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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

New Life for Old Sleds

So my hubby was cleaning out his mother's attic recently. He found these 2 old wooden sleds.  He knew I would find some crafty way to spruce them up. Gotta love that man for being so thoughtful!  Here are the before photos of the sleds:

For inspiration I spend a few minutes perusing Pinterest. I love snowmen, So I knew the frosty creatures would be involved somehow.  I also like to remember the focus of Christmas is Christ.  That was my inspiration for the other sled.

The snowman sled was completely hand painted by me.  I used some Glimmer Mist to give the red background a snowy look.  The photos don't really show it, but the snowmen sparkle! I added glitter to the final coat of pain as I finished them up.

The Joy sled got a few coats of paint. I cut the design using my Silhouette Cameo and some Oracal 651 vinyl.

I created the floral arrangements and bows for each and attached them. I added some sleigh bells to the Snowman sled too.

The best part? The only thing I had to buy for this project was some ribbon!  Everything else was crafty supplies I had on hand!

Now my porch is looking quite pretty for the season!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Witches Brew!

My sister LOVES Halloween.  I made this special card and gift to help get her started in the spirit of the season.

Using my Silhouette Cameo and some heat transfer vinyl, I cut this design. I used glitter heat transfer for the "liquid" portion of the drink and the skull "olive". Had to add some bling!  I used my iron to press them onto a plain neoprene drink koozie.

The card was made using a selection of Halloween patterned and plain colored cardstock. I used May Arts Ribbon to "lace" up the boot. The bottom of the boot got some bling with embossing glitter and crushed glass.

Happy Halloween!
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Friday, October 23, 2015

Shabby Teapot Gift Box Hybrid!

Don't you just love it when you look at a digital or paper kit and you can see endless possibilities of things to create?  That was me when I first laid my eyes on the Shabby Fair Kit by Etc by Danyale.

 Yeah - I know you're drooling on it right now!  Grab it up! You know there are just tons of scrapbook pages, cards, and projects that you can use this one for! It's shabby, it's bright, it's full of awesomeness!

The shabby side of this kit called out to me first and made me think of a tea party. So I decided that I must make a teapot!  Not just any teapot, but one that can be used as a gift box.

This will be super adorable stuffed with some tea bags, biscotti, gift card or other treasures to give to a friend. Or maybe, set it out on your table with sweet treats or flavored tea tucked inside.

To make this I started with a cut file by Sweet Afton called Teacup Gift Box Design #78770 you can find it in the Silhouette Design Store.  In Silhouette Studio, I enlarged the cut file as big as I could while still having the pot and lid pieces fit on a 12x12 piece of paper.  The pot took up approximately 12" wide by 6.5" tall, and the lid was approximately 12" wide by 5.5" tall.

The Silhouette shape assumes you are using double sided paper that is plain, not patterned. There is a tab at the base of the spout and handle that would normally be glues to the outside of the pot. So that the attachment of the spout and handle would not show and would be more secure, I duplicated a mirror image of each the spout and handle pieces. I positioned them on my Silhouette design area so they would cut from the same paper as the pot.

In Photoshop, I created a 12x12 image. From the Shabby Fair kit, I layered the floral paper for the lid on top. I added a layer above that with a 12" wide by 6.5" tall shape.  I brought the plaid paper from the kit in and clipped it to the shape.  I then printed this out on 12x12 Polar White Matte 60lb paper by Red River Paper.  

I also created an 8.5"x11" image in Photoshop. This one I placed just the floral paper from the Shabby Fair kit. I printed this on 8.5"x11" Epson Premium Presentation paper. This will be used for making the scalloped circle base.

I places the printed 12x12 paper on my Silhouette mat and fed it into the Cameo.  I cut the shapes for the lid, pot, spout and handle.

In Silhouette Studio, I made a duplicate of the scalloped circle base piece. I positioned both to fit on an 8.5" x 11" area. I then put the 8.5"x11" printed paper on the mat, fed it into the Cameo and cut the 2 scalloped circles.

I folded and adhered the pot piece and lid piece into their appropriate shape.  I adhered the 2 scalloped circle base pieces back-to-back to create a stronger base with patterned paper on both the top and bottom.

There is a folded tab at the edge of both the spout and handle piece that would have been adhered to the outside of the pot. I folded those tabs back on my 2 handle pieces. I placed the 2 handle pieces back-to-back and adhered all but the tabs. I repeated this same process with the spout. I then used an X-acto knife to cut a small slit on each side of the pot, One for where the handle tabs would be inserted and one for where the spout tabs would be inserted.  I inserted each piece, bending the tabs back against the inside wall of the pot and adhered.

After adhering the pot to the scalloped circle base, I used a bit of clear glue to adhere a string of pearls around the bottom edge of the pot.  I adhered some lace trim to the outer edge of the lid. I also added a string of pearls around the edge of the lid.

To make the teapot even more shabby, I decided not to use the knob cut out that came with the Silhouette shape. Instead, I made a knob using layered flowers.  I used flower wire and glue to adhere the flowers. I poked a small hole through the center of the lid and slipped the floral wire through it. I used some glue to secure it under the lid.

Now this cute, shabby teapot is already for gift giving!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hybrid Journal Card Mini Album

The best laid plans.....  I had this blog post all written up and ready to go back in September. Then I forgot to set it to publish!  D'oh!  So sorry!!  Hopefully you already saw it over at the Etc by Danyale blog!  If not - you can read it now!

This is such a cute and quick project. Using Journal Cards from the On the Street We Live digital kit by Etc by Danyale, I was able to put together this mini album about our home and neighborhood in no time!

On the Street We Live Journal Cards

Aren't they adorable?  So here's how I did this. I have a Silhouette Cameo. I used a mini album file from the Silhouette store.  But you could easily make this by just printing the journal cards and cutting them to make the pages of the album.  This album is 4x6". 

I brought the journal cards that I wanted to use into the Silhouette Studio software. I laid them out. I also did some pages using papers from the digital kit.  I set the Registration marks on and printed them 2 at a time to 8.5x11" presentation paper.

I then ran them through my Silhouette Cameo to cut them. Then I inked all the pages. I love the depth that inking can give to a project.  

I laid out the photos that I wanted to use in Photoshop. You could do this in Silhouette Studio. I printed them and cut them out and inked the edges as well.

Then I assembled the album.  I adhered the pages back-to-back. Here's how it turned out:

Here is a closer look at some individual pages:

Happy creating!
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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Laying It All on The Line

In my last post. I told you I was going to be using the latest digital goodies by Etc by Danyale often. I love this "Not Quite a Mr." paper pack and elements. Even though it is not a sports kit, it was perfect for scrapping the latest about my son's football season. The colors are bright and the patterns are edgy and grungy. Just like a guy!

They lend themselves easily to being paired up with papers in your stash. I used some blue and black cardstock to add the word art and football border that I cut using my Silhouette Cameo.  I also used the Cameo to cut the wood patterned paper from the kit as a mat for the newspaper article.  Check out the football in the lower left. That is a sketch that I did using the Cameo. 

Yep, I think you'll be seeing a few more creations coming that feature these papers and elements!

Happy crafting,

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Not Quite a Mr. Hybrid Card

Etc by Danyale has a new digital kit that I am sooooo in love with! It's called "Not Quite a Mr."  It is so perfect for masculine scrapbook pages and crafts.  I know I will be using this kit a LOT!  You can find the papers here: Not Quite A Mr. Paper Pack. You can find the awesome elements here: Not Quite a Mr. Elements. There is even a terrific set of journal cards. These make pocket scrapping, planner making, and card creating so fun!  Grab those here: Not Quite a Mr. Journal Cards . The best part? They are on sale this weekend!!!  Hurry and grab them up at the introductory reduced price!

My first craft with this kits is this birthday card. The textures of the patterned papers screamed out to me to combine them with burlap and metal. So I layered several of the papers and included a layer of burlap. I stitched the burlap to the paper for another level of dimension.

The sentiment tag I created in Silhouette Studio. The guitar is an element from the kit.  I printed it and cut it. All the papers are inked on the edges to add some definition.

The stars have a metal gear bauble sandwiched between them.  I'm really happy with the masculine feel this card has.

Can't wait to do some more creating with this wonderful kit!

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Cards and Card Box

Don't you just love it when a set of papers can inspire you to create?  But then when you use up the last of the paper, it's a bit sad.  Well, that's the magic of working in hybrid crafting. Using digital papers, you can have an endless supply of those beloved papers!  

Lifetime Stories Kit

The Lifetime Stories Kit by Etc by Danyale is one of those that I know I will be using again, and again. It's been newly released at her guest shop at The Lily Pad. So if you hurry, it's on sale this weekend!!  Grab it up!  You can use this for all sorts of scrapbooking and crafting!  Here's a closer look at what I made:

A card box to hold all the card creations that I made. I love the shabby chic look. The papers have wonderful colors, patterns and textures. They make it easy to combine to create appealing looks.

Isn't this card just absolutely sunshiny? I think it will bring good cheer to the person that receives it!

I really like the playfulness of this card.  The butterfly shape and the glitter add such fun to the already cute daisy paper pattern.

Who wouldn't love a cupcake on their birthday? Especially one as cute as this with no calories!  Yum!

The final card in this set is decked out with an adorable flower and some ribbon.  Inside the box I created a divided area to keep the cards and envelopes. This is going to make a great gift!

Thanks for looking. Happy creating!

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