Saturday, 31 December 2016

Last Minute Party Printables

New Year Party Printables by Janet Packer on Silhouette UK Blog

Hello,  Janet here with a post that just might help you out if you've left your party preparations until the last minute.

These ready-made New Year's Printable files are almost ready to cut - simply use the Silhouette software's ability to Print and Cut to create the items to make your party table and guests look super festive and then enhance them with some glittery bling! Even better, print them on to pearlised paper for an even more glamorous look.


Printable Paper or Card (pearlised paper is optional)
Pearl or Metallic Gold Paper
Silhouette Glitter in Gold
Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive
New Year Bottle Kit by Amy Robison (#53314)
New Year Party Kit by Amy Robison (#53315)


Open up the Bottle Kit file in the Silhouette Studio® software. The kit consists of a bottle wrapper and a set of 3 tags.

a.  Firstly check that the label will fit around your bottle. Mine was a little short so I mounted it onto a longer piece of plain gold paper. Conversely, if it is too long, you can chop a bit off using the knife tool.

b.  Change the year (or don't use that tag if your are in a real hurry). Re-type the year in the font of your choice.  I used SNF Felicity which looks similar. Ungroup the numbers and re-arrange to suit and then Weld them together. Fill them with a colour picked from the existing year. (Optional) Choose a gradient fill and rotate the fill to match that on the existing year.

Use the eraser tool to remove the '2014' (note the extra eraser options in the designer edition and above). If a line is visible around the erasing, set the line colour to clear.

Move the '2017' into it's place.

a.  Set your paper size and turn on the registration marks.  Fit your printables onto the page within the cut lines, check line thicknesses are set to zero and print out.

b.  Check your cut lines are on and ensure that lines around the patterns and date are set to No Cut. Secure the printed page on to your mat, set cut settings for your media and cut out. If you have a problem with getting the registration marks to register follow the hints and tips in this post (Top 10 Tips to Troubleshoot Print and Cut).

c.  For an extra bit of glamour cut an offset of the tags in gold paper.

The other kit contains a set of party printables to match.  These include matching party hats, straw toppers, place cards, gift cards, confetti and mini envelopes. The file also includes a nine-pointed star which can be cut in various sizes from card and double-sided adhesive. I cut out a sheet of each and stuck them together then added a generous covering of gold glitter for extra bling.

My favourite is the mini envelope, cut from vellum, and filled with gold circle confetti. What fun your guests will have throwing the confetti to welcome in the New Year.  I love to give these to the children who have managed to stay awake just before midnight to keep them occupied and allowing the adults to do some serious 'toasting in' of the New Year!


I'm sure you'll have a fun and successful party and would like to wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Here's hoping 2017 will be your best crafting year yet!

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Friday, 30 December 2016

Making your own reindeer with flower crown design

Hey there, it's Sara. Christmas eve might be over, but I wanted to show you how you can make a winter themed frame to have in your home. I have chosen to work with a geometric deer head and lots of different flowers to make this gorgeous winter frame.

What you need:
Cardstock in different color
Glitter cardstock in different color
3D frame
Paper glue
Padded doublesided tape
Silhouette Cameo/Portrait/Curio
SLED AND SPRIG Design ( ID #52368)
ROSES Design (ID #71592)
FLOWER Design (ID #77150)


I always like to do an online mockup of my design before I cut the shapes, so we can start with that.
Add the geometric deer to your page and scale it to the size you want to have it in your frame.

We want to make a crown of flowers on the deer's head. So to begin with, we will do the foilage part, then the small berries and then the big flowers in the end.

Add the SLED AND SPRIG design. We will be using only the sprig design. 

Now I color the different shapes before I layer them on top of each other so I can see how it will look once its cut. 
We want to make a crown of flowers on the deers head so resize the sprig to fit on one side on the deers head and mirror it to the left.  

Using the FLOWER design, ungroup and resize the leaves so they are just a bit smaller then the sprigs.

Add the dark one to the bottom of the right sprig, mirror above and add the second leaf to left sprig.

Then you do the same to the smaller leaf, but opposite side this time. 

Now is the second stage of layering, which is the berries, using the ROSES design.
When you open the design it will look like this: 

The berries are placed in its correct place for the twig. So ungroup the design and move the twig and place it where the berries should be on the ends of the twig. 
Color it so it easy for the layering part. 

Group it together and add it on the right side of the crown design. When you're happy with its place, mirror it on the left side, you might have to move it slighty to the left to keep the shape balanced. 

Now you add the flowers, on the flowers I wanted them to have a bit more layers.
First I added the FLOWER shape, when you ungroup the design, 
you will find all the shapes inside the flower are ungrouped as well. 

Remove the small shape that was inside the flower and select the flower design and make compound path. Do the same for the small flower shape as well.

We do the same steps with the ROSES.

Now we color them and layer it on the foilage. This is the last step before the design is ready to be disassembled and cut.

Cut the different shapes in the different textures and coloured paper you have.. The cut settings is different as some card stock is thicker then others, as well as the glitter ones is best to cut using cardboard settings as its quite textured. Always remember to do a test cut so you don't waste your card stock if the settings are not right.


Now all the paper cut parts have been cut and we can assemble the design.

For paper cut project, I like using Cosmic Shimmer glue as it has a needle nose tip which makes it easier to control how much glue you get on your designs. 

This is the back of the reindeer head, after I added a bit of glue to it.

After gluing the reindeer to your paper, start adding the foliage. 
First the sprigs:

Then the rest of the leaves:

Now glue the cranberry parts together,

and add them to the reindeer.

Last step will be adding the flowers, the roses on the side and the big flower in the middle.

Let it dry for a bit and its ready to be framed and displayed