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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Laying It All on The Line

In my last post. I told you I was going to be using the latest digital goodies by Etc by Danyale often. I love this "Not Quite a Mr." paper pack and elements. Even though it is not a sports kit, it was perfect for scrapping the latest about my son's football season. The colors are bright and the patterns are edgy and grungy. Just like a guy!

They lend themselves easily to being paired up with papers in your stash. I used some blue and black cardstock to add the word art and football border that I cut using my Silhouette Cameo.  I also used the Cameo to cut the wood patterned paper from the kit as a mat for the newspaper article.  Check out the football in the lower left. That is a sketch that I did using the Cameo. 

Yep, I think you'll be seeing a few more creations coming that feature these papers and elements!

Happy crafting,

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Not Quite a Mr. Hybrid Card

Etc by Danyale has a new digital kit that I am sooooo in love with! It's called "Not Quite a Mr."  It is so perfect for masculine scrapbook pages and crafts.  I know I will be using this kit a LOT!  You can find the papers here: Not Quite A Mr. Paper Pack. You can find the awesome elements here: Not Quite a Mr. Elements. There is even a terrific set of journal cards. These make pocket scrapping, planner making, and card creating so fun!  Grab those here: Not Quite a Mr. Journal Cards . The best part? They are on sale this weekend!!!  Hurry and grab them up at the introductory reduced price!

My first craft with this kits is this birthday card. The textures of the patterned papers screamed out to me to combine them with burlap and metal. So I layered several of the papers and included a layer of burlap. I stitched the burlap to the paper for another level of dimension.

The sentiment tag I created in Silhouette Studio. The guitar is an element from the kit.  I printed it and cut it. All the papers are inked on the edges to add some definition.

The stars have a metal gear bauble sandwiched between them.  I'm really happy with the masculine feel this card has.

Can't wait to do some more creating with this wonderful kit!

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Cards and Card Box

Don't you just love it when a set of papers can inspire you to create?  But then when you use up the last of the paper, it's a bit sad.  Well, that's the magic of working in hybrid crafting. Using digital papers, you can have an endless supply of those beloved papers!  

Lifetime Stories Kit

The Lifetime Stories Kit by Etc by Danyale is one of those that I know I will be using again, and again. It's been newly released at her guest shop at The Lily Pad. So if you hurry, it's on sale this weekend!!  Grab it up!  You can use this for all sorts of scrapbooking and crafting!  Here's a closer look at what I made:

A card box to hold all the card creations that I made. I love the shabby chic look. The papers have wonderful colors, patterns and textures. They make it easy to combine to create appealing looks.

Isn't this card just absolutely sunshiny? I think it will bring good cheer to the person that receives it!

I really like the playfulness of this card.  The butterfly shape and the glitter add such fun to the already cute daisy paper pattern.

Who wouldn't love a cupcake on their birthday? Especially one as cute as this with no calories!  Yum!

The final card in this set is decked out with an adorable flower and some ribbon.  Inside the box I created a divided area to keep the cards and envelopes. This is going to make a great gift!

Thanks for looking. Happy creating!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Movie Birthday and How to Give Netflix as a Gift

One of my son's has a birthday coming up. He's a huge movie fan. I mean he's a walking encyclopedia of movie knowledge. He LOVES movies. He loves to watch them, learn about them, read about them. It is truly a hobby for him.

This is the card that I made for him.  I used  the digital kit Cottage No9 by Etc by Danyale for the patterned/colored papers.  I cut and priced all the elements.  On the movie clapperboard I wrote his age and birthday (blurred out). Of course I added his name to the director's chair!

Here's a bit of a closer look at some of the paper piecing. I used the polka dot yellow and yellow patterned papers from the kit, along with some inks to give the popcorn a bit of dimension.

 One of the gifts that he is getting for his birthday is a subscription to Netflix.  But seriously, how do you wrap that up?  So I came up with this idea.  I created a hidden box card and dressed up like a fancy movie theater.

When he unties the curtain sash (ribbon). the box opens to reveal the movie screen with a marquee like look announcing "Now Showing Netflix"  I hope he gets a kick out of it!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Smashing Disney Journal

In preparation for an upcoming trip, I've started putting together a travel journal. I like to make these especially for vacations. There are so many memories that happen and you want to capture them quickly, rather than waiting until you get home to scrapbook them.  You can see some of the other journals/smash books that I've created here.

For this one, I wanted a Disney theme to it. I used the amazing digital kit Cottage No9 by Etc by Danyale to create this book.  This kit is fabulous. The colors are gorgeous and rich, the papers and elements lend themselves to all sorts of scrapbooking, crafting, and card making. And they happen to blend well with Disney stuff!  

I wanted a smash book that could capture all the fun that we are going to have, along with places to store some of the memorabilia, trinkets and other paraphernalia that we pick up on the trip.  So I created several pages with pockets. I also pre-made additional pockets using papers from the digital kit. These I can easily adhere in the book wherever I need them!

Using papers from the digital kit and the print and cut feature on my Silhouette Cameo, I create a bunch of elements to use through out the book to help me document our trip on the go.  Some are just accent pieces, some are detailed paper-pieced decorations and some are cute journaling tags.

I used book rings to bind the smash book. This will make it easy for me to add lined paper for jotting down our daily agenda and special memories that we want to reflect on.  I pre-made numbered tabs to use on my journal pages for each day of our stay.  I use one of the binder bands from K&Company to wrap around the book, it's got slots to hold the Smash Stick, and several pens.

When I get home from the trip, all I need to do is add a few photos and tie some ribbons on the book rings to dress it up. And voila, I've got a journal/scrapbook for our trip all done lickety-split!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Magical Day

Quick hybrid cards I made using the digital kit Cottage No9  and Cottage No9 Porch Blends Paper Pack both by Etc by Danyale. 

For one card I popped the sentiment flag, the other card I popped the balloons.  I used the Silhouette software to do the design.  I used sketch pens for the balloon strings and sentiment.  I cute the papers, balloon shape and scallop edge using the print and cut feature.

Quick easy to make, every day cards. Who couldn't use a "Magical Day"?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Creative Use of Silhouette Cameo

This story truly is about a very creative use of my Silhouette machine and how it saved the day! Let me give you some background:  My son has been working diligently on a jigsaw puzzle.  It's the first one he has done, well, except for those little puzzles you have your kids do when they are growing up. It's been a long time since he has done a puzzle, and never a 1,000 piece puzzle!  I thought it would be a great activity for him. He is so good at noticing differences and similarities and I thought it would help with his ability to focus and stay on task. You see, my son is on the autism spectrum and is working on building his employability skills.
Little did I know, how well he would excel at puzzle solving! He hit this one right out of the park!
But that's not why you are reading this post. You're wondering what does this have to do with a "Creative use of the Silhouette Cameo"?  Well, in the course of building the puzzle, one piece fell to the floor without being noticed.  And the dog ate it.  Yep you read that right! The dog ate it! The plan all along had been to turn this into a poster to hang in my son's room. Now what were we going to do with 1 piece missing? This is where my crafty Silhouette comes into play.

Using a piece of paper that I slide under the puzzle, I traced the shape of the missing piece and scanned it into my computer. Then I scanned the picture of the completed puzzle from the box top into my computer.  I brought both images into the Silhouette Studio software. I set the sizing of puzzle piece, used the trace function then printed it out. I compared it to the puzzle to be certain that I had it the correct size.
Then I resized the image of the completed puzzle until I had it the correct size and located it under the puzzle piece in the software. Once I had everything just as needed, I used the print and cut feature to create a new puzzle piece.

Knowing that the paper piece I just cut would not be as thick as the rest of the puzzle, I also cut the puzzle piece shape out of a used cereal box a few times.  I then stacked and glued these together until I had the right thickness. Then I glued the printed puzzle piece to the top of those and ta-da... we now have a completed 1,000 piece puzzle ready to be converted to a poster!

My Silhouette Cameo cutter saved the day after the dog ate a puzzle piece!

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