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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Cards the Fifth

21 12 2017

Almost done. Really πŸ™‚

I transitioned to box cards πŸ™‚

The first one I didn’t do too much extra with, but I did shade the red paper on Santa.

The next is from a new kit SVG Cuts released this month. I’m so excited to play with it πŸ™‚ I added in an extra piece (the blue background isn’t part of the file) and did quite a bit of shading on flowers and foliage. This card is super easy, especially if you refrain from the craziness I seem to love πŸ™‚

Links to box cards: Santa, Amaryllis





Christmas Cards Part the Fourth

1 12 2017

Still working on fun πŸ™‚

This card involved digital elements as well as an actual stamp πŸ™‚ The background and the fairy are digital. I printed them off, colored, and then cut them out. Then I stamped the greeting πŸ™‚

This is a stamp I bought a few months ago because, look at it πŸ˜‰ This card is almost completely old school with no digital πŸ™‚ I stamped and colored the image. Cut out all the papers. Used embossing powders and gel pens. When it was time to cut out the stamped portion, I tried to use my pixscan mat, but my machine and that function still don’t get a long. Which is a shame, because it’s such an awesome feature. Instead, I created and cut out two frames. One is the mat. The other I traced around my stamped image then cut the image out by hand. I got the right size by using the pixscan function, even if my machine wasn’t able to cut it out.

And we have a Christmas box card! I think I’ve shifted into the box card making part of my seasonal cards πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

Links to the projects: fairy digi stamp, pattern/digi paper, postcard stamp, snow globe box card





Because Ovens are Dangerous, I Made an Apple Pie Out of Paper

24 11 2017

Because I have no business baking. I have scars from different baking attempts.

Paper cuts don’t scar, so when I found this cute apple pie box, I went for it πŸ™‚

I had to redo the rose. I wasn’t happy with the first one. This one turned out better πŸ™‚ I used copics and prismacolor pencils on it to give it a bit more dimension. And the lattice work was embossed with an embossing folder πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo

Link to the project here





For Birthday Girl Two!

31 10 2017

And in just about a week, there’s another birthday πŸ™‚

This time, we celebrated an 18th birthday! Wowzers! She didn’t ask for anything too exciting – just iTunes gift cards – so I made a few things for her πŸ™‚

She’s been studying French in school for years and would love to visit some day. I bought these files from the Silhouette Store with her in mind πŸ™‚

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Close ups πŸ™‚

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Project links: Paris sayingΒ  Pattern/paper/background

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You can’t see from this angle, but the back ground is a cloudy sky. The tower was printed, then cut out. I cut just the outline (no printing) out two more times and layered everything with foam tape to give it some dimension.

Project Links: Eiffel Tower, Pattern/paper/background (came with the software)

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I printed these out, but they were a little flat. I used pencils and markers to give them a little life πŸ™‚ I added the word Dream beneath the pictures. The “stamps” are affixed with foam tape πŸ˜€

Project links: Paris “postage stamps“, backgroundΒ 

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This card was fun πŸ™‚ I used the plain boxcard template from SVG Cuts. I gathered the other elements from the Silhouette Store and somehow this happened. I think there may have been a little magic involved πŸ™‚

Project Links: Box card template, clock and gears, standing witch, close up witch, birthday candles

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo





Lots of Work, But Not A Lot Accomplished

20 08 2017

I dusted off my jewelry making stuff this week. I’ve tried to make numerous and handy things.

I have failed every single time, but it has been quite sometime since I’ve played with the sparkly pretties.

Then, I spent about three days on a coloring project. It’s turning out okay. I will probably like it when I’m done, but I can’t finish it. Not until I place an order for ink to refill some of my markers.

But today, today I actually finished something! Nothing great, but after this week of creative road blocks, it feels good to complete something.

I found the image on deviant art last year and printed it off. I found the printed version today in a little stash of things to color later. I’m grateful to artists who are generous enough to let people like me color their line art. I linked to their work down below so you can check out more work like this πŸ™‚

I used patterns from the Silhouette store to create the mats for the picture, printed them, then cut them out. I chose this one because I really wanted to work on hair today. And, because unicorn… It’s very faint, but it’s there πŸ™‚

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Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

Image, red pattern, yellow pattern (both for card front)





I Wanna Hold Your Hand (x8)

10 06 2017

This card started out kind of rough. I wasn’t really sure how it would turn out. But I’m kind of giddy now. I have no idea what to use the card for, but I’m sure I’ll find something πŸ™‚

I used a stamp set by Hero arts. I drew in the background with my copics and used pencils for details/shadows πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

Xoxo


Stamp set