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Monday, January 14, 2013

Music in me – altered notebook

Hello there bloggers!  Today is my first DT post over at She’s a Sassy Lady blog so this post can also be viewed over there.  I am so very honored that Sheila asked me to be part of her wonderful DT.  I’m sharing with you all an altered notebook for my 7 year old DD.  All cuts were done using the Cameo after designing with cuts purchased through the Silhouette Store, unless otherwise indicated.

My DD loves to write and has taken to writing her own songs.  We recently bought this notebook for $2.50 during our last trip to Michaels and she found one with the first initial of her name.

She would have been happy with just this but she has me for a mom so I had to jazz it up  bit ;).  My Cameo helped me pretty it up. 

This is how the first page looks like all plain.

I cut out two of the scalloped frames by Silhouette (free Design ID #16701) in purple CS and ran one through the CB with Swiss Dots folder.  I also cut the bottom layer of the title “Music” in the same color CS and ran that through the CB with D’vine Swirls folder.  The “Music” (Design ID #15245)  title is by Loni Stevens. I used the Times New Roman font for the “in” and the Janda Curlygirl Serif font for the “me” (used offset feature to create the shadow.  The set of bar of music notes is also by Loni Stevens (Design ID #16431 ).  The lone clef bar is by Echo Park (Design ID #26897).   Below are the cuts before assembly.

I decorated the outside first then moved on to the inside.  I used foam mounts for some of the cuts after I was pleased with my arrangement.

(a closer look at the pieces foam-mounted)

For the inside, I took a strip of matching green ribbon and attached a small part of one end on the inside cover of the notebook using double-sided tape.  This will serve as the ribbon bookmark.

Then after carefully measuring the inside cover and the position of the square window, I designed a panel to cover the ribbon and the whole inside cover. 

After adhering this panel to the inside cover, I glued the other bar of notes on it.  I also used the same scalloped frame around the letter M on the first page of the notebook. 

Now it's time to decorate the ribbon bookmark. 

I cut another clef bar by Echo Park out of an old Cricut cartridge blister pack.  I do this to make cuts more durable.  I ran the two black clef bars through my Xyron sticker maker to make them stick better onto the plastic piece.  After sticking all three together, I attached it to the end of the ribbon book mark and also attached an ornate looking button for some interest. 

Hope you like my first contribution as DT at She’s a Sassy Lady.  See  you all again soon! 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Precious Moments tag/cards

Hi everyone!  Today starts a new challenge over at the Cameo Creations Challenge Blog.  My DT sisters and I are challenging you all to make anything with brown and pink.  Come on over and take a look-see at what the other DT members created for your inspiration and link up your project – we’d love to see what you come up with!  For my share, I created a set of 3 tag/cards.  Each is roughly 5 x 6 inches.   

I’ve loved Precious Moments since I was a little girl!  I googled Precious Moments coloring images and came up with a ton of free to download images so I was thrilled to add them to my collection.  The images will be in jpg format so you can either save them in your computer as is or if you want more of a transparent background you’ll need to convert them into png format so you can size them as you please, much like digi stamps – totally your preference. 

Below is a screen shot of how I planned my tag/cards.  The Precious Moments images were sized to go inside the doily cut file by SnapDragon Snippets (Design ID #16492), purchased through the Sil Store.  For two of the tags, I deleted the inside tiny squares.  I then created the other layers to the doily by using the external offset feature.

For the base of the card, I took a banner image by Lori Whitlock (Design ID #16802), duplicated it, flipped one over vertically and welded the two together to make a card shape.  Then I inserted an oval where I would want the ribbon to thread through.  I then used internal offset feature to create an inside layer for the mat.  The “to:” and “from” sentiments were typed using Abbeyline font.  I used internal offset to create a print and cut faux stitching as well.  You could kind of see what I mean below.

After I cut the layers to my tag/cards with my Cameo, I used my neglected :(  Promarkers to color the Precious Moments images before assembling them.

For the doily above, I threaded a strip of narrow brown ribbon through the tiny squares.  For the other two images, after coloring and assembling the tag/cards together, I embellished with pale pink gems. I finished up by threading pink sheer ribbons to the holes on the top – they are now ready to be attached to any gift bags ;).   Below are closeups of the finished tag/cards.

(side view)

(inside view)

Thanks for looking and hope to see what you link up with at the Cameo Creations Challenge

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Jazzed up gift bag

Hope everyone had a wonderful New Year's celebration. So sorry for being MIA from crafting and blogging for a while - kids kept me busy during the holidays. Part of this post can also be viewed over at the Bugbytes. One of my son's classmates celebrated her 10th birthday during the holidays so I wanted to give her a little something when my kids go back to school on Monday. I bought this pack of small gift bags from Michaels recently - there are a total of 13 small bags ready to decorate.     This is a print and cut project designed on the Silhouette Studio and cut with my Cameo. I started out by sizing a rectangle at 8.25 x 5 as the base mat for  the front panel. Using the internal offset feature, I created an inside layer.  I again used internal offset to create another layer, but this time used the print only feature in dashes to create a faux stitching effect. I chose pink for the faux stitching to match the mat I’m going to attach this panel to after cutting. The cherry blossom is an image by Jamie Koay, purchased from the Silhouette Store. Instead of cutting the image, I turned it into a sketch using the sketch feature on the Silhouette Studio. Again, to match the pink base, I set the sketch to print in pink. You can choose to have your Cameo sketch the image for you if you have sketch markers, but this “sketch” printed just fine on my printer.     This is how the page printed out from my printer. For the sentiment, I used the Choppin Script, one of the fonts already in my computer.  The marks on the top corners and the left bottom corner will tell the Cameo where to cut.    
(close up of the sketch and faux stitching)  

 And this is how it looks like after cutting.   
(yep, you can use a Cricut mat on the Silhouette Cameo)

I cut a pink mat to size to go behind the front panel then adhered them together.  The next step is to adhere them onto the front of the gift bag.  I added some gems to the blossoms for some interest, then added a pink bow and a premade pink flower to the handles to finish it off. 


This was very easy to make!  And since I have a dozen more bags left, will surely be doing this again ;).  Thanks for stopping by!