Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Cherry Blossom Hello Card - Weekly SVG Project

I'm a little late getting this posted for this week, well not actually since I never said there was a specific day the SVG projects would post but I usually like to have them available by Monday so in my mind it's a little late.

For this weeks project we have a card, maybe that's a little obvious, but of course the cuts could be used for whatever project you want.

Supplies Used:

Make The Cut (for designing)
Cricut Design Space (for cutting)
Various Cardstock
Transparency Sheet
Mounting Foam
Stampin Up Regal Rose Ink

At first I thought about stamping a clock or something in the background but then I decided the cherry blossoms would probably cover them up so I just left the "wallpaper" alone and kept the focus on the blossoms.

I cut two of the window frames and glued the transparency sheet in between the frames and one frame probably would have been fine. I added mounting foam on the back of the frame and transparency sheet so it would give a 3D effect to the window.

I used Stampin Up Regal Rose ink to color the vellum and did this after cutting the flowers. To help shape the flowers I used my McGill Paper Blossom Tools, if you like making flowers these are a life saver and really aid in bringing flowers to life. I also used them on making the vein on the leaves down the center. With the leaves I needed to lightly mist with water but for the vellum no misting was necessary and it often curls quite a bit if misted. I used one of the small balls to add the veins in the cherry blossom and it probably wasn't necessary to do but I do like how it looks. 

Hope you guys enjoy this one and someone uses it! And once again this file is only available though the Cricut Design Space Paper Crafting group and will be available for download until next week's file is posted. 


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

How I Choose Colors - My Creative Ink Website

I use a lot of paper collections so I don't have to stress about choosing the right color combinations but there is a website I use frequently when using random papers that I have acquired and I've been using the site for a few years now.

I have quite a bit of Stampin Up products so I do have a good reference base for when I want to use a different line of cardstock, such as Bazzill, Coordinations or what other cardstocks that are over on my shelves but I have found it is very handy to use for all cardstocks. 

The My Creative Ink is a bit of a Godsend as far as I am concerned. I generally pick one or two colors from the patterned paper I am using and then find something similar in the list, hit the "search" button and POOF! I have some suggestions of other colors to use. In this example I chose Pumpkin Pie and Pacific Point and you can see below there are a number of color combinations that were generated. 

So if you are having problems with choosing colors you might check them out! I try to donate a few times a year hoping it will help keep the website going because I sure don't want it to go away!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Gable Box House - Weekly SVG Project

After making the Gable Boxes with the oval windows as Easter gifts I got the idea to make one that would look like a house and off I went into Make The Cut to design just that! I think this would be great at Christmas to decorate as a Gingerbread House, or Halloween as a haunted House...well you get the picture!

Supplies Used:

Cricut Maker
Gable Box House SVG file
Cardstock in Red, Grey and White
Double Sided Tape
Sizzix Brick Embossing Folder

I cut this one at 11.25" tall and it's approximately 6" wide and 3" deep.

**Cricut Maker Review Comment**
I cut the window frame out of white cardstock and also the Comic Book Board, which is a bit more sturdy than most chipboard in my possession. I used the "Mat Board" setting in Design Space and OMG! The precision was excellent! 

I did decorate the back of the box I made but I think it really wouldn't be necessary if you didn't feel like it or if you wanted to save paper. I think I did it more just to see how it looked. I had to cut the roof shingles twice so I would have the shingles for the back.

For those in the papercrafting group I am including the instructions so you will know how to put the box together if you download the file. This is the Weekly SVG for the week of April 2, 2018.

1. You will need to score as pictured. I can't give you exact measurements because I don't know what size you will be cutting your gable box. You can click on the picture and make it bigger if you need a closer look.

2. Next you will put your Acetate Sheet down on the area where the window is. Now if you aren't doing a decorative layer you will need to make sure you place the acetate on the inside of the box.

3. Adhere your decorative front to the box. I used the Sizzix Bricked embossing folder and lightly inked over it with the Mini Blending Tool and black Memento Ink to give the brick a bit more depth.

 4. Score across the largest strip of the roof shingles at the straight edges, not sure that makes sense but just look at the picture and it will make more sense. I also inked the shingles a little, but of course that is a personal preference.

 5. I found it easier to use the edge of my craft table to help me line up the shingles.

 6. I added little score marks on the shingle layers so it would be easier to line up the shingles. Just line up on the sides and use the score marks as guides of where to line up layer, making sure to cover the score mark just slightly.

7. Finish applying the shingles.

8. Adhere the window frame to the front of the box.

9. Add glue or tape to the tab on the side of the box and line up and adhere. I find glue works better unless I'm using the super sticky Thermoweb Super Tape. Repeat the other side.

10. On the bottom flaps add glue or tape to the outside of one flap and the inside of the other flap, this gives the bottom a good strong bond.

11. For the small flaps fold inward and add glue and then push to the bottom flap. I stood the box up and held the flap down for a few seconds so I could make sure it was stuck together good.

And there ya have it! This Gable Box could be decorated so cute and using pretty much any theme! If you don't want to use the window you will just need to cut two of the solid layers. The Gable Box Oval Window is put together basically the same way so just refer back to this post if you need instructions.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter! And A Last Minute Project!

First of all let me wish everyone a Happy Easter! My Easter is being spent with my family in Seminole. We generally get together for holidays and always have a wonderful time!

This year I decided that the adults deserve to get something a little special and came up with these gable boxes. I made one for my daughter, aunt, cousin and 2 nieces. My sister doesn't get one...remember she got the frame! Inside each box is a small Bath and Body Works hand lotion, 6 plastic eggs with candy and then some other candy tossed in. 

The box measures 6" x 8.5" x 3" and used 2 pieces of 12x12 cardstock to make the base, 1 sheet of cardstock to make the patterned area and then 2 pieces of cardstock or patterned paper that measured about 3.5 x 5.5" for the scallop oval. I used a piece of acetate and put it between the cardstock base and patterned paper. The little tags were made using a Stampin Up punch and I used some bakers twine to attach a tag to each box. 

I had to schedule this post for this afternoon since if I did it for the morning the gals might see them before I, errrr....the Easter Bunny, delivers them. I'll have to let you know later what they said about them!