Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Seasonal Door Hanger

Happy New Year! I wanted to share a super fun project that was inspired by my sister. One year I made her a Happy Spring decor from this post in 2012. I realized I put my picture on a green background on that post which wasn't a good choice, so here it is against a contrasting background.

She said she liked it so much, she put it on her front door, but since she didn't have any other door decorations for the rest of the year, she basically left it up until Christmas.
I was up for the challenge of making her more seasons, but it did take me quite some time to actually complete this project (5 months or so). But I have to say, they came out so cute and I even want some for my front door now!

Since it is now January, we will start with the Winter one...

My concept for this door hanger was to make one background to use as the base of all of the decorations, and then use velcro to change the designs. So this whole piece is held to the background with two pieces of velcro, as are all of the rest of the seasonal designs, making it simple to change.

I had made some crochet hearts for practice on another project and thought they went perfect on this project. Print and cut made this project a little easier and still came out looking great.

Up next is Easter...


Next we have Summer...

Then Fall...

And finally, here is Thanksgiving...

Supplies and files I used:
Glossy accents
Miss Kate Cuttables for the graphics (by the way she has a free file everyday! Be sure to get your daily freebie).
SVG Cuts (they have a ton of free files too! Such a cool website to check out!)
Embossing folders

Hope you are inspired to make something crafty! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thanksgiving Napkin Ring Holders

Thanksgiving is almost here and since the focus of this holiday is around the dining room table, what better way to dress it up than with some hand made napkin ring holders?  

I used Miss Kate Cuttables Fall wreath and Lori Whitlock's Happy Thanksgiving sign from the I heart fall kit.

I altered the wreath to have acorns instead of candy corn. Then I duplicated my design 9 times. 
I also wanted to have a layered look, so I made 9 separate signs to layer on top of the wreath.

For some reason my print and cut on my Silhouette Cameo wouldn't recognize my registration marks, and since I had already printed my elements and didn't want to waste the ink and paper, I used my Pix Scan mat instead which cut with no problems.

They looked great but I wanted them to look awesome, so I added Stickles orange glitter, then some Michael's brand red glitter and Glossy Accents to make the embellishment look very professional and pretty.

To make it a napkin ring, I used 3mm twine to make a ring and hot glued the embellishment on top.

And that's it, a few simple steps to make beautiful Thanksgiving napkin ring holders!

Hope you have a memorable Thanksgiving filled with lots of love.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Golden Fall Lantern

Hi everyone!
So I've been working on a file that was really fun to get creative with and has morphed a lot since my first vision of it. My husband wanted me to make a pumpkin lantern, so I made my interpretation of it by including other Fall elements.

The files I used are from SVG Cuts:
Boho Butterflies for the lamp base and top detail.
Crisp Days of Fall for the lantern and pumpkins.

Oak Leaves Corner
Bittersweet Wreath

This is what it ended up looking like with some tweaking...

I added hemp around the base and parts of the top for texture but didn't like the dull color so I spiced it up with some gold paint. I used a Letter Press wire fence embossing folder for the details in the base and on the top of the lantern. Then, I finished the top with some Trendy Twine.

This is what my rough sketch looked like. It was all made with off white cardstock.

I didn't have any vellum on hand, but I did have tracing paper, so I made my own colored vellum with watercolors.
This is the blue/purple gradient before I cut it.

And here is the yellow, orange & pink gradient I used for all of the Fall elements.
I used Kraft brown cardstock for all of the brown pieces and used Vintage Photo Distress Ink on the edges.

Here is a closer look at the different sides of the lantern. 

I made a video in case you want to see it in 3-D and with the lamp glowing.

Be sure to stop by SVG Cuts for 25% off all files until September 19, 2015!

Thanks for visiting my page! Hope you are having a great day!!!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Coffee Filter Fall Leaves

I know it's still hot out in most places right now, but in Florida I'll take any excuse to bring on cooler weather or at least the idea of it, so I want to share a fun and easy tutorial for making fall leaves out of coffee filters.
I purchased some white coffee filters from the Dollar Tree, some $1.00 spray bottles (Target, Walmart and Michaels have them), and I used food coloring mixed with water and pearl powders to make my shimmer sprays.

On either wax paper, freezer paper or a Ranger Craft Sheet, start spraying the colors until you have some variety of yellow, orange, green and red.
Then start to soak your coffee filter until it is filled with color.

Set it aside to let it dry or you can bake it in a 200 degree oven for faster dry time. I also used my heat tool and that work great too.

Step 1. Create a leaf template onto 110 lb paper using a real leaf or an existing silk leaf and trace onto dry coffee filter.
Step 2. Cut out the leaf shape.
Step 3. Erase the pencil lines.
Step 4. Draw leaf veins using a brown colored pencil.
Step 5. Crumple the leaf to give it a realistic look.
Step 6. Flatten the leaf and add gold glitter for extra sparkle.

I added some twine to the back to give them stems for a finishing touch.

Have fun making something pretty! I'd love to see anything you come up with on my facebook page!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Happy Day Card!

To start off this fine day, my husband and I needed a good breakfast, so we made our new favorite...German breakfast!
 It all started one day when my husband asked me what kind of breakfast I had when I was in Germany that was completely different than traditional American breakfast foods. I was young growing up in Germany so I had to think about it and even went online to research what most German's have for breakfast, and as soon as I saw pictures, it all started to remind me of foods I had. I put together a grocery list and we created our first German breakfast back in May.
Today, we have mastered the ingredients and loved every bite of it. It consists of a pretzel roll, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheddar cheese, roast beef, chicken, hard boiled eggs with paprika on top and fresh fruit. I know it looks like a lot, and it kind of is, but it's a good meal to start the day. Plus it's so pretty! We pile all of our toppings onto the pretzel roll and YUM!

After filling up, I was inspired to make a fun card to share. I really love Kristina Werner's tutorials using watercolors on cards, so I gave it a try.
I have made paintings with watercolors in the past, but I thought this technique was especially fun. I put blobs of watercolor paint on my Ranger craft mat and spritzed it with water, then I moved my watercolor paper that I had embossed with white embossing powder in the colors until I liked the look.
I added a shadow with my cool gray C3 Copic marker (the only one I own) and it really makes the title show a little better. Then I finished the look with some Trendy Twine and blue rhinestones. Around the card I used Vintage photo and Wild Honey distress ink and some pinking shears that I outlined with a white gel pen.

I have created my own pearlescent water spray and added pearl powder to my water brush as well.

Hope you are having a great happy day!

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