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!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Rock-n-Roll Birthday Card

Hi everyone!
Today I wanted to share a really fun birthday card I made for my musically inclined nephew. I loved the bright colors and thought it was so fun to put together. Who doesn't love music, right?
So for the base of the card I used SVG Cuts square card base and added embellishments that were music themed.
SVG files are from SVG Cuts:
The decorative papers are from DCWV Glam Rock Stack, I really love the metallic papers, it gives lots of shine to the card.  


My nephew loved his music themed birthday card and I loved making it...win, win!
Hope you are having a great day!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Valentine's Day Lamp

Hi everyone!
Since Valentine's Day is just a week away, I wanted to create a fun project inspired by my husband. He's really great a giving me ideas of what to make and this time he said he wanted me to make a Valentine lamp.

He even helped pick out the colors and I think it turned out super cute!

First off, I have to shout out to SVG Cuts for making such cute files. I didn't have a lamp file of theirs, even though the do have one, so I got creative trying to piece together different components from different kits to come up with my version.

The kits I used are:
Santa's Village - I used the Santa hat box bottom for the lamp shade.
Home for the Holidays - I used the pitcher for the base of the lamp (I modified it by covering up the holes where the handle goes).
For My Valentine - I used one of the hearts in the extras folder to create the hearts on the lamp shade.

Supplies I used:
Washi tape (for the black border around the lamp shade and lamp base)
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Pretty papers
Rhinestones/sparkly heart sticker
Battery operated light strand
Glass marbles

So here is what I did! I think it turned out so cute and just love the curves of the pitcher for the base.
Adding the black washi tape around the border of the lamp shade and lamp base really ties it all together and makes it look finished.
My husband even helped me figure out how I should place the lamp shade onto the base. He said I should put it at an angle so you see both sides of the lamp shade when you look at the front of it. Isn't he smart?!?
I used the extra heart pieces from the lampshade cut-outs for the hearts on the base. I even added some dimension by folding pieces of paper to make it pop-up.
Here is what the inside of it looks like...lots of room for this battery pack light strand.
All lit up at night. So romantic. One last thing I did was add glass marbles to the base before I glued it together so that it won't topple over with that heave battery pack in the lamp shade.

I hope you enjoyed today's super fun project! Thanks for stopping by.

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