Mermaid in a Bottle

3 06 2017

It was a stressful week. We had court for our foster son and the judge is in the process of deciding whether to change the baby’s case goal from reunification to adoption.

Court was Thursday.

It’s Saturday.

We’re still waiting for an answer.

To help deal with the stress, I colored a mermaid. 

I decided she needed a cozy bottle to hang out it, but it was kind of boring, so I also created a background for her.

But I’m most excited about the cork. Yes, the cork. Below the card in the picture, you can see what the cork looked like compared to the cork on the card.

When I put the card together, I realized the bottle looked kind of funny with the cork on top because the cork should be behind the opening. But when I put it behind the card, it looked funny because there was no cork visible inside the opening.

To fix this, I drew in the bottom part of the cork and colored it with my copics. Then I colored the top of the cork to make it match better.

I like the bottle much better now 🙂

The mermaid is from a place called Coronado Stamps, but I don’t think they’re around anymore. But a quick search online showed their stamps may be found on eBay 🙂 I used my pixscan mat to cut out the stamped image on my Silhouette Cameo.

The background was done in Craft Artist 2 with the kit called Summer Seaside. The bottle and the letter set are from the Silhouette Store.

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo





I Colored a Gun

29 05 2017

There’s a first time for everything 😉

I’ve spent the weekend thinking about the sacrifices of so many before me. My family history is full of military personnel – from pre-revolution times through today.

Some of those ancestors were prisoners on enemy ships. Others walked in the snow as they walked behind men who had no idea they were making history.

Others marched for a country who hated them, because they still had the integrity and love for the country that wanted them dead. Interestingly, those volunteers never saw battle, but they did see history being made. One walked away from Sutter’s Mill because seeing his family was more precious to him than all the gold in the mines.

Many, many more left examples of courage and honor for which I’m deeply grateful.

Then there are those who didn’t come home. They’re the ones I thought of while I made this card.


The blue background and words were printed then cut out and matted on the white card front. The boot, gun, and helmet was a silhouette of the image. I cut it out on white paper then went in and added the details and color. I think it’s the first time I’ve colored a gun.

Thanks for stopping by. If you’re the family of a fallen soldier, Thank you, from the deepest part of my heart, for the sacrifices you and your family have made.

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Another Mother’s Day Card

15 05 2017

Because there wasn’t enough time to get ALL of them done.

This one is for the parent aide who transports, teaches, and supervises our foster son’s visits with his birth mother. She deserves way more than this.

Once again, I used one of the digital cutting files from the Silhouette Store as a digital stamp.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo





Graduation Cards

14 05 2017

This week was INCREDIBLY BUSY. Two of our boys celebrated their birthdays on Tuesday. Wednesday, two of our girls graduated from high school. Friday we had a kiddo graduate from pre-k. There were various doctor appointments – planned and unplanned. We had family in town for the day on Saturday. I had a lesson to prepare for church, and today was Mother’s day. It was a long week, but we did it 🙂

And in the chaos, I managed to make graduation cards for my girls. Both can be found in the Silhouette Store.

 

I wasn’t too happy with the size of this first one. I thought it would be bigger and I told my daughter I would make her a new one. She likes the small one, so it’s all good 🙂

Overall, the second one turned out how I thought it would and I’m okay with that 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo





My Mom’s Mother’s Day Card

14 05 2017

It’s hard to figure out when to post some things and when not to – so you don’t ruin surprises 🙂 So even though I shared my sister’s mother’s day card, I didn’t post my mom’s early. That, and I had a busy week 🙂

So here’s my mom’s card. Both the sentiment and the butterflies are from the Silhouette Store. The sentiment made me giggle, but then felt a little arrogant, so I followed it up with something on the inside. I used the butterflies as a digital stamp instead of a cut file. I used a sketch pen in my Silhouette Cameo for the words on the card front and inside. The words were colored with prismacolor pencils and the butterflies were a mix of copics and prismacolor pencils.

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Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo





Mad Hatter Tea Party Set

19 04 2017

I’ve been a little busy  – but with paper! This is a project I’ve wanted to do for quite some time now. About a year, really. I used a bunch of different kits and files to complete the set. I used it for a center piece last night, and soon, it’s going to a friend of mine 🙂

Here’s the kit as a whole (minus the pedestal – I’m keeping that).

And the individual pieces.

From SVG Cuts:

The Vase is part of the Boho Butterfly Kit

 

From Silhouette Design Store:

Mourner’s 3D Top Hat, you can find it here.  The Drink Me words and the peacock feather .

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From SVG Cuts:

cake  from B is for Birthday, plate from Tea for You and Me (resized), White Rabbit from Bunny Hop Kit

From Silhouette Design Store:

Eat Me words, Fork, Pocket Watch

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From SVG Cuts:

Tea Cups, Saucers, and Spoons from Tea For You and Me, Tea Pot from Honey Bee Tea , Pedestal (not part of the MHTP Set, but it came in handy for pics) from Mr. and Mrs.

From Silhouette Store:

Bunny feet & Mouse

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When Your Project Doesn’t Have Instructions…

19 03 2017

Last night I excitedly pulled out one of the new Silhouette files I purchased this week. It was SO cute! But then, I was a little confused and couldn’t find any instructions, a website, different pictures of it that might show me that one little piece of info I was missing. I even asked on one of the Silhouette pages I’m on on Facebook and they weren’t sure either. Finally, I figured it out – in my defense I was crafting on little sleep – and because we couldn’t find any help online, I thought I’d take some pictures and do a quick tutorial in case someone else has the same question I did.

First, here’s the file I was using and a picture from the Silhouette Store of the project. What I needed to see was the side, which obviously isn’t shown here.

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Let me show you what I wasn’t sure about.

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I knew what I was supposed to do with the center slot. What I couldn’t figure out was why the other notches were there and what I was supposed to do with them. Here’s what I finally figured out 🙂

Two of the ball gown pieces slide into the slot and are folded and glued down – one on each side. Those notches line up with the dress design. See 🙂

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After I realized that, the rest was gravy 🙂 The design cuts six of the skirt pieces. I ended up using eight. You crease them in the center where the score lines are cut, then glue them together to form the bottom of the gown. I put them together in threes, three for the front, three for the back as pictured below.

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Next, I added the front of the skirt, then the back. This will fold down flat, so I took advantage of that and folded it flat to make sure I had the designs lined up before giving it some good pressure to make sure my glue had a good chance to adhere to everything.

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Once everything is in place and where you want it, you can stand your project up and celebrate 🙂 This really was a quick and easy project once I figured out that one little issue. That being said, there might be other ways to assemble this piece, and that’s okay. Papercrafting is so flexible it allows for various ways of getting to the same outcome, so find what works for you and go with it.

Here’s the finished project. Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

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***Non-paper things used:embossing folder for dress, copics, colored pencils, and white gel pen