Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Periodic Table Genius Scrapbook Layout

Hello, Connie Nichol here with a bright and colourful scrapbook layout featuring Suzanne Cannon's Genius digital cutting file and a Quietfire Design stamp.  And yes, those are actual pea seeds.

connie nichol, silhouette cameo, genius periodic table

I seem to be a on a roll with only using cardstock while eschewing patterned paper, but cardstock is so easy and it comes in such beautiful colours.  I always take design and colour inspiration from my photographs and this layout is no exception.  I adore periodic table stuff (some of you might know I'm kind of a chemistry geek), so when I saw this photo of my youngest son with one of his school projects, it was a natural fit with the genius cut file.  Even though he might not be a genius. ;-)   The cut file is available in the Silhouette store here, and of course you can cut it in any size or colour that you want.  That's the beauty of digital cutting files.
That's germanium, nickel, uranium and sulphur for you non-chemistry geeks that might be interested.  I cut wedges of different colours of cardstock to mimic Marty's school project and embellished them with arrows and leftover pea seeds.  In the center of the circle, I stamped using the Flourish and Grow Quietfire Design stamp - a perfect sentiment for a growing boy learning about growing seeds.

I wanted to add a single dimensional star, so I masked off the little stars on the Quietfire Design Star Spray stencil with washi tape and applied a little texuture paste that had been tinted with ink.  Stencils are so versatile.

Have fun with the geniuses in your life and happy scrapbooking!

Supplies:  Close to my Heart cardstock, Sizzix arrow die, Quietfire Designs stencil, stamp, digital cutting file, Silhouette Cameo, Beacon Adhesive, Clearsnap ink.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

4th of July Basket- 15 Minute Wonder!

Hi Y'all, Robyn here
 with a quick and fun holiday project perfect for getting your crafting on with kids this summer!
Sometimes you have to set goals.
 I'm recovering from computer failure, and today's goal was to get this post done by deadline! and have some fun with my little helpers.
On the mat

Ungroup and move the elements around to fit your paper.
The small stars were cut out of glittered paper.
Cut a full set of images in red white and blue, then mix and match!
One can be made, start to finish (not counting design time- that is done for you!) in 15 minutes!
Fold the diagonal score lines carefully. Paper doesn't like to fold against the grain.
A teeny touch of water-with an 0 paint brush will make it easier.
Cut extra glittered stars- you can never have too much glitter!

Suzanne loves designing with Stars and Stripes and has a son who was born in Boston! You can find these designs by going to her profile and searching for “Independence”.

If you have more time than me! don't stop here.
Create with out limits!
Comments and Questions Welcomed!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Treble Clef card - The Music In My Heart

Yogi here today using one of Suzanne's newest Silhouette files. Suzanne came out with several new stamps as well and a couple of them were music related. Love them, so naturally gravitated to this card. BIG GRIN

I'm using a stencil from Elizabeth Craft Designs "Butterfly Kaleidoscope" also available on Quietfire Design HERE'm also using a quote stamp from Quietfire Design ("The Music In My Heart...")

And I'm using the Treble Clef card available on the Silhouette OnLine store. Click on image to purchase.

Opened and moved the small squares out of the way and then cut the main card. Note: everything was cut from white cardstock. Folded on the score line. Dry embossed the front using Spellbinders Musical embossing folder, but any musical embossing folder will work. I inked the negative side using Distress "Faded Jeans" then hit here and there with "Blueprint Sketch" and "Wilted Violet. Misted with water, lay down my card on the uninked side (so as not to ruin it if it moved before I closed the folder...)  and ran through my machine.

Moved the card to one edge of my mat so that only the treble clef would be cut. I then surgically cut it away from the window. Inked with Versafine Imperial Purple and embossed using Emerald Creek "Frosted Plum" embossing powder. Adhered to the treble clef on the card.

Cut the squares and inked the edges of the larger one with "Dusty Concord".

Stamped the music quote using the Imperial Purple, and clear embossed. Sponged the edges with the Faded Jeans and the Dusty Concord.

Stenciled the butterflies using a sponge and the Imperial Purple, clear embossed.

Adhered a piece of white pearlized vellum to the inside of the front behind the treble clef.

Adhered the purple ribbon and the beaded ribbon, then adhered the flower. See below for instructions.

Die cut, punch or use your electronic cutter to cut a circle. Mine is 1.5" dia.

Use a decorative edged scissor around the edge of the circle. I used "The Creative Memories Collection".

Cut the circle into pie shapes. I score with my x-acto blade to keep the circle still in one piece until later.
Using a fine tipped balled stylus, score two vein lines in each pie piece. Use "Spun Sugar" direct to paper lightly to give a hint of color.

Cut trough the pie pieces and sponge the edges with "Picked Raspberry.

Tool the backside of each petal with a large balled stylus, then pinch the point to create a little foot.

Punch a 1/2" circle. Apply a good glob of glue all over the small circle and then start pressing the feet into the glue. Allow to dry. You can leave it as a one layer flower or like I did and repeat making another layer of petals and adhering between each petal. When dry. Add another glob of glue and sprinkle with Prills, or mini holeless beads etc.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mom and Calligraphic Rose Card

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a card featuring the Mom & Calligraphic Rose Ornament cut file.  It's available in the Silhouette Design Store here. You can use these files separately, or together as I did here.  This would be a great card for Mother's Day, but also for every time you want to give your mom a card!

I chose a coral colour cardstock to cut with my Silhouette Cameo, and then mounted it on black to really make it pop.  To decorate the open areas of the calligraphic rose, I carefully squeezed in some Glossy Accents and then sprinkled with microfine glitter.  Shake off the excess glitter and let dry.  This is so easy to do and would be so pretty with other colours of cardstock and glitter.  Have fun playing!  

Supplies:  Stampin up! cardstock, Elizabeth Craft Designs glitter, Ranger glossy accents, May Arts ribbon, Silhouette Cameo.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Happy birthday Birdhouse Decoration / Spring Birdhouse Decoration

Hi Y'all!
Robyn here today with a fun new structural card by Suzanne that was calling my name!
Put a bird on it!!!!
It's a mashup of two new Silhouette Files

On the Mat

Using elements from both files, I created this fun decoration that is going out as a birthday card to middle son's special someone!
The Happy Birthday Greeting is Print and Cut.
To facilitate mailing, put double sided tape on the tabs, leave the release paper on the top and offer a few words of encouragement!

This file could be used for so many occasions- table place cards-cake toppers-a lovely thank you to anyone who sits at a desk.
(If you want to see what is on my desk, hop over to WOYWW)
Create Without Limits!!!

Questions and Comments Welcomed

Friday, May 5, 2017

Periodic Table Fun

Every once in a while I poke my left brain and remind it that I used to use it all the time.  Thanks to my friend Susan, we have a Periodic Table of the Elements shower curtain (yes, just like on The Big Bang Theory!) 

It all started with Cu Te Pi....

These are just plain fun and I have to thank Design Team Member Connie Nichol for adding to the list!  I have a very dusty degree in chemistry and Connie is a working soil scientist, so her left brain is well-oiled! And this is what happens.... 

I see these as super fun designs to go on little t-shirts and onesies.  My next challenge is to research heat transfer materials so I can share some tips about making your own custom apparel.

Mother isn't available until Monday on the Silhouette site, but wouldn't that make a fun Mother's Day t-shirt for the science-type mom?  It's coming very soon! 

Oh, wait, I just had an idea for another one!  Check my Silhouette profile on Monday. (Maybe Tuesday depending on how overloaded the Silhouette staff are with new designs.)
Thanks for having a look!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Spring Birdhouse - Spring Has Returned here today with a birdhouse card. I'm using one of Suzanne's newest files which is so cute I couldn't resist. BIG GRIN. It's available on the Silhouette onLine store. Just click on the image to purchase.

I'm also using a quote, part of a quote and sentiment stamps from Quietfire Design. ("Sometimes I Just Look Up..."); ("Spring Has Returned..."); ("Just For You" 4pce set)

Scored and folded my white card to create a 5"w x 7"h card.

Embossed the clouds using Elizabeth Craft Designs  "Clouds" embossing folder, then hit the high points direct to paper with Distress "Tumbled Glass" pad.

Opened the file, increased the size so the birdhouse height was approx 7"h. Cut all the elements from white cardstock and colored with various Distress pads and markers. Assembled everything. Used a fabric ribbon of leafy vine which was white and I colored with Distress Stain "Mowed Lawn". Added golden yellow pearl centers to the flowers. Voila - so easy...

I used my Misti to do the stamping, both for the quote and sentiment, masking the rest of the quote around the word "Smile" and using Versafine Black Onyx, then clear embossing.

Inside: I stamped the bird (Stacy Stamps "Chipping Sparrow") using the black, clear embossed and cut around it. Colored with Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils. Adhered to inside.

Again used my Misti to stamp the words using the black and clear embossing.

Hope you enjoyed today's project.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lily Of The Valley - Leaping Fairy - Happy Birthday

Yogi here today - It's that time of year when my Lily of the Valley will start to sprout. I've got loads of them in my garden...

I'm using one of the newer quote stamps from Quietfire Design, as well as part of an Xmas sentiment stamp.

("Always Believe...");  ("Tiny Christmas Wishes" 3pce set)

I'm using a bunch of digital products from Suzanne available on the Silhouette OnLine store. Click on any image to purchase.

Scored and folded my cream toned cardstock to create the side easel, cutting another piece the same size as card for the front - see diagram to create one.  

I started with 8.5 x 11" cardstock. Cut the cardstock to 6" x 11". Scored vertically at the 6" point. The measure vertically to the 5" point and diagonally scored. Note: if you're using a wider than 11" cardstock, measure whatever is past the 6" point and measure that vertically so you have the same measurement on the base as the vertical side.

Selectively embossed the edges using my hard rubber mallet and Cuttlebug Anna Griffin "Rosa" embossing folder. Adhered to front of card.

I had the orangy frame leftover from a previous Oxide background. Adhered to front.

Electronically cut all my elements. Inked the fairy, the word "Fairy" and the "Happy Birthday" using Distress pads direct to paper with layers of "Iced Spruce"; "Peeled Paint"; "Broken China"; and "Salty Ocean" then clear embossing the words.

The leaves were inked with the Iced Spruce and Peeled Paint. Veins put in using a colored pencil. Elements adhered and then adhered to card.

Masked the rest of the words from the stamp, inking only the word "wishes" using Versafine Black Onyx .

On the floor: Created a shadow layer for the "happy birthday" words from the cream cardstock. Adhered the two together, scored down the middle, then adhered the bottom portion of the word to the floor as my stopper.

Stamped the quote onto a previously decorated cardstock (Colour Burst Liquid Metals) using the black and clear embossed. Adhered to floor.

The butterflies were cut from the Liquid Metals background and adhered to front and floor. Gems adhered to bodies.

Final touch added the rhinestone flourishes.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Happy Birthday Scrapbook Page - with Cupcake #3 Digital Cut File

Hello, Connie Nichol here with a festive birthday layout featuring a Quietfire digital cupcake cut file, star stencil and Happy Birthday metal die.  Everything just went together!

This is a very simple layout of my youngest son's third birthday that just uses various scraps of cardstock that I had on hand.  I started with cutting the flourished cupcake 3 with my Silhouette Cameo.  The numbers zero through nine are available in the Silhouette store in groups of two and can of course be used individually or combined together.  If you like, you can also just cut the number and leave out the cupcake.  These would make such beautiful birthday cards.   Imagine the possibilities.....
In the upper right hand corner of the page, I wanted to add a little bit of texture so I added some stars with the Star Stencil.  I used transparent texture paste from Ranger - it goes on white, but dries clear.  I sprinkled it with clear glitter while it was wet and let it dry.  The result is some very subtle sparkly stars.

Then pretty much all that was left to do was to add a title, so I used the Happy Birthday die from Quietfire Designs.  Quick and easy.  So dust off your birthday party pictures and get them scrapbooked.  An electronic cupcake cutting file can be used to add the perfect numbers!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Egg Doily Card/Blessings

Hi Y'all! Robyn here
 with a card using both digital files and a die cut that can be used for multiple occasions.

On the Mat
Use the offset tool to create the background circle and the black mat.

The bottom embellishments are the drop outs from the doily.
Cut the die twice and offset the black layer slightly for the drop shadow.
Put double sided tape on the back of the paper before you die cut to simplify gluing.
This is a stash buster card, and everything else but the Neenah solar white 110lb for the base and 80lb for the doily came out of the scrap bin!

I'm sending this off as a belated birthday card to a dear friend who might not want to be thinking as much about birthdays as counting her blessings!

I'd love to see what you do with the digital files and dies!
Comments and Questions Welcomed.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Last Minute Easter Ideas!

Here is an idea that might be fun for the young ladies in your life.  Just use some coloured papers, a hairband, ribbon and some Glue Dots with the Quietfire easter ring cutting files from the Silhouette Online Design Store and you have this adorable little accessory!

The Easter Rings look like this and would be great for a little boy! They are super easy to cut and assemble.

Bunny Ring    Lamb Ring    Chick Ring     Butterfly Ring

If you purchased the Easter Egg Holder you can cut some bunnies from vinyl and stick them on your Easter eggs - even real eggs! Get crackin'!!  or rather - cuttin'!  Quick as a bunny!

Happy Easter!
(who still needs to fill the carrot box!)
P.S. These shapes are still on sale at the Silhouette Online Store as I type this!