Classroom decor

One thing I love about having my Silhouette Cameo is being able to help out my kid’s teacher’s with bulletin boards and other projects they have in the classroom.

I feel out teacher’s could use all the help they can get in the classroom and since I have little ones at home, I am unable to be in the classroom and volunteer, so I want to offer my help in other ways.

This year I have made a few things for my son’s Pre-K classroom including these decorations for the Dad’s Sports Night.

My love for the Silhouette started with paper crafts and has expanded to so much more, but I have not let the paper crafting go. I recommend having a separate blade for each type of medium you cut, such as vinyl, card stock, fabric, etc. I start my blade when it’s brand new as a vinyl blade and when it gets to where it’s not cutting as crisp, I graduate it into a card stock blade and just rotate it to a new job. When it gets to the point it’s not cutting well at all, then it’s time for a new one.

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I found a couple sports related images in the Silhouette Design store and just click buy and start cutting.

One thing that helps when cutting paper is having the right adhesive to glue things down. I love this Dual Action Glue Pen from Close to My Heart when I’m working with small detailed images.

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When working will really small details such as the baseball stitches I love the Xyron sticker maker. As you can see I don’t even use the little “X” part of the machine any longer… I just stick my object in the adhesive roll and pull it out the other end and use scissors to cut it off.

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For all the larger paper areas my favorite adhesive is this tape runner by Scrapbook Adhesive 3L.  It has been my go to for as long as I can remember and I’ve found a great online store to stock up on this as I go through it quickly when making cards. I highly recommend Scrapbookpal.com and order from them when I need to replenish my supplies. They even have free shipping over $25 and it’s quick.

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Here is the titles I made for the classroom door.

I typed out my title and then created an offset around it and welded that offset, so I would be able to cut the outline in black.

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Owning a Silhouette Cameo allows me to be creative and help out in so many ways and I enjoy every minute of it.

What are our working on today?

Enjoy!
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Dreamin Big… Retiring 4/30

Close to My Heart has another paper pack that is retiring is called Dreamin’ Big. This pack of coordinating papers is very versatile for any occasion.

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X7218B Dreamin Big paper $9.95

This is such a cool paper pack and stamps to coordinate with it.
Grab it while supplies last!
Find these and many other great things at
EllyMae.ctmh.com

Enjoy!

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Some Kind of Wonderful – Retiring 4/30

This has been one of my favorite paper packs out of the Seasonal Expression 1 catalog. Some Kind of Wonderful papers and stamp set are retiring on 4/30, so grab it quick before it’s gone.

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Here are a couple cards I created for a card class I held while visiting friends in Kansas. We had a lot of fun creating cards & catching up.


This paper pack and stamp set are so fun & exciting, I hope they inspire you to create today.

Find all these great items on my website at
EllyMae.ctmh.com

Enjoy!

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Retiring soon!

The current Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog with Close to My Heart will be retiring at the end of April. There are so many neat products in the catalog and if you’ve had your eye on any of them, I would encourage you to grab them now before they will run out. We have seen many thing sell out and since it retires at the end of the month, they will typically not restock them.

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The cards above were created with the CTMH Sugar Rush Paper pack, some Sea Glass card stock and the CTMH Sugar Rush stamp set. While the Thin cuts for this set are sold out you can still grab the stamp set until 4/30.


While it’s sad to see products retire, I promise the new items coming in May will be amazing!

You can find all these amazing products on my website at
EllyMae.ctmh.com

I hope you get a chance to create something today!

Enjoy!

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Halloween decor – yes that’s right!

Halloween is of course several months in the past, but when you can pick something up on clearance…. why wait until next year to finish it.
I found a couple signs at Target that were perfect to add vinyl to.

I had a couple files from the Silhouette store & they were perfect for these…..

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With my first design, I weeded the large area first & then I applied my transfer tape & uses a technique commonly called “reverse weeding” in the Vinyl crafting lingo.

How do you reverse weed?

Burnish your design well, so it all sticks to your transfer tape.
Then peel the backing off of your vinyl design & very carefully weed out the bits of vinyl from the delicate parts of your image.
This works especially well if you have small eye pieces or small dots for letters, etc. It does take some practice to get the hang of it.
The first time I did it, I hated it because my transfer tape kept sticking to me.
But, the more you practice & get the hang of it, the more you fall in love with the technique & use it for those delicate designs that you don’t want your pieces moving on.
In my design, I used this for the spider web that was in the center of my “O”.

After weeding my design, I then carefully placed my design on my sign & burnished it down really well. Then I carefully peeled the transfer tape off, watching for any vinyl that did not come off the transfer tape and I would put it back down & burnish it some more to get it to stick.

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And my second design, also from the Silhouette Design Store.

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Now these are ready to pull out for next year and will go perfectly in my dining room that has a wine theme.

Whenever you get the chance to grab some decor items at a discount, grab them, but don’t let them sit around too long without adding all the finishing touches.

Enjoy!
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I’m back

Did you miss me?

I’ll tell you there is a perfect balance between crafting & then getting all the blog posts written about your crafting…. I strive for a couple times a week, but the past few weeks have gotten away from me!

But, I’ve been busy crafting…. and a bit of traveling, so it has been productive, just not time to sit & type everything out.

In the past few weeks, I was preparing for a card class. My first real card class…. I made up 6 cards featuring current Close to My Heart products and traveled to Topeka, KS to visit friends and meet my customers. I had 10 people signed up for the class and it was a success. I can see more card classes in my future.

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April is the final month for the Seasonal Expression 1 so if there is something you see that you like, you better grab it…. a few things have already sold out, so don’t wait until the last minute……

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in fact, there is a Flash Sale happening today!!!
Just for my birthday – it can’t be a coincidence, can it?

NCIS Gibbs Rule #39 – “There is no such things as a coincidence.”

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Starting at 3 pm MST there will be a Flash Sale for 24 hours with a 30% discount on selected products and product bundles from Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 1.
But it is only for orders through my website at EllyMae.ctmh.com

Don’t forget you can add the Stamp of the Month to any $50 order for only $5. That is a great deal on a stamp set retailing at $17.95.
And it is only good for the month of April, then it is retired forever!

This month the stamp set is called Flock Together.

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And if that wasn’t enough… there is also a monthly special on Cut Above Layout kits – while supplies last save 50%!

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I hope you are like me and are busy with crafting projects and just have not had the time to sit & type it all out….. stay tuned for a couple blog posts coming your way soon!

Enjoy!
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