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Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Crafty Science Project

I've been pretty busy lately. Between Halloween (which was a blast by the way) and trying to get a head start on my Christmas projects I haven't had a lot of time to post about anything. 

The Christmas project I've been working on is taking up a major portion of my craft time. It's going to be huge! I can't wait to share it!

So, last week my youngest daughter mentioned that she had a science project due this next week. She needed to make a model of an animal cell. Pretty straightforward over all. She just needed to make something that at least represented an animal cell and label each part. She was very adamant that she didn't want to use clay and they couldn't use food. She asked if there was anything we could make using my Cameo. Ummm....maybe. Of course the first place I went to was SVG Cuts! I had so many ideas, but I really wanted something that would be easy for her. I came across the Explosion Box SVG Kit and got an idea. 

I cut out all of the pieces for her and glued the lid together. I also used my scoring tool for the pockets, but the rest was all her.

Read on....

The outside of the box represents the outside of the cell. This is the Cell Membrane.  She used some of my stamps for the lid, but the rest she wrote in with a pencil so she would remember them better later on.
She labeled the inside of the outer box for the Cell Membrane, The middle box is the Cytoplasm. If you pull out the tags on all four sides they're all labeled the same since this is the nature of Cytoplasm.
Each of the colored tags and pockets represent each thing that would be found inside the Cytoplasm of an animal cell. 
The yellow tags and pockets that surround the inner box (Nucleus) represent the Endoplasmic Reticulum. Again all four sides are the same because the Endoplasmic Reticulum surrounds the Nucleus in an animal cell.
This is just a closer shot of what each tag looks like. She contemplated stamping each tag so it would look more polished, but she decided if she wrote each of them out she would be more likely to remember what they are during test time. Also she used some of my embossing folders to kind of mimic what each thing looks like. 
I kind of wish she would have had to define each part of the cell. There was plenty of room, she could have really filled it up.
It goes without saying what each of these are by the labels. I gave her the opportunity to choose whatever she wanted to decorate her project. I thought for sure she would go for the gold, but I think she was a lil intimidated by all of my stuff, so she kept it simple and just had some fun with my box o' bling. 
An inside view of the Nucleolus. 

So that's it! Easy peasy! I'll tell you what, I totally wish I had access to these kinds of things when I was a kid. I loved any assignment where I had to be creative, but I was usually stuck with the homemade clay gig.  I'm so glad I could help her out with this and I can't wait to hear about her presentation on Monday! 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Princess Castle Box Card

I've managed to get 3 projects posted in less than 2 weeks! Go me! Maybe the excitement I feel is only because I hadn't posted anything in like a month before this.

Anyway...Our niece's birthday was last week and we missed it. It's horrible. My husband can never be counted on to remember these kinds of things and I'm usually really good about it, but somehow this one got passed me. My husband will see her tomorrow, so I wanted to make sure I made her something I know she would be over the moon for. She LOVES the whole princess gig, so I know she'll love this.

There isn't a lot to say about this project. It kinda speaks for itself, so this will be a quick one! 

This is the Princess Castle Box Card from SVG Cuts. It's in the Box Cards SVG Kit.  You can't ask for something more cute or easy to make. 
I can think of so many different ways this could be done and not just for a girl. 
I wanted to make this fairly dimensional, so there are pop dots under almost everything. I just love it! I wish I could be there to see the look on her face!
I'm not super happy with how this turned out, but hey, the recipient is 4 years old. I'm pretty sure she's not going to care too much about the back anyway. 

Well that's it. Pretty simple! Hopefully I haven't missed anything else important, because I really need to work on my kid's costumes.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

You've Been Boo'd!!!

Have you ever heard of Boo'ing? I had, but never had the time nor the inclination to participate. After discussing the idea with my girls (I wanted their thoughts as I was going to make, I mean ask, them deliver them with me) we decided we should do it!

More on that in a second though.

SVG Cuts launched a new kit yesterday! It's called the Fright Night SVG Kit. I literally just downloaded it. Everything about this kit is adorable! Be sure to check it out!

Fright Night SVG Kit.

Ok, for those that don't know what it means to BOO, let me explain. You make (or buy, whatever floats your boat) a box, bag or container, and add treats of some kind to it. You also include, some sort of sign that says "We've Been Booed" and instructions for what they need to do next. Then you secretly deliver it to them. They then have 2 days to do the same thing to two more neighbors. It's actually a really simple idea. You can start with one or two, it's up to you. The girls decided I should make two. Which then, if they get into the spirit with us, two will turn into four and so on. I love that you can make this a simple or as big as you want to. What we have been pondering however is, what happens if this does catch on and we get Booed? Hmmm....

I did put just a lil bit of work into ours. I figured since I have the ability and the means and since I'm the one kicking this off (fingers crossed), why not get my craft on and share with the neighbors! Both boxes, aside from colors, they are the same. Read on.

Oh and as usual it's all SVG Cuts. 

I needed something big enough to fit the sign (check out the link at the bottom) I made for each of these. There were several possibilities, but in the end I decided on the Gable Box from the Classic Gift Boxes SVG Kit for a couple reasons. First off it would be nice and sturdy. Secondly it had a handle and would be easy to carry. I could see me sneaking around in the dark trying to secretly deliver something a lil more fragile and hard to carry...ha ha, just kidding, I really can't.  
The paper I used  on both boxes is Teresa Collins Masquerade Party. This is a really fun stack! I have the stamps that go with the paper as well, I just haven't used them. Yet. I got mine from
The Crow is the Curious Crow SVG and is one of the FREE files. I don't think I use any of the freebies enough, so I wanted to show this guy some love for a change. All of the Roses are the same Rose from the Indian Corn Box file out of the Fall Harvest SVG Kit. I cut them in 3 different sizes.  
The orange and black panels on the front of the boxes are some that I cut with my paper trimmer. I wanted something to break up the stripes and the dots, so this was my answer. I did this one first and glued it onto the box, then did the second one. I decided when I was ready to do the second one I wanted to emboss it (see below). The Flourished Bat is from the Gothic Flourishes SVG Collection. It's the bat3 file. The Happy Halloween phrase is in the Happy Halloween Card folder in the Maple Manor SVG Kit. 
These 3D letters that spell out EEK are from the Catacomb Manor SVG Kit and they are in the Tall EEK Bag file. 
The Pumpkin is from the Gatefold Card file in the Toil and Trouble SVG Kit.  The Bat is from the Elmhurst Hollow SVG Kit in the Extras Folder. Also, another Rose from the Fall Harvest SVG Kit.

This is the Small Coffin Box from the Elmhurst Hollow SVG Kit.  I was going to just put the candy inside the Gable Box and call it good, but I used a wad of black spider web to line the bottom, so I thought it's be better to contain the candy. This box is super easy to put together, so it was worth it!
I didn't add a lot of candy. Having no idea what people like (if they like anything), I thought it was best to keep the candy to a minimum and put in random Halloween stuff instead. The paper that is rolled up and tied is the copy of the We've Been Booed sign and the instructions.  Don't ask me why, but the orange and black chevron tissues make me happy! Hey, there is nothing wrong about being festive even when blowing your nose. The witch's hat is a photo prop that came out of a package I got at Walmart. 
In the effort to creep on our neighbors by October 1st, it was almost 10 p.m. last night when I got these done. My kids go to bed by 10 on school night, so in the rush to get pics taken and get our Boo'ing done, I forgot to take a picture of the signs I made to go in the boxes. This is the PDF I printed from Anna & Blue. There are tons all over the internet, but I really liked this one. After I printed these, I cut them out by hand (GASP!!) and glued one on each side of a piece of thick chipboard, that I also cut out by hand. I glued a piece of ribbon in between the instructions and the chipboard so they could hang it up, then I hot glued a strip of black cord around it to hide the edges.

 I have to say, I really enjoyed this whole thing! It was great to not only get crafty and make the box and gather the treats to go in it, but the delivery was outrageous fun too! By 10 p.m. on our street it's really dark and quiet. There are no street lamps because there isn't a need for them and while not everyone is in bed asleep at that time, everyone is definitely settled in for the night. I suppose you could wait until your recipients are asleep, but we think part of the excitement was trying to deliver these and not get caught. The girls and I made a point of spreading them out to different ends of the street, so that only added to it. The girls thought it was the best thing EVER to watch their Mom sneak onto the neighbors porch and almost get caught doing it. I even took off my shoes! When we left our house to go do this my youngest swore she was only along for the ride. When it was time for the second box, she surprised both her sister and I by INFORMING us she was going to do it. By the time we got home we had the giggles and would have done more if we could have! While it's still difficult to say if this will get any traction, we had a blast and we will do it again next year for sure!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Autumn Carnival

We finally got moved and settled and for the most part my fingers have healed. Boy howdy am I glad that's over! On top of the house being Trashed (yes Trashed, with a capital "T") we were in a HUGE hurry to get everything moved before my husband had to go back to work. Out of town. For two weeks. Good times. I still feel like I'm running around in circles, but I'm a lil nuts like that anyway sooo...the good news is I no longer feel like I'm on the verge of becoming a mental patient! I think I'll call this one a win. There is plenty to be happy about anyway. While we still have tons to do, as far as fixing the house, at least the worst is over. We have loads of space (I actually have a closet that's completely empty. GASP!), the view is off the hook, and I can tell my kids to go play in the street and mean it (there's barely any traffic). The best part is, if I'm being honest with myself, I now have a craft room! It's huge! The people that built this house had it specifically designed to be a craft room. She understood the need for space. Hallelujah!  I still get warm fuzzies every time I walk in there.


In the midst of all of our chaos SVG Cuts launched a couple of new kits and kicked off the Autumn Challenge. If I'm still being honest with myself, I probably didn't help the madness, because I had moments where instead of thinking of paint colors for the bathroom, I was thinking how amazing the new SVG Cuts kit were. Instead of concentrating on getting boxes unpacked, I was thinking on what I wanted to do for the Autumn Challenge. Hello, my name is Cynde and I am a Craft Addict.

Before I get to what I did for that though, I wanted to share the new kits that have been launched. If you haven't seen them yet, then your missing out! Also, it should go without saying that everything I'm about to talk about is by SVG Cuts.

This is the Carousel Ride SVG Kit. I strongly encourage you to click the link and take a look. My reaction to that Carousel was what I usually reserve for newborn babies and puppies. OMG! How freakin cute is that? Let me hold it!   
This is the Autumn Box Cards SVG Kit. I'm really digging this. It makes me want to start a fire and drink some apple cider. I'm not usually one to give out Fall themed cards of any sort, but I want to make these! 

So, for those that don't know, SVG Cuts is running a contest called the Autumn Challenge. To me, it's one thing to enter a contest like "if we reach a certain number we'll draw for a winner", but to actually put time, effort and actual thought into something to win a prize has never really been my cup of tea. I make things because I like to. There's no pressure and if nobody likes it but me, it's all good. To make something and have others judge me on it? Stresses me out. Especially when the people that are going to be judging me are people that admire. Yikes! At the end of the day though, I just couldn't help myself, I was gonna make something and enter that contest! 

I knew when I purchased the Summer Street Carnival SVG Kit I was never going to make it straight up, as is. I knew I would do Christmas, Halloween or something else with it. When I saw the Autumn Challenge I knew right away I was going to use this kit for it. So, when I should've been unpacking I was skimming through SVG Cuts site looking for my inspiration. I saw the Bushel Basket from the Caramel Apple Pie SVG Kit and that was it. 

I usually list in the description of each picture of what I used and how I did it. I'm going to go with a different approach on this post, however. There is quite a bit to it and also, for those that are interested in making their own, I think it would be easier to follow if I wait until the end and list the dimensions and some basic "how to".  If you have any further questions feel free to leave it in the comments and I will get back to you as soon as I can. 

The Ferris Wheel and Carnival Tent Box are both from the Summer Street Carnival SVG Kit. The Bases I used under them are from the new Carousel Ride SVG Kit.  The Fence is from the September Scenes Stand-Up Cards SVG Kit
The Bushel Baskets are from the Caramel Apple Pie SVG Kit.  
My Scarecrow comes from the Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit.  I made his head out of linen paper. I love him so. I want to make him at his original size using the same paper!
The paper is Autumn Song by Bo Bunny. It is such a lovely stack and while Bo Bunny never disappoints, this is probably one of my favorites. It is so hard to find the entire stack now without paying a small fortune! While I'm mildly ashamed at the $30 (and that's just the stack) I paid for it, I'm glad I did. I figured I'd go for the gold and all of the extras with it, buttons, brads, stamps, and layered chipboard stickers. The leaf rosette is from the Noteworthy pack and I stamped the word Celebrate on it. The "Fall Banner" is from the layered chipboard stickers pack that I attached to some twine. The layered chipboard stickers come with glitter on them, but the rosette didn't, so I broke out some my Martha Stewart Glitter Paint (groovy stuff) and added it to the rosette. 
The Crows are from the Fall Harvest SVG Kit. On a side note: about Mr. Scarecrow's vest. I have this fear of using a heat gun for embossing. It's an irrational fear, I know. What makes it even more ludicrous is, I used to be a stylist for crying out loud! I've worked with all sorts of heated tools and it never bothered me. I love the idea of heat embossing, in fact, I spent 2 days researching the best one. I just can't do it! So my answer was to use my embossing folders and then paint over the design. Probably took longer than heat embossing, but I don't care. My project nor my house started on fire, so it's cool. 
While I only took a picture of this one element on a Basket, I cut out 8 different files for each Basket.  This is the Maple Leaf from the Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit. From the same kit I also used the Apple and the Pumpkin. Also, I used the Colorful Corn file and the Mushroom from the Enchanted Autumn SVG Kit. The Black Eyed Susan is from the Pick A Pumpkin SVG Kit. Finally, the Sunflower is from the Harvest Hill Farm SVG Collection.  
 The 3D Pumpkins are the Little Orange Pumpkin from the Pick A Pumpkin SVG Kit.  The funny thing about these is, I chose that particular file because it had the least amount of pieces to cut. Well. I didn't take in to account that by making them that small, the stems could pose a major challenge. That lil yellow Pumpkin you see sitting on the hay bale? That was my first one. It's held together with glue dots and tape. Hey, where there's a will, there's a way and I wanted 3D pumpkins! After that, I figured out a better plan of attack and I was able to glue them all. The apples are made of wood. We have a store here, they have been open for as long as I can remember. It's wall to wall odd ball craft supplies. If it's out of the norm or "hard to find" they probably have it. I didn't want to make 3D apples that small, (I'm crazy, not stupid) so I went on a search for miniature apples and hay bales. I went all over town. Couldn't find them. I looked online. Too much money for my taste. Then I remembered the Treasure Chest. Of course they had them! Now, either my town is really lame and our big box stores are not cool or these things really are that hard to find...The Basket the apples are in is the Fall Basket from the Fall Harvest SVG Kit. I also cut out the Mum and flowers from the same file. They are also on the Scarecrow's hat. 
 The Carnival Tent Box itself, is super easy. Really, the hard part is choosing the paper. I was getting ready to put it all together like it's meant to be and I had the idea to make the tent opening. So there I was, at midnight, in our kitchen, with my husband's razor knife, cutting a hole in my project. 
Why didn't I take a picture of the back of the Easel? No idea. Sheesh. Well, I'm gonna talk about it anyway! The "Fall Time Sign" is a chipboard sticker from the same pack as the "Fall Banner" on the Ferris Wheel. I used the Pool Sticks from The Green Room SVG Kit and a Crate Panel from the Caramel Apple Pie SVG Kit to make the Easel.
The Golden Afternoon sign is also from the Bo Bunny Noteworthy pack. I also broke out the glitter paint on this and when over the green design above and below the words. 
Here you can see a lil better where I rolled of the paper that was supposed to be a panel and made it look like a tent flap. 
The Rake is from Autumn Elements SVG Collection.  The Leaves are from the new Autumn Box Cards SVG Kit. I only cut out the main part of the leaf. Cutting the stems and veins at that size, I would be lucky to get them off my mat without tearing them up. 
I like this picture so I thought I'd just throw it in here. 

Ok. Now for the details.... The Baskets will need to be completed before you can finish the assembly of the Ferris Wheel.


Caramel Apple Pie SVG Kit:

    Bushel Basket folder-
  • Cut these pieces at these sizes.  Cut eight (8) Baskets
        sides1 and sides2 = 4.518" wide
        bottom = 4.5" wide
        band_top  = 4.5" wide Cut 2 x 8.
        band_bottom = 4.5" wide

*One set can be whatever color you choose. This will go on the outside. We will call this band_top A. The other should be the same color as the Basket. This goes on the inside and this will be band_top B

Assemble the Bushel Basket according to Mary's instructions, including band_top A. Take band_top B and glue them together just as you did with band_top A. Set aside. The "handles" can be whatever choose. Twine, jute, ribbon etc. Mine are approx. 3 1/4" long and you will need 16 of them. You will attach them to whatever side of the Basket you want to be facing the front and back of the Ferris Wheel. After you've cut your desired length and determine which side is the front of the Basket, align one end on the inside so it's even to the band_top A. Secure. I think a small piece of tape works well, because you don't have to wait for it to dry. Just make sure it's really stuck. Do the same to the other end, skipping two Basket panels. This should create a complete handle. Then do the same to the "back" of the Basket. *There should be 2 panels on each side, in between each handle and 2 panels in between each end of each handle. Take band_top B and starting the end that is tapered, secure it to the inside, so that it lines up with the very top of the Basket. The "right side" of your paper should face the inside of your basket. Secure it as you go around the inside. The idea is to hide the ends of the handles. Also, you don't want to glue the ends together to make a circle and then try to put it on the inside. It will be too big. When you get to the end it's ok that it overlaps just a tiny bit.


Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit:

    Extras folder -

  • Cut all pieces in each file at these sizes.
        Apple = 1.115" wide
        Maple Leaf = 2.608" wide
        Pumpkin = 1.210" wide

Enchanted Autumn SVG Kit:
    Extras folder -

  • Cut these pieces at these sizes.
        Mushroom = 1.005" wide

    Colorful Corn Card folder -
  • Cut these pieces at these sizes.
        brown_light = .756" wide
        brown_medium = .977" wide
        brown_dark = 1.690" wide
        golden_yellow = .756" wide
        red = .756" wide
        orange = .756" wide

Pick a Pumpkin SVG Kit:

    Extras folder -
  • Cut these pieces at these sizes.
            dark_brown = 1.137" wide
            light_brown = 1.137" wide

        Black-Eyed Susan:
            center = 1.292" wide
            petals = 1.292" wide

Harvest Hill Farm SVG Collection:
  • Cut these pieces at these sizes.
        sunflower_top = 1.227" wide
        sunflower_middle = 1.227" wide
        sunflower_bottom = 1.233" wide

Assemble all SVG's listed above and attach to the front of each Bushel Basket.


Summer Street Carnival SVG Kit:
    Ferris Wheel folder -

  • Cut only these pieces, at default size.
        support_accent 2
        support3 - support10

You will follow the same assembly instructions for the Bushel Baskets as you would with the Cars. Also, you will need to purchase the same length of dowels as what's recommended in the PDF. However, cut 8 pieces at 3.5" as the Baskets are wider than the Cars. The 4" piece for the center of the Ferris Wheel remains the same. The Bushel Baskets are a little bit heavier than the Cars. They won't stay centered on the dowels, so I recommend that you make the Ferris Wheel immobile by using hot glue to glue the holes where the dowels go in Wheel to the backside of the circles that cover them.
     Carnival Tent Box folder -

  • Cut all pieces at default size.

Assemble the Tent lid and Tent box according to Mary's instructions, with the exception of the bottom_panels. Glue on all of your bottom_panels except the one you're going to make into a flap. At this point, I recommend that you put the lid on the box, so you know how far down you can cut and still see the flap once it's glued on. All of my measurements are approximate. Wherever you have chosen to make the opening, measure about 1/2" down and draw a straight line across that section only. Cut across that line and down both sides, along there perforation. Also, cut along the bottom on the perforation. You should now have an opening. For the flap, glue 2 pieces of ribbon at the top on the right side. They need to be about 3/4 of the length of the panel piece. Start rolling towards the wrong side of the paper from the bottom. I recommend adding a little bit of glue as you roll so it won't spring open. Also, make sure the ribbon stays straight and taut as you roll. Keep doing this until there is about 1" left. Take the "flap" and glue it to just above where the opening has been cut.


Carnival Ride SVG Kit:

  • Cut all of the pieces for Base Top and Base Bottom except for the strips
  • Remove all circles on base_top1, base_top3 and base_top4. Cut two (2) of base_top1. This will be used to finish the bottom. 
  • base_top1, base_top3 and base_top4 are all the same size, so there is no concern which is which. If you were to make the Carousel, this base would go on top of the bottom base, so it would get some stability there. I felt with this project, because it wasn't going to have anything else underneath it, it was best to keep as much paper intact as possible. 
  • Assemble both Base Bottom and Base Top according to Mary's instructions.


    Scarecrow Lane Card folder - 
  • Import the wood file. Open you knife tool and cut off the side that has the hay bale with the pumpkin on top. This will leave you with the Fence and 2 Fence Rails.. Reduce the Fence to 2.3.28" wide. Cut 29 of them. 14 for the Tent Base and 15 for the Ferris Wheel Base. Start at the back of each Base and glue on. The closed-end side will butt up to the open-ended side of the next piece. Go all the way around each Base. The last pieces on both Bases will overlap. Glue on the Fence Rails. 


    Maple Leaf Card folder - 
            crow_wing = .273" wide
            crow_body = 1.650" wide

    Fall Basket folder - 
  • Import all pieces, except leaves, fall_top and fall_bottom. Only cut the basket_liner once. On a Silhouette Cameo, all pieces were reduced to 33% of original size
  • Assemble both Basket and Crow according to Mary's instructions.

    Scarecrow folder -
  • Import all pieces, except Sunflower and Happy Fall Banner. All pieces were reduced to 50% of original size
  • Assemble according to Mary's instructions. 

    Little Orange Pumpkin folder - 
  • Import all pieces except flower_petals. Delete the flower centers from the brown file. Duplicate all pieces 3 times. Reduce one complete Pumpkin to 75% of it's original size. Then, another to 50% of it's original size. Finally, the third complete Pumpkin is reduced to 33% of it's original size. Duplicate each one of those three (3) more times for a total of four (4) in each size and twelve (12) Pumpkins all together. 
  • Assemble according to Mary's instructions. 

    Rake = 1.711" wide
  • Cut as many times as you would like to get the desired thickness, then glue together.

    Extras folder - 

        Fall Leaves folder - 
  • Import all, but leaf3_veins and leaf4_veins. I also deleted the top layer shape in leaf1 and leaf 2. Reduce all four of them to .75" wide. Cut as many as you would like. 

    Pool Table Box folder - 
  • Import wood1. Delete everything, but the Pool Stick. Reduce to 3.967" wide (I actually entered 4" in to the software and that's what it gave me. It still works). Duplicate two (2) more times for a total of three. Your Pools Sticks will be as wide as whatever your displaying on it, is long, plus 1" or more depending on how tall you want the finished Easel to be.
  • Assemble according to Mary's instructions.

    Crate folder - 
  • Import only one. Again your crate_board is going to be as wide as whatever your going to display on it.
  • Assemble to Mary's instructions.
        crate_board = 2.5" wide

*At this point, depending on what your displaying on your Easel, will depend on how you assemble it. Also, keep in mind I used Zip Dry glue for this, so I had a little bit of time to work. If you're using a faster drying glue you'll either need to work quickly or figure out another way to assemble this. 

I put glue on both flat, backside edges of the crate_board. I glued the edge of the crate_board to the edge of an outside Pool Stick, almost 1" up from the bottom. Then, I laid all 3 Pool Sticks flat on the table so they were side by side and even at the top. Then, I took the other Pool Stick on the outside and swung it out until the edge of the crate_board was even with it. At this point, I glued the layered chipboard to the 2 outside Pool Sticks. I then pulled the center Pool Stick out and put glue on it, a little bit down from the top. I stood up the other 2 Pool Sticks with the attached "sign" and put the middle Pool Stick with  the glue on it back in the middle of the other two. Before the glue could dry, I swung the middle Pool Stick towards the back, far enough it would stand on it's own.  

From here on out you can start putting everything where you want it. I kind of "test fit" everything before I glued it into place. 

So that's it! Let me know if you have any questions. I'm now off to come up with a plan to "BOO" the neighbors and start on my kids Halloween costumes!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Happy Halloween! New kit!

We just had Christmas in July, now it's time for Halloween in August! While I can not bring myself to wrap my brain around making anything, even remotely related to the Yuletide festivities (when it's 100 degrees out), I have no problem making a haunted house or a witches hat. I know. Go figure.

Halloween is hands down, my favorite holiday. There isn't another holiday that you can really let creativity reign like you can for Halloween.

For years I made my kid's costumes. When I say I made them, I mean I MADE them. There was no "let's just throw something together really quick and call it good." Oh no. It was all out. No detail was to small. Halloween would no sooner be over for one year, we'd get through Christmas and by January it was time to decide what to do for the following year. I would have to start on them no later than March.

I realized at one point that almost all of the costumes found in stores were a huge waste of money. I would get so frustrated because they never meet my quality vs. cost standards. Oh they're cheap, but only in terms of quality. The other and likely the biggest thing too is, my kids would be so excited to pick out they're costumes and then it would come time to actually wear them and they would have to wear a coat over it. Let's face it folks, we live in Montana and Halloween is guaranteed to be a cold and frosty night. What a bummer...For some, if not most kids, a big part of the All Hallow's Eve excitement IS the costume. At least for my kids anyway.

So one year, I realized how ridiculous it all was. I'm a crafty girl. I can sew. I'll make their costumes, they will be fabulous and they will be warm! Ok, a little over the top maybe, but I'm ok with that. The biggest trick (no pun intended) was to put together this amazing, quality costume and not spend a small fortune doing so. This is when I learned that you should never buy anything 'crafty" related without a coupon. Ever! I'll be honest, by the time I was done with them, I absolutely spent more than I would have buying them from a box store, but we're talking quality vs. cost here peeps. The look on my kids faces when they wore them was priceless! My kids also love that they have these to keep for many years and their costumes are something they can (maybe) share with their own kids someday.

The last couple of years have fallen short in the costume department, unfortunately. This year will be no exception. Oh, we will still do costumes and they will be great (I hope), but without all of the months and months worth of preparation. Thank goodness Zombie costumes are easy! I'm making a promise to myself, that next year WILL be a different story. My oldest daughter will be almost 18 by Halloween 2015 and she has informed me that she will be done with the "Mom Made My Costume" gig by then. So. I will have to make sure it's the best one yet.

So, the reason I shared that with all of you folks is, SVG Cuts launched a new kit last night. I'm sure it's not hard to figure out that it is a Halloween themed kit. I can't wait to start working on this one! I say this with all of the kits they launch, but this is especially true with this one, given how passionate I am about this particular holiday. Check it out below.

Haunted Forest SVG Kit by SVG Cuts.
If this isn't fabulous then I don't know what is! This is the Bewitched House. I have the same paper Mary used on this kit. It's An Eerie Tale (Amazon link) by Graphic 45 (Graphic 45 website), but I really want to go a lot more gothic and darker with this. 
Hansel and Gretal come to mind when I look at this house. 
Moon Card. I can think of several thing that moon would be a great element!
Witchy Hat. Gotta be honest, this is the one I'm looking forward to the most. 
Jack O' Lantern. Look at that! Just look at it!
Jack O' Lantern Card. Again, so many different uses, so little time.

If I wasn't in a hurry to get moved and unpacked, I am now! Speaking of which I should probably get back to packing....

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Tiny Miracle

I had mentioned in my last post that a very dear friend of mine had a baby girl. I think all babies are reason to celebrate. This little one however, has her own cause for celebration. Not only is she the first girl after 2 boys, but she was born on my friend's mom's birthday. Her mom passed away from cancer last year. I had more that I was going to say about this, but I'm getting teary-eyed, so I will just leave it at that and move on to sharing what I've done.

The page layout is from the Tiny Miracle SVG Kit from SVG Cuts. I don't know what it is about scrapbooking, but it feels very intimidating to me. I just can't seem to wrap my brain around it. So, I love that Mary at SVG Cuts is brilliant and all you have to do is choose your paper, the layout is already done! I had the Echo Park Bundle of Joy Boy paper already, (for another project yet to come) but when I saw that Mary had used the Echo Park Bundle of Joy Girl Collection, it was a no brainer. Had to use it! I played around with different combinations of colors and prints, but I really think she had the right idea. Hey, if it's not broke, don't fix it! Right?

My plan is to put this in a 12x12 shadow box frame so I really wanted it to have a lot of dimension.  I may have gotten a lil crazy with the 3D glue dots, but I just couldn't visualize it in the frame (that I have yet to purchase) with anything flat on it. 
After I cut out the flower, I also cut out a piece of chipboard and glued it on top of that. I don't think this pic does it any justice, but the flower really stands out. The phrase is one I downloaded from the Silhouette Online Store by Kolette Hall and then I did a Print and Cut on the Oval.
I took a picture of the booties, just because I think they're adorable!
This picture kind of gives you a better idea how much everything stands out on the page. It'll be nice to see it in the frame.

This will probably be my last post until about the end of September, maybe even October. We are moving. Bigger house, here we come! This means I (finally) get my own craft room, and I can't wait! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Christmas in July!

Now that Independence Day is past, it's time for Christmas! Well Christmas in July anyway. SVG Cuts launched a new kit yesterday. It's a Christmas Box Cards SVG Kit. There are definitely lots of folks that like to get a head start on their Christmas cards. Personally, I'm a "last minute, need to get my act together STAT" kinda girl, but I can appreciate the idea behind starting early. That being said, I'm gonna give myself big fat kudos, because I did purchase this kit today and not at Christmas time. Go me! It well definitely be closer to Christmas before I even think about making any of these, but they are really adorable and are a must for anyone's stash. So go get it!

As always, the kit is free with a purchase of $9.98 or more for a limited time!

Christmas Box Cards SVG Kit

My Sister-in-law's birthday was last week, so I needed to make her a card. Sooo many choices! I had really been wanting to make either the Party Box Card from the Summer Box Cards SVG Kit or the one I ended up making I ended up making. See below.

This is the Birthday Chalkboard Card from the Dress Shop SVG Kit. It was really fun and easy to put together. It looks like you would have to place each letter individually, but you don't The way its designed, the light layer and the black layer go together and done! Even the stitching is a breeze!
I tweaked this a lil bit and I wanted to share the inside. The panel that goes with the kit normally doesn't have the tabs for a gift card. I used the Gift Card Insert out of the S'more Box file from the Camp Firefly SVG Kit. I ungrouped it, deleted the square (the actual panel), selected both tabs and regrouped them. I then moved the tabs where I wanted them on the card panel. Then, I selected both the panel and the tabs and grouped those as well. I actually had another sentiment planned for the panel, but had to change it (my stamp broke). The gift card tabs should've actually gone the other direction, so the gift card would go in horizontally. Oh well, no big. 

 I also wanted to give a big shout out to Jamie Cripps (Bits of Paper). I'm a pretty die hard SVG Cuts fan, but I have a ton of her files. I don't use them nearly enough! This is her 3D Lisianthus Flower. I've made this before and I will definitely use them again and again. She has loads of flowers (among other things) in the Silhouette Online Store, but this one is my favorite. Make it any size you want, it comes out lovely every time!

3D Lisianthus Flower

So that's it for now. I'm working on a couple of projects. I had planned on making a baby gift for a friend of mine when her son was born in December. With one thing or another and absolutely NO inspiration, it just didn't happen. I bought the paper! I knew I had that much, but that's it. Another friend of mine had her baby the other day! Not only is she a girl (she has 2 boys already), but she was born on her Grandma's birthday. My friend's Mom passed away from cancer last year, so this is a really big deal! I generally shy away from scrapbooking, but I've got a plan for the Baby Scrapbook Page from the Tiny Miracles SVG Kit. This has also given me an idea what I want to do for my friend's son. I will be sure to share when there done!