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Come and join me in my Creativity Zone where you can enjoy fun and challenging card design ideas that will inspire you to learn new techniques to maximize the use of your craft tools, most especially the Silhouette Cameo machine along with the Silhouette Studio Designer software, and truly enjoy your crafting to the fullest.

All my files are shared for free, ONLY with my blog followers. The files are in Silhouette Studio format. They are for PERSONAL use only and must not be redistributed. You can share by directing people to the link of the project/post on my blog. Thank you for your compliance.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Triple Easel Card - Wedding Card For Lu and Kim

My youngest niece, Lu (Lualhati), who I still fondly call Ati, got married to her five-year fiance, Kim Chu last May 15, 2015 in San Francisco, California. What a great wedding date, 05-05-15. Yes, this a very late post! It will be their first wedding anniversary in a few days. As it was the most special event in her life, I wanted to make the most special card for her and Kim. I really struggled to come up with a special design concept and it took a lot of sample cutting before I finally settled with the triple easel card which I found on Pinterest. This is the most labor intensive card that I have about labor of love :-).

I'm still very new with manual die cutting and I instantly got hooked on it when I started  more than a year ago. There are gazillions of outrageously beautiful dies in the market which makes it so addictive. This wedding card gave me the chance to make good use of some of the dies in my collection. I used the 3 smallest dies of the Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Circles for the base of the card. I used more than a dozen sets of dies on this card. The triple easel card looks daunting and seem very complicated to make but it was surprisingly easy as I followed the step-by-step instructions on the video. No wonder it became a craze a while back in the card-making community. You'll find a lot of card designs and video tutorials on the triple easel card.

The card laid flat with just the basic triple easel, without the embellishments and the extended out heart design framing the photo of the bride and groom measures 9" x 6".

Happy crafting!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Elegant Note Pad Holder

I just finished getting caught up with all the birthday cards for family and friends all through the month of August and September and I can now take a breather planning for the next birthday cards. I was merely surfing the Pinterest without anything specific in mind but when I saw this beautiful note pad pinned from the Butternut Sage, I was immediately flooded with a lot of design ideas. I knew at a glance that I can easily create the template in the Silhouette Studio and I was even more inspired to start the project immediately as it has been a while since my blog followers enjoyed a really nice free file from me. So here it is, my dear followers, another great inspiration for a gift idea project. I've actually started mine for Christmas giveaways.
The free file is complete with all the layers, as seen on the black holder including the very neat foldable easel on the back of the holder. I created this easel and I've been using it in a variety of projects like cards and photo frames. The embellishments used on the front of the holder are all tags from different metal die sets that I have been collecting. The names of these dies will be indicated on the caption of the photos. The file was created in Silhouette Studio which I am sharing including the 'Just a note' with the flourish Print & Cut, this is for the cover of the note pad that you may want to include when you give this to your recipient. This can actually be personalized by adding the name of your recipient. The monogram font is a free download. See instructions on how to assemble the pocket of the holder below.

Another similar gift idea is the post-it-note holder and another one using a faux leather technique design that I created a couple of years ago. The free template file is also offered.

Blogging is not really my thing as it takes a lot of my time most especially the tedious task of taking photos showing the complete process and identifying all the items used in creating the project. With all the effort involved in craft blogging, the bloggers just want to be able to gain an audience and perhaps have their work appreciated somehow most especially when there are hard-worked template files shared for free. Bloggers extend their creativity in different ways on how to entice readers to take the time to leave some comments on their work. Bloggers work hard to make their blogs popular and needless to say, the popularity of a blog is measured by the number of the followers listed. We just want your following and comments to be counted. So please take the time to get your name listed if you're a new follower and leave a comment. And if you're already listed, please take the time to leave a comment to request for the free file. Please do not forget to indicate your email address so I can send you the requested free file. 

Happy crafting!



All my files are shared for free, ONLY with my blog followers. They are for PERSONAL use only and must not be redistributed. You can share by directing people to the link of the project/post on my blog. Thank you for your compliance.

The cover for the note pad - Print & Cut text and
flourish with 'stitched' outline

The back has a very stable easel stand.

 The back has a very stable easel stand which can be
laid flat for neat packaging

REJ's holder was made with the Spellbinders Valiant Honor die set

The name tag was made with the tag from the Valiant Honor,
the oval from the Elegant Ovals and the circle from the FAncy Framed Tags Two

Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two and Spellbinders Elegant Ovals

All the diecuts from the free file

Spellbinders Labels Eight - Used for Leila's holder

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Spellbinders Labels Twenty - used for Leila's holder

Tag from Spellbinders Detailed Scallops - used for both
Leila and LTG's holders

Lala-land Filigree

Instructions For The Pocket:

The pocket is included in the free file, already scored. But it is actually so easy to do it manually with the use of a scoring board (I use the Martha Stewart).

1)  Cut a piece of cardstock:  4" high x 5 1/2" wide. The height will vary according to your  own design and embellishment. I made the pocket of REJ's holder shorter to show the beautiful detail of the Valiant Honor die which I glued on the front. I trimmed off the sides of the diecut to fit the front of the pocket.

2)  Score the left and right side (width) with 2 lines at 1/2" interval. Do exactly the same at the bottom. The finished pocket measures exactly 3" high x 3 1/2 wide.

3) Trim both sides towards the bottom, as shown on the photo below, to make the bottom tabs.
     Cut exactly on the scored lines.

4)  Glue the tabs and then the sides.

5)  Apply glue (I used double sided tape) on all the 3 sides and adhere to the back of the holder.