Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tootsie Pop Holders

Dreaming Tree put out a challenge to make this sucker holder from their free 'Tootsie Pop Holder' file. And I just so happen to like a challenge! 

After I made my first one though, I couldn't stop. I had three stacks that are fitting for Valentine's Day and I couldn't decided which one I liked the most. So I made one for each stack! 

In addition to the arrows, I lined each box on the inside for extra color. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

You've Got Mail

Hello all! I have had the pleasure of designing for the Cutting Cafe for the past 3 months. Today is my last post as I have all of a sudden filled up with orders and other obligations.

Since Valentines is coming fast, I decided to make this wonderful mail box for my child's desk to catch any little envelopes and treats.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

2016 Favorite Project Round-up

Can you believe another year has flown by already? Where has life gone?! For me, it seems to have gone to crafting. With no complaints from me of course, I crave crafting, I need crafting, if I go a day without crafting I start getting antsy. No worries though, I do not have a problem, well maybe...

I have rounded up my top five favorite projects that I did for 2016. Since crafting is an everyday event for me, I had to think long and hard about which five projects were my favorite. Lets get started...

#5 We Decided on Forever

The Live, Love, Laugh wine bottle set from this post is my favorite part of this whole set. The way they illuminate the vinyl off of the painted bottles makes for a nice serene night light.

#4 Cottages

The fourth favorite project was done in three different posts. I did a haunted Halloween cottage, a fall cottage, and a winter cottage. I loved the different results of all three. However, my eye is drawn more to the soft colors of the winter cottage.

#3 Etching Therapy

This was a fun project. It brought me back to high school days and etching mirrors in art class. These two extra large mugs were a joy to etch.

#2 The Game of Life

This card was so fun because it was a challenge. A lot of hours of planning and executing went into this one. I was able to use the print and cut feature as well as the Silhouette Pens for the little signs to capture 40 years shared between a husband and wife.

I have to say my favorite project of 2016 was this Memorial Day tribute. This project was a small thanks to all those men and women who have fought, are fighting, and will continue fighting for our freedom.

Runner Ups: 

It was actually fun to look back and pick out a few favorite projects. It allows a crafter to see where his/hers strengths lie and where he/she can improve! For a list of materials on each project, just click the link (title) and you can see each post with more photos. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Thank you Snow much

I needed to make some thank you cards for grandparents and great uncles/aunts for my children. They needed to make sure that they thanked their family for the great Christmas they had.

I wanted to do something in a snowflake theme since we are under a blanket of snow. What better way to do this than to convert one of Birds Cards files into a snowflake card?!
 Who says snowflakes have to be white or blue?! I went a more antiqued look using DCWV's 'Scripts and Music Notes' stack.
 I wanted to break it up with the five so that they were not all the same color.
Materials Used:
Birds Cards 'White Christmas' set

DCWV 'Scripts and Music Notes' stack
Image result for DCWV 'Scripts and Music Notes' stack
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Teresa Collins Mega Runner
Recollections Brads

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

You make life FUN!

There's something so fun and innocent in making a snow angel! When I saw this Scrappy Dew file, I knew I had to make it! I am happy to announce that I am part of the Scrappy Dew design team and this is my first project for them! 
But I didn't want it to just be a little girl on a card. The fun in snow angels is making one so I had to make sure her arms and legs move. 
The shadow portion behind her in the snow is easily done with a gel pen and the Silhouette pen adapter.
I wanted to give her more dimension so I used some foam tape to pop up portions of her outfit.

Materials Used: 
Scrappy Dew 'Snow Angel' file
Snow Angel Boy and Girl

Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Teresa Collins Mega Runner
Recollection paper 

Winter fun Part I

If it's not in the single digits, it's snowing here. I'm not sure which one I would pick over the other! Probably the snow because that means the temperatures are higher!

Today I am a guest designer for Die Cuttin' Divas. And what better way to die cut, than to make some large silver and blue snowflakes!

I decided to make three sizes since no snowflake is ever the same size. 
A little secret...these snowflakes are the first part to my winter fun spread. The second portion of this project will be displayed on January 25th, 2017.
Materials Used: 
SVG Attic 'Snow Flurries' 
JGW Snow flurries
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studio Designer Edition 
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Recollection paper: Blue, Light Blue, Silver, and shimmer gray

Monday, January 16, 2017

Magical Birthday Wishes

Today I am a guest deisnger for Craftwell, who make the most magical little machine. Only fitting to make a magical card for this spot!

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