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Monday, April 7, 2014

Birthday Cake Box Card

Have you been seeing these box cards "popping up"? Little pun there!  I just love them. They are really fun to make a real joy to send/receive. They are like a little party, right there in the envelope for that special someone that you are thinking of!

I created this one using my Silhouette Cameo and digital papers from the kit Gentle Rain by Etc. by Danyale. L-O-V-E the mix of pattern and solid papers in this ket. Beautiful for making all sorts of cards.

This car pops up and displays an itty bitty birthday party!  There's a cake, gift, decorations and banner too! Hoping this brings lots of happy wishes to a special birthday girl!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Hope Happens Card

My inspiration for this card is the constant stormy, winter weather that we have been having. I am hoping for Spring to come along and kick winter aside! Hopefully Spring will stay for a nice long thawing visit!

As soon as I saw the elements in the new Nurture Digital Craft Kit by Paper Garden Projects, I knew what I wanted this card to look like. 

Here's hoping for Spring!

Friday, January 10, 2014

White on White Wedding Card

Creating cards is a passion of mine. When I am creating for people that I love, it's a real joy!  My very dear friend is getting married! She and her soon-to-be husband make such a great couple. I'm so glad to be getting to know him too. The way he looks at her, I know he loves her deeply.  I'm so thrilled to see happiness in their lives.

 They are such a classy couple, that I wanted to keep the card classy, and be dressy and elegant. I cut the card base to have roses using a cut file from Bird's Cards. She makes the most amazing cut files!  I backed the rose cut out with white glitter cardstock to add some bling!

I created some layered flowers using white cardstock. I centered them with glittery buttons for a little pizzazz.

I just had to include hearts on the cards to express the love they share for each other as well as the love I have for them. Of course I cut one of the hearts from the white glitter cardstock to add some pop!

It's really so much more sparkly in person!

Inside has a little bit of blingy sparkle too!

Hoping this delivers all the love and good wishes that my heart holds for them as they start their life together!

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Scrapping Simply and Designing with Silhouette

Happy New Year!!!! Over the past year, I've not had a lot of time for scrapping.  I've stayed creatively active. I'm still making cards and home decor, but I just didn't get much time to scrap.  Which is really disappointing to me.

I love to preserve the many memories, big and small, that my family experiences. Looking back through the scrapbooks is always so comforting and fun.  I decided that I needed to add scrapping back into my life. So I've made it a goal for this year!

But, I tend to get side-tracked from the task because I become overwhelmed. I want to record the memory, but I also want my page to be very appealing.  When I look around for inspiration, I start to turn my page into something more. More artistic. More full. More graphic. More involved..... which makes me feel more pressured! And then, I end up not getting the page made.

I read this article recently, Why I Stopped Scrapbooking by Lisa Moorefield. It made me re-think how I've been scrapping.  I don't need each page to be innovative and worthy of hanging in an art museum!  I just need the page to capture our memories.  So, I'm scaling back, I'm purging supplies, I'm getting more simple, and I'm going to scrap more!

I Got this year off to a good start by already getting a page done!  Using a photo from our New Year's Eve fun, I designed this page in the Silhouette software.  This is another thing that helps keep it simple for me. Simple shapes, easy layout, easy cutting!

We had fun using some props for photos. I made those with the Silhouette too. So I incorporated them right into the page design.

I'm not a fan of my own handwriting, so I typed out the journaling and used the print-and-cut feature to add that to my page.

Using a sketch pen, I added some simple details like the date and drawn circles.. I really like the diversity of the Silhouette Cameo tool.

After I had everything printed or cut out, I added adhesive to put it all together.  Ta-Da!  One page completed!!  May not sound like much, but, that is an accomplishment for me!

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hybrid Happy Birthday

A special someone in my life is having a birthday. I had to make a very special card for her. It seems like just yesterday we were anxiously awaiting the arrival of my God-daughter. Now she is a beautiful young woman with a wonderful career!

I used one of my favorite digital paper packs for this card. Retrospect 365 by Quirky Twerp. The colors and textures of these papers are rich, elegant and timeless! Seriously, this is an absolute "go-to" pack for me!

I designed the card in my Silhouette software. The sentiment is from Arty Pants Digital Stamps Card Sentiments  I then print and cut the pieces using my Silhouette Cameo.

The background of the flower centers was cut using the white cardstock. I then coated them with Brilliance Dew Drop Pearlescent Ivy ink by Tsukineko. It adds a bit of sparkle!

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Butterfly Card

Winter time birthday's don't always have to get snowy, cold looking cards!  Especially if the recipient is not a fan of snow!  Butterflies seemed the perfect touch when I was making a card recently for a friend. They are always a sign of hope, life, grace... and warmer temperatures!

Kraft paper made the base for this card.  Then I layered some blue colored cardstock layered on top.  I was able to cut the butterflies, patterned, white and red panels from remnants left from previous projects. I love when you can turn your scraps into something beautiful!

After dry embossing some of the butterflies, I layered them using just a touch of adhesive in the middle. I pulled their wings up to give them dimension. Looks like they are ready to take flight!

Hoping this card delivered some warm birthday wishes!

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Photo Memorial Ornament

This is by far the most precious gift that I gave this Christmas. I created this for my mother-in-law.  My father-in-law passed away several years ago. He is greatly missed by all who knew him.  When the gift is this special, it really is a treat to create. The more work involved, the more time I got to spend reflecting on what made this man such a special part of the lives he touched.

You may be wondering how I got his photo on the ornament. I have a beautiful portrait of my in-laws. I scanned it into Photoshop. Next I created a black and white, high contrast image.  I then worked to get just him isolated.

I brought that photo into my Silhouette Design Studio software and traced the image. I then worked to smooth out all the little dots and such to create a usable image. I cut the image from black vinyl and applied it to a glass ornament. I had already glittered the inside of the glass ornament before applying the vinyl pieces.

On the other side of the ornament I placed the "Little bit of Heaven" phrase that I also cut from vinyl. Applying the itty-bitty-tiny letters was a bit tricky. Even using transfer paper, many still needed to be placed individually.  To be sure that this will last a while, I sprayed it with a coat of decoupage sealing spray.

Ribbons helped to finish off the cap and dress up the ornament a bit.

To present this gift, I made a special box. I used a box shape available in the Silhouette online store by Samantha Walker. I modified it to make it large enough to fit the ornament with the bows attached.  I used an acetate sheet for the window, some Christmas paper cut with a lace border punch and more ribbons on top to dress up the box.

This was the one gift I was really excited to give this year. I think she liked it!

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