Thursday, August 21, 2014

Die cut challenge for SOUS

Hi everyone... I have been out of action for a long time now. We were out of the country on vacation for six weeks. It was wonderful getting to meet family and friends and do some sight seeing along the way.

I am up with a layout for the SOUS die cut challenge this week. The topic this week is 'Blow Out The Candles'. Use die cuts that have anything to do with a party for your project and link us up and be eligible for an entry to win a prize for the month of August.

Here is my layout using cocktail glasses as die cuts. I first replicated my glasses and tilted them and placed them randomly using my silhouette software. I then cut it out on white cardstock using my silhouette. I backed it with some fun patterned paper from Studio Calico. I also filled in a couple of glasses with silver sequins. I used a photo of a friend and me having fun at a place called Windmills Craftworks in Bangalore. The place is a microbrewery. I am not a big drinker but got to taste a couple of different flavored beers and had some mocktails and cocktails. We had a fun fun time.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Die Cut Challenge with SOUS - In the Water

For this week's die cut challenge with SOUS - you can use anything in the water. I chose to use surfboard die cuts for this challenge.
I decided to use an older collection from MME - on the sunny side for this layout. I have had this 6x6 paper pad for the longest time. I am glad to have used it. It is a beautiful collection for summer related layouts. I also made a 8.5x11 layout. This format seems to be the trend lately. I think it totally makes sense if we are using only a single photo.

Here is my layout:


This is a photo of my son trying to boogey board in Hawaii during one of our vacations. He had so much fun. I used MME and Studio Calico enamel dots to add a little more pop of color. I also used some stickers from my latest Studio Calico kits. The cut out the surfboards with my silhouette. The cool thing is all the paper is from a 6x6 paper pad.
Do play along and you could win a prize from the cutting café.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

June 20th Sketch for SOUS

Here is another fun sketch challenge for your from SOUS. I love circles, they add that special touch to any layout. Here is the sketch..... 
Here is my take. I totally enjoyed making this. I usually make layouts with pictures of my kids. This time I wanted to document a little bit of our garden. We have a pretty cute garden and of course the best part of it is the roses. I love the pop of color they add.


 I changed the scale of the sketch a little bit. I also moved the little circular photo up as it did not fit in the lower portion of the sketch. I encourage you to do the same. Adapt the sketch to your photos. I also always have to add a little bit of journaling on my layouts. I truly think that it is important to document your thoughts about the photos especially when you took so much time to create a layout. I typed the journaling on to a tag and fit it on my layout. I cut out the loopy circle with silhouette. All the elements I used on this layout are from kits that I get from Studio Calico. I also added some gold mist towards to the end.

Here is a close up of the journaling:
Play along at SOUS and you can win a gift certificate from The Cutting Café. You can find more details on the SOUS webpage.
Have a great weekend!
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

June 13 Die Cut Challenge for SOUS - Animal

Hi all, this is my first project as DT member for the Die Cut Team at SOUS. I am very excited about this. The current challenge is to use an animal die cut on your project.
My favorite die cutting machine is my Silhouette. I also own a couple of cricuts (which I will never go back to) and a cuttlebug. But I do any and every kind of die cutting pretty much only with my Silhouette. And here is another fact, I pretty much only love to make layouts. So that is what you will see most of my die cuts land.
Here is my project:

For this challenge, I selected the turtle shape and replicated it and fused them in Silhouette software. I then cut out the shapes at the top and the bottom like a border for the photo. I then backed the cut out shapes with green patterned paper. I chose turtles because my son is in the turtles group at his daycare. His teacher asks him a question a day(almost) and records his answer. I got the book home with all his answers and typed most of them out and added that as my journaling for this page.  Under the vellum journaling, I did some painting with yellow water color to extend the yellow patterned paper. I am so happy that I documented this, some of his answers are so funny, I am sure he will enjoy reading this when he grows up.
Hope you enjoyed looking at this layout. I sure enjoyed making it. Join us by playing along for a prize from


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