Sunday, June 29, 2014

Silhouette Sunday Revisited

Hi there! Welcome to another Silhouette Sunday.   This post is from the former Paper Kisses and Inky Wishes blog.  The Silhouette Store gives away a free file each week and a few weeks ago it was a nice cut file for making 3-D roses. The Silhouette Plus Forum (a site for Cameo and SD digital cutter owners to chat and problem-solve) holds a weekly challenge encouraging the members to make something with the free file. I made my roses but wasn't sure what I was going to do with them until today.
I cut several of the patterns and then worked the paper over good with the McGill flower tool set (they are double-ended tools with a metal ball on each end and come in several sizes) to soften the paper which makes the petals easier to shape. I also used a little spritz of water. Once the paper was good and soft I crumpled them all up in my hand and then ran an orange ink pad over the paper. The crumpled paper caught the ink at all the high points and gave the roses some nice depth. Once the ink had dried, starting in the center, I rolled the rose around a pair of long-nosed tweezers (you can also use a pencil) to give the rose a loose curled shape, making it easier to do the gluing. Gluing is the next step and all you do is put glue on a small section, begin rolling, add more glue, roll some more and continue in this manner until you have the paper rolled up and resembling a rose. Notice that the center of each flower is much tighter and then "blooms" as you shape the flower. Let dry and then bend and shape the petals to your liking. It's amazing how the same pattern used by different crafters makes each rose different and one of a kind. Please keep in mind that you can cut the rose pattern with scissors, too, you don't have to have a digital cutter. These are fun and rewarding to make and I like to work on these while watching TV in the evenings. Here's the roses before I made the actual card.....
I knew I wanted to have them clustered on one side and that I wanted to use the cut out shown in black, and it all finally came together in this card..................

It's hard to read in this photo, but it says "Happy Birthday Dear Friend" and I used a sketch pen in my Cameo with the Black Rose font. It's also hard to see on the finished card, but I ran the black frame that is around the sentiment through my Wizard using the Swiss Dots embossing folder.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Shawna

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Hello!  Is everyone enjoying their summer?  It's still really, really, really dry here in northern California, but oh how nice to have warm summer days!  It will all go by too fast I'm sure.

Today I wanted to share a scrapbook page I did for the DCWV  June Scrapaholic Challenge.  I rarely do any one-photo pages  as my scrapbooks are more a chronological photo story of my grandkids' lives rather than art projects, but I only have this one photo of Fletcher on his scooter, so it worked out perfectly for the sketch we were required to follow.  And, you will notice this is a rather 'plain' page........I rarely go overboard with the embellishments and such on my scrapbook pages, as I have always felt that the photo should be the highlight of the page(s,) not all the pretties attached.  Just a personal preference. 

Supplies Used:

  • DCWV Fresh Floral Stack for the page base
  • DCWV Denim Stack for the large mat
  • Woven jute from Really Reasonable Ribbon
  • Antique button from my Aunt Grace's button box
  • Baker's twine
  • Silhouette cut file by Lori Whitlock 8.5 x 11 Background Shape, re-sized and cut in half
  • Font "MV Boli"
  • Leaf accent from my stash --- unknown vendor
  • Viva Pearl Pen
  • Gelly Roll pen for the small amount of journaling
Thanks for stopping by More Paper Kisses and Inky Wishes!  Hugs, Shawna

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Fun Revisited

WELCOME SUMMER!!!!!  It's offical!!  In the on-going effort of salvaging what I can from the old blog, here is a card I created last year to celebrate summer and all that comes with this season. 

This card was made entirely with cut files from the Silhouette Store.  I love my Cameo die cutting machine as much now as I did when I bought it.  It can cut such tiny pieces; absolutely amazing.  When I made this card I had visions of using the same files, but sizing them a bit larger and using them on a scrapbook page.  Now, if Emma will just cooperate and give me the opportunity to photograph her having some summer fun we will be in business!

Thank you for stopping by More Paper Kisses and Inky Wishes.  Go have some summer fun!!  Hugs, Shawna

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sneaking Around

Before I get started on today's post, I would like to say that I discovered that what I thought was the email portion of  the choices given for following More Paper Kisses and Inky Wishes was something else, so if you wanted to following along by email notification I have fixed that error.  Please try again.

Trying to come up with a card idea for my oldest grandson's 15th birthday was made so much easier by browsing the Silhouette Store.  As many of you know, masculine cards are a challenge for me, but I can always count on Silhouette to help me out :). I wanted something fun yet quick to put together, and I found just the right cut file in the Silhouette Store called, who would have guessed, SNEAKER.  :)   In just a few easy steps and with just a couple of little extras, this card was ready to send.
  1. Choose the paper.     
  2. I duplicated the file in my Silhouette Designer Edition software, flipped one of the duplicates horizontally, then welded them together at the heel to make the card base (an easy technique to turn almost any cut file into a card).
  3. I cut one extra single shoe outline file, in white,  to add to the inside.  I cut the toe and sole piece as well as the laces and large and small circles out of white also.  The star and decorative line on the sole were cut from black. 
  4. I ran the toe/sole and the shoe lace pieces through my Grand Caliber with a Fiskars texture plate to give a bit of texture.   It's amazing what this does for the aesthetics of a paper creation.  Too bad it doesn't show up better in the photo!
  5. The individual pieces were then adhered to the card base.
  6. I stamped my chosen sentiment for the outside, used a CTMHs 'Happy Birthday' stamp for the inside sentiment, signed it, added cash, and it was ready to give. 

P.S.  He was thrilled with the card.  Said it looked just like his real tennies (referring to the circle and star feature).  That was just a piece of blind luck! 

Thank you for stopping by!  Hugs, Shawna

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


This Grinning Pug has the biggest smile on his face because he is the star of this birthday card that will, hopefully, get a good laugh.  He is the Squigglefly digital version of the Doggie Dentures mutt in that well known television commercial.  The image is colored with Copic markers.

I used a sheet from the DCWV Cotton Bloom stack for the card base.  This is not a new stack but I love it.  The colors are wonderful!  For the designer paper strip I used a sheet from the 6 x6 paper pad, also from DCWV, called Fashion District Quartier De La Mode.  I used the square Nestabilites dies from Spellbinders to emboss around the image then I tore along the outside embossed line for a distressed look.  The sentiment, both outside and inside, are from a clear stamp set from CTMH.  I used Liquid Glass, also from CTMH, on the eyes and toothy grin of this doggy dude to give a little extra something to his cute face.  I have had that Liquid Glass for years and it's still as good as the day I bought it.  Love this stuff!!! 

Once I had all the elements cut, colored, or applied all that was left to do was put it all together.  Quick and easy!  I may just have to enter this into the OutLawz CAS challenge

 The inside sentiment......
 This was taken with the Ott light on my work table turned on.  Gives this poor puppy a demon look, but it shows off the Glass Effects nicely!  Looks like a dog in the headlights, doesn't it?