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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Autumn Blessings!

Hey Ya'll!

It is my favorite time of year again, FALL!!!!!!  I love all the warm colors and the feel of crisp mornings here. September carries a lot of Blessings for me of which I am very thankful. We and someone else we know got married in September. I will be celebrating 36 yrs our dear friends (Leo and Mary) will be celebrating one year married. That is something special wheither it be 36 or one. SVG cuts is having a Fall Challenge again so here is my entry. I hope it makes you smile like it does me.

I started with the pumpkin carriage from Enchanted Autumn SVG Kit, I used just the pumpkin. It is cut at the size it imports. I used my Darcy wood grain emboss folder on the accents and Really Rust ink to bring out the embossing. On the vellum I used the Autumn Word Stamp and the tiny leaf from Heirloom Traditions Stamp set. The fall leaf  was from a set I borrowed from a friend and is a Stampin up Set. I used Versa Mark ink and Brown and Clear emboss powder. Then colored the leaves in with my copic Markers. The Blessings was from another stamp set and I masked off the rest of the stamp so I could get the word Blessings. The Autumn Blessings is on the outside of the vellum and the fall leaf done in clear embossing powder is in the inside.  I adhered that to the inside of the pumpkin and then added the accents and then the bottom piece.

The Owl is the Acorn from Acorn Autumn SVG Kit and is cut at W.10.452. Size the accents to fit the acorn by laying the accents over the acorn body and same the lid accents. They should fit just inside the cut line on the sides. I used Tim Holtz bubble emboss folder on the accents both top and bottom for texture. Use a brown ink pad to ink the edges but don't go crazy as you will use the oak leaves from Autumn Elements SVG Collection cut at H. 1.86 W 1.696 as the feathers for the wings and body back. American Craft Card Stock Colors for the feathers were Chestnut, Clay, Chocolate. The tummy is the maple leaves cut at H. 1.160 W 1.123 also from Autumn Elements SVG Collection. I used Honeycomb and Sunflower American Craft card Stock for the tummy feathers. The "ears" were also the Oak Leaves cut at the same size and curled up with my Paper Shaping tools. The beak and the feet are the maple leaf cut at the same size as the tummy feathers and are inked and hot glued into place. The color of the card stock was Apricot.  I used one acorn, one fall leaf button and one Burgundy  bow as my non paper embellishments. The sunflowers are from Pick a Pumpkin SVG Kit and were cut at H 1.431 W 2.836. Centers for the flowers are cut at H 0.537 W 2.135. Center width measurement is for two centers glued one on top of the other for dimension. I used a Pumpkin and Curshed Curry Stampin up ink pen to make lines down the center of each flower for the eyes.

The Oak Leaves around the bottom of the pumpkin are from Autumn Elements and are cut at H. 2.128 W 1.914. The colors I used are: Melon, Honeycomb, Crimson, Grape. They are inked with Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry Stampin up Inks. The Leaf and Vine Flourishes are from Gourds Galore SVG Collection. I cut those at two sizes. I try to keep a record of what I sizes I cut things at but I only kept the larger size as I thought I was not going to use the smaller size. So please forgive me for not having the smaller size. Leaf Flourishes: H.1.480 W 2.036 Vine Flourishes: H 1.774 W. 4.055. I only used part of the pumpkin Vines from Heirloom Pumpkin Flourishes SVG Collection. It was flourish 12 and was cut at H 2.674 W 5.717. The flourishes and vines were inked with  garden green from Close To my Heart and Really Red from Stampin Up. The Sunflowers were from 3d Mums and Fall Flowers SVG Kit. The petals were cut at H 1.874 W. 4.092 and inked with Real Red and Tangerine Tango. The Centers were cut at H 1.938 W. 4.311 then the circle was saved for the tiny centers and two were glued together and embossed using the Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles emboss folder, then inked lightly with copper ink pad.
I used my Mcgill Flower shaping tools to shape leaves, vines and flowers. All of the leaves, vines and flowers were adhered with hot glue. As I always the supplies and kits,collections I used will be at the bottom of this post. I hope you enjoy my entry for the Fall Challenge from SVG Cuts. It has brought me great joy to make it as well as look at it afterward. The Vellum on the pumpkin allows the battery operated tea light to flicker through completing the Autumn experience for me.
Thank you very much for Stopping by and reading my post about my Fall Challenge Entry.  Be sure and make an entry yourself! Have a blessed and wonderful day.  Happy Craftin' Ya'll! Blessings Sharalyn
Good Luck To All the Entrants!

SVG Cuts Kits and Collections
Enchanted Autumn SVG Kit
Acorn Autumn SVG Kit
Pick A Pumpkin SVG Kit
3d Mums and Fall Flowers SVG Kit
Autumn Elements SVG Collection
Heriloom Pumpkin Flourishes SVG Collection
Gourds Galore SVG Collection

Supplies Used:
American Craft Card Stock: Apricot, Honeycomb, Sunflower, Chestnut, Chocolate, Clay, Coffee, Crimson, Grape, Olive, Pomegranate (small maple leaf)
SVG Cut Stamps: Heirloom Traditions, Gingerbread Kisses (blessings)
Stampin Up: Stamp set, Lovely Leaves, Card Stock Vellum, Inks, Tangerine Tango, Real Read, Rich Razzleberry. Ink Pens: Pumpkin, Crushed Curry
Close To My Heart Ink: Garden Green
Brilliance Ink: Copper
Hero Arts, Clear Emboss Powder
Stampendous Brown Emboss Powder
Buttons Galore: Acorn, Fall Leaf
Burgundy 1/8 in. Ribbon 
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Battery Operated Tea Light 
Hot Glue

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Welcome to Fall

Good Mornin' !!!!
It is early and the house is quiet except for the fog horn of my coffee maker. Mark will not hear it as we sleep with a fan. I love this time of morning as I can read my bible, drink my coffee and talk to God. I can watch his beautiful sun rise and thank him for this day. It is a blessed time for me and one I cherish. So after reading and while I sip my coffee I share with you the fall things I have been busy making.

I'll start with the easiest. I made the Big Ghost pumpkin from Pick a Pumpkin SVG Kit. It is made at the size it imports and papers were part of the tremendous blessing I got  from a gal that was a Close to my Heart Demonstrator. I used a copper ink pad on the coffee stem and leaves and hot glued the leaves in place. I used twine from American Craft and Buttons both from Close to my Heart and Buttons Galore. There is nothing really special about Pick a Pumkin SVG Kit and I like that. I can make them however I like. There are SOOO many creative things you can do with this kit. I Love making them and noticed last year the church needs some new ones for the decorations so I have that on my to do list. I might even sneak in an owl or two.

Speaking of owls I will go onto that one next. I used The owl box from Enchanted Autumn SVG Kit to make the owl. The first one I made was alright but I loved the second one I made. It was for my daughter and I used papers from Teresa Collins to make it. I have a couple more ideas for the owls in the back of my mind but that will come later. I used the Flowers from Pick a Pumpkin to put around the eyes of the owl. Then I took a brown maker and swiped lines on the flower just for the look. I have seen this many times in other owls and it always makes me think how cute it is. I also curled the owls ears a bit more and the wings a bit as well.

Last but not least I made the Jack O Lantern from Haunted Forest SVG Kit. It is made the at the size it imports. The accents on the pumpkin were embossed with a large Darcy wood grain folder, then I inked the edges and to bring out the wood grain the sides a bit with a sponge and Really Rust Ink from Stampin Up.  I cut the top of the hat with scissors and warped the brim a bit before I glued the top of the hat on. I inked the edges with Rich Razzleberry ink color which is a stampin up color.
Beautiful color and I just love it. There is a new one very much like it that I love as well, but I don't have it yet. The embellishments for the top of the hat with the exception of one paper cut are all SVG Cuts. There is a brown flourish with wheat and leaves that I like to used that is from the Silhouette store. Whenever I am making Fall things I keep a box that has fall cut out stuff in it so I don't have to stop and go cut another piece. The flower was from that box and is a SVG cut file but I am not sure I can tell you the exact one. My best guess is another favorite kit which is the 3d Mums and Fall Flowers SVG Kit. I used American Craft Sunflower colored card Stock for it then used Riding hood red ink pad and sponge and went to town inking it. I ink it till it looks like the sunflowers that seem to smile at you as you walk by, or maybe that is me smiling at them. The fall colors make me happy so I always seem to be smiling when I see them. The leaves are from Autumn Elements SVG Collecton just made in a much smaller size. The yellow flowery leave thing is from Harvest Hill Farm SVG Collection, again this was in my box so not sure of the size but best guess is the size it imports. The Wheat was from Our Thanksgiving Gathering SVG Kit but I cut the stems a bit and at an angle to add to the hat. There is a  pumpkin leaf peaking out for color from Pick a Pumpkin SVG Kit and it is embossed with Tim Holtz Plaid emboss folder.  The Red Leaf is from Harvest Country Home SVG Collection but I took out the cut outs, to do that you would un-group or release compound path and you can either click where the cut outs are and move and delete them or click on the leaf you want to keep and move it. I used Rafia and wrapped it around my hand a few times then took a smaller piece and tied it together. I hot glued that to the inside of the hat. The button was a wood button from Close to my heart tied with Linen Thread from Stampin up, then hot glued in place. The accent papers for the hat were also from the Close to my Heart, blessing I received. There are a lot of kits and collections listed but I did not purchase them all at once. If your able, then go ahead if you want to purchase all of them but If your like me on a fixed income use what you have. Don't over extend yourself and watch for sales those are the best times to pick up that kit you've had your eye on.
That was pretty much all I have been up to lately. I did purchase the Jack O Lantern SVG Collection and used my stamp making kit from Silhouette to make some stamps but that is for another post.
 My best friend and I were the victims of a huge blessing from a Close to my Heart Demonstrator so you will see a lot of things and references to that company. We were blessed beyond our wildest dreams. We both felt like it was Christmas!!! 4 huge Banana boxes of goodies we divided amongst ourselves and one other gal. To That Gal I want to say thank you so very very much, all of it will be used to bless others with our gift. Thank you.
To All of you I want to say have a wonderful day and encourage you to bless someone else with your gift of crafts. I promise you it will brighten someones day and  don't be surprised that if it is you!  Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Craftin Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Pick A Pumpkin SVG Kit
Enchanted Autumn SVG Kit
Haunted Forest SVG Kit
3d Mums and Fall Flowers SVG Kit
Autumn Elements SVG Collection
Harvest Hill Farm SVG Collection
Our Thanksgiving Gathering SVG Collection
Harvest Country Home SVG Collection
 Mentioned: Jack O Lantern SVG Collection

Silhouette Online Store: Autumn Flourish: Design ID #21632

Supplies Used:
Teresa Collins : You are my Happy Mega Kit: in the archive
Close to my Heart: Fall Papers
American Craft Card Stock: Apricot, Coffee, White, Olive, Sunflower, Mustard, Crimson, Pomegranate, Peach, Grapefruit
Buttons Galore, Close to my Heart: Buttons
Recollections: Michael's Enamel Dots
Sizzix Emboss Folders: Swirls, Plaid
Darcy Emboss Folder: Wood Grain
Stampin Up: Linen Thread,Really Rust, Riding hood Red, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry Inks
Brilliance: Cosmic Copper Ink
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Hot Glue and Gun

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fall Happiness

Evenin' Y'all,

I am off to a stampin up stampin party tomorrow but I thought I would leave you with yet another idea I had from the new Haunted Forest SVG Kit. This one is the same size as the Jack O Lantern in the post before this one. Bring all the pieces for the Jack O Lantern onto the mat and size it so that the Jack O Lantern is about 4 inches high without the hat. This will make it fit perfectly onto the top of the Jar from Maison de Madeline SVG Kit. As I said in the last post make an octagon at 0.378 H and W, duplicate it and center one onto the bottom of the Jack O Lantern piece and one onto the insert for the Jack O lantern.
Make another octagon and duplicate it as well center each one onto the top of the lid and the insert. I use Silhouette Designer addition so that I can import SVG's into the program. Now choose your small octagon then holding down the shift key choose the outer octagon then right click and make a compound path. This will make the holes permanent in your file you can save them that way as well. It does not change the original file as it is saved as a Silhouette file.

 Now here is the part I forgot to tell you before. I made a rectangular box just inside the cut lines for the bottom of the Jar. Then moved the nodes a bit to give it kind of the slanted look just like the cut lines of the box. You would double click on the rectangle and tiny boxes will show up around the edges, those are nodes. Then all you have to do is click and drag it to the shape you want. If you have never played around with those before you should try. That is how I got interested in designing. Once you have it at the place you want then just click off of it. These will be your accent pieces for the bottom of the box.

I inked the edges of the scarecrows accent pieces with a Rusty Hinge Tim Holtz Ink pad. If you don't have that any brown ink pad will work. Then I used the same ink pad on my Card Stock Vellum from Stampin up and cut a small piece to fit over the nose and mouth. I glued that to the inside once the scarecrow was all put together. I used a soft Suede Marker from Stampin up to make the tiny x's for around the nose and to make the mouth. I drew on eyelashes with the same marker. I used pearlescent  chalk to make the blush on the cheeks. I didn't care for the brown vellum on the nose so I used YR07 orange maker to make the vellum orange and let it get a bit onto the edges as well.   I took pieces of Raffia and glued them here and there around the top of the Scarecrows head then glued the hat down on top of that. I also used the same ink pad and dabbed it here and there on the accents of the hat.

The hat is easy make it as you would but I used a tiny flower punch to take a couple of "bites" out of the brim. Before gluing the brim to the top of the hat I warped it with my hands to make it look like a worn hat. Then take your scissors and do a jagged cut to cut off the top of the hat. Bunch some Raffia together and glue to the inside of the hat.  The ribbon is a scrap I had from Stampin up that is jean material. So cute wish they still had it. Instead of tying it I crossed them on the brim and glued in place with glue dots. The buttons are from Buttons Galore, I love their buttons so so cute!

Add the raffia to the top of the box and then glue the "head" into place. Add the buttons for the shirt and adhere the battery operated tea light to the inside of the lid just like you did on the Jack O Lantern. The light goes through the octagon holes you made in the bottom of the scarecrow and the lid of the box. That was it. I didn't use any emboss folders this time but I think he turned out pretty cute and will be the perfect  hostess gift for my Stampin up Demonstrator tomorrow. The bottom of the box is empty and perfect for filling with a goodie or another gift. This way they have a lantern and you can fill it with something extra!  Thanks so much for stopping by again and Happy Craftin Y'all!!!!  Blessings Sharalyn

SVGCuts Kits Used:
Haunted Forest SVG Kit
Maison de Madeline SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Graphic 45 French Country Collection
American Craft Card Stock, Straw, Pomegranate
Bazzill Card Stock, Arctic
Tim Holtz Rusty Hinge Ink Pad
Stampin up, Card Stock Vellum, Soft Suede Marker, Jean Ribbon
Pebbles Pearlescent Chalks
Buttons Galore Buttons

UPDATE: I gave it to her and showed her what I had filled it with, later she noticed that it lit up. She was thrilled! Also had a blast and saw people I hadn't seen in a while! So fun to get together with Crafty friends! Blessings Sharalyn

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Happy Halloween in August????

Hi Y'all!
Well we have had a few days of cool and it almost seemed like fall here. Yep I wait and wait for it.. anyhoo Mary and Leo have released a new kit called Haunted Forest SVG Kit. It has a nifty spooky house and a witches hat and this very cool Jack O Lantern. Now I try to make Halloween fun not spooky, so I didn't do the house yet but I have lots more ideas and they include the Jack O Lantern again so hang in there I will get it done. I'm also still working on Christmas presents and my room is a total disaster right now. In fact I am going to clean it up after this post as it is bugging me.

 I used two kits with this creation, the first was the new Haunted Forest SVG Kit the second was the jar from Maison de Madeline SVG Kit. Bring that cute little Jack O lantern onto your mat and select the whole thing. Size the pumpkin down to about 4 inch tall. when I checked on my mat it said 7.613 H. 10.230 W. Make small octagon W 0.378 H 0.378 in both the insert and the bottom piece of the pumpkin. I glued the hat to the top of the pumpkin for ease when opening and closing Jar.  Glue together as Mary instructs on the Tutorial.

Now Open the Maison de Madeline SVG Kit and bring it onto your mat. Release compound path and un-group the lid file. Size the octagon to the W 0.378 H 0.378. Make a duplicate and center it onto the insert as well. Group it all together again then cut and glue as you normally would leaving the knob off, as this is where your tea light bulb will be coming through.

I used double sided tape to adhere battery operated tea light to the inside of the lid for the Jar. Put the bulb through the hole on the lid and then glue your Jack O Lantern onto the lid with the bulb going through the whole on it as well. I tied a ribbon around the top of the witches had and secured it with double sided tape as well. The buttons were from my stash and adhered to the jar using glue dots. This leaves the bottom of the jar open for filling with wrapped candy or a present.  Note: I glued the pumpkin to the jar.
Supply list will be at the bottom as usual.

That was pretty much it. As I said I have other ideas I am working on as well but you won't know when it will pop up. Guess you have to stay tuned... LOL Anyhoo, Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Have a spooktacular day y'all and Happy Craftin!!!!!!
Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits Used:
Haunted Forest SVG Kit
Maison de Madeline SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Graphic 45 Card Stock, Happy Haunting
American Craft Card Stock, Apricot
Bazzill Card Stock, Black, Arctic
Buttons Galore, Orange checked button, Trick or Treat Button
Twinery Twine, Orange and White
Michaels, Sheer Black and White Polka Dot Ribbon.
Darcy Emboss Folder, Wood Grain
Glue Dots, 1/2 in. All purpose Adhesives. Says it holds up to 8lbs.
Battery Operated Tea light is from Amazon, color changing tea light.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Mary's files are Versartile!!!!

Evening Y'all!
Remember when I said on the bottom of my last post that I was going to try something? Well I did and it didn't turn out to bad at all. I wanted to try using my silhouette Cameo to cut fabric and I had seen something I wanted to try it with.  As you know I have been working on Christmas presents so as to have quite a bit done by the time Christmas rolls around. The ad I saw was for a cozy you make to go under a cup of warm tea or coffee or whatever. The one I saw was for a 7 1/2 in round cozy and they had used binding on the edges. I wanted something a bit simpler that someone wouldn't be so scared to use and not at all afraid to wash in the washer should it get dirty.

I started with the size. Now I have quilted for a while now and know that anytime you quilt something it gets smaller depending on how much stitching you do. So I started with about a 9 inch Square. Just like paper picking the fabric combos is just as time consuming, at least it is for me as I am really particular about color undertones going together. This comes from my training as a color consultant years ago. Remember that fad? anyhoo I picked the fabrics and then I knew I wanted to make something fall-ish as that is my favorite time of year. I chose the pumpkin and the leaf in the extra file of Crisp Days of Fall SVG Kit.
Silhouette sells stuff you can iron onto the back of your fabric to then use it to iron onto your fabric like I did, but I used my Wonder Under because I already had it. Leave the paper on and iron your fabric square or rectangle to the same size Wonder Under. Then take that and put it on your mat, choose your design and fabric type from the drop down menu and then cut. It cut it like butter. Super simple to say the least. I took them of the mat, took the paper off and ironed it onto my fabric square. I adjusted my machine to do a satin stitch and stitched around it. Then I put my Warm and Natural scrap onto the back and freehand quilted it. I did the same with the back piece. Then stitched closely around the pumpkin and leaves with black thread just straight stitch. Trim your squares back to square and even and lay right sides together and stitch around the edge 1/4 inch leaving a small opening to turn right sides out. Cut triangle of the corners so your corners will turn better. Now give it a good press with the opening edges turned in a bit. Top Stitch and tie off your strings. Now give it a final press and your done.  You have now finished one Christmas present, Congratulations!!!! I think I will do a few of these to give to special people. Ones I know will used these. I have a  couple of plastic tubs I'm keeping my Christmas gifts in and when I am ready will wrap and put their names on them. I will then keep a list of what I have for whom so I do not forget. Well It has been a long day and I am ready for bed and Church tomorrow. Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting Y'all! Blessing, Sharalyn
SVG Kits Used:
Crisp Days Of Fall

Supplies Used:
Scraps from fabric Stash
Scraps of Warm and Natural from Stash
Wonder Under
Thread:Black and Gold Embroidery Machine Thread