Happy Bug Day ~ A Silhouette Cameo Birthday Card

A happy little birthday bug with her slice of cake and a daisy flourish fascinator.

The happy bug uses googly eye brads and I hand trimmed some arms for her to hold her piece of cake.  I added some floral flourishes and made one into a fashionable fascinator.

Add the usual mix of patterned papers, pop dots, and a Hero Arts stamped sentiment, and she is almost done.  Don’t forget to use Papertrey Ink cardstock for your base as she is loaded down with papery goodness.

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Yorkshire Pudding Recipe Card – Cricut and Silhouette Together Again

I am back on the recipe card swap trail again – this year, instead of starting with recipe categories, we are doing holidays and celebrations and selecting the recipe to fit the holiday.  First up for me, is New Year’s.  Although it is not a traditional New Year’s meal, I always look forward to roast beef with a pop-over sized individual Yorkshire pudding during the winter celebrations.

Yorkshire Pudding Recipe Card

So, using Graphic 45’s “Before Your Time” Kraft Reflections cardstock as the background patterned paper, I set out to create a Yorkshire Pudding recipe page.  I found a darling Yorkie puppy at the Silhouette On-Line Store and replaced her reindeer antlers with a Happy New Year headband.  The Yorkshire Pudding tag was made using the Print and Cut feature on the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition – this feature alone should be enough to propel you to buy this software (and die cutter) if you haven’t already.

My Cricut education lead me to making the Yorkshire Terrier a little more dimensional.  The snapshot below shows what I did.  I cut the golden fur pieces as designed.  I copied the golden “facial ruff” and removed the “mouth” and “blaze” cuts to have a solid black ruff.  I also copied the “nose” and “eyes” and removed the small highlight cuts to create a base.  The terrier body, black eyes, and black nose are cut from American Crafts card stock in black.  The black ruff piece is cut from lightweight black chipboard.  I cut the base nose and eyes from white card stock.  The gold ruff pieces are cut from a pale golden-peach color and I used Copics 11 and 13 to add furry texture and color.  As the ears are specific to the right or left side, I found it easiest to leave the pieces on the mat, remove one, color, and adhere.  Then do the second ear.

Silhouette Yorkie Puppy

To start the assembly, I added the Yorkshire Pudding tag to the mouth of the golden ruff piece.  I then added the golden ruff (with the tag) to the black chipboard.  The other golden pieces were adhered directly to the black dog piece.  The completed ruff piece is attached to the dog with a foam dot and another foam dot is under the tag.  Unlike Cricut, there are no “guideline cuts” as to how the pieces align.  So pick a few “alignment points” like the little swoop on the right hand cheek of the ruff and line that up before adhering.  Then layer on the white “highlight” nose and eyes and layer the black pieces directly over them.  Finally add some Glossy Accents to the eyes and nose.

Yorkie Close Up

The Happy New Year headband is cut from American Crafts white card stock.  I colored it with Copics Y28 (Lionet Gold) and used spray glue to adhere some micro-fine glitter in the “warm” color way.

The fourth cut is the champagne glass from Cricut’s Something to Celebrate cartridge.  I used Cricut Craft Room to hide the champagne bottle in all of the layers.  I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch the bubbles.  I filled the bubbles with a combination of gold Stickles and Glossy Accents.  Finally, the polka dot label came from Spellbinder’s Nestabilities.  The Yorkie is adhered with some foam tape.

And for those who are interested in the recipe, here is the link.  Yum!

Popcorn Squirrel Birthday Card – Silhouette Cameo and Cricut Together

A bright and cheerful birthday card as requested by my friend for a member of her staff.

The popcorn box and the popcorn kernels are both from the Silhouette online store.  Despite my large Cricut library, I didn’t have a single popcorn cut.  I also picked up the pennant bunting at the Silhouette store.  There are multiple layers of popcorn kernels.  The “birthday cake” kernel was sized larger than the ones in the box.  I used the print and cut feature and filled an 8.5″ x 11″ page with various sizes of kernels – what a great capability.    I made the “HB2U” circle die cut using the Silhouette Designer Studio software with my printer and cut it with the Silhouette Cameo.

The squirrel and the birthday candle are from the Birthday Bash cartridge.  The squirrel was cut at 2.75″ tall and the candle was cut at 1.75″ tall.

The inside of the card is a popup using the Spinning Platform mechanism from Sizzix.  The sentiment is stamped and an extra frame of patterned papers.  Spellbinders nestabilities were used to cut the sentiment and the frame.  The “flying” kernels were attached via acetate strips to the sentiment.

The card measures 6 inches square to make sure that all the staff has room to sign it.

Happy Independence Day!