Thursday, April 24, 2014

Q and A answered and a winner

Just over a week ago I posted this Q and A post and had a couple people ask some questions! Most are all Silhouette related... so here let's get started.

Beatrice Lawson said...

Hopefully you do have an answer for me, I have been looking at various options and I am still stumped. I have a new Cameo and would love an online class or two for beginner users. When I read complex instructions about paths and stuff I have no clue what it all means. Can you recommend a class or tutorial that starts at the beginning? That would be great! Thanks Nic!

Truthfully there are lots of great YouTube videos that you can watch for free. The videos by Silhouette America are the best - since they make the machine and know it best.

Kerri Bradford Studio also has some great classes available- I haven't taken one but have heard great things.

  {VICKI} said...

I don't really have a question I just want to say that I enjoy your blog. Just keep it up!

Thanks Vicki!

trixiecat said...

I just want to thank you for your freebies and making so simple to download. Your freebies go right into the Silhouette software. 

thanks Trixiecat!

Sandy asked... 

Just found your blog and I love it! I am new to using paper with my Cameo and want to know what advice you would have for a newcomer? What tools do I need, besides my Cameo, to make some beautiful cards and scrapbook layouts? I am also wondering how to create a word in Cameo and then have it cut out all in one piece. Thanks very much for any help you can give me.

Hi Sandy- you can create some awesome things with just a mat and blade and a little know how ! As for joining words together -  check out the Welding option in the Silhouette software - watch this YouTube video and you will see just how easy it is. If you need help just email me :)

As for other products to use with your Silhouette - I recommend the sketch pens and self-adhesive cardstock! I will have more on those two items on the blog very soon - stay tuned ;)

Lori asked...

 Hi Nicole, I have a question about the Cameo also. Love using mine...but wondering which is the line you line the left side of your sheet plastic sheet with...the short little line or the first long line. I'm screwing up my cuts somehow. My blade seems to need a recalibration if possible. If I don't manually move the blade down and starts the cut too early. so either something is wrong with my blade and where it starts, or my plastic is not being loaded into the right spot??? so confused! thanks for any insight you might have. 

Hey Lori! The line you are referring to is the shorter line on the left inside of the machine. Line the far left edge of your mat up to the right edge of that line. Your mat must be under the white rollers in order for the machine to pick it up and roll it through - you can slide the white rollers in place. Sometimes you can have a feeding issue if the rollers are dirty - so use a baby wipe to clean them off just in case.  Let me know if that helps and works for you!

I also promised to send a RAK to one of the commenters and that person is {Vicki} Congrats!!! 

Please email me your mailing info to and I will send you out a little something :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jillibean Soup - Beanboard Alphas

I am up on the Jillibean Soup blog this week with a few tips to use the new Jillibean Soup Beanboard alphas!

They are one of my new favorite things by Jillibean Soup and are so cool. There are tons of colors and cool things you can do, I offered up a quick video on just a sampling of these basic alterations, and I know there are TONS of other ideas out there that could be done.

Here are a couple of quick cards I made using some Beanboard alphas:


and a super simple page with the same letters and a couple of the different basic techniques I go through in the video.

If you are interested - please check out the video on my Youtube Channel HERE

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bella Blvd Tutorial - Herringbone background

I've been busy the last couple weeks with tutorials and have one super easy one to share with you that I did for Bella Blvd this month.

Here is the page I created... can you guess what the tutorial is on?

I was inspired by one of the papers in the new Family Forever line by Bella Blvd and wanted to create a herringbone type of pattern. I made it super simple, but now, I want to complicate it and do it all over again! That happens to me a lot.

Here are a couple closeups of my page:

I handcut out some words from some Bella Blvd papers for my title, just as the talented Stephanie Buice did in one of her recent Bella blvd layouts.

I hope you will stop by the Bella Blvd blog and let me know what you thought of the tutorial...See the video tutorial click HERE

Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Bella Blvd collections!

Bella Blvd. is releasing 3 new mid-season mini releases this week and the first 2 are up on the blog for you to see! Each collection features new double sided papers and co-ordinating sticker sheets!

First up is Summer Squeeze 

There are so many bright and summery colours and patterns with a trendy pop of black!!!

Next up is Scattered Sprinkles

Who doesn't love a good polka dot pattern right! I think this one is my new Bella Blvd fave.

Now for the happy news - you have a chance to win each collection before you can buy it!

Head over to the Bella Blvd blog HERE for all the details. GOOD LUCK!! I will be back tomorrow with the last of the 3 mini releases!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The new Bella Blvd Buzz Newsletter is out

2 posts in one day?? I know right... well I am back with good reason...The newest Bella Buzz newsletter is out now by Bella Blvd and I was happy to be asked to contribute a page this round.

Becki Adams and I were challenged to create a Spring themed page, using the new Lucky Starz collection and 3 different coloured Bella Blvd feathers.

Challenge accepted

Truth is, as soon as I saw the word "spring" I had an idea and then the idea popped in my head on how to use the different feathers in a unique way.

I also added some Bella Blvd stickers with a little clothespin and tons of strips of Lucky Stars paper in a rainbow pattern. I may have gone overboard with all those stars. In hindsight, I should have varied the patterns as there are some awesome B-sides that would have worked great. Oh well!

Here is my final page, I think it's pretty darn springy. I love all the bright rainbow colors in the Lucky Starz line!!

To sign up for the Bella Buzz newsletter - head over to the Bella Blvd blog or click HERE

I have a secret and I can share it !

I am super excited to share a secret I have had for a little while now ... I have been asked to join the DT for Cocoa Daisy kit club!<

I fell in love with the kit and add on options when guest designing in April so I am very excited to be joining the team now !!

I have seen the May kit and add-ons and CANNOT wait to get mine... stalking my post man this week!

I'll be back later today with a project share !

Monday, April 14, 2014

Jillibean Soup - Wishing You Joy

Good morning! Just stopping in to quickly share a fun card I made for the Jillibean Soup blog this month.

I started with just some simple white cardstock and a scrap of a leftover white circle Placemat that was in my stash and added lots of fun color by adding some punched circles from some of my favorite Jillibean Soup papers.

I stamped the sentiment before I adhered the Placemat and punched circles, and created a quick pocket out of vellum and sequins, attached to the back of the Placemat. I popped the whole thing up with dimensional foam adhesive for fun.

I love that rainbow houndstooth patterned paper from the Birthday Bisque line and added a small strip along the bottom of the card to tie all the colors together! I hope you like the card :)