Rainy Day experiments

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For days, the weather forecasters have been warning us that it would rain. The chances were 100% yesterday, in fact. But somehow I was in denial and I thought it wouldn't really rain ALL DAY. I had grand plans of getting stuff done in the studio. One of those things was photographing a couple projects using my Silhouette. After working on other projects that didn't require photography, I took a little break and snacked on some Snapea Crisps. Why are those things so delicious?! Then after about 15 minutes, I was super motivated to make something work so I went ahead and decided badly lit photos taken with my iPhone are better than no photos at all. So apologies, but I did my best with the grey skies, pouring rain and light bulbs in my studio. Hope you understand! I really wanted to work on my December Daily album, even though the day wasn't over. I'm determined to stay on track and carve out 15-30 minutes a day on it. The time includes the printing of the photos, gathering of the supplies and a decent amount of documentation with journaling, if possible. So yesterday, I set up the designs I wanted to cut out with my Silhouette. Yes, I am still using the SD even though I have the Cameo sitting in a box. I plan on opening it soon! And here's how my crafty time came together.Journaling can be added to this card later.Here are some photos (apologies once again for the weird lighting going on)...And because I couldn't leave well enough alone (what is it about rainy days where I am inspired to do a bunch of stuff that should be done when it's sunnier out?!) I even experimented with a super simple little video. Just a warning, it was me holding the iPhone in my right hand and flipping through pages with my left hand. One take, people. Just wanted to see how it would turn out. Not incredibly thrilled with it, but it was quick. And I am still thinking about making videos and posting regularly on YouTube.

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Please click here to take advantage of these amazing deals and don’t forget to enter TANGERINE as the promo code, valid through December 8.

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to all who entered and remember you can still use the discount code TANGERINE through December 8! Two (2) people will win a Silhouette Portrait! Open to US/Canada Residents Only.  Winners: #115 & #155 - Congrats!

TO ENTER:Leave a comment on this blog post with your favorite rainy day activity or letting me know what kind of videos you'd like to see. Feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel as well! Comments will close at 7am PST on Saturday, December 6 and a winner will be announced and contacted via email shortly after. GOOD LUCK

Let's Play

Jack's Playroom | Silhouette Phrase | Amy TangerineWhile creating this world map wall decal as well as this door sign, I thought I may as well make a little sign for Jack's playroom. I used my Silhouette and the Silhouette Studio software to create a wall decal with white vinyl. Jack's Playroom | Silhouette Phrase | Amy TangerineJack's Playroom | Silhouette Phrase | Amy TangerineJack's Playroom | Silhouette Phrase | Amy TangerineJack's Playroom | Silhouette Phrase | Amy TangerineJack's Playroom | Silhouette Phrase | Amy TangerineJack's Playroom | Silhouette Phrase | Amy TangerineJack's Playroom | Silhouette Phrase | Amy TangerineJack's Playroom | Silhouette Phrase | Amy TangerineJack's Playroom | Silhouette Phrase | Amy TangerineNow that I am clearly hooked on creating wall decals, any suggestions on what I should make next?

DIY Silhouette Sign (and Free Cut File!)

"No Solicitors Please | DIY Silhouette Sign + Free Download! | Amy TangerineAs much as we love when people drop by, the number of knocks on our doors from uninvited people has been pretty high lately. It happens at random times throughout the day, but seems to be when Jack is napping. My desire to open the door for a stranger who may have just woken up my child is at an all time low, and the dogs going crazy doesn't help the situation either. I searched Ace and Home Depot and the simple signs they had just didn't cut it. I decided to make my own and share it with you."No Solicitors Please | DIY Silhouette Sign + Free Download! | Amy Tangerine First, I designed a cut file in Silhouette Studio and formatted it to my liking."No Solicitors Please | DIY Silhouette Sign + Free Download! | Amy Tangerine"No Solicitors Please | DIY Silhouette Sign + Free Download! | Amy TangerineNext, I loaded a roll of white vinyl into my Silhouette, adjusted the cut settings accordingly, and let the machine work it's magic. "No Solicitors Please | DIY Silhouette Sign + Free Download! | Amy TangerineOnce the design was cut out, I peeled off the layer of vinyl around my design. "No Solicitors Please | DIY Silhouette Sign + Free Download! | Amy TangerineFrom there, I took my roll of transfer paper, peeled it apart, and placed the gridded portion over the design. Using the scraper tool, I smoothed the transfer paper over the design as best as I could. "No Solicitors Please | DIY Silhouette Sign + Free Download! | Amy Tangerine "No Solicitors Please | DIY Silhouette Sign + Free Download! | Amy TangerineAfter cleaning the window, I carefully pulled off the sticker paper backing and placed the transfer paper where I wanted it to go. We were laughing at my stance as I was trying to make sure it was completely straight. "No Solicitors Please | DIY Silhouette Sign + Free Download! | Amy Tangerine"No Solicitors Please | DIY Silhouette Sign + Free Download! | Amy TangerineUsing the scraper tool, I rubbed the stickers onto the window as I slowly peeled back the transfer paper. "No Solicitors Please | DIY Silhouette Sign + Free Download! | Amy Tangerine So happy with the finished product! Simple, to the point, and polite.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SILHOUETTE CUT FILE

Just a friendly reminder that my newest online class, Here & There Inspiration with tons of tutorials and paper projects starts tomorrow!here & there inspirationIn case you missed the new promo video, check it out here.

Silhouette Studio

If you've ever wanted to play designer, here's your chance. Silhouette has a fantastic special on the Silhouette packages. You may remember this project I did with the sketch pens. I just love the hand drawn look achieved with the designs. With the Designer Edition software, you can not only utilize the many designs from the shop, but you can make your very own designs. These can then be sketched with the pens or cut using the blade. You could even turn your own designs into acrylic stamps. Thinking about turning these designs from my Cut & Paste collection into stamps soon... yeah smileSilhouette Studio® Designer Edition contains all the same functionality as Silhouette Studio® plus enhanced designer features including:

  • Ability to open, manipulate, and cut SVG files
  • Rhinestone tools to convert designs into rhinestone templates and create your own rhinestone designs
  • Sketch tools to convert designs into several styles of sketchable art
  • Creative knife tools to allow you to clip designs using different patterns
  • Enhanced eraser set to modify designs with more precision
  • Built-in ruler and guide lines for precise alignment and drawing

Visit Silhouette and use the promo code: TANGERINE through February 14 to get any of these: (1) The Silhouette CAMEO®, The Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software, the glitter collection sketch pens, and the metallic collection sketch pens for $269.99 ($94 in savings) (2) The Silhouette Portrait™, The Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software, the glitter collection sketch pens, and the metallic collection sketch pens for $129.99 ($114 in savings) (3) 40% off the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software!

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. You can still use the promo code: TANGERINE for the discounts through Feb 14 at Silhouette. TO ENTER: Leave a comment telling me if you could design just 1 thing, what would it be? It could be anything from chevron washi tape to Thickers in your own font to a dream scrapbook organizer. Excited to hear your ideas! Comments will close at 5am on Monday, February 10th and a winner will be announced here shortly after. GOOD LUCK! The winner is #97 - Joan! Congrats!

High 5 - it's Black Friday

baby Jack in a tux1. We think Jack's pretty darn cute & if you do too, please vote for him in this contest for a local store called The Pump Station. It just takes a second and we would so appreciate it! 2. It's Black Friday online at Studio Calico. Grab some really great products at amazing prices. Amy_Tan_Embroidery_SetFor those who missed out on this exclusive embroidery stencil kit, you can grab it now for just $2.99. Sale ends Saturday 12AM EST.

3. I am absolutely crazy about this (new to me) Instagram account, mommasgonecity. mommasgonecityI mean, is there anything better than puppies and babies together?! I think not.

4. I've been saying the serenity prayer on a daily basis (sometimes multiple times a day). "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." Also I've been trying to remember to pause and take deep breaths. Just did it now, and you should try it too. ;)

5. Silhouette is having a HUGE hoiday sale!black-friday-blogger-buttonVisit Silhouette and enter the code TANGERINE for these amazing offers valid through December 8.