Creating this sign for the "man cave" was fun and welcomed!
The base is a piece of corrugated cardboard! And I L. O. V. E. the texture it gave to the vinyl when it was applied to the painted base. You'll find all the details on The Artistry at CreativeFabrica.com.
The helmets were actually pretty quick to put together... I didn't add the pull-out treat box. I figured there'd be plenty of other stuff gracing the table. However, the helmets are small enough you could make a bunch as favors for your guests.
This project was featured on the blog at SimplyCraftySVGs.com and on instagram.
I had a lot of fun making a few things for this year's trays. Even discovered a few things from the last few years we'd used on the Valentine tree in the past. No tree this year -- there's no room for it!
You'll find all the details for these makes on The Artistry, here.
Digital paper, watercolor and twine decorate this wood piece.
Covered wood again -- love doing these book covers using the foil quill!
Framed a mini vinyl piece. The frame is lightweight because it's made from paper!
That's really the most difficult part about writing and creating for others.
What I can share are a couple of quick cards. One of the big bonuses of using SCAL 5 Pro is being able to import files created in Make The Cut (MTC) and cutting them with the Skycut. Easy, easy!
I found a fun Concertina card on Pinterest and it was the inspiration for this card:
We had so much fun looking through the photos to find the perfect shots to celebrate her 14th. Designer paper is from FSJ, vinyl from Expressions Vinyl in rose gold and used SCAL5 Pro to fill each of those photo squares perfectly and do the print + cut spot on!
We made cooling scarves for the homeless and we'll be making a few more in the next week or so. Some of those pieces of fabric in the stash are coming in handy and it felt really good to get the sewing machine out and stitch for a few hours.
Learning lots of new things about pop ups, construction and mechanisms. Hoping to play with those a little more in the days to come. Excited about the prospects of fulfilling a dream and lifelong goal.
While the pandemic (COVID) continues to create new "normals" on a daily basis, there are more new beginnings for us as well this year.
My plans to retire late 2021 were sped up a bit in late December of 2020 and I was launched into the realm of being free to rethink the timeline. There's a part of me that is ecstatic about new opportunities and more time to craft and create during the hours I used to spend working.
New opportunities await -- ideas and projects that were pushed to the back burner are now moving to the front and may finally see the light of day much sooner than previously thought.
Looking forward to new beginnings starting now.
Let's begin with a stack of Thank You cards.
CAS panel - 3.5 x 3.5 print 2 cut on Kraft card base - 4 x 8 colored base, scored at 4 along the 8 inch side. Adhere panel to card base front*. ** I chose to insert one of the thank you cards in a frame as a gift for a special friend. The "box" also contains a small gift.
All Occasion cards
Panel - 3.75 x 5.00 speech bubble cut out with word (designed in eCal3 and cut on eclips2 card base - 4.25 x 11.00, scored at 5.50 along the 11 inch side. Attach panel to card base. Glue another copy of the word on the card panel
And lastly, Photo print Cards
Panel - print 2 cut image panel (4.00 x 5.25), designed in eCal 3 and cut on eclips2 (photo credit to Debi Tullier) Vinyl - cut and apply focus word (631 vinyl) Card base - 4.25 x 11.00, scored at 5.50 along the 11 inch side. Attach card panel to card base.
*Scor-tape and Lineco glue used for these projects. AC cardstock used for all card bases and boxes in this post
Hoping your outlook for creating time is looking great this year! Let's get ready for some major creative play!
I've been keeping my eye out for some old globes I could upcycle, however, when this cut file became available, it hopped right into my shopping cart! There are two versions in the kit -- a full globe and then one that separates into halves and can be filled with goodies. Both will turn on the (straw) axis in the stand. Needless to say, this file found at Creatieve Papier Uitspattingen has so much potential -- I didn't have to wait any longer to find a globe! Corina even has a printable "world" face you can add if you want something a little more realistic.
There is a link to an assembly video on her website, and I would suggest you watch it for some assembly tips. I believe that Corina weighted her base, however, I didn't find the need to do that with my version but the weight of your globe and the paper used could make a difference and require weighting.
The finished globe is approximately 7 inches high and a perfect fit with my 3D letters from SVGCuts and I love having it on my mantel.
I created my sentiment using fonts on my computer and had to do just a little manipulating to get them to stick to the curved surface of the panels.
TIPS: If using vinyl on the panels -- cover a sheet of corresponding color cardstock with the vinyl and then cut with your cutting machine.
Burnish the edges of the vinyl to the cardstock. This helped on a few pieces that need a little more shaping to the curves.
If you decide to hand write your sentiments on the vinyl, be sure to use chalkboard vinyl. You can wipe away the dust and reapply with chalk as desired.
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Schedule in some creative time over the next few days and let the joy that comes from creating fill your soul.
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!
Two of the grandsons are starting fresh with a new list of "jobs" at their house. Their mom wanted something similar to this that she saw on Pinterest. I created a stencil and etched on the bottles and then using the Mini-maker, I etched a couple of tags. Love the way this project turned out.
The etching doesn't show well on the glass, but it's there!
8 1/2 x 11 cardstock (Fun Stamper's Journey) 12 x 12 sheet for panel (from stash) Lineco glue Sizzix eclips2 / eCal 3
pint size mason jar vinyl / removable shelf liner transfer tape Armour Etching cream
wood tag (Craftparts.com) Mini Maker laser etch machine
It's T's birthday week. He was all smiles and laughter when he saw his birthday sign yesterday!
And the birthday banner make in his honor too.
The large sign designed with the SCAL software (SCAL 5 Pro) for the sign since it needed to be tiled due to sizing and the banner was all done on eCal3 using shapes from the library and a font on my computer. And cut using Sizzix's eclips2. Vinyl applied to a piece of yellow foam core from Hobby Lobby
Paper from Fun Stampers Journey and AC Cardstock. Lineco glue and some ribbon from my stash. Vinyl from Paper Studio (HL)
The wreath I posted earlier this week is too small to stand on it's on in a large space -- Right now, I don't have a grouping or small place it can stand out as a focal point.... so another shelving piece upcycle to the rescue.
Super simple... a little bit of white acrylic paint, vinyl and sandpaper. A hook for hanging (and it also will make it easier to switch out wreaths each season!
I used the Gracias font and Gracias Stylized Font for the lettering.
Open your software, and type in your lettering. I stretched it to 18 inches. Weld all the letters together. When you add the glyph from the Stylized font, use the Union Command under the Path tab. Be sure to check Preview to make sure that all the letters are connected and will cut as one.
Cut using the vinyl setting. Weed the excess vinyl away and apply some transfer tape. For best results, apply the vinyl first... burnish as needed.
Dry brush some white acrylic paint on the board. While the paint is still not quite dry, lightly brush another light coat. This will cause the paint to crackle a bit and add some additional texture. Let dry.
Using a piece of sandpaper, scrub some of the paint away. Wipe away the dust. Repeat that process as needed.
My piece isn't going to be subjected to weather or extreme temps, so I chose not to seal it at this point. Add a cup hook to the board and slide the wreath on the hook. My board is setting on the mantel -- you could add hangers to the back of your board BEFORE you paint and hang if desired.
Products used*: Sizzix eclips2, eCal2 Expressions Vinyl - white 651 Apple Barrel White paint foam brush cup hook sandpaper (120 grit) wreath details can be found in this post.
No affiliate links are used in this post. Some of the materials used in the wreath were provided by MixedMediaSupplies.