Friday, May 10, 2019

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher Appreciation week. I got a late start on it though because I was busy with my Honey Bear project. So on Tuesday I asked the children what they wanted to do. They each wanted cards for their teachers, but that quickly turned into another, and another, and another. Before I knew it, I made 13 cards in 3 days.

Which I thought was awesome that they wanted something for the librarian, gym teacher, music teacher, and others. How often are those teachers recognized? If I had more time I would've done everyone from custodian, meal prep, secretaries, etc. simply because it takes a village right!

I'll list the cards from what I started with to finish so you can see me slowly losing energy in doing this ;)

Cards #1-6: Make the world Spin

For these 5" x 7" cards, I started out with some Bazzill Basic Papers cardstock (names will be listed below) as well as the newest Country Manor DCWV stack. I designed the cardbase from scratch so there's no file for that.
I had to cut double the worlds because I wanted them to spin. Using some green ClearSnap ColorBox ink and a dry brush, I ran some color around the edges.
I love doing this because you can get as messy as you want and the outcome still looks great!
 I edged the blue with some Memento Bahama Blue next.
I ran each piece through the Xyron Creative Station® because I wanted a strong adhesive on the backing as well as no warping from glue.

Next I popped some fishing wire on the back of each world after adding a simple heart embellishment.
 Then I ran the 'you' labels through my Xyron Creative Station Lite®.
 Using Swingline staples, I added a staple just because.
Final Project:

Card # 7 and #8: Where there's music...

Music, I have it on ALL the time. My husband named our daughter Learic. She would always dance in my tummy and now the girl sings and dances and always has to have music on as well. 

For these cards, I grabbed some white cardstock and black pearl cardstock. The patterned paper is from DCWV's Scripts and Music Notes stack.  
I didn't want to risk any warping with glue so I ran the pieces for card #7 through the Xyron Creative Station® . The frames and card is smaller and more delicate at 4.5" x 4.5".
One of the pieces is a vellum and came out beautifully with the adhesive to the entire back. Which if you have worked with vellum, you know that adhering it can be fickle.
I cut the pieces for card #8 with #7. I grabbed my Teresa Collins Mega Runner by Xyron® to adhere the black keys to the white.
By the time I got to assemble card #8, I just decided to run the pieces through my Xyron Creative Station Lite® because they fit perfectly! 
The music notes do not come with this file. I had to create them using the 'Internal Offset' option. Then I sliced it to my liking with the slicing tool. Add some music notes, weld it all together, and this is the final result before I added rolled rosessettes!
Final Project: 

Card #9 Unicorn Poop "Sorry" card

So this was an impromptu card. One of my children took a dare at school that landed them in the hot seat. It was a minor incident, but could've had a larger outcome so I felt it appropriate for that child to give a card to the reprimender. 

I wanted the 'sorry' to stand out and none of my stamps were large enough. I was already planning on embossing the sentiment, so I just grabbed my Silhouette pen holder, a regular pen, my 'Emboss It Pen' by Ranger Ink and filled the sentiment in by hand. 
 Next, using some Recollections 'Opaque Sparkle', I poured it on generously.

 And well of course I used my Xyron Creative Station Lite® for adhesive!
I like to assemble on the paper after I run it through either of my machines.

Final Project: 

Back on track. 

Cards #10 and #11

By this point in time, I am pretty sure I was delirious and not sure what was happening in my world. So I went simple.

After cutting all my pieces out in Bazzill cardstock (blue and yellow are school colors), I ran them through Xyron Creative Station®
Some might want to know the difference between this machine and the Xyron Creative Station Lite®. It's just a size thing. The Xyron Creative Station Lite® is a 5" machine and the Xyron Creative Station® is a 9" machine.
This by far is not the longest ribbon I've gotten, but I'll tell you what I LOVE my stations (incase you didn't notice), because they save me so much time. I just cut my pieces, run them through the machine, run a small tipped item around the edges, peel off the top layer of film and assemble away!
Final Projects:

Cards #12 and #13

If I'm not crafting and listening to music, you will find me reading with music. So when the children asked for cards for the librarian, I was all about it!

For card #12 I saw a library board or something that was decorated like this and I thought hmm I could make that into a card. For the pages of the book, I grabbed some Tuxedo Black Memento Luxe ink and Stampendous's 'Dream Text' stamp.
Next I dry brushed some clouds into the sky with some Memento 'Bahama Blue' and 'Paris Dusk'.
I was able to use the Teresa Collins Mega Runner by Xyron®  for adhering my pieces.
And for card #13 I simply ran the pieces through the Xyron Creative Station®, adhered the pieces to the card base and I was DONE!

Final Projects: 

I decided to add in a 'library book card' as a way to get the message to the recipient. I was pretty happy with the outcome as well!

Materials Used: 

Cards #1-6

  • Paper
    • DCWV inc.
      • Country Manor
    • Bazzill Basics Paper cardstock
      • Caramel Apple
      • Easter Grass
      • Whirlypop
      • Caribbean Breeze
  • Die Cut Machine
    • Silhouette Cameo 3
    • Silhouette Studio-Designer Edition
    • Silhouette Design Store

Cards #7-8

Cards #9

Cards #10-11

Cards #12-13

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Honey Bear

Hello all. I've taken a little break from blogging for awhile now. I've been posting my smaller projects on my Facebook Fanpage or Instagram instead. However, this project just deserves its own blog post!

I took two new SnapDragon Snippet files from the Silhouette Store (Beehive 3D  and Honey Bee)  and combined them with a few older SnapDragon files (Nativity 3D Stand and Teddy Bear) as well as the 3D Gaillardia and Grass files all found in the Silhouette Store.

To begin with, I cut all of my beehive pieces (I reduced the original size of this file as well) out with my Silhouette Cameo 3 using Bazzill Basic Paper's 'Bling' cardstock. It has a nice shimmer to it to give the hive a little bling!
I couldn't decide if I wanted to emboss the hive or not knowing that the lines wouldn't add up, however I bit the bullet, grabbed my Sizzix Big Shot and embossed away with a Darice hive folder.
I added a bit of dry brush to the hive before assembly with some Tim Holtz Walnut Stain distress ink.
Next I decided my hive needed a stand. I embossed it with a wood grain, although in the end not much can be seen!
At this point, I knew I wanted to add grass and flowers.
When deciding on the flower, I knew I wanted to do one of my favorites the Gaillardia. So I cut a few sizes out on some 'Sour Lemon' and 'Cherry Splash' cardstock. For the red center, I dry brushed the same Tim Holtz ink and for the yellow center I used some Teresa Collins Fiesty Red ink from ColorBox.
Next I cut the grasses out of 'Easter Grass' and 'Juicy Pear' cardstock. I highlighted them a bit with ColorBox's Green pigment ink. The flower stems and leaves are cut out of 'Caramel Apple' cardstock.
After applying a ribbon of adhesive from Teresa Collins Mega Runner by Xyron®, I applied the grass to the base of the stand.
At this point I considered myself done. But no, no my husband challenged me to add a bear. So I took SnapDragon's Teddy Bear file and downsized it about 75% of the original file. So small in fact, that I was able to cut all the main pieces out of 1 sheet of 12 x 12 'Milkshake' cardstock. The smaller details were cut out of 'Butter Mint' and 'Peanut Fudge' cardstock.
Although this was a challenge, I was able to win the challenge! My bear sits about 4" tall now.
After applying the bear, I felt he was just kinda hanging out there so I made some simple logs to put under his foot. I detailed the logs with ColorBox white and black ink.

 Finished Project: 

The lid comes off of the beehive to reveal a little compartment.

 Below: Left side
 Below: Back

Below: Right Side

Materials Used: 

FTC disclaimer: I received some of these products for free but was not compensated for writing this post. To view my complete disclaimer, click here.