Friday, March 24, 2017

A Day of Fun!

I am honored to be a guest designer for Miss Kate Cuttables again. For my post, I wanted something fun and colorful because well we could use it in these parts of the Northwest. I'm not complaining because the rain could be snow, but I'm looking forward to the fun days of summer!

 I decided to make up a mixture of the stage card and the center step card
 The roller coaster and ferris wheel are set on a stage that folds flat for shipping.
 Tickets are a must have to have fun at a theme park!
 As well as the food and candied treats!
It was great to combine a couple files to make one cohesive card!

Materials Used:

DCWV 'Joie De Vivre' double sided stack

Miss Kate Cuttables
Ferris Wheel
Ferris Wheel SVG cutting file for scrapbooking svg cut files for cricut cut files free cut files cute svg cuts
Ticket to Ride
Ticket To Ride SVG files roller coaste svg file corn dog svg file ice cream cone svg file cotton candy svg file
A Day of Fun
A Day of Fun SVG scrapbook title amusement park svg cut file cute cut files for cricut svg cuts
Fun Park Food
Fun Park Food SVG cutting file amuesment park food cut file for cricut cute svg cut files cut svg cuts

Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studios Designers Edition
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Scotch ATG Gun
Craftwell eBrush
Sharpie Markers

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Party without cake is just a meeting...

 I can't say it enough! I really am enjoying all of the wonderful brand new double sided stacks that DCWV has put out.
 With just two sheets of paper, I was able to make two cards using the sketch challenge from DCWV's March stack-a-holic challenge.
 I just so happen to need two birthday cards. I grabbed the challenge sketch, a Miss Kate Cuttables birthday cake file, and a birthday stamp to throw it all together!
 The only time I look forward to cake is at a party, gives me an excuse to eat it without feeling bad.

The best thing about the double sided stacks is that I can automatically have a decorated inside to a card. Less paper + less supplies = more crafting supplies for more projects! 

Supplies Used: 

DCWV 'Flower Shop' double sided stack (found at Joann's)
DCWV March Stack-a-holic challenge
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Miss Kate Cuttables Birthday cake file
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette studios designers edition
Teresa Collins Mega Runner
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dirty Girls

It is still hard to believe we don't have clip clops of puppy dog nails on the floors anymore. No more dog hair, puppy kisses, or wiggle butts running around the house.

While our girls have joined each other over the Rainbow Bridge in the last three years, I was still able to capture many happy moments that will last a life time on paper!
For whatever reason, this months Stack-a-holic challenge from DCWV made me think of these photos from a few years ago. It was a match made in scrapbook heaven!
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Speaking of heaven made matches, I was able to use a lot of Rinea Copper Foil for this layout. It matched DCWV's 'Rose Quartz' stack perfectly.

Dakohta Maei was our white/brown boxer mix who we more often or not referred to as Moo-Moo. She passed away December 30th, 2013 at almost 9 1/2 years old. We had her literally from the day she was born. She was the only pup that I was able to witness be born from my brothers mama dog. She was our gentle giant who HATED water!

Seaka Raei was our brindle full bred boxer who was my birthday gift. We had her at 6 weeks old. She passed away October 2nd, 2016 at 10 years and 8 months old. I have yet to adjust to not seeing her in the window when we pull up in the driveway. She loved water!
Our son is fortunate enough to be able to remember both dogs and he talks about them often.

To start with I was able to emboss the copper sheets of Rinea Foil with my Big Shot and a puppy dog paw embossing folder by Darice. Make sure to jump over to Rinea Foil to see even more foils! 

 Next I cut a bunch or rectangles in the copper and black to adhere the photos to.
 Settings for these cuts are on copy paper, blade at a 1, and I find that thickness at 7 works just right for the copper.

 Next I grabbed this gorgeous quartz cardstock from the stack and did the circles.

 I measured and laid out the copper first. It just so happens that the full sheet the comes in the package was just the right fit for what I needed.
 Then I added the banner at the top of the copper.

 One little thing I do when working on matching layouts is cut the objects in half before removing them from the mat. A simple line drawn down the middle in Silhouette Studio, aligned middle and center works great!
 Now comes the fun part. Putting it together and adding all the special little touches!

I was happy to find the appropriate details within the stack I was working with. Anyone who has had or has a boxer knows there's ALWAYS an adventure around ever corner with the goof balls! 
 Journaling is a main part I always make sure to do when I do a layout. That way in years from now, my children won't have to guess what was going on or how old they were when the going ons was happening! I was happy to also be able to use this tag from the stack for journaling.
 The rose and copper paired nicely

Materials used:
DCWV 'Rose Quartz' stack
Rinea Foil Copper
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studios Designers Edition
Silhouette Design Store boxer and circle files
Sizzix Big Shot
Darice embossing sleeve
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Scotch ATG gun
AC Elements brads

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I never knew what bravery was...

We all are affected by cancer in one shape or form. Whether it is a family member, a friend, a friend of a friend, or a personal journey. I was honored when a good friend of mine requested a castle card for one of her friends.

After finding out a bit about what he is facing, I immediately thought one of Lori Whitlock's 'Center Box Card' from the Silhouette Design Store was perfect for this project. However, I couldn't find a castle one. So I set out to design my own.

I decided Scrappy Dew's 'Knights' file for the castle and knight was a perfect fit. I wanted to have the castle be 3D in a sense, so that means I had to slice and dice the file.

DCWV's 'Gray Kraft & Rose Gold' stack as well as the 'Rose Quarts' stack was perfect for the castle and knight. 
 I used my Sizzix Big Shot to emboss clouds in the sky, dots on the white clouds, and bricks on the castle.

Once I embossed the bricks onto the gray portion of the castle, I decided to bring in some Tim Holtz distress ink.

I am fairly knew the Tim Holtz spray ink. I use his distressed ink pads and decided to give the spray inks a try. However, I wanted the bricks to have definition, but only a slight difference. Instead of spraying the paper, I dry brushed the ink on.

Spray a bit on a paper plate, grab anything you can use to drybrush, dab the extra ink off on a napkin and run it over the embossed area lightly. 

The sentiment is perfect for a card of this nature.

Untuck tab one for a full view of the knight. For the shield, I added a ribbon in the color that represents the type of cancer that the recipient is fighting.

 Untuck tab two and you have a full view of the castle
 The inside panel has an area for a message to be written.
 I love the different lights/colors that the rose gold takes on in different lighting.
The card folds completely flat to be shipped or hand delivered in an A7 envelope.

Steps to Slice and Dice a file 

Step One: Open file in Silhouette Studios Designer Edition
Step Two: Open the Knife tool

The knife tool is located on the left hand side tool bar, under the eraser
Step Three: Slice it and dice it

***Sugar Tip*** when I work with the slice tool, I click the checkbox next to auto apply to click that off. I do this so I can move or make multiple copies of the line so I can cut more than one thing at once as well as make sure it is lined up to where I want it before slicing.
Step Four: Line it up and select the arrow button. Select the red line and click apply selected knife.
Time saving step: Below I did two lines with the auto apply unselected. 
Step Five: Click on both red lines and select 'apply selected knife' to get two ends of the castle

 As well as the center of the castle
Optional step: I made a duplicate of the ends and stretched them higher to make another element to the castle
 After slicing and dicing, this is what I am left with for my castle base
Step Six: Build the box base
The bottom of the castle works a whole lot like a card in the box.
Select the pieces of the castle you want to be the box portion of the card (in this case I did the main portion of the castle and two towers), I welded boxes to the bottom.

Step Seven: Build the base background
Now I am ready to build my base shape of the card using the rectangle icon. While I was at it, I decided to make the grass and fence of the card a bendy card.
The base measurements are 7in. x 7.250in.

Materials Used: 
DCWV 'Gray Kraft & Rose Gold' and 'Rose Quartz' stacks

Knights in Shining Armor, Princess, Castle, Dragon
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studio Designers Edition
Tim Holtz Distress Spray-Hickory Smoke
Sizzix Big Shot
Darice-clouds, polka dots, and brick embossing sleeves
Aleene's Original tacky glue
Scotch Advanced ATG gun