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!