Monday, November 25, 2013

Elf on the Shelf in an Ornie, Oh My!

Can you believe it!  Two days in a row that I am here posting!  Another ornament to share.  This one is my interpretation of "Elf on the Shelf" and is vinyl layered on a transparency film circle.  He is layered on both the front and back of the transparency so that he is visible from any direction.  The topper is my first attempt at korker ribbons.  There are lots of YouTube vids out there and I found them helpful when I finally was ready to try it.  I couldn't wait to see how they would curl after baking...doesn't take much these days to make me happy.  All this, of course took place at 2 a.m.  But I just couldn't go to bed without finishing the topper for my ornie!  Like a kid with a new

This was actually quite challenging for me in that this little guy had at least 6 layers of vinyl.  I'm not even going to tell you about the itty bitty eyes...let's just say I was thankful for the heavy duty magnifier I have on my  This may be a one-of-a-kind ornie because MY eyes can't handle much more of the "miniature" pieces.

Let's make this a great week!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Snowmen and Gingerbread Men

Just a short post to share a few things I've been working on for the holiday season, which is now upon us!  I can't believe it is November already!  It's time to get in gear and start making a few things in preparation for the season.

Every project, so far, has been created with the help of my Silhouette Cameo, which I just adore.  I could play with this machine all day long (and admittedly, sometimes I  I have actually become a little more experienced with it to the point where I am now trying my hand at making my own files.  It is very satisfying to see an image on my computer screen become reality whether it be on an ornament, plate, glass block, or in the form of cards.

I was so tickled when I designed my little snowman in Silhouette DE.  He just makes me smile, especially since  he is sticking his tongue out trying to catch a snowflake or two.  It reminds me of the first year I moved to MD.  Born and raised in So. Calif.,moving east was a big culture shock for me.  That first year we had a big snow storm here in MD.  It was so exciting--and a first for me.  I watched as the snow fell.  There was a calm; a peacefulness that fell over our neighborhood. I wanted to touch it and experience my first snow so I stepped outside and stuck my hand out to catch the snowflakes.    A blanket of white glittery fluff was everywhere!  It was beautiful.  That is a moment in my life I will always treasure.  Now my snowman ornie will remind me too.  Isn't he a cutie?

The snowflakes are not my file.  I actually purchased that file from the Silhouette store.  I created the ornie by layered the vinyl on a transparency film round shape, rolled it up, and inserted it inside the ornament.  I added some Diamond Dust for snow.  On the outside, I adhered the snowflakes, added some marabou boa trim and I was done.

Using the same snowman file, I etched a glass block.  I cut my image with the Silhouette on contact paper, removed the extraneous pieces, and transferred the vinyl to the glass block.  Using an air eraser and air eraser compound, I etched the image on the block.  I am very happy with the results.  I added a string of mini lights inside, a bow, and stood back to admire.

My last share is a Gingerbread Baker....again, it is a file I created in DE.  I found this plate at IKEA for .99 cents and decided I couldn't pass it up.  It was the perfect surface for etching and so out dame the air eraser again.  The results surpassed my expectations and I think it would be a fabulous way to present homemade goodies or cookies!  An apron would be cute too!

Well, that's it for now.  Til next time!