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I’m a reader.  I would rather be reading a book than doing almost anything else.  So, when I saw these fabulous magnetic bookmarks over at the Silhouette blog, my heart raced a little bit with joy.  Then to know she used all of my shapes to make her project happen – well, that’s the best thing ever!

Here’s a print + cut version using my Teeny Tiny Card Kits (love this!) then adding a printed quote to each card to make a magnetic bookmark.  Whether you need a bookmark or not, it’s helpful to see how she used the print + cut feature to color in the quotes – it’s great for cardmaking because my quotes can often be difficult to cut small enough for a card.  You’ll see that filling in the words and phrases like this is why each of my quote files have a totally merged version (for easy one-color creating) as well as an unmerged version so you can add fill color any way you choose.  These results are fabulous and they really show how great the multi-colored quotes can look.

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Check out the Silhouette tutorial and find links to each file here.  This will work for any of my quote files.  (Remember that this is for Silhouette users! Find my files over at Lori Whitlock’s svg shop if you are using a different cutting machine).

Then, if you want to use a variety of colors on your vinyl projects and how to manipulate the placement of words, check out this tutorial for one way to make that happen or this tutorial from Lisa over at greylustergirl.

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We’re headed into project season – use both of these tutorials to make all of your Halloween, Thanksgiving and Holiday projects!

Looking for a book to use your new bookmarks in?  
HERE’S WHAT I HAVE ENJOYED READING LATELY:

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

Violets of March by Sarah Jio

Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano

House of Tyneford: A Novel by Natasha Solomons

The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel by Richard C. Morais

Belong to Me: A Novel by Maria de los Santos (last in a series of 3 – start with Love Walked In then Falling Together )

The Orchid House by Lucina Riley

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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 Want to know how to work with my layered phrases over at the Silhouette shop?  Here you go.  Lisa has a great tutorial for creating projects in vinyl using my quote files – they come with a merged version and un-grouped version and Lisa shows how to use both here.

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This is the best tutorial for basic use of my layered quote files – it works for any of them found in the Silhouette shop or in Lori Whitlock’s svg shop.  Doesn’t that layered vinyl look fabulous?  That is the exact reason I create the files to be layered – so you can get a great result like this one.

Enjoy!

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I’m a fan of anything which includes thread or fabric or linens of any kind – including the Pillowcase People Dance that we experienced at our family reunion.  It’s always a winner.  We like mixing up the members of our families to create teams for skits and games.  This is Coleman’s Team – he’s the one with the hot pink leggings.  I’m not sure why his SUPER-FUN uncles picked those for him but he sure was proud of them.  Don’t mess with a man’s leggings!

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So I was thrilled to see these two tutorials using my shapes on the Silhouette blog.  Find the anchor shape here and the leaf garland here.  You can also choose my leaf garland alphabet with the letters already included.

Click here for the Hand-Stitching Anchor tutorial (See that cute sailboat?  That’s mine, too.  Find it here):

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Click here for the Monogrammed Napkins tutorial:

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Enjoy!

We live in a great country.  I love America.  I love the freedoms we enjoy.  I love the life we live because of those who have gone before us.

Life is good.  4th of July week with cousins is BEST.

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Check out the tutorial over at eighteen25 where they used my Silhouette phrase celebrating this country we live in.  Click here to find the quote in the Silhouette shop (can only be used on a Silhouette cutting machine).  They put together a little tutorial for you to make your own 4th of July sign.

Enjoy!

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Lisa has done it again with a tutorial using products that you might not be super familiar with.  Embossing powder and Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive Paper.  She used this phrase but you can choose from any of my patriotic phrases found in the Silhouette store here (can only be purchased and used by Silhouette users – or go to http://www.loriwhitlock.com for many of my svg files if you are using a different electronic cutter).

 

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Check out the full tutorial found at greylustergirl here.

 

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And watch for a few Canadian phrases coming today in the Silhouette shop – just in the nick of time for Canada Day!

 

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Printable Foil Projects

Gold is so hot right now – check out these projects using Silhouette Printable Gold Foil.  Find my shapes that were used in these projects in the Silhouette store (must have a Silhouette cutter to use purchased shapes).

Enjoy the inspiration!

Click here for Pencil Holder Project and here for the “Make Stuff Be Happy Phrase

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Click here for Forever Scrapbook Page and here for Forever phrase.

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The wreath was on the door, ready to announce to the neighborhood and all UPS  & FedEx drivers delivering our almost-daily Amazon Prime packages that we have
THE. BEST. DAD. EVER.

Coleman’s stealthy approach to unveiling his Daddy’s Father’s Day surprise:
“Hey, Dad!  Let’s take a little walk around the house!
Hmm….let’s go by the front door.  I wonder what that is????!!!!”

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After seeing the fun printed burlap ribbon available at Hobby Lobby, I decided to celebrate the Best Dad Ever with this wreath – a little more masculine than the ones I created a couple months ago that are found here – but the same principle applies.  Tie wired ribbon around a $5.00 grapevine wreath and add a phrase or sign or some kind of ornament to fit whatever season you are celebrating, and you’re done.

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2″ wide ribbon seems to work the best but for this wreath but Hobby Lobby only had one roll of a couple of the ribbons I really wanted to use.  Instead of wrapping it completely around the wreath and tying it in a bow, I opted to make loops with the ribbon, tie them off with wire, then attach the pseudo-bows to the wreath with wire.  I was able to get almost double the number of bows when I did it that way.

They don’t cover the grapevine wreath if you don’t tie the ribbon around but this is a great way to incorporate low-quantity ribbon into more places on your wreath.  If you put these wired loops next to fully-tied ribbon sections on your wreath, you can fluff it and manipulate the loops to not show the wire.  Can you tell which ribbons I did that with?

I don’t think so!

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Coleman helped me paint the board for the quote and I used outdoor vinyl to cut this phrase before attaching it to the board.  Find it here at my Silhouette store (shape #61557).  Remember, all Silhouette files are only meant to be used on your Silhouette die-cutting machines.  They cannot be used (even for printing) if you don’t have the software!  After the vinyl was applied, I sprayed the entire board with glossy varnish to seal it and give it some shine.

My friend saw our Father’s Day wreath and wanted a 4th of July wreath for her door.  Same burlap ribbon technique – this one took about 2 hours to complete, start to finish, and the wooden phrase was at Hobby Lobby for 40% off.  I removed the hanging wire from the phrase and tied it onto the wreath with ribbon.

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Celebrate the Best Dad Ever in your life.  Enjoy!

 

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