Thursday, November 16, 2017

Christmas for Jacob

Christmas, for me at least, is about giving. I prefer to watch my children open their gifts or get excited about picking something out for someone else. So when I came across this story of little Jacob, I had to do something. See Jacob is a sick little guy. His family has put out a request for Christmas cards for him early as he may not have that much time left. To read his story, just click here. I will post his address below if you would like to send him a card as well.

To start with, I noticed the photo of Jacob has three penguins in it so I assume he likes penguins. I took a Lori Whitlock card from the Silhouette Store and decided to make a Christmas Train card. 

Since I saw the penguins in Jacob's arms, I decided that I wanted to add to the train on this card. But no matter how I played around with the animals and Santa, it just wasn't going to work with this train. The elements were all too small. So I grabbed the Santa Express Train set by Stinkin Cute Paper Piecings from the Silhouette store and switched the train out. 

I added the last cart by taking this and that from the Santa Express set, cause every Christmas has to have a tree! 

Once I had my final plans laid out, I got to cutting and detailing. Great news, my Craftwell eBrush is up and in working order finally!!! Props to the husband for surprising me with the new trigger piece to get it working again! 
The eBrush is great for adding soft highlights or heavy detail.
For the snow hills, I wanted to give it a gray detail to match the snowflake ridden sky on this card.
Next I grabbed my polka dot Darice embossing folder and ran each piece through the Sizzix Big Shot.
I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of the snow filled hills and matching sky. Once this was done, the card rolled out into what it became.
Finalized card: 

If you would like to participate in sending Jacob a card, here is his address at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.
Jacob Thompson 
c/o The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital
22 Bramhall St
Portland, Maine 04102

Materials Used: 

DCWVinc. Hand Painted Christmas stack
CutCardstock Basis red and green card stock, Solar White, Pow Glitter black paper, Mirri Sparkle silver glitter, metallic gold
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studios~Designers Edition
Elements Brads
Craftwell eBrush
Gray and Green Sharpie markers
Sizzix Big Shot
Darice embossing folder
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Really the only part of winter I look forward to is when I get to pull my snow globes out! In honor of them, I decided to make this snow globe from the JGW Snow Flurries set with a little extra kick to it at the end.
JGW Snow flurries
When I saw the globe, I knew right away that I wanted to do the snowman in vellum. However, vellum can be a little tender to work with if glue is involved. To prevent the vellum from shriveling up, I wanted to use my tape gun to adhere the hands. But then, *light bulb*, hello I have the Xyron Sticker Maker! I use this little handy dandy object for small projects just like this. 

 I ran the arms through the sticker maker
Before peeling off the top layer, I rubbed around each element with a sharp end of a pencil to eliminate any extra tape.
 The final project came out well with some added snowflake embellishments.

The bottom of the globe is a box to add any extra goodies to. However, I wanted to add a different kind of goody to it.
On my Christmas globes, many of them have lights and blowers in them. To replicate that, I added a hole to the top plate of the box.
 Then I added a little tea light.

Materials Used: 

DCWV Cranberry Christmas stack
SVG Attic JGW Snow Flurries file
Xyron Create a sticker Model 150
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studio~Designers Edition
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Craftwell eBrush

Monday, October 23, 2017

Ghostly Pumpkin

Simply Crafty SVGs is having an October challenge. Use one of their files, enter it, and possibly win something! So I got to looking at their files and I fell in love with their Ghostly Pumpkin file.
I made a few modifications to my file and I will share them with you here! First, I knew that I was going to use a tealight fake candle on the inside. 

I added a circle to accommodate the tealight to the middle of the base. ***Sugar tip*** I forgot (amateurish mistake) to add it to the base cover as well which was no big deal that's what xactos are for, but be a better crafter than me and add it to the base cover plate as well! 
Next I knew that I wanted my pumpkin to adhere to the base to cut down on any light peaking through the bottom. Personal preference. So I added some tabs to the bottom of the base pumpkin sides.
To accomplish this, simply make a rectangle on the bottom, weld, and add a folding line to each added piece.
Next I knew that I was going to use vellum for the windows and doors. So I made templates for those window coverings by simple using the offset tool at 0.200 after extracting the windows from the pumpkin panel (make a copy of the pumpkin panels, highlight, right click, select release compound path. Keep the windows/door and discard the rest)
 You can see below that the vellum will cover the door/windows just right
After cutting out my files, I highlighted or made them more rustic with ink and a paint brush.
Normally I would use my eBrush, but sadly it is still out of commission so I went back to the old style.
The best part about doing a haunted anything for Halloween and dry brushing ink, it can be super sloppy and still looks like you meant it to be that way!

 I used some Tim Holtz brown distress ink for the pumpkin panels.

 Then I grabbed my Sizzix Bigshot and a 'We R Memories' embossing folder to add texture to the panels.
 I also inked and embossed the decorative base panels

 Then I got to assembling!
 Final Product:
 The rustic look of the ink helps "age" things along
 I added some leaves and curly cues to the top
 I decided to cut the ghosts out in vellum as well instead of white cardstock
One thing I loved about this file is that every side has some sort of detail. The details is not all exclusive to the front.

 Turn the lights off...

Materials Used: 

Simply Crafty SVGs 'Ghostly Pumpkin' file
Coordinations and Bazzil papers
Sizzix Bigshot
Darice embossing folder (base decorative panels)
We R Memories embossing folder (pumpkin panels)
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studio~Designers Edition
Tim Holtz Brown Ink
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue

Friday, October 20, 2017

Birthday Bowling Invitations

Phew am I one happy crafter that we limited the amount of kiddos my son could invite to his birthday party!

He's been asking for a few months to have his party at the bowling alley. Which if I am being honest is a step up from chaotic Chuck E Cheese! Unfortunately being a November baby, there's limited options for fun around here for a birthday so here we are doing bowling again!

However, I decided to have some fun with his invites. I wanted to do a slider card that looked like a bowling lane. So I got to work...

To start with, I grabbed a simple bowling file from Silhouette's Design Store
Then I created the card base from a 10 x 7 rectangle. Added in a few slices here and there with some places to fold and create the pull tab.
Then I was able to assemble and boy am I glad what I had in my head actually worked the first time!
When the pull tab is pulled, it brings the pins up to the back of the lane to reveal the inside. 
 I decided to emboss the lane enclosure for a little bit of extra texture with my Sizzix Bigshot and Darice swirly embossing folder.
For the inside information, I used the print and cut feature on my Cameo 3. 
He happily took the invites to school today to hand them out!