Hot Air Balloon ‘Hello’

The color purple + a lovely sketch = a very fun card!

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I cut the hot air balloon shape using my Silhouette Cameo, and wanted to leave a lot of open space in between to try and keep it ‘Clean And Simple.’

The banner is a store-bought embellishment that I trimmed to size, and the sentiment ‘Hello’ is stamped and embossed on the bottom panel.

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The cloud die cuts were purchased in the same “shape” as the hot air balloon, and the cloud stamp was a freebie from Ellen Hutson that I received as a ‘Thank You’ for a Black Friday purchase (Score!)

The die cut clouds are heat embossed and the background cloud is stamped with purple ink.

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One thing I can say for sure about this card is it has some serious DIMENSION. I popped out the second layer background card along with the hot air balloon pieces and the clouds.  The foam adhesive was definitely calling my name on this one…

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I had a ball making this card! (Such a challenge in the beginning on how to use that purple…) But I really like how it ultimately all came together!

I am so excited to be playing over at CASology Week 80 and Freshly Made Sketches 121!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! It’s my husband’s birthday on Sunday, and we are planning on partying for the Super Bowl, too! (However, I have to admit it – I’m not a huge football fan and I really only like watching for the commercials!)

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cards, 5″x6.5″ in White. Recollections Cardstock in White, Kraft, Light Purple, and Dark Purple.
Ink – Delta Rubber Stampede Pigment in Purple.
Stamps – Stampendous! Happy Messages Perfectly Clear Stamps SSC109. Cloud stamp from Ellen Hutson.
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – Hot air balloon.
Adhesive – Recollections Foam Adhesive Squares. Scrapbook Adhesives Crafty Foam Tape. Tombow Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner.
Other – Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad. Recollections Embossing Powder in Snow. Adhesive border from K&Company Brenda Walton Olivia Rose collection.

Brighter days are ahead

Hopefully the card for today will inspire thoughts of Springtime and warmer temperatures on this bitterly cold, 11-degree day here in Central Massachusetts! At least, that’s my hope!

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I used my Silhouette Cameo’s print and cut feature to lay out the text and colorize it. I have never tried to use the color fill feature for text in the Silhouette software, but in this case I’m so glad that I did – with just a few clicks, I was able to create a shaded watercolor look which is just what I was going for!

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Based on her own tip, I used Kerri Bradford’s Friday Freebie/Funky Leaf digital download shape to create a tree, and watercolored a paper backing that I glued behind it.  I hole punched some color coordinating dots and “enameled” them using Glossy Accents medium.  Finally I popped out the top layer card and tree on some foam squares and rounded two of the four corners.

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The design of this card was inspired by the tree shape and sentiment sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #61:

and by the soft taupe, pink, and light green colors from the Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #2:

I am entering this card into both of these challenges.

Here’s hoping for brighter days, indeed! And soon!!!

Supplied used:
Paper – Recollections Cards, 5″x6.5″ in White. Recollections cardstock in Light Taupe, Dark Taupe, Light Coral and Dark Coral. Canson watercolor paper.
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – Kerri Bradford’s Friday Freebie/Funky Leaf digital download shape
Font – Karl Whitefoot
Other – Crayola watercolors.

Hold on to your Sox….

I made this set of note cards for a friend for Christmas:

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The superb thing about the Silhouette Cameo is that I can cut WHATEVER shape that I want to using the Trace feature in the Silhouette software.

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Shapes were cut out of Kraft cardstock and backed with red, blue, black and white cardstock.

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And the folks at boston.redsox.mlb.com provide Halloween pumpkin carving stencils, making my job infinitely easier!

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Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Kraft, Red, Blue, Black and White Cardstock
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – Peace sign (clipart found online,) Heart from Mail Stamp Set and Red Sox Get Beard Pumpkin Stencil
Font – Bosox

The most awesome, paper-crafted, Christmas photo card. Ever.

Back in a post from early November, I referred to the fact that I was formulating a design for a photo Christmas card. Well, behold our family’s Christmas card for this year:

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I purchased a frame shape from the online Silhouette store. With some slight adjustment to the inner frame, it was perfect for a wallet-sized photo.  I also purchased some new Christmas sentiment shapes, and despite their delicacy, they cut surprisingly well.

The frame has a pop-out stand on the back:

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Here is how it looks from the side:

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Using the Silhouette’s print and cut feature, I made a custom family newsletter insert that simply slides out from behind the photograph:

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I used a coordinating Christmas card stack that I found at Michael’s and made several different versions:

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These Christmas card frames were a GREAT way to share with family those small, wallet-sized images that came with a portrait package we had taken of my son back in the Fall. (Yes! Multi-tasking!)

And if there was any question as to how to proceed with the photo card once it was opened,

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I included an instruction sheet!

Happy Holidays!!!

Supplies used:
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – 3d standing frame – rectangle, merry and bright phrase, merry christmas phrase
Fonts – CK Tipsy (all caps)
Paper – 12×12 DCWV Home for Christmas

Christmas is coming….

Are you ready? I definitely am – I have our decorations up, our presents wrapped, and the front of our house is decked out for the first time EVER!

Here is a collection of four holiday cards –

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I was inspired by Lucy Abrams’ Inked Christmas Card Set in this month’s Paper Crafts Magazine –

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Some special features of these cards include….

*Unique colored card – I loved going with the bright colors of pink, blue, and shimmery gold as an alternative to the traditional Christmas colors of red and green.

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*Sentiment using PW Christmas Font – I went with this bold, Christmasy font to really emphasize the single word sentiments of Joy, Peace, Cheer, and Jolly. I used my Silhouette Cameo’s print and cut feature to position and print the text directly onto sheets of watercolor paper.

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*Ink splatter technique – I tried recreating Lucy’s ink splatter that she describes in her project. I didn’t use a craft sheet like she indicated, but rather an acrylic stamping block to apply the ink and spritz with water. I flung the ink onto the paper with a paintbrush just as she described and achieved a nice snowy effect with the ink splatters.  This is definitely a technique that I’m going to be playing around a lot more with in the near future.

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*Watercolor paper – I don’t know if it’s the type of cardstock that I use, but I never have much luck using it for ink splattering – the ink mixture runs and makes the paper bubble up and, quite frankly, just looks yucky. My go-to for any kind of water-related inking project is watercolor paper. It’s sturdy, it’s printable, it has a slight texture, but it makes the ink look great and maintains a nice, flat surface.

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*Matching envelopes – I custom made the card base using colored cardstock, so I had to make matching envelopes. I suppose I could mix-and-match the envelopes if I were feeling particularly bold….

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*Inside sentiment – I stamped a basic sentiment inside the card along with a happy little snowflake. (Yeah, Bob Ross fan here.)

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I particularly love how the gold ink turned out on the gold shimmer cardstock.

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Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections cardstock in Magenta, Light Blue, and Light Turquoise. Recollections 12×12 Shimmer Cardstock in Gold. Watercolor paper.
Ink – Color Box Pigment in Razzberry and Gold. Studio G Pigment Ink in aqua blue.
Font – PW Christmas Font
Stamps – Enjoy the Season Sentiment and Snowflakes Woodblock Rubber Stamp set.
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Hello, Love

Wow. I have to say that the holidays are already upon me. Yeah. And it’s only November 3rd. I’m feeling rushed, but I’m glad to say that I have crossed a few “to-do’s” off my holiday list.   I have also been formulating a plan to create the most awesome, paper-crafted, Christmas photo card ever. Just sayin’.

I made this card a few weeks back:

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I was inspired by this Moxie Fab World Trigger Target photo:

Image credit via Moxie Fab World

I adored the soft, pastel colors on the white background in the trigger image, and I tried replicating that in the card. I actually like how it sort of came out “color-blocky,” with the aqua base, the yellow buttons, the aqua sequins, and the coral ribbon rounding out the design.

I cut the teacup shapes using my Silhouette Cameo. I designed a teacup shape in the Silhouette Studio software and varied the sizes a little because I knew I wanted to go with a “stacked cup” look.

Here is a detail of the cups:

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Now, here’s a toast to life calming down a little! Cheers!

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cards & Envelopes, 5″x6.5″ in White. Recollections Cardstock in Light Turquoise. Recollections Paper Pad, 12″x12″ in The Neapolitan Collections. Recollections Signature Textured Cardstock in White.
Ink – Color Box in Dragonfly Black.
Stamps – Stampendous! Happy Messages Perfectly Clear Stamps SSC109. Lower case wood/rubber letter stamps from Michael’s.
Adhesive – Scotch Pop-Up Foam Squares.
Cutting tools – Silhouette cameo. Fiskars paper trimmer. Scissors.

Thankful

Good morning. I have a new card for today –

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I loved making this card. It was so fun to design. I started with the background sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #109:

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and incorporated the leaf and color inspiration from Moxie Fab World’s Tuesday Trigger Enthralled With Fall challenge:

Image credit via Moxie Fab World

Here’s a closer look at the leaves of the card:

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The awesome font I used was Pea Mily Mix.  I used the Silhouette Cameo’s print and cut feature to lay out the text and cut the exact sized shape that I needed. In fact, I used the Cameo this time to cut all of the background squares and rectangles. It was so easy to lay out the design in my Silhouette Studio software and size the shapes exactly how I needed them. I scored one line down the center of each leaf using a bone folder to create the effect of veins. I gently bent the sides to give some depth. I topped the card off with an upcycled button and some jute twine bows.

Unfortunately, I am a bit late at getting this post up, so I’m only going to be entering the Freshly Made Sketch challenge this week.

After today, I’ll be featuring projects for friends and family for Christmas! I look forward to sharing those here as I get them done!

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cardstock in Kraft, Black, and Cream. Recollections Carstock in Burgundy from Spice Market collection. Recollections Paper Pad, 12″x12″ in Mosaic Memories.
Cutting tools – Silhouette Cameo.
Shapes – leaf, maple leaf.
Font – Pea Mily Mix.
Bone folder. Jute twine. Upcycled button.

Happy Halloween!

This is it folks – Halloween week! I’ll be dressing up my little punkin’ in his Transformers costume and taking him to various and sundry trick-or-treating events this weekend – it should be one for the memory books…Anyway, on to today’s card:

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I wanted to do something graphic and repeating for this week’s challenge. I created the top layer of the card with my Silhouette Cameo – I designed some repeating circle patterns and added a basic sentiment using The Skinny font. I lined the circles with various colors of paper in the desired color scheme. I layered everything over a basic black card base. That’s it – easy peasy on the assembly. The most challenging aspects of this card were the design and the color layout behind the circles.

I’ll be entering this week’s ColourQ Challenge #212 –

Have a spooky Halloween!!!

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Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cardstock in Black, White, Light Violet. Dollar bin scrapbook paper from Target.
Cutting tools – Silhouette Cameo, Fiskars paper trimmer, Scissors.
Font – The Skinny.
Adhesive – Scotch Removable Double Sided Tape. Tombow Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner.

Card size: 5″ x 6.5″

I’ve Got My Eye On You (or, My Tribute To Mike Wazowski)

This week I am getting into the Halloween spirit by doing – what else? – making a card, of course! I was inspired by the comical, little, one-eyed monster, Mike Wazowski, from the movie Monsters, Inc.  My son is a fan of the original movie, and, upon his squeezing of one the latest Mike toys during a recent shopping trip to Target, I heard the phrase, “I’ve got my eye on you,” sound out in that classic Billy Crystal voice. Cue me – laughing out loud – in the toy isle. And so, a thought was born, and I decided to make a card using this sentiment.

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I found the cute monster shape at the online Silhouette store – little did I know it involved so many pieces! I simplified him a bit in order to match the desired color scheme, and I used a white gel pen to draw on his shoelaces.  I used the speech bubble from the heart in speech bubble shape for the sentiment, designed the text, and resized the shape using Silhouette Studio software and the Cameo’s print and cut feature.

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I think this would make a great Halloween card for a kiddo – I will be giving it to my little boy, along with his treat bucket, come this October 31!

I am entering this week’s Freshly Made Sketches #108 and Dynamic Duos #75 contests.

Freshly Made Sketches #108

Dynamic Duos #75

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections cardstock in light gray, dark gray, white, and black. Basic patterns 12×12″ paper pad from Michael’s. Recollections Paper Pad, 12″x12″ in The Neapolitan Collections.  Dollar bin scrapbook paper from Target.
Ink – Uniball Signo Pigment Ink Pen in White.
Cutting Tools – Silhouette Cameo, Fiskars paper trimmer, X-acto knife.
Shapes – Cute monster, heart in speech bubble.
Fonts – Lobster Two, Abadi MT Condensed Extra Bold.
Adhesive – Scotch Scrapbooker’s Glue with 2-Way Applicator, Tombow Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner.

Going Native II

This week’s card is a more modern take on some Native imagery:

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I began by using the Print and Cut feature on my Silhouette Cameo: I printed the sentiment using the font NeoRetroDraw and cut a 4.5×5 inch rectangle.  I used the Silhouette Triangle Flags shape set to represent crisscrossing arrows containing an Apache Tears (arrows) pattern. I lined the back of the top flag with some coordinating patterned paper, and made some hole punched dots out of the same paper.  I added some Glossy Accents on top of the dots to add some shine.  I finished the card off by mounting the rectangle on top of a slightly larger piece of card stock using foam squares and rounding the top right corners.

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I am entering this card into the Moxie Fab World: Tuesday Trigger and the ColourQ Challenge #210 contests.

Image Credit via Moxie Fab World

Image Credit via ColourQ

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cardstock in White, Light Turquoise, Dark Turquoise. Recollections Paper Pad, 12″x12″ in Mosaic Memories.
Cutting Tools – Fiskars Twist-and-Flip 2-in-1 Corner Punch. Hole punches.
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – Triangle Flags.
Adhesive – Scotch Pop-Up Foam Squares. Scotch Scrapbooker’s Glue with 2-Way Applicator.
Glossy Accents medium.