Friday, August 31, 2012

Two Hearts

I created this card for the Cameo Spotlight Challenge #2. The theme is numbers. We can interpret this in anyway we choose. I decided to make a wedding card to have on hand for the next time I need one. When I decided to do a wedding card, I could not get the phrase "Two Hearts Beat as One" out of my head. It is an old U2 song. I recently purchased a wide format printer and decided I should finally hook the thing up and use the print and cut feature for this project.

I typed out "Two Hearts" and "Beat as One" and placed them on a rectangle I created in my Silhouette studio software. I flood filled the words and a bold border with red ink and then print and cut it. I cut two 'wedding couple' images from black card stock and layered them with pop dots. I welded two small hearts together, cut them out of red card stock and adhered them to the wedding couple. I affixed the couple on the card between the words again using pop dots. I put a very, very thin black mat behind the red bordered rectangle. I placed this on a red patterned card stock. I fussy cut a couple heart flowers from scrap card stock and used them as photo corners.

I really like the design despite it's simplicity. I feel it conveys the message perfectly.

Black  and red patterned card stock (Stampin Up), white card stock (Bazzil), wedding couple  and heart images (Silhouette store), font (Caswallon Demo)

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and looking at my card!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Chosen "3" Crop Stop Challenge card

Today I'm sharing my entry for  the Crop Stop Challenge #85-The Chosen 3.  The Challenge was to use flowers, bling and dots-The Chosen 3. I decided to incorporate these items into other design elements I've been wanting to try. The main one being to paper piece a hexagon design using coordinating paper. This proved to be a rather time consuming experiment, which was a welcomed relief to some personal stress I was dealing with that evening. If I were ever to do this again, I would flood fill the shapes with coordinating designs using my Silhouette software, and just cut the whole patternered piece as a card front. But for those of you that love a paper piecing challenge, here's the results of my planning, cutting and gluing each piece:

I really loved these bright happy colors and thought I might have some twine that would go nicely with it. (What an understatement that was! I have twine coming out my.....well you get my drift). I decided I would like to wind some twine around something and so I cut a strip of white cardstock to 1-1/2 "  X 4-1/4 ". I put some ATG tape on back of the strip, and some more in the front of the strip to anchor the twine, and proceeded to wind the twine around the cardstock. I made a very simple pattern alternating the turquoise and yellow twine until the whole white strip was covered. I really enjoyed this technique and will do it again. Got to use that twine I have!

I found another sheet of cardstock from the stack and fussy cut  flowers that were part of the pattern. I added some small, matching paper flowers I had in my stash (this is the flowers portion of the challenge) and then added yellow rhinestones and sparkly self adhesive dots to the center of the flowers (this is the bling and dots portion of the challenge). I finally added a dragon fly a good friend had made for me several months ago to the whole embellished strip. I felt the hexagon shapes looked kind of blah, so I outlined them with Diamond stickles.

I didn't really care for it. So I decided to rub the stickles all over the card stock to add shine to all the shapes.

If I had to do it over again, I would've left the Stickles off. But at this point, there was no going back. And with the time I invested in creating this card, there was no way I was not going to use it for this challenge. This is not one of my favorite creations, but I did have a lot of fun challenging myself and I've learned a lot. I guess that's why they're called challenges.

There are a lot of nice entries over at the Crop Stop Challenge. Do yourself a favor and check them out.


Supplies: The Mango Frost cardstack (DCWV), Stickles-Diamond, Twine (from a twine share so I'm not sure if it came from The Twinery or Divine Twine), paper flowers, sparkly dots and bling from my stash; dragonfly embellishment made for me by Pam Ramesh.

Tools-Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette Designer Edition Software, Hexagon shapes image from the Silhouette Online store, Petal roller (Imaginisce)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ornate Frame card

I love my Cameo. Yes, I may have stated that a few times before, but just in case there are a few newbies here, I needed to say it again.

I made this card using two different image types I purchased from the Silhouette store. The first was the Ornate Card Frame (regular cut) image. The second was a Daisy (sketch) image I wanted to add to the frame portion of the card. Here is how I combined the elements:

First, I placed the card layers on my virtual mat. I used the default size as it was perfect for the 5-1/2 X 5-1/2 inch envelopes I have.

Then I chose a Daisy sketch image and sized it so it would fit inside the ornate frame. I placed it on my mat inside the frame. (sorry for the blurry picture, but I was too lazy to take another picture and you get the idea)

Next I moved all the images off the virtual mat except for the Daisy sketch.

I changed out my blade housing for my Chomas Adjustable pen holder. I set a black gel pen in the holder following the pen holder instructions and attached white cardstock to my "real" mat. I changed my setting for the Silhouette pen and pressed cut. When finished I had the sketched Daisy image on my cardstock. DO NOT UNLOAD your mat!

After creating the sketch, I moved my frame portion of the card image back to the virtual mat, placing it around the Daisy sketch and I moved the Daisy off the virtual mat.

I changed my adjustable pen holder for the blade housing, changed the settings and pressed cut. The Cameo cut the frame perfectly around the sketched Daisy.

I chose a patterned cardstock for the card base, and because my cardstock was flimsy, I opted to cut another card base out of black solid cardstock to make it a bit more stable. I cut the black base along the perforations and adhered the separate pieces to the inside of the card. I also used black cardstock for the outer shadow portion of the frame. I adhered the white frame pieces over the black frame piece, and adhered that to the card base. All in all it was very simple to put together.

I wanted to embellish this card, but honestly the design was so pretty that to add anything to it seemed to take away from it's beauty. So, I added 4 pieces of self adhesive bling to the frame and colored the inside of the Daisy with a coordinating Copic marker color. This satisfied my need to add a little something to the card without overdoing it.

Supplies I used: Cameo Die Cutting Machine, Chomas Adjustable Pen Holder, Black gel pen (I used a Gelly Roll gel pen), Black cardstock (Stampin Up), White cardstock (Bazzill), Patterned cardstock (Me and My Big Ideas), Black Bling (want 2 scrap), Copic Marker (YG03), Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, ATG Tape

Have some fun adding sketch designs to a card base. There are a lot of card bases available in the Silhouette store, as well as sketch designs. If you have the Designer Edition of the Silhouette Software, you can turn any image into a Sketch. Give it a whirl!

I posted this one over at The Cameo Spotlight as well (I was told it was okay :). You all should check it out and play along with the Summer Theme challenge. It's so easy and fun!

Let me know what you think and have a great day!


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Cameo Spotlight Challenge-Summer theme

Hello everyone. Today I am playing along with The Cameo Spotlight Challenge. The challenge theme is summer. I chose to represent summer by adorning a card with one of my favorite things to wear, flip flops. This is a "flip flops" image I purchased from the Silhouette store.  The cardstock is from scraps of paper I had from the SEI Twitterpated collection. I switched out the flowers that came with the image with some paper flowers I had in my stash, and used self adhesive pearls for the centers. For the sand I tore some scrap light beige cardstock, rubbed a generous amount of glue from my wide mouth Zig Glue pen over it, and then added some fine glitter. For the sentiment I created an oval and used my Chomas Adjustable pen holder, a brown gel pen and the Barbara Hand font.  And of course, I used my Cameo. It's a simple card, but was fun to put together. Check out the new Cameo Spotlight blog and play along.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Love this

I've been really wanting to share this website with everyone I know. TipNut is a great site for inexpensive craft products, household tips, organizational tips, recipes, etc, etc. It has a little bit of everything and I really like a lot of what this site has to offer. I strongly urge you to check it out and if you like, subscribe to the weekly update e-mails. I'm so busy checking out everything I haven't yet had the opportunity to try my hand at making some of the wonderful pincushions I found under  50+ Free Pincushion Patterns. I also found my self making of list of the 40 + Crafty Bracelets and Bangles I just have to try, or the section that originally peaked my curiosity. Recycling Old Towel (Crafty Ideas & Projects) gave me several useful ideas of things to do with the overabundance of bath towels I've accumulated through the years.

One day I hope to do more than just salivate at the wonderful projects this site has to offer and actually use some of their clever ideas. Enjoy!

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