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.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Silhouette Classes for September

It is time for the Silhouette Classes for September. Here is what we are doing

Silhouette Intermediate class will be held on September 15th at either 10 am or 6 pm.
We will be making a cute Halloween banner that can be purchased through the on line store.  This is a great class to help you become a little more familiar with how to purchase, open, group and ungroup and cut a project.  We should be able to finish this project during class.  

I will also have a bonus project. a Halloween treat door hanger. This is an easy class and if you have taken the Out of the Box class, or used your Silhouette/Cameo even a little you will be able to do both projects.

Silhouette Design Club  will be held Wednesday, September 23rd  at either 10 am or 6 pm.  This class is for advanced students who own Silhouette Design Edition and feel comfortable with the software.  

We will be working with SVG files and you will have your choice of a couple of different projects. 

The haunted house card and envelope,  from the Fright Night kit

This class will be a little different then others.  I will show you the basics of working with SVG files and then help you to cut out and work on your project.  You may not finish in class but we will get a good start and you will go home feeling comfortable working with SVG files.

The projects for the Design Club can be found by clicking on the links or visiting SVG Cuts
(and remember every time you purchase two kits you get the newest kit for free!)

For both classes I have a supply list and link to files you will need.  Please email me or contact Heartfelt Hobby and Craft to sign up.  (You can always take both if you are up to it)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Travel Case

Its been one of those days;  hard, sad and good.  Let me explain.
This morning we took our only son to the airport and watched as he left us for the next two years. 
He is going to the Philippines to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Its a good thing.
We have both wanted this for a long time.
He will do great!
Two years is a long time.

This Saturday, my daughter also leaves. She will be headed back to collage after being home for almost a year.
Its a good thing.

Its so hard to watch them grow up and leave home!

So today, after getting back from the airport I decided I needed to do something fun to get my mind off of my traveling children.

This Round 3D travel case was a file I bought a few months ago.  In honor of my children who are spreading out I decided it was time to make it.

The first thing I did was gathered up some supplies.  I already had everything I needed, even if some of it was older paper. (One reason I NEVER throw out old paper- you never know when you might want it)

Next I had to decide if I wanted to use the Cameo or the Silhouette.  You can purchase the file from SVG Attic or Silhouette.  If you order it form SVG Attic, It is called Fashionably French and comes  with a lot of other beautiful  files as well.
Because I had already purchased it from the Silhouette Store I chose to use my Cameo.

The file is pretty big so the easiest way to cut it was to copy and paste the pieces in color groups and cut them. It didn't take long to get everything cut out.

When everything was cut, I embossed some of the decorative pieces and inked them up a little.

I followed the tutorial here to put it together.  
Jodi has done all the work already, all you have to do is follow her simple step by step instructions!

 Because this was in honor of my children and none of them were going to Paris, I decided to leave off some of the french embellishments and added an extra tag (with an R for our last name) and a key and lock.

I ran the lock and the leaves through my big shot with an embossing folder and then inked them up.
I also cut out two of each of the keys, locks and the the bottom part of the leaves then glued them together.  This gave it just a little more dimension.

Don't forget the back.  Its pretty too.

I LOVE my little travel case and I think it will be a perfect place to keep letters in.
(Ya right, like either one of them will write me... A mother can dream can't she?)

Friday, September 4, 2015

Haunted Houses

Are you looking for a fun project for Halloween?
I have fallen in love with Maple Manor!

This file, Maple Manor, from SVG Cuts is so amazing! And it can be cut using any software that accepts SVG files.
I used my Cameo this time but you could also do it with your Cricut!  

I put a lot of detail into it also to really make it pop.

Here is a close up of just one of the windows.  
To create the "siding" on the house, I scored the pieces  at 1/4"; then I added black chalk ink to make it look old and spooky.
For the windows, I ran the window frames through my Big Shot using a wood grain embossing folder from Darice.
I used some white chalk to highlight the wood on both the frame and the shutters. 
I did the same thing with the door.
To finish it off I added the door and shutters to the house with foam pop dots. It gives it lots of dimension.

I loved this house so much I made a second one for the store.

One of the best complements I got was when a customer came into the store and thought that the house was made from wood.  She couldn't believe it when I told her everything was paper!

The other thing I love about his house is you can take the tower roof off or open the back and fill it with candy or better yet, battery operated lights.  It looks so spooky with my red Christmas lights blinking inside!

I won't lie, this project took about 20 sheets of paper and a couple of evenings locked in my craft room but it was so worth it.  It was fun to put together and a joy to look at!

You can click here to purchase the Maple Manor file.

Remember this little project from last year?

This is the Haunted Forest file from SVG Cuts also. In fact she has a ton of house files, including a church.  I am thinking of making a Christmas village...
Keep checking back!