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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

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Fire Crackers in a Box!

Hi everyone!!!

I just love the 4th of July! All the red, white and blue, in the stores is so festive! I start thinking about the 4th of July around Memorial Day, as that is around the time of my sons birth. Mark's mom was born on the 4th of July. I love the country vintage look  some of it has as well. The firecrackers I made are in that theme and I hope you enjoy them. I will share the other ideas I had for this at the bottom of this post.

I wanted my firecrackers to look at bit like the painted 4x4's that we often see about this time of year, so I started with the tall gift box from Gift Boxes SVG Kit . The first design is made using the box at the size it imports. I put sides1 on my virtual mat and made three long rectangles sized at W 0.379 x 6.406 H. To made sure they are placed properly, I made a small rectangle to fit the lid side outline then place this on the top of the sides1. This let me know how far down to place the stripes so the lid would not cover them. Draw a rectangle to fit just below the lid rectangle and then place your stripes inside larger rectangle. You can center them  inside this larger rectangle and then remove your larger rectangle once they are centered. Click on your side1 and un-group. Click on the un-grouped side1 and holding down our shift key select each "stripes". Go to the modify window and select subtract. Now you have your stripes. You will need to cut two of these sides1 out. I put vellum inside mine and you can do that as well by making the rectangle you used to center your stripes slightly smaller. Make sure you leave enough room to glue the flap to the inside. It has been my experience that the glue does not like to adhere to the vellum well, as a result I try to make the vellum slightly skinner on that side.

Now to make the trio of firecrackers you will only need to shrink them to the different sizes. I did notice that the smallest firecracker lid had covered the stripes at the top but it wasn't that much and it could be adjusted using the same method I used above. Here are the sizes for those firecracker sizes. The lid sizes were not saved but if you simply duplicate one for each firecracker and select all when you adjust each firecracker you should be good to go. The stars for the lids were added by using the stars from Stars and Stripes SVG Kit and were resized and rotated until I liked what I saw. You can either modify and subtract as you did above or simply arrange them. If you intend to move your lid at anytime make sure you group them.
Tall box side W 6.002 x 6.600 H  Vellum size for inside: Tall: W.2.141 x 5.815 H
Med box side W 6.002 x 5.622 H                                 Medium: W 2.353 x 4.705 H
Small box side W 6.002 4.643 H                                  Small: W 2.150 x 3.380 H

The Last one I designed was so I could use the battery operated single candle I found at Dollar Tree. Cut side1 is W 6.002 x 8.634 H, remember to cut two. I also designed accent pieces for the top of the lid sides, the size for those are: W 2.772 x 1.083 H. You can make accent pieces for the sides of the box were the stripes are as well by using your knife tool and cutting off the flaps then side them to W 2.568 x 5.810 H. I used overhead sheets to make the windows for this firecracker.

On all of them I used twine for the wick using hot glue to hold it into place. The stars on the twine is an extra piece of twine with stars glued back to back onto the twine. Decorate the rest with embellishment pieces you have in your stash. All firecrackers were inked with Tim Holtz gathered twigs distress ink.

This is an easy and fast project to make. My thought was you could do Happy one one side cut out vertically and then Birthday done the same on another side. You could add the bow that comes with this file,  to the top and a cute birthday tag. This could be done with Merry Christmas or Happy Chanukah or anything else you could think of. Add your vellum to the inside and they will only get a peek at the gift inside.

Those are my firecrackers and I hope you like the idea. Your most welcome to post photos on my Shara's Paper Creations Facebook page if you do make one. I would love to see what wonderful ideas you came up with. Thanks yo so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Have a wonderful day and Happy Craftin' Ya'll!

SVG Kits Used:
Gift Boxes SVG Kit
 Stars and Stripes SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Bazzill Card Stock: Maraschino, Artic
Ruby Slipplers
American Craft Card Stock: Vanilla
My Little Yellow Bicycle, Vintage Summer Collection
Maya Road Twine
Stampin Up Card Stock Vellum
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Buttons and Wire Ribbon from Stash
Battery Operated Candle: Dollar Tree

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rustic Glory

Mornin' Y'all!

I have a confession to make, I seriously love Americana! I am drawn to the simple, country, rustic look of it.  There is something about making your home feel warm and inviting  that appeals to me. I think Americana helps to make your home warm and inviting. I made this door or wall hanger whichever you prefer to call it, to welcome the celebration of our nations birth with a bit of the country feel I love so much. I hope you enjoy this creation.

I started with the crate from Caramel Apple Pie SVG kit. I used crate_face 1 at the size it imports and used the stars_top from Stars and Stripes SVG Kit in the star box file to make the stars in the crate_face 1. I replicated the stars until I had what I liked. You could do a circle or just a few or some large, whatever you like but I ended up with 42 stars measuring W 0.321x 0.313 H. I grouped them together then drew a box just inside the score lines for the top of the box. This helps to center things when your going to do a cut out. Click on your stars holding down the shift key and select your box, then using your align window center your stars. Move the box you drew off to the side and ungroup your score lines from your crate_face 1. You will need to select release compound path first then ungroup. Try not to move anything. Now select your crate_face1 box and holding down the shift key again choose the stars. Now open the modify window and select subtract. Go back and group your score lines to your box without moving things if you can help it. If you should move something click the back arrow at the top under the help menu or undo is another name for it.
I measured the size of the tea light as that was my original thought to use that as my light source. Mine measured about 1.5 inches in width, then I drew a circle that size, using the box  I centered the hole in the back side of the crate_face1 I used the top of the firecracker from Stars and Stripes SVG Kit and sized the lid from the firecracker to W 5.153 x 2.898 H. I did not use the top for the wick. Cut it out and help it shape a curve by "curling" the paper a bit with a pencil or dowel. You will be gluing the flaps to the inside of your hole. See picture. This will hold your tea light into place by making it fit snugly. I rolled the paper and inserted it into the hole first then glued the side into place. Fold your flaps down to the inside and add a bit of glue under each. Take your time as you do want these to stay into place.

I cut a square  W 4.126 x 3.982 H of Stampin Up's Card Stock Vellum. This is my favorite vellum to work with for windows and things like this. I used vellum adhesive to glue it into the inside of the crate_face1. I almost always have a bit of trouble getting things like this not to warp when I glue them but I have found that if I glue the long part of these first taking my time and then the ends I get a lot less warp to them.

Now for the stripes I used the crate_board1 and duplicated it again. You will need  two short or at the size they import, red boards and one white short board. I used vanilla colored American Craft Card Stock but you could use white as well.  Cut one vanilla and one red board sized at W 14.195 x 3.685 H.  These are your long boards. You will have to place it diagonal on your virtual mat to get it to fit.  Assemble your boards and ink edges with Tim Holtz vintage photo ink.

Lay them on your work surface and decide how far you want them apart. You do not have to be precise as it adds a bit of rustic look to it. I used 2.50 inch burlap ribbon to hold the flag together by hot gluing the stripes to it first. Then I folded the one for the blue portion of my flag in half and cut a triangle out, when I opened it up it fit perfectly over the circle for the tea light. I hot glued it all into place and added a few thin lines on the sides of the stripes and pressed the blue portion together.  The striped ribbon was from stampin up but I believe it has been discontinued. Any great ribbon will work for this. I used Linen thread to make the bows tied around the strap ends. Cut three different shaped stars and use your 3/16 hole punch to tie the thread through, Frey the ends for looks. The stars are also a layer of three each and inked with vintage photo. The rusted star was one I had but have found that has quite a few rusted and wonderful craft supplies at a fair price.

Well that is my rustic flag and I hope you love it as much as I do. I could not get a good photo of how much the stars light in the dark, but it is quite nice.  I would love to see a picture if you decide to make one, you can post it on my  Facebook page Shara's Paper Creations. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. I have more rustic Americana ideas to share with you so stay tuned, and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits used:
Caramel Apple Pie SVG Kit
Stars and Stripes SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Bazzill Card Stock: Admiral, Ruby Slipper
American Craft Card Stock: Vanilla
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Ink
Stampin Up Card Stock Vellum
Stampin Up Linen Thread
2.5 in. Burlap ribbon
Ribbon from Stash
wooden button
Rusted Star
Hot Glue
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
One Battery Operated Tea light
Silhouette Cameo

Monday, May 11, 2015

Home is where you make it...

Hi Everyone,

Our dear friends are got married last month and I made this as a wedding gift for them. They move around a lot and are nature lovers as well,  a bird house seemed just the right thing. Simply said, Home is were you make it.

I cut out the spool from Sew Crafty SVG Kit and assembled the sides first. Before I did that I used Versa Mark and my wood grain background stamp from Hero Arts to make a wood grain on all the pieces. Then I glued them together. Punch a 1inch circle for  the hole in the top piece first. I used my 3/8 inch punch to make the hole for the perch.  Use a pencil to draw a lines where the top holes fit over the bottom.  Punch the your holes in the bottom piece and use a wood skewer for the perch or a toothpick will work just as well.  Cutting Size for the spool pieces are W 7.980 x 6.206 H bottom, W 8.375 x 6.064 H top. Note: do not put your perch in yet.

Use the stand from the dress form to make the stand for your birdhouse. The stand is cut at the size it imports. Once again I used one of the cardboard inserts from the glow bracelets and necklaces to made the stand sturdy. The bottom of the stand has an slightly smaller octagon cut out of chipboard with a hole in the center for my finger to hold it into place as I glued the flaps on the bottom of it. Debs Crafty side has the whole instructions to this so go check it out on her blog.  I used chipboard instead so it could be cut with my machine. Glue decorative rocks from the dollar tree around the center hole to weight  the birdhouse down. Once you have the bottom assembled then you can take the pole  and insert it into the stand. I put the pole in first and then added hot glue down the center of the tube. I have had to many times when I added the glue and then put it into the stand and it wouldn't go all the way down to the bottom of the stand before it stuck. This makes your pole lean. Use the flaps on the top of your pole to insert into the bottom of the spool. Glue the flaps into place on the inside bottom.
Put the top of the spool on and line up your holes. Take your wooden skewer and glue it into place. I cut mine off afterward as I knew the stick would be small and difficult to work with. I wrapped twine around the spool and glued the end piece at the top of the spool.
 I cut 6 needles using Crafty Mice SVG Collection and glue each of them together for a 3d look.  I threaded a piece of twine into it and inserted the end into my tag before tying a knot. After I added the note to the tag I glued the tag into place and loosely wrapped the twine around the pole adding hot glue here and there to hold it securely into place. Hot glue your needle into place as well.
I wanted the thimble to be the top of the bird house so I cut and assembled it as well and then glued to the top of the spool. The size for the thimble pieces are: Pattern W 7.879 x 2.439 H  Solid W 7.879 x 3.243 H. I added buttons and lace from my stash using hot glue to adhere them.
The last thing I did was make the scissors for the top of the spool. I used the scissors from Dress Shop SVG Kit and sized those at W 1.082 x 1.940 H . Cut three and glue one on top of the other for thickness. A tiny brad works well to hole the scissors together.  Don't brother trying to cut the top of the scissors as it is very difficult to work with. I used Musical Notes emboss folder just on the scissors handles and darkened it with a Basic Grey ink from Stampin Up. I used Silver Fox Smooch on the blades of the scissors, then took a small scrap of ribbon and put it through the one handle. I used a stick pin from my little yellow bicycle to stick it through the top of the thimble.
Add some batting and twine strings to the inside and your done.

I know our friends will enjoy my gift  and I pray many years of happiness to come for them both. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Have a great day and Happy Craftin' y'all! Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Sew Crafty SVG Kit
Dress Shop SVG Kit
Crafty Mice SVG Collection

Supplies Used:
American Crafts Card Stock: Latte, Sea Foam, Concrete
Bazzill Card Stock: Cinnamon Stick, Smoky
Echo Park: Jack and Jill Collection
Hero Arts Wood Grain Background Stamp
Versa Mark Ink
Trendy Twine : Peppermint Stick
My Little Yellow Bicycle: wooden buttons stick pins
Buttons from Stash
Lace and Ric Rac from Stash.
Hot Glue Gun
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Cameo

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Plant in the Spring

Spring is upon us and I have been in full bloom sporting the Rudolf look and scratching my eyes! Please excuse my absence from my blog.

Any hoo the idea for this project came as I thought about those of you that were still covered in snow, in particular I was thinking of my friend Linda. I wanted to make something that would cheer her up and bring her the much needed spring even if it was only paper. Here is my Spring Planter that I called Plant in the Spring I wasn't going to enter it in the contest but when I finished it I thought I was so pretty I would try. 

I knew I wanted to make a wood look planter so I used the cornfield owl box from Acorn Autumn SVG Kit. I use Silhouette Designer Addition and it has a knife feature I like to use a lot. I cut the Cornstalks off first using this feature but you can do the same by cutting the box at W.5.974 X 3.142 H. That is the finished height after you cut the stalks off so yours will be taller if your doing it with scissors after you cut it out with your machine. I also wanted a water trough for it so I cut another box but made it much shorter. I counted up one score line from the bottom and cut across with my knife, then adjusted the node on the tab for gluing by tilting it down like Mary does. This helps the sides to fit properly. The sizes for the water trough are W 5.823 x W 1.158  and W 3.605 x 1.292 H. I made accent pieces for the planter by making  squares to fit just a little smaller than the inside of the cut lines on the cornfield owl planter box. Glue the boxes together, then glue your trough onto the bottom of your planter. I used the wood grain paper from Echo Parks Jack and Jill Collection.

I set that aside and began work on the poles for the birdhouses. I used the dress form bottom from Dress Shop SVG Kit. I cut it at the size it imports and weighted the bottom with the decorative rocks from Dollar Tree. You can glue them in place using Ranger Glossy Accents. I glued mine to the top inside of the stand as well.  I cut two of the bottom stands and while you cannot fit the stand bottoms both into the box nicely they will fit. ( I had to kinda squish one a bit) The pole part of the stand is made stronger using some cardboard inserts from the glow necklaces I bought from there for my grandchildren.( my daughter saved them for me when she saw how neat they were.. what a good daughter) The last pole is made using just two of the pole parts of the dress form and gluing those to one of the cardboard inserts. If you made three each of the two poles you could probably have the strength you would need. I have a shelf in my closet that has just that kind of thing in it. Inserts from foil toilet paper rolls and the like. Saving and reusing these is a nice way to recycle and helps the projects your making to be strong.
Wow how did I get down that rabbit hole as my pastor would say? Anyhoo, hot glue the stands and the extra pole to the inside of your planter box. I added extra hot glue and more of the rocks for weight as well. Cover the bottom with shredded paper. I used the paper from my daughters Julep boxes, yep recycled again, hey its free so I use it!
Cut and glue three extra stands to glue your bird houses on. Glue those to the top of your poles.

I made the birdhouses from Spring Birdhouses SVG Kit. These are the sizes of the tall and short houses I used. Bring all your pieces of the houses onto the mat and group them then size them to: W 10.361 x 7.011 H Tall Houses W 10.015 x 6.342 H Short Houses.  I added the score lines, holes for the boxes, and the house_front_bottom before I cut them.
 Using the circle cut out Mary made for the house_front_top as my guide I un-grouped the house_front_top and released compound path to find out what the size of the circle was then duplicated it for the box and the house_front_bottom piece and the box. Lay your house_front_bottom and house_front_top onto the box on your virtual mat to find the place your hole needs to be for the box. ( it helps to make some of these pieces a different color so you can see them better) once you have the hole lined up where you want it move your top piece out of the way and Select the box and the circles then modify and subtract so you have a cut out for the bird houses and house_front_bottom.  The size of the hole I made for the bird rest is W 0.140 x0.140 H. Group your score lines to your box before moving it. I used a wooden skewer for the bird rests glued into place. You can use hot glue or the Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.
 Cut the railing from the Seaside SVG Kit sized at W 8.207 x 1.277 H, this can be found in the lighthouse file. I used Tim Holtz Iced Spruce ink to distress the fence, stand and poles for the birdhouses before gluing the railing and houses into place. I added a bit of Spanish moss to my bird houses for looks.
The "vines" are thinly cut pieces of card stock or you can use the vines from Pick a Pumpkin SVG Kit either will work. If you use the vines from Pick a Pumpkin SVG Kit you will have to make them thinner. I hot glued one end of a vine to the bottom of the pole and wrapped it loosely around the poles adding touches of hot glue where I wanted it to stay. I also cut my ends at an angle to give it a more finished look.
The flowers are from Mom's Garden Gifts SVG Kit. The pansies are sized at W 2.153 x 5.966 H. I Googled pansies to get different colors as I am not a gardener. As I looked at the photos I noticed the leaves and used 3d Flowers SVG Kit to make the leaves. I sized the leaves at W 1.633 x 3.880 H. Each leaf was inked with Stampin up Old Olive and then I used G 99 Olive Copic Marker to make the vanes on the leaves.  The blossoms are from the Gift box file in this same kit. They are sized at W 2.558 x 3.482 H. I used tweezers to glue them together and hot glued them into place. Do yourself a huge favor and add the pearl centers before you hot glue them into place. I can't tell you how many fell into the shredded paper in the planter. sheesh!
 I also drew the lines for the pansies on using Copic Marker RV69 and Stampin Up Write Wisteria Wonder. I don't own a purple Copic Marker yet. Yellow brads are the centers of my Pansies. The leaves for the pansies and the pansies themselves were curled using my McGill Flower shaping tools. I hot glued the leaves in at angles and then used a thin vine bent at each end and hot glued to the center of the leaves to lift my pansies a bit as though they were really growing.
The butterfly is from Breezy Meadow Butterflies SVG Collection. I don't have the exact size but it measures about 1 3/4 inches long. My suggestion is cut a few at different sizes to see what you like best. You can put more than one that would be cute too! I backed the butterfly with light blue vellum and used my smooch that looks like nail polish bottles to add color to the butterfly body, then used a clear Wink of Stella pen to add sparkle to the body. the inteni is a thin strip of black paper folded and glued to the underside of the body. I spritzed the whole thing with Perfect Pearls mixed with water.

 That is what I did to make this Plant in the Sping box and entry. I hope you like it and if you feel so inclined please vote for me. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. It is wonderful to spend time with friends you care so much about and to share a bit of spring happiness with them. Have a wonderful creative day and Happy Craftin' Y'all!  Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Acorn Autumn SVG Kit
Dress Shop SVG Kit
Spring Birdhouses SVG Kit
Seaside SVG Kit
Mom's Graden Gifts SVG Kit
3D Flowers SVG Kit
Breezy Meadow Butterflies SVG Collection

Pick a Pumpkin SVG Kit

 Supplies Used:
Echo Park Jack and Jill Collection
Echo Park: This &That Graceful 6x6 Pad
 My Minds Eye: A Mother's Love 6x6 Pad
Bazzill Card Stock: Stonehenge, Rain Forest,Wild Pansy, Fairytale, Pollen, Atlantic, Passionate
American Craft Card Stock: Butterscotch, Lip Gloss, Lemon
Stampin Up Ink: Wisteria Wonder Marker, Old Olive Pad
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Iced Spruce
Copic Markers G99, RV69
Recollections: Pearls and small Yellow Brads
Recycled: card board inserts and Julep packing paper
 Dollar Tree: Decorative Rocks and Spanish Moss
Ranger Ink: Glossy Accents, Perfect Pearls
Smooch: Azure, Green Apple, Pool
Clear Wink of Stella Pen
Hot Glue
Detail Glue Gun
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Cameo