That Time I Printed a Fun Light Switch Cover

26 06 2020

I’m really diggin’ this 3D printing guys lol.

There’s a lot of free files out there. I’ve worked on modifying (very tiny mods) some files – like the Ear Savers For JJΒ Β here that we’ve been using as a fund raiser for his service dog. But I’ve printed more where I’ve just stood back in awe at someone else’s genius πŸ™‚

This is one of those times.

Our upstairs bathroom *could* have a nautical theme, or not if you decide to remove the octopus shower curtain. I want it to be easily changed, because I think I’d like to move in a few years and not everyone shares my likes πŸ˜‰

Anyway, this light switch cover/leaver caught my eye.

First step – printing. This is how it looked after the print was finished.

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Then, checking my work before painting or gluing. This is where I found out I printed the wrong gears. They were too big, so I went back and printed the right size, lol. Then it fit together nicely πŸ™‚

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Once I knew it fit together correctly, I smoothed out edges and cleaned things up. Then painted them.

I’d LOVE to tell you I added all the cool detail by hand, but I didn’t. I found a Patina oxidizing finish kit by Modern Masters Metal Effects. A few coats of primer, a few coats of copper paint, and spray on the oxidizing spray and you get some neat finishes πŸ™‚

Here’s the finished piece (except gluing. I still need to glue, but that’s it’s own skill set).

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Patina Light Switch 2

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Fun, right? You’re turn. You should go out and try something fun, too ❀️

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXOXO

 





Service Dog Thank You Cards

20 11 2019

Nice people should get thank you cards.

It’s a thing I believe. And I just so happen to like making thank you cards, so this works out for everyone πŸ˜€

I’ve had these designed for a while, but finally had time to sit down and put them together. It took a medical intervention to create the time lol. I’m at the sleep clinic with one of my daughters, so I was able to put the cards together while I wait with her. It’s been a LONG sleep study. We’re doing overnight and nap monitoring…I’m pretty sure we’ll head out by evening though πŸ™‚

In the mean time, a dozen cards were finished and my blog updated. They didn’t turn out how I designed them – my printer ran out of blue ink, but I made it work, because I have some people to get these out to πŸ™‚ If you’re one of our donors – THANK YOU SO MUCH! JJ’s so tickled by your willingness to help him. He even cried a little. You guys are making a little boy so very very happy. These cards are for you ❀️

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

And as always, if you feel it in your heart to donate, or if you want to Β see more of JJ’s story, here’s the link to our donation page. paws4autism.org/jj.html

Craft Project 1

 





That Time the Therapists Did Their Jobs Well and We Had to Say Good-bye…AGAIN

22 08 2019

Isaac has been in therapy since he was 3 months old. First with CMH, then transferred to First Steps (our state’s early intervention program) for physical therapy when he was 4 months old.

At 15 months old, he was diagnosed with a profound speech delay and a speech therapist was added to our weekly First Steps therapy session.

At 22 months, he was diagnosed with Autism. The next week, a special instructor was added to our sessions to help address the autistic needs we were encountering.

Last year we lost out physical therapist because Isaac had finally caught up in that area.

Today, we said good-bye to our remaining therapists. In our state, the early intervention program works with qualifying children until they’re 3. At that time, if help is still needed, the school district takes over – which is the case with our son.

I wanted to make something meaningful for them, to show my gratitude. My son is in such a good spot and has made up so much ground because of these hardworking ladies.

Here are their gifts.

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This is for our speech therapist. The first time Isaac really started participating in imaginative play, they were having a “tea party.” I wanted to commemorate that and create something that brought her back to that memory.

The next gift set was for our special instructor. This woman was described to me as magical, and they weren’t lying! She came into our lives at a time when we needed a little magic, so I made her a Mary Poppins set.

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Thanks for stopping by

xoxo





That Time I Made a Topiary Out of Paper

22 03 2019

As mentioned in a few posts before, the autism center my boys use is amazing. Most of the work on this project was done there. I cut out everything at home, then colored, shaped, and assembled most of it at the center. The topiary is from the kit Thank You For the Music at SVG cuts.

This is kind of picture intensive, so please be patient with me. There were a lot of components.

I took pictures of some of the process. I’m always amazed I can start with flat pieces of paper and make something substantial and dimensional. So I included pics for other people who might feel the same way πŸ™‚

First, the focal points – the flowers. There’s two types. The main flowers and the fillers. Each main flower has 5 parts. I cut them out of blue paper, then added white to the centers, dark blue to the edges, then blended with a shade of blue somewhere between the color of the paper and the dark blue. I believe there were 32 big flowers.

I wanted a fuller topiary, so I used more filler flowers than called for. I used the same process of coloring them as I did for the blue flowers, just different colors.

 

I also wanted to add clovers and leaves to the base. The clovers are from the Springtime Box Cards kit at SVG Cuts. The leaves are from the pumpkin in the Harvest Sunset Kit, also from SVG Cuts.

I started with white paperΒ  and colored the clovers and leaves the colors I needed them. I used a mix of ink and colored pencils.

 

 

And I just HAD to have a hummingbird. And wouldn’t you know it, SVG Cuts has one or those, too! This one is from their Hummingbird Box Card. Instead of cutting out different colors of paper, I cut all the pieces out in white, then colored the individual pieces before assembling. I made a mirror copy that I used to sandwich a wire between so I could make it hover by the topiary.

 

 

So those are the elements πŸ™‚ Here’s some pics of the finished product. Thanks to my daughter who helped me get the pics πŸ™‚

The clover.

 

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The topiary and the hummingbird.

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The whole topiary

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And the card. I used a kit in my Craft Artist collection and designed this card. The flowers weren’t colored, which I LOVE because it allows me to color them πŸ™‚ I used a combination of copics and colored pencils for the flowers on the card.

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Singing Bird Card and Distress Markers

22 03 2019

I’m probably so behind the times, but I finally found the Tim Holtz distress markers πŸ™‚ I only have one set and will probably try and get the rest πŸ™‚

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I used the Penny Black stamp called The Sweetest Sound in my stamp positioning tool. I was able to color all the different areasΒ  with the distress markers then go back with water to blend the colors.

After the coloring and blending was finished, I embossed the image with clear embossing powder so I could sponge on the colored back ground. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.

I used my Craft Artist program to add the frame πŸ™‚

Someone did a simple act of kindness that had a huge impact on me this week. This card is for them πŸ™‚

 

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxoxo





Valentine’s Day Clock

22 03 2019

So this is a little late, but if you read the previous post, you’ll understand why πŸ™‚

My husband and I have a running joke about when it’s time to leave work. He’s a great worker and has pulled all nighters before, when necessary. He also works with people from different time zones. This means that sometimes he’s on a call or working on a project for someone after our “office hours” are over either because the job has to be finished, or he loses track of time.

So I made him a clock. And a card, because Valentine’s Day.

And of course, it’s out of paper πŸ™‚

Front view

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Side (my husband used to live in France, so I wanted to incorporate that)

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The clock file is from Dreaming Tree. I blinged out the 5 as a reminder to my husband that I miss him and it’s time to come home πŸ˜‰

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxoxo

 





Hello? Is it Me You’re Looking For?

22 03 2019

You guys, it’s been a minute, hasn’t it πŸ™‚

That’s what happens with major diagnoses. Your time gets gobbled up trying to get a handle on things. Along with a second child being diagnosed with Autism, I’ve been fighting my own health battles. In addition to the Hashimoto’s (autoimmune disorder) I was diagnosed with coming up on three years ago, at the end of the year, I got a couple more diagnoses. Hypermobility Disorder, which means I’m super bendy, which is cool for party tricks and things, but it also causes chronic pain. The rheumatologist likened it to bendy fibro. Then in December, a different – and completely amazing – rheumatologist diagnosed me with a second autoimmune disorder – Spondyloarthritis. I won’t bore you with the details on that, but it’s causes chronic inflammation with causes chronic pain, and if not treated in time, can cause the spine to fuse together. Luckily, there is treatment and there has been no fusing of any kind.

So why am I telling you this? Because I finally have a handle on things (I think) and I’ve been able to start creating a little more again πŸ™‚ But only because I have some really great people in my corner. I spend A LOT of time at the therapy center for my boys. They brought in a table and chairs for me to use to work on things. I’m sitting at it right now for blog updates. These guys are amazing and I’m so grateful to them.

So the next few posts I’m sharing, are things I’ve been able to do because of the kindness and generosity of others.

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxoxo





Autism Bag of Awesome

24 08 2018

It’s awesome, not because of what it looks like, but like most good things, what’s inside makes the difference.

My 2yo son has therapy five days a week and we’re seeing amazing results. But to meet the time demands, he has a team of therapists, not just one.

His time is split between the autism center and home. I absolutely LOVE that he can receive therapy in multiple environments. He has different needs in different environments – something we all have in common.

But one of the tricky parts of having multiple therapists and multiple locations, is how to make sure the data tracking and the tools are consistent. That’s where his notebook comes in. And that’s where this bag comes in.

Basically, the notebook stays with my kiddo, which means I’m taking it home and bringing it back to the center during the week, which I’m absolutely happy to do, but my hands are kind of full sometimes.

So I bought a bag…

And then I decorated it πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo





I Colored!

27 07 2018

It’s been a month or so since I posted.

Little man is doing GREAT in ABA therapy, but we’re doing roughly 20 hours a week, so we’re pretty busy which doesn’t leave a lot of crafting time. But he’s worth it so no big.

Because of the time restrictions, I don’t get to make a lot of 3D projects anymore, but I’ve found that I can do a card or two here and there, so that’s what I’m sharing today πŸ™‚

So one of the new things I bought myself was the Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios stamp platform. One of the things I REALLY loved about this device is the work space on the side that I can use as a color pallet. So I used my inks and tried a little water coloring. Many of the cards shown below will be water colored. These images are stamped then colored. And with many of these cards I used a masking technique when I stamped the images.

The hummingbird is water color mixed with pencil. The orchid is water color.

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The flamingo is water colored with pencil on top as well as sponged on color.

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On the flower, I used my copics then pencils over top. I finished that one off by heat embossing black over the top after the image was colored. The heron is a mix of copics and pencils. Then the image was embossed with clear embossing powder and the sky filled in with water color and sponging on color from my ink pads.

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The flowers were done with markers directly on the stamp then stamped on to the paper. Then I sponged the background. What you can’t see, due to poor planning on my part, are the words Thinking of You that I embossed in white. There’s not enough contrast, so the words get lost on the card. Unfortunately, there’s no undo button on things like this, so it is what it is *shrugs*.

The mermaid card turned out better than I expected which is always a bonus! I used copics then my pencils. The octopus was a layered stamp, but I went in with pencils and embellished areas and deepened others.

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Typically, I try to link to the products I used, but there are quite a few here and like I said before, time is limited. And really, I’d rather be crafting than linking πŸ˜‰ BUT if you have a questions about anything I posted, let me know and I’ll do my best to answer πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

 

 





You Were Born Trailing Clouds of Glory

25 02 2018

I’ve LOVED unicorns since I was little. Not the cartoonish ones around today, but the regal, majestic ones.

So when I had the chance to do a shower gift bag for a precious baby girl, I thought unicorns and I’m so glad I did. I’m kind of excited with how things turned out.

Some of that excitement comes from trying new things and realizing those ideas worked πŸ™‚ Like modifying bag designs, digitizing hand lettering, and playing with glitter HTV πŸ˜€

Also, babies. Those little bundles are pretty exciting. I love holding and snuggling them. There’s something miraculous about a new born. Something heavenly. So I also included some William Wordsworth words (the trails of glory).

This post is kind of picture intensive, but there were quite a few things.

Ready? Let’s go πŸ™‚

I like giving mommy gifts. Those usually consist of thank you cards. But recently, I’ve been going nuts with vinyl, so I included that insanity in the gift as well. But I had to figure out how to package it all. So here’s what the gift looked like packed up.

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I made the bag, using a design from SVG Cuts that I altered to fit my needs – that was the first thing that excited me. It worked πŸ™‚ Obviously, the bag and mom’s card coordinated. But I wanted the unicorn on the bag to be a little more dramatic than the one on the card. To do this, I used my prisma color pencils to define and enhance some of the shading.

Here’s the next exciting thing. The words on the card front are from William Wordsworth, but the lettering is mine. See?

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I scanned it into the computer and into my Silhouette Design software where I could clean it up. I’ve been practicing my hand lettering for 5-6 months now. I haven’t perfected it, but it’s fun to play with. After I cleaned the lettering up, I used it in my Craft Artist 2 software where I created the card above.

This is the inside of the card. I rarely decorate the inside, but this one just seemed so fitting. This was mom’s card. It was a 5 x 7.

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I duplicated these cards and made a dozen 4.25 x 5.5 size cards for the new mom to use as thank you cards. I transferred the card design into my silhouette workspace and really made my print & cut feature work. But those cards needed a box…so I made one. Or two. Each box held 6 cards and their envelopes comfortably.

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The saying is one I found in a book but had no author’s name attached to it.

So now, I have two sayings. I also happen to have two 0-3 month onsies just waiting to be vinyled. So, using the hand lettered saying, and the one I found for the front of the card box (I used vinyl on that, as well) I played with some red glitter heat transfer vinyl…it’s amazing. It looks like someone skinned Dorothy’s ruby red slippers and made HTV out of it it was so sparkly.

Here’s how the onsies turned out.

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Now I had onsies just kind of floating around in the bag. It was not cute and this bag was all about cute. So, I found baby themed boxes in the design store that held the onsies perfectly.

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Here’s what it looked like all laid out.

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Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

Links to the projects:

Carousel Horse Bag (mine looks like a unicorn bag), Card Box, Onsie Box