I Needed to Color…Like Really Needed To

18 10 2017

So I did. And I found a kinda creepy thing to color.

October is busy here. Two birthdays, parties for those birthdays, parent teacher conferences, and Halloween. I have stuff to post, just haven’t had the time 😦

But this is an easy post 🙂

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Xoxo

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Eiffel Tower – Further Proof I May be a Little Crazy

7 10 2017

I’ve had this file for a while. I’ve wanted to make it for a while. It seemed like quite the undertaking, but my daughter’s having a Paris themed birthday party so this really seemed like a good time to try it out.

It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be 🙂

Some tips, though, in case you want to give this a whirl.

1. Because of the intricate cuts, don’t use an ultra sticky mat. Obviously, it needs to be sticky enough to hold the paper, but you need it to release the paper easily, too, or all those little pieces can tear.

2. Be patient while your machine cuts the pieces out. Mine took a bit, but it cut well, so it was worth it 🙂

3. Temporary adhesive is your friend. So many similar pieces, but there are different. While placing the top pieces on (in my case the black pieces) i used temporary adhesive to get the pieces where I needed them then went back and added permanent adhesive.

4. Have fun 🙂

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Xoxo

File here: Eiffel Tower





Halloween Lantern

3 10 2017

Because I could 🙂

Originally, this was designed to be smaller and sit on a table top. I enlarged it and I’m working on a way to hang it 🙂

It’s such a fun design!

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Link to file: here





Barcode Scanning Print and Cut Makes My Life Easier!

25 09 2017

So print & cut is a pretty cool feature that allows you to design something in your Silhouette workspace, print it from your computer then take that printed piece and load it into your machine to be cut out.

I recently upgraded my software to the Business Edition, and with the current software version from Silhouette (V4. something or other) there’s this barcode option for print and cut. I searched online a bit, and really couldn’t find out a lot of info about it. I was able to track down what it’s supposed to do, but not really the tutorials that show you how to use the feature. And I didn’t find anywhere that answered questions about it either. They might be out there, I just didn’t find them with a quick internet search. So I spent some of the day playing with it and through some trial and error, figured some things out. I still have some questions, but I’ll post those at the end. Maybe if someone else has the answers they can chime in.

First off, what I was able to figure out is going to save me so much time – which I think is the purpose of adding the barcode and totally worth the upgrade price to me!

So, a basic “tutorial” for the barcode scanning print and cut. I’m using a project I worked on today. The barcode scan came in very handy 🙂

  1. PAGE SET UP: In the page set up window, set your paper size and registration marks. I have a normal size printer, so mine is always set at 8.5×11 for print and cut projects. For registration marks, I use the presets for the Cameo.
  2. ENABLE BARCODE: Down a little further in this window, you’ll notice the option to enable barcode – select that. You can also select whether or not to have this project saved in the cloud for cutting later without opening your software. I haven’t played with that, but couldn’t see how it would work with just the options I had. Maybe if I check that box, there will be other options. But I’ll save that for a different day 😉
  3. CREATE: I made a banner for a friend to use at her son’s birthday party. I had lots of pieces to print then cut. img_3094I grouped the pieces together the way I planned to print them so I knew how many pages of cardstock I needed to load into the printer.img_3095A closer view of a page. It’s easier to see the barcode, too.img_3096
  4. CUT SETTINGS:  it appears that the barcode saves not only the image and placement, but your cut settings. Once printed, I couldn’t find a way to change them. None of the changes I made in the send window affected the cutting after I printed. Unfortunately, I wasted a dozen sheets of paper and time because I didn’t know this, so now I’m telling you 😉 There are lots of ways tell the machine how to cut out your images, so use which ever way is most comfortable for you 🙂 I cut by using line color, as you’ll see in the following picture. img_3097Because I was doing a simple print and cut, I only needed the outside of the image to cut. You can see it highlighted here in blue.
  5. PRINTING: send your image to your printer. img_3099Now I have all these lovelies to cut.
  6. CUT OUT: Load your page into the machine. To use the barcode scanner to cut out your design, go to the Send window. It doesn’t matter what’s on your screen when you use the barcode feature, so don’t worry about that. At the bottom of the menu, across from the send button, you’ll find the barcode icon. Select this.img_3098
  7. MAGIC: your machine will first scan the barcode, then the registration marks, then it will cut.img_3100

I got asked a couple of questions about this feature today, but I’m by no means an expert. I was asked  how it worked (thus the quick tutorial) and when/why I would use it. So here goes.

If I’m only cutting out images from one piece of paper I printed, the barcode scanning isn’t going to make much of a difference. But often, I find myself printing on more than one piece of paper. To do a print and cut without the barcode, I would print on my paper, grab my paper off the printer (which is not near my desk), load it into my machine and cut it. Then print off the next page and do it all over again if I had multiple sheets of paper.

This doesn’t seem like a lot, but it really wasn’t efficient. And you guys know, I have a bazillion kids. I don’t have a lot of time. What crafting time I do have, I don’t want to spend going back and forth between the printer and my desk. This way is so much more efficient. And a project like today’s is the perfect example of when I would use it. Lots of pages with different images.

My original idea was to print everything, then cut everything. While I had papers piling up, I realized I might be able to begin cutting while I was still printing the rest of the images. It worked!

Overall, I really think I’m going to like this feature. I need to try and figure out how to use the barcode to cut without opening my software – but seriously, it’s ALWAYS open, so this may never actually be an issue.

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxoxo

 

***REMINDER I’m on V4. something of the software and using Business Edition. I don’t know how this will work on other versions or editions of the software.

 





Halloween Village Started and a Glaring Mistake and How I fixed it.

13 09 2017

Life is crazy here. If you’ve poked around my blog, you have a good idea why it’s so crazy 🙂 But I try and steal a little bit of free time to work with paper. I have crazy ideas that need to be explored sometimes 😉

During some of those stolen pockets of paper time, I go a little nuts and do something like Maple Manor from SVG Cuts. It’s the beginning of the Halloween Village Square I have in my head. It’s mostly decorated, but I’ll probably go back and embellish it some more after I have more of the village square finished.

Here’s a look at the finished (for now) manor house.

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I mentioned there was a glaring error. I’ve disguised it in the above pictures, but let me tell you what I did. See the front door? It doesn’t exactly go right there. It’s close, but not quite right. Mary designed a way cool front porch for this house. When I tried to put it on, I realized my door was too low…I guess I should have watched the tutorial all the way through, but I was too eager to get started 😉

What I ended up with, were porch supports that were too short to fit because I’d made the distance between the bottom of the porch and the top taller than it had been designed when I had to leave out the rest of the porch. Here’s a picture of the fix and disguise I came up with to offset my eagerness.

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On the right, you can see the foam tape I used to make up the height I was missing. On the left, you can see the disguise. I made the corn stalks from white paper then colored them the colors I wanted. I figured the twine needed a purpose to be there, so corn stalks it was 🙂

Other altered areas:

The paper on the roof was the design I wanted, but not the color. It was a little washed out for what I had in mind. So I used my inks and added yellows, oranges, and browns around the edge of the papers to give me the richer fall color I wanted.

Here’s a before and after of the papers.

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So why mention the mistake in the first place? If you’re just casually looking, you probably wouldn’t notice it.

No matter how good our intentions are, we make mistakes. We’re flawed. It’s what we do. But fixing those things, making something different or even better than what we started with, that’s how we become better.

Many times, what we do after the mistake is more important than the mistake. Do we trash the whole project because of one glaring flaw? Or do we fix it and make something better?

I spent a lot of time on this house. It was worth it to me to work the mistake into something better.

Our lives are so much more important than this paper house. Sometimes we mess up. It’s okay. Even the best people have made mistakes, so we’re in good company. Don’t give up. Once you know where you went wrong, fix it. Make your life better.

If this paper house is worth fixing, so are we.

The spooky pic:

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Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

Links to items used:

Maple Manor, Brick embossing folder

 





Chocolate Purses

30 08 2017

So they’re not *really* made from chocolate, but they’re full of little chocolate bars 🙂

I made them for the principal and guidance counselor at the elementary school.

Even if my boy has an unexpectedly good transition/year, it doesn’t hurt to be kind and thankful for all the things the people in my son’s life do for him and other children 🙂

I used double sided paper for these and used my Silhouette to cut them out. They’re small, so they were pretty quick and easy to put together 🙂

Links to the files I used:

Flower, Hobo Style Bag (left), Adele’s Purse (right) (this purse includes a flower, but I used a different one)





An Oops and a Sympathy Card

27 08 2017

To be clear, the sympathy card has nothing to do with the “oops” in the title.

We found out about the passing of a woman we used to attend church with. They moved, but people were able to find a current address for them.

This card is for her husband and the rest of the family, but mostly for him. They’d been married for quite some time and I can’t imagine the hole her passing has left in his life.

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The oops came in when I tried to use the sketch pen in my Cameo to write on the already colored image. Apparently, going over an inked area is not what the pens are made to do – luckily, there are other really great things they do really well. It’s just this specific situation I had trouble with. In case you find yourself in a similar situation, it’s not you. It’s not the pen. It’s the ink already on the paper. Probably. That’s my assumption. It’s the second time I’ve run across this specific set up 😉

The sketch pen got enough on the paper that I was able to use a zig pen and fill in the rest. Even though it didn’t work the way I initially imagined, I think I would still do it the same way because I couldn’t do this by hand without the help of my Cameo.

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Oh, and to do this, I used my pixscan mat – yay pixscan!

The background paper is also from Silhouette. I used the print and cut feature for this. It’s so much easier than going through all the actual paper to find something that would work. Don’t get me wrong. There’s still a huge place for real paper 😉

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xoxo

Stamp, Background pattern, Words