Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Too Many Possibilities

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting With Dragonflies is to make your own flowers. Our sponsor is A and T Digital Designs. Now you would think with flowers and faeries I would have no trouble at all coming up with some inspiration for this one. That was the problem. I had so many little floaty ideas around in my head I couldn't pin any of them down, there were so many possibilities I was completely at a loss.
I found my sunflower image in the Silhouette store. The center looked like a perfect frame for my little faerie images. And I knew it had good shaping potential. But what to do with it? Well I finally settled on door hangers, don't ask me how because I'm not sure myself, lol. I cut the door hangers from heavier 110 pound cardstock. Then cut them out again in my dps. Ran my dp's through the embosser using D'vine Swirls embossing folder and through the Xyron to add adhesive. Put one on top of the other and I had 2 fairly decorative and sturdy door hangers. I colored my images with Prismacolor pencils. To shape my sunflowers I used the curved back of my plastic 1/32 tsp. measuring spoon (also known as a Smidgen). I also use a foam cutting mat, similar to a mouse pad, to rub the center of each flower petal with the back of my spoon. The result is lovely, curved flower petals. The banner is another Silhouette file that I printed the little girls' Teacher's names on. I've blurred out part of their names for privacy but you get the idea.
Miss O already has hers hanging on her classroom door and Miss H said that she loooooves faeries and how did we know?!? Funny how when our mojo flies out the window it can come back in as a door hanger...get it...when one door closes...nevermind ;o)
I would like to share my projects at:
Crafting When We Can make your own flowers, closes Nov. 10,
Crafty My Life anything goes but no cards, closes Nov. 30

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hang In There

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting With Dragonflies is a card with a nature theme, leaves, trees, you get the idea. A prize will be provided by our very own challenge blog owner Hilde.
I made a center step easel card. The card, image frame, trees and leaves are all Silhouette cut files. My image is a Tiddly Inks digi called Wryn - hanging around. I colored her with Prismacolor Pencils. First I used the offset feature in my Silhouette to make a mask of my image and then I took a cloud shape and placed it around inside the frame overlapping either the frame or image. The ones that overlapped the image I used the weld feature to weld them together. For the ones that overlapped the frame I used the subtract feature and moved the parts away that were not needed. Then I grouped them all together and cut out my mask. Took a little trial and error but I got a pretty good mask. I also took a screen shot of it so that if you could make sense of my description, lol.
I used Tim Holtz distress ink in Broken China to make my background blue.
A sunflower, maple leaf brads, some orange gingham ribbon and a raffia bow that I tied myself make up the rest of my embellishments. Will use this next time I need a Hang In There or Get Well Soon card.
On a more personal note, my Grandma celebrated her 99th birthday on Oct. 12th. We had a party for her on Oct. 13th. My youngest has a cold so she and Daddy had to stay home but my Kaylee and I were very blessed to be there for the celebration. She is a remarkable woman that still lives in her own apartment. You can also see Kaylee's little sling for her broken arm in this picture. Hope all my fellow Canadians had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend of good food and even better family time.
I'd like to share my card at:
Creative Knockouts Happy Fall, ends Oct. 16, ***Winner!!!***
Silhouette Blog Fall theme, ends Oct. 18,
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Autumn, ends Oct. 25,
Lacy Sunshine Fall colors, ends Oct. 27,
Really Reasonable Ribbon Autumn leaves and ribbon, ends Oct. 29

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

What A Week

This will be a short one, my oldest broke her arm at school yesterday and I am mentally and emotionally exhausted.
The challenge this fortnight at Crafting With Dragonflies is to make a gift box/folder with at least 3 cards. We are sponsored by Di's Digis and my images are from our other sponsor A Day For Daisies, little striped shirt and little striped dress. I thought to save time I would use watercolor paper and paint stripes as the background. But the watered down paint smeared the printer ink of my image. So Plan B was to create a digital background. It would have been faster to make my own paper, pick berries and crush them to make my own stains, and pick hairs from the back of a boar and bind them to a twig as a paintbrush, and then paint all 6 cards individually. I had a terrible time with the background strips. They were made, printed and cut out in my Silhouette. The box is another Silhouette cut file. I used double sided tape to put it together. I am going to add a monogram medallion to the front of the box and give this set away to the School Secretary. She is always in need of little gift cards for kids and has helped us with soooo many things I think a little thank-you is in order.
Box before folding:
Little boy card:
Little girl card:
Completed set, box included: