Fun with Silhouette Cameo and Vinyl Wall Art

Have you ever noticed that life never slows down? It just keeps rolling along. We can choose what we do with our time and we can determine what our attitude will be regarding the the passage of time…. but we certainly can do nothing to slow it down.

As I worked in my craft room this week, I was blessed to have my mom sitting beside me. She was happy to read, work puzzles, and enjoy the occasional cat nap, and I was happy to have her there with me. Spending time with Mom was another reminder that time marches on and life “is a vapor”.

It was great to finish up a couple projects this week. One of them is a gift, so I won’t go into details. But I can tell you about some wall fun wall vinyl I created. I’ve wanted to do something over our bed and decided to draw a tree branch with a cardinal perched on it. I used Inkscape for the drawing. The bird is designed in two layers, with the background being black and the top layer red. The rest of the design is all black. I think I might add just a touch of white to the eye for a bit of dimension, but it probably isn’t necessary. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it out. I was a little nervous as I had to divide the design into four parts and it was still quite large. But the Silhouette handled it just fine and it fit together perfectly.

The quote I added isn’t very original, but I think it’s kind of cute.

Happy drawing… and always kiss the one you love goodnight.


Inkscape Tutorial… How to Draw a Tree Branch

I’ve wanted to learn how to do screen capture videos for quite some time. It’s such a great way to make Inkscape tutorials. Well, I finally stopped procrastinating and took the time to figure it out!

I’ve created two now. The first tutorial will walk you through drawing this little birdie. I haven’t posted it yet because it still needs a little work. But I do have the second one here for you which will show you how to draw a tree branch.

I use this method quite a lot in my drawings. Look here for a tree I drew. In this example used stroke with no fill to give it a “sketched” appearance.

I hope you enjoy my tutorials and learn something new about Inkscape.

Happy drawing.



Inkscape into Autumn … Free SVG plus a “Mini Tute” for Drawing Triangles

Now that Labor Day is over, my thoughts turn to autumn. I love this time of year in the “north country”. The days are usually nice and the evenings are cool. Days are also getting shorter and soon we will have fires in the fireplaces to take off the night chill. Shorter days mean longer evenings and time to snuggle up with a good book… (or more likely, my laptop).

Autumn is also a great time to think about doing a little crafting. Holidays are coming, school is starting, and there are plenty of reasons to have some fun with clipart… or SVGs for cutting. Owls often seem to show up in fall crafts so I had some fun and drew this cute little guy standing on a branch. If you’d like to download an SVG of the tree branch , click here.  If you want an SVG of the owl, please leave me a comment indicating this and I’ll send you a link.

illustration of whimsical owl on a tree branhI’ve also added a new mini tutorial titled, “A Simple Method for Drawing Triangles in Inkscape”.  If you’re like me and you’ve struggled with finding the best way to draw a triangle in Inkscape, take a look.

Happy drawing and happy autumn!