Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Peace on Earth Christmas Card


Hi All!

Today will be my last post of this year so I wanted to take this opportunity and Thank YOU all for following me on my crafting journey. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope you enjoy the rest of the year with your loved ones! May the New Year bring you all peace, love and happiness :)

For this last post I wanted to share with you a really cute Christmas card I created using a few of Fleurette Blooms Stamp sets, Peace on Earth and Sparkle and Shine. The stamps were cut out using the Silhouette Pixscan/Scanner method. See previous post for a how to.


On the inside of the card I used another Fleurette Bloom Stamp set - Happy Days

Make sure you stop by Fleurette's shop to take advantage of the SALE she has going on right now!


Here are the rest of the supplies I used to create this card...

Dies - Craftin Desert Divas - Fancy Frame Dies
Peppermint Stick Twine - Annie's Paper Boutique
Coloured paper - Recollections
White paper - Neenah Solar white 80lbs
Embossing Folder - We R Memory Keepers - Quilted
Glossy Accents - Ranger
Spectrum Noir Markers
Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads
Clear light blue sequins

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Hope you enjoyed my Happy Christmas Card. 
Stay warm and safe this Holiday season!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting Everyone :)


Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas Door Card - PixScan/Scanner Silhouette Tutorial


Come and knock on my door... 
We've been waiting for you...

Who remembers Three's Company? I don't know why but this picture below reminded me of the theme song and now it's stuck in my head, haha!

Anyways, I'm excited to share with you this really simple yet elegant door card I made using Fleurette Bloom files with one of her latest Stamp sets! The card comes from Christmas Memories SVG Kit and the stamps come from the Peace on Earth Stamp set.


Not a lot of colouring required for this project, which makes it easy to whip up a bunch of these! In case you are wondering I used my Spectrum Noir Markers, gold embossing powder and VersaMark ink.

Take a closer look.
Aren't those stamps amazing!?!
For those of you interested, Fleurette has here Stamps Sets on SALE right now!


As many of you know I am a Silhouette girl. I love my Silhouette Cameo! It does pretty much everything I have ever wanted it to do. So when the PixScan mat for the Silhouette first came out I had to have it. The results I had when I first used it were disappointing. Some of the cuts were OK, but many were way off, so for a longest time I hadn't used it.  Then through a FB Group I heard of this fantastic machine that simply scanned an image and cut it out, the Brother Scan and Cut. So for a while now I have been debating on whether or not to buy myself one as I am starting to get a little more into stamping... damned the Stamping Enabler Group, lol! After doing a bunch of research on it, it would cost me about $400 to get one to me here in Canada, plus version 2 is not available here yet! That's quite the investment!

Well, I am happy to say that I saved myself $400 by giving the PixScan mat another try! This time instead of using my phone to take the picture I actually used a scanner, and OMG what a difference that made! You see when you use a camera, there is a high chance that the image will have a slight angle to it, distorting the image once imported. You need a flat image, because a slight angle will make a lot of difference in the cut you get! Lucky for me, last weekend at Costco they had a promotion on the HP Envy 4522 for $39.99! This thing prints, scans and copies... How can I go wrong with that! All I needed was the scanner, and for $40 I was SOLD!

So once I figured out how to install the scanner, the rest was easy! Here is what I did next...
  1. Stamped my images and load them on to the PixScan mat (Use a permanent, waterproof ink if you plan on colouring them to avoid bleeding).
  2. Open the Silhouette Studio, click on the PixScan Image Icon.
  3. Place the PixScan Mat into your your scanner, ensuring that at least one of the sides of the registration marks are in the scanning field. (Don't worry if your mat is bigger than the scanner. The silhouette will stitch the two images together later.)
  4. Select Import from Scanner.
  5. Next, select your source and then Import the image (I used the WIA- option), click Scan.
  6. Now wait for it to transfer the data.
  7. You should now have an image that shows half a page loaded on a PixScan mat on the screen. 
  8. If your image is larger, you may need to follow the next step. If all your image was imported ignore it and go to step 10.
  9. Flip your PixScan Mat around and scan the other side of the image, again ensuring that the other registration marks are in the scan field. Repeating steps 5-7. Once your image imports the whole image should look like it was stitched together.
  10. Now all that is left to do is trace your images, select the edges you want to cut out, and if you want some white space around them you will need to create the offsets of your images. Delete any unwanted cutlines.
  11. Load your PixScan mat into the Silhouette. 
  12. Finally, send to Silhouette to cut it out. Your machine will detect the registration marks and begin cutting!

Here are my results.
SO, SO, SO, happy with it! Look at those perfect outlines/offsets! No more spending money on coordinating dies for stamps! YAY!!! And the best part was that I only spent $40!!!


Well I hope you liked my Christmas Card Door Card and that this post has helped anyone debating on whether or not to purchase the Scan and Cut machine... If you have a Silhouette, I would suggest you give your PixScan Mat another try using a scanner vs a camera. You might just end up saving a ton of money! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


Thursday, December 3, 2015

SVG Cuts Merry Maple Manor


Hey everyone!
Are you all ready for Christmas? I'm not even close... eeek! I have been so busy with these crafty projects that I'm starting to panic because I haven't started my Christmas shopping yet :(

Anyways, let me tell you a little about today's project... This house comes from SVG Cuts Maple Manor SVG Kit. If you saw the last house I did (HERE) you may have noticed it was inspired by Thienly Azim's Home For Christmas Project.... same goes for this house! This particular house is now displayed on one of the hospital units I work on. Hopefully it will bring some JOY and smiles to the patients, visitors and the staff I work with! I really love how this one turned out and hope they do too :)


Once again, for those interested in all the files I used here is the long list!

House - Maple Manor SVG Kit
Patio fence - Country Market SVG Kit
Windows - Townhouse Windows SVG Mini Pack
 Fence - For My Valentine SVG Kit
 Chimney - December Gifts SVG Kit
Greens - 3D Wintergreens  &  Spirits of Christmas Past SVG Kit
Chandelier (modified candelabra) - Gothic Flourishes SVG Collection 


Here is a list of the alterations I made to the original house:

  • Windows (See Home For Christmas for instructions).
  • Added poke holes around the roof line to poke Christmas lights through.
  • Added all the files listed above to embellish the house and make it my own. You can do the same using any files you may have!
Cut out black Silhouettes and add them in front of the windows. When the house is lit up it will actually look like there are little people living inside it... Super cool!!!



Love the silhouette of this little girl with her present at the window... and how pretty is this wreath too! I'm always amazed when I am able to cut out small intricate pieces, check out these small leafy cuts, cut out perfectly on the Silhouette Cameo.


Here is a side shot of the Merry Maple Manor.

For the snow along the roof line, I used Snow-tex from DecoArt that I purchased at Micheal's. This stuff is great and dries in a few hours!


Thanks for stopping by, hope you liked my take on the Maple Manor turned Merry!
I still have a few more Christmas projects to make and post about! Hopefully I will get to them soon :)


Happy Crafting Everyone :)


Thursday, November 26, 2015

SVG Cuts Mistletoe Manor

Hello my crafty Friends!

Today I have probably one of my largest projects to share with you! I'm so pleased with how it turned out, hopefully the recipient will love it just as much! 

This house comes from SVG Cuts Mistletoe Manor SVG Kit, but of course I had to add my own touches to it! I do have to give Thienly Azim lots of credit for my inspiration as well, as I have incorporated touches of her Home For Christmas project. (One of my all time favorite SVG Cuts DT projects from her, if you haven't seen it it's definitely worth checking out!)

Well what do you think? Isn't she a beauty!?
So realistic looking... I can't believe it's made out of paper!


For those of you interested here are all the SVG Cuts kits I used:
(yup, there were lots!)

House - Mistletoe Manor SVG Kit
Patio Greens - Clara’s Christmas Strips SVG Collection
 Fence - For My Valentine SVG Kit
 Chimney - December Gifts SVG Kit
Porch Greens - 3D Wintergreens
Bows - SVG File 3D Bow 2/25/12
Silhouette Trees - Forest County SVG Collection

Some other alterations I made to the house was to create little holes in the roof line to poke my Christmas lights through. I also added siding panels to my copula, to match the middle floor siding. 


I wanted to create some realistic looking icicles. To create them was super simple!
Using a glue gun, simply apply the glue to a craft mat in a straight line as long as you need. Then go back and attached the glue icicles to the line. If you don't have a craft mat you can also use parchment paper (any nonstick surface will work). Wait for the glue to dry completely and attach it to your project!


I also wanted to add some realistic looking snow. I used Snow-tex from DecoArt, that I purchased at Micheal's. This stuff is awesome! It didn't seem to warp my paper at all, and was dry within a few hours!

For the little snow balls on the trees, I used Liquid Applique. This stuff is so much fun, its almost magical. Goes on wet, but add your heat gun to it and watch it magically puff up!


One of my favourite touches is the Silhouette of a woman at the door. Looks like she is waving good bye to someone!

Well, I guess that goes for me too!
Good bye everyone ;)
Hope you enjoyed and were inspired by my version of SVG Cuts Mistletoe Manor!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

80's Themed Cake + Bonus Timlapse Videos


Hey Everyone ;)

I have a sweet treat for you all today... Literally! 
I was asked by my BOSS a while ago to make an 80's themed Birthday Cake for her BIL's surprise 60th party. How could you say no to your boss, right? Well... she's lucky I really like her, plus she is also my friend and a great Nurse Manager!

So, check out my 80's themed cake. How RAD is that?! 


Wouldn't be the 80's without a Ghetto Blaster! 


Do you remember the rubix cube? I was never able to solve those suckers... I always cheated and pealed off the stickers when I got frustrated, lol!

And of course I had to use my Silhouette to add a little paper to the cake.
Love the look, plus it saved me tons of time from trying to cut out intricate shapes and letters out of fondant!


Oh, and what about Pac Man?
It must have been one of the first video games I had ever played as a little girl!


Well for those interested in what is actually inside the cake 
The rubix cube is made up of rice krispies treats 
Top layers- Vanilla & Chocolate flavored - baked in two 6 inch round pans
Bottom layer - Vanilla & Chocolate flavored - baked in a 10 inch round pans
Entire cake was frosted with vanilla butter cream icing and covered with fondant.

As a BONUS for those of you that want to see how I created the cake, I made a 2 part timelapse video to condense approximately 12 hours into a little over 12 minutes!

(Everybody always wants to know how I do it, so here you go! Enjoy!!!)

80's Cake - Part 1



80's Cake - Part 2



Hope you enjoyed my 80's Themed Cake today, even if you didn't get to eat it! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Treat Bag Tags


Happy Halloween Everyone!!!

Today I want to share with you some Halloween treat bag tags I made for the little monsters in my life! 

Here are the candy filled baggies I made for them! 
Candy coma here we come ;)


For the tags I used some stamps I had that I bought a while ago at Micheal's in their dollar bin by craft smart. I thought they would be really cute to stamp and colour... I was right!

Below is an iPhone pic I took after I had stamped them and cut them out using the PixScan mat on the Silhouette Cameo. I then used my Spectrum Noir markers to colour the cuties in. I had so much fun colouring them, I now get why adult colouring is becoming so popular these days! I felt like a kid again :)

Once the cut out stamps were all coloured, I attached them to the tags using some foam tape. The background paper I used comes from My Minds Eye - Halloween Basics Paper Pad. The tags measure 3x4 inches each.


And here are the finished tags ready for my little Monsters!


Forgot to take a pic of the back of the tags with my good camera, so here is another iPhone pic!


Hope you liked my Halloween Treat Bag Tags.
Happy Haunting and stay safe!


Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


Friday, October 16, 2015

Halloween Bewitched Cabin


Hello my crafty Friends!
It's been a while since I had taken on a bigger project. Sometimes all I need is an excuse to craft ;) My Excuse this time was that I needed something to display on one of the hospital units I work.

So here is what I created for them! 
How cool is this Bewitched Cabin?!


Not only does this make a cool decoration piece, it can also be used as a treat or gift box!


For those of you that don't know I am a Nurse and have worked in Oncology for the past 18+ years. So recently I took my House of Haunts to work. Usually it's displayed in my craft room all year long, but this year I thought it would be cool to take it to work and share it with all the staff, patients, and visitors on one of the Units. Here's a shout out to Station 40 at the CCI! You would not believe the comments it has received and the amazement it gets when people find out it's made of paper and that it was done by someone that works there! There is no better reward than to see someone smile because of something you made :)

The only issue was that I also work on Station 30 and they were wondering why they didn't get one? The only logical solution I saw was to get busy creating a Halloween decoration for them! See Station 30, I love you guys too!

Welcome to my Bewitched Cabin! Muhahahaha!!!

The files for this amazing creation all come from SVG Cuts!

Here are the kits I used:
Bats, Ghosts & Moon - Spooky Cuties SVG Collection
Other supplies used:
Pattern Paper - My Mind's Eye
Black cardstock - Recollections
Vellum
String of indoor orange lights
Wooden dowel 
Black twine
White, black, green Ink Pads
Hot Glue
Scotch Quick dry glue
Black rhinestones & enamel dot
Cotton ball
Precision Knife
Embossing folders 
Crop a Dile Big Bite Punch
Sizzix Big Shot
Silhouette Cameo 

Here is a closer look at side of the house. Love the little vellum ghosts!


Here is the other side of the house.
To add the lights I used my crop-a-dile big bite punch to create some holes along the roof line of the house, and then pushed the lights through each hole.









 Kind of difficult to see here, but on the bottom left corner of the house I created a flap using a sharp precision knife. I then fed the plug end of the string of lights through the opening to allow it to get plugged in. You could also skip the string of lights and just add some electric tea lights instead.











Below are a few iPhone pics I took at work yesterday, sorry not the greatest quality :(







Here is the Bewitched Cabin as it's now displayed on  Station 30 (with one of my co-worker's hiding behind it). She did pose for another picture afterwards but it was really blurry! Thanks anyways Jill!







And, here is the House of Haunts, which was my 2013 creation for the SVG Cuts Halloween Challenge now displayed on Station 40.


Oh, and see the stacked pumpkins on the top right, I made those last year as one of my SVG Cuts DT projects  and gave them to Kim, our Unit Clerk. She now proudly displays them on the Unit every Fall!




 I love being able to share my work and inspire others. I hope this post has inspired you to share your work and creations with others as well! Take your beautiful creations out of your craft rooms and display them for others to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


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Friday, October 2, 2015

Spooktacular Halloween Moon Spinner Card


 Hey Guys!!!

Were you able to catch a glimpse of the Blood Moon this past Sunday Evening? Here is a pic we snapped just in case you missed it! I was in awe of this beautiful sight!

Anyways, it seems like the stars were all aligned as I had been working on this cool Halloween Spinner Card for my latest Fleurette Bloom DT Project!



My baby sister celebrated a birthday recently and thought I would make her a non traditional Birthday Card. So happy with how it turned out, it couldn't be any cooler!


Files for this card come from Fleurette Blooms Halloween Card Kit/Collection SVG files and Printables

The Moon and Happy Birthday Stamps come from Fleurette Blooms Sun Moon and Stars Clear Photopolymer Stamps


Here is a photo breakdown of how this card was put together.


Hope you liked my "Spooktacular" Halloween Moon Spinner Card. If you have any questions leave them in the comments and I will happily reply back to you :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


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