Monday, August 29, 2011

Imagine Monday: Creating a negative (or shadow) image

Do you see the shadow? When I made this mistake I was so excited with a new way to use my Imagine! In fact, I decided to do an Imagine special edition just for this technique!
I hope you find this fun and dream about the possibilities, too!

Imagine machine
White paper
A2 Card base
Pink by Design Heritage Stamp collection
Tim Holtz Distress Ink

I hope you enjoy this technique! Be sure to invite your friends to come and play in the scraps, too!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Imagine Monday: Overspray!

Look closely at the words at the forefront of the card...starting with "Paris". Yup, they are from the "Word Collage cartridge and printed directly onto the square cut! Discovered quite by accident, I can't wait to share this technique with you!

Imagine machine
Imagine Cartridge Heritage
Word Collage Cartridge
A Child's Year Cartridge
Silk thread (Available at AC Moore)
White paper

I hope that you find many uses for this technique! Until next time,

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Silhouette Sunday: Packin' off to School!

My 4 year old grandson is starting preschool this year; that deserves a special card!

Silhouette SD Paper Cutter
Make-the-Cut Software
Letter Delights Graphics: Class Act Supplies
White paper
A home Printer
Glaze pens
one brad
Pop Dots

In Make the Cut Software:
  • Open the back pack graphic. Size to 4". Trace it as an outline. Duplicate for a total of 3. Name this layer "Bakpak". Add registration marks.
  • Add a layer; name it "name". Type a name, fill it and position it on the back pack. Print.
  • Move one image/tracing from the first layer to its own layer. Name this layer "mat". Add a shadow.
  • Fill this layer with a texture of choice. I found my ABC graphic in Yahoo. Be aware of copy-write laws, however. Add registration marks.
  • Hide"name and Bakpak". Print this layer
  • Duplicate the mat and move the duplicate to a separate layer.
  • Name this layer "card". Rotate the image 90 degrees clockwise.
  • Fill the shape with white and toggle on the fill/outline feature.
  • Add a shadow 0.32. Be sure it is a blackout. Delete the first image/tracing.
  • Duplicate the shadow; align at top.

  • Vertical Mirror. Be sure that the tops just touch.
  • Add a small square from basic shapes.

  • Weld shapes together.
  1. One at a time, un-hide each layer (except name--it is print only). Send to Sihouette and cut.
  2. Accent the stitches with the Glaze pen. Layer the 2 back packs. Add a brad to the button site. Shade if desired (I used Copics).
  3. Fold card in half. Add mat. Add stitching around mat.
  4. Pop dot the back pack to the mat
  5. Stickle the name.
  6. Add sentiment on the inside: "Packing off to school? Cool! Have a great year!"
If you are interested in Make-the-Cut software:

For more information on Lettering Delights link through my site!

Until next time! Keep sorting those scraps!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Silhouette Sunday: Celebrate

One thing that I really appreciate about my Silhouette is how well it plays with others, including other craft programs. One program that is just easier with the Silhouette is Kaleidescope Creator 3.

Kaleidescopes are big now! And combining KK3 with Silhouette makes them so easy! This happy card was created using KK3, my Silhouette and Lettering Delights graphics!

  • Silhouette SD
  • Silhouette Studio
  • KK3 Software
  • Letter Delights Banner Day, Banner Day Frames
  • Cardstock: Georgia Pacific White
  • White cardstock cut to 4.5 x 9" Fold for card base.
  • Pop dots and assorted inks.
  • Distress Inks: Antique Linen; orange
  • Sentiment stamp of choice
  • STickles
  1. Create each of "petal" shape layers in KK3, using select graphics from LD's Banner Day. Size to 4". Save as "Banner Day 1", "Banner Day 2" and "Banner Day 3."
  2. Create a background of 4.5." Fill with a frame from Banner Day Frames.
  3. Open each of the files created in step 1 Studio. Trace . Set cut lines to cut shape.
  4. Add Registration marks to paper; print.
  5. Cut, detecting registration marks.
  6. Assemble card front as shown. Stamp sentiment on top layer.
  7. Pop dot top two layers of design from largest "petal" shaped design.
  8. Using the glitter pen and pen holder, accent.
Enjoy! Until next time.....

Friday, August 12, 2011

Cricut and Fun Foam---Such Possibilities!

It is so exciting to be a part of a very talented group at She's a Sassy Lady. Today,
is my day to post over there. Check it out!

For a while I have wanted to cut Fun Foam successfully with my Cricut; not a pretty picture! After much internet research I am pretty excited!

Your Cricut
An older, less sticky mat
A permanent marker
Creatology Fun Foam: 1 strip 3" x 6"
  • background color: 10. 5 x 3"
  • two decorative mats: 3.s5 x 2.75" each
  • two shapes to stamp: 3 x 2.5"
sentiment stamp of choice
embellishment of choice
repositionable Glue (I use Xyron)
acrylic stamp block
Cricut Shape Cartridge

The following series of videos will explain how to set up your machines and foam in order to have the best cuts.

Video 1: Setting up the Cricut

Video 2: Creating a Gypsy Template and setting up a cut

Video 3: Removing the foam from the mat and setting up the stamp.

The background card has quickly become one of my favorites. It is so versatile! Take the cut shape 10.5 x 3" . Along the 10.5" side, score at 3.5" and 7". Check out this video for folding and decorating!

Until next time, continue to sort through the scraps, to generate those gems!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Imagine Monday--In pink!

I just love the new cartridge Word Collage!

It offers so much potential! But, what I don't like is the idea of weeding the little pieces. My Imagine came to the rescue once again!

Cartridges used:
Imagine Nursery Tails
Cricut projects Word Collage

Papers used:
Vellum (6" square)
White card stock (12" square)
Pink cardstock (4.5 x 11)

Other Ingredients:
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Faded Rose
Piece of lace (6")
white ribbon (8")
Assorted inks
Sentiment of choice
3 light pink buttons

At the Imagine:
Select the word collage from the top row, second button.
Relative size to 4.5".
Fill with a solid color
Print, but do not cut.
Manually trim close to the edges of the print.

At the Imagine:
Select the square from the Imagine shapes.
Relative size 5.5.
Fill with a print.
Cut and print.

Ink the ribbon and lace with Distress Ink.
Allow to dry completely.

Crease and fold your pink cardstock to A-2 size (4.25 x 5.5)
Assemble card as pictured.

A sweet card for a sweet baby!

I hope you find a scrap of inspiration today! Until next time, keep generating those gems!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Silhouette and Ipad, new Bffs!

ipadand sil copy

Good morning! I hope that your weekend is wonderful! It is my last weekend of summer break and I am already missing my free time! I know that I'll be doing a whole lot more with my Ipad simply because it will be so very convenient. Today I created a card to welcome home some friends recently deployed to Afghanistan.


Using Coolibah on the Ipad create the layout from the "Freedom" pack.
You will then recreate the following pages:
  • background (blue)
  • background (red stripe)
  • motif (on contrasting background)
Save all images to photo roll and export to home computer via Dropbox, etc.
Open each file in the Silhouette Studio Software
  • Size each "page" 46% and save. (Approximately 6.5 x 4.5")
Open the background (blue).
  • draw a cutting box around the shape. Be sure that the cutting line is engaged around the outer margin..
Open the background (red stripe)
  1. Draw circles as illustrated.
  2. The large circle is 4", the small 1".
  3. These will be cut from the strip, it is moved so that you can see the circles!
  4. Open the motif (on black background.
  1. Select the Trace area and trace around the motif, eliminating as much of the black as possible.
  2. When the image is "yellowed," select the "Trace" feature.
  3. Be sure to "print registration marks."
  4. Send to printer.
  5. Send to Silhouette. Select Detect registration marks. Cut per paper.

This is what is cut away:

With all parts cut, this is what you have:

Create a background card of 6.5 x 9". Fold to create card 6.5 x 4.5".

Assemble as per picture. The stars are buttons with shanks removed. The twine is crochet cotton. Stickle liberally! I hope that you have enjoyed another way to introduce your toys to one another! Until next time....