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.
So… If you came here from my youtube channel, you know there is no Silhouette Sunday video for this week. I’ve been super busy with family in town and no time to film AND edit a video. I thought about just posting that I’d see you all next week but that’s no fun. Instead, I thought I would do a little giveaway!
I have some plans for the Silhouette Adhesive Kit and thought some of you may want your own kit so you can play along too! The giveaway details are simple: You must be 18 (I’ve gotta ship it to you, right?) and live in the US (due to shipping and customs!). Enter using the rafflecopter form below. You can get an extra entry or two by following me on other social media channels.
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and I am creating my last minute cards. I am notorious for putting these things off until the last minute but this year I actually made good on my promise to myself to be more proactive about finishing projects.
My new problem is not related to crafts… I’ve mentioned this before – I’m really bad about sorting digital things. But I’m not bad about all digital things, I have no problem hitting the delete button. Once I feel like I’m done with something, I get great satisfaction from throwing it in the digital “trash” can. The video for this card was no different… I just forgot to edit and upload it first.
For this card, I used a stamp set from Stampin’ Up called “Big On You” and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. To make the sentiment stand out, I went over the edges of the text with Twinkling H2O’s. The paper is also from Stampin’ Up. The trim was that sequin stuff from the dollar section at Michael’s from many years ago. I have to admit, I’m proud of myself for using it up! It’s not available from Michael’s anymore but Stampin’ Up sells similar stuff in their line of colors. It’s also available by the yard from many fabric stores. The other sequins are from my stash and the stuff that just fell off the roll after cutting.
Hope you guys like it! Maybe next time I’ll be more careful and look at what I’m deleting before I actually hit the official “delete” button. ;)
It’s Super Bowl Sunday and today’s video is going to be quick! I have a group of people coming soon.
I was recently asked if I knew how to save color thumbnails in Silhouette Studio. Now, I don’t do it personally… I consider my self to be “digitally lazy” but I know how. So that is what I’m sharing with you today! How to “Save to Library” and get a colored thumbnail in the process.
So, I confess that I buy things and never use them. It’s a sad, but a true fact… and when you really look at your “stash” you realize it.
I have gone through several craft room “purges”, selling off high value goodies, giving stuff to friends, neighborhood kids and charity. But one thing seems to always happen, I have something I can’t part with. I noticed this when shopping my own stash for Valentine’s Day goodies. I’ve had two Autumn Leaves stamp sets for years and never used them. I distinctly recall buying one at Wal-Mart and the other at overstock (probably to hit free shipping, lol). After purge after craft room purge, they keep making the “stay” cut. I guess because I remember so clearly buying them during my early craft days. Maybe they kept making the cut because it was one of my earliest crafty purchases. Either way, a day comes when you realize you need to bust them out or give them away.
What do you think? What’s been in your stash forever?