Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Review..Moving into 2013


Happy New Year’s Eve Krafters!

I have to admit, 2012 was a very rough year. I lost my brother, father and my aunt. The deaths were hard to take. However, it was not all bad. I count my blessing as they come. My family and I are in good health, we have not missed a meal or bill. God allowed us to have favor and the resources needed to survive. Thank you Lord for all of your grace and mercy!
video

Since this is the final day of 2012, I put together a short video of some of my favorite project that was made this year. As I was making the video, I could not help but reflect. I also prayed and I am looking forward to 2013. I know there will be some challenges, but I faith to believe it is going to be good year! I am claiming, declaring and decreeing it so in Jesus’ name!

So from my family to yours, Happy New Year to you and yours! May it be one of praise, peace and prosperity, Krafthead!

Monday, December 24, 2012

B&W Christmas Card

Merry Christmas Eve Krafters!

Here is another card I made in the swap with my Sis! This project is pretty straight forward.

I hope you enjoy it, Krafthead~




Supplies:

I Am Roses-poinsettia
Silver Mixative
Cherry Lynn Flourish
Snowflake Embossing Folder
Trim
Spellbinder Die

Friday, December 21, 2012

Napkins/Kitchen Towels


Hello Krafters!

Kenya here to share some last minute and inexpensive home décor or gift ideas with you. As many of you know, I LOVE vinyl! One reason is because it cuts so beautifully on the BossKut Gazelle. The other reason is you can customize SO many things with it.

Today, I am sharing two projects (dinner napkin and hand towels) using Heat Transfer Vinyl which can be purchased at BossKut.com. For both projects I used the Mini Holly Collection. There are so many files in this collection. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. I decided to only use the holly.

I brought the file into FunTime and typed in the family’s name. When cutting HTV, make sure you mirror the images. I cut them out on the BossKut Gazelle using the vinyl blade with a speed of three and a force of 4 (because of the glitter vinyl). I did not do a kiss cut on this particular type of vinyl like I normally do. I used my heat press for the projects, but a good ole trusty iron will work too with a Teflon sheet. PLEASE make sure your images do not shift! One of mine did, BUT this is just for my home so it did not bother me much!

First I started with the holly and the lettering. I heated it for approximately 10 seconds. I peeled off the plastic and applied the berries and set it for another 10-15 seconds. Peel off the plastic. That is it! My kitchen is festive and I have some cool napkins too J

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Please stop by BossKut.com for files, supplies and inspiration, Krafthead~

*Please note, if you are gifting Terry Cloth towels, please let the recipient know they are for decoration only! The vinyl can peel due to the type of cloth. The napkins are fine to use J

Files:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Scraps of Color DT Project-Tree Skirt


Hello Krafters!

Like clockwork my Christmas tree is up by the Sunday following Thanksgiving! For the last few years I vowed I was going to make a tree skirt which was going to be an heirloom. I had all of these ideas. Life happened and that project did not manifest…yet. However, I had some felt and some heat transfer vinyl (my new favorite) left over and went to work!

The images are from the Silhouette store and they were cut on the Cameo. After they were cut (blade set at 3) I adhered the vinyl (heat press, but you can use your iron on the highest setting) and that was that! The best thing is about this project is that it was made from scraps and it is a project my family and I can admire for years to come!!!! It looks better in real life!

I hope you all enjoyed today’s project and you will try it out yourself. Enjoy your holiday season, Krafthead~

Monday, December 17, 2012

Black and White Season's Greetings


Hi Krafters!

I cannot believe Christmas is next week!!! I don’t know about where you live, but we have not had any measurable now in approximately 287 days here! While I am not complaining about the lack of snow, but it truly is unheard of in Wisconsin! Well if you are missing snow (I’m not) here is a card for you J

My dear sis Kelli and I decided to do a swap. The challenge was to only use the colors black, white, grey/silver and a splash of color. Trust me, it was a challenge!


For this project, I used the Village Park stamp set by Inkadinkado. I stamped the trees first and cut the image out with the circle Nestability. I also stamped the sentiment with white ink and cut that out with a labels die. On a separate sheet of cardstock, I stamped the bridge and fussy cut it. I colored the image with colored pencils. I used Stormy Sky Distress Ink for the Sky. For a snowy affect, I used Diamond Stickles and let those dry. Finally I mounted the bridge with foam dots. The border was made using a Martha Stewart punch which was layered with a white ribbon.

That is it! I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~

Friday, December 14, 2012

BK DT Project-Joy Word Book


Hi Krafters!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes it is hard for me to think of interactive handmade gifts for people. I mean, everyone in my circle are not scrappers. Honestly, when people find out I make cards and I scrapbook, I get the eyebrow…to get them involved (without them knowing) I found mini albums are the ticket! However, they can be very time consuming. In the end though they are worth it because people add their own photos and they truly treasure them!

One of the new releases consisted of a “Joy” Word Mini Book. All of the work was done for me and I am going to look like I worked on this chipboard mini album for a long time (it didn’t take long…shhh).

This project was pretty straight forward. The first step was to cut the file with chipboard. Next I cut it in the pattern paper twice (one mirrored for the backs). I also cut the word Joy separately in chipboard.



 Once I had the album assembled, I used the O’Hannah Oval file for the label and corner. They were heat embossed with gold embossing power. I also cut the Swirly Holiday Tree file in glitter paper (can be purchased at BossKut.com). The tree file is very intricate to begin with, but to cut glitter paper can be scary. However, I was not afraid cutting it with the Gazelle. As you can see, it cut like butter! The photos can be place under the corners and the tree.
I hope you all enjoyed today’s project! Check out BossKut.com for these files and inspiration! Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~

Files:

Monday, December 10, 2012

Practical Scrappers DT Project-Turtle Dove

Hi Krafters!

Today over at Practical Scrappers, a fellow DT member Julie and I decided collaborate (well actually she graciously shared her spot with me) to and use the gorgeous Turtle Dove Collection by Kaisercrafts.  Julie, thank you for sharing your post with me and for the inspiration! Please go over to Practical Scrappers to see Julie’s beautiful creations! I actually have two projects to share with you!! Enjoy:

My first project is a 6x6 card. I fussy cut the images from the collection. I also added a Cherry Lynn doily using a pattern from the collection. 

There are several pieces of pattern papers from the collection.


The second project is a tag. On the tag I used an image from the collection. 

I also fussy cut the bell from the collection. Then I used berries I had from Michaels.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Please remember to stop by PS and show Julie some love! Thanks or stopping by, Krafthead~

Supplies:
Turtle Dove-Kaisercrafts
Cherry Lynn
Cranberry Color Wash
Ribbon
Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Berries
I Am Roses-Poinsettia
Clam Baked Beige-Lindy’s Stamp Gang
Lace



Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Season's Greetings~


Hi Krafters!

Today I am sharing a card that I made for a challenge. I really like how this one turned out. The good thing is this card can be massed reduced. I designed it on my Gypsy using the Teresa Collins Silhouette digital and Paper Doll Dress Up cartridges. 

Since it has been a while, I don’t remember the pattern paper exactly. I used a mixture of DCWV’s Winter Magic and their stack from last year-my apologies.L The sentiment was heat embossed using Lindy’s Stamp Gang Sheba’s Silver.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~

Other Supplies:
White Gel Pen
Denim Distress Ink

Monday, December 3, 2012

Silent Night


Happy December Krafters!

I started sharing Christmas/holiday related projects last week. However, this is my official holiday project share of the season! This is time of year for joy, peace and fellowship...Yay for the holidays!

Last year I did 25 days of projects…like last year, I will share cards, gift ideas and décor for the holidays, but it will not be each day! Don’t despair! There is a lot of inspiration coming your way J

inside of the card

Today I am sharing a card I made for a swap hosted by Mary Ann. We had to make 10 cards. Here is a video of how this card was put together.

 card front

matching envelope and card

 matching envelope


I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~

Friday, November 30, 2012

Trim the Tree


Hi Krafters!

For the last two years or so, my daughters and I make ornaments for the Christmas tree. It allows us to spend time together and it keeps them busy for a while. This year, I wanted to try my hand at cutting felt with the Gazelle! Let me tell you, I was not disappointed!

When I saw the Moose File, I HAD to use it for this year’s ornament! The file has several layers to it, but I only used two of the layers.  To cut the felt, I used a small amount of Stiffy stabilizer (the more you use, the stiffer the felt will become). Once the felt was dry, I cut it out on my Gazelle using a deep cut blade, force of 6 and a multi-cut of 3. It cut with no problem at all using these settings. I only had brown and white felt so I colored the face with a glimmer spray. I also used googly eyes…so cute! The nose of the Moose was cut with the left over felt when I cut the antlers.

The ornament is light, but I used an eyelet to give the ribbon a little more support. Since the googly eyes have lashes, I made the Moose a girl by adding a bow.  That’s it!

I hope you all enjoyed today’s project! Check out BossKut.com for files and inspiration! Remember, you can cut these files in MTC, Silhouette Studio Deluxe Edition and SCAL! Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~

Files:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Practical Scrappers Snow Globe Card


Hi Krafters!

This is the most wonderful time of the year! Thanksgiving was awesome and Christmas is right around the corner.  Each year, I make at least one snow globe/shaker card for Christmas. The reason why I only make one is because the process is very time consuming. I had to cut up foam tape and layer it and ensure the tape was not showing under the transparency…while the outcome was lovely, I would be beat! Honestly, I was not looking forward to my annual undertaking.

 A few months back, Practical Scrappers had the Frugal Finds: Jar Lids. I would save lids and other things without a real reason other than, “I will use this for something later.” As I looked through the wonderful projects that day, I saw Charity’s shaker card! It clicked! I have been doing the snow globe card ALL WRONG! So thank you PS for the Frugal Finds and thank you Charity for being the inspiration for this card J Check out Charity’s blog for her instructions.

The first thing I did was use sandpaper for the jar lid and painted it with Gesso. Once the Gesso dried, I painted the lid (outer rim and inside) with two coats of gold paint.

As that dried, I used the Cricut Craft Room to design the snow globe. I used the Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge for the globe shape. I welded two of them together and cut three individual shapes; two for stability and one for the sentiment. 

I also designed the focal image from the Santa’s Village Cricut cartridge in CCR. I used my largest Classic Circle Spellbinders Die to cut the image out as well as a piece of transparency. I added the decorative sand and a few snowflakes (cut from a border punch by Fiskars). 

I placed the transparency on top and used a little adhesive to hold the transparency and sand in place. To adhere the “globe” I used hot glue. Embellish as you wish!





I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Pop over by Practical Scrappers and show some love! Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~

Supplies:

Paper Trey Ink
Santa’s Village
Mr. Frosty
Joys of the Season
Jar Lid
Folk Art Metallic Gold Paint
I Am Roses-poinsettia
Ribbon
Martha Stewart Branch Punch
Sentiment Punch
Ranger Gold Embossing Powder
Versa Mark
Fiskars Snowflake Border Punch
Decorative Sand

Monday, November 26, 2012

Baby Girl


Happy Monday Krafters!


A while back, I made a baby card for a boy. Well, I decided to revisit this design (sort of) and make one for a girl. Honestly, I needed a card quickly (why do I wait ‘til the last minute or people ask me at the last minute) and this one was easy as 123 to put together. I used the Baby Boutique cartridge and the Sugar and Spice cartridge for this one.


I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Thanks for stopping by, Krafthead~


Supplies:

Sugar and Spice Cricut Cartridge
Baby Boutique Imagine Cartridge

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!



Hi Krafters!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! I am very excited about that! It is a day when many of us reflect on the things we are thankful for as well as spending time with our families. We have so much to be thankful for! We have somewhere to lay our heads at night, we have food to eat, computers to play on, health (hey we are alive even if we have pain or sickness in them), family….really I could go on and on. So far 2012 have had its share of triumphs and challenges. Through it all, I am still thankful! I am looking forward to what the rest of the year has to offer!

I will be taking the next few days off to spend with my family so no projects until Monday! If you are planning on going out for Black Friday, please be careful! Know your surroundings! Keep your cash/credit cards on you if possible. Don’t keep all of your cash in one spot…if you know what I mean ;)  JUST BE SAFE!

Before I go, I would like you to know I am thankful for each of you! I am thankful for the comments that are left and lurkers :-p who visits each day. Enjoy your time of fellowship with friends and family! Happy Thanksgiving! Blessings, Krafthead~

Image courtesy of the www J

Monday, November 19, 2012

Turkey Time...Gobble Gobble


Happy Monday Krafters!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is Thursday? Where did the time go? This is my favorite time of year. I love to take this day to really reflect on all the things my family and I have been blessed with. Even through the trials and tribulations of life, we still have something to be thankful for.

Another thing I love to do is cook! I will admit, I let the food, especially the turkey, be the decoration/centerpiece. I usually do not decorate for Thanksgiving. This year however, I felt compelled to do a little sumptin, sumptin J. I decided to dust of some of the unloved Cricut cartridges and do a small project.

First I used Wall Décor and More for the place card. I also used this cartridge for the font. I forgot there was a font on this cartridge! Anywho, I spelled my daughter’s name and centered the name on the card. Do not weld! Since it was kind of plain, I used some of my border embossing folders to embellish it a bit. Then I added a piece of pattern paper behind the name.


Next I added the flourished turkey and the “napkin” ring on the mat (it was an image on the cartridge that I made into a ring LOL) from the Thanksgiving cartridge. The ring was cut out of the same pattern paper that is on the place card (it matches my kitchen). Then I cut the turkey from another pattern from that same stack by DCWV.


I thought I would take this project one step further and make a napkin holder. I cut this image twice (without the hat) from the Create-a-Critter cartridge. I formed the box out of the pattern paper for stability.
Although the turkey will still take center stage, this project is sure to get a few smiles! I hope you enjoyed today’s project. What are your plans for the holiday?


From my family to yours, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! And don’t eat too much :-P Kenya~