Monthly Archives: March 2012

Sunflower Birthday Card

Jeanette loves Sunflowers so that’s what she got on her birthday card.

This card is 4″ square (the line along the bottom of the front is an acrylic ruler holding the card closed.)

The photo on the front I took last summer at Luther Burbank Home & Gardens. (My camera has a good telephoto lens – I was not that close to a bee!)

The interior sunflower is a random internet find – I did a search for “sunflower coloring sheet” and found it. I colored it in Photoshop, and kludged my way through Illustrator to create an svg file. I imported that into Silhouette Studio Designer Edition for my cutting line. I’m sure I did it the long way round, it’s something to work on…

I did a lot of searching for decent “exploding card” instructions and/or videos. Lots on “exploding boxes”, not so much the card, but I finally found enough info.

The Happy Birthday confetti is from the Silhouette online store. (happy_birthday_with_shadow__C00942_19210) I calculated that I could fit 2″ pieces in the card, so I shrank it *way* down and set up a row of 4. I then created a rectangle on top of that, and filled it with a gradient. I printed just the gradient onto some photo paper that wasn’t working for me for photos, but gave the confetti a little shine. Then I cut them. I love how the Cameo can handle tiny little details! I had to finesse the ‘y’ on 2 of them, but the other two popped right out.

Another card, another several learning experiences<g> I’m having a blast!

Plum Medallion Card

I have a new Silhouette Cameo die-cutting machine. I’m having fun.

This card started from a challenge at Monica’s Creative Madness for Silhouette owners. The rules were: square card, use a digital stamp, and add buttons. This is what I came up with.

Thinking of You Plum Floral Medallion

The card is 5″ square. (and it is square – I need to practice my craft photography!)

The digital stamp is from Fred, She Said’s Sentimental Flower Doodledallion Set, colored with two different styles of gradients in Photoshop Elements. The flower is attached with foam tape, and the edges of the white pieces are paper-pierced.

The cardstock background is printed from Beth Nixon’s Altered Journey digital page kit (no longer available.)

The font is English Hand WF from Walden Font Co.

The buttons were a delightfully fortuitous find – I was looking for small pearly buttons and found these which are perfect! (Belle Buttons by Dritz #BB517)

I do love Challenges! And I’m utterly delighted with how this card turned out.