First a quick Cassanova update: The little guy stayed at the vet for 3 days/nights. He came home Wednesday evening. The diagnosis: A gastrointestinal infection caused him to stop eating and he became anorexic. We are assist-feeding him through a syringe. Wednesday night he was happy to be home. He even ate the wet food off my hands instead of having to be force-fed. He since seems to be doing better but is pretty much pissed off at us all the time. (wouldn’t you be too? He doesn’t feel well and we shove food/pills down his throat). He has also at times eaten a little bit of dry food on his own but not much and not frequently. We still have a way to go. Thank you for all of your prayers thus far, praying for a full recovery.
A couple of months ago I upgraded my beloved Original Silhouette machine to the new Cameo Silhouette Machine because I was interested in the wider cutting space (12″). I’ve had so much fun with my new Cameo I decided to do a periodic feature Silhouette Spotlight.
Today Matt and I are attending a BBQ Birthday party for a friend also named Matt. We don’t usually buy gifts for adult birthdays but I always like to bring a card- and for the past year or so I’ve opted to make the cards myself rather than buy them. I recently finally used the Silhouette’s sketch pens and I am hooked. I could never address an envelope as well as I can sketch with the Silhouette. Seriously love this!
This apron shaped card with utensils is one of my favorite ones for Dads or men in general. I actually used the same shape with different patterns and colors for my Father and Father-in-law cards this year. What is it about men and their grills?
The card shape cost $0.99 from the Silhouette Online Store and I’ve used it 3 times already… not too shabby. You can cut the shapes out of colored card-stock or patterned scrapbook paper but I am lazy and use the print and cut feature on the Silhouette. The “Happy Birthday” phrase was also $0.99 and I have used it in multiple cards. I had already purchased the gingham and stripe printable patterns from the online store for $0.79 each and have used them on other projects already. I am a huge fan of the printable patterns because it means I can cut everything out of one sheet of white cardstock.
The only things that were new purchases were the candles sketch ($0.99) and the sketch letters (four sets at $0.99 each). I didn’t need to purchase the sketch letters because I could have used the sketch pen with any fonts loaded on my computer but I really liked the look of these and knew I would use them a lot in the future.
There you have it! A last-minute personal birthday card in less than 15 minutes. My Matt (not to be confused with birthday Matt) and I decided that this year will be a Hallmark free year- I’ve already crafted birthday cards for all of our nieces/nephews, mothers day cards, and fathers day cards. Can’t wait to find more excuses to craft some last-minute cards!
I’m relatively new to the craft of card making. Are there any other card makers out there? Any favorite tips, tricks, or tools you can share?