Graduation Cards and Monogram

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It’s graduation time again.  I made both of these cards using Lori Whitlock’s Pop Up Box Card Airplane Graduation cutting file with a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.  For the first card I personalized it with my niece’s name using the school colors.  For the second card I used digital paper patterns from the Echo Park “Are We There Yet?” digital paper pack.  I love the vintage travel posters included in the paper pack and couldn’t wait to use them.

I also printed graduation monograms on sticker paper to include in the cards.  The monogram frame is from the Silhouette Design Store.  The font is Monogramos from   I used the graduates’ school colors of red and black in the monogram.


Soccer card and coaster


My husband’s step-father loves to watch German soccer on TV.  So for his birthday I made him a soccer-related card and coaster using my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. Both designs are from the Silhouette Design Store.  I glued a small German flag on the front to personalize the card.

I made the coaster using a 4 inch square ceramic which I purcased at Home Depot for 16 cents.  I cut the “game on”  design out of black glossy adhesive vinyl purchased at an art supply store named Herweck’s near my home in San Antonio.  On the back of the coaster I attached some cork contact paper.  My father-in-law seemed to like the coaster and put it to immediate use on the table in front of his television.


Soccer coaster

Father’ Day card

I initially chose this design for a card for my dad due to the sentiment.  I had fun dressing up the card with digital paper patterns.  The card design by Lori Whitlock.  I cut out the pieces using my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.


I printed and cut the wave and background papers.  The “wave” pattern is from the Echo Park “Let’s Be Mermaids” Paper Pack #1.  The background pattern is from Bo Bunny “Sun Kissed” Paper Pack #1.  I purchased both of these digital paper packs from Snap Click Supply Co.  I look forward to their Wednesday sale when selected packs of paper and elements are $1 each.  I also changed the original design to add a sailboat which I printed and cut.


If you haven’t used your Silhouette cutting machine to print and cut digital paper patterns before here is a helpful tutorial on the Silhouette School Blog. You can download digital patterns from several websites.  Get Silvered has a list of free resources here.   Pixel Scrapper also has many digital paper patterns that can be downloaded to your computer.  Miss Kate Cuttables sells paper patterns and has had a paper pattern for their daily freebie design in the past.

I hope all the fathers have a fun relaxing Father’s Day.


General Birthday Cards

My father-in-law recently asked me to make 25 birthday cards that he could give to the men participating in his church’s prison ministry.  Given that the recipients are in prison I tried to avoid themes like cake and presents.  Below are pictures of some of the cards I made for them using my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.

The cutting files I used were from the Silhouette Design Store except for the last one from svgcuts:

1st row left to right:  You Rock,  5X7 Card: Happy Birthday To You, A2 Card Cutout Happy Birthday,

2nd row left to right:  3-Happy Birthday Masculine Card Kit, card happy birthday3 Balloons

3rd row left to right:  Birthday Card with Adjustable Candles, Happy Birthday Balloon CardCelebrate Balloon

4th row left to right:  Same as above with different papers

5th row:  SVGcuts Happy Birthday Card

Mother’s Day card and vinyl sign


Since the vinyl on tile project I did for a wedding gift turned out well I made another sign for my mom for Mother’s Day.  This is on a 12 inch by 12 inch ceramic floor tile I purchased at Home Depot.  The antler monogram cutting file is from the Silhouette Design store.  I cut out the design from glossy black vinyl.  I glued hangers and cork liner on the back.  Mom didn’t seem very enthusiastic about the tile at first but later she sent me a picture of it hanging in the back yard.  I didn’t weatherproof the sign so it will be interesting to see how it holds up outside.   Fortunately my parents live nearby so I can easily re-do the sign if needed.


Mom seemed very excited about this card I made using my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.  Mom especially liked the paper colors.  The cutting file is in the Silhouette Design Store.  The design is by Lori Whitlock.  The striped paper is Dena Designs™ Embellish by Dena™ Sheet – Happi Girl.  The floral paper is from Basic Grey.   This is a very happy card and could be used for other occasions with a different sentiment.

Hope you have a lovely day.



Wedding card and vinyl sign


For my niece’s wedding this week made her a pop up box card designed by Lori Whitlock.  I used my Silhouette Cameo machine to cut out the paper pieces.  For the pink card background I used this paper From We R Memory Keepers – Little One Collection. I dabbed some glitter glue onto the flower bouquets for some extra sparkle.  I think it’s a cute card and it was relatively easy to assemble.


I have been seeing these cute vinyl couple signs on Pinterest and Facebook and wanted to make one for my niece.  It sounded easier to me to use floor tile (rather than wood) especially since I live in a high-rise condo with no space or tools for working on wood.

I used the Silhouette Cameo software and cutting machine to design and cut out the vinyl for the sign.  The adorable font is called “I Love Glitter.”  It’s a free font you can download from Dafont here.   The heart in the middle can be made using one of the keyboard characters.  I used Times New Roman font for the date.  I separated out the heart on the design and cut it out in red vinyl and transferred it on top of the black for a little color.  Here is a screen shot of the design in my Silhouette Studio software.

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I have been decorating a lot more things with vinyl since I discovered that a nearby art supply store called Herweck’s sells both “sticker vinyl” and heat transfer vinyl (HTV) by the foot in many colors.  At Herweck’s I also bought a large roll of Nekoosa clear transfer tape.  The transfer tape has worked really well in transferring the vinyl from my cutting mat to the object to be decorated.


After I transferred the vinyl to the tile I followed the detailed instructions on this Silhouette School blog to attach D-ring hangers to the back of the tile.  I used Glue-All Max to adhere the hangers to the tile.  For the hangers I discarded the screws and the white plastic part.  A little goes a long way with this adhesive.  On another sign I used too much of the glue and it left a hard lumpy ugly mass when it dried.

The hangers are nice for the sign because you can bend them back and they don’t show.  I am going to include an easel with the sign in case they prefer to display it on a mantle or shelf instead of hanging it on the wall.


After the hangers were adhered I cut Con-Tact Brand self-adhesive shelf and drawer liner in natural cork to fit on the back.  I purchased the shelf liner at Home Depot.  I cut a space in the cork around the hangers.  The cork was sticky and adhered well to the tile.  I dabbed a little of the adhesive under the corners to make sure the cork stays on the tile.  Unfortunately after I finished adhering the hangers and the cork I flipped the sign over and discovered I had glued the hangers to the wrong side and the sign was upside down. Fortunately the glue wasn’t completely dry and I was able to pull off the hangers and move them to the other side.   I had already cut the places for the hangers so patched them up (as you can see).

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Below are pictures of the supplies I used.  I purchased the glue at the Herweck’s art supply store where I purchased the vinyl.  I purchased the cork and the hangers at Home Depot.  I am looking forward to making more vinyl and tile signs.  I think they make great gifts.


Valentine’s Day care package gifts

Hello.  I have been making small gifts from paper to put in Valentine’s Day care packages I’m sending to my daughter, a college student I’m mentoring and a few other loved ones living out of town.

Tic tac mint holders are one of my favorite things to put in care packages since they are inexpensive, small and cute.  For these Tic Tac holders I used a free svg cutting file  from Simply Crafty svgs.  The box was easy to assemble and I used the heart cut-outs from the front to decorate the backs of the boxes.  The papers I used were “Darling” by crate paper (left) and “My Story” by My Mind’s Eye.

I used this Silhouette cutting file to cut out the pieces for this nail polish holder.  I added a bottle of red nail polish for an easy gift.


This pencil decoration cutting file is by Lori Whitlock.  She offered it as a free file a few weeks ago on her blog.  I used the paper “Story” from Authentique.  I added a Valentine’s Day pencil for a quick gift for a student.

I used a free cutting file from Dreaming Tree to make these cute boxes which I plan to fill with chocolate candies.  Dreaming Tree is also offering a free tootsie pop holder cutting file for Valentine’s Day that I want to try.

For the candy box on the left I used the paper “Story” from Authentique.  For the box on the right I made the cutting file smaller so it would fit on an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper.  I then did a “print and cut” using my printer and Silhouette Cameo to cut out the paper pieces.  The paper patterns I used are from “Lucky in Love” by Dani which I downloaded from Snap Click.  I have become a big fan of $1 Wednesday on Snap Click and I usually download a few paper patterns each week.

I have finally gotten my Silhouette Cameo to reliably read the registration marks and cut out the printed designs so I have been doing more print and cut designs. The Cameo registration reading always fails on the first try but usually works the second time after I click on the retry automatically selection. (I have no idea why this happens but at least it is predictable.)  I also have to be sure to line up my cutting mat with the arrows on the left and to have plenty of light shining on the cutting blade area.

I really like the “Lucky in Love” paper patterns and have used them for several projects. For this card I used one of these patterns for the background.  This card was designed by Lori Whitlock.  I have enjoyed making many of the cards from Lori’s series of pop-up box cards.  Lori’s files are color coded and easy to cut and assemble.  The finished card fits nicely in a square envelope.  I don’t recall ever seeing a real hedgehog in person but they look really cute and cuddly on the card.