About a month ago right after Thanksgiving, I co-hosted my first craft night for a group of friends. It was a little MNO (aka Moms’ Night Out) where we sipped some wine, ate some finger foods, and chatted all night long while making some holiday gift tags. The event was so much fun that I hosted it again a few weeks later. For the past several years, it has been a little dream of mine to share my love for crafting with friends. These days, people are busy…I for sure fall in that camp as well. But I think it’s sad when we become too busy to even try something we’ve been longing to do. I see you adding pins to your Pinterest “One Day I’ll make this” board!
So it was such a joy to teach and show my friends how to make personalized and unique holiday gift tags that they can actually use to jazz up their gift wrapping! Practical crafting is my jam! 😊
Since I have become such a paper hoarder, this craft night was a great way to use up those excess sheets of paper and finally put to use some craft supplies I’ve gathered but haven’t used! #craftersconfession
After scrolling through, yup, you guessed it…Pinterest, I found several tag designs ranging from simple to intermediate in difficulty. Various paper crafting techniques were even incorporated, such as stamp/heat embossing. Below is a roundup of the holiday tags we made as well as other helpful info related to each tag should you be interested in making your own!
Clockwise from top left:
- This was the most intricate gift tag of the collection but probably the most fun as it’s a shaker tag. Circle shaker pouches were purchased from My Favorite Things. Shaker fillers were a hodgepodge of holepunched paper, holiday confetti bought from Target’s dollar bins, and sequins. The stamped sentiment inside the shaker tag was created using Versamark ink with gold embossing powder.
- The adorable 3D-looking Christmas tree is a Silhouette Design created by my friend Amy Robison. The unique technique used here was curling the tree layers for a dimensional look
- The Peace, Joy, Love tag features white embossing powder on a sheet of vellum. I love how the white “pops” off the vellum and pairs well with the red tag backing.
- Who doesn’t love to know right away which present is theirs? This simple monogrammed tag showcases glitter adhesive chipboard letters purchased from Michaels. I love the black and white color palette that gives a very classic look!
- The Joy to the World tag looks fancy but really just required a lot of simple assembling. With all the pieces prepared, crafters simply wrapped washi tape on the bottom of the white tag, glued a red button and two green leaf paper cut outs, and stamped the Joy to the World sentiment. The stamp was custom designed with my Silhouette Mint.
Everrrrrry time I walk past the dollar bins at Michaels to check out, I see paper rolls of all colors and patterns. Usually I have pretty good self-control with these impulse buy type of products but somehow I have
acquired hoarded five of these over the years, none of which have been used…until now!
With every holiday, our dining table gets a little festive makeover. For Halloween this year, I made a table runner out of those dang paper rolls and was quite pleased how it turned out! The paper material is thin so I quickly learned a lesson in patience when peeling the paper off the 12in x 24in cutting mat. I used the spiderweb stencil from Design ID#45894, stretched it out to fit my extra-long cutting mat, modified the design a bit to make it into a 12in x 24in piece (a lot of ungrouping, welding, and deleting border), sent it to Silhouette to cut, and voila!
I know I love Halloween but I can’t help but think what kind of runner I can make for Thanksgiving or Christmas?! After all, I do have paper rolls in kraft and red! 🙈
Customized projects are my jam! My mother-in-law had a dear friend/co-worker, Susan, retire several weeks ago and asked if I could help create three unique items to celebrate her 20 years of service in the hospital’s radiology department. I knew I had to incorporate x-rays of some sort into the projects.
The first piece is a super-sized greeting card made large enough for the entire department to sign their well wishes. The “peace out” hand x-ray is inside a rectangular shaker box that was filled with sparkly sequins and tiny diecut shapes. Creating the “peace out” hand was quite a task as I started with a open hand xray vector image and individually moved and placed each bone to create the “peace out” configuration. I definitely had a new appreciation for human anatomy!
A celebration isn’t one without cake so my next creation was a mixed media cake topper. Again, reiterating the x-ray theme, I printed a head CT scan on printable clear sticker paper, backed it with a clear acetate sheet, and trimmed off the excess from the acetate sheet. Next, a little shoutout using glitter gold cardstock was created with my Silhouette machine. Lastly, added a little yellow bow at the base of the cake topper which also helped hide the toothpick.
The last piece for Susan’s retirement party was a customized “subway art” wall sign. My mother-in-law provided the text and I went to town placing them wherever they looked best. The key to subway art signs is to use minimal amount of color (you can see I simply used two colors, yellow and white) and no more than 4 different fonts (any more and your eyes will go nuts). We had these printed on a 14in x 14in canvas via Costco Photo Center, which is affordable and rather quick. I really am pleased how this sign turned out! I just wish I knew what all those terms mean! Ha! 🙂
Congrats Susan on your retirement!
On a side note, how does one know they are ready for retirement? I’m far from retirement albeit I am not working a corporate job but I hope one day I will feel satisfied in my contribution to the world and be ready for retirement. #lifegoals
One of the reasons I decided to join the Silhouette Design Team was to push myself to try new projects and techniques. Well…a couple weeks ago, I got the opportunity to play around with Silhouette’s PixScanTM mat, which is a must-have for any paper crafters out there. It is similar to a cutting mat in that you can place paper on it and use it to cut with your Silhouette machine. The coolest part is the incorporation of technology to make precision cuts! You simply upload a photo (taken by smartphone, camera, or scanner), bring the image into Silhouette Studio and it magically appears in your Silhouette Studio design program. From there, you can see where exactly your paper is placed and place your cut designs accordingly. I can’t believe I didn’t use this earlier!
To see how I used the PixScanTM mat, check out my blog post at Silhouette’s blog! 🙂
Alright mama bears, fess up…who’s counting down the days until school starts??
If you raised your hand, it’s your lucky day! I have teamed up with my friend Rachel Place of Sweet Elsie and we put our crafty and creative juices together and created a fun and simple project for you and your kiddos – a back to school count down!
This exclusive Silhouette design features a crayon box with numbered crayons that can be removed each day until the first day of school. You guys, you can even personalize it with your child’s grade! Make one for each kiddo…get everyone excited and playing along in the count down! 🙂
Before we start with the simple tutorial, let’s talk about Rachel…who is she?! She is a Silhouette Artist whom I met at Silhouette Summit earlier this year. Together, we braved the waves out to our submarine excursion but I’m pretty sure she handled it a lot better than I did! Here are some more fun facts about this graphic design extraordinaire!
Want to see more of Rachel’s designs? Check her out on Instagram at @rachel.place and @sweet_elsie
Oh Crate & Barrel….me and you both girl! 🙂 I could dream all day about re-decorating my home to look like it was straight out of a C&B catalog! BUT let’s get back to reality and how about we DO something instead?! Here’s how to make your own back to school countdown! 🙂
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!)
- In Silhouette Studio, set your page size to 12in x 12in. Then open Design ID#37499 from your library.
- Right-click and ungroup. Now you have separated the top card from the bottom card.
- Starting with either the top or bottom card, right-click again and select Release Compound Path.
- For my card, I deleted “TRUE LOVE”
- Repeat steps 3-4 for the other card.
- Send to Silhouette using proper cut settings. NOTE: I selected Double Cut to ensure a clean cut.
- Peel the cards off cutting mat once cutting has finished and fold along the perforated lines.
- Use your adhesive tape runner to stick your 5.5in white square pieces on the inside of the card, where you write your message.
- Next, put dimensional adhesives around the heart’s perimeter on the inside flap of the card.
- 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.
- 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.
- Next, I created an offset to make the white background behind “Congrats”
- If you’re making two cards, be sure to do steps 10-11 twice! Raise your hand if you like to work efficiently!
- Sent both to Silhouette to cut and glued them together with my Tombow Multi Liquid Glue.
- 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!!
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!
- 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!