Moving to Colorado has been quite a change for me. I am having a hard time adjusting to living in the high dessert, but the beauty that surrounds me seems to calm me. I love driving to the mountains seeing the land change. Since I live 60+ miles from a town large enough to have my crafting supplies I am challenging myself to use what I have and see what I can make. I am really starting to work with digital images and mixing it with the layered paper I love. Hope you will enjoy my blog and leave a comment. Thank you!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Finger Puppets with bendy card.

 I loved the card by Samantha Walker from the Silhouette Store but wanted it to be a fun card for my granddaughter so I knew just what to add, print then cut figures from PPbN Designs.com. Instead of piecing such small figures I used the .png.

Design ID #53879                         

Sleeping Princess and the retired set Once Upon A Dream. I used a cone shape to turn these cuts into finger puppets.

I print then cut the Happy Birthday title to go on the inside and cut the Princess. I hope my grand daughter will love this card.

Print Then Cut with the DE software for the Silhouette Cameo. I have updated to 3.0.343

1. Choose design, I choose the png but you can also color and put back together the svg file. For this I am going to talk about a png file.
2. add the Registration marks. 4th button at top from the right. Looks like sheet of paper with registration marks. Under style button choose your machine.
3. Now to get cut lines go to 6 button from right. Open trace window. The one with a butterfly.
Select trace area and make a box around image. Now time to play with the different settings. I turned off High Pass and moved the Threshold to 100%. The balloons on my image didn't completely yellow out but I am just tracing the outside edge so it worked for me. Trace outer edge.
4. If you are wanting a white border just use the offset and remember to take away the other cut line.
5. Choose print setting for you printer and print. Button looks like printer.
6. Put paper on mat and I add a extra light in front of my machine. Cut.
 Add the Registration marks and make sure your image is inside the marks.
This is with High pass on and I might have gotten away with this since I only need the outline but I choose to unclick that and use the Threshold to 100%.

 Just showing the cut line, move image back into place to print and then cut or if you like the white border use the offset but remember to remove the first cut line either by moving it out of the way or changing it to no cut.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Check book cover with PPbN Design files.

Check book cover using the Scooby Doo patterns from ppbndesigns.com. I cut the files for Scooby and Shaggy at 2 1/2 inches. They cut amazingly even at that small size. I just sized the Mystery Machine to fit in the space I had let.

 This is after I placed into a clear Vinyl Checkbook cover  by A. i. P.www.Vippies.com just look for clear checkbook covers, I also found them on the Peachy Keen Stamps site.

My dimensions for the back ground were 6 1/8 x 6 5/8. I scored the middle of the 6 5/8 side and 1/4 on each side of that. The accent paper was cut at 3 x 6.

For my checkbook I wanted to use money so this is how I did that.

 This is a press my hubby made but two paint sticks and a couple clamps work just as well.
 Stack of new dollars plus a piece of cardboard the same size. I also place a sheet of paper on either side as protection.
 Put all this in vise setup with the straight edge just sticking out. Using Padding Compound paint the edge well and allow to dry. Padding Compound can be found several places Amazon has it. You just need a small amount so buy the smallest container you can. You can use this to make notebooks/ paper pad, books and anything you want stuck together along an edge. The dollars or paper in a pad will just tear off along the edge painted. Sort of like a rubber cement.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Halloween Page

Ok, I love pink, purple and lime green so that is what I used on this page. Decided Halloween didn't need to be orange and black. The file I used is from PPbN Designs Halloween scrapbook page kit. This makes it so easy to complete a page in a short time. Hope you have a wonderful week and enjoyed this weeks project. Today is my 35th wedding anniversary, I am lucky to be married to my best friend. Love you hubby! Going to spend the day with him.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Halloween Card

Hello everyone I am posting on Tuesday this week because I am a guest designer Die Cuttin' Divas this week. My challenge this week was to use this sketch to make a card or layout.
I decided to make a Halloween card.

The file I used was Scary-Haunted House and for the title I used Halloween title both from ppbndesigns.com. For fun I cut the bottom layer from glow in the dark paper. Hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Halloween Owl Wreath

Good morning everyone, hope you all are enjoying a beautiful Fall. I made these owls last week and decided I needed to use them on my Halloween wreath. Any wreath can be decorated with your paper piecings and can be changed out so easy for the next year. Files used were Frankenstein-owl,Mummy-owlVampire-owlBat-owl, and Witch-owl all from PPbNdesigns.com. Hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Owls from PPbN Designs

Whoo thinks these are cute? I will be making something with them for my next PPbN Designs blog post. Check back on Monday!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall/Christmas sign

Hello again it is another Monday here at Craft Place and I have a Fall/Christmas sign for you. I live in a small house so whenever I can have a decoration that will work well with more than one season it is great. I bought this chalk board sign at Wal-Mart for about $2.00 and decorated it with ribbon and Square 1 adhesive fabric. This stuff can be printed on with your regular printer and either hand cut or a print n cut. I used my Cameo to print n cut but now you can also do that on your Explore.

I used one side for the Fall and the other for Christmas. These are the files I used Fabulous Fall and Merry Christmas. On the Fall title I added Welcome with a font on my computer and placed it where I wanted it, removed the white background and made a new one with the offset option. I changed the colors by using the fill button and choosing which objects I wanted to change. I changed the Merry Christmas colors slightly so they would match my ribbon. Hope you enjoyed my sign and thank you for visiting.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Halloween Candles

Good morning it is Monday again and I am still doing Halloween decorations for my home. I decided to show you two different candles done with the same file one layered and the other printed.
 For the first candle I printed on tissue paper the PNG image from the file Scary Haunted House. I taped the tissue paper onto a piece of regular typing paper and printed. After I had the image I cut away the extra tissue paper and wrapped the design around a regular wax candle.Then I used a hair dryer to heat the tissue paper and candle until the tissue just soaked up the wax and became part of the candle. I added a bow and that candle was finished. The second candle is a flameless candle from Wal-Mart so for this one I used vinyl. I sized the images down a bit to fit my candle and cut only the black layer for the house and tree. I transferred them to the candle with transfer tape. I decided to use the Harvest Moon for this one because I love the bats. I layered my moon and bats and placed them on my candle. So easy and quick.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Trick or Treat bucket

Trick or Treat Bucket
Good morning everyone. I have started getting my decorations ready for Halloween. This is a bucket from Dollar Tree that I used vinyl to decorate and the Trick or Treat file from PPbN Designs. The colors I used are Purple, Yellow, Orange, Lime Green, Black, White and Light Pink. Everything was cut at the size it appeared on the mat except for the spider that I shrunk and only used the bottom layer and cut the eyes and mouth from the top layer. I ties ribbons to the handles and I was finished.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Owl Skeleton sucker holder

Second group for today. The Owls are too cute!

Skeleton sucker holders.

I thought these were just too cute so I had to make them. File is from the Sil. Store #65995 by Jamie Cripps. I bought the mummy, owl, Frankenstein and skeleton. I will post the others as I make them.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

3-d pop up drawer card

This is a card design from Lori Whittlock that I got off of the Silhouette Store site. Just love how easy it was but has a wow factor. There is room in the back for a gift card or small gift. Just thought I would share.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Artist tissue box cover

Project for the Kadoodlebug Challenge. Challenge was to use my favorite file, well I couldn't decide on a favorite so I made this tissue box for Jordan's art teacher. File is My Little Artist.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Nail decals

Well it is Monday morning again and I have a cute idea to dress up your nails. Choose any of the PPbN files that have a simple shape and turn them into a nail decal. This bat is from Harvest Moon file. I choose to make different sizes to see what would work best on each nail. I know that the largest I can go is 1/2 inch and the smallest most things will cut well is 1/4 inch so I try to stay in those sizes. The bats cut really well and were easy to weed.         

 The footballs were from the Super Bowl Sunday file, but there are several other places to find a football. After cutting vinyl and weeding the design I use a set of sharp tweezers to put on my nails and then I use a clear coat of polish over the nail. These stay on really well and I usually have to pick them off when I an done with the design.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Visiting Santa by PPbN

Visiting Santa file from PPbN Designs
 This is how I set up my page for the print-n-cut part of this project. I deleted all cut lines except for the outside edges. I added and offset to the bow extra pieces so no white would show. I added stitching lines to the title by selecting the title letters and did a internal offset. Then I chose a line color (white). Next choose the line style you like ( I chose the second dash one but any will work. Now this is where I goofed up the first time and had to redo but you have to choose a line thickness on the same screen as Line style, I choose .026 but that is your choice, also.
 I glittered the bows.
 I used Flower Soft for the beard and trim
 These are the foam dots I used to add dimension.
 I used velvet cardstock for Santa's outfit and his mittens. i added Glossy Accents on the berries for the holly. This page has a lot of texture and dimension even though I choose to use print and cut for most of the page.
Another layout with the same paper pieces plus some extras from the sil. store.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Off to 9th Grade by PPbN

Hello, it is Janice from Craft Place here with a new layout from PPbN Designs. School started last week so I did this layout for my daughter. This is my youngest child's first day in high school. The file I used is Off to 9th Grade and the calculator is from Off to 7th Grade.
Finished layout
This is the printed page I set up in DE of my Silhouette software. I choose digital paper for each piece and set my page up to print. I had no cut lines so I could print the whole page and not worry about having the registration marks. I printed on my Epson wf-7520. To add some dimension to the page I used Glossy accents on the backpack front, stars and added dots on the letters. To finish my page I added the photos and the pieced pencil and calculator (which I added some Glossy accents to as well). Hope you enjoy and have a fantastic week.

Monday, August 18, 2014

I'm Nuts For You!

Happy Monday everyone.  I scrapbooked some pictures of my favorite 3 year old. The file is I'm Nuts For You! and I'm Nuts For You Squirrel. I made the titles under pictures by welding my text to a small rectangle right in the DE software. The little signature was scanned from a picture she gave me. I wanted to document her signature for later on. Simple layout but I like how it turned out.