Design Class – Lesson 1-3

Last week, Silhouette School announced her new book called The Ultimate Silhouette Guide to Designing in Silhouette Studio and I just had to grab it. I didn’t even wait for her contest to win a free copy to end, I just clicked Add to cart, paid & downloaded it.

Why would you want to make your own designs?
Here are just a few reasons:
– you learn a lot about the software by creating your own designs,
– if you cannot find something that you want to use, you can create your own,
– if you want to sell items you need to use your own designs or purchase Commercial Use products to use in your sale items – don’t forget to research Trademark & Copyrights.
Just because you CAN create it does not mean you legally can use it!!!

I was able to sit down and work through a few lessons this past weekend and thought I’d show you what we did.
We created our own little snowman, from scratch…. just using basic tools.
And we will be adding on to this as we go.
This is the design I had when I finished Lesson 3.


Now, I’ve been designing or creating my own designs since Day 1 of using my Silhouette machine, but you can always learn new things & new ways to do things.
So I jumped and I’ll tell you what…. I learned new things in the first few pages.
It took all my will power not to skip over the first few pages of the Tool definitions and buttons, but let me tell you DON’T SKIP IT!
I resisted the urge and I learned several new buttons and tools and that was just in the first few pages.
I’ll tell you, I am excited to continue in the class and hope to keep showing you my design as we go.
You can always learn more about your software program!



Happy Valentine’s Day!

Where ever you are, I hope that you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

After hubby asked me if I could make a pop up flower card, I just had to try out several that I found….
In my last blog post, I showed you a card in a box bouquet that I found in the Silhouette store – you can see that HERE. But I found several others….. how do you ask? Well, Pinterest of course!!! That is my go to source for ideas… I’ll either browse the front page or if I’m looking for something specific, I will use the search function and see what cool things it will bring in to my life that I must make. You can find my Silhouette Pinterest page HERE for all thins I’ve pinned Silhouette related, but I also try to keep things organized in folders so I can find things easily when I get the time to make them.


I used the cut file I found at Paper Pulse for the Rose pop up card and cut the pieces out of card stock. And then I referenced her instructions on how to piece it together and assemble the card.

I used the CTMH Stamp of the Month from January and colored it in with the Shin Han markers.

I cut the card base and inside from a retired CTMH paper pack called La Vie En Rose.

And then I used my Envelope Punch and created an envelope for my pop up card.

I hope you have a wonderful day!


Bouquet of roses

The other night my husband shows me a photo on his phone and asks me, “Can you make this?” It was a pop up card with flowers in the middle…. so of course….. challenge accepted!!!

I start looking for cut files that I can make something similar and found several. This one I found in the Silhouette Design store and it was so easy to click buy and cut.

You can find the design HERE.

On this particular design there was also information in the product description that leads you to the designer’s blog for instructions on how to assemble and I referenced this several times to know the order that each was glued into the card. You can find the instructions for this card HERE as well.

This card in a box was easy to assemble since everything was included in the one cut file and all you had to do was un-group and arrange the cuts according to the color you wanted to cut. However, do keep in mind that if you want to mail this card, it does need to be resized smaller to fit in a regular size envelope.


I cut all my pieces and set them aside to assemble everything at once. I used several adhesive types: Liquid Glass when gluing the card box, roses & stems together, foam tape to attach the greenery inside the card and then a Xyron sticker maker for the word valentine.


Liquid glass is my go to adhesive for a quick secure hold on these card in a boxes or on rolled flowers…. I use a small amount and hold the paper in place for 10 seconds, sometimes maybe a bit longer, and then give it a few to dry and it holds so well.


Above is my card once all the roses are attached inside the box.


And above is my finished card. I did resize the card, so I would be able to put this in a 5 x 7 envelope and mail it.


After making this smaller version, I decided that I wanted to make some for the teacher’s. Because really, who doesn’t want to receive a dozen roses? And ones you don’t have to water or take care of in any way – bonus!


I hope you take some time to “Do something Creative today.”


Friendly Flamingos

A friend had a birthday coming up and I thought it was a perfect time to pull these guys out.
I love these card in a box cards!
I found my box template at HERE and cut it with my Silhouette Cameo.
The box cut file cuts out the box to assemble, the pieces of paper that will fit in the spaces of the box and the inner brace parts. I then just added all the embellishments to the card all over.


These flamingos and papers are retired from Close to My Heart, but they are always coming out with new & fresh ideas and supplies.
Grab them before they retire too on my CTMH website:

One of my Facebook groups has a challenge for the month of February…. finish projects!
And that is what I’m focusing on…. making a list of what I want to do and getting it done.
What are you getting done?


So many uses…. wood burning stencil

Every once in awhile hubby asks if I can make something…. last time it was roof shingles from chipboard for houses he was building as models…..
This time a stencil for wood burning…..

Of course!
I just need to know what you want and I can design it.
That is what I LOVE about the Silhouette Cameo!!!

Here is the stencil I cut out of Silhouette Chipboard for him to use.

And it worked perfect for what he wanted to do!


So many uses so little time!!!



The stencil did it’s job and the final project turned out great!

What will you use your Cameo to cut today?


Cookie jars

So I scored big time right before Christmas at Michael’s store.
I was walking by an end cap and a couple of these cookie jars, there was of course no price on them, but I was next to a price scanner, so just happened to pick them up & price them…. Well, there were on clearance!!! I purchased the one directly below for like $5 and the big ones below that were $1.99 each.
Needless to say I grabbed the 2 big ones I saw that were $1.99 and ran to the register to check out. After she had already rang me up, I asked if she could tell me if there were more in the store… I made sure to do this after, so she couldn’t change the price on me, just in case……
I had grabbed the last 2… but still – what a deal!
And of course, with my Silhouette Cameo & etching creme, nothing glass is safe!

So home I came to make some vinyl decals.
I use Oracal 631 vinyl as my stencil and never have an issue with it.
One of these was for a neighbor gift, so it took me a bit to decide on a design I liked, but once I saw this one in the Silhouette store, I knew it would fit.
You can find the Made with Love design HERE in the store.


I use Etchall creme for my projects, as that is what we used in Terri Johnson Creates hands on retreat and I love the fact that you can scrape off the excess and reuse it. So it lasts a long time.
I leave my creme on for 20 minutes or a bit longer and it always turns out great!
You can find Etchall creme HERE.

The first one I applied the vinyl to was the one on the left in the photo above…. it was a bit trickier due to the curve and the varied size of the jar. I grumbling a bit when I went to apply the vinyl to the jar on the right and then it went on like a dream.
The biggest factor when applying your vinyl stencil to a glass item to etch is you want the edges of your design to have a great seal on them, so the etching creme doesn’t sneak up under the vinyl.
The flatter you can get the decal on your object the better, any creases are areas that the etching creme might sneak in to.

I love how they turned out but I do have to confess that after over a month of it sitting on my counter, it’s still empty…..
I don’t bake that often because then I end up eating them…..
One of these days, I’ll put something in it.



Happy February!

Happy February!
Here is my cover page for my planner – I could not resist the peacock page and it was one the first one I completed.



I used the CTMH ShinHan twin touch markers to color it and then the new Gold Shimmer brush pen to add bling to the page.
I love how it turned out!
The planner is currently at a greatly discounted price and the pages can be purchased separately or as a bundle. Check it out HERE while supplies last!
I personally bought a 2nd set of planner pages just in case I didn’t like the way I colored the 1st set. Now I can jump right in and start coloring without fear of messing it up.

February Specials with Close to My Heart
With a new month, comes a new Stamp of the Month!
Easter Bunny is now available for $5 with any $50 purchase.

During the month of February, they are also running a promotion called
“Sign Me Up!”

New Consultants who join Close To My Heart in February will get the February, March, and April Stamp of the Month sets for FREE! That’s an additional $53.85 in retail value added to the already incredible value of the New Consultant Kit!

For our former Close To My Heart Consultants, we will also offer a lower-priced, no-kit enrollment option that will allow former Consultants to sign up for just $50! They will still receive $50 in Select Product Credit to spend on products of their choice, meaning they basically get to sign up for free! PLUS they’ll get the February, March, and April Stamp of the Month sets for FREE!

Please let me know if you have any questions or find out more details on my website at

I hope everyone has a wonderful start to the month of February!