Happy Monday, everyone!

I am back today to share a card that I created using Faber Castell Gelatos and my Silhouette Cameo.  Let me tell you first, that I just love the yummy colors here. This was one of those projects that you start making with something in mind, but as you go, you change your mind a couple times to end up with something completely different, but what it really matters is that you are happy with it…

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I found inspiration on the Faber Castell blog to create the background of this card. I have to confess that I am in love with my Gelatos :) So, I created the background using watercolor paper and Gelatos  mixed with water.  I also added a little of stamping,  and a bit of dimension with an stencil and lightweight spackling… I promise, I will make a video to show how I created the background, because is hard to explain. This card is a total mix of different things :) Anyway,  after my background was dry and ready for the focal point, I cut a shape called Butterfly with my Cameo using patterned paper and Kraft. Additionally, I stamped a sentiment included in a set called Simple Said by Paper Smooches. The final touches were stitches and gems.

Here the colors if you liked them…

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Please comeback on Wednesday… The February  Guest Designer of my blog will be sharing a fabulous card!

Thanks for stopping by :) Have a wonderful crafty week!

marianasignat

Hi! First of all, I want to invite you to see a wonderful card that my dear friend Virgina Lu has created using February’s theme : Butterflies and Hearts… Please click on the sneak peek below to hop over to her blog…Aren’t those colors fabulous?

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On another note, I received another email from a reader asking me about how to cut thin lines using your Cameo. This is a card that I created using a Silhouette shape with a very thin outline….

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Sometimes it can be tricky to obtain a clean and perfect thin cut when using your cutting machine. If you have tried many times, and  your machine  keeps tearing your paper, plus it is making you feel frustrated, take it easy :)  it can be as simple as  a dirty blade… You can see a tutorial on how to clean the blade by clicking >>>HERE<<< . Believe me, it helps a lot to clean it. Well,  Today I am sharing  how I cut the same shape in a different way. The original Doggy shape by Silhouette has two layers: white base and black outline… mgdoggycut

A good  alternative to cut this shape is to separate the inside of the outline shape into another layer; so instead of having just two layers (brown-black), now  I have three (brown-black-brown)… You put them together, and this is the result…doggylayers2

Do you notice the difference?…. Is just the way the shape was cut. The image looks the same. A second alternative would be to cut the thin black outline using vinyl instead of card stock, but I think the triple layer method works perfectly fine! I hope this trick can help you with some of your shapes when using your cutting machine.

Thanks for stopping by, I’ll be back soon with another February theme project :)

marianasignat

Happy Friday everyone!

Just popping in to share a card that I created using my Cricut Expression 2 and some pretty patterned papers….

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The heart shape belongs to the Cricut Essentials collection that came pre-loaded in my Cricut Expression 2, and it is called Heart 2. I used patterned papers from  a 6×6 pad  collection called Sunny Side by Pebbles.  I also used buttons, a paper doily, stitches and a Hero Arts/Studio Calico sentiment included in a set called Oh Snap.  I want to point out that a few weeks ago I went to a store called Tuesday Morning; they have a small section of craft supplies and there, I found several 6×6 papers pads (including the one I used today)  at a very very good price. I saw some embellishments, inks and other products too. Maybe next time you are near one of these stores, you can take a look of what products they have available for you :)

Please comeback tomorrow, I will be sharing Silhouette tips and a sneak peek of a card created by a good cyber-friend of mine :)

Thanks for stopping by :) Have a fantastic crafty weekend!

marianasignat

Happy Monday, everyone!

Today we have a snowy day here in Chicago… again, but I don’t complain. Actually it was a good thing to stay home, to do some crafty stuff today :)  I created a card using Faber Castell Gelatos and a cling stamp by Hero Arts (Leaf and Floral Background)…. I love the yummy colors here…

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I complemented this card with a sentiment and  a butterfly shape that I cut out using my Cameo. The sentiment was cut four times and I just stacked the words together… just to add dimension.  I cut the butterfly twice and sewed a few stitches in the middle… Of course, sequins and stitches were also part of my card :)

I hope you have a fabulous crafty week :) Thanks for stopping by!

marianasignat

Happy Friday, everyone!

I am back today with a re-do of a card that I created a while ago. I have received good comments about the original card, and I also have seen that it has been pinned a few times on Pinterest. This week, a reader asked me for the instructions of this card, and of course I am more than happy to share with her and with everybody how I made it. So I created the same card again with a little twist. Let me tell you, that this card is definitely not a ten minutes card… Is not dificult to make it, though… but it has many steps :). Well,  here is the original card…
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…And here is the new one….

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As you can see, I changed the colors, the sentiment and used butterflies instead of flowers.  The main stamp images (All of them by Hero Arts) are the same as the original card: Cling Dots (background image on white card stock), Friends Definition (butterflies), Garden Borders ( background on Kraft card stock). The sentiment is also by HA and it belongs to a set called: Thinking of you Kite. I also used sequins, White Tulle ribbon by American Crafts (3in. x 10 yd.), and of course some stitches.  I thought it was more fun to make a video instead of just writing the instructions… so here is how I made it….

Well, I hope you all have a wonderful Valentines Day today… and keep celebrating it  during the weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hey!

Just popping in to share a card that I created using a new technique for me: Embossing Paste. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this technique, so I searched the internet for an option to create your own embossing paste. Well, I found a couple of posts about it and you can see them HERE and HERE. Both articles include list of materials and instructions (the first one also includes a sample and pictures).  No worries, you don’t have to create anything, you can find the materials easily in the store.  So besides the supplies that I bought: Lightweight spackling and a paint spatula, I also bought a couple of stencils in the local craft store and I created this kind of serious card :)

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The results are great; I specially like the dimension you can achieve… and no, I did not forget about the theme of this month… the petals of my flowers are hearts :) and I also used heart shaped gems. The sentiment is by Jane’s Doodles and belongs to a set called: Daffodils.  The flowers were created with my Silhouette and Illustrator. I will share the shape soon.

Well,  the products I used for the background of my card are these…DSC_1658

You can change the color of the spackling paste by adding a bit of the chalk powder (Scrape slightly some of your chalk bars with a craft knife). I changed the color in another sample and I also added glittery embossing powder, but… I don’t really like working with glitter… You shine all day! I like the results, though…

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 Just remember: you have to clean your stencil and spatula with water right away after you use them, to prevent  the paste to ruin them. Well, if you are curious like me about this technique… You can  give it a try… maybe your hubby already have the materials in his garage :)

Thanks for stopping by :) Have a wonderful crafty rest of the week!

marianasignat

Hi!

I think one of the reasons I chose butterflies as the theme for this month is because I wish we  already are in Spring. This winter has been very cold… and snowy too. Don’t get me wrong, I like where I live, and the people too, is just that this year has been extremely cold. I just wish that the winter would be shorter :) The bad part is that the groundhog saw its shadow this year, right? Lol, I am not sure if I should believe that tradition from now on… I hope he is wrong :)
Anyways, I have a card for today featuring some Cricut shapes…

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The pretty frame belongs to the Cricut Essentials  that came pre-loaded in my Cricut Expression 2, and it is called Label 2. The Butterfly belongs to Birthday Cakes cartridge an its name is Butrfly 2, but I changed it a little bit, because instead of using the inner shape that comes with the butterfly, I combined it with a heart shape that belongs to Border8.   The patterned papers are from a 6×6 paper pad collection called Dear Lizzy-Lucky Charm by American Crafts. It was fun to combined patterned papers with card stock :) The sentiment is by Hero Arts-Studio Calico (Hey Day Sentiments) I embellished my card with sequins, glossy accents and stitches :)

Thanks for stopping by :) Have a wonderful crafty week!

marianasignat

Happy Friday, everyone!

Very quick post today just to share another card using butterflies…

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The butterflies stamps are by Jane’s Doodles (Butterflies) and the sentiment is by Hero Arts (Year Round Sentiments).  The background was created using Faber Castell Gelatos, and I loved what you can achieve with this product and water. The colors are amazing too. The main butterfly  was heat-embossed with silver powder, and then applied the color using one of the Gelatos bar directly over the embossed image. I spread the color with my finger. Next, I simply cut out the image with scissors. To embellish and add a little bit more of texture, I used Liquid Pearls, Glossy Accents, and of course stitches :)

I hope you have a nice weekend :)  I’ll be back with another card on Monday… (I hope!)

marianasignat

Hi there!

I am back today to share a Shabby Chick style card that I created using my Silhouette Cameo. The sketch is from The Paper Poppy by Laura Davis and you can find  it by clicking >>>HERE<<< …and this is my card…

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I used  patterned papers from two different 6×6 paper pad collections:  Paper Heart by Crate Paper, and Sunny Side by Pebbles. I also included decorative tape and enamel dots by Recollections. The heart shape belongs to the Cameo Software library and it is called Heart 1028. I created the sentiment as well as the flower with my Mac and Illustrator. The final touches were some stitches here and there :)

Here is the color combo if you like it :)

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Well, that’s all from me today, I hope you have a great rest of the week!

marianasignat

Hi!

I don’t know where January went… Time seems to pass by so fast. I wanted to share another card on Friday, but since Thursday I was in panic mode because of the snow storm we were supposed to have on Saturday. I try to avoid going out when it is snowing, So I simply run errands before the storm hits, that way I don’t have to go out. So that’s what I did. On Friday, my grocery shopping. Saturday was a Cinderella day (cleaning here and there), and on Sunday I spent part of the day preparing food for the  Superbowl. Well, today I am here to share a card and to introduce the new theme for this month  “Butterflies and Hearts”…

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I created a card using one of the recently released sets by Jane’s Doodles:  Butterflies . The butterflies were heat-embossed with white powder on water color paper and then, I created the background using a mix of water/Distress Ink and a paint brush. This is a very easy way to achieve a pretty background, and you don’t have to be an expert to do it. The final touches were: a sentiment, Stickles, sequins, stitches and Liquid Pearls…

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Thanks for stopping by :) I hope you all have a wonderful crafty week!

marianasignat

 

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