Saturday, December 28, 2013

Snowman Gift Box

Hi Everyone!

Today I have the cutest Snowman gift box to share with you. The files all come from Fleurette Bloom Designs.

Isn't he SOOOO cute? "HELLO" he says :)

To recreate this, here are the files you will need:

boxes - Nesting Gift Box SVG Collection
arms and printed face - Snowman SVG Cutting File & Printable
printed scarf  - Let It Snow Coordinating Paper Collection
 poinsettia - Holly Days Boxes & Cards Kit / Collection
 Vintage Holly Branch SVG Cutting file 
This project was all cut and created on the Silhouette Cameo using SSDE.

Is that not the most adorable face? Those cheeks look so pinch-able!

This box is perfect for holding a lot of great little surprises. Also, would make a great box for a Winter Birthday or just to cheer someone up... that face would make anyone smile and melt their heart!  

When opened all up,  it kinda looks like the snowman is all melting... Awww  :(  poor thing, LOL!

Here he is again... sharing HUGS with you all!

I had so much fun creating this little Snowman Gift Box, hopefully it has inspired you to create one too! If  you do make sure you share it on Fleurette Bloom's Facebook Page. Would love to see your take on it :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Framed Paper Christmas Wreaths

Happy Boxing Day to all that celebrate the Holiday today! For us Canadians it's kinda like the US Black Friday, lots of crazy shopping and SALES ;) I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed some time with your friends and family! 

Today I want to share with you these awesome framed Paper Christmas Wreaths I created. I purposely didn't share this post sooner as I didn't want to spoil the surprise as they were given as gifts.

Back in the Fall, I had created something similar but on a much smaller scale as a Wedding gift for Mary and Leo of SVG Cuts. The post was titled Autumn "love". Since then, I had thought of making a similar project, only this time as a Christmas gift.

Here is my "White and Gold" Framed Wreath. Isn't it beautiful?!

To add some gold touches, I inked the edges of the flowers with a gold stamp pad and added a little gold glitter to the tips.

A little time consuming and messy when working with the glitter, but so worth the end results! LOVE how they came together. The picture doesn't do the glitter justice... it is so vibrant and sparkly in person!

For those interested here is how I planned it out on the SSDE.
  1. First I grouped all the layers of my flowers together. 
  2. Next I created a circle (not shown as covered up by the flowers below) the size I wanted my wreath to be. (As you can see the wreath is larger than the cutting mat)
  3. Resize the flowers as you like and arrange them on top of the circle you created (this will give you an idea of what the finished project will look like and how many flowers you will need to cut out).
  4. Ungroup each flower and cut. 

Here is the list of supplies and files I used to create both frames:

poinsettias - 3D Wintergreens SVG Kit
branches - Spirits of Christmas Past SVG Kit
bow - Gift Boxes SVG Kit
RIBBA Shadow Box Frame from IKEA - 19 ¾x19 ¾x1 ¾"
Embellished with glitter, gemstones, beads, buttons, pearls, and Ribbon
Brown and gold ink
 Hot glue and a glue gun
Scotch Quick Dry glue
White poster board 
Cut and created on the Silhouette Cameo using SSDE.

Here is a more traditional colored Christmas Wreath. I don't know which one I LOVE more!?
I guess it all depends on the rest of your Christmas decor and what would look best in your home! Don't the poinsettias look SO realistic?

By far the poinsettias from the 3D Wintergreens SVG Kit have been my most used file this Holiday Season! I LOVE how easy and beautiful they turn out each time! They are so stunning!!! I'm always amazed as to what we can make out of plain old paper these days!

For these photos, I have removed the glass from the frames. I wanted to get great pictures and avoid all the glare you get when taking pictures of a reflective surface. With the glass on, these frames look just as amazing!

Another option if you chose to do so, is to etch something across the middle of the glass. If etching intimidates you, use vinyl! Click here for an example.

I hope you enjoyed my Framed Christmas Wreaths. My Family LOVED them by the way!

It is a little late to create this as a gift for someone this year... but you can sure get an early start for next year, or why not make one for yourself  ;)

Enjoy your holidays everyone! EAT, DRINK and stay SAFE!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Tree of Treats - SVG Cuts Guest Post

Happy Holidays to all my Crafty Friends!!!

Today I'm excited to share with you the cutest Christmas Tree Treat Stand!
The perfect centerpiece to display all your Christmas goodies. For specific instructions on how to put this together you'll want to check out my latest SVG Cuts Guest Post... "Christmas Tree of Treats"

This project comes together fairly quickly. Simple, elegant and my favorite USEFUL! Need to store some extra treats? No problem, the base of the tree is the perfect place to hide all those extra treats!

Functional and Fun! 

The top of the tree is adorned with a bright star that lights up with a flick of a switch. The tea light just pokes through the center of the star to add a little twinkle!

Use some fun papers and colors to coordinate your treat stand with the rest of your table and party decor. 

For those interested here are the SVG Cuts files you will need:

Tree bottom - December Gifts SVG Kit
Star - Stars and Stripes SVG Kit

Cut on the Silhouette Cameo with SSDE

Hope this has inspired you to create your own treat stand to display and serve your Holiday goodness! Make sure you stop by the SVG Cuts Blog for all the how to's and exact instructions.

Also if you are interested in the macaroons I made click here for a link to a previous post and the recipe I used :)

Thanks for stopping by, stay SAFE everyone!
Happy Crafting  :)

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Ornaments for the Teachers

Can't believe there are only a few more days of school left before the holidays begin!

Every year I like to treat the teacher's with something homemade and unique. This year I decided to make them an ornament... Yes, I know not very original but when it's made and personalized by your own hands... it is! 

Super cute and simple, right? Something a teacher can treasure for many years and hopefully they will think about the child that gave it to them!

For the ornaments I selected school themed papers from DCWV's Grade School Stack.  

Here are 3 of the ornaments I made. I actually made 5 in total but that was just much to squeeze into one photo, lol!

Just in case you are  interested, here is the list of files you will need to recreate one of these gifts:

(names done using the Print and Cut feature of the Silhouette)
Box - Classic Gift Boxes SVG Kit (altered by adding and window to the front)
Poinsettias - 3D Wintergreens SVG Kit
All cut on the Silhouette Cameo using SSDE

I resized the box so that the ornament would fit perfectly inside it :)

TIP: Shred some green and red card stock for the bottom of the box... this will keep the ornament from rolling around and it will add a little extra to the presentation!

The card stock I used for the boxes comes from Heidi Swapp's Believe Paper Pad. Really like her papers!

Hope you this had inspired you to create some personalized ornamental gifts for the teachers, or anyone else that you may want to surprise. They actually come together fairly quickly if you still need to make some before Christmas!

Also if you are an SVG Cuts fan, don't forget to check out their 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway on Facebook! Still SO many amazing prizes to be won!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)

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Monday, December 16, 2013

DIY Christmas Labels on the Silhouette with Fleurette Bloom Designs

My favorite projects are quick and useful! Today I want to walk you through how to make your own Christmas labels using Fleurette Bloom files. Once you know how, you'll be making labels for everything :) 

For this project I used:

Avery Sticker Project Paper (Silhouette Brand Printable Sticker paper is also available, but did not have any on hand)
Silhouette Cameo with SSDE

  1. The first thing you will need to do is select the PNG images and the SVG files you want to use.
  2. Open them up onto your work space.
  3. With the SVG's you have selected to use as labels, click on each SVG and the change the cut style to "cut". 
  4. Group one PNG design with one SVG file. (Play with the PNG sizes until you like the look and placement on each label). 
  5. I chose to include "to: and a from:" If you do that ensure you change the cut style setting on the font to "no cut". Copy and paste it into each label and group them.
  6. I don't like to waste paper, so once my labels were created I tried to fit as many as possible on to one sheet. You will notice I changed some them in size to fit more! Variety in sizes is good to have because all gifts come in different sizes too ;)

Since I had set my line color to transparent , it was hard to visually see the labels when working on the white work space. To solve for this I just worked on the side of my work space (see image below) You could also in the Page setting, set it to reveal your cutting mat.

  • Slide the labels back onto your work space. Turn on the cut line setting and align your shapes within your registration marks. Make sure that the only cut lines you see are only on the edges of the labels. 
  • Now you are ready to send to the printer.
  • Before cutting out your shapes, change the pressure setting on your cutting machine, I set my pressure setting to 2. This is just enough to cut through the top layer leaving the backing intact. 
That's it! Easy right!?

Here is a little treat box I made with one of the labels I cut out! Since you already know who the gift is from you could also have the names already printed on there too :)

Hope you find this tutorial useful! This was so easy and quick to do on the Silhouette, that I have so many ideas for other labels I want to make now! If you have any questions I'd be happy to answer them for you :)

Also check out Fleurette's latest release!
Perfect for any occasion "Nesting Gift Box" SVG Collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Cake a la SVG Cuts - Guest Post!

I am SOOOOO super excited today to be sharing with you my first guest post for SVG Cuts, WHOOP, WHOOP! If I could do a back flip I would, lol ;) 

If you didn't know it before, you should know now that I LOVE SVG Cuts and have been a huge fan since finding them back in 2011! In fact they were one of the reasons I started blogging. I have always loved to craft and after making some of the coolest things out of paper with their files, I was hooked and I knew I had to share it with others!

So for this project I thought it would be awesome to mash up two of my favorite crafts... Paper and cake decorating! Well, what do you think of my Christmas Cake a la SVG Cuts? It almost looks too good to eat doesn't it?!

Please check out my guest post on the SVG Cuts blog for complete instructions :)

I would have never been able to create these gorgeous flowers out of fondant, but paper... piece of cake, haha!

When I was a little girl, the kids in the family would always fight over the sugar flowers on the cake. Did anyone else do that? Maybe we were just weird?

I'm sure if you make some like these out of paper, the moms might have to fight the kids for them, lol!

If any of you have ever made a fondant flower, you will know how time consuming and difficult it can be. Even when they are done they can be quite fragile. That's why you pay cake decorators the big bucks! But why pay them when you can do it yourself?! If you already are a papercrafter all you need now is a cake! If you can't make a fondant cake, don't worry bake your favorite cake and sprinkle some icing sugar over it, or even easier buy one and just embellish it!

Just think of the cakes you could make using paper toppers, the possibilities are endless!

Make the flowers like you would for any other project. Then all you have to do is  hot glue them to the end of a toothpick or a skewer. By doing this, you elevate the flowers and protect the papers from any grease absorption that may happen when using paper. See image below.

Here's what the cake looks like from the side...

and here's a peak inside the cake! Add some food coloring to  the cake batter and you'll end up with a fun and festive Christmas Cake! Yummy!!!

If you are interested in making this project, here are the SVG Cuts files you will need:

Make sure you stop by the SVG Cuts blog for more tips and all the instructions on how to make your own Cake a la SVG Cuts! I hope you loved this project as much as I enjoyed creating it... Oh, and eating it too!

Don't forget to check out SVG Cuts 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway on Facebook! SO many amazing prizes to be won!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Nativity Scene Tri-fold Card

Are you ready for Christmas yet? I just looked at the calender and swear I felt some heart palpitations... Eeeeek! So much I still want to do and hopefully enough time to get it all done!!!

Today I want to share a Nativity Scene Card I made using only the Print and Cut feature on the Silhouette Cameo. When you are making more than one card, Print and Cut can save you many hours of piecing all the cut outs together!

Well what you think of my super cute Nativity tri-fold Card? Sweet and simple, just how I like it! Reminds me of the cards my parents would receive when I was a little girl, except those where pop up cards... I did love those! I'll stick to tri-fold for now... pop up cards are way over my head!

To make this card you will need:

SVG Cuts files from O Holy Night SVG Collection
White Card stock to print on
Silhouette Cameo with DSE software

Here is a screenshot of  my images before I printed.
Before this step, I had ungrouped then regrouped all the individual layers together, then I moved them around to create the folds for each layer of the card. (This step is a little time consuming but will save you more time in the long run!)
 To make my images more visible, I chose to line each piece with black outline.
Also, below you see the base of the card I created...  pretty simple!

 I made this card to fit in a standard 5 X 7 envelope.

The inside opens to reveal your message! Plus there is enough space to hand write a personal note.

Hopefully you liked my Nativity Scene Tri-fold Card and saw how easy it was to create a complete Print and Cut Project. If you have any questions I would be happy to help :) 

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)

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