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Monday, March 19, 2012

Checking In...What I have been up to

Hi Dandi Crafters! I know that my blog has been rather quiet lately. I wanted to check in and say that I am still around but I have been busy with what initially seems to be totally unrelated to my blog and to crafts in away. I have decided to learn to use Illustrator. If you are a regular follower of my blog then you know that I am pretty proficient at drawing on the computer already, however I didn't use Illustrator, I mainly used Paint Shop Pro. I am finding that there are more and more things that I want to do that seem better suited for Illustrator. I am sure that in the very near future this will lead me to providing even better files on my blog and website. However at the moment I am often left feeling like a beginner and very untalented. At those times I try to keep the bleeps to a minimum and realize that even though the steps are different the concept is all the same and it really is the concepts that are most time consuming to learn.
I have been playing with the text tool and made a new watermark that you see on my image. Although the little girl doesn't look much different than anything I would have created in Paint Shop Pro, aside from it taking quite some time to complete because I am new to illustrator and don't know all the little tricks yet, the steps to create the image were much less woman labor intense, meaning that illustrator seems to automate much of the steps that I would have had to do myself.
Well wish me luck...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Spring Glitter Glass Note & Photo Holder

Hi Dandi Crafters. Today I am sharing with you this darling Note and Photo Holder I made from an upcycled glass bottle.
The bottle had been sitting in my daughter's room for eternity. When I found it the other day the bottle had a medley of stickers on it all under gray electrical tape with sharpie marker all over it. You could tell that she had been using it for this play idea and that play idea before loosing interest and abandoning it to a corner of her room.

I rescued it and after cleaning it up, I had a go at decorating. I used pledge floor wax and glitter on the inside to get a pretty glitter look. I thought of using as a vase but I know from the glitter ornaments that I made a few years ago that the glitter can be scratched off quite easily and wasn't sure that it would pretty that long if I re purposed it as a vase. Also I had been wanting to try my hand at a few flower techniques that I had been pinning to my Craft Flower Board on Pinterest. I decided on this foreign tutorial on hydrangea flowers.

 After giving it some thought I decided I wanted to add purpose to the bottle so I took some wire and made it a photo holder. I also added a clip that can hold a note or another photo. I covered the lid with little hydrangea flowers and tiny faux pearls. It came out too cute. The lid would also make a darling place card holder too I think.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Pretty Ornate Spring Butterfly

Hi Dandi Crafters. Look how sweet this ornate butterfly came out. This is sure to add the perfect touch of pretty to any of your spring cards. The butterfly as it is shown here is cut at about 3.75 inches wide by 3.25 inches tall. I also scored and folded the wings up. It gave it a very cute look.

Go to website to purchase the SVG Butterfly Ornate Swirl Die Cut File.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Fairytale Love SVG Download

Hi Dandi Crafters! It is February and Love is in the air. Well whether or not love is in the air it is definately in the download. You can download this cute love word and use it for card marking or your layouts. The cut file is available in svg, mtc and scut formats. You will also find copyright, terms of use, and size measurements in the folder. Love as it is shown here meaures about 3.5 inches wide by just shy of an inches tall.

Dowload SVG File: FairyTale Love is the Word SVG Cut File Download
If you missed the free download or would like to have the accompanying scallop love heart square you can go to to purchase the Fairytale Love Scallop Heart Square.

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