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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

Supplies
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

CARDS, CARDS and More CARDS

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.

Supplies
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

Supplies
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

Supplies
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
Button


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


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Let's Go RV to The Great Outdoors!




Afternoon Y'all!
Carta Bella came out with a collection called The Great Outdoors.
It made me think of the trips we took to Silver Lake and Sequoia National Park. I have been going to Sequoia National Park since I was knee hi to a grass hopper.  It was a joy to share the Gigantism's with my then soon to be husband. Watching him walk up to one and look up was a memory I will treasure the rest of my life. This paper makes me think of the wonderful times we have had on our vacations and our many adventures.
My mind spun is so many directions with this paper and if Mary had gotten the old truck designed it would have been even harder to make the RV  from Dreaming Tree instead of the nifty trailer she has made and a truck to pull it.  She hasn't gotten it designed yet, so I made the RV from Dreaming Tree but I was not disappointed with the way it turned out. Sometimes there is so much to play with it is hard to decide what to make first!

I cut the trailer using Bazzill and American Craft Card Stock. I purchased the stamp set and ephemera as well to use with this RV. I wanted to stamp the bear and the squirrel as if they were riding in the RV. The ephemera was so I could use it on the RV to add to the theme of going on a vacation and in this case to camp. I love the name of the camp to Runamok, so cute!
I  used various badges from one of the papers and cut the odd shaped ones out by hand. For the round badges, I used my Epiphany craft 25 circle and the bubble caps. Each badge was inked on the edges and adhered with a dimensional from Stampin' Up to the side panel of the RV.  I used the Stop and Smell the Flowers stamp on the lower part of the RV. This stamp comes with the words stacked so I carefully cut the stamp down the center to get more use from the stamp. You could cut all the words apart as well, as long as you don't cut the letters this will be fine.

I altered the awning a little by taking out the circles and using my Martha Stewart Scoreboard I make small score lines between the circles. I was not careful when I got to this point and put the awning a bit to high so my lid doesn't fit quite snug as the design was intended. There is a small score line that shows where the awning should be placed. Pay more attention to it than I did and your lid will fit better. I got distracted with my next thought. ( Opps, yeah it happens. )

I wanted small metallic adhesives for the handle on the door but I don't have any that small or sliver, so I used Ranger liquid pearls. If you put your drop of liquid pearl down then tap underneath the paper where the drop was laid, it will flatten to look like an adhesive pearl. The silver textured paper was purchased at Michaels on my recent outing with my girlfriend. That gave the trim the texture I wanted and added to the wheels as well. I had been given a ton of stuff a few yrs ago and one of them were the bubble caps that fit the hubs of the wheels perfectly. woohoo! They are from Memory craft and called page pebbles, I do not know if they still make them.The ephemera was used at the top and accented with Echo Park enamel dots. I will list the collection they came from below. (I have a huge stash of enamel dots because I love using them.)

I used a clock arrow from Spare Parts (Hobby Lobby) on the top to make the "You are Here", indicating the tent. I added the Lodge ephemera to the top and the Outdoors to the front. Moving to the back of the van I used more ephemera for the back. Before putting the little spare tire box together I glued the circle of buffalo to the back then using my "pokey tool" (my stampin up gals term) from Stampin' up I made holes to stitch the buffalo to the top of the box. The thread I used was a black hemp twine from Close to my Heart. ( some of the stuff that was given to me) I used the silver textured paper for the bumper and added red glitter enamel dots for the tail lights. I still think I should have done the ladder in the silver paper and I may change it  The lantern was made using SVG cuts Camp S'more svg kit.  I made vintage camp lantern as small as I could still see it to put it together. I tried one that would have been a better size but I couldn't see it well enough to put it together. A small silver eyelet was put into the top back of the RV lid and linen thread from Stampin up was used to tie it to the back of the RV.

For the last side I used more ephemera on the top and added tiny brads to the sides using the "pokey" tool. I wanted to continue the Native American theme so I cut the camp Runamok sign out and then took it outside. I can remember seeing my mom do this with something she was making when I was a young girl. She used a match and lit the side of the paper on fire. When it had burned to the desired look she had a damp paper towel to put out the fire. I did this around the edges then poked holes in ends and tied it to sticks. The sticks were tied together first, then the sign was attached to the sticks. I adjusting the sticks to the desired look and glued them into place. I liked the compass ephemera, so I inked it with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo then glued it into a frame from Bead Landing and adhered a 25 bubble cap from Epiphany Crafts. The frame was attached  to the side of the RV using Ranger Glossy Accents. I used more glitter enamel dots for the front fog lights. I know we were supposed to put them in the bumper but it didn't look right to me, so I put it where I thought I had seen them.

Last and certainly not least, the fire box is from a kit called Camp Firefly svg. It is another of Mary's wonderful creations along with both kits I mentioned have such adorable stuff to go with them. You need to check them out as well. The fire box is made mini sized as well to fit the whole theme of this paper collection and RV. The bear and the raccoon were stickers I attached to cardstock then hand cut and added a stand to it so I could used them in the photos.

That is my RV from Dreaming Tree and Carta Bella, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it. I could have made so much more to go with it but you have to stop somewhere right? (like a canoe for the top)  I may have to make a trailer using this paper as well and who knows? if Mary Rudakas makes the truck that Katie Smiley and I want so bad I will just have to add that to my display in my room. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. I had a nice visit with you all.  May you have or make fond memories of a vacation gone by.  You could mark it with this RV and put photos of the people inside the windows along with signs for the outside of the places you visited. Let your imagination go wild and take you on an Adventure of making an RV from Dreaming Tree. Thanks for visitin' with me and Happy Craftin' Y'all!!!
Blessings, Sharalyn

Dreaming Tree SVG
Walt's RV SVG

SVG Cuts
Camp Firefly SVG Kit
Camp S'more SVG Kit

Supplies:
Carta Bella: The Great Outdoors Collection, Woodland Stamp Set
American Craft Card Stock: Aqua
Bazzill Card Stock: Turquoise Mist, Blackbird, Blush Red Dark
Recollections: Silver textured paper, Mini Metallic Brads
Stampin Up: Card Stock Vellum, Dimensional's, Linen Thread
Stampin Up Ink: Bermuda Bay, Chocolate Chip, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry
Tim Holtz: vintage photo
Memory Craft: Page Bubbles
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Close to my Heart: Black Hemp Thread
Echo Park: The Story of Fall Enamel Dots
My Minds Eye: Lost & Found Record it, Heirloom, Antique Enamel Dots
The Paper Studio: Spare Parts Clock hands( Hobby Lobby)
Ranger: Glossy Accents, Liquid Pearls
Bead Store: Metal Frames (Michaels in the bead section)
Sticks from our pine trees ( it had fallen)
Kool Tak: Clear 3d Squares
Martha Stewart Scoreboard
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo





Sunday, May 29, 2016

Prince to Princess Card

Evening all,
I am excited to share with you my "king" card made into a princess card. It could be made king, prince, queen, or princess. While making this I started to even think of a cute little monster theme. something like the Muppets would have.

All I could think of when I saw this card was pink, blue. As if I could hear the fairies in the Disney movie, Sleeping Beauty fight over the color of the dress.  What little princess that you know doesn't love the Disney movies and pretending she is the princess. Grab your cup of tea or coffee and lets look at this wonderful card.

 I used American Craft card stock in colors lip-gloss, sky to cut the card out.  I used silver glitter paper from Michael's to add the glitz to the card but keep it elegant. This is a small glitter grade and not a large one. I prefer to use something a little less tough on my blades and my machine. I like the weight of this card stock as it is not thick. Glitter is a must on something for a little girl or even a big girl loves glitter. To add this to the card I used Tim Holtz, star dust stickles. I used it around the windows, on the shingles and  around the gate or greeting opening.
 Looking at the card, I  felt that the card  needed some texture.  I cut a second center castle and using my scissors I cut the portion just below the tower and just above the windows for the smaller towers off. I ran the lower portion through my big shot using Tim Holtz bricked emboss folder. I used the same bricked emboss folder on the castle opening. For the roof of the center tower used Cuttlebug tiny bubbles emboss folder. I adhered each piece with kool tak clear 3D foam adhesives.

 On the vellum window I wanted to continue the pink, blue theme and made half of the window pink and half blue. To achieve this I used Tim Holtz distress inks colors, pickled raspberry and salty ocean. I blended the pink first and then the blue. You can add more to each color blending to the middle to get a more vibrant look.
I made the gate white and added lines to it using my Martha Stewart score board. To give the "boards" some depth I used my Copic marker C3. There was never any question about using rhinestones, this was also a must for me as I thought about the jewels that go with being a princess. Stamp or write a greeting under the gate and you have a wonderful card that will make any princess happy.

As I put this card together I was extremely impressed with the design aspect of it and yet it is so easy and fast to put together. As with any project the tough part is choosing the papers. I look forward to seeing your rendition of this amazing and yet simple card. Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. I hope you enjoyed my princess card and may all your dreams come true! Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn


3DSVG Used:

King of the Castle Cascade Card SVG


Supplies:
American Craft Card Stock: Lip-gloss, Sky, White, Wave
Recollections: Silver Glitter Paper, Clear Rhinestones
Stampin' Up: Card Stock Vellum
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Pickled Raspberry, Salty Ocean
Tim Holtz Emboss Folder: Bricked
Cuttlebug emboss Folder: Tiny Bubbles
Ranger Stickles: Star Dust
Hero Arts: Light Blue Rhinestones
Copic Marker: C3
Kool Tak 3D Foam Adhesives
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo

Friday, May 20, 2016

Time for Graduation Cards!

Morning everyone!
Today I am bringing you a quick card I made for our Riley who is graduating from the 6th grade and becoming a teenager. Where does the time go? This is one of our 6 grandsons and the third to become a teen, before I know it I will be making wedding cards for them! I say it was quick as I used the  You're Invited SVG Bundle from Dreaming Tree and turned it into a "grad cap" so to speak for Riley. Grab a cup of Coffee or Tea and lets get started on this card.

Using the Scroll Greeting Card I cut the card from black card stock, then added Brilliant gold ink to the outside and inside of the card base. I  used my cut and print feature on my Silhouette Cameo, to made the greeting for Riley's Card.  I made a tassel for the band that goes around the card and instead of making the flower I made 5 donut shapes and then two solid circles to be glued on top of the brad.  Glue the 5 donut shapes together one on top of the other, then after you have made your tassel put the loop through the hole and a brad as well to hold the loop in place. Glue the two solid shapes together and adhere to the top of the brad. Adhere that to the top of your glued band. I used a solid piece of card stock for the front of the card to hide the words instead of a piece of vellum. This gave it a more masculine look and added to the look of the grad cap.

I could have removed a lot of the scrolls on the front to make it more masculine as well but Riley is very creative and I thought he would like it that way. That is my quick card and I hope you enjoyed it. Riley I am sure will love it because grandma made it. He is a sweet quiet boy full of smiles for me anytime we see him, but then so are all of my daughters boys! I don't get to see the others enough as Chris is still in the Navy serving our country for 18 yrs. I couldn't be more proud of both of my kids and grandkids. I will get to see the other two this weekend for an entire week! I am so excited.

On this memorial week coming up take time to thank a service man or woman for their service to our country and for protecting your freedom. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Have  a wonderful week y'all and Happy Craftin'!
Blessings, Sharalyn

3D SVG Used:
You're Invited SVG Bundle

Supplies Used:
Recollections: Black Card Stock, White Card Stock
Brilliant: Gold Ink
DMC Embroidery Thread: Color #725
Black Brad
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo
Printer

Note: To make the tassel you can Goggle how to make a tassel or do a search on Youtube