Tuesday, 15 April 2014

How I make Shaped cards in Silhouette Design Studio

Hi everyone.  It's my turn to share a post over at Sheila's blog today, She's a Sassy Lady.  Thanks Sheila, for letting me come over and share with all your followers every month.

Today, I thought I would share with you, how I use Silhouette Design Studio to design shaped cards.

Firstly, I tend to look for digis that will be balanced when cut.  So straight edges or places on the bottom line that are level.  I think you can probably, just about, do any digi image and make it into a full size card.

So import the digi that you feel is suitable and open it in Design Studio.  Today I am using an easel and image from the new Work and Play 3 Collection, at Polkadoodles.  I am going to make a Thank you card for a teacher :-)


If you click on the images, it will make them larger.

I have traced the pre-coloured image and then I offset the image by 0.125 using the offset tab.



Taking the offset image, I then flip it using the Replicate tab, and Mirror above.


Then I take the flipped image, and bring it down to the lower image, until it meets nicely, at a position I feel comfortable using. (depending on the image, and whether you are doing a mirror above, or mirror left right - the principle is the same)


Group the images together and then right click and weld, and you will end up with a card base ready to cut. 


At this point I also place the original image on the card base and size it how I want it.  Then separate the images once again.


I cut the card base first on kraft card, then using the print and cut feature I cut out the easel and the image (to be coloured). Scoring the card base using my score board.


Pop them all together and add a sentiment.  There you have it - a great teacher appreciation card.


I popped the teacher up onto some pop dots to add some dimension.


For the inside, just some little numbers and white area, to add your message.


And there you have it a great card for a teacher.


I hope you were able to follow the tutorial, please don`t hesitate to ask if you need something clarifying.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Just Keep on Creating April Link Up - Anything Goes (closes 26 April)

DL ART - April Linky Challenge: Anything Goes (closes 30 April)

Crafting by Design - April Anything Goes challenge (closes 25 April)

Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #40: Anything Goes (closes 2 May)

Creative Fingers Challenges - Challenge #31: Anything Goes (closes 17 Apr)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

She's done it again!

No, not me!  Nikky at Polkadoodles.  I don't know how she does it, but she doesn't stop creating.  It's so hard to keep up LOL!

Another new release, and another Work and Play Collection - Number 3 is available for pre-order.

** Work & Play Collection 3

I couldn't resist making another shaped card, using the caravan (camper/trailer) and then the two lovely summer days characters!


Using the Silhouette Design Studio, I was able to fill the main part of the caravan with papers from All Sewn Up, from the Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD.  However the new CD does come with lots of fabulous papers, but as DT we had yet to receive them and I couldn't wait to play :-)


I coloured the rest of the image and the digital characters (cut using my Silhouette) with pencils.



Love that sentiment :-)  There are lots of fabulous embellishments and sentiments on this CD too!

I placed the characters up on pop dots, and the little satellite dish, to add some dimension to the card. Isn't it cool!

For the inside I cut a plain white centre and added a little stamp, from a CTMH stamp set called Adventure Canada.


Loving the new collections - so many uses!  I can't wait to play some more.


I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Creative Fingers Challenge Blog - Challenge #31: Anything Goes (closes 17 Apr)

Sister Act Card Challenges - Challenge #52: Anything Goes (closes 17 Apr)

Little Scrap Pieces: Show it off Saturday Linky Party: Anything Goes (closes 19 Apr)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Shabby Chic meets the Orient?

Hi everyone.  I have the wonderful pleasure of being Guest Designer over at Crafting by Designs today. I was a Saturday Spotlight back in January for their Get Your Girl on challenge.  Doris, kindly asked if I would like to be a GDT for an April challenge and I, of course, said yes :-)

The theme for the new challenge is Lace/Doilies.  The inspiration for the card, came from the stamp, as I was having a look through to see what I could use, I fell in love with this InkaDinkaDo Peacock.  I felt it had a very oriental look to it and that is where the design for the card led me.


As the stamp is quite a large one, my card base is actually 8.5" by 5.5" (when folded).  All the papers are from a Recollections 12" by 12" stack called Cherry Blossoms.  Some of them, like the colourful background, are embossed with gold.  The little white scroll sentiment is from the Polkadoodles CD Dollie Daydream goes East.


The peacock is stamped with CTMH Lagoon ink.  I also used this to ink all the distressed edges of the layers and die cuts.  The lace is cream coloured and I toned down the colour of the stark white doily with inks.  I actually think the lace and doily go really well with the card, but then I'm biased cause I'm the one that put them there LOL!

The die cuts are from a Tattered Lace Oriental Embellishments set, that I was able to purchase with a winning gift voucher for Top Dog Dies, off of Yvonne (blog Do More with Less.)


I also used something on this card that I have not used in over 9 years!  See the little bamboo strips on either side of the peacock, they are peel offs.  Also on the inside of the card I used 2 little peel off fans. Why peel offs?  Well, I have no oriental stamps and these turned out to be perfect because they go with the gold embossing and that wonderful layer.


So, why not get your crafting head on and head on :-) over to Crafting by Designs to enter the challenge of Lace/Doilies. 

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Fantasy Stampers Challenge #7: Silhouettes (closes 11 Apr)

The Squirrel and The Fox - Challenge #67: All Creatures Great and Small (closes 17 Apr)

Digistamps4Joy - Challenge #89: Add Wings (entry #2)(closes 14 Apr)

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - April Challenge (closes 30 Apr)

Craft Calender Challenge - Things with Wings (closes 2 May)

I would also like to thank you all for your kind thoughts, virtual hugs and prayers.  They were very much needed.  My friend's service was wonderful, she would be so proud of her son's, their eulogies had us in tears and laughter, with wonderful memories and anecdotes of her life.  She will be deeply missed but is now free from pain and up there, no doubt, dancing with the angels. 

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Well Owl Be - Spring has Sprung!

Hi everyone.  A quick post today.

It's Friday, so a new fortnightly challenge over at Polkadoodles this week.  And the theme is Animal Magic. So lets see those creations with animals included this time around.  You have until Friday, April 18th (12 noon GMT) to enter.

I decided to use a couple of CD's again this week.  I made a shaped card by using my Silhouette Cameo Design Studio.


I have layered up the flowers and mushrooms on this pre-coloured image from the Double Sprinkle of Kraft CD.


The owl is from the Sugar Birdies CD and she has been coloured up with pencils.  Adding a little bling to the flowers and owly.


For the inside I just added a little white panel to write on and added a little owl stamp to the one corner.


So, the CD's I used on this card, were.

For the log pre-coloured image, Double Sprinkles of Kraft CD.

Double Sprinkle of Kraft CD Rom

For the owly, I used a black and white digi (although also available pre-coloured) from the Sugar Birdies CD.


This card is being entered in the following challenges.

DL ART - April Link Challenge: Anything Goes (closes 30 Apr)

Just Keep on Creating - April Link Up: Anything Goes (closes 26 Apr)

Digistamps4Joy - Challenge #89: Add Wings (closes 15 Apr)

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - Challenge #171: Feathered Friends (closes 8 Apr)

4 Crafty Chicks - Challenge #188: Colour a Stamped image (rubber or digi) (closes 8 Apr)

Sister Act Card Challenge - Challenge #51: Always Anything Goes (closes 10 Apr)

I would like to apologise for my lack of posts this week and the shortness of this one.  A dear friend is walking with the angels now, she passed away last Friday and the funeral is today.  It has been a very emotional week.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 31 March 2014

There was Grass! And a Box :-)

Hi everyone.  Well Mother Nature was playing around with us the other day.  You know I could have sworn I saw grass, maybe that photo I took just is lying LOL!

Well, woke up yesterday morning to another covering of snow!  Yep the white stuff.  And here is a photo to prove it!!  I had to take this out of my bedroom window as I was still in my pyjamas - you know how it goes.



Anyways, you might want to get a nice cup of coffee or tea and settle down, this post has a few photos as I wanted to show you the process of me making "The Box" :-)  But first a reminder of what the box is for, these are the 16 cards, and I have also made 16 envelopes.


This was my inspiration for my box, this holds all my card makes and serves as a stand for one of my lamps for the photo box :-)


Now, I knew when I was thinking about this box, that it was going to need to be sturdy, so delving around the craft room I found two fab pieces of thin corrugated cardboard, obviously kept for that "I might need this" moment.  Don't deny it either - you all do it :-)

This is the thickness, of the card board, see nice and narrow and perfect for what I needed.


So, I decided to cut my box base 5.75" square and 5" deep.  Therefore my piece needed to be 15.75" square to start.  I measured  and cut up my piece and then using a scoring tool, went down my drawn lines with it, just enough to break the skin of the cardboard.  Then for the tabs, I just cut a small diagonal pieces off so that it would sit nicely when glued.


Then I decided that when this was made up, I didn't want two layers of tabs on the inside, so I cut some more off, so that they would meet in the middle-ish on the inside.


I used Scotch Quick Dry glue, and then also used some paper grips, although I probable didn't need them.


Next came the lid.  This was 6" square by 3" deep.  So my piece of cardboard needed to be 12" square. Same process.  Measure, score and cut.


Glue and grips.


Yay, now came the best part.  Decorating it.  I used the same papers that I had used on my cards. Dotty paper is from Fancy Pants Designs called Little Sprout (though it could be called Sugar - not sure which!)


Now silly me, I didn't take a picture of the next step which was doing all the edging strips.  But take my word for it, I was glad when I had finished.  I cut 24 strips of varying lengths from red textured cardstock (this has been in my stash for at least 10 years!), all 1.25" wide, then used a white gel pen and made faux stitching on all the strips and then scored them down the middle.  These were then applied to all edges of the box base and lid.


Then I cut 16 pieces that were 1.75" square, scored these crossways and was able to form the corners for the box.


For the handle on the box, I just doubled over some of the card stock, glueing the seam to the centre back so that no paper edges were visible.  Then attached this to the lid using some large brads.


I have to admit, I like how the textured card stock looks like red leather.


And inside the box, all those fabulous cards.  I tied the envelopes together with some fab blue ribbon.


And there you have it.  One completed box, that happily holds all sixteen cards and envelopes.  Just to show it off again :-)



Phew, did you stay with me till the end - or did you drop off?  Hope you enjoyed the post, snow and everything :-)

I am entering this box in the following challenges.

Craftitude Challenges- Challenge #61: Anything Goes or Add a Brad/Eyelet (closes 3 Apr)(entry #2)

Scribble and Scrap Blog & Challenge - Challenge #15: Always Anything Goes (closes 11 Apr)

Little Scrap Pieces - Show it off Saturday Linky Party (closes 5 Apr)

Hiding in My Craft Room - Challenge #143 - Freestyle (closes 5 Apr)

Craftin Desert Diva's - Craft it Up & Link it Up Party #28: Anything Goes (closes 13 Apr)

Just Keep on Creating - April Link Up: Anything Goes (closes 30 Apr)

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.