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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pinterest Christmas Card (my verison)

Afternoon all,

I hope your having a super crafty day.. today I wanted to bring to you a thought. You can recreate a card you have seen on Pinterest if you don't have the die.. yep if you have a silhouette or a good program you can design with then you can do it. I saw this card on Pinterest and it uses a poppy die from memory box I don't have. I really would like to have it but that is NOT in the budget.. so I looked really close at it and realized it was a series of crosses and I went from there.
Some of you saw my excitement that I did it as I did post that on the SVG cuts Facebook page but here is the finished project.

I will say that I used 3d Wintergreen's Kit and the berry Stick from Christmas Open House. I used the regular poinsettia from 3d Wintergreen's and the ferny greenery from there, I  added a bit of white ink just dabbed it on lightly and added some glitter to the ends of the berry sticks from Christmas Open House.

The background for the card was made doing a bunch of small crosses in the order that they had for the die. Now I did save the picture of the die and looked at it frequently to see the order the crosses went in but really it was super simple and I got to know my silhouette program a lot better. I used the replicate window, the sizing window. I brought things in real close so I could get a good look and then back out and the align window. Wow there is all kinds of great things that program can do and I am just beginning to scratch the surface of all I can do.
Now I should say that if I were able to buy the dies I sure would in a snap and last night when I was chatting with my friend Rose online I was really excited to show her what I did. We had seen it and were talking about it the day before.. She said does that mean you don't want the die now that I bought you as a late birthday present. Shocked!!!!! NO Thank you Thank you Thank you was all I could say. I know you've seen all these wonderful dies floating around pinterest but if your like me and your on a budget and you CAN recreate it, go ahead.  Try your wings and get to know your program better. Who is going to know if you fail right? and if you do fail try again. Keep trying.
If you can afford the dies then lucky you!!!! Really do buy them if you can. They dies are great and you do well to support the company.
 I am still sore a bit and so typing has to stop for now.. Real short I know but I am getting better. I will list my supplies below. Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting Y'all!!!!! Blessings, Sharalyn

Kits used:
Christmas Open House SVG Kit
3D Wintergreens SVG Kit
Supplies used:
American Craft Card Stock: Scarlett, Pine, Evergreen
Neenah Desert Storm Card Stock
Red and White Twine from The Twinery
Believe Stamp from Snowflake Soiree Stampin up
Real Red Card Stock from Stampin Up (card base)
Antique White Translucent Glitter from Art Glitter
Colorbox Frost White Ink

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Back in the Saddle... Ahhhh craft chair again!

Morning y'all!
I have missed talking to ya and settin' with ya! Let me explain what happened. Our Dog Sassy has been deaf for about a year and a half and she is about 13. We aren't sure of her actual age since she was a rescue. Anyhoo she has a habit of if she is up we all need to be up. (she can sneak off to bed at 7pm sometimes) So I was shooshin her out of the bedroom yet again and had just closed the door when my hubby's alarm in the other room went off, so forgetting that the baby gate was up and with her standing in front of me in a dark hallway I was rushing to shut off the alarm. Yep you guessed it I fell right over her and the onto the baby gate. Got both knees, cut my leg bruised my feet and landed on the fallen baby gate with my right hand. Of course Sassy comes over wagging her tail like what are ya doing mom? And if I didn't bump enough on the way down I hit my head on the bed for good measure. What did hubs do you ask? Slept right through it! LOL Why did we have a baby gate up? Because Miss I am getting old had been sneaking out to the living room and pooping on the floor instead of waking us up. Ahhh the trials of an older dog. We love her but adjusting to her deafness has been for us as well as her. Top that off with a case of cataracts and you have a lovely combination. We live in an area where there is a lot of wild life as well so we don't have a doggie door. We don't want to make our house take out for the coyotes, bob cats and mountain lions. So that is what happened and although nothing was broken I had a lot of bruises and the worst was my hand and wrist, and yes of course I am right handed need you ask????

  So it was with great joy that I could craft yesterday. Yes I did pay for it a bit and I will have to take it a bit more easy today but at least I can plan and get my ideas going again. I don't mind telling you I felt like I was starting all over again. It took me a few hours to get my groove on again. I am pleased to present to you my version of the Scare Crow from Leaves are Falling SVG Kit.
Oh when I saw that scare crow and could have crowed myself! Loved It is not the word! I had another idea hit me last night so I am going to try it as well. The idea I had before this fall is going to be a while before I can use that much dexterity. Please hang in there with me as my hand recovers from the fall. Haha no pun intended.. (get it ??? I made a fall scarecrow?) insert groan here hehe

I made the scarecrow the size he comes but changed the head to a pumpkin type head as Mary had done in the tutorial. I had though of it the minute I saw the scarecrow in the kit. I will of course list my supplies and such at the bottom of my post.
 I cut the hat out of mustard colored AC card stock then took it over to the sizzix big shot I won from SVG cuts (making a scarecrow head) LOL and embossed the hat using cuttlebugs Tiny Mosac embossing folder. I inked the edges and sponged it sort of all over with Stampin ups soft suede  ink. Then I made the head using Apricot AC Card Stock and took my Martha Stewart score pad to make lines in the accent pieces for the head. Then I inked it as well with Stampin up Tangerine Tango. The paper pack I used for the shirt and vest are from Graphic 45 French Country. Love those papers. I wanted a jean paper for the pants but didn't have any so I took AC Blueberry and used a hounds-tooth background stamp and Versa Mark and stamped it then put Ranger Super fine clear embossing powder on top and embossed it for texture. Then I put the paper on the mat and cut out the pants and glued them together. The cuff paper is from Little Yellow Bicycle, the Vintage Summer collection.
The straw for this guy is AC sunflower color and I used my forest branches embossing folder from cuttlebug for the hair only. I just used a pencil to curl and finger fluff the straw. His mouth is AC Card stock  pomegranate, with black tiny x's on the mouth. The eyes are AC Chestnut color and the nose is Coffee color from AC Card Stock. (As I watch the sun rise while I write this, coffee sounds good about now.)
The embellishments I used are my favorite buttons from Buttons Galore and More. Even the cute little tiny buttons! Aren't they adorable??? I couldn't resist them! The ribbon band around the hat is a retired ribbon from Stampin up. cute though don't ya thing? To bad they retire stuff  all the time. I understand why but I wish I knew I was going to love something ahead of time so I could  buy a ton of it!  The blue twine is from American Crafts as well.
So there you have it my scarecrow and nothing spectacular but I like the way he turned out. Mary out did  herself again. The kit includes a "ribbon" board and a couple of really adorable cards and a very cute bag as well that if you use vellum in it can be a lantern if you wanted to.
There are several new kits out that I have yet to try but give me time I will. Don't take my word for how cute they are go and Check them out!!!! While your there Wish Mary and Leo a Happy wedding day! They are tying the knot on Friday!!!! Yay!!! Yippe!!!!(throw fall leaves)
 I am going to try VERY hard not to push myself and take it slow.. the healing is almost there but not completely. I still get some tingling from my hand when I do something it doesn't like so hang in there with me. I have many more ideas in the works. I will say that I worked (left handed) on a project for my daughters B day which isn't until November so you'll have to wait for the write up and photos on that project but I think you'll find it very useful. I used a new product that Silhouette came out with this summer and will give you my thoughts on it.
Thank you so much for stopping by and settin' with me a spell. I can honestly say I have missed you all! Have a wonderful day and Happy Crafting! Blessings Sharalyn

Kit Used:
Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit
Supplies used:
American Craft Card Stock: Apricot, Mustard, Pomegranate, Chestnut, Sunflower, Coffee
Graphic 45 French Country Paper Pack.
Little Yellow Bicycle Vintage Summer
Stampin up Ink Tangerine Tango, Soft Suede
Stampin up Linen Thread (tied in apple button)
Buttons Galore and More: Fall buttons, and tiny buttons(super cute)
American Craft twine (called ribbon)
Burlap Scraps for patches.
Sakura Gelly Roll  fine tip Black pen
Scotch quick dry adhesive

Monday, September 2, 2013

A Little Fall

Hi all!
Lets talk Seasons!!!!  My dear husband knows that when Autumn comes around and the pretty colored fall leaves and decorations come, I just drool over them all. I LOVE AUTUMN~~ There I said it I am an Autumn nut!!!! My dear hubby puts up with the fall leaves garland and all the fall decorations I put up every year a little earlier than I should, and Bless him for that!

I've held out pretty good this year, last year I started in August but truthfully I was sick of the heat! This year hasn't been quite so bad although my favorite time of the year is here again and this year holds a special meaning for me as I celebrate my 35th wedding anniversary on the 23rd.. Yep He put up with me for 35 yrs that man deserves an award!!! lol. So in celebration of Autumn and the beginning of my Crazy season rushing wild woman that I am (as my daughter puts it) I made myself a wreath for my front door.

I started with some shapes from the Silhouette store that I already had and a 8.5 inch round circle. I made a wreath back by drawing a 8.5 inch w circle then putting a 4.5 inch circle inside that and making a compound path. Then I cut two of these shapes out of chipboard and glued those together then another two were cut out of Sunflower AC Card Stock to cover the chipboard. ( I used the cardboard that comes in the pkgs of Stampin up Designer card stock as I didn't have real chipboard)
Then I cut my leaves. One of the sets I used was Lori Whitlock the other leave were from Hero Arts and the Wheat was also Lori Whitlock. I use her stuff a lot.

 I made the base of the wreath by taking rope we had and braiding three strands together. I did that five times then I started hot gluing them on to the base just leaving loops so I could weave the other pieces throughout here and there. Glue as you go along and do yourself a favor and get those things that go on your fingertips so you wont burn your fingers I have a blister on my thumb cuz I don't have any yet.

Then I dry embossed my leaves and inked them I borrowed my friends hounds tooth Stampin up folder from Sizzix and then I used Tim Holtz Alterations Snow flakes which were part of a set with the snowman that has the hat on.. and then I used Cuttlebug's Forest Branches. The inks I used were all Stampin up colors, Rich Razzleberry, So Saffron and Dusty Durango. I shaped them a bit using my favorite shape tools. I glued all but the wheat down. Then I wrapped the rest of the wreath with 2.5 inch w burlap ribbon I got a Walmart. I made the bow with ribbon I got a Michael's I love checks and polka dots and this time of year I am drawn right back to the checks.. Then I arranged my burlap flowers from Scrapbooksteals network. (they just came Friday and I couldn't wait to use them) The maker is Pink parislee and the collection is Cottage Farms. Then of course I glued by favorite go to buttons from Buttons Galore and More.. OH my I could spend a fortune at that place! If you aren't familiar with them they are an online store.. love, love , love their buttons. The Wooden flower stick button is from Little Yellow Bicycle the Naturals collections and I have been holding on to those to use on something special..

Now you know how I say don't do what I did? Well this is one of those times again. After I got the whole wreath done I thought now how am I going to hang this???? OK so I used my cropodile to make a standard sized hole and put an We R Memory Keepers eyelet through it then took a copper colored wire and made a loop for it to hang.

Well that is my wreath and the first thing I have made or decorated with Autumn colors.. so I guess it has begun my crazy rush the season decorating.. Thanks for stopping by Y'all and no, this time I didn't use anything from SVG cuts but that doesn't mean I couldn't have.. I will save that for next week. Stay tuned I have another crazy fall decoration cooking in my brain.. hugs to you all! Be safe have a super holiday weekend and Happy Crafting Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn