Stencils with the Silhouette

I knew you could do it… but I’d never done it…. then I opened my mouth & volunteered to make stencils for my son’s preschool class fundraiser…..
After my offer was confirmed, I started researching…. usually I would recommend doing it the other way around and volunteering for something that you already know for sure you can do….. But, that’s another story.
My first idea was to use my Cameo machine & cut stencils from chipboard…. we were applying them to flower pots and it was for preschool & younger children.
Then I started looking into it and thought there would be better materials to use….
Amazon Prime to my rescue… I ordered some Silhouette Stencil material and a box of laminating pouches.

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After my supplies were delivered, I broke out my laminating machine I picked up many, many years ago…. Had to blow some dust off that box!
Once heated up, I ran the laminating sheets through the machine and it because a hard plastic “stencil” material. This was still flexible enough to apply to a round surface, like the pots we were using.
Then I got to work cutting lots & lots of designs from my Silhouette library and other things I traced or drew myself.

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I had to make a demo pot to make sure the stencils would work…. There was some bleed through… but less paint is better!!

And I may have gone a bit crazy with the stencils I made… at least I thought I might have.
I was so worried the day of the event that these wouldn’t work & no one would want to use them…. but, I was wrong… everyone LOVED them!
It turned out wonderful and so many  pots were painted with unique designs….

It was great seeing people take the stencils and make their own designs and have a keepsake to take home with them.

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There are so many possibilities to create using your Silhouette Cameo and this machine amazes me at what materials it can cut… I am forever testing it out!

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November card kit by EllyMae

It’s here & on time – at least in my mind… I try to get them posted by the 15th of each month, in hopes to get them out to all those that order right around the 1st of the coming month. And this one especially, so you can get your Christmas cards done early.

For November’s card kit, I wanted something easy to assemble but still eye catching for upcoming Christmas cards. Of course, the designs could always be altered for any occasion you would be creating cards for.

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This month I used the City Sidewalks Paper Pack, coordinating card stock and 3 of the mini stamps called Mini Christmas, Mini Joy, and Mini Merry & Bright.

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November’s card kit is $25
Deadline to order is October 20th
Kit includes:
– Instructions to create 4 different card designs featuring Close to My Heart product
– Supplies to create 1 each of the 4 designs
– Supply list to re-create each design
– Stamp sets used to create monthly kit (Retail value $8.95)
– Flat rate priority shipping
Invoices will be sent to your email from Square.com.
*CTMH consultants are welcome to purchase the monthly card kit as well. Cost is $15.00 and includes my card kit instructions & supplies to create each of the 4 designs with permission to reproduce – Stamp set is not included, so you can purchase towards your goals.

If you would like to order this month’s card kit please send an email to silhouettesecretsplus@gmail.com

Thanks & hope you are able to do some crafting today!

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EllyMae.ctmh.com

TJC Licensed Instructor

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of attending Terri Johnson Creates first Licensed Instructor class. I was ecstatic when I saw her announce the opening of her first Licensing event and I had to sign up immediately.

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Why?
Well, I’m a Silhouette fanatic and have been since I first started using the machine.
I started out using a Cricut machine and found it very limiting….
Why could I not change the image and adjust it how I wanted it to be?
I was very familiar with their Design program, but did not like how little I had control over.
Then I won a Silhouette Portrait in a digital scrapbooking challenge and that changed everything. The first time I used the machine I knew that I need the bigger Cameo.
Yep, I upgraded immediately. I fell in love with it.

 Now, almost 4 years later I am a graduating member of the TJC Instructor program.
Several times I have thought back to years before that when a friend told me about this awesome machine that she just knew I would love and had so much potential.
Boy, do I wish I had listened to her sooner (you should have pushed harder Bobbi)!

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Since the retreat, I have been working on a business plan & this new blog site.
It’s a work in progress and I plan to show all the projects that I work on right here.
I am an avid crafter at heart and love to try all kinds of projects to see if they will turn out.

I am so glad that I was able to attend this training and can’t wait to see what is to come.
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If you are interested in learning more about TJC Instructor Program you can visit Terri’s website for more information.
Terri Johnson Creates

Stay tuned for more projects, tips, training and personal instruction.
Details will be posted on this site as I get everything ironed out.

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