While cruising the aisles of my local Michael’s a little item caught my eye…
It’s called “Stamp Perfect” by Hampton Art and it looks a lot like the MISTI stamp tool. Here is an unboxing and a quick review:
(Note: I don’t know if the design was licensed to Hampton Art or what but they do look a lot alike. I won’t deny that! I know some people will say “well MISTI was first” so it’s not fair but let’s be honest – we don’t know the details. Additionally, I don’t buy the “first” argument – the Gutenberg press was first, lol. But in all seriousness, there was a previous product called “Stampressive” that was a hinged stamping press. If I have to give a crafting “first” award, I’d have to give it to that!)
I’m continuing my print and cut Q&A with a video about modifying print and cut files. We often look at P&C files as a done deal…. but they’re not. You can modify the cut lines, change colors and so much more. I don’t do many print and cut projects but it’s not because print and cut is difficult…. Confession time, right?! My printer is usually out of ink, lol!
I don’t know about you guys, but I am a sucker for a good deal! Every time I walk into my local Target my cart drives itself to Bullseye’s Playground (aka “The Dollar Spot”). I’m always in awe of all the pretty things that I can make into other pretty things. 🙂
My Cricut Explore video for this week is an “upcycle” of a cute Valentine’s day totes found at the Target Dollar Spot. (Be advised, they are not a dollar! It should be known as the $5 and under spot, lol!) The best part about these bags is that they are easy to personalize and come in a variety of designs. They’re perfect for a reusable tote, library bag or quick gift. Just be sure to pre-wash before you iron on any designs. These bags have quite a bit of fabric stiffener from manufacturing and it needs to be removed to ensure the best application of HTV or paint.
Print and Cut is one of the most asked about features of Silhouette Studio. It’s not hard, but it has many steps which means there are a lot of places to go wrong. Do you have questions about sizing, registration marks and print files? If so, this video is for you!
One of my crafty goals for 2016 is to use my Cricut Explore more often! With that said, here is my first Cricut video for 2016… An easy, Valentine’s Day tutorial for new Cricut Explore owners to follow. 🙂
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Where I have I been the last month?!?! Let me update you on what happened in December.
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The month started with the best intentions but life, as it does, got all up in the way. My plan was to crank out a few Christmas card videos and film my December Daily progress but none of that worked out. I got sick a few days before Thanksgiving and that was the beginning of the end. 🙁 It all started as a head cold but by day 16, I had moved on to full bronchitis. I needed steroids and antibiotics to make it back to health. The day I got better, my poor husband got sick. My illness, his illness plus the long list of holiday “to-do” list meant there was no time for crafting. Kleenex, NyQuil and sleep was the story of December 2015.
It’s November 1st and everyone knows what that means….
We can talk about Christmas and not get strange looks! 😀 I love summer, I wouldn’t be a proper school teacher if I didn’t but I might love Christmas a little bit more. Good food, good family and good fun! What more can a girl ask for, right? With that said, it’s time for me to start doing some holiday prepping. Last year, and the year before that, I considered doing December Daily…. but that’s a story for another day. The story for today is DIY project life cards! While surfing Ali Edwards website, I noticed a new hand written quote for her giveSunday project this year. I decided today was a good day to show you how I make these types of images into Project Life Cards!
Using a toner based printer, I was able to add foil to some of the cards using my Minc. I love foil, it makes everything look fancier!
I love packages. It’s like opening a gift except I know what’s inside. 😀
I’ve had my eye on the Silhouette Mint every since I saw it at CHA a few months ago. I was actually really tempted to purchase the original Casio Pomrie version a while back but word on the street was that refills were really hard to get. I saved my impulse purchase for the Mint and I’m glad I did! The results are much better than I expected.
The Mint is a thermal printer that uses blanks or “refills”. It’s more of a self-inking stamp than the rubber/clear style we’ve come to know and love in the paper crafting world. I’m planning on trying out some other ink options with the Mint stamps. The Silhouette inks are decent but the colors aren’t as intense as I expected.
Another surprise was that the Mint doesn’t use Silhouette Studio…. you’ll learn more about that in the video.
It’s time to start making some fall cards… and by fall I mean Halloween but I’m not in the mood for that! It’s hard to get in the Halloween spirit when it’s back to high 80’s outside! To compromise, I made a card using fall-ish colors. I’m still in love with one layer cards and this card makes it super obvious! 😀
Colorful card with minimal postage. Super rare for me these days, lol!
Fall is finally here in Florida. Starbucks has PSL signs in their windows and the temperature has plummeted to 72 degrees. 😆 With that said, it’s time for some fall projects! Halloween is rapidly approaching and I have some mailbox “surprises” I’d like to deliver soon.
While surfing the internet one night, I stumbled upon a “pumpkin face” dingbat font. At first glance, I had no idea what I would use it for but it seemed foolish not to bookmark it for a future project! 😉
I didn’t show the “extras” in the video but I did decide to make my orange pumpkins a little bit cuter by adding a bow. The gingham ribbon is from a five year old sample tube I got a trade show years ago. I get to pat myself on the back for using something else that was hidden deep within the craft stash. The eyes and mouth are sealed using a clear piece of acetate.
Today, I spent some time exploring sketch designs and pen tools for the Silhouette. So often, I dedicate a large amount of time to some of the more complex tools in Silhouette Studio that I forget about all the bottoms on the left! 😆
It’s really easy to draw or modify designs using the Pen tool. The lines can be set to automatically “smooth out” if you don’t have the best digital drawing hand.
Here is a look at the final product. Thanks for stopping by!
I’m in full Curio swing and decided to do some testing! One of the most exciting things about the Curio is it’s ability to emboss. Reading online, it seems people have been getting mixed results with the embossing mat and tools included. Silhouette makes their own paper, which I assume is a cotton based paper, to do embossing but it’s not available yet. 🙁 I dug through my stash looking for something that had decent embossing quality and stumbled upon some old Making Memories/SLICE colored vellum. It shows crease marks easily so I thought it was a good place to start!
I got mixed results with the papers I tried. Most of the card stock I own is thick so it doesn’t emboss well. The best advice I can give is to use papers that mark easily with modest pressure and your finger nail. I’m curious to see how the Silhouette specific embossing papers perform later this year.
Now that I have my Curio unboxed and running, I have a good idea of what it can do and why it’s not a replacement for the Cameo. Many of us purchased our current Curio machines three or four years ago. In my “there’s-a-new-iPhone-every-year” mind it feels like we have been waiting an eternity for a new machine. But leave it to Silhouette to throw convention to the wind and say “suprise” this isn’t a replacment for you beloved Silhoutte Cameo. I can’t really say I blame them… “if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it!” right?!
Guess what I just got! The poor postman has been at my house non-stop this summer. I need to go back to work! 😆 If you haven’t heard, Silhouette has several new products set to release over the next few months. I have my eye on several items, like the new Silhouette Mint stamp maker as well as some new consumable products. While I wait for those other items to come out I’l just have to enjoy unboxing this new beauty!!
I love cards with a lot of pop that require minimal work! If you’ve followed my card-making escapades for a while, you know I tend to swing back and forth on the style pendulum with ease. 🙂 I’ve never been a huge fan of super distressed or shabby-chic but I’m not afraid of layers of pattern paper or tons of white space. Today, I decided to try and blend my need to use pattern paper with my love of white space. I had a special request for set of shaker cards and I knew “tons of work” would turn into “never get done”, lol! My goal: minimal supplies, fast, no stamps, use up some patterned paper….
I’m back in my craft room from my vacation time teaching summer school and I’ve had a few request for a sticker related tutorial. Before stickers were “cool” I was making them for student work to say “Good Job!”. Now stickers are cheap so most teachers wouldn’t make them but I liked the ability to make HUGE stickers to put on the front of amazing papers. 😀
Are you a planner or a pretend(plan)er? Don’t think I’m judging, I’m being serious right now. Which are you? I’m a pretender! 😀 I own pretty planners that I may (or may not) use. I occasionally doll up a weekly spread with washi and stamps but more often than not, I just scribble the weeks events in without much thought as to how it looks. Despite my love of technology, I still depend on a paper planner to roll my life into one neat package. I would love to say the reason is because I’m old-fashion and want pencil and paper but that would be a lie. The truth is, digital calendars (a’la Microsoft Outlook) make me think of work and that’s no bueno!:p
One form of planner decoration that we all can stick with are covers! Every since EC launched removable covers I have been all about customizing the outside of my planner. You can pay EC to do this for you but why bother when you have a handy, dandy Silhouette program sitting on your computer. 🙂
Tomorrow is the launch of the new 2015-2106 Stampin’ Up! Catalog. One of my favorite items in the new catalog is the yearly charity stamp set for Ronald McDonald House. When you purchase the RMH Stamp set $3 is donated to the charity. This year’s stamp set is called “Sprinkles of Life”. It’s a versatile stamp set featuring lots of shapes that play double duty. A cupcake top can become a tree or a scope of ice cream! (There’s even a matching punch… 😉 ) I’ll update this post with a video and a complete supply list but today I offer a tease…
I used a sketch from cardchallenges.com that you can see here.
I didn’t deviate from the sketch too much. I did a little flipping and banner trimming but that’s about it. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a process video, and links to supplies.
As many of you know, National Scrapbook Day was this weekend! To celebrate, I’m offering a free cut file for Silhouette Sunday! I usually make things geared towards card makers but I figured it was time to give my scrapbookers a little love. Plus, I was super sick this weekend so the chances of me getting a project made, filmed and edited was slim to none. The file is a print and cut file of die cut titles. If you have a laser printer, you can use your Minc or high heat laminator to foil it for a fancy touch! 😀
Yes? I posted it as my card for the recent MFT sketch challenge and said there might be a free cut file in the future. Well, here is that cut file! Be sure to complete the checkout process to download the file. You can fill in the required fields with dummy data “Jane Doe, 123 Main St, etc…”.
Please excuse my extra nasal voice in the video. I’m fighting off a lingering head cold. 🙁
Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching and that means it’s time to start making some cards! For my first Mother’s Day card, I created a “card kit” that I can cut with my Silhouette. The inspiration for the cut file came from a sketch from MFT and a stamp set from Stampin’ Up! called “My Mother”. (The “My Mother” set was discontinued. You’ll have to search for it for it if you really want it. 🙂 )
Instead of circles, I used a wavy line and a simple, matted square instead of the two-piece rectangle for the main image. Here is the sketch from MFT:
I had the sketch in my head when I started drawing but after you start doodling something, your mind goes other places. Those other places landed me here…
I’ll have the cut file, supply list and process video uploaded for you soon! There might even be a free code coming up for Silhouette Sunday! 😎
I love when you guys send me questions. It keeps me on my toes… makes me stop and think about how I do things sometimes! A few days ago, I got one of those questions that made me stop and think. Not in a deep and profound way but in a can-you-actually-do-that kind of way!
The question was “Can you make that popular (metal die) faux stitch look with your silhouette?”. The question actually made me stop and think about for a second. Knowing that there is a list of subtle differences between electronic and manual die cuts made me take pause.
The answer? Yes and no. You can cut a faux stitch shape using your silhouette but it doesn’t have that rolled-edge-pressure-created look that only a manual die cutting machine can give.
I’ve finally figured out that they only way to make several cards a week is to use a few sketches. 😉 I’ve really enjoyed the sketches from the MFT blog and decided to stick with it again this week. Here’s a look at the sketch:
Surprisingly, I decided to go “literal” this week! I normally deviate from the sketch quite a bit but this week, I’ve opted to follow it pretty closely which ended up being it’s own challenge! (I even took a little side trip to the SSS blog to use another sketch but their challenge was eerily similar. Work it out, all in the middle…just like the MFT sketch I wanted to use! So that is exactly what I did.) 😉
(Note: Your eyes are not playing tricks on you… the post are wonky and out of sync with my Youtube account. I’m doing blog and plug-in updates so some posts are pending while others are going live ahead of time. )
While I work all the kinks out, I have another card to share with you! I’ll update this post with a video soon but they say a picture is worth a thousand words so here you go….
I used some super old but super useful tools to put this card together. Originally, I thought I would just glue the ribbon-charm combo on the front but the more I thought about it, the more I assumed it would just fall off. In the video, you’ll get to see me dust off an old Making Memories Ribbon Slot Tool. Some of you old time crafters know exactly what I’m talking about… a tool that required a hammer and everyone in your home to be awake to use! They don’t make ‘um like THAT anymore.
Spring break is rapidly coming to a close for me and I couldn’t resist getting one more card done during the eleventh hour. 😎 I was cruising the My Favorite Things blog before bed and saw the most recent sketch challenge had been posted.
Needless to say, it was calling my name! 😉
For this card, I went nautical! I had the MFT Go Overboard stamp set in my stash for a while and had never used it! The trim is actually from the sewing/notions section at Hobby Lobby. My husband is an avid fisherman/boater who has taught me several fancy knots but I always default back to the standard “loop and pull”… some habits are hard to break!
Easter is right around the corner so it’s time for me to start cranking out some cards! Maybe it was the odd weather, but everything spring seems to be popping up late to me. Here is sunny Florida, we went from cold to hot and rainy… no transition. In my head, and according my to my thermostat, it’s summer! Maybe that’s why I seemingly forgot that Easter really is right around the corner!
To kick off my Easter card making extravaganza, I used a new stamp set from Stampin’ Up! called “Indescribable Gift”. It is definitely a throw back to the old school sketch style of stamps that SU! was once famous for in the early days. I colored the image using Sai watercolor makers and almost abandoned the project all together when the aqua brush (user error) exploded! I’m glad I just stuck with it and “made it work”. I see stains on watercolor paintings all the time so, for once, I got to make a mistake look intentional! 😎
I hate making wedding cards. Actually, I hate making sympathy cards but wedding cards are a close second. I have to be honest with you guys… 90% of the time I just buy one in lieu of making one. The pressure for it to look fancy, expensive AND worthy of a wedding are often too much for me. This wedding card was actually made for one reason: This friend is a crafty friend and was DEMANDING EXPECTING a handmade card. The good thing is because she is a fellow paper crafter, her expectations are easier to meet. 🙂
I used a new paper pad by My Mind’s Eye called “On Trend”. It really lends itself well to wedding style cards and even has a few wedding references in the text on some of the papers. This card could easily be duplicated with steel dies but I didn’t have a card sized heart in my collection. I also wanted the heart to nest into the front panel so using my Silhouette was actually easier in the long run.
Today’s Silhouette Sunday video is all about Pixscan!I know several of you have been waiting for this so I won’t be surprised if I see some comments below that say “it’s about time…” LOL! I’ve actually had my PixScan mat from it’s initial release last year but I’m just now getting around to really using it. I’ve been able to use the scan feature to cut out stamped images and masks so I didn’t see the need to rush into using my PixScan mat when I first got it. Now, PicScan is not a replacement for Print and Cut, it’s just another way to use your Silhouette to do other things. Really, PixScan is a good option for those who don’t have or know how to use their scanner. 🙂
In the video, I mentioned some information I would share in this post for clarification so here you go!
What phones DO NOT require calibration for use?
When you upload your photo, you will get a title bar below the image. If that image has the name of your phone below it, you will most likely NOT need to calibrate. Here are some phones I’ve seen used but this is not a full list! A quick google search may yield more phones but these are the one’s I have been able to test by stealing borrowing phones and devices from my friends. 😉 -Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina Display -Apple iPhone 4s -Apple iPhone 5c -Apple iPhone 5s -Apple iPhone 6 -Apple iPhone 6 Plus -HTC Desire 300 -HTC EVOV 4G -Nokia Lumia 520
My Print and Cut is out of alignment! You said if my Print and Cut is off, then my Pixscan will be off too! How do I fix that?
Print and Cut can be calibrated if it is slightly off to one side or another. I don’t have a video explaining how to do this yet but I plan to do one in the future. I’m happy (and lucky) that my Cameo is not off but it’s not uncommon to have a machine that is slightly off set and needs adjustment. The directions for Print and Cut calibration can be found HERE curtsey of Silhouette America.