Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Using Samantha's Silhouette Shapes to Make Stencils

Have you ever tried Silhouette's new Stencil Material?  If not, you are in for a treat! Today, I want to show you how easy it is to use with Samantha's Silhouette Shapes to create your own stencils from Silhouette Shapes!.

Open up our Silhouette Software and select your shape.  I chose Samantha's Fancy Frame.  

Next, I made my shape larger to fit my whole page.  You can either click on the image and drag the corners until you reach your desired size or use the Scale Window and change the dimensions there.  

Now, cut the amount of Stencil Material you want to use.  I chose 12 x 12 because of the shape I picked.  Next, I laid it down on my cutting mat with the glossy side up, paper side down and loaded it into my Cameo.

I then selected the cut icon and picked Stencil Material in my material type window. Adjust your blade, hit send to Silhouette and watch it cut.

Now, peel off.  Be careful when doing so, so that you don't tear the stencil.  

Lay your stencil down on your paper and simply mist.  The Stencil Material has an adhesive back, making nice to keep in place on your layout.  

This is what my projected ended up looking like.  I wanted to something a little different, so I cut out the center of my stenciled image.

I also used Samantha's Summer Lovin' Collection from Carta Bella!  Thanks for stopping by and give the Stencil Material a try.  Samantha has so many fun shapes in the Silhouette Store that would make wonderful stencils!  Make sure you are checking out Samantha's Blog frequently.  There are always so many fun new tips and tutorials on her shapes!

Monday, July 28, 2014

An Imaginisce Sweet 16!

Celebrating your sixteenth birthday is a big deal.  For my daughter, there were a couple of milestones she was looking forward to when she turned sixteen. One of them is obvious...DRIVING, which scares me to death and the other is we allowing her to DATE. Yes, we think this is a good age to let her spend more time with the opposite sex...this might scare me even more than the driving!  So, in honor of her milestone birthday, I created a couple of things. Isn't she the cutest?!

First off, I made this giant, cute accordion lolli flower using my Silhouette Cameo, Imaginisce's Welcome Spring and Little Princess Collections.  I cut out the Happy and glittered it up!

I thought she need a swag banner, so again, I used the Welcome Spring Collection and my Silhouette Cameo to create the swag and letters.  Of course, I added more glitter because every sixteen year old needs some glitter.

She loved it and proudly displayed it at her Sweet 16 Birthday Party!  I am so happy at how it all turned out and Imaginisce's collections were just perfect! Thanks for stopping in and maybe next time you are celebrating one of those big milestones in your family...you could throw in some Imaginisce!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Imaginisce and the I-Top!

I am sure I have mentioned this before, but the I-Top is my absolute favorite tool that Imaginisce makes.  I love the fact that the I-Top can help me customize and personalize my projects, so that is exactly what I did.  All this week the Imaginisce Design Team has been sharing their projects made with the I-Top, so if you haven't seen any of them...go now, to the Imaginisce Blog!

I used all of the different Brad Daddies with the I-Top to create custom flair.  I used some of the Perfect Vacation patterned paper to add sub titles on my flair.  Fun right?!  Flair is in and I love the look!

I hope you love what I did with the I-Top.  There are so many ideas and wonderful things you can create using the I-Top. Thanks for stopping by...enjoy your I-top week!

Supplies Used:
Imaginisce: Patterned Paper (Perfect Vacation), 6 x 6 Paper Pad (Perfect Vacation), Plastic Buttons (Perfect Vacation), I-Top, 6 mm, 22 mm, 28 mm and 34 mm Brad Daddies, 6 mm 22 mm, 28 mm and 34 mm Brad Punches.

Monday, July 21, 2014

SILHOUETTE! Happiness...You and Me!

Happy Monday morning Silhouette fans!  Today I would like to share with you my newest layout!  I love making making my pages pop.  I want everything to stand out.  There are several ways to do that.  Foam adhesive has been my best friend (I should have taken stock out on it...really), but how about making your shapes larger than life.  That's what I did here using the Striped Ampersand shape.  I wanted to make it large to help draw the eye to photo and embellishments.

I added this cute You and Me title to help tie in the large Ampersand.  I used Silhouette's Chipboard to make the large Ampersand shape.  It was perfect because of it's thickness.  I could pile a whole lot of embellishment goodies on top!  I also cut out the flowers and leaves using my Silhouette CAMEO.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed my project.  I have so much fun creating with my Silhouette CAMEO and I love sharing my projects with you!  To see the full post and all of my close ups, head on over to the Silhouette Blog!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

A Silhouette Hand Stitching Tutorial

Hello Silhouette Fans!  Guiseppa here and I am pretty excited to share with you my project and tutorial today!  How many of you love all the hand stitching you are seeing on layouts?  I love the look, there is just one problem, you have to buy templates for all the cute designs and fonts. Well, what if I say there is a way to use all of those cute shapes you see in the Silhouette Store to help you stitch on your layouts?  Let me show you what I did!

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First choose your shape.  I used the one of the fun Anchor shapes from the Silhouette Store.  Next you will want to decide the size of your shape.  I kept mine large because I wanted it to stand out and fill up my whole page.  If you have trouble seeing the pictures, click on them to make them larger.

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Now, click on the Line Style Window.  

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Choose the perforation you would like to use and click on it.  I recommend the largest one.  

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Make sure you have your image where you will want it on your page then cut it.  Use the proper setting for your type of paper.  It is hard to see the perforations, but if you hold it up to a light or an open window, you can see the cuts.  

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Now, let's do some hand stitching.  I used twine and a big needle to make this stand out.  Make sure you do your hand stitching in between the perforated lines.  Use those lines as a guide.  Now, I realize you could do this with the Sketch and Cut feature, but I was worried that some of my stitching would not be perfect and I would be able to see some of the pen marks.  The perorations are harder to see.  So, first off after threading your needle, make your first stitch and pull the twine all the way through until the end and tape that end on the back of you layout.  See how this first stitch is in between one of the lines?

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To make sure your stitching is continuous and there are no gaps, skip a perforated line and come up with your needle from underneath your paper.  Then bring your needle back to your first stitch and stick it through it through.

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Repeat all of the steps until you have stitched your whole shape.

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Now, finish your layout with your pictures and embellishments.  

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Hope you liked my tutorial today!  Go ahead and try it out,  There are so many fun things in the Silhouette Store to choose from.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Adventure...more with Silhouette!

Every time I start playing with my Silhouette CAMEO...it's an adventure. Never is there a shortage of  ideas.  There are so many products to use and so many wonderful shapes it the Silhouette Store.  Today I would like to share with you a layout I made using Adhesived Backed Cardstock, Washi Paper and Printable Gold Foil. I am really into the Nautical look and I found this super fun shape it the Silhouette Store and made it larger to fit my whole page, acting as a title and an embellishment.


I cut the whole shape out using Adhesive Backed Cardstock, adding Printable Gold Foil and Washi Paper to the back of the cardstock.


I cut out this cute Hello shape  and added little embellishments around the page.  I love the fact that I didn't have to add a lot to this layout.  The Adventure shape did the work for me.



Thanks for stopping and and I hope you enjoyed my layout.  Have fun playing with your Silhouette and Happy Cutting!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Samantha Walker Creative Crafters July Blog Hop!

Your first stop should have been at Cristal Pinky Hobb's Blog.

We also have an amazing giveaway this month sponsored by Spellbinders
This month one lucky winner will receive a 
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Expandable Patterns Die Fancy Lattice.

All you need to do is enter below. You can earn multiple entries by following us on Facebook, commenting below, tweeting about the giveaway, and signing up for the email updates. This giveaway is open to US customers only.

This month the team has been given the theme "Summer", so the team is sharing projects with that theme.

I made this fun layout using the free file that we are giving away!   I also used Samantha's Summer Lovin' Collection.

Look...how cute is this free file, Summer Drinks?!  The hubs and I are enjoying our first fresh coconut milk in the Caribbean!  

I love all the fun stickers that come in this collection!

Don't forget to sign up for Samantha's Newsletter 
through the Rafflecopter widget to receive your
FREE SVG and Silhouette Studio file!  You will have until Sunday July 13th at 11:59 pm MDT to leave your comments.  A winner will be picked Monday July the 14th on Samantha's Facebook Page!  Here's a look at the free SVG...Summer Drinks!

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