Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sandy Beach Tags

I picked up a couple of boxes of that kinetic sand at Michaels the other day as a small summertime gift for my niece and nephew.  Since I don't get to see them as much as I'd like, I always like to package these little presents up nicely before shipping in the hopes that they might be a bit more these are the two tags I made for them:

I started out by punching some Neenah Solar White (110#) into tags using the new tag topper punches from Stampin' Up.  I don't buy a ton of punches and dies since my Silhouette can cut almost any shape I could ever want, but these just seem like they're going to be so useful it made sense.  Then I made a couple of cloud masks using dies from the "Blue Skies" Lawn Cuts set and sponged "Broken China" Distress Ink over the entire tag to create the background.

The sandy beach was created by sprinkling chunky gold and black embossing powder over a panel of tan shimmer paper and heat-setting this from underneath (so as not to blow the embossing powder everywhere!).  My shimmer paper was pretty lightweight, which made the embossing a little challenging because I had to find a way to not to blow the paper around while heat-setting too, but I like the final effect so I think it was worth it.

The ocean ripples were created by coloring the back of some sparkle vellum with my Spectrum Noir markers and, believe it or not, cutting the edges with a pair of those old-school decorative edge scissors!  I have about five pairs of these from almost 15 years ago when I made my first (and probably last) scrapbook and am so glad to have found a use for them again.  Layering the colored vellum made a nice ripply effect for my ocean surf.

And here's a detail shot of my sand and surf...I still have some scraps left over of both so I may just have to make a card this weekend with the extra pieces.  All of the images were colored using Spectrum Noir markers, and I've listed the stamps and colors below in case you are interested.

Thanks for stopping by and I'd love to hear your comments!

     All beach images: "Summertime Relaxin" and "Summertime Boardwalk" from TPC Studio
     Sentiment: "A Birdie Told Me" from Lawn Fawn
     Memento Tuxedo Black for colored images
     Versafine Onyx Black for sentiment
Spectrum Noir Markers 
     Starfish: CT1, CT3, GB5, DR5
     Crab - CR5, CR8, DR5
     Sand Pail and Shovel - CR5, CR8, DR5, TB3, TB5, TB7
     Umbrella and Chair - GT1, GT2, GT3, EB1, EB2, EB3, PP2, BP1, PP6, IG1, IG2
     Ocean - BT4
I'm also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge found here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Do What You Love Canvas

I hope you'll head over to the Silhouette blog again today to check out my acrylic and vinyl canvas using this week's free shape:

Originally, I was planning on creating the reverse of this image by cutting a mask and then spray-painting the canvas black over the top of it (so that the words and image would be rainbow-colored).  But, I just didn't know for sure that I'd want to do that, so I cut the design out of black vinyl instead of stencil material to be safe.   Once I had applied my design in black, I liked it too much to mess with it...added bonus - my canvas was finished a lot quicker than expected!

Any ideas for how you'll be using this week's free shape?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Custom Handwriting Stamps

Today I'm sharing a tutorial over on the Silhouette blog demonstrating how to make your own custom handwriting stamps using the new scanning feature available in V3 of Silhouette Studio.

Head on over to check it out...and I'd love to hear what you think!  I'll be back tomorrow with another home decor project using this week's free shape from the Online Store.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Nautical Signal Flag Love Tiles

I hope you'll head over to the Silhouette blog to check out these nautically-inspired coasters/wall tiles:

I came across this older design in the Online Store while I was searching for nautical backgrounds for a card I was making...and just loved the idea that I could spell out whatever I wanted in a summer-y way.  I used mine to spell "love"...but this would be a great way to add a last name to some personalized decor!  Since I really don't have any other nautical-themed decor in my house, these will probably end up on the sunporch or outside on the patio during the summer...or I can just save them for my dream beach home...

Hop on over to the Silhouette blog to see a few more photos and details!