Monday, July 26, 2010


I know your saying "Again with the trees?" But once you've seen one of these beauties they are hard to get out of your head. Also, when you've become obsessed with tracing things with SCAL, to make SVG files and your looking for the perfect tree to trace well folks this is what happens... a SVG freebie scouter/investigator/making nut job.

Speaking of nuts...did you know Sequoia's don't have nuts, they have pine cones. Those cones have sequoia seeds in them, BUT you need fire to pop those little babies out. Ok this is taking a turn down a road that's better left for a Ranger type. 

Click on the Caption under the photo for the SVG link. Remember to open your layers window in SCAL.

Also I have alot of half sheets of nice paper that I wanted to use and you know how the Cricut will give you a error message when you tap the "set paper size" button that the paper is too narrow?  I tricked it, I placed two of my scrap papers right next to each other, that were of the same thickness. I then was mindful of exactly where I placed my svg files on the virtual cutting mat. I know it's probably not that much of an original idea, remember- I'm a tad slow.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

My very first SVG! And it's Free for you to download....

Coastal Redwood Tree SVG

So I have a habit of becoming a tad bit obsessive about "my things". Lately I can't seem to get enough SCAL time, and this recent event was no exception. I watched the video SvgCuts posted on their website that explained the feature "trace image". So I went on a quest to find .Jpg's with the right look for "tracing". What I looked for are essentially silhouettes of some of the magnificent trees that we saw on our roadtrip up to the Coastal Redwoods.(FYI- My favorite place was Prairie Creek Redwood State Park, and the Newton B Drury Scenic parkway & driveFern Canyon Trail, seriously Heaven on Earth) I thought the large trees were probably more SVG worthy than the toilet we saw decorating the lawn of those "resourceful and creative" people. Nor would I even think of Tracing Paul Bunyan's blue ox Babe in all his "bullish" glory....well maybe...another time I will share "love".

Now I have to say my dear daughter did the chalking....she was a little obsessed (go figure) chalking it to make it look "sunshin-eeee" on one side. Of course the sun would have to be coming from the soil but hey who's going to tell her the gas ball is in the SKY, in the AIR! I'm not showing my worry about her IQ, am I?

Anyhoo- here they are! My free Coastal redwood trees. All I ask if you download them is for ALL the credit, yes even for your talented layout (because let's face it- I suck and need all the encouragement I can squeeze out of people), 90% of all your profits from the said Redwood SVG, a itsy bitty vile of your blood and a smidgen of you cranium hair (NOTICE I said Cranium) and don't ask me why I need that, and for you to give all your descendants my name for a middle name. I think that should just about do it. (Seriously all I ask is that you send me a picture, or comment on my blog about how fabulous "it" or I am).

REVISED 9-19-10  Download the SVG here or click on the caption under the pictures above for you SVG link. ->Redwood Tree SVG  this has all four layers, just open your layer window in SCAL, click the arrow, and rename your layers if you'd like. Let me know how they come out!

I'm leaving these different files just in case...
Redwood top        Redwood top base      Redwood trunk upper     Redwoodtrunk base

Oh until I can figure out how to attach these files directly to the blog, you'll have to do it one at a time. If you need more help just send me an email....via my profile.

this was my first venture into file sharing so PLEASE do not hesitate to let me know of an easier way or if it doesn't work.

Friday, July 16, 2010



Christopher Nolan, director
The cast of all casts

Leo Leo Leo- Never ever cared for him that much, in fact, pardon the pun but I never got on the Leo boat. I didn't really appreciate him until I saw him on Oprah touting flourescent lightbulbs and hybrid cars. You could just tell he really did care about something other than himself, which for women who care about other things other than what bra size their sportin', and where the next botox shot will go, this is like a pheromone. Throw in some tears from the Leo man, and it's all over for any standoffishness.

So we have Mr.Dicaprio, Ken Watanabe(Letters from Iwo Jima & The Last Samurai-if you haven't seen these-you must), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 days of Summer & I remember him from 3rd rock from the Sun), Ellen Page-Juno, Cillian Murphy(Batman the beginning, Dileep Rao, and a lovely on the eyes, Tom Hardy. If you don't know the names- You will. 

But then there's this director that absolutely knows how to make me giggle with anticipation. Kind of like waiting in line for a ride that you love at California Adventure park, say the Grizzly Rapids ride, you're the next person to hop on, and the feeling that something big is going to happen fills you with a kid like excitement, it's an excitement that you can't really show,  but it makes you shift on your feet just a little bit more. One such scene was with Joseph Gordon-Levitt at the hotel, just don't miss it, it was like a ballet, ballet with beatings.

I won't say anymore, that would be unfair, but it's fantastic, mindbending, epic in visuals and I still haven't figured it out.