Wednesday, August 16, 2017

3-D Cube Birdcage with Flowers

Hi y'all Robyn here today, putting a bird in a gilded cage!
This lovely design can be assembled and enjoyed by novice and experienced alike!

On the mat

First time with 3-D?
Follow these tips to success:
  • Take your time. Enjoy the creative journey as much as the finished product.
  • Make a dummy. Cut the project first out of paper you don't care about- scraps are fine for this. Make your mistakes cutting and assembling before you cut your final paper.
  • Take your time! The more precision in your folds and glueing, the better the outcome.
  • Use high quality strong adhesives.
Suzanne has done all of the difficult design and score work for you- so all ou has etc do is cut and paste and create!
I you have any difficulties, just leave a comment.

These would make adorable shower decorations, place card holders for a small dinner party, or add a battery votive and string them to light up a dance floor!

Please share your creations with us- a little birdie wants to know!

To see what else is on my desk, please hope over to RainbowWeaves.
Comments and questions welcomed.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Flourished Logo Happy Birthday Paint Chip Cards

Hi, Connie Nichol here today with a quick and easy idea for birthday cards.  I was messing around with some leftover paint chip samples (much too pretty to toss out!) and playing with ideas for using them in scrapbook layouts (check out the upcoming fall issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine). With only minor embellishing, the paint chips also make a perfect background for a colourful card.

connie nichol, quietfire design, flourished logo paint chip

 I cut the flourished 50, 60 and 70 out of black cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo and the cut files designed by Suzanne Cannon in the Silhouette design store (other milestone numbers are also available!).  As always, if you want these files as an svg file for another electronic cutting machine, just email  Here's the flourished 70 cut file.  Isn't it pretty?  Just adhere that to a colourful paint chip.  These particular ones are from Home Depot.  I love paint colour names and the interest that they add to the background.

Adhere a bit of ribbon, stamp a sentiment and attach to a card base.  Done like dinner.  So quick.  The happy birthday stamps I used are from a Quietfire Design set called Happy Birthday plain and simple.  This is so versatile with lots of sizes and font styles to choose from.  Make sure you stamp with a solvent ink like StazOn by Tsukineko or Surfacez by Clearsnap.  The paint chips are a bit glossy and regular dye ink will just smudge and wipe off.

Hope you enjoyed this paint chip recycling idea.  Have a great day, Connie

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Chocolate Kisses - HB2U - YUM

Yogi here today with a yummy card... you can never have too much chocolate!!!

I'm using a couple of digital files from Suzanne available on the Silhouette onLine store - click on an image to purchase.

I'm also using a sentiment and a coupe Fill 'er Up letter stamps from Quietfire Design ("Graphic Love Bits - Flowers or Chocolate..." 6pce set); ("JOY Fill 'er up"); ("MUm fill 'er Up" 2pce set);

Check out all the fabulous ribbons on Quietfire Design. I'm using "Ribbon Satin dotted Burgundy

Opened the 2 files in SCAL, increassed the sizes for my card size of 7"w x 5"h. Copied and pasted the kisses to get 3 of them, cut from white cardstock. Colored the chocolate and the HB2U with Distress acrylic dabbers. Dried. For the kisses, only the dark brown section, I inked with Versamark and clear embossed. For the HB2U, I ran thru my embossing machine with Cuttlebug "Swiss Dots" embossing folder, then hit the high points with a dark brown pad, then with Versamark and clear embossed.

Scored and folded my pink toned cardstock to create the easel (7"w x 5"h), then cut another piece the same size and adhered to front. Used my Misti to stamp the letters "YUM" inking with Versafine Sepia and then hitting here and there with Black Soot. Clear embossed. I had a brand new pack of Ecoline watercolor markers on my desk, so colored the letters with them. Adhered the kisses to the front.

On the floor: Cut a 3/4" wide piece of the pink cardstock the width of the card. Scored down the center and adhered to floor to act as my stopper. Also adhered part of the HB2U to this piece and the bottom section to the floor.

Stamped the sentiment with the black and clear embossed. Colored the flower with the Ecoline markers.

Added the dotted burgundy ribbon as a frame border and tied a small bow.

Thought that left bottom area was a bit sparse, so added the ladybug (Elizabeth Craft Designs) that was sitting on my desk.

Click on any card image to enlarge. Enjoy

Friday, July 28, 2017

Star Snowflake Box and Card - Xmas in July

Hi all, Yogi here, I was enthused by this star box from Suzanne and thought I'd make one... and post it here even though it's not really my time to post something BIG GRIN... Don't forget it's Xmas in July sale at Quietfire Design and Xmas stamps are 25% off

I'm using a  digital file from Suzanne available on the Silhouette onLine store - click on an image to purchase. 
I'm also using a bunch of sentiment stamps from Quietfire Design
("International Merry Christmas" 6pce set)

Opened the file in SCAL, copied the snowflake to a new page to cut later. Decreased the snowflake on the 1st page to 2.5"w. Cut from a textured 12 x 12 mid toned blue cardstock. Then went back to the normal sized snowflake and cut from a light toned blue cardstock.

Assembled the bottom and top of box. 

BE CAREFUL - adhere the narrow side piece to the larger star shape...

Inked the smaller snowflake with Vesamark and embossed with Emerald Creek "Fractured Ice" (this is such a fun embossing
powder...). Punched a whole in the center of both snowflakes and in the lid of the box, added the snowflake brad and then attached to lid also adding a bit of glue to the snowflake to make sure it stayed in place.

Created the background by placing all the stamps on my acrylic block, inking with Versafine "Majestic Blue' and clear embossing. Repeated and moved my stamp block in a different direction. Continued till my whole piece of cardstock was covered. Cut both sizes of stars and adhere to the inside of the lid and box.

Created a matching card by placing the large star on my mat, copying it and flipping it, making sure it overlapped the first star slightly. Selected both stars and welded together.

Also pasted both sizes of snowflakes to my mat.

Cut everything from white cardstock.

I had a scrap piece of the light blue cardstock left over so cut a star the card front size. Adhered to card.

Cut a star slightly smaller than front from the text background cardstock. Adhered to front.

Painted the larger snowflake with Distress dabber "Broken China" and the smaller snowflake with "Mermaid Lagoon". Inked the smaller one with Versamark and embossed with the fractured ice. Punched a hole in both snowflakes, added the snowflake brad and adhered to card front.

Click on any card image to enlarge. Enjoy

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Check out the sale at Silhouette!

If you've been hankering for one, now is the time!!  Silhouette also has other consumables on sale, too.  I'm not sure my discount code (find it on the blog sidebar) will work with this sale, but you should try!
If you get a Cameo, you'll be able to cut this cutie lantern. Click on the image to go to the Silhouette Design Store for download!
Silhouette Design Store ID 209600
Happy cutting! Suzanne

WooHooo, Discount Code!!

I get to share something very special with you today!  I just got it!  It's a discount code you can use at checkout on the Silhouette America website on basically everything (the Mint might be exempt....).

Go to the Quietfire Digital Blog (click HERE if you're receiving this by email) and the special code is right on the sidebar.  Make a note of the code, click the image and you'll go straight to the Silhouette site.  How cool!
Of course you should always check to see if Silhouette has a special for what you're looking for. 

Happy shopping!
(Tell them I sent you!)  Smiles, Suzanne

Oh, and while I'm here, let me share this week's designs on my Silhouette profile (still on the Christmas in July theme!)  Happy cutting!:

Monday, July 24, 2017

Watermelon box-Layering technique

Hi Y'all!
Robyn here with a summertime fun project!
After Christmas in July, time for some hammock time and  this sweet treat!
The technique I want to share today is layering paper pieces- die cut or digital cuts.
Watermelon Box

On the mat
The text is to help identify what pieces go where.
There are good instructions on the Silhouette Store page.
The only change I made was to copy the seeds and make 4 sets, so I could layer them.

***Layering Technique***

  • While the seeds are still on the mat, leave the number you need for the base layer, and lift the rest out.
  • Apply adhesive, I used a matte medium in a needle nose bottle( left over from baktik days)to the seeds on the mat.
  • Use a pick up stick or tweezers to pick up  the next layer of seeds, press into place, and add as many as you wish to get the desired effect.

I ended up using three layers for these seeds.
Wait a bit for the glue to dry, and lift out your seeds.
It's much easier to let the negative space hold the shapes in place when you are trying to layer.
For even more dimension, add glossy accents.
Celebrate the season with creativity, and don't forget the watermelon!
Comments and Questions Welcomed!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Periodic Table SNOW - Using Yarn as a Simple Embellishment

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a wintery layout featuring the periodic table cut file SNOW, the snowflake spray stencil and some simple embellishment with white yarn.

I started by selecting a favourite photograph and some patterned paper, the beautiful Winter Wonderland line from Simple Stories.  I cut SNOW (sulphur, nitrogen, oxygen and tunsten) from white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo and adhered it to the corner of the page.  (As always, if you don't use a Silhouette and would like this cut file as an svg file, just email    I then added some snowflakes to the upper left corner of the page using white texture paste and the snowflake spray stencil.  Just goop it on and scrape off.  The fine details of the snowflakes show up beautifully as dimensional accents.

I had a bunch of yarn lying around my craft space for other projects and I thought to myself "hmmm, white yarn would work really well on a snow themed scrapbook page".  So, I added some swirls of yarn to add some texture and interest to the page.  You can use a pencil to sketch out a line, trace it with clear drying liquid glue and then gently place the yarn on top of the glue. 

Sketch out a design in glue.

Place the yarn over top.   Easy and quick, but it's very fun.  Add a few extra stickers or die cuts to embellish your yarn design and call it done.  Happy scrapbooking!

Supplies:  Simple Stories patterned paper, stickers and die cuts, Quietfire Design electronic cut file and snowflake stencil, Silhouette Cameo, Ranger texture paste, Aleene's white tacky glue, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L tape runner and dimensional foam adhesive.

On the Quietfire site  |  On Elizabeth Craft Designs
Snow on Silhouette

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Let It Snow - Snowman - If Kisses Were Snowflakes here today... Quietfire is having a Christmas In July week... and I'm doing an easel card for the Quietfire Digital Blog

I'm using the digital file from Suzanne available on the Silhouette onLine store - click on image to purchase

 Also using a quote  stamp from Quietfire Design ("If Kisses Were Snowflakes...");  

Scored and folded my dark blue cardstock. Cut another piece as front. Dry embossed it using Cuttlebug "Winter Wonderland" set. Sanded the high points giving a ghost like look. My embossed paper was a bit shy in size, so cut a piece of an aqua glitter cardstock and created a frame.

Note: Why waste the whole piece of glitter cardstock by layering the dry embossed piece in front... Now I have the drop out piece for another card...

Opened the "Let It Snow - Snowman" on my mat. Pushed the snowman of my mat. Resized the word to 4.5"w, copied and pasted it 2 more times and the just the snowflake 4 times, then cut from white cardstock. While on the mat, painted the word piece with Distress dabber "Broken China". Let dry naturally. Removed from mat and inked with Versamark and embossed with Emerald Creek "Turquoise Shimmer" embossing powder. The snowflakes I embossed with "Psychedelic" embossing powder. Adhere the snowflakes to the word pieces, then onto the card front.


On the floor: Stamped the quote using Versafine Black Onyx on white cardstock and clear embossed. Trimmed down and adhered to a scrap piece of the aqua glitter cardstock. Adhered to floor with 3D foam tape to act as my stopper.

Adhered the snowflake ribbon and the snowflake buttons using hot glue

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ho Ho Ho Periodic Table of Elements/ Dona Nobis Pacem/ Leaves and Snowflakes Sprays Stencil - Christmas in July!

Hi Y'all!
Robyn here, keeping cool cutting Christmas!
Ho Ho Ho is available now ON SALE in Suzanne's Silhouette Design Store
from  the Periodic Table of Elements Series!
Holiday Geek Out!
On the mat

It's a tradition for me to make an ornament as a gift each year.
This is the first time I've been ahead of the game!
Here is an ATC (you knew it was coming) that with an addition of a hole and ribbon will be a gift card to go with the ornament.

The Ho's were sized to complete the phrase in the smaller space.
Leaf and Snowflake Sprays Stencil

The Back

My sister in law aways says be careful what you do on the holidays, it might become a tradition.
I hope you will include Quietfire Design in yours
and remember all Christmas ON SALE now in the
Silhouette Store.
Comments and Questions welcomed !