Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Penguins on Parade

I just love this penguin from SVG Attic's All the Trimmings file.

I used scotch foam tape to give them dimension, and my cool gray Copic marker for shadowing.
Each card features Punkin Patch Stamps: Holiday Traditions, O Holy Night, Gingerbread Kisses
I also used Trendy Twine's peppermint stick twine some magnets and a snowflake and circle punch.

So each penguin is a magnet and behind each penguin is the card title. To make it attach to the front of the card I added a piece of magnet tape to the back side of the white cardstock, so you can't see the magnet. 

They look so festive...the paper stack I used is Recollection's Believe paper pad.

These stamps really quality stamps and they are perfect for the inside sentiment, I mixed and matched to say what I wanted.

I added rhinestones to the inside of the flower and the snowflake.
This is how big the piece of magnet is for the penguin, not much is needed.

Look at that army!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Blessings

Hello all, I have been vacant from posting due to school...(blech) but now I am free! I just finished my last two courses that qualify me for my AA degree (only took me forever to get to this point), so I am so excited to be finished with that portion of school.
Now on to some fun stuff!  I have made a lantern for Halloween and Fall, so I thought I would stick with the theme and make one for Christmas to give to my sister since she doesn't have much in the way of Christmas decorations. I took these pictures with the tealight led, but I gave her a color changing light too, so she can swith it up. My nephew (he's 7) took a look at both and decided he liked the color changing light the best, and wanted to put it in his room...I guess they can share.

I will start by crediting Mod Paperie with the idea project she posted, hers is totally awesome and her details are ridiculous (in a totally awesome way of course)!!!

On to the project...

Here are the supplies I used:

SVG Cuts Crisp Days of Fall Lantern (plain) that I used to create the X shape.

SVG Cuts 3D Wintergreens SVG kit for the holly with berries and the wreath that was made with the evergreen sprig.

Punkin Patch Stamps Gingerbread Kisses

Trendy Twine Peppermint Stick


Paper cutter
Black ink pad
White gel pen
3D white paint (for the snow on the windows)

As for the lantern, I used Make The Cut! to import my files and I created the lantern like so...
I opened a rectangle in the shapes library.
Then I resized it to make it long and slender using the arrows.
I duplicated it once I was happy with it.

Next I put them in place on my lantern.

To weld it together I just selected over all of the layers, right clicked my mouse, selected Shape Magic and then Weld.


Then I just repeated this for the three decorative sides.

Side's easier to just duplicate the rectangles 6xs so you don't have to keep resizing.

To make the wreath I made the sprig from the 3-D Wintergreens kit and then shaped it into a circle and hot glued the end. It had a bare spot where I attached it, so I used the bow and holly/berries to cover that up. 

I used my only copic marker C3 Cool Gray No. 3 to shadow the "snow" on the top of the lantern and to shadow the letters in Christmas Blessings.

One more little project...

This is a match box, also from Crisp Days of Fall, was a container to hold some candy as a stocking stuffer for my nephew.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fall Explosion Box

So at the beginning of October, my husband and I went to Asheville for our second trip to the Biltmore Estate. We went in 2009, and absolutely loved it, but didn't have time to see everything. This trip we saw everything we missed last time, including all of the gardens and the Butler's tour.  I always recommend this place to everyone, it is so beautiful in the Blue Ridge Mountains, definately worth the trip!

So, on to my Biltmore inspired project.  I had a bunch of pictures...of course!  And I wanted to use them all!!! But I could only pick my favorites and chose an explosion box to show case them.

This is my first time making an explosion box, but I loved it! I used SVG Cuts Explosion Box set, but since I only have a 12x6 Cricut...I had to hand cut the actual boxes, using the template as a guide.
I did cut the box cover out on my machine just fine though.

For starters, I picked all of the pictures that I wanted to display in my box, I have a total of 22 pictures that I used including the one on the box cover.

I opened all of my pictures in Adobe Photoshop and resized and cropped them as necessary, then placed as many as I could on an 8.5"x 11" page. I needed two pages, one full and one with a few extra pictures that wouldn't fit on the first page.

My pictures range in size from approximately 2.75"x 2.75" for the cover to 2.5"x 2.75 for the outer box layer all the way down to about 1.5"x 2" for the smallest photo.

As long as you know the dimensions of the sides you are working with you can make them any size that will fit.

The next big challenge was picking the paper. I knew I wanted a fall theme, and I didn't really have too many options in my paper stash, so I resorted to the internet to see if I could find some good digital options...and I did!

I discovered Just so Scrappy and Just so Scrappy too. I used papers from Autumn Splendor and Happy Fall Y'all. These kits are full kits, meaning they have papers, embellishments and alphabets all at $1.50 for each kit!  These are my favorite sites to get great deals on digital products.

So these are the outsides of the box, but the fun is in the inside.

This is my explosion of fall picture fun!
On the first box layer (the smallest layer) I have my description of my trip. I wanted to add pictures under it, so that when you flip up the description there are two photos showcasing the Tiffany wall done in flowers.

I used a few other embellishments from SVG Cuts, listed below:

I used the Pick a Pumpkin set for my acorns, crow, gourd and pumpkin.
I used Crisp Days of Fall for the oak leaves.

Then I found a few random freebies that I can't seem to find online, and that would include the Autumn and Fall words as well as maple leaf and circle oak leaf frame.

I used some chocolate truffle brown twine from Trendy Twine.

There are so many sides to this thing, but it's pretty neat to watch people explore it!

I just love this little crow, so cute!

It's a little tricky to close back up making sure all the outsides of the box have the decorative part facing out, but I figured it out pretty quickly.

Since I bragged to all of my co-workers about my trip, I got them some magnets from the Biltmore, but it seemed so boring to just hand them a magnet, so I made them matchboxes...from the Crisp Days of Fall kit to dislplay the magnets in. I stretched out a cotton ball to make it look fluffy inside, and to sort of keep the magnet from moving all over the place. Since the magnets were all different I sorted them out by including the name of the person on the box. The box made the difference when I handed them out...Thank you SVG Cuts!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Fall Everyone!

Ok, so it's been fall for a while, but I always put up my fall decor after Halloween, since my place is always decked in Halloween goodness all of October.  So this was a picture taken on our way down the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.  I have a project inspired from this trip with the pictures I took from this trip coming soon...

Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Black Pumpkin {Trendy Twine Challenge #2}

Trendy Twine has a challenge where you have to use a pumpkin or Jack O' Lantern and some Twine on the project.
For my project I used SVG Cuts Pick a Pumpkin kit to create this great candy holder...It just needs candy...I ate it all :o
I did some embossing on all sides of the pumpkin, and I used K&Company's Halloween paper pad to add different papers to wrap around it.  I also used different Halloween ribbons that I got at Michaels and some black and orange Trendy Twine as well as some wire around the stem.

Have a look see:

I wanted to be able to pick up the pumpkin by the stem without the lid falling off, so I added adhesive backed black velcro dots that I got in the craft department at Walmart.

The candy corn is aslo from SVG Cuts, their Vintage Halloween Party Bag kit.

Happy Spooks to you!

Friday, September 30, 2011

SVG Attic's Kooky Spooky Challenge

These are some party favors I made using some of SVG Attic's designs.
I made a girl favor and a boy favor, guess it's pretty obvious which is which.  

I used the Mad Tea Party set to make the mad hatter hat...only I made the base flat because I wanted it to fit over the rosette with no gaps since the "favor" is hiding under the hat. 

The witch hat was made with a freebie from SVG Cuts and I added stars that I found in my MTC shapes library and I added sequins on them.  I added a piece of wire to the top of the hat with a star for some extra fun. The base of both are from the banner rosette in the Mad Tea Party set.

Then to finish it off I added a scrap piece of orange and black cardstock that was already in the shape of a triangle along with some purple and black ruffled ribbon that I got at Michaels.

I used K & Company's Halloween papers and Recollections black paper.

One side of the had has a flower decorated with Stickles black glitter and a silver rhinestone, and the other side has a vellum spiderweb.

Inside the favors I created a little holder that the hats fit over and gives the candy a place to sit in.

In addition the hats have stretchy cord that not only holds them onto the rosette base, but also turns them into a party hat that can be worn.

Or it can be flipped upside down to make a cone to snack out of.

I just love how these turned out, and I hope you enjoyed looking at my creations.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Eeek! Haunted Houses!!!

So this weekend I had my sister Clare over and we had a crafty weekend.  We made two of Mary's Elmhurst Hollow's Haunted Houses over at SVG Cuts. Now, Mary is a crazy talented SVG designer, and I absolutely love all of her SVGs, but I have to say, making these houses were a  blast!  There are so many things you can add to a haunted house, and we used some extras in the set, such as the bats, but we also used some elements from other sets.  I'll link you to those if you want to know which ones as we come across them....Scroll to enter our haunted abode!

 So the two houses together look like a little village, but they are so totally different.  The colorful is my sisters, she picked the papers out and added her ghosts and other embellishments.

All of the SVGs are from SVG Cuts
I used the ghosts from the Spooky Silhouettes set.
The spiders are from the Dreadful Halloween Cupcake Wrappers set.
The spider webs are a freebie from their blog.

Since I was cutting all of the pieces, Clare ended up gluing all of the house pieces together, but I helped out when I was caught up.  We added color changing lights to each of the compartments of the houses.

I used black 24 gage wire for the flying bats, and vellum for the insides of the bat wings as well as for the ghosts and spiderwebs.

For the cream and black house, I used Lettering Delights Black Magic paper pack and I just love how the papers printed! 

We used a white gel pen for the details on the eyes.

And some glow in the dark glue for the eyes on the houses as well as some of the ghosts and bats.
Trendy Twine was used in black and orange for the chimneys and the bow tie.


So if you have a cutting machine and haven't purchased this set yet...It was so totally worth every penny!  And as you can see, they can be completely different and still look great!  Just make it match your decor or your favorite Halloween color scheme.  And if you don't have a cutting machine, well I'll keep posting how much you could do with one, not that you have to get one, but they are fun!

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