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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

No Treats No Entry No Way!

Happy almost Halloween, my blogging friends!  Wanted to show you all the treats my kids are handing out to their classmates this year.  Every year I strive to make the treats a little fancier than the year before but then somehow I always end up in a rush, so this is what I came up with this year.  I had to make 49 of these door hang treat boxes!  I normally don't make this much treats but my DD is in a combined class this year due to budget cuts at their school :(  plus the kids in my DS' class.   

The base of the door hang box is by Silhouette and I believe it may have been a freebie when I registered my Cameo. I cut the base in solid cardstock, then cut the patterned papers (mostly by Recollections) to layer using the release compound path feature on the Silhouette Studio.  I used the print and cut feature for the sentiment (Creampuff font) inside a scalloped square by Lori Whitlock.

The cut outs on the front are ready made cuts by Recollections and the kiddos did their arrangements. 

Here are some closeups:

Thanks for stopping by and have a fun and safe Halloween! 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Naia's Birthday Card

Hello there fellow crafters!  Thanks for stopping by!  I'm taking a break from digi scrapping (and hopefully not too long of a break this time cuz I'm way behind in scrapbooking) and showing you a card I made for my little niece who is having her 5th birthday tomorrow.  This card is 6 x 6.  The base of the card is made from the shadow of a doily cut image by Lori Whitlock, purchased from the Silhouette Store.  I cut the doily 2x and used foam mounts for a little bulk.  Then I used the internal offset feature on the Silhouette Studio for the inside cut and imported a digi image by Polly Craft.  The sentiment is written in Abbeyline font. 

Here's a closeup of the image.  I am still learning to use the Promarkers I have recently purchased so be kind ;).  I think I need to buy more...

Ok, till next time!  I hope you guys are having a wonderful start of the week!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

First Tae Kwon Do Tournament (4 page hybrid LO)

Hi all!  I'm back with another set of hybrid LOs.  Still digging the CM Storybook Creator digital scrapbook software as you can see ;).  If my friend Lori V. sees these pages she'll get a kick out of them because her son and my son both tested for their first degree blackbelts a year ago.  Yes, these are really old pics (2008), but like I've said before, I'm really behind in scrapbooking :(. 

As you can see above, I finished  4  12x12 pages of my son's very first Tae Kwon Do Tournament back in 2008.  I wanted to create a big bold title so I left room for them when I arranged the pictures and elements in the digi scrapbook software.  I then used the Chinese Takeaway font for the title and created a shadow in white before cutting them out with my Cameo. 

Here's one page after I printed.

Oh, wanted to mention that I'm also learning to use
masks/brushes that you can use as photo templates as
I did on this picture - cool effect, eh?
 And some closeups:
I love digi-stitching ;) - much better than I 
could ever do with a sewing machine! 

I just love this hinge digi element - it adds a bit of
masculinity to the page
I added a CD pocket (from the Silhouette Store)
to hold the CD containing some videos of the event.

Credits for some of the digital papers and elements:
Sweet Shoppe Designs and   Scrap Orchard

Thanks for visiting me today! 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Going Buggy Promarkers Giveaway!

Remember those Promarkers I just purchased from Blick Arts that I posted yesterday (see post below)?  Well the ever generous Enfys over at Going Buggy is giving away a WHOLE set of them on her blog!  Go check it out and good luck! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Milkshakes and Bubbles (hybrid double LO) and happy mail ;)

Hi there!  Still in my just-get-it-done scrapbooking mojo.  I have ways to go in scrapping years of digital pictures which reside in my computer.  This double LO is yet another digital-traditional hybrid LO.  I always start creating my LO with CM StoryBook Creator, using digital papers and elements from kits I purchased or have downloaded free from the internet (just google free digital scrapbook and you'll find tons of free stuff!).  The digital papers and elements on these LO were obtained free from  I did not use a template to put my pictures in this time, although templates are available wherever you can get digital scrapbook stuff.  As I've said before, I am the family papparrazi so I always end up with more pictures than I will need and have a hard time choosing, so I scrap with multiple pictures.

This is how the pages look after I printed them in my wide format printer.  Love how the drop shadows create an illusion of depth and texture.  But....still pretty flat, eh?  I like textures I can touch too like traditional scrapbook pages..... this is where my Silhouette Studio and Cameo come in handy.  Since I have saved a copy of the LOs from my digital scrapbook software into a jpg, it was very easy to import them onto the Silhouette Studio so I can plan for those extra touches, like a bold title in this case and some cut images  I can ink, emboss, bling up and/or foam-mount. 


And here are some closeups of the completed LOs

I used the Boingo font and cut the shadows 2x and offset
them a bit for more depth.  The Milkshake image is by
Sarah Bailey, from the Silhouette Store

The bubbles and wands were by Loni Harris, from the Silhouette Store

And didn't I mention I got happy mail?!  Yesterday the mailman dropped off a boxful of goodies for me!  These are the Promarkers I have been wanting for quite some time.  Can't wait to play with these! 

Have a wonderful Tuesday, everyone! Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Simple hybrid LOs

Still playing with digital scrapbooking and using my Cameo for die cut accents/titles.  Here's a couple of 12 x 12 LOs I recently completed and printed.  I really should have jotted down where I got the digital papers and elements for them :(. 

Some closeups and Silhouette Studio screen shots of how I planned for where my titles would go.


Thanks for taking a peek!   

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

"Any day now" (hybrid double LO)

Hello my blogging friends!  I'm taking a few days off from making cards and will be playing with my digital scrapbooking software.  I am still using the CM Storybook Creator software although I do have the PhotoShop Elements 9 which came with my wide format printer (someday I will sit down and really learn PSE).  As I have mentioned in the past I love digital scrapbooking but I also love the traditional scrapbooking - and I love that I can combine both with the help of my die-cutting machines. 

BTW the pictures were from our family friend's first baby shower from 2008 - she now has 3 children and another one on the way so she got a kick out of seeing these LOs (what can I say, I'm still catching up with very old pictures!) 

After I designed my pages in the StoryBook Creator, I saved them as jpg images and then imported them onto the Silhouette Studio so I can plan the die cuts I want to use. 

Below is a shot of page 2 printed from my wide format printer before I added the die cuts.

And below are some closeups after I cut the images and adhered them to the pages.

I used Cooper Black font for this title, then used the offset
 feature to create the shadow in black.

digital papers and elements from the Baby Girl kit by Scrapper's Delights;  free digital frames, paper and elements from; all die cuts from the Silhouette Store, cut with Silhouette Cameo.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Happy 1st Birthday!

Hi y'all!  This post can also be viewed over at the Bugbytes where I'm a DT member - Pam is so nice to let me "play" in her blog once every month and you can "see" me there on the first Sunday of each month.  My SIL's twins were having their first birthday so I created this card to accompany the gifts we were giving them.  The inspiration for the LO of this card came from Unscripted Sketches blog (Sketch #178) where I will also be linking this project to - I had just recently discovered this blog and plan to use their other sketches for inspiration.   This card is 5x7 and all cuts were designed using the Sihouette Studio and cut with the Cameo.

I started by importing the LO sketch right from the Unscripted Sketches blog onto the Silhouette Studio so it was easier for me to refer to it (love that I can do this with the Silhouette Studio!)  As you can see with my finished card above, I actually turned the sketch on its side.

The baby images on the card were by Samantha Walker. I was feeling pressed for time, so instead of cutting the different layers of the babies, I used the print and cut feature.  Below is how the images look like on the matt initially.

Then I ungrouped the layers so I can color in the different layers to my liking.  I used solid colors, but you can do patterns if you have them in your library (purchased separately or those already included with your Silhouette Studio).  I made sure that I chose NO-CUT for the layers of the baby images, except for the outside layers only.

The pattern on the rectangular matt above is
purchased from the Silhouette Store.  And yep,
I am using a Cricut matt because I find it sturdier
than the Silhouette matt.

Here are some closeups of the finished card.  I used my mini sewing machine to stitch the patterned matt onto the white matt.  I cut a shadow layer for the baby images in black cardstock and foam mounted the baby images on it for some dimension.  The rhinestones were by Studio G and Imaginesce. The button, jute twine and the ribbon were from my stash.  I used Boyz R Gross Shadow NF (on the banner), Engravers MT (for the number 1), and Abbeyline (for the sentiment inside the card) fonts. 

I am also linking this card to the Old Back Porch 52 Card Pickup challenge week 40.  Thanks for coming by to visit me today and have a wonderful day!  

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Thinking of you.....again ;)

Well here's another take on the basically the same challenges as those mentioned on my previous post below.  All cuts were designed using my Gypsy and cut using my Cricut.  This card is going to be linked to the following challenges:

**Bitten By The Bug 2 - Tree challenge
**Love to Create - Challenge #32 Thinking of you
**Old Back Porch - 52 Card Pickup challenge week 39

I've almost forgotten how much fun designing on the Gypsy is - once I got over the re-learning curve, that is ;).  Those of you who follow me know that I adore my Silhouette Cameo and designing on the Silhouette Studio, but for on the go, the Gypsy is still way cool! 

The card measures 5 x 5.  The bird in the tree branches is from the Cindy Loo cart.  I welded 2 of the scalloped circle shadows to create the base for the card.  I then used the hide contour feature to cut a brown layer then dry embossed that layer with the Plum Blossoms CB folder.  The sentiment "thinking of you" is once again from the Gypsy Wanderings. 

Here are some closeups:

And here's the inside of the card.  I know it's looking a little too plain :(.  I think I'll go stamp a swirly image on it before I give it to someone. 

Thank you once again for stopping by!