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.

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, August 22, 2012

Box For Photo Frame Card

I made another card using the photo frame card design for the birthday of my friend, Christine. Since I still have plenty of time to mail the card, I decided to make a box. This time, I created my own design so I can share it with my followers. Even if you buy a box from the Silhouette store, you will still end up having to tweak it according to the exact measurement of your card. Not many are skilled with the Point/Node Editing in Studio. It's a lot faster and easier for me creating my own design from scratch rather than making all the adjustments to an already made design.

The size of the finished box is approximately 5.25" x 5.25" with a depth of 0.75". Actually, the width is a tad more than the height of the box. For the box acetate window, I used the same shape as the photo frame card. The corner flourish is from the Silhouette store called 'Curly Corner' by Loni Harris (Design ID #11719). The flower is by Prima (Mulberry Paper Flowers) with the same leaves used on the card. I embossed the cover of the box with the Sizzix embossing folder 'Dearly' from the 'Dearly and Frost' set.

For those who requested for the photo frame birthday card and would like this box, just let me know via your comment and I'll send you the file. PLEASE do not forget to leave your e-mail address. There are several followers whose profile does not have any information which leaves me clueless on how to send the file.

For the photo frame birthday card details, see previous post,

Happy crafting!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Photo Frame Birthday Card - For Lu

I made this card for my niece, Lu, who will be turning 21 on September 2. It is another easel card very similar to the wedding card that I made for Krystle using a different frame designed by  Krewella Kreations which I also turned into a photo frame. I was so glad to discover Krewella's blog. She is sharing her fabulous files for free in Studio, SVG, GSD and WPC formats. She has lots of free wonderful files which can easily be downloaded from her blog.

I used the same flourish heart that I used on Krystle's wedding card which i got from Mrs. Miles' blog (posted on her blog January 11, 2012). I love her blog and she also has a lot of free fabulous files. Her policy is to download her files directly  from her blog so I won't be able to include the flourish heart in the card file that I'm sharing.

I used the old technique of 'faux chipboard' to make the frame sturdy which explains the 3 pieces of the same image in the photo below as well s the message inside the card which I adhered to the flourish heart.. I'm making good use of my trinket collection, this time with 2 different heart charms which are just adorable. I covered the photo with acetate which I forgot to do with Krystle's wedding card.I used the same leaves,  leafy_sprig C00355_23067, from the Silhouette store.

I'm including the sentiment, Birthday Wishes along with the ribbon tag which I created as well as the message  inside the card. The fonts used were Umber SS and Channel Slanted. Also included in the file are the ornate frame with the base of the easel card, squares for the photo and acetate so you don't have to figure out the measurements. The card is about 5.25" x 5.25".

For those who are visiting my blog for the first time, please note that I'm sharing my free files with my blog followers only and that all requests should be indicated with your e-mail address on your comments below. My shared files are for personal use only and cannot be used for any commercial purposes. Feel free to post my photos for as long as you provide the link to my blog.

Happy crafting!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wedding Card - For Krystle & Josh

I made this wedding card for my niece, Krystle and her groom, Josh, for their wedding on August 19. I got the lovely photo from their Facebook photo album which I edited into sepia color for the vintage look. The ornate heart frame is a free clip art which I traced in Silhouette Studio. For the flourish heart inside the card, you can download the free PNG file at It's a beautiful file that's easy to trace in Studio. I can't share the Studio file due to the  owner's restrictions.

I used another favorite technique, the faux chipboard, on the ornate heart frame to make it sturdy. I cut 3 pieces of the design and layered them together using designer card stock for the top layer and ordinary card stock for the bottom 2 layers.The rose flowers are store bought and the leaves are 3 cuts of  leafy_sprig C00355_23067 from the Silhouette store. I found these adorable metal heart charms in my box of trinkets which I know Krystle will love. They added a nice touch to the heart theme of the card. The sentiments were all made from Print & Cut using the Baroque Script and Scriptina fonts. The tag for the Best Wishes sentiment is a Silhouette file, Design id#14863 (Ribbon Banners-set of 4 banners), 

I made a box for the card using a design from the Silhouette store called 'adorable box' by Lori Whitlock, Design id #7388 (color grey with blue strip in the middle), which I tweaked to fit the exact size and depth of the card. I put a cut heart shape on the front and covered it with an acetate (transparency film). The fancy tag is a Spellbinders die. I used a magnetic snap for the box closure, the same kind that I used for my note/post-it holders. Other designs used on the box:

1. flower rosette lace - Design id #10706
2. flourish bold - Design id #5156
3. 2 layered ornament - Design id #14698 (design on the flap of the box)

I always insert a simple instruction for the easel cards that I make. For those of you who like the file, just send me an e-mail.

For the ornate heart frame and base of the easel card FREE file, please post your comment indicating your request. My free files are shared exclusively to my blog FOLLOWERS only. Also included in the free file are the sentiments 'Best Wishes' and 'Together Forever'.

I still read a lot of complains and frustrations on the Silhouette ratchet blade. As you can see on all the intricate designs that I use, my CB09/aluminum blade holder and blades cut efficiently. The blade that I used for this project is the same blade that I've been using on all my previous projects in the last 4 months. The issue about the Silhouette blades is still an ongoing hot topic in all the Silhouette groups. These folks should just find an alternative blade system. To read more about the CB09/aluminum blade holder:

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Homemade Pop-Up Dots, 3D Tape, Foam Dots, Mounting Tape

I used to be able to buy these neat 3D tape similar to pop-up dots which come in various cut sizes but they are no longer available. For several months, the store would always tell me that they will have them back in stock soon but it's been a year now and still nothing :(.

Well, it was good riddance that I eventually gave up and stopped going to the store as I discovered how to make my own which are just a fraction of the cost and are so much better.

All you need is a foam sheet and double sided tape. The foam sheets are available in any craft stores and they come in different colors. As I was cutting the strips, I came up with the idea of using my small circle puncher for the 1/4" dots. How easy is that! I can punch as tiny as 1/8 of an inch using my ribbon slot puncher for popping up those intricate flourishes and leaves. Happy dance!

Save a lot of $$$$ and start making your own!

TIP: You can color the sides with dye ink or a marker to match your cutouts.


Foam sheets
Apply double sided tape on BOTH sides of the foam
Cut the one inch strip with your cutter - I use the Carl paper trimmer which  cuts all sorts of materials from multiple paper and cardstock, foam, leather, fabric, plastic, acetate, etc. I've been using this trimmer for 7 years now. If you don't have this kind of paper trimmer, a pair of scissors will work perfectly fine. 
I used one inch double sided tape. It's the widest I can find.
Punch or cut to your desired size and shape using a puncher or a pair of scissors. I suggest using a non-stick pair of scissors whenever you're cutting anything with adhesive.
You can stack them together for more depth/dimension.