Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Die Cuttin Divas Guest Designer

Hello all! I have the pleasure of guest designing for Die Cuttin' Diva's again this year! I chose the 3D theme and since Valentine's day is right around the corner, I decided to do a little Cupid basket (found in the Silhouette Design Store)to hold some candy in it.

Jump over to Die Cuttin' Diva's Blog to enter your 3D project for this week! 

I didn't change too much with this file other than adding fake lashes vs the paper ones that comes with the file.
My go to adhesive applicator is always the Xyron Creative Station® It saves me so much time and my paper never warps with the adhesive backing.
Final Project: 
I really chose this file for the little feet on this box. It's adorable.

Materials Used: 

  • Paper
    • Recollections
      • Valentine's Day
  • Die Cut Machine
    • Silhouette Cameo 3
    • Silhouette Studio-Designer Edition
    • Silhouette Design Store
      • Cupid Box
        • Design ID: 285130
    • Adhesive
    FTC disclaimer: I received some of these products for free but was not compensated for writing this post. To view my complete disclaimer, click here.

    Saturday, January 12, 2019

    Paperless Post

    I have to tell you about this awesome e-card site, Paperless Post. Now, I know you're probably thinking "paperless? Woman you make cards, why would you use a paperless service?" In short, time. Time is why I would use an e-card site like Paperless Post and boy could I have used it before Christmas. This site is also great for the last minute birthday card. If you are like me, I always forget to grab stamps at the store, effectively making my cards late. 

    This year ran away from me. I didn't even have time to make my Christmas cards. With Paperless Post, I could've just sent out a quick email to all of our family and friends and be done with it. No worry about filling each card out, addressing envelopes, and wondering if it made it to the recipient. 

    This site is so easy to use. They have several options from Flyers, Cards, Invitations, Stationary, Photo cards, and so many other things. Each card has a generalized, but changeable message on the back. You can also upload your own design if needed. They have so many to choose from, that I was happy to see that they have an option to save cards for later so I can remember which designs I really liked.  

    For my first card, I chose a 'just because' card for a friend because who doesn't love getting a card?! The card rotates to show the message on the back. 

    For my second card, I chose an encouragement card for a friend that has a lot running through her day. 
    I found the process of personalizing the cards easy and quick. But what I loved the MOST about Paperless Post, was being able to see that the card was sent and recipient received the card. Your recipients can even reply back to your card which rarely happens when sending a card through USPS. This is a service I will definitely be using in the near future!

    They also offer an automatic RSVP tracking for those who are planning a party, reunion, wedding, or any other event that would require a RSVP.

    How to find Paperless Post: 

    FTC disclaimer: I received some of these products for free but was not compensated for writing this post. To view my complete disclaimer, click here.

    Thursday, January 10, 2019

    Happy Mouse Birthday

    It has been awhile since I have been able to participate in a challenge. With Christmas and everyday life, time has run away. However, I made time to enter this card into two different competitions.

    First DCWV has switched things up this month and instead of doing a sketch, they've given creative freedom to anything using their product and a 'happy birthday' theme. Secondly, Die Cuttin' Divas has a glitter challenge out. They're calling my love language so I had to participate in both.

    I needed to make a mouse themed birthday card for a family member. I wanted it to be bright, colorful, fun, and sparkly. I grabbed my Flower shop stack by DCWV to begin with. Then a 'Mouse Balloons' file from Miss Kate Cuttables.

    I designed a quick card in Silhouette Studios.
    I've always wanted to do a balloon card with the string spelling out happy birthday. No better time than the present to achieve that!
    I decided to take the more hands on approach and heat emboss each mouse head with sparkly embossing powders.
    Much to the husband's distress, I had glitter EVERYWHERE.

     Once each piece was embossed, I ran them through my Xyron Creative Station®
    The Xyron Creative Station® is hands down my go to machine when I need adhesive on the backs of my cuts.
     I assemble my pieces while still on the white backing.
     Now I'm ready to add my face plate to the base card
    I'm sure your wondering why I did so many mouse heads, scroll down to see! 

    Finished Product: 

     The center of the card is a pop up of the heads coming out of a present.
    I had some left over heads so I created a little decal for the back of the card as well.

    Materials Used: 

    • Paper
      • DCWV
        • Flower Shop
    • Die Cut Machine
      • Silhouette Cameo 3
      • Silhouette Studio-Designer Edition
    • Miss Kate Cuttables
    • Adhesive
    • Extras
      • Darice Heating Tool
      • VersaMark Watermark Ink
      • Recollections Opaque Vintage Pink Sparkle embossing powder
      • Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder
    FTC disclaimer: I received some of these products for free but was not compensated for writing this post. To view my complete disclaimer, click here.

    Tuesday, January 8, 2019

    Save the Date tri-fold album

    Hello all! This is a sad post. I can't believe it has already been a full year of being on the most amazing design team I have had a pleasure of being on, Xyron. This will be my last post as a part of the 2018 design team, but fear not I have a lot of supplies to still use so keep tuned because I'm far from done with any Xyron products!!! 
    While I use and love all of my Xyron products, I have to say my top two favorite go to crafting adhesive items are the Xyron Creative Station® and the Teresa Collins Mega Runner by Xyron®. I use my 1.5" Sticker Maker almost as much. 
    The Xyron Creative Station® and the Xyron Creative Station Lite®  apply adhesive to the entire back of your cut in one swoop. They have several other applications that can be used with these awesome little machines like laminate and magnetic backing. I tell people to think of it as a big mega runner. For the smaller cuts, I like to use my Teresa Collins Mega Runner by Xyron® and the 1.5" Sticker Maker instead of glue to prevent warping of my cut. 

    For my final project, I wanted to use some of not only my favorite Xyron products but also recap one of my favorite projects I did for Xyron, the Ballerina Tri-fold album featuring Teresa Collins 'Mon Cheri' paper pack. 

    I grabbed my other Teresa Collins paper, the Save the Date pack and got to work.

    This tri-fold album is a bit different, it's taller and has more pockets. The idea for this album is to have the recipient be able to use it year round for fun little monthly prizes for her significant other. 
    After cutting out each element, I like to lay it out and see where I'm at to make sure I have all the elements before applying adhesive.
    Next I ran the pieces through my Xyron Creative Station® which is my favorite Xyron tool to use.
    This album took probably the most adhesive, but I love that I didn't have to spend time applying adhesive to the back of each individual piece.
    Run a small tipped item around the shape to break up the extra adhesive. The most common question I get about the Xyron Creative Station® is what does it do. In the bottom right hand picture it shows you that it applies even adhesive to the back like a large mega runner.
    Next I grabbed some Tim Holtz hardware for the front cover.
    Since the album is larger than the 12" x 12" cut space on my mat, I had to piece the front and back cover to the middle portion using my Teresa Collins Mega Runner by Xyron®.
     I used the Teresa Collins Mega Runner by Xyron® to apply the smaller details.
    I also used my smaller Tape Runner for the pockets.
    I needed to make some labels and didn't want to waste a bunch of adhesive so I used my 1.5" Sticker Maker.
     I used the pen holder to write the months on each divider for the pockets.
     Finally some progress is seen!

     Final Project: 

    Materials Used: 

    FTC disclaimer: I received some of these products for free but was not compensated for writing this post. To view my complete disclaimer, click here.