Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sewing Themed Cards

Sewing happens to be my first crafty love.  I remember sewing hairbows and very basic doll clothes with Mom’s sewing machine at age 5.  Yeah.  I truly am amazed that I never put a needle through any fingers!!  (yet…knock on wood!)  I think of my 6 year old sewing and it kinda freaks me out.
When I saw this paper stack in Hobby Lobby that was dedicated to sewing it was ALL MINE!  These were two very quick cards that are for any occasion made from that stack.

This one I actually sewed fabric onto the front of the card and I thought that added a neat background for the pin cushion die cut.
Of course through the years, my crafting projects have evolved far and wide, but I still do try to find time to sew.  What got you started in crafting?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Easter Centerpiece

It may seem like I am rushing things by starting with Easter crafts, but I am ready for Spring to be here!  Plus it is only a month until Easter so I can totally validate making Easter things in February :)
Here is my centerpiece for my dining room table...
The "wooden" crate, the carrots and the label on the front are all elements that I made from paper.  I cut them using SVG's from three different kits from SVGCuts.  The crate came from the Caramel Apple Pie SVG Kit.  I used craft colored cardstock and a woodgrain embossing folder to make the crate look realistic.  Then I used a chalk ink pad to bring out the embossed woodgrain and finished it off with little brads to look like nails in the crate.
The label on the front of the crate is from the April Avenue SVG Collection.
The carrots came from the Hippity Hoppity SVG Kit.  I also embossed them with different embossing folders.
The best part of the carrots is that they are actually little treat holders!  The top opens up to let the goodies come out :)

All the light pastel prints were from the All About Me stack from DCWV and the darker green prints were from The Guy stack and the Amber Autumn stack, which were both from DCWV as well!  I had a lot of fun coming up with this idea for the bow themed project challenge on the Northridge Publishing site.

I hope you enjoy my centerpiece as much as I will through the Easter season!

ETA:  3/8/2013 This project was chosen as one of the 4 grand prize winners of the Challenge from DCWV and Northridge Publishing!!

Monday, February 25, 2013

SVGCuts Egg Hunt Kit

I was so excited to see the newest SVG set that SVGCuts came out with this past week!  Talk about darling :)  I think my favorite part of the kit is the battenburg lace elements...they just encompass the feeling of spring!  

To get this set free, make a purchase of $9.98 or more between now and Thursday, February 28th 2013.  Then add this gorgeous new Egg Hunt SVG Kitto your cart.  Type FREEGIFT into the Discount Coupon section and it is all yours, ready to cut! 

Egg Hunt SVG Kit

Friday, February 22, 2013

Sizzix Eclips Giveaway by SVGCuts

If there is one website that I would say I LOVE to frequent, it is SVGCuts.  Not only are their cutting files top notch, they include in depth instruction PDF files with each download PLUS they make assembly videos for any 3D items!  I have purchased many of their SVG sets to cut with my SCAL2 software and my Cricut Expression.  SCAL2 is no longer available and many people have upgraded to more precise cutting machines that can utilize SVG's such as the Sizzix Eclips or the Silhouette Cameo.  Mary and Leo at SVGCuts are giving away a Sizzix Eclips in celebration of their website's fourth birthday!  All you need to do is enter here.  The giveaway is through Facebook and it says that they will pick a winner no later than 3/5/2013, so hurry and enter now!
Good luck!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Ceramic Tiles

This is just one of the current crafty loves that I have right now...making custom vinyled tiles.  I love creating the layout, picking out the colors of vinyl and tiles and seeing the finished product!  I have made so many of these for gifts which turned into a small business for me as the word spread about them.  For the most part I create all of the vinyl designs that I put onto the tiles in my Sure Cuts A Lot 2 software which is no longer available.  I then cut them out on my Cricut Expression, which I have had for three years now.  It is crazy to think how long I have been cutting up paper and vinyl :)
Here are some pictures of the tiles I have made:

The Live Laugh Love tile I designed the words but the corner designs were from the Storybook Cricut cartridge.  I used brown and tan vinyl.

This is MY tile :)  It was one of the first I made and the pictures of my two older boys are very outdated, but I really wanted to share what an 18" tile looks like all made up.  Once again, the corners are from the Storybook Cricut cartridge and the rest I designed myself using brown and burgundy vinyl.  You definitely need a large space for a tile this size!

The following two tiles are ones that were made on 12" tiles and are the first style of name tile that I started making.

This last tile is one that I feel has a wonderful message.  The colors of vinyl in this one are gold, brown and burgundy.

It seems like every time I turn around I see more saying and designs that I want to put on tiles, so I will be sharing more of these in the future!  If you were wondering where I get my vinyl, I buy most of it from H&H Sign Supply.  They have wonderful prices on larger amount of vinyl.  I wait to order until I need quite a bit since the shipping is on the high end.

Thanks for stopping by!


Well, I finally decided to start a blog.  I know...rather behind the times, aren't I?  I really enjoy paper crafting of all kinds, sewing, baking and of course, my family!  I am glad you found my little corner of the internet!