Graduation Gift Card Envelope

June 4th, 2015|cards, silhouette|

Last weekend we had a few graduations in the family–a nephew and a set of twins (niece+nephew). I hadn’t had much time to run out to get them something and then I thought, ‘Pfffff, what am I thinking? I have the perfect thing to do!’

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I decided to combine two kits into one–the gift card tearaway envelope and the graduation subway art. (Plus I stole a line from Cathy Zielske’s darling grad cards to use on the tearaway because my brain was too fried to think of anything else creative. ;) )


To make your own graduation adaptation–or with any art, really:

  1. Open the gift card tearaway design and delete the center art, rectangle, and text.
  2. Open the graduation subway art file and copy the text to the gift card window.
  3. Size the subway art to fit into the rectangle space, or you could spread it out over the whole envelope.
  4. Add your text along the tearaway part and fill it with white.
  5. Change the subway art to white.
  6. Change the envelope to black.

Of course colors can be made to whatever tickles your fancy, including the school colors of the graduate.

You can even take it one step further and personalize it by adding the child’s name along the bottom or the side. You will amaze your recipient! Especially if it’s personalized, on account-a…who gets one of those???

This gift card tearaway envelope is truly one of my favorite designs ever.

One other tip, I printed mine on Epson Premium Presentation Matte paper. That black is soooo rich! It’s almost like velvet.

Then you can just prepare it for a print+cut, stuff it with some moola or a gift card, and you’re done…and you didn’t even have to step foot in a store.

That’s my kind of gift!


New Kit: Finger Tabs

February 14th, 2015|printables, silhouette, tips and tricks|

I’ve been on a little ‘accent’ kick of late. I think that happens when you have an end goal in sight of something you’re wanting to do. (All will be revealed in good time. :) )

But that’s how these cute little babies came about…the Finger Tabs.



These little fold-over gems are the perfect little accent to your page.
Print+cut a bunch just to have on hand. 
And you can even create your own combinations like these:


yeah. fun, right?

And now for a little ‘Did You Know’ moment for the day.

This kit comes in two color schemes–black and the multicolor that you see here.

But what if you want mix up your own color scheme or quickly change out the pink for a different color and then do your Print+Cut in Studio?

Well, in version 3 you can quickly select a fill or line by color and change it as you need!

Make sure it’s ungrouped to individual images, then choose Select By Color either from the pull-down menu or from the icon in the lower left. At which point you’ll get a sidebar menu that allows you to pick from the colors on your image. Looks like this:


How sweet is that?

It makes modifying your Print+Cuts a breeze.

And when you’re done, you can add them to a photo, card, or your page.
Perhaps a little something like this:


Can’t wait to use these!

Importing Files Into Studio | From Start To Finish

August 28th, 2014|silhouette, video tutorials|

In the previous version of Silhouette Studio, you could only do a mass import of files if you were working with SVG files and the Designer Edition.

But all that has changed now with version 3.

You can now mass import DXF and JPG/PNG files into the Standard Studio edition.

I just want to get up and dance! (Okay, maybe that has something to do with So You Think You Can Dance being on right now.)

…but still…


like way exciting.

The other major improvement to Studio version 3 is the ability to easily add your own keywords and descriptions.

even more exciting. 

This is huge stuff for me…and I’m sure for you too.

And so now, with all this good stuff rolled up into this sweet little package, I thought it would be a grand idea to update my importing video…on account-a…some things have changed. Some great things!

This video is a from-start-to-finish process of using files from sources outside of the Silhouette store. Explaining how they come, which files you’ll want to use, and what you may need to do to use them, as well as how to create your own properties for each design.

This video is especially great if you are new to the Silhouette world or new to purchasing files from outside sources.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy the goodness that’s now in version 3.

Did You Know: Adding Keywords To Library

June 4th, 2014|silhouette, video tutorials|


If you haven’t heard the shot heard ’round the world….oh wait, that’s another story, but equally as pivotal in all things Silhouette Studio related…but if you haven’t heard about the greatest thing added to the May 27, 2014 release….

You can now add search words to the library and it is soooooo easy!

Take a look:

Scale Tool? Workin’ Cool.

May 16th, 2014|silhouette, tips and tricks|

There was one thing that really bothered me about the Scale tool in the previous Studio software.

It didn’t work right. 

If you were to rotate a square 45 degrees and change the width, rather than it changing horizontally–from side to side, it still looked at it in that square form and would change it on the diagonal like this:


Soooooo frustrating!

But now? If you change the width of a rotated square, you know what you get?

A diamond shape! Yahoo!


I’m beyond thrilled that Scale now works as it should!



On that note, have a wonderful weekend! :)

it’s a magicalness kind of day

May 2nd, 2014|digital shapes, silhouette, tips and tricks, video tutorials|

So a couple weeks ago I shared a serendipitous moment that created a magical photo. Here’s a peek at those photos once more.



So of course that moment spurred a kit and a video to show it off!

Therefore, here is the new Magicalness kit.


This kit was created with using the designs as overlays in mind. There are 3-5 versions of each style, a 12×12, 4×6 and 4.5×6 with horizontal and vertical orientations, if needed (polkadots and diagonal stripes didn’t need both orientations).

All you need to do is bring in your photo, pick an overlay style depending on your photo, make sure you add color and take down the transparency in Studio and voila, you’ve turned your photo to magicalness with an overlay.

Okay, so all that sound a little overwhelming?

Well, I got a video for that! :)

Now, just so you know, this kit does come with PNG files, so you can use those in Photoshop/Elements and even in Studio. But there are many people that don’t have those programs and rely on Studio to get creative as well as this teaches you how to use any Studio design, really, as an overlay.

so. much. fun.

And speaking of fun, here’s the one-day-only freebie for today.


Just a cute little print+cut tag that’s all about laughter.

To download it for free–TODAY ONLY–click HERE.

This is no longer available for free, but you can get it in the store.

It’s Friday. I can’t believe the week is over! But I got my hair done and get to go out with hubby for date night….it’s just a magicalness kind of day.

a ‘tiny’ tip for silhouette cutting

April 25th, 2014|silhouette, tips and tricks|

I just made the itty bittiest of cuts using a handwritten cut file from the Happy Stuff kit and thought I’d share a couple tips for cutting the tiny things on your Silhouette.


1.  Add a slight Offset to thicken up the itty bitty parts.
2.  Change your blade depth to one set higher than what you use normally on cardstcok.
       (I set mine to 5, when usually it’s 4.)
3.  Double cut the image.

I did my usual cardstock settings and it was a little more awkward to try and remove. I did all three options listed above and it worked like a charm.

The tallest letter, the ‘h’, is only 3/4″ tall.

Gotta love the Silhouette baby!

[ Need help using Offset to thicken letters? Check out this tutorial HERE. ]

friday freebie | wizarding fun

August 16th, 2013|freebies, projects, silhouette|

This past week we did our annual girls camp. Love this time. Love spending some QT with my daughters and my dear friends–Lisa Bearnson + Kristy Banks–and their daughters.

It’s always an adventure and we never seem to have enough time. Games, food, laughing, crafting . . . it’s all good fun up in the mountains getting away from the cares of it all.

Of course we don’t rough it. Yes, there are 5th wheels with kitchens, showers, tvs and plenty of beds. But all that just adds to the glamping experience of it all. And how on earth would we be able to make these fun sweatshirts without my trusty Silhouette, heat transfer and an iron.

Everyone had black sweatshirts and a good chunk of them wanted the designs with The Deathly Hallows on the front and the ‘I solemnly swear I am up to no good’ on the back–thanks to Jordan’s original request (she’s been waiting for it for a while too). It was a simple enough task for me to design and I think they turned out rather fun. I would share a photo of them wearing them, but considering we didn’t get to do them until late last night and I know that they won’t want me to post their ‘I just woke up and have been camping all week’ photo for thousands of people to see, we’ll just go with these. :)

(like i said, it was night when i was ironing.)

That phrase goes across the bottom of the backside of the sweatshirt and it looks so danged cute! Then they placed the Deathly Hallows symbol about 9″ wide on front. Lisa, who isn’t considered a Harry Potter fan, was seriously thinking about having one because they were just so danged fun!

I also designed these shirts for Kristy’s daughter and her little friend.

The phrase (that Kristy wanted) says, ‘My favorite number of the alphabet is purple.’ And the quirkiness of the whole thing was topped off by the fact that I only had white and green heat transfer, so we put ‘purple’ in green. (ha ha) And then we added their names on the back side.

So the whole time I was cutting these out, all I kept thinking was, ‘My readers will want this once I show it.’ :) Therefore, I bring  you today’s Friday Freebie!

To download it, click the image or click HERE.

This also includes just plain footprints so that if you wanted to
add your own phrase, you could do that too.

I just don’t think we got to spend near enough time. It just flies! So I guess for now I’ll just have to look at some photos like this one and dream of being there.

Until next year….


thickening the handwritten words

August 13th, 2013|silhouette, tips and tricks|

While the handwritten words work pretty darn well because Silhouette cuts so beautifully, occasionally you may want to cut them smaller or on something more paper-like where it will require them to be thicker.

Did you know you can thicken ’em up yourself?

It’s sooooo easy.

Take a look.


(‘blue skies’ word is from the bloom kit) 


Did I say easy or did I say easy? ;)

Please note: If you are working with the DXF file like I am here, turn your image into a compound path first by selecting all parts of the word, right clicking and selecting Make Compound Path.