Friday, December 30, 2011

Mojo Monday

You know, I have been following Mojo Monday since I started card making a couple years ago, but I have never entered any of their contests lol. I always make the projects, take a picture and post them on my Facebook for my friends to look and give me their feedback. This week is no exception, I have made a card but I didn't enter it and I am not sure if I will.



I have seen people using their grand dies to make scalloped cards but I do not have those dies (I wish I did) but I, of course, put my cameo to good use and made my own card base welding two scalloped circles together. I still need to work on the alignment, it was a little off but it still looks good (user error).

The nested circles (brown and designer papers) were also cut with my cameo, same with the little flag were I stamped the sentiment. I used some sew easy thread on the button, the flower is from Michael's and the border punch is from EK Success.

I hope you enjoyed this card and as always, thanks for looking.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Special mention

My blog was featured on Jin's Under a Cherry Tree blog, what an honor! My blog is not even a month old and I have already been featured, thank you very much Jin, it meant a lot to me to be honored and featured in your blog. Please keep making those awesome tutorials we love that help us understand our machines a lot more.

If you want to learn the ins and outs of your cameo or any other cutter, Jin has a tutorial for it :P, visit Under a Cherry Tree and check out her tutorials and reviews on the most popular cutting machines out there.

Thank you again Jin!


Christmas Bag

As part of m gift to my nieces, I made this gorgeous paper bag with all print and cut decorations. I used the Vintage Halloween package from SVGcuts.com and I was inspired on Thienly's own Christmas bag. I didn't have much time left since I made this bag at the very last minute before we got in the car and drove to Charleston to spend Christmas with my in-laws.

Here it is, 




















There is a rosette in the kit but to be totally honest, I didn't like it at all, it ends up being too bulky and BIG (5inches) so I just grabbed some paper scraps and cut them to 1" wide x 11" long, scored every 1". I love the look of a small rosette, the snowflake is part of the Holly Jolly collection I have used in my previous projects. I love that set! Again, everything is printed using my canon pixma MX820 on epson DELUXE presentation paper, make sure that you get the deluxe kind of paper because it is the thickest and stands well for this kind of project.

Thanks for looking,


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas tags

Last night I stayed up until midnight trying to make these beautiful Christmas tags for my niece, they were so easy to make and I followed Jin's tutorial (you can check it here) She makes the best tutorials out there, I love the videos, screen shots and written directions she shares with us. She's awesome!

For these tags I used Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly collection, some Martha Stewart  patterned paper and some baker's twine. 



The sentiment was hand stamped with Holiday Phrases by MTE


Thanks for looking and THANK YOU Jin for the awesome tutorial :)




Sunday, December 18, 2011

Eclips mat test with the Silhouette Cameo

As many of us Cameo users know, the mats for our machines are pricey. Some people have been using re-positionable adhesive to bring their mats back to life.

Well, I read on the Silhouette Plus forum about a member (Candi) trying the eclips mat with her cameo and she had great reviews, the eclips mats were on sale at Oh My Crafts, I was lucky to grab 4 of them for under $12 when they had a sale, so cheap compared to the cameo mats!! ($14.99 for ONE!!)

Today I finally got the time and the right projects to try the mats with my cameo and here are some of the pictures, sorry for the quality, I took them with my cellphone and it was cloudy outside but as you can see, the mat fits in the cameo. Well, it is a tad bit wider but it is not even noticeable, you just have to align the mat a little bit more on the outside of the margin line.

(I have made the pictures as big as I could so you could see the details)

*I deleted some of the pictures because it contains personal info ;)*

The first cuts were done with the regular cut settings for heavy cardstock (3/33) and I used Archiver's paper. See how it easy it was to weed it? AMAZING!

The print and cut was done with my favorite Epson presentation paper matte (Premium kind), to be honest, I found the pnc more accurate and precise than when I use my cameo mat, could it be because of the mat's thickness? Anyways, it worked perfectly!

Thanks for looking.



Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Cards

I am done with them! I only needed a handful because I will not be sending cards to everybody, just the people we keep in touch with and care about giving us a call during the year. Here is what I have made,




I used Lori Whitlock's Seasons Greetings paper here too, I am in love with that stack and the sentiment was stamped with my Holiday Phrases by MTE. I haven't stamped the last card because red doesn't look pretty on it, what color should I use? My stamp stack is limited so I might have to go get a new color if I don't end up using a tag die for it.

The picture was done using my cameo and it is a print and cut shape. I just filled a circle with my daughter's picture and voila! PnC in a second!

Thanks for looking, have a great week!



Thursday, December 8, 2011

Feel Better Easel Card

The other day, I volunteered on the Facebook page of My Scrap Chick to test some graphic sets using the print and cut option on my cameo. This is what I came up with.



Everything was done using the studio, from the easel card base, to the DP paper (I got it as a freebie somewhere) and the little "Feel Better" sign. As a nice touch, I added a paper flower and some ribbon.

My first idea was to make it more boyish, but I couldn't pass up on putting that flower there, so it is now super cute and girly.

Thanks for looking!



Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Treat boxes

Finally! I am done with the treat boxes for DH's work. Yesterday was nasty over here and we chose the stay home and skip the gym, so while the baby was napping and my oldest one was playing in the computer, I was making these little cuties. After all the cutting and gluing was done, this is what I ended up with:





The boxes are from Lettering Delights, I saw them at Jin's blog (I love her!!! If you need a tutorial about anything paper crafting related, she will have an answer for you) The little tags are from Costmo Cricket Jolly by Golly collection that I saw on a super cute project Thienly made the other day. And the sentiment is from the Holiday Jolly Phrases from MTE.

Inside I put some fake "grass" and candy cane chocolates, yum!


That's it! 24 boxes ready to go. Next project will be our Christmas cards.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Tree

I have seen so many posts of beautiful Christmas wreaths all over the internet, especially Pinterest my favorite place for crafty inspirations.

Yesterday I started my own, lots of rosettes and burnt fingers later...I changed my mind, so I made this Christmas tree instead. All of the designer papers are from the Martha Steward "Merry Christmas" pack I got on sale at Michaels', the ornaments were cut at 1.19" using Archiver's paper in red and the white paper is from my wausau stack (95lbs) The snowflakes I had to cut at 1.75" because anything less than gets torn by the blade.


I didn't use my cameo to make the rosettes because I thought cutting them by hand and scoring was going to be faster and it was, besides I was just having fun with them. I love making rosettes, they are so easy and beautiful. But I did use the cameo to make the decorations, the snowflakes, ornaments and angels were cut with my machine.






I hope you liked this project. Now off to make DH's treat boxes I was talking about in my previous posts. I bought some of my favorite Holiday chocolates (I only like white chocolate) and it is the candy cane kisses (Hershey's) OMG those are delicious!!I bought three bags, two for the treats and one for us -read ME-

Thanks for stopping by!



Saturday, December 3, 2011

A quick Christmas card

My husband asked me if I could make some cards for the people he works with and I said, sure! At first, I thought he only wanted a couple of them and I was going to make them all handmade but then he said he needed 24!! Yes, 24! So I had to change plans and make something quick, easy and that looked handmade and I thought of this freebie I got from MYGRAFICO.com, but I used my cameo and the silhouette studio to make a print and cut file, I had 21 cards done in less than an hour (I ran out of ink) and this is what they look like:



I didn't want to add more "bling" because these cards will be mostly for policemen hahaha and I don't think they will appreciate too much sparkling on their cards. I am sure the few ladies will love it. They do have a 3D effect that my husband loves on my cards, I put come pop squares on the main focus of the card and sentiment as you can see.

Now, I have to work on some cards for my family overseas and some local friends that we will exchange cards with and love to get my handmade creations. I hope I can come with something nice so I can share with you.

Thanks for stopping by and go grab those freebies from MYGRAFICO.com, they have tons and tons of awesome stuff! 



Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gingerbread House

Last week Silhouette America had a super Black Friday sale and ALL of their shapes were only $0.50 each! How awesome is that? I took advantage of the deal and snagged a couple dozen of images I knew I was going to use at some point.

So this Gingerbread house by Lori Whitlock was in my favorites list and I just HAD to make it. I posted the picture on the Silhouette Group on Facebook and the Silhouette Forum I am a member of, and I was so happy people liked it, I hope you do too.




All of the designer papers are from Lori's collections, Seasons Greetings and Christmas Day in both digital and paper formats. The white part of the roof, snow on the tree and other white elements, is adhesive cardstock from Joann's. The other cardstock used was from my paper stash and I don't have the names on all of them.

I love this house!!


Intro

Introduction:

It has been so long since I had a blog, so bare with me while I try to figure things out.

This week I saw a post on My Thoughts Exactly, they were accepting applications to be part of next year's Design Team (which is something I have put in my bucket list) but one of the requirements was to have a blog to promote MTE on the internet. Well, I didn't have a blog and couldn't make one last minute and I missed my chance to apply, maybe next year right? 

But I am here creating this blog to showcase what I can do in my very limited crafting time which is usually at nights, after my daughters go to bed and before my husband comes home from work. That's why my blog is called "Crafting in the Night".

I started paper crafting since I was a little girl, my parent's own a printing shop in my country (Peru) and my mom is the most amazing crafter in this world, she can create things from scratch, at the top of her head, with no help and little inspiration lol. I am more like the executor, show me how to and I will make it happen also when I see something I like and I try to copy it with my own twist or in those amazing nights I feel my mojo I can make cool things with paper hahaha. I love paper, paper has been a part of my life since I can remember. 

Thanks for stopping by!




Disclaimer:
1. English is not my first language, I will try to do my best to post in a well written English form lol
2. Hit me a line si hablas EspaƱol, ok?
3. This is important stuff, I am a crafter hoarder. I love stamps of all kinds! I have a decent amount of them in the digital form. I try my best to keep them in order and save them with the name of the author MOST of the times but then, of course, there are times when the files do not come with the author's name and I forget where I got them. If I have used your stamp, please let me know so I can give you ALL the credits YOU deserve. 
My favorite place for getting free Digital Stamps is this place: http://freedigitalstamps.blogspot.com/ Thank you to the amazing ladies at Free Digital Stamps for putting a daily list together for us.