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Friday, September 28, 2012

Altered Photo Frame with Cardstock and Vinyl


Our extended family grew recently. My husband and I became Great Uncle and Aunt!!  Our niece Nicole and her husband Matt welcomed their son Logan into this world, and we are all so thrilled!!  You might remember the diaper cake I made earlier this summer?  That was for Nicole's shower.


I wanted to make a little something special for Logan's room. I decided to make a birth announcement frame. I used the Silhouette Studio Software to design the layout.  I cut an opening and the details of the birth announcement into American Craft cardstock. I also cut his middle name into the cardstock. I adhered the cardstock to a mat for the frame.



I cut his first name and the "baby word clothesline" shapes (available in the Silhouette Online Store) from white vinyl. Using transfer tape, I applied the vinyl to the glass of the frame.


Makes a beautiful, personalized picture frame!






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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tropical Picture Frame with Graphic 45

Another great use for your scrapbooking supplies is to make custom picture frames.  Think of it as creating a 3D scrapbook layout.


I created this frame as a birthday present for my husband.  I started out with a picture frame that I picked up at a craft store.  The frame can hold an 8x10 photo. I placed a mat in it that would surround a 5x7 photo.

This photo of us was snapped while we were on vacation in Hawaii, and I just love it.  I printed it out at 5"x7".  The papers that I chose are Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue. I wanted a tropical feel, and the vintage look to these papers really gave the project a lasting, classic look.

I traced the mat onto two of the papers, then cut them. I adhere them to the mat.  I set the photo and mat in the frame under the glass.


I then created all the details for the frame design.  The roses and rosette were made using this tutorial.  I also made the small flowers (I'll need to do a tutorial for those soon!).  The leaves, parrot and small yellow flowers were fussy cut from some of the Graphic 45 papers.



The palm trees were created using coordinating cardstock. I cut the trees using my Silhouette Cameo and then paper pieced them together.


All of these details were adhered on top of the glass. This gave the frame some really great dimension.  Some items are adhered using double sided foam adhesive. Some I even doubled up the foam adhesive to give it extra depth.


You can get a feel for some of the layering looking down into the base of the palm trees in the image above.

Next time you're looking for a way to preserve a special photo, think 3D. Create a one-of-a-kind, personal photo frame.







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Monday, September 24, 2012

Halloween Sign Using Silhouette Cameo


Update: My project is featured on the Silhouette blog!!!


I'm having some fun with vinyl!  I've just gotten some vinyl for cutting with my Silhouette Cameo and I've found a new crafty must have!! Let me take you through the making of this sign.


I painted the wood, orange on the surface and black on the edges.


I designed the sign layout in the Silhouette Software.  I then cut it out of vinyl. I weeded the pieces of vinyl where I wanted to paint the sign.


I laid the vinyl carefully on the painted sign being certain to have all edges firmly tacked down.


Using a sponge brush, I applied the black paint. After it dried, I applied Top Emboss to the word "bewitchy" and sprinkled it with some WOW black glitter embossing powder, which I heat embossed.


I used WOW silver glitter embossing powder on the cauldron accent and to create the steam.  I also applied some black glitter to the edges of the sign. I lightly sanded the edges and some of the surface of the sign for a slight distressed look.

Here are some additional views




Now I can't wait to break out the vinyl and do some more designing!!

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Special Birthday


We attended a party to celebrate a very special birthday for a very special friend recently.  I wanted to make a special card. I wanted it to be elegant and sophisticated.  His birthday was being celebrated with a really nice party.  It turned out to be an amazing evening with many magical moments.


I decided to stay with the black and white color scheme. Is there anything more classic?  The frame behind the 60 is layered shapes alternating black and white. The background and the 60 are dry embossed. I popped up the 60 with some double sided foam adhesive.  The pearls add an additional touch of class and elegance.  

I used my Xyron 5" Creative Station to apply adhesive to the frame layers and the Xyron X to apply adhesive to the word "years" and "celebrate". I created the tag to mount the word "celebrate" and topped it off with a May Arts Ribbon.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Round Birthday Card


The new Card Caravan Challenge is up at The Hybrid Chick. This time aROUND, the challenge is to create a ROUND creation.  Simple, huh?

This is my entry. I created it for my husband for his birthday. So I wanted a masculine look to it. The scalloped edge may be a bit flirty, but I thought the rugged Kraft and Autumn colors helped beef up the manly-ness.

I used a digital collaborative kit by the designers at The DigiChick called Howdy Ma'am.

The card was designed in my Silhouette Software and then cut using my Cameo. I used a few different die cut shapes to create the scallop edge, the circles and the pennant pieces.


After punching holes, and inserting eyelets, I strung the pennants together with jute to create the banner. I tied knots in the ends of the jute to add to the masculine feel of the card.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting!

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Vroom...Vroom... Birthday Card


Making cards for guys can by challenging.  Most of the embellishments in the crafts stores are pretty feminine. There are lots of flowers and gems.  When my kids were younger, I could easily use some cartoony type images, super heroes and the like. But as they are getting older, it's another challenge!

I made this card for my oldest son's birthday.  I stuck with primary colors and a theme that never guys never seem to outgrow - cars!


I designed the card in Silhouette Studio software and cut the shapes using my Cameo.  I first printed the word "birthday" on the cardstock before doing the cutting.

My son loved the card! Especially since he'd recently purchased his first (used) car.





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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Ready for Football!


We love football in our house. My youngest son plays football. I'm the photographer for the team.  And while those are the best games, ever!.... We do enjoy the NFL too.

The best part is that we are not a united front on who our favorite teams are.  My favorite team is, and always has been, the Broncos.  But I live with a few Steelers fans. One, is a die-hard, staunch, bleeds black-and-gold Steelers fan!

As you can imagine, tonight's Sunday Night Football game between the Denver Broncos and the Pittsburgh Steelers, is the ultimate competition in our house!  We are having a bit of a party.  It feels like Superbowl Sunday!


To get in the spirit, I made up some new table decor. I went with the Steelers colors since my son's (the big Steelers fan) birthday is coming up and I'll be setting these out for the party then too.


I love the way this utensil holder turned out. The lacing on the football is May Arts Ribbon.



The football is actually a box. I'll be filling it with some yummies for dessert!



Of course, I couldn't let the entire table be black and gold.  We'll be eating off some Broncos colored plates!

The cutting files for the utensil holder, and box are from svg.cuts.  The 3D football is a hybrid creations that I made a few years ago using a file from the Silhouette store and the digital kit Grid Iron Grit by Quirky Twerp.

Enjoy the game!  GO BRONCOS!







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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Cosmo Cricket Cards


Just a quick post to share a simple sweet card that I made using a 6x6 paper pack.  I love those 6x6 pads for card making, they typically reduce the size of the patterns on the paper as well. Making them perfect for cards, mini albums etc.

This one is using the Cosmo Cricket Early Bird papers.  I made up a bunch of these to have on hand.

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Hang in There


Sometimes life hands you things that are unexpected.  It can throw you for a loop. It's hard to remember that things happen for a reason.  But if you keep it in your mind and heart, that you are only given what you can handle, you'll realize that you are strong enough.  So just keep going.

That is the inspiration behind this card that I created.  I used a new digital kit by Etc. by Danyale and Sweet Digi Scraps called Kashmir for the papers and elements. It's a gorgeous kit filled with rich colors.

I made the card for this weeks Card Caravan at The Hybrid Chick. The theme is to "pop it up". All you have to do is have some dimension to your card. Easy, huh?  So stop by and join in!!


You can see that I popped up the bird on my card. I used double sided foam adhesive to do this.






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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Freebie!!!

I've created a Mardi Gras themed cluster frame freebie for you.  It may be a bit early to be thinking Mardi Gras, but my heart and thoughts are with those affected by hurricane Issac. Which inspired me to use the Great Escape New Orleans kit and the coordinating Word Art Bits  by WM Squared Designs to create this frame


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