Posts tagged ‘Valentines Day’

Teacher Gift – SVG & SCAL SCUT Freebies

First, I apologize for posting another mock-up instead of an actual picture, but, in case you haven’t seen my previous post of today, my Canon is officially dead. 

I’ll replace it sometime in the coming week, but in the meantime, I wanted to get this up since I have a few free hours without the children whining or tattling on each other.  “Mom! She touched me!”  “Mommy!  He made me mad!”

I don’t get to pick when the lightening of inspiration strikes, and yesterday it lit up the sky at almost midnight, just when I was about to give up the ghost and shut down the Internet.

That’s about the time I stumbled upon a website for Uppercase Living, which motivated me to make a special present for my DS’s teacher for Valentines Day. 

I did not duplicate Uppercase Living’s exact design in the creation of this project, though it was very very tempting because it was so adorable.  However, I did take broad creative license with it and leaned on it heavily as I created my own.    (As always, I try to give credit where credit is due.)

Anyway, the idea was so cute, and I just happened to have all the supplies on hand that I needed (one of the benefits of hoarding supplies — also one of the curses) and four hours later I had a very cute gift to send to a wonderful teacher and a serious case of sleep deprivation.

Juan!  Juan Valdez!!!  Paging Senor Valdez!!!!!!

Midnight Inspiration, Anyone?

Midnight Inspiration, Anyone?

 

Please don’t let the four hour thing freak you out.  It will not take you as long.  I swear!!!  A good part of that time was spent using Photoshop’s custom shape tool to create the jpegs for the heart apple and all its pieces, and to resize the text and little hearts to fit on the path I wanted.  Then of course, I had to convert the jpegs to svgs in Inkscape.  And because I painted the board and its edges as well as the heart apple with stencil paint, I spent quite a bit of time waiting for paint to dry so I could move on to the next step.  If I had vinyl in all the colors I needed, it wouldn’t have taken quite so long to finish because I could have rubbed instead of stenciling, but this is a great example of how flexible the Cricut is. 

Instructions for this project can be found on my Projects page.

The svg file for the lettering can be found here.  The heart apple is in several different pieces in several different svg files: the heart apple can be found here, the stem can be found here, the leaf can be found here, and the apple seeds can be found here.  And last but not least, I’ve also created a scut file with all the pieces of the apple in it for ease of use, and it can be found here.

I only hope DS’s teacher enjoys the finished project as much as I enjoyed creating it.  I hope you enjoy it, too.

As always — happy Cricuting.

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February 13, 2009 at 1:53 pm 7 comments

SCAL Files for Valentines Day Card

Recently I wrote about an inspiration I’d received thanks to one of the wonderful posters on the Sure Cuts Alot Users forum on Yahoo Groups.

Well, I’ve finally finished modifying the idea and have put it together as a special Valentines Day Card for my DH.

Card Front

Card Front

Card Interior
Card Interior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m actually very pleased with it, which is unusual for me considering my perfectionistic tendencies.

You can download the *.pdf for the instructions here on my newly created projects page.

I created four *.scut files (for SCAL, of course) for this project, they are as follows:
Card_Front_Cutting_File.scut can be downloaded here
Layered_Heart.scut can be downloaded here
Small_Squares.scut can be downloaded here
Layered_Heart_Interior.scut can be downloaded here

And last but not least, I created a *.pdf file for the recipe card.  The recipe reads:

1 cup you & 1 cup me
10 cups of love for eternity
1/2 cup candles burning bright
2 cups kids down for the night
1/2 cup “baby, turn off the phone”
1 cup “hey, we’re finally alone”
1/2 cup music turned down low
3 cups kisses, deep & slow
5 cups flame from a single spark
100 cups I Love You With All My Heart

Yeah, I think that might get his attention 🙂

It was a lot of fun to do, although putting it together the first time as a “trial” and creating the instructions then following my own instructions to put together a “final” card was much more time consuming than I would have thought.

Hope you enjoy!

February 4, 2009 at 1:51 pm 6 comments


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