My Life Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV English Standard Version) Holy Bible
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let the reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day...an Explosion of Green!

St. Patrick's Day Explosion Boxes!!

Box #1
Brand products used:
Cricut-'Pot of Gold' and hat from 'Paper Doll Dress Up'
Cuttlebug-'Ornamental Iron' embossing folder and cutting die
Google Clip Art
DCWV cardstock
Inkadinkado Stamp
Martha Stewart Stamp
Michael's Craft Store embellishments
Paper Studio embellishments
Recollections cardstock
Stampendous Stamp
Unknown/unavailable products
Center of Box
"Popcorn Box' from Cricut Cartridge
'Coins' are 3/4 inch circles covered with gold wrapping paper.
The coin layer is removable with green/white candy underneath!
'Pot of Gold'
Cricut Cartridge "Paper Doll Dress Up"
Side View of closed box
'Hat' from Cricut Cartridge "Paper Doll Dress Up"
Die cut from Cuttlebug "Ornamental Iron"
Embossing folder from Cuttlebug "Ornamental Iron"
Box #2
Used many Google Clip Art images
Martha Stewart sentiment Stamp
Side View of closed box.
Box #3
Box #4
St. Patrick's Day Card
5 x 7 Card
Brands used:
DCWV cardstock
Martha Stewart sentiment stamp
Google sentiment
Inkadinkado Stamp Set 'Canning Jars'
Shamrock paper punch (unknown brand)

The canning jar is stamped on white cardstock and clear plastic (from packaging).  The shamrocks are adhered to the white cardstock.  The clear plastic layer is attached with foam tape to show dimension.
St. Patrick's Day Card!
5 x 7 Card
Brand products used:
Recollections cards stock
Paper Studio "Calendar" stamp set
Shamrock paper punch (unknown brand)
Cricut Cartridge "Paper Doll Dress Up" hat and pot of gold
Martha Stewart sentiment stamp
Inkadinkado image stamp


For step-by-step directions to create an Explosion Box, please click the link...
This is a long blog post.  Scroll to the middle to find the Explosion Box Tutorial.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Valentine Pop-Up Boxes--Love is in the Air! Using my Stash!

To celebrate Valentine's Day, I created eight Pop-Up Box Cards and a handmade box to hold the card.
Card 1
At the end of this post are links to tutorials for creating the Pop-Up Card and Handmade Box!

Card 2

Card 3

Pop-up card surrounded by white tissue paper and tucked into the handmade box!  Ready to give to a special someone!

Box 4 without its handmade box!

Box 5

Box 6

Box 7

Box 8

Boxes folded

Boxes folded

Boxes folded

Boxes folded

Main sentiment and signage panel

Main sentiment and signage panel

Main sentiment and signage panel


The Pop-up Cards and handmade Boxes have been packaged for sale.  Everything I used on these cards was from my stash!  There is such a variety of brands used that I created a check list to be included with each card/box.


I love to use rosettes with Pop-up Cards.  They give depth and add a great place to put sentiments and small images!  I use the Tim Holtz rosette dies and the Cuttlebug!


I hope you have enjoyed looking at the Pop-Up Cards!  Maybe you will find a little bit of inspiration as you create Valentine Day goodies for the ones you love!


Click the link below for step-by-step directions for creating a Pop-Up Card


Click the link below for step-by-step directions for creating the Handmade Box to hold the Pop-Up Card
The measurements are at the end of the post.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Stashing thru the Snow! First challenge!

I have been challenged to use my stash of paper, embellishments, stamps, and everything else that is carefully stored and labeled in my craft room!  I need this challenge!

First challenge is to use anything that I have stashed away and needs to be used!
I have a large stash of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch  handmade cards
I have created a notebook box using the following directions...
I am creating and decorating notecard boxes and adding 4 cards/envelopes in each box.
The notecard box in this photo is decorated with an extra cut from
Cricut Cartridge "Paper Trimmings"
 
I plan to use the stash of cards and Cricut images to make as many Notecard Boxes as possible.
The local art store is selling these Notecard Boxes with Cards!
 
 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Brother Scan N Cut: Orientation and Pattern Cutting/Session 1

Brother Scan N Cut CM 100
This was a Christmas gift from my husband!  He and I plan to use this new crafting tool with our hobbies.  I make cards and he works with HO model trains.  It will be interesting to find ways to use this electronic cutting tool with my paper crafting and his model train layout!
 
My plans are to learn how to use the Scan N Cut and then share my knowledge on this blog.  Over the next several weeks, I want to discover all the ways the SnC can be used.  Today's post is about using the machine for the first time and learning how to find, cut, and use the patterns that are included in the machine.
The Scan N Cut came with several important pieces.  The Operation Manual is very informative and fairly easy to read and use.  I have been viewing YouTube videos about the machine, too.  The mats come in a variety of adhesive mats, from high tack to low tack.  There is a mat for every material that can be safely cut with the SnC.  This machine came with a low tack, standard mat, and a high tack adhesive fabric support sheet.  There is a booklet showing the patterns available on the machine and a booklet give basic instructions for making a quilt. A package of iron-on fabric applique contact sheets, too

The basic tool kit that came with the SnC include:  spatula, touch pen (stylus), standard cut blade holder (turquoise) (with blade installed), and deep cut blade holder (purple) (with blade installed), and accessory bag.
 
Opening Screen
3 buttons on left--top/power--middle/home--bottom/tools
2 buttons on right--top/load & unload mat--bottom/start and stop function
Installing blade holder
A blade came already installed in the holder.  I turned the blade dial to #5.  Notice the blade holder carriage.  The blade holder mechanism is in the up potition.
Slide the blade holder into the carriage as shown.  Press the blade holder mechanism down.  The blade holder is now installed and ready to be used.
I am using a standard mat.  Tip..Before removing the clear plastic cover, I used a permanent marker and labeled the outside of the cover.  After using the mat, I will replace the plastic cover as shown.  This will help to preserve the tacky surface of the mat.
Loading the mat
Place the mat between the guides.  Press the top right button and the mat will load.
The mat can be loaded from the top or the bottom.  I switch from top and bottom loading to help conserve the adhesive on the mat.
Selecting a pattern to cut
Use the Home button on the left to get this screen. Use the stylus to select the Pattern function.
Pattern index screen.  There are 6 categories of patterns available.
I will be using the top middle and top right groups for my project.
Use the stylus to select the desired group.
There is a large selection of images available, too!
I will be using the dress.
The image size can be altered at this screen.  When the desired size has been chosen, press the OK button and the image will appear on the screen already positioned on a mat.
I have chosen the dress, a flourish, and a word.  I plan to make multiples of this project. 
I will be cutting this mat 3 times on 3 different colors.
Use the stylus to position the images.
Before cutting, I use this screen to make adjustments on cut speed and pressure.
Use the Tool button on the left side of the control panel to select the screen.
Use stylus to change the speed and pressure.
I used the #3 cut speed and left the cut pressure at 0.
This combination cut cardstock...beautifully!!
Be sure to press OK!
Images are cut and extra paper removed.
Be sure to remove the images immediately!
The standard mat is very sticky! 
If the images are left for any length of time, they will be very difficult to remove.
More images!
Again, remove images quickly from mat!
Images ready to be used.
Notice the mat.  I have used it several times.  After each use, I used the spatula to clean the surface.  Then returned the plastic cover to protect the surface.  The mat shows the cut lines, but I haven't cut through the mat!! Yea, me!!  There is lots of adhesive left, too!!
Working on my project using the images!
Completed projects!
Close up!
5 x7 inch Card base--Martha Stewart
Patterned Paper--"Abrianna" K&Company
White paper--Colorbok
Flowers--Jolees Boutique
 
Double sided foam adhesive was used to give dimension.
Inside card!
Everything was cut using the ScanNCut!
 
There are numerous helpful videos, blogs, and facebook groups concerning the
Brother ScanNCut!
This is the a site that I recommend...
This site has written information...
 
Something Extra!
Here is a paper crafting tip that I recently used!
Using baby bottle nipples on bottles of glue!
For instructions, please visit...
I followed the directions and it works!!
 
Have a wonderful day!
Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you have found it informative!