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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Engraving with the Cricut Explore

Ooooh wait till you see what the Cricut Explore can do!  How about etch or engrave aluminum tags!!?  I used the Chomas Creations engraving tip to make these tags.  I did use a multi cut of 2 and the highest pressure in the software.  I'm still trying to figure out the software for the Explore, so I don't have a tutorial just yet.  If anyone has ideas on making this easy, please share!
I used some of the chalkboard fonts for these.  You can see more about these here... chalkboard fonts
These dog tags and other aluminum shapes and sizes can be found at Ohax Industries!

Here is another tag I did as well!  I love these chalkboard fonts as they show up really well over any open font.






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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Back to school sign with Chomas Creations adjustable marker holder

Back to school signs!  I love these for the first day of school every year!
I used a Signo Uni-ball white gel pen (can I again say just how much I LOVE this gel pen?) in the Chomas Creations adjustable marker holder.  Because these pens are pretty juicy, you do need a slower speed of 2 and a thickness of 1 so they don't smear.  Try to keep your designs away from your rollers as well when you are drawing with these pens.

Again I'm going for the chalk look that is so hot right now!  This is just plain black cardstock!  How cool does that look? 
The fonts I used here are all from Da Font (top to bottom)
KG Second Chance
Vintage One
Sketch Serif
Denne threedee
Vintage One


Look at those details!



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Monday, August 15, 2016

Essential oils become main stream....

Did you hear?  Essential oils are becoming more main stream.  So I'm not the only one using them and loving them!  I love getting the word out there on these amazing little bottles of loveliness!  I'm a big advocate for health and living healthier and the essential oils were another step for me in my journey to a chemical free home.
This month Young Living is giving a free 15 ml bottle of cedarwood (goodbye sleepless nights) and I'm going to throw in a 5 ml bottle of joy (hello happy days!) if you are a new member that wants to get a premium starter kit.  Why do I like the premium starter kit?  Well you get not 11 (normally you get 11), not 12, but 13 oils with it as well as some samples you can keep for yourself or give to a friend.  And what do I like even better about it?  They are oils I order time and again, so they are common oils that you will also reach for again and again.
If you order through me I will also send you some learning materials and get you into a Facebook group with 1800 other people learning about the oils.
If you are ready to get started feel free to contact me to learn more!  amyc222@yahoo.com
These are all the goodies in the kit as well!
So what are you waiting for??? :)



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Sunday, August 14, 2016

What's in your air freshener?

Is it just citronella, lavandin, tea tree, lemongrass, rosemary and myrtle?  And the main ingredient water?  Does it smell this amazing? I wish the internet had scratch and sniff!
I sprayed the dog beds, the furniture, the carpets, the rugs...
Hey I have dogs and boys.  Need I say more?





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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Chomas Creations tools in the Silhouette Cameo 3

Silhouette did it again!  They released a new machine called the Cameo 3 with 2 different holders on it.  So you can cut and draw or cut and engrave at the same time :)  No switching out tools.  I'm sure excited to try it out and make something but for now I can show off how wonderfully the Chomas Creations tools fit in the Cameo 3.  They do fit on the left or right, so that is pretty darned cool!



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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Vinyl & the Chomas Creations adjustable marker holder

Back to school is sneaking up on us quickly and I thought, why not make some fun labels for the kids' things?  So I did lol!
Did you know you can use Sharpies on vinyl and they won't smear??  Some of you may have seen my post about the new fluorescent Sharpies I found (if you missed it, it is right HERE)  I wanted to see how these Sharpies would work on the white vinyl, and when I showed my daughter she jumped up and down squealing, so I guess she liked it!  My son came running asking for some for him!



The fine point Sharpies will fit in the Chomas Creations adjustable marker holder for both the Silhouette and the Cricut Expression 2.  Vinyl is a glossy surface, which can cause smearing so I slow the speed to 5 for these, and of course you don't want to crush the tip of your Sharpie so use a thickness of 1. 
I made these designs in Designers Edition of Studio.  I used a Lettering Delights thin font for the names and used the sketch feature in DE to change a regular oval to the loop de loop and the sketched oval design.  I then used an offset of the sketch for cutting around my design.  If you need to learn how to sketch a design then cut around it, I have a tutorial HERE.


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Boy vs. Burger with Chomas Creations adjustable pen holder

This was a really big moment in our household with a super picky eater!  The first time he ate a cheeseburger!  We do find humor here in the every day little things!  By the way, boy WON!  hehe
I used the Chomas Creations adjustable pen holder in the Silhouette Cameo with a Copic multi-liner.  If you are familiar with Copic markers, the multi-liner is a pen you can write with that won't smear with the Copic markers.  So just think, anything you would normally cut, you could draw with the multi-liner, then color in!  ANYTHING!!! 
Here is the design all colored in!  I know my coloring skills can use some work hehe!
I also made the journaling circle with the Chomas Creations adjustable pen holder and a gel pen.  You can get the file for this here...  journaling circle
All of the arrows were Studio files.  Here is my finished page with my son the ham!  Or hamburger hehe!


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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Difference between engraving tip and blunt tip with guest Cindy Pope

I was so excited when Cindy Pope agreed to a guest post with the Chomas Creations engraving tip and blunt tip to show you what they can do with metal clay.  If you are a blog fan of mine, you know I'm really a paper crafter so big thanks to Cindy for doing this hard work for you all :)



Guest blogger intro - Cindy Pope is a 2nd career artist and jewelry designer. Cindy started creating Jewelry in 2007 and fell in love with the jewelry arts.  Beading was definitely her gateway drug to a fascination with metal. Once she stumbled upon metal clay, a powderized metal clay that becomes solid metal when torch or kiln fired, she became instantly enamored of the medium. The sheer possibilities metal clay offers and the changing techniques have kept her hooked since then. Cindy has many teaching credentials including Precious Metal Clay Rio certification, Hadar Jacobson’s teaching accredidation and level 1 Artclay Certification. When Saul Bell Award winner Wanaree Tanner came out with the concept of cutting and etching metal clay with a machine designed for paper called the Silhouette, Cindy Jumped on board with the new technology and has become one of the most recognized teachers in the field internationally.

Silhouette Magic – Using the Silhouette to create beautiful Jewelry – Featuring the New Chomas engraver with a blunt tip by Cindy Pope.

Metal Clay Artists are completely enamored with the Silhouette Machines for designing and cutting Metal clay to create beautiful jewelry In Silver, Bronze Copper and Steel. None of the intricate engraving Metal clay silhouette artists achieve would be possible without the wonderful Original Chomas engraving tool. While the original tip is fantastic for doing sharp detailed lines, we asked Amy to create a tip that smoothly filled the inside of designs. And she came up with the Blunt Engraving tool and it does the trick perfectly! It works especially well with the newer Flex versions of Metal Clay which carve and etch wonderfully. She originally introduced the new tip during one of Craftcast’s wonderful I love tools presentations. https://www.craftcast.com/recordings/i-love-tools-8
Many Metal clay artists have asked me to explain how I like to use the new Chomas engraver when designing for metal clay. I have provided 2 examples to get you started.
Filled in Text
The blunt tip can be used by itself to create thicker lines and it can also be used with the sharp engraving tool to easily etch deep smooth chambers. It can also be used to fill in text or Monograms smoothly like these shown compared to the original engraver fill.
I have prepared a video for you showing exactly how you can achieve this new smoother look with your fills. These A’s were etched on 3 card clay using the engraving tools. You can see the big difference on the bottom two which were etched using both engravers versus the top one engraved using the original engraver only – These were all done with one pass. - Letter fill video
Deep smooth chambers
I have used both tips to achieve this smooth chambered look using 2 mm thick clay. This opens up so many possibilities of filling the chambers with findings, resin, enamel and just about anything.
I have prepared another video for you demonstrating how I achieved this look. creatingchambers with the chomas engravers

Resources
If you are interested in learning more about how to use the silhouette with metal clay check out my silhouette classes on Craftcast or join the McSilies facebook group - MCSilies Facebook Link. I also teach one on one skype classes and intensives throughout the US and in my hometown Portland Oregon.
The Craftcast organization https://www.craftcast.com/ is committed to making quality Silhouette Videos for many different mediums. They have kindly provided a coupon code for Amy’s readers. For 25% off or buy 3 get a 4th for free, The code is  memorial2016.  Alison Lee, Craftcast’s Director and producer, has produced hundreds of classes with wonderful teachers and projects. Here is a list of the Silhouette classes available:
Craftcast Silhouette classes
Suzanne McNenly – Beautiful Paper Bracelet with silver clay section at the end wonderful starting place 
https://www.craftcast.com/recordings/silhouette-cutter-how-basics-and-beyond-suzanne-mcnenly
Cindy Pope - Basic metal clay how to class with lots of bonuses and instruction.
Cindy Pope - 960Flex class - how to design and construct using this amazing flexible silver clay. https://www.craftcast.com/videos/how-create-and-cut-using-flex-metal-clay-and-silhouette%E2%84%A2-cutters
Fauxbone with Robert Dancik and Cindy Pope – Curio leather tooling and faux bone engraving - https://www.craftcast.com/recordings/silhouette-curio-%E2%80%93-new-possibilities-leather-and-faux-bone-cindy-pope-and-robert-dancik
Mags Bonham - Polymer class - Fantastic beginning class if you are nervous about starting with Silver or want to take your polymer to a new level
Mags Bonham - Polymer class - slightly more advanced and uses the curio. 
Wanaree Tanner class silver clay - Our fearless Metal clay trail blazer intermediate level
Maggie Bergman - Etching on Aluminum using silhouette designs as a mask










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