Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Let’s Talk HTV | Silhouette Sunday

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…

  1. 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
  2.  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.

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Modifying Print and Cut Files | Silhouette Sunday

Hi guys!

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!

DIY Project Life Cards | Silhouette Sunday

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!

Thanks for stopping by!

Print and Cut Shaker Card | Silhouette Sunday

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….

What do you think? I love it!!
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Thanks for stopping by!

Erin Condren Life Planner Cover

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. 🙂

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That faux stitch look… | 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.

Print and Cut FAQ – Silhouette Sunday

Hey Guys!

I’ve gotten a few questions about print and cut over the last few weeks and I thought a Silhouette Sunday video would be a good way to address them.

If needed, I’ll do a project walking through the entire process in the near future.

Thanks for stopping by!

Color Thumbnails – Silhouette Sunday

Hey Guys!

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.

 

DIY Glitter Jars – Valentine’s Day

On my escapades around Central Florida to find $1 American Crafts goodies, I noticed these cute jars. The problem? They were all damaged. 🙁

I could have kept on the hunt but I realized that I had all the items needed to DIY it at home. So, if you have some basic crafty supplies, you can DIY it too!

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Cut by Line Color – Silhouette Sunday

Hey Guys!
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.

Kiss, Kiss – Valentine’s Day

Hey Guys!

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!
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Top Dog Dies Blog Hop

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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!)

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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.

My next card features the beautiful and intricate TDD Christmas Tree Die.

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This die is a big one, so it makes a great focal point for your card. (Card measures 5″ x 6.5″) We tend to be wordy in my household, so we welcome the space. 🙂

Hop on through each DT member’s blog to get the details on their fab creations:

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 FacebookTwitter 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!

 

 

Two Projects :)

Hi Guys!

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! 🙂

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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!)

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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)

That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Expensive Stationary

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. 🙂

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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!

Now I’m off to finish MY Christmas cards. 8)

Thanks for stopping by!

Congratulations Baby Quilt Card

It’s been a baby card extravaganza here!

Every year, 3-5 of my coworkers spend part of their time on maternity leave. For as long as I can remember, there has been a running joke that the county laces the water with fertility drugs. 🙂 For this very reason, I keep a good stash of “babyish” cards on standby. We had a string of girls for a while, but the newest little bundle of joy is a baby boy and my stash is lacking in that department!

Knowing I needed a card ASAP, I pulled out my dies and got to work! Here is what I made…
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The card base was cut using the A2 Card #3 die  (one of my favorites!) and the onesie die from the “Baby On Board” set, both from Top Dog Dies. 🙂 I also made a quick video… just in case you wanted to see the process of paper weaving.

Thanks for stopping by!

Long Time, No See…. Right?

Well that’s because I’ve been super busy! I am honored to be part of the wonderful design team over at Top Dog Dies!

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This website is a card makers dream! Lot’s of cute dies that are the perfect size for card fronts. They also have some very nice specialty shapes for card bases too! I’ve been working on projects for the last few weeks and I’m very excited to FINALLY be able to share them with you!


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Want to see more? Hop on over to and check it out! Between now and October 20th you’ll get double reward points for any purchases you make. Just see the website for details! 🙂

Polaroid Fotobar

I’m always on the hunt for a well-printed picture. 🙂 It’s an obsession that started when I was in college. I always enjoyed photography and had the privilege of working in a photography studio (that actually printed IN-HOUSE) when I was a junior in college. Part of the gig was understanding the chemistry of a ginormous Kodak printer (and being able to roll/load photo paper and film blind, but that’s another topic all together…:)). The experience taught me a whole bunch of things about photography, chemistry and people but the most important thing it gave me is an appreciation for good, consistent print quality. This appreciation is what led me to give the Polaroid Fotobar a try.

Currently, the only brick-and-mortar locations are in Florida and Washington DC. (More locations are in the works, but they are all in Florida.) I grew up in south Florida and visit friends and family that still live there on a regular basis. On my last trip I swung into the Polaroid Fotobar that I had read about online. Their focus seems to be on printing from mobile devices (i.e.-instagram) but they can print any picture you load into your account in a “Polaroid” style picture. If you’re particularly fond a photo, they can print it on wood, canvas, metal, paper or bamboo in a bigger-than-my-livingroom size. Anyways, without further ado… the fotobar.

 

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A row of computers to load, crop and submit your photos.

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Complimentary water to keep you hydrated. Photo cropping is taxing, lol!

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Trinkets to buy while they print your polaroids. 🙂

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Some history. :p

Want to print your own pics? Visit the at www.polaroidfotobar.com! (They even have international shipping!) Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

 

 

Blast from a Blog Past

I was looking through some old pictures in iPhoto and discovered these cards. I know I posted these on my old blog but that is long gone now. (See my very first blog post for details :).) You won’t see a supply list with these since they are old projects but I’m pretty sure they were all made with Studio Calico kits. I’ve recently lost my interest in SC (various reasons) but I won’t deny them credit where credit is due –  they do make some nice kits every now and then. 😉

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