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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Something Special For my Grand Boys!

Hey Y'all,

I had to share my candy cane gingerbread house with you all. I made this for the grand boys that will be here on Christmas day. I made this up last night and it was so easy!
Remember those extra snowflakes I made???? They are here on the front back and sides as well. This is a free gift from Mary and Leo to us for Christmas. Completely free no purchase necessary from SVG Cuts and Mary and Leo Kowal, but your time is limited, the kit is called Santa's Sweets SVG Kit.

Make the Ginger bread house as Mary instructs in the video tutorial. It can be found on Youtube just type in the kit name and the word tutorial. I used my Tim Holtz Snowflake pattern emboss folder for the white on the top and the trim. I used the Simple Stories Cozy Christmas Collection paper for this project so I had the stickers as well. I took part of the candy cane sticker strip and cut it to fit the top of the trim. I hot glued the dancing Rudolf to the top of that strip. They were given to me and are buttons so I am not sure where they are from originally .  I added the enamel dots from Simple Stories Cozy Christmas Collection to the center of the front snowflakes and used Red stickles for the back ones. The front door has one gold glitter enamel dot from this same collection.
For my gingerbread man, I used my Stampin Up chocolate chip marker to make dash lines for his mouth. Then finished the outside with dash lines using a white Sakura gel pen. The Brown Enamel dots are from Simple Stories Sweater Collection.

I realized to late that I put the white side pieces on backwards but the boys won't care. I added the white liquid pearls to the centers because I liked the way Mary had done hers.  The Snowflakes are from Santa's North Pole Workshop SVG Collection and are sized at W 0.917 x H 1.058. This was the number 1 snowflake that I cut a full page of and just kept the extras. See, ya never know when something like that will come in handy to have.

That is how I made it and this is a wonderful kit, so useful to have! I have made the snowman as well and posted the photos on the Svg Cuts Facebook Page. To all A very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year full of God's Blessings. I look forward to the New Year and the many happy days I will be sharing my projects with all of you. Thanks for stopping by and reading my Blog and Happy Craftin' Y'all!  Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Santa's Sweets SVG Kit
Santa's North Pole Workshop SVG Collection

Supplies Used:
Bazzill Cardstock: Ruby Slipper, Smooth White, Walnut
Simple Stories Cozy Christmas Collection, Enamel Dots
Simple Stories Sweater Weather Enamel Dots
Tim Holtz Snowflake Pattern Emboss Folder
Ranger Liquid Pearls, White
Ranger Stickles Christmas Red
Stampin Up Chocolate Chip Pen
Sakura White Gel Pen
Reindeer Buttons
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Hot Glue
Silhouette Cameo

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Bringing Home the Christmas Tree

Hey Y'all,

One of the most wonderful and exciting things around Christmas time is bringing home the tree. In my mind, I think of snowy hills and going out, cutting down the Christmas tree and bringing it back home. In my imagination that means bringing it home on a cart by tractor through the snow. I always email my dad a photo of special things like this before I post it. As I was talking to my mom on the phone about something else I asked if they received the photo. Dad yelled in the background that I had the seat in the wrong place and mom said and you didn't put a steering wheel. Well the truth is I knew the seat was in the wrong place and I just forgot the steering wheel.

I almost groaned out loud, the thought of how much I would have to alter this to make it right was mind boggling. I was trying so hard to make it special but not so difficult that no one would want to try to make it. My dad was right though I needed to change it and do it correct to the best of my ability.  I have included a few photos to show you the first Tractor and then the paper craft causality. The causality was to salvage the brads I had used and to use the body as something to look at as I made the puzzle of the tractor right.

 I started to write it all up for you here and my mind was spinning with trying to explain it all. It isn't that what I altered was hard, not at all I know most of you can do this. It is that not being able to show you what I did is hard. I want to be able to describe it in a way you will understand and not confuse myself in the process.  I ask that you be willing to wait till after the new year. Writing it up will not take long, but  I would like to be able to spend time with my family and give them my full attention during this very special time of the year. So to all of my readers, thank you for reading my blog, leaving me some love by way of comments, and telling me how much you enjoy my projects. You encourage me to try that much harder for you. To all of you, a very blessed and wonderful Christmas. Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings, Sharalyn

To get you started here are the SVG Cuts kits I used to make this Tractor.
North Pole Express SVG Kit
3D Wintergreens SVG Kit
Santa's Train SVG Kit
The Green Room SVG Kit

Thank you again to all of you for waiting for the instructions. Have a Very blessed New year as well. All my love to you, Sharalyn

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Christmas for Ellen

Hey Y'all,

Our Neighbor Ellen went into a care facility about 4 yrs ago and it really seems like it has been longer, as her absence from our lives is really felt at this time of year. Since she has gone in, we take care of her Tortoises  and her property along with visiting her as often as we can. She seldom knows what day it is anymore, or whether it is night or not,  but we do our best to cheer her. That is why I made this tree for her and added some presents. ( I will fill them with  M&M's)  Mark and I talked about if this should be traditional colors or if she needed bright colors as her eyesight is failing. We decided on the brighter colors.

Using the Santa's Surprises SVG Kit I made the tree at the size it imports. The accent pieces were cut using Echo Parks Winter Park Collection. This is an older collection I had, it but had the brighter colors I was looking for. To continue the snow theme this tree had, I put snowflakes on it here and there. The top snowflake was glittered using Stampin Up's Heat and Stick, Versa Mark and Art Glitters Ultra fine Translucent Crystal glitter. ( Leo Kowal hates glitter clean up and I think about him every time I use this glitter as I glitter all over me for days.) Use the Number 1 snowflake from the Santa's North Pole Workshop SVG collection sized at W.0.917 x H 1.058. I cut a full page of these as you never know when you can use some for something else. They will go in my winter extras box. Glue one snowflake on top of the other angled to give a flowery affect. I curled the the glittered one a bit with my fingers as using a stylus would have removed the glitter. I used plain snowflakes bending one point to fit over the edge of the tree and glued those into place. I did not put them on all the edges as I didn't want to over power the tree.

To make the Star for the top use the same snowflake from Santa's North Pole Workshop SVG Collection and size two of them at W 1.655 x H 1.910. As you did on the smaller snowflakes, angle them and glue one on top of the other. Now cut one at W. 1.202 x H 1.378. Glue that on top of the other two also at an angle. Now use one of the snowflakes sized at W. 0917 x G 1.058 for the center. I glittered this one and put a light blue rhinestone in the center. I made two of these to use for my star as Mary suggested for the top of my tree.  I adhered it in the same way as was shown in the tutorial for Santa's Surprise SVG Kit.

 I had already decided I wanted to use the packages from North Pole Express SVG Kit. I placed all the pieces for the packages onto my virtual mat and sized them at (Box 1 and 2 are the same size) W 2.510 x H 3.248.  Note: you need both box 1 and 2 . I have made this mistake a couple of times maybe because my brain was fuzzy by the time I get to making the boxes. The bow I sized at 2.723 x H 0.999. The bow is a little tricky to put together but if I had used my reverse tweezers I don't think I would have had so much trouble.

Knowing this would most likely sit on the small table next to her bed I wanted a little doily but also wanted to use pieces of the snowflake to further the theme. I used the Pompoms doily from Dawns Doilies SVG Collection and deleted the inter circle. Then I made one Snowflake at W 2.789 x H 3.220 and place it in the center of the doily. Un-group the snowflake and remove the outer star, leave the petals in the center of your doily. Place a circle of small snowflakes on the outer inside edge of the doily so that you aren't ruining the pretty pompom edge Mary made. Now remove the outer edge of the stars. If you forgot how to do that you release compound path and un-group then delete the outer star edge. You can group all of the doily after all the stars are removed. Cut it out and glue the tree bottom onto the center of your doily. You can leave the larger snowflake center out if you wish. If I had made the doily a bit bigger I think she would have been able to see it better but with the small table next to her bed there isn't room to make it bigger.

  We will fill the boxes with the mini M& M's for her before we take it to her on Thursday. I hope you enjoyed my tree for Ellen. Make a tree for someone you know in continuing care or the hospital and make a lot of little presents to fill with a goodie. This way you can  make one tree and not exclude the other residents. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog, and Happy Crafting Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Santa's Surprises SVG Kit
North Pole Express SVG Kit
 Santa's North Pole Workshop SVG Collection
Dawn's Doilies SVG Collection

Supplies Used:
Echo Park: Winter Park Collection
Bazzill Card Stock : Admiral, Smooth White 
Art Glitter Ultra Fine Translucent Glitter: Crystal
Stampin Up: Heat and Stick
Versa Mark
Hero Arts Light Blue Rhinestones
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Cameo
Designer Addition Studio for Silhouette Cameo

Note: I am hoping to have one more really amazing thing posted before Christmas for you. Hang in there with me your going to flip over this one!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dapper Dan the Snowman

Hey y'all,

When I put up all my Christmas stuff for my friend to see and to decorate my room, I had a couple of projects that went unfinished last year. I put them away and hoped I would get to them this year. Well I can honestly say I got one done.. ba dum bump! Hopefully I will get to the other before next Christmas so here he is looking all dapper, and I hope you like him.

Start with the kit from Christmas Open House SVG Kit. Cut and glue all the pieces together following Mary's great instructions with one exception.. leave one accent piece for the bottom off to cut a slit in it and tuck a folded piece of 1/4 ribbon into the fold. Glue the accent piece onto the snowman. I decided to do that today so I had a tough time getting it in. I don't want you to have to do that.  I didn't have to even glue the ribbon in place it was so tight but if if makes you feel better add a drop of hot glue to the back before you glue the accent piece on. Under the cut use a marker or pen and draw dash lines in the shape of a pocket. Tie a piece of 1/4 inch ribbon around his neck turning it to the side and then hot glue the ties down a bit for affect.

The mouth is tiny black pearls and med ones for his eyes. Give your snowman a crooked grin with the black pearls, or you can use Ranger Black Accents, just remember to let the black accents burp on a scrap or your ruin your whole project.  I added some rosy cheeks but not to much as I didn't want him to look like a girl. I glued tiny black buttons to the front that I got from Michaels.

Glue the ribbon around his hat and up the side to give the hat some flair, cut the edge of the ribbon at an angle. Then glue a small berry from this same kit to the side of the hat along, with a feather.  I added Diamond Stickles to the berries and let them dry before I glued it to the hat.  The tiny buckle was one of the great things I got from the gal that gave us all the Close to my Heart stuff. Thread a piece of ribbon through it and hot glue the pieces to the back to hide them. You could use the Buckles SVG Collection if you don't have anything small like that, but glue about three to five buckles together for dimension. When you cut it set your speed to 2 so it wont tear.

I always have the project right in front of me when I write it up so I can look at it to see if I forgot to tell you anything. While he sat here I looked at him and decided he need to have a little bit of soot around his hat and on his cheek from those "coal eyes", (frosty song) so I added those and I believe he his done now. No eyelashes he would really look like a girl to me then.
There you have it my snowman container from Christmas Open House SVG Kit and it only took me a year to finish it! Feel better now? Your not alone with not finishing that project. If you really love it just put it away for a while and you'll get it done. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog, and Happy Crafting Y'all! Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits Used:
Christmas Open House SVG Kit

Mentioned Collection:
Buckles SVG Collection

Supplies Used:
Echo Park: Winter Park Collection
American Craft Card Stock: Rouge, Apricot, Black,
Bazzill Card Stock: Rainforest
Ranger Diamond Stickles
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Black Soot
Recollections Black Pearls, Buttons
Buckle from Close to my Heart
White Feathers
Silhouette Cameo

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Always a Lady, Mrs Frosty!

Hey Y'all,
I was changing out my fall stuff in my room for my Christmas stuff and cleaning up. After I was done I posted a couple of photos of my shelves and Linda Palaia asked where this file came from, of course it was my crazy brain. So here is Mrs. Frosty who is always a lady with her proper hat before going outside. This is for you Linda and thank you for asking..

Using the pumpkin with the lid from  Pick A Pumpkin SVG Kit, cut two lids one to glue as a stand for the bottom of the pumpkin and one to use as the base for the hat. Glue the pumpkin together and emboss the accent pieces with Tim Holtz Snow Flurries emboss Folder. The lace around the bottom of the hat and collar are from Doilies SVG Collection. To make the hat use doilies #1 and cut it at about 5.50. I am saying "about" because I made this 3 yrs ago and do not have the original file anymore. The hat base was from December Gifts SVG Kit, and is the hat for the snowman container. I think it was cut at the size it imports. The hat band and the decoration behind the flower are from Winter Bliss SVG Collection, as well as the icicles hanging from her nose. The nose was a circle with a pie shape cut out but I would use the nose from the snowman from Christmas Open House SVG Kit as well as the hat for your snowman or snow lady head. I wanted a pill box type hat so I used the round one from December Gifts SVG Kit. Either hat would be cute,the choice is yours.  Glue the #1 Doilies onto the extra lid for the top of your snow lady, then glue the hat onto the top of that with the flaps facing out and the round brim on top of that to hide the flaps. Adhere the band from Winter Bliss SVG Collection around the hat and then the corner element sized VERY Small. Try several cuts first to see how big you want this to be. My element looks to be about 2.25 inches high.The flower is a scallop from Dawn's Dollies SVG Collection and then sniped into the middle a bit to give it a flower look. Curl your sides of the scallop in a bit toward each other like a petal. There are many snowflakes that Mary has made but I used a snowflake punch I had for the middle of the flower. I cut two and then angled them so one would show under the other. To finish it off I added a gemstone to the center.

  The Tiny Snowflakes that are used for the hat and the mouth are from a Studio Punch I bought at Walmart a few years ago. If you have a silhouette or a Eclipse you can probably get your machine to cut something that small if you slow down the speed and take your time. Don't be discouraged if it takes you a few before you get some you can use. Make some extras to use for the mouth of your snow lady. I will post a couple of extra kits and collections that have snowflakes you might want to try.

The Eyes are made using a circle and adding four smaller circles for the center to look like buttons. To add dimension, I made them 5 "buttons" thick. Cut five buttons for each eye and glue one on top of the other. The lashes was just a strip of paper I cut chunky eyelashes with scissors like when we were kids. Glue them behind the buttons and add  glitter to large glue globs, I wanted her to give the appearance of being very cold.  I used the Pearl Chalks  to make her cheeks. Decide first where you want her cheeks and then glue the snowflakes in place for the mouth.
To further the appearance of being cold I  added the medium Icicles. Use the medium cut icicles and size them way down. I sure which I had the sizes for your still but can not find it. Measuring with my ruler it looks like the height is 1 inch.  Cut two making sure you mirror one before you cut it. Glue those together and then inside the nose fold as you glue it together. If you use the nose from the Christmas Open House SVG Kit it should be easier to glue the nose onto the front of the snow lady. I used hot glue for mine as there was no back to my nose.

For the lace collar, Cut the the #5 doily and cut a larger circle in the middle of it. I cannot tell you the exact size as it was an afterthought so I did the best I could to fit it onto it. I did cut the doily in half though to give it more of a peter pan collar look. I just realized there are some of you that don't have a glue what that means so I will try to explain. It is were there is a scallop on either side and it meets in the middle under the neck. Glue this to your extra lid and then glue that to the bottom of your snow lady, tie a ribbon around her neck to hide any imperfections and your done.

Add glitter to the hat as well for a icy look and to the top of her nose using a glob of glue. Your choice of colors will have a huge affect on how icy she looks. Choose light blues or turquoise colors for a colder feel to your snow lady, or give her a country look with using plaids or polka dots. However you choose for her too look I am sure she will be cute! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog and HAPPY CRAFTIN' Y'ALL! Blessings, Sharalyn
Thank you again to Linda Palaia for asking for the directions! 

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Pick A Pumpkin SVG Kit
December Gifts SVG Kit
Christmas Open House SVG Kit
Doilies SVG Collection
Winter Bliss SVG Collection
Dawn's Doilies SVG Collection
Extra Snowflake Kits and Collections
Snowflakes SVG Mini Pack
Winter's Chill SVG Kit
Christmas in the Village SVG Collection
Santa's North Pole Workshop SVG Collection

Supplies Used:
American Craft Card Stock: White, Black, Pool, Mulberry
Tim Holtz Snow Flurries Emboss Folder
Art Glitter Ultra Fine Crystal Translucent Glitter
Pebbles Pearlescent Chalks
Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Cameo
Stuido Small snowflake Punch
Blue Rhinestone from Michaels

Monday, December 1, 2014

A very Graphic 45 Christmas

Hey Y'all,

I have had Christmas on the brain for a couple of weeks now. I was thinking about Christmas Decorations and with that thought, I was designing this next project as a display but my practical side won out so you can use this as either a display or use it for a multiple item gift box.

I started with the Christmas Gift Boxes and Bags SVG Kit. Using the box with the Lacey lid bring all the pieces onto your virtual mat. Draw a square box to fit where you will score the lid. This will help you  design your sizes for  the next two boxes. Make two duplicates so you have a total of three squares. Take the second one and size it down 1.5 inches, and the third box 1 inch. I have a calculator next to my computer to use to figure the proper measurements. Using the squares as a visual I put the largest down and then the middle on top of it and the smallest on top of it. This helped me "see" that I needed to make the smallest one only an inch smaller. Visually I knew I wanted to put more on the sides of the box and that I would need a bit more room to do that. Now using the squares as a guide place the squares in the center and size the top, sides and bottom to fit the score lines of each box.

Cut the pieces and score them using a scoreboard. I use the Martha Stewart one as I like the light color better than scorepal. It is much easier for me to see the grooves. Glue your boxes together and then set the boxes either straight or at an angle on top of one another.  I liked mine at an angle because it seemed to gives more interest to me. Glue the bottom of the smallest box to the top of the middle box putting your glue in the center of the bottom of the box instead of all the way to the edges. This will give you a little room to slide the "ribbon" underneath the box on top in later instructions.

 Using the free 3d bow cut all the pieces of the bow and another larger ribbon for the bow. I inked all the pieces of this project with Vintage Photo Distress ink by Tim Holtz for a vintage feel. The Paper I used for the top of the boxes is Graphic 45 12 days of Christmas Collection. This is last years collection that I have had for a year.  It took me that long to figure out what I wanted to use it for.   It's nice that Graphic 45 Paper never goes out of style!
 I wanted them to look like wrapped packages but how to add ribbon and have it be paper? Starting with the top box I cut 1 inch strips of paper with the paper trimmer. Glue your strips onto the top of the box and down the sides just below the lid edge. Cut it straight across. Glue the bow onto the top of the box. with some ends of the ribbon bow curled under some up. This will give the bow some dimension and flow to it. Now starting about a 1/2 up under the lid where you stopped with the top bow, glue your piece down to 1/4 inch about the edge of the box. You will be making a flap to slide under the box edge by folding up your edge. Do not glue this flap down unless your not going to fill the box. Continue doing this for all sides. of the boxes you want your ribbon. Use the edge of the box to guide you where you will need to fold it down. On the underneath of the bottom box I glued the edges of the strips down. They do not meet so don't worry about yours meeting.  There is a very cute SVG Cuts Collection called Rosie's Ribbon Strips SVG Collection that would be cute as well. Another idea is to use the Battenburg Lace and Crochet Trim SVG Collection and make it for a birthday or Mother's Day. Just a thought.

Next I cut Holy single holy leaves from Shaped Christmas Cards SVG Kit and a Pine Bow I cut up with scissors from Clara's Christmas Strips SVG Collection. I also used the poinsettia from 3d Wintergreens SVG Kit, the cedar Sprig and the berry twig from Spirits of Christmas Past SVG Kit. All of these were sized down, check the list at the bottom of this post for sizes. I added diamond stickles to the berry twigs and Gold enamel dots from Simple Stories Cozy Christmas Collection. Hot glue the side of the poinsettia  to the top of the box close enough to the side of the middle box so it holds it up a bit.  Your middle and top boxes will have the flaps folded underneath the box so that if you want to fill it just take them out and the lid comes off.
I know it sounds complicated but really it isn't and I love how it looks, vintage Christmas with use of the boxes if you wish. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog and thank you for being patient. It took be a while to get to finish this one and as hard as I tried even longer to write it up. Thanks again and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Christmas Gift Bags and Boxes SVG Kit
3d Wintergreens SVG Kit
Shaped Christmas Cards SVG Kit
Spirits of Christmas Past SVG Kit
Clara's Christmas Strips SVG Collection
Free 3d Bow
Extra Links for Collections
Battenburg Lace and Crochet Trim SVG Collection
Rosie's Ribbon Strips SVG Collection

Supplies used:
Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas Collection
Bazzill Card Stock: Ruby Slipper, Rainforest
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
Simple Stories Cozy Christmas Collection,  Enamel Dots
Ranger Diamond Stickles
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
 Hot Glue

Sizes for All pieces of the project:
Lacy Lid, large box : W 11.300 x H11.00 , Med: W 8.857x  H 8.622, Small: W7.322 x H 7.128
Box bottom, Large:W.11.300 x H 8.212, Med W 9.004 x H 6.543, Small, W 7.233 x H 5.256

Bottom Sides: Large W 11.300 x H 8.117, Med W 6.078 x H 6.720 Small, W 4.852 x H 5.073
Note: cut 4 sides

Poinsettias Petals: W. 4.153 x H 2.028 Leaves: W 3.647 x H 1.800
Cedar Foliage: W 3.202 x H 3.899
Holy: W 0.913 x H 2.492
Berry Twigs: W.1.408 x H  2.396

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pilgrims "Hide"

Good Morning Everyone!
I am up early all bright eyed and bushy tailed as my mom says. I wanted to share with you the pilgrim hat box I made for our table. The idea is one I saw in a silhouette group I am part of and thought it was just so cute!  My idea was to try using only SVG cut files but I failed at that as I cannot find the wheat file in Mary's Files. I realized afterward I got in the silhouette store and I will  have the ID number for you at the bottom of this page.  Anyhoo, as I said I thought it was just darling and wanted to make one for our table for Thanksgiving. It will just be the two of us this year and although I don't have to do a lot of decorating or make the table look fancy for the two of us, I probably will.

Start with the Straw hat from Leaves are Falling SVG Kit and size it to W 10.042 x H 10.085. Make the Hat band W 8.369 x H 3.552. The Buckle is one I made myself using two rectangles the outer rectangle is W1.418 x H 1.713 and the inside rectangle is W 0.715 x H 0.863. Center the smaller rectangle inside the larger one using your align tool, and right click and choose make a compound path. I made 3 of these and glued one on top of the other for dimension. I inked all the edges inside and out with Tim Holtz Distress ink Vintage Photo. To add a bit of shimmer I used a clear Wink Of Stella Pen over the top of it. Set that aside and cut out two hats at the size above. Glue one together and cut apart the second with scissors. Cut along the fold lines of the small octagon for the top of the hat. Now using the scissors cut a straight line across the top of the third  notch that you would glue the sides together. You can trim it down if you wish for a larger opening later. Glue the sides of the hat together in twos so that if you do wish to trim it down it is easier to cut a straight line. Now glue all the pieces together and fold the bottom pieces of the brim under. Do not glue them yet. Using the polygon feature make a polygon that is 6 sided. If you were not aware, you can change the shape by moving the thing that looks like a paperclip. Size it at W 6.250 x H 6.276. This was a tiny bit to big on one side so I used my scissors to trim off any excess after I glued the folds you would glue to the hat to the 6 sided Octagon, this makes your bottom of your box. 

The Leaves that look a bit like the feathers are from Harvest Country Home SVG Collection and are cut at W 2.65x H 2.42. I had a hard time finding where in the world I got those as they were in my autumn cuts box.  I kept looking and found them in the center of the oven mitt. I cut them two years ago so when I found it I was kind of amazed at how far I will go for a particular cut LOL. The fall leaves are from Autumn Elements SVG Collection and are cut at W 1.914 x H 2.128. The vine flourish is from Gourds Galore SVG Collection and was sized down for a more delicate look. I was trying to find the size and I apologize but couldn't find it as I write this. I will amend this entry if I come across it again. The sunflower is from 3d Fall Flowers and Mums and you will need to size all the pieces down a lot! Set your speed to 2 and take your time, my machine growls at me when it has to cut those.. Not really but I think it wants to. I cut the sunflower using sunflower American Craft card stock and then ink the edges after the two pieces are glued together like crazy! I used Tulip ink from Close to my Heart. The round center is one that is cut out when your cutting the brown centers then embossed with tiny bubbles folder from Cuttlebug. It is inked with Copper ink. The purple and maroon leaves are inked with Rich Razzleberry ink from Stampin up.
 The wheat I used was from the silhouette store and was inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink and creased in the center to give a more textured look.
Glue the hat band onto the top of the hat leaving the front unglued. Glue the two leaves from Harvest Country Home SVG Kit onto the hat in front and then the two oak leaves on top of those I slid the wheat into there as well and then glued down the front of the band. Glue the Buckle to the front of the hat and slide your flourish in between the leaves. It was glued down at the edges afterward. I glued down some edges of the leaves turning them this way and that first to see how I liked it. It is my opinion it gave it a bit more flow but we all know my opinion does not count LOL. I glued the finished Sunflower to the front and the hat was done.

Hubby liked it and thought it was cute and I am happy with the result and think it will look great on our thanksgiving table! He even came up with the title for this blog post! From Mark and I to all of you we pray all of your are safe, well and  have a Blessed Thanksgiving! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit
3d Mums and Fall Flowers SVG Kit
Harvest Country Home SVG Collection
Autumn Elements SVG Collection
Gourds Galore SVG Collection

Supplies Used:
American Craft Card Stock: Apricot, Sunflower, Olive, Coffee, Grape, Pomegrante
Bazzill Card Stock: Bitter Chocolate (hat) Moca Divine (band)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Pen
Stampin Up Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Real Red(sunflower)
Close to my Heart Ink Tulip
Brilliance Copper Ink
Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles Emboss Folder
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive

Note: It seems you cannot go online and look or download designs unless you go through your design program so here is the ID number for the wheat, #4288.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Visions Of Sugarplums...

Mornin' Y'all!

 I was putting away the PDF's from the last kit I made and a couple more ideas came to me. Now I wanted to keep this one as close to original as I could so there really isn't much altering and the idea stemmed from one of Mary's other kits called Fright Night SVG Kit. I took the idea from the witch decor bag again using small circles I put a few here and there to add a starry magical look to it. The Bag I used was the Sugarplum Fairy bag from Christmas Gift Bags SVG Kit, so lets get started and to set our mood play the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies song from the Nut Cracker! You don't really have to but that of course is what was going though my head.  Lets get Started.

Put all the pieces for the Sugar Plum Fairy Bag onto your virtual mat and arrange them the way Mary has them on the bag. First I drew lines where the scoring would be when you score it on your scoreboard. This helped me get the pieces in the right places. Then make different sized circles and place them one in the center of the burst where her hand is pointing to and around the bag to emulate stars. I started with really small circles but should have gone a bit larger so try about a W.0.170 on a piece of scratch paper and see how you like the size. Choose your first circle then holding down the shift key choose all the other circles one by one and lastly your burst and bag itself. Then go to modify and subtract and that should make tiny holes in your bag for the lights to shine through. Move all your pieces except the bag off the mat and cut the bag then all the other pieces.

Now comes the part where most men cringe,using Versa Mark and Heat and stick add glitter to your white branches and the star burst. I used one of my favorite glitters, Art Glitter Ultra fine Translucent Crystal Glitter. I use this one because it has a wonderful way of picking up the color it is adhered to and makes it look so different. It is VERY messy and I often have glitter on me for days but who doesn't love a little sparkle once in a while? Heat set it and then set it aside for the assembly later.

I decided that it needed snowflakes so I got out a small snowflake stamp from Winter in the Park by Lawn Fawn. Using the Versa Mark again I stamped snowflakes here and there and then used Stampin' Up White Emboss powder to make snowflakes on the bag itself. I also stamped them onto the fairies wings which I had cut out of Stampin Up Card Stock weight Vellum. Seriously, once you try this stuff you know why I use it all the time. I love the card stock weight vellum!

I put everything on the bag making sure to not cover holes I had put in,  then added 3d zots to adhere the wings onto the back of the fairy. I added an extra 3d zots to the back of the fairy below the wings and put her onto the front. Carefully lay the open bag onto the front so you can tape the fairy lights to the inside of the bag over the holes. I used plastic wound tape as I wanted to be able to remove them, when I was ready to put away the Christmas Decoration at a later date. Next glue the side of the bag together and fold the flaps into the slots and turn on you fairy lights. Volia! it is done!
 Super simple and I will bet it will take you even less time of you don't add all the glitter or use already glittered paper and a great pattern paper. There are LOTS of great papers out there and it only took me an hour to make even with the glitter and making dinner in between. I do take my time though as part of the fun for me is designing it and then seeing it come to life. The other thing I like about this is it is a small bag and doesn't take up to much space. If you wanted to make one for someone who doesn't have a ton of space this would be perfect.
 Although I was really tempted to put on the music from Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, I was content with it playing in my head.  Music helps set the mood if I am having trouble creating a seasonal or period item. Example if I am making something vintage from the 1920's I will listen to music from that period. Just a trick I use to help the creative mood to flow... anyhoo, thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits Used:
Christmas Gift Bags SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Bazzill Card Stock: Tropical, Smooth White, Turquoise Mist, Atlantic
Stampin Up Card Stock Vellum
Stampin Up Heat and Stick
Stampin Up White Emboss Powder
Lawn Fawn: Winter in the Park Stamp Set.
Stampin Up Heat Gun
Zots 3d Glue Dots
Scotch Quick Dry Adheisive

 Fairy Lights I used:
Supernight Blue Starry Starry Led Lights

Friday, November 21, 2014

Put a little Jingle...

Afternoon Y'all,

Most of us bring a small gift for our hostess when we attend a function during the holidays. Sometimes as in our case, we go to the women's bible study and will be exchanging and "stealing" a white elephant gift. The idea is to make your gift look really great so they are wondering is it a gift you don't want or is it a really nice gift. Even if your intending to put a gift card in this bag I really think it will make a great impression and it was REALLY easy too!

I used the fireplace bag from Christmas Gift Bags SVG Kit and made the fireplace smaller so it would look like the snowman was warming himself. Cut the bag at the size it imports then bring the fireplace pieces and the stocking onto your virtual mat and group them all so your sure to have the right size for everything. When all of my pieces were grouped including the stocking the whole thing was H 5.822 but the size of your fireplace will depend on your choice for the snowman size. I had already cut and made my snowman and so I made the fireplace smaller to accommodate the whole thing. I used Sizzix Brick emboss folder for the fireplace and Sizzix wood grain for the fire, this was to give a bit of texture and movement to the fire itself. Cut, and  ink the fire pieces with spiced marmalade distress ink. Glue the pieces together then emboss with the wood grain emboss folder. Add more ink if you feel it needs a bit more. The fireplace cut out was embossed with brick emboss folder by Tim Holtz and then inked with Vintage Photo Ink also from Tim Holtz. The bag itself was cut from Simple Stories Cozy Christmas and then the edges were inked with Vintage Photo Ink. I scored the bag with my Martha Steward score board. I think you could add the score lines so your machine will do it but I felt doing it with my scoreboard gave the bag a little more stability.
The snowman is from Snowman Village SVG Kit. It is called a kit because each snow-person or animal can be made into a bag. Pretty cool Huh? The size I made my snow man for this bag was W 5.706 x H 3.500. This is of course will all the pieces put together on my virtual mat so I could see how I wanted it to look. I know what your thinking, how did she make the arms? Well that is just two arms one turned and then welded together in the position I wanted them. Then they are glued behind him a bit and the hand on the one side is brought forward. I used Victorian Velvet ink to add the blushed look to the sides of the snowman and my pearl chalk to make rosy cheeks. To add a bit of dimension I added pop dots to the back of the snowman or you can use dimensionals.

Glue the bag together then holding up the main piece of the fireplace and your snowman that is already glued together except for his arms to get an idea of where you want your snowman to be. The closer he is to the bottom the farther away he looks and more like he is not standing to close to that fire. We all know what happened to Frosty! Glue down your fireplace and fire then add the snowman.
The ribbon at the top of the bag was a red satin and then I tied bells onto the twine and threaded the rest of the twine under the back of the bow and tied it. The stocking is one of those fuzzy buttons that I bought in the Christmas section at Michaels. There you have it, a cute little bag waiting to be filled with a goody or a gift card for someone special. Another thought I had was to make a tag using a snowflake shape. Either way I am sure your recipient will think this is just too cute! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog and Happy Craftin' Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits Used:
Christmas Gift Bags SVG Kit
Snowman Village SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Simple Stories Cozy Christmas Collection
American Craft Card Stock: Carrot, Sunflower
Bazzill Card Stock: White, Black, Ruby Slippers
Tim Holtz Emboss Folders Brick, Woodgrain
Cuttlebug Emboss Folder Forest Branches
Tim Holtz  Distress inks, Spiced Marmalade,Victorian Velvet, Vintage Photo, gathered twings
1/4 in Red Satin Ribbon
Fuzzy Stocking button Michaels
Pebbles Pearlescent Chalks
Jingle Bells Michaels
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Hot glue for stocking button

Monday, November 17, 2014

Ye Ole Christmas

Afternoon all,

Well I can honestly say I did not plan on making this Vintage inspired Christmas lantern at all today. It was the farthest thing from my mind today. I had planned on writing up the other lantern I made for my daughter and making Dads Birthday card but thankfully my plans are not Gods Plans. So here is how this lantern came about today. I was drinking coffee and just catching up on Facebook and then there it was, this amazing tattoo of Christ on this guys arm I mean it was made so it looked like the guys fist was Christ's. I sent it off to my son as he has tattoo's for him to see then I came into my room to write up my daughters lantern I made her. As I sat down I looked over at the really pretty stencil I bought that is a Tim Holtz Stencil and then that lantern just started forming in my brain.

I started with the tall lantern from Spooky Soiree SVG  Kit. I cut all the pieces out at the size they import. I wanted the stencil to look like it was all part of the lantern so I adhered all the pieces together in the proper places with my Tombow Tape runner, even the vellum which seemed to work so much better, then I used post it note tape to hold everything it place so it wouldn't slip while I used the stencil. I also taped down the stencil. Then I used Tim Holtz distress inks on the stencil and using a dauber I added the ink to the whole thing. After doing all the pieces and before gluing I heat set the ink with my heat gun.... just in case...

Using the single holly leaves from Shaped Christmas Cards SVG Kit, cut them at W 0.913 x H 2.492. I used Vintage Photo Ink from Tim Holtz to add ink to the edges and give it a distressed look. Cut the bottom Swag from Clara's Christmas Strips SVG Collection at W9.393 x H 1.188. I cut two of these and then used my scissors to cut them up into the portions I needed. Those were also inked with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo. I had the berry branches from my extras box but they are probably cut at the size they import and they were already glittered.

Using what you have stenciled as a pattern, add a few branches and holly leaves to your front but try not to totally obscure your stencil. I added the rhinestones that had a bit more opaque look to them for a more vintage feel. Then I added a few holly leaves and cut up pine swag then, added a pretty bow. I did glue down edges here and there to give a flowing look to it. The bells were also from Michael's over in the Christmas section. They had a vintage feel when I saw them and thought how nice they would look with the something in the future and they do. I hot glued those into place as if they were on a rope. Just add a battery operated candle and there is your vintage Christmas Lantern.
I love how this one came out for something I had not even the slightest thought of doing. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I am here to help. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Have a wonderful evening y'all and Happy Craftin'!
Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
Spooky Soiree SVG Kit
Spirits of Christmas Past SVG Kit
Clara's Christmas Strips SVG Collection
Shaped Christmas Cards SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Tim Holtz Festive THS029
Bazzill Card Stock: Walnut, Rain Forest
American Craft Card Stock: Pine
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Evergreen Bough, Festive Berries, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Mowed Lawn
Stampin Up: Card Stock Vellum
Recollection Rhinestones
Bells from Michael's
Ribbon from Stash
Scotch quick

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Secret Message for Riley

Hey Y'all,

Today I want to share with you a special Birthday Card. Why is it special? It is special because my grandson Riley loves Christmas.  He loves Christmas so much he doesn't mind if I give him Christmas Cards for his birthday. Now some of you will notice I moved the snowflake that Mary intended to go in the center of the vellum. There is a secret about this card that only Riley and you my readers will know. I clear embossed Happy Birthday in the center of that vellum and if you are not looking at it in the right light you won't see it. Here is how this card was made.

Start with the Christmas Box Cards SVG Kit and cut out as it imports. Then using Stampin up's Heat and Stick and Art Glitter's Antique White Ultra Fine Transparent Glitter, I went to work adding glitter to the pieces I wanted glitter on. I know  I have told before how to do this but I will tell you how again in case we have a new reader . Using Versa Mark Ink smush the pad onto the parts you would like to glitter. Then spread some heat and stick on it and get that glitter ready because you need to work quickly. Heat the heat and stick with your heat gun just until shiny, then spread the glitter on and shake off the excess do this on all the pieces you wanted glitter on. Then heat the pieces again to set the glitter.  NOTE: Watch the tutorial video first so you don't glitter where you don't need to. I set those aside, but still wanted some snowflakes on the blue portion of the globe. I got out a few small snowflake stamps and stamped the globe here and there, then used a glittered emboss powder and heat embossed them.  I  wanted my church to be brown so I used my handy knife on my Silhouette program and cut off the snowflakes on either side.  Glue that on top of your church and then add your extra snow piece

For the outside of the Globe I wanted more of a wood look so I used my Hero Arts Wood Grain background stamp and inked it up with Versa Mark.Then I  laid the brown pieces onto it and put a piece of scratch paper over the top using my hands to smooth it. If you have a brayer you can used that but I don't have one. I heat set it just to give it a tone and tone look. For the secret message to my Riley, I used a Happy Birthday stamp,Versa Mark and Ranger Super fine clear emboss powder. I assembled the card as Mary instructs in the video tutorial for The Boxed Christmas Cards SVG Kit. I added a few rhinestones here and there  but with so much glitter I didn't want to go overboard. (probably to late with all the glitter) Anyhoo, Riley will love the special message and all the glitter I put on it and that is what matters. That is all there is to this card,not much terrible exciting or tricky but I love how it came out. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog and Happy Crafting Y'all!  Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits Used:
Christmas Box Cards SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Bazzill Card Stock: Mocha Divine, Turquoise Mist
Bazzill Smooth White Card Stock
Stampin Up Card Stock Vellum
Stampin Up Heat and Stick
Art Glitter Antique White Ultra Fine Transparent Glitter
Recollections Rhinestones
Hero Arts White Small Brads
Hero Arts Wood Grain Background Stamp
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Stampin Up Heat Gun

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Lighting up Fall!

Afternoon all!

Happy Sunday Afternoon! I made this up last night and oh it was super simple. I bought the file Mistletoe Toe Manner which by the way is free this week  with a 9.98 purchase. Pretty simple, make a purchase of two other files totaling 9.98 then add the Mistletoe Toe Manor SVG Kit to your basket.. then in check out there is a discount code box. Type in the words Freegift and there you have it a free kit for the price of two.. Guess what? they do that with every kit that is new that week! So on the the nifty lantern I made.

I bought the kit and then set my Silhouette Cameo to speed 2 and textured card stock. The lantern is Cut from the size it imports. When it was done cutting the first time I checked it before I took it out of the machine and it cut fairly well but I didn't want to be sitting there picking out pieces so I cut it again but turned off the score lines the second time. You can do that buy unchecking the box in Advanced cut settings. When I took it off the mat I was very careful. Then I took out any pieces that didn't come out when I took it off the mat. I took my time and didn't hurry because as Mary says it doesn't help and yep we ALL know she is right!
 Then I cut the vellum and used Time Holtz, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick inks to smear onto my vellum.  I used a sponge to spread it around a bit. Now because I know that Distress inks are made to work with water, I used my spray bottle with a teaspoon of perfect pearls and water and lightly spritzed the vellum. It did curl but I used my Stampin up Heat gun on the low setting to dry it then straightened it out a bit while it was still warm. Then I glued the vellum to the inside of the lantern as instructed by our Mary Kowal. I hot glued a ribbon and some of those pretty fall paper roses I bought from Michael's in October to the top and added a battery operated Candle to the inside. There you have it a beautiful fall Lantern for your Thanksgiving decorations. This beautiful Lantern from this kit was made with Christmas in mind but just look at the possibilities with this and many more of Mary's amazing files. Thanks so much for stopping by on this glorious Sunday and reading my blog. Many blessings to all of you! Stop by SVG cuts and check out more of their Fall Decorations for your holiday table and  Happy Craftin Y'all! Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits Used:
Mistletoe Manor SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Bazzill  Card Stock : Mudpie
Stampin Up Card Stock Vellum
Tim Holtz  Distress Inks: spiced marmalade, fired brick
Ranger Perfect Pearls
Ranger Mister Bottle
Stampin Up Heat gun
Recollections Fall Foliage
Gold Ribbon
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive

Check out the Autumn Section SVG cuts for more Thanksgiving related decorations for your table!Happy Thanks SVG Kit  is just one of the many amazing kits and collections!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Box

Hi all,

I had to do some thinking on this one as I had this vision that it would be all white and well  it didn't turn out that way but I am happy with the result.  After the mail comes tomorrow I should have the total look I wanted.  I had to order some of those fairy lights Mary used in the Witch bag but I got a pretty blue and a multi colored one instead. I wanted to use them for Christmas projects so yellow wasn't really in my plan.

I started with the tree ornament again from Christmas Ornaments SVG kit and made the base putting the holes in it like I did with the last one. Then I cut the Holy leaves from Shaped Christmas Cards SVG Kit. I sized them at W 0.913 x H 2.492 and used my snow pattern emboss folder from Tim Holtz on the leaves to give it a bit of elegance and texture. I glued the leaves on bending them slightly just like the last box, being careful to hide the holes but not cover them. I made the bottom of the box again just like the last for the tree. Make a hole using a circle W 0.378 x H 0.378 for the bottom of the tree box.

Make another circle at the size listed above, for the lid of your octagon box from Winter Gazebo SVG Kit.  Center the circle on the octagon lid, choose modify and subtract and this should make your hole for the battery operated tea light or the fairy lights to fit through. Make sure you do this for your insert for the lid as well.

 To make the Snowflake cut outs for the sides of your box use the snowflake that was for the top of the box, sizing it to W.1.878 H 2.168. Ungroup the bottom of your box sides this keeps your score lines from disappearing when you subtract your snowflake cut outs.  Ungroup to remove the outer edges of the snowflake( move the outside lines of the snowflakes off to the side to use later to make your panels for the sides of the box.They will just be an snowflake shape) regroup all the pieces of each snowflake and place on each side of the box. I make 6 of these to put one on each side of the box.  As you put them on the sides of the box remember you don't want them to high as it could be covered by the lid if you make them to high on the sides. Once you have the snowflakes where you want them on your sides select the each grouped snowflake pieces for you sides holding down the shift key and then the last thing will be the sides of the box. Go to modify and then subtract this should make your cut out shapes of the snowflakes. Once you have done select all the side pieces and then group this should bring back your score lines. (if you have trouble selecting some snowflake pieces you can right click and send the side pieces to the back this will make it easier to grab your snowflake pieces. I learned this through trial and error) Cut as you normally would and glue the side pieces together. Cut a W2.50 x 3.25 in rectangle of Card Stock Vellum to put over the snowflakes on the inside.

To make the accent panels for outside of the box, make 6 rectangles sized at W.2.38 x 3.869. Use  the snowflake shapes you moved to the side of your mat, subtract those from the rectangle shapes. I cut 6 more snowflakes to fit over the cut outs on the sides of the box and inside your panels. Pay close attention to how you place your embossed accent panels over the cut outs as you will be placing your glittered snowflakes inside those panels like a puzzle. ( mine are not perfect) To Glitter your snowflakes and the  accent piece for the top of the box like mine, stamp your paper  with Vesa Mark ink pad and then coat it with the heat and stick. Using your heat gun heat it  just till it is shiny then quickly spread your glitter on and heat again to set the whole thing. It does take more time to do it this way and it is messy but there are two reasons I do it this way. 1. I can use the really pretty glitter from Art Glitter and 2. I can cut it out of regular card stock and it won't dull my cutting blade so quickly. The choice is yours but I am hooked on Art Glitter.

For the sides of the lid of the small octagon box from Winter Gazebo SVG Kit,  resize the scalloped portions to W 8.849 x H 1.727. This is so it will not cover your  snowflake cut outs you worked so hard to make. The panels for the lid were made by duplicating one of the lid sides and cutting off one scallop then resizing it to W 2.489 x H 1.218 then duplicate it 6 times to make the side panels for the lid. I used Tim Holtz Snow Flurries Emboss folder on these, it is a two pkg that comes with a snowman that is doffing a hat.  
Use the  train from The Christmas Box Cards SVG Kit  and cut off the bottom of the insert for the box card. Duplicate the train and cut off the extra engine. Move the two cards to your first train and weld the pieces together. You may need to double click on it and magnify it to delete extra nodes that are not making a straight line at the bottom.  Using a tiny triangle, place one after the "coal" car and one before the last car.  After choosing all the triangles while holding down the shift key, choose the train and then modify and subtract. This will make the notches at the bottom of your train strip to bend down and glue around the edges of the top of the box. Note: I bent the strip up with my fingers on this one and it worked much better than scoring with the board or with score lines on the computer. Bend your straight strip up and then glue the straight strip to the top of the box. . Use a 1/8 to a 1/4 inch thick strip of paper glued to the back of the train to stabilize it .  I used the cut out for the top of the box glittering it like I did the snowflakes to cover the folded strip for the train.  For more detailed description of this read the post entitled  Christmas Times  a coming...For the wheels on the train I used a tiny snowflake punch I had purchased from Walmart a few yrs ago.  I used a scrap of white card stock and did the glitter first then punched the snowflakes out for the wheels. On the large Wheel of the train I took a second snowflake and curled the edges up then glued the center of it to the center of the first flat piece. I did the glitter the same way for the tiny strips of paper that goes across the car tops.
Glue the box bottom of the tree to the top of the octagon lid box matching the holes. You can either put a tea light in through this hole or you can string  fairy lights through this and put the battery pack inside the box bottom.
 I hot glued the ribbon to the top of the tree twisting it and adding hot glue to hold it where I wanted. Put your extra pieces of ribbon on first, then add the bow with the long tails those will be your last two long ribbon pieces. The ribbon was something I bought many yrs. Cut your edges of your ribbon at an angle. I also added tiny punched snowflakes here and there to the tree for a whimsical look. That is probably why the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies song was going through my head. The way it looked, it reminded me of it. The tree is not glued to the bottom of the tree box but you could do that if you so desired.
So there you have it the Sugar Plum Fairy box. I figured since it was going through my head that is what I should call it. You could either add a present to the bottom of the box or make this your gift. I will decide how I will do mine when the fairy lights come tomorrow in the mail. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. It truly does make me happy that you like the things my crazy brain comes up with. Have a wonderful day Y'all and Happy Craftin'!
Blessings Sharalyn

Another idea would be to use the Drum from Santa's Visit SVG Kit and put a piece of vellum over the opening of the drum to close it off. Here is the link for that kit: Santas Visit SVG Kit

SVG Kits Used:
Christmas Ornaments SVG Kit
Winter Gazebo SVG Kit
Christmas Box Cards SVG Kit
Shaped Christmas Cards SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
Bazzill Smooth White Card Stock
Stampin Up Card Stock Vellum
Tim Holtz Emboss Folders: Snow flurries and Snowflake Pattern
Stampin Up Heat and Stick
Art Glitter Ultra Fine Translucent Crystal Glitter
Recollections Clear Rhinestones
Studio Tiny Snowflake Punch
1/8 inch Blue and Silver Ribbon
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Hot Glue
Detail Hot Glue Gun

Ps. I referred to the fairly lights as coming in the mail tomorrow, that is because I finished writing this up at 11:36 pm at night. Good nite all I am tired! Blessings Sharalyn

Friday, October 31, 2014

Christmas Times a Coming...

Hey Y'all,

I have been working on some Christmas Wrapping Ideas because I love the boxes Mary has but really don't love wrapping things. I am also not good at it, so putting them in a cute box that doubles as present as well as decor, works for me. As I started to write this up I was looking for a kit name in my folder of PDFs and thought of something else that would work as well that you could use. If you didn't want to glue all the holy leaves onto the ornament but I am getting ahead of myself.

Start with the Christmas Tree Ornament from The Christmas Tree Ornaments SVG Kit. Cut it our of your desired paper and then go in the extras file and get the extra bottom for the Christmas tree.  Make two small circle W.0.405 x H 0.405. Center one in the middle of your octagon bottom for the tree and select both the octagon and the circle then subtract. Move the other off to the side to use later for the lid of the box. Your battery operated tea light will go through that hole just like I did on the scarecrow. Glue the bottom of the tree box together as usual and set aside. Make several circles W.0.146 x H 0.146 and some W 0.102 x H 0.102. Arrange these on the Tree Ornament making sure not to place them over a score line and subtract those as well to make holes so the lights shine through. Not cut and glue the tree together as you would. Cut the single holy leaves from Shaped Christmas Cards SVG Kit out at W 0.913 x H 2.492, I cut a full page of them. Slightly curve the leaves with a pencil, stylus or dowel. Glue the tips of the holy leaves to the body of the tree being careful not to cover your holes. You want to camouflage them but not cover them. I had the pointsetta flowers in my stash and glued one to the other then used Ranger Multi Medium Matte to glue to the top of my tree. One of the petals fit nicely into the whole at the top. Use whatever you have even a couple of great star buttons with the shank cut off would work. I used Star Dust Stickles to add a bit of glitter to the tree. Now set this aside.
Here is another idea for the lights that came to me as well. You could make the holes W 0.20 and use the fairly lights like the bag Witches bag Mary made and taped the lights to the inside or you could use the tiny lights and put them through the holes and actually have them stick out.
If you didn't want to glue all those Leaves onto the Ornament you could use the Hinged Christmas tree from Spirits Of Christmas Past SVG Kit and add the holes as well, just another idea that came to me. You will probably have to make is smaller thought.
Now take the train from the Christmas Box Cards SVG Kit and cut off lower tab leaving about a 1/4 of an inch to fold down. This will be how the train is adhered to the box lid. Make two and cut the extra engine off. I welded this to the first train before I cut it out.  I used my scissors for this next step, but you could do this on the machine cut little notches at the bottom of your strip one after the coal car and then another after the third car. I used my score board to score under the wheels to fold the strip up. If you do this with score lines on the machine it could break. My first one did.

Make the Small Octagon box bottom from Winter Gazebo SVG Kit. Here is where that extra circle comes in. Center it to the middle of your octagon lid and subtract. This will make your hole that the tea light will fit through. Now glue the folded train to the top of the lid and cut about  1/4 strip with your paper cutter I used paper from the same collection so it wouldn't stand out to much. Glue this strip to the back of your train for stability. I folded it with my hands where I need it. now embellish your train. and then hot glue the tree bottom box to the top of the lid box matching your holes.  When you put your tree on the top the the box you might need to clip off some of the ends of your holly leaves to make it fit and not push the train over. Now assuming you used red for the bottom of your box, hot glue a black ribbon around the middle of the box, with your ends meeting in the front. I used the rectangular piece from scrap-booking stuff to make the belt buckle but you could make a paper one or use a button, whatever you have. I do not know the technical name for that thing. It was one of the things that was given to me.
You can either hot glue or use double sided tape to adhere the battery operated tea light to the top inside of the lid on your box. Fill your box with the rest of your gift and before presenting it to your recipient, turn the tea light on. That is all for this box but I have another one I am making done it white with embossed holy leaves and some snowflake action on the box. But it isn't done yet so I didn't have it to post with this one. Guess you'll have to come back to read how I make that one. Till then, Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Craftin" Y'all!
                                                                                                              Blessings, Sharalyn

Note: I really tried but just couldn't get a good shot of the lights showing through for you.

SVG Kits Used:
Christmas Ornaments SVG Kit
Shaped Christmas Cards SVG Kit
Winter Gazebo SVG Kit
Christmas Box Cards SVG Kit

Supplies Used:
MY Mind Eye Sleigh Bells Ring Collection
Bazzill Solid Card Stock: Ruby Slipper, Rain Forest
Simple Stories Enamel Dots, Cozy Christmas Collection
Brad for wheel from Stash
Pointsetta top from Stash
"Buckle" from Stash
Ranger Star Dust Stickles
Ranger Multi Medium  Matte
Hot Glue
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Colored Flashing Battery operated tea light 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Giving Thanks Always....

Hi Y'all,
I have another present for a certain person that really appreciates my humor and God given talent. After the first song at our church they do announcements then we do a meet and greet to everyone and yep we are a noisy group saying hello,giving hugs and sharing laughter. At such a time this past week one of our pastors started his sentence with: One of your amazing creations ended up on my desk and It was in a plastic bag tied and my name wasn't on it so I didn't know if it was for me or not.... Love the heart of this guy! I said OH yes I though perhaps someone had thrown it away.... It was a item I needed to fix for the church.. His face fell a little.. oh how can I disappoint this person I love so much in the Lord! So I came home ate my lunch and had a conversation with God in my  head about What could I make for this person? I rested a bit then went to my room finishing up some gluing on one of the Christmas projects.  As I worked I kept looking at the  larger cut out pieces of the mouse I had, I smiled and went to work.
Now when God puts something like this on my heart I pray ask what can I make and then I pretty much let him give me the ideas. I glued the mouse together having no clue what I would be doing next but I kept getting a verse in my head. (often he will do this with me)

 Deuteronomy 8:10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, Praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.
Now this can mean a lot of things if you think on it a bit but for my project it was a practical sentence and one I giggled at the Lords humor.

Start with the Large Ghost pumpkin from Pick a Pumpkin SVG Kit. I only glued 4 side pieces together and cut off the top have to show that the little mouse had eaten  quite a bit! I took four accent pieces and embossed them with my Cuttlebug Forest branches emboss folder. I used Really Rust Ink from Stampin up to bring the embossing out. Then I embossed four more pieces with Darcy's Wood Grain emboss folder for the outside inking those as well with Really Rust Ink. I used scissors and cut off the top portion of the pumpkin pieces. I glued the Forest Branches embossed pieces to the inside to look like the inside of a pumpkin and the Wood grain Embossed accent pieces to the outside. Make the lid but don't put it on yet. Then I took the itty bitty flower punch I have from Stampin up and made "bites out of the sides top and the lid pieces of the pumpkin. Ink the edges a bit just to add definition. 

The mouse is made using the strawberry from the Sweets For My Sweet SVG Kit. Sizes for the strawberry will be given at the bottom of this post. The pumpkin is made at the size it imports. Cut your mouse out of your desired color for your mouse and glue the strawberry together when you get to the top of the strawberry thread a twine through the holes at the top and tie a knot at the base. Loosely twist the two twine pieces together and use another smaller piece of twine to tie a knot for the end of the tail. Trim to the desire length and use your scissors to fray the ends. Glue your accent pieces on and glue the top and bottom of the strawberry together. Cut four leaves from Acorn Autumn SVG Kit, these can be found in the extras file. Again sizes will be at the bottom of this post. Curl and squish the leaves a bit so they resemble paws. Hot glue the bottom paws in place the cut off about a 1/4 of the leaves for the front paws off toward the back of the stem. Bend the back of the cut off portion down and hot glue in place. I did the whiskers a bit different than I have in the past. I used a very thinly cut piece of black card stock and used my little scissors to cut a slit on either side of the length of the card stock, so that it had splits in either side. I left the center solid so I could bend it in half and glue the bent portion to the "nose" of my mouse. then I trimmed and carefully curled the thin card stock pieces a bit. I really didn't have to curl to much as it did that naturally. I took an extra piece I had trimmed off and glued that to the center of the "nose" area as well. I used a small black pearl for the nose and the medium sizes for the eyes.  The ears are small tear drop shapes that I curled in with my stylus and chalked with my pearlescent chalks. I usually use the tool that came with them but I tried a cosmetic q-tip this time that I got at the dollar tree and it worked much better. The pointed ends of the tear shapes are bent and glued to the top of the head. I added a bit of "blush" color to the tummy area as well.  I glued the "chewed" portion of the pumpkin top to the top of the mouses head and made a stem using the Scarecrow's hat from Leaves are Falling SVG Kit, glue that as well to the top of the pumpkin lid. I added chewed pumpkin leaves and vines from Gourds Galore SVG Collection. Under the mouses backside is a small polished rock that you can purchase in quantity at the dollar tree. I used Glossy Accents to adhere that to the pumpkin and is there only for weight.
Now when my daughter saw this little guy she said he needed pumpkin seeds for the inside so I made those using the tear drop shape and adding ink for shading. Make two one larger than the other and slightly cup the smaller one, glue the smaller one centered on top of the larger one. (this will give the ridge that the pumpkin seeds have)  Ink both edges with Tim Holtz Vintage papers ink, then use the Itty Bitty Flower punch and take a small bite out of the seeds ink those edges and glue to the inside of the pumpkin. On the Bottom of the pumpkin at the middle back is two more of the rocks I chose green to camouflage it a bit. I glued those to the bottom to help the half of pumpkin or whatever the mouse left LOL stand. 

The tag was made last. I used the Print n cut feature on my machine to print the verse then drew a rounded rectangle around the words and added a hole for the tail to go  through. Now you could use a tag from Any of Mary's terrific tag files like Tags Galore SVG Collection or even the Double Tags Galore SVG Collection but I did a quick box to make mine. If you choose to make your own tag be sure and choose a different color for the cutting lines of the tag so you can choose to uncheck the box while your machine prints the words, then just uncheck the words and check the outlines when you go to cut it. thread the tail through the hole and hot glue it into place. There you have it our little mouse with words of encouragement. But what if you don't want the bible verse? Well you could always say Give Thanks for thanksgiving... 

I am hoping Daniel loves this little guy and shows it to many as we can all be encouraged to give thanks for all we have been given. Thanks so much for stopping by and to all of you... Happy Crafting and Many blessings! Sharalyn

SVG Cuts Kits and Collections Used:
Pick A Pumpkin SVG Kit
Sweets For My Sweet SVG Kit
Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit 
Acorn Autumn SVG Kit 
Gourds Galore SVG Collection 

Supplies Used:
American Craft Card Stock: Concrete, Olive, Apricot, Latte
Neenah Desert Storm Card Stock
Recollections Card Stock: Black
Tim Holtz, Vintage Papers Distress Ink
Ranger Glossy Accents
Pebbles Pearlescent Chalks
Twinery: Grey and White Twine 
Recollections Black Adhesive Pearls
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Hot glue
Detail Glue Gun
Polished Rocks From dollar Tree

Approximate Mouse sizes:
W.6.691 x 4.986 Note this is for all the strawberry pieces not including the leaves or the tear drop shape for the ears. 
4 Leaves for paws W 3.006 x  H 0.345
Tear Shapes W 2.76 x H  0.979
Remember I said this was slightly larger on these sizes so you will need to size up a tiny bit

Hat from Leaves are falling for pumpkin Stem:
W 1.767 x H 1.774

 If I made a mistake is this please forgive me and leave me a note I will clear it all up tomorrow. God Bless Y'all Sharalyn

Box is from Winter Gazebo SVG Kit 
Bow is on the freebies page of the blog:freebies from SVG Cuts