To Fine-Tune

……actually I don’t know if this is the right word for what I’m about to write about but it’s what the dictionary suggested to me 😉

Soon – actually already this Friday June 5th. – it’s Father’s Day here in Denmark. I usually make a little fun project for the Father of my boys and this year will be no different.

While thinking about what to make this year, an older Danish comedian show popped into my head – something that Dan and I used to laugh much about and I would use it every time Dan would go into this male mode – the Fine-Tuning mode or Fine Thinking mode. The state where men lock them selves into their inner man cave, to think about something important (for them at least 😉 ) This could, according to this comedian, be practiced while sawing into a particleboard – making a shelf or birdhouse or anything less complicated. Simply time for the man himself and when he finally finishes and hangs up the shelf or whatever, he expect to be complimented and be petted on the chin as recognition of this work well done. Actually he think he deserves this recognition every time he’s done any work – ESPECIALLY work for the wife 😀

Long story short – I know the joke is lost in translation – I made the Tool Caddy from Simply Crafty Svgs and filled it with two Beers made from the Soda Can also from Simply Crafty Svgs:

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I used AC Cardstock, patterned paper from Craft Consortium with Metal Textures and print and cut-outs.

For the handle and the label, I used a 3D embossing folder with woodgrain texture from Tim Holtz and all edges are inked with Distress Ink.

I really love how realistic I got these beers to look 🙂

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Tuborg is a Danish Beer Brand owned by Carlsberg and this Classic variation is Dan’s favorite so off course it had to be those. Even though we’re not together anymore, I still make stuff for him from the kids.

This ingenious can is box so the bottom slides off and an actual beer can could be stored inside but I think I will settle for something lighter.

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So now the Caddy is all ready to be carried out into the work shed/garage with a couple of beers to make the fine-tuning/fine-thinking a little easier 😉

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Happy Father’s Day to all Dads out there and thank you very much for joining me on my blog today.

Did you like this project? Please let me know in a comment below

 

Mom’s Le Chef

One thing I didn’t sign up for when becoming a mom, was the constant questions: What’s for dinner? When’s dinner? Or having to cook more than more meal cause the kids can’t eat the same food – *SIGH* Bet I’m not the only one.

It doesn’t help when cooking is my least favorite thing to do. I really wish I could hire someone to do it for me 😀 Like my sister for instance. She used to be a Chef and is making the most delicious and healthy food.

This dilemma is what inspired this Simply Crafty SVGs project – the Chef Hat:

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This hat is actually a box and I did make it as such. It will come in handy if I give it away. Right now it’s sitting on a kitchen shelf for a bit of amusement 😉

I made it from AC Cardstock and used the Print and Cut feature in my Silhouette software to make the text on the panel. This is one I found in the Silhouette Design Store ID #139760 by Sophie Gallo.

I bet we’re going to get a kick out of it 😀

Thanks for joining me today 🙂 What do think of this project? Let me know in a comment below and remember to come back real soon!

Hanging Easter Eggs

Next week Easter begins and usually I decorate a bit for the Holiday but this year I can’t find my stuff after the move. So I figured I would make a thing or two this year.

My DT assignment this time was these two Easter Eggs made by Annie Collins (These are available via Anne Ingram in The Multi Crafters Craft Cafe Albums):

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I printed two sets out and colored them in with my Promarkers and then used the Print ‘n Cut setting on my Silhouette Cameo, to cut them out.

Then I made an offset of the eggs and cut out two of each in AC Cardstock.

I found two cute Egg Doilies in the Silhouette Design Store design ID # 40140 designed by Megan Hardy and cut both out of Pearl Paper in pastel colors matching those of the offset cutouts.

Finally I glued the digi stamps onto the offset cutouts and glued one on each side of the Egg Doilies and voila….two new hanging Easter Eggs.

One in pastel purple/pink:

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And the other in Pastel blue/Ocean Blue:

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These are pretty big but it’s very easy to downsize them so they could hang from a branch in your Easter Decoration.

Thanks for joining me today – please let me know in a comment if you liked this project and then I want to wish you a Happy Easter – stay safe.

 

Bunny on Cloud Nine

I’ve been looking forward to today as I can now reveal that I’m a new member on the Coffee Beans Design Team. I am very excited to be here and hope to bring something new and fresh to the team if possible.

Today I want to start out with not one…..not two…..but three projects I made with the darling digi stamp Easter Bunny Hot Air Balloon from Bugaboo Stamps.proud sponsorBugaboo

For all three projects I used the trace and the offset options in my Silhouette Studio software and print and cut the images. Then I colored them in by hand.

First of is a cute 3D picture:

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This cute picture is one I found in the Silhouette Design Store design ID #141563 (by Daniela Moscone) and it’s made from AC Cardstock.
I simply switched out the ballon with the digi stamp that I’ve colored in with Promarkers.

The frame is given extra dimension by using foam tape and the bunny plus the little piece of cloud is secured with 3D dots.

Next is an Easel Card:

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This card is also one I found in the Silhouette Design Store Design ID #57245 (by Lori Whitlock) and it’s also made from AC Cardstock.

The background is a print and cut that fits so well with the stamp.

I colored in the stamp with Sharpies and pop-dotted a small cloud on the right.

A very easy and fun little card for someone special.

Finally I made a Gift Card Gift Bag:

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This is also a Silhouette Design Store fil – Design ID #162508 (by Lori Whitlock) and this too is made from AC Cardstock + some acetate.

This little bag is also dimensional as the bunny kinda floats inside in a little scene. Candy can be put in there too for more fun. Behind the bunny is a little insert/pocket for a gift card. The little cloud on the outside of the bag, is adhered with a pop-dot.

This time I also used Promarkers to color in the bunny and I do find these easier to work with.

So these are my three projects using the same digi stamp.

This is deff.  some what out of my usual way of paper crafting but I do love a challenge. What do you think? Which one is your favorite?

Thank you so much for joining me today – hope to see you again tomorrow ❤

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 ❤

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 ❤

 

Can……Canoe……?

It happens to me so often. I see some new SVG files and ….BAM…. my mind starts to think up ideas on how to use them. Sometimes alternative, sometimes weird and sometimes downright crazy.

This time…..well you be the judge:

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This 8″ x 8″ picture or plaque is made with two new and amazing files from Simply Crafty Svg’s – namely the Soda Can and the Canoe from the Canoe Gift Box. And yes this is exactly what I imagined when I saw them.

The plaque itself is from the Silhouette Design Store (design ID #295470) and that goes for the “splash” (design ID #76959), and the puddle (design ID #48220)

I used AC Cardstock for the Can and Canoe + Bazzill Bling Cardstock for the Can. All edges are inked with Distress Ink.

The plaque is made from AC Poster Board with Wood pattern.

For the splash and puddle I used pearl paper/Majestic paper.

Finally I added a silver enamel dot on the top of the Can, a few Rocks along the lake shore and made some drops here and there with Ranger Glossy Accents.

I downsized the Can to 75% and the Canoe to 25% That is very small! The rocks on the shore are granite chippings from my drive way. Almost too small to assemble with my fat fingers 😀

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I found the Quote online and made it with the Print ‘n Cut function on my Silhouette and last but not least the label on the Can is also made with Print ‘n Cut and the file is also from the Silhouette Design Store (design ID #20891)

Well – that’s it. So now you get to tell me if I’m artsy or just plain crazy…. 😀 – just in a comment below ❤

Thanks for visiting – be back soon I hope. I’m moving very very soon but the first thing to get unpacked and ready is my craft space 😀

 

Under Lock and Key

New Year is a time for resolutions. For promises we have a really hard time keeping 😉 and one of these resolutions are usually the promise of loosing weight or eating more healthy.

I too try to make this promise – every year! And every year, I fail!

It might have something to do with making the promise to hard to keep – setting the goal too high.

So this year, I’ve decided to use a humoristic approach instead and throw in a little Valentines Day into it as well, even though I usually do not do Valentines Day.

I started of with the Heart Lock Box from Simply Crafty Svgs:

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I used AC Cardstock in Olive and decorated with patterned paper from Imaginisce “Perfectly Posh”, Bling Cardstock in a light grey from Bazzill and Silver Metallic Cardstock from Tim Holtz.

I cut the key 4 times for dimension and sturdiness and found the quote in the Silhouette Design Store design ID #275125 which I made using the Print and Cut feature in the Software.

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But this wasn’t my main idea, so I made the box from the Tire Box also from Simply Crafty Svgs and left out all the decorations.

Then I made a slit for the handle from the previous box to go in and…..ta daaaaa…..A new Lock Box:

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I used AC Dark Kraft Cardstock for the box and decorated with Bazzill Bling Cardstock and Tim Holtz Metallic Cardstock.

I made a panel for the key, which I also had altered a bit in the Silhouette Software, by making an internal offset of the shape. Then I embossed both panel and keyhole panel with a Diamond Plate embossing folder from Cuttlebug. I sanded the embossed panels a little bit and added a chain for the key.

I made the label in the Silhouette Software by layering design ID #2948 and my own text and used the Print and Cut feature.

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A “nice” reminder to myself NOT to go in the Fridge for snacks or munchies. I did make it as a open lock, since the rest of the family should be able to go into the fridge 😀

Thanks for joining me today – I really hope 2019 is going to bring even more creativity to us all and that we find the time to use it. 🙂

 

Christmas Time

I want to show you what I’ve been up to this past week. It involves these:

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I fell in love with them instantly and knew exactly what I wanted to used them for.

Christmas Tags for this years presents!

I used the Tag Thanks Latte and stripped away everything but the scalloped base and the inside circle.

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I didn’t feel like making a very detailed tag because I felt the dome, the glitter and the small image inside the dome was details enough.

I used DCWV “Christmas Plaid” paper and Tim Holtz Ideaology Gold Kraft-Stock for the tag.

Inside the dome is a print and cut motive of pinecones with branches from Carta Bella’s “Let it Snow” collection along with Diamond Sugar Dust from Craft Décor.

I embossed and sanded the gold paper for effect and used gold twine to tie it unto the presents.

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And I didn’t stop here…..

I was on a roll with these domes and decided to use them for this years place cards for the Christmas Table:

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The place cards are the JGW Snowflake Placecards.

They are made from Kraft Cardstock, Ideaology Gold Paper, white pearl paper and Best Creation White Glitter Paper.

Inside the dome is a print and cut from Carta Bella’s “Christmas Delivery” collection and Diamond Sugar Dust from Craft Décor. I also wrote “Merry Christmas” in Danish.

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Instead of using a candy inside the tag, I used snowflake printed vellum to write the names and decorated with a border of a snowflake circle (design ID #34350) I found in the Silhouette Design Store.

Then, for a fun detail, I placed a small led light inside the tag:

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It’s a bit hard to see in the picture, but it really lights up the name nicely.

As a final detail, I tied some gold tinsel on top of the place card.

And there….I’m all set for Christmas now.

Thanks for joining me today. I’m back again next Sunday for a final Christmas project.

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