Thursday, August 29, 2013

Now this has been a REAL project!!!!!!!!!!!

The other day an online friend of mine at my Silhouette Plus group, brought attention to this really cool organizer that comes in a set from SVG Attic and right now she has the set on sale for $1.75 (normally $6.99).  Here is a link to her site if you are interested in her files and below is a photo of the set. 

I just love that organizer, so I purchased the set!!!  She also has a video showing how to put it together and trust me, you WILL need to watch it!!!

At any rate, I spend the past few days making one for my desktop and I used my color scheme which is black and white.  Here are some photos of the one I made.

This is an over-all view of it as it sits on my desktop.

Here is a close-up of it with some of my "stuff" in it.

Here is an "over-head" view of it.

Here is a close-up of the side.

And last but not least is a view of the back....I covered it with a different patterned paper...just made it look better since that is the view of it when you enter my Craft Room.

Just a few notes and comments regarding the one I made.  I used cereal box for the back, bottom, two sides. and the dividers and because it is thicker in some ways it made it more difficult to put together.  All of my patterned papers and part of the black are Recollections from Michaels and the rest of the black is Bazzill.  Just be aware that as Barbara at Silhouette Plus pointed out, this is a rather daunting project but I have to say I really like the finished project and it was worth me pulling out my hair at times...LOL

Thanks for stopping by and hurry back!!!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Finally.......a card that is totally "not cased"!!! LOL

I think my creative juices are finally kicking back in peeps!!!  While surfing on Wednesday morning, I decided to check out the Sketch Challenge #450 at Splitcoast Stampers and walla.....there was my inspiration.  If you would like to check it out, you can find it here.  A really good friend of ours passed away on July 28th and he was only 63 years old.  I wanted to send a sympathy type card to his wife and decided to use that card sketch and this is what I came up with.

Here is a detailed close-up of some of the embellishments on the card front.

Here is a look at what I did for the inside.  I blocked out the inside text using Photoshop, as it included my phone number and other personal information.  It looks kinda goofy, but you get the idea!

I had to design a envelope that would hold a 5x7 card that could be cut using letter size paper since I scanned the patterned card and printed it on 24 lb. inkjet paper.  Once again, I blocked out the address using Photoshop!

There are several things I want to point out, the first being that the designer paper I used is Colorbok Designer Paper (8.5x11) that I purchased from get 30 sheets in the stack plus 139 stickers and 68 punch-outs for $5!  Also the Offray silver trim that I used on the border is from Walmart.  Everything on the card with the exception of the Martha Stewart "Double Loops" and "Classic Butterfly" punched items, was cut using my Silhouette "Cameo".  The urn is a Silhouette file and I shaped it and placed foam tape beneath it to give it a dimensional look.  The ribbon I used is May Silk Ribbon that I purchased from love working with that ribbon and I need to order more soon!!!  I have to say that designing this card has been nothing but "pure pleasure" and I think that in itself is healing!!!

Thanks for stopping by and please come back soon!

Finished Card Size:  A7 (5"x7")


Papers:  Colorbok (Designer Papers), Bazzill "Smooth White" (card base) and Ampad "Embassy Black Cardstock"
Font:  LDT Teacher (from Lettering Delights)
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo" and "Bow Easy"
Accessories:  Martha Stewart "Double Loops Punch Around the Page" and "Classic Butterfly", Recollections "Washi Tape", "Silver Pearls" and "Epoxy Stickers", Offray "Silver Trim", May "Black Silk Ribbon" and "Peel-Offs" 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

I have something to share with you..........

and I sure hope y'all can use them!!!  I've designed four "Holiday Card Overlays" in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition to get y'all started making your Christmas cards......after all, this is the time to get started on them!  The zipped file contains Studio and SVG versions as well as this JPEG image of the set.

Also, please note that I've sized these for 5.5x5.5 inch square cards, but you are welcome to resize them to whatever size you desire....even 12x12 inch for scrapbook pages!  You can download the files here.

Enjoy and hurry back to visit me!!!

Friday, August 16, 2013

I made a birthday card and a photo of my "Cutter Station"!!!

Hello everyone!!!  This coming Monday is the 70th birthday of one of my all time very best friends and I wanted very much to make a nice card for her special occasion.  I saw this card Pinterest and decided to case it to make a 70th birthday card.  I used my Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software to make the design..... I made "print and cut" files for the card front and the inside.  I used "LDT Printed" and "Before the Rain" fonts.  For "Marti" and "70", I made cutting files and cut each one three times and glued them together and I used "A&S Black Swain" and "NeoBulletin BOLD" fonts.  I also used Star Dust Transparent embossing powder on "Marti".  Here is a photo of the card front.

Here is a close-up of "Marti".

For the inside I used a Silhouette file called "Bow Lace Border, Design ID #10257" and I made a black mat to go behind it.  Here is a photo of the inside.

I mailed it to her this afternoon, so she should have it by Monday for sure.  I sure hope she likes it!!!

Now for my "Cutting Station" here in my Craft Room.  Last week, while surfing at Splitcoast Stampers I came across a post about this storage cart and I decided I really wanted one to hold my Silhouette Cameo and Sizzix eClips cutters, but to my dismay I could not locate one in the nearby Michaels stores and I was so disappointed!!!  Then I saw a white Parson's Desk in the Target ad on Sunday, on sale for $36.19 and decided I could make this work and it matches the furniture in my Craft Room, so as you can see in the photos below, I made it work and I love it!!!!

As you can see in this close-up photo, I used the same contact paper from the Dollar Tree that I used on my craft desk on the foam core piece that I used on the white shelve as the shelve I found at Walmart was only 10 inches deep.  Hey, I improvised!!!

If you go back here, you can see photos of my desktop so that you can see what I am talking about.

Hey, thanks for stopping by to visit and I will be back soon!!!


Papers:  Bazzill "Berry Blush" , "White Smooth" and "Black" and Paperbilities "Rhonna Farrer Autumn Leaves" Designer Paper (envelope)
Tools:  Silhouette Cameo, Bow Easy and Ranger "Heat It"
Accessories:  Want 2 Scrap "Bling" and "Pearls", Stamp-n-Stuff "Star Dust Transparent" EB, Offray Ribbon

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Thank You Card for Ms. Tammy!!!

Hey y'all, I have a real good crafting friend who is also a very talented seamstress and she was SO very kind to make me covers for my Cameo and for my Big Shot and I just absolutely love them!!!  She knows that my color scheme for my Craft Room is Black & White, so she picked fabric that would match my decor!

Here is the Cameo cover she made:

And here is the Big Shot cover she made:

Aren't they just gorgeous!!!!  By the way, if any of you would like to contact her to make you a cover for your machines, just email me and I will email you back with her contact information!

At any rate, even though I've not been crafting that much yet, I wanted to make her a really nice "Thank You" card, so I used one of Mary's files from the "Thank You for the Music" collection from SVG Cuts. The one I used was the "Treble Clef Card".  I just recently purchased this collection as I liked it so much!  You can see the entire collection here!  Here are photos of the card that I made for Tammy.

I want to point out that the clear pearls and the tear drops were made by me using a hot glue gun...the color on the tear drops came from brushing on Pearl Ex pigments while the glue was warm.  I also designed my own sentiments using my Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software and cut them using my Silhouette Cameo.  All of the other elements were cut using my Sizzix eClips cutter.

Here is a photo of the inside.

I used a Silhouette Sketch Pen to do the text....I love how it looks!

I also want you to see what I call my personal "signature labels" that I put on the back of my cards.  I used a frame that I designed to make them into a "print and cut" file that I cut using "sticker paper" and my Silhouette Cameo!  I always personally sign my cards.

By the way, Tammy loved her card!  I hope to be posting a new card or project very soon....see ya then!!!


Papers:  DCWV "The French Country Stack" and Bazzill
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo",  Sizzix "eClips" and Ranger "Heat It"
Accessories:  VersaMark "Watermark Stamp Pad", Stamp-n-Stuff "Star Dust Transparent" embossing powder and Stampendus "Dot Sparklers Silver class a' peel stickers"