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!

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Ewe will be missed - a flip top retirement card

Hello, Janet here with a cute card that I made for a work colleague who is retiring. The file is one of a range of files by Lettering Delights called 'Feeling Sheepish' from the Silhouette design Store. All the files feature a cute sheep and punny sayings. I can't resist a pun and I thought that the file I've chosen would work well with the sentiment "Ewe'll be Missed".

Now, I was so distracted by this cute sheep and her eye lashes, that I didn't read the file name. It wasn't until I opened up the Feeling Sheepish Treat Tent that I noticed that it wasn't actually a card. As it came, it would be great with a small bag of treats inside, or as a gift card holder, but I really wanted a card. So, I took the sheep elements and added them to the front of a card blank.

Materials Used
Silhouette Cameo, Portrait or Curio
Silhouette Glossy Permanent Vinyl
Silhouette Transfer Tape
Textured Cardstock (white, light pink, medium pink, light grey, black)
Heavyweight Square Card Base
Ribbon & Thread
Liquid Card Adhesive
Dimensional Adhesive Pads
Liquid Glaze

Adjusting the File

All I really needed to do was to adjust the flap part and detach it from the wraparound treat holder.
I used the knife tool to create the grey piece you see below. Then I added a score line and moved the holes so that the flap would make a larger sheep body.

Making  Score Line - TOP TIP ALERT!

This is how the piece looked. Rather than adding a perforated line, I drew a regular cut line, changed it's colour (to blue in this case), and by choosing 'Cut by Line Colour' made a custom setting for this line.  I reduced the Force and Blade depth to the minimum possible values and saved the custom setting as "Score Line'. This makes a very shallow cut and makes a really neat fold line. If you'd like know more about saving custom settings, you might like to read this earlier post, "How to Add a Custom Material Type".

Layering the Pieces

This photo shows how I layered the pieces. I thought it would be fun to add some space between the front and back legs. In order to do that I mounted the front legs onto the reverse of the sheep's body, and adhered the back legs directly onto the card blank. Ultimately the body would be adhered to the card base only by the flap (onto the rear of the card front).

Adding a Bow

Bows aren't really my strong point, but I made this one with three pieces of ribbon and threaded a length of embroidery floss through the back. The threads were then pushed through the holes in the layered head pieces and tied at the back of the sheep's body prior to adhering it to the card base.

Assembling the Card

The fold on the sheep's body was tucked inside the card blank and adhered to the inside, then adhesive foam pads were added behind the lower edge of the body. Leaving the backing on one side of the pads allows the flap to be opened, while still lifting the body away from the base.

Adding a Sentiment

I cut the sentiment in two colours of vinyl. Here it is shown applied behind the flap.

Finishing the Card

All that remained was to add glaze to the sheep's hooves.

This is such a fun card, and I think it turned out well, despite my initial mistake.

Bye for now,

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