Friday, March 23, 2012

A New Journey

Good morning everyone and welcome to your almost weekend!  Today is my day to post at the Paper Craft Weekend Challenge blog.  I have a vinyl project to share with you today!  In keeping with this baby shower my sister is putting soon, she forwarded a few pregnancy pictures of the expecting Mom and asked me to work some magic with them.  I decided to customize a frame with vinyl.  First, I have to tell you that I printed the photos using my new wide format printer and I am in LOVE with it. Epson Artisan 1430 for those of you in the market for one - you won't be disappointed.

I used my Silhouette Cameo and studio software to design the frame.  One thing that I learned recently about the software is that you can import images into your work space mat and size and tweak them like you would any other image.  Having the actual picture on the work space goes a long way in helping me decide if I do or don't like an element, it's placement etc.  I get to see how everything will look when it's done before I make a single cut.  I have been doing this more and more and I have been amazed at how much time I am saving by laying the entire sketch out in the design program first.  Here is what my file looks like after I completed the design.  You will note that none of words or flourishes are reversed or mirrored.  That's because I used a floating frame for this project.  If was using a regular frame I would have had to mirror or reverse the images so they would appear correctly.  Floating frames are an easy way around that problem and especially nice to use if you want more space to work with.

And here is the finished frame.  I really love how this project turned out!

Silhouette Cameo:  Baby Boy & Flourishes
Paper:  Echo Park's Happy Days
Font (A New Journey) - AL Hurried Note
Vinyl:  Silhouette flocked black vinyl

Your challenge for this weekend, should you choose to accept it, is to pull out some vinyl and create a project using it.  It can be a frame, a t-shirt, some wall art, whatever.  Vinyl is very easy to work with and generally makes a project go very quickly.  Thanks again to Allison and Caroline for letting me guest design today.  If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a message or contact me at my blog - Sabrina from Sabriolet Designs.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Use Your Scraps

Thanks Allison and Caroline for once again allowing me to come and play at your blog.  I will admit upfront that this post is purely self-indulgent, because it is about one of my favorite things - Paper Piecing.  I think one of the reasons I like it so much is that it enables us to use those scraps of patterned paper that are so small they really should have been put in the trash, but you just can't bring yourself to do it.

First you will need a stamped image with an element on it that you are able to cut out easily, and then your scraps.

I chose this image because I felt that the star would be great to highlight in a piece of patterned paper.  Ink up your stamp and stamp the part of the image you want on the patterned paper.

Next cut out the image - the only tricky part here was cutting around the hand.

All that is left to do is color your stamped image, glue your cut-out on top of the original stamped image and assemble your card.

Of course you don't need to stop with one part of the image, especially when you have so many little scraps to play with.

I hope I have encouraged you to dig through those scraps and create.  Don't forget to show us by posting a link below.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Use Your Stash!  Washi Tape

Hi Everyone...Elise here with a Use Your Stash Challenge Sunday edition!

If you are anything like me, when you find a cute product, you have to have it in as many colors/patterns you can find!  Well, a while ago I happened upon Washi tape - it's tape that is kind of like really pretty masking tape...I found an online source and ordered some.  I also found sound in my various expeditions to the craft stores.  I purchased a bunch - see picture:
I got them home and right into a drawer they went, never to be used!  Until today that is.  I decided they would make a really cool background for a card.  I took a 4 x 6 piece of Dusty Durango from Stampin Up  and proceeded to lay the tape diagonally on the paper with a little space in between each pattern:

Once I had the whole paper covered, I took my scissors and cut the edges like so:  

Once I got the whole piece cut, I inked the edges with Dusty Durango ink and put glued it to a card base.
I have this stamp set from Paper Trey Ink called, Quilter's Sampler.  I thought the sentiment went perfectly with the tape measure tape (if you can't read it, it says "friendship is sewn with love and measured by kindness).  I stamped the thread spool with the Dusty Durango ink and the sentiment with black ink.  Framed that with black paper and popped it up with Stampin Up Dimensionals  and voila ` here is the finished project!

Let's see what you can do with your tape.  If you don't have tape, you can do the same sort of background with patterned paper or even ribbon.  I can't wait to see what you come up with!