Come And Join Me In My Creativity Zone

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.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ballet Dancer Card

My friend, Benjie, requested me to make her a
birthday card with an image of a ballet dancer that she can display on her desk. She used to take ballet lessons and told me that she misses her ballet dancing. So I came up with an easel card using a design from the online store which was perfect for Benjie's request. I love the color combination that I used, pink and dark chocolate brown. My favorite on the card are the ballet shoes. The shoes are a separate design which I also bought from the Silhouette store. I tweaked them using the node editing tool until they fit the feet of the ballet dancer perfectly. I created the dress using the same ballet dancer design. I created the frame using the same design used for the base of the card by doing an internal offset.

Here is a tutorial on the easel card:

All the designs used on this card were purchased from 
the Silhouette store:

Ballet dancer: dancer_C20091017003545_2581
Ballet shoes: ballet_shoes_C20091016235517_2581 
Base of the card: 3_labels_C00800_20509 

Since all the designs on this card were purchased from the Silhouette store, I won't be able to share any file for this card. I do hope that you will still leave your comment :).

Note Pad Holder - A Nice Christmas Stocking Stuffer

Here is another great Christmas stocking stuffer project, a note pad or post-it holder. This is actually a great giveaway on any occasion. I've been crazy about the vintage look and used some distressing techniques on this project using Tim Holtz distress ink pads. I embossed the pattern paper with my Cuttlebug blending the color the distress ink with the colors of the pattern paper. The result is simply stunning! It gives that very chic vintage look on the paper. The cover or holder is a very simple template made in Studio using the rounded rectangle shape from the drawing tools. I hate using the perforated cut for the folds so I manually scored the folds of the holder with my Martha Stewart scoring board.  I used magnetic disks for the closure as shown on the video tutorial. I put a layer of paper on the inside flaps to hide the magnetic disks. I've seen other tutorials that used velcro instead. The embellishment is the other half of a Chinese button pair that you can find in fabric/notions stores. This is actually color white which I colored with ordinary dye ink pad using a foam applicator that's why the color matches the paper very nicely. The size of the note pads I used is 3" x 3". The ones made on the video tutorial were 2" x 2" which I'll be making, too. You can make the 2 sizes and bundle them with a ribbon which will make very cute presents. You can even personalize the holders by putting your recipients monogram on the cover.

Here is the video tutorial where I got the idea from:

I have the template in Studio file and can share it for free.

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Happy crafting,

Monday, November 14, 2011

Angry Birds Card - Another Fun Kiddie Card

I made this card for my godson, Ranjeet, who is just crazy about the Angry Birds (along with every kid around). I really enjoyed making this card knowing how thrilled he will be. He loves it so much that he wanted to display it so I made a board for the card so he can hang it. I researched for the font of Angry Birds and was directed to the 'feast of flesh'. Here is a link to the free download:

The Angry Birds images are just pictures of stuffed toys that I snipped and created in Studio with print and cut. I suggest using photo paper for bright and crisp iamges I created mats for the birds and welded them to the base of the card to hold each bird with the 'springy thingy' which makes the card kinda interactive which makes it even more fun and enjoyable.

I used the same 'springy thingy' on my swing and spin cards previously posted. I got the idea from Margaret Wilburn's blog. Here is her video tutorial on how to make it:

All files used for this card can be shared, as always for free. Just indicate your request on your comment.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Christmas Family Tree

I can't believe that we are on the last 2 months of the year. Christmas is just around the corner which means, here I go again, frantic to come up with a design for my Christmas cards. Frantic, yes, as it is already mid-November and I don't even have a design concept yet. Most of these cards are being mailed abroad and snail mail just seems to be getting slower and slower every year :(.

While I'm trying to figure out my Christmas card design for this year, I'd like to share the wonderful Christmas project that I made for my family last year. I made a family tree using a very cute ornament design from the Silhouette store: 3d_photo_ornament_C00768_17986.

For those who are looking for a Christmas project, here is an idea for you.