Monthly Archives: September 2011

Creations by AR

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So there is a new challenge going on for Creations by AR. I happen to come across her blog as I was trying to find a purse svg. So I checked out her site & just fell in LOVE with her stuff. So I became a follower of her blog & saw that there was a challenge. You don’t have to use her files but I have to tell you, they are fabulous. If you like 3D paper art, that is, and I LOVE doing 3D paper art. I have already posted a few pictures of what I did using her files but thought I re-post them along with the other 2 I did using the same file, one of my favorite files (Gift & Card Combo and the Haute Tote Template). So hope you enjoy my creations & if you like go hop on over to her page & check her stuff out for yourself!

These cute Halloween Kids are paper piecing svgs from Shery K Designs blog. There were free files & I just LOVE using them…aren’t they just the cutest!


Glossy Accents Technique I’ve Been Excited About….

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Ok, so I saw this YouTube video several months ago (I don’t remember which one & I didn’t save it either) about using Glossy Accents as a base glue then sprinkle fine glitter on top then once dried applying another coat of Glossy Accents to keep the glitter from flaking off the design. I was in awe! I have to have me some Glossy Accents glue. I searched high & low for it at my favorite craft store Hobby Lobby (I despise going to Michael’s Craft Store caz no one knows anything, they are too lazy to help or if they do help they make you feel like it was such an imposition but most importantly I HATE the layout of that freaking store). Sorry I got on a mad soap box there….but it’s how I feel! LOL!!! Go figure….one day I was in Hobby Lobby (a different store than the usual store I frequent at nearby) & I was in the scrapbooking glue section. DUH! I don’t know why I didn’t think to look there but sure enough a few sections over, away from the regular acid free glue, was the glossy accents. AND, it was 40% coupon week there too….YEAH! So I HAD to buy it!

Anyhoo…So last Saturday was the Scrapbooking Convention in San Marcos, TX. My friend Maribel & I went & made a day of it. It was nice (& weird) to be out & about without my 3 yr old son at a place where I would think would be heaven to me. It was OKAY, not that Oh Wow I Have to Have EVERYTHING I Saw moment. There was some great artistry in the pre-made scrapbook pages. Maribel & I were more interested in Scapbooking tools & there wasn’t much. We saw ALOT of paper & stickers. Paper, I can get from my stores & as for stickers…nopers, not for me – I make my own die cuts using my Cricut & SCAL! I did get excited about buying some acrylic paper & some face stamps (kinda like the ones from Peachy Keen but it wasn’t their product). I was very pleased to see a big appearance of Sizzix products, I finally saw a Pazzles in person (even though I knew more about the software stuff than the rep did) but the one thing that bothered me was the traffic flow. I know its to be expected but it doesn’t mean I have to be happy that such layouts are not thought out better to avoid traffic jams. Especially since here in Texas there are a lot of over-weight people, including scrappers (like me) who need a little more room to shop. I do not wish to have my toes ran over by a Hove-a-round, not that it happened but I’m sure it did to someone else! LOL!!!

Back to my point….when I got home from the convention I had many ideas going thru my head. But I finally sat down at my crafting table & started on this technique. A little about me, I LOVE PEACOCKS! I don’t know why since they can be aggressive birds, but I just love them. From the color of teal on their feathers & body to how they regally walk around & show off their feathers. They are beautiful birds. I found an SVG of a peacock online some time ago (before I started saving the files with the web page I found them on in the name of the file). I imported into my SCAL, then pulled out one of my favorite tools to use on my Cricut….Amy Chomas Micro Mini Sharpie Pen Holder! Then I set it up & this is what I created using this glue/glitter technique:

This is how I did this beautiful bird…

  1. I sized the SVG file in SCAL to fit the height of my 12×12 mat in proportion to the width of the body with the size of my clear paper.
  2. I used half (8×11 sheet) of the sheet protectors. I cut the end off where the holes were & sliced the rest open.
  3. Taped down the clear sheet onto my mat with masking tape to ensure that the Sharpie didn’t drag the clear sheet.
  4. Changed my blade assembly to the Amy Chomas Mini Sharpie Pen Holder.
  5. Hit Cut on my SCAL & watched it draw the peacock outline.
  6. I flipped the sheet so that I wouldn’t be gluing directly on the Sharpie drawn image. I started filling in the gold sections first with the Glossy Accents, doing about 2-3 parts at a time. Then gingerly pouring gold fine glitter over the glue. Did it to all “eyes” of the feathers.
  7. Then I filled in the turquoise feathers with Glossy Accents & Turquoise Fine Glitter (all bought at the Scrapbook Convention for $1 a container).
  8. Filled the body with glue & lightly sprinkled with turquoise, gold & fuschia colored glitter.
  9. Once all dried, I outlined the entire image & filled in the open areas of the feathers with more glue & sprinkled black glitter.
  10. After ALL was glittered & dried, I went over the ENTIRE image with a coat of Glossy Accents. Boy, was my hand tired from all that squeezing! I cleaned up any drips with toothpicks & then cut it out from the rest of the clear page.

**I have to say, I had not used any of the Glossy Accents before this project & I was left with about a quarter of the bottle left after the project. Guess I’ll have to go buy some more…… heehee!

This is what it looked like, even though this is the after photo when I tried to cut the peacock out of the sheet. The glue/glitter design pealed off the sheet protector, which I preferred since I went over the lines when applying the glue. So if you try this technique, I highly recommend you to just use the drawn image as a template/guide as to where you will put your glue.
Now you can use the Cricut Markers or the Mini Sharpies to use as the guide when drawing a design on clear sheets. I LOVE using Amy Chomas’ products plus I recommend using the Micro Mini Sharpie for more detailed designs.
No, I do not make commissions or am I an affiliate of Amy Chomas. I just LOVE her product & recommend it to anyone & everyone who I come in contact with, online or in person. It was difficult to find the Micro Mini Sharpie in stores around town so I just bought it from her website too. Every now & then you can find them at like Big Lots.
I do not recommend using the sharpie holders on cardstock as the pen will bleed onto the paper & distort the image. I like using the photo paper that already comes in 4×6 size or the full sheet size. I also use sheet protectors or clear report covers as they are cheap to use & I won’t freak out if I screw up the project. I leave my acrylic sheets for more special projects. Hope you like what I did….either way – I LOVE IT!
Have a great crafting day!

I Got the Crafting Bug

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I Got the Crafting Bug

Hi All ~So I had the crafting bug bite me yesterday & I made a few new things. I fell in love with the cut files on “Creations by AR”. My FAVORITE was the Haute Couture Handbag file. I LOVE HANDBAGS & I had to HAVE this file!!! If you have a electronic cutting machine like a Cricut (that can still use MTC or SCAL, pre-lawsuit), or a Pazzles or an Sizzix Eclisp (I’m jealous, LOL) or any other machine like those, then head on over to her shop & see her great stuff at Creations by AR.

So I made 3 of her files yesterday & I posted them on my personal Facebook page. I had some friends love what I did. Now I’m excited to do more! I plan on making & selling Christmas Cards this year & I want to use the One Drawer Holder as a “Get Free Item” when I have customers buy more than a dozen cards from me.

Here’s what I did yesterday! More to come later in different themes & patterned paper!

 

Scrapbook Page Gift

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Hi Everyone! I know its been awhile but I was crazy busy with party orders from my Artfire website & returning customers. Now that they have shipped out & I have gotten a few nights of good sleep, I can get back to my crafting time. Good thing caz I have several Halloween Blog Hops to prep for & I’m so excited about them.

Before getting loaded with my party orders, I did a Scrapbook Page for my older sister to give as a gift. A teacher she works with (I think it was a teacher, maybe an admin, can’t remember) is having a baby boy soon. YEAH! My sister wanted to give her something special & asked me to make her a framed scrapbook page for her friend to put picture of her ‘lil boy when he finally arrives. The theme was a sports theme (MVP), go figure, the baby is a boy! So this is what I created for her:

The frame was an 11×13 & I started with a 12×12 “starred” patterned paper that my sister bought from Joann’s. I added a solid navy blue vertical strip of cardstock that I had stars cut out using my SCAL & Cricut. I put a maroon strip of cardstock behind that navy strip so that the stars can pop out. Using SCAL & my Cricut, I cut out the baby’s name KAI & layered it with a light tan cardstock with the matching burgundy cardstock for the lettering. I made die cuts in the forms of a baseball, football, basketball, & soccer ball. The football was embossed with the Tiny Bubbles Cuttlebug folder and I used textured orange cardstock to give the basketball more realism. I then left 2 – 3.5 inch spaces for baby pictures.

I liked it a lot as did my sister but better yet my sister’s friend & husband LOVED the gift. That made me happy…very happy. I spend a lot of time on my details, sometimes more than any normal person would. But with my OCD, I tend to go overboard on making sure the details are to my liking. Just like in my party business, I DO NOT ship/send/give anything I am not happy with to anyone!