Silhouette Machine | Monday Card Madness #57

::Deep sigh of fondness:: That’s right. I love my Silhouette. I also love that I just had to create cards today using my beloved machine, as today’s steal is none other than the Silhouette SD machine and accessories. What perfect timing for the machine and accessories to pop up as Christmas is right around the corner. If you don’t have a machine, I can’t even begin to express enough *and SHOUT from the rooftops*, that you will LOVE having one. If you already have one then now is the time to stock up on new blades and cutting pads!

I decided that for this week’s sketch it would be theme-based rather than a particular design. Your challenge this week is to create holiday or winter cards. I couldn’t resist some of the card downloads in the Silhouette store not to mention the fact that the deadline for our holiday cards swap is very near and I still had a few cards I needed to finish up.

For the first card that I made I downloaded the “5×7 Lace Card Base” by Lori Whitlock (5x7_lace_card_base_C01290_20509 ). I adjusted the size to fit into one of the envelopes that I have. I then cut out the “Bespangled Tree” by Hero Arts (bespangled_tree_C00703_23067 ).  I downloaded the “Merry Christmas” title by Jamie Koay (merry_christmas_title_C20091120180538_20387), and used my sketch pens to add it to the middle of the “Beautiful Label” by Lori Whitlock (beautiful_label_C00397_20509) prior to cutting it out. I put everything together, used pop dots to make the label stand out, inked the edges, added some bling to the tree and a brad to the top and my card was complete.

Next I made a simple card by creating a basic base, cutting out a piece of white cardstock to create an inner frame on the card. Then I cut out a simple circle border (which I don’t think is in the store any longer), and placed it across the center of the card. I downloaded and cut out a “Christmas Tag” by Pebbles, Inc., (christmas_tag_C00056_67122 ). I placed that in the center of the card then turned to the print and cut feature of the Silhouette. I downloaded and print out the “Christmas Set Merry Christmas” tags by Samantha Walker (10_christmas_set_merry_christmas_tags_C00964_19210). I then cut out a brown tag and added it to the center of the card with some pop dots and added a button to the top of the tag. Oh and don’t forget the inking of edges!

I had a blast using the “Christmas Card Kit” by Lori Whitlock (hmmm, I’m sensing a fondness of her designs – adorable_christmas_card_kit_C00764_20509). Made for a super easy card that is sure to bring a smile to anyone! I added some bling and a little hand stitching to finish it up.

I was crazy excited to get to play with the Silhouette fabric interfacing again. I picked up some Christmas printed fabric and then downloaded the “5×7 Eyelet Card Base” by Lori Whitlock (5x7_eyelet_card_base_C01286_20509), the “Nested Poinsettia” by Alaa’ K (nested_poinsettia__C00421_21585), and the “Merry Christmas” sentiment by Hero Arts (merry_christmas_C00656_23067 ). I applied the interfacing to my fabric, cut it out and assembled the card. I added some stitching to the inside to finish things up!

For the last card that I made I downloaded the “Christmas Card” by Rivka Wilkins (christmas_card_C00348_2581) and put my sketch pens to use. I often forget about them or overlook them but the fact is, they make some pretty spectacular creations.

I love the shimmer of these particular pens, and having switched out the colors makes for a pretty darn amazing creation. I added a few bling gems to two of the presents and my card was complete!

So there you have it. If I haven’t convinced you that you want and need and must beg your husband or santa or mom or dad for a Silhouette, then I am not sure what to do! Hands down you will love this machine.

Now for the exciting announcement of our October Monday Card Madness winner! Here’s a shout out to Brettany Quinton who is our first time Monday Card Madness, lucky random winner.

Brett, If you will please send our service department your address in an email at customerservice@stealnetwork.com, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

Today’s is the deadline for the Holiday card swap. We’ve received some pretty fantastic creations and I will be sorting and shipping them out to you very soon.

I’ll have details up in a couple of weeks regarding the next card swap for any of you that would like to participate in the next round.

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for our next How To’sday tutorial!

Market Street Stamps

Stamping — that creative and aesthetically pleasing technique which I admire completely! If you are a stamper or even if you want to become a stamper (raises hand), then today’s steal the Market Street Stamps are a great way to pick up some darling stamps to add to or start your collection.

You know me and my trepidation with stamping, so I thought I’d turn to our insatiably-talented stamping expert, Misty Buck, to show you some amazing projects that you can make with the stamps offered today.

What is not to love about this darling card that Misty made using the Pretty Perfect Grid background stamp?

I especially love her addition of embellishments at the intersection of a few of the grid lines. Perfect stamp for perfect placement of extra embellies!

Look at how Misty used the Punched Tin stamp to create this card. I love how she first stamped the paper used for the circle embellishments and then punched them out! What a great way to show that a stamp doesn’t necessarily need to be used in the whole.

I’m always about finding unique and easy journaling blocks for my layouts. Misty shows how perfectly the Vintage Notebook stamp can be used for a perfect journaling block to show off your own handwriting!

You can also see on this layout how Misty used the Too Many Martinis stamp as a complimentary embellishment piece to her journaling block, and I especially love how she added some iRocks to circle areas of the stamp. Perfection!

Misty also worked her stampy magic on this card using the Here Comes the Sun stamp.

Now if that wasn’t enough to make you want to drop everything you are doing at this very moment and start stamping, check out these examples from the Senior Designer at Market Street Stamps, Tifany DeGough.

::sigh::  Isn’t stamping beautiful?

Thanks so much Misty and Tifany for showing us your magic girls! If you’d like to check out other amazing creations from Misty Buck and Tifany DeGough, you can click here to check out Misty’s blog and click here to check out Tifany’s blog.

Have a fantastic weekend and I’ll see you Monday with another round of Monday Card Madness.  <3

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My Little Shoebox | Mid Week Mojo

Opal Club — Layout 5

I positively love guest sketcher Wednesdays because I have the chance to see the amazing creations that come from one of you. Today we are honored with some pretty fantastic creations from one of our favorite Canadian friends, Cathryn Hanson.

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I was on the computer one day when Kristy popped up in my chat window. “I’m dying here!” she said, then asked me if I had checked my email lately. I said I had. We were both confused! Some how the email she had sent asking if I would like to be a guest sketcher had disappeared. Needless to say, my answer was yes, yes, and YES!

Like previous guest sketchers I was thrilled and excited, but also a little worried. But when I found out I would be working with today’s steal, My Little Shoebox Harmony and Summer Breeze my mind was instantly racing with ideas. I love MLS! Both of these whimsical collections of scrappy goodness are adorable, and can be easily used for many different themes. After thinking about sketches and layouts I quickly started thinking about how perfect Summer Breeze would be for my granddaughter’s birthday theme because she loves birds. I remembered these cute little wooden bird houses I had come across while shopping for wedding décor with our dear friend and fellow scrapbooker Elizabeth. So, with all of that in mind, this is what I created.

Summer Breeze Collection

  • “So Smoochable”

  • Birdhouse Party Favors filled with Jelly Beans

  • Birthday Girl Picture Frame

  • Decorated Words

Not my original idea. I spotted these on the MLS website and couldn’t resist making them!

  • Congratulations  card

Harmony Collection

  • “You Amaze Me”

  • Konichee Wa!

I hope you will have as much fun with these incredible collections as I did. From the clear stamps to the mini alphabets and everything in between you can’t go wrong. Enjoy!

Thank you Kristy Lee, Lisa Mack and the Scrapbook Steals community for your inspiration every week and allowing me to share my creations. I am very excited to see how everyone makes these sketches their own.

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Cathryn, you have truly done an unbelievably outstanding job as this months guest sketcher and I can’t thank you enough. What a wealth of inspiration you’ve given us!

Now for that exciting moment of announcing this weeks Mid Week Mojo winner. Way to go Michelle Beaudry.

Michelle, if you will please send our service department an email at customerservice@stealnetwork.com, letting them know you are this week’s winner, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

If you would like a chance to win this week’s random drawing, you will need to have your sketch posted and linked to this blog posting by 11:59PM MST on Monday, November 7th. Also if you are new to our Mid Week Mojo challenge or have any particular questions, you can find all of the details here. As we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Now go get scrappin’ with all of this inspiration at your fingertips!  :)

How To’sday | Silhouette Trace Tool

For you Silhouette owners that haven’t had the chance to explore your options much beyond basic cutting then today you are in for a treat!  Stephanie Umpleby shows how to use the Trace Tool feature opening up an entire new way to use your beloved Silhouette machine.

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So, you have a Silhouette.  And you have an image in your head that you want to cut.  But, you can’t find it in the Silhouette store.  What do you do?  Well, it turns out you can trace almost anything and then have the Silhouette cut it!  You can open any image into the Silhouette, and then use the trace feature to make it something the Silhouette will cut (or cut and draw).  Here is how!

First you have to find and save the image onto your computer.  I normally save things as .jpg as it is opened by almost any program.  Then you have to open that file in the Silhouette.  The “default” is only to open Silhouette files, but you can select “All Files” from the drop down menu.

Once you have opened the file, you need to open the trace menu.  Trace is one of the buttons on the top right of the screen – to the right of offset.

Once you have the menu open, you need to click on the “Select Trace Area” button.  This will allow you to “grab” the image you want to trace.

When you select the area to be traced, the trace lines will show up in yellow.  If everything looks good, then select “Trace.”  In this case, I don’t want “trace outside edge” because it would only trace the rounded square and not the swimmer or wave.  You can do the “detach” option, but normally it isn’t any more work to just do Trace.

Since I just did trace, the next thing I had to do was slide the original image over and check to make sure I liked the result.  Once I confirmed I was done with the initial image, I deleted it.

In this case, I wanted to edit what was traced.  There were extra pieces I didn’t want to cut, so I need to “Release Compound Path.”  Once I did this, I was able to select the extra pieces and delete them.

Then I used the Silhouette to sketch out my page.  I like to do this because it helps ensure that I have the right size for everything.  Here is the finished sketch and finished page.

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Stephanie, thank you for sharing your tutorial with us on this lovely How To’sday.

Don’t forget if you have an idea that you’d like to share, whether it be easy or hard, big or small, we’d love to feature you on a How To’sday. Please send your idea with photos and images to kristy@stealnetwork.com, and we will add you to the line up!

Have a great day and be sure to check in tomorrow for our November guest sketcher. Hmmmm. Who will it be? :)