Saturday, June 27, 2009

Giveaway Winner! Drumroll...

As promised earlier, it is time to reveal the winner of the Blog Giveaway. Thank you all for your reactions! It has been more than I ever expected...

I went to in order to generate a random number that would designate the winner.

So, here it is... The winner is Jan, the author of the 29th comment.

Congratulations, Jan! Please contact me at madalina [at] with regard to your shipping address.

Delicious Inspiration

This picture was taken in the restaurant Left Bank in San Jose, California. It is a wonderful restaurant on Santana Row, the poshest street in town. The food is great, the atmosphere is French and the the weather is always wonderful!!!

Enjoy and leave a comment!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Happy birthday cuttable!! - Free file

Hi everyone!!!

This is a new title that I created for my SCAL. I used it on a baby boy album!! I love this font!!! I like to create my own titles, because I have a little obsession...I want everything (almost...haha) in my album to match/to be coordinated, especially the titles!!

Feel free to download it by pressing HERE and leave some love for the designer. For more cuttable files press HERE

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sure Cuts a Lot - review

I have to start this review with....I just love it!!!! It is a wonderful software.

I bought the program...easy to install no problems there. I was over enthusiastic so I wanted to cut something right away and it did not work. I was so disappointed:(:(. Of course, the problem was my Cricut's firmware. I downloaded the trial version of Design Studio, I upgraded my firmware...and that was it. But then the magic started. I literally discovered a whole new world.

The SCAL uses svg files in order to cut. SVG files are vector based image that basically tell the Cricut where to cut. Getting your own image into the SCAL is very easy. All you have to do is go to File>Import SVG and then navigate to your desired file. This eliminates the need to buy new cartridges, which I would say is very cost efficient!!

I love this program so much that I stated creating my own svg files. So stay tuned for more updates on my SCAL experience.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

4th of July Extravaganzza!!!! - the preparation

I know it's not yet 4th of July, but I am already preparing. We are planning a BBQ for 4th of July, probably like most people, and I decided that I do some decorations ahead of time.

I spent the evening with my mother-in-law crafting and cutting and gluing.....and this is what we came up. The shapes were really easy to cut as I had the digital cutter files to use with my die-cut machine. The files area really wonderfully creative. Just import them and you are ready to go!!! We cut the front and back of each shape and then glued them on a skewer.

We had so much fun doing them that I need to stock up on some more paper in red, blue and white.

This is the kit that I used. You can find it HERE, the kit contains SVG, AI, DXF and PNG files!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Blog Giveaway

Hello everyone!!!

I have decided to organize a blog giveaway, so please come and join the fun. I am a BasicGrey fanatic, so I just had to have my first giveaway with one of their products.

Offbeat is one of my favorite collections. I love the bright colors, the slightly quirky yet fresh look. The pack that I am giving away includes 18 papers, one sheet of coordinating cardstock stickers and one sheet of coordinating alphas. This collection pack is perfect to get your creativity going.

To participate in this Giveaway, this is what you have to do:
  1. Leave one comment on this post
  2. Become a follower of my blog

Blog Giveaway Guidelines:
  • Expiration date is Saturday, June 27th at noon (PST).
  • Anonymous comments will be ignored/removed.
  • One commenting per person, please.
  • The winner will be randomly picked and announced in a new post.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Delicious Inspiration

It's been a long time since I've had a delicious inspiration, so it is long time a due.

Here is my husband's favorite......FONDUE. It is delicious. It is very easy to make. It is a combination of cheese: I make it with Comte, Emmentaler and Gruyere cheese equal portions, add to the pot champagne or white wine, garlic, spoonful of flour and black pepper. Mix it until it melts. You eat it by dipping fresh bread in the pot.

Yummy!!! Now go scrap.......or eat.....which ever suits you best!!! :):)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

QuicKutz Silhouette -

A few weeks ago, I started creating digital files that I can use with my SCAL and Cricut to cut different shapes. They work really nice and I love creating them and then sharing them with all of you. But I do not want to discriminate all the Silhouette I created this file as a see if I did the conversion correctly (as I cannot test it myself). Please download it and test it.....and let me know if it works by leaving a comment. I am very curious and cannot wait to do more files.

Feel free to download it by pressing here and leave a comment if it works.


Monday, June 15, 2009

CD labels for my husband

Finally, my husband has seen the wonderful versatility of scrapbooking. This week I created labels for his CD cases.

I cut white cardstock to size and I inked the edges. I used the BasicGrey Whirlie Whirls Clear Acrylic Stamps to decorate the paper. For the numbers I used pattern paper from the Marrakech collection. Finally, I pierced the edges and sewed the label to the cover of case.

En voila!! Don't forget to leave a comment!!!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I love the bracket shaped page- free file

Hey everyone!!!

I am creating now a bracket shaped album and I wanted to share with you the SCAL file that I used.

The file you will download is without the watermark and it is all yours. All you need to do is become a follower and please leave some love for the designer. Feel free to link this post on your blog.

Press here for the svg file and here for the png file to use for you digital scrapbooking.

NOTE: When you want to cut front and back from two different pattern papers (and glue them together), the back has to be the mirror image of the front.......therefore place your paper face down on you cutting mat.

If you enjoy my creations please make a donation, anything you are comfortable with, using PayPal ; my account is The donations will go towards my being able to continuously create and distribute my artwork.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Being ourselves

I love BasicGrey!!! This is a layout that I created using their Offbeat paper collection!!

I'm really trying to uplift my style and make it more elaborate!!! So here is my attempt for the day!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Background issues

My beautiful background disappeared!! Working on it!!

Problem solved!! Iuhuuu!!!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

It's all about the scalloped edge - Free files

I am turning into a scalloped obsessed I decided to share my obsession with all of you. The files are available in svg format for your SCAL and in png format to use for all your digital scrapbooking.

The files you will download are without the watermark and they are all yours. All you need to do is become a follower and please leave some love for the designer. Feel free to link this post on your blog.

If you enjoy my creations please make a donation, anything you are comfortable with, using PayPal ; my account is The donations will go towards my being able to continuously create and distribute my artwork.

Sunday, June 7, 2009


This is a layout to celebrate our 2nd marriage anniversary! My gift to my husband was a weekend in San Francisco. So here we are!!! Of course I used my new toy to create texture for my Bazzil paper!!!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Embossing folders

What can you do with a Cuttlebug without embossing folders?? So here is my first one!!! I was so happy to buy it!! Just jumping for joy!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Free Svg File for your SCAL

I am jumping for joy!!! I just got the SCAL and with my husband's help, I managed to create my first svg file. As you probably know already, the SCAL can cut any svg formatted file.

I used my files to create the airplane that you see on the cover of this album:

You can download it for free by clicking here, but please leave a comment so that I know my hard labor was not for nothing and if you want to see more files become a follower. Feel free to link this post on your blog.

The file is a zip and inside you have all the elements to create a wonderful airplane. For my embellishment I only used the files named "airplane", "largewing1" and "largewing2". And remember that you have to use the command "Import SVG" on your SCAL.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

My new toy


I just got a new toy!!! I've been wanting and saving for a Cuttlebug for same months now.......and finally here it is!!

I'm off to play :D:D:D!!!