Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Under the Sea Shaker Birthday Card

Hi Everyone!

So excited to share with you this fun Under the Sea Shaker Birthday Card I made for my little niece Olivia who turned 5 this past weekend. 

If you have been a follower of my blog you will know that I have recently become obsessed with card making especially shaker cards! They are so fun and interactive and if 
adults love them, I'm sure kids will love them even more!

I knew the birthday was going to be a mermaid theme but since I really didn't have any mermaid stamps, I decided to use my silhouette and cut and piece some cute Tropical Friend SVGs from SVGCuts. To the little mermaid and the rest of the sea animals I addded some details by drawing with a fine sharpie pen. To all their eyes I added tiny drops of glossy accents to make them pop and give them some life.

For the ocean background I smooshed some distress inks (peacock feathers and salty ocean) onto some Canson watercolor paper. I also added some clear droplets to create the illusion of bubbles. The border die I used comes from My Favorite Things (Wonky Stiched Rectangles Stax). The stamp sentiment comes from Your Next Stamp (Snorkel Fun Fishy) stamped onto the Everyday Sentiment banners die from Lawn Fawn.  For the shaker mix I used clear sparkly sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, Martha Stewart Glitter, and Recollections Microbeads.

Here is closer look at all the details!

On the inside of the card I stamped another sentiment from Your Next Stamp (Snorkel Fun Fishy).

I hope you like my Under the Sea Shaker Birthday Card and got some inspiration to make your own!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)

For those interested in the products I used I have listed them below using some affiliate links at NO cost to you and for your shopping convenience! That means when you purchase through links from my blog, I receive a small commission. Thank you in advance and any compensation will be used towards more crafty creations :) 

(if something I used is no longer available I will link to a similar product)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Thinking of You Card

This past weekend we said goodbye to our Parish Priest. 
To be very honest, normally I don't get very attached to them. This one was different. In the short amount of time Father Antonio was with us, which was only 3 years he touched our lives. He was so kind and welcoming, he restored our faith in the church and brought our family back to it as he did many other young families in our community. He will greatly be missed! I hope that his replacement will continue to build on what he has started.  

So of course I had to make him a little good bye/thinking of you card!

Love how this card turned out, I think this would also make a great sympathy card and by changing the sentiment it could also be used to make a very simple wedding card or be used for any other religious celebration.

Here is the recipe for this card:

I was so excited I finally got to use my Church dies from Simon Says Stamp. Hard to see from the picture but I added some clear Wink Of Stella for some shimmer to the church and cut it out 3 times and glued them all together to make it pop up from the background. 
I also got to play with the Brushed Greetings II Stamp Set from Clearly Besotted. I used Versafine Onyx for the stamp and used Wow Clear gloss to emboss the sentiment. 
The background smooshing was created on watercolour paper using Zig Clean Color Water brushes 031,032,041. 
Then I used stitched rectangles from Simon Says to cut it out.
Mounted it onto a textured A2 card from Micheal's.
To finish I used some sparkly clear Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

Hope this simple Thinking of You Card has inspired you today!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

New Instagram Account!

Hey everyone!

Just a quick update...
I have created a new crafty Instagram account, here is why...

I love sharing my crafts with you all, but I feel that sharing crafts on my personal account may annoy people that really could care less about my crafts. So I tend not to share much of them on there, does that make sense? I should have listened to my husband and did that a lot sooner, but honestly I just figured it out myself.

I do not want to loose the followers that I have gained on my personal account so if you are following because you love my crafts please come follow my on the new account! If you still want to follow my ildadias account that is cool too! You just may not see the all the crafty stuff ;) I have already change the link on the side bar to get you to the new account or you can click on the link I have listed below.
Name should be easy to remember, but unfortunately long 
my new account username is ilovedoingallthingscrafty click on the link to get you there!

Hope you all understand and start following me over there! If you are a crafter your self I usually follow you back. I'm always looking for new inspirations :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Succulent Thank You Card

I'm in love with succulents!
So when I saw this stamp set by Altenew I had to have it.
Recently I finally had the perfect excuse to make some cards using the stamps!

Love the simplicity and beauty of this card.

I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color the stamped images in.
(Sorry didn't really keep track of the ones I used, got lost in the coloring ;)
To cut out the images I used my Silhouette PixScan.
Lightly blended some Distress ink Peacock Feathers in the background.
To add some sparkle I just added some clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

To finish the inside of the card I stamped one of the images in using some memento ink pear tart and added the for your hospitality sentiment in tuxedo black ink.

I really love how this Succulent Thank You Card turned out. This stamp set from Altenew is awesome and I'm sure I'll be a making more of these in the future!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Simple Woodsy Wedding Card

If you read my last post you know that I recently attended a wedding this past weekend. Click on the link if you missed it and want to see the cute personalized wedding gift I made for the cute couple.

So for this post I want to share with you this simple card I made using a card file from SVG Cuts Five Minute Card SVG Kit. The cool thing about this card was that when I made it last week I really had no idea what the wedding theme or decor would be like this weekend... but to my surprise it totally had a woodsy feel to it. I was really excited to see that my card was a perfect match for the evening and the couple! Funny how sometimes things happen that way ;)

When I making this card I had imagined a tree with the couple's initials carved into it. Trees to me symbolize strength, growth, family and forever and was why I I thought it would make a cute card. The original design of the card has "love" written in the centre of the heart, but of course I always have to put my own twist on it and added the couple's initials. If you look closely you can see right through the plus sign between their initials... I thought that was pretty cool!

For this A2 card the files were cut out using the silhouette Cameo. I used craft cardstock and a sizzix embossing folder to create the wood impression.  I then rubbed some walnut distress ink along the edges. I added some Wink of Stella to the tiny hearts and the flower petals for a little sparkle. I finished the card by embellishing it with a wooden button and a twine bow. I left the inside blank as I wanted enough room to write a message.

Hope you guys liked my Simple Woodsy Wedding Card today.
 I wish Stefano and his beautiful Bride Breanne, the happiest of marriages. May their love grow stronger and deeper with time.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)

DIY Personalized Etched Cutting Board Tutorial + Free .studio File

Hello my Crafty Friends!

Today I want to share with you a fun wedding gift I made for a beautiful couple that got married this past weekend. I hope they love it as much as I loved enjoyed making it. This project was super simple and easy to make and I'll show you exactly how I did it!

How cool looking is this cutting board!? 
I think I might have to make one for myself now ;)

For my DIYer friends, I have numbered each picture and will explain step by step how I did it. Hopefully the steps are easy enough to follow!

  • 1. Buy yourself a glass cutting board. I found this one at the Dollar Store. Yes, the dollar store... Don't worry it's going to go from drab to FAB!
  • 2. Flip the board onto its front side. (You will be etching the smooth glass surface on the back.)
  • 3. Peal away the backing. 
  • 4. In this case the backing was vinyl and pealed off really nicely.

  • 5. Use Goo Gone or any type of adhesive remover to remove any glue residue left behind.
  • 6. Use warm soapy water and wipe the board clean.
  • 7. Use an electronic cutting Machine to cut out your design (I used the Silhouette Cameo). The script font I used is called Arabella and the type font is Bernard Mt Condensed. I also used inexpensive vinyl (the kind you line drawers with) because you will be discarding it. No need to waste the good stuff! Make sure you reverse the image as this is done on the bottom/reverse side of the glass.  I then used painters masking tape to transfer the vinyl and keep my pieces together.
  • 8. Peal off the backing from the vinyl.

  • 9. Flip over your vinyl and centre it on the cutting board. Make sure you are using the smooth glass surface (bottom of the board).
  • 10. Remove the painters tape and ensure the edges are stuck really well to the glass. You do not want any thing to seep under the edges or you may not get a crisp design.
  • 11. Use Armour Etch Cream and a paintbrush to apply the mixture to the exposed glass areas.
  • 12. Follow the instructions of the Armour Etch. I like to leave mine on a little longer than instructed to ensure a deeper etched look, about 15 minutes.

  • 13. Rinse off the cream using warm water.
  • 14. Once the cream is off peal the vinyl back. 
  • 15. Dry off your board and add clear non slip pads to each corner of the bottom of the cutting board.
  • 16. Flip it over and you are now ready to use it!

For those of you that have a Silhouette and would like the Design I used I'm giving it away for FREE!

All I ask before you download...
is to read my free files RULES!!!
  1. If you choose to download all I ask is you become a follower. (Any social media link to the right of this pg would be appreciated)
  2. Note my files are for personal use only! (Personal use means... only for you to use (no trading, or sharing of my files... let me do that!) 
  3. If you want to share, send your friends over to my blog for the download. 
  4. I'm OK with people sharing my files on their own sites as long as there is a direct link back to this blog...Please give credit where credit is due! (a message to me would also be appreciated)
Here is what the design you download will look like, play with it and add your own fonts and designs to make it your own! 

Click on the link for your FREE Spoon, Knife and Fork Cutting Board Design 
Note this file will only work with Silhouette Studio Software!

Here is one last look at this beauty! 
I'm pretty sure it won't be the last one of these I make ;)
Is it too soon to start thinking of Christmas gifts!?!

Hope you liked my Personalized Etched Cutting Board Tutorial, and if you downloaded my file and plan on using it I definitely would love to see it! Feel free to share it with me by leaving me a link to your work, emailing it to me or sharing it on my FB page!

 I find sometimes it's the smallest gifts made from the heart are the ones that mean the most!

I'll be posting the cute wedding card I made for the beautiful couple next... stay tuned :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)