Friday, January 31, 2014

Rubik's Cube Tissue Box Cover

I'm so excited to share my most current project!  Inspired by the television show The Big Bang Theory, I made a tissue box cover that looks just like a Rubik's Cube.  I first saw the idea of making one of my own on the blog Dream a Little Bigger.  Although I didn't make mine anything at all like hers, I wanted to give her props for the inspiration as well.

My tissue holder is completely made of card stock.  I made a black box with no bottom, cut out an oval with my Silhouette Cameo, and then cut out 1 1/2 inch squares from the six different colors that you would find on a Rubik's Cube.  I used my Xyron machine to adhere adhesive on the back of each square.  I was going to use my  ATG Gun, but I didn't want any of the little corners of the squares to bend or not be completely adhered.  Although I used a lot of adhesive, the Xyron was a better choice.

I love my new tissue box cover and already have family members asking me to make one for each of them as well.  Husband wants me to make one that looks like the cube has already been solved.  He says even though he knows mine is just made out of card stock, he really wants to try to solve the puzzle!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Dishwasher Magnet

Happy Saturday!  I just wanted to quickly show you a cute little project I was playing with yesterday. I'm sorry if the photos look a little out of focus, but it's actually the graphic on the magnets...there is a "shadow" in the font used. 

I used a print and cut file from the Silhouette store and made a cute little dishwasher magnet.  I used my Xyron machine to laminate the card stock that I printed on, then switched cartridges in the machine so that I was able to adhere the laminated piece onto a magnet.

Now we have a magnet to let us know whether the dishes in our dishwasher are clean or dirty!  Have a great weekend!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Super Cool Glitter Technique!

Although I'm a little late, here is the tutorial I promised on how to do this awesome glitter technique,  I've done this a few times in the past, and I just love the way you can you  apply the glitter in patterns.

I found a gorgeous cutting file in the Silhouette store called the Heart Doily gate fold card.  Then I went hunting for another heart shape similar to the heart on the front of the card.  I cut the card and matching sized heart and then I cut two more hearts each smaller than the original.  So when I was finished I had the card,and a heart the same size as the one on the card, a smaller heart, and an even smaller, three different sizes of hearts.  The first one was cut in regular white card stock, and the second and third hearts were cut from some scrap backing sheet I had from some Contact Paper.  It's paper that sticky stuff sticks to, so you could put some adhesive on it and I won't be a permanent stick.

Next I ran my white card stock heart through my Xyron machine using permanent adhesive.  At this point one side of my card stock heart was completely covered in adhesive.

I took the second smallest heart that was cut out of Contact Paper backing and centered it on the adhesive side of the white card stock heart.

I used some red Martha Stewart glitter for the outside edge of my heart, burnishing in the glitter with my fingers.

When all the excess glitter was removed, I carefully peeled the Contact Paper backing heart off of my piece.

Next I took the smallest heart cut out of Contact Paper backing, and centered it inside the white card stock heart, exposing more adhesive for the next round of glitter.

I chose my second color of glitter, in this case purple, poured it on, and burnished it with my fingers as well.  

I repeated the same process of removing the last part of the Contact Paper backing and then filling in the rest of the heart with pink glitter.

When my white card stock heart was completely covered in glitter and all of the excess removed, I very carefully cut it in half with my paper cutter right down the center.  

I took each side of the heart and attached it to each side of the heart on the gatefold card.  I made sure when I was gluing the heart down onto the card, that everything matched up so that the card would close and look as though the heart were one piece.

Here's what my card looks like when it's opened.  I hope you like it as much as I do!

Have you ever tried this glitter technique before?  If so, or if you try it now, I would love to see your results!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Super Bowl FEVER!!!!

For those of you that don't know, I live in a small town near Seattle Washington.  That being said, if you're a Denver Broncos fan, you might want to stop reading now!   I'M SO FREAKING EXCITED about the Super Bowl this weekend!!!! The Seattle Seahawks will be playing some other team...I dunno, I think they wear orange.  In any case, GO HAWKS!!!!

My layout this week (if I haven't made it obvious yet) is all about the big game this weekend!  The Color Challenge this week at Mark's Finest Papers is to use green, yellow and brown.  This color combo worked perfectly for my layout, although I had to add a little Seahawks blue in there with the green!

I started with my trusty Silhouette Cameo, and went onto the Silhouette store for something awesome!  I found a super-cute cutting file from Paper Piecings by Nikki.  The title said Football Sunday since the NFL is so creepy about businesses not using the term Super Bowl, but since I'm not a business, I changed it!  That's one of the things I love so much about my Silhouette.  You can move things and change them and do all sorts of designs to make things work for you!!!

I dug out a Mark's Finest Paper's stamp set from last Fall called Tailgate Party which is all about sports, so it was perfect for my layout!  I stamped the sentiment "Go Team" on green cardstock.

I haven't put any photos on my layout yet, since I'm waiting to take VICTORY pics this weekend!  Husband has already said that when the Seahawks win, he's going to run up and down our street waving his 12th Man flag and screaming at the top of his lungs!  Oh yeah....we'll have some photos THEN!  GO HAWKS!

Who are you rooting for on Sunday?!?

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Shining Heart the plan was to have a brilliant tutorial on how to make this super cute glitter heart Valentine's Day card all ready for you today, but guess what?  Epic fail!  Haha!  I have all the pics but couldn't get everything edited, written and posted in time for my Mark's Finest Paper Purple Passion column to be ready.  Soooo, I'll show you the end result, and then ask you to join me on Friday for the full tutorial!

Last Fall, I was playing around with a fun glitter technique (you can see the posts HERE,  HERE and HERE) and had fully planned to make a tutorial on it back then, but never did.

For today's project, I chose a file from the Silhouette store called Heart Doily Gatefold Card.  I found a second heart to fit on top of the first heart on the card, so that I could glitter and then cut it.  It took a while to find a heart that was close to a match in shape.  Do you know how many different shapes of hearts there are?!?

I got everything cut, glittered and matched up, and then stamped a sweet sentiment on the inside that comes from the Mark's Finest Papers new release this month called the Swans stamp set,  The "I love you" was just perfect to see when the card is opened up!  Too bad dear husband was in here when I was making it, or it would probably end up being his Valentine's card!

Have you started making your Valentine's cards yet?

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Saturday, January 25, 2014

How To Make Your Own Chalkboard Wall Calendar

Here's a recycled post from a few years ago, that I thought deserves another look!  This was a fun project!

I have a project I did last week that I have been dying to show you!! I bought a DCWV chalkboard paper stack a while back, and like a lot of others, wasn't sure what to do with it once I got it home! Erin, on the DCWV blog recently searched Pinterest and found lots of cute projects using chalkboard paper, and posted them. (Unfortunately, once it was on her blog, I couldn't tell where the actual picture came from that inspired me, so I'm sorry I can't give credit where credit is due.) One of the pics gave me the idea for this:

It's a chalkboard paper wall calendar!!

You can see my Cricut sitting on the desk next to the calendar to give you a sense of the size. The blue paper has a sheen to it, so I couldn't get any pics without the shine...sorry!

Here's a pic once I got the numbers written on.

I added another piece of paper at the top to be able to write in the name of the month.

Here's a closeup of the papers fitted together.

I used white vinyl (Contact paper actually) and the Cricut Designer's Calendar cartridge to cut out the days of the week. Each square for each day is 6x6 inches, so the whole calendar measures 2 1/2 feet by 3 1/2 feet. I got some Uchida Bistro Chalk Markers to write with, since they write finer lines than a piece of chalk and hold up longer. When I'm ready to change everything to the next month, I just have to wipe the marks off with a damp cloth, and I'm ready to go!

I hope you like it!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Friday, January 24, 2014

FREE SVG Cut Files!

It's time for freebies!  I love freebies!  I've rounded up this week's SVG cutting files just for you.  Happy downloading!

This week, I love the free file offered by Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.  It looks just like the boxes of conversation hearts I used to gobble down when I was a kid...well, maybe I still do!


New file DAILY - 

Miss Kate Cuttables actually has a DAILY freebie every day of the week!  Totally sweet and generous! Today's free file is an elaborate flourish.  Miss Kate also has a sale on all her winter files through January 26th.

New file every MONDAY - 

Paper Piecings By Nikki ofers a free file each Monday.  Love love love her stuff!  It's also available in the Silhouette store now!  This week's free file is a cute little turtle, with hearts on his shell.

Little Scraps Of Heaven  You can access their freebies through their blog or their Facebook fan page.  This week's freebie is a peeking groundhog.

KaDoodle Bug Designs publishes new free files on Mondays and corresponding digi files on Tuesdays.  Now it seems they've really been outdoing themselves lately by also giving an assortment of free phrases each week! KaDoodle Bug has lots of freebies to choose from this week!  There's an owl with his owl house,  a "You are my Sunshine" title, and a surprise freebie, an Easter scene and title.  The surprise freebie is subject to change or go away at any time, so hurry!

New file every TUESDAY - 

For those of you that own a Silhouette machine, don't forget that the Silhouette store has a free cutting file each Tuesday.  You need to download the free program to your computer (even if you don't own a Silhouette machine yet) to access the store.  Please keep in mind that the files aren't SVGs...they will only cut on a Silhouette brand machine, (SD, Cameo, or Portrait) so this will be a great option ONLY if you're planning to purchase (or already own) a Silhouette. You can download the free program HERE.   This week's freebie is an I love U card and envelope.

New file every FRIDAY - 

Designs on Cloud 9 They have adorable Teddy bears and other characters.  Lots of cuteness on this site!  This week we're being offered a Flourish Heart...super cute for a Valentine's card.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons offers a new free SVG file each Friday.  She even offers a newsletter subscription to remind you.    This week's freebie is a Sweethearts cutting file.  It looks just like the boxes of Sweethearts candy you can buy right before Valentine's day!

My Scrap Chick offers a new file each Friday to her newsletter subscribers.  Click the link to subscribe.  This week's file is a Valentine Title.

RANDOM days, but new files regularly - 

Birds Cards - is an awesome blog with all sorts of amazing freebies!  On the blog this week is a very delicate lacy heart banner.

SVG Cuts offers TONS of free files!  I believe they have said that there are over 200 of them available right now.  Make sure to sign up for their newsletter too. Every time they send a newsletter, they include a new free file!  Their latest offering is a vintage scalloped tag.

Happy downloading and cutting!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Thursday, January 23, 2014

One Of The Family

They're members of our families who are in our lives for years.  They love us and cheer us up when we're down.  They snuggle with us, and make us laugh.  They adopt us just like we adopt them.  They're our beloved pets.  And today, my scrapbook layout is dedicated to them!

Today is our day to start a new Color Challenge over at the MFP Speedy TV Ning site.  This week, the challenge is to use bright colors.  Piece of cake for me!!!  I use bright colors all the time!  We would love to see you link your brightly colored projects up with us this week.  The linky will stay open until next Wednesday at 6 PM PST.

I started out looking in the Silhouette Store for some inspiration.  I found an adorable cut file from Paper Piecings by Nikki that was a layout designed especially for dogs.  Since we have a family of pups, and tons of pictures, I chose this file for my pages.  One of the dogs in the layout (the brown one) passed on last year but he was a member of the family for so long, I still wanted to include him on the page.  So, yes, we had three gigantic dogs at one time.  You should have seen our dog food bill!  Each one of the two dogs we still have left, belong to our kids, but somehow when they moved out the dogs stayed!

I chose to do the majority of my layout in just plain bright card stock.  I did, however, use two sheets of patterned card stock from DCWV.  All of the embellishments on the page were part of the PPBN cut file.

The stamp sets I chose to use on this layout are both new releases this month from Mark's Finest Papers.  The word "love" is from the Swans stamp set.  I just stamped the word three times to make a nice square shaped embellished area.  The phrase "hi there" is from the mini set that you will get free this month when you purchase the four other new release sets.  I used Memento ink in tuxedo black to stamp the sentiment directly onto my photograph.  As long as you have a very steady hand and give it plenty of time to dry, this usually works pretty well.

Do you have any beloved family pets?  Tell me about them!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Penguins!

A dear friend is having a birthday today, so I wanted to make a quick and easy cute little card for her.  And of course, since my favorite color is purple,  I had to throw just a little bit of it onto the card so that it will coincide with my Purple Passion column over at theMark's Finest Paper's Ning site.  The nice thing about using purple is that it is such a powerful color, you can still make quite an impact using just a very small amount.  The penguin's little purple hat gives the card that perfect pop of color.

I chose an adorable cut file from the Silhouette Store and use my Cameo to make it come to life.  The name of the file is Penguin Birthday Card.  I just used scraps from my stash for the whole card.  I swear, one of these days I WILL use up all my scraps!

The sentiment  I chose to use comes from Mark's Finest Paper's stamp set called Garden Art.  I haven't had a chance to play with this stamp set too much yet, but fully plan to when I start making Spring cards and scrapbook pages.  The images are completely adorable.  I stamped my sentiment in Memento ink in tuxedo black and matted it in coordinating card stock colors.

Have a great day and see you tomorrow!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Frugal Date Night!

Ahhh... pot roast and a DVD at home on Tuesday night… the PERFECT date night for me and sweet husband.

Although I've mentioned it before, some of you may not know that I am disabled.  I've had a neck injury for over seven years that causes me to have to stop what I'm doing and go lay down every few hours to rest my muscles.  It's no biggie, something that I live with and something I just have to work around,  but it's obviously not conducive to being able to work outside the home.  That being said, husband and I live on a very tight budget.  Our frugality is part choice, and part necessity.

Tonight we're having a date night!  It may not be what many of you are used to and it definitely doesn't look like what our date nights used to look like, but for us it's perfect.  We splurged on a roast this weekend when we found one on sale at the grocery store for $2.88 per pound.  Tonight I'm making us a pot roast and then we will watch Lee Daniel's The Butler from a free Redbox rental.  (You can find free Redbox rental codes all over the Internet at any given time.  As my daughter would say, "Google is your friend!")

I realize you may be thinking, "This woman is crazy!  This is NOT a date night.  This is just a Tuesday."  But you have to realize that date night isn't about where we go or how much money we spend or what activities we do, but it's about attitude.  It's about choosing to spend time together and make any night a special night.  It's about me closing my laptop and choosing to celebrate my husband.  It's about him giving up control of the television remote and renting a movie he knows I've been wanting to see for quite some time.  THAT, ladies and gents, is a date.

As for that beautiful hunk of beef sitting in my kitchen, (the roast, not my husband!)  we should get at least six meals each out of our $13 investment.  I cut a little over one third of the roast up for stew meat, so that will be a second dinner for us.  Plus, did you see the massive amount of food filling up my huge crockpot?  That will be dinner tonight, and at least two more lunches, and once we make stew, we will get at least two lunches out of it as well… maybe even more!

What do you do on a frugal date night?

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Monday, January 20, 2014

How To Use A Cricut Mat With Your Silhouette Cameo: Updated

Here's an updated post from last year,  I've had a lot of questions about the newer Cricut mats, so I've included pictures and graphics for those mats below.  Happy reading!

Today's tips come from my sweet friends Becky and AJ. Did you know that you can use Cricut mats in your Silhouette Cameo?  I did, but I couldn't quite get everything to line up and cut just right.

It didn't take too long after I got my Silhouette Cameo to completely wear out the cutting mat that came with it.  I started using an old Cricut mat I had, but the cutting area seemed off from what it was showing on my computer screen.  No biggie unless I was trying to fit something in a tight area, and then I would miss the mark every time and waste the paper I was using.  I found a couple of things that helped with this problem, and now the Cameo cuts like a champ again.

The first thing to do is to adjust where you line up your paper on your cutting mat.  Instead of using the regular Cricut lines, move the top of your paper up to the guideline at the very top of the mat, where it shows the tick marks for measurements.  See the photo above.

When your paper is lined up correctly on your mat, it should look just like this...

For the newer designed Cricut mats with the thick black lines, the idea is the same.  You just put it on the inside edge of the black line, like the picture below shows:

The next trick is finding where to line up your mat once you are loading it into your Cameo.  If you look closely on your Cameo, there's an extra, smaller line at the left side of your machine...

Line the edge of your mat up with that small line just like this...

This is actually where you're supposed to line up anything that goes into the Cameo...mats or vinyl.  I never even noticed that little line until Becky pointed it out to me!

Since I've learned and implemented these two tricks, I haven't lost a single piece of paper to a bad cut!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E