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Saturday, October 15, 2016

A Tweet Card

Happy Saturday everyone!!!
Today I want to share a sweet little card I was inspired by while sipping my coffee and watching the birdies outside.
I was thinking about an up coming  card I was reminded about.
I didn't want to overtax my silhouette to much as it is still very warm here.  It doesn't like to work well when it is hot. I also needed to use it later for a much bigger project so I used my Stampin up bird punch and an EK Success maple leaf punch to make this card.

I know Mary Rudakas from SVG Cuts has two great files that would work for this as well. I will list those files at the bottom of this post if you don't have these punches.                                                                    

I started with the bird and punched out two using mud pie American Craft/Bazzill Card Stock. Then Cut two from Denim and one using Stonehedge American Craft/ Bazzill card stock.
I adhered  the branches facing opposite directions  to my card base first then punched 6 of each Walnut and Cinnamon cardstock to use for the nest. Alternating the colors of the brown leaves to give it depth.

I wanted the top half of the bird to be a light grey so I did a quick sketch of the points I wanted and using my scissors I cut the grey birds body away from the head. Cut a few small slices in the tail to make it look like feathers. Glue the grey head to the body then glue the bird onto the top of the nest overlapping the leaves a bit. To add the illusion of feathers to the bird I used a light grey pen and drew in a few lines, coloring the beak in grey completely. I made the lines as well using a darker blue to the body. I punched three leaves using Denim and adhered the tip of the wing first so I would could decide how far down I wanted the wing tip to go. The second "leaf" was attached using half of a kool tak  clear foam square, this was to give the wing lift. Cut the stem off of the last leaf and glue to over the top. I adhered a small black pearl to the head using Ranger multi medium adhesive for the eye.

I punched extra leaves using Walnut, Crimson, Apricot, Grape and Dandelion. Lay your leaves out in the color pattern that you like first then glue them onto the leaves on the branch from the bird punch. Start at the bottom first. I used coordinating pens to draw the lines onto the leaves then decided I wanted to make some floating leaves.  Draw small dash lines in-between the leaves. Sitting back and looking at the card I decided it needed something more so I added leaves to the sides. Then all I had to do was add my greeting to the bottom of the card. I wont say what the greeting is for as the person that will be receiving this card may see this post and it really doesn't matter anyway as you can do almost any greeting with this card.

Well that is my card I made this morning. I have been doing some crafting but trying to work on getting the inflammation in my body down and a few other things down and under better control.
I will be posting again so stay tuned. I cannot say when as the time draws near for my mom and dads visit I have been getting ready for months now. I am terribly excited to see them as it has been three years. Much love and Blessings to all of you and as always, Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings Sharalyn

Possible SVGCUTS Collections:
Robins Return SVG Collection
Serene Leaves SVG Collection

Neenah Desert Storm Card Stock
American Craft/Bazzill Card Stock: Grape, Apricot, Crimson, Dandelion, Denim, Stonehedge, Walnut, Cinnamon, Mud Pie.
Stampin Up: Bird Punch, Stamp n' Write Pens
EK Success small Leaf Punch
Kool Tak Clear Foam Adhesive Pads
Ranger Multi-Medium Adhesive
Recollections Tiny Black Pearl
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive

There Are SO many more you could use but don't take my word for it Go Look:
SVG Cuts

Christmas, spring, Fall Or Summer, Let your imagination go Crazy!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Something to "Crow" about

Hey Y'all,
The mornings here have been cool and wonderful. It definitely feels like Autumn. Oh my very  favorite time of the year! The Season becomes alive with color and it is as if the vegetation and animals say it is time celebrate!
It is also my favorite times to craft. Although I have not yet seen a true autumn with its amazing, wonderful colors, I have seen photos. When I look at them I can smell the arid smell of the leaves hear the crunching under my feet and watch as they float delicately from the tree,a dance if you will as it falls.

Mary Rudakas has a way with making me wish I could be in Illinois where she is, just so I could see all of theses wonderful things my mind imagines. Her most recent kit,  Harvest Sunset SVG Kit sends my mind to a wonderful hometown feel, a celebration of the harvest season if you will . She has designed an amazingly real looking pumpkin and a coffee pod cart that makes you think of a cool autumn's day hay ride. If that wasn't enough there is a Pumpkin Diorama box card that folds flat only to be brought to 3d life by opening it and placing it on the counter. The sunflower wreath with all their smiling faces welcomes you at your door or take a harvest gift to a friend with the wonderful Bucket Bag.  As a free gift you can make a birch tree card to go with your bucket bag, just download it from the freebies page.  If all that doesn't make you want to go get this kit, then try adding a crow to that wonderful pumpkin because what is fall without crows, hayrides and the bountiful harvest of the season.

I started with the pumpkin but it so inspired me that I had to add a little crow. Then of course what is a pumpkin and a crow without leaves and vines coming from the pumpkin.  All of this is so easy to make because of  Mary's files from svgcuts. Are you inspired yet? well lets get going on adding a crow to your pumpkin. Join me won't you in the celebration of Harvest.

I started making this crow last year but the design just wasn't working,  so I put it in my extras box for fall. When I wanted extra vines for my pumpkin I found it in the box and well the rest is history as they say.

Start with the pumpkin from ,Harvest Sunset SVG Kit   cut and glue it together as Mary instructs in the tutorial for this kit. I inked the edges and down the center of the sides using Dusty Durango Ink from Stampin Up. The leaves for this pumpkin were inked using Always Artichoke and my Copic Marker # YG67, adding a few extra squiggly lines here and there on the top of the leaf.
When the pumpkin was all together I decided to get my extras box out and add a few extra vines. After adding some vines and flourishes that were extras in my box I happened on the crow and well you knot the rest.

To make the crow you will need to cut the Autumn Acorn SVG Kit  . Now I sized it very small and while I wish I could tell you how small I am not sure I can. You see that was on my old computer and I do not think I saved the file. I will look in the near future to see if I can find it but think really small like might fit on a 6x6 paper. Sorry that is the best I can do right now. I cut two. One for the head and one for the body.  I cut the 6 of the accent pieces using AC Melon Card stock. Before cutting those pieces I added a tear drop shape to two of the pieces as nose holes for the beak. The body was cut using Recollections ( Michaels) Black smooth cardstock as it is easier to glue and work with when making a small object.
As I was digging through the box I came a cross a center from a leaf that is in one of Mary's files. that gave me the idea to use it to make the feet. It is a bit complicated but I used leaf_2 from 
Harvest Country Home SVG Collection and released compound path and then ungroup it. This allowed me to click on the center cut out and drag it to the center of the mat to design the feet. I duplicated it and using the knife tool cut off the top two pieces of one. I cut out a section of the middle "toe" and shortened it welding it together again and then making sure that the nodes ( square grey boxes) didn't need to be deleted to straighten out the lines. On the other duplicate I cut off all the sized pieces and then welded the one straight piece to the rest of the toe again deleting nodes as needed to make it straight. Then it happened... I got an idea from God and I started giggling... the leg needed knobby knees. so I made a small sort of oval wasn't perfect and yours doesn't have to be either. I duplicated it before I welded it into place so I would have a knee cap and then using dusty Durango pen I drew lines and circles the knee cap and leg.

Set the legs on top of the pumpkin so you can decide where you want them and how you want them to look. Glue them loosely onto the pumpkin lid and the body of your crow next. I made the collar next to hold the head into place. I used a long rectangle, a small triangle to make the v in it and welded to smaller triangles to the v. Add some score lines to it and change the color of the score lines so you can tell your machine to cut it at a different depth, I use copy paper setting to cut them.
Cut it out and then glue together making a collar. Add your ribbon for the neck area and then glue your head onto that. I had already added the hat from Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit . I used two med black pearls from Recollections for the eyes and Ranger White Enamel accent to make the white dots on the eyes. I used leaves cut out of the black Recollections paper and shaped them with my Mc Gill Flower tools, then glued them into place. The tiny buttons and sunflower button are from Buttons Galore and more. The same leaves were cut much, much smaller inked with Rich Razzleberry ink and glued to the hat. I added two of the center pieces of the leaves that gave me the idea to make the legs as well. I also added a ribbon to the hat instead of the band.

Extra leaves from my box were added to the lid of the pumpkin and ALL of this was glued with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive. One thing I forgot to mention is I added rocks from the flower section of Dollar Tree,  to the stem of the inside of the pumpkin. This was to  weight the lid a bit and make the pumpkin appear a bit more squatty. This is because those are the pumpkins I like. The Rocks were hot glued into place. This was the only time I used hot glue.

This is my version of Mary's amazing Pumpkin. I hope it makes you celebrate the Harvest of the Season giving thanks to our maker for it as well. I look forward to seeing all of your pumpkins and maybe a crow or two. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

Kits and Collections From SVG Cuts
Harvest Sunset SVG Kit
Autumn Acorn SVG Kit
Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit
Pick a Pumpkin SVG Kit
Gourds Galore SVG Collection (some of the flourishes I used for the pumpkin)
Autumn Elements SVG Collection
Harvest Country Home SVG Collection

Carta Bella: Autumn Collection 6x6 pad
AC Card Stock: apricot, olive, Melon, Dandelion, Rouge, Grape
Recollections: Black Card Stock
Stampin Up Ink: Dusty Durango, Always Artichoke, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry
Stampin Up: Stamp N Write, Dusty Durango
Copic Marker: YG67
Recollections: Black Card Stock, Black Pearls
Ranger: Enamel Accents White
Buttons Galore and More: Buttons
Rocks from Dollar Tree
Ribbon from stash
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo

Thursday, July 28, 2016

An Ornament for Leo...

Mornin' Y'all,
In this humid and hot weather it is nice to think of cooler temperatures and Christmas Music! In light of that, Christmas in July is a nice break from the heat. I have been trying to design my Christmas card in my head while painting the kitchen cabinets but have not come up with a solid idea for it yet. I just know I love snowmen and that it will most likely have something to do with that.

Dreaming Tree is going to do a Christmas in July and I thought this ornament would look cute hanging in my house maybe a few of them this year. It is always good to start thinking about these things early and maybe ahead in Christmas presents while your at it. So think cool thoughts, put some Christmas music on, turn the AC up and lets get started...

I started with the Cherry Bomb design from Dreaming Tree's Stars and Stripes Forever Bundle.
Using Ruby Slipper Bazzill card stock I cut the body of the ornament. I had already decided I wanted to make this using Simple Stories Cozy Christmas Collection from last year. I cut the Blue portion out using paper from that pack. I altered the stars size a bit and will list the sizes at the bottom of this post.

To add the glitter to the paper I used Versa Mark ink, Stampin' Up heat and Stick and Art Glitter's Christmas Red ultra fine Glitter.  Take your Versa Mark Ink pad and stamp it all over the pieces you want glitter on, then sprinkle Stampin' Up Heat and Stick all over the wet Versa Mark ink. If you got it on areas you need to glue use a dry paint brush and brush off the Heat and Stick. Heat the heat and stick using your heat tool until it is shiny, then sprinkle your glitter onto the shiny portions, heat again to set the glitter. Using the same dry brush wipe off any excess glitter. Keeping the glitter off the portions you would glue helps the item hold together that much better when it is adhered.
Continue to assemble the lantern as you would normally. I did remove the hole at the top of the lantern sides so that the sides would be solid.

I used a gold pen to ink the edges of the gold paper for a more finished look. The gold at the top of the ornament was from something else I cut, but I liked the shape and added it to the top. You could make one as well by cutting with scissors. You can use glue to adhere it but Glossy accents holds a bit better. Before I adhered the liner to the top of the inside ornament, I poked a hole through the top and inserted my wire. I made a curly q and turned it sideways to lay flush with the top inside. I wrapped the wire around a dowel a few times in either direction to make an S hook and cut of the excess.

I punched small holes in the stars at opposite ends and tied twine through them to hold them together then adhered the top star and the last star to the side of the ornament adding a sparkly bow for affect. To light the ornament take a small glue dot and stick it to the bottom of a battery operated tea light. I have the color changing ones that I use at Christmas a lot. For the Photo I used one of the lights that Mary from SVG cuts used for her Eiffel tower. There you have it a Cherry Bomb turned Christmas Ornament!

I hope you enjoyed this little ornament and if you do make one I would love to see what you came up with. Stay cool and may you have all your Christmas Cards and handmade gifts done before November! Oh wouldn't that be great then all you would have to do is play with the new bundles and kits coming out around that time... awe.. so sad lol. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog and Happy Craftin' Christmas in July Y'all!
Blessings Sharalyn

From all of us on the Dreaming Tree Team, Merry Christmas in July!

Stars and Stripes Forever SVG Bundle

Bazzill Card Stock: Ruby Slipper
Simple Stories Card Stock: Cozy Christmas
Recollections: Gold Glitter Paper
Stampin' Up : Card Stock Vellum, Heat and Stick
Art Glitter: Ultra Fine Christmas Red Glitter
Versa Mark Ink
Gold Twine
Sparkly Ribbon From Stash
Red wire from Stash
Stampin up: Heat Tool
Silhouette Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo
Lily's Home Color changing Tea lights

Star Sizes:
W 1.620 H
W 1.377 H
W 1.252 H
It's Cold Outside SVG Bundle

Monday, July 25, 2016

Come Fly with Me, Dragonfly!

Hey y'all,
It has been quite a while since I posted anything.. I am so sorry. My life has been very crazy for quite a while. First I was very sick then we decided we would take a few days in Big Bear and our #3 grandson had his first type 1 diabetic episode.  When things had settled a tiny bit I decided I better do those cupboards in the kitchen before October came and I might need to start using my woodstove and yep painting anything would be out until next summer. Oh and mom and dad are coming for a visit in October soooo I am about half way done with the cupboards, then paint the kitchen walls and please dear Lord, let me be done!!!! Crazy Crazy Life!

I had made the dragon fly lantern before I left and the night It came out I was hoping there would be an extra dragon fly to attach to the lantern. No such luck so I made my own. Here is my Dragon fly lantern from the Summer Nights and Flights Bundle  from Dreaming Tree.

I cut the lantern using Vanilla American Craft card stock, Bazzill Pinecone card stock and  K& Company Merriweather Paper pack. I assembled it as instructed by Leo. If you watch the tutorial Leo mentions that they were tossing around ideas for a hanging top. I created my own and glued the flaps to the inside of the lid to hold it in place. Although I got busy and never took it further, I feel you could punch small holes on the top and inside of the lid and attach twine to hold the lid in place so it could be hung. I attached gemstones to the outside to add a bit of bling. The Vanilla accent pieces were embossed with cuttlebug Musical Flourishes emboss folder then inked with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink.  My dragonflies were cut using card stock vellum and their wings were bent in an upright position with the tail curled up a bit to add whimsy. Two small gem stones were added to the back of him.

This was a great design that really catches the feel of summer. I could see these on the table at a evening gathering or used to adorn the tables of a wedding then given as favors, as they often do at weddings. So many ideas come to mind and while I am still painting my kitchen creating has to wait a bit longer.
I got some fall paper in the mail the other day and oh with it so hot and humid I could do with cool evenings and more creating time. Soon I tell myself I will be able to get back to what I love doing so very much. I apologize again for my crazy life and soon I will be back to creating and sharing my crazy ideas with you all! Much love to you and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

3dsvg Bundle
Summer Nights and Flights Bundle

American Craft Card Stock: Vanilla
Bazzill Card Stock: Pinecone
K& Company Card Stock: Merriweather Pack
Stampin up: Card Stock Vellum
Cuttlebug: Musical Flourish emboss folder
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
Recollections: Clear Rhinestones
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Designer Addition Software
Silhouette Cameo

Thursday, June 16, 2016


Morning all,
I am a little under the weather right now, it would seem I have caught a summer cold. It has been a long time since I did that. Anyhoo, I said in my last post that I would be working on some Father's Day cards and I have been. I also made a belated birthday card for my mom. Her birthday is the day after my son's and he was here when her birthday came. I still sent her a present and called but told her the card would be late. I am sorry it was this late mom.

The cards I have been making are from SVG Cuts and called box cards as they stand up like a box but fold flat. (they are supposed to fold flat but mine don't always) Mary does a great job explaining how each card is made in her tutorials but I still have trouble getting all of mine to fold flat.. I also have trouble with boxes so maybe there is a connection. OK maybe not, maybe it is just me. On to the first card!

The first card I attempted to make was the fishing tackle box from Sunday with Dad SVG Kit . I say attempted because it took a few tries and it still doesn't fold flat. That is OK because the person receiving it won't keep it flat anyway. I used eyelets for the adhesive donuts that Mary used. I did find the Queen & Co Glitter Studs Self-Adhesive, Stones, Lifesavers, on Amazon. That is the description they are under. It is a long name for them. I would like to find an alternative place to purchase them as they are really cool but the shipping was more than I like to pay.   Like Mary, I used blingy paper and added string and such to the card along with some clear Wink of Stella. It took a while to make and PLEASE watch the video first. I didn't and that was a huge mistake on my part. Mary makes this one a little different that the rest of her cards. I will make it again as the wow factor for this card is so awesome but lesson learned. Watch the video first!

The second card I made was the hamburger and it turned out really cute, at least I think so. That card is for the master burger maker in this house. They are really yummy ! I added a little juice to the cheese for affect. I like his burgers even more than In and Out. ( A west coast burger place everyone loves)

The third I made was for my dad, I made the route 66 card from Travel the World SVG Kit. There is a lot more to this kit one should really look at! A fantastic Eiffel Tower, a vintage english phone booth and much more! I added a headlamp (rhinestone) to the car. I love historic Route 66 and think dad will really like this card as well.

The fourth card I made was for my mom, the card is from World's Best Mom SVG Kit and while I wanted to make the oven for her I realized it was because I like it and mom would probably like the tea pot better. That is the card I made for her using prints instead of solids to make it and while I know that isn't quite her thing I am hoping she loves it anyway.

The fifth card I made was for my son Chris. I made the six pack box card from Sunday with Dad SVG kit. I used Echo Parks The Great Outdoors Collection for this one as he and his wife like to kayak and I thought what better than to bring a refreshment to the outing.

The last card I made was for my son-in-law Joel. Family time is often with food so I thought the grill would be perfect.  The grill is from Father's Day Box Cards SVG Kit . It also has a very neat looking golf cart card as well. There are two other cards but you will have to go look I won't spoil the surprise.

To all the men in my life I want to wish you a very happy Father's Day! Thank you for all you do!

If you haven't made your cards yet and your looking for ideas I hope you take a look at these card kits and consider them. The hardest part is choosing the papers.  I will list all the paper collections and the supplies below. Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. To all of you I wish you a very Happy Father's Day and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits
Sunday with Dad SVG Kit
Travel the World SVG Kit
World's Best Mom SVG Kit
Father's Day Box Cards SVG Kit

Note: Bazzill Card Stock Now comes with the AC Cardstock sticker on it. I am listing what was Bazzill card stock first as a result.

American Craft Card Stock: Mud Pie, Ruby Slipper, Mocha Divine, Admiral, Stonehenge, Blush Red Dark, Great Lakes, Rainforest, Bitter Chocolate, Grapefruit, Lemon, Cricket, Carmel, Crimson, Carrot, Scarlet, Vanilla, White, Cranberry, Sky, Charcoal, Dandelion, Marine, Chestnut, Latte.
American Craft 6x6 Pad: Mayberry Collection
Graphic 45: By the Sea Collection, Sweet Sentiments Collection
Echo Park: Jack and Jill Boy Collection
Carta Bella: The Great Outdoors Collection
My Minds Eye: Market Street Collection, Cut and Paste Collection
Stampin Up: Card Stock Vellum
Recollections: Silver Shiny Paper, Silver Textured Paper, Clear Rhinestones, Solid Rhinestone Stickers
Gold and Blue Holographic Paper: Stash
Ranger Stickles: Gold
Hero Arts Metallic D├ęcor: Pewter
My Minds Eye Enamel Dots: Jack and Jill Girl Collection
Teresa Collins: Coral Sequins
Silver Eyelets: Stash
Tim Holtz Emboss Folders: Brick, Diamond Plate
Wink Of Stella: Clear, Silver
Sharpie: Gold Permanent Marker
Stampin Up Markers: Early Espresso, Taken with Turquoise
Black Gel Pen
Sakura: White Gel Pen
The Twinery:  Denim, Ocean
Zots:3d Glue Dots
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Need a box for Dad?

Happy Sunday Afternoon all,
We are about a week away from Father's Day and for those of you that are in need, I have a box for you. It is quick and easy.

Using the Peony Gift Box From Dreaming Tree, I cut the top of the box using Bazzill Mocha Divine card stock then cut the bottom of the box using American Craft Pine Card Stock. I cut the accent pieces out of Echo Park Jack and Jill, Explore collection. I made a rectangle to fit the bottom portion just inside the score lines and will list the size at the bottom of this post.

Use the ribbon to make your strip across the top and front and back. I used a short piece for the front of the box and long for the top. Glue the short pieces on the front and back then glue your octagon on top of that. Glue the long piece onto the top of the octagon. I used a dark brown ink pad to shade it.

I added Hero Arts Metallic dots  to the edges of the box lid and the clasp is from Hobby Lobby. It is a company called spare parts. I have found many really great goodies from this company I will be using them in future projects.
The bottom, though you can't see it is Cinnamon Bazzill cardstock stamped with a wood background stamp. On the back where the two "ribbon" stripes meet are four of the metallic dots from Hero Arts.

A easy box to put together and even easier to impress because of the clasp on the front. They will think you put a ton of work into it but really it was an quick box sure to make any dad  happy.

That is all I have made for Father's Day. I am working on cards myself for some of the males in my life I love very much. I wish all of you a very Happy Father's Day. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

Love You Mom SVG Bundle

Bazzill Card Stock: Mocha Divine, Cinnamon
American Craft Card Stock: Pine
Echo Park Card Stock: Explore Collection
Hero Arts: Metallic Adhesives
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Ground Expresso
Spare Parts: locking clasp
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo

Accent piece for the bottom of the box: W 2.477 x 4.032 H

Monday, June 6, 2016

Just thinking outside the Chess King Box

Afternoon All!
Take a walk down to the barber shop and get a haircut and a shave! While looking at the new kit King of the Castle I got the idea to make the Chess King Box SVG into a Barber Pole. I have another idea brewing but I won't give that one a way for a while yet! Let's get to cutting!

I cut the Chess King Box all out of white cardstock.  Using some Doodle bug paper for the 4th of July, I cut the accent pieces removing the lines and cut outs by ungrouping and deleting them. Instead of using the last patterned piece for the top outside of the box I cut another main_2_black using white cardstock and adhered that to the top of the other. I cut the octagon from the cross_white and another octagon .25 smaller than the first to put on top of the first octagon. The top of the Barber pole is made using a white pebble, a button and a spare parts knob from Hobby lobby. I adhered them to each other using Ranger Glossy Accents.
I cut the two side pieces for main_1_black out of sliver foil cardstock from Michaels and cut an extra main_2_stone out of white then embossed it with sizzix flourishes emboss folder.  The last step was to put sticky tape to a 1/4 white ribbon and adhere it around the bottom. Follow Leo's Video on how to put it all together and your all set with your barber pole.

Make this for your dad who cut your hair in the backyard or that dad who collects barber memorabilia. Either way you cut it, your going to come in looking pretty spiffy with that gift for dad and you'll be king or queen for the Day!
Happy Father's day y'all and Happy Crafting!
Blessings Sharalyn

King of the Castle SVG Bundle

American Craft Card Stock White
Doodle Bug: Stars and Stripes Collection
Recollections: Silver Card Stock
Sizzix Emboss Folder: Flourishes
Ranger Glossy Accents
Spare Parts: knob
1/4 White Ribbon
White Pebble

Note: When ever trying to match stripes or plaids allow for extra paper.