Saturday, May 28, 2011


Yippee!!!!  Time for stamping, blogging, commenting, silhouetting, sewing, and photographing!  In fact, I'm starting the summer by taking a Chimpsy DSLR field trip today (thanks, Groupon!) so I can get out of auto mode.  I'll let you know how it goes (and maybe share some classwork) tomorrow. 

As for today's card, it was an A Card A Day reject.  I hope that they had an even more awesome card for the last day of school, not that they don't think the end of school is card-worthy (especially for teachers!).  The stamp is Eat Cake Graphics Kati Ann has something to say, colored, cut out, and popdotted.  The banner is from A Muse's Happy Everything, embossed and cut out.  The chalkboard sentiment was printed using Love Ya Like a Sister font in light grey onto PTI's Ocean Tides, then I went over it with a white pencil for a chalk look.  Crate Paper School Spirit and Emma's Shoppe finished off the classroom. 

Silhouette update: I'm still loving it, although arg! I ruined half of my carrier sheet by cutting out really intricate silhouettes from PTI True Black paper (which is heavier than they recommend, so my fault).  All the little bits that got left behind on the carrier sheet, instead of being able to be picked off,  just sort of disintegrate into black fuzz (I think I remember reading that SU and PTI paper is more fibrous than other papers because they dye it all the way through, and maybe the black is even more fibrous than others because of its deep color?  I didn't have any trouble with PTI red).  Also, you want to make sure you cut down patterned paper to just the size you'll be cutting, because the rest of it curls when you pull it off. 

Also, remember how I said it can cut SVG files?  Yeah, um, well, it's more like kinda-sorta.  You can't open an SVG file using the silhouette software, but you can use a free program to convert an SVG into a file it can read.  I haven't fully investigated it yet, so more on that to come.

I did try cutting vinyl and after finding the right cut settings, I was able to make an awesome "keep calm and teach on" decal for the back of my calculator.  I've also cut out a few doilies (bought from the silhouette store) that are just beautiful, plus the silhouettes that I mentioned earlier are really impressive.

CAS DT news: I made it to the final round!  I have to make one more card, then I'll find out Thursday.  Fingers crossed!


Crafty Cre8tions said...

Yippee for you!!! Great card! Love that little girl :)

Congrats on making it to the final round!!!! you can do it!!

Lindsey said...

LOVE this card! What a good reason to celebrate. Ocean Tides makes a really good chalkboard colour, and the patterned papers are perfect.
Can't wait to see your final CAS DT card!

Emily Leiphart said...

CUTENESS!! I love the chalkboard and that little girl looks so happy, which I know you are. ;)

Emily Keaton said...

Go, go, Meg!! I've got my fingers crossed for you--hope you make it to the CAS DT. You'd be awesome!!

What a fun card--love how excited that little girl looks. I LOVE it when school lets out!! Freeeeeeeeedom, for sure. (My kids are in class until June 22--yuck!)

Angela said...

Dude! I love the happy little school scene you've made -- the floor/wall/chalkboard with the banner, and that happy little chica! So fun. Excellent font choice, too -- the pencil really makes it pop.

Go go go get'em for the CAS dt!

PS: Chimpsy? That looks awesome!! Have a blast.

Crafty Math Chick said...

Congratulations Meg! WOO HOO! Enjoy!! Best of luck with the CAS DT competition!