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We have our first-ever CU Facebook Hop! This is a great way to stock up on fabulous CU goodies (great for PU use as well), and get to know our Designers and their design style just a little bit better.

Plus, free is good.  Free when school supply costs are overwhelming most of us?  Awesome!  After you finish hopping around collection your goodies, come check out our Commercial Use sale, this weekend only!thestudio_cusale_hop

Go theStudio’s Facebook Page (click on theStudio Hop at the top of the page, directly under the cover photo) to download this fantastic Family Tree template & sampler.


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Below is the list of designers participating in this hop (just in case you get lost along the way). theStudio CU Design Team:
ADB Designs
Angel Hartline Designs
Butterfly Dsign
Carin Grobe Design
Designs by Brigit
eqrAveziur Designs
Fancy Bird Design
Flower Scraps
Janet B Designs
Lara’s Digi World
Mad Genius Designs
Manu Scraps
Nibbles Skribbles
Snickerdoodle Designs
The Urban Fairy
Valentina’s Creations
Vero – The French Touch
WendyP Designs
Zesty Digi Designs
Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes
Boop Designs

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Charmed by the notes of music in the air, Le Café in Paris, I long to be there.  A mixture of vintage, old things gently aged, the menu a bit tattered, softly stained by the sage.  Sipping warm tea, or a glass of Champagne, English ivy perks up from a soft morning rain.  Immersed in the memories of a long ago time, the tower still leaning… the daydream… sublime.

Cafe in Paris is a Studio Designer  coordinated collection, combine them to create your perfect Paris collection – to scrap those memories or those dreams. $1.00 each until April 15th.

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Created with the gorgeous papers & elements from our Cafe in Paris coordinated collection this album is FREE with any $25 purchase.  Just use coupon code: CAFEINPARIS25


A bad day in Paris is still better than a good day anywhere else, or as Audrey Hepburn would say “Paris is always a good idea.”  So go grab yourself a collection and have fun scrapping!!!  You can start your 1st layout with this cute cluster from Carin Grobe Designs part of the collection, Enjoy and be sure to check out all of the new Cafe in Paris collection!!!





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Today I want to tell you about one of my recent craft projects using the Silhouette Cameo: Etching Glass.

I have a couple of everyday use glasses that we all love using, but over time (and since they were not expensive glasses) they lost some of their shine and acquired spots and streaks because of glass corrosion. Since I have been wanting to try my hand at glass etching for quite some time I figured this would be a great project to “save” my glasses.


Supplies needed:

  • glasses to etch
  • vinyl to cut the stencils from
  • erasable marker and a ruler
  • glass etching cream
  • a paintbrush
  • gloves and goggles
  • window cleaner and a cloth
  • a stainless steal sink or an old plastic bowl for rinsing

First I created my stencils in Silhouette Studio. After opening a new document I changed the page settings to 8 in width in the page setting window because this was the width of the vinyl I was going to use for my stencils (you might have to click twice on the icon to get to the menu you want to see).

First I added couple of straight long cutting lines across the width of the vinyl to get some strips to use as borders for the designs. Holding the shift key while drawing the line does ensure it will be straight, using the replicate window to copy the first line makes quick work of getting as many as needed.

These lines are about .5 in wide to give them a comfortable size to avoid etching cream spills on the border.

My next set of lines was smaller (about .25 in wide), these were the stripes I wanted to have on my glasses later, since these can overlap at the end, I didn’t bother with making them the correct width.

Then I added another set of lines, using some of my craft cutting lines, to get something with a little more movement. Since these cutting lines are designed to be continuous I didn’t have to worry about the repeat. Resizing them according to the circumference of my glasses would make sure I had the correct repeat. (adding a cutting rectangle around them helped to peel them off more easily)Here’s a look at the set I created:


While the Cameo was cutting them I grabbed my glasses, an erasable marker and a ruler to draw some guiding lines to help me get the patterns straight (I’m hopeless with doing something straight without measurements, lol).

And here’s a look at the glasses with the vinyl attached – it is important to make sure the vinyl is applied without any air bubbles or folds – else the etching cream will creep underneath the vinyl and you won’t have any crisp edges.

Before starting with the etching cream I grabbed the window cleaner and a cloth and removed the marks that were not covered by vinyl and all fingerprints in the areas that were supposed to be etched. Then I put on my gloves (really important when working with etching cream) and started smothering away.

Unfortunately I cannot show you a picture of those glasses covered with etching cream – because I forgot to take one. Duh. But I have one from two other glasses I did, testing a circle pattern, let me show you that one – in hindsight I should have applied a little more of the etching cream to get a more even result (but I only had a very small jar of that stuff and a lot of plans for using it, lol – it’s not that easy to get your hands on it over here…)

After the waiting period I put the gloves back on and rinsed the cream of in my kitchen sink. Then I let the glasses dry (the etched parts are lighter when wet and darker when dry) and checked to make sure all areas that were supposed to be etched looked satiny before taking off the vinyl and rinsing them again.

Here they are now – much better than before, I think. (um.. as you can see I was in a little bit of a hurry when taking these pictures, so the glasses were not completely dry and thus a little spotty looking :blush:, but I think you get the picture, lol)

The sad part is, that I don’t have a freebie for you today – I created this project in Silhouette Studio and as you probably know, Silhouette does not allow sharing .studio files, neither for free nor for sale (and there is no option to save in another file format). But you might want to go to my post about scalloped notecards and pick up the craft scissor cut line freebie there, if you did not do so yet. ;)

As soon as I can get my hands on more of that etching cream I will have some more fun with this – there are so many things coming to my mind: vases with flower swirls, glasses with lemon slices, silhouettes, names, sayings – and all my spice jars will have etched labels! Finally the labeling will not fall victim to the dishwasher anymore, yay! :D

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Carnival is getting close … it’s time to mask…

by Min 25 February 2014
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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 […]

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Dressing up homemade gifts for Valentine’s Day (with cutting file freebie)

by Min 11 February 2014
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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 […]

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Santa Napkin Holder – with freebie :D

by Min 17 December 2013
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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 […]

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Fall Leaves Wreath (with cutting file freebie)

by Min 1 October 2013
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Today is October 1st…. And in my little corner of the world there is no denying that Summer is over and Fall is in full swing. I felt like having a little Fall decoration without “going Halloween” already, so I set my Cameo to work to create a beautiful Fall leaf wreath: Supplies needed: Cardstock […]

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Having Fun with Rhinestones – plus freebie

by Min 17 September 2013
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Today I want to show you how easy it ist o add a little bit of „bling“ to your life with the Silhouette Cameo and some rhinestones. I decided that my Cameo deserved a cover with a little “bling” on it – for being the star in a lot of my hybrid and craft projects, […]

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No need for Craft Scissors – Scalloped Notecard with the Cameo

by Min 27 August 2013

Do you love pinking shears? I do…. but somehow I almost never manage to have a “straight cut” card after trying to give it a decorative border… sometimes it looks more like one of our guinea pigs nibbled at the card, lol. Fortunately the Cameo is coming to my rescue with that! If you own […]

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Cone Party Favor “Bags”

by Min 30 July 2013
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Today our hybrid/Cameo project is inspired by a German tradition, known as “Schultüte”. On their first day of school, children get these cone-shaped „bags“ from their parents, filled with sweets and small presents. Here’s a picture of me on my first day of school: Today we will make some small ones that could be a […]

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