Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Print and Cut II

I'm like a child with a new toy....Having so much fun using the "Print and Cut" feature of my Silhouette SD.
I keep thinking of things to try, and so far the Silhouette hasn't let me down. Sounds like a commercial doesn't it? But I am completely unsponsored. Wish I did have something to disclose :).

On to the card. The font was filled with a gradient color design and then the letters in each word were grouped together, then offset, and cut out. When I offset the grouped letters the offset first showed up in the gradient color so I changed that color to white. The color on the edge was added with a copic marker.
The package border at the bottom is a design in the online store but I did change the colors to match the colors in the font. Thanks to Kaylan for her helpful comment on my first print and cut, it worked great!

If you have a silhouette and haven't tried this feature it! It's wonderful!

Have a fabulous day and thanks for visiting :)


Monday, April 25, 2011

First Print and Cut

I have a confession....I have been afraid to try the "Print and Cut" feature on the Silhouette SD. Now that I have given it a try I only have one question.....What was I waiting on?????

Read a little bit in the user manual, downloaded a few designs and it was really easy. The Silhouette Blog has about 23 print and cut tutorials and I can't wait to check them out. When I was doing this great floral design I was wondering if you can change the colors they use. If anyone knows the answer to that I would love to hear from you. The border is also a silhouette design. The sentiment is from PTI and the background for the sentiment is a Spellbinders Nestability.

Today is my daughter-in-law, Anita's, birthday. Happy 30th Anita! When they were just here for a visit we had some fun making cards and I am putting together a card making starter kit for her. Not giving away any secrets, she knows that is what I am doing, she just doesn't know what goodies she will find when the package gets there. It's a lot of fun to put this together.

Hope you are having a great day. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Digital Die Cuts

Happy Easter everyone. I had a wonderful surprise this morning. I was scheduled to work this holiday and census must be down because I received a call saying I could stay home. I am on call, so hopefully I will get to stay home all day, but if not, it has provided some much needed rest.

This card is made with a combination of 4 Silhouette designs, pp from Memory Box, and the sentiment is from PTI.

Last week was very busy, but the coming week looks a lot better and I plan on visiting all of you. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Silhouette Quilt Cards

This is fun! I made 2 more quilt cards using the Silhouette SD. I used the same pattern and did it in different colors. The flowers are from the silhouette online store. There are four different flowers in this set but I only used two of them. I re-sized them and then drew a rounded square around them. Arranged the 9 squares and then drew a larger rounded square around all of them. Then simply cut it out in all the colors of pp I wanted for my quilts. You could do all the items separately, but when you do it this way the layers are inset and not layered on top of each other. The flower centers are the only things that are layered and those were created with a circle punch. 

Not only is this fun, it is Easy!! Looking forward to seeing what other designs they have that can be used to make quilt cards. For those of you who are quilters they do have fabric interfacing so that you can cut fabric.
I took a quilting class about 20 years ago and really enjoyed it, maybe this will inspire me to try it again, but I like instant gratification and this delivers!

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Magenta Fold Inspiration

I found inspiration and the directions for making this fun fold card on the Magenta Blog. The flower images are from Magenta and the sentiments are by Hero Arts. It was a little challenging to photograph and keep the front to back of the card in focus. That should give you some idea of how limited my photography skills are. The strip along the top and the bottom are from the Hero envelope pattern stamp. That is one versatile stamp!
I did take a photo from the side to show the folds more clearly.

The tag on the rear fold is a Silhouette design. I would love to have a silhouette die cut for those flowers. The butterflies are from a Martha Stewart border punch.

The rest of my week is going to be very busy so I made myself relax today. I took a quilt out into the yard, under an oak tree and enjoyed the beautiful sunny, warm, breezy, day. Camera by my side, just in case a butterfly flew by or the deer came out into the field. It was quite relaxing.

Thanks for sharing  part of your day with me.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Joy Quilt Card

2011-038 by dedernc3 (debbie)

This quilt card was made using a single flower design from Silhouette SD. 

 This is the design from the online store. I re-sized it, then copied and pasted it until I had enough flowers for the quilt design. I moved them until I had the quilt pattern and then used the welding feature to weld them permanently together.

Once this was done I used the offset tool to create a background to put the quilt pattern on. I did this on blue card stock on the card.

To make the card base I used the offset shape, enlarged, copied and pasted it, and welded the two shapes together.
The last part was to create the thin "quilt edging". I used the original size offset shape, copied it and changed the size slightly, then repeated that step.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts and is actually just a word from the sentiment "find joy every day". I masked off all the words but "joy", inked the stamp, removed the mask and then stamped the word. I punched the word out and placed it over the center flower in the quilt design. Added Hero Hues Dots to the center of the rest of the flowers.

It's a beautiful day today, quite different from yesterdays tornadoes. We were lucky and missed any of the destruction but it was widespread across North Carolina. We don't have tornadoes very often and they were everywhere yesterday. I don't think I have ever seen that many in one storm system. I'll take a hurricane any time. At least you get plenty of warning and can get out of harm's way. That is unless you are a nurse and then you just go to work.

Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Leaf Flower

There have been so many great home made flowers on everyone's blogs lately and Tiffany's beautiful flowers yesterday inspired me to try my hand at some. I chose to make my flower with one of the new digital Hero Arts Die Cuts. The leaves were cut out, in two sizes, using the Silhouette SD.

Each leaf was placed on a foam pad and I rubbed them in a circular motion using the round end of a QuicKutz Quickstik. This breaks down the fibers in the pp and gives them some dimension.

For the finishing touch I rolled under the edges on the leaves, layered the smaller leaves over the larger ones to form a flower. The center of the flower is a Silhouette design and it is finished with a Hero Hues Dot.
I made the card using one of the April sketch designs on the Hero blog. The card base was made on the Silhouette by drawing two ovals of the same size and then welding them.
The patterned paper is the Kioshi collection by Basic Grey. All stamps are by Hero Arts.
I think you could use these digital leaves and fold them in the same way Tiffany did her flower petals and that would be pretty too.

We had stamp club yesterday and made some cards for Operation Write Home. Frances did most of the work by having all the cards designed and each person had a kit with all the ingredients to make a particular card. The next couple of pictures are some of the group and a picture of some of the 50+ cards we made in 2 hours.
This is Libby, Frances, Nancy, Ann and Tammy. We were missing a few of our group.

Didn't Frances do a great job with the designs?

Have a wonderful day and Thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Dancing With Flowers Die Cut

I couldn't resist getting this new Hero Arts die cut. This is such a pretty silhouette with a happy feel to it. The background and the silhouette "Dancing with Flowers" were cut out of Basic Grey pp using a Silhouette SD die cut machine. I stamped over the cut out design with Versamark ink and embossed using clear embossing powder. Tea Dye distress ink was rubbed over the edges of the design.
Two strips were cut from pp the same as the background and then I stamped a design using Antique Linen distress ink. The sentiment was stamped with Tea Dye and the corners were rounded on the bottom strip.
The flower is a Silhouette SD design called 3d ruffle flower and the center is a Hero Hues Dot.
I am planning on entering this in the Hero Arts sketch challenge for April.

So far we have gotten our living room and spare bedroom painted and I am ready to take a little time off  from the painting world. Both rooms have softer colors that look fresh, clean and restful. I think I will spend my time in those rooms and ignore the rest of the things that still need to be done, lol! I really need to paint my craft room but the idea of moving everything in there is very overwhelming. One of these days.......

Have a great day, thanks for stopping by and as the card says I'm sending smiles your way :).


Hero Stamps
CG266 Dancing with Flowers
F5318 Starburst
CL490 Sending Smiles
Silhouette design
3d ruffle flower

Friday, April 8, 2011

Shiny and Soft

Hope everyone has been having a wonderful week. I made this card a few days ago and have been trying to get a decent picture of it and it has been difficult to photograph. There is lots of embossing that looks beautiful in person but it mades it hard to capture the true colors and the shine at the same time. So I gave up and the photo above captures the colors and the photo below shows off the shine.

The card  and the bird with swirl are Silhouette SD designs. The card above the circle border was stamped with the floral background stamp with versamark frost ink and embossed with detail clear embossing powder. The bird and swirl were cut out with the Silhouette, colored with a copic marker, covered with the versamark ink and embossed with clear powder.
The bold flower stamp was inked first with versamark frost, then worn lipstick distress ink and embossed with clear powder. The center of the petals was colored with a copic marker. Then I used a versamark pen to go over the colored areas and embossed with clear powder. I embossed the circle border in the same manner. The dots in the center of the flower were created by placing a drop of glossy accents in the middle of each small circle and sprinkling glitter over the drops.

The stamps are from Hero Arts CG301, CG303, CL489.

It has finally warmed up again and it is so beautiful. The dogwoods are in full bloom, the azaelas are starting to open up and we had enough rain to help with the pollen issue. So fresh and new looking. I guess that is what has inspired me to paint inside my house. I've gone paint crazy. I bought paint for the living room and painted part of the wall only to find out that my choice in colors wasn't really working. SO, I painted the spare bedroom and it worked great in there. Back to Benjamin Moore today and two more gallons of paint and I will try the living room again tomorrow. This color has to work because it won't work anywhere else in my house and they do not give paint away!!! I thought paint was the cheapest way to freshen up but I obviously hadn't bought any paint lately....Sticker shock!! I love to paint. I don't love prepping to paint but I love rolling and brushing that new color on the walls and I am not a patient person so once I get started, I want it all done. Larry does do the trim work for me so that helps and I tell him daily how lucky he is that he has a wife who enjoys painting...don't want him to forget how good he has it.

Have a great weekend, it's painting Saturday and work Sunday for me :)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Magenta Sketch Entry

My entry for the Magenta Sketch Challenge. I liked the clean lines of the sketch design shown below. It says simple elegance to me.

The flowers are part of the latest release from Magenta, isn't it beautiful? It was stamped using Memento Summer Sky dye ink. After stamping I used a versamark pen to highlight the flowers and the frame around the rectangle image and embossed with clear detail embossing powder. This gave it a little dimension and added just a touch of a cream color to the blue and white.
The background is the Hero Arts envelope pattern design embossed using Versamark frost ink and clear ep.
A touch of color was added around the edges by rubbing the summer sky ink lightly with my fingers. I also embossed over these edges.

The top and bottom of the rectangle image were created using the Silhouette SD. It is actually a bird cage design and I altered the size of the design so that it would fit the rectangle and cut out the cage portion of the design. This is the entire design.

I was talking with a friend yesterday about card styles. I enjoy making all kinds of cards and using many techniques but I think I am happiest with my cards when they have lots of white space. White with a subtle tone on tone or white with bold pops of color, such different looks but both are great.
What's your style? Which of your cards are you happiest with?

Hope you are enjoying a beautiful day! Watch out for those April Fools Day jokes :)