The summer heat is on and the downstairs studio has been undergoing a bit of an update.... testing new lighting (YAY!) and hopefully, some much better quality videos will be appearing soon as well. But things are definitely a MESS!
I'm so excited for the light kit and camera mount upgrades -- Happy Birthday to ME!
Luckily, no one cares too much if the dining room table is currently cluttered with paper, glue and cutters while we finish up things downstairs. The crafting and creating hasn't stopped -- I'm looking forward to sharing with you soon.
We've just celebrated the 4th of July here in the states. It was a near picture perfect day here in the Mountain West!
This month is also host to several birthdays and I'd like to share this card made for my Father in Law using the Going Fishing Truck from @SimplyCraftySvgs. It's very easy to cut, put together and adding additional embellishments is super easy using the blank extras found in the file.
This is a great reminder of many fond memories of Gpa's old truck. Making lots of trips to and from the river, the lake, a camping trip or two, and even to classes at the Burley College of Southern Idaho campus. Lots of good memories, not only for me, but for the kids and T.
Paper is from AC Cardstock SVG File from SimplyCraftySvg's* FORD - my design in stencil form reverse embossed on a blank cut. Markers and ink pads for additional shading and texture Project cut using Sizzix eclips2 and eCal3
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More birthdays coming and I'm busy at work on a couple more -- hoping to share soon.
Only two weeks until Father's Day is celebrated here in the US. This project was inspired after a stroll through some images on Pinterest.
All cuts were made using the eclips2. The eCal3 software and library provided a few of the basic shapes (triangle, tie, tag) used. Lots of digital paper and themed cards were used (Carte Postale, Carta Bella - Our Family, Lori Whitlock Life Cards, MSC Moustaches, and a free download for the library card digital) and the Print 2 Cut feature in eCal made it so easy to fill the shapes, print and cut.
Close ups of a few of the pieces below:
Lots of fun and a relatively quick project to mat and put together.
Thanks for dropping by. Hoping you've scheduled some creative time this weekend. Enjoy and nurture your creative spirit this week.
Life gets a little crazy around here with birthdays in the spring and with 10 grands I need to come up with something a little different for each.
Since I started the year with Holden's interactive card, I figured I'd best get designing a few more for the rest of the grands that have birthdays coming up on the calendar. It's going to be a busy Spring!
This card is inspired by a card I saw on Instagram (MFT Stamps). Reminds me of a fairy tale. How about you?
eCal3 has a gradient tool and it makes it easy to add colors to make the perfect sky! You can save your presets too! Fill a rectangle using the gradient tool and set it to print to cut. Create a shadow layer, set as print 2 cut cut layer. I made the castle turret using basic shapes and using the pattern fill, and also set that as print to cut. I used one of the unicorns from a Crafting Desert Diva digital set -- resized to fit. You can also fill the hills and trees using patterns from your digital paper collection OR use scraps from your patterned papers. All pieces are cut using the eclips2. Have a stash of foam squares for added dimension ready -- you'll need them! I used the eBrush and Tombow USA markers to add a little shading to the clouds and to the 'hills."
If desired, create a sliding tab mechanism and attach the braid to the slide. Pulling the slide will pull the braid up a bit inside the turret. Pulling the end of the braid lengthens the braid for the interactive component. I added a couple of layers of primary colored card stock to add a little bit of contrast and secured to a card base.
I know the stamping is a little messed up.... dang it all! Will try a little more blending to see if I can fix it for a more shaded look.
Thanks for taking a few minutes out of your busy day and stopping by. Hope you have some creative time scheduled on your calendar and soon! Enjoy! We'll be back again soon... there's more Spring birthdays ahead!
Just a quick post to share all 7 of the completed sections for the Skitch-a-day quilt class. These were so fun to "paint" using Craftwell's eBrush. Tombow markers are used in this project.
I created this simple mat for display purposes using a piece of poster board that I cut using the eclips2 and eCal3 software. All shapes for the appliques were also cut using the eclips2.
All skitches (a Gourmet Quilter design) are cut using white cardstock and colored using Tombow markers and the eBrush by Craftwell. Stitching lines added using an ultra-fine Sharpie. One of the things I have enjoyed about doing these is that I can create my own fabric using a palette of colors in my marker stash!
STAY TUNED: Weeks 2 and 3 are now completed! Can't wait to share!
July - July porch decor using a recycled shelving side panel...
August - we got an early start with October crafting with this paper quilt. So much fun kicking up a few heels!
September The Geodesic Pumpkin from SVGCuts was a perfect addition to the mantel for September and October!
October brought more than a change in the weather.... it's also anniversary time for our youngest son. We went a little overboard on this year's card, but it was so worth it!
November I couldn't pick just one project for this month, so I'm sharing two! The first was a fun 12 Tags of Christmas challenge. All of the details for this one including a video can be found here.
Dreaming Tree also put out a bevy of great files to work with in 2018... among my favorites was this cutie!
December Our Gnomie tree - I love my laser etcher and I've loving having found a new way to showcase some digital artwork using wood pieces from my stash!
I hope you've enjoyed this review of my year. Crafting is my respite -- my discovery for the year. I've loved taking the online classes and exploring more ways to develop my talents and play. I'm grateful to my family for their generosity in time, space and respite.
We look forward to a fabulous 2019 -- carving in creative time each week. Hoping you're doing the same! My word for 2019 - Inspire
Thanksgiving is just around the corner... I saw this cute and whimsical wood cut in an ad and figured why not? :)
I think it turned out pretty cute. The turkey has his own personality... Love the eyelash yarn I found in my stash leftover from some projects a number of years ago. He might need a little trim on top though. I haven't quite decided.
And I decided to make some printable Thanksgiving postcards using the eCal3 software and basic shapes library.
You'll Need: Turkey Time WoodCreations. Gesso White paint Tack cloth Foam brush Paper or paint glue Yarn white gel pen ink (optional for edges) glue gun eCal3 (basic shapes library and fonts of your choosing) eclips2 printer
Thanks for dropping by. Hope you enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving wherever you are. We're looking forward to an early celebration with our family this weekend.
Nurture your creativity and create space and time to do it!
It's day 9 of the 12 Tags of Christmas! At our house, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without some gingerbread. This version has no calories!
The tag, ginger and sentiment were all made using eCal3 and the tag was set to print2cut print and the shadow print2cut cut. The tag base was made using a white piece of cardstock. The Gingerbread man was also done on white paper and colored using inks and a blending too. Using an embossing folder, emboss the base using a crimping tool. Repeat for the gingerbread man. Ink all the edges. I added some brads to the X's for the eyes (quick and easy eyelashes) and the heart shaped brads we added before adhering the ginger to the card base. Finish as desired -- unbleached muslin and some twine. Red jute bow on the ginger's neck.
You'll need: Sizzix eclips2 and eCal3 software White cardstock (2 8.5 x 11 sheets) Gingerman shape (Basic Library - eCal) brown inks (2 shades) blending tool Paper Crimper adhesive brads jute unbleached cheesecloth
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