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.
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. 🙁
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. 🙂
So, now that summer is over I’m in full crafting mode….
This happens every year. I spend most of the summer running around and then BAM the week before I have to go back to work I go into creative overdrive. Where was all this passion in June, lol?
But any-who, on to the card…
It’s simple in design but I really didn’t want to take anything away from the stitching. For this card I used items from both the Studio Calico August Scrapbook kit and card kit. I don’t subscribe to the scrapbooking kit but all the new CHA papers and embellishments from Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy suckered me in this month. The only items on the card that are “exclusive” to Studio Calico (they love that exclusive business…) is the stitching template and the wood veneers. The background polka dot paper is from Dear Lizzy “Polka Dot’ party and the grey chevron is by My Minds Eye. I’d link them below, but they don’t seem to be available in stores yet. Amy Tangerine has made these templates for her last two lines so you could get something similar if you wanted, without buying a kit.
Here’s a close up and a process video, if your interested. 😉