Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Silhouette Cameo Adventures With The Kiddies

With the break, we did have to do some crafting and of course, my Cameo had to play with us.  :-)  Yes, t-shirts are a must, since I have a hard time finding shirts with birds of prey.  The boys did the positioning and sizing as well as the painting despite what my directions say below.    

For the perched falcon shirt below, I used Silhouette Heat Transfer material.  All I had to do was get my image and set in Silhouette Studio to cut Smooth Heat Transfer Material.  Make sure your image is mirror image of what you want it to look like.  This applies to anything with letters too.  I normally draw a rectangle around the image to make it easier to get the material off but I forgot in this case and it was tough to see the image once it was cut.  So I highly recommend drawing a box around your image.  I change my blade to 2 on my machine to what they suggested for Smooth Heat Transfer Material and move the rollers to the middle so that it can grab the 9" material.  Then I load the material by using "Load Media" and place the glossy side down when I feed the material into the Cameo.  Once cut, I weed out the material that I did not want on the shirt.  I stick the image to the shirt and iron it on with a piece of fabric on top.  Gently peel the clear plastic sheet off and if your image peels up, hit it with the iron again.  It's really as easy as it gets! 
For the falcon landing shirt below, I used Silhouette stencil vinyl and black fabric paint.  Once I got my image sized, I drew a rectangle around it to make it easy to remove and transfer.  I used the vinyl setting in Silhouette Studio and made sure my blade is turned to 2 on the machine based on the blade setting suggestions for vinyl.  I made sure to select "Load Media" on the machine and the roller is in the middle since the stencil vinyl is 9" before feeding the stencil vinyl with the paper side down and shiny side up.  Since I am creating a stencil to paint on, I weed out the part of the image where I to paint on.  After that, I placed the transfer tape on top of the image and rub it to get rid of air bubbles.  I removed the paper and placed the stencil onto the shirt.  I rubbed the stencil down to get rid of air bubbles and to make sure the stencil is adhered to the shirt.  Then I removed the transfer tape carefully, making sure the stencil vinyl is still attached to the shirt.  My son dabbed on the black paint inside the stencil.  One of my tips is to have all the paint on at once since touching it up after the paint dries up will show up as blotches.  You can't see it in the picture but I can see it at a different angle.  After it dried, I ironed the image with a fabric over it to heat set it.  

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Monday, February 24, 2014

So Lucky To Have You!

I know I posted an Easter card already, and bypass St. Patrick's Day, but not to worry.  But really, could you blame me for wanting to use that cute little bunny right away?!  Anyway, we celebrate just about every holiday, so with St. Patrick's Day, we need to prepare for the leprechaun's arrival.  Usually, we get green pancakes and milk along with rocks marked with Xs where the leprechaun may be hiding some money.  We have a tricky leprechaun that visits us, so he usually marks a lot of rocks to throw us off.  ;-)  Who knows what he will do this year.  We usually end the day with a corned beef dinner with Irish soda bread.  Now we just have to deck out the house with shamrocks and rainbows, then we will be all set.

For this card, I used the Freshly Made Sketches #124 and layered a white card base with gold and green cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment from Studio G in Versafine black ink.  Then I ran a white card stock through the Fiskars Fuse with a Sizzix dot embossing folder before cutting it up and placing it onto the card with foam adhesive.  I was inspired by Pinterest in some of the quotes related to St. Patrick's Day which was how I created the orange sentiment.  I created the long orange sentiment with the font Castro script and weld the words together with long thin rectangle.  I had to offset the sentiment before I cut since it was too thin.  I also cut out shamrocks with my Silhouette Cameo.   I also cut a tiny heart from Simon Says Stamp! Holiday Shapes dies and placed it on the middle shamrock.  Once they were on the card, I embellished with a Wink of Stella pen and Crystal Lacquer.

This is entered in Freshly Made Sketches #124.

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Organizing 12x12 Paper And Helping Mother Earth

Since we had mulitple events and celebration going on in our home, it required me to clean and part of that meant organizing it too.  I happen upon this video which lead to this video on free storage of 12x12 paper.  I had some boxes that I kept from my purchases, mostly from the holidays.  AND they all happen to fit my 12x12 paper.  Happy coincidence or the fact that I bought 12x12 paper, I will not say.  ;-) 

Anyway, after watching the videos, I took a crafting break by taping up the boxes and cutting them up.

I had a box cutter, so it made the task really easy.  I did use a centering ruler to help me find the center to draw diagonal lines.

Then the fun begins.  I used wrapping paper and wrap my box up.  I wanted smooth edges so I wrap the paper over the edges.  I love this paper so much, so I was kind of hoarding it for a while, but my husband used it on me.  I did rescue it before it got recycled.  Yes, I am one of those people who looks for the tape and carefully unwrap the present to savage the wrapping paper, especially if it is a wrapping paper that I like a lot.  

I made several holders, but ran out of time to decorate them all after my second one.  I loved how it turned out and it is a lot easier to get my paper out since I had them in a 12x12 plastic bin before.  Now I have those bins freed up for my unfinished layouts that I am mulling over.  I know.  I am the slowest scrapper on earth.  It will get done at some point.  But for now, there are too many fun distractions to get to.  ;-)  Love that my paper that I use exclusively for my Silhouette Cameo is easily accessible.  Yay! 

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Hopping Into Easter

I'm starting to see more Easter and spring related decorations and goodies at the store.  Also, seeing tulips at a friend's house makes me long for spring.  We have been hit with storm after storm and the snow looks lovely, but the warm breeze on my face yesterday felt sooo good.  When I saw this Papertrey Ink Hippity Hoppity stamp set, I had to have it.  I love bunnies!  I keep on thinking about getting a rabbit, but they don't seem too affectionate, even though they are just sooo adorable.  We're in the process of looking for a pet.  So far, majority of the house wants a dog.  One member of the household, however, wants a cat.  I don't want to go from no pets to a menagerie.  I like to ease my way into this, since I feel that having a pet would be like having another child, one that never grows up.  So one pet at a time, please.  :-)  Anyway,  I love coloring these chicks and eggs.  I tried watercoloring on the bunny, and it did not work out the way I want it so I kept it pretty plain except I had to add a fuzzy tail.
For the card design, I used Freshly Made Sketches #124.  I layered the card base with dark purple and purple cardstock.  I embossed a white card stock with Sizzix tiny flower embossing folder before cutting them up in small panels and adhering them to the card.  
I placed a yellow ribbon around the bottom of the card.  I stamped the bunny, chicks and eggs from Papertrey Ink in Memento black ink and cut them out.  I colored them with markers before adding some glue to the bunny's tail to put some white fun flock to give him a fuzzy tail.  A must-do for bunnies!  :-)  Then I used both foam adhesive and glue dots to adhere the cutted images onto the card to give some them dimension.  I finished the front of the card by stamping and cutting out the sentiment from Studio G before placing it onto the card with foam adhesive.

For the inside, I wanted to cover the ribbon so I cut out a flower on my Silhouette Cameo and insert it into the card.  I love the way this flowers looks.

This is entered in Freshly Made Sketches #124 challenge.

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Flowers Galore!

I have been doing some organizing in my craft room again, and of course, I found stamps and supplies that I have not used in a while or at all.  YIKES!  So the Lawnscaping challenge to dust off my supplies was perfect. If you follow me, you know that I have found a renewed love for coloring with markers.  Of course, my prismacolor pencils were left to the side.  I used to use them all the time and exclusively for coloring since I was able to control the shading and coloring better than markers.  Of course, I love the markers for the vibrant look, I thought I turn back to my color pencils for a softer look.  Also, I have not used these Lawn Fawn Quinn's Capital ABCs and Happy Everything stamp sets in a while.  It felt good to pull out some of my old supplies, I felt like I was getting my money's worth out of them.  LOL!

First, I layered a white card stock with silver and black card stock.  Another piece of cardstock that I dug out, silver with glitter embedded in it that I got years ago.  Who knew I had a treasure trove right in my craft room.  :-)  Anyway, I sponged on Marvy Matchables yellow ink onto white cardstock with a flower stencil over it to create a soft background.  Then I stamped, colored and cut out the sunflowers and leaves from Our Friendship Grows stamp set, along with the letters from Quinn's Capital ABCs set.  I colored the letters with two shades of blue pencils and blend them with a blender pencil.  I placed them onto the stenciled background with glue dots and stamped the anniversary sentiment from Happy Everything set in Versafine black ink under the Happy sentiment.  
I finished the card off with hearts that I stamped and cut out before coloring them and putting Crystal Lacquer on them.  I like the way the card came out but when I showed it to my son, he said that it was "pretty good" but he had seen better ones from me.  :-0  Everybody is critc around here.  LOL!  Well, I like it.  I must be missing the sun since there's a lot of yellow.  :-)     

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog
UPDATE:This card received the Honorable Gnome.  Yay!

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Simple Floral Pop-Up Birthday Card

I love this Flower Bursts Pattern stamp from Hero Arts, and I finally got to use it.  Yay!  It’s so sad that I got this stamp almost a year ago and have not used yet.  It might be a sign that I have too much stamp, one might say.  What?!!!  Impossible!  Like my husband says, "You can never have too many clamps" when talking about woodworking.  Well, I can say the same about my stamps.  You definitely can not have too many stamps!  LOL!  :-)  Anyway, I’m trying to be better about using my stamps when I get them.  A lot of time I love the way it looks, but I am not inspired or don't have the time to use it right away, and then time runs away from me and a year is almost out.  YIKES!  Well, the idea of having this stamp used and embossed in white was exactly what I was looking for; inspired by my thankful card.  I do like the way white goes on kraft paper, it’s a great combo to me. 
Floral Birthday Pop-Up Card With Hero Arts Flower Bursts Pattern stamp

First, I stamped with the Flower Bursts Pattern stamp, and embossed in white embossing powder.  Then I color in the flowers with my Prismacolor pencils, since I wanted them to look soft.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments stamp set before cutting ribbon tails and distressing the edges with Distress worn lipstick ink pad.  I placed the sentiment on the card with foam adhesives before adding enamel dots.  Then I placed the whole card onto a white card base. 
 For the inside, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the pop-up part of the birthday card and cupcake, both from Silhouette Online Store.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Very Thankful Card

I often admire cards that use Kraft paper but do not gravitate toward it when I reach for a card stock.  I did pick up some, just in case I was in the mood for it.  I remember showing my son some Kraft paper projects and his comment was, "I like it except for the brown paper".  Funny thing was my husband said the same thing.  Anyway, I thought I challenge myself to use it as the main focus.  I have to crank out some thank you cards and when I saw this stamp from Inkadinkado, it was the perfect set for subway art and background. 

First, I arranged all the stamps on my Fiskars stamp press and then stamped with Versamark ink before embossing.  I would have gotten it tighter if I stamped them individually but this looks like a nice background stamp too. This is a good way to whip up a bunch of them at once.  I stamped some flowers from Stampin’ Up Language of Friendship stamp set, and colored and cut them out.  I placed some of them on with glue dots and foam adhesive before placing it on a green cardstock and then onto a white card base.

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A Wheelie Great Masculine Birthday card

I must be thinking about sunshine and warm days because I took out Hero Arts Enjoy The Ride stamp set with this scene in mind.  I had made another card like this with the bicycle a while ago with the same sentiment.  Anyway, I showed this card to my husband and the first thing he said to me was, "Like I said before, you can NOT do a wheelie on a 10 speed".  My first response was a big eye roll. :-)  Leave it to a cyclist to keep on pointing that out to me.  I told him it was the only bike I got in that scale, so he will just have to go with the creative vision.  :-)

To create this scene, I used my Distress inks and blending tool to create the sky starting with the lightest color.  Then I cut out some clouds with a Impression Obsession die and my Fiskars Fuse.  I used foam adhesive to put some of them on for dimensiion.  I hand cut some Kraft paper to create my hill and stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Enjoy The Ride set.  I also used some stickers from Basic Grey Fact collection to complete the sentiment.  Then I placed the hill on the card with foam adhesive.  I finally stamped the bicycle in Versafine black ink and cut it out before placing it onto the card with foam adhesive.  I placed the card on to an A2 card base.  For the inside, I cut out the pop-up sentiment without the cake on my Silhouette Cameo using the pop up birthday card design from Silhouette Online store.  


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Birthday Balloons On The Loose

I love the look of the balloons on one of my cards so much that I could not resist creating another card with it but using a different design.  Also, I'm really enjoying Freshly Made Sketches Challenges and applying the sketches to my cards.  I had to put all this together in one card.  Of course, I had to add a pop-up element.
While I was creating my party hats, I thought I used my balloons again and follow Freshly Made Sketches #123 card design.

After cutting the balloons out with my Silhouette Cameo, I stamped the sentiment and bird from Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday stamp set.  I cut out the bird and placed it on the card with a glue dot. I laid a trail of glue for my balloon string before placing the pattern paper under the balloons.  All the pattern papers are from Pebbles and I placed them underneath the card after I placed the foam adhesive around the ballooons.  I tied a twine around the card and rounded the corners before placing it on the kraft card base. 

For the inside, I used pop-up birthday card from Silhouette Online Store but I removed the cake part.  Sometimes, I just want the sentiment and not necessary the whole thing so it was not hard to just remove the card part.  Now I have two different ways to use this birthday pop up.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Put Your Party Hats On Birthday Card

I really love the cards with the candles and balloons so I thought I add another birthday icon to my birthday card collection.  Party hats!  Yup, Silhouette Studio and I got together again.  It was a quick  and easy design involving a triangle and offset lines that were welded together.  I'm having a lot of fun coming up with these simple designs.  Anyway, I have been staying away from the crafting stores and frankly, I was getting antsy to shop.  It has been crazy here with multiple events and celebrations.  A lot of running around, cooking and prepping for events.  So to reward myself, I let myself go to the craft store to pick up some paper on one of my shopping trips.  I am really into polka dots and chevron and this pad from Pebbles delivered everything I wanted.  A rainbow pad of chevron and polka dots.  Yay!  I broke into it right away, instead of waiting like I normally do.  
Party Hats with Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments Stamp
The card design is based on Freshly Made Sketches #123.  After I cut out my party hats on Silhouette Cameo, I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments stamp set in Versafine black.  I placed foam adhesive around the party hats and placed different pattern paper under it.  All pattern papers are from Pebbles. I added a Martha Stewart silver fiber to one of the hat to make it look like a pom-pom.  I rounded the corners before layering the card with red cardstock and then placing it on the cardbase.  I finish the card with a twine on the top.  I am all thumbs when it comes to bows.  It took me at least 5 minutes fussing with that bow.  I must include them more to be better at tying bows.  :-)  

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