Thursday, April 3, 2014

Howdy Card


I used to be on a cutting file design team from 2005 to about 2010.  I don't remember when I first created this card (a slightly simpler version), or if I ever offered it as a free file (probably, but if so, I don't remember when).  I found it among my old Wishblade files when I was trying to see what images were worth bringing forward to my Silhouette Cameo library.  This one made the cut, if you'll pardon the pun.  I did adapt it slightly.  It now has a shadow behind the "Howdy" which is part of the card base, and the "Howdy" is part of the card front instead of being welded to the card base as it was originally.

The boot and probably the "poster"  (a "wanted poster" originally, I'm sure) behind the boot were dingbats, but it was so long ago, I'm not sure which set.  One of the Western themed ones, obviously.

I needed a nice generic card, and this one was convenient, especially since one of them was for my son who is serving a mission to Alaska.  Manly cards seem to be rather scarce in the Silhouette store.  The other one will be going to my sister, who won't care that it isn't girly.  She'll enjoy it, anyway.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Layout: Ready, Set, HUNT!


This is definitely an "old school" style layout.  The fact is, I just like that style, even though it is no longer trendy.  It worked well for these pages.  The background paper is Bo Bunny, yellow with white polka dots.  The die cuts were from the Silhouette store, and I cut out Easter Eggs from paper that was at least a year old.  The stamps were Close to My Heart stamps.  I created a cutting file for the set, for both stamping and matting.  I whited out most of the journaling since I was putting it on the internet.  There actually is journaling in those spaces.  And in case anyone noticed (or didn't), that IS a Halloween bucket that is being used instead of an Easter basket.

Spring Will Come Card

We're supposed to get more snow on Monday.  I am sick of this schizophrenic weather, and just want Spring to come and stay for awhile.  I did up two copies of this card, one for a friend, and one for my son in Alaska.


It is a waterfall card.  Directions for making a waterfall card can be found on SplitcoastStampers in their tutorials section, OR you can do what I did: buy the Silhouette cutting file by Lori Whitlock and look up her instructional video on YouTube. Letting my Cameo cut it all out made it super easy!

I used the stamp cube Melty Snowman by Art Gone Wild.  It has the four scenes on it, which can be seen below.  (The colors coordinate with the paper better in real life than they appear in the scan.)

When you pull the tab down, you see all four pictures in succession, like a little flip book.

 I am so tired of Winter!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Another Blast from the Past

On one of the message boards, there was a challenge to post an old layout. This was my very first layout ever.  I was a stamper before I was a scrapper, so naturally, I stamped my page.



These other three were a little later, but still pretty early on in my scrapping days.


I was known as the Duchess of Decorative Scissors.  This is not my best example, but it is an early example.  Notice also the dingbat paws title in the scalloped circle.  The other paws were stamped.  And of course, I used stickers, but I had learned by this time that sticker sneezes are a no-no.


Remember the paper doll craze?  Well, unless you go way back in scrapping trends, you probably don't.  But take it from me, paper dolls were a hot trend once upon a time in the scrapping world.

And another craze was kaleidoscopes, which brings me to my last blast from the past for today, or for this post, anyway.  I reserve the right to show off more old trends if I feel like it.

I used to teach classes on every one of these trends.  Wow, long time ago.

Stamped Paper Piecing

I often use my electronic cutters to make paper piecings, but they lack the details that you can get with stamps.  Yes, I can just color my stamps, but by stamping and turning it into a paper piecing, you have a little more dimension, and it simply has a different look.  It's a nice variation once in awhile.  To start, I use slightly darker colors of inkpads than my colors of cardstock.


Then I cut out the parts of each color that I want to use, the green leaves, the pink flowers, etc., and glued them to the base.  The stamped black image is the guide.  If I were to do this with this same stamp again, I would probably stamp my base in the brown and omit stamping the kraft cardstock. The twigs were a little thin for hand cutting.  You may have noticed that the stamped images were not perfect, but that doesn't show once the pieces are cut out and glued to the base.

Anyway, here is my finished paper piecing.  You can click on the picture for a closer up view.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Texas Barbecue Layout


Last week I went to the LSS with pictures in hand, looking for barbecue related papers.  I used two from the Barbecue line by Best Creation Inc.  The wood paper is by KaiserCraft.  I used the Rock Art font for my title, which I cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  The spatula was from a Silhouette store barbecue cutting file set (multiple designs for 99 cents), and the knife and tongs were my own cutting file designs.  I actually used a silver metallic cardstock for all three utensils, but they just look black like their handles.  Shiny does not scan well.

I love, love, love my Cameo cutter!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

2014 Valentine for my husband.


The Willow Tree statue (called "Together") was my husband's gift to me for Valentine's Day this year.  My gift to him was a crystal frame with coppery gold vinyl lettering that says,"You put the happily in my ever after."  (The shadow makes them hard to read in the photo, but not in real life.)  The phrase was a Silhouette cutting file which I adapted to fit the frame, and I cut the vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo.  Originally I was going to use glass etching cream to put the words on the frame, but unfortunately, etching cream doesn't work on crystal.  The photo was one from our wedding reception.  It was many years ago, but my wonderful husband is still my sweetheart!  I am so grateful for him!

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