Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Loopy Window Card

I almost gave up! I have been trying all morning to upload this card to blogger but for some reason it wouldn't upload. I uploaded it to flickr and tried to use the html code to upload it from there but it kept saying the code wasn't correct. I don't know what I did differently this time but it finally worked...

I made the card window on the Silhouette SD. This design was actually a 3d box that had a Valentine design with it but I ungrouped it, removed the box design and created a card around the loopy window.
The polka dot background was also created on the silhouette and is the same one I used on the Ferris Wheel card from yesterday.

The flowers are a wonderful stamp from Penny Black called "pin-striped" and it was stamped then colored with copic markers and cut out to go on the front of the card.  Sentiment is from PTI and it is stamped on the inside of the card. The small butterflies were created with a new punch set I got that you first punch it and then place it in the second punch and it embossess it. Now I wish I had gotten the larger size, also.

My inspiration for this card came from 2 places...Summer Card Camp 2011 where I saw a great window card technique video by Jennifer Mcguire and the coloring of the flowers was inspired by Jill Foster. Jill is amazing with her bright bold beautiful colors. Maybe one day I will come close to achieving her look. If you haven't seen the blog I Love Mementos, you need to check it out. I am loving it!

I signed up for Summer Card Camp and am so glad that I did. Wonderful inspiration and I am getting to see some great creations by my fellow campers. Thanks to those of you who have stopped by and left comments, I'm off to visit some of you.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer Camp-Ferris Wheel

I am excited to be learning at the Summer Card Camp 2011 and this is my entry in the week 1 color challenge.

 The colors are warm purples, orange and pink with a sky blue and white. I am having technical difficulties this morning and can't figure out how to get them on my blog after I downloaded them.
Everything but the sentiment was created on the Silhouette SD. I used 3 images for this card.

Ferris Wheel C02589
Background polka dot even 2466
Frame C02808

I had fun taking all the elements of the ferris wheel apart, some are colored on the silhouette and some were cut out of different colors of card stock. Glossy Accents were added to the cars on the ferris wheel and it gives them some nice dimension but it makes them hard to photograph. Too much light makes them too shiny and too little makes the colors look dull. I did have some help with the photography..

This little guy was out warming up in the early morning sun and he was still a little slow moving.  I think he was more concerned with me stepping on him than the correct lighting for the photo.

Thanks for stopping by and if you are participating in Summer Card Camp I will see you over there :)


Monday, June 27, 2011

Flourish Dot Birthday Greeting

For most of you it is Monday and the start of another work week, but I worked yesterday so this week I am celebrating Monday. Working as a staff nurse in a NICU my schedule is never the same, some times I like that and some times I wish my schedule was more regular....maybe then I would be more organized...but maybe not. Right now the only thing that is constant in my home and work schedule is trash pick up day....isn't that pathetic?? So Wednesday is my constant. It is nice to have something to blame my lack of organization on.

My card today features Hero Arts designs from the Silhouette online store. The frame and the cake are the two designs used. The card background with dots is the same as the one I used on my last post "Summer Brights." This is a color combination I really like but don't use a lot. I get in color ruts, seem to always go to the same combos over and over again. Maybe it's because I crave consistency and since I don't have it in my schedule.........not a good excuse is it? I'll try to do better.

As you can tell I am feeling a little silly this morning :) giddy with the excitement of 3 days off and no meetings or errands that just have to get accomplished. Hope you have something special to look forward to this week and thanks for starting it out with me.


Silhouette designs used
Card background C00952
Flourish dot tag C00994
Birthday cake C00961

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer Brights

I got 3 new designs from the Silhouette online store today and they are
Floral Filigree Hibiscus branch (added to store on 2-16-11) C00685
Whispy buttterfly (added 9-21-2009) C20090921105749 and
The card background (added 6-20-11) C00952

The floral design is on sale this week. It actually starts as two flowers but when I decided to use the card with the dots I only used one of the flowers. There was a little rearranging of the dots and the blue dot ended up being the perfect size and place to stamp my "Hello" greeting. Not because I planned it that way...wasn't thinking that far ahead.   The butterfly was a cut design but I ungrouped it and colored the two pieces. It was printed onto the card and I cut another of each of the butterflies to layer for added dimension.  SOOOO easy!
The heat is oppressive here and that gives me an excuse to stay in a cool house and have a little fun creating.
A friend of mine told me that she was in the yard with her 4 year old daughter and she  told her  mom she was "melting water". Don't you love how children's minds work? Sounds so much better than sweating.

Hope you are enjoying perfect weather....for right now I'm staying indoors :)

Thanks for visiting :)

Monday, June 20, 2011


This is one of the very first designs I downloaded from the Silhouette online store. I have run into a few issues when I have tried to cut it out using a size small enough to fit on a card. Some of the smallest intricate cuts did not come out well. Decided to try again using the print and cut feature.
I started with this design and used the ungroup feature. I separated all the layers except the designs on the butterfly. Then I colored the individual layers, changed the line color to black and brought it to the front of the design.
Then I brought this next image to my workspace.

I colored the image on the silhouette and used the knife to cut it so that it would fit into the frame of the first design. I drew a rounded rectangle around the image with just a little of the butterfly frame extending over the edge. Before sending to the silhouette I changed the cut lines so that only the outer edge would be cut.

Finishing touches were a little shading with a few copic markers, two punched butterflies,  a few gemstones and a sentiment from a Hero Arts clear set.
And the finished project turned out like this

I did do a little debossing around the printed design just to add a little dimension. You can really see the difference it makes on the actual card.
So what I learn everyday about the Silhouette is how versatile it is. I feel certain the design would cut just fine if it was cut larger, but I am delighted to be able to find a way to make it work to suit my needs.

Thanks for stopping by it makes my day :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Single Layers with Dimension

I will be sharing 3 cards with you today. They are all one layer cards and all were made on the Silhouette SD. The first card uses 2 designs from the Silhouette online store.

The card was shown as a square and designed to be cut as two layers. But for my project I changed it to a rectangular shape and colored the layers instead of cutting them. The butterfly was colored and moved on to the one layer card. The Happy Birthday sentiment was created with a font from the online store and printed instead of cut. After printing out the card I traced around the designs with a dry embossing stylus to add dimension.

This cake on this card is from the Hero Arts portfolio in the online store

 All the coloring on the card was done on the silhouette. The score lines were created on a Martha Stewart score board and I also traced around the elements of the design with the embossing stylus.

 Here is the design as seen in the online store

 The design that you start with is the bottom one. You have 3 butterflies and then you can duplicate them and change the size in order for the border to fit your card. I cut one of the butterflies away from the others to create the larger one at the top of the card. Some tracing with the stylus and a few lines on the scoreboard and it makes the design pop.

If anybody ask me "If you were stuck on a deserted island and you could only take one crafting tool, what would it be?" my answer would be "There better be electricity because I'm taking my Silhouette!" It just does it all!

Thanks for spending a little time with me today :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wedding Inspiration

We attended a beautiful wedding last Saturday. The groom, a graduate of the Naval Academy married his childhood sweetheart. They have been together since the 8th grade. The bride and the groom come from lovely families who happen to be wonderful friends of ours. I wanted to make a card that was inspired by their wedding and this is the finished card.
Totally inspired by the bright summery colors they chose and don't you just love those shoes??

The details in the wrought iron, the windows and the chandeliers inspired the stained glass background on the card.

And here is the lovely couple enjoying their first dance as man and wife. I chose to do their silhouette in all white since both the bride and groom are in white.

No inspiration for the card in this photo but had to share a picture of some dear friends :)

All elements on the card are made on the Silhouette SD. The detail added to her dress is a stamp by Penny Black called butterfly edge.  The sentiment on the tag was done on the silhouette.
I have been playing more with the print and cut feature on the silhouette and will have some of those cards to share with you tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Silhouette "Cut" to "Print and Cut"

If you have visited lately you know that I am infatuated with my Silhouette SD. Jackie from "Just Stamp It" ask me if there was a way you could change a Silhouette cut design into a print and cut. Couldn't wait to play around and see if I could figure it out and so I decided to post a little tutorial about how I did it.

This is the cut image as it appears when downloaded from the Silhouette online store.

This is the finished product.
To start I opened the image and clicked on the ungroup setting so that I could color the sections differently. Below is how that looks on the screen when it is "ungrouped."

Once ungrouped you can just click over on the side and all of those little boxes highlighting each individual section go away and this is what you have

I have started highlighting each individual section and selecting a color from the "Fill" section.

This is a shot of the line color screen and I have changed the lines to black.

This is what I learned and it is very important. I went to the line style window increased the thickness of the lines and clicked on the section to "bring the line forward". Before when I have tried to print I didn't use this feature and the lines never showed in the printed version. So you got the colors and the shape but it was flat looking and no definition to each individual section. So Thank you, Jackie! If you hadn't sent me that question I don't know how long it would have been until I figured this out.

When your image is all colored and printed and you send it to the Silhouette to cut it shows up like this. You have to go the the "cut type" and select cut edge only.

And this is how it looks when it is ready for the Silhouette to cut it out.
If you are interested in learning more about the Silhouette and would like to see more tutorials you can find some from the experts at the Silhouette Blog. And another look at the finished design all printed and cut.

Oh, there are so many ideas running around in my head, right now LOL! Maybe there is too much empty space there. You could use this technique to make one layer cards that wouldn't look one layer at all. Hope you  are inspired to give this a try. And, Jackie I hope I have answered your question.

Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Fun Trips

We just got back from a little trip in our state of North Carolina so I was thinking of trips and made this little scene from elements on the Silhouette SD. Below you will see the original designs that I bought from the Silhouette online store. This is how they looked when I began to work with them.

I worked with the balloon and clouds first.
1st step was to ungroup the balloon and clouds.
Then ungrouped the balloon image in order to color the elements separately. After it was colored as desired it was copied and pasted in order to cut two images to give it dimension. Then I ungrouped the colored image and chose details to copy and paste so they could be cut out individually. It might be hard to see in the photo but the balloon has 3 different layers created by using dimensional foam tape between layers. It looks like a dimensional sticker you could find in a store without the extra cost.
The clouds were copied and pasted, changed to different sizes, colored differently and flipped horizontally so they would not all be going in the same direction. I wanted color around the edges of the clouds so I used the offset feature, minimized the amount of offset and filled it with a different color.

Was going to show a few more photos of the different steps but blogger is a little slow today with uploads.
The senitment was made on the silhouette with one of their fonts. I created each letter individually, so that I could potition them along the top of the hill. I offset them in white and cut each word separately. You could print that into the original design if you wanted to and not cut them out.

We just celebrated out 24th anniversary and our trip was a last minute idea. Just a few days out of town to get away from the daily routine. The first excitement was about 50 miles away from home when a huge black bear (estimating around 450 lbs) came out of the woods and started to cross the road in front of us. I have never seen a bear that big. Wasn't able to grab the camera quick enough to get a picture. We had nice sunny weather but it is HOT! around 97 degrees on Tues. Way too early in the year to be that hot.

June is also the month that I started working as a NICU nurse. 35 years this June. Where has time gone? I was 23 when I started so I have done this more than half of my life. Lots of reflection at this time of year.

Hope you are someplace cool and having a great day. Thanks for stopping by :)