Eiffel Tower – Further Proof I May be a Little Crazy

7 10 2017

I’ve had this file for a while. I’ve wanted to make it for a while. It seemed like quite the undertaking, but my daughter’s having a Paris themed birthday party so this really seemed like a good time to try it out.

It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be 🙂

Some tips, though, in case you want to give this a whirl.

1. Because of the intricate cuts, don’t use an ultra sticky mat. Obviously, it needs to be sticky enough to hold the paper, but you need it to release the paper easily, too, or all those little pieces can tear.

2. Be patient while your machine cuts the pieces out. Mine took a bit, but it cut well, so it was worth it 🙂

3. Temporary adhesive is your friend. So many similar pieces, but there are different. While placing the top pieces on (in my case the black pieces) i used temporary adhesive to get the pieces where I needed them then went back and added permanent adhesive.

4. Have fun 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo

File here: Eiffel Tower

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Halloween Lantern

3 10 2017

Because I could 🙂

Originally, this was designed to be smaller and sit on a table top. I enlarged it and I’m working on a way to hang it 🙂

It’s such a fun design!

Thanks for stopping by!

Link to file: here





Dragonfly Tiffany Lamp

26 09 2017

If you’ve looked around my blog, you’ve probably realized I’m a sucker for 3D projects. My daughter is having a birthday party in October and asked for this lamp as one of her decorations. I agreed to make it, but I get to keep it 😉

I’ll make her an Eiffel Tower as a consolation prize 😉

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So yes, it’s made out of paper. It’s lit by a plug in candle. The lampshade was done with vellum pieces that were hand colored with copic markers. Over all, I’m pretty stoked with how it turned out 🙂

Thanks for looking!

xoxo

Files used: Boho Butterflies





Halloween Village Started and a Glaring Mistake and How I fixed it.

13 09 2017

Life is crazy here. If you’ve poked around my blog, you have a good idea why it’s so crazy 🙂 But I try and steal a little bit of free time to work with paper. I have crazy ideas that need to be explored sometimes 😉

During some of those stolen pockets of paper time, I go a little nuts and do something like Maple Manor from SVG Cuts. It’s the beginning of the Halloween Village Square I have in my head. It’s mostly decorated, but I’ll probably go back and embellish it some more after I have more of the village square finished.

Here’s a look at the finished (for now) manor house.

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I mentioned there was a glaring error. I’ve disguised it in the above pictures, but let me tell you what I did. See the front door? It doesn’t exactly go right there. It’s close, but not quite right. Mary designed a way cool front porch for this house. When I tried to put it on, I realized my door was too low…I guess I should have watched the tutorial all the way through, but I was too eager to get started 😉

What I ended up with, were porch supports that were too short to fit because I’d made the distance between the bottom of the porch and the top taller than it had been designed when I had to leave out the rest of the porch. Here’s a picture of the fix and disguise I came up with to offset my eagerness.

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On the right, you can see the foam tape I used to make up the height I was missing. On the left, you can see the disguise. I made the corn stalks from white paper then colored them the colors I wanted. I figured the twine needed a purpose to be there, so corn stalks it was 🙂

Other altered areas:

The paper on the roof was the design I wanted, but not the color. It was a little washed out for what I had in mind. So I used my inks and added yellows, oranges, and browns around the edge of the papers to give me the richer fall color I wanted.

Here’s a before and after of the papers.

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So why mention the mistake in the first place? If you’re just casually looking, you probably wouldn’t notice it.

No matter how good our intentions are, we make mistakes. We’re flawed. It’s what we do. But fixing those things, making something different or even better than what we started with, that’s how we become better.

Many times, what we do after the mistake is more important than the mistake. Do we trash the whole project because of one glaring flaw? Or do we fix it and make something better?

I spent a lot of time on this house. It was worth it to me to work the mistake into something better.

Our lives are so much more important than this paper house. Sometimes we mess up. It’s okay. Even the best people have made mistakes, so we’re in good company. Don’t give up. Once you know where you went wrong, fix it. Make your life better.

If this paper house is worth fixing, so are we.

The spooky pic:

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Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

Links to items used:

Maple Manor, Brick embossing folder

 





Chocolate Purses

30 08 2017

So they’re not *really* made from chocolate, but they’re full of little chocolate bars 🙂

I made them for the principal and guidance counselor at the elementary school.

Even if my boy has an unexpectedly good transition/year, it doesn’t hurt to be kind and thankful for all the things the people in my son’s life do for him and other children 🙂

I used double sided paper for these and used my Silhouette to cut them out. They’re small, so they were pretty quick and easy to put together 🙂

Links to the files I used:

Flower, Hobo Style Bag (left), Adele’s Purse (right) (this purse includes a flower, but I used a different one)





I Made a Pineapple

20 08 2017

School started Wednesday. It’s a weird mish-mash of schedules now, and I’m not sure how I’m going to make this school year work, but I’m sure it will 🙂

School break down:

3 graduated. Of those 3, 2 are enrolled in college classes. All 3 working and sharing a car.

3 in school. They’re spread out over 3 different schools. 2 of the 3 have extra-curricular activities.

1 still at home.

The one I’m most worried about is the little guy who started kindergarten this week. He’s had a rough beginning and that still plays out in cycles in our home. Right now, we’re in one of our good cycles. But change is SO HARD on this kiddo, I’m waiting for us to start spiraling downward again. Maybe he’ll surprise me, like everyone suggests while I’m gearing up for another round of power struggle battles.

In preparation for these rough times on the horizon, I made a paper pineapple box for his teacher. I put a few goodies in it. He has the same teacher two of my other kids had and I’m so grateful 🙂 But I want to show her my gratitude ahead of time while things are good 🙂

Here’s some pictures of the box.

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We got him started in school and that first week went well. Next up is the solar eclipse and we’re in the path of totality, so the schools are teaching around it. My next success will be my boy getting through this amazing event with out burning his retina’s. I think this it totally doable 😉

Stamp and Die set, Pineapple

 





Fries Before Guys

28 07 2017

I have a daughter who LOVES fries. I guess it’s only natural since she’s obsessed with potatoes. She’s even tried growing some spuds.

With school starting up soon, I wanted to remind her of her priorities 😉

She’s got plenty of time to get her heart broken, I want her to have a season of fun and light heartedness, so we’re totally pushing this fry thing 😉

Fry box from SVG Cuts, Fries before guys from Sil. Store