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Monday, January 18, 2016

Logs you so Much!

Hey y'all,
As I started writing this my page told me the last post I made was October 28, 2015. That was quite a while ago.
  I saw the freebie that Mary made for her latest kit Winter Lodge SVG kit.  Really did you see how cute it is????  Y'all it has a place for lights under the roof! I haven't picked it up yet but I am looking forward to putting one together with my style of course.
 The freebie is a bag that looks like a log with a heart in the center. So cute! When I saw it it got me thinking, wouldn't it be cute if that was a box/ lantern?  I had wanted a taller thinner box that opens at the top but there really hasn't been one I could modify to fit my ideas. I will have to share this with Mary sometime.
 Anyhoo, I used the small snowflake box from Winter Gazebo SVG Kit to make this log. I also used the Stem from Pick A Pumpkin SVG Kit , which is my very favorite kit of Mary's. Lets get started on this, Logs you so much!

Download the free Free Valentines-tree-bag you will find  on the home page under free designs. I used the brown_dark, as a template to bring the heart onto the box front. If you design in silhouette studio (I have designer addition) like I do you have to group score lines before duplicating and moving files around. I have only had to do this with SVG files. Bring the bottom_sides svg on to your virtual mat and size to the size listed at the bottom of this post. Release compound path and un-group. Do not move anything yet.
 Use the brown_dark svg and place it over one bottoms_sides svg of the small snowflake box. Duplicate the brown_dark svg and move your extra off the the side you will be using it later.  Line the score lines on the brown_dark svg with the score lines bottom_sides svg, release compound path on the brown_dark svg and un-group. Do not move anything. I made a duplicate of the heart cut out for the box to make the vellum piece which I will explain later. Move your duplicate off to the side.   Choose where the heart is and holding down the shift key choose the bottom_sides svg click on modify and subtract. Choose the score lines for the bottom_sides svg and holding down the shift key choose the body of the bottom_sides svg. Group and move aside. Now delete the brown_dark rectangle and keep the small circles to use in the lid later or you can punch the holes in the lid with a hole punch. Delete the score lines from the brown_dark svg.

When I do this I have two windows open so the original is not altered.  Studio will ask if you want to save changes to your brown_dark svg when you try to close the window, choose no. This will assure the original design is not altered the next time you want to use it.
Now move the bottom _sides svg back onto your mat and un-group and release compound path again. This is so you can delete the score lines in the open heart. I deleted the score lines in the center of the heart and just above the heart where Mary had them on the brown_dark svg. This way the heart will not be scored down to far or "cut" anything off when you fold the box.  Make a compound path again and group your score lines when you are done. I cut the bottom_sides svg and bottom of the box using Bazzill cinnamon.
  To make your Vellum piece, use the offset window and trace outside of the heart. Check to be  sure it is large enough to fit over the cut out on the box on the inside. I will list all the sizes I cut at the bottom of this post.
Use the white svg from the free Valentines_tree_bag svg for the heart on the lid of your box. Again make two of them using the first to offset and use as the inside piece of the lid. I did another offset to make the vellum for the inside of the lid.

I wanted the same bark look Mary had achieved, so using the brown_dark svg I  placing it over my box sides on my virtual mat.  Using my knife tool, I cut  small portions of the sides off for a better fit. Make a duplicate and un-group, release compound path and delete the heart and circles. Use this as your back piece for the box. I used Tim Holtz wood grain emboss folder on the accent pieces as well as the sides and tops of the lid. I inked the panel with white ink, lightly rubbing the pad across the emboss to make the embossing pop.
I made a duplicate of the stem then using my polygon tool I made a five sided polygon to place in the center of the completed stem. I inked the edges with dark brown and drew a spiral for the center to make it look more like a cut branch, set aside to glue to the end of your stem once it is in place on the log. Cut the stem from  Pick A Pumpkin SVG Kit at the size on the bottom of this post and assemble.
 Assemble the box gluing your vellum to the inside first then continue assembling the box as Mary instructs. Adhere the "bark pieces to the front of your box and glue the stem which is now your branch to the side.
 Add leaves to the branch if you like. I cut mine with scissors, a simple oval shape. Ink the edges with a darker green ink and add veins using a dark green marker. Mary has many files that include leaves that you could use as well. Check your PDF's for ideas. I suggest looking in Autumn files or Spring related files.

I used 4 lengths of peppermint twine and two of raspberry cupcake from Trendy Twine. Separate them into three groups and braid. I loosely tied the ends into knots while braiding then undid them and put the ends from outside into the lid, then retie the knots. Cut off the excess.

I cut the black chalk board piece for the front using the chalkboard.svg. I used a white gel pen to write the message on the front, then adhere the chalk board piece to the vellum. I gave the heart a bit of a curve before adhering it to the vellum, holding in place a little longer than you would paper.
To finish off the top I added a red foiled heart to the top. I cut this using the chalk board piece as well then glued into place. It is smaller and the size will be listed for you.

A  variation could be to use the center heart to celebrate a wedding or anniversary date. Add a photo of the  happy couple in a double heart making a frame out of paper to go over it. My suggestion would be to cut the heart frame 5 times gluing one on top of the other before adding the photos. If you have the large Epiphany heart tool and some charms you could put the photos in that and tie them around the branch. Now you can either fill the box with your gift or add a battery operated tea light for a romantic center piece. However you decide to use this I am sure your recipient will love it.

 Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my post. There have been many challenges for me this year and I thank you so much for hanging in there with me. Should you decide to make this creation, I hope you will share it on SVG Cuts Facebook page or on my Facebook page, Shara's Paper Creations. Thanks again for stopping by and settin a spell with me and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
  Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Cuts Kits Used:
Free Valentines-tree-bag
Winter Gazebo SVG Kit
 Pick A Pumpkin SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Bazzill Card Stock: Cinnamon, Mud Pie
American Craft Card Stock: Emerald (leaves)
Stampin Up: Card Stock Vellum, Early Espresso Marker
Red Foil Card Stock from a Martha Steward Christmas Pad
Chalk Board Card Stock: Michaels
ColorBox Ink: Frost White
Copic Marker: YG67
Sakura: White Gel Pen
Trendy Twine: Peppermint, Raspberry Cupcake
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Designer Addition

bottom_sides svg. W 6.764 x 4.302 H
bottom svg. W 7.705 x 4.218 H  (grouped insert and bottom of box)
brown_ dark svg. W 6.152 x 3.824 H
box_lid_sides svg. W 6.818 x 0.862 H ( use your knife tool to cut off to size)
box_lid_ top svg W 3.689 x 4.260 H
box_lid_ insert svg W 3.560 x 4.110 H
heart_vellum_box W 4.276 x 2.637 H
chalkboard_heart W 2.320 x 1.956 H 
heart_vellum_box_lid W 2.965 x 2.539 H
heart_ red_box_lid W 1.50 x 1.223 H
stem svg W 4.323 x 2.334 H
5 sided polygon for stem end W 0.581 x 0.555
Note: Instructions for assembling the box are in the video tutorial for the Winter Gazebo SVG Kit.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

More than a simple Gift

Good MorningY'all,
Today I am bringing another Bendi card to you and I hope you like it. I love seeing what others do with these and how their creative minds work. My mind, as late has been cluttered with other things and I thank the person who gave me these cards very much. We all need others to come along side us and lift us up once in a while. It has helped me find my creative place again when I found it very difficult to create.

I wasn't going to do another blended background but couldn't find something in my stash that I just loved.  I made another blended background using Tim Holtz Distress inks, added white dots and some "shooting starts". I added  a few clear glitter dots and spritzed it with perfect pearls again. I will list the colors I used in my supplies list at the bottom of this post. I wanted the moon to look a bit silvery, well I sort of achieved that. I used a piece of card stock vellum sponged the back of it with Stampin' Up going grey and shimmered the front with Wink of Stella Pen and some Star Dust Stickles. I adhered the vellum once it dried to the back of the background then glued the background into place.

I wanted the trees and the house to have more dimension so I added the extra trees and made another house cutting off the roof and embossing the body of the house with Tim Holtz Bricked emboss folder. The trees and the house can be found in the extras file. The trees were smudged with a q-tip and white ink to give a snow effect. I learned that from Sandy Allnock. She did that on a card and I thought it was so cool. Learning techniques from others can feed your creativity so watch those videos of others making their card and take classes when you can.

I added star dust stickles to portions of the card to give it some sparkle. While I loved the simplicity of this card, I of course had to add my own touch. I decided the snowflakes needed some holes so I added some to the Silent Night banner by using a 5 sided octagon W0.079 x 0.083 H. I angled them in various directions to add interest then selected the entire snowflake and right clicked then chose "make compound path".

After I thought I had completed the card, I felt it needed something off the left side so using the extra snowflakes I made some holes in those as well. I used a 5 sided octagon measuring W 0.149 x 0.151 H. I angled those and then added a center 6 sided octagon W 0.156 x 0.167 H.  It still needed a bit more to my eye so I added another 6 sided octagon to each tip of the snowflake and the size for that was W 0.093 x 0.100 H. I did not get a few centered properly but I have since fixed that on my design. Again select the entire snowflake, right click and "make a compound path". I cut mine snowflakes at two sizes W 1.197 x 1.101 H and W 0.962 x 0.885 H. I adhered them using the Kool Tak clear squares and then added star dust stickels to those as well.

That is my Silent Night bendi card and if you can stand one more post about the bendi cards I will make the last one and post it as well. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Again many thanks to the person who gave me the card kit, it has helped in more ways than you can imagine. From my heart to yours I thank you.  I hope you have a lovely day and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

 Dreaming Tree SVG Kits Used:
Christmas Bendi Cards

Supplies Used:
Bazzill Card Stock: White, Fairytale
Recollections Black Card Stock
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Black Soot.
Tim Holtz round blending tool.
Post it labeling tape( to hold the card in place while blending)
Saukura White gel pen, Clear glitter pen
Zig: clear Wink of Stella Pen
Stampin' Up: Card Stock Vellum, Going Grey Ink
ColorBox Frost White Pigment Ink
Makeup q- tips
Ranger Star Dust Stickles
Kool Tack Clear 3d foam pads
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Cameo

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Blending Bendi Christmas Card

Morning Y'all!
I am hoping November brings us our cool temperatures and I am able to craft full time again. Life has been a bit crazy!
Today I am bringing to you a lovely card from Dreaming Tree, called a Bendi Card. Honestly I had no idea what that was, I guess I have been caught up in my own little world but I love the concept of it. The idea is the front is bent and held into place with the slots so the card can stand.  The Believe card from this collection was so cute and of course I had to add my touch to it. So here it is and I hope you like it.

When I saw this card I knew I wanted to do a blended background for the sky. Using Tim Holtz Inks I blended broken china, seedless grape, chipped sapphire and black soot. Go light on the last one and just around the top of the card to add that dark sky look.
Then I spritzed the paper with perfect pearls and water and dried with my heat tool.
The paper may curl a bit but if you use your heat tool you can get it back into shape. It helps to put a paper over your ink blending and something heavy like books or something to flatten it a bit while you work on the rest of the card.
Note: I did not blend all the way down the card but checked to see where the trees would cover and stopped just below it.

The trees looked great but I thought that some green needed to show through so I added a few strokes of my YG63 Copic pen. Then to add a some sparkle to the snow, I added Star Dust Stickles. I used this glitter glue a lot on this card, using it around the fence on the snow bank on the snow man and adding squiggles to the snow for a moon glistening affect.

The paper Collection I used was Simple Stories Cozy Christmas. This is a paper pack from last year but I just loved it and really haven't bought anything new yet this year. I used the brown on the fence because to me fences are brown. The holy is a patterned green paper from this pack as well as the berries. I added Glossy accents to the berries for shine. Set aside to dry while you work on the rest of the card.

 I wanted the lead reindeer to have a red nose so using xmas red stickles I added it to the nose and then to Santa's hat as well. I used Ranger White Enamel for the tip and around the cuff of the hat for the fur. I then added tips and swirls of a Clear Wink of Stella pen to the sleigh and reindeer at their feet.

  From this paper pack I found a nice paper that worked well for the moon to have a glow affect. A small scrap was  adhered to the back of the card then the blended background was glued into place. The trees were adhered then more squiggles of Star dust stickles. Make sure you give these extra touches time to dry before you glue them into place.

I found the arms in the extras file and using the same paper I used for the fence I cut out the arms and glued them into place. The hat and the scarf just didn't seem right to make them both red although I liked it. I made the scarf green and the hat black adding some stickles to the hat brim and the top.

I used 3d glue dots for the believe, sleigh, snow drift and the berries on the holly.
The enamel dots were from this collection as well.

I really liked the clean look of this card as Leo and Kyle showed it but for me it needed a little more bling. It is just my take on it and I hope you enjoy it. Thanks so much for stopping my and reading my blog. It has been a challenge typing this while a young kitten disconnects your extra monitor cord and runs on the key board and such but I am so thankful to have a kitty again. Thanks again and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

Dreaming Tree svg  Kits Used:
Christmas Bendi Cards

Supplies Used:
Bazzill  Card Stock: White
Neenah Solar White Card Stock (sky)
American Craft Card Stock: Black
Simple Stories: Cozy Christmas Collection
Simple Stories Enamel dots
Ranger Stickles: Star Dust, Xmas Red
Ranger Enamel Accents: White
Ranger Glossy Accents
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Broken China, Seedless Grape, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.
Tim Holtz: round blending tools
Zig: Clear Wink of Stella Pen
Sakura White Gel Pen
YG63 Copic Pen
kool tak clear foam pads
Scotch Quick Dry Adheisive
Silhouette Cameo Cutting Machine

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Pumpkin Smile Card

Mornin' Y'all!
I apologize for not posting for so long but my kitty I had of 7 yrs passed away from early feline kidney disease. I was  to sad to even think about crafting.
Now we are in the process of adopting a new baby, a boy this time whom my husband has named Opie. We are thrilled to have the pitter patter of little kitty feet again.
When I saw the newest kit, Barn Party SVG Kit, I just knew I wanted to make the card for Mark's mom. We have had an event filled summer. Mark's mom broke her hip and though she has had a partial hip replacement, at 95 she knew she just couldn't live alone anymore. She has moved to a senior assisted living physicality only 5 min. away from my sister in law in San Dimas California. Not having her so close anymore I wanted to make this Halloween card for her. This card is just to cute for words but of course I had to add my own twist to it. I hope you enjoy it. Please read the instructions before you cut anything.

I started with the Barn Party SVG Kit and opened the Haunted Barn svg, where I imported the corn_stalks svg to my virtual mat.  Using my knife, I cut off the bottom portion of the corn stalks. I sized the cut corn stalks to W 4.910 x 1.397 H. Resize your trim  pieces by reducing the height  a bit.  I took off 0.125 from the height. Use your calculator to figure out what you need to enter in the height measurement. The orange trim was sized to W 4.500 x 1.056 H. Now you do the purple trim using this method. You will need to uncheck the Lock Aspect box to keep the proper width.  Make sure you release compound path and un- group your score lines first. Then once you have played around a bit to just miss those cut lines you can  weld the corn stalks to the edges of your trim pieces. Make a duplicate of your cornstalks before you do this. I have learned that when I don't make a duplicate I am always sorry. If you find you don't need it you can always delete it when your card is completed.  Regroup your cut lines to the corn trim and cut as usual.
 If you do not shorten the length of the trim it will be to long for the card. I will list the colors of card stock I used at the bottom of this post. I used my Forest Branches Cuttlebug embossing folder to add texture to the corn stalks and inked them with Tim Holtz Rusty Hinges and Gathered Twigs ink. Slightly curl the stalks with a pen or a wooden dowel.  
Note: I did have to move two of the cut lines just slightly to keep from cutting into my corn stalk.

To cover the fringe on the top of the card I drew a rectangle W 4.502 x 1.086 H. I ungrouped and released compound path on black 1. Holding down the shift key select each cut line and group them. Then duplicate the cut lines and place in the same place on your rectangle as on the card base. Group those to your rectangle and move aside. Regroup all the cut lines, score lines and cut outs. Sometimes getting the compound path back can be difficult so just regrouping will give you back all the cuts without the headaches.
I cut my card base using Truffle Bazzill card stock and used Echo Park The Story of Fall Collection to make my card. When I find a collection I really like I try to buy the 6x6 pad and the 12 x 12 collection. The smaller scale of the 6x6 pad works great for cards and if you need a smaller pattern for an area on your 3D project you will be thrilled you have it. I used the edge of one of the papers to add the flowers to the top trim.( the rectangle you made with the cut lines) I assembled the card body then cut my pumpkins out.

The pumpkins were cut using American Craft Carrot card stock. I darkened the faces first with Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade, then darkened the lines of the pumpkins with my Stampin' write Dusty Durango marker. I also added a few extra lines around the mouth and eyebrow's on some. I cut the white, using Sunflower AC card stock because I wanted them to look like they were glowing, then decided I wanted to darken it as well using a Crushed Curry Stampin write pen. I added black pearls from Michaels for the eyes. The pumpkins were adhered to their spots and the glowing affect was enhanced with a clear Zig Wink of Stella pen.

The Stars on the card also benefited from the Crushed Curry Stampin' write pen and the Zig Wink of Stella pen. I added a couple of enamel dots from Echo Parks The Story of Fall Collection. The panels_black were cut from Truffle Bazzill card stock and embossed with Echo Park Falling Leaves embossing folder. I added Cappuccino twine bows, from The Twinery to the edges of the pennants on the sides like Mary did on her card.

That was how I made this card. I like the way it turned out so I will be making another and sending to my mom and dad as well. All in all this is a wonderful new kit from Mary who is very talented, but you don't have to take my word for it. Just click on the links below and you will see for yourself the wonderful kits and collections that are available. Thank you so much for reading my blog and for understanding my absence. I am sure I will have many stories about Opie as we have not had a kitten for 7 yrs.  Have a wonderful day and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

Stay tuned I will be making the Barn in a non scary form as well. So much to play with in this wonderful kit! A special note of thanks to Katie Smiley for "missing me" it touched my heart greatly. Thank you Katie! I missed you all as well.

SVG Kits Used:
Barn Party SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Echo Park The Story of Fall Collection: 6x6 pad
Echo Park The Story of Fall: Enamel Dots
Echo Park The Story of Fall Collection: Falling Leaves Emboss Folder
Bazzill Card Stock: Truffle, Pollen
American Craft Card Stock: Sunflower, Carrot
The Twinery: Cappuccino Twine
Cuttlebug: Forest Branches Embossing Folder
Zig: Wink of Stella Clear Pen
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Gathered Twigs, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge
Stampin' write: Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry
Recollections: Small Black Pearls
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette America: Cameo Cutting Machine

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Scarecrow Mason Jar Topper

Hey Y'all,
I had a new friend coming over to see my space and decided to change all my decorations on my shelf to fall. I had Easter through July on them.  As I put my fall decor up, I moved Christmas decor into two boxes.  This would make it easier to find and change to Christmas decor when the time came. One of the things I came across the snowman topper for a mason jar. I thought, I  should make one as a scarecrow and wondered, why didn't I do that last year? As I tried to make one I realized why I hadn't done that last year. I didn't make one because the head for the snowman had ten pieces and the two hats I thought would work had eight and six pieces. I went to work and made one using ten pieces but it didn't look right and I wasn't sure why? As I sat thinking about it I took the hat off a small unfinished pumpkin from last year and put in on the head. That was it! The hat was to small for the head. It would take some filling in the gaps underneath with raffia but it would be perfectly. That is how this cute little guy came about and he makes me smile every time I look at him.

Cut the hat.svg from Haunted Forest SVG Kit at W 7.529 x 5.603 H. Cut the hat_panels.svg at W. 6.142 x 3.022 H. Assemble the hat then using a small flower punch, cut "bites" out of the brim. Use a distress tool (rough nail buffer or a real distress tool) to give the hat a look of wear to it. I used Cuttlebug Tiny Mosaic emboss folder on the panels for texture. You can do the emboss straight or turn your pieces so that the mosaic comes out triangles. Ink the hat and panel pieces with Tim Holtz rusty hinge then use gathered twigs. I ink my panels before I put them on to ink the edges of each panel piece, this brings out more detail. Glue your hat_panels.svgs to the hat. Squeeze the top of the hat together and using scissors cut the top off, squeeze the hat the other way and cut off just the tips sticking up. Distress the top and ink with Tim Holtz gathered twigs,set aside to dry.

From Santa's Sweets SVG Kit cut the white. svg from Mason Jar Snowman file. Cut at the size it imports, the size is W8.000 x 4.829 H. I used American Craft Card Stock color, Latte. Glue the head together and cut the nose.svg from Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit. I cut three and glued one on top of the other for dimension. The size for those are as they import which is W 0.400 x 0.542 H. I used a dark brown pen to add the x's around the nose. Line the bottom of the nose up with the cut out and glue just over your cut out. Using a pencil decide where you want your eyes and add eye lashes. Do the same for your mouth. Draw your mouth on with the pencil as well. You can fill it in with a brown pen after your sure it is the way you would like it to look. I used Pearlescent Chalk to add my "cheeks". I used large Black Enamel dots for the eyes.

 NOTE: Try the hat on your snowman so you can see how far down the hat goes. I glued the hat on first then put the eyes and nose on and it made it difficult to get the eye lashes in the right place.

Glue the hat into place pushing the head tabs to the inside of the hat. It will not match perfectly so don't try. You will be filling the gabs in with raffia hot glued into place. Don't worry about getting the raffia a certain length before you glue as you could burn your fingers with shorter pieces. You can give your scarecrow a haircut after the glue has cooled.

Fill your eyelashes and mouth in once you have adhered the eyes.  Hot glue the ribbon for the hat into place cutting a tiny notches around the bottom for a better fit. These were cut to fit at the "seams" of the hat.  I added a few pieces of raffia to the top inside using hot glue.

The sunflower is from 3D Mums and Fall Flowers SVG Kit. Cut the petals.svg at W 4.092 x 1.874 H. Cut the centers.svg at W.4.311 x 1.938 H. I used mustard colored American Craft Card Stock to cut the petals and inked the flower with Stampin Up Rich Razzleberry. The centers were cut using Coffee American Craft Card stock. The center  of the sunflower is one of the small circles from the center cuts for you sunflower. Emboss it with Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles Emboss folder then ink with Brilliance Copper ink. The sunflower is shaped with Mc Gill Flower Shaping tools. Bend your flower in half a bit then Hot glue into place. The wheat is from Our Thanksgiving Gathering SVG Collection  and is cut at W 0.500 x 1.74 H. The oak leaf is from Autumn Elements SVG Collection, I can only give you an about size on that one but if you size the leaf to about an 1.25 long you should be able to get the size I used. Make sure when you do that your lock aspect is checked. The crow is a sticker embellishment I picked up from Michaels a few yrs ago, I would love to find some more.  The tiny themed flats are from Those were my last two and I will need to place another order from them soon. I just love their buttons!

 You can use a ribbon or as I did cut a strip of fabric using pinking sheers and tie around the neck of the scarecrow head once you have place it on a sealed Maison Jar. I have filled mine with Candy Corn but you could fill it with anything. Pinterest has great ideas on what you can put in a Maison Jar as a gift. Take it to your Fall dinner parties or as a thank you gift for someone special. What ever you put inside I am sure it will be wonderful and they will have a cute scarecrow as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Your encouragements are much appreciated. If you make one of these cuties I would love to see it. You could post a picture on SVG Cuts or on my Facebook page Shara's Paper Creations. I love seeing other peoples ideas and hey, isn't that what crafting is all about?  Thanks again, have a wonderful day and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
 Haunted Forest SVG Kit
 Santa's Sweets SVG Kit
  Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit
 3D Mums and Fall Flowers SVG Kit
 Our Thanksgiving Gathering SVG Collection 
Autumn Elements SVG Collection

Supplies Used:
American Craft Card Stock: Mustard, Latte, Apricot, pomegranate, oregano
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: rusty hinge, Gathered twigs
Ranger Enamel Accents: White (dot on eyes)
 Pebbles Pearlescent Chalks
Cuttlebug Emboss Folders: Tiny Bubbles, Tiny Mosaics
Black Enamel Dots
Buttons Galore and More: Flat Buttons
Fine Brown Marker
Stampin Up: Jean Ribbon (discontinued but sure you can find it on ebay)
Fabric Scrap

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Change of Seasons

Hey y'all,
Every year about this time I get into a, I can't stand this heat anymore please someone give me some fall mood! I have hit that point again and since this is my very favorite time of year I get a little crazy making just about anything in a fall theme. Spring Blossoms SVG Kit was my victim this time, I do hope you like it.

Start with the lantern from the Spring Blossoms SVG Kit and cut the lantern out. I used Bazzill Cinnamon Stick for the base and then cut the panels_bottom, panels_top and panels_middle out of Bazzill Truffle. I like the grass textured paper and so does my machine but this time it really worked in my favor to have that texture. I used my Hero Arts wood-grain background stamp to make the wood look on the paper. I used a darker ink for the wood-grain which was Tim Holtz gathered twigs, then I used Tim Holtz rusty hinge all over the top of the wood-grain. That really made it look like wood and I was a bit surprised at how much it looked like wood. To make the window cuts stand out I inked just the window portion of the lantern with gathered twigs. After it dried I added my vellum to the inside of the lantern. The panels were inked and embossed with Tim Holtz Birch Trees emboss folder and Tim Holtz gathered twigs ink.

The vellum was made for another project but I wasn't happy with the way the project looked so it was set aside for another project. I made the vellum using Tim Holtz inks and my Basic Grey Finery stamp set. This was one of the first stamp sets I bought and I still used it 5 yrs later. The leaves of the stamp set are smooth and work quite well to add ink to portions of the stamp before stamping.The colors I used to stamp the vellum were mustard seed, fired brick and spiced marmalade. Using the Stampin Up leaf stamp from the Autumn Harvest Stamp set and Tim Holtz fired brick, Gold Brilliance ink, I stamped the single leaf for a bit more interest.  To achieve the yellowed look I inked the back of the vellum all over with Tim Holtz scattered straw ink pad. Let that dry and then apply the leaf side to the mat. I did it that way because the leaves had more time to dry and I wouldn't get ink all over my mat, cut your vellum pieces.
Note: Let each side dry thoroughly before inking the next side.

Assemble your lantern as per Mary's instructions. Using Bazzill Mud Pie card stock cut the branches from the Cherry Blossoms and Branch SVG Freebie.  Cut the Branch at W 2.454 x 1.864 H. I cut several as I wasn't sure how many I would use. I used Tim Holtz Birch Trees emboss folder to emboss the branches as wanted them to have some texture as well. I used my McGill Flower shaping tools to bend and curve the branches. ( you could also use a thin paint brush handle) I glued the oak leaves from Autumn Elements SVG Collection  cut at W 0.456 x 0.507 H to the branches.  I cut about 40 of each color as I knew they would not all come off the mat cleanly. The colors I used are American Craft pomegranate, Apricot, Sunflower. Using Scotch Quick dry adhesive and tweezers I glued each leaf into place after shaping them a bit. The tweezers were used to hold the leaves into place until the glue adhered. Use your artistic eye and think about trees you have seen that are loosing their leaves to decide where to put leaves. Add your light and make a tag or special card to go with it if you decide to give it as a gift. This is for my beautiful daughter whom loves fall as much as I do. She also appreciates all the things I make.

That is my lantern from the Spring Blossoms SVG Kit and I hope you like it. Experimenting can lead to a good thing but how will you know unless you try? I tried and my lantern looked amazingly like wood to me. Go for it! Experiment with your crafting! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog, much love and blessings to you all and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Spring Blossoms SVG Kit
 Autumn Elements SVG Collection 
Cherry Blossoms and Branch SVG Freebie.

Supplies Used:
Bazzill Card Stock: Cinnamon, Truffle, Mud Pie
American Craft Card Stock: Pomegranate, Apricot, Sunflower
Stampin Up: Card Stock Vellum
Hero Arts: Wood Grain Background Stamp
Stampin Up: Autumn Harvest Stamp Set (retired)
Basic Grey: Finery Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: fired brick, scattered straw, rusty hinge, gathered twigs, spiced marmalade
TSUKINEKO: Archival Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink
Hot Glue
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Cameo

P.S. I am still working on reloading all my photos to my blog, thank you all for your patience.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Minnie Ears for Crystal

Hello y'all!
As I write this my blog has no photos on it and the background is missing but, I am confident God is taking care of it all for me and will help me clear this up. Update: I erased the photos myself while "taking them off my phone", I will get them all back on there as soon as I can. It will take a while *face palm*

  I have a dear friend that just moved to Hawaii. She and her sweet husband were in our choir at church. Since he is military they move where the military tells them, so they had to move to Hawaii, every one say awe. Yes we will miss them but we wish them well. Anyhoo, she loves Mickey and Minnie mouse and because I am missing her, this idea popped into my head. I hope you love it.

Start with the baseball cap from Fun and Games SVG Kit. Using the baseball cap file, bring the cap_1 onto your virtual mat. Ungroup and release compound path, then remove the circles Mary used for holes in the cap. Draw a rectangle W0.984 x 3.205 H, you will need to double click this to move the nodes so that there is a curve matching the score line on the cap. This will allow the ears to fit naturally to the cap. Once it is the correct shape click on the cap and holding down the shift key select the rectangle now go to the modify window and select subtract. This will be the cut out for the ears. You will need two of those. Duplicate the cap piece you just made and flip it or mirror it. You can move the extra piece of cap you will not need off to the side.  You will need a total of 6 pieces. Be sure to regroup all your score lines to your cap. Select all and group. Now you can move the pieces without your score lines being in the wrong place.

Bring cap_2 onto your virtual mat and un-group and release compound path. Delete the cap with the brim and the extra brim and lines. Duplicate the octagon four times. Glue three together as you would for the bottom of the hat. The fourth I made smaller and used as an insert to cover the tabs on the bottom inside of the box. This is the size  used. W 5.636 x 4.881 H.

The ears were made using a circle W 3.477 x 3.477 H. I cut off the bottom of the circle and extended the nodes just a bit on the sides to mimic the Mickey ears. Double click on your circle to activate the node portion. You will know you have done it when you see grayed boxes at various points.  Add a node to the center of the flat portion, do this by clicking on the center of your line. Click and drag the node just under 3/4 of the way up. You're making a cut so that the ear curves a bit and the bottom will be your tabs to adhere to the inside of the cap. I added score lines on either side of the tabs across the sides. Make a duplicate of this ear and flip it, then cut two of each. Glue two sides of your ears facing each other, be sure not to glue your flaps together. Assemble the cap top and slide each ear into the slots you made. Glue the tabs onto the inside of the cap
The two side pieces of the cap with the slits for the ears should be towards the front not the back.
NOTE: It would be helpful to number your cap pieces as I got confused twice.

 Assemble the bottom of the cap as Mary instructs, you will just not have the bill or sun visor portion of the cap.

I made the free 3d Bow for Minnie's Cap. It was sized at W. 4.683 x 10.634 H . I did cut the ribbon portion of the bow down a bit with scissors but that it optional. I just felt the size was right but the ties were a bit to long. Cut and extra center if you wish and curve it a bit with a dowel or pencil. Make a loop and adhere to the top of the center bow.

You can now fill your Mickey or Minnie ears with whatever you like, or add a name to the back as if it was from Disneyland by using vinyl, or simply use a gold pen and using dash lines write the persons name. Have fun with it. I could imagine as I made this bear, bunny, dog or even antlers for Christmas!  Just be add a large red pom to the center front for the reindeer. Have fun with it that is the whole purpose and most of all give it away. The joy in making fun things like this is giving it away and seeing your recipients face. 
Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog, prayerfully it will be fixed soon. Hugs to all of you and thank you so much for continuing to encourage me. Thanks again so very much and Happy Craftin' Y'all!  Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits Used:
Fun and Games SVG Kit
Free 3-d bow

Supplies Used:
American Crafts Card Stock: Black
Stampin Up Designer  Paper- retired
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Cameo