Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Gobble Gobble Gobble.. Pilgrim Turkey Card.. Plus Freebie SVG File and Digi Stamp!

Gobble Gobble Gobble... That's me saying Hi! Today I have this super cute turkey card to share with you. Guess who created the Pilgrim Turkey SVG file used to create this card??? If you guessed me then you're right :) I'm going to be giving away the Pilgrim Turkey file for free (the download is at the end of this post).

So, to create this I of course designed the turkey first. Boy, did it take me a while to come up with this one. I absolutely in no way think turkeys are cute so I put so much thought and time into it to make it cute :) I cut it out with my favorite paper cutting machine, my Cricut Explore! I then chalked the edges of all the pieces. Each layer of the turkey comes with a mat (not sure if that's what it's called) to layer the the pieces on. I attached everything using an Elmer's tape runner. I did use a piece of foam tape on the head to make it pop. I don't know if you can tell in the picture I didn't use foam tape on the neck, I glued it down at the edge to make it come up to the head at an angle. Since the feathers are layers, I also used some foam tape on the body of the turkey to attach it to the card. I really, really love how this Pilgrim Turkey came out, don't you?

For the card base itself I used a piece of green DCWV textured cardstock from the neutrals pack and inked the edges with a little bit of Peeled Paint Tim Holtz Distress Ink. I then used the same ink on the mat of the card (Recollections cardstock). I ran the ink pad along the edges, and scraped it over the edges. I then took a piece of a makeup sponge cut into a triangle, with a little ink on the corner of the sponge, I lightly ran it over all the ink scrape marks. I think this technique added a wonderful texture along the edges of the mat.

I used one of my favorite stamp companies stamps for the sentiment. Jaded Blossom makes some wonderful stamps, made of great quality; they stamp beautifully. I own just a couple of their sets for now but some time in the future I will for sure have more ;-) The Jaded Blossom stamp I used was "Thanks for your kindness" from the Simple Sayings stamp set. In my opinion this set is a must have for all crafters. Oh yeah, the ink I used was Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Ink, which worked perfectly on the stamp.

Lets finish up with the embellishments I added. The sparkly orange ribbon is actually orange glitter tape by Heidi Swapp (Marquee Love). I then layered some Celebrate It Fall ribbon on top of the glitter tape. I absolutely love the vintage pumpkins on the fall ribbon, they go great with the Thanksgiving theme.  I trimmed the top and bottom of the card, just along the edges of the card mat with some Green Fall Twine by Ashland. I finished up my card by adding some sequins, I think everyone loves sequins (don't you agree); it adds just the right amount of sparkle. The sequins I used is from the Craft Medley Creative Essentials "Citrus" pack. I glued sequins on the ribbon between each pumpkin with Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive, then added a few in the top corner of the card.

So, that's enough about my card, lets get on to the freebie. Please, please comment below and let me know what you think of my file. When you click the "Download Here" link below the picture it will take you to the download (Google Drive) once you are there, click the upside down arrow at the top of the page, then it will download. The freebie includes SVG, Digi Stamp, DXF, JPEG, PNG, and Print and Cut Files. ** Please note, each freebie download will be available for 2 weeks so make sure you get it while you can.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

"Hopping By To Say Hi" Bunny Shaker Card

I'm hopping by to say Hi to all my crafty friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend and a Happy Halloween. Today a have a sweet shaker bunny card to share with you.

I love how this card came out, It's simple but just so darn cute. To start with I used my Cricut Explore to cut the base of the card. For the circle cutout I just used a circle from the basic shape menu and attached it to the card. I then added a strip of cork which actually is Duck Tape. How awesome is that, Duck Tape makes a cork tape. I really like this tape because the size of it is perfect to add a border to a card, no worrying about cutting straight lines and it's super sticky on the back. For the yellow polka-dot strip and mat inside the card I used DCWV patterend paper from the Timeless Textured Stack and cut it with my paper trimmer (attached using an Elmer's Tap Runner). To get the tattered look on the edges I used my Making Memories Edge Scraper. I do love my edge scraper but the blade seems to dull quickly and you can't change the blade out. *Note to self, need to find an Edge Scraper that you can change out the blade. 

Now on to this super sweet bunny. I used the bunny from the Craftin Desert Divas Dear Friends stamp set. I stamped it on white Recollections cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I then colored it with Crayola Colored Pencils. Right now I'm just experimenting with different mediums to color stamps. Colored pencils are nice but not my favorite, I'm not too fond of the streaks the pencils leave behind. I hand cut out the sweet bunny then used a black brush tip Zig marker to line all the edges. I also used some black thread to give the whiskers a more realistic look, gluing them down using a very small amount of glue (Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive). I attached my sweet bunny to the card using Elmer's CraftBond Foam Mounting Tape. Don't you just love how sweet this bunny is?

Check out this awesome shaker, you can see straight through it to the mat inside the card. I used my Making Memories Fuse Tool (A must have tool for any crafter who enjoys making shaker cards). I cut a circle, with my Cricut Explore, just slightly bigger then the circle in the card. I used the cut circle as a guide, placing it under a Making Memories Page Protector, sealing it with my fuse tool, leaving a small opening just big enough to put sequence in. I then put pink and yellow sequins inside. I got the sequins from Walmart, it's an assorted rainbow color sequins pack by Horizon Group USA. I also added pink and yellow seed beads that came out of a multi-pack I bought from Michaels. After I put in my sequins and seed beads, I sealed the opening with my fuse tool and attacked it to the back of the circle opening. The clever sentiment "Hopping by to say Hi" stamped on the inside of the card also came from the Craftin Desert Divas Dear Friends stamp set.

**If your new to using the MM Fuse Tool, I have some tips for you. If you run your Fuse Tool along the page protector too slow it will melt it too much, if you do it too quickly you will not get a good seal. I recommend to take one page protector and practice with the different attachments, running each alone at different speeds to figure out what speed works just right. Also, do not over-fill it with shaker material, if you do it will not move. The last tip for these shakers, adding seed beads helps to move the sequins around (I did read somewhere that microbeads do the same thing but have not tried it.

I finished up my card by carefully gluing on a few pink sequins. I felt it created just the right balance of sparkle.

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