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I've been busy trying some new techniques. I've come up with these really cute beads. They are made of paper with metal ends. Aren't they adorable? Lots of designs for many different projects. You can see them for sale on our Beads page.

 
 
We've added a few new designs to our card store. Whether you would like to purchase a few cards, use our card mailing service, or are just looking for design ideas, check them out!
 
 
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My little girl just had a birthday. It being spring and all, she decided she wanted her guests to plant flowers. I talked her out of having them plant in her garden (she has about 4 square feet outdoors to enjoy) and instead have a flower they could each take home. We bought small pots from the home improvement store and a few four packs of flowers. Then I cut flowers with my cricut using the flower collection file offered in my SVG store. The children (ages 4-6) decorated their pots before I potted a flower in each. They turned out really cute. I was rather impressed with some of their design skills. I didn't even suggest layering or anything, yet they seemed to know exactly what they wanted. Here's the birthday girl with her flower. She doesn't understand yet the concept of using glue sparingly-- that's the blue stuff you see on her flowers- gluestick. :) Also a few of the pots the other children decorated, so you can see just how creative these little ones are.

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Buddhism

04/18/2011

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I've been thinking for a while that I'd like to do several images from the world's religions. I got a little kick start from the SCAL forum when somebody requested a file of a Buddha (which you can download for free by right clicking on the image here). I have now added a Buddhist Symbols collection in the SVG shop.

Religion is important to me because it teaches many virtues and beautiful things. It teaches to love one another and not to cause harm. It teaches that life has meaning. Religion gives hope, optimism, and satisfaction. It gives purpose to life's experiences. It stretches people and makes them better. No matter who you are, or what religion you currently practice-- even if you practice none, there is much we can learn from the various religions of the world.

Buddhism teaches that life is a circle. When living things die, they make other living things. As such, Buddhism teaches to never harm another living thing.  The Buddha taught the Eight Fold Path which would lead to the end of suffering. Buddhists learn to see things as they are, to take the middle road by not giving in to overindulgence or self deprecation, to continually improve oneself mentally and ethically. Buddhists should not engage in an occupation that would harm others-- humans or animals, thus a Buddhist would not sell weapons, raise animals for food, or deal in drugs or other poisons.

 
 
Ever wonder how to get your pieces placed exactly in the right place on top of each other in a layered SVG? There is an easy way. Before you cut your base image out, you need to score your paper with an outline of what goes on top. To do this, set your blade to the minimum cut and pressure. Then "cut" the image. This makes a dent in your paper without cutting through. Reset your blade and pressure to make the real cut.

For example, in my church SVG file, I scored the lines for the windows and door, then reset the blade and pressure and cut out the outline of the church. I then cut the window and door pieces and was able to glue them all in the right places on the church.
 
 
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Do you know a mechanic or somebody who likes to work on cars? Then this is the file for you! Look in the SVG shop to purchase our new collection of automotive tools. In the meantime, enjoy this free SVG of a sedan with its hood up. To download the file, right click on the picture and select "save link as".

 

Easter

04/04/2011

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The Easter designs are finally finished! Look in the SVG shop to see our new designs! Each of the Easter collections sells for only $1 each. Mix and match to get just the look you want.
 
 
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Easter is coming up, and what better time to cut out a little church and a little boy and girl dressed in their Sunday best? This is my new Church Collection offered for sale as SVG files.

 
 
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It's Spring Break around here, so my children are home from school this week. We've been very busy visiting friends, picnicking and doing other fun and active things. It doesn't leave me much time for designing and crafting, but I'm still working on my Easter collection. You'll see it soon. I promise.

This morning, my sister called and asked for some help making a pocket knife. She showed me a pattern she had, but it was awkward and I didn't like it much, so I made up my own pattern for her to use. Then I decided to actually make the knife. I used a cereal box for the body and cardstock blades. The blades pivot on little brads and fold into the body. It's a rather fun design.To download the file, right click on the picture and select "save link as".

 
 
I spent some time today creating and designing. I made some birthday cards for family members, which got me thinking that I really should design a birthday SVG set. I have some ideas in mind, but what would you like to see in this set?

I'm just about done with an Easter set. You can look for it in a couple days. It includes an Easter basket full of eggs, an Easter lily, and two children dressed in their Easter finest.