Now Has Diecutting File Bundles!


So after weeks of my production assistant and designer telling me it was TIME, I finally gave in and we are hosting bundles of SVG files on our site! This is a bit of a leap of faith on my part. I’m so hopeful that you will like what we have done and those of you with different types of machines (other than a Silhouette) have access to my designs!

So here is the deal: Each of our file sets include an svg file that works with most softwares & the Silhouette Designer Software AND it includes a studio file for the free Silhouette Software. In our descriptions, we have linked instructions, our private facebook groups, and added video tutorials so you can watch instructions DIRECTLY in the instructions. How cool is that?

And the best part is that we are doing a 35% off sale THIS MONTH ONLY to kick everything up! Want to get even more off? Join our private facebook group who get their own coupon codes and our newsletter who also get separate coupon codes.

Everyday, the team is uploading new bundles to the site so that you have access to all of my SVGS as well as MiniLou’s SVGs. Now all your cutting and crafting is easier than ever! Go check it out!


Carina Gardner SVG Files Now at!


I just got back from a quick vacay with the kids before school begins next week (You can see me taking a leap from a rope swing on my facebook page here). When I opened my email, I found this gem (the image to the left). So the time has come to make a big announcement…

For all of you out there with digital diecutting machines (but not a Silhouette), you can now get my SVG files for YOUR machine at! I have been working on this for the last couple of months and there are files up there ready to go!

Every week, we are working on getting new files up so be sure to check back often. I have a 900 + back log of silhouette files that we are reshaping for your digital diecutting machines and all of them will be available at DigiPlayground. So you will see a mix of new and old going up every week.

Annnddd…to top it off there is a 40% off sale going on NOW through the end of the week (ends August 23, 2015). Take advantage and stock up on some goodies!

Happy cutting!


PS. Psst, exciting news about MiniLou! SVGs for KIDS ONLY projects and activities are coming soon here:

Introduction to Diecut Design Class Now Available!

class_diecutting1_webI’m so excited to let you know about the release of a new class! It’s been a few months since I had time to create a class and this one is close to my heart. The name of the class is Introduction to Diecut Design and I teach you how to create a tag, envelope, shallow square box, and pillowbox with a flower. I walk you through how to create basic svgs so that you can then use your creativity to expand upon the designs I make with you.

There are four lessons, pdf notes, and you also get the svg files to help you compare against the ones you create. If you have a diecutting machine, this is a great way to get creative with your own designs.

I suggest Illustrator Basics 1 as a prerequisite for this course since all the svgs we create are in Illustrator.

You can check out the syllabus and course description here: Introduction to Diecut Design

AND this class went on sale for the rest of the week for 20% off! It will go off sale with the rest of the classes on February 1, 2015 so be sure to stock up now!

Clearance Fabric Sale

All of the inventory for MiniLou has arrived and even though we are leasing out more space for the new company, I’m ready to clear out some more space in the CGI warehouse. Call it an impulsive start-of-the-school-year clean out.

Each of these bits of pieces are the full 42-43″ width and 100% cotton from lines I have designed for Northcott. Once they are gone, they are gone!

Please note: If you decide to buy more than one piece of fabric, we will bundle your order together and you will only pay for shipping once. We will issue a refund in the amount of shipping you “prepay” through Paypal. Go ahead and buy to secure your order.


BABY SAFARI SCALLOP CIRCLES PURPLE  4 1/4 yards, $2 per yard = $8.50 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 1





BABY SAFARI SCALLOP CIRCLES BLUE 4 1/8 yards  $2 per yard = $8.25 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 2



BABY SAFARI TOSSED GREEN 1 3/4 yards, $2 per yard = $3.50 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 3




BABY SAFARI SWIRL GREEN 3 3/8 yards, $2 per yard = $6.75 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 4






BABY SAFARI SWIRL ORANGE 4 yards, $2 per yard = $8.00+ shipping ($5)

Fabric 5





BABY SAFARI TOSSED PURPLE 3/4 yards, $2 per yard = $1.50 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 6




COQUETTE LEAFETTE MOSS 1 3/4 yards, $2 per yard = $3.50 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 7




COQUETTE BLOSSOM 1 1/8 yards, $2 per yard = $2.25 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 8






COQUETTE GARDENETTE 3 1/8 yards, $2 per yard = $6.25 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 9









 DRESS UP ACCESSORIES 1 1/4 yards, $2 per yard = $2.25 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 10




RED DOT almost 7/8 yards, $2 per yard = $1.75 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 11




BABY SAFARI ELEPHANT WALK BLUE 3/8 yards, $2 per yard = $0.75 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 12





COQUETTE PRIMROSE 1 5/8 yards, $2 per yard = $3.25 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 13






LOVE NEST BIRDIE BLUSH 1 3/8 yards, $2 per yard = $2.75 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 14




LOVE NEST CALICO HEART RED 4 7/8 yards, $2 per yard = $9.75 + shipping ($5)

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PINFEATHERS FLYING TURQUOISE 4 5/8 yards, $2 per yard = $9.25 + shipping ($5)

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PINFEATHERS PARADISE LARGE FLORAL 4 3/8 yards, $2 per yard = $8.75 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 17








PINFEATHERS BLUE TOSSED 1 1/4 yard , $2 per yard = $2.50 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 18



pinfeathers4PINFEATHERS PINK BIRD ON A WIRE 1 1/4 yards, $2 per yard = $2.50 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 19







PINFEATHERS BROWN BIRD ON A WIRE 4 1/2 yards, $2 per yard = $9.00 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 20



pinfeathers6PINFEATHERS PEACOCK BLUE 4 yards, $2 per yard = $8.00 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 21





PINFEATHERS BLUE FEATHERS 3 1/8 yards, $2 per yard = $6.25 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 22




PINFEATHERS FLYING BLUE 2 yards, $2 per yard = $4.00 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 23




PINFEATHERS BLUE BIRD ON A WIRE 4 5/8 yards, $2 per yard = $9.25+ shipping ($5)

Fabric 24





PINFEATHERS PARADISE PINK STRIPE 1 yards, $2 per yard = $2.00 + shipping ($5)

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PINFEATHERS FLYING YELLOW 4 5/8 yards, $2 per yard = $9.25 + shipping ($5)

Fabric 26



Diecuts 30% off the month of June!

Carina is off on her adventure to China to do press checks on the products for her new company Mini Lou
You can follow her adventures on her Instagram (carinagardner). In the meantime I am taking over the blog while she is away so let’s have some fun!!
Today kicks off our HUGE 30% off diecut sale in the shop. The shop is fully stocked with wonderful goodies. Make sure to hit the NEW DIECUTS section where we have all of Carina’s most current releases from her Silhouette Store.
We are so excited to have Deborah from Craftin Chaos working with us now on our Design Team!  In honor of the big sale Deborah has worked up some fabulous eye candy to get you inspired for the diecut sale!
Here is Deborah to tell you more about her projects:
“My projects were super quick, that being said I am hoping it still will inspire you to create some awesome projects of your own with Carina’s diecut files. I used papers from Carta Bella’s Alphabet Junction for several cards and one I used a digital paper from Carina’s Soaring Summer Paper Set as well as some of Carina’s elements  which are available in her shop at Snap Click Supply.
This first project was super quick to do.  If you have a busy schedule…and who doesn’t, these albums are perfect for capturing the moments you spent with family and friends without devoting the time it takes to create a scrapbook album layout. I love that you can get so many configurations from the pockets giving you so many options.
I used the We R Memory Keepers pockets for mine. The cards are Carina’s My Life 4X6 Travel Card Diecuts and I am loving Carina’s  Garden Picks Set of 5 Diecuts very versatile as you will see two ways I used them.  And you know I made some custom buttons! I used the die cuts from the cards to create a print and cut for the buttons in my silhouette studio


Can you tell where I want to be from my luggage tag?



This  project is one of my favorites. I just love anything with cameras on them or camera related. Instagram is something I just started using recently and I am hooked! I wanted this to be very bold and I love these two colors together. That pop of fuchsia on the front against the bright yellow is just my favorite. I used the Instant Photo Camera Album I added the Flag Shape 17 Diecut  for the sentiment.  I cut a smaller circle for the center to add a fun sentiment to the album.


A nice feature is the slots the file cuts for you to just pop in a cute photo for perfect placement. I added more sentiments to give a little more love to it.

Thanks to Deborah for those awesome projects! We will be featuring more of her creations over the weeks to inspire you.


Yard Sale on February 22

PrintSusan and I have been getting ready for this “destash” sale this week. I’ve been needing to clear out some of the stuff from our warehouse for several months now. I hope you have a chance to come and grab some of the good stuff. And when I say sale, I really mean it. All of our cuts of fabric are highly discounted. Most are from past lines (all the way back to Coquette!) that you will never be able to purchase or find. Containers, home decor, samples, fabric, sewing patterns, and precuts are heavily discounted from products I have made over the last 5 years. You’ll notice it’s only a 3 hour sale so hurry in to get the best stuff!

Oh and did you notice that the waffle truck is going to be there? Yum!

Here’s the info you need:

FEBRUARY 22, 2014
at The Cottage
915 East 12600 South
Draper, UT
from 10am-2pm

Hope you get a chance to stop by and get your hands on some discounted goodies!



The BIG SALE is here!


This is my biggest sale of the year! Take advantage of it this weekend only! This sale includes EVERYTHING in the shop including classes, wallpaper, sewing patterns, containers & notions, diecuts, fabric, and kits. Did I mention that the sale is 90% to 30% off? Seriously, there are some amazing deals in the shop! Be sure and order before Sunday. We will be shipping everything out Monday morning!

And have you checked out our new FREE DOWNLOAD category? Not only is there an amazing freebie that goes along with the sale (you can find it here), but now it’s easier to find all my free downloads and tutorials. But grab it this weekend, because it goes to regular price after Sunday!

Have a happy weekend!


Retirement Sale at—50% off Illustrator Classes

That’s right! I’m having a Big Ol’ Sale! Several of my classes are on sale for 50% off until Dec 31st, 2013. These classes are being retired to make way for a brand new curriculum I’ve developed for 2013. It’s going to include design and Illustrator driven courses. Just like any designer/instructor, I learn things all the time that make my life easier and I want to share them in these new courses. I’ll have more on this to come! For now, check out these self-paced classes that are 50% off:
Illustrator 101
Illustrator 102
Illustrator 201
Tips for Rockin’ Illustrator
ABC Inspiration

See all 50% off classes>

These classes will be only be available for purchase until Dec 31st, 2012.

I’m also teaching my last session of Art of Digital Design 2. It starts January 21st, 2013. These will not be an individual critique portion of the class taught…instead we will be participating in forum critiques along the way. Syllabi will be available for download on January 1st in preparation for the class. It’s 20% off since I will not be doing the individual critiques.

Huge Jessica Sprague Sale! is FOUR! To celebrate, they’re throwing a HUGE Birthday Bash & Summer Sale. From June 13-26, you can save 20% off of every self-paced class (think Illustrator, hehe), and 35% off of ALL digital products. In addition, grab all 27 episodes of Jessica’s amazing Photoshop Friday tutorials for just $1 each before they’re retired on June 26! As part of the celebration, starting on June 24, you can participate in an incredible 47-person blog hop (including a great freebie from me!), picking up a sweet digital freebie at each stop! Best of all, on June 26 Jessica will be making a special announcement of a brand new class coming up in July. We only put our site on sale two times a year, so don’t miss out on this GREAT savings opportunity! For all the info on the Summer Sale, Photoshop Fridays, blog hop, and the new class, just click here!

Off to finish off my new pattern! Be in next week with my freebie!

Hugs! Carina

Free Digital Scrapbooking Kits

I have a couple of new free kits that I am giving away to everyone. I love digital scrapbooking, and I haven’t had a lot of time to work on layouts recently! Making these new kits did a world of good for me as I “shabbied” paper to my heart’s content.

Spring Fling is the kit I am giving away to everyone who is part of the Facebook CG Page.  Join up and when we hit 1200, I am going to send it to everyone’s inboxes. After that, it will go on sale at Jessica Sprague with the rest of my digital products.

My second kit coordinates perfectly with this Spring Fling kit. It’s called Hippity Hop (do you see the springtime theme going on here?) for the little bunny that made it into the papers.


You can download this kit for free at my upcoming Designer Sale at Jessica Sprague. The sale and free kit will be available from March 25- 27 (Friday through Sunday).

Okay, listen to how good this sale is…All of my products will be 25% off, my Hybrid Projects will be $1, and my Desktop Calendar class will be 40% off! And then of course, you ought to get on and download this happy little free kit!

Hope you all have a chance to download these kits! I loved making them and making myself a couple of layouts for my scrapbooks (that seem to always be incomplete).

Will be around to blog soon!


Gobble Gobble

Lots of little pumpkins at my house for this little place card that I plan on making for my little family’s Thanksgiving. He’s perfectly pumpkin-ie, isn’t he? He also goes up for sale as Hybrid Project 3: Turkey Placecard at Jessica Sprague for just $1 on Friday. He’s perfectly good way to add a little “gobble” to your Thanksgiving table!

And if you haven’t had a chance, make sure you check on my digital store on Mondays (new releases) and Wednesdays ($1 day!). Today you can grab an 18 paper pack and my lovely Border set from Daisy Jane for just $1. It’s a great deal that comes around only once on my products so be sure and check it out!

Digital Products at Jessica

Today is the debut of three happy, little things. All good things come in three right? The first is the move of all my digital products to Yippee! You can now grab my classes and products all at one place. Easy peasy, don’t you think?

Speaking of classes, today there is a sneak peek of my Desktop Calendar Class. I’m so excited to finally announce this class since I have been working on it in hushed tones for the past several weeks! More on this class to come! Registration begins on November 8th.

Finally, it is  Coquette™’s debut to digital scrapbooking today. Yes, that’s right! That lovely fabric line can now be purchased as digital paper and embellishments.

To make things even more fun, all of my November releases on Monday will be 25% off at Jessica Sprague (Hmmm, should I have said there were four, happy little things?). I think you’ll also like my new Hybrid Project Series that will begin this coming week on Fridays (Okay, make that 5 happy, little things!). The projects go on sale for only $1 on the Friday of their release. Check out my sneak peek above. Oh ya, and it comes with a png pillowbox template so you can make it with any paper you want (although the Coquette™ pillowboxes in the photo are also included as flattened jpgs).

Happy scrapping! XO-Carina

A Digital Scrapbooking Sale at Design House Digital

I’ve been putting out Fresh Picked for a couple of weeks now and after seeing the spring and summer collection, you had to know that autumn and winter were going to follow, right? So tomorrow, you can check out those collection at Design House Digital along with the mega kit that includes all 16 kits.

What’s the big deal about the Mega Fresh Picked Kit (try saying that 3 times fast!)? Well, all these kits alone would cost you $63.84, but the mega kit is only $39.99.  Add the 30% off for release day (Thursday only) and that whole jumbo kit is only $27.99. It’s pretty much a steal.


What do I like about Fresh Picked? Well, other than the solids (I like having a huge stack…I mean, I tried 3 green backgrounds on this layout before I settled on the correct one!), I like that it’s a collection I can use for any season.


Also wanted to mention my new little Facebook page. Yes, I’d love you to join; Yes, I feel silly about having one; and Yes, I will have a Facebook freebie on there soon (I just couldn’t think of any “no’s.” If you don’t want to join now, just look over on the sidebar for the link. I’m hoping that this page will make it easier for you to hear about sales, blog posts, and design news coming from my little corner of the world.

Products used in the above layouts all created by Carina Gardner | Green Layout: Fresh Picked Summer Borders, Spring Solids, Spring Stamps, Summer Solids, Summer Florals, and Autumn Stamps

Blue Layout: Fresh Picked Winter Papers, Winter Stamps, Winter Titles, Autumn Tickets, and Design 365 Color Kit 1

Coolest Sale!

If you haven’t heard about it yet, I thought I’d better tell you about it! Design House Digital is having $1 Days for the entire month of February. That means new products everyday that premier for $1. All of the products will go back to regular price on March 1st. So go check it out!