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Christmas Card :: Christmas Tree Using SVG/SCAL2

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Cards, featured, Holiday, SVG/SCAL/SCUT, Videos |

Last semester in college, one of my classes was using Adobe Illustrator.  It’s a program that I had always wanted to learn but never could get the hang of it.  I know Photoshop well it always eluded me.  I was very excited to finally learn it and thought I would put it to good use.  I designed the SVG file in Illustrator and it includes the tree base, tree layer, garland, 2 different shaped ornaments, star, and three different size presents with ribbon and bows.

I  then imported the file into Sure Cuts A Lot 2.  If you don’t have Sure Cuts A Lot for use with your Cricut cutting machine, I have a link on the lower left side bar.  I have the project file set up for approximately an standard sized card.  I am offering it available for free for anyone that would like it.  I would appreciate it if you would subscribe to my YouTube and/or add yourself to my Google Friend Connect. You can find the files on the SVG/SCAL blog page to download along with my loafer file.

The paper used for this set is the My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Christmas.

Christmas Tree Card

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Papercrafting, Cardmaking, Scrapbooking “Studio” Tour

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in Studio Organizing/Tour |

I just drool over some of these absolutely gorgeous scrapbook rooms filled with all that pretty cabinetry and book cases specifically designed for this art but you make do with what you have and the space you have.  Because my hubby and I both are artsy, most spaces are shared with him.  This room is approximately 10 x 12 (if that) and I have half the room and he has the other.   On one side is my sewing workstation.  I have a serger, embroidery machine, and a regular sewing machine.   Basically what is left is an L-shaped wall.  I like a big workspace, so I chose to just use an already purchased heavy plastic banquet table.  It is 6 foot long and fits loads on it.  The rest of the items are stored split between two rolling shelving units and some old cubes that used to be an entertainment center.  It is definitely not pretty or  ideal as I would like something more permanent especially for ink pads and such but like I said, you make do with what you have.   It works for me. Truthfully, I would rather spend $20 at Michaels on new patterned paper than on a cabinet.

There are some benefits though.  I look at some of these crafters that buy, buy, buy and I think to myself, where the heck are they storing all of that.  Limited space does keep the buying to a minimum.  It is probably one of the reasons I don’t have a huge amount of embellishments.  I try to keep only what can fit on my clip it up.  Another benefit, and the best one I think, is that I have everything at an arms length.  There is no racing around the room to find a product and I don’t have to race around the room to put it back.  It does help with keeping it clean for the most part.

I still want one of those beautiful studios.  One day..  In the meantime, a video is worth 1,000 words.  Check it out.

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Christmas Card :: Merry and Bright

Posted by on Oct 9, 2011 in Cards, featured, Holiday |

I was extremely excited when the mailman arrived yesterday with my order from Two Peas and a Bucket.  For those of you who have not checked out the site, it is wonderful with a really active community and a super packed store.  The link is in the side bar.  Anyway, the order was full of Christmas pattered paper goodness.  I will be sharing with you my order in a following blog post but for now a card.

It was such a rainy day out yesterday, it allowed me to get started on my Christmas cards.  New supplies are always my greatest kick of inspiration.   I used the Prima North Country patterned paper, a piece from the 25 Days of Christmas pattered paper by Simple Stories, and some kraft cardstock.  I also purchased the My Mind’s Eye 25 Days of Christmas clear stamps and used the two trees from the set. The Merry & Bright stamp is from an old Autumn Leaves Tis the Season stamp set that I was able to locate on Simon Says Stamp.

I really like the way it turned out.   Take a look…

Handmade Christmas Card Merry and Bright

Handmade Card: Merry and Bright Closeup

Handmade Card: Merry and Bright Side View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the Holiday Way :: Thanksgiving Card

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Cards |

Even in Florida now, the weather is starting to change.  Not quite yet cool enough to turn up the A/C but enough to get me in the mood for creating.  I am not sure what it is about this time of year but it makes me want to craft.  I spent the last weekend cleaning up my scrap room preparing to start my holiday cards and gifts.  Along with regular gifts at Christmastime, I always give something handmade.  Sometimes I have an idea months and months before and other times it takes me a long time to figure out what I want to do.

Last year, Mark and I matted and framed some of our own photographs.  The year before, I transcribed an old family recipe book, added graphics, printed and bound it.   The year before it was handmade blankets that folded into pillows.  Those were special as the pockets were made from a blanket that I had made my grandmother that she loved and was with her until she passed.  I am not sure yet what this year will be yet.

Here is my first card for the holidays.  It is a Thanksgiving card I made some time ago to submit to a magazine.  I can now share it with you now.  I really love it.  The base is dark brown with a Martha Stewart Punch edge.  I used a Cornish Heritage Farms (now out of business) wood grain stamp stamped in Tim Holtz Distress Ink Old Paper and Vintage Photo with Clear Embossing on peach cardstock.  I wanted to go for a table cloth look and used a Gingham patterned paper from K & Company.  I used a scallop punch and the Martha Stewart Thanksgiving Dinner punch.  I just used some letter stamps for the sentiment.  The inside is also decorated with a little dinner plate.

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New Spiral Bound “Beautiful” Art Journal

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in featured, Mixed Media, Projects |

About once a year my husband and I make handmade paper. We save all our mail all year round and just throw it in a basket and wait. I save it partially because I think what if I am going to need it and partly because I don’t like putting private mail in the trash, but around the time the basket (and it’s a large basket) overflows, we decide its time to make paper. For someone that does not make it that often and doesn’t have a studio dedicated to this, it can be a messy job but it is really gratifying to repurpose what would otherwise go into the landfill.

Really the only essentials that are needed are a blender, water, sponge, and some type of screen apparatus. We use Arnold Grummer’s Papermill handmolds and also what they call couch sheets to help in the drying process (although you can use felt or just a longer dry time). Our sink is large enough that we don’t need a basin or plastic tub but that is also helpful. There are a lot of great papermaking videos on youtube.

Anyway, the paper normally sits around for a while but I decided to put it to good use and cut some into half sheets and spiral bound them to make myself an art journal. The pages are incredibly sturdy (although they don’t look it). I decorated the front with some of our stamps and some corrugated cardboard and flower.

I put together a video to show you and some pictures.. I really love it and hope you will to.
Beautiful Art Journal with Handmade Paper

recycled handmade paper art journal


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