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Hi, Min here again, with a fun Easter project. :D

I’m the one who’s responsible for dyeing Easter eggs in our family – including my parents, in-laws and my sister. That means I’m usually dyeing around 40 eggs. For years we had beautiful multi-colored and patterned Easter eggs, but at some point our teenage daughter decided that “helping the Easter bunny” was not cool anymore and so for the last couple of years our Easter eggs have been plain, boring, solid colored.

This year I want to do something more beautiful and I will have my Silhouette Cameo to help me! :D I did a batch of “test eggs” to see if my idea worked – and it did! Here’s a look at the result – what do you think?

I dyed them with a homemade egg dye using red cabbage – the recipe is included with the free twig pattern download, if you want to use it. You could use any other egg dye, as well.

If you want to do different patterns – take  a look at my Easter shapes and Easter Wordart (1 and 2), these would look great on dyed Easter eggs, as well. You will also need Adhesive Vinyl for your stickers.

Let’s get to work:

Download my Easter Twig pattern and open the file CGD_eastertwig.dxf with your Silhouette Studio software. Then open the “rotate” window, select the twig and rotate it 90 degrees:

Now open the Page window and resize the width to 9 in (that’s the width of the Vinyl). Adjust the size of the twig so it fills the width of your page.

 

Next open the “replicate” window and replicate the twig as often as you want it to be cut.

Now we will add the circles (skip this step if you don’t want any dots on your eggs) – click on the ellipse tool. Then click on your work area and draw open a circle (while holding down the “shift” key to make sure it’s a circle not an ellipse). My circles have a size of 0.2 x 0.2 in.

Replicate the circle as often as you like, then open the cut window, load the vinyl into your machine and cut.

 

Boil the eggs and stick the vinyl on them. Eggs will take on color best while they’re (and the dye) are still warm, so be careful not to burn yourself while handling the hot eggs. If you look closely you can see the stickers on the eggs in the picture.

 

Carefully put the eggs into the dye – here’s a look at one of the eggs after 15 minutes of soaking time:

I took mine out after 30 minutes to get this shade of blue (stickers are still on the eggs in this picture):

Peel off the stickers and enjoy your beautiful Easter eggs!

 

If you’re looking for a neat way to display your artwork, there’s a free egg holder in the store ;D

Have a wonderful and blessed Easter!

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Hi all,

 

Today I’m here to show you how to create a beautiful glittery Valentine’s card with your Silhouette Cameo – and if you don’t own one (yet) there’s also an idea on how to make a card without one. :D

 

Material needed:

1 sheet of (red) cardstock, 12 x 12 in

1 sheet of Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive

Silhouette Glitter Colors (I used white)

And my Lacey Heart Card files – free for you to download here, just click on the preview and save.   ***Sorry, but this download has expired, but you can find these files in my store***

Once you saved and extracted the .zip file, start Silhouette Studio, navigate to the folder with the files you just extracted and open the file CGD_laceyheartcard.dxf. Once the file is loaded it should look like this:

 

 

Before you do anything else, let’s group all the tiny hearts in the upper part, so we won’t change that cluster accidentally.

To do this use your arrow tool (the top one on the right) and select the upper heart cluster, make sure it’s completely selected, then group it by either go to object>group or pressing <CTRL> + G (on a PC, on a Mac this should be <cmd>+g):

If you want to resize your card, now would be a good time to do so. Select both shapes, the lace heart and the double heart, grab the corner of the bounding box – while holding the shift key to lock proportions – and resize to your liking. When you’re done click outside the box to deselect.

Now move the lace heart off your cutting mat and the double heart shape to the top and open your cutting window.

Load you cutting mat with the cardstock you want to use for the actual card, load it into the Cameo, adjust your knife settings and cut.

Go back to the Silhouette Studio software and swap the two heart shapes, so that the lace heart is in the upper left corner of your mat and the double-heart is off the mat. Adjust your paper to legal size and pick the Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive in the list if materials in your cutting window.

 

Place one sheet of adhesive on your cutting mat with the white side up, feed the mat into the Cameo, adjust your knife setting and start the cutting.

Get yourself something to drink, because this will take a couple of minutes. :D

Getting the cut lace heart off the mat can be a little tricky – at least if your mat is new and still very sticky (as you can see in the pic, I just “started” on a new mat after my husband managed to wear mine out with one of his projects). Peel of the “excess” paper first, so only your heart is left on the mat:

 

Use the Silhouette Spatula or a small sharp knife to remove the heart from the mat. Make sure the yellow paper does come off, as well! If the small hearts stay on the mat, that’s great. If they don’t, no worries, just give them a little push with the tip of your tool and they will come out easily.

(Keep the small hearts, you can turn them in glitter stickers for another project ;D )

When only the lace part is left, carefully peel off the yellow backing paper and stick it with the white side up on the right heart of the cardstock heart you cut earlier. Looks pretty already, doesn’t it? (If you’re not into glitter you could also cut the lace heart out of different colored cardstock or glitter paper and glue it to the card.)

 

Go get two plain sheets of regular printer paper – this will help you tremendously with the glitter clean-up ;).

Remove the white protection layer from the lace heart (slowly and carefully, you want the adhesive to stay on the card, plus you could use the white paper as embellishment on another card ;D) and place it – sticky side up – on the plain papers. Open your jar of glitter powder and sprinkle it generously on top of the card. I like to use my spatula for this task (if you do, make sure there isn’t any sticky residue on the blade).

 

Make sure you cover the sticky part completely. When you’re done pick up the card and let the loose glitter fall to the plain paper. Tap the back of the card to get everything off, that’s not stuck.

All that’s left to do is folding the card in the middle and it is done. I am sad, that I was not able to capture the sparkle of the glitter with my camera, it is really beautiful.

Now for the cleanup – I don’t like to waste glitter powder and I’m sure you don’t either, lol. Put the card aside and the jar with the glitter on the second sheet of plain paper. Carefully lift the sides of the first paper, so that all the leftover glitter is collecting in the middle – and pour it back into the jar. Repeat as often as necessary, lol.

 

As promised, here’s also a quick idea for all non-Cameo owners:

Open the .png files that were included with the download. Place the lace heart on top of the right card heart and color both layers to your liking (or add a glitter style to the lace heart layer). If you want to print on colored cardstock, remember to use a darker color for the lace.

Thank you for joining me, I hope you had fun doing this project.

Don’t forget to check out our new Silhouette Cameo Hybrid Project category in the store – it’s still brand-new, but I’m sure it will fill up soon with great projects!

Happy Scrapping!

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Digital Day Out is theStudio’s first every LIVE digi-gathering! It is this Saturday, Nov 10 from 10-4 p.m. CST Doors will be open a few minutes before 10 and no scheduled activities start until 10:30 giving those of you with laptops time to get there, set up and maybe grab some coffee!

We have a lot of fun planned throughout the day, tons of prizes and some time to scrap and ask questions too!

Activities include a live speed scrap, Bingo, a template scrap, a Hybrid Make & Take project, test driving a Silhouette Cameo and a fun photobooth featuring the Printable Props by Two Moose Designs!

All guests will receive a gift bag filled with TONS of amazing things from our design team valued at nearly $100! The bag includes a USB drive filled with 1GB of Digital Scrapbooking Supplies – including this kit that I’m sneak peeking below!

Love this kit? Can’t make the event? After Digital Day Out we will be offering this kit for a limited time to all Studio friends!

In case you want to join us last minute, Digital Day Out will be held in The Summit Suites event room located at:

1500 McAndrews Rd W
Burnsville, MN 55337

 If you’re familiar with the area at all, it’s not too far from the Burnsville Center and just down the street from Costco.

Wherever you are coming from, you will want to take 35E or W to Burnsville (or 35N to Burnvsille, if you’re coming from the South) Burnsville is RIGHT at the split – so any of the 35′s will get you here! You will exit at County Rd. 42 and head West (From the North this will mean a right turn, from the south, a left). You will continue down Cnty Rd 42 past the Mall and Target. You will be making a right turn at Irving St. (It’s the corner with a Holiday gas station, Red Lobster and Olive Garden). Go straight at the stop sign into The Summit complex. You should see the big Digital Day Out banner at this point! Park in the lot to the right, and look for signs where to go from there!

If you have any other questions, please email Mandak (Nibbles Skribbles) and she will get back to you as soon as she can! She is a little busy though finishing some last minute fun for the event!

Digital Day Out is Sponsored by theStudio and hosted by Nibbles Skribbles, Scrappy Cocoa and Two Moose Designs! You will also get a chance to meet Janice, JW-DigiScraps (one of our retired designers) at the event!

We really hope to see you there!

Mandak

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