April card kit

This is not a topic that anyone really wants to send cards out for but it is a part of life. Lately, it seems like I need several of these cards a week but I know that the recipient greatly appreciates them.

The April card kit is $30 to order and the deadline to order is March 20th.

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The 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 set used to create monthly kit (Retail value $13.95)
– Flat rate priority shipping
Invoices will be sent to your email from Square.com.

I used the Hello Lovely paper packs, Coordinating Cardstock and Heartfelt Thoughts stamp set to create this kit.
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*CTMH consultants are welcome to purchase the monthly card kit instructions as well. The cost is $10.00 and a digital copy of the instructions will be emailed to you, no physical product will be sent.
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Please email me at silhouettesecretsplus@gmail.com by March 20, 2017 if you would like to order.

Enjoy!
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Quick gift – I love Rhinestones 

Rhinestones – once you start, it’s addictive and you just want to make more.
I held off as long as I could, until I took Terri Johnson Creates hands on retreat last July.
In her class, we designed our own rhinestone design and cut it out. After that one design, I was hooked and started shopping in the Silhouette store for more.
This one jumped out at me and I knew I’d be making some for my nieces in the future.

I had just ordered some supplies from The Rhinestone World and had the opportunity to make these as quick gifts to send with my husband on a trip.

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So with this magic flock you cut the design with your machine and then peel it off the backing – rip it like a band aid gets the best results. If it has cut well, the little holes will stay on the backing and you can just scrape them off…..

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You can then lay the sticky design down on a safe surface, press it and peel it back again to get more of the circles to stick out.

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I then look for any that didn’t come out, remove those and put it back on the backing paper.

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Now, sprinkle your rhinestones on top of your template and rub them around until all the holes are full.
Once all the stones are in place, using heat transfer tape, lay it over top of your design and burnish. Carefully life it up and make sure the rhinestones are stuck to the heat transfer tape.

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Place your heat transfer on the shirt where you want it and I used an iron with a board under it and lots of pressure on high heat with a teflon sheet to set the stones on the shirt.

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I love the ability to make a gift up really quickly and hope you enjoy making rhinestone designs as much as I do.

I would highly recommend attending a retreat by Terri Johnson Creates, you will learn so much and be able to try all kinds of new projects.
The possibilities are endless with the Silhouette Cameo!!!

Enjoy!
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Designing Lesson 4

In Lesson 4, Melissa from Silhouette School talks about using the Polygon & Arc tool.
We created the Snowman’s nose, mouth and snow banks using these tools in Lesson 4.

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And now for my light bulb moment….. there is always something that really sticks out for you in the lesson. Before I mentioned not skipping over the definitions of the tools and learning a few new things…

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This past week, I was trying to do something in Silhouette Design and I just could not remember how to do it….. I knew there was a way but it was escaping me.
I wanted to create a Word Art in a shape….
So while I was playing with the Arc tool, I realized this would be the perfect way to create a Word Art that matched an Arc shape.

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Now if I could only remember the project I was trying to do this for….

I am sure it will come to me another day.
I hope you enjoy crafting today!
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Customized cards with my Silhouette Cameo

I love being able to create these customized cards for friends, especially for special occasions…
A friend of mine just received the results of her dental hygiene exam and I thought I would create a unique card for her.
I found all the designs in the Silhouette Store and loved that I could just click buy and then get to cutting.
You can find the Congratulations Pop & Twist card file HERE.
Find the Tooth file HERE.
Find the Dentist tools HERE.

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You can see a short video of how this card works HERE.

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I took the tooth cut file and resized it down to make a bunch of teeth confetti to include inside the pop & twist card. And then I stuffed it into the envelope.
Just a tip… I even measured this card and it was under the weight limit but U.S.P.S still returned it for more postage. You just never know.
Sometimes with these fancy fold cards they can get to be a bit thick and you need to allow for extra postage.
I thought I was good this time, but guess not!

Now while you can find instructions on how to create these fancy cards such as Twist & Pop or Cards in a Box, I still prefer to use my Cameo machine and let it do the work for me.

What kind of fancy cards will you try with your Cameo?
Enjoy!
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Happy March!!

Bye, Bye February – wait were you even here?
I feel as though February passed by in the blink of an eye.

What does March bring? Will it be more winter or are we well on our way to Spring?

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As you can see, I didn’t even get my March cover page in my planner finished….. It’s not my favorite anyhow, so I may end up just covering it.

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Did you know you could do that? You are not going to like everything 100% but you can change it if you like. Find a paper that you really love and cover it up or create a pocket to store stuff along the way.

Now on to some even better news!
This month Close to My Heart has a 25% off all Thin Cuts AND they have even bundled some of the stamp sets & Thin Cuts that weren’t previously released together……

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Thin Cuts give you a fast and easy way to cut all kinds of shapes for your crafting, and this month they are all available at 25% off retail price! Choose from titles, sentiments, and a wide variety of other metal dies to get precise shapes without any fussy cutting! This sale also includes four Thin Cuts bundles not previously offered—the Swirly Seashells, Sweet Birthday, Wreath, and School Kids Thin Cuts are now available in bundles with their coordinating stamp sets! This special pricing is only available during the month of March while supplies last, so get your orders in early!

And each  month they offer a Stamp of the Month that you can add on to any order over $50. This month it is called Tea-rrific.
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I hope to get a chance to play with this stamp set and come back to show you later this month!!!

You can find all kinds of fun things to play with on my website at EllyMae.ctmh.com.

Enjoy!

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