Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A favorite file converted for Gypsy users.

A couple of years ago I designed some cards that I called "stair step" cards.  There is another completely different style of card called a "stair step" card that I was not familiar with at the time (I might have chosen a different name if I knew it could cause confusion!).  I have recently had several requests for these files in the .gypsy format so I converted the file for the card above and test cut it tonight.  This card uses the Alphalicious font and either George or Plantin Schoolbook (there are two separate files for the base card).

Here is a LINK to the post where I first shared this card.  These cards are fun to make and there are so many variations that are possible starting from the basic card.  With a little imagination you can make this style of card for any occasion.

This was one of the first stairstep cards I did and you can read more about it at THIS POST.  A blog reader and message board friend sent me an image of a card she wanted to try to make and I figured out a way to cut something similar with the Cricut.  Once I got started it was fun to try all sorts of different ideas and I developed the double stairstep card idea and used fonts with a stencil version to cut words into the "steps."

This is another variation of the card - here is a LINK to the original post.

I have converted the two files and tested the base card cut for the "happy happy" card.  Please let me know if you need one of the other variations and I will try to convert and test cut those for posting as well.  I am happy to share my files for personal use.  Please respect my terms in the left side column and do not convert my files and post or distribute them on a blog, group, post on a messageboard, etc.  They are also not to be used for contests or claimed as your original work for publication submissions.

We are still busy with holiday events and I get a lot of email everyday.  Today was the last day our older son was here with us - he flies to Mexico tomorrow.  If you send me a message and don't hear back right away it is entirely possible that your message was not seen so please try again if you are looking for some help or an answer to a question.  I do my best to answer all messages but it can be difficult to keep up, especially at busy times of the year.

If you want to be included in the random draw for the set of ProMarkers from Letraset please be sure to leave your comment on the original post at THIS LINK.  These are the only comments that will be included  - one comment per person please.

Double Stairstep Happy Happy (George)
Double Stairstep Happy Happy (Plantin Schoolbook)

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  1. Absolutely fabulous. Do you have the cut files for this stair step card in DS?

    Thanks Joan

  2. This is so cool. I've never seen this type card. I def. want to try to make one.

  3. These cards look really cool. I look forward to giving it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  4. You are so awsome with design studio. I never get tired of looking at your blog. Thanks so much for sharing. I have gotten a lot of help from your tips.

  5. I would love the file for this but I have a Mac and I am not sure how to do cut files. I haven't been able to figure out how to do that. I know I should be able to because I can up date my Gypsy on it and I have gotten new files that way. Can you help me when you are not too busy?

  6. I remember when you first made this design. I thought then, as now, that it was amazing. Thanks for sharing it!

  7. Wow...this is fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Hi Joan,

    The original .cut files are available on each of the blog posts I linked in this post.

    You can download them by clicking on the links at the bottom of each original post. Let me know if you have any problems.

  9. Hi Linda,

    You just need to download the file and save it in a convenient place on your computer (usually downloads folder or just on the desktop).

    Then you connect your Gypsy to the computer, turn it on and run the Cricut Sync program to add the file to your Gypsy. The Sync will first check for updates and then give you the option to add files.

    Let me know if you run into any problems - if you have used other shared files before it works the same way. Browse to the location where you saved the file to add it - just follow the prompts on the screen.

  10. Wow this cards looks hard to make. TFS. I have the Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge so I might give it a try.

    Have a great New Year.

  11. WOW!!! What an AMAZING idea, I absolutely love it!!!! TFS! :)

  12. I would LOVE this as an SVG file. How do I go about doing that? I tried to trace it in SCAL, but it didn't go well for me.

  13. Thank U so Much My sisters birthday is coming up soon this just what I needed.. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  14. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [31 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  15. Kate,

    The card is easy to make since I have created the file with all of the pieces for you - give it a try! You should look back to the original posts to see the details on folding and assembling the card - have fun with it.


    I don't convert my files to SVG so I am not sure how you would do that other than making a file that has the same shapes in the same places as mine. I'd actually prefer that you not do that with my design.

    I created files in George and also in Plantin Schoolbook so the card can be cut with just the trial version of the Design Studio software. The letters I used are from Alphalicious but if you don't have that cartridge the machine will just skip cutting them. You could also delete the letters and add some from George or Plantin.

    Design Studio is available very inexpensively and it is certainly worth buying the full version so you can do more with your Cricut cartridges.

  16. I can't get the download for the DS version to work. It said the file was not available.

  17. Hi Diane,
    I'm trying to download the plantin schoolbook link and I get this message:
    This file is no longer available because of a claim by IFPI IFPI.

    I don't own George cart, but I'd love to be able to try this card. I have a gypsy and DS, so either will work for me!
    Thanks for the help!
    at verizon
    dot net

  18. Beautiful cards! I love the design. I tried to download the files from your original links but the file sharing site says the links are invalid. Could you provide new links to the original DS files? Thanks!

    anticil at comcast dot net

  19. Hi, Your cards are beautiful, I was able to download it in 4share, but after that I am lost. It didn't show up with my other downloaded files, any suggestions? Thanks for your help.


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