Thursday, January 25, 2018

Steampunk Top Hat

The other night we introduced Alice Through the Looking Glass to the kids. One part of the movie shows the Mad Hatter's hat collection on the wall. My husband told me I should make one. I had been tossing the idea around for a long time. But I didn't want to commit.

Well, I was at Joann's (spending my birthday money) and all of Tim Holtz products were 40% off. I swear there was a bright light above my head by the time I decided okay, a Steampunk Top Hat will be my next project. However, I didn't want to follow the Alice in Wonderland type theme so I just kinda rolled with it.
Along with the Tim Holtz products, I grabbed (6)sheets of Milkshake (brown) cardstock from Bazzill and some fabric for a banner on the hat.

After weighing my options for wings in my library, I decided to just design my own so that I could get exactly what I was looking for. Took me two days to get what I envisioned, but hey I got there eventually!
I didn't want just plain white wings. I wanted rustic, dirty, aged wings. The best way to achieve this, a q-tip, some Tim Holtz Walnut Stain and Vintage photo ink.
 The first layer I did the darker ink, Walnut Stain.
Then I floated in the Vintage Photo ink to give a softer edge. Unfortunately I have used almost all of the Vintage Photo ink so it took me a bit longer to work with the dryer ink.
I simply curled the edges. No real method to it, just what I felt was good.
Then came the fun addition. The Tim Holtz pocket watch, some mini gears, and a print and cut clock face from the Silhouette Store.


I wanted the gears to move in the watch, but more of a floating kind of movement. Not flat up against the background image.

After I got the clock and wings situated, I got to work on the top hat.
After cutting my pieces out, I grabbed the Walnut Stain and inked the edges on all the elements of the hat.
Now the fun part, decoration...
My husband suggested I put a cutout somewhere in the hat to display what would be the inner workings of the gears. I didn't want it to just look like a hole in the side of a hat. So I ruffed up the edges of the contrasting paper (Tim Holtz Lost and Found stack) with some fine grit sandpaper.
Once I got past this part, everything flowed quickly together.

Front facing

 Right Side
So the stand has gears on it. I simply grabbed a 3D cake stand from the Silhouette store and welded gears randomly on it.
 Back showing the transition from Bazzill paper to the Lost and Found paper
 Light her up!




I decided that I needed to do these goggles. I used Recollections black and rose gold paper for them and added a few gears to move inside one of the lenses.
 Just incase I didn't take enough photos of this, ha ha! Here's another!


I have left over pieces...what shall I make next. Stay tuned!!!

 Materials Used: 






Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Paper Fun Part 2

Hello all. Today I have the second part to the 50 Shades of Fun set. If you missed out on part 1, you can find it here: Paper Fun Part 1

Originally this was all going to be one big set, but I decided these masks just really needed to have their own moment! I modified the original file to make a man's mask as well.
The Masquerade Mask can be found either on SnapDragon Snippets site or in the Silhouette Store.

For Christmas, I got an embossing powder starter kit. I originally planned on detailing the mask with the gold powder, however I felt that gold from DCWV's Glitzy Glitter stack would be better to match the masks to the shoes and champagne glasses from the first post.
 I did however add some of the embossing powder to the teardrop cutouts on each mask


 As well as the circles on the female mask.
With the original file, I was able to take the princess crown off and modify the mask to how I wanted a males mask to look. 
 It really was just a wing it sort of thing in Silhouette Studios!

 Female Mask



 Male Mask


The flowers (black and gold) match the flowers on the shoes and champagne flutes.


Materials Used: 

DCWV Glitzy Glitter stack
Core d' nations Black 12 x 12 cardstock
K&Company Adhesive Gems
Jolee-s Adhesive Gems
Offray Ribbon
Silhouette Design Store
Silhouette Cameo 3
Silhouette Studio~Designer Edition
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

January DCWV Sketch-a-holic challenge

One of the things I look forward to doing each month is the sketch-a-holic challenge for DCWVinc. What I love the most about these challenges is taking something from a sketch someone made up and making it into any number of possibilities.

To see the entries and vote, please visit: DCWV Inc FB Page 

It's very easy to vote, just click like on your favorite project(s) can win the designer a free stack of their choice! 

The first card I did was a peacock inspired card. This card was created just to show others what they can do with the sketch, bring in some entries into this challenge!


I used the newest Wild Side stack for this card. It has so many animal prints, vibrant colors, and textures to the text plus added bonus, it is double sided, I just had to use the stack for this challenge!
The second card just kinda came to me a few weeks after the first one. For some reason when I saw the sketch again, I thought that it needed to be a flip card. So that's what I did.
With Valentine's Day coming up, I grabbed my Ocean Breeze stack (this one is found at Michael's) and got to work.
I almost had my card completed when I thought maybe a nautical knot would bring just an extra pop of texture to the card. I was on the phone with my husband at the time and he asked what I was doing. I told him I was looking up tutorials on nautical knots. His response, "um why". I told him really honey, this is probably the most normal thing I will do today!
What I loved the most about this card is the movement. It goes from flat, to 3D to flipped over and flat again! 
 Flip it open

 Inside the card

To see the entries and vote, please visit: DCWV Inc FB Page

It's very easy to vote, just click like on your favorite project(s) can win the designer a free stack of their choice! 

Materials Used: 


  • DCWVinc. Wild Side and Ocean Breeze 12 x 12 stacksImage result for wild side dcwv stack  Image result for dcwv ocean breeze michaels stack
  • Silhouette Cameo 3
  • Silhouette Studio~Designer Edition
  • Maker's Holiday white twine
  • Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
  • Sizzix Big shot
  • Darice embossing folder