Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Word Art Using Photoshop CS

I had a little down time and decided to take a class from Jessica Sprague.  Its been a while and I like to try and keep up on new trends and techniques.

The class I signed up for was Thread by Thread Glyph by Glyph and basically its a class to teach how to create a poster using the new Glyphs feature in Photoshop CC.  (tried it, loved it, got to have it!)

My poster turned out pretty nice but was exactly like the one she made (as it should be) so I decided to try my hand at a new poster.

This is one of my favorite sayings and I wanted to put it in a frame.  

I am very happy with how this turned out and can not wait to do some more word art.  

*wouldn't this be fun as a large vinyl piece for the living room wall?...... Thinking....Thinking!

 If you want to try  your hand at doing some word art and using glyphs try taking a class from Jessica- she is amazing and her classes are so fun!  You will be amazed at all you can learn.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Christmas Card Advent Banner

Every year we do some kind of advent count down.
This year my son is serving a mission in the Philippines so we really can't mail a big box full of Christmas things for him.

I wanted Tyson to have a few things from home, including the advent but didn't really know how to do it.  

The solution I came up with was a Card Advent Banner

I made 12 different cards, using paper from doodle bug design (a favorite!)
 Next I put a little label on each card starting with day one and ending with Christmas day.

We gathered all of his siblings and other family members and had them each write a personal note inside one of the cards. 

Next I folded the cards over a string and sealed them shut.

Now he has a banner / decoration that can be hung up, an advent so he can participate in a family tradition and (the best part) is he gets to read a daily message from someone he loves.

A perfect gift for someone far from home, don't you think?

Here is a close up of all 12 cards.

I am so excited to send this to him along with some other small little gifts. 
I hope he likes it as much as I enjoyed making it!

1/25  Update-  Note that when sending packages to the Philippines you need to send them EARLY!  
Tyson finally got his package this week.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Fall Leaf Table Runner

I was in desperate need of a table runner for fall. 

A few weeks ago I was at one of my favorite quilt shops when I saw this pattern for an

I knew instantly this was the runner I wanted on my table at Thanksgiving.

The next day at work I picked up some fabric and got ready to start my new project.

The pattern came with a ruler already but I still needed to purchase another one, it came in a set and wasn't expensive so I didn't mind.

I also had been wanting to try working with some batik fabric and this was the perfect project for it.

The piecing of the blocks was easy and a lot of fun .  It worked up quick as well. I was able to work on it in the evenings when I was home and finished it in about a week.

I loved how the top turned out.  This weekend I will be visiting mom and the long arm machine to get it quilted.

I can't wait to place this on my table!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Spiderwebs and Magical Orbs

Today at SVG Attic, its my turn again to share a project with you.
At our house this week we are getting ready for Halloween Parties!
I love decorating for Halloween but I wanted to do something a little different this year.

Spiders are just gross if you ask me or any of my girls. 
(did you see the post about the guy who set his car on fire trying to kill a spider?  Yeah I could so see myself doing that.)
However I think Spiderwebs are kind-a cool, especially for Halloween decor, so this year I used a spiderweb theme and made some" Magical Orbs"

To create the Magical Orb you will need a few plastic Christmas ball ornaments.
Remove the little cap and hanging piece.

Next use the spiderweb file from the Whats Brewin? kit from SVG Attic.

What's Brewin'?

You will fill the spiderweb with black and then print it  onto clear transparency plastic.
Next cut a circle around it.
Roll the plastic up and place it inside the ornament.
Basically you are creating a floating ornament but upside down.

Now you will want to create the stands to put them on.

For the first stand I created the Spiderweb Candlestick using the 

Creepy Candelabras

I love every file in this kit and will be using all of them I am sure.
The Candlestick was really easy to cut out and put together.

Once it was finished I used the glue gun to glue the "magical orb" into the top and then added some black tulle.

For the other "magical orbs" I used the 3D candlestick file from the new
JGW Steampunk Hex kit

JGW SteampunkHex

(Another great kit!  So many fun things to create!)

This time I made two of the candlesticks.  Once they were assembled, I inked the edges with a grey chalk ink.  
The Orbs are glued into the top of the candlestick holders using the glue gun.

To create the small banner, cut as many spiderwebs from cardstock as you want to use.
I cut them in different sizes to mix it up just a little.

Ink the webs with the grey chalk and then go over them just a touch with a white chalk.

String the webs onto clear quilting thread.

Tie each end of the thread to one of the candlesticks.

Tie some black tulle in between some of the webs.

To finish it off, Tie a big bow around each of the candlesticks.

I love how these turned out and I feel ready to host our Halloween party now!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Fall Decor

Just a quick post of something I have been working on.  
Everything was created with leftovers from other projects.
The wood box was from a Super Saturday project I taught a few years ago.
The leaves  and flowers were from a wreath I made last year and the pumpkins were from table decorations for a church dinner I helped with.

I love using my stash to make something new and fun!
What are you working on this weekend?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Trick or Tweet

Just finished up my first project for the SVG Attic Guest Design Team and I am so excited to share it with you.

How about some haunted (but not to scary) bird houses?

This project was created using the 
by Snapdragon Snippets.  

SDS Home Tweet Home

Besides the 3D bird and the card there are 3 really fun birdhouses

This first house is 3 stories high and has diamond windows.

The second house is two stories high and has circular windows.  I tied the top with orange organdy ribbon.

The third house has a fun heart shaped window and measures about 3 inches.Perfect for a little tweet.

For all three of the bird houses I used a piece of clear transparency plastic placed behind the opening.
You can of course leave the openings as they are- open, but by placing the transparency inside, the house can now be used as a box for treats or even a lantern for a small battery operated t-light.

To finish everything off, I slightly curled the roof pieces with a pencil so they would stick up just a bit.  Then tie the boxes closed with either black tulle or the organdy ribbon.

What a fun project and right now all SVG Attic Files are on sale so don't miss out!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Halloween Lantern and a New Company

Do you love SVG Cuts as much as I do?

The founder of SVG Cuts has launched a new company called 

Dreaming Tree

This company is only about a week old and to get started they are offering some free files.

This past week I tried the new 

I made two of them so I could get lots of practice and see how I liked these new files.

To begin with I followed the instructions and video to the T. 
 I really like how it turned out.  He even includes a printed vellum file to use that makes it look like there is light glowing inside of it.
Another cool thing is a hanging device is included so you can hang your lantern if you choose.

After I got the hang of this easy project (and it really is easy), I decided to change it up a bit.

This time I shrunk it down to 75% of the original size.
(*Tip if you are changing the size, be sure you change all the pieces)

I also used Frost White liquid ink to brush on the front pieces.  It gave it kind of a brushed metal look.

Instead of the velum this time I used clear transparency film to create the windows.
I loved how that turned out.  Its hard to see but you can see a battery operated candle through the transparency film.

There was only one small complaint I had about this particular file and that is that the side tabs are kind of small and when I reduced the size it really made them tiny.

That being said there is lots I like about this file and this company.
One of the big points for me is on the site  a supply list is included. No more guessing how much paper you are going to need and then running short before completing the project.

The assembly tutorials are great and he even tells you where on the tutorial the project you are making starts, now you don't have to watch the whole video to get to the project you are making.

The pdf Printable Menu has large pictures and print and is easy to read and understand. It also includes a supply list.

Over all I think I am going to be very happy with this company. I have downloaded a few other projects to try so I will keep you informed as I learn a little more.
In the mean time, download this file and try it for yourself.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

November Silhouette Classes

November Silhouette Classes are ready.  The emails have been sent and the demos are at the store.

Here is a quick pick at two of the projects we will be making,  This month its all about vinyl.

In the Intermediate Class I will show you how to use layered vinyl and how to make everything match up.  We will create these two vinyl projects that you can use on canisters, tile, wood, walls or just about anything else you can think of.  The canisters make great gifts or leave it out on the table for all your guests to have a little treat!

In Design Club we will continue working with Vinyl as I show you how to take a design and make a costume project with it.  

We will also be learning how to make weeding lines for all your vinyl word art projects.  (sorry I forgot to take a picture of the project before taking it to the store- but you can see the demo there)

I hope you will sign up for one or both classes!  
Happy Creating!

PS  both the Canisters and the Lantern can be bought at Wal Mart.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

S'More Treat Box

Today I have some very exciting news!
I have been asked to be on the Guest Design Team for 
I am very excited for this opportunity and to share my love of paper crafts with all of my friends.

 Jodi and the rest of the designers have some of the greatest files out in SVG land and I can't wait to share all of the wonderful projects with you.

To kick off the celebration I created this fun Halloween treat box.

I am all about taking one design and changing it up to use for something else.
This box actually came from the S'more fun kit and is the S'more box.

JGW Smore Fun

The box is cut out of two pieces of 12 x 12 paper.  I fell in love with this Doodle Bug paper but the store only had one sheet left.  
To get the look I wanted, I first cut the box out of black cardstock and then created inserts or panels for the sides, back and top,  (the front panel is included in the file), and cut them from the printed paper.

I used a piece of clear transparency film (found anywhere office supplies are sold) to make the "window"

The spider web and spiders were made using the What's Brewin'? kit.

What's Brewin'?

These spiders are just to cute and not a bit scary-AND they work with the Doodle Bug paper perfectly!
To finish off the box, fill it with some of your favorite Halloween Candy and tie it with a ribbon. 
It makes a great gift for a neighbor, friend or someone who can't get out to Trick or Treat this time around!

I hope you will visit me at SVG Attic and then come back here to my blog to find all kinds of Halloween projects and fun!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A New Wallet

It has been awhile since I posted a fabric project, so I thought I would share one with you today.

I was in need of a new wallet. The old one was split and money/ cards were always falling out.  It was also way to small for my needs.

This last weekend my mom, sister and I got together for another sewing day and made wallets. 
First we found this great pattern on Craftsy

(9) Name: 'Sewing : iPhone Wallet ePattern
My favorite part of any sewing project is picking out the fabric. 
There are so many colors and patterns to choose from it can be difficult but I LOVE it.
I wanted something feminine, pretty and soft.  I love the grey and the pink, it was exactly what I was looking for.

The pattern wasn't difficult at all and went together pretty quickly.

I am so pleased with how this turned out but the best part is all the room it has.  There is even an area to put my cell phone in! 

If you haven't tried Craftsy yet, you really need too.  They have some great patterns and classes.
Check them out!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Christmas Candy Cottage

Its time!
Time to start putting together your Christmas Village.
I have wanted to do this for a couple of years now and decided NOW WAS THE TIME!!

I am using files from SVG Cuts to create my village.

Today I started with my Christmas Candy Cottage.

The file used is actually the Bewitched Cabin from the  Haunted Forest Collection.

I didn't change anything.  I used lots of white paper instead of the black and printed paper from Bella Blv and Doodle Bug.  I also used Sugar Coated glitter paper from doodle bug as well.

The first thing you will do is cut all your paper out.

There are a lot of pieces so be prepared to do a lot of cutting at first. You can use any electric cutter that takes SVG files.

Follow the video tutorial here to put it all together.  It really isn't hard, just a little time consuming. 
Start and stop the video as you go along and you will do great.

I embossed the chimney pieces and window frames using a brick embossing design.
I also used a wood embossing folder to emboss the fence pieces.  
Because the pattern paper is so clean and bright I choose not to add any ink to the panels but of course you can if you would like.

After everything was assembled, I used a light coat of Mod Podge to add some Prisma Glitter on the roof and other areas to give it a little more snowy shimmer.

I am very pleased with how this turned out and I can not wait to try some more houses and create my Christmas Village. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Christmas in September? Why not!

 I know I am not the only one who has done this.  
As I mentioned before we have had kids leaving so I decided it was time to clean out, rearrange bedrooms and all of that fun stuff.

I was going through a closet when I found an envelope with a bunch of photos from 2003!
Now don't get me wrong, I am behind on my scrapbooking but 2003?  And Christmas?  That's my favorite holiday and subject to scrapbook. 

I stopped cleaning and started creating!
I found this file at SVG Attic. 
I bought it because I loved the wreath but as I looked at the photos in that envelope I knew it would be perfect for scrapbooking.

The kit is called Winter wishes and it is chucked full of fun, pretty holiday goodies!
I used all three cards to create my layout.

First I laid everything out to get a feel for what I wanted my page to look like.  

I wanted the focus to be on the pictures (always) so I used a limited number of elements, all from the Winter Wishes kit and some basic pattern Christmas paper from Doodle Bug.
I really liked the way it turned out.

The bell card was used just as it was to create a spot for some hidden journaling.  
I used a large Rhinestone for the center of the poinsettias.
I can't wait to finish up all the photos (like I said, there were a LOT!) using this kit.

AND... just because it was so fun I had to put together a card using the same files.

This time I used images from the two different cards and combined them to make one striking card.
The poinsettia was embossed using the Big Shot and a Sizzix embossing folder.  
The Merry Christmas  was made into a print and cut and then added on with foam pop dots.  
For the finishing touch I added some rhinestones again. 

It was an easy project that went together in just a matter of minutes.