What is everybody's plans for the weekend? I am doing a major clothing purge, cleaning out everyone's closets and then either ebaying or giving away their outgrown clothes. The kids have all grown like weeds this summer and are in need of some new clothing for the new school year (just a little over 3 weeks until they head back to school!). I picked up a few things for Payton at JCrew and some jeans and things for the bigz at Gap but they still need a few things. Any suggestions for favorite stores for kids (especially big boys? My little guy is still so easy to shop for but my 10 year old...not so much. Hard to find clothes that both he and his mama like. :( ). I purged my closet this past week, too. It needed it...badly! My feet grew a half size after having Ethan 3 1/2 years ago yet I was still holding on to all my old shoes (I sort of like my shoes...ha!) but they are no more. I made room for new stuff. After all, I am sure that I will make my way to at least one shoe store when Chad and I head to NYC here in a few weeks! :)
Otherwise, I hope to get a little scrapbooking done for Two Peas + work on next week's Stampin' Fun Friday and also finish working out the specifics for the blog tutorials I hope to start next month. :) Fun!
I absolutely loved this new single message stamp from Stampin' Up. I stamped it on some white cardstock, distressed it with a Ranger blending tool and Vintage Photo Distress ink. I adhered it to this cute house die cut from Silhouette that I stamped with the Hero Arts Raindrop stamp. I finished up the card with some string, a die cut flower and a silver brad. I trimmed a kraft notecard to the same width as the house die cut and adhered the house to the notecard. So easy. This card took less than 10 minutes from start to finish. :)
I am currently in the process of working up a list of tutorial ideas that you all have requested.
Tutorials on the list so far:
Text overlay on photos
Using the Silhouette Pens
Sewing on layouts
Printing journaling on die cut designs
Creating your own shapes to cut with the Silhouette
I'm thinking that I will start a new schedule where I share a tutorial a couple of times a month. I'm still working out the details and working on the content. If you have anything specific you're wanting to see please drop me a note and I'll see what I can do. :)
When I saw this cute Gable Box die design for the Silhouette I knew it would make a darling treat box paired with some of the fun Print & Cut designs. I made just a couple as a sample but wouldn't these make darling Valentine's? They took absolutely no time to make either. I just cut them out, adhered a Print & Cut label to each, wrapped some silk ribbon around it, added some tiny punched hearts and adorned each with a gem. So easy!
The matching card was super quick to create, as well. I had already pre-printed and cut out the designs so I grabbed this one, rounded the corners and die cut a scallop square for it to fit on, then just die cut another scallop square for the back of the card, punched a small hole through each and tied them together with some string. Then I just adorned the design with a button and a few tiny gems.
Q:What kind of paper did you use. I'm thinking the bazzil cardstock might not be the way to go since it is textured, I'm not sure it will print properly. Is here some thing in particular you like and where do you get it?
One: when you print the images on cardstock they are more muted and not as vibrant because the ink is absorbed into the cardstock.
Two: I have been told that Presentation Paper will hold the ink colors and prints nicely but I wanted to use what I had on hand so I used photo paper. It's just a personal preference. :)
*I have tried the Print & Cut on cardstock and it does print and cut exactly like on the photo paper. I just like the vibrant color that photo paper provides.
I purchase all my Epson supplies at the Epson Online Store HERE.
Q:Do you have to buy the ink or it already comes with it?
A:You actually print the designs on your own printer first, then you load the printed sheet onto a cutting mat and cut the designs on the Silhouette. Sorry I wasn't very clear about that in the tutorial. :)
Q:Will this work on a mac? Do I need to download new stuff?
A:(this is from Kerri Bradford) "You can totally use the images for Mac, IF you use that parallel program that runs Windows on your Mac. With it setup that way, you can totally use the Robo Master software along with all it's wonderful image glory!"
I have an iMac and use it for everything...except my Silhouette. I still run it on my old PC laptop. I have considered trying out the Bootcamp program that comes on the Mac that makes it possible to run Windows on a mac but haven't taken the plunge yet. I will definitely post about it here when I do.
Q:I own the Silhouette but not the Sihouette SD, will the program look the same on it? I noticed you have different cutting mats, do I have to have the same ones to print and cut?
A:I own the original Silhouette, too. :) The images will work on both models.
A: You can use either style of cutting mat but I do think the newer style (clear mat) works better than the older style. That has been my experience, anyway.
Q:Do you use the Sillouette or the Sillouette SD? Which would you reccomend purchasing? Also, where do you purchase your downloads that you use?
A: I have the Original Silhouette. Because I don't take mine with me to scrap it works for me and I don't currently have plans to purchase the SD. However, I think if you like to take your supplies/tools with you to a crop or to scrap with a group of friends, the SD is a great choice because you can use it without a computer. HERE is more information on the SD model.
A: The downloads are all purchased through the software that comes with the Silhouette or Silhouette SD. HERE is more information on purchasing and downloading the die cut images.
Q:I was wondering after you download the print and cut designs they no longer have a 'p' by them how do you remember which ones are print and cut? Also do you always cut twice?
A:(This suggestion comes from Kerri Bradford and is also what I do to keep my P&C's separate from the rest of my designs). "I would suggest creating a folder of just Print & Cuts, select all the P&Cs that you've downloaded, and drag them into your new folder. Other than that, when you click and place it in your document, you'll immediately be able to tell which ones are P&Cs because they will be in color, whereas the regular diecut images will just be an outline."
You can create folders in your "My Library" in the Craft Robo software to make it easy to find designs.
I will try and do a tutorial on this next week for a step by step on how to organize your digital die cut designs. :)
A: I do almost always cut every design twice (unless it is really thin paper). The easiest way to do that is to import your design into your new document, resize it to your liking and then click "copy" and then "paste". It will layer the image one right on top of the other. Then just cut as you normally would and the machine will go over the design twice as it cuts. :)
Q:I was wondering, can you customize the print and cut images as far as color?
A:No, you can't. However, a little birdie told me that with the next release of designs there will be several choices in color for some of the P&C designs. :)
Additional information that you may find helpful:
If your computer crashes or you purchase a new one, click HERE for information on recovering your purchased digital die cut designs. (This is an AWESOME feature. I had to use it last year when my hard drive failed.)
(This comes from Erin Bassett) "Wanted to mention that to resize images in the RM software I right-click on the image & then click on "position settings"...I then put in the size I want it to be & usually tell it to hold the aspect ratio so the image doesn't get distorted."
Hope this information helps.
Please feel free to email me or leave any other questions in the comments section and I will do my best to answer them. :)
You may have seen this card on the Hero Arts Blog yesterday. I wanted to share it here as well. The design was inspired by THIS layout by Sheri Reguly. I just adore her work! Don't forget to check out Hero Arts new website and blog design. They are having loads of great giveaways this week as well!
(c) Hero Arts
I used the Wallpaper Background Design Block Stamp to create my own 'patterned paper' strips for my card. I stamped the background stamp on yellow, red and blue cardstock using Versamark ink, embossed each with white embossing powder and then cut the design apart into strips (I have lots of extra strips leftover to make more cards!). Then I cut each of the strips to 4" in length and adhered them along with the stamped message strip and an embossed (Cuttlebug) strip to the background before adding some zigzag machine stitching.
I cut a scrap piece of ledger paper, punched the spiral notches at the top and stamped the butterfly using the Soft Pool Shadow Ink from Hero Arts. I wanted the body to stand out so I used a fine tip black pen to add detail.
The button accents were created by layering buttons on top of the Hero Arts felt buttons and then adhering each to the layout. So easy but creates a nice effect.
I have been getting quite a few questions regarding my last post on using the Print & Cut feature on the Silhouette. I will be answering and addressing all of those in a blog post tomorrow (as well as answering those emails personally a bit later today).
Happy Thursday everyone. If you are a Silhouette owner and haven't seen the new digital download release today, be sure to check it out. Lots of great designs. Lots and lots of Print & Cut designs (you can distinguish the P&C by the little box with a "P" next to the design). So much fun!
Here is another layout I created using both a die cut and Print & Cut from the new release:
The P&C tabs add just the right amount of "pizazz" to a page. Such a small thing but oh so fun.
Be sure to check out the great P&C Tutorial over on the Quickutz Blog HERE for additional tips & tricks and inspiration.
I am simply sharing my process for using the P&C. Here goes:
First, open up a new document in your Craft Robo software. Make sure and choose 'Letter' for the page size and check the box to 'use registration marks'.
The 'use registration marks' setting will add these grid-like areas to your document. You will want to be sure to avoid inserting your P&C image in the shaded areas.
I always like to use a grid when die-cutting or using the P&C feature. You can resize your images easily. Go to Edit, then Grid Settings. Check the 'Show Grid' box and then adjust 'Grid Spacing'. I like to set it at 1" for easy measuring.
Time to add an image from 'My Library'. I am choosing the tab that I used on the above layout.
I have dropped the image into my document and it's really large. Much larger than I want for my layout.
I will just resize the image (I like to make most of the tabs about 1" in height, maybe a bit less). Then I will just make sure and place it within the red line of my document but not in the shaded areas.
When creating a Print & Cut image I find that it's easy to just print and cut a bunch of images at one time, on one sheet. I'm just inserting a monogram and additional tabs and resizing them to fit within the document.
Here's what the document looks like once I've filled it with Print & Cut images:
Now I'm ready almost ready to print the images. I like to use the same photo paper that I use to print my photos (Epson Premium Luster Paper) so I need to change the 'Output Settings'.
Once you've chosen the print settings for the type of paper you're using it's time to print. Here's what the sheet looks like after it's gone through the printer.
You can see the black registration marks in the corners. That's what the Silhouette will "read" to perfectly cut the images. Load the paper on the cutting mat following the directions printed right on the sheet.
To cut the photo paper I don't do anything different than when I cut cardstock. I keep the 'Index 90' setting and cut the images TWICE. Make sure the 'search registration marks' box is checked and follow the regular steps for cutting.
And here's what the images look like all cut out. :)
Because I already have a stash of these sweet little tabs (and monograms) I thought I would share the ones I made for this how-to. :) If you would like these please just leave a comment here on this post by Sunday evening 11:59 p.m. CST and I will announce a winner Monday morning, July 20th (which just happens to be my husband and I's 13th wedding anniversary). :) I might even make a few additional Print & Cut's to send your way, I love to share!
Sorry I have been a bit MIA this week. I have too many things going at one time and can't seem to catch up! The good news is that I have lots to share with you the rest of this week with lots of new projects. :)
Today the Mid-Month Garden went up at Two Peas. I just loved this month's theme: Fashion Inspired.
I saw this dress at Gap Kids and loved the color combination:
It inspired the following layout of my daughter:
(c) Two Peas In A Bucket
As always, I used lots of die cutting here, combining my Silhouette with Cricut images and Quickutz' regular die images. The extra large label (die cut from the Narratives paper) was die cut using an awesome new Project Cut kit designed by Jen Allyson for Two Peas. You can check it out HERE. You can cut these images on a variety of different digital die cutting machines. I used my Silhouette and it cut perfectly!
I can't seem to get enough gray lately. I love combining gray with everything. :) And right along the same lines as gray, I can't get enough of this Metallic Silver Paper from Making Memories. I bought a bunch of it to have on hand. I love how it cuts on the Silhouette (as well as other die cutting machines) and you will see as I share upcoming projects that I have used every little bit of it!
Also new for July's Mid Month Garden is a Summer Seasonal Layout:
(c) Two Peas In A Bucket
Again, I used lots of the Metallic Silver Paper from Making Memories. I love the look. :)
The surfboards were die cut using the Graphically Speaking Cartridge for the Cricut using MM Just Chillin' Patterned Papers and the Metallic Silver Paper and then layered. The flower and flourish on the one surfboard were die cut using the Silhouette. I also die cut the silver border and flourishes using the Silhouette.
Yesterday I shared a layout and card featuring new Silhouette Print & Cut designs that will be available this coming Thursday (July 16th). Here's another layout showing a couple of the tabs and another monogram in use. :)
On the left side of the layout I added one of the P&C tabs into the background design by placing it right above the die cut square of the boy and girl. On the right side I added a P&C tab above my photo and placed the P&C monogram next to the photo. I added a date sticker and a punched heart to dress up the monogram a bit. :)
When designing this page I already had a bunch of tabs cut so I that I could just pick and choose. In fact, that's my tip for this post (regarding the P&C feature and designs for the Silhouette): resize a bunch of the P&C designs in your Craft Robo software, print them out and then cut them out and you have a bunch of great accents ready for use on your next project.
I absolutely love that circle background. Perfect framing for adding little embellishments, stamping, etc.
The nested squares made the perfect frame for my die cut boy and girl. I just ungrouped the image and deleted any of the lines/squares I didn't need. I cut the frame first and then deleted the inner line and cut it twice more: once from the white background and once from the acetate for the background.
I'll have more shares this coming week plus a tutorial on using the print and cut. Check back on Thursday for more fun!
Well, it's getting late and I better head to bed. I'm a single mama this weekend while daddy is out of town. Lots to do tomorrow. :)
I am really so, so honored to be able to play with Hero Arts stamps and do projects for them from time to time. They are an absolutely amazing company. So nice to work with. Incredible stamps that are made in the USA. They are a green company and hands down some of the nicest people I have ever had the honor of getting to know. :)
Next week they are launching a new look on their website & blog and are having a week-long celebration! The celebration starts Monday and the new look will be unveiled on Wednesday!
...Silhouette Sneak Peek...
I always look forward to the new Silhouette release every two weeks but I am more excited than usual for this coming week's Silhouette release. Why you ask? What makes this release different from all the others?
That's right! Fabulous new designs that you print out using your computer and then cut on your Silhouette. It's SO easy and SO fun! I had a blast putting together samples using the Print & Cut designs (as well as the regular die cut designs). :)
I have to admit, I was so intimidated by this feature. I had tried it twice before with no luck but once I saw these new designs I was determined to figure it out. I'll share my tips on what worked for me after the samples.
First, here's a layout utilizing a new monogram Print & Cut and also a tab.
Kerri Bradford shared great tips and a tutorial over on the Quickutz Blog. Check it out HERE.
Tips on using Print & Cut:
The Print & Cut designs I'm sharing here will be available for download just like the regular die cut designs. That means you can pick and choose which designs you want to buy (no buying an entire CD or anything like that), however, the designs are so fabulous you will probably want them all! :)
Make sure and read through the tutorial HERE on how to use Print & Cut. It's pretty straight forward. I'm also going to attempt a tutorial here next week with screen shots (probably on Thursday when the new designs are released).
I used Epson Luster Photo Paper to print out all the examples I am sharing on my blog. I found that the colors "bled" too much on regular cardstock. The colors are so rich and vibrant printed on photo paper. Love that! Kerri also suggests Presentation Paper as a great medium for printing on.
If your Silhouette has trouble reading the registration marks for Print & Cut, try darkening the room (shutting the blinds, turning the lights off or even covering the lid of the Silhouette with a dark sheet of paper) and make sure and close the cover for cutting (I never shut it for regular cutting but it really does help for Print & Cut).
The biggest thing that helped me....use anew style cutting mat. Seriously. I was having the worst time with getting my machine (I have the original Silhouette) to recognize the registration marks until I tried new style cutting mat. I don't like change much and have been using my stash of old style cutting mats but no more! My machine has cut the designs every single time now. No more sitting here for 2 1/2 hours in frustration wondering why it won't cut! (Yes, I really did that and I was majorly ticked off! ha!)
That's it for tonight. My tummy isn't feeling so good so I think I'll head to bed early and get a good night's rest. :)
I'll be back tomorrow for more Print & Cut Sneak Peek Shares...have a great night!