Friday, 7 October 2016

Bridesmaids cards - a design throwback

Hi everyone! As you know, I’ve joined the Birds SVG Design Team. Our aim is to use the amazing designs that Bird comes up with in new and different ways.

So far I’ve used an envelope as a stencil on my Tropical page and used SVG files to make Spooky Pops!  So what’s next? Well, I was browsing through Bird’s designs and I came across one that looked very familiar – the set called “Girl Cards” which has a princess doll card included.

Now why did this look so familiar? And then it hit me – I’d used some elements of this design for my bridesmaids cards for my wedding!

Of course I didn’t take proper photos of the process back then, but I’ve recreated it to show you how I made this...
into this....

Okay, let’s get started. Maybe you’d like to follow along in Silhouette Studio – I think this could make a lovely card for a number of events, and also a great wedding card – no need to use flowers if you want to use another shape.

I downloaded the FREE Girl Card set – find it here - and separated the pieces. I chose the dress with the little cap sleeves.
Now, after a bit of thought, I realised that I wanted to cut out the negative space of the dress, and leave the flowers white like the rest of the card. Hmm, how to do this? The secret is to first do an internal offset and then create a compound path

You’ll know you’ve done it because the colour of the dress will change

I decided to just stick with outlines for now, to make it easier to add my flowers

Next, I chose a flower design from my library. I didn’t want to keep the inner petals, so I just removed them.
Then I made some duplicates and dragged them to be different sizes. You could also keep them all the same size, or add different flowers into the mix. Or do rows of hearts – use your imagination!

Now the aim is to place the flowers on the dress so that the petals either touch each other or touch the edge of the dress. Make sure you get them falling into the gap between the two dresses, and not sticking over the edge.

As you can see from the picture below, the three flowers on the left are all overlapping each other or the dress. The flower floating in the middle won’t work for this design – it needs to be anchored to something.

 Carry on placing your flowers until your dress is filled – but I’ll skip ahead and show you the next step.
Highlight all of your flowers and your dress, right click and select “Weld”

As you can see, your dress and flowers have now become one design.

 Now, if you wanted to, you could cut out your dress now. You would end up with a thin outline of a dress with flowers in the middle, and a large dress silhouette left in your paper. But I wanted the flowers and the paper to stay behind as part of the card.

To achieve this, you now need to release the compound path that you made earlier. The dress and flowers are all one design now, so you need to release the compound path for the whole design – click on the dress and right click, then select “Release Compound Path”.

You will now end up with two elements to your design – the inner dress with the flowers, and a thin dress outline. Remove this thin outline.

I’ve filled in the background of the dress in colour, to show you how the flowers are now adhering to the background (white) paper.
If you cut it out now, the aqua dress would come out in pieces and your flower dress would stay behind.

Here’s the completed original design – I added some birdies and a message at the top (I was going with the whole Disney-creatures-helping-the-princess-to-dress idea!)

I positioned the dress to make a card, cut it out and added a few bits of bling (every girl loves some bling). I also added the colour to the back of my card. 

Make sure you apply your glue to the back of the DRESS and not to the COLOURED cardboard you’re adding – there will be gaps where the colour shows through and you don’t want to see the glue you’ve smeared on the coloured card.

To keep the inside looking nice, I also added the coloured card to the other side of the card where the message goes – you can see it just peeking out in the photograph.

And here are three of my lovely bridesmaids with their cards! Don’t mind the wine, blankets and heavy clothing – it was winter in Springs and it was FREEZING! The sort of freezing we get in South Africa where we don’t have snow but our houses are not equipped to handle any form of cold!

They all said yes, so the cards must have worked! :)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and hopefully you can use this design for some other special girls in your life.

For this and other amazing designs, make sure to check out Birds SVGs

Until next time, happy crafting!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Project Life weeks 33 and 34

Weeks 33 and 34 were nice and sunny in our lead-up to our Germany trip. 
In week 33 we saw Suicide Squad with some friends and went for a walk in the park with our puppy.

 This week also saw my design featured on Birds Cards - really cool and nice to see some new faces visiting my blog!

Week 34 was all about moms! My mom came up to Joburg, we went and saw the movie Bad Moms...and we found out that my cousin and his wife are expecting! So, another mom-to-be :)

LOVE the pregnancy announcement - really creative. And if you get the chance, you MUST see Bad Moms - it's brilliant!

And our cute puppy once more!

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Spooky pops

Hi everyone! I’m very excited to share something with you today. Behold – spooky pops! 
I was going to go with “spidey pops” but then my creativity took hold and some more designs were added :)

For the first time EVER I’m throwing a Halloween party. Halloween is not really something we celebrate in South Africa, but I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to a proper Halloween party. Since buying our first house (yay!) my husband and I finally have somewhere to host a proper spooky party.

Whenever Halloween comes around I look at the d├ęcor and DIY projects, and I’ve always thought it would  be fun to use flat suckers (known in my family as Lick and Learn Lollies – a brand from my childhood) and decorate them with spooky creatures.
The idea is for some of the colour of the sucker to show through.

Since joining Bird’s Design Team over at Birds SVG  I have been playing around with some of her amazing designs, and I thought they would work perfectly for what I had in mind.

I used two different sets of SVG designs, the FREE Halloween Characters set which is available FREE on her website. Did I mention it’s free? :) I also used her latest Chilled to the Bone party pack for the skull design.

I made a template of the sucker in Silhouette Studio, and resized the various designs to best fit the sucker. Whilst the cauldron would cover the whole sucker, I wanted the majority of the designs to have some of the colour showing through.

I cut the designs out of different coloured cardstock and also trimmed some of the packaging around the suckers. I then stuck the designs onto the suckers using a combo of double-sided tape and Pritt (glue stick).

Which one do you like best? 

Interestingly enough, I really like the bats, even though they’re not covering all of the sucker wrapping. Another favourite is definitely the spiderweb.

I can’t wait to serve these to my guests at Halloween. If you’d like to make your own, head over to Bird’s SVGs and grab some of her fantastic designs. Happy Halloween!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Amazing hexagon page

Hi everyone! I'm so in love with this page - don't you think it's fantastic? I've been hanging onto this hexagon paper for a while and I knew I wanted to do something cool with it. I really like the way it's worked out. 
I used a textured black paper for the background, which itself has a sort of honeycomb feel. Then I kept the embellishments simple, with a few handmade stickers in white and gold. I really wanted the colours, both in the hexagons and the picture itself, to pop. 
My DIY vinyl stickers. Thanks for looking!

Monday, 5 September 2016

Photo of the month and week 32

This month's "Photo of the Month" goes to Aston's graduation from puppy school!
I had fun speckling in the triangles using a black pen - I think it works well with the paper and the Project Life card.

And Week 32 mainly featured my husband getting out of hospital and coming home safely - so relieved. I did have to add a picture of my glasses, which said puppy school graduate managed to scratch! 

And Aston's toy Ben needs to be retired and replaced with a new Ben - version 2.0!

Friday, 19 August 2016

Project Life Week 30 and 31

A very simple page this week because I realised I had taken almost NO photographs! Luckily I had some other things to share - like our reservation for our trip to AMSTERDAM and the fact that I got asked to be part of Bird's design team over at Bird's SVGs.

 I do like the colours though.

Week 31 contained a lot of hospitals. Our friends welcomed their first child, but he had to stay in the NICU for a while.
 Then my husband was in a motorbike accident and was in High Care for a week. So thankful that he's all okay. 
 Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Project Life week 29

Hi everyone, sorry for only posting Week 29 now - my hubby was in an accident and has been in hospital, so everything was put a bit on hold. He's all fine now, thank goodness, and so here's week 29 in all it's colourful glory :)