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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Let's do this!

Hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas!  Today's project is created for the latest challenge over at the Cameo Creations Challenge blog with the theme "Welcome 2013."  Part of my New Year's resolution for 2013 is to continue making better healthy choices, which includes walking with my walking buddy - when the weather improves, that is.  It's been raining on and off where I live and really cold, but when it does get a bit sunnier around here, I will call on my walking buddy and start walking outdoors again.   Pounding on the elliptical is good but I crave the girly chitchats ;).   This card is created using a shoe card image by Loni Harris, purchased through the Silhouette Studio and cut with my Cameo. 

I threaded an old yellow shoe lace from one of my daughter's old sneakers and then cut it to size.  I also took one of her old baby socks and cut the top part of it down to size.  The sentiment "Let's do this!" on the bottom layer of the card was written using the Abbeyline font - I used the print and cut feature on the Silhouette Studio for the bottom piece then foam mounted it to the shoe card.  I used the internal offset feature to create  a layer for my inside sentiment, again using the same font.  Here is the inside of the card.

The envelope is a freebie image from when I bought my Cameo a year ago.  The sneakers image printed on the envelope is by Echo Park and is a print and cut image purchased from the Silhouette Store.  I wrote the year 2013 on Craftworks candis.  The flower on the sock is premade, purchased from Michaels. 

Hope you like my project today and join the challenge over the the Cameo Creations Challenge blog - I'd love to see what you create to welcome the new year! 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Secret Santa Reveal

I was recently involved in a Secret Santa gift exchange with the DT members from the Bugbytes and She's a Sassy Lady blogs and it was so much fun as each of us waited for our recipients to get their package in the mail.  Finally it is time for us to reveal who our Secret Santas are. 

I was so excited to get this parcel from Canada!  Yey!  My Secret Santa was Sherri.  Thank you so much for my goodies, Sherri!  I love love love what she got me - exactly what I needed the most! 

I had wanted to get this MS mini scoreboard for a while.  I have the original but it gets too bulky on my desk so this mini is just perfect - it's going to get millions of uses LOL!  And since I lost my tweezer bee a while back, I was so happy that Sherri included that in my package too - it is such a big help especially for those tiny pieces you want to pick up off your mat or to handle those small gems. 

And did you all see the card?  Gorgeous card!  I wish you guys could see this card in person because the picture does not give it justice - it is shimmery!  And the twine and tiny bells really were a nice touch. 

Thanks again, Sherri!  And thanks Pam and Sheila for hosting this year's gift exchange - definitely looking forward to doing this again next year.

Have a wonderful holidays, everyone! 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Splash fun

Ok, I know a summer LO is hardly appropriate during the holidays but if you know me I'm always catching up with my scrapbooking ;). This is a 12 x 12 double digital/traditional LO.  I used the Creative Memories StoryBook Creator 4.0 to create the LO, then printed the pages in my wide format printer. 

I then imported a JPEG copy of the digital LO from the digital scrapbook software onto the Silhouette Studio to plan my title.  I used the Ravie font, sized the title as big as I want on the page, arranged the letters as I pleased, then used the offset feature to create the shadow around the title.  The title was then cut using the Cameo. 

Here are some close ups of the finished LO.  I embossed the top layers of the title with the Tiny Bubbles CB folder then foam mounted them onto the layers under them.  I also doodled on the shadow of the title, then added some premade flowers from the dollar bin at Michaels.

Digital Credits:
-digital papers and elements free from
Thanks for stopping by today ;)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Bunch of penguins Christmas card set

Hi all!  Just wanted to share with you all my first project as DT member over at the Cameo Creations Challenge blog - I am so honored and excited to be part of this wonderful group of crafters.  The challenge for the next two weeks is "Anything Goes Christmas", so go on over and link up your project. 

I made these cards to hand out to our kids' basketball coaches along with their Christmas gifts, which I haven't bought (yikes!).  The penguin is a cut image purchased from the Silhouette Store, and is by Susan Hildebrandt.  The base of the card was created by welding two shadows (via external offset feature) of the penguin image.  The top layers of the penguin were embossed with the D'vine Swirls CB folder and the base (black) of the image embossed with the Swiss Dots CB folder. The hat and the scarf were foam mounted for some depth.  I also added some faux stitching and heat-set gems.

For the inside layers of the card, I used the internal offset feature of the Cameo to coordinate well with the shape of the card.  The inside sentiment is part of a Christmas word set by Samantha Walker, also purchased through Silhouette Store.  I let the Cameo faux stitch the inside of the card by using the print and cut feature on the Studio.

I created the matching envelope by adding a penguin image by Hero Arts (again, purchased through Silhouette Store) - I printed this image using the sketch feature on the Silhouette Studio.  The base of the envelope was a freebie when I purchased my Cameo a year ago.  In case you're wondering, yes, I am using a Cricut mat on my Silhouette Cameo because you can ;). 

after printing the sketched image on my computer, I placed the
cardstock on the mat so my Cameo can cut the envelope -
I didn't bother with the registration marks because I knew
my envelope was sized larger than the registration mark boundaries

and the envelope still cut perfectly even without the registration
mark, leaving the sketched penguin on the right bottom of the envelope,
exactly where I wanted it to be! 

I love love love the sketch feature of the Silhouette Studio -
prints on your computer without having to buy sketch pens
although I do have them somewhere. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all join us these next two weeks over at the Cameo Creations Challenge blog! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My First Homemade Christmas Ornament

Hi everyone!  This is probably not new for most of you, but I have always wanted to make these kind of homemade glass ornaments.  I have first glimpsed these kinds back at the Cricut MBs but  have never had the chance to try them until this year.  This process does not involve any Cricut nor Cameo cuts, although you can certainly add cutout embellishments too.  I am in a gift exchange/secret Santa group with the Bugbytes and She's a Sassy Lady DT group this year and I included one of these ornaments as my gift to the lady I was assigned to - I can't tell you which one I'm a secret Santa to just yet ;).

If you search youtube for homemade glittered glass ornaments you will find different ways to make them.  I settled on using hairspray (the bottled, not the canned) as my glitter adhesive because that's what I have on hand. 

This is basically what you will need:

The ribbons I used were hand-dyed by me. 
You can use any color glitter, but super fine ones
would work the best
You could make your own rolled flowers -
I chose to use premade paper flowers I got from
Michaels that were on sale from the bridal section
Here are some finished ones already on my tree.  My children helped me make them, hence the non-traditional color combos - but I think in the end they looked ok.
This is one of the few we didn't glitter up -
we just filled it halfway with glass beads from my stash.

Here's the backside
Not bad for a first time making them ;).  Hope you all are having a wonderful week.  I will leave you for a bit cuz I have all these to finish up.  Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you all tomorrow!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Ok, whatevs!

First of all, I love my niece! But like some teenagers I know she needs some attitude adjustment once in a while and she knows it   ;)   so I don't feel bad about creating this birthday card for her - she'll shrug off the humor behind it, roll her eyes at me then give me a hug, as she always does anyways.  I know a bit confusing, but then again we're talking about a 15 year old here :).

Hello, fellow bloggers!  Part of this post can be viewed over at the Bugbytes where I hang out the first Sunday of each month.  Thank you, Pam for having me over!  As I mentioned above, this card is a birthday card for my niece. The card was designed using the Silhouette Studio and everything was cut using my Cameo.  The card is roughly 6.25 x 5.25.  The base of the card with the flower cut out is by Jamie Koay, purchased through the Silhouette Store. 

After sizing the card base to my liking, I imported a png image (digital stamp) by Scrapper's Delights (she's already colored in, so a big time saver for me!) onto the Silhouette Studio then sized it to fit in the front of the card base.  Png images don't have cut lines so I used the trace feature of the Silhouette Studio to create a cut line around the image so that my Cameo can do the cutting for me.

png images have clear backgrounds, making them
blend with whatever background you choose to put
them on top of

using the trace feaure allows me to create a cut line
around the png image I want to use
here's a screen shot of how I planned this card on the Silhouette Studio,
including the envelope
I don't like to waste paper so here's a pic of the girl image,
the sentiment and the patterned matt after I printed them on my printer.
Notice the cut lines will not show here, but the registration marks on
the three corners of the page will guide the Cameo where to cut.
And here are some closeups of the finished card:
the image is foam mounted

I inserted a vellum panel just behind the front panel of the card.  
The top banner pennant was embossed with Plum Blossoms CB folder.
The plumeria (a png image) is part of my digital scrapbook collection
from Scrapgirls.  Like my little humor jab at her?  Like I've said,
she'll shrug it off  LOL! 

I did some stitching too.

 I am also linking this card up at the Old Backporch 52 Card Pickup challenge week 48
Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.

Friday, November 30, 2012

My Memories Suite Giveaway Winner!

Good morning, bloggers!  Wanted to say a big thank you to all who entered My Memories Suite dowloadable digital scrapbook software giveaway.  I'm happy to announce that Mr. Random Generator chose

Awesome Melody. All the elements come together so well. Congrats.

Congrats, Helen!  Please send me your contact (Full name and email addy only).  Hope you enjoy it and thanks for entering the giveaway.  I can't wait to see what you create with the software!

See you all in a few days!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

More hybrid LOs

LO #1

Hi all!  Didn't want to bore y'all on a Tuesday morning so I thought instead of blabbing about my project, I'll let the pictures do most of the talking - plus really, my brain is fried from cyber shopping yesterday (I don't do Black Fridays - can't stand the crowd).  Still using the My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software (did you enter my software giveaway yet?  Click here to be entered, there's still time!) to create the digital part of my LOs and using the Silhouette Studio software to create all the big bold titles and other die-cut embellishments, all cut with my Cameo. 

I did a total of 5 double LOs. 

LO #2
LO #3

for some reason I had some tokens lying around ;)

and apparently some un-redeemed prize tickets too
LO # 4

LO #5

the pair of cleats needed some realistic laces (jute twine)
 Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!  

Friday, November 23, 2012

Look @ me go! (hybrid LO) & My Memories Suite 3.0 Giveaway

Hello once again!  I hope all of my American friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. Today I am sharing a 12 x 12 hybrid LO I recently completed.  It's a  hybrid because it's part digital and part traditional (paper).  I love combining both because I can slowly work on my LOs for as long as I want without cluttering my already small craft space, then print them out when I'm ready and add my embellies (buttons, flowers, embossing mediums, twines, ribbons, glitter, you name it) - I'm a touchy feely gal and love to run my fingers through scrapbook LOs.

Those who have been following me know that I love love love digital scrapbooking!  I have only been doing this for less than a year and still consider myself a newbie.  The wonderful people at My Memories Suite recently gave me a free download copy of My Memories Suite 3.0 (4.0 is apparently coming out soon) to try and I am so excited to play with it.  In fact the digital part of this LO was created using MMS software.   And wouldn't you believe that just for trying the MMS software they are letting me give away a FREE downloadable copy of MMS 3.0 to one of my readers?!  All  you have to do is leave a comment on this post with a way for me to contact you should your name be picked by Mr. Random Number Generator.  You have until Thursday of next week (November 29th) to leave a comment here and I will post the winner of the free MMS 3.0 software here next Friday, November 30th.  Good luck!

Now on to the details of my project today:

This is the .jpg copy of my LO from MMS software.  As you can see
I left room where I wanted the bold title to go.

This is the .jpg image imported onto my Silhouette Studio so I can
plan how big to cut my title with my Cameo - I just love that I can do
this with the Silhouette Studio!!!

I used the Creampuff font to write my title, added a shadow using
the offset feature and arranged the words as I pleased .

And here are some closeups of the finished LO that I will be putting in a regular 12x12 album - still loving the Epson Artisan 1430 wide format printer to print my digital pages! 

flowers and buttons and twine, oh my! ;) from my stash

I adhered the cut-out title with foam mounts for some dimension

This digital butterfly needed some embellies too ;) 
Thank you for stopping by!  Over the next few days I will post more of the hybrid LOs I created using the MMS software.  Don't forget to leave your name and a way for me to contact you if you win this free downloadable software.