Monday, November 25, 2013

More Adventures In Skin

Hi,
Well, I must say a little stretching is going on in my world and it is not yoga. When I first considered entering the Make it Colourful skin challenge I knew some boundaries were going to be pushed. In my first skin colouring post I went for something completely different, green and alien.  For my second entry in this challenge I have chosen the colours and theme from beyond our realm of the living or at least between the realms, the awakening dead. 
The most difficult part of this challenge was to use light colour tones throughout the image, as opposed to the vivid bright colours I normally use.
Elven Ardella a digital stamp from Make It Crafty  was the perfect image for this project. It's her torn wings and far off gaze that gives her the qualities of being from a land unknown, all the while complimenting the ghostly appearance of her skin. 
I used a variety of colours, from pale blue (B0000), violet (V0000) and grey (C00) which are not my go to skin tones. Alas we have the infamous blue violet (BV20) bringing dark shadows of the skin to life. Finally, to complete the look I threw in a couple of normal skin tones (E0000, E000) helping give the wonderful but lost look to Elven Ardella's character.

Have a terrific day,
Susan

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Advent Christmas Cards

Ho, Ho, Ho,

Christmas is just around the corner, a very exciting time for those who sew and craft. It is my favorite creative time, I love to share and spread joy through my many projects. 

Today I am sharing a few cards that I planned on making since last year. I absolutly love the advent cards that some of the other girls were creating, therefore I decided they were a must on my Christmas project to-do-list for this year. Already having last years release of the Kraftin Kimmie Christmas stamps I was ready to go.


The first thing I needed to do was figure out the size of card that would work best with my images. I took several attempts at making the template for this card before I got the perfect dimensions. Next, I coloured up my Kraftin Kimmie images, and used them to create these super cute and fun to make Christmas cards. 


Putting the card together took a little figuring, in the case of a directional image simply fold the card the reverse direction so that the image faces towards the calendar. As I do not have a fancy binding machine, I found using a coil from a notebook, its cardboard cover along with a small hole punch perfect
 for making the holes to attach the numbers and the coil.

So with out further delay here are my cards and a tutorial on how to make your own.





How cute are they? Now onto the instructions for a side step card.

Side Step Card

1) Cut 10 1/2" x 6" (26.7 x 15.25 cm) piece of card stock.



2) Measure 2" (5 cm) in from the outside edge, make a small pencil mark 1 1/4" (3.2 cm) and 6 1/2" (16.5 cm) up from the bottom. Using your paper trimmer cut in between these two markings. This will create the side step on the card.


3) On the 4" (10.2 cm) side, score a line at 5 1/4" (13.34 cm) from the bottom stopping at the slit for the side step.


 4) On the 2" (5cm) side, score three lines, one at 1 1/4"  (3.2 cm) from the bottom, the next at 2 1/2" (6.35 cm )and lastly at the 6 1/2" (16.5 cm) measurement. Score just to the slit.


5) Carefully fold your card along the 5 1/4" (13.34 cm) score line, be carful not to crease the side step piece. This will fold the main body of your card in half.


6) For the side step fold the first or bottom score line back or down, the second score line gets folded up and the third or top score line once again gets folded back completing the side step. The card is now ready for decorating, so go ahead and enjoy making some of these fun cards.





Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial,
Susan

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Adventures in Skin

Hi,

Today I am sharing another super fun challenge. Make It Colourful has once again pushed our boundaries with this months skin challenge. Once again there are two categories to choose from: an easier challenge, using a skin colour that you don't normally use, and a harder challenge, giving muscle definition to your image. Deciding to step out of the box I went with green, not an everyday colour choice for skin.

Make It Crafty’s "Rusty Can House" background ties in perfectly with the wonderful alien image that I found on the internet. This creature is not only perfect for slick green skin, but also has nice muscle definition. I found both of these images plus this challenge a joy to colour.



Have an interesting day,

Susan

 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Rudolf Loves Shopping

Hi,
With the trend of carrying your own shopping bags, you might as well have a cute one. This super fun and trendy bag comes from the Art to Heart  book, "Santa's Coming". As there are several to choose from, I couldn't resist Rudlof, it's just not Christmas without that shining red nosed reindeer to guide us through the crowds. The bag itself is made from high quality tea towels that can be purchased at most quilting shops. I have adapted mine by using two towels and making the bag larger than directed. The towels make for a soft, yet sturdy bag that can easily be folded and put in your purse when not needed. 
Happy Shopping,
Susan

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Rooftop Santa Table Runner

Hello,
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s nice to share some seasonal projects.
I came across this table runner as a make it your self gift kit. I loved it so much I ended up getting a second for myself. Buying a kit is a great way of getting the fabrics you need, while keeping the leftovers to a minimum.
This pattern is by Disa Designs #DD130 and is called Rooftop Santa. It’s a nice and easy appliqué project that is super cute and fun to make.



 
Have a great day,
Susan

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Art to Heart Cleans Up

Hi, 
Today I have for you two tea towels that I have appliqued. These are a great quick project that I have made as gifts numerous times. The idea for these came from one of the many Art to Heart books of which I have quite the collection.
 As I am now fully in festive crafting mode, I will be sharing many of the projects that I have created from these books, some new and others from past years.

Enjoy the season with lots of creativity,
Susan

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Mini Explosion Boxes

Hi,
Today's post is a fun one, super cute and easy to make birthday explosion boxes. I first came across the idea from Anja's blog, who made these fantastic little boxes for a party that she was attending. I knew after seeing hers I would have to create a few myself. Using the leftover papers from other projects I created these wonderful little boxes.
How cute are they? Well the nice thing is if you want to make a few for yourself you can follow along with my tutorial.
1. Cut two pieces of paper 4 1/2"  (11.43 cm) square. It is nice if they are coordinating papers  for the top and the bottom.
2. Line up the bottom piece of paper at the edge of your score board. Score at the 1 1/2" (3.8 cm) mark.
*TIP: As an alternative to using a score board try using a firm foam pad such as a mousepad, a ruler and a blunt object such as the back side of a butter knife with medium pressure to score.
3. Next, score along the 3"  (7.62 cm) mark. Rotate the paper 90° and score again using the same measurements. Giving you a # shape pattern.




4. After completing your score lines, cut away the four corners, as shown in the photo below.

5. Round off the corners using a large round corner punch. 



6. To finish the explosion box bottom fold along the score lines.
Now with the bottom of the box complete, we will create the box top.
7. The top of the box has a slightly different line up point on the score board. This will give a little extra room so that the top of the box will fit over the bottom. On my score board I have two markings at the beginning one that reads 0 then another mark slightly further in with an arrow. This mark is approximately 1/16" further in from the edge of the board. This is the mark you will be aligning the edge of your paper with.
8. Score the paper at 1 1/2" (3.8 cm) mark, rotate your paper 90°, line up with the 1/16" mark on the score board and score again at the 1 1/2" mark, repeat twice more. For this step you must rotate your paper and score to keep the right dimensions for the top to fit.
9. Next we create tabs for sticking our box lid together. Lining the edge of the paper with the 1/16" mark score at 1 1/4" (3.18 cm) mark, score stopping at the next score line. This will create a 1/4" (.64 cm) tab. Repeat to all corners.
10. Cut out the corners along the tab line to the score line, then across the score line to the box folding line creating a 1/4" (.64 cm) tab.
11. If you have a fancy edge punch, punch the bottom edges, if not you might want to trim them 1/4" (.64 cm). this will make the top slightly shorter than the bottom for easier separation and the chance to see the coordinating paper. Apply two face tape to the tabs. Fold the box lid along the score lines and stick the tabs to the inside of the box top edge.

12. Finish off the top of the box, by using either a punch or a purchased butterfly of your choice. You can also stamp, rub on, or computer generate a banner tag. I used "Happy Birthday" for mine, although any occasion would work nicely. Apply both to the top with two faced tape.
13. Place in a treat, and they are ready to go. 
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, it was fun to create.

For a downloadable PDF of this tutorial:
Google Drive Version
Drop Box Version
Have a wonderful day,
Susan