Friday, February 22, 2013

Easter projects by SVG CUTS

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Free SVGUse this pretty Celtic knot inspired egg design element to welcome Spring! Cut it in greens and yellows for a Saint Patrick's look, or in other pastel colors for more of an Easter look. The knot design is intricate, so the final egg must be at least five inches tall. This means each piece of your egg should be at least 3.7" wide. You can easily turn this into a card by adding the "back" of the card which is included in the Extras folder of your download, as well as an envelope that fits perfectly! Just size everything to 3.7" wide and size the envelope to 7.5" wide. Happy crafting!
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Free Gift - Egg Hunt SVG Kit - $6.99 Value

Between now and Thursday, February 28th 2013, get Egg Hunt SVG Kit free with your purchase of $9.98 or more! (Free Gift is a $6.99 Value).
Get crafty for Spring and Easter and "wow" the special people in your life with pretty handmade goodies! The Tulip Basket is remarkably quick and easy to whip up, so it will be easy to make several this year. The chocolate bunny card looks good enough to eat, and features three layers of brown which give lots of pretty texture. Archive some favorite Spring photos in a pretty, lacy scrapbook page. The battenburg lace background is free of sharp corners, so your machine will cut it oh so smoothly. The Easter Egg Lever Card is a "wow-factor" card that takes mere minutes to assemble and the One-Piece Chick Box is super quick as well (his beak is separate), and can be made much larger.
product 2Dimensions: Each finished project measures as follows: Chocolate Bunny Card - 4x6", Egg Lever Card - 5x7", Happy Easter Scrapbook Page - 12x12", One-Piece Chick - 2" tall, Tulip Basket - 7.5" tall.
Compatibility: SCAL2, SCAL3, ECAL, MTC, and Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. Everything can be made on any mat size, except for the cards' envelopes and the large lace background on the scrapbook page, which are too large to fit on a 8.5x11 or 12x6 mat.

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How my craft bussines has changed over the years

My craft bussiness has changed over the years many ways.As you can read in my last post how my whole craft bussiness came to be in the first place.                                                           !/2013/02/how-my-whole-bussiness-got-started.html ( here is a quick link)

I have always said from the beginning of this that my mother in law has been my biggest cheerleader! She talked me into classes and then it was her idea to start selling the things I painted because she knew I needed something to do with my extra time being home with a little one. She went with me to every craft show and was my salesman telling my story over and over to anyone who would listen (see post about Kira special birth). We both looked forward to craft show days. This was a lot of hard work for little return, but we loved it. We would shop garage sales and thrift stores for glass. I even reached the point that I had make enough money from the craft shows to buy a skid of glass that was delivered to my house. The package listed me as a business; I felt that I had arrived! I became so good at painting, that I even went to Donna Dewberry 3 day class to become a teacher in her ways on One Stroke painting. I became the fastest painter in the class and one of the youngest. I meet a lot of wonderful people those 3 days and have even stayed in touch with some of them. I keep painting at home while my daughter was taking naps and even when she was a wake. She loved to watch me paint. I started teaching classes at a local rec. center. A lot of time went into planning the classes but I learned that I enjoyed come up with designs and color combinations. I also worked at Michael’s craft store for a while but turnout was low there. I did enjoy doing demo for Fork Art in the stores showing the new paint lines that were coming out.

My father in law was always a great help as a support baby sitter to my husband who would watch my daughter on the weekends when I was gone at craft shows or teaching classes. He is the one who came up with the idea to sell my hand painted item on line and put together my website. My father in law has a wonderful business sense about him and looks at things in black and white as I see everything in rainbows! He has many wonderful strengths that have kept my little business moving forward.

In 2004 my business came to a crossroad I became pregnant with our son. I keeping teaching classes but did few craft shows due to physical stress of being pregnant (my body doesn't like it). I figured once I had my son that I would take up right where I left off. Like I said I was having a son. I soon realized that he didn't want to sit and watch me paint!

How my whole bussiness got started

Here is my article from the Akron Beacon Joural telling  how my bussines got started.

Posted on Sun, Sep. 14, 2003

Baby inspired her mother's talent for painting on glass
Artist's skills bloomed during a `One Stroke' blended color class

Special to the Beacon Journal
As Jennifer Claypoole is busy preparing an order of her painted glass giftware, 16-month-old Kira is toddling around the room, cheerful as can be. These are good times for the 26-year-old mother and blossoming artist.
The last few months have been busy and productive for Claypoole.
The Stow woman has been using the ``One Stroke'' painting technique she learned in a series of classes at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts in February to paint colorful fruits, flowers and other designs on a variety of surfaces, but mostly on clear glass -- flower vases and wine glasses, for instance.
Her work has been accepted at the Country Sampler in Hudson, and she has already participated in several arts and craft shows. More are scheduled for coming months.
In a way, Claypoole can thank Kira for her new home-based business.
On April 18, 2002, Kira was born prematurely, weighing 1 pound, 9 ounces.
``She was the size of a can of Coke,'' said Claypoole. ``She was blue and barely had a heart rate.''
Claypoole had developed toxemia (also called pre-enclampsia) during her pregnancy. Symptoms included high blood pressure, swelling and excessive weight gain. The baby had to be taken early.
After a 10-week stay at Akron Children's Hospital, Kira came home -- weighing 5 pounds, 1 ounce. But Kira's doctors gave Claypoole the order to stay housebound for nearly a year, as the baby's immune system was still fragile and susceptible to viruses.
Claypoole's mother-in-law, Christie Claypoole, encouraged her to find a ``creative outlet'' and signed them both up for the classes at Jo-Ann.
Claypoole was immediately hooked on the ``One Stroke'' painting technique, developed and marketed nationwide by artist Donna Dewberry.
``I guess what I liked about it was the fact that I could actually do it,'' said Claypoole. ``It's very addictive.''
The phrase ``One Stroke'' refers to the practice of dipping the paintbrush into two -- and sometimes three -- colors to get a subtle blending effect.
Claypoole demonstrated by dipping one corner of her small brush into yellow paint. Then she carefully dipped the other corner into orange. She called this ``loading up.''
She took a practice stroke on a Styrofoam plate to barely blend the colors. Then she took her first semicircular stroke. With a second stroke, she had the body of a pumpkin. The leaves at the top of the pumpkin were created using a smaller brush and the combination of green and white paint.
Once Claypoole learned the technique, she began painting baby food jars -- a recyclable she had in abundance -- with flowers. She poured wax into them and began selling her small jar candles.
She moved onto larger glass pieces, buying bud vases, ivy bowls and any other items at craft stores, discount stores and yard sales.
Before Kira's birth, Claypoole worked as a nurse's aide at the Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, and her former colleagues save for her the glass flower vases that accumulate there. Parishioners at her church save baby food jars for her now that Kira has moved on to eating table food.
Mom, meanwhile, has moved on to bigger things -- she's getting large orders for weddings, such as painted glass bowls used as centerpieces, and she has begun to paint furniture.
For more information about custom orders for weddings or special occasions, visit her Web site at


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Free Svg file Saddle Up From SVG cuts

Free SVG File – 01.25.13 – Saddle Up Caption

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Add this happy, Western-inspired caption to your next cowgirl or cowboy project! Create a card featuring just this text (it’s pretty enough to stand on its own on a plain square card), or add it to one of our Western projects from the Happy Trails SVG Kit! Add it to a small or medium-sized gift bag or box, or create a scrapbook page using it! Happy crafting!
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Free SVG File – 02.02.13 – Happily Ever After Caption

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Use this fresh, pretty caption on your next marriage, anniversary or engagement project! Use the words alone, or use them on top of the scalloped shapes as shown! Want to make it into a card? We’ve gotcha covered! Just check the Extras folder in your download for a card base and envelope ready to go! A one-page PDF Menu is included with all the size information. The card can be made on any mat size, but 12×6 and 8.5×11 mat users won’t be able to create the envelope. The finished card is 5.5 x 6″. Happy crafting!
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