAL2 SCUT file, so that’s included in the zip file.  If you don’t know how to cut layers individually, go to my tutorials page and follow the link to Dan’s video tutorials over at My Crafty Life.  It’s worth your time.  Really.

Hope you can find use for this, and, as always, happy Cricut-ing!!!


September 16, 2009 at 12:06 pm 4 comments

Payback’s a Witch

iTunes is pissing me off this morning.

There’s an album I need to download (please note my use of the verb NEED…not want), and the software is not cooperating. 

First, it required that I install an update…which took FOR-EV-ER!!!!  Then after many LONG minutes of not-so-patiently waiting, the update did not install properly.  So now in order to download the album I NEED, I have to uninstall the software and reinstall it. 


I’m sure you’re wondering why I don’t just use another music service.  I have considered that option.  But I’m afraid that if I take my $9.99 and spend it elsewhere I will bring about the complete financial collapse of Apple. 

Snort….yeah, right.

Anyway…my misery and frustration this morning is all my DD’s fault.

Before I go on to explain how my adorable pre-schooler is completely responsible for this hair-pulling episode, you must know this about me.  I am a complete and total U2 addict.  Shamefully, my addiction to this amazing band from Dublin even surpasses my addiction to my Cricut. 

Back in March I purchased the DELUXE edition of U2’s new album No Line on the Horizon.  I was in U2 heaven…for a while. 

Then a few days ago I made the mistake of taking my CD out of the car and bringing it into the house for the purpose loading it to my portable media player. 

Apparently my DD procured the CD from my desk.  She then proceeded to mar its glorious surface with dirty little girl fingerprints and some sort of sticky slime that I can only assume was gummy infused saliva, which all  moms know has greater adhesive properties than super glue. 

Now…while I am a HUGE U2 fan (perhaps even bordering on the obsessive…which I know is a confession that shocks you because it’s sooooo not like me!), even I have never licked one of their CD’s!!!!  (Fondled one maybe, but that’s another story 🙂 )

To add insult to injury, not only did my DD touch and lick my CD, she also managed to put a very deep and indelible scratch across the entire width of it. 


I’m going to call my dad tonight and share my agony with him.  And although he’s entirely too much of a prince to say it, he’ll think something along the lines of “Payback’s a witch.”

You see, my dad is a HUGE Barbara Streisand fan.  And when I was little (coincidentally the same age as my DD is now) I got my hands on his prized copy of Hello Dolly.  I then proceeded to lay the LP on the floor, stand on it, and do the twist. 

He’s long forgiven me, but he’s never forgotten. 

Neither apparently have the fates.

Yeah…payback’s a witch.

So…in honor of the witchiness of fates and payback…and of course in honor of the approaching Halloween night, here’s a few files for your entertainment.


Click on the Image to Download a Zip File containing SVG Files for All Three Layers & SCUT Files for SCAL1 and SCAL2

I’m not one to embellish my embellishments…too lazy I suppose.  But this baby got a few extra touches.  First, Cauldron01 (background base) is cut from black cardstock.  I then mixed a bit of silver and black acrylic paint and applied it sparingly using a small sponge. 

I wanted a bit of high light on the cauldron, so I cut Cauldron02 from vellum.  White vellum.  When I removed it from my cutting mat and laid it on top of the black base I got a creation that can only be described as UG-A-LEE!!!!   I glued it down anyway, added a tiny bit more of silver paint to the black/silver mix I used on the background, and then sponged the vellum. 

I then cut my green witches brew (Cauldron03) and added it, running along a yellow Tombo marker along its edges.  I’m sure I’ll mess with that a bit more. 

Anyway…if you’re interested, here’s a zip file containing svg files for all three layers of the cauldron as well as scut files for both SCAL1 and SCAL2. 

I’m going to go try to get my U2 fix, but here’s wishing you all Happy Cricut-ing!!!

September 11, 2009 at 12:55 pm 5 comments

Live, Create & Learn

The last few mornings here have been rather crisp.  In an area known for Indian summers, this early onset of cool weather is a bit of a surprise. 

Today my DS announced, “Fall’s here!”  (Probably because it was the fourth day in a row he stepped outside and went “Brrrrrr!”)

I replied, “Not yet, buddy.” 

He (being eight and knowing everything) and I (being quite a bit older but having learned nothing) proceeded to have a discussion about whether or not fall had finally arrived.  Basically the conversation went something like this:

DS:    Fall’s here!
ME:    Not yet, buddy.
DS:    Yes, it is.
ME:    No, it’s not.
DS:    Yes, it is.
ME:    No, it’s not. 
DS:    Yes, it is.
ME:    No, it’s not.
DS:    Yes, it is.
ME:    No, it’s not.

What can I say?  He’s eight, and I hadn’t had my second cup of coffee yet.

Finally he challenged me with the question, “How do you know, Mom?”  I simply replied, “Because I don’t smell it yet.”

At which point he looked at me like I was smoking crack.

I know it sounds weird, but I can smell fall approaching.  Each year there’s that one morning, long before the leaves begin to change, when I step out of the house into air that’s suddenly different.  It’s as though God reached down during the night to lift the weighted veil of summer and reveal the essence of a living and breathing earth. 

When that morning arrives I know that no matter what the calendar may say, summer is finally over. 

So, due to that incredibly intelligent exchange with my DS, I’m thinking of autumn.  I’m thinking of all those things I traditionally associate with that season…falling leaves and pumpkins on the vine and scarecrows.  I’m thinking of our annual visit to the pumpkin patch and those fat gourds whose faces we’ll reveal with our carving tools.

So it’s only natural that I’d design something pumpkin for today.


Click on the Photo to Download a Zip File Containing SVG and SCUT Files for this Project

Sometimes even the best planned design is troublesome.  Today’s design is a perfect example.

First, I decided to create the leafy scroll as a jpg, have SCAL2 trace it, then duplicate it and weld it together.  Never mind that the damn thing was almost twelve inches wide.  (What was I thinking?!?!)

Then I decided to cut it out of scrapbook paper instead of cardstock because I liked the “look” of the paper.  (Never mind functionality or stability!)

Then I thoughtlessly decided to use my most recently “re-stickied” mat, which is very, very sticky.  (I may have gotten a bit carried away with the Zig glue.)

I then discovered the perfect recipe for a migraine headache.  Take an intricate design, add less-than-heavyweight paper, then mix in your stickiest mat. 


After I spent an hour trying to pry my beautiful leafy scroll off the mat (which I finally managed to do) I decided to take pity on you and simplify that element of the design.  I divided the scrollwork in half, and it will now cut in two separate pieces.  (You may want to use cardstock or a less sticky mat or both!!!)

I’m very pleased with the shape of the pumpkin layers, but I’m not thrilled with my color choices.  If I had to do it over again (and I’m sure I will because of my perfectionistic tendencies), I’d select some color other than black for the bottom layer of the pumpkin, and I’d definitely stay away from bright orange for the top layer.  My mind was imagining autumn…my eyes and hands chose Halloween.

Once I’d glued everything up, I decided that I’d probably like three pumpkins instead of one.  A small and a medium in the foreground, and a large one in the back.

Oh well…live, create and learn.

One last word of warning before I give you the links for the files.  The elements in the scut files are sized VERY large.  I scrapbook in 12×12 format, and I was attempting to create a bottom border that would extend across the entire page.  In that respect, I was successful.  Of course, you can resize all of the elements to suit your needs.

You can grab a zip file here that contains scut files for both SCAL1 and SCAL2 as well as the svg files for the three pumpkin layers and the leafy scroll.

Best of luck and happy Cricut-ing!!!

September 3, 2009 at 1:36 pm 2 comments

I’m in LOOOOOVE!!!!

In case you haven’t heard, SCAL 2 is available.

There’s been grumbling.  There’s been griping.  And trust me, I understand the frustration ya’ll are feeling.  Times are tough, money’s tight, so who really wants to fork over some more of what we don’t have enough of? 

I’ve been holding off on the upgrade myself, but I only have so much self-restraint.  So I finally broke down yesterday and forked over 35 bucks to upgrade my SCAL.

Before this morning, I thought the cash I paid for version 1 was the best money I’d ever spent.  Let me just say….I WAS WRONG!!!  Buying the upgrade is the best money I’ve spent I’ve spent in a LONG LONG LONG time. 

The new features are AWESOME!!!  It’s so much easier to manipulate type now.  And the new layer function and the trace image function!!!!  I’m practically orgasmic!!!

This morning I sat down to create a title for a halloween page. The layer function allowed me to create all the pieces and lay them one on top of the other so I could really see how they fit together. Happy Dance Happy Dance Happy Dance!

Happy Haunting

Here are some things you’ll need to know before trying to reproduce this page title. 

(1)  The font I used is Zombie.  So if you don’t have it, you can download it here from 

(2)  I’ve set up this scut file to cut all the layers at once.  That’s just my personal preference.  I’d rather put all my paper pieces on my cutting mat and load it once.  You may prefer to cut the layers one at the time.  If you’re new to SCAL2 and don’t know how to use layers, I suggest checking out my Tutorials page.  There’s a link there to a fabulous tutorial by Dan over at My Crafty Life.  Watching it may just be the best five minutes and seventeen seconds you’ve spent recently. 

(3)  I used the new auto trace feature in SCAL2 to trace the bat jpg.  (That was the coolest!!!)  The jpg included two little yellow eyes on each bat.  Of course, those eyes are too small for the Cricut to cut, but if you look carefully at them once they’ve come out of the Cricut, you’ll see where the eyes should go.  I used a big safety pin to poke holes in those spots so the yellow of my moon would show through.  I also wiggled the safety pin a little bit to enlarge the eye holes even more.

(4)  You can dowload the scut file for SCAL2 here.  Sized as is, it will produce a title that’s about 4 1/2″ W x 3 1/4″ H.  Of course, you can always resize the elements to suit your individual needs.

(5)  If you’re still using SCAL version 1, this project sucks for you, because this scut file can’t be opened using SCAL1.  However, don’t fret too much.  I’ve got to go make beds and put on some dinner and do a few of the other household chores that are screaming for my attention, but I plan on posting a version of this that can be used with your SCAL1 either later tonight or tomorrow. 

In the meantime, have a hauntingly happy time with SCAL2!!!

P.S.  For those of you still using SCAL1, here’s a scut file for you as well.  The dimensions aren’t exactly the same, but they’re close.  Also due to the limitations of SCAL1, I couldn’t weld both the “Happy” and the “aunting” pieces together and still make sure that the shadow fit.  I could bore you with the details of why the Zombie font was difficut to shadow, and all the steps I had to take to create the shadow, but I won’t.  Let’s just say it wasn’t as easy as changing the style to Blackout Shadow.  This was due to problems with the font itself, not any functionality of SCAL1 or SCAL2. I don’t have time to try the scut file out for myself right now, but I’ll try to do that later tonight or tomorrow.  When I do, I’ll post a picture for you.

September 2, 2009 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

I Wanna Do Bad Things With You

Those of you who read my blog on a fairly regular basis (many thanks to both of you!!!) know that I’m a self-confessed obsessive compulsive.

My OCD-ism encompassess several areas of my life…none of which happen to be cooking or housekeeping (much to my husband’s dismay).  Of course, my Cricut is one of those OCD objects.

Another is the HBO series True Blood. 

Every Sunday night, my BFF comes over, and she, my DH, and I spend an hour riveted to the television.  Then my BFF and I spend another hour watching next week’s previews (over and over, in regular and    s  l  o  w    motion) and dissecting the series to death.  My DH, who remains rapt during the show, falls asleep during this portion of the evening.  (Which is all right with us because it allows us to pant over Eric in an unrestrained and often shameful manner.)

Of course, my BFF and I are simply aghast that we have only one episode left before Season 2 comes to an end, and we’re discussing what we’re going to do to provide us with our “Blood” fix while we wait for HBO to unveil Season 3.  (Which of course will take them entirely too long, and we simply can’t understand why those darn actors and directors and producers and other staff can’t work night and day for the next century to provide us with all the Blood that we require for existence.)

So in honor of the show that’s brought so many thrills and chills and yes – even laughter – to our Sunday evenings, here a bit of my favorite Shreveport bar for you.

The Bar With A Bite

The Bar With A Bite

After a long and often fruitless Internet search, I finally found a hi-res *.eps file for the Fangtasia logo on  This provided me with exactly what I needed to create a really good quality  *.svg file and *.scut file for your use. 

As always, happy Cricut-ing!!!

P.S.  If you’re wondering who the smoky and sexy growl in today’s audio selection belongs to, check out, and, yes, his music is available on iTunes.

August 31, 2009 at 1:01 pm Leave a comment

Sun Sun Sun Here It Comes

If you wandered here today expecting a humor-filled post to give you a giggle, I’m sorry to report that you’re going to be deeply disappointed.  

Today dawned gray and gloomy, and the sky pissed a fine mist over my disposition all morning.  I couldn’t get revved up, despite nearly an entire pot of coffee, and I was feeling funky. 

I suppose we all have days like these.  Days where nothing’s really wrong but nothing’s really right either.  Days when we just feel out-of-sorts and strange in our own skin. 

So I decided to listen to a bit of music in hopes that it might lift my spirits.  (You can click on the arrow to check out what I chose as my gray-gloomy-day inspiration.)   

My selection turned out to be the inspiration I needed to complete another paper-piecing for my summer scrapbook pages.

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

You can dowload a zip file containing three *.svg files (one for each piece) and one *.scut file to cut the entire thing here.  Or, if you happen to be a glutton for punishment you can download the individual files:  (1) Flaming-Sun-Background.svg   (2) Flaming-Sun-Center-Circle.svg   (3)Flaming-Sun-Center-Swirl.svg   (4) Flaming-Sun-All-Pieces.scut.

Many thanks to Paul, John, George and Ringo for making music that can lighten the gloomiest of skies. 

And here’s wishing all of you happy Cricut-ing.

August 31, 2009 at 9:44 am Leave a comment

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