Birthday, Cards, Scrapbooking, Silhouette SD

Silhouette-cut Birthday Cards

I made these on Sunday, too. Simplified the process ever so much by using my Silhouette SD. Even went ahead and bought new shapes for it! Inexpensive and soooooo convenient. I bought the ‘restroom girl icon’ and a scalloped cherry spot.


I removed the cherry and little faux-stitching slits from the perimeter of the cherry spot. Then I sized my text and cut-cut-cut! Slipped snippets of black paper lace underneath. Quick, easy, cute. :-)

Counterfeit Kits, Everyday, Kids, Scrapbooking, Silhouette SD

A Hippopotamustn’t

All items for this layout (except the stamps for the title) were in my March Counterfeit Kit.  Sorry for the photo quality–some of it is due to using my phone to snap pics and some of it is for confidentiality reasons (our foster daughters from last summer, again).  Love these photos!!!  Cute little hippo feature at the park we went on their last Sunday with us, and they were both just too cute.  Cut the mat and border of the mat with my Silhouette, using one of the free shapes that come with it.

Found this poem online and thought it was perfect:

A Hippopotamusn’t
By J. Patrick Lewis

A hippopotamusn’t sit on lawn chairs, stools, and rockers.
A hippopotamusn’t yawn directly under tightrope walkers.
A hippopotamusn’t roll in gutters used by bowlers.
A hippopotamusn’t fail to floss his hippopotamolars.
The awful things a hippopotamusn’t do are just
As important as the lawful things a hippopotamust.

Loved these embellishments.  I coated my raw chipboard stars from the main kit with paint, then stamped and heat embossed in a highly contrasting color using the woodgrain stamp.  I WILL DO THIS SO MANY MORE TIMES, can I just tell you that?!?

Little detail shot of the title block…  I redid this once already, and it is still not perfect.  But oh, well, it’s done!  And good enough.  lol  Happy Monday!

Counterfeit Kits, Scrapbooking, Silhouette SD, Travel

Sneak-a-Peek Layout

…at Yellowstone wildlife.

Everything is from my main March Counterfeit Kit, except for one letter sticker.  :-)  Looks like it should have been fairly straightforward, but I strayed majorly away from my original sketch, and had to problem solve using 8.5×11 vellum on a 12×12 layout, etc.  So this much more time than it should have…

Placed the title to create a green-outlined-in-brown visual triangle with the leaves on the top and bottom right.  Used my Silhouette to cut said title.  Gotta love that offset feature!!

Added little captions using a scallop punch and hand-trimmed circles, accented with buttons.  The “buffalo?” “bison?” captions are a little joke, because our tour guide was never clear on what we should actually call them (I believe the proper term is bison, “American Buffalo” is sort of a misnomer.).  And I successfully resisted the urge to title this layout “Elk Butt.”

Multiphoto, Scrapbooking, Silhouette SD, Travel, YAWYK

Lincoln Park Zoo

Yeah, so, I did the title “chicago zoo” before I had to look up some animal and figured out the zoo is actually called Lincoln Park Zoo.  LOL  OH WELL.  I’m not redoing it!

Cut the filmstrip frames with my Silhouette–modified a free image from Kerri Bradford.  Took some doing–a fair bit of measuring and problem-solving, but I was happy with how they turned out.  Backed the title with some of the cutout pieces from the filmstrips.  If I had it to do over, I’d not do frames–just a solid black down the middle, then crop and corner round the pics and stick them on top–would have been much easier!!!  Purple rhino is a tag I bought in the LPZ gift shop.

YAWYK Count:  39/2011

15-18) 4 sheets cardstock
19) rhino tag
20-21) letter stickers for title (counting as 2 since I used 2 fonts)
22-29) paper, silk, and felt flowers
30) screwtop snaps
31-39) 9 pieces of photo paper!

Baby, Baby Baby, No Photo, Scrapbooking, Silhouette SD, YAWYK

The Reindeer Cha-Cha

I made this layout for a challenge at ScrapJazz.  I’d been wanting to make it for awhile, but had no plan for it, and the challenge was just what I needed to help me actually do it.  We were to use a holiday theme, journaling, chipboard, and buttons.  I love how this turned out!

The reindeer was paper pieced using my Silhouette.  You can get the free file here at the Quilling Patch.  I love how the BasicGrey paper goes with the red & pink text paper.  I used an exacto and glass mat to cut out part of the big blue flower from the background paper and let it overlap the frame for the journaling to give the title a home.  I used up some more Heidi Swapp chipboard letters (man I love those and I don’t think they exist anymore), and added a button as a hyphen.  I scattered some more buttons along the bottom inside the circle graphics, and touched up a lot of places with my clear glitter gel pen (love doing that).

The journaling reads, It was the highlight of my Christmas–feeling you move for the first time.  I think I had been feeling you swish around, but I was waiting for the big one.  Then, in my Primary group at Northwood, there you were!  It was a music day, and I taught them a little dance called the “Reindeer Cha-Cha.”  “Reindeer 4, Reindeer 5, let’s all do the reindeer jive!”  And then you wiggle your hips down to the floor and back up…  On the way back up, I felt a big “swish-thump,” and my heart jumped in my throat, racing.  There you were!!!  It was so amazing, and cute, and wonderful–I hope it means you like music and dancing!  Because, baby, we will do the reindeer jive next year.  :-) xoxox

YAWYK: 8/2011

I like how Becky is counting her small items like individual letters, etc., so I am going to do that, too!

1-3) 3 sheets patterned paper & cardstock
4) buttons
5-7) journaling spots
8) chipboard letters

Anyone else doing YAWYK this year?

Baby, Kids, No Photo, Scrapbooking, Silhouette SD, Single Photo, Travel, YAWYK

All the layouts yet to be shared in 2010! (And the end of YAWYK!)

In no particular order, layouts I haven’t shared yet!  And the last of YAWYK!


I may have scrapped these pics before…  not sure.  These were taken during our staycation in May 2009.  We stayed at a hotel on the Plaza in KC and roamed through the Nelson-Atkins art museum and grounds.  I thought I may enjoy looking back at this picture one day and remembering what it felt like to be at rest–I have a feeling we will have a shortage of that in our lives from now on!

I used a free shape that came with my Silhouette, scattered it across the background in various sizes and placements, and welded it together to make the purple layer.  Then I used the offset tool to create a shadow effect with gray cardstock.  I used my clear sparkle gel pen to add dots and extend the lines of the background piece.  My favorite touch is the little bit of rhinestones, all about.

Random thoughts while reading facebook:

This is awful, but I think it was a sign of things to come.  I actually made this layout a few weeks before leaving facebook entirely.  I saw these vellum quotes on clearance and the snark cracked me up.  They also made me instantly think of FB.  You know, all the fake status updates?  And I have stories, people.  Stories of undergrads who stacked up several hundred FB friends like firewood, including crazy ex-boyfriends, and would let page after page of status war drama erupt when they got a new crazy boyfriend instead of, oh I don’t know, defriending the ex?!  Some people were constant Debbie Downers and that’s one of my bigger pet peeves.  Plus dirty laundry that didn’t need to be aired…  The list goes on and on.

17 wks:

OK, this photo is all kinds of a hot mess, but bear with me.  I re-stuck-down all the loose-coming-up bits, but apparently didn’t bother getting another photo of the LO.  Just trust me it looks better in real life!  You also can’t tell, but the top of the layout is punched in the same scalloped manner as the journaling labels.  A favorite LO of mine, for a lot of reasons.  :-)

miss emily claire:

Birth announcement from some friends–amazing story.  They adopted the little boy, and while in Africa to finalize everything, found out she was pregnant with this little girl!

A better look at all the acetate I managed to use up, and how nicely the flourishes in the background cardstock, acetate pieces, and on the actual birth announcement work together!


From the same staycation the first layout’s pics were from…  The fun thing about staycation is that we both get to go out and let loose a bit, without worrying about a designated driver–that’s what cabs are for!  So we camped out on the Plaza, listening to a pretty horrid cover band…  but it was still a lot of fun.  There was a funny pic of me with what I call my “fish face,” all googly eyed, but there wasn’t really room on the LO for it (thank goodness for small miracles…).  The zebra patterned paper and the colors in the background were all lifted directly from the shirt I was wearing, a red and black zebra print tee.  Oh, well!

YAWYK Count:  2010/2010

rest LO:
1874-1878) 6 sheets cardstock (I sorta lost 2 while experimenting with cut settings on the SSD)
1879-1890) 12 rhinestones
1891-1894) 4 stickers
1895-1898) 4 photo corners

facebook lo:
1899-1900) 2 sheets cardstock
1901) book of vellum quotes
1902-1917) 16 eyelets
1918-1920) 3 mini flower brads (ugh, the bane of my mini-brad loving existence.  Well, those and square mini-brads.)

17 wks:
1921) pink cardstock
1922-1925) 4 silk flowers
1926-1928) 3 rhinestone brads
1929-1934) 6 journaling spots (I chewed up a couple experimenting with my punch)
1935-1939) 5 stickers

miss emily claire lo:
1940) 1 sheet cardstock
1941-1944) 4 acetate pieces
1945-1959) 15 stickers & rub-ons

staycation lo:
1960-1961) 2 sheets pp/cs
1962-1976) 16 stickers/thickers
1977) journaling spot

random last minute purging to make my 2010 goal!

1978-2010) 23 oogly flowers from stash, boom gone!

WHOO-HOO I DID IT!  And you know what?  I think I’ll aim for 2011 in the next year.  Gotta be easier than 2010 in 5 months!