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Laura_s Loft Shop & Hop

This blog post is part of the Laura’s Loft October Shop and Hop.  You probably arrived here from Jasmine’s blog.  If you need to go back toLaura_s Loft Previous button her blog, just click on the Previous Hop Stop button.  To start at the beginning of the hop, head on over to Laura’s Blog. There are some amazing products featured by our cardmaking artists, so be sure you visit every stop along the way!

Guest designers for October:
Jasmine Burgess-
LeeAnn Mckinney:

And now, for my card…026

The video I made while I was creating this Teacher Thank You card was plagued by a comedy of errors. Camera troubles, audio difficulties, just plain human error: you name it, I dealt with it while trying to make this surprisingly simple card. So the YouTube video for the card is a bit slap dash (you’ve been warned) and doesn’t show the entire process of making the card like I usually do. My most sincere (and most definitely irritated) apologies.

Despite all the troubles, I love how this card came out.

It’s fall-inspired even though I didn’t use “traditional” fall colors. For me part of autumn is back to school, parent-teacher conferences, teacher appreciation days, etc.  It’s always nice to thank our teachers early in the year!

This quick card would be perfect for that.  It’s 027simple, pretty, and a little different from my usual cards. The stamped Gorjuss girl is a lot more cutesy and feminine than my typical choice and I’m okay with that. Sometimes it’s good to step out of the comfort zone.

Using the We R Memory Keepers Photo Sleeve Fuse (and Fuseables) to make this card was another step on the off-ramp of my comfort zone.

Prior to making this card, I’ve generally used the Fuse for scrapbooking. I’ve fused two page protectors together to get a look of continuity in a two page spread. (See my video and blog post on that, here.) I’ve used the Fuse to close the tops of pocket page scrapbooking protectors to seal in embellishments. I’ve also divided page protector pockets into smaller sections. But using the Fuse in cardmaking is a definite departure for me.

I also admit to some trepidation in using only the Fuse to adhere down most of the elements. I’m a confirmed Scotch ATG aficionado, with dabblings in Tombow, Scor-Tape, Glossy Accents, Ranger MultiMedia, and Zig 2-Way glue.  Using almost no adhesive of any kind on this card just seems horribly wrong!

But the simplicity of the process more than quelled my anxiety on the adhesive front. I filled the acetate FUSEable pocket with sequins and adhered it to the back of the card front using the Fuse.  Then I attached the card front to the card base, also using the Fuse.  I went over the edges several times with the Fuse roller and rolled the Fuse along in random places on the card front to add that bit of e20151012_105929xtra texture. It’s a little like adding a stitched detail with the sewing machine but so much faster.

For my stamped image, I used Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb. cardstock and Copic-friendly Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I used Copics to color in the Gorjuss Dear Apple stamp and adhered it to the card using my trusty ATG gun. That was it!  Aside from the Copic coloring, which still takes me an incredibly long time, the card took 5-10 minutes to complete.  (Quick note: all the paper products except the Gorjuss stamped image are We R Memory Keepers FUSEables – card base, card front, embellishments, and the sentiments.  I got my bundle from HSN.)

You can check out the full video for my card here:

If you have any questions or just want to say hi, I’d love to hear from you in the comments section! Don’t forget to leave a comment to be eligible for the giveaway!  (Details below.)

Laura is hosting a giveaway for her October blog hop! Click on the link to head over to her Facebook page and check out the giveaway prize! The giveaway begins on 10/14/2015 at 09:00 AM (Eastern Time (US & Canada)) and ends on 10/20/2015 at 12:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada).


1. Follow Laura’s Loft on IG @InLaurasLoft, like the IG Hop/Giveaway post and tag a friend. Tag as many people as you like but only one tag per comment, please.
2. Follow Laura’s Loft store page on facebook
3. Leave a comment at each stop on the October blog hopLaura_s Loft next button

The next stop on this hop is Emma’s blog, so click the Next Hop Stop button to head over there and see her amazing creation.

If you get lost along the way, here are the full list of hoppers:

1. Laura’s Loft-

2. Deana Benson-

3. Robbie Rubala-

4. Jasmine Burgess-

5. Cindy Dooley – YOU ARE HERE

6. Emma Hall-

8. Joy Hadden –

9. Lisa Bedigian –

10. LeeAnn McKinney –


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Bird Crazy Birthday Card and PixScan Mat Tutorial

This week, I put together a birthday card using the Stamper’s Anonymous Bird Crazy stamp set by Tim Holtz and the Stamper’s Anonymous Crazy Things Stamp Set, also by Tim Holtz, but designed by Kristina Werner.  I used the Silhouette PixScan mat on the Silhouette Cameo to cut out the images after stamping each of them onto Neenah Solar White Classic Crest cardstock, built a card base using a Stampin’ Up! designer series paper stack and some Doodlebug cardstock, did some simple Copic coloring, and then embellished with Ranger Glossy Accents, Hemptique black twine, and a Wink of Stella glitter pen.  I used a Hampton Arts miniature alphabet stamp set for the sentiment and colored in the letters with a Copic marker.  You can see the full tutorial for using the Silhouette PixScan mat with the Silhouette Cameo in the video below.  Enjoy!


Silhouette Studio

Free Silhouette Studio File and Silhouette Cameo 2 Review

Yesterday, I got the new Silhouette Cameo 2  from my favorite happy mail provider – UPS.  I found an awesome deal from Hobby Lobby on the new machine and jumped at it, even though my Cameo 1 was still going strong after more than three years.  I couldn’t pass up the chance to try the latest version of the amazing electronic die cutting machine.

Not much changed from the first version to the new version, but the changes are useful and appreciated: new steel spring metal rollers instead of black rubber, blue guide marks that make it easier to align the cutting mat, an awesome new touch screen, a USB port, a blade storage compartment, and a crosscutter.   I also love the redesign!  The changes are subtle–new lettering, white blade carriage instead of gray–but I like them.  There may be more changes I have yet to notice after one day, but these stand out so far.

Today, I had time to play and pulled out some scraps of vinyl and cardstock and started testing the functionality of the new machine.  It took no time at all for the front of my machine to be decorated with assorted vinyl embellishments.  I also made awesome corner monster bookmarks. (See below!)

So far, the machine operates exactly as it predecessor does, although I swear (and this may be wishful thinking on my part) the machine is quieter.  Maybe it’s the crosscutter on the back that contains more of the noise or the spring steel rollers that reduce vibration?  Whatever the reason, I really think it’s significantly less noisy than the original.  Not that I didn’t love all the bleepy, 80s video game noises, because I did.  But it’s hard to complete projects at night when the Significant Other and the kiddo has gone to bed because the machine is loud enough, even in my office, to disturb them. (My daughter doesn’t really mind – she’s 17 and a night owl.  But my Dave, he likes his sleep!)

Other than the noise, though, everything else works the same.  Crisp, clean cuts in cardstock and vinyl.  Easy touch screen interface – I’ve read some reviews that aren’t thrilled with the sensitivity of the screen, but I’ve had no issues thus far.

It is worth mentioning that I experienced difficulty (that resulted in swearing and stomping and hair-pulling-out on my part) getting the Silhouette Cameo 2 to connect to the version of Studio already installed for the Cameo 1.  Some of it was operator error, I’m sure.  (I’m a firm believer that everything is plug and play, much to my detriment occasionally!) After a little trial and error, I learned that uninstalling Studio and reinstalling with the provided Silhouette Studio 3.2 disk fixed all the errors.  After that, I got the message that Studio was going to download 50 free files (some really good stuff, there, by the way) and I was all set.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the new Cameo 2 and don’t forget to drop in and download the file for the cute little bookmarks below!

First cut using one of the 50 free files:


(Click here to download the free Silhouette Studio file to create these awesome little monsters.  Super-easy art projects for little people once you cut out all the pieces! )

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Nesting Function on Silhouette Studio DE – Make Room for More Stuff!

I have a new video tutorial for you! As crafters and scrapbookers, we love our supplies, but we really don’t like waste.  Scraps are awesome, but only when they’re big enough to use.

Version 3 of the Silhouette Studio software (Designer Edition) offers a great way to cut multiple objects with the least amount of wasted paper or vinyl…which just means you can cut more, right?  In this video tutorial, I stuck to the basics, the default settings if you were to click on the Nesting icon and make absolutely no changes.  This is a super simple function and so very useful.

So head on over to YouTube to check it out and while you’re there, give me a big thumbs up if you liked the video and subscribe to my channel for future videos.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!