Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Using my Cameo to Make Cards

Hello! Wow! It's been almost a month since I've posted! October has been a very busy month around here - vacation in the Smoky Mountains, visiting with grandkids and more.

I have to take a moment here and sing the praises of my Silhouette Cameo and the Silhouette software that comes with it. The possibilities with this machine are ENDLESS! It's almost mind-boggling to think of all the things you can make with it. I haven't even touched the surface yet. I have made vinyl sayings for the walls in my home, templates to cut out and use for applique (in quilting), made banners for birthday parties, stencils for quilting, and now am using cut files to make cards! I just love this machine! I did upgrade to the Designer edition last year during a sale and use alot of the functions that provides.

I have been having fun using Lettering Delights cut files to make cards. I have invested ALOT of money into stamps for cardmaking, but am now finding out that I also enjoy making cards with cut files - especially for my grandchildren. I love the dimension the cut images give to a card! Lettering Delights has so many cute images, and they are pretty inexpensive if you pick them up on sale or with a coupon code. I follow a blog called Under a Cherry Tree, and have learned alot from Jin about cutting with my Cameo. Jin is part of the LD design team and has lots of examples using their files.

Another source I have learned alot about my Cameo from is Kerri Bradford's site. I have taken most of her Silhouette online classes and learned TONS from them. I am excited about a new class she is offering that starts November 4th. This class, Hello There, is specifically about using your Cameo to make cards. Can't wait!

Here are a couple cards I've made recently using LD cut files. The first one is a case of this one on Jin's site, but with using a different character, different background paper, and a different font.
Cut Files Used:
 LD Owl Goes Hoo and Ghost goes Boo
LD Polka Stripe Halloween Type Alpha
LD I love Candy Corn
LD Frankly Friends (Background paper)

 This card is for my granddaughter for her 9 month birthday. I traced a cat image in my software and made the cut file. The card base was print and cut with the little banner added. The cat was cut out of cardstock and applied with foam dots on the front.
 This is the inside of the card. Sophie's "color" is purple and I decided to figure out how to make a pop-up card in my software, It took me a few tries, but I finally figured it out.
 Cut Files Used:
LD Frankly Friends (Background paper)

The last card is a birthday card for my grandson. He is into monkeys right now, and I knew the Knit Wits cut files from LD would make a great card.
Cut Files used:
LD Knit Wits in School - monkey
LD Knit Wits Alphabet

Hope you enjoyed these cards! I love learning new things and there's LOTS to learn with my Cameo! have a great day!  Susan :)

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