We've turned another page on the calendar.... yep, we still have a paper calendar hanging on the wall in the kitchen. I know, it's old fashioned with all the electronic calendars AND planners out there... but it works for us.
Last year, we made Venus Flytraps for our big Halloween projects. Remember these?
You can find the blog post here. And that project set another in motion at Simply Crafty SVGs -- Sandy did an amazing job creating a 3D paper project in a smaller version!
While on the hunt for something fun to make this year..... Les Pensees en Papier Etsy shop had the perfect solution.
A Haunted House explosion box! And there are interactive elements -- such as the 2 waterfall slides (pumpkins and skulls) on 2 panels of the second box! The "attic" holds a couple of surprises too!
The SVG files cut neatly with the eclips and eCal3. Directions were clear and easy to complete (link to a youtube tutorial is included with your download). I used AC Smooth Cardstock in black and white. Colored paper is Bazzill. Some is textured and some pieces are smooth. The roof is all one piece and is easy to attach and I love the texture!
My finishing touch was to add the Light Activated Sound Module from InviteByVoice. Music is "Haunted House on the Hill" from MelodyLoops.com. And when the light filters through to the sensor, well, let's just say, we've been surprised a couple of times with music playing without lifting the roof off!
Thanks for stopping by... Nurtured your heart and soul doing a little creating. Have fun and we'll be checking back in soon.
Following the directions in the file and assembly tutorial found at Dreaming Tree's website, assemble the front of the card as directed and the inside insert, but don't adhere.
Add your recording to the sound module following the easy directions in the package, or view the video here. Once that's done, Remove the backing from the module and place the sound module on the center panel about 1 1/2 inches up from the bottom of the card base. One the back of the insert, stack 2 layers of foam tape at the bottom and at the top, center and adhere to the card base.
This card could also be used as a birthday card or a celebration for a new job or graduation... lots of possibilities with just a few adaptations to the shield and the "belly band."
Here's the video with just a small sound bite.
Hoping you have some creative time planned for the coming week. Have some fun and get a little play time in using your favorite mediums.
It's been a while -- and this project has been in the making for several months. Just kept hitting some snags with the build. I do need to thank Sandy Stark from SimplyCraftySVGs.com for the hexagon box and base. They're perfect!
Print, foil, cut and assemble the box and base, leaving the top of the box off. Do not glue the box and the base together yet. You'll have two pieces.
Add music to the EZSound Box according to manufacturer's directions from the instruction card in the packaging or from the video on the website. It's really easy!
Position the music box without the turntable attached on the top of the foam, with the turntable spindle as near the center of the foam as possible. The spindle should be facing up. Trace around the box with a pen.
Place the EZSound Box on the top farthest from the music box and trace. Using a craft knife or box knife, trim out that area. Trim out the area for the turntable as well. The foam and boxes should fit snugly in the foam.
Secure the foam and boxes in the hexagon box. Glue the hexagon box to the base. Using a little dye or pigment ink pad, apply a little ink to the top of the spindle of the turntable box. Carefully lay the top of the box centered and press lightly. This will mark the placement of the hole in the top. Using a punch, place that hold and glue the top to the tabs of the hexagon box. Secure the turntable to the music box spindle. you will need to turn the turntable to wind it up so it will spin. I have about 1/4" of space between the top of the box and the turntable.
Add your choice of decor to the turn table.
Spring always reminds me of my Grandmother's yard and the violets that grew wild in the grass. I'm using a file from Dreaming Tree from the Alluring Florals Bundle - African Violets (file pieces were reduced by 50%). The leaves were from a file from Lia Griffin's site (paid membership).
Hope this inspires you to do a little Spring crafting. Nurture your heart and soul with creativity this week.
The card base is a sheet measuring 8.5 x 16.5. Score at 5.50, and 11 inches. You will have 3 sections to the card.
Create your sentiment for the inside of the card before adding the sound card to the center portion of the card base. This will make it so much easier. Add any other details to the card inside as desired. (I've left the sentiment off for personal reasons)
I made the card front using basic shapes to create a "box front" with a layered banner. This card front is just slightly smaller than the card front 8.25 x 5.25. The donuts are reduced to 80% and all pieces are cut using the eclips2.
Ink the edges of the donut pieces. Adhere the 'frosting" to the base and add a few sprinkles using some snowy glitter*. Let dry.
Prepare the box top. Adhere the transparency to the back of the box top and add the banner to the front. Set aside.
Record the sound module according to manufacturer's directions. It's really so easy. For this particular card, I chose a free ringtone from Zedge.com Replace the "block" until you have the sound module installed in your card.
Assemble the card front and adhere. Place the donuts on the card base front, add the "box" top. I used scor tape to adhere the box front. You could use a foam tape if you wanted a little more height to the project.
Now place your sound module in the card. Make sure that the area with the small triangular cuts is on the fold as it provides the "trigger" to start and stop the play of the module. Apply some score tape to the top and bottom edges of the card base. Remove the release tape and the shield from the module (it may start playing). Fold the right third of the card over to the center, lining up the edges and secure to the tape. Fold the top over to "close" the card.
Happy Crafting vibes to you! Hoping you're planning some time in your crafting space this coming week!
This idea has been formulating for a couple of months. Lots of different iterations, but I do like how the "idea" ultimately came together.
I asked Sandy Stark at Simply Crafty SVGs for the design of the egg shape***. She graciously accepted and created the SVG file for me. Sandy's design skills were spot on and the design worked perfectly.
The teeth were made using basic shapes from the eCal library (triangle and horizontal rectangle, Union)
All of the leaves were cut from heavy white crepe paper using a template created in the eCal3 software and cut with the eclips2 using a heart shape from the library and the knife to cut the shapes in half and the close path command.
Since the eclips doesn't cut crepe well, I invited a friend over to cut the crepe since my tendonitis is still in flare mode. Wires were glued to the crepe paper pieces before coloring using a technique from a Lia Griffeth you tube video. The leaves were colored using the eBrush and Bic Mark-it markers.
The tongue was a hand cut shape. A highly texture paper would work, or you could use some paper twist or heavy floral crepe paper and have it work. The Feed Me sign was made using a font from Creative Fabrica - Halloween. (affiliate link)
An 18" dowel was attached at the back of the head and the wired leaves added using floral tape and hot glue. Secure in the pot (10") and add any finishing touches.
As you know, I love to add lights and music to a lot of my pieces, and this one was no exception. An InviteByVoice sound module with push button was added with a little bit of an instrumental version of "Feed Me" from Little Shop of Horrors recorded on the module. A string of fairy lights under the lip of the pot and through the center were added as well.
I hope you enjoyed this bit of whimsy and fun! Thanks for stopping by. Have some fun in your creative world this month!
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SVGCuts' Attic Treasures Kit has one of my favorite go-to files. The book. It's so versatile and can be made for any occasion. Today's project is for a birthday and could also be used to celebrate meeting a reading goal.
Audio file (about 2 minutes long) Adhesive, Lineco Glue, Scor-Tape, Foam Mounting tape ink blending tool Scoreboard, bone folder Electronic Die Cutting Machine (Sizzix eclips2 and eCal3) Optional - printables
Cut all pieces needed for the book as well as an embellishment pieces. I added an image to the spine of the book and used the print 2 cut feature in the eCal software before cutting. Ink the edges of all the book pieces for an old book look if desired. My sister says this book looks "ancient!"
Cut another piece at 4 3/8" x 5 1/4" to cover the sound module. Use a 1/2 inch punch to create an opening for the sound module sensor.
Lightly score the "pages" on the sides of the box in 1/8" increments and add a little ink with the blending tool to highlight the lines.
Assemble the book and "pages" as shared in the assembly video here. Decorate the book cover as desired. I chose not to use the panels in the file for this project or other decorative elements provided in the folder.
Following the directions included with the sound module, record your audio. Remove the backing from the module and place in the box.
Decorate the 4 3/8" x 5 1/4" piece of cardstock as desired. Apply some foam mounting tape to the back. Do not remove the release paper. If desired add a 2nd layer of tape. Set this layer in place and remove the sensor. Close the book.
Thanks for stopping by today. Hoping your creative time is filled with a little magic! Enjoy.
It's been a busy sort of spring with all sorts of fun projects .... however, I haven't published a post in nearly a month! And here's the reason why: I have an agreement with Invite By Voice not to publish anything I create for them until they have published it on their social media. It's hard to sit on so many fun ideas for this long, but I hope you'll agree that it will be well worth the wait once they publish....
AND: Mom care has sort of taken over our lives too. Things are changing a bit here and we have had to "up our game" to stay on top of things regarding her care.
Now back to crafting again so let's see: a recent ATC Challenge brought this little goodie forth. I'm still hoping to add a few little details, like a book and some reading glasses, but for now, this project was a fun create using the eclips2 and eCal3.
The adirondack chair is a free file from SVGCuts.com and the umbrella is from the Summer folder in the Basic Library on eCal. I purchased the vintage label shape from the eShape Store and the sentiment is from Creative Fabrica. The blanket is a rectangle and just folded and crunched a bit. The background image is a photo I purchased for commercial use and modification -- I used photoshop to add the watercolor filter. and removed a couple of people from the photo. Then placed the image on the mat in eCal and created a clipping path using a rectangle the size of the ATC card and used the print 2 cut option in eCal3. So much fun!
I really enjoy playing with the ATC size cards -- and here's the link to a grouping of ATC's I made last year.
Father's Day is just around the corner - a couple of weeks away. Haven't sent out this year's cards yet, but they are made and I'll create a separate post for those in a couple of days. In the meantime, how about checking out the cards we sent out a couple of years ago.... the post is here.
And lastly, as we gear up for summer holidays, last year's fun included a fun 4th of July marquee --all the details are here.
Thanks so stopping by and I hope you'll enjoy revisiting some of my past posts and will be looking forward to what's coming in the next couple of weeks. It just might turn into project OVERLOAD!
Tim Holtz' Robotic Cardstock (scraps for the robots - assortment of colors) Dark Silver card for the front panel White card for the base (cut to 5.5 x 12.75) Darice Gears embossing folder Big Shot, multi-purpose platform, cutting plates Sentiment circle print (I used eCal3 and Sizzix eclip2 to make mine) Audio used in this project is "I am Robot" from MelodyLoops.com