DIY Scroll

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Hello!

Today’s project is a DIY Scroll that is wrapped in a soft, colorful tassel tie and housed in a wooden box. I created this for a friend who was looking for a custom-printed scroll that was larger than what was available on the market for wedding invitations.  The finished scroll is about 12-1/2″ from tip to tip and the paper is a standard 8-1/2″ wide. Since I used art paper, the length of the unrolled scroll is almost 20″.

The finished product is the only picture I have. I put the detailed ingredient list below in case you want to make your own scroll.  If you have any questions, let me know.    

Thanks for looking!

Stephanie

Scroll Bar
• 1/2” Wood dowel
• Curtain finials
(I found these at Jo-Ann’s on clearance. I found nice ones on Amazon too. Look for 1/2″ to 5/8” curtain rods or tiebacks with resin finials)
• Double-ended wood screws (to replace blunt screws that come with finial)
• Paint (Folk Art Metallic Antique Copper & American Lamp Black)
• Varnish (DecoArt DuraClear in Satin)

Scroll Paper
• Canson Mi Teintes art paper cut to 8-1/2 wide (Egg Shell)
• Microsoft Word (set custom page size to 8-1/2” x 25” I left about a 3” margin on the top and bottom of the paper)
• Wrights single fold bias tape (to help anchor the paper to the dowel)
• Staple gun

Scroll Tie
• Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn braided to about 10” (#135 Spice) and tied off with floss
• Coconut buckle by Sew-ology (Hobby Lobby)
• DMC Floss for tassels in coordinating colors (400,783, 838 & 920)
• Cord caps by Bead Landing (Michael’s)
• Jewelry glue

Scroll Box
• Unfinished wood box (Hobby Lobby)
• Espresso stain
• DuraClear Satin varnish
• Lining is a polyester suede-like print (Hobby Lobby)
• Cardboard cut to fit box bottom
• Craft batting cut to fit cardboard
• Glue gun

 

Football Spinner Card – Silhouette Project

Football-Spinner-Card-WebHello!  I’ve been away too long, but the news is good as I finally have a full-time job with a great small company. I’ll be posting randomly until I can get into a new schedule of creating.

Today’s card is a celebration of my nephew’s birthday. He is a big sports fan, and it is September — that means FOOTBALL!  I usually make some sort of interactive card for his special day, so this is a penny spinner card.

I’m thinking of taping his real gift ($$ teenager $$) to the back of the card to see if he thinks I only gave him two pennies for his gift.  Heehee.  🙂

I did not use any stamps on this card. The whole thing is generated on my Silhouette digital cutting machine. I have the older SD version of the Portrait, but you wouldn’t guess that this machine is a few years old and very well used loved… It cuts beautifully. Love it!

Creating this card in Silhouette Studio (I have the Designer Edition):

  • Re-size the football field (Design ID #46856) print and cut shape to fit on to a standard A2 (4.25″x5.5″) card front
  • Create a long, narrow rectangle (.375″ x 3.6″) that will be cut out to make the “slot” for the slider
  • Copy the rectangle shape below and use it to determine the size and width of the text you want to print
  • Center the original rectangle on the football field shape and group them together
  • Re-size the football shape (Design ID #46930) to fit on the card front. I filled the football with a football pattern (Design ID #22600) from the Silhouette store. I love this feature! 
  • Send the file to your printer (don’t forget to show the registration marks)
  • Type your text and then delete the small rectangle (or enlarge it to create a cut-out shape around your text)
  • Print the images on your printer. I used Neenah Solar White cardstock
  • Take your printed cardstock and send it through the Silhouette machine
  • I added the goal posts with black marker and the lacing on the football in white gel pen

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Adhere two pennies together with a small foam circle (I used a Stampin Up! dimensional which is not truly round). Adhere the football cutout to the top penny with glue dots. Carefully place the penny in to the slot on the card, with the edge of the slot between the two pennies. This allows the pennies to slide the length of the slot. Fun!

SilhouetteMatCloseUp-WebTip #1: Sometimes the Silhouette doesn’t cut the edges perfectly around the printed shape and a bit of white cardstock shows. To minimize this,  create a very small border or shape around the original and fill it with the same color or pattern. Remove the cut lines of the second, slightly larger shape. This creates a small color bleed area outside of the original shape so no white cardstock will show around the edges. 

Tip #2: Ink, distress or use a marker on the edges of your cut shapes so that the white “core” on the edges doesn’t show.

What are some of your favorite interactive cards to make? I’d love to get some ideas for my nephew’s Christmas card!

Thanks for dropping by!

Stephanie

Back with a Non-Card Project to Organize Your Craft Space

Hello out there!

I’ve been away too long! With 2 moves in the last few months, I’m finally getting unpacked and settled in my new place. I am still trying to sort out my craft space and it led to a project. A project led to photos (to make sure my tubes/couplers were correctly placed). Photos led to a blog post. So here we are…

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A bunch of YouTube videos show how to use PVC pipe couplers to store Stickles glitter glue. Since PVC couplers aren’t sold at Michael’s, I had to go to a hardware store. Gathering my courage as I walked longingly past shiny new appliances, I headed into the plumbing department. A seasoned salesguy could smell a non-home-improvement-type entering his territory and came out of nowhere to help me out. 

Apparently PVC pipe couplers only come in round (Yes, I asked for round PVC connector thingies) and there are lots of types and sizes. Salesguy was very helpful and I purchased 10 bucks (How was I supposed to know how many of what size I needed?) worth of PVC couplers to make my own craft desk organizer.

Below are photos from the concept (left) and final (right) stages of the projects. I used PVC couplers from the hardware store, wood slat and Martha Stewart glossy paint from the craft store and indoor adhesive vinyl (Oracal 631) from ExpressionsVinyl.Com. To ensure straight lines, I used my Silhouette SD machine to cut rectangles out of silver vinyl.

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Here are some sizes: Ranger Mini-Misters fit perfectly in 1/2″ couplers. Tombow Mono-Multi glue fits in a 1″ tube.  The Tombow Tape runner balances on a 1-1/4″ tube, but will also fit on a 1″ tube. Not in the final project (yes, I goofed) is a bottle of Stickles glitter glue. It fits on top of a 1/2″ coupler, but fits inside a 3/4″ coupler.

Here are some alternates I considered before choosing the aqua and silver scheme. (Washi tape for home decor!) What do you think?

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Thank you for coming by my blog!  Please stay tuned, in the next day or two I will have a card up. Stephanie

Look, Ma! No Stamps!

PP_participantI was inspired to create a couple of cards by the OnlineCardClasses.Com new class called Pattern Play. It is all about choosing, mixing and matching patterns in your cardmaking. The two cards I’ve created are for Day 1.  

When I was done both cards, I realized that I did not use a single stamp Happy-Bday-PatternPaper-Webwhen creating these cards. Not one!

My main goal was to use the same large polka dot pattern paper in two separate cards. Because it has so many  different colors of dots, I was able to choose two different color schemes when selecting the other papers.  All patterned paper is from Fancy Pants 6×6 paper pad called “Down by the Shore.” Love the nautical theme and colors!Patterned-Paper-Web

The first one is more nautical-inspired with the red, navy, tan and shades of blue dots from the paper. I added the navy stripe and a smaller red polka dot paper. For the sentiment, I used a leftover banner die cut that was sitting on my desk. I just backed it with matching navy paper and inked the edges to match my color scheme.  I think this would do well as a masculine birthday card.

This second one showcases how hard it is to cut polka dot paper. I ended up with the sliver of orange dots at the top of the paper (Jennifer TOLD us to avoid this, LOL) so I added orange in the embellishments to run with it. Alternatively, I could have trimHello-Patterned-Paper-Webmed down the card and made it a smaller size. It would have looked more designed, but at 11pm at night, I was done with it!

So would you have trimmed it down, or just highlighted the oops?

Thanks for coming by!

Stephanie

 

 

Happy Birthday Card ingredients:
Pattern Paper by Fancy Pants, Down by the Shore collection
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake (kraft)
Banner: (Banner Words Birthday Design ID #37897) Silhouette online store
Misc: Fired Brick Distress ink, red pearls and gems, Black marker
 
Hello Card ingredients:
Pattern Paper by Fancy Pants, Down by the Shore collection
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake (kraft)
Misc: Hello Flair button by Studio Calico, orange gems