18 June 2017

Silhouette Version 4 Update Overview Part 1

Hi there Everyone!!!!!

The new software has been released for Silhouette. Most of the new features are amazing and i was super excited to check them out.
Some of the new features are only available for the Designer version and Business version. But the basics are all available in the free version.

I know a lot of Silhouette owners are concerned for the new major update, but rest assured it is well worth the update.

I would recommend to back up your files and I will post a tutorial on how to do this soon.

For this rundown I am using the Designer version of the software.

1- Page Setup. Now located in the right toolbar. The functions are the same as V3. Note that the page options are now located in this same section and shown as a grid icon. The registration mark options are also now located in this section also, located next to the grid icon.

2- Pixscan. The second icon in the right toolbar. Here all the picscan options are available the same as V3.

3- Fill. The fill icon now includes fill colour (1) Fill gradient (2) and Fill pattern (3). The functions have not changed.

4- Line Style. Line style (1) and line colour (2) are now located under the same line icon. The functions are the same as V3.

5- Trace. The trace function has changed a fair bit. You now have the choice of basic trace (1), colour trace (2) and magnet trace (3).

6- Image Effects. Now are all found in the same icon. Grey shade (1), colourize (2), Brightness.contrast/saturation (3), Gamma (4), Invert (5), sepia (6), Tint (7), Shadow (8).

7- Text Style. Currently this has not changed apart from the location of the icon. In a new update there will be new changes including a glyph function.

8- Transform. This now includes several other icons from the previous V3 software. Align (1), Scale (2), Rotate (3), Move by (4) horizontal shear (5).

9- Replicate. The replicate option had not changed (1). You now have a separate icon for number of copies (2) and a new object to path option (3).

10- Modify. The modify option is exactly the same as the previous version.

11- Offset. The offset icon has now moved from the top toolbar to the right. The options are the same.

12- Stipple. We now have a whole icon for stipples. You can use the options To draw an shape and add a stipple effect. You can also use the print stipple option to draw the stipple option.
you do require the Silhouette Cameo 3 or Curio machine for this option.

13- Emboss. This function is specifically for the Curio machine.

14- Nesting.  This is a great new function where you can add your designs select them all and by selecting the nest option it will rearrange your images to best fit your page area.

15- Sketch. This Is the same as the V3 Sketch function but with an new advanced option where you can have more control of the sketch you choose.

16- Rhinestones. Has the same function as V3.

17- Layers. By selecting the little right arrow, this will bring up the layers icon. This new function you can adjust and select your layers.

Most of the icons are the same or have been combined into one icon. The majority of top and left icons in V3 have now been added to the right toolbar.

I will post part 2 of the silhouette changes in the next few days

Until next time........

13 February 2017

Paper Smooches February Card Challenge.

Hi there everyone!!
Today I decided to check out the Paper Smooches February Challenge I love Paper Smooches stamps and dies and own many of their sets, some dating back to when the store first opened.
The theme for the challenge is love. I thought about using their banner (above) as my inspiration but there was the cutest cactus stamp in the Paper Smooches Comforting Hugs stamp set that I totally wanted to use!!!

So what did I use for my creation??

Paper Smooches Comforting Hugs Stamp Set
Paper Smooches Linked hearts Die
Paper Smooches Smooches Die
Paper Smooches Tiny Hearts Die
Doodle bug Design Fun in the Sun Paper Pad
Cardstock - white, hologrpahic silver, black, pink glitter and metallic red.
Tape runner
Copic markers
Wink of stella clear marker

I love how my card came together, bright and colourful sending love, but not too over the top with the Valentines theme!!!

I hope you love my creation. Make sure you check out everyone elses creations too over at the  Paper Smooches February Challenge

Until next time......

04 January 2017

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.

Wow! Its been forever since I did a challenge, I spend so much time freelance writing for craft magazines, writing tutorials for Fontbundles.net and looking after the kids, it feels like I never get time to create just for creating sake! everything I seem to make is for work.

But with the school holidays here and my hubby is off for a week I have finally got a bit on "Me" time and thought I'd enter a challenge!!!

So this week I am entering the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge .
This week the challenge is Anything Goes with a spotlight on Lindys Stamp Gang products. I swear I owned some Lindys Stamp gang spritz, but I cant find them :( So I had to improvise and use a few other brands of spritz instead! Tho I will be purchasing their spritz after seeing some of the great cards made with the unique colours!!!!

I'll post a quick tutorial of what I did to create this card.

You will need the following-

Blank card
Cardstock - copper, black glitter, gold glitter
Watercolour paper
Spritz - Distress mica spray-antiqued bronze, sheer shimmer spritz-gold
Stamps - Sweet Stamp Shop- Birthday sentiments, Inkadinkado - 60-01220 (geeky cat)
MFT Dienamics - Chevron stripes
Adhesives- Tape runner, Multi matte medium,foam tape
Coloured Pencils
Black ink - Ranger Archival Ink

1- Stamp your image on watercolour paper and trim. Place on a mat or somewhere safe to spray with your ink. I used a old cardboard box.

2- Spritz with the Copper Spray. Let dry (or heat dry) then spray with the gold spritz. Let dry.

3- Once Dry, colour in the image with pencils. I wanted a subtle look on the kitty so I only used lighter colours and blended them a little with grey/fawn pencil.

4- Once coloured, Layer on black glitter cardstock, then cover your blank card with copper card.
Die cut your gold chevrons and place onto your card. Adhere the image onto your card with foam tape. Add sequins.

The card took me under 20 min to make!
I love how spritz can give your cards a great shimmery look but at the same time does not detract from your stamped image.

Make sure you check out everyone elses awesome makes for this challenge!! I really enjoyed creating just for fun rather than work!!!

Until next time.......

17 December 2016

Combining Laser and Inkjet with Foil Tutorial

*Nothing to Disclose. I am not affiliated with Heidi Swapp or American Crafts.

So this Christmas I decided that if my kids wanted to hand out a bunch of Christmas cards, they would have to make them themselves!
So I thought that a foiled greeting on their hand drawn cards would look cool! And its easy to do!!!!

You will need the following-
Hand drawn picture/image.
colour inkjet printer (not laser)
laser printer
HS Minc Machine
Software to print with and add text. (i used silhouette studio)
Manual die cutting machine/dies

1- I got my daughter to draw a pic for the front of her cards. You can see the pic she drew below. Then I scanned it into my PC.