Welcome! I’m so excited for the Studio Calico blog hop today! It’s a BIG day! Lots of goodies to share!
As you may or may not know (depending on if you’re new here ;) ), I am a huuuge Silhouette fan! Digital cutting in general is just an ever-so dreamy way to scrap for me. I could live scrap on cardstock and Silhouette alone.
The teachers in this class are phenomenal! Even our very own creative team members Nichol Magouirk and Robyn Werlich can be found there! Oh, and the ever-so delightful Jen Gallacher too! The list goes on and on, really.
Their objective? To help you make Silhouette an integral part of your crafting goodness.
And I’m alllll for that!
And just when you think it couldn’t get any better,
did you see the class kit???
Here’s a little bit about the class:
It’s time to CUT IT OUT. You already know that your Silhouette is a pretty amazing machine, and Susan Weinroth wants to help you put it to work on your pages and cards. In this self paced class, we’ll be exploring a handful of basic techniques and fun cutting materials, but the real focus of the class is helping you make your Silhouette an integral part of your projects. Susan is joined by a talented group of contributors (Ali Edwards, Nichol Magourik, Lisa Dickinson, Jen Gallacher, Lexi Bridges, Robyn Werlich, Becky Novacek, Sasha Farina, Rebecca Trump, Shanna Noel, Julie Campbell, Lilith Eeckels, and Nicole Harper) and they will be showing you step by step just how they make using their Silhouette a part of their design process. The PDFs will contain 20 layouts, 3 cards, and a countless number of tips that will leave you inspired and ready to CUT IT OUT on your next project!
This class is sponsored by Silhouette America, and every student will receive a $10 download card to the Silhouette Online Store. We’ve also put together a collection of cool exclusive cuts from Studio Calico, Ali Edwards, and Kerri Bradford Studio and a printable PDF of journaling cards and accents.
While supplies last, Cut It Out students will also receive a class kit including vellum, American Crafts POW glitter paper, WRMK Washi Paper, Silhouette Sticker paper and an exclusive stamp set.
Registration for Cut It Out ends on October 31st, and class starts November 1st.
Oh, and then there’s the icing on the cake . . . the freebies!!! You can see all of them HERE. And yes, there’s some there from me too!
Wanna see what I made with mine? (I know, if you’re a fan here, you’re thinking to yourself, ‘She actually did a page??’ ;) )
I used the freebie flourish and background that I made for the SC class on this one. That’s me, keeping it sweet+simple. I told ya I could practically live scrap on cardstock alone.
The title I made in the set of freebies didn’t quite work with the photos I wanted to scrap, so I decided to do this Friday Freebie today . . .
We went 20+ years without a pet. You can’t really count hermit crabs or fish as a pet, can you?
Then all of a sudden, about 3 1/2 years ago, We got this little guy.
He’s a quirky little cat. Okay wait, he’s not so little–in the immortal words of Helena Bonham Carter in Alice In Wonderland, “I love my fat boy.”
(I do think he’s losing a little weight since cutting back on his food though. ;) )
His ears are larger in proportion to his head and somehow the end of his tail must have had some kind of trauma as a kitty kitty, because it’s shorter than most and there’s a bend in it.
But just like all of us, we are all different + we all have flaws . . . and we love him just the way he is. And goodness, I look at that photo and realize just how much white he’s lost on his underside.
And now, that’s how this has kit has come about. Cats have their moods, don’t they? The want the love, they don’t want the love. They are fairly independent. I think that’s why I like cats. They aren’t needy like a dog. Try having a ninety pound rotweiler-lab mix want to be a lap dog. It doesn’t work very well.
So the phrases in this kit are inspired by what we say to our cat and how he is in our house. I’m guessing it’s pretty much universal in cat-land. :)
Of course, the cat doesn’t get to be ‘king of his castle’ when the dog is in the house. And he’s not happy about that.
As many of you know, I am LDS…or Mormon as many people call it.
This weekend we had our General Conference. It’s where the leaders in our church come together and speak on television for 8 hours over the course of four sessions in two days.
Yes, I do ‘church’ for eight hours in two days. At least I can be in my jammies and under a blanket on a brisk autumn day. :)
I generally try not to get to church-ee on my blog, but religion is such a big part of my life–as I’m sure it is in many of yours, that when I do hear something that I know will speak to everyone, I do like to share it.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf is the Second Counselor in the Presidency of our church and he spoke on Saturday. He’s always one of my favorites to listen to. His talk was about spending meaningful time together and regrets from people, who did not spend meaningful time, as their life is coming to an end.
I promise, it is very uplifting and not too church-ee. It’s definitely worth listening to.
Additionally, a historic announcement was made regarding the age when missionaries can serve. Up until this weekend, a boy had to be 19 and a girl had to be 21 to serve an LDS mission.
Now a boy can go at 18 and a girl can go at 19.
My youngest daughter, who is in her senior year and will be 19 next fall, was very excited and touched by this new announcement. I can imagine that the Missionary Training Centers around the world are going to be inundated with young girls who no longer have to wait about three years after graduation anymore. It gives them a new choice after school.
It’s very exciting.
Anyway, just wanted to share that with you all. I hope that you will find it as inspiring as I did.
And I leave you with these quotes from him.
“The more we devote ourselves to the pursuit of holiness and happiness, the less likely we will be on the path to regrets.”
“We are in charge of our happiness.”
“Sometimes in life we are so focused on the finish line that we fail to find joy in the journey.”
“[Do] not wait until we are ready to die before we truly learn to live.”
And I think this one is my most favorite of all. It’s what I do to find happiness every day. It’s what I do to keep such a positive attitude. I’ve had my share of hard times, and I can tell you without a doubt, that this is essential in keeping a positive happy life. Find joy in the simplest of things.
“There’s something in each day to be embraced and cherished. There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it. …Look less with your eyes and more with your hearts.”
“Let us resolve to be happy regardless of our circumstances.”
I appreciate ya letting me be a little church-ee today. :)
Did you take a gander at the birthday freebies over on Becky Higgins site?
She asked several of us Project Life designers + design team members to create fun little cards to use with that lovely system. (mine is the ‘perfect day’ one. i love that phrase.) I think it’s pretty funny that many of us were yellow and/or aqua inspired. It is a lovely combination. :)
But what a fun little grouping of free cards! And she has new phone wallpapers too!
The ‘Queen of Cards’ is at it again with something very thrillering (yeah, it’s a word) for Halloween! There’s no escaping their fabulousness. They just send chills up+down my spine. This mortal just can’t resist them.
(I think my continual listening of Thriller has affected my thoughts today.)
Okay, I think that creepy hand is becoming my all-time favorite from that kit! I looove seeing all the different uses the girls have done with it! Additionally, I love how Shari used the printable elements from the full This+That kit to create her card. You can always use those babies for more than just the kit. Remember what Laura Vegas did with her printables? At the tip of your brain? Maybe checking it out again HERE + HERE will help refresh your memory. :)
Where did you get your Halloween/Christmas banner?
Well, let’s just say . . . I have an amazing bestie that made me one for Halloween and for Christmas last year.
Need a refresher at what they look like?
remember in yesterday’s post how i said my halloween decor consisted of orange, black and a splash of green? yeah, this is the depth of my decorating. :)
I do need to add that I love having certain decor that will go with every holiday and every day in between. If you notice, I have the frame for my subway art (you can get them HERE), the star, candles, and lantern. And then there’s a clock there too, that goes with everything as well.
Oh, and one more thing, Kristy made this to go on my fireplace mantle, but because I wanted people to see it on the main floor, I put it on my 1913 upright piano. Looks great there too. :) But you could put it on a cabinet, buffet, wherever.
So recently, I’ve had some people–who I think are getting ready to prepare for their holidays and gift giving–ask me if I knew how to make them.
Um. The answer would be no.
However, I did ask Miss Kristy Banks herself and she happily obliged with some instructions. Of course, she’s a a little seamstress and figured this out on her own after seeing a photo herself. So all this is written by Kristy. Please don’t ask me for clarification. lol
Oh, and here’s a closeup of the top of the scarf.
So, without further ado, if’n ya wanna make a Halloween (or Christmas) banner for yourself? Here’s what to do:
Holiday Mantle Scarf
This is a general set of directions so fill in the missing pieces on your own and good luck! After you sew all the triangular banners and pin them into place, it’s kind of like sewing a big long pillow.
I used 6 different patterned fabrics for a 5 foot scarf. There were two banners made for each fabric. I sewed 1/2″ seams on everything. I made patterns for the triangular banners out of butcher paper and cut each piece with a rotary blade, self healing mat and clear plexiglass straight edge.
Measure the length of the mantel and divide by 7. This number PLUS 1″ will be the width of the top of each triangle banner. You will need seven 25″ banners and six 20″ banners. The long ones go in the back and the shorter ones go in the front. If you have a mantle that is seven feet or longer I would use more flags rather than making them super fat.
Add 15-20″ to the length of the mantle and cut two pieces of fabric that length and 12″ wide. Find the center point and measure out equal distance the length of the mantle. The excess length on each end will be the part that hangs down off the sides of the mantle. Using a straight edge and a rotary blade, cut from the edge of the fabric where the measurement for the excess begins to the center point between the two edges creating an angle. Repeat on the other side and again on the opposite end of the mantle scarf. This creates the pointed end that hangs down off each side of the mantle. This fabric piece is the scarf that all the banners will be sewn to. The pointed end will have a tassel sewn into it. Confused? Look at a picture and it should help.
Put right sides together and sew each triangle. Turn right side out making sure to make the point look nice. Press each triangle very well.
Starting in center of mantle scarf, pin long banner pieces into place on one side and in between where the fabric angles off, keeping each piece equal distance away. Next pin short banner pieces into place in between each long banner. Remember there are only six of these so they will not go all the way down the side. Baste the banners into place or if you’re like me, just start sewing the whole mantle scarf together. You will need to fold the banners up into themselves to get them out of the way so you don’t accidentally catch them into your seams. Sew around the whole scarf slipping the tassels into the end points as you go. BUT leave an opening in the side about ten inches long so you can turn it right side out. Turn it right side out and press it really well.I like to use starch. Sew up the opening by hand or with your machine. Hand sew jingle bells or large beads to the point of each banner.
If you can figure it out with these crazy instructions then, congratulations! Enjoy!
I love that these aren’t traditional ‘orange and black.’ I think it’s important to add a little bit of variety in your decor. Of course, when I look at my Halloween decor, it’s pretty much orange and black with a splash of green.
Oh well. :)
Fabulous job Laura!
Here’s what Laura has to say:
I have a confession. I don’t go all out every Halloween and decorate my house top to bottom. I see photos everywhere I look of spooky, but really cute, Halloween decorations filling up every nook and cranny of homes, and I wish I could learn to incorporate it into my house in the same way. But I can’t, so I limit my Halloween decor to the one small table by my front door. Which means I keep my decor items nice and simple, just like these paper mache “BOO” letters.
I used a mixture of thin washi tape, black acrylic paint, white misting spray, and Mod Podge to cover each paper mache letter. I used the diamond background shape from the Foundations: Trick or Treat kit to cut 3 seperate pieces of patterned paper large enough to cover the front of each letter, trimming off any of the excess from the edges and the insides of each letter. I then resized the tree from the This & That: Halloween [Just Shapes] kit to the same height as my letters (8 inches), and cut it from black cardstock, along with some bats from the new This & That: All Hallows Eve kit.
That’s right boys and girls! It’s October 1 and I am ready to see all things scary!
Okay, maybe not scary movies, because those just aren’t my cup of tea.
But I love having fun seeing all the fun creations people make out there for this spooky time of year.
That’s why I thought it would be fun to do a little bit of this!
So all things Halloween and Fall–with the exception of the latest All Hallows’ Eve kits–are on sale for 30% off all week long. Just look for the sale tags in the store to know what fall item is on sale!
And what I’m most excited about is to see some fabulous Halloween ideas here on the blog!
Let’s check out this canvas that the ever-so creative Miss Nichol has made for her Halloween decor!
Okay. Seriously??? [halloween] eye candy all over the place! The hand coming out of the cauldron holding the apple? love. Absorb the details. Really.
Here’s what Nichol has to say:
I’ve had this canvas sitting around forever and after completing a couple of Halloween layouts where I created die cut “scenes” [one for our family's Halloween costume album HERE and one for a layout for my True Scrap 4 class, The Art of Layering] I realized that a larger-scale die cut “scene” would make the perfect addition to our Halloween decor! After distressing the canvas background with Tim Holtz stains and stamps and Studio Calico mists, I was ready to add my die cuts. Because this was such a detailed project with so many pieces, it did take a bit longer to put it all together but the result was well worth the effort and we have a fun new decor item for the spookiest time of the year!”
And just so you know, that canvas is 12″ x 24″. :)
Pretty awesome. Yeah. Can’t wait to share more Halloween goodness this week.