Crafting for a cause… I LOVE THIS IDEA

A lot of you already know that me and the lil man D are into something called Abandoned Art.. but this is something new to us. What a fantastic idea for a Christmas gift for the kids in your life. Some of these lil people are too young to involve in some of the charitable causes we would like to support like food kitchens and such.. but there is still a way to involve your kids in charitable giving at an early age.

This is a totally new Affiliate to me and I am so glad I ran across this one…. what a fun and unique way to involve the kids and teach them about giving.

Little Loving Hands – Kids Crafts for a Cause

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It’s the perfect Christmas gift box idea  for kids who already have way too much of their own already.

I love this idea so much… If any of you decide to support these charities by  purchasing these craft kits through my links, I am going to donate the money  earned in affiliate fees  from these kits at the end of each year.  Every little counts and I think this is an idea that myself and Lil Man D would love to support.  Please share this blog post as much as you can so we can  reach as many people as possible.

You get to choose from various Charity recipients:


Hearts for the Homeless Box

Provide love and support to a homeless mother and her child.

Create a soft heart pillow and a memory match game that will warm the hearts of a mother and her child at a homeless shelter. Your gift will be used by Enchanted Makeovers to transform a shelter and promote creativity, self-expression, and worth.

 



Cloud Nine Box

Help a foster child reach for the sky and dream in bright colors.You will make an adorable cloud toy and colorful rainbow mobile for a foster child supported by Together We Rise. Your precious creations will bring smiles and happiness to a child looking for brighter days, making them feel on cloud nine.

 




Monkey Business Box

Send fun and hope to a child in need with a personalized monkey toy.

You will design and customize a card and silly monkey toy for Operation Sock Monkey! Your special toy will be sent to a child struggling thru humanitarian challenges, and provide them hope for brighter days ahead.

 



Puppy Love Box

Create a leash and treat bag to be given to an adopted dog!

You will make a fun dog leash and an adorable treat bag to be used by Friends of Homeless Animals to gift to an adopted dog. Your creations will be cherished by a forever family that adopts a dog from this animal shelter, helping them show love and care to their new furry family member.


Military Gratitude Box

Show our military friends that people from home are thinking about them and appreciate everything they do.

You will be making a card and keychain gift that will have an extra personal touch by using your handprint! Your handmade gifts will be used by A Million Thanks and sent to our troops stationed around the world. You will also create an American flag pin that they can wear proudly as they protect our country.



Happy Doll Box

Make a special happy doll that will travel the world and be cherished by a child in need.

You will decorate a unique doll and a cute globe magnet that will be sent around the world via MSTERIO to be given to a child in need. Your unique creations will be enjoyed by multiple children during its travels, and then ultimately be given to a child that will truely cherish your special gifts.

New cut files, lacy bands, cityscape, dots and backgrounds

I just finished up a few of the new cut files I got from CraftsUPrint the other week.. before the birthday shenanigans descended upon us LOL. What a week that was.. full of fun and games and Lego.. and cake… and a lot of Ice cream lol. But now it’s time to get back to my crafting and coloring.

Ok first up.. this is just a quickie plain card, no sentiment or foreground image.. but you could most certainly add them if and when you wanted to. I was just experimenting with inky skies and this fab new CityScape cut file I picked up. To be honest I have a larger project on the go right now using this… but it won’t be done for a bit.  But this will give you an idea of how cool this CityScape is. cuts beautifully on my Cricut, even with all the window detail it has.  There are some tiny nail bling rhinestones on this but they didn’t show up so well in this photo..

This is Cityscape City Skyline, Night Sky for card and vinyl  by Tina Fallon, mine is cropped slightly at the ends….  so  check the link for the complete image.

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Lacy Ribbons 1 with spiral roses by Clive Coulter.  This is a 3 cut set.. 2 ribbons and the spiral roses.  I used one of the ribbons to create a background strip on this card along with one of the new frames I made with the new Gina Marie Designs Dies

DOUBLE PIERCED CIRCLE IN AND OUT CUT DIE SET

and  the

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..and A Power Poppy Image “Dancing with Daffodils” which I colored with Chameleon Pens.  I attached it all with Zig 2 way glue..yay for no wet warp!  lol

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Ok.. this one was just me playing with new stuff I  have.. love this cut file, it reminds me of Morrocco for some reason…  and I had some liquid pearls I picked up on clearance a while back..  so  I  was tinkering around.  This is Compass Pattern by Lizzie Mayne   I added some My little paper world stitched corners and some jade liquid pearls
and lastly.. just having some fun with the latest batch of freebies I got in the Treasure chest.. who doesn’t love cup cakes huh?  the base card is  FANCY CARD 11 by Apetroae Stefan and  the sentiment and cupcake are from the Treasure Chest Freebies you can select when you spend $15  or more ( $10 when on offer )  I only used the top two layers of the Decoupage .. so I still have the bottom layer for another project  🙂

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Christmas card with Black Velvet Poinsettia panel

I love how this one turned out …   this is another one of my CraftsUPrint cut files  from a recent purchase.

I used the single panel for this design and cut it from SEI Black Velvet Paper. I adhered it to a sheet of Canson Mix Media and colored the panel with Zig Clean Color markers I trimmed it to size and inked the edges. I made a 5.5×8.5 card base with 110lb card stock with a black boho cut layer and a red and white polka dot layer and popped the image topper on that. I added a corner die cut by My Little Paper World.

What I love about this design is that the negative left after the main cut on my Cricut Explore is equally stunning and would be perfect for another project, or to make a matching envelope. I hate wasting paper.. but specially this Velvet lol..so it’s fabulous for this type of project..
Supplies:

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Currently the 12×12 Velvet paper is available online at Michaels for $1 per sheet instead of $1.99.

Crafts U Print Cut file “DL Filigree Framed Foliage Z card

Cricut Explore

Zig Clean Color pens ( water based )

Zig Photo Tape

Zig 2 way glue

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CraftsUPrint  FREE worldwide shipping till Dec 9th

WOW … one of the things that always puts me off  a lot of sites and some fab products I would love to have….is the cost of International Shipping.  So all You International shoppers might like this one !!!   Now ALL supplies and Merchandise ship free till December 9th… WORLD WIDE !!!!! Wahoooocup_bannerfreeshipCraftsUPrint sell more than card kits and cut files…. and now you can get FREE World Wide Shipping till December 9th.cup_supplies

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Layers, layers and more layers … & that was just the background!

If you ever have an idle moment and have never tried this.. you should give this a shot lol. This will keep you out of mischief….and so will reading this epic length War ‘N’ Peace blog post haha.

7 layers for the frame, tag on another one if you include the fancy corner.. 2 layers for the butterfly and another 6 layers for the  bouquet…. THAT’S A LOTTA LAYERS lol.

But when it really comes down to it.. the worst part is getting everything on straight, oh and deciding which flowers come  to the front and need the most layers lol.   I have to say of all the 3D projects I have done, this image was probably the easier  when it came to  figuring out how to cut the layers.

7 Print and cut sheets on my Cricut later…  and I have the start of my card.  I colored one completely, I like to do that as a reference when I come to build the actual project… plus it gives me a colored piece to use on another project later ..score!

So I colored one… then started  working out my layers while the Cricut was cutting two silhouettes out for sandwiching between the bottom two layers.  Normally I pop my 3D projects with Darice adhesive foam sheet, but I wanted this one to be a bit more subtle…so I sandwiched a few black sheets in for a little additional depth. The final layer of a single flower is missing off this photo.. DOH

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Once I had all my  Cricut cuts done, I started to hand cut away the pieces I didn’t need on each layer.  When I am doing a one off project, I just fussy cut by hand after cutting the main image.  If I am doing multiples I make cut files for my Cricut.  So I fussy cut  my top 5 layers  and then started to color each layer, starting with  the  top.  when I use Darice foam I tend  to to color around the edges of  the  layer below a bit so it won’t show  when assembled..but with subtle layers like these I just  ink up the white edges with a marker.

Once I had it all trimmed up and colored.. next came the hard part… what to mount it on. Now I  like to take a photo, or scan and import it into my graphics program at this point..for several reasons.  A: I like to be able to grab a cuppa and sit back and just look at it and see where I missed blending, coloring etc… for some reason I have a more critical eye  when viewing it that way. B: I like to play around with layout ideas and rather than waste time cutting and trying ideas and potentially wasting a lot of  card…  the girls on the message board will tell you.. me and pattern paper .. not a good mix lol.  I envy you ladies who can pick and mix and match patterns and colors with ease.  I am not sure if it’s my limited choice of papers, or just that it’s not  ever been my taste..but  good lord it’s like pulling teeth lol.

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I started off simply by  putting my original coloring on a white  piece of card and the 3D layers on a black piece… but liked them both for different reasons.. so that was no help lol. So my next move was layers and frames/borders.  I just kept tweaking and adding borders to my image in a graphics program till I started to get a look I liked.

This was my digital rendering

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Once I had a basic idea of how I wanted the frame to look…. that is when I grabbed my cutter and some black and white card and started cutting all those layers.  When I got them all cut, I  took a sheet of 11×17 white card and scored it to make my card base and started layering on the cuts to build the frame (unglued at this stage).  Then it happened…. for some reason it just felt flat, so there I was digging around in my paper cabinet looking for my Black and white collection.  Funnily enough the polka dot paper is the first one I tried … 4 patterns later.. yup I was back to Polka Dots lol.  It just seems classy to me, I did a curtain fold card last  year  in the polka dots and it looked great… so dots it was!

I attached that to the card base with a half inch overlap  at the top, which gives a nice neat look to the top and back of the card. and then came that  time … yes THAT time…  the one where  I always end up gluing all my frames down  skewy.  I blame it on my computer glasses, they aren’t designed for crafting haha.  Just as well for the most part I like to  have my frames tilted on projects lol.  But for this one I needed straight and centered and all that fun stuff…. It’s not perfect, but I think it came out pretty good.  I used my paper cutter to help keep me aligned…yay for paper cutters!!

Ok so all the base layers were on, the flowers layers were all cut, colored and assembled… so on they went.  I had an idea to add the butterfly, but wanted to do a ghost layer. So I actually cut two at once so that the black layer wouldn’t cut all the way through, it is more like a solid embossed layer.  Sometimes if I want to be funky, I do this  double layer cut so the  cutouts from one meld into other layer for a two tone embossed look… it’s kinda cool. Unpredictable at times so a touch of glue is necessary haha… but still looks cool and worth the extra effort.  I’ll maybe show that another time if anyone is interested.

So there was my butterfly…but where to pop it…. top right or bottom left????   I couldn’t decide so asked hubby…. his response… and I had to laugh.  “Top right, I always see Butterflies at the top of flowers… not at the bottom”  He is such a practical wee soul at times, no artistic license or sense from that direction lol.  So  on it went..where butterflies apparently should be lol.

pp_3dframed_watermarkedI didn’t have a particular recipient or occasion in mind, so I am  leaving that blank for now… hence the big space on the left.

So I thought I was done..YAY me.  But  the more I looked at it as I took the photos for this post… I couldn’t help but feel something was missing, it just didn’t seem quite balanced.

Enter Sammy and her fabulous Corner dies to the rescue.  I just happened to have that one single corner cut in my  cuts organizer… BINGO… now I am done!

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Hope you like it 🙂

Base card: Neenah 11×17 110lb Index card
Polka Dot Paper: Recollections Black & White Paper pad
Black and white frame layers: Recollections 65lb solid color packs
Fancy Corner:  My Little Paper World Corner Die  –  8 die set  (Group buy for US option available)
Image: COUNTRYSIDE BOUQUET DIGITAL STAMP SET by Power Poppy
Butterfly:  Gina Marie Designs Butterfly & Beautiful Die set
Colored with: Chameleon Pens
Glue:  Tombow Aqua & Zig Photo Tape
Cutting tools:  Cricut Explore, Sizzix Big Shot ….and scissors

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Bring on the clown…. BEEP BEEP!!!

Here’s a fun card…. it’s a slider card, but I won’t show you images of it open, as the message inside is personal…and not very PC haha.  There are a gazillion tutorials on making slider cards… it isn’t hard to find them if you fancy giving it a go.

Bonzo was print and cut on the Circut Explore, colored with Zig Kurecolor and Chameleon pens.

The slider frame has one of the My little Paper World corner die cuts, which you can see peaking out behind Bonzo ( Another group buy possibly coming up for anyone interested in purchasing Samantha’s dies and cutting shipping costs to the US ..PM me if interested )

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The sentiment is  part of the current Freebie Friday  package  for the progressive challenge over on the  Scrapper’s Delights Facebook group, and also available in the store.
The dots were just punched circles  using a green glitter stock and the slide tab  has that glitter card on the tip too.

And that lady’s and gents is the end of this show…. this is my last project as part of the Scrapper’s Delights Freebie Friday DT team.  I am stepping down and making room for a fab new DT member….  but never fear, I am still  going to be working with Nicky on the Monthly Challenge Team and Mid Month Inspirations.

This clown isn’t going anywhere  just yet  🙂

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This is  Circus Clown Bonzo In Car by Scrapper’s Delights.  He is part of the current Circus Bundle and can be purchases separately or in the bundle…. which by the way is on sale right now.

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challenges:

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Fort Worth Stockyards, TX – Art Abandonment Project

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I have lived in Texas just down the road from the Fort Worth Stockyards for 10 years now..and I have STILL never visited. It’s one of those places I always plan to visit, but just haven’t got round to…. but that will change.  The little guy is old enough to enjoy it now and  we have friends out that way…. and now I have the perfect excuse for a family outing to the Stockyards.  I just made a super simple picture frame,  which I hope one of the tourists decides they would love to put one of their photos from a visit in. It’s a  quick and easy project you can do with the kids and relatively cheap .. but still a cool find  for someone.

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If you haven’t heard of the FW Stockyards.. check it out.  They have a twice daily cattle drive which apparently is a lot of fun… and of course some great photo ops for my lil CowPokey 🙂 Those are old pictures.. time for some new ones  🙂


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Planned drop- Fort Worth Stockyards – Summer 2016

 

Be sure to check out the Art Abandonment Facebook Group and see all the fun things that are being abandoned ALL over the world. It’s a fabulous group and it’s for all types and levels of crafters and artist. A lot of us do this with our kids and grand kids, come on over and join in the fun. If you are lucky enough to find a piece, be sure to let the gifter know you found their artwork. Most pieces will have contact details for the group, or a private email you can use 🙂

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Art Abandonment is a group designed to encourage random acts of art, left in various locations around the globe. The idea is that folks can make something and leave it for a lucky unsuspecting person to find. Artists can then post locations and photos of abandoned goodies…and finders can let everyone know that they are the lucky finder! O’ sweet abandon!”

28 crafting giveaways ending tonight

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End of Series Giveaways – Updates

Well… we are, over half way through the Spotlight Series.. so time to start pulling together all of the giveaway prizes on offer.  I will start listing them all here …. this list may change over the next two weeks…so expect edits on this post 🙂  This is just a fun giveaway and an opportunity for  the spotlight guests  and of course myself to thank you, the visitors, crafters, fans and group members for your interest and support of this Spotlight Series.spotlight_giveaway-sneaky

Each one will have its own giveaway page which will be opened for comments on the 1st  of July.

Once it is open for comments… you will need to enter each one you are interested in, individually.   All you have to do is comment on the giveaway post “I commented” AND have commented on the sponsors spotlight post.  So if you haven’t been leaving comments on the daily guest spotlights .. now is the time to play catch up LOL.  Not all spotlight guests are able to offer prizes;  so their spotlight may be sponsored by an external sponsor, but you will still need to comment on the spotlight to enter.

If it’s a non spotlight sponsor,  the giveaway post will have details on what you need to do to enter those.

Winners will be picked randomly and will be posted  here on the blog on/around the 15th of July.

Some are open to the US only, some are worldwide and will be duly noted on each giveaway.. please verify you are eligible to enter.

I reserve the rights to modify this list as needed before the official start date of the giveaways.

Prize list so far

**TBD  – To Be Determined

 

Additional Sponsor Prizes:

Keep checking back to see who & what else gets added to the list as we continue into the latter half of  the Spotlight Series 🙂

 

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Spotlight Series Day 10, Samantha – My Little Paper World

 

Who are you?

My name is Samantha – I started My Little Paper World early this year. I wanted to design some dies – I had an idea, so did some research, and went through the manufacturing process. I decided to use my blog name – because I liked the name and thought it would make a cute design logo.

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Blog: mylittlepaperworld.blogspot.com.au

Email: mylittlepaperworld.enquiry@gmail.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mylittlepaperworld/

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Where are you? 

South Australia! G’day Mate J

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

I’ve always been interested in Art/Craft but more so being creative. I have no design background, and I don’t have the patience or time (anymore) to draw. So I can honestly say that I started late last year when I decided to stick with it and figure out the design program (after many many tantrums!). I did a lot of Art in high school (20+ years ago now) though and loved it, and I’ve been making cards and scrapbooking for as long as I can remember. But this year is the first where I’ve thought about it seriously enough to create a final product.

 

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What was the first product you ever had for sale?

 

I designed 4 dies for my first release in February this year. Basic designs but original and mine.

 

 

 

 


What job did you have BEFORE you started drawing/designing for a living?

Well I don’t really design for a living…I still consider it an extension of my creativity/hobby. I am currently on very very very long leave bringing up 2 boys, soon to be 3 and before that I was/am a Registered Nurse.


If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world….  who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?

Honestly, it wouldn’t be anyone famous – though meeting someone like Cleopatra, Eva Cassidy or, even Robin Williams would be interesting.  I’d still choose to hang out with my Oma and I’d want to know her German plum cake recipe!

 

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What is your favourite piece in the whole store?

 

It would have to be the corner dies. This was my first idea – and something I could get a lot of use out of when creating greeting cards/PL cards/scrapbook pages. I already had created the cards in my head before the die was even designed.

 


Who is your inspiration/muse?

I draw a lot of inspiration from my surroundings, buildings, architecture. I love geometric shapes, and Scandinavian design. I LOVE Pinterest (who doesn’t!!) I don’t necessarily have a muse or someone that personally inspires me, though I have a lot of admiration and respect for those who are in this industry, those who are still trying to make it, and especially those who are the ones designing behind the scene.


How many people work with/for you?

It’s just me! Though, I regularly bounce ideas off my best friend, sister, and husband. I am currently trying to poach my bestie (who DOES draw and SHOULD make a stamp set for me sometime this year! – If you’re reading this you did say yes? Right?)

 

What’s your guilty pleasure? Ice-cream, Ice-cream, Ice-cream! I’d eat ice-cream in the freezing winter (not that it really is ever that cold here in Adelaide) but that’s how much I love it!

 

If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?

That’s a lot of characters to choose from. I know I would NOT want to be a princess… way too much prep. work to get ready for the day! Sleepy the dwarf sounds like he would have a pretty sweet job! J

 


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What is your most popular item in the store/shop?

 

Square Nesting Dies – TRIBAL I love hearing feedback from my products, and when I designed this die I wanted to be able to create a decent sized card with it. I think that this is why it’s been quite popular.

 

 

 

 

Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?

Have not drawn them – and technically the crush was on a ghost… Casper who happened to turn in to Devon Sawa! If I remember correctly I had a really big poster of him on my wall growing up for the longest time. It’s still probably one of my favourite movies!

 

If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with?

Me, Myself and I! Did I mention I have 2 young boys and another on the way! 6 hours sleep – bring it!

 

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