Monday, September 29, 2014

It's Z Kid's Birthday

Hi all!  Are you lovin' the cooler weather or wishing for a return to summer?  We may all get our wish as once this stormy session passes we are supposed to return to warmer temps --- maybe almost 90 degress!  Wow.  Weather anymore is just too weird. 

Today I wanted to show you the birthday card I made for my grandson's 10th birthday.  He is such a sweet guy and loves his flag football, so I went with a football theme.  Sort of.

I thought it might be fun to add some hinges to this card to give a bit more interest, and I also ran the football die cut through my Grand Calibur using Fiskar's "leather" embossing plate to give some texture there as well. I used Liquid Pearls by Ranger to simulate the nail heads on the hinges and inked the edges of the balloons and the hinges with Color Box Cat's Eye inks. Adding just a bit of glitter (too much and my boy would protest!) to the sentiment with dark blue Stickles and stardust Stickles for the highlight on the balloons gave the card a bit of sparkle. You cannot see it in the photo, but some Liquid Glass by CTMH was used on the balloons to give them a shiny look.  When he opened the card at a local pizzeria one of the guests said "It's a Z card!" I knew it was a hit. 
Thanks for stopping by More Paper Kisses and Inky Wishes. Have a great week.  Hugs, Shawna
Silhouette Files:  Letter Z card base, football and helmet file, Happy Birthday Balloons, Hinge set
Paper:  Retro stack and bits and pieces from my leftover paper drawer :)  


Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy Fall!

Previously posted on the old Paper Kisses and Inky Wishes Blog.

Today I want to show you my first attempt at cutting a stencil with the Silhouette to use with fabric paints. There are products out there you can buy for this purpose but I got a fabulous tip from Kelly over on the Silhouette Plus forum about using ordinary freezer paper to cut the patterns. You select your design, load the freezer paper into the machine using the cutting mat and cut away! Next, place your cut template onto your chosen article and using a medium hot iron, fuse it (shiny down!!) to your shirt or whatever you are using. Fusing sounds permanent but I assure you it is not. It does, however, have enough of a bond to prevent the fabric paint from working its way under the stencil as you use your sponge or brush to apply the color. I did have a couple of spots lift but that was operator error because I moved the sweatshirt I was working on one too many times before I got down to business with the paints. Please keep in mind this is my first fabric paint project and while there are a couple of things I would do differently if I could do it over, all in all I am happy with the results.
I love that little tree. Hope you do, too, because it will be making another appearance in the next installment of Silhouette Sunday. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hugs, Shawna

Sunday, September 7, 2014

60 Years!

That's how long my sister Edie and her husband, Linas, have been married!!!  Wow!  Let's go for 15 more and make it 75 :)  

My nieces gave them a very nice "open house" type party with a lovely BBQ in their back yard on Saturday.  Wonderful to see so many family and friends, and I am thankful their backyard is nice and shaded as it was hotter than blue blazes. 

Do you enter your creations in any of the challenges that are going on?   This card will be entered into The Cutting Edge Challenge that is running now until  September 11th.  Jackie gives two weeks to enter.  That makes it so nice for those who are beyond busy, and that would include almost every one of us!!! Of course one week is all but gone, but you still have time to play. Check out her blog and the wonderful inspiration her design team has created. You can find it here: 
And here's the inspiration design for this challenge.  Interpret and create accordingly.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Have a great week!  Hugs, Shawna

DCWV paper and cardstock from the Lemon Flower, Luxury, and Autumn Melody Stacks
Cut Files and Dies:  Silhouette Cut Files Bride and Groom Shilhouette, 12 x 12 background resized, 
and double rings designed by me.  Rolled rose cut file by Penny Duncan ,Spellbinders Snowflake Frame Frameability
Tools:  Silhouette Cameo, Martha Stewart & EK leaf punches, Martha Stewart scoring board
Adhesives:  Xyron Mega tape runner, Tombo liquid glue