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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Valentine Love Birds..something to Print, and something to Cut

Today on my blog, I am going to give you what you need to make the display below. 
 I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but the picture had my husband and my names, and our wedding date.
Printed on card stock. Placed in frame from Dollar Tree. These frames are 9.25 inch square frames. Look carefully and you will find them at your local store. Have a mat inside for several photos. Take out the mat, and put in your own photo. A nice gift for someone, made for a Dollar$! The glittery heart on the V also came from a bag at the Dollar Tree. You don't have to have it, but it adds a nice touch. Since I printed my copy, I added eyes to the birds.

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It takes four pieces for each bird, as the legs go between the two pieces of the body, then the wings are attached to each side. I tried making legs out of chenille sticks, but couldn't get my bird to stand without the piece of paper glued to the bottom. If you are just going to hang the birds, then the chenille stick legs would be fine. I used 20 gauge wire(sold in beading department) to make the legs. I just took a piece of wire, and wrapped it around a bottle to make a round circle at the end(looking like a blower for bubbles). I bent that flat to make a foot, and then bent it to look like a heart. I used low temp hot glue to place the legs between the body, and then played around with it until i got the bird to stand. If you don't have a cutting machine, I think you could just approximate the shape and make your own birds.

My friend Tona made the valentine deer, from a picture we had seen on pinterest. Each deer requires two wind corks. She used long straight pins(well that is what they looked like, probably an official beading name for them) for the legs. We ended up using E6000 glue to get things to stick to the cork. The antlers are made by wrapping a chenille stick around a pencil. Add bead eyes and pompom nose and tail, accent with a valentine bow.

By the way, the heart garland was bought at Michaels. With a coupon, it was only two dollars..Not worth making my own!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Paper Shamrock Wreath

Jennifer of The Craft Patch blog posted a Paper Shamrock that I thought was just right for St. Paddy's Day.

Link to original Paper Shamrock Creation and instructions

I have a room full of scrapbook paper and a Cricut, so I decided to take her instructions for hand cutting and turn it into a Svg file you can you use on your machine.  Because the Cricut can only cut 11.5 inches(not 12) the first strips need the last 1/2 inch cut by hand once it comes off the mat.

To use the file, there are five 12x12 mats of cuts. The first two are the dark green for the outside layer of the shamrock. The next two are the medium color. The final is the light color or for the inner loops of the leaves. To use within scal, set your mat to 12x12, and move the mat -12 to the right after you cut each mat.

File to cut Shamrock wreath

For assembly, you will do best to follow the original tutorial. I did "sew" my strips together instead of glue.

 Using a low temp hot glue gun would work quickly too. I lose patience waiting for the other glues to dry!

To make the medallion in the middle, I cut two 12x12 strips of paper 1 inch wide and glued end to end. I scored the paper every .25 inches. Then you accordion fold the paper. Flatten and glue to a piece of card board. Add shamrock in the middle.

Link to original Paper Shamrock Creation and instructions

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Another Valentine Owl

I saw these owls on Pinterest and decided I could make us a pattern to cut them out on our cutting machines.

Because I can't just make one...here is a way to make 16 in two cuts. Red 12x12 on left. Then next 12x12 mat looks like this

If you have the google eyes, you can not cut out the white and black circles. I think it looks cuter with the google eyes. You can get an assortment in a pack at Dollar Tree.

I'm going to use the owls on a mesh wreath I made yesterday. I sprayed them several coats of clear acrylic spray. They won't get rained on, but it is damp on the porch. I'm hoping the spray will make them last a bit longer.

By the way, these wreathes are easy to make. Check out the numerous videos online and you will see how easy they are. You use the wide(like 18 inch) mesh. Mine was from christmas clearance (80% off) at Michael's Craft Store so was only 3.40. It made two wreaths. The ornaments I got there too. The hearts were from dollar tree.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

Woven Heart

Download svg to cut 3 hearts

Cut the file twice, once in each color. You will then have enough to make 6 hearts. Just weave the two pieces together, pasting on the edges. Done!


Valentine's House Ornament

Download file to cut out Valentine Ornament House

The file cuts out six sides of the house. Score in the middle or just fold carefully on centerline. I used sewing machine to sew through the six layers of yardstick stacked on top of each other. Of course, you could glue, but sewing was much faster and make a nice seam.  Fan out the sides to form a 3d house.  You could also put something hanging in the middle of the heart shaped hole like a bird charm or a heart bead. Attache bead and string for hanging(we just punched a hole near the top).


We then used the hearts we had cut out, and sewed them down the middle. Makes a cute heart shaped ornament too.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Shamrock St. Patrick's Day Kiss Creations

Files so you can cut the paper on your cutting machine instead of by hand. Card stock works best as it is the same front and back and stiffer so it holds the candy. I only had pumpkin spice kisses leftover from halloween, these would look better with green or silver. These are quick to cut and assemble. Consider making some for you favorite students or Irish friends!

Three leaf clover

Four leaf clover

Brenda Quintana created many tutorials for making Hershey Kiss creations. They are great and you should check out her blog! Below is a link and to the instructions for folding the paper to make the shamrocks.


Friday, January 9, 2015

Owl Valentine's Day Box

I saw a box like this on Pinterest, and decided we needed an svg file so we could make the boxes easily on the Cricut or other cutting machine.

I made one and here it is for you to download and use too.  Download Owl Box File

It cuts two owl boxes at once.

Though paper eyes are included, I used some googley wiggle eyes I had in the cabinet instead.  The paper layout is shown to give you an idea of how to cut everything in the file in a single cut. The solid pink is 12x6(owl box and wings), the middle row is 3x3(black), 3x3(white), and 3x6(pink feet and beak).
The floral is 3x12, or you can use two 3x6 pieces if you want the head and body to be different prints.

Some more ideas I saw on the web:

What is a pillow box?
The box will have small perforations where the drawn lines are in the picture above. Score on the straight lines and glue. Then carefully push in the flaps along the lines, leaving it some what pointy.

If you look carefully you will see some of the owl boxes on my friends beautiful Valentines Day tree!