Saturday, February 20, 2016

Clover Treat Basket

Isn't this so cute for St. Paddy's Day?!!  I made this Clover Treat Basket using the FREE svg file from Dreaming Tree. 

I ran the body of the basket though a clover embossing folder prior to assembly.  I also embossed the top clover and handle with a dotted pattern.  I filled this up with some green paper shred and plastic gold coins to use as a little bit of holiday decor, but I really think this would be great as a fun gift with some chocolate coins in there instead. Yum!

There's an extra clover that cuts out that's meant to go on top of the handle, but I'm going to use it as a gift tag instead. 

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Winter Lodge

I couldn't wait to make SVGCuts' Winter Lodge as soon as it came out last month, but despite the fact that I finished it weeks ago, I haven't had a chance to post it!

The 3D buildings can seem intimidating to build because they appear so detailed and look very involved. I'm happy to say that if you follow the instructions and watch the assembly video, it's really not that difficult and you end up with something that's so totally WOW!  I think it's all just a matter of taking it one step at a time and pacing yourself. No pressure - it's just paper!


And speaking of paper, I tried to keep my lodge pretty neutral in color because I plan to decorate the heck out of it for next Christmas and would hate to clash! I got lucky and found that Hobby Lobby had all of their paper half off the week I was needing some for the lodge, so I made sure I stocked up on the colors I wanted with a few extras thrown in for good measure. Like the pebble paper I used for the porch, chimney and front detail. And I love how the exterior LED lights make the glittery paper I used really sparkle. Kind of like snow!

I also love how Mary did the exterior lighting but I'm the first to admit that I have commitment issues when it comes to permanently affixing things with hot glue! So I took my strand of battery operated LED lights and stuck them on the underside of the roof using washi tape.  Admittedly, there are a few spots where the tape has lifted up slightly, but I just smoosh it down and it's good to go.

If you elect this option, the only other advice I can offer is to beware the pattern of washi tape you use and where you place it under the roof - when it's lit from inside, a printed washi tape can be see through the white roof!  There are plenty of strategic spots behind the snow and trim where you can stick it though.

I can't wait to deck the halls of this lodge for Christmas - I think it's going to look awesome!

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine Tea Light Holder

Just a quick post to show off the cute little tea light holder I made using the FREE Valentine Tea Light Holder file from Dreaming Tree.

I did add a pink vellum liner because I love the look of the electronic tealights thought vellum - a much softer, more diffuse glow I think.

I also had lots of fun digging through my stash of blingy things to find some hearts and other glitzy stuff to add to the project. I think Valentine's Day is the perfect holiday to go a little nuts with rhinestones and shiny stuff!

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Cinderella's Carriage

Remember the Disney-themed explosion box I created for a friend for Christmas? Well, she liked it. She really, really liked it! She like it so much, that she wondered if I could create something special for her granddaughter who has a birthday this month. 

The gift for her is an annual pass MagicBand which I'm told is princess-themed, so how could I pass up the opportunity to create a carriage worthy of such a gift!  I just knew this was my chance to make the Pumpkin Carriage from SVGCuts Enchanted Autumn kit. 

Her grandmother and I poked around online searching for inspiration. We found this picture on Pinterest and both fell in love with it.  Hats off to whoever created that - it is SO beautiful! I even copied the 'stardust' on the vellum window!

I personalized it a bit by adding a name to the door with an embossed and then bejeweled crown (of course!) and used some Ranger alcohol ink to dye the clear heart gem stickers to match.  Since her birthday is close to Valentine's Day, you can't go wrong with hearts!  

I had lots of fun putting this together and really appreciate that such an elegant and intricate-looking project was really very simple to do.  I believe the soon-to-be four year old recipient is going to love it too!  

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Candy Hearts Card

Using the FREE Mr. & Mrs. card from SVGCuts, I adapted this to a simple "I ♥ U" message for these candy hearts.  I think it's so cool how dimensional the message hearts look without even using pop dots.

When all was said and done, it felt like a LOT of pink to me, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but something told me to just add something shiny to finish it off.  I stuck bling around the edges and now it really sparkles!

Monkey Business Trailing Hearts Card

I added a little bit of monkey business to the Trailing Hearts Card from SVGCuts Love Struck kit!  We have a family member who is crazy about sock monkeys and the color red, so I think she's really going to love receiving this card for Valentine's Day!

I had to leave off one of the hearts from the front of the card to make room for Mr. Monkey's legs, but I used it on the top of the sentiment panel inside the card.

I used a second piece of the sock monkey paper to make the envelope.  This is such cute paper that I found at Hobby Lobby.  I was thrilled to find the matching stickers too - that's where I got the monkey for the front. Isn't that pompom on his hat just adorable?

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