Author: Pretty Little Button

Mini tearaway Calendar

Mini tearaway Calendar

Hey there! I am hoping your  week has been great so far, and will be even better now it is the weekend. This post came about because I was asked to make a little calendar to replace an old out dated one on sweet piece […]

Brutus Monroe: A Kaleidoscope of butterflies

Brutus Monroe: A Kaleidoscope of butterflies

Hey! Welcome back to the blog and I hope you’re having a great week so far. Do you want to know something? I learnt something new with this card! When it came to writing the post, I wasn’t sure what to title it. As I had […]

Village cake topper – Silhouette Inspiration

Village cake topper – Silhouette Inspiration

Hey there! Glad to see you popped by the blog today. Now, you're probably thinking, she's a bit late to the game....Christmas has been and gone. And yes that is true, but I wasn't able to share this at the time as I was making it for my family Christmas cake, so didn't want to give it away before the big day. Also I was away over Christmas, and have now only had a chance to write it up. So this is more of an inspiration post, to show you another possibility with your Silhouette Cameo. I had an idea of creating a winter village cake topper, and I was quite pleased with how it turned out!

I designed the houses myself using simple shapes in the studio and welding them together. But guess what, I have taken all that guess work out for you! So if you fancy making a 3D village cake topper, then head to the end of the post to download the free cut file*.

*personal use only.

Materials required for village cake topper:

  • Silhouette cameo, Studio and cutting mat (You could also cut this on a Portrait of Curio).
  • Card stock of varying colours in you choosing
  • Liquid adhesive
  • Double sided tape
  • Cocktail sticks

Optional:

  • Vellum
  • Tonic Nuvo drops
For links to some of these products, see the end of the post.

Village Cake Topper details

To add variation I cut out houses of different sizes and colours. It wasn't until I came to place them on the cake, did it whittle it down to the final few - I had 5 originally. Once I had the walls cut out, I cut small squares of vellum and stuck these on the inside behind the windows. This was to achieve a more realistic look. 

I adhered the window frames and doors down with liquid adhesive, at times place objects over the top whilst the dried to keep them in place. Once all the items had dried, I folded on the score lines, and adhered the tab to the end wall. After this, I attached the cocktail sticks inside attaching to the card with tape - I used two sticks per house. These sticks allow to stick the house into the cake for more stability.

The roofs at securely on top once all tabs were attached and I finished the houses off with a Tonic Nuvo drop door handle.

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FREE Village cake topper CUT FILE

Click on the file below for the free Silhouette Studio cut file for village cake topper used in this card design.

*Please note this file is for personal use only. If you would like to share this file, please share the link to this blog post and not the file itself or the link to Onedrive. Please also credit Pretty Little Button.

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TO SEE ANOTHER project like this, CHECK OUT THIS POST HERE.

I hope this post has shown you how you can create fun and unique cake tops, and this can easily be adapted for all sorts of occasions. Feel free to leave me a comment below, I would love to hear what you think of the card!

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*this post was NOT sponsored, requested, or paid for; I have written it because I wanted to. The information provided is based on my own personal experience. I am not an expert and I do not work for these companies. 

Celebration time! – Blog hop

Celebration time! – Blog hop

Hey good to see you have popped by the blog again today. We have been enjoying the blog hops in our little Lets get hopping group that we have gone and done another one! Each time our hop is getting bigger and better – which […]

Brutus Monroe – Release week: When I grow up

Brutus Monroe – Release week: When I grow up

Hi everyone! It is wednesday, so of course that means it is Brutus Monroe time. And guess what?! It is release week again, yay! Don’t you just love seeing what new designs they come up with. I am showing you two cards today made with two […]

Namesake sign – Creating a shaped stencil in Silhouette

Namesake sign – Creating a shaped stencil in Silhouette

Hey there! I hope you all had a great Christmas - ate and drank plenty, had fun and spent it with family. Don't worry this isn't a festive post, now the season is over - but technically it has some connection to Christmas as it was a something I made for a secret Santa gift. One of the great things about your Silhouette is creating custom stencils to create unique namesake signs. Today, I want to show you how you can create a word namesake sign with the words forming a shape. It is so easy to do, you'll be making loads of them for everyone you know!

Materials required for Namesake sign:

  • SIlhouette cameo, studio and mat
  • Vinyl - suitable to use as a stencil, easy to remove
  • Tools for weeding - I have the Silhouette hook and spatula, but I also use a good pair of tweezers. 
  • Transfer tape and burnisher
  • Painted and prepped board
  • Paint
  • Make up sponge
For links to some of these products, see the end of the post.

Namesake sign details

To begin with, you'll need to decide on the overall shape you want your collection of words to form. As my sign was to do with a baby, I choose a heart. I created the heart by welding two circles and a triangle together. Once the shape was formed, I altered it to the desired size of my board and made sure the line colour was red. 

To fill the heart, I used a wide variety of words. For added interest I varied the size and fonts used. In addition, I positioned some phrases of more than one word over two lines to help fill up space. 

To ensure I was happy with the look of my heart, I filled all the text in. Sometimes it is hard to picture the finished look when it is just the outline. For easy cutting later, I made sure the line colour was different to the line colour of the heart. I also welded all the words to make sure I get a clean cut later. 

When I was ready to cut, I loaded my mat with my vinyl. As I only need the words cut out and not the actual heart, I utilised the option to cut by 'action - line'. On the right side of your cut screen all the line colours will be ticked. As I don't want to cut the heart, I un-ticked the red line colour as seen below. The grey line colour remains ticked as this is the colour of the word lines and I want this to cut. 

Painting your namesake sign

After I had cut my design, I proceed to weed my words. However, as this will be a stencil I need to remove the positive part of my design - the letters. This will leave me with the negative to paint through. Using transfer tape, I positioned my stencil on the board. You need to make sure you burnish your stencil well to prevent bleeding when you apply the paint. If you want, you can also add a quick layer of mod podge to seal you stencil before you apply the paint. This can also help try to prevent bleeding. 

When applying your paint, it is best to apply light thin layers and build the colour up, this is another trick to help prevent bleeding. Lastly once your sign has been painted, remove the vinyl whilst the paint is still wet. 

*please note the blurred patch in the photo is to obscure the date of birth and not a mishap when painting.

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TO SEE ANOTHER project like this, CHECK OUT THIS POST HERE.

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*this post was NOT sponsored, requested, or paid for; I have written it because I wanted to. The information provided is based on my own personal experience. I am not an expert and I do not work for these companies. 

Brutus Monroe: Floral Thank You Notelet

Brutus Monroe: Floral Thank You Notelet

Hi everyone! I hope you had a fabulous Christmas surrounded by all your family and love ones. Now that Christmas has passed, you will be needing to send out some Thank you cards for all the lovely presents your received. And you are just in […]

Crafting Hack: Converting a Cricut Mat for Silhouette Cameo

Crafting Hack: Converting a Cricut Mat for Silhouette Cameo

Hey, welcome back to the blog. It is good to see you again! Today I am letting you in on a Crafting Hack for Silhouette users: how to convert a Cricut mat!  Now, I had heard about using a Cricut mat in the Silhouette and […]

Getting the most out of small stamps

Getting the most out of small stamps

Hey, so glad you popped along today. I am taking part in another blog hop with some fantastic crafty ladies on Facebook. The theme for today's blog hop is: small stamps.

When you by a stamp set you can get an array of stamps varying in size. But sometimes we can struggle in coming up with ways to use the smallest stamps. Well, we will be showing you how you can create beautiful projects with just small stamps. These projects are a great for those crafters with only a few stamps sets and want to try and get more from their stash. So, hopefully you will be inspired with some project ideas along the hop. For my part of the hop, I created a background with a small stamp and from this turned it into three projects! 

Materials required for:

  • Small stamp - this star is the smallest star from the MFT Stars above stamp set
  • Card base
  • Coloured card stock
  • Embossing powder and ink
  • Heat gun
  • Sentiment stamps
  • Vellum
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive
  • Fun Foam

Optional:

  • Clear Tonic Nuvo drops for embellishing
For links to some of these products, see the end of the post.

Small Stamps card details

Before these cards came together, I created one 6" x 6 background on a piece of coloured cardstock. I used the smallest star and repeatedly stamped this in embossing ink. The trick for a great background with a shape like this, is to rotate it for variety. Also stamp off the edge too for a more professional and complete looking background. I covered the background in copper embossing powder and heat set this. 

Thank you Small Stamps card details

The first card I created, was a Thank you card. I trimmed a panel from the background and foam mounted this onto the card base. Don't you just love the contrast between the blue and black colours?!

I stamped the main sentiment onto matching card-stock, and foam mounted this onto another square. To tie in with the sentiment,  I heat embossed the edges of this square. To lift the sentiment panel out from the background, I matted it onto a black square. The secondary sentiment was heat embossed directly onto the card stock. Lastly, I added Tonic nuvo drops for embellishments. 

Hello you Small Stamps card details

When I trimmed the background panel for the Thank you card, I was left with two off cuts. I used the largest of the two off cuts for this card. I added a strip of embossed card-stock and vellum to the card, varying the length for interest. The sentiment was heat embossed onto vellum and adhered on the back of the background strip to hide the adhesive.  Once more, I used Tonic Nuvo Drops to embellish the card. 

Small stamps gift tag

I had one small off cut left and I didn't want it to go to waste. So, I decided to make a cute little gift tag. Whats more, I used the same layout as the previous card, but just on a smaller scale so it came together in no time! I heat embossed a sentiment onto a flag end strip of card-stock and foam mounted this onto the front. To finish, I punched a whole to thread some black ribbon through and added some clear Tonic Nuvo drops. 

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From this one small stamp I was able to create 3 projects...you can make it as simple and easy as this too! Remember to hop along to the next blog for more crafty inspiration, just hit the big arrow above!

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*this post was NOT sponsored, requested, or paid for; I have written it because I wanted to. The information provided is based on my own personal experience. I am not an expert and I do not work for these companies. 

Brutus Monroe: Champagne and Fizz

Brutus Monroe: Champagne and Fizz

Hi everyone! It’s so good to see you’ve popped by the blog again. New year is not far away, and sometimes we focus on Christmas so much we forget to craft some goodies to ring in the year! So why not create some fun modern bold […]

Christmas Wreath – Silhouette Studio Knife Tool

Christmas Wreath – Silhouette Studio Knife Tool

Hey there, welcome back for today’s post. It is quite a hectic time of the year, especially as a crafter as your creative imagination can run wild with all these possible projects you could make. Though sometimes, time catches up on us and we cant […]

Brutus Monroe: Snow Globe Bauble

Brutus Monroe: Snow Globe Bauble

Hi everyone! It is great to see you here again. It is Wednesday so that means one thing - I am up on Brutus Monroe blog again.  I am showing you how easy it is to make a Snow Globe Bauble to hang up on your tree. Whats more you can easily change it up with different stamp sets to suit your taste and style of your tree. So if you like what you see, head over to Brutus Monroe blog and find out how I made it (link at the end of the post).

Snow Globe Bauble photos

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For full details on how I made this card, head over to the Brutus Monroe blog HERE to find out more.

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TO SEE ANOTHER project like this, CHECK OUT THIS POST HERE.

Feel free to leave me a comment below, I would love to hear what you think of the card!

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*this post was  produce as part of my design team work for Brutus Monroe. However, I only create projects I am proud of and use products that I love.  The information provided is based on my own personal experience . I am not an expert. 

Storage Pocket – Memory Book

Storage Pocket – Memory Book

Hey there! So good to see you popped along to the blog today. I wanted to share a neat little storage pocket for you to use in any of you books. This is great for an additional photos you want to keep but don’t have […]

Brutus Monroe: Happy Holidays Gift Tag

Brutus Monroe: Happy Holidays Gift Tag

Hi everyone! You guessed it, I’m back up on the Brutus Monroe blog again with another festive project: Happy Holidays gift tag. I don’t know about you, but I am loving the Oh,deer! stamp set and of course it is perfect for this time of year […]