Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thankful Silhouette Knife Tool Tutorial

Hello Everyone:
I hope that those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a great one.  I love looking through the Digi Playground store to see what other uses I can find for cut files.  I found this Weave Bracelet by Minilou and knew that I was making holiday breads for our local food pantry and wanted to be able to decorate the breads.  I used the bracelet cut file and worked with it to make a band to put around the bread loaf.
I took the bracelet cut file and put it on my mat.  I then chose the knife tool and cut the end of the bracelet with the side you put the tab into off.  I wanted two layers to my band so did the same to both files.  I measured my bread so that I knew how many of the bands I needed to cut.  
1. Ungroup your files
2.  Delete what you don't need
3.  Click on the knife too
4.  Place start cut at top of item to be cut and drag arrow down
5.  Use select tool (arrow at the top of your left side tool bar) to cut
6.  Move cut piece away
You can also use the eraser tool if you find that your line is not perfectly straight.  You can use the cut lines on the mat on your screen to guide you as well. 
Here is a close up of the band. 

Weave Bracelet Thankful short envelope bag
I used the cut file called Thankful short envelope bag by Jamie Cripps for the top decoration.  I know that Thanksgiving is over but this would be a fun way to decorate your winter holiday gift breads.
Be sure to check out the Digi Playground store for these and many other wonderful cut files.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Bun in the Oven

My husband's cousin married the most wonderful lady this past spring and they are expecting their first baby this winter and this adorable card with the cut file designed by Jennifer Rush and you can find it here.  I used some vintage Doodlebug Design papers and embellishments and am so excited with how it came out.

Bun in the Oven
Be sure to check out this wonderful cut file along with many other fun ones at Digi Play Ground.

Outside the Box Card Maker Magazine Guest DT

Hello Everyone:
I am thrilled to be guest designing today for CardMaker Magazine.  I decided to have some fun looking through my old CardMaker magazines and found a really fun card and tutorial for tea-bag folding in the Spring 2015 issue.  The card is called Welcome Baby and is on page 75 of that issue with easy and clear directions on page 72, all by the fabulous Sharon M. Reinhart.
My friend is a big baseball fan and she roots for the Kansas City Royals and in honor of their amazing World Series win I decided to make a tea bag folder baseball.  This is a congratulations card for her in honor of their win.  I used Home Run by Doodlebug for my card.

The ball was so easy to make and this is a side view so that you can see the dimension the folds gives to your projects.
Supplies Used:  Doodlebug Home Run patterned paper and embellishments, Bazzill cardstock, Tea-Bag Folding technique by Sharon M. Reinhart.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fall Is In The Air

I hope that everyone is enjoying the colors of fall.  I love using my twine for different things and used it for my background.  Think of the color combinations that you could make.  I ran the cardstock through my Xyron to add adhesive and then adding the twine was so easy.  I used ten strands of each color.  I love how pretty it came out.  It doesn't add excess bulk to my card either.
Here is a close up of my embellishments.  Be sure to check out The Twinery store for these and other wonderful colors.  
Solid_Peapod Solid_Marigold Solid_Maraschino Solid_Cappuccino

Monday, November 9, 2015

Paper Issues Crop Weekend projects

What a fun weekend I had playing along with the Paper Issues crop.  I completed ten projects so far.  You will want to play along if you have time and can find the group on Facebook called Paper Issues Friends and Fans.  You can ask to join.  There are some really cool prizes.  Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Friday, November 6, 2015

Handmade Holiday Blog Hop

I am starting to get so excited for the holidays.  My son started a new job and I am going to give this to him to give to the test track car drivers who work with him.  I had such fun creating it and embellishing it with The Twinery twine.
For this project you will need approximately six bags of fun size candy.  You will need to purchase a clay pot, a round Styrofoam ball and a tree shape, some acrylic paints to paint your pot, a 1/4" wooden dowel and a glue gun with extra glue sticks to adhere all that yummy chocolate.  I used six different colors of The Twinery twine on my project and just love how festive it came out.  You can see the colors below.
You are going to want to paint your pot and then glue the round styrofoam ball into the pot.  This will help it be more stable.  The candy weighs a lot when the tree is full.  I took the dowel and cut it down to the right size.  I pushed the bottom of the dowel up into the tree until I felt it was high enough to be secure.  I then made a hole in the ball in the pot and pushed the dowel into the ball.  I did put some hot glue around both openings in the ball  and at the bottom of the tree for added stability.
You are going to start the fun part now with hot gluing the chocolate onto the tree.  I used the top flap of the candy bar to put my glue and held it in place until it was set.  I used high temp on my glue gun to make sure it would adhere well but was careful not to melt the chocolate.
Image of Solid Maraschino Twine Spool Image of Maraschino - Red & White Baker's TwineImage of Peapod - Green & White Baker's TwineImage of Solid Peapod Twine SpoolImage of Red Shimmer & Natural Twine SpoolImage of Green Shimmer & Natural Twine Spool

Here is the tree all decorated.  I used ribbon stiffener to wet the twine and then wrapped it around a round kitchen tool.  I let it sit overnight and pulled it off into this lovely spiral the next day.  I used some fun Doodlebug Sugarplum stickers to embellish my tree further.  Thanks for looking and happy holidays.