December 5, 2012

Count Down to Christmas

Here it is....I finished up and mailed the grands this am and Gavin got his last night.  It wasn't much but I think the kids will like flipping the numbers. I don't know what I'm going to do when the grands outgrow my hobby!!

All the paper is digital that I took into Design Studio.  I really like using it this way because I don't waste ink printing out a whole sheet just to cut a tree or star or get my drift?  I saw this idea on another blog where she made it to be clipped onto a large clothes pin and I just adapted it to sit in the easels that we use to hold the monthly subway art. It is 4 layers thick.  I mounted 3 layers of the printed cardstock and then mounted it all on some chipboard I had saved from some shirts I'd purchased.  Gave it a nice sturdy feel but wasn't too thick to use my bind it all on. I still need to master the Bind it All...just can't get the coil bindings to curl properly and the instructions are pretty limited on which way to put the coil on the item or in the machine. As you can see, the numbers don't hang real straight but it could be my coil needed to be bigger.  I printed a 0, 1 and 2 for the first stack and then 0-9 for the second.  Basically, it is only good from Dec. 1st to the 25th.  The tree is a shape from the Design Studio.  I ungrouped it and then printed it out with 2 different patterns and one white and then layered it all with dimensional's.  Add glitter to the star and then just added some red pearls for the ornaments.  The Santa was from a kit made my Echo Park.  Did a print and cut and then added rhinestones to the bottom.  The whole layout was created and designed in Design Studio, printed out on the computer and then cut with the Silhouette.  I am so glad my scissors are getting dusty....LOL....

The first one is the one I made Gavin and my intentions was to just make an identical one for the Chicago grands but I ended up changing the paper and then my reds were too muted for the white so I grunged it up a lot. I think I like the second one best but I seem to like old, grungy items.

Now to get started on those Christmas cards!!

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  1. Nice work....I like both of them but the red one the best. The round Until Christmas tag is cute.
    One question what is design studio?

  2. That would be Studio Designer....LOL....typed in a hurry yesterday!


  3. By Studio Designer do you mean the Silhouette?

  4. Yes, that would be the Studio Designer for the Silhouette. You can import your digital papers into your patterns folder in the program and then when you want to print out a star, for instance, you would fill it with your digital pattern paper, hit the print button and print it out with registration marks, then load it into the Silhouette and it will cut it out. I was just printing an 8 x 8 piece of paper and then loading it in the Silhouette and cutting out my graphic. Wasted a ton of ink...this way, it only prints in the 'graphic' and it cuts it out perfectly. My favorite part of the Silhouette machine...I also tried something yesterday that I haven't done yet...did a white ink sketch on red cardstock with a white pen in the blade holder. It was cool!



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