Monday, October 24, 2016

Haunted Fairy Cottage

Today I have something very special to share with you. From the moment Mary with SVGCuts released this Fairy Cottage I knew I wanted to make it a Halloween project.

I originally envisioned a "gnome home" but finding miniature gnomes at the last minute proved to be a bit difficult. Maybe next year. . .

This project is rather time consuming, but not particularly difficult. The hardest part to assemble was the tiny skeleton and little twigs. This project takes time and I did it in four different stages. Stage one was organizing the paper I wanted with the svg file. Organizing the svg files into SCAL3 (or any other cutting software) takes time. Stage two was cutting it all out and keeping it organized. Stage three was assembling the house. Yes, this part alone took me about 4-5 hours. Stage four was the diorama. Overall this took many hours over the course of several days. Be patient and have fun!

I think my favorite detail is the spider on the door.
It's actually part of the patterned paper.

The basket is actually a nest. 

I used Rose Gold Stickles on the window.

The pinecones, pumpkins, and "nest" basket
are from Hobby Lobby.

Any  type of bling here adds to the house.

The tiny skeleton (less than 3") was tedious
but worth it.

The witch is actually a button. I poked a hole in the side to
insert the loop of the button.

Tips you might find helpful:

You will need over 15 different open pages on your svg cutting software. Refer often to the cutting menu/pdf file. It can prove most useful. Don't forget to save it once you have it organized. You never know when your computer or software program will decide to crash.

Go crazy with you paper choices. I chose Bobunny's Wicked for the house. I loved mixing up patterned papers for the two sections. Also, I used the lightest yellow card stock I had (Paper Accents Textured Citronella) instead of vellum.

Over a year ago I invested in Authentique's Flutter in which the one side is wood grain. I bought 25 sheets from CreateForLess and it has proven useful for 3-D projects that you want a genuine "wood" look and feel. It is also rather thick paper and holds up well. Also, 3-D projects take a lot more paper than scrapbooking and card making so I invest in bulk often, especially with solid colors.

Invest in a LOW heat gun. A high heat gun dries far more quickly. The LOW heat gun gives you a few more seconds which can prove most beneficial when working with paper. I don't use the heat gun for everything, just for sealing and places that prove difficult to keep together with conventional craft glue. For Halloween projects, it can also look like spider web's.

Local craft stores are packed with "crafty project" items in bulk, like the tiny pumpkins and pinecones. My extras all came from Hobby Lobby. Have fun shopping!

BoBunny's Wicked paper
Authentique Flutter (wood grain paper)
Paper Accents Textured Citronella (glass windows)
AC card stock Chestnut
Light Green Card stock (from ??)
Scotch Create Tacky Glue
Low Heat Glue gun
Black and White card stock
Bling (roof piece)
Halloween button (witch on side of house)
Ribbon (along bottom of house)
Rose Gold Stickles (window)
Paper Piercer
Craft extras (Fall section) from Hobby Lobby
Brown ink
Silhouette Cameo with SCAL3

Fairy Cottage
Spooky Silhouette

Diorama kit from Hobby Lobby

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Studio Challenges: Karate

Hello and welcome! Today is my first post as a design team member of The Studio Challenges. The challenge for the next two weeks is to use three items from the Tic Tac Toe board.

I chose the bottom row using arrows, buttons, and twine.

I also followed a sketch by Scrapbook Challenges on my Pinterest board.

My son has been learning Tae Kwon Do (or karate) for over 2 and 1/2 years. This is the first time I have scrapped about it. *Gasp*

In this photo, he has just earned his third-brown belt. With only two more levels in brown to go, he will then qualify to earn his black belt. I couldn't be more proud!!!

I immediately reached for the Bella Blvd. - Color Chaos - for this layout to symbolize the various color belt ranks a martial artist must go thru. Plus I thought it went well with the B/W photo. I didn't want "color" everywhere though, as karate is about control and "clean lines".

Thanks for stopping by today!

----Heavy White Cardstock
----Bella Blvd - Color Chaos
EP - Everyday Eclectic sticker
Color Chaos stickers
Die cuts from . . . ?
October Afternoon buttons
3D embellishments from Michael's
Black Twine

Thursday, October 20, 2016

You're Frightfully Sweet!

Who can resist that sweet face?!!

For the challenge "If you give a crafter a cookie"

I also mailed this to the organization SendASmile4Kids.

I made this using TreasureBoxDesigns file and patterned paper by American Crafts' "Haunted".

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Merry Christmas

Here is a new card made using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

I kept this simple also for SendASmile4Kids.

And don't forget the new challenge blog - The Merry Christmas Blog.

This card was made entirely from Basic Grey scraps and sticker collection I have been hanging onto.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016



There is so much going on with this layout I'm not sure how to start.

First of all, at this point in time my son had been practicing karate for several months so naturally he wanted to be a ninja for Halloween. So that is a real round-house kick he is doing in his costume.

Secondly, I really wanted to use that tree from Miss Kate Cuttables. I couldn't find a sketch I really liked so I ended up combining a few thoughts from various sketches on my Pinterest board. Also, since I was using a MKC file already, I went ahead and used one of her title files as well. I think it was one of her daily freebies.

Lastly, it has been a LONG time since I scrapped by filling up an entire page. Although I am rather pleased with how this turned out, it does make my inner demon twitch just a little bit.

I am also a new follower of the blog "Use Your Stuff" whose current challenge is Orange, Black and One Neutral Color.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

---Bella Blvd - Spooktacular
Bella Blvd - Fundamentals
Bella Blvd - Paper Pieces
Miss Kate Cuttables - title and tree
Halloween Sequins from HL

Monday, October 10, 2016

Joy to the World

SendASmile4Kids is still having their early Christmas card challenge going on.

Plus the new Merry Christmas Challenge blog for cards and tags is perfect for those who want to keep up with cards all year long.

This card was made using a file from the Silhouette online store. Sentiment is from My Craft Spot.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Friday, October 7, 2016


Hello there!

Sketch n' Scrap is having a flash back card making challenge this month. It's a super easy sketch that anyone can follow. It's a chance to play along and win!!

Sunny Day Crafting is also a great blog to share anything you create.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Paper: American Crafts - Haunted
My Scrap Chick - ghost svg file
Bling and Sentiment from Halloween section at Hobby Lobby

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

SAS4Kids - Christmas Card

Hello there!!

Here is another entry for the Christmas challenge at the following blogs:

Tip: This was a good ol' silhouette style cut. Although pretty on it's own, it's add a bit of dramatic flair to add liquid pearls to the die cut.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!


Silhouette Cameo - Online store
Liquid Pearls - White Opal
Red Cardstock
Corner punch

Monday, October 3, 2016

Monday: Merry Christmas

Janet Lewis is someone I've known in the crafty world for a couple years. She's fabulous with challenge blogs that are easy to participate in the challenge.

Her latest challenge blog is "The Merry Christmas Challenge" . . . every Monday, all year long.

I've made several Christmas cards already so it's a little easy for me to participate right now. I've made the cards for SendASmile4Kids, who is also having a Christmas challenge until October 14th. They are not my usual "complicated" cards but they are still sweet all the same.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Silhouette Cameo - svg file of doodling Christmas figures that I welded together.
Background - I forgot :(