I keep forgetting to post the Valentine’s cards I made for my niece and nephew this year. More fun with my Silhouette Cameo! (Ugh I need to take better pictures!) The envelopes are the ones with the big letters on them, and the cards are the ones with the layered pieces. Since I was boxing these up to send with a small present, I didn’t need to individually address them. Fun, huh?
I got on a card-making roll this past weekend! Once I had all my supplies out and was making the Chinese New Year’s card, it was easy to whip out just one more card. This gives me hope that if I just plan in advance, I could probably make cards once a month for all the events going on that month.
Earlier this week it was my hubby’s 40th birthday! (Welcome to the Fab 40′s!) I, unfortunately, am out of town on a business trip so I wanted to leave him something to find on his birthday. (Boy, I sure hope he found it already. I left it in his lunch box, so if he didn’t find it yet it means he’s not eating the food I cooked up over the holidays to stock the freezer for him!)
I know it’s simple, but we both have simple design tastes, so I hope he liked it!
January 31 is Chinese New Year and marks the start of the Year of the Horse. So in honor of that, I made a couple of these cards:
I tried to cut out the words “Happy Chinese New Year” from cardstock, but could not find a font that would cut that small without the letters tearing. So it was the perfect opportunity to use my Silhouette Sketch Pens!
Key lessons I learned with this project: [Read more...]
I was so excited to treat myself to a Silhouette Cameo machine for Christmas! It has become instrumental in helping me achieve one of my goals for 2014 (or maybe my goal was realized as a result of getting the Cameo – who cares ). I couldn’t wait to get it out and play with it, but I have to admit I got myself completely overwhelmed before it arrived (it took weeks to get it due to the backlog of orders from the Black Friday sale). I started signing up for Facebook groups that gives tips, reading blogs, watching YouTube videos…pretty much anything except actually getting the machine out of the box and just using it and experimenting. Then I saw this blog post for making Quick and Easy Thank You Cards and I knew I had found the perfect first project.
My first test cut proved to me how intricate and smooth the cuts would be. But I also knew that I needed to try something even simpler for making my first cards. Here is what I ended up with.
And with that one cut out, I used the inverse/leftovers and made this second card.
Key lessons I learned during this first project:
- They aren’t kidding when they say the cutting mat is really sticky at first. It took some work to get the paper off the mat.
- Cover up the sticky cutting mat when you’re done and don’t lay anything on it.
Not too bad for a first project, huh?
I know January is already almost over, but I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want my 2014 goals to be. This year is going to be a busy one at work, so I don’t want to set myself up to feel like I’ve failed. (I didn’t achieve all my goals in 2013, and I’m ok with that.) But I do want to stretch. And having goals helps keep me focused to do that. So I’ve decided to simplify my goals to allow myself flexibility to adjust within some “guidelines” of where I want to focus my time and energy this year.