Friday, 22 June 2018

Get Some Batitude | by Niki Rowland

Hey there crafty peeps, Niki here with you today sharing a layout I made with this awesome cut file from the Design Store. It's called 'Get Some Bat-i-tude'.

My little boy recently met Batman so obviously I went looking for Bat cut files and was faced with loads of halloween options. This one was my favourite, and one of the things I do most often when using Design Store cut files is to make those cut files work for me, instead of just using them in their original format. This was no exception.

Firstly I ungrouped the design and I resized until I was happy with the positioning and size. I moved the large bat over a bit and copied and pasted the smaller bat so that I had three bats instead of two. This was a very small difference really but it worked for me and I then cut it at the top of my page so I had lots of room left at the bottom to add my photos and embellishments.

I back filled the cut file with different papers from the Cocoa Vanilla Boys Rule collection, picking out the best Batman tones of course. And then added my photos and loads of embellishments.

I absolutely love how my layout turned out and I would urge you to be brave a tweak your cut files from the Design Store to make them work for your projects.

Happy scrapping, Niki xx 

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Tiny table tokens

Happy Thursday everyone!

Today I am sharing the 'tiny table tokens' of friendship that I recently made. I went to a weekend retreat and was sat with 7 other crafters only one of whom I knew well and a couple I had never met.

I love to give little goodie bags or gifts to people to break the ice or to try and create a good first impression before they get to know me (kind of reverse blackmail I think??)

I chose this cute 'heart box' design by Echo Park
just the perfect size and I had several sheets of pink cardstock to cut out the box shape...

It is so easy to put the boxes together as there are perforations to assist you folding the tabs, which you then need to add glue to...

the tabs all fold in and stick to form the beginnings of the container...

I added the recipient's initial in a coloured chipboard alpha...

I filled each little box with washi tape, little embellishments and sweets...

and my table gift project was complete

All my table buddies seemed to like the little token of friendship and I will definitely be using more of these in the future as they are ideal for weddings, parties, Christmas and of course Valentines Day!

If you have made any treat style boxes or bags with your silhouette I would love to see them (and steal your  be inspired by your ideas) please share in the comments

Have a fab week

Ruth xxx

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Design of the Week - Summer Flower - 19th June 2018

Hello, hello Karen here with my weekly post featuring the Design of the Week. 

Look at this beauty - Summer Flower.

I  really liked this design and decided to make it into a really large flower on a scrapbook page.  

To make the design really pop I separated the pieces and gave them an offset, which I then cut from white card.

I then cut the individual pieces from patterned paper and added to the white offset.  These were then layered on top of each other to give me the over large embellishment. 

I finished with a few embellishments and a photo of my daughter and her boyfriend and their big beaming smiles. 

Monday, 18 June 2018

Creating foiled elements for your cards - Double-sided adhesive sheets

Hi everyone. It's Verity here from Pretty Little Button bringing you another project. The project today using the Double-sided Adhesive sheets from Silhouette. I have used other adhesive sheets in projects before, but found they didn't cut so well, so it was interesting to see how these faired. I have to say that I learnt a few things with it. The more intricate your design is the poor the cut will be. This is because as your blade cuts the adhesive, it could pick up a small cut pieces which will then stick to the blade. As it sticks to your blade, it will then impair the rest of the cut. So solid, less intricate designs are better. Having said that, I did manage to reasonably cut the floral design on the second card with a little help from my craft knife afterwards in a few small areas. 

Creating foiled elements for your cards - Double-sided adhesive sheets detail:

To start, place your design in your design space in Silhouette Studio. The first design I used 'Oh Hello' by Sophie Gallo. This design has quite a lot of plain shape/area to cut at isn't too intricate. I found that the cut settings on the machine worked fairly well, but I set it to pass 3 times. I wanted it to cut all the way through the backing sheet to make it easier to get the design of the mat before peeling and exposing the adhesive sheet.

There is a chance that I could have had my sheet facing the wrong side up, but as I didn't want the backing to come off either side until I had it off the mat it didn't matter as both sides once peeled are adhesive

Once I have removed the cut design from the mat, I peeled the backing off and positioned the design down onto my card. Then I removed the front release sheet to expose the adhesive. I place a piece of decofoil over the top, the colour side facing upwards.  Using my finger I burnished the foil into the adhesive and peeled the sheet away to reveal the foil left on top of the adhesive. 

To assembled the card, I added a stamped sentiment and some white Nuvo drops. 

The design on the card below was a little more intricate - I did get a fairly good overall cut however, there were a few areas where I had to just go over with my craft knife to release the areas.

I hope this has shown you that you don't need a laminator or laser printer to add foiled elements to your papercrafts!

If this has inspired you to try this out, please post below. I would love to see it!

Until next time,


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Oh hello by  Sophie Gallo, Design ID #264524
Magnolia branch by Nic Squirrell - Design ID #190669



Sunday, 17 June 2018

Sunday's with Steph - 12 x 12 Scrapbooking layout - Perfectly Peachy

Welcome all to this weeks blog :)

So after having a lovely long retreat weekend away at Theobalds Park in Hertfordshire I feel all rejuvenated and am bursting with scrapbooking ideas!

I found this beautiful cutfile by the uber talented Paige Taylor Evans and sent it to cut on the silhouette.  I used textured card so ensured that I selected - Textured Cardstock Heavy in the material selection and sent it to pass twice as I find this gives a cleaner cut.

It did take a while to cut but as soon as I started to poke through the petals I was a little in love with this cutfile and knew I would be using it again and again, it's just so beautiful!

I trimmed down both the left and right hand sides by 1/4 of an inch and backed the cutfile with some dark peach cardstock.  I then spritzed the page with a dark peach spray in a diagonal direction from top left to bottom right.  I then cut out a piece of co-ordinating paper in a nice centimetre circle for the middle of the page and my photo in an eight centimetre circle to sit directly in the middle of that. I then added my embellishments trying to balance them out i.e. if I added a circle style embellishment to the top left and side I would add one to the bottom right, same with the butterfly, pin and bows. 

My layout was almost complete but I felt that it needed something else to lift it so I added soft pink translucent sequins and solid gold hearts all over the page to give it that extra dazzle!

Well that's it until next week.

Happy scrapping


Steph x

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Backing cutfiles

Hi everyone...what creative exploits have you been up to? 
I had a fabulous weekend away at a scrapbooking retreat and part of the weekend included challenges. Obviously I had to include some of Silhouette's fab cutfiles as part of my designs...

The first challenge I am sharing with you was a mood board featuring the colours blue, yellow, white, pink and grey. There were several different elements but I went with all the colours, florals and chevron shapes.

I chose to use this chevron background

I cut it slightly smaller than 12 x 12 in white and backed some of the larger shapes in patterned paper but left several open.

I then added the photos and created little clusters of the flowers I had fussy cut, added a title and some enamel stars and other than journalling I am done!

Another challenge was simply to be inspired by glitter. I had the perfect glittery title from a scrapbook range ''unicorns and sparkles'' and a photograph of my friend and me with unicorn headbands.

The obvious cutfile to use was a unicorn and this one from Paige Evans didn't disappoint...

I cut it in white and used a clear wink of stella  brush pen to add some glitter to the outline

I backed the cutfile with plain papers that co-ordinated with the colours in the photo. 

It was a bit fiddly sticking them all down so used some washi tape to secure them all in place

I used some pink patterned vellum on the unicorn's horn

and I was done...

I love backing cutfiles and find it kinda therapeutic so this was perfect for these challenges.

Hoping you are enjoying whatever you are creating with your Silhouette and hoping you will share some of your makes with us

Have fun

Ruth xxx

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The World's Best Dad - Design of the Week - 12 June 2018

Hello, hello - Karen here with my Wednesday take on the free Design of the Week which is available all this week and just in time for Father's Day.

This file is a print and cut so perfect for making a Father's Day card in minutes.  You could simply print out the design, get your machine to perfectly cut it out and mount it onto a card with some foam pads and Hey Presto you have a card.

I chose to make it the title for a scrapbook page.

I started by stretching it length-ways so that it was nine inches tall - this made the design look more like a tall mug of hot chocolate rather than the original smaller one. This design lent itself to this but not all designs do.

Once the design was the size I wanted I added registration marks and printed it out.

Onto a blank design space I placed the mug where I wanted it and then added a small offset (0.05) and changed the lines to a dash line.  I trimmed 1 cm from the top and one side of my paper and added it to a piece of cardstock.  I then cut the dashed outline onto this.  I used a 'pokey tool' to make the holes bigger and stitched a white border.

Once I had added my printed design all that was left to do was to add my photo and embellishments.

I wonder what the free design will be next week - see you then!