Tuesday, October 19, 2010

SCAL, MTC, DS, Gypsy and other Assets

Hi Friends!

I was able to complete 3 new cards this evening, but what I want to write about tonight would be how to supplement the images you cut with your Cricut by using your computer ... along with one (or more) of the programs or assets, such as:
  • Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL)

  • Make The Cut (MTC)

  • Design Studio (DS)

  • Gypsy

Both SCAL and MTC allow you to convert SVG files (those are "Scalable Vector Graphics") into images you can grab -- often FREE -- on the internet. You can certainly purchase SVG files too, through terrific distributors such as:

  • SVG Cuts, where there are images that are both free and for sale.

  • Dover Publications, which sells books with DVD images -- current sale going on! The flower that I've used for an Amish greeting card (shown at right, here) is one that I cut from a Dover Publications file.

  • istock photo, which has a searchable list of scalable vector graphics sold per image.

  • ClickArt Online, which boasts 2 million images and no per-image charge. The stylized monkey that I use on my cards' signature (shown above, left) was found at ClickArt Online.

With this many assets at my fingertips, I have not had a lot of time to delve into using Design Studio or Gypsy -- both of which I have but are gathering dust. I know they too would be a tremendous resource to me. Which of these programs is helpful to you -- or have you not ventured far from Cricut cartridges?

Now, speaking of SVG Cuts, they are offering a terrific prize ("blog candy") for those who participate in promoting their site. Hey, I'm all for blog candy! I've only ever won one piece of blog candy, but I love it! From Scrapbooking Queen (see my blinkie, to the right of this blog), I won a PINK 3-M ATG gun, which I LOVE! Here is the grand prize that SVG Cuts is featuring. You can click on the picture to be taken to the site where you too can enter to win this fab prize!

Hop on over there, if you're so inclined, and sign up to follow for your chance to win too! I love blog-following, and have met the nicest people in this way!


Sharon Huffman said...

Lady you are getting me hooked on reading your posts because they're so much fun! I use SCAL (that's Sure Cuts a Lot for those of you who don't know) and absolutely LOVE it. One main reason for my love is caused by my stinginess and paper hoarding. I can't stand to throw away even the tiniest piece of paper because one of these days I'll need it. Well with SCAL I can squeeze so much on one page that there isn't much left over to hoard. Another thing I love about it is with Version 2 you can arrange cuts in layers, allowing you to put your whole project in one file and only cut one layer at a time. Ok I could go on and on, but I'll stop. Oh and thanks for the link to the candy.... YUMMY!

♥ Ellen ♥ said...

Sharon, if you love SCAL, do make sure that you page through the SVG Cuts blogsite if you haven't already, and "follow" so you get their frequent free cut files. Just today, I paged all the way back into 2009 and downloaded all their freebies ... they do disappear eventually so you need to save when you can. I found some WONDERFUL ones that are seasonally-appropriate now. I'll be cutting sometime soon I hope, and will be posting those projects. TOO much fun!