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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hippo Birthday!

School is still out but the twins are at band camp all week and I'm feeling like it's time to paaaarty!

Funny how fast things changed. Remember that time when I whined about being sad and lonely when the kids were at school? Ha! Not anymore!
from my Facebook page

Perhaps that's why I burst out laughing when I first saw that party hippo from the new LD Zoological. To think that I could actually relate to the joy it seems to be feeling. And school hasn't even started yet! Hilarious! (If you have not seen LD's latest collection, CLICK HERE to check it out now. I *heart* the party set!)

I can't help it. I just had to cut the Hoppin' Hippo out and of course, make a card with it.

Using Silhouette Studio (DE), I came up with another "Jin-Style" simple shaped card. I cut out all the layers from patterned, and solid color cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo machine. The greeting was printed on a sheet of patterned cardstock using my hubby's laser printer.

The card was assembled and put together using glue, tape, and foam tape (for dimension). I added Nuvo drops to the hippo's necklace to make it more interesting and made a tutu for her out of a strip of wired ribbon.

Here's the finished card:


Files used:
Zoological - Party - Cut Set (SVG included)
PN Back Together font

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

{TUTORIAL} Mermaid: So Excited for you!

The countdown has begun. The kids will be going back to school in a few weeks and we are still trying to make the most out of the Summer break. We had initially planned on staying put and not travel this Summer but halfway through, we started getting bored out of our minds. On the spur of the moment, Hubby got some plane tickets and took us away for a quick trip to Taipei. If you follow me on Instagram, you would probably already know all about our vacation. If you are not following me on Instagram, just Click HERE to see what we did on our trip.

Our vacation to Taiwan was short and ended way too soon! We had so much fun we were sad to go. We took a morning flight from Taipei to Seattle on our return trip. After 2 movies, I still couldn't sleep a wink and so I started playing with the Mer-mazing collection that LD has recently released. It didn't take long to design the shaped card and I was excited to get home to cut and assemble it.

Using Silhouette Studio (DE), I created the card base by trimming off the top two corners of a 5.5" x 4.25" rectangle shape.

The card front is formed when I weld the rectangle to a shadow layer of the mermaid.

I added a sentiment to the card front and filled it with other designs from the Mer-mazing collection.

The card base is made by welding a flipped copy of the card front to itself. (Does that make sense? If not, CLICK HERE for a detailed shaped-card tutorial.)

To fill the card front with color, I used the FILL GRADIENT tool in the Silhouette Studio software.

I used print-and-cut to cut out all the layers of the card front.

I cut out the card base with my Silhouette Cameo machine before adhering the colored card front onto it. The mermaid was affixed using foam tape for added dimension.

I finished the card by adding some bling using Stickles glitter glue and Nuvo drops.

Files used:
Mer-mazing Cut Set (SVG included)
Mer-mazing Friends Graphic Set
ZP Cafe Noir font

Editing this post to add a quick slideshow: