Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Remodel and a Card (SSS144 Challenge)

I am NOT into remodeling.  Our house stays the same year after year after year.  I see things I like and think how nice it would be to remodel our bedroom, our living room, our kitchen...but it just doesn't happen.  I find stuff like that overwhelming.  But...I sure would like for my husband to surprise me with new kitchen counter tops for my sliding down the hill and approaching 60th  birthday this year (still a few years away but getting closer and closer each time I blink!).  Probably not going to happen...but one can dream!  Of course, if it comes down to new counter tops and a trip to Spain...well, Adios, Amiga! :)

So, what did I remodel?  Why, my new Silhouette, of course.  The Silhouette is sleek and beautiful on it's own but a girl likes a little extra bling, doesn't she?
Here's what the Silhouette Cameo looks like with no extra ooomph...

Here's what she looks like all pretty and dressed up:

How did I do that so easily?  Looks like a lot of cutting, doesn't it?  HAHA...yes, there is a bit of cutting but I let the Silhouette do it!
I removed the plastic cover from the control's just a thin sheet of plastic:
I had already found this design in the library of the Silhouette software (one of 51 designs that came with the software) and I thought it was an iPod...but then I realized it was a control panel cut! Woohoo...
See?  Here is a screen shot of the Designer Studio software that I am using:
...and the little control panel thingy is highlighted with the purple circle above.
Well, cool...I just flipped it horizontally (it looked symmetrical but I didn't want to take a chance) and used some glitter paper I had on hand.  I decided to try cutting it upside down with the print side down, that is,  to see how it would cut that way.  I know with my Cricut that sometimes glitter papers don't always cut well because of the variations in thicknesses. 
Here it is cut but still print side down:
It cut perfectly...all I did then was peel it off the mat, punch a couple of small holes with my Cropadile for the on/off lights and stick it in the panel...and add the plastic cover back on.  Cute, huh?  I can dress her up for the seasons.  Right now I'm done with winter so decided to use something bright and cheerful!

Easy Peasy.

Now onto my card.  I saw this sketch on The Sweet Stop
Here's my take on it:

I found a free svg file at SVG Cuts Blog of a bumblebee and decided to tackle the job of importing svg files into the Silhouette and trying to cut them.  Well, I brought them in and tried to cut and nothing happpened!  Nada...nichts...nothing.  Hmmmm....thankfully for Google and Youtube I learned that you had to trace the file so that Ms. Silhouette knows where to cut.  Aha!  That made sense.  So, I did that and got my little bumblebee cut!

I used paper scraps I had to do the bee and October Afternoon Sidewalks printed papers for the mats and the trim.  I also used a little flower button that I did with the Button Studio from Epiphany Crafts.  The little sentiment which I just love is from the Happy Everything stamp set by Unity Stamps.  I cut the little frame with another image that came with Silhouette Studio software.  I just resized it to 1.75 inches so it was teensy and cute.

And that, my friends, is the end to a very long post...

Happy Crafting!


  1. Like your Spring colored remodeling/makeover on your Silhouette control panel. This BEE likes the Bee card. Went to the SVG Cuts site and the Bee is no longer there for free.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  2. Well I'll bee...this bee is just the cutest! Love the papers he's buzzing around on as well as the bit of lace and Baker's twine! Thanks for joining us at The Sweet Stop this week!

  3. That card is just too cute- you seem to be conquering the silloutte pretty well!!! Thanks for the heads up on the free SVG cut as well, I will have to head over there too!!! :)Amy

  4. Welcome to the world of the Cameo! Thanks for visiting my blog. You asked me about tricks for opening SVGs to cut with the Cameo. My question is, do you have the Designer Edition of Studio? If so, you just need to turn the cut lines on in the Cut Style window. No trace necessary. If you don't have DE, you can use a free program called Inkscape to open the SVG then save as a DXF file, which Studio will open. Hope that helps!

  5. Darling card Susan. Love the sweet bee. Great color combo too... and pretty button. I like what you did with your machine. Thank you for playing along with the Sweet Stop this week. :o)


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