So – this is it – the final page in our two-year swap of 6×6″ recipe pages. I have learned a lot, and I have made some friends along the way. The background paper was the inspiration – even though it doesn’t have pears, it was the right palette for this project.
I bought the “paper doll” .png file from Etsy at Cherry Hill Living. It’s easy to import a .png file to your Silhouette Designer Edition Software, add a “sticker” border (also known as an offset) and print and cut. If you want to know more, check out Jin’s tutorials and projects at Under A Cherry Tree.
So after printing and cutting my tiny cook, I set out to make a little retro scene for her. A wooden spoon, a stove, a few pots, and a pumpkin pie are all from the Silhouette Online Store. For the stove, I added the pots and welded them to the background shape. After cutting the background in black, I adhered the pie and a little oven rack to the background. Next, I hand cut the vellum oven front and adhered it behind the stove. After that it was a simple as adhering the layers. The little dish towel is hand cut and draped over the oven door handle. A few little brads for knobs and the recipe title made the scene complete. To add some dimension and emphasize the retro feel, I cut a frame from black cardstock and sandwiched in a piece of clear acrylic and popped it up to make the little diorama a little more retro.
It has been a pleasure to create these pages – here is my first – I think I almost wore out my friend Diane with a million questions and I owe my friend Nadia a lifetime of thanks for her encouragement and tips on altering cuts to fit the scene-
And here is my last:
I have some ideas for new projects and hope to be back soon. Until then – happy papering….
Another 6″ by 6″ vignette for the recipe card swap. The theme for this round was 4th of July. I used Cricut’s “Yee Haw” cow girl as the focal point and substituted a hand cut tortilla chip for her hat. The bowl (formerly of popcorn) is from the Silhouette Online Store. I used the Silhouette Designer Edition software to cut the five-pointed star in blue gingham and then add more cut lines to the star cut and split the red patterned paper points in half for a little extra dimension and color. I simply added the red pieces directly over the top of the blue gingham points.
I used Copics to add the color for the Texas caviar (black beans, black-eyed peas, red and green peppers, and shoe peg corn) and added a second hand-cut tortilla chip. Silhouette’s Print and Cut capability was key to making the recipe title label, and the Cricut Craft Room was instrumental in hiding contours on the cow girl. When working with small pieces, I generally “hide” the eyes and mouth as it is simply easier to draw them in.
The ground was also hand cut. Using scissors, just cut a wavy line about a half-inch up from the end of a six-inch wide paper strip. Next, cut a straight line across about a half-inch above the wavy edge. You will have two “ground” pieces and it is simpler and easier than using a machine.
Another page completed in the recipe page swap with the fabulous Diane at A Day in the Life of A Horsebunny.
The theme for this year’s swap is holidays and celebrations and I selected Saint Patrick’s Day for this round. Using Lettering Delights “Sheep Shape Year” for the central character, I made a 6″ by 6″ recipe page with the Irish sheep and added a bunch of clover and a tea cup from the Silhouette Online Store. I used the Silhouette Designer Edition software to make the little title tag. The plaid paper in the background is from Jillibean Soup and is appropriately titled Irish Farmhouse. And that and some embossing, dimensional foam tape, Copics, and Chestnut Roan ink about wraps it up.