Thursday, December 13, 2018

Christmas Truck

Hello all. Here's my latest project. I have been anxious to make this new 3D Classic Model Truck file by SVG Attic. I just needed the time to make it. Well this is probably a first in the history of me being on the SVG Attic Inspiration Team for years, where I had to ask for an extension because I needed more time and didn't want to rush this.

Note, there are additions I made to this file that ARE NOT included in this file. They are personal additions so please don't expect to find it when you purchase said file!

After I cut out all my main pieces in Bazzill Cardstock's 'Robin Egg', I aged it with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink as well as some Teresa Collins Fiesty Red Pigment Ink.
 I decided my truck needed a seat. This is one of those additions that does not come with this file.
Even though I used a heavier cardstock, I still like to use my Teresa Collins Mega Runner by Xyron® to adhere the pieces to prevent warping.
For the smaller pieces, I used my 1.5" Sticker Maker from Xyron. 
The wood pieces I felt needed to be embossed using a We R' Memory Keepers wood grain embossing folder and my Sizzix Big Shot.
I also added the wood slats to the bed of the truck. I used a silver gel pen to color in the added 'screw holes'.
I took the same Walnut Stain ink and distressed the wood grain after embossing it. 
At this point, (the end of day 1, took me 3 days to do this much detailing) I was looking at the grill and thought you know what, I want those lights to sparkle. So I set out to customize my grill. 
At the end of day 2 I was so close, yet so far away. 
Day 3 I decided I needed to reinforce the bottom carriage with more cardstock simply because the battery pack I have in the cab was a bit too heavy for the carriage to handle.
At the end of day 3 I was running out of steam. I was going to cut a tree and wreath out in paper, but then I found these sprigs of greenery in a box downstairs. So I compromised and made what I could out of them!
Now, you cannot have a Christmas Truck without snow. And wouldn't you know that all THREE stores I went to were all out of the fake snow tex snow.
Pinterest to the rescue. I made my own fake snow with 1 1/2 cups baking soda, glitter, and 1/4 cup white hair conditioner. Glitter is optional, but not in this house. Especially with the husband standing there watching me make this. I added in more just for his benefit.

Final Project:

Yes, the lights are real light up lights. This is an addition, NOT included with this file!

 I had the best smelling snow this side of the Mississippi for sure.

 I made the trees removable so the detail of the bed can be seen.

 Even the running boards are wood engrained.

Phew now that was a task! Thank you so much for joining me today.

Materials Used: 

  • Paper:
    • Kraft brown for wood
    • Bazzill Cardstock
      • Robin Egg
      • Waxy Lips
      • Peanut Fudge
      • Fig Swirl
  • Die Cut Machine
    • Silhouette Cameo 3
    • Silhouette Studio-Designer Edition
  • Adhesive
  • SnapDragon/SVG Attic file ~Truck 3D Classic Model
    • Extras
      • Teresa Collins Fiesty Red ColorBox Pigment Ink
      • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut Stain
      • Sizzix Big Shot
      • We R Memory Keeper wood embossing folder
      • AC Elements Brads

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.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Be a Mermaid

Hello all! This week, the Xyron design team has partnered with Wild Whisper to display some of their awesome paper packs. These are 12" x 12" double sided packs that cut nicely with electronic cutting machines. 

When I received my Wild Whimsy pack, I decided to make a quick gift set that included a card and matching bottle. 
What better way to use an empty bottle, than to do an under the sea theme?! First I cleaned the bottle, dried it, then applied several coats of Frosted Glass spray found at my local Joanns store.
Next, I cut out the card shapes with my Silhouette Cameo 3 and ran the pieces through my Xyron Creative Station®.
I also used my Xyron Mega Runner®  for the pieces that I didn't want full adhesive on the backs.
Next I grabbed a mermaid file from the Silhouette Design Store as well as a mermaid scale background. I used my Ranger Emboss It Pen to fill in the scales.
Then I added a bunch of random embossing powders and heated it up with the Darice Heat Tool. 
The final step to my mermaids was adding Copper Recollections embossing powder around the scales for added detail. 
 After my card was assembled, I added a few things to the inside and outside of the bottle.
The easiest way I found to add the seaweed was to put hot glue on the bottom and guide it in place with a long wooden dowel.

Final Project: 

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.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Winter Paintings

It's beginning to look a lot like WINTER in these parts of the Inland Northwest. I am sad to see fall go, but I enjoy the beauty of winter as well. This week, Derwent Academy and Xyron have united to display the wonderful paint supplies from Derwent Academy.  
It's been years since I have painted on canvas so I was excited to focus on those instead of the paper pad. 

My first painting kept me on edge, I wasn't sure if I liked it or not so I ended up doing two paintings and ultimately decided to use both for this post. 
For the first painting I wanted it to be a blue night winter scene. 
I didn't really have a goal in mind other than trees, a blue sky, and perhaps a river. 
I had to hold it up to see where I was at and what I wanted to change or add.  
 Then I moved onto the next painting.
Again I wanted a night scene. After drying the sky, I added some stars. Stars can be done several ways, but I prefer to water down some white Derwent Academy Acrylic Paints and flick it on with a fan brush.  
 Next I added in some moon light to the little pond. 
Once my paintings were done and drying, I decided to make some black frames for them. I used my Teresa Collins Mega Runner by Xyron® to assemble the frame so my cardstock would not warp with glue. 
But the black frames looked to plain so I designed two flourishes in Silhouette Studios.

Next I ran the snowflakes and deer through my Xyron Creative Station®. I ran the snowflakes through on each side so that I could add glitter to the right side up and adhere to the bottom piece flourish as well.   
 The glitter stuck like a charm! 
Finally I assembled and adhered the flourishes to the frames to complete the project. 

Finished Project: 

Connect with Derwent:
Facebook: @welovepencils
Twitter: @derwentpencils
Instagram: @derwentpencils
Pinterest: @dpencils

Materials Used: 

  • Die Cut Machine
    • Silhouette Cameo 3
    • Silhouette Studio-Designer Edition
    • Silhouette Design Store
      • Snowflake
        • Design ID 69810
        • Design ID 69812
        • Design ID 69813
      • Deer
        • Design ID 94261
      • Flourish Set
        • Design ID 73853
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.