Friday, November 29, 2013

Winter Wonderland - A 3D Lit Winter Wall Decoration | SVGCuts

Did you have your first snowfall yet? Here in Edmonton we've had it for about a month now! Last week it came down pretty hard. Even though we all complain about the cold weather, Winter is actually quite beautiful! It was also the inspiration for my latest project... A 3D Lit Winter Wall Decoration. 

Isn't it "Cool"?!?

Winter Wonderland - A 3D Lit Winter Wall Decoration | SVGCuts Files

In order to make it a Wall Decoration, I added a hole to the backside from which to hang it from. Also on the bottom of the back panel, I created a cut out that folds open to allow you to insert some battery operated tea lights. This frame looks just as good as a tabletop decoration if you chose not to hang it. 
This is what it looks like with a soft glow during the day. 

Winter Wonderland - A 3D Lit Winter Wall Decoration | SVGCuts Files

Here is the list of files you will need to recreate this project:

Letter O (altered, and used to make the frame) - SVG Cuts - 3D Letters SVG Kit
Snowflakes - SVGCuts 
Winter Wonderland - SVG Cuts - Free Designs

To create the Frame - I enlarged the letter O from the 3D Letters and altered the front and back pieces of it. (see the second image)

For the Front - I selected random snowflakes and if they didn't have an offset to them I created one. I then centered the "Winter Wonderland" within the center of the "O". Next, I placed snowflakes all around the empty spaces. Once I was happy with their placement, I welded only the offset of my snowflakes with the outside "O" frame. I then cut out all the pieces and decorated each of them with glitter and rhinestones. Each snowflake was glued onto its offset. For embellishments, I added a ribbon and sequin trim to finish it up. 

This frame measures 11.25" W x 10.5" H
All cut on the Silhouette Cameo

 TIP: Go easy on the glue when adding glitter to your snowflakes. Paper tends to curl when wet. To avoid the curl, you can also use the Xyron sticker maker to add a layer of tackiness, then glitter!

And now in complete darkness! COOL right?
I love to make things light up :)

Winter Wonderland - A 3D Lit Winter Wall Decoration | SVGCuts Files

I hope you enjoyed my Winter Wonderland Wall Decoration!

If you like this idea but want to make it more personal,  it's easy to change the Word Art in the center. It could say, "Merry Christmas" "Happy Holidays" in English or a different language. Make it personal, with your Family's Last name or as a gift for someone else... the possibilities are endless!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Parisian Armoire - DIY Paper Jewelry Display Stand and Storage | SVGCuts

Today I want to share with you a project I made for the July/August issue of the Cutting Edge Magazine.

Parisian Armoire - DIY Paper Jewelry Display Stand and Storage | SVGCuts Files

Isn't it pretty?! One would never guess this beautiful armoire is completely made out of paper! Who wouldn’t love their jewelry displayed this way? This would make the perfect gift for a friend this Christmas or maybe even yourself ;)  I love when paper can be decorative and functional at the same time!

Parisian Armoire - DIY Paper Jewelry Display Stand and Storage | SVGCuts Files

Here is what I used:

The files for this project all come from SVG Cuts Amelie's Accessories SVG Kit
AC Cardstock 
Me and My Big Ideas Black and White Paper Pad
Alphabet stamps by Studio G
White Inkpad
Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Tool (Round 25)

Cut on the Silhouette Cameo using the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.

Follow PDF assembly instructions on how to create the Armoire and Flower. SVG Cuts also provides great video assembly tutorials!

Parisian Armoire - DIY Paper Jewelry Display Stand and Storage | SVGCuts Files

I modified the Eiffel Tower file that is provided in the SVG Kit in order to hang the jewelry. To do this requires a bit of work. I have provided a screenshot to explain what and how I got to the end results.

Parisian Armoire - DIY Paper Jewelry Display Stand and Storage | SVGCuts Files

  1. The first thing I did was import the image that I was going to modify. Then I highlighted the image and made it a compound path and then released the compound path. The image shows you one of four sides of the Eiffel tower. The original image is solid. There are no cutouts in the image. So, the next thing I did was create little shapes inside the tower by using the draw rectangle tool. (You might want to zoom in on your image at this point, much easier to see.) To modify your shapes, and angle the squares and triangles you will need to use the point editing tool. (See the above two arrows). Once you are satisfied with your shapes move on to step 2.
  2. Grab the outside outline of the Eiffel Tower from image one, copy and paste it. Highlight your copied image, select the point editing tool again and delete all the points until you are left with an image that has no tabs (like the outline of image 3).
  3. Group all the little squares and triangles created in the first step, copy them. (The easiest way is to hold the shift key and click on all the images you want to group.) Drag your grouped copied images and center them onto the image you created in step 2. Group them all together. You should be left with the image in step 3 at this point. This creates the top layer to the Eiffel tower that will add strength and reinforcement. (You will need to cut 4 of these out, one for each side)
  4. Next, with the other copied squares and triangles you grouped in the above step, drag them into the original cut file that you imported. 
  5. Group those together. This will make up the bottom layer of your Eiffel tower.

Two of the sides of the Eiffel tower are slightly different. The same technique above was used to create the other two sides. There is no need to change the top layer piece. I know it seems like a lot of steps, but is less complicated than it sounds. Let me know if you have any further questions, I'd be glad to answer them :)

Once all pieces of the tower are cut it is easier to glue the top layer on first before assembling the tower. I used Scotch quick dry adhesive and with a paintbrush sealed the entire tower. This not only adds protection to the piece it also strengthens it.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have enjoyed this functional and yet very decorative project as much as I enjoyed making it!

Happy Crafting :)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sympathy Card | SVGCuts

Death and dying are part of my work life.  It's hard to run from it as an Oncology nurse. I hope, in the very least, to provide comfort to those I do care for as they pass and console those that are left behind. 

A very good friend of mine recently lost a loved one, so I thought I would make her a card just to let her know I was thinking of her.

For this project, I used a few SVG Cuts files that I have altered to come up with this card. Click on the links below to see which kits the files came from.

Flag from Toil and Trouble SVG Kit
Card from Everyday Winter Cards SVG Kit

Nobody likes to lose someone they've loved. A handmade card like this, may put a smile on their face or at least let them know how much you care for them.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Celestial Twin Baby Shower Cake and Decor | DIY Cakes and Party Decor | SVGCuts Files

This weekend I had the privilege of making the sweetest cake for my friend Emilia's baby sister Gabriella, who is expecting TWINS! If you are planning a baby shower hopefully this post might help give you some more ideas :)

The cake turned out super CUTE!  

Celestial Twin Baby Shower Cake and Decor | DIY Cakes and Party Decor | SVGCuts Files

The color theme for the Shower was blue and yellow. So the first thought that came to my mind was the sky and the moon, then came the set of twin baby feet hiding under the clouds. 

Aren't those little feet adorable? And what about those ruffled diapers...  double the diapers, double the fun!

Celestial Twin Baby Shower Cake and Decor | DIY Cakes and Party Decor | SVGCuts Files

By far my favorite part of the cake was making the swirly clouds! 
So easy and fun to make :) 

Celestial Twin Baby Shower Cake and Decor | DIY Cakes and Party Decor | SVGCuts Files

Here are some cake details...

Bottom baked in an 11 inch round form - chocolate cake
Top baked in an 11 inch round form - white cake
Frosted with vanilla buttercream icing
Covered in fondant

Since I had a hand in helping my friend Emilia set up for the party, here are a few more pics I thought I would share.  I can't and won't take credit for all the work because this was definitely a team effort, my part was the cake table and its decorations. The rest was done by Emilia and the family of the mother to be. They took care of the centerpiece diaper cakes and table decor, Thank you gifts, games, prizes, desserts, and food... great job ladies!

Celestial Twin Baby Shower Cake and Decor | DIY Cakes and Party Decor | SVGCuts Files

Everything was amazing, thanks for allowing me to be a part of this day!

For those interested, here are some links to the papercrafts I created using the Silhouette Cameo for the party.

Gift Tag from BOXES AND BAGS
3D Baby Shoes and Safety Pin on Banner from BUNDLE OF JOY SVG KIT

Congratulations Gabriella and Chris! Can't wait to meet those little boys of yours... should be any day now... Eeeeek!

I hope you enjoyed and maybe picked up a few ideas for your next party.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting and Party Planning :)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Darth Vader Cake | DIY Cakes

Any Star Wars fans out there? If so, this one is for you! 

Today I want to share with you a Darth Vader cake I made for a friend of mines'  husband.

Darth Vader Cake | DIY Cakes

Happy Birthday John... May the 40th be with you! 
I wonder how many times he heard that this weekend?LOL! 

Here is the side view of Darth's head

Darth Vader Cake | DIY Cakes

Cake details...

I used 1, 10-inch cake pan to bake the bottom layer
The top layer was baked in a Pyrex bowl
Measured 7 inches tall
Flavor chocolate
 Frosted with a vanilla buttercream icing
Covered with black fondant

I hope you liked my Darth Vader Cake if you are planning a Star Wars Party make sure you check out this and this link for more ideas.

Stay tuned for a baby shower cake I also made for this weekend.

Thanks so much for stopping by, 
Happy Cake Decorating :)