Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Swing in Tree Decor

Swing in Tree Decor by Kelly Wayment for Silhouette 

I'm sharing this sweet little 3D box on the Silhouette America blog today.  It's a great piece of decor for Valentine's Day, but I think it can be displayed year round.  In fact, I made a second one and gave it to friends for an anniversary gift.  You can read more about this project {here}.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Silhouette America Creative Team Call

Hey, Silhouette fans!  Silhouette has just announced their 2015-2016 Creative Team call on the blog.  I encourage you to try out.  The past 1 1/2 years have been a wonderful experience serving with them.  Very best of luck to all who apply!  Details {HERE}.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sketched Winter Card

Sketched Winter Tree Card by Kelly Wayment for Silhouette

Here is how I used this week's free design of the week from Silhouette.  I chose to use the sketchy tree and snowflakes on a winter birthday card.  Check it out on the Silhouette blog {here}, and don't forget to grab this week's freebie!

(Pssst...I've included a tutorial for the two most common methods of doing a sketch & cut in Silhouette Studio.  I'm trying to make it easy for you so you can try sketching with your Silhouette, if you're not already a wiz at it!)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Tips for a New Silhouette Cutting Mat

I just love a new, fresh cutting mat for my CAMEO.  My cuts are suddenly perfect again when the paper has a nice tight hold on the mat.  (It's almost as good as a new blade.)

Here are a few tips and tricks for getting along with a really sticky cutting mat.

1.  Only use heavier cardstock and pattern paper for the first 10 or so sheets.  The lightweight papers (copy paper, lightweight one-sided pattern paper, vellum, etc.) are just a little too delicate to remove from the strong grip of a new mat.

I've been known to take a full sheet of 12x12 plain cardstock and put that same sheet on and off the same mat 10 times without even cutting.  You may hear people say to dab it with a lint-free cloth (like a T-shirt), but I personally stay away from that method because I'm afraid I'll lose all that glorious strong hold too quickly.

2.  To avoid paper curling (even with heavy cardstock), pull your mat away from the paper, instead of pulling your paper from the mat.

To do this, you can:

     (A) Flip the whole thing upside down and pull your mat up off the paper (make sure your surface below is very clean so your mat doesn't collect everything it touches), or

     (B) Drag the mat across and down the edge of a desk or table so the mat is doing the bending, and not your paper. As the edge of the paper cut pops off the bent mat, carefully remove the paper to try and keep it as flat as possible.  (See image below.)

Don't worry about bending your mat.  It's plastic and is made to be flexible.  I've bent my mats many, many times and have never had a warp left in my mat.  It always lays flat again.

New mat tips

3.  If you still end up with curled paper, you can generally just gently bend it back the opposite direction of the curl to get it flat enough.  And did you know you can iron it flat?  Works fine.

4.  I've had some new mats leave a faint sticky residue on the back side of my paper.  Usually I'll just make sure it's not something I need both sides for (not a big deal if you're gluing it down anyways, right?) until the mat stops leaving any residue after several projects.  Or you can use an adhesive eraser to remove the light bit of stickiness.

Hopefully these tips are helpful to you.  Please let me know in the comments if you have questions, or if there's another Silhouette topic you'd like me to cover.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

Followers

While I'm excited to start a new year, I must say I found nothing wrong with the old one.  But it sure went by fast!

I've hit some great milestones this year, actually all within the last six weeks.
  • My blog passed 1.5 million cumulative page views (November 18th).
  • I reached 1,000 Pinterest followers (December 4th).
  • I reached 1,000 Instagram followers (December 29th).

A big thank you to all my readers and followers who keep visiting and commenting and validating what I do.  Making pretty things is much more rewarding when you know it's appreciated.  Maybe that's why I don't like to cook and clean.  ;)

Also, a big thank you to Silhouette America for letting me share my creativity and knowledge on their design team the past 14 months...and counting.  And of course, for creating my lovely CAMEO, which is what makes my style of crafting possible.

More thanks to those designers and companies who have let me spotlight their products in various guest-designer roles this past year.  I find the challenge of working with new products and files that I might not otherwise have a chance to try very appealing.

I don't know what will happen in 2015, but I'm optimistic that it will be a great year full of projects and tutorials and Silhouette bliss.  Thanks for spending time with me, and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Crafty Gift Swap

Note Holder 1

I recently got to participate in a gift swap with the Silhouette Design Team. I'm not great at gift selection and gift-giving in general, so I decided to do completely handmade (with the help of my CAMEO, of course).

I have a couple sets of Felicity Jane kits but had not had a chance to use any of the beautiful materials until now.  I chose papers, stamps, and embellishments from the Claire collection to make a note holder for Annie.  (Read here on my original post about making this note holder, which includes a download for the cutting file.)

Once I chose the chevron button for the paper weight, I just selected my ink colors for the Claire stamps to match the button.  It's been a while since I've done much stamping, but I loved working with the Felicity Jane stamps!  Clean and crisp and beautiful.

I cut the note-holder box with my CAMEO from a piece of chevron paper in the Claire kit.  The longest part of this project is cutting and then stamping all the individual notes, but the final result is pretty sweet.

Note Holder with Felicity Jane Stamps and Accents

And to finish off the gift, I cut hearts from this flannel chevron fabric and made hand warmers.  I used Silhouette sewable fabric interfacing to the cut the hearts with my CAMEO, then machine-stitched them and filled them with rice to make cute little pocket-sized hand warmers.  (Don't look too closely at my stitches...a seamstress I am not!)

Hand Warmers
It was fun to make this little set.  See you again soon!

(P.S. Have you seen my new Tutorials tab at the top of my blog? I've updated the format so it's more organized than my original tutorials page, and I've been adding tutorial links that had never made it to the master list.)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Lego Piano

Lego Piano 2

I'm breaking away from my craft-related posts today to show off my son's Lego grand-piano creation.  As he sits and plays the piano downstairs, I'm reminded of this Lego creation he made and just want to share it with you.

Lego Piano 1

Lego Piano 3
Enjoy your day!