Monday, February 29, 2016

Silhouette Challenges #35 - Using Free Designs and Free Digital Paper

Hello Friends!

Thank you for stopping by to see March DT Challenge #35 for Silhouette Challenges.

I see so many projects with lot's of bling and embellishments and they look amazing. But let's face it sometimes we are on a budget and those things cost money. So as I sat and thought about what I was going to do for my March Challenge, I thought about holidays and themes. To some themes would just be holiday. But to me it's different. So for the holiday I chose Easter (which is early, March 27th) and for the theme I chose FREE. So the files below were all created using free files that I received online. I also used free digital patterns that I used to print the patterns on the paper. In all of the projects I used plain white or colored cardstock and printed out the pattern or design onto the paper.

Please enjoy the projects I created for you. I had a lot of fun designing them!





Easter Bunny Gift Bag



This cute little guy here was found for free on SVG CUTS. I would really recommend you check out this file but also SVG CUTS' entire site. They really have set the bar for 3D crafting. Easter Bunny Gift Bag.  I used plain tan cardstock and used an ink pad to darken the edges to give him, or her, some more definition. For the pink feet, ears and nose, I used some glue and loose glitter. For the eyes, mouth and whiskers I used my gel pens in white and black. After I was finished putting this together and the picture had been taken, I thought I should have glued on a white cotton ball for a tail. Next time for sure!


Birdhouse



This was a file that I received for free from the Silhouette Design Store last year. It was a free file of the week. Each week Silhouette Design Store offers a free file. Let me say that I glued, pulled apart, glued and pulled apart 5 times. There was a point I thought the paper was so messed up I would have to trash it. I finally was able to get it semi put together but had a huge gap at the bottom. That is where the solid strip of paper at the bottom came in. I cut that to hide that gap. Since most of the files from that site do not come with instruction (Some designers do have links to instructions) I had no way of knowing how it was supposed to go together. All in all I think it finally came together nicely. If you are interested in this file here is a link to the Birdhouse. All of the cardstock on this birdhouse was white and I used the digital patterned paper I printed that I found free here Best Free Scrapbooks, with the exception of the border on the bottom. That was regular colored cardstock.


Easter Baskets



For these Easter Baskets I received the free file from My Graphico. These were really easy and quick to put together and think that this would make a great project to give to many people, as you can mass produce quickly. Again all the paper I used was white and I printed the patterns with the digital papers I found for free on Best Free Scrapbooks.

I really hope you enjoyed my projects for the March DT Challenge #35.

Be sure to check out Silhouette Challenges as we would love to see what you have created. Details on how to link up your projects can be found by clicking the link below. 


Challenge#35
Starts March 1, 2016
Ends March. 31, 2016
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Thanks for stopping by!
Mike
DezinesbyEM
DezinesbyEM@gmail.com

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Clover Treat Basket


Clover Treat Basket


I was really excited when Dreaming Tree released this FREE file Clover Treat Basket! I have to say it was so easy to cut out and fun to put together. Dreaming Tree is also having a promotion from now until Feb 29, 2016. If you submit a picture of your project you will receive $2.99 gift card to Dreaming Tree. What a deal is that!  Check out the info here: Dreaming Tree Create A Clover Basket Promotion. 

I used AC Cardstock for the base, in the green color from the Primary Collection. For the glitter I used Heidi Swapp Glitter Paper. And for the patterned paper, I used some paper that I had left over from my other St. Patricks Day Project: Slot Machine. I did some minor additions, like creating panels for the side. I thought that would jazz it up a bit.

Well I hope you enjoy this project, and I would recommend taking a look at Dreaming Tree as they have some new awesome files and continue to release new files all the time!

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Project


Happy St. Patrick's Day Project



This design I got over at Dreaming Tree is one of my favorites. I have made this into a Christmas slot machine and could not wait to make it for another season or holiday. So I was really excited when I thought of making it for St. Patrick's Day. This is perfect for a slot machine since they both relate to money, pot of gold etc. (Prior Christmas Project is here: Christmas Slot Machine


Like I said, I got the design over at Dreaming Tree here: Dreaming Tree Vegas Road Trip Bundle
I headed over to Joann's and picked up some Coordinations green card stock. I have used this before but in pre-packed bundles. Not my favorite. BUT this time I purchased the loose open stock. Wow it cut so nice. I was really amazed. Plus this week Joann's has 50% off all paper. I also purchased some loose St. Patrick's Day patterned paper. Going down the sticker section I found really cool 3d stickers to add as well as some perfect green gems to decorate the 'Lucky' border. I had a pack of Heidi Swap glitter paper I used for the main border to give it some extra shine.

For the slot machine icons, I pulled the file into Photoshop like I did for the Christmas Slot Machine and added some graphics I found online. To jazz them up a bit I took my Versamarker pen and went over the images. Since these were just print out on my inkjet printer they did smudge ever so slightly. But I just wiped the marker off on a scrap piece of paper before moving on to the next one as to not contaminate all the icons. I then used some Sparkle Embossing Powder from Hero Arts and heat it with my heat gun.

I am really happy with the way it turned out. Please check out Dreaming Tree as they have amazing designs and the best customer service! 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Silhouette Challenges #2


What a last few weeks this has been. To make a long story short, a new friend of mine invited me to join the Silhouette Challenges blog as a Design Team Member. Of course this has been a dream of mine so I said yes immediately. I am so honored and excited to be able to be posting for this challenge. The challenges are 'Anything Goes'. You just have to use your Silhouette Machine somehow in the project, and for me, that is almost 100%. I do have some dies but I would rather use my machine, to me its faster. Without further ado, here is my first post as a design team member. Please leave comments and let me know if you liked these projects. And please check out Silhouette Challenges blog, their info is at the end of this post. 


Silhouette Challenges #2





~Love Heart Banner~

For the heart love banner: I un-grouped the heart bag which allowed me to duplicate the heart at the top of the bag. I then resized it to 2 inches wide and another 3 inches wide. I used the font Rounds Black in font pt 95.The cardstock used is from AC Cardstock Bright’s Collection. I used the red and pink. For the word LOVE I used some paper from DCWV.  The banner measures approximately 16” wide  by 3” tall.
Cardstock used: 
Mariposa Stack 12 x 12 Mariposa Stack on Amazon
The Girlhood Stack 8.5 x 11 Girlhood Stack on Amazon



~Hershey Nugget Box~

Hershey nugget box. This file came from the Silhouette Design Store. It’s an easy to put together file that you can mass produce easily for a school or other even you need a few of these. This box holds 5 of the Hershey Nugget candies. I did not have any of those on hand, and did not want to buy a whole bag for 5 pieces. So I filled them with what I had at home and think they still look super cute. You can make 2 boxes (minus the trim pieces) on one 12 x 12 piece of cardstock. Here I used red for the outside and black for the inside part. I did not use the trim pieces included. Instead I just left it plain and glued on some left over hearts that I cut extra from in another project. When you are making many of these, why not keep them simple, right? Silhouette Design Store Shape 68447



~You Ignite My Heart Box Card~


For the cute box card, l I used the design from SVG CUTS Hearts Aflame SVG Kit. For the paper I used AC Cardstock in Spring Collection. I also used the Mariposa Stack as well as The Girlhood Stack both from DCWV. I just really like this design. I ended up cutting multiple hearts out of this kit in different papers so that I could use them later in other projects. I figured its Valentine’s Day in the next few weeks, I am sure I will be needing some more hearts for something. This card measures 3” wide by 5” high and 2.75” deep. When folded the card measure approximately 5.5” by 5”.



~Heart Gift Bag~



For the Heart Gift Bag. I believe that was a free Silhouette file that came with my machine from what I can find. I cannot find it located on the Silhouette Design Store and it is not listed in my account. But from searching the net others have noted it to be a free file that comes with the machine. I just cut that out using you got it, AC Cardstock. And then glued some left over hearts from my box card. This measures approximately 5” tall by 2.75” wide and 1.25” deep.



~Valentine Owl~


I have been wanting to make this owl ever since I purchased the SVG CUTS Enchanted Autumn Kit a year ago. I thought it was going to be intimidating, but I should have known better, because Mary over at SVG Cuts makes her kits look detailed but are quite easy to put together. I decided again since Valentine’s Day was right around the corner this owl would be cute in pinks. So I gathered my AC Cardstock as well as DCWV Girlhood and Mariposa.  The owl measures approximately 5” by 7” by 5”. 
  


~Slider Card~


For the slide card. This is one that I designed on my own. I have seen some cards like this, but all required metal dies to accomplish. I am ok with using metal dies, don’t get me wrong, all crafty things make me happy, but I wanted to be able to use my Silhouette Machine. So I thought about this for a long time and finally came up with a design that worked. The concept is as the card is opened, the heart on the inside of the card moves to the left, revealing the sentiment on the inside. It’s a rather easy concept once you figure it out. This card is quite versatile as if you choose to change out the heart and the word love, you can adapt it to fit almost any theme or holiday. Again the paper I used was from AC Cardstock and DCWC Girlhood. This card is 7” tall by 5” wide when closed, and when fully open measures 7” tall by 10” wide.

Thank you for stopping by. I really hope you enjoyed my projects as much as I did making them!


Challenge #2
Starts Feb. 1, 2016
Ends Feb. 29, 2016
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Thanks for stopping by!
Mike