Sunday, December 8, 2013
Have you seen these cute cups in the Silhouette online store? Designer Samantha Walker has recently put out quite a variety of these cups. Just type "cup" in the search feature of the online store and you should be able to see them.
I must confess that I am one of those crafters who cannot seem to keep my workspace(s) clean. I have a craft room, but my computer and CAMEO sit at a large desk in my bedroom, so most of my go-to tools migrate to sit right next to my CAMEO. Then they get buried.
When I saw these cups I quickly bought a cute one, then cut and assembled this cup in just a few minutes. The default size is fairly large, so I might make the next one a little smaller. (This one was cut at the default size and stands just shy of 5" tall and 3.75" across at the top opening.) I tossed some grain in the bottom to give it some weight and stability, and now I've got this pretty but functional tool cup sitting next to my CAMEO. And I know where all my favorite tools are!
Any kind of organization that's easy, quick, and inexpensive is great for me. "Pretty" is another winner.
I hope you're having a nice December. It's quickly rushing by for me, but I'm on track to get my Christmas cards out this week. I'll show you my neighbor gifts soon.
Silhouette shape: Cup: Doily Daisy Edge by Samantha Walker
Thursday, December 5, 2013
It's fun to have crafty skills to help others with their projects. My brother-in-law Jeremy Telford (a.k.a. The Balloon Guy) is playing the conductor during a "Polar Express" neighborhood Christmas party. He asked if I could make him a decal for a conductor hat, made to look like the hat in the movie "The Polar Express."
Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette printable gold foil to the rescue! I used the screen shot he provided from the movie and used the Silhouette drawing tools, offsets, welding, text-to-path, point editing, knife, and some other modifying tools to create this design.
Kimber Hodson took these pictures. (She's a much better photographer anyway.) Family group effort. ;)
If for some crazy reason you need the Silhouette Studio file (or even an SVG version) of a "Polar Express" conductor's hat label, just send me an email and I'd be happy to share it with you.
Monday, December 2, 2013
I was so excited when I found out I could decorate a Silhouette Advent Calendar for a design team project! You can see all of the Silhouette America design team's advent calendars on the Silhouette Blog. It was hard to narrow down what I wanted to do with it, but in the end 3D boxes won. (Surprise, surprise.)
Do you know what I love more than cute boxes? Cute clear boxes! I decided to revisit the acetate sheets I've used before--they are just binding presentation covers and cut really well with my CAMEO (speed 3, thickness 33, blade 3).
A box on the Silhouette online store that works really well for both plastic and paper and fits the advent calendar nicely is the 3d scalloped flap favor box by Lori Whitlock. These are especially nice for the clear boxes because they only take one strip of glue and the rest is all tucking. I resized it to 7.5" wide for a perfect fit here, which means you can cut two boxes per letter-size page.
My kids were pretty excited to see the luscious chocolates sitting in these boxes. Oh, the anticipation! They'll alternate five days of chocolates, then five days of activities hidden in the solid-colored boxes. My kids agreed that was a fun way to go...keep them guessing. For the activities, I printed out a strip with the day's activity, rolled it up, and tossed it inside with some dry popcorn to give the box a little weight.
The numbers are from a few different fonts (see a list at the end of the post), cut from Silhouette silver printable foil. I love this stuff! I chose silver to go with the wires and clasps in the frame. Nothing like a little shine for Christmas decorations! I cut out all the numbers/words from a single sheet, then cut it apart and weeded it like vinyl. It's a little different because it's so much stiffer than vinyl, but it still worked great. I used a little transfer tape to apply it to my boxes.
One other fun thing the family has to look forward to by seeing into the clear boxes: The very last box has a $5 bill inside for each member of the family. In my house that's still a lot of money for the kids to look forward to! They've been checking my progress as I've made the countdown and my 5th grader was the first to notice the money.
I had a lot of fun making this advent calendar. These boxes will also fold flat for storage if I want to keep them for next year, but I'll be using this advent calendar for other seasons throughout the year. (Have you checked it out on Pinterest?)
I hope you have a very merry holiday season!
Silhouette Shape: 3d scalloped flap favor box (resized to 7.5" wide)
Fonts: Rockwell, LD Woodland, LHF Cosmic Cursive, LD Little Piggy, Richard Murray
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
It's that time of year where DIY-ers are looking for Christmas decorating ideas, neighbor and teacher gifts, cards, and advent calendars. I've been around long enough to make a few of those in the past, so here are links to some of my past Christmas projects you may want to use for inspiration. Click on the photo to go to the blog post.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
My daughter had a rough day last week and I knew a notebook would cheer her up, so we made this together. I bought a lot of blank Hobby Lobby notebooks on clearance this past summer and made a Silhouette cutting file to match, ready to decorate any cover in a jiffy.
My daughter was able to choose the paper for the front and back covers, choose the font for the "My Diary" title, and choose the butterfly shape for extra decoration. Then she helped me Mod Podge the paper onto the blank cover. I cut out the butterfly and title with Silhouette double-sided adhesive and placed it on the cover, then she was able to pour the silver glitter on by herself.
She's been carrying around her personalized diary ever since so she can write and draw to her heart's content. If only it was this easy to cure everyone's disappointment!
Font: CAC Shishoni Brush
Silhouette Shape: Butterfly #20364