Snowdrop Box Card

Here in Denmark, the first bringers of Spring is among Eranthis and Crocus the Snowdrop.

This little white bulb flower usually pops up from the dirt when the sun melts the snow (IF there’s been snow that is) like the other early Spring flowers, but this one really looks like a fairy dress to me. So delicate and beautiful – clearly my favorite!

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As I was considering making the Orchid Box Card from Simply Crafty Svgs, I loaded the files into my Silhouette Software and started to organize the parts – as I usually do when starting a new project. That’s when I discovered it.

I noticed that I could bend one of the crown leaves of the Orchid and make it look like a Snowdrop and from there on my mind did it’s thing.

I started pulling on some of the edit point on the leaf to make the two outer parts a bit longer and more pointy. I also edited the small flower buds a bit to make the round end a bit more wavy. Finally I edited the flower stem + the one on the insert to remove the leaves.

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The leaves are also edited to be slimmer and longer as Snowdrop leaves are 🙂

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It makes more sense looking at the picture 😀

Adorable right? I doubled the stems – one of each side of the insert and doubled the flower as well to make it look more dimensional.

Then I just added the leaves to the insert and there it was 🙂

I used AC Cardstock and DCWV patterned paper from the Samantha Rose Stack. I really love the way the foiled paper looks like snow melting on dirt. For the edges I used Distress Ink. The sentiment on the card reads “Congratulations” and is made with the Print and Cut option.

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So now I have two options when making the Orchid/Snowdrop Box Card 🙂

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Let me know what you think in a comment below – I would really love to hear some opinions.

Thanks for dropping by today ❤

One Thing Led To Another…..

Having an idea of making one thing, very often leads me to other ideas.

It’s just how my brain works. Filled with thoughts, ideas, music, talk….etc. Most people know this from themselves but sometimes mine spins a whole lot faster and I really need to grab those ideas when they’re there – otherwise they diminish into oblivion forever. The big black hole as I call it 😉

This time I had set out to make an Iglo as I noticed Simply Crafty SVGs didn’t have one yet.

Not being the great math genius, I figured that a few files had to be combined for this to happen so I started searching the site and settled on elements from the Dog Dish and the Leprechaun Hat.

I took the bottom piece from the Dog Dish and the top part from the Hat and glued them together……only to discover that they did NOT make a Iglo shape.

But looking at this odd thing I had made, sent my head in a spin of ideas and here’s a few of them:

Bucket Hat or Cloche Hat:

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It’s going to be to difficult to explain exactly what I did to get to this but as mentioned before I glued the two shapes from the files together and then I added panels.

These were also made from the same two files – simply by using the welding tool in the Silhouette Studio software.

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A little tweaking with the edit points and voila….perfect panel.

I used AC Cardstock and patterned paper that I printed from the Silhouette Design Studio (ID #255448 by Miss Kate Cuttables). I also added Glossy Accent from Ranger to the dots of the flowers in the paper.

Then I tied a ribbon around the hat and added a few flowers. It’s cute right?

The little Groovy sentiment/tag is from the Silhouette Design Store ID#13856 and I added a group of flowers matching the paper from Miss Kate Cuttables also from the Store ID#251605.

Next idea was given to me by a friend that saw this shape as a Blue Bell Flower:

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I downsized all by 50% and changed the panels slightly to have a curvy bottom (no pun intended)

Again I played with the different tools in Silhouette Studio:

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To get the curve, I used one of the flowers from the Hollow Easter Egg and then I welded this cut-off piece onto the panel I made before:

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And ta’ daaa….now the panel works as a flower petal 🙂

Further more I made the top leaf out of one of the roof pieces from Spring Egg-Centric House:

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This was done by pulling and pushing on the edit points. Amazing how it can go from one shape to another 🙂

I glued that on top of the flower and cut a small slit into it to fit a name tag and now it’s a place card.

I really like this one ❤

Well…..I could go on with ideas for this shape like a Storm Trooper Helmet. But I didn’t have the patience to make that one 😉

Instead I pursued my original idea and made an Iglo but this time with the top part of the Sailor Hat:

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I used a shape tool to make the entry way but other than that it’s the same.

I used AC Cardstock and Best Creation Glitter Paper which I embossed with a brick patterned embossing folder. Not exactly the right folder, but that was what I had at hand.

I’m not going to go into details on how I struggled to make a bottom for this Iglo (and realizing that a such already existed o.O) but I’m not entirely satisfied with this Iglo. I will keep at it until I make one just right unless Sandy does the work for me 😉

Thanks for taking the wacky journey with me today. Phew….It’s kinda exhausting having this nut of a brain but also a lot of fun 🙂

Hope you’ll join me again soon ❤

This is What it’s All About – JJ’s Tails: SERVICE DOG FILES

This is What it’s All About – JJ’s Tails: SERVICE DOG FILES

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I’m reposting this because I really think you should read this and if you’re able, donate so this Darling little guy can get a Service Dog. Boy oh boy….he desperately needs it! ❤️

Super Bowl

Now there’s a headline I never thought I’d write! 😀

I’m so not interested in watching sports what so ever. To me it’s something you do and not something you watch on TV. It’s just too boring.

Sunday February 2nd., I’m told, is Super Bowl Sunday in the US and a girlfriend of mine loves it. She’s been helping me out quite a lot with the move, so now it’s payback time 😉

I’ve made her Football stuff before but when I saw the new cool Football files from Simply Crafty Svgs, I knew I had to make them for her – so I did.

Let’s start with the smallest first – the Mini Football Treat Box (Freebie):

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I made two – one for my friend and one for her brother, who will be watching the game with her.

Made from Gold Glitter paper from Recollections, White Glitter paper from Craft Smith and black POW Glitter paper from AC along with a Print and Cut sentiment that I ran through my Minc to add Gold Foil. The tag is tied to the box with a piece of hemp cord.

Very easy and I’m very surprised how well the glitter paper took to the glue. Now I just have to find some little treat to put inside…..

Next is the Football Goal Post Box:

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This very fun and inventive treat box, is made from AC Cardstock, White Glitter paper from Recollections and Green Glitter paper from DCWV Inc + a small piece of acetate.

It was very easy to assemble and I didn’t watch the video until after I made it 😀 As you can see I did make an error but I thought the slits in the Football was to hold the acetate and not guidelines for the white end pieces. Go figure! Oh well – it works just fine 🙂

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The Foam Finger (ID #241075 by Photoplay) and the Pennant (ID #283540 by Lisa Norris) are both from the Silhouette Design Store. I made them as Print and Cut and ran them through the Minc to add the Gold Foil. Not perfectly covered but I blame my printer being too cheap 😀 I did make a back side too with out graphic so I could sandwich a toothpick in between.

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Finally for the Football Helmet:

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This is also a treat box and I put some crackers inside for the two to munch on.

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It’s made from AC Cardstock, Gold and White Glitter paper from Recollections and Black POW from AC.

I’m really surprised how easy this was to make. I did watch Sandy’s video as I believed it would be harder to assemble, but no. Very easy and such a cool design too. I’m so impressed with her inventive and amazing ideas.

I chose the gold color for the treat box and helmet as I have no idea what team she roots on, who would make it to the finals or how any of the teams’ logos look like 😀 heh heh Gold is for winners – right?

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These were so much fun to make and as I ran out of time, I didn’t have time to ink the edges – but you can’t really tell….or? 😉

I really hope she and her brother will love these and the goodies I’ll put inside and that they will have a cozy and enjoyable Sunday night/Monday morning 😉

Thanks for joining me today. I’ve enjoyed seeing all the Helmets and boxes already made by lots of people – hope you enjoy mine.

See you next time ❤

 

Happy New Year

I am so happy that you chose to join me, on this the last day of 2019.

It’s been a wild ride – this past year and I do hope that 2020 is going to bring a lot more happiness than 2019 did….for me at least. I do know of 2 very happy things that are going to happen in 2020….and I look very much forward to them! What they are, you ask?

My lips are sealed! 😀

Anyways. I just wanna use this – my last post of the year – you wish you all a very Happy New Year and I hope I’ll see you again for many fun and wacky craft projects in the new year.

I really hope I’ve succeeded in inspiring some of you and bring a little joy to the rest. I had a blast with these posts and projects and I’m not about to stop!

Sending you off into 2020 with a little easy but fun project. This is the New Year Freebie from Simply Crafty Svgs: 2020 New Years Glasses

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This fun and decorative file is very useful on a night like tonight. You can wear it or use it as table decoration. A very fun photo prop.

I reinforced mine by cutting 5 fronts in AC Cardstock and the number panels in DCWV patterned paper (from the Posh and Pink Stack).

I also cut 4 panel pieces of the temples both left and right (made by internally offsetting the temples without the gluing piece) plus one patterned piece of each side. (Gosh I hope that made sense) I glued two pieces on each side of the temple and the patterned piece on the outside (the one showing) – I did that on each side.

I inked all edges with Distress Ink and added a few rhinestones onto the front as showed.

Lastly I found these fun silver glitter berries in my stash and glued them onto the back of the “2’s” – just for a little fun bling bling.

Now I ready to go to my New Years party tonight and ring in the New Year.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog this year – please come back again next year 😀

HAPPY NEW YEAR ❤

Chestnuts Roasting……

Today I’m going to show you something very different from what I had prepared.

Go figure! I’ve had my eye on this Christmas Fireplace from Simply Crafty Svgs for a long time. Ever since I saw it on the draft board among other designs and I instantly knew THAT was going to be a Christmas project.

So when this was released I got busy…..REALLY busy! Barely got home from the Gym today 😀

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I’m totally in love with this cool giftbox. Especially because – well it’s a box but also because of the awesome fireplace that lits up by a LED tea light. Such a brilliant design!

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I made mine with AC Cardstock and patterned paper from DCWV Stack Red&White Christmas and Recollections Paper Pad Wood, Marble and Brass.

I also used a bit of vellum for the flames, that I colored with Distress Ink.

The wood logs are embossed with a wood grain embossing folder from Darice and the panels on the Mantel are embossed with an embossing folder from Sizzix.

All edges are inked with matching Distress Ink and I added small gems on the cute bows on the garland.

Finally I added a bit of Stickles on the fuzzy top of the Stockings.

I do think this is a keeper. If only I can find a spot for it 😀 Otherwise I may have to make this again in a downsized version.

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Thank you so much for joining me today. I will show you the original intended piece another day soon.

Advent Gift Box

Most of us know and love the Christmas Countdown Calendar. The exiting and magical feeling when opening a new door every day and unwrapping the gift or piece of candy inside. Yes, I still do that 😉

In Denmark we also count the 4 Sundays before Christmas – Sunday in Advent and for some this is when they get their present. In my home my kids get to chose if they want a small thing every day until Christmas or something larger every Sunday. They’ve gone with the latter 😉

I thought that when bringing a hostess gift along when visiting friends or Family this November, it could be a Advent Gift Box and I found just the things for it at Simply Crafty Svgs.

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This is the Square Candy Box. Just the perfect size for my idea 🙂

I made it with AC Cardstock in Slate, White and Shrimp along with patterned paper from DCWVs Merry and Bright stack.

I needed inserts to divide it into four, so I simply adjusted the inserts and added two more to put my small Curved Treat Boxes (freebie) in.

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I used the Foil Quill and cobber foil for the numbers (Silhouette Design Store ID #105652 by Sarah Hurley) and tied them onto the small boxes (downsized to 70% to fit all 4 on one piece of cardstock)

Inside the treat boxes I hid the treats 😉 Yummy chocolate from Danish Royal Court Supplier Anton Berg.

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The last thing I want to mention is the twine used to wrap around the box and the small tag that I cut out of the DCWV stack.

This surely is a bold color for Christmas but I love it and I bet whom ever gets this box is going to love it too.

I’m so sorry for the quality of the pictures but it’s practically impossible to get good lighting here in my new townhouse this time of year and I still have to get myself some professional lights – when that million bucks lands in my mailbox 😉

Thanks for joining me today. So much fun to begin the Christmas crafting. I have soooo much I wanna make and soooo little time 😀 How about you? Have you begun your Christmas crafting yet?

Acorn House

Gone is Summer. Gone is Halloween. Soon Fall turns into Winter and before we know it, it’s Christmas.

I’ve packed away my Halloween decor to make room for Christmas and soon I will pack away my Fall decor too – but only because I haven’t got room for it. Lots of the Fall decorations can easily be used for Christmas. This cute decoration I just made definitely can!

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This adorable Acorn House from Simply Crafty Svgs, is one of the easiest houses I’ve ever made and still is darn cute.

I made it in the original size – very unlikely of me 😉 It’s cut on my Silhouette Cameo and I used the Solid Scorelines option. I’ve started doing that most of the time unless it’s something very small. Then it can be a pain to fold 😀

I used AC Cardstock in Coffee and Chocolate along with patterned paper from DCWVs “Cider Woods.” It’s difficult to see but the paper for the bottom is copper foiled acorns 😉 So I took a close up:

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All edges are inked with Distress Ink from Tim Holtz and I used gold Vellum behind the windows and door.

The door knob is a copper colored enamel dot and I tied some raffia around the stem and added the cut-out leaves plus some small berries from my stash of nature materials.

Lastly I added a string of Fairy lights inside – the glow is fantastic ❤

Oh how I love acorns – and I usually use them to decorate for Christmas too along with pine cones and pine branches.

Well that was that – now it’s time to concentrate on Christmas 🙂 I have a lot of things I want to make and I bet I can’t fit them all inside my house 😀

Thanks for joining me today – have you started your Christmas decorating yet? Let me know in a comment below

 

 

 

Halloween Freebies

We’re getting very close to the big day (for some of us the best day of the year), Halloween.

I’ve been very busy making decorations for this spooky event, but I didn’t pay mush attention to making treat boxes and such, so I decided to look around and see if I could find some fun Halloween Freebies to use – and boy was I in luck.

Follow along……

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This fun and festive Halloween Card is a freebie from Dreaming Tree and awesome for both kids and adults.

I made it with AC Cardstock and patterned paper from DCWVs “Curiosities” (the stocking) and a piece of Black gloss paper from DCWVs “Black, White, Cream” stack (dress and heal of boot).

I don’t have any stamps to add a sentiment to the card so I just left it empty. It gives me the opportunity to use it for a birthday  instead.

I really love the matching envelope too made in AC Cardstock.

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This next freebie is also from Dreaming Tree. 

The Witch Hat Treat Cone is a genius little treat holder/decoration and I made it with AC Cardstock and DCWVs “Witches Brew” stack paper. The buckle is made from Tim Holtz’ Metallic Kraft paper in gold.

Unfortunately I did not have any string with wire in it, so I use a piece of Ideaology tinsel ribbon for the handle.

Adorable, right?

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This spooky freebie is from Simply Crafty Svgs.

The Gravestone Treat Box could also double as decoration and is very easy to make.

I used Bazzill Bling Cardstock in Tungsten and DCWVs “Ghost Stories” paper along with two tiny red gems for the spiders eyes.

I also used Distress ink for all edges and a distress tool for the panel edges for a more sinister look.

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These two Creepy Coffin Boxes are also from Simply Crafty Svgs and they are in the same freebie file. It’s simply just a matter of switching out the front panel of the box.

One is with a spiderweb  and this is made from AC Cardstock and patterned paper from DCWVs “Curiosities” along with black pearl paper for the spider.

I also used a black Prima Gem for the spiders butt and Prima White Chalk ink for all the edges.

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The box with the cross is made from AC Cardstock and patterned paper from DCWVs “Ghost Stories” stack.

I also used a cross shapes rhinestone figure from my humongous stash and inked all edges with the same white Prima Chalk Ink.

Both front panels are attached with 3D glue Dots to give some more dimension.

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This spooky Black Cat Treat Box is, like the two previous freebies, from Simply Crafty Svgs and what a charmer!

I made it with AC Cardstock and patterned paper from DCWVs “Curiosities” stack.

I used a white Sharpie to highlight the nose, ears and eyes and used some floss for the whiskers.

I used Distress Ink and Chalk Ink for the edges.

I thought I was being a genius and use acetate for the mouth opening…..that is until I saw that Sandy from Simply Crafty Svgs already did that with hers 😀 So much for being brilliant LOL!

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….in orange 😀

As Mary from SVG Cuts, the designer of this adorable little Pumpkin Box, explains on her blog, this box (originally made in a teal color) lets people know that you have non-food treats to give to Trick or Treaters. What a great idea! No questions on whether you are allergic or sensitive to sugar….and believe me….those kiddos get more that enough sugar for a lifetime on a Halloween night 😀

I made mine in orange AC Cardstock and teal vellum. All edges are inked with Distress Ink and I used a tiny piece of ribbon to tie it together on top.

I will use mine as a little luminary but small treats – non-food or otherwise – are perfect inside too.

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This rather simple Spiderweb Doily is actually very usable. Used in the original size it’s a great place mat and decoration for the wall. If you downsize it, you can use it for coasters or for a Halloween card.

I chose to use it as a place mat and I cut it out of AC Cardstock and inked it with Chalk Ink.

Imagine a dining table with these and lots of creepy food – perfect!

(the Pumpkin Spice Latté was very delicious 😉 )

Thanks for joining me today. I really hope I inspired you to find and make some of these great Halloween freebies. Please let me know in a comment below.

They are all very easy to make and they are the perfect occasion to use up some of all your Halloween paper scraps.

So this is the end of my Halloween makings for this year – but you know that I never miss the chance to Halloweenify anything so one may never know 😉

Magic Hat

“When Witches go riding, and black cats are seen,

the Moon laughs and whispers

’tis near Halloween”

Ohhhh how I love that poem! It sets the perfect mood for a spooky Halloween night and it is just the mood I want you to be in right now……. (add a little howling of the wind and maybe some wolfs or thunder too 😉 )

Oh darn…..one of the Witches dropped her hat 😮 and what is this sorcery???? It levitates!!!

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This out of this world cool Hovering Witch Hat from Simply Crafty Svgs is made from AC Cardstock in Black and decorated with papers from DCWV Inc. – “Le Noir” stack, “Ghost Stories” stack and “Curiosities” stack.

I also used lots of flowers and leaves from Prima and trinkes from my stash to embellish the hat along with a few spiders 😉

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And what is the sorcery that makes this Magic Hat levitate?

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A cleverly hidden box underneath the hat, also perfect for storing treats 😉

This hat is so easy to make it’s almost magic and would be perfect for treats, for small presents or even (if  you downsize it) for place cards 😉

Thanks for joining me today – I hope you enjoyed one of the last Halloween projects from me until next year 🙂