Falling Leaves

You just cannot ignore it anymore even if we had a wonderful sunny and warm weekend.
But it is fall. And I don’t like fall. I am a spring girl, I also love snow and I love warmth, but I don’t like the plants in my garden and everywhere around me dying, not at all…

However, moaning doesn’t help, so I kept myself busy and created a set of fall leaves from paper to make some warm rich overwhelming beautiful fall tags using my new leaves dies from Taylored Expressions (ordered from USA and every Cent for petrol to get them from far away out of the customs office was worth it! ). The tree I’ve cut with my Silhouette Cameo from a cutting file I made myself a while ago. And for the photo background I found a gelli print in matching fall colors.

I hope you love fall more and enjoy the rich season!

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Spirograph doilies circles flowers or however these little beauties are to be called…

So what am I going to do now with my little line art beauties?

First I scanned them, something you could not imagine 50 years ago when the spirograph was invented as a toy.
It is impossible to extract them from the white background so I had limited possibilities to add an other background in Photoshop.
Anyway with the blending mode to be found in the layer palette there were some choices. With “subtract”, “difference” and “exclusion” on a beige grungy texture I got very surprising dark effects. The colors of the line graphics changed, almost looked like neons. Perfect!
I played with the outlines/shapes to get different edges.

The prints were a bit pale, because I did not use glossy photo paper, but simple offwhite thick card stock. But I still loved them.
I cut them with my Silhouette Cameo.
Then I colored (as always) the white cutting edges with the edge blending tool which made them look much more interesting.
On some doilies I painted glossy dots with “Glossy Accents”.

And now comes the fun!

Of course you can use them as they are as gift tags. But I just love to make special gift tags and I always need many of them. So I played with the colors, mixed and matched, gave them wings and pearls, brads, gears, ribbon, a raven and a fish.

Have fun and I hope you’ll get some inspiration!

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It smells like fish…fishy underwater notecards

They just fit into the vacation and beach time: colorful underwater themed aquarium fishes.

I made these printable collage sheets and found my test prints on A3 coming out too big for embellishments. And I messed up the print and cut marks for the Silhouette Cameo to cut them with the machine.

But the fishes looked so cool, so I decided to cut them by hand with a little border and making note cards from it. I am not the worlds best stamper, but tried some things and it worked. I fixed leather and silk bands and ended up with a couple of pretty usable gift tags.

You can get the collage sheets here

Have fun!
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Biking on a sunny afternoon…lalala….

This is the last round of my recent tags mini production. Some are already gone making friends happy. People indeed see them as little gifts. Maybe I ashould make a collage sheet from some of the Lola figures.

For these I used my new bicycle die from die-versions. They make beautiful designs and I love the quality of the american made steel dies.

Have fun with these fresh green summer tags!

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How to make a Santa Woman Boutique shadow box

Yesterday I had my crafty Saturday and at last I used the embellishments I cut from my santa and christmas collage sheets. I never before made a shadow box, but find them so beautiful.
The basic box I cut from black card stock from a file I bought through the Silhouette online store. But there are also templates you can find on the web to build those or you just use a part of a black box.

I added some stars and glitter to the inner background of the box. I added Glossy Accent and glitter to parts of the elements to make them glossy, shiny and christmassy. After drying I fixed the embellishments and some crafts supplies I found here in my workshop like the little glitter fur ball and a piece of wire with red stars. You can use everything gold, white or red. And it is better you make two of them. Mine is sticked to the fridge door with a magnet and I don’t want to give it away…lol…
Have fun!!!

The embellishments collage sheet you can get from my Etsy store:

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