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FREE SVG Cut File for SCAL: Label 1 (MaggieSVGs)

I made this card this week for a young man who is battling some cancer.  I wanted to send an encouraging card, and I wanted it to be simple in design.

The paper seemed perfect to convey what I wanted to say, and the Christopher Reeves “JustRight Stampers” sentiment was wonderful:  “Once you choose HOPE, anything’s possible.”  The stamped frame is also from JustRite stampers.

The matting elements were made with SVG label cut files I created using SCAL and my Cricut.  The top circle was cut and embossed with circle nestability dies.

Okay, so I’m going to try to share a file that goes with this card.  I know you all are as excited as I am that I made something and get to share it if you own Cricut and use SCAL software to cut things (rather than cartidges, which is much more expensive).

Here goes…free cut file.  Click, download, open with SCAL, cut!


(Somebody be so kind as to let me know if it worked?!)

All images and free files are copyrighted. Any free files downloaded are not to be shared or posted on other sites or forums.  Please refer people to my site, so they can download the file.


January 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm 4 comments

Winter Snow Scene Card

This is a winter scene card I made for our elderly neighbors.  It was a little late for Christmas, but snow was still in the air, so I thought a snow scene might be nice.  The Liquid Applique makes beautiful snow.

The window was cut out and embossed with Labels 1 Nestabilities.  The corners are from a Nestabilities set as well.  I’ll have to look up the set, I am not sure what set they go with at the moment!

Sentiment inside:  JustRight Stampers

January 11, 2011 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

Making Bulk Assembly Line Style Christmas Cards


This year, I started my Christmas cards in the fall.   It worked out a lot better and kept the mess out of my holidays.  Highly recommend if you need a lot of cards.  I need about 150 cards (huge family!)


I made some decisions based on last year’s card-making:

  1. Avoid layers/mats/ribbon bows
  2. Avoid two- step cut/embossing.  As pretty as nestabilities are, the layering took too much time and I had trouble finding matching product by the end to go with my colored images.
  3. Use as little tape as possible (even at $1 tape rolls, I ate them up last year, think $30-$50.)
  4. Imagine a streamlined design, yet one that allows modification to battle boredom.


This fall, I first came up with a way to create a nesting point on the page.  I laid an Oval nestability on the card to emboss a focal area without cutting, without gluing, without matting.  Wow, that cut a lot of steps and still looked elegant.

Second, I found a couple “branch” stamps.  The final one was bought on the buy/sell/trade forum at  I’ve had great experiences buying used stamps there.  The other branch came with a papertreyink set from a”Take a Bough” puchases at the BST at as well with ornaments included.  I may do “Ornaments2”  for  my cards next year?  LOL

This year, I borrowed a slim EK success ornament punch from a lady in our scrapping group.  It punched all three ornaments at one time!  I had a little trouble with it sticking at one point, but punches some wax paper through it and it did fine after that.  Changing up the papers helped provide a bit of variety without totally having different sets of cards.  After doing a few card versions last year, I rather liked doing  just one main version this year so that I knew what people were referring to when they commented on it.

I used mighty Dollar popdots instead of tape on some of the cards to add dimension.

On the solid ornaments, I used a gold pen or gold ink and tiny stamps to decorate the ornaments.  My favorite tiny stamps were from a Nativity set I had on hand.  I can’t determine the manufacturer from the slip sheet, but there is a SSC081, C. STM 2006 on it.  the star came from it.

I used JustRite Stamps on the inside for the sentiment, and a family signature stamp I had custom made from ebay for gifts and cards (best investment I’ve made in a while, and only about $10).

For the second batch, I ran out of punched ornaments and used a cut file for ornaments using SCAL software and my Cricut–worked great.


Cards from Hobby Lobby, with 40% off coupon or on sale…collect throughout the year.  Bulk cards on in sets of 50, I think.  I used both white or ivory to match the papers I had handy.

Papers:  Core-dinations Wine cardstock, the cover sheet for $1 paper (punched), and other random paper.

Tape: $1 dotliners (my favorite tape of all time, by Elmer’s.  I can no longer find it at this price.)

“Frost” Shimmer Spritz on some cards (very expensive, but I got it for my birthday from a friend.  I’ve since added water and eyeshadow and it’s still spraying.  It doesn’t go far, but added a nice snowy effect.  I added an oval shield around the spraying area, which made a cool inset of snow.)

Thanks for stopping by!

January 11, 2011 at 10:13 am Leave a comment

Fall Pumpkin Card Using Cricut and SCAL

I wanted to update and let you know some things I’m cutting with my Cricut lately using SCAL, or Sure Cuts a Lot Software in conjunction with my Cricut.  “SCAL” is software which allows you to cut “.svg” files available for share free on the internet, any True Type Fonts (abbreviated TTF in the file names), OR many .jpg photo files!   Wow.  I know.  It’s just nuts.  You only need the cartridge that came with your machine inserted into it, and a connection to your computer…and they walk you through all that easy peasy!

To make this card with my Cricut and SCAL, I downloaded this cut file from Cheeky Magpie called “Filigree Pumpkin“.  I opened it using “import SVG” function in my Sure Cuts a Lot software, then sized it to the size of a card.  I then cut the filigree portion using Core-Dinations cardstock (my fav!), and cut a “blackout shadow” of the pumpkin for the orange background.  Then, I just matted, used some corner punches and a Martha Stewart punch, and finished it off with a JustRite sentiment, Nestability slide, ribbon, and gems!  I wanted a little more dimension to the flourishes on the pumpkin, so I traced with a gold gel pen.

I am loving my Cricut for holiday times!  I can’t wait to post some more of my projects for the holidays to share with you.  If you are interested in learning more about SCAL, be sure to check out the links here or  in the sidebar for their website. I hope you liked the card, and thanks for looking!

PS…I challenge you to do a web search for any holiday image in your mind you may want to cut and search for “svg cut file [name of your image]”.  See what will be available to you immediately to cut!

September 6, 2010 at 11:36 pm 2 comments

Font Addict Alert

There’s a sale going on this week at ScrapNFonts…all fonts are $1.

It’s so good a sale I’ve filtered my list three times, lost my shopping carts twice taking so long to pare down and decide.  Finally narrowed it down to $20.  ($60 normally).

I justified more fonts because I’m NOT buying Cricut cartridges…$30-$60 per font!

I found this weekend that my daughter’s cheap, short little gel pens work in my Cricut.  I’m stocked.  I made a really pretty card and envelope for an 80th birthday yesterday.  I was so proud of how elegant it turned out.

I put in the envelope and let it write her name on the envelope in silver.  It was so pretty.  Nope…no picture, I was running late as it was!


September 10, 2009 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

Summer Owl Card

Magnanimity_Owl Card

I’m loving cute owls right now.  This was a just a very simple card I made for my daughter one night cause I needed to write her a special note.  Do you make cards for your kids?  A very fun way to communicate. I love olive-y green and blues together this summer…it’s my color combo of the season!

Material List: SCAL program for Cricut (see sidebar link) to cut Fonts DB Woodsy (Owl and limb) & DB Cupcake (journaling spot).  They were first outlined with a brown Cricut Marker, then cut using shadow feature, and filled using Prisma Alcohol Based Markers.  OTHER:  RicRac (Sewing Notions Section).  Jewels (Oriental Trading Catalog). American Traditional Designs Cardstock.

This weekend, we’ve taken it easy with grilling, random chores (still involving clean up from the ice storm), and just simplifying so that we can be together.  It rained the 4th here, we are looking forward to fireworks tonight!

Have a great 4th of July!  What’s your favorite sale event?  There are several scrapbooking events, but I’ve only taken time to shop at ScrapNFonts…it was easy to do without getting out of the house and the savings were incredible (you can still shop until the 5th).  I love instant gratification.

July 5, 2009 at 2:54 pm 3 comments

Girl’s Birthday Card

Wow, the last few weeks have been crazy with a birthday party for Red, getting Father’s Days celebrated early, and going to our kid’s first time to the beach!  We had a great time…we had several photo shoots and mainly just a lot of resting and keeping up with the schedule.  Summer is too short to be tied to the computer too much!

May 09 (37)

Thought I’d take a second while my computer is processing to post a card I made last month for a birthday party my daughter went to.

I used the “Pottery Barn” font for this, and several other dingbats to create the flowers.  I think I used a DB font for the flowers on this card, perhaps a DB Christmas font for the oval.  I “welded” the sentiment to the oval so that it all cut together–that way I didn’t have to glue individual letters onto the card. I just ran it all through my larger Zyron.

A fun project to watch the Cricut cut.

May 09 (40)

It REALLY shines!

My husband said, “Gee, I think it needs more glitter!”

I had to touch up a spot with glue about that time to get it to stick down, to which he said, “Um, I was just kidding!”

I just laughed at him.

May 09 (41)

The party was a luau theme, so the sentiment seemed perfect.  We enjoyed making her something special to keep.


Group Hug!

I’m not sure, but I think the girls were having a good time!  Oh, to be 10 again!

June 29, 2009 at 9:41 pm Leave a comment

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Magnanimity (derived from the Latin roots magn- great, and anima, soul) is the virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes. Its antithesis is pusillanimity. Both terms were coined by Aristotle, who called magnanimity "the crowning virtue."

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MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.[1] (Source: Wikipedia)



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