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Holiday gift and Decor with Authentique Paper

28 Nov
I have a fun and easy idea to pass on to you today.
I am using some paper from the Wonder 6 x 6 bundle and a plain glass frame.
To start off I cut a frame from a full size piece of Wonder’s, off-white foundation paper.
The frame measures 5″ x 7″.
You can see all the shapes that have been cut out on the left.
I took each paper and put the right side of my cut out to the wrong side of the patterned paper I was using. This is so I do not get pencil marks left over from tracing.
You can see here that I was careful to number and match each patterned paper piece to the pattern piece I was using.
All the pieces are cut out, it is time to get ready for assembly.
Using a paint dabber, I edged all my cut outs and also the frame.
I also took the frame base and edged that with the paint as well.
I covered the frame back with a neutral piece of cardstock to cover the frame clamp holes.
Next I adhered the frame.
I knew I wanted to have the cut outs be slightly raised, so I put dimensional foam down first.
 Here is the first stage of the frame done.
Next, I took some vinyl and cut-out the word JOY.  I used a setting on my cutter that cuts through the vinyl, but not the vinyl backing.  Here you see that I have already cut and removed the excess vinyl and only the word JOY is on the backing.
This might be redundant for those who work with vinyl, but after I did the previous step, I took some mounting film and lifted the word off the vinyl backing.
What you see here is the vinyl attached to the mounting film. the sticky side of the film is on the back of the letters.  The mounting film will release the vinyl, once I attach the vinyl to the frame.
Here I have attached the word to the glass and I am peeling off my mounting film.
Step 2 , you can see below is all done.
Step 3 is optional.  What I did was to embellish the from of the glass further.
I added fibers, lace and beads to bring it all together.
It really is a beautiful piece and fairly easy and quick to make.
You could use this idea for any season or for any occasion based on what paper you use.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and that you can use this idea for the upcoming holiday season.
This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today’s post.
Supplies used:
Wonder full sized Foundations
Wonder 6 x 6 Bundle
Stampin’ Up! Pretties Kit (no longer available)
Frame .svg – My Crafty Files
Misc trims and fibers.

A long overdue gift…

11 Feb

If a law were to be passed that said we all had to change our names to highlight our hangups or weaknesses, my name would have to be, “I really meant to, had the best intentions, where did the day go, DeGruccio.”

I have a wonderful friend and co-worker.  I have had many plans over the 7 or so years I have known her to MAKE things for her.  Awhile ago I made her some cards and she loved them so much, she said she’d never use them..oops!  So, I knew the next time I made her something it’d have to be a gift that she did not need to give away. My lovely friend is a Krishna Devotee.  Now, before you think back on any movies you have seen with Hollywood’s version of the Hare Krishna’s, that is not Judy. 

 I tend to be somewhat open-minded when it comes to religion.  I mean that I think in this life we are living, there really needs to be more acceptance and love for the religions we have.  We were not put on this earth to judge one another or ones, beliefs, that is not our place.  Maybe I am more open to listen and appreciate other religions because I myself, belong to a church that the mainstream media loves to distort.  Goodness, I think there is even a HBO show that has tried to bring back the whole idea that our church still practices plural marriage!  ****ROLLING MY EYES!!!!*****  Since my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, tends to be a religion that some love to hate, I am very sympathetic and unwilling to believe stereotypes of others too easily.

Judy, has to be on of the most gracious, kind, peaceful, loving unselfish, (I could go on and on here..) people I know.  I would trust her with my life and would do anything to help her, or make her happy.  She is just GOOD! 

Keeping that in mind, and back to my LONG OVERDUE GIFT, I have had an idea of something to make for her for a while.  This is where one of other favorite people come in.  THERESE TRAVIS, the brilliant artist behind all my fairies and other creations, made an Angel for me, based on Judy.  I emailed her this picture of my friend:)

This is Judy at home in front of the Temple that she and her hubby built on their land.  It is truly beautiful and they welcome, any and all to come and visit. 

 Without further ado, here is the Angel Judy.  This is the DIGI STAMP version.

 

Here is another picture, I always love to try to photgraph the layers and detail.

 

Now, because Therese is just AWESOME, she also did a .svg file for me.  Here is a larger version of Angel Judy, done on my Cricut.  I thought I was done and then I realized I’d forgotten to put her earrings on!  OOPS!

 

Here she is with her earrings, some additional work to her hair and her wings!

 

Another close-up for you.

 

My little ones, seriously could not keep their little hands off the finished product!  My 6yo son looked at Angel Judy and said, “Mommy, you are just so good at making crafts!”  Is that sweet or what?

Lastly, Judy had asked if I knew how to make business cards.  So keeping that in mind while photographing Angel Judy, I was able to turn my creation into a Digital image to use over and over again.  I knew she wanted her name on the front(she thought I was going to use a photograph of her) and on the back she wanted her chant written.  As soon as I got done with her real gift, I whipped this business card up.  I told her we can fine tune it to suit her needs, but she just smiled and said, “I LOVE THEM!”

 

I hope I have kept your attention for this whole post.  I have some around me who do not understand why I make things.  It might seem like a waste of time and yes I have a house that could be much cleaner, if it were not for my hobbies.  But, the look on Judy’s face and the pure joy I knew she felt to look at and hold what I made for her, reminded me why I do this.  Not for freebies, not for money(although that’d be nice…right?)  I do it because, I love creating things and even more, I love creating things FOR others.  Might seem crazy, but that’s me!

Thanks for joining me again.  Remember to stop by THERSE’s PAPERFACES DESIGNS and of course check out RHINESTONE HUES  inventory while you are there.  This project would not have been possible without either one of them!

My Time Made Easy, Day 3

5 Jan

 Today marks my 3rd and final day with My Time Made Easy.   I have really enjoyed my time as the January Guest Designer.  I have made some new friends and will miss my short stint with them.   

Today’s assignment was to use a things that were from their existing supplies.  I have used the following :  In Suspense Template, Ga Ga for Gingham Paper, Fun Flowers Paper and On Display Digital Stamp Set.

I just love how bright and cheery this looks.  I had the hardest time getting ALL of my kids to leave this alone.  I think it is safe to assume that this would be a welcome addition to anyone you give something like this to.  The circle is there so you can hang it on a door knob, but the pattern also shows you where to alter it to turn it into a stand alone box.

Keep in mind this is supposed to be a box that SUSPENDS from a door knob.  For my picture, I am not about to put this on any door knob in my home. 

Think 7 kids!! 

 Photoshop can only do so much and creating a nice backdrop from my DOORS, yeah right!!

Well, that was FUN!  Now let’s see how long I can keep those gum balls safe!  If you have a personal cutting machine, treat yourself and head over to MY TIME MADE EASY and try something.  If you don’t have a cutting machine, NO PROBLEM.  The templates all come in .pdf so yu can print and cut them your self!!

I am so happy with every single product I have used of theirs.  I should say that their Acrylic stamps are just about the BEST I have ever used.  They are cut wonderfully and beautifully detailed.  I could go on and on, just trust me, My Time Made Easy is the cream of the crop!

Thank you MTME for having me as a guest.  This guest spot will go down in history with me, being the most fun and the most challenging thanks to numerous computer setbacks.  At least I got everything done!  I have just had a blast!  Ok..that is it…It is bedtime and I have to iron the hubby’s shirt.  Bye again and thanks for visiting me :)

My Time Made Easy, Take 2

3 Jan

This is a quick post to showcase some more wonderful things for MY TIME MADE EASY.  I mainly wanted to showcase a couple of their paper lines and templates.

Fun Flowers

Gag Ga for Gingham

So Fortunate – Template

Rambling Rose – Cut File

I made these items VERY late into the night.  Thanks to major computer problems I have been having, I was only able to get these done.  I wanted to showcase the So fortunate template.  I made this project and have pictured it compared to the FULL SIZE take-out box I did on Saturday.  This template is so easy to use.  The box is ADORABLE as a mini.  I had so much fun with this, I might just have to use this template scaled down for Valentines for my kids.  How cute would that me to have a mini take-out box for Valentines Day at school.  I might just do it.  It is late, I would love to focus in on each picture, but my beddy bye is calling my and I think I might listen!

Last note:  The salmon colored flower is the RAMBLING ROSE cut file.  I have to keep playing around with this file.  I will master this flower and WOW you all another day.  For now, this is one tired cookie, signing off.  I hope you enjoyed this mini project I have made.

 

One picture, SO MANY OPTIONS!!

24 Nov IMG_4585

Another of my top 10 people who have inspired me and has had a great impact on me is Therese Travis.  Therese’s Design Team for PAPER FACES DESIGNS, was the very 1st team I wan invited(or allowed) to be on.  I am proud to say I am still with her and she will have a hard time getting rid of me:)

The other day, I shared with you the tutorial of how to create a card with a Digital stamp and Digital Papers.  Todays techniques have some same steps, but are different in many ways.  To view the tutorial on Digital Stamps with Digital Papers you can click here to view the post.

Today, I am using Therse’s Angel Miriam.  You can purchase Miriam for your own personal use here.  I will show you how to use a .svg file and also how to use Miriam as a DIGI STAMP for 3 beautiful cards.

For my.svg card, I am using a version that Therese created for me so that I can cut it out on my Cricut.

You will start with your file opened up in your cutting software.

Please note, I have warped the pattern to hopefully protect Therese’s image. :)  The image will open up all grouped together.

My next step is to discard what I won’t use.  Or to be safe HIDE what you do not need and at this point, I group them on my mat how I want them to cut.

I am pretty picky about trying to save paper.  So I go with the minimum of paper I can go with to cut my files.  You can see on the next image, I have divided the pieces up into what color I will cut them out on.

Next I measure my colored paper out to fit the image on my template and adhere the paper to the cutting mat. That is the next image you are seeing.

Next you will see my pieces are cut and ready to go!  Yes, I warped the picture again:)

Jeannie tip here…When working with certain files, such as Therese’s Fairies, angels, or anything with faces or cirles etc, as I am removing them from the cutting mat, I turn them over and put a small dot on the TOP so I know which is the top and the bottom.  Might sound silly, but it has really helped in my assembling process.

I have gathered all the supplies to complete this card.  In one place..it helps the picture taking process tremendously!!

It is always important to add some depth to you pieces by sponging them with a neutral color.

My next step is to emboss my background and assemble my word art on cardstock.  I sponge these with a dark color and edge with a gold stamp pad.

Here is Miriam all assembled and ready for her card.

Time for the bow.  I use an empty cup and tie a knot on the cup.

I then cut the ribbon on the opposite side of where I just tied my nice knot.

At this point I have a for tailed ribbon, take the ends that you cut and adhere them around an attach behind your card with tape.

At this point, I forgot I needed to mat Miriam with white paper, so find a scrap and “bubble cut” around her.

Next, put dimensional adhesive on the back of Miriam and the word art.

Assemble the rest of the items and that is how I use an .svg file.

Here is a comparison with a card that I did with the DIGI stamp and colored cardstock.  I love the way it looks..but with the .svg file, the CRICUT does the cutting, with the DIGI, I do the cutting.

I also tried a different techiique I can show you later if anyone is intrested.  It uses the DIGI stamp also.  Here is the final product.

Here are the TRIO.  Which do you like best?

Your favorite will be my FREEBIE today..that one lucky winner will receive.  To qualify for the freebie..here are my terms:

Please visit THERESE and if you do let her know that Jeannie sent you over!

Leave a comment and on next WEDNESDAY’s post, I will announce the winner!  Send you friend over and they mention your name..you get an EXTRA ENTRY!

  • Leave a comment = One Entry
  • Send a Friend = One Entry
  • Follow my Blog = One Entry
  • Visit THERESE and leave a comment = One Entry
  • Fiskateer’s post your Fiskateer Number in comment = One Entry
  • Co-Design Team Member of mine, on any team = One Entry  Just mention which DESIGN TEAM we are together on!

Be sure to let me know HOW MANY entries you qualify for and what card technique is your favorite.

The others will go on Etsy, and I will take special orders for these, if you need more than one.

Can you believe the art of Therese?

Lastly I leave you with a card and a scrapbook page made from another one of Therese’s lovely drawings.

CARD

SCRAPBOOK PAGE

I hope you liked this tutorial.  Let me know if there you have an intrest to see the other technique I used on the 3rd card.

I want to thank Therese Travis of http://www.etsy.com/shop/paperfacesdesigns for allowing me to use ANGEL MIRIAM  in this project.

Visit http://tuesdaytrio.blogspot.com/ to see what the sketch and challenge are for this weeks challenge.  Here is what I did with Theres’s Angel Cherie.  Let me know how you like her also.


Wow, what a post, right??

Another My Time Made Easy entry….

15 Sep

I was invited to be the DECEMBER GUEST DESIGNER for MY TIME MADE EASY.

I am sooo excited about this opportunity.

They are also looking to fill some PERMANENT DESIGN TEAM MEMBER slots and these projects are my entries to be considered for a PERM position.

I love to use SMILEBOX because I think it is a fun way to look at something and be entertained at the same time..  So I hope you enjoy this entry.  Sit back and enjoy the SHOW!!!

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Design Team Entry for My Time Made Easy, LLC

10 Sep

UPDATE!!!!  ~September 10, 2010 ~ HOOOORAY!!! I was chosen for MY TIME MADE EASY, LLC, as their Guest Designer for December!!  I am sooo excited!

Thanks Lauren for the opportunity to make some things for you!

Ok, wish me luck!  Here is another entry for a Design Team for a FABULOUS place, MY TIME MADE EASY, LLC.  I love this place, such great DIGI PAPERS, DIGI STAMPS and ACRYLIC STAMPS TOO!  Plus, my favorites, CUT FILES!!!  Hooray for the CUT FILES to use on my Cricut!!  Although I did not use any CUT FILES on this project, I will on another project due to them on Sept. 20, so be sure to come back and check out that entry too!  Hope you enjoy the little show!

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