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It’s almost Carnival! Will you be celebrating? Where I grew up, Carnival was important. Important enough to be called the “5th Season”.  I still remember the fun of dressing up, going to all the festivities and getting to keep the costumes afterward to play “pretend” whenever we wanted to.

Here and today, Carnival is almost not celebrated at all. At least nowhere near to the way I was used to and I still miss it a lot. But our daughter had just as much fun playing at make-believe and dress up in every way possible, even without any official occasion. I guess it’s the same with all children, no matter where you live. I just wish I had had Silhouette Cameo then, it would have been a great time saver with all our crafts to make her costumes, lol.

With or without a cutting machine – a fun, fast and very adaptable (as well as affordable) way to play at pretend is creating simple masks. They are soooo versatile. A mask could turn your little guy into a superhero or a wild lion – or your sweet girl into a mysterious princess or a cute little bunny  (or the other way round, lol). Plus they are fun to decorate – even the little ones can use their markers or finger paint on them, older children might love to use glitter paints, feathers or sequins to create their masterpiece.

How about celebrating Carnival with a superhero-family dinner with everybody wearing their superhero masks? Have the kids decorate them while you cook – and don’t forget to mention that broccoli is the only known antidote for kryptonite, lol.

By now you can probably guess where this post is leading – yup, here’s  your freebie, a basic mask to turn you all into superheroes (who gets to be DigiScrap Woman?):

Oh, and you don’t need a cutting machine – the .png file is included, as well, so you can print it out and use the good, old scissor method to cut it out ;D

If you’re hooked now on crafting masks, here are some more options you might want to check out:

Have fun – and remember me if you’re going to celebrate Carnival!

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Hi all,

today I have a 3-in-1 post for you: I want to show you how to dress up home-made gifts with the help of your Silhouette Cameo – plus a little tutorial on how to create a scalloped circle with Silhouette Studio thrown into the mix. And I will reveal my recipe for homemade Vanilla Sirup. Oh, and a little freebie is in the mix, as well. :D

Materials needed:

Scrapbooking papers in coordinated colors and patterns.

About 4 in of ribbon

Jar or bottle filled with something delicious – for Valentine’s day you could fill it with pink or red candy or with something homemade, maybe a cookie or cake mix, homemade jam, vinegar… or do it like me and cook up a batch of homemade vanilla sirup.

I love to make my own vanilla sirup – it is soooo yummy to use in coffee or tea or hot milk and knowing it’s only made from vanilla beans, sugar and water makes it even better, lol. Here’s how I do it (in case you might want to try it yourself):

Take two vanilla beans and slit them lengthwise. Add 2 cups of water, 2 cups of (white) sugar and the vanilla beans to a pot and bring to a boil. Stir well until the sugar is dissolved. Let this mixture simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Take out the large bean pieces and fill in clean jars or bottles. This will yield about 3 cups of sirup.

 

Pick a jar or bottle you want to “seal” and measure the diameter of the lid – in my case that’s 1.5 in.

Open Silhouette Studio, select the Ellipse tool and draw a circle with the size you need.(hold the shift key while drawing to make sure it’s a circle not an ellipse). If you have trouble getting it the exact size, just make it any size and switch to the scale window. Enter the desired size and don’t forget to hit “apply” when you’re done. 

 

 

Now I’ll show you how I create a scalloped circle in Silhouette Studio:Draw an ellipse with the size of 0.5 x 2 in (use the size window to get it exact). Select the ellipse and rotate it 5 times using the replicate window.

Select all these ellipses and weld them together using the modify window:

 

For my purposes I want the scallops smaller, so I will duplicate this shape (copy and paste or STRG + c and STRG + v), pick one and rotate it 15° (using the rotate window)

 

Align the two shapes vertically and horizontally

Then weld them together (see above) and resize to your liking/to fit your project.

 

If you’re using a square or rectangular shape instead of a circle – here’s a tutorial on how to scallop those.

 

In the next screenshot you can see that I layered the pieces I want to use, so I can adjust the sizing.

 

If you would like to include a heart shape into your design, as well, here’s a link to download a heart freebie. (click image to download)

 

For Silhouette Studio open the.dxf and copy and paste it into your project (or just drag it from the file explorer window).

 

To cut the pieces, move the pieces on and off the cutting board, according to which paper you’re feeding into your Silhouette, and cut.

 

Then assemble the sticker for the lid and the one for the side of the jar/bottle. Attach a piece of ribbon first, then layer the stickers on top. There you go, labeled, dressed up and “sealed”… all ready for Valentine’s Day! :D

Have fun,

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Hi all,

Today I have a Christmas craft project for you that’s quick and easy, fun to do with the kids and will add another smile to your Christmas breakfast table: A Santa Napkin Holder (doable without a cutting machine, as well ;D)

Supplies needed: red (paper) napkins (mine are about 13 in square when opened), cardstock in red, white and skin-colored, glue, a black marker, scissors or a cutting machine like the Silhouette Cameo – and the Santa napkin holder cutting file freebie (click image to download).

If you want to do this without a cutting machine, open up the png files in your image editing software. There are three of these included, one for each paper color. Move, copy and paste the files until you have placed them as you want to. Then print the outlines on your cardstock and cut them using craft scissors. Then continue with the assembly as written below. :D

If you’re using a Cameo, start the Silhouette Studio software and open the file CGD_santanapkincf.dxf.

Start by selecting the rectangle with the dashed lines and group them (object>group or CTRL+G).

Move everything but this group off the cutting board area. Copy the rectangle group as often as you want to cut it and place it according to your paper.  (I used the “column of four” option in the Replicate window to get a minimum waste cut). These pieces should be cut from the red cardstock – adjust your paper and knife settings as needed and send to your Cameo.

 

 

Next pick the hat rim, beard, moustache and eyebrows – arrange them to your liking and copy/paste (or use the replicate window again). These will be cut from white cardstock.

Repeat the process for nose and face and cut them from a skin-colored cardstock.

That’s it, now we are ready for assembly.

Start by gluing the face in the middle of the red rectangle. The top of the ellipse should touch the top of the rectangle.

 

Next add the beard, the hat fur, the moustache and the nose in that order. Use a black marker to add in eyes, and then attach the eyebrows.

Now take your napkin and place it with the open corner pointing to you. Fold both sides to the middle and the bottom corner up. Make sure to crease the folds hard.

Turn the napkin around and slip on your Santa face. Then place it upright, letting the sides and bottom unfold a little so it will stand up.

I bet Santa would love to have one of these next to his milk and cookies, as well, lol!

 

Have a very merry Christmas, a blessed Holiday Season and a wonderful year 2014!

 

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