Loving the layers in this card - the last version of our cards for this holiday season.
Created in eCal3 and cut with the eclips. The flower measures an inch!
You'll need: eclips2 eCal3 White cardstock for all the cuts 12 x 12 Colored stock for card bases ( cut to 5.5" square card base) Poinsettia SVG (a file in my SVG folder, no attribution given) Spectrum Noir markers (DR5, DR6, JG6) mini domed jewels (stash) Glaze (FSJ) Lineco glue Scor Tape Glue dot
Cut all the elements. Weld the letters together for the base. Cut another layer of letters -- I chose to unlink them and cut separately. Glue the letters to the welded layer. I started with the L and left the O to glue on last. Set aside to dry.
I used the markers to color the flower. Blend both reds together on the bottom layer, use the darker of the two reds for the middle layer and the lightest red for the top layer of the flower. Glue the layers together and using a drop of the glaze, add the jewel. Set aside to dry.
Cut card bases. I'm using a 5.5 inch base for these cards as they will be hand delivered. Glue the letter layer to the base, using a glue dot, attach the flower. Add a sentiment to the inside of the card. Use a clear adhesive sticker to close the card and deliver to your recipients!
Thanks for stopping by today! Wishing you all the best as you continue to create during the month! #eclipsecalmaker
This card inspired by this Z-fold card made by Lisa (found here) is our primary Christmas card for this year. I love how it turned out. I didn't have the dies for the label or anything I felt was quite similar, but I did have an SVG set of nested labels I'd gotten from Penny Duncan a few years ago in my SVG vault of files. So, opening eCal3 and gathering all the needed files, I got started on creating my own z-fold version of this card.
You'll need: eCal3 Sizzix eclips2 cardstock (script print-paperstudio, black-FSJ, white-Neenah 110 lb) bone folder adhesives (scor tape, Lineco glue, glue dots) White or holographic gel pen Nested Labels (Penny Duncan) Bethlehem and Nativity SVGs (123rf.com) Sentiment stamp
due to the fact that Penny holds the copyright and is the creator of the label file, I can't share my SVG file with you. these were fun to make and once all the pieces are cut, it's very rewarding to put them together and see the final results. I know our friends and family will enjoy them this year.
Thanks for dropping by today. Hoping you're enjoying some creative time in your craft space this month. #eclipsecalmaker
Dreaming Tree recently released an Autumn kit! Loved the Scarecrow Gift Treat box most of all and decided to make a couple. Love how they turned out.
You'll need: Cardstock (see the Supply list - look in the details above the assembly video) FSJ, AC and Paper Studio papers used in my samples. Sizzix eclips2, eCal3 Lineco book binder glue embossing folder (Craftwell -8.5 x 11 Design Grids) Big Shot Pro (base plate, acrylic plates) Rolling pin ink (Oatmeal, Olive Green, Sunshine Yellow, Blue - Fun Stamper's Journey) raffia pop dots (Glue dots)
For a lighter impression from the embossing folder, use a rolling pin instead of the Big Shot.
I liked this look much better than the pieces that I put through the Big Shot using the correct sandwich. Next time, I think I'll leave off one of the shims.
Ink all the embellishment pieces before gluing to the base.
There is an assembly video available on Dreaming Tree's site. See the link above. I often find it useful to watch before beginning the gluing process.
These are fun and relatively quick to put together in an afternoon.
An idea I had was to cut a circle in the base piece, glue the hat to the head piece and the Gift box could become a tree topper.
Just a quick share this morning... as we're anticipating a full day power outage due to some work on the lines in the city. (edited: this post was written and pre-scheduled prior to the outage)
Hoping your days are filled with moments of fun and creative time. I've been privileged to have a few extra hours this week and today, it looks like another good day for some creative time.
Mini-albums are fun to make and I'm still using that stash of $1 store coasters we garnered a few years ago.
For this one, I used stamps, Alcohol ink, clay and some clear glass heart stones, glue dots, hot glue and a few brads from my stash.
Quick technique tips: apply a couple of dots of color on a felt pad. Swipe the felt pad across the stamp and stamp on the desired surface. Repeat. Before the colors muddy, swipe the felt across the edge of the coaster.
You can apply a drop of color on the back of the glass hearts too for a little more interest. Let dry. Use a heavy duty glue dot to secure to your surface.
Apply color to the word stamps (I used separate letters) and stamp into the clay. Cut into rectangles and bake according to manufacturer's directions.
There are so many possibilities.... I've added an accordion folded paper insert. It's ready for decoration and completion... more to come later on this one.
It's been a sort of crazy week around here.... but one of the things I did get accomplished was to make some wobblers -- you know, those springy things that allow your cards to be a little interactive. I made 30 of them, only to find out that I was a little heavy handed with the glue gun. I've been able to fix a few of them, but not all. Oh well... I have the mat set up to cut the discs and a spool of wire for the next batch and will remember to use a lighter hand on the glue using my go to machine, the Sizzix eclips2 and eCal2.
But that didn't stop me from making the fun card above that still has a little bit of action. I used Stampendous' Spring Short Stack set that has been waiting to be inked up for much too long.
Images colored with watercolor pencils and blended using a water brush. Background sheet is blended using ink and a blender. Hand lettered sentiment for a little more hand crafted look. Glue Dots and tape runner used for adhesive on this card.
And this project, the Heart Lock Box file from SimplyCraftySVGs was a very quick cut and put together project. It will now be our Valentine "O" on the mantel. Paper from an old stack with no cover or identifiers. (Bummer). But it was perfect for this project and I have enough paper left to make a couple more.
And since I had a broken leg last year, I didn't get much crafting done or our Valentine porch sign made -- but I took care of that yesterday! Nothing fancy, but fun to make using a recycled shelf and some vinyl from my stash! A little bit of red jute finishes it off. The font is a little funky, but looks pretty good. The heart cut outs were from the Sizzix eCal2 library of basic shapes. Vinyl cut using the eclips2. Transfer Tape for this project can be found here (and yes, I buy by the roll!)
Now to finish the wreath and banner this coming week! Hope you have some crafting time scheduled in this coming week!
The eCal2 software makes designing cuts for the eclips a breeze! A few years ago, we decorated our Christmas trees with paper snowman -- made using punches and die cuts and hand-drawn faces. I think it's time to make another set of ornaments for the tree with a snowman theme.
Here's my first test cut. I also want to create a door hanger, so this sample is in a larger version.
The ornaments will be about 3" tall when completed and should fit nicely on a card front.
You'll need: Sizzix eclips eCal2 paper (12x12 - white) small piece of Transparency. fabric mesh or window screen pop - dots (medium and large) adhesive (tape, glue, glue dots) gel pen (white) ribbon or fabric scrap 1" x 10" (you will likely trim it just a bit) Wire (thin); wire cutters, needle nose pliers brads scissors
eBrush, SN adapter, assorted SN markers.
Open the eCal2 software. Open the library if it doesn't open automatically. Using the basic shapes library, you'll be using the following shapes. Rectangle (vertical), rounded rectangle, circle, oval.
TIP: You'll use Back Minus Front, Union in the PATH tab in the software.
Once all your pieces have been made and sized as needed, cut using your favorite paper. I chose to use white since I planned on doing all the coloring with my eBrush and markers. If you don't want to color, just cut the pieces in the desired colors.
Dry emboss several pieces in a wood grain pattern, if desired. Since my sample pieces are a bit large, I chose to use a folder from CraftwellUSA. It's one of my go to folders to use in the cut n' boss and you can emboss a full 8 x 11 sheet at one time.
Once all your embossing and coloring is done, it's time to put it all together.
To assemble: Adhere the transparency to the front of the back body piece using some good sticky tape. Using a medium pop dot, attach the tummy buttons to the transparency. Add the boots -- I attached them to the body using a brad and some wire. Set aside.
Add the arms to the body front, using a brad. Apply a double layer of pop dots (large) to the back of the body front. Apply the body front to the body back.
Using a pop dot, add the nose. Slip the eyes just slightly behind the either side of the nose. If desired, add a little blush using a cotton swab, cosmetic blush or chalk. Add some white gel details.
Apply a small amount of tape on the lower portion of the back of the head. Carefully, slip the head between the two body layers and secure to the body back.
Put the hat together -- use a pop dot to "lift" the brim a little for more dimension. Add some gel pen details if desired. Using a small amount of glue or tape and attach to the head.
Using the ribbon, button and fibers, create a scarf and other embellishments to finish the snowman. You can add a string to hang the ornament attaching on the back the hat, if desired or cut a door hanger back and apply the snowman to the door hanger, with the hat just below the area where the door knob would go.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful crafty-week!
I've been wanting to make these for a very long time -- and even bought the Fall Pumpkin Blocks from MyScrapChick last Fall when it came out. I LOVE that the files go together as a dimensional project so easily! Let's get started.
You'll need: 12 x 12 white cardstock (Fun Stampers Journey) Fall Pumpkin Blocks (MyScrapChick) Butterfly and flowers (unknown source) Heart (eShape store) Sizzix eclips and eCal software eBrush Tombow Markers Scor-tape Wood Grain embossing folder Cut-n-Boss Twine Glue Dots mini brads Canvas Scissors Mod Podge
Open the cutting files for the blocks. I chose to use all four blocks. Cut at the import size for the Fall Blocks and resize the flowers and butterflies as desired. The wings on the butterflies are pretty fragile so be very careful when you take them off the mat. Cut 2 of each front. One of each of the front cuts will be embossed.
Using the Wood grain folder and the cut-n-boss, emboss a front for each of the blocks.
Since all my paper started out as white, now's the time to add some color! Using the eBrush, TB marker adapter and Tombow markers, color as desired. I used a light gray for the embossed block fronts to add a little more texture. It doesn't show well in the photos, but it is there. Using shades of yellow and orange and dark gray, color the flowers and butterflies. With a pink marker, color the hearts.
Using your favorite curling tool, shape the flower petals and cup slightly. Use a brad to secure layers. I colored a small center and placed that onto the brad for a couple of flower centers. Glue the butterfly top to the bottom cut of the butterfly. Shape for a little more dimension. I added a little bit of sparkle to the edges using the clear sparkle pen from Crafters Companion.
Cut the canvas into a bunny ear shape as shown in the photo below. Protect the surface of your table with some wax paper and brush the canvas with some ModPodge to stiffen. Let dry overnight.
But the blocks together. Use the un-embossed front. Use some scraps of paper and glue to the inside top flap for a little more bulk to support the ears. Cut a slit or punch a hole in the flap. Apply the embossed front to the block. Add some whiskers using some twine. With some pop up dots, add the heart cut. Fold the canvas "ears" in half and secure in the flap.
Depending on the weight of your cardstock, you may need to add a little weight to the base. I used about 1/3 cup of rice* in a small plastic bag . Secure the top flap in place with scor-tape.
TIP: If you wanted to use these as gift bags, you certainly could. Just use removable glue dots on the top or bottom flap for ease in opening.
Secure your embellishments using glue, pop-dots and/or glue dots as desired and display!
Enjoy some time in your happy place this week! Hoping to see you again next week!
Up-cycling an old bottle, a pop can, a stripe of Dixie Belle Chalk Paint and some twine makes for a quick bit of home decor for the foyer to light up a shelf.
You'll need: eBrush, Siphon Adaptor Cut -n-Boss Painters' tape bottle (with or without a lid) Dixie Belle Chalk paint (Mint Julep) twine pop can, empty and clean Tin snips Star die sequins (optional) twine flower glue dot LED lights
Let's get the star out of the way first. For the star, cut the pop can with the tin snips. Lay out flat... using the Cut-n-boss and the sandwich for your star die, you'll cut a star for each bottle. Set aside. Be aware that the edges may be very sharp --
Wrap the bottle with painters' tape leaving about 1 - 1 1/2 inches of the glass exposed. Be sure burnish the edges of the tape to keep any bleeding to a minimum.
Get your eBrush and siphon ready. I diluted the Dixie Belle Paint a bit (not quite a 1 to 1 ratio). Spray the bottle and set aside to dry. My photos didn't turn out for this step -- sorry.
Carefully, remove the painters' tape from the bottle.
Lightly spray the star if desired. Let dry. I chose to add some Ranger Ink Patina using a small cloth.
Add a couple of sequins as desired to the star with some glue. Add the star to the twine flower with a glue dot.
Wrap some twine around the bottle on top of the painted strip. Attach the twine flower and star to the twine wrap.
Since my bottle didn't have a lid, using a glue dot, attach the end of the LED light thread to the bottom of the bottle. The switch fits just inside the mouth of the bottle I'm using. Turn it upside down so the mouth of the bottle is the bottom and the switch is inside the mouth of the bottle. .
This was quick and easy. You could also fill the jar with notes or goodies for a fun last minute holiday or any occasion gift! Have a crafty and creative week!
Just a quick post to share a couple of projects that were completed this past week. Feeling accomplished!
Using SVGCut's Football file from Game Day marquee collection. Fun! AC textured and smooth papers. Title from Miss Kate Cuttables. I colored in the word Football (cut in white paper) with Tombow markers. I'm sure this will be a hit with our son especially since it's in "team" colors!
Treat cones SVGCuts' Party from Elm Street SVG Kit. I chose not to use any of the additional panels but just add some ribbons and buttons for these quick and easy goodie holders. Paper is from a stack (no cover) that I picked up a while back. Tags are from an old graphic set I found buried in my files -- Need to make 4 more, fill, and get them in the mail this coming week.
Last project is a bit of vinyl... repurposing these shelves from the broken case has been fun!
I chose to use the font Rustal Type for project. It's a little "rough" around the edges, but the eclips2 cut it very nicely using the default vinyl setting. Added a bit of Black Licorice ink to the edges of the board after applying the vinyl, -- let the ink dry overnight. Added some hooks. Can hardly wait until this is hanging on the porch! 😀
Hoping your week has been a creative one. Looking forward to spending more time at the crafting table this coming week and getting a head start on some holiday card making...
Embossing! For this project I used the Teresa Collins, Herringbone and Houndstooth folders. I hope you can see it in the details.
Even the twill tape has the herringbone design imprinted on it using the folder and some ink.
You'll need: Teresa Collins Embossing folders Ink eBrush, marker adaptor (TB for this project) Markers (Tombow 985, 977, 933, 847) Stamps (Autumn Days, Glass Blooms) Detail Embossing Powder (White by Ranger) Twill tape 1/2 in wide Heat gun staples glue dots Twine other embellishments as desired cardstock
Stamp and heat emboss the leaves. Set aside. Emboss a piece of card stock measuring 4 x 5.25 using the houndstooth folder. Using the herringbone folder, emboss the left side of a piece of cardstock measuring 2.50 x 5.50.
Using the herringbone folder, slide the twill tape through the center area at the fold. Flip the tape up and ink the bottom side of the folder where the tape will lay. Lay the twill tape on the inked portion and press with your hands or a brayer being careful that the tape doesn't move. The pattern will be pressed into the tape. Remove the tape. Repeat as needed for the remainder of your tape. Gather, using staples and/or glue dots. Clip the edges into an inverted V. Set aside.
Using the eBrush, edge the sides of the white cardstock the base and the smaller piece using the brown (977). Set those pieces aside. (oops, no pictures of this step)
Using the lightest colored marker, begin coloring the leaves. Add layers of color wiping excess off of the embossed areas. Trim the leaves.
Arrange the leaves on the strip of paper, adding pop-up dots as desired. Stamp the sentiment to the same strip. Add the twill tape using glue dots to secure. Wrap some twine around the whole strip of card a couple of times. Finish the twine as desired.
Secure the large embossed cardstock to the card base. Add the strip securing with tape or glue. Add any additional elements as desired.
Change the dimensions to 4 x 6, choose a fall sentiment and frame!
Wishing you happy crafting and don't be afraid to mix textures with embossing folders OR to add more dimension to tape or ribbons. There's lots of fun to be had.
Wishing you time in your crafting room this week and every week!