This week’s Silhouette Sunday video was a quick and easy baby onesie that could be for your own child or an easy gift to give. Layering HTV in different textures and colors can be intimidating. When tackling this type of project, there are some things to keep in mind…
Some brands of HTV can not be layered. You need to read the directions to make sure you chunk out a design as needed. I did another video about this. You can see it here: https://youtu.be/Hm0fqEtM_VU
Some brands of HTV come on a carrier sheet and need to be mirrored. Some brands don’t… READ twice and cut once. I can’t tell you how many HTV projects I’ve goofed because I didn’t read part of the directions.
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!
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!
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?!
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. 🙂
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. 🙁
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 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… 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. 😉
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.
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. 🙂
One of the things I was very excited to see back during the release of Silhouette Studio 3 was the option to cut by line color. I really love the idea of cutting complex, multi-line style files without needing to change out the mat or tinker with cutting lines “on” and “off”. I hadn’t given this new feature much thought recently but I got an email from someone needing help with an elaborate sketch pen file. I knew this was just what she needed.
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?
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.
Here are a few of my Silhouette Tutorials that were on my “old” blog. These are the most requested videos… All of my tutorials are not listed here but if your looking for something specific, that you know you’ve seen from me already, check my youtube channel. 🙂
Creating “Shaped Cards”
Fill Page Option
Ungrouping, Separating or “Breaking / Taking Apart” Shapes