Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sea Critters Digi Die Cuts & Stamps Shaker Card

Hello my bloggy friends!

Today I have a really super cute and fairly simple card to share with you from one of Fleurette Bloom's latest Sea Critter Digi Die Cuts and Digi Stamps. I am anxiously awaiting for the arrival of her polymer stamp collection that were recently released, hopefully my happy mail will arrive soon!  In the mean time I want to show you how you can create the stamped look with out the having to do any stamping or colouring by hand.

So here is my Sea Critter Shaker Card! How cute did that turn out?! :)
Looks like they are having a fun "shell-o-bration!"


Here is how I created my card, hope this helps you if you are wanting to make something similar.
  • Using the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software I opened the colored digi files I wanted to use. 
  • Next I created a rectangle slightly smaller than the front of the basecard I wanted to use. 
  • I then filled the rectangle with a gradient blue. 
  • Send rectangle (background image) to the back of the layers. 
  • Next you will want to resize and arrange the critters onto the background/rectangle you created. 
  • Make sure that the cut setting of the images used inside the background are set to No Cut. 
  • For some added fun and interest I added a few layered critters. To do that I traced the outer edge of each image. Next, highlight the image with the outer edge, select the Object function, Modify and create a crop this will create a cut line around the image now if you select Cut Edge in the Cutting options. 
  • When you are happy with the layout of your card send the image to your printer, ensure your registrations marks are turned on. 
  • Once your images are printed out, you are now ready to cut them out!
Here is a phone pic of what mine looked like once I did the Print and Cut.
(Didn't want to waste paper so I created two cards the same way)

  • To finish the card Glue the printed image to the front of your base card. 
  • For some fun and dimension I glued some of the other cut out critters onto the printed images using pop dots. 
  • The next thing I did was cut out a black border slightly larger then the the image I printed out. 
  • Glue some clear acetate to the back of the border. 
  • Add a border of foam tape along the edge of the black border, you may want to use two layers of tape to allow your sequins to freely move inside the card.
  • Add some sequins/beads to the middle of the card and then attach the acetate black border to the top of the card. 
  • All done your shaker card! Embellish as you like ;)


Here is a closer look as these cute critters. :)



For those that love stamping and would rather use your own colours, here is the coordinating Sea Critters Clear Photopolymer Stamps


Don't forget to stop by the Shop and check out Fleurette's other Stamp Sets and Coordinating Digi Dies and Cuts! 


Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


Saturday, September 5, 2015

First Day of School Teacher's Gift Card/Holder


Hi guys!

Just wanted to share with you all the card I will be sending along with my kids for the teachers on Tuesday. This year they have a late start, probably because they went until the very end in June! Whatever the reason I am so grateful for the last few days!

So here are the First Day of School Teacher's Gift Cards I made! What teacher's wouldn't love to receive these cuties?!


Here is what they look like on the inside.


I created some cutout tabs on the inside offset layer (3.5 inches apart) just make sure when you glue the layer down you don't glue them down! I also created the card using the bottom (yellow) layer by  welding the flipped image of it together to create the base of the card. See image below for the pieces I used to make the cards ;)


Here is a close up so you can see the embossing, inking and other embellishments! Backpack blues stamp comes from Craftin' Desert Divas School Zone set. Thought it was the perfect sentiment for teachers on their first day back ;)


Files for this card are a mash up from SVG Cuts, Miss Baker's Classroom SVG Kit.

Hope my little back to school creations, have inspired you to create gift cards of your own :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

DIY Happy Birthday Cake Topper + FREE files


Hey Everyone!

Recently I have been making fancy cake toppers for family and friends. They can give a plain ol' cake the wow factor, without spending lots time or money! Believe me I know how much time it takes to make fondant cakes and this is the perfect alternative when you simply do not have the time! I have seen many expensive metal and wooden toppers out there but when you can make them out of paper for a few dollars, why spend the big bucks!

Here is what I am talking about!
So pretty right?!


So today I want to share with you how to make your very own. Here is a quick video of me making one to show you all. If you haven't yet, I would love for you to subscribe to my channel for future crafty videos :)


Here is what you need to make your own:

Electronic Cutter - I used the Silhouette Cameo
Glitter or foil paper (I used foil paper from Recollections) avoided a glittery mess.
Heavy card stock or light weight chipboard paper.
Glue, hot glue and gun.
Toothpicks or skewers.
Cake of course!  (homemade or store bought... shhh, no one will know!)

For those wanting to make your own using this file, click on the links below the picture!


Before you download...
My free files RULES!!!

  1. If you choose to download all I ask is you become a follower.
  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...Give credit where credit is due! (a message to me would also be appreciated)

Click on the links below for your FREE download! 

SVG file
.studio (Silhouette file)

Hope you have learned how to make your own fancy cake toppers and bling up your next birthday cake. And, if you didn't and want to use my files that's COOL too!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


Thursday, August 27, 2015

First Day of School Signs/ Props for Back to School Pictures


Hey Everyone!

Finally getting back into some crafting! Can't believe that the summer is almost over and my kiddies are headed back to school in a few short weeks. I know many schools have already started but I'm thankful for the late start this year :)

So today I want to share with you my latest Fleurette Bloom DT project. 
First day of school signs I made for my kids. I will be using them to take photos of them when they head back to school. (I'll post those pics when they happen). They are super simple to make and put together!


Here is what you will need to make your own:

Fonts:
Chalk Hand Lettering
Return to Sender
Travelling Typewriter

SVG Files:
Apple and Pencil - from School Days Kit - files were grouped together and resized.
The apple was then added to the top of the sign and grouped on to the top circle layer of the tag file. Then both the finished circle (sign) and pencil were just print and cut using the Silhouette Cameo.
Tag file (from coffee mug) - from Valentine Be Mine SVG Kit - Enlarged and cut (bottom layer only).

Paper:
Recollections card stock for the Print and Cut.
The bottom layer paper comes from the Simple Stories - Smarty Pants Paper Pack.

To Assemble:
Glue top 3 layers of the sign together, I used my ATG tape runner for that.
Attach the top of the pencil to the bottom of the sign with some glue.
To the back of the pencil, I glued a Popsicle stick. This adds strength to the paper and something for the kids to hold on to. Add a ribbon to the handle and embellish as you like ;)

For those of you that are visual people like me,
here is a video that I filmed while putting one of the signs together. Enjoy and if you haven't yet subscribe! I'm going to try an film more future projects ;)


Hope this post isn't too late for you, and it inspires you to make some of your own back to school First day signs!

For a limited time, you can get the School Days collection AND the ABC and 123 digi paper pack FREE with a purchase of $8.98 or more at Fleurette Bloom! So get them while you can :)

UPDATE... Here is super cute pic of the kids with their signs on their first day Back to School!



Thanks SO much for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Yellowstone Vacation Pictures


 Hi Guys :)

Sorry I have been a bit MIA, haven't had too much time for crafting lately... So I guess I have to share some other fun I have been up too!

Last week we got back from a little road trip we took down to Yellowstone National Park. What a beautiful place to visit. SO much to see down there, we really had a great time :)

Here are a few of my faves... had to narrow them down from the 1000+ pictures I took ;)







Here we are, minus my daughter who is on  vacation with the Grand Parents in Portugal.








Thought these dead trees were cool looking!


These Hot Spring colours were amazing!




We were very lucky to see lots of wildlife around...  I'd show you all of my animal shots, but then National Geographic might want to hire me and I just don't have time for them right now, lol!







My son's favourite geyser of the trip... Old Faithful!


Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.




Mammoth Hot Springs. 



We also drove down to see the beautiful vistas of the Grand Tetons.


One of the highlights of the road trip for me was stopping in Calgary and having dinner with this talented lady and her beautiful family... Thienly Azim from Mod Paperie an amazing crafter and for some time a fellow SVG Cuts DT member! She was one of the very first paper artist's I followed out there that inspired my own start in the paper crafting journey! What a beautiful person inside and out, can't say enough good things about her!





Hope you have enjoyed a little glimpse into my summer vacation. Hope to be back crafting pretty things with you soon!



Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Using Vinyl to Create Watercolor Cards + How to Video


Recently I have seen watercolor cards popping up everywhere ! So I had to jump on board and give them a try!


Before I even got started I watched tons of you tube videos but I have to say I fell in love with Kristina Werner Design videos. What a talented artist! I even went out and purchased some masking fluid to create something like I saw from one of her tutorials. But then one night, I had a light bulb moment and thought to myself why not try making a card using vinyl rather than the masking fluid. With the fluid you need to be really steady with your hand and have great calligraphy skills. But, with vinyl all you need is a nice font and a electronic cutting machine. The designs with the Silhouette are endless!

So then came the experiment and I am pleased to say I am truly happy with the results. I have to admit I had so much fun working with watercolors that I am positive this will be the first of many projects using them!

Take a look as I flub my way through my first actual (speaking) video tutorial. I thought it would be cool for you to see as I saw my experiment come to life! Hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think :)


Here is a look at all 3 cards I made created using this same technique. Mini works of art!


Stamps I used come from Snarky Stamps found here.

Hope you enjoyed this fun and unique way of personalizing watercolor cards using vinyl :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


Saturday, July 18, 2015

DIY Growth Chart Ruler + Video Tutorial


Hey Everyone!

I am super excited to share with you my latest DIY project, a growth chart ruler! I have been wanting to make one forever. I can't believe it took me this long! In fact I had wood stashed in my garage for years... it is actually one piece of a bi-fold door that I kept from when we built our house over 10 years ago! Talk about hoarding, I know right!?!

A friend from work (hey Katie!) had asked me if I could cut out some numbers for her to create a growth chart ruler on my silhouette. Of course I said yes, but at the time I had way too much other stuff going on. Fast forward a couple of months and finally I had sometime this past week to work on it. So since I was making a template for her, I thought why not make one for myself.  Finally I could check it off my to do list!

There are many ways to make these growth chart rulers but I wanted mine to last forever as a family keepsake and treasure, not sure how vinyl was going to hold up over the years and that is why I chose to do it like I did. I am SO happy with how it turned out and how simple it was to make. The hardest part was being patient and waiting for things to dry! 


For this tutorial I thought I would try doing things a little differently. Rather than having tons of pictures, I decided to create a little video! Hope you find this step by step instructional video helpful on creating your own growth chart. I used the paint, vinyl, paint, peel technique all the time (PVPP) and wanted to show you exactly how it works.

I have to apologize in advance as you may need to pause the video as it is jammed packed with great tips and I didn't want the video to be super long! So with out further adieu, hope enjoy my first ever You Tube video... and as they say all the time on You Tube "please give me a thumbs up if you liked my video and leave me a comment"!


Here is the list of supplies I used:
  • Wood (piece of a bi-fold door re purposed)
  • Modpodge
  • Acrylic paint
  • Foam roller and brush (could use a paint brush as well)
  • Paper plates (for paint an Modpodge, easy clean up)
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Vinyl (cheap kind that you can line drawers with, got mine at the dollar store)
  • Silhouette Machine (to cut out the growth chart)
  • FREE file from the Silhouette School (see details below)
  • Heat gun or blow drier (if you are impatient like me ;)
  • Hanging hardware
  • OPTIONAL: stain or paint for the wood (If you choose do this, prep your wood by using the stain or paint before starting this tutorial. VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure you sand your wood lightly if using a stain before applying the Modpodge, this will give the Modpodge something to grab on to, or it may all peel off!)

For those of you with a Silhouette Machine, Melissa from the Silhouette School has the growth chart ruler Studio cut file for FREE on her blog! While you're there check out some of her amazing tutorials and projects :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


PS. For those of you wondering why Modpodge? Well I had lots of it around, and it is the perfect top coat sealer. Plus it gave the wood a natural look that I was going for!


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Pocket Watch Treat Box


Hey Everyone!

Lately my life has been a bit crazy busy, with the kids at home and summer activities there never seems to be enough time. I think you will agree today's project is perfect for what is going on in my life right now and probably in many of yours too! So, without further adieu, check out this cool little pocket watch treat box... my latest Fleurette Bloom Design Team Project. 


Here is the list of files I used to create this cutie!

Box - Hooked on Fishing SVG Kit
Rosette - Lush Flowers SVG Collection
Pocket Watch SVG File

I used the reel box to create the base of the box. The pocket watch elements were then resized to match up with the base of the reel box. For fun I used a clear acetate circle to create the face on the watch. I then I also used some Tim Holtz Game spinners to create the hands. Finished it off by attaching a metal chain to the pocket watch handle and embellishing it with a couple rosettes.


This stamp couldn't be more perfect for this project. 
It comes from Craftin Desert Diva's - Blooming for you
The paper I used comes from Fancy Pants Designs - The Good Life 


 I think this would make a really great birthday gift for someone. It would also make a a really cool guys gift or maybe even a retirement treat. So many possibilities for this, you just need a little imagination and think about who you are making it for :)

Hope you enjoyed my Pocket Watch Treat Box, now go take time to smell the flowers!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)