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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

More than a simple Gift

Good MorningY'all,
Today I am bringing another Bendi card to you and I hope you like it. I love seeing what others do with these and how their creative minds work. My mind, as late has been cluttered with other things and I thank the person who gave me these cards very much. We all need others to come along side us and lift us up once in a while. It has helped me find my creative place again when I found it very difficult to create.

I wasn't going to do another blended background but couldn't find something in my stash that I just loved.  I made another blended background using Tim Holtz Distress inks, added white dots and some "shooting starts". I added  a few clear glitter dots and spritzed it with perfect pearls again. I will list the colors I used in my supplies list at the bottom of this post. I wanted the moon to look a bit silvery, well I sort of achieved that. I used a piece of card stock vellum sponged the back of it with Stampin' Up going grey and shimmered the front with Wink of Stella Pen and some Star Dust Stickles. I adhered the vellum once it dried to the back of the background then glued the background into place.

I wanted the trees and the house to have more dimension so I added the extra trees and made another house cutting off the roof and embossing the body of the house with Tim Holtz Bricked emboss folder. The trees and the house can be found in the extras file. The trees were smudged with a q-tip and white ink to give a snow effect. I learned that from Sandy Allnock. She did that on a card and I thought it was so cool. Learning techniques from others can feed your creativity so watch those videos of others making their card and take classes when you can.

I added star dust stickles to portions of the card to give it some sparkle. While I loved the simplicity of this card, I of course had to add my own touch. I decided the snowflakes needed some holes so I added some to the Silent Night banner by using a 5 sided octagon W0.079 x 0.083 H. I angled them in various directions to add interest then selected the entire snowflake and right clicked then chose "make compound path".

After I thought I had completed the card, I felt it needed something off the left side so using the extra snowflakes I made some holes in those as well. I used a 5 sided octagon measuring W 0.149 x 0.151 H. I angled those and then added a center 6 sided octagon W 0.156 x 0.167 H.  It still needed a bit more to my eye so I added another 6 sided octagon to each tip of the snowflake and the size for that was W 0.093 x 0.100 H. I did not get a few centered properly but I have since fixed that on my design. Again select the entire snowflake, right click and "make a compound path". I cut mine snowflakes at two sizes W 1.197 x 1.101 H and W 0.962 x 0.885 H. I adhered them using the Kool Tak clear squares and then added star dust stickels to those as well.

That is my Silent Night bendi card and if you can stand one more post about the bendi cards I will make the last one and post it as well. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Again many thanks to the person who gave me the card kit, it has helped in more ways than you can imagine. From my heart to yours I thank you.  I hope you have a lovely day and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

 Dreaming Tree SVG Kits Used:
Christmas Bendi Cards

Supplies Used:
Bazzill Card Stock: White, Fairytale
Recollections Black Card Stock
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Black Soot.
Tim Holtz round blending tool.
Post it labeling tape( to hold the card in place while blending)
Saukura White gel pen, Clear glitter pen
Zig: clear Wink of Stella Pen
Stampin' Up: Card Stock Vellum, Going Grey Ink
ColorBox Frost White Pigment Ink
Makeup q- tips
Ranger Star Dust Stickles
Kool Tack Clear 3d foam pads
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Cameo

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Blending Bendi Christmas Card

Morning Y'all!
I am hoping November brings us our cool temperatures and I am able to craft full time again. Life has been a bit crazy!
Today I am bringing to you a lovely card from Dreaming Tree, called a Bendi Card. Honestly I had no idea what that was, I guess I have been caught up in my own little world but I love the concept of it. The idea is the front is bent and held into place with the slots so the card can stand.  The Believe card from this collection was so cute and of course I had to add my touch to it. So here it is and I hope you like it.

When I saw this card I knew I wanted to do a blended background for the sky. Using Tim Holtz Inks I blended broken china, seedless grape, chipped sapphire and black soot. Go light on the last one and just around the top of the card to add that dark sky look.
Then I spritzed the paper with perfect pearls and water and dried with my heat tool.
The paper may curl a bit but if you use your heat tool you can get it back into shape. It helps to put a paper over your ink blending and something heavy like books or something to flatten it a bit while you work on the rest of the card.
Note: I did not blend all the way down the card but checked to see where the trees would cover and stopped just below it.

The trees looked great but I thought that some green needed to show through so I added a few strokes of my YG63 Copic pen. Then to add a some sparkle to the snow, I added Star Dust Stickles. I used this glitter glue a lot on this card, using it around the fence on the snow bank on the snow man and adding squiggles to the snow for a moon glistening affect.

The paper Collection I used was Simple Stories Cozy Christmas. This is a paper pack from last year but I just loved it and really haven't bought anything new yet this year. I used the brown on the fence because to me fences are brown. The holy is a patterned green paper from this pack as well as the berries. I added Glossy accents to the berries for shine. Set aside to dry while you work on the rest of the card.

 I wanted the lead reindeer to have a red nose so using xmas red stickles I added it to the nose and then to Santa's hat as well. I used Ranger White Enamel for the tip and around the cuff of the hat for the fur. I then added tips and swirls of a Clear Wink of Stella pen to the sleigh and reindeer at their feet.

  From this paper pack I found a nice paper that worked well for the moon to have a glow affect. A small scrap was  adhered to the back of the card then the blended background was glued into place. The trees were adhered then more squiggles of Star dust stickles. Make sure you give these extra touches time to dry before you glue them into place.

I found the arms in the extras file and using the same paper I used for the fence I cut out the arms and glued them into place. The hat and the scarf just didn't seem right to make them both red although I liked it. I made the scarf green and the hat black adding some stickles to the hat brim and the top.

I used 3d glue dots for the believe, sleigh, snow drift and the berries on the holly.
The enamel dots were from this collection as well.

I really liked the clean look of this card as Leo and Kyle showed it but for me it needed a little more bling. It is just my take on it and I hope you enjoy it. Thanks so much for stopping my and reading my blog. It has been a challenge typing this while a young kitten disconnects your extra monitor cord and runs on the key board and such but I am so thankful to have a kitty again. Thanks again and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

Dreaming Tree svg  Kits Used:
Christmas Bendi Cards

Supplies Used:
Bazzill  Card Stock: White
Neenah Solar White Card Stock (sky)
American Craft Card Stock: Black
Simple Stories: Cozy Christmas Collection
Simple Stories Enamel dots
Ranger Stickles: Star Dust, Xmas Red
Ranger Enamel Accents: White
Ranger Glossy Accents
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Broken China, Seedless Grape, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.
Tim Holtz: round blending tools
Zig: Clear Wink of Stella Pen
Sakura White Gel Pen
YG63 Copic Pen
kool tak clear foam pads
Scotch Quick Dry Adheisive
Silhouette Cameo Cutting Machine

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Pumpkin Smile Card

Mornin' Y'all!
I apologize for not posting for so long but my kitty I had of 7 yrs passed away from early feline kidney disease. I was  to sad to even think about crafting.
Now we are in the process of adopting a new baby, a boy this time whom my husband has named Opie. We are thrilled to have the pitter patter of little kitty feet again.
When I saw the newest kit, Barn Party SVG Kit, I just knew I wanted to make the card for Mark's mom. We have had an event filled summer. Mark's mom broke her hip and though she has had a partial hip replacement, at 95 she knew she just couldn't live alone anymore. She has moved to a senior assisted living physicality only 5 min. away from my sister in law in San Dimas California. Not having her so close anymore I wanted to make this Halloween card for her. This card is just to cute for words but of course I had to add my own twist to it. I hope you enjoy it. Please read the instructions before you cut anything.

I started with the Barn Party SVG Kit and opened the Haunted Barn svg, where I imported the corn_stalks svg to my virtual mat.  Using my knife, I cut off the bottom portion of the corn stalks. I sized the cut corn stalks to W 4.910 x 1.397 H. Resize your trim  pieces by reducing the height  a bit.  I took off 0.125 from the height. Use your calculator to figure out what you need to enter in the height measurement. The orange trim was sized to W 4.500 x 1.056 H. Now you do the purple trim using this method. You will need to uncheck the Lock Aspect box to keep the proper width.  Make sure you release compound path and un- group your score lines first. Then once you have played around a bit to just miss those cut lines you can  weld the corn stalks to the edges of your trim pieces. Make a duplicate of your cornstalks before you do this. I have learned that when I don't make a duplicate I am always sorry. If you find you don't need it you can always delete it when your card is completed.  Regroup your cut lines to the corn trim and cut as usual.
 If you do not shorten the length of the trim it will be to long for the card. I will list the colors of card stock I used at the bottom of this post. I used my Forest Branches Cuttlebug embossing folder to add texture to the corn stalks and inked them with Tim Holtz Rusty Hinges and Gathered Twigs ink. Slightly curl the stalks with a pen or a wooden dowel.  
Note: I did have to move two of the cut lines just slightly to keep from cutting into my corn stalk.

To cover the fringe on the top of the card I drew a rectangle W 4.502 x 1.086 H. I ungrouped and released compound path on black 1. Holding down the shift key select each cut line and group them. Then duplicate the cut lines and place in the same place on your rectangle as on the card base. Group those to your rectangle and move aside. Regroup all the cut lines, score lines and cut outs. Sometimes getting the compound path back can be difficult so just regrouping will give you back all the cuts without the headaches.
I cut my card base using Truffle Bazzill card stock and used Echo Park The Story of Fall Collection to make my card. When I find a collection I really like I try to buy the 6x6 pad and the 12 x 12 collection. The smaller scale of the 6x6 pad works great for cards and if you need a smaller pattern for an area on your 3D project you will be thrilled you have it. I used the edge of one of the papers to add the flowers to the top trim.( the rectangle you made with the cut lines) I assembled the card body then cut my pumpkins out.

The pumpkins were cut using American Craft Carrot card stock. I darkened the faces first with Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade, then darkened the lines of the pumpkins with my Stampin' write Dusty Durango marker. I also added a few extra lines around the mouth and eyebrow's on some. I cut the white, using Sunflower AC card stock because I wanted them to look like they were glowing, then decided I wanted to darken it as well using a Crushed Curry Stampin write pen. I added black pearls from Michaels for the eyes. The pumpkins were adhered to their spots and the glowing affect was enhanced with a clear Zig Wink of Stella pen.

The Stars on the card also benefited from the Crushed Curry Stampin' write pen and the Zig Wink of Stella pen. I added a couple of enamel dots from Echo Parks The Story of Fall Collection. The panels_black were cut from Truffle Bazzill card stock and embossed with Echo Park Falling Leaves embossing folder. I added Cappuccino twine bows, from The Twinery to the edges of the pennants on the sides like Mary did on her card.

That was how I made this card. I like the way it turned out so I will be making another and sending to my mom and dad as well. All in all this is a wonderful new kit from Mary who is very talented, but you don't have to take my word for it. Just click on the links below and you will see for yourself the wonderful kits and collections that are available. Thank you so much for reading my blog and for understanding my absence. I am sure I will have many stories about Opie as we have not had a kitten for 7 yrs.  Have a wonderful day and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

Stay tuned I will be making the Barn in a non scary form as well. So much to play with in this wonderful kit! A special note of thanks to Katie Smiley for "missing me" it touched my heart greatly. Thank you Katie! I missed you all as well.

SVG Kits Used:
Barn Party SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Echo Park The Story of Fall Collection: 6x6 pad
Echo Park The Story of Fall: Enamel Dots
Echo Park The Story of Fall Collection: Falling Leaves Emboss Folder
Bazzill Card Stock: Truffle, Pollen
American Craft Card Stock: Sunflower, Carrot
The Twinery: Cappuccino Twine
Cuttlebug: Forest Branches Embossing Folder
Zig: Wink of Stella Clear Pen
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Gathered Twigs, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge
Stampin' write: Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry
Recollections: Small Black Pearls
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette America: Cameo Cutting Machine

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Scarecrow Mason Jar Topper

Hey Y'all,
I had a new friend coming over to see my space and decided to change all my decorations on my shelf to fall. I had Easter through July on them.  As I put my fall decor up, I moved Christmas decor into two boxes.  This would make it easier to find and change to Christmas decor when the time came. One of the things I came across the snowman topper for a mason jar. I thought, I  should make one as a scarecrow and wondered, why didn't I do that last year? As I tried to make one I realized why I hadn't done that last year. I didn't make one because the head for the snowman had ten pieces and the two hats I thought would work had eight and six pieces. I went to work and made one using ten pieces but it didn't look right and I wasn't sure why? As I sat thinking about it I took the hat off a small unfinished pumpkin from last year and put in on the head. That was it! The hat was to small for the head. It would take some filling in the gaps underneath with raffia but it would be perfectly. That is how this cute little guy came about and he makes me smile every time I look at him.

Cut the hat.svg from Haunted Forest SVG Kit at W 7.529 x 5.603 H. Cut the hat_panels.svg at W. 6.142 x 3.022 H. Assemble the hat then using a small flower punch, cut "bites" out of the brim. Use a distress tool (rough nail buffer or a real distress tool) to give the hat a look of wear to it. I used Cuttlebug Tiny Mosaic emboss folder on the panels for texture. You can do the emboss straight or turn your pieces so that the mosaic comes out triangles. Ink the hat and panel pieces with Tim Holtz rusty hinge then use gathered twigs. I ink my panels before I put them on to ink the edges of each panel piece, this brings out more detail. Glue your hat_panels.svgs to the hat. Squeeze the top of the hat together and using scissors cut the top off, squeeze the hat the other way and cut off just the tips sticking up. Distress the top and ink with Tim Holtz gathered twigs,set aside to dry.

From Santa's Sweets SVG Kit cut the white. svg from Mason Jar Snowman file. Cut at the size it imports, the size is W8.000 x 4.829 H. I used American Craft Card Stock color, Latte. Glue the head together and cut the nose.svg from Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit. I cut three and glued one on top of the other for dimension. The size for those are as they import which is W 0.400 x 0.542 H. I used a dark brown pen to add the x's around the nose. Line the bottom of the nose up with the cut out and glue just over your cut out. Using a pencil decide where you want your eyes and add eye lashes. Do the same for your mouth. Draw your mouth on with the pencil as well. You can fill it in with a brown pen after your sure it is the way you would like it to look. I used Pearlescent Chalk to add my "cheeks". I used large Black Enamel dots for the eyes.

 NOTE: Try the hat on your snowman so you can see how far down the hat goes. I glued the hat on first then put the eyes and nose on and it made it difficult to get the eye lashes in the right place.

Glue the hat into place pushing the head tabs to the inside of the hat. It will not match perfectly so don't try. You will be filling the gabs in with raffia hot glued into place. Don't worry about getting the raffia a certain length before you glue as you could burn your fingers with shorter pieces. You can give your scarecrow a haircut after the glue has cooled.

Fill your eyelashes and mouth in once you have adhered the eyes.  Hot glue the ribbon for the hat into place cutting a tiny notches around the bottom for a better fit. These were cut to fit at the "seams" of the hat.  I added a few pieces of raffia to the top inside using hot glue.

The sunflower is from 3D Mums and Fall Flowers SVG Kit. Cut the petals.svg at W 4.092 x 1.874 H. Cut the centers.svg at W.4.311 x 1.938 H. I used mustard colored American Craft Card Stock to cut the petals and inked the flower with Stampin Up Rich Razzleberry. The centers were cut using Coffee American Craft Card stock. The center  of the sunflower is one of the small circles from the center cuts for you sunflower. Emboss it with Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles Emboss folder then ink with Brilliance Copper ink. The sunflower is shaped with Mc Gill Flower Shaping tools. Bend your flower in half a bit then Hot glue into place. The wheat is from Our Thanksgiving Gathering SVG Collection  and is cut at W 0.500 x 1.74 H. The oak leaf is from Autumn Elements SVG Collection, I can only give you an about size on that one but if you size the leaf to about an 1.25 long you should be able to get the size I used. Make sure when you do that your lock aspect is checked. The crow is a sticker embellishment I picked up from Michaels a few yrs ago, I would love to find some more.  The tiny themed flats are from Those were my last two and I will need to place another order from them soon. I just love their buttons!

 You can use a ribbon or as I did cut a strip of fabric using pinking sheers and tie around the neck of the scarecrow head once you have place it on a sealed Maison Jar. I have filled mine with Candy Corn but you could fill it with anything. Pinterest has great ideas on what you can put in a Maison Jar as a gift. Take it to your Fall dinner parties or as a thank you gift for someone special. What ever you put inside I am sure it will be wonderful and they will have a cute scarecrow as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Your encouragements are much appreciated. If you make one of these cuties I would love to see it. You could post a picture on SVG Cuts or on my Facebook page Shara's Paper Creations. I love seeing other peoples ideas and hey, isn't that what crafting is all about?  Thanks again, have a wonderful day and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
 Haunted Forest SVG Kit
 Santa's Sweets SVG Kit
  Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit
 3D Mums and Fall Flowers SVG Kit
 Our Thanksgiving Gathering SVG Collection 
Autumn Elements SVG Collection

Supplies Used:
American Craft Card Stock: Mustard, Latte, Apricot, pomegranate, oregano
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: rusty hinge, Gathered twigs
Ranger Enamel Accents: White (dot on eyes)
 Pebbles Pearlescent Chalks
Cuttlebug Emboss Folders: Tiny Bubbles, Tiny Mosaics
Black Enamel Dots
Buttons Galore and More: Flat Buttons
Fine Brown Marker
Stampin Up: Jean Ribbon (discontinued but sure you can find it on ebay)
Fabric Scrap

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Change of Seasons

Hey y'all,
Every year about this time I get into a, I can't stand this heat anymore please someone give me some fall mood! I have hit that point again and since this is my very favorite time of year I get a little crazy making just about anything in a fall theme. Spring Blossoms SVG Kit was my victim this time, I do hope you like it.

Start with the lantern from the Spring Blossoms SVG Kit and cut the lantern out. I used Bazzill Cinnamon Stick for the base and then cut the panels_bottom, panels_top and panels_middle out of Bazzill Truffle. I like the grass textured paper and so does my machine but this time it really worked in my favor to have that texture. I used my Hero Arts wood-grain background stamp to make the wood look on the paper. I used a darker ink for the wood-grain which was Tim Holtz gathered twigs, then I used Tim Holtz rusty hinge all over the top of the wood-grain. That really made it look like wood and I was a bit surprised at how much it looked like wood. To make the window cuts stand out I inked just the window portion of the lantern with gathered twigs. After it dried I added my vellum to the inside of the lantern. The panels were inked and embossed with Tim Holtz Birch Trees emboss folder and Tim Holtz gathered twigs ink.

The vellum was made for another project but I wasn't happy with the way the project looked so it was set aside for another project. I made the vellum using Tim Holtz inks and my Basic Grey Finery stamp set. This was one of the first stamp sets I bought and I still used it 5 yrs later. The leaves of the stamp set are smooth and work quite well to add ink to portions of the stamp before stamping.The colors I used to stamp the vellum were mustard seed, fired brick and spiced marmalade. Using the Stampin Up leaf stamp from the Autumn Harvest Stamp set and Tim Holtz fired brick, Gold Brilliance ink, I stamped the single leaf for a bit more interest.  To achieve the yellowed look I inked the back of the vellum all over with Tim Holtz scattered straw ink pad. Let that dry and then apply the leaf side to the mat. I did it that way because the leaves had more time to dry and I wouldn't get ink all over my mat, cut your vellum pieces.
Note: Let each side dry thoroughly before inking the next side.

Assemble your lantern as per Mary's instructions. Using Bazzill Mud Pie card stock cut the branches from the Cherry Blossoms and Branch SVG Freebie.  Cut the Branch at W 2.454 x 1.864 H. I cut several as I wasn't sure how many I would use. I used Tim Holtz Birch Trees emboss folder to emboss the branches as wanted them to have some texture as well. I used my McGill Flower shaping tools to bend and curve the branches. ( you could also use a thin paint brush handle) I glued the oak leaves from Autumn Elements SVG Collection  cut at W 0.456 x 0.507 H to the branches.  I cut about 40 of each color as I knew they would not all come off the mat cleanly. The colors I used are American Craft pomegranate, Apricot, Sunflower. Using Scotch Quick dry adhesive and tweezers I glued each leaf into place after shaping them a bit. The tweezers were used to hold the leaves into place until the glue adhered. Use your artistic eye and think about trees you have seen that are loosing their leaves to decide where to put leaves. Add your light and make a tag or special card to go with it if you decide to give it as a gift. This is for my beautiful daughter whom loves fall as much as I do. She also appreciates all the things I make.

That is my lantern from the Spring Blossoms SVG Kit and I hope you like it. Experimenting can lead to a good thing but how will you know unless you try? I tried and my lantern looked amazingly like wood to me. Go for it! Experiment with your crafting! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog, much love and blessings to you all and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Spring Blossoms SVG Kit
 Autumn Elements SVG Collection 
Cherry Blossoms and Branch SVG Freebie.

Supplies Used:
Bazzill Card Stock: Cinnamon, Truffle, Mud Pie
American Craft Card Stock: Pomegranate, Apricot, Sunflower
Stampin Up: Card Stock Vellum
Hero Arts: Wood Grain Background Stamp
Stampin Up: Autumn Harvest Stamp Set (retired)
Basic Grey: Finery Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: fired brick, scattered straw, rusty hinge, gathered twigs, spiced marmalade
TSUKINEKO: Archival Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink
Hot Glue
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Cameo

P.S. I am still working on reloading all my photos to my blog, thank you all for your patience.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Minnie Ears for Crystal

Hello y'all!
As I write this my blog has no photos on it and the background is missing but, I am confident God is taking care of it all for me and will help me clear this up. Update: I erased the photos myself while "taking them off my phone", I will get them all back on there as soon as I can. It will take a while *face palm*

  I have a dear friend that just moved to Hawaii. She and her sweet husband were in our choir at church. Since he is military they move where the military tells them, so they had to move to Hawaii, every one say awe. Yes we will miss them but we wish them well. Anyhoo, she loves Mickey and Minnie mouse and because I am missing her, this idea popped into my head. I hope you love it.

Start with the baseball cap from Fun and Games SVG Kit. Using the baseball cap file, bring the cap_1 onto your virtual mat. Ungroup and release compound path, then remove the circles Mary used for holes in the cap. Draw a rectangle W0.984 x 3.205 H, you will need to double click this to move the nodes so that there is a curve matching the score line on the cap. This will allow the ears to fit naturally to the cap. Once it is the correct shape click on the cap and holding down the shift key select the rectangle now go to the modify window and select subtract. This will be the cut out for the ears. You will need two of those. Duplicate the cap piece you just made and flip it or mirror it. You can move the extra piece of cap you will not need off to the side.  You will need a total of 6 pieces. Be sure to regroup all your score lines to your cap. Select all and group. Now you can move the pieces without your score lines being in the wrong place.

Bring cap_2 onto your virtual mat and un-group and release compound path. Delete the cap with the brim and the extra brim and lines. Duplicate the octagon four times. Glue three together as you would for the bottom of the hat. The fourth I made smaller and used as an insert to cover the tabs on the bottom inside of the box. This is the size  used. W 5.636 x 4.881 H.

The ears were made using a circle W 3.477 x 3.477 H. I cut off the bottom of the circle and extended the nodes just a bit on the sides to mimic the Mickey ears. Double click on your circle to activate the node portion. You will know you have done it when you see grayed boxes at various points.  Add a node to the center of the flat portion, do this by clicking on the center of your line. Click and drag the node just under 3/4 of the way up. You're making a cut so that the ear curves a bit and the bottom will be your tabs to adhere to the inside of the cap. I added score lines on either side of the tabs across the sides. Make a duplicate of this ear and flip it, then cut two of each. Glue two sides of your ears facing each other, be sure not to glue your flaps together. Assemble the cap top and slide each ear into the slots you made. Glue the tabs onto the inside of the cap
The two side pieces of the cap with the slits for the ears should be towards the front not the back.
NOTE: It would be helpful to number your cap pieces as I got confused twice.

 Assemble the bottom of the cap as Mary instructs, you will just not have the bill or sun visor portion of the cap.

I made the free 3d Bow for Minnie's Cap. It was sized at W. 4.683 x 10.634 H . I did cut the ribbon portion of the bow down a bit with scissors but that it optional. I just felt the size was right but the ties were a bit to long. Cut and extra center if you wish and curve it a bit with a dowel or pencil. Make a loop and adhere to the top of the center bow.

You can now fill your Mickey or Minnie ears with whatever you like, or add a name to the back as if it was from Disneyland by using vinyl, or simply use a gold pen and using dash lines write the persons name. Have fun with it. I could imagine as I made this bear, bunny, dog or even antlers for Christmas!  Just be add a large red pom to the center front for the reindeer. Have fun with it that is the whole purpose and most of all give it away. The joy in making fun things like this is giving it away and seeing your recipients face. 
Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog, prayerfully it will be fixed soon. Hugs to all of you and thank you so much for continuing to encourage me. Thanks again so very much and Happy Craftin' Y'all!  Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits Used:
Fun and Games SVG Kit
Free 3-d bow

Supplies Used:
American Crafts Card Stock: Black
Stampin Up Designer  Paper- retired
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Cameo

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Fire Crackers in a Box!

Hi everyone!!!

I just love the 4th of July! All the red, white and blue, in the stores is so festive! I start thinking about the 4th of July around Memorial Day, as that is around the time of my sons birth. Mark's mom was born on the 4th of July. I love the country vintage look  some of it has as well. The firecrackers I made are in that theme and I hope you enjoy them. I will share the other ideas I had for this at the bottom of this post.

I wanted my firecrackers to look at bit like the painted 4x4's that we often see about this time of year, so I started with the tall gift box from Gift Boxes SVG Kit . The first design is made using the box at the size it imports. I put sides1 on my virtual mat and made three long rectangles sized at W 0.379 x 6.406 H. To made sure they are placed properly, I made a small rectangle to fit the lid side outline then place this on the top of the sides1. This let me know how far down to place the stripes so the lid would not cover them. Draw a rectangle to fit just below the lid rectangle and then place your stripes inside larger rectangle. You can center them  inside this larger rectangle and then remove your larger rectangle once they are centered. Click on your side1 and un-group. Click on the un-grouped side1 and holding down our shift key select each "stripes". Go to the modify window and select subtract. Now you have your stripes. You will need to cut two of these sides1 out. I put vellum inside mine and you can do that as well by making the rectangle you used to center your stripes slightly smaller. Make sure you leave enough room to glue the flap to the inside. It has been my experience that the glue does not like to adhere to the vellum well, as a result I try to make the vellum slightly skinner on that side.

Now to make the trio of firecrackers you will only need to shrink them to the different sizes. I did notice that the smallest firecracker lid had covered the stripes at the top but it wasn't that much and it could be adjusted using the same method I used above. Here are the sizes for those firecracker sizes. The lid sizes were not saved but if you simply duplicate one for each firecracker and select all when you adjust each firecracker you should be good to go. The stars for the lids were added by using the stars from Stars and Stripes SVG Kit and were resized and rotated until I liked what I saw. You can either modify and subtract as you did above or simply arrange them. If you intend to move your lid at anytime make sure you group them.
Tall box side W 6.002 x 6.600 H  Vellum size for inside: Tall: W.2.141 x 5.815 H
Med box side W 6.002 x 5.622 H                                 Medium: W 2.353 x 4.705 H
Small box side W 6.002 4.643 H                                  Small: W 2.150 x 3.380 H

The Last one I designed was so I could use the battery operated single candle I found at Dollar Tree. Cut side1 is W 6.002 x 8.634 H, remember to cut two. I also designed accent pieces for the top of the lid sides, the size for those are: W 2.772 x 1.083 H. You can make accent pieces for the sides of the box were the stripes are as well by using your knife tool and cutting off the flaps then side them to W 2.568 x 5.810 H. I used overhead sheets to make the windows for this firecracker.

On all of them I used twine for the wick using hot glue to hold it into place. The stars on the twine is an extra piece of twine with stars glued back to back onto the twine. Decorate the rest with embellishment pieces you have in your stash. All firecrackers were inked with Tim Holtz gathered twigs distress ink.

This is an easy and fast project to make. My thought was you could do Happy one one side cut out vertically and then Birthday done the same on another side. You could add the bow that comes with this file,  to the top and a cute birthday tag. This could be done with Merry Christmas or Happy Chanukah or anything else you could think of. Add your vellum to the inside and they will only get a peek at the gift inside.

Those are my firecrackers and I hope you like the idea. Your most welcome to post photos on my Shara's Paper Creations Facebook page if you do make one. I would love to see what wonderful ideas you came up with. Thanks yo so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Have a wonderful day and Happy Craftin' Ya'll!

SVG Kits Used:
Gift Boxes SVG Kit
 Stars and Stripes SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Bazzill Card Stock: Maraschino, Artic
Ruby Slipplers
American Craft Card Stock: Vanilla
My Little Yellow Bicycle, Vintage Summer Collection
Maya Road Twine
Stampin Up Card Stock Vellum
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Buttons and Wire Ribbon from Stash
Battery Operated Candle: Dollar Tree

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rustic Glory

Mornin' Y'all!

I have a confession to make, I seriously love Americana! I am drawn to the simple, country, rustic look of it.  There is something about making your home feel warm and inviting  that appeals to me. I think Americana helps to make your home warm and inviting. I made this door or wall hanger whichever you prefer to call it, to welcome the celebration of our nations birth with a bit of the country feel I love so much. I hope you enjoy this creation.

I started with the crate from Caramel Apple Pie SVG kit. I used crate_face 1 at the size it imports and used the stars_top from Stars and Stripes SVG Kit in the star box file to make the stars in the crate_face 1. I replicated the stars until I had what I liked. You could do a circle or just a few or some large, whatever you like but I ended up with 42 stars measuring W 0.321x 0.313 H. I grouped them together then drew a box just inside the score lines for the top of the box. This helps to center things when your going to do a cut out. Click on your stars holding down the shift key and select your box, then using your align window center your stars. Move the box you drew off to the side and ungroup your score lines from your crate_face 1. You will need to select release compound path first then ungroup. Try not to move anything. Now select your crate_face1 box and holding down the shift key again choose the stars. Now open the modify window and select subtract. Go back and group your score lines to your box without moving things if you can help it. If you should move something click the back arrow at the top under the help menu or undo is another name for it.
I measured the size of the tea light as that was my original thought to use that as my light source. Mine measured about 1.5 inches in width, then I drew a circle that size, using the box  I centered the hole in the back side of the crate_face1 I used the top of the firecracker from Stars and Stripes SVG Kit and sized the lid from the firecracker to W 5.153 x 2.898 H. I did not use the top for the wick. Cut it out and help it shape a curve by "curling" the paper a bit with a pencil or dowel. You will be gluing the flaps to the inside of your hole. See picture. This will hold your tea light into place by making it fit snugly. I rolled the paper and inserted it into the hole first then glued the side into place. Fold your flaps down to the inside and add a bit of glue under each. Take your time as you do want these to stay into place.

I cut a square  W 4.126 x 3.982 H of Stampin Up's Card Stock Vellum. This is my favorite vellum to work with for windows and things like this. I used vellum adhesive to glue it into the inside of the crate_face1. I almost always have a bit of trouble getting things like this not to warp when I glue them but I have found that if I glue the long part of these first taking my time and then the ends I get a lot less warp to them.

Now for the stripes I used the crate_board1 and duplicated it again. You will need  two short or at the size they import, red boards and one white short board. I used vanilla colored American Craft Card Stock but you could use white as well.  Cut one vanilla and one red board sized at W 14.195 x 3.685 H.  These are your long boards. You will have to place it diagonal on your virtual mat to get it to fit.  Assemble your boards and ink edges with Tim Holtz vintage photo ink.

Lay them on your work surface and decide how far you want them apart. You do not have to be precise as it adds a bit of rustic look to it. I used 2.50 inch burlap ribbon to hold the flag together by hot gluing the stripes to it first. Then I folded the one for the blue portion of my flag in half and cut a triangle out, when I opened it up it fit perfectly over the circle for the tea light. I hot glued it all into place and added a few thin lines on the sides of the stripes and pressed the blue portion together.  The striped ribbon was from stampin up but I believe it has been discontinued. Any great ribbon will work for this. I used Linen thread to make the bows tied around the strap ends. Cut three different shaped stars and use your 3/16 hole punch to tie the thread through, Frey the ends for looks. The stars are also a layer of three each and inked with vintage photo. The rusted star was one I had but have found that has quite a few rusted and wonderful craft supplies at a fair price.

Well that is my rustic flag and I hope you love it as much as I do. I could not get a good photo of how much the stars light in the dark, but it is quite nice.  I would love to see a picture if you decide to make one, you can post it on my  Facebook page Shara's Paper Creations. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. I have more rustic Americana ideas to share with you so stay tuned, and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits used:
Caramel Apple Pie SVG Kit
Stars and Stripes SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Bazzill Card Stock: Admiral, Ruby Slipper
American Craft Card Stock: Vanilla
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Ink
Stampin Up Card Stock Vellum
Stampin Up Linen Thread
2.5 in. Burlap ribbon
Ribbon from Stash
wooden button
Rusted Star
Hot Glue
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
One Battery Operated Tea light
Silhouette Cameo

Monday, May 11, 2015

Home is where you make it...

Hi Everyone,

Our dear friends are got married last month and I made this as a wedding gift for them. They move around a lot and are nature lovers as well,  a bird house seemed just the right thing. Simply said, Home is were you make it.

I cut out the spool from Sew Crafty SVG Kit and assembled the sides first. Before I did that I used Versa Mark and my wood grain background stamp from Hero Arts to make a wood grain on all the pieces. Then I glued them together. Punch a 1inch circle for  the hole in the top piece first. I used my 3/8 inch punch to make the hole for the perch.  Use a pencil to draw a lines where the top holes fit over the bottom.  Punch the your holes in the bottom piece and use a wood skewer for the perch or a toothpick will work just as well.  Cutting Size for the spool pieces are W 7.980 x 6.206 H bottom, W 8.375 x 6.064 H top. Note: do not put your perch in yet.

Use the stand from the dress form to make the stand for your birdhouse. The stand is cut at the size it imports. Once again I used one of the cardboard inserts from the glow bracelets and necklaces to made the stand sturdy. The bottom of the stand has an slightly smaller octagon cut out of chipboard with a hole in the center for my finger to hold it into place as I glued the flaps on the bottom of it. Debs Crafty side has the whole instructions to this so go check it out on her blog.  I used chipboard instead so it could be cut with my machine. Glue decorative rocks from the dollar tree around the center hole to weight  the birdhouse down. Once you have the bottom assembled then you can take the pole  and insert it into the stand. I put the pole in first and then added hot glue down the center of the tube. I have had to many times when I added the glue and then put it into the stand and it wouldn't go all the way down to the bottom of the stand before it stuck. This makes your pole lean. Use the flaps on the top of your pole to insert into the bottom of the spool. Glue the flaps into place on the inside bottom.
Put the top of the spool on and line up your holes. Take your wooden skewer and glue it into place. I cut mine off afterward as I knew the stick would be small and difficult to work with. I wrapped twine around the spool and glued the end piece at the top of the spool.
 I cut 6 needles using Crafty Mice SVG Collection and glue each of them together for a 3d look.  I threaded a piece of twine into it and inserted the end into my tag before tying a knot. After I added the note to the tag I glued the tag into place and loosely wrapped the twine around the pole adding hot glue here and there to hold it securely into place. Hot glue your needle into place as well.
I wanted the thimble to be the top of the bird house so I cut and assembled it as well and then glued to the top of the spool. The size for the thimble pieces are: Pattern W 7.879 x 2.439 H  Solid W 7.879 x 3.243 H. I added buttons and lace from my stash using hot glue to adhere them.
The last thing I did was make the scissors for the top of the spool. I used the scissors from Dress Shop SVG Kit and sized those at W 1.082 x 1.940 H . Cut three and glue one on top of the other for thickness. A tiny brad works well to hole the scissors together.  Don't brother trying to cut the top of the scissors as it is very difficult to work with. I used Musical Notes emboss folder just on the scissors handles and darkened it with a Basic Grey ink from Stampin Up. I used Silver Fox Smooch on the blades of the scissors, then took a small scrap of ribbon and put it through the one handle. I used a stick pin from my little yellow bicycle to stick it through the top of the thimble.
Add some batting and twine strings to the inside and your done.

I know our friends will enjoy my gift  and I pray many years of happiness to come for them both. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Have a great day and Happy Craftin' y'all! Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Sew Crafty SVG Kit
Dress Shop SVG Kit
Crafty Mice SVG Collection

Supplies Used:
American Crafts Card Stock: Latte, Sea Foam, Concrete
Bazzill Card Stock: Cinnamon Stick, Smoky
Echo Park: Jack and Jill Collection
Hero Arts Wood Grain Background Stamp
Versa Mark Ink
Trendy Twine : Peppermint Stick
My Little Yellow Bicycle: wooden buttons stick pins
Buttons from Stash
Lace and Ric Rac from Stash.
Hot Glue Gun
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Cameo

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Plant in the Spring

Spring is upon us and I have been in full bloom sporting the Rudolf look and scratching my eyes! Please excuse my absence from my blog.

Any hoo the idea for this project came as I thought about those of you that were still covered in snow, in particular I was thinking of my friend Linda. I wanted to make something that would cheer her up and bring her the much needed spring even if it was only paper. Here is my Spring Planter that I called Plant in the Spring I wasn't going to enter it in the contest but when I finished it I thought I was so pretty I would try. 

I knew I wanted to make a wood look planter so I used the cornfield owl box from Acorn Autumn SVG Kit. I use Silhouette Designer Addition and it has a knife feature I like to use a lot. I cut the Cornstalks off first using this feature but you can do the same by cutting the box at W.5.974 X 3.142 H. That is the finished height after you cut the stalks off so yours will be taller if your doing it with scissors after you cut it out with your machine. I also wanted a water trough for it so I cut another box but made it much shorter. I counted up one score line from the bottom and cut across with my knife, then adjusted the node on the tab for gluing by tilting it down like Mary does. This helps the sides to fit properly. The sizes for the water trough are W 5.823 x W 1.158  and W 3.605 x 1.292 H. I made accent pieces for the planter by making  squares to fit just a little smaller than the inside of the cut lines on the cornfield owl planter box. Glue the boxes together, then glue your trough onto the bottom of your planter. I used the wood grain paper from Echo Parks Jack and Jill Collection.

I set that aside and began work on the poles for the birdhouses. I used the dress form bottom from Dress Shop SVG Kit. I cut it at the size it imports and weighted the bottom with the decorative rocks from Dollar Tree. You can glue them in place using Ranger Glossy Accents. I glued mine to the top inside of the stand as well.  I cut two of the bottom stands and while you cannot fit the stand bottoms both into the box nicely they will fit. ( I had to kinda squish one a bit) The pole part of the stand is made stronger using some cardboard inserts from the glow necklaces I bought from there for my grandchildren.( my daughter saved them for me when she saw how neat they were.. what a good daughter) The last pole is made using just two of the pole parts of the dress form and gluing those to one of the cardboard inserts. If you made three each of the two poles you could probably have the strength you would need. I have a shelf in my closet that has just that kind of thing in it. Inserts from foil toilet paper rolls and the like. Saving and reusing these is a nice way to recycle and helps the projects your making to be strong.
Wow how did I get down that rabbit hole as my pastor would say? Anyhoo, hot glue the stands and the extra pole to the inside of your planter box. I added extra hot glue and more of the rocks for weight as well. Cover the bottom with shredded paper. I used the paper from my daughters Julep boxes, yep recycled again, hey its free so I use it!
Cut and glue three extra stands to glue your bird houses on. Glue those to the top of your poles.

I made the birdhouses from Spring Birdhouses SVG Kit. These are the sizes of the tall and short houses I used. Bring all your pieces of the houses onto the mat and group them then size them to: W 10.361 x 7.011 H Tall Houses W 10.015 x 6.342 H Short Houses.  I added the score lines, holes for the boxes, and the house_front_bottom before I cut them.
 Using the circle cut out Mary made for the house_front_top as my guide I un-grouped the house_front_top and released compound path to find out what the size of the circle was then duplicated it for the box and the house_front_bottom piece and the box. Lay your house_front_bottom and house_front_top onto the box on your virtual mat to find the place your hole needs to be for the box. ( it helps to make some of these pieces a different color so you can see them better) once you have the hole lined up where you want it move your top piece out of the way and Select the box and the circles then modify and subtract so you have a cut out for the bird houses and house_front_bottom.  The size of the hole I made for the bird rest is W 0.140 x0.140 H. Group your score lines to your box before moving it. I used a wooden skewer for the bird rests glued into place. You can use hot glue or the Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.
 Cut the railing from the Seaside SVG Kit sized at W 8.207 x 1.277 H, this can be found in the lighthouse file. I used Tim Holtz Iced Spruce ink to distress the fence, stand and poles for the birdhouses before gluing the railing and houses into place. I added a bit of Spanish moss to my bird houses for looks.
The "vines" are thinly cut pieces of card stock or you can use the vines from Pick a Pumpkin SVG Kit either will work. If you use the vines from Pick a Pumpkin SVG Kit you will have to make them thinner. I hot glued one end of a vine to the bottom of the pole and wrapped it loosely around the poles adding touches of hot glue where I wanted it to stay. I also cut my ends at an angle to give it a more finished look.
The flowers are from Mom's Garden Gifts SVG Kit. The pansies are sized at W 2.153 x 5.966 H. I Googled pansies to get different colors as I am not a gardener. As I looked at the photos I noticed the leaves and used 3d Flowers SVG Kit to make the leaves. I sized the leaves at W 1.633 x 3.880 H. Each leaf was inked with Stampin up Old Olive and then I used G 99 Olive Copic Marker to make the vanes on the leaves.  The blossoms are from the Gift box file in this same kit. They are sized at W 2.558 x 3.482 H. I used tweezers to glue them together and hot glued them into place. Do yourself a huge favor and add the pearl centers before you hot glue them into place. I can't tell you how many fell into the shredded paper in the planter. sheesh!
 I also drew the lines for the pansies on using Copic Marker RV69 and Stampin Up Write Wisteria Wonder. I don't own a purple Copic Marker yet. Yellow brads are the centers of my Pansies. The leaves for the pansies and the pansies themselves were curled using my McGill Flower shaping tools. I hot glued the leaves in at angles and then used a thin vine bent at each end and hot glued to the center of the leaves to lift my pansies a bit as though they were really growing.
The butterfly is from Breezy Meadow Butterflies SVG Collection. I don't have the exact size but it measures about 1 3/4 inches long. My suggestion is cut a few at different sizes to see what you like best. You can put more than one that would be cute too! I backed the butterfly with light blue vellum and used my smooch that looks like nail polish bottles to add color to the butterfly body, then used a clear Wink of Stella pen to add sparkle to the body. the inteni is a thin strip of black paper folded and glued to the underside of the body. I spritzed the whole thing with Perfect Pearls mixed with water.

 That is what I did to make this Plant in the Sping box and entry. I hope you like it and if you feel so inclined please vote for me. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. It is wonderful to spend time with friends you care so much about and to share a bit of spring happiness with them. Have a wonderful creative day and Happy Craftin' Y'all!  Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Acorn Autumn SVG Kit
Dress Shop SVG Kit
Spring Birdhouses SVG Kit
Seaside SVG Kit
Mom's Graden Gifts SVG Kit
3D Flowers SVG Kit
Breezy Meadow Butterflies SVG Collection

Pick a Pumpkin SVG Kit

 Supplies Used:
Echo Park Jack and Jill Collection
Echo Park: This &That Graceful 6x6 Pad
 My Minds Eye: A Mother's Love 6x6 Pad
Bazzill Card Stock: Stonehenge, Rain Forest,Wild Pansy, Fairytale, Pollen, Atlantic, Passionate
American Craft Card Stock: Butterscotch, Lip Gloss, Lemon
Stampin Up Ink: Wisteria Wonder Marker, Old Olive Pad
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Iced Spruce
Copic Markers G99, RV69
Recollections: Pearls and small Yellow Brads
Recycled: card board inserts and Julep packing paper
 Dollar Tree: Decorative Rocks and Spanish Moss
Ranger Ink: Glossy Accents, Perfect Pearls
Smooch: Azure, Green Apple, Pool
Clear Wink of Stella Pen
Hot Glue
Detail Glue Gun
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Cameo

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