Silhouette Blog Hop: 'Life' Layout & Card Kit

Hello everyone! Welcome to Be Creative - Everyday and my jump on the Silhouette Blog Hop. I have two projects to share with you today. First up, is a layout I created using some of the Silhouette images. I can't seem to create a project lately without using my Silhouette machine. I love this thing! The designs are AMAZING and I have been hooked from day one! I love being able to create designs in whatever paper & size I need! I have been using my machine on my hubby's old laptop and I finally got it set up to use my printer so I can use the Print & Cut feature! Now, I can't stop doing that too! :) So fun!

I created this layout to go into a frame in our entry way so it is very one-dimensional. I just wanted to keep it clean...but detailed! And that's why I love the Silhouette - I can add so many little details with tone on tone cuts or by layering things - to make those little details and textures that I love on my projects.

I used the following designs on this project:

- Large Vine in white cardstock

- 'Life' title in gray patterned paper
- Stripe Background in green on top of green cardstock (tone-on-tone)
- Yellow Label on side and tucked under photo

I also used some of my favorite stamps from Studio Calico (buttons) and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I also used some letter pressed pieces that I had previously made with my L Letterpress machine with the damask design and hot pink ink. I added some stamping, lace, string, flower, brads and lots of sewing to finish the page. I love what the Silhouette designs did to this page!

For my second project, I made a little 'card kit' for my Mom and Sisters. Every year, we have a 'Girl's Retreat' where just us sisters and my mom go away for a few days to bond, quilt, scrapbook, eat, watch movies...and inspire one another to be better mothers, wives and individuals. Well, I'm super excited cause this morning, I am off to my 'Girls Retreat'!

Each year, we all bring a 'giveaway' for everyone and we do someone's giveaway each day. So this year, I thought I would make everyone a simple 'card kit' with all the supplies they need to make a simple and quick card for a friend.
The outside of the metal tins are embellished with a simple strip of ribbon and a custom 'print-and-cut' that I create with a Silhouette label (same label design listed above) and my own text inside it.
On the inside, I included 10 white cards with rounded corners, envelopes, yards of ribbon & string, clear buttons and the cutest Silhouette labels cut in various colors of cardstock. I am bringing some stamps and black ink so they can stamp various sayings on the labels and go home with a complete kit for card making. I hope that it will help simplify their life and that they will enjoy this little kit.

Thanks for coming by and I hope that you'll continue to visit me here for more creative inspiration! Your next stop on the Silhouette blog hop is the one and only, fabulous Silhouette designer and expert...

Kerri Bradford!

When this girl started designing images for the Silhouette machine...that is when I jumped on board. She is amazing! I love everything that she creates! Plus, she is a super nice friend! :) Be sure to go on to her blog for lots of inspiration! Enjoy the Blog Hop and happy cutting! :)