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.
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.