Saturday, August 17, 2013

How do I know what svg and digital files I have?

I have to say that after working with the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition (SSDE)  and my SVG and Print files- If I did not already have it so that I can use SVG files with my Cameo- I'd buy it just for the indexing, storing, and viewing features it offers

Now I will admit that a lot of my cut files, digital paper and embellishment I have never used - that is not to say I won't- and it is not to say I don't need more -  After all it isn't hard to justify getting another paper collection or SVG collection when:
  1. You are like a Magpie -prints and colors are your shiny objects.
  2. You love thinking of all the possibilities you can master with SVGs and digital paper.
  3. You are weak! weak! weak! weak! when it comes to:
    • and the whole shopping-  creating - personal interactive experience with Mary and Leo
    • and the unique files that Jessica creates-  not to mention her great sales and customer service. 
    • and the freebie of the Day (not to mention all the other great files).
    • - One Buck Wednesday and the often 25% off sales on Echo Park and Carta Bella sets.  
With all that said, the next quandary is How to keep up with all of it!

 Like a lot of folks I created:
  1. An  Excel Spread sheet that list all the files I have so I can sort , rearrange and manipulate file information
  2. A Desk TOP folder for PDFs and such.
  3. Binders on top of Binders with printed copies of the files and project pictures- nicely indexed and placed in sheet protectors
But none of these things works for me - the spread sheet needs constant updating, I never am on my desktop, and the Binders are cumbersome.

The other day I was on one of the many Face Book pages I like and saw a post about importing files into Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. Now I have SSDE that I got from and use it everyday (yeah I cut or play with paper everyday).  Since I do a lot of Print to Cut- I was knowledgeable about the import into My library and in the drag and drop method you can do to bypass the tedious import process SSDE goes through if you follow their directions.

WHAT I was not very aware of was importing SVG files instead of opening them one by one.

Yeah I know slow on the uptake here- but what can I say- all I could think of was getting the file on the mat and cutting!

Any way- What a time saver it turns out to be by importing the SVG files into SSDE! I can drag and drop the whole collection into SSDE and see the various elements before I load to the mat and start cutting.

My only concern was/is, How much can I import before I bomb the application? Not knowing how SSDE stores the imported files (it does make a difference in how much memory is used and such) I decided to test importing a SVG collection and several printable files.

So far I have 886 files (dig paper, Studio cut files, SVG cut files, jpegs and PNGs) total in SSDE and it does not seem to be slow and the only time it bombed was when I could not make up my mind on a back ground for a card- but that happens anyway- sometimes to many choices is not good -lol.

 To find which files I was going to import  I did a Windows Explorer search for "Printables" on the folder I use to keep my SVGCuts files. The search results produced a list of files and locations that I then used to make "new" folders in SSDE. I opened the file in Explorer than dragged/dropped the contents into the "new" SSDE folder.   It so easy to use that list to create "folders" in SSDE to match the collection then drag and drop the files the only thing I could see that this method lost was descriptions and key words the SSDE import process lets you add.

Once all files where located dragged and dropped in SSDE - I opened a few to see the resulting index/list.  I am so loving this. I just hope I can add more files without bombing SSDE.

This may or may not be a working solution for many BUT it sure works for me. I can search, see and use all in one application and with only a few clicks.

Hope this is helpful to you- Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A can full of Inspiration

I am not a photographer and no matter how much I want to take good pictures it never happens.
For my entry into the Spring Challenge project for SVG Cuts I chose  the Watering Can Photo Album found in the Garden Nouveau SVG Kit.

In past challenges I tried to use as many elements of the allowed kits as I could. This time I only used one file out of one kit. It wasn't because the kits were not inspiring but the paper I used for the album screamed KISS. And sometimes simple is far more of a challenge than being overly creative.

Did I mention that picture taking is not my forte? So why would I be drawn to a photo album? Well I really didn't see it as a photo album. I saw it as a Smash Book - If you don't know what a Smash book is you can find several different kinds on the net- I know KC & Company has a whole line of items that you can use to make one and keep it organized and useful.

My version of a Smash Book includes a page devoted to a single word that I decided I needed to focus on in my day to day life.  So far my words are :

Inspire is the first word I chose and it is also the title of Smash Book. the quote I found to best sum up what I feel about Inspire is also the last quote in my book since Inspire can be something that  inspires me or something that I might do to inspire someone else.

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!
Audrey Hepburn
 Pray is another word for my book . I really do not need to explain why this is an important word but it is something I do so very often. Its quote is:

"Most men pray for power, the strength to do things. Few people pray for love, the quality to be someone."
Robert Foster

Love is another word that I felt needed daily focus - there is never too much love in life. The quote I really liked for love is:

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Soar is more of feeling than a word to me - because when all things come together the feeling is like flying above all the bad. Its quote is:
If I have freedom in my love, And in my soul am free, - Angels alone that soar above, Enjoy such liberty. 
Richard Lovelace


Smile is not only a word but an action that I want to do more of. Mother Teresa said it best:

“Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
Mother Teresa
 Bloom, what better word to describe what can only happen to your soul when you are inspired, talk to God, feel love, soar with the Eagles and give the gift of a smile.
 People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?
Nhat Hanh

I hope my little Smash Book will inspire you to be creative and looked to things that will make life more beautiful and full filling.

The paper collection is "Everyday Moments" by Recollections contained one of my favorite color schemes - Blue and Yellow.

Monday, January 14, 2013

It's all in the Cards

Hello everyone. It's been a while since I posted but I have been busy making cards. I am not sure just what got into me since I almost never make cards but it has been kind of fun.

Of course my favorite source for the card base is SVGCuts. I either used the blank card base minus the cutouts from the Everyday Card kit or one of the many other bases such as the Fun House Card in the Summer Street Carnival Kit and the Every Day Winter Cards that includes a wonderful Snow Globe Shaker card.

For some of the cards I downloaded files from Bird's Cards. I especially like the "Bendy" cards from this site and boy are there some really pretty backgrounds.

One of the biggest surprises I found was files from Miss Kate Cuttables. Not only are these files printable but they also come in SVG format. They are easy to import, easy to scale, and easy to put together.

I have post some pictures of the various cards. The layout is a little disjointed since I haven't figured out how to place them side by side. But they viewable just the same. - Thanks for looking and have a great day!

SVGCuts.Com Cards

Just Because from the Every Day Card-

Winter Chill Lever card & Apothecary jar from Toil & Trouble Kit 

Snow Globes for New Year's - Everyday Winter Cards-

Birthday Pop-Up 
Premium Pop-Up cards

Blank card from the Everyday Card Kit


Bird's Cards

Cute little 'Bendy" Cards

Miss Kate's Cuttables
X-Treme file

Monster Trucks


            Peas in a Pod

Be Mine
My very first successful Print & Cut

Friday, December 28, 2012

How my new Continuous Ink System turned into a snowy day scene.

Santa was good to me this year! Aside from a new Kindle, he brought me a continuous ink system for my wide format printer. Now you might ask what is a continuous ink system so to answer that I am going to direct you to company(CISInk) he got the system from. They can explain it better than me and in far fewer words.

 Needless to say not long ago I had bought new single use cartridges for my printer and at over $100 bucks for the set I was not going to toss them out until I can empty most of them. You see you can't mix the two delivery systems- so either I toss the single use out and hook up the continuous or I wait to hook up the continuous after I use most of the ink in the single use cartridges. To help use up the ink I downloaded a lot of digital paper from Jessica and am in the process of "printing" away the single use cartridges so that I can hook up the continuous system.

One of the papers I printed is from Echo Park "Winter Park Collection (Pack 2)" called Park City. I picked that particular paper for two reason- 1. it just looked so wintry , 2. it had a lot of different colors that would use the ink up evenly. The down side was I really couldn't find a project I wanted to use the paper on- so I added it to my have on hand stack.

Now the other day when that awful storm was making it way east , were I live in Virginia only got cold and rain. So what do I do on a really cold and rainy day- I cut paper of course! I was playing with the Everyday Winter Card Kit that SVGcuts released a week or two ago and in it is a shaker card. I'm not going into details as to what a shaker card is since many descriptions and details can be found on the Internet and counting the wonderful instructions and video SVGcuts does for their kits.

Well to shorten the story even more...Back in the fall, Bridgit Mann did a wonderful Window Pane project using various pieces and parts of kits from SVGcuts. I had made a fall version as well that I now have hanging the my coat closet. I happen to notice the frame when I was digging around in the closet and a bolt of lighting hit me- A shaker frame- using that Echo Park Paper I had printed a few days ago. So without further torture here is the end result of combining shaker technology along with 3d creativity and wonderful files that lend themself to any number of things.


Files used:                                                                   Paper Used:
Winter Bliss                                                                Echo Park- Winter Park Collection (pack2)
Snowflakes Mini Pack                                                Cosmo Cricket Half Way Cafe
Fall Wall hanging by Bridgit Mann

Friday, November 23, 2012

Hello Dolly

For the Christmas Challenge sponsored by I decided to make a doll.Though I call her Dolly, if you look real close she looks like Kitty Russell from Gun Smoke.

The kits used are:

  • The Skirt is the Christmas Tree Ornament (Christmas Ornament Kit ) sized to 11X11 with the various branch layers sized to fit the tree.
  • The bodice of the dress is the Nutcracker's head and arms (Clara’s Christmas Eve) cut to the kit size.
  • The dress yoke is the Nutcracker hat top- enlarged to 2.5X2.5 grouped with a circle from the shape library sized 1.25X1.25.

Head and Hat-
  • Head - The Spindle Ornament (Christmas Ornaments) cut to size. I then cut the spindle along the first joint from the bottom, turned it end over end and inserted the pointed end  into the top of the spindle. - imagine a tree topper- if that sounded confusing.  
  • Hat and Parasol - the Hat is  2 sets of the rosette  found in  the Dolly Snowflake Ornament (Christmas Ornaments).  I glued three of the rosette strips together -formed the rosette then hot glued it onto the hexagon used for the top of the Nutcracker' s hat (Clara's Christmas Eve). For the parasol I used the forth strip-  folded along the lines- tied it with a ribbon and added a handle.
Her hair is two different twines cut to length, blended then hot glued to the head.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

It feels good to help out!

SVG CUTS's newest kit, Gimme Candy Boxes SVG Kit, has had me cut'n and a glu'n since I bought it Friday.

I have made a few in the traditional Halloween theme boxes but for the most part I have been making them out of paper from the mambi pack by "me & my Big ideas" I bought at Michael's and AC Moore. My good friend Carol Landers is holding a fund raiser for Breast Cancer Awareness October 6th during the homecoming activities for the  Sandston Jets Football Association.

Below is a small sample of how the boxes look in Pink and I would have posted more but they have already been delivered to Carol for filling with an assortment of candy. Hopefully you can get an idea of versatile these boxes are.


The last fund raiser Carol hosted she used gift bags I made from Betty's Bags and Boxes II SVG Collection and the mambi paper to dress up her cookie baggies and requested more if possible for this fund raiser. The cookies in the gift bags went fast!

To add a little variety I also cut out a few of the lacy cubes from the One-Piece Boxes SVG Kit that I modified using the free file Awareness Ribbon and added a LED tea light for her table decoration.

I've already bought two more mambi packs to have on hand to make as time permits for her next fund raiser.

Remember Ladies- get your Mammogram if you have not already done so!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Halloween Challenge Entry

SVG Cuts is having a Halloween Challenge.The idea is to make a Halloween project  using only files from selected kits. The kits are:
  • Elmhurst Hollow SVG Kit
  • Midnight Jamboree SVG Kit
  • Party on Elm Street SVG Kit
  • Spooky Silhouettes SVG Collection
  • Hazel's Wicked Witch Crafts SVG Collection
  • Gotchic Flourishes SVG Collection

  • My entry for the challenge is a glass block that holds a silhouette that I created. After cutting out the welded piece I inserted the silhouette into the block along with a printed piece of vellum and some clear lights.
    This was a fun project because I actually got the weld feature to work right and I got the vellum and silhouette into the block without dropping it! I know I will be making more blocks in the future.

    The elements used to make the silhouette are:
     Hazel's Wicked Witch Crafts SVG Collection - Tree and Window frame
    Midnight Jamboree SVG Kit - Moon ,Witch 1, and Happy Cat
    Spooky Silhouettes SVG Collection - Fence, Witch 2 and Haunted House
    Elmhurst Hollow SVG Kit - Bats

    The pattern on the Vellum is from Cosmo Cricket Digital Paper Pack - Matilda - Black Brew.