Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Snowflake Christmas Cards

Hi, Connie Nichol here today with a couple of simple Christmas cards featuring the Noel Snowflake card digital cut file available in the Silhouette Design Store here.  I didn't end up using the 'Noel' part of this cut file, but the card base with the cut out snowflakes is the perfect beginning for many different Christmas cards.  You can add any die cut word or stamped sentiment and here's a couple of examples.  You might have noticed that I'm still on a white and gold kick.  There is something just SO elegant about gold on any project.

Here's what the cut file looks like - not the best photo of a computer screen, but you can see the card base with the itty bitty snowflakes, as well as the ovals and the word Noel.

I found that cutting the card base out of a solid colour of cardstock worked best to show off the cut out snowflakes.

I added a gold border to the Merry Christmas card by rubbing embossing ink along the card edges (use a scrap piece of cardstock as a mask to keep a sharp edge), sprinkling with embossing powder and heating.

Quietfire Design has a number of dies and stamped quotes that fit perfectly into the cut oval frame of the cut file.  The small Merry Christmas and To Appreciate the Beauty of a Snowflake stamps are the two that I reached for.  Thanks for stopping by, Connie

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

How to turn an ornament into a card-Merry Christmas Ornament Card- Joy Ornament Card

Hi Y'all!
Robyn here, welcoming y'all to the merry season of 
Holiday card making!
These two files in Suzanne's Silhouette Store easily convert into 
Holiday Cards.
That's the Joy of digital creating!
You've been good- Might you find a digital cutter under the tree this year?

On the Mat
I enlarged the ornament to about 5x7 to make it card sized, and to keep the visual on one screen, that step is omitted in the mat below.
Make a copy of the original design and move to the side of the mat- ALWAYS make a copy!
Note: I still use V2 software, and sometimes Illustrator, so directions  are not exact, tho in some form you will go through these steps.

  1. Ungroup
  2. Release compound path and select the outer ring
  3. Mirror the ring to the left
  4. Overlap the rings slightly - enlarge the view so you can see
  5. Select the two outside rings and weld.

I backed the front with velum as the lines are so delicate! and added a second layer of Merry Christmas.
I didn't notice till I took the photo, the word droops a bit.
(don't tell)

***Scroll Down for Tips***
The Joy card follows the same basic steps with alternate backing.
Both of these might make great shaker cards.
(stay tuned)
 On the Mat

  • These files have Very fine hairlines. TAKE YOUR TIME
  • The mat is as important as the blade. If you are having difficulty cutting or removing the tiny intricate pieces, try a mat with more or less tack.
  • Paper matters too. If you can't get a paper to give you a clean cut, try rotating it. Many papers have distinct grains and will cut better one way than another.
Two 5x7"cards will fit on a 12x12" sheet

Enjoy creating for the Season! and beyond!

Comments and Questions Welcomed

Monday, November 5, 2018

Creating with the QFD Monogram Fonts

Hey there! It's Suzanne here and I wanted to let you know that I've created a video tutorial showing you how to use the extra elements in the QFD Monogram Fonts available on the Silhouette Design Store.

I chose to use the brand new Holly Flourish Monogram Font, but the technique applies to any of the fonts with the extra elements.

QFD Holly Flourish Monogram Font (#279847)
White cardstock
Colour printer (I'm not recommending the one I use!)
Silhouette Cameo 
Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Rounds 

It's easy and fun!  Here's the video.  If you're receiving this as an email update, CLICK HERE to go directly to YouTube to watch the tutorial.

Thanks for visiting.
Happy Cutting! Suzanne
P.S.  Don't forget to use the Silhouette Creator's code for your purchases at Silhouette! (the info is in the sidebar over there! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Snowflake Monogram Font - To Appreciate The Beauty
Yogi here today and I had an urge to create this snowflake card. Love this OTF font from Suzanne

I'm using a couple of the newest stamp sets from Quietfire Design  ("To Appreciate The Beauty..." 3pce set); ("Let It Snow..." 6pce set)

And am using a couple of Suzanne's electronic files available on Silhouette onLine store. Click images to purchase.
Scored, and folded my white cardstock to create my easel structure (7"w x 5"h). Cut another piece same size as front. Also cut a piece from a deep blue thin cardstock.
Typed the letters - S N O W, one letter at a time using the "Snowflake Monogram.otf" font from Suzanne. Overlapped the snowflakes to make sure everything was touching something else. Selected everything and increased the size to 6.7" x 2.26". Cut from white cardstock. Inked with Distress Picket Fence and embossed with Emerald Creek "Soft Fallen Snow" - love that texture... Adhered to the blue thin cardstock.

Stamped the "let It" using the Picket Fence and embossing with Ranger "White" embossing powder. Adhered the blue cardstock to the white and then onto the card front.

Selected one of the snowflakes from the "Let It Snow Flip card" electronic file and cut from white cardstock 3 times. Inked with the Picket Fence and embossed with the Fallen Snow. Adhered to card front. Added large mid toned blue rhinestones to each center. Also adhered mini of the blue rhinestones adding a dot of Glossy Accents to hold them in place.
On the floor: On another piece of blue cardstock and using my Tim's Stampin Platform, stamped the quote using Versafine "Blue Lagoon" and clear embossed. Offset my cardstock by about 1mm, both from the bottom edge and the left side edge and re-stamped using the Picket Fence and embossing with the White embossing powder. to the floor.

Stamped the snowflake borders with the Picket Fence and embossed with the Fallen Snow.

Drew the outline of the Snow word onto white cardstock. Cut with scissors, inked with the Picket Fence - masking off the rest of the cardstock, and embossed with the Fallen Snow. Scored the length, trimmed off the excess cardstock to about 1/2" and adhered to floor to act as my stopper.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Creepy Halloween Tag Treat Box!

Hello Crafty Friends!

Halloween is next you want to make some cute treat boxes for the ghouls, witches and pumpkins on your treat list?  Well, you have come to the right spot!  This sweet tag treat box is perfect for...err...sweets.  :)

I used the Halloween Tag Treat Box (design ID 149603) to cut orange, black and purple card stock.  (As an FYI, there is also a moon that part of the set but I wanted to make the front creepy with irregular gold stars.  That's right, I pulled out glitter for this project!  A girl needs her glitter.)

You can create the box using just one color for the base but I decided to mix and match.  
 And I did an offset cut for purple to create a layer on the front.  The tree and bats have metallic glitter (Stickles Gunsmoke) for more fun and extra creepy highlights.
Isn't the tree cool?  The limb shapes are so eerie!

Thanks for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed this fun to make Halloween Tag Treat Box.
Have a creepy, crafty day!
Kathy "Eyes of Newt" Jo

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Maple Leaf Flip Cards with Autumn Quotes

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a couple of autumn greeting cards.  I used the Maple Leaf Flip Card cutting file available in the Silhouette Design store here.  I cut the card base out of patterned paper that I found in my stash and then added some leaves cut out of metallic cardstock.  There's just something about a little bit of gold on a card that makes it extra special.

These cards were the perfect base for stamps from the Quietfire Design autumn collection, so I stamped with Versamark ink onto white cardstock and embossed with fine gold embossing power to match my shiny maple leaves.  The cards were quick and simple to make, but oh, so pretty sitting on my fireplace mantle.  

Here's the Quietfire Autumn Collection stamp set:

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful autumn!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Hanging Bat Popcorn Treat Box

Hi Y'all!
Robyn here going batty !
If you are into all things Halloweeny
 will be your happy place!
These treat boxes go together quicker than you can say
Eye of Newt!

On the Mat

All I added was a bit of silver washi tape behind the hanging bats eyes
and some  glimmer pen to the  upright bats.

Comments and Questions Welcomed!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Science Alchemy - Periodic Table Father, Lucky - Drop In For A Bite - Trick or Treat

Yogi here today and I had an urge to create this Halloween card. I had the word "Alchemy" floating around in my brain and it wouldn't go away...

I'm using one of the newest stamp sets from Quietfire Design ("Something Wicked 2018..." 6pce set)

And am using several of Suzanne's electronic files available on Silhouette onLine store. Click images to purchase.

Scored, and folded my white cardstock to create my side fold card (5"w x 7"h). Cut another piece from a deep purple and adhered to front.

Typed the letters - A L C E M using the "Science.otf" font from Suzanne at approx size of 90. Printed on white cardstock and cut into good sized squares.

Electronically cut the "H" and the "Y" using the Periodic table words "Father" and "Lucky" from Suzanne. Trimmed everything down to fit my card front. (A 1.5 x 2"h; L & C 1.25 x 2"h; H 1.75 x 2.75"h; E & M 1.75 x 2"h; Y 1.75 x 2.75"h)

Sponged all the letters with Distress "Carved Pumpkin" and then direct to paper around the edges.  Adhered all the letters to card front leaving a central space for my beaker.

Hand cut 3 triangles from white cardstock. The larger one 1.5"w x 4.5"H and the smaller one 1.5 x 1.5"h. The the inner triangle (representing the liquid) I cut a little narrower than the large beaker to simulate the glass wall. Sponged it with Distress "Twisted Citron" and "Dusty Concord". Ran all 3 triangles through my embossing machine with Carabelle Studio "Petites Roues" (something that will give a nice bubble effect to the glass). Assembled and adhered to front. Cut a narrow rectangle for the stir stick, rounded the edges and colored with the Concord.

Applied Quickie glue to the beakers in the font letters and sprinkled with a lime green and a purple glitter.

Stamped the "Trick or Treat" on white cardstock using Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossed. Die cut with Elizabeth Craft Designs "Stitched Circles" set. Sponged edges with the Concord.

Punched out some small 1/4" circles, added Quickie glue to the bubble circles and sprinkled with Stampendous "Crystal Snow" glitter. Used a white gel pen to add very small dots.

On the inside:

Sponged around edges with the Concord.

Electronically cut the words from white cardstock. The "Bite" word is 4.75" w. Colored while still on my mat with the Concord and the Pumpkin. Colored the drop of blood with a red marker. Adhered to inside. Added Glossy Accents to the drop of blood and Liquid Pearls "White Opal" to the teeth... then added some red Liquid Pearls to one edge of the tooth.

Stamped the bats with the black.

Final touch added red rhinestones to the "i's"


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Nesting Halloween Gift boxes- set of 3

Hi Y'all!
Robyn here with  3D Halloween Gift Boxes
both fun to make and to gift!
Suzanne has quite a Hallow's collection in the 

On the mat
The set  of three.
Use at least 60lb paper to get a nice firm box
and good strong adhesive.
Cat and Bat
The bat stands alone!
Comments and Questions Welcomed!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Arches Frame Card with Destiny Quote

Hello Connie Nichol here today with a simple card featuring the Quietfire Arches Frame Card electronic cutting file. 

The cut file can be downloaded in the Silhouette Store here.  It's a lovely cut file that can be used for the basis for many greeting cards.  Cut the components out of plain cardstock, patterned paper or both.  The central circle is perfect for adding a stamped quote to the card.  

I used teal and white cardstock and then dressed the card base up a little bit with a Quietfire Design stencil and some glitter paste.  Use some low tack tape to keep your stencil from moving during the application of the glitter paste.  It will dry quickly and adds such a nice touch to the card.

I stamped the Quietfire Design Destiny quote onto the smallest circle and adhered it to the card along with a bit of ribbon and a few paper flowers.  That's it for today - have a great week!