Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Silhouette Cameo cards with Minc foiling

Hello Crafty friends,

I had lots of fun making these cards using my Silhouette Cameo and my Minc foiling machine.

To be quite honest, I've had my Minc for almost a year and haven't used it much, it was away in a cupboard.....you know how it is!  Most of my cards and projects these days are Silhouette based because I still love Silhouette crafting more than any other type of crafting.  To mix things up a bit and to start as I mean to go on this year (use what the crafty supplies I have!), I took my Minc out of it's hiding place and put it to work.

I made a few of these cards.  It took me a while to come up with a plan and to make the Silhouette file so whilst the Minc was out, it seemed a good idea to make more than two!

Here are a couple of pics of the ones that I posted for January birthdays.....




I was rather pleased with how they turned out!

The next picture shows you the two pieces that I used, which I printed on our laser printer and cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.....


The birds on the branch image is from the Silhouette store and I used fonts on my computer for the words.

Wishing you all lots of Silhouette crafting time, using what you have!

Carole x


Monday, 4 January 2016

Planner stamp - Silhouette Mint

Hello Crafty Friends,

I'm back today to share with you all another stamp that I've made using my Silhouette Mint, for my 2016 planner.

Just like the last stamp I shared with you, I'm hoping to be using this one quite a bit too!


Sometimes I get carried away with crafting, designing and making pretty stuff and forget the other important stuff I have to do!  I thought I'd use this little stamp in my planner at least two or three times a week.  I could have added a border around the words, arrows and the little frog, but I guessed that would restrict the space I could use to write, so I decided to leave it without a border.  You will see from the picture above what I mean about space to write.  The stamp is a 45mm x 45mm one, which is just about the right size for my planner.

I hope this gives you a little inspiration, a different idea for stamp that is great "custom made" by me for me!

Hope you find some time to use your Silhouette machines soon.

Happy crafting.

Carole x



Friday, 1 January 2016

Silhouette Mint & Planning for a "dry" January!

Hello crafty friends,

Happy 2016!

I hope my blog finds you well and rested after the festivities of the season.

I've had an Arc planner for a couple of years now, I use it as my day to day diary and so far haven't used it to set goals etc.  It's a large one, its A4 in size and normally resides somewhere in my kitchen, open at the current week.

This year I will try and use it more wisely and decorate it like those "crafty planning/organised/goal setting kinda ladies" do!  I've always wondered how they have time to make, organise and decorate their beautiful planners and get the jobs done, we'll see if I can work it out!

Not wanting to rush in with lots of time consuming bits and bobs, like stickers and charts and various lists that I could download from the internet, I thought I'd start with a couple of Silhouette Mint stamps, easily made for myself to stamp into my planner.

Here is my first stamp, it's a special one for a little goal that I've set myself.....


.....kinda funny, isn't it!  

Here in the UK the government regularly try and scare us half to death about how many units of alcohol we should and shouldn't consume in a week.  They have a campaign running in January each year where they encourage us to have the whole month alcohol free!

One of my goals for 2016 is to try this out so I made myself a little stamp.  At the end of each day, I can give myself a little stamped reward in my planner - lets see if that works!

It's a little early yet but I couldn't resist stamping it in on todays date...


...afterall, I'm well settled with my glass of soda water with a dash of ginger & lemongrass cordial, it's refreshing, warming and perfect for this time of year.

I've got another great idea for my planner, which I will share with you when I've got a moment!

Until then, I hope you get some time to craft, plan, set some goals and get organised for a fantastic 2016!

Carole x

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Silhouette Cameo - Tall Box

Hello crafty friends,

I've had a bit of fun this morning.  The lady who runs the Silhouette Cameo UK Facebook page asked if anyone needed help with anything they needed to make.  One lady asked about wine glass boxes, which got me thinking!  There didn't seem to be anything suitable in the Silhouette store, so I set about trying to extend a box that I already had!

I own this box

It comes into the Silhouette Studio software looking like this.....


I made it a little bigger and extended the length of the sides and score lines.  I put in an oval to make the aperture and took out the fiddly decorative bits on front closure part.  I also made a file for the base of the box to hold a small glass.  


Here is a picture of the finished box with a small wine glass inside....



Hope you get time to craft with your Silhouette machine soon.

Carole x

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Silhouette Cameo - Birthday card - welding tool

Hello crafty friends,

Happy birthday Gail!

I'm posting another birthday card for another friend!  As I type this, I really am counting my blessings, I have so many wonderful friends!

I've used the welding tool in the Silhouette Studio software and the pen holder again ;)!


I hope you like this simple welded card, welding has to be one of my favourite tools in the Silhouette Studio software!

Hope you have some time to craft with your Silhouette machine today.

Carole x


Saturday, 28 November 2015

Silhouette Cameo - Birthday card - Welding

Hello crafty friends,

I'm back today with another card for a different friend, who actually celebrated her birthday last month.  With so many things happening around here, beyond my control, I didn't actually manage to make it in time - whoops, but as it was a special birthday, I couldn't let it slip.  I thought "better late, than never"!


I made this card using the "welding" tool in the Silhouette Studio software, along with a pen tool holder for the writing and dashes around the aperture.

Hope you like the card!

Happy crafting with your Silhouette machine.

Carole x





Friday, 27 November 2015

Silhouette Cameo & Darkroom Door - Whimsical Words

Hello crafty friends,

One of my crafty friends is celebrating her birthday today, she's a really great card maker, which makes me nervous when I'm making her a card!

I knew I wanted to use the bird from a Darkroom Door stamp set I have and of course, my Silhouette Cameo!

I Googled "birthday cards, Silhouette Cameo", looking for inspiration and saw lots of my own cards! I really liked this one I made, so went with that for my plan......



This is the Darkroom Door stamp set, I wanted to use....


......and here is the card I finally made!


I hope you like the card, you may well want to know why it has "sister" on the front, well my friend is an only child and wishes she had a sister, one just like me, how nice is that?  

I had a great time making this card, in fact I have a few more to share, all very similar, so watch this space! 

Happy crafting with your Silhouette machine.

Carole x