Friday, September 19, 2014

Another Gift for Crafty Friends

I've been enjoying making little gifts for crafty friends lately, so today I'm sharing my take on an adult crayon box all dressed up for Fall.  This box design is quick to assemble and super cute for autumn-themed gifts.


I started out by cutting this beautiful crayon box design by Snapdragon Snippets in the Silhouette Online Store from some thick patterned paper (Authentique's Thankful collection).  Instead of tossing out the negative leaf cut from the outer accent layer (plaid), I used it as a tag for my gifts.


The crayon box is the perfect size for 16 crayons, a deck of cards, or about 4 gelatos (5 will fit, but it's a bit tight if you want to add anything else).  I picked a couple of gelatos in autumn colors and packaged them with a couple of different types of cardstock for the recipient to play with as well.


The box itself goes together very quickly, needing glue on only one side if you choose not to adhere the second decorative layer.   To finish it off, I added some twine from We R Memory Keepers and stamped my tag with a sentiment from the "Tag Sayings" stamp from Simon Says Stamp in Rich Cocoa Memento Luxe ink.


I think I've got my crafty friends covered now, so I'll be moving on to gifts of food now I think.  More to share later and I'd love to hear what you think!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sketched Flower Birthday Card

A few weeks ago, I shared this card on the Silhouette blog where I used alcohol-based markers (Spectrum Noir in that case) to color designs created with the Silhouette sketch pens.  At the time, I had sketched and cut out a ton of designs because I wanted to try a variety of styles.  Today's share is a birthday card made using one of the floral images from that day:


This chinese chrysanthemum design from the Silhouette Online Store seemed like the perfect floral image for this technique.  I find that if you're not going to use specifically the "sketch designs" from the store (and sometimes they're a bit too sketchy for this purpose), ones that look like they are meant to be cut from vinyl yield good results (intricate designs that are mostly outlines, no piecing required).  Of course, paper-piecing designs can be beautiful too if you want to color multiple layers and add lots of dimension.


For this image, I used some of my Blendabilities from Stampin' Up (Old Olive and Calypso Coral assortments used here) to test how the sketch pen holds up to a different ink.  Again, no smearing occurred, even though I clearly colored outside the lines occasionally.  :)  The sentiment ("Bosom Buddy" from Paper Smooches) was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink onto this wavy banner shape from the Online Store (base layer cut from Calypso Coral cardstock).


I did use a die (Quilted Stitch Pattern Die from Lil' Inker Designs) to create the lattice background on Neenah Desert Storm cardstock, but you could easily create this with your Silhouette too using this design.  The card base is made from Old Olive cardstock (SU) and lined inside with a coordinating Neenah Desert Storm panel. 

I'd love to hear your comments and thanks for stopping by!




Saturday, September 13, 2014

Magnetic Wall Chess or Checkers

This project appeared on the Silhouette blog a few days ago, but I was on vacation and didn't have time to post a sneak peek.  I hope you'll head over there now to check out the step-by-step instructions for creating both the wooden game board and the magnetic game pieces:



I've been looking for creative ways to decorate my new game room, and with limited space it just made sense to have some of my decor play double duty.  So, this finished wood chess/checker board is pretty enough to hang on the wall as decoration, saves room since you can play right there on the wall (great for never-ending chess games), and can be brought to the table for normal play if needed.

As you might be able to see from the pictures, I haven't had a chance to hang it up yet.  Since we'll eventually be bringing in some sort of table game to the space, I wanted to wait until that was installed before deciding on the placement of all of my other decor...and this sucker is heavy enough to require anchors (I don't want to mess up my new walls by moving it around!).  I'd love to hear what you think after you check it out!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bloom with Hope Watercolor Birthday Card

A few days ago, I blogged about this gift card box that I had made for a special friend's birthday.  Today, I'm sharing the matching card I made for her.  The main image is from the "Bloom With Hope" set from Stampin' Up and stamped on watercolor paper with black ink from Stamps by Judith.  Using the "smash your ink pad on a craft mat" method, I colored the image with a waterbrush from Faber-Castell and Barn Door, Crushed Olive, Squeezed Lemonade, and Broken China distress inks.  I really like how the faint blue outline highlights that image. 


Once dry, I adhered the watercolor panel on top of some paper from the "Tea for 2" collection from Cosmo Cricket to match my gift card box.  The sentiment, also from the "Bloom with Hope" set, was stamped with Versamark ink onto some Silhouette Vellum, covered with gold embossing powder, and heat-set.  The vellum from Silhouette is a little bit heavier than even the popular 40# vellum from Bazzill so it holds up really well to heat embossing.  I faked a banner shape by adhering two flagged ends to the back of the panel a little bit lower than the front of the banner.


The background panel (Five Line Background by Hero Arts) was stamped in Wedding Dress Memento Luxe ink on some Neenah Desert Storm cardstock.  Then I started getting carried away with gold...first I traced the edges with a metallic gold marker (American Crafts), then added long stitching lines with the same marker (which thankfully aren't that noticeable because I didn't like them!), and finally added some gold metallic sequins.


The whole card front is then popped up on top of a Neenah Desert Storm 100# cardbase.  There was quite a bit of dimension on this card, but since it was being hand-delivered with my gift box it was ok.  

I'd love to hear your comments!