Monthly Archives: March 2017

Silhouette Savvy Series : Combining Cut Files

Hello there!

I hope that you all are keeping safe from the snow, and hopefully ready to welcome Spring (let’s hope it arrives soon!!!)

It is time for a new entry for the Silhouette Savvy Series.  This time I wanted to refresh a past tutorial, and maybe give you a new way to create a new image by combining cut files.


This time, I will use the HO HO Holidays cut file (It is a Christmas cut file!) to create a newer image.  So let’s get started:

  • i chose to work with the star shape, and the flower/firework image of the cut file.  After tracing and isolating the images (just click here to be taken to the tutorial that will show you how to trace and isolate an image);  the flower/firework was copied a few times, the images were then placed so that it resembled a star full of this image.
  • Once the images are in place, proceed to weld the image together (click here to be taken to the tutorial that shows how to weld images on the Silhouette software).


  • Now using the outer edge of the star shape on the cut file, simply size it to fit over the welded flower/firework images.
  • Use the mouse to highlight both images.
  • Go to the modify window, and chose the command “CROP”.  Remember to make sure the welded image has been converted into a “compound path” – this can be achieved by simply highlighting the entire image, right click on the mouse, and choosing “Compound Path”

This is what the new image will look like after the two cut files were combined by using the crop function.

  • Highlight the image, right click, and chose create a compound path of this image.  This is what the Silhouette will cut – a star made up of the flower/firework image-.


  • For this project, i added the outline of the star a second time.  Simply enlarge the image (just click on the image, and dragged your mouse until your liking), then highlight both images, go to the Nest window, and chose center.  Both images will be centered to each other.

Now you are ready to cut the images.   Just chose your medium, and send to the Silhouette to cut.   Here is few highlights of how this cut out was used:

Before welding the images, I copied them onto a new file in the silhouette software, and use the flower/firework image to cut the outline in various papers from the Oh My Heart collection.

This project transformed as it was being formed, and i chose to back the image with a light green paper from the Take Me Away collection, a bit of machine stitching secures the pieces together.

I had already scrapped the first picture of this series of my niece jumping on her bed for my album.  This layout is going in her album!  To frame the picture, I picked pieces from the Oh My Heart and TaKe me Away collections to frame the picture.

To balance, and ground the page, a strip of paper from the collection was added to the bottom of the page, and a small cluster was then created at one of the corners of the collection.  All the journal was added around the star edge.  Here is the final layout:

I love the colour in this page, and even though the initial cut out image was covered with the colour shapes, it can still be seen as a shadow of the shapes.

As always let me know if you have any questions on how this came together.  I am always a comment away.

See you all soon!

Nathalie @

Mixed Media Favourites

Welcome back friends,
I’m back to share some projects that I created using some of my favourite things.
1. Making my own background papers
2. Paint!
3. Dina Wakley stamps

Mixed Media cards using Dina Wakley paints & stamps
I started with a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper that I created with paint, stamps and stencils. Then cut it down into several pieces including one tag.  
Mixed Media cards using Dina Wakley paints & stamps
All of the focal images have been stamped, cut out, and popped up with foam tape. I added a few details to some of the cards with paint, stamps and the tube from a paper towel roll.

Mixed Media cards using Dina Wakley Media paints & stamps
Mixed Media tag using Dina Wakley paints & stamps
Some of the sentiments are from the Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker book. Another favourite product of mine. 🙂

Mixed Media cards using Dina Wakley paints & stampsThank you for stopping by the SN blog.  Check out some of our previous posts about creating your own backgrounds – background papers and making my own background

Joy @

Sunday Card Share #72

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Happy Sunday friends,
Thank you for stopping by for another card share, this week we’re featuring a beautiful stamp set from Studio Katia called Together We Bloom. This beautiful floral set is so trendy and has a lot of flower images to choose from.Sunday Card Share - Featuring Studio Katia stamps
I’m really into heat embossing right now so I grabbed some copper embossing powder after I figured out where I wanted the sentiment on the die-cut stitched panel.
I used my Stamp Perfect tool for all the stamping on this card as I was using watercolour paper and this allowed me to stamp each image 2-3 times in the exact same position. Love this tool for good ink coverage on the uneven watercolour paper texture. Sunday Card Share

I loosely watercoloured on more watercolour paper using the die-cut panel as a guide, I did make sure that the colour was poking out from behind. I used foam tape on the panel to give it some dimension and added some black ink splatters to tie in with the sentiment. The watercolour has some big impact so I didn’t feel the need to add embellishments.

That’s it, my friends, I hope you are inspired to get out your embossing powders again.
See you next week.

Joy @

Tuesday Tutorial – Combining techniques with cut files


Hello there,

I hope you all are getting ready for the upcoming Spring season.  There are so many beautiful paper collections arriving at the Scrapbook Nerd store.   In addition, the Nerds are offering a new beautiful cut file, designed exclusively by Ashley Horton from the Cut Shoppe, for free.   Just hop to the store to get your free copy of the “Spring Things” cut file.



As you all know, I love cut files and my Cameo, so I set out to create a layout using the new Spring Things cut file and a few techniques along with it.  Firstly, I  used the “Bloom” image of the cut file to create the title of this layout.   In addition, an offset was created around the image ( this line was perforated by the cameo, so that hand stitching could be added to the layout).    Here is where i went technical in my cameo ( i promise a video tutorial in the near future), but you can achieve the similar result by using a pair of scissors, and trimming the cut file in such way that the bottom half of the letters become the edge of the background.



I recently picked Maggie Holmes’s Chasing Dreams collection from the store, and the watercolor paper in the collection was the inspiration for the mixed media in this layout,  Using the packaging technique, and a few Heidi Swapp color shine sprays the mixed media background was created.



The floral image was then used to create a sort of a lace layer on top of the mixed media.  I simply sized the image so that the edges peeked out of the small picture.



The word title of the image was backed with paper from the collection.  A bit of hand stitching (using the path created with the perforated offset of the image) adds texture to the page.



To add texture besides the stitching, I added a piece of torn vellum between the cut out and the patterned paper.   Some machine stitching secures the page together, and continues the texture of the stitching on the title.



The picture of my daughter was trimmed to a 3×3 in square.   Pieces of embellishments from the  Chasing Dreams collection were added to frame the picture.



The mixed media, hand and machine stitching, as well as the vellum layer add texture and softness to this layout.  Here is the final layout:



Remember to stop by the Scrapbook Nerd Store to pick up your free copy of the Spring Things cut file – it is truly a beautiful one -.

As always, i am a comment away if you have any questions on how any of this  came together.   I will be more than happy to lend you a hand.

Till next week!


Nathalie @



Mixed Media Tag

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Hi there,
Joy here with you today and I’m happy to share a gift tag that I created with the new
Studio Katia Mandala stamp.
This tag is very different for me because the colour combination is very outside my comfort zone. I had a hard time finishing it off and second-guessed myself, the colours changed and there are a lot of watercolour layers.

Mixed Media tag using Studio Katia Mandala stamp
I’m still not 100% happy with the way this turned out but it was great stepping outside my comfort zone. The Studio Katia stamp is a wonderful stamp and it’s a must have I think.

Mixed media on Monday

I hope you enjoyed this little piece of inspiration. I hope you take a chance and use a colour combo that is outside your wheelhouse. Happy crafting!

Sunday Card Share #71

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Hello crafty friends,
Today I want to share a bright & cheerful card with you using the new Studio Katia Mandala stamp. This stamp is so versatile and is great for colouring with alcohol markers, watercolour products and distress inks.
Sunday Card Share - Studio Katia Mandala stamp
I started by heat embossing the Mandala with white embossing power on 110lb smooth white cardstock. Then using the mini blending tool I added 3 colours of distress ink; Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feather & Picked Raspberry. I blended the flowers first followed by the pink background.
Studio Katia Mandala stamp

Once everything was dry, I splattered some plain water onto the pink area, let it sit, and then pressed a paper towel on top to pick up the excess water. Love this look.

Studio Katia Mandala stamp, heat embossedI finished off the card by mounting it onto a black card base and heat embossing the sentiment with the same white embossing power. Thank you for stopping by the SN blog today, I hope you found some inspiration. See you next time. 🙂

Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life with Barb

It’s the end of another DT week on Scrapbook Nerd and I’ve been having a blast playing with a few different products.  I started out with the Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life papers, and added in a few different embellishments.   Just working with this collection made me feel happy!

Project One : Love this Life

I wanted to make sure I was choosing fun photos to use for my layouts this month, and these ones definitely fit the bill.  The before and after of the ladies I worked with during a Mom and Tots camp last summer speak volumes, and every time I look at them they make me laugh. This collection provided the perfect backdrop for the photos. To keep the embellishments simple, I just used a couple of the papers and hand-cut some of the images to use.  If you want to see more on the process of the layout, check out the tutorial from earlier this week.


Project Two: Always an Adventure

Don’t you just love that “Happy” paper?  Last summer my husband and I tool an impromptu weekend visit to Chicago.  We had so much fun, just the two of us.  I was trying to capture both the spontaneity of the trip, along with the fun adventure we had. On this layout, I added in some of the new PinkFresh The Mix 1 embellishment collection.  If you haven’t checked these out yet, you really must.  They are very fun and versatile.

Project Three: #Good Times

This is my mother and my sister.  My Mom is very fun-loving – always making jokes and enjoying life.  We had a girls’ shopping day and I new that this collection would work so well to capture what the day was like.  I added in some of the Pink Paislee Take Me Away ephemera.  That pink couch was so perfect!  I love the touches of gold on some of the embellishments.


Thanks for checking out my projects this week.  I hope you have some time to pull out some papers to play and make something that makes you smile!