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In Cardmaking, DIY on
August 28, 2017

Same but Different – One Statement Piece, Two Different Cards

 

Two of my closest friends were each celebrating their own special occasions…a 6-month anniversary and a birthday! So that meant it was card-making time!

I came across this adorable cut file by Lori Whitlock (Silhouette Design ID#62270) and this fun design by Megan Hardy Designs (Silhouette Design ID#195787) and knew I wanted to use them both for my friend’s anniversary card. Earlier this year, I  purchased the map patterned paper with no immediate plans for it. I just knew I had to have it. #craftersproblems but don’t you agree that the print is so dang adorable?! My friend and her hubby love to camp, explore, and ride bikes so it was a perfect background paper for their card. Even though the grey and olive green angled cardstock pieces were simple additions, not only did they pull in colors from the map print thus creating a cohesive look but they provided a framework for the remaining pieces. The “Love the Adventure” piece popped nicely against the grey and the bicycle was placed at an angle as if it was riding up an olive green hill. The heart balloons provided some counterbalance as well as color to the card.

Since I just adored the bicycle with heart balloons, I cut out those pieces again with my Silhouette CAMEO to see if I could create a different card…this time for my other friend’s birthday. This time I changed up the orientation and created the card to be upright. This allowed for space above (so I added more balloons) and below the bicycle (I added the sentiment ribbon) . The mint-colored scalloped circle plus two linear strips of pink washi tape reinforced the bicycle as the card’s focal point. Since there was a variety of color in this card already, I opted to embellish the card with a sparkly touch (gold sequin plus two tiny rhinestones on the “Happy Birthday” sentiment).

This was a fun card-making challenge! I learned that subtle differences in layout, layering, or embellishments can really create a different look in the cards even with the same statement piece (in this case, the bicycle with heart balloons). Although I did not intend to make two cards with the same statement piece, I’m so glad I did! Such a good exercise to expand one’s creativity. I wonder how many different cards I could have made with a bicycle and heart balloons?!

 

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In Cardmaking, DIY, Silhouette, Weddings on
July 13, 2017

Heart Cutout Card for Bride-to-Be (tutorial)

Two of my friends are getting married! Hooray! A little-known fact about me…I am also a wedding planner/coordinator taking on a few clients a year. Thank goodness I was married pre-Pinterest because if Pinterest was around, I probably would have had the longest engagement period either making everything DIY or constantly changing my mind on design elements like escort card displays!

Luckily, I know where to turn to when I need to make cute cards! A quick search through the Silhouette Design Store, I stumbled upon a beautiful cutout card design where the file actually came with two cards. PERFECT!

Here’s how I made the card above:

You will need:

  • Silhouette CAMEO
  • Cutting Mat
  • Design ID #37499
  • Solid-colored cardstock
    • I used a 12in x 12in coral sheet for the card
    • Two 5.5in square pieces in white
    • White and dark blue leftover scraps to make the “Congrats” word embellishment
  • Patterned scrapbook paper (Each piece was 2.5in x 5.5in. I recommend a non-busy pattern/design)
  • Dimensional adhesive
  • Glue (I used Tombow Multi Liquid Glue…it’s THE BEST! A must have!)

Step-by-step tutorial:

  1. In Silhouette Studio, set your page size to 12in x 12in. Then open Design ID#37499 from your library.
  2. Right-click and ungroup. Now you have separated the top card from the bottom card.
  3. Starting with either the top or bottom card, right-click again and select Release Compound Path.
  4. For my card, I deleted “TRUE LOVE”
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 for the other card.
  6. Send to Silhouette using proper cut settings. NOTE: I selected Double Cut to ensure a clean cut.
  7. Peel the cards off cutting mat once cutting has finished and fold along the perforated lines.
  8. Use your adhesive tape runner to stick your 5.5in white square pieces on the inside of the card, where you write your message.
  9. Next, put dimensional adhesives around the heart’s perimeter on the inside flap of the card.

  10. Place dimensional adhesive on the corners of the patterned paper with paper facing up. Flip this piece over and place it on top of the inside flap of the card. NOTE: Make sure you align the flap edge with the pattern paper edge. GREAT! You’ve now created a “shadow box” appearance with the card.
  11. To make the “Congrats” word embellishment, I simply typed it in Silhouette. Because it’s a script font, I welded the text so that the letters connected.
  12. Next, I created an offset to make the white background behind “Congrats”
  13. If you’re making two cards, be sure to do steps 10-11 twice! Raise your hand if you like to work efficiently!
  14. Sent both to Silhouette to cut and glued them together with my Tombow Multi Liquid Glue.
  15. Lastly, I placed dimensional adhesives on the back of the embellishment and centered it over the cutout heart. The embellishment also helps keep the card closed!

These cards were quick to whip up and are so dang cute! You can change the word embellishment to anything that fits your needs. The delicate cutout design truly showcases the precision-cutting capability of the Silhouette cutting machine!!

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In Cardmaking, DIY, Silhouette on
May 30, 2017

Oh Snap! Thank You Card

 

Our littlest is 18 months old and we just had our first full family photo shoot #secondchildproblems

A few weeks ago, Keri of Keri Hatcher Photography was in town and we knew we had to get photos taken by her again because she is just amazing at capturing fun, candid family photos. What was supposed to be a 30-minute mini session became an hour long and none of us even realized that because we were having a blast. My kids were eating up the spotlight (candy treats also helped!) and I can’t wait to see how they turned out!

To thank Keri and her incredible talent, I created this simple thank you card. The design of this card is unique in that it doesn’t have a thank you “greeting.” Instead, I let the fun patterned background paper speak for itself. Sometimes, it’s nice to make a card that isn’t so straightforward. This forces the recipient to visually examine the card and enjoy all the various parts that make up the whole card. I always try to personalize the cards I make so it was only appropriate to add a camera cutout (Silhouette Design ID #47198 by the ever-talented Lori Whitlock). Lastly, I can never pass up the chance to do a play on words so I created “Oh snap!” within Silhouette Studio using Bebas and Bernadette fonts.

 

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In Birthday, Cardmaking, DIY, Silhouette on
May 17, 2017

Pineapple Shaker Card

 

A week ago, I arrived on the beautiful island of Oahu. I soaked up the sun and ate my way through Waikiki (I had no car otherwise I would have hit up North Shore shrimp trucks or Island Snow shaved ice in Kailua)! I felt my pants were getting tighter each day because I just kept eating and eating. #noregrets

Hawaii appears to be the place to be as my mother-in-law was also in town to celebrate her birthday! Um, can I go somewhere fabulous for my birthday every year? Sigh! Soooo, it was only fitting to make a fun tropical-style birthday shaker card! Shaker cards really take your handmade cards to the next level. Not only is it fun to shake as if it was a maraca, it looks fancy-schmancy (aka it looks like you spent hours on it but ya didn’t!).

Never made a shaker card? For those with a Silhouette cutting machine, follow along this tutorial to see how easy it is!

Supplies needed:

  • Download Silhouette Design ID #83612 by talented Amy Robison (whom I met on my Silhouette Summit trip!)
  • Download Silhouette Design ID #192829 by Daniela Moscone
  • Cardstock in green, coral, khaki, and white
  • Patterned cardstock (for card base) or feel free to use anything you have
  • Shaker filler materials
    • I used sequins in gold, silver, light pink light orange
    • Tiny rhinestones. I used a mix of Silhouette rhinestones and leftover ones I purchased from Michaels
  • Dimensional adhesive
  • Fabric or regular washi tape
  • Brown fine-tip marker
  • Clear acetate. (HACK: This is going to sound weird but it’s resourceful…I use the clear acetate that comes with dimensional stickers or clear stamps. Be sure to use ones that are truly clear and unblemished.)
  • Foam tape (I purchased this one which is available in many local stores)
  • Tape runner (this is my go-to crafting adhesive)

 

Make the card base:

  • This is a standard 4.25″ wide x 5.5″ tall card. So the card base measures 8.5″ wide by 5.5″ high and then folded in the middle.

Make the white cutout layer:

  • In Silhouette Studio, cut a 4.125″ wide x 5.375″ high rectangle. Then, drop in Design ID#83612.
  • Right click on the design and “ungroup” the various pieces. Delete the middle and left pieces. What you have left is the pineapple top (the stem) and pineapple bottom.
  • This step is optional: I modified the pineapple top by deleting (anchor) points near the bottom to give it a shorter “stem”
  • Next, move the pineapple top so that it rests right above the pineapple bottom (the oval shape). Right click to group.
  • Then, resize the grouped pineapple piece so that it would be almost as tall as the card.
  • Ungroup the pineapple piece and “cut” the pineapple top” and “paste” onto a blank Silhouette file. This is because we want the pineapple top to be cut on a different paper. *See last step*
  • Now, you should be left with just a rectangle and the oval-shaped pineapple bottom. This will be your “shaker window.”
  • Using white cardstock, send to Silhouette with the appropriate cut settings.

Make the background design for the shaker window:

  • I used leftover yellow scrap paper that was larger than the shaker window
  • Center your cutout layer on top of the card base to determine where to place the yellow scrap paper underneath. Once you find the perfect spot, use tape runner to adhere the yellow scrap paper to the card base.
  • Next, set your cutout layer down over the card base+yellow scrap paper. Hold down firmly so that the cutout layer doesn’t move.
  • Take the brown fine-tip marker and draw in pineapple design on the yellow scrap paper. Be careful not to run marker too close to the cutout layer otherwise marker will bleed onto the white cutout paper.

Create shaker window:

  • Trim the plastic acetate if necessary. Ideally, it should be 0.5″ larger than the cutout.
  • Apply tape runner to the inside perimeter of the cutout
  • Set the plastic acetate on top and press firmly. Tada! You’ve created your shaker window!

Add shaker filler material:

  • On the background design, glue on a few rhinestones and sequins. These will be static embellishments. Why?? The reason why I do this is because it keeps the card visually interesting. Otherwise, all the sequins are all bunched up on the bottom of the shaker window.
  • Next, cut little strips of the adhesive foam tape and place them on top of the plastic acetate, following the oval shape of the cutout.
    • TIP: Offset the strips about 0.125″ from the cutout edge so that you don’t see the foam tape from the front of the window.
    • TIP: Make sure to have the foam tape pieces touch from one end to another. This way the shaker filler won’t fall out of the window.
  • On the background design, drop in your filler materials. I used sequins of various sizes and colors.  Make a little pile in the middle of the background design.
  • Take your cutout layer that now has the foam tape and set it over the card base.
  • Press firmly where the adhesive foam tape is to securely close the shaker window.
  • Add adhesive foam tape as necessary at the corners of the cutout layer. This will make your entire cutout layer “pop” from the card base.
  • Once you have ensured your shaker window is secure, shake your card to see the filler material move around inside the window. Fun, right?!

Add final embellishments:

  • On top of the shaker window, add a strip of washi tape. I used fabric because it was a new material I wanted to try out and I like how it brings a different texture to the card
  • The circular “have a sweet birthday” tag was created using Silhouette’s Print and Cut feature. Adhere to card with dimensional adhesive to give it a layered look.
  • Next, cut and add two hibiscus flowers and tropical leaf from Design ID #192829 to tie in the tropical theme.
  • Lastly, remember when we saved the pineapple top (stem) onto a separate Silhouette design file? Cut the design using the same green paper as the tropical leaf. Use adhesive tape runner to adhere it above the shaker window (pineapple bottom).

 

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In Cardmaking, DIY, Holidays, Silhouette on
May 12, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day Cards

 

Mother’s Day is three days away but I’ve already treated myself by flying off to Hawaii to attend the Silhouette Summit 2017 conference in beautiful Waikiki, Hawaii! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I wasn’t going miss it! I’ll be blogging more later about what I learned today, which is A LOT! A whole lot of GOOD stuff!

So that meant I had to get crackin’ on making some Mother’s Day cards before I left!

The one on the left is for my incredible mother-in-law or as the kiddos call her “Oma.” Inside the car, I took a stab at hand lettering and wrote “You are a “mom” to all of us!” <cue the tears> This little phrase ties in the scrabble tiles on the front of the card. I used dimensional adhesive to make the scrabble tiles “pop” thus creating visual interest.

The card on the right is for my sweet mom who loves gardening. So, I personalized her card with a floral background paper along with a flower embellishment. The ready-made graphic can be found here on the Silhouette Design Store. My newest addition to my craft supplies is fabric washi tape. I love that it added subtle texture to the card!

To all the mamas out there…Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

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In Cardmaking, DIY, Holidays, Silhouette on
April 30, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Card

 

Usually I like to create unique items but there are days where I have zero energy, zero ideas, or zero time. Luckily, I know I can rely on Silhouette Design Store for some super cute, ready-to-go designs that looks like I spent hours creating!

This adorable card (Design ID #65200 by Tanya Batrak) caught my eye because it features several elements I consider important in a handmade card. It uses layers, various materials, and little details that make a big visual difference!

Card-making Essentials:

  • Layers – This card is full of layers! #hearteyes There’s the card’s playful base layer, on which lies a double-scalloped pocket that holds another interesting layer, a notebook page. The last layer is the adorable apple cutout, which “pops” thanks to dimensional adhesive.
  • Materials – Other than pretty patterned paper, it’s fun to add other mediums to a handmade card because it makes the card visually interesting. The black baker’s twine coordinates nicely with the black “Thanks!” diecut pulling together a cohesive look.
  • Little Details, Big Impact – Another way to make your handmade card stand out is in the little details. This attention to details is when your recipient will think, “Oh wow! Some special thought was put into this!” In this card, the little detail is in the apple’s leaf. I love how it isn’t just a plain leaf cutout but that it includes little thin cutouts within it, thus giving the leaf a unique look. Also, I like how simply curling the leaf draws the eye to the apple. Lastly, although you cannot see it on my cards (but you can see it on Silhouette Design Store’s example), I thought the little folder tab piece is adorable! A simple addition but really adds flair and spunk to a school-themed card!
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In Birthday, Cardmaking, DIY, Silhouette on
April 22, 2017

Birthday Card + Sticker Combo

 

 

As an avid paper crafter, I love making handmade cards. Sure, there are stores and aisles filled with greeting cards but nothing beats a 100% personalized card. Now that my 4-year-old has his groups of friends, we have been invited to many birthday parties. But let’s be real, name a preschooler who keeps (and cares?!) about his birthday cards…it’s always about the gift under the wrapping paper!

So what is a crafty mama to do?! Other than wrapped presents, I know what else preschoolers love…stickers! So, I created these adorable cards with a built-in sticker that peels off!

With two birthday parties this month to attend, I created two cards to match the birthday party themes. Paw Patrol and construction…totally classic 4-year-old themes, right? I was even able to make the Paw Patrol one a little more fun by making the number 4 and bone pieces “pop” using dimensional adhesive.

Supplies used:

  • Cardstock for card backing
  • Silhouette White Sticker Paper
  • Dimensional adhesive
  • Silhouette Design ID # 59769 (for the construction-themed card)

 

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In Birthday, Cardmaking, DIY, Silhouette on
April 14, 2017

Hamburger Birthday Card

 

Here’s a fun birthday card I made for my brother-in-law. I’m always looking to create something different and a little whimsy so I thought…why not swap out a typical birthday cake with a hamburger! A delicious-looking one in fact! Hamburger cut file is from Silhouette’s Design Store (Design ID #10634).

This easy project was a great way to use up paper scraps. Did you know you can put all your scraps on the cutting mat and have the design cut in one run? YES to time-saving tactics! Just place your scraps in various corners/sides of your cutting mat and make sure the design is approximately in the same spot in Silhouette Studio®.

Now, I’m off to get myself a burger!

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