August Project of the Month: Back to School Cards and Halloween

Trying to stay cool in the Florida heat by making some cards.

First up is a back to school card I made for my niece and nephews.  I used the Stampin’ Up Jar of Love stamp set to stamp and cut the jars and the fish.  I used Ranger Glossy Accents on the fish to make them look wet.  And I embossed part of the background with Woodgrain by Darice.  A big thank you to Sandra Collett, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, for the idea and inspiration (http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/sandracollett/blog?directBlogUrl=%2Fblog%2F4000578%2Fentry%2Fa_troubling_of_goldfish).  I wish I were as creative as she.

 

I printed the inside sentiment on my computer and the fish stamp on the envelope.

I also made a few Halloween cards on my Silhouette Cameo with die cuts from Silhouette Studio.

 

Here are a couple more Halloween Cards.  The first was made with Stampin’ Up Jar of Love, patterned paper and Washi tape.  I also used the double pierced rectangular die from Avery Elle.  I used the Silhouette Cameo to print and cut the candy corn for the shaker portion.  The second card was made entirely on the Silhouette Cameo – well, okay I used a circle die for the moon – but everything else was Silhouette.

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Stampin’ Up Jar of Love

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Using Silhouette Cameo

Now onto Thanksgiving and Christmas!

June Project of the Month – Clipboard Wall Art

I purchased and made Stampin’ Up Enjoy the Little Things Project Kit as a gift.  I was thrilled with the way each of the panels turned out and kept two for myself.  In fact I was so inspired I have started making my own to hang as clipboard wall art.  It is a nice alternative to card making or scrapbooking and adds a little inspiration to my office.  And I can swap them out or make more as my mood changes.

 

May Project of the Month: Print and Emboss

This month I came across three great tutorials by Kay at Clever Someday (http://cleversomeday.com/make-your-own-print-and-emboss-templates/) showing how she took a Darice embossing folder and made a Silhouette print template file.

I was inspired to try my hand at it and while are not as perfect nor as creative as hers, I was nonetheless pleased with my results.

The first two cards are the Darice corner butterfly embossing folder. Next is the Darice cloud folder, the Darice honeycomb, and finally the Darice tulip folder.

Darice ButterfliesDarice CloudsDarice HoneycombDarice Tulips

Thank you to Darice for such great embossing folders and

Thank you Kay at Clever Someday http://cleversomeday.com for the inspiration.

April Project of the Month – Silhouette Mint

Here are a few more Mint stamps I made.

And here is the storage solution I came up with:  Using Stampin Up Clear Mount Stamp Cases (http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=119105) to store my mint stamps.  Since my craft area is basically a closet, storage is at a premium so using these cases for all of my stamps has been a real space saver while allowing me to see what stamps are stored in each case.

I also made myself a cheat sheet for the mint stamp sizes to help with reordering the stamp refills.

Mint Stamp Sizes

I used this for the label insert in the clear cases.

March Project of the Month – An easy St. Patrick’s Day card

An easy St. Patrick’s Day card.  I may not be into green beer, but I love having any excuse to make cards.  The shamrock is made from 6 hearts (punched from Stampin’ Up designer paper), folded in half and glued down center to center.  The stem was cut with my bird punch from the same paper.  The green background was embossed with a herringbone pattern.  I added three black eyelets for no other reason than I wanted to play with my Crop-A-Dile.

The sentiment (Stampin’ Up Teeny Tiny Wishes) was stamped on the black and white striped cutout that I made using print and cut on my Silhouette Cameo.  The shape was made by punching the label punch inside of another label punch in a piece of scrap card stock.  I then scanning the shape into my computer.  I colored in the stripes in the Silhouette software.  I actually made a sheet of these using different patterns and colors so that I would have a quick and easy base for the sentiments in the Teeny Tiny Wishes set.

On the inside of the card I added an Irish blessing which I printed on Whisper White card stock and glued inside:  “May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door.”

 

Card Mat Measurements

Math Challenged?  Or just lazy like me?

Here is a quick guide for A2 Card Mat Measurements so you don’t have to keep recalculating.  Obviously you wouldn’t put all these mats on one card, but hopefully it can help when figuring out what you need.

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For example you might make a card with the red and yellow mat sizes and the orange and back mat sizes, skipping the green and blue and the pink and top white.  Hope it helps.

February Project of the Month – More Mint Stamps and some Valentines

This month I tried a few more Silhouette Mint Stamps.  Both of these feature ClipArt imported directly to the Mint Software from my desktop.  With previous stamps I found it necessary to use Silhouette Studio to first design the stamps (fill text and shapes, size and position artwork, etc.), then save the designs to my desktop and finally import them to the Mint Software.  But here I simply save the pictures I wanted to use and just opened them in the Mint Software.  Easy Peasy.

Mint Stamps 2

I also made some Valentine’s Day Cards.  I used the Silhouette Cameo to cut out the window for the second card and the leaves for the third.   I used a heart border punch from Martha Stewart, some Love stamps from Stampin’ Up, Lovely As a Tree from Stampin’ Up, a Hearts Embossing Folder by Darice and a Polka Dot embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts.

January Project of the Month – Silhouette Mint

This month I made some more stamps with my Silhouette Mint.

I made three mail related stamps:  one small (the flourish), one medium (my etsy logo), and one large (the postmark).

 

I also made a medium quatrefoil stamp which fits a punch that I have.

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To create this last stamp, I punched a piece of scrap cardstock and scanned it into my Silhouette Cameo Software on my computer.  I traced it and then used the “inset” function to create the design I wanted.  I experimented with several different interior designs (stripes, checks, solid) and finally settled on the tiny polka dots.  I may go back later and make more stamps with the other interior designs but for now I am happy with this one.  Add a pearl or rhinestone in the middle, a dimensional on the back and they are good to go.

December Project of the Month: Silhouette Mint

Here are my first stamps created with the Silhouette Mint.

Mint Stamps

I made one of each size:  Small (.6 x 2.3 in),

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Medium (1.1 x 1.1 in),

Mint Medium

Large (1.1 x 2.3 in)

Mint Large

and Extra Large (1.7 x 1.7 in)

Mint Extra Large

There are other sizes available from Silhouette (XS, XXS, XXL)  but these seem the most versatile.  I originally thought I would use the large and extra large the most, but after playing with them all today I may be leaning more toward the small and medium sizes.  Still much too early to tell however.

I printed my stamp labels too soon.  I should have let more of the excess ink work itself out first.  The stamps actually print quite clearly.  The kits come with an extra set of labels so I could redo them if it bothers me down the road.  Right now I am just pleased that I was able to load the software, import my library from my Silhouette Cameo, and create four stamps.

Here they are side by side so you can get a better idea of the sizes:

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