Take me out the the ballgame!

Hi friends! Need a quick card for a baseball lover? Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to make one!

I used a snow globe stamp from TooMuchFun Rubberstamps and turned it into a baseball. You can customize the colors on the baseball cap insignia to match your recipients favorite team. It is quick and easy and you could even put a pocket in there to hold tickets! I demoed my new envelope punch board I received from Oriental Trading at the end of the video, what do you think? It is pretty easy;) I hope this inspired you to look at your stamps in a new way! Happy crafting!

Bring on the cuteness!

As I am writing this blog post I am listing to the sweetest cheep-peeping noises coming from our six new baby chicks! More on that later. Baseball season has started and I have two ball players in the house this year! We had a birthday party to go to over the weekend for a ball fan so I made this card using my Baseball Party SVG & Printable kit:

Here is a look at the Baseball Party kit, the printables are full-color so just print, cut and glue! Or use the die cut files to cut from colored cardstock and assemble. They make great embellishments for cards and scrapbook pages too!

Baseball Party SVG & Printables!

…back to the chickens…

I have never has chickens before and I can’t believe how snuggly and cuddly they are. My kids adore them, they will perch on my girls’ arms for the longest time.  Check out how cute they are:

They are Rhode Island Reds in case you were wondering. They are so funny, all of a sudden they will all stop what they are doing and take a nap.

Do you know that a lot of famous people raised chickens? Martha Stewart and Al Gore come to mind.

A bird in the hand…awwwww….

Well, there is your dose of cuteness for a Monday morning! Til next time happy crafting!

Got Spirit? Well, Let’s Hear IT!

S-P-I-R-I-T!!! {Yes I used 3 exclamation points!} The days are getting warmer and I am thinking about Spring! I walked the dog this morning and actually broke a sweat-usually I am freezing my buns off and gripping my coffee mug for any additional warmth I can find LOL. This has got me thinking about baseball, all 3 of my kids play (heck, they can make up half the team 🙂 ) and so I decided to scrapbook {gasp-yes I scrapbooked} last years photos. I used the SVG artwork bonus from my new Baseball Party SVG & Printable kit:

I used a shape collage software to cram in all of those photos-it really takes the brainwork out of putting photos on a page and let’s face it, not all of the photos we take need to be enlarged but it is still nice to be able to include them 🙂

The baseball party kit includes all of the layered die cuts for decorations, crafting, cardmaking and scrapping but also it has die cuts for cupcake wrappers and toppers, drink flags, party hats, invitations, favor bags and the fun and festive bunting/banners that are so popular these days.

But that is not all, there is also a full size printable kit included that has printable sheets (that you can add text to if you like) of all of the SVG templates plus water bottle wraps and more! These are full color printables and I squeezed as much as I could on each sheet to save you money, time and supplies. Here’s a look:

This kit was so much fun to design that I decided to make a little freebie set to go with it:

I think it would be fun to print out the sheet of name tags on sticker paper so the kids could wear them on their shirts. Especially if you are having a baseball theme party at a park or sports arena, that way you can easily identify kids from your party 🙂

Attention Dollar Deals!

Have you checked out the dollar bin at MyGrafico? Every week I will put a few older sets on sale for $1, they will go on sale Wednesday and be on sale for 1 week only. Check out this weeks Dollar Deals! Get them while you can because they will be back to regular price next week! Be sure to check each week for new Dollar Deals!

Recipe Cards & Folio SVGLove Grows Here Digital Stamp SetWarm Winter Digital Stamp SetRecipe Digital Stamp SetCoffee Talk Digital Stamp Set

Now lets see what the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff DT has made for us this week:

Margie Visnick

Tracey Allen

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Rhonda Walker

Diane Bove

phew, that was a long post! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

SCAL Upgrade!!! {and a freebie!}

I’ve seen the future and it is great! I just got word that Craft Edge has just released a  new version of Sure cuts a Lot software. So like any good reporter I decided I should have a “look see” and find out more about it. In a word it’s AMAZING! It does everything that the old software does and more. For instance with SCAL 2.o you can work in layers (multiple pages in a project) like you can in Cricut Design Studio, you can select all parts in a design (instead of resizing each part individually) and the best part is that you can convert clip art right in the program and cut it! to test it out I clicked the “Trace image” button (it looks like a tree) and selected a jpg clip art file, clicked OK and viola the shape appeared on my cutting mat ready to go! I also tried it with a gif file and it worked great. You can save the files as svg if you like as well. No fussing with inkscape…I think I’m in love!

The downside is that it is for use with Windows only so if you have a Mac you will need to run the old version or wait until the mac version comes out later this year. There is a $30 fee for the upgrade {It will go up to $35 after the intro period} and you need to verify that you have version 1.16 to purchase the upgrade only. After they verify that you already have scal they will send you the coupon code so you can get the upgrade for $30. You will get the code immediately, instant gratification! If you don’t have SCAL yet you can get version 2.0 will all of the bells and whistles for $75.

Here is a page with die cuts I cut with Sure Cuts a Lot (scal) software. The star clips on this page can be downloaded from yesterdays post, you can snag the baseball svg here. I cut the title with fonts already on my computer!
Here is a page with die cuts I cut with Sure Cuts a Lot (scal) software. The star clips on this page can be downloaded from yesterdays post, you can snag the baseball svg here. I cut the title with fonts already on my computer! The background paper with the baseball words was done for free at http://www.wordle.net.

Download my baseball svg here.

If you don’t have scal and want to make the baseball cut a circle from white cardstock and cut an arch from each side with pinking edge scissors then mount it on a larger red circle, the red peeking through under the deco-cut area will look like the stitches in a baseball 😉

SCAL version 2.o questions: Here I answer some questions you may have regarding the new SCAL upgrade.

Can I run the new scal on two computers? yes

Can I keep both versions of scal on my computer or does the new upgrade overwrite my original scal? You can run both versions,  SCAL 2.0 does NO overwrite your original scal software (version 1.o15 or 1.016)

Can I open scut files I created in my old SCAL in Scal2? Yes, you can open the scut files that you created in the old version with the new one (scal 2.0) but you can not open scut files from scal 2.0 with the old scal, probably due to the fact tst the new scal allows you to work with multiple pages in a project and multiple layers within a page. I will keep my old version if I am designing a scut file to share to be sure everyone will scal can use it 😉

Can I convert black and white clip art to cut with my cricut in SCAL.20? Yes, it easily converts single color clip art to an svg file, for paper piecing with multiple colors you will still need to use another program such as Inkscape but for simple conversions it is fast and easy and does a terrific job!

Can I cut all the fonts on my computer? Both versions of scal will let you cut true type fonts and dingbats with your cricut.

Can I cut images from cricut cartridges with scal 2.0? No, that’s illegal.

Can I use SCAL 2.0 on a Mac? Not yet, a Mac version of scal 2.0 will be out later this year. Scal version 1.016 works with a mac though (be sure to select the Mac version!)

The best way to learn the software is to try four yourself, anyone can download a free 10 day trial here. If you cut with SCAL in the trial mode it will cut lines through your project until you pay for it but at least you can see how awesome this software is!

If you have questions about the new scal upgrade or scal in general leve a comment and I will answer each one I promise!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!