Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas Gift Jars

I found these jars, for a dollar each, and decided to use them for Christmas gifts. I used my Silhouette, once again, to cut these vinyl images and place them on the jars. I then filled them with Christmas candies.

If you need several gifts, and want to keep your costs down, this is an easy, fairly quick project.



Friday, December 19, 2014

Away In A Manger

For Thanksgiving, I made the candle holder with leafs on it. It was the perfect addition to the table decorations. I got the idea after seeing a nativity done in a similar fashion, and it was my test run. Below, is the nativity set. Once again, I have Pinterest to thank.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Autumn Candle

I've been playing with my Silhouette and glass vases/candle holders, and came up with this.


Recipe: glass vase from "The Dollar Store," leaf design download from "Silhouette America," brown and beige vinyl.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Little Pink Houses of Hope

After a major remodel to my house - roof removal, doubling the size of the kitchen/living/dining room (which wasn't very big to begin with), and adding a mud room! - we are finally back home. In the time we were staying at our friends' house, I had lots of time to crochet.

Last month, a group of ten women who are breast cancer survivors, and their families, were supposed to come up to our area for a week-long retreat. Unfortunately, due to a large amount of smoke in the area because of a major wildland fire, they needed to postpone their visit. Fortunately, their retreat will take place next month. The organization responsible for this retreat is Little Pink Houses of Hope.
logo for littlt pink houses of hope beach house retreats





"We provide FREE week long vacations for breast cancer patients and their families.
We believe a cancer diagnosis does not just affect the patient, but the entire family. Every beach retreat is designed to help families relax, reconnect and rejuvenate during the cancer journey."






A friend is helping to organize the retreat, and our church will be welcoming them with a dinner. I decided I wanted to do something for each of these women, so I made each of them one of these scarves.








Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fore!

This is a thank you card I made for a woman who has been helping all summer at a ladies golf clinic I've been attending. We have been so lucky to have her volunteering her time.
The silhouette of the tree is from Stampin' Up!'s Lovely as a Tree, and the golfer silhouette is from Megan Hardy Designs, found on Silhouette America. Both images were cut with my Silhouette Cameo.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bear Cabin

This card is a combination of images from Silhouette and Stampin' Up! paper. I live in the mountains, so I can see this being a general note card to send to a friend. It was so easy to put together, and I can easily make more with subtle changes.



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sweet Spiral Flower Kisses

Aren't these the cutest? I discovered them at Qbee's Quest and knew I wanted to make them for little gifts at an upcoming Stampin' Up! card workshop. I've got lots of helpers to make 100 cards for Operation Write Home. I'm looking forward the the workshop and giving each of the participants a little something.

As I'm writing this, I realize I still need to attach a thank you tag to each of the flowers. Yikes!!! I almost forgot.



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sisters

I created this scrapbook page for the SplitCoastStampers April Creative Crew Gallery. The flowers are Stampin' Up!'s Flower Shop stamp and Pansy punch. All of the paper is from Stampin' Up!, along with the Labels Collection Framelit (in grteen). I created the "Polaroid" frame and arrow using my Silhouette Cameo.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Thank You Leaves

This has been a crazy, busy month. Lots of things going on and very little down time in my "Play Room." When Mom asked me to make her a batch of "Thank You" cards, how could I refuse? Doing something for Mom and having fun while I do it.

I made these cards using "a2 nature leaves window card" from Silhouette America, and card stock, stamp and ink from Stampin' Up!


Here are the individual cards:




Saturday, March 1, 2014

Just a Little Something

I started this project by making just the box with the flower top. Then it sat there for a bit, because I knew it needed something more (but what?). THEN, I got the Chalk Talk stamp set from Stampin' Up!, and added the tag and ribbon, and the box was complete.

My next challenge was to figure out what to do with it. I didn't want the box to just sit with nowhere to go. Valentine's Day solved that dilemma. My husband and I were visiting a friend, so I filled it with with Hershey Kisses, and my pretty little box became a RAK (Random Act of Kindness)!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Getting More Done

I have scheduled a Stampin' Up! card workshop to benefit Operation Write Home. My plan is to create 100 cards at the workshop. I've already got a dozen people signed, up, so I know we can do it. For some people, this might not be a big deal; for me, it's HUGE! 

Although I've been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for a few years, I've never held a workshop, class, or even a demonstration. I am what is commonly referred to as a hobby demonstrator (primarily in it for the discounted costs). However, as my husband can attest, it has become a passion.

My passion outlet became Operation Write Home. Three of my nephews have served in the military. Two of them are still serving, and the third is now working in the private sector. I am proud of all three of them, and this is my small way of giving back.

Some of the women joining me have never made cards before, so I want this to be a positive experience. I want everyone to have fun and not stress about how the cards will turn out (including me). That's when I realized that my Silhouette was going to make my life a little (a lot) easier.

So far, I've come up with three card designs. (My goal is to have ten different designs.) Each card has specific, cut elements. With my Silhouette, I am able to measure each of the pieces, create the cut element (rectangle, circle, banner. . .), copy and paste the images for cutting. I now have ten card kits for each of the three cards (thirty kits in all). The best part is, I only need to measure each element once! 

Below are the initial designs I created for each of the cards:
I created this card using an Operation Write Home sketch. (Five cut elements.)

This was a fun card to make. I had a new stamp set (Happy Watercolor) and some scraps of paper. (Four cut elements.)

I found this card at Rosalien's Creations. (Just one cut element, but I didn't worry about centering the points.)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Did You Know?

Not only can you use the Silhouette Cameo to cut out and create projects from their store, you can use it to cut out other images - including Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio (MDS) images. I have been having fun creating projects using Silhouette downloads. However, the primary reason I purchased the Silhouette was to eliminate some of my fussy cutting of stamped Stampin' Up! images that have no coordinating punch.

If you enjoy Stampin' Up! stamps and have MDS, you can use it to create images which you will be able to cut out using your Silhouette. This might not be the most straight-forward method, but it works for me.

Step 1:
  1. Start a new document in MDS (I used just an 8.5" x 11" plain page)
  2. Open the stamp set you want to work transfer to Silhouette (I started with Fabulous Florets)
  3. Open one of the flowers and re-size it so you can fit several on a page
  4. Copy and paste as many images as you want to transfer
  5. By selecting each flower individually, change its color using the color pallet (this is why you want several copies of the same image)
    1. I chose to use color groups (Regal, Subtle, Bright. . .)
  6. Now you want to "Share" this page as a JPG image, and save it to your preferred location
    1. Don't worry about saving it each time (unless you want to)
  7. You now have a sheet of JPGs you can open with your Silhouette

Step 2:
  1. I now open that document location and create a folder and re-name the JPG. When you go to "Share" the next set of images, it will want create the JPG with the same name, in the same location.
  2. Now you can delete all of the images from the MDS page and begin the process again with the next image.

Step 3:

If you have never separated images in Silhouette, my best advice  is to go to YouTube, search Silhouette Cameo, and watch one of the tutorials of how to separate images. 

Remember, although this might take some time, initially, you will only need to do it once for each image, and still be able to print and cut them as many times as needed.

This is a card I recently created using Silhouette-cut, Stampin' Up! images:


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Miss You

I created this card utilizing images from Silhouette. The background is Birch Trees, and the foreground is Bird On Fall Branch. The sentiment is the font is Harlow Solid Italic. The paper I used is from Stampin' Up!: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla. The Pearl and Rhinestones are also Stampin' Up!


Friday, January 31, 2014

It Takes Me Back

This is a follow-up from yesterday's post.

Depending on your age, you may or may not remember needing to roll your yarn into a ball before starting a project. As a child, I remember sitting with my grandmother, with my hands about a foot apart draped with a skein of yarn. My grandmother would then begin the process of rolling balls of yarn. The ability to pull yarn from the middle of the skein, the way we can now, was not a possibility.

Because the wool I am using is from my Dad and Step-mom's sheep, and spun and dyed by my Step-mom, it was necessary for me to roll the wool into balls before beginning my project.


So, what do you think? These are super easy to make. I started them at about 5pm last night. I finished one before dinner, then the other one after dinner. Not too bad. Two cuffs in just a couple of hours. They were so easy, I was able to crochet them while watching television. Seriously, I didn't even need to look at the pattern for the second cuff!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Gonna Try Something New

Have you seen those Boot Cuffs on Pinterest? I pinned a location a while back, for ten different patterns, and now it's time to try at least one of them. As I was looking for the pattern, I discovered it's available on Ravelry, which is a free membership site where you can find all kinds of crochet (and knitting) patterns at no cost. I have found a lot of afghan and baby blanket patterns on that site.

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This is the pair I plan to make. I've got some wool yarn I've been wanting to play with, and I'm hoping it will work well with this pattern. 

I will try to post my progress every few days, and let you know (or see) how I'm doing.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Bendi Garden Card

This is another Bendi card. I made this one for Operation Write Home. Because of that, I added an additional back to the card so there is enough room to write a message home. The image is Foxgloves and Forget Me Nots by Beatrix Potter, and the card foundation is Bendy Card with Fence by Samantha Walker. Both are available at Silhouette America.

This is the card folded and ready for mailing.

Here it is all opened up.

This is what it looks like with the tabs in their slots and standing on its own.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Praying

We all hate it when we need to send a condolence card. Unfortunately, I just found out that two friends lost loved ones this week. I made these cards for them.

I used the sentiment stamp Thoughts and Prayers by Stampin' Up!. The image is Vines by Silhouette.



Thursday, January 16, 2014

One of Those Weeks!

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you envision having all kinds of time to yourself, and it just doesn't happen? That's how this week has been for me.

My husband went on a week-long ski trip with a friend, and I thought I would be spending every evening making cards, learning more about my Silhouette Cameo, finishing a crochet project. . . Not that it's a bad thing, but I have been busy doing other things.

Tuesday evening I received an unexpected invitation to have dinner at a neighbor's house. It was a nice time just sitting around chatting, and enjoying good food and drink.

Last night I went to bible study (which was planned). However, the group was very lively, we were all enjoying the conversation, and the study went longer than usual. Needless to say, by the time I got home, it was time to get ready for bed.

Tonight, a girlfriend will be coming over for dinner. I'm looking forward to relaxing and visiting and enjoying another casual evening with a friend.

So, I may or may not get the cards posted as I had planned. That's okay though, because there's always tomorrow. Right?

I hope, even if your week did not go the way you had envisioned, you still had a wonderful week - I did!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Castle Card

Isn't this the cutest? I discovered this "Bendy Card" at Silhouette America by Samantha Walker. I have a niece who will be turning TWO, and I just couldn't resist. I was able to download it, create a mock-up (because that's what I do), figured out the colors I wanted to use, cut out all the pieces and put them together. It's so easy I was able to do all this between dinner and bedtime.




You can find the tutorial (and other great images) at Samantha Walker's blog. She has a huge selection of images to download.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Thank You Butterflies

I got to spend the day with my daughter today. She lives about an hour away, so it's always a special treat when we get together. She's working and going to school, so she doesn't have a lot of free time. While we were shopping, she confessed that she still hadn't sent out thank you cards, so I offered to make some for her. Any excuse to make a card!

I also used the excuse to use my new Silhouette. I'm still in the learning stage, but I'm still happy with the results. I should be able to complete a batch of cards by tomorrow for her to send to friends and family.
Silhouette Supplies:
Design - Thank You Cards by Daniela Angelova

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Paper - Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ribbon - Basic Black Taffeta
Jewels - Rhinestones

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Moving Forward

For just over a year, I have been posting my Stampin' Up! cards on my other blog. I will continue to post my Stampin' Up! cards on that blog, but I wanted to create a place to post more than just my card creations.

This blog will not be as structured. I will continue to post cards, because I love making cards. However, I will be using this blog to post non-SU! cards and other creative projects I am working on - I also love to crochet!

Along with the creative stuff, I plan to blog about things I come across that might be of interest to others, my attempts (and hopefully successes) at trying new things, our home re-model we start this spring (the plans are approved!), and whatever fun things are going on in my life.

I hope you'll wander around and laugh with me on this new journey!




These pictures are from a couple of raft trips we took over the summer.