November 25, 2014

Christmas Countdown Calendar | BoBunny Candy Cane Lane

So who will be joining me in decorating for Christmas this coming weekend? I can't wait to have the house all decorated for one of my favorite holidays! And I'm sure it's going to be interesting to see how Lincoln handles the tree. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everyone and everything will survive!

The weekend after Thanksgiving brings back fond memories of spending time making Christmas craft projects with my nieces. I really miss spending time together with them! These happy memories inspired me to create and share a Christmas Countdown Calendar that I created using the new BoBunny Candy Cane Lane collection. It is a fun and easy craft project that would perfect to work on together with your family this post-Thanksgiving weekend.

Christmas Countdown Calendar by Juliana Michaels featuring BoBunny Candy Cane Lane Collection

SUPPLIES

  • Cork Bulletin Board
  • Standard Push Pins
  • BoBunny Candy Cane Lane Countdown paper
  • BoBunny Candy Cane Lane 6x6 Paper Pad
  • BoBunny Candy Cane Lane Brads
  • BoBunny Candy Cane Lane Buttons
  • BoBunny Candy Cane Lane Stickers
  • Ranger Distress Ink Pad in Vintage Photo
  • Ranger Glitter Glue in Star Dust
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Twine
  • Mini Clothespins

BoBunny Candy Cane Lane Countdown Paper

CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN CALENDAR

  1. Begin with a plain cork bulletin board. I painted the frame black but this is certainly optional.
  2. Cut out the countdown squares from the BoBunny Candy Cane Lane Countdown paper. 
  3. Cut squares measured at 2 5/8" from various patterns in the 6x6 Candy Cane Lane Paper Pad.
  4. Ink the edges of all of the squares. You can certainly skip this step. 
  5. Adhere the number squares to the other squares.
  6. Embellish some of the squares with stickers and buttons.
  7. Apply Star Dust Glitter Glue to some of the images for a touch of sparkle and shine.
  8. Create custom push pins (see below for instructions)
  9. Push the pins into the cork board and tie a length of twine to each end. Trim off the excess twine.
  10. Use mini clothespins to attach the countdown numbers to the twine.

Christmas Countdown Calendar by Juliana Michaels featuring BoBunny Candy Cane Lane Collection

Christmas Countdown Calendar by Juliana Michaels featuring BoBunny Candy Cane Lane Collection

Christmas Countdown Calendar by Juliana Michaels featuring BoBunny Candy Cane Lane Collection

CREATING CUSTOM PUSH PINS

To attach the numbers to the board, I created my own custom push pins using standard push pins and BoBunny Brads.

  1. Begin by selecting some brads from the Candy Cane Lane Brads.
  2. Remove the prongs from the brad using wire cutters. Fold any excess metal toward the underside of the brad using the wire cutters.
  3. Attach the brad to the top of push pin using a hot glue gun. I recommend using either a high heat glue gun or an adhesive that is made for attaching metal and plastic together. I had good luck with Glue Dots, however you have to be more cautious when removing the push pins from the cork board as this is not a permanent way to adhere the brad to the push pin.
Christmas Countdown Calendar by Juliana Michaels featuring BoBunny Candy Cane Lane Collection

Christmas Countdown Calendar by Juliana Michaels featuring BoBunny Candy Cane Lane Collection

I hope this project inspires you to do some family Christmas crafting projects this year. They are a great way to bring the family together and they can provide years of wonderful memories!

November 24, 2014

Beautiful Moment Scrapbook Page | Chantalle McDaniel 17turtles Guest Designer

Today, I have the talented Chantalle McDaniel, from The Anticlockwise Fish, guesting for 17turtles. She is sharing some scrapbook layout inspiration with you using some of my new 17turtles Digital Cut Files as well as some behind the scenes details on how she goes about planning and designing her layouts. Make sure you visit Chantalle's blog to see another layout she created using my Houndstooth Hello cut file. Now, let's hear what Chantalle had to share about her layout and the cut files.

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For this page, I have used the stunning script files, This Is Magic along with Butterflies No. 1. They helped me capture this gorgeous picture of my Sister on her recent trip to Australia, perfectly.

Beautiful Moment Scrapbook Page by Chantalle McDaniel using 17turtles Digital Cut Files

As a designer, I have the overwhelming urge to ‘plan’ layouts sometimes. I feel it’s super useful to get a feel for how big I want things to sit on the page, especially my photos, which I print at home. For this particular layout, I went about setting the image inside a mask in Photoshop. I then imported the image into a new document in a word processing programme (I use InDesign) to give myself a rough idea of where all the elements might be placed.

Beautiful Moment Scrapbook Page by Chantalle McDaniel using 17turtles Digital Cut Files
Once I was happy, I exported my page as a jpeg and imported the jpeg into Silhouette Studio. (The page set up to 8.5x11.)

I wanted the butterflies to look like they were rising out of the sunset, so I placed the designs in a scattered formation, colorizing them to match the hues in my image. When I was happy with the overall placement, I deleted the image and was left with the cut files.

Beautiful Moment Scrapbook Page by Chantalle McDaniel using 17turtles Digital Cut Files

I separated the butterflies into colour, so I could cut a batch at a time. (If you wanted to, you could do this as a print and cut instead.) The title was also cut separately.


When I had everything ready to go, I printed my image and text off onto white card stock and arranged my gorgeous little butterflies and title on the page.

Beautiful Moment Scrapbook Page by Chantalle McDaniel using 17turtles Digital Cut Files

Add some detail with pops of glitter and some machine stitching!

Beautiful Moment Scrapbook Page by Chantalle McDaniel using 17turtles Digital Cut Files

Thank you so much for having me Juliana!

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It was a pleasure to have Chantalle guest this week. I really enjoyed learning about her creative planning process. Don't forget to visit her blog for another fabulous layout.

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17turtles Digital Cut Files by Juliana Michaels

November 22, 2014

Santa Gift Tags | Paper Piecing with Digital Cut Files

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays - although it's really a tie between Halloween and Christmas for my favorite.  I really love to craft, create and decorate for both of these holidays!

SANTA GIFT TAGS

Today, I'm sharing a trio of Santa gift tags that I created using some of my 17turtles Digital Cut Files and a FREE digital cut file that you can download below. These Santies (as I love to refer to them) are reminiscent of the old paper piecing trend that was popular back in the day. I still enjoy this process of playing with paper and had this in mind when I created these cut files. 

KIDS CHRISTMAS CRAFTING IDEA

As I was cutting out and assembling the Santa's, it occurred to me that these paper dolls would be super fun and easy for kids to put together as well.

Santa Gift Tags and Paper Piecing using 17turtles Digital Cut Files by Juliana Michaels

The tags I created are quite large - the Santa's are 7" in height and the tags are 8.5". I made them big because I want them to serve as both a decorative element on the present and as a card.

Santa Gift Tags and Paper Piecing using 17turtles Digital Cut Files by Juliana Michaels

These are the three cut files that I used to create my Santa's. They are available in my 17turtles Etsy Shop. As you can see, the files also contain some great titles that could be used for a wide variety of projects such as cards, scrapbook pages, and home decor.







THE DETAILS

The tags are cut from kraft cardstock at 8.5" in height using this FREE Tag No. 1 Digital Cut File. Next, I added a SRM Stickers border sticker to the bottom of each tag. I applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edge of each tag and then used my sewing machine to add the stitching.

To create the larger sentiment pieces on each tag, I mounted a SRM sticker to white cardstock and then onto green cardstock before attaching it to the tag with double sided foam tape.

Santa Gift Tags using 17turtles Digital Cut Files by Juliana Michaels

The holly leaves are cut from my FREE Digital Cut File Merry & Bright. I dressed them up with a few adhesive backed jewels to create the look of holly berries. You could also just cut the berries from cardstock, however, I really like the dimension that the jewels add.

Santa Gift Tags using 17turtles Digital Cut Files by Juliana Michaels

If you take a closer look, you will see that I added some texture to the trim on Santa's outfit. This was achieved by using Deco Art's Snow Writer. I really love the wonderful textural effect it adds and you can even add glitter to it while it is still wet if you want more glitz and glam!

Santa Gift Tags using 17turtles Digital Cut Files by Juliana Michaels

Santa Gift Tags using 17turtles Digital Cut Files by Juliana Michaels

Santa Gift Tags using 17turtles Digital Cut Files by Juliana Michaels

Santa Gift Tags using 17turtles Digital Cut Files by Juliana Michaels

Santa Gift Tags using 17turtles Digital Cut Files by Juliana Michaels

Santa Gift Tags using 17turtles Digital Cut Files by Juliana Michaels

Santa Gift Tags using 17turtles Digital Cut Files by Juliana Michaels

FREE DIGITAL CUT FILE | TAG NO. 1

Don't forget to download the FREE Tag No. 1 Digital Cut File to start creating your own Santa Gift Tags! I can't wait to see what you create and remember you can always share your cut file projects with me on my 17turtles Facebook Page or tag me on Instagram with #17turtles!



November 17, 2014

Scrapbook Page and Card Ideas with Digital Cut Files | Christine Meyer 17turtles Guest Designer

Hello everyone, this is Christine Meyer. I have been a huge fan of Juliana's 17turtles Digital Cut Files for a long time, so I'm excited to be here sharing with you today! The Cosmic Swirl digital cut file really caught my attention because A) I love stars B) I almost always use circular shapes on my layouts. This is an awesome file because it will work great for layouts with girls or boys.

Sweet Moments Scrapbook Page by Christine Meyer Guest Designer for 17turtles Digital Cut Files

I built bursts of color coming out from the center star. I didn't plan it this way - but it kind of looks like a pie chart! I embellished the cut more with stitching and wooden hearts I used pieces from the This is Magic digital cut file to create my title and subtitle. I love script fonts!

Cosmic Swirl Digital Cut File by 17turtles Digital Cut Files Etsy Shop Juliana Michaels

This Is Magic Digital Cut File by 17turtles Digital Cut Files Etsy Shop Juliana Michaels

I love making cards and layouts pretty equally so I couldn't sneak away without making a card too!

Thanks Pumpkin Card by Christine Meyer Guest Designer for 17turtles Digital Cut Files

I used the Thankful Pumpkins file to create a fun little dimensional pumpkin. This file breaks down into several layers and instead of gluing each layer down completely, I folded them up so that they have some neat dimension. I love it when you can do something beyond the obvious with a file!

Thankful Pumpkins Digital Cut File by 17turtles Digital Cut Files Etsy Shop Juliana Michaels

Thanks for the opportunity Juliana!

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Thanks so much Christine! I love how you used the Cosmic Swirl cut file and added the "pie chart" design to it and the way you added the dimension to the pumpkin is so clever!

I invite you to visit Christine's blog, Scrapping with Christine, for more inspiring paper crafting and scrapbook projects!

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November 13, 2014

Bath Time Scrapbook Page | Sarah Webb 17turtles Guest Designer

Today, I welcome Sarah Webb from Scropping, as my latest 17turtles Guest Designer. She has such a great style and I really think you are going to love the title work on the scrapbook page that she created to share with us today.

I knew what I wanted to do the minute I saw the Bath Time digital cut files. I was inspired! I love it when a page is already designed in my head before I start - makes it so fast and easy!

Bath Time Scrapbook Page by Sarah Webb Guest Designer for 17turtles Digital Cut Files

The bubbles just needed to be stacked up on the page and there had to be gold. The bubbles were created using patterned paper and some vellum.

Bath Time Digital Cut File by 17turtles Juliana Michaels

For the title - I cut out two of each of the words from cardstock, adhered them together (for added strength) and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder. I had initially tried using glitter but found that I wanted the words too small for the glitter to work well. I also added gold with a little mist splatter.

Bath Time Scrapbook Page by Sarah Webb Guest Designer for 17turtles Digital Cut Files

The duck? Had to be included. He was the perfect addition to my tag!

Bath Time Scrapbook Page by Sarah Webb Guest Designer for 17turtles Digital Cut Files

A big thanks to Juliana for inviting me to play with these cut files! I had a lot of fun!

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If you are looking for more coordinating bath time themed cut files check out Bubble Time, a 12 x12 sized background file that would be perfect for creating a full background of bubbles!

Bubble Time Digital Cut File by 17turtles Juliana Michaels

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