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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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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Personalized Christmas Ornaments with Silhouette Cameo

It's been awhile.  I've been busy with family stuff, but also getting some crafting time.  Here are some of the Christmas projects I've been working on:

For my niece.  Her favorite colors is purple.  This was a clear glass ornament. I used floor wax to glitter the inside. The vinyl was cut on my Cameo.

For my nephew Tim. He's a scout and his favorite color is blue!

And for my nephew Mario. He loves sneakers! Can you guess his favorite color? Yep, it would be green!

Sorry for the messy craft table in the background. I have not had time to clean it up!

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Ornaments with Silhouette Cameo

Busy, busy, busy! I know we all are this time of years. Here is a quick peak at some of what I have been up to. These ornaments were made from clear glass bulbs. Some have been glittered on the inside, others I created a floating ornament.  All the vinyl was cut using my Cameo.  Enjoy!

I love the way the reflection of the tree in the photo glass in the background looks like bokeh!  I'd love to say that I set of the photo that way - but it was really just quite accidental!

May you and your family find much Peace, Love and Happiness at this time and throughout the New Year!

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Silent Night Canvas from Digital Stamp

Would you believe this canvas was created using a digital stamp? It was!  Seriously!  The digital stamp that inspired me is Silent Night Digital Stamp from Arty Pants Digital Stamps and is available at The DigiChick. It just released today!!! So it's on sale right now!  Hurry to grab it for yourself!

The wonderful designer created these stamps in several sizes so they can easily be used for cards, scrapbooking or even to create wall art. She also provides layered versions of each stamp, so you can easily clip digital papers to them!

The canvas I used is a 9x12, it was already stretched on the wood base.  I mixed a few paints to get a blue color that I was happy with, then painted a few layers on the canvas.  While that was drying, I used the 8x10 version of the stamp. I brought it into Silhouette Studio and traced it to create cut lines.  I cut it from matte white Oracal vinyl (outdoor).  The stars are from 2 different Silhouette shapes available from Silhouette. Nativity (shape 52103) and Wise men still seek him (shape 35315). I cut the stars from gold vinyl.

I wanted the canvas to have a slight aged/primitive look to it. So I took some white ink and dabbed it around the edges to give it an aged effect.  I then layered the vinyl, the gold stars first then the white letters on top.

Now I've got a beautiful holiday wall art to help us stay focused on the true meaning of Christmas!

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Holiday Newsletter Freebie!

Can not get my mind to wrap around the idea that it is the end of November, Thanksgiving, the start of Advent! Where did this year go?  I know, I know, so cliche, every year seems to go faster than the year before. But seriously, it does!

To help save you some of that valuable time, I've got a freebie Holiday Newsletter template to share with you. You can use it to send out an update to family and friends, or create a quick scrapbook page.  I made up my letter to send to family and friends using the new kit by Paper Garden Projects called Christmas Dreams.
click on image to download

After I had spent all that time getting it set up to hold enough room for several photos and plenty of room for lots of text, I thought it would be a great gift to share with all you wonderful blog readers and friends! Just click on the above image to download. Or click HERE to download. Then all you have to do is slip your photos behind the .png image and add your text above the image using your photo editing software.

Enjoy! And Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thankful Femme Card

Isn't she cute????  Another beauty that I made from the new Femme kits by the wonderful Arty Pants Digital Stamps designer!!!  For this one I used bits of the following sets:

The Sentiment came from her Thanksgiving Sentiments Digital Stamps .

I created the She Art/Doll in my photo editing software (Photoshop CS6). The doll stamps are amazing. They are layered files so it is easy to clip papers to the body, dress, hair, etc.  I also used several stamps from the different collections like you would rubons in "real" paper designing.

Once I had the girl the way I wanted her, I saved her as a .png file.  I simply dragged that file into my Silhouette Software and resized her to fit my card layout.  I also dragged papers from the Femme kits into the shapes I had laid out in the Silhouette Software for the card base and elements.  Same with the sentiment, I just dragged that over, placed it and resized it.

I traced the doll to cut around her, then sent everything to my print and cut!  Love that feature on my Silhouette!!  Since I had everything cut as individual parts of the card, I could apply inks to edges to give it some definition. I also used pens, India inks and Caran d"ache Neocolor II wax crayons to give the doll some character.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Grateful Card set

If you saw my most recent journal project, then you know that I am in love with the new Femme digital stamp sets by Arty Pants Digital Stamps. (If you missed that project, you can see it here.) I used papers and stamps from the Femme Carefree Digital Stamp Kit along with a sentiment from the Thanksgiving Sentiments Digital Stamps, also by Arty Pants Digital Stamps, to create a set of Grateful cards.

These can be used as cards for the Thanksgiving holiday, or.... for a thank you note whenever one might be needed!  I printed the focal stamp with sentiment sized for 4.25'x5.5" cards. I also printed out a sheet of the patterned paper. I then trimmed the paper and attached using different embellishments to make each card unique.

Here's a closer look at each card.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Explore and Release Journal

It's been a while, but I finally got to do some more She Art work!!  I love doing this type of art. The mixed media is so very pleasing to all my sensory needs!  It allows my creative process to flow, while I think through some deep thoughts and capture some!  It's an art journaling process.

For this one, I got to also play a bit digitally. Arty Pants Digital Stamps has released some really awesome digital stamp goodies that help make Femme images a real breeze!  Check them all out here.

I laid out my design in Photoshop, then printed the background. That got Mod Podged to a composition book.  I then printed the girl, the word strips and the embellishments separately. I fussy cut the girl and pieces and Mod Podged each layered on the journal. I used paints, bubble wrap, punchanella, inks, pens etc to shade, color and highlight.

Some areas got built up with gesso and modeling paste. Glitter got sprinkled on various layers including the lace, and the girls hair. Unfortunately we did not get any sun today to help with the photographs, so you'll just have to trust me that the bling is really nice!

Some gems were added to the flowers on her dress and in her hair. I doodled around the word strips that are layered on the journal.  Can you see how much fun this is?

I didn't need to add any rub-ons since the Extras by Arty Pants include some awesome stamps to make this super easy!

This beauty has already been delivered to a friend.  I hope she enjoys exploring her dreams and releasing her true beauty!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Etching Glass

I've seen so many wonderful glass etching projects and had really been wanted to try it myself.  Then along cam an opportunity. My sister was getting married this past summer and I wanted to make something special for her shower gift. The shower theme was to stock the pantry. I decided to make her a customized casserole dish. This way when she makes all her yummy food to share at parties and gatherings, everyone will know which dish is hers!

I didn't think to take photos as I was doing this. So I just have a few that I took with my cell phone.  I bought a glass casserole dish that had a fairly flat bottom with not much writing or impressions on it. Then I took a measurement of the space I had to work with on the bottom of the dish.

I used my Silhouette Cameo for this project.I laid out my design in the software, being certain to constrain myself to the measurement of the casserole dish bottom. 

 Before cutting the design, I mirrored it in the Silhouette software. I then cut it out of vinyl. And weeded out the portions where I wanted the glass etching to take place.  This part can trip you up. Typically you weed out the waste areas and keep the design. But for this type of project you'll actually weed out the design elements so that those areas of the glass are exposed.

Using transfer tape, I applied the vinyl to the bottom of the casserole. I used a squeegee to make sure the vinyl was tightly adhered. The bubbles in the vinyl are fine. The vinyl will not be staying on the dish. It is just acting as a stencil.

Once the vinyl is in place, you apply the glass etching cream. There are a few on the market. I used Etchall. I only had a small jar and it was more than enough for this project. Plus you can gather the excess and put it back in the jar to be reused.

Spread the cream liberally to cover ONLY the areas that you want etched.  Be very careful to not get it on any other areas.

Now you just wait.  15 minutes. Then you can scrape the cream off the project and put it back in the jar.  Then remove the adhesive vinyl under running water.  And enjoy your permanently etched glass!

The vinyl left a bit of residue on the glass. I used some Goo-Gone to take that off.

I was so happy with the results. Especially since this was my very first time using this technique. Now I'm thinking of lots ideas for using etching cream!

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