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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Here on the East Coast, we are all so busy trying to recover from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy.  Many towns are canceling or postponing Trick-or-Treating.  Most areas are without power, have downed trees, and debris blocking roadways and making it unsafe for children (and adults) to be out.   

With all the devastation and destruction surrounding us, a little diversion is welcome.  So I created this Facebook Timeline banner.  I used the digital kit Mischievous by WM Squared Designs.  Want to grab it for your timeline?  You can download it HERE.

I want to wish you all a Happy Halloween or Blessed Samhain. And please, be safe!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

The Path Home

So the buzz today is all about Hurricane Sandy. Well, I'm hoping that all those affected by this storm are home with family and friends and safe!  I've got a special prayer going out to all the emergency service personnel out there in the storm, trying to keep us safe.  Let's hope Sandy gets out of here without leaving much destruction in her path, and that you all get home safe!

Speaking of getting home, I created a card for the latest Card Caravan at The Hybrid Chick with the sentiment "The Path to Home starts with Your Heart".  The theme for this challenge was chocolate! Yeah really, who can pass up chocolate? Well, I can't!  Yesterday was National Chocolate's Day!   Seriously? Like I need an excuse!

I chose to use the color of chocolate as my inspiration. I created this card using the soon to be released Copper Road kit by Etc. by Danyale. Watch for it's release on November 1.

Come join in on the fun. The challenge is opened for entries until Friday November 9!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Witch's Hat

Here's a little something Halloween-ish for you!  A witch's hat decoration. Only it didn't start out Halloween-ish at all.

I created this using the Carrot Box template and cutting files by Kelleigh Ratzlaff. I wanted to add a witch's hat to the Halloween display in the foyer of our home. I thought the carrot box would make the perfect template for it!

I cut the carrot box from black American Crafts cardstock.  I then cut a circle to use as the brim of the hat from the black cardstock as well.

The "ribbon" around the hat is actually digital paper from the kit Halloween Party by Quirky Twerp. I designed the buckle in Silhouette Studio and coated it with yummy orange glitter.  All the elements on the hat are from the Halloween Party kit. I dragged them into Silhouette Studio, resized them, traced them and then print-and-cut them.

Now I'm ready for Halloween!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Tuxedo Card - Revisited

UPDATE: I've added a link with a PDF version of the templates for those that want to hand cut.  Download the PDF version HERE.

Way back in 2007 I made a Tuxedo card for a friends wedding. I hand cut it. Then recently, I got an email from a blog reader asking me about that card. She mentioned that she has a Silhouette Cameo. So, I decided it was time to revisit the Tuxedo Card.

This is the original card that I created. The reader that contacted me is trying to make this card for each of the groomsmen in her wedding party. No bride-to-be should have to suffer through hand cutting these pieces when they've got a Cameo. And since I'm a new Cameo owner myself, I thought I'd whip up a .studio file for this card to make her task that much easier. And guess what? I'm sharing it with all of you!  You can download it HERE.  In return, I'd really appreciate it if you could take the time to become a follower of my blog Scraps of Life and like my Facebook page.

Here is the new card created using the .studio file that I created. Now here is how to assemble the card:

1. Download .studio file to cut using your Silhouette electronic cutter.

2. Cut shapes using black and white cardstock as appropriate. Cut lapels using velvet cardstock (optional). Or cut lapels from black cardstock and apply embossing or flock powder and heat emboss. I used embossing powder since I don't have any velvet paper.

3. Fold back (slightly) the back of the black jacket on the dotted lines.

4. Fold down the shirt collar corners on the dotted lines.

5. Insert mini black brads for the buttons on the shirt front. Or use self adhesive pearls as buttons.

6. To make the bow, cut ⅝” wide red ribbon to 3.5”, then fold the short ends under to make a 1 ⅛” loop.

7. Pinch the center and wrap thin wire around it. Cut another 1" piece of the ribbon. Fold and adhere the long edges toward the middle on the back of the ribbon. Then wrap this around the wire of the bow tie and adhere the ends on the back. Adhere the bow tie to the white shirt.

8. Align the shirt with the back of the jacket and adhere in place.

9. To make the cummerbund, cut 3 pieces of the ribbon at 3" length. Fold and adhere one long side of one ribbon piece toward the back. Repeat on a second ribbon piece. On the third ribbon piece, fold and adhere both long sides under toward center of back of ribbon. Lay the 1st piece with the folded edge at top, then layer second piece of ribbon with folded edge slightly below 1st. Place 3rd piece of ribbon (both edges turned under) to line up with bottom edge of cummerbund. Adhere all in place.

10. Adhere the cummerbund to the bottom of the white shirt, hiding the seam; trim any excess ribbon.

11. Refold the dotted lines on the back of the jacket (slightly) to make the card easy to open.

12. Adhere the two small white pieces of cardstock to the bottoms of the sleeves to make shirt cuffs. Adhere the sleeves to the jacket back, placing the adhesive on the top half only (from shoulder to just below elbow).

13. Adhere lapels to the front pieces of the jacket using thin foam adhesive.

14. Set two black brads through the right piece of the jacket. Adhere the pieces to the jacket back, placing adhesive on the sides only. Be certain to tuck under the lower part of sleeves.

15. Refold the dotted lines on the back of the jacket.

You can also dress up the lapel with a boutonniere if you like.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Growing Up

It all happens so quickly. The days start spinning by. Then the years fly by so fast. Next thing you know, your kids are growing up!

A simple scrap page I created with photos of my boys across the years.  The digital kit is "Growing Up" by Designs by Anita.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bull Dog Princess

Isn't she a cutie?  She's my English Bulldog and she's my best bud. She clings to me and follows me everywhere likes to be near and help me with whatever I'm doing! She really is a sweetie.  She is my bulldog princess!

I created this layout using the Cut Away Circle template by Dolores that she shared with us on the Ideas For Scrapbookers blog.   The digital kit is "Authentic" by Designs by Anita, the butterfly is from the kit "Precious Memories" by Laitha's Designs and Studio Manu.

The title is created using the fonts Royal Initialen and Open Baskerville.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Dressed up Tin Box Handmade Flowers

I've got a tutorial for you today. I created this as a hybrid project, but you could use traditional papers. What's hybrid? It's the combination of digital and tradition crafting. You may think that it requires an extra step of getting the digital products out of the computer and into your hands, but there are some great benefits to hybrid. The one I like best is that I can re-use digital papers over and over again!

The project I'm sharing today is dressing up a tin box. You could use this for presenting a special gift, or keep some cherished items in.

The digital papers that I used are from the digital Kit "Cherries Jubilee" by Kristin Cronin Barrow.
Here's how I made this box:
1. Select two digital papers to use for flowers and one for leaves.

2. Open digital paper selections in photo editing software and prepare for printing.

  3. Print selected digital papers on inkjet cardstock ( I used Red River Linen 60lb)

4. Use large and medium flower punch (Paper Shapers Retro Flower)to punch required number of petals to create flowers. For the twisted rose, punch three large flowers and one medium flower. For a rose, punch three large flowers. For the open rose, punch one large flower and two medium flowers. For the small rose, punch three medium flowers.

5.Work on a soft surface such as the back of a foam mouse pad. Create two twisted rose flowers. Use three large and one medium punched flower for each of these. Spritz the flowers lightly with water to make them easy to manipulate. Using tweezers, hold the middle of a petal and twist it about 90 percent.

6. Push the twisted petal in towards the middle of the flower. Repeat for the remaining petals on all three large punched flowers.

7. Using your fingers, scrunch medium punched flower in to a ball. The image below shows one punched medium flower and one that has been scrunched.

8. Lay one of the large punched twisted flowers on the work surface. Place a drop of liquid adhesive in the center (I used Beacon Adhesives 3-IN-1 Advanced Craft Glue). Layer another large punched twisted flower on top, alternating the petals. Use the handle of a small paint brush to push the center of the flower into the foam work surface to shape and adhere the flower. Repeat with third large punched twisted flower.

9. Add a drop of liquid adhesive in the center. Using tweezers, place the scrunched medium punched flower in the center to complete the twisted rose. Set aside to dry.

10. Create three rosettes. Use three medium punched flowers for each. Push the center of one of the flowers into the foam surface using the handle of a small paint brush.

11. Repeat step 10 for the two remaining medium punched flowers, making them each slightly tighter than the previous flower. There will be three shaped flowers pieces of varying openness as shown in the image below.

12. Layer the three shaped flower pieces starting with the most open on the bottom. Add a drop of liquid adhesive in the center and layer the middle open flower piece on top. Add a drop of liquid adhesive to the bottom of the tightest flower piece. Using tweezers, insert it into the middle of the two layered flowers to complete the rosette. Set aside to dry.

13. Create one rose. Use three large punched flowers. Use the handle of a small paint brush or stylus to curl the petals on one punched flower under.

14. Using the handle of a small paint brush, push the center of the remaining two large punched flowers into the foam surface.
15. Make one of the flowers tighter by squeezing it against the handle of the paint brush.

16. Layer the three shaped flower pieces using the same technique that was used to layer the rosettes. Start with the most open flower on the bottom and end with the tightest flower on the top. The image below shows the three shaped layers, most open on the right and tightest on the left.

17. This completes the creation of the flowers. See image below to identify each flower type.
18. Punch leaves from green digital paper.

19. Prepare the tin by coloring it with inks. Color the outside of the lid and base. Simply place dots of alcohol ink on the tin surface. Use an alcohol ink applicator tool to spread or overlap the inks if desired. Allow the inks to dry. Below is a picture of the tin prior to coloring with the inks. The inked tin is seen below in step 20.

20. Once the ink has dried, spray the lid and base of the tin with Beacon Decoupage Gloss Sealer. This will seal the inks and provide a nice smooth, glossy surface to the tin.
21. Wrap ribbon around the lid of the tin using fabric adhesive (I used Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac)

22. Adhere rhinestone sticker to lid.

23. Cut dimensional glue dots in fourths using non stick scissors

24. Use the cut glue dots to adhere the flowers and leaves to lid.

Here are some additional photos of the tin.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Flower card

Today I've got a quick post to share a card that I made. All of the flowers on the card hare handmade.  

I used My Little Shoebox "Lovely Day" and "Aiko" papers.  The small green rosette and small pink and white flower are also My Little Shoebox die cuts.

The larger flowers are made from a combination of punches and die cuts made with my Silhouette Cameo. I spritzed and scrunched the papers to form the flowers.  The oval frame and ornate corners are also cut on the Cameo.

The simple "hello" sentiment is a Stampendous stamp.

This card is using a CPS sketch (CPS #33), and being shared at the CPS blog for there very last challenge.

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