Evaluating: Is it worth it? BOX CAROUSEL HORSE HEXI-BOX by Samantha Walker Design ID #49865

 

A few posts back, I mentioned that I will be organizing a baby shower party and will evaluate all the items I make for this event. I am starting with this carousel horse on The Silhouette Design Store by Samantha Walker Design ID #49865.

I was going to use the box to hold party favours, but the description that I just read says it hold 3 cupcakes, so a little too big as it stands (7 inch diameter). The theme of the party, as you may guess from the design, is a Circus, so I am thinking we will  use this box to hold cookies or cupcakes, and have people guess the weight for one of the baby shower games. I also just saw on Pinterest someone is using this as a decoration for cupcakes and not as a box.

Here is the original

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Here is my finished project

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Here it is with a 50% reduction

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Project Summary:

Samantha Walker BOX CAROUSEL HORSE HEXI-BOX.

Project got an overall score of   43 out of 48. The total time was about 50 minutes

Most importantly, the question is, would I make this again? Yes and I am going to try and make this project half the size and see how it turns out. Will also do one without the coloured backing.

Is this project versatile? Samantha Walker has a few ideas for variations of the box for different occasions, so YES, it is versatile. Plus I would use the Carousel horses on other projects like scrapbooking and cards. AND now I will use as a decoration not as a box as seen on Pinterest.

Materials used

9  different colour cardstock: White, Red, Brown, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Green, Orange, Dark pink, and Purple cardstock  Tombow® Glue.Silhouette CAMEO®

The pieces were easy to layout on the mat. I had to cut  the horses twice as only 3 are drawn of the 6, the saddle 5 more times, the coloured pieces twice, and, the tail and mane 5 more times.

TIP: As always I filled in the pieces with the same colour as the paper I will use as it helps to keep me organized.

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To arrange the pieces on the mat,  cut all the pieces, and to fold the score lines took about 20 minutes,  another 30 minutes to glue. Give yourself an 50 to 1 hour  to complete  for the first time. I need to add that I am a little slow the first time I make a new project so it may be faster for you.

Where did I mess up: When it came to gluing down every thing, I was like a machine on an assembly line…. but be warned….don’t get ahead of yourself like I did . I glued the horse mane down before the saddle and have to peel it off and re-stick. I also messed up a little when gluing the red scalloped edges on to the tent edges. I  was not exact  in matching it all up, and the hole for the ribbon got a little covered …not too much so I left it as it was.

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Tutorial links on The Silhouette Design Store to the designers blog  for this Box  I followed the photo and written instructions, and it turned out great.

I don’t recommend that this  project be done by younger kids unless they are good with following instructions, and steady with glueing the pieces on just perfect. This file was $1.99 from The Silhouette Design Store  but I did buy it when on sale for $1.74.  Other PROJECT TYPE range from  $.99 and up so this project is a reasonable price, even when not on sale.

When I looked for SVG files to buy on the web, I Googled “paper carousel box”  and found

Cre8tive Cutz  $.99

Free Tutorial

Pinterest with lots of boxes to explore

Other places for Carousel boxes 

SVG Cuts $6.99

 RESOURCES

Not SO Clever People on Pinterest  where I have a collection of boxes  pined.

 REVIEW

Step by step Review: based on the 8 points that seem to capture what a crafter would want to know.

 Price of downloading the file

  • Free to $.99
  • $.99 to $2.99
  • $2.99 to $4.99
  • $4.99 to $6. 99
  • $6.99 to $8.99
  • $8.99  0r more

This file was $1.99   a score of  5 out of 6 either way

Open file

  • Layout when opened was super simple and I knew what to do
  • Looked at layout and was confused so visited blog, video, website
  • Looked at file, had no idea what I was seeing, no information to be found to help!

 

Layout when opened was super simple and I knew what to do. As always I coloured in the pieces to keep me organized. This got a 6 out of 6 for open file category.

Cutting the file

  • Had no difficulties cutting this file
  • Had some difficulties cutting this file
  • Had tons of headache cutting this file

Had no difficulties cutting this file BUT the pieces where not at full complement so you needed to think of a minute, look at photo or blog tutorial to know how many pieces to cut. “cutting the file” step  gets a 5 out of 6

Easy to construct?

  • so easy a young kid can do this
  • medium difficulty if you and not too crafty you can still achieve a good result
  • Hard: you need to really know what you are doing and have been crafting most of your life.

Medium difficulty if you and not too crafty you can still achieve a good result: Instructions were on the Blog,  photos need to be updated as it was a mixture of 2 different tutorials and the colours were off for a few photos.   I give this a medium rating of  4 out of 6. 

Needed extra items

  • I had to add extra items to finish this project for example string, grommets, rhinestones  etc.
  • I could add if I wanted to.
  • did not have to add anything other than the paper

I added a piece of ribbon to hold the top of the box closed.  “I had to add extra items to finish this project for example string, grommets, rhinestones  etc.”  a  5 out of 6

  1. Finished product
  • looked exactly like the photo online
  • sort of looked the same
  • No Way did this turn out the same.

Looked exactly like the photo online, except for the use of different colour paper at the back of each horse and the ribbon used . This gets a 6 out of 6

  1. Recommend the file/ designer
  • I would recommend this file and designer to anyone
  • I would not recommend the file or designer to anyone
  • I would recommend the file
  • I would recommend the designer

I will recommend this file and designer to anyone and give it  a 6 out of 6.

  1. The overall cost for the project was
  • Under $5.00
  • Under $10
  • Over $10

I give “the overall cost for the project” a  6 out of 6  since it was under $5.00 to complete this project:

  • 1 and a half  sheet of 8.5 in x 11 in red  Cardstock paper
  • 2  sheet 12 in. x 12 in. white cardstock
  • 1/8 scrap pieces of cardstock I had in my collection: Light Blue, Dark Blue, Green, Orange, Dark pink, and Purple
  • scrap piece brown  4 in. x 6  in.
  • Tombow® Glue
  • My Silhouette CAMEO® machine.

My over all score for this project is  43 out of 48.

Carolyn

On behalf of Not So Clever People

Love you to the Moon and Back free SVG cut file

This has to be one of the most popular quotes out there: I love you to the moon and back.

Well my little girl loves this quote so I decided o do a few cut files and put them here for all of you who want a free SVG cut file.

I did get inspired from Pinterest but did the files from scratch…did not trace the images, just so you know….

Here are some links to other SVG files both paid and free

Apex cuttable design $2.99

Etsy     $2.77     $4.85

Mine Studio3

Mine SVG

 

Carolyn

On Behalf Of Not So Clever People

Wiper Card and KOKESHI CARDS by Valerie Foster Design ID #7183

Egads! What is a wiper card and WHAT on earth is a Kokeshi card?

Well, you are in for a pleasant surprise. I was pinning stuff on Pinterest and came across wiper cards tutorial on Youtube.  I was intrigued..I love any paper projects that has movement in it and this one did. Basic explanation is when you pull on the sides of the card, there is a popup. Take a look at the video for a way better feel of how neat this project is.

I looked at the video, made notes and created a digital file so that I can share this with you all. I did find the measurement (slightly different from the video) written out and pinned it to my board, so go take a look if you want to make this but need to cut it all out by hand.

So that takes care of the wiper card part…The Kokeshi card are cute Japanese doll cards I got on The Silhouette Design Store and used parts of it in this project.

Here is a look at the pieces you will need.

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I cut mine out of  plain blue cardstock. This is the two large “pink” pieces folded along score lines.

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Using the measurement given, I cut out the front white matting and decorative pieces and the side panel mat and decorative piece (image on left) . I then decided to use my own measurements ( on right) . You can decorate the front with any measurement of patterned paper you like, there is no one correct way.

Once the front was decorated, I glued the moving arm piece of the project to the front of the blue piece. My file as a small score line to help line this up. Note in my photo on the left, I ended up not using the score line as my card was upside down…next time! The photo on the right is the view from the front. The white square will be decorated with the Kokeshi dolls.

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Once it is lined up and glued down, attach the back piece so that the “Z” shaped folds are on opposite ends. Decorate with your choice of images. I will use my card as a “hello” card with the Japanese translation on the back “Konnichiwa”

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Pulling the sides allow for the two dolls to disappear inside and pop up again. As I mentioned, I used the dolls from  KOKESHI CARDS by Valerie Foster Design ID #7183 . This design is for 3 cards so head on over to The Silhouetted Design Store and grab the adorable dolls or any one of thousands of other images that can be used.

Here is the free cut file in Studio 3 format

Here it is in SVG

Carolyn

On Behalf of Not So Clever People

Spring Time: 3D CHERRY TREE by Erin Doran Design ID #88104

Cherry Blossoms and Spring Time are forever linked in my mind, since this is what I missed seeing when I visited Japan a few years ago. Gardens filled with cherry blossoms, palaces and temples surrounded by cherry blossoms! I had a 12 day window and now I guess that gives me a great excuse to go back!

Since I missed the blossoms, and it is spring, I made my own cherry blossom tree: Enter The Silhouette Store,  3D CHERRY TREE by Erin Doran Design ID #88104

Project Summary:

3D CHERRY TREE by Erin Doran Design ID #88104 got an over all score of   47 out of 48. The total time was about 15 minutes

Most importantly, the question is, would I make this again? Yes and I plan to do so for a baby shower party as part of my table decor. I will also increase the size to double this current project. 

Is this project versatile?  I have been thinking of this question as I made it…how could I use these pieces? The 3D version of the tree could have photos hanging from it, the cherry blossoms, if enlarged, could be used in all types of crafts, and the tree if only one piece is used, can be stuck on scrapbook pages, cards etc. So what do you think?

Materials used

3  different colour cardstock: Brown and light pink and dark pink cardstock  Glue. Silhouette CAMEO®

The pieces were few and easy to layout on the mat. very quick to cut, no fuss at all.

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TIP: As always I filled in the pieces with the same colour as the paper I will use as it helps to keep me organized.

To cut all the pieces , and to fold the score lines took about 5 minutes,  that was using 2 trees per page and half a page for the blossoms. It took another 5 minutes to glue. Give yourself an 15 to 20 minutes  to complete  for the first time.

There were no tutorial links on The Silhouette Design Store  but this was written out in the description:

3d cherry tree

I followed the instructions and this is what I ended up with:

This file was $0.74 on sale, regular $0.99  from The Silhouette Design Store  Other Cherry Blossom projects on Silhouette Design Store  both 3D and flat range from  $.59 to  $1.99 so this project was really great price: all the spring stuff is on sale at this time.

When I looked for SVG files to buy on the web, I Googled SVG cherry blossoms, 3D paper cherry blossom, 3d paper trees, and found

FREE:

SVGCuts

First Palette

Instructables

Jumpstart

Buy:

SVG File: $4.99

The Silhouette Design Store

RESOURCES

Not SO Clever People on Pinterest  where I have a collection of trees and other items made out of paper including a few tutorials.

 

REVIEW

Step by step Review: based on the 8 points that seem to capture what a crafter would want to know.

  1.  Price of downloading the file
  • Free to $.99
  • $.99 to $2.99
  • $2.99 to $4.99
  • $4.99 to $6. 99
  • $6.99 to $8.99
  • $8.99  0r more

This file was $0.74   a score of 6 out of 6  

  1. Open file
  • Layout when opened was super simple and I knew what to do
  • Looked at layout and was confused so visited blog, video, website
  • Looked at file, had no idea what I was seeing, no information to be found to help!

 Layout when opened was super simple, trees were labeled,  and I knew what to do. As always I coloured in the pieces to keep me organized. This got a 6 out of 6 for open file category.

  1. Cutting the file
  • Had no difficulties cutting this file
  • Had some difficulties cutting this file
  • Had tons of headache cutting this file

Had no difficulties cutting this file “cutting the file” step  gets a 6 out of 6

  1. Easy to construct?
  • so easy a young kid can do this
  • medium difficulty if you and not too crafty you can still achieve a good result
  • Hard: you need to really know what you are doing and have been crafting most of your life.

So easy a young kid can do this but the gluing can be a little tricky. so young kids , say 10 years old would have little problem doing this project. No instruction except for the written  guide.   I give this a easy  rating of 5 out of 6. 

  1. Needed extra items
  • I had to add extra items to finish this project for example string, grommets, rhinestones  etc.
  • I could add if I wanted to.
  • did not have to add anything other than the paper

Did not have to add anything other than the paper: a  6 out of 6

  1. Finished product
  • looked exactly like the photo online
  • sort of looked the same
  • No Way did this turn out the same.

Looked  like the photo online, except for the lighter pink paper that I used. This gets a 6 out of 6

  1. Recommend the file/ designer
  • I would recommend this file and designer to anyone
  • I would not recommend the file or designer to anyone
  • I would recommend the file
  • I would recommend the designer

I will recommend this file and designer to anyone and give it  a 6 out of 6.

  1. The overall cost for the project was
  • Under $5.00
  • Under $10
  • Over $10

I give “the overall cost for the project” a  6 out of 6  since it was under $5.00 to complete this project:

  • 1/4 sheet of 8.5 in x 11 in   dark pink  Cardstock paper
  • 3  sheet 8.5 in. x 11 in. brown cardstock
  • 1/4 sheet8.5 in. x 11 in. light pink  cardstock
  • Glue
  • My Silhouette CAMEO® machine.

My over all score for this project is  47 out of 48.

Carolyn

On behalf of Not So Clever People

 

Easter Crafts and Cards: 5X7 EASTER SHADOW BOX CARD by Daniela Angelova Design ID #125369

Everywhere you look there is information about Spring, Mothers day, and Easter. On The Silhouette Design Store its no different, and with so much to choose from , let me just say, I have been overwhelmed.

I recently put a huge package up for Mother’s Day on Etsy, and at first I was thinking to make all the cards, frames, the quotes etc.  from the package, and show the physical product here on the blog, but I really enjoy doing projects from other designers and rating them. So….

When I saw this little Shadow Box Card by Daniela Angelova (one of my favourite designers), on sale in the design store for $0.74  I knew I had found my project.

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Project Summary:

 5X7 EASTER SHADOW BOX CARD by Daniela Angelova Design ID #125369 project got an overall score of    46 out of 48. The total time was about 30 minutes

Most importantly, the question is, would I make this again? Yes  

Is this project versatile? You could use the little flowers and fence in other projects, or cut the rabbit out for other cards etc.  I can see it used for a birthday or a thank you card.

Materials used

different colour cardstock: white, dark pink, green, light pink cardstock  Glue.Silhouette CAMEO®

The pieces were few and easy to layout on the mat. I also liked that the pieces were grouped to minimize the amount of paper used.

TIP: As always I filled in the pieces with the same colour as the paper I will use as it helps to keep me organized.

To cut all the pieces , and to fold the score lines took about 10 minutes,  another 5 minutes to glue.Give yourself an 15 to 20 minutes  to complete  for the first time.

There were no tutorial links on The Silhouette Design Store or on the designers website  for this particular Shadow Box but there were free files on her website and other Easter Shadow Boxes. I followed the photo and it turned out great.This is what I did

  1. Following the photo, I glued the white fence over the dark pink cut out piece, and glued the flowers down applying glue only to the centre so the flower was almost 3D with the petals unglued. little gems can be stuck the the centre of the flowers for some “bling”
  2. Next I glued the light pink dress to the rabbit
  3. 3. folded all the fold lines
  4. Glued the dark Pink and Large white pieces to form a box
  5. I was stumped for a second on what to do with the square white piece then figured out its was to hide where the pink joins the white to makes up the body of the box, once I figured out what to do with it, it got glued down
  6. next all the layers were inserted and glued. the green got stuck so that the edge of the paper was flush against the back of the card and the white layer with the rabbit and ballon was lined up so that the white edge was against the green layer.
  7. finished!

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This  project can be done by younger kids with guidance.

This file was $0.74 from the The Silhouette Design Store .  Other Shadow Boxes range from  $.99 to  $1.99 so this project was really great price, I went and bought her other files since they are so cute.

When I looked for SVG files to buy on the web, I Googled Shadow Box and tunnel cards: Etsy was the most expensive one I saw at $155, but it may have included the lighting. This one on Etsy is beautiful for $19. and again on Etsy for $5.55, and The Silhouette Design Store  from $0.74 to $1.99 is really worth it.  Free!   is always great so my blog with a Christmas Card is still available

Other places for Shadow boxes 

BUY: Etsy

RESOURCES

Not SO Clever People on Pinterest  where I have a collection of tunnel card pin including a few tutorials.

REVIEW

Step by step Review: based on the 8 points that seem to capture what a crafter would want to know.

1.  Price of downloading the file

  • Free to $.99
  • $.99 to $2.99
  • $2.99 to $4.99
  • $4.99 to $6. 99
  • $6.99 to $8.99
  • $8.99  0r more

This file was $0.74 on Sale regular price $0.99  a score of 6 out of 6 either way  

2. Open file

  • Layout when opened was super simple and I knew what to do
  • Looked at layout and was confused so visited blog, video, website
  • Looked at file, had no idea what I was seeing, no information to be found to help!

 Layout when opened was super simple and I knew what to do. As always I coloured in the pieces to keep me organized. This got a 6 out of 6 for open file category.

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3. Cutting the file

  • Had no difficulties cutting this file
  • Had some difficulties cutting this file
  • Had tons of headache cutting this file

Had no difficulties cutting this file “cutting the file” step  gets a 6 out of 6

4. Easy to construct?

  • so easy a young kid can do this
  • medium difficulty if you and not too crafty you can still achieve a good result
  • Hard: you need to really know what you are doing and have been crafting most of your life.

So easy a young kid can do this: No instruction except for the photo as a guide. BUT no tutorial so lost points …  I give this a easy  rating of 5 out of 6. 

5. Needed extra items

  • I had to add extra items to finish this project for example string, grommets, rhinestones  etc.
  • I could add if I wanted to.
  • did not have to add anything other than the paper

I added a few gems for extra “bling”  “I had to add extra items to finish this project for example string, grommets, rhinestones  etc.”  a  5 out of 6

6. Finished product

  • looked exactly like the photo online
  • sort of looked the same
  • No Way did this turn out the same.

Looked exactly like the photo online(except for the type of gems)  . This gets a 6 out of 6

 

7. Recommend the file/ designer

  • I would recommend this file and designer to anyone
  • I would not recommend the file or designer to anyone
  • I would recommend the file
  • I would recommend the designer

I will recommend this file and designer to anyone and give it  a 6 out of 6.

8. The overall cost for the project was

  • Under $5.00
  • Under $10
  • Over $10

I give “the overall cost for the project” a  6 out of 6  since it was under $5.00 to complete this project:

  • 1 sheet of 8.5 in x 11 in   dark pink  Cardstock paper
  • 1.5  sheet 8.5 in. x 11 in. white cardstock
  • half sheet8.5 in. x 11 in. green  cardstock
  • scrap piece light pink 2in. x 2 in.
  • Glue
  • My Silhouette CAMEO® machine.

My over all score for this project is  46 out of 48.

Carolyn

On behalf of Not So Clever People

Making your own Silhouette Design files: A Tutorial and a Free file

I live in the Silhouette Design Store, not just because I have a subscription that allows me to purchase file at a discounted rate, but I also use the design store for inspiration.

Just a few weeks ago, I was looking for a princess carriage and found the cutest one for $.99 … almost purchased it but then thought, Hey! I can easily make my own. Here are the steps in Silhouette Design Space  and although I did not have all the same shapes as the one on the Silhouette Design Store, what I did have was close enough for me. Who knows, I may even purchase the original file to cut and see how it looks compared to mine .

Here is the original file PRINCESS CARRIAGE by Alaa’ K Design ID #9414

SUPER CUTE!

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Here is my finished Princess Carriage. Note, I did not use the trace feature but did each element myself. Very close right? AND STILL CUTE!

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Here is what I did

  1. Open Silhouette design Space (other software should be very similar), choose “A” icon to start writing and type in the letter “o” enlarge so that it is easy to see, I use  a size of 364
  2. Now keep the letter highlighted as you scroll down the different font types till you find a font that looks like the body of the carriage. I used one called “Baskerville” and filled it in black colour.Screenshot 2017-03-26 15.41.55Screenshot 2017-03-26 15.42.43
  3. The scrolls are letter “s”, and again, I went through the different fonts ’till I found one I liked. I chose “Curly MT” copied it a few times and rotated, MIRRORED  and resized to fit the various places to form the carriage. Here are a couple other that would work well, all you need is an “s” with the ends curled in.

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4. Once you get all the sizes and rotations the way you like, arrange on the “body ” of the Carriage aka the letter “O” . Next it is the wheel. To make the wheel draw a circle of any size…we will resize to fit the carriage. Then draw a thin rectangle for a spoke. Next choose replicate image of rectangle and rotate copy …. I chose the one with most rotations.

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5. You get a circle and spokes and then you merge all the spokes together.

 

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6. I then filled in the spokes in Black. Next is the rim of the wheel. Choose the circle and open the offset window. I gave an offset of .075. Then select both circles and open modify, Select join/split row and the select image on the far right . Once this is complete, move the shape, you will have a circle you can delete and a “rim. I sized it a little smaller to overlap the spokes and merged both shapes. OR you can fill in the rim in black and group the 2 shapes

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7. The embellishment on the carriage on the top and bottom was playing with the “s” shape, sizing and erasing parts till I was happy. Could not quite duplicate it and that’s ok. Merge the shapes with the main carriage body.

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8. Next I grouped everything that was not merged and chose offset .125. Move carriage out of the way and erase all the little unwanted pieces. You are almost finished. Now select the outline and choose make compound path.

9. The lines will turn red and any big red dots, click on the till they go away. The outline can now be filled with colour, pink or leave white or any combination you like. hearts , crowns or other symbols can be added.

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Here is my original carriage in a  free studio 3 file

 

Hope you enjoy

Carolyn

On behalf of Not So Clever People

Making Gift card holders: Bikes and boxes

SIDECAR BOX by Daniela Moscone Design ID #149468

CARILLON BOX by Daniela MosconeDesign ID #132422

March 21st is the official first day of spring and it’s also our New Year.  For the New Year we gifts and celebrate similar to Christmas time. So that brings me to my post on gift cards and boxes.

All the kids in the family want gift cards or money and we kinda gave in, and that is what we are going to give them this year. I love shopping for gifts and really hate gift cards but hey…. the purpose is that the receiver of the gift enjoys it, right?

I have 7 kids to give gifts to in the family: my daughter and her 6 cousins here in Canada. We decided (my husband and I) to make each of them  a huge container of popcorn, fill it with other goodies aka candy they love and then add the money or gift card. This got me down the crafting path and I browsed my files I have purchased but not yet made to see which would be suitable to use as gift card or money holders. The two I chose are super adorable, the 3 youngest will get these. Since these are by the same designer I will evaluate them together as bike and box.

Project Summary:

Bike and box project got an overall score of   34 out of 48.  I think this is the lowest score for all the projects I have evaluated, but don’t get me wrong, I love these designs…. this was mainly  because there were no instructions and trying to use the photo for the box did not result in a final product that I was happy with. The total time was about 30 minutes for the bike and 40 for the box.

Most importantly the question is would I make these two again? Yes to the bikes and NO to the box  unless there is a tutorial available.

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Is this project versatile? YES. The bike can be used as a flat embellishment, so can the ballerina from the box project. The box in the box project can be decorated and used in any manner you choose.

Materials used

BIKE: 2 different colour cardstock. Black, and grey cardstock  Glue.Silhouette CAMEO®

BOX: 3  different colour cardstock. Pink and cream cardstock, Silver cardstock , printer to print and cut the ballerina, Glue, Ribbon , Silhouette CAMEO®

The pieces were few and easy to layout on the mat but the score lines opened as cut lines. This could be a glitch in the Silhouette software as I am using the Beta 4.0.516 version. I had to recut the sidecar a few times because of this.

There were no tutorial links on The Silhouette Design Store or on the designers website .

TIP: As always I filled in the pieces with the colour I will cut from as it keeps me organized.

To cut all the pieces for 2 bikes and 1 box took about 20 minutes, to fold the score lines another 5 minutes ,to assemble the project once the pieces were cut took 15 minutes each bike and 20 minutes for the box. Give yourself an 1 hr. to 1.5 hr.  to complete these 2 projects for the first time. NO tutorial instructions I followed the photo and the bikes turned out great but I ended up with a spacer that was to go between the bike and the sidecar.

The box on the other hand , I fiddled with it, had to rip the glued paper apart and the inside of the lid still did not end up like the photo….. I may have to redo before March 21 st.!

Once you have the files organized and cut, the Bike project can be done by younger kids with guidance.

This BIKE file was $1.49 from the The Silhouette Design Store .  and the Box file was $1.99 on the Silhouette Design Store  Other bikes and boxs range from  $.99 to  $1.99 so in range with this project.  When I looked for SVG files to buy on the web, I could not find any that compared to the music box. I found cute bikes ones for Free!  and a kit for  $5.99

Other places for boxes or transport SVG files 

BUY

Golf Cart

Wagon (like the Gypsies)

RESOURCES

Not SO Clever People on Pinterest  where I have boxes that can be turned into anything you imagine

REVIEW

Step by step Review : based on the 8 points that seem to capture what a crafter would want to know.

1.  Price of downloading the file

  • Free to $.99
  • $.99 to $2.99
  • $2.99 to $4.99
  • $4.99 to $6. 99
  • $6.99 to $8.99
  • $8.99  0r more

This file was $1.49 bike and 1.99 Box so  a score of 5  

2. Open file

  • Layout when opened was super simple and I knew what to do
  • Looked at layout and was confused so visited blog, video, website
  • Looked at file, had no idea what I was seeing, no information to be found to help!

The layout simple with but not sue why the score lines did not open correctly This got a 5 out of 6 for open file category.

3. Cutting the file

  • Had no difficulties cutting this file
  • Had some difficulties cutting this file
  • Had tons of headache cutting this file

easy to cut. The  “cutting the file” step  gets a 6 out of 6

4. Easy to construct?

  • so easy a young kid can do this
  • medium difficulty if you and not too crafty you can still achieve a good result
  • Hard: you need to really know what you are doing and have been crafting most of your life.

No instruction except for the photo as a guide. The box seam easy enough but I could not get the inside lid to assemble like the photo. the bike was easy but I got an extra piece that I noticed once everything was all glued.  I give this a hard difficulty rating of 2 out of 6. 

5. Needed extra items

  • I had to add extra items to finish this project for example string, grommets, rhinestones  etc.
  • I could add if I wanted to.
  • did not have to add anything other than the paper

I added bit of ribbon like the photo of the box but also had to coverup my glue error with additional stuff. .  I just cut the paper and glued so “I had to add extra items to finish this project for example string, grommets, rhinestones  etc.”  a  4 out of 6

6. Finished product

  • looked exactly like the photo online
  • sort of looked the same
  • No Way did this turn out the same.

It looked like  the photo from the silhouette design store….from far but on closer inspection there were mistakes in my construction due to lask of instructions or just that I am not a very clever person! . This gets a 4 out of 6

 

7. Recommend the file/ designer

  • I would recommend this file and designer to anyone
  • I would not recommend the file or designer to anyone
  • I would recommend the file
  • I would recommend the designer

I I love the items that Daniela Moscone designs and will continue to buy them and try to construct because they are so cute. But will not recommend to just any crafter so a 2 out of 6  for just the designer (not the file).

8. The overall cost for the project was

  • Under $5.00
  • Under $10
  • Over $10

I give “the overall cost for the project” a  6 out of 6  since it was under $5.00 to complete this project:

Each bike

  • 1 sheets of 8.5in x 11 in   dark grey  Cardstock paper
  • 1 sheet of  8.5in x 11 in   black  Cardstock paper

Box

  • 1 sheet of 8.5 in x 11 in   pink  Cardstock paper
  • 2  sheet 8.5 in. x 11 in. cream cardstock
  • 1 inch  Square gold cardstock
  • Glue
  • My Silhouette CAMEO® machine.

My over all score for this project is  34 out of 48.

Carolyn

On behalf of Not So Clever People

Another Scrapbook Layout

PAGE LAYOUT – TEMPLATE 3 and Template 4 by Alaa’ K Design ID #11105 and Design ID #11106 from the Silhouette Design Store

Many of my friends tell me they have so many photos to print but not sure where to start the scrapbooking process. For many people, a digital scrapbook will work best, photoshop your photos into a digital layout and it can all be printed if you need, for the rest of us, nothing beats the physical item.

I am a scrapbook fan and sometimes, more often than I would like to admit, I am stuck for for a page layout idea. I started looking for digital Cutfiles for scrapbook layout, and there were many digital scrapbook layouts where you insert you photo in a digital picture, but not many that will allow you to use a cutting machine and cut a preset layout, and many of those that I did find were not to my liking. On The Silhouette Design Store I did find some and got 2 from the same designer Alaa’k. Below is the photo of both of hers and both of my almost finished product.(did not glue down or put in photos.) I would use a darker brown next time to better match the Designers colours. I also did one of the layouts  in a different paper to see if it was versatile enough for me.

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Project Summary:

This project got an overall score of   42 out of 48. The total time was about 30 minutes.

Screenshot 2017-03-09 11.04.32Screenshot 2017-03-09 11.04.07 Most importantly the question is would I make this again? mmmmm… not sure its my favorite layout!  It is a super simple easy to cut project but you need to set it up in your design space since it opens small and everything is ungrouped. That means all the little cutout circles will move around. I understand why it may have been delivered in a small layout: so people can see it as journaling size .The project is obviously versatile, since you can cut piece of any size  and colour for a card or journal scrapbook etc.

There are no real delicate  pieces other than the bow  (blueish colour in photo) and flourish (pink and blue in Colour) that you need to be careful with.

You needed brown pink and blue cardstock  and can put an additional sheet behind the brown if you wanted so your choice 3-4 different colour cardstock. The laying out was not fussy but no instructions to be found on The Silhouette Design store.

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TIP: As always I filled in the pieces with the colour I will cut from as it keeps me organized.

To cut all the pieces took about 10 minute , to assemble the project once the pieces were cut took 10 minutes so give yourself 20 minutes to 30 minuets  to complete each page of this project .

Once you have the files organized, this project can be done by younger kids no problem

This file was $0.99 from the The Silhouette Design Store . Other scrapbook layout  the Silhouette Design store range from $0.99 to  $1.99.

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When I looked for SVG files to buy on the web, I found cute ones for $1.49 $4.00  and $7.99

Other places for Scrapbook Layout SVG files 

FREE

SVG Cuts has many files that can be used on a page 

BUY

Lots on my Paper crafting world

Not So Clever People on Etsy

RESOURCES

Love SVG for free files

Free fonts

Not SO Clever People on Pinterest  where I have pinned some Tunnel Book, shadow box related files.

REVIEW

Step by step Review : based on the 8 points that seem to capture what a crafter would want to know.

1.  Price of downloading the file

  • Free to $.99
  • $.99 to $2.99
  • $2.99 to $4.99
  • $4.99 to $6. 99
  • $6.99 to $8.99
  • $8.99  0r more

This file was $0.99 so  a score of 6  (from 1 to 6) 

2. Open file

  • Layout when opened was super simple and I knew what to do
  • Looked at layout and was confused so visited blog, video, website
  • Looked at file, had no idea what I was seeing, no information to be found to help!

The layout super simple but small and needed to be resized and grouped  I thought I had the wrong file at first: This got a 3 out of 6 for open file category.

3. Cutting the file

  • Had no difficulties cutting this file
  • Had some difficulties cutting this file
  • Had tons of headache cutting this file

3 different colours, the cut sizes were mainly big pieces so super easy and  “cutting the file” step  gets a 6 out of 6

4. Easy to construct?

  • so easy a young kid can do this
  • medium difficulty if you and not too crafty you can still achieve a good result
  • Hard: you need to really know what you are doing and have been crafting most of your life.

Super easy, you can follow the exact layout or stick as you like..  I give this a so easy a young kid can do it so 6 out of 6. 

5. Needed extra items

  • I had to add extra items to finish this project for example string, grommets, rhinestones  etc.
  • I could add if I wanted to.
  • did not have to add anything other than the paper

Adding extra embellishments is needed in my view as the page looks a little too “flat” but that may just be me. If you like minimum clutter then leave it the way it is to finish this file “did not have to add anything other than the paper” so a score of   6 out of 6

6. Finished product

  • looked exactly like the photo online
  • sort of looked the same
  • No Way did this turn out the same.

It looked like  the photo from the silhouette design store.  This gets a 6 out of 6

7. Recommend the file/ designer

  • I would recommend this file and designer to anyone
  • I would not recommend the file or designer to anyone
  • I would recommend the file
  • I would recommend the designer

I would recommend the file for someone who wants a quick and easy cutout that is very simple. I give this “Recommend the file/designer” step  a  3 out of 6.

8. The overall cost for the project was

  • Under $5.00
  • Under $10
  • Over $10

it was under $5.00 so a score of   6 out of 6  

It was under $5.00 to complete this project:

  • 2 sheets of 12 in. x 12 in. kraft paper Cardstock paper
  • 1 sheet   of 12 in. x 12 in. light pink Cardstock paper
  • 2 sheet of  8.5in x 11 in   pink  Cardstock paper
  • 1 sheet of  8.5in x 11 in  dark rose
  • 1 sheet of 8.5 in x 11 in   blue-green  Cardstock paper
  • Glue
  • My Silhouette CAMEO® machine.

My over all score for this project is 42  out of 48.

Carolyn

On behalf of Not So Clever People

Who loves Sizzix die cuts?

I do! I do! Yeah, I have a Sizzix die cut machine that I bought before my Silhouette CAMEO® and I love it for quick cuts  but I need to have the perfect die on hand. Sometimes I need a particular size and boo hoo…I just don’t have the time (or the money) to go out shopping for it.

When I got my Silhouette CAMEO®,  I used it to cut items from The Silhouette Design Store and slowly made a few cut files of my own .

Recently when compiling a Mega Pack of items for an Etsy  Mother’s Day package, I designed some frames and tags that are great for scrapbooking or journaling and are so very versatile.

I want to show how these look cut out and of course offer a free file for all of you interested

First the file:

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cut file with one shape expanded

 

The image on the cutting mat on the left, is the cut file and the middle shape at the top has been copied and each piece separated to show what the cut will look like layered or separated. This can be done for all the shapes.

I used pink cardstock but the colour is up to the user and each layer could be cut in a separate colour for a more dramatic look. All the shapes when opened in a cutting machine like Silhouette CAMEO® can be increased or decreased in size. Cardstock 12 in. x 12 in. is no more than $0.99. There are over 30 shapes on my cardstock cut out. This files cuts like a dream.

This image below is of the top row middle shape that is on the cutting mat photo above. This is what the shape looks like if left layered … you get delicate frames and a solid piece as seen on the right and if separated, you get all solid pieces as seen on the left.

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This is the same shape stacked,

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Below are a few more of the shapes cut and separated and then a few options on arranging.

 

As you can imagine, you can use so many different patterned paper and colours to change the look and feel of this very simple file.

Here is a free cut file with one of the shapes.

This is what it looks like… mine is coloured for better viewing : Enjoy and feel free to post your project on our Facebook page.

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Carolyn

On behalf of Not So Clever People

 

Shadow Box:Wishing for Spring V2

3D SHADOW BOX – WISHING FOR SPRING V.2 by Marji RoyDesign ID #118217

March is upon us and that means Spring , Easter bunnies , weddings, and everything that comes to mind when we look forward to the end of Winter. As you all know, I have a REALLY difficult time choosing files to critique from The Silhouette Design Store so  I welcome any suggestions! Back to what I chose to evaluate: Wishing for Spring V. 2 from Marji Roy Design ID # 118217. 

I chose because I am wishing for spring and I like shadow boxes and made my own a few posts back for Christmas.

Project Summary:

This project got an overall score of   44 out of 48. The total time was about 1 hour.

Most importantly the question is would I make this again? YES! I would make this for all my friend who love cats as it is super cute and the little red bird is a perfect addition. Based on how the file was set up , I would buy from this designer again as she is super organized!

Is this project versatile? Well if you wanted to cut out the pieces and NOT make it into a shadow box you get a cute bird a cat, a window frame, and a scene with the winter tree that can be used on a card, scrapbook layout. the back and front that from the box can be used as a box, put some clear plastic backing and insert cookies etc.

My blade was a bit dull and the tree on piece #3 and the little red bird were very delicate  and the paper while cutting nearly tore, plus when I was ready to take it off the mat the leg of the bird was in grave danger of being lost; so be extra careful if you are a silhouette user.

You needed black, white and grey cardstock and a teeny tiny  piece of red so 4 different colour cardstock. The laying out was not fussy and I loved that the files when opened had little labels to say what colour to cut it out of and the information on where to get help on putting it together. I did not have to go back to the Silhouette Design store to look it all up. But the tutorial is here.

Each of the frame pieces were numbered so that was amazing!

I did not have black cardstock on hand so used dark grey.

TIP: As always I filled in the pieces with the colour I will cut from as it keeps me organized.

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TIP: You can remove the labels before you cut out the shapes but there is no need as they are already set to no cut.

To cut all the pieces took about 20 minutes, to fold the score lines another 10 minutes ,to assemble the project once the pieces were cut took 20 minutes so give yourself an 1 hr. to 1.5 hr.  to complete this project for the first time. I did not follow the tutorial instructions to  keep everything spaced but if you do, it will turn out better than mine.  As it was, my project looked just great.There is still the shadow card look and I just inserted one box into another and glued. I think my project looks identical to the original even using dark grey for the frame.. The ledge and the bit to hang this project from a wall were brilliant additions to the file and something I will consider for my own creations.

 

TIP: the tree and the bird are very delicate so be extra careful not to tear the paper.

Once you have the files organized and cut, this project can be done by younger kids with guidance.

This file was $1.45 from the The Silhouette Design Store . Shadow boxes on the Silhouette Design store are $1.99 so pretty good to find one for less.  When I looked for SVG files to buy on the web, I found cute ones for $3.45  and $1.50  and some for more than $10

Other places for Shadow boxes or tunnel cards SVG files 

FREE

SplitCostStampers Template

House of stir fry Template

Christmas Card by not So Clever People

BUY

Instant Card making Download

RESOURCES

Not SO Clever People on Pinterest  where I have pinned some Tunnel Book, shadow box related files.

Google

YouTube Video

REVIEW

Step by step Review : based on the 8 points that seem to capture what a crafter would want to know.

1.  Price of downloading the file

  • Free to $.99
  • $.99 to $2.99
  • $2.99 to $4.99
  • $4.99 to $6. 99
  • $6.99 to $8.99
  • $8.99  0r more

This file was $1.45 so  a grade  of 5  (from 1 to 6) 

2. Open file

  • Layout when opened was super simple and I knew what to do
  • Looked at layout and was confused so visited blog, video, website
  • Looked at file, had no idea what I was seeing, no information to be found to help!

The layout super simple with labels and link to instruction right in the file. Got to LOVE that.This got a 6 out of 6 for open file category.

3. Cutting the file

  • Had no difficulties cutting this file
  • Had some difficulties cutting this file
  • Had tons of headache cutting this file

Had to change for 4 different colours but these were colours I had on hand and the cut size was  big pieces so super easy and  “cutting the file” step  gets a 6 out of 6

4. Easy to construct?

  • so easy a young kid can do this
  • medium difficulty if you and not too crafty you can still achieve a good result
  • Hard: you need to really know what you are doing and have been crafting most of your life.

At this point I tend to be very careful  rating  how difficult the construction is. This is not a project you can just glue flat, you have to construct a 3D object. The instructions did not have photos unique to this project but combined photos from other projects so again, if you are doing this for the first time, read carefully and look at the original photo if in doubt.  I give this a medium difficulty rating of 4 out of 6. 

5. Needed extra items

  • I had to add extra items to finish this project for example string, grommets, rhinestones  etc.
  • I could add if I wanted to.
  • did not have to add anything other than the paper

I could have added the dimensional glue dots if I wanted but did not.  I just cut the paper and glued so “needed extra items”  a  5 out of 6

6. Finished product

  • looked exactly like the photo online
  • sort of looked the same
  • No Way did this turn out the same.

It looked like  the photo from the silhouette design store. I really liked the little extra tab to hand the box and the window sil for the cat to sit on. This gets a 6 out of 6

 

7. Recommend the file/ designer

  • I would recommend this file and designer to anyone
  • I would not recommend the file or designer to anyone
  • I would recommend the file
  • I would recommend the designer

I like that this designer laid out all the files with tags and numbers. The blog post for the tutorial can be revamped but not an issue for me.

I give this “Recommend the file/designer” step  a  6 out of 6.

8. The overall cost for the project was

  • Under $5.00
  • Under $10
  • Over $10

I give “the overall cost for the project” a  6 out of 6  

It was under $5.00 to complete this project:

  • 3 sheets of 8.5in x 11 in   dark grey  Cardstock paper
  • 1 sheet of  8.5in x 11 in   light grey  Cardstock paper
  • 1 sheet of 8.5 in x 11 in   blue-green  Cardstock paper
  • 2  sheet 8.5 in. x 11 in. white cardstock
  • 1 inch square red cardstock
  • Glue
  • My Silhouette CAMEO® machine.

My over all score for this project is  44 out of 48.

Carolyn

On behalf of Not So Clever People

Free cameo3 cutting file “Blessed”