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The Purrfect Valentine


Penelope found my Paper Source catalog last month and basically flipped out when she saw the front cover featuring these little Kitten and Puppy Valentines. It didn’t look like they had pockets, so I thought it would be fun to DIY our own version.


Instead of having 6 parts that need to be assembled, I made it into 3 parts (including googly eyes) with a pocket for a special treat.


This one I made for my sister-in-law who is heading out to Spain soon as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I included some stickers, postage (’cause I want mail from her!) and a temporary tattoo.

I didn’t do any calligraphy for Penelope’s handouts. I wanted Penelope to have artistic control over assembling. She ran with it! She decided to give the kittens winky faces. Then she grabbed spare hearts from the kittens to use for eyes. She had fun. And she owned the project!

I used Illustrator, my Silhouette and My Mind’s Eye paper (paper provided by MME) to complete this project. Side note: MME plain cardstock takes ink remarkably well! WIN!

Silhouette Promotion: Print and Cut feature


So. . . Exciting news for anyone who makes artwork in illustrator and cuts with Silhouette. Silhouette has a plug-in for that. Now you can cut directly from Illustrator or Corel Draw using Silhouette Connect!


It’s quite convenient. I spent a total of 20 minutes designing, cutting and ironing Penelope’s little heart decal last week. It’s a much faster process! Also, the software detects the size of your artwork and sends everything to the cut program in-tact. No resizing necessary.


There are a couple of bugs that need to be fixed with the software: no where on the cut settings does it tell me at what position I should adjust the knife (I end up opening the other silhouette application just to get that information or I guess) and there have been a couple of connectivity issues where I have to turn off and on my machine and disconnect and reconnect the USB in order for the software to detect the machine. Annoying? Sometimes. Dealbreaker? No way.

This month’s promotion, we’ve been asked to highlight the print and cut feature. I don’t like it, to be quite honest. I wasted several hours trying to get my printer and silhouette to play nicely. And all I got out of it was 1 alright fake return address label out of it. Here’s the breakdown of my personal experience (please pipe up if you’ve had a great experience with the print & cut feature! I really hate to dwell on the negative around here):

  • 1st sheet: Didn’t cut all the way through, even though settings were for “printable foil”- I also discovered that the Silhouette doesn’t cut anything outside the registration marks (good to know)
  • 2nd sheet: I accidentally printed the cut guides (user error)
  • 3rd sheet: Silhouette didn’t line up at all with printing. Even with adjusted cut settings, still didn’t cut through gold foil paper
  • 4th sheet: Registration marks weren’t printed all the way by my printer, so cutter didn’t detect cuts properly
  • 5th sheet: Registration marks and printing came out perfect on kraft sticker paper. Cutting started off right, but then got slightly off as the cutter continued down the page.

My studio has been a disaster zone full of half-completed projects, so there may have been some serious yelling and throwing of paper and craft supplies at that point. The mechanics of the feature were easy enough to figure out without the user manual (although it can help with troubleshooting), but I couldn’t trust the precision of either printer or cutter to get anything spot on.  I want pixel perfection!

Despite all that negativity, I still love my Silhouette cutter. Why? Because I don’t tend to use that feature in my projects. I’m sure I could think up something more clever than return address labels if I ever get out of my creative slump, but knowing how frustrating this whole process has been to get one half-decent label will likely squash anything clever that comes along. I may keep trying to get that perfect recipe of machine harmony to try and get this feature to work together. Until then, I’m going to continue doing my happy dance that I can cut directly from Illustrator for everything else.


This month you can get great deals on machines and 30% off all specialty media! Click here for more info. Use code: MELISSA at checkout. Valid through March 31, 2014.

I am a Silhouette affiliate. I wouldn’t blog about their products unless I really loved them. And I do. I receive a portion of sales made with the promotional code MELISSA, so thank you for your support!!

No Solicitors, Please / July Promo


I’m a new affiliate blogger with Silhouette. Each month I will be posting something in concert with one of their promotions. You can use my code: MELISSA to take advantage of that deal. By using my code, you will get a deal and I will get affiliate kick-backs. I genuinely stand by this tool and I use it all the time! If you have any questions about the machine, supplies or how to get started, feel free to ask in the comments below.

We get a lot of solicitors in our neighborhood. It’s sort of strange since we live very much out of the way of anything. Maybe they like to target our community because there are just homes around us? I don’t know. I’ve had a few incredibly pushy salesmen knock on my door recently, leaving me with a very icky feeling.


Since then I’ve put a “No Solicitors” blurb on the bottom of my chalkboard, but that doesn’t even seem to help. I needed something a bit closer to eye level.

I sketched up a few different ideas (thanks for chiming in on which was your favorite, I had a tough time deciding), digitized it and cut it with my new Cameo.


I could have made it bigger (I just got the new Cameo, it’s enormous and even awesomer than my old SD that I loved so much), but I didn’t want that message be the first thing that friends and family see when they knock on my door. It measures about 2 inches tall by 6 inches wide.

Side note: this is as festive as I get around here. 3 glitter stars pinned to my coffee filter wreath. Boom. Done.


There was quite a response on Instagram requesting the sticker and a downloadable file. I’ve put those up for you. I have 9 stickers left for sale, you can purchase those here. The digital file can be purchased here.


Silhouette has a great deal this month (discount good through July 10th)! If you don’t have a Silhouette and are thinking about getting one, feel free to ask me any questions in the comments below.


You can get their portrait for $129.99 (which I think is a steal, but if you want to do anything on a bigger scale just go for the Cameo. Trust me, it rocks). If you already have a Silhouette cutter, you can get the designer edition software for half off. I’ve been using the designer edition for a week now, and I’d say it’s worth it. I still design the bulk of my graphics in Illustrator, but I still found it more useful for cutting than the standard Studio software.

You get more creative license with graphics (creating, erasing, scaling and shearing), you can cut with a wider range of files and you can easily create your own rhinestone patterns. If you don’t have Illustrator, it’s definitely worth the extra money. You can see all of the features for yourself here.

Hand Lettered Cut Out


I’ve had this lying around in my studio forever. Don’t know why I haven’t shared it with you. OH wait, I know why, it’s so that I have something to share on here while my house is a complete disaster from moving. ;)

I hand lettered this in Illustrator & cut out using my Silhouette. It was more than a little tricky to figure out how much space I needed to add in the tabs to keep everything one fluid piece. It’s pretty delicate, so it’s great that it’ll remain behind glass.

I love how this turned out with the floral/butterfly paper peeking out from behind the letters. I need to do this with the word Esplin for myself.

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