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I decided to learn something new today- print and cut on my Silhouette Cameo.

There are plenty of tutorials out there – some are actually pretty good- but I had to go through a few before I figured stuff out.

Anyway, after a few issues, I finally printed and cut out some super cute VW bus images!

I used printer paper so my mess ups wouldn’t use up my cardstock. As a result, these cuties are perfect for my planner!

Here’s how it went once I got it going:


Aren’t they adorable?? I found them in the Silhouette store. It’s called “camper van tags” and was .99 today.  My Silhouette got one first. Here’s how I put the adhesive on them. I love my Xyron! And after all these years wondering what to put on my Mac, these are perfect! They make me smile. I think this could be the start of something super fun!
Thanks for stopping by! God bless.

Kathy Bo

Phil. 4:13

We are facing some family challenges, which have proven recently to be a bit more than we have ever experienced. 

With prayer and support and the absolute GRACE of God, we are finding our new normal. 

Our 16 month old GrandLittle Wren Marie has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer. This has hit us like a freight train. There were hours of non-stop sobbing followed by exhaustion, only to begin again upon waking. 

The last week has found me confused to the point of being unable to make a simple meal without a multitude of mistakes and backtracking. I found it easiest to just put cereal in a bit of yogurt and call it a day. 

I will finally get to see my daughter, her husband and Baby Wren tomorrow. We have the nearly 4 year old sis visiting here in Savannah with us. 

It took me a few days- ok, eight- to be exact before I could even enter my studio. 

Two of my five grandLittles were my inspiration. They are 10 months apart and could pass as sisters. But cousins they are, and at nearly ages four and five, they share a love for all things sparkly and colorful as well as anything that needs to be cut, glued, embossed, folded and colored. Actually, the three of us love all things crafty, which is why we were busy sparkling up my studio. 

And the sparkling of my studio combined with our trip in the morning is why I went in there this evening to clean up. 

I put my praise music on low and began putting away every shiny confetti, every button, scraps of lace, trim, twine and beads. 

In less time than expected, the preschooler shelf in my studio as well as the crafting desk they busied themselves with were all clean and organized. Then I began working on my side of the desk. 

Here’s where I decided to do a bit of rearranging and share the desktop and room with you. 

I bought this tonight (50% off at Michaels) because it’s cool and I knew I’d enjoy it every day. 

  
It’s a fabulous box with chalkboard labels and glass doors on top. I knew exactly what I wanted to use it for when I first saw it. (We can just call this love at first sight!) 

The “New” bin has the most recent stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn, plus a few single stamps that I seem to always need. 

“Journal” bin holds my crafting / sewing / knitting projects. I’ll blog on it later, but for now just imagine a list of complete projects with tidbits of information as well as a few sketches. 

“Desk Pieces” is all I could come up with for little odds and ends that seem to have scattered themselves all around my workspace. I needed to corral these crazies because I move them around several times a week, yet if I needed to find one of them I would have no idea where to look. 

That wood panel in the forefront? Not wood. It’s paper and I found a whole roll of it at Amazon. It looks awesome in videos and I can’t wait to film again. 

I have two Ott lights on my desk. I pity da foo who takes one of these from my workspace.  

 This one holds my adhesives. Not sure this will be permanent. It’s a bit chaotic for me. 

You can see my other one off to the side of my Big Shot Plus. Yes, PLUS. I love this thing!! 

 Note Gumby and Pokey. They are my mascots and I do love them too. 

Have you noticed the desktop is glass? That’s an IKEA thing. IKEA is my friend. I love all things IKEA and I will most definitely furnish our next home with IKEA goodness. The pullout drawers that hold my punches are custom made to fit my beloved IKEA desk.  

 Speaking of IKEA: 

 First cabinet: all grunge, Victorian, Tim Holtz stuff. 

Next one down: Big Shot dies on top and 2ns shelf. Coloring books and tools on 3rd shelf, a huge project on 4th shelf and knitting books on bottom shelves. The last one is all yarns and tools. 

 And now on the right side of room:  
Closest to front: Top shelf: kits to finish (I save these for camping trips) shelf 2-5: cardstock, inks and Embellishments, ribbons and more embellies, and finally back issues of stamping mags and catalogs. 

Further back: mostly retired Stampin Up, but lots of other odds and ends and that 5th shelf down? The stash for the preschool chicklits  

Back to the left side of the room: that double door cabinet is the Tim Holtz stuff. The narrow one on left is all Stampin Up. 

  There is more, such as the IKEA cart (in GORGEOUS teal!) and my Silhouette station, open closet with shelves full of necessities. 
I’ll just do a video for y’all. Be watching for it! 

The best news here is we serve an amazing God. He is my savior and my trust is in Him. And this studio stuff? Well, it is my therapy. It’s a hard time in our family right now and we need PRAYER.  Please “like” and share Baby Wren’s page on Facebook. Hope for Wren. Please donate by clicking “shop” or by scrolling down to find her Go Fund Me page.  

 Thank you and God bless you. 

Kathy Bo

Phil. 4:13 

Did you know the Silhouette Cameo can be the launching pad for beautiful etched glass projects? 

Oh yes it can. 

And not only that, but your friends and family will marvel at your rare talent, declaring you a genius and lining up to be on your gift list. 

Wanna hang out for a quick tutorial? Of course you do! 

Here’s the list of cool stuff that makes this whole “genius” thing come to life:

  • Silhouette machine 
  • Self adhesive vinyl
  • Svg file (lots in the Silhouette store!)
  • An old towel
  • Etching cream (I use Armour Etch)
  • Painters tape
  • Transfer film
  • A cheap paintbrush 

Step one:

Choose your svg file (hint: Silhouette store)

Decide what size you want for your etching

Cut design from the vinyl (as listed above)

Step two:

Weed the design like this:  you’ll want to remove the actual design and use what’s left. We will call that our stencil. 

Place transfer film over the design. (Actually you CAN use painters tape for this step). Peel off the backing.  

 The sticky side of the vinyl is now exposed. 

Put the design onto your glassware. Be sure to take care in placing it- the vinyl gets pretty serious at this step. It really wants to stick!  Once it’s on the glass, press down everywhere. ESPECIALLY along the edges of the design. This is pretty important if you want crisp lines. I used my fingernail to trace along the “B” and the swirls, being sure to seal all the edges against the glass.  Those far edges are not a big deal at this point. We’re gonna put the tape there in a minute! 

   
 Once you’ve pressed all around your design, start removing the transfer film.  

 
Now see those bubbly edges? Rogue – that’s what they are! In this particular design, the etching area is a bit close to the edge so I’m gonna smooth it down.  

 See? It just took a bit of “Oh no you ain’t!” And that edge just laid right down! 

So here’s the “tools” of our trade: Armour Etch, an old towel, cheap paintbrush and that painters tape. 

Y’all hang on. It’s about to get real. 

 Tape the edges. Be sure to press them down very well so the etching doesn’t happen outside of the design. Shake up the bottle of etching cream.  Dip that brush in and slather the stuff on.  Yeah, I said “slather”. I’m pretty sure it’s a word. 

   
Here’s the crazy part: don’t worry about what the bottle says! For some reason the folks at Armour Etch want us to put it on and remove it in one minute. 

Don’t do it. No. Nada. 

Here’s what: not only can you (and in my opinion this is pretty much the way to get the best result) LEAVE the cream on for 12-20 minutes or even overnight (I haven’t tried that yet) but you should also come back every 2-4 minutes and put on another coat until you have maybe 4 applications on your design area. 

I know, I’m a big ole rule breaker, but wait- you’ll see that whole “genius” part in just a minute! 

So after about 12-20 minutes, LEAVING THE STENCIL ON, (didn’t mean to yell, but yeah- leave it on) rinse away the etching cream.  

(This picture was taken right after we had rinsed it all off, then removed the stencil and was rinsing for the final time. My bad.)

By the way, I rinse the sink out right away just in case that etching cream gets crazy. 

 Did I mention GENIUS? Yeah. It’s kinda easy to look super smart, talented and ok, even uppity when you create stuff like THIS!  
I’m excited to use this in our camper- yep, I’ll take it camping and put water (Wait. Wine.) in it. We call that “glamping”. I think it’s just genius. 

Thanks for stopping by! Be blessed. 

Kathy Bo 

It is that time of year when crafters realize we have just a few months to get ready for Christmas! I think I’m in the group of crazies who cannot wait for the next holiday… whatever it may be! But Christmas is truly my favorite holiday. While most of my Christmas cards reflect my faith and the birth of Jesus Christ, this card is just a fun, wintry-themed creation that just makes me happy.

I used several techniques to make it, can you spot a few? Go ahead and guess! I’ll list them at the end.

Here are some of the goodies I used to create the card:

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The Stamping’ Up products I used are: (and you can find the current items in my store here!)

Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Bootiful Occasions stamp set

Oval Framelits

Filigree Frame embossing folder

and the “Merry” is part of a framelit set that has been discontinued

Stampin’ Dimensionals

Versamark ink

Whisper White cardstock

Black cardstock

Designer series paper

Stampin’ Up heat tool

Stampin’ Up white embossing powder

Other products include: 

Sizzix Machine (you can see it in the card photo. I have a Stampin’ Up! machine as well, but this one matches my studio!

Clear embossing powder (given to me by a friend)

Copic markers (the tape on each cap is so I’ll pick up the sharp tip rather than the chisel tip first)

You may notice that some items are retired, but the real focus here are the techniques. Have you spotted some?

Give yourself a pat on the back if you noticed how thick the “Merry” die cut is! I cut it six times, glued them all together and put the clear embossed one on top. Let me just say that it was easiest to simply slather a small section of cardstock with Versamark, add the clear embossing powder, heat emboss it, and THEN cut the “Merry” from the embossed area. While there was a bit of waste, I could use the scraps for small punches if I wanted to.

Other techniques:

Copic Markers: I used two shades of pink and my colorless blender to provide a more realistic shading on the boots.

The fur at the top and on the pom poms heat embossed with white embossing powder

And finally, note that the stamp set only has ONE boot of each design. Did you notice that my stamping shows one boot in the background of the other? I was able to achieve this by stamping the first boot (on the left) and then making a mask by stamping again on a separate sheet of paper. I cut a section of the right side of the boot, then with a teeny bit of adhesive, I covered the edge of the original stamped boot, then stamped again. I lifted up the mask and voila! The second boot is behind the first.

I hope to do a video on that soon, so comment below if you need more info.

ALL of this to say that I’m participating in the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge and the theme of Winter Wonderland. I hope you enjoyed my card. It was fun to make as I’m sweltering in the July heat of Savannah, Ga., planning on a pool date with my grandLittles this afternoon.

I’m sure we’ll have a “Merry” time!

Be blessed!

Kathy Bo

My son (The Boy) and his beautiful wife Em are expecting their third baby in the next few weeks. His or her arrival brings a total of 5 grandLittles in our blessed family.

There’s a baby shower tonight and among the surprises I have for Em is this sign.

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While planning this gift I realized that I’m not so sure I like telling the anonymous public that there’s a baby in the house, so I decided “Quiet Time” would get the point across just fine.

I started with this inexpensive chalkboard blank from Walmart.

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I wanted teal vinyl but didn’t have any so I chose the green, loaded the mat into my Silhouette, chose the font and BadaBing! It’s a gift.

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Well, actually it became a gift after I weeded the vinyl letters, drew little dashes with my Expo marker and added some perfectly matching  (green with white dashes!) ribbon from Stampin’ Up! This ribbon is discontinued BUT there are lots of gorgeous ribbons here in my store!

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Come back later to see the super cute cards I made to go on the gifts!

Y’all have a blessed day! Thanks for stopping by!

Kathy Bo

I am so excited when my Paper Pumpkin surprise arrives in the mail each week! Even better is when I can use part of the kit to create something entirely different! The Paper Pumpkin for April 2015 features the base that this sweet greeting is built upon. That kraft sleeve is the Paper Pumpkin part. All other goodies are from the 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up annual catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog.

Y’all know how much I love vintage (as does Shelli Gardner, co-founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up!), so I couldn’t wait to put all these beautiful elements together. image

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And the fact that there is not a specific sentiment means this beauty can be personalized for any occasion.

As far as supplies are concerned, I had them all listed here with links to my store, but there was a glitch and I lost all of the text in this post! So sad when that happens!  I will gather those items and list again, complete with links. Meanwhile, visit my store here! 

Thanks for stopping by! God bless.

Kathy Bo

Stampin’ Up! has added bonus products to Sale-A-Bration and they are all FREE! How to get them? Simple:

Order $50 (before tax/shipping) of Stampin’ Up from my store and choose a free item! Check out the catalogs here!

Any current $50 catalog order qualifies for a free SAB item!  Just click, shop, select your faves and get ready for a box of fun to be delivered!

HURRY! Sale-A-Bration ENDS MARCH 31, 2015 OR WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Check it out here! 

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