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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!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Thank you's plus a new SVG Cuts Kit!

We got married 2 weeks ago. It was beautiful! I absolutely believe all that's important when a couple gets married is that moment you get to share with each other. Nothing else should matter. For lack of a better way to say it, as long as you get what you came for, everything else is trivial. Right? Right. Our sandwiches were soggy on the bottom during the reception and there was a bee hovering in my husbands face during the ceremony, but it was perfect anyway! That being said, what a great feeling to look up and look around and see the people you've invited truly enjoying themselves. We both feel very blessed. 

Oh and the Lanterns and S'more Boxes were a hit! I knew everyone would take their S'more Boxes with them (as they were the wedding favors), but I really hoped I could farm out the Lanterns too! Seriously, what would I do with 10 paper lanterns in our house? "Look Baby, we got married and 10 paper lanterns!" No? I didn't need to do ANY farming. Everyone loved them and were happy to take them. Insert sigh of relief here....

SVG Cuts launched a new kit a lil over a week ago. I know I sound like a broken record, but this kit is off the hook! It's called the Parkside Row SVG Kit. If you haven't already, checking it out is a must, and buying the kit should be a certainty. It's fabulous! I made the house (twice) and the 2 cards, so I'll talk more about those below. Also, everything in this post is from SVG Cuts, unless otherwise noted.

It's free, for a limited time, with a minimum purchase of $9.98! 

Parkside Row SVG Kit 

One of the cool things about the hall we rented for our wedding/reception was they gave us tons of time for set up, the wedding and clean up. When it was all over, my plan was to just leave everything for the night and I would go back the next day and clean up. I knew there wouldn't be a lot to do, so no big. So one minute we're standing there talking about calling it a night and the next everyone that was left started packing everything up! By the time that was done the only thing left for my husband and I to do was vacuum. We both agreed that was the best wedding present ever! I wanted to make thank you's for everyone who attended as well as for those who helped get things set up, but after that I had to do something special for the peeps that helped make the end so much easier. 

So this is what I did...

My Mom - My Mom has collected apples for ages. I actually bought this kit awhile ago to make this for my Mom specifically. It's the Apple from Miss Baker's Classroom SVG Kit. Super easy to put together and I think the possibilities are endless for decorating it! In the interest of time, I kept it simple. My Mom said she liked it that way anyway.
My Gram - Awhile back Ilda Dias created this. I think it's beautiful in it's simplicity and soo easy to make! The back is the letter "T" from the 3D Letters SVG Kit. The Iron Cross is from the Christian Elements SVG Colecction. Like Ilda, I did and external offset on the cross, but I brought mine out a lil bit further than she did. My Gram loved it. Thanks again Ilda!
For those who attended - I made four of these. the box, flowers and tag are the Floral Box Card from the Box Cards SVG Kit. I wanted it to look like the baskets from the wedding. After I cut off the tabs on the perforated lines, I took the handle insert and the panel for the handle from the Strawberry Basket Box Card (same kit) and added that to the back the second insert.
I know it would be a lot easier to just stamp or write on the back panel, but I like it a lot better making a card to go behind it instead.
First I take the back panel and do an internal offset (the piece in green). I kinda eyeball it so I don't know how much. I then take that internal offset and do another (the cream color piece). The top (cream) is cut out using print and cut. Then I cut out a half circle in the main panel piece so the ribbon has a place to go. Easy Peasy. 
The photographer - This is the Instant Camera Box Card from the new kit Parkside Row SVG Kit. I think it takes the idea of a box card to a whole other level! I made this for the photographer we used for the wedding. Her name is Dawn Alicia and I just love her! She's done pictures for the girls and I a couple of times before, so it was a no brainer that I wanted her to do our wedding. 
My Mother and Father-In-Law - This is the Lace Handkerchief Card also from the new Parkside Row SVG Kit. There are literally 4 pieces to this card. Unless you want to add more to it, as you can see, it couldn't be easier. I made this for my  husband's parents. This was a thank you card for the gift we received from them.
My Sister-In-Law - This is the Lush Flowers file from the Bicycle Built for Two SVG Collection. My SIL has a very limited amount of space, so as much as I would have liked to make something more for her, I thought it was best to stick with a card. This was her thank you card for the gift we received from her. 
My lil cousin - This is the Playful Box from the Ryan's Play Date SVG Kit. I really enjoyed making this, not only because I ADORE my cousin (he's 6 years old), but also because it looks like a lot more goes into it than what there really is. This lil guy was such a huge help when everyone started cleaning up! In fact he is the only one of the kids I made something specific for. All of the kids did great, but he was the youngest and he was totally on top of getting things done!
The tag is from the Name Decor file, also in the Ryan's Play Date SVG Kit. I needed a tag for his box. In the Name Decor file, I used the back piece for the short box (as the letter "G" is a short letter) and the G top and G bottom. 
My Grandma - This is the Victorian Row House from the Parkside Row SVG Kit. It looks really intimidating at first, but SVG Cuts always does such a great job on their video tutorial you can see how easy it is! I made this for my other Grandma. I wanted to do something extra special for her, because I never get to do anything for her. She hasn't received this yet (and I really hope she doesn't check out my blog), but I know she'll love it!
Side view 
I really can't pick just one thing I love the most about this house! The porch, the balcony, the garage, the list could go on....
My Aunt - My Aunt is someone else I don't het to do much for, so I had to make a house for her too! 
I didn't like how the white looked with the paper I wanted to use. I wasn't willing to change the patterned paper, so I used a cream color instead. 
Side view. 
Look at that porch! Am I the only one who thinks a porch on a paper house is the cooler thing ever? For some reason I had the idea of a red porch stuck in my head. So red porch it was!
Front view of the door and porch.
I really really want to make more of these!
My Friend - This is the Lantern from the Stars and Stripes SVG Kit. The lanterns were so popular that there was only one person who wanted one, but didn't get one. It bummed me out too, because she picked up the food for us and brought it to the hall before the wedding. I really wanted to make sure she got one. So when I found out she didn't, I made up my mind I was going to make one for her. I think it worked out anyway, cause then I could make one more in her style. The Butterfly is in the Butterfly Gift Bag file from the High Skies SVG Kit
My Daughter's friend - This is the Desktop Jar from Happy Trails SVG Kit. Another easy one to put together! I probably spent more time trying to get purples to match than actually putting it together. The "E" is just a font I chose from my computer and the tag is the Writing Space out the Floral Box Card file in the Box Cards SVG Kit. I did an internal offset on it so I could layer it. My daughter's best friend managed the music for us during the ceremony and was a big help cleaning up. 
My Friend's Husband - This is the Guitar from the Vintage Valentine's SVG Kit. He loves guitars, so I knew this was the thank you for him. He was a big help setting up!  I wouldn't put this in the easy category. However, if you take your time and exercise some patience it's totally worth it. The letter "R" is a font I chose from my computer. I welded it onto a flourish design I downloaded from the Silhouette Store by Miss Kate Cuttables
My Brother and his Girlfriend - This is the 3D Champagne Bottle from the New Year's Eve SVG Kit.  I feel like I should have done something else with this. I can't quite figure out what. So I think I better leave it as is. The Label is in the Extras folder in the Toil and Trouble SVG Kit. Both of their names start with the letter "K" so I did a print and cut using the same fonts I used on our wedding invitations. 
My Dad and Step-Mom - One of the things that will stick out in my mind forever, was my Dad walking me down the isle and giving me away. I didn't get that with my fist marriage, and it was even more important to me (actually to us both) that he could be here to do it this time. A friend took a picture on their phone of us. I had just given him a huge kiss on the cheek and was wiping lip gloss off his face. We were both smiling at each other. I saw that and I sobbed. I'm getting teary eyed now, just writing about it. So moving on...I don't think this is as spectacular as what I could have done, but my Step-Mom makes amazing home-made liqueurs and I thought they would enjoy this. This is the same as above obviously aside from the colors and letters. 
My MaLinda - It would be wrong to just call her my best friend, or my sister. She is both of those things and more to me. She is most certainly one of my oldest friends. Simply put, she is MaLinda. We live less than 20 miles from each other and we never get to see each other. Sad really. Her and her kids were also a hug help getting cleaned up. Considering she has 4 kids, I decided to do one thing for all of them. I decided on the Hot Air Balloon from the High Skies SVG Kit. This will, I'm sure, make them all smile every time they look at it. 
Closer shot of the balloon. 
I needed a tag for the balloon, and I was really tired of cutting out circles. I have eyeballed the Anchor Card in the High Skies SVG Kit ever since I got it. I thought it'd be really cool to turn it into a tag. I reduced the file to 50% and cut it all out as it should be for a standard card. The only thing I did different is I glued to the 2 front fold on the card base closed and the assembled it as usual. I stamped the front and signed the back. Done! I don't know how I feel about it hanging off the bottom of the balloon, but it's done anyway...

 I made one other box card. I can't share it though. I'm pretty sure they haven't seen it yet. The mail says it's been delivered, but since this was 4th of July weekend, I'm pretty sure they haven't checked their mail. No worries! **UPDATE: She received her card! Check it out here.** Otherwise, that's everything folks.  It was a lot to be sure, but I'm really happy I did them! I wish I could have really taken the time and done more with some. I knew if I didn't get them done now, I would never get them done.

What to do next...?