Monday, January 30, 2012

Butterfly Love Cupcake Stand

The cupcake stand, butterflies, and cupcake wrapper are from the Mad Tea Party Collection from The Love caption is from their Be Mine Collection.  I also used SCAL3 basic shapes for the ribbon wrapped around the stand.

Cardstock: Recollections
Adhesives: Scotch ATG gun and Quick Dry Adhesive; Glue Dots
Twine: The Twinery
Glitter: Dark Blue Stickles and Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Rock Candy by Ranger
Electronic cutter: eCraft by Craftwell
SVG Files:
Cutting program: SCAL3

- Kim

Love Pop Up Card from Under A Cherry Tree

I finally got a chance to make this super cute Love Pop Up Card. It's a freebie file by Jin Yong at Under A Cherry Tree - see her blog post here.  Isn't that awesomely nice of her?!!?!   Thanks Jin!

I added a few more hearts on the bottom (just resized them to 1 inch wide) and used the middle cut out from the Love heart and glued it to the top left of the card.

cardstock: Recollections
adhesives: Scotch ATG gun and Quick Dry Adhesive
electronic cutter: eCraft by Craftwell
cutting program: SCAL3

Thanks for looking!

- Kim

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Leibster Blog Award

I just got my first blog award from Michelle at Crafty Junkie.  Thanks so much Michelle!  Please make sure to head on over to her blog and say hello!

This award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers, in the hopes that it will bring many new friends/followers.

Leibster is German and means 'dearest' or 'beloved' but it can also mean 'favorite'. The idea of the Leibster award is to bring attention to blogs with less than 200 followers. So, in the spirit of good fun I am passing this award on to five other bloggers. Please stop by and visit them.

The Rules are:

1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.

2. Reveal your five picks for the award and let them know.

3. Post the award on your blog.

4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogshare-other bloggers.

5. Finally and the best rule of all..........have fun and spread the love!

My favorites for this award are listed below in no particular order. Click on over to their sites and take a look and please leave them some love! <3

1- Wendy Bird Designs
2- Vintage Pear Studio
3- A Toast To Altered Art
4- Sus Designs
5- Em's Creative Musings

Kara from Pink Cricut Love also gave me a Leibster Blog Award!  Thank you Kara!  Hop on over to her page and show her some love. She has some great thrift store re-do's up that you should check out! =)

Thank you to Ilda from (I) (L)ove (D)oing (A)ll Things Crafty! for awarding me with the Leibster blog award also!  Please head on over to her blog and check out her awesome creations!

- Kim

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I ♥ Vinyl

I love vinyl records! Here are some record gift boxes I made using two kits by SVG Cuts .  These rockin' boxes were made with the short cylinder from December Gifts and the 33 and 45 svg's from Jamie's Favorite Things.  To make the larger gift box, all I did was resize the short cylinder. Everything was cut using my eCraft by Craftwell.

Now, as much as I loooovvveee records, what I really love is colored vinyl!  Colored vinyl is pretty and fun! Red, Yellow, Blue, White, Pink, some records even have pictures on them. Sigh... as if the music wasn't enough, colored records are total eye candy.

Here's some awesome colored vinyl records that you can totally make for Valentine's Day!

Cardstock: Bazill, The Paper Company, Recollections
Stamps: Studio G, Recollections, We R Memory Keepers, Target $1 bin
Ink: Archival Ink by Ranger, Colorbox by Clearsnap
Adhesive: Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Scotch ATG Gun

- Kim

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Winter Fun

Since it's kinda chilly out today, I thought I'd share two fun winter projects I made. These were originally made for the 3D Winter Challenge on their facebook page. Both were cut using my eCraft by Craftwell.

Hot Cocoa for Two


This was made using SVGCuts December Gifts SVG Kit (short cylinders top, the tall cylinders bottom and the tickets), Winter's Chill (for the Snowflake on top), Winter's Chill Tags (for the back tag - this is a free file on their site!). Clear craft plastic is by Grafix, Adhesives - Glue Dots and Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Cardstock/Paper and Elements/Stickers - Winter Park by Echo Park, Snowflakes are from my stash (I may have gotten them from Michael's years ago but I can't remember), Twine is by Doodlebug, Inks by Clearsnap.


Hello Winter

For Hello Winter, the SVGCuts files used were the Hot Air Balloon Door Hanger from Crush On You Boxes SVG kit, Penguin from Christmas Cuddly Friends SVG Collection, Snowflake (cut outs on door hanger) from Snowflakes SVG Mini Pack.  Cardstock - DCWV and the Paper Company, Inks - Clearsnap, Marker - Copic Ciao, Stamps - Fiskars (alphabet) and Inkadinkado (snowflake), Adhesives - Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive and Glue Dots, bling is from my stash.

- Kim

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Valentine Tea Gift Box Tutorial

Here's a cute Valentine's Day gift idea for all your favorite tea lovers out there. 

-Baker's Twine - plain (8 feet) (I bought mine at Christmas Tree Shop for under 4 bucks!)
-SVG kits: Love Me Do by SVGCuts (for tea box and hearts)
-Cardstock/element stickers/alpha stickers: Yours Truly Kit by Echo Park
-Adhesives: Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Mini and Memory Glue Dots, and Pop Dots
-Ink: Colorbox by Clearsnap
-Marker: Copic Ciao - black
-Tea bags - 6 (any flavor)
-Paper Scorer/creaser
-Food Coloring - Red
-Cup - For food coloring dying process
-Disposable Gloves
- Electronic Cutter and Program: I used my Ecraft and Scal3.

Dying your baker's twine

 I recommend using gloves for this!
-Cut 8 feet (96 inches) of twine, place it in your designated dye cup. (I used one of the cups from an Easter Egg dying kit.)
- To get my baker's twine this bright hot pink color, I took red food coloring and followed the box instructions for dying eggs (yes, just used the amount of vinegar and hot water ratio the box recommends!). The brand I used instructs you to use 20 drops of red, but I used 30 drops and let my twine soak in the dye for 20 mins.
- Remove your twine from the dye (your twine will not be the color you see when you remove it) and run it under warm water to remove the excess dye until the water runs clear (should only be a few seconds).  Then I ran it under cold water for a few seconds to cool the twine down. Put your newly dyed twine on some paper towels and let it dry.  I let mine dry for almost 24 hours.

Tea Bag Tags
- You will need six pieces of your dyed twine cut to 12 inches.  (You will have one piece of 24 inch twine leftover to use for the tea box.)
- Using you scissors, snip a little hole in the corner of each of your 6 tea bags (make sure the hole is on the sealed area.)

-Take a piece of your twine and put it through the hole in your tea bag. Make a knot by the end of tea bag and also a knot at the ends of the twine.

 (Tip:: Make sure the hole is just large enough to fit your twine through, if the hole's too big it may rip through when you are tying the knots).

- In Scal3, resize the heart shape tag from the flat heart shaped box file (from the Love Me Do Kit by SVGCuts) to 1.5" wide and break apart the tag
so you can remove the circle. Delete the Circle - you don't need it for these tags. I copied and pasted the new (hole-less) heart 2 times so I had 3 hearts on my screen. Cut these out in whichever papers your heart desires. 

-You will need 19 hearts total.  18 for the tags and 1 for the front of your tea box (put this one to the side for later). Take your 18 hearts and score them down the middle.

-For each tea bag you will need 3 hearts. Make sure you have the pattern you want on the outside of the heart facing down. The wrong side should be facing up. This is the side we will be putting glue on.
-Take one heart and attach a small glue dot or drop of glue in the top middle. Place the top knot of a tea bag on the glue dot.
-On your 2nd heart, place some glue on the right half only and adhere to the left side of your first heart (see pics below)

- Take your 3rd heart and place glue all over it. Adhere this to the 2nd hearts left side and the 1st hearts right side. You should now have a 3 dimensional heart at the end of your twine.

Tea Box
- Using the Candy Box File from the Love Me Do Kit by SVGCuts and your SCAL3, cut out the box and heart shape with your cutting machine.
- I cut mine with the dimensions that the kit recommends.  Don't forget to add your clear acetate inside for the window!
- Assemble your box (if you don't know how to assemble this, check out SVGCuts youtube assembly video that goes along with their kit, it's super helpful).
- From the 24 inches of twine you have leftover from the tea bag tags tutorial, cut 9 inches of twine and wrap around bottom of box.
- I used a glue dot to adhere the ends to meet in the front right.

- Then take one 1.5" (wide) heart (you should have one put aside from the tea bag tag directions), ink the edges with black ink and adhere with a glue dot to cover the ends of the twine.

- Then take the hugs and kisses element sticker and adhere to the middle of the heart. I used a pop dot underneath the sticker for some dimension.

For the back of the box
- Take the pink ticket from the element stickers sheet and write the flavor of your tea bags using a black copic marker. Mine is - Lovely Lemon.
- Adhere the sticker to the bottom left of the box (you should be able to lift the twine a little to slip it underneath).
-In SCAL3, you will need to break apart the same heart shape that you used for the tea box heart outline and move the smaller heart off of the bigger one.
- Cut out the hearts in 2 different colors/patterns and ink the edges of them. I used black ink on the bigger heart and pink on the smaller heart.
- Starting with the smaller heart that will be on top, adhere the black small alphabet letters and red lower case letters to spell out Valentine Tea.
- Use pop dots to adhere the small heart onto the bigger heart. Then use some more pop dots to adhere the combined heart onto the back of your box.
- Using the rest of your twine, wrap it around the top of the box once and make a bow. 

Once finished and assembled, the back of the gift box should look like the below picture:

The dye on the twine is not 100% permanent.  I did have some dye on my fingers after putting everything together.  It did come off though when I washed my hands with soap and warm water. 

- Kim

linked up at Paper Issues - All We Need Is Love - Linky Party

Monday, January 9, 2012

Love Is All You Need Card

Happy Monday everyone! 
Here's a fun Valentine's Day card I made with my Cricut Expression 2 and a few cartridges.

I really love this cardstock line.  The colors are so bright and vibrant.  Although, I definately was thinking, 'Gasp! Green for Valentine's Day?! What?!'   It's more of a spring Valentine's Day line.
-Inside of Card-

Cutter: Cricut Expression 2
Cartridges: Ribbons and Rosettes, Cindy Loo, Lovely Floral, Cricut Essentials
Cardstock: Love Struck Collection by We R Memory Keepers
Stamp: Hearts Clear Stamp - We R Memory Keepers
Ink: Colorbox Ink by Clearsnap
Adhesive: Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive; Pop Dots

- Kim

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Rockin' Guitar Gift Bags and Card

I finally finished my guitar gift bags that I have been wanting to make for a while.  And after a crazy fight with my camera about it eating up all the batteries and then having to go out and buy some more in the middle of the photo shoot, the pictures have finally been taken.  So, without further ado, please see below!  (Warning: Picture heavy.) 

A Rockin' Birthday!! 

These gift bags can fit a small gift.  How awesome would it be to give concert tickets in one of these bags?!   Jewelry would fit in it too. 

I love this card!  This template is from SVG Cuts. There's a blank overlay in the kit so you can add your own word. I used the work ROCK (obviously) from SCAL3's font - Arial Black. 
This card folds flat to fit in an envelope (which is also included in the kit), just don't add pop dots to your card like I did to add dimension (to the polka dot layer) or it won't fit in the envelope!

The guitar pick garland that's in the background was super easy to make too!

See below for the supplies I used.

Cutter: ECraft
Programs:   MTC for basic shapes, SCAL3 for basic shapes and to cut

For Guitar and Bass Guitar:
SVGCuts Kits:  Spring Birdhouses (gourd shape for guitar body) and Jamie's Favorite Things (Shield for headstock)
MTC and SCAL3:  Basic shapes for sound holes, neck, tuning knobs, pickup and bridge parts. (I started out making this in MTC but switched to SCAL3 which is why I used both programs)
Patterned Cardstock: Echo Park - Happy Days Collection
Plain Cardstock:  Bazzill Basics
Brads: Recollections from Michael's
Star Brads: unknown
Twine: Doodlebug
Ink: Colorbox by Clearsnap
Adhesives: Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive and Glue Dots

For Card:
SVGCuts Kits: Everyday Cards (Party Card) and Jamie's Favorite Things (Guitar Pick)
Patterned Cardstock and Music Notes: Echo Park - Happy Days Collection
Twine: Doodlebug
Ink: Colorbox by Clearsnap
Brads: Recollections from Michael's
Adhesives: Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive and Glue Dots, Scotch ATG gun, Pop Dots

Guitar Pick Garland:
SVGCuts Kits: Jamie's Favorite Things (Guitar Pick)
Patterned Cardstock: Echo Park - Happy Days Collection
Ink: Colorbox by Clearsnap
Twine: Doodlebug
Adhesive: Glue Dots

Patterned Tissue Paper:
White Tissue Paper: unknown
Stamps:  We R Memory Keepers - music notes and stars
Ink: Staz-On

  Well, if you are still here after all those pics and supplies...
      Thanks for looking! 
   Have a rockin' day!

- Kim

  Thanks April, for featuring these @ Cup of Delight!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

waiting for snow....

Snowman Gift Tags

I know, it's after Christmas but I was dying to make these tags!

I made these cute snowman gift tags using Jin's tutorial (see it here at her blog - Under A Cherry Tree) with my Ecraft and Make-The-Cut software. Her tutorial uses Silhouette Studio but I was totally able to make these with my MTC software.

By leaving the bottom tag portion blank, you could easily stamp a snowflake border around the bottom or any other border stamp you may have! Then just stamp your 'to' and 'from' sentiments. 

Snowman: Weather Girl / Weather Boy SVG file at Lettering Delights
Cardstock: The Paper Company (plain/colored) and My Mind's Eye (patterned)
Marker: Copic Ciao - Black (for the eyes)
Adhesive: Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Cutter: Ecraft
Software: Make-The-Cut
Tutorial: Jin's Gift Tag Tutorial

Thanks for looking!
- Kim