Teddy Bear Tote Bag

Teddy Bear Tote Bag

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I was asked to make a teddy bear tote bag for a little guy named Daniel.  This bag is to hold a teddy bear and bear-themed books which he will receive for Christmas.

The fabric, iron-on teddy bear was made from a cut file called “Teddy Bear” (Design ID #3350) by Rivka Wilkins that I purchased in the Silhouette Store.

This was my first time cutting fabric with my Silhouette, and I was really impressed with how well the machine handled the job!  I purchased Fabric Quarters (Light Brown, Brown, and Taupe) from Joann Fabrics.  These are small, very light weight, flimsy pieces of cotton.  I had watched a few YouTube videos on how to create iron-on, fabric die cuts, and it was recommended that the fabric be treated with a fabric stiffener first.  I did not do this, and it did not seem to matter.  After cutting scraps of each color to size and ironing out the creases (as best I could!), I ironed (on high heat) pieces of Pellon Wonder-Under Interfacing (#805) onto the backs of each piece.  (I intended to buy Heat’n Bond since that is what was recommended on the videos, but they did not seem to have it; the Pellon Interfacing worked great!)  Then, with a fabric blade in my Silhouette and the fabric setting chosen in the cut settings, I cut the fabric pretty much the same way you’d cut card stock.  Once the pieces were cut, I removed the paper backing from the back of the interfacing and ironed them in layers and in place onto the bag.

I used my Bigkick and my Sizzix Fun Serif alphabet dies (upper and lower case) to cut the letters after backing the fabric with the interfacing.  The dies cut the fabric beautifully as well!

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Paint Brush Santa Ornament and Card

Paint Brush Santa Ornament and Card

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As I mentioned in my last post, I have been creating holiday ornaments that can be used as embellishments on cards. The recipient can choose to either leave it on the card or can remove it to hang on a tree if desired.  I had seen these Santa ornaments on Pinterest and thought I’d give them a try.  (I used thinner paint brushes.)

Here is the ornament by itself:

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The ornament is attached to the card with a ribbon and can easily be removed.  Re-tie the bow, and the card can be displayed without the ornament.

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For my ornaments, I used:

For the card, I used:

I used my We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board to create a box-like envelope that was then placed in a padded mailing envelope.  Unfortunately, these cards are quite bulky and will either need to be hand delivered or mailed as a package.

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Reindeer Ornament and Card

Reindeer Ornament and Card

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(inside:  May the joy of Christmas warm your heart)

I thought it would be fun to create holiday ornaments that can be used as embellishments on cards. The recipient can choose to leave the ornament on the card or can remove it to hang on a tree if desired.  (The tricky part was to come up with a card design that worked both with and without the ornanent!)  I came up with a few different ornaments/card designs.  This first one has a yarn and die cut reindeer ornament.

Here is the card without the ornament:

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For the A2 card base, I used Recollections Brown heavy weight card stock from the “Coffee and Cream” pack .  The patterned paper was from the Recollections “Cozy Lodge” Christmas paper pack (retired?) and a piece of “Wooden Fence” (#154484) by The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby).

The greeting is from the “Coffee Cup Tags” stamp set from Hero Arts, and the inside sentiment is from the “Joy of Christmas” set from Art Impressions.  These were stamped with (and all the edges were sponged with) Gina K Dark Chocolate ink.  The greeting panel was cut with dies from the Spellbinders Classic Ovals large and small sets.

And here is the ornament by itself:

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The ornament was made with a cut file called “Cute Reindeer Christmas” (design ID# 104632) by Studio Ilustrado that I purchased in the Silhouette Store.  I used more of the  Recollections Brown heavy weight card along with Kraft card stock.  The pieces were cut multiple times and layered.  I pounced Gina K Warm Cocoa ink with a leaf stamp (from the Tim Holtz “Falling Leaves” stamp set) all over the face and antlers and then inked the edges.  I think they kind of look like wood with the texture and thickness.

For the body, I wrapped yarn (Lion Brand “Heartland – Sequoia #126) around heavy weight card stock that I had cut with Spellbinders Circle dies.  I also used a rusty bell, 7mm wiggle eyes, a 10mm pompom, and some jute twine.

Here is a curly version I made with twelve, triple-loop bows glued on the yarn-wrapped body panel.

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The head was attached to the body with a brad. This spot of metal “sticks” to a hidden magnet behind the greeting piece making it easy to attach or detach the ornament as desired.

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This ornament was inspired by this project I found online.

Over at the Die Cut Diva’s, the challenge this month is “Winter Time” where we are invited to share our winter-themed cards and projects.  In addition to the theme, all cards/projects must be made using at least one die cut or embossing folder (using any die cut machine including Cameo and Cricut machines).

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Pineapple Bouquet

Pineapple Bouquet

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This isn’t a paper craft, and I’m a bit late posting this but…

One of the stresses highlights of senior year was Prom, and I was baffled at how crazy the process had become.  Back in my day (boy do I sound old!!!), I bought a pretty simple (inexpensive) gown at one of the teen clothing stores in the mall, did my hair and make-up as I did every day, and drove over with my date in the family car.  We had been dating already so it was just assumed that we’d go together, but if we hadn’t been, he just would have asked.  Today, the dresses are often over-the-top fancy, expensive, and in many cases, inappropriate for high school teens (in my opinion).  The girls post pictures of their dresses online so no one will buy the same one.  Hair, make-up and nails are professionally done, and limos or party buses are the preferred mode of transportation.

One of the things that amuses me is the “Promposal” where the asking has become quite a production!  My boys needed to come up with something creative for their dates, and because my daughter was going with a guy who was not in her senior class, she needed to do the promposing as well.  Friends of their dates helped them with their ideas, orchestrated the surprises, and were there to help with the actual promposals also. Like I said – a production!   Anyway, here’s what they did…

Keith enlisted the help of his English teacher and several classmates.  The teacher pretended to become really annoyed with the class saying that she was tired of them not reading the assigned material and then gave them a pop quiz.  One of the co-conspirators asked Keith’s date a question, and when Keith’s date whispered a response, the teacher freaked out on her and called her out into the hall where she pretended to reprimand her for talking during a quiz.  Meanwhile, back in the classroom, several students held up signs spelling P-R-O-M-? while Keith stood by with flowers in hand.  When the teacher and his date returned from the hall, Keith officially promposed.  I probably would have had a heart attack if I had gotten called into the hall and would not have made it back to be asked!

Kelly’s date was really into robotics, was in the robotics club with her brothers at their school, and had recently competed in the VEX Robotics World Championship in Kentucky.  Creating “alliances” with other teams is a big part of the competition so Kelly created a sign asking her date to be on her “alliance for prom” and used her brothers’ team’s robot to deliver the message.  Her robot driving skills were not the greatest (that’s being kind!) which made for a very comical promposal.

Kevin was told by his date’s friends that she really liked pineapples and that he needed to include that in his promposal.  I created the pineapple bouquet (above) for him to present to her while he told her that they would look FINE-apple together at prom.  Oh brother!!  🙂

I can’t wait to see what all these kids come up with for their wedding proposals!!

Now back to the pineapple bouquet… I started with a pre-cored pineapple I purchased at my local grocery store, sliced it, and then used a Wilton cookie cutter to create the flowers.  I scooped cantaloupe balls for the flower centers and used grapes to hold the flower in place on the wooden skewers.  Additional grapes and strawberries were stuck on skewers as well.  The container is a handle-less mug from Michaels that was meant to be painted.  (I left it white.)  I cut a small orange in half and placed it (flat side down) in the bottom of the mug so I had something in which to stick the skewers of fruit.  I left a bit of stick exposed above each flower so there was something to grab when removing the flowers to eat.

I have to say I was a bit frustrated because I had made a trial bouquet the week before which came out beautifully.  The pineapple sliced cleanly, and the flowers were perfect.  When it came time to recreate it for the real thing, I bought another pineapple.  However, once I started slicing it at home, the pineapple slices kept cracking.  So I left the sticky mess on my counter and went back to the store in search of a better pineapple.  I checked all the containers carefully and selected one with no visible cracking.  However, when I started slicing the new one at home again, it was even worse than the first one!  I was running out of time and knew there was only so much “reject” pineapple we could eat so I decided to work with what I had.  (Of course I hadn’t photographed the better one before we ate it!)  I should point out that the sample one I had originally made was wrapped in the fridge for 3 days before we ate it, and it was delicious so if I were to do this again, I’d not wait until hours before I needed it in case I had to repurchase or redo any of it. Anyway, Kevin’s date really seemed to like it, so I guess it was ok.

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Pool Table Gift Box

Pool Table Gift Box

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I haven’t had access to my photography studio (-ok, my son was home for winter break, and I couldn’t use his room/desk!), so it’s been a little while since I’ve been able to share projects.  He’s now back at school, and I moved back in to his room until he come’s home again.

Here’s a fun gift box I made from an svg file from SVGCuts.  It is part of a kit called “The Green Room” which includes projects for anyone who loves throwing darts, shooting pool, playing poker or bowling.  I cut the pieces with my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine and some card stock.  A video tutorial is available to help with the assembly.

The card stock I used is Core’dinations French Roast and Gina K Christmas Pine.  I used an adhesive pearl for the cue ball, although I would prefer it to be whiter so I may keep looking for something different.  The svg file contains circles for the balls, but they do not have detail on them so I found a google image for the rest of the balls and created a “print and cut” file.  Then I used a thin strip of the brown card stock to create height for the rack (as you would when quilling).

The cue stick had visible score lines when it was folded, so I inked the edges with some Gina K Dark Chocolate ink.

The box is a pretty nice size for small gifts and treats. (It is 4″ x 6″ on the bottom and 2″ deep, and it gets slightly wider toward the top).

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