Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Make A Wish Layouts

Hello crafty friends,
Happy New Year!!!
Melin from here with you today. I hope you have been able to enjoy some crafty time during the holidays. With Christmas officially behind us, it is now time to start thinking about all the pictures you need to get into pages and other celebrations. So for my Scrapyland Design Team project this week, I chose to make a couple of layouts for birthday celebrations. Here they are:
make a wish boy mpc-450
Here is my little boy version. I used some Bazzill cardstock as well as some patterned paper from a couple of DCWV Stacks including the Sweet Stack paper pad.
 make a wish-girl mpc-450
Here is the little girl version. Again, I used some Bazzill cardstock as well as some more patterned paper from DCWV Sweet Stack paper.

Candles from the Block Party CD Portfolio.

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Here is the cute cake also from the Block Party CD. I used some dimensional paint to add a little frosting look for to the frosting pieces.

Here is a closer look at the cute little bear piecing. I inked the edges of all the die cuts with various inks. I used some decorative chalk to add the additional dimensional touches to the bear's face, balloons, etc.
As I mentioned previously, to complete these pages, I used the Block Party Digital Design CD from This CD is CHOCK FULL of hundreds of great cut files, Print n’ Cut files AND line art files (for coloring in). When you purchase and install this CD it automatically installs into your Studio Software library! It is made for the Silhouette so it comes in their proprietary file format and NOT in the open source SVG format that is widely used for various cutters. So even if you have your Silhouette, Silhouette SD or Cameo, you will be able to install this into the free Silhouette software and get crafting!!! You do NOT need to have the upgraded software to use this cd. Certainly a plus as I only have the regular design studio software for my cameo.

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I started by laying out my page within the software. This allowed me to resize all of the die cuts so I knew exactly what size I would be cutting them in.
All of the images on my page are from the block party cd with the exception of the bear. For the bear I actually used a combination of a few files from the black party cd (i.e. a balloon for his body) and then I used the oval tool in the software to create the rest of the pieces. I found that it was really easy to create the pieces by starting with an oval and then while in “edit points view” I was able to push and pull the lines to form the different shapes (i.e. the chin).
block party bear pieces-450
Here is a screen shot to show you how easy it was. For instance his head is a combination of three ovals welded together. Once welded, I simply clicked the “edit points button” on my tool bar and created the shape of his chin. His nose and his snout are simply the same oval with chin (minus the ear bumps) resized. That is one of the amazing things about having a machine with software. You can manipulate your images very easily to accommodate what you want. For his body, it is simply an upside down balloon image from the cd with an oval welded to it for his body.

I used the following products to complete this project. They can be found at SCRAPYLAND.COM


silhouette block party design portfolio
dcwv sweet stack
basic 10
pearlescent earth tones

glue dots craft dots
ms fine tip glue pen
Picture 087
ac glue dot runner
Cat’s Eye Aqua Ink
Cat’s Eye Cocoa Ink
orange pigment ink
Cat’s Eye Orange Ink
moss green
Cat’s Eye Moss Green Ink
Cat’s Eye Ruby Ink

sky blue
Cat’s Eye Sky Blue Ink

 If you decide to give this project a try and need help with "faces", I have a great step by step tutorial on my blog HERE
Well, I hope you are inspired to start working on those celebration memories.  Also, head over to and check out all the wonderful products they have including some other digital design portfolio CDs for your silhouette cutting.

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