Friday, June 28, 2013

CEM July/August Sneak Peek!

The July/August issue of the Cutting Edge Magazine goes live July 1st! Canada Day, YAY!!! One more reason to celebrate, hehe! Can't wait to share my projects, for now you'll have to settle for a sneak peek!


The magazine is dedicated to all electronic die cutting machine users and paper craft addicts like me! Tips, tricks, inspiration galore from a variety of talented ladies! Yup, me included! So make sure you subscribe... $24 get you a whole year!  Or if you just want to try it out first, monthly option available for the low price of $5. 

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend!
Happy Crafting Everyone:)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Thank you for the Music!


My daughter starts her summer break from piano lessons this week. So when SVG Cuts came out with this piano from Thank You For the Music SVG Kit, I knew I had to make it for my daughters piano teacher. 

Isn't it awesome?! I absolutely love how it turned out, classic and elegant!



Thank you for the music... for giving it to me. Doesn't that remind you of the ABBA song??? I can't get it out of my head now (doesn't that drive you nuts when that happens?!?)

I didn't have a stamp to coordinate so I used the print n cut feature of the Silhouette to print and cut the tag. The font I used is called scriptina. On the lid of the box and book, I wrapped some musical note washi tape by Recollections. 


The best part of this piano is that it's functional... it has enough storage for treats or maybe even a little gift! LOVE it! So simple and elegant and surprisingly easy to put together :) 


Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you like this little piano treat box. If you have a piano player  in your life, surprise them with one of these beauties... I'm sure they'll love it!

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Friday, June 21, 2013

DIY Custom Canvas Bag


With the end of the school year quickly approaching, I thought I better get busy making some teacher appreciation gifts! The kids were very blessed to have amazing teachers once again this year. As a little thanks for all that they have done for my children, I always like to make something personal that will remind them of the kids. I hope they like them as much as I had fun making them!

This was my very first time creating something with the heat transfer material. I have to say I LOVE it! I want to create more with it! It was super easy!!!

Here is the front side of the bag, I'm not sure if I will ever get tired of seeing variations of this phrase... for now, I still love it! I think the teachers will too! Click here to see another project I made using the "Craft On" version.  



To the the other side of the bag, I added the teachers name. Mrs. Archer and Mrs. Attema are awesome!


When they open look on the inside, they will see the kids' names... hopefully when they see that, they will have only good memories of them... lol!


Next few pics are of my daughter's bag for her teacher.




Here is a better look of the front design on the bag! Love those little book worms ;)


Want to know how to make your own?

You will need...
Silhouette Machine and SDE software
Files (worm and apple) SVG Cuts 
Silhouette Heat Transfer Material
Canvas bag (Tulip - Grab & Tote)
Iron



  • First create the image you want to be cut on the Silhouette... here is how I did it...
    • For the image I created, I used Couture font. Wrote the out phrase and lined it up as pictured above.
    • Next, I worked with the apple and worm file to create a border around the images by grouping different layers together and using the offset and modify functions. 
    • Once I was satisfied with the images, I resized them and positioned them next to the phrase and made sure everything was lined up properly.
    • Group all your images together.

  • Now all that is left to do is follow the directions for the heat transfer material. Ensuring that you flip your image horizontally so that your image looks backwards and setting blade depth is set correctly for the transfer material. I would advise you do a test cut first to make sure your settings are all correct. Iron on as directed. 
That is it... it's that easy! Hope you've enjoyed this DIY tutorial and project, let me know what you think and if you have any questions.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Pinkalicious 3D Paper Cupcake


Happy Birthday to me! Yes, today is my birthday... a few steps closer to 40! Bring it on 37... it's gonna be a great year! :) 

No, I didn't make this cupcake for me although I love how it turned out. I made it for a very dear friend of the family, who celebrated her Birthday this past weekend. Isn't it adorable?!



Files: (bow) from SVG Cuts Gift Boxes SVG Kit
Paper: Bazzill cardstock 
Patterned Paper: Anna Griffin's Valentina Collection
Stamp: from Stampendous
Cut: with the Silhouette Cameo
I enlarged this files to fit on a 12x12 paper. I also cut little perforations to the cupcake wrap. 


This box was big enough to stuff full of chocolate treats! Want to see a few other cupcakes I've created? Click here and here :)

Hope you like this fun.... and as my daughter called it "pinkalicious" treat box as much as I enjoyed making and giving it away! 

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Shirt Shaped Cards for Dad


Happy Father's Day to all the Daddies in your lives! 



Here are some fun cards I made for the men in my life. Aren't they super cute?! Love this fun paper collection. I'm sure I'll be making more of these cards... so easy and quick to put together. They would also be perfect for birthdays or summer vacations!


Stamp: Bitty Regards from Unity Stamps
Paper: Carolyn Gavin Collection from K&Company 
Cut: on the Silhouette Cameo


Hope today is a special day for you all! Thanks for stopping by... 


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Thursday, June 13, 2013

"Lifesaving" Wine Box for Dad


With Father's Day coming up quickly, I thought I'd better get a few gifts ready for the Day. Both of the Grand Dads and of course Daddy deserve a little treat!

Here is a super quick Print n Cut project I made. This box is so easy to do, I'm sure it would make any man happy!




I didn't have any stamps to coordinate with the theme so I made a digital one with fonts using the Silhouette SDE. Love how it turned out! 

For those that LOVE wine, I'm sure some days it is a lifesaver! (Shhhh, don't tell anyone I have never drank the stuff... weird right? I know... I'm Portuguese and my Dad makes his own wine... but my stomach actually turns at the smell of it, LOL!)


Here is what I used to create this project...

Wine Box File from SVG Cuts Classic Gift Boxes
Digital Paper and files from Fleurette Bloom's Ships Ahoy Collection. Check out this entire Element and Paper Collection! Click HERE for this weeks Freebie!

        

Cut on the Silhouette Cameo
To make my digital stamp I had to learn how to text to path. Click here for the link to a video that was very helpful!



If you are still looking for other ideas for Fathers Day. here are some of my previous "Manly" projects to inspire your creativity!













Thanks so much for stopping by, hopefully I've inspired some "Manly" creativity in you, lol! Happy Father's Day to all of the Dad's in your life! 

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Monster High Cake for Aleina


It has been a few weeks since my last post... crazy busy on this end. The fun never seems to stop... always something on the go! 

Since my last post I've been working on my projects for the upcoming CEM Magazine issue, done a little travelling, worked at the hospital, done lots of yard work, housework, parented, wifed and made this awesome cake for my God Daughter Aleina that I'm sharing with you today!

Isn't it purtty? Even if it is a little creepy and "gothy", I LOVE how it turned out :) 


 This was a very large cake, standing at around 12 inches tall. The lower tier of the cake was 10 inches wide and was vanilla flavoured. The top layer was a 6 inch chocolate cake. The entire cake was covered in a vanilla butter cream icing, covered and detailed with fondant. For those of you that are curious, this cake took approximately 7-8 hours to complete. Might make you understand and appreciate why these kinds of cakes have a higher price tag ;)


I have to be honest I don't have any idea of what this "Monster High" is all about but that is what the Birthday girl wished for! Personally I think if I was 6 years old, I would be freaked right out by those dolls... boy how times have changed, lol!


Hope you liked my take on a Monster High cake. I know the birthday girl loved it and that was all that mattered! Happy Birthday Aleina :) 

Happy Crafting :)
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