Holding You in My Prayers Sympathy Cards

Sympathy Card by Paper Melody's

Holding You in My Prayers Sympathy Cards

Hello, again!  Sympathy cards are always the hardest kind for me to make – you want it to be personal and beautiful, but not over the top in any way, a balance that I find difficult to achieve.  I recently had a request for 2 sympathy cards, and in today’s post I’ll show you what I came up with.  Take a look:

Sympathy Card by Paper Melody's

The first was made with papers from one of my favorite 12×12 pads, a die cut label, and borders from Silhouette.  Here’s the inside:

Sympathy Card by Paper Melody's

Coordinating papers and design, and blank space for a note.

Here’s the second card:

Sympathy Card by Paper Melody's

I used the same computer-journaled sentiment with softly colored patterned papers and touches of gold for this card.  And the inside:

Sympathy Card by Paper Melody's

A must-have for sympathy cards is space for a personal note.  Even if it’s short, a personal note is the best.

That’s it for me today!  Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day!

Sympathy Card by Paper Melody's

Crafty Secrets December Linky Party – Peace Christmas Banner and Tutorial

Peace Christmas Banner by Paper Melody's for Crafty Secrets December Linky Party

Crafty Secrets December Linky Party – Peace Christmas Banner and Tutorial

HAPPY DECEMBER EVERYBODY!!!  My birthday is this month, Christmas is this month, New Years Eve is this month…so much fun in store!  And to kick it all off is the monthly Linky Party at Crafty Secrets!  This month’s theme options are Christmas, Cooking, and Calendars, and I decided to go with the first – Christmas!  Using the letters and blue damask papers from the Creating with Vintage Christmas CD #6 and stamps from the Vintage Christmas digital set, I created a banner for home decor.  Have a look, but first a little warning; This is a longer post, but be sure to stick around for the Tutorial at the end!  :

Peace Christmas Banner by Paper Melody's for Crafty Secrets December Linky Party

And a slightly closer look:

Peace Christmas Banner by Paper Melody's for Crafty Secrets December Linky Party

I started with a lovely pearlescent heavy cardstock, which I cut into pennants and embossed with a swirly patterned folder.  Then, I printed the blue damask and made smaller pennants.  I layered those over white gauze on the heavy cardstock, and attached everything with some silver eyelets.  I printed and fussy cut the letters while my Silhouette was busy cutting out the snowflakes in the background (see the tutorial!), then I added glitter and rhinestones to everything and layered it all together.

For the pennants on each end, I first sized the blue damask paper in Microsoft Word, then arranged various stamps from the Vintage Christmas Digital Stamp set in shades of blue.  After printing, I added more glitter and rhinestones.

Peace Christmas Banner by Paper Melody's for Crafty Secrets December Linky Party

Finally, I threaded light blue and white ribbons through the eyelets, and added a bow on each end.  And there you have it!

Now it’s your turn!  Visit each of the design team blogs listed below.  Then create a NEW project of your choice featuring Crafty Secrets product and link it up to the blog no later than 11:59PT, Sunday, December 14th. You do not need to follow this month’s theme to play along.  If you do not have any Crafty Secrets goodies, check the FREE DOWNLOADS located in the sidebar of the Crafty Secrets blog.  Be sure to link to the Crafty Secrets Blog in your post, and let us know what Crafty Secrets product you are using in your project. One lucky player will be randomly selected to win a $40 shopping spree in our online store.  Each player who participates will receive a free digital download.  We’ll be popping by to leave you some lovely comments on your blog post, too. Thanks for playing along, and good luck!

Kathy Clement, DT Leader * Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations * Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest * Elizabeth Lincoln, Paper Passtimes  * Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life * Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s (you are here!) * Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker *Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink * Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography * Guest Designer Birgit Norton, Crafting While I Wait * Guest Designer Glenda Brooks, MagPie’s Corner *

Tutorial: Cutting Digital Stamps with your Silhouette Machine

I’ve had several requests for a tutorial on using a Silhouette machine to cut out the Crafty Secrets digital stamps and images, so I thought now would be a good time to share!  I have a Silhouette Portrait and use Silhouette Studio Version 3.0.  Older versions may not have the the automatic trace function, but I’ve detailed 2 ways for cutting out images, so you should be covered!

Automatic Trace

Use your Silhouette machine to cut out digital stamps and imagesFirst, open the file you want to cut.  Make sure your file type is “All Files.”

Use your Silhouette machine to cut out digital stamps and imagesYour image will appear in the upper left corner; re-size and position it to your preference.  In the upper right corner of your screen, select the “trace” icon.

Use your Silhouette machine to cut out digital stamps and imagesChoose “Select Trace Area,” draw a box around your shape, and choose the trace option you prefer.

Use your Silhouette machine to cut out digital stamps and imagesI’ve moved my shape so you can see the red cut lines that appeared when I selected “Trace Outer Edge.”

Manual Tracing

Use your Silhouette machine to cut out digital stamps and images

For older versions of Silhouette Studio, or for custom tracing options, use the freehand tool to trace your shape.

Use your Silhouette machine to cut out digital stamps and images

Use your Silhouette machine to cut out digital stamps and images

Use the “Edit Points” tool to fix the wonky bits 😉

Use your Silhouette machine to cut out digital stamps and images

There are also rectangle, circle, and polygon drawing tools.  When you’ve adjusted the cut line to your heart’s desire, adjust the cut settings and send the design to your Silhouette!

There you go, a basic tutorial on using your Silhouette to cut digital images!  It can be a little time consuming and definitely takes practice, but it’s a really helpful way to minimize fussy cutting.  I find it incredibly useful!

And there you have it!  I can’t wait to see what you come up with for this month’s Linky Party at Crafty Secrets!

 

Life is a Bowl of Cherries Retro Kitchen Card

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 Life is a Bowl of Cherries Card with Crafty Secrets Retro Kitchen Kit

Hello everybody!  I have a sweet little card to share with you today before I settle in for some serious Christmas Crafting.  Today’s card is made with papers and images from the new Crafty Secrets Retro Kitchen Digital Kit.  Take a look:

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I just love that little mouse in his little green jacket!  To start this card, I sized the blue cherry digital paper in Microsoft Word, then layered one of the digital doilies over it.  Onto the doily, I layered the bowl of cherries, then printed it out.  Then, I typed the sentiment into the little tag and printed the bowl of cherries again; I cut out the tag and tucked it into the cherries on my background paper, popping up one corner for some dimension.  I also fussy cut the bowl and mouse and layered them over my ribbon.  Here’s another picture so you can see the layers a little better:

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The inside I kept really simple with a repeat of the cherry paper and doily overlay, and added a little sprig of cherries from the kit:

bowl of cherries 3And it’s done!  Really very simple, minimal fussy cutting, an easy digital design that anybody could do.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely day 🙂

Retro Kitchen “Honey Do” Notebook

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“Honey Do” Notebook with Crafty Secrets Retro Kitchen Kit

Hello again!  Crafty Secrets is releasing a new kit here soon called “Retro Kitchen,” and I’ve used some of the papers and images from the kit to create a custom notebook.  But, it’s not just any notebook.  It’s a “Honey Do” notebook, so you can make task lists for your significant other! 🙂  Take a look:

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This notebook measures roughly 6 x 5 x 1″ and is covered with 3 different papers from the Retro Kitchen set.  The delighted woman (I assume she’s delighted.  She’s assigning work to someone else!) and speech bubble are also from the set, and I just added “Honey Do” in Word.  Here’s the inside:

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The notebook is removable, so when you run out of paper to write all the “to-dos,” just take it out and slide another into the pocket on the back cover!  Easy as pie.  The handsome, apron-wearing man and accompanying sentiment came from the Domestic Goddess Creative Scraps by Crafty Secrets.

That’s it for today!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely day!

Thinking of You this Thursday

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Thinking of You this Thursday

Hi everyone!  First of all, a little reminder to head over to the Crafty Secrets blog and join the Linky Party!  Every participant gets a $6 store credit, and one lucky participant will win $50; you have until August 17th, don’t delay!

It’s been a busy week for me, and I haven’t quite gotten as much done as perhaps I should have, but I made it by the blog today to share a card with you!  Take a look:

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This creation was made using a bundle of scraps I had paperclipped together some time ago.  It’s the most useful way I’ve found to use up my scrap paper – paperclip it together into little sets, and when you want to make a card, grab a set and go!

The most interesting thing about this card is all the fussy cutting.  The little pink overlay in the background started as a whole sheet of paper run through an embossing folder…I then proceeded to cut around the raised design because I’m just a little bit insane.  But I love the result, and that’s what counts, right!?

Here’s a picture of the inside:

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That’s it for me!  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a lovely day!