Vinyl Cutting Board

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I have a fun new project to show you today! Ever since Mom and I went to the first All Things Silhouette Conference, we've been wanting to try cutting vinyl with our Silhouette Cameos. We've had our machines for 3 years but have only cut paper up to this point.

The cutting board is textured on the front, but smooth on the back. I mirrored my image and text and applied them to the back of the cutting board. I used Oracal 651 so the cutting board can be washed. I I gave it to my mother-in-law for Christmas. She loved it and is mostly going to use it as decoration in her kitchen!

Have you tried vinyl? I don't know why I waited so long!

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Christmas Pocket Letter

Thursday, December 24, 2015

One of the Facebook groups I frequent had a little Pocket Letter swap. I used one of my favorite paper collections, Kringle and Co from American Crafts, to make these letters.

This is my favorite patterned paper from the collection!

I tucked embellishments, a note, and some tea behind the decorated inserts.

I used little words from an October Afternoon sticker sheet to make this pocket.

I'll be back soon to show you some non-Christmas themed gifts I made. I hope you and your family has a very Merry Christmas!!

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26 Books - November

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

1. A book you own but haven't read
2 - a book that was made into a movie
3 - a book you pick solely because of the cover
4 - a book your friend loves
5 - a book published this year
6 - a book by an author you've never read before
7 - a book by an author you love
8 - a book at the bottom of your "to be read" pile
9 - a book with a color in the title
10 - a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
11 - a book you started but never finished
12 - a book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe
13 - a book with a female heroine
14 - a book set in the summer
15 - a book of poems
16 - a book you learned about because of this challenge
17 - a book that will make you smarter
18 - a book with a blue cover
19 - a book you were supposed to read in school. But didn't.
20 - a book "Everyone" has read but you
21 - a book with a great first line
22 - a book with pictures
23 - a book from the library
24 - a book you loved... read it again!
25 - a book that is more than 10 years old
26 - a book based on a true story 

I'm getting close to my 26 book goal! It's been fun doing this challenge. I've done more reading than I have in years. Time is running out a little bit - hope I read the rest before the year is up, but we shall see. The holidays are so busy!

For book 20, a book "everyone" has read but you, I chose Yes Please by Amy Pohler. It was funny but I just couldn't get into it. It's a collection of short essays so it's something you can pick up and put down any time though.

I started Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. It really doesn't fit into any of the categories... so I'm changing the criteria for book 19 to "a book that teaches you something". That works for me! This book is pretty neat - she discusses inspiration, finding your creative flow, how to be in the moment and recognize those moments of pure genius.

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Breathe Deeply yoga card

Thursday, December 3, 2015

One of the girls from my yoga teacher training opened up her own studio! Obviously I had to make a card for her. First, I traced her logo in Silhouette Studio and cut it out in different colors for a layered look. Her studio logo is a pretty purple color and I matched it fairly well with this purple cardstock.

I found this "breathe deeply" cut file and knew it would be perfect! I printed it on Joe's laser printer in blank ink, then ran it through the Heidi Swapp Minc machine. SWOON. I must say, this is one of my most favorite projects ever!! 

Next time I will use smooth cardstock so I get a crisper foil application. I say the black ink showing through in spots just gives it texture! ;)

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