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Friday, July 4, 2014

Challenging Myself

This week at Cocoa Daisy, we've been discussing stamps that we would love to own. I love laurel wreaths and found a chalkboard image on Pinterest with several styles and shared it on the forum. Would you believe a couple of days later, Wilna posted a YouTube video creating a layout with a chalkboard laurel wreath?! After watching the video, I decided that I would make my own laurel wreath cut file. I could have used Wilna's file, but I thought it would be fun to have my own.

The number one thing I learned with this personal challenge: If you're using a photo of your own drawing, draw really crisp, tight illustrations, otherwise you'll spend HOURS trying to clean up the image and closing gaps to make a clean cut file. You can thank me later for that little gem. :) The July Cocoa Daisy sketch was the perfect design to give my laurel wreath vision a try.

I started with a simple drawing and converted it to a Silhouette cut file. A sketch pen was used to created the background image. I then used gelatos to softly color the background image. I scaled down the cut file to make it a little bit smaller than the background image and cut it out on the Silhouette. I then painted the cut wreath. I used 3-D Foam Squares to raise the cut wreath, to give dimension to the layout. To get my journaling even around the circle, I lightly traced around my photo and added the journaling.

Wow, sometimes I even amaze myself! lol I love learning new things and pushing myself creatively. Getting involved in an on-line scrap community is such a great way to learn, share, and be inspired. Thanks to everyone that inspires me on a daily basis!


  1. Wow! Such a beautiful layout! Love the cut file you created and the circle photo!

  2. I'm amazed by your creativity, such a wonderful wreath! Beautiful layout.

  3. I'm super impressed that you are doing your own cut files - they add at lot to your pages, this one and the star one from the previous post. Nicely done.

  4. This is all kinds of awesome, Sherry! Beautiful results! I never knew hand drawn things and words (like "love" that you did in your own handwriting) could be cut on the Cameo. Taking my case against Santa back to the appellate court!

    1. Ha! You are so patient to wait for Santa! I will come to court as a witness that you NEED it. Thank you! xo


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