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The Christmas Card of 2014

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

I actually got our fist batch of Christmas cards out this week.  When I order cards, I just order extra, but when I make them I always make less at first.  I don’t want extra hand-made Christmas cars lying around, because they have the kids pictures on them, I can’t use them for next year.

My sister had always sent out Christmas cards with a picture of her kids.  For Ian’s first Christmas we decided that we would have one picture done with all three kids.  That way we can send one card to all our joint family and friends.  Almost every years since (except last year, because I didn’t do cards last year) we have sent out a joint card.  Typically I just order them, but not this year.

This year I decided to go back to making my own cards, because I can just use my Silhouette Cameo.  It will be easy peasy.  Unless you are like me and decide you need to make a Christmas card with like a hundred pieces.  Needless to say they took a little longer than I thought they would.

We went to a local mall where a few times a day they release bubble snow in the atrium. I took a picture of the kids in the falling snow and thought it would be a great idea to make a shaker card like a snow globe.  I used this snow globe file from Bird’s Cards, which is a great resource for free card files.

Back to the pictures, I didn’t like the mall and all the strangers in my background so I went a head and used Photoshop to ‘fix’ it.

MSS_XMas Cards Orig


MSS_XMas Card Edited

Doesn’t that snowy tree scene look so much better?  (Which was a free desktop background file)

While the three older kids did a great job taking a group picture, Sid didn’t cooperate all that much.  I had many wonderful pictures with the other three, but no Sid.

MSS_Xmas Card Boys


For the picture of the boys I used this picture in front of the silver tree they had up.  There wasn’t a good picture of those two with the snow.

So, you wanna see how the card turned out?

MSS_Xmas Cards 2014

MSS_XMas Cards 2014

MSS_XMas Cards 2014

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


p.s. family and friends, there is another batch going out, so don’t worry if you haven’t gotten yours yet.



Dawn Marie

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Frozen Crafts on my Silhouette

This month my cousin’s daughter turned four.  And of course she loooovvvveees Frozen.  She is a princess through and through, this child.

For her birthday I decided I wanted to make her a card with images from the movie.  I also decided to make my first shaker card.  I thought it would be great to have some ‘snow’ to shake around.


I used Silhouette’s print and cut feature to make the card.

I used foam pads to pop out the characters.   I made two copies of the background and cut a square out of one.

MSS_FrozenCard03However, I neglected to place a spacer between the levels, so the stuff inside doesn’t really ‘shake’.

MSS_FrozenCard02But, it was my first shaker card, and I didn’t actually read any directions on how to make one…

MSS_FrozenCard01The Birthday Girl loved the card, so it was a win in my book!

I also wanted to make something using the sketch feature.


So I made her this picture and mounted it on canvas for her room.


I didn’t like the way the words at the top looked just sketched out, so I gave them more dimension and added some layers.


I added some snowflake brads and some adhesive jewels.  I printed out the small snowflakes on the paper before beginning the sketching process.


I also used my embossing ink pen in the Silhouette and went over the sketch lines for the large snowflakes, her hair and the silver in her dress.  I then used a transparent opal embossing powder, because glitter makes everything better.


I used a combination of pen types; Sharpies, Silhouette Sketch Pens, and Bic Mark-It ink pens.

It took a few passes to get everything right, and I had the hardest time figuring out how I wanted the eyes.

This project was really fun and I can’t wait to find something else to sketch!


If you want to learn how to turn a coloring book page into a sketch check out my tutorial here.


Happy Crafting

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