Dragons, Babies, and Cake, yippee!

June 13, 2017

Good Morning,

I finally have a layout done for my almost 4 -year old’s 1st birthday.  Looking at the picture it is amazing to see how little he was, yet so independent. To commemorate his first cake moment I am using Doodlebug’s new Dragon Tails papers and die cuts for embellishments.

Having the ability to cut out many of the elements on my silhouette cameo is changing how I am scrapbooking. Having the control of size and color to fit with my layout is freeing. Besides watching these creatures with their cute little faces come to life adds an additional sense of satisfaction.

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For this little guy, I did an “offset”  in gray to the base image (blue) to delineate more from the patterned background. The cake and the balloons are also part of the collection but sold separately in the Silhouette Design Store.

The balloons have a little “glossy accents” to add “shine’ as does the flame of the candle.  I added the baker’s twine for the balloons as well with my Xyron X sticker maker. Have I mentioned how much I love that little machine?

 

 

 

Tip: To keep ends from fraying put a lite layer of a liquid glue worked into the twine. Then shape it, this will also help in keeping the different stings together as well stop fraying.

The large Dragon who I am referring to as “Betsy” is popped up on foam tape and ready for fun! I can see myself using her on more layouts or cards. She is cut out at full file size which is approx. 10 inches across.

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This is my completed page, The two dinosaurs, Birthday Boy title, balloons, gift, and cake are all cut on my Silhouette Cameo. The present on the bottom and “Just for you” are from the cut apart sheet. The banners are fussy cut from the side “B” of cobblestones.

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Here is my supply list:

  • Doodlebug Dragon Tails paper: cobblestone, dragon den, dragon’s breath, friendly fleet (side B – blue cake layer) and sea serpent stripes (side B- Cut apart)
  • Doodlebug Linen and gingham: limeade, swimming pool, and grasshopper
  • Doodlebug Dragon Tails – 12 x12 sticker sheet
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette Design StoreL: Doodlebug Cut files for Dragon Tails Collection
  • Bella Blvd. – Puffy Stars in blue
  • Bakers twine
  • Xyron X, 3 and 5-inch sticker maker

Thanks for dropping by, I am always happy to hear your thoughts in comments.

Until next time…

 

 

 

Colored Pencil “Thanks” Card

June 13, 2017

Good Morning,

This week marks the final week of school for my son. I can’t tell you how relieved I am considering he still had a huge test at the end of last week. Getting through all the year- end projects and wrap up is crazy time for not just students but parents, too.

Needless to say my craft room was sorely neglected last week but I did manage this past weekend  to get some cards made for the teachers.  Today I am sharing one of my favorites.  It is a Silhouette cut file by Tanya Batrak, “Folded Card for Teacher” with some cute little  colored pencils for the front.

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Having a house full of boys I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed using bright pink on this card. I love the bright colors. I hope this cute file folder card with it’s bright colors brings a little sunshine to your day. Thanks for stopping by to look and always appreciate any questions or comments.Week June 12 facebook

Here is the supply list:

  • Xyron “X” 150 machine
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhoutte Store “Folde card for teacher” by Tanya Batrak cut file
  • Cardstock scraps of your choice in 5 colors.

 

Until next time…..

 

Shadow Box Frame

May 31, 2017

Good Morning,

About a year or so ago I came across this fantastic Boys Collection called “So Rad” by Simple Stories. I know I have written about it before but it has been a while. What I loved most about this collection was the positive messages in the cut apart sheets (4×4, 3×4) many of which seemed frameable.  I thought it would be a fun project to get one of the inexpensive frames at the craft store, customize it with the collection papers then put in the sentiment, but I can’t seem to find the frames at said craft store.  Thus, this project has been on the back burner for a while, until now.

As you know I have been using my Silhouette a lot lately and of course, my favorite designer has not let me down. Lori Whitlock has come out with different size shadow boxes complete with holes to string ribbon through for wall hanging.  I thought I would give this a try on her 4×4 frame and some old Bo Bunny paper from my stash.

 

This frame could not be easier to cut and put together, the issue is figuring out the inside cuts versus the outside cut that make up the frame and interior walls. Lori does have a video that gives some helpful tips on assembly.  For example, I would not have thought to adhere all the inside sides in a line then attach the ends to make the frame.  I like these frames and will be making more of them, maybe next time I will try it with the ribbon so I hang it. This one will be going on a hallway shelf.

If you wondering why I choose this saying, please keep in mind I have 3 sons (one of which is a teenager and another about to become one) a husband and an Australian Shepherd who loves to play hide and seek with socks.  Long story short, given I am usually subconsciously keeping track of everyone, if I can’t find it, it is lost!  I am sure I might have a reader or two who can relate to my situation. 🙂

Anyways, I am off on sock hunting adventure!

Until next time…..

 

P.S. If you like the “So Rad” Collection you can also find it now at Scrapbooking For Less at a considerable discount. Again just sharing no compensation from anyone.

A Book Box of Treats for Book Club

May 29, 2017

Good Morning,

I am in the middle of my kid’s school year wrapping up along with my parent classroom job, book club.  I love it, it’s a great excuse to indulge into kids books while getting to know the kids in my son’s class.

Last Tuesday afternoon, I enthusiastically arrived to talk about our book only to be met with exhausted kids. The end of the school year has brought State testing as well as deadlines for a number of projects, by the time they see me after lunch they are exhausted.  Wanting our time to be enlighting but fun, I asked what I could do to help pep them up, cookies were promptly requested. To which, I was given various options given allergies and preferences.

With the cookie idea percolating in the back in of my mind, I came home to work on the more pressing need of family graduation cards. In looking for a caps and gowns, I came across these fun Book Boxes. I thought, what a cute idea to bring cookies to book club.

Of course having more luck figuring out the book club solution, I abandoned graduation for this cute cut file by Lori Whitlock.  I used an older Basic Grey  “hipster” collection to make all three “books” and the sticker sheet but for the bases, I used a Kraft paper. The cut file breaks down pretty easy with opportunities to do multiple pieces on one mat. The boxes do take a bit of folding on score lines as the spine is meant to be rounded, but overall it is easy to assemble.   The opening and depth of the boxes are pretty generous so I am sure I will have enough to make five happy, cookie-eating, book club kids.

Oh but wait, it’s for school, I have to share to with the whole class, I better get baking.

Untile next time…..

If you’re interested here is my supply list based on doing all three books:

  • For the Box and cover base – 4 sheets of Kraft Cardstock (or black, white or cream)
  • The Spine, Front and Back Panel – 3 different 12×12 double sided pattern paper (One sheet for each book)
  • Decoration accessories:  alphabets, flowers, sticker sheets etc.

 

 

**While I seem to be on a Lori Whitlock cut file kick lately I am not affiliated with her just love her designs and file set ups.

3D BBQ Card for Memeorial Day

May 28, 2017

To everyone here in the United States I hope you have great weather to pay tribute and enjoy your Memorial Day. To my friends in the UK while we remeber our fallen, I can’t help but think of you and your families dealing with the aftermath of Manchester.  I have no words that can begin to do justice to your feelings other than to say I stand with you in your grief and outrage! We are all affected by it! 

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Good Morning,

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Memeorial Day brings back memories of BBQ, picnics and flags, so today I am sharing a  3D BBQ Box Card designed by Lori Whitlock  created on my Silhouette Cameo. Traditionally Memorial Day kicks off the Summer Season, I still have fun memories of the beach, parks and being at home with family but alwasy a BBQ was involved.

To create this card, It took me about 45 minutes to cut and put together. Lori took the guess work out of the layers by adding the shadow cut and numbers to each tab. One of the things I love about these kinds of cards is how it helps use up scraps. Using your scraps also cuts down in cutting time. I was able to put all the colors other than greay and black on one mat using scraps.  I smiled the whole time it cut.

After making a couple of these cards I do recommend a heavy cardstock for the base pieces to keep the shape and the extra layers. The grey paper on here is 80 lbs card stock, the color scraps vary from 65 to 80 lb. I used a textured dot for the oven mit. What is great is you can make it any color or even add some foil to really dress it up.

TIP: The BBQ “knobs” cut as one group. To keep the spacing correct I used washi tape to pick it up from the mat then transfer it to the project. I liked the width of the washi it fit perfectly for the small knobs.

This card also folds down to fit into an evnvelope, I would suggest a 6×6 as this measure approx. 5.75 x 5.75.

The Supply list for this one:

  • BBQ Grill Box Card –  Lori Whitlock  can be found on her site or the Silhouette Studio
  • Grey / Silver /Foil Card Stock –  card base, front panels and inside tab layers
  • Black Card Stock – knobs, front panel strip, grates, strip across “lid”
  • Red Card Stock – ketchup bottle, utensil handles, tomato on burger, oven mitt
  • Yellow Card Stock – flame, cheese (burger), mustard bottle and lid
  • Green Card stock – lettuce (burger)
  • Brown tone on tone Card Stock – meat of the burger
  • Light brown Card Stock – the hanburger bun
  • Orange Card Stock – Flame
  • White Card Stock – Ketchup bottle cap/ label and Mustard label

I always love hearing from everyone so if you like these cards or have question please leave a comment.

I wish for all of you a happy and safe Monday.

Until next time…..

 

 

 

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