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Hello New Followers + An Announcement

So hello to everyone who started following me recently, I really appreciate your support!

I wanted to let everyone know that since I have finally hit the 200 Follower Milestone that I’m going to be organizing a little give-away next week! I have a really fun idea for it and I look forward to sharing it with everyone.

Thanks again!

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sweatyapple:

Easter Egg papercut card design. Machine cut.

1. The original designs were calligraphic sketches. Some of my egg shapes are pretty sad.

2. Brought the designs into Photoshop and warped the one I liked to fit a proper egg shape and saved out a new image

3. Opened the new image to trace in my Silhouette Cameo software. Unfortunately I had to get rid of some of the flourishes at the tips of the letters because they’d rip. The Cameo’s bezier paths are a bit annoying to use, mostly because I kept selecting the background image by accident instead of the path. If anyone knows of a way to lock the background, I’d appreciate the tip. Next time I should just try using Illustrator and importing it.

3. Let the machine do the cutting! I used to love doing papercuts by hand, but I just don’t have the time now. And this machine is easy to use and inexpensive. Peeling it off the special sticky board is a process that requires a lot of care, but the quality is worth the time.

4. Layered it with a few other background color so the text would be easier to read.

Hey there! I’m a long time Silhouette user (I started in the pre-Cameo days) and would be happy to give some advice.

I generally don’t bother with live tracing or editing bezier paths within Silhouette Studio as I find it’s a bit too unwieldy for my tastes. I instead do all of the editing with Inkscape but you could certainly use Illustrator if that is more comfortable for you. (I have Illustrator but I much prefer Inkscape’s workflow so that’s my go-to vector editing software.)

Right now, the only way you can lock a part of an image is if you have the Designer Edition upgrade of newest version (3.0). That includes the the new Layers feature where you can have shapes and images inside a locked layer.

As far as I know, there isn’t a way to lock in the base version of Silhouette Studio. Whether or not you want to make the $50 investment in the Designer Edition is up to you, but I can tell you that it is a permanent upgrade. So when I switched from version 2 to version 3, I didn’t have to purchase the upgrade again, everything was already set. Designer Edition is also good if you plan to edit in other software programs first as it unlocks the ability to open .SVG files. Otherwise, you have to deal with the kinda clunky .DXF files if you want to open files made in other programs.

There is the other option of getting Silhouette Connect which adds Silhouette functionality to Adobe Illustrator but as I don’t own it, I can’t really say how useful it is.

Good luck with your future Silhouette endeavors! I love seeing what other people can do with this amazing machine.

(via papercutters)

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A wild Chandelure appears!

A gift for my friend’s birthday. I’ve been enjoying making hanging pieces recently and Chanelure was a perfect subject for one. At nearly 12 inches wide, it is my largest and most complex hanging piece so far. The glass and flames are made of translucent, colored vellum while the eyes are pearlized cardstock and the body is heavy-weight cardstock. Everything is strung with monofilament for that “illusion” look.

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schalahasfun:

For the second post of my WTNV Party series, I had to share my favorite decoration.

Having a guest bathroom meant not just being able to able it as the “Station Bathroom” but to get a bit more creative. So I covered up the mirror with some black fabric and hung up a beautiful paper Khoshekh.

Done in a similar style to my previous set of floating cats, I absolutely love how he came out with his tendril hub and spinal ridges. As a bonus, the monofilament used to string him seemed invisible from certain angles to complete the floating effect.

I pretty much dragged all of my guests to the bathroom to see him and we joked about “Visiting Khoshekh” whenever we had to pee. When I first mentioned the bathroom to one friend, he even eagerly asked “Is there a floating cat in there?”

Post-party, Khoshekh is now happily hanging in my room beside my bed.

Okay, one little personal project reblog to this account since I love how Khoshekh came out.

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schalahasfun:

The gifts I gave to the Night Vale crew! Sadly, I didn’t get a picture of the box I delivered them in but I managed to get pictures of the actual pieces. I was really happy with how everything turned out even if it was a bit of a challenge to get everything to hang right or to line up just right. But hey, you’re not really crafting unless you’re cursing, right?

While I usually keep my Night Vale stuff on my other blog, I think this certainly counts as a personal project worth sharing.

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I am really sorry I haven’t been posting more recently, but I just finished up a big personal project so I thought I would share!It’s my niece’s first birthday this weekend and I was asked to make a number of Mickey Mouse-themed decorations (banners, invitations, straw sliders) but this was my actual gift - a colorful Toodles complete with interchangeable objects and a retro-style Minnie Mouse card to go with it. I’m really proud of both these peices since I loved the sharp lines and bright colors. The Minnie card was a particular triumph because I managed to do the whole thing from vector art to finished piece in two hours.

I am really sorry I haven’t been posting more recently, but I just finished up a big personal project so I thought I would share!

It’s my niece’s first birthday this weekend and I was asked to make a number of Mickey Mouse-themed decorations (banners, invitations, straw sliders) but this was my actual gift - a colorful Toodles complete with interchangeable objects and a retro-style Minnie Mouse card to go with it.

I’m really proud of both these peices since I loved the sharp lines and bright colors. The Minnie card was a particular triumph because I managed to do the whole thing from vector art to finished piece in two hours.

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gamingloveletters:

Letters from Animal Crossing
Valentine’s Day 2014

Thanks CraftedWithZeal

I was really happy to help the adorable blog Gaming Love Letters with an Animal Crossing themed Valentine’s Day gift. I even created a special Brewster-themed stationery design and drew the little Isabelle in a cute kimono in the first picture. It makes me so happy when my work gets used for special occasions like this!

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