Monday, April 27, 2015

Jin's { Extreme } Orange Cards

I love LD's cutesy designs but every now and then they surprise me with a non-kiddie file that I must have.

I *heart* the Fruit Cocktail Cut Its as soon as I saw it. The Extreme Layers version, in particular, is very cool. I am intrigued by the multiple layers and I couldn't wait to download the set and cut the fruits out. I started with the strawberry and after cutting out the lemon, I realized that cards made with these cutouts will be bulky. I decided to make the orange using the in-lay technique so as to reduce bulk.

I modified the cutting file by reassigning the cutting lines. I was really excited when I completed my first in-laid orange. I couldn't wait to show it to my kids! They took a look at the card and asked, "That's pretty, Mom. Is that a graphic?"

Yikes! In-laying the whole design resulted in a completely flat and uninteresting card. There isn't much of a difference between my in-laid orange and a graphic image of it. My kids were right. I had to re-do the card and add more dimensions. So I went back to the craft room and made a second card using a combination of both the in-laid technique and the regular layering method.

I love the finished card so much more! I used the in-lay technique in two spots- on the orange rind and on the base. I also raised the the layers up twice - on the rind, and in the middle.

While assembling the cards, I also experimented with using different mediums to make the seeds. Glossy Accents provided the extra dimension but they looked like juice on the orange rather than seeds. Liquid Pearls worked better but in the end, I decided to make the entire card, seeds included, out of cardstock.

Here's the finished card:

File used:
LD Fruit Cocktail - Extreme Layers Cut Its (SVG)
Frame is made with a steel die-cut by Mama Elephant.

Click HERE to see my other project that applies the in-lay method.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Please re-download Monarch Butterfly Cut Its.

If you had downloaded the Butterfly Kisses - Monarch Cut It set before Sunday (4/26) afternoon, please click HERE to sign into your LD account and re-download. There was a slight error with the cutting file but it has been fixed.

LOWEST PRICE! 55% off Silhouette Studio Designer Edition!

HURRY! This is the lowest price of Silhouette Studio Designer Edition that I've seen. If you want the program, now is the time to get it. The free Silhouette Studio software that comes with the Silhouette Portrait or Silhouette Cameo cutting machine cannot open SVG files. You need a 3rd party program like Make-the-Cut or the Designer Edition upgrade to use SVGs.

Amazon changes their prices often and I don't know how long this offer will last. CLICK HERE to get your Silhouette Studio Designer Edition before the price goes up!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Freebies {plus some BIG news!}

TGIF! Here are some of the new sets that LD released today. Click HERE to check out the whole Butterfly Kisses collection:

LD's Stringbeans are on sale for 80% off but the promotion ends on Monday. If you have not shopped the sale, click HERE to see how you can bring the prices of the bundles down even lower.

The other day I mentioned that something BIG was coming to LD. In case y'all have not figured it out, LD is switching over to a new site!

LD is still working on their new website but once it's up, we will all be treated to some awesome freebies. The free sets will be automatically added to our LD libraries. If you do not already have an LD account, just CLICK HERE to go to the LD site and click on "Create an Account" on the top right corner of the page.

Here are your Friday Freebies:

Click HERE or the image above to go to the LD site. Add the Butterfly Kisses - Monarch graphic set and Cut It (SVG) to your cart and checkout. You pay $0.00! The links to the downloads will show up after the "transaction" is completed.

At the time of this post, LD's Earth Day surprise freebie is still available for download. If you have not grabbed yours yet, click HERE to get it before it's gone.

Silhouette Studio users, don't forget to grab your weekly freebie from the Silhouette Design Store.

That's all for now! TTYL!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Surprise Earth Day freebie from LD!

It's Earth Day and LD has posted a freebie. The catch is that you have to hunt for it. :-)

Click HERE to start looking for the free set but if you would rather not play, I have good news for you. I've already done the work for you and found the freebie. You can click HERE to get it and HERE to see what you can make with it.

2 days only! Patricia Zapata's Three Birdcages Cut It set for $2 (reg. $6)

Patricia Zapata is one of my favorite designers and I was so thrilled to see that LD has put her Three Birdcages Cut Its on sale again!

I had cut and assembled the birdcages when they were first released (click HERE to see two of them) and I *heart* how they look. If you want to make your own birdcages, click HERE to get the file but hurry, this sale will end on Friday.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

50% off Silhouette Replacement Blades! {and 47% off SSDE}

WOOT! Silhouette blades are 50% off again! It's time to stock up!

Besides the half-price blades, Silhouette Studio Designer Edition is also on sale for 47% off.

For those of  you who are new to Silhouette, the free Silhouette Studio software that came with the Silhouette cutting machines cannot import SVG files. In order to use SVG files with your Silhouette cutting machine, you will need to use a 3rd party software like Make-the-Cut or use the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition upgrade.

{Please note: The features of the Designer Edition are "locked" inside the basic Silhouette Studio software. By purchasing this software card, you are actually buying a license key that will unlocked those features. The software card is not a separate program. }

You may noticed that I had used the Silhouette 2012 Wood Frame Advent Calendar in THIS project. The frame is now 50% off HERE.

Amazon has frequent price changes and I don't know how long these offers will last. Click HERE to get your Silhouette replacement blades and HERE to get your Silhouette Studio Designer Edition before the prices go up. To see all the Silhouette deals on Amazon, just click HERE.