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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Horray for the Red, White and Blue!


 Afternoon all!

On this day before the 4th of July I wanted to bring to you Mary Bonks Ginormous stars!!!
So festive and would work for Christmas, Birthday parties, Graduations all kinds of occasion's. The kit is called Mega Stars SVG Kit.

I saw these and loved them but they use a lot of paper for one star...and I live in a sleepy town where I can't just go down the street to get more. When I need more cardstock I have to order it. Well that is most people these days but 13 1/2 sheets per star is pricy to the normal person. To make three and they aren't even for you??? Honestly I did think twice about it. When I really thought about it and considered the joy it would give the person I was giving it to it was worth the cost to me. It is a surprise and while his wife might read this he will not. I can share with you this is for my Best friends husband for his birthday. We are having them over on his birthday on the 10th to celebrate our birthdays ( mine is on the 14th) and have burgers. Grover loves patriotic stuff just like I do and decorates his yard that way. I love going over and seeing what is new. I sealed these with glossy acrylic spray and am hopeful that if he puts them outside they won't fade to terribly.

The blue star is cut from Bazzill Admiral cardstock and embossed with a Darcie Fireworks folder, then I used Craf-t rub on Metallic paint which Trina Struckman told me about to bring out the emboss on it. The color I used was silver blue.

The Red and white stars was a bit more challenging and that is because I glued the panels on before putting the star together. It was VERY confusing to me and my suggestion is to glue the star together first then put your panels on. I did the internal panels as I put the star together. The base of the red star was cut from Bazzill Blush Red Dark. The White star was cut using American Craft White Card Stock. The internal papers are from Photo Play and the collection is called Live Free. I purchase this collection last year when it came out but purchased a lot of extra sheets of paper from Scrapbook.com as I loved this collection. I do that whenever I find something I can use in a lot of other projects.

Those are my stars and maybe next year I can make some for us. I look forward to using this Kit in many ways and for many celebrations. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and read my blog. I look forward to seeing the many designs to come using this Mega Star. One person in particular I am hoping she uses my idea and makes it.. I won't spoil it for you yet.. Thanks again and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings, Sharalyn

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Delicate and Beautiful Lanterne

Afternoon all!

It is a glorious Sunday afternoon and I am sharing with you the first item I have made from Creaiteve Papier. I was introduced to her designs through Helle Bilde Muller and her blog post. Helle and I were on the design team of Dreaming Tree together and I have seen many of Helle's Creations. I like to read her posts and see what she has made and what she is up to. It was one day that I read about a beautiful lantern Helle made. This is also Corina's design and though not the lantern Helle made, it is still a very pretty lantern. I will be making one like the one Helle posted about as well. Helle did a wonderful job with it.

For some crazy reason I became confused by what this lantern was made of and started making the body of it from acetate. I had no idea if this would work but felt is was very clever to make it from that as it would hold up a bit longer. Anyway it turns out that no it is supposed to be made with paper. I should say that the language of this blogger is Dutch and so you have to rely on goggle Translate to understand the jist of things. It doesn't take a translator to understand that her designs are well thought out and are quite lovely. This was what I thought anyway. I absolutely love lanterns and she does them very well.

I cut the body from acetate as I stated before. I had purchased a box of overhead transfers from a office supply store many years ago. Quite an expensive purchase for me at the time as it was 35.00 for this box. I thought I would never use the box up in my lifetime. If I were to make more designs using the acetate that might be possible but since I now understand I was wrong I might not use the whole box up.

Files can be used in Silhouette, Make the Cut or cut as an SVG. I loved how delicate this lantern was and have another idea which I am not willing to share just yet. Unlike another designer I have recently tired this gals files are complete and do fit quite well together. Instructions are in Dutch and you will have to translate them using Google.
I have been paper crafting many years now and enjoy it very much. I have started to design some of my own files and can appreciate a good design with great engineering. This designer does have that. Though I do miss the wonderful Videos I get from SVG cuts and Dreaming Tree, I see a great future with wonderful designs ahead with Corina. I look forward to sharing more of them.

I used American Craft White Card Stock and pearls from my stash to decorate this lantern as well as my Musical Flourish Emboss folder from Cuttle bug. This Folder is one I use quite often and it is one of my favorites.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog, I hope you will give Corina's Files a try. You have to contact her via her blogposts and give her the number of the files you want. They will send an email with the PayPal information and once you pay you will receive the files. Thank you again for stopping by. Happy Sunday and Happy Craftin' y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

Sunday, June 10, 2018

A Patriotic Lantern

Evening y'all,

When I saw the Penny Farthing Lantern from Dreaming Tree I was torn. I wanted to do a patriotic lantern but I also wanted to do the steam punk version. After I made the Steam Punk Version,  I decided I had time to get make the Patriotic version. I also had a good friend make a patriotic lantern and that pushed me to making mine. The Penny Farthing Lantern is from the Good For Guys SVG Bundle

This was a long process as I changed the look of it SOOOOO many times and this was a tough lantern to make as I had trouble with my vellum I printed curling. I am not talking curling at the edges I am talking into a taquito. It was extremely frusterating. I got my layers off and had to go back and do the Leo Kowal trick with the scrap of paper. It seemed like it took me FOREVER to get this done. I know y'all understand some projects when you finally get done your glad to move on to the next thing. I am glad to move on to the next project or idea I have. How did I make this? Grab a cup of coffee or tea and have a sit. Lets get to it.

I have been using silhouette business addition to alter things in as I have not gotten the hang of Eclips software yet but I am plugging away at it. Using the knife tool I cut away everything away for the man on the bicycle and away from the frame of the lantern. If I could have a wish I wish there had been a blank lantern for me to add any design I wanted. I deleted all but the bicyclist. I removed the pipe as I don't like encouraging smoking. I have seen to many I love suffer the ill affects of it. I deleted the nodes to the pipe, then I fixed it so it looked like just a mouth. I also changed the coat and collar a bit. I added nodes to the hat to finish the look and made my bicyclist a little smaller. I didn't want him to be the sole focus of the lantern. After all this was to celebrate the fourth of July.
 I got out my book of PDF's from SVG cuts and starting looking at patriotic collections.  Collections are just groups of flat SVG cuts that you can use to weld into a design or just use on cards or in photo book layouts.  I chose the star banner from Uncle Sam's Extravaganza Collection Part 1. I ungrouped it and released compound path and deleted inside parts of some stars on it as I had already done a test cut and it had not come out well. Next I brought in the flag from Made In The USA SVG Kit. I found the silhouette of the two children running with the flag and again using the knife tool I cut the flag away and fixed the nodes in it as well. I welded that to the "walking stick" making it look like he was carrying the flag. Then adding the stripe to the flag I made a compound path.

The celebration of the fourth to me is not with out my reflecting on my freedom, that others died so I can be free. Knowing I wanted to add that to my lantern I made a firecracker and using a stencil font I subtracted the letters from the rectangle/ firecracker. I added another skinny rectangle  and altered a few nodes to make it look like a wick then welded stars to the wick.

I had deleted the corner parts and since it looked to plain I added the scalloped corner and the firecracker bursts to it putting them in place and subtracting it from the solid piece.
On the other side is a Ferris wheel from A Day at the Carnival SVG Collection as well.

I took out the design in the top of the lantern and did my best to make it look like firework bursts. I used the shapes menu for this in the eclips. One is a rain drop that I altered the nodes a bit and the other is just your ordinary star. I was going to make panels for the top using the offset in Silhouette but once I got to that point I didn't feel it really needed it. It would add depth and I may still go back and add it but I think it would be fine without it.

I wanted feet again but I didn't have any more from Tim Holtz. I wanted something a bit different and I can say this the first time I have combined Dreaming Tree's files like that.  Using the  Dragonfly Daze SVG Bundle I took the base from the Dragon Fly Lantern and assembled it then glued that to the base of the Patriotic lantern. I had trouble with it as well. My paper kept popping in. I don't think I would want to make this again just because of all the issues I had making it but it turned out better than I had hoped for and I am pleased with the result.

Many have asked how I did that. How did I make the fireworks look like the night sky on the 4th?  It was a total accident. I found the paper from Snap click Supply and bought the collection. I printed it onto my vellum and cut my pieces. I glued them into the lantern and had already decided I wanted to use the remote lights Leo told us about. I had thought I would just use the white light but when I turned on the remote it flashed and oh my what it did for the vellum!!!!  It was just as if they were exploding and our high wheel man was riding by!

That is my lantern and I hope you enjoy it. I won't make another just because is was a pain but I will enjoy this one for as long as it lasts. Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. Have a wonderful day and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings, Sharalyn

I apologize for the terrible picture and video. It has been very windy here and I have not been able to get a good video or photo. I promise to do better next time.

3dsvg.com
Good For Guys SVG Bundle
Daze SVG Bundle

SVGCuts.com
Uncle Sam's Extravaganza Collection Part 1
Made In The USA SVG Kit
 A Day at the Carnival SVG Collection

Snap Click.com
Echo Park Celebrate America Digital Paper Pack

This is printed on Card Stock Weight Vellum from Stampin Up
using Cobra continuous  ink system for my Epson




Below is the link for the lantern in action:

Patriotic Lantern/ Sharas Paper Creations
Special thanks to all who have watched my video I am amazed at the numbers and how far it has reached. 2,444 as I write this and it is still going up. Thank you so much. I am stunned.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Gas it up Riley, your heading to High School!

Hey y 'all,
My grandson Riley is graduating from middle school tomorrow and I wanted something unique to put a monetary gift in. I had recently seen this cute little Vintage Gas Pump.  I purchased it from Cre8tive Cutz but there were things about it that bothered me a bit after I made the first one.
When I give a gift I want it to be the very best I can possibly give. That means if something bothers me about a design I can't give it till I make it the way I think it should be. I want to explain that this is in no way a tear down of her design. It is a cute design and I am positive anyone would be happy to make it and give it the way it is. I am just that particular that looking at it and knowing the things that bothered me were still there would make me crazy. I have to give a gift with all of my very best effort or don't give it. This is me and where I live. So That being said lets get started.

I chose my colors and started cutting but then I thought no this needs to be this color. Usual right? That is totally up to the artist making it and again I will say the things I "fixed" are totally up to the artist. It is my cross to bear that I make it knowing it is a gift I am happy with.

When I started to assemble it the first thing I came across that bothered me was the tank was open to the bottom. Since I planed on putting cash in it what if it got stuck in the bottom? I know most people don't worry about that kind of thing but I did. The next thing was the stand for the bottom didn't have tabs at the corners to help keep it closed and add stability. Yes those things are important to me as well. In my opinion not only does it help with stability but it helps you glue the box together. I am just that uncoordinated.. ask my mom. I added triangle tabs to the corners and cut it again adding dotted lines to the top so I would know where to glue the tank on the top. Then I made a frame to fit over the top of the tank and glue to the platform or stand to hide the lines and finish the look.
I turned my attention to the tank and added a rectangular flat flap to glue onto the tabs.

Next I started making the top for the gas tank. What I found was it seemed a bit wonky and especially at the top. I assumed it was a hiding node because that has happened to me as well. When I brought the file up to find the sneaky little node I did find it but I was a bit surprised that a lot of the nodes had a corner feature attached to it. Well It is still a good file and like I have said before most people don't even see it let alone it bugs them. I am a little different and it shows. Most call that OCD I call it knowing I did gave my very best. So I changed the nodes to curves, smooth or straight where I thought it should be. The orginal also comes in a tad at the bottom. Not a bad thing and I didn't mind it to much but I still changed it.

Ok I had gone this far to change things so I went further. Since I changed the nodes came a slightly different shape a tad more square so that meant that the center piece she made didn't quite fit. Using the knife tool I cut a section with the pointed flaps and duplicated it. I welded these pieces together making the center piece slightly longer, adding score lines where they were needed.  This allowed for my "correction" of the file. I put it in italics because again this is the individual artist thing. Then I decided to make a frame for the gas words and then a frame to go around the very top. That looked good so I added one to the tank as well. All of these extra things I added increased the stability of the box in my opinion as well. Last up was adding the number stickers between the two layers so it looked like they were supposed to be there.

The only thing that I sent an email to the designer about was that the nozzle if sandwiched with cording would need to be flipped, and because I am who I am I will need to adjust a tab so that the entire cord is wrapped in both directions. Again this is all about where I live, not that design is a bad one. It is not. It is quiet cute and I will be purchasing more items from her and most likely changing things to fit my criteria I have put on myself.

 I found this to be extremely adorable and I do have another Idea with it and will try to see if I can make it work. If I ever get that Vespa type bike made it will look adorable next to It in my room. Below it the orginal file and  I think you will be quite pleased with it if you purchase it and make it as is. I have said before I can drive myself nuts and yep I sure can. But in the end I know without a doubt I made a file I am pleased with and Most important to me, I know if I handed it to Jesus he would know I did my very best. That is what is important to me. I cannot speak for the designer of this cute file but I do know she gave her all and it is adorable.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Have a wonderful day and Happy Crafting Y'all! Go have a look at Cre8tiveCutz.com it has some adorable files. Blessings, Sharalyn


Friday, May 25, 2018

Penny Farthing SteamPunk Style

Evening all, 
I wanted to share this amazing file called Good For Guys SVG Bundle from Dreaming Tree. This kit includes an amazing card, a compass box and this wonderful lantern. Click on the name of the bundle and it will take you to it. 
When I watched the tutorial for this lantern Leo Kowal mentioned that it was steam punkish.. I had to agree. I don't know the first thing about doing steampunk so this is my version. If you haven't purchased this amazing kit you really should. The card has so many applications and I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for the lantern. I had two ideas that made it hard to choose which to make first. I went with this one but stay tuned. Lets get started on this amazing lantern. Kudos to Ron Guttman, Diana Tam and Leo Kowal. This one really Rocks!!!

As Trina Stuckman and I discussed the lantern she said I should pop the High Wheeler man out by making him another layer. It was a GREAT idea and I told her so.  I made two but I wish I had done three total. It would have popped out more. I also did that with one wheel. I cut and made the lantern almost the same. I printed my vellum with digital paper from Snap Click Supply . The file I used was Echo Park Times and Seasons. I adhered that to the inside and added the small Tim Holts Gears and a small spinner on top. I poked a small hole through to the inside of the wheel on the extra high wheel piece I created. Then put a brad through that and glued the man into place. I sponged on Brilliant Gold ink using a very dry pad and used a gold ink called Smooch with a tiny sponge brush to make the lines on the man. Smooch comes in a nail polish type bottle so the applicator is in it. Or it did come that way. I have had this a long time. 

I assembled the lantern as indicated on the rest of it making two bottoms of the lantern so I could use the Tim Holtz feet I have been itching to use. Here is where Deb Maurer comes into play again. It was her idea to add extra cardboard for stability to the bottom of another file called Dress Shop SVG Kit from SVGCuts. I made inserts for the lower bottom piece so it would add strength to the lantern. Assemble as Leo instructs and then using Glossy Accents to hold the feet in place glue each foot one at a time holding them in place till they take hold. Once you have each foot glued into place turn the bottom piece upside down so the feet are sticking up and let dry while you work on the rest of the lantern. 

I made an extra frame for around the lantern sides. I used the Tim Holtz distress Mica Spray Brass and Copper. The distress Mica Spray was used on the bottom piece and my accent pieces as well.   The corner pieces are brads that I cut off the brad part and glued into place using glossy accents. The round d├ęcor I used in the center of the wheel and on the top of the cane was something I bought more than ten years ago but can't find now. I wish I could I have looked. I added green rhinestones to the side and top and using black wire from the jewelry section of Walmart I made the ring for the top. 

This is such a fun lantern and could be changed so easily with the center pieces to make it any season or occasion you like.  Leo also mentioned that as he was putting  the lantern together. Now a shout out for the tricks and tips he adds when you watch the hole video all the way through. The scrap of cardstock trick to add clue to areas that it didn't clue all the way. EXCELLENT!!! I DO use that tip thanks to you Leo and you have made my projects look that much better. Here is another y'all may have missed. Did you see when he used the side of the pick up tool to hold the piece in place while it dried? that was perfect!!! My piece dried flat! I didn't use a pick up tool but a pencil, same result. My pick up tool wasn't near my hands. Not only do you get great tips when you watch the whole video but you get a chuckle or two when he says something funny. I'll be honest I would miss a lot if I didn't watch the whole video. I watch it first then I watch it stopping him when I need to catch up to him. It is very helpful.

That is my lantern I hope you like it. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Have a safe, wonderful memorial weekend and remember what we are really celebrating. Those that gave their lives for our freedom. God Bless and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

 Fun Fact:
Penny Farthing was the name given to the High Wheel Bicycle
I looked it up I had no idea.. 



Saturday, May 19, 2018

Flying High Bi Plane Style!

Morning all!



I was introduced to the airplane by Deb Mauer. She purchased the kit at Cre8ive Cutz. The original design called for flat wings with the shape but top and bottom are folded over. The wheels are also flat and the front wheel wells do not have a cut out in them. I knew I needed to "make this my own" so to speak. Lets fly away with my imagination and get busy. 

 I wanted to make this for Mark and maybe one for myself as I loved Deb's version with the printed papers but with my youngest grandson's birthday fast approaching I decided this would be faster and easier than my previous plan. My first thought when I saw the plane was the wings need to be more dimensional. I added three side pieces made to fit and complete with score lines in the proper places from Harvest Sunset SVG Kit .I also added holes in the wings so I could add eyelets and make the plane "fly". You will also need to make the cut lines for the struts wider because of the added piece that will be sandwiched in the center of each strut for strength. The instructions call for the plane to be put together a certain way. You will need to familiarize yourself with the original instructions and then change up the order a bit.
  Using the knife tool in Silhouette Business addition I cut the top and bottom svg's in half cleaning up any misplaced nodes by deleting the ones that were not important to the wing shape.  Center your holes in between the cut lines for the struts and make a narrow rectangle for the cut lines. I centered the rectangles over the cut lines then deleted the original cut lines for the struts. Add the holes to top and bottom portions of the wings. You will need to add the cut lines to one side only top and bottom. Cut your top and bottom pieces out and add eyelets. I wanted to add panels and these are not provided. I only added them to the wings but you can do this with any part. Using the internal offset I made panels for the wings. Cut three side wheel pieces from Harvest Sunset SVG kit . Adhere each Wheel side or now your wings sides carefully making sure each tab is adhered before moving to the next tab.  Do not put the top on yet. Next cut a extra piece for each strut of the wings cutting off the end tabs and sandwiching it in the center of each strut. This is for strength. Glue in each strut piece and leave wing open. 
Next I added a hole to the  top tail portion of the plane and inserted the eyelet.  I decided while constructing it that I would cut an extra windshield piece to adhere around the edge of the windshield front to give it a more finished look. I will be making another plane for my hubby but I don't believe I will use the clear acetate for the windshield. I think I will use cardstock vellum from Stampin up.  The acetate was difficult to work with and the glue didn't want to adhere to it well. I made the tail flaps as indicated and adhered them to the plane in the order the printed instructions have. That is right no video.. now see why I said I am spoiled?

The wheel wells are fine the way they are but I felt I wanted to add a cut out to them to make it look a bit more authentic. This will require sandwiching an extra piece as well. The "cut out" so for lack of a better word was made using a W 0.47 in x H 0.5731 inch Trapezoid. Angle it between your cut lines and subtract. Make sure you ungroup your score lines from the wheel well piece first as this will make your score lines disappear. Regroup the score lines and your piece and cut. Glue to the body as instructions indicate. I poked a hole in bottom portion of the wheel wheels to attach them but I will get to that. 

The wheels are made 3d by using the same piece from Mary Bonk's Kit Harvest Sunset SVG Kit. I used the ones on the coffee cart and sized accordingly. Add a hole to the center of each wheel from Bi Plane Kit. I glued two together for strength. Cut two more circles without the holes for the end piece. Glue the sides of the wheels together much like you did with the body of the plane. Leave  the circles without the holes off and poke a hole in the bottom of the wheel wells. Insert a brad from the outside  to the inside and open. Glue your circles to the other half of the wheel and add your embellishment. 

Before you close the body of the plane thread your fishing line through the hole  of the body on the plane. Attach a small washer tied to the fishing line on both end to hold the fishing line in the body of the plane and to keep it from falling out while assembling. Keep checking to make sure it is still in your body before you close it. I was not so lucky and had to scramble to get it back in place. 

I added tabs to the nose piece so it was easier to keep it together. I didn't add the octagon shape to the nose but instead made and extra propeller and adhered them together then added Glossy accents to the propeller with a paint brush and let dry. Bend into a blade shape before adding with a brad to the nose. I used the long brads Mary Bonk mentioned when she made the barrel from  Wildflower Saloon SVG KitI waited till I had adhered the wings to the plane before gluing the nose into place. 

Close your top wing up and adhere it into place following the printed instructions. Turn the plane over and add your bottom wing. I glued the center bottom portion of the wing to the center bottom body of the plane. Glue the other part of your bottom wing closing up your wing.  I glued the nose into place and added my embellishments. The Hub cap looking embellishments are from Heidi Swapp and are called Marquee Love.  I ordered them from Scrapbook.com.
String your wings with the fishing line going down the top of one wing through to the bottom wing and over through the other holes to the top. Tie the wing fishing line and the tail fishing line together and Voila! You have a "flying 3d plane. 

 


I hope you enjoyed my crazy plane ride. Since I am leary of heights that will be the extent of my flying in a Bi Plane. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Have a wonderful day and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings, Sharalyn

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Wildflower Barrel

Hey Y'all,
I wanted to share my barrel with you from  Wildflower Saloon SVG Kit  svgcuts.com. Yes I am still making things from this kit. I really loved this kit and it has lent a lot to my creativity. I tried to make the barrel at the size it imports and found that since I used the extra panels to emboss on I had great difficulty getting the "rings" to fit around the barrel. It really wasn't turning out as I had envisioned. I did try to save it by inking it to be more as I had in my mind but I still didn't like it and so it went into the trash. I have a plan to make this for my best friends husband but I will have to make the rings slightly longer or not use the panels.
I was not deterred and tried again to make it cutting the size of it for my craft room to 70%. I should say that I am still learning to use my eclips 2 and so anytime I can learn something new with the program I am all for it. It is much easier to learn things with the sizzix eclips group on Facebook. They are a very helpful group and don't mind my multiple questions. I even had someone say they were glad I got an eclips. Anyhoo, Deb Maurer said she had reduced the size of the quilt box to 60 % so I asked how do you do that.. and they told me. My rings for my barrel at 70% still don't fit around it easily. I am not sure if this was not compensated for but if it wasn't I am sure it was an oversight of Mary's.

Update: I wrote her and asked. It turns out she forgot to delete those panels as she realized the rings would have to be adjusted... opps.. Oh dear when haven't things like that happened to us.. Glad to know I am not crazy lol. on to my barrel

I had ordered the adrienneloomandesigns Country Girl Digital Paper pack from Snap Click Supply this past Wednesday when it was 1.00. IE Dollar Wednesdays at Snap Click Supply.  I loved the prints in it and when I decided to try again I made my barrel 70 % instead of 100% of the size and printed this lovely yellow paper onto a vanilla American Craft Card Stock. The print turned out sooo pretty and I could hardly wait to use it on my barrel. I cut the base using Vanilla AC cardstock and then glued the panels into place. I did used the included rings I had for the rings of my barrel. I have made another set of rings by duplicating them and just making them a tad longer for future use. I like using panels and so I didn't want to just delete them.

Follow Mary's tutorial to put the barrel together. I have trouble sometimes with my glue drying not quickly enough if the room is cold or humid so I go a little slower than Mary stopping her when I need to "catch up".  I feel the long brads are needed to hold the rings in place a little better. I did use the shorter ones for this little barrel but there are a few longer ones there as well. I added a little rose ink on the edges of my rings to bring the colors of the paper a bit more into the whole design.

The smaller size means I have a bit more room to display my creations and it makes me think of a barrel full of monkeys game we used to play when I was a kid. Anyway that is my barrel and I hope you like it. I love the soft colors and girly look and know it will fit right into my room.

Some of you saw the girly rustic lantern I designed for my friend's craft room, is she loved it. I hoped she would. Such a wonderful thing to share your creations with someone you love. Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog and Happy Crafting Y'all!!!
Blessings, Sharalyn

To size your design down by percent in ecal go to object, transform, scale change the dimensions to percent, make sure the keep proportions box is checked and click the down arrows to change it to the percent you wanted to make your design. If your unsure of the size  check the width and lengths boxes. This will give you a better idea of the finished size of the item. Make sure you do this for all the cut pages of the design.

Supplies
American Craft Card Stock: Vanilla, Banana
Snap Click Supply: adrienneloomandesgins, Country Girl
Stampin up: Rose Red Ink Pad
Tim Holtz long Brads
Prima: Vintage Trinkets
Tim Holtz: long Brads
Tonic Funky Glue
Sizzix Eclips2

Here is the girly lantern if you didn't see it.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Saddle up Y'all! We're going to take us a Wildflower Saloon Ride!

Hey Y'all!
Get your boots on, grab you lasso and lets get to riding on this Wildflower Saloon SVG Kit Ride!
Mary Bonk of SVG cuts came up with an amazing new kit that just makes you want to go out and ride a horse or visit a cowboy town. This new kit has a Whiskey Barrel, a cowboy hat, a rustic lantern, a huge and beautiful heirloom Quilt box complete with a quilted top and if that isn't enough an amazing box card in the shape of a trunk that is filled with flowers. Here is the amazing part all that folds flat and fits into an envelope to be mailed to your recipient! Honest to Pete! I be hornswoggled how she comes up with this wonderful stuff. Lets stop jawing and get to sharing the making of the Rustic Lanterns I created with this wonderful Kit.

 I cut the feminine lantern out of Mud Pie Bazzill Card stock. I had just purchased  Carta Bella Rustic Elegance from Snap Click Supply and I knew I wanted to use it on this lantern. I watched the tutorial about how to put it together then chose the papers I wanted to use and away I went. I printed the vellum using Stampin Up Cardstock weight vellum. I have had great experiences with the vellum and prefer it to regular weight vellum. Prints Awesome Y'all. Stay in the room with it as it can get a bit persnickety at the back end of printing. You just never know so I watch it.

I followed the tutorial showing how to put  it together which was great. She does a good job of showing how to glue it all together and Winnie is a great help too. If you have watched her videos Winnie is her kitty and makes quite a few appearances.

After I got it made I kept looking at the lantern and feeling like it needed a bit more of the Wood and flowers to tie it all together. I made the extra panels you see by using a rectangle shape and sizing it to just the inside of the score lines on the pieces. Then I printed another sheet of that beautiful paper and cut them out. I looked at it a bit more and still it needed something... then the flowers came to me. Those are paper flowers but I didn't make them. The are from Prima the Love Clippings collection. I glued those into place and the lantern was done. I should tell you I didn't purchase the light instead I used a tea light in both lanterns and it works great!

Now hold onto your sock y'all!!!
For this Lantern I used the Carta Bella Cowboy Country  Paper that Mary used. I printed my paper and vellum again. The card stock I used is Bazzill as well. I would tell you the name of it but there is no label on top and no sticker on the back. I can tell you it is a brick red color.

I made the extra panels and cut them. The fluted parts were squares as well, just play with the nodes a bit till you get the shape you want. Now you can do it that way or you can cut extra pieces and cut inside the lines with scissors. I prefer not to waste paper and I like learning this stuff so I play with nodes. I am also trying to learn the Eclips software.
I know y'all I got the top on crooked. That is what I get for late night gluing. I just wanted to finish it for y'all and get the photo taken. I inked the edges on both lanterns to hide the white core of the cardstock. Just a touch I always do.

The Lasso is really a lasso. I cut the twine I had and went on YouTube to learn how to tie a cowboy lasso. The horseshoe metal piece was one I bought at our local craft store in their jewelry making stuff. I had purchased it a year or more ago. I often do this when I find little things like this I think I might use that in the future.

Now I will admit I didn't have the star on the center cross yet but sometimes when your looking through the lens of your camera you see things you didn't see before. That was a cute little touch the cross band but mine needed something to tie the whole cowboy theme together enter the star.
I thought last night I might have gone a little wild with the wood paper but when I added the plain cross bar and the last few touches I just flipped over it. I was so excited I had to share the photo with Mary! She said "Whoaaaaa!!!!! Super Cool!!!!! and Holy Cow!!!!!. That was enough to let me know I had done her proud. Thankya Mam!

Those are my lanterns and I hope y'all enjoyed them. Thanks so much for stoppin and settin a spell. I'm just going mosey on outta here and say thanks again and Happy Craftin Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

Supplies
Bazzill: Brick Red, Mud Pie
American Craft Card Stock: Vanilla, To print the Cowboy Country paper on.
Carta Bella: Rustic Elegance, Cowboy Country from Snap Click Supply
Prima Flowers: Love Clippings Collection
Stampin Up: Card Stock Vellum
Twine
Rhinestone Star
Shoe horse Trinket
wire from stash
Tea light
Tonic Glue
Sizzix Eclips2

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Chocolate Bunny

Happy Sunday!!!
Everyone has a crafting style whether they know it or not and I certainly have mine. When the new bundle came out from Dreaming Tree I knew I had to put my own spin on that egg bunny. I did and I hope you like him. He is from the Easter Frolics SVG Bundle.

I started with his eyes, a simple change really. I ungrouped and released compound path, turned the eye up with the lashes on the top outer edge at an angle and choosing both the outer and inner eye clicked on it to make a compound path. Duplicate it and flip it horizontally.

The next alteration evolved his arms and hands. I added an extra node with a corner affect onto his inside wrist so he had more of a wrist to me.  I thickened his arm a bit then added an extra node to the back of the upper arm just under the shoulder. Look at your own upper arm and see that it dips in just a tad before it extends down to your elbow. This is why I added the node. To give it that tiny dip.

The hair on his little head was next. Just a tiny movement of a few nodes in a bit to give the hair a bit more movement so to speak. I duplicated it to put another piece to the top portion of his head as I don't do bows on the tops of boy heads. It wasn't going to be covered otherwise so he needed another hair piece. This time I made the peaks of the waves much less. Adding dark brown pen for lines of hair as well to this piece.

His nose was a tiny bit triangular for my liking, so I deleted a few nodes on the lower sides of either of his mouth line and it softened the nose to more of an oval.

For his teeth I made to rectangles and overlapped them at the top the welded them together. I got teased a lot when I was a kid because I had two big front teeth. Well I grew into them but a bunny just needs the teeth to me. I clicked on the bottom node on one side and made the bottom line a rounded line. Do the same at the top but this time use the control bars on the nodes to make it a inside curve. Save it duplicate it and weld one over the tongue just under the smile. Cut the top teeth out of white and glue over the top of the black teeth. I used a C3 Copic Marker to shade the inside of the teeth a bit.

The last thing I altered was making a small oval for the tummy  to go under the carrot. I know that the brown was supposed to be his tummy but I needed to go Whimsical all the way. I can't do it half way I wasn't taught that way. "If Your going to do something, Do it Right" (Mom Quote).

I printed my dot paper using Echo Park Dots and Stripes Winter. I liked the brighter blue. Easter always has brightly colored eggs and my egg couldn't be any different not if it belongs to me LOL.
I cut my base of my egg bunny making him a chocolate bunny which my grandson and I share a smile over. He used to call chocolate milk  Chocolate Bunny. A thing that eluded me till I looked at the Quick Bunny on the package, He was indeed a chocolate bunny. Wise grandson I  would say.
I used Cinnamon Bazzill Card stock for my bunny but without the Quilted embossing folder he just looked to plain. I added brown "stitching" to the edges of my bunny using a Stampin up Chocolate Chip Pen. I used Mocha Divine Bazzill Card Stock for the base. I really didn't make this up or plan on these names of the products being like this but it is funny eh?

I embossed the tail as well as doing stitching around the edges. To make the tail the way I did I centered each scalloped piece in the center of my virtual mat and cut the scalloped piece in half using the knife tool. Using a rectangle the same length of my cut I welded the rectangle onto the edge of the scallop. Click on the nodes and move the two end pieces to angle as you have seen these tabs many times when you glued 3d pieces. Draw a score line and center it to the edges of your cut scallop. You will put this flap through the slit you will make in the large tail piece. Repeat this process for the small one and make a duplicate of each. Cut slits in the large piece with the larger half scallops in the center. Glue your tail onto your egg back or use 3d zots. I used the Zots.

I adhered the butterfly to the side of the egg by his hear as if he were whispering into the bunny's ear. I decided today that I would add the white dots for the eyes using Ranger White enamel and Black Enamel for the freckles. There was a slight mishap and I dragged my pinky nail into the wet black freckle so he got side pieces to his mouth and a few more freckles than I intended. Oh well, roll with it right? Anyhoo that is my take on the egg bunny and I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to leave me a message if I confused any of you with my instructions. Thanks for stopping by on this cool but sunny Palm Sunday. Many Blessings and Happy Craftin' Yall! Blessings, Sharalyn

Supplies
Bazzill Card Stock: Mocha Divine, Cinnamon, Black Bird
American Craft Card Stock: White, Apricot
Doodle Bug: Orange Print
Echo Park: Dots and Strips Winter Collection: Artic,
Stampin UP: Light Pink Print
Ranger: Enamel Accents: Black, White
Pearlescent Chalk for the cheeks
Copic Marker C3
Orange Gingham Ribbon from Stash
3d Zots
Tonic Funky Glue
Silhouette Cameo                                                      




Ignore the green cast on the one side of the bunny photos, Opie the 16 lb Maine Coon decided he needed to blog the light.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Spring Is in the Air

Morning all,
Spring is late this year so any way to bring spring into your home is a welcome sight. I shouldn't complain as I am not in feet of snow or slush or anything of the like. I am just ready for shorts, bare feet and warm weather. I love when the cactus is in bloom and gives us such a wonderful array of color. To fill some of this need of which we are lacking, I made the Apple Blossom Lantern from the Spring Has Sprung SVG Bundle. The paper is a favorite of mine and one I know I will use a lot in the future. It is Called Spring Market by Carta Bella. I printed my paper but this paper might have to be purchased in large quantities and kept hidden from hubs in safe place. I love this collection that much. Kuddos to you Carta Bella this rivals another favorite of my by Graphic 45. Lets get to the lantern though.

I didn't do anything special to this amazing file except my choice of paper. I buy from Snap Click Supply online and print my paper. I chose two papers, one with the flowers the other with the white wood look for spring. I chose two more for the vellum.  In the past I have used pigment ink and a sponge to make colored vellum. It is messy but works quite well. I asked in the eclips group if anyone had printed on vellum as yet. Cheryl Hoogenstyn Becker said she had tried and that you couldn't use a laser printer that it melted and wanted me to ask her how she knew. Um, no thanks Cheryl, I really could imagine what had happened and I was really sorry for her loss.
Since the CSI system I purchased was pigment ink I was pretty confident that my Stampin Up Card Stock Vellum could go through the printer and do quite well. It did but I did have to keep an eye on it as it ended up with some ink catches on the bottom of the paper. I set both sheets aside I had printed from the Spring Market collection to dry while I cut the rest of my lantern peices. The pink is a lattice look paper I printed onto the vellum, they were both heat set with my heat tool on low.

The leaves were cut using Bazzill Rainforest, blossoms Pinkini and Pollen for the stems. Ink the leaves using Tim Holtz Distress Ink forest moss and festive berries for the flowers . I used a sponge dauber and softened the edges doing small circles to the inside of the flower as well.  I drew lines onto the petals with a really red Stampin up Marker. Using a Crushed Curry marker from Stampin up I made small dots for the pollen and tipped the very edge with the crushed curry.

I had cut the framing bars at the top of the lantern using white but it just didn't look right so I printed another wood look paper from this collection and recut the framing bars. I also inked the edges of the bars with a copic C3 marker.

The top piece took me a hour to figure out what I wanted. I wanted one of those beautiful knobs Tim Holtz sells but I didn't have any and knew I wanted to get this up for y'all. Digging through my stash I found a decorative brad plate and a small flat bead and the crystal look button. I used Ranger Glossy accents to glue them together and left it alone for an hour to dry. The brad plate came from some of the things I was gifted with from Close To My Heart. I did order some of those beautiful knobs and some hinges as well. I have my eye on a few more pieces from Tim Holtz I just know will come in handy some day and having it on hand to use is better than trying to figure out what do I do now????
The enamel dots are from My Minds Eye, Lost and Found Record it Collection. I bought about 4 or 5 packages of those as I knew they would be something I would use again and again.

The White Card Stock I used for the base of the Lantern was My Mind's Eye, My Colors. That was the first time I used this cardstock and I really liked it. It is a smooth cardstock and I think It would print very well if my printer could accept it. I tried but it is a thick cardstock and it did not like it. I found it cut very well with the eclips and was wonderful to work with. I will purchase more of this cardstock in different colors to use as bases, or card bases. Both will be great.

That is all I did to make this lantern as I said the paper was the star in this case.  I followed Leo Kowal's video Tutorial when putting it together. He cracks me up with some of his comments. One was " and I have pearls all over me" lol You aren't alone in this Leo Dear.
Thank you so much for all your kind remarks on Dreaming Trees Facebook page. Honestly the design is wonderful and picking your papers can make something really pop! Check out Carta Bella's Spring Market and I think you will love it too. Leave some for me to buy y'all.
Thanks Again for stopping by and visiting my blog and  Happy Craftin' Y'all!!!
Blessings, Sharalyn

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Making Time for the Important People in our Lives

Hey Y'all,
I know y'all have people in your life that are just special and my church family are special. Our pastor is one of those people that we feel especially close to. He tells the same corny jokes that my hubs does and makes me laugh. I like that. I know because he told me he likes cards and with  his birthday approaching soon I knew I wanted to make a special card for him. Unfortunately it took me a lot longer than I had planned as I designed the card completely myself. Though this was not in my plan I am pleased with the outcome.  I will add a photo of the card I designed at the bottom of this post but lets get to the clock.

This is where Making Time SVG Bundle comes in from Dreaming Tree. In this amazing bundle are three clocks. Versatility does not describe this bundle! I have seen many amazing versions of this clock but the one that fit perfectly for my pastor was the design Bobby Fort came up with. It is with great honor I present to you my version of the Tick Tock Clock with honor to Bobby Fort for his amazing design. I added a few changes such as the gold frame to tie in the hands and handle. 
 I am making another version of this clock with a few changes to the one I made here. 
 I had white foam core board but I found out later it also comes in black. This works well when you do the cut out for the window. I used a black marker around the edges of the foam core otherwise to make them less noticeable from the outside. Also using a brown marker on the gears to hide the white core of the metallic paper. Little touches like this go unnoticed to most people but it adds a finished look to me and is the reason I do these things.

Start with the foam core board by making a rectangle  on your template. I tried to do this in ecal which I am still new to and forgot to save the size of the rectangle. As a result I do not have the size I used. I also couldn't figure out how to do things quickly in ecal so I resorted to using silhouette Business addition of which I can save as a SVG.  I can tell you it was about 3 inches wide and about an 1 1/2 high. Make about 3 duplicates or copies of this rectangle . One is to use in your foam core template, one to use in your base and one to make your frame. 
Using one of the rectangles for your template ungroup and release compound path. Holding the shift key select your rectangle, the hole for the clock work and the template then modify and subtract.  Find the clock front base and panel and do the same making sure your openings line up. Don't forget to regroup your score lines to you base. 

Using the offset key I made a frame wider than the one Bobby Fort had done. This was a preference of mine but you do not need to make it as wide if you don't like the look. Set this aside to cut out later.   I had only been able to find a brass, or gold looking handle and although I had a black handled clock work I felt the gold looked much more elegant. I used the gold for my frame to tie in all the metals. While looking for the handle at Michaels I found the small gears over in the Tim Holtz section and really liked the size so they were added to the top left of the clock. I adhered them using Tonic Funky Glue. This was the first time I tried this glue purchased from Scrapbook.com. It was on sale and the tip was similar to the old bottles of Scotch tacky glue. The Funky Glue by Tonic is on sale being the same size as Scotch at the price of 2.30 ea. I was very surprised when the gears stuck to the paper. I usually have to use glossy accents or something of that nature. It is my opinion that this glue is just as good as Scotch. 

To keep dust and the paper gears from getting destroyed I made a "window" using overhead projector transparency. Cut a rectangle slightly larger than your "window".  I purchased my box of overhead transparency many years ago from Staples. It was a bit costly initially but I have used it many times over and I'm not in danger of running out any time soon.  Glue the transparency to the inside of you base before you put the foam core on. DO NOT PUT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR CLOCK ON YET. 

 I cut extra gears next in various sizes to use for the inside. I did not have the sizes for this either as Bobby Forts Blog Post was not up yet.  Edge the gears with a brown marker or ink pad to hide the white core of the metallic paper.  Begin adhering the gears to themselves using 3d foam squares or circles offsetting some as you would see in a clock. In some cases I used several foam squares onto each other to add depth. Try them against your window every now and again to make sure your achieving the look you want. I added brads cutting the ends off with wire cutters and adhering them to the center with glue dots.  When you have to look you want secure the gears to the inside wall of your clock. This is where I think I can improve this by attaching a small box to the inside of the clock. That way the whole gear system is contained and you don't need to be concerned about the white foam core edges showing on the inside. I have another idea about how to attach the gears inside the box as well.  Stay tuned, if it works I will write it all up when I reveal my other clock. 

The handle was attached through two cardstock pieces adhered to themselves then glued to the top of the clock.  It would have been better if I had remembered to make holes in the top and secured it through the top of the clock before I finished it. My thought was to strengthen the top with extra foam core or cardstock.  It all worked out. ;) 

Follow Leo's amazing video tutorial on how to assemble this clock and your done. You have a clock that will be a show stopper. Everyone that has seen these clocks I made all said the same thing. "It's a working clock too!"

I made another clock for my best friend for her birthday using the dogwood clock style included in the bundle.  The paper I used was Graphic 45 Botanical Garden. I showed this beautiful paper to my bestie when I purchased it and she admired it greatly. It said something on the paper that I just felt described our friendship. It says "A Cup of Tea warms the soul like a good friend". My Bestie is never afraid to speak the truth to me always in love and I value her friendship. I didn't do anything special for this clock but did use the preview feature when I cut the paper for the center. A feature sorely missing I feel on other machines. I was able to capture the saying without mishap which in the past was very likely.  
Well those are my clocks and I am pleased to report that both clocks and cards I made were well received. Thank you for being patient and waiting for this write up. I had a full week and was still tired from last week on Monday this week! I know y'all have had weeks like that as well. Pastor Tom's card took extra time and while a gave him the clock I told him I still had a card coming for him. He said oh? My reply was I am picky to which I was rewarded with a smile. I also attended a small beautiful wedding this weekend and I will enclose a photo of it as well. The kit I used is Orchid Events SVG Bundle
Here is Pastor Tom's Birthday Card.
I need to do some tweaking to the design still but would like an opinion. Would you want to purchase this card design for a small fee? The money would help supply my paper habit and bring you great designs. Leave a comment below and let me know if your interested in purchasing this box card design. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog and Happy Craftin' Y'all!!!!    Blessings, Sharalyn

Supplies for Tick Tock Clock

Graphic 45: Steampunk Spells
Bazzill Cardstock: Blackbird
Recollections Foil Paper: Copper and Gold
Recollections Copper Brads Medium
Tim Holtz: Handles and Gears
Brown Marker
Transparency: Staples
Glue dots and 3d foam squares
Tonic: Funky Glue
Sizzix Eclips Cutting Machine: SVG Tools