Monday, January 16, 2017

Magical Birthday Wishes

Every year, I make a special Mickey or Minnie card for a relatives birthday. She collects Mickey everything. When I say collect, I mean they have houses full of Mickey collectibles! One of my childhood memories is touring the houses and being in awe.

This year is a little bit more special to get her out a card as some recent health concerns have come alight.

Which brought me to the inspiration to do a sunburst as the card base. I wanted it to be multi colored though, but smooth and no seems. Out my Craftwell eBrush came.
 After selecting my paper pallet, I was able to select my eBrush pallet as well.
To create the sunburst, I cut the pattern I wanted out on contact paper to make a template. I used contact paper for two reasons.

  1. It provides a more secure coverage and cleaner lines than just using a paper template or often even a plastic template
  2. It peels off of the paper smoothly and leaves no tack or torn paper

This is what it looks like before peeling off the  contact paper
The fun part is getting to airbrush any pattern onto my project. Since this is a starburst, I decided to go with the dark color in the middle and work my way out.

The final product is just what I wanted so I didn't have to redo it!

Now on to my favorite reason to have an eBrush. Detailing. You can take an ordinary cut of paper and amp it up with highlights, low-lights, or just a dab of extra va-va-voom. 
Take Mickey's pants for instance. Above is the before eBrush and below is the after eBrush. It looks like a mess at first, but take away the extra paper and it leaves a nice highlight around the edges.
Shoes, pants, face, eyes, really any object can be enhanced with this magical little machine!  
I also use my eBrush to dust off the final product to get rid of any extra little fuzzies, glitter, or particles that I don't want on my project. Just leave the marker out and blow away. 
Once the pieces are all airbrushed and ready for assembly, the final product pops on the page.
 This card is an easel card just for a little extra fun. 
 The balloons float off the page on purpose. The eBrush actually makes this project pop and look as if it was a printed object. Other than the sentiments, everything is hand pieced though!

A few pop up tabs under the inside sentiment helps keep the easel portion in place.
Materials Used:
  • Red 
  • Yellow
  • Black
  • White
  • Tan
Craftwell eBrush
Sharpie Markers
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Teresa Collins Mega Runner

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A New Year and lots of snow

On New Years Eve, my husband and I were sitting in the dark, on the couch watching it snow. We have a lamp post in our front yard and watching the snow fall down onto it gave me the inspiration to do this project.

Now our post in our front yard is no where near this fancy, but this was a fun project to do.
Here in the Inland Northwest, we are under a massive blanket of snow! It just keeps coming and coming! So I had to add some faux snow to my lamp.

On the base I added some strips to make it more 3D as well as embossed the pieces. It's hard to see in the photos though. 

 And my favorite part, pop a tea light candle in the top, turn off the shadow box lights and watch it come to life!
 I almost didn't make it to the photo stage of this project. My 4-year-old really wanted that tea light candle and got up on my desk and grabbed out of the lamp. I found the lamp over here, the lid over there, and the light shining bright. Luckily I was able to fix any damage quickly!

Materials Used: 
SVG Winter Wishes
SVG Winter Wishes
Black paper
Silhouette Cameo 3
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
DecoArt Glittering Snow-Tex
Teresa Collins Mega Runner

Thursday, January 5, 2017

There's Nothing Better...

...than a True Friend! A true friend is hard to find, but once you get that true friend hold on to them and remind them that you cherish their friendship. What better way to do that than a simple card?!

Using The Cutting Cafe's Everyday Greetings Set 2 (printable stamps) collection, I found the perfect sentiment for this card!

 For a simple card, one way to bring a bit of zing is to use an embossing sleeve.
 As well as twice and a flower. This simple card went to the next level!
 One of the reasons why I love a digital stamp, is because I can adjust the size of it to fit my project rather than design a project around the size of the stamp!
Materials Used:
Silhouette Cameo 3
Teresa Collins Mega Runner
The Cutting Cafe Everyday Greetings set 2
Recollections brown shimmer paper

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

...And to all a good night

Hello all! Today I bring you a tutorial and an awesome little gift box using Rinea Foil. When I think Christmas, I think beautiful trees, lights, and gifts for others. I decided to combine that together with a little surprise inside of the gift box!

For a tutorial on this little project, please stop by the Rinea Blog

  The sleigh is 3D with the same SC emblem on each side. 
 The face snow just gives a little realness to what I imagine Santa's sleigh looks like at the end of his trip! 

Materials Used: 
Rinea Copper, Light Green, Dark Green, and Red foil
Silhouette Cameo (files from Silhouette store)
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Teresa Collins Mega Runner tape
Deco Art Glistening Snow-Tex glittering snow

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A New Year....already!

Raise of hands, how many of you cannot believe it's another new year already?! Christmas has crept right up and I feel completely unprepared for what 2017 will bring us!

Today I bring you a New Years shaker card. I used The Cutting Cafe's 'Holiday Big Words Printable Stamps' file for the New Years wording on my card.

There's something about adding text to a project that adds more layers and I just love it!

Materials Used: 
DCWV Elegant Holiday stack
Image result for DCWV Elegant Holiday stack
The Cutting Cafe Large Holiday Stamps
Art-C Bottle fillers for beads and stars
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Silhouette Cameo
Teresa Collins Mega Runner

Monday, December 19, 2016

Cowboy Christmas Card

For this card, I was told the recipients raise horses, therefore the customer wanted a western type card. I suggested a horse drawn carriage and the customer said that would be perfect cause the recipients do sleigh rides for people during the winter. 

I couldn't just put a horse drawn carriage on a card and not have something move on it. Before I knew it, I combined several types of cards into one. 

 At first sight, it looks like a normal shadowbox card. Sugar Tip: To make the snowy night sky, I watered down some of my Aleene's original tacky glue, took a fan brush and flicked the watered down glue onto the blue background. Then I sprinkled it with some glitter and let it dry. 
 Open it up and pop it up, turns it into an easel card
 Pull on the tab and it turns it into a movement card
The moon is a vellum so in the right light, it lights up as well! 
Materials used:
Silhouette Cameo
Recollections brown shimmer paper
Aleene's original tacky glue