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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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