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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Christmas for Ellen

Hey Y'all,
Our Neighbor Ellen went into a care facility about 4 yrs ago and it really seems like it has been longer, as her absence from our lives is really felt at this time of year. Since she has gone in, we take care of her Tortoises  and her property along with visiting her as often as we can. She seldom knows what day it is anymore, or whether it is night or not,  but we do our best to cheer her. That is why I made this tree for her and added some presents. ( I will fill them with  M&M's)  Mark and I talked about if this should be traditional colors or if she needed bright colors as her eyesight is failing. We decided on the brighter colors.

Using the Santa's Surprises SVG Kit I made the tree at the size it imports. The accent pieces were cut using Echo Parks Winter Park Collection. This is an older collection I had, it but had the brighter colors I was looking for. To continue the snow theme this tree had, I put snowflakes on it here and there. The top snowflake was glittered using Stampin Up's Heat and Stick, Versa Mark and Art Glitters Ultra fine Translucent Crystal glitter. ( Leo Kowal hates glitter clean up and I think about him every time I use this glitter as I glitter all over me for days.) Use the Number 1 snowflake from the Santa's North Pole Workshop SVG collection sized at W.0.917 x H 1.058. I cut a full page of these as you never know when you can use some for something else. They will go in my winter extras box. Glue one snowflake on top of the other angled to give a flowery affect. I curled the the glittered one a bit with my fingers as using a stylus would have removed the glitter. I used plain snowflakes bending one point to fit over the edge of the tree and glued those into place. I did not put them on all the edges as I didn't want to over power the tree.

To make the Star for the top use the same snowflake from Santa's North Pole Workshop SVG Collection and size two of them at W 1.655 x H 1.910. As you did on the smaller snowflakes, angle them and glue one on top of the other. Now cut one at W. 1.202 x H 1.378. Glue that on top of the other two also at an angle. Now use one of the snowflakes sized at W. 0917 x G 1.058 for the center. I glittered this one and put a light blue rhinestone in the center. I made two of these to use for my star as Mary suggested for the top of my tree.  I adhered it in the same way as was shown in the tutorial for Santa's Surprise SVG Kit.

 I had already decided I wanted to use the packages from North Pole Express SVG Kit. I placed all the pieces for the packages onto my virtual mat and sized them at (Box 1 and 2 are the same size) W 2.510 x H 3.248.  Note: you need both box 1 and 2 . I have made this mistake a couple of times maybe because my brain was fuzzy by the time I get to making the boxes. The bow I sized at 2.723 x H 0.999. The bow is a little tricky to put together but if I had used my reverse tweezers I don't think I would have had so much trouble.

Knowing this would most likely sit on the small table next to her bed I wanted a little doily but also wanted to use pieces of the snowflake to further the theme. I used the Pompoms doily from Dawns Doilies SVG Collection and deleted the inter circle. Then I made one Snowflake at W 2.789 x H 3.220 and place it in the center of the doily. Un-group the snowflake and remove the outer star, leave the petals in the center of your doily. Place a circle of small snowflakes on the outer inside edge of the doily so that you aren't ruining the pretty pompom edge Mary made. Now remove the outer edge of the stars. If you forgot how to do that you release compound path and un-group then delete the outer star edge. You can group all of the doily after all the stars are removed. Cut it out and glue the tree bottom onto the center of your doily. You can leave the larger snowflake center out if you wish. If I had made the doily a bit bigger I think she would have been able to see it better but with the small table next to her bed there isn't room to make it bigger.

  We will fill the boxes with the mini M& M's for her before we take it to her on Thursday. I hope you enjoyed my tree for Ellen. Make a tree for someone you know in continuing care or the hospital and make a lot of little presents to fill with a goodie. This way you can  make one tree and not exclude the other residents. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog, and Happy Crafting Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Santa's Surprises SVG Kit
North Pole Express SVG Kit
 Santa's North Pole Workshop SVG Collection
Dawn's Doilies SVG Collection

Supplies Used:
Echo Park: Winter Park Collection
Bazzill Card Stock : Admiral, Smooth White 
Art Glitter Ultra Fine Translucent Glitter: Crystal
Stampin Up: Heat and Stick
Versa Mark
Hero Arts Light Blue Rhinestones
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Cameo
Designer Addition Studio for Silhouette Cameo

Note: I am hoping to have one more really amazing thing posted before Christmas for you. Hang in there with me your going to flip over this one!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dapper Dan the Snowman

Hey y'all,
When I put up all my Christmas stuff for my friend to see and to decorate my room, I had a couple of projects that went unfinished last year. I put them away and hoped I would get to them this year. Well I can honestly say I got one done.. ba dum bump! Hopefully I will get to the other before next Christmas so here he is looking all dapper, and I hope you like him.

Start with the kit from Christmas Open House SVG Kit. Cut and glue all the pieces together following Mary's great instructions with one exception.. leave one accent piece for the bottom off to cut a slit in it and tuck a folded piece of 1/4 ribbon into the fold. Glue the accent piece onto the snowman. I decided to do that today so I had a tough time getting it in. I don't want you to have to do that.  I didn't have to even glue the ribbon in place it was so tight but if if makes you feel better add a drop of hot glue to the back before you glue the accent piece on. Under the cut use a marker or pen and draw dash lines in the shape of a pocket. Tie a piece of 1/4 inch ribbon around his neck turning it to the side and then hot glue the ties down a bit for affect.

The mouth is tiny black pearls and med ones for his eyes. Give your snowman a crooked grin with the black pearls, or you can use Ranger Black Accents, just remember to let the black accents burp on a scrap or your ruin your whole project.  I added some rosy cheeks but not to much as I didn't want him to look like a girl. I glued tiny black buttons to the front that I got from Michaels.

Glue the ribbon around his hat and up the side to give the hat some flair, cut the edge of the ribbon at an angle. Then glue a small berry from this same kit to the side of the hat along, with a feather.  I added Diamond Stickles to the berries and let them dry before I glued it to the hat.  The tiny buckle was one of the great things I got from the gal that gave us all the Close to my Heart stuff. Thread a piece of ribbon through it and hot glue the pieces to the back to hide them. You could use the Buckles SVG Collection if you don't have anything small like that, but glue about three to five buckles together for dimension. When you cut it set your speed to 2 so it wont tear.

I always have the project right in front of me when I write it up so I can look at it to see if I forgot to tell you anything. While he sat here I looked at him and decided he need to have a little bit of soot around his hat and on his cheek from those "coal eyes", (frosty song) so I added those and I believe he his done now. No eyelashes he would really look like a girl to me then.
There you have it my snowman container from Christmas Open House SVG Kit and it only took me a year to finish it! Feel better now? Your not alone with not finishing that project. If you really love it just put it away for a while and you'll get it done. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog, and Happy Crafting Y'all! Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits Used:
Christmas Open House SVG Kit

Mentioned Collection:
Buckles SVG Collection

Supplies Used:
Echo Park: Winter Park Collection
American Craft Card Stock: Rouge, Apricot, Black,
Bazzill Card Stock: Rainforest
Ranger Diamond Stickles
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Black Soot
Recollections Black Pearls, Buttons
Buckle from Close to my Heart
White Feathers
Silhouette Cameo

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Always a Lady, Mrs Frosty!

Hey Y'all,
I was changing out my fall stuff in my room for my Christmas stuff and cleaning up. After I was done I posted a couple of photos of my shelves and Linda Palaia asked where this file came from, of course it was my crazy brain. So here is Mrs. Frosty who is always a lady with her proper hat before going outside. This is for you Linda and thank you for asking..

Using the pumpkin with the lid from  Pick A Pumpkin SVG Kit, cut two lids one to glue as a stand for the bottom of the pumpkin and one to use as the base for the hat. Glue the pumpkin together and emboss the accent pieces with Tim Holtz Snow Flurries emboss Folder. The lace around the bottom of the hat and collar are from Doilies SVG Collection. To make the hat use doilies #1 and cut it at about 5.50. I am saying "about" because I made this 3 yrs ago and do not have the original file anymore. The hat base was from December Gifts SVG Kit, and is the hat for the snowman container. I think it was cut at the size it imports. The hat band and the decoration behind the flower are from Winter Bliss SVG Collection, as well as the icicles hanging from her nose. The nose was a circle with a pie shape cut out but I would use the nose from the snowman from Christmas Open House SVG Kit as well as the hat for your snowman or snow lady head. I wanted a pill box type hat so I used the round one from December Gifts SVG Kit. Either hat would be cute,the choice is yours.  Glue the #1 Doilie onto the extra lid for the top of your snow lady, then glue the hat onto the top of that with the flaps facing out and the round brim on top of that to hide the flaps. Adhere the band from Winter Bliss SVG Collection around the hat and then the corner element sized VERY Small. Try several cuts first to see how big you want this to be. My element looks to be about 2.25 inches high.The flower is a scallop from Dawn's Dollies SVG Collection and then sniped into the middle a bit to give it a flower look. Curl your sides of the scallop in a bit toward each other like a petal. There are many snowflakes that Mary has made but I used a snowflake punch I had for the middle of the flower. I cut two and then angled them so one would show under the other. To finish it off I added a gemstone to the center.

  The Tiny Snowflakes that are used for the hat and the mouth are from a Studio Punch I bought at Walmart a few years ago. If you have a silhouette or a Eclips you can probably get your machine to cut something that small if you slow down the speed and take your time. Don't be discouraged if it takes you a few before you get some you can use. Make some extras to use for the mouth of your snow lady. I will post a couple of extra kits and collections that have snowflakes you might want to try.

The Eyes are made using a circle and adding four smaller circles for the center to look like buttons. To add dimension, I made them 5 "buttons" thick. Cut five buttons for each eye and glue one on top of the other. The lashes was just a strip of paper I cut chunky eyelashes with scissors like when we were kids. Glue them behind the buttons and add  glitter to large glue globs, I wanted her to give the appearance of being very cold.  I used the Pearl Chalks  to make her cheeks. Decide first where you want her cheeks and then glue the snowflakes in place for the mouth.
To furthere the appearnce of being cold I  added the medium Icicles. Use the medium cut icicles and size them way down. I sure which I had the sizes for your still but can not find it. Measuring with my ruler it looks like the height is 1 inch.  Cut two making sure you mirror one before you cut it. Glue those together and then inside the nose fold as you glue it together. If you use the nose from the Christmas Open House SVG Kit it should be easier to glue the nose onto the front of the snow lady. I used hot glue for mine as there was no back to my nose.

For the lace collar, Cut the the #5 doily and cut a larger circle in the middle of it. I cannot tell you the exact size as it was an afterthought so I did the best I could to fit it onto it. I did cut the doily in half though to give it more of a peter pan collar look. I just realized there are some of you that don't have a glue what that means so I will try to explain. It is were there is a scallop on either side and it meets in the middle under the neck. Glue this to your extra lid and then glue that to the bottom of your snow lady, tie a ribbon around her neck to hide any imperfections and your done.

Add glitter to the hat as well for a icy look and to the top of her nose using a glob of glue. Your choice of colors will have a huge affect on how icy she looks. Choose light blues or turquoise colors for a colder feel to your snow lady, or give her a country look with using plaids or polka dots. However you choose for her too look I am sure she will be cute! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog and HAPPY CRAFTIN' Y'ALL! Blessings, Sharalyn
Thank you again to Linda Palaia for asking for the directions! 

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Pick A Pumpkin SVG Kit
December Gifts SVG Kit
Christmas Open House SVG Kit
Doilies SVG Collection
Winter Bliss SVG Collection
Dawn's Doilies SVG Collection
Extra Snowflake Kits and Collections
Snowflakes SVG Mini Pack
Winter's Chill SVG Kit
Christmas in the Village SVG Collection
Santa's North Pole Workshop SVG Collection

Supplies Used:
American Craft Card Stock: White, Black, Pool, Mulberry
Tim Holtz Snow Flurries Emboss Folder
Art Glitter Ultra Fine Crystal Translucent Glitter
Pebbles Pearlescent Chalks
Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Cameo
Stuido Small snowflake Punch
Blue Rhinestone from Michaels

Monday, December 1, 2014

A very Graphic 45 Christmas

Hey Y'all,
I have had Christmas on the brain for a couple of weeks now. I was thinking about Christmas Decorations and with that thought, I was designing this next project as a display but my practical side won out so you can use this as either a display or use it for a multiple item gift box.

I started with the Christmas Gift Boxes and Bags SVG Kit. Using the box with the Lacey lid bring all the pieces onto your virtual mat. Draw a square box to fit where you will score the lid. This will help you  design your sizes for  the next two boxes. Make two duplicates so you have a total of three squares. Take the second one and size it down 1.5 inches, and the third box 1 inch. I have a calculator next to my computer to use to figure the proper measurements. Using the squares as a visual I put the largest down and then the middle on top of it and the smallest on top of it. This helped me "see" that I needed to make the smallest one only an inch smaller. Visually I knew I wanted to put more on the sides of the box and that I would need a bit more room to do that. Now using the squares as a guide place the squares in the center and size the top, sides and bottom to fit the score lines of each box.

Cut the pieces and score them using a scoreboard. I use the Martha Stewart one as I like the light color better than scorepal. It is much easier for me to see the grooves. Glue your boxes together and then set the boxes either straight or at an angle on top of one another.  I liked mine at an angle because it seemed to gives more interest to me. Glue the bottom of the smallest box to the top of the middle box putting your glue in the center of the bottom of the box instead of all the way to the edges. This will give you a little room to slide the "ribbon" underneath the box on top in later instructions.

 Using the free 3d bow cut all the pieces of the bow and another larger ribbon for the bow. I inked all the pieces of this project with Vintage Photo Distress ink by Tim Holtz for a vintage feel. The Paper I used for the top of the boxes is Graphic 45 12 days of Christmas Collection. This is last years collection that I have had for a year.  It took me that long to figure out what I wanted to use it for.   It's nice that Graphic 45 Paper never goes out of style!
 I wanted them to look like wrapped packages but how to add ribbon and have it be paper? Starting with the top box I cut 1 inch strips of paper with the paper trimmer. Glue your strips onto the top of the box and down the sides just below the lid edge. Cut it straight across. Glue the bow onto the top of the box. with some ends of the ribbon bow curled under some up. This will give the bow some dimension and flow to it. Now starting about a 1/2 up under the lid where you stopped with the top bow, glue your piece down to 1/4 inch about the edge of the box. You will be making a flap to slide under the box edge by folding up your edge. Do not glue this flap down unless your not going to fill the box. Continue doing this for all sides. of the boxes you want your ribbon. Use the edge of the box to guide you where you will need to fold it down. On the underneath of the bottom box I glued the edges of the strips down. They do not meet so don't worry about yours meeting.  There is a very cute SVG Cuts Collection called Rosie's Ribbon Strips SVG Collection that would be cute as well. Another idea is to use the Battenburg Lace and Crochet Trim SVG Collection and make it for a birthday or Mother's Day. Just a thought.

Next I cut Holy single holy leaves from Shaped Christmas Cards SVG Kit and a Pine Bow I cut up with scissors from Clara's Christmas Strips SVG Collection. I also used the poinsettia from 3d Wintergreens SVG Kit, the cedar Sprig and the berry twig from Spirits of Christmas Past SVG Kit. All of these were sized down, check the list at the bottom of this post for sizes. I added diamond stickles to the berry twigs and Gold enamel dots from Simple Stories Cozy Christmas Collection. Hot glue the side of the poinsettia  to the top of the box close enough to the side of the middle box so it holds it up a bit.  Your middle and top boxes will have the flaps folded underneath the box so that if you want to fill it just take them out and the lid comes off.
I know it sounds complicated but really it isn't and I love how it looks, vintage Christmas with use of the boxes if you wish. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog and thank you for being patient. It took be a while to get to finish this one and as hard as I tried even longer to write it up. Thanks again and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Christmas Gift Bags and Boxes SVG Kit
3d Wintergreens SVG Kit
Shaped Christmas Cards SVG Kit
Spirits of Christmas Past SVG Kit
Clara's Christmas Strips SVG Collection
Free 3d Bow
Extra Links for Collections
Battenburg Lace and Crochet Trim SVG Collection
Rosie's Ribbon Strips SVG Collection

Supplies used:
Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas Collection
Bazzill Card Stock: Ruby Slipper, Rainforest
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
Simple Stories Cozy Christmas Collection,  Enamel Dots
Ranger Diamond Stickles
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
 Hot Glue

Sizes for All pieces of the project:
Lacy Lid, large box : W 11.300 x H11.00 , Med: W 8.857x  H 8.622, Small: W7.322 x H 7.128
Box bottom, Large:W.11.300 x H 8.212, Med W 9.004 x H 6.543, Small, W 7.233 x H 5.256

Bottom Sides: Large W 11.300 x H 8.117, Med W 6.078 x H 6.720 Small, W 4.852 x H 5.073
Note: cut 4 sides

Poinsettias Petals: W. 4.153 x H 2.028 Leaves: W 3.647 x H 1.800
Cedar Foliage: W 3.202 x H 3.899
Holy: W 0.913 x H 2.492
Berry Twigs: W.1.408 x H  2.396

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pilgrims "Hide"

Good Morning Everyone!
I am up early all bright eyed and bushy tailed as my mom says. I wanted to share with you the pilgrim hat box I made for our table. The idea is one I saw in a silhouette group I am part of and thought it was just so cute!  My idea was to try using only SVG cut files but I failed at that as I cannot find the wheat file in Mary's Files. I realized afterward I got in the silhouette store and I will  have the ID number for you at the bottom of this page.  Anyhoo, as I said I thought it was just darling and wanted to make one for our table for Thanksgiving. It will just be the two of us this year and although I don't have to do a lot of decorating or make the table look fancy for the two of us, I probably will.

Start with the Straw hat from Leaves are Falling SVG Kit and size it to W 10.042 x H 10.085. Make the Hat band W 8.369 x H 3.552. The Buckle is one I made myself using two rectangles the outer rectangle is W1.418 x H 1.713 and the inside rectangle is W 0.715 x H 0.863. Center the smaller rectangle inside the larger one using your align tool, and right click and choose make a compound path. I made 3 of these and glued one on top of the other for dimension. I inked all the edges inside and out with Tim Holtz Distress ink Vintage Photo. To add a bit of shimmer I used a clear Wink Of Stella Pen over the top of it. Set that aside and cut out two hats at the size above. Glue one together and cut apart the second with scissors. Cut along the fold lines of the small octagon for the top of the hat. Now using the scissors cut a straight line across the top of the third  notch that you would glue the sides together. You can trim it down if you wish for a larger opening later. Glue the sides of the hat together in twos so that if you do wish to trim it down it is easier to cut a straight line. Now glue all the pieces together and fold the bottom pieces of the brim under. Do not glue them yet. Using the polygon feature make a polygon that is 6 sided. If you were not aware, you can change the shape by moving the thing that looks like a paperclip. Size it at W 6.250 x H 6.276. This was a tiny bit to big on one side so I used my scissors to trim off any excess after I glued the folds you would glue to the hat to the 6 sided Octagon, this makes your bottom of your box. 

The Leaves that look a bit like the feathers are from Harvest Country Home SVG Collection and are cut at W 2.65x H 2.42. I had a hard time finding where in the world I got those as they were in my autumn cuts box.  I kept looking and found them in the center of the oven mitt. I cut them two years ago so when I found it I was kind of amazed at how far I will go for a particular cut LOL. The fall leaves are from Autumn Elements SVG Collection and are cut at W 1.914 x H 2.128. The vine flourish is from Gourds Galore SVG Collection and was sized down for a more delicate look. I was trying to find the size and I apologize but couldn't find it as I write this. I will amend this entry if I come across it again. The sunflower is from 3d Fall Flowers and Mums and you will need to size all the pieces down a lot! Set your speed to 2 and take your time, my machine growls at me when it has to cut those.. Not really but I think it wants to. I cut the sunflower using sunflower American Craft card stock and then ink the edges after the two pieces are glued together like crazy! I used Tulip ink from Close to my Heart. The round center is one that is cut out when your cutting the brown centers then embossed with tiny bubbles folder from Cuttlebug. It is inked with Copper ink. The purple and maroon leaves are inked with Rich Razzleberry ink from Stampin up.
 The wheat I used was from the silhouette store and was inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink and creased in the center to give a more textured look.
Glue the hat band onto the top of the hat leaving the front unglued. Glue the two leaves from Harvest Country Home SVG Kit onto the hat in front and then the two oak leaves on top of those I slid the wheat into there as well and then glued down the front of the band. Glue the Buckle to the front of the hat and slide your flourish in between the leaves. It was glued down at the edges afterward. I glued down some edges of the leaves turning them this way and that first to see how I liked it. It is my opinion it gave it a bit more flow but we all know my opinion does not count LOL. I glued the finished Sunflower to the front and the hat was done.

Hubby liked it and thought it was cute and I am happy with the result and think it will look great on our thanksgiving table! He even came up with the title for this blog post! From Mark and I to all of you we pray all of your are safe, well and  have a Blessed Thanksgiving! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit
3d Mums and Fall Flowers SVG Kit
Harvest Country Home SVG Collection
Autumn Elements SVG Collection
Gourds Galore SVG Collection

Supplies Used:
American Craft Card Stock: Apricot, Sunflower, Olive, Coffee, Grape, Pomegrante
Bazzill Card Stock: Bitter Chocolate (hat) Moca Divine (band)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Pen
Stampin Up Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Real Red(sunflower)
Close to my Heart Ink Tulip
Brilliance Copper Ink
Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles Emboss Folder
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive

Note: It seems you cannot go online and look or download designs unless you go through your design program so here is the ID number for the wheat, #4288.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Visions Of Sugarplums...

Mornin' Y'all!
 I was putting away the PDF's from the last kit I made and a couple more ideas came to me. Now I wanted to keep this one as close to original as I could so there really isn't much altering and the idea stemmed from one of Mary's other kits called Fright Night SVG Kit. I took the idea from the witch decor bag again using small circles I put a few here and there to add a starry magical look to it. The Bag I used was the Sugarplum Fairy bag from Christmas Gift Bags SVG Kit, so lets get started and to set our mood play the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies song from the Nut Cracker! You don't really have to but that of course is what was going though my head.  Lets get Started.

Put all the pieces for the Sugar Plum Fairy Bag onto your virtual mat and arrange them the way Mary has them on the bag. First I drew lines where the scoring would be when you score it on your scoreboard. This helped me get the pieces in the right places. Then make different sized circles and place them one in the center of the burst where her hand is pointing to and around the bag to emulate stars. I started with really small circles but should have gone a bit larger so try about a W.0.170 on a piece of scratch paper and see how you like the size. Choose your first circle then holding down the shift key choose all the other circles one by one and lastly your burst and bag itself. Then go to modify and subtract and that should make tiny holes in your bag for the lights to shine through. Move all your pieces except the bag off the mat and cut the bag then all the other pieces.

Now comes the part where most men cringe,using Versa Mark and Heat and stick add glitter to your white branches and the star burst. I used one of my favorite glitters, Art Glitter Ultra fine Translucent Crystal Glitter. I use this one because it has a wonderful way of picking up the color it is adhered to and makes it look so different. It is VERY messy and I often have glitter on me for days but who doesn't love a little sparkle once in a while? Heat set it and then set it aside for the assembly later.

I decided that it needed snowflakes so I got out a small snowflake stamp from Winter in the Park by Lawn Fawn. Using the Versa Mark again I stamped snowflakes here and there and then used Stampin' Up White Emboss powder to make snowflakes on the bag itself. I also stamped them onto the fairies wings which I had cut out of Stampin Up Card Stock weight Vellum. Seriously, once you try this stuff you know why I use it all the time. I love the card stock weight vellum!

I put everything on the bag making sure to not cover holes I had put in,  then added 3d zots to adhere the wings onto the back of the fairy. I added an extra 3d zots to the back of the fairy below the wings and put her onto the front. Carefully lay the open bag onto the front so you can tape the fairy lights to the inside of the bag over the holes. I used plastic wound tape as I wanted to be able to remove them, when I was ready to put away the Christmas Decoration at a later date. Next glue the side of the bag together and fold the flaps into the slots and turn on you fairy lights. Volia! it is done!
 Super simple and I will bet it will take you even less time of you don't add all the glitter or use already glittered paper and a great pattern paper. There are LOTS of great papers out there and it only took me an hour to make even with the glitter and making dinner in between. I do take my time though as part of the fun for me is designing it and then seeing it come to life. The other thing I like about this is it is a small bag and doesn't take up to much space. If you wanted to make one for someone who doesn't have a ton of space this would be perfect.
 Although I was really tempted to put on the music from Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, I was content with it playing in my head.  Music helps set the mood if I am having trouble creating a seasonal or period item. Example if I am making something vintage from the 1920's I will listen to music from that period. Just a trick I use to help the creative mood to flow... anyhoo, thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits Used:
Christmas Gift Bags SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Bazzill Card Stock: Tropical, Smooth White, Turquoise Mist, Atlantic
Stampin Up Card Stock Vellum
Stampin Up Heat and Stick
Stampin Up White Emboss Powder
Lawn Fawn: Winter in the Park Stamp Set.
Stampin Up Heat Gun
Zots 3d Glue Dots
Scotch Quick Dry Adheisive

 Fairy Lights I used:
Supernight Blue Starry Starry Led Lights

Friday, November 21, 2014

Put a little Jingle...

Afternoon Y'all,

Most of us bring a small gift for our hostess when we attend a function during the holidays. Sometimes as in our case, we go to the women's bible study and will be exchanging and "stealing" a white elephant gift. The idea is to make your gift look really great so they are wondering is it a gift you don't want or is it a really nice gift. Even if your intending to put a gift card in this bag I really think it will make a great impression and it was REALLY easy too!

I used the fireplace bag from Christmas Gift Bags SVG Kit and made the fireplace smaller so it would look like the snowman was warming himself. Cut the bag at the size it imports then bring the fireplace pieces and the stocking onto your virtual mat and group them all so your sure to have the right size for everything. When all of my peices were grouped including the stocking the whole thing was H 5.822 but the size of your fireplace will depend on your choice for the snowman size. I had already cut and made my snowman and so I made the fireplace smaller to accommodate the whole thing. I used Sizzix Brick emboss folder for the fireplace and Sizzix woodgrain for the fire, this was to give a bit of texture and movement to the fire itself. Cut, and  ink the fire pieces with spiced marmalade distress ink. Glue the pieces together then emboss with the woodgrain emboss folder. Add more ink if you feel it needs a bit more. The fireplace cut out was embossed with brick emboss folder by Tim Holtz and then inked with Vintage Photo Ink also from Tim Holtz. The bag itself was cut from Simple Stories Cozy Christmas and then the edges were inked with Vintage Photo Ink. I scored the bag with my Martha Steward score board. I think you could add the score lines so your machine will do it but I felt doing it with my scoreboard gave the bag a little more stability.
The snowman is from Snowman Village SVG Kit. It is called a kit because each snow-person or animal can be made into a bag. Pretty cool Huh? The size I made my snow man for this bag was W 5.706 x H 3.500. This is of course will all the pieces put together on my virtual mat so I could see how I wanted it to look. I know what your thinking, how did she make the arms? Well that is just two arms one turned and then welded together in the position I wanted them. Then they are glued behind him a bit and the hand on the one side is brought forward. I used Victorian Velvet ink to add the blushed look to the sides of the snowman and my pearl chalk to make rosy cheeks. To add a bit of dimension I added pop dots to the back of the snowman or you can use dimensionals.

Glue the bag together then holding up the main piece of the fireplace and your snowman that is already glued together except for his arms to get an idea of where you want your snowman to be. The closer he is to the bottom the farther away he looks and more like he is not standing to close to that fire. We all know what happened to Frosty! Glue down your fireplace and fire then add the snowman.
The ribbon at the top of the bag was a red satin and then I tied bells onto the twine and threaded the rest of the twine under the back of the bow and tied it. The stocking is one of those fuzzy buttons that I bought in the Christmas section at Michaels. There you have it, a cute little bag waiting to be filled with a goody or a gift card for someone special. Another thought I had was to make a tag using a snowflake shape. Either way I am sure your recipient will think this is just too cute! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits Used:
Christmas Gift Bags SVG Kit
Snowman Village SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Simple Stories Cozy Christmas Collection
American Craft Card Stock: Carrot, Sunflower
Bazzill Card Stock: White, Black, Ruby Slippers
Tim Holtz Emboss Folders Brick, Woodgrain
Cuttlebug Emboss Folder Forest Branches
Tim Holtz  Distress inks, Spiced Marmalade,Victorian Velvet, Vintage Photo, gathered twings
1/4 in Red Satin Ribbon
Fuzzy Stocking button Michaels
Pebbles Pearlescent Chalks
Jingle Bells Michaels
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Hot glue for stocking button