Important message to my readers

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Important message to my readers,

Gloria 2010It’s been three years since I first started blogging about the Silhouette Cameo. As an early adopter of the Cameo, there wasn’t anywhere to turn for help and, as most of you know, the on-line user’s manual isn’t very helpful. Through trial and error and many many hours of research, I gradually mastered the basics and began to create some really cool projects. I blogged about my Cameo successes and failures, and soon started to receive questions from Cameo-owners all over the world. Over the years, I have answered thousands of questions from my readers and, in the process, I have been challenged to continue learning, experimenting and researching the ins-and-outs of the Silhouette Cameo. Today, with almost 100,000 crafters visiting Globug Ideas every year, it has become impossible for me to respond to every request for help. I will, however, continue to read your e-mail and to answer as many of your questions as possible. I will focus on questions that I haven’t seen before so that I can continue to provide you with new information. All of my Silhouette Cameo articles will remain posted for you read anytime you need help. I hope that you will also continue to help each other, by sharing your expertise in the comments. Following below is a link to an article that I posted last year right at the end of December. It contains links to several articles which will be helpful to both new and experienced Cameo users. Thank you being part of the Globug Ideas experience! I hope you will come back often!

Did you get a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas?

Baby shower card–cute, cute, cute!

I used to be such a faithful blogger, but lately I’ve been “doing” more and blogging less. I have several big projects on the go, which I will be blogging about, soon. For now, though, I though I would share a cute little card I made for an upcoming baby shower. I hope it inspires you to create something even better! I just love these adorable babies that I used for this card. There are two more inside! Frame_IMG_4870

Here’s the inside…I try to be original whenever possible, so I wrote the verse. Frame_IMG_4871                       Here are some close-ups, and the very last photo shows the back of my card, which I always finish with designer paper. (By the way, as always, I coloured the babies with my Copic markers and I started using my white gel pen more often to add highlights–I really like the results). Frame_IMG_4872                           Frame_IMG_4873                       Frame_IMG_4871                                     Frame_IMG_4874

What do you get when you combine Copics, Prismacolors and white gel pens…

 I love my Copic markers, my Prismacolor pencils and my white gel pens.

And today, I dabbled with all three and came up with a brand new colouring technique–well, new to me. Here are my first two attempts–check them out and, if you like them, my simple instructions follow below the photos.

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For example, let’s use the Black-eyed Susans in the  photo directly above.

To achieve this look, I began by laying down some very light yellow on the petals with my Copic marker.

Next, I used a deep yellow/orange to add some shading. I then blended them together with a yellow Prismacolor pencil. Prismacolors are very waxy, which creates a nice slippery surface, perfect for a little more blending with a yellow Copic.

To add, what I think is a cool touch, I used a white gel pen to create dimension and interest.

That’s pretty much it. You can have so much fun just playing with markers, pencils and gel pens. Give it a try!!

Remembering the Reason for the Season

And His name shall be called Wonderful!

A Sweet Nativity Scene

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Baby Jesus in His manager, with His mother, Mary, and father, Joseph, is the true symbol of Christmas in our house. I found this freebie on Melonheadz. It was so much fun to colour with my Copic markers! Of course, I had to add a little sparkle even to the manger scene! Here’s the inside verse…

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And that’s it, sweet, simple and sincere!

Merry Christmas to my canine cousins!

Pets are family, too!

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In our family, even our pets get Christmas cards.

My son, Neil, has a beautiful, black, medium-sized, mixed-breed dog, named Dexter. His daughter, Ashleigh, (a college student who still lives at home) has very large, black, mixed-breed dog, named Theo. Together, they are hilarious, mischievous, entertaining and entirely lovable!

Our little munchkin, Cookie, is an adorable almost 10-year-old Bichon Frise, who still looks like a puppy and acts like a princess. Anyway, I just had to send a Christmas card from Cookie to her two canine cousins and this is what I came up with. The puppy on the front looks just like Cookie.

I decided to make it an easel card but, before I show you the next photo, I need to explain something… My son has a wonderful way with dogs. He has taught them to be well-mannered and well enjoyable companions. When he wants them both to sit for a treat (or when they’re getting over-excited) he says, “Gentlemen!” and gives them the hand signal to sit. It’s so cute! And, now, on to the next photo of Cookie’s card…

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This is the card in its “easel” position. By the way, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the puppy. It’s such a time-saver, and does such a precise job. The image is a jpeg that I brought into Silhouette Studio.

Here it is on my table–what a great cutting job, huh?

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When the card is open all the way, it reveals Cookie’s messages to Dexter and Theo…

 

 

And, finally, below is a photo showing a side view of the card in the easel position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I love making easel cards because they offer so much opportunity to be creative. This one is quite simple but, after all, Cookie, Dexter and Theo are still only reading at a grade three level!

Merry Christmas, Dexter and Theodore!

Love, Cookie xoxo