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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Happy Easter!

Images: Stampin Up "Everybunny"
Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz "Chicken Wire"
All the windows are open, and the sun is pouring in. What a beautiful sunny Easter! I can definitely feel summer in the air.

My design space is freshly organized, so I had a lot of fun creating today. I decided to play with some Easter images I recently acquired. The more I use the Studio design software and Silhouette Cameo the more I love them. I had so much fun creating these Easter cards!

Print-and-cut take two: I created both cards using the same digital images. The image for the first card is set against a warm yellow backing. I added texture with the Chicken Wire embossing folder by Tim Holtz (Sizzix Alterations).

Images: Stampin Up "Everybunny"
Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz "Chicken Wire"

The second card is a little busier...

I stained the card with Tim Holtz's "peeled paint" Distress Stain. I used the same embossing folder for texture (Sizzix Alterations "Chicken Wire" by Tim Holtz), but for this card I added some colour to the texture. Digital image is set against the same warm yellow.

I love how perfectly the digital images cut out with this program. Beautiful!

Saturday, 30 March 2013

A Note of Thanks

This is my first ever print-and-cut project. I created a digital print image with a cut shape surrounding it using my Studio design program. The Studio program sends the file to the printer first, where it prints the image as well as three registration marks. When the image completed printing, I placed the page on my mat.

Square (top right) and upside-down L (top left)
are two of the registration marks. The third is
out of sight on the bottom left-hand side of the page.
Aligned and ready to begin cutting

The Silhouette Cameo reads the registration marks on my page, and lines up the cut file from the Studio program with the printed image on the page. I followed the same process in order to create a second image for the card front. In the end I wound up with a beautiful Thank-you card with perfectly aligned print-and-cut images.


Tea Time

Two for tea and tea for two...

In my opinion, there is nothing better than sharing a cup of tea with a close friend. For some reason, tea always tastes better when it's sipped from a pretty teacup, and fine china always makes me think of family.

I designed this pop-up card with my Studio design program using a teacup cutting file I had on hand; I cut the file with my most-loved Silhouette Cameo.This design and colour combination was inspired by my favourite black tea with cream (and yes, I said cream, not milk).

For Grandma and Taunte Marie

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Slider Card

Mostly closed - Slider piece is mostly hidden
Okay, so I was watching this tutorial today, and I got inspired to create my own template. Apparently I just can't stop today! It took a few tries to get the measurements exactly right, but I finally got it to work.

Completely open - Slider piece is mostly visible

Use your screen capture tool to save the images (seen below) to your computer. Once you have the images saved, use your design program of choice to convert the images into usable files.

If you follow the measurement guides shown on the pictures you should be able to cut both files from one sheet of 8.5 x 11 cardstock. Your completed card will be just a hair smaller than the standard A2 (4.25" x 5.5") card, and it will fit in any standard envelope.

Slider Card - 1 of 2

Slider Card - 2 of 2

You will find assembly instructions in the following You Tube video: . Enjoy!

Who's Ready for an Adventure?!

Tardis Card
Hop aboard the Tardis, and hang on for dear life! This entry is for all my marvellous geek friends and family. Without you my life would be rather dull.

I designed this card entirely from scratch. Each colour is its own layer, and is cut out separately. The only layer I could not cut out is the sign on the door (the letters were too small and tore), so I configured a print-and-cut file for the sign. The card is merely six inches tall, and it was more than a little complicated to assemble! The next time I cut this file I will make a larger card, for sure.

I have uploaded all the individual files as .png files below. Please feel free to recreate this card!

Card Front - 1 of 9
Frame - 3 of 9

Card Template - 2 of 9
Sign (print and cut edge) - 4 of 9

Grill for Light - 6 of 9

Light - 5 of 9

Windows - 9 of 9

Police Box Sign Backing - 7 of 9
Police Box Sign - 8 of 9


While these pics might not look that exciting to some, these diffusers (designed by yours truly) open up a world of possibilities with my embossing folders. I designed them with my Studio program, and I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut four identical layers of each image out of cereal box cardboard. I glued all four layers and viola, diffusers!

I placed my tools in the following order, bottom to top: A plate, B plate, embossing folder with cardstock inside, and finally on top, the card-sized diffuser. When I ran it through my Cuttlebug I ended up with the embossed design all around the outer edge, and a nice smooth oval in the middle. Please note that I did not use my second B plate on top of the embossing folder the way I would normally have done. The diffuser replaces the top B plate when using this method.

Large Oval diffuser used here with Chicken Wire and Bubbles Embossing folders.

To complete this melded design, I ran my cardstock through one more time. This time I used the large oval cut-out that matches the card-sized diffuser with which I started. I placed my tools in the following order from bottom to top: A plate, B plate, embossing folder (new design) with cardstock inside, and I carefully placed the large oval cut-out on top. I matched the oval placement with the smooth oval space I had remaining on my cardstock the first time I ran it through. See the end result above - gorgeous!

Friday, 22 March 2013

Thunder and Lightening

These cards are late appearing here... I have been busy with work and life in general. I made these four while visiting my friend Heidi last week. While we were crafting, a brief thunderstorm dropped in. The raw energy of the thunder and lightning was exhilarating. As a prairie child, I have experienced my share of storms. On the west coast, this light and sound show is a rare treat.


Saturday, 16 March 2013

Kai Isaac Pomeroy

The Key to a Mother's Heart

Welcome, Baby Kai! My dear friend Jody and her husband Adam had a beautiful baby boy on February 12th. It was so difficult for me to choose what to create for them. I have so many cute baby creations in my repertoire! I finally settled on a card, letter boxes, and a clock showing the time of birth.

I packed everything up and headed out to Castlegar for the baby shower. The shower wasn't a surprise, but my appearance on scene was, and Jody definitely gave a satisfactory reaction. Baby Kay was beautiful, and so peaceful! We all took our turn holding the little guy. Kai Isaac Pomeroy, you are loved.
Letter Boxes

Welcome Baby Kai!