Guess what today is?
Today is my WONDERFUL husband's BIRTHDAY!!! He is really the best hubby in the whole wide world and deserves nothing but happiness in his life. I hope he has a great day today! We are going to have our own little celebration tonight when he gets home from work, I am going to attempt to bake him his favorite cake (shhh...it's a surprise!) and make him something delicious for dinner and open a little gift to go with the big accidental gift he just got (a new 3G phone after putting his through the washing machine).
Tomorrow we're having a little impromptu dinner out on the town with some friends, something that is looooonnnnng overdue for John. I figure we better fit in all the adult events we can before the end of February! They are going to have to last us for a while.
Since we are in such the celebratory mood around here, I figure "What the heck, let's give some stuff away for free on this poorly neglected blog!"
But first...some crafts:)
(I know, right? I made some stuff, can you frickin' believe it??? Hell must have frozen over.)
My mommy, who loves me very much, got me a Silhouette SD Digital Cutting Machinefor Christmas. I literally spent just about every day from January 1st until the 14th playing with this thing, learning as much as I could until I could do all the standard ops (download pre-designed shapes and "print + cut" projects) to the really custom stuff (like making my own custom designed cuts and "print + cut" files that not only I could use, but that I could pawn off on you too!!). So that's what I am planning to do around here from now on! It's a win-win situation really. I get to keep sharpening my design skills, and you get free goodies.
That thing up there, that was my first success at attempting to make my own custom "print + cut" file. It was a happy day!
But, I am getting way ahead of myself...before that, I made a ton of other stuff:
I made that little thingy with a phrase download from the Silhouette store, and an adorable bird from one of my favorite image fonts EVER: Paw Pack. I love the animals from Paw Pack so much...check this out:
Elephant!! Lovelovelove! Did I tell you the baby's "room" has Elephant love goin' on? I made a pillow with an applique of that Elephant up there. I can't wait until all that is finished (hopefully before the end of the weekend!) and I can finally take some pictures and share.
Since Paw Pack is a True Type Font, you can use it on the Silhouette or the Cricket or whichever machine you have. I modified the cut line in Illustrator so that the ear is a flap. I would recommend doing the same if you have Illustrator. (Here is a great beginning tutorial about using Illustrator with the Silhouette).
Going backwards again:), this was the first thing that I cut and assembled with my Silhouette:
I used Berries and a Phrase download from the Silhouette Storeand a chipboard word from a CK KOTM from forever ago! I bunched the berries together with a brad from Basic Grey.
Then I made this:
This is a simple card I made with a Vine Background and Label shape download from the store, and this was my first try at cutting out my own shape: the "hello." I added an A Muse notecard for the back and a little KI Memories Softie butterfly.
To glue my intricate pieces onto their backgrounds, I use either a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen (super fine ballpoint tip) or a Zig Glue Pen (Fine tip Felt tip) or a glue stick. Or a combo of all three and foam dots:D
Then I made this:
This was using a Print + Cut download (the H) and a fun background downloaded from the store. This was my first time experimenting with the standard Print + Cut feature and made me really excited to start making my own! This was also one of my first custom shapes (bird on the branch), my own Illustrator art that I turned into a Silhouette cut! I tell ya, each new thing I learned spurred me on to learn the next...
Now we get to the fun freebies for today!
Since it's Birthday + Valentine's season for John and I, I made two different types of designs for both! The first is a set of "stencil" cut tags. They are designed so only the shadow is cut from the top tag, which you then layer on top of another tag of a contrasting color, so the word becomes legible:
You can download the .GSD files for use with the Silhouette/Robo Master software here.
The next item is a custom Print + Cut file...hopefully they work for you on your end! :D I don't have any official testers for these files, they are pretty time intensive to make right now because I am just learning how to get the cut lined up just right with the image, etc...but, it worked for me in my Robo Master software, so hopefully it will work for you too! I can't give you detailed instructions on using the files, I assume you are already familiar with your machine and how it works- but here is a link for an explanation on how the Print + Cut files work...if you need more instruction, there is a great tutorial section/how-to instructions over on the Silhouette site as well.
I made basically two versions of the same design to show you, a Happy Birthday to You banner and a Happy Valentines Day banner. I made cards, but you can also make a bigger size to use as a decoration on a gift or sign or whatever you think of!
I used the same berries as before, and attached a KI Memories Softie flower with a little Pebbles, Inc. Candy Dot to incorporate the blue from the ends of the banner.
You can download the .GSD file of these "Print + Cut" banners here: Birthday Banner or Valentines Banner. I also made a digital/printable version of both for my non-Silhouette using friends:D You can get that file here. :)
Please remember that all these files are for personal non-commercial use only. Thanks!
So, do you think I am slowly making up for the lack of activity around here? It feels good to get my feet wet again! I have goals to do a bunch of scrapbook pages between now and the end of February too, so wish me luck with that. I am starting to feel bad that I haven't documented enough of my pregnancy, so that is on my immediate to do list as well.
You know, along with everything else!
I think that will wrap it up for today, if you've stuck with me this far, you've earned a break from the computer!! Also, if you feel inclined to leave a Happy Birthday note for John in the comments, I know he would be tickled!
I hope you like the freebies! I can't wait to share more!!