Monday, February 4, 2013

Spring Card

Is it spring yet?  It did rain for a bit today, but the temps are back in the upper 70's.  Houston does not have much of a spring, just hot and hotter.  The rain put me in a spring-frame of mind so I grabbed a cartridge that I've never used and tried to challenge myself.  The vase was from the Art Nouveau cartridge that I thought was just so pretty.  I grabbed some paper from my stash, a Cuttlebug folder, some Stickles and a bottle of Liquid Pearls and this is the end result.  I think the sentiment tag is a bit too big, so I may make it smaller on the next card.  The vase is popped up to give it some dimension. 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Silhouette, LOVIN IT!!!!

I was so frustrated with ProvoCraft that I decided to buy a Silhouette Cameo machine.  I played around with it for a while and thought it best to find an online class on how to use it.  I was referred by someone to Jessica Sprague's website for different Silhouette courses.  I bought every course available and have learned so much!!  Kerri Bradford is an amazing teacher!!  I watch the video on my old laptop computer and have my other computer hooked up to my Silhouette so I can follow along with the video.  One of the video's covers importing digital papers into your designs.  LOVE THAT!!!  I wanted to see if it was possible to fill a card design with a pattern paper I had saved a while ago.  I opened the Baby Bottle Card I bought from the Silhouette store and filled the base with purple, the top layer with the Mardi Gras paper and the top part with a gold color.  I haven't been this excited in a long time!!  The possibilities are totally endless!!  I have no idea what I'm going to do with the card, but it was a fun start.

Another video class touched on designing an 8.5x11" page in the Silhouette Designer Edition program.  I followed Kerri's directions, step-by-step and this is how my page turned out.  It needs a bit more work, but I don't think it's bad for a first try.

Treat cup card

Stampin Up had their heart-shaped treat cups on sale, so I bought a whole bunch.  Of course, I had to order the heart punch and stamp set that went with them.  I put away my new Silhouette machine and cracked out my Gypsy and Expression for this project.  I am so happy with this card, I made them for my 4 nieces.   I'm not sure which one I like better.  The OCD in me likes the all red one, but the candy hearts are a staple of Valentine's Day.