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!
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 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….
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.
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’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.
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?
Last week I posted a Silhouette Sunday video explaining how to cut by line color. While that video was incredible helpful to some people, it just generated a whole lot of questions for other people. One thing I knew right away was that it was going be confusing for some because there was no associated project. So for this week’s Silhouette Sunday video I decided to do a video using cut by line color to answer the questions you had from last week. 🙂
Since the new year has rolled in, I’ve realized that I really have flowers and girly and hearts on the brain. This became really obvious to me when I started digging for Valentine’s Day goodies on January 3, lol! One thing I haven’t got on the brain is traditional. I’ve recently purchased several new Valentine’s Day inspired paper pads but have been avoiding the color. I’m not sure why, but black and gold seems more lovely to me than pink and red…. It’ll come back in favor with me at some point. 😉
This card came together super fast because I used my Cameo to cut all the pieces. I didn’t do any real “design work” in the software so I didn’t film any screen footage. If you have any questions though, just let me know. Thanks for stopping by!
I’ve been looking at Christmas paper and stamps for the last two months and it’s time for a change! I love Christmas, it’s my favorite time of year, but at a certain point you have to pack it all up and look for a new excuse to buy cute supplies. Lucky for me, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! 😉
I tried to talk myself out of any overtly valentine’s day paper pads but when I saw Crate Paper’s new “Kiss, Kiss” collection I knew it all had to be mine!
Do you like my lazy measurement system and card salvage job in this video? (LOL) I’m glad I stuck this card out. It would have been a shame to waste that pretty paper!
I get recruited for a lot of projects. Cards, baby books, decorations, party invitations… a lot of stuff. Now some I am able to wrap up pretty quickly and other items not so much. One thing I’ve noticed that helps me get stuff off my “to-do list” is my hand, dandy Silhouette.
One of my good friends hold a garden party as a fundraiser every year. I assumed she would be needing more thank you cards (she did, after all, mention it in passing several times) so I went ahead and made them in advance based of a conversation we had about potential designs. 🙂 It’s so nice when you can get things done early. It’s so satisfying seeing things marked off your to-do list!
What crafty endeavors are you getting into this year?
It’s a new year and everyone is full of resolutions! Some of the most common goals going around our family are to “get organized” and workout “more”…. you know, the usual stuff. My goal this year is to craft more!
One of the things I am notorious for is creating sketches and never using them. When ever I’m bored at work or lunch I grab my iPad and create random card sketches. The problem… those sketches almost never get used or even see the light of day after I finish them. My goal for this year is to start using some of those sketches!
Here is the sketch I plan on working from in January.
I hope you all join me on my “create more” goal for 2015 and share your creations! To sweeten the deal, one luck winner (chosen at random) will win a $25 gift card to Simon Says Stamp!
Look, I’m on a blog posting roll! 🙂 Today, I have another card and video for you! I’m in full holiday card making mode and have a new-found appreciation for religious stamp sets. The pendulum always swings back and forth for me in terms of style but this year I am totally loving all the Christ based stamps I’m seeing from different companies. Now don’t get me wrong, I love snowmen, Christmas trees and penguins as much as the next girl… but there are a few people in my life that would prefer a more traditional card and sentiment for the holidays. This quick little card is just for them!
I used the new photopolymer stamp from Stampin’ Up! called “Gentle Peace” along with twinkling H2O’s for the watercoloring. I thought the sparkling finish you get from the H2o’s was perfect for the stained glass look. The background is a quick cut file I made that you can find here.
I’m sad to say photos seem to never do Twinkling H2o’s justice! The amount of shimmer they produce is crazy! I tried to capture it in a close up photo with no luck. =(
Anyways, thanks for stopping by!
Supplies Used (Alternates may be used for discontinued/ retired products.)
I know, I know… where have I been? No excuse this time…
I, like always, have been a total blog slacker. The only reason I stumbled on over today is to link a card cut file for a video! 🙂 But anyways…
I have always loved the holiday season. Chilly weather, pumpkin spice lattes and shopping! All my favorite things rolled up into one season. I guess that’s one reason I love me some holiday stamps. I have especially been in love with the “Endless Wishes” set from Stampin’ Up! I think what really drew me to purchasing this stamp set was its versatility. It has a ton of sentiments for Christmas and Holiday cards. Here is one of the many projects I have made recently from it.
It was out of stock for a while but its back now. I also have a process video for building this card on my youtube channel.
If your looking for the cut file, you can find it here. Use the coupon code “starshaker” to download it for free.
SUPPLIES USED: (Alternate products are listed when something from my “old stash” can’t be found online or is discontinued.)
If your looking for the cut file, you can find it here. Use the coupon code “starshaker” to download it for free. SUPPLIES USED: (Alternate products are listed when something from my “old stash” can’t be found online or is discontinued.)
I am sad to say it is the end of summer. (Insert huge, sad, crying and stressed face here!) While I am glad to get back into the swing of things at my new school I am partially stressed out about all the things I need to do and all the things I didn’t get done this summer. One thing I did do PLENTY of this summer is shopping! That is where the inspiration from this card came from….
While cruising my local TJ Max, I stumbled across a set of wedding cards that made me come up with this simple “Thanks” card.
The actual cards at the store looked to be some type of wedding thank you cards… A silhouette of a bride and groom with a cut away with the words “Thank You” printed in fancy script. I wish I took a picture so that you have a visual of what I saw but I guess it’s really not that important! 🙂
I created a quick tutorial for Silhouette Studio to show you how I did it. When it’s up and live on YouTube, I’ll link it down below this post.
I’m here with a new crop of cards to share with you AND a free cut file! Can you believe it? I’m keeping good on my vow to update my blog more than twice a year… (for now ;)).
I’ve been in love with a stamp set from Stampin’ Up! called Sweetie Pie and Sweetie Pie Frames. Sadly, the Sweetie Pie Faces set is sold out but the Frames are still available (linked below). I used those stamps and the Messy Scallop Frame cut file to create several cards….
Water coloring is a big trend right now. I used my dye ink pads and an aqua painter to color the frame and hearts.
This card is very similar but I used patterned paper for the frame and ribbon instead of twine.
This last card uses both stamps together. Cute, right? I used my very neglected copic markers to color in the hair in faces.
Thanks for stopping by!
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(Some supplies are not listed because they have been discontinued and are no longer available.)
I know, I know…. I’ve been a blog slacker. I’m sad to say, my poor little blog is always playing second fiddle to my youtube channel. If you happen to follow me on youtube, you’re well aware that my crafty pursuits have continued. I’m here to undo by blog slacking and share them with you right now!
Over the past few years I have made many cut files. Cut files for card classes, Silhouette classes, custom orders for my LSS, ect. I figured that it was time that I made some of those files available to all of my crafty friends! The first, of what I hope will become many more file shares is a simple one. I made a file and cut it out with my Silhouette (but you could also cut it out with any die cut machine that uses SVG files, like the Cricut Explore) so that I could easily tie string around it without it slipping and sliding off the sides. Like I said, simple! Here are my two projects using two of the three shapes in the cut file. (I’ll link the cut file with all the other supplies I used below. The coupon code to get it for free until July 6th is “AllTiedUp”.)
The first uses a bunch of stuff I got for free from Stampin’ Up’s! Sale-A-Bration this year. Sadly, most of the supplies I used are no longer available which is a pity because the patterned paper was gorgeous! The sentiment is from a stamp set called “Remembering Your Birthday”.
My second card is half Stampin’ Up! and half mystery. The stamp set and dies I used in this card are called “Just Sayin'” but I’m at a lost for who makes the paper. I’ve had this very cute 6×6 paper pad in my stash for some time with no cover on it. (I’m sure it was there when I bought it but it’s MIA now.) My educated guess is that it is by Jillibean Soup or Doodlebug but I’m not quite sure. All I know is that it went really well with the Just Sayin’ stamps and die set. 🙂
You can hear all about these cards and the cut file in this video.
Here are a list of supplies that I used in the creation of these cards. I’ve listed some nice alternatives for the thick bakers twine because the specific colors I used are no longer available. Thanks for stopping by! 😉
Welcome to the first Top Dog Dies blog hop! I’m here today with THREE holiday cards to get you in the Christmas spirit! The first uses my absolute FAVORITE card base… the A2 Card #3 die (I call it the scalloped card die!)
Creating cards on this base is really easy! Most of the design work is actually done for you! I created scenes using papers and wood veneer pieces from American Crafts. The sentiment on the first card is from the Christmas Reindeer stamp set from Hero Arts. The second sentiment (“Throw your hands up…”) is from the Blue Note stamp set from Studio Calico.
The party isn’t over just yet, though: We’re giving away $50 Top Dog Dies eGift Cards to two lucky winners. Entering is easy: Just add your email address here and you’ll be included in the giveaway!
You can earn extra entries by commenting along the blog hop and by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Even better news? You have until Friday Dec. 13 to enter and we’ll announce the winners on Monday Dec. 16.
Thanks for joining us for our first – but definitely not our last – blog hop. Happy hopping!
I’m just popping in to do a quick card share with you! 🙂
My husband and I just celebrated our anniversary – this is the card I made for him! It’s a simple card by my standards and features a nice graphic sheet of paper from Studio Calico. 😉 The sentiment is a Heidi Swapp stamp from a 100 years ago, lol.
I think it was actually made for scrapbooking but I cut it apart to create a sentiment. I promise, its usable in all forms but stamp lovers may have cringed if they saw how I cut it apart.
I’m here with another Christmas card to share with you and it features this die from Top Dog Dies!
This die really has been put to good use this holiday season. The bottom flap folds up nicely to create a pocket for a gift card. It’s the same die I used to create the gift card holder for this card a few weeks ago:
In addition to the to being a great gift card holder, the front panel is perfect for those popular “scene builder” type stamps. This weekend, I used it to create this card using a card kit and stamp set from Studio Calico.
It doesn’t actually snow in Florida…. at all (flurries don’t count, lol) 🙂 but I’m sure some of my colder relatives up north will appreciate the sentiment. Cards using this die come together really quickly! All you have to do is cut a base out of card stock and another out of patterned paper. To get those white edges to show, I just trimmed 1/4th of an inch around the card then assembled the pieces.
Can you believe it’s already December? I keep asking myself… “where did the time go?” — the Thanksgiving holiday has always been such a whirlwind of events in my household and this year was no different!
I know I’ve been AWOL for a while (It’s a loooonnngg story! 😯 ) but I have two projects to make up for some of the lost time! 🙂
As you can tell, I’m still in the process of making Christmas cards. 🙂 The A2 Card #3 die is my absolute favorite! I used it to create a semi-looking masculine card for my husband. Since we live in Florida, I’m sure he’ll think the mittens are of the oven variety. (He’d be right, I created them using a cooking stamp set, lol!)
My second project is a cute little heart notebook. I make these small notebooks every month and a shaped notebook seemed appropriate for the holidays. To create the front and back cover I used the TDD Heart Mini Album die and the pages were cut using the coordinating Heart Mini Album Finisher Set. Now I can make grocery lists in style! 8)
One of my closest friends has an unexplainable attraction to expensive stationary. I know, I know – everyone pays too much for something! But paper tends to be a weak spot for her. (You’d think I’d understand the paper part, but it’s not the crafting kind of paper so I guess that’s where I’m lost! 😉 )
In an effort to increase her black friday budget, I promised her I would make her Christmas cards for this year. She didn’t show me the one’s she wanted this year but explained that they were “…very sleek, a gold snowflake and sentiment.” Hmmm…. I’ll trade you one snowflake for a very large Christmas tree. 🙂
A clean design meant that this package of 50 cards came together in less than two hours! I die cut the tree using this Christmas Tree Die from Top Dog Dies. The tree is very large and very intricate so I used spray adhesive. Easy!
If you read this blog post, you know that I am a self-proclaimed Christmas card procrastinator. I don’t know why, but I tend to not make holiday cards until late November. Meanwhile, my other crafty friends finished their stacks of handmade goodness in October. 😯 After doing some soul searching (and looking at my thin stash of Holiday cards for this year) I decided to get myself into motion! 🙂
To get myself in the spirit of Holiday Card making, I hoped on over to Online Card Classes to see if they started this year’s Holiday Card Workshop. I took a class with them way back in 2011 and it was nice to interact with a whole bunch of other people that were also making cards for the Holidays. The first lesson was about the inside of cards. I instantly thought about this die from Top Dog Dies…
The bottom flap makes a good slot for a gift card. Especially gift cards that come in their own little envelope or packaging. 🙂 I’m really big on gift cards during the holidays so I knew a few cards using this die would come in handy.
I made this card into a gift card holder by applying red line tape on the left and right sides of the bottom flap. This way, the gift card has a place to sit.
I am normally super-duper, procrastinator extraordinaire when it comes to Christmas Cards. (I know, I know… it’s less stressful when you start earlier – but where is the fun in that!)
With that said, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I haven’t really started working on any Christmas cards for this year. But when a dear friend with a child stationed in a land far, far away asked me for a card – I had to get to work!
She asked for a card that was Christmas-ish but not overly Christmas-sy. Something special that she could send that wouldn’t seem late if it got there after December 25! 🙂 This is what I came up with for her:
When I saw the envelope in the Top Dog Dies “Heart Mini Album Finishers Set” I knew it would be perfect for long distance Christmas cards. I know this die set screams VALENTINE’S DAY to most people but when you look at it all apart it is a very versatile set! 😉
Have YOU started working on your holiday cards? I know I can’t be the only member of the Christmas Card Procrastinator Extraordinaire Club! If you are one of my fellow members you can take solace in the fact that your Top Dog Dies can be used year-round. 🙂