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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Paper Boutique

It has been a crazy couple of weeks! Holy cow! It's felt good to get motivated with this pseudo-spring thing we've got goin on here, but it's totally made me feel like I've done nothing but sit on my can all winter. It's made me realize that I did have more time on my hands and it's kinda bittersweet. With the warmer weather I'm going to have to be less crafty. Which is a bummer. The cool thing is I LOVE warm weather and being outside and active is good!

So. A couple of weeks ago SVG Cuts launched a new kit. It's the Dress Shop SVG kit and I adore it! Well, I adore everything SVG Cuts does, but this one is a kit after my own heart.

My first love is sewing. I think sewing is one of the coolest mediums one can pursue if you like to create. Paper crafting comes pretty close, but if I had to pick one thing that sets sewing apart from paper...you can't wear paper (as far as I know). That being said, electronic cutting machines make it hard to not want to paper craft.

While I didn't use the Sewing Card in this project I do have a plan for it. There is also a Hat Box and a Birthday Sign Card in the kit, that I didn't make, but again, I'll save those for a later project. In fact I've got an idea that involves part of the Birthday Sign Card and the plaque wall decor from the Sew Crafty SVG kit. Hmmm.....

I normally don't venture too far from SVG Cuts files. However, I had a couple of these files from a few other sites that I had been sitting on for awhile and when I saw the Dress Form and the Lipstick Box in this kit, I just had to put it all together. It was a fairly ambitious project, especially considering I haven't had a lot of time lately, but I'm glad I did it.

This is the Lipstick Box, Dress Form from the Dress Shop SVG kit and Satchel from Luxury Handbags SVG Kit. The small flowers come Dress Shop kit and the large and medium flowers are the 3D Lisianthus by Jamie Cripps that I downloaded from the Silhouette Online Store. I used the Sugar Chic stack by Heidi Swapp
My Dress Form leans a lil bit, which it shouldn't do. I added the wire and a wooden knob that I painted black, to the top to make it look like a jewelry holder. I'm not gonna get into detail how I did it, because if (when) I do it again, I'm going to do it differently. That's also why I didn't take a closer picture of it. I'm happy with it, but it lacks a few things. Namely strength. 
Lipstick Box. I would like to do one that looks like the tube of red lipstick that my Grandma had sitting on her dresser when I was a kid sometime. 
Satchel from Luxury Handbag SVG Kit.
The next series of pictures are pieces I made using files from other sites. Let me be clear since I make a big deal out of SVG Cuts. These files from other sites are not bad quality! They were all worth purchasing and I will likely continue to do so in the future. Do I prefer SVG Cuts? Yes. There's little things in their design that (I think) help create a better finished product. The PDFs that come with the SVG Cut kits are more detailed. Also, while this isn't #1 priority to me, (it's a nice resource) they're assembly tutorials are the best I've seen so far. As far as any of this goes, my opinion is based strictly on the file, assembly and finished product without embellishment. I strongly encourage everyone to make their own opinion!

Not counting the flowers, that I mentioned above, two out of these three pieces are technically from the same site. I'll explain better in the caption of each picture below.
This Hat Box (yep it opens!) is from Day At The Races from SVG Attic. It's a 5 piece kit.  This is the first time I've made anything from this site. There was a couple of things I didn't like about the assembly of it, but in the end I was happy so it's all good. Will I make more from this site? Most likely. 
This the 3D Stiletto from Snapdragon Snippets. I downloaded this from the Silhouette Online Store. However,  the designer of this file just so happens to have purchased the SVG Attic site (mentioned above) and it's files in February of this year. 
Inside view.
Back view.
The Nail Polish Box is from My Scrap Chick. the file also comes with 3 different sized lids, which I thought was pretty cool.
Then all of the pieces together. Honestly what took the longest was making the flowers. They were easy to do overall (Jamie Cripps is awesome fore designing easy), there were just a lot of them!

I can't be the only one who starts a project with a half formed idea in mind, and then starts cutting out all sorts of stuff, then decide you aren't gonna use it! Am I? 

St. Patrick's Day is on Monday, but if your feeling ambitious or have some time on your hands (not too much cause it's really easy) check out this the Gold Coin Inn Leprechaun Trap by SVG Cuts. It's 100% free. No purchase necessary! You can also go to Martha Stewart's website and get a template for hand cutting.
Gold Coin Inn Leprechaun Trap 
So there it is folks! I still need to finish my niece's Easter present and I got a DSLR camera for an early birthday present, so I want to get to know that Object o' Loveliness a lil better too.

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3 comments:

  1. Cute stuff. is there a way to change the silhouette files to svgs?

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  2. Your projects are all so adorable! I love all the flowers that you added.
    Beth
    Beth's Beauties

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