Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Thanksgiving blessing bag

We gave away bags filled with yummies at a Thanksgiving dinner we had at our church. I made these tags to go with them:

We made 40 of the bags and 60 people showed up to share in the feast. And it was like the fish and the loaves. We expected 40/50 and enough food for 80 people showed up and we were able to feed another group the next day.

SVG of the Canadian Thanksgiving tag
MTC of the Canadian Thankgiving tag

Verse/saying/empowerment Memorization box

You will need:
  • Paper (pretty paper is essential)
  • digital cutter (I have a zing but anything that takes an SVG file is great)
  • laminator ( I am using a hot laminator which makes laminating just part of the project at a time easier)
  • baby buttons and applicator (these are the snaps that you put on baby diapers) 
  • 2 tiny brads

Lately I have been trying to memorize verses of scripture on my walks and I am making a box for all the ones I have memorized so that I can keep track and keep them fresh. I am going to resurrect a file from last year and see if I can remember how to put it together.

I made this version last year for a group of ladies in an AA group. The front of the tiny index cards had a motivational saying that came from different AA pinterest boards and then the back had a verse from the bible that supported it or was in a similar vein. I included the files for these below (as well just in case you can use them).

So I wanted to pick some awesome paper. But the truth of the matter is that I am not very good at co-ordinating prints and plain, or really any two papers. So I am going to go into one of my scrapbooking value pads that I got at michaels and see if I can pick two papers that will look nice together. Well that didn't go well. So maybe I will see something I like on pinterest and translate it with the papers I have available. Well the first picture I fell in love with on pinterest was this one:

Stamping with Loll: The ornament above is cut from an acetate sheet (you could also use acetate packaging from your craft supplies).  Alcohol inks work great on acetate.  Even though the tip of the alcohol inks is really small, I found that it flowed too quickly and was always getting more than I needed.  So I started by adding just two drops of AIs.  Then to get some more colours, but with less ink, I squirted a few drops onto my parchment paper, and picked up the colour with my fingers (with:

 I love the royal blue watercolour. I have been liking a lot of watercolors lately and I think I will continue. So off I go to make watercolour designs in adobe elements. A few years ago I bought a design collection set. and it includes a bunch of watercolour washes/textures. I am going to bring one into Adobe elements and darken it up like the picture above and then I am going to put a lace trim on it. Here is the wash I am starting with:

 I opened it in Adobe Elements (I have version 6) then I go under the Enhance menu, and choose adjust color and then adjust Hue Saturation (Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Hue Saturation). I turned up Saturation all the way to +95 and then turned down lightness to -46 and I got something I liked:

Now I needed to, I could fix the brownish mark in the lower bottom corner by selecting it and then painting it white. But I don't think I need that part of the picture as I am just going to print this and then cut my box out of it. (The file for the cut is below). Then I have three pieces that look go together like this:

Tack down the two trim pieces with a glue runenr and then put the laminator pouch that you cut around it and send it through the laminator. You don't want the trim pieces that stick out from the main box to be laminated. You may need to laminate multiple times. I bought my pouches from china and a crazy cheap price but I have to laminate more than once to get a really solid stick.

Now we need to add the baby snaps. The way that baby snaps work is that there are 4 pieces in a normal snap. Two of the tack like pieces and one doughnut piece and one backing piece. Here is a pic of these pieces:

From top left going in clockwise order: doughnut piece, backing piece and two tack like pieces.

So there are tiny holes punched on the top and bottom of the verse box. We are going to put a tack like piece through (from the front of the box) on the rounded end. Like this:

And then on the back of that tack you slide the backing piece on and then put it in the snap pliers and you have the first half of the snap completed.

Then on the square end of the box we are going to put the other half of the snaps.  The tack-like piece punches through the tiny hole from the back and then the doughnut like piece goes on the side with the heart border. Put it in the pliers and squeeze. Snap it to the top to ensure that it snaps closed. Occasionally (1 in 150 snaps I have done) you will not get a good snap and have to replace part.

Now this next part is a bit tricky. We are going to fold up the accordion fold on the box and it is going to look kind of like this.

Now the final part is to use a couple tiny brads to secure the side closures. These are the brads I am choosing. Aren't they so darn cute?

From the front of the front of the box, the tabs on your right are done first. You will connect the tab from the back to the tab from the front with the brad. I add a piece of two sided tape as well to make the brad placement a little easier.

Then the tabs on the left will have three tabs to connect. there will be two tabs from the back and one from the front. I sandwich the tab connected to the rectangle between the tab from the back and the tab from the front. :


The final product. Fill with cards

SVG of the verse box with heart trim
SVG of the verse card
MTC of the verse box with heart trim

Friday, October 7, 2016

Free commercial oven . . . SVG lol

I have a friend who was asking for a commercial oven for her birthday. Umm, I love you my dear, but my budget doesn't stretch that far. So I made her this and put a Starbucks gift card in it for her *addiction.

I think to put the box together is fairly simple. Here is a diagram of where you glue.  The front of the oven tucks into the rest of the box.

The control panel is attached by gluing the tiny tab to the top of the stove and then gluing the larger tab on the back of the oven.

If you want you could also make a muffin holder, but I think with the standard sized muffins you would have to make the oven deeper to fit the cupcake in.

Here are the files:
SVG for the box, handle, oven mitt, burners
SVG for pretty paper to cover box
MTC file for whole project

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Fall themed wedding favour bags and Josephine tassel

These were quite fun to put together.

Fall Sunflower seed bag with intricate tassel

As usual I didn't take a picture of the final project but what I really wanted to show you today is how to make the tassel.

In order to make the tassel, you are going to start with 16 lengths of whatever string you are using. If you want a thicker tassel, use more lengths. Here I used kitchen twine. So the length of each piece of twine should be
length of twine= (the length you want for the tassel)*2 + about 5" for the knot.
 We are going to be following this knot type (it is called the Josephine knot):

So here is what it looks like when you are doing it with a group of strings as opposed to just one.

So to start you will split the pieces of twine into two piles (group A is the top one and group B is the bottom one):

Then you will make a loop with group B:

Then you will put group A under both parts of the loop of group B.

 Then group A will go over top the right tail of group B.

Then group A will go underneath the left tail of group B.

But you are going to put Group A over top of the Group B loop.

Now this part is a little tricky as sometimes the strings go amok.  What you are going to do is put the Group A string that is lying on top of the Group B loop, under the Group A beginning  and then over the Group B top of loop.

You are going to tighten the knot by pulling a little bit on each end until the knot becomes a little tighter and eventually forms a tight knot with 4 even tails.

It will look something like this:

Now sometimes you get a rogue string that isn't sitting flat next to it's neighbours. I pull on each individual string in order to tighten the whole knot and make it look uniform.

Tie the base of the head of the tassel and you have an intricate yet rustic tassel.

The intricate tassel finished. The knot is a josephine knot

Leafs Suck, but for my Dad-in-law I wish them well anyway!!

I can't believe that I forgot to take pictures of my very cool Toronto Maple Leafs birthday card. So I am going to give you an idea of what it looks like.

Here is the front:

The next part is a pop up with the Stanley Cup. I cut the Stanley Cup out of silver cardstock that I had, and included this phrase: "Is for the Maple Leafs to win the Stanley Cup"

The last pop up page is a pop up of the picture of the titanic sinking and the phrase: "But we fear that they are too much like the titanic, they look great until they hit the ice.


 Front of card (SVG file)
 First pop up of Stanley cup (SVG file)
 Second pop of of Titanic (SVG file)
 Project in MTC (MTC file) 

I'm not exactly sure what files people want and how much detail to put in them. So if you have any suggestions please comment below. 

Starbucks gift card holder

This is a fun gift card holder with a starbucks front. The font is Babes in Toyland. There are two side flaps that get glued onto one another and then the bottom flap goes on top of those (to allow the gift card insert to insert and remove easily)

Files: SVG of the gift card holder
MTC file of the gift card holder

Pokemon Go Birthday Card

I made this very awesome card for my husband for his birthday. The front of the card looks like this: 

For those of you who are not pokemon-literate, this is an Onix. So the front says "Have an Onix-pected birthday". The font is pocket monk (if you need to change the words). The key to the pokemon alphabet is that the vowels are small letters and are on tope of the letters around them. So the colours of the letters are: yellow (255,203,0), dark blue (0,58,146), and light blue (129,200,254). Outline each of the yellow letters individually in the dark blue and then make the dark blue outline around the vowels go above the yellow of the letters around it. Here is the SVG of the front: SVG of the front of the card

This is the inside of the card. It is a stacked block pop up card. So print out the card to show the pokemon go background and then cut it out. Here is the SVG: SVG of the inside of the card

This is the cool part. Each of these blocks in the pop up card will have a pokeball stuck to the front of it. The pokeballs are an envelope that will contain a pokemon. In this file I have included koffing, pikachu, dragonite, eevee, gyrados, vaporeon, and snorlax. Some of my husbands favourite pokemon. Feel free to change the pokemon (google has all the pictures). The pokeballs go together very simply. The two black flaps fold over behind the front of the pokeball. I then taped it from the bottom (or the top) so that the pokemon stayed inside. Then I glued the pokeball bottoms (the black and white part) to the top of the pop up block. If you want to get fancy I thought a hinge at the corner would look better than the envelope. So this SVG is a print and cut. Let me know if the cuts are off for you. I have an outline around my pokeballs because it looks better in MTC, if that doesn't work for you let me know. Here is the SVG of the pokeballs: SVG of the pokeball file 

SVG of the front of the card (front)
SVG of the inside of the card (inside)
SVG of the pokeballs (pokeballs)
MTC file for the whole project (MTC file of whole project)