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Monday, February 23, 2015

Catch a Falling Star

I tell my kids all the time that working hard is not enough. You have to work smart too.

"What is this?", I would ask them while pointing a finger at my head.

It's ironic that the person who often says "Use your noggin'. Think!" is also the one to do things the hard way. (Yes, I'm referring to me in case you haven't figured that out yet. :P )

Today's card is a case in point. I could have finished it in less than 30 minutes but I just had to meddle with LD's Sweet Dreams file. In the original image, the girl layer is attached to the moon. I really wanted the image to "pop" so I spent twice the time separating the girl from the moon.

I think that the time spent was worth it. Doesn't the image look cuter when the girl layer is elevated above the moon? It's like she's really sitting on it! In case you are interested in doing the same, the following is a screenshot of how the image looks like after all the modifications.

The card base was printed and manually trimmed down to size with my paper trimmer.

If you are interested in making today's card but do not care for, or have the time to modify the file, it's not a problem at all. The original LD file is perfectly fine. Your card will not have the added dimension but it'll still look super adorable.

Here's my finished card:

Files used:
Sweet Dreams Cut Its (SVG)
Sweet Dreams graphic set ("catch a falling star" sentiment)


  1. I love to pop up layers, too. I have to admit, sometimes I just print several copies and fussy cut the parts i want to layer.Other times I am determined to make it cut with the machine.

    1. Ha! It's good to know that I'm not the only one who modifies files so that the layers "pop". I was starting to feel silly mentioning that in this post but you've made me feel so much better! :-)

  2. I love it! DEFINITELY worth the time. Did you slice her out, or use some selection process to separate her? And it looks like you used line-point editing to round out the inside curve of the moon (?) - a nice touch. Sorry if you've provided these answers already - I'm still working on my first cup of coffee . . . .

    1. Thank you, Martha! I used a lot of "Object>Modify" commands in Silhouette Studio and several "Weld" to separate the layers. It was rather time-consuming but I love the new look. For the moon, I actually used the moon and stars image from the Cut It set. I just flipped it horizontally and rotate it a little. Easy peasy! ;-)

  3. Beautiful. Definitely worth the effort!

  4. Aww, Jin, I always enjoy your posts - you are so creative, my friend!!

    Carmen L

    1. Awww.... thank you, Carmen!! I love looking at your work too. In case you didn't know, I think you are amazing! :)