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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wise Men Still Seek Him Card

Hey Y'all,'
I had an overwhelming response to this card so I am writing it up for y'all. Really Kristina Werner was the inspiration behind this card. She made an amazing card in her Holiday card Series 2014. It is day three if y'all want to watch it.

I started with watching her video as I mentioned above and finally got a couple more of the Tim Holtz inks I needed for it. Now I couldn't find the Chipped Sapphire she used and I do have it on order, so I used seedless preserves and broken china to add some more of the color to it. But I will get to all that. Choose your Stamp set that your going to use. In this case I used a Close to my Heart Stamp set called Captured Moments. (C1423) I was given a whole bunch of Close to My Heart stuff and I have to say I  like the company very much. Remebering the stamp set you chose,  you will cut your white card stock for your card front. I use Neehan Solar White 80# card stock. I get it from Simon Says Stamp. I purchased the new blending tools that are round from Tim Holtz and found it was easier for me to blend with them. Start with your lightest color first, blending in a swirling motion from off the page onto your card front. If you stamp has a arch to it try to remember that and blend the ink the same way as your making your background.  I started with Antique linen. Next color is Victorian Velvet but I wanted a stronger look so I didn't use that much of it. then Seeldless Preserves, Broken China and then Seedless perserves on the top I used just a small amount of Black Soot around the top and side edges. I went back over the top portion of the card with Salty ocean lightly blotting with the blending tool to add more color. Heat set the background with your heat tool to make sure nothing will smear.
Stamp your scene with Tuxedo black Memento Ink and fill in the bottom of the card front with a Tuxedo black ink pen like Kristina did with the bottom of her card. I left the open portion of the stamp where the deer were standing to fill with a Versa Mark pen and used Ranger iridescent emboss powder in that small portion of it. The stars are just put on with a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen the Star is also added that way. I chose the black Card stock to Stamp the Wise Men Still Seek Him. There are a lot of stamps like this but this one is one Mary from SVG cuts made. You can now purchase those stamp through Unity Stamp Co. The set is called The First Noel. Because the stamp got some white emboss powder in the wrong place (yes I did try to swipe it off with a paint brush) I decided to add the stars to the black as well and wow that made it pop! To make the shooting stars just put your pen down and lightly but quickly drag it. sort of a flick like some do with Copics. I sprayed the whole card with perfect Pearls and water. Mix about a 1/4 of a teaspoon with  water into a Ranger 2fl oz mister bottle. Caution: hold the bottle back quite a way from the card or you end up with water droplets in places you do not want. Tim Holtz inks are made to work with water!!! This gives a nice sparkle to the card your recipient will see perfectly. It does not photograph well though.  I rounded the top corners with a 1/8 inch We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper. Use the 3/8 inch on the bottom of the card.

 I haven't decided on what to put on the inside yet but that was it. This was the second try with the blending as the first I messed up. I am glad I did. I really like the whole feel of this card so I will try to replicate this as close as I can with the next 20 cards LOL not easy to do and each one will have a slightly different feel but that is ok. I thank you all so much for wanting the instructions but really have to give credit to Kristina Werner as it was her idea I just did what she says to do in her Online Card Classes.. I used what I had. It never hurts to have some more ink in your arsenal either! Shop local if you can!!! Your mom and pop Craft stores need it! Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire Host some great online card classes if you want to learn some great tips and tricks. I have taken 4 of them and would take them all if I had the money. Well worth it and lots of feedback on your cards. You have a chance to ask questions from the teacher and win some great prizes as well as a discount code to Some online stores.  I do not get anything from pushing these classes, just telling you what great tips I have learned from them. ;)

Supplies Used:
Unity Stamp Co :The First Noel, SVG Cuts Stamps
Close to my Heart Stamp Set: Captured Moments
Tim Hotlz Distress Inks: Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preservces, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Black Soot.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and pen
Neenah Solar White Card Stock 80#
Sakura Gelly Roll White pen
Perfect Pearls, White
We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper 1/8, 3/8
Recollections Black Card Stock
 Fiskars Compact Stamp Press

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Touch of Fall

Morning all!
I hope you are all enjoying the cooler days and the crisp nights of fall. We don't get the colors
y'all do here but we do get the color is the sunrise and sunset. The smell of fresh air comes in and the is a crispness in the early mornings and evenings. Love it! The only thing that would complete it for me is for it to have the leaves and smell from the leaves. I Love fall so very much and so I do a lot of happy crafting in this time. So without further ado I bring to you a little touch of fall.

Mary made this wonderful Scarecrow in the Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit so I thought why not? I had this wonderful paper from Simple Stories Called Sweater Weather and this was perfect for this little guy. Cut your scarecrow at the size it imports or is on the PDF. Ink your edges with Tim Holtz Vintage papers to add a distressed look. I used a brown marker to make x's for the accents, mouth and eyelashes. The eyes are enamel dots from Simple Stories Sweater Weather collection as well. I wrapped Linen thread a couple of times around the pant cuffs and tied a bow. ALL of the pieces in this design were inked with Tim Holtz Vintage Papers ink with with the exception of the mouse who was inked with Stampin Up Soft Suede.

The mouse is made using the Strawberry from Sweets For my Sweet SVG Kit. Import and size all the pieces for the strawberry, AKA mouse to W 6.691 x 4.986 H. Glue the strawberry together and take a length of twine and thread through the holes in the top of the strawberry. Tie the twine in a knot to hold the tail in place. Loosely twist the two threads together and tie with an extra piece of twine at the end of the tail. Fray the ends of the tail with your scissors and then trim to the length of the frayed pieces you want.  The accents were  embossed using Forest Branches emboss folder from Cuttlebug. Cut small black pieces of wire for the whiskers and hot glue them into place. They will stick much better if the wire has a plastic coating on it.  Glue your accents in place then glue the top of the strawberry to the bottom.  Ink your mouse where ever you feel he might need shadows. The leaves are from Acorn Autumn SVG Kit in the extras file. They are sized to W 0.692 x 0.345 H. You will need four of the leaves for the "hands" and "feet" of the mouse. Curl the feet for the mouse under and glue to the bottom of the strawberry.  Cut about 1/4 of each leave back off for the hands curl and bend the back portion down and hot glue in place. The hat is from Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit and is sized to W 1.935 x 1.943 H. The hat band was sized to W 1.612 x 0.684 H. If you have trouble holding this together while your are gluing it try using reverse tweezers to hold it while the glue dries. I have small hands and so am able to hold things like that pretty easily. There are times when it is to small and that is what I use the reverse tweezers to hold it. Hot glue the hat onto the top of the mouses head. The ears are tear shaped pieces that are cut at W.0.253 x 0.391 H use Chalk to give the inside of the ears a pink look. Bend the lower portion of each ear up so that you can glue them into place using hot glue. Add your large black pearls for the eyes and the tiny black pearl for the nose. Hot glue your mouse to the bottom front of the foot of your scarecrow at and angle.
To add just a touch of humor to this guy I cut three pieces of Wheat from Our Thanksgiving Gathering SVG Collection. The sizes of the two on the hat are W. 0.532 x 1.822 H , W 0.472 x 1.618 H. The mouse one is even smaller and I goofed and didn't save it. I am sorry. When you cut these make sure you set the speed to 1, this helps it to cut properly. Glue two of the wheat to the side of the hat and add one to the mouses "mouth" as though he stole if from the hat.

So that is my fall design. Pretty simple really, most of the work is in making the mouse but really he isn't that hard either. I hope you enjoy my little creation. I have to get cracking on a couple of apple &mice for a gal at church then I am going to make the idea I had using those cute little stocking buttons I picked up at Michale's last week. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Have a blessed day and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Use
 Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit
Sweets for My Sweet SVG Kit
Acorn Autumn SVG Kit
Our Thanksgiving Gathering SVG Collection

Supplies Used:
Simple Stories Sweater Weather Collection
American Craft Card Stock, Vanilla, Mustard, Caramel, Latte, Apricot
Bazzill Card Stock, Chocolate
Simple Stories Enamel Dots
Stampin Up Linen Thread
Twinery Brown and white Twine
Michale's Black Pearls
Stampin Up, Soft Suede Marker
Buttons Galore and More, Tiny Buttons
Scotch Quick Dry Adheisive
Hot Glue

Side note: Congrats to the winners of the fall Challenge, there were a lot of great entries!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Give Thanks, Winnie!

Hey Y'all!
My new project here was inspired by Leo and Mary Kowal's Cat Winnie. You see every year about this time Leo and Mary take a vacation to Wisconsin and see the fall colors. This year was Winnie's first vacation ever! She found a mouse in the place they are staying and was hunting this mouse all day and all night. Leo shared this with us on the SVG Cut page which I found quite amusing. Thinking about fall,Thanksgiving, which is my favorite family gathering and Winnie's recent adventures I present to you this pilgrim  mouse. He is reminding us all to Give Thanks.

Cut and glue the apple together from Miss Baker's Classroom . Size all the pieces at once using the bottom of the apple's size as your guide. W. 5.538 x 5.503 H. I inked the edges of the accents for the apple with Vintage Paper ink from Tim Holtz. 

The mouse is made using the Strawberry from Sweets For My Sweet SVG Kit. Cut the strawberry bottom at 2.731 H x 2.565 W. If you bring all the pieces onto your mat and then size the whole thing down at once your bottom should be the size stated above. This will insure all your pieces will fit and you don't have to re- cut pieces. The accents were embossed with Forest branches emboss folder by Cuttlebug. The hands and feet are leaves from Acorn Autumn SVG Kit and are in the extras file. They are the bottom leaves and are sized at W 0.0692 x0.345 H. Curl the leaves in a downward position and squeeze them in a bit as well. The feet are hot glued onto the bottom portion of the strawberry. Cut off about a 1/4 of the back of the leaves for the hands bend them down and hot glue in place. Use the holes in the top of the strawberry to put your twine through and tie a knot at the base of the tail, take the two twine ends and twist them then tie an extra piece of twine around the end and cut off excess. Fray the threads so he has a bit of a puff.
The ears are made using an oval. Double click on it and drag the center node (black square) down a bit. Adjust the side nodes so that it is more of an tear drop shape.  This is one of the things I miss about Sure cuts a lot is their shapes menu. Then use Chalk to make the centers pink.
Under the accent pieces around the bought I hot glued two pieces of black jewelry wire then glue the accent pieces down to hold the whiskers in place. Add a small back pearl for the nose and two larger ones for the eyes. Mr. Mouse's hat was from Leaves are Falling SVG Kit and sized down to W 1.935x 1.934 H. If you bring the hat band on to the mat at the same time and size it down all together they will all be the correct size. the buckle was made using a two tiny rectangles and centering them then subtract the center one from the outside and you have your buckle.

The sign was made using the chalkboard sign for the teachers from Miss Baker's Classroom. Bring in all the pieces at once and size it down to W. 2.292 x 1.569 H. This size is for the outer piece the rest should fit just perfect. I fussy cut the give thanks from Simple stories Sweater Weather paper and inked the edges with Vintage papers Ink from Tim Holtz.

The leaves are from Autumn Elements SVG Collection. I really tried to use leaves from one of the kits I had already used but they just didn't work. I do not know what size the tiny ones are as they were from by extra cuts box I keep. The leaves around the bottom of the apple are cut at W 1.914 x 2.128 H. They are inked with Stampin up's Real Red and Rich Razzleberry. Hot glue those after you shape them with a stylus around the bottom of the apple. So there you have it Winnie's mouse and probably giving thanks that Winnie didn't catch it!  Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Miss Bakers Classroom SVG Kit
Sweets for my Sweet SVG Kit
Acorn Autumn SVG Kit
Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit
Autumn Elements SVG Collection

Supplies Used:
Simple Stories  Card Stock ,Sweater Weather Collection
Bazzill Card Stock, Ruby Slipper
American Craft Card Stock, Melon, Olive, Pomegranate, Stone, Clay
Stampin up, Linen Thread
Gray and white twine,
Black Pearls
Pink Chalk
Lightweight black Jewelry wire
Hot Glue
Scotch quick Dry Adheisive

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Snow Much Fun!

Hi Y'all,
I went down the hill to Michaels to have a inspiration visit. I also needed some paper colors I just didn't have. I bought a few sheets of the ones I needed very badly but I need to put make serious order for paper. It was a wonderful visit too as I got TONS of ideas and things popping in my brain while  I looked. I need to work on a card for my MIL she requested but I have another fall decoration idea I am just itching to get to. Now that my Sweater Weather Paper from Simple Stories has arrived, I am really ready to get cracking on my idea. So here is another Christmas box I made. I hope you aren't getting tired of them, they really are fun to make. 

Start with the Soap box from Honeybee Tea SVG Kit. I embossed the lid accents with Tim Holtz Snow Pattern emboss folder. Then I made the bottom of the box using Echo Park Winter Park Collection from a few years ago. I love vintage Christmas things and have loved this cut of kids from Winter Bliss Collection for a long time. That is an awesome collection too if you don't have it I suggest you get it. Such lovely cuts in it. I used the snowflake2 from this collection, ungroup and delete portions of it so that the center of the snowflake would be solid.  Then I cut the snowflake in half and welded it to the bottom of the sled about center and sized the other half way down to fit under the boys foot welding it as well. I added score lines just below where the foot and the sled would end to fold the snowflake flat. This is where I had to cut out a few times to get it to cut without tearing off the small snowflake edges when I took it off the mat. Here is how I did it. Duplicate the kids and flip it or mirror it so you have two facing each other on your mat. I clued two together to make it stronger and to have the other side to the snowflake. If you have a silhouette then set the speed at 1 and double cut it. Carefully remove it from the mat leaving the paper if you can around the small snowflake. I cut most of the extra off around it and worked slowly and as patiently as I could to take the excess paper off around the tiny snowflake. Carefully bend your snowflakes up and then glue your two kids cut outs facing each other.

Glue to the top of your box adding extra glue around the snowflakes. Then sprinkle some white glitter onto the top of it. I use Art Glitter Crystal ultra fine Translucent Glitter. Love this glitter so very pretty. I used two white evergreen ferny greens cut out of white to glue to the top of the box front, then I hot glued a bow onto the top and then two small bells onto the front of that. Sponge white  ink around the bottom edges of the box and then use Star Dust Stickles to make snow drips. That is all there is to it. The toughest part is getting the machine to cut out the tiny and I mean tiny snowflake at the bottom of the boys foot.
Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. I have more ideas but need to work on that card so I feel like free to work on other things. But stay tuned because if this idea works,  you'll be able to use it for more than just one season. For those of you that are wondering,no I haven't given up on the  gourd I was asking Mary to make.  I am still hoping for it to be this year, just don't want to be a pest! So many ideas and things I could make with it that I just know y'all would love! Have a great day today and Happy Crafting Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Honeybee Tea SVG Kit
3d Wintergreens SVG Kit
Winter Bliss SVG Collection

Supplies Used:
 Echo Park Card Stock Winter Park Collection
Bazzill Card Stock, White
American Craft Card Stock, Denim
Tim Holtz Snow Pattern Emboss Folder
Art Glitter Crystal Ultra Fine Translucent
Ranger Stickles Star Dust
Bells
Blue Ribbon
Scotch Quick Dry Adheisive
Hot Glue

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Post In Time

Morn' Y'all,
It's the crick of dawn as my mom used to tell us when she was waking us up to get ready to leave early for our vacations. I used to love the excitement we all felt getting up before the critters to leave. Dad used to fish and that is one of those memories I have. Nice to have such pleasant memories. Anyway, I had plans to write this up and take photos yesterday but God had other plans so I didn't get it done again. So, here I am at the crick of dawn to write it up for you as there is much I would like to get done today.

Start with the paper clip box from Good Day at the Office SVG Kit and import and make the bottom of the box as it is. For the lid of the box, make a line of circles at W. O.168 x O.168 H.  I went back and counted them and the total circles you will need for this is 29. Spread them out along the bottom of the lid and and align them middle and horizontally and also vertically. This helps to get them all lined up perfect. Group all the circles together. Place them at the bottom edges about halfway through your circles. Turn on the cross hairs to help you get it aligned perfectly straight. Place circles before  the score line on the ends you would glue the side pieces together. I hope that make since.  Release compound path on the lid and ungroup your score lines from the box lid. Don't move the score lines! Then click on the lid hold down the shift key and choose the group of circles, release the shift key and click modify then subtract. This should make the little postage stamp edge I made. You do not have to do this if you already have a postage edge punch. I do but wanted to be able to tell you how to do this if you didn't already have one. I also made this to go with the wonderful vintage postcard paper from My Minds Eye Joyous collection.  You can go back and use a small hand punch to clean up any parts that do not have a perfect stamp edge. I did this to clean up the end to end gluing of the sides.

For the very top of the lid I made cut outs using the top of the lid. I duplicated it and then shrink it down. Then modify and subtract much like you did with the circles. I wanted a layered look to it. Then making and insert for the center section and gluing it to the inside of the cut outs. Glue your larger cut out onto the sides of lid then glue your smaller cut out or edge to the top of that. Emboss and ink the insert to give it texture. I used Tim Holtz Snowflakes emboss folder, it comes with a snowman that is holding his hat it is pretty cute . Then I inked the top of it with Tim Hotlz Vintage papers ink. I added the ribbon using double sided sticky tape keeping it off the very ends so you can tie it. Then adding evergreen ferny greens from 3d Wintergreens  SVG kit. The berry stick was from my box of cuts I keep but is from Spirits of Christmas Past SVG Kit and the berries where done using Red Stickles from Ranger ink. Make the dots and then set it aside for it to dry. Hot glue a 1/8 inch bow on top and add the wood dots  from My Minds Eye Sleigh Bells Ring Collection and your done.
Now when I finished it I sat back and looked at it a while then decided it needed a bit more aging so I added Vintage Paper Ink to the edges and around the box. To add a bit of glitter to it, because what is Christmas without a little sparkle I sprayed it with Perfect pearls. This is a powder you can mix with some water and using a spray bottle hold it back a bit and spritz lightly. Use caution because if you get it to wet two things will happen: 1. it might warp and 2. Tim Holtz inks are made to work with the water so you may end up with an effect you didn't want.
So that is my box I have many more dancing in my head. If fact I woke this morning to many more ideas and creations dancing around. If I think about it I could be overwhelmed but I choose instead to be blessed by it. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. It is time to get crack a lacking on this day, so have a wonderful day and Happy Crafting Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits Used:
Good Day at the Office SVG Kit
3D Wintergreens SVG Kit
Spirits of Christmas Past SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
My Minds Eye Joyous Collection
My Minds Eye Sleigh Bells Ring Wood Dots
American Crafts Card Stock: Pine, Latte, Rouge
Tim Holtz Snowflakes Emboss Folder
Tim Holtz Vintage Paper Ink
Ranger Perfect Pearls, white
Ranger Stickles Xmas Red
Red 1/8 and 1/4 inch Ribbon
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Hot Glue




Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Sleigh Ride

Happy Sunday Afternoon Y'all!!!
I have another box like I promised. This one I had the lid but no bottom so I worked on this one last night. This was a little tougher as I wasn't crazy about the words be jumbled, but I like the box now. I think it would be cute if the sleigh was filled with some peppermint candy canes and then a gift in the box below. Maybe something for the whole family.

Start with the soap box from Honeybee Tea SVG Kit and sponge some white ink lightly onto the bottom edges. This was to look a bit like snow. Then use the Sleigh from Santa's Visit SVG Kit and size the sleigh way down. I sized it down to W 6.772 H 2.720. This is the size for the sleigh box and if you bring the whole thing onto the mat and size it down all at once your sleigh box will be this size when you click on it. I used My Minds Eye Sleigh Bells Ring Collection in this box design. I just love the "feel" of this paper collection. I used the 6x6 pad of this collection to add the inside accents. The accents for the outside of the sleigh were embossed with Tim Holtz Snow Pattern Emboss folder. I made a loop of twine and poked a hole in front for a small brad. I hot glued the twine into place, then I took out the white on the twine on another piece and tied the bells onto the twine. I hot glued the thread with the bells to the back and then a bow on top.
  I used white ferny greens sized down from 3d Wintergreens SVG Kit.  Parts of the ferny greens are glued down then the sleigh is hot glued in place.The Holy is from Shaped Christmas Cards SVG Kit of course sized down. The gemstones are from Michael's. I just loved how they looked in the store and thought I could do a lot with these. I think they fit right in.
The Berries are from Christmas Open House SVG Kit, again sized down. I added Star Dust Stickles to the berries on the twig for a little sparkle. I trimmed off some of the stick on the twig as I didn't want it sticking out that far. That is totally a matter of taste.
 I have said this before but I keep a box of things like this I have cut for other projects and they didn't work out or I didn't need them so sizes are not always available to me again, I apologize for this.  I will go to this box often when I only need a few things but don't want to cut just a small amount. This keeps my creativity flowing to not have to stop like that. I think I know what I will do with this box. Even as I look at the box now my mind is thinking of different things to do to change the whole look. Even a lantern is coming to mind.. Oh silly brain! anyhoo thanks so much for stopping by and reading my  blog. When I was a kid Sunday dinners were a big deal so go enjoy your Sunday and break bread with your family! Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn
   SVG Kits Used:
Honeybee Tea SVG Kit
3d Wintergreens SVG Kit
Shaped Christmas Cards SVG Kit
Christmas Open House SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
My Minds Eye Sleigh Bells Ring Collection
American Craft Card Stock: Pine,Crimson, Chestnut
Bazzill Black Card Stock
Tim Holtz Snowflake Pattern Emboss Folder
Ranger Stickles: Star Dust
Recollections Rhinestone Stickers
Colorbox Frost White Ink
Small Brad
Scotch Quick Dry Ahdesive
Hot Glue

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Vintage Boxes for Christmas

Afternoon all!
It is a beautiful day here very cool and I am loving it! I had a bunch of half done boxes in my room and didn't want to throw them away. That is such a waste to me. They are from another project that I felt they didn't work for it. So here is one of the ones I have finished I will have another soon. I have not yet started on the project for your fall table I have been very very busy. I promise to have it soon though.

I made the Soap box from Honeybee Tea SVG Kit. I just love how easy it is to put together. I decorated it with cedar foliage from Spirits of Christmas Past SVG Kit, then finished it off with the free paper bow from SVG Cuts. They have a whole page that has tons of them and they are all free! The Cedar Foliage was sized down to W2.182 H 2.657 and the bow was sized down to W 6.034 H 2.657. The top of the box was embossed with Musical Flourish from Cuttlebug and inked with Vintage Papers Ink from Tim Holtz. I added two enamel dots from Simple Stories Cozy Christmas Collection. The Bottom of the box and the tag are from My Minds Eye Joyous Collection. The tag was inked with Vintage paper ink From Tim Holtz.

That is my quick write up and if you have any questions feel free to ask. I am sure it will be a lovely box for someone, I just have no idea who yet. Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting. I will make the supplies and such list under this. Blessings y'all go out and enjoy the evening! Happy Craftin'! Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Cuts Kits Used:
Honeybee Tea SVG Kit
Spirits of Chrismas Past SVG Kit

Supplies Used
My Minds Eye Joyous Collection
American Craft Card Stock, Pomegranate, Latte, Evergreen
Simple Stories Cozy Christmas Enamel Dots
Stampin up Linen Thread
Tim Holtz Vintage Papers Ink
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive