Thursday, March 23, 2017

Creating on my Silhouette


This last week Lori Whitlock cut files were on sale both at the Silhouette store and at Lori's store. A few of these files were just too cute to pass up.





Three are Z-fold style cards and the Giraffe card is a Center Box Card style.  While I could use my Silhouette to cut layers of colored paper to create the embellishments in the files, I prefer to manipulate the file into a print and cut with a white border - I think it gives the scenes a cleaner crisper look.  It takes a few minutes to do this but that means I can ALSO change the color of the design.  In the case of the golf cart I not only changed the color but added a few lines to give the cart a more defined top, and the look of a bumper and steering wheel....I also added some circles to make the tires look less color bookish. When it came to creating the giraffe card I kept things pretty close to Lori's version, but I love that in the future I can make this card with a pink, blue or green giraffe and personalize it.  All of these cut files  were great fun to create and play with. 

No real changes to the Christmas card other than adding gold behind the stars and the sentiment.  I created a second Bethlehem scene with yellow in the windows but it didn't quite look right in this layout with the gold.


Love this little giraffe - can't wait to make a pink one.  Used a little Wink of Stella on the moon to make it shimmer. 


Hmmm, there is a golfer in my life wonder if this card is in his future.


This bicycle card was scored using my Scor-Pal - score lines on the SIL are dashes and while it is easy to let the machine make the dashes and fold I often prefer a cleaner look and will score my cards myself foregoing the machine.  If you look close you can see the dashes on the golf card and giraffe card NO dashes on the bicycle card or the Christmas card.  

I love my Silhouette Cameo - there are soo many things I can do with it from creating the above cards to using it to create bases, make my own designs, print special sentiments in my cards, as well as importing photos or digis to use and color.....and then there's cutting vinyl.....that's a whole different post.   


Materials:  Silhouette Cameo, Card Stock, Glue, pop dots, scor-Pal, Wink of Stella
Challenges:  Scor-Pal Anything Goes, CardzTV Anything Goes, Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Romping Bunnies

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As I perused Splitcoast Stampers last week this card from Kittie747 caught my eye.  Over the years I have followed (stalked) Kittie - her work is so detailed, creative and outstanding.  After seeing her card I had to dig out my new bunny dies and get to work.  The frame is my favorite Spellbinders Floral Die that I layered with pop up for dimension.  My greenery is from an old but well used Martha Stewart punch (I am however going to buy the new IO foliage die I recently discovered).....the little flowers are an ancient small hand punch that I have had for at least 10 years.   


These adorable little bunnies are Cottage Cutz dies that I ran thru my cutter using beige card stock then I used some Ranger Distress ink and a sponge to color around them.  I dug out my smallest circle hand punch and gave these cuties an eye - using a larger circle hand punch I cut a piece of brown paper and layered it under the first cut - a little extra work but I wanted them to be precise looking.   Compared to Kittie I kept this card pretty simple but I am pleased with the results and cant' wait to put it in the mail for Easter.

Thanks for stopping by

Materials:  Spellbinders, MS punch, Card stock, Ranger Ink, Cottage Cutz Die

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Easter 3-D card

This card is totally different than the idea I was playing with a few weeks ago. I made two cards, the first I played with many months ago, putting it away to finish at a future date, which turned out to be today.  It is a cut file I purchased from Lori Whitlock, but I altered the background to fit my idea, this card has a layered look that folds down flat to send (see photo below).  On the second card  I used a digital image I purchased from a tattoo artist Hassified at Deviant art, it is a stunning image and colors up beautifully. 




 My first thoughts were to use the image on a 3-D style pop up card, but I just wasn't pleased with how the image looked on that layout, no matter how much I played with the placement, over and over again, it just didn't work.   As I started to look at the two cards near each other it became obvious the colored imaged was meant to go in the layout below.  


While this card will fold down flat, I decided to create a box to hold it as it will be hand delivered.  As much as I like the white cross the stunning image of Christ crucified will be the the one I use on this Easter card to show the great gift of love and grace that took place that first Easter.   




I couldn't have created this without the use of my Silhouette Cameo and Copic markers - both items I love to play with.  The digital image was imported to my SIL which I used to print the image to size and cut it out with my machine.  The SIL was also used to cut all the pieces used, including the box I made. Thanks for stopping by.



Materials:  Card Stock, Silhouette Cameo, Digital image, Copic Markers, glue


Friday, March 3, 2017

Third time is a charm....


     Back in 2008 a few years before my Blogging journey began I was ecstatic and grateful to have a converted over sized closet in the basement to stamp and create cards in - I added counter tops during a remodel to the old basement, then I purchased storage containers and utilized the shelves in the room and went to town stamping, coloring, gluing ...it was little but I had fun.
     Then in 2011 my husbands company moved us to the Atlanta area - all my stamps, inks, papers, pens and computer all got boxed up and moved.  My sweet husband made having a room for my crafting a must have on our house hunting list.  Once again I had the privilege of creating a new craft area.......I built bases for the addition of counter tops, painted some old file cabinets, built and created a stamp storage area - and several months after the move I was once again creating cards and playing with inks.  Then vinyl came along and a new Silhouette Cameo - all in my little corner of the basement, I pinched myself I felt so blessed and lucky.
     The job market changed and my husbands position was eliminated, he began the search, was offered a position and spent 18 months commuting to the suburbs of Chicago for work before we bit the bullet and made the decision to move.   December 2016 found us packing once again, and bless my husband, he put having a room to craft in as one of the items we needed in our Illinois home.  Knowing I would be creating another craft area I started saving money to put towards getting what I really wanted this time around, as if one ever really knows what they want.
      I knew this room would serve a multi purpose and be not only for crafting but for journaling and personal bible study.   I was able to search the hardware stores and find some cabinets and counter tops, as well as someone to install them (that is a story in and of itself and for a glass of wine and another day)  Again, I built a base for a desk to have a counter top installed on (I wanted it in the center of the room so I could craft with my sister now that we lived near each other)  - I scoured Pinterest and Ikea for ideas.....finally this week it has all come together. Nothing like moving into a house on December 6 unpacking, shopping for AND wrapping Christmas gifts, unpacking box after box to get things put away........THEN still finding time to coordinate cabinets and a zillion other details for the house and my craft room - I had to take time each day to be grateful and breathe deeply.
     Below are some pics showing the finished product with my desk. cabinets (glorious and wonderful cabinets to store things in).....and lots of little Ikea shelves put together and meticulously hung.  There is a small closet with LOTS of those sweet IKEA shelves holding my ribbon collection - (Don't judge me I may or may not have a ribbon hoarding problem LOL).  There is even a chair in the corner where I can sit and have coffee as I watch you tube videos on techniques or read my devotionals and journal, I truly feel grateful and blessed!  This is the third room I have created and its the last as far as I'm concerned.

Sitting in my chair with my feet up. The shelves helves and buckets in frames holding some supplies are from IKEA and the frames are from Hobby Lobby. 


Looking toward the door and my ribbon closet - the counter tops on the desk base I built matches the ones on the cabinets I had installed.  

My $3.99 IKEA shelves are holding my rolls of tibbon - there is also ribbon in some of the storage boxes, and yes there is even ribbon hanging - I do love my ribbon. This is a small closet but I have utilized every inch of it. 

I guarantee this desk will not look this clean in a few days. 


These are my embellishments in individual containers and labeled by style


     Thanks for stopping by - hope to post some of the cards and things I make now that I have my stuff out of boxes and can function.




Thursday, February 23, 2017

Playing with inks.....

My studio/craft room is still a work in progress from the move in December.  I have managed to get a few projects done while working on a temporary desk in January.  The bones of the room are in and organizing is taking place - it shouldn't be much longer before the place is picture worthy.  In the meantime I dug my copic markers out and started working on an Easter card, I love 3-D and pop up cards so this new layout was really appealing to me......it is a work in progress but I am feeling good just playing with some ink.  I'll get a pic when its finally completed......now that I have my image colored I am thinking of changing the card background... but I think it will be a lovely card when finished.

Supplies:  Copic markers, Silhouette Studio, Card Stock, Hassified.deviant.art image, 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

3-D Halloween Pop Up Box Card

Bwahahaha - I love making 3-D cards - I recently purchased a Pop Up Box Card cut file from the SIL store designed by Lori Whitlock for a Birthday card I needed to make.  After making that card I decided I wanted to use the base and make a Halloween card.  The background of the card is cut out of black card stock, the panels are from some green in my stash......The tree is a stamp I used my Pix Scan mat on to print and cut to size..  My front panel contains a fabulous 3-D Haunted House from my stash of stickers, this one from Recollections.  I then used my SIL to cut the tombstones.  The fence and grass are die cuts (the fence is greatly modified to look old)


I got this all assembled and realized I needed a sentiment - with the layers and everything together it was going to be VERY tricky to stamp anything so I once again went to my SIL and cut out the words Happy Halloween in vinyl and stuck them on. This card folds flat for sending.   I almost got carried away thinking I would add some bats on acetate to look like they were flying around but nixed that idea as the card is thick enough with the embellishment on the front.

I'm now working on a Nativity scene idea for this template as well - stay tuned I may have time to get it done this week.

Materials:  Silhouette Cameo, card stock, Recollections sticker, Computer, chalk ink, vinyl, die cuts


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Floral Folding Card

I needed a card for a very good friend recently - she loves flowers so it was a no brainer to put this 3D Flower Box that folds flat together to give her when we went out to lunch.  

I actually dug out my stamps to do this one.  The box was a rectangle I designed and cut on my Silhouette Cameo.....the edges are part of the rectangle and I cut a separate long rectangle to go over them on the outside for reinforcement. The paper used was kraft card stock -  I stamped each portion with an Our Daily Bread Designs wood stamp.  The blue flowers are stamped with an obscure stamp I found in my drawer in Stampin Ups Bliss Blue (its from way back) on some Bliss Blue paper I still had in my stash.  I fussy cut around them as I was too lazy to play with my Pix Scan mat on my SIL. The yellow flowers and leaves are a simple cut file from Lori Whitlock.  

I had a lot to live up to on her card this year as last year for her 60th Birthday I made the one below - She has several bird feeders in her back yard and enjoys feeding them and watching them from her kitchen.  It is great fun making cards for her as she truly appreciates them. 

There are a few more projects in the works and hopefully they will be posted soon.




Saturday, June 11, 2016

A 3-D Goodbye

My daughter recently asked me to create a card for her manager who was leaving and moving back to England.  Her original request was for one of my Exploding Box cards, but with this gentleman moving I suggest she let me create something else.  After perusing the Silhouette store I found a Lori Whitlock file (the Hidden Binding Suitcase Mini Album) I liked and purchased it.  I just love the instant gratification of being able to purchase from the Silhouette Store any time of day.  
This particular cut file was intended for use as a photo album - but I knew it would work perfect for what I needed to do.  I changed the file to have more of a traveling suitcase look since this gentleman was moving, by adding straps with holders to go around the suitcase along with some stickers that depicted traveling. For the wrap around I  simply adapted the top piece from the handle and added some long strips that I ran through the additional handle piece.  Her manager oversaw several departments and I liked the idea of using the picture holders within the suitcase as signature cards for each department.  
I placed clip art photo of Atlanta on the main page, then used the front of the first holder for the sentiment.  Each card that pulled out had a different department on it.  The back page had some clip art depicting the London skyline.  
Each department was able to pull their card out and write various messages and sign their names.  
This card turned out just great and I am sure I will be creating some more for future use. I have no doubt it would be great used for pictures like it was created for.  I have a few more creations to post but I need to get the pictures loaded into my computer. I have added this to the Silhouette Challenge 


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

New Year and New Posts

It's a New Year and I have challenged myself to post more on my blog about the time I spend in my little craft corner creating.  The holidays found me busy using my Silhouette Cameo for ornaments and personalized coffee cups. Below is a saying I used on several for gifts - today I finally got one made for myself. You never know what you may find in my to go 'coffee' cup.......
While my cup is plain I also worked on several personalized Starbucks cups for friends - the names in these are in gold glitter vinyl.  
Today I finished an order for a 60th Birthday Exploding Box card - I always enjoy making these - each is so individual depending on the request of the purchaser. 
My Silhouette Cameo continues to fascinate me with what it can do - As much as I use it I have come to realize how much more it can do - can't wait for more play time in my studio - hopefully next week!


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Easter Fun!!


     When you are a card maker/crafter the holidays seem to run together.  For several weeks my craft room has looked like Easter.  If you know me, you know I LOVE making these Exploding Box cards. Several of my friends have told me I should re-name them "Sherry Bombs" I make so many.  This little Easter basket was quite fun.  The bunny is a floral pick from Michael's - the little basket he sits in was made by me (using my Silhouette Cameo).  After cutting the basket out I took a small chalk ink pad and rubbed the edges to give the sides some depth when they were glued together.  After adding some green cellophane grass and little eggs he is ready to go in the mail for Easter.

     Since this little basket was such fun to make that I decided to cut several - the one below has two adorable little furry bunnies peeking out.....they are just too cute!!! 


   
     The one below is still my favorite - it captures the essence of Easter celebrating the resurrected Christ - the Easter lilies are a Flourishes stamp that I stamped several times, colored with copic markers and cut out. Then I layered them over a chipboard cross and created a background with vellum and silver mirror paper - all of this was mounted on some moss with small flowers punched from a Martha Stewart punch.  I love the layers and 3-D look that was created doing this. 


     Thanks for visiting and have a great day.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Masculine Exploding Box Card

     It is always a challenge making cards for the guys - there have been a few ideas floating around in my head and I finally got one created!!!  There are very few stores I go to that as I peruse the aisles I am not thinking of how something can be used in an exploding box card.  This mini ATV was a find at the local Dollar store....costing so little I decided to make the $1.00 investment and bring it home to play with.......I dug out my air dry crayola clay and made a base that I dabbed with some paints. When that was dry I used some of my collal glue to attach the ATV....then it was time to design the Exploding Box and sentiment.  I had several sentiments in mind but decided on "You're never too old to play in the dirt" -  I could have taken it in a few different directions, but this will work for a Birthday.  All in all I think its rather cute and certainly will work for a guy......but I'm not averse to changing the Box to red and making it for a girl.....I think there are plenty of young ladies who like to play in the dirt as well.


Materials:  Heavy weight card stock, Silhouette Cameo, Toy mini ATV, Crayola clay, acrylic paints, computer

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ladybug Exploding Box Card in process

     Today I was working on a special order for someone who needs a Ladybug themed exploding box card.  Its always such fun designing and playing with new requests like this one.  I had some ladybug paper for the outside in my stash and then purchased a ladybug file from the Silhouette store. Below is my 'high tech' way of keeping things in place when I glue them - this is the top layer of the two tier cake that will go inside this exploding box card.  It contains the name of the young lady the card is going to as well as the number one for her age.


     This is the base layer, not all glued down yet.....the larger ladybugs have been mounted on action wobbles so they shake when you touch them - these always get the attention of younger children.  There are still a few more details needed on the cake when the two layer attached and I have to add a personalized message to the top panel with the customers well wishes and name.....Just too much fun making these exploding box cards.

          Thanks for looking - I will probably add o ladybug style exploding box to my Etsy shop its been so much fun doing this one.


Supplies:  Silhouette Cameo, SIL Ladybug File, Card Stock, Cover stock, action wobbles, designer paper

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

In this mess a lot of creating is going on....

     Yes, I confess it takes my studio desk getting this messy for me to finally stop, clean and start messing it up all over again.  It really isn't my fault....in the middle of finishing up some orders I got the bug to play with some vinyl that has been in the closet for a year.  One thing led to another and this is the mess that was left at the end of the day.  It will be cleaned up tomorrow after art class so I can finish the last of my ornament order - I can only work in that kind of mess for a while.   Besides I can't continue with the vinyl until my order arrives....I just had to have some gold and silver, black was fine, but I need some color.
     Below is an Exploding Box card I worked on before the mess ensued  ...I have confessed on this one to getting carried away with the bling and glitter, but I love it.  There are a few more sheets of this delish striped foil paper left in my stash and I think I am going to have to make another of these lovelies.  

     Most of this was created on my Silhouette Cameo - Joy is a die cut and the snowflakes are some embellishments in my large stash of Christmas stuff.  The foil paper looked great on the outside but I felt that it needed some protection so I embossed some acetate with my snowflake EF and layered in over the striped paper - I was very pleased with the effect.  The red glittery paper is light and beautiful and I am kicking myself for not buying a second pad of it when it was on sale and available last season, oh well......It is lovely.  
     

     
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