Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Jessica Sprague Creative Team Day!!

{This was my November Jessica Sprague Tutorial that I can now post on my blog. If you want to browse the other Creative Team's projects or the current one, which is also mine please visit}
Now here is my post...

I can't tell you how excited I am for this post!! I was recently one of the lucky ladies to be selected for Jessica Sprague's new creative team...pinch this real? I was in shock honestly. I LOVE her site and was a frequent customer. There is so many awesome products, classes etc. for every style or need. Stop by her site and check out all the wonderful products to take your scrapbooking to another level or maybe you just need help with your photographing. Today the theme is "Fall Gift Giving" and I immediately thought I would make some refrigerator magnets for a friend.

I immediately started thinking about how much I need a wide format printer now that I am on the team. I seem to find some way to get back around to "needing" something in this room and justify me buying it. I mean its just been a few years that I have been crafting and its starting to look like my door should ring and a psychiatrist walks in and starts talking to me about why I feel like I do and what do I feel I can part with. Yes....I am a craft hoarder. I mean who needs 5 cutting machines? I did. I have drawers full of stuff that I thought I needed but don't use. You see how this vicious circle works?

So I grabbed my diet mountain dew and sat down at my trusty mac with my bed head and started feverishly searching to see just how quick I could get one. I have had packages arrive 3 times this week that were craft items. Thank god I have a wonderful, supportive husband that never questions if I really "need" something. Actually its weird I know but he encourages it! Did I strike the mother load or what!

So for my project I am just using the regular sized printer that I have sitting in my craft hoarder room. I will make it work....I live dangerously like that. Heck I even will run through the house with scissors and glossy accents sometimes.

I measured them out and created a template in Silhouette Studio so that anytime I want to make a set for someone it will be so easy. Now these instructions are for a cutting machine. You could do all the cutting by hand also if you don't own a machine.

Supplies need:
Digital papers & kits used:
*Designs by Dani Softly falling kit
*Samantha Walker Orchard Harvest kit
*Designs by Dani Happy Fall Y'all kit
*Lori Whitlock Happy Harvest kit
*Designs by Dani Birds of a Feather kit
*Cosmo Crickets Mr. Campy (got to throw Cosmo Cricket in there!)
Magnet strips or small round magnets
Bag of Clothes Pins
Modge Podge or Glue and Seal from Ranger
Glossy accents or similar
foam brush
Score Tape
Acetate (i used an old cricut mat cover)
Optional: leaf dies
Silhouette Cameo
white card stock for print and cut (I used American Crafts)

Lets get started!
{For Clothes Pin's and embellies}
1. First step is to open your Silhouette program or if you use a similar program.

2. I created a rectangle to make a base to hold my clothes pin magnets on as a way to present them. This rectangle I just use the shape and made it 2" x 4" (you will see I ended up switching this out but still the dimensions are good.)

3. Filled it with color from the Kit Designs by Dani Softly Falling. I also opened up a tag from the kit Samantha Walkers Orchard Harvest Word Tags. I then layered and centered the tag on my rectangle.

4. I measured my clothes pins and I did some trial cuts to make sure this was as close as possible and ended up with a size of .39 x 3.30. and created my rectangles on my virtual mat for those. I was going to do 5 to give me an extra if something happened. I also added a few embellishments from Designs by Dani Happy Fall Y'all kit and Designs by Dani Birds of a Feather kit. I also ended up cutting several layers of the embellishments to layer and give some thickness to them.

5. I used the print and cut function. I love this function and having all these brands of papers and embellies at your fingertips. I used the textured paper from American Crafts I love this stuff and the prints look awesome on the textured paper.

6. I used Rangers Glue and Seal in matte finish and I spread one layer on the clothes pin where I was going to place the paper, placed my paper on and let it dry. Then I would go over the paper entirely and the sides with the glue and seal again. You can also use Modge Podge for this.

7. I used glossy accents (cause I love this stuff for glue) and glued all my layers together to build up my embellies. I coated them on top with the glue and seal afterwards too.

8. Glue the embellies on the front/top of your clothes pin and then glue a magnet strip on the back. I say glue because if you get the magnet roll that has adhesive you will find since it was rolled for one you have to hold the magnet piece down a big to keep it from curling up, plus the adhesive that is already on it is not all that great! I would in the future look for the little round magnets but I couldn't find them at my local store. I used glossy accents under my magnet and held it in place for a bit.  Now your done with this part!

{For Card} Card measures 4.25 x 5.25
I decided to create a cute coordinating card for this gift and that is where the scarecrow on my mat comes in to play. I also love shaped cards so decided to dress it up by making a cute shape card. You can see my base off to the side of my mat for cutting it later with a solid piece of cardstock. For the front layers I chose to do a print and cut using kits Designs by Dani Happy Fall Y'all and Cosmo Crickets Mr. Campy (I love this kit!) and I also used Lori Whitlock's Happy Harvest paper. The little flag/sign is from the Happy Fall Y'all kit in the embellishments.

On my scarecrow I had previous cut him out to use that one for paper piecing. I wanted to add dimension to him so I cut out his patches on his pants, his shoes, hat and nose to pop up with dots. That is something you can do that just adds some pop to the card. 

I also added a little bow tie around his neck out of Timeless Twine Chocolate Chip twine. I used pop dots to place my scarecrow and sign on my card. I had an extra super cute little owl cut out so I added it to the top of my sign. Here is the finished product!

{For the Box} 
I wanted to make a little box to put these in since it was a gift. I again do not own a wide format printer YET...cause you know this is going to change quickly! Amazon here I come. So I just quickly made a template with a rectangle in Silhouette program. It measured approx 6.25 x 7.25 which allows about an inch all around for the sides of the box. You can do this in your program adding score and cut lines or just print the pattern you want and use your score board. You will want to snip one area on each side. Diagram below.

1. Print your pattern and use diagram below to create a box for your clips. 


2. Now just repeat this for the top of the box but make it slightly larger to accommodate going over this bottom box. 

3. Now this step is definitely optional, so you can use a spellbinder die or similar to cut out a window like I did. Again I used the silhouette program. Also create a frame around your cut out makes it finished nicely which will be easy if you own nesting dies and can create this. 

4. Glue acetate on the back of the cut out. 

5. Create a belly band which should measure .75 x 11.5. This is just to decorate it up a bit so you could easily just cut a few embellies and omit this step. 

6. I used some leaf dies I had and printed out some squares of pattern from all the kits listed and cut out some little leaves and then made a bow out of natural color Timeless Twine and bada bing bada boom you got yourself a nice little gift for a friend or family. Who doesn't need refrigerator magnets to hold kids photos, coupons, important notes!


jessica said...

This is such an AWESOME project Deb! LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!
Can not wait to see more!!!
Happy New Year my friend!

~amy~ said...

These are awesome Deb! Excellent work!

Angi Barrs said...

Be sure to check out my blog today! You won!!!! Love this adorable project too!

Brianna loeffelbein said...

These clothes pins are just beyond sweet, I think this is so so so much fun!!

Brianna loeffelbein said...

Also, I love the scarecrow and all the dimension you gave him, now if he only had a brain 😜 so cute my friend!!