Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Christmas in July - eCraft DT Tuesday

Happy Last Day of July! 

This past month I have been making Christmas Cards!  This is a first for me.  I'm usually not ready to start making Christmas projects until the beginning of December. 
This year I thought I'd celebrate a little bit of Christmas in July and get a head start!

Here's a sneak peek at two cards I made with my handy dandy eCraft and SVG Cuts Christmas Cheer SVG Kit.

SVG Cuts - Christmas Cheer SVG Kit
Cardstock - I used some cardstock I had leftover from last year by My Mind's Eye and K&Company
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Scotch ATG Gun
Embossing Folders - Provo Craft and Darice
Colorbox Ink
Pop Dots

To get a lot of Christmas Cards made fast and easy, I actually made them exactly how they are in SVG Cuts Kit.  Yes, the exact measurements and all!  These cards are really beautiful as is.   And these cards are so cool!  I imported the SVG's into SCAL3 per the SVG Cuts instructions/sizes and cut them out with my eCraft.  Inked all of the edges with Colorbox Ink and adhered them together with glue and pop dots.

But before I glued all these pieces together, I did add a little bit of embossing onto these cards. Yeah, I totally broke out my Cuttlebug and embossing folders and went to town!   Thanks to Denise and her wonderful eBosser videos I saw last week, I had to do it!!!  I am so excited about the eBosser coming out that I was itching to start embossing right away. I can't wait to be able to use my eCraft and the eBosser together. I know it's going to be awesome!

Did you start making your Christmas Cards in July?
How do you organize your embossing folders? 
And, Is anyone else as excited as I am for the eBosser?!?!?!!?  =)

Leave a comment below or in the Craftwell forum and let us know!

Have a great day!

- Kim

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bombshell Stamps July Blog Hop!

Hi All!

You should have arrived here from Alaine's blog.  If not, please start at the beginning with the Bombshell Stamps Blog so you don't miss any awesome projects! 

Here's what Alison (the blog hop Captain) had to say about this month's theme: "The July hop theme is called "Iconic." So you will need to break out those fabulous, teeny weeny stamps that come with all of your sets and use them as your focus. You'll be able to use 1 large image too, but let's keep it as 1 (feel free to use none!). The focus is on all of the little icons."

If you aren't familiar with Bombshell Stamps, these stamps are tiny!  And if you are familiar with Bombshell Stamps then you know just what I mean. I know I don't use the icon stamps a whole lot and I usually use them to make backgrounds.  So after a lot of thinking, I decided I would make some jewelry with these little icon stamps. 

Here's my Bombshell Icon Necklace and Bracelet:

To make these, I stamped the Bombshell icon stamps onto resin flat beads with Staz-On Ink and let them dry.  I then assembled the jewelry together using my jewelry supplies and pliers. 

Bombshell Stamps Set used:  Love and Luck  <-- check it out! Great stamp set!

Your next stop is over to Kathi's Blog to see what gorgeous project she has made!  Hope you are enjoying the hop!

- Kim

Bombshell Blog: http://bombshellstamps.blogspot.com/
Alison: http://alisonsrandomthoughts.blogspot.com
Torrey: http://left-field-studio.blogspot.com/
Sparkly Engineer Mary: http://sparkly-train.blogspot.com/
Stempelientje: http://stempelientje.blogspot.com
Glittery Katie: http://ferrishyn-frontier.blogspot.com
Kelli: http://www.cajunstampingqueen.blogspot.com
Jodi: http://www.elamdesign33.blogspot.com/
Alaine: http://missalaineousmosaics.blogspot.com/
Kim: www.craftypinkanchor.blogspot.com  - you are here!!!   =)Kathi: http://kathstales.blogspot.com

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Seashell Decor - eCraft DT Tuesday

Hi Everyone! 

Today I have not 1, not 2, but 3 home decor projects to show you.  I love being able to change the decor in my house for different seasons/holidays, and my eCraft makes it so easy to do! 

Using my eCraft, I cut out a shell svg in vellum and cardstock.  See below how I used these shells in all 3 projects!

eCraft Shop Pro
SVG Cuts - Wet N Wild SVG Kit (shell top and bottom cut out at 2 inches wide)
Vellum - light blue
Cardstock - We R Memory Keepers

other supplies used:
2 glass votive holders
Baker's Twine
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Tape - Removable
Battery Operated Tea Lights
Strawberry Baskets
Pop Dots
Wooden Skewer
Sticker and Cardstock (Authentique - Fresh Collection)
String Lights

First, in eCraftShop Pro I imported the Shell Top (from SVG Cuts Wet N Wild SVG Kit) at 2 inches wide and cut out a bunch of them in cardstock with my eCraft.   Then I imported the Shell bottom (from SVG Cuts Wet N Wild SVG Kit) at 2 inches wide and cut out a bunch of them in blue vellum. For the vellum I used a cardstock stabilizer and a pressure setting of 1, tabs at D1 W1.   (I used 8 shells all together for the tea light holders, 2 on the seashell holder, and 23 on the Shell mini light hanging.)

Shell Tea Light Holders

For this project, I braided some bakers twine and tied it around the bottom of the glass votive holder.  Then I took 4 of the shells I cut out and adhered one to each side of the glass votive.

 I used a little bit of removable tape on the back of the shell, this way after the summer season is over I won't have a hard time getting the shell off of the glass when I re-use the glass holders for another project.  

Place a battery operated tea light inside and your decor is ready to use!

Seashell Basket

I took a strawberry basket and tied some twine around it.  Then I placed two of the shell svgs on the front of it using pop dots.  The sign on the back of the holder is a sticker (by Authentique's Fresh Collection) that I placed onto cardstock and cut out with scissors.  I took a wooden skewer and cut off the pointy end and then cut the skewer in half.  I wrapped twine around the two pieces, adhered it to the sticker, placed it into the basket and filled it in with shells. 

Seashell Lights

 I took 6 pieces of bakers twine the length of my lights and tied them together.  Then I added the shells onto the bakers twine using a little bit of adhesive (tape) on the back top of the shell (Where you can see the cardstock through the vellum.)  My lights were already hanging so all I did was weave the stringed shells around the lights making sure the vellum/cardstock shells are not actually touching the lights. 

I hope you enjoyed these 3 fun summer projects!  If you have any questions please ask below.

Have a wonderful day!

- Kim

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ms. July's Pin Up Challenge @ Bombshell Stamps

Over at Bombshell Stamps, Ms. July's Challenge was to create some jewelry using Bombshell Stamps and paper.  So, I did just that!

Using the Love and Luck Set, I created these 2 necklaces.

I loooooooove this sparrow and banner necklace!

And using the Classic Tattoo Set, I made these earrings.

How did I make these you ask?  Well, first I stamped the images onto cardstock, colored them in with my copics, and then fussy cut them out.  Next, I ran them through my Xyron 5 inch Creative Station using the Laminate Refill.  The laminate is double sided.  Once out of the creative station, I fussy cut the pieces out of the laminate and used a safety pin to make a hole for jump rings.  Then I attached the jumprings, chains, findings, until my jewelry piece was created!  

Note: Of course, the jewelry is still paper under laminate, so I'm not sure how long these pieces will last.  So far, they are holding up well and I've worn the sparrow and banner necklace twice.  Of course, these will not be able to be worn in the shower, rain, bad weather! (I'm also wondering how long it will take me to rip the jump ring through the paper since I'm sometimes rough with my jewelry!  Oh well, I can always make the charms again...)

Thanks for looking!  Make sure you link up your hand made jewelry at the Bombshell Stamps Blog!  

- Kim

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer Jewelry Gift Box - eCraft Design Team Tuesday

Hi Everyone!

I hope everyone is having a great summer!  Am I the only one that feels like it is flying right by?  I have been itching to make some fun nautical / beachy themed crafts, especially now that I've made this cute jewelry gift box, but I can't seem to find the time. Maybe next week I will have some fun nautical decor ready for all of you.  ;)

 I did find some time to make a necklace for a friend of mine, but I needed a cute gift box to present it in.  Using my eCraft and svg files from Lori Whitlock and SVG Cuts, I created this cute beachy themed jewelry gift box.  Read below for the how to if you want to make one yourself!  


- eCraft by Craftwell
- Lori Whitlock "Necklace Box" SVG File
- SVG Cuts - "Wet N Wild" SVG Kit (sand dollar top and bottom; shell top and bottom; starfish top and bottom)
- Echo Park Paper "Paradise Beach" Collection Kit (various patterned cardstock; angel fish stickers)
- We R Memory Keepers - Plain Cardstock in Sand
- Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
- Pop Dots
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Dye
- Scissors


How To:

In SCAL3, I imported Lori Whitlock's "Necklace Box" SVG File.  I used SCAL3 since the file already imports in at the correct size.  Next, I ungrouped the files and moved them to different tabs so I could cut them out in the cardstock colors/patterns I wanted.   I cut out all of the parts of the file (box top, box bottom, insert, necklace holder), except for the Sentiment and top scallop, with my eCraft.  I adhered together the box top and box bottom and folded the insert and placed it into the box.  I placed a pop dot underneath the necklace holder (scallop shape) and attached it onto the box insert. 

Next, I imported the svg's from the "Wet N Wild" SVG Kit by SVG Cuts, (at the following widths: sand dollar top and bottom at 3 inches wide, starfish top and bottom at 2 inches wide, 2 of the shell top and bottom at 1.5 inches wide, 3 of the shell top and bottom at 1 inches wide) and arranged them in seperate tabs so I could cut them out in the cardstock patterns I wanted.  After cutting them out with my eCraft, I inked the edges and started adhering the tops and bottoms together.  For some I used pop dots underneath to add dimension and others I just used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive to adhere the pieces together and then onto the top of the box.   I took the 2 angel fish stickers from the Echo Park Collection kit and stuck them onto cardstock.  I then fussy cut around the stickers (leaving some cardstock as an outline) with my scissors and adhered them to the top of the box using pop dots.

Just add your necklace to the inside scallop shape and your gift is ready to give! 

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you have questions/comments please leave them below.

Have a great day!
- Kim

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Summer Nights...

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Did you ever have a project idea pop into your head as one thing, but as you assembled the project thought, "hmmm... this actually would look cooler as a _____ (fill in the blank!)"?  

That's exactly what happened to me as I started making this project. Actually, this happens to me a lot. Okay, A LOT, I have to admit it. I really intended for this project to be a card. But then I thought, this would make a cuter wall hanging than a card, so a wall hanging it became!

When I was a kid, like many kids, we used to catch lightning bugs (fireflys) and put them in jars or plastic containers and at the end of the night let them go. We never put them in mason jars, but I am crazy about the mason jar look, so I knew that I wanted to use a mason jar on this project. Both the mason jar and big firefly are free svg's from SVG Cuts.

-Lettering Delights Font - Carefree Black (Bold; Italics) 1 inch Height; Shadow Layer Size 2.0
-SVG Cuts - Firefly (1 inch wide) from Moonlight Garden Party SVG Collection and shadow layer at 1.0, Firefly SVG Freebie (2.25 inches wide), Mason Jar SVG Freebie (3 inches wide)
-Cardstock: Bo Bunny Camp-A-Lot 6x6 inch paper pad (patterned paper); Bazzill and We R Memory Keepers (solid colors)
-scotch quick dry adhesive
-xyron 1 inch create a sticker
-copic marker - black
-pop dots
-eyelets (2)

How To:
    First, I resized the top and bottom of the small fireflies to 1 inch wide and added a shadow layer of 1.0 under the bottom of the firefly, and cut these out of cardstock with my eCraft.
    Next, I resized all of the pieces of the larger firefly to 2.25 inches wide and cut them out.  Then, I resized the mason jar pieces to 3 inches wide and cut them out.

    For the lettering, I typed out Summer Nights in Lettering Delights' Carefree Black Font (bold and italics) and resized it to 1 inch in height. I then added a shadow layer of 2.0 around the lettering.  I then cut out the letters in yellow cardstock and the shadow background in the star cardstock.

    Now that all of my pieces are cut out, I outlined them with a black Copic marker and assembled them together using a combination of Xyron's 1 inch create a sticker, scotch quick dry adhesive, and pop dots. I adhered the finished pieces to a 6x6 piece of cardstock.
    I placed 2 eyelets on the top sides (about a 1/2 inch in) and then tied a piece of ribbon through it. 

Now the wall hanging is ready to hang!

If you have any questions please leave a comment below.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

4th Of July Snack Holders

Happy 4th of July!!!!

I made these 4th of July snack boxes with my eCraft to use at my backyard bbq.  These are great for popcorn, pretzles or chips and were super easy to make! 

-eCraft Shop Pro
- SVG Cuts Summer Blockbuster SVG Kit (popcorn box sides and bottom)
-cardstock and stickers- Echo Park Paper -Fourth of July Mini Theme
-white ribbon
-Xyron Mega Runner
-Pop Dots

How To:

With my eCraft I cut out the popcorn box sides and bottom at the recommended sizes from the Summer Blockbuster SVG Kit by SVG Cuts.  I assembled the boxes together using my Xyron Mega Runner. 

I wrapped some white ribbon around the boxes (and used a little bit of adhesive in one spot to hold it on the box).

To decorate the boxes, I used the stickers from the mini kit.  The celebrate with the fire cracker was cut out of one of the pieces of cardstock. Some of the stickers have pop dots underneath for dimension. 

When using pop dots underneath stickers, I usually first stick the sticker onto cardstock and then cut around the sticker with my scissors. (You can leave a border around the sticker if you wish, like I did here. )  Then I used a pop dot underneath and attached it to the box.

I used a plastic ziplock bag inside the boxes to hold the popcorn since I wasn't sure if the paper or glue was food safe. Bonus! This way the boxes also don't get greasy or stained on the inside in case you'd like to keep them for next year.   Another use for these boxes could be as a center piece with artificial flowers in them for your 4th of July bbq!

Have a Happy 4th of July!!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Freedom Card

Hi Everyone!

It seems like June flew by so fast! So since yesterday was the last day of June, it was my last day as the June Pin-Up over at Bombshell Stamps. I just want to say a BIG THANK YOU! to all of you, the Bombshell Girls Design Team and Pin-Ups! I had a lot of fun this month!

Here is a card I made using A Pirate's Life and the Flag Frame Digi Stamp (available in the forum when you sign up!). Make sure to sign up for the forum if you haven't done so already!

Cardstock and Embellishments: We R Memory Keepers
Stamps: Bombshell Stamps - A Pirate's Life and the Flag Frame Digi Stamp (free in the forum when you sign up!)
Washi Tape: Recollections at Michael's
Hope you are all having a great day!