Saturday, October 22, 2016

FREE: Boo-gie Bash - Masks (printable)

If you have not seen LD's latest release, hurry up and run over to their store now. The new collection is too cute!

Here are some of the designs in the Boogie Bash collection.CLICK HERE TO SEE THE WHOLE LINE.
Boo-gie Bash Cut Project (CP)

Here is the freebie for this week:

CLICK HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Boo-gie Bash - Masks (printable) to your cart and checkout. You pay $0.00!

Silhouette users, CLICK HERE to get your free design of the week.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Halloween Cameo Cards

When LD released their Simply Spooky collection the other day, I knew I just had to cut out those Cameos. I've always enjoyed using the LD Simple Shapes- they are so easy to put together (Only 1 layer!) but so versatile! CLICK HERE to see some of the projects that I have made using Simple Shapes.

The Simply Spooky - Cameo Simple Shapes are no exception. They may look intricate but my Silhouette Cameo cut them out easily. For the two cards that I am sharing today, I actually cut each of the simple shapes 3 times and layered them together to add some dimension. I also heat-embossed the top layer of the witch cameo with black embossing power to add texture to the card.

As much as I like the simplicity of the Simple Shapes, sometimes I just want to add a little color to the design. For example, I wanted the skeleton to look out of a colored frame, just like the style in the Simply Spooky Graphic Set. Since there is no corresponding Cut Set for those graphics, I used Silhouette Studio to remove the skeleton from the frame.

I am using Silhouette Studio v2.9.67d (a.k.a. Legacy version). If you are using a different version of the software, your screen may look different from mine but you should still have the MODIFY tool in your program.

One more thing... the greeting on both cards were cut out from a scrap piece of vinyl that I had leftover from a previous project. I used the vinyl cut-out on one card and the negative for the other.

Clever, eh? lol.

File used:
Simply Spooky  - Cameos - SS (SVG included)

Friday, October 14, 2016

FREE: "Out of Candy" printable

photo by LD

Halloween is just a little more than two weeks away and LD has a great freebie for us that we can all use on Oct 31st. But first, let's take a look at their new releases.

There is a new graphics/cut set collection and a new font bundle in the LD store. CLICK HERE to see the new Pumpkin Patch collection and font bundle.

While you are there, check out their Boo Sale. Many Halloween designs are marked down to 75% off the regular price! CLICK HERE TO SHOP THE SALE.

Here is the freebie for this week:

CLICK HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Pumpkin Patch - Out of Candy (printable) to your cart and checkout. You pay $0.00!

Silhouette users, CLICK HERE to get your free design of the week.

My almost-forgotten cards

In my previous post I mentioned that I had made a couple of cards prior to my Summer vacation but had forgotten to post them on the blog. I showed you some of them yesterday that were super easy to make. Here are a few that took a little longer to put together and so I didn't include them in that "15-min cards" article.

First up is this "Thank You" card. I wanted the "Thanks scallop border" die as soon as I saw it on the Simon Says Stamps website. Isn't it pretty?

I don't use stamps that require coloring very often but when the mood strikes, I always find myself reaching out for a Mama Elephant stamp. My favorite part about this bunny is that coffee cup. So so cute!

Balloons by Mama Elephant, Sentiment by Simon Says Stamps

A lot of my twin daughters' friends are turning 13 this year and I had made this birthday card with one of their friends in mind. I ended up not giving it to her. Instead, I got my daughter to make her a card herself but I did lend her the stamps. Hehe.


That's all for now. Hope you enjoyed the cards!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Jin's 15-min cards

While looking through the photographs that I took on our recent vacation to Singapore and Japan, I came across a couple that were of cards that I had made prior to the trip. I had originally intended to post these as pre-scheduled blog posts but I was so busy preparing for the trip that I never got around to doing that.

And so here they are. I'm posting them a lot later than I had intended but like they say, it's better to be late then never.

These cards, like my Easy Die-Cuts Cards, were made in 15-mins or less. I used a simple rubber stamp by Kodomo No Kao and metal dies by Mama Elephant. The stamps that I used for the envelopes are also by Mama Elephant.

p.s. I am not affiliated with Kodomo no Kao, or Mama Elephant.

I love the simplicity of this card. The stamp alone is too cute and I love that I can use it with any sentiment to send a message.

To add some color to the cards, I used a strip of washi tape. The word "thanks" was cut out using a metal die and my Sizzix Big Shot.

A panda card must have a panda envelope to go with it, right? I can't tell you how much I adore the panda stamps at Mama Elephant. I *heart* them a lot!

For a less cutesy look, I left out the panda stamp and just used the die-cut with washi tape to make some quick Thank You cards. I never seem to have enough of those.

I also made a few easy note cards by replacing the "thanks" with a simple "hello".

I am a hoarder of craft supplies and it is such an irony that some of my favorite cards are the ones that are super simple, like this "OH SO happy" card. I used scrap pieces of cardstock to cut out the "happy" and the hill. The "OH SO" letters were stamped using a set of alphabet stamps.

I hope that you enjoyed these cards. I have a few more that I will be posting later.

Talk to you soon!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

FREE: Simply Spooky Bag Toppers (printable)

photo by LD

I look forward to the end of the week not only because I get a 2-day break from making school lunches, but also to see what's new in the LD store. LD has the fun-est art! The designs in their latest release, Simply Spooky, are a little creepy and a little cute but they are a whole lot of fun. Here, take a look and you'll see what I mean:

Look! These are Simple Shapes! I *heart* Simple Shapes because they are so easy to use! Cut them out of paper to make some easy cards or cut them out of vinyl for some quick home decor.

Check out these Simple Shape Cameos. They would look awesome as wall decals!

Speaking of home decor, these Halloween houses would be so fun to make and display. That skeleton looks like a fun idea too.

If you are planning a Halloween party, use the Simply Spooky Party printable set to make the party look even more awesome.

These are just some of the designs in the Simply Spooky collection.  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE WHOLE LINE.

The LD Boo Sale is still going on and many Halloween designs are marked down to 75% off regular price. CLICK HERE TO SHOP THE SALE.

While you are at the LD store, don't forget to grab this month's LD Promotional bundle.


Here is the freebie for this week:

CLICK HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Simply Spooky - Bag Toppers (printable) to your cart and checkout. You pay $0.00!

Silhouette users, CLICK HERE to get your free design of the week.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Come join Dumbledore's Army!

My two 13 year olds are the biggest fans of Harry Potter that I know. Like most (if not all) Potterheads, they know all the spells and all the details of the magical world created by JK Rowling. Their interest in all things Harry Potter deepened even further after Hubby and I brought them on a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. I still remember how excited they were when they had their first taste of Butter Beer! Click HERE for my trip report if you had missed it before.

One day it dawned upon them that since many of their friends are huge Potterheads too, they should belong to a Harry Potter Club. Since there wasn't one in school, they decided to create one. I was so amused when they excitedly announced at the end of the last school year that they had received the Principal's approval. They are the founders of the new Harry Potter Club! The meetings will start in the 2016-17 school year. Woohoo!

Fast forward to today. The first meeting of the newly formed club is happening as I am writing this. The kids had made and distributed posters of their club but I offered to make them a couple more.

Here is a phone photo of the posters that was taken in the wee hours of the morning. What do you think? Too cute for middle schoolers? The twins liked them and brought them to school the other week.

I cannot wait for them to come home and tell me all about their first Dumbledore Army meeting.


Files used:
Enchanted- Apprentices- GS
Enchanted- PP