June Project of the Month – 4th of July Cards

Here are some of this year’s forth of July cards that I made.

The first (and favorite) features the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box card die with various star embellishments.

The second uses a zig zag die.  One card uses the negative space form the other card.

The last cards feather Stampin’ Up Jar of Love stamp and die bundle.

 

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December Project of the Month – Planner Stickers

It has been several months of family drama for me but all family members seem to be slowly on the mend (thank God).   But that is why I a so late to post for December.

My niece got herself a planner in December which inspired me to do the same.  I then created some customized stickers to meet my planner needs.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to print and cut the stickers.   It took several tries to get the check list boxes to fit my small planner but now I am set for the year.

 

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!

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.”

 

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.

November Project of the Month – Christmas Cards

I had fun making my Christmas cards this year.  I decided to make them all different so that I could play with some of the toys I’ve been collecting:  Silhouette Cameo, Stampin’ Up stamps, embossing folders and thinlit dies and a horde of punches that I no longer have enough room to store!  Thank you to my fellow Pinterest users for your ideas and inspiration.

Here are some examples:

The cards above were made with Silhouette Vintage Window Cutouts, Stampin’Up Christmas tree punch, Stampin’Up bird punch and Stampin’Up Wonderful Wreath Framelits for the wreath, the bow, “Joy” and “Noel”.

The cards above where made with the Stampin’Up Delicate Thinlit Dies.

More bird and tree punch cards and some Stampin’Up Festival of Trees.

I hope you have a happy and healthy Holiday Season.