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!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Hot Cocoa Projects

It's winter, and it's cold, so hot cocoa seemed an appropriate kind of project, especially when I was going through some old stamps and found a fun one that I had forgotten about.  I think it was a Darcie stamp.  It had a partial cocoa recipe in the center of the mug, but it was useless as it was, since I didn't have the rest of the recipe, and so I cut that part out and stamped other things inside instead.

I made 3 little cocoa bags (my own cutting file design, simple as it may be) with 2 packets of cocoa inside, and the box that is the cocoa packet dispenser was made from a cutting file that I bought from the Silhouette store.

I also made this card to send to my son in Alaska. The snowflake card was from the Silhouette store.  I added a penguin because he loves penguins. The phrase was adapted from another file I got at the Silhouette store.  I have a subscription, so each design is only about 11 cents.  My time is worth more than that, and it often speeds things up for me when I want to make something.

Baby Onesie Cards

I recently signed up for Scrapbook Expo emails, and to my amazement, I was actually pleased with what they sent me.  What caught my eye in the first email was this adorable baby announcement:


I had been invited to a baby shower for the daughter of my husband's cousin, so I wanted to make the card special.  I fell in love with the idea shown in the link, but I didn't have time to sew on the papers like she did, and I just did the best I could with papers and what I had on hand.  Also, it was an opportunity to put my Cameo to work.  Well, I have actually used it a lot recently, just haven't posted my projects, but this was still another chance to play with my Cameo.

Since the link showed the clip art image that inspired the cards, I just used the same images to create a cutting file.  Instead of doing a trace of the image, I used the Cameo tools to trace each piece by hand so that I could layer the pieces.  Then I played around with a few different papers and came up with three baby girl cards.  I let my husband choose which one to give to his cousin's daughter.  Here is the one he chose:

What looks like metal brads on the heart and on the overall straps are actually craft pearls.  The scan just makes them look like metal.

Here are the other two onesie cards, which I now have ready for future baby girl showers:

I actually did use metal brads on the top card.  The centers of the hearts were pink candy dots.  Scans just really can't show some things accurately.

Then today I did a boy card using camping papers that I found at Tuesday Morning.  The other side of the papers looks more like camping paper.  The sides I used worked perfectly for my baby card since they were a bit more generic, and the colors lent themselves well to a boy card:

The dog peek and the phrase were files from the Silhouette store.  The brads I used were kind of a deep copper.  I made two cards like this.  I hope to do a different boy card at some point, but at least I am set for now with cards for any upcoming showers.

They needed a 6x6 inch envelope, which I made with my envelope punch board.  Love that thing!