Saturday, April 20, 2013

Some Crafty Fun this weekend...

This weekend a friend of mine wanted to have a virtual crafting party, and have people craft something that they had pinned on Pinterest, or found from another online source for inspiration.  I happened to have the weekend off, and was excited to be able to have time to join in on the fun.  I made the little Tea box from SVGCuts, Tea For You and Me set.  I got the box together, and thought it was cute, but it needed something else... but I have the hardest time trying to decide how to embellish things. But here is a picture of my box after putting it all together.  I love the files from SVGCuts, they are so easy to cut and put together.. even I can look like I know what I'm doing with them.

This morning I decided that I needed to find something else to add to it, so I decided on some of the Crochet trim from the Battenburg Lace and Crochet trim set and sized it to fit around the box.  Then I got the flowers and leaves from the Spring Birdhouses kit and added them to one side.  It always amazes me how just adding a little bit of detail can make something go from okay to looking more finished. 

I'm not sure what I'm going to use this box for, since I don't drink tea... LOL  but it was a lot of fun to make and it gave me the opportunity to figure out how to finish it off and add more detail.  

After I finished my tea box, I wanted to make another box inspired by The Gentleman Crafter.  I have always admired his boxes, and when I learned how he put them together using structure strips, it just floored me.  I am the type of person that needs step by step instructions the first time I do anything, and I can not for the life of me look at something and figure out how someone made it.. so finding tutorials on the web on how to do some of the awesome things I see,  is a lifesaver for me.  However, once I figure it out, then I can start adding my own twist, but the first one is always a "lets see how it all goes together even if it isn't pretty" type of project.  So I got out my kraft cardstock and made some structure strips.. those were easy enough to make, but if I had to come up with the idea, they wouldn't be around.  I then cut some flimsy chipboard, because that is all I had around, and since this was just to see how to put it all together, I didn't care.  I am going to have to go watch some more of The Gentleman Crafters videos and pay more attention to the details of how he puts his boxes together, because mine leaves a lot to be desired.  
Then I added some decorative paper, that  I bought back when I first started doing paper crafts, and now look at it and wonder what possessed me to pay money for it (yes it's pretty, but the colors are so NOT me).  I need to figure out a way to make the corners and the top edge more finished, and I'm sure if I pay closer attention to The Gentleman Crafters videos, he will give me all kinds of ideas on how to have a more finished looking edge... but for a first time, just wanting to get it done project, it didn't turn out too badly.  Of course, I still need to add some embellishments to it to make it look better, but until I figure out what I want to do with the corners, I don't want to add anything else too it... so as sad as it looks, here is my box.... please, don't laugh too hard.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a chance to do some crafting this weekend.... and enjoy the journey!!!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

April Card Club Card

I haven't had much time to play lately, but I needed to get some cards made for my card club this past Friday.  I waited until the last minute, because I had Thursday off, so figured I would be able to get them done in no time.  Well, silly me, it always takes me longer than I think it will, because I have such a hard time deciding on what to do, let alone what colors or papers I want to use.  I searched on SplitCoastStampers for cards with StampinUp stamps and papers, and found some really nice cards using Secret Garden stamps and framelits. Since I had just purchased those at our last meeting, I figured I should pull them out and see what I could come up with.
I stamped the flower with versamark and used white embossing powder on Bashful Blue paper. Then cut the flower out using the framelit and my Fiskars Fuse. Then I glued some blue micro beads in the center.  The leaves were cut out of Lucky Limeade.  The base of the card is River Rock, and the two mats were cut from So Saffron and Wistera Wonder.  I used my Silver Bullet to cut the mats, using a border design from Monicas Creative Room. It started out as a corner, and I just copied and pasted it to create a frame, then sized it to the size I wanted, made a shadow using MTC. 
If you haven't looked around Monicas Creative Room, you should go see all the beautiful files she shares.  They are amazing, and they cut beautifully on my Silver Bullet.

Here is the final product.  It measures 4 1/2" by 4 1/2"

I am hoping to have more time to play in the near future, things at work should be slowing down so I won't be working so much overtime.  I plan on spending a lot more quality time with my Silver Bullet when that happens.  So many things I want to try, and just don't have the time right now to spend as much time as I would like with it.  Sherri at ThatsScrapInc has come out with some new tools for the Silver Bullet and Cougar die cutting machines that I would love to experiment with.  If you haven't seen them yet, check out Penny Duncans and Lisa Howell's Blogs, they both created some files to use with the new tools and show you what can be done with them.  Be sure to check them out.
Well that's about it for now.. thanks for stopping by  

Enjoy the Journey!!!