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Saturday, October 15, 2016

A Tweet Card

Happy Saturday everyone!!!
Today I want to share a sweet little card I was inspired by while sipping my coffee and watching the birdies outside.
I was thinking about an up coming  card I was reminded about.
I didn't want to overtax my silhouette to much as it is still very warm here.  It doesn't like to work well when it is hot. I also needed to use it later for a much bigger project so I used my Stampin up bird punch and an EK Success maple leaf punch to make this card.

I know Mary Rudakas from SVG Cuts has two great files that would work for this as well. I will list those files at the bottom of this post if you don't have these punches.                                                                    

I started with the bird and punched out two using mud pie American Craft/Bazzill Card Stock. Then Cut two from Denim and one using Stonehedge American Craft/ Bazzill card stock.
I adhered  the branches facing opposite directions  to my card base first then punched 6 of each Walnut and Cinnamon cardstock to use for the nest. Alternating the colors of the brown leaves to give it depth.

I wanted the top half of the bird to be a light grey so I did a quick sketch of the points I wanted and using my scissors I cut the grey birds body away from the head. Cut a few small slices in the tail to make it look like feathers. Glue the grey head to the body then glue the bird onto the top of the nest overlapping the leaves a bit. To add the illusion of feathers to the bird I used a light grey pen and drew in a few lines, coloring the beak in grey completely. I made the lines as well using a darker blue to the body. I punched three leaves using Denim and adhered the tip of the wing first so I would could decide how far down I wanted the wing tip to go. The second "leaf" was attached using half of a kool tak  clear foam square, this was to give the wing lift. Cut the stem off of the last leaf and glue to over the top. I adhered a small black pearl to the head using Ranger multi medium adhesive for the eye.

I punched extra leaves using Walnut, Crimson, Apricot, Grape and Dandelion. Lay your leaves out in the color pattern that you like first then glue them onto the leaves on the branch from the bird punch. Start at the bottom first. I used coordinating pens to draw the lines onto the leaves then decided I wanted to make some floating leaves.  Draw small dash lines in-between the leaves. Sitting back and looking at the card I decided it needed something more so I added leaves to the sides. Then all I had to do was add my greeting to the bottom of the card. I wont say what the greeting is for as the person that will be receiving this card may see this post and it really doesn't matter anyway as you can do almost any greeting with this card.

Well that is my card I made this morning. I have been doing some crafting but trying to work on getting the inflammation in my body down and a few other things down and under better control.
I will be posting again so stay tuned. I cannot say when as the time draws near for my mom and dads visit I have been getting ready for months now. I am terribly excited to see them as it has been three years. Much love and Blessings to all of you and as always, Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings Sharalyn

Possible SVGCUTS Collections:
Robins Return SVG Collection
Serene Leaves SVG Collection

Neenah Desert Storm Card Stock
American Craft/Bazzill Card Stock: Grape, Apricot, Crimson, Dandelion, Denim, Stonehedge, Walnut, Cinnamon, Mud Pie.
Stampin Up: Bird Punch, Stamp n' Write Pens
EK Success small Leaf Punch
Kool Tak Clear Foam Adhesive Pads
Ranger Multi-Medium Adhesive
Recollections Tiny Black Pearl
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive

There Are SO many more you could use but don't take my word for it Go Look:
SVG Cuts

Christmas, spring, Fall Or Summer, Let your imagination go Crazy!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Something to "Crow" about

Hey Y'all,
The mornings here have been cool and wonderful. It definitely feels like Autumn. Oh my very  favorite time of the year! The Season becomes alive with color and it is as if the vegetation and animals say it is time celebrate!
It is also my favorite times to craft. Although I have not yet seen a true autumn with its amazing, wonderful colors, I have seen photos. When I look at them I can smell the arid smell of the leaves hear the crunching under my feet and watch as they float delicately from the tree,a dance if you will as it falls.

Mary Rudakas has a way with making me wish I could be in Illinois where she is, just so I could see all of theses wonderful things my mind imagines. Her most recent kit,  Harvest Sunset SVG Kit sends my mind to a wonderful hometown feel, a celebration of the harvest season if you will . She has designed an amazingly real looking pumpkin and a coffee pod cart that makes you think of a cool autumn's day hay ride. If that wasn't enough there is a Pumpkin Diorama box card that folds flat only to be brought to 3d life by opening it and placing it on the counter. The sunflower wreath with all their smiling faces welcomes you at your door or take a harvest gift to a friend with the wonderful Bucket Bag.  As a free gift you can make a birch tree card to go with your bucket bag, just download it from the freebies page.  If all that doesn't make you want to go get this kit, then try adding a crow to that wonderful pumpkin because what is fall without crows, hayrides and the bountiful harvest of the season.

I started with the pumpkin but it so inspired me that I had to add a little crow. Then of course what is a pumpkin and a crow without leaves and vines coming from the pumpkin.  All of this is so easy to make because of  Mary's files from svgcuts. Are you inspired yet? well lets get going on adding a crow to your pumpkin. Join me won't you in the celebration of Harvest.

I started making this crow last year but the design just wasn't working,  so I put it in my extras box for fall. When I wanted extra vines for my pumpkin I found it in the box and well the rest is history as they say.

Start with the pumpkin from ,Harvest Sunset SVG Kit   cut and glue it together as Mary instructs in the tutorial for this kit. I inked the edges and down the center of the sides using Dusty Durango Ink from Stampin Up. The leaves for this pumpkin were inked using Always Artichoke and my Copic Marker # YG67, adding a few extra squiggly lines here and there on the top of the leaf.
When the pumpkin was all together I decided to get my extras box out and add a few extra vines. After adding some vines and flourishes that were extras in my box I happened on the crow and well you knot the rest.

To make the crow you will need to cut the Autumn Acorn SVG Kit  . Now I sized it very small and while I wish I could tell you how small I am not sure I can. You see that was on my old computer and I do not think I saved the file. I will look in the near future to see if I can find it but think really small like might fit on a 6x6 paper. Sorry that is the best I can do right now. I cut two. One for the head and one for the body.  I cut the 6 of the accent pieces using AC Melon Card stock. Before cutting those pieces I added a tear drop shape to two of the pieces as nose holes for the beak. The body was cut using Recollections ( Michaels) Black smooth cardstock as it is easier to glue and work with when making a small object.
As I was digging through the box I came a cross a center from a leaf that is in one of Mary's files. that gave me the idea to use it to make the feet. It is a bit complicated but I used leaf_2 from 
Harvest Country Home SVG Collection and released compound path and then ungroup it. This allowed me to click on the center cut out and drag it to the center of the mat to design the feet. I duplicated it and using the knife tool cut off the top two pieces of one. I cut out a section of the middle "toe" and shortened it welding it together again and then making sure that the nodes ( square grey boxes) didn't need to be deleted to straighten out the lines. On the other duplicate I cut off all the sized pieces and then welded the one straight piece to the rest of the toe again deleting nodes as needed to make it straight. Then it happened... I got an idea from God and I started giggling... the leg needed knobby knees. so I made a small sort of oval wasn't perfect and yours doesn't have to be either. I duplicated it before I welded it into place so I would have a knee cap and then using dusty Durango pen I drew lines and circles the knee cap and leg.

Set the legs on top of the pumpkin so you can decide where you want them and how you want them to look. Glue them loosely onto the pumpkin lid and the body of your crow next. I made the collar next to hold the head into place. I used a long rectangle, a small triangle to make the v in it and welded to smaller triangles to the v. Add some score lines to it and change the color of the score lines so you can tell your machine to cut it at a different depth, I use copy paper setting to cut them.
Cut it out and then glue together making a collar. Add your ribbon for the neck area and then glue your head onto that. I had already added the hat from Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit . I used two med black pearls from Recollections for the eyes and Ranger White Enamel accent to make the white dots on the eyes. I used leaves cut out of the black Recollections paper and shaped them with my Mc Gill Flower tools, then glued them into place. The tiny buttons and sunflower button are from Buttons Galore and more. The same leaves were cut much, much smaller inked with Rich Razzleberry ink and glued to the hat. I added two of the center pieces of the leaves that gave me the idea to make the legs as well. I also added a ribbon to the hat instead of the band.

Extra leaves from my box were added to the lid of the pumpkin and ALL of this was glued with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive. One thing I forgot to mention is I added rocks from the flower section of Dollar Tree,  to the stem of the inside of the pumpkin. This was to  weight the lid a bit and make the pumpkin appear a bit more squatty. This is because those are the pumpkins I like. The Rocks were hot glued into place. This was the only time I used hot glue.

This is my version of Mary's amazing Pumpkin. I hope it makes you celebrate the Harvest of the Season giving thanks to our maker for it as well. I look forward to seeing all of your pumpkins and maybe a crow or two. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

Kits and Collections From SVG Cuts
Harvest Sunset SVG Kit
Autumn Acorn SVG Kit
Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit
Pick a Pumpkin SVG Kit
Gourds Galore SVG Collection (some of the flourishes I used for the pumpkin)
Autumn Elements SVG Collection
Harvest Country Home SVG Collection

Carta Bella: Autumn Collection 6x6 pad
AC Card Stock: apricot, olive, Melon, Dandelion, Rouge, Grape
Recollections: Black Card Stock
Stampin Up Ink: Dusty Durango, Always Artichoke, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry
Stampin Up: Stamp N Write, Dusty Durango
Copic Marker: YG67
Recollections: Black Card Stock, Black Pearls
Ranger: Enamel Accents White
Buttons Galore and More: Buttons
Rocks from Dollar Tree
Ribbon from stash
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo

Thursday, July 28, 2016

An Ornament for Leo...

Mornin' Y'all,
In this humid and hot weather it is nice to think of cooler temperatures and Christmas Music! In light of that, Christmas in July is a nice break from the heat. I have been trying to design my Christmas card in my head while painting the kitchen cabinets but have not come up with a solid idea for it yet. I just know I love snowmen and that it will most likely have something to do with that.

Dreaming Tree is going to do a Christmas in July and I thought this ornament would look cute hanging in my house maybe a few of them this year. It is always good to start thinking about these things early and maybe ahead in Christmas presents while your at it. So think cool thoughts, put some Christmas music on, turn the AC up and lets get started...

I started with the Cherry Bomb design from Dreaming Tree's Stars and Stripes Forever Bundle.
Using Ruby Slipper Bazzill card stock I cut the body of the ornament. I had already decided I wanted to make this using Simple Stories Cozy Christmas Collection from last year. I cut the Blue portion out using paper from that pack. I altered the stars size a bit and will list the sizes at the bottom of this post.

To add the glitter to the paper I used Versa Mark ink, Stampin' Up heat and Stick and Art Glitter's Christmas Red ultra fine Glitter.  Take your Versa Mark Ink pad and stamp it all over the pieces you want glitter on, then sprinkle Stampin' Up Heat and Stick all over the wet Versa Mark ink. If you got it on areas you need to glue use a dry paint brush and brush off the Heat and Stick. Heat the heat and stick using your heat tool until it is shiny, then sprinkle your glitter onto the shiny portions, heat again to set the glitter. Using the same dry brush wipe off any excess glitter. Keeping the glitter off the portions you would glue helps the item hold together that much better when it is adhered.
Continue to assemble the lantern as you would normally. I did remove the hole at the top of the lantern sides so that the sides would be solid.

I used a gold pen to ink the edges of the gold paper for a more finished look. The gold at the top of the ornament was from something else I cut, but I liked the shape and added it to the top. You could make one as well by cutting with scissors. You can use glue to adhere it but Glossy accents holds a bit better. Before I adhered the liner to the top of the inside ornament, I poked a hole through the top and inserted my wire. I made a curly q and turned it sideways to lay flush with the top inside. I wrapped the wire around a dowel a few times in either direction to make an S hook and cut of the excess.

I punched small holes in the stars at opposite ends and tied twine through them to hold them together then adhered the top star and the last star to the side of the ornament adding a sparkly bow for affect. To light the ornament take a small glue dot and stick it to the bottom of a battery operated tea light. I have the color changing ones that I use at Christmas a lot. For the Photo I used one of the lights that Mary from SVG cuts used for her Eiffel tower. There you have it a Cherry Bomb turned Christmas Ornament!

I hope you enjoyed this little ornament and if you do make one I would love to see what you came up with. Stay cool and may you have all your Christmas Cards and handmade gifts done before November! Oh wouldn't that be great then all you would have to do is play with the new bundles and kits coming out around that time... awe.. so sad lol. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog and Happy Craftin' Christmas in July Y'all!
Blessings Sharalyn

From all of us on the Dreaming Tree Team, Merry Christmas in July!

Stars and Stripes Forever SVG Bundle

Bazzill Card Stock: Ruby Slipper
Simple Stories Card Stock: Cozy Christmas
Recollections: Gold Glitter Paper
Stampin' Up : Card Stock Vellum, Heat and Stick
Art Glitter: Ultra Fine Christmas Red Glitter
Versa Mark Ink
Gold Twine
Sparkly Ribbon From Stash
Red wire from Stash
Stampin up: Heat Tool
Silhouette Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo
Lily's Home Color changing Tea lights

Star Sizes:
W 1.620 H
W 1.377 H
W 1.252 H
It's Cold Outside SVG Bundle

Monday, July 25, 2016

Come Fly with Me, Dragonfly!

Hey y'all,
It has been quite a while since I posted anything.. I am so sorry. My life has been very crazy for quite a while. First I was very sick then we decided we would take a few days in Big Bear and our #3 grandson had his first type 1 diabetic episode.  When things had settled a tiny bit I decided I better do those cupboards in the kitchen before October came and I might need to start using my woodstove and yep painting anything would be out until next summer. Oh and mom and dad are coming for a visit in October soooo I am about half way done with the cupboards, then paint the kitchen walls and please dear Lord, let me be done!!!! Crazy Crazy Life!

I had made the dragon fly lantern before I left and the night It came out I was hoping there would be an extra dragon fly to attach to the lantern. No such luck so I made my own. Here is my Dragon fly lantern from the Summer Nights and Flights Bundle  from Dreaming Tree.

I cut the lantern using Vanilla American Craft card stock, Bazzill Pinecone card stock and  K& Company Merriweather Paper pack. I assembled it as instructed by Leo. If you watch the tutorial Leo mentions that they were tossing around ideas for a hanging top. I created my own and glued the flaps to the inside of the lid to hold it in place. Although I got busy and never took it further, I feel you could punch small holes on the top and inside of the lid and attach twine to hold the lid in place so it could be hung. I attached gemstones to the outside to add a bit of bling. The Vanilla accent pieces were embossed with cuttlebug Musical Flourishes emboss folder then inked with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink.  My dragonflies were cut using card stock vellum and their wings were bent in an upright position with the tail curled up a bit to add whimsy. Two small gem stones were added to the back of him.

This was a great design that really catches the feel of summer. I could see these on the table at a evening gathering or used to adorn the tables of a wedding then given as favors, as they often do at weddings. So many ideas come to mind and while I am still painting my kitchen creating has to wait a bit longer.
I got some fall paper in the mail the other day and oh with it so hot and humid I could do with cool evenings and more creating time. Soon I tell myself I will be able to get back to what I love doing so very much. I apologize again for my crazy life and soon I will be back to creating and sharing my crazy ideas with you all! Much love to you and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

3dsvg Bundle
Summer Nights and Flights Bundle

American Craft Card Stock: Vanilla
Bazzill Card Stock: Pinecone
K& Company Card Stock: Merriweather Pack
Stampin up: Card Stock Vellum
Cuttlebug: Musical Flourish emboss folder
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
Recollections: Clear Rhinestones
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Designer Addition Software
Silhouette Cameo

Thursday, June 16, 2016


Morning all,
I am a little under the weather right now, it would seem I have caught a summer cold. It has been a long time since I did that. Anyhoo, I said in my last post that I would be working on some Father's Day cards and I have been. I also made a belated birthday card for my mom. Her birthday is the day after my son's and he was here when her birthday came. I still sent her a present and called but told her the card would be late. I am sorry it was this late mom.

The cards I have been making are from SVG Cuts and called box cards as they stand up like a box but fold flat. (they are supposed to fold flat but mine don't always) Mary does a great job explaining how each card is made in her tutorials but I still have trouble getting all of mine to fold flat.. I also have trouble with boxes so maybe there is a connection. OK maybe not, maybe it is just me. On to the first card!

The first card I attempted to make was the fishing tackle box from Sunday with Dad SVG Kit . I say attempted because it took a few tries and it still doesn't fold flat. That is OK because the person receiving it won't keep it flat anyway. I used eyelets for the adhesive donuts that Mary used. I did find the Queen & Co Glitter Studs Self-Adhesive, Stones, Lifesavers, on Amazon. That is the description they are under. It is a long name for them. I would like to find an alternative place to purchase them as they are really cool but the shipping was more than I like to pay.   Like Mary, I used blingy paper and added string and such to the card along with some clear Wink of Stella. It took a while to make and PLEASE watch the video first. I didn't and that was a huge mistake on my part. Mary makes this one a little different that the rest of her cards. I will make it again as the wow factor for this card is so awesome but lesson learned. Watch the video first!

The second card I made was the hamburger and it turned out really cute, at least I think so. That card is for the master burger maker in this house. They are really yummy ! I added a little juice to the cheese for affect. I like his burgers even more than In and Out. ( A west coast burger place everyone loves)

The third I made was for my dad, I made the route 66 card from Travel the World SVG Kit. There is a lot more to this kit one should really look at! A fantastic Eiffel Tower, a vintage english phone booth and much more! I added a headlamp (rhinestone) to the car. I love historic Route 66 and think dad will really like this card as well.

The fourth card I made was for my mom, the card is from World's Best Mom SVG Kit and while I wanted to make the oven for her I realized it was because I like it and mom would probably like the tea pot better. That is the card I made for her using prints instead of solids to make it and while I know that isn't quite her thing I am hoping she loves it anyway.

The fifth card I made was for my son Chris. I made the six pack box card from Sunday with Dad SVG kit. I used Echo Parks The Great Outdoors Collection for this one as he and his wife like to kayak and I thought what better than to bring a refreshment to the outing.

The last card I made was for my son-in-law Joel. Family time is often with food so I thought the grill would be perfect.  The grill is from Father's Day Box Cards SVG Kit . It also has a very neat looking golf cart card as well. There are two other cards but you will have to go look I won't spoil the surprise.

To all the men in my life I want to wish you a very happy Father's Day! Thank you for all you do!

If you haven't made your cards yet and your looking for ideas I hope you take a look at these card kits and consider them. The hardest part is choosing the papers.  I will list all the paper collections and the supplies below. Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. To all of you I wish you a very Happy Father's Day and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits
Sunday with Dad SVG Kit
Travel the World SVG Kit
World's Best Mom SVG Kit
Father's Day Box Cards SVG Kit

Note: Bazzill Card Stock Now comes with the AC Cardstock sticker on it. I am listing what was Bazzill card stock first as a result.

American Craft Card Stock: Mud Pie, Ruby Slipper, Mocha Divine, Admiral, Stonehenge, Blush Red Dark, Great Lakes, Rainforest, Bitter Chocolate, Grapefruit, Lemon, Cricket, Carmel, Crimson, Carrot, Scarlet, Vanilla, White, Cranberry, Sky, Charcoal, Dandelion, Marine, Chestnut, Latte.
American Craft 6x6 Pad: Mayberry Collection
Graphic 45: By the Sea Collection, Sweet Sentiments Collection
Echo Park: Jack and Jill Boy Collection
Carta Bella: The Great Outdoors Collection
My Minds Eye: Market Street Collection, Cut and Paste Collection
Stampin Up: Card Stock Vellum
Recollections: Silver Shiny Paper, Silver Textured Paper, Clear Rhinestones, Solid Rhinestone Stickers
Gold and Blue Holographic Paper: Stash
Ranger Stickles: Gold
Hero Arts Metallic Décor: Pewter
My Minds Eye Enamel Dots: Jack and Jill Girl Collection
Teresa Collins: Coral Sequins
Silver Eyelets: Stash
Tim Holtz Emboss Folders: Brick, Diamond Plate
Wink Of Stella: Clear, Silver
Sharpie: Gold Permanent Marker
Stampin Up Markers: Early Espresso, Taken with Turquoise
Black Gel Pen
Sakura: White Gel Pen
The Twinery:  Denim, Ocean
Zots:3d Glue Dots
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Need a box for Dad?

Happy Sunday Afternoon all,
We are about a week away from Father's Day and for those of you that are in need, I have a box for you. It is quick and easy.

Using the Peony Gift Box From Dreaming Tree, I cut the top of the box using Bazzill Mocha Divine card stock then cut the bottom of the box using American Craft Pine Card Stock. I cut the accent pieces out of Echo Park Jack and Jill, Explore collection. I made a rectangle to fit the bottom portion just inside the score lines and will list the size at the bottom of this post.

Use the ribbon to make your strip across the top and front and back. I used a short piece for the front of the box and long for the top. Glue the short pieces on the front and back then glue your octagon on top of that. Glue the long piece onto the top of the octagon. I used a dark brown ink pad to shade it.

I added Hero Arts Metallic dots  to the edges of the box lid and the clasp is from Hobby Lobby. It is a company called spare parts. I have found many really great goodies from this company I will be using them in future projects.
The bottom, though you can't see it is Cinnamon Bazzill cardstock stamped with a wood background stamp. On the back where the two "ribbon" stripes meet are four of the metallic dots from Hero Arts.

A easy box to put together and even easier to impress because of the clasp on the front. They will think you put a ton of work into it but really it was an quick box sure to make any dad  happy.

That is all I have made for Father's Day. I am working on cards myself for some of the males in my life I love very much. I wish all of you a very Happy Father's Day. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

Love You Mom SVG Bundle

Bazzill Card Stock: Mocha Divine, Cinnamon
American Craft Card Stock: Pine
Echo Park Card Stock: Explore Collection
Hero Arts: Metallic Adhesives
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Ground Expresso
Spare Parts: locking clasp
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo

Accent piece for the bottom of the box: W 2.477 x 4.032 H

Monday, June 6, 2016

Just thinking outside the Chess King Box

Afternoon All!
Take a walk down to the barber shop and get a haircut and a shave! While looking at the new kit King of the Castle I got the idea to make the Chess King Box SVG into a Barber Pole. I have another idea brewing but I won't give that one a way for a while yet! Let's get to cutting!

I cut the Chess King Box all out of white cardstock.  Using some Doodle bug paper for the 4th of July, I cut the accent pieces removing the lines and cut outs by ungrouping and deleting them. Instead of using the last patterned piece for the top outside of the box I cut another main_2_black using white cardstock and adhered that to the top of the other. I cut the octagon from the cross_white and another octagon .25 smaller than the first to put on top of the first octagon. The top of the Barber pole is made using a white pebble, a button and a spare parts knob from Hobby lobby. I adhered them to each other using Ranger Glossy Accents.
I cut the two side pieces for main_1_black out of sliver foil cardstock from Michaels and cut an extra main_2_stone out of white then embossed it with sizzix flourishes emboss folder.  The last step was to put sticky tape to a 1/4 white ribbon and adhere it around the bottom. Follow Leo's Video on how to put it all together and your all set with your barber pole.

Make this for your dad who cut your hair in the backyard or that dad who collects barber memorabilia. Either way you cut it, your going to come in looking pretty spiffy with that gift for dad and you'll be king or queen for the Day!
Happy Father's day y'all and Happy Crafting!
Blessings Sharalyn

King of the Castle SVG Bundle

American Craft Card Stock White
Doodle Bug: Stars and Stripes Collection
Recollections: Silver Card Stock
Sizzix Emboss Folder: Flourishes
Ranger Glossy Accents
Spare Parts: knob
1/4 White Ribbon
White Pebble

Note: When ever trying to match stripes or plaids allow for extra paper.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Let's Go RV to The Great Outdoors!

Afternoon Y'all!
Carta Bella came out with a collection called The Great Outdoors.
It made me think of the trips we took to Silver Lake and Sequoia National Park. I have been going to Sequoia National Park since I was knee hi to a grass hopper.  It was a joy to share the Gigantism's with my then soon to be husband. Watching him walk up to one and look up was a memory I will treasure the rest of my life. This paper makes me think of the wonderful times we have had on our vacations and our many adventures.
My mind spun is so many directions with this paper and if Mary had gotten the old truck designed it would have been even harder to make the RV  from Dreaming Tree instead of the nifty trailer she has made and a truck to pull it.  She hasn't gotten it designed yet, so I made the RV from Dreaming Tree but I was not disappointed with the way it turned out. Sometimes there is so much to play with it is hard to decide what to make first!

I cut the trailer using Bazzill and American Craft Card Stock. I purchased the stamp set and ephemera as well to use with this RV. I wanted to stamp the bear and the squirrel as if they were riding in the RV. The ephemera was so I could use it on the RV to add to the theme of going on a vacation and in this case to camp. I love the name of the camp to Runamok, so cute!
I  used various badges from one of the papers and cut the odd shaped ones out by hand. For the round badges, I used my Epiphany craft 25 circle and the bubble caps. Each badge was inked on the edges and adhered with a dimensional from Stampin' Up to the side panel of the RV.  I used the Stop and Smell the Flowers stamp on the lower part of the RV. This stamp comes with the words stacked so I carefully cut the stamp down the center to get more use from the stamp. You could cut all the words apart as well, as long as you don't cut the letters this will be fine.

I altered the awning a little by taking out the circles and using my Martha Stewart Scoreboard I make small score lines between the circles. I was not careful when I got to this point and put the awning a bit to high so my lid doesn't fit quite snug as the design was intended. There is a small score line that shows where the awning should be placed. Pay more attention to it than I did and your lid will fit better. I got distracted with my next thought. ( Opps, yeah it happens. )

I wanted small metallic adhesives for the handle on the door but I don't have any that small or sliver, so I used Ranger liquid pearls. If you put your drop of liquid pearl down then tap underneath the paper where the drop was laid, it will flatten to look like an adhesive pearl. The silver textured paper was purchased at Michaels on my recent outing with my girlfriend. That gave the trim the texture I wanted and added to the wheels as well. I had been given a ton of stuff a few yrs ago and one of them were the bubble caps that fit the hubs of the wheels perfectly. woohoo! They are from Memory craft and called page pebbles, I do not know if they still make them.The ephemera was used at the top and accented with Echo Park enamel dots. I will list the collection they came from below. (I have a huge stash of enamel dots because I love using them.)

I used a clock arrow from Spare Parts (Hobby Lobby) on the top to make the "You are Here", indicating the tent. I added the Lodge ephemera to the top and the Outdoors to the front. Moving to the back of the van I used more ephemera for the back. Before putting the little spare tire box together I glued the circle of buffalo to the back then using my "pokey tool" (my stampin up gals term) from Stampin' up I made holes to stitch the buffalo to the top of the box. The thread I used was a black hemp twine from Close to my Heart. ( some of the stuff that was given to me) I used the silver textured paper for the bumper and added red glitter enamel dots for the tail lights. I still think I should have done the ladder in the silver paper and I may change it  The lantern was made using SVG cuts Camp S'more svg kit.  I made vintage camp lantern as small as I could still see it to put it together. I tried one that would have been a better size but I couldn't see it well enough to put it together. A small silver eyelet was put into the top back of the RV lid and linen thread from Stampin up was used to tie it to the back of the RV.

For the last side I used more ephemera on the top and added tiny brads to the sides using the "pokey" tool. I wanted to continue the Native American theme so I cut the camp Runamok sign out and then took it outside. I can remember seeing my mom do this with something she was making when I was a young girl. She used a match and lit the side of the paper on fire. When it had burned to the desired look she had a damp paper towel to put out the fire. I did this around the edges then poked holes in ends and tied it to sticks. The sticks were tied together first, then the sign was attached to the sticks. I adjusting the sticks to the desired look and glued them into place. I liked the compass ephemera, so I inked it with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo then glued it into a frame from Bead Landing and adhered a 25 bubble cap from Epiphany Crafts. The frame was attached  to the side of the RV using Ranger Glossy Accents. I used more glitter enamel dots for the front fog lights. I know we were supposed to put them in the bumper but it didn't look right to me, so I put it where I thought I had seen them.

Last and certainly not least, the fire box is from a kit called Camp Firefly svg. It is another of Mary's wonderful creations along with both kits I mentioned have such adorable stuff to go with them. You need to check them out as well. The fire box is made mini sized as well to fit the whole theme of this paper collection and RV. The bear and the raccoon were stickers I attached to cardstock then hand cut and added a stand to it so I could used them in the photos.

That is my RV from Dreaming Tree and Carta Bella, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it. I could have made so much more to go with it but you have to stop somewhere right? (like a canoe for the top)  I may have to make a trailer using this paper as well and who knows? if Mary Rudakas makes the truck that Katie Smiley and I want so bad I will just have to add that to my display in my room. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. I had a nice visit with you all.  May you have or make fond memories of a vacation gone by.  You could mark it with this RV and put photos of the people inside the windows along with signs for the outside of the places you visited. Let your imagination go wild and take you on an Adventure of making an RV from Dreaming Tree. Thanks for visitin' with me and Happy Craftin' Y'all!!!
Blessings, Sharalyn

Dreaming Tree SVG
Walt's RV SVG

SVG Cuts
Camp Firefly SVG Kit
Camp S'more SVG Kit

Carta Bella: The Great Outdoors Collection, Woodland Stamp Set
American Craft Card Stock: Aqua
Bazzill Card Stock: Turquoise Mist, Blackbird, Blush Red Dark
Recollections: Silver textured paper, Mini Metallic Brads
Stampin Up: Card Stock Vellum, Dimensional's, Linen Thread
Stampin Up Ink: Bermuda Bay, Chocolate Chip, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry
Tim Holtz: vintage photo
Memory Craft: Page Bubbles
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Close to my Heart: Black Hemp Thread
Echo Park: The Story of Fall Enamel Dots
My Minds Eye: Lost & Found Record it, Heirloom, Antique Enamel Dots
The Paper Studio: Spare Parts Clock hands( Hobby Lobby)
Ranger: Glossy Accents, Liquid Pearls
Bead Store: Metal Frames (Michaels in the bead section)
Sticks from our pine trees ( it had fallen)
Kool Tak: Clear 3d Squares
Martha Stewart Scoreboard
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Prince to Princess Card

Evening all,
I am excited to share with you my "king" card made into a princess card. It could be made king, prince, queen, or princess. While making this I started to even think of a cute little monster theme. something like the Muppets would have.

All I could think of when I saw this card was pink, blue. As if I could hear the fairies in the Disney movie, Sleeping Beauty fight over the color of the dress.  What little princess that you know doesn't love the Disney movies and pretending she is the princess. Grab your cup of tea or coffee and lets look at this wonderful card.

 I used American Craft card stock in colors lip-gloss, sky to cut the card out.  I used silver glitter paper from Michael's to add the glitz to the card but keep it elegant. This is a small glitter grade and not a large one. I prefer to use something a little less tough on my blades and my machine. I like the weight of this card stock as it is not thick. Glitter is a must on something for a little girl or even a big girl loves glitter. To add this to the card I used Tim Holtz, star dust stickles. I used it around the windows, on the shingles and  around the gate or greeting opening.
 Looking at the card, I  felt that the card  needed some texture.  I cut a second center castle and using my scissors I cut the portion just below the tower and just above the windows for the smaller towers off. I ran the lower portion through my big shot using Tim Holtz bricked emboss folder. I used the same bricked emboss folder on the castle opening. For the roof of the center tower used Cuttlebug tiny bubbles emboss folder. I adhered each piece with kool tak clear 3D foam adhesives.

 On the vellum window I wanted to continue the pink, blue theme and made half of the window pink and half blue. To achieve this I used Tim Holtz distress inks colors, pickled raspberry and salty ocean. I blended the pink first and then the blue. You can add more to each color blending to the middle to get a more vibrant look.
I made the gate white and added lines to it using my Martha Stewart score board. To give the "boards" some depth I used my Copic marker C3. There was never any question about using rhinestones, this was also a must for me as I thought about the jewels that go with being a princess. Stamp or write a greeting under the gate and you have a wonderful card that will make any princess happy.

As I put this card together I was extremely impressed with the design aspect of it and yet it is so easy and fast to put together. As with any project the tough part is choosing the papers. I look forward to seeing your rendition of this amazing and yet simple card. Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. I hope you enjoyed my princess card and may all your dreams come true! Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

3DSVG Used:

King of the Castle Cascade Card SVG

American Craft Card Stock: Lip-gloss, Sky, White, Wave
Recollections: Silver Glitter Paper, Clear Rhinestones
Stampin' Up: Card Stock Vellum
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Pickled Raspberry, Salty Ocean
Tim Holtz Emboss Folder: Bricked
Cuttlebug emboss Folder: Tiny Bubbles
Ranger Stickles: Star Dust
Hero Arts: Light Blue Rhinestones
Copic Marker: C3
Kool Tak 3D Foam Adhesives
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo

Friday, May 20, 2016

Time for Graduation Cards!

Morning everyone!
Today I am bringing you a quick card I made for our Riley who is graduating from the 6th grade and becoming a teenager. Where does the time go? This is one of our 6 grandsons and the third to become a teen, before I know it I will be making wedding cards for them! I say it was quick as I used the  You're Invited SVG Bundle from Dreaming Tree and turned it into a "grad cap" so to speak for Riley. Grab a cup of Coffee or Tea and lets get started on this card.

Using the Scroll Greeting Card I cut the card from black card stock, then added Brilliant gold ink to the outside and inside of the card base. I  used my cut and print feature on my Silhouette Cameo, to made the greeting for Riley's Card.  I made a tassel for the band that goes around the card and instead of making the flower I made 5 donut shapes and then two solid circles to be glued on top of the brad.  Glue the 5 donut shapes together one on top of the other, then after you have made your tassel put the loop through the hole and a brad as well to hold the loop in place. Glue the two solid shapes together and adhere to the top of the brad. Adhere that to the top of your glued band. I used a solid piece of card stock for the front of the card to hide the words instead of a piece of vellum. This gave it a more masculine look and added to the look of the grad cap.

I could have removed a lot of the scrolls on the front to make it more masculine as well but Riley is very creative and I thought he would like it that way. That is my quick card and I hope you enjoyed it. Riley I am sure will love it because grandma made it. He is a sweet quiet boy full of smiles for me anytime we see him, but then so are all of my daughters boys! I don't get to see the others enough as Chris is still in the Navy serving our country for 18 yrs. I couldn't be more proud of both of my kids and grandkids. I will get to see the other two this weekend for an entire week! I am so excited.

On this memorial week coming up take time to thank a service man or woman for their service to our country and for protecting your freedom. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Have  a wonderful week y'all and Happy Craftin'!
Blessings, Sharalyn

3D SVG Used:
You're Invited SVG Bundle

Supplies Used:
Recollections: Black Card Stock, White Card Stock
Brilliant: Gold Ink
DMC Embroidery Thread: Color #725
Black Brad
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo

Note: To make the tassel you can Goggle how to make a tassel or do a search on Youtube

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bring a little Sunshine to someone's Day!

Afternoon all,
Today I am bringing you a little book mark courtesy of Dreaming Tree. As I went to cut this free bookmark, I noticed there was another version of it as well in the file and it is quite lovely. Make a visit to Dreaming Tree and check out all the great free designs as well as all the other designs you can purchase. I promise you wont be disappointed. Lets get started..

I had already planned to make the base of the bookmark white and using my distress inks make a sunrise so to speak. Always start with your lightest color first and finish with your darkest color. Remember you and always go back and add more color if it isn't what you were hoping for. It didn't quite turn out like a sunrise but I think it is still very pretty. I added squiggles, (technical term) to the areas between the rays to give the effect of heat waves using a clear Wink of Stella Pen. Here in the High Desert of California I have seen heat waves quite often in the summer time.

After I blended the distress inks onto the white bookmark I let it dry a bit then glued the sun to the bookmark.   Add your squiggles for affect and make your tassel for the bookmark. I used some special fibers I had in my stash.  You can google how to make a tassel or go to and click on the tutorial for Graduation Day SVG Kit. Mary explains how to make the tassel in the tutorial for this kit. I will have a card version using a card set from Dreaming Tree in a few days.

 Add a person note of encouragement to the back and send it to someone you know is having a hard time or just needs to know your thinking of them. That is my bookmark, nothing fancy but I had a nice time making it. I apologize for my absence I have been painting and redecorating my living room. (consisting of new pillows and revamping some glass décor I already had).  I am working on my fifties kitchen and sprucing up our bathrooms as well. All this in preparation for my son and his wife and our grandsons to visit this month! My mom and dad will be visiting in the fall. It has been very hard work but I am grateful that we are able to do this now.

Thank you for stopping by and spending this lovely Sunday with me. I am off to make my very own (pumpkin, Leo's Cat) Kitty Bag, another great freebie from Dreaming Tree. Have a wonderful day and Happy Craftin' Y'all!  Blessings, Sharalyn

3dsvg Used:
Dreaming Tree (free bookmark)

Supplies Used:
Bazzill: Smooth White Card Stock
Recollections: Black Card Stock
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Dusty Concord, Pickled Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemon, Dried Marigold, Wilted Violet, Black Soot.
Wink Of Stella Pen: Clear
Fibers from Stash
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Love You Mom, Americana Style

Mornin' Y'all,
Today I am bringing to you some Americana, courtesy of Dreaming Tree's ( Love You Mom Bundle. This bundle is amazing all on it's own but when I saw it I thought of my mother in law who was born on the 4th of July. That is independence day here in America and our first year without her, so in honor of her I made a Love you Mom Hydrangea Tray Americana style.  Happy Mother's day to you Joan, we love you with all our hearts!

To change the center panels for the flower pots I ungrouped and release compound path, then moved the letters off to the side. I used the star shape from Star Gift Box to replace the letters by placing the star in the center of the panel and then making a compound path. Each panel was inked on the edges and to the front a bit with Tim Hotlz vintage photo ink. The same ink was used on the boxes as well as the sides and front panel for the tray and the vanilla flowers. This is to give it the vintage Americana feel. I used the star that goes on the front of the Star Gift Box to bring out some dimension. Cut the panels from your chosen pattern paper.  Each star was cut from ruby slipper, vanilla and admiral card stock. A thin covering of Star Dust Stickles was added to bring out the stars.

The lids for the boxes were cut using the same red, vanilla, and blue theme. I started with the lids all being vanilla just as they are similarly on in the instructions but it just didn't pop to me, so they were changed. The flowers are cut from the same three colors and white pins were purchased and inked with my E37 Copic Marker. I knew when I purchased them I would be changing the color. Another cute idea would be to make them red white and blue on the different flowers. You can change the color of any peal or clear rhinestone by using a permanent marker.  But it is your design so you do what appeals to you most. The leaves were cut using Bazzill Rain Forest and inked with Always Artichoke from Stampin up. I chose a darker red and blue to ink the flowers. The Brackets were cut using the Ruby Slipper from Bazzill and Hero Arts Metallic Décor blue adhesives where added to the holes.

I started this whole project thinking of my mother in law for Mother's Day and ended with thinking about her again this time what would have been her 96th birthday. So here is to you mom, Happy Mother's Day and Happy Birthday you are in our hearts forever. Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog, Have a wonderful Mother's day and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

3D svgs Used
Love You Mom SVG Bundle
Star Gift Box SVG

Supplies Used:
American Craft Card Stock: Vanilla
Bazzill Card Stock: Rain Forest, Ruby Slipper, Admiral
Little Yellow Bicycle Card Stock: Vintage Summer Collection
Hero Arts Metallic Décor: Blue
Ranger: Star Dust Stickles
Copic Marker: E37
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
Close to My Heart: Barn Red, Outdoor Denim
Stampin Up: Always Artichoke
Lineco Neutral pH Adhesive
Silhouette Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo

Star Sizes
Star cut out/ panel: W 1.545 x 1.466 H
Star Center: W 1.009 x 1.061 H

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Card with Thought

Hey Y'all,
It is another lovely Sunday afternoon here in Joshua Tree. The blooms are winding down and so are my allergies. Just a note to those who may want to duplicate my designs, I do use Silhouette Designer addition and Silhouette Cameo. These machines and the eclips are capable of doing the actions described. If you use a Circut you are limited in the actions you can do or you will need to figure out the best way to achieve the same result. It was pointed out to me the some had been confused by my instructions, this may have been because our machines are different and require different actions to get the same result.

I wanted to share with you my gift in a card so to speak. I liked the Blossom Tag that was the freebie on (Dreaming Tree) but decided it needed to be a card and gift as well. I made the front edge of the card to tear off to be used as a bookmark for future use. This way the person will have this keepsake for a long time.

Order and download the free tag on Blossom Tag (Free SVG). Bring the tag onto your virtual mat and ungroup and release compound path. Group the center cut pieces together so you don't loose any when you are moving it to the larger tag shape. Holding down the shift key choose the cut out for the ribbon and the body of the tag, group those together or make a compound path. Duplicate the tag shape and make one larger. All cut sizes will be listed at the bottom of this post. Move the larger one off the side.

Using the other tag move the grouped cut pieces back over it and size the cut pieces to fit into the new sized tag. Select the tag and the cut pieces and make a compound path. This is your new bookmark. Bring the larger tag over to the one and slightly overlap the side pieces just so they can be welded together. Draw a perforated line down the center of the now tag card and group.
I cut a slightly smaller piece of card stock vellum to glue to the back of the bookmark then backed that with another piece of patterned card stock. You could omit the vellum and just use the patterned cardstock if you would like.
The flowers were cut first at the larger size then another smaller size to glue one onto the other. This gives the flowers and front of your card a little more depth. Once it becomes a bookmark the flowers will flatten with time. I added enamel dots to the center of the flowers after the edges were inked with Tim Holtz stormy sky distress ink. The bird was given a little color as well using the same distress ink. I used stamp n' write makers, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, and Lucky Limeade from Stampin Up to add some lines and color to the leaves, branch and bird. My bird then received a eye using Ranger Enamel Accents Black.
A handwritten message was added to the bottom of the bookmark, then a stamped greeting was added to the inside of the card. Let your recipient know they can tear the edge of the card to allow it to become a bookmark.
Just a small project but one with a  lot of thought and I hope you agree, heart. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Your thoughts and comments are much appreciated. I hope you like it and if you do decide to make one I would love to see your version of my little card/bookmark.  Have a lovely Sunday and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

3dSVG Used:
Blossom Tag (Free SVG)

Supplies Used:
K& Company: Merriweather Pad
American Craft Card Stock: Vanilla
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Stormy Sky
Ranger Enamel Accents : Black
Echo Park Enamel  Dots: Hello Winter Collection
Stampin Up: Card Stock Vellum
Stamp n'Write: Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Lucky Limeade
Copic Marker: Multiliner Marker Blue
Ribbon from Stash
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo

Cut Sizes
Tag_ W 2.392 x 4.890 H cut one
Tag_ W 2.331x 4.890 H   cut one
Large Flower W 1.650 x 1.654 H cut one
Large Flower W 1.362 x 1.366 H cut one
Small Flower W 0.812 x 0.813 H cut one
Small Flower W 0.672 x 0.663 H cut one

Sunday, April 17, 2016

A hat to remember...

Afternoon all,
It is a very cool breezy Sunday afternoon here today. I hear some of you are having our 81 degree weather. If your done with it could you send it my way as I am used to it being that temperature here this time of year and at 1:11pm we are at 70 degrees. A bit chilly for my liking.

Mother's day is May 8th and I have been thinking about what I could do for Dreaming Tree. I had not had a chance as yet to do that wonderful hat so I took this opportunity to make it Mother's day style. I hope you like it and I will share the sizes I used for the lily as that was the only thing I altered.

I started with my very favorite paper, Graphic 45 Ladies Diary. I need to get myself a good horde of that paper I just love it! Using American Craft Vanilla card stock, I cut the hat at the size it imports and put it together. The edges of the green paper were inked with iced spruce and the rest of the paper was inked with vintage photo by Tim Holtz. Using the flowers from this same bundle I cut flowers from Colonel white, from Close to my Heart. I inked the edges of each flower with Rose Red ink from Stampin up. I shaped the flowers with my Mc Gill Flower shaping tools and set them aside. I cut the leaves from Graphic 45 Ladies Dairy and inked the edges of them with Tim Holtz iced spruce. I always use a sponge dauber as I seems to get better coverage with them.

I knew I wanted a lily if not a couple but the only lily I could find was the one from the Cascade Card Bundle so I used that and made it larger. The sizes I used will be at the bottom of this post. I made tiny dots with Rich Razzleberry stamp n'write marker, then cut the center using American Craft mulberry card stock. It wasn't quite the depth I wanted for the center so I darkened it with the Rich Razzleberry Marker. The edges of the blue stem were inked with bliss blue ink using a sponge dauber to bring the blue from the paper to the design. If I had a blue bells pattern I would have made those for the hat to bring in the blue. (Hint, Hint, Ron!)

Once the body of the hat was made I used a wide lace and mauve ribbon to bring in a delicateness to the whole hat. I curved the leaves and placed the flowers almost in a flowing motion. While I  decided where I wanted the flowers to go I thought about how I had read and heard that in those times ladies hats were almost an expression of themselves. I used my Epiphany craft oval tool to place a "cameo" so to speak on the center of the lace and ribbon. One of the roses from the darker paper was my focal point which tied the whole feel of it together.

When I was young I went to a few mother daughter lunches with my mom always wearing matching dresses my mother sewed. This to me is a memory of moms and mothers day and will be special in my heart forever, the flowers the hats the special lunch just you and your mom. This is what mother's day is to me. Making memories and sharing with your mom how special she is.

I hope you enjoyed my Mother's Day hat, if you make one I would love to see it. You can post it on my Facebook page, Shara's Paper Creations, or Dreaming Tree or Paper Crafting with electronic machines. I would love to see your take on them.  Many blessings on those moms that did and do so much for their children, I assure you we remember. Thank you so much for stopping by on this Sunday afternoon and reading my blog. Have a lovely day and Happy Craftin' Y'all.
Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Bundle Used:
Daffodily Spring SVG Bundle
Cascade Cards SVG Bundle

Supplies Used:
American Craft Card Stock: Vanilla, Mulberry
Close to My Heart: Colonel White
Graphic 45: Ladies Diary
Tim Holtz Ink: Vintage Ink, Iced Spruce
Epiphany Crafts: Oval Tool and bubble cap
Stampin Up Ink: Rose Red, Bliss Blue, Rich Razzleberry Marker
Michaels: Adhesive Pearls
Wide lace: from Stash
Mauve 1/4 inch ribbon: Stash
Hot glue Gun
Scotch quick dry adhesive
Silhouette Designer addition
Silhouette Cameo

Cut Lily: W 3.270 x 3.352 H
Lily Shadow w/stem: W 4.957 x 2.903 H
Lily Stem: W 1.094x 0.779 H

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Celebrate with Style!

Morning y'all,
Today I want to share with you the Cascade Card SVG Bundle from Dreaming Tree. They are so easy to put together and so impressive! There are three cards in this set and you can buy them separate if you want. I wanted all of them so I could play with them! I made these as anniversary cards but they could be made into wedding, anniversary, just because, thinking of you, birthday or sympathy cards. These cards are great for oh I just got invited to ___and need a card! They go together within a few minutes with the exception of the ribbon card which takes a little longer to thread the ribbon but still a very quick card!

I started by cutting my base out of ivory card stock. It is paper that was given to me so I am not really sure if it is called ivory or colonel white? I only know I would like some more of it as it is great card stock and is from Close to my Heart. I cut my patterned pieces from a K & Company pad  called Merryweather. I will list at the bottom all the supplies I used.

Assemble the card as Leo instructs and insert your ribbon. I used a wireless ribbon from Michaels. I did have to twist the ribbon in some places to make the dots show but it didn't interfere with the open and closing of the card. I used Stampin up's mini glue dots to hold the ribbon in place at the corners and on the label. The whole feel of the card was very delicate so I tired to keep that feel by not using the solid flowers and not using as many flowers. I used two of the cut flowers on the front of the card and added tiny green pearls from Michaels to continue the green theme.  I also added one green pearl  at the edges of the card. The label was stamped with a stamp from Stampin Up and color was added using a sponge dauber to continue the color scheme.

The second card I made was the dove cascade card. Cutting the base out of the ivory I used two paper packs from Graphic 45. This time I cut two sets of patterned paper and put one on each side. Again I wanted to keep the feel of this card delicate so I used the two of the cut doves to symbolize the couple and one "flying" dove to symbolize the Holy Spirit. The dove was embellished a bit with star dust stickels for the wings and eye.
The heart was place in the center top and the bow was placed in the center. A small lavender rhinestone from Hero Arts was placed in the center of the bow, then the bow was edged with a copic marker to match the color of the paper. The same lavender was used to back the label and a hand written happy anniversary was added to the front. I used lavender pearls to further accent the card.

The last card I made was the lily card. The base was cut from Bazzill's Mocha Divide. The patterned paper was cut from K& Company paper pack. The Flowers were cut from the ivory paper and edged with vintage photo ink from Tim Holtz. Tiny dark brown dots were added using my Stamp and write Early Espresso maker. I cut the centers from Mocha Divide then darkened them with Early Espresso marker. I had intended to cut it out of a darker brown and forgot so this was my quick fix.  The shadow accents for the flowers were inked with Stampin Up's Illuminate ink pad using a sponge.
I glued the ivory pearls into place using Ranger mulit medium matte. The small flourish on the label was cut from the ivory flourishes Michaels sells. I have yet to use a whole flourish but love the small accent it adds to things. A hand written salutation was added to the label using a brown copic liner.

The all were special cards celebrating very special years this year. Mom and Dad celebrated 59 yrs together, my best friend and her hubby celebrated 54 yrs together and our friends from Arizona are celebrating their first year as husband and wife. We wish them all many more years of happiness.

I hope you enjoyed my versions of the Cascade Cards SVG Bundle, as I said these are very easy and quick to put together, in my opinion very impressive! I can tell I will be using this card bundle again!  Thank you so much for visiting my blog and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

3D SVG kits used:
Cascade Cards SVG Bundle

Supplies Used
Close to My Heart: Colonel White Card Stock
Bazzill Card Stock: Mocha Divide, Pansy
K& Company: Merryweather  Designer Pad
Graphic 45: Sweet Sentiments, Secret Garden paper pads
Tim Holtz: Vintage Photo Ink
Stampin Up: Illuminate Ink, Rose Red, Always Aritchoke
Stampin Up: Stamp n' write Early Espresso
Copic Marker: BV00, Brown muli- liner
Ranger: Mulit Medium Matte
Ranger: Star Dust Stickles
Hero Arts: Purple Rhinestones
Recollections: Adhesive Pearls, adhesive flourishes
Ribbon From Michaels
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Vintage Radio Box

Hi y'all,
I love old tunes and get so much joy from listening to them. I saw the Opaline Fragrance box from Myrcella's Vanity Kit and it reminded me of an old radio. I knew I needed to explore my thoughts more about this and from someone's comment on my photo I am glad I did. It looks like I did a lot of fancy altering but I promise it is minimal. So put some Glen Miller on and lets get to creating!

I have converted the files I made to svg files and that took some doing as Silhouette doesn't make it easy, but perseverance pays off and I have the files for you. You will need to make the box bigger to make it the size I made it. I will list the sizes below. t
There is one you will need to adjust yourself it is the bottom of the box itself. So lets get to making some music.

Bring the base-top-bottom-turquoise onto your mat, ungroup and release compound path. Now click on cut settings so you can see the outlines of the box. Choose Scale window and un-check the box that says lock aspect. Then enter the width 10.398 and the height at 6.357. Use the line tool and draw a short line just above each score line. I turn on the cross hairs so I can make sure I am getting it straight. Click on each line and change it to a score line using the line style tool at the top of your page. Adjust the lines to either shorter or longer depending on what you need. You will want it to look like two extra score lines. Do this for the back of the radio as well and while your there delete the three cut out windows and add a 1 inch circle at the lower right side for the plug in lights if you have them. If you don't have these lights leave the circle off and use battery operated tea lights.

Bring the vents svg or studio file ( depending on which cutting format you needed) onto the front of your radio bottom box. Center them over the large cut out window below the two score lines you added.  Click on the body of bottom_front_box and holding down the shift key choose each window and the vents svg or studio file leaving the score lines un-chosen, chose the modify window and subtract. All the vents and the three windows in front should now look as they did  when you brought the file onto your mat. Draw a box around your bottom front panel and right click to group your score lines.  Group everything on your mat and cut out your base out of your desired cardstock. Save your cut outs for the top of the box as you will emboss and ink them later.

Bring your decorative_panels_pattern_1svg. onto your mat and ungroup. Move both of your squares off the side. Using the decortative_panel_radio  svg or studio file and one of the panels for the lid cut out of patterned paper. I cut the other panel for the lid and the strip that goes across the top using solid card stock. I embossed the panel across the top with cuttlebug musical notes and inked it with brilliant copper ink. I did the same to the center cut out of the lid and all the ones that are cut out on the back. Glue your solid lid frame to your solid accent panel then after you have embossed and inked all the cut outs from the back panel glue each one into place on the back.  Don't forget to cut the top_liners_turquoise for the lid construction. Then glue those onto the lid as Leo instructs in the video for the Opaline Box from Myrcella's Vanity Kit.

To make the bottom of the Radio glue the clear acetate onto the reverse side of your patterned panel. I used Stampin up Cardstock vellum and cut the vellum out of that and either using pigment ink, permanent markers or your printer make the vellum a soft yellow on one side only. Turn it over and adhere your red vinyl onto the vellum making sure there is room to glue the vellum to clear panel around the edges. (your vinyl should be sandwiched between the clear plastic and the vellum) Glue all of that to the inside of your box front. Now glue the box together. Ink and glue the outside frame to the front of your box.

Cut and glue the base together adding ink sides as well. Try not to add ink to the top of your base as it is not needed and makes it harder for the glue to stick to your box bottom. Center your box bottom onto the base and glue in place.
 Make 21 -1inch circles and glue all but the last one together. The last one emboss and ink first then add it to your circle pile, this will be your knob. Glue to the front of your Radio using my photo as and example of where it should go.  The final touch was to add the orange rhinestone to the front as a light indicator.

If you have the plug in light insert the cord through the back and set the lights inside. If you have tea lights instead I used three of them to get the light to show. I ordered the one with the cord on amazon but didn't see it doesn't come with the adaptor till after it came. (roll eyes) I will be ordering the cord and waiting for it to come now. That is my Vintage Radio and I hope you like it. I would love to see photos of your versions. You can post them on my Facebook page Shara's Paper Creations or Dreaming Tree's page or Paper Crafting With Electronic Machines. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog and Happy Craftin' y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

I was not able to attach the files to this post or add them to my page as I do not know how. I tried for over an hour to figure it out. the files have been uploaded to Paper Crafting With Electronic Machines. I ask that you not give or sell my files. Thanks for understand. Sharalyn

Myrcella's Vanity Kit

Supplies Used:
Bazzill CardStock: Mud Pie
Echo Park: Jack and Jill Collection- Bicycles
Stampin Up Card Stock Vellum
Clear Acetate: overhead projector sheets
Red Vinyl
Brilliant Copper Ink
Yellow Pigment Ink
Cuttlebug: Musical Notes emboss folder
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Studio, Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo

Sizes Base of Box:
bottom_turquoise_back&front: W 10.398 x 6.357 H - cut one each
bottom of Box: W 6.395 x 3.195 H- cut one
bottom insert of box: W 6.395 x 3.195 H -cut one
lid frame: W 3.518 x 6.631 H -cut two
center of lid: W 4.881 x 11.323 H- cut one

Sharalyn's Design freebies
patterned front panel: W 6.255 x 4.741 H- cut one
acetate front panel: W 4.324 x 2.927 H-cut one
vellum front panel: W 4.324 x 2.927 H - cut one
outer front frame: W 6.234 x 3.056 H -cut one
vinyl: W 3.709 x 1.936 H- cut one
radio vents:  W 2.143 x 0.654 H Insert onto front panel see instructions above

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Smell the Flowers

Mornin' Y'all!
I got up very early today to finish my Easter Surprise for you. I know this looks a lot like the Easter Egg Cuties I made last year and that is because the bunny is the same. The rest of this creation is the tulip basket from Egg Hunt, 3D Flowers II, 3D Mums and Fall Flowers, and Pick a Pumpkin SVG Kit. The Bunny is made using Christmas Open House and Bunny Hop SVG Kit. I will list links at the bottom of this page. I love Mary's Designs as there is so much cuteness going on it is hard to keep from buying the whole store. Lets get on to "Smelling the Flowers".

Start with the snowman and cut and adhere it together using the sizes that will be listed at the bottom of this page. Leave the accent pieces off so you can glue the ears underneath the top accent pieces. You can decide what accent pieces you want to glue them under when you decide how you want them to look. Up, down, folded.. etc..

Make another hat without the brim to glue inside your tulip basket. I made mine to match my bunny but you could make yours to match the inside of your tulip or make it a color of the center of a tulip.  I left the handle of the tulip basket off as I liked that better, of course it is your choice your the designer. The hat for the top of the Bunny was cut to appear like the center of the upside-down flower on her head. You will notice I made my shorter in this photo but I found later that was not necessary.

 I was thinking about daisies when I made this so I cut the flower white and the center Yellow. Exact colors I used will be listed below. I used the Gerber daisy and cut 6 petals from white card stock. Using Stamping up's Lucky Limeade Marker I used the brush side and lightly added stripes to the flower petals. Use the same marker and edge the flowers with green. Make the "hat" for the bunny out of yellow and glue the flower onto the top of the "hat". I used the large scalloped center from the Cedi's Mum and glued 5 centers together punch a hole in the last one and adding two thin Curly-Q glued together from Pick a Pumpkin SVG Kit, trim to your desired length.

Decide which side you want your bunny face on and glue the accents in place sliding and gluing your ears under the top accents. I added dash lines to the edges of the insides of the ears before I glued them into place. I used black enamel dots to make the eye and Ranger white accents to make the white portion of the eye. I also used the white accents to make the teeth. Draw your mouth into place first then add your teeth and nose.  I wanted my bunny to be rejoicing in spring so I glued her paws in an upright position. The feet were glued to the inside layer of the tulip box.  I glued a bow at the neck and a flower just under her ear on the right side. I used a yellow enamel dot for the center of that.

To cover the holes for the tulip box handle I used silk flowers I had in my stash and brads. I had decided after I had cut it with holes that I didn't like the handle on so that was my "fix" for it. Thinking about some tulips I have seen that have stripes I added the stripes with a  Rich Razzleberry Stamping Up Marker. The Bunny's accent pieces were inked in that same color. I also inked the edges of the Tulip box with a blue Copic Marker. When I glued the rest of the petals for the tulip on the outside of the box I glued them to the first score line then curved them with a dowel.
That is all I did to make this sweet little bunny and she is my Easter gift to you all, thank you so much for stopping by and Reading my blog. I hope you enjoy this little sweetie and if you make one I would love to see it. Thanks again, have a wonderful day and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits Used:
Christmas Open House SVG Kit
Bunny Hop SVG Kit
Egg Hunt SVG Kit
3D Flowers SVG Kit ll
3d Mums and Fall Flowers SVG Kit
Pick A Pumpkin SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
American Crafts Card Stock: Lemon, Oregano
Bazzill Card Stock: White, Cream
K& Company: Sparkly Sweet
Graphic 45: Sweet Sentiments
Doodle Bug: Hello Sunshine
Ranger: White Accents
Stamping up: Rich Razzleberry Ink
Stamping Up, Stampin write pens: Lucky Limeade, Rich Razzleberry, Early Esspresso
Copic Markers: RV66, B02
Black Enamel Dots
Yellow Enamel Dots
Silk Flowers, Ribbon, brads from Stash
Ranger: Mulit Medium Matte
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Designer Addition
Silhouette Cameo

Cut Sizes:
snowman_body: W 8.986 x 7.872 H
snowman_ hat_minus brim: W 10.285 x 1.952 H cut 2
snowman_accents_top: W 4.289 x 3.330 H
snowman_accents_ bottom W. 4.913 x 4.889 H
Bunny_ pink : W 3.515 x 1.739 H
Bunny_ white_feet: W 2.285 x 1.978 H
Bunny_white_ears: W 3.306 x 2.175 H
Bunny_white_paws W 2.316 x 1.351 H
Gerber daisy: W 4.292 x 4.165 H
Cedis Mum center: W 0.909 x 0.917 H
Curly Q: W11.00 x 0.085H