Archives for August 2014

Silhouette Sunday #13: bookmarks


Hello Everyone! I have been missing my Silhouette. This summer has pulled me in so many directions that I haven’t had much time to play like I like to with my Silhouette. But I did make a quick bookmark with it.

I was inspired by the store bought bookmark that I recently bought Apollo at the bookstore.  So I used this great calligraphy phrase by Tanya Batrak on the Silhouette store ( Design ID: #61896 ).


I created two with ribbons on the top.


The other two I used twine, beads from my old jewelry making days and metal charms.

Apollo has already asked to have one so move over store bought bookmarks.

Well I am off to go put one of these to use in my recent book.

Have a blessed day!


New card: Blessings

gardenlady2I have had this beautiful digi from Mo’s Digital Pencil for some time now. As you know, I love to be in my garden and watch things grow. So I decided it was time to color her up. I used paper from two collections: Basic Grey’s Highline and Dear Lizzy’s Lucky Charm.  I also added some sequins and used my pearl pen to add a little more on top of each sequin. Can you guess where I got the vellum from? I actually had some left from the sheet I ran through the Silhoutte from my Project Life accents I made so instead of throwing them away, I took out a border punch and made a few. No waste in this craft room. I like how it softens the look.


Lately we have been spending long hours in the late afternoon and evening on our deck and I enjoy taking in the beauty of the garden but the sights and the sounds of the birds, butterflies and bumble bees rock  my world.  They are so amazing and they are a gift so I make sure to remind myself to take the time daily especially while the weather is nice.

I recently watched an amazing TED talk by Louie Schwartzberg, an amazing photographer and filmaker who captured the most beautiful time-lapsed photography in nature.  Then set it to film with a voice over that reminds us we are interconnected to nature and not to take it for granted. It is a blessing. That we should make gratitude a priority.


So when I looked for a sentiment for this card this video popped into my brain and  I found the perfect sentiment from my Autumn Blessings stamp from Flourishes.

I hope you can take time today to enjoy the beauty of nature and let gratitude warm your heart.



Peerless Watercolor Organization


Ok so the “hot” thing right now is watercolor.  I took a class a month or so back and have just begun to get ready to play. I found a great video on Youtube by AmyR and she showed how she organized her Peerless Watercolors. So I got to work on doing this so that I will use them. The one I have is Nicholson’s Peerless Transparent Watercolors Joanne Palette Colors which contains 15 sheets.

So I put on some rubber gloves. A good thing to use because it gets messy from the moisture in your fingers. If you haven’t use these before, they are paper that when you wet them they create watercolors. They tend to last much longer than you think so I cut small squares from each sheet.


Then I attached them to my Strathmore 140lb watercolor paper which was cut down to about 41/2 x 5 1/2 so that I could slip them into my clear bags that are 5 7/8 x 7 3/4.  I left space at the top incase I want to attach a ring to hold them. I am not sure yet. I adhered them down with my ATG and then realized in all of the excitement, that I glued them upside down.  AAhhhh!!!


So I had to redo it and then I wrote the names of the colors below each swatch and got to work with brush and water and placed a swatch below so that I could see the true colors.


After they dried I slipped them into the clear bags. Now I can pick it up and see exactly what the colors are and match them to my pattern papers. I think I will actually use them now.

Have  a blessed day!


Silhouette Sunday #12: The Beauty of Vellum

vellum1Hello! I have not posted any new Silhouette Sundays in longer than I would like to admit.


Yesterday I was working on my Project Life album and decided I liked the idea of including some Vellum on some layouts. I tend to buy kits and supplies when Silhouette has one of it’s many sales so you wouldn’t be surprised to hear that I purchased a package of vellum but never used it. So I dove right in and selected shapes from my library that I thought would cut nicely and can be used on my album or some cards. I made sure to fill the page up so I could use up the whole sheet. I could probably added more but it was my first cut so I didn’t take my chances. But next time I will put them closer together and put more in there. I took basic shapes and duplicated and re-sized them for variety.


I wanted a shape to go with my photo of a book haul and I loved this one I had of a girl sitting on a stack of books. The funny thing is that I literally have to move books off of my chair in my book nook when I read or else I would be sitting on them. So I thought this image would be perfect. Look at the detail. I can’t believe it cut it so nicely with all that detail. You can actually see the books.


This is how it looks in my Project Life album. I put it over the photo of my book haul. It is so pretty.


I used the heart on a 3×4 card in the album as an accent. I love how you can see it but also thru it so the lovely colors aren’t blocked out. I like how it softens the look. I put a sequin on top to hide a clue dot.  I will definitely be using it more. I can’t wait to try in on my cards for my shop.

If you haven’t used vellum with your Silhouette, I hope you give it a try too.

Here are additional resources and links to the use of vellum with the Silhouette:

Have a blessed day!




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