We've had lots of summery weather over the last couple weeks. Today, we're welcoming cooler weather with some hopeful, rain. It's been a bit dry over the last few weeks and September often brings lots of moisture, but as things looks, it won't be unless the jet stream flows change back to the old patterns.
We've started a new school year and yes, someone in our household is attending school full-time, only teaching. Congrats to Ted on landing a teaching job at a middle school and surviving the first 4 weeks of the term and making it through Parent Teacher conferences too.
I so look forward to my crafting time... it's been not so plentiful the past couple of weeks, but I cam grateful for the time I have had to "play."
I've started scrapbooking again... need to finish up an album or two in the next couple of weeks. No pictures since one of the albums is a gift. A second one is a shaped album and should be a fun little one to be used as another gift, but also should qualify for a challenge that started yesterday sponsored by SvgCuts.
Here are a couple of things I have finished up over the last couple weeks:
This is the explosion box I made using a Lori Whitlock file. So easy to do and all the pieces fit perfectly.
Most of the papers were from SU and the kraft was from HL. I used the eclips to cut the file and some SU punches for the flowers and leaves.
I think one of the things I might change when I make this again, is to cut the decorative strips all in one piece and wrap around the layers. Some of them are just an tiche short, even though the layers are folded and lined up accurately. It's a very plain looking box on the outside, but I heard some oohs and ahhs when it was opened. Well worth the simple presentation. A more masculine version in "chocolate" was created too with some crimped decorative paper ribbons and satin ribbon ties around each layer. I added some buttons on each side panel using Epiphany Crafts tools and also to the front along with a flair, some ribbon and a bit of crimping which adds just the right amount of texture.
This is the non-finished stage. Will also make the one strip for each of the layers for the next go round.
Finished picture will be in the next blog post. I still haven't uploaded and edited it.
No cut files here -- though I did use a digital paper collection to print and cut with trimmer and Nestabilities classic oval dies and the crop-o-dile for the mini buttons on the front. Lots of inking for more definition and a bit of texture. Glue dots, Tombow tape runners and the 5 inch sticker maker from Xyron.
This is a card from the Leaves are Falling kit by SVGCuts. I decided to add the texture to the pumpkin and leave the leaves alone. This is an extremely easy card to put together and I'm thinking a few more will fall together over the course of the next couple of weeks.
Paper from SU, AC
Glue: Scotch Quick Dry, Tombow Tape runner
The Scarecrow is also from the Leaves are Falling kit (link above). So easy to put together -- especially if you've already had the experience of putting the Nutcracker together. Luckily, I had the perfect colors readily available and much of the smaller pieces were from the scrap pile. Oh, have I got lots of scraps!
Papers from SU and stash
Glue, ScotchBrand Quick Dry, Hot Glue (stash)
Wheat berries for weight and stability.
Someone needed some cases for playing cards for a math classroom avtivity. We had four decks not having cases, so this gave me the perfect excuse to have some play time and make something really useful. LOL
I used basic shapes to create the file and it was so much fun and only a couple of changes to the pattern after cutting the sample. It was also fun to see how the gals would decorate theirs at one of our weekly meetings. This is mine, lots of inking, stamping and heat embossing. All stamps from SU and I'm betting your wouldn't know that the case started out as a plain old piece of parchment colored stock.
I used the eclips to cut it. Love this and think I'll add this to my nurturing kits with tags using Greatness words. The backs of the tags are blank and perfect for writing a short note or addressing to the recipient.
Halloween and more fall decor up next.... Can't wait to get things going tonight and tomorrow.