Monday, 21 February 2011

Circle Wheel Card & Silhouette Studio Tutorial

This design is one which has been in my sketch book for ages, but I’ve just not got around to creating the die cut file. But I finally did it this weekend and also filmed the process as a Silhouette Studio tutorial as well as the usual video of how I make the card. So you get double the fun for today’s post =)


This design requires the above software. Please feel free to click on the image to take you straight to the download page of their website. If you have a Silhouette or a CraftRobo machine, you should be able to download and use this software as they are both the same machines, that (for some strange reason) are sold under different names in different countries.

I really like the design of the base card itself – the circle cut out create sort of a ‘wheel’ which would be great for making a masculine card with. I wanted to use girly papers for this though, hence the addition of the flower!

The only issue with these cards is creating an envelope! You have to create a square envelope and insert a square piece of card into the envelope before inserting the card itself. This is to ensure that the corners don’t get bent over during transit, which would otherwise make the overall effect a little scruffy to the person receiving the card.

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Watch video below | Watch at YouTube

Watch video below | Watch at YouTube

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Have an Ele-fantastic Birthday!

I dreamt this card, then woke up, drew an elephant (!), made the stamps and produced the card. Sounds so easy…but I did have a very definite design in my head, and no stamps to achieve it, so this was the only way.

I even painted the nails of the elephants using Liquid Pearls in White Opal. Maybe a little bit obsessive?!?

The parquet design stamp was inspired by, well, parquet flooring (unsurprisingly). And I have taken a leaf out of the very amazing PapertreyInk’s book and made sure that the stamp I designed was ‘repeatable’ like their background stamps are. And you know what? It worked a treat =)

The elephant was just drawn with the help of my seriously awesome Wacom Bamboo Graphics tablet that Sarah recommended to me way back when and that I now cannot live without. I just can’t use a mouse properly anymore! A graphics tablet is just so much more sensible and easier to control when drawing on the computer.

Incidentally, the card is for my friend, Anna, who is crazy mad about elephants and all things zoo. Happy Birthday to you! =)

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Weekend with my Mom

This card was made by my wonderful Mom who came to visit with my Dad last weekend. She doesn’t have a Craft Robo and wanted to have a play at creating a card using only the die cutting machine and the Linen Closet papers by DCWV.

I think she did a great job! I really love this card. We had such fun crafting together! I’m so lucky to have such a talented Mom who shares and encourages my passion for crafting =)

Sorry it’s taken me so long to share with you all, but I’ve been ill this week and really not up to blogging or anything really. I have got a couple of designs in mind though, inspired my weekend of crafting with my Mom! The next card tutorial will be a design using the Silhouette Studio software. I plan filming it tomorrow (when my voice will hopefully have recovered from my cold) and uploading it for you guys to YouTube on Monday/Tuesday evening. You all seemed to really like my last Silhouette card tutorial so I’ll be doing a few more for you in the near future.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Valentine Card - Die Cut Freebie!

Here’s a super fast Valentine’s Day card & freebie for those of you that need to make a last minute card for your special someone!

I’ve designed the die cut myself, and as a thank you for all your comments, subscriptions and support here at my blog and at YouTube, I’m offering it here on my blog as a free download =)

I’ve saved it in all the formats I know of (!) so there should be a file for everyone to use: .AI, .DXF, .EPS, GSD, JPG, PNG, .STUDIO, & .SVG. [There is a picture of the design included, so those of you that do not have a CraftRobo or Silhouette machine can just cut out the template by hand.]

!!CLICK HERE for the compressed freebie files!!

And there’s also a tutorial video as usual to show you how to put the card together below. [For those of you who are new to the Silhouette software, please view my previous tutorial video which shows you how to get around the software and design your own die cuts.]

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Thanks again for your support & happy crafting!!

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Saturday, 5 February 2011

May all your wishes come true


I love that this card is all pastel coloured and distressed. It gives such a soft, pleasing look to a card I always think!

I just love these butterflies from Hero Arts. They are just adorable! And they work up really quickly and easily using Distress Inks and an AquaMarker water colour blender pen from Letraset. I had such fun colouring these little beauties. They match perfectly with October Afternoon’s Fly a Kite collection papers. I really can’t get enough of these papers at the moment – just gorgeous!

The sentiment is a stamp from Stampin' Up! which I got through my good friend Monica Gale. There are four sentiments in this set, all in this gorgeous style. I’m going to be using them. A lot. =)

Anyway as usual, the video is below. Please don’t forget to rate my videos and subscribe to me over at my YT Channel. Also, if you ‘follow’ my Facebook and Twitter pages, then you’ll always know when my next video/blog post is up.

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