Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tri-Shutter Thanks Card plus Free Gift Card Pocket

Recently, Wendy from Poppy Hill Designs gave me the opportunity to work with her latest cutting file collection, Tri-Shutter Sentiment Cards.

This collection of cutting files includes twelve (12) Tri-Shutter Cards; eleven (11) of cards include a Sentiment and one is left plain. Along with the card files, a complete set of accessory files are included to help get your creativity started. Adding embellishments to any card means that you will be adding bulk to the card. To allow for the addition of these elements, a Tri-Shutter Card Presentation Box cutting file is included as a Bonus. 

While the collection is packed with lots of versatility, a Plain Tri-Shutter card cut file is included to allow for your own unique creative touch; this is the file that I chose to work with.

Not Just Paper and Glue: Plain Tri-Shutter Sentiments Card from Poppy Hill Designs

Recently our son broke his leg at college playing Frisbee and on a moments notice, our neighbors kept an eye on our farm while were gone. The center panel of the Plain Tri-Shutter Card was the perfect size to hold a gift card.

To accommodate the gift card, I created a gift card pocket cutting file for the center panel which can be downloaded on the Poppy Hill Designs website. Once the pocket was cut out I attached it to the center panel. I then embellished the pocket to match the card and also added the word "THANKS".

I then used the Daisy and Sentiment Blocks accessory files to further embellish the card. With the gift card placed inside the pocket and the added embellishments and dimensional flower, the card was too bulky for a regular envelope.

The Tri-Shutter Sentiments Card collection includes a Bonus Card Presentation Box which I cut from coordinating cardstock. I then used the same accessory files to create a band to hold the box together and also add an embellishment tag.

The files are available in AI, PDF, DXF, WPC, SVG formats. Since I use the Silhouette Cameo with the Studio Designer Edition software, I am able to use the SVG format to cut the files.


Tri Shutter Sentiments Cutting File Collection

Paper Studio 12 x 12 Paper Pad
Solid Cardstock
My Mind's Eye Portobello Road

Download the Gift Card Pocket Cutting File
Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the download link

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

How to Make an Artificial Hanging Flower Basket for Your Garden

Hanging flower baskets are an easy way to add color to your spring garden but they can take a lot of work to keep them looking beautiful all season.

To remedy this situation, I decided to create a hanging basket using silk flowers. Once my arrangement was completed, I hung it on an old gate that was made from a wood fence panel. I added a few other accessories and now I have cheerful addition added to my garden.

Not Just Paper and Glue: How to Make an Artificial Hanging Flower Basket for Your Garden

Here is how I made this Hanging Flower Basket.

Wire Basket (Hobby Lobby)
Silk Flowers (Hobby Lobby)
Wooden Birdhouse (Hobby Lobby)
Outdoor Acrylic Paint (Yard & Garden / Patio Paint / Americana), optional
Burlap Fabric
Ultra Cover 2x Clear Spray (Rust-oleum), not pictured
Not Just Paper and Glue: Steps 1 - 4 for How to Make an Artificial Hanging Flower Basket
  1. Gather the supplies you are going to use for your basket.
  2. Cut a piece of wood for the birdhouse to sit on and cut a piece of burlap fabric to line your basket and wrap around the wood block
  3. Add some glue to your wood block and then wrap the burlap around the block.
  4. Line the basket with your burlap and then tack down the burlap to the wood block to help secure it in place.

    Not Just Paper and Glue: Steps 5 - 8 for How to Make an Artificial Hanging Flower Basket
  5. I wanted to brighten up my birdhouse so I used some outdoor acrylic paint on the decorative metal flower. I also dry brushed some light blue acrylic paint on to the roof of the birdhouse for added color. 
  6. Position the birdhouse on to the wood block and then tack down with a nail. 
  7. You can purchase single stem silk flowers or purchase a floral spray like the one shown here. Personally, I prefer choosing a spray because the flowers and accents are already arranged in a nice grouping. 
  8. Divide the flowers in to two groupings. Attach the stem of the flowers to the backside of the basket so it is not seen from the front view. 
Not Just Paper and Glue: How to Make an Artificial Hanging Flower Basket for Your Garden

Arrange the flowers so it fills in the basket and tie any stems that need to be secured.

Now I realize that this is not an arrangement that will withstand the outdoor elements long term, but I wanted to try to preserve it for as long as possible.

I sprayed the entire arrangement, including the burlap and birdhouse with this clear spray paint which has UV Resistant properties. Since doing so, my hanging flower basket has endured high winds, rain, and lots of sunshine and continues to look as good as the day I made it.

I'll try to keep you updated to let you know how the silk flowers, burlap, and birdhouse holds up under Texas weather.

One thing is for certain, this Artificial Hanging Flower Basket has added a much needed splash of color to my garden after a long winter.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

How To Catch a Leprechaun

Some Leprechaun's are hard to catch, but others.... well, you just have to know the right bait to use.  One things for certain, they all have a few things in common....

  • Rainbows 
  • the color Green 
  • and the one's I have seen, prefer chocolate over gold.
    (They must be the "Americanized" Leprechaun's ) 

How to Catch a Leprechaun Cookie Recipe


Leprechaun Treat Recipe:
How to Catch a Leprechaun Recipe from Not Just Paper and Glue

  1. Melt the Almond Bark according to the directions on the package
  2. Once the Almond Bark is melted, stir in some green food coloring 
  3. Dip Mint Oreo's in to Almond Bark then place on wax paper
  4. Put Rainbow Sprinkles in the center of the dipped cookie and set aside until the Almond Bark has hardened

Once the Leprechaun Treats are ready, set them in your trap and wait to see what happens....


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