Good Monday morning!  I hope everyone had a great weekend and you were able to stay warm wherever you are.

There’s a new toy in the studio . . . I finally bit the bullet and ordered a Silhouette Cameo!  Oh my BADness . . . I have a feeling that there are going to be lots of vinyl projects coming up once I figure everything out!  One of the main reasons I ended up taking a closer look at the Cameo, is because Suzanne at Quietfire Design has started to make calligraphy digital cutting files which are available in the Silhouette Online Store.   You can see them all here at Suzanne Cannon’s Profile Page.

Today I have my first project using one of Suzanne’s files, xoxo – calligraphy, along with my favorite Spellbinders®.

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Using the Mini Pizza Box (as detailed in this post), I created a small treat box for Valentine’s Day.   The box was made with a pink cardstock, which I found to be too bright for my liking.  I ended up misting the box with White Linen Dylusions Spray and sponging the edges with Antique Linen, in order to tone down the bright pink.  (Guess I’m not much of a pink girl.)

Using the new Spellbinders Belly Band 2, a band was die cut/embossed from the same pink.   Majestic Labels One was used to die cut/emboss and piece of MME Lost  & Found paper for the base of the tag on the top of the box.

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Labels One was was used to die cut/emboss two additional pieces of designer paper and two pieces of chipboard (which were glued together).

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One piece of the floral paper was glued to the chipboard panel, which was then glued to the bottom of the Majestic Labels One panel.  (I did this because I wanted the panel to be sturdier and so that when you turned the belly band over, you didn’t see brown chipboard.)

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The other floral panel was glued to the top of the Majestic Labels One panel.  The heart was die cut from chipboard from Classic Hearts and then covered with coordinating paper that was die cut/embossed with Classic Hearts.

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Using my new Silhouette Cameo, I cut out two panels of the xoxo cut file.  Once from the same pink cardstock and a slightly smaller version cut from another piece of coordinating MME paper.

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The belly band slides off all in one piece so that you can open the box.  After trying to dye umpteen different colors of seam binding in some form of pink, I finally gave up and found this green in my ribbon jar.  I don’t remember what colors of Distress Ink that it was dyed with, but I loved the way it pulled out the greens in the designer paper, so I used it.

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That’s all for me right now.  Thanks for stopping by and joining me today!

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Happy Monday!  Today is a big day here at the Cheever household . . . we are finally getting a new hot water heater and water softener!!! From Millan.Net It has been years since we’ve had a working water softener and I truly can’t wait . . . no more LemiShine, calcium buildup on the faucets, dry itchy skin . . .From Millan.Net

It’s also my day to post over on the Quietfire Creations Blog. I’ve worked up another Valentine’s Day card using some old MME paper and a very old favorite layout.  (I can’t remember the last time I used this layout on a card.)

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You can find all the details and more photos on the Quietfire Creations Blog, so I hope you’ll join me over there!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope y’all have a fabulous day!

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Happy Monday!  First and foremost . . . today is the first day of the Spellbinders Diamond Anniversary Sneak Peek and Give Away.  Don’t forget to follow along all week!

Back in July, Suzanne of Quietfire Design asked the designers if we could make some Valentine’s Day cards for a publication ad that she was doing.   Suzanne asked me to make one of the splatter cards that I was making at the time, using stencils and embossing paste flowers.  I made her two . . . one with ribbon and a flower (as she requested) and then another more simple card that could be mass-produced and mailed without extra postage or bulky packaging.

Needless to say, neither of my cards were picked up by the publisher.  Was I surprised . . . no . . . but I held onto them thinking that one day down the road I could post them here.

Now that it’s time to start preparing our Valentine’s, I decided to pull them out from storage and see what I had.

This first card is the one that Suzanne specifically requested.  The entire card is made with watercolor paper that was die/cut embossed with Spellbinders® A2 Matting Basics A and B.  The heart is a chipboard stencil that was made with Classic Hearts.  Barn Door Distress ink was applied using the chipboard stencil and a stipple brush.

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The flower was made using Studio 490 white embossing paste and Fresh Flowers Stencils for Art.  The flower was then painted with Distress Ink Refills and Paints.

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The sentiment, Quietfire Design Valentine’s 2013 Set, was embossed with Queen’s Gold Embossing Powder.  The layers of the card were trimmed with 18 kt gold leafing pen.  The ribbon for this card was dyed with Barn Door Distress Ink.

This next card is the quick and easy one.  The basic concept is the same for the above card, except there was no ribbon and no flower.

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Instead of embossing the sentiment for this card, it was stamped in black to match the outline of the heart.

Well I guess that’s all for me right now.  Thanks for stopping by and joining me today!  I’m going to try and hit the studio . . . it’s zero here today and if Hadlee allows it, I need to clean up the studio and finish up some CHA things . . .

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I know I’m a few days late ringing the new year with you, but better late than never.  I spent the first running around to junk stores with my mom and sister.  Got some great buys and had a fabulous day!  We ended up at Cracker Barrel for lunch and of course, they were serving black-eyed peas.  Now they are not one of my favorites, but in the hopes of changing my luck for the upcoming year that I had to indulge a tiny bit!  My sister said they tasted like dirty feet . . . I have to agree . . . but I still ate a few spoonful’s.  All I can say, is that the grilled chicken and baked sweet potato tasted a hell of a lot better!

Today is my day to post over on the Quietfire Creations Blog!  I’m sharing a chipboard plaque that I made using one of the newly released companion sets, This Heart Longing for You.

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All the details and more pictures can be found on the designers’ blog, Quietfire Creations.  I hope you’ll stop by and take a peak!

Thanks for joining me here today!

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Good morning and happy Monday!  Are you ready for 2013 to be over?  I know I am!  It’s been a pretty tough year around here but I’m happy to report that things are finally on an upswing.    Now I just have to get my mojo going in the same direction!

I’ve worked in the studio all weekend and sadly only ended up with a couple of cards.  One I showed you Saturday and the other I have today.  I had these great ideas but when I started to get them going, everything ended up in the trash.  Saturday night I walked away from it all and just threw my hands up.  Sunday afternoon I headed back in with nothing in mind at all and decided to go through my paper stash to find some inspiration.

Here’s what I came up with . . .

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Digging deep into the paper stash I found an old pad of My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Blush and the colors hit me right away!  So I figured why not a Valentine’s Day card.

I picked out some coordinating sheets and started the distressing and sponging (Antique Linen).  I really liked the dress form on the one sheet and didn’t want to cover it up, so everything was placed at the top of the card.

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The flower were die cut/embossed from other sheets of the paper pad with Spellbinders® Bitty Blossoms.  The leaves were die cut from watercolor paper with Foliage and then inked with Peeled Paint.  Buried deep under it all is a frame made from chipboard that was die cut with Labels Four.  I didn’t realize that I ended up covering the whole damn thing up until I took the picture, but hopefully you can see a little bit poking out at the top and bottom.  The sentiment, Quietfire Design Valentine’s 2013, was stamped in Coffee and then die cut/embossed with Ovals LG.  While the paper was still in the die template it was sponged with Antique Linen.

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I guess that’s all for me right now!  Hopefully I’ll be back in soon with another project . . . in the meantime, thanks for stopping by!

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