Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thanksgiving and Thank You's Revisited

PLEASE NOTE:  This post was taken from my former Paper Kisses and Inky Wishes blog.  I am able to get to them, one page at a time.  And although it will only display one page at a time it will allow me to do a search.  Slow going wading through 365 posts looking for the good stuff!

Is everyone recovering from the big feast? I had a fabulous time with friends on Thursday and again on Friday to help clean up the leftovers and then we gathered for a game of Mexican Train which was more fun than watching a raccoon eat spaghetti.  I think I am still on a sugar high from all the salads---you know, those sweet salads most of the estrogen group is so fond of.  I celebrated with my family a week ago today so I ended up with two Thanksgiving celebrations.  How blessed is that!
I wanted to post one more Fall project before everyone gets too involved in Christmas--- I am still in denial that it is less than a month away, but it's true.  It must be true.  I am beginning to have Jingle Bells playing over and over in my mind.........
Today's Silhouette Sunday project is a set of thank you cards.  Truth of the matter is, I have already used all but two of these to send to some very sweet people who were on my list and are deserving of so much more than a measly thank you card. THANK YOU sweet people!

This set was done entirely with files cut with the Silhouette Cameo.  I added "Thank You" stamped on the leaves and then used a black Copic marker to give a little definition to the edges.  I LOVE lattice and the beaded-edged lattice file was a cinch to cut in multiples as was the pumpkin with those lovely swirls and leaves.  I added a bit of sparkle to the stem with some green Stickles.  I am fascinated with this digital cutting machine and the intricate things it can cut ---- fascinated now that I am not having problems with
 it :-).  Actually the love affair started with the Silhouette SD and having the larger platform just makes it sweeter.  They do have blade design issues but being the company with the best customer support around, they are working on it.
Thanks for stopping by.  You might want to check out the Two Dogs blog tomorrow.  I have a post coming up on freezing eggs.  Hugs, Shawna

Sunday, November 10, 2013

"E" For Extraordinary

Welcome to another edition of Silhouette Sunday.  (This is a repost from Paper Kisses and Inky Wishes).
Today I wanted to share with you a card I made for my "E"xtraordinary granddaughter whose birthday was one of the three this month.  I picked a chunky font, enlarged it to card size, duplicated it, flipped it, and then welded it.  Presto-chango, an alphabet card.  Easy peasy with the Cameo!  If you have a Silhouette Cameo, SD, or Craft Robo and need any kind of assistance please come join the Silhouette Plus forum HERE.  Tons of information and a wealth of generous, friendly people to help out.  We also have card challenges, 3d challenges, and a scrapbook challenge.  Come join the fun!

I made this box from a cut file by Lori Whitlock (3d bookplate box)  that I purchased from the Silhouette Store to put Emma's card in.  I wanted something she could use for other things later on so I chose this bright, happy cardstock and purposely made it different from the card.  Lori made the little tab holder on the front so the label actually comes out which I thought was so neat.  I reinforced the box from the inside with a few pieces of chip board covered with white cardstock and this cutie is actually quite sturdy.
Thanks for stopping by today!  Enjoy your holiday weekend.  Hugs, Shawna

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Three Little Buttons

PLEASE NOTE:  This post is from last year and the Squigglefly challenge mentioned is not taking place.  But do go to their site for the CURRENT challenge.

on this card reminded me of a tip I want to share with you, but first things first.  Today's card is one I made for this week's challenge at Squigglefly to make a monochromatic card, and since I am making cards this week for Card Care Connections (see [and press] the badge on the right hand side of the screen to get to their site) I chose the sentiment from Squigglefly "Thinking of You" and made one for my stash and two for CCC using shades of brown; perfect for the male cancer patient who may need a bit of cheering up.  That's what Card Care Connections is all about ------ helping someone facing a battle with cancer to have a bright spot in their day.  If you haven't checked out CCC's site, I encourage you to do so. So on to today's TIP:  How to evenly space a set of three elements without doing any measuring.
My example will be my Squigglefly challenge card with the three buttons along the bottom.  The trick to doing this without measuring is to decide how much space you want your elements, in this case the buttons, to take up on your card.  In this example I decided to put the buttons on the lower right-hand side of my card and wanted them to take up about 1 3/4 inches total.  Mind you, I did not measure this until AFTER I placed the buttons and did it only to find out exactly how much space I used. You don't measure at all, you just eyeball the distance and work with what looks good to you.  Once you have decided where and how much space you want to use glue down your element, in this case the first button, on the right-hand side.  Next glue down the button that goes on the left-hand side of the space you want to use. The third button (or other element) goes in the center between the two already placed buttons.  Just eyeball it ---- you will get it just about perfect every time.  If you want the elements to be on the left side, place the first element  there and work towards to right.  This also works if you were going to use, say, five elements.  You  would still place your elements on the right and left side, then one in the center, then the other two between the left/right element and the middle element.  
Here's the card with the the right and left buttons glued down where I wanted them to be. Below is the card after I placed the middle button.

And here's the finished card.  Thank you for stopping by (More) Paper Kisses and Inky Wishes. And thank you for bearing with me while I recreate my blog.   Have a wonderful day!  Hugs, Shawna