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Monday, March 30, 2015

No Bunny Butts about it!

Hey Y'all,
I hope your having a fantastic day! I have been seeing these bunny butts all over the internet made on cards and cookies cupcakes and the like. Adorable is all I can say. Whoever came up with the idea good for you! I had to do my own spin on it using one of Mary's files of course, plus I wanted to make something special for my grandsons that are close to me. The other two are spread afar from me and mailing a goodie is just not feasible, so this is what I came up with and I hope you like it.

Using the Strawberry from Sweets For My Sweet SVG Kit I sized the strawberry down. Here are the sizes with the file names: bottom W 4.275 x 4.551 H, bottom_panels.svg W 4.275 x 5.300 H, lid.svg W 5.656 x 2.794 H, lid_panels.svg 6.131 x 2.325 H. You are welcome to make the panels  a bit shorter if you wish this makes it a little less bulky but still works. Make the strawberry as you would normally adding your panels, turn the strawberry upside down and add a grass border if you have a notion. I do not have the size of the grass border it was cut paper I had in my stash. The file is one of Mary's files and is from Easter Morning Egg Hunt SVG Kit. You will have to size it down quite a bit. I curled it slightly with a wooden dowel to help it glue well around the egg. Another way would be to pinch it slightly at the score lines of the strawberry top.

The feet are from Bunny Hop SVG Kit. You will have to separate the pink feet from the pink.svg file and the same for the white feet from bunny1.svg file in Bunny Hop SVG Kit. The sizes of the pink feet are W 2.116 x 1.618 H. The white feet are W 1.950 x 1.750 H. Glue the pink feet to the white feet or in my case, Chocolate Bunny. ( a joke between my 11 yr old grandson and I) Glue the feet angled as you have seen in the photos onto the bottom of the upside down Strawberry. Glue a pink 1/2 inch pom to the top and your ready to fill with a treat.

I am going to make 3 more as that is how many grandsons I have here close the other two are grandsons as well. I know they will love that grandma was thinking of them. Thanks for stopping by and I hope your have a  blessed day. If you do make some of these I would love to see your take on it! Have a wonderful Easter and Happy Craftin' Y'all!

SVG Kit's and Collections Used:
Sweets For My Sweet SVG Kit
 Easter Morning Egg Hunt SVG Kit
Bunny Hop SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Doodlebug Card Stock: Hello Sunshine Collection
Bazzill Card Stock: Mud Pie
American Craft Card Stock: Mint
1/2 inch Pom Ball
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Hot Glue
Silhouette Cameo 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Bunny Come a Callin'

Hey Y'all,
I have been out of commission with my machine for a while now. I needed a new cutting strip and had to wait for it to come to cut paper again. No sense cutting something that won't cut all the way through the paper right? Anyhoo, I was online and saw a darling bunny glass where the cheeks  and the teeth are on the side of the cup and this idea popped into my head. I was dying to get it made before Easter. So here it is and it is so simple and quick you might have time to whip up a few for that surprise invite to someones house for Easter Dinner.

 I used the mason jar snowman head to make this cutie from Santa's Sweets SVG Kit.
Open the white_svg, release compound path and un-group the white_svg. Delete the slit for the nose. Now regroup, cut and assemble as you normally would. Don't put the hat on yet. Using the ears from Bunny Hop SVG Kit size the ears to W 2.600 x 3.432 H.  I only used one set of them so it would be easier to curl them a bit with the dowel. I used just the ears but it would look cute with feet or even the arms as well.  Size the inside of the ears to W 1.399 x 1.938 H. Glue the inside of the ear in place.  Cut the flaps on the white outside of the ears off with scissors. You will not need them as I glued the ears to the brim of the hat. Use a pencil or a wooden dowel to slightly curve the ears down. Finish assembling the hat as Mary instructs. I added Tim Holtz Vintage Papers ink to the edges for a weathered look. I used several paper flowers from my stash and a My Minds Eye Brad for the center.

The teeth are made using a rectangle. I double clicked on it and added an extra node in the center bottom, bring that node up to the center of the rectangle then add and extra node on either side of your center node to make it square. Add a couple of extra nodes at the bottom of each tooth so the teeth are square at the bottom as well. Glue your teeth to the top of the scoreline for the lip of the jar. Hot glue two 1 inch pom balls over the teeth and to make the cheeks. I added pearlescent chalk for some rosy cheeks. Then put a glittered Doodlebug enamel dot for the nose. The eyes are black enamel dots, then I used my Sakura Jelly roll black pen to draw on eyelashes and some eyebrows.

The ribbon is something I had in my stash but I believe it is from Stampin up. I found that glittery Rhinestone at Joann's on a shopping trip with my girlfriend.  We split the pack so I cannot tell you what the brand name was. Tie the ribbon and use a 3d zots to adhere the bow to the jar. Don't forget to do the same on the back with a 1 inch or lager pom for your tail. Fill the jar with a goodie and your done!

The perfect quick gift to take to your hostess. I hope you like this little guy, or make it a girl with more flowers and feathers or whatever you like. Mary has a free bow on the freebies page that would look darling on this jar, or use the one in Bunny Hop SVG Kit. There are also many 3d flowers from Mary's wonderful files you could use as well. Just have fun with it and let your imagination go crazy! To all my wonderful readers thank you. Have a blessed Easter and Happy Craftin' Y'all!  Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits Used:
Santa's Sweets SVG Kit
Bunny Hop SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Bazzill Card Stock: Smooth White
American Craft Card Stock: Straw
Doodlebug Card Stock: Sunny Days Collection and Nifty Notions
Doodlebug Glitter Dots Spring Collection
Tim Holtz Vintage Papers Ink
Recollections Enamel Dots
Glittery Rhinestone from Joann's
Paper Flowers from Stash
Ribbon from Stash
My Minds Eye Brad from Stash
Poms from Dollar Tree
Pebbles Pearlescent Chalk
Hot Glue
Scotch Quick Dry adhesive
Silhouette Cameo

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Easter Parade

Hey Y'all,
It is beautiful here today and very much spring! Our first tortoise got up today, one of our "little" ones. I am very much into spring and the colors of spring because of all this beautiful weather. I apologize to my friends who are still only seeing a lot of "white stuff". With Easter coming soon I am in full swing of playing with Easter ideas. While working on another recent project this idea came to mind so without further ado I bring to you Easter Parade!

 We are going to start with the bunny first as all your changing is sizes  with this one. Start with the snowman from Christmas Open House SVG Kit. Cut the snowman  body.svg at W 8.986 x 7.872 H. Cut the panels bottom.svg at W 4.895 x 4.946 H. Cut the panels_top.svg at W 4.198 x 3.260 H. Cut the hat at W 6.148 x 4.672 H. Assemble the body of the "bunny" and add your panels.

These are the measurements of the ears feet and paws of the bunny. They are from Bunny Hop SVG Kit. You will want to assemble the ears and get them ready to glue onto the side of the hat before you glue the brim into place.  Cut the pink.svg (inside ears,feet and nose) at W 2.324 x 3.133 H. The ears are cut at W 3.180 x 1.985 H. The feet are cut at W 2.130 x 1.911 H. The front paws are cut at w 2.174 x 1.988. These are refered  to in the file as bunny1.svg. You will have to separate the ears paws and feet from the bunny1.svg  to cut them separately.

Glue the side of the hat together and then decide where you want your ears to pop up. I put mine at opposite ends about 4 panels apart. Slide the brim over the ends of the hat and glue them into place, when you reach the part with the ears you will have to hold it a bit longer. Then Glue the top of the hat on. Add the ribbon to your hat first then add your other embellishments.  I added flowers from my "extras" box but any of the small flowers from Mary's files will work.  Search your printed PDF's for a good flower you want to use. The butterfly is from Garden Nouveau SVG Kit and is butterfly_top.svg. I do not have the exact size for this as it was in the box of extras I keep as well. A rough estimate of the size is about 1 inch. I cut several of these at a time as they are tough to cut that small. Slow the speed down that helps quite a bit. I wanted to really make this a very embellished hat so I added the center pieces for wedding flowers and feathers as well.  Glue your paws on and your ready to fill your bunny with a yummy treat.

For the Chick you will be using the same measurements for the body and panels but you will be taking the chick's pop out wings idea from the one piece chick box Mary made in Egg Hunt SVG Kit. I use a Silhouette Cameo so I will be explaining how to do this using this format but if your familiar with your program you should be able to do it in your program as well.  Ungroup the body.svg and  release compound path, select the two lines for the wings and group them. Make a duplicate and flip it to mirror the other lines.  Copy and paste them onto one body panel each for your chick. (hint) the small lines for the wings are the front part of the wing. Group them to your panels and cut your panels as you would. Glue them into place and cut the beak at the size it imports. I glued mine a bit crooked just for character. The hat was made a bit taller to look more like a top hat. ungroup and release compound path on the hat center. Then uncheck the lock aspect ratio and make it a bit taller mine is W 6.148 x 1.762 H. I had to duplicate the last row of score lines for the sides of the hat and move the bottom ones down. Line them up and then group them all together before you cut your hat. Assemble normally.

I added a ribbon around the hat and used one of those nifty little buckles I got from the Close to My Heart stuff I was blessed with. I hot glued the ribbon in place and added a bit of fluff from one of the feathers I cut for the bunny. I went on YouTube and learned how to tie an ascot for the front. I used ribbon from my stash for that and added a pearl  for the front. I used my Stampin Up itty bitty flower punch to make the flower for his "lapel" and snipped the sides a bit to allow the flower to bend in more. The feet are from Autumn Cuddly Friends SVG Collection . They are sized at W1.263 x 1.032 H. I curved them a bit so they looked more natural.

I hope you like my Easter Parade and I hope you will make some for someone this Easter. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. It is such a pleasure to be able to create and have you all enjoy what I have created. Have a super day and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings, Sharalyn

 SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Christmas Open House SVG Kit
Bunny Hop SVG Kit
 Garden Nouveau SVG Kit
 Egg Hunt SVG Kit
Autumn Cuddly Friends SVG Collection

Supplies Used:
Echo Park Card Stock : Happy Easter Collection
Doodlebug Card Stock: Happy -go Lucky Collection
Doodlebug Card Stock: Kraft in Color 6x6 pad
American Craft Card Stock: Butter, Lavender, Bubblegum, Vanilla
Bazzill Card Stock: Smooth White, Truffle, Tropical
Ranger White Accent (bunny teeth)
Recollections Pearls
Recollections Enamel Dots
Pebbles Pearlescent Chalk
Ribbon from Stash
 Close to My Heart Tiny Buckle
Sakura Black Pen
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Hot Glue
Detail Hot Glue Gun
Silhouette Cameo

Friday, March 6, 2015

Bunny Balloon Ride

Afternoon all!
I hope your enjoying this lovely day and that your craftin' your hearts out!
I know as soon as I finish here I will be starting on a new idea I have with the newest kit from SVG Cuts called Feeling Lucky SVG Kit.

Ever wondered how the Easter bunny hides his eggs and gets away before you ever see him? Well here is perhaps one way with my Bunny Balloon Ride! I hope you enjoy it.

I made the hot air balloon from High Skies SVG Kit at the size it imports and used the bunny ears from Bunny Hop SVG Kit sized at W 4.604 x 2.872 H.  Inside of ear or pink.svg is sized at W 5.231 x 2.386 H. You will not need the feet so you can just delete them. Assemble the two halves of the balloon and glue the assembled ear to the second flap down from the top. Glue the other ear on the same flap on the opposite side. Make sure you flip your ear so you don't have one ear on backwards. Glue the two halves together as you would normally. Add your accent pieces to the balloon. I drew dash lines on mine after they were on the balloon but it might be easier to do that before you adhere them to the balloon. I added small black enamel dots to the front and drew on a mouth and eyelashes. I glued the nose into place and used Ranger white accents to add white dots to the eyes and big teeth for the front. Allow the white accents to dry all the way before you move on as it does dent if you don't. I cut the bow tie as an afterthought at W 3.844 x 1.607 H. Glue that to the front of the balloon at the bottom.  I added small eyelets and threaded Twinery Twine for the ropes on the balloon to the basket.

The basket is made using the basket from . Bring all the pieces of the basket onto your mat and size at W. 9.950 x 7.950. Assemble the basket as Mary instructs in the video being careful not to tear your rods. At this size the rods will be thin. I added small eyelets to the sides using a 3/16 punch to make the holes. The Crop-a-dile would not fit to punch the holes. It does work fine for attaching the eyelets however. Cut and assemble the other set of ears at W 3.322 x 1.717 H.  The inside of the ears are cut at w.085 x H 0.984. Glue the small ears to the inside of the basket. I added tiny enamel dots and then drew on eyelashes. This is to give the illusion that the bunny is hiding a bit. I hot glued a 1/2 inch white pom pom to the back of the basket.

To make the pennants I used Festive Easter Pennants SVG Kit and sized the pennants at W.1.894 x 1.808 H. Because I wanted to use twine for the pennants and it was a bit thick I clipped the circles on each end with scissors. Put the clipped circles around your twine and then add a bit of either scotch quick dry adhesive or hot glue to hold it into place. I added stitch lines to the pennants and wrote Hoppy Easter Y'all with a black saukura pen. 

That is all there is to this little cutie, add some Easter grass to the basket and some jelly beans and your all set. There is so much you could do to change this like add ribbons hanging down or change the pennants to eggs, make the balloon a chick. Whatever you do I know it will be cute and loved. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Have a wonderful day and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits Used:
High Skies SVG Kit
Bunny Hop SVG Kit
Hippity Hoppity SVG Kit
Festive Easter Pennants SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Bazzill Card Stock: Fussy, Pollen, Smooth White
Echo Park Happy Easter Collection
Recollections Enamel dots
Ranger White Accents
Sakura Black Gel Pen
Stampin up Bermuda Bay Marker
The Twinery: Caribbean Twine
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Hot Glue
Detail Hot Glue Gun
Silhouette Cameo 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Vintage Golf Pants and Hat Gift Boxes

Happy Saturday Y'all!
I hope your having a great day and getting lots of crafting or family time today!
We live about 50 miles from Palm Springs and every year they have what used to be called the Bob Hope Classic. It is just one of the many  golf tournaments  that area has every year. My father in law used to work it when he was able. As Mark gets older his tastes in sports have changed, in that he watches a lot more golf than he used to. With all the golf on the TV lately and St Patrick's Day coming I have been thinking about how the Scottish as I understand it, invented golf. All of that over the pond way of thinking and the wonderful paper from Doodlebug just got my creative ideas flowing. So this is my old time Golf pants (which seem to be making a come back) and hat. I think it looks very cool but what do I know?

 I used the cauldron from Party On Elm Street SVG Kit to make the pants, now I know your thinking what in the world? Really the only altering you will do will be with your scissors and the way you glue it. Cut the cauldron out at the size it imports. Glue the each half together as you would normally. Glue the triangular pieces into place to cover the open areas. Glue the bottom portion of each "leg" two flaps up to close the area and make it look like a pant leg.  Leave the top open on both "pant leg pieces. Start with the back and glue the two top flaps to the inside of one leg. The flaps are valley folds glued to the inside of the one pant leg. The front of the pant flaps are then glued to each other in the inside. Refer to the photo for help.

Glue the top flaps down as you would and then glue an 6 sided octagon sized at W 1.750 x H 1.652  to the ends of the pant legs. The inside of the pant legs are cut straight across at the top as you will not need the whole accent piece. I hot glued a ribbon into place sliding the buckle on first. The buckle is easy peasy to create.
Make a larger rounded square  and a slightly smaller one. Center the smaller one inside the larger one and make a compound path, then make a skinny rounded rectangle and place in the center of the compound path you just made, weld it into place.  For SCAL or ecal users use the shapes menu to make the same buckle or Mary has several in different kits you could use as well this is for everyone including the cricut peeps. You would just need to size it down to W 0.668 x H 0.559 or close to that to make it look right for the pants. I will list the kits that have buckles in them along with links at the bottom of this post.

The Golf Clubs are the pool stick from The Green Room SVG Kit and the head of the Clubs are from Fun and Games SVG Kit. Cut the Pool cue W 5.290 x H 1.832.  Make the Golf Club heads at the size the import. Assemble the golf club heads as you normally would. To make the Metallic outer edge of the golf clubs I used Versa Mark on the paper straight pad to paper then added the silver embossing powder and heated it with my heat gun. For the lines on the putter I heat embossed the silver part twice then while the powder was still warm I used a small stylus to make the lines. I think you could use just about anything that was mildly sharp to do that, finish assembling those and set aside. Now take your scored and pre-folded pool cue and add glue to the narrow top end inside. Have a length of Washi Tape cut and ready to wrap around the end of the pool cue. set the golf club ends into the glue and wrap the washi tape around the end. Finish gluing the side of the golf club together. Those will be set inside the pants just for looks.  I would have added "grip washi tape to the ends of the golf clubs but I do not have any brown washi tape. Because the pants are deep I added kraft color shredded paper first then added the golf clubs. I think you could put candy in them or a golf pass for the day or golf balls and T's. This could be a birthday, anniversary, St Patrick's Day or Father's Day gift.

To make the golf hat you only need to make the baseball hat and trim the brim to a narrower visor. To Trim the visor I used my scissors. I used the pieces for the hat to make my accent pieces. Make the hat pieces longer. The size for those pieces are W 3.044 x H 5.250. Using your scissors again just trim off the flaps for gluing.  I curl my pieces slightly with a pencil before I glue into place.  Glue the top into place first then glue the bottom. You will have to push down a bit to give it more of the look of the vintage golf hat. When you do this will help you see where it may need to be glued down a bit more to hold it into place. I added the white dash lines after putting those into place. The pom is made using Twine I had from the Twinery. The colors will be listed below in the supplies list. I wrapped them around a 2 1/4 inch wide piece of cardboard about 12 times. I would have done it more to make it thicker but I ran out of twine. That will be another purchase I will need to make and I have found I prefer Trendy Twine. The colors are better to me and the twine is a bit thicker. Slide a 6 inch long price of twine under the loops on the cardboard and tie a knot. Carefully slide the twine off and tie the remainder around the other loops as well. Tie it in a knot several times to make it tight. I cut my loops and using my cuttlebee scissors I used the tip to unravel the threads. I put the two ends of the twine through the small hole in the top and put a dap of hot glue on the inside top then wrapped the ends into a circle to hold it all into place and look a little neater.
That is all there is to these two projects and I think the person in your life that loves golf will love these. This could totally be made for the woman golfer as well. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Happy St. Patrick's Day and I happy Craftin Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits Used:
Party On Elm Street SVG Kit
The Green Room SVG Kit
 Fun and Games SVG Kit

Kits with Buckles:
Happy Holidays SVG Kit
Happy Thanks SVG Kit
Buckles SVG Collection
I am sure there are more but this is what I found for now.

Supplies Used:
American Craft Card Stock: Evergreen
Bazzill Card Stock: Nutmeg
Doodlebug Card Stock: happy-go-lucky Collection
Recollections Gold Glitter Card Stock
Versa Mark Ink
Stampin Up Silver Emboss Powder
Twinery Twine, Honeydew, Pea Pod
1/4 inch Wide White Grosgrain Ribbon
Sakura White Gel Pen
Washi Tape from Stash
Hot Glue
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Stampin Up Emboss Heat Gun
Silhouette Cameo

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Very Lucky Puppy

Hey Y'all,
One of the things I have been working on for St Patrick's Day is the Lucky Puppy! I got the idea from a kit of Mary's called Charm and Chance SVG Kit. In this kit there is a card with this cute doggie on it. Now I did embellish my Lucky puppy a bit, adding the extra circle around the eye of the dog like the one on Little Rascals. Lucky just seemed like he needed that to balance out him a bit. So without further ado I bring to you Lucky the Puppy and I hope you enjoy this lucky foot too!

I started with the 3d bunny from Bunny Hop SVG Kit. I cut the head the same as on the bunny but added a couple of accent pieces to the head using the head peices as my outline. The oval was subtracted from the panel piece and an extra piece was added to the top of the head using the octagon and then cutting with scissors to fit the way I wanted it to. The ears are the same bunny ears but adjusted to the shape of the doggie ears. When you glue the ears in you will bend the ears down to the shape you want them to be in. To make the ears just ungroup and then release compound path using the ear from the Lucky puppy on the card will help you shape it. I made the ear piece from the card large enough to fit the shape on the ear then double clicked on the ear shape and moved the nodes on the bunny ear to be below the ear piece from the lucky puppy card, then I just welded it to the ear piece and re-grouped the ear to keep my score lines. Just duplicate that and maker sure you flip it so you have a mirror image, you will have a total of 4 pieces just like you would with the bunny ears. I used my Cuttlebug Argyle emboss folder to add interest to the black on Lucky the Puppy.

Before cutting out the body of the puppy you will need to make narrow slits in the sides of piece number 1& 5 this is for your back legs. Make them as long as you made your leg pieces. I made mine W 0.029 x H 2.303. I used the tea pot spout for the front legs from Honeybee Tea SVG Kit and the cut out for the spout as well. To use the cut out you will need to un-group and release compound path, make a duplicate and turn upside down. Insert into piece # 2 and 4 about a inch from the top.

To make the legs I used the legs from the puppy card file but cut down the center using my knife tool, then I took a extra bunny ear and cut off the piece that would fit inside the bunny along with the score lines.  I made it long enough to fit the legs and then welded them into place.  This assures me they will fit against the body just as Mary designed the ears to fit. The paws were made using the foot from the bunny but reducing them. Do this by double clicking on the ungrouped foot and deleting nodes.
I used the paw print from Doggie Pals SVG Collection  to make the cut outs of the paw, insert and back paw the same shape for the feet. Place the paw print on the inside of the reduced foot and adjust the nodes of the outside of the foot to fit the shape of the paw print. Make two duplicates of  the outside of your now adjusted foot and save off to the side. Be sure to flip one outside foot to have a right and left foot.  Draw a box around the paw print and the outside of your foot and right click then choose make a compound path. This will be the underside of your foot. Make another two duplicates of the outer foot to be the insert or pink side of the foot.  Glue the insert to the front of the paw and then glue that to the front leg portion, glue the back of the paw onto the back of the leg. Use a black marker to cover the pink insert of the paw around the edges before you glue it into place. The pink portion of the paw was embossed with cuttlebug tiny bubbles and then vintage photo ink was used to give the look of a dirty paw.

The front legs are made using the tea spout from Honeybee Tea. I lengthened the spout and left the back of the spout off. This was so I could glue the top of the spout to the inside then the side flaps of the spout to the outside of the body.  I spread the flaps out a bit to give the leg a more rounded look. Lengthen the spouts from Honeybee Tea SVG Kit to W 2.715 x H 1.730 for the side pieces and W 1.611 x H 3.425  The toes are white and green 1/2 pom  pom balls hot glued to the bottom of the leg. I used the shamrocks from Charms and Chance SVG Kit sized at W 0.853 x H 0.845, W 0.993 x H 0.983. I cut one of each and embossed them with cuttlebug swiss dots emboss folder. I inked the edges with Stampin Up Garden Green Ink. I added a 1/4 inch green bow to the top of the head. The collar is a 1/2 inch grograin ribbon  that I put an eyelet through then tied the twine onto the collar with and eyelet through the shamrock. The name Lucky was written on the shamrock with my Sakura Jellyroll pen.

That is my Lucky Puppy and I hope you like him.Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog, have a great night and a wonderful St Patrick's Day. Happy Craftin Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

Svg Kits and Collections used:
Bunny Hop SVG Kit
Honeybee Tea SVG Kit
Charm and Chance SVG Kit
Doggie Pals SVG Collection Part 1

Supplies Used:
Bazzill Card Stock Glossy White
American Craft Card Stock: Evergreen, Peony, Cricket,Cotton Candy
Recollections Black Card Stock
Recollections Black Enamel Dots
Ranger White Glossy Accents
Stampin Up Garden Green Ink
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Ink
Grosgrain ribbon for stash
Green 1/4 inch ribbon from stash
1/2 inch White and Green Pom Poms
2 eyelets
Twinery Twine: Pear
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Hot Glue
Silhouette Cameo

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

May the Luck of the Irish....

Mornin' Y'all!

It is a beautiful morning again and spring has started to show itself in our plants and flowers.  Spring makes me think of flowers, Valentines day and St. Patrick's Day with Easter soon. Exciting for us as we very much enjoy this time of year. All to soon it will be very hot and fans will be going in our house 24/7. So I thought I would bring to you my newest creation, and if you look  at certain kit from SVG Cuts you can see where I got the idea to make it. May the Luck of the Irish fall on you!

Using the hot air balloon from High Skies SVG Kit, I made the hot air balloon at the size it imports. I knew I wanted to use the cauldron from Party On Elm Street SVG Kit as the pot of Gold, so I reinforced the holes of the balloon with eyelets. I used my Crop-a-dile to add the eyelets to the balloon and the cauldron after they were assembled. I used American Crafts Card Stock colors Cricket, Evergreen and embossed them with Cuttlebug Argyle folder and Sizzix Plaid emboss folder. I bought a 6x6 doodlebug pad called kraft in color to cut two of the accent papers for the balloon. The shamrock paper is loose paper from Hobby lobby. I had wanted to use the doodlebug collection Happy go Lucky but was unable to find it. I think this worked out nicely though. I have since found it thanks to Katie Smiley and Susan White. I have another idea in mind to use the paper for so thank you again to both those lovely ladies.

The cauldron was sized to W 9.836 X H 8.437, this is with all the pieces on your virtual mat at once.  I made a cut out of a shamrock in the bottom of the "Pot of Gold" Sized at W 0.719 x 0.710 using the shamrock from the Lucky Puppy Card in the Charm and Chance SVG Kit The proper name for that svg is, green.svg. Center the Shamrock in the bottom of the Cauldron and select all, choose the modify window and subtract. I covered the shamrock on the inside of the pot with a 1 inch circle of  green Card stock Vellum from Stampin Up. I colored the Vellum green myself with my pigment ink and a sponge before adhering it to the inside of the pot. A second bottom was adhered to the inside and cut at W1.580 x H 1.580 this was to cover the vellum and make it look a bit more polished. Make sure to add your shamrock to this one as well. Line up your shamrocks to be center when you glue to the inside. If you wish you can add a battery operated tea light to shine the shamrock on the surface below.

 I used a 1/8 inch hole punch to punch the holes for the eyelets on the pot. I could not get the crop-a-dile in the pot to punch it without tearing the pot. I used two colors of green and white twine to make the strings for the balloon and tied green bows around the stings at the top of the pot. The Strings were made with shorter ones in the back to look as thought the pot were pouring out its luck. Make the two in the front longer. I added a bit of glossy accents to hold the knots in place before adding the bows to the top. Another shamrock was added to the front of the pot and a gold rinestone was added to the middle.
To make the shamrocks pouring out the luck on you, I used a very thin strip of overhead transparent sheet and glued the shamrocks cut in different sizes to it using Ranger Multi Medium matte.  The Shamrocks are cut at smallest to largest W0.541 x H 0.535, W 0.666 x H 0.660, W 0.791 x H 0.783, W 0.916 x H 0.907, W 1.041 x H 1.031. I cut three sets of these and embossed and inked them using emboss folders from Cuttlebug, Swiss dots and Argyle, Sizzix emboss folder plaid. I used a darker ink to bring out the embossing.

The Banner for the balloon was also embossed using Cuttlebug's argyle emboss folder and inked with Stampin up's garden Green ink. I am not sure this ink color is still available but you could almost always find these on ebay. Using the smallest shamrock size I cut shamrocks for the banner as well and added embossing and ink to those along with a gold rhinestone for the centers of those. The top of the balloon is also embellished with shamrocks and a green rhinestone was added to the center of those. I colored the clear rhinestones using my copic marker G29. The gold ribbon around the top of the pot was from my stash and has wire in it so I only had to hot glue the to ends into place.  There you have it, a wee bit of the Luck of Irish pouring out on you. I hope you enjoy this project and I would love to see pictures if you decide to make one.

Thank you so much for stopping by and spending time with me. Have a wonderful day and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
High Skies SVG Kit
Party On Elm Street SVG Kit
Charm and Chance SVG Kit

Supplies used:
American Craft Card stock: Cricket, Evergreen
Doodlebug Card Stock: Kraft in Color 6x6 pad
Paper Studio Shamrock Paper
Bazzill smooth white Card Stock
Recollections Black Card Stock
Recollections Rhinestones
Stampin up Card Stock Vellum
Stampin up Garden Green Ink
TheTwinery Twine: Peapod, Honeydew
Cuttlebug Emboss folder: Argyle, Swiss Dots
Sizzix Emboss folder: Plaid
Ranger Mulit Medium Matte
Copic Sketch Pen G29
Clear overhead sheets
Eyelets from stash
Scotch quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Cameo