Silhouette Cameo: SVGCuts Maple Manor


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I made SVGCuts Maple Manor for Halloween this year. This was my biggest 3-D project to date. It’s a good sized house at 12.5 inches high.

It was a major undertaking. It’s not confusing or difficult to put together. SVGCuts has wonderful assembly videos. It was time consuming. I spent one whole day cutting all the pieces and another half day putting it all together.

I chose to use the Silhouette Cameo over my Cricut Explore simply because I didn’t want to take the time to import every single file.

I embossed the siding in my Cuttlebug and used sandpaper to rough up the paper. The windows are made of vellum. I put a string of LED lights inside to give it a spooky glow at night.

It was a lot of fun to make and I plan on doing more large 3-D projects in the future.

Details: Cardstock: Co’redinations Tim Holtz Distress Paper, Recollections. Pattern Paper: Recollections.

Cricut Explore and Silhouette Cameo: Zoo Mini Album


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I made this mini album from scratch. This was a project where the Silhouette Cameo and the Cricut Explore worked together perfectly. I made the pages using the Silhouette software where it is simple to create offsets for the animal shapes and weld them to rectangles to make the shaped pages of the book. I then noted the heights of the animals and sized and cut them in Design Space. I did it this way because the sync function in Design Space just makes color coordinating diecuts and cutting them together so easy.

The animal diecuts are from the Lettering Delights At the Zoo cutset.

Details: Chipboard: Recollections. Cardstock: Craft Smith. Patterned Paper: Sassafras Lass Bungle Jungle.

Silhouette Cameo: Toucan Layout


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Continuing with zoo pages, I scrapped some photos of my older son with one of his favorites, the toucan. My husband once joked that he thought the toucan’s bill was sharp like a machete and that the bird was a natural born killer. As it turns out, he was kind of right. The toucan’s bill is sharp and he does use it as a weapon at times. Anyway, that’s where my title comes from.

I also tried something new on this page. If you will look in the bottom left corner, I added a QR code. When scanned, it takes you to a video of the toucan that I shot and posted on my private family blog. It really works!

The toucan is from the Lettering Delights Party in Paradise cutset.  The font is Aharoni Bold.

Details: Cardstock: Co’redinations. Patterned Paper: DCWV Animal Crackers stack.

Cricut Noah’s ABC Animals: Zoo Layout




I have years and years of zoo pictures to scrap. I decided that rather than worry about doing them in order I was just going to open up a photo folder and scrap whichever I came to first. I can worry about putting them in chronological order after the pages are done.

All the diecuts are from the Noah’s ABC Animals cartridge. I didn’t write down which font I used, though.

Details: Design Space file is here. Cardstock: Co’redinations.



Cricut Disney Best of Pixar: Finding Nemo Layout


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Finishing up those one picture layouts. These are all cuts from the Disney Best of Pixar cart. My favorite part of this layout is that it is the first one designed entirely on my iPad! I spend so much time in therapy waiting rooms that designing away from home is a must for me. I loved my Gypsy for years. Now I am really loving the Design Space app.

My second favorite part is the sand. I made it by covering the paper with embossing ink and using Tim Holtz’s Distress Embossing Powder. It turned out exactly how I wanted.

Details: Cardstock: Recollections. Embossing Ink: Perfect Medium. Embossing Powder: Tim Holtz Distress in Antique Linen.