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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Going for a Sleigh Ride!

 HI Everybody!
I have had my mind on cooler weather and was making decorations for my "mantle" area in my living room for Christmas. I am currently listening to Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown Christmas.. So I was making all these things I really love and hadn't had time to make last year when Mary of SVG cuts came out with them and I cut a red runner for my sleigh and really didn't like it so I decided then and there to make one for my daughter and surprise her. Well that is how this one came about.
I used the Sleigh from  Santa's visit and cut it out using the white as the body and red for the accents I used Rouge from AC card stock. I also used Echo parks Winter Park for the accents on the outside and the blue snowflake from the same pk for the inside. I cut and glued the sleigh together as it imports then I really kinda went nuts... I made short pine branches from 3d winter flowers and the flowers were the stupid easy ones where you cut 6 scallops all the same size and cut every two scallops into it then shape the flower petals in using your stylus. There is a video on you tube that tells you just how to make them Ann from More paper than shoes is where the video is. I used a punch on these but I made my very first one using Mary's Scalloped shapes which works just great! I can really see this method with the other 3d flower kits Mary has come up with! You hot glue them together which makes it so much easier. anywho Then I took a piece of white card stock and put  versa mark on it then used Stampin ups heat and Stick and heated it up then I put Art Glitter's Crystal Ultra fine transparent glitter on it and heated it again. Then I just punched out the snowflakes. I applied them with hot glue(it was already out ya know) and added some pearl accents. I had added the flower on the front on a whim and it made the sleigh to heavy so I added those red accent pieces to the inside.. would have been better to do that before the sleigh was together but oh well. and then added my other pieces to the inside. Ugh still to heavy, So I cut two small dowels and colored them with a permanent marker then hot glued those in place. The pearl accents were those swirls you can get at Michaels. So there you have it the sleigh. The snowflake punches I used where the snowflake from Stampin up and the small snowflake from Martha Stewart. The link below will take your right to SVG cuts and the Sleigh is under the Christmas heading.  Thanks for the love everyone I love doing this stuff and Mary makes it sooo easy! Try it you'll be hooked for life! Happy crafting everyone! Blessings, Sharalyn

Kits and Collections Used:
Santa's Visit SVG kit:
3d Wintergreens SVG Collection:

Supplies Used:
American Craft Card Stock: White and Rouge, Olive
Echo Park Winter Park Paper 
Scotch Quick Dry Adheisive
Hot Glue gun and Glue
1/4 in dowels
Art Glitter Ultra Fine Transparent Crystal Glitter
Stampin up Snow Flake Punch
Martha Stewart small Snowflake

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Little Christmas Cheer in July!

Hi Everyone!
If your like me your thinking about Christmas and cooler weather! Seems like this country has been hot this summer! So I have been thinking about Christmas and how I want to decorate my house. I don't have a set theme yet just making some awesome stuff that Mary came up with last year and I didn't have time to make because I was making presents and other things. Isn't that always the way. So here are a few of the things I have been making. I used kits from SVG cuts and oh my, do I love their stuff! I only use American Craft solid card stock for cutting as I have an insect machine and it cuts well on it. I am hoping again this year for a new machine. The other paper I use a lot of is Echo Park! I love their papers and Lori Whitlock seems to design papers I really like. I like vintage also but I don't get to see a lot of vintage looking papers around here. Anyhoo when I find a paper I just love I buy a lot of it. Lori designs a lot I like  and always go back to it. Also two of the papers I used were from a K& Company Pack called Glad Tidings. so here we are I didn't do anything fancy with Mary's cuts just embellished them which you can do too.
The lantern is from Camp Smore, The drum and the sleigh are from Santa's Visit and I will be adding to this collection as I go. So the 3d holly, pine cone and pine branch are from 3d winter greens. The holly isn't in this photo yet it is still in the works. Stay tuned as they say. All of these can be made by you as well just click on this link and Happy Shopping.
Thank you for stopping by and having a little Christmas in July! Hope this makes you a little cooler.  P.S. If you want to get started on those Christmas cards for special people Mary made just the kit last week it is called Christmas Cheer.. too cute! Go have a look! Thanks again!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Firefly Delight

Hi all,
I was born in Georgia but left two weeks after my birth. My dad was in the air force and was getting out so he  and my mom and my Big Brother, came back to California where he was raised. Consequently I have never seen some of the jewels that you all have seen that live that side of the country. So I have never actually seen for myself a firefly. But my son had the pleasure last year and the picture my daughter in law snapped of the pure delight and wonderment has stayed with me and probably will all the days of my life. I do not feel sad I have not seen one myself because I have lived it through my son and his delight.
I was showering and thinking about that photo and Mary's free firefly when the idea came into my head to make this lantern. I hope you like it and it makes you think of all the great things you can make just on this idea alone.. Halloween eyes would be spooky, or snowflakes shining through. As I said let your imagination take you and help you create. Here are the instructions everyone enjoy!
On SVG cuts blog are the freebees we are blessed to get them every week so grab the firefly Mary made.
If you don't already have the Stars and Stripes SVG go ahead and get it too. That is in there store under patriotic,
Cut the lantern as the pattern is. but use the insert size for your "windows"  to add your fireflies. I added just the wings and the butt to cut out of my insert. Then I cut the outside frame for the top and I did cut the whole solid cut out of the firefly but then decided to just use the head I cut that in a v shape into the body and glued that down first on the outside. then the wings on top. Turn your inserts over and I used the cut out of the butt and the wings to cut vellum which I colored with pigment ink on my cardstock vellum from Stampin up.
 outline cut out of the wings is W 1.507 H0.966
Body Solid peice is W1.564 H1.304
Butt for Yellow Vellum is W 0.420  H 0.418
I went ahead and cut the frames for the windows and then inked them with Brilliance Copper ink. the whole  thing is inked in the same. Then added them to the outside "windows"
I Cut the accents out of colored cardstock Vellum and applied that to the back so it would "glow" more. then made a firefly for the top ( actually he was the practice one shhh) I as others had done made a small holder for the inside and inked it as well to hold my battery operated candle.
The wire was from the jewelry section at walmart and I wound it around a glue stick to get the coiled affect add some ribbon and some light green bling and your good to go. That was pretty much it. Nothing fancy to be sure but I like how it turned out and yep I don't think I will part with this one just yet I need to look at it for a while. The kit can be had at the link below. Be sure a have a look around you surely will be amazed! Happy Crafting everyone, be sure and leave me some love.. Hugs to all of you!